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Midland PBL students win awards at State Leadership Conference

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A group of PBL (Professional Business Leader) students from Midland University brought back materials from the Nebraska PBL State Leadership Conference April 10-11 in Kearney.

The students participated in several events with other PBL members from institutions across the state. The competitive events covered a wide range of business-related topics and included objective exams and performance and production events.

Six students from Midland participated and each won at least a top five. All six students have qualified for the PBL National Leadership Conference, to be held June 24-27 in Chicago. “I am so proud of our business students at Midland University,” said Rita Bristol, associate professor of business at Midland and PBL advisor. “I would like to thank all the business professors for their impact in preparing our students for this type of competition. I am confident that they will perform well at the next level.

Bridget Praest and Riley Herring teamed up for two top spots. The duo took the top spot in marketing analysis and decision making as well as desktop publishing. Individually, Herring placed first in the Public Speaking and Small Business Management Plan. Herring was also elected vice president of communications for the Nebraska PBL state officer for the 2022-2023 school year.

Scott Tatum took second place in Hotel Management and Sales Presentation, while Piper Rasmussen finished second in Insurance Concepts. Kayla Flanigan finished third in Project Management and fourth in Networking Concepts, while Burt Brandt finished fifth in Networking Concepts.

The entire Midland team has received the Gold Level PBL Excellence Award.


Virtual care service discussed at Academic Senate meeting

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Student Health Services now offers TimelyCare Telehealth, a virtual care service to help students meet their mental health needs.

On Tuesday, April 19, the Academic Senate discussed the virtual care system that would be provided free of charge to all El Camino students and staff.

Susan Nilles, Coordinator and Nurse Practitioner of Student Health Services, introduced the agenda item due to poor student mental health.

“There’s no one who isn’t somewhat depressed or anxious because of the pandemic, obviously we need that,” Nilles said.

Student Health Services already has two psychologists who see several students every day. Students have access to healthcare opportunities including meeting with a licensed counselor, basic needs, faculty and staff reports, and TimelyCare conversations.

“It was made possible by supplements allocated by the state,” said Nilles.

Some of the resources needed for basic needs are food, shelter, and transportation.

“Of course students and faculty already have access to resources on campus such as the Warrior Pantry, this will be in addition to the resources we have at our school,” Nilles said.

TimelyCare offers a 24/7 helpline designed for faculty and staff to support students in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.

Students can take care of their personal well-being by participating in free virtual classes and activities.

These classes include group sessions such as yoga and guided meditation.

“Students already have 6 visits to health services per semester, which will result in 12 additional visits to students each year,” Nilles said.

Nilles said he noticed that several students had blackouts in the middle of class and that it would be beneficial for their well-being.

TimelyCare is partnering with El Camino College and offering a raffle for a $250 Amazon gift card if you register by Saturday, April 30.

Westminster College gets social media attention for offering pornography course

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SALT LAKE CITY – A course offered at Westminster College during the summer semester is attracting attention on social media.

A screenshot of the Westminster Class Catalog webpage on Wednesday morning showed the class description below.

(Screenshot courtesy of Shara Park/ KSL TV)

“American hard core porn like apple pie…and more popular than Sunday night football,” reads a course description at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. The course is being offered for the first time this fall.

Reactions on social media vary from criticism of the class to joking about what the specifics of the class might be.

The Film 300 class is described as approaching the class to examine a “cultural phenomenon that reinforces gender inequality”.

The summer school description states that the class will watch pornographic films and discuss the sexualization of race, class, and gender in pornographic films.

The college provided KSL NewsRadio with a statement. He read:

“Westminster College occasionally offers optional courses like this as an opportunity to analyze social issues. As part of this analysis, Westminster College and county universities often examine potentially offensive topics like pornography to better understand their pervasiveness and impact. Descriptions of these courses, while alarming to some readers, help students decide whether they wish to engage in serious investigation of controversial topics.

Sturgeon Bay proposes all items on the agenda on Tuesday

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Sturgeon Bay Town Council held its first meeting since the April election. All former council members remained intact with Mayor David Ward as a lengthy agenda of items was dealt with on Tuesday.

After the mayors’ committee appointments were unanimously approved, the council passed approximately $2,455,000 in general obligation promissory notes that would be repaid within ten years.

In other matters, Commercial/Light Manufacturing (C-3) was rezoned to General commercial (C-1) for various parcels as well as the rezoning of property owned by Midwest Wire on Lansing Avenue from C-3 to Light Industrial ((I -1) after a second reading.

Two housing projects slated for this summer are moving forward after second readings regarding the rezoning of a planned unit development. Cherry Point Investments is building a 68-unit multi-family residential complex on Egg Harbor Road, while another 26-unit apartment development by SC Swiderski, LLC is planned for the former Sunset School site on North Eighth Avenue.

Proposed Tax Increment District #6 had established limits for several types of projects and received council approval. Next Tuesday, it will be presented to the Joint Review Panel for final approval of the creation of a new TID that includes much of Egg Harbor Road.

Prior to the business portion of the meeting, Mayor David Ward presented Door County Medical Center CEO Brian Stephens with a plaque recognizing DCMC’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Groupe SEB: General Meeting of May 19, 2022

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ECULLY, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory news:

Groupe SEB (Paris:SK) informs its shareholders that the Combined General Meeting (Ordinary and Extraordinary) will be held on Thursday May 19, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at the Pavillon Vendôme – 7 place Vendôme – 75001 PARIS.

The 2022 General Meeting of SEB SA will be broadcast live in video format on the Company’s website, www.groupeseb.com, unless technical reasons make it impossible or seriously disrupt the broadcast. The replay will be available on the Company’s website by the end of the fifth business day after May 19, 2022.

Given the uncertainties resulting from the current context linked to COVID, the Company may have to modify, subject to legal provisions, the procedures for holding, participating in and voting at the 2022 Combined General Meeting of SEB SA In any event, the Company invites its shareholders to consult the Company’s website www.groupeseb.com to stay informed of the latest news and the latest procedures relating to the 2022 Combined General Meeting of SEB SA

Shareholders are also invited to favor the transmission of all requests for documents and/or questions by electronic means.

Shareholders can vote personally on the day of the Meeting, but can also vote by post or by proxy without personally attending the Meeting, as follows:

– by mail using the voting form; or

– by Internet on the Votaccess secure voting platform; or

– by giving proxy to the Chairman of the General Meeting or to any other natural or legal person.

Shareholders are also reminded that they can also send their questions by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt to the following address: SEB SA, Service Actionnaires, 112 Chemin du Moulin Carron, 69130 Ecully; by e-mail to the following address: [email protected] Questions must reach SEB SA no later than the fourth business day preceding the date of the General Meeting, i.e. no later than Friday May 13, 2022. These questions must be accompanied, for bearer shareholders, by a certificate of entry in the shareholder’s account dated no earlier than the day the written question is sent.

The notice of meeting was published in the Bulletin des Annonces Légales et Obligatoires (BALO) n°37 of March 28, 2022. It contains the agenda and the draft resolutions as approved by the Board of Governors.

The notice of meeting specifying the procedures for attending and voting at this Meeting, the agenda and the draft resolutions will be sent to registered shareholders from April 27, 2022.

The above documents are available in the Shareholder Area of ​​the Group’s website: (https://www.groupeseb.com/fr/finance/Assemblée-generale-annuelle). We will regularly update this page with the required information.

The information referred to in Article R.225-83 of the French Commercial Code appears in the 2021 Universal Registration Document, also available on the Group’s website at the following address: https://www.groupeseb.com/ en/finance-news -and-publications.


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2021-22 Rutherford County, Murfreesboro City Teachers of the Year

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When Jessica Pinson learned that she would be the high school’s choice for district-level teacher of the year, she was surprised.

She also felt unworthy.

“Just because if I look at my department, or the rest of the faculty, I don’t deserve it any more than they do,” said Pinson, a teacher at Central Magnet School. “I’ve seen them spend countless hours troubleshooting and adapting lessons for kids during such a difficult year. We all do it.

Pinson’s love for his content is absolute. After deciding to minor in Spanish in college, Pinson went on to study abroad where she says teaching wasn’t even on her radar. She loved the challenge of learning a new language.

Now she shares that love with her students.

“At this point in the year you start to see things click with the kids – I’m so lucky to be able to teach them,” Pinson said.

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Pinson, along with 50 other Rutherford County teachers, will be honored with a 2021-22 Teacher of the Year reception on April 28 at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. The pandemic has prevented the school district from hosting an in-person Teacher of the Year event for the past two years.

Rutherford County Schools Teachers of the Year

Here is a complete list of RCS teachers for the year 2021-2022:

  • Barfield Elementary – Sheryl Evans
  • Blackman Elementary School—Tye McCleary
  • Blackman High—Lauren Hutchins
  • Blackman Mid — Sheila Almeda Panther
  • Brown Chapel Elementary School – Rebecca Kuchta
  • Buchanan Elementary School – Kortnee Carter
  • Cedar Grove Elementary School—Kathy Mosley
  • Central Magnet – Jessica Pinson (high school winner)
  • Christiana Elementary School — Lora Vetter
  • Christiana Middle — Carlie Littrell
  • Daniel McKee—Sarah Long
  • David Youree Elementary School—Audra McLeod
  • Eagleville School – Mary Alice Curtis
  • Holloway High—Sheneka Macha Hernandez
  • Homer Pittard Campus—Anne S. Mayes
  • John Colemon Elementary School—Myra Renea Elliott
  • Kittrell Elementary School—Rebecca Lynn Speck
  • Lascassas Elementary School—Nicheala Allison
  • LaVergne High School—Dale Hudson
  • Lac LaVergne—Melissa Natter
  • La Vergne Middle — Brayan Bunyi
  • McFadden—Jenny Copeland
  • Oakland High – Carol Keener
  • Oakland Middle—Elizabeth Sinor
  • Plainview Elementary School—Katelyn Hand
  • RCS Virtual School — Laura L. Schlesinger
  • Riverdale High School – Kyle Hurt
  • Rock Springs – Elementary Carla Derrick
  • Rock Springs Middle—Nathaniel Morris
  • Rockvale Elementary School – Christy Steagall
  • Rockvale High School – Kimberly Kay Armstrong
  • Rockvale Middle—Caitlyn Rae Brown
  • Rocky Fork Elementary School – Shameeka Edwards
  • Rocky Fork Middle – Kaitlyn Benavides (Middle Tier Winner)
  • Roy Waldron Elementary School – Emily G. Faust
  • Siegel High—Roger R. Alcendor
  • Siegel Middle – Mary Hannah Hardiman
  • Smyrna Primary School – Shelly Mangrum
  • Smyrna High School—Donald A. Trumphour
  • Smyrna Middle — Jenny Kawano
  • Smyrna Primary — Jesse Rutherford
  • West Smyrna — Dana Renee Bennett
  • Stewarts Creek Elementary School — KaVitaLyles
  • Stewarts Creek – High Emily Spears
  • Stewarts Creek Middle—Allison Haley Glapa
  • Stewartsboro Elementary – Brittany May
  • Thurman Francis—Mary Jennifer Reeves
  • Walter Hill Elementary School—Molly Swann
  • Whitworth-Buchanan Middle—Joshua Caleb Picklesimer
  • Wilson Elementary – Shannon Marie Creekmore (elementary level winner)
  • Principal of the Year – April Sneed, Whitworth-Buchanan Middle
  • Supervisor of the Year — Mark Gullion, Federal Programs Coordinator

Murfreesboro City Schools Teachers of the Year

Murfreesboro City Schools recently recognized Teachers of the Year at a city council meeting and ceremony.

  • Black Fox – Kim Inglis and Kristy Lewis
  • Bradley Academy – Macari Harrison and Donna Beers
  • Cason Lane — Amy Walker Kristy Timberlake
  • Discovery — Kelly Holman and Melissa Carnes
  • Erma Siegel – Devontae Kelley and Jennifer George
  • Hobgood – Nichole Bell and Olivia Calvo
  • John Pittard — Francina Jackson and Stephanie Stephens
  • Mitchell-Neilson—Amy Adcock, Ashlee Walker, and Clinton Staggs
  • Northfield—Rachel Davenport and Shirelle Ford-Jackson
  • Global Stream – Anna McDonald and Amanda Turnbo
  • Reeves-Rogers—Malia Rankins and Brittany Davison
  • Salem – Kimberly Kahle and Lance Pearcy
  • Scales – Jessica Sorth and Kayla Embry

Black Fox’s Kim Inglis and Salem’s Lance Pearcy were selected as district-level teachers of the year.

Mom explains to her 14-year-old daughter about dating storylines from friends that are going viral

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It’s no secret that Friends became popular with modern viewers who weren’t even born when the show began airing on NBC in 1994.

Now a mother is going viral as she re-watches the sitcom with her daughter and shares the plot points and tropes she had to explain to the 14-year-old.

Screenwriter and Creative Director Rebecca Makkai tweeted over the weekend she had started a “Friends” marathon with her daughter.

“We are in season 2,” she wrote. “Here’s a running, but incomplete, list of all the things I needed to explain to him.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 21: Actress Lisa Kudrow, actress Jennifer Aniston and actress Courteney Cox attend the 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 1996 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
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Makkai had to explain the 20th century practice of printing photographs of missing children on milk cartons, she tweeted. She also had to tell her daughter the identities of Demi Moore, Joan Collins and Hank Azaria.

His daughter had also never heard the terms “bribe” as in a social gathering, “closure” as in the over end of a relationship, or “big rack” as in an aesthetic body part, he said. she tweeted.

The communication technology of the 1990s was also a hot topic. Little did her daughter know that “people used to memorize each other’s phone numbers,” she wrote, and “you could call your own answering machine to get your messages.”

Makkai enlisted the help of his followers to explain the difference between a “pager” and a “beeper”. Even Twitter couldn’t figure this one out. An user wrote, “the pager just beeped and the pager could show you numbers and text? I think that was the main difference.” But others insisted it was the same device, called different names.

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Cast members of NBC’s comedy series “Friends.” Pictured (left to right): David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Cook, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani and Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay. Episode: “The One Where They’re All Thirty.”
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Some of the tropes Makkai had to explain to her daughter still exist today, she wrote. As to why she needed to explain things that still exist, like secretaries answering office phones, she speculated“Maybe young COVID teens aren’t big on hickeys or work culture in the office?”

Makkai also marveled at how “marrying someone you didn’t like for a green card” was such a popular trope on ’80s and ’90s television.

Sexism and homophobia in ‘Friends’

Some Twitter users who stumbled upon Makkai’s thread expressed hope that she was telling her daughter about parts of Friends which are more controversial.

“Yes, of course we are talking about homophobia, fat-shaming, whitewashing and sexism,” Makkai said. responded.

While Friends Full of examples of outdated technology and social norms, fans often point out offensive jokes and plot points that wouldn’t fly today.

When Friends: Reunion airing on HBOMax in June 2021, it reignited conversations about the show’s lack of diversity. Special director Ben Winston even weighed in to defend the show.

“Casting is casting,” he said at the time. “It was made in 1994. I think it’s remarkable how well it stands the test of time.”

The special also included cameos from BTS, Malala Yousafzai and Mindy Kaling, he pointed out, as well as “three women from Ghana, one who talks about how Friends saved his life.”

Twitter users still couldn’t help but point out the show’s racial homogeneity in response to Makkai’s re-vision.

“A big point for this convo is how the show itself whitewashed,” one wrote. “[If] it was not for To live alone we would not have Friends. But once Friends went out and made it, he drove To live alone off the air.”

The show is also the subject of complaints of sexism. Another user said her teenage daughter noticed “how dominant Ross is over Rachel” in a new watch. “He’s impatient, bossy, demeaning and demanding…lots of dishonest, toxic masculinity. I felt confused that I hadn’t seen that before.”

Ross and Rachel in Friends
Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer have been through a lot together as their characters Rachel and Ross on NBC’s “Friends.”
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Others said the show contained examples of transphobia. Chandler Bing’s character’s father is a transgender woman named Helena, whom Chandler calls Charles.

Kathleen Turner, the actress who played Helena, admitted in an interview with The Gay Times that these parts of the show hadn’t “aged well”.

“It was a 30-minute sitcom,” Turner said. “It became a phenomenon, but no one ever took it seriously as a social commentary.”

Supplement to the agenda of the Annual General Meeting of

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April 8, 2022 AS Ekspress Grupp published a notice on the convening of a Annual general meeting of shareholders.

In accordance with paragraph 293 (2) of the Commercial Code, the Management Board of AS Ekspress Grupp adds items 7 and 8 to the agenda of the Annual General Meeting to be held on May 2, 2022 as well as the draft resolutions following:

7. Election of the member of the Supervisory Board

Elect Triin Hertmann (personal code 48007170229) as member of the supervisory board for the five years until May 2, 2027.

8. Remuneration of the member of the Supervisory Board

Remunerate Triin Hertmann as follows: a monthly remuneration of 1,350 euros (gross) to be paid.

In addition, management announces changes to the wording of item 3 of the previously announced agenda. On April 14, 2022, the shareholders Hans Luik and OÜ HHL Rühm submitted a draft resolution on item 3 of the agenda of the annual general meeting to be held on May 2, 2022 in accordance with § 2931 (4) of the Commercial Code which aims to increase the price of the repurchased share from 1.80 euro to 1.90 euro. Therefore, point 3 as well as the draft resolution should be considered correct as follows:

3. Determine the acquisition of own shares of AS Ekspress Grupp and set the terms of the share buyback program
3.1. Approve the AS Ekspress Grupp own share buyback program under the following conditions:

  • AS Ekspress Grupp will have the right to buy back a maximum of 2,500,000 own shares without the total amount of the nominal value of own shares held by the company being able to exceed 1/10 of its share capital.
  • AS Ekspress Grupp will have the right to buy back its own shares in one or more transactions via buy-back offer(s) addressed to all shareholders within 12 months from the date of adoption of this decision.
  • The minimum amount to be paid for own shares will be EUR 0.60 per share and the maximum amount per share will be the closing price on the Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange plus 20% but not more than EUR 1.90 per share on the day trading prior to the announcement of each respective redemption. The total amount of shares to be repurchased pursuant to this decision may not exceed a maximum of 2 million euros. The acquisition of shares may not lead to a reduction in net assets below the total amount of share capital and reserves, the payment of which to shareholders is not authorized by law or the articles of association.
  • The purpose of buying back shares is to use attractive market conditions to create value for shareholders. The repurchased shares will then be canceled or used for other purposes (eg sale or use of shares for the options program).

3.2. In accordance with this decision and the applicable legal acts, authorize the Management Board to decide and carry out the buyback of shares, set the buyback price, the procedure and other conditions as well as perform all other necessary due diligence.

The completed ballot and the draft resolutions are attached to this press release. All documents relating to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of AS Ekspress Grupp, including the draft resolutions, are available on the home page of the AS Ekspress group.

Mari-Liis Rüütsalu
AS Ekspress Group
Chairman of the Board
+372 512 2591
[email protected]

AS Ekspress Group is the leading Baltic media group whose main activities include the production of web-based multimedia content, publishing of newspapers, magazines and books. The Group also operates an e-ticket sales platform and ticket sales sites in Estonia and Latvia. Ekspress Grupp, which started operations in 1989, employs over 1400 people, has leading web media portals in the Baltic States and publishes the most popular daily and weekly newspapers as well as the majority of the most popular magazines in ‘Estonia.

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A six-point program for India to improve its trade competitiveness

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In a recent joint article, Indian Trade Minister Piyush Goyal and Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan wrote that the new trade agreement between our two countries will lead to the creation of new jobs. This agreement follows a similar agreement with the United Arab Emirates, and others are in preparation. It is hoped that such deals will push the boundaries of India’s competitiveness and make good use of our demographic dividend. It goes without saying that exports lead to higher growth.

In a white paper on “Enhancing Competitiveness for Inclusive Growth”, CUTS International, the Institute for Competitiveness and the Institute for Industrial Development Studies set out an agenda for action to improve Indian competitiveness. The exercise took place over seven consultations with stakeholders, as there were many points to work on. Let me recall the top six that can make a big difference.

We need better and greater investment in intangible assets such as health and education, accompanied by building “future-proof” skills. These issues need to be worked on by the States in partnership with the Union government, in terms of policies and funding. However, one size does not fit all. Therefore, states must be allowed to design their own strategies. They should leverage the potential to promote people-centred public-private partnerships to raise funds to cover health, jobs and skills, and ensure effective implementation in consultation with all stakeholders. Samaj, sarkar and bazaar must come together for this purpose.

The Niti Aayog conducts comparative studies on several topics across states, such as health, sustainable development goals, innovation, and export readiness. Hopefully these would lead to better results through inter-state competition. It would also be good for States to come together and create their own association to exchange information on good practices and lessons learned. It would give them a better sense of belonging. Similar bodies exist in other federal countries such as the United States, Nigeria and Australia. We need to focus on our third level of governance, empowering district governments to realize the potential of our districts .

Second, free trade agreements (FTAs) will help our industry participate in supply chains. Therefore, intra- and cross-industry cooperation and participation at company level is also necessary without violating competition law. Our FTAs ​​should complement production-related incentive programs so that products promoted domestically can be globally competitive. We also need to rethink our decision to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership; otherwise, supply chains from that part of the world would not be attracted to India except in specific cases. We are losing an opportunity. After all, most of our requests for long-term commitments in this agreement had been granted.

Third, we must promote fairer competition by implementing the draft national competition policy. Among other things, the policy advocates a level playing field for all players, thereby promoting economic democracy. It also encompasses Ease of Doing Business (EODB); that is to say, the removal of barriers to entry, for which the Ministry for the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has prepared a comparative index between the States. Those who score well on the EODB create more jobs. The only problem is that it doesn’t talk about the smooth running of a business. Inspector raj continues in most areas, extracting his pound of flesh from businesses and thus increasing their costs. To counter this, we need a strong anti-corruption law with restitution provisions so that perpetrators cannot get away with ill-gotten riches.

Fourth, we must modernize and strengthen the capacity of our public institutions. We know the issues on which a lot of work has been done in the past through administrative reform commissions. Someone has to dust off those reports. Fortunately, this government is already carrying out certain administrative reforms, such as the side entry of experts. This must be extended to cover side exits through rigorous periodic evaluations aimed at ridding the system of fat.

Fifth, there must be a “whole of government” approach monitored by policy coherence units in the offices of the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers of states. In addition, many policies work against the grain. For example, a lack of cohesion between our trade and industrial policies has often resulted in inverted duty structures. This is despite the fact that the two come under the same ministry.

At the same time, the tendency of utilities to write new laws and rules and retain old ones should be checked by institutionalized assessments of the impact of regulation involving three tests: a) legality b) necessity and c) proportionality . Only if they pass all of these tests should they be retained or introduced, if not discarded.

Finally, we must plod along with a shared vision, mutual learning and a single market. The country must implement cooperative federalism in letter and spirit. We will all need to work diligently to ensure that our demographic dividend is not wasted. The Niti Aayog is planning a new index to rank states on competitiveness. These six indicators could be a good starting point.

Pradeep S. Mehta is Secretary General of CUTS International

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The day – Business briefs

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Karen Brodeur was appointed Commercial Credit Manager for Jewett Town Savings Bank and Matthew Völker joined the bank as a senior trade credit analyst. Brodeur, Assistant Vice President since 2020, joined the Bank in 2014 as a Trade Credit Analyst. Voelker was a trade credit analyst for Charter Oak Federal Credit Union. For more information, visit http://www.JCSBank.com.

WORKSHOPS

SCORE will host:

“How to Start and Run a Successful Nonprofit”, co-hosted by New London Public Library, SCORE Advisor Presenter Bob PotterWednesday April 27, 1-2:30 p.m., Zoom.

“QuickBooks, Part One: Managing Your Business Finances with QuickBooks,” Tuesday, May 3, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

“QuickBooks Part Two: Choosing the Right QuickBooks: The Basics of Setting Up Your QuickBooks Business,” Wednesday, May 4, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

“Plan Your Website for Online Success,” sponsored by the Rotary Club of Clinton, featuring Jessica Baldwinco-founder of Cardsetter, May 11, 5:30-7 p.m., Zoom.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at [email protected]

NETWORKING

The Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting event at The lighthouse property and stables April 27. Register at www.ChamberECT.com/events.

Dr Raja MangipudySenior Vice President, Global Head of Drug Safety Research and Development, Groton Site Director at Pfizer, will provide an overview on April 27 and update Pfizer’s latest work on the COVID-19 vaccine and therapies. Register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or 860-701-9113.

ANNUAL MEETING

President and CEO Michael Rauh recently presented Chelsea Groton Bank’s 2021 results to Mystic Marriott executives, board members and corporators. Last year, the bank introduced a curbside concierge, five additional video ATMs and the reimagining of the Westside branch. For the sixth consecutive year, Chelsea Groton has accepted the honor of being named “Top Workplace in CT” by The Hartford Courant. The ONE CHELSEA initiative underscores the strength of the bank’s commitment to diversity and equity. The bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation have together donated more than $600,000 to organizations in the community, with an additional $22,000 donated to local organizations chosen by each employee as part of the bank’s Acts of Kindness initiative .

As of December 31, 2021, the bank’s total assets had grown to $1.59 billion. On the business side, Chelsea Groton saw an 180% increase in the adoption of its cash management services. The bank’s commercial loan portfolio was $255 million. Overall loan production totaled $74.3 million and business deposits increased by $86.3 million.

At this year’s meeting, officials also announced the appointment of five new corporators: Rodney Butler, president of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation; Tracy Espy, president of Mitchell College; Dina Sears-Graves, president and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut; Kathleen Stauffer, President and CEO of The Arc Eastern Connecticut; and Adam Young, owner, Sift Bake Shop.

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ACT sings “Strike”; Superintendent of Board Discussions

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VSALEXIQUE – The next Calexico Unified School District superintendent will need to successfully navigate change and uncertainty, be trustworthy and of integrity, and possess a positive track record for running a school district with similar demographics.

Additionally, it is hoped that this individual will help resolve contentious ongoing contract negotiations with the teachers’ union, strengthen ties with the board, and prioritize academic, safety, and support services for all students.

These attributes, and more, represent the collective desires of district stakeholders who were recently interviewed and whose feedback was compiled into a consulting firm’s report as part of the ongoing search for a permanent superintendent.

The findings of the report were presented by Education Support Services consultant Gary Rutherford to the District Council at its regular meeting on Thursday 14 April.

A Calexico Associate Teacher member gathers during the Calexico Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, April 14 at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO

The presentation came as members of Associated Calexico Teachers and their supporters gathered outside Cesar Chavez Elementary School, where the meeting took place. At one point, as the council adjourned behind closed doors and marched from the school auditorium to another building, the crowd of teachers present repeatedly chanted “Strike, strike, strike.”

A second mediation session between the district and the union early in the week of April 11 resulted in no resolution to the contract disputes that have now dragged on for several months.

As concerning as the current contract dispute is for ACT members, longtime Calexico Unified Elementary School teacher Bob Nelson said it doesn’t bode well for future contract negotiations either.

“We’re getting this settlement, we’re not done,” Nelson said before the start of Thursday’s board meeting. “What about the next two or three years? Negotiations here at Calexico are far from over.

Sharing Superintendent Search Survey Results

Other findings that emerged during the stakeholder engagement process facilitated by Education Support Services were that local participants’ responses to a range of questions were not as disparate from one another. others whom Rutherford of ESS said he had occasionally encountered.

On occasion, it’s not uncommon for stakeholders in a surveyed school district to offer such varied characterizations of their district’s situation that they seem to be talking about completely different entities, Rutherford said. This is not the case with Calexico.

“I will tell you that despite the challenges you face, every band we spoke to knew they were talking about Calexico,” he said. “And I think they’ve charted a very clear course.”

Yet, as Rutherford acknowledged during his presentation, the path forward for the district comes with its challenges. Not the least of which is resolving its protracted contract negotiations with the Associated Calexico Teachers union and repairing the relationship between the district executive cabinet and its board of directors.

“It’s no secret that there have been conflicts and challenges between the board and management, and the community has recognized that as a goal,” Rutherford said. “And there are clearly strained working relationships that have been tested over the past year.”

The report’s findings, titled “Voices of Calexico Stakeholders,” also had some positive highlights.

According to those interviewed, the district has a rich history and a proud tradition of success for its alumni. Many of its teachers and staff had attended school in Calexico and now have children and grandchildren enrolled in the district as well. And a deep appreciation exists for its talented and committed workforce.

Education Support Services consultant Gary Rutherford said the stakeholder engagement survey the company has undertaken should serve as a roadmap to help the Calexico Unified School District select its next permanent superintendent during the CUSD board meeting on Thursday, April 14 at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO

The survey, which the Cerritos-based company conducted online and through focus groups and one-on-one interviews, is a preliminary step in the company’s efforts to provide the District Council with a roadmap who will help him in his search for a permanent superintendent.

“Our goal is to kind of hold up a mirror to the community and share with you what we found reflected, for your consideration,” Rutherford told the board.

Currently, Dr. Brian Thurman, assistant superintendent of human resources and risk management for the district, serves as the acting superintendent. A resolution to discuss and possibly approve Thurman’s employment contract with the district was on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting, but was tabled.

He replaced former superintendent Carlos Gonzales, who resigned on March 31 and whose contract was due to expire on June 30 after a majority of the board voted in November not to renew it. Gonzales has since been hired as the associate superintendent of the Imperial County Office of Education.

The stakeholder survey compiled feedback from 292 online respondents and more than 90 others through focus groups, email correspondence and in-person meetings, including with board members. ‘administration.

Based on information provided by stakeholders, Education Support Services will draft a profile of the ideal district superintendent candidate and submit it to the board on Monday, April 18 to assist in the selection process. The application period for the position also ends on the same day.

On April 25, Education Support Services will provide the District Council with a confidential classified analysis of the nominees along with its supporting rationale. The board is set to convene for a special meeting on April 28, where it will decide behind closed doors which candidates to invite for in-person interviews.

These confidential interviews will be scheduled for May 14 and 15, according to Rutherford’s presentation.

Following the conclusion of the presentation, council adjourned in camera. As they exited the auditorium of Cesar Chavez Elementary where the meeting was being held and made their way to a nearby building, the crowd of ACT members present began chanting “Strike, strike, strike” at several occasions.

Members of Associated Calexico Teachers gathered outside Cesar Chavez Elementary School ahead of the Calexico Unified School District board meeting on Thursday, April 14. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO

Failure of the second round of mediation; Ongoing investigation

Chants by district teachers and others in attendance to support them reflect the growing frustration of faculty members who have worked without a contract for more than two years and have not received a cost of living adjustment for nearly five years.

Although a state-appointed mediator was unable to reach an agreement between the two parties after an impasse in contract negotiations was declared in late October at the request of the district, this mediator has again met with the two sides for further negotiations, but to no avail, ACT President Xavier Rodriguez said during a break at Thursday’s board meeting.

Those most recent negotiations took place over two days earlier in the week, while the fact-finding portion of the contract dispute is still ongoing. The current standoff could end if both sides accept the investigative panel’s eventual recommendation.

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If both parties reject the recommendation of the inquiry process, the district may impose its final and final offer. The proposal would offer ACT members a 20.5% pay scale increase, along with a total off-schedule payout of 3%, under a contract spanning the 2017-18 to 2021 school years. -22.

Associated Calexico Teachers President Xavier Rodriguez implored the Calexico Unified School District board to stop putting its lawyers’ contract negotiation recommendations ahead of the community’s wishes during the board’s meeting on Thursday, 14 April at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO

If the district took such action, the teachers’ union would have the legal right to strike. The strike decision would also require the union to notify the district, so it can prepare for the eventuality.

“The goal is to try to come to some sort of resolution,” ACT president Rodriguez said. “Whether we go on strike or not, we still have to negotiate.”

Faculty members have long argued that the district has the funds to increase the proposed salary increases. Currently, teachers in the district are among the lowest paid in the valley, making it difficult to retain and recruit experienced teachers, ACT members said.

The district has also proposed placing a $21,500 cap on the amount of money it spends on a teacher’s annual health benefits, which the teachers’ union also opposes.

Contentious contract negotiations still appeared to have been part of the eight years Roswen Partida, a second-grade independent studies teacher at Rockwood Elementary, was employed by CUSD.

Although a strike would present financial hardship for her household, especially as the price of gas and consumer goods continue to rise, Partida said she was prepared to do so in order to “fight for what is just”.

“I think most teachers are ready to do that,” she said before the board meeting began.

About 10 years ago, the district spent about $24 million of its $72 million council-approved operating budget on teacher salaries, recalled Joong Kim, a former board member of the CUSD, during its public comment session.

This school year, teachers received about $44 million of the district’s projected $185 million in revenue, said Kim, who used public records from the California Department of Education to back up her claim and blame the advice to dismantle the local education system.

As part of the Education Support Services Stakeholder Engagement, he had asked his respondents how they would describe the quality of education in the Calexico Unified School District, pre-pandemic.

About 19% rated it as above average, and 52% rated it as average. Some 22% rated it as below average, while almost 7% rated it as mediocre.

“So there wasn’t a strong rating of excellence,” said ESS consultant Rutherford.

Members of Associated Calexico Teachers gathered outside Cesar Chavez Elementary School ahead of the Calexico Unified School District board meeting on Thursday, April 14. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO

Put some respect on Girls star Allison Williams’ name for her iconic turn as Marnie Michaels

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I regrets a lot about the premiere of HBO’s flagship comedy series Girls, who, as of this week, is 10 years old. I regret the short-sighted conversations around the show’s lack of diversity. I regret that some critics have misinterpreted the narcissism of the characters. I regret that fatphobic viewers criticize Lena Dunham’s choice to be often naked in the series. I regret that Dunham volunteered to be a poster boy for white feminism. I regret that a fairly innocuous, ultimately beautiful show about female relationships will forever go down in history as “polarizing” and “controversial.” I regret not knowing all the details of Dunham and Christopher Abbott’s alleged beef that led to him leaving the show after season 2.

Surprisingly, the thing I regret the most throughout Girls The hullabaloo – one thing that really keeps me awake at night – is the fact that Allison Williams has never received an Emmy Award or even an Emmy Award nomination for her singular work as Marnie Michaels, the best elusive, neurotic friend of Dunham’s neurotic Hannah Horvath.

Lately the internet seems to agree with my assessment of Williams as a comedic genius regarding his contributions on Girls. A clip of the actress performing a goofy acoustic cover of Kanye West’s “Stronger” in the penultimate episode of Season 2 has gone viral on Twitter over the past year. And a screenshot of Williams smiling aggressively with a microphone in hand has become its own meme. I also think there’s a creative line to draw between the brilliance of this scene and Amanda Seyfried’s grumpy rendition of Lil Wayne’s “How to Love” on Hulu. The stall it’s also gone viral lately.

In the episode titled “On All Fours”, Marnie decides to soft-launch her music career at her ex-boyfriend Charlie’s (Abbott) work event, which she sincerely frames as a gift for him. It’s an experience that’s just as fun and sickening as listening to her sing West’s bars with her high-pitched Disney princess voice and watching her sway up and down to an eerie drum beat. She even changes one of the lyrics to “you can be my white Kate Moss tonight,” as if she’s decided the word “Black” would be inappropriate on the way and doesn’t care about the obvious redundancy. All in all, it’s an effective snapshot of all the chaos bubbling beneath the surface of this seemingly put-together, professional-looking woman.

Describing the essence of Marnie with a few adjectives is difficult. She’s the kind of woman you’ve met a million times or luckily never met. And if so, you know her simply as That Girl. She’s that girl who lets a man destroy her life every few months, but wants you to be on your own in your relationship. It’s that girl who needs a boyfriend or a man who yearns for her at all times. She’s that girl who uses every social gathering as an opportunity to flaunt her singing skills. It’s that girl who assumes she’s a socialite because she has a liberal arts education. She’s that girl who considers herself a good friend to throw you nice birthday parties but is going to fuck your ex-boyfriend. It’s that girl wearing an Ann Taylor dress to a warehouse party.

Maybe it’s not as much of an instantly recognizable archetype as I make it out to be. But it speaks to Williams’ portrayal of Marnie that her polished presentation, self-sabotaging demeanors, and occasional maturity felt cohesive, readable, and easily categorized without being broad. You never got to experience a narrative boost watching her week in and week out, like when you watch literally any character arc on Euphoria. She was a mixture of contradictions that made perfect sense, as are most human beings (at least the most interesting ones).

She was a mixture of contradictions that made perfect sense, as are most human beings (at least the most interesting ones).

One of the most feminist aspects of Girls is that the writers never spent too much time explaining why women were as frustrating as they were in their approaches to relationships, work, and day-to-day decision-making. With Hannah, for example, we had some brief dark and funny revelations about her childhood and her experiences with OCD. But Dunham and the show’s writers were never interested in painting these elaborately traumatic backgrounds to make sense of her mess or demand immediate empathy when she got too unlovable. In Marnie’s case, there are a few nods to her abandonment issues from her father. And her mother, played superbly by Rita Wilson, is a certified madwoman who we can only assume passed on some of her traits. But for the majority of her arc, viewers are just forced to buckle in and hope that Marnie will eventually get to a sane place.

Marnie’s six-season journey through dysfunction is difficult, at times infuriating, and deeply entertaining. Throughout the series, we see Marnie run into the exes of several friends, enter into a destructive marriage with her musical partner Desi, drift away from her core group of friends until she desperately needs her again. of their company and display occasional and frequent acts of narcissism – ultimately coercing Hannah into co-parenting her child. And Williams brings a specificity to each of these storylines that keeps her from being a one-dimensional little bad girl.

In addition to the hilarious “Stronger” cover, I think a highlight of Williams’ performance on the show is an iconic Season 3 episode titled “Beach House” where she hosts a weekend getaway. for herself, Hannah, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) who gets hijacked by Hannah’s gay ex-boyfriend Elijah (Andrew Rannells) and his group of friends, culminating in a fight epic between women. Much of his performance in this episode is indebted to the writing and vice versa. Marnie’s tone and her quick, exasperated looks at the women as she instructs them through the activities and forces them to have fun immediately make you realize the superficiality of this “bonding” trip. Despite the generally affable way Marnie presented herself, Williams always found an amusing distinction between when her character performed the friendship and actually being a good friend. Comparatively, she was good at expressing how fragile and insecure Marnie was, whether she was going through huge heartache or a few small annoyances, like in an episode where she and Desi perform at brunch. in a restaurant and a whining child in the corner shakes her completely. .

Suffice it to say, the lack of awards loves Williams and the other supporting actresses of Girls received has intrigued me since the show’s 2017 finale. While I think Adam Driver deserved the three Emmys he was nominated for in the Supporting Actor category, the highlight of his performance, while Williams, Mamet and Kirke were also doing a great job and being ignored, put a bad taste in my mouth. It seemed voters were giving her some credit for being part of a women-centric project. Likewise, the titular girls’ careers haven’t quite gone quite the same way as Driver’s, who has been nominated for two Oscars since the series ended and is officially one of Hollywood’s leading men. Williams got to experience Oscar buzz (not particularly for her performance) when she co-starred in get out in 2017, but the film’s success did not turn her into a movie star.

Ultimately, my hammer and sickle side knows that these industry awards don’t matter and should be abolished in their current form. It’s more about recognition and appreciation at the heart of it. Likewise, in this economy, it’s probably better to have a performance commemorated on Twitter than a televised ceremony that no one apparently watches anymore. Williams may not have quit Girls with all the trophies, but at least she’ll still have proof of her comedic genius (and singing chops) floating around the internet.

Pryme BV – Notice of meeting of the Extraordinary General Meeting of May 2, 2022

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Rotterdam, April 15, 2022
 
Pryme B.V. has by board resolution resolved to call for an Extraordinary General
Meeting (EGM) on May 2, 2022.
 
For details, please see the attached EGM notice. A separate cover letter from
DnB with voting instructions will be distributed separately. The main agenda
items in the EGM are changes to the company's articles of association, a capital
increase through a private placement and subsequent offering, the election of
board members and the conversion from a BV to an NV.
 
For more information, please email to: [email protected]
Company contact: Boudewijn van Vliet


About Pryme | www.pryme-cleantech.com 

Pryme B.V. is an innovative cleantech company focused on converting plastic
waste into valuable products through chemical recycling on an industrial scale.
Its efficient and scalable technology is based on a proven pyrolysis process
that has been further developed and enhanced with proprietary characteristics. 

The company is currently building its first plant in the port of Rotterdam with
an initial annual intake of about 40,000 tonnes, which will start production in
2022. 

Pryme's ambition is to contribute to a low-carbon, circular plastic economy and
to realize the enormous rollout potential of its technology through the
development of a broad portfolio of owned-operated plants with strategic
partners. 

The company is listed on the Euronext Growth Oslo.

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Fort Scott Community College Trustee Meeting Agenda April 18

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The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Monday April 18, 2022.

The Council leaves the FSCC at 4:00 p.m., visits the Harley facilities and
meet at the Crawford Technical Education Center (CTEC) in Pittsburgh.

On arrival at CETC, dinner will be served and the regular board meeting will be held.

Depart Fort Scott Community College to Harley, then to CTEC
Dinner at CETC at 5:00 p.m. followed by a regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
AGENDA

5:30 CALL, 3

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

CALL TO ORDER, 4

A. President’s comments, 4
B Public comments, 4
VS Tour of CETC facilities

CONSENT SCHEDULE, 5

A. Approval of the agenda, 5
B Approval of the minutes of the previous Council working session and Regular meeting held
on March 21, 2022, 6 and 88
VS Approval of the treasurer’s report, invoices and claims, 91
D. Approval of staff actions, 5

FOLLOW-UP/DISCUSSION POINTS150

A. Greyhound Lodge Renovation Offers Review150
B Review of Memorandum of Understanding with Southeast Kansas Education
Service Center (Greenbush)153
VS Food Consideration SService Agreement156
D. Confirmation of emeritus status for retirees163

ITEMS TO REVISE164
REPORTS, 180
A. Administrative updates, 180
EXECUTIVE MEETING, 193
ADJOURNMENT, 194
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CONSENT SCHEDULE
A. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
B APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
1) Attached are the minutes of the council Working session and ordinary meeting of the board of directors
performed on March 21, 2022.
VS APPROVAL OF THE TREASURER’S REPORT, INVOICES AND CLAIMS
Attached you will find the treasurer’s report and the invoices and claims report.


D. APPROVAL OF PERSONAL ACTIONS
1) Transfers
a) Tom Havron, from Vice President of Student Affairs/Director of Athletics to Vice President of StudentsBusiness/Foundation Director, effective upon hiring and training new Sports director


2) Separations
a) Denissa Rivas, music teacher, effective May 14, 2022

4.18.22 Consent Agenda-14.18.22 Consent Agenda-1
RECOMMENDATION: It is recommended that agenda items on consent be approved as
present.

