STAMFORD – The judge overseeing the bankruptcy of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma said Wednesday he would approve the company’s settlement plan, despite objections from Connecticut and several other states.
Judge Robert Drain’s approval was needed to advance the settlement framework, which is valued by Stamford-based Purdue at more than $ 10 billion and seeks to settle several thousand lawsuits alleging the company fueled the opioid crisis with misleading marketing of OxyContin.
BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – Improving reading readiness for Idaho students, continuing support for essential resources for students, and improving salaries for teachers and support staff are top priorities for Superintendent of Public Education Sherri Ybarra’s public school budget request for next year, Superintendent Ybarra announced Wednesday.
The principal’s proposed budget includes $ 39.3 million to provide the option of full-time kindergarten to all new kindergarten students who are assessed as below grade in reading readiness. This is estimated to represent about 66% of all kindergartens, based on an average of three years of statewide reading assessment scores for the fall, the Idaho reading flag. A related budget request of $ 100,000 would provide a pre-assessment to identify which students would benefit most from the full-time kindergarten option.
“We want to give our children the best possible start when they enter public school for the first time, and providing the opportunity for full-time learning to students who need more support will help ensure their success. future in school, âsaid Superintendent Ybarra. . “This proposal also responds to the recommendation of the Governor’s Task Force to prioritize funding for full-time kindergartens for those students who need them most.”
The Superintendent’s proposed budget for public schools targets about $ 2.22 billion from the general state fund, an 8.5 percent increase over the current year’s allocation of about $ 2.05 billion. Of that increase, 4.9% is needed to fund non-discretionary spending that supports programs already required by Idaho law. These programs include Advanced Opportunities, which provides high school students with the funding needed to take dual credit courses and exams and other college and professional courses and exams.
âProviding opportunities and resources for Idaho students is more important than ever as we work to ensure students are on the right track following the disruptions of the past two school years,â Superintendent Ybarra said.
The proposed budget for public schools includes $ 82.8 million to increase career ladder funding, a 7.8% increase for career ladder growth and progression for teachers and the student services staff, including an extra step for veteran teachers.
âContinuing to grow the career ladder is essential in our efforts to recruit and retain qualified teachers in Idaho, where salaries are consistently lower than in some neighboring states,â Superintendent Ybarra said. “I am also calling for a 6% increase in the funding of the base salary for school support staff, who also play a vital role in the education of our children.”
In addition, the Superintendent is calling for a 5.3% increase in operational funding for school districts and charter schools to help them cope with rising health insurance costs and rising inflation.
The public school budget also includes approximately $ 622 million in federal COVID relief funding that flows through the State Department of Education to local school districts and charter schools.
Becoming a broker-owner is difficult no matter who you are. However, women face additional barriers on their way to the corner office, such as sexism, lack of leadership resources and training, and lastly, self-doubt keeps them away from the office. industry.
Lori Namazi | Credit: LinkedIn
“I can’t tell you how many times in my career I’ve been dissuaded from an opportunity because of impostor syndrome,” Lori Namazi, broker-owner of Namazi Real Estate Resources, told the California Association of WomanUP real estate agents! crowd Wednesday. âI realized very early in my career that I was terrified of people finding out that I was not as good as they thought, having mostly male bosses my entire career. “
Namazi said becoming a brokerage owner was not on her radar, although she went from an agent to a senior executive at First Team Real Estate while raising a son and earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
âMy family asked me if I was planning to open my own brokerage house since I was getting my broker’s license. My response was “No way,” she added. âWell, I’m here to tell you never say never. You never know what your future self will decide to do.
Namazi, who opened NRER in 2018, said the process of opening an independent brokerage is intimidating, but not impossible with the right training and mentoring, business and financial planning, and the daring to follow. âWhat most people realize is that it’s not too difficult to go out on their own if they already have a broker’s license, but the most important thing is the fear of the unknown,â he said. she declared.
Namazi said the first step to a successful launch is making sure you have the right license to legally own and operate a brokerage. Even if you’re not sure if you are going to become a broker-owner, she said it’s worth getting a broker’s license the next time your agent’s license needs to be renewed.
âHaving your broker’s license gives you options. It’s like having the proverbial penny in your pocket in case you need to make an emergency phone call, âshe explained, noting that a broker’s license allows you to go on your own. which is a valuable option if your current brokerage firm is closing or being acquired by a business that you don’t want to be a part of.
The process takes up to nine months – six months of classes, two months for processing applications, and one month for scheduling a testing date. âYou don’t have to do this tomorrow,â she said. âBut make it part of your career plan. “
From there, Namazi said it’s important to do some soul-searching, establish a âwhyâ and create a support system that can guide you through the process. âI am in no way suggesting that everyone should eventually open their own brokerage,â she noted. âIt’s a very personal decision.
The process of soul-searching, she said, should include thinking about the rewards and challenges of running a brokerage. Want to supervise other agents? Does the idea of âârecruiting make you cringe? Can you bear to be held responsible for an agent or staff member who makes a major transaction error? If the answer is no, Namazi said soloing might be a better option.
However, if you’re up to the challenge of building and leading a team, Namazi said it’s important to have a support system of experienced professionals to get you through the not-so-glamorous part of creating a team. ” a brokerage, such as creating a working system, building a reliable technology stack, writing a business and financial plan, filling out the correct paperwork with state and federal government, and one of the most important parts – knowing how you are going to pay for it all.
âWhen you run your own brokerage, you set the rules. You use your systems, your policies and procedures, you create the culture, you make the decisions, âshe said. âYou are the accounting department and the marketing department, you are the responsible broker when there is a legal problem or a daily investigation. “
âThe responsibility ends with you and no one else,â she added. âIt’s both liberating and intimidating. I want you to understand that with anything, growth presents new opportunities and new challenges.
Once the nuts and bolts are in place, Namazi said it’s important to be patient during the hiring process and resist the temptation to hire the first people who come your way.
âYou might want to have 50 agents in 12 months, but it might take you 12 months to hire your first agent,â she said. âYou don’t know what you don’t know at this point. So take it easy. It’s smart to plan and feel prepared.
Namazi also said owner-brokers must learn to expect the unexpected and have the right systems and support, such as a legal advisor and a compliance officer, to deal with consumer legal complaints. or competitors. âIf you find yourself on the receiving end of a request or inquiry, I want you to be confident that you are equipped with policies, procedures and systems that demonstrate that you are running a strong office,â he said. she declared.
Although starting a brokerage house is nerve-racking, Namazi said it can be a lot of fun bringing your wildest dreams to life, whether as a solo broker or as a business owner. She said creating a business name and brand should be a team effort that helps you capture the essence of who you are and what you want to bring to your market.
” What [the name] say who you are and who is your business? Imagine the name on the sign in the owner’s yard. Does this resonate with the public? she said. âAsk your friends and family to influence your thoughts, get their input, and ask for constructive comments and ideas. “
Namazi said the launch process includes at least 20 different stages, all with different levels of difficulty. Staying organized with productivity apps or choosing an old-fashioned way like sticky notes will help you balance your work and personal life and spend time on your development as a future leader.
âEvery year my sister and I create a plan, and we make it coincide with the year number,â she said. âSo in 2020 it was 20, things to do in 2020. And for 2021 it’s 21 things to do in 2021. Within that I have a layer of fun development.â
âI’m going to take a course that’s more of a hobby than something that’s professional development. It makes life interesting, âshe said.
Finally, Namazi said aspiring broker owners should consider adding an advisor to their launch team who can offer dedicated troubleshooting and support.
“[Opening a brokerage] it’s a very personal choice and there is no right or wrong answer, and there is no perfect time – the right time to do it is when you feel ready, âhe said. she declared. “[Itâs an advisorsâ] work to dispel some of your fears, some myths and put you on the path to achieving your dreams.
âThere are amazing women in our WomanUP! community who did it, âshe added. “They went out on their own and they succeeded.”
Hurricane Ida was expected to “intensify rapidly” on Saturday toward the US Gulf of Mexico coast as people prepared to make landfall as a life-threatening Category 4 storm on Sunday, the 16th anniversary Hurricane Katrina, forecasters said.
By 2 p.m. EST on Saturday, the storm had moved away from Cuba and was within 300 miles of the Louisiana coast with sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, the center said in an opinion.
The center of the storm could reach Louisiana late Sunday or early Monday as a hurricane, with maximum winds of 110 mph and gusts of up to 130 mph, according to the center’s tracking model.
Ida was then expected to head north and weaken as it passed through Louisiana and western Mississippi, forecasters said.
“Ida is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday,” the center said Saturday morning, adding that parts of Louisiana could expect potentially fatal flooding when the storm hits land. .
Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as Saturday night, the New Orleans National Weather Service said on Twitter. Sections of the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts are expected to be prepared for potentially fatal storm surges of up to 15 feet on Sunday, the center said.
Governor John Bel Edwards urged residents of Louisiana to use Saturday to prepare for the storm. He declared a emergency state Friday before Ida’s arrival.
“Take it seriously,” he said. noted Friday night. âIt’s going to be a very serious storm. “
Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans has ordered all residents outside the city’s levee system to evacuate, and she said on Saturday they must be sheltered in place by midnight. Areas covered by the evacuation order included the Lake Catherine, Venetian Islands and Irish Bayou areas of the city, the mayor said on Twitter.
“This storm will not weaken under any circumstances, and there is always an opportunity for the storm to strengthen,” Ms. Cantrell said at a media briefing. âTime is not on our side. It grows rapidly, it intensifies.
She added that city authorities were preparing buses to move residents away from the disaster area. They were setting up shelter after the hurricane at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, the same place where thousands of evacuees flocked after Hurricane Katrina.
Collin Arnold, director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, warned on Saturday that the window of time to evacuate was closing quickly. He said residents should expect power outages and that they should have enough food and water to last three days.
Traffic camera footage showed local freeways blocked as people rushed to flee New Orleans. Further south, in the parish of Lafourche, the authorities declared a curfew at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Along the Gulf Coast, a hurricane watch was issued for the New Orleans metropolitan area and the area between Cameron, Louisiana, and the Mississippi-Alabama border.
A spokeswoman for Exxon Mobil said on Friday the company was evacuating its employees from an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico in anticipation of the storm.
Sunday is the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s arrival in the state. This storm triggered catastrophic floods and high winds, causing one of the costliest disasters in the country.
Forecasters have warned that Ida could cause flash floods, mudslides and potentially fatal rip currents. Ida is expected to bring up to 16 inches of rain, with isolated totals of up to 20 inches from southeast Louisiana to the Mississippi and Alabama coasts through Monday morning.
It has been a dizzying few weeks for meteorologists who have been monitoring three named storms that quickly formed in the Atlantic, causing storms, flooding and destructive winds to different parts of the United States and the Caribbean.
The first came from Tropical Storm Fred, which made landfall on August 16 in the Florida panhandle. As Fred crossed the southeast, heavy rains were brought in and several tornadoes were triggered. At least five people have been killed after flash floods destroyed homes in western North Carolina in the wake of the storm.
Grace formed in the Eastern Caribbean on August 14, the same day a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked Haiti’s western peninsula. The storm quickly moved west as the country struggled to free those trapped in the rubble, bringing at least 10 inches of rain. Grace then made landfall again on the YucatÃ¡n Peninsula, resulting in further heavy rains, power outages and hundreds of evacuations. A third landing, on the east coast of mainland Mexico, left at least eight people dead.
And Henri formed on August 16 as a tropical storm off the east coast of the United States.
It strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane, but was downgraded before making landfall in Rhode Island, sparing the region the worst of what had been expected. It hit the northeast with high winds and torrential rains, cutting power to more than 140,000 homes from New Jersey to Maine. Some Connecticut communities were evacuated and New York City rainfall records were broken.
The links between hurricanes and climate change are becoming increasingly evident. A warming planet can expect to see stronger hurricanes over time and a higher incidence of more powerful storms – although the total number of storms may drop as factors like stronger windshear could prevent the formation of weaker storms.
Hurricanes also get wetter due to more water vapor in the warmer atmosphere; scientists have suggested that storms like Hurricane Harvey in 2017 produced much more rain than they would have had without the human effects on the climate. In addition, rising sea levels contribute to increased storm surges, the most destructive element of tropical cyclones.
A major United Nations climate report released in August warned that countries have delayed cutting fossil fuel emissions for so long that they can no longer prevent global warming from intensifying over the next 30 years, resulting in more frequent and potentially fatal heat waves and severe droughts. Tropical cyclones have likely become more intense over the past 40 years, according to the report, a change that cannot be explained by natural variability alone.
Ana became the first named storm of the season on May 23, making it the seventh consecutive year that a named storm has developed in the Atlantic before the official start of the season on June 1.
In May, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted there would be 13 to 20 named storms this year, of which six to 10 would be hurricanes and three to five major Category 3 or more hurricanes in the Atlantic. In early August, in a mid-season forecast update, they continued to warn that this year’s hurricane season would be above average, suggesting a busy end to the season.
Matthew Rosencrans of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said an updated forecast suggested there would be 15 to 21 named storms, including seven to 10 hurricanes, by the end of the season on November 30. Ida is the ninth named storm of 2021..
