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Gravette School Board Hears Concerns Over Immunization Discussions


GRAVETTE – Alaina Carlton, mother of a student at Gravette schools, addressed the school board at its July 19 meeting to express concerns about discussions about vaccinations in schools. She told board members that she believes there should be no discussion about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of vaccines, covid-19 or otherwise, in the classroom.

She said decisions about vaccination should be a matter between parents, their children and their doctors, and she said there should be a plan in place to ensure that such discussions do not happen. Carlton said she knew at least eight other parents who felt the same way.

School superintendent Maribel Childress introduced seven newly hired teachers, and each spoke briefly to the board and gave a brief profile of themselves. New recruits in attendance were Jared Schoonover, Assistant Principal of Gravette High School; Kinsley Hurtt, GHS Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences; Blake Boyd, professor of key coding and computer science at Gravette College; Alex (AJ) Herrlein, GMS math teacher and head wrestling trainer; Meghan Herrlein, professor of English and social studies at GMS; Chelsea Sarratt, GMS English teacher; and Mike Williams, educational examiner.

Business manager Dennis Kurczek gave the financial report, saying nearly $ 600,000 was received in property taxes in June. He said the district went over budget for teacher salaries but all utilities were under budget and said $ 126,000 had been received for state aid. Kurczek distributed a poll seeking feedback on how the elementary and secondary school emergency aid funds received by the school should be spent. He commented that they were to be used primarily for direct support of students in the prevention or response to covid-19.

Childress reported on the Spring 2021 School Discipline Report, with fall and spring numbers for comparison. She reported on the frequency of referrals and the types of violations. Board members said they were surprised more students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were reported for name calling, verbal abuse and obscene gestures than at all other schools combined. Principal Nikki Brecheen said that in many cases this came from students who were not emotionally mature enough to know how to react to stress. When stressful situations arise, she noted, they sometimes just replicate the behavior they have seen in others and sometimes may not even know what it means. Disrespectful behavior and disorderly conduct were highest in college. Excessive delay was a big problem in high school, with 210 cases of delay reported.

Childress also reported on data from the ACT Aspire Spring 2021 test, including the number of students tested and their comparison to regional and national scores. Board members were particularly concerned about the poor reading scores in grade nine. Childress said more ninth graders were out of school due to the covid pandemic.

Council members voted unanimously to accept the offer of $ 2,400 each from Elk River Floats in Noel, Missouri, for the sale of two school buses.

Rebecca Sears led a discussion on needed changes to the district manual. Some board members expressed concerns about the conflict between the district textbook and individual school textbooks. Council members voted to approve the district manual with updates and changes discussed. Textbooks for individual schools were discussed, but no action was taken on their approval.

The directors of the buildings presented the improvement plans for their schools. After some discussion, council members voted to approve the school improvement plans with minor changes discussed. Childress noted that reading is “a major goal” in all schools and that goals have been set for schools to show a 5% increase in test scores.

Council members voted unanimously to approve the 2021-2022 school district goals. Childress said they were very similar to last year, and teachers will strive for the highest growth possible. The goals will be made public and there are plans to work on them every month.

Board members voted to approve a second reading of school policies and voted to approve all policies except policy 4.60. They also made several changes to the schedule of board meetings and working sessions, and Childress noted that since there are still several vacancies within the faculty, another hiring session would be required. .

In other cases, Springfield Grocers was approved as the primary supplier of groceries for the 2021-2022 school year, and board members voted to purchase a total of 75 personal computers and 75 monitors from CDWG at a cost of $ 87,463.13.

Unanimous approval was given to the expenditure of $ 18,203 from the construction fund to redo the flooring of the administrative building as described in Miller Commercial Flooring’s bid. Richard Carver, the maintenance department supervisor, noted that the flooring in the boardroom and superintendent’s office is 10 years old and the flooring in the lobby and other offices is the flooring of origin.

Board members met in an executive session around 10:15 p.m. to discuss employee resignations, employee transfers and other personnel matters. When they returned to the regular session at 10:48 p.m., they voted to hire Lisa Baker as a counselor at Glenn Duffy Elementary School, Carolyn Huntsman as an Interventionist Gravette Upper Elementary Title I, Mali Schreiber as as Senior Elementary Purchasing Secretary, Justin Garton as Gravette High School Theater Teacher and Director of the Performing Arts Center, and Julia Lipscomb as Secondary / Reading Dyslexia Specialist.

Council members also voted to approve the hiring of elementary art / intervention and elementary music / intervention positions for the 2021-2022 school year. These will be one-year positions only and will be reassessed for future funding in spring 2022.

Finally, council members voted to approve the transfer of a grade 10 student from Gravette to the Bentonville school district and the transfers of a grade 6 student from the Gentry school district and a kindergarten student from the district. school from Bentonville to the Gravette school district.

Anxiety in the hunter is high at the onset of the lockdown


“So let’s make sure we take care of each other, we’re working together and we’re really keeping this virus at bay. “

Ms Christenson said there was a feeling that regions needed to be better protected by a “ring of steel” around Sydney.

“We felt we were far enough away but not far enough either,†she said.

She said she hoped the government would establish stricter rules for people entering businesses to make it easier for owners.

“Personally, I would love to see a vaccine passport go into restaurants and cafes, because that then doesn’t shift the responsibility back to the business owner,†Ms. Christenson said.

Business Hunter chief executive Bob Howe said residents have long expected the Sydney outbreak to reach the region. “It’s a pretty weird feeling,†he said.

“It wasn’t a question of whether it was going to happen here, it was a question of when. But now that it’s here, the preparation has caught us a bit by surprise.

NSW Public Health Chief Kerry Chant said on Thursday the virus was believed to have spread during a rally at Blacksmiths Beach in the Lake Macquarie area on Friday evening, which may have attended people from Greater Sydney.

Mr Howe said the region was somewhat divided over whether there should be stricter travel rules to prevent the virus from entering the Hunter, with some industries relying on Sydney workers .

“But people have become concerned that people from the Sydney area are coming here unofficially, whether in vacation homes or other means during this time,” he said.

Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker said she was delighted the lockdown was announced soon after the cases were registered. Two local students are among five at the Hunter who have tested positive for the virus.

“One day you have no cases and the next day you can have 20 or 30 cases,†she said.

C Baker said “it is very disappointing” if the virus was introduced to the area via a social gathering.

Data released by the federal government this week showed vaccination rates among the Hunter to be comparable to those seen in southwest Sydney.


In the Sydney Southwest Statistical Area, 33.1% of people aged 15 and over had received a dose of the vaccine and 14.6% were fully immunized, compared to more than a quarter of people in the wealthier northerners. from the city.

The Hunter Valley region, which excludes Newcastle, has the second lowest coverage of regional areas (34.1% of adults aged 15 and over with one dose and 13.4% with two), only beaten by the Wild West of State.

In the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas, rates were slightly higher, with 17.7% of people fully vaccinated and the first doses given at 41.3%. Rates on the central coast are above the state average (45% and 19.6%).

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Some Florida School Districts Issue Mask Warrants Defying DeSantis Order


Two Florida school districts are requiring students to wear masks to school, directly defying Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order.

Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) in Gainsville and Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) in Jacksonville on Tuesday evening announced mask warrants for students, teachers and staff.

Alachua schools voted to temporarily mandate masks throughout the district for the first two weeks of class. The school board will reassess and assess the need for masking on August 17.

“In light of the dramatic increase in local COVID cases and hospitalizations, including among children, the school board voted to require masks for students during the first two weeks of school,” Alachua Schools tweeted .

In light of the dramatic increase in local COVID cases and hospitalizations, including among children, the school board voted to require masks for students for the first two weeks of school. The board will do a reassessment at its August 17th meeting.

– Alachua Schools (@AlachuaSchools) August 4, 2021

The mask mandate for teaching staff and faculty will be in place until at least September 17, according to a letter sent to Alachua employees.

“I wish we could all move on from COVID. But until the rates drop, I have an obligation to do what I can to protect the health and well-being of our CAVID community,†wrote ACPS Superintendent Carlee Simon. “Although some options are not available to school districts, masking is something we can all do to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our own families, as well as students and their families.”

Two Florida schools defy Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order and impose masks for the first weeks of class. Above, a child puts on his mask after finishing lunch at a socially remote table in the Medora Elementary School cafeteria on March 17, 2021 in Louisville, Ky.
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A parade of parents and teachers gathered outside the Duval school district headquarters with signs and chants to ask the school board to issue a mask warrant, according to the Florida Times-Union.

A school board meeting later that evening lasted over four hours in Duval County and resulted in a mask warrant – with a catch. Duval schools will allow parents to remove their children from the mask requirement.

“Any student not wearing a mask under this policy must, through their parent or guardian, follow the withdrawal procedures provided by the school assigned to them,” says the official language.

The red tape warning is an attempt to comply with an executive order issued by the governor while giving community members and parents what they want.

DeSantis issued an executive order on Friday banning public schools from forcing children to wear masks. A number of districts were considering making masks mandatory in light of new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which recommended that all children wear masks to school.

Broward County Public Schools in Fort Lauderdale rescinded their mask mandate after the executive order was issued.

The executive order was issued to ensure that schools “do not violate the right of parents under Florida law to make decisions about the health care of their minor children,” according to the executive order. Districts that do not comply may have their public funding withdrawn.

“Even if a school board adopts a ‘mask mandate’, it will not be able to apply it, because the choice will be up to parents whether their children wear masks or not,” said Christina Pushaw, the press secretary from the governor, to Florida Politics on Tuesday.

News week has contacted DeSantis for comment, but has not had a response at time of posting.

MarTech’s fall agenda is online: Mecredi’s Daily Brief


Hello, traders, Agenda for our MarTech conference, held on September 14 and 15, is taking shape. (More details below.)

Until then, we’ll stay on top of big changes in marketing technology like the transition to CTV. For example, we are learning more about this space through the Vevo Global Video Network. Before the pandemic, their CTV earnings were 4%. Now it’s 50%. It’s a show stopper.

For consumers, however, doesn’t the app-based TV landscape simply boil down to a cable experience with bundled programming packages? Not really, except on one important point: the price. All of these à la carte subscriptions add up.

And as the media landscape continues to change, marketers need to listen carefully to consumer reaction. A new report warns us that if consumers don’t feel like your brand listens to them, you could receive negative feedback in the form of unsubscribing.

The bar has probably never been higher for being precise with customer data and using it effectively for relevant communications. Otherwise, customers will feel overwhelmed and start watching clips from a decade less stressful for them.

Chris Bois,


How Vevo filled the gap in music videos from the pandemic

“The video killed the radio star,” The Buggles sang prophetically in the first clip to air on MTV. It was 40 years ago this year, and although the radio remains blocked, it has become routine for us to expect video with audio.

Quite often, the music videos we consume are delivered by Vevo, the world’s leading video network. “We have a presence on YouTube and a large presence on CTV on over 15 channels,” said JP Evangelista, SVP Content, Programming and Marketing at Vevo.

CTV is a growing channel for Vevo. “We are selling more and more CTV inventory. This is the biggest change in recent years. And this is yet another trend driven in part by the pandemic. Vevo drew about 4% of its revenue from CTV before the pandemic; by the end of this quarter, it will be 50%.

The pandemic presented other challenges. Just as movie and television sets emptied almost overnight for security reasons, there was a sudden shortage of new, traditionally produced music videos. Vevo’s in-house creative team actively worked with the artists to develop their skills in self-shooting videos. When it became possible to reopen Vevo’s own studios, they began to develop original content. Ariana Grande, who has appeared on the show six times, broke Vevo’s all original content record with her “pov” video that garnered nearly four million views on day one of its release.

Why we care Vevo was able to draw on two types of assets to fill – and more than fill – the void when production of new music videos slowed. It had in-house authoring capabilities and studio space to safely create original content. And he had a vast mine of older videos that he cleverly bundled into content sets aimed at particular demographics. It is surely safe to predict that these will remain important parts of its business when the pandemic is finally in the rearview mirror.

Read more here.

Do you know your customers well?

Almost two-thirds of consumers (65%) are overwhelmed by the communications they receive from brands, according to the new “Audience of One” report released by visual experience platform Movable Ink.

The stakes are higher for brands to personalize their message (without being too creepy), and also to ensure that the information they use is accurate. For example, one in four consumers unsubscribed from emails when the brand addressed the message to the wrong person.

Other findings of the study include:

  • Two-thirds of respondents (68%) will stay loyal to a brand if they actively engage and build personal relationships with it;
  • Three in five consumers (61%) say they are likely to purchase goods or services when a business has created a personalized experience for them in their branded content; and
  • One in three people report receiving inaccurate product recommendations.

Why we care: Marketers always strive to deliver more relevant messages to gain competitive advantage, increase awareness, and drive sales. The bar continues to be raised. But it’s not just personalization tools and data management that set standards. Ultimately, it is the consumer’s response to the improved strategy that matters most.

Findings on inaccurate product recommendations should also grab the attention of marketers, as this is a bit more of a gray area. If customer data is not unified, consumers may receive inaccurate recommendations for items they have already purchased or purchased in sufficient quantity to last a long time. Or the recommendation is just not relevant. In all these cases, a significant number of consumers will feel that the brand does not know them well enough. Too many messages that do not cross the acceptability threshold risk leaving a customer feeling betrayed. Of course, avoiding list burning isn’t a new concept for marketers. The risk just seems to be greater when the messages are large, when a wrong name or misinformed recommendation can push a customer further from a sale and closer to unsubscribing.

MarTech’s fall agenda is online

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Quote of the day

“Conversion is essential for all digital marketers. Pauses in the experience can be a huge conversion challenge and it sometimes takes days, weeks or months to find these pauses. Michael Trapani, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Acoustics, “How to know if you have exceeded your Martech” during our spring MarTech conference.

About the Author

Chris Wood draws on over 15 years of reporting experience as a B2B writer and reporter. At DMN, he was Associate Editor-in-Chief, providing original analysis on the changing technological landscape of marketing. He interviewed tech and policy executives, from Canva CEO Melanie Perkins, to former Cisco CEO John Chambers, and Vivek Kundra, named by Barack Obama as the country’s first federal CIO. He is particularly interested in how new technologies, including voice and blockchain, are disrupting the world of marketing as we know it. In 2019, he moderated a panel on the “theater of innovation” at the Fintech Inn, Vilnius. In addition to his marketing focused reporting in industry trades such as Robotics Trends, Modern Brewery Age and AdNation News, Wood has also written for KIRKUS and contributes fiction, review and poetry to several blogs. of leading books. He studied English at Fairfield University and was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He lives in New York.

Garden Grove residents protest against waste bills


Garden Grove City Council members decided it was time to create a better process for residents to dispute waste bills with the city’s contracted waste hauler, Republic Services, after two people told the officials last week that they had been wrongly billed hundreds of dollars.

At a meeting last Wednesday, a landlord and landlord said they had no choice but to challenge the charges to council members directly, in public.

“I received a statement from Republic Services saying I owe $ 590,†said Susan Mendez, homeowner in Garden Grove, during Wednesday’s meeting.

“I got this thing, and I was like ‘What is this? I know I paid my bill. How come I have this? ‘ For two weeks, I call and I ask… They do not have an answer.

Susan Mendez, Owner of Garden Grove

Mendez also complained about having to attend the board meeting in order to dispute the billing.

“I waived the overdue solid waste disposal charge for just under $ 500,†Kaitlyn Dinh, owner of a rental property in Garden Grove, said at the council meeting. “The letter told me to come here today to address my concerns… Now I’m stuck with this bill I have to pay.”

It stoked concern that evening among a council member, George Brietigam, who said that although only two speakers were present to dispute their bills, more people across town were likely struggling with the same issue. .

“There has to be a way for these people to challenge the charges without having to go to a city council meeting and even without getting comment,” Brietigam, a council member, said at the meeting. “It doesn’t seem right… These are fruits at hand. We need to correct this.

City staff have also publicly stated that Republic Services reviews are only provided in one language, causing concern for non-English speakers in the diverse city and prompting Wednesday to include other languages ​​in the reviews.

Brietigam’s colleagues ended up agreeing to step in and create a bill challenge process, voting unanimously to make several changes to a resolution that evening that periodically imposes liens on properties with late payments. .

The council asked staff to work with Republic Services to address any ongoing protests and to consider creating a dispute resolution process for residents who dispute the charges of delay.

Council members also asked city staff to work with Republic to develop invoices and notices in a multitude of different languages.

According to staff report, Republic Services bills customers quarterly.

If an invoice is not paid, a reminder is sent by mail to the person responsible for the service. In addition, if a tenant does not pay for the service, the landlord is notified of the non-payment 30 days before the public hearing.

The original resolution says the city can impose liens on properties for waste collection and disposal service bills that are 60 days or more past due, after notice and a public hearing.

Overdue charges for garbage collection and disposal in the city totaled over $ 464,000 for the last fiscal year.

Angelina Hicks is a Voice of OC News intern. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ angelinahicks13.

An agenda for the Ministry of Cooperation


Co-operatives – as an organic idea and an organizational platform – are relevant, if they are reimagined and skillfully implemented. The creation of a Ministry of Cooperation must be understood in the context of the immense transformative power of the sector which has been unevenly achieved so far.

The aim of the new ministry is to strive to create a “legal, administrative and political framework”, facilitating the “ease of doing business” for cooperatives and helping the emergence of “multi-state cooperative societies”. Emphasis is placed on transforming cooperatives from small entities into large enterprises, facilitated and supported by enabling enterprises to solve the problem of barriers to entry and growth.

At the local level, cooperative societies should continue to meet the needs of their members in all segments of the primary sector. At the national level, they must emerge as organizations capable of competing with the behemoths of the private sector.

Successful business models exist in at least two sectors: dairy products and fertilizers. Organic leadership, member involvement, techno-managerial efficiency, economies of scale, product diversification, culture of innovation, commitment to customers and sustained brand promotion are factors that explain their success. These practices can also be replicated in other sectors.

Read also | The Ministry of Cooperation is changing the political game for 2024

Segments of the primary sector can be successfully expanded and transformed into cooperatives, followed by segments of the secondary and tertiary sectors. It will also be necessary to promote the brand of cooperatives by improving and adding value to the quality of the products and services they provide. This will lead to an expansion of production, exploitation, distribution and the scale of the economy.

When scaling up, the organizational matrix of cooperatives will need to be redefined. The Act, rules and regulations will be needed to provide the flexibility to keep abreast of the business environment. In addition, the management of multi-state cooperative societies should be entrusted to market-oriented managers capable of ensuring efficiency. The board of directors of multi-state cooperative societies will be responsible for overseeing business decisions to ensure that they do not lose sight of ethics and social responsibility.

Cooperation is essential because the market cannot meet the needs of vulnerable people. Wherever cooperatives have been successful, they have addressed the issue of market distortions. They have also compressed the supply chain by cutting out middlemen, ensuring better prices for producers and competitive prices for consumers. Cooperative societies, endowed with basic infrastructure and financial resources, prevent distress sales and ensure bargaining power. They have the potential to realize the decentralized development paradigm. Just as panchayati raj institutions advance decentralized rural development, cooperative societies can become the means to meet the needs of enterprises.

The equation between government and cooperatives, between control and autonomy, is fraught with dilemmas. With excessive regulation, cooperatives will eventually lose their autonomous character. With the government leaving the cooperative societies to fend for themselves, these societies can flounder. It is difficult but desirable that this dichotomy be resolved.

The government will have to ensure that the processes are transparent. The integrity of the management committees and their operating autonomy is necessary. Cooperative departments will need to assess the training needs of cooperatives, as well as design and deliver training interventions to ensure they match the current business environment.

On the back of professional management, cooperative institutions can be enlarged. All stakeholders including government, cooperative development institutions and the entire cooperative movement will need to work together to achieve the goal of community and people-centered development involving modern business practices at local and national levels. . It is hoped that the new ministry will create the necessary synergy in the system and act as a force multiplier.

Bandana Preyashi, an IAS officer, is secretary, department of cooperatives, government of Bihar

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Lawmakers should talk about emergency and mask law


State lawmakers return to the State Capitol this morning to review Governor Asa Hutchinson’s recovery from a statewide public health emergency due to covid-19 and expect meet in a special session starting Wednesday to consider a bill allowing public school officials to decide whether to require masks in schools.

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But Hutchinson has yet to call for the special session.

Pro tempore Senate Speaker Jimmy Hickey R-Texarkana said on Monday that one of two bills circulating among state lawmakers would allow school boards to decide whether to require masks in public schools with children under 12, who are not eligible for vaccination.

The other bill in circulation would respond to a decision by a Pulaski County circuit judge on Thursday who ordered the state to try to resume participation in a federal unemployment assistance program that Hutchinson had sought to end, Hickey said.

Circuit Judge Herbert T. Wright’s temporary injunction against Hutchinson’s order affects some 69,000 unemployed Arkansans who were receiving weekly federal supplements of $ 300 to their regular state unemployment benefits.

Hutchinson announced in May that he would end Arkansas ‘participation in the federal program after June 26, saying the federal supplements were interfering with employers’ ability to find enough workers.

Wright wrote in its decision: “The Court has serious doubts that the Governor and the Director of Manpower Services were acting within the scope of their duties, as these decisions would normally be subject to review. legislation of the General Assembly. “


When asked why Hutchinson had yet to make the call to the special session, her spokesperson, Shealyn Sowers, said Monday evening she had made no comment.

He was asked on Friday when the governor would launch the appeal and provide details of his bill. “More information will be released on Monday,†Sowers said that day in a written statement.

Hickey said he expects the governor to call the Legislative Assembly into special session starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

House officials are still preparing for a special session starting Wednesday, House spokeswoman Cecillea Pond-Mayo said.

But Hickey said the public school mask mandates bill was “not even close” to having the 18 votes required for the approval of the 35 Senate members.

But he said, “You never say never.”

The proposed legislation would amend Law 1002, sponsored by Senator Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, which prohibits state and local governments, including public schools, from requiring that individuals wear masks. The law came into effect on July 28.

The bill’s emergency clause would require a two-thirds vote in the 35-member Senate and 100-member House to take effect immediately after the bill is signed by the governor. Otherwise, the bill would come into force 90 days after it is signed by the governor. If the bill passes by the Legislature and is signed by the governor this week, it would come into force in early November.

The latest wave of covid-19 is now and school starts in mid-August.

Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee chair Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, said she still hopes the proposed legislation will empower the legislature.

“I serve with a lot of great people and they represent their area and a lot of them feel like they need to listen to the people in their area and, if people call and ask to vote against part of that, then that’s what they’re going to do, “she said.

“I have a wonderful region and I think I have a lot of support there,†said Bledsoe.

On March 30, Hutchinson announced he was lifting the state’s mask mandate.

On April 22, the Senate voted 19-9 to send Garner’s bill that became Law 1002 to the governor, after the House voted 69-20 to approve Garner’s bill on April 20.

Rogers attorney Tom Mars announced Monday that he has filed a complaint with Pulaski County Circuit Court to prevent the application of Law 1002 and seek a ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The costume was not available online Monday night. The Little Rock School District has also threatened to sue for Bill 1002.

Citing the increase in hospitalizations linked to covid-19, Hutchinson on Thursday restored the public health emergency that he had allowed to expire at the end of May.

The State House and Senate are each scheduled to meet in Committee of the Whole at 10 a.m. today to consider the declaration of emergency as provided for in Bill 403, signed by Hutchinson in March.

If a concurrent resolution to end the public health emergency is introduced, lawmakers will consider the resolution. But no resolution had been presented late Monday afternoon, according to House and Senate officials. If a concurrent resolution to end the public health emergency is not introduced, Hickey has said he will declare that the statewide public health emergency will continue.

If a resolution ending the emergency is passed, Hutchinson could veto it and the legislature could consider overriding the veto.

The emergency will expire 60 days from Thursday, unless the emergency is lifted earlier or its renewal is approved by the Legislative Council.


During Monday afternoon’s meeting of the Senate and House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committees, State Representative Mary Bentley R-Perryville said she had heard that masking children increased their carbon dioxide levels and children weren’t sure how to wear them properly. , causing them to pick up dirt, urine and feces.

But state epidemiologist Dr Jennifer Dillaha told lawmakers CO2 molecules are much smaller than the covid virus and could easily pop out of the mask.

She said the virus is carried in droplets, which are much larger than the virus itself, and that’s how the mask catches them.

“The cloth mask should have a totally closed system to increase carbon monoxide levels,†Dillaha said. “Claims that it might do this make no medical sense to me.”

Senator Kim Hammer, R-Benton, asked Dillaha why the conversation wasn’t about vaccines more than masks, because he said most of the evidence pointed to the decline in coronavirus cases earlier this year being attributed to the vaccine.

Dillaha said both measures are necessary if the state is to see a drop in cases.

“Without vaccines and masks, we will not be able to suppress this virus to avoid overwhelming our hospital system,” she said.

Dillaha said the vaccines were 98% effective at first, but now medical officials are seeing a decrease of about 10% with breakthrough cases noted across the country due to the delta variant.

After being asked about the effectiveness of sheet masks, she said that all types of masks can be effective. She said the layers on fabric masks can achieve medical grade protection and that anything other than N95 masks protects more against the spread of particles by the wearer than inhaling particles.

“When [masks] are implemented, they decrease the transmission of covid-19, â€she said.

Dillaha said the original variant of covid-19 infected, on average, about two to three unvaccinated people.

She said a study from the UK indicates that the delta variant infects around eight people on average.

Dillaha said the best way to prevent transmission of the virus is a combination of things.

“The vaccines will reduce the risk of infections and transmission,” she said. “Masking practices, social distancing, and good hygiene as well. Other things that can be done are increase ventilation in an area and if they are sick stay home and do not infect them. other people.”


At the State Capitol on Monday morning, several dozen people attended a rally to oppose a bill that would allow school boards to decide whether to require masks in public schools.

Bronson Martin de Conway, representing US group Freedom Cruisers, urged lawmakers to “stand firm and not change” Law 1002.

Parents – not local school boards – should decide whether their children wear masks in public schools, Martin said.

Subsequently, Arkansas School Boards Association executive director Tony Prothro said the association did not have a position on the bill that would allow school boards to decide whether or not to require masks in public schools.

Like other Arkansans, school board members have different opinions on the requirement for masks in public schools, he said. He said their opinions depend in part on whether they live in urban or rural parts of the state.

If the legislature changes Bill 1002 to allow school boards to decide whether or not to require masks in public schools, school board members across the state want a data system, possibly from the health department. of Arkansas or Arkansas Children’s Hospital, to show the number of covid -19 cases in each district and at each school in addition to advice on a school closure threshold, Prothro said.

School board members across the state want to get students back to school because of the learning loss resulting from distance learning last school year, he said.

Arkansas Department of Health spokesperson Meg Mirivel said on Monday: “We are in internal talks about the possibility of restarting the educational report we produced on Mondays and Thursdays last school year. . ” This report shows cases among staff, faculty and students, she said.

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement has started updating its report which shows community cases within school district boundaries, she said.

Mirivel said whether or not to close a school is a discussion between the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Education and the district.

The Ministry of Health “does not set a precise threshold because every situation is different,” she said. “For example, if a school has cases primarily among teachers and staff, it may impact their ability to keep the school open, even if the number of cases is not high.”

Retailers are bracing for a wave of typical Texas duty-free weekend shoppers. Will they come?


The return to offices, schools and social gatherings, in addition to a resurgence in clothing shopping, has prompted retailers to brace for a jackpot-free weekend, typically one of the busiest buys weekends of the year and official start of the new school year.

After losing most of back to school last year as COVID-19 kept children at home, local retailers such as Francesca’s and Academy Sports brace themselves for long lines and crowded aisles as shoppers flock to make purchases without the 8.25% sales tax – in addition to in-store sales aimed at making take consumers out for the three-day tax holiday that begins Friday. But hiding is a wildcard that could disrupt the stores’ best-worked plans: the delta variant.

COVID-19 cases are increasing across Texas and the country as the highly infectious variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly, even carried by people who have been vaccinated. As the weekend approaches and the fourth wave of COVID builds, the question is how many people will brave the crowds looking for good deals and the satisfaction of putting it in the tax department.

First year mom Janaile Villarreal said you won’t find her in stores this weekend looking for clothes and the like

back-to-school items. Ideally, she would be there in person – she needs her growing son to try things on to find the right sizes – but her 11 month old already caught COVID-19 last year and Villarreal is afraid his children can catch the more virulent delta a variant.

“We prefer to pay the tax to keep so many people out of shopping,” Villarreal said.

Retailers such as Francesca’s and Academy Sports, however, are still gearing up for a big weekend, ready to adjust to new COVID concerns with online sales related to curbside and in-store pickup. Tyler Sumrall, an Academy spokesperson, said the Katy-based chain is preparing its staff to adapt on the fly as more customers buy shoes and backpacks in stores or order online. for pickup.

“We expect this to be a very popular option this year,” he said of in-store and curbside pickup. “Especially with the delta variant, we want people to feel safe. “

Before the Delta variant undermined the Summer of Freedom, the signs bode well for a strong back-to-school season for retailers. Households, after accumulating savings at high rates over the past year, have strained themselves with pent-up demand. Consumer spending grew at an annual rate of 12% in the second quarter, following an 11% jump in the first quarter – a triple growth before the pandemic – according to the US Department of Commerce.

The Academy, meanwhile, noticed back-to-school shopping picking up before its usual peak in August.

“I would definitely say that we’ve already seen this influx begin,” Sumrall said. “Traditionally, it doesn’t really go up until the Tax Free Weekend, but we saw it pop up a bit earlier this year due to the circumstances.”

Analysts were anticipating an early start to the season, expecting more than a third of this year’s back-to-school spending to come before August. Consulting firm Deloitte predicts that Houston-area families will spend an average of $ 935 per child, bringing back-to-school spending in the region to $ 1.2 billion this season as schools prepare to reopen after a turbulent year – a major change from 2020, when Deloitte did not conduct Houston’s annual survey due to the pandemic.

Pandemic habits

Electronics were the star of last year’s back-to-school shopping season, but Walmart has said it expects a return to more traditional classroom clothing and items as students prepare to return. at school in person. Consumers are once again buying clothes, which had long sat on store shelves during the pandemic, said Venky Shankar, research director of the Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M University.

“Last year there was a huge drop in clothing sales – this year it will be the other way around,” Shankar said. “No more sneakers, no more clothes, no more jeans.”

Shankar said he attributes the early start to pent-up demand for clothes. In June, clothing and accessories sales were up nearly 50% nationwide from a year earlier, compared to 18% for all retail sales, according to the Commerce Department.

At Francesca’s, a chain of clothing stores, “Duty Free Weekend marks a big weekend for us,” said Chris Kaighn, senior vice president of boutiques, real estate and strategic partnerships for the retailer. Houston. He said Francesca’s launched a new e-commerce platform in July to make it easier for consumers to shop online before the season.

Houston consumers plan to stick to the buying habits they adopted during the pandemic, according to the Deloitte survey. Electronics purchases are more likely to be made online, with 46% of respondents planning to spend their back-to-school budget online. Additionally, 53% of local respondents plan to use social media to browse available products, promotions and reviews.

Many parents in the Houston area said they would prefer to buy online, a delta variant or no delta variant. They said they avoided duty-free weekend shopping – even before the pandemic – because they didn’t think saving $ 8 for $ 100 was worth braving the masses looking for discounts, d ‘especially since many retailers are extending tax savings to online shopping.

“I don’t crowd – even before COVID,” Maggie Donovan said when asked about the Tax Free Weekend. “I will buy all duty free offers online. “

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Eric Clapton refuses to play in theaters if they require vaccinations


(NBC News) – Eric Clapton will not perform in locations requiring proof of vaccination.

“Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, July 19, 2021, I have the honor to make an announcement on my part: I would like to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience. otherwise, for everyone to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show, ”Clapton said via a statement posted to the Telegram account of architect, film producer and anti-vaxxer Robin Monotti Graziadei.