BOARD ACTION: MOVEMENT _____ SECOND _____ VOTING _____

DISCUSSION:

VOTE: Bartelsmeyer Elliot Fewins

Stag Holt Nelson

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US stocks plunge, bond yields climb on political worries

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April 14 (Reuters) – Shares on Wall Street fell as bond yields and the dollar rose on Thursday as investors feared aggressive U.S. policy tightening could hurt the economy, while the Central Bank European Union reported a steady reduction in stimulus.

The benchmark 10-year US Treasury yield jumped, after two days of declines, after a flurry of economic data such as retail sales and jobless claims and as the ECB signaled tightening plans less aggressive than expected.

The U.S. Federal Reserve should reasonably consider raising interest rates by half a percentage point at its next meeting in May, New York Fed President John Williams said Thursday in another sign. that even more cautious central bank policymakers are okay with a bigger rate hike. Read more

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This was after the ECB announced its intention to reduce bond purchases – known as quantitative easing – this quarter and then end them at some point in the third quarter. Read more

While stocks had gained on Wednesday on hopes that inflation might peak, Thursday’s move seemed to suggest there was little conviction behind those hopes, according to Robert Pavlik, senior portfolio manager at Dakota Wealth at Fairfield, Connecticut.

“When you look at the results, you have a slowing economy, higher interest rates and you still have inflation at higher levels,” said Pavlik, who worries that the war in Ukraine continues. to drive up oil prices, while policymakers’ comments suggest the Fed may need to raise interest rates too quickly.

“Investors are concerned that the Federal Reserve is too aggressive in raising interest rates,” he said.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) rose 30.5 points, or 0.09%, to 34,595.09 while the S&P 500 (.SPX) lost 25.5 points, or 0. .57%, to 4,421.09 and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) fell 176.20 points, or 1.29%, to 13,467.39.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index (.STOXX) rose 0.67% and the MSCI gauge of stocks across the world (.MIWD00000PUS) lost 0.35%.

Meanwhile, in forex, the euro plunged to its lowest level in two years against the dollar, with comments from ECB President Christine Lagarde seen as a sign the bank was in no rush to raise interest rates. Read more

The dollar index rose 0.755%, with the euro falling 0.85% to $1.0793. The Japanese yen weakened 0.20% against the greenback at 125.90 to the dollar, while the pound last traded at $1.3047, down 0.52% on the day.

Benchmark 10-year notes last fell 30/32 to 2.8025%, down from 2.689% on Wednesday night.

Elsewhere, New Zealand’s central bank raised interest rates by 50 basis points on Wednesday, the biggest rise in more than two decades. The Bank of Canada also raised rates by the same level, making its biggest move in more than two decades and signaling more hikes to come.

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U.S. crude recently fell 1.12% to $103.08 a barrel and Brent to $107.68, down 1.01% on the day.

Gold also fell after the dollar strengthened and yields rose as investors braced for interest rate hikes in the United States, but demand for safe haven sparked by the Ukraine crisis and rising inflation kept bullion on course for a weekly gain. Read more

Spot gold was last down 0.6% at $1,965.81 an ounce.

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WSCC Hosts Leadership Academy | News, Sports, Jobs

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MARIETTA–Last week, Washington State Community College welcomed the 2021-2022 cohort of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Leadership Academy for Student Success to its campus. The meeting was part of the one-year fellowship for middle-level faculty and staff at Ohio’s 23 community colleges.

The OACC Leadership Academy, established in 2019, connects community colleges across the state to share and develop strategies to improve student success. During the training held at the WSCC, participating fellows discussed various topics including managing and advancing institutional change. They focused on understanding how to think strategically about institutional finance to drive change. They also explored proven change management strategies that have helped transform colleges.

“The opportunities offered by this academy strengthen the future of higher education. We are developing academic leaders who have a deep and meaningful understanding of the transformational changes being enacted across the state that aim to improve student achievement,” said WSCC President Dr. Vicky Wood.

The session was moderated by Dr. Lenore Rodicio, Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Academic Excellence Program and a nationally recognized leader in higher education.

Wood and Marion Technical College President Dr. Ryan McCall also spoke about building strong and effective teams.

WSCC representatives this year are the Dean of Transfers and Public Service, Dr. Jona Rinard, and Assistant Professor of English Don Godfrey.

“Our networking has proven invaluable. I reached out to (other Fellows) to gather information and resources that helped me make important ministry decisions and likewise they reached out to me to offer insight and advice based on the work done here at the WSCC”, said Rinard.

From an educator’s perspective, Godfrey said the scholarship gave him insight into how he could become a force for positive change in college. “I learned a lot from (my leadership team’s) expertise in institutional research, grant writing, and the intricacies of the state funding model. They gave me a more complete picture of all aspects of student success.

This class of fellows has one more session before they finish their training. The WSCC has selected Network Administrator Ben Harris and Director of Respiratory Therapy Adrienne Hellinger to participate in the 2022-2023 academy.

For more information about Washington State Community College, visit wscc.edu or call 740-374-8716.



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Leaders from Kansas’ three branches of government unite to address mental health crisis

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TOPEKA — Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Marla Luckert spoke on Wednesday about her first week as a district court judge 30 years ago and her interaction with a man already well known to courthouse colleagues .

The man, whom she called ET, was not violent at the time, but regularly stopped taking medication, became unstable, met with law enforcement officers and returned to court. ET would be held in jail, placed on drug therapy, regained stability, and released into the community. In a few weeks or months, Luckert said, ET would start the cycle all over again. This treadmill of life was serving neither his interests nor those of the Topekans.

Luckert told hundreds of people gathered for a two-day conference on mental illness that she had recently come across a handwritten petition filed with the Supreme Court. She recognized the unique calligraphy. It was in the hand of ET. Decades after they first met, ET had yet to break free from the yoke.

“I look back on that and think we could have done better,” the chief judge said. “We had to do better. Not just for ET, but for thousands of Kansans like him. Our prisons and detention centers across the country are the largest providers of mental health services. How to break this cycle? »

The 2022 Kansas Mental Health Summit, the first of its kind in Kansas, brought together more than 600 registrants in person and online. The list included judges, legislators, lawyers, court service officers, community corrections officers and executive branch officials, mental and medical health disciplines, law enforcement and first responders.

The rally also featured brief remarks from Governor Laura Kelly, Senate Speaker Ty Masterson and House Speaker Ron Ryckman.

Ice on power lines

Ryckman, a Republican from Olathe, said the summit could be a catalyst for change. He said collaborating and examining alternatives should push the boundaries. He gave an example of original thinking that at first seemed silly. In the Pacific Northwest, he said, the problem of ice on power lines has plagued consumers for years. Individual solutions failed, Ryckman said, so a meeting was called. No idea would be discarded.

Someone has suggested that the bears be trained to climb the poles, perhaps enticed by a honeypot at the top, so that the movement of the large animals would break through the ice hanging from the power lines. Another person recommended using helicopters to drop the honey on top of the poles. He said this eventually led to a plausible solution which involved flying helicopters close to the lines so that the gusts of wind from the rotor blades dislodge the ice.

“I don’t think our answers are as simple as ice on power lines and helicopters,” Ryckman said. “I know the answers are in this room and online.”

He urged attendees to ensure that the right and left hands of the mental health reform movement stay connected as strategies to keep people with mental illness out of prisons are considered, developed and implemented. .

Kelly, a state senator before she was elected governor in 2018, worked after high school at a New York City camp for troubled teens and after college at an Illinois minimum-security facility for boys. After grad school, she took a job working with seriously mentally ill youth at Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center in New York City.

“These experiences have really opened my eyes,” Kelly said. “They taught me that a successful response to the mental health crisis required a collective approach over a long period of time.”

She said Kansas has made progress in recent years, but more needs to be done in terms of expanding mental health services to Kansans from childhood through adulthood and in urban and rural areas. of State. The criminal justice system is not equipped to provide services that should come from a comprehensive system designed for people with mental illness, she said.

“For too long,” the governor said, “people with mental illness have been stigmatized and considered incurable. The reality is quite the opposite. The vast majority of people with mental illness are highly treatable. It’s the compassionate, humane thing to do to get them the help they need.

Hands-on-deck moment

Masterson, the Andover Senate GOP chairman, said he couldn’t remember another time the state’s three branches of government had worked together on a vexing societal challenge.

“It shows you the importance. In a way, everyone is on deck,” he told conference attendees. “You see this problem, many of you, live and in person. In living color. First hand. First responders. Health care workers. The justice system sees it in the courts.

Masterson urged those who pledge to work to improve the mental health of Kansans not to limit themselves to provincial ideas or focus only on suggestions related to spending more taxpayers’ money. He said financial investments were part of the answer, he said, but not the end at all.

“I feel like we’re compounding the problem on many fronts in our society – in this post-modern society where we often reject faith, reject the healthiest versions of family. We have dozens of fatherless children. We go on social media and … push people into complacency over societal interests,” Masterson said.

The idea for a statewide summit emerged when District Court Judge Robert Wonnell attended a similar regional meeting three years ago in Deadwood, South Dakota. This summit was the work of a national task force involving the National Center for State Courts, the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators and the State Justice Institute.

“I have to ask myself what am I doing as a judge, in my court and in partnership with other professionals in my community, to ensure that our justice system addresses issues as early in the process as possible and reduces finally the recurrence? Improving this system not only benefits the individual mental disease, but ultimately every Kansan,” he said.

H Earl Clack Museum Meeting discusses museum move and agenda items – Hi-Line Today

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LE HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The H. Earl Clack Museum held its monthly meeting Monday evening to discuss agenda items, including updates on the museum’s move from Le Havre Holiday Village Mall to its downtown location. city ​​on 5th ave and US 2.

Emily Mayer, director of the museum, provided the museum’s report to the board. One of Mayer’s concerns was the need for additional seasonal tour guides for the Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump and additional staff at the museum.

Mayer reported that the interpretive center is set up and ready to open soon. The museum’s report also contained three separate donation suggestions from the public, including metal chandeliers with frosted glass salvaged during renovations to the courthouse in the 1960s. Mayer said they appear to have been installed during the construction of the courthouse around 1914 and that they had been accepted into the museum’s collection.

Museum Foundation President Elaine Morse spoke about the things needed to move into the next stage of the museum’s move on April 23 – the possibility of widening the mall’s entrance exit to move the last pieces of the museum and coordinate the use of vehicles and trailers to move them. Move non-museum objects such as road signs, a map of Glacier Park, a stagecoach and a surrey, ask the reduction contractors to paint the exterior of the museum and garage doors. Morse also said physical work on the stairs, preparation of an ADA ramp, and hiring a crew to clean up the mall space once the museum pieces are fully out.

Other agenda items discussed included a discussion of updating the Board Bylaws to add two additional members and the process required to make the change. The Board decided to present the by-law change at the next two Board meetings before submitting it to the Commission. Discussion of the continuity of dinosaur stamps was also discussed.

The next meeting of the Museum’s Board of Directors is scheduled for May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Havre Inn and Suites.

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Stephen F. Austin State University President Scott Gordon Resigns

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Two men fined for breaching Covid rules at gathering of more than 20 people during lockdown

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Two men who were rounded up in a group of more than 20 people during the lockdown have been fined for breaching Covid regulations.

Onovan Bentley (20), The Commons, Lusk, County Dublin, pleaded guilty to the offense on February 26, 2021.

Gardaí went to Post Office Road in Lusk on the date in question where a large group of over 20 people had gathered.

They explained that Covid restrictions were in place and they could not gather as a large group.

Many of the group were intoxicated and there was no social distancing in place, Balbriggan District Court heard.

Bentley did not leave the area and when gardaí spoke to him he first gave them false details, however, then they found out his true identity and a fixed penalty notice was issued but was not paid.

David Diaz (19), The Avenue, Orlynn Park, Lusk was also part of the large group that gathered on February 26 last year.

He was part of the group who were “encouraged to go home” but he did not comply with the order.

A lump sum fine was issued but not paid.

Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted the two men and fined them €200 each.

Agenda set for SAD 28 Board meeting on April 13

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CAMDEN — The agenda has been set for the next SAD 28 school council meeting on Wednesday April 13.

The reunion will take place at the Bisbee Theater at Camden-Rockport Middle School at 7 p.m.

A livestream will be available here: fivetowns.net/live

AGENDA

1. Call to order

2. Adjustments to the agenda

3. Public comment on items not on the agenda

4 minutes
a. Approval of the minutes of the ordinary meeting of the Board of Directors of March 16, 2022

5. Appointments (Note: Executive session possible for appointments – 1 MRS § 405(6)(A))

a. Teacher appointments for 2022-23
2nd year trial contracts
Heather Bowen
Heather Butler
Ashley Catapano Kangas
Matthew Gordon
Sarah Mann
Jeffrey Maynard
Courtney McCormick
Current contracts
Amanda Pingree
Lori Taylor

b. Allocation appointments
Position Employee Points Bonus Amount
CRMS Softball Coach Brian Fitzpatrick 26 0% $2,060.24

6. Notification of resignations
a. Nancy Bannon, CRES, Kindergarten – Interventionist
b. Susan Isteero, CRMS, Special Education

7. Presentation: A Day in the Life of a Grade 7 CRMS Student

8. Approval of Camden Rockport Schools Budget 2022-23

9. Vote to convene and approve the mandates for the budget assembly and the budget validation referendum and to authorize the opinion of the amounts adopted

10. Chairman’s report

11. Superintendent’s Report

12. Administrative reports
a. Deb McIntyre, Assistant Superintendent
b. Jaime Stone, Director of CRMS
vs. Chris Walker-Spencer, Director of CRES
D. Valérie Mattes, Director of Special Student Services

13. Standing Committee Reports

a. Finances – Meeting on March 16, 2022, minutes attached. Meets before the board meeting

I. FY22 Financial Update
ii. Approval of the secondary exit offer

b. Joint Staff – Met March 28

New job descriptions for approval
behavior specialist
Central Office Support Operations Administrative Assistant
Communications Specialist
Revised job descriptions for approval
Accounts Payable Clerk
Behavioral health professional
Entrepreneur
Central office administrative assistant
Director of Information Technology
Director of Special Student Services
Intervention Coordinator
Literacy Coach/Interventionist
Technology Systems Coordinator

vs. Joint Policy – ​​Reached March 14

First lecture
DF – Investment and expenditure of special funds
GDB – Benefits for non-associative staff
IIB – Class Size
IJOC – School Volunteers
IKB – Independent work outside the classroom (assignments)
JFA – Student Eligibility to Attend Camden Rockport Schools
JKB – Student Detention
JKE – Expelling Students
JKE-R – Student Expulsion Guidelines
KBF – Title I – Involvement of parents
KBF-E2 – Title I Parent Involvement Policy

Reviewed without revisions or minor revisions
FFA – Memorials
JFCK – Student Use of Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
JFCK-R – Rules for the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices by students
JLCCA – Participation of students infected with the human immunodeficiency virus
JLDBG – Reintegration of students from penitentiary establishments for minors

Cancel
KBF-E1 – Title 1A Parent Involvement

D. Joint study program – Did not satisfy.

14. Reports of ad hoc committees

a. Joint communications – Met on March 15

b. Joint Allocations Committee – met March 22
Revised allocations for approval
The Horizons Artistic Coordinator (18 points) was split into two allocations:
CRES Horizons Artistic Coordinator – 9 points
CRMS Horizons Artistic Coordinator – 14 points
CRES Chess Club (13 points) was expanded to K-8, increased to 19 points, and renamed Chess Club, Camden Rockport Schools.

15. School Advisory Committee Reports
a. DEI Working Group – Met March 22

16. Upcoming Agenda Items

17. Adjourn

A brief meeting discusses county business

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SANDPOINT — Commissioners declared April Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month, allocated more than $1 million for county expenses and named a new address administrator.

At the start of the meeting, the commissioners approved the consent agenda containing six minor land divisions and the minutes of the previous meeting.

The first item on the main agenda was presented by the clerk’s office. Commissioners approved $1,127,421.52 for claims and batch expense requests for the county.

Claims and Demands Batch Expenses, Simplified, are for routine bills, costs and purchases necessary to maintain county services, including those of emergency medical services.

Next, Engineering sought approval from the commission to begin spending money from Solid Waste’s $8 million construction loan with Columbia Bank for the solid waste improvement project. The ministry will have to withdraw money from the loan on a monthly basis to settle the financial transactions for the project. The bond was approved by voters in 2021. The project is expected to be completed in 2024. Commissioners have approved spending on the project.

The planning department introduced a resolution before the commission releasing 50% of a surety agreement between the county and Idaho Club Estates. This is the remaining half of the bond agreement, the other half was released last year upon completion of the six-lot residential project. The county is involved because the Idaho Club has committed to public improvements in their project.

A surety agreement is a promise between two parties to achieve a common goal and is typically used in large financial transactions, construction projects, or posting a bond.

Planning director Milton Ollerton said half of the bond was retained by the county for a year after construction was completed to ensure materials and construction were not faulty.

The commissioners approved and signed the resolution releasing the bond.

The GIS presented a memorandum of understanding to the commission appointing Mike Bolling as the department’s new address administrator.

“An address administrator is primarily responsible for administering and enforcing road naming and addressing policy,” Bolling said.

Bolling is also the department’s interim administrator. The commissioners approved the appointment.

Solid Waste sought the commissioners’ approval to award a $124,444 lease-purchase agreement with Columbia Bank for the purchase of a Case 580 backhoe for use by the department. The four-year lease carries an interest rate of 2.78%, totaling $3,459.54.

The commissioners approved the rental contract.

The final item on the public agenda was brought forward by the Board of County Commissioners declaring April Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.

The proclamation to raise awareness of the issue comes after federal legislation attempted to turn Kinderhaven, a local children’s shelter, into a two-week-only shelter.

Kinderhaven is a group home for local children in crisis. The only facility of its kind in northern Idaho, the nonprofit provides shelter and emotional support to those in their care.

“State and federal legislation has really tried to change our service a bit,” said Jennifer Plummer, executive director of Kinderhaven. “I am very happy to tell you all today that after some contract wrangling over federal legislation…we have signed a contract with the state in which the children, again, have no limit of time in Kinderhaven.”

Since opening in 1996, Kinderhaven has supported over 1,500 children. For those who want to learn more about Kinderhaven or donate, visit their website at KinderhavenSandpoint.com

“Kinderhaven is more vital than ever, more needed than ever – there are so few foster homes in our area. And we are very happy and delighted that the county is making this proclamation,” Plummer said.

The commissioners approved the proclamation.

Shortly after, Bradshaw suspended the meeting before reconvening for the executive session. Four points were seen in the private agenda. Human resources brought two elements, one concerning hiring and the other concerning personnel. Technology has brought an element regarding scheduling service software. Finally, Davillier Law Group presented an element concerning a dispute concerning parcels at Sandpoint airport.

The Board of County Commissioners holds public meetings every Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Administration Building at 1500 US 2. Those interested in attending virtually can do so via Zoom. A live stream of the meeting can be viewed on the Bonner County YouTube page, where an archive of past meetings can be viewed.

More than 200 high school students gather in Greeley for the Colorado All-State Honors Band

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The Greeley Recreation Center was central for kids Saturday as more than 200 high school band students gathered for the 71st Colorado All-State Band program reunion.

The University of Northern Colorado School of Music and the Colorado Bandmasters Association hosted the program. Due to the pandemic, this was the group’s first in-person meeting in two years.

As little kids of all ages made their way to the NoCo Children’s Festival on Saturday, across the hall, high school musicians were busy working on “American Guernica,” just one of the musical pieces that would be featured during of the group’s performance later in the afternoon at the Union. Civic center of the colony.

Students from across Colorado, including Lakewood, Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Burlington, Brush and Florence arrived in Greeley Thursday night where they were greeted by a concert by the band UNC. The students spent most of Friday in rehearsals as well as Saturday morning.

GREELEY, CO – APRIL 09:Guest bandleader Dr. Russell Mikkelson, director of bands at Ohio State University, top right, conducts the band during the 2022 Colorado All-State Symphonic Band rehearsal at the Greeley Recreation Center in downtown Greeley on April 9, 2022. A guest conductor conducts the band after a competitive selection process open to high school students statewide. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

“There are two groups — a large school group and a small school group,” explained Jon Borodach, assistant deputy director of groups at UNC. Russ Mikkelson, group director at Ohio State University and Dr. David Fullmer, retired group director at Snow College in Utah.

The smallest band, the Concert Band, is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from 1,100-student high schools, while the Grandes Ecoles Symphonic Band is open to juniors and seniors from all schools.

Some local students who are part of the All-State Band program include:

  • Lindsay Walsh, Eaton High School
  • Bryn Shirley, Frontier Academy
  • Liam Royle-Grimes, Frontier Academy
  • Kaitlyn Walsh, Eaton High School
  • Itzel Nunez, Eaton High School
  • Felix Martinez, Eaton High School
  • Cameron Faust, Eaton High School
  • Abby Whitaker, Eaton High School
  • Karen Lovera, Greeley West High School
  • Ashlyn Schall, University High School
  • Tyler Cox, Windsor High School

“These bands are the best high school musicians in the state,” said trombonist Erika Sjoblom, 17, of Steamboat Springs. “And most of us have never met before this weekend. I’m the only one in my school.

GREELEY, CO – APRIL 09: Bethany Parker, 18, bottom right, of Frederick High School, plays the piano during the 2022 Colorado All-State Symphonic Band rehearsal at the Greeley Recreation Center in downtown Greeley on April 9, 2022 A guest bandleader leads the band after a competitive selection process open to high school students statewide. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

Being invited to become a member of the All States Group is not an easy process. Students interested in being part of the program must submit an audition video, which is evaluated by the UNC Music Programs faculty. Once chosen, students receive an invitation to participate in the program as well as copies of the musical pieces that will be performed.

It’s really influential because being in All-State means you’re one of the best musicians for your instrument in the whole state and colleges are really looking for that in college applications,” said clarinetist Sarah Kreis, 16 years old, from Lakewood.

The group has been meeting at Greeley for the program for over 30 years.

“It’s a pretty special event for the students and their principals are here too,” Borodach said. “They spend the weekend here, so it’s a great time and to be part of this group is a testament to their talent.”

For more from the Colorado All-State Band, visit https://bit.ly/3xbUJg5.

Rajasthan: Article 144 imposed on Jaipur for a month. Details here

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JAIPUR : Following the Karauli violence which injured at least 35 people during a religious procession, the Jaipur administration has section 144 of the CrPC until May 9 from April 9. The order suspended crowd gatherings, demonstrations, assemblies and processions without prior permission throughout the rural and urban area.

The administration banned any objectionable slogans and chants or demonstration of similar activities.

The Karauli violence took place on April 2 and left 35 people injured.

Previously, the Rajasthan government also issued new guidelines in the context of gatherings and DJ music. The state Home Office had urged organizers to provide details of content that will be played on DJs, loudspeakers at processions and rallies.

Jaipur District Collector Anand Kumar Srivastava said: “Given the mass gatherings, assemblies, processions and demonstrations that are held without permission, there are risks of disruption of public order and traffic congestion.It can also lead to apprehensions of undermining public order and disturbing social harmony.In such a situation, preventive action is immediately required to maintain social harmony and public peace.

It further says: “Therefore, in view of the above circumstances, I, Anand Kumar Srivastava, District Magistrate of Jaipur, in exercising the powers conferred under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 , I impose restraining orders prohibiting the gathering of crowds, protests, assemblies and processions without prior permission.Similar acts carried out by the central government or the state government remain prohibited to follow the restraining orders. In addition, the organization of marriage functions, mourners remain excluded from following the ordinances.

He further stated in his order that the organization of such mass gatherings, demonstrations, assemblies and processions must be carried out with the prior authorization of the police authorities while respecting the required conditions.

“No person shall be found carrying arms or weapons in a public place. The order shall not be in accordance with police personnel, home guards, military and central government persons with a license to bearing arms on duty.”

“The possession and display of explosives in public places must be banned,” he said.

According to the order, no person or their group or representative shall use a DJ for any type of religious or other function without permission. The use of loudspeakers in all public and religious places remains prohibited to limit noise pollution. Prior authorization will be required to perform the same permit from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Any group, organization or individual must not promote any material or content via social media; Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, likely to offend social, cultural or religious sentiments or incite communal violence.

He added, “If a person violates the above restraining orders, they can be prosecuted under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.”

The order remains in effect from April 9, 2022 until midnight May 9, 2022, he said.

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GBank Financial Holdings Inc. Annual Meeting of Shareholders scheduled for Thursday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. PT

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LA VEGAS, April 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — GBank Financial Holdings Inc. (“GBank” or the “Company”) (OTCQX: GBFH), the parent company of Bank of George (the “Bank”), announced today that it will hold its annual meeting of shareholders on Thursday May 12to 2:00 p.m. (PST). Shareholders will be able to listen from home or from any remote location with an internet connection. There will be no physical location for shareholders to attend. Shareholders can participate online, via the ZOOM application on their smartphone, or by joining by telephone:

The ZOOM video conferencing ID is 822 7499 1409.

The ZOOM meeting password is included in your Notice of Virtual Annual Meeting of Shareholders that accompanies your proxy materials.

Join by videoconference ZOOM
Log on to your computer at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82274991409?pwd=cU1zbEQ5cmZ3OUM5SitDNmxqY2hNUT09
or using the Zoom app on your smartphone.

Join by phone
Dial (408) 638-0968. The conference ID is 822 7499 1409.

Additional information about joining ZOOM through various methods can be found at:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193

The annual meeting of shareholders will be chaired by Edward M. Nigroexecutive chairman, and T. ryan sullivan, President and CEO. We encourage you to read the Notice of Annual Meeting and all related materials in their entirety. Reviewing these documents will let you know what business items we intend to cover at the meeting. the 31/12/2021 The annual report was published on https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/GBFH/disclosure on March 29, 2022.

The company

GBank Financial Holdings Inc. (“GBank” or the “Company”) (GBFH), a bank holding company with approximately $618 million of assets to December 31, 2021operates through its wholly owned subsidiary, Bank of George (named in honor of george washington). Founded in 2007, the Bank operates two full-service commercial branches in Las Vegas, Nevadawith core lending activities focused on engaging clients in Nevada, California, Utah, and Arizona. Bank of George has key businesses in three major divisions: SBA Lending, Gaming FinTech and Commercial Lending. The Bank operates nationwide through its SBA lending business (ranked 19th nationally by the U.S. Small Business Administration for SBA 7(a) dollar lending volume through September 30, 2021) and its partnership. Launched in 2016, the Bank’s Gaming FinTech division, through its contract with BankCard Services, LLC (“BCS“) reinforces the Play+ solution of Sightline Payments (Sightline Payments) for transparent and secure payment and gaming that enable cashless mobile commerce solutions for gaming, lottery and sports betting ecosystems – positioning GBank as a financial leader in this new world of payments. The Bank also provides general commercial banking services with an emphasis on the needs of small and medium enterprises, high net worth individuals, professionals and investors. The Bank offers a full suite of consumer deposit products and is focused on providing a superior level of service. Bank of George has been recognized annually for each of the past five years by S&P Global Market Intelligence as one of America’s Top 100 Community Banks under $3 billion in assets. For more information on Bank of George, please visit its website at https://www.bankofgeorge.com. GBank’s common stock is listed on the US OTCQX exchange under the symbol GBFH.

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GBank has made forward-looking statements in this press release. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include information regarding the possible or assumed future results of operations of the Company and its subsidiaries. Where words such as “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates” or similar expressions appear in this press release, the Company is making forward-looking statements. Note that many factors could affect the future financial results of the Company and its subsidiaries, both individually and collectively, and could cause these results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. These factors include, but are not limited to: the recent and ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which poses risks and could adversely affect the Company’s business and results of operations in the coming quarters, the risk conditions, changes in market interest rates, failure to achieve merger synergies, competition, economic slowdown or recession, and government regulation and supervision. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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On the agenda: preview of the Newport Beach City Council meeting on April 12

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Grace Leung

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

Our next council meeting will be on Tuesday, April 12. Points of interest are highlighted below. The full agenda and reports can be viewed here: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/68243/72?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

4 p.m.: Study session. Items on the agenda include:

  • Review of Tustin Avenue Trial Closing. City staff will review traffic count data collected before and after the closure of Tustin Avenue at Cliff Drive, and discuss traffic distribution and traffic changes that occurred as a result of the closing.

5:30 p.m.: Regular session. Things to note:

  • Council will vote on confirming Mayor Kevin Muldoon’s nominations to the General Plan Steering Committee.
  • Approval of the fee study update for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Council will consider a staff recommendation to adopt a resolution approving the Fees Study and revising certain fees in the City’s Rent, Fines and Fees Schedule. If approved, the revised fees will take effect July 1, 2022.
  • Consideration of an ordinance that would amend the city’s municipal code with respect to Newport Harbor activities such as rafts, boaters living on board, moorings ashore and other provisions.

City Council meeting information

The Newport Beach City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months (exceptions are August and December).

As a rule, there is a study session that starts at 4 p.m. Study sessions are times when the Board delves into a specific issue or hears a presentation that could potentially lead to specific, more formal action.

A closed session often follows the study session. In camera sessions are generally intended to deal with legal, personnel and other matters where additional confidentiality is important. The regular (evening) session usually starts at 6 p.m. and often has a specific list of different items ready for formal votes.

Items in the “Consent Schedule” are all heard at the same time, unless a Board member has removed (i.e. “pulled”) an item from the Consent Schedule for a specific discussion and a separate vote. If an agenda item is recommended to be “continued”, it means that the item will not be heard or voted on that evening, but will be postponed to another notified meeting.

Public comments are welcome at both the study session and the regular session. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you wish to comment on an item on the consent schedule that has not been removed from the consent schedule by a board member, you will want to do so at the time indicated on the agenda – just before the board votes on the entire Consent Calendar (it’s Roman Numeral XIII on the posted agenda).

If an item is removed, the Mayor will offer members of the public to comment as that specific item is heard separately. Additionally, there is a specific public comment section for items that are not on the agenda, but on a topic related to city government.

If you are unable to attend a meeting and/or wish to communicate directly with the city council, this email reaches everyone: [email protected] The city manager also receives a copy of the email, as in almost all cases this is something that the city manager follows up on.

The Council meets in the Council Chamber at 100 Civic Center Drive, off Avocado between San Miguel and East Coast Highway. There are plenty of parking spaces in the parking structure. You are always welcome to attend in person, but you can also watch on TV, Spectrum Channel 30 and Cox Channel 852 or stream it on your computer.

This Insider’s Guide is not an attempt to summarize all agenda items – only those that seem of particular interest to the City Manager. We encourage you to read the full agenda if you wish.

“Zen your business from the inside out” subject of the next meeting of American businesswomen on April 12

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American businesswomen
Eight Flags Chapter
Press release
April 8, 2012

Barbara Trapp, Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Coach will speak
The April Meeting of the Eight Flags Chapter of American Businesswomen.

Barbara Trapp is a Certified® Professional Organizer and Productivity Coach.

ATTENTION NASSAU COUNTY BUSINESS WOMEN. The Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) invites you to join them on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, the group will hear a presentation by Barbara Trapp is an Organizer certified professional® and productivity coach. Barbara has over 15 years of experience in human resources, training and process development and improvement, and holds specialist certifications in residential organization, life transitions and workplace productivity. She is also a certified DISC & Driving Forces Facilitator and Full Focus Planner Certified Pro. Barbara graduated from FSU with a BS in Recreation (yes, you heard that right!) and has moved 20 times. In 2016, she quit a high-paying job in a toxic environment, packed up her car, and drove around the country for three months, listening to numerous books on business and self-help. 22 states and 52 pounds later, she was ready to start her own business.
Barbara is the owner of Zen Your Den and Zen Your Biz and offers non-judgmental help to busy and busy people.
. In her talk, Zen Your Business, From The Inside Out, she will cover the top six productivity challenges, how to create an inspiring work environment, home office decluttering, time management techniques and how an accountability partner can help you declutter your space and your life; there will be time for questions and answers.
The ABWA meets at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Bill Melton Rd in Fernandina Beach on Bill Melton Rd, Fernandina Beach, meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., beginning with networking, a light lunch and followed by a program from 6 p.m. The meetings provide a professional development speaker who imparts the motivation and skills needed to drive success in today’s competitive business world. There is also plenty of time to network with women from diverse backgrounds, industries, and experiences after the program.

Please visit www.abwaeightflags.org to learn more and to register for the meeting. The cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members.

The mission of the American Businesswomen’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of various professions and provide them with opportunities to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. The Eight Flags Charter Chapter has been helping women in Nassau County achieve success for 52 years. This year’s ABWA theme is Together towards tomorrow

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Sullivan Removal Coalition Develops Goals Beyond Plaque Removal – The Lafayette

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A second letter calling for the removal of the controversial Sullivan memorial along with several other goals related to Indigenous concerns will be sent to the Lafayette administration in May.

The memorial in question was installed on June 18, 1900 by the George Taylor Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), based in Easton. The plaque commemorates the path along which General John Sullivan marched to wage a scorched earth campaign against the Iroquois who carried out devastating raids on American settlers. It is located near the Delta Upsilon fraternity house on Sullivan Road.

The letter, which is part of a final project for a class called Voices of Environmental Justice, was written by Lizzie Diacik ’23 and Tessa Landon ’22. This letter led the two students to collaborate with Ariel Haber-Fawcett ’24, Abigail Schaus ’24, and a number of other students to form the Sullivan Removal Coalition.

It was not the first time students had heard of the plaque in their curriculum, nor the first time students had advocated for its removal. Several students submitted a letter to the administration in 2019. Two years later, the situation remained unchanged and students again protested against the memorial. Through the formation of the coalition, however, a variety of different voices began pushing for deeper changes to improve Lafayette’s current lack of recognition of Native American history.

Some coalition members expressed uncertainty about the ownership of the plaque, particularly whether Lafayette would be allowed to enforce its removal or whether that power rested with the DAR. Haber-Fawcett said if the plaque couldn’t be removed, putting an additional plaque in place acknowledging her problematic language would be the ideal next step.

On March 23, students and faculty filled Rockwell 362 at the first coalition meeting, where speakers explained the history of the plaque and the motivation behind advocating for its removal.

One of the speakers at the event was Oneniotekówa Maracle ’25, a Native American student whose first name means The Great Standing Rock. A member of the Mohawk Nation, Maracle is originally from the Mohawk Territory of Tyendinaga and currently resides in the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne. In his slides, Maracle detailed his objections to the plaque’s presence on campus because of his personal connection to the events it recounts.

“The people General Sullivan sought to completely destroy were/are the Haudenosaunee (People of The Longhouse),” the slides read. “The Haudenosaunee, more commonly known as the Iroquois Confederacy, consist of 6 nations… We are living, breathing people who still exist in modern society.

The meeting included members from a variety of different organizations and groups on campus who had an interest in removing the plaque and going further with Native American activism.

Haber-Fawcett said members were building on the movement’s pre-existing momentum to bring all of these groups together in the same room.

Schaus echoed that sentiment.

“It was kind of just the ripple effect of seeing what other courses and people have knowledge and experience about it,” Schaus said. “We’re not associated with any particular club or department, we’re not exclusively students or exclusively faculty, but it’s just this coalition of people who are knowledgeable and passionate about creating institutional change.”

The coalition highlighted the power of language in discussing historical events and their impacts. Diacik said she first heard about the plaque from visiting professor of environmental studies Paul Guernsey, who brought it up in his program.

“This plaque was discussed in the course as it depicts active ecocide against the Haudenosaunee Confederacy which was executed by General Sullivan on orders from Washington,” Guernsey said.

Guernsey described the overall goal of the campaign, which was to eradicate indigenous populations for the benefit of their colonizers.

“It wasn’t just war,” Guernsey said. “It was actually intended to fundamentally cleanse the landscape of indigenous peoples to eradicate them, destroy their villages, destroy their cultures, destroy all of their relationships, their social relationships, their ecological relationships.

The coalition believes that removing the plaque, while necessary, is only a symbolic first step and not a sufficient decolonization tool.

“Of course the plaque really hurts by existing,” Guernsey said. “But…simply deleting it does nothing to fix this story.”

Diacik and Landon wrote their letter after initially thinking about drafting a land acknowledgment. Similar to Guernsey, Diacik said she realized it was performative action to simply acknowledge the wrong without taking action to change it.

“What does it matter to say ‘we respect you’ if all the actions we show are the opposite?” Diacik asked.

For her, this belief extends to Lafayette’s follow-up to its core values, which include diversity and inclusion.

With this in mind, the coalition meeting included a discussion of action points that are currently being solidified and fleshed out. Some goals include forming a Native Studies department, requiring Lenni Lenape history to be taught to students, giving free tuition to all Lenni Lenape students, and reinvesting the endowment to avoid fossil fuels.

Maracle explained that a department dedicated to Indigenous studies would be beneficial in terms of resources and education, both for him and for the community in general.

“I just feel like there aren’t a lot of resources for me here, being like the only Indigenous student in Lafayette that I know…I don’t think there are any other Mohawk students or natives in Lafayette,” Maracle said. .

Guernsey said community-building can be difficult when there isn’t dedicated space solely for a specific group, such as Native American students or faculty members on campus.

“Part of the problem with not having an Indigenous studies program or department is that Indigenous students and Indigenous faculty…have no way to be visible,” Guernsey said.

Maracle detailed the range and diversity of the different indigenous groups.

“The people of the land we live on, the people of Lenape, [are] completely different from my people,” Maracle said. “There are even things for me to learn in the native studies programs because I really only know the Mohawk stuff, the Haudenosaunee stuff, because that’s who I am.

Maracle said many people don’t have an accurate understanding of what Native American culture is and how it works.

“That was one of the main reasons for me,” Maracle said. “Join [the coalition] also, to bring more knowledge about what Native Americans are, how we still live in today’s society, because I feel like that’s also considered an extinct people.

The coalition also values ​​structuring its own longevity. Since students leave school after graduation, any effort to bring about long-term change by creating a department or reshaping the curriculum would require an ongoing effort from new members each year.

A tragic history of Ukraine told with drones, satellites and social media

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When Russia invaded, Filkina stayed behind, helping people in Bucha and cooking for the Ukrainian army, according to her daughter.

She got the red manicure for Valentine’s Day and drew “a heart on her finger because she started loving herself,” her daughter Subacheva told CNN.

CNN’s Tara John, Oleksandra Ochman, Eoin McSweeney and Gianluca Mezzofiore put the pieces together in a remarkable report. Read it.

The Germans are also collecting evidence

Evidence of war crimes comes not just from drones and social media, but also from intelligence agencies.

RELATED: Drone video team turns the tables on Russian vehicle cover-up
This is from a CNN report on German intelligence about intercepted Russian radio communications:

Der Spiegel reported that the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, intercepted Russian radio conversations about the killing of civilians in Bucha, and that some of the conversations could be directly linked to specific Bucha killings that have since been documented. the first appearance of an apparent massacre there.

German intelligence has satellite imagery that indicates Russian troop involvement in the Bucha killings, the Washington Post reported, citing an unnamed intelligence official, although the newspaper said radio transmissions were unavailable. not related to this place.

Russia’s disinformation campaign continues

Russia is also apparently trying to tell its own story by hacking into the social media accounts of Ukrainian soldiers, according to Facebook parent company Meta.

The tactics used by the groups, according to Meta, include impersonating independent journalists and news outlets online to advance Russian talking points, attempting to hack into dozens of Ukrainian soldiers’ Facebook accounts, and to carry out coordinated campaigns to try to get messages of criticism from Russia. removed from social media.

Meta said a hacking group known as “Ghostwriter”, which cyber experts say is linked to Belarus, tried to hack the Facebook accounts of dozens of Ukrainian servicemen.

Reporting on the atrocities

Meanwhile, photos and reports from the ground in Ukraine document what is really happening.

Julia Kochetova is a Ukrainian photographer who stayed to cover the war. She explained to CNN’s Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow of Kyiv on Thursday how she separates the important mission of documenting atrocities from the pain of witnessing them.

“As a Ukrainian, as a citizen, as a photojournalist, I continue to do my job. But I also had a strong feeling that it is not enough to witness what is happening, what that the crime against humanity is happening with my country, but also to document this crime.”

It is important, she said, that Ukrainian journalists bring these images to the world.

“I still believe that we need to highlight local voices because Ukrainian photographers in the field have real perspective, real balance and real truth. Because we not only know context, not just language — it’s our war; this is our country.”

Russia reprimanded by the UN

Perceptions of reality are extremely important in this war. Ukraine and Western countries effectively rallied most of the world against Russia by showing that the invasion was unjust, illegal and based on lies about Ukraine.

The United Nations on Thursday voted to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

“The General Assembly has sent a crystal clear message to the Russian leadership that a government whose military regularly commits horrific human rights abuses has no place in the Human Rights Council Rights Watch,” said Louis Charbonneau, UN director at Human Rights Watch, with a call for the UN and the International Criminal Court to gather evidence and organize trials for crimes of war.

“Horrifying images of Bucha have shocked people around the world. The victims and their families deserve those responsible to be held accountable.”

Preparing for a war crimes trial

Charbonneau’s comments brought up the issue of war crimes and how they can be prosecuted. This conflict will be different in that it has been so meticulously documented.

That drone and satellite images can immediately refute Russian claims about when bodies were left on the streets of Bucha is remarkable.

Organizations like Bellingcat, the Netherlands-based investigative journalism group, use satellite and social media to document war crimes and identify perpetrators.
A former ICC prosecutor, James Goldston, who is now part of the Open Society Justice Initiative, recently told me for a previous newsletter that war crimes trials would be constructed like any other criminal case – from bottom up – and would rely on the documentation.

“Often, international criminal investigations begin with the ‘basis of the crime’ – authenticated images, testimonies and other evidence relating to murder, torture, rape or other prohibited offenses which may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity – and trace back along a military or political chain to demonstrate the guilt of those who ordered, or were aware of but failed to prevent/punish, the commission of such crimes “said Goldston.

Perhaps the hyperconnectedness of the world we live in will help to hold accountable those who threaten the world we live in.

‘Weapons, weapons, weapons’ on Ukraine’s agenda at NATO emergency meeting

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks at NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 7, 2022, ahead of a meeting of officials from member and partner nations. Kuleba is flanked by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. (NATO)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba arrived at NATO headquarters on Thursday with three items on his agenda to shore up his country’s defenses against a full-scale invasion from Russia.