Last year there were 30 named storms, including six major hurricanes, forcing meteorologists to exhaust the alphabet for the second time and use the Greek letters.
It was the highest number of storms on record, exceeding 28 in 2005, and included the second highest number of hurricanes on record.
Neil Vigdor, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Christine hauser and Alyssa Lukpat contributed reports.
Hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, anxiety, low libido, forgetfulness and weight gain are just some of the symptoms affecting women in the preceding phase of life. menopause.These symptoms can last for several years before menopause occurs, in a transitional phase known as perimenopause (which technically means around menopause).
During perimenopause, the hormones estrogen and progesterone begin to fluctuate, affecting all parts of the body, from bones, skin, and hair to your muscle makeup, cholesterol levels, and even brain function.Many women turn to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for relief, but HRT is not for everyone and, in the end, it only delays the inevitable onset of menopause. MIn contrast, anyone can make a change in their diet and lifestyle, and several key plant foods have been shown to help relieve symptoms of perimenopause.
Phytoestrogens – Plant power for hormonal health
Phytoestrogens are one of the most important plant compounds for managing symptoms of perimenopause.These naturally occurring substances found in foods such as soybeans and flax seeds have a molecular structure similar to that of human estrogen, but are hundreds of times weaker than our own hormones. and therefore protect against some of the effects of fluctuating estrogen.Rather than being a synthetic hormone replacement, they instead help modulate fluctuating estrogen levels in the body.
Hot flashes, irregular periods, brain fog, forgetfulness, bad mood: all of these different symptoms of perimenopause are caused by an imbalance in the normal levels of estrogen and progesterone.We generally think of postmenopausal women to have low estrogen levels – and that’s true, but in the early stages of perimenopause, many women actually have low progesterone levels.The ovaries no longer release an egg in each cycle, which means that there is no trigger for the production of progesterone.The result is much lower progesterone and relatively higher estrogen.Over time, estrogen levels also begin to drop, which makes it easier to stop periods.
This is where the power of phytoestrogens comes in.When estrogen is relatively high (thanks to low progesterone), phytoestrogens attach to estrogen receptors in cells throughout the body, blocking some of the more potent human estrogens.
When estrogen is low, phytoestrogens can at least provide a weak estrogen-like effect to cells, thus helping to alleviate the lack of human estrogen.
Due to these modulating effects, phytoestrogens are considered to work the same way as SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) drugs.
The 3 different types of phytoestrogens
Soy is the most well-known source of phytoestrogens, but there are actually 3 different categories of these compounds and a wide range of plant food sources.
Isoflavones: the most well-known type of phytoestrogen.Found in soybeans (also known as edamame), chickpeas, aduki beans, kidney beans, and red clover.
Soy isoflavones are the most studied type of isoflavone.Studies show they have a protective effect on bones, can reduce hot flashes and promote cholesterol balance.Maintaining a healthy cholesterol balance is essential for cardiovascular health, as we’ll discuss later in this article.
In traditional East Asian cultures, it is believed that regular consumption of fermented soy products like tofu, miso, tempeh, and soy sauce is the reason why women experience such an incidence. lower in symptoms of perimenopause, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and breast and uterine cancer. .Fermentation in soy makes it easier to digest because natural bacteria have already started to break down the fiber and protein in soy.Eating traditional soy foods several times a week is the best way to increase your intake of soy isoflavones rather than relying on the heavily processed soy extracts found in ready meals.
Fill up on isoflavones with hummus, bean salads, bean chili and red clover sprouts.
Lignans: Flax seeds (also known as flax seeds) and sesame seeds are by far the richest suppliers of this type of phytoestrogen.Flaxseed is a virtual superfood in itself being a key source of soluble fiber, protein, and one of the highest plant sources of alpha-linolenic acid, the essential omega-3 fatty acid.Sesame seeds are high in calcium and lignans, making them an ideal food for supporting bone health after menopause.
Other sources of lignans include broccoli, cashews, Brussels sprouts, green beans, white and red cabbages, pears, and green peppers. Eating a diverse range of vegetables, nuts, fruits and seeds is a guaranteed way to benefit from a wide variety of lignans, which in addition to helping relieve symptoms of perimenopause are also known to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant Actions.
Coumestans are most readily found in red clover and red clover sprouts, sprouted alfalfa, and mung bean sprouts.These can be grown at home or purchased ready-to-eat at full-service grocery stores. Keep in mind that soybeans and bean sprouts can easily harbor harmful bacteria, so always follow growing instructions if you are sprouting at home and eating store-bought sprouts before the expiration date.Pregnant women and those at high risk of disease should cook soybeans and sprouts to kill any potentially harmful bacteria.
Hormonal detox and herbal diet
The hormonal fluctuations of perimenopause can put additional strain on the liver, the body’s main detoxifying organ. Hormones, alcohol, drugs and toxins of all kinds are processed by the liver through two routes.The first path, called Phase 1, involves the biotransformation of old hormones and toxins, making them more water soluble and ready for Phase 2.In the second way, toxins and hormones are bound to a carrier substance and transported out of the body via the kidneys or intestines.
Both routes are based on abundant supplies of vitamins, minerals and plant compounds.The main sources of these nutrients include:
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, mustard greens, arugula). These provide glucosinolates, compounds that specifically support enzymes working in the detoxification of phase 1 estrogen.
Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Brightly colored berries like cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, haskapberries and strawberries.
Sulfur vegetables: onions, garlic, leeks.
Plant proteins containing sulfur found in soybeans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, lentils, spirulina, kidney beans, peas and chickpeas.
Wanting to include as many different colored fruits and vegetables as possible gives your liver the tools it needs to process and detoxify the old hormones in use, and in turn, can help ease symptoms of perimenopause.
Phytoestrogens Benefit Heart Health
In addition to their hormone-modulating and bone-protective effects, phytoestrogens play an essential role in cardiovascular health.Before menopause, estrogen provides many benefits to the cardiovascular system, helping to maintain the flexibility of blood vessels and reducing inflammation and plaque build-up in the arteries.The effects are so strong that the rates of high blood pressure (hypertension) are much higher in postmenopausal women than in premenopausal women.
Heart disease is the leading global cause of death in women, largely due to the loss of these protective effects of estrogen after menopause. Incorporating phytoestrogens alongside other antioxidant nutrients can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.
A Mediterranean style diet is known to provide cardiovascular protection thanks to the high levels of antioxidants in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and good quality olive oil.Swapping sugary sodas for herbal teas and green teas can also help.Green tea is rich in polyphenols known to protect cells from damage caused by oxidation and inflammation.
At the end of the line: Plant-Based Phytoestrogens Help Manage Perimenopause symptoms
To reduce symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats and protect heart and bone health before and after menopause, consume plant sources of phytoestrogens from all three categories (isoflavones, lignans, coumestans).These foods offer anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and estrogen-like benefits, helping to modulate hormone levels and protect cells from damage.
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âFor a supply chain in Australia to be truly national, we need jurisdictions to have a consistent set of rules – especially during a pandemic when communities need certainty about the availability and supply of fuel, food and medicine. “
The industry is also awaiting approval for rapid antigen tests delivered in 15 to 20 minutes by state authorities.
Victorian Transport Association chief executive Peter Anderson said drivers complained about difficulty parking large vehicles near test sites and long queues meant drivers were being tested in outside working hours, reducing rest time and increasing fatigue.
He said several truckers were also turned away from health facilities simply because they said they traveled between states for work.
Australian Trucking Association acting chief executive Bill McKinley said during times of stress and uncertainty, its members were working tirelessly to ensure operators could keep moving.
âNow is the time for state and territory governments to show their support by implementing these agreed-upon changes through their health orders,â he said.
Transport workers’ union Michael Kaine said truck drivers threatened to bring the country to a standstill on Tuesday due to long delays crossing state borders and that the pressure for mandatory vaccines was not being sustained by the government. union.
He told Sydney 2GB radio that industries should be consulted on “instant health decisions” but the planned strike is “not a TWU sanctioned approach.”
âThere is a just way and a radical way. I understand the anger behind this, but I think we all need to take a step back and look at the underlying issues and seek to rectify them, âhe said.
Deputy Minister of Road Safety and Freight Transportation Scott Buchholz said on Friday that states and territories are setting up additional test facilities along major freight routes, intermodals and hubs to help freight workers to easier access to test facilities.
“We want to make sure that the transportation industry continues the great work it has done throughout the pandemic, while also carrying out vital cargo activities to keep supermarkets stocked and other goods moving in the way. as safe as possible, âsaid Buchholz.
âThis is also why I encourage all freight workers to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible, to help protect your community, and I commend the transport operators who are participating in the vaccination effort in the area.
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(CNN) – If you thought you had seen it all when it came to innovative luxury superyacht designs, this new hybrid concept just might prove you wrong.
Not only does the 65-meter SEE concept have a unique exterior made up of huge walls of reflective glass, it also has five swimming pools, including a glass-bottom infinity pool, as well as an outdoor cinema on board.
Designed by New York studio Gill Schmid Design in collaboration with Lateral Naval Architects, the vessel is to be fitted with a revolutionary E-Hybrid propulsion system, with batteries as the primary power source.
A rendering of SEE, a new superyacht concept by Gill Schmid Design in collaboration with Lateral Naval Architects.
Courtesy of Gill Schmid Design
The design team describes its interior, which consists of huge open spaces with convertible spaces that offer passengers on board freedom and flexibility, as âtransformers in an architectural contextâ.
The SEE concept can accommodate 14 guests and up to 17 crew members, and comes with a long list of impressive equipment.
Her foredeck lounge, placed under the infinity pool, features an outdoor 3D cinema with a large retractable glass element that transforms the area into a large ocean-facing deck when pulled out.
The interior of the ship contains a number of casual dining, living and entertainment spaces.
Courtesy of Gill Schmid Design
Guests can also enjoy the spa and wellness area, which includes a sauna, steam room, and hot tub, as well as the onboard yoga studio, beach club, and tender garage full of toys.
The onboard galley has been developed to encourage shared dining experiences, with chef’s tables, a fermentation chamber, a mushroom lab, a sushi counter, as well as a juice and coffee bar and a cocktail bar. .
The outdoor cinema area on board the ship can be converted into a large oceanfront deck.
Courtesy of Gill Schmid Design
âThe design is based on a sense of community of like-minded family or friends who wish to enjoy the trip and experience nature and the environment in a relaxed atmosphere,â said the Gill Schmid Design team.
With the ability to reach a top speed of 16 knots and an estimated range of 3,750 nautical miles, the vessel will be equipped with batteries that can power it for six to eight hours at anchor and allow up to three hours of silent cruising. , as well as diesel engines specifically for recharging the battery.
SEE will be equipped with Lateral’s revolutionary E-hybrid system architecture.
Courtesy of Gill Schmid Design
It would take around three years to build SEE if it were to be salvaged, according to the designers, who say they have generated a lot of interest from shipyards and buyers since the unveiling of the impressive concept.
In March, the design studio unveiled Twin, an ice-class exploration and support vessel concept imagined in collaboration with German builder DÃ¶rries Yachts.
Meanwhile, Rome-based Lazzarini Design Studio launched its latest Saturnia project, a 100-meter vessel made entirely from dry carbon fiber and equipped with its own private shipyard on board, in July.
The bank said in a statement that it has worked with the Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC) on the project to leverage its expertise and experience in shaping the global diamond trade.
Emirates NBD, Dubai’s largest banking group, on Monday announced plans to double its diamond financing portfolio by 2025, in line with its support for Dubai’s five-year plan to boost foreign trade to Dh2 trillion .
The bank said in a statement that it has worked with the Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC) on the project to leverage its expertise and experience in shaping the global diamond trade.
“The collaboration is expected to boost Dubai’s economic transformation into the world’s leading diamond trading hub and support the UAE’s economic diversification strategy. It further aligns with Dubai’s five-year plan to increase Dubai’s foreign trade to 2,000 billion dirhams as the emirate strengthens its position as a global business hub, ”the bank said.
DMCC said it is entering into an agreement to offer strategic advice and help promote Emirates NBD’s financial products to diamond dealers in the United Arab Emirates, in particular more than 1,000 registered members of its Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), which houses the world’s largest diamond tender floor located in the Almas Tower at Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai.
The statement said Dubai diamond traders will benefit from this collaboration through increased funding opportunities, while accessing a framework of trust for all aspects of the diamond trade through DMCC. “This would include a globally accepted framework of governance and business practices, dispute settlement and access to new markets. “
Dubai has become the second largest diamond trading center in the world, with the city’s diamond trade increasing from $ 3.5 billion in 2003 to $ 17.5 billion in 2020.
Ahmed Al Qassim, Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head, Corporate and Institutional Banking Services at Emirates NBD, said this important initiative will boost the UAE’s flourishing diamond industry. “As the UAE’s premier bank, Emirates NBD is well positioned to provide trusted financial services to global diamond traders seeking to take advantage of Dubai’s established infrastructure and business-friendly regulations to develop and develop their activities. The collaboration is in line with our commitment to support industries critical to Dubai’s ongoing economic transformation as the emirate realizes its ambition to become the world’s leading diamond trading hub.
Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and CEO, DMCC and Chairman, Dubai Diamond Exchange, said Dubai’s current position as a world leader in the gold and diamond markets is intrinsically linked to the decision of the UAE cabinet to learn from past mistakes of other global economies and reverse the five percent value-added tax for wholesale-level investors in May 2018. tomes. Without this critical decision, Dubai would not even be in the conversation, ”he said.
Sulayem said that through the efforts of banks such as Emirates NBD, Dubai is also facilitating financial access to diamond dealers, which ushers in an exciting time for the international diamond trade. “We are sure the same success can be replicated for related businesses such as colored gemstones and lab-grown diamonds, which are currently non-existent, provided a similar level of support is given,” he said. -he declares.
Editorial Director of Khaleej Times, is a well-connected Indian journalist and economic and financial commentator. He has worked in mainstream journalism in the United Arab Emirates for 35 years, including 23 years with the Khaleej Times. A graduate in English and a graduate in economics, he has won more than twenty awards. Acclaimed for his genuine and insightful analysis of global and regional business and economic trends, he is respected for his astute understanding of the local business scene.
SAN FRANCISCO – Tesla is used to making big promises. But his most recent is just average height, around 5 feet 8 inches and 125 pounds, according to CEO and self-proclaimed “Technoking” Elon Musk.
Tesla says he plans to build a humanoid robot to do basic tasks, like pulling up cars or shopping for groceries. It’s part of the company’s broader automation ambitions, which include building its own computer chip, dubbed D1, to power the networks of the vehicles it hopes to someday make autonomous.
Tesla previewed the concept during a presentation at its Fremont, Calif., Plant on Thursday, dubbing it the “Tesla Bot” and “Optimus,” and said it would show a prototype next year. . As part of the presentation, a human dressed like the machine made robotic gestures and then danced on stage, possibly demonstrating the range of motion Tesla hopes the bot could someday achieve. Musk was quick to clarify that the dancing robot was not real.
The company touted hardware like its fully self-contained computer and computer chips, which it said could be integrated into a robot. Tesla said the robot will be equipped with a display, Tesla’s eight-camera autopilot system, and the company’s Full Self-Driving computer.
Tesla’s driver assistance systems have recently come under intense scrutiny from industry competitors and federal safety investigators concerned about their rapid deployment on public roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation last week into Tesla’s driver assistance suite, known as Autopilot, following nearly a dozen crashes involving passenger vehicles. emergency parked where the system was activated. Musk, however, expressed confidence that Tesla’s cars will one day be able to drive on their own.
âWe have almost all the parts needed for humanoid robots, since we already make robots with wheels,â Musk said on Twitter shortly after the presentation, referring to Tesla’s cars.
Musk, acknowledging that the concept was in its very early stages, said robots would have their own personalities.
âIt’s meant to be user-friendly, of course,â Musk said, âand navigate a world built for humans and eliminate dangerous, repetitive, and boring tasks.â
Nonetheless, he said, humans need to be prepared for robots to perform menial tasks and ultimately work alongside humans – if not phasing them out of the workplace.
âEssentially in the future, physical labor will be a choice: if you want to do it, you can, but you won’t need to do it,â he said.
Tesla has at times had a contentious relationship with his factory staff, including findings that he broke labor rules in the past and reports that he has called employees back to work during coronavirus shutdowns and fired them for not showing up to the factory line during the pandemic. The company also sought to automate tasks at too fast a rate, forcing it to backtrack and bring people back into the process.
In the mock-up Tesla showed, a robot dressed in white was fitted with sensors. It would be “built by humans, for humans,” according to the slide. The robot could lift up to 150 pounds and move at a speed of 5 mph.
âWe set it up in such a way that it’s on a mechanical and physical level that you can run away from it and most likely overpower it,â Musk clarified.
Musk has been wary of artificial intelligence that foils humans, even citing it as the greatest threat to civilization.
He said Tesla decided to pool its resources in what it believed to be an emerging technological area.
âThe robot is not motivated specifically by manufacturing needs. It’s just that we’re obviously making the parts for a useful humanoid robot, so I guess we probably should, âhe said. âAnd if we didn’t, someone else would. â¦ I guess we should do it and make sure it’s safe.
Tesla has a habit of exaggerating deadlines and making excessive promises in its product unveilings and presentations to investors. The company unveiled its Cybertruck electric pickup in November 2019, although the company recently acknowledged that it will not be delivered until 2022 at the earliest. The company also hosted a Battery Day event last year to launch its next-generation battery cell, which would be fitted with its top-of-the-line Model S Plaid-Plus edition.
Earlier this year, however, Tesla announced that it was canceling the Model S Plaid-Plus and delivered the high-end Model S Plaid without the new battery.
Musk said Tesla’s robot could be called upon to perform tasks such as driving a bolt through equipment with a wrench.
“That’s why I think in the long run it will take a universal basic income,” he said, “but not at the moment because this robot is not working.”
âJoin our team and help us build this,â he added.
This story originally appeared on washingtonpost.com. Read it here.
In April, Facebook announced a $ 5 million pledge to support local independent journalists through its new Bulletin platform, designed to help freelance writers, experts, journalists and authoritative voices reach new audiences on Facebook.
Today, 25 independent local journalists from across the country joined the initiative, which recognizes that local news is the heart of our communities. More people are turning to mobile and digital channels during the pandemic to stay on top of local news and information, and Facebook Bulletin is a new platform for writers, independent experts and authoritative voices. to find, build and monetize their audience.
Ryan Kawailani Ozawa, technology journalist and community organizer based in Honolulu, was selected to participate in the program, following an application process conducted in partnership with the International Center of Journalists (ICFJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). He is the only participant in the launch in Hawaii.
Drawing on decades of experience in print, radio, television and online media, Ozawa will publish the âHawaii Bulletin,â which will focus on island innovation. It will spotlight science, technology, startups and entrepreneurs based in Hawaii, and feature local leaders, creators, educators, and more, as well as indigenous knowledge and local initiatives.
âBulletin combines the undeniable connective tissue that Facebook already provides to countless communities with something as simple and accessible as email,â says Ozawa.
“This will hopefully give me a chance to be more personal, and perhaps more opinionated, than my old school journalism training might dictate otherwise,” he adds. “I hope this will also make readers feel more personally connected to the stories I tell.”
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Many creators are already sharing their content and engaging with audiences on Facebook. Bulletin provides a way for Facebook to support its work and activities by connecting readers to Bulletin posts and facilitating new relationships directly with editors.
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Creators will have the opportunity to connect more closely with their audiences on Facebook with Bulletin, which brings together written and audio content – from podcasts to live audio rooms – in one place, and promotes community through tools like than groups.
âAs the Bulletin rolls out, we look forward to creating more tools and services that meet the needs of freelance writers,â says Campbell Brown, vice president of global news partnerships at Facebook. “This includes a new partnership with the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY) to deliver a bespoke version of their Entrepreneurial Journalism Creator Program (EJCP) exclusively for this group of local writers.”
All Bulletin editors will also benefit from Facebook’s partnership with Inbox Collective and Dan Oshinsky, who led the newsletter strategy at The New Yorker and BuzzFeed, which will provide free learning opportunities on newsletter strategy design, as well as 1: 1 advice and support.
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âWith access to these services and the tools that Bulletin offers to create content, create an engaged audience and generate income, we can better support writers in their efforts to create independent businesses, in turn helping them to serving their communities and giving people the local information essential to their lives, âsays Brown.
I just heard a meteorologist say that the weather for next week is going to be âbadâ.
An unexpected side effect of mass communication, first in movable-type printing and more dramatically in all electronic formats, has been a particularly rapid change in language and lexicon.
Left on their own, one would expect a group’s vocabulary and speech patterns to remain relatively static and quite in tune with their surroundings. An Inuit can have dozens of descriptive terms for snow types, while a Yanomamo would know 30 different types of green. Typically, when there is contact between two disparate cultures, both languages ââassimilate new words and concepts quite quickly, ranging from the concept of numbers greater than nine to whole sets of new edible plants.
However, over the past century, language groups began to develop new and nuanced meanings for words that already had place and meaning.
There was a history in the vocabulary I first learned for nasty things associated with sucking. You could be a sucker, get hit by a sucker, and become a sucker.
However, I remember when a self-contained “sucker” began to acquire its new negative connotation. It was in my early days in college and I had a tendency to hate its disgrace, arguing that there were actually a lot of cases where sucking had a very positive connotation. Sucking on a lollipop or sucking on a milkshake with a straw was not only pleasurable, but demonstrated a pretty amazing ability shared by most mammals and even some birds.
Tulare County, Calif. (KFSN) – A wildfire in California fills the air in the Central Valley with smoke.
Over a million acres burnt by the flames.
Ashes falling from the sky have been observed in some areas.
In Kern County, the scale of French fires in the Lake Isabella area doubled overnight to over 11,000 acres.
And when the crew fights on day four, they feel the strain of this fire season.
âEach community only has a very large number of people to help put out a fire. As a result, in a large fire, an aerial person with five engines, a response team and a captain, from various agencies across the state. I will call you to help me, âsaid Joanne Bear of Tulare County Fire.
At the forefront of French firefighters, there are nearly 900 firefighters, including the crew from Tulare County.
âWe really want to be there for our sisters across the state. At the same time, we will continue to maintain the level of staff here in Turea County and support and prepare for whatever is happening locally here. âBear said.
Other local fire departments are supporting statewide suppression efforts.
The Merced City Fire Department shared these photos of crew members assigned to the Caldor Fire Department near Lake Tahoe.
The team helped lay a 10,000-foot pipe to support launch operations by day before protecting the structure at night.
Changes take place almost daily, especially in the business arena. The FinTechs are placed at the helm of the banks, carpooling takes the place of hotels, carpooling destroys jobs for taxi drivers. It is indeed a system. Joseph Schumpeter called the change “creative destruction”.
The Internet makes it possible to develop virtual stores through an e-commerce site accessible by customers – a simple interactive web portal. People visit the sites, place orders and receive home delivery of goods. The online payment ecosystem makes it easy to pay for purchases. The beginnings of e-commerce begin with the store owners themselves selling their products according to the business-to-consumer (B2C) model. Later, technology companies take their place. Now they are e-commerce operators by creating virtual marketplaces / platforms. There are two types of business models in the ecommerce world: one is an inventory-based virtual marketplace and the other is not inventory-based. Under a non-inventory-based model, virtual market platforms function as facilitators to execute transactions between sellers and buyers. Our neighboring country officially bans tech companies from operating as inventory-based e-commerce traders. This policy allows traders to sell commodities directly to buyers through orders executed on virtual market platforms provided by technology companies. On the other hand, sellers provide goods to marketplaces which make payments after the goods have been purchased by customers through inventory-based e-commerce. There are global giants operating in both frameworks, depending on the regulations of the countries concerned.
The B2C e-commerce business model is operational for local transactions. But e-commerce for export trade under this model is not feasible since global consumers place orders in major virtual markets. In this market model, inventory and non-inventory are operational. In the latter case, transactions are executed under the B2C model. In the inventory-based system, cross-border e-commerce is performed according to the business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) model whereby exporters ship goods to overseas markets. It’s B2B. When the goods are sold, they become B2C. Broadly speaking, this is called B2B2C.
With respect to export trade under the foreign exchange regulatory regime, exporters must make a declaration that they will arrange for repatriation of export payments within the stipulated timeframe from the date of filing. shipping. Transport documents must be issued to banks of exporters unless advance payment is received. In this context, exporters must make a declaration on a regulatory form known as the EXP form in accordance with the country’s foreign exchange regulations. Exporters can report online without a physical visit to banks.
It is reported that the central bank has a policy regarding the export of e-commerce under the B2C model which requires the goods to be hosted on an e-commerce website accessible via the Internet by foreign buyers. Banks can provide procurement services to eligible exporters for repatriation of export earnings against exportable goods sales orders received on the e-commerce website for small value export up to USD 5,000 per transaction under cost and freight (CFR). It is known that the central bank has granted a regulatory exemption to issue transport documents by transport companies on behalf of foreign buyers for shipments of goods having form EXP. Declaration formalities have been simplified. Exporters are allowed to keep a portion of export earnings in a foreign currency retention quota account, commonly known as ERQ accounts. Funds held in the accounts can be used by exporters to cover legitimate current expenses abroad. It can work as a facility to promote exports abroad.
The B2B2C model is not available in the country’s foreign exchange regulatory regime. The central bank can easily integrate the model by issuing policy guidelines to exporters and banks regarding the process of repatriation of export earnings, expenditures to be allowed in markets, etc. But there are some challenges for export trade under the B2B2C model. It is like a consignment type export – exporters will be paid once the goods are sold to customers by the consignees (importers). The model guarantees a longer occupation period to achieve export earnings. The legal time frame of four months from the date of shipments for achieving export earnings may not be achievable. It is not possible to discount export invoices on consignment sales before actual sales through marketplaces. This may need to be remedied for unsold goods which may be sold to different buyers at reduced rates or returned to Bangladesh.
In case of return, no regulatory problem will arise. But exporters will face problems in the event that shipments have to be dropped to destinations due to non-sale. Non-repatriation of export earnings is subject to punitive measures in accordance with foreign exchange regulations, unless the exporters themselves prove that they have no choice but to forfeit the earnings from export. This can be taken into consideration by the central bank when establishing bonsfides. But there is another problem with shipments made from imported inputs with bond facilities. Whether the content of inputs should be taxed with duties and taxes for proportional unsold quantities is a question.