The news follows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Tuesday that, as restrictions on social gatherings are lifted, nightclubs must require customers to present a Covid Pass from the National Health Service of UK entry for anyone over 18.

Clapton has been releasing anti-vaccination and anti-containment statements and songs for almost a year now. In December 2020, Clapton joined fellow classic rocker turned anti-vaxxer Van Morrison on his song “Stand and Deliver”. The song contains lyrics such as “Do you want to be a free man / Or do you want to be a slave?” and “Dick Turpin also wore a mask.”

In an earlier version, Clapton detailed a “catastrophic” experiment with the AstraZeneca vaccine for which he blamed “propaganda” for pushing it. The musician went on to reveal that he suffered from “peripheral neuropathy and should never have come near the needle.”

A representative for Clapton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Uzbekistan international conference puts regional connectivity on the agenda


How to develop regional connectivity between Central Asia and South Asia? This is the question which figured at the top of the agenda of a recent international conference in Tashkent, initiated by Uzbekistan.

Over two billion people live in these regions and the benefits of improved regional connectivity cannot be underestimated.

Another motivation for the summit is well explained by Eldor Aripov, director of the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies. He said it was a forum where Uzbekistan suggested “not to focus on the problems and not to focus on the contradictions, but rather to focus on development projects in the regions. areas of trade, transport, infrastructure development and tourism “.

The conference brought together delegations from Central and South Asia, as well as representatives from the United States, Russia, the EU, business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Participants discussed how to make the region more attractive to global investors. The round tables covered the sectors of transport, commerce and culture. Another point of interest was the future of Afghanistan.

Ismatilla Irgashev, the President’s special representative of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan, explains that “the strategy is to make Afghanistan a kind of bridge that will unite Central Asia and South Asia”.

Uzbekistan is also working on expanding regional cooperation and infrastructure projects.

One such project is the construction of a new power line that will bring power to Afghanistan.

Sherzod Khodjaev, Deputy Minister of Energy in Uzbekistan, told us that Uzbekistan is actively supplying the Afghan market with electricity and that its goal is “to more than double the volume of supply once the line is built. Surham-Pulikhumri completed â€.

The diversification of transport networks is one of the essential tasks of the landlocked countries of Central Asia.

Landlocked Uzbekistan is developing new transport corridors and recently launched a new project, the construction of the Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railway that will cross Afghanistan to Pakistan.

By connecting South Asia and Central Asia, it is expected to boost the Afghan economy, open a direct route to Pakistani seaports and a route to India.

Regarding this railway under construction, Aripov says that “if you look at the map, Uzbekistan and the countries of Central Asia will in fact have the shortest route to the sea lanes”.

Uzbek businessmen hope that when the Kabul Corridor Railway is built, it will unlock the potential for businesses. They expect this to drastically reduce transportation costs and shorten journeys for goods.

One of these businessmen, Amrullo Sadullokh, gives us a good basic example of this potential. He explains that when Uzbekistan imports potatoes from Pakistan, it spends a lot on logistics and as a result the goods become more expensive. Sadullokh expects that when this road is opened, it will be “very beneficial for Uzbekistan, as well as for Pakistan and Afghanistan”.

One of the main goals of the Tashkent Conference is to restore the historic trade routes that have linked the countries of Central and South Asia since ancient times.

Work on wind farm continues at a steady pace, group meeting says


Work continues at a steady pace at the Viking Energy site, with the number of workers on the controversial 103 turbine development set to reach 300 by the end of the year.

An update on the plans was provided by Stakeholder Manager Aaron Priest at Tuesday night’s community liaison group meeting.

Mr Priest said that there are currently around 80 “local people” at the site, with the workforce consisting of local workers from the prime contractor, civil engineering firm RJ Macleod, as well as “employees. direct “and SSE staff.

But he insisted that the number had to increase as the business grew.

“Later this year, the wind farm’s workforce will grow to nearly 300 people,” he said, adding that the increase in numbers was being recorded “relatively quickly”.

The joint workforce between Viking Energy and its partner SSE is expected to peak at over 500 in 2023.

Work in progress includes work on the Upper Kergord wind substation and the excavation of 30 wind turbine pedestals.

More than 40 kilometers of tracks have been built on a 72 km “comprehensive road network”.

Aaron’s priest

He said £ 9.6million had been spent in the local supply chain, with nearly 50 companies “directly engaged” as contractors or suppliers.

“It gives you an indication of the level of progress that has been made.

Meanwhile, Mr Priest said the Community Benefits Fund linked to a £ 72million index had received 78 applications. More than 40 have already been approved, despite a slowdown in the summer months.

He said priority was given to projects closest to the development of the wind farm.

Sullivan School Board Approves Revised Budget and COVID Protocols for 2021-2022 | Health care


BLOUNTVILLE – The Sullivan County Board of Education has approved a revised general purpose school budget for 2021-2022, reflecting changes in revenue made by the county commission.

It has also adopted some sort of COVID-19 protocols for the opening of the new school year.

The year is to begin without a mask warrant, although masks are allowed in schools, no restrictions on participation in sporting events, and no COVID vaccination requirements for students, staff, faculty or others on campus.

However, board members at Tuesday’s meeting said COVID protocols are not the name of the approved opening plan, and interim director Evelyn Rafalowski said she would find a better name for the 12-part document that the board approved 5-0 with two absent.


The budget change reflects that the budget of $ 89,691,002 will have $ 1,025,574 in property tax revenues supplanted by a similar amount of sales tax revenues. The plan designates a fund balance of nearly $ 9 million to be used to balance the budget, and it funds a pay equalization plan for teachers as well as 4% increases for teachers and other system employees. school.

At the end of the meeting, BOE member Michael Hughes spoke at length about Commissioner Herschel Glover’s attempts to take action over the years to cut funding for education, although Commissioner Mark Vance spoke at the end of the meeting during public comments on the future prospect rather than the rearview mirror.

Vance pointed out that supporters of teacher salary increases to move closer to the region’s city school systems ultimately won with this school budget, which the board approved on July 8.


“We still believe COVID vaccines are a personal decision and the school district will not require COVID vaccination,†Rafalowski said, reading the draft copy of protocols to be given a new title to be determined.

Additionally, the Sullivan County Regional Health Department – not school nurses or any other school employee – will conduct contact tracing, quarantines and isolations. Students living in a household with someone who tests positive may be required to stay home for 20 days, “depending on individual circumstances,” the protocols say.

The protocols also stress that vaccinated students and staff will not be subject to quarantine unless they test positive for COVID and that some research indicates that vaccines may reduce the ability of the virus to mutate into variants.

Protocols will also not require a temperature measurement before school starts, although parents are asked not to send sick or feverish students to school. Sporting events will have no limit on the number of spectators, unless the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) “or other governing body” decides otherwise.

The school system will not publish the number of daily cases; return to meals served in the cafeteria, which will include free breakfasts and lunches for all students; field visits will revert as authorized on a case-by-case basis; disinfection and hygiene practices must continue; the water fountains will close but the water filling stations will be open; and students can bring their own bottled water.

As for the Virtual Learning Academy, Rafalowski said that while the school system’s request for a virtual operation has been approved by Tennessee, there are plans not to use it this coming school year.

“It’s something that’s there just in case,†Rafalowski said. “Currently, we have no plan to operate a Virtual Learning Academy.”

The document ends with a warning that guidelines can be changed quickly depending on health conditions, but the school system will quickly communicate this to families and the community.

Bridgeport, West Virginia Craft Market has over 20 small, women-owned businesses | New


Babe & Honey, a craft market on West Main Street in Bridgeport, is home to over 20 small, women-owned businesses.

Founder and owner Casey Gorby said it was important for her to include local businesses that support women and the community at large.

“It just happened like that, honestly, and once it was done it was good to have a bunch of women supporting each other,†she said. “The hope is that we will continue to grow and that every woman here will continue to grow.”

Gorby said the installation is a dedication to his grandmother who had a store in Nutter Fort in the late 1970s. The name “Babe & Honey” is a tribute to his grandparents, because it is so. that they were called.

“She did the same and had a little store,†Gorby said.

Gorby said being able to bring this business to the community and being received in a very positive way made it all feel like a dream come true.

“Everyone who comes in has introduced themselves, and every business on this street is really supportive,†Gorby said. “We’ve had a lot of traffic over the last month and kept quite busy. “

The market opened a month ago.

“It was all my thing, I wanted people to support local artists,†she said. “I wanted all the women to support each other too, so that we could work together.”

One of the businesses in the market is Hippie’s Daughter, owned by Elizabeth Elswick. Elswick said that having a space in the market has helped her develop into an area that is always very kind to her.

“It’s fantastic, I love being able to set up my own space. It’s so much more personal than just wholesaling at a store, â€Elswick said. “It was great being in the Bridgeport / Morgantown area because I’m not, plus I got to meet so many more business owners and buyers. It’s really unbelievable.

According to Elswick, Hippie’s Daughter is focused on making quality art and lifestyle products that bring smiles to consumers. While focusing on macrame products, it also offers macrame wall hangings, key chains, plant hangers and more. It also offers original artwork such as stickers, key chains, patches and more.

Another company is Appalachia Curated, owned by Jessie Owens. She and Curator Gorby have been friends for years.

“I grew up in a very small, fairly poor town in the Appalachian Mountains, so every time we had the extra money we would save up and buy some second-hand stuff,†Owens said. “I like vintage and different things. I’ve always been drawn to it, so this business is back to my roots.

Owens said she likes having something different that she can give people. She said she returns vintage and second-hand clothes that give customers the chance to get something that no one else has while taking care of the planet.

Hali Phares, the owner of C&H Expressions located in the market, said it was an opportunity to be part of the community and have room to grow.

“There will be so much more space here, and it’s pretty amazing,†Phares said.

Her business is a bakery that offers personalized royal iced cookies that she hopes to expand to include cupcakes, cakes and other sweet treats.

“Now that I’m here with more space, I really plan to see my ability to grow,†Phares said. “I really hope to explore with all kinds of things.”

Archi Thorne, owner of Sovereign Gypsy Handmade, said doing this labor of love in a space of his own is an incredible opportunity.

“I create my own designs for the rack, display cases and custom orders,†Thorne said. “It takes me about two days from the time I take the measurements. “

Thorne said she wanted to create something people can feel confident in and aren’t afraid to express who they are.

“I’m going to do what I love, and that’s success,†Thorne said.

Kelly Carey, owner of Mo Baby Handmade, said she started sewing “for my daughter, who has special needs. So a lot of clothes don’t fit on her and I figured I would just start making her clothes that progressed from there.

Carey makes 5T newborn clothes from mostly organic materials that are suitable for all children.

Her daughter “is really the inspiration behind this business,” said Carey. “Being able to be home and do them while supporting my family is great.”

They are looking to host more events that include kids’ classes, book clubs, social gatherings, art classes and more to bring the community together, according to Gorby.

“Most people say when they come, ‘we needed this,’ and so I really, more than anything, want it to be a place where women can come and meet,†Gorby said. “It feels good to know that there are people out there who are supporting and encouraging you.”

Babe & Honey’s summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The market is closed on Sunday and Monday.

They hope to extend their hours of operation and this information will be regularly updated on their Facebook and Instagram, Gorby said.

Babe & Honey sellers are Appalachia Curated, C&H Expressions, Mountain Mama Magick, Foxy Fonts, Parties & Peonies, Hippie’s Daughter, Golden Rose Creations, Hilos Co., Eighteenth Avenue Boutique, Hawke Design Shop, Majuscule, Sigley’s & Sawdust, Anthony Jean, Mo Baby Handmade, Quartzstone Studio Art, 310 Soap Co. deliberately created, HayCo Creations, Hilos Co. and Molly Pops.

In addition to handcrafted products, Babe & Honey also offers Sovereign Gypsy Handmade; Melissa Romano life coaching and yoga; Personalized jewelry Vittoria & Banks by Vicki Angotti; an on-site photography studio, Kailee Kroll Photography; and Roaming Roots Plant Shop.

NHC Education Council meeting resumes virtually, to cover a number of important agenda items


WILMINGTON, North Carolina (WECT) – The highly anticipated New Hanover County Board of Education meeting resumes Tuesday evening after last week’s meeting was disrupted when the audience got out of hand. The meeting was suspended and resumed practically on Tuesday.

There were many important items on the agenda that council was unable to address until the meeting was adjourned during the call to the hearing, including several policies at first reading.

One that has caught the attention of county parents is Policy 5120, which defines the district’s relationship with law enforcement.

The recently approved North Carolina Social Studies Standards are a topic of discussion; includes the rollout of new social studies standards for K-12 grades, survey-based curriculum standards, and under-represented voice curriculum standards.

The board will also discuss the renaming of the Laney High School stadium and protocols for the upcoming school year.

Another item to note under Old Business is “Legal Servicesâ€. There are no agenda attachments for this item, so it’s unclear exactly what the board plans to discuss.

Last Tuesday, the discussion of a transparency committee was approved to also be added to the agenda.

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Emory to build homes for 1,000 graduate and professional students | Emory University


Emory University will build new housing for graduate and professional students, allowing them to live within a 15-minute walk of all graduate programs. The Graduate Student and Professional Housing Initiative will improve the student experience, provide competitively priced housing, and foster a stronger and more vibrant community for graduate students and professionals.

The project will be developed in two phases along Haygood Drive, North Decatur Road and Ridgewood Drive. Emory plans to launch the first phase in fall 2022, with student occupancy beginning in fall 2024. The second phase will begin after the first has ended and the entire project is expected to be completed by 2027 When complete, the project will increase Emory’s capacity for housing availability for graduate students by providing 1,000 beds in a mix of micro-studios, studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

The project supports Emory’s mission and strategic framework by promoting Emory as an academic community of choice, says Robin Morey, vice president and director of planning for Campus Services.

“This housing initiative addresses a key need identified as part of Emory’s master planning process – the desire for graduate student and professional housing near the university’s academic programs,†said Morey. “This project will make Emory more attractive to prospective students and enhance their experience by providing a dedicated space on campus for graduate and professional students.”

In addition to providing more housing for graduate students, the design includes a Graduate Commons to support group and independent study, and the site will include a cafe and exercise room.

The project is developed based on feedback from graduate students, faculty and administrators. Graduate and professional students have said they want housing close to campus, according to the results of focus group sessions and a fall 2020 survey.

Emory chose the housing site to support students’ preference for cycling or walking to campus. The university has worked with the PATH Foundation for several years on safe off-road multi-use trails around campus, including trails that connect the planned housing complex to schools, libraries and laboratories located in the heart of campus. The Cliff shuttle will also serve the site.

The project will include a structured parking lot with 275 spaces for students who wish to pay extra to park near their apartment or students can park in the existing Emory car parks on campus. However, since this site was chosen in response to student preference for a pedestrian lifestyle, it is expected that many students who came to campus would no longer need to drive.

Some apartments will be furnished and the mix of designs will allow students to choose accommodation based on their preferred size and cost.

Emory Master Planning will hold a town hall for students, faculty and staff on the housing initiative during the fall semester and will continue to provide updates as the project develops.

How Pandemic School Closures Left Children Behind | MSU Today


William Schmidt is University Professor Emeritus and Director of Center for Curriculum Policy Studies in the College of Education. The following faculty voice is edited for the length and repurposed content of a story WalletHub posted titled “The most and least educated cities in America of 2021.”

Children were deprived of more than a year of the education they were entitled to, which had a negative impact on the knowledge, skills and reasoning skills that are essential in today’s society .

Consider math, a hierarchically structured language that has become essential in today’s tech-driven, data-driven world. For example, a question we should be asking is, “Will the absence of what is not covered in a normal 8th grade or incompletely or hastily covered due to the pandemic, will it prepare?” Would these students take algebra or the next appropriate course they would take? ”With the exception of the most talented math students, the answer is a resounding“ no. ”This is probably true for other subjects. , in particular English (reading and writing), sciences and foreign languages.

Parents, educators, society at large, but above all policy makers must not only recognize and understand, but above all must address this point. Such a discussion will precipitate controversies and political battles. Although uncomfortable, this is no excuse for doing nothing.

The impact of this situation has and will hurt all children, but it will be particularly disastrous for children of lower social classes. The harm is not only on their preparation for school, but also on their physical, social and emotional well-being.

I can talk about it both as an academic and as a parent. When my daughter is asked, she replies, “I hate school. It’s so boring and I only do exercises on the computer, but I don’t think I’m learning anything. In addition, at the height of the pandemic, its sporting activities and social gatherings were also canceled. This negative attitude towards school coupled with academic shortcomings is now carrying her into her first year of college.

Recent research I have published shows that in the United States, almost a third of the inequality in student performance between children from the lower social class and those from the upper social class stems from differences in what students learn because of their social class. . This disadvantage arises from the fact that the distribution of learning opportunities is affected by the inequitable distribution provided by schooling.

The pandemic-related reduction in the number and nature of lessons has only exacerbated the inequalities upon which learning is based.

In addition to the obvious drawbacks of changing the way of teaching, reducing the total number of school hours, and canceling school activities that affect all students, there have been additional negative consequences that affect more harshly students of lower social classes. These include examples such as lack of access to a computer, lack of a strong digital connection, lack of parental guidance during school hours due to work responsibilities, and the inability of poorer schools. to offer alternative teaching methods. Children from lower social classes have likely started the break imposed by COVID already well behind in the nature and amount of learning opportunities available to them through schooling.

That said, we will all feel the negative impact of the pandemic in the short and long term, but none more so than school-aged children and especially those from lower social class families. Not acting on behalf of every child is a symptom of moral indifference.

Tech sorry for the circumvention of funds


The Arkansas Tech University attorney apologized to state lawmakers on Monday for the school bypassing the Department of Finance and State Administration before paying $ 1.1 million in emergency financial aid grants to students.

On another issue regarding the Russellville-based school, some lawmakers are unhappy with the race-related material given to high school students attending the Arkansas Governor’s School, which the university hosts.

[DOCUMENT: Letter from House representatives » arkansasonline.com/720house]

Regarding grants, Arkansas Tech wants to use federal bailout funds to repay itself for student aid, said Thomas Pennington, Arkansas technical adviser.

Pro Tempore Senate President Jimmy Hickey R-Texarkana said Arkansas Tech violated state law by failing to send the US bailout funds to the state treasury and then making pay the school out of the treasury before grants are paid out to students.

On June 18, the Legislative Council approved Arkansas Tech’s request for spending authority to use $ 1.1 million of federal funds for emergency financial aid grants this summer. In March, President Joe Biden signed the US $ 1.9 trillion bailout package to provide coronavirus relief.

At Hickey’s request, the board’s performance review and expenditure review committee on Monday refused to make a recommendation to the full board on Arkansas Tech’s request for spending permission to use 12, $ 65 million in additional US bailout funds. The committee postponed action until Friday’s board meeting.

And later Monday, at a different meeting, the board review committee declined to make recommendations to the full board on two of Arkansas Tech’s contract proposals and a proposed refurbishment of the board. Arkansas Tech, postponing action until Friday’s board meeting.

[DOCUMENT: Letter from senators ​» arkansasonline.com/720senate]

Subsequently, State Representative Fran Cavenaugh, R-Walnut Ridge, said she was proposing to delay action on two of the proposals because some lawmakers have questions about the Arkansas Governor’s School curriculum and who controls the school, held at Arkansas Tech. She said lawmakers also had questions about Arkansas Tech’s use of US bailout funds.


After the review committee meeting, State Representative Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville, who offered to defer action on one of Arkansas Tech’s proposals, said, “I think this maybe has to do with the paper they were teaching at Governor’s School.

“I think it was called the privilege white paper,†he said.

Arkansas Tech spokesman Sam Strasner said Monday night that the document in question was titled “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” and was written in 1988 by Peggy McIntosh.

The document was included as optional class material for Governor’s School this summer due to its position as the topical source document regarding a contemporary issue, he said in a written statement.

Governor’s School co-directors and faculty have reviewed and responded to concerns expressed, Strasner said.

As a balancing act with McIntosh’s article, additional optional class material titled “The Perils of Associating ‘White’ with ‘Privilege’ in the Classroom,†by Ritika Goel, was also made available to students for use. ensure that multiple viewpoints were available. for possible classroom use, he said.

“Like many other subjects at AGS and at Governor’s Schools across the country, these optional classroom materials have been made available to help students develop the ability to articulate their own views and to think about themselves. engage in civil discourse, â€Strasner wrote.

He said the approach is in line with the rules governing the site selection for the governor’s school.

The school is funded by a grant administered by the Arkansas Department of Education, Strasner said.

He said Arkansas Tech is in its third year of its first three-year term as host site for the Governor’s Summer School. On June 10, the State Board of Education approved Arkansas Tech as the host of Governor’s School from 2022 to 2024.

[DOCUMENT: Letter from Education Secretary Johnny Key ​» arkansasonline.com/720key

About 370 students are attending the school this summer, which concludes Aug. 1, he said.


Last week, 33 House Republicans and 10 Senate Republicans sent identical letters to state Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key in which they expressed concerns about the school’s curriculum and agenda this year.

They asked in their letters that the Department of Education halt “prejudiced rhetoric and teaching of radical theories immediately” and find alternate instruction.

“We believe that the teaching of racist or hateful theory through the spending of taxpayer dollars is a disservice to our students and a misuse of the public trust,” they wrote. “We cannot allow or encourage further division based on factors such as race, gender, or socioeconomic background” in a time of increased political polarity.

In a written response to Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, whose letterhead was used for the senators’ letter, Key said he was aware of the concerns expressed by the members during “the recent session” regarding the teaching of racially prejudiced or hateful theories.

He said the rules governing the school’s site selection are “very general” with respect to curriculum and programming and don’t give the department authority to develop or prepare the materials. That process is conducted by the host institution, he said.

“Without explicit authority granted by the General Assembly to oversee curriculum of Arkansas Governor’s School, I would be hesitant to demand Arkansas Tech make immediate changes in the curriculum out of concern for possible executive branch overreach,” Key wrote.

He added that the department “does not support the teachings of topics that purport to indoctrinate students in racist or hateful theories and other concepts that are subversive to the best ideals of our nation,” and that he looked forward to working with Hammer to make regulatory or statutory changes to ensure the Governor’s School provides a positive experience for students.


In response to a question from Hickey, Pennington told lawmakers the university received an American Rescue Plan grant totaling about $22 million and most institutions received those funds about May 12.

Under the federal rules, “we have to at least draw down some of that money from what they call the G5 by Aug. 10 or we lose potentially the $22 million,” he told the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee. G5 is the federal system that the state Department of Education and colleges and universities use to draw federal funding, according to the finance department.

“One of the things that I did as the principal investigator was rush and we were here last month with a $1.1 million request to use the American Rescue Plan funds to distribute as an emergency grant to students,” Pennington said.

After May 12 and prior to the council’s Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee meeting on June 15, the state Department of Finance and Administration had a conference call with each of the state’s colleges and universities and detailed the procedure for drawing down that money, he said.

“First we come to [the committee] and then it goes to [the Legislative Council] and then the way the process was supposed to work… is that we would incur the expense, so having the money ready to go, transfer it to DF&A and DF&A would turn around and send it back to us, â€said Pennington.

Arkansas Tech sent the funds to the students after an application process and “then we were going to withdraw the funds from the G5,” he said.

“What should have happened is that we prepare the money to distribute to the students, then we take out of G5, send it to DF&A, DF&A send it back to us, then we give the money back to the students,” a Pennington said. , “there was therefore no embezzlement.”

But Arkansas Tech didn’t go through the finance department’s process, he said, and he apologized to the committee for it.

Hickey said the legislature passed a law requiring state agencies, colleges and universities to provide a detailed plan of how they plan to spend US bailout funds and also require the finance department to reporting to lawmakers on where the money was spent, so that “process is what was bypassed.

“I see this as a violation of state law,†he said. “This state only works if we follow them all, whether we like it or not.”

The checks were sent to the students on a Friday and then a few days later Arkansas Tech contacted the Department of Finance and State Administration and “they realized the seriousness of this error,” Pennington said.

Arkansas Tech was the first state higher education institution to attempt to withdraw funds from the US bailout and “we messed it up and I’m here to admit this mistake and I would ask the university not to not be punished for this isolated mistake, â€he said. .

“I ask for mercy from the committee in which we put the cart before the horse,” said Pennington.

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha in shadow of pandemic


CAIRO (AP) – Muslims around the world observed another major Islamic holiday on Tuesday in the shadow of the pandemic and amid growing concerns over the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus.

Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of the Sacrifice,†is usually marked by community prayers, large social gatherings and, for many, the slaughter of cattle and the distribution of meat to the needy. This year, the celebration comes as many countries battle the delta variant first identified in India, prompting some to impose new restrictions or call for people to avoid congregating and follow safety protocols. .

The pandemic has already wreaked havoc for the second year on a sacred pillar of Islam, the hajj, whose final days coincide with Eid al-Adha. Once attracting some 2.5 million Muslims from around the world to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the Islamic pilgrimage has been drastically curtailed due to the virus.

This year, 60,000 Saudi citizens vaccinated or residents of Saudi Arabia were allowed to perform the hajj, preventing Muslims from other countries from fulfilling the Islamic obligation.

Indonesia marked a dark Eid al-Adha amid a devastating new wave of coronavirus cases in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. Large gatherings have been banned and tighter travel restrictions imposed. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, also an influential Islamic cleric, called on people to offer holiday prayers at home with their families.

“Don’t make the crowds,” Amin said in televised remarks before the holiday began. “Protecting yourself from the COVID-19 pandemic is mandatory. “

The push was reportedly fueled by travel on another holiday – the Eid al-Fitr festival in May – and the rapid spread of the delta variant.

In Malaysia, measures have been tightened after a sharp rise in infections despite a nationwide lockdown since June 1 – people are banned from returning to their hometowns or crossing districts to celebrate. Home visits and usual travel to cemeteries are also prohibited.

Healthy worshipers are allowed to assemble for prayers in mosques, with strict social distancing and no physical contact. Ritual animal sacrifices are limited to mosques and other approved areas.

Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah urged Malaysians not to “repeat irresponsible behavior”, adding that the trips and celebrations during Eid al-Fitr and another festival on the island of Borneo have leads to new groups of cases.

“Don’t let the excitement of celebrating the Feast of the Sacrifice put us all to death from COVID-19,†he said in a statement.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin urged Muslims to stay at home. “I call on you all to be patient and abide by the rules because your sacrifice is a great jihad in the sight of Allah and in our efforts to save lives,” he said in a televised speech on the eve of the festival. .

The World Health Organization has reported that deaths from COVID-19 had increased after a period of decline. The reversal was attributed to low vaccination rates, relaxed mask rules and other precautions, and the delta variant.

The closures will drastically curtail Eid al-Adha festivities in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities.

Jihad Dib, a Sydney resident, a New South Wales state government lawmaker, said Muslims in the city were sad but understood why they would be confined to their homes without authorized visitors.

“This will be the first Eid in my life that I don’t hug and kiss my mom and dad,†Dib told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Muslims in Melbourne face their second Eid al-Adha on lockdown in as many years. The sudden announcement of Melbourne’s lockdown last week will also deal a huge financial blow to retailers who had stocked up on food before what they believed to be the usual Eid festivities.

Iran imposed a week-long lockdown on the capital, Tehran, and the surrounding region on Monday as the country grapples with a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic, state media reported. Containment begins Tuesday.

Not everyone is imposing new restrictions. In Bangladesh, authorities have allowed an eight-day break from the country’s strict lockdown for vacations that health experts say could be dangerous.

In Egypt, Essam Shaban traveled to his hometown south of Sohag to spend Eid al-Adha with his family. He said before the start of the holiday that he planned to pray in a mosque on Tuesday while taking precautions such as bringing his own prayer mat and wearing a mask.

“We want this Eid to run peacefully without any infection,†he said. “We have to follow the instructions.”

Shaban was eager to join his brothers in buying a buffalo to be slaughtered, door-to-door giving meat to the poor, and the traditional feast meal later in the day with his extended family.

“It’s usually loud with laughter and arguing with the kids,†he said. “It’s good.”

But others will be without loved ones.

In India, where Eid al-Adha begins on Wednesday, Tahir Qureshi always went with his father for prayers and then to visit family and friends. His father died in June after contracting the virus in a wave that devastated the country, and the thought of having to spend the holidays without him is heartbreaking.

“It will be difficult without him,” he said.

Indian Muslim scholars have urged people to exercise restraint and adhere to health protocols. Some states have restricted large gatherings and require people to observe the holidays at home.

Meanwhile, the economic fallout from the pandemic, which has plunged millions of Indians into financial straits, has many saying they can’t afford to buy sacrificial livestock.

In Indian-controlled Kashmir, a disputed Muslim-majority region, businessman Ghulam Hassan Wani is among those downsizing.

“I used to sacrifice three or four sheep, but this year we can barely afford one,†Wani said.


Associated Press editors around the world contributed to this report.


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Masks, lawyers and cameras on the county council agenda


EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County State Attorney Tom Haine will seek funding from the entire Madison County Council on Wednesday to add license plate-reading cameras throughout the county and hire more lawyers to prosecute cases.

The council, in its role as the Madison County board of health, will also discuss – and possibly vote – a resolution encouraging individual choice to wear masks when children return to school in the fall.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday in the boardroom of the administrative building.

Haine said on Monday he would speak out about the need for cameras and lawyers, echoing arguments made over the past week at the county council’s judiciary and finance committees.

He wants to add around 46 new license plate reading cameras that can track the plates of stolen or otherwise labeled cars. He also wants to add nine lawyers to his staff to manage a large backlog of cases.

Last week, Haine said there were currently around 120 LPR cameras – including movable cameras – in operation in Madison County. But he said they are mainly operated by local municipalities. He wants to add additional cameras to fill the loopholes in the system and coordinate their use.

The use of LPR cameras is one of the cornerstones of efforts announced by the Madison County Cross-River Task Force this spring to curb the increase in crime and criminals coming from Missouri.

The cost of the additional cameras and related expenses is expected to be around $ 1 million, which could be paid for, at least in part, through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Haine is also asking for nine new lawyers to help reduce a backlog of nearly 6,000 criminal cases.

Delays due to the coronavirus pandemic are part of the cause of the backlog. But the county has also been more aggressive than some neighboring counties in laying felony charges over the past decade.

Haine said five of the new lawyers will be permanent additions, while four will help deal with the COVID backlog. The COVID link could allow ARPA to provide funding for the increase, he said. When this source of funding has run out, attrition or other methods would be used to reduce the staff of the state attorney.

The Madison County Public Defender’s Office is also expected to ask for more money to hire lawyers. A formal proposal from this office is expected to be submitted for consideration next month.

Madison County Council will also discuss a resolution regarding parents’ choice to wear masks when students return to class in the fall on Wednesday.

The County Council constitutes the Board of Health and will meet in a special session at the start of the regular County Council meeting.

According to the agenda, the topic will be “Discussion and approval of a resolution encouraging personal choice regarding masks in schoolsâ€.

The non-binding resolution states that all Madison County school district boards “are strongly encouraged to allow families to choose whether or not to have their students wear masks in school buildings and classrooms for the school year. to come up”.

The discussion comes after some parents reached out to county board members for advice on the matter, with many saying it should be their choice if their child wears a mask.

NDOT’s Henderson Interchange project is the subject of a public meeting on Thursday


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Reducing travel delays, improving safety and improving air quality are among the priorities of the Henderson Interchange project, and the state wants the public to contribute.

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) also has “regional mobility” on its priority list.

The interchange, where the 215 Beltway meets Interstate 11 / Interstate 515, is the subject of a public information meeting Thursday at the Center Ice Room in Lifeguard Arena at 222 S. Water Street. The meeting is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The in-person meeting will have screens and project staff on-site to answer questions.