“These are guns, guns, guns,” Kuleba said in Brussels, where allies are gathered for emergency meetings.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterparts were due to discuss how to get more weapons into Ukraine as the war, which began on February 24, enters a new phase.

“I think Ukraine’s proposed deal is fair,” Kuleba said. “You give us weapons. We sacrifice our lives. And the war is contained in Ukraine.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned that the recent withdrawal of forces from Moscow around the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv marks a change in strategy rather than a de-escalation.

Now Russian forces are resupplying and regrouping in Belarus. After failing to capture kyiv, Russia is expected to refocus on eastern Ukraine, aiming to establish a land bridge between the region known as Donbass and occupied Crimea.

Kuleba said Ukrainian forces can resist, but only if they are better armed. Stoltenberg said he was confident Thursday that allies are ready to do more.

“I am sure that we will meet the need for more air defense systems, anti-tank weapons, lighter but also heavier weapons and many different types of support for Ukraine,” said Stoltenberg, flanked by Kuleba at NATO Headquarters.

The Allies were also to discuss additional sanctions against Moscow in response to allegations that Russian forces have targeted civilians and committed war crimes in previously occupied areas.

Since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the United States has pledged $1.7 billion worth of weapons and other items to support Ukrainian forces.

Javelin anti-tank systems and Stinger missiles are among the weapons supplied by the United States. Others are to be delivered, including Switchblade tactical drones and Puma drones for surveillance.

Many other allies also sent weapons. Yet Ukraine says some NATO members, Germany in particular, have been too cautious and slow to deliver weapons.

“While Berlin has time, Kyiv doesn’t,” Kuleba said.

He thanked Germany for reversing its previous stance of not supplying lethal weapons to his country following the Russian invasion, but he said Berlin was still too restrictive on what it was ready for. to send.

“It is clear that Germany can do more given its reserves and capacity,” Kuleba said.

He called on the allies to “put aside their hesitations” and added: “Because, strange as it may seem, weapons today serve the purpose of peace. »

US experts debate how to update COVID-19 vaccines

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. health officials are beginning to grapple with how to keep vaccines up to date to better protect Americans against the ever-evolving coronavirus.

On Wednesday, a group of Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisers spent hours debating key questions for revamping vaccines and conducting future booster campaigns. They did not come to any definitive conclusions.

Questions experts faced included: how often vaccines against new strains should be updated, how effective they are in warranting approval, and whether updates should be coordinated with global health authorities.

Last week, the FDA authorized a fourth dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for anyone 50 or older and for some younger people with severely weakened immune systems. It is an effort to get ahead of another possible push.

But the FDA’s head of vaccines, Dr Peter Marks, acknowledged at the meeting “we just can’t stimulate people as often as we are.” He called the latest recall update a “stop-gap” measure to protect vulnerable Americans while regulators decide if and how to modify current vaccines.

Marks warned that declining vaccine protection, new variants and colder weather in the fall could increase the risk of further outbreaks.

“Our goal here is to stay ahead of future variants and outbreaks and to ensure that we do our best to reduce the number of illnesses and deaths from COVID-19,” Marks said, adding that expects more vaccine panel meetings in the coming months. .

Some of the key questions addressed by the panel:

HOW SHOULD THE UNITED STATES DECIDE WHEN TO START FUTURE RECALL CYCLES?

One area where experts seemed to agree is that vaccines should be judged on their ability to prevent serious illnesses that lead to hospitalization and death.

“We need to focus on the worst case scenario, which is severe disease, and we need to switch strains when we lose that battle,” said Dr Mark Sawyer of the University of California, San Diego.

By this measure, current vaccines have held up remarkably well.

During the last omicron-induced surge, two doses of the vaccine were nearly 80% effective against needing a respirator or dying – and a booster boosted that protection to 94%, researchers recently reported. federal scientists.

But only about half of Americans eligible for a third shot got one. And many experts have said it’s unsustainable to keep asking Americans to get boosts every few months.

A panelist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that 80% protection against severe disease could become the standard for evaluating vaccines.

“I think we may have to accept that level of protection and then use other alternative means to protect individuals with therapies and other measures,” said CDC chief medical officer Dr. Amanda Cohn.

Presentations at the meeting by government health officials and independent researchers highlighted the challenges of predicting when the next major variant of COVID-19 might appear.

Trevor Bedford, disease modeler at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, said a major new strain like omicron could emerge every 1.5 years to once a decade, based on currently available data. Given this unpredictability, researchers will need methods to quickly determine whether current vaccines work against emerging variants.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR UPDATING VACCINES TO ADAPT NEW VARIANTS?

The three COVID-19 vaccines currently in use in the United States are based on the original version of the coronavirus that emerged in late 2019. Updating vaccines will be a complex task, likely requiring coordination between the FDA, manufacturers and global health authorities .

To speed vaccines to market, the FDA has relied on research shortcuts to judge effectiveness, primarily looking at their early impact on immune system antibody levels. A number of panelists said Wednesday they want more rigorous data from studies that follow patients over time to see who gets sick or dies.

But this approach would probably take too long.

“We face a conundrum in that it will be difficult to generate all the data we want in a short time when a new variant emerges,” said Dr Ofer Levy of Harvard Medical School.

A representative from the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority outlined the narrow window manufacturers could face to reformulate, study and mass-produce an updated vaccine by September.

“If you’re not on your way to a clinical trial in early May, I think it’s going to be very difficult to get enough products out of the manufacturers to meet the demand,” said Robert Johnson, BARDA Deputy Assistant Secretary. .

The annual flu vaccine update process offers a possible model, as presented by a representative of the World Health Organization.

Twice a year, WHO experts recommend flu vaccine updates to target emerging strains. The FDA then takes those recommendations to its own vaccine panel, which votes on whether they make sense for the United States, paving the way for manufacturers to tweak their vaccines and begin mass production.

But COVID-19 has not yet fallen into a predictable flu-like pattern. And as the coronavirus evolves, different strains may become dominant in different parts of the world.

Several experts said they would need more meetings with more data and proposals from the FDA to decide on a strategy.

“We had never been here before. We’re all working together to do our best and it’s very complex,” said Oveta Fuller of the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Academy of Art University students enter professional collaboration with Gravity Sketch, the innovator of the 3D creation tool

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — University of Art and Design based in San Francisco Art University Academy has concluded a professional collaboration for its students with LondonGravity Sketch, a virtual product design and collaboration platform, to provide them with breakthrough technology in their design education.

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Gravity Sketch’s vision is to revolutionize the way physical products are designed, developed, and brought to market by delivering intuitive 3D software that empowers interdisciplinary teams to design, create, collaborate, review, and iterate in entirely new and agile in the metaverse.

As part of this partnership, Gravity Sketch will provide tailored training, resources and support to Art University Academy design students and teachers. Using this technology, students will be able to design physical products in an agile 3D virtual environment giving them the flexibility to experiment creatively without the need to create physical models of each iteration of a design. Gravity Sketch also allows users to collaborate in a real-time 3D environment with partners from anywhere in the world.

“We are thrilled to partner with Gravity Sketch to empower our students to create without limits and elevate their skills using the very latest technologies. Using the Gravity Sketch platform will empower our students and teachers to think in augmented reality and be immersed in the ideas they create, which is simply not possible with more traditional design tools and environments,” said Antonio BorjaDirector, School of Industrial Design, Art University Academy. “We are excited to give our students access to exciting technologies and believe this will give them a significant advantage as they take the next steps in their design careers.”

“Since the first meeting with the team of Art University Academy, it has been truly inspiring to see the schools approach not only to new technologies, but also in supporting students transitioning to an exciting free-form workflow, as well as building a new program around digital craftsmanship. We believe that innovation, fearlessness and creative potential can truly be seen in the hands of students,” said Oluwaseyi Sosanya, co-founder and CEO, Gravity Sketch. “We are thrilled to be part of this journey and to witness the full potential of young designers. We look forward to seeing the designs evolve – the student work to date has been inspiring and it is not only the beginning of our partnership.”

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Established in 1929, Art University Academy is one of the largest accredited private art and design schools in the country. As one of the oldest art schools in San Franciscothe epicenter of culture and technology, Art University Academy offers more than 129 accredited degree programs – available online and on campus – covering 70 fields of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communications, photography, etc. For more information, please visit https://www.academyart.edu

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Audit finds issues with Portland Police Bureau’s surveillance practices during 2020 protests

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An audit of the Portland Police Bureau’s intelligence-gathering practices during the 2020 protests found officers were collecting information about political activity without providing evidence that a crime had been committed.

The audit, conducted by the City Auditor’s Office, also found that the Criminal Intelligence Unit had not restricted access to their reports and kept them longer than intended.

“They need to have procedures and policies in place that recognize that this is a particular area of ​​policing that is sensitive because it has the potential to infringe on people’s rights and stifle the freedom of ‘expression,” Portland Auditor Mary Hull Caballero said in an interview with OPB. .

Auditors reviewed 40 police reports linked to racial justice protests and 33 reports from the Criminal Intelligence Unit. In five of the 40 police reports, auditors found that officers collected personally identifiable information such as political, religious or social opinions without documenting criminal activity.

Police during protests in East Portland.

Jonathan Levinson/OPB

In one instance, an officer recorded protesters with his personal cell phone. The officer said the video was for his personal use. In other instances, officers took photos of protesters, videos of organizers, recorded license plate information, and recorded photos and videos posted on social media without indicating suspected criminal activity.

“The Office had no guidance or instructions for officers specific to investigating criminal activity during (the protests),” the audit report said. “Without guidance, officers used their discretion to decide how and what type of information to collect.”

In six cases, auditors found that the Criminal Intelligence Unit retained information about protesters who had no “demonstrated criminal activity” for longer than the authorized 30 days. The information was also available throughout the office, despite having procedures in place that should have limited access to the information, according to the audit.

“Any agent of any agency who searches the Bureau’s registration system using names will have access to case information,” the audit said. “Such searches are usually done during routine traffic stops.”

KC Jones, director of audit services at the auditor’s office, said the office collects sensitive information and needed a system that meets its obligations under the Public Records Act while protecting the privacy of people.

“When you have records containing sensitive political, religious information…and you’ve decided they have no connection to a crime, come up with a procedure for how you want to keep them and where they should live,” said Jones. in an interview. “Because we don’t think these should live in the police records system where anyone using it in the area and arresting anyone can see it.”

The 2020 protests have become a lightning rod for law enforcement suddenly facing a wave of scrutiny, budget cuts and calls for profound cultural change. The audit cites studies showing that officers view disrespectful people as more dangerous. It says the existence of this information can put people named in the reports at risk if, for example, during a traffic stop, an officer sees someone participating in a Black Lives Matter protest or playing anti music. -police.

“A new Criminal Intelligence Directive will address the general concerns raised by the audit regarding the protection of information,” Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell wrote in a letter responding to the audit.

Technology

Throughout the 2020 racial justice protests, protesters speculated about what intelligence-gathering tools the bureau was using. The police bureau’s air support unit frequently rotating overhead led to unsubstantiated theories that officers were using technology such as devices used to track cellphones, or high-resolution cameras and facial recognition to monitor people.

Listeners reviewed the bureau’s surveillance footage of these flights and also accompanied the bureau’s air support unit to see their capabilities first-hand.

A demonstration organized on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, May 25, 2021 in Portland.

A demonstration organized on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, May 25, 2021 in Portland.

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A minute-and-a-half-long video from May 31, 2020 shows a crowd gathered on 3rd Avenue Southwest outside the Multnomah County Justice Center, and includes radio transmissions with officers on the ground saying they were “taking aerial mortars.

Two other videos from March 27 and May 1, 2021 show what appears to be thermal camera footage of two different incidents where the police air support unit helped track a fleeing person.

Auditors said “the technology does not appear capable of capturing images detailed enough to identify individuals or vehicles.”

However, the police bureau was not alone in the skies over Portland in 2020. In June, a plane formerly registered with the US Marshals Service – and now registered with a company considered a US Marshals front – flew overhead the city center. The agency has never explained what information it collects, if any.

And in July 2020, a US Air Force forward surveillance plane circled overhead, raising concerns that the military was sending surveillance equipment to Portland, usually reserved for special operations units at the time. ‘foreigner. The Air Force later told Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, that the Air Force was conducting a long, scheduled test flight that had nothing to do with the violent federal protest response unfolding on the ground in below.

In Minneapolis, US Customs and Border Protection flew a Predator drone over protesters. CBP said the flights provide situational awareness to law enforcement on the ground.

Portland’s audit did not include any federal law enforcement agencies or their actions in Portland. In July 2020, the Portland City Council voted to bar the police bureau from communicating with federal law enforcement deployed to the city in response to ongoing racial justice protests.

Portland Police used other technologies to conduct surveillance and gather intelligence, the audit said. In total, the bureau disclosed 37 different surveillance technologies it uses. Hull Caballero said the office asked that the list be kept confidential, although the audit identifies license plate readers, cellphone data extraction tools, traffic cameras and the reporting portal in office line as examples. The OPB has previously reported the lack of policies guiding the cell phone data extraction technology used by the police.

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell speaks to the media August 27, 2021 in Portland, Oregon.

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell speaks to the media August 27, 2021 in Portland, Oregon.

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According to the audit, the biggest problem with these technologies is the lack of guidance policy. In 21 of the 37 cases, the office does not give officers guidelines on the tools they use.

The audit found several instances of Criminal Intelligence Unit officers investigating people’s social media, although there was no clear criminal cause. He also found that the office’s guidelines “did not include instructions on how to use social media during investigations.”

In its response, Lovell said the bureau agreed with many of the audit’s recommendations. These recommendations included suggestions for the office to adopt new policies providing guidance for information gathering while protecting civil rights, storing sensitive information, and requiring the city council to authorize surveillance technology.

Lovell said the office was reviewing existing guidelines on protecting free speech and had or planned to draft new guidelines to protect intelligence information and the use of social media.

The bureau also plans to draft policies governing the use of surveillance technology that would include prohibitions on indiscriminate mass surveillance, targeting a person solely on the basis of their race, ethnicity and other individual characteristics, harassing people or using technology for personal purposes.

In a letter to Hull Caballero, Mayor Ted Wheeler said he would work with the police office to implement the audit’s recommendations.

“I support these protections because of the very real history of shameful and biased surveillance practices by some law enforcement agencies in our state and nation,” Wheeler wrote. “This story cannot be forgotten as we continue our efforts to improve policing and work to build trust between law enforcement and our community.”

Hull Caballero expressed satisfaction with the office’s response to the audit.

“I appreciate that they accepted the recommendations and agreed to implement them, which is first and foremost what we are looking for,” Hull Caballero said.

Agnico Eagle Issues Notice of First Quarter 2022 Earnings Release, Conference Call and Annual Meeting

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Stock symbol: AEM (NYSE and TSX)

TORONTO, April 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE: AEM) (TSX: AEM) (“Agnico Eagle” or the “Company”) announced today that it will release its first quarter 2022 results on Thursday, April 28, 2022, after normal trading hours. In addition, the Company will hold its annual and special meeting of shareholders (the “AGM”) the following day, Friday, April 29, 2022in a hybrid format (in Toronto and virtually).

First Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Senior management of Agnico Eagle will hold a conference call on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) discuss the Company’s financial and operating results.

By webcast:

A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website at www.agnicoeagle.com.

By telephone:

For those who prefer to listen by phone, please dial 1-416-764-8630 or toll free 1-888-390-0608. To ensure your participation, please call approximately five minutes before the scheduled start of the call.

Replay archive:

Please call 1-416-764-8677 or toll free 1-888-390-0541, passcode 747635#. The replay of the conference call will expire on May 29, 2022.

The webcast, along with the presentation slides, will be archived for 180 days on the Company’s website.

Annual meeting

The general meeting will begin on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 11:00 (EDT). During the AGM, management will provide an overview of the business of the Society.

Hybrid format

The AGM will be held in person at Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower, 8th Floor, Toronto, OntarioM5H 2Y4 and online at: https://meetnow.global/MX6S7HV.

The Company is holding a hybrid meeting which will allow registered shareholders and duly appointed proxyholders to participate online and in person. The Company is proposing the virtual format in order to provide shareholders with an equal opportunity to attend and participate in the AGM, regardless of any particular constraints, circumstances or risks they may face due to COVID-19.

For more details on how to attend, communicate and vote virtually at the AGM, please see the Company’s management information circular dated March 21, 2022filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Shareholders with questions about voting their shares or attending the AGM can contact Investor Relations by phone at 416.947.1212, toll-free at 1.888.822.6714 or by email at [email protected] .

About Agnico Eagle

Agnico Eagle is a leading Canadian gold mining company, producing precious metals from operations in Canada, Australia, Finland and Mexico. It has a pipeline of high-quality exploration and development projects in these countries as well as in United States and Colombia. Agnico Eagle is a partner of choice in the mining industry, recognized worldwide for its leading environmental, social and governance practices. The company was founded in 1957 and has consistently created value for its shareholders, declaring a cash dividend every year since 1983.

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Updated agenda for the FS Municipal Commission tonight

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NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR
MEETING OF
FORT SCOTT MUNICIPAL COMMISSION
TOWN HALL

MUNICIPAL COMMISSION MEETING ROOM

123 MAIN STREET SOUTH
APRIL 5, 2022
6:00 p.m.

Call to order

  1. Call:
  2. Jones T. Van Hoecke S. Walker M. Wells K. Allen
  3. salute to the flag:
  • Invocation: Led by: Pastor Brian Rhoades, Grace Baptist Tabernacle
  1. Consent Agenda:
  2. Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of March 15and2022, extraordinary meetings of March 16and2022 and March 28and2022.
  1. Approval of credit order 1309-A for a total amount of $539,731.85.
  1. Request for Payment – Agricultural Engineering Associates – $8,092.91 – Lake Lot Surveys
  1. Payment Request – K&G Striping, Inc. – $4,249.92
  1. Request for Payment – Nuss & Farmer, PA – February Invoice – $1,470.00
  1. Claim for Payment #1 – Mid-Continental Restoration Co., Inc. (Hammon’s) – Urgent Need Grant – $57,329.08
  1. Claim for Payment #1 – Mid-Continental Restoration Co., Inc. (Sharky’s) – Urgent Need Grant – $32,967.12
  1. Request for Payment #2 – Mid-Continental Restoration Co., Inc. (Hammon’s) – Urgent Need Grant – $91,651.71
  1. Request for Payment #2 – Mid-Continental Restoration Co., Inc. (Sharky’s) – Urgent Need Grant – $72,143.77
  1. Request for Payment – Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission – Administrative Services – Urgent Need Grant – $5,000.00
  1. Public Comment:

(Registration required. Comments on any subject not on the agenda and limited to five (5) minutes per person, at the discretion of the Commission)

  1. old case: Any

Shaun O’Brien – Demands for Street Closures for Good Ol’ Days Event:

Old Fort Boulevard. from Wall Street to National Avenue

Main Street from Skubitz Plaza to Third Street – Closes Fridays at 1 p.m.

Wall Street from National to Scott

First Street from National to Scott Street

Second Street from National to Scott Street

Use of the Memorial Hall:

Saturday morning baby contest

Blane Howard concert – Saturday evening (concert possible on Friday evening as well)

Heritage Park at the corner of First and Main

Parking lot behind Heritage Park

Parking at the corner of Third and Main

Parking at Second and Scott

Parking at Wall and Scott

Parking at Wall and driveway between Main and Scott

Parking between Memorial Hall and the Library

Parking lot between National and Block House (Carnival will start moving here on Tuesday June 2n/a)

Parking lot between Old Fort Blvd. and H&H Realty Agency (Carnival will start setting up here Friday morning)

Old Fort Blvd – South side of National at alley (Carnival will start moving here Friday morning)

Skubitz Plaza – (No special setup for event this year, but Old Fort Blvd. to be closed when tents go up Wednesday eastbound from Main. All closed Thursday and Friday.

Millie Lipscomb – Elks Fireworks Donation Request

Bailey Lyons and Craig Campbell – Downtown clean-up project

  1. new business:
  1. Review of Order No. 3605 Franchise Agreements for Verizon Wireless
  2. Review of Amendment No. 1 for Fort Scott Municipal Airport Consulting Services Agreement
  3. Tender Review – Airport Taxiways Rehabilitation Project
  4. Bid Review – Cape Seal 2022 Project
  5. Adherence to Order #3606 – Increased Camping Fees – Gunn Park
  6. Review of Order #3607 – Increase in Shelter Rental Fees – Gunn Park
  1. Comments from the Lake Advisory Board:
  1. Reports and comments:
  2. Comments from the City Manager:

Bird Scooter – Extension of Memorandum of Understanding

dude solutions contract

City of Fort Scott meter price update

demolition contract

  1. Commissioners’ reports and comments:
  2. City Attorney Reports and Comments:

XII. Executive session – If requested, (please follow the script in all motions for executive sessions)

XIII. Adjournment:

M6 Métropole Télévision: Procedure for obtaining preparatory documents for the Combined General Meeting of April 26, 2022

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NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory news:

M6 Metropole Television (Paris:MMT):

The shareholders of the company are invited to the Combined General Meeting which will be held on April 26, 2022, at 9 a.m., at the Cinéma Le Village, 4 rue de Chézy, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine.

The prior notice of meeting, including the agenda and the presentation of the draft resolutions, was published in the BALO of March 18, 2022. The notice of meeting will be published in the legal announcements newspaper Les Petites Affiches on April 6 2022.

The documents mentioned in article R.225-83 of the French Commercial Code will be made available to shareholders as soon as the meeting notice is issued and posted on the Company’s website.

In accordance with the legislation in force:

– Registered shareholders may, until the 5and day (inclusive) preceding the General Meeting, request the provision of said documents, including by e-mail. For bearer shareholders, the exercise of this right is subject to the presentation of a certificate of participation in the bearer share accounts held by the duly authorized intermediary.

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Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says he will confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court, while Mike Lee votes ‘no’

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Sen. Mike Lee told the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday that he was troubled by certain aspects of Jackson’s legal record. The committee voted 11-11 along party lines.

(Alex Brandon | AP) Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, questions Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee voted against confirming Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Monday.

After days of hearings, the committee – which evaluates candidates for the White House bench – met Monday to vote, resulting in an 11-11 deadlock along party lines. However, that doesn’t mean President Joe Biden’s nomination has stalled.

The tie will allow Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, to introduce a motion to move the Senate nomination, the Wall Street Journal reported, which will require a simple majority of 51 votes to pass.

Utah freshman Sen. Mitt Romney, also a Republican, indicated Monday that he would vote to confirm the historic nomination.

“I have concluded that she is a qualified jurist and a person of honor,” Romney said in a statement Monday afternoon. “While I don’t expect to agree with every decision she may make on the Court, I believe she largely meets the standards of excellence and integrity.”

During the initial discussion ahead of Monday’s vote, Lee listed several reasons for his opposition.

“When we asked about Justice Jackson’s judicial philosophy, when we asked her [and] when we asked others, we were often told we should check his file,” Lee said. “So we looked at his file. We have a lot of things in his file that we found to be concerning.

He highlighted Jackson’s conviction in child pornography cases, as well as his involvement in the cases. Hit the road New York against McAleenan and AFGE against Trump.

These cases have not received as much attention as some of his other decisions, as some of his sentencing decisions, but they are very, very important,” he said. “They bother me deeply. Because when someone is willing to act when they lack jurisdiction and/or when they don’t have a valid cause of action on which to grant that remedy, it’s someone who cuts the heart of the limits of judicial authority and creates a dangerous set of conditions.”

Lee also noted his displeasure with Jackson’s responses during the hearing process.

“I’m also concerned about her inability or unwillingness to answer some basic questions,” he said, specifically referring to questions that asked Jackson to define what a woman is and her perspective on it. the addition of justices to the Supreme Court. “… These are disturbing and inadequate answers that she gives because she does not answer them at all, very basic questions. Questions she could easily answer, should easily answer, and the fact that she doesn’t and doesn’t is concerning.

Lee concluded his remarks by saying the committee had not had access to key documents regarding Jackson’s past sentencing decisions and questioned why the process was rushing so quickly toward confirmation.

Jackson is President Joe Biden’s choice to replace retired Justice Stephen Breyer, for whom she served as clerk from 1999 to 2000, on the nine-judge tribunal. She has an extensive resume and is currently a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Jackson would be the first black woman to serve in the field.

The judge also has the support of a large group of professors at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law, which has a reputation as one of the most conservative law schools in the country. In a March letter sent to the leadership of the U.S. Senate, 16 faculty members pleaded for his confirmation.

“Judge Jackson’s academic achievement, extensive practice and judicial experience, and broad bipartisan support would make her a distinguished appointment to the court,” the faculty members wrote.

Tribune reporter Bryan Schott contributed to this report.

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Qatar will host a World Cup but not as we know it

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DOHA, April 4 (Reuters) – November’s World Cup in Qatar will be unlike any other final that has taken place before and the logistical challenges facing organizers from providing enough accommodation or to deal with unruly supporters, will only intensify.

The Gulf state will host the first World Cup in the Middle East, the first in a Muslim state, and no other tournament has ever been held in the northern hemisphere in winter.

Qatar, which is about the size of Jamaica, is also the smallest state to host football’s biggest event, with fans from all 32 competing nations ready to watch games in eight stadiums clustered around the only major city, Doha.

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On the positive side, this means that fans will be able to easily reach all venues, increasing the possibility of watching more than one match per day – unlike recent tournaments in Russia and Brazil where flights were often required to get to each site. town.

But it also means there will be real pressure on Qatar’s limited accommodation market, with organizers estimating that 1.2 million fans will visit the country over the 28 days of the tournament.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who inherited the decision to allow Qatar to host the tournament after taking over from his scandal-hit predecessor Sepp Blatter, initially considered the possibility that other countries in the region share reception duties.

But although that option was ultimately ruled out, Infantino is still keen to present the tournament as a chance for fans to experience the wider Arab world.

“There will be accommodation for anyone who wants to stay in Qatar, but maybe someone then wants to spend a day in Dubai or Abu Dubai or Muscat or Riyadh or Jeddah or whatever in the area and they will have the opportunity to go and visit other countries throughout their stay in this region,” he told Reuters in an interview.

“That’s certainly what we recommend as well, because I think one of the greatest experiences of this particular World Cup…is an opportunity for people to come to a country and a part of the world that they may not know,” he said. added.

It’s a laudable suggestion, but one that’s arguably only really an option for those with deep pockets, and it contrasts with efforts by Qatari organizers to make the World Cup accessible to fans on more modest budgets.

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Organizers have capped the room rates that hotels can charge supporters, with three-star rates capped at around $120.

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has pledged 130,000 rooms, including hotels and 60,000 rooms in apartments and villas, plus around 4,000 rooms on two cruise ships and the rest in fan villages .

Officials are also trying to ensure that fans, used to enjoying plenty of beer with their football, have alternatives to expensive hotel bars where a pint of beer can cost around $18.

Although alcohol is normally only available in such settings, special ‘fan zones’ will be set up around the country during the tournament so fans can watch matches and drink at more familiar prices.

“Alcohol prices will be capped in fan zones, similar to what was seen at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 where a pint cost around five pounds ($6.55),” he said. a source familiar with the discussions.

The fan zones – and other venues – will have to deal with fans from all 32 countries, unlike most tournaments where cities only host two nations at a time before matches.

“I believe having so many nationalities and people coming together and mixing will be really beneficial, and will also move and elevate the World Cup into one big, big social gathering,” Infantino said.

This gathering could, however, require skilled security and police, given that football tournaments have had a history of clashes between rival supporters.

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The house located at 528 Goldstream Ave. is among the properties for which Langford Council is currently considering rezoning applications. (Bailey Moreton/Press Team)

Several six-storey towers on the program at Langford

The developments would add more than 370 residential units




A series of six-storey residential developments with at least 370 units combined will appear before Langford councilors on Monday, April 4.

The Council will examine at first reading four different developments.

The request for 2869, 2875, 2885 Leigh Rd. and 1080 Dunford Ave. would see the construction of 78 residential units and 870 square meters of commercial space.

The proposal from 825 to 845 Orono Ave. would see the construction of 106 residential units if approved, while the rezoning application for 528 and 532 Goldstream Ave. would consist of approximately 77 residential units and include two levels of underground parking.

Another development, at 2615 Sooke Road, could see the construction of an apartment building of around 115 units and two commercial units on the ground floor which face Sooke Road. All three should be six-story buildings.

Council is set to consider the first reading of the relevant bylaws on these four projects at its April 4 meeting.

A low-density proposal is also on the agenda — a request to rezone 1551 and 1559 Sawyer Rd. to allow for single-family lots and/or townhouses — but the housing committee has suggested that council return the asks the municipal administration until the applicant makes a public consultation and offers more details on the number of units, as well as its connection to green spaces and trails.


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Tech companies cautiously bring people back while employees falter

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Starting Monday, Google is bringing most employees back to assigned physical offices three days a week. The company has said since the start of the pandemic that it eventually wants people to return.

Many workers don’t understand why, and expressed their concerns at a recent town hall meeting.

“Google has made record profits during the pandemic,” CEO Sundar Pichai said, reading a question submitted by an employee and upvoted by many other members of Google’s internal board called Dory. “Why doesn’t the RTO policy work from the desktop when you want it to or when it makes sense?”

Google’s balancing act is shared by many employers, especially as soaring gas prices are making long commutes and traffic jams even more unpleasant than they were two years ago . Tech companies in particular have outperformed during the pandemic, thanks in part to a wide array of cloud-based collaboration tools. Employees have become accustomed to flexibility and family time.

Companies now face a test to see how employees will react as certain optional work situations become mandatory and the labor market continues to tighten. Megan Slabinski of consultancy and recruitment firm Robert Half said two-thirds of employers say they want workers back to “almost full-time”, and half of employees say they would seek new employment if that was necessary.

“It’s fascinating the level of disconnect between employers and employees,” said Slabinski, who oversees the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, Utah and Northern California as district chairman Robert Half.

Walk backward

Some companies have already changed their policies several times before returning to the office.

In June, Amazon reneged on its original return plan, telling company employees it would allow them to return to the office three days a week instead of full-time. The company said it “learns and evolves as it goes.” In October, Amazon said the decision would be left to individual teams.

Microsoft and Google have added 30-day “transition” periods to make it easier for workers to return to their new schedule.

Last spring, when Google first tried to bring employees back to the office before Covid-19 cases spiked again, the company said employees could apply to work remotely for up to 12 months. , but would only be approved in “the most exceptional circumstances”. They could also be called back to an assigned desk at any time.

Management has since softened the tone. Google says it approved 85% of relocation or permanent telecommuting requests.

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“You are adults and we trust you to do what is right for you, your families and your life, while respecting the new baseline,” Prabhakar Raghavan, who oversees research, ads and marketing, wrote recently. Commerce, in a memo to employees. “We don’t expect 100% fidelity to the 24/7 hybrid 3-2 workweek.”

At the town hall, Pichai said “there’s a real desire for people to communicate and collaborate, so we’re trying to balance all of that,” according to audio obtained by CNBC. “We will continue to watch all of this closely,” he said.

One reason for the partial return, Pichai said, is for people to get to know their colleagues.

“We’ve hired so many people over the past two years who just have no idea how the business works,” he said.

Even Twitter, which announced in 2020 that employees could work remotely “forever,” told employees last month that “distributed work will be much, much harder.” CEO Parag Agrawal, who replaced Jack Dorsey at the end of last year, said he had hoped to see people in the office because working in person “will bring this culture to life in such a powerful way”. .

wait and watch

Slabinski said some companies wait to see what their peers are doing before making big decisions. Amazon, for example, hasn’t announced a new return date.

“I think there’s an element where somebody has to start demanding people come back,” Slabinski said. “Amazon backed off when they started seeing attrition and now Google is demanding people be back in place and it’s like hoping the rest of the industry will join us and it won’t become a reason for resignation.”

Another challenge for employers is to synchronize schedules. Apple has designated Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays as attendance days. Other tech companies have kept their plans vague.

Colin Yasukochi, executive director of real estate firm CBRE, said he expects the San Francisco commercial real estate market to become more competitive in the second and third quarters, when there will be better direction of the request.

“They’re all acting cautiously because they don’t really want to lose key employees,” Yasukochi said, adding that some people end up not seeing the point of coming in when they feel office emptiness.

“There’s nothing worse than ‘Oh, I made that effort to come in and put on some real pants today and I’m the only one there,'” Yasukochi said. He said his San Francisco CBRE office was at 20% to 30% capacity “on a good day.”

‘Roll the dice’

Employee retention and satisfaction are more critical than ever in the tech industry as record numbers of people in the United States leave their jobs and explore new opportunities. Forcing people to move is an additional risk.

“They’re rolling the dice and that’s a bet I’m not sure I want to make in this environment,” Slabinski said.

Small businesses could have the upper hand over talent, she added.

“They could really differentiate their opportunities where they might not be able to compete for the competition, but they could provide flexibility and confidence,” Slabinski said.

Google falls back on one of its best tricks: perks.

Before the company announced a new return date, David Radcliffe, Google’s vice president of real estate and workplace services, wrote an email to employees in the Bay Area, announcing that on-campus amenities such as fitness centers, free meals, lounges, game rooms and massages were open back.

There are signs that other things are coming back as well. Brandi Susewitz, founder and CEO of corporate furniture retailer Reseat, said her business had more than doubled since December. Most of his clients are “cautiously optimistic” in their office planning. Reseat works with companies like Yelp, Uber, and Oracle.

Susewitz said she gets some pretty interesting furniture requests. One thing people want is individual phone booths.

“Instead of having assigned seating, they’re doing renovations to make it open seating, a hotel environment,” she said. They “design spaces to be more like living rooms.”

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Fake Indians prevalent in higher education

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In June 2021, an anonymous report began circulating in Canadian academic circles. It listed six faculty and staff at Queen’s College in Kingston, Ontario.

“Queen’s College is currently overrun with white Canadians making false claims about Aboriginal identity – particularly Algonquin,” it read. “We are confident that our extensive research has focused on six of the most important and harmful cases.”

The college has dismissed the allegations, prompting a written protest signed by more than 100 Indigenous scholars, condemning “white professors claiming Indigenousness based on family traditions or an Indigenous ancestor from hundreds of years ago …claiming both a trauma and a healing that was never theirs as they embrace what scholars and advocates recognize as the final stage of settler colonization: “settler self-indigenization” .

In response, Queen’s College promised to review its hiring policies.

Native Americans complain that the problem is widespread in American colleges and universities.

FILE – Students walk through The Green in front of Dartmouth College’s Baker-Berry Library in Hanover, NH

Dartmouth University in 2015 removed Susan Taffee Reed from directing the Native American program after learning that her “tribe” was a Pennsylvania nonprofit, some of whose members have no Native ancestry. Dartmouth moved her to another position.

As The New York Times reported in 2021, University of California, Riverside, scholar and activist Andrea Smith falsely claimed Cherokee identity for years and received scholarships aimed at underrepresented groups in the university environment.

Cases like these prompted journalist Jacqueline Keeler in 2021 to start investigating the issue. To date, she has drawn up a list of 200 “suspects”.

“A lot of these people are names I’ve been hearing for some time in tribal circles that turned out to be cheats,” said Keeler, a Navajo Nation citizen whose father was Yankton Sioux.

“As a reporter, I was working on a story about someone, only to find out that person wasn’t actually indigenous.”

Keeler works with tribal registration services, genealogists and historians.

“We go back into their family histories as far back as the 1600s to try to find someone who was registered or lived in an Indian community and was clearly associated with a tribe.”

VOA has obtained a copy of the list, which names artists, authors, actors and dozens of academics. VOA does not publish the list because it cannot be independently verified.

FILE - This photo shows Iron Eyes Cody, an Italian-American famous for fabricating Native American identity.  Seen here presenting former President Jimmy Carter with a Native American headdress in the Oval Office in Washington on April 21, 1978.

FILE – This photo shows Iron Eyes Cody, an Italian-American famous for fabricating Native American identity. Seen here presenting former President Jimmy Carter with a Native American headdress in the Oval Office in Washington on April 21, 1978.

Some people have criticized Keeler for leading a witch hunt. But she has strong support in native circles.

“I don’t think Jackie intends to do anything with it,” Ben Barnes, chief of the Shawnee Tribe in Oklahoma, told VOA. “I think it’s a place where natives get together and say, ‘Hey, you’re not crazy. We’ve been saying this from the start, that academia is plagued by paternalism!'”

‘Step-offs’ and high cheekbones

Federally recognized tribes are sovereign nations that have exclusive rights to determine membership. Criteria vary; most tribes require documented lineage, historical listings, and/or blood quantum, some degree of Native American blood.

Other factors are also important, such as a person’s knowledge of the culture, knowledge system, history, language, religion, family ties, and the strength with which a person s identify as American Indian or Alaska Native.

Native Americans argue that claimants often fabricate stories to explain “Indian” identity, claiming ancestors who refused to be listed on government rolls or were misidentified on state census forms. Some cite high cheekbones or straight black hair as proof of indigenity.

Scottish memoirist Williamson claimed he was captured by Indians in 1750s America and later visited Britain as a "a red Indian."

Scottish memoirist Williamson claimed he was captured by Indians in 1750s America and later visited Britain as a ‘Red Indian’.

Charles Gourd, a Cherokee Nation citizen and former director of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission, admitted to being duped by a suitor.

“He claimed to be Cherokee,” Gourd said. “So one day I asked him which of the three Cherokee tribes he was from. And he said, ‘No, no, we were -‘ and he used a term that I had never heard before – ‘step -offs, “Indians who supposedly left the Trail of Tears (forced deportation to Oklahoma) and hid in the mountains.”

Suitors across the country have organized themselves into fake tribes such as the Southern Cherokee Agency to access benefits and rights reserved for Native Americans or other minorities.

FILE - This July 5, 1999 shows a 40-foot pyramid at a 476-acre compound in Eatonton that was once home to a group calling itself the Yamassee Native American Nuwaubians and bulldozed in 2005, after their leader was convicted of pedophilia and racketeering.

FILE – This July 5, 1999 shows a 40-foot pyramid at a 476-acre compound in Eatonton that was once home to a group calling itself the Yamassee Native American Nuwaubians and bulldozed in 2005, after their leader was convicted of pedophilia and racketeering.

Policy makers

In March, the University of Michigan launched an online forum series, “Unsettling Genealogies: A Forum on Pseudo Indians, Race-Shifting, Pretendians and Self-Indigenization in Media, Arts, Politics and the Academy.”

Chief Barnes participated, as did Kim TallBear, a Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate professor at the University of Alberta.

“Non-Indigenous people with non-Indigenous community views posing as Indigenous and moving up the professional ladder falsely represent our voices,” TallBear said. “They theorize about Indigenous people, sovereignty, and anti-colonialism. They become thought leaders, institutional decision makers, and policy advisors to government leaders with regulatory and economic power over our peoples and lands.”

Race change is particularly harmful in academia, she said. The claimants write books and shape academic and public discourse about who Indigenous peoples are, how they live, and how Indigenous policies should be formulated.

“The suitors are cut off from the very trust we need to have in academia, where much of what we know (about Indigenous history and thought) comes from,” said David Cornsilk, historian and genealogist. retired from the Cherokee Nation. “If an institution is unwilling to verify the authenticity of its hires, that says a lot about their scholarship.”

Race versus Citizenship

But is hiring verification legal?

U.S. Civil Rights Law prohibits employers from considering race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in any aspect of employment unless they have a legitimate business need. , such as compliance with diversity guidelines.

In such cases, the law allows employers to collect racial information on separate “tear-off” sheets, but states that this information cannot be used in the selection process.

The United States government recognizes as Native American/Alaska Native anyone who has a blood credential and is recognized as such by a federally recognized tribe or village as an enrolled tribal member. Moreover, it is said that “Indian” is not a racial designation but a political one.

“If someone asks me if I’m a resident of the state of Oklahoma, I pull out my driver’s license,” Chief Shawnee Barnes said. “Why is asking someone to show their tribal ID a problem?”

In March, the National Association of Senior Leaders of Indigenous Universities and the First Nations University of Canada (FNU) hosted a national online forum on Indigenous identity to explore the best ways to validate claims of identity. Although the forum was closed to the media, FNU President NIUSLA Co-Chair Jacqueline Ottmann spoke to the media afterwards via Zoom.

“Universities are wrestling with this whole thing and trying to figure out what to do,” Ottman told reporters. “On the one hand, they don’t want to insert themselves into the role of those who determine identity or citizenship. But on the other hand, they don’t want to give opportunities to people who are not indigenous. “

Freedom Convoy rally takes place in Bowen Park area of ​​Nanaimo – Nanaimo News Bulletin

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A contingent met in Nanaimo this afternoon (April 2), advocating for freedom from government mandates for vaccination.

A mass of people gathered in the lower parking lots of Bowen Park and the Nanaimo Curling Club, waving flags and signs.

Masks are no longer mandatory in British Columbia and proof of the vaccination card should be in effect until Tuesday (April 8), but people like Cherry Ylikangaf want a permanent return to normalcy.

“My main concerns are digital ID, the mask (the rules) is already abandoned, but it’s not really abandoned. As of September, we will all get back to it. Nothing is really abandoned, the government is not going to giving up nothing so easily,” Ylikangaf said.

Maya Mirovski sought medical freedom and doesn’t like vaccination rules.

“That’s absolutely wrong,” Mirovski said. “We are not guinea pigs. People shouldn’t be massively tested…it’s a violation of human rights.

According to a social media post, the event was a gathering of “companion island activists” and a fight for “Canadian/Islander freedoms”.

All COVID-19 vaccines available in Canada have undergone rigorous testing before obtaining approval from Health Canada. Human rights cases brought in British Columbia against provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Premier John Horgan over COVID-19 measures have been largely dismissed by the Human Rights Tribunal of the person of British Columbia.

The government of British Columbia announced the end of mandatory masks in public spaces, as well as the end date of the vaccination card in March.

The province’s April 1 update showed the preliminary new cases of COVID-19, numbering 357, including 52 in the island health region and 356,858 cases in total. There were also four new deaths, including two on the island.