In this model, exporters will face working capital issues at both stages – before and after shipment. Banks may not be comfortable with extending preshipment financing. They will also not finance export invoices until the export payments are made. However, banks can finance working capital on the basis of adequate collateral, but this method of financing at regular costs does not allow transactions to be executed as needed.
The B2B2C business model must be adapted to export trade. In this situation, the regulatory framework should be win-win between exporters and markets. The model must have a longer period, at least 180 days, for the realization of export earnings. The period of use of imported inputs should be at least 270 days. Low-cost working capital financing facilities should be set up either in foreign currency or in local currency for utilities and the payment of salaries. Shipping to virtual markets should be treated as normal exports other than consignment sales for the safety of exporters.
But without consignment type shipments, the model will not be feasible. And if it is not adopted, the export trade may face the plight of traders, taxis, hotels, cinemas and many others. So what would be the solution to tackle the situation is a serious problem. In short, no solution can focus on this. It requires stakeholder consultation, in addition to traditional research. However, alternative windows can be explored. One of the alternatives is for exporters to be allowed to store the goods abroad at their disposal and to make the delivery of the goods according to the orders received from the markets. Bangladesh shipments to overseas warehouses according to the template will be treated as consignment sales, not exports. Deliveries from warehouses to final buyers will be treated as exports. As a result, the repatriation of export earnings will be based on warehouse deliveries. It is a proposal that requires detailed consideration. The authorities concerned should work on this in order to find a mechanism to keep the export trade afloat in the wake of the development of the situation.
Throughout the pandemic, people have spoken about how schools need to take urgent action to mend cracks and close chasms in public education systems to make learning more meaningful and equitable. In Washington, a task force of educators, lawmakers and other community members was asked to redefine what it means to be a high school graduate ready for life and career before the end of the year.
This definition will go beyond grades: can students show how they are able to think critically while working in a team? Or how well do they adapt to changes and challenges? Can they confidently and competently balance a budget and Collaborate with people who look or think differently from them?
Washington is working hard to put together this âGraduate Profile,â a key list of skills and characteristics that all students should have and practice before entering the real world.
The group, known as the Masters-Based Learning Task Force, was first convened by the state’s education council two years ago this month. It is based on legislation designed to provide students with a more independent, better supported and more engaged learning experience.
The group hosted virtual listening sessions this summer with educators, families, businesses and members of the higher education community to gain feedback on the essential skills students must have to survive and be successful. thrive in life after high school. The final public listening session in this series will be at 5:30 p.m. on September 8 on Zoom. An online community survey to gather feedback on the topic is open until September 10.
Focus groups have also been held with groups of families and students of color, students and recent graduates who are differently able and their families, Muller said.
âThe working group hopes that a graduate’s profile, once developed, will serve as a global vision for the future of our education system,â said Alissa Muller, director of the consultancy mastery-based learning collaboration. education administration. The group takes into consideration existing state laws, including that which established multiple state graduation pathways, as they develop a graduate profile.
The group has until December 10 to describe the interdisciplinary skills a student should have developed before graduating from high school.
The work is still in its early stages, so there is no draft profile for review. But this effort could create a roadmap for moving the education system in a new direction.
When task force members submit their draft report of the listening sessions and the survey to the legislature, they will likely include cost estimates around the implementation or proposed policy changes, Muller said.
According to the 2020 Masters-Based Learning Task Force report, the profile “would mean the expansion of the Washington concept of a high school diploma from a concept based only on academic content to one based on academic content. on a holistic view of the student â, which means that he would recognize both the credit-based approach and the masterysD to meet state learning standards.
Although this is a new initiative in Washington, its concept is not unique. The Snoqualmie Valley School District developed its ‘Portrait of a Graduate’ in 2019, after 900 people participated in an online deliberation and more than 80 people attended a community meeting on the topic. The district is in the midst of a three-year plan to implement its eight âcore competenciesâ in curriculum, policy, and teaching: communication and collaboration; adaptability and resourcefulness; empathy; creativity and innovation; Critical mind; independent life skills; global citizenship; and have a learner mindset.
Across the country, states and school districts are in various phases of developing and implementing similar programs. Muller said the task force looked at the districts of Illinois and Missouri, as well as statewide initiatives in South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming. The South Carolina graduate’s profile links their state graduation goals – such as having a strong work ethic, knowing multiple languages, and having media and technology literacy – with a track record to help students to apply and improve their skills. These components progress by phase of development, from childhood to adulthood rather than being tied to a specific grade level.
Ashley Lin, a recent graduate of Union High School in Camas, is a young delegate of the State Task Force. During a webinar on July 27, she said it was important that students “leave high school with a plan that makes sense to them.” She said mastery-based learning is a way to âpersonalize student learningâ and to recognize the experiences they gain both inside and outside of classrooms.
âWe want the school to prepare us for the future,â Lin said. âWe want to know things like how to do our taxes and how to buy apartments and how to build our credit score. We want to be able to do real things in our community, and mastery-based learning gives us avenues to practice action, to practice taking responsibility, and to truly discover and hone our gifts and be of service to our community. .
Board members Lori Wood (left) and William Parker get to know each other ahead of Parker’s first meeting at the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board. (Tom Blodgett / Community Impact Journal)
The Gilbert Public Schools Board of Trustees on August 10 adopted a teaching time model for synchronous learning in Grades 7 to 12 that will be used to meet new state requirements for average daily membership.
Average Daily Membership, or ADM, is the total enrollment of fractional and full-time students, less withdrawals, for each school day during the first 100 semester days and is a key figure in the State education funding formulas.
Under House Bill 2862, a board of trustees, after two public hearings, could adopt any teaching time model to meet the minimum annual teaching time and teaching time requirements. teaching hours prescribed by law to determine ADM.
Gilbert’s second hearing took place on August 10, followed soon after by a unanimous passage.
The district will offer students in grades 7 to 12 three teaching models: in person; synchronous online learning with enrollment in a district high school; or asynchronous online learning through Gilbert Global Academy, the district’s online school.
In the synchronous model, students will have to log in during normal class time and interact with the teacher, much as if the student is present. Attendance will be taken into account at the start of the class period and reported as if the student were present in a classroom. Under this model, students will be 100% funded according to state education funding formulas.
The more traditional asynchronous online learning, in which students take lessons at their own pace, will continue to be 95% for full-time online students and 85% for part-time online students.
During the study session, Barbara Newman, assistant district superintendent for teaching and learning, and Vicki Jones, director of growth and development, presented to council the district educational framework designed to create a cohesive learning environment throughout the district. The framework was based on five principles, or “domains”: connect, design, educate, assess and reflect. District Professional Learning Communities, or CAPs, will be formed under the framework and teachers will be evaluated with them.
The meeting was the first for new board member William Parker, who replaced Reed Carr. Maricopa County Schools Superintendent Steve Watson appointed Parker, who was sworn in on August 6. Carr resigned on June 30.
The council appointed Carr as a community member on the district audit committee. Carr was previously a member of the committee’s board of directors.
In 2020, California suffered public safety shutdowns due to high temperatures resulting in air-cooled HVAC technology with the ability to reduce peak HVAC load demand, increase resiliency, and reduce public risk. while reducing energy costs for customers. The Stasis Energy Group Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS) for packaged HVAC systems is designed to act as a thermal battery to be charged during normal daytime cooling operations. Late in the day during peak demand periods, when the cost of energy skyrockets, the stored thermal energy is then deployed, providing cooling to the space instead of using a traditional HVAC compressor which releases stress on the network. For taxpayers, this will create significant savings on monthly energy bills.
âBy shifting the energy from the end of the day to the start of the day, our greenhouse gas mitigation potential is quite large because we end up charging our system using electricity at the start of the day. day, which is primarily powered by sustainable sources such as wind and solar, âMorton said. âWe are committed to doing what we can to contribute to environmental equity and energy justice. We focus our product wherever possible for deployment in disadvantaged communities and low income areas. “
Over the next few years, Stasis Energy Group will identify and install its product statewide to demonstrate that it has the robustness and ability to operate in different climatic zones with different types of air conditioning equipment, building types and profiles. occupation. Morton sees this as a great opportunity for building owners in the Central Valley, as he believes there aren’t many affordable and commonly available technologies to help with existing HVAC units.
âWe believe the Central Valley could really benefit from adopting this technology as it lowers their building operating costs, extends the life of the equipment, it turns aging equipment into a more down-to-earth fashion. energy efficient and provides considerable benefits. taxpayer savings to building owners that they can use for hiring, training and expanding their business growth, âMorton said.
Since 2017, Stasis has refined its machine learning platform, perfected its bio-based phase change material (PCM), and optimized the entire system at test facilities across California. Some of these efforts were made possible by generous funding from the CalSEED program of the California Energy Commission, where Stasis has won concept ($ 150,000) and prototype ($ 450,000) funding and is currently performing validation testing at UC Riverside as part of a grant voucher provided by a CalTestBed award. Stasis has also partnered with Pure Temp in Minnesota for patented materials and investments. The company is not currently raising capital, but may look to add investor partners, both strategic and financial, towards the end of 2022. With these new HVAC installations, made possible by the BRIDGE grant from CEC, operating as predicted, Stasis will experience rapid growth. fashion.
Stasis Energy Group will now spend the next few months researching qualified buildings to begin technology deployment in January. Building owners who wish to have a site to receive free technology to participate in this study can contact Stasis Energy Group at stasisenergygroup.com. They are looking for a one to two story commercial building that has regular hours of operation between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., such as office buildings or manufacturing plants with offices in the front of the building.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work has been completed on the $ 28.9 million project to build a new bridge over the Taconic State Parkway at the intersection of Pudding Street in the Valley of Putnam as well as new ramps to better enable motorists to get on and off the promenade. . The project used modern and sustainable engineering practices to eliminate the crossing and realign the promenade. The project, which was completed on time and on budget, improves access for communities in the east and west, increases sight distance and mobility of school buses, and improves access for emergency services.
“Improvements to the Taconic State Parkway will make it easier and safer for motorists in the Putnam Valley to reach their destinations more quickly and safely.” Governor Cuomo said. âAs the COVID-19 pandemic spread through New York City, the dedicated workers on this project continued to come to work and completed the job on time and on budget, maintaining the historic integrity of the project. Taconic State Parkway and advancing our commitment to meeting the transportation needs of local communities. “
The project used innovative recycling techniques to reuse rock materials on site. Large rock explosions were required to accommodate the new bridge and ramps, which produced a significant amount of rocks and smaller stones. The blasted material has been reduced and recycled for use as backfill, subbase, and stone backfill. Additional excess rock material was transported for use on other construction sites across the state.
To accentuate the historic status of the boardwalk, a modern two-span bridge structure was constructed with aesthetic features that mimic the appearance of existing bridges on the Taconic State Parkway, including an appearance of steel components, decorative fencing and concrete structural elements with recessed decorative elements. .
An improved drainage system was installed as part of the project. To accommodate the new bridge and ramps, wetlands were relocated to the project area. The project also included the replacement of an existing culvert crossing Pudding Street over Roaring Creek.
Senator Susan Serino said: âFor decades, the completion of the Pudding Street Viaduct has been a huge victory for the local community and all the drivers who travel this stretch of the Taconic. Today’s announcement is an incredible example of all that can be done. be accomplished when committed partners at all levels come together to make a real difference, and I am immensely proud to have helped bring this critical project to the finish line. I thank all local residents and government officials whose perseverance helped drive this project, and to the Ministry of Transportation team for all they did to involve the community and complete the project on time and as promised. â
Assembly Member Kevin Byrne said: âThe Pudding Street Bridge is a vital infrastructure project for residents of Putnam County and New York City. We have been hearing politicians and bureaucrats talking about this project for decades. Seeing the completion of this vital project is no small feat. Community members and local authorities have tirelessly defended this viaduct. I thank the residents of the area for their patience with the construction, and I thank everyone involved who was able to help us cross the finish line to this project.
Putnam County Director MaryEllen Odell said: âThe Taconic Drive was designed for an earlier, slower time period. The completion of the Pudding Street Bridge and the redesigned intersection will make the busy road safer for today’s drivers. Residents of Putnam County can rest assured that entering and exiting the promenade at Pudding Street is safe to drive. “
Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley said: âThe construction crews working alongside the New York State Department of Transportation are to be commended for the outstanding work they have done to complete the Pudding Street Viaduct over the Taconic State Parkway in the city of Putnam Valley. This viaduct made crossing the promenade safer for everyone. , especially the school buses which have to cross the promenade with our children throughout the school year. Thank you to everyone who made this vision a reality. “
Sam Oliverio, Supervisor, Town of Putnam Valley, said: âWith the advocacy of the Roaring Brook Lake Association, the assistance of Senator Sue Serino and the full support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation; the town of Putnam Valley is thrilled that the Pudding St. Viaduct makes full use of it. This viaduct is so necessary for the safety of our residents and especially our school children when crossing the busy Taconic Highway. Thank you to Governor Cuomo who saw the need for the viaduct and to everyone who helped finally get it built. “
Motorists are reminded to move in a lane, if possible safely, or to slow down considerably whenever they encounter roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, yellow or green lights, including traffic lights. maintenance and construction vehicles in the work areas.