NDOT is preparing a study “to assess and document the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project,” according to a press release announcing the meeting.

A feasibility study was completed in 2020. Decisions made from this environmental study will guide final design and eventually construction, NDOT officials said.

Residents can still participate in the 24/7 virtual public meeting until August 5 at www.dot.nv.gov/hendersoninterchange, by providing feedback via the website, in person, in writing or by mail. email to [email protected] government until August 5.

For more information, contact NDOT Project Manager David Bowers at 123 E. Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101 or via the project phone: (702) 582-9933.

Requests for assistants, disability services, or limited English proficiency should be directed as soon as possible to NDOT Public Hearing Officer Cassie Mlynarek at (702) 232-5288 or by mail email to [email protected]

LCC to discuss vaccine needs for students and staff


The Lane Community College school board is the only school board in the metro area scheduled to meet this week as most of the other school boards are on summer recess and won’t meet until August.

LCC Education Council

Details: Regular meeting, Wednesday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom and can be viewed at www.lanecc.edu/academictechnology/media-services-live-college-events. People can register online in advance to make public comments during the meeting at bit.ly/3z55kaf and after a confirmation email will be sent with instructions on how to join the meeting that evening.

To note : The board will meet to discuss several important topics for the upcoming academic year, including whether to require the COVID-19 vaccine for students and staff and the search for a new college president.

As the board documents indicate, the CDC presented two separate guidelines based on the vaccination status of college campuses. Colleges can be “fully immunized†or “not fully immunized†(or “mixedâ€) campuses. A fully vaccinated campus is a campus that can verify that all students, faculty, and staff have the COVID-19 vaccine, except those who have an exemption for medical or other reasons.

The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated campuses remove mask or distancing requirements, and that mixed campuses retain those requirements for unvaccinated people.

“After months of research, investigation, discussion, town halls and analysis, the college administration recommended that Lane Community College become a fully vaccinated campus,” the documents say. “Our main goal is to create a campus environment where students and employees feel safe enough to return to school and work. We have heard a consistent and clear message from our employee groups that they will feel safe returning to our campus if we require any vaccinations. We heard a very clear message from our students: they want to come back and prefer to be back on campus where they can interact with their peers and professors.

The board will vote on whether to become a fully vaccinated campus, starting this fall.

He will also vote on whether to end the “safe reopening plan” and replace it with a general COVID-19 security plan, and looks forward to the search for a new college president.

President Margaret Hamilton announced on June 16 that she would retire at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, after five years as LCC President.

The board is to “consider the recommendations for the selection of a research consultant in the presidential research process and appoint a liaison officer to manage the operational aspects of the research”, according to the agenda.

Contact reporter Jordyn Brown at [email protected] or 541-246-4264, and follow her on Twitter @thejordynbrown and Instagram @registerguard. Support local journalism, subscribe to The Register-Guard.

Request to publicize Ludhiana MC’s meeting agenda ignored: The Tribune India


Harshraj Singh

Tribune press service

Ludhiana, July 18

Although people democratically elect MC councilors for their respective neighborhoods, the agendas and minutes of the municipal society and F&CC house meetings in Ludhiana are still not made public on the website. of the civic organism.

Some activists and members of various NGOs had previously raised questions and asked that when the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, could share information about such meetings on its official website, why the Ludhiana MC could not.

They have long requested that the MC, Ludhiana, also ensure the availability of the agenda and minutes of the meetings on its official website so that the townspeople can learn about the functioning of the civic body as well. than their elected officials.

City resident Col JS Brar (ret’d) said, “There is nothing secret about F&CC and General House MC meetings. When councilors are elected by the people, no information should be withheld from the public. Residents should be informed of the budget and expenses for each project and work in the MC.

He said: “The agendas and minutes of these meetings are not made public due to corruption in the civic body and the bad intentions of some people. “

Professor Komal Gurnoor Singh, a social activist, said: “We want to know what is being done by the MC to address civic issues in various areas. People want to know what measures are being taken for the development of the city and what is the use of the money paid in the form of taxes by the residents of the city. To ensure transparency and accountability, the MC should share the agendas and minutes of F&CC and House meetings on their website and post them in their offices.

He suggested that notice boards regarding the work (with expenses) carried out by the ward councilor concerned be posted outside his office. In addition, a residents’ committee in each neighborhood should be formed to oversee the work of their elected representative, he added.

Another resident, Jaskirat Singh, said: “We had requested that the agenda and minutes of all MC meetings be made available to the public on the MC Ludhiana website, but to no avail.

Tallahassee Community College announces promotions


Tallahassee Community College announces academic promotions

Calandra Stringer, rector and vice president of academic affairs at Tallahassee Community College, announced several promotions of candidates within the college.

Each associate dean will start new roles on Monday:

Tricia Rizza, associate dean of faculty initiatives. As a faculty member, Rizza has served on several committees for institutional initiatives including high impact practices, freshman experience, and the RISE Eagle Summer Academy.

Jennifer russell, associate dean of health professions. Russell previously served as Director of Nursing Programs. She is also a registered nurse practitioner. provide patient care in critical, acute and subacute care settings.

Nick Vicky, Associate Dean of Communications and Human Sciences. Vick previously served as Director of Learning Commons, Director of the Specialized Program.

Summer twilight, associate dean of social sciences. Dusek previously served as Director of the TCC Career Enrichment Center. Additionally, she has taught psychology and student success courses at the College as an adjunct professor.

Angelina Kulechova, Associate Dean of Sciences and Mathematics. Kuleshova has worked as an assistant professor of mathematics and president-elect of the faculty’s Senate, co-chair of the Early Alert advisory group and course coordinator for Intermediate Algebra.

Ryan Preatto has been appointed Director of Student Services at Tallahassee Community College

TCC Appoints Ryan Preatto New Director of Student Services

Gerald Jones, associate vice president for student affairs at TCC, has appointed Ryan Preatto director of student services.

Preatto will oversee the counseling center, student accessibility services, student emergency relief and the student life office.

He comes to TCC from McNeese State University.

Preatto received his associate degree from Delgado Community College. In addition, he received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in criminal justice from McNeese State University.

Preatto is a member of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA), the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (ACPA), and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Tallahassee Community College Campus File Photo

TCC holds ceremony for students earning GED degrees

Tallahassee Community College is holding a graduation ceremony for more than a dozen GED graduating students at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. The ceremony will be held in the Student Union Ballroom.

TCC offers a course leading to certifications in financial services

The Workforce division of Tallahassee Community College offers courses that prepare students for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exams.

For more information, contact the Workforce Development Division at 850-201-8760 or [email protected]

The Phil Foster Park Scuba Diving Trail in Riviera Beach is a paradise for parrotfish, damselflies, arrow crabs, octopus, turtles, manatees and stingrays.

FSU PhD student to study in France with the Chateubriand scholarship

A doctoral student in biological sciences from Florida State University received an international scholarship to study coral reefs and parrotfish in France this fall.

Marine ecologist Joshua Manning will use the Chateubriand grant to collaborate with Simon Benhamou, CNRS research director at the Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, CEFE, the largest French research center in ecology and evolutionary ecology, in Montpellier, France.

The scholarship, created in 1981, is awarded by the French Embassy to outstanding doctoral students from American universities and helps them conduct research in France and work with French scientists.

Manning actively shares his research in public and academic settings.

Prior to coming to FSU to work with Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Sophie McCoy, Manning received a BS in Marine Sciences from the University of Maine in 2013 and an MS in Biology from California State University Northridge in 2017.

His current research on coral reef ecology and social behaviors of Caribbean parrotfish in the small Caribbean island of Bonaire is being conducted in collaboration with two biological science interns from FSU and the American Academy for Underwater Sciences, and he is eager to learn from French researchers during his fraternity.

File photo of students on the Florida A&M University campus

FAMU Biological Systems Engineering Student Awarded

Melvin Jordan, a biological systems engineering student at Florida A&M University College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, was recently named Outstanding Student of the Year 2021 by the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

Jordan received the award at the organization’s meeting and awards banquet last month.

ASABE recognizes its outstanding student members as those who excel academically and demonstrate community involvement by participating in local, regional or international activities and by holding leadership positions within the organization.

Jordan is currently president of the ASABE student section of FAMU and he is the first historically black college and university (HBCU) student to become a parliamentarian for the Southeastern Region Students Association ‘ASABE.

Two FAMU students win $ 5,000 in Crème of Nature scholarships

Two Florida A&M University students are among 20 recipients of Crème of Nature’s HBCU Legacy to Leadership Fellowship Program.

Miles Armstrong, Xavier Hammond and each of the HBCU students from across the United States are expected to receive a $ 5,000 scholarship, which represents $ 100,000 in global funding for the Creme of Nature brand.

In addition, winners will also receive Creme of Nature products, in addition to being honored as part of the company’s virtual Legacy To Leadership celebration.

Contact senior writer Byron Dobson at [email protected] or on Twitter @byrondobson.

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UK Prime Minister Johnson cancels plan to skip quarantine after COVID exposure


  • PM turns around after backlash, will now self-isolate
  • Plan to dodge full quarantine lasted less than three hours
  • ‘Freedom Day’ plans to continue despite increasing cases
  • Johnson begs the public to take a cautious approach

LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak will both self-isolate under national guidelines, dropping their heavily criticized plans to participate in a pilot program that would have allowed them to continue to work.

The U-turn comes a day after Health Minister Sajid Javid said he tested positive for COVID-19 and at a time when the government’s response to the coronavirus is under close scrutiny.

Almost all remaining restrictions in England will be lifted on Monday despite an upsurge in infections as ministers trust the advanced vaccine program. Read more

Cases rise by more than 50,000 a day and hundreds of thousands of Britons are asked to self-isolate for 10 days, wreaking havoc on employers and parents, causing train cancellations and forcing some businesses to close their doors .

The government announced at 07:00 GMT that Johnson and Sunak had been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and would be participating in a testing program that would allow them to continue working instead of self-isolating.

But less than three hours later, that decision was overturned after a wave of criticism from voters, political opponents and business owners.

“We briefly looked at the idea of ​​being part of the pilot program… but I think it’s much more important that everyone follow the same rules,†Johnson said in a video message from his country residence, where he s. ‘will isolate. until July 26.

Opposition politicians had said it was hypocritical of Johnson and Sunak for trying to exempt themselves from certain rules.

“Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were arrested again for thinking the rules we all follow did not apply to them,†Labor leader Keir Starmer said.

Sunak also acknowledged the backlash from their initial decision.

“I recognize that even the feeling that the rules are not the same for everyone is wrong,” he said on Twitter.

The government’s handling of the pandemic has been marked by episodes that have damaged public confidence – most recently when then-Health Minister Matt Hancock was pictured kissing a counselor, in violation of social distancing regulations. He then resigned.

Housing Minister Robert Jenrick confirmed the government will move forward with its ‘freedom day’ plan on Monday, removing the requirement to wear face masks, lifting limits on social gatherings and allowing reopening high-risk businesses. Read more

Johnson used his video message to implore the public to take a cautious approach to the rule change.

“Please, please, please be careful,†he said.

“Take the next step tomorrow with all due care and respect for others, for the risks that the disease continues to present and, above all, please, please, please. please when you are asked to receive that second jab.. please go ahead and do it. “

The ministers argue that the vaccination program, in which 87.8% of the adult population received a vaccine and 67.8% were doubly vaccinated, largely severed the link between cases and mortality.

“The last time we had cases at the level we have today, the number of people who died from the virus was 30 times that of today,†Jenrick told the BBC.

Reporting by William James and Guy Faulconbridge; edited by Kirsten Donovan and Jane Merriman

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Senate adopts the full agenda for the first week of the special session | Notice


The Senate passed legislation covering every subject put on the agenda by Governor Greg Abbott in just days, but any part of it is unlikely to reach the governor’s office after opponents of an election bill broke the quorum in the House, leaving that House unable to do business. They traveled to Washington, DC, to lobby federal lawmakers for voting rights legislation that they said would block the Texas proposal, but in the Senate there were still enough members to consider the vote. legislation. They did so quickly, by arranging committee hearings, debating and voting on all topics eligible for consideration under the session call. “We have now reached the goal of passing each proclamation bill within the first week,” said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. “We will stay until there is a quorum in the other room so that we can conduct business on behalf of the people of Texas.”

The author of the Senate version of the Election Bill said the rhetoric against the bill was overblown and that his bill would increase voting opportunities while cracking down on bad actors. “This bill is about making it easier to vote and hard to cheat,” Senator Mineola Bryan Hughes said. It prohibits counties from setting their own election times during early voting periods, instead allowing polling stations to open for any nine-hour period between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., an hour longer than under of the current law. It would also ban drive-thru voting and soliciting postal ballot requests from those who are not eligible to vote by mail in Texas. It prohibits the paid collection of votes, requires camera surveillance in all central counting locations, and gives poll observers more leeway to observe electoral procedures. It also creates a process by which a mail ballot can be corrected by a voter if there is an error or disputed signature match.

On Wednesday, the Senate passed legislation to reform the state’s bail procedures. Author and Houston Senator Joan Huffman says the existing system is broken, dangerous offenders are released on minimum bail, putting violent criminals back on the streets and endangering public safety. SB 6 and SJR 3 would ask voters in Texas to approve an amendment to the state constitution allowing judges to deny bail when clear and compelling evidence shows that an individual charged with a violent offense represents a permanent threat to public safety. It also creates a bailout training program for magistrates and creates a statewide database of bail decisions that would be made public. Under the legislation, judges would be aided in these decisions by a new tool that would bring together all relevant information, such as the nature of the offense and the defendant’s criminal history, as well as the proposed bail terms.

Other laws approved by the Senate this week include:

SB 2, of Perry, would require athletes in public schools and colleges to compete in sports divisions corresponding to the biological sex listed on their original birth certificate.

SB 3, by Hughes, would ban the teaching of critical race theory in public schools.

SB 4, from Lucio, would ban the distribution of abortion drugs by mail order.

SB 5, by Hughes, would create a legal remedy for people who feel they have been banned from social media for expressing political or religious views.

SB 7, by Huffman, would authorize a bonus annuity check for retired educators.

SB 8, by Bettencourt, would allow homebuyers to qualify for a new property tax exemption in the year they buy their home.

This session will likely serve as a trial for a second special session called immediately after the current session ends on August 6th. The governor can call as many sessions as he wants and has said he will do so until these invoices reach his office.

RICHARD LEE covered 10 Texas Senate Sessions for the Texas Senate Media, a non-partisan report on the day-to-day affairs of the Texas Senate, including session action, committee coverage, and press conference reports .

UF College of Medicine Adds First New Clinical Department in 30 Years


Kevin Vincent, MD, Ph.D., (center) founding chair of UF College of Medicine’s new Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or PM&R, speaks during a meeting with faculty from the department and residents of UF Health Rehab Hospital. PM&R is the college’s first new clinical department in 30 years. (Photo by Jesse Jones.)

Courtesy of UF Santé


the University of Florida College of Medicine launched the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, or PM&R, the first time in 30 years, a new clinical department has been formed.

The new department works to improve the functional capacities and quality of life of people with physical impairments or handicaps.

PM&R responds to an important need UF Health providing a medical center for inpatients and outpatients who require long-term care, such as those who have suffered a stroke, spinal cord injury, head trauma, neuromuscular disease, musculoskeletal injury or sports, back pain, congenital disability or limb amputation, according to the founding president Kevin vincent, MD, Ph.D.

“A PM&R physician serves as the primary care physician for people with complex medical conditions, coordinating all the care these patients need to help them become as functional as possible,†said Vincent, John H. and Mary Lou Dasburg in physics. medicine and rehabilitation.

“Our doctors are there to examine the whole picture of a patient in order to help him acquire the highest level of function possible, including his physical capacities, his psychological well-being, his role within his family. and in the community, â€he added.

The new department has 11 faculty members, with another scheduled to start in September, four advanced practice providers, or APPs, and five staff members. Four second-year residents and four first-year residents are participating in the department’s four-year training program, and the department plans to continue expanding, potentially adding more specialist physicians and deepening each specialty.

The goal, said Vincent, is to create a top 10 of PM&R academic departments that provide high-value, high-impact care.

“We want to continue to push the boundaries of discovery in physical medicine and innovative methods of rehabilitative care, and the PM&R department will enable us to meet our high expectations,” said Colleen Koch, MD, MS, MBA, Dean of UF College of Medicine. “This new department makes sense for UF Health, but more importantly, it makes sense for our patients. “

With the transition from a division within the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation to a stand-alone department, Vincent said they were in a better position to compete for federal grants and other research funding.

UF’s PM&R physicians also serve as supervising physicians for UF Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a collaboration between Select Medical and UF Health and the main site for residents of the department during their second year of training. In September, the hospital was recognized as the best rehabilitation center in Florida by Newsweek magazine in its first ranking of the best rehab facilities in the country.

An English gentleman’s mansion in Newmarket was renowned for its social gatherings


In this week’s Remember This column, History Hound Richard MacLeod tells the story of The Cedars, owned by merchant Robert Smith, who began building it in 1856.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on the historic home affectionately known as Maple Gables and now we’ll take a look at another property steeped in local history, The Cedars, located on what is now Victoria Street. As with Maple Gables, the property’s rich history is forever linked to that of its owners.

In the 1800s, it was the custom for British landowners to send one of their sons to the “colonies”, setting them up in the style they were used to. The protagonist of our account certainly fits this profile.

RH Smith, who came from England in the early 1860s, was known as a money transfer man, an individual who received money from the house to fund his way of life here in Newmarket. Smith purchased a large property on the west side of Main Street, stretching from Millard’s Lane to the south side of what is now Park Avenue and as far west as Lorne Avenue, a total of 16 acres.

It seems Smith was a bit of a wheel merchant, as he convinced the town to open a new road stretching from Main to Church Street and north from Church to Millard’s Lane. In return, Smith donated the property between Church and Main to the city. Right in the middle of this large estate, Smith began building a large Georgian-style mansion around 1856.

From the Stickwood Brickworks account books, we know that Smith ordered over 48,000 bricks for its construction. The house had a huge circular driveway as it approached Church Street. If you decide to visit the mansion, note the beautiful trees that still exist around the property. We are told it must have been a pretty impressive property with spacious lawns, flowering shrubs, and flower beds tended by its servants.

So where does the name Les Cèdres come from? There appear to have been cedar hedges planted around the property and dividing the estate into individual zones.

Smith had brought the whole house together. He had an English butler, cook and many servants, as well as grooms for his horses and the aforementioned field team. Smith may have had a rough time as he eventually cut off all the land between Church and Victoria Streets, extending the aforementioned new road all the way to Victoria. This new road was called New Street.

He also cut all the land from the west side of Lorne Avenue to the west side of Elm Street. Lorne between Millard and Timothy was then opened as a street. Lorne Avenue was named after the Marquis of Lorne, the fourth Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883.

The lots on the south side of Millard between Elm and Victoria were also cut, but one lot was intentionally left unsold to provide an entrance to the mansion and the property. Millard Lane was widened and renamed Millard Avenue.

In 1890, New Street and Louisa Street were merged, connecting Lorne Avenue with Main Street, and this street was renamed Park Avenue.

In 1903, the remaining parts of this once huge estate were sold. We see the separation of Elm Street and the lots on the east side. All lots on the north side of Park Avenue between Elm and Victoria were also cut.

Before the separation of the lots along the park, a long row of cedars partially obscured the mansion. Several of these cedars had grown from hedge to trees, some reaching 50 feet, over the years.

In oral history interviews I conducted, I heard about the fruit trees and bushes that covered the land, from the three varieties of grapes to cherry and plum trees. There were apparently two huge summer houses that local children were playing in at the time.

The mansion is still the same, I am told. Approaching the house, one remembers an old southern plantation house with a wide veranda surrounding three sides of the house and the roof supported by numerous cylindrical Corinthian-style pillars with a turned spindle balustrade.

There was a wide staircase and everything was painted white, forming an impressive approach. There were two sets of similar stairs, one on either side of the rear wing, leading to ground level.

Based on a description by Elman Campbell, we are told that one entered a main hall, larger than most living areas, with siding, and a fairly elegant curved staircase to the second floor. He noted the tall Florentine-style windows that were 2 1/2 stories tall. They are said to provide enough light for the ground floor and the second floor.

Campbell continues our tour through two ornate doors that open into the main hall, one leading to the front main lounge and the other to a smaller rear lounge. There were patio doors leading to the wide wraparound veranda at the front of the house.

Each of the living rooms had a fireplace and a pantry was located behind the back living room. On the ground floor there was a library or an office with patio doors to the veranda. Behind the library was the main dining room which also had a door to the veranda.

The second floor had six rooms and a long, narrow room that served as a sewing room. The third floor had only one room, used by the cleaning lady. A door from this room led to a storage area, an attic I guess, which contained a large lead-lined water storage tank with a gutter draining rainwater from the roof into the tank to fill it up.

We know the house had an indoor water system since Campbell mentioned a system leading to the basement where the laundry room was located. A large cast iron kettle hung where the water in the house was heated.

In addition to the utility room, there were six other rooms in the basement, including a wine cellar and what they called a cold cellar. The remaining rooms were reserved for the butler and his family. All the food in the house was prepared and transported to the dining room via a dumbwaiter, like in an English country house.

There was also a two-story wing that extended west of the main house, measuring approximately 25 feet by 60 feet. The second floor of this wing had five bedrooms and a large living room with a stove. This area with the stove was a common space for the servants. The ground floor of this extension housed a saddlery, a dining room, a kitchen, a scullery and a pantry used by the servants and a driving shed.

I know many of you don’t remember a time when there was no plumbing inside, but even the mansions had outhouse toilets and in this case it was in the rear of the extension wing. The description is quite amusing by Campbell who called it very elaborate, with hinged seats, one three-hole, two for adults and one for children.

Behind the building was a small smokehouse made of solid bricks. In the 1930s, this large area was demolished as well as the outbuildings and this magnificent veranda was removed.

If you’ve read my previous articles on Newmarket Today, you’ll notice that this house was famous for its hospitality and social gatherings in the 1880s and 1890s, with the whole town entertaining there from time to time. After an important local or regional event, everyone retired to Les Cèdres for refreshments.

If you are on the move, a walk in front of the house is a must. Located at 154 Victoria Street, it remains an impressive house and now that you know a little more about it, one can imagine witnessing an occasion at the mansion in the 1880s.

Sources: The Reminiscences of Elman Campbell; Newmarket Era Articles; Newmarket Stories – An Old Town in Ontario by Robert Terence Carter; The Story of Newmarket by Ethel Trewhella


Newmarket resident Richard MacLeod the history dog ​​has been a local historian for over 40 years. He writes a weekly article on the history of our city in partnership with Newmarket Today, organizes local heritage lectures and walking tours, and conducts local oral history interviews.

What will be on the agenda? – The diplomat


At the 15th G20 summit in Saudi Arabia in November, it was officially announced that Indonesia will assume the chairmanship of the grouping in 2022. In preparation, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued a presidential decree establishing a national committee for the organization of the G20 next year. Mountain peak. The decree, released in May 2021, describes the involvement of various Indonesian ministries in the preparation of the event, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Following Jokowi’s tenure, these three strategic ministries all presented Indonesia’s vision for the G20 Summit. First, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi recently identified some key issues for debate by the 20 most advanced economies in the world. Retno stressed the urgency of focusing on the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of building productivity, resilience, sustainability, partnership and leadership among G20 countries. She also said Indonesia will work to strengthen diplomacy in the health sector, highlighting the current wide gap between developed and developing countries on COVID-19 vaccine.

Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto added that Indonesia has an interest in pursuing structural and financial reforms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in areas such as digitization, human resource development and empowerment of women and youth. He also cited the importance of the G20’s global efforts to mitigate the risks of future pandemics. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani endorsed the issue of financial reforms, saying Indonesia will prepare a sustainable finance program ahead of the summit. The discussion will focus on developing more robust infrastructure finance, financial regulation and financial inclusion, as well as a green finance program.

While Indonesia’s domestic concerns were highlighted by the three ministers, the G20 is not just about the host’s own interests; it should address issues relevant to the group as a whole. So what are the main priorities of the G20 countries today?

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Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic will be high on the agenda for next year’s summit, as evidenced by Indonesia’s choice of “Recover Together, Recover Stronger†as the main theme of the meeting. . While the group has effectively managed the consequences of the 2008 financial crisis, the challenges posed by the pandemic are both more serious and more multifaceted. Additionally, the pandemic has emerged among a host of other worrying global challenges and trends, from rising populism and polarization to democratic regression and persistent economic inequality. Many argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these trends, while also revealing the significant gap between G20 governments in crafting consistent, swift and effective measures to tackle the virus. The crisis has also exposed the weaknesses of the current system of global governance, including fora like the G20.

The G20 has also been criticized for its slow and inadequate response to the pandemic. Although the group met a few times to discuss the COVID-19 crisis, the proposed cooperative actions were not compatible with the incentives of individual governments. Each government has prioritized its responsibility to protect its own citizens, not the group as a whole. In that sense, the G20 has not been immune to growing nationalism that has confused various forms of multilateral cooperation, prompting one scholar to describe the group as “lacking in action” on COVID-19.

The predominance of the United States in the group may also have contributed to the failures of the G20. Under the leadership of Donald Trump for example, the United States extended its rivalry with China to the group, disrupting collective efforts to deal with the virus. Like many multi-level international governance bodies, the G20 is arguably not immune to the power gap between its members. The situation calls for fundamental reform, and Indonesia may seek to make progress in this direction next year. While changes in leadership in the White House may provide a greater degree of G20 solidarity, much of the tension between Beijing and Washington remains.

Perhaps the most discussed criticism of the group is the fluidity of the G20 summit agenda. Each host country is allowed to bring something new to the G20 agenda at each annual meeting and thus contributes to the cluster’s lack of a coherent and sustainable policy response. In this case, Indonesia needs to ensure that the final G20 action plan can help individual member states achieve their own goals.

Indonesia’s position will primarily focus on representing the voices of developing countries sitting outside the G20. Last year, for example, Jokowi highlighted the importance of debt restructuring for low-income countries and financial support for developing states to escape the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic. With these specific interests in mind, Indonesia should be able to encourage all G20 members to develop the political will necessary to revive the global economy. Indonesia must act as the guardian of G20 multilateralism, and not just as a “developing countryâ€. Consensus is a rarity in global governance today, and therefore equity and inclusion among members must be demonstrated as core values.

In designing the policy, the participation of all relevant stakeholders is necessary for the results of the policy to properly meet the demands of the general public, including young people. Young people are one of the groups of the world’s population that has been hardest hit by the current crisis. The younger generation is currently facing a more digitalized world with a high risk of unemployment and changing professional requirements and skills. In many G20 economies, young people make up the majority of the population and are therefore a major engine of economic growth. Their ideas will be invaluable for the G20 to develop more appropriate and effective policies.

Indonesia’s agenda for next year’s G20 summit is aligned with last year’s OECD report on Policies for a Strong Recovery and a Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient Future, which described the importance of developing and distributing healthcare and diagnostic equipment – especially COVID-19 vaccines – equally. , promote efficient and robust global value chains, build a more environmentally sustainable economy and prevent sudden capital outflows and sovereign debt crises. However, in the negotiation process, Indonesia is required to anticipate the “political†divide among the G20 member states. Indonesia can hold pre-summit meetings with major countries like China, US, UK, and Japan to gain political support in advance. These consultations will be essential if Indonesia is to be successful in pursuing meaningful reforms during the period of its presidency.

Founded in 1999, the G20 was initially a consortium designed to respond to the Asian financial crisis of 1997. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a host of social, economic and political challenges around the world, the presence and contribution of the G20 are in the spotlight. Indonesia’s hosting of the G20 summit next year offers a chance for the Jokowi administration to reaffirm the nation’s leadership and help build consensus among the world’s largest economies towards a collective solution. to global issues.

University of Michigan to review how it deals with cases of sexual misconduct


ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Michigan announced institutional changes to its sexual misconduct policies at Thursday’s board meeting.

Among those changes are an overhaul of its investigative body that examines misconduct, as well as rule changes such as banning teachers and students from entering into relationships.

President Mark Schlissel presented the policy changes in his opening remarks at the Regents’ meeting on July 15. The changes were informed both by community feedback, as well as recommendations from law firm WilmerHale reports on the sexual misconduct of former Marshal Martin Philbert and the late Dr. Robert Anderson.

Learn more about the Robert Anderson case here.

“The sweeping changes and actions we are announcing today are informed by the contribution of hundreds of people within our community and national best practices,†Schlissel said in a prepared statement. “This includes the faculty and staff who have been engaged in these issues for years, the students who have shared their experiences, and the engaged members of our faculty governance groups. “

Read more: University of Michigan President Regents to Announce Changes to Sexual Misconduct Policies

UM replaces the Office of Institutional Equity, whose investigations into various misconduct cases across the university have come under scrutiny in recent years. The new office will be called the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office (ECRT).

The main differences will be that the new office will report directly to Schlissel and focus more on creating a culture that invites survivors to report their abuse, Schlissel said.

“The office we are transforming into ECRT previously was heavily focused on investigations,†he told MLive / The Ann Arbor News ahead of the meeting. “Now we add to that … care and support, as well as prevention and education. “

Although Schlissel said the OIE conducted its investigations well, it was not “optimally supportive of those who came forward”.

The ECRT, which will be officially formed by August 1, will be headed by Tamiko Strickman, the former director of the OIE. Her new title is that of ECRT Executive Director, and her staff will be made up not only of investigators, but also of people specializing in trauma support. Other positions include resolution offices which ensure complaint investigations are completed and information is shared among departments in the UM.

“Tami Strickman’s leadership has been essential as we worked through these changes and she is the right person to lead us into this new era of preventing and addressing misconduct and discrimination in our community,†Schlissel said.

Strickman has been named in two lawsuits accusing her of mishandling sexual misconduct complaints while she was an investigator and deputy Title IX coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Read more: University of Michigan official mismanaged Title IX case at another Big 10 university, lawsuit says

“The university has carefully reviewed the Nebraska lawsuits and has full confidence in Tami Strickman to lead the ECRT office,†said UM spokesman Rick Fitzgerald.

A spokesperson for the University of Nebraska told MLive / The Ann Arbor News that there was no reason to question UM’s decision to appoint Strickman for the new role.

UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint will have their own versions of the ECRT that will report directly to the chancellors of those campuses, according to a UM statement.

ECRT will include a new Department of Prevention, Education Support, and Resources that specifically trains faculty and staff on sexual misconduct reporting policies.

“This office will enhance resources to educate our community and support those affected by sexual violence and harassment,†said Regent Jordan Acker. “He will do it carefully, and in a (trauma-informed) and culturally-informed manner.”

Supervisor relations, revocation of emeritus status

One of the main policy changes is the ban on relationships between subordinates and supervisors, or between students and teachers. This is a direct response to the controversy surrounding Philbert, who was involved in years of sexual misconduct that were discovered during his hiring process as dean of the School of Public Health in 2010. .

This policy will be taken on a case-by-case basis, Schlissel told MLive / The Ann Arbor News, but there will be no tolerance for anyone in a managerial position to “seek a personal or romantic relationship with someone they she has supervisory authority or career influence over.

“It’s exceptionally important because of the power dynamics,†he said. “Sometimes it’s hard for people to say no effectively and then you put an employee in a really tough spot. “

Acker added that UM is one of the first universities he knows to have implemented this specific policy.

Another policy now allows UM to revoke the honorary emeritus status of a faculty member if they violate the new misconduct policy. These faculty members have a variety of privileges which can be found here. The university will now implement a formal process to revoke this status if violated even after the person has left UM.

The university is also developing a policy to further punish retaliation against survivors who report abuse. UM’s current all-campus policy prohibits retaliation, but the policy will be clarified, Schissel said.