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rajya sabha: Budget session: 7 key bills on Rajya Sabha’s agenda for the past week | India News

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NEW DELHI: Seven key bills including “Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill” and “Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill” have been placed on the agenda of the Rajya Sabha for the last week of the current budget session.
Six of the seven bills on the Rajya Sabha’s agenda have already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
“The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill 2022”, passed by the Lok Sabha last week, proposes to authorize the police to take action on convicts and defendants for the purposes of their criminal identifications and investigations to keep records.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to spearhead “The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022”, which proposes the unification of the three municipal corporations. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday by a voice vote while various amendments proposed by opposition MPs were rejected.
The MCD Amendment Bill is expected to generate heat in the Upper House, with the Aam Admi Party (AAP) alleging that the legislative proposal was introduced in parliament to delay municipal elections in the nation’s capital.
The Chartered Accountants, Cost and Works Accountants and Company Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2021, which provides for the disclosure of pending complaints or actionable information against members and companies, will be tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Upper House.
The other four bills are “The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2022”, relating to Tripura, “The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2022”, relating to Uttar Pradesh, “The Indian Antarctica Bill, 2022”, and “The Weapons of Mass Destruction and Their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities Amendment) Bill, 2022”.
“The Weapons of Mass Destruction and Their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities Amendment) Bill, 2022”, which is yet to be passed by the Lok Sabha, will be presented to the Rajya Sabha.
Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda will propose “The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Ordinance (Amendment) Bill, 2022” relating to Tripura in Rajya Sabha during the last week of the budget session at the Parliament.
Rajya Sabha during the budget session recorded a productivity of 101%. The previous week witnessed disruptions and forced adjournments due to which 54 minutes of Upper House time was lost. However, members sat overtime for one hour and 48 minutes.
The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting chaired by the President of Rajya Sabha, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, on Friday allocated 5 p.m. for the passage of seven bills. The total productive time available for Rajya Sabha is 29 hours and 30 minutes in the coming week.
The second half of the budget session began on March 14 and will end on April 8. The first half of the budget session began on January 31 and ended on February 11.

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WATCH Photo by Anthony Dolce Parents and residents fill Sky’s the Limit in the village on Thursday.

SILVER CREEK — Following allegations of a “isolation cell” against Silver Creek Central Schools earlier this week, a large group of parents and District residents gathered at Sky’s the Limit on Main Street in the Village to discuss next steps.

The allegations come from Jay Hall, deputy director of elementary programming, who wrote a letter to the school board on Tuesday outlining a “isolation cell” at primary school. Hall has since been placed on administrative leave. He was present at the community meeting on Thursday evening, but did not speak.

“There will come a time when Jay will speak for everyone. He’s going to speak out loud, he’s going to speak clearly, and he’s going to speak the truth. said Hall’s attorney, Thomas Eoannou. “But tonight is not that night. Tonight is not Jay’s night. He won’t say a word.

Instead, it was up to the parents to talk. Kristina Kwaizer, Amanda Bailey and Tiffany Farley have each said their child was placed in the alleged “isolation room” and each of them shared their side of the story in front of the assembled crowd. Kwaizer alleged that her child was not even let out of that room to eat.

“My son is afraid to go to school. … This shouldn’t happen,” said Kwaizer. “Being barricaded and not going out for lunch. They need a better behavior plan for teachers, not just kids.

While there was a lot of animosity directed at the school Thursday night, one overwhelming sentiment is one of support for Hall. A parent delivered a letter from his student to Hall, and Farley expressed his gratitude to Hall, which was met with a round of applause. Although Hall didn’t speak Thursday night, his emotions were still on display.

“My son is 5 years old and he has been in school since he was 3 years old” Farley said. “Recently he was fighting not to go to school, and I didn’t understand. I feel horrible that I don’t understand what’s going on. He doesn’t even want to leave the house anymore. … It makes me heartbreaking that our children had to go through this.I am grateful to Mr. Hall for all he has done for our children.

Those present said they were struggling to find a lawyer to take their case, but at the end of the meeting, Eoannou, separate from Hall’s representation, said he would start working on his own private investigation. .

“I don’t speak on his behalf and he didn’t ask me to” said Eaonnou. “I will pay the investigator. You bring your kids, and we’ll have all the kids stuck in this room. … I’m not doing this having anything to do with Mr. Hall. But hearing what has been said, I want to do my part.

Hall had no comment when reached by phone ahead of the evening meeting.

Meanwhile, an online petition noting the primary school “children are in danger in a place where they are supposed to feel safe and we must act before other children are victims of this abuse” has begun. Friday afternoon, there were 356 signatures.

On Wednesday, the district opened its own investigation into the matter, which Superintendent Todd Crandall said should be completed in the coming days. Crandall said student safety is paramount. “We are committed to being transparent, thorough and always putting student welfare first.” he said.

Overall, the district remains silent on the issue, including from elementary staff who were briefed on the issue last week.

In early March, the district announced the reappointment of Delia Bonenberger as interim elementary director. Former senior manager Sterling Stearns has been noted as “unavailable and not in the area until further notice.”

According to Board of Education minutes posted online, the district met in executive session at its March 10 meeting for the “the purpose of discussing a particular person’s employment” at 18 o’clock. The open session resumed at 7:37 p.m. Stearns’ departure was announced on March 11.



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The Shriners and their St. Croix Valley Shrine Club ladies combined some business with a nice Irish dinner and a quick bingo on Friday, March 18 at the American Legion in New Richmond.

Carl Gaulke, president of the Shrine Club, served as master of ceremonies. The business meeting heard several reports on club activities as well as a Divan report by assistant Rabban Roger Keller of New Richmond. Keller announced that the shrine temple was sold in May 2022.

“The sanctuary offices have moved to a pleasant commercial setting in Madison,” Keller said. He also announced several workouts he has planned this spring. As always, Roger has big plans for Sanctuary of Zor when he becomes a potentate in 2024.

There will be a Quarterly Zor Officers Meeting on April 2 in Wausau and a Spring Ceremony on May 14 in Wausau, so mark your calendars.

In his report, Noble Bob Hering of the Board of Governors announced the next Shrine Gala scheduled for June 3 at the Minneapolis Depot. Last year, according to Hering, there were 400 registrants with a total income for the Twin Cities Shriners children of $307,000.

Tammy Keller gave a brief report on the Shrine Auxiliary, noting that the annual auction will take place in November. Last year, the auction brought in $12,500 for the Shriners for Kids.

Former potentate Barry Ausen said the onions are now planted and should be ready for harvest in late April or the first part of May, depending on the weather. Everyone is eagerly awaiting the arrival of these Vidalia sweet onions.

President Gaulke introduced two new nobles who will take part in one of the upcoming ceremonies this year. Merl Steffen and Wayne Pearse will soon become the new Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Next year’s Imperial Session will be in Minneapolis and the MSA is scheduled for Green Bay. Watch the Zephyr for dates and times.

After the affair, the public settled in for several games of BINGO with Noble Mike Kastens at the numbers. The winning bingos received a bottle of wine in a gift wrap.

Q&A: New CTL Director calls for inclusive and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning

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Cassandra Volpe Horii was named the new director of Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and associate vice provost for education on February 7. and learn at Stanford.

Horii, a first-generation college graduate with a background in STEM education, previously worked at the California Institute of Technology as associate vice provost and founding director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Outreach. In her new role at Stanford, Horii oversees and guides CTL’s various programs and resources to support students and faculty in classroom learning, tutoring, and teaching.

Just weeks into her new role, Horii said she considers herself an advocate for CTL and is “thrilled by the wonderful teaching and learning ideas, projects and collaborations” that CTL has launched.

The Stanford Daily [TSD]: What are CTL’s responsibilities and operations, both day-to-day and on a larger scale?

Cassandra Volpe Horii [CH]: The Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning [CTL] is a campus-wide resource. We work directly with students to support and enhance learning through academic coaching in one-to-one meetings and group workshops, tutoring through course-specific sessions and individual appointments , and peer partners trained in language conversation and academic accountability. Last year, CTL hosted over 11,000 student visits for academic coaching, tutoring, language conversation partners and workshops. CTL also works with faculty, academic staff and other teachers and teaching assistants on designing or redesigning courses, implementing evidence-based and inclusive teaching methods, and integrating learning technologies, among other topics.

TSD: Which of these specific responsibilities falls under your purview as the new director of CTL?

CH: CTL already has amazing people and teams doing this work, and I see my role as, first and foremost, an advocate for CTL and the teaching and learning work done daily by students, faculty and staff academic. I connect CTL experts with working groups, committees and projects where they can help, and I also support CTL staff as they sustain and grow these great programs, develop new approaches to help lead Stanford’s educational efforts and are considering the next phase of what we’re trying to do all together. Like everyone else at CTL, my role involves a lot of collaboration, with students, faculty, lecturers, teaching assistants, schools, departments, programs – you name it, we bring our understanding of what works in teaching and learning, and why it works, where it is needed at Stanford.

DST: What are some of the evidence-based strategies that CTL implements?

CH: There are a lot of them, and over the last few decades we’ve seen a huge growth in the number and type of studies really looking at what works at the university level, and the different types of disciplines and course settings. There is growing evidence that methods that actively involve students in some way as part of the classroom tend to produce deeper and longer-lasting learning that fosters a sense of belonging. This is just one, but there are many other approaches, and we incorporate them into all of our programs.

DST: About 17% of Stanford students identify as first-generation and/or low-income (FLI). How do CTL initiatives and programs support FLI students on campus? In what ways do you hope to further develop these projects?

CH: I am a first-generation college graduate myself, and the work we do to support FLI students is very close to my heart, as are CTL’s contributions to Stanford’s IDEAL. [Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Environment] education initiatives in general. More immediately, Academic Coaches are trained specifically to support FLI students, for example, anticipating what may be unclear about navigating through college and what resources might be particularly useful at different times and throughout the course. university experience. Additionally, our work with professors and lecturers emphasizes what I would call “transparency” – that is, sharing with students why and how assignments or other aspects of the course are going useful to students, how students can best approach them, where to find feedback, where to ask for help, and what a successful end product would look like – what features it might have. Inclusive approaches like this tend to result in really challenging learning experiences that are also very rewarding, and they learn more about the current opportunity, rather than whether students had access to a similar learning experience before coming to Stanford.

DST: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect students across campus, what resources does CTL provide to optimize blended and online courses?

CH: CTL has adapted and supported Stanford students and faculty throughout the pandemic. We continue to be truly committed to meeting people where they are and in the formats they need now. As these formats continue to change, we also try to stay closely in touch with Stanford’s overall trajectory. In terms of community, faculty, and course design, CTL has created some really in-depth teaching and course design resources that include strategies to promote student well-being or incorporate helpful technologies, and those- these can be adapted to many different lesson formats and are all available in our on-demand guides.

DST: How does CTL meet the educational needs of students who had to quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 and who may be trying to attend classes remotely or catch up on work?

CH: I think the resources that are there for professors and departments are helpful in enhancing course and program flexibility. These templates are available anytime, and in terms of formats for students, CTL services are truly available to students as and when they need them. For example, academic coaching and tutoring are available online in these formats when students need it. At the same time, we’re bringing back a lot more in-person interactions when it makes sense.

DST: What are you most looking forward to accomplishing or working on as a director?

CH: It’s really, for me, getting to know the amazing students, professors, teachers and other teachers at Stanford, and the teaching assistants that I really look forward to seeing. I’m only a few weeks into my job here, and already I’m thrilled with the wonderful teaching and learning ideas, projects and collaborations I’ve been lucky enough to encounter – and truly , the people who make them. One example is IDEAL’s departmental pedagogy project teams, which included professors, university teaching staff and students working together. They shared a series of lightning talks about their plans, just during the winter term a few weeks ago. I’m really looking forward to having the chance to visit more classrooms, meet the students and faculty groups, and really experience how people approach teaching and learning in Stanford’s many contexts. I am excited about the new possibilities we will create together!

DST: What tangible impact do you hope to have on CTL and Stanford during your tenure as director?

CH: It’s a very important moment in terms of learning and teaching right now, and I think CTL is right in the middle of this key moment. With our collaborators in this Stanford-wide collective initiative that we have, we participate in and help lead the Teaching Commons. I think students and instructors have really had to try a lot of new approaches to learning and teaching over the past two years, big ideas about what really matters in lessons and other kinds of learning experiences. learning, to how academic experiences do or could do more to cultivate belonging, to new ways of collaborating with online tools and methods like digital inking or real-time interaction. I really hope to build the capacity of CTL so that we can continue to support these new developments and address the places where we really have room to grow, such as connecting students and instructors in a much more collaborative way to share ideas with each other and help inform where we are going next.

South Korea eases distancing amid slowing omicron spread

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will ease some of its pandemic restrictions starting next week as officials express cautious hope that the worst of its omicron outbreak is over.

The limit on private social gatherings will increase from eight to 10 people from Monday, while restaurants, bars and other indoor spaces can remain open an hour later, until midnight, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said on Friday. .

Officials have said most social distancing restrictions could be lifted, except for an indoor mask mandate, if the outbreak slows further and the medical response remains stable over the next two weeks.

Kim’s announcement at a government anti-virus meeting came after the country reported a daily average of 316,000 new coronavirus cases over the past seven days, a slight decrease from the average of 357,800. the previous week. The single-day high was 621,187 on March 17.

While Kim said the country was likely past the peak of infections, pressure on hospitals remained concerning, given the week or longer intervals between infections, hospitalizations and deaths. Officials also say the highly transmissible omicron subvariant called BA.2 is slowing the decline in overall infections.

“Fortunately, the outbreak has slowed down for the second week in a row,” Kim said. “But there is continued concern about an increase in severe cases and deaths that could occur after time lags, the spread of ‘stealth omicron’ or BA.2, which has become the dominant strain, and an expected increase in travel in spring. ”

The country recorded an average of 328 deaths last week, including 360 in the past 24 hours, while around 1,300 virus patients were in serious or critical condition. More than 64% of South Korea’s 2,800 intensive care units designated for the treatment of COVID-19 were occupied.

Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol said social distancing measures have clearly become less effective because omicron is much more contagious than previous variants of the virus.

“Even if we ease social distancing, the increase in infections should only be around 10-20%,” he told a briefing.

Quarantine requirements for close contacts, hospitalization for mild cases and proof of vaccination or negative tests when entering public areas were some of the measures eased or lifted earlier.

Ascendis Health: Notice of Special General Meeting and New Shareholder Demands

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Notice of Special General Meeting and New Shareholder Demands

 Ascendis Health Limited
 (Registration number 2008/005856/06)
 (Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
 Share code: ASC
 ISIN: ZAE000185005
 ("Ascendis Health" or "the Company")


                  NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING AND NEW SHAREHOLDER DEMANDS


Shareholders are referred to the announcement published on SENS on 17 March 2022 in which they were advised
that the Company had received a demand in terms of section 61(3) of the Companies Act, No. 71 of 2008, as
amended ("the Companies Act"), read with clause 20.1.3 of the Company's Memorandum of Incorporation from
Alpvest Equities Proprietary Limited, Dendrobium Capital Proprietary Limited and Andre Carl Neethling
("Neethling Consortium Demand") in their capacities as shareholders of the Company, to call a general meeting
of shareholders ("Special General Meeting") to consider the appointment of Amaresh Chetty, Bharti Harie and
Carl Neethling as non-executive directors of the Company.

Shareholders are advised that in terms of the Company's senior financing arrangements, any change to the board
of directors of the Company ("the Board") which has not received the prior written approval of the agent (acting
on behalf of the lenders) may trigger a cancellation of the debt facilities and may result in such debt facilities
becoming immediately due and payable. The Lenders, based on their preliminary analysis, have indicated that
they do not intend to approve the proposed Board changes contemplated in the Neethling Consortium Demand.

The Board does not support these proposed appointments.

Shareholders are further advised that, on 31 March 2022, the Company received a written request in terms of
section 61(3) of the Companies Act from a different group of shareholders who together hold Ascendis Health
shares representing more than 10% of the Company's voting rights, to include resolutions to appoint Maki
Modisakeng, Samuel Miller and Francois Theron as independent non-executive directors of the Company in terms
of article 26 of the Company's Memorandum of Incorporation ("the Additional Demand").

Resolutions in respect of the Additional Demand will be included in the Notice of Special General Meeting.

Shareholders are advised that the Board supports the proposed appointments of these candidates. In addition,
based on their preliminary analysis, the Lenders have indicated that they support these candidates nominations.

The purpose of the Special General Meeting is to put to shareholders for consideration the shareholder proposed
resolutions to appoint Maki Modisakeng, Samuel Miller and Francois Theron, Amaresh Chetty, Bharti Harie and
Carl Neethling as non-executive directors of the Company.


1.   Notice of Special General Meeting

Notice is hereby given of a Special General Meeting to be held at 10:00 on Wednesday, 11 May 2022 which will
be conducted entirely by electronic participation as contemplated in section 63(2)(a) of the Companies Act.

The notice of Special General Meeting has been distributed to shareholders today, Thursday, 31 March 2022.

 a. The salient details of the Special General Meeting are set out below.


                                                                                                                1
                                                                                                              2022
 Record date for determining those shareholders entitled to receive the notice of                 Friday, 25 March
 Special General Meeting
 Last day to trade in order to be eligible to participate in and vote at the Special General       Tuesday, 3 May
 Meeting
 Record date (for voting purposes at the Special General Meeting)                                   Friday, 6 May
 Special General Meeting convened for 10:00                                                    Wednesday, 11 May

2.   Court Application

The Company holds the view that the Neethling Consortium Demand falls to be set aside in terms of section 61(5)
of the Companies Act, and therefore is in the process of applying to the High Court to set aside the Demand. In
terms of section 61(5) of the Companies Act:
"(5) A company, or any shareholder of the company, may apply to a court for an order setting aside a demand
made in terms of subsection (3) on the grounds that the demand is frivolous, calls for a meeting for no other
purpose than to reconsider a matter that has already been decided by the shareholders, or is otherwise vexatious"
Notwithstanding the intended High Court application, in terms of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited
("Listings Requirements"), the Company is still obliged to give notice of a meeting within 10 business days from
the date of the Demand to call a shareholder's meeting unless the JSE decides otherwise. The JSE has not decided
otherwise, and the Company is therefore obliged to comply with the JSE Listing Requirements.

Accordingly, this notice is given on the condition that the High Court does not set aside the Demands. If the High
Court sets aside the Demands this fact will be communicated to shareholders and this Notice will be withdrawn.


31 March 2022
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Is a gas tax exemption on the agenda in Albany?

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Petrol prices have been on many people’s minds for the past few weeks – even those who don’t drive have seen the numbers on petrol station signs soar in the weeks since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Today we’ll look at the prospects for a gasoline tax holiday in New York and a brief but intense push in New Jersey to allow drivers to pump their own fuel at gas stations.

And while my colleague Grace Ashford says everyone wants to share in a welfare tax cut, some worry that oil companies will raise the base price of a gallon of gasoline, fattening their bottom line. There are also concerns that the fiscal consequences of eliminating the gasoline tax — which brings in about $2.2 billion a year in combined state and local revenue — could undermine other priorities, including the roads, bridges and public transport.

“Most economists think that’s a bad idea,” said Jason Furman, professor of economics at Harvard, adding that the debate was less about whether a tax break was harmful than about the extent to which it would be. “Is that, you know, a terrible thing you should never do? Or is it a minor bad thing, and why not just go ahead and do it because it’s good policy? »

Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat from Buffalo, did not include a gas tax suspension in her executive budget plan. But she indicated last week that she was open to including one in the state budget, which is due out on Friday.

A Siena poll released on Monday showed that 70% of voters across all parties favored some kind of tax relief. Democrats, especially those in Upstate and Long Island, where Republicans have made significant inroads, have taken notice ahead of this year’s election.

New Jersey is the only state in the country that requires attendants to pump gas for every customer, a service a majority of residents have repeatedly told pollsters they support. The idiosyncrasy is often worn as a badge of honor on T-shirts and bumper stickers that say “Jersey Girls Don’t Pump Gas”.

Earlier this month self-serve gas proponents reintroduced a invoice that would allow self-service gas. The effort was backed by a service station industry group. Proponents said it was a matter of driver choice in a world where most major pharmacies and grocery stores offer self-service checkouts.

But Nicholas Scutari, the Democratic chairman of the state Senate, ended the speculation earlier this month when he said he was not in favor of changing things. “The people of New Jersey very clearly want to keep the system that we have now,” Scutari said in a policy stance first reported by the New Jersey Monitor. Scutari, whose support would be key to revamping the way New Jerseyans get gas since 1949, also said he wasn’t convinced having self-serve lanes would cause a lower gasoline prices.


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A surge of overdue books and DVDs arrived after New York’s three public library systems scrapped overdue fines last year. Some of the returned items came with apology notes.

“Enclosed you will find books that I have borrowed and kept at home for 28 to 50 years! a reader writes before dropping off a box of books at the main branch of the New York Public Library. “I am 75 now and these books have helped me throughout my motherhood and my teaching career. I am sorry that I have lived with these books for so long. They have become a family.

When someone viewed a copy of the short story “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” in July 1970, the library in Flushing, Queens occupied a large building at Main Street and Kissena Boulevard. When the book was returned in December, it reverted to a curved metal and glass structure that was completed in 1998 on the same triangular site.

And what about “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day,” a 2009 action movie that has a 23% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Three DVD copies returned to three different libraries in three different boroughs.

The libraries’ move to remove fines completely followed the lead of libraries in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, among others. New York Systems collected between $3 million and $4 million in fines in fiscal year 2019, the last before the coronavirus pandemic, and stopped collecting them in March 2020.

“We learned that we could adjust our budget to do whatever we needed to do and cover lost revenue,” Anthony Marx, president of the New York Public Library, told our writer Gina Cherelus. He said libraries “are not in a revenue-generating business. We are in the business of encouraging reading and learning, and getting in our own way” by collecting fines.

These fines had been piling up for years. “I can’t tell you how stressed these fines have been for our customers,” said Tienya Smith, a librarian who runs the branch in Long Island City, Queens.

More than 21,000 overdue or lost items were returned to Manhattan, some so old they were no longer in the library system. About 51,000 items have been returned to Brooklyn through the end of February. And more than 16,000 have been returned to Queens. (Libraries still charge replacement fees for lost books.) Fortunately for libraries, the announcement of the removal of fines brought in more than books and DVDs. A woman has sent the Queens Public Library a $1,000 donation in the name of her 93-year-old mother.

Billy Parrott, who runs the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library in Midtown, the city’s largest circulating branch, said most overdue items are returned by mail or book drop, rather than in person. . It makes sense: late books can be a source of shame. But librarians insist they are not judging.

“We just care about the books,” Parrott said.



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As I was measuring, I heard a soft voice behind me.

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I turned to see a young man standing there.

I said goodbye to my mother and turned to the young man.

“I think so,” I said.

“I’ll carry it for you, if you want,” he said.

How could I refuse?

Without saying a word, he easily lifted the wardrobe and slung it over his shoulder. We walked down the street and then up the stairs when we arrived at my building.

Once we were inside and the closet was in place, I didn’t quite know how to thank him.

He noticed my piano.

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Greece to review plan to secure supplies if Russia halts flows – ministry

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ATHENS, March 30 (Reuters) – Greece’s gas network operator will review its plans for additional shipments of liquefied natural gas Greece may need if Russia cuts off gas supplies to the country, the ministry said on Wednesday. Energy.

Russia’s demand to pay in rubles for its gas, which covers a third of Europe’s annual energy needs, has raised fears it could cut gas supplies.

Moscow is expected to release its ruble payment plans on Thursday, although it said it would not immediately require buyers to pay for gas exports in the currency.

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Greece, which meets about 40% of its annual Russian gas needs, held an emergency meeting of its energy regulator, gas and electricity transmission operators and its largest gas suppliers on Wednesday. and electricity to assess all available scenarios regarding the security of gas supply.

Along with additional LNG supplies, the government has asked network operator DESFA to look into the cost of adding a floating tank to the country’s only LNG terminal off Athens, the ministry said in a statement. communicated after the meeting.

By April 5, DESFA will also have to inform the Ministry of Energy of the progress made in the discussions with the Italian Snam (SRG.MI) on the possibility for Greece to store strategic quantities of gas in the sub- soil of neighboring Italy.

Russian gas is delivered to Greece via a pipeline that bypasses Ukraine. Athens also buys gas from Azerbaijan, Algeria, Turkey and the United States.

Gas flows to Greece are normal and there is no need for the country to declare an alert immediately, said an official from the Greek gas network operator who requested anonymity.

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Rider Announces Merger of CLAS and WCA – The Rider News

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By Sarah Siock

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donnajean Fredeen announced the merger of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and Westminster College of the Arts (WCA), at an all-faculty meeting on March 25 , a move she says will save the college $500,000 a year as it tries to tackle a projected $20 million deficit.

A “top-down” decision

Pending negotiations with the Rider Chapter of the American Association of University Teachers (AAUP), effective July 1, CLAS and WCA will merge to form a single new college called the College of Arts and Sciences. Current CLAS Dean Kelly Bidle has been named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and will lead the new college. Within the college there will be four schools: Westminster Choir College (WCC), the School of Media and Performing Arts, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Science, Technology and Mathematics.

When asked at the faculty meeting, Fredeen said the merger was done without faculty input and was a “top-down” decision, and added that the consultant hired by CREDO university also played no part. direct role in the reorganization.

“As early as last summer, when we started exploring options for restructuring the institution, we asked the question, given our size, does it make sense to have four separate colleges? Honestly, the answer is no,” Freeden said at the faculty meeting. “I strongly believe that this merger will improve our ability to provide a more integrative educational approach, creating opportunities for our students to realize the interconnections of knowledge and research, and the humanities, social sciences, arts, mathematics , technology and science.”

Union negotiations

Fredeen said the merger requires negotiations with the AAUP regarding the contractual language of the existence of CLAS and WCA. AAUP president Barbara Franz told The Rider News that until that language is negotiated, the merger remains just a proposal.

“This is a top-down proposal designed by the administration without any faculty input, such as hiring CREDO, library funding cuts, and the idea of ​​selling the WCC,” Franz said, professor of political science.

At the meeting, Fredeen said she felt the merger would not affect students. However, Franz expressed concern about the impact the merger might have on students’ courses.

“It seems clear to me that, if implemented, many students will face substantial changes to their study programs and in particular to their core course requirements. I assume the faculty will stand up for their students and vote against changes that will impose additional burdens on our students,” she said.

Earlier this month, current WCA Dean Marshall Onofrio announced via email to WCA faculty, staff and students that he would be leaving Rider on June 3, due to his participation in the university voluntary leave program. Those who participated in the voluntary leave program were offered financial incentives that are not normally in place.

Fredeen said the new college will include two associate deans: Brooke Hunter, the current associate dean of CLAS, and Jason Vodicka, the current chair of the WCC’s music education department. Hunter will oversee the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Science, Technology and Mathematics, while Vodicka will lead the WCC and the School of Media and Performing Arts.

Reorganization Questions

Communication professor David Dewberry questioned the reasoning behind the Department of Communication, Journalism and Media being placed with the Performing Arts instead of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dewberry said: “If you look at anything, one of us [faculty in the department] have written or published, it is social, scientific and humanities-based. It’s not creative performance type stuff. … As far as our research goes, it makes sense to be [with humanities and social sciences].”

The change in college structure also raises questions about how departments will interact with each other in the new schools. Professor Emeritus Pamela Brown, who was chair of the Department of Communications, Journalism and Media for six years, said she felt it made more logistical sense for the department to be grouped together with the social Sciences.

“I think the Provost’s Office misunderstands that the Department of Communications, Journalism and Media is focused on factual content, not entertainment content, not fictional content and not creative storytelling. This is a significant difference between the types of communications, journalism and media majors and the types of performing arts majors,” said Brown, who retired in 2019.

In a March 28 email to union members, AAUP chief negotiator Jeffrey Halpern reiterated Franz’s statement that the merger is not final until a contract negotiation is completed. did not take place.

In the email, Halpern, a professor of sociology, said: “The fact is that the proposed reorganization would change many elements of the agreement ranging from promotion and tenure to all elements of the shared governance of the university and cannot be implemented until we have reached agreement on all of these. Until that happens, the current agreement remains in full force, and the timing and actual form of any reorganization remains to be determined.

FDA clears second boosters for ages 50+: Live Covid News

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It has long been clear that black Americans have experienced high rates of coronavirus infection, hospitalization and death throughout the pandemic.

But these factors are now causing experts to sound the alarm about what could happen next: a long-lasting prevalence of Covid in the black community and a lack of access to treatment.

Long Covid – with chronic symptoms like fatigue, cognitive issues and others that linger for months after an acute Covid-19 infection subsides – has researchers perplexed, and many are working hard to find a cure. for those who suffer from it. But health experts warn crucial data is missing: Black Americans have not been sufficiently included in long-term Covid trials, treatment programs and registries, according to the authors of a new report published on Tuesday. .

“We expect there to be greater barriers to accessing available resources and services during long Covid,” said one of the authors, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, who serves as director of the office of the Health Equity from Yale University and former chair of President Biden’s Task Force on Health Equity.

“The pandemic is not over, it’s not over for anyone,” Dr Nunez-Smith said. “But the reality is it’s definitely not over in black America.”

The report, titled State of Black America and Covid-19, describes how disinvestment in health care in black communities has contributed to black people contracting Covid at higher rates than white people. Black people were then more likely to face serious illness or death as a result.

The Black Coalition Against Covid, Yale School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine are the authors of the report, which also offers recommendations for policy makers.

During the first three months of the pandemic, the average weekly case rate per 100,000 black Americans was 36.2, compared to 12.5 for white Americans, the authors write. The hospitalization rate for blacks was 12.6 per 100,000 people, compared to 4 per 100,000 for whites, and the death rate was also higher: 3.6 per 100,000 compared to 1.8 per 100,000.

“The severity of Covid-19 among black Americans was the predictable result of structural and societal realities, not differences in genetic predisposition,” the report said.

Black Americans were overrepresented in essential worker positions, increasing the risk of exposure to the virus, the authors write. And they were also more likely than white Americans to live in multigenerational homes or crowded spaces, to be incarcerated, or to live in densely populated areas.

Many black Americans who contracted the coronavirus became seriously ill due to pre-existing conditions such as obesity, hypertension and chronic kidney disease, which were themselves often the result of “differentiated access to care high-quality and health-promoting resources,” the report said.

The authorization of the first coronavirus vaccines was seen by many experts as a light at the end of the tunnel, but new disparities have emerged, driven by both vaccine hesitancy and limited access to vaccines.

Although the gap in vaccinations has since narrowed — 80% of black Americans were fully vaccinated in January, compared to 83% of white Americans, according to the report — the disparities persist.

“We understand that there is still unfinished work to be done to save and protect our communities from the Covid-19 pandemic,” wrote Dr. Reed Tuckson, who in April 2020 co-founded the Black Coalition Against Covid.

And when it comes to unfinished business, Long Covid is a priority.

“A lot of the very fact of getting a long Covid diagnosis has to do with having tested positive early on,” Dr Nunez-Smith said, adding that at the start of the pandemic, many Black Americans “were unable to get tested and in some cases were denied testing.

She stressed the importance of investing adequate resources in the long study of Covid. “Like everything else, without intentionality, we’re not going to achieve equity there,” she said.

Correction:

March 29, 2022

An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the average rate of weekly Covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths among black Americans during the first three months of the pandemic. These were rates per 100,000 people, not percentages. An earlier version also included outdated figures provided by the Black Coalition Against Covid which the organization revised after publication.

Biden proposes billionaire tax as way to fund economic program

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President Biden on Monday proposed raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans and businesses, outlining several initiatives in his 2023 budget aimed at reducing the federal budget deficit and closing loopholes that allow the wealthy to lower their tax bills.

The proposals revive elements of Mr. Biden’s economic agenda that have struggled to gain traction in Congress over the past year, including the reversal of key elements of the 2017 tax bill passed by Republicans and the promoting what Mr. Biden has called economic fairness.

The budget introduces a new tax on U.S. households worth more than $100 million, which would require them to pay a rate of at least 20% on their income as well as unrealized gains on the value of their liquid assets, such as stocks, which can accumulate in value for years but are not taxed until they are sold.

The “billionaire minimum income tax” would only apply to the one-hundredth of 1% of the wealthiest American households, and more than half of the income would come from those worth more than a billion dollars. The proposal emphasizes the taxation of unrealized capital gains that accumulate over years, but are taxed only when sold for profit. The White House estimates the new tax would generate about $360 billion in revenue over a decade.

White House officials said the proposal would eliminate tax planning loopholes and strategies that the wealthy have used for years to keep their federal tax bills lower than those of many middle-income Americans. It would only apply to those who are not already paying a tax rate of at least 20% on their unrealized income and gains. Those paying below this level would have to pay the difference between their current tax rate and the new rate of 20%.

Democrats in Congress have considered a variety of different tax proposals that would target the wealthiest Americans, including surtaxes and wealth taxes that trigger gains from a wide assortment of assets.

The Biden administration has pointed out that the proposal is different from wealth taxes that Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have proposed in the past, which would impose annual levies on an individual’s accumulated assets. However, Mr. Biden’s proposed billionaire tax could still face legal challenges, as taxes on unrealized capital gains are different from income taxes permitted by the 16th Amendment.

The idea of ​​the tax has drawn criticism from some conservative groups who have argued that it would discourage investment.

“Under Biden’s tax proposal, wealthy people would be rewarded for their consumption and penalized for reinvesting to grow their businesses,” said Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute. “Patience and caution would be punished. The Biden plan would particularly hurt high-tech industries that rely on wealthy investors to take the big risks that drive American innovation.

The White House budget also includes other tax increases for the wealthy. This would bring the top personal income tax rate to 39.6% from 37%, reversing the 2017 tax cut introduced by President Donald J. Trump. A White House official noted that this was the same maximum rate that was in place under the Obama administration. The rate would apply to unmarried individual taxpayers with incomes of $400,000 or more and married individuals with incomes of $450,000 or more, a Treasury official said.

Mr Biden also proposed raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21%, a partial reversal of the corporate tax cut in the 2017 law.

The call for a corporate tax rate hike drew criticism from the retail industry on Monday.

“Major retailers are extremely disappointed to see a tax plan from the president that revives previous failed plans to raise the corporate tax rate to 28%,” said Hana Greenberg, vice president of tax at the Association of Retail Industry Leaders. “In concrete terms, this tax increase would disproportionately penalize merchants who already pay their full freight in corporate taxes.”

In total, the tax proposals represent a tax increase of $2.5 trillion over a decade.

It is unclear whether any of the proposals will be able to garner enough support in Congress to become law. Previous efforts to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations have met with resistance from moderate Democrats, including Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

With an evenly divided Senate and Republicans unlikely to support any kind of tax increase, Mr Biden would need the full support of the Democratic caucus to push new levies through the chamber.

Bears GM Ryan Poles ‘having fun’ in first 2 months on the job

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PALM BEACH, Fla. — This will be Ryan Poles’ closest break in two months since taking on the most pressured job in Chicago sports: fixing the wayward Bears.

Decades of mediocrity cloud the sky over Halas Hall, but the Poles are a world away from that at the NFL’s annual meeting. It has an ocean view at the lavish 1920s-style Breakers resort, and while it’s a business trip, it’s the best business trip possible.

Another meeting has just ended, and walking into a room full of head coaches and fellow general managers knowing he is now their peer was surreal for the Poles. He’s a little stunned that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin knows his name and stopped by to say hello.

There are many adjustments like this when you’re 36 and have spent your career working in the background.

The work, however, is nothing new. Studying cinema, calculating salary caps and debating personnel are in the comfort zone of Poles. Still, he’s been working there non-stop since late January and could enjoy a few days out of the office.

“It’s fine to relax a bit, but your brain is still working,” Poles told The Sun-Times, leaning forward in his chair in the lobby. “Free agency is still going on… We all have our scouts on the road doing pro days, giving me information.

“So your brain never shuts down. It’s fine to slow down for just a minute, but there’s a lot going on.

He’s not as busy as his wife Katie, he admits.

She is back in Kansas City to balance school and sports schedules for their two children. She more than deserved a vacation. She’s free all day – a luxury more lavish than The Breakers itself. As the surest sign that the Poles have good judgment, they left the children with his parents and sister.

As his family wraps up the school year, Poles becomes engrossed in what appears to be the task of tearing down the faulty structure he inherited. The boldest part of his takedown so far has been trading star Khalil Mack for draft picks. Once he’s done cleaning up, he aspires to build something magnificent with the tantalizing offer of cap space and draft picks awaiting him next year.

He hired Eagles executive Ian Cunningham as assistant general manager, and they rented accommodation together. The alarm goes off at 5:15 a.m., they’re out within 15 minutes, and they hit Starbucks on the way to work. After a quick practice session, they analyze their plans for the Bears until about 11 p.m.

It’s stressful, I don’t get much sleep, but I often interrupt meetings and make sure everyone realizes that this is what we call ‘work’ and that it’s fun,” said he declared. “I never go to work feeling like it’s work…I’m having a blast.”

That’s partly because he hasn’t yet felt the breath of pressure that will come if things go wrong, as the Bears usually do.

Their recent futility is not the fault of the Poles, but it persists nonetheless. He hit that first day head-on, when he announced his intention to snatch the NFC North from the Packers.

“The big thing for me, and everyone will know over time: I care,” he said. “I know how much the Bears mean to Chicago. It’s a lot of responsibility.

“But I just want to do a really good job for the city. I want them to be able to go to their games on Sunday and have fun. There is pressure with that, but it motivates me.

He received a reminder of the stakes of this meeting Sunday with the coaches and general managers of the NFL. While it was cool to finally be in this sphere, it struck the Poles that these faces change every year.

Going through the door is one thing. Returning is another.

“There are people coming and going,” he said soberly. “You want to be one of those devices that’s been around for a long time. With success and winning, that’s how you stay in the room.

Asian American Community Advocates for Hiring of New Faculty and Creation of Asian American Studies Program

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Late last month, members of Northeastern University’s Asian American Community Leaders sent a letter to two university deans in hopes of establishing a stronger foundation for the existing Asian studies program at Northeastern.

The letter, which was sent Feb. 28 to Dean Uta Poiger of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and Dean Elizabeth Hudson of the College of Arts, Media and Design, also called for an Asian studies program Americans be created at the university.

In March 2021, student leaders from the Asian American Center programs, known as the Team 442along with other Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American, or APIDA students identifying students attempted to draw more attention to the need for Asian and Asian American studies on campus by posting a open letter.

In the letter, they cited the university’s lack of tangible action items following the murder of six asian women in the atlanta area, and how there is a lack of opportunities for students to take courses on Asian American issues at Northeastern. They described a number of changes they wanted to see from the university, including the ability to meet with administrators, increased resources for communities, and APIDA programs in the Northeast and around Boston. and increasing culturally appropriate mental health resources for minority students, among other demands.

After several meetings with faculty and administration, a cluster hiring was licensed for Asian American Studies at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, or CSSH, meaning the university would be actively seeking several tenure-track faculty members. In this latest follow-up letter, student activists pleaded for the hiring of no less than six new faculty members.

“When we initially came forward to engage in this dialogue with you, we emphasized the need for a consistent offering of Asian and Asian American studies courses,” reads the February letter. “We also noted that in order to do this, it would be imperative to hire a multitude of tenure-track faculty to ensure that there are permanent resources for permanent needs on campus. Currently, Northeastern has only a handful of tenured and tenure-track faculty who are experts in Asian American studies.

Lauren Bough is a member of the Asian Studies Student Advisory Council and one of the named signatories of the letter. Bough graduated from Northeastern in December 2021 as an International Business major with a minor in East Asian Studies. Although she has already graduated, Bough stressed the importance of ensuring that these changes are implemented for future students.

“What we’re trying to do with hiring the cluster is we’re trying to create arrangements where Asian American and Asian studies courses become a priority,” Bough said. “To do everything that we, as an advisory board, have imagined, we need this permanent faculty leading to permanence that is there to provide permanent resources for permanent needs.

Bough also cited that while peer institutions in the Northeast have these programs in place, the Northeast refuses to fill this gap in their curriculum. She argued that although changes have been made, the university still has a long way to go.

Boston University is one of the most renowned programs for Asian Studies and Asian American Studies, and it’s right next to us. … Before Christ, DRANK, all of these schools have programs that are supported. And frankly, Northeastern’s Asian Studies program is overlooked,” Bough said. “It has changed, but it hasn’t changed without people pushing for it. If we don’t keep pushing, nothing will happen.

History and Asian studies professor Philip Thai echoed those thoughts. Thai helped the students write the letter and chairs the recruitment of the Asian American Studies cluster. Thai explained that Asian American Studies has not yet been incorporated into Northeastern Studies due to its previous history as a suburban school.

“The fact that we don’t even have a program says a lot,” he said. “The northeast is quite aberrant in that sense. He has nothing. In the history of the program, to my knowledge, there have only been two courses in the 10 years that I have been here. These courses were taught very irregularly, by non-permanent adjunct professors, which tells you what Northeastern thinks of these courses.

Thai explained that cluster hiring permission means the university only needs to hire more than one faculty member. However, he said he believed hiring two or three professors was not enough.

“The administration is willing to make a few hires, but more than one could equal two,” he said. “I think it would be a big disappointment from my point of view. The more the merrier, the more important it is, because it creates a necessary important core. … So hiring these professors, even though it looks like a critical mass of people, doesn’t necessarily get us to square one, we’ve come from square minus 10. We have a considerable amount of catching up to do.

Thai said the recruitment committee released the application in early November and received more than 150 applications. They have now chosen their finalists, made their recommendations to the CSSH, and are inviting six candidates to virtually visit campus to meet and chat with students. A meeting was held on March 21, while further meetings are scheduled for March 29, March 30, April 5 and April 7. Thai encouraged students across the university to speak with these potential candidates. Students can find links to these meetings in line.

“I asked the students to come forward and make their voices heard,” he said. “These [candidates] are the future of Asian American Studies at Northeastern. So meet them, talk to them, let them know what you think, what you want and also this show of force from the students will send a message to the university that the students are watching this they are watching closely So. This show of force, this demonstration of continued interest is essential. I have no doubt about that.

Thai said it was the passion and drive of the students that made this change happen.

“Student activism is what made this research possible in the first place,” he said. “I can say without exaggeration that if the students had not done this, this research would not have taken place. The university wouldn’t have known or cared enough to make it a priority.

Poiger, the CSSH dean, responded to the letter in an email to students the day after it was sent. The students shared this email with The News.

“I will be chatting with Dean Hudson and others and looking forward to meeting you in the coming weeks,” she wrote. “Please note that your letter contains some misunderstanding about how faculty appointments are made at NU, the important role that faculty teachers play at the institution, as well as the resources available to departments and programs. I look forward to clarifying these questions.

Bough said she was unhappy with the response.

“We weren’t thrilled with the response. It’s a start, we’d rather have discussions rather than them saying adamantly ‘no’,” she said.

Going forward, Bough said she hopes tangible changes can be made so prospective students can reap the benefits of an established and well-supported program. Team 442 will meet Poiger on April 7.