Motorists are encouraged to slow down and drive responsibly in work areas. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions for two or more speeding offenses in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org, or download the free 511NY mobile app.
Jamie Lynn Spears shared her recording of being comforted in tears by her 3-year-old daughter.
The “Zoey 101” star posted audio clips twice on her Instagram account. There, a little Ivy tried to reassure the 30-year-old actress that everything was “ok”.
In a short clip, Ivy said, âMom, you’re doing fine. Mom, you must be fine.
Her tearful mother replied, “Thank you, baby.”
Jamie Lynn first shared the audio on a black screen and then again on a GIF. This prompted subscribers to âturn on the soundâ to hear the exchange.
The clip came weeks after Jamie Lynn and sister Britney Spears appeared to be targeting each other through their social media accounts.
The “Stronger” singer shared a dance video on Instagram last month with captions who appeared to poke fun at the emotions expressed in a post shared by her sister earlier today.
Jamie Lynn shared a mirror selfie on his account with the caption: âThe peace of the Lord be with you and your spirit. [peace and heart emojis] (Sic) “
And soon after, Britney shared her dance video with her own religious message.
She writes: (Sic) “
After Britney’s post, Jamie Lin deleted the caption for the selfie, leaving only the emoji.
The ‘Gimme More’ hit singer also accused her sister of attending the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, made a surprise appearance in the tribute section and sang Britney’s track ‘Till the World End’.
She said, âI don’t like my sister appearing at the awards show and playing MY SONGS for the remix !!!!! My so called support system hurt me deeply !!!! as is)”
And earlier this weekend, the “Circus” singer shared another important post, many fans were thought to have dug her sister, and it was like her guardian until after a hearing at the court. Faced with backlash for not talking about Britney’s misfortune in June, when pop stars called the situation “abuse.”
She commented in an Instagram video that she âloved, loved and supportedâ her pop star sister for years.
But Jamie Lynn has claimed that she always shows her support for her sister.
She previously said: [#FreeBritney] I’ve been hashtagging on public platforms, but I’m pretty sure I supported my sister long before the hashtag came out. I will support her long afterwards. “
Historically, it was expected that the spool cannon concepts, as well as the rail cannon, would require extreme amounts of power, and therefore be very bulky, to be viable military weapons. For example, the US Navy has for years experimented with a high-speed rail gun for use on surface ships and has been able to fire shells at speeds in excess of 4,500 miles per hour, or approximately six times the speed of sound, in land operations. test. Despite the progress made, the program was eventually cut from this year’s budget. It is unclear how much of the program’s research and development could have shifted to classified programs, if any, although retired Navy Admiral John Richardson, then chief of naval operations, said in 2019 that the service had “learned a lot [about] engineering to build something like this that can handle so much electromagnetic energy and not just explode, “adding that” it’s too good a weapon system, so it’s going somewhere, hopefully. “
Other countries, including China, continue to move forward with similar-sized gun concepts.
So while huge on-board railguns or high powered Gauss rifles may be years away from deployment, if the claims of Arcflash Labs turn out to be true, you can at least get your hands on a super low powered version for just a few thousand dollars.
âWe give personal learning classes on friendships, community, self-management and coping skills. It’s like SALT on steroids. âMarti Velasco, San Juan Teachers Association
âWe are really hitting anxiety hard. Develop these skills so that they can cope, âexplains school counselor Marti Velasco. âIf we don’t address mental health, learning will not take place. “
At Sylvan Middle School in the San Juan Unified School District, Velasco is part of a school response team of educators and student support staff that ensures students get the support they need. , whether academic or otherwise.
âWe try to look at the child as a whole. Maybe the student is going through difficult times and we put them in touch with a social worker. Sometimes it’s food or clothes. That’s all that child or their family needs to be successful in the classroom, âsays Velasco, a member of the San Juan Teachers Association. âOur main goal at all times is to support this student and [have them] stay in class so they can learn.
The keen eye on students’ socio-emotional needs and the trauma-informed approach is common practice at Sylvan and other schools in San Juan Unified, but has intensified as students return to the schools. campus after the challenges of the past year and a half. Velasco started planning this school year last year, with outreach to primary primary schools to identify students who might need extra support, connect them with caring adults and implement a peer support system where eighth grade students trained in support skills are paired with sixth grade students.
âThe year of transition from elementary to college is difficult. We do a lot of our socio-emotional classes on friendships, community, self-management and coping skills, âsays Velasco, school counselor in San Juan since 2006.â It’s like SALT on steroids.
Math teacher David Vazquez is a member of the design team at Katherine Johnson Middle School in San Juan, which is opening for the first time this school year. As students arrive on campus, he says, the goal is to immediately begin to create a sense of belonging, using the Ron Clark Academy House system to build community together (see sidebar below).
âStudents need something to channel this energy,â says Vazquez, a member of the San Juan Teachers Association. “It’s new, and we’re making it into something that’s going to be spectacular.”
âThe tone is ‘You have a place here.’ We want to build a strong relationship before entering the program. âDavid Vazquez
With many students away from the physical classroom environment for a while, Vazquez says, it will be necessary to practice social skills, as well as focus on building student-teacher relationships. Multidisciplinary learning support teams are already in place to help identify students with needs and connect them with support and services. Students of Katherine Johnson and Sylvan will also have a flexible period during which they will receive timely supports as well as a choice of enrichment, visual and performing arts courses at Vazquez’s offering on solar power. and renewable. Velasco says Sylvan’s flex time will include groups on anxiety, organization, and anger management – sessions students have said they want.
âThe tone we would like to set is ‘You have your place here’ and we want to build a strong relationship before entering the curriculum,â says Vazquez, a 10-year-old educator. “You have to take your time to build this.”
The preparation to start the year is enormous, says Vazquez, with the staff spending a full week together to prepare for the experience they want to give students when they enter campus. Velasco continues to do professional development with educators on topics as serious and important as recognizing signs of suicidality in students.
âWe’re going to give teachers the tools to get the support they need,â says Velasco. âEveryone walks through the door with different needs. “
The Ron Clark Academy House System
The system randomly assigns incoming students and all staff to four houses – learning and leadership communities – where students stay all of their years in school. Houses are meant to foster a closer connection between students of all skill levels and interests, as houses hold healthy competitions with each other in academic arenas and elsewhere. Read more on rcahousesystem.com.
The California Department of Education recently released a suite of transformative social and emotional learning (T-SEL) tools to help educators support the child as a whole. The material includes T-SEL skills from kindergarten to adult; T-SEL conditions to thrive; and resources to support implementation. These tools, developed by the State Team on Social and Emotional Learning of the CDE 2020, aim to build on and respond to the call of stakeholders to integrate the equity-focused T-SEL into every teaching and learning context of the public education system.
Humans cannot survive without water. We must therefore have a clear understanding of the danger around water and the associated limitations. Given the riverine characteristics of the greater delta, we as residents must maintain a careful balance by focusing on drowning while enhancing the benefits of recreational activities in and around the water. But neither a particular government agency nor an individual organization can act alone to provide comprehensive protection and educate communities to reduce the drowning rate.
Given the outcome of the drowning, it appears under the responsibility of the health service; but if one examines preventive interventions, it is clear that the prioritization of interventions is not singularly within the mandate of the ministry. Given the multisectoral nature of drowning prevention interventions, every attempt to tackle the drowning epidemic – by developing strategies or testing a particular intervention – requires a holistic and coordinated approach.
Globally, drowning is a significant cause of death and is the second leading cause of childhood injury death and also the third leading cause of accidental death. In 2019 alone, the World Health Organization estimated that 236,000 people drown each year, which equates to nearly 650 drowning deaths each day and 27 deaths per hour. It is a problem that transcends borders, affects all countries, but the impact of drowning is felt unevenly. More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, while the highest rates are recorded in the Western Pacific, Southeast Asia and Africa regions. Drowning is also prevalent in other parts of the world similar to the Delta. Every individual of all ages is directly or indirectly affected where children under 5 and people over 60 have been found to be the most affected section of the population.
The Bangladesh Health and Injury Survey 2016 estimated that the drowning death rate of 11.7 per 100,000 people per year corresponds to a total of 19,247 deaths, two-thirds of which involve children. A recent survey by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics shows that in rural areas, under-five mortality from drowning is higher, 9.7%, compared to urban areas, 7%, which is just below the death rate of children of the same age group from pneumonia. The recently released drowning fact sheet, published by the Royal Life Saving Society, shows that in 2017, around 110,000 people died from drowning in Commonwealth countries – and India, Bangladesh and Pakistan account for 78% of estimated deaths where Bangladesh is located. the fifth position among Commonwealth countries.
Despite such a cruel reality, drowning has not been mentioned in any of the laws adopted since independence. But the “Multisectoral action plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases 2018-2025, adopted by the General Directorate of Health Services, includes the development of daycare centers aimed at improving the supervision of children to reduce exposure. to water bodies. The strategy mandated the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to ensure the establishment of day care centers in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Children and the Ministry of Local Communities, Rural Development and Cooperatives as well. as non-governmental organizations and the private sector.
But there is a lack of leadership and coordination between relevant ministries, which has been further complicated by the diversity of terms of reference, business roles and responsibilities for multiple interventions to prevent drowning. In addition, the strategy focused only on child drowning and, therefore, incorporated improvements in “monitoring of children to reduce exposure to bodies of water”. Thus, it is clear that the strategy did not include drowning that takes place when crossing streams or when crossing bodies of water. The strategy also failed to identify the drowning affected population and possible risk factors and places of occurrence such as beaches and seas, rivers and lakes.
As drowning is considered a non-communicable disease by the World Health Organization, the health service becomes the priority. But if drowning prevention interventions are scrutinized, it would be evident that most of the interventions fall outside the mandate or scope of the ministry or branch of health services, which creates a problem at the health service level. operational and in the design of the service portfolio. . For example, the development of day care centers, the teaching of swimming techniques and the organization of water safety sessions in schools, the regulation of river vehicles, the maintenance of aquatic facilities and the guarantee of basic ferry standards. fall outside the mandate of the Department of Health and Family Welfare.
Media reports have shown that rivers and lakes continue to be the main drowning sites. Constant changes in ground level and hidden dangers such as strong currents, submerged objects, slippery or eroded banks cause hardship for people. In the context of Bangladesh, various aquatic sites and inland waterways are not monitored by rescue or maritime services at all, which is exacerbated by the absence of an emergency, rapid medical assistance affected by geographic isolation and the lack of appropriate means of communication. Preventing drowning in rivers and lakes is a priority, as about 12.3% of the total population of rural communities travel daily by inland waterways, which, according to the Inland Water Transport Authority, are used by about 87.8 million people each year. A wide range of activities and exposure to hazards as well as drowning risk factors such as the use of children for fishing and living in geographically disadvantaged communities make it difficult to prevent drowning in rivers and rivers. lakes.
Multiple factors have been identified as causing drowning deaths where various agencies are expected to remain vigilant, but the responsibility lies with the Department of Health as drowning continues to be a major factor affecting the death rate for children under five. years. It is not simply a problem of coordination, but rather a question of governance, which requires the revision of the legislation and policies which frame the actor concerned and the agency associated with the risk of drowning.
If we take a critical look at the regulations, it appears that inland waterways and transport are governed by the Inland Water Transport Corporation Order 1972 and the Inland Water Transport Authority Ordinance 1958, which require considerable reform and modernization. to protect people, especially those who use the waterways. as the only way to get around, drowning.
Drowning is a well-known complication of natural disasters. The most common in the context of Bangladesh are floods, cyclones, tidal waves, etc. WHO data shows that drowning is responsible for 75% of flood deaths. The risks of drowning increase with flooding, especially in low- and middle-income countries where people live in flood-prone areas and where the capacity to warn, evacuate or protect communities from flooding is low or is only growing. Cyclone Yaas, like the others, which killed several people by drowning, also put people of all ages at risk of drowning. Thus, the integration of drowning risk management into the National Disaster Management Plan 2021-2025, which is now awaiting final approval, is of crucial importance. The UNGA resolution on global drowning prevention also called for developing drowning prevention programs in line with interventions recommended by the World Health Organization, such as barriers, supervision, swimming skills, rescue and resuscitation training, navigation regulation and flood risk management and resilience.
The recently approved Eighth Five-Year Plan 2020-2025, which is the guiding document for the allocation of government resources over the next five years, also lacks special attention to reducing the risk of drowning. Thus, it is imperative to explore the possibilities of adopting a national water safety policy rather than a singular national drowning prevention strategy specifically focused on child drowning, which may undermine the scale of the drowning. problem. There are examples from other countries that have covered drowning prevention by adopting a national water safety policy.
Isn’t it wise to scale up and maintain drowning prevention interventions following a holistic, multisectoral approach? This will alleviate the already overburdened health system which has been further complicated by the Covid-19 epidemic. The adoption of the National Water Security Policy will help bring together multiple actors working at the national level under a common accountability and monitoring framework so that they can provide the necessary response to fight drowning.