Strengthen investigations

Some of the previous failures of the OIE surveys and the academic recruitment process have stemmed from a “decentralization” of information, Schlissel said.

“One key thing that we found about failures is that information is often available, but it is (divided) in different places,†he told MLive / The Ann Arbor News. “We have to find ways to sweep it all together. “

UM will develop a database that will track not only violations of the sexual misconduct policy, but all complaints, Schlissel said. This will be made available to investigators and staff involved in the process of hiring and verifying employees.

“Our faculty committees are really good people,†Acker said, “and they want to do the right thing. To do the right thing, they need comprehensive information.

When Philbert was running for dean of the School of Public Health in 2010, officials uncovered allegations of sexual harassment against him from 2003 and 2005, according to the WilmerHale report. At least one person told then-provost Philip Hanlon and research committee chair Paula Lantz, in a confidential and anonymous poll, that Philbert subjected the person to “inappropriate sexual comments and suggestions. and unwanted â€. Philbert eventually became the dean, then the provost in 2017.

Read more: Investigation into former MU marshal reveals long history of sexual misconduct

Regarding Walter Lasecki, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the OIE investigated him in July 2020 for allegations of unwanted advances, trial and error and harassment at social gatherings and industry conferences .

The OIE investigation initially determined that Lasecki did not commit sexual misconduct or violate the university’s policies on sexual harassment. However, an independent investigation by the Association for Computer Machinery research group, conducted after the OIE investigation, found that Lasecki had committed a fault and had banned him from ACM events for five years, according to a door. – speech of the association.

Read moreComputer science professor quits over allegations of sexual misconduct at University of Michigan

Michael Wellman, chairman of the CSE department, said in June that he was aware of the ACM investigation, but that the organization had never informed him, or any UM official, of this. investigation. Lasecki announced his resignation in June.

Read moreComputer science professor quits over allegations of sexual misconduct at University of Michigan

Other policy changes:

  • UM will create a set of ‘shared values ​​and standards’ for the university led by Patricia Hurn, Dean of the School of Nursing and Sonya Jacobs, Head of Organizational Learning for UM and Senior Director of Faculty Development and leadership at Michigan Medicine. Their work will be carried out with Guidepost Solutions.
  • Adding prevention and education resources not only for victims of sexual violence, but also for other protected classes such as race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and all marginalized communities.
  • Perform an assessment of the university’s ethics and compliance functions.
  • Centralize the reporting of complaints through an academic website, which can be accessed at sexualmisconduct.umich.edu/reporting-process.

Finally, some of Dr Anderson’s victims spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting. 1970 graduate Michael Soranno detailed Anderson touching Soranno with his “big sweaty, loveless hands.”

Soranno pointed out that as lawyers, Acker and Regent Mark Bernstein have represented victims of sexual abuse, so they know how to support them.

“I ask you to cooperate with the Michigan attorney general so that we can have the transparency we deserve,” he said.

Several Anderson survivors appealed to UM to allow Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate Anderson’s conduct and the university’s role in it. Other survivors who spoke on Thursday included Chandra Montgomery Nicol, a 1987 graduate, and former UM wrestler Tad DeLuca.

Read more from The Ann Arbor News:

Michigan State University pushes for more nurses to treat survivors of sexual assault

University of Michigan President Regents to Announce Changes to Sexual Misconduct Policies

University of Michigan must release employee salary information after losing FOIA lawsuit

Democrats deploy $ 3.5 trillion budget to deliver Biden’s broad agenda


West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III, the centrist Democrat whose support could be instrumental, told reporters after lunching with the president that he had concerns about some of the climate talk. But he did not rule out supporting the budget proposal or the subsequent package. Arizona Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema and other key moderate, also stayed behind on Wednesday.

Still, the $ 3.5 trillion package had something to appeal to Senior Democrats who were eager to use it to advance their long-standing priorities. For Senator Patty Murray of Washington, chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Work and Pensions, it was an extension of a more generous child tax credit, as well as grants for child care, preschool and paid family leave.

For Mr. Sanders, it was about the health insurance and climate provisions.

“Finally, we are going to have America in a position of world leader in the fight against climate change,” he said.

Mr Tester said the need for school building was so great that billions of billions could go alone.

“The plan is an important first step,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, adding that she was focusing on funding universal child care. “We are slicing the money now to find the right ways to do it. “

The budget measure is expected to include language banning tax increases on small businesses, farms and people earning less than $ 400,000, fulfilling a promise Mr. Biden has kept throughout negotiations. When asked on Wednesday whether the proposed carbon tariff would violate that commitment, Mr Wyden replied: “We haven’t heard that argument.”

Lisa Friedman and Nicolas fandos contributed reports.

Equity & education: two great stories to follow this Wednesday


The Senate Education Committee will consider Bill 324 (Guarantee dignity and non-discrimination / Schools) this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Many educators in North Carolina are concerned that the law may hamper teachers’ ability to openly discuss systemic inequalities with their students.

Here is how the Public Schools Forum described the legislation in May as it made its way to State House:

… the most recent version of House Bill 324 calls for a fear-based approach to limit teachers’ ability to discuss the reality of racism in the United States and would limit student engagement with history, current events and personal health, as well as their social and emotional learning.

The bill will also hamper efforts at the school district level to understand and address the root cause of inequalities in our education system and fill the gap in opportunity. While non-discrimination and unity are worthy ideals that we should all strive for every day, this bill would take us further away from those goals. The only way to truly work for unity and non-discrimination is to face our country’s complicated past and present with courage and honesty.

We have made progress in the movement towards a fairer and more equitable world, but we still have a lot of work to do. Engaging students in these critical conversations and complex issues is an ideal way for students to analyze, challenge, and generate solutions to difficult real world problems. By denying our students these opportunities, we are also denying them their constitutional right to a solid basic education, and we are putting them and our nation at a disadvantage in the future. We should not deny this right to students just because these truths are difficult and uncomfortable.

Our students are ready to learn and to reinvent a better future for all of us. And, in order to do that, we need to make sure they are up to date with the facts and have the knowledge and skills to get us there.

Policy Watch education reporter Greg Childress will monitor today’s Senate committee meeting.

You can follow the debate on HB 324 this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with a audio stream available here.

Chancellor Guskiewicz

The second education story you’ll want to watch will end in Chapel Hill as the UNC faculty council holds an emergency meeting amid concerns that the school board and the board of trustees UNC system governors plan to replace Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz.

Guskiewicz has recently been criticized for handling the controversy over the tenure of acclaimed journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.

New members of the UNC-CH board are sworn in this week and could push for his dismissal.

Mimi Chapman, President of the UNC Faculty, at Raleigh News & Observer the optics would be terrible:

… Removing Guskiewicz from chancellor would be a “threat to the well-being of our campus”, especially at a time when the university is also looking for a new rector.

Hannah-Jones, for whom refused UNC for Howard University after a tumultuous battle for tenure, responded to the news this way:

Although much of today’s Faculty Council meeting takes place behind closed doors, a live broadcast will be available on this link from 3:00 p.m.

London to keep masks on public transport


LONDON (AP) – Masks will be compulsory on London’s transport network even after the legal obligation to wear them in England was lifted on July 19, the city’s mayor said on Wednesday.

Sadiq Khan has called on the body which oversees transport in the capital to impose the wearing of masks on subways, buses and trams as a “condition of carriage” – essentially contracts between passengers and Transport for London.

Khan said he was “not ready” to put transport users “at risk” by removing face covering rules after legal restrictions were lifted next Monday despite a large resurgence of the virus across the Kingdom – United as a whole.

Under the new approach described by Khan, law enforcement officers could deny access or eject non-masked passengers when using the metro, buses and trams. The London Metropolitan Police and the UK Transport Police will not be able to intervene, however, as masks will no longer be required by law.

“What would have been much better was if the national rules applied across the country, not just in London but across the country,” he told the BBC. “It would have helped to clarify the rules. “

Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that most of the coronavirus restrictions in England, including the mandatory wearing of masks in many indoor public places, will end as part of the final stage of his leaf out of the coronavirus lockdown.

However, Johnson urged people to remain cautious and exercise their “personal responsibility,” a stance that has led to accusations of mixed messages.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Khan’s decision was “very much in line” with what the UK government, which sets public health policy for England, wanted to happen. The other nations of the United Kingdom – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – have not chosen to abandon legal requirements on wearing masks in confined spaces.

“As we move from a legal requirement to guidelines, we expect individual operators to make sure they put in place everything that is appropriate for their network,” Shapps told Sky News.

The lifting of legal restrictions next Monday comes at a time when coronavirus infections are on the rise. The UK recorded 36,660 infections on Tuesday, its highest daily tally in nearly six months. Cases are expected to rise even more, with the government warning that 100,000 daily infections could be possible this summer, a level never seen before.

The UK government believes that the vaccine rollout has mainly broken the link between infections and people requiring hospitalization, as the vast majority of people infected with COVID-19 are in the least vulnerable age group, many of whom have no not yet been vaccinated. As of Tuesday, nearly 69% of the British population had received one dose of the vaccine while 52% had received two.

However, concerns are growing that despite the deployment, the high number of cases will again put pressure on the National Health Service. The number of people requiring hospital care and subsequently dying has increased slightly in recent days, but not at the same rate as infections.

The latest step in easing England’s lockdown means all restrictions on social gatherings will be removed and social distancing measures will be removed. Nightclubs may reopen for the first time since March of last year, and there will be no more limits for people attending concerts, theaters, weddings or sporting events.


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Homeboy Sandman pushes devilish vegan agenda in new single “No Beef”


Homeboy Sandman is a name that buzzes in several circles at once. His honest, sarcastic, and soulful words paired with a laissez-faire make him sit very comfortably in the pocket. His music exhibits everything without thinking of the neighbors, creating something so genuinely true to the artist that it’s impossible to duplicate, good luck. He released an album in 2020 titled Don’t feed the monster, produced entirely by What Chris, and now Homeboy Sandman’s latest project has been announced with great fanfare. The next EP is called Anjelitu, with production duties for award-winning underground skater Svengali Aesop’s Rock. His style of beats generally leans towards dusty, low-grade science fiction blues, so the mix is ​​perfect. The two rappers even have a band together called Lice, so the chemistry is there. Their sincere tribute to MF DOOM, “Ask Anyone,” will maintain the DOOM season indefinitely.

The latest single released in preparation for the EP’s release is called “No Beef,” and I expected a catchy and conscious hymn to peace, but no. This track is just an excuse for another judgmental vegan to start judging and despising honest people. All kidding aside, as a long time insufferable vegan I’m just happy to hear him touched on a hip-hop track about it as they’re rare. Reggae has a few, folktronica boils with them and punk frankly has too much, that’s enough. “No Beef” is now the quintessential vegan hip-hop song, and one to beat. Ace Rock’s offbeat drums and wobbly synths hit differently, leading up to the head bop with the little shake added for spin. Homeboy Sandman presents a passionate case for the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of veganism, but it sounds cool to do so, which is a trick very few people have managed to pull off.

“We said that everyone would be vegan if the slaughterhouses were made of glass

But I’m afraid the reason is even more sordid, slaughterhouses are made of cash ”

The titular hook does use a sample of Slick Rick well, while Homeboy Sandman continues to break down the facts into easily digestible soy-based chunks. His witticisms and obvious passion made him a welcome addition to a frequently mentioned cause.

“Some men think eating beef is manly

But do things because you think they’re manly

Is not very manly

Most adult intestines are said to contain pounds of undigested beef

This is not a joke

It’s so disgusting “

It’s unclear what impact this piece will have on the meat and dairy industries, but with such illustrious companies as Andre 3000 and Waka Flocka Flame, Homeboy Sandman could also provide a picture of veganism that people might support d ‘a way that is shouted. to across the street was never able to for some reason. Snowflake apart, if the music on Anjelitu maintains that level of quality, it will be another classic added to both artists’ catalogs, perhaps a place on an independent film soundtrack and a temporarily sated fan base. We can all hope for better, some shaking is only felt above the ground. Anjelitu released on August 6 on Mello music group, tell a friend.

Connect with Homeboy Sandman: Facebook | Bandcamp | Spotify

School website to keep pace


Brick Township Board of Education. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

BRICK – The school district will be launching a new website this summer which, according to the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Thomas Farrell, “is the hub for communication, public information and promotional communications.”

The site would contain social media, board meetings, archived videos and more, he said.

An introductory promotional video for the new website, titled “We Are Brick Schoolsâ€, was shown at the last Board of Education meeting.

The narrator said the school district‘s website has undergone four major revisions in the past 18 years, each taking advantage of the evolution and evolution of web elements, coding and technology.

The new website, version five, incorporates improvements to the site’s aesthetics and content culture, and builds on the best aspects of the current website, including core content and existing current information. .

In addition, various integrated Twitter feeds at the school and district level would remain in place from version four. These will be incorporated into the new website along with other popular features while addressing or improving three main areas.

First of all, the aesthetics of the site, including navigation, will be given a facelift or a new theme. Using consistent, crisp fonts and bright colors on a white background makes it easier to read, the narrator said in the video presentation.

The new theme focuses on reducing clicks and making better use of context menus or content wherever possible.

The second and third areas for improvement are content and images, which are two related areas. New trends in social media or a rotating news section on a homepage “create excitement and fun”.

The speaker said: “The Brick Schools have a wonderful story to tell. We embrace image-based stories, making better use of the photos and videos on our website to punctuate the achievements of students and staff at all levels.

Some of the stories could relate to awards won by students and / or faculty, a notable study program, and arts, clubs and sports.

“Defining the characteristics and culture of each building, this version will serve as an assessment of academic and individual achievements, and as a permanent or persistent visual and written forum. “

Dr Farrell, who has a background in marketing and served as CTO at another school district, said the new website has been in the works for over a year and has been developed in-house, without use external suppliers.

A presentation showed how the new website will showcase the best of the neighborhood. (Screenshots by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

Planning, Research and Evaluation Director Susan McNamara thanked the technology department at Brick Township Schools, in particular Ross Ellicott and Jim Gfroehrer “who took up the challenge of re-imagining The Brick Schools with vim and vigor â€.

McNamara said the department has taken all suggestions that they want the site to be more focused on the image that “speaks to the heart and soul of The Brick Schools, sets out our vision and mission there, and marks the district as a district of excellence. “

This was accomplished by reviewing the aesthetics of the site and incorporating deeper persistent content, she said.

The new website will be available this summer at brickschools.org

The next Education Council meeting will be on Thursday July 15 at 7 p.m.

Crispy grass beside the fairway: drought impact on a small town golf course


EUREKA, SD (KELO) – When Ryan Grenz misses a fairway at Eureka Golf Course, his ball doesn’t stop rolling.

Sometimes it works to Grenz’s advantage on the tree-filled nine-hole course just north of Highway 10 in the north-central town of South Dakota. The combination of a winter with very little snow, an aging irrigation system and, more recently, the driest June in South Dakota history, members of the Eureka Golf Course are hosting Weekly fundraisers to raise funds for over $ 150,000 in upgrades to keep longtime golf courses looking green.

“It has been said for years that we need to do something with our sprinkler system. It was the year to take the plunge, â€said Grenz, who, along with his wife, Ashley, helps direct a weekly Queen of Hearts cartoon. “We knew we weren’t going to be able to do this without a big fundraising effort. ”

Pitches Team Director Rick Weisbeck said he has been helping run the golf course for over 30 years and noted that part of the course’s irrigation system dates back to 50 years ago. years, when the raised grass greens were first installed.

“It’s pretty much run its course,†Weisbeck said of the current irrigation system. “We are struggling with a lot of water cuts and different issues. ”

The system’s pump station and timers may remain the same, but Weisbeck said all new wires, hoses and sprinklers will need to be installed.

“Where we have been able to save water is good. Where we haven’t, you can see it’s obviously brown, â€Wiesbeck said. You can see the stark difference between the watered grass and the areas that only get water when it rains in the two photos below.

To the left is the green grass of the first tee, while to the right is the brown, dry grass of the rough next to the fairway of hole 1 of the Eureka Golf Course. The course organizes several fundraisers to pay $ 150,000 in irrigation improvements.

“It started during the winter. The open winter was bad for us, â€Weisbeck said. “We have had damage on several greens and it usually takes a long time to heal them all. ”

After some more recent rains in the last few weeks, many tees and greens in good condition.

“We had an inch of rain a while ago and you can really tell the difference from that,†Weisbeck said.

“A must in the community”

The golf course has served Eureka and the surrounding community since 1926. And during the summer months, golf helps bring out players of all ages. Grenz and Weisbeck both said the golf course has been busy this year.

Grenz called the Eureka golf course “one of the finest nine-hole courses in the region”. He noted that there has been a high turnout in the men’s, women’s and children’s leagues this summer.

At an all-class reunion tournament on the weekend of July 4, more than a hundred golfers showed up, Weisbeck noted.

“It’s a great social gathering place,†Grenz said. “Most of our Friday nights are crowded here.”

Different families help prepare meals on Friday evenings and the golf course has filled a void as a place for families to have a meal on weekends.

“You look at how many different companies have gone through Eureka, the golf course has been around for a long time,†Grenz said. “It’s basically a staple of the community. People know it’s gonna be here.

In an effort to get a portion of the $ 150,000 in irrigation replacement costs covered this year, the golf course is hosting a Queen of Hearts raffle where people can purchase tickets each week to win a raffle. The total pot rose to $ 5,100 for that week, if the winning card is drawn on Friday night. If the queen of hearts is not chosen, the winner receives $ 100 and the pot continues to grow.

To participate in the game, simply follow the Eureka Golf Course Facebook page. You don’t need to be present to play the game.

In addition to the social tournaments throughout the golf season, Weisbeck thanked all the support the golf course has received.

“The community has really made progress,†Weisbeck said. “We cannot thank the community enough. I think they realize that the golf course has been pretty vital to the community for many years.

NICHOLS: Lawmakers get to work on special session agenda items | Community


On July 4, 1845, the Convention of 1845 was convened in Austin to consider the joint resolution of the United States Congress proposing to annex the Republic of Texas. By a vote of 55-1, delegates formally accepted the United States Congress’ offer to annex. Texas was officially admitted to the United States later that year on December 29.

Here are five things that are going on in your condition:

1. The agenda for the special session called by Governor Greg Abbott is published.

Governor Greg Abbott has released 11 legislative agenda items to cover when we reconvene for our first called Special Session. These topics include: bail reform, election integrity, border security, social media censorship, Article X funding, prevention of domestic violence, protection of sports for children. youth, regulation of abortion-inducing drugs, handing over a 13th check to our retired teachers, tackling critical race theory in public schools, earmarking additional general revenue available for relief from property tax, improving the foster care system and strengthening cybersecurity efforts for the state.

We have a lot to do in the coming weeks, but we are ready to complete this important work. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and our counterparts in the House to pass this important legislation.

2. Limitations of the extraordinary session.

Now that the governor has called us back to Capitol Hill for a special session, it is important to describe the rules for a special session.

It is important to note that a special session is not like a regular session. The governor can call an extraordinary session at any time and for any reason, but he must set out his reasons in a proclamation. There is no limit on the number of subjects the governor can include to be covered in a special session, but the legislature can only consider legislation on the subjects included in the proclamation.

This means that we can only review legislation on the 11 agenda items mentioned above.

Special sessions only last a maximum of 30 days, but there is no minimum for their duration. For example, the first convened session of the 38th Parliament met only one hour before adjourning. The governor can call as many special offers as he wishes and can call them at any time, even consecutively if he wishes.

3. The Controller publishes a revised estimate of income.

Controller Glenn Hager released his earnings estimate for the first session called this week. In his estimate, he predicted that the state would have a final balance of about $ 7.85 billion for fiscal year 2022-2023. He said that estimate is based on increased revenue, savings from state agency budget cuts and the replacement of eligible general revenue funds with federal relief funds.

This update indicates that the state is recovering remarkably well from the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic. During a special session, the Legislative Assembly may appropriate some of these funds, but just because we have them doesn’t mean we have to spend them.

I look forward to working on how this money is allocated with the Senate Finance Committee and our chair, Senator Jane Nelson.

4. Texas plan for US bailout funds approved.

The US Department of Education announced this week that Texas is one of seven states to receive the latest round of federal stimulus funds after the state’s plan to spend those funds is approved. The funding includes an additional $ 4.1 billion to meet the post-pandemic needs of public school students.

The Texas Education Agency’s plan focuses on mitigating learning losses suffered during the pandemic. Other priorities include meeting the mental health needs of students and staff, expanding tutoring opportunities, improving high-quality teaching materials, and job-integrated learning.

School districts and charter schools now have until July 27 to submit their own individual plans to TEA.

5. The results of the STAAR test reveal the weaknesses of virtual learning.

Last month, the Texas Education Agency released the results of the STAAR test conducted in the spring of 2021. The results indicated a significant increase over the 2019 test in the number of under-grade students in all subjects and grades. school. STAAR tests were not carried out in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The largest declines in skills were recorded in mathematics across all grades. Statewide, under-grade students in reading increased 4% and below-grade students in math increased 16%.

The TEA said districts with a higher percentage of students learning practically experienced larger declines in learning across all grades and subjects.

These statistics show that virtual learning is not the best option for most of our students and that returning children to class is the best option to recover from the pandemic.

Robert Nichols is the state senator for Senate District 3. First elected in 2006, Nichols represents 19 counties, including much of eastern Texas and part of Montgomery County. He can be reached at 699-4988 or toll free at (800) 959-8633. His email address is [email protected]

Road works for the week of July 12 | Local News


The following list of new and ongoing projects has been provided by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and local departments of public works.


An information meeting on upcoming blasting activities on the Route 9 The ledge stabilization project will take place on Wednesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. as part of the regular Woodford Selectboard meeting.

Vermont Agency of Transportation staff and contractor representatives will be on hand to share information on schedules, blasting procedures, traffic control measures, and answer any questions or concerns from the public.

The meeting will be held at Woodford Town Hall, 1391 VT Route 9 in Woodford.

Meanwhile, a lane change continues to be in place for westbound traffic (toward Bennington). Motorists are encouraged to reduce their speed when entering the project area.

Trips will remain reduced from two lanes to one lane in the project area for eastbound traffic (traffic from Bennington / Woodford to Searsburg and Wilmington).

Clearing is expected to be completed this week, and the contractor will begin removing overburden and brush while continuing construction of the access road to the top of the North Ledge work area.

No traffic disruption is planned for next week.

The new circulation scheme will remain in place until November. The traveling public should be aware of certain movements of trucks leaving and entering the work area.


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Paving of secondary roads and driveway decks continues VT 11, as well as bridge joints, shoulder backup and installation of rough bands. Motorists will encounter one-way traffic reported in several areas, resulting in delays.


Chapel Way Crossover to North Branch Street will be closed to through traffic for several weeks as PFOA contractors continue with the next phase of PFOA water pipe extension. Local traffic will be taken care of. Residents can only enter / exit this section of Chapel Road from the junction intersection.

Dewey Street Harwood Drive to Weeks Street will be closed Tuesday through Friday while a road crew installs a new drainage system. Traffic control will be in place to direct those heading to medical locations. Everyone else must find an alternative route.

Imperial Avenue will remain closed at the Silver Street intersection until Tuesday as a subcontractor is expected to pave the entire road on Monday. Residents will only have access from the Morgan Street side and should expect delays.

North Branch Street at the Chapel Road intersection will be closed while the PFOA contractors continue the next phase of the PFOA water pipe extension work.

School street from Gage to Pleasant, streets will be closed to through traffic on Tuesday as the water department installs a new fire hydrant. Only residents of this section will be accommodated; everyone else must find an alternative route.


Mowing by the roadside continues this week. Some traffic may be slowed down due to the mowing equipment on the side of the road.

Street sweeping keep on going. The sidewalks in downtown Bennington will be swept on Tuesday. Some traffic may be slowed down due to cleaning of equipment.

Yes, stripes: A road crew will be painting road markings throughout the city this week.

Tree work: Green Mountain Power is continuing its tree pruning program. Over the next five months, Davey Tree Service will assist GMP with tree pruning in the city.


The North Bennington Road Team will be working on Main Street near the Post Office for the sidewalk replacement project.

All work depends on the weather. As always, motorists are urged to keep an eye out for workers and equipment on the roads and to prepare for delays.

Help keep workers safe and let motorists know what to expect by sending updates on road projects in your community to [email protected] This column is published in the Banner on Monday.

Allen University, Columbia Housing Partnership


The deal could eventually lead to affordable housing solutions for university students and faculty

COLOMBIA, South Carolina – Colombian Housing Authority (CHA) and Allen University will officially announce on Tuesday that the two entities will enter into a partnership agreement that could eventually lead to providing student and faculty housing in new mixed-use housing projects.

What started out as a small deal will soon expand to impact more of our community.

From now until November, CHA officials say they are loaning property to The oaks at Sainte-Anne at Allen University to be used as a training ground for the college football team. In return, the university will offer a resident of Columbia Housing a full academic scholarship.

Construction at The Oaks at St. Anna’s, on the former Gonzales Garden site on Forest Drive, is scheduled to begin in January 2022 and will eventually include 190 two- and three-bedroom townhouses for families and 95 senior apartments.

Dr Ernest McNealey, president of Allen University, said the school is also considering new developments in the CHA – particularly mixed-use housing which is expected to replace Allen Benedict Court.

This property – bounded by Harden, Read, Oak and Laurel streets, near the Allen University and Benedict College campuses – is slated to be demolished later this year ahead of redevelopment.

“Not everything (development) will be aimed at low-income people, and we have staff and faculty who travel great distances – 80, 90 miles one way – and we are looking for opportunities to bring them closer to campus,” a McNealey said.

“As these projects unfold, I think this will be a good opportunity.”

CHA officials said at a development committee meeting on July 8 that they were also considering partnering with other schools, including Benedict College.

The event industry is happy to reopen Stage 3, but still faces challenges


Local businesses in the events industry say they’re happy Ontario is moving to Stage 3 of its pandemic plan to reopen soon, but it’s not a completely smooth transition.

The province announced Friday that it will move to Stage 3 on July 16, five days earlier than expected.

The new guidelines allow larger religious services and other ceremonies like weddings and funerals, with physical distancing measures in place.

Social gatherings and indoor events can be held indoors with up to 25 people, while social gatherings and outdoor events can accommodate up to 100 people, with a few exceptions.

Meeting and event spaces can open at half capacity or allow 1,000 people inside, whichever is less, among other restrictions. Externally, this rises to 75% of capacity or 5,000 people.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time, as have my bride and groom,” said Tony Zacconi, owner of the Sala San Marco Event Center.

“People changed the date two, three times and everything. So it’s really, really encouraging,”

Zacconi was able to pivot and run a restaurant for most of the pandemic, but he still had to lay off staff. He estimates his business has lost at least half a million dollars and also says he feels bad for customers and guests.

“They come to [me] saying, ‘Hey, Tony, what’s going to happen? Are we going to be able to do it? And I don’t have an answer for them, â€Zacconi said.

Spaced tables at the Sala San Marco Event Center. (SRC)

Confusing change of rules

As phones are now ringing with people trying to book events, Zacconi said it was difficult to find staff as his former employees have moved on to other jobs.

At the Bean Town receptions in Plantagenet, Ont., Owner Genevieve Desjardins said there was immense pressure to interpret all of the new rules both correctly and quickly.

Desjardins said she had called different authorities, including the local health unit and her community’s policy department, and continued to get different responses.

“We just want to be safe. We don’t want to be the industry that creates another epidemic,†Desjardins said.

When it comes to rebuilding the local tourism industry, taking step 3 is good news, but “is only part of the story,” said Catherine Callary, vice president of development destinations from Ottawa Tourism.

“That doesn’t mean we’re there yet in terms of tourism recovery in Ottawa,†Callary said.

Callary said Ottawa relies quite heavily, especially in the fall, on business travel for conferences and large-scale cultural and sporting events, which will take longer to recover.

The fact that Ottawa’s rules conform to those across the river in Gatineau, Quebec, however, provides visitors with more clarity on what they can and cannot do, she said. added.

Willie Walsh on Aviation Outlook – The Agenda with Stephen Cole




As COVID-19 brought international travel to a standstill, commercial airlines knew they would have a turbulent time ahead, and as restrictions continue, the situation remains on hold.

The aviation industry measures its performance by revenue per passenger-kilometer, and that – according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – fell 66% last year, compared to 2019. The airlines Airlines are expected to lose about $ 48 billion this year alone, with final estimates only increasing.

IATA figures also show airlines are struggling despite cutting costs, downsizing fleets and taking out commercial loans. But for parts of the world with low infection rates, change is in the air – big Chinese and American companies are said to be full of confidence.

The thirst for travel is no doubt, but with the industry in debt hundreds of billions of dollars, there are concerns that many airlines may not be able to stay on the long haul to see their profits rise again. There is also the question of the need for a greener and more sustainable future for air transport.


Willie Walsh is Managing Director of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He is also the former CEO of the International Airlines Group (IAG), as well as the former CEO of two major airlines – British Airways and Aer Lingus.

Walsh began his journey in aviation at the age of 17 when he became a cadet pilot with Aer Lingus in Ireland in 1979, eventually becoming a captain in 1990. He quickly rose through the ranks and was appointed general manager of its Spanish charter airline Futura in 1998, before becoming CEO. of Aer Lingus in 2000. It became a time of great financial struggle after the terrorist attacks of September 11 of the following year, which prompted Walsh to carry out a radical restructuring, ultimately making it a for-profit airline. .

Walsh faced further economic turmoil after joining British Airways in 2005, when the 2008/09 global financial crisis hit. He then served as CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG).

Despite his plans for retirement in 2020, he has decided to offer his experience to help lead the aviation industry through the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking the post of IATA’s CEO, promising more resilient and sustainable prospects for the sector.


On travel requirements, Willie Walsh admits that the lack of consistency and consistency is “frustrating” for travelers:

“The variation in requirements from country to country is amazing. One would have thought, especially for the EU, that this was an ideal opportunity for countries to come together and apply a common set of standards.

“The good news, however, is that in the markets where we see these restrictions relaxed or removed, we see an immediate response in travel demand. So I’m confident things will improve over the remaining months of 2021, then I hope to improve further in 2022. “

Asked by Agendas Stephen Cole on whether governments and airlines are working together to achieve carbon neutrality, Walsh said progress would require a global team effort:

“The industry cannot do it on its own. We need everyone to play their part. We believe there is a strong case for governments to support the development of sustainable fuels in the same way they do. have supported the development of sustainable fuels for road transport.

“It is not enough that they commit to net zero, expecting airlines to foot the bill. We demand better performance from engine and aircraft manufacturers, from service providers. air traffic control.

“It’s a scandal. The situation in Europe is incredibly frustrating.”


The IATA chief executive says that despite the pandemic, he is “very confident” that the airline industry will be in a better position to emerge from the pandemic:

“I am delighted to see that the industry remains fully committed to improving environmental performance in the future.

“There’s no question in my mind that this industry is run by people who really want to make sure that we have a financially viable industry, but more importantly, an environmentally sustainable industry. And that gives me great confidence in the future of the industry.


Electric car company intends to move to Natick shopping center


NATICK – A company that sells and repairs electric cars could occupy part of the first floor of the former Sears store in Natick Mall, joining a Tesla showroom already located elsewhere in the mall.

It’s the latest sign that the mall – like many others across the country – is reinventing itself as it struggles to survive in a retail world increasingly dominated by online shopping.

The mall is not disclosing the name of the potential tenant, said Kenneth Labarre, vice president of development for Brookfield Retail, a division of the mall owner. Company policy is not to appoint tenants until the lease is signed.

Labarre has confirmed that Tesla is not the interested party in the old Sears space.

Town Meeting must approve a zoning change to bring the second electric car company into the mall because the neighborhood where the mall is located does not allow a company to provide sales and repairs simultaneously.