“We come into these discussions with the expectation that we will achieve our goals,” she said. “I want to do this so I can get students to take classes that I couldn’t take, that I wish I could take now.” That’s what motivates me. »

Linda Livingstone: Wake Up Through Prayer at FM72 | Columnists

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The Baylor University campus is a bustling place during the spring semester, buzzing with students and visitors who gather for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the occasion is a lecture, a social gathering, or a musical or theatrical performance. Sometimes the reason people gather here is for a sporting event.

This Sunday, reason will be the most important of all: Jesus Christ.

The goal behind FM72, which runs Sunday through Wednesday, is to spark a passion for Jesus in the Baylor family and throughout our hometown of Waco, bringing renewal and renewal.

Organized by Baylor students inspired by the power of prayer and supported by local church congregations, FM72 will allow students and other members of our community to join in the name of Jesus for 72 hours of prayer on Fountain Mall, located in the heart of our campus. Additionally, each evening there will be a gathering at 8 p.m. at McLane Stadium to worship, pray, and hear the word of God.

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I am thrilled to see our students stepping out boldly to encourage this generation of men and women to experience the transforming power of the gospel.

Additionally, I am proud to note that FM72 is an initiative with a deep history on and beyond our campus – an initiative that reflects Baylor’s mission in Christian higher education and our roots in Baptist evangelism. In the spring of 1945, Baylor students gathered to pray for revival for 90 consecutive days. This effort proved to be the start of a revival movement that spread throughout Texas, the South and around the world, launching a vibrant generation of professionals, pastors and missionaries.

In the spring of 2019, inspired by their predecessors, Baylor students organized the first FM72, a gathering of thousands on Fountain Mall for 72 hours to pray and join in worship. Many expressed a deep sense of God’s presence, and we heard story after story – in the months and now the years that followed – of lives that were changed during those hours of prayer.

Today, people from many different organizations and church affiliations have come together once again, this time reviving the motto of the generation of 1945 – “I’d rather have Jesus” – to emphasize the need to center our lives on Christ.

Baylor’s aspiration to be the leading Christian research university is grounded in the belief that serving in such a capacity enables us to have a greater impact in the world for Christ. Ultimately, what matters most to the Baylor family is not academic accolades, but our success in preparing students to lead and serve communities in need, share the gospel, and glorify God. .

During this coming week, I invite you to come to our campus to join our students in prayer and worship to renew the focus on what is most important – our shared faith in Jesus Christ.

Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., is president of Baylor University.

Blight returns to the board’s agenda | News

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If controlling the blight is a battle, it’s a cold war in El Campo and a councilman wants to know why.

His concern brings the issue back to city council on Monday, four months after a concentrated effort to clean up the city was supposed to begin.

“It’s high time to clean up the city,” District 4 Councilman John Hancock Jr. said shortly before the effort was launched in December.

Since then, cleanup efforts haven’t exactly toppled abandoned or structurally unsound buildings or cleared debris-strewn fields from the city limits. However, the mowing of overgrown land and the removal of unwanted vehicles continues.

“Staff will make a presentation on actions taken over the past month and plans for the next quarter,” City Manager Courtney Sladek said.

Obstacles to enforcement, officials say, include finding and notifying owners as well as grandfathered properties.

Director of Public Works Kevin Thompson has been named the town’s general in the battle against the plague and is expected to help update the council.

The El Campo City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Rooms, 315 E. Jackson. The meeting is open to the public with time specifically set aside for citizen feedback. Other items before the Board include:

The council is starting a debate on where heavy trucks can park in commercial areas, similar to those already in place in residential areas of El Campo.

The proposed order would not affect delivery or utility vehicles or repair trucks between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Twelve hours, however, would be the limit for a parked RV, trailer, boat, or similar item.

Vehicles belonging to businesses in the area would be allowed to stay overnight in that business’s designated parking lot, but could not be left on city streets or alleys.

A fine of $500 per day is contemplated.

The formal ordinance establishing the new city council district boundaries will be presented. The council unanimously approved the redistricting plan last session, a plan that expands Districts 2 and 4 to balance the number of voters.

The next district election cycle will not take place until 2023.

The Board is expected to accept two easements along FM 1162 with the goal of eventually extending more utility lines in the area around US 59.

Three other extensions have already been accepted at previous meetings.

Fuel prices raise concerns about material prices. “Staff recommends rejecting all offers and re-offering for shorter terms due to fuel surcharges,” Sladek said.

The mayor should proclaim April Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

A 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe Police is under consideration for just under $53,000, including just over $15,000 for equipment.

The purchase would be made using dollars from the fund balance

The Board will meet in executive session to discuss real estate, as permitted by state law. To act, they must first return to an open session.

Core Scientific, Inc. Schedules Full Year 2021 Earnings Release and Conference Call

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AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Core Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CORZ) (“Core Scientific” or “the Company”), a leader in high-performance, carbon-neutral blockchain infrastructure and software solutions, today announced that it will report financial results for the full fiscal year of the Company ended December 31, 2021 after market close. on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Management will host a conference call and live audio webcast to discuss the results at 3:30 p.m. Central Time that day.

Mike Levitt, Co-President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Trzupek, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Steven A. Gitlin, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, will host the call to review fiscal year results full.

Summary of the conference call event

Date: March 29, 2022

Time: 3:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. PT, 2:30 p.m. MT, 4:30 p.m. ET)

Toll free: 1 (844) 200-6205

International: +1 (929) 526-1599

Access code: 892840

Investors with Internet access can listen to the live audio webcast through the Investor Relations section of Core Scientific, Inc.’s website, https://investors.corescientific.com. Please allow 15 minutes before the call to download and install any necessary audio software.

Audio playback options

An audio replay of the event will be archived in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://investors.corescientific.com. The audio replay will also be available by phone from Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at approximately 9:30 p.m. central time, through Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at 10:30 p.m. central time. Dial (866) 813-9403 and enter passcode 911851. International callers must dial +44 (204) 525-0658 and enter the same conference ID number to access the audio replay.

About Core Scientific, Inc.

Core Scientific is one of the largest carbon-neutral blockchain infrastructure providers and publicly traded digital asset miners in North America. Core Scientific has operated blockchain infrastructure in North America since 2017, utilizing its facilities and intellectual property portfolio that has reached over 70 patents or mining and self-mining applications hosted on digital assets. Core Scientific operates data centers in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Dakota and Texas, and plans to begin operations in Oklahoma in the second half of 2022. Core’s proprietary Minder® fleet management software Scientific combines the company’s hosting expertise with data analytics to provide maximum uptime, alerting, monitoring and management of all miners on the company’s network. To learn more, visit http://www.corescientific.com

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Pasadena residents and business owners cry foul after CCP cancels screenprinting program – Pasadena Star News

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A beloved screen printing and computer graphics program at Pasadena City College is no more, after a vote this month by college leaders. But Caltech engineers, local business owners and former professors – alleging the cut was made in violation of college regulations – hope the school will reconsider the decision.

Ahead of a March 17 vote by the CPC board of trustees, a dozen recipients of the college’s 70-year-old graphics technology program united to talk about the program’s ability to attract students who dropped out early in high school, rocket scientists and lifelong business owners. A former participant in the program said his time in the class allowed him to travel the world as an artist – a far cry from his years of tagging college walls with graffiti.

“Many of our students are part of the groups we often talk about attracting to college — low-income students, students of color, non-traditional thinkers,” said retired faculty member Kristin Pilon Cuatt during the March 17 public meeting. The communication program gives these people a chance to develop expertise around a process, and in doing so, they begin to develop self-confidence and a sense of mastery.

Other speakers who joined Pilon Cuatt described the cuts as a “crime” against the local community.

Principals, however, argue that the decision was made after careful consideration, in accordance with Pasadena City College’s established procedures.

It was only then that the college’s faculty and administration decided to stop offering the graphic communication arts program, according to Alex Boekelheide, special assistant to the superintendent and president.

The program has not offered classes since the 2019-2020 academic year, and the last time it awarded a certificate to a student was in the 2016-17 academic year, Boekelheide said by email.

Comparatively, the college’s Design Media Arts program offers students a similar path to employment in graphic design and related fields, according to Boekelheide. Other programs in Pasadena City College’s Visual Arts and Media Studies division also provide professional training.

“The decision to discontinue the program was made after careful analysis of enrollment, programs, staff and labor market demand, in a process that brought together faculty, administrators and students “, said Boekelheide. “And offered many opportunities for input and guidance from campus constituency groups.”

Pilon Cuatt and the other vocal proponents of the print class have acknowledged that graphic communications technology has never been known for transfer certificates. Instead, they argue, the program reflects the melting pot that is Pasadena, as it allows students to thrive outside of the traditional school system and into the business world.

“We were never told that the college would declare the ‘no transfer’ certificates invalid. Will PCC phase out all other CTE certificate programs in light of this new emphasis on transfer? said Pilon Cuatt.

As for the workload, she added, “it is incorrect to suggest that there was no interest as the reason for the CCP’s failure to staff the sections.” The lawyers noted that longtime adjunct professor John Miner was available to teach in fall 2021, but was not scheduled.

A “pool of qualified candidates” was provided to retired directors of Pilon Cuatt, she said.

The retired teacher also argues that the college failed to follow a number of protocols when debating potential cuts.

“The violations of due process are egregious,” Pilon Cuatt said.

Chronology

The process of abolishing the program began in the spring semester of 2021, according to Boekelheide, when the university division that housed the program determined that it should be discontinued.

“After analyzing enrollment, curriculum, current staffing and labor market demand, the division’s full-time faculty voted unanimously to discontinue the program,” Boekelheide said. A Program Discontinuation Task Force – comprising executives, deans, faculty and students – was then formed to make a formal recommendation to faculty and administration.

The task force forwarded the recommendation for withdrawal to the appropriate body – the Academic Senate Curriculum and Instruction Committee – on October 21, 2021.

At its meeting that day, the curriculum and instruction committee voted to discontinue the program, Boekelheide wrote, detailing a timeline for the program’s discontinuation process.

But it was a process that Pilon Cuat said did not follow college administrative procedures for discontinuing classes, or Brown Law, she said.

For starters, Pilon Cuat said, task force participants representing faculty were never endorsed by the Academic Senate, as required by Section 2.f. of the college’s Administrative Policies 4021.

“In fact, there is no record of the appointment of these professors to the task force,” according to Pilon Cuat. And if the task force presented its findings to the committee on Oct. 21, “then there’s no way this item could have been discussed or voted on the same day without a violation of the Brown Act,” he said. she declared.

Despite the complaints, the college’s Academic Senate approved the suspension of the program at its Nov. 22, 2021, meeting. The PCC Board of Trustees then approved the suspension at its Dec. 8, 2021, meeting, according to Boekelheide.

Calling the process an “approval,” Pilon Cuat said, “in none of these meetings was there any evidence given as to why they would want to cancel this program. I mean, the whole process was kind of like, what kind of college is this?

Frustrated with the decision, Pilon Cuat sent a Cure and Correct letter to the board in December.

Following a request for processing and correction from faculty members, Boekelheide said the Academic Senate reaffirmed its suspension vote at its February 7, 2022 meeting.

Pilon Cuat alleges that the Feb. 7 Senate meeting was still in violation of its administrative policy, since the interruption was not listed in the New Business section of the agenda. Nor did he offer Senate officials the choice of scrapping the program or placing it in inactive status.

“If the college wants to remove the classes, they can go through the process,” Pilon Cuat said. “It’s fine if it’s fair and square. But none of that happened. And that’s why we ended up at the board meeting.

During the meeting, public commentators wondered what happened to expensive printing equipment that Pilon Cuat claims a college dean threw away.

“We checked out the space on Wednesday after the board meeting and confirmed that the equipment and supplies remain at the college,” Boekelheide said. “They will be used for any appropriate courses in the future.”

Pilon Cuat thinks the college is wrong.

“A lot of things left in the classroom currently belong to printmaking classes and are not part of our curriculum,” she said, providing a pointed document listing dozens of missing items.

“You would think any college would be reluctant to eliminate programs that are such a service to students and the community, but to do so via violations of Brown Law and CCP administrative procedure is unwise,” said Pestle Cuat.

Removing a 70-plus-year-old program from the college’s record “with such disregard for students is a disgrace and disgrace,” Pilon Cuat added. “It may just be that this career technology program is better suited to the career technology division. I’m sure we could come up with something if we worked together and shared our ideas.

The heads of establishment reiterated on Wednesday March 23 that the college followed its procedure relating to the cessation of academic programs.

“The fact remains,” Boekelheide said, “that the faculty of the Academic Division, the Curriculum and Instruction Committee, and the Academic Senate all voted to recommend that the Graphics Communications Technology program be discontinued.”

Explained: Drop in Covid-19 cases, revocation of disaster law – how will your life change after March 31?

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Since March 24, 2020, the Ministry of the Interior (MHA) has been issuing orders and guidelines for containment of Covid-19. The MHA has issued instructions to the states through the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), under the Disaster Management Act of 2005.

Two years later, with the country’s active case count falling to 22,427 cases and 182.23 crore cumulative vaccine doses administered (as of March 24, 2022), the MHA called on states to “appropriately” halt Covid-19 containment guidelines.

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What is the Disaster Management Act 2005?

Parliament enacted the Disaster Management Act 2005 to ensure effective disaster management. The law establishes the institutional mechanism for drawing up and monitoring the implementation of disaster management plans. The focus is on disaster prevention and mitigation, and rapid response to disaster situations.

Before the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, guidelines were issued under the law on the management of earthquakes, chemical disasters, droughts, hospital safety, urban floods, etc.

Under which section of the Disaster Management Act did the MHA issue containment measures orders for Covid-19?

Under the law, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), headed by the Prime Minister, was constituted. A National Executive Committee, consisting of the Union Home Secretary and members of various ministries, assists the NDMA.

Section 10 of the Disaster Management Act deals with the powers and functions of this national executive committee. This section also empowers the National Executive Committee to lay down guidelines or give instructions to the concerned Ministries or Departments of Government of India, State Governments and State Authorities regarding action to be taken by them in response to any situation. of impending disaster. or disaster.

It is under this section that the Union Home Office has issued guidelines for the containment of Covid-19.

What was the last important order passed on the containment of the pandemic under the DM law?

In December last year, amid the emergence of the highly infectious Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the MHA directed district authorities to implement evidence-based containment measures.

The MHA had also issued orders to district magistrates on the enforcement of social distancing. He had specifically ordered them to use the provisions of article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, as far as possible, to impose social distancing.

“Anyone violating these measures shall be subject to prosecution under the provision of Section 51 of 60 of the DM Act, in addition to legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other provisions. legal, if necessary,” said the Minister of the Interior. had told the States.

With cases declining, on February 25 this year, the MHA passed an order to states to ease restrictions and implement a risk-based approach when opening economic activities. . Subsequently, night curfews and restrictions under Section 144 were relaxed by district authorities across the country.

What is the last command? What is the signification ?

In the order issued Wednesday, March 23, the MHA advised all states to “appropriately” discontinue after March 31 guidance issued under the DM Act for Covid-19 containment measures. The order effectively signals a return to full normal from April 1.

On the ground, this means that shopping complexes and cinemas can be allowed to operate at full capacity. States can also resume social gatherings and congregations, as well as offline classes at educational institutions.

However, public health measures to detect a possible new outbreak of cases must be implemented. Wednesday’s order does not change that.

What should the State continue to implement?

the The Department of Health has ordered states to constantly review emerging data on new cases based on sustained district-level testing. He said the restrictions and relaxations should be taken after proper analysis of the local situation, including the emergence of new clusters, the positivity of cases, the geographical spread of cases and the preparation of hospital infrastructure.

States were also asked to monitor the trajectory of cases in areas reporting a positivity rate greater than 10% and bed occupancy greater than 40% on oxygen support or intensive care beds, and to implement containment and restriction measures in these areas.

The Department of Health has ordered states to regularly monitor influenza-like illnesses to detect early warning signals. He also asked them to focus on genome sequencing to capture early warning signals of novel coronavirus variants. More importantly, he asked states to continue tracking the use of masks in public spaces.

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School board president loses post after alleged assault on treasurer at meeting

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By Mark Hicks | The Detroit News

The Flint Community Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday to remove its president from her post after she allegedly assaulted a co-worker during a meeting hours earlier.

Danielle Green. (Flint Community Schools)

Treasurer Laura MacIntyre accused Danielle Green of assaulting her during a 10 a.m. meeting of the full finance committee at the administration building, the district said in a notice.

MacIntyre sought medical treatment and police were notified, Charis Lee, an attorney representing the board, told the Detroit News. The police responded after being called, she said.

During the 6 p.m. emergency session, when council members approved increased security at meetings and ousted the president, deputy council secretary Chris Del Morone noted that MacIntyre was bloodied and bruised .

MacIntyre did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday evening.

MacIntyre told council at the emergency meeting that she did not understand why Green was not immediately arrested.

She said the incident was “unprovoked and I did nothing to precipitate the attack and did nothing to defend myself in any way”.

Several members noted the significance of the attack.

“It was not good. I didn’t like that. And I did my best to contain it and stop it,” administrator Allen Gilbert told MacIntyre. “It was not enough (to stop the alleged attack). You didn’t deserve it…”

Green did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday night or attend the emergency meeting at the Accelerated Learning Academy auditorium where MacIntyre and the rest of the board voted to oust him as leader.

The meeting was called “to discuss how to ensure the safety of board members and the public during open meetings and to discuss the implementation of security or other appropriate measures,” the statement said. district officials.

The panel cannot remove Green from the council itself since she is elected, Lee told them.

The board voted to have Vice Chair Joyce Ellis-McNeal replace Green for the remainder of her term, which ends in January 2023.

Another board member, Carol McIntosh, was named Ellis-McNeal’s replacement.

Some residents who addressed the council supported the removal of Green as president.

“No one should be bullied like this, especially when there are parents and children in the building,” Claudia Perkins-Milton told them. “It’s just ridiculous.”

In a letter to the community on Wednesday, School District Superintendent Kevelin Jones said he could not detail the incident but “we remain committed to the safety of all members of our school community.”

“I want to assure families that we will remain focused on our mission to provide a high quality education for our scholars,” Jones said. “We remain committed to serving as a key support structure for our families whom we are privileged to serve.”

ELFA unveils the program of the Legal Forum 2022

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the Equipment Rental and Finance Association unveiled the agenda of its Legal Forum 2022which will be held from May 1 to May 3 in Washington, DC. The forum will provide lawyers in the equipment finance industry with updates on legal issues, practical advice for their day-to-day practices and discussions on key market segments.

“The Legal Forum is the go-to for current legal updates affecting our industry, as well as the gateway for introduction to the best and most forward-thinking ways to use the law to create fundraising success stories. equipment,” said Jeanette Dannenfelser, chair of the ELFA legal committee, which plans and hosts the forum. “It’s great because this year we’re all back in person, allowing us to develop meaningful connections between fellow lawyers and clients and to really understand on a visceral level the needs and heartbeats of the industry. I look forward to greeting everyone on the forum!

Legal Forum breakout sessions and roundtables will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Avoid Electronic Problems: How to Go Digital, E-Sign, and Get Around Common Industry Mistakes
  • Current Syndication Trends and Issues
  • Emerging Technology
  • ESG with a focus on e-finance opportunities: solar energy, wind farms and electric vehicles
  • Federal Regulations and State Disclosure
  • Soft Skills to Emerging Talent
  • Trends in cross-border transactions
  • Advanced UCC
  • UCC: Are you smarter than a law student?
  • Valuation, Experts, Post-Fulton, and Sanctions: Practical Bankruptcy Advice From Both Sides of the Bench
  • Who wants to become a leasing lawyer?
  • Round table air, rail, sea
  • Round table on crisis management
  • Public finances: municipal and tribal round table
  • Round table on the partnership between internal councils and external councils
  • Motor Vehicle Roundtable
  • Legal ‘ted talks’ on hot topics including LIBOR transition, head lease issues, supply chain issues and the growth of ’embedded terms’ in equipment finance

General sessions will cover:

  • Diversity, equality and inclusion: a legal perspective
  • Ethical Issues for Equipment Finance Lawyers
  • Legal update on recent case law and legislative developments
  • State of the Association and State of the Industry
  • UCC: New! Improved!

The form will also host its first annual quiz competition, “Everything is legal! Entrants will compete for prizes in this legal-inspired trivia game. In addition, various networking opportunities will take place including a Networking Reception, an Emerging Talent and Newcomer Reception, and a Women for Hire Reception.

The ELFA 2022 Legal Forum Planning Committee includes:

  • Jeanette Dannenfelser, Vice President and General Counsel, Summit Funding Group (chairman of the committee)
  • Scott Adams, Director of Legal and Compliance, Global Senior Counsel, Volvo Financial Services
  • Vincent Borst, Shareholder, Robbins DiMonte
  • Eileen Brown, Partner, Thompson Coburn
  • Alexandra Dressman, Lawyer and Senior/Associate Vice President, Huntington Equipment Finance
  • Kristin Esche, Associate General Counsel, John Deere Financial
  • Arlene Gelman, Shareholder, Vedder Price.
  • Barbara Goodstein, Partner, Mayer Brown
  • Marc Hamroff, Partner, Moritt Hock & Hamroff
  • Alexis Levine, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon
  • Dominic Liberatore, Deputy General Counsel, DLL (subcommittee chair)
  • David Miele, Managing Director, Citizens Asset Finance, a division of Citizens Bank
  • Lisa Moore, General Counsel, PNC Equipment Finance (Past President)
  • Molly Simon, Senior Legal Counsel, US Bank
  • Richard Tannenbaum, Partner, Reed Smith

Alcon Releases 2022 Annual General Meeting Agenda

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GENEVA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory news:

Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC), the global eye care leader, will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 27, 2022.

Due to the ongoing tense situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a precautionary and prudent measure, the Board of Directors of Alcon has decided to hold the general meeting behind closed doors without the personal presence of the shareholders. , as permitted by the Swiss Ordinance and for the safety of Alcon shareholders and associates. Alcon asks its shareholders to exercise their rights at the AGM exclusively by sending their voting instructions to the independent proxy identified in the voting materials.

The Alcon Board of Directors proposes that the AGM elect Raquel C. Bono, MD as a new Board member. A board-certified trauma surgeon and retired vice admiral of the US Navy Medical Corps, Dr. Bono was the first female three-star medical admiral in US Navy history, as well as the first female American- Asian promoted to Vice-Admiral. Dr. Bono has served as Chief Healthcare Officer at Viking, Inc. since November 2020 and Principal at RCB Consulting since October 2019. She brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare leadership roles to Alcon’s Board of Directors. health care and extensive experience in the field of health care. industry and the areas of government relations and regulatory/public policy.

The invitation to the AGM, including explanatory information on the individual agenda items, was published in the Swiss Gazette of Commerce on March 24, 2022 and is available online at https:// investor.alcon.com/news-and-events/events-and-presentations/event-details/2022/2022-Annual-General-Meeting/default.aspx.

Alcon 2022 AGM Agenda

1.

Approval of Alcon Inc. Operational and Financial Review, Alcon Inc. Annual Financial Statements and Consolidated Financial Statements for 2021

2.

Discharge to the members of the Board of Directors and the members of the Executive Committee

3.

Appropriation of earnings and declaration of dividend according to the balance sheet of Alcon Inc. as of December 31, 2021

▪ If approved by shareholders, a dividend of CHF 0.20 in cash per share will be payable with a record date scheduled for May 2, 2022 and a Swiss payment date scheduled for May 5, 2022 or around this date. a tax of 35% will be deducted from the gross amount of the dividend.

4.

Votes on the remuneration of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee

4.1

Advisory vote on the 2021 compensation report

4.2

Binding vote on the maximum aggregate amount of the compensation of the Board of Directors for the next term, i.e. from the General Meeting 2022 to the General Meeting 2023

4.3

Binding vote on the maximum aggregate amount of the Executive Committee’s remuneration for the following financial year, i.e. 2023

5.

Re-election and election of the president and members of the board of directors

5.1

Re-election of F. Michael Ball (as member and president)

5.2

Re-election of Lynn D. Bleil (as a member)

5.3

Re-election of Arthur Cummings (as a member)

5.4

Re-election of David J. Endicott (as a member)

5.5

Re-election of Thomas Glanzmann (as a member)

5.6

Re-election of D. Keith Grossman (as a member)

5.7

Re-election of Scott Maw (as a member)

5.8

Re-election of Karen May (as a member)

5.9

Re-election of Ines Pöschel (as a member)

5.10

Re-election of Dieter Spälti (as a member)

5.11

Election of Raquel C. Bono (as a member)

6.

Re-election and election of members of the Compensation Committee

6.1

Re-election of Thomas Glanzmann

6.2

Re-election of Karen May

6.3

Re-election of Ines Pöschel

6.4

Election of Scott Maw

7.

Re-election of the independent representative

8.

Re-election of the auditors

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as: “anticipate”, “intend “, “commitment”, “expect”, “maintain”, “plan”, “objective”, “seek”, “target”, “assume”, “believe”, “project”, “estimate”, “expect to”, “strategy”, “future”, “probable”, “may”, “should”, “will” and similar references to future periods. An example of a forward-looking statement includes, but is not limited to, statements made by Alcon regarding the payment of a dividend.

Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor guarantees of future performance. Instead, they are based solely on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions about the future of our business, our future plans and strategies and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Some of these factors are discussed in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 20-F. Should one or more of these uncertainties or risks materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. Accordingly, you should not rely on any such forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. .

About Alcon

Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As a global leader in eye care with a heritage of over 75 years, we offer the broadest portfolio of products to improve sight and improve people’s lives. Our surgical and vision care products touch the lives of more than 260 million people in more than 140 countries each year living with conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease and refractive errors. Our more than 24,000 associates improve quality of life through innovative products, partnerships with eye care professionals and programs that improve access to quality eye care. For more information, visit www.alcon.com.

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Belmont Vision – Faculty Senate Discusses ILC Course Availability Issues

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The ILCs may soon be restructured to better meet the needs of Belmont students.

“Obviously there needs to be changes. This is a bottleneck for students trying to meet their general requirements as there are not enough ILCs available and this is being postponed,” said said music business professor Dr. Clyde Rolston, a Senate representative from Curb College.

Interdisciplinary Learning Communities connects two classes that are taught concurrently and required for all students at Belmont University. And while faculty senators agreed Monday that ILCs are a great concept for showing the interconnectedness of disciplines, faculty reluctance to teach ILCs has led to counseling and planning issues.

At Monday’s faculty senate meeting, Dr. Marnie Vanden Noven, the university’s director of general BELL Core education, gave a presentation on the effectiveness of ILCs, prompting discussion about their functionality.

ILCs are meant to show students the “interdisciplinary nature of life,” said Vanden Noven, associate professor of exercise science. Teachers of two different subjects are expected to create a curriculum together that shows students how their academic fields interact.

And while survey data presented by Vanden Noven showed that these connections are successfully made, she agreed with Rolston that there is a problem with ensuring students enter the right ILC at the right time.

“Some of the biggest challenges I’ve mentioned here are just having the number of professors available to teach the classes, pairing the right professors with each other in different disciplines, and making those connections,” said Vanden Noven.

ILC class credits are meant to count toward students’ general or major curriculum, intended to broaden students’ horizons in courses they would not otherwise choose to take.

When students cannot get into ILCs that apply the credits they need in their course curriculum, they end up having to take them as free electives; if the lessons aren’t part of the students’ curriculum, financial aid would not cover them, said assistant professor of music affairs Dr. Amy Smith, a general senator appointed to the Council on Student Life.

Despite these issues, Vanden Noven said finding a way to make ILCs more accessible to students can be difficult and time-consuming.

In the short term, Vanden Noven said the provost now requires different colleges to provide a set number of ILCs. The university is also hiring new faculty, which it says should help with course availability.

In the long term, Vanden Noven hopes conversations and feedback from faculty and students will lead to bigger changes to make ILCs work better for students, she said.

“Hopefully we can have good conversations next year so we can do that by fall 2024, but like I said, we’re just starting that conversation.”

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Peak Summer – Flat Head Lighthouse

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We returned to this same local restaurant we ate at before the pandemic hit two years ago. It seems awfully long. More time awaits us, even if we ignore it. The isolation from society proved unbearable for many.

Some have cracked, many have suffered, and everyone has changed in one way or another. Think back to years past and it will become evident. Things have changed.

We had again celebrated a friend’s birthday at this restaurant as we had done years earlier. Both times people looked happy, ate a lot, shared a laugh and a drink. Yet, throughout the restaurant and other establishments, something seems distinctly different.

There is a lot of money flowing. It really does feel like business is back. The workers seem younger. Customers well dressed, as if they came from the big city. Maybe it’s just me, a rapidly aging farmer, showing up in my business casual attire, missing the wardrobe memo.

I always look at houses for sale, knowing full well that there are no properties that local wages can buy anywhere in the valley. Whitefish had a community-supported worker housing program, but Montana hastily rescinded it, citing the concerns of major developers.

The pandemic has welcomed dozens of newcomers to the valley to invest money, buy homes and seek out the vast opportunities available to locals and tourists in this great valley.

A recent report by the Tourism and Recreation Research Institute titled “Montana Residents: Attitudes Towards Tourism 2021” indicated that most people now have strong feelings about the deluge of visitors spending money.

The statewide report states that “for the first time since the ITRR asked the question (1992), a majority of respondents (56%) agreed that the state was becoming overcrowded due to the increase in the number of tourists.

In the district of Glacier Country, mostly in northwestern Montana, 70% of respondents “agreed or strongly agreed that their community was becoming overcrowded due to increased tourist numbers.”

The ITTR report concludes that “residents appear to be fully aware of the economic benefits of tourism, while also recognizing the social cost from which these economic gains derive”.

There is no doubt that tourism has brought a lot of wealth to the Flathead. Yet residents are completely excluded from the housing market. The Flathead has a long history of boom-to-collapse cycles. Unless a dramatically unfortunate downturn occurs, every season in the valley will soon feel like a summer peak in July.

This is excellent news for merchants, restaurateurs and all building trades. Yet the idea that every season feels like July gives many locals more heartburn than even teaspoons of baking soda would suffice.

Places like Columbia Falls and Whitefish have implemented mitigating measures like resort taxes to help manage the infrastructural realities of large resort towns. Both places knew this was coming, worked hard to prepare, but the unprecedented pace of change proved staggering.

I moved slowly into the evening, looking for another restaurant. We weren’t in July yet, so we have good seats at the table. Margaritas flowed so quickly to tables full of eager eyes of LL Bean-equipped skiers that the bartender kept shaking the glasses during dinner.

Everyone felt like locals. That’s how Whitefish rolls. Although tourists dress weirdly these days, I thought. The food appeared quickly and the fresh faced servants were friendly and seemingly happy with their jobs. I really appreciate the food and the friends that Whitefish provides.

The noise from the premises seemed excessive. I assumed other revelers had missed social gatherings during the pandemic and were too eager to tune in. Putative tourism benefits aside, locals are happy to hang out, see friends, and share stories.

Fortunately, it’s a long way from here to July. We haven’t even planted corn yet. Like most locals, we enjoy the slower pace of shoulder season as the planet turns into spring. Relax friends. The peak of summer is not far away.

Letter to the editor: Mukilteo council agenda should be reviewed

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In accordance with Article 4.C of the City Council’s Rules of Procedure, I request that the following items be sought by the Member of Parliament and included in the Council’s agenda as soon as possible:

The Council meeting of March 21, 2022 brought to light some procedural issues which I believe would be of great interest to clarify. In particular, Resolution 2014-02 was introduced because it outlined a procedure for appointing commission members and hiring certain public officials. A question was raised as to the notoriety of this resolution and how often it had been followed before, as obviously the procedure of the resolution was not known to any of the meeting directors at the town council meeting. of March 7. This resolution was cited as the reason for removing a new appointment to a City commission and removing the proposal to hire the CFO from the agenda. It is striking to this lay public citizen that such a basic function could be as unclear to our elected leaders as it was and evidently is. I don’t think any of them were well served in this case.

  1. Please clearly cite the full impact of the following resolutions when taken together:
    1. 1990-25
    2. 1992-18
    3. 1995-23
    4. 2014-02
    5. 2019-10
    6. 2020-03
  2. How could such a fundamental function not be clear to the Council, the Mayor and the Administrator? It seems to me to be solely the function of the parliamentarian to check the agenda before the council meeting and to present the relevant binding regulations in advance and not during or after a contentious discussion. Why didn’t this happen?
  3. Are resolutions sometimes binding but not others? The city’s website indicates the following distinction between an ordinance and a resolution:
    • An ordinance, as this term is generally used, designates a local law of a municipal corporation, duly promulgated by the competent authorities, prescribing general, uniform and permanent rules of conduct, relating to the corporate affairs of the municipality. Orders can be used for purely administrative purposes, such as establishing an office or setting salaries. An order may either regulate a conduct or, for example, when establishing a crime, prohibit a conduct described
      or actions altogether.
    • A resolution is generally less solemn and formal than an ordinance and, “generally speaking, is merely the expression of the opinion or spirit of the official body regarding a particular item of business or question. of administration within its official competence”. In practice, resolutions are often limited to the expression of opinions. Unlike an ordinance, which generally prescribes permanent rules of conduct or government, a resolution generally deals with matters of a special or temporary character.
  4. If the resolutions are quoted as binding now, although in reality they are “merely an expression of the opinion or temporal spirit of the body”, all commission appointments and public hires from 2014 to 2022 ignored” the spirit of the body” of 2014 invalid?
  5. Would an order clarify the issue or is it redundant with the relevant resolution(s)?

Mukilteo Resident Michael Dixon

Verizon Business Introduces BlueJeans Meetings for Corporate Learning and Training

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What do you want to know:

  • By enabling online instructors to create an effective learning environment, BlueJeans Corporate Learning and Training brings together users, content and training resources on a single platform.

  • New management and engagement features eliminate the administrative burden of hosting an inclusive and interactive virtual training session

NEW YORK – Verizon Business today announced BlueJeans for corporate learning and training, including new meetings features to drive program visibility and engagement. Building on the company’s existing use cases for distance and blended learning, the BlueJeans feature set for corporate learning and training was designed in close collaboration with award-winning organization Global Learning and Development (GL&D) from Verizon to address the most pressing needs for a virtual premiere. , an instructor-led synchronous training solution.

Efforts to safely boost employee growth, wellbeing, and retention throughout the pandemic have led organizations to invest more in virtual learning and training. According to the 2021 Training Industry Report, “Training spending in the United States grew nearly 12% to $92.3 billion in 2020-21. Virtual classroom/webcasting accounted for 37% of hours delivered, up from 23% in 2020.” To better support all parties involved in the corporate learning and development process, including trainers and facilitators , instructional designers, participants and business leaders, BlueJeans has worked with Verizon’s corporate learning and training experts to deliver a corporate training platform that fosters engagement and virtual participation.

According to Lou Tedrick, vice president of Verizon GL&D, “For the past decade, we have fought the stigma that virtual training is boring, uninviting and inefficient and have been searching for a virtual classroom designed for a learning and development organization. . Most meeting platforms are just that: a meeting platform. Anyone working in learning and development knows that meetings are not a viable replacement for in-person trainings. By working closely with the BlueJeans team and providing ongoing feedback to them, we have been able to ensure that the platform captures everything facilitators, instructional designers and learners need to run programs successfully. attractive training courses. It’s a dream come true for learning and development professionals.

Provide effective visibility and management

Making it easy to facilitate a virtual learning session that brings everyone together, BlueJeans Corporate Learning and Training provides instructors with a single dashboard view that showcases course participants along with all the necessary training and management tools to promote better engagement and collaboration in class.

With the ability to easily rearrange attendees in the gallery view or spotlight a presenter, share content, chat and more, instructors can customize the learning experience that works best for them. Features such as “hard mute” for all participants, restricted meetings, waiting room and content sharing controls, ensure efficient management to keep virtual classes on track.

Foster engagement and inclusion

Participant engagement is an essential part of an effective learning environment. Beyond just a virtual meeting, BlueJeans for Corporate Learning and Training increases opportunities for everyone to engage during a live session and enables trainers to achieve the best results through inclusive collaboration . New features that build on management, inclusiveness, and engagement include:

  • Dashboard view: The BlueJeans dashboard is designed to provide a complete overview of everything happening during the learning session, save teachers time from the administrative tasks of online teaching and provide access fast to classroom management tools.

  • Large Meeting Capacity: BlueJeans Meetings now accommodates up to 1,000 participants per meeting to expand program reach and efficiency.

  • Collaboration Board: With simultaneous co-authoring for up to 25 users, participants can bring together lesson ideas, thoughts, and content using the BlueJeans Collaboration Board. Non-meeting access provides additional opportunities for learning outside of the classroom.

  • Simultaneous Interpretation: Offering simultaneous and/or relay interpretation for participants in up to 5 simultaneous channels, interpreters have the ability to set their incoming and outgoing languages, as well as audio volume and mixing.

  • Mute: To minimize disruption, administrators can mute the mic or video feed for all attendees and prevent attendees from unmuting.

  • Weather Person Mode: Overlaying the presenter on top of content shared in the meeting will allow presenters to create a more inclusive experience.

  • Five-Language Closed Captioning: To enhance attendee inclusiveness, automated captioning will soon be available in five languages.

“Today’s enterprise learning environments should make it easy for instructors to create a personalized, immersive, and manageable teaching experience without the overhead associated with facilitating virtual or hybrid training,” said said Krish Ramakrishnan, chief innovation and product officer, BlueJeans by Verizon. “This requires simplicity in design, management and interoperability features, all of which have long been strengths of the BlueJeans platform. By working with Verizon’s global corporate training experts, we’ve been able to focus on what matters most to corporate trainers and consolidate learning, collaboration, and training in one place to keep engagement going. employees throughout their learning and development journey.

By providing employees with learning solutions that inspire, engage and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed today and tomorrow to deliver exceptional customer experiences, drive revenue, growth and profitability , improve shareholder value and contribute to society, the Verizon Corporate Learning & Training organization invests hundreds of millions of dollars each year in initiatives to hone employee skills and support their professional and leadership development. Learn how Verizon uses BlueJeans for corporate training initiatives.

BlueJeans for Corporate Learning and Training creates an effective learning environment to boost employee collaboration and productivity in or out of live meetings. Weather Person mode and additional language captioning will be available in Q2. Learn more about all the features available to users of BlueJeans For Corporate Learning and Training today.

Talon Brands | Comments on the board meeting

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The first major item on the agenda was the reports and feedback from constituency groups where the three speakers reported to the Board.

Faculty Senate President Dennis Falcon explained how the Senate passed a resolution affirming that “the faculty has the primary role in planning for the betterment (and) benefit of our students.”

Here is a photo of CCFF President Lynn Wang. She was one of three physical speakers who reported and commented (as constituency group leaders) at the March 9 board meeting. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

After Falcon presented her report and comments, Lynn Wang (CCFF President) then shared her comments with the Board.

Wang begins by saying that CCFF is here, “to urge you to support our economic proposal and continue to negotiate with CCFF in good faith.”

The CCFF President then explains: “During our negotiation meeting on October 20, 2021, Vice President Lopez indicated that “we are coming off of a good year. We have [a] Surplus of $7 million offset by decrease in expenses”.

Wang pointed out that even though the college had a decline year in the 2021-22 school (in enrollment), the college still forecasts a surplus.

“It’s clear that the college is doing pretty well financially,” Wang said, “Why does the district think faculty are only worth out-of-curricular stipends for the next three years?”

“The college is not committed to fairly compensating our most diverse workforce,” Wang explained, “the college is holding state-provided cost-of-living increases hostage.”

Wang then ended on a high note by talking about the improvements that have been made, namely the protection of health care for all employees, sick leave, the improvement of the collective agreement and the acceptance of ten working protocols. ‘OK.

To learn more about the president of the CCFF and the negotiations, consult the article on union negotiations.

Here is a photo of Irlanda Lopez, president of the California School Employees Association, speaking at the March 9 board meeting.
Here’s a photo of Irlanda Lopez, president of the California School Employees Association, giving her report and summary (since she’s also a constituency group leader) at the March 9 board meeting. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

The last Constituency Group Leader, Irlanda Lopez, (CESA President) gave a hard-hitting speech on rising gas, food prices and also talked about the planned increases.

Lopez pointed out, “How can we support our students when we, as classified employees, need to use your food bank services?”

We then heard some of the voicemails that were sent. In total, there were 50 voicemails, but only 11 of the voicemails were read.

Most of the voicemails played talked about COLA+, cost-of-living adjustments due to inflation when the district was asked to act in good faith to negotiate.

Following these voicemails, Jemery Ramos was then appointed Student Administrator for the remainder of the school year (2021-2022), Ronda Gartell, Administrative Clerk III, retired and shared a legislative update.

The Ttustees board contracted the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which can help transport students; Reports on sabbaticals and review of board policies (policies 2432, 2510, 2550 and 2610).

After Dr. Jose Fierro (Cerritos College President) officially installed student administrator Jeremy Ramos, they gave a short handshake.  They then took a photo with Ramos and Fierro's family.
After Dr. Jose Fierro (Cerritos College President) officially installed student administrator Jeremy Ramos, they gave a short handshake. They then took a photo with Ramos and Fierro’s family. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

The provisions of AB 316 were rejected by the board, allowing virtual meetings and not having a majority of the board in person.

The last major item on the agenda was when the Chancellor’s Office Employee of the Year 2022 nominee, America Amado, was officially vetted by the board.

Overall, the most impactful and important part of the recent board meeting was the comments from Falcon, Wang, Lopez and some Cerritos college staff.

COVID outbreaks in Detroit and Battle Creek schools highlight Michigan’s March 21 report

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Michigan health officials identified 16 new outbreaks of COVID-19 last week, including nine associated with K-12 schools and six linked to long-term care facilities.

The two largest new school outbreaks were reported at Lakeview Middle School in Battle Creek and Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy in Detroit. The schools had 28 and 23 students and staff respectively tested positive for the coronavirus, representing 67% of newly infected school populations.

A total of 76 students and staff have been sickened by the latest school outbreaks, according to the latest outbreak report released Monday, March 21 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Monday’s report included 16 new outbreaks and 319 ongoing outbreaks, for a total of 335 active clusters. That’s down 31.6% from last week’s total, following a recent downward trend in reported outbreaks statewide.

A COVID outbreak is defined by the state health department as three or more cases with a link by location and time indicating shared exposure outside of a household. In recent months, the state has reduced the types of metrics included in its weekly outbreak reports.