It is essential that drowning prevention interventions be integrated into the spirit of the United Nations General Assembly resolution on worldwide drowning prevention, which observed that “drowning prevention would contribute to the achievement of Agenda 2030, more specifically that drowning prevention is an effective measure contributing to the prevention of child deaths and can protect investment in child development “and also” encourage the integration of child death prevention. drownings in existing disaster risk reduction programs, especially in communities at risk of flooding and coastal flooding, including through international, regional and bilateral cooperation. “
To maintain and scale up existing drowning prevention interventions, the government should facilitate a multi-stakeholder coordination mechanism starting with the planning phase to reduce drowning deaths, with particular emphasis on examining the feasibility of drowning. ” adoption of a comprehensive national water security policy, resources to scale up tested drowning prevention interventions, raise public awareness, examine possibilities of involving government and semi-government agencies such as the directorates of the primary and secondary education to introduce water safety courses and expand the scope of the swimming federation to provide lifesaving training.
Brabham Automotive, one of the most dominant players in F1 history, is expanding its reach in motorsport. Based on the same platform as the road racing Brabham GT62R, the all-new GT63 GT2 Concept is a pure racing car designed specifically for the 2022 Fanatec GT2 European Series season.
Like all current Brabham products, the GT63 GT2 Concept centers around the FIA-compliant spaceframe. Chromoly steel construction ensures the platform is stiff enough for motorsports, while a built-in safety cell protects drivers if the wheel-to-wheel action gets a bit too aggressive. The race car is expected to be powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 engine, with dry-sump oiling and a race-ready exhaust system. The aerodynamic package has been reworked from the road car, with a new rear diffuser, front splitter and rear spoiler. As demanded by the European GT2 series, the power output is expected to drop to around 600 hp. This power will be transmitted to the axles via a six-speed sequential transmission. The GT2 Concept will need to weigh around 2,800 pounds, depending on the series power / weight regulations.
It will face serious competition in the Fanatec GT2 European Series. Other entries on the grid include the Lamborghini Huracan Supertropheo GT2, KTM X-Bow GT2, Audi R8 LMS GT2 and Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Luckily for racing fans, we don’t have to wait until the 2022 season to see how the Brabham ranks. The automaker has been invited by SRO to participate in the last race of the 2021 season at the Circuit Paul Ricard from October 1-3. A suitable first location for the team, as it was on this circuit that Brabham won his last F1 victory in 1985.
As is the nature of racing cars, many specifications of the Brabham GT63 GT2 concept could change before 2022. For now, however, the new racer looks set to remind the world of what the Brabham is capable of. That is, if Brabham’s six F1 championships and his 35 Grand Prix victories were not enough already.
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The man from Superior is one of many Northland cashiers, medical staff, food producers and others who have adapted and introduced themselves as we all clung to the ever-changing news of the coronavirus.
He has realized that work is “a lifeline” for people who have to travel to the grocery store for food or the drugstore for medicine, Farrell said.
Last spring, âNo one had any information for us other than that we shouldn’t go out and stay away from people. As a driver, both things are impossible, âhe recalls.
He reflected on changes that have helped him feel safer on Duluth buses – putting on face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and contactless payment for passengers.
A passenger boards Josh Farrell’s bus at the Duluth Transportation Center on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Farrell said he realized the job was “a lifeline” for people who have to travel to the grocery store for to eat or at the pharmacy for treatment. (Steve Kuchera / [email protected])
DTA also started to half-fill the buses, and they hired professional cleaners and added plexiglass barriers to help eliminate contact.
They were as completely covered as they could get, Farrell said.
âAt one point you feel more comfortable, and I guess that also makes you feel better than at least trying to do something to help remove the contact,â he added. .
He also recalled the nervous gratitude for being able to continue working.
He and his wife have four children in primary school; his wife was attending university full time and doing a full time internship. At one point, everyone, including his wife, was attending online school at home.
âOur schedules were already tight. â¦ We would congratulate each other and go to work and do my shift, and she was watching the kids and vice versa.
Fortunately, Farrell was able to arrange for an aunt to stay with the family to help with the children.
âIt was the hardest part,â he said.
The DTA still requires drivers and passengers to wear masks on board its buses, and provides masks for those who do not. (Steve Kuchera / [email protected])
Asked about face masks on the bus, Farrell said, âNot everyone feels the same as other people about what is going on. We ask everyone to wear one; we say it is necessary that you have one, that’s why we provide them.
âThere’s always a person who (thinks) ‘This is a scam, this is not real.’ To avoid this conflict, we just say âOkay, ma’amâ. ‘OK sir. Try to be attentive and wear a mask next time.
It is the same procedure for people short of bus tickets.
We are not responsible for the application of tariffs. We are tariff advisers, Farrell said.
Instead of arguing or embarrassing someone, they usually say âtry to have this next timeâ.
Farrell took the time to answer questions about driving Duluth’s winters, his self-care over the past year and more, and ways we can support frontline workers.
MORE ESSENTIAL WORKER STORIES:
DTA bus driver Josh Farrell on Sunday July 18, 2021 (Steve Kuchera / [email protected])
A: Taking your time doesn’t seem like a trick, but it’s the best way to deal with buses in our weather – that and good snow tires for the winter.
A: When I got home, I washed my hands and followed up with hand sanitizer. When I got home, I would take my uniform off at the door, take a shower, and put on different clothes.
I was fortunate to never have to quarantine myself away from my family.
DTA driver Josh Farrell is driving his route between downtown Duluth and Proctor on Sunday July 18, 2021. available. I also think our community and society as a whole greatly value frontline workers, âhe said via email. (Steve Kuchera / [email protected])
A: One of them realized how many people would have encountered obstacles in meeting their needs if essential workers had not been available. I also think our community and society as a whole greatly value frontline workers.
I have had the opportunity to build relationships with people in the community who often use public transport.
Sometimes people are faced with difficult situations, and just being able to lend an ear to them and possibly give them advice makes all the difference.
The best is when I see them again. I am able to hear the positive stages in their life. I can share my real excitement with them and see that these small, brief interactions go a long way.
A: Means being selfless.
A flyer regarding COVID-19 hangs from a window of Josh Farrell’s bus on Sunday, July 18, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / [email protected])
A: My main personal care before closing was to work out in the gym. My routine completely changed during the shutdown as we couldn’t get to the gym but I was able to adjust and start a new workout routine at home.
A: Take care of yourself and continue to follow safety precautions. We need to feel like the best versions of ourselves to avoid burnout. We need to take care of ourselves and our families first, so we are in great shape to continue doing our best in our professional roles.
Q: How can we support our frontline heroes?
A: Many businesses need community members to continue to be safe and healthy and reduce the risk of transmitting COVID. Many places are also understaffed. I think we can help support frontline workers by applying for positions, even if it’s part-time or on-call.
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Design students from Europe have created a bench that you can use for your picnic and even to move from place to place. Yes, you read that right. The concept of rideable bench is called TOD, short for ‘Talk or Drive’. The concept of a sustainable urban mobility solution recently won the Ford Fund Smart Mobility Challenge and Â£ 12,500. The money will be used by the creators to turn the concept into reality.
TOD has an adaptable system with a static mode and a mobile mode. In static mode, it becomes a bench which can be further extended to accommodate three people. People can add accessories such as chairs and nooks to it using a plug-in style kit system. They can combine several TODs to organize a picnic by connecting a flat square to them.
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In mobile mode, the seated scooter can accommodate up to two people and has a maximum speed of 20 km / h. There is a hatch in the middle which provides space for luggage. There are additional stretch bands on the back of the scooter which can be used by people to carry small and long items. In the future, people will also be able to locate or reserve a bench or the seated scooter using the dedicated app.
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The creators believe that an urban mobility solution like TOD will go a long way in ensuring that people will easily have a place to sit in crowded parks or streets and can easily travel short distances with smaller vehicles. âA rolling bench is a great example of how design can help shape the fabric of cities, because it’s something fun, practical and multifunctional,â said Amko Leenarts, Design Director, Ford of Europe .
For nearly three decades, David Lidstone, 81, lived in the New Hampshire woods along the Merrimack River in a small cabin adorned with solar panels. He grew his own food, chopped his own firewood, and looked after his cat and chickens.
But its off-grid existence appears to be in jeopardy.
âRiver Dave,â as boaters and kayakers call him, is behind bars after being charged with squatting for 27 years on private property.
While the owner of the land seeks to demolish the cabin, Lidstone has been jailed since July 15 for civil contempt. He faces a hearing on Wednesday.
âHe’s just a really, really very caring guy, and he just chooses to live off the grid,â said Jodie Gedeon, an avid kayaker who befriended Lidstone about 20 years ago.
She and other supporters are trying to keep him in his hut in Canterbury, including organizing a petition and working to raise money to cover property taxes.
âIt’s really about humanity, it’s really about compassion, about empathyâ¦ it doesn’t hurt anyone,â she said.
Gedeon and other supporters attended a meeting of the city’s selection committee on Monday. Board members said the city currently has no position in the land dispute.
But even if there was a way to allow Lidstone to stay, it would be an uphill battle. His house violates local and national zoning and environmental regulations, and there is no road access.
“You are in a dilemma. So are we,” said manager Robert Steenson.
The woodland that Lidstone calls home is a few miles from Interstate 93. But it’s hidden by trees; it is on 73 acres that were used for harvesting timber. The property has been owned by the same family since 1963. There are no plans yet to develop it.
Lidstone claimed years ago the owner gave his word but nothing in writing allowing him to live there. But in the eyes of the current owner, he’s a squatter and he has to go.
Landowner Leonard Giles, 86, of South Burlington, Vt., Didn’t even know Lidstone was there until the city administrator found out in 2015 and told him so, expressing concern ‘ regarding solid and septic waste disposal and potential zoning violations created by the structure, âaccording to Giles’ complaint in 2016.
Giles’ attorney Lisa Snow Wade said her client “hasn’t needed stress in recent years.”
Lidstone, a short, lively bearded man, has resisted efforts to leave since a judge ordered his departure in 2017. Following this, the two sides tried to come to some sort of agreement for him, but without success, according to court documents.
Currently, Lidstone can be released if any of the following three things happen: he agrees to leave, the cabin is demolished by Giles, or 30 days have passed since he was jailed.
“I’ll stay here until I rot, or go home,” Lidstone, who has no lawyer, told the prison judge on July 28 when asked if he would agree to return to the cabin to collect his things and leave for good.
He had no further contact with law enforcement, unlike the case of a man from Maine called the “North Pond Hermit”, who also lived in the woods for nearly three decades and pleaded guilty in 2013 to several burglaries and thefts. charges.
Over the years, Lidstone, a US Air Force veteran and father of four who made money as a lumberjack, is known to invite kayakers and boaters to his home, sharing stories about his life. in nature.
The A-frame bi-level wood cabin was profiled by a local TV show in 2018. There is a small, cluttered kitchen with pots and pans hanging from the ceiling, appliances and curtains on the windows. Its porch has a footrest with a base made of stacked beer cans. He turned a wood stove into a beehive. He attached lights, a mirror and a pulley for a clothesline to the logs supporting the cabin. There are lots of firewood.
Nearby is a gravel path leading to vegetable gardens bordered by logs and some berry bushes. Lidstone draws its water from a stream.
Lidstone’s decision to live in the woods is “exactly the lifestyle he wants,” said his brother Vincent Lidstone, 77, of Lafayette, Georgia.
“What they do to him is not good for anyone, be it my brother or anyone’s brother,” he said. “He’s 81. Leave him alone.”
Vincent Lidstone said he had lost touch with his brother over the years, but described how the two and a cousin enjoyed spending time outdoors. They grew up in Wilton, Maine.
âWe lived in the woods,â he said. “We camped, fished, hunted. We did it all together for many years.”
It’s unclear where Lidstone would go. Vincent Lidstone said he did not have the resources to help him. The Associated Press contacted two of his three sons, who said they had not been in contact with their father recently. Her daughter did not respond to a message requesting comment.
Gedeon said the issue has yet to be discussed by his group.
“We want him to be able to live his final years where he is,” she said.
The Government of Northern Ireland has made plans to help entrepreneurs deal with severe delays and inflation.
The Northern Ireland executive advised government departments to cooperate “in a spirit of mutual trust” when dealing with delays caused by the shortage of building materials. They said if the contractor has provided evidence of an open book material shortage, the department should work with them to find replacement materials or a revised completion date. Likewise, they said that apart from a price adjustment clause, an open book approach should be taken and evidence of a potential net price adjustment should be examined.
For future contracts, they said the risks of delay should be considered in advance and budgets should be set, keeping inflated prices in mind.
Northern Ireland-based Farrans, who has major water projects in the pipeline, said the advisory note helped recognize the issues she was facing.
Farrans Managing Director Dominic Lavery said: âWhile more details will be released on the practical application in due course, this recognizes that contractors could not have predicted or planned for the price fluctuations and shortages that will occur. are currently affecting the global market due to COVID. and the high demand that follows. We hope that other parts of the UK and Ireland will put in place similar mechanisms to support the industry.
Ministries were also urged to speed up the assessment and contract award phase. âIt will be difficult for contractors to keep bid prices open for acceptance for long periods after the bid submission date,â the ministry said.