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The objective is to present a zoning change project to the fall municipal assembly.

If that happened, the new tenant would occupy about a third of the vacant 88,000 square feet of the first floor of the old Sears store.

The Labarre team is working with city staff to develop the language for a zoning change to be presented at the municipal assembly. On Wednesday evening, Labarre and lawyer Christian Regnier of Goulston & Storrs, who represents the mall, pitched the idea of ​​another electric car company coming to the mall.

Planning Council members indicated preliminary support, but warned the city was careful not to turn the mall into a home for car dealers.

A precedent in place

Tesla set a precedent for electric car sales at the Natick Mall. He operated a showroom for several years, after receiving the approval of the Planning Council. Sales then became part of the Tesla location after the company received a board waiver, and Town Meeting approved a zoning change.

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This zoning change indicated that Tesla’s showroom could display a limited number of cars, and this requirement would apply if electric car sales were made at the old Sears location.

“It’s about repositioning the mall for the future,” said James Freas, director of community and economic development at Natick.

Become creative

As retail continues to migrate online, malls have been creative in finding non-traditional businesses to fill spaces once occupied by large, key tenants who have taken shares due to declining sales or bankruptcy filings.

Labarre believes that the Natick Mall is well positioned to meet the challenges of an evolving retail landscape.

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“We are fortunate that Natick is New England’s premier mall,” he said. “If the retail business goes down, we’re in a better position to improve and thrive as smaller locations close. “

The Natick Mall has seen its share of key tenants leave as the parent companies of these businesses filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Those who left include JC Penney, Sears and Lord & Taylor, all leaving behind. vast expanses of space rented after filing for bankruptcy.

Neiman Marcus is reportedly planning to leave the mall this year after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year. However, Labarre said he understood that Neiman Marcus did not necessarily plan to leave the mall this year.

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A Wegmans supermarket occupies the former JC Penney space. Dave & Buster’s and Level99, an interactive game company that offers dining, have taken over the upper floor of the old Sears.

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Shopper’s Find, a large discount store, occupies the former Lord & Taylor space. The store was started by Hilco Global, a financial services holding company, and Gordon Brothers, a global advisory, restructuring and investment firm.

While operating primarily as an e-commerce operation, Shopper’s Find includes two stores – the other is located in Wayne, New Jersey.

Both stores would be open temporarily.

However, Labarre said he didn’t necessarily view Natick’s location as temporary.

“It’s open and operational while the owners determine what their long-term plans are,” he said.

The Saadia Group this year bought the assets of the former Lord & Taylor and converted into an online store. An email to the Saadia Group inquiring about their future plans for the former Lord & Taylor site at Natick Mall was not returned.

Henry Schwan is a multimedia reporter for the Daily News. Follow Henry on Twitter @henrymetrowest. He can be reached at [email protected]ocal.com or 508-626-3964.

Banking regulators should push Biden’s agenda forward despite the ‘acting’ label


WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruling last month allowing President Joe Biden to fire Trump-appointed head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency doesn’t just reset the political trajectory of Fannie Mae and regulator Freddie Mac. It also meant another agency without a Senate confirmed leader.

Three financial services regulators are now headed by an “interim†person. After Biden ousted FHFA director Mark Calabria, agency manager Sandra Thompson was quickly appointed interim director. She joined Dave Uejio, Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Acting Currency Controller Michael Hsu.

Without permanent leaders in place, long-term political goals such as reforming the community reinvestment law and planning a future for Fannie and Freddie could be slowed down, some observers have said. But analysts say the interim leaders are likely to draw inspiration from White House and Treasury Department officials, giving the administration greater power to set policy.

“The most powerful financial regulator is [Treasury Secretary] Janet Yellen, â€said Jaret Seiberg, managing director of the Cowen Washington Research Group. “I would turn to her for advice on what the regulatory agencies are going to do.”

Yellen worked with Hsu when he was chairman of the Federal Reserve. The Treasury is also a key player in determining the parameters surrounding government ownership and the eventual release of Fannie and Freddie.

The sacking of former FHFA director Mark Calabria has meant the housing regulator has become the third agency with the OCC and CFPB without a Senate confirmed leader. Analysts say the acting chiefs are likely drawing inspiration from the White House and the Treasury Department.

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“There is a former colleague of hers who runs the [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency]. She is the key counterparty required for any change in the contract between the government and Fannie and Freddie, â€Seiberg said. “I think the Treasury has a lot of influence on how the CFPB sees politics. “

The Biden administration is waiting for Congress to vote to confirm Rohit Chopra, a member of the Federal Trade Commission, as director of the CFPB. The administration has also struggled to find consensus around a candidate for the post of Comptroller of the Currency.

Some analysts say vacancies in financial regulatory agencies hamper the Biden administration’s ability to advance its political agenda, as interim directors have traditionally not used their leadership positions to implement changes. major policies.

But sources close to the financial services industry say the role of interim leaders in regulators has changed.

“Traditionally, to act [directors] were seen as gatekeepers, â€said Meg Tahyar, co-head of financial institutions and fintech at Davis Polk & Wardwell. “But today it’s a different ball game. It’s just a whole different thing today. In the recent past we have seen “activists†act and we have seen “guards†act. “

Jeff Naimon, a partner at Buckley, said officials appointed as interim heads of financial regulators have the ability to advance substantive policy priorities.

“The people who are already in place are quite capable of moving the administration’s agenda forward because they are not just gatekeepers,†Naimon said. “They are actors.”

Uejio and Hsu both aggressively walked out the door to signal a change in leadership for their agencies from the previous leadership under Trump. Yet the acting chiefs appointed under the Trump administration have also attempted to craft important policy.

Former interim controller Brian Brooks, who served in the final months of the Trump administration, crafted a controversial rule that would have prohibited banks from discriminating against legal industries that are politically disadvantaged. But the agency halted publication of the rule after Brooks left in January, and Hsu has signaled he will not reactivate it.

Some see in other decisions by Hsu, who was appointed interim controller in May, a sign that he intends to be more than a keeper. One of his first moves was to appoint a new chief legal adviser for the OCC, former Fed official Benjamin McDonough. More recently, he reorganized the management structure of the OCC so that the supervisory units report directly to the Controller.

“There was a bit of a surprise that [Michael Hsu] quickly decided to install a new general counsel with the OCC, â€said a financial services lobbyist who requested anonymity. “For Hsu to make this move very quickly after being installed, acting suggests one of two things. Either you are going to act for a while and expect to act for a while, or it was. maybe some sort of decision endorsed by others in administration, that in that kind of gatekeeper role, it was a decision they wanted to Fabricate. “

Meanwhile, Uejio, who has served as CFPB’s interim director since Kathy Kraninger resigned in January, has pledged to swiftly penalize companies that have failed to provide relief to military veterans during the coronavirus pandemic and has emphasized racial equity when he took the helm.

“Uejio has been extraordinarily active and energetic in changing the direction of the agency,†said Naimon.

At the FHFA, Thompson, a former Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. official, is already being considered a potential candidate for a full five-year term at the housing finance agency.

“Everyone thinks she’s super qualified,” said the financial services lobbyist. “She has this great experience, both at the FDIC and the FHFA. I think there is a growing feeling that she could very well be playing the role of actress for a very long time. They can never name someone and just let her do the job as an actor. Thinking being, why go through the hassle of another confirmation in a 50-50 Senate where each confirmation takes up precious floor time? “

Tahyar said the many openings in financial services regulators could be the result of the Biden administration’s focus on policy priorities outside of the financial services space.

“It’s difficult to get consensus on who to appoint and there are other priorities,†Tahyar said. “The things happening in the financial sector, in terms of regulatory reform right now, are important but not urgent. We are not dealing with a house on fire.

The financial services lobbyist added that Democrats in Congress may not want to waste time confirming the heads of permanent agencies when other legislative priorities are more urgent.

“Knowing how difficult and time-consuming appointments are and the fact that they potentially want to get this infrastructure deal on the ground in July, why not save time and bother to nominate people and leave do the actors do the work? “said the financial services lobbyist.

In addition to openings at FHFA, OCC, and CFPB, there is a vacant seat on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and a vacant position of Vice President at the FDIC. Some observers say the inability of the Biden administration to fill these positions is hampering its ability to pass a new regulatory agenda.

“An eighth of Biden’s presidency is over and we don’t even have any candidates for the Comptroller of the Currency or the vacant Federal Reserve position,†said Aaron Klein, senior researcher at the Brookings Institution. “Time is a precious commodity and much of it has been wasted without candidates. “

But Seiberg said acting directors working in agencies allow the administration to make policy.

“For this administration, it’s a pretty good situation,†Seiberg said. “You have a very strong Secretary of the Treasury who seems to be leading the shots. And it’s hard to believe that the policies put in place by these interim directors are going to be reversed by the permanent candidates that the Biden administration ultimately proposes.

The Bend Venture conference returns in October; company applications sought


BEND, OR (July 8, 2021) – Central Oregon Economic Development to Host Annual Conference Again Bend Venture Conference (BVC) Thursday October 21 through Friday October 22, in downtown Bend and virtually online. Tickets, speaker announcements and event details for the 18the The annual Bend Venture conference will be announced in the coming months.

Over the past five years, investments, awards and prizes exceeding $ 10 million have been awarded to 40 companies as a result of the conference. BVC is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation, bringing together investors, businesses and business leaders.


This year’s conference will feature three categories of competitions: Growth Stage, Impact and Early Stage. The application period is open until Friday August 13e and businesses across the United States are welcome to apply.

  • Growth stage competition: This category is open to companies that have a proven concept, have generated initial income, and are ready to grow quickly with the investment. To apply, click here.
  • Impact competition: This category is open to for profit companies, whose economic models are integrated with a mission to have a significant and measurable social or environmental impact. Applicants should aim to generate long-term business value and attractive returns on capital. To apply, click here.
  • Beginner Competition: This category is open to companies who have a good idea and are close to “proof of concept”. They are pre-income (or very early) and are testing their product on the market. To apply, click here.

The finalists of the Growth Internship Competition could raise an investment of $ 250,000 or more. Companies in the Impact competition have historically competed for investments ranging from $ 50,000 to $ 100,000. Companies participating in the Early Stage competition could receive an investment of $ 25,000 or more. This year’s BVC will feature impressive speakers from across the country representing angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)

Now in his 18e year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past five years, more than $ 10 million has been invested in 40 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place on October 21-22, 2021, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. bendvc.com

About Central Oregon Economic Development (EDCO)

EDCO is a not-for-profit corporation backed by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in central Oregon by recruiting new employers to relocate to the area. ; help entrepreneurs start up new, scalable businesses; and working with companies that are already there to develop their operations. edcoinfo.com

Temple University president speaks out on anti-Semitic claim


Following the concerns of the community Regarding Temple University’s selection of Jason Wingard as new president despite his involvement in the Tides Foundation, which donates to “anti-Semitic”, “anti-Israel” organizations, Wingard responded to criticism.

Jason Wingard | Photo by Joseph Labolito

“I am not an anti-Semite and I condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms,” ​​he said.

The president of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein, wrote in a Jewish editorial on July 1 that the Tides Foundation, of which Wingard was a board member, had funded the Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Adalah Justice Project, Palestine Legal and Dream Defenders, organizations that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and the delegitimization of the Israeli state.

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Calling for Wingard’s removal as Temple president, Klein expressed concern that his appointment would bring “Tides’ hate ideology to the 37,000 Temple students, potentially through the appointment of deans and professors and anti-Israel and anti-Jewish programs â€.

Wingard, the first black president of Temple in its 137-year history, said that although the Tides Foundation funded the Adalah Justice Project, the Palestine Legal and Arab Resource & Organization Center, Tides also provided funds to Jewish organizations, such as the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund, the Jim Joseph Foundation, and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, in addition to the 139 Israeli beneficiaries.

Funding for the three aforementioned anti-Zionist organizations represents less than 1% of Tides’ $ 1.4 billion budget, according to Wingard.

Additionally, Wingard, who was previously associate dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, said he had no jurisdiction over Tides’ decision to donate money to these organizations.

“As a volunteer member and chairman of the board, I did not endorse or support the programs in question,†Wingard said. “They were engaged before I came to the council. “

Additionally, volunteer board members, according to Wingard, are unaware of the selection of grantees and partner organizations. This decision is determined by the CEO and staff of Tides, which he said he is not a part of.

Dan Shannon, director of partnerships at Tides, confirmed that Wingard was not part of Tides’ decision to build relationships with organizations.

“Dr. Wingard was not yet a member of the Tides board of directors when the board approved Tides’ tax sponsorship for these partners, and Dr. Wingard had no role in approving their affiliation with Tides. “, did he declare.

The Tides Foundation, a public charity founded in 1976 with the mission of “advancing issues of equality and human rights, environmental sustainability, quality education and individuals and communities healthy around the world, â€affirmed his commitment to serving Jewish populations.

“Anti-Semitism is one of the many forms of discrimination and oppression that Tides fights every day,†Shannon said.

However, Tides has also made clear its support for the organizations in question.

Shannon said, “Tides is proud of the important work done by our partners in the Adalah Justice Project, the Palestine Legal and Arab Resource and Organization Center. “

Neither the Tides Foundation nor Wingard discussed the Tides Foundation’s relationship with AROC Executive Director Lisa Kiswani and AJP Executive Director Sandra Tamari or the funding of Dream Defenders.

Despite ZOA’s apprehension, the Temple board is confident in Wingard’s ability to connect with Jewish students.

“Dr. Wingard is an educational scholar, a strong supporter of the exchange of ideas and a champion of equity and justice for all,†said President Mitchell Morgan. “The Temple community, including the Jewish student community, will be better for its leadership. â€

The Anti-Defamation League Philadelphia, which has worked with administration, faculty, campus security, institutional diversity, equity, advocacy and leadership and Hillel to fight anti-Semitism, also expressed his optimism about Wingard as the new president of Temple.

“ADL has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with Temple University,†said Shira Goodman, regional director of ADL Philadelphia. “We hope this partnership will continue to grow under President Wingard’s leadership, and we look forward to meeting with him to provide him with resources and recommendations to ensure Temple University remains a welcoming and inclusive campus for all students. “

Wingard is aware of concerns about anti-Semitism and is aware of the “unease†Jewish students have felt on some American college campuses. He hopes to gain the trust of Jewish students during his presidency, which began on July 1.

“I will seek and work with students, faculty, administrators, administrators and others to ensure that Temple is a model of tolerance and understanding,†Wingard said.

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House Republicans present tech antitrust agenda


Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is seen on Capitol Hill after House Republicans voted to remove Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., From the post of Speaker of the House Republican Conference on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 .

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, led by rank member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, laid out their framework for regulating large tech companies on Wednesday.

The document is intended as a roadmap for new legislation targeting Big Tech power, according to a Republican aide. The proposals, if adopted, could have a significant impact on major platforms such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

The framework comes just weeks after the committee voted in favor of six bipartisan antitrust bills after more than 20 hours of debate. The markup session revealed that members of both parties have doubts about the effectiveness and potential side effects of the bills. Although the bills have moved forward with bipartisan support, they won’t reach a floor vote anytime soon. Once they do, they could be very different.

Any new legislation proposed by Republicans could face an uphill battle, especially if it includes politically sensitive issues like the alleged censorship of conservative voices on social media. But it could also reveal areas of overlap between even the committee’s most skeptical Republicans and Democrats pushing for antitrust reform.

The republican agenda

The agenda is divided into three parts: speed, accountability and transparency.

The first, speed, is the most likely of the three to gain bipartisan support. For example, one item in this category appears to follow the same line of thinking as an existing antitrust bill passed by the committee last month. The bill would give state attorneys general more say in where their antitrust cases can be heard. The Republican agenda released Wednesday calls for empowering state GAs, but specifically giving them the ability to speed up business.

The agenda more broadly calls for implementing ways to speed up antitrust cases against big tech companies by speeding up their review by first instance courts and allowing direct appeal to the Supreme Court. These proposals could also enjoy bipartisan support, given earlier complaints by Democrats that the justice system lags far behind the ever-changing tech sector.

But the proposals presented under “Accountability†and “Transparency†may be more difficult to sell to Democrats. In those categories, Republicans have included reform of the technology’s legal liability shield, Section 230, which falls under the purview of a different committee. While there is a bipartisan desire to reform this law, Democrats and Republicans have remained deeply divided on how to do it because they see the issues with the law quite differently.

Republicans suggest giving individuals the option to “directly challenge Big Tech in court for its censorship and conservative silence,” according to the agenda. They are also proposing to force big tech companies engaged in content moderation to publicly disclose their decisions to remove online posts.

They also suggest consolidating federal antitrust authority within the Department of Justice, instead of the current configuration that divides authority between the DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission. Democrats opposed a similar move in the Senate, saying the FTC’s role as an independent agency is important and that it’s better to have more agents than fewer.

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Hudson considers remote meeting access | Colombia County


HUDSON – City officials are considering how it will provide alternative means of meeting access now that all of its meetings will be held in person.

Common council meetings will have audio streaming, but other city councils are considering how to provide remote access.

All municipal meetings will be held at Town Hall, 520 Warren Street, unless otherwise specified.

Common Council chairman Thomas DePietro said on Tuesday the rule change was enacted the same day the city learned of the change, calling it surprising.

“There was little notice for the sudden announcement on June 24,” he said.

DePietro will continue to broadcast Joint Council meetings on WGXC, as well as the Conservation Advisory Council and Tourism Council meetings, which he says are creations of the council.

“We are going to take back the open system we had before the pandemic,†DePietro said on Tuesday. “In-person meetings with live radio broadcasting that goes beyond open meeting rules.â€

DePietro seeks to integrate video streaming.

“I hope to add a visual dimension in the near future, but I think it will be very difficult to integrate audience participation if it is in a remote environment,†he said. “The hope is to incorporate the best of Zoom and remove some of the chaos.”

As for the independent boards of the board, it depends on the chairmen, DePietro said.

Hudson Development Corporation chairman Robert Rasner said on Tuesday the board plans to continue meeting virtually for now because the air conditioner in his meeting space at 1 North Front St. But it didn’t. It has not been determined whether the board is allowed to continue meeting on Zoom in accordance with the June 23 leadership change, Rasner said.

“We haven’t determined that yet,†Rasner said. “This matter will be resolved before our July board meeting so that we are in compliance.”

The HDC board does not have the ability to broadcast its meetings live when they meet in person, Rasner said.

DePietro, who is an ex-officio HDC board member, said on Tuesday he was open to streaming HDC board meetings on WGXC.

Historic Preservation Commission chairman Phil Forman said on Tuesday he was trying to find a way to broadcast the meetings in person.

The Zoom format was good for public participation and gave the committee the opportunity to share their plans and designs with the public while they are being discussed, Forman said.

“My only hesitation is that I don’t have a solution yet to do the meeting live and Zoom simultaneously,” he added.

Mayor Kamal Johnson, who chairs the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency, said on Tuesday he didn’t think the agency would broadcast its meetings in person, but the agency might at some point. Columbia Economic Development Corporation president and CEO F. Michael Tucker said on Tuesday that the Hudson Industrial Development Agency would broadcast its meetings using a service called Town Hall Streams. Tucker isn’t sure if the agency can make the feed interactive, claiming he’s working on it.

Zoning Appeal Board chairwoman Lisa Kenealy said on Tuesday that city councils would likely end up doing the same, but trying to figure out what would work best.

“We are trying to find the best way to serve the Hudson community,†she said. “We’re trying to figure out if we zoom in, how we would do it.”

The Hudson Housing Authority Board of Trustees met in person with Zoom access.

Planning board chairman Stephen Stein said on Tuesday he didn’t know the board could combine Zoom and in-person access, but wants to aim for both.

“If we can add a Zoom component, we’ll totally do it,†he said.

If the board can’t stream on Zoom, they would be interested in streaming audio as well.

“My general thought is that we should do as many mediums as possible, as long as we have the tech support to do it,†Steim said.

Steim said Zoom improves public access and provides video recording of meetings, which he says is great.

“If there is a hybrid way of doing this, I think it’s the best of both worlds,†he said.

“After June 24, 2021, the city of Hudson will no longer be able to organize virtual meetings in accordance with Governor’s Order in Council 202.1,” the city wrote in a statement posted on its website. “Any meeting of a public body held after June 24, 2021 may only be held under the New York State Open Meetings Act. Specifically, the public should be allowed to attend meetings of public bodies in person.

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Agenda: How Universities Can Support Military Members and Their Families


THE Armed Forces, Veterans and their families are an important part of our society and the Scottish Government is committed to making Scotland their destination of choice for studying and creating a long-term home. In Scotland, along with the current 237,000 veterans, approximately 1,800 men and women complete their military service and settle, mostly with their families, in our community each year.

At the University of Edinburgh Napier, we have always been committed to supporting the military community. We were the first university in Scotland to receive the Gold Covenant Award recognizing our continued contribution. Previously, our Craiglockhart campus was an officer’s hospital during World War I, inspiring the work of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. The War Poets Collection is housed at Craiglockhart.

To support the challenges facing the armed forces today, we recently launched Scotland’s first center for research, education and public engagement, building on previous collaborative work with the armed forces in these areas.

We contribute to several military committees and groups, co-lead the development of the HE: FE network in Scotland, promote flexible educational pathways and support our own internal network of armed forces attended by students and staff. Our outreach program with schools such as Colinton Elementary School aims to highlight how our young people can aspire to a college education. Our Broader Engagement team’s work with the Royal Caledonian Education Trust complements this through projects promoting higher education among children of military families.

Today, universities deal with more diverse groups of people, such as national and international students, and those who need specific support due to additional learning needs or a disability. In February 2018, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Partnership, supported by the Scottish Funding Council, responded to the recommendations of the Veterans Skills Report (2016) to recognize military qualifications, supporting a ‘joint »Support and guidance. Those leaving the military now have recognized training and access advanced university programs.

Edinburgh Napier researchers have also been instrumental in identifying complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) that can affect military personnel. We have helped break down the stigma of PTSD among current staff and veterans. Other research studies include a study of veterans in prison in partnership with the Scottish Prison Service and working with military families in transition.

Several students have studied with us while remaining on active duty. A former student, Alister Jackson, was a warrant officer in the Air Force when he began studying with us. When he was unexpectedly sent on a short-term deployment to Kabul, we worked with him to incorporate that into his learning.

Efforts such as these flexible learning arrangements demonstrate our commitment to supporting military personnel in their learning and to providing educational opportunities to those leaving the military. Our new center will continue this important work and help support members of the armed forces and their families.

Dr Gerri Matthews-Smith is Head of Academic Military Research and Director of the Center at Napier University in Edinburgh. She is currently leading several large research studies related to the military transition in Scotland and the experiences of military children in the Scottish education system.

The dollar waits for the Fed minutes, the kiwi on rate expectations

  • USD stable against EUR and JPY; Fed minutes expected
  • Strong Business Survey Pulls New Zealand Hike Expectations to November; NZD increases
  • AUD takes off ahead of RBA meeting

SINGAPORE, July 6 (Reuters) – The New Zealand dollar appreciated on Tuesday after a strong business survey pushed expectations of rate hikes until November, while its Australian counterpart climbed ahead of its own crucial central bank policy meeting later today. .

The US dollar and other currencies were mostly stable as investors awaited the minutes of the Federal Reserve meeting in June, when it surprised markets with a hawkish turn. They should be published on Wednesday.

The euro held steady at $ 1.1860, roughly where it left off on Friday and the yen edged up to 110.86 per dollar. The pound sterling rose after Britain made plans to end COVID-19 restrictions within a fortnight and last bought $ 1.3857.

The kiwi rose 0.4% to a one-week high of $ 0.7066, briefly breaking its 200-day moving average, before settling around $ 0.7055 in morning trading.

The Aussie climbed 0.2% to $ 0.7541, although it was capped ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting.

A survey of businesses in New Zealand showed marked improvement in confidence, a willingness to raise prices and a record level of companies facing hiring problems, prompting ASB Bank to postpone expectations rate hike to just four months. Read more

“It is very clear that record amounts of monetary stimulus are no longer needed to support the economy and the risks of inflation are becoming too high for comfort,” said SBA senior economist Jane Turner in a note. “We now expect the RBNZ to start lifting OCR from November of this year (previously May 2022).”

Swap prices also changed to indicate about 3/4 of a chance of a hike in November which, if it did occur, would put the Reserve Bank of New Zealand on par with the super-hawkish Norges Bank which is the only one. among the G10 banks to plan a 2021 a hike.

Against the Australian dollar, the kiwi has peaked in one month, as expectations of hikes in four months contrast with the RBA, which previously said it did not plan to hike rates until 2024.

That may change on Tuesday, with the central bank signaling that it will decide the fate of its bond buying program and its three-year yield target.

Economists expect the three-year yield target – which is set at the level of the 0.1% cash rate – to remain on the April 2024 bond – and the RBA to take a flexible approach bond purchases.

Elsewhere, a sharp rise in oil prices following abandoned talks among producers over production levels pushed exporters’ currencies higher, pushing the Norwegian krone up 0.3% overnight and supporting the dollar. Canadian.

On the horizon later today – when US markets return from vacation – is a US services survey and a German sentiment survey.

Fed minutes could determine the dollar’s near-term direction on Wednesday as investors seek insight into the thinking behind last month’s hawkish turn in which Fed members projected a rate hike to begin in 2023 .

“We still think it’s a bit early to decide on any important details regarding the reduction, but this review can certainly offer the start of an idea of ​​what members are thinking,” said Alvin Tan, Asia FX strategist. at RBC Capital Markets. .

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Prime Minister confirms Covid restrictions end July 19 – no assembly limits, social distancing or masks – hospitality reopens

COVID restrictions are set to end in England from stage 4 of the roadmap after the Prime Minister explained how life will soon return to normal.

  • Social distancing ended, masks no longer mandatory and no limit to gatherings
  • All currently closed sites can safely reopen with no capacity limit
  • PM: We have to find a new way to live with the virus

COVID restrictions are set to end in England from stage 4 of the roadmap after the Prime Minister explained how life will soon return to normal.

The decision to open will be made in a balanced and careful manner, with the Prime Minister being clear that people’s personal judgment will now be essential in learning to live with the virus.


Subject to a final data review next week, legal restrictions will end on Monday, July 19.

The limits on social contact will end, meaning there will be no restrictions on indoor or outdoor gatherings. Weddings, funerals and other life events that can take place without limits or restrictions.

All venues currently closed will be allowed to reopen, including nightclubs, and there will be no legal obligation for table service in host establishments.

Face covers will no longer be legally required in stores, schools, hotels, or public transportation, although guidance is in place to suggest where people might choose to wear one, such as where you are. come into contact with people you don’t usually meet in closed and crowded places.

Government reviews on social distancing and certification of Covid status are also now complete. The 1m plus rule will be lifted in places other than specific locations such as the border to help manage the risks of new variants entering the country.

There will be no legal requirement on the use of the Covid status certification as a condition of entry for visitors to a domestic setting.

Due to the delay in the last step of the roadmap, the immunization program has saved thousands of more lives by immunizing millions more.

Over 79 million doses of the vaccine have now been administered in the UK, each adult has now been offered at least one dose and 64% of adults have received two doses.

The government also confirmed today that the rollout will accelerate further, reducing the interval between vaccine doses for those under 40 from 12 weeks to 8. This means that each adult will have the opportunity to receive two doses. by mid-September.

The Prime Minister has made it clear that learning to live with the virus means cases will continue to rise significantly, even if the success of the vaccination program means hospitalizations and deaths will rise to a level below peaks. previous ones.

He explained how cases could reach 50,000 per day by July 19, with daily hospitalizations and deaths also increasing, albeit more slowly.

Guidance for working from home whenever possible will also end, to allow employers to begin planning for a safe return to the workplace.

The cap on the number of named visitors for nursing home residents will be removed from the current maximum of five per resident, although infection prevention and control measures will remain in place to protect the most vulnerable.

While NHS Test and Trace will continue to play an important role in managing the virus, the Prime Minister also signaled the government’s intention to switch to a new scheme whereby fully vaccinated people would no longer need to self-isolate if they were identified as a contact. Further details will be clarified in due course.

The Education Secretary will also provide an update on new measures for schools and colleges later this week that will minimize further disruption to education while maintaining protection for children.

Proof of vaccination or a negative test will still be required for international travel, with the Prime Minister confirming that the Transport Secretary will provide a further update later this week on removing the need to isolate fully vaccinated arrivals from an amber country.

Wilmington’s Driftwood Apartments will remain affordable housing


William Johnson has lived in Driftwood Apartments for over nine years.

Johnson is one of two residents who still live in Driftwood. The sale of the 15-unit affordable housing complex closed to Cape Fear Collective, a Wilmington-based nonprofit, on June 15.

A sale of the complex has been in the works for months.

Johnson first heard of a possible sale in early January when he found a flyer on his apartment door announcing a residents’ meeting.

At a meeting in the compound’s courtyard, representatives from Wilmington Housing Finance and Development, the non-profit organization that previously managed the property, told residents they are expected to vacate their homes within the next 30 days.

“It was a shock,†Johnson said. “What shocked me and everyone is how not knowing this was going to happen? And you could have warned someone months in advance.”

One of two apartments occupied at Driftwood Apartments in Wilmington, North Carolina on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Cape Fear Collective recently completed the purchase of the 15 unit apartment complex near Princess Place Drive in Wilmington.   [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]

Wilmington Housing Finance and Development was looking to sell the complex because it had become too expensive to operate, Betty Bisbee, the group’s executive director, told StarNews in January.

Some residents said that at the time, the resort’s listing for sale seemed rushed and lacked transparency. Then, in early February, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development suspended all pending sales to review how they were handled.

The concerns of the Department of Housing and Urban Development included the status of residents of the facility and the money owed by the complex. Wilmington Housing Finance and Development owed approximately $ 14,000 on a 20-year commitment, in which they received $ 70,000 in federal money to purchase the Driftwood property. There are four years left in the 20-year commitment.

The sale of the complex may have reduced the number of affordable units in Wilmington, which are desperately needed.

“We are so badly in need of subsidized housing for the most vulnerable that even losing 15 units was a major looming crisis,” said Katrina Knight, director of the Good Shepherd Center.

Background:After federal scrutiny, Driftwood Apartments sell for $ 1.2 million

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Over the next two months or so, Johnson’s neighbors moved one by one.

Being moved from the complex was stressful and traumatic for residents of Driftwood, Knight said. Driftwood cared for chronically homeless people with disabilities.

Prior to moving to Driftwood, Johnson was homeless and lived in the Salvation Army.

“It’s a really fragile group to start with,†she said. “It just turned their world upside down.”

All but two of the Driftwood Apartments are vacant in Wilmington, NC on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Cape Fear Collective recently completed the purchase of the 15-unit apartment complex off Princess Place Drive in Wilmington.   [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]

While some found places in other affordable housing projects, “others were afraid to move and moved to places they couldn’t afford,” Knight said. It is not known where some of the displaced residents currently live, she added.

Johnson, too, tried to find another place to live. He applied to two apartments near Monkey Junction, but both were fully occupied.

“I was struggling,†he said. “It was very, very stressful trying to find a place.”

While continuing to live in Driftwood, Johnson felt compelled to move and was even threatened with an eviction notice. Unable to find another affordable option, Johnson continued to live there.

Eventually, the lights that illuminated the interior courtyard and the resort parking lot at night were turned off. “It’s pretty much dark in here, except for the lights coming from the Howard Johnson and our two back porch lights,†he said.

The complex has a new calm now that all but two of its units are vacant. “It’s just calm,†Johnson said, “really, really calm.â€

The lights will be back on soon when Cape Fear Collective takes over the complex. Before new residents move into existing units, the 16-year-old complex will receive a facelift.

“Driftwood has been around for over a decade and needs a new coat of paint, new floors and a little maintenance,†wrote Patrick Brien, CEO of Cape Fear Collective, in an e- mail to StarNews.