Other outbreaks of new schools in the latest report included:

  • Delta Mills Early Childhood Center in Lansing, where five students and staff have tested positive for COVID;
  • Harms Elementary School in Detroit, where five people fell ill;
  • Fisher Magnet Upper Academy in Detroit where five students tested positive for COVID;
  • Osborn High School in Detroit, where four students reported coronavirus infection.

Below is an online database that allows readers to search for outbreak data by school name or by city or county. The number of people infected is a cumulative total since the initial outbreak. (Note: Washtenaw County only reports running totals for the last 28 days.)

Don’t see the database above? Click here.

Below is an interactive map showing the new and ongoing outbreaks listed in Monday’s report. You can hover your cursor over a point to see the underlying data.

Don’t see the map? Click here.

The state’s weekly outbreak reports no longer include data on manufacturing and construction sites, retail, bars and restaurants, universities and colleges, social gatherings, offices, camps. migrants, indoor and outdoor community events, personal services and religious services.

Outbreak data for K-12 schools includes only cases of people or staff becoming infected at school or during school-related activities. Those who caught the virus outside of school are not included.

For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here.

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Star Wars on Disney+ has an agenda – and that’s a problem

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Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy recently explained why the Obi-Wan Kenobi series was delayed – and admitted the Star Wars franchise has an agenda.

star wars fans have all their attention focused on Ewan McGregor and the upcoming Obi Wan Kenobi series. The highly-anticipated Disney+ project just released its first trailer, and fans have been poring over every second of the footage in hopes of finding any important details. The trailer showed a glimpse of a young Luke Skywalker (who was endorsed by Mark Hamill) and introduced new Inquisitors.

The trailer also led to increased reports of Obi Wan Kenobi production. In a story of Weekly entertainmentLucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy explained some of the early delays that affected the series – and she also revealed something that has a certain star wars enthusiasts who are more nervous than excited. Why are some viewers not so thrilled to Obi Wan Kenobi?


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Pre-production on Obi Wan Kenobi took absolutely forever. Rumors of an Obi-Wan project began as early as 2013; however, it was all very swashbuckling until 2019, when the Obi Wan Kenobi The series was announced at Expo D23. Since then, fans have learned more about what happened during those six years. Apparently Disney approached Ewan McGregor to reprise his role in 2015, but the logistics of Obi-Wan’s reappearance have changed several times.

First of all, Obi Wan Kenobi was to be a feature film directed by Stephen Daldry. But when Solo: A Star Wars Story disappointed and Disney started to focus on Disney+ content, Lucasfilm pivoted and transformed Obi Wan Kenobi in a six-episode miniseries. Still, that was not the end of the turmoil. In 2020, Kennedy suspended the series and replaced writer Hossein Amini with Joby Harold. According to EO interview, Kennedy had issues with the direction of Amini’s script and the tone of the series.


“We’re looking, ultimately, to make a story that’s hopeful and uplifting,” she explained. “And it’s tricky when you start with a character in the state that Obi-Wan would be coming out of Revenge of the Sith. It’s a pretty dark time. You can’t just wave the magic wand with any writer and come up with a story that necessarily reflects how you want to feel.

RELATED: Obi-Wan Kenobi Writer on Bridging the Gap Between McGregor and Guinness


Depressed Obi Wan

While that might seem like a harmless statement on the surface, there’s a major problem. Kennedy said Lucasfilm was trying to make a hopeful story, and to some extent star wars is meant to be a hopeful franchise. However, “hopeful” is not the right word to describe the galaxy during the Obi Wan Kenobi series. The time between Revenge of the Sith and A new hope is literally called “The Dark Times” because there was little to no hope in the galaxy during that time. Trying to impose a hopeful tone on one of the darkest points of star wars the story is a problem.


It also creates a larger creative problem. Going into any project with an agenda depreciates the story and character journeys. Boba Fett’s Book is an example; fans expected a nostalgic, badass bounty hunter and Disney gave them a heroic, talkative Daimyo. The series imposed a heroic frame on a character that did not suit him, and reception of the series was divided. Now they run the same risk with Obi Wan Kenobi changing his tone. Disney needs to focus on telling stories that are as true to the characters as possible, without focusing on a specific agenda — even if that agenda is based on Proof of Hope.


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Sitharaman and Rijiju to attend BJP MPs meeting in Manipur on Sunday

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju will travel to Imphal on Sunday to attend the meeting of newly elected BJP MPs in Manipur.

The BJP central leadership will be accompanied by Acting Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and BJP leader Biswajit Singh who are camping in New Delhi to discuss government formation with the party’s top leadership.



“The BJP Manipur Legislative Party meeting is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday,” sources said.

The BJP has yet to announce the name of the state’s next chief minister.

N Biren Singh and Biswajit Singh are both seen as favorites for the post of Chief Minister of Manipur.

Biren Singh had said he never contested the elections “for CM or any other position” but as a BJP worker.

“I have never contested the elections for CM or any other office but as a worker of my party. The decision (on CM’s face) will be taken by the higher authorities. I have come to Delhi to meet the management Central BJP Chief Minister or No Chief Mr. Minister, I am someone who has worked in the interest of the party and I will continue to do so,” Biren Singh told ANI.

Meanwhile, Biswajit Singh also declined to comment on speculation swirling around him in the race for the state’s next chief minister.

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Biswajit Singh said, “I don’t want to comment on this (on reports that he is in the running to become Manipur’s next chief minister). We don’t have any group, among ourselves, for sure. The BJP is a democratic party, and the leadership will decide that (the CM issue).”

The BJP won a clear majority in the recently concluded assembly elections in Manipur by winning 32 seats in the 60-member House.

The Congress won five seats and the NPP won seven. The Naga People’s Front won five and the Kuki People’s Alliance two seats. Independents won three seats.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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The majority of BGSU’s programs have declining enrollment; ‘Vitality’ initiative ponders what to do about it – BG Independent News

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By David Dupont

BG Independent News

With numbers in hand, the BGSU administration is entering the action phase of its in-depth analysis that examines the number of students enrolled in on-campus programs and the number of students who remain there.

Originally called curriculum viability analysis, it has caused consternation among professors, who fear it is a way to cut back on curricula, which could be majors or minors.

Provost Joe Whitehead told the Faculty Senate, “The question is, do our program portfolios truly reflect the interests of our students and our families?” The survey aims to “see how we can maximize student success and enrolment…to ensure that we are heading in the right direction”.

The inquiry, which is expected to take place annually, has been completed and the dean’s reports have been delivered to his office, Whitehead said.

Now, data-driven stock decisions will be made over the next half year.

[RELATED: New BGSU initiative puts academic programs under the microscope]

Whitehead reported on the initiative to the board at the March meeting.

BGSU Provost Joe Whitehead addresses the March Faculty Senate meeting (screenshot)

He noted that the initiative is now called the program “vitality” analysis. “I’ve had feedback from campus that ‘sustainability’ is not a positive term, so I’m using the program vitality analysis,” he said. “When you’re a physicist, you’re very literal, so I’m practicing my soft skills here.”

The analysis looked at three years of enrollment and retention figures. This, the faculty pointed out, includes the pandemic period. Retention was measured by whether it was above or below 78.3%, the retention rate for the first cohort of full-time students starting in fall 2020.

It also comes at a time when the university’s traditional undergraduate enrollment is down.

The programs were split into four buckets, Whitehead said.

The analysis found:

  • 28 programs saw increased enrollment and increased retention
  • 35 had an increase in enrollment and a decrease in retention
  • 43 had declining enrollment and increasing retention
  • 50 had declining enrollment and declining retention

The analysis also identified 24 programs with enrollment of 20 or fewer students. These programs overlap with the programs of the four categories.

Those whose enrollments and retention increase will be retained. Others will need to take specific actions to increase enrollment and/or retention.

Programs may be modified or designated for further analysis in the next academic year.

These actions could involve major changes to programs with more than a quarter of program requirements changed. Or it could mean restructuring the program by changing it from a major to a minor or integrating it into another program.

Additionally, plans can be made to attract more students and keep them in the programs, including more marketing and recruitment.

Deans are responsible for making those recommendations, Whitehead said.

Programs that have declining retention may need to make changes to tie them more directly to a career, Whitehead told administrators.

When later asked if he was surprised that more programs fell into the category of declining enrollment and declining retention, he replied that academia likes to add programs, but is less inclined to close them.

David Jackson, president of the BGSU Faculty Association, said he hopes data from the scan will soon be shared with faculty. “There is a tendency to expect professors to produce within very specific deadlines and for the response time to be unlimited.”

Beyond that, he said, he has three concerns.

“First of all, just because a program has a low enrollment rate doesn’t make it inherently a less valuable program. I think we have to be careful when extrapolating low sign-up with low value.

Each university has a variety of programs. Some are high profile, high enrollment programs that the institution boasts of. Still others are more modest, but still necessary.

His second concern is that faculty and program administrators have little, if any, influence over what students decide to pursue. “Are we going to be judged, evaluated and evaluated on factors that are not in our control?”

Jackson’s third concern is that students change majors, and that faculty and program administrators have some control over this. But if resources are going to be allocated to growing programs and the rest are threatened with merger or elimination, this can produce unhealthy competition.

He has already heard that there could be “poaching” or recruitment of students into similar courses. This, Jackson said, “creates moral hazard.”

This program analysis coincides with the university having to produce a state-mandated report on low-enrollment programs or duplicate programs at other nearby institutions.

State law requires universities to conduct this study every five years, and trustees must approve the report at its September meeting.

Universities should look to other institutions within the same JobsOhio economic region. The Northwest region, which includes Bowling Green, encompasses 17 counties.

This means looking at the programs offered by the University of Toledo and BGSU.

Some programs like nursing are in such high demand that it’s necessary to have two programs, Whitehead told administrators.

In other cases, universities can work together to deliver programs more efficiently.

Five years ago, the study resulted in UT and BGSU signing an agreement that provided a clearer structure for students to take foreign language courses at either school. . Thus, a less popular course, Arabic, for example, can be offered in a school. In the case of Arabic, it is offered in Toledo.

[RELATED: BGSU & UT agreement boosts courses in world languages & cultures]

While changes in technology necessitate changes in programs, none of the programs studied are archaic, Jackson said.

“There is nothing inherently wrong with an institution evaluating its range of offerings and deciding what it should and should not do. But some things have to be done no matter what. There are certain things a university must have to be considered worthy of being a university.

Young Jonn wears his singer hat with Dada | The Guardian Nigeria News

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Whenever you’re at a social gathering, chances are you’ll hear the signature line, “That’s Young Jonn the bad producer,” are plenty. Born Udomboso John, the musical genius has built a solid discography, spanning a decade, that has hacked the careers of many A-list artists, including Kizz Daniel (Ello Baby), Naira Marley (Mafo), Olamide (Story For The Gods ), etc to.

Now, with Dada, the Chocolate City signee is shaping a dynamic personality as a singer, working with the same building blocks that have skeletonized his productions.

The award-winning producer-singer tells an interesting story about love, imbuing his lyricism with amorous adulations and poetic songs. Producing the song himself, Young Jonn displays his versatility and depth of skill in this romantic Afro-pop record.

The song is an instant fan favorite that’s brimming with feel-good vibes and a catchy repetitive hook that would easily stick in lips, minds, and hearts.

Speaking to Weekend Beats, Young Jonn explained the inspiration behind the record. “Dada is an open expression of my artistic talent and how I can make so much beautiful music.”

He also revealed that Dada was the lead single from his upcoming EP, Love Is Not Enough Vol. 1, which is slated for release on April 1.

Bangkok Airways Public: Announcement of Notice of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders 2022 on company website

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Elmore County BOE has a full agenda for a meeting held in the Technical Center’s new aircraft hangar – Elmore-Autauga News

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ECTC students studying medical sciences have a new state-of-the-art facility as part of the recent expansion.

By Gerry Miller

Elmore Autauga News Editor

The Elmore County School Board held its regular March meeting in an aircraft hangar that was built as part of a $7.5 million expansion of the Elmore County Technical Center (ECTC) .

Just hours before the meeting, a large group of Tech Center students cut the ribbon for the facility’s major expansion. The new building will house programs for aviation, public safety and law, medical sciences, welding, HVAC, electrical, building construction, plumbing and piping.

Through a partnership with the Town of Wetumpka, the ECTC Public Safety and Law Program also hosted a launch ceremony for Wetumpka Fire Department Engine 2. The fire truck will reside on the ECTC campus inside the program’s aircraft bay in the new wing. Through this partnership, students will have the unique opportunity to train daily using this fully operational on-site equipment.

During the meeting, District 2 BOE member Wendell Saxon recognized the winners of the Black History Poster and Essay Contest. Saxon said each enrolled student received a prize from a $2,500 fund raised from sponsorships. First through tenth place winners were named in each category,

Students in grades three through five were asked to create a bulletin board about an African-American hero from the past or present, while students in grades six through 12 were asked to write short essays ranging in length from a minimum of 300 words to 500 words depending on grade level.

In the other cases, the Council approved an offer totaling $480,830.85 from Struthers Recreation of Pelham for the installation of equipment to create adapted playgrounds for special education. The playgrounds will be installed at Coosada Elementary School, Airport Road Middle School, Holtville Elementary School, Eclectic Elementary School, Redland Elementary School and Wetumpka Elementary School.

The Board approved three-year contracts for the following directors: Blair Andres, ECAP; Janice Darty, Coosada Elementary School; Georgette Hankins, Wetumpka Elementary School; Cynthia Hines, EDGE; Emilie Johnson, Elmore County Technical Center; Sean Keauter, Millbrook Middle School; Mark McGhee, Eclectic College; Robbie Slater, Wetumpka High School; and Marcia Stephens, of Airport Road Middle School.

During the meeting, District 2 BOE member Wendell Saxon recognized the winners of the Black History Poster and Essay Contest.

The board also approved a charter school contract between the BOE and the Ivy Classical Academy. The recommendation was made by Superintendent Richard Dennis. We will know more about this partnership in another article.

At the meeting, Redland Elementary School principal Cory Eckstein introduced Spencer Wade as the new vice-principal. Congratulations to Mr. Wade!

Upcoming events include:
March 21-25 – spring break

April 15 – Good Friday/E-Learning Day for Students

April 19 – Regular Board Meeting – ECBOE – 4:30 p.m.

May 13- Graduation- EDGE

May 16 – Graduation – Stanhope Elmore High School

May 17 – Regular Board Meeting – ECBOE – 3:30 p.m. due to graduation

May 17- Graduation- Wetumpka High School

May 19 – Graduation – Elmore County High School

May 20- Graduation- Holtville High School

May 23 – Last day for students

See more photos below.

Social distancing is not an issue at a TEC company meeting

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HALTOM CITY, TX, March 16, 2022 /24-7 PressRelease/ — If you’re looking for a business meeting event space to bring staff together while facilitating social distancing, the Tarrant Events Center (TEC) in Haltom City is a choice. ideal. Although designed and built before the pandemic, the TEC lends itself to proper Covid precautions through the use of large open spaces, flexible staging, acoustic panels and separate rooms for special guests or activities.

The locally owned and operated Tarrant Events Center is the newest event venue in the Fort Worth area. TEC Marketing Manager Jennifer Knittel believes that customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance and is proud of her growing list of five-star reviews. Reviews include comments such as “Highly recommend Tarrant Events Centre! I had an office party there and everything was perfect. and “Working with the rental staff was such a smooth process which was great. ‘a great help in relieving stress… It’s refreshing that the designers at TEC seemed to know that the most important aspect of an event venue is the space and they used it with excellence.’

The Tarrant Events Center is equipped with the latest audio visual equipment to ensure business presentations and live entertainment are at their best. Rental of the facility for corporate events – or a company party – includes the use of state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, portable staging, free Wi-Fi, tables and chairs with sheets, separate rooms for VIP or other use, and Suite. The center can be rented for half a day or a full day and can accommodate from 50 to 300 people. Professional staff are on hand to help you determine the plan that best suits your needs.

If food and beverages are desired, an immaculate prep kitchen is available for caterers, a fashionable chef, or any other service personnel you may choose. For a more unique approach, high-end food trucks can be used. The center has a BYOB policy and regardless of food and beverage choices, no prior approval is required.

The Tarrant Events Center is located at 5230 Denton Highway (off Loop 820) in Haltom City, Texas. With ample parking, one acre of shaded grounds, and a convenient downtown address, TEC is considered a premier event center in the Fort Worth area. To learn more about the venue, visit the Tarrant Events Center website at tarranteventscenter.com. TEC is now taking bookings for business meetings in 2022 and beyond.

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College faculty to receive training to improve teaching

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Teachers at the College will receive continuous training to enhance their capacities and improve the quality of education, Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudi said on Wednesday.

He made the announcement during a meeting of heads of colleges affiliated with Madras University on Wednesday.

Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education Deputy Chairman A. Ramasamy, Higher Education Secretary D. Karthikeyan, University Vice Chancellor S. Gowri and senior university officials took part in the meeting which lasted two hours.

Mr. Ponmudi said the aim of the meeting was to improve academic performance and employability of students.

“We need to ensure that our students succeed in the future. The meeting was called to allow us to take a decision on improving the quality of education. Private colleges are successful in bringing in industry experts and training their students. We want principals and department heads of government colleges to be actively involved in improving employment opportunities for students by providing training,” he told college officials. He suggested that they call on experts in the field and launch an in-service teacher training programme.

The Vice Chancellor said a few days ago that the University Planning and Development Board held a meeting with the participation of former University Grants Commission Vice Chairman H. Devaraj; former Vice-Chancellor P. Duraisamy; and senior executives from information technology companies such as TCS and Cognizant.

The council suggested introducing industry representatives into the union and academic council and a strong association with alumni. The university could offer new postgraduate courses such as water management and multimedia sciences. He also suggested undergraduate courses in data analytics, digital media technology, and hotel management.

He suggested research that could be applied and skill development programs for all courses. Company officials have called for skilled labor and college education to address the shortage.

Physical verification

Mr Gowri said the university had decided to inspect all colleges as part of the annual affiliation approval exercise, a legal requirement. Physical verification has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past two years, he said.

During the process of verifying qualifications, several teachers were found to be underpaid, he said. A Tamil teacher with a PhD was paid ₹10,000, of which ₹4,000 was withheld, he said. In some colleges, principals had been ordered to work one day a week and their salaries had been reduced.

Earlier when asked by reporters whether the state is adopting the National Education Policy-2020, Ponmudi said that the new schemes introduced for student benefits by the chief minister were his brainchild. “We will not reject the good suggestions of the national education policy.

A detective scrolled through social media. What he noticed helped catch a person wanted for shooting homeless people in 2 cities

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In DC, Kentish and his team were investigating the March 9 murder of a homeless man. The detective reported the photos to his colleagues, and they contacted New York and federal law enforcement and began comparing evidence, including shell casings left at the scene.

“Our partners at the ATF tested our evidence that was recovered, they tested the evidence that was recovered in New York and we had a hit,” Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said. They were looking for the same person.

ATF officers located and arrested Gerald Brevard, 30, on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

He was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to kill in connection with two non-fatal homeless shootings and first-degree murder while armed in the murder of Morgan Holmes, 54 years, who also had no fixed address, DC police said Tuesday. CNN was unable to immediately identify an attorney for Brevard.

“We have our man,” Contee said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “This case is an example of what happens when there is good police work, science and community support.”

At a separate press conference on Tuesday, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said that although New York authorities have yet to announce any charges against the individual, they believe he is This is the same person as the DC suspect, as they connected the gun through ballistic evidence and his clothing through footage.

“We don’t have enough to make an arrest, we’re working with the Manhattan District Attorney, we’re gathering all of our evidence,” Essig said. “I’m very confident we’ll get there.”

“A shocking act against a defenseless person”

The first known shooting occurred around 4 a.m. on March 3 in DC, police said. Officers responded to the sounds of gunfire and found a man with apparent gunshot wounds, who was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

On March 8, DC authorities responded to reports of another shooting shortly after 1:20 a.m. and found a man with apparent gunshot wounds who was also being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. .

Both victims are recovering, Contee said this week.

On March 9, at around 2:52 a.m., a member of the DC police noticed a fire. The remains of a man – who police later identified as Holmes – were discovered and he was pronounced dead at the scene. A medical examiner determined that the victim died from multiple stab wounds and bullet wounds.

All three victims appeared to be homeless, DC police said.

At around 4:30 a.m. on March 12, New York City officers responded to a 38-year-old man who had been shot in the arm while sleeping, Essig said. About 90 minutes later, another man sleeping on a sidewalk was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene, Essig said.

“You’re kind of surprised and shocked that someone could do such a shocking act against a helpless person,” Essig said.

As soon as they linked the two shootings, New York police held a press conference Saturday night and released images of their person of interest. That’s when DC detective Kentish saw the photos, officials say.

DC police contacted the NYPD on Sunday morning, Essig said, and at 2 p.m. “all five cases — the three in DC and the two in New York City — are confirmed to be a match and ballistics lead.”

Authorities say they are still investigating how the suspect traveled between the two cities, but suspect he may have taken public transportation, Essig said.

A firearm was not recovered as part of the investigation, authorities said. The suspect had “multiple contacts with police in various states,” Essig said.

Brevard has not offered a motive, Contee said, and authorities aren’t sure what ties he may have to the victims.

What defenders say the shootings highlight

As police search for the perpetrator, leaders in DC and New York urged homeless residents to seek refuge.

But advocates say that for some homeless people, shelters can also be unsafe and dangerous environments, and that the recent wave of violence underscores how important it is for elected officials to invest in secure housing and resources for homeless residents.

“We know that homeless people are more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators, but unfortunately much of the discourse lately has vilified homeless New Yorkers and portrayed them as dangerous, rather than to recognize the inherent dangers homeless people face,” Jacquelyn Simone, policy director for the Homeless Coalition, told CNN affiliate WABC.
The group also linked New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ recent initiative to clean up the subways to violence.
Officials say the city’s plan, which Adams unveiled at a joint press conference with New York Governor Kathy Hochul last month, will help tackle crime and tackle homelessness in the metro, but critics said it criminalized people who were homeless and mentally ill.
At least 6 NYC subway stabbings reported since mayor unveiled new safety plan on Friday

“We said at the time that if the city didn’t really invest in the kinds of shelters and permanent housing that people want and need, people would just be moved from the subways to the streets,” he said. Simone told the affiliate.

Adams backed the initiative this week, telling reporters, “We’re not going to allow the people of our city to be in a position where they can’t take care of themselves or where they’re dangerous to people. others.

Asked Monday about the efforts To help unprotected residents find permanent housing, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city is pursuing a pilot program that aims to provide people living in certain camp sites with resources, move them to housing affordable and clean up hazardous living areas.
But advocates have expressed concern that the scheme could again leave many people on the margins if unsheltered residents are not properly housed as authorities clear the sites – and could help further criminalize homelessness .

Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders of SFA Semicon Philippines Corporation

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SFA SEMICON PHILIPPINES CORPORATION

Panday Pira Avenue corner Creekside Road, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga

Notice is given that the 2022 General Meeting of Shareholders of SFA Semicon Philippines Corporation (“SSP”) will be held on April 22, 2022 (Friday) at 10:00 AM by remote communication via live broadcast via Zoom SSP offices at Panday Pira Ave. corner Creekside Road, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

The meeting agenda is as follows:

1. Call to order

2. Certificate of notification and quorum

3. Presentation of the 2021 Annual Management Report and Audited Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2021

4. Presentation of the minutes of the previous annual general meeting of shareholders held on April 16, 2021

5. Ratification of the Corporate Acts of the Board of Directors and Management since the 2021 General Meeting

6. Election of Directors

7. Appointment of external auditors

8. Other matters likely to be submitted to the Meeting

9. Adjournment

The explanation and documents relating to the agenda items can be found in the final information document and its attachments which can be viewed and downloaded on PSE Edge and on the SSP website (at http://www.sfasemicon.com.ph/2022-asm.php).

Only SSP shareholders at the close of business on March 22, 2022 (i.e. the record date) are entitled to be convened, to participate in and to vote at the annual meeting of shareholders and at any adjournment or postponement. SSP’s stock and transfer book will not be closed.

For safety and health reasons due to the continuation of the pandemic, shareholders can participate only 1) by remote communication via livestreaming (without prejudice to the presence at the place of the meeting of the Chairman of the Meeting, of the directors, of the main managers and representatives, and of the collaborators of SSP, possibly shareholders, necessary for the conduct of the meeting, subject to compliance required health and safety protocols), OR (2) vicarious in favor either (i) of the Chairman of the Meeting, or (ii) of an officer or director present at the place of the meeting and, in the absence of said director or officer, in favor of the Chairman of the Meeting .

Voting must be (a) by proxy, or (b) in absentia by email ballot.

Shareholders wishing to participate via livestream and/or vote in absentia must send the SSP its intention to do so, together with all the required documents and information listed in Appendix A-1 (the “verification documents and information“) to enable SSP to verify the identity of shareholders, and the completed ballot (in the form of Appendix A-2).

Shareholders wishing to participate and vote by proxy should email their completed form of proxy (in the form of Appendix A-3 and in favor either (i) of the Chairman of the Meeting, or (ii) of an officer or director present at the place of the meeting and, in the absence of said director or officer, in favor of the Chairman of the Assembly), together with all verification documents and information listed in Appendix A-1.

Notice of participation via livestream and/or vote in absentiaverification documents and information, together with the completed voting form or proxy form, must be emailed to, and received by, SSP (Attention: Corporate Secretary/Deputy Corporate Secretaries) at [email protected] sfasemicon.com, no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 11, 2022.

Please note, however, that the MANAGEMENT DOES NOT SOLICIT YOUR PROXY.

Questions relating to the agenda (1) can be sent by e-mail to the attention of the General Secretary/Deputy General Secretaries at [email protected], no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 13, 2022and/or (2) can be requested during the meeting via the chatbox.

Be sure to read the Detailed Instructions on Attending and Voting at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of SFA Semicon Philippines Corporation (Schedule a) for more detailed and additional instructions. These more detailed and additional instructions (Schedule a), the list of documents & verification information (Appendix A-1), the ballot (Appendix A-2) and the proxy form (Appendix A-3), can be viewed and downloaded from the SSP website (at http://www.sfasemicon.com.ph/2022-asm.php).

Proxies and ballots will be validated and the identity of shareholders will be verified by SSP’s stock transfer agent, BDO Unibank, Inc., on April 12, 2022 at approximately 4:00 p.m.. at BDO Unibank, Inc. – TIG Securities Services Unit, 14F BDO Towers, Valero, 8741 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.

The meeting link and further instructions for accessing and participating in the meeting via live stream will be emailed anytime from April 13-18, 2022 by SSP to shareholders who have emailed their intention to participate by live broadcast in accordance with this Notice of Meeting and Schedule a, and whose identity has been verified by SSP. The meeting will be visually and/or audio recorded, which recording will form part of SSP’s corporate records.

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The Kansas representative was chosen to help the GOP Whip advance the Republican agenda on the House Floor

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A US congressman from Kansas will help push the Republican agenda on the House Floor.

On Tuesday, March 15, Congressman Jake La Turner (KS-02) says he has accepted an invitation to serve as Deputy Whip on the United States House Republican Whip Team.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to be part of the House Republican Whip team to help advance common-sense conservative solutions that get our nation back on track and make it easier for Kansas families to succeed,” said said Congressman LaTurner. “It is crucial that House Republicans remain united in our efforts to push back against Speaker Pelosi’s radical agenda that only exacerbates the crises facing American workers. I want to thank Whip Scalise for giving me this opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started with the rest of the team.

Rep. LaTurner said he would help GOP Whip Steve Scalise advance the Republican agenda in the House.

“I am proud to announce that Congressman LaTurner will join our Whip Team to fight President Pelosi’s far-left agenda and reverse President Biden’s disastrous policies that are hurting hard-working families in Kansas. A dedicated public servant who loves his country, Congressman LaTurner previously served in both the Kansas State Senate and as Kansas State Treasurer, where he championed fiscally conservative solutions that have enabled saving taxpayers money. Congressman LaTurner will play a vital role on our Whip Team fighting for farmers, workers and small businesses – just as he already does for his constituents in eastern Kansas,” said the Republican Whip of the House, Steve Scalise.

The United States House indicates a Whip assists party leadership to manage the party’s legislative agenda on the floor of the House. The Whip communicates and networks with party members to mobilize their support for important party measures that are passed.

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Global Meeting Room Booking System Software Market 2022 Company Business Overview and Forecast to 2028 – Key Players like Skedda, Robin, Teem, EMS Software

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NC school board changes policies after slave auction

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The Chatham County School Board has approved changes to its anti-racism policies after reports surfaced that black students were ‘sold’ at a mock slave auction in one of the schools in the district.

Superintendent Anthony Jackson also apologized for what happened at JS Waters School in Goldston.

“Actions like these just don’t reflect who we are as a school system,” Jackson said. “And I say, shamelessly, will not be tolerated in the school system.”

The actions came after large crowds attended a school board meeting on Monday to demand that the district take action to remedy the situation and prevent similar situations from happening in the future. Crowds of parents, students and activists filled the meeting in support of those who spoke out about the racist incident.

The Chatham County school system has received national attention since mother Ashley Palmer accused on social media that her son suffered a ‘slave auction’ of black students.

“I want to do something that needs to be done here publicly. I want to apologize,” Jackson during the meeting. “Apologies to every student who has ever felt unsafe while in our care, to every student who has ever felt belittled, disrespected, or marginalized because of their race, ethnicity, gender, gender, religion or disability.

“At Chatham County Schools, we pride ourselves on bragging that diversity is our strength, and moving forward, our goal will be to ensure this celebration is inclusive of everyone. Going forward, my personal commitment to you is that we will do better.

A coalition of local groups said Monday afternoon that the school board must take action to remedy the situation, including asking students to apologize for the auction. The coalition also wants the district to increase penalties for students and school employees who engage in racist behavior, including making it a dismissable offense.

“The acts committed towards our son and other classmates were extremely disturbing, but not surprising since this is not the first time that our family has had to deal with racist acts towards one of our children,” said Palmer said at a press conference Monday before the school council meeting. Palmer addressed a crowd of 150 outside the Pittsboro Presbyterian Church.

“It’s only the first time we’ve decided to go the extra mile to make sure it wasn’t just a cultural acceptance message board,” Palmer said. “But I hoped to be recognized for the extreme racism that it is and followed by real consequences worthy of such a heinous act.”

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Ashley Palmer speaks during a press conference at the Presbyterian Church in Pittsboro on Monday, March 14, 2022. Palmer accused on social media that her son experienced a black student slave auction run by classmates at JS Waters School in Goldston. Travis Long [email protected]

Ronda Taylor Bullock, an anti-racism trainer who spoke at Monday’s press conference, called the auction an “act of racism” and “an act of white supremacy in broad daylight.” Bullock, who attended JS Waters School, said she didn’t want to ‘demonize’ the students who staged the auction, but said the district needed to respond forcefully to stop black students from coping. to more acts of discrimination.

“How many students should go to JS Waters with a similar story?” said Bullock. “How many more must cross burned, marked as slaves by these horrible memories that we will not forget?”

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Dozens of people attend a press conference at the Presbyterian Church in Pittsboro on Monday, March 14, 2022 after Ashley Palmer accused on social media that her son suffered a black student slave auction directed by classmates at JS Waters School in Goldston. Travis Long [email protected]

Auction in the presence of teachers

A Chatham Organizing For Racial Equity (CORE) press release on Monday offers additional details about the reported slave auction, such as that it involved schoolchildren and occurred “in the presence of staff and teachers, and while it was being filmed”.

JS Waters is a rural K-8 school, located approximately 80 miles southwest of Raleigh. It has 195 students, 68% of whom are white.

“These students were encouraged not only to commit brazen and overt acts of racism, but to further retaliate and continue their aggression after serving a cursory one-day suspension,” according to the press release. “The school administrators’ initial lukewarm response to these traumatic incidents is problematic.”

Last week, Jackson sent a letter to families condemning “recent unacceptable incidents.” He said the district “must be committed to dismantling racism and other negative influences that affect our school community.”

Ask students to apologize for the auction

The coalition presented a list of eight recommendations to the school board meeting. The list includes:

The students involved should apologize to their targets of discrimination and to the school community.

Child trauma counselors qualified in racial trauma should be available to support students.

Revise the student code of conduct “to designate racist and discriminatory remarks as separate hate speech from the current bullying policy with corresponding consequences that match the severity of this abuse our children face.”

Revise school staff guidelines “to make racist remarks and behavior a dismissal offense for teachers and staff”.

Examine the administration’s response “to this racist incident and previous racist incidents at the school to determine the adequacy of their responses.”

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Parents, students and community members leave a Chatham County School Board meeting following a public comment session after reports of a ‘slave auction’ by Black students led by classmates from JS Waters School in Goldston sparked a blackout in the community. Travis Long [email protected]

“Racist acts shouldn’t be punished on the same level as someone pulling another student’s hair, with a one-day suspension,” Palmer said. “He should have his own designation, reportable at the county level and dealt with the significant consequences he deserves. No child should be abused by peers and staff.

Bullock said the district must make it clear to school employees that they cannot tolerate racist actions in schools.

“If educators are racist and maintain a toxic racist environment, they should be fired,” Bullock said. “We need to normalize that being the victim of racism is an offense punishable by fire for those who commit this evil.”

This story was originally published March 14, 2022 1:01 p.m.

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The people of Chemainus stand in solidarity and peace for the people of Ukraine – Chemainus Valley Courier

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Rain did not deter around 40 people from gathering at the Peace Pole in Chemainus on Saturday afternoon to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country.

With homemade blue and yellow flags and sunflower pins, people stood under umbrellas with lit candles listening to Ukrainian folk songs and poetry readings. They learned a little more about the history of the Peace Poles, including the background of the marble pole planted in Chemainus by Communities in Bloom in 2007.

The pole was moved from its original location by the old fire station (where the library now stands) and repositioned in the plaza in front of the Chemainus Valley Museum/Visitor Center.

On the pole are inscribed the words that can be found on all the poles of peace in the world, in a multitude of languages ​​and in nearly 200 countries: May peace reign on Earth. The Chemainus pole also includes on the other three sides: Peace reign in our land; May peace reign on our island; May peace reign in our hearts.

“Many people said afterwards that they were unaware of the existence of this hub in our own community and appreciated learning more about it,” noted Reverend Elise Feltrin of Chemainus United Church, who conducted the ceremony.

She used the words of the peace pole as the theme of the gathering. After sharing the brief history of these now world-recognized peace monuments, the Ukrainian national anthem was played. People listened to the haunting tune as they reflected on the carnage currently unfolding in this country. The drizzle added to the somber mood as poetry lyrics by contemporary Ukrainian poets were shared, evoking a soldier’s relationship with his gun (When You Clean Your Gun by Borys Humenyuk) and what children will learn from the loss of their parents (The Ballad of the Screaming Babies by Mekhala Saran).

A period of silent reflection was followed by John Lennon’s classic anti-war anthem Imagine and the ancient prayer of St. Francis of Assisi titled Make Me An Instrument Of Your Peace.

Those gathered were encouraged to contribute financially to reputable charities such as the Rotary Club, whose international partners are helping displaced people by building individual refugee shelters to house families, or Doctors Without Borders, who are on the ground to provide medical assistance during this humanitarian crisis.

While some comments on social media questioned whether such a gathering was actually doing anything other than benefit the attendees, Reverend Feltrin stressed the need to come together in community to share our anxiety, fear and distress in times of global crisis.

“By standing with each other and with the people of Ukraine, we recognize our common humanity and live by the words inscribed on our peace pole: May peace reign in our hearts,” she stressed. “It may seem like a small gesture, but peace has to start somewhere.”

The rally ended with everyone singing together I’ve Got Peace Like a River in my Soul.

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About 40 people braved the rain to attend Saturday’s Peace Vigil for Ukraine on Saturday in Chemainus. (Photo by Nevin Hayter)

PUBLIC AGENDA: Fire Mitigation Strategies; updates to the reconstruction plan of Castilleja | News

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A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of March 14.

MUNICIPAL COUNCIL … Council plans to meet behind closed doors to discuss the status of the city’s labor negotiations. It will then consider approving a review by the city‘s independent police auditor of the police department’s hiring and recruiting practices; discuss community engagement activities associated with city work plans in 2022; and discuss fire mitigation strategies in the foothills. The closed session will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14 at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue. A regular meeting will follow immediately in the council chamber. See the full agenda at cityofpaloalto.org. Those wishing to participate via Zoom can do so by dialing 669-900-6833 and using Meeting ID: Meeting ID: 362 027 238.

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD … The board plans to discuss updates to Castilleja’s plan for campus reconstructions; consider a proposal for four residential units at 2609 Alma Street; and discuss uses in the public right-of-way on California Avenue. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 17 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. See the full agenda at cityofpaloalto.org. Those wishing to participate via Zoom can do so by dialing 669-900-6833 and using Meeting ID: 965 6189 1491.

CITY/SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE … The commission plans to meet at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 17. View the full agenda at cityofpaloalto.org.

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION… Council plans to meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue. The agenda was not available at the time of publication. See the full agenda at cityofpaloalto.org.

With unemployment rising, RSS feels the need to exploit job opportunities

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He says the country must focus on local industries and sectors to generate more jobs

He says the country must focus on local industries and sectors to generate more jobs

As unemployment spikes, the highest decision making body of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at its All India Representatives meeting in Ahmedabad flagged the issue and stressed that job opportunities should be promoted for make the nation self-sufficient.

It may be the first time in many years that the RSS’ top body has felt the need to expand job opportunities as the country struggles with a difficult economic recovery amid a pandemic.

The three-day All India Representative Meeting held in Ahmedabad adopted the resolution to “stress that the whole society must play a proactive role in harnessing these labor opportunities to mitigate the challenge overall employment”.

Around 1,250 RSS workers and senior leaders from across the country attended the meeting called Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) which ended on Sunday.

The three-day brainstorming meeting aimed to take stock of the work carried out by the Sangh and held over the past year, plan the future course of action and discuss matters of national importance.

The top body in its resolution titled “Need to promote labor opportunities to make Bharat self-reliant,” said the country should focus on local industries and sectors to generate more jobs and discussed the need to create a “Bharatiya business model” that is tailored to the requirements of the country.

“Bharat, with its abundant natural resources, vast human power and inherent entrepreneurial skills to transform our agriculture, manufacturing and service sectors, has the potential to create many job opportunities and bring the entire economy to greater heights,” the RSS resolution said.

“ABPS is of the view that a boost should be given to Bharatiya’s business model which is human-centric, labor-intensive, environmentally friendly and emphasizes decentralization and equitable distribution of benefits and increases village economy, micro scale, small scale and agro based industries,” the resolution adopted at the meeting said.

He added that areas such as rural employability, employment in the unorganized sector, employment of women and their overall participation in the economy need to be boosted.

With a focus on innovation and the adoption of new technologies, the ABPS believes that as a society, we seek innovative ways to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing global economic and technological scenario.

“Employment and entrepreneurship opportunities with the emerging digital economy and export possibilities should be carefully explored. We should engage in workforce training both before and during work, research and technological innovations, motivation for start-ups and green technology companies, etc.

Regarding the recent controversy over the wearing of hijab by Muslim women in colleges in Karnataka, RSS General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said that everyone in the country enjoys religious freedom but one should be aware of peaceful coexistence and that social discipline is important.

“The rules set by educational institutions are the same for everyone,” he said at Sunday’s press conference.

Woodland Park school board president says district didn’t break any laws, but could have been more ‘transparent’

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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (KRDO) – Facing allegations that they violated Colorado state law, the chairman of the Woodland Park School Board said 13 Investigations the board could have been more transparent, but it didn’t break any laws.

Yet parents accuse the school board of hiding their plans to add a contract school to the district.

On January 26, the Woodland Park School Board of Trustees held a special meeting and voted to sign an agreement to begin contract negotiations with Merit Academy. The board intends to add Merit Academy to the district as a charter school.

On the agenda for the January 26 special school board meeting, there is no mention of Merit Academy or any plans to vote on the matter.

The fifth point of the agenda is entitled “Interview of the board of directors”. According to minutes from the Jan. 26 school board meeting, the board used the agenda item “Board Talk” to discuss and unanimously approve an agreement to add Merit Academy to the district. as a charter school.

“To say that housekeeping says nothing to the public about what’s actually going to be considered under that agenda item,” said Jeff Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition.

According to Colorado’s open meeting laws, local public bodies are deemed to comply with the “complete and timely” requirement if they post a notice in a designated public place at least 24 hours before a meeting. The posting should include specific information about the agenda “whenever possible”. CRS § 24-6-402(2)(c)(I). A local public body is also in compliance if it posts meeting notices online “with specific agenda information if available.”

According to meeting minutes, Woodland Park School Board Secretary Chris Austin said the vagueness of the ‘Board Interview’ agenda item would erode “what little trust we have with our stakeholders”.

However, school district attorney Brad Miller went on to say that “not all items should be on the agenda until the board of education is aware.”

“If a board knows an issue is coming up, they should put it on the agenda,” Roberts said. “He has to put it on the notice and he has to put it 24 hours in advance. So the public knows what to expect.

13 Investigations obtained emails showing that the Woodland Park School District superintendent, attorney, vice president, and president sent or received emails regarding the Merit Academy deal four days before the meeting January 26 special.

In an email, attorney Brad Miller suggests preparing the agreement, and if the respective parties sign the agreement, they can begin the contract phase immediately.

However, emails sent more than 24 hours before the meeting do not directly address the vote on adding Merit Academy at the next meeting.

On the day of the special meeting, Woodland Park School Board Vice President David Illingsworth asks why he can’t find anything about Merit Academy on the agenda. Attorney Brad Miller says “I believe that’s on the agenda.”

“After the meeting and being questioned by a number of people. I thought yes, I could have done it in a much more transparent way,” Woodland Park School Board President David Rusterholtz said. 13 Investigations. “At the very next meeting we had put on the agenda, the ‘Merit Academy Memorandum of Understanding’ would be discussed and voted on.”

The Woodland Park school board president said the Jan. 26 vote was overturned, but some parents weren’t so forgiving about the lack of clarity.

Erin O’Connell, a parent of three in the Woodland Park school system, filed a lawsuit in the district court. The suit sought an injunction to slow the merger with Merit Academy. The complaint alleges that the School Board of the Woodland Park School District violated Colorado’s open meeting laws.

“Our problem is not with Merit Academy itself, but rather with the process the board followed to get there,” O’Connell said. 13 Investigations. “We believe they were offered a memorandum of understanding in violation of open meeting laws.”

O’Connell later withdrew the complaint.