Construction Employers Federation chief executive Mark Spence said that with public sector work worth Â£ 1bn in a Â£ 2.5bn market in Northern Ireland, the support was essential. “We welcome this vital lifeline for local contractors who for many months have borne the growing burden of unforeseen global price increases and material shortages while ensuring that public works continue to be delivered. “, did he declare.
While contracts in Britain included limited provisions for fluctuating clauses, the same had not been true for Northern Ireland. Spence said the advisory note would help level things off. “This document helps agree increases on existing contracts and recommends the inclusion of fluctuation clauses in future contracts, bringing NI back into line with the rest of the UK,” he said.
Separately, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today released its latest materials price index for the UK, which showed prices rose 14.7% in June 2020. compared to the same period last year. Imported plywood and manufactured steel experienced the highest levels of inflation.
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The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday announced the framework for the outsourcing of payment and settlement activities by payment system operators (PSOs). The aim is to establish minimum standards for managing risk in the outsourcing of payment and settlement related activities, including tasks such as onboarding customers and IT services.
“This framework is applicable to non-bank PSOs as it relates to their payment and settlement activities,” the RBI said, adding that it applied to all service providers, whether located in India. or abroad.
The central bank has set a deadline of March 31, 2022 for PSOs to ensure that all their outsourcing agreements, including existing ones, comply with the framework.
The executive said PSOs would not outsource core management functions, including risk management and internal audit; compliance and decision-making functions such as determining compliance with KYC standards.
Basic management functions would include managing payment system operations such as clearing and settlement, managing transactions such as reconciling, reporting and processing items, depending on the penalties imposed on merchants for acquisition, customer data management, risk management, information technology and information security management.
The Development and Regulatory Policy Statement issued with the bimonthly monetary policy statement on February 5 this year announced the plan for such a framework to enable effective management of the risks inherent in outsourcing such activities.
The service provider, unless it is a PSO group company, will not be owned or controlled by any director or officer of the PSO or their relatives.
The RBI executive further stated that the PSO will carefully assess the need to outsource its critical processes and activities as well as the selection of service providers based on a comprehensive risk assessment.
“The outsourcing of any activity by the PSO will not reduce its obligations, as well as those of its board of directors and its management, which are ultimately responsible for the outsourced activity,” he said. said, adding that the PSO will be responsible for the actions of its service. suppliers and will retain ultimate control of the outsourced activity.
Additionally, to outsource any of its payment and settlement related activities, the OSP will have a full outsourcing policy approved by the Board of Directors.
The PSO will also ensure the security and confidentiality of customer information held or held by the service provider and will immediately notify RBI of any breach of security and leakage of confidential customer information, depending on the framework.
“In such eventualities, the PSO would be liable to its customers for any damage,” he said.
The PSO will also maintain a central registry of all outsourcing arrangements, which will be readily available for review by the board of directors and senior management.
In addition, the PSO will also set up a management structure to monitor and control its outsourcing activities.
In the case of offshore service providers, the PSO will also closely monitor government policies and political, social, economic and legal conditions in the countries where the service provider is based, both during the risk assessment process. and on an ongoing basis, and establish robust procedures to address country risk issues.
San Francisco has been at the forefront of water conservation. A 2012 ordinance established reuse standards and was updated in 2015 to require new buildings over 250,000 square feet to collect, treat and use gray water, a term for wastewater minus waste from bathroom.
Rafael Mandelman, a member of the city’s supervisory board, proposed doubling the amount of water new buildings must collect and reuse, and include buildings 100,000 square feet or more.
An analysis in Austin, Texas predicted that the number of water users in the rapidly growing state capital would quadruple in 100 years. To meet some of that demand, the city is offering incentives for developers to install reuse systems, and plans to eventually make them mandatory.
âIt’s a paradigm shift, seeing building owners bring their own water to the table, so to speak,â said Katherine Jashinski, supervising engineer for Austin who specializes in on-site water reuse programs. âBusinesses moving here from California are interested in sustainability and want to make sure there will be a safe water supply. “
Cutting-edge examples will include even more resource and energy savings. In San Francisco, a system that Epic Cleantec will install in a 55-story mixed-use development project called 10SVN will not only recycle black water, saving about $ 12 million in the first decade, but also the solids of the waste stream in organic soil. . It will even make it possible to recover and reuse thermal energy from wastewater.
“Wastewater is not really waste,” said Mr. Tartakovsky of Epic Cleantec. “It’s clean water, it’s organic matter, it’s nutrients, it’s energy that we can redistribute, which ultimately results in zero waste.”
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A new arena, two new library branches, shelters for the homeless. These are some of the things Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration wants to fund with a new $ 450 million bond package. But while this package includes a wide range of projects, Jeff Riley, executive director of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, is concerned about what’s left: to help complete the current renovation of the Denver Public Library’s central branch.
As revealed during the reopening of the Central Library with truncated hours on July 18 after its closure since March 2020, much of the first floor of the facility from around 1995 has been renovated, but there is still a long way to go.
The first phase of the central library renovation project had a total price estimate of $ 65 million. The 2017 Elevate Denver Bond Package provided $ 38 million for the work; Thanks to other city funds and funding generated by the foundation, $ 46 million of the $ 65 million has already been covered, leaving a gap of $ 19 million.
“We’re not against any part of the bond. We’d just like to find a way to raise another $ 19 million, whether it’s from bond, stimulus money or whatever,” says Riley. .
“We figured that because it was classified as a level one project, it would probably get at least one funding and that this additional funding would give us, if necessary, a little more time to fundraise to do the whole phase. one, âhe said. keep on going. âWithout that it makes things harder and longer and more expensive. If we got funding now, we could continue with the current contractor and architect. It’s a whole process to contract them. as contracts with the city “,
The bond package, which Denver City Council is expected to refer to the ballot this month for Denver residents to vote on in November, includes more than $ 25.8 million for the construction of new branches of library in Globeville and Westwood. It also includes an allocation of over $ 3.4 million for the Hampden branch library expansion. As revealed last week, the costliest item is $ 160 million for a new arena at the National Western Center.
During the first phase, the renovation of the central library focuses on eight main elements: two new entrances, a new children’s library, a new library for teenagers, a new outdoor play area, a renovation of the great hall, a new common area and a large program area. When the Central Library reopened last month, completed projects included a room just off the Broadway entrance that allows meetings between homeless people and peer browsers and social workers. The ground floor also has new bathrooms, a much-needed update for a building that typically served 2,500 people per day in the pre-COVID era.
Key areas that remain unfunded, Riley said, are the new teen space, outdoor play space, common area, and part of the Great Hall renovations. âWe’re just trying to do it in the most efficient and effective way possible,â Riley said.
For Rachel Fewell, the administrator of the Central Library, not securing the funding through the bond package would mean disappointing Denver Public Library patrons.
âIt’s just a half-finished project then,â she explains. “We can only do a few of the things that we have heard from our community, what they want from the library, that we have shared with them our vision for. It is difficult to fund projects for this. building in another way. “
If the library got the full $ 19 million through the bond package, the renovations could be completed by the end of 2023, Riley says.
He wonders if the Hancock administration has chosen to include certain library projects in the package in order to help sell the new arena land. âI think it was pretty awesome to put these things together so that people who might not support one thing support that other thing,â Riley said. “We would like the link to pass no matter what.”
But he would still like the city to add money for the central library project to the package. “It would seem that it is not common to redo what the mayor asks for and I understand that and I understand it,” he concludes. “I don’t know how possible or impossible it is.”
The mayor’s office did not respond to a request for comment. A Denver city council committee will discuss the bond package at 1 p.m. today, August 3.
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Alarming statistics indicate a sharp increase in opioid-related deaths in 2020. About 90,000 people across the country have died of drug overdoses in 2020, up almost 30%starting in 2019, when overdose deaths were the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.
Tennessee is well above the national average, with a 45% jump in overdose deaths in 2020. Full CDC Numbersshow a country struggling to chart a course in a crisis that has no easy solutions. Safety measures related to COVID-19 have reinforced addictive factors such as isolation and economic instability and made treatment rarer and more difficult to administer. In the years to come, an effective response will include a fundamental reconsideration of the health system and social context that made the opioid epidemic possible in the first place.
My dad was prescribed opioids in the late 1990s or early 2000s, information I will never get. He had a history of alcoholism, critical information for any primary care provider. After surgery for a herniated disc, my father’s official diagnosis was chronic pain. The solution was pain management. He called the regular prescriptions of OxyContin âmedicine for my back,â muddying his addiction with medical advice. I don’t know where or how he maintained a steady supply of pills.
The 64,000 deaths in the United States attributed to overdose in 2016 do not include it. He died of a traumatic brain injury after falling down the concrete stairs of the warehouse where he lived. I don’t know if he was drunk or high when he fell. I guess he was. He was homeless and without a regular income at the time, ran a bankrupt company, divorced and separated from his two college-aged children.
Statistics tell an incomplete story of the opioid crisis. Data is collected when individuals come into contact with reporting systems, such as emergency departments and hospitals, usually during an overdose. Overdoses are the tragic extreme of a crisis of isolation, stigma, and mental and physical health, a crisis that is unfolding in real time across state and country. It’s much harder, if not impossible, to paint the full picture: families who worry, calls to voicemail, money disappearing, hours and days missing, all the ways drugs are spread. in the capillaries of a community.
The other major development this year that defined the opioid crisis has been a series of lawsuits, agreements and regulations determining the accountability of the main architects of the crisis. In each case, a growing body of literature and information suggests that the manufacture, marketing of opioids and the distribution took place with full knowledge (or willful ignorance) of the potential human consequences.
Purdue Pharma, the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company built on OxyContin (a reformulation of morphine), appears close to a $ 3.4 billion settlement for its role in the nation’s flood of pills. Purdue was founded and is owned by the now infamous Sackler family, whose members served as the CEOs of the company until 2017. The family’s total wealth is estimated at $ 11 billion. A week ago, state attorneys general, including Herbert Slatery of Tennessee, has a roughly $ 26 billion deal with maker Johnson & Johnson and three major opioid distributors.
When and if they do take hold, these billions will no doubt be used to support the widely available and readily available Naloxone, a life-saving drug that can save someone who has overdosed. They could help fund community mental health resources or drug-assisted addiction treatment, two elements of many successful recoveries. Tennessee could see as much as $ 500 million from a single settlement, a boost to the state’s relatively new and grossly underfunded opioid response.
My father was prescribed opioids in the late 1990s or early 2000s. He had a history of alcoholism, critical information for any primary care provider.
This overwhelming focus on accountability – executives who orchestrated an addiction epidemic and walked away with profit, distributors who turned a blind eye, doctors who pretend they don’t know any better – will save many lives and help rebuild communities. It should not be confused with justice. True justice for the billions of prescriptionssold as “health care” and families like mine where pills have become a household staple would start with an acknowledgment of the wrongdoing of those who have done wrong. The Sackler family, who have sold the addiction to millions of people and, adhering to disciplined legal defense, have yet to admit mischief. Doctors who write prescription after prescription. Lawmakers who have blocked and continue to impede access to health care for all Tennessees, regardless of their ability to pay.
The opioid epidemic has laid bare a healthcare system that makes people sick. He exposed the perverse incentives that occur when we commission for-profit drug companies to deliver health care. As organizers and lawmakers push for a modern healthcare system that provides free and accessible care to all, a shifting stigma around opioid addiction and drug use must clearly center drug users as the victims.
Punitive measures taken against drug addicts continue to make little sense in the fight against drug addiction, often condemning users to forced withdrawal and increase the risk of overdose after incarceration as much as twelve times. It will require constant reminders that addiction requires a lifetime of treatment and strong support systems. A comprehensive understanding of addiction includes recognizing the symptoms of addiction as a lack of health care. An informed understanding of addiction is necessary for any state or local response to associated crises such as homelessness, mental health and unlivable economic conditions.
One of the last times I heard from my dad was in an email. He told me he had hit his head and was not feeling well, but did not want to have it checked. He didn’t trust doctors or hospitals. They were overpriced and they didn’t help. I don’t blame him for that.
Over the past two decades, America’s largest corporations have made millions of disproportionately poor and rural people addicted to opioids. As we dive deeper into the crisis and overdose deaths are twice as high as in 2015, the U.S. healthcare system has done little to regain that confidence.
Kamil Al-Awadhi is Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
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Africa would become one of the fastest growing regions for aviation over the next two decades. Then the pandemic struck, slashing global passenger traffic by 66% in 2020 and slowing the pace of growth in Africa.
CNN Business spoke with Kamil Al-Awadhi, IATA Vice President for Africa and the Middle East, on the future of African aviation. The following interview has been edited for clarity and length.
What is the current state of the aviation industry in Africa?
Kamil Al-Awadhi: Before entering Africa – in general, the aviation industry is in tatters. This is not a failure of the aviation industry itself, it is more the act of man by governments and authorities who block for a year and a half after Covid-19. It killed an industry that depends on a five to ten year plan.
It’s a global problem, with governments and borders being closed every time there’s a new variant, and there’s no collaboration – if a country opens up, it’s no good because you have need the reciprocal country to accept travel.