The nonprofit is consulting with general contractors to determine if other infrastructure like the complex’s roof or the HVAC unit will need repairs, according to Brien.

The renovations will begin in the next few weeks and are expected to be completed in early fall, Brien wrote.

One of two apartments occupied at Driftwood Apartments in Wilmington, North Carolina on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Cape Fear Collective recently completed the purchase of the 15 unit apartment complex near Princess Place Drive in Wilmington.   [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]

The remaining two residents will be allowed to stay in Driftwood during the renovations.

“We have no plans to remove the current residents of Driftwood and will be working with them during the renovation period to complete the repairs,†Brien wrote. “This is their home and we will respect that.”

Driftwood has traditionally provided ongoing support at 30% of the region’s median income, and this is expected to continue, Brien said. According to Knight, permanent supportive housing is a combination of affordable housing and supports that some people with disabilities may need to maintain their housing.

The complex will be part of Collective Ventures, an initiative in which Cape Fear Collective purchases rental properties and maintains them as affordable housing units.

Cape Fear Collective will partner with the Good Shepherd Center to provide support to residents of Driftwood. That support could take the form of an on-site social worker or transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, Knight said.

For Knight, Cape Fear Collective buying Driftwood shows the value of local organizations working together to buy and preserve affordable housing.

“A lot of times the developments get sold and as a community we find out after the fact,†Knight said.

Johnson said he felt “grateful” that Cape Fear Collective bought the property and kept rental rates affordable.

“I’ve been here for so long, I’d rather just stay,” he said. “It’s a great wave of relief.”

Journalist Emma Dill can be reached at 910-343-2096 or [email protected]

Homeworkers challenge jobs, supply chain havoc weighs on French recovery


People wearing protective masks walk around the La Défense financial and business district in Nanterre as work rules have been relaxed with teleworking requirements gradually lifted amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID -19) in France, June 10, 2021. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France, July 4 (Reuters) – A shortage of skilled workers, doubts about working from home and ravages in the supply chain are proving problematic for some companies as they try to overcome France’s recovery from the pandemic but are struggling to fill vacancies, business leaders said.

With less than a year to go before the next French presidential election, Emmanuel Macron’s chances of re-election will depend in part on the strength of a rebound starting to benefit some of France’s major industries, from luxury goods manufacturers to exporters of luxury goods. ‘energy.

At an annual economic conference in the south of France, some pointed to persistent labor issues, including a shortage of skilled workers, which had now been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic as bosses are trying to meet the resurgent demand.

The CEO of a major French manufacturer said his company had 150 job vacancies posted at two French factories and no resumes were coming.

“The crisis may have numbed people’s relationship to work,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of the Aix-en-Provence Economic Meetings. But the recruitment problem was more global, added the executive, claiming to have encountered similar problems in the United States.

As the epidemic spread across France early last year, the government implemented one of the most generous state-funded leave programs in Europe, while millions office workers have switched to working from home.

While people initially enjoyed the experience, they began to question their relationships with colleagues and businesses, the head of French postal service La Poste said.

“The end of traditional contract work is a real issue on the table,” Philippe Wahl told a panel at the conference.

One company found that 20% of its workforce didn’t even bother to regularly connect to the company’s IT network during the worst of the deadlocks, a senior executive said.

Nearly half of construction companies, 41% of service companies and a quarter of industrial companies are struggling to recruit workers, according to the latest Banque de France business climate survey.

More fundamental issues were at play than the disruption of COVID-19, some companies argued. Ross McInnes, president of aircraft engine and equipment maker Safran, said the French school system needed fixing.

“All of our companies are struggling to recruit for fairly well paying jobs,” he told a roundtable.

Macron, a former investment banker, was enthusiastically supported by many business leaders in the last election. It has since adopted some labor reforms, making it easier to hire and fire staff.

Manufacturing and construction companies have the added headache of simply procuring the materials they need to fill customer orders.

Half of French construction companies and 44% of industrial companies faced supply problems, with a rate of up to 70% for car manufacturers, according to the Banque de France survey.

“The supply chain is a total mess,” said the CEO of French manufacturing, adding that his company had set up 23 separate working groups to tackle specific supply issues when the standard was one or two. The bottlenecks could last until the end of 2022, he said.

A global shortage of shipping ships and the metal containers they carry made it difficult and expensive to receive supplies from overseas, forcing some to resort to higher-cost aircraft procurement, he said. he declares.

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Thacher school sexual abuse investigation could take a year


Authorities working to corroborate allegations of sexual abuse at Thacher School in Ojai say the process could take a year.

Ventura County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s Offices teamed up to deal with the potential criminal case – with allegations spanning four decades – soon after the elite private school released a report last month documenting how the institution failed to protect its students.

The mixed boarding school board hired a Los Angeles-based law firm to investigate the allegations that surfaced on social media accounts last summer. Sheriff’s investigators received a brief summary before the full report was released posted on the school website, accompanied by multiple apologies, June 16.

Sgt. Tim Lohman said the sheriff’s office must research every incident provided by the school to see if law enforcement has already investigated and, if so, how the case was resolved.

“It’s going to take a while,†Lohman said.

The 91-page report details incidents of sexual misconduct from the 1980s to the 2010s. It names six faculty and administration members linked to certain charges.

Ventura County Prosecutor Erik Nasarenko said his office had carried out an internal name search to determine whether the cases had been sent to prosecutors for review. Nothing happened, he said.

Thacher School, an elite private boarding school in Ojai, released a report in June 2021 documenting allegations of sexual abuse dating back decades.

After:Report: elite Thacher school in Ojai authorized decades of alleged sexual abuse and misconduct

Nasarenko made the case a top priority for the prosecutor’s office after reading the report.

“What struck me was the seriousness of these allegations,” he said. “We are talking about alleged institutional abuse dating back over four decades, allegedly perpetrated on students by people in positions of authority and trust in them.”

Two experienced sex crimes prosecutors have been assigned to work with the sheriff’s investigators, Nasarenko said, specifically to answer questions about legal and statute of limitations issues.

Carly Rodriguez, director of communications for Thacher, said the school was also helping investigators.

“We are fully cooperating and meeting regularly with representatives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office to ensure they have the access and information necessary to best support our survivors,” Rodriguez said in an email to The Star.

The Thacher campus spans 427 acres of scenic hillside terrain where students can participate in an equestrian program as well as top-notch university courses. For the 2020-21 school year, 259 students from two dozen states and nine countries participated, according to Thacher’s website. Most have embarked on campus. The college preparation facility, founded in 1889, serves students in grades 9 to 12.

The law firm that wrote the report said it reviewed more than 40,000 documents related to the allegations.

Thacher School, an elite private boarding school in Ojai, released a report in June 2021 documenting allegations of sexual abuse dating back decades.

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Sheriff’s sergeant Lohman said the main priority now is to identify the victims, talk to them and try to corroborate their experiences. With accusations dating back decades, some victims and potential suspects may have moved or even died, he said.

Completion of the effort “could be in a year,” Lohman said.

Current school officials and officials are encouraging survivors to come forward even though decades have passed.

The hay bales arrive at the Thacher school in Ojai.  The elite private boarding school, which spans over 400 acres and offers an equestrian program, released a report in June 2021 documenting allegations of sexual abuse dating back decades.

While it is “extremely unlikely” that cases from the 1980s can be prosecuted, Nasarenko said, the incidents may help bolster prosecutions in other cases.

“To the victims of alleged crimes of the 1980s: come forward,” said the public prosecutor. “Please disclose the abuse as the law may allow your testimony in these sexual assault cases.”

The school creates a special committee to oversee implementation of corrective actions recommended in the law firm report. Thacher’s dedicated report web page lists resources for survivors and provides contacts for reporting abuse.

Survivors and others with information about suspected misconduct can call the Sheriff’s Sgt. Hector Macias at 805-384-4730.

Resources for survivors are available at the Ventura County Family Justice Center at 3170 Loma Vista Road in Ventura. The center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can call the center at 805-652-7655 or email [email protected] For text messages, use 805-947-7981.

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Long Beach police step up patrols after large rally ends in shootout – CBS New York

LONG BEACH, NY (CBSNew York) – Police increase their presence in Long Beach this weekend after unauthorized parties got out of hand and led to violence.

As CBS2’s Cory James reports, it looks like the illegal Saturday night party that was shared on social media didn’t come together. The officers, however, were outside for hours, walking up and down the promenade, keeping an eye out for possible large gatherings.

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“I just saw a lot of people having fun,†said Chris Hallerdin of Queens.

What seems funny to Hallerdin is illegal in Long Beach.

Video from one of the recent parties that took place shows thousands of people gathering on June 26 by the ocean for an announced event known as the “sunset party”.

“I can see why people would be mad, but, I don’t know, it’s cool with me,†Hallerdin said.

But that’s not cool with the authorities in Long Beach.

Police Commissioner Ron Walsh says this type of behavior is unacceptable. He believes the parties are privately promoted on social media, drawing large crowds to an unauthorized event.

“We all want to have peaceful and organized gatherings on our beaches. We welcome people who want to do this stuff, but we’re not going to have random fireworks in the air. We are not going to have people who just ignore our rules and regulations. The most unfortunate thing that happened last week was that there was a shooting, â€said Long Beach Police Commissioner Ron Walsh.

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Police said a man was shot in the leg during the incident. They say he was taken to hospital, had surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Since July 4th is this weekend, Walsh says they are going above and beyond to stop these illegal gatherings.

Some, however, feel that additional law enforcement is unnecessary.

“I feel like it’s God’s creation, so it’s all free, so I feel like it shouldn’t be from this font,†said Shundell Allen, a resident of Long Island. “I think all of this should be free for the public.”

Others disagree, calling the police actions smart and necessary to keep bathers and the community safe.

“We come often,†said Rita Mask of Garden City. “You don’t want to be there when there’s a shootout, of course. “

“It’s kind of like the building that collapsed in Florida, isn’t it?” You learn something like that and then you have to follow up so that it doesn’t happen to others, â€said James Mask, a resident of Garden City.

Members of several agencies, including Nassau County officers and state soldiers, will continue to patrol the area throughout the weekend.

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The police commissioner says if this continues to get out of hand, they could potentially close the beach.

Experts slam Biden’s economic agenda after June jobs report


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Pundits have slammed President Joe Biden’s economic agenda following a positive jobs report in June, which they say renders his massive spending unnecessary.

Biden should immediately end the federal unemployment premium linked to the pandemic and stop pursuing costly legislation that will harm future generations, experts said. While the economy has created more than 3 million jobs since January, the number of job vacancies remains at an all time high, according to the Ministry of Labor.

“With a record number of job vacancies, a record number of workers leaving their jobs and a record number of laid-off workers, there is no reason to spend even a dime on calls it “job creation packages”. Rachel Greszler, a researcher at the Heritage Foundation Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, said in a statement on Friday.

“Instead, policymakers should refuse to put young and future generations into debt and relieve them of the cost of unnecessary unemployment benefit premiums by immediately ending these programs,” she continued.

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Greszler noted that the federal unemployment program is rife with fraud and abuse. Americans are paying for errors due to the inefficiencies and lack of oversight of the program, she said.

The US economy created 850,000 jobs in June, according to data released Friday. Economists expected a lower figure.

In the wake of the report, Biden and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh celebrated the positive economic growth, but again pushed the administration’s $ 2 trillion jobs plan. Biden said it was time for the United States to “accelerate the progress we have made” during his remarks Friday morning.

The White House has proposed new spending programs worth around $ 6 trillion.

“President Biden is pushing a tax and spending plan under the guise of a jobs plan,” Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of Job Creators Network, said in a statement after Biden’s speech. “We don’t need an employment plan. We have more jobs available than people to fill them.

“We need policies that don’t put small businesses in competition with government for work,” Ortiz added.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne Clark described employers’ inability to find skilled workers as the biggest problem the economy is currently facing in an interview with CNBC on Friday. Clark blamed the labor shortage on generous and ongoing unemployment premiums.

Heritage Foundation researcher Joel Griffith pointed out that economic growth has been concentrated in states that have pulled out of the federal unemployment program which gives unemployed Americans $ 300 a week and does not expire until September. Twenty-five states, mostly Republicans, announced they would end the program after a meager employment report in April and a growing shortage of workers, Fox Business reported.

“According to Federal Reserve data, the seven best performing states in overall economic conditions since the start of the pandemic have already opted for federal unemployment premiums, while the seven worst performing states continue to provide these premiums.” Griffith said in a statement.

“These best performing states have actually increased by more than 1% from their pre-pandemic levels, while the seven worst performing states have seen declines of more than 6%,” he said. for follow-up. “The right political solutions are obvious. “

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Yediyurappa asks TN CM not to oppose the Mekedatu project and proposes a meeting


Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa wrote to his Tamil Nadu counterpart, Deputy Stalin, asking him not to oppose the Mekedatu reservoir and drinking water balancing project and proposed a bilateral meeting between the two states to remove all apprehensions.

Making a new offer to resolve the issue around the Mekedatu project, which has been on hold for many years, Yediyurappa said the project would benefit both states immensely and in no way affect the interests of Tamil Nadu’s farming communities.

He wrote: “It would be in the interest of all concerned and to have a better relationship between the state of Karnataka and the state of Tamil Nadu, if the government of Tamil Nadu in the right spirit does not opposed to the implementation of the project.

“In order to address the problems, if any, it is suggested that a bilateral meeting could also be organized in the presence of relevant officials to allay any apprehensions,” Yediyurappa wrote in his letter to Stalin, seeking his cooperation and strengthening of relations between the two states. .

The chief minister reminded Stalin that the water project was considered for the purpose of regulating the flow of water to Tamil Nadu, as stipulated in the final orders of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) and thereafter. modified by the Supreme Court to generate 400 megawatts of power.

The project also aimed to use an additional 4.75 TMC of water to meet the drinking and domestic water needs of Karnataka, including all of Bengaluru, “as granted by the Supreme Court in its judgment dated February 16. 2018 “.

While Tamil Nadu filed a miscellaneous claim to the Supreme Court against the project, Karnataka sought approval from the Terms of Reference Center (CTR) to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment Studies (EIAS), a underlined Yediyurappa.

The chief minister reminded Stalin of various projects planned by Tamil Nadu, including two hydroelectric projects, the Sillahalla project and several projects on the main river downstream from Mettur.

“The government of Tamil Nadu has not engaged in any kind of negotiations or obtained the consent of the government of Karnataka for the aforementioned projects in the Cauvery basin,” Yediyurappa said.

Tamil Nadu opposed the project on the grounds that it would lead to a reduction in the amount of Cauvery water to the state granted by the Supreme Court and that it was against its farmers.

Reiterating his government’s opposition to the project, Stalin said last month that it was against the interests of farmers in Tamil Nadu.

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TAXline News: July 2021 | ICAEW


Frank Haskew, Director of the Faculty of Taxation, reports on recent developments in the Faculty of Taxation.

Rise in standards: mandatory PII and definition of tax advice

By the time this appears in print, we will have submitted our response for consultation. We have engaged a lot with members, the other six PCRT organizations, the insurance industry and the HMRC. While we argue, in principle, that all tax service providers should have professional liability (PII) insurance, we question whether the insurance industry has the capacity – as well as the appetite – to provide the coverage. necessary, and also whether it will simply result in higher PII premiums for professional tax advisers in what is already a difficult PII market. In addition, the proposed definition of what is tax advice for these purposes requires careful consideration as there is a risk that a broad definition results in many types of services that would not normally be considered, which could increase still costs and administrative burdens that will ultimately have to be borne by consumers.

Service standards

We continue to receive numerous reports of poor service standards across a range of HMRC activities, including long waits before contacting HMRC and delays in responding to mail and obtaining UTR registration numbers. and VAT. We have had discussions with other professional bodies and raised the issues in various meetings and forums with HMRC, including detailed discussion at a representative body steering group meeting. We also called on HMRC to work with the professions to put in place a clear recovery plan. As a first step, HMRC relaunched Monday, June 14 its line dedicated to agents with a maximum waiting time commitment of 10 minutes. As part of this trial, HMRC is asking agents not to use the line where alternative digital services are available.

Make taxation digital

During the period, we continued to have active engagement with HMRC on the Making Tax Digital (MTD) quarterly reporting requirements, which have the capacity to impose substantial additional burdens on businesses and agents at a time when the Most companies want to focus on recovering from the pandemic. We also discussed HMRC’s proposals to persuade companies that still have not subscribed to MTD for VAT to do so.

Consultation documents

We continued to gather feedback on the review of the tax administration framework and faster payment. Along with other professional bodies, we have participated in a number of round tables with the HMRC on the framework of tax administration. Given the varied nature of the proposals in this latest review, we wonder if HMRC has the skills, resources and budget to complete such an important project, especially since HMRC already has a lot to do with COVID. – 19, Brexit and its regionalization program. When it comes to faster payment consultation, we are still not convinced that the advance payment will be much of a cash windfall for the government when you factor in potential disruptions and cash flow issues. that many businesses will be faced with.

Representation work

During the period, we attended a number of regular liaison meetings with HMRC staff, including the Issue Synthesis Group and the Joint Advisory Committee on VAT. We also held a number of meetings with HMRC to discuss specific topics, including agent service issues, HMRC’s performance against its charter, and proposed further reforms to the sanctions rules.

Committee meetings

During the period, there were virtual meetings of MTD’s Tax Policy and Reputation Committee and Software Advisory Group.


On May 7, Kate Upcraft and Anita Monteith presented a webinar on how the Coronavirus Endgame Job Retention Scheme calculations work. On May 10, Andrew Constable, Moore Kingston Smith, and Richard Jones presented a webinar on SME and OMB tax planning, focusing on extending carry-back rules in the 2021 finance act. May 11 , Anita Monteith has joined Rebecca Benneyworth for a cover of our TAXtalk series. Finally, on May 25, Kate Upcraft and Peter Bickley provided an update on the major changes to labor taxation in 2021. You can review them by following the links on the webinar pages.

Tax Guides

We published three tax guides during the period. This was an update to our existing guide on CGT primary private residence relief by Gillian Banks of PwC, Q&A on self-employment status by Mark Hammerton of Eversheds Sutherland, and another guide on the tax implications of COVID-19 support schemes. by our tax manager, Caroline Miskin.

The military’s politicized agenda helps the country divide in two


Traditionalist and conservative America was once the greatest defender of the US military.

The bipartisan conservatives in Congress have secured generous budgets for the Pentagon. When generals, active or retired, became controversial, conservative America could usually be relied on to stick with them.

The overflight country has supported prominent officers such as General Michael Hayden, General James Mattis, General Barry McCaffrey, General Stanley McChrystal, General David Petraeus and a host of others as the media pursued them for conduct suspected unethical, financial irregularities, feuds with the Obama administration, or charges of abuse of force or concealment of torture.

When Democrats complained to Congress about the “revolving door†of generals and admirals leaving the Pentagon to land lucrative mandates with defense companies, Central America, rightly or wrongly, yawned for the most part.

Yet mainstream America also assumed that its military leaders were largely apolitical and stayed out of politics. The brilliant WWII commanders Curtis LeMay, Douglas MacArthur and George S. Patton did not fare well when they awkwardly waded through the minefields of partisan national politics.

Not anymore.

The current and past top echelon of the Pentagon is seen as politically armed – and both careerist and opportunist. Generals and admirals are currently scrutinizing the enlistments of mythical white supremacists, fearing pressure from the left following the riot at the United States Capitol on January 6. These military officials apparently have no corresponding concerns about whether there are any members of antifa-affiliated services with records of past violence.

We learn that much of what has been reported about this unfortunate Capitol Riot was untrue. There were no insurgents “armed” with rifles, led by pillars of the plot. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was not “murdered”. Forensic pathologist Francisco J. Diaz said the autopsy showed no signs of internal or external injuries. The only violent death was that of an unarmed female military veteran who was shot and killed by a mysteriously anonymous law enforcement officer as she climbed through a window.

The tenure of highly decorated General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has turned out to be quite a train wreck of late. Under pressure from the left, last summer he waived a photo appearance with then-President Donald Trump on the grounds that he was unduly politicizing his service.

Okay, but all recent Joint Chiefs presidents have regularly appeared with the president in photo ops, sometimes reluctantly.

Milley was reacting timidly to media claims that Trump hit federal law enforcement agencies with tear gas to keep his photoshoot calm. The Inspector General of the Ministry of the Interior recently denounced such a report as a fable.

Equally false were the complaints from Milley and a host of retired officers about Trump tyrannically using federal troops to maintain civic order. Such an action has occurred several times in our history. For example, General Colin Powell, former head of the Joint Chiefs, commanded troops sent to Los Angeles in 1992 to quell the riots that followed the acquittal of LA police officers accused of beating Rodney King.

Our senior officers reveal inconsistent views on recommended reading, ideological indoctrination, and the use of federal troops in national crises. They are selective and partisan in their harsh criticism of certain presidents. Some blow up political opponents with inflammatory comparisons to the Nazis and Fascists.

Central America’s military alienation could not come at a worse time. China, Russia, Iran and North Korea watch with joy our self-created discord, which threatens to tear apart the world’s deadliest army.

The army is not yet a revolutionary popular army supervised by commissioners. But he does it with politicized agendas that divide the country in half and abandon the traditional role of the Unifying Army in a common goal of defending America.

Victor Davis Hanson is a union columnist.

UNC students say Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure shouldn’t have been questioned


After months of activism from students, faculty and other members of the community, the UNC board voted on Wednesday to approve Nikole Hannah-Jones’ application for tenure. But many students think there shouldn’t have been a debate in the first place.

Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur Genius Fellow, was first offered a five-year fixed-term contract as the Knight Chair in Racial and Investigative Journalism – the two previous Knight Chairs at UNC were established when they were hired. Many believe Hannah-Jones is overqualified for the job and think she deserved a start from the start.

Jarrah Faye, a junior double major in African, African-American and Diaspora Studies and Sociology, said she felt the board vote was the bare minimum.

“I really don’t feel anything,†she said. “It wasn’t something I should have had to go back and forth to events in protest. This woman is a Pulitzer Prize winner. His mandate should not have been questioned.

Residence Hall Association president Elliana Alexander said she was happy Hannah-Jones had been established, but felt the long process showed UNC had a long way to go in terms of racial equity. .

Alexander said it wouldn’t have taken countless statements in academic departments, demonstrations and protests for the council to offer him his mandate.

Austin Geer, a junior double major in biochemistry and neuroscience, said he was delighted Hannah-Jones was offered tenure, but believes the decision should have been made months ago.

“She definitely deserved it,” he said. “There shouldn’t have been a question.”

During Wednesday’s meeting, student protesters were forcibly removed by police when the council sat behind closed doors. Julia Clark, vice-president of the Black Student Movement, said she got punched in the face by an officer during the incident.

Alexander said the situation shows how disconnected the board is from the UNC community.

“Students should not be caught in the crossfire, having to put their physical bodies in danger and be beaten by the police to get the right thing done,” she said.

Faye said if the council had given Hannah-Jones the warrant in the first place, she wouldn’t have had to watch her friends get hit and pushed around by the police.

Geer said if student body president Lamar Richards had not called the special meeting, the board would have postponed the situation indefinitely.

Faye said it was black student activists who pushed for a reconsideration of Hannah-Jones’ tenure case.

“It was really the black student activists who sacrificed their time, work and homework to protest Nikole Hannah-Jones and the overall black experience at UNC,†she said.

Going forward, Alexander said it is important that the University truly counts with its history with race and racism.

Geer said the University must start listening to the voices of black and marginalized students and take steps to address their concerns in order to make the University a more comfortable space. He said he felt the University hears what they are saying but does not make the effort to actively listen to them.

The Hannah-Jones case was just a starting point for the larger work that needs to be done at UNC, Alexander said.

“This problem is not an isolated problem,†she said. “It really reflects the systemic inequity that runs through UNC that has never really been addressed.”


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County unable to ban fireworks on short notice | South County News


The continuing drought wave is expected to last well beyond July 4, which has created an extreme wildfire danger. At a special meeting on June 29, Pacific County commissioners reflected on what actions they could take in such a short time frame.

Public comments kicked off the meeting, and commentators were brief, and most simply said they thought it was too risky. No member of the public has expressed support for allowing the fireworks to continue this year.

“I’m really worried because with Thurston County, Clark County, Cosmopolis and South Bend and more, I think, banning the fireworks, I think we’re going to have a flood of people coming here, and I think it’s very dangerous because of our dry conditions. “said Skyler Walker.

According to county risk manager Kathy Spoor, she was contacted by commissioners over the weekend about the fire danger and actions the county could take. As a result, she spent most of the day on June 28 reaching out to state officials to clarify what authority, if any, the county had in such a short time frame.

“It was a popular topic at the Washington Association of County Officials meeting yesterday,†Spoor said. “Fireworks bans were the topic of discussion, and many counties were sort of in the same position. What we heard is that the law allows us to do something like this, but we have to do it at least a year in advance. It does not allow us to do this (ban) even in the most extreme weather conditions. “

Spoor also learned that Gov. Jay Inslee was considering three different actions, including a statewide ban, a ban that would allow counties to step down or relinquish the mandate one year in advance. However, Inslee hasn’t taken any action, and it’s unclear if he’ll take action until the weekend.

“From a legal standpoint, your hands are somewhat tied,” Spoor told Commissioners regarding actions they are taking other than just encouraging residents and tourists to avoid the booms and festive crackles this year.

Regardless of the decisions of county officials, even if a ban were imposed, county jurisdiction ends at the dune line on the beaches. The state controls coastal beaches and only state officials can issue a ban.

“The beach itself does not belong to the county,” said Commissioner Frank Wolfe. “The beach itself is state owned and is state run and state supervised. The beach police authority in the state to the end of the beach, which is roughly where the dune grass begins.

“I’ll tell you fireworks, and dune grass doesn’t mix.” I spent 10 years or more, actually 14 years or more, in the Ocean Park Fire Department as an early volunteer. I have never seen anything scarier than a beach grass fire on July 4th swooping down on me at around 40mph because the wind was blowing it. Once it starts, it is almost impossible to turn it off. Wolfe added.

Once the county passes wording under an ordinance stating that a ban can be imposed under specific conditions, it would have the power to enforce it, but the change must be made a year beforehand. The council or the fire marshal would then have the power to decide whether to pronounce the ban.

“We enforce the laws, but we can only enforce the laws that exist,†Sheriff Robin Souvenir said. “Obviously, if there is nothing that can be put in place, then there is nothing we can impose regarding the restriction of all fireworks in Pacific County. “

The county should have put the language in an ordinance by June 28 to have the power to issue a ban in 2022. So the earliest it could issue a ban is now 2023, and it’s already being drafted. .

“Depending on how we set it up, we’ll at least do something similar to what South Bend and Clark County have done,†Spoor added.

South Bend City Council passed Order 1512 in 2016 to allow a ban on the use of fireworks in specific weather conditions, including extreme fire hazards. “Mayor Julie Struck was very forward thinking,†said South Bend Town Clerk Dee Roberts.

The commissioners concluded the meeting by voting the adoption of resolution 2021-033, asking all residents and tourists to be alert to their actions over the weekend and to encourage all who are considering lighting up fireplaces. fireworks think twice.

Jobs report set to boost or hamper Biden’s agenda


President BidenJoe BidenHouse to Vote on Own Infrastructure Plan Trump Brings a Show to the Border Night Health Care: CDC Director Says People Vaccinated Are “Safe” And Don’t Need To Wear masks | Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Indiana Abortion “Reversal” Law | Fauci warns of ‘two Americas’ over widening vaccination gap is looking for fireworks in the June jobs report due out Friday as the White House gives new impetus to its economic agenda ahead of the July 4 long weekend.

A strong jobs report could bolster the White House’s efforts to prove Biden’s economic agenda is working as the administration faces pressure during months of poor job gains and rising prices. Despite this, economists say the United States has yet to declare independence from the weight of COVID-19 in the labor market.

Economists expect the United States to create around 700,000 jobs in June, up from 559,000 the month before, pushing the unemployment rate down 0.1 percentage point to 5.7%. Analysts say a wide array of private sector data measuring payrolls, travel and mobile shopping has shown consumer activity to new pandemic highs – all positive signs for the job market.

“There have been some really striking improvements, and many high frequency indicators of economic activity point to increased employer demand for workers,” said Julia Pollak, labor economist at ZipRecruiter. .

Faster job growth would give Biden and senior administration officials a boost as they try to rally public support for billions of dollars in proposed infrastructure spending. A June hit report could also weaken some GOP criticism of Biden pushing for increased government spending after two straight months of jobs data that missed the target in terms of Wall Street expectations. .

“The June jobs report is a ‘watershed or watershed’ moment for the Biden administration,” Republican lawmakers on the House Ways and Means Committee said in a statement Thursday.

“After two consecutive months of disappointing employment reports, a third monthly disappointment would reveal more of President Biden’s broken promises.”

The United States has created an average of 540,000 jobs each month since March, well below the seven-figure monthly job gains some economists are predicting by the summer. At the same time, job openings and departures have reached record levels as millions of the unemployed hold back from taking the first jobs and the lowest wages available.

The White House could be hungry for good news ahead of the holiday weekend. But economists warn that the economy has yet to be able to shake the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have never had a labor market so limited not only by public health, but also by an individual’s perception of his health risk. And we’ve never had such a limited care labor market, ”said Kathryn Anne Edwards, economist at RAND Corporation.

“I hesitate to say that we are past the point where the pandemic limits the labor market, simply because it could be exceeded for richer … whiter communities, but certainly not for communities that still have low rates. vaccination. “

Republicans and some right-wing economists argue that Biden’s March extension of expanded unemployment benefits is the biggest drag on job growth. More than two dozen governors, almost all Republicans, have endorsed this argument and removed millions of their residents from these programs.

Survey results released on Tuesday by employment site Indeed highlighted a much wider range of reasons hiring fell short of expectations despite 9 million job postings .

“Most people have multiple issues entering the workforce, so we have no way of discerning which is the determining factor,” Edwards said. “I don’t really see unemployment benefits being the cause. It’s probably more of a catalyst for another cause.

Among job seekers interviewed by Indeed who said they were not urgently looking for a job, more than 40% said it was because of COVID-19 concerns or their responsibilities. child care.

About 20 percent said it was because their spouse had a job, and slightly fewer said they had enough financial cushion. Only 10 percent said their lack of urgency was due to unemployment insurance.

The sharp decline in women’s participation in the workforce – and the disproportionate toll of black and Hispanic women – is where many of these factors come together. Women have dropped out of the workforce at a much higher rate than men because they were working in greater numbers in industries hardest hit by the pandemic and taking on childcare responsibilities when the stores closed. schools.

“I am deeply concerned about the more than 2 million women who have left the group. We desperately need it, ”said Jane Oates, an official with the Obama administration’s Department of Labor, who is now president of the non-profit WorkingNation.

“I don’t mind if the unemployment rate increases if the labor force participation rate increases, because we need more people who are actively looking to fill these jobs. “

Economists are largely convinced that the US economy will be freed from most of the constraints of the pandemic by the fall, with significant job growth to follow. Several experts have also said that delays in hiring could have benefits for the economy if workers add new skills or strive for jobs that match their expertise.

“The purpose of unemployment benefits is to give you a cushion so that you can try to find the best job,” Edwards said.

“It is a net loss for the economy to lose this human capital and this experience. “

Trump’s company gears up for expected unveiling of criminal tax charges on Thursday


NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters) – Manhattan prosecutors are expected to unveil criminal charges against former U.S. President Donald Trump’s namesake company and its chief financial officer on Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The charges, which were filed Wednesday but remained sealed, are the first to result from a nearly three-year investigation by New York prosecutors into Trump and his business connections.