“I really strive to be wide open and make sure people know what we’re doing,” Rusterholtz said. “There is nothing to hide. We view this, or I view this as a very noble cause for improving education in the Woodland Park School District.

Rusterholtz says parents have always asked for choice in the district when it comes to education, and Merit Academy would provide just that. However, many more parents are concerned that the addition of Merit Academy will hurt existing students.

In an email sent to faculty and staff on March 1, Superintendent Dr. Mathew Neal said the board plans to share the district’s college facilities with Merit Academy beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

“While facility utilization remains a priority for our upcoming Facility Planning Steering Committee, the District has recognized the need for a timely decision, especially as WPSD and Merit are scheduled to begin planning for the modification of building space,” Dr. Neal told faculty and staff. in the email. “Furthermore, the district is confident that this plan will continue to meet the needs of our middle school students and honor the value we place on our community elementary schools.”

The school board met on Wednesday to discuss Merit Academy’s bid to use its facilities, but during public comments dozens of people came forward to express concerns about the district’s decision to share. college with Merit Academy.

“First of all, it impacts the whole 6th grade wing and really the whole school,” O’Connell said. “Everyone has to change classrooms. This removes many rooms used for very specialist services. Special education rooms, boardrooms, some of our dining spaces will be completely uprooted. Failure to having these facilities really affects the students.”

Rusterholtz says Woodland Park Middle School is currently operating at less than 50% capacity and has room for existing students and a growing merit academy.

Blumhouse Thriller SXSW Movie Review – Deadline

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Barely for the first time, Blumhouse has his name on a horror melodrama fueled by a strong pulse of politically topical blood coursing through his veins, this time with the tongue-in-cheek title Soft and quiet. In fact, Beth de Araújo’s feature debut is far more notable for its haunting political outrage than for its dramatic credibility, which becomes harder and harder to swallow as the thread unfolds. But virtuous young and left-leaning audiences will appreciate being hyped up by the increasingly outrageous behavior of a group of aggrieved and furious right-wing women whose idea of ​​taking matters into their own hands goes more than a little too far. .

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Had it not been for the initial ideological issues propelling the action here, the writer-director’s arc would certainly have been most noted for her decision to deliver the 91-minute film in one take, even if that feat has now been accomplished. in at least 40 previous films, admittedly very little commercial.

Nonetheless, the driving force behind this almost all-female enterprise – both behind and in front of the camera – is political outrage, particularly that sparked in liberal-leftist circles by the retrograde perception, take the law into your own-attitudes. from the hands of many on the far right. The particular actions taken by the film’s most aggressive women are so unmotivated, outlandish, and extreme that they seem downright ridiculous. But in this era, one can be forgiven for imagining that anything is possible, so most viewers probably won’t mind the wacky, reckless behavior displayed.

In a beautiful, leafy area that resembles the Pacific Northwest, well-groomed, blonde kindergarten teacher Emily (Stefanie Estes) prepares to welcome a small gathering of local women who, along with the cakes and pies, etc., at first glance looks like a typical reunion of teachers’ mothers. But the pie decorated with a swastika raises eyebrows, as does the Daughters for Aryan Unity sign, so it takes no more than a minute or two for this seemingly benign female social gathering to turn into a modern bund meeting.

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“Multiculturalism doesn’t work,” moans a woman, and a stream of curdled complaints ensues about “Jewish banks,” immigrants, gays, and the like. What starts out as a nice tea party turns into a contest to see who can be the most racist and the most insulting, a transformation that is both surprising and, in the speed with which women expose their horrible prejudices, more than a bit above.

But that’s nothing compared to what follows. Greta Zozula’s handheld camera follows the six women as they make their way to a convenience store, where two of them get into a pointless argument with two Asian employees, whom they insult, fight and, in a short time, regroup up and up to a distant house. When she arrives, things spiral wildly out of control, to the point that even Emily’s strong and more clear-headed husband (Jon Beavers) can’t do anything about it.

While there is clearly a cultural divide between the more cultured women, embodied by Emily, and the impulsive thugs who act now/think later, the violent emotions and deep-seated prejudices rule out any possibility of moderation or civility. The physical handling of the kidnapping and the disastrous events that followed is superficial to the point of being careless, and it may be that the pressure to pull off a convincing kidnapping and disastrous consequences in the one-shot format was just too much. to be staged convincingly. Sacrificing dramatic clarity and visceral intensity for one-take bragging rights seems like bad business in this case. Who would care if there were a few modifications?

Still, the very palpable residue of post-Trump social instability and political malaise is felt at every turn. Soft and quiet is part drama and part dire alarm about the social and political fissures that continue to smash locally and internationally. This film’s treatment of issues is erratic, highly extremist, and far from entirely consistent, but the turbulent and troubled impulses behind it are easy to discern.

Did Samia release Freeman to advance the gender agenda?

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By JENERALI ULIMWENGU

When the chairman of Tanzania’s main opposition party was released from detention and went straight from his cell to State House to have a one-on-one chat with President Samia Suluhu, even a casual observer could have understood that the president had secured his release, one way or another. The photos released by Ikulu painted a picture of a cordial conversation that could easily have taken place between Samia and a visiting dignitary, except that the familiar face of Freeman Mbowe needed no explanatory caption.

Thus, the answer was provided to all these questions as to who had caused the decision of the State to end the prosecution; now it was clear that Samia had ordered it. And for good reason too. The case had only nuisance value, and Samia’s government derived little benefit from it.

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The idea that Freeman might be a terrorist was laughable.

State prosecutors had assembled a crummy case with questionable witnesses, and the embarrassment to the government was so obvious that some wondered if the prosecution itself was determined to rain down on its own parade.

The President had also been under pressure to end this matter which was going nowhere, as I have already indicated, and she may have seen the wisdom in moving gently on the matter. It’s the skill she employed in handling the issue that may have surprised many: Freeman is released around noon, and by evening he’s with the president in a one-on-one at State House.

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It’s interesting, because it clearly shows where the order for prosecutors to “lose interest” in the case came from. Based on this, we are helped to understand that the supreme political authority of the land wanted Freeman to be left free to pursue his political agenda.

He wasted no time doing it. After being released on Friday and meeting the President on the evening of the same day, he was on the road to Iringa, some 500 kilometers from Dar, on Monday for the women’s wing of his party celebrating Women’s Day, where he delivered an impassioned speech on the role of women in society, a speech which must have pleased President Samia, given that it was a presentation of the vital importance of seeing women take their rightful place in the affairs of their community, their society and their nation.

It would be silly to suggest that the President had timed Freeman’s release to allow him to be in Iringa for the Chadema women’s meeting, but suffice to say the coincidence was fortunate for Freeman to make his first major political statement. (after so many days of incarceration) on women’s issues.

Freeman’s statement was peppered with statements from illustrious men and women in recent history, such as “the fastest and most lasting way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world” (by Charles Malik, former President of the United Nations General Assembly), and Hillary Clinton’s remark that “women are the greatest untapped pool of talent in the world”.

I find this coincidence (release from custody and speaking at a women’s forum) to be the most fitting for Freeman, as it provided the most fitting platform for her homecoming.

He is a man who fought for the realization of basic rights in Tanzania in general, but every conscientious Tanzanian will know that women are more oppressed by all that we consider oppressive than their men.

For every aspect of life considered to be limiting in the enjoyment of any social right for society in general, women are disadvantaged more than men, whether it is access to education, access to employment, justice and equity in the remuneration of fair remuneration, or even to be treated as members of society who are entitled to fundamental freedoms and dignity, from home to workplace.

In short, for every principle where a fundamental human right is posited, double it when looking at the same issue from a gender perspective.

And yet, statisticians tell us that women constitute more than half of the population of our countries. If this is the case — and I do not wish to dispute this — then we are keeping at least half of our population in a state of limited capacity in efforts to develop our countries, our societies and our economies.

Other stuff

It’s like this: The human body received – among other things – two lungs, two legs, two arms, two eyes, two ears, thirty-two teeth, etc. Why would anyone want to use only half of everything they have? given at birth, comprising half the brain, half the blood in the veins, half the emotional energy and only 16 teeth?

So, by stepping out of the “cooler” and into Iringa, Freeman may have accomplished more than others in his position would have had the opportunity to accomplish.

And by forcing the state to release Freeman – not an easy task, if you ask me – Samia may have added a little more wind in the sail of the ship of women’s liberation in our country.

Who complains?

Jenerali Ulimwengu is now on YouTube via jeneralionline tv. E-mail: [email protected]

Ingevity: 2022 Ingevity Proxy Statement – ​​Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders

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March 11, 2022

To Ingevity shareholders:

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 2022 annual meeting of shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Ingevity Corporation (the “Company”). In light of guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the health and well-being of our shareholders, employees, board members and other members of our community, the annual meeting will be held virtually via a live audio webcast April 27. , 2022 at 9:30 a.m. EST.

You may participate in the Annual Meeting by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/NGVT2022 and may submit questions and vote your common shares of the Company, with a par value of $0.01 (the “Common Shares”), by electronic way. Further details regarding attendance, voting and business to be transacted at the annual meeting are described in the following notice of annual meeting and in this proxy statement.

2021 has been a good year at Ingevity. We delivered strong overall financial performance in 2020, despite a dynamic environment challenged by supply chain and logistics disruptions. We did this by keeping safety first. Ingevity 2.0, our strategic approach to growth, is on track as we strive to be a leading chemical company, measured by our financial performance and our culture of operational excellence. During the year, we continued our transformation into an innovation-driven company by leveraging our chemicals – products made from renewable materials and derived technologies that confer environmental benefits when used – to purify, protect and improve the world around us.

Our segments performed well in a context of ongoing pressure and uncertainty. The Performance Chemicals segment recorded a remarkable recovery. Despite continued commodity and energy inflation, the team delivered impressive year-over-year sales growth, particularly in engineering polymers and industrial specialties. Due to the global shortage of semiconductor chips, automotive production was unpredictable and under pressure throughout the second half of 2021, but our Performance Materials team managed global planning, production and inventory with great discipline. and turned in a strong performance for the year.

We have progressed towards strategic growth and innovation efforts. Our Performance Chemicals team has completed the production of alternative fatty acids using alternative raw materials to crude tall oil and seen our first sales of our new product AltaVeg™. In Performance Materials, our wood-based alternative fuel vehicle solution that enables the use of renewable natural gas (”RNG”) for cleaner mobility has been awarded a grant to fund 28 trucks powered by our unique gas storage, demonstrating the amplified emissions reduction benefits for fleets when using RNG as a vehicle fuel. We also completed testing our on-site industrial storage tank leveraging this same gas storage innovation, became operational with our strategic methane capture and storage partner, GreenGasUSA Holdings LLC, and made investments additional in biosurfactants and odor capture and release technologies, bacteria and virus control.

We have moved forward with our sustainability program. This year, we increased our overall EcoVadis score for Corporate Social Responsibility by almost 11% and maintained our Silver score. Our 2020 Sustainability Report highlighted progress towards our current Sustainable Development Goals and included our first statements on climate change, discrimination and racial injustice.

We have further enriched and accelerated our culture and our social impact. This year, we established a formal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DEI”) function, welcomed our first DEI Director, and presented a DEI Strategic Plan that aims to create lasting progress by building diverse teams, elevating equity, demonstrating inclusiveness and supporting communities in ways that foster the vitality of the diverse places where we operate. Their work will be essential as we continue to enrich our IngeviWay culture.

Good leadership continues to have a positive impact on our growth and success. Today, our Board of Directors is 38% women and 13% racially and ethnically diverse. Additionally, our leadership team – 29% female led and 14% racially and ethnically diverse – welcomed Mary Dean Hall as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Stacy Cozad as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and secretary, Rich White, as senior vice president. and President, Industrial Specialties and Pavement Technologies, and Steve Hulme, Senior Vice President and President, Engineering Polymers.

A Notice of Internet Availability or proxy card is being mailed effective March 11, 2022 to each registered holder of Common Shares as of the record date, February 28, 2022. Please see “Questions and Answers on Annual Meeting, Proxy Solicitation and Voting Information” for information on how to attend, vote, review the list of shareholders and submit questions at the annual meeting.

Whether or not you plan to attend the annual meeting virtually, we invite you to vote and submit your proxy prior to the annual meeting by one of the methods described in the proxy materials for the annual meeting. Your vote means that you are represented at the annual meeting, whether or not you attend virtually. Thank you for your continued support of Ingevity.

Cordially,

Berkshire Hathaway appoints Wally Weitz to fill vacant board seat

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March 11 (Reuters) – Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) said on Friday it had named Wally Weitz, the founder of Weitz Investment Management, to join its board of directors following the resignation of Tom Murphy, the former director of Capital Villes/ABC Inc.

The appointment was disclosed in Berkshire’s annual proxy filing ahead of the Omaha, Nebraska-based company’s April 30 annual meeting and will be voted on by shareholders.

Murphy, a longtime friend of Buffett’s, decided last month to step down from Berkshire’s board after a battle with COVID-19.

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This caused Berkshire to no longer comply with New York Stock Exchange rules requiring a majority of board members to be independent.

Weitz, 72, founded his namesake Omaha-based company in 1983. It had about $4.1 billion in assets under management as of December 31.

“Wallace Weitz brings to the board his extensive financial experience as a public company investor and as a public company director,” Berkshire said.

Berkshire’s board would have 15 members after Weitz’s appointment, eight of whom are considered independent.

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Parliament: law authorizing measures to combat Covid-19 extended until 2023

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SINGAPORE – The law allowing authorities to impose Covid-19 control measures, such as a ban on social gatherings, has been extended for a year and is now due to expire on April 8, 2023.

The amendment to Part 7 of the Covid-19 Law (Temporary Measures) will allow the government to remain agile and adaptable to the evolution of the pandemic situation and to deal with possible new variants, the Minister of Health said on Friday. State Health Koh Poh Koon in Parliament (March 11).

“If Covid-19 ceases to be a threat before the end of this year, the regulations can be repealed and Part 7 can be allowed to expire,” he said.

“However, if more variants and waves of infection take hold, Part 7 regulations will continue to be important for the protection of public health.”

The law empowers the government to impose quarantine orders, restrictions on movement or entry to certain locations, bans on certain activities, and caps on group sizes, venue capacity, and hours of operation, among others in order to control the transmission of Covid-19.

Dr Koh said these measures, including vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (VDS), remain necessary for the time being.

“We will take a phased and calibrated approach even as we move towards a greater degree of normalcy in our communities, businesses, workplaces and travels.

On Friday, MPs backed the extension but called for clarity on the way forward and regular reviews of the need for Covid-19 measures.

Mr. Yip Hon Weng (Yio Chu Kang) said that specific indicators could be used to determine whether the measures should be extended. For example, an extension of a certain period of time could be triggered if the number of deaths reaches a particular rate.

“We need more specific goalposts and simplified measurements,” he said. “It’s so that the light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t seem out of reach.”

In response, Dr Koh said authorities were monitoring indicators such as the weekly growth rate of infections and deaths, as well as other metrics such as hospital occupancy and healthcare personnel, but he did not. there is no single set of metrics you can rely on.

“We need to stay nimble and consider all factors in designing any of these restrictions,” he said.

Mr Yip also asked if more could be done to encourage those who are still unvaccinated to get vaccinated, especially if they are not medically exempt.

Dr Koh said the Novavax protein-based vaccine has been approved for use here and is expected to arrive in the coming months.

CenterPoint Energy Announces 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

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The meeting will take place on Friday, April 22 at 9 a.m. CDT

HOUSTON, March 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced that its 2022 annual meeting of shareholders will be held on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. CDT in the CenterPoint Energy Tower Auditorium, 1111 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX. Registered holders of CenterPoint Energy common stock as of the close of business on February 25, 2022 will receive the notice of meeting and will be entitled to vote.

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As the only investor-owned electric and gas utility based in TexasCenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) is an energy distribution company with electric transmission and distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution businesses that serve more than 7 million power customers of counters in IndianaLouisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas. From December 31, 2021the company owned approximately $38 billion in assets. With approximately 9,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

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EskoWorld unveils live event program

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Esko has announced that over 150 sessions, demos and workshops have been held to allow visitors to this year’s EskoWorld event to benefit from all the latest developments that can help businesses meet the challenges they face today. and tomorrow.

With only three months until hundreds of packaging and label converters and brand representatives gather live and in person at the Gaylord Texan Resort near Dallas in Grapevine, TX, the largest technology-focused event for Packaging Professionals has unveiled what it says is its most exciting agenda to date.

“From June 7-9, this year’s EskoWorld event will bring together industry experts for three days, allowing them to learn, share and experience the latest embedded hardware and software technologies,” said Melissa Plemen, Senior Director of inside sales and marketing at Esko. “The industry continues to experience a strong shift towards online shopping, accelerating sustainability concerns and increased attention to food safety and hygiene. That’s why we’ve put together a program packed with workshops and demos specifically to highlight how Esko solutions are able to digitize, automate and connect industry processes to boost operational efficiency, reduce waste and improve print quality as converters pursue their own journey of digital transformation. »

Plemen says the comprehensive program includes everything from software best practices workshops, trend analysis and expert roundtables, to new product familiarization sessions and customer presentations from top brands such as Danone, Alcon and Padagis.

“EskoWorld 2022 is about connecting brands and packaging professionals as we navigate the issues we face today and those looming on the horizon,” says Plemen. “Our dedicated experts will be on hand throughout the event to discuss hot topics such as the best ways to increase ROI with cloud hosting, the importance of accuracy and manageability colors and macro-trends affecting the industry.We will also take a closer look at recent and upcoming innovations with a host of roadmap sessions, panel discussions and presentations highlighting the many ways digital transformation can help drive cohesiveness. , productivity and sustainability, ensuring that this year’s attendees get the most out of EskoWorld.”

The keynote address for this year’s event will be delivered by leading experts from McKinsey, detailing the ‘new normal’ for the packaging value chain. David Feber, a partner who leads McKinsey’s packaging service line and an expert in the packaging industry, will be joined by Daniel Nordigården, a McKinsey partner focused exclusively on the global paper and packaging industry. , to deliver the keynote address of EskoWorld 2022 on Tuesday, June 7.

“David and Daniel will examine how the five major industry trends identified by McKinsey at the start of 2019 were meant to be ‘game changers’ and have evolved further during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Plemen. “The combination of the keynote and our wide selection of sessions ensures that EskoWorld is a surefire way for attendees to get a head start, while providing an invaluable opportunity to meet and share knowledge and experiences. with their colleagues around the world.”

EskoWorld 2022 will take place June 7-9, 2022 at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, near Dallas, Texas, USA. For more information, visit www.eskoworld.com.

Beckley Psytech to Present at the 32nd Annual Oppenheimer Healthcare Lecture

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OXFORD, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Beckley Psytech Limited, a privately held UK company dedicated to treating neurological and psychiatric disorders through the innovative application of psychedelic drugs, today announces that Cosmo Feilding Mellen, Chief Executive Officer, will participate in the 32n/a Annual Oppenheimer Conference on Health Caretaking place virtually from March 15and at 17and2022 and will hold a formal presentation in front of investors.

Company presentation details

● Thursday 17and March 2022, 9:20 a.m. ET / 2:20 p.m. GMT

A Link to the presentation will be available on the Company’s website from 18and March 2022.

The presentation will introduce Beckley Psytech, its target indications, drug pipeline and ongoing clinical trials:

  1. Safety and Tolerability of 5-MeO-DMT Intranasal Formulation – Phase 1 Dose Study, and

  2. Low Dose Psilocybin Phase 1b in SUNHA1

To request a one-on-one meeting with the Beckley Psytech leadership team, please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]

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Beckley Psytech – www.beckleypsytech.com

Beckley Psytech is a private, clinical-stage company dedicated to helping patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders by developing a wide range of psychedelic compounds in rare and more common diseases. Our vision is to integrate clinically validated psychedelic drugs into modern medical practice to help patients with unmet medical needs worldwide, suffering from attacks of short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache (SUNHA), resistant depression to treatment and other deeply debilitating conditions. . Beckley Psytech was founded in 2019 drawing on some of the expertise developed over more than 20 years by the Beckley Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit global leader in psychedelic medicine research, and is based in Oxford. , UK.


1 Attacks of unilateral neuralgic headaches of short duration

Shared Skills Course Labeling Project Gains Momentum

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In 2018, the University Senate adopted Six Shared Competencies, a set of integrative learning goals that apply across the University. The goal is to help students connect what they study in their courses and majors to useful skill sets for future employers and graduate programs. Students can use the skills to track their personal and professional development and tell their own story.

In order to make this process transparent, professors throughout the University add tags to each course. Students will be able to use these tags to work with their advisors and choose courses within their major requirements to support these learning objectives.

“Requests for course labels are pouring in, the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Skills is reviewing them and we are sending out the approvals!” Despite the pandemic, Syracuse University is on track to integrate shared skills into the online course catalog and MySlice course registration beginning in 2023,” says Anne Mosher, Provost Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Geography and Environment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

“Undergraduate faculty at each school and college began this work in the fall 2021 semester to show students the connection between individual coursework and shared skills,” says Mosher. “Course tags are simply labels that indicate that at least 30% of a course’s grade relates to a specific skill. A label means that students will have the chance to practice and get useful feedback on the work related to the skills they are doing in class. »

Course tags at every school and college help students connect the dots between what they’re learning in different classes so they can see how they’re acquiring the skills needed to be successful after graduation, Mosher says.

“All of this makes Shared Skills Course Beacons a key strategy to ensure the University brings transparency to undergraduate teaching that allows each student to navigate their experience and make the most of it,” she says.

Faculty can mark courses with at least one and up to three of the shared competencies.

“We have a responsibility to demonstrate that we provide a learning experience that is worth the time, effort and overall investment that students put into it,” says Maureen Thompson, associate professor of public health at Falk College and member of the Committee. ad hoc of the Senate on shared competences.

William Robert, an associate professor of religion at the College of Arts and Sciences and an early adopter of course markers, agrees.

“We can be more transparent about what we do in class. We don’t just throw a bunch of content at our students. There is a certain set of skills and a set of methodological practices that underpin the way we deliver content,” says Robert. “These shared learning goals help students see what they are learning more concretely in a practical way, so they can connect to the world they live in.”

Although labeling nearly 3,000 courses over a two-and-a-half-year period may seem daunting, the University has provided resources for faculty, including a course labeling toolkit, work sessions in person and on Zoom, a presentation video and professional development. series.

Both Thompson and Robert say that the course labeling process helps them be better teachers and have a clear idea of ​​how to achieve course objectives. Through this process, faculty are exposed to different ways of approaching material and sharing ideas about how to relate what they teach to what students need to learn to achieve their career aspirations.

“Course labeling forced me to articulate in clear, accessible language what I actually do in the course and how I do it. I have to write it down; I think that makes me a better teacher,” says Robert. “When I walk into the classroom, I see exactly how it’s going in the course, based on the particular shared competency, like communication skills or ethics, integrity and commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

Professors who participate in course labeling find that it pays positive dividends for just a little work.

“In my department, we have an evaluation committee that has decided to use a team approach where we pair faculty members with another faculty member who has done the professional development on course labeling . It is a coaching model and provides someone to engage with and help teachers think through issues such as how and when they give feedback to students, how different parts of an assignment fit together. interweave, how they can address hot topics within the structure of the overall course,” says Thompson, who recently received label endorsements for several public health courses.

“Teachers come back after reviewing their programs together and tell us they know their course is better after a structured session by thinking about what their course covers, appropriate markers, and how students can link activities to skills they learn,” says Thompson.

“Other institutions, like Stanford, Harvard, University of North Carolina, have found that integrative learning approaches like the one we take with shared skills help students know what to expect in a course. , to connect what they learn and how they learn throughout their courses, while simultaneously meeting their requirements,” says Mosher.

“As part of the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education scholarship, there is growing evidence that students learn best when they not only know what they are expected to do in a class, but also why they do it,” says Mosher. “It not only helps them better understand their journey through Syracuse, but also allows them to tell their story at Syracuse University in a way that really showcases the skills they’ve learned in their courses, majors, extracurriculars and extracurriculars. This is something that potential employers and graduate schools appreciate.

Thompson says understanding this aspect of shared skills helps boost student engagement.

“In the past, we recommended that public health students take a course in statistics as part of their math class, because our accrediting body wants you to take a course in statistics. Marking this same course as teaching science and research skills opens the door to a discussion of how the foundations of an introductory statistics course will help you interpret data to recommend a health intervention. public or understand the epidemiology,” says Thompson. “It’s not about ticking a box, but about showing how courses can be grouped into building blocks.”

Robert says, “I have a rule in my classes that anyone can raise their hand at any time to ask why we’re doing what we’re doing. Then we stop and we as a class will articulate a response.

“I need to be able to tell students why we are doing the activity, how it relates to other activities, the skill set it develops and how it will help them succeed. Then suddenly what seemed opaque activity becomes clear. Even if they don’t like the reason we’re doing it, they know there is one and can appreciate the method and logic behind it. This helps to make teaching more transparent.

To ensure that a course’s tags will appear in the 2023-2024 Course Catalog and in MySlice for Fall 2023 enrollment, course tag requests must be submitted to the Senate Ad Hoc Committee through the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Evaluation by September 1, 2022. .

Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 1,015 on Wednesday

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Due to the number of vaccinations in our area, we will no longer be updating the COVID-19 hotline.

As of Wednesday, March 9, Virginia had 1,650,281 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The Virginia Department of Health reports a 5.2% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters and a 5.5% 7-day positivity rate for PCR testing.

32 additional deaths were reported on Wednesday, leaving the death toll at 19,098.

For a complete summary of COVID-19 cases and testing in Virginia, you can visit the Virginia Department of Health website and view their COVID-19 Dashboard.

On Sunday 18 April 2021, eligibility for the vaccine was extended to all Commonwealth individuals aged 16 and over.

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, former Governor Northam announced a relaxation of some of the COVID-19 restrictions for social gatherings that began on Saturday, May 15:

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of people allowed in a social gathering will increase to 100 people for indoor settings and 250 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Entertainment places: Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate at 50% capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30% capacity or 500 people. Outdoor sites will be able to operate at 50% capacity – compared to 30% previously – with no specific cap on the number of participants.
  • Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at indoor recreational sporting events will increase from 100 to 250 spectators or 50% of capacity, whichever is lower. Outdoor recreational sporting events will increase from 500 to 1,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is lower.
  • Sale of alcohol: Restaurants can start selling alcohol again after midnight, and dining room closings will no longer be required between midnight and 5 a.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday, May 13, 2021 that vaccinated people are no longer required to wear a mask under most circumstances. On Friday, May 14, 2021, former Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia’s mask mandate would be lifted and capacity and social distancing restrictions would end on May 28.

As of March 9, the Virginia Department of Health has received reports of 1,177,551 confirmed cases and 472,730 probable cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth.

These positive test results are out of a total of 18,659,986 tests administered in Virginia, which included 12,905,270 PCR tests, 323,713 antibody tests and 5,431,003 antigen tests.

At this point, 47,764 Virginians have been hospitalized due to illness caused by the virus and at least 19,130 ​​have died of disease-related causes.

Here is a breakdown of cases for our region as of 10:00 a.m. on March 9.

Shenandoah Central Health District: 66,540 total cases

• Augusta County – 18,821 (+18 since Tuesday)

• County of Bath – 883

• Buena Vista – 1,991

• Harrisonburg – 13,181 (+7 since Tuesday)

• Highland County – 359

• Lexington – 2,825 (+4 from Tuesday)

• Rockbridge County – 3,215 (+1 since Tuesday)

• Rockingham County – 14,395 (+6 since Tuesday)

• Staunton – 5,566 (+12 since Tuesday)

• Waynesboro – 5,287 (+6 since Tuesday)

Total number of tests: 725,769

Lord Fairfax Health District: 53,911 total cases

• Clarke County – 2,601 (+2 since Tuesday)

• Frederick County – 20,384 (+7 since Tuesday)

• County of Page – 5,531 (+3 since Tuesday)

• Shenandoah County – 10,731 (+4 since Tuesday)

• Warren County – 8,419 (+8 since Tuesday)

• Winchester – 6,245

Total North West outbreaks: 993 including 317 in long-term care facilities, 88 in K-12 facilities, 72 in health care facilities, 41 in correctional facilities, 330 in institutions collective, 65 in college/university establishments and 80 in child care establishments.

Note: VDH has changed the way it tracks outbreaks. They are now grouped by regions instead of health districts.

Total number of tests: 491,781

The Virginia Department of Health has launched a data dashboard showing the number of COVID-19 vaccines that have been distributed and administered across the Commonwealth.

According to the data dashboard, as of March 9, 6,959,922 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 6,201,303 people are fully vaccinated.

A total of 18,107,165 doses of vaccine have been distributed across the state.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s online dashboard shows that as of March 9, at least 105,237 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital.

Unlike VDH data which reports cumulative hospitalizations, their hospitalization data reflects people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (whether confirmed or pending cases), and that number is 593.

Here at WHSV we cover Grant County, Hardy County and Pendleton County. The information below is the most recent data from each county’s health department. You can find West Virginia’s COVID-19 dashboard here.

There were 494,030 total cases in West Virginia as of March 9.

Grant County: 3,751 total COVID-19 cases

Hardy County: 4,164 total COVID-19 cases (+3 from Tuesday)

Pendleton County: 1,925 total COVID-19 cases (+1 from Tuesday)

For the latest factual information on COVID-19, we encourage you to check both the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC.

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White ball drifter Jonny Bairstow resets his testing schedule

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What could have been, six long years ago, had Jonny Bairstow didn’t take a long, envious look at England’s white ball reset (because no one was calling it back then), and decided, “you know what, I want a piece of that”.

In January 2016, Bairstow made its first Test Century in Cape Town, riding a wave of emotion in the week-long anniversary of his father’s death to add a remarkable 399-point stand with Ben Stokes on the flattest Newlands Bridge of the decade. For the remainder of that calendar year he was England’s leading Test batter, performing wicket-keeping duties as safety cover as he racked up 1,470 runs at 58.80 – a tally no Englishman other than Joe Root could top.

But even as he did, the sand shifted under the feet of England’s multi-format players. Amid England’s run to the World T20 final in 2016 and their dress rehearsal for the World Cup in the Champions Trophy the following summer, the feeling that something special was unfolding was unmistakable.

And Bairstow, for most of that initial period, was England’s white-ball super-sub, a man kept at arm’s length from the first XI, and almost pressured at times by Eoin Morgan to double his resolve to get into the team – a tactical treat -’em-mean who delivered so many irresistible displays of the white ball – including four centuries in six innings at the start of 2018 – that, as the World Cup final approached, he couldn’t quite simply no longer be left out. The compromise was his place in England’s Test plans.

Fast forward to Sydney in January 2022, and Bairstow was back in that same area of ​​2016 with England’s Lonely Century of an otherwise dismal Ashes tour. It was a campaign he hadn’t even been selected for in the first three games of the series, but once again he channeled his father’s spirit to work his way through the pain of a broken thumb and laying the groundwork. of England’s only non-defeat of the tour.

Now, with that same tight inevitability, he’s made two centuries of consecutive England games (three if you include a slightly fake Coolidge warm-up) and after years of drifting and frustration – including the removal of those beloved gloves , and enough ducks and scapegoats to create a petting zoo – it seems he’s displaced the defiant mindset that defined his now distant year of test mastery.

“I’m very passionate about playing for England and very passionate about Test cricket,” Bairstow said. “I’m absolutely delighted, it’s been a good start to the year and I hope it continues. Obviously I didn’t start in the Ashes but I had my chance and looked to take it. It has been a good preparation and to start this way in this series is fantastic.”

However, it didn’t look so fantastic amid the opening session of the series. Arriving as it did at a grim 48-4, Bairstow’s blow could not have come at a more invaluable moment for an England team in which he is once again treated as a senior player. In the other 8.2 overs until the lunch break, he and Ben Stokes had nine runs before a calculated tempo increase against Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph on the restart.

“It’s something that’s built into the game,” Bairstow said. “You know you can get into some tough places and it’s about staying out there as long as you can and grinding. That’s what we’re doing, we’ll be back tomorrow and grinding again. I have played quite a few test matches now so I’m excited to start the year this way. Hopefully we can start again. Let’s have a good year and see where we are at the end of it.

If England’s much-vaunted ‘red ball reset’ is to have any merit other than being a handy soundbite to buy ECB time while it works out exactly what it wants from Test cricket , then a player attitude reset within the existing -up set is a good place to start.

That’s not to say, however, that Bairstow has had a particularly bad attitude towards Test cricket in recent years. He simply had one priority – fully endorsed by the governing body that pays most of his salary – which was to become the best white ball hitter he could transform into.

If Bairstow had spent the years 2017 to 2021 twiddling his thumbs between Test engagements, then driving with flat feet and losing his poles every other innings through lack of enforcement, then the censorship that got presented to him would have been justifiable. But he did not do it. His technique suffered, in simplistic terms, from his commitment to throwing upside-down drives in the Powerplay to become, arguably, England’s most important ODI striker of all time.

For Jos Buttler is regularly labeled England’s white-ball GOAT – and Buttler has also had a lot more leeway in Test cricket, when his attempts to fill these increasingly polarized formats have fallen on hard times. But when England’s World Cup challenge risked stalling in the group stages, it was Bairstow’s last fight against England’s hundreds in a row, against India and New Zealand in two de facto KO, which energized a campaign that simply wouldn’t have been won without him.

Gratitude might have been a more appropriate response to his efforts – or at the very least a degree of understanding. But that’s not quite how his career has unfolded to date. This is partly due to his sometimes prickly behavior. He memorably put himself in his World Cup zone complaining that the media all wanted England to fail, and saw he’s apparently never better than when fighting to prove a point , maybe there’s merit in endlessly throwing bricks in his direction.

But Bairstow’s struggles to be everything for all formats reveals how futile this so-called reset will be unless there is a commitment from above to reframe the way England teams are selected, coached, managed. and thrown from one format to another without a pause for realignment. His return to the Test squad in the summer of 2021 epitomized chaos – a late night drive to Loughborough after a one hundred game for Welsh Fire, then – a Covid test later – his first red ball net during months, two days away from the Trent Bridge test. He made 29 and 30 on that occasion – performing precisely as well as anyone could have reasonably expected, no more and no less.

Much has been made of the ejection of James Anderson and Stuart Broad for this series, with much of the focus on the bowlers who will now lead the line, including Chris Woakes, whose new ball spell on Wednesday will be one of the most scrutinized of his career as a World Cup winner.

But Bairstow is another whose seniority is no longer hidden in plain sight. Eighty Test caps in ten years – although 49 of them as a wicket-keeper, seven as a No. 3 specialist, and the rest as something neither quite here nor there – have not more like such a small beer when the guy with 169 caps in 19 is taken out of the equation.

“I hit everywhere, didn’t I?” Bairstow added. “Hopefully it’s about getting a series of matches in one position. I think there was a period of hitting 14 or 15 different positions in 18 or 20 hits at a time. That’s is good to establish yourself in a role.”

The chance to do just that is precisely what Bairstow was denied for the early years of his career. You sense that the stubborn part of him wouldn’t want it any other way. Because at the age of 32, there is another glove laid before him. For him, as for England, this could be his cue to reclaim the standards he mislaid during that wild white-ball run.

Industry Leaders Celebrated by Broadband Forum at First Quarter Annual Meeting

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FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Broadband Forum recognized and honored a number of key industry players with a host of awards at its first quarter annual meeting this week.

The Broadband Forum awarded its Distinguished Fellow Award to John Blackford of CommScope. Appointed chairman of the Broadband Forum in 2020, Blackford has made integral contributions for nearly two decades. He initiated landmark projects such as the TR-069 protocol and led the specification and development of the User Services Platform (USP) in the Broadband User Services (BUS) and Agent work area. Open Broadband-USP (OB-USP-Agent) Project.

“I am grateful to receive this recognition from the Broadband Forum for all of my contributions,” said Blackford, who is director of product management within CommScope’s Home Networking business segment. “The work of the Broadband Forum is critical to the development of open industry standards and an accelerated broadband ecosystem globally. I am proud to be an active participant as the Broadband Forum continues to drive innovation and growth within the industry.

The Distinguished Fellow award is given to individuals who have demonstrated dedicated service and leadership in advancing the broadband networking industry and whose vision continues to inspire the growth of the industry . Blackford’s leadership, innovation and contribution since its first participation in 2004 has had an exemplary and lasting impact on the Forum and the broadband community.

The first quarter meeting follows another successful year for the Broadband Forum, which celebrated a record ten years of membership, with 178 members involved in setting industry standards to strengthen deployments of the broadband worldwide.

Ericsson’s Dave Allan received the Special Recognition Award for his profound impact not only on technology and architecture, but on the industry as a whole. Distinguished Fellow since 2010, Allan has an extraordinary history of accomplishments with the Broadband Forum, as a technical contributor and ambassador in addition to his formal leadership roles. Over more than two decades, Allan’s contributions, innovation and leadership have taken the broadband industry from its beginnings with ATM in the mid-1990s, via Ethernet and MPLS to its convergence today with mobile networks through all the improvements and changes in between.

“One of the great pleasures of my career has been working with the Broadband Forum community. As a group, we’ve been successful in producing work that has an impact on the industry and we’ve always found ways to enjoy the journey wherever it takes us,” Allan said.

In recognition of their continued excellence in advancing the mission of the Broadband Forum, the Circle of Excellence Award was presented to Greg Mirsky, of Ericsson, Rosaria Persico, of TIM, Richard Holme, of CommScope, and Peter Thompson , from Predictable Network Solutions (PNSol).

In addition to his dedicated leadership of the Performance, Experience, and Application Testing (PEAT) project stream, Mirsky has made key contributions to notable initiatives such as TR-390 Issue 2, TR-459, TR-471 number 2 and TR-304.

Persico was honored for her dedication to driving significant work items in the Wireless Wired Convergence (WWC) and Access and Transport Architecture (ATA) work areas for a number of years. years.

Critical to the global adoption of the Broadband Forum USP, Holme received the award for his initiative and dedication to the continued maintenance of the OB-USP-Agent project.

Thompson was praised for his instrumental leadership throughout the Broadband Quality Experience Delivered (QED) project, which standardizes improvements to the overall broadband experience and the management of network latency, consistency and reliability.

Also among the awards was the Leadership Award, which was presented to three industry notables who have led the work of the Broadband Forum in various positions. Barbara Stark, of AT&T, served as work area leader and board member, known for her distinguished work on the globally deployed TR-069 standard and USP. David Allan for more than two decades of leadership in several areas of work and George Dobrowski, recipient of the Distinguished Fellow award in 2014, for his continued leadership on the Technical Committee and the Board of Directors.

“Receiving this accolade alongside Barbara and Dave is fantastic, and I’m confident the Broadband Forum will continue to drive innovation in the industry for years to come,” said Dobrowski. “After two unprecedented years due to the pandemic, it is more important than ever to step back and celebrate the accomplishments of these hard-working individuals who are helping to shape the future of the broadband ecosystem.”

The Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to individuals who have played a critical role in driving contributions, innovation and enhancement to the work of the Broadband Forum. The awards were presented to Al Morton of AT&T; Antonio Marchetta of Net Reply; Fabio Giudici, of Outsys; Ludwig Pauwels of Nokia; Thales Fragoso, of Axiros; and Venkatesh Padebettu, from Juniper.

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Broadband Forum is an open, not-for-profit industry organization comprised of the industry’s leading broadband operators, vendors, thought leaders who shape the future of broadband, and observers who closely follow our progress. His work to date has been the foundation of global broadband proliferation and innovation. For example, the Forum’s flagship TR-069 CPE WAN management protocol has nearly a billion installations worldwide.

Broadband Forum projects cover 5G, connected home, cloud and access. Its working groups collaborate to define best practices for global networks, enable the delivery of new revenue-generating services and content, establish technology migration strategies, and design tools for managing critical devices, services, and development in the world. home and business IP network infrastructure. We develop multi-service broadband packet network specifications addressing architecture, device and service management, software data models, interoperability and certification in the broadband market.

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‘I’m really heartbroken’: Community Mercy on racist graffiti

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School principal Marty Killbridge said students and parents were quickly made aware of the situation.

“Because of the seriousness of the situation and the seriousness we take in reporting it, offering support to our students. So this was our first step. We have engaged Brighton Police who are investigating this hate crime” , Killbridge said.

The graffiti was found by a student around 7:45 a.m. Monday and may have been written in the bathroom stall on either Friday after school or Saturday. School diversity officer Linda Dickey said students had a lot of mixed feelings. Our Lady of Mercy has an 18% black, Asian, Hispanic, or Native American student population.

“It’s a hurtful message,” Dickey said. “It’s a very hurtful message. Students of color and their parents of course have concerns, but they’re working on it.”

The community as a whole is also suffering.

“We have administrators, faculty and staff who are deeply disturbed by this because we need to come together,” Killbridge said. “Like I said, we’re a loving community. We’d rather uplift people than tear them down, so we want to make sure that in this process we’re supporting everyone.”

Killbridge told us that if a student is found responsible for the hate message, that student risks everything from detention to expulsion. Right now it’s about going through the healing process.

“We’re meeting with the students this week. We’re going to have several school-wide assemblies, and we’re also going to have a town hall with parents. We’re working on what that will look like because parents need to know that this It’s a safe place,” Dickey said.

Jacqueline Napier graduated in 2017. She emailed us saying: “I am appalled and deeply saddened by this horrific hate crime. My parents were proud to send me to Our Lady of Mercy because students learn to unequivocally embrace diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. These inhuman actions do not represent the values ​​of Our Lady of Mercy.”

The police and headteachers would like to hear from you if you have any information that could help in the arrest of the person responsible for the racist graffiti.

5 Wayne County schools report COVID outbreaks, March 7 report from Michigan finds

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Michigan health officials identified seven new COVID-19 outbreaks associated with K-12 schools last week, all located in Wayne County.

A total of 36 students and staff have been infected between the seven outbreaks, according to the Weekly Outbreak Report released Monday, March 7, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Another 22 new outbreaks were linked to long-term care facilities.

Additionally, the state noted 535 ongoing outbreaks Monday, in which at least one new case was reported in the past two weeks. The total number of known active households (564) is down 32.2% from a week ago, when there were 832.

Among the school outbreaks, the largest involved 18 students and staff at Edison Elementary in Detroit. The rest of the school outbreaks were reported in Detroit, Canton Township and Plymouth.

A COVID outbreak is defined by the state health department as three or more cases with a link by location and time indicating shared exposure outside of a household.

Below is an online database that allows readers to search for outbreak data by school name or by city or county. The number of people infected is a cumulative total since the initial outbreak. (Note: Washtenaw County only reports running totals for the last 28 days.)