Trump himself is not expected to be charged this week, his lawyer told Reuters, although he said prosecutors told him their investigation was continuing. But the backlash from the affair could complicate Trump’s political future as he contemplates a possible White House race in 2024.

The charges are expected to focus on whether Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg and other executives have received perks and perks like rent-free apartments and rented cars without properly reporting them in their accounts. tax returns, people familiar with the survey said.

They stem from the investigation into the company’s trade relations conducted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

Weisselberg and the company are expected to be brought to justice on Thursday, the person familiar with the matter said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Trump’s lawyer Ronald Fischetti told Reuters on Monday that prosecutors had suggested the charges would be related to taxes and benefits and that Trump himself would not be indicted in the indictment.

“This will be their first blow,” Fischetti said of prosecutors, adding that they said at a meeting last week that they were still continuing their investigation.

Mary Mulligan, Weisselberg’s lawyer, declined to comment on the possible charges.

In a statement on Monday, Trump called prosecutors bias and said his company’s actions were “by no means a crime.”

The Trump Organization could face fines and other sanctions if found guilty.


The charges could increase pressure on Weisselberg to cooperate with prosecutors, which he has resisted. Weisselberg is a close confidant of Trump, which makes his cooperation potentially crucial for any future case against the former president.

A private family-owned business, the Trump Organization operates hotels, golf courses and resorts around the world.

The indictment, on its own, could undermine the Trump Organization’s relationship with banks and business partners.

Trump, a Republican, was elected president in November 2016. Before entering the White House in January 2017, he placed his company in a trust overseen by his adult sons and Weisselberg, a family friend who maintained control close on the finances of the company.

Court records, public records and subpoena documents have shown Weisselberg and his son Barry received benefits and gifts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, including many real estate benefits.

The case could be accused as a ploy by the company to pay people off the books to hide assets for many years.

Prosecutors in Vance’s office stepped up their focus on the Trump Organization’s use of the perks and perks last fall. The office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who had also investigated the Trump organization, said in May that its investigation had turned into a criminal investigation and that he had partnered with the office by Vance.

Vance, a Democrat, looked at a range of potential wrongdoing, including whether Trump’s company manipulated the value of its real estate to cut taxes and secure favorable loan terms.

It’s unclear what role Trump now has in the business.

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University of Minnesota at Rochester students to see 1.5% increase in 2022


Tuition fees on the Rochester campus would rise to $ 12,376 – up to $ 157 – next school year for resident and non-resident students. This compares to increasing the Twin Cities campus to $ 13,532 – up from $ 202 – next school year; and $ 32,096 – up from $ 480 – for non-residents.

A 1.5% salary increase for all university employees is pending collective bargaining and employee performance reviews, said university budget director Julie Tonneson.

The Rochester campus will also receive $ 350,000 in one-time money for anticipated student growth as part of its Bluff Top plan. The UMR increased enrollment by 11.5% last year during the pandemic, and the extra dollars will be used to hire more professors and for scholarships, said Molly Olson, director of the communication and marketing of the UMR.

Rochester is one of two entities in the University of Minnesota system – the other is the Carlson School of Management – which projects increased revenue due to increased enrollment.

The university will receive approximately $ 19 million in state funding for 2022, of which $ 3.5 million will be held for 2023 and $ 19 million for 2023, for a total of $ 38 million. That’s about 82% of what the university asked for.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve a resolution for the issuance of debt for operating purposes. The university plans to take out a $ 35 million to $ 40 million loan for athletics, and officials expect the sports department to generate income to repay the loan over several years, said Myron Frans, senior vice president of athletics. finance and operations.

The loan will be capped at $ 50 million, and any future requests above the limit will be submitted to the board of directors for approval, Frans said.

In 2022, the university plans to contribute $ 13.6 million in tuition fees, $ 15.5 million in public funds, $ 49.6 million in internal reallocation and $ 9.8 million in other resources. , for a total of $ 88.5 million.

The university plans to spend $ 87.7 million – in addition to its regular spending – in 2022, which includes the MPact 2025 strategic planning, impacts on tuition fees from 2021, an increase in employee salaries and costs of facilities / technologies.

“I look at this budget, you know, given all the consequences and everything that has happened over the last year and a half, I consider the budget to be very reasonable and very responsible,” said Regent Steve. Sviggum. “We would all like to have lower tuition fees in a world that was not real.”

An increase in state and federal grants should cover the increase in tuition fees for low-income students, he said.

While Regent Mike Kenyanya has said he doesn’t like the idea of ​​increasing tuition fees, he said the conversation about tuition fees in terms of competitors and reciprocating students goes beyond the framework of the budget meeting. Kenyanya endorsed the 1.5% employee pay hike, saying it could potentially help retain employees and save money on recruiting.

During the meeting, Regent Darrin Rosha proposed an amendment, suggesting that instead of increasing tuition fees, the university could use the funds allocated to strategic initiatives.

“The cost of attendance is a real issue for a lot, a lot of people,†he said. “It has a real impact on real people, and I think we’re not aligned. “

The amendment failed, and Rosha was the only vote against the budget.

Regent James Farnsworth said the board should be committed to “centering the values ​​of opportunity, access and affordability”, particularly as a pandemic emerges. He also said the $ 36.1 million investment in MPact 2025 is critical for the university.

Regent Mary Davenport echoed Farnsworth’s sentiment on strategic planning, saying that strategic planning “is necessary to move our university forward.”

Regent Douglas Huebsch supported the budget proposal and said he did not want to cut the money from the strategic initiative because “that is what will take us into the future”.

“I wish the tuition increase was a little lower, and frankly, I wish the pay increase was a little higher. But given where we are at, I think it’s a balancing act, and I think it threads the needle, â€said Regent Ken Powell.

Regent Janie Mayeron said she supports the budget proposal and believes the decision to increase tuition fees as part of the budget took into account the pandemic, competing institutions and university spending.

“I think President Gabel and her team have demonstrated and picked up where President (Eric) Kaler left off and taken several steps further, this holistic and systemic dialogue on tuition fees and enrollment strategy. more broadly, â€said Regent David McMillan. “I can support the one and a half percent, but I’m not doing it in a vacuum.”

Post Bulletin reporter Matthew Stolle contributed to this report.

No zoom this year as Salem Camp Meeting celebrates 193rd year of worship | New


COVINGTON – The singing may seem a little softer this year and the preaching a little more fervent as the Saints gather again under the famous Salem Campground tabernacle to thank God for bringing them – and the longest camp reunion in the country – through a global pandemic.

“The summer of 2020 has been a summer we would like to forget, full of isolation and cancellation,†said Darrell Huckaby, Salem Campground board member. “This year, most are looking forward to a return to normalcy, and the directors at Salem Campground are eager to help make that happen. The camp reunion, which had been held at the Salem Road facility in Covington every summer since 1828, with the exception of two years during the Interstate War, was only held last year through online virtual services.

But in 2021, the Salem grounds, located at 3940 Salem Road in Covington, will once again be filled with families of all faiths, many of whom have attended Salem Camp Meeting their entire lives, worshiping, celebrating and fellowship together in person for eight days at July.

The 193rd Annual Camp Salem Meeting begins Friday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. and continues through July 16, with services each evening at 7:30 p.m. and each morning at 11 a.m., except Saturdays. Classes and activities will take place daily, starting with Morning Watch at 7:30 a.m. each weekday, which is a short period of devotion. Bible classes for all ages are held at 9:30 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, adjacent to the campground. Homemade meals will be served at noon and dinner at the historic Salem Hotel. The public is invited and can make reservations for any meal by calling 770-786-6841. Individuals and groups are welcome, with advance notice.

“We hated to miss it last summer, we definitely did,†said Roland Vaughn, chairman of the Salem Campground board. “But we had no choice under the circumstances. A group of people made sure that we have some kind of online service every night to kind of keep our ministry going, but this year we will be back to normal as much as possible with in-person services, classes, meals. at the hotel and the real Salem experience.

John Howington and Joshua Swaney, who have a catering business serving Hollywood film and TV production companies from their food truck, contracted with Salem to provide meals for the camp reunions and other events. Family meals will be offered to the public before each service. In addition, Keri Hampton, who grew up on the campsite, took over the management of the hotel and all the hospitality. Meal prices and all other information about this year’s camp meeting are available by visiting www.salemcampmeeting.org.

Not being together last summer has been difficult for many who have gathered for years in Salem.

“I can tell you it was very painful for those of us who love the Salem Camp Meeting not being able to attend the 2020 camp meeting when it was canceled due to COVID-19,†Alice said. Walker, pianist and member of the Salem Campground board of directors. . “We had an effective Zoom conference with multiple Zoom services in 2020… We are delighted that we were able to retain the same excellent preachers that we would have had all week in 2020. Reverend Dr. Don Martin and Reverend Steven Barnes will alternate as d usual this year.

Walker and his twin sister, Becky Ramsey, who have provided music for many years, will once again play traditional twin grand pianos for all services.

“Salem has a long standing reputation for great music and bringing in great preachers, and this year will be no different,†Huckaby said. “The pastors of the week will both be familiar to local residents. “

Reverend Don Martin served 44 years in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, several of those years at Covington First United Methodist, as well as Alpharetta First Methodist and the churches of Clermont, Rome and Augusta. Martin is a graduate of Emory University, Mercer University, and the University of Chicago. He will preach on Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays evenings and at 11 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Reverend Steven Barnes, who has served as Acting Pastor at Oconee Presbyterian Church in Watkinsville since March 2020, previously served the First Presbyterian Church in Covington. Originally from Texas, Barnes served the Presbyterian Church in a number of roles for 20 years in Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia. He will preach on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursday evenings and at 11:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Huckaby said Big Sunday, which will be July 11, is traditionally the busiest service of the week. The guest preacher that day will be Dr. Byron Thomas, the newly appointed district superintendent of the South-Central District of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

“We’ll have some great backing vocals and soloists throughout the week,†Walker said. “The service schedule is the same except that there will be no Saturday morning service due to the Salem Wide World of Sports.”

Throughout the week, Music Director Tom Roberts, a familiar figure to Salem attendees, will lead the congregation’s song of the church’s great old hymns. Services are held in the open-air tabernacle built in the mid-19th century. Many families who frequent Salem each year stay at the campsite. Everyone is invited to the Salem Tour of Tents on Saturday, July 10, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Huckaby said he sort of “got married in the Salem Experiment Field Tent.” The local author has attended the Salem Camp Meeting every year of his life, but says he only started “camping” in Salem when he met his wife, Lisa.

“Salem is so much about tradition,†he said. “We see the same people every year, and this may be the only time we see them. We see families growing up and children growing up one week a year, year after year. Salem is fertile ground for romance. I know many couples – young and old alike – who met their respective spouses in Salem. My son Jackson met his wife Brittney at the camp meeting. Salem meant so much to them that when he was ready to propose he engraved, “Will you marry me?” in one of her favorite trees on the campground and had her sit on a bench below until she noticed the sculpture. Now they will bring their son, Walker Lee Huckaby, to his first Salem.

While there will be many happy reunions this year at the camp meeting, there will be a man whose absence will be felt by generations.

“Sam Ramsey will be missed this year and every year,†Huckaby said. “Sam was Mr. Salem. No one worked harder all year to maintain Salem, and no one had a bigger heart for the ministry. I went to work for Sam, moving furniture (in his furniture store) when I was 12. We have remained close friends forever. No one will replace him, and we all go to great lengths to make sure the hundreds of little things Sam has taken care of get done. We are fortunate to still have his wife, Becky, who takes over for us. “

Ramsey, who passed away last August, was the former mayor of Covington, a businessman, chairman of the board of directors of Salem and devoted much of his time and energy to ensuring that the meeting of the Salem camp thrives every year. Huckaby has said that his physical presence will be sorely missed, but that the members of the board are determined to continue the legacy he helped build.

“It is a pleasure for me to speak about Salem Camp Meeting because I personally know how much the experience has meant in my life,†said Becky Ramsey. “I didn’t grow up with the tradition of attending a camp meeting. However, when I first came to worship service at Salem Camp Meeting with my family, I was hooked.

She also met the man she would marry at the service and said “the enthusiasm was overflowing” from Mr Ramsey. After the couple’s wedding, their joint work in planning the annual Camp Salem reunion became a joint year-long project as they handled the details of advertising, music, and worship.

“During my first worship experience in Salem, I could feel the friendly welcome from the faithful and I was surrounded by Christian love and inclusion,†said Ms. Ramsey. “The warm singing of gospel songs and the sincere prayers of the people touched me and warmed my heart. “

She said the first year at Salem led to 50 years of being there, as she returned each year to be rekindled and refreshed. It was also special for her to join her twin sister in presenting music for church services each year. She said the historic tabernacle with its huge oak woods still bearing the ax cuts made by the first settlers offers a unique place of worship.

“As I sat in the sacred worship space, I was able to connect with the generations of faithful Christians who have gathered there since 1828,†Ms. Ramsey added. “… Holy Communion by candlelight, which closes the week, is a respectful and poignant way to leave our spiritual experience at the top of the mountain in Salem and return to serve Jesus in the real world.”

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Charlie Munger says he’s in love with Zoom, thinks video conferencing trend is here to stay


Charlie Munger, vice president of Berkshire Hathaway, has revealed he loves Zoom, saying video conferencing software will continue to thrive even if life returns to its normal course after the pandemic.

“I fell in love with Zoom,” Munger said during an interview with Becky Quick on CNBC’s “Buffett & Munger: A Wealth of Wisdom” special, airing Tuesday. “I think Zoom is here to stay. It adds so much convenience.”

The 97-year-old investor said he uses Zoom at least three times a day and struck a deal in Australia via a video call.

Zoom has established itself as a big winner in the pandemic as millions of home users around the world have turned to the app for video calling and other features. Shares jumped 395% in 2020 as earnings exploded amid rising demand. Earlier this month, the company reported another booming quarter with sales growth of 191% during the period ended April 30.

However, Munger’s longtime business partner and Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett disagrees with Zoom, saying he still prefers the old-fashioned phone.

“I’m just not a Zoom guy,” said the 90-year-old investor. “I don’t see any benefit in that, in particular. I’ve done it once or twice, and they had a whole screen of people who… I just didn’t think it added to the experience. I would rather have my. , you know, my feet on the desk, and I find the telephone to be a very satisfying instrument. “

Charles Munger, vice president of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., left, and Warren Buffett, president of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., attend a BYD Co. press conference in China on Monday September 27, 2010.

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Munger’s bull case for Zoom is based on his belief that business travel is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, he said demand for offices will remain low as many workers are likely to have the option of working from home.

“I think a lot of business trips will never come back. Just business after business deciding one meeting a year, two meetings a year in person, and the rest Zoom. And I think it’s here to stay,” Munger said.

“What happened to the demand for office space is just… think about the agonies in this area now. A lot of people have found that they don’t need to be there,” Munger added. “And I think a lot of people are going to decide that they can work three days a week and stay home each other. I think all kinds of things are going to happen that… we don’t go back to what we were doing before. “

During the first quarter report, Zoom warned of a slowdown ahead as expansion declines from the 2020 pandemic. The company is now experiencing 50% revenue growth for the entire range. ‘exercise.

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Gradual poll: Majority backs passage of Biden agenda through reconciliation


Majority of voters likely in new poll backs Democrats’ move President BidenJoe Biden Criminal justice group calls for leniency for offenders returned to house arrest during pandemic Gradual poll: Majority backs adoption of Biden agenda through reconciliation Transportation bans the sale of plane tickets in Belarus amid the arrest of an opposition journalist PLUSThe $ 4 trillion agenda using the budget reconciliation process without needing Republican backing, according to new data from a progressive polling company obtained by The Hill.

The poll, conducted by the progressive think tank and survey firm Data for Progress for the Invest in America Group, found that 62% of those polled somewhat or strongly support the adoption of the U.S. Jobs and Employment Plan. US shot of Biden’s families using budget reconciliation.

There are considerable differences between the parties, with 86% of Democrats supporting the use of the reconciliation process, 59% of independents supporting it and only 36% of Republicans supporting it.

The poll also found majorities backing proposed investments in Biden’s original jobs program that were not included in the bipartisan compromise unveiled last week, such as billions in funding to expand access to long-term care. duration and modernize schools and community colleges.

Sixty-eight percent of those polled said they would be a little or much more likely to support a lawmaker who votes to spend $ 400 billion on long-term care for the elderly and people with disabilities “even if it is. adopted on a partisan basis â€.

The poll also found that 55% of those polled would be less likely to support a lawmaker who blocks passage of a bill including $ 400 billion for long-term care in order to pass a bipartisan infrastructure package. .

The White House is trying to mobilize support for the bipartisan $ 1.2 trillion deal focusing on physical infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, which Biden and a group of bipartisan senators agreed to last week.

Progressives are wary of the infrastructure deal, however, as it leaves out key priorities, and Democratic leaders in Congress plan to jointly bring forward a bipartisan bill and a broader reconciliation bill in an attempt to get Biden’s program fully adopted.

Biden said last week he would not sign an infrastructure bill unless he came to his office with a reconciliation plan, but he rescinded the statement after it sparked a chorus of criticism from Republicans and jeopardized the bipartisan bill.

Biden has vowed to unite the country and work across the aisle during his campaign and a bipartisan bill would be a key achievement if he’s able to get him across the finish line. Biden in a speech in Wisconsin on Tuesday described the agreement as “a signal to ourselves and to the world that American democracy can take hold and deliver to all of our people.”

Zac Petkanas, Democratic strategist and senior adviser to Invest in America Action, a group advocating for a robust infrastructure bill, said the new poll shows the importance for Democrats to move Biden’s agenda forward in its entirety. , whatever process they use to do it. .

“What is very clear from the data is that people don’t care about the process – what comes first, what comes second, it doesn’t matter. What matters is job creation, â€Petkanas said in an interview.

“Democrats don’t want to go into midterms saying we could have passed an investment in jobs that would put millions back to work, but we only ended up finishing a quarter of the program,” did he declare.

The survey also found that a majority – 58% – think the United States should invest more money to spur job creation and stimulate the economy after the coronavirus pandemic, compared with 33% who said that the United States should wait to invest due to concerns about the overheating economy. and inflation.

The online survey of 1,183 probable voters nationwide was conducted between June 25 and 28 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

12 people investigated for violation of Covid-19 rules at unlicensed KTV outlet, Community News & Top Stories


SINGAPORE – Twelve people are being investigated for violating Covid-19 rules during a rally at an unlicensed KTV outlet in Woodlands.

Police said in a statement Tuesday (June 29) that nine men and three women, aged 20 to 30, socialized at the Woodlands Industrial Park E1 outlet on June 15.

Public entertainment and alcohol were reportedly provided to the unit without a valid license, they added.

Karaoke equipment, liquor bottles and beer cans found in the area were seized for investigation.

A 30-year-old man, one of 12 people at the outlet, is believed to be the operator of KTV and will be investigated for providing alcohol without a valid license and for providing public entertainment without license.

The 12 people who were there will be investigated for non-compliance with security distancing measures under the Covid-19 (temporary measures) (control order) 2020 regulation.

At the time of the alleged violation, Singapore was in the first stage of phase three (heightened alert), with social gatherings limited to five in groups, while dining in restaurants was not allowed.

Providing alcohol and public entertainment offenses without a valid license each carry a fine of up to $ 20,000.

Those who violate safety distancing measures can be jailed for up to six months, a fine of up to $ 10,000, or both.

Health policy reform on the agenda of the special session in Virginia – State of Reform


Nicole Pasia | June 28, 2021

Last week Governor Ralph Northam called the General Assembly to meet in extraordinary session on August 2. This session has two goals: to fill vacant judicial positions and to allocate $ 4.3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act relief funds.

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Governor Northam and legislative leaders say improving public health is one of the the five priorities for funding. Other goals include supporting small businesses, helping workers, modernizing public schools and expanding broadband connectivity. With regard to public health specifically, federal funds will:

“Improve long underfunded local and state public health services, boost affordable housing and help Virginians meet the cost of public services.” “

Federal funds are timely for Virginia. State revenues increase and the state unemployment rate decreases to 4.5% in May, 4.0 percentage points lower than at the same time last year. Heads of state see funds as an investment. A joint statement from Northam and the legislative leaders states:

“This is a unique opportunity to invest in the long term future of Virginia. We intend to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, with full respect for fiduciary guidelines. We reject calls to deny these federal dollars, and we support the law’s prohibition of cutting state taxes to replace federal dollars. We seize this rare opportunity and choose to invest.

State lawmakers voiced their health policy priorities long before Governor Northam’s announcement. At the Virginia State of Reform Health Policy Conference in May 2021, Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, member of the Education and Health Commission, Talk about develop a more comprehensive care system.

“When someone comes to us and tells us they need help, we shouldn’t just qualify them for Medicaid. We should see, “Do they need help with education?” Do they need help finding accommodation? Are they in a safe place? ‘ There is no reason they have to apply to another silo [for other types of assistance]. “

Oil drops nearly 2% on increase in COVID cases, ahead of OPEC + talks

  • Increase in COVID cases in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia
  • OPEC and allied producers to meet on July 1
  • OPEC + could increase production in August, analysts say
  • Abu Dhabi to cut crude supply to Asian futures buyers
  • Russian oil production has declined so far in June

SINGAPORE, June 28 (Reuters) – Oil prices fell nearly 2% on Monday after hitting their highest since 2018 earlier in the session, as COVID-19 cases spike in Asia and Europe held back the recovery ahead of this week’s OPEC + meeting. .

Brent futures fell $ 1.33, or 1.8%, to $ 74.85 a barrel at 12:44 a.m. EDT (4:44 p.m. GMT), while U.S. crude West Texas Intermediate (WTI ) fell $ 1.06, or 1.4%, to $ 72.99.

These declines pushed both contracts out of overbought territory. Earlier in the volatile session, both benchmarks hit their highest level since October 2018.

“Forecasts of a recovery in demand for oil over the summer may be a bit overestimated, and traders face a reality check this week as the Delta variant (COVID-19) reaches Europe and that an increase in infections in Southeast Asia and Australia brings back the bottlenecks, ”said Louise Dickson, oil markets analyst at Rystad Energy.

Indonesia is grappling with record cases, Malaysia is set to extend lockdown, and Thailand has announced new restrictions. Read more

Australia also reported on Sunday one of the largest numbers of locally acquired coronavirus cases this year, triggering lockdowns in some cities. Read more

All eyes will be on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies this week, a group known as OPEC +, to see what happens at their meeting on Thursday.

OPEC + was returning 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil supply to the market from May to July after cutting production during the pandemic, and may decide to add more barrels in August after Crude prices rose last week for a fifth straight week as demand picked up. Read more

OPEC forecasts point to an oil supply shortfall in August and the rest of 2021 as economies recover from the pandemic, suggesting that OPEC + has an opportunity to increase production. Read more

Analysts at Australian bank ANZ and Dutch bank ING said they expected OPEC + to increase production by around 500,000 bpd in August.

But in a move that surprised some market watchers, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) will cut the volume of crude it supplies to Asian futures buyers by 15% in September, according to six sources with direct knowledge of the matter. It was not immediately clear why ADNOC would cut supplies. Read more

And in Russia, oil production has fallen so far in June from average levels in May despite a rebound in oil market prices and an easing of OPEC + production cuts, two told Reuters on Monday. sources close to the data.

Iran and the United States, meanwhile, were due to resume indirect talks on relaunching a 2015 pact on Tehran’s nuclear works.

The deal could lead to a lifting of US sanctions and more Iranian crude on the market. But tensions rose after U.S. airstrikes on Sunday against Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria. Iraq and Syria condemned the unilateral US strikes as violations of their sovereignty. Read more [nL2N2OA1EZ]

Iran said on Monday it had not yet decided whether or not to extend a monitoring agreement with the UN nuclear watchdog, which expired last week. Read more

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The future of salons in a post-Covid-19 world – Glossy


This story is one in a series of stories on Glossy about the future of the experience, examining all the ways that face-to-face interactions in beauty and fashion are changing. You can read more stories from this series here.

While Americans plan a post-Covid-19 summer full of social gatherings, events, and vacations, their prep beauty treatments may look a little different.

Instead of being in a salon, it is generally expected that services such as nail and hair care will stay at home, as people are constantly adopting a habit at home that they have picked up for over a period of time. quarantine. But, when they choose to go to a salon, the environment may be more subdued due to the health precautionary measures, while being more technologically advanced. On June 23, nail care brand Dashing Diva launched their new Glaze product designed to draw consumers from gel salons to the in-home gel version of Dashing Diva, which offers easy application and removal for $ 12-14. $. Dashing Diva saw its sales increase 5 times between 2019 and 2020 between wholesale and DTC sales, in addition to a 5 times increase in its DTC ecommerce sales alone. Meanwhile, Glamsquad introduced haircuts in June 2020, which helped attract male clients. It also saw manicures become the # 1 service (dropping from # 3 behind rashes and makeup applications) in the second half of 2020, said Giovanni Vaccaro, founding member and creative director of Glamsquad.

“Trade shows of all types will have to evolve. All businesses suffer from a huge [Covid-19] impact. Evolution is essential here, ”said Giovanna Coluccio, Senior Director of Marketing at Dashing Diva. “Consumers have found the benefits of this self-care treatment time by getting their nails done at home. They will also find that the cost is cheaper. Typically, a gel manicure can cost around $ 40, or more if they do artistic designs. So there is a huge saving compared to a $ 12 to $ 14 product like Glaze. “

US salons began reopening in June 2020. According to third-party trackers like Kline, there have been signs of a recovery, which noted a 98% increase in sales of professional hair products in October 2020, compared to closing. trade fairs from March. 2020-May 2020. In the United States, the beauty salon and spa industry numbered more than 1.2 million companies generating more than $ 62 billion in sales between 2018 and 2019, according to a 2020 report from the Professional Beauty Association.

From a salon perspective, customers come back with varying levels of comfort, said Rosi Ajjam, Aveda North America gm and svp. But, she said, they all expect the same Aveda experience, which is based on a holistic approach to wellness. It includes free drinks, free hand and neck massages, as well as premium hair, face and body treatments. There are over 6,000 Aveda lounges in the United States and Canada.

“Customers are more concerned with cleanliness and safety. Security is the new luxury and customers are keeping lounges to a higher standard even though its restrictions are lifted, ”Ajjam said. “Meanwhile, the role of data and technology is also on a whole new level. [Covid-19] unlocked new opportunities that we weren’t even discussing before the pandemic. “

Independent Aveda Lounges respond to this in a number of ways. An Austin, Texas-based Aveda salon requires masks for clients and stylists during the shampoo portion of a service, given the close contact between people. Additionally, one Atlanta-based salon offers free hand massages at a client’s request, while another in San Jose, California offers clients to do it themselves using the hand lotion. Aveda. Vaccaro said Glamsquad also requires clients and stylists to wear masks during services, while stylists can choose whether or not to wear a previously mandated apron.

Technologically, Aveda has added the curbside pickup option to its e-commerce site, contactless check-in and payment, mobile appointment scheduling, and the ability to order products online. of a specific show. Aveda revamped its customer loyalty program in April, which focused on some of the new tech additions. Between June 2020 and April 2021, 180 independent Aveda lounges in the United States and Canada closed permanently, while 175 new ones opened. five Aveda-owned stores have closed, but 15 more have opened, a spokesperson for the brand said.

Non-Aveda salons have also become more tech savvy, with the help of white label services like the Shortcut technology platform. Shortcut, founded in 2016, launched a plugin for salons in early 2021 in response to the pandemic, which allows customers to book in-home services online from a specific salon. Likewise, Sally Hershberger Salons developed their own in-home service in June 2020. According to Will Newton, COO of Shortcut, partner salons have increased their revenues by around 10% by offering in-home services and have expanded their customer base by about 20 miles. About 70% of Shortcut users are new customers at a particular salon. Shortcut has partners in 20 markets including New York, Atlanta and Seattle.

“Shortcut automates operations, and we do the marketing to attract new customers who want to do home services,” Newton said. “After Covid-19, the hairdressing salon sector is going through a real shortage of jobs. The owners are thinking about how to create a culture that is more appealing to a modern stylist.

Newton said that a third of stylists leave a salon after six months because they can’t build a client list quickly enough. Part of Shortcut’s pitch at a trade show is that it helps retain talent that wants or needs more clients. Vaccaro said Glamsquad has not experienced a shortage of stylists, but noted that as more events, galas and parties begin towards the end of 2021, Glamsquad is preparing to strengthen its workforce to deal with this deluge.

As Coluccio pointed out, salons will need to find ways to differentiate themselves by adding to the experience of a service, rather than focusing on the bottom line. These could be, for example, high quality and well-being elements of an Aveda service. Salons will also need to consider changing their pricing structures, as in-home alternatives are generally cheaper. Overall, the dust has not settled yet and the salon environment, its workforce and the ease of home services will continue to evolve rapidly in a post-Covid-19 world.

UAE Cabinet Approves National Non-Oil Export Development Program


Chaired by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE cabinet approved the National Non-Oil Export Development Program, an integrated framework for efforts to increase UAE foreign trade, promote UAE products and access new markets all over the world.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid reaffirmed that the UAE is among the top twenty countries in terms of foreign trade indicators and has a developed economic structure capable of coping with the changing world economy, highlighting the continued support to the national economy to be among the first. 10 economies in the world.

These remarks by Sheikh Mohammed came during the United Arab Emirates Cabinet meeting, held today at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said: “We have adopted the National Program for the Development of Non-Oil Exports, a vital step to access 25 new markets. UAE’s non-oil trade exceeds 1.5 trillion dirhams.”

He added that the non-oil sectors contribute more than 70 percent of the national economy, stressing that the UAE aims to increase its exports by 50 percent in the coming years.

The program aims to meet the needs of domestic businesses and exporters, as well as take the necessary steps to strengthen the UAE’s leading position as a regional and international hub for re-exports.

Among its objectives, the program also aims to increase UAE exports by opening up new international markets with the aim of supporting the country’s foreign trade and enhancing growth in 14 sectors to ensure greater presence of UAE products. in world markets.

The cabinet also approved the National Manual for Measuring Research and Development (R&D) Expenditures in the Public Sector. The manual provides guidance on measuring financial and human resources for research and experimental development carried out in the public sector.

The cabinet has also adopted the Empowerment Policy to support determined people during emergencies and crises. The policy aims to identify and eliminate challenges and obstacles created or accompanied by crises and emergencies. It also aims to provide adequate accessibility to all types of services and facilities, in addition to improving research and data to monitor, evaluate and strengthen systems to include specified people.

The cabinet approved the amendment to the federal law on private health facilities, which aims to extend the adjustment period, a decision that guarantees the continuity of activities in the sector.

The cabinet also approved the amendment to the Federal Tax Procedures Act, which will further support the economic environment and business community in the UAE.

In addition, the cabinet approved a federal law on goods subject to non-proliferation controls, which aligns with the UAE’s vision for maintaining security and stability in the UAE and the United Arab Emirates. abroad, and aims to actively leverage the control of sensitive goods and engage in partnerships on both and international levels.

The cabinet adopted a decision on marine wrecks and abandoned ships, which will better organize the recovery of abandoned ships and wrecks located in territorial waters or ports of the country, in order to ensure the safety of maritime navigation.

The cabinet also approved a decision on existing nurseries and nurseries within government entities to ensure that on-site nurseries play their role in supporting working women. The Ministry of Education and local education authorities will carry out the tasks of approving, evaluating and monitoring these nurseries.

The cabinet approved the findings and recommendations submitted by the committee established to study the electronic link system for education data. The Education Data System collects and analyzes data related to education in the UAE and provides comprehensive data sets to support decision making and continued development of the sector.

NIT Srinagar holds BWC meeting


Srinagar, June 26: The Srinagar National Institute of Technology (NIT) held a Building and Works Committee (BWC) meeting with the Ministry of Education on Saturday in which the committee recommended various projects for approval, including the construction of ‘a new health center on campus.

According to a statement released here, the meeting was virtually attended by DK Singh, Deputy Secretary, Integrated Finance Division (IFD), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India.

During the meeting, Singh was briefed on the work done at NIT Srinagar over the past year and new pending proposals and various other things were also discussed during the meeting.

On the occasion, NIT Srinagar Director, Professor RakeshSehgal, Director being the President of BWC, chaired the meeting and discussed the work carried out during the 2020-21 phase and other ongoing projects. The agenda for the meeting was presented by Registrar NIT Srinagar, Prof. Kaiser Bukhari and BWC Member Secretary.

Professor Sehgal said that for the 2021-2022 stage, they have a total budget of 1.5 crore in which some works are already shortlisted and new works are in the minor works category.

“The BWC approved the proposal for approval for the modernization of the high voltage laboratory of the electrical engineering department, the cover of the generator set, the workshop, the roof of the hydrobiology laboratory of the WRMC and other renovations in the departments. It has been decided that if the ministry approves funds for this work, it will be completed as a priority, â€he said.

The director of NIT Srinagar said that apart from these works, they are also planning to build another health center in NIT Srinagar, as the existing center is located in a low area adjacent to the sewer line of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), which remains flooded. during the rainy seasons.

“There is a reflux of water due to the blockage of the sewer pipes in the premises of the health center, which leads to unsanitary conditions of the health center causing inconvenience to teachers, students and others”, did he declare.

NIT Director Srinagar also informed that their existing machines at the health center, including the x-ray plant, dental and physiotherapy section, are at risk due to the unhygienic condition of the health center. Now we are planning to build a new health center in a better location, â€he said.

UK Health Minister Matt Hancock resigns after social distancing fury


LONDON – Struggling UK Health Minister Matt Hancock resigned on Saturday, a day after a tabloid newspaper published photos of him in a hot embrace with one of his top aides – an apparent violation of UK social distancing guidelines.

Mr Hancock, who led Britain’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, was the latest member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to be accused of violating strict rules imposed on the rest of the country.

“I understand the huge sacrifices everyone in this county has made – that you have made,” Mr Hancock said chasteningly in a video statement released on Saturday night. “Those of us who make these rules must abide by them, and that is why I must resign.”

Initially, Mr Hancock refused to resign and had Mr Johnson’s backing. But with at least one Tory MP demanding his resignation and newspapers full of stories about double standards for the political elite, Mr Hancock concluded his position had become untenable.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Hancock wrote: ‘The last thing I would like is for my private life to distract from the determined purpose that is taking us out of this crisis. Mr Hancock, who is married, apologized to his family and said he must be with his three children.

Mr Johnson has appointed Sajid Javid, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, to replace Mr Hancock.

It was a rapid fall from grace for an ambitious 42-year-old minister, who had become a familiar figure during the long months of the pandemic. Mr Hancock was a fixture at Downing Street press conferences, often urging the public to obey lockdowns and other restrictions to try to curb the spread of the virus.

Ultimately, Mr. Hancock’s failure to live by his own rules destroyed him. The Sun posted footage – and later a video – of a surveillance camera in Mr Hancock’s office which showed him kissing and kissing Gina Coladangelo, a friend from Oxford University he had recruited as advisor.

Newspapers reported that the footage was recorded on May 6, when restrictions in England still prohibited social gatherings inside people from different households. People were told to stay two meters apart and avoid “face to face contact”. These restrictions have since been relaxed.

Mr Hancock admitted to breaking the rules. On Friday he said he was “very sorry” and had “disappointed people”. Downing Street initially said the Prime Minister accepted Mr Hancock’s apology and considered the matter closed.

Even before he was engulfed in the scandal, Mr Hancock had become somewhat of a lightning rod for the controversy. Two weeks ago a former chief adviser to Mr Johnson, Dominic Cummings, posted text messages between him and the Prime Minister in which Mr Johnson called Mr Hancock “desperate”, adding blasphemy.

Mr Cummings blamed much of the responsibility for Britain’s chaotic handling of the pandemic on Mr Hancock, saying he did not have a competent testing and traceability program in place and allowed the spread of the virus by moving the elderly from hospitals to nursing care. houses. Mr Hancock categorically denied the charges.

Mr Cummings himself was criticized a year ago for traveling 260 miles to visit his parents in the north of England when the country was under lockdown. He too refused to step down and lasted another six months before Mr Johnson ousted him.

The Labor Party, which has tried to make the scandals in Mr Johnson’s government a political issue, criticized him for not acting faster in this latest episode. “Matt Hancock is right to step down,” Labor leader Keir Starmer said on Twitter. “But Boris Johnson should have sacked him.”

There are other outstanding issues. One concerns the circumstances of Mr Hancock’s hiring of Ms Coladangelo, who is also married, as a non-executive director of the health service. She had previously worked for a fashion retailer, Oliver Bonas, founded by her husband, Oliver Tress.

Another concerns the installation of a surveillance camera in Mr. Hancock’s office. Some experts have suggested it could have been done clandestinely to catch the minister in his private entanglements.

When news of Mr Hancock’s indiscretions broke on Friday, political analysts said he could survive the fury because he worked for Mr Johnson, who had his own messy private life and recently married for the third time.

In a letter accepting Mr Hancock’s resignation, Mr Johnson awarded him with building a network of field hospitals to handle the flood of Covid patients; deploy the drug, Dexamethasone, to mitigate the effects of Covid; and secure protective equipment for doctors and nurses.

“It has been your task to take on a challenge greater than that which one of your predecessors faced,” Mr Johnson wrote, “and by fighting Covid you have taken on that challenge. “

Stephen Castle contributed reporting.

A development was planned on this plot of Bethel. No, it could become an open space.


BETHEL – The fate of the vacant lots at 47 Shelley Road – where a controversial residential development was proposed not so long ago – may soon be determined, and the decision will be up to taxpayers.

A special town hall meeting will be held Tuesday night to vote on whether the city can purchase the approximately 7.69-acre property for open space use.

“The idea to purchase the property arose out of a discussion with Planning and Zoning and the owner of the property,†said Bethel town planner Beth Cavanga.

The land is owned by Tim Draper, who sought to build a collective housing complex on the land in 2019 under state law 8-30g, which allows developers to bypass zoning laws – with certain exceptions – if they promise a certain percentage of the building will be affordable housing.

Draper – who used the same status for several projects in the city, including an 18-unit apartment building on Taylor Avenue – said he wanted to provide housing for people who otherwise could not afford to live in Bethel .

According to his Shelley Road plan, which called for the construction of three duplexes and a triplex, 30 percent of the units were to be considered affordable.

Citing road safety, potential well issues, property values ​​and other concerns, residents widely opposed the project.

The Inland Wetlands Commission approved Draper’s plans in May 2020 after going through a lawsuit for previously rejecting them, but the Planning and Zoning Commission rejected them seven months later.

Draper said he would revise the project to address concerns about the floor and the proposed driveway. According to the commission’s denial, the soil was deemed unsuitable for septic systems and the city’s fire marshal found the proposed driveway unsafe for emergency vehicle access.

If voters approve the city’s request to purchase 47 Shelley Road, it will not add open space on the border of the Bethel Franc reserve and the Newtown Forest Association’s Brunot reserve, but will expand the network. of Franc Preserve trails approximately 2.6 miles.

“It would really link Plumtrees Road to Shelley Road,†Cavagna said. “One of the values ​​of (47 Shelley Road) becoming an open space is accessibility from the Franc reserve, which is of great value to the city and is of great benefit to all who use it and live here. “

Draper said Thursday he would agree to sell the land to the city if the vote passes, but will continue to press ahead with his housing development plan if it fails.

The city plans to spend up to $ 500,000 to purchase the land, of which $ 200,000 would come from the Planning and Zoning Open Space Fund and the remainder of the city’s general fund balance.

The funding would be reduced by any grants that the city is able to acquire, according to the notice of the city’s special meeting.

Tuesday’s municipal assembly will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the multipurpose hall of the Clifford J. Hurgin Civic Center.

Board of Directors meets and approves 2021-2022 budget – UofSC News & Events


The University of South Carolina board of trustees, along with two committees, met on Friday, June 25. Here is an overview of the actions they took during the meeting.

Council approves 2021-2022 budget

The university is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic on a solid financial footing and will keep tuition fees at the same level for a third consecutive year in the 2021-22 budget approved by the board of trustees. Bolstered by strong enrollment and continued support for higher education by state legislators, the university system’s $ 1.76 billion budget will invest in academic areas and university infrastructure. basic without increasing tuition fees for students and families. Throughout the pandemic, the university’s focus on health and safety allowed it to deliver on its educational promise to students while streamlining operations through a series of cost-cutting initiatives.

Other approvals

The Board of Directors approved various contracts and agreements during the meeting, including:

  • Gift agreements presented by the vice-president of development;
  • Mechanical engineering contracts that allow a shortlist of companies to be awarded small projects;
  • A model executive suite license agreement for the Williams-Brice stadium suites
  • Track and Field Coaching Contracts and Contract Amendments for Baseball Head Coach Mark Kingston, New Men’s Soccer Head Coach Tony Annen, Men’s and Women’s Track Head Coach Curtis Frye, Coach – Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Lisa Boyer and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Jolette Law;
  • Amendments to the agreements between Gamecock Sports Properties and Athletics which take into account the loss of revenue due to COVID-19;
  • A software license agreement with Leapfrog Technologies to provide students, faculty and counselors with a means of accessing semester-specific course information;
  • A renewed agreement between the Human Resources Division and PowerSchool Group, LLC for the PeopleAdmin human resources management software;
  • A renewed agreement between the Information Technology Division and Adobe that allows the university system to continue to have access to Adobe products;
  • A construction defect settlement agreement for USC Aiken;
  • A land lease and sublet agreement between USC Aiken and the SC National Guard;
  • and an affiliation agreement between USC Beaufort and the USC Beaufort Education Foundation.

The Board approved the recommendations of the committees that met on June 11, as well as the minutes of previous meetings. Two other members of the Presidential Candidate Search Committee, Gloria Boutte and Brian Canada, were also formalized at the meeting.

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The recovery of Europe on the agenda – POLITICO


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The path to economic recovery in Europe may already be mapped out.

Over the past 18 months, four of the bloc’s institutional leaders have met behind closed doors to help chart the eurozone’s recovery as the pandemic threatens to leave long-term economic scars in its wake.

Strictly private, the meetings between the President of the European Council Charles Michel and Christine Lagarde of the European Central Bank, Paschal Donohoe of the Eurogroup and Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission focused on the fiscal and monetary policies necessary to prevent an economic disaster did materialize, according to seven officials familiar with the forum and a backgrounder obtained by POLITICO.

With the coordination effort designed to pull the European economy out of a record recession, the talks have already paved the way for key economic policy decisions, including maintaining EU deficit rules until the end of 2022.

Ahead of this week’s eurozone leaders’ summit, leaders met on Tuesday to set the stage for talks on the recovery and stalled efforts to promote greater banking integration in the eurozone, with Valdis Dombrovskis of the Commission replacing von der Leyen who was traveling abroad.

But without a recording of the presidents’ meetings, the relaunch of the crisis planning group that initially assembled during the last economic crisis has also raised concerns about the lack of accountability and transparency on discussions impacting the European economy.

European Parliament President David Sassoli is not attending and several MEPs said they were unaware the meetings were taking place, despite Michel having been organizing the rallies since December 2019.

“We have a problem with not only informal bodies, but any meeting or body, whether formal or informal, when it comes to accountability and transparency gaps,” said Vitor Teixeira, coordinator of EU political integrity for the NGO Transparency International EU. “Especially, when we now talk about the meeting of the four presidents, because they are talking about monetary policy and economic policy.”

The crisis talks

The crisis group has already met: Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council from 2009 to 2014, set up the forum at the height of the sovereign debt crisis when he threatened to dismantle the euro zone.

The coronavirus is not about to shatter the eurozone, but single-currency Union countries are racking up a mountain of debt to fight the pandemic, and the Commission has urged governments to watch their finances closely. Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain all have debt exceeding 100 percent of economic output. The broader fight against climate change is also looming.

“The risk of an uneven recovery across countries and sectors is very real,” Donohoe wrote to EU leaders in a letter ahead of Friday’s summit. “There remains a pressing need to continue to support the recovery and coordinate our collective responses. “

While no formal decisions are made in the closed-door presidents’ meetings, the discussions are substantial.

Earlier this year, they discussed fiscal policies that finance ministers should follow to ensure EU businesses and workers are slowly weaned from public support, according to a March briefing seen by POLITICO. The talks paved the way for a Commission strategy suggesting that the EU continues to allow countries to break debt rules.

“Member states should avoid premature withdrawal of budget support to their economies,†the note from von der Leyen’s team reads. “Fiscal policies should also take into account the strength of the recovery and medium-term fiscal sustainability considerations. “

The six-page note also referred to plans to revise longer-term EU deficit rules, which policymakers deem too complicated and restrictive to deal with future challenges of high debt and climate change.

Officials close to the forum said the discussions were far from secret, citing a press release and tweets from Michel spokesperson, as well as Donohoe, The guard and von der Leyen. In March, Michel said the group “was exploring different avenues to respond to the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic.”

Not everyone agrees that there is enough visibility. “I haven’t seen it,” said Belgian MEP Johan Van Overtveldt, who was finance minister for four years under Michel’s government when he was prime minister.

“Perhaps not surprising given the urgency of the pandemic. But no, I haven’t seen any initiative, invitation, announcement or anything,†said Van Overtveldt, who now sits as the group’s whip. European conservatives and reformists in the parliamentary committee on economic and monetary affairs.

The coronavirus has forced most online meetings and each lasts up to 90 minutes. Michel usually opens the meeting before von der Leyen speaks, followed by Lagarde and Donohoe, officials said.

Under Van Rompuy, presidents would meet in Council for lunch although appetites do not always mingle with crisis speeches, with plates and cutlery often set aside.

This arrangement fell into disuse after the sovereign debt crisis. Van Rompuy’s successor Donald Tusk made little use of the presidential format during his five-year reign, as Brexit and the EU’s migration crisis replaced fears about financial stability. Michel reinstated meetings in December 2019.


Presidents will move on to other high-level topics once the health crisis passes, officials said. These include reforming the bloc’s spending rules and breaking the political deadlock over the introduction of a shared deposit insurance system and the development of a digital euro.

Longtime EU lawmaker Sven Giegold from the Greens group has expressed unhappiness that the European Parliament is not involved in the talks and called on Michel to “reconsider†the composition of the group.

“This is a coordination meeting, not a decision-making meeting,” said a spokesperson for Michel when asked if more needs to be done to make the meetings more transparent. “Each institution discusses or makes its decisions within its own relevant framework.

A spokesperson for the President of the European Parliament said Sassoli had no problem not attending the meetings, “because all decisions have to go through Parliament”.

Transparency aside, some legislators and treasury officials outside the euro area fear that Brussels policymakers are neglecting their economic policy concerns and focusing too much on the single monetary union.

“The coordination of economic policies should involve all member states and there are no differences between euro area countries and countries outside the euro area,” said liberal Czech parliamentarian OndÅ™ej Kovařík, who was not no longer aware of the meetings.

That won’t be a problem, according to someone familiar with the forum. Michel called on all EU leaders to attend summits of eurozone countries, they said, adding that this concern would become less relevant over time, especially now that the UK has left the EU.

Either way, “the strength lies in the Single Market of the 27 and I think the common approach, including tax incentives, will be a big part of the success of the recovery,” said Kovařík. “This should be taken into account by all parties involved. “

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Timothée Chalamet’s film receives $ 50,000 for security after car break-ins and intruders


The production team behind the feature film “Bones and All” directed by Timothée Chalamet received $ 50,000 from the city for additional security after burglaries and car thefts were reported to police earlier this month- this.

The film company also cited “unwanted intruders attempting to enter our set in an unauthorized manner.”

The Enquirer has uncovered new details about the crimes that sparked a request for funds from the city backed by Mayor John Cranley and a heated discussion in Cincinnati City Council. a city councilor told The Enquirer on Thursday that the vote set a bad precedent.

“We think it’s very important for us to try to keep our cast and crew as safe as possible,” Theresa Park, president of Per Capita Productions, said at the board meeting on Wednesday. Per Capita is housed in an office building in Queensgate; officials did not return two calls and an email.

Cincinnati Police spokeswoman Emily Szink told The Enquirer seven people reported multiple thefts and damage to their vehicles on June 6 near the company’s production office. The break-ins took place between June 1 and 6. Victims reported a total loss of $ 5,500 in broken car windows and stolen items such as a gun, money, clothing and tools.

Park said the vehicles belonged to the crew, “most of whom are local in this area.”

Park said the office is open to employees for work with plenty of “back and forth at any time of the day or night.” As a result, security is “a major issue for us”.

She added that the company spends millions of its $ 16 million budget to hire local teams, book hotels and pay local suppliers. She said she sees the money as an investment that will be worth it for the city.

Goodin: “Set a bad precedent. ”

The order to spend $ 50,000 was passed 7-2 Wednesday with council members Christopher Smitherman, Greg Landsman, David Mann, Liz Keating, Betsy Sundermann, Wendell Young and Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney voting yes. Councilors Chris Seelbach and Steve Goodin voted against.

Goodin initially voted for the order in the Committee on Budget and Finance, but changed his vote to no at the council meeting on Wednesday. He told The Enquirer that “it sets a bad precedent” for the board to give $ 50,000 to a private company.

“This is a for-profit production, and it looks like a lot of the current production won’t even take place within the city limits of Cincinnati. From what I understand, that’s is all over the region and it’s only about three weeks of production left. “

Filming for the film took place in parts of Kentucky and Ohio as well as within city limits, according to Park. Production is also slated to end in July.

“If we could have taken that $ 50,000 and put in a few new crosswalks in East Westwood, it would have been a good day,” Goodin said. “When you vote on a budget, you vote on your priorities.”

The film company will hire a Cincinnati police officer security guard and send a bill to the city to pay, Kelly Carr from the city manager‘s office said. The amount cannot exceed $ 50,000.

At the council meeting, City Councilor Kearney said the film will generate income and jobs for the city.

City councilor Seelbach was one of the two dissidents. At Wednesday’s city council meeting, he said it was unfortunate the company was robbed, but “this is not a non-profit movie.” He said the film’s $ 16 million budget should cover the cost.

Cranley sought protection for the production of the feature film “Bones and All”. The film, directed by director Luca Guadagnino and starring Chalamet, began filming here earlier this summer.

Toshiba investigators defend report, stranded Japanese official says


TOKYO, June 24 (Reuters) – Investigators who revealed that Toshiba (6502.T) had colluded with Japan’s Commerce Ministry to pressure foreign shareholders on Thursday defended their investigation against government criticism.

Takao Nakamura, one of the three attorneys who conducted the shareholder-commissioned investigation, said they had done their best to include the perspective of a key figure even after being blocked by a government official. ministry.

“We, as investigators, would oppose allegations that question the reliability of the report,” Nakamura, a partner at law firm Wadakura Gate, told Reuters, adding that his views were shared by his co-workers. investigators.

“It was compiled in such a way that it could counter various criticisms,” Nakamura said in investigators’ first response to criticism from the Japanese government.

Their investigation revealed that Hiromichi Mizuno, a member of the board of directors of Tesla (TSLA.O) and until recently an adviser to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), indeed influenced the Harvard University endowment fund to abstain from voting at Toshiba’s shareholders meeting the past year. Read more

Mizuno told Reuters he had not put pressure on Harvard and called on the fund to “set the record straight.” Read more

Japan’s trade minister said the investigation did not reflect Mizuno’s comments during his interview with investigators, adding that it was organized and attended by METI officials.

Nakamura said investigators were blocked by a METI official when they attempted to submit a draft summary of Mizuno’s comments for his review.

Mizuno did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

A senior METI official, Masayoshi Arai, said investigators presented a summary of Mizuno’s comments despite being asked to show how his statements would be used in the report.

They also included comments that Mizuno told them not to use, Arai said.

“Investigators did not provide anything that Mr. Mizuno requested,” he added.


The independent inquiry was seen as a turning point for corporate governance in Japan. Governance experts and foreign investors say its scope and detail would have been unthinkable decades ago.

This was only made possible after activist foreign investors finally secured enough shareholder votes at a special meeting in March to order an investigation.

Investigators questioned Mizuno after agreeing to show him a draft of his comments ahead of publication, Nakamura said. They took a draft summary to a METI official for forwarding to Mizuno, and asked for advice on the desired changes.

But the official opposed the project, saying it contained statements that Mizuno had asked to be excluded, Nakamura said.

Ultimately, investigators were unable to include Mizuno’s comments, Nakamura said. They then sought to reflect Mizuno’s point of view in other ways, including citing his Twitter account when he responded in December to a Reuters article about his alleged role in Toshiba, he said.

Arai, director general of planning and policy coordination at METI, said investigators did not provide what they agreed to, adding that their summary included personal exchanges with the Harvard fund. , which Mizuno had told them not to use.

Arai said METI did not reject the project. He said the ministry later asked if he could forward the draft summary to Mizuno, but investigators did not respond.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by David Dolan and Mark Heinrich

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Senators brief top Republican on infrastructure deal ahead of Biden meeting


US President Joe Biden delivers remarks after a panel discussion with advisers on measures to reduce gun violence in the United States at the White House in Washington, United States, June 23, 2021. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst / Files

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – Republican U.S. senators on Thursday informed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of an infrastructure proposal accepted by a bipartisan group in the Senate ahead of a meeting with President Joe Biden, Senate advisers say .

Members of the group of 21 senators, dubbed the “G-21,” reached agreement on Wednesday on a framework for a plan to invest in the country’s bridges, roads and other physical infrastructure after meeting with officials of the White House.

The Democrats, who hold tight control over both houses of Congress, aim to pass a bipartisan bill but also push another large-scale spending program onto the Republican opposition using a Senate maneuver called reconciliation.

The G-21 talks focused on an eight-year, $ 1.2 trillion spending plan, with a mix of new and reallocated funding. It includes $ 559 billion in new spending.

Senator Rob Portman, a Republican member of the group, said senators will see how the Democratic president reacts and work to sell the plan to other lawmakers from both political parties.

“I hope we can get a positive response from the White House today,” he told CNBC in an interview. He was then seen walking into McConnell’s office.

The two sides will meet at the White House at 11:45 a.m. EDT (3:45 p.m. GMT), the White House said in a statement.

For Biden, securing a large-scale infrastructure package is a top national priority.

Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday he was “encouraged” by what he had heard of the proposal, although he warned that neither he nor the Speaker of the House of Representatives , Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, had never seen her.

Schumer also said a $ 1.2 trillion bill focused on physical infrastructure would not get the Democratic votes needed to pass it without an accompanying package addressing social issues, including healthcare. home health.

“All parties understand that we won’t have enough votes to pass either, unless we have enough votes to pass both,” Schumer told the Senate. He said the Senate would aim for a vote on the bipartisan plan next month.


The White House has opened talks with the group after Biden broke off negotiations with Republican Senator Shelley Capito. The White House said its proposals failed to address “our country’s basic needs.”

Biden, seeking to fuel economic growth and tackle income inequality after the coronavirus pandemic, initially offered to spend around $ 2.3 trillion. Republicans were angered at his definition of infrastructure, which included tackling climate change and caring for children and the elderly.

The White House then reduced the offer to around $ 1.7 trillion in an unsuccessful attempt to garner the Republican support needed for any plan to secure the 60 votes needed to advance most laws in the 100-seat Senate. also divided.

“We have come to an agreement on a plan … and we will just try to conclude it tomorrow,” Democratic Senator Joe Manchin told reporters on Wednesday of the new plan. Read more

A major sticking point had been how to pay for the investments. Biden has pledged not to raise taxes for Americans earning less than $ 400,000 a year, while Republicans are determined to protect a corporate tax cut in 2017.

Manchin said the framework encompassed a “long list” of mechanisms for paying for expenses, but offered no details.

Democrats in Congress operate in two ways.

While they hailed a bipartisan deal that could win enough Republican support to move to the Senate, they also plan to introduce a separate measure with significant additional spending on unconventional infrastructure programs, such as home care for the Senate. old people.

This measure would be mentioned as part of the Senate’s special rules for finance bills which would allow it to be adopted without any Republican support. In this case, Vice President Kamala Harris would be called upon to vote for the tie breaker.

Additional reports by David Morgan, Richard Cowan and Makini Brice; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Lincoln Feast.

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How to have a good meeting


But some of the worst encounters are born from the best intentions. In his 1976 superlative treatise on effective communication in the workplace, “How to organize a meeting”British writer Antony Jay warns of risks such as reluctance to exclude someone from a discussion and waiting for everyone to arrive before going into business. (“There’s only one way to make sure a meeting starts on time, and that’s to start it on time,” Jay wrote.)

In manic detail, Mr. Jay described what seems to the reader something like 500,000 possible permutations of rally type, goals, leadership tactics, discussion structures, seating arrangements, etc. architecture of hypothetical meetings – each path of which inevitably leads. , to productivity – looking more and more like something out of an Escher lithograph. Yet Mr. Jay is not, by default, pro-rally. A meeting is only justified, he wrote, if the consequences of not holding it are serious enough.

Tsedal Neeley, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, blamed the glut of modern meetings on the assumption that the best way to communicate is verbally.

“All these meetings,” she said, “I bet you, I promise you: 50% of them can go away if people have the courage.

When selecting a communication format, Dr Neeley advised considering two criteria: First, should all parties be present at the same time in the same space to exchange information? Second, will the information be better understood through “light media” (which is text-based) or “rich media” (which includes non-verbal context)?

Instant messaging apps, Dr Neeley said, are both “synchronous” (designed for simultaneous participation) and “lean” (mostly text-based), making them ideal for simple coordination. Whether held in person or via video chat, she said, meetings are synchronous and rich – and they’re ideal for tasks involving complex coordination and negotiation.

A meeting can be good, in short, but only if it has to be a meeting.

Consultative meetings should be restricted, said Dr Neeley – no more than six people, to reduce the risk of “social laziness”, which people attend but do not participate in the meeting.

Indoor gatherings are finally allowed again as part of Stage 2 in Ontario next week


Ontario is finally entering Stage 2 of its roadmap to reopen in the coming days, which means new less prohibitive rules for businesses, more options for activities and events and new gathering limits , among other exciting changes.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, residents will finally be able to once again have indoor social visits, which in some areas – like Toronto – have been banned altogether since November.

In this second stage, indoor private gatherings and public events can take place indoors, but with a ceiling of five people, while the same outdoor gatherings will be allowed with a maximum of 25 people.

These are some serious improvements from the current Stage 1 limits of 0 (unless they are members of the same household) and 10, respectively.

With some of the longest lockdowns and business closures in the world, Ontario now has a vaccination rate of over 76% of adults for first doses and over 29% for two, exceeding the province’s own thresholds for it not only step 2, but also the third and final step of our reopening framework.

The daily number of new cases and the capacity of intensive care units have also plummeted, with fewer than 300 positive diagnoses across the province for each of the past three days and hospital admissions in the hard-hit urban center of Toronto falling. at levels not seen since September.

Along with the increase in the size of gatherings, residents will benefit from the return of personal care services offered by hair and nail salons, increased capacity in essential and non-essential retail stores (and the reopening of centers. commercial!), larger tables on terraces of bars and restaurants, fairs and open-air exhibitions with restrictions in place, etc.

Disputes over compensation incentive mediation in a contract dispute between West Michigan and part-time faculty


KALAMAZOO, MI – Contract negotiations between Western Michigan University and the union representing part-time instructors are moving to a mediation process, university officials said this week.

The university sought help from the Michigan Employment Relations Commission on Monday, June 21, in the months-long negotiations between the university and the union, according to a press release from the university.

Negotiations began on April 16 and are continuing, on issues such as compensation, said Nancy Mansberger, director of academic labor relations at WMU.

Part-time instructors currently earn a minimum of $ 1,050 per credit hour, the university said. The union demanded significant increases in this rate of pay in the coming years, which Mansberger called “excessive”.

The current contract was negotiated in 2016, said Jasmine LaBine, president of the Professional Instructors Organization.

Part-time instructors don’t earn a living wage, LaBine said. Many employees teach at other establishments or work in retail to make ends meet. But all of the instructors work for WMU because they love their students and they love college, she said.

“Many members have taught for the university for decades, not just a few years, and most of our members have strong and lasting relationships with the university,†said LaBine. “But this longevity and commitment does not seem to be recognized time and time again in our interactions with the administrator.”

Part-time instructors are allowed to work a maximum of nine credit hours per semester or 21 credit hours per year, LaBine said. If teaching the maximum number of credit hours, a part-time instructor at the current rate would earn $ 22,050 per year.

While most instructors teach one course, LaBine said she teaches an average of three courses per semester, or nine credit hours.

A class requires 2.5 hours of teaching per week, but this does not include time spent grading, holding office hours, meeting students, developing courses, or doing other teaching tasks. , she said.

According to Mansberger, on average, part-time instructors teach about 15% of all WMU courses and 1.7 courses per semester compared to a full load of five courses.

“A common area of ​​confusion is the inherently part-time nature of these positions,†she said. “These members of the WMU community help us deliver a high quality education each semester by balancing student enrollment needs with the faculty resources available in any given semester.”

According to a WMU survey of minimum rates at other two- and four-year establishments in the area, West Michigan currently pays nearly $ 200 per credit hour above the local market average of 852. $ per credit hour. According to the survey, WMU offers the second highest rate for part-time instructors among the institutions surveyed, the university said.

Data provided by the university does not identify the 20 institutions included in the survey. WMU will not share the names of the institutions because they were “granted anonymity as part of the investigation,” said Tony Proudfoot, the university’s vice president for marketing and strategic communications. Of the 20 establishments, 15 are four-year establishments and five are two-year establishments, Proudfoot said.

The president of the part-time faculty union said their members question the accuracy of salaries presented by other institutions and believe their peers are actually making more money.

LaBine said the union was “shocked” when the university asked for a mediator for the ongoing negotiations, saying instructors felt the parties were moving towards common ground.

The union’s first claim was a 43% increase for first level instructors and a 54% increase for instructors with a tenure-like status. The union also called for its members’ salaries to be increased two more times, first by 76% and again by 89%, over the next four fiscal years, the university said.

Mansberger called these demands “excessive, non-market and just not a burden that we are prepared to ask our students to bear.”

“We hope that mediation will speed up the process and lead to a mutually acceptable agreement in the near future,” Mansberger said.

LaBine said the first offer was not “what we expected to achieve,” and argued that adding 43% to a relatively “small” salary equates to a “relatively small” amount (in dollars). “.

“It’s really unfortunate that they seem to devalue the work we do with our students, the impact we have on our students,†LaBine said. “Calling any kind of excessive raise really means we’re not worth it. We don’t deserve any kind of security, any kind of living wage, no respect from the university.

LaBine said increasing instructor salaries does not place a financial burden on students. The union believes that the university is in good financial health and that the money could be redistributed.

“They make a lot of money with the courses that we teach, and we don’t see a lot of that money,†LaBine said.

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Union members are discouraged by the negotiations and find it difficult to continue in the profession while paying their bills, LaBine said.

“Western has the opportunity to be a leader in terms of changing the status quo around how (part-time) instructors are paid,†she said.

“The feeling that part-time instructors are just some sort of concert worker doing this for the sake of having fun is sort of the old-fashioned way of thinking about part-time instructors,†LaBine said. “We are a master’s level profession; most of us have been teaching for a long, long time. Some of us have taught very specific classes, and are the only ones qualified to teach those classes within our existing departments.

“There is a definite value out there that is unrecognized.”

Western part-time instructors plan to voice their concerns to the UMM board of directors at its 11 a.m. meeting on Thursday, June 24, she said.

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