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Below is an interactive map showing the new and ongoing outbreaks listed in Monday’s report. You can hover your cursor over a point to see the underlying data.

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The state’s weekly outbreak reports no longer include data on manufacturing and construction sites, retail, bars and restaurants, universities and colleges, social gatherings, offices, camps. migrants, indoor and outdoor community events, personal services and religious services.

Monday’s report did not include any new outbreaks identified in child care programs, jails, jails, detention centers, shelters or health care facilities.

Outbreak data for K-12 schools includes only cases of people or staff becoming infected at school or during school-related activities. Those who caught the virus outside of school are not included.

For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here.

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Agenda for Change: Making the Most of Australia’s Free Trade Agreements

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As each federal election approaches, ASPI examines the major challenges facing Australia and what is needed to address them. Agenda for change 2022: shaping a different future for our nation, published on February 2, aims to promote public debate and understanding on issues of strategic importance to Australia. The report’s key message is that we need to embrace uncertainty, tackle complexity and break down silos. Our economic prosperity, our national resilience and our security depend on it.

The creatively titled chapter by ASPI Principal Investigator David Uren in 2022 Change Agenda“Free Trade Partners: Where the hell are you?” highlights Australia’s need to make the most of its free trade agreements.

Over the past 10 years, Uren says, Australia has focused its trade attention on China in a “one-horse race”, and it’s time for the government to introduce “some competition by working with our wider network of free trade and security partners”.

Uren points out that our cumulative trade with China over the past decade has increased by 150%, compared to a “paltry” increase of 23% elsewhere. He says the story is similar on the import side: “Sales from China to Australia are up 110%,” while the rest of our purchases are up just 14%.

These results stand in stark contrast to “the huge expansion of Australia’s network of bilateral and regional preferential trade agreements” over the past decade.

Australia’s share of trade with its main trading partner is high compared to other comparable economies, but not exceptionally. What is unique for Australia is that the government of its largest market has ordered punitive trade measures in an attempt to force changes in Australian government policy.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Australia experienced firsthand the uncertainty and fragility created by the fracturing of our supply chains as we found ourselves at the end of the trade queue while that our trading partners prioritized their trade agreements.

Uren reminds us that “Economics 101 teaches that the purpose of an economy is to improve consumer welfare or raise the standard of living. Exports are not an end in themselves but a means of financing imports.

He also notes: “China is not buying goods that Australia was selling to the United States because they are cheaper or better value, but because the Chinese government has banned purchases in Australia and that the US government has demanded Chinese purchases from the US It is a world of controlled trade that can only hurt the interests of a medium-sized economy like Australia.

Australia’s standard approach to boosting trade is to organize trade missions and delegations where relevant ministers and business leaders travel overseas to encourage other countries to buy our products. Uren says the focus should be on our bilateral trading partners and we should meet them here.

He also suggests that Austrade’s mandate be broadened to include ‘the promotion of Australia as an import destination, as well as just supporting exports’. The legislation establishing Austrade does not refer to imports, so expanding Austrade’s role would require amendments to the relevant legislation.

The Australian government’s significant effort to develop bilateral trade agreements with India and the UK is acknowledged by Uren, but he says more is needed. “Australia should do more to integrate its security and economic policy” and we should leverage more of the Quad and AUKUS partnerships.

Uren suggests that ASEAN trading partners, including Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, offer a new opportunity to improve and diversify trade. The catch is that ‘success will likely hinge on Australia accepting limited breakthroughs for our agricultural exports’.

He notes that the use of a bilateral agreement by the United States “to take over the export markets of a key ally is an example of what happens when the world’s most powerful nations move away. World Trade Organization trade rules” and “manage their trade through the exercise of their power”. In response, the Australian Prime Minister must conduct “coordinated trade diplomacy” with our security partners.

Uren’s conclusion is that Australia must “defend the governance of global trade under agreed rules and highlight the damage done when big nations dictate their own terms of trade”.

CERAWEEK energy conference returns to Houston as Ukraine conflict sends market boiling

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March 6 (Reuters) – The world’s largest gathering of energy industry executives returns to Houston this week as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sends an oil shock to the global economy and leaders in difficulty are facing growing criticism for the industry’s role in climate change.

Global oil prices rose to levels not seen in a decade at more than $115 a barrel as the disruption of crude and fuel exports from Russia left the world short of supplies. Gasoline prices have also reached record highs, leading to a combined rise in energy costs that is slowing economic growth.

“We meet not only at a time of political turbulence, but also of turbulence in energy markets – extreme turbulence of a kind rarely seen,” said Daniel Yergin, author and vice president of S&P Global, who presents the conference.

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The United States and its allies imposed heavy sanctions on Russia. While these efforts have not specifically targeted Russian oil and gas, Russian oil companies are struggling to sell barrels as self-sanctioning buyers to avoid unwittingly falling under existing sanctions or future.

“The idea was not to sanction oil and gas because of their essential nature, but oil is sanctioned by private actors who do not want to take it back or by ports which do not want to receive it and more that lasts, the more the supply chains will become distorted,” Yergin said.

This has exacerbated already tight supplies, adding pressure on oil producers to increase production as global demand surges above pre-pandemic levels. However, after cutting spending and production at the height of the COVID outbreak, the industry has been unable to keep up with consumption growth.

OPEC+ producers, meanwhile, have consistently fallen short of their targets for increased supply, and the number of US oil rigs in operation, though growing, is still 24% lower. to what it was before the pandemic. Read more

Leaders weigh the need for more oil in the short term with the pressure they face to pump less in the long term as the economy shifts away from fossil fuels.

This year’s CERAWeek is expected to draw more than 45,000 attendees and feature plenty of energy transition presentations, including a kick-off discussion on Monday with US climate czar John Kerry.

CERAWeek was canceled in 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic exploded, and last year’s event was held virtually at a time when demand for oil and gas was beginning to rebound in earnest from lockdowns and bans. to travel that were dominating 2020. At the time, top executives, including the CEOs of Shell and BP, suggested peak oil demand might have been reached.

Instead, consumption increased. Energy security will once again be on the agenda of CERAWeek.

“The world will continue to demand more energy, not less. And the question is whether that energy comes from the United States or from hostile regimes like Russia,” said Frank Macchiarola, senior vice president of political affairs, economics and regulatory industry group the American Petroleum Institute.

The United States and its European partners are considering banning imports of Russian oil, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday, but stressed the importance of maintaining stable oil supplies globally. Read more

Proponents of greater use of renewables say further investment in fossil fuels will only increase the world’s dependence on oil and gas at a time when the climate continues to warm – and Russia’s actions make the transition to cleaner fuels more desirable.

High oil and gas prices should encourage fuel demand destruction and make renewables and battery-powered cars more competitive — although $100 oil isn’t necessarily good for the transition. Read more

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States hit $4,009 on Sunday, according to AAA, an auto association, which is the highest since July 2008. Consumers are paying 40 cents more than a week ago , and 57 cents more than one a month ago. Read more

“These prices will affect the way people operate,” Yergin said. “It can make people more interested in electric cars.”

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UW returns $5 million to donor after disagreement over professor’s views on Israel

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The University of Washington returned $5 million to a donor unhappy with the views expressed by the president of its Israel Studies program, whose position and other aspects of the program were largely funded by the donation.

The rare action, tapping into emotional divisions between Jews and society at large over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, drew criticism from scholars across the country and beyond. Nearly 1,000 on Thursday signed an open letter accusing UW of infringing on academic freedom — though the university says that’s exactly what it was trying to protect in late January by returning the endowment to the longtime philanthropist Becky Benaroya.

His decision revealed the ambiguity of the relationship between donors and universities, which are increasingly dependent on philanthropy. UW has an endowment fund worth nearly $5 billion as of last June, according to its 2021 financial report.

“Does this mean that each endowment is essentially vulnerable to the ideological preferences of the donor? asked Eva Cherniavsky, president of the UW chapter of the American Association of University Teachers, who this week wrote her own letter of protest to university president Ana Mari Cauce.

The university is committed to continuing to support the Israel Studies program and its president, Liora Halperin. According to a statement, nearly $6 million remains in an endowment for the program due to interest on Benaroya’s donation, $2.5 million donated by the university and other investments. UW spokesman Victor Balta said the university has committed to $20,000 a year in additional money over three years and plans to add more money to compensate for much or all that was lost.

Still, questions remain, not least of Halperin herself.

“The university has publicly declared that I will be cured,” she wrote in a statement to the Seattle Times. “I am happy with this commitment. However, the university has yet to deliver on that promise, or explain exactly how and when it will. She called the program “in jeopardy”.

The controversy has pained many faculty and support community members associated with the prominent Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, of which the program is a part.

“It’s time to reset and rebuild,” wrote Mika Ahuvia, who takes over as director of the center in July, in an email last week to his Jewish studies colleagues. “Which bridges have been burned and with which do we still have hope of repair?” she also asked.

In May last year, Halperin was among dozens of Israel and Jewish studies professors who signed a statement criticizing Israel as it launched heavy airstrikes on Gaza in retaliation for Hamas rockets fired at Israel. The statement sympathizes with the pain and loss of loved ones on both sides, and denounces anti-Semitism as well as Islamophobia. He also referred to the Zionist movement as shaped by “colonial settler paradigms” that led to “Jewish supremacy, emotional segregation, discrimination and violence against Palestinians…”

Devin Naar, head of UW’s Sephardic Studies program, also signed the statement. Naar, “within Seattle’s Sephardi community, was treated like a god,” said Sonny Gorasht, echoing remarks he made to The Cholent, a Seattle Jewish newsletter that first wrote about Controversy. Naar’s signing was “a total slap in the face” to supporters who assumed his views on Israel were the same as theirs, according to Gorasht, a former chairman of the center’s advisory board.

Still, some community members focused on the Israel Studies program and Halperin, who held an endowed chair in Benaroya’s name. Gorasht said he and others understood the intention of the program, created in 2016 with the philanthropist’s donation, to portray Israel in a more positive light. On campus, support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement was often heard.

Those who wanted a positive opinion were not only irritated by Halperin’s signature on the statement, but by his use of the term “Israel/Palestine” in the description of the courses. Gorasht calls it a code “which suggests that Israel has no right to exist”.

Halperin said she didn’t use the term that way, but rather to reflect “the land’s layered political history and its status as an object of the aspirations of multiple groups.”

His use of the term shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Before joining UW in 2017, Halperin was an endowed professor of Israeli-Palestinian studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Still, some community members felt cheated, according to Emily Alhadeff, who wrote the Ccholent article and manages the newsletter.

Benaroya, 99 and still very active, according to her son Larry Benaroya, could not be reached. “My mum wishes this never became public and doesn’t want to continue or add to the story,” he said via email.

“If there was a misfit, it was around something I only learned about after I accepted the college offer and started work,” Halperin said in her statement, adding that she had “held the highest academic standards”. David Myers, who supervised Halperin’s dissertation at UCLA, where he holds the Kahn Professorship of Jewish History, said she was well-regarded in the field, known for her work on the cultural life of Jews .

Balta, the UW spokesperson, referred to the written agreement with Benaroya when asked about the intention to create the Israel Studies program. The nine-page document says the endowed chair will disseminate “knowledge about Jews and Judaism as well as modern Israel” and build relationships with Israeli institutions and faculties. It does not specify a positive outlook.

He clarifies, as Balta pointed out, that the deal can be changed by mutual consent of the UW and Benaroya.

“Ms. Benaroya initially requested that the endowment agreement be amended in several ways, including to prohibit the incumbent from making political statements or signing agreements deemed hostile to Israel,” the university statement read. “UW would not agree to these amendments. The return of the original $5 million gift was, in UW’s view, the best way to protect academic freedom, to clarify that endowment agreements cannot in any way to limit academic freedom, and to keep the program free from outside influence and pressure to adopt any specific positions.

Halperin sees it differently. “By making the almost unprecedented choice to return endowment money – in the absence of any contractual obligation to do so – UW has sent an ominous message about the potential professional and material consequences of engaging in political speech. principled,” she said.

She also noted the influence of StandWithUs, a national pro-Israel group. Randy Kessler, executive director of the North West chapter, acknowledged attending a meeting with Benaroya, Halperin and university officials. He said he could not confirm that Benaroya gave the returned $5 million to his organization, as reported by The Cholent.

“Ms. Benaroya brought advisors into the discussion, but no one at the meeting was introduced as representing an organization,” Balta said via email, when asked about Kessler and StandWithUs. “These conversations were made from good faith and, in hindsight, we would not have allowed this individual to attend the meeting had we known he would be soliciting Ms. Benaroya.”

The return of Benaroya’s money means Halperin will no longer hold the endowed pulpit in his name. UW, however, says reports that Halperin was stripped of a chair are incorrect. She will occupy a new chair of Jewish studies.

Halperin says he wasn’t told that at first. “At this time,” she said on Friday, “I have not yet been officially offered a new, equivalently endowed chair or clarified whether the Israel Studies program will continue to operate at its previous levels and with what funds. “.

That remains to be determined, Balta said. Minus Benaroya’s money, the difference in endowment amounts to about $180,000 a year, he calculated. In addition to Halperin’s salary, program funding is dedicated to research, conferences, and student support.

In addition to determining funding, the university is working on new language for donor agreements in an effort to avoid similar situations in the future, Balta said, adding that the language will clearly indicate the university’s commitment. university in favor of academic freedom.

This can, however, face headwinds. In an article about the UW controversy, Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, wrote that donors have every right to “put strings on their donations” and “demand their money back if they think a university is failing.” fulfill the intention of their endowment”. .”

For AAUP’s Cherniavsky, this amounts to donor scrutiny of academic work. Donors must either relinquish control, she said, or recognize that “private research funding is a terrible model.”

The first two years | News, Sports, Jobs

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-Submitted graphic This rendering shows what the new strip mall under construction at Corridor Plaza in Fort Dodge will look like. It will be on the east side of the property, near South 29th Street. Teriyaki Madness and Clean Laundry are the first businesses set to move into the mall when it is completed later this year.

Editor’s note: Business leaders and local officials involved in the redevelopment of the Crossroads Mall into Corridor Plaza will feature the latest information on the project in a series of occasional articles that will appear in The Messenger. This is the first of these stories.

In March 2020, Crossroads Plaza Development LLC purchased the former Crossroads Mall property for $3.3 million. A few days later, COVID-19 forced malls to close.

“Hindsight is always 20/20,” said BJ Stokesbary, spokesperson for the Corridor Plaza redevelopment team. “But even with the hurdles we’ve faced over the past two years, we wouldn’t change the decision to start this mall redevelopment journey into a new era of retail and community space where people come shopping, dining and playing. ”

November 2019

The Messenger published an article titled “New future envisioned”one of the first announcements of the offer to purchase the mall property from former owners, Namdar Realty Group, Mason Asset Management and CH Capital, all of Great Neck, New York.

Demolition of the former Sears store, which opened in 1964 and closed in 2015, began days later and was completely razed by the end of the month.

January 2020

The Fort Dodge City Council has approved a development agreement with Crossroads Plaza Development, LLC. Funding of $18.2 million is committed to the project through Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

What is Tax Increment Financing (TIF)?

TIF helps cities and counties fund public improvement projects or provide economic development grants or loans to private entities. Funds secured through the TIF must be used within the specific designated area and cannot be used for general city or county operations.

TIF funds, in simplified terms, come from increased property tax revenue created in the TIF area. This does not diminish the existing tax base, and once the TIF period is over, the “New” base will go to the normal taxing bodies.

Mayor Matt Bemrich noted in the November 2019 article, “To me, this is absolutely the perfect pitch to show how TIF is meant to be used.”

March 2020

The $3.3 million purchase of the former Crossroads Mall closes Friday, March 13, 2020. Four days later, Governor Kim Reynolds limits social gatherings to 10 or fewer and temporarily closes many businesses, including restaurants. bars, restaurants and casinos. Less than three weeks later, the closures extend to libraries, bowling alleys and shopping malls.

“We really didn’t know what to expect at the time,” said Stokesbary. “I think we all thought it would be over in a few weeks. It certainly caused some uncertainty.

June 2020

The Fort Dodge Plan and Zoning Commission unanimously proposes a zoning change to allow for a multiple-use site.

August 2020

The zoning change goes before the city council and is approved without debate.

October 2020

Demolition begins on the former JC Penney store.

December 2020

The announcement is made that 60,000 square feet of the mall will be redeveloped into a strip mall instead of being demolished.

“At the time, we were faced with what seemed like an endless increase in new construction costs,” said Stokesbary. “That’s when we went back to the drawing board and said, ‘how can we make this affordable for tenants?’ Brick-and-mortar retail was facing nearly three-quarters of a pandemic at this point. We made tough decisions and unfortunately lost tenants who had been part of the mall for decades. 2020 has been a roller coaster, that’s for sure.

January 2021

In another effort to keep retailers in town, a business relocation proposal is drawn up.

February 2021

The Fort Dodge City Council approves support for an application to be submitted for the Iowa District Reinvestment Program, seeking $18 million in state funding for the Corridor Plaza project.

March 2021

The forgivable loan program is approved by the city council for businesses that leave the mall and relocate to Fort Dodge. The council has set aside $150,000 for the program. Forgivable loan criteria include reopening within one year of moving. Half of the loan must be canceled on the first anniversary of the reopening and the second half on the second anniversary.

According to Vickie Reeck, director of community and economic development for the town, “Six former mall tenants took advantage of the city’s relocation assistance program. Each business was eligible for up to $10,000 to help defray the costs of moving and opening their business in a new location.

April 2021

Fort Dodge receives notice that the city’s request for the Iowa Reinvestment District for $18 million in state funding has been advanced for final review. Of the 10 applications submitted, six proceed to the next stage, which includes an in-person interview with Iowa Economic Development Authority staff and selection committee.

June 2021

A ribbon cutting officially opens the new sections of South 27th Street and Second Avenue South.

Fort Dodge is announced as one of six applicants to receive bridge funding under Iowa’s District Reinvestment Program.

“Receiving $17 million of the $18 million we requested means we received the highest allocation percentage of any project considered,” said Stokesbary.

Bemrich said, “We’ve seen our retail environment evolve and we’re working to adapt to it, and I think the plan we came up with has been recognized at the state level today.”

July 2021

UnityPoint Express Clinic opened as a walk-in clinic. Leah Glasgo, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge said: “It is a great honor and privilege to be part of the growth of our community. We know how important it is to us to be part of the economic engine of Fort Dodge and so we are honored to be here and to be the first location to open in Corridor Plaza.

September 2021

Discount Tire opens along Fifth Avenue South.

November 2021

Two new tenants that will open in 2022 are announced – Teriyaki Madness and Clean Laundry.

The restaurant offers teriyaki dishes made to order with high quality ingredients like all-natural marinated chicken, steak, salmon or tofu with sautéed vegetables and steamed white, brown or fried rice or Yakisoba noodles . The restaurant will offer in-store dining as well as curbside delivery or pickup through its mobile app.

Dining options are also available with Teriyaki bars – including your choice of one protein, two bases, and sautéed vegetables. Bowls and a la carte dishes are also available.

Clean Laundry has laundromats across the United States, including five locations in Iowa – Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Iowa City, Ottumwa and Waterloo – the company’s headquarters.

The chain now has 31 locations, with 10 more under lease like Fort Dodge.

“We will be hiring a manager closer to opening, as well as five to seven employees,” said Phil Akin, owner of Clean Laundry.

The space will utilize brand new, state-of-the-art touchscreen laundry equipment made in the USA. The machines will work with debit cards, credit cards or phone payments, allowing customers to see which machines are available from anywhere on their mobile device. The stores will also feature “clean hospital” facilities with charging stations for guest devices, vending equipment and free Wi-Fi.

“Fort Dodge is a retail center for North Central and Northwestern Iowa”, said Chad Schaeffer, the city’s director of development. “For us to continue to be the mall, it’s so important to redevelop this site.”

2022

“It has been a series of roadblocks and triumphs,” said Stokesbary. “We are pleased to see successful moves for retailers like Riddle’s Jewelry, Sears Hometown, The Buckle and others. We hate to see some retailers leaving our market. Ultimately, this project is a long-term investment at Fort Dodge, and we know the best is yet to come.


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Biden highlights health priorities in ‘unity agenda’ during first State of the Union

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In his first State of the Union Address on March 1, President Joe Biden discussed several health care and research priorities, including the administration’s current COVID-19 response efforts and a four-pronged “unity agenda” of bipartisan health priorities.

In the unity agenda, Biden highlighted what he described as a personal priority to “end cancer as we know it” through the continued efforts of the recently relaunched Cancer Moonshot Initiative. [refer to Washington Highlights, Feb. 4]. On February 25, the AAMC joined nearly 100 organizations in a letter to Congressional Leaders Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris sharing their support for the revived initiative and urging bipartisan support to fund the research infrastructure needed to achieve this goal.

In his speech, the president also urged Congress to pass legislation to fund his proposed Advanced Health Research Projects Agency to advance the administration’s Moonshot Goals of lowering the cancer death rate. by at least 50% over the next 25 years, in addition to accelerating progress. against Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other health threats.

Biden’s unity agenda also aims to address addiction and the overdose epidemic through increased investments in prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery programs, as well as the elimination of the requirement for providers to receive a waiver before prescribing buprenorphine. In 2021, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate introduced the Addictions Treatment Integration Act of 2021. (HR 1384, S.445) to eliminate the waiver requirement.

The agenda also aims to tackling the country’s mental health crisis. This includes proposals to increase the capacity, diversity and cultural competency of the existing behavioral health workforce, expand access to mental health support through telehealth, invest in researching new treatment models and supporting clinician wellness by signing the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act into law [refer to Washington Highlights, Feb. 25].

The fourth goal of Biden’s unity agenda aims to improve the health of veterans, including policies to support veterans after military environmental exposures, such as fire pits, through research, training of providers, and improving health benefits through the Department of Veterans. The House of Representatives then passed the related Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2021 (HR 3967) by a bipartite vote of 256-174 the 3 of March.

Biden also reflected on the future of the COVID-19 response, announcing a “test to treat” program in which pharmacies will be able to provide antiviral treatments to patients on the spot after a positive COVID-19 test. He added that vaccines against future variants of concern would be delivered within 100 days of their emergence.

In his remarks, the president also announced his intention to seek additional support from Congress to fund treatments, vaccines, rapid tests and masks. On March 2, the Office of Management and Budget formally forwarded the administration’s request for $22.5 billion in additional emergency COVID-19 funding, to be included in the omnibus spending bill lawmakers are negotiating to fund the federal government in fiscal year 2022.

In addition, the White House issued a new national COVID-19 preparedness plan on March 2, providing additional details on four overarching goals the administration is setting “as we move America out of crisis into a time when COVID-19 is not disrupting our daily lives and is something we prevent, protect and treat”.

The speech also mentioned in the speech the president’s recommendations to permanently extend the U.S. bailout enhanced health insurance subsidies to help people save money on health care premiums and make continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, as well as including investments in community violence response. programs.

Biden also highlighted the nation’s previous investment of 2% of gross domestic product in research and development and urged Congress to recommit to domestic science and manufacturing by finalizing the “Bipartisan Innovation Act,” also known as the US Innovation and Competition Act passed by the Senate. and the America COMPETES Act passed by the House [refer to Washington Highlights, Feb. 4]. Leaders of both chambers previously pledged to confer the two bills to send a compromise package to Biden’s office, with further work expected in the coming weeks.

MEETINGS 2022 marks a new era for business events in New Zealand

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BEIA Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins said this year promises to be a pivotal year for the 26th MEETINGS exhibition and marks the start of a new era for business events in New Zealand.

A new host city, brand new venue and host of new exhibitors will be unveiled at Business Events Industry MEETINGS of Aotearoa 2022 June 15 and 16 in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

CEO of BEIA, Lisa Hopkins says this promises to be a pivotal year for the 26th MEETINGS exhibition and marks the start of a new era for business events in New Zealand.

Heading to New Zealand’s first next-generation gathering place, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Center will be a highlight. As part of New Zealand’s strategy to reconnect to the world, we will be showing off all we have to offer in our beautiful, friendly and safe destination.,” she says.

We are delighted to see so many Australian hosted buyers registering for the opportunity to experience our regions before attending MEETINGS. From June 11-13, they can choose to dive in 10 different regions, including host city Bay, Marlborough, Dunedin or Queenstown hosted by local convention offices.

“We also want our hosted buyers to stay after MEETINGS and experience more. In partnership with Air New Zealand, we offer them the possibility of extending their stay to discover 18 regions at their leisure. Through Air New Zealand we can offer date flexibility with Trans-Tasman travel to help with this expansion.

“With many of our more than 150 exhibitors at MEETINGS for the first time, the show will be buzzing with activity and creative energy from across New Zealand.

“Our exhibitors tell us that MEETINGS will be the most important opportunity for them to connect with a group of highly engaged buyers and sign new business for the coming year,” Lisa Hopkins said.

New to MEETINGS are many South Island gems, including the Marlborough area’s five-star lodge, Bay of Many Coves, in Queen Charlotte Sound. This private sanctuary is one of New Zealand’s most desirable locations for corporate retreats and exclusive incentives.

In the heart of neighboring wine country, Marlborough Events Center is a versatile space that can accommodate a myriad of groups and requirements. General manager, Karyn Delves states that MEETINGS 2022 gives them the opportunity to engage in their key market.

In partnership with our regional Business Events Marlborough team, at MEETINGS we will demonstrate cooperation and commitment to providing customers with the best possible experience when bringing their employees to our wonderful region.,” she says.

After attending MEETINGS last year as buyers, new exhibitor QT Event Collective’s team of event management specialists quickly identified the high caliber of attendees drawn to the two-day program.

QT Event Collective Managing Director Sarah Dunan-Hale says MEETINGS is New Zealand’s premier business event gathering, and it makes sense to be involved at this level.

Not only is the BEIA team an incredible support for members, but their ability to improve MEETINGS year after year is what convinced us to invest in this opportunity.

“In addition to the many networking opportunities with other regions, suppliers and like-minded businesses, coming from Queenstown, it’s great for us to discover and engage with the host region and event venues for new inspiration for the year ahead“, Sarah Dunan Hale said.

Police called to Sewickley Academy after students and parents raise concerns about inclusivity – CBS Pittsburgh

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EDGEWORTH, Pa. (KDKA) — There have been issues for months over inclusivity at Sewickley Academy.

Since the summer, several administrators and faculty at Sewickley Academy have been made redundant. It reached a tipping point on Thursday when police were called to the school in response to pupils and parents who raised concerns.

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The students were not satisfied and several started a petition to address their concerns. According to parents at Sewickley Academy, students were called to a full high school meeting on Thursday to respond to the petition.

Headteachers said some students felt compelled to sign the petition. KDKA was told that the organizers and some allies then went to speak with the head of the high school about the concerns.

“I was really proud of them. It was very brave of them,” mother Lisa Wren said.

Wren went to support her daughter, as did Mark Cox and his wife. They said the meeting ended with the headteacher leaving.

“All of the students felt like they had been abandoned and not listened to,” Cox said.

The group said they then went to take the petition to Dr Ashley Birtwell, the schools principal. By this point, more students and at least one faculty member had joined.

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“It was a peaceful effort to deliver a petition to him for the care of their classmates,” Wren said.

When Dr. Birtwell was unavailable, Cox and Wren said the schools’ deputy principal, Ken Goleski, confronted the group, called the police and fired a faculty member on the spot.

“For the police to escort me off campus where my children have been for over 10 years is just surreal. It’s completely out of place,” Cox said. “It didn’t have to end like this.”

However, the school said in a message to parents: “Unfortunately there was a situation today which required contacting local authorities to ensure everyone’s safety. Authorities have since left campus as the situation has been resolved.

“What a complete misrepresentation of the facts,” Cox said.

There is now a strike scheduled for Friday morning in front of the school.

Sewickley Academy sent this response to KDKA-TV on Thursday evening.

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“Know that at Sewickley Academy we have always encouraged our community to express their ideas and help our learning reach new heights. However, such initiatives must be carried out in a constructive and inclusive manner. For this reason, we are extremely saddened by recent events at the Academy and our community members’ choice to voice their opinions in an unproductive way that has also transformed our once safe space into one that feels anything but. . This is inconsistent with our core values ​​and is counterproductive as we seek to build a better Academy for the future.

Shoppers Drug Mart makes it easier for families to access children’s COVID vaccines

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The pharmacy chain’s Cundles Road East location in Barrie is participating in a walk-in clinic Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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According to recent data from the Ministry of Health, 45% of children aged 5 to 11 in Ontario have not received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and among children aged 5 to 11 in Ontario who received a first dose, 44% did not receive their second.

As families prepare for the upcoming March Break, as well as the easing of restrictions across the province, Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies are doing everything they can to make vaccines easier to access. Pharmacies at select Shoppers locations will host vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, where first and second dose Pfizer pediatric vaccines will be available.

“March Break is approaching and, at the same time, COVID restrictions are starting to ease. With the increase in social gatherings and travel, it is imperative that children are fully immunized to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19,” said Sarah Ahmad, Senior Vice President, Health and Wellness, Shoppers Drug Mart. “For two years, pharmacists have played an important role in supporting public health priorities in the fight against COVID. These clinics will make appointments more accessible and convenient for those who need them.

The following local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies are participating in the Pediatric Immunization Walk-In Clinic between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

  • 567 Cundles Road. E., Barrie
  • 149 Westmount Drive North, Orillia

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War in Ukraine upends Biden’s agenda on energy and climate change | Economic news

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By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Russian troops push deeper into Ukraine, President Joe Biden is taking steps to rein in rising energy costs, even as those steps run counter to his anti-corruption agenda. climate change.

Biden announced on Tuesday that he was releasing 30 million barrels of oil from US strategic reserves as part of a 31-nation effort to help ensure supplies won’t run out after Russia invaded its European neighbor. . The release follows those ordered in November which were also coordinated with US allies.

“These measures will help bring down gas prices here at home,” Biden said in his State of the Union address. The United States stands ready to do more if needed to protect American businesses and consumers, he said.

The focus on high gas prices and increased oil flow falls far short of Biden’s pledge to wean Americans off oil and other fossil fuels and cut global warming emissions in half. 2030.

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Yet it reflects political realities.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken markets around the world. Oil prices soared, with US benchmark crude surging above $110 a barrel – the highest price in a decade.

Biden’s $2 trillion social and environmental policy bill, which includes about $550 billion for climate change efforts, has been stalled for months in the equally divided Senate. It remains unclear when or if the bill will come to a vote or what would be included in it.

Biden’s hour-long speech Tuesday night touched only lightly on climate and offered no new policy initiatives to address global warming.

The omission was particularly notable days after a new UN report warned that climate change is set to get significantly worse and will likely make the world sicker, hungrier, poorer, darker. and much more dangerous.

The White House says all the tools remain on the table, but tough US sanctions on Russia do not target its energy sector, despite bipartisan calls to ban imports of Russian oil, at least temporarily. Banning Russian imports could restrict the world’s oil supply and “raise pump prices for Americans,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday. “It’s something we’re very aware of.”

“If there was ever a time to be energy independent, it’s now,” countered Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a prominent supporter of fossil fuels such as coal and natural resources. gases that are crucial for its state of energy production.

In 2021, the United States imported about 245 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products from Russia, a 24% year-on-year increase, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

“It makes no sense for us to rely on the energy of a country that is actively engaging in acts of war against a freedom-seeking democracy – Ukraine – when we are blessed with abundant energy resources here in America,” Manchin said. Tuesday in comments that resonated across the political spectrum.

Liberal Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a longtime climate hawk, introduced legislation banning imports of Russian oil and petroleum products. “We cannot criticize Europe for its dependence on Russian energy while we are pouring dirty oil money into Russia,” Markey said.

Republicans, seizing the political advantage, have called on Biden to immediately reverse policies they say have slowed U.S. energy production — including the cancellation of Canada’s Keystone XL pipeline and a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands and waters.

“Biden must end his war on American energy production so that the United States and our allies can have access to affordable and secure energy,” said Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, the second Republican in the Bedroom. He and other Republicans have called for tough sanctions on Russian energy production to remove the leverage and funding that Russian President Vladimir Putin has used to attack Ukraine.

“America’s energy dominance is our most powerful weapon against Putin,” said Republican Representatives Bruce Westerman of Arkansas and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state.

The couple introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require Biden to develop an “energy security plan” within 30 days and require him to “release U.S. oil and natural gas production to offset Russian imports” that would be banned. under the law. Westerman is the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee, while McMorris Rodgers is the senior GOP member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Some Democrats, seeking ways to ease the pain at the pumps and worried about a possible voter backlash in the November election, are pushing Biden to temporarily suspend the federal gas tax. A bill to do this is co-sponsored by Democratic Sens. Arizona’s Mark Kelly and New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan, both in tight races for re-election.

The White House has yet to take a position on the gas tax exemption, but a spokesperson said officials are “actively coordinating with major energy consumers and producers,” with the goal of to provide “gas pump relief for American households and businesses”. Gasoline prices averaged nearly $3.65 a gallon on Wednesday, up 93 cents from a year ago, according to the AAA auto club.

It was only last fall that Biden boasted of historic progress in the fight against global warming at a United Nations climate conference in Scotland.

Now, the war in Ukraine “appears likely to consume bandwidth that administration officials might otherwise devote to the energy transition,” said Kevin Book, energy analyst and managing director of ClearView Energy Partners.

“Regime change seems to be crowding out climate change, and for good reason,” Book said in an email. “The world is slowly warming up, but (Ukraine) is overflowing.”

Jonathan Elkind, who served as assistant energy secretary for international affairs under President Barack Obama, said that while war “will inevitably dominate everything” in the short term, the climate crisis will remain a key focus for Biden and his administration. .

“We don’t have a choice between one or the other. We have to do both. The climate isn’t fixing itself in the meantime,” said Elkind, now a senior fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. Columbia University.

Republican Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska made no mention of the climate when he called on Biden to end “a holy war on American energy.” Biden’s policies are “raising energy prices for working families, laying off workers in my state … and empowering dictators like Putin,” Sullivan told Fox News.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ridiculed Biden’s climate envoy, former Secretary of State John Kerry, who said before the invasion that a war in Ukraine could “distract” global attention from the climate change.

“You’re going to lose people’s attention, you’re going to lose big countries’ attention because they’re going to be hijacked, and I think that could have a detrimental impact,” Kerry told the BBC last week.

Pompeo, who served under President Donald Trump, called Kerry’s comment “music to Vladimir Putin’s ears to think America is focusing on climate change while the Ukrainian people are dying in Europe.”

Environmental groups said Kerry’s comments were misrepresented. Even as the world’s attention remains focused on Ukraine, the climate crisis continues, they said. Concern over Russian oil and gas shows the importance of boosting renewable energy such as solar and wind power, said Tiernan Sittenfeld of the League of Conservation Voters.

The conflict in Ukraine “underlines the need to get rid of fossil fuels once and for all. We have to do all of these things at the same time,” she said.

The American Petroleum Institute, the industry’s leading lobby group, said American companies play a crucial role in supporting European allies with American exports. Nearly 70% of U.S. liquefied natural gas exports went to Europe in January, a trend industry officials expect to continue.

“US energy leadership can serve as a stabilizing force while enhancing global energy security,” said Mike Sommers, Group President and CEO.

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The price of oil climbs to nearly $114; natural gas prices reach record highs – as it happened | Business

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It was another day of wild market movements, mostly in the commodity markets.

Fears that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and broader Western sanctions will affect supplies to both countries have driven up prices for oil and gas, as well as other commodities such as as wheat, corn and metals. Wheat hit a 14-year high while aluminum hit a new high of $3,597 a tonne.

Oil prices hit nearly eight-year highs. Crude Brent, the global oil benchmark, hit $113.94 a barrel, the highest since June 2014, and traded around $111 for most of the day. It pared some of the gains since then, while US light crude is up 2.6% at $106.1. Brent has gained around 40% so far this year.

Edward Meir, analyst at ED&F Man Capital Markets, told Reuters:


Oil pushed higher on growing perceptions that Russian oil cannot be “transacted”. Although oil isn’t technically under sanction, traders are understandably nervous about taking delivery of Russian crude, let alone storing it, shipping it and, ultimately, selling it.

Natural gas prices also spiked, with the Dutch April gas contract hitting a new all-time high of €185 per megawatt hour, and is currently trading up 41% to €171.19 per megawatt hour. British wholesale gas is up 35% to 390.79 pence per therm after hitting 398.05 pence per therm, close to the record high of 450 pence set last December.

European coal prices for 2023 hit a record $260.5 a tonne on fears of shortages in Europe, which relies heavily on Russia for its coal and gas.

The Russian steel producer Severstal said it suspended deliveries to the EU due to sanctions imposed on its shareholders.

The average price of a liter of gasoline on UK forecourts was at a new high of 151.67p on Tuesday, down from 151.16p on Monday, according to data firm Experian Catalist. The average cost of a liter of diesel is also at an all time high, reaching 155.23p.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: ‘If oil remains at this level the journey to an average unleaded price of 155p could be far too fast.

Wheat prices hit $10.59 a bushel, the highest since March 2008. But prices reached their highest level since December 2012.

On the stock markets, the FTSE 100 index closed up 99 points at 7,429.56, a gain of 1.4%. Germany’s Dax ended the day up 95 points to 14,000, up 0.7%, while France’s CAC rose 1.6% to 6,498 and Italy’s FTSE MiB gained 0.7 % to 24,534.

The Moscow Stock Exchange was closed for a third day, but the Russian ruble plunged to a new high of 110 to the dollar in Moscow (outside Russia, it hit a record 120 to the dollar on the EBS electronic trading platform on Monday).

Here are some of our main stories:

A shipment of oil from Russia is on its way to a British port where it is due to arrive on Wednesday evening, due to a loophole in the ban imposed this week by the government in response to Vladimir’s invasion of Ukraine Putin.

The Department for Transport said on Tuesday it had put in place a ban on closing UK ports to all vessels owned, operated, controlled, chartered, registered or flying the flag of Russia. However, the ministry confirmed that the ban does not cover the origin of the shipment.

Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea up for sale and Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss has said he is part of a consortium interested in buying the club.

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Bill to Merge Pierpont, Fairmont State Set to Pass West Virginia Senate, Professors Oppose | Local News

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BRIDGEPORT — As Senate Bill 653 heads for third reading in Charleston, the Pierpont Board of Governors has headed into an executive session that some professors claim is illegal.

On Tuesday evening, Julie Cryser, vice president of institutional advancement at Pierpont Community and Technical College, rose when the board voted to go into executive session and opposed the motion for the closed meeting. One of the agenda items — “consider engaging legal counsel” — is not within the purview of a closed session unless the names of specific people are mentioned.

Board Chairman David Hinkle went ahead and moved the meeting closed over the objection and discussed the institution’s plans to merge with Fairmont State University.

For weeks since the boards of Pierpont and Fairmont State both agreed to pursue a merger, Pierpont faculty have stood in solidarity against the move.

On February 28, state senators received a letter from Pierpont vice president of student affairs, Lyla Grandstaff, outlining how the bill pending in the Senate could negatively affect Pierpont students, despite Hinkle’s claims that students would incur no cost increases. if the merger bill were passed.

The bill calls for the reunification of Pierpont and Fairmont State, making Pierpont a “division of Fairmont State.” If the bill passes, Pierpont would become the Fairmont State University Pierpont College of Community and Technical Education.

“Fairmont State’s current bonds, refinanced in July 2021, state on page 19 that all freshmen and sophomores will be required to live in on-campus housing if they live outside of a radius of 50 miles from campus. Currently, at least 30% of Pierpont students meet this requirement,” the letter from Grandstaff read. “Any attempt to change the legislation to exclude Fairmont State University Pierpont College of Community and Technical Education students from this requirement would not eliminate this housing requirement.”

Grandstaff says the housing requirement would increase tuition costs by approximately at least $8,000 per year for Pierpont students who do not qualify for exemptions.

“…Student living in accommodation for Spring 2022 incurred an additional $5,305 ($10,610 per year) in room and board costs. This is double Pierpont’s total tuition for an entire year,” the letter read. “Current in-state Pierpont tuition is $2,543 per semester ($5,086 per year). Current FSU tuition is $3,946 per semester ($7,892 per year).

“For housing students, this could result in additional costs of $18,000 per year.”

At Pierpont’s February 23 board meeting, Hinkle denied that was the case, that Pierpont students would not be considered Fairmont State students.

At that meeting, Pierpont’s chief financial officer, Dale Bradley, raised concerns similar to those raised by Grandstaff in his letter to senators. Hinkle cut him off in his explanation, saying he had misinterpreted the bill.

“You didn’t attend the meetings, you’re not a lawyer, and what was just said isn’t true,” Hinkle said. “This institution will run as a division – not a college but a division of Fairmont State.”

Pierpont faculty senate president Susan Coffinaffer, who practiced law for 30 years before entering academia, disagrees and sticks to the interpretation that the proposed law will require Pierpont students to be housed.

The bill is due for third reading in the West Virginia Senate on Wednesday. After that, it will be voted on and sent to the House if it passes.

The two Marion County senators, Bob Beach, D-13, and Mike Caputo, D-13, are upset on the issue. Beach vehemently opposed the merger, siding with Pierpont’s faculty, while Caputo sides with Pierpont’s board of trustees and is a co-sponsor of the bill that would officiate the merger.

“[Pierpont’s board of governors] disputes those numbers from the faculty and it’s supposed to come out with their version of those numbers,” Caputo said. “I’m in a position where I have to do what’s right for both institutions. When the board of directors of the two institutions comes to tell me that this is the only way for Pierpont to survive financially… I don’t think I have any other choice.

Beach, however, believes there is dishonesty and politics at play in the situation. Beach sits on the Senate Education Committee, which approved the merger bill on Feb. 25.

Beach believes the two institutions are stronger apart and if the merger bill passes the Senate, it will not pass the House.

“I am very much in favor of the separation of schools. [Pierpont] invests $33 million in community economic development, which tops all other community colleges in the state,” Beach said. “If the bill doesn’t pass, there’s a plan B floating around, which would take the aviation maintenance program…and give it to Fairmont State. This may be an amendment to just calm everybody.

Amendments or not, the implications of whether this bill passes or fails will be significant. Beach doesn’t think the House has the votes to pass the bill. A twin version of Senate Bill 653 was introduced in the House, but to date has not been sent from committee. At the Feb. 23 board meeting, Hinkle admitted that might not go through.

“I’ll be honest, I won’t guarantee [the merger] is going to happen,” Hinkle said. “If that doesn’t happen, I think there will be a lot of upset people because this council is going to have to make some really tough decisions.”