In Africa, it is even worse. There seems to be a complete disconnect between states on how to get along, there is little government support for the aviation industry and the excessive costs of PCR [Covid-19] the tests make the trips unbearable.
Have you seen an increase in demand for air freight?
Al-Adwahi: When commercial flights [stopped running during the pandemic] everyone tried to turn to the freighter and there was a sudden increase in demand. Fortunately, freight is probably the revenue stream that has kept aviation alive for so long.
When governments needed urgent vaccines to be delivered, or when hospitals ran out of essential medical supplies, they turned to airlines for cargo support, and airlines immediately complied and supported governments in this. respect. But when it came to getting financial support or government relief, very few airlines got it.
Freight has been very positive in Africa. It has supported the aviation industry and maintained jobs, whether in the airport, ground handling agents, etc.
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An IATA member Ethiopian Airlines plane delivers Covid-19 vaccines as part of the UN-led Covax initiative.
Prior to the pandemic, Africa was expected to be one of the fastest growing aviation regions over the next 20 years, according to IATA. Do you think he can regain this position?
Al-Adwahi: It’s about getting all relevant stakeholders to sit down at a table and understand the importance of alignment. Once we get past that hurdle, I think you will see a boom that will make history in Africa.
At the heart of this is having a “Single African Air Transport Marketâ(SAATM). Instead of making each country work in separate silos, we are going to make all African countries work under one umbrella, one set of rules, one market. Once you do that, the barriers come down.
If you look at the European internal market, aviation is recovering wonderfully. If you look at the United States, they hit the pre-Covid numbers. China is the same. If we can convert Africa into a domestic market, then we would have exactly the same condition. We recently submitted the outcome document to SAATM, which contains guidelines on how it should work – 35 countries have already signed on, which is very positive.
How do we get travel back on track, with the restrictions currently in place?
Al-Awadhi: The lack of scientific knowledge in this decision-making process causes chaos in aviation. Vaccines shouldn’t be the only prerequisite for travel. The PCR test at the outset is I think essential, but the PCR costs must be kept under control. In some African countries, it costs up to $ 500 per PCR test, so if a family of four wants to travel, it will cost $ 2,000 just to leave the country, and probably the same to come back.
The increase in paperwork slows down airport transits. At some airports that handled 100% of the traffic in 2019, it would take 45 minutes from A to Z. Now it takes three to four hours, with only 30% of the traffic. We estimate that as traffic returns to 2019 levels there could be a six hour delay for the passenger to check in due to all the credentials they need to take with them. IATA has created a digital transport ticket to facilitate this.
I would like to see governments rethink their stance on supporting the aviation industry, especially airlines which are desperately needed to support the country’s infrastructure, jobs and GDP.
Are you optimistic about the recovery of the African aviation industry?
Al-Awadhi: In general, I am very optimistic. Governments are increasingly savvy about the coronavirus and how to deal with it, and they are now feeling the economic pinch. I think the last quarter of this year will see a boom – as long as the “Echo Variant” or “Foxtrot Variant” doesn’t appear and everyone panics.
Agency executives are emphasizing training, preparedness and transparency to address the next steps in its electronic health records.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough is sworn in to Deputy Secretary Donald Remy on July 19, 2021. Photo credit: Department of Veterans Affairs
With confirmation from the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Donald Remy will assume a role that will lead the agency’s next phases of its Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program.
In the wake of the recently completed strategic review of the program, VA Secretary Denis McDonough detailed a site-by-site readiness deployment strategy, but the exact timeline was still largely unknown.
“We are a learning health care system, and we have already learned a great deal from our colleagues at Spokane to enlighten us on the way forward,” previous Acting Assistant Secretary Dr Carolyn Clancy said at the meeting. ‘a House hearing on Wednesday. Clancy will return to his previous role as assistant deputy secretary for discovery, education and affiliate networks for the Veterans Health Administration, according to an agency announcement.
Clancy and other agency executives provided further details on the agency’s plans to refocus its EHR deployment with particular attention to training and program management. Notably, the department will not schedule any deployments for the next six months, Clancy said. The agency aims to publish a new calendar by the end of this year.
The previously announced transition of the program to a company-wide governance structure indicates that the newly confirmed Remy will have even more direct oversight of the program.
âThis new governance and management structure, in essence, is the program office, ILO and VHA will work closely together and report to the Deputy Secretary on how things are going,â Clancy said at the meeting. ‘hearing. âThe deputy secretary will have a much more active role than some of my predecessors by insisting on cohesion and transparency between the different components. ”
VA executives have also placed emphasis on readiness in its future deployment plan, compared to the program’s site-by-site strategy previously.
“We want to make sure that the concept of readiness goes beyond just the technical components, whether the physical infrastructure or technical infrastructure is in place or not, but that indeed this larger pattern of readiness is taken into account. “said Assistant Under Secretary of Health for Clinical Services Dr. Kameron Matthews.
“By making these changes, we can, and we will, modernize this critical aspect of our healthcare system,” said Clancy. âWe’re building a system that helps providers understand each Veteran’s unique stories and wrap our nationally integrated system resources around them. This is the end goal. We can do it, and we will.
Lee Kennedy Company recently completed the comprehensive restoration and renovation of the historic Harvard student residence, Claverly Hall, concluding the first phase of the three-phase Adams House Renewal project.
Lee Kennedy is also putting the finishing touches on Apthorp House, a residence built before the American Revolution that is also undergoing a historic renovation. Historic preservation renovations will soon begin on the second phase of the project, the adjacent Randolph House.
The complete renovation of the Adams House, which once housed future luminaries Franklin D. Roosevelt, William Randolph Hearst, Sr., Henry Kissinger and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, is the latest development from Harvard’s House Renewal Initiative, started in 2012. Located along Mt. Auburn Street and stretching along Bow Street across from the Harvard Lampoon Building, Adams House is part of the Harvard Houses National Register Historic District and the Harvard Square Conservation District. The four buildings, known as the Gold Coast Bunkhouses, were built in the early 20th century as private luxury dormitories, offering wealthy Harvard men an alternative to the archaic student residences of Harvard Yard.
âWorking with Harvard on these historic projects and bringing them back to their former glory is a great source of pride for the employees of our company,â said Lee Michael Kennedy, President and CEO of Lee Kennedy Co. âIn addition of making Claverly Hall accessible to all and supporting the academic and social development of students, this magnificent building is now simply breathtaking.
Claverly Hall was built in 1892 and had not seen significant improvements since its construction. Architecture and design firm Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB), which previously partnered with Lee Kennedy on the renovation of the historic Standish Hall at Winthrop House on the Harvard campus, was responsible for the renovation-design that preserves the history and character of Claverly, enhances its functionality, and provides ADA accessibility for visitors and residents. Lee Kennedy performed a complete renovation of Claverly’s gut, strengthening the structure with new footings, structural steel and a resilient wood frame. A new entrance has been created, opening onto a redesigned lounge that leads to new multi-purpose spaces for student reunions and social interaction.
Lee Kennedy has worked closely with the Cambridge Historical Society to ensure strict historical requirements for materials, windows, and paint colors were met. Claverly is on track to receive LEED Gold certification. Students will return to the dormitory at the end of August.
The Apthorp House, which was originally built in 1760 but had not been renovated since 1930, is expected to be completed in early August. Like Claverly Hall, work on Apthorp House was delayed for five months due to a city-wide COVID-19 construction moratorium, but resumed in August 2020. Renovation work on Randolph House, built originally in 1897, began in mid-July and, like Claverly, undergo a complete evisceration of the interior of the building.
The scope of work on Randolph will include structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection and plumbing improvements, as well as the refurbishment of historic carpentry, reproduction of murals, replacement of flooring and restoration. of an ornate staircase. Exterior upgrades include complete repointing of the brick facade, reconstruction of chimneys and roof line, and construction of additional drainage structures in the yard. Randolph House is slated for completion in early 2023. Lee Kennedy has completed several historic renovation projects for Harvard in recent years, including the Sanders Theater, Widener Library, and Standish and Boylston Halls.
I studied computer science. My first job, my beginning of career, I worked as a developer on trading systems. So those experiences also got me to understand Bitcoin very, very quickly in 2013. But it actually took me about six months to fully engage. I read the Bitcoin whitepaper, got it, but felt that for this thing to work we need a decent community behind it.
What convinced you?
In December 2013, I went to a conference in Las Vegas and bumped into Vitalik Buterin, one of the founders of Ethereum. It’s amazing today. There was another guy who was quite influential. I was learning Ripple. He came with a laptop to show me how it works, and in the process he transferred me some XRP and said, “You can use it to teach the next guy.” It’s about five hundred dollars – not a huge amount of money, but it’s not peanuts. So I was like, “Well, this is a pretty generous bunch of people. They are really not looking for the money. They really just want to teach. Soon after, I quit my job, sold my house.
But is it a convenient way to pay for things?
It’s just in the early days. So much about crypto is people seeing it as a way to try and make more money by watching it rise in value and trading it. It’s almost like a game of chance. And people just go for it thinking they can trade it in and make money out of it instead of using it.
Worried about the investment frenzy?
I did not expect that. I think it’s very difficult to predict what will take off when. But we have an open democratic market, and the market will self-correct. Too many people rush. The prices will go up too much. And then some guys will want to cash in, take profits. But no one really knows. So maybe the price is still too low now. So the market takes care of it.
Are there more risks in derivatives – betting on price fluctuations – than in trading real tokens? The word risk means different things to different people. Some say risk. Some say opportunity. Professional futures traders manage risk.
Binance was one of the first investors in FTX. Isn’t that a competitor?
I never see anyone as a competitor. If I have this mindset, everyone is my enemy, even very different companies. But I have an abundance mentality. I think most of the things in this world are not resource constrained. Money is not. Business opportunities are not. And the crypto industry is not. We are so far from saturating the crypto market. We have to build a market together.
The shipping industry must switch to ammonia as a primary fuel source to meet decarbonization targets and achieve zero carbon targets by 2050, according to a new study from BloombergNEF.
In its latest annual Energy Outlook report, BloombergNEF says the world needs to strategize and make significant investments to ensure that hydrogen-derived ammonia becomes the dominant shipping fuel for new ships after 2030.
The switch to ammonia is expected to contribute two-thirds of emission reductions by 2030 and account for around 45% of the reduction in the maritime transport sector by 2050.
“Biofuels and ammonia derived from carbonless hydrogen each account for 18-35% of emission reductions,” the report notes.
He adds that while hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and new nuclear technologies are not expected to play a significant reduction role in the 2020s, scaling them up is a critical task for this decade. . Intensification of CCS, for example, is expected to result in on-board CCS, allowing fuel oil to continue to provide about 17% of final energy in marine transportation by mid-century.
The report shows that significant investments in energy infrastructure are needed for the energy transition, with capital moving from fossil fuels to clean energy and other climate solutions. Over the next three decades, the world will need to invest up to $ 173 trillion in greener energy supply and infrastructure to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
To achieve this, the annual investment will need to more than double, from around $ 1.7 trillion per year today to somewhere between $ 3.1 and $ 5.8 trillion per year on average over the three next decades.
About 53% of all investments must be directed towards the production, storage and transport of hydrogen.
To reach net zero in 2050 with an orderly transition, global energy-related emissions must also fall 30% below 2019 levels by 2030 and 75% by 2040 to reach net worth. zero in 2050.
This is a budget equivalent to 1.75 degrees which implies a reduction of 3.2% each year until 2030, and a rapid reversal of recent trends. Emissions increased by 0.9% per year from 2015 to 2020.
âThe energy transition is inherently uncertain. Hydrogen, nuclear, and carbon capture could all play important roles in helping the world reach net zero, and each of these technologies needs to be further developed and brought to market over the next decade if they are to. realize their potential, âsaid Matthias Kimmel. , responsible for energy savings at BNEF.
Hydrogen in particular needs to scale rapidly from its current very small base, with a goal of increasing to around 22% of total final energy consumption – down from less than 0.002% today.
âHydrogen has many applications as an energy carrier and for reducing emissions to help achieve the net zero goal, whether it is to replace the combustion of fossil fuels in industry, buildings and transport or supplement renewable energy to help meet seasonal demand in the electricity sector, âthe report notes.
The shipping industry is under increasing pressure to decarbonise and move away from fossil fuels, with ammonia appearing to be an attractive alternative. It is predicted that if 30 percent of shipments switched to ammonia as a fuel, current production would double. Today, 80 percent of the ammonia produced is used exclusively for the fertilizer industry.
The shipping industry emits around 940 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and is responsible for around 2.5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Central bank digital currencies may be needed to maintain digital competition, according to the Bank of Canada.
Adopting the CBDC would also spur innovation and increase welfare, the bank said in a research note.
Central banks in the US, EU, China, and elsewhere are researching or testing CBDCs.
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Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) may be needed to ensure innovation and competition in digital economies, the Bank of Canada said in a research paper released Tuesday.
As the economy becomes increasingly digital, several issues have emerged that could be addressed through CBDCs. These include competition-related issues in sectors such as payment options, a resulting lack of innovation and development or exploration of new technologies, and an increased risk of abuse of market power. by large financial organizations, as cash becomes less relevant in society.
According to the Bank of Canada, the introduction of a CBDC could solve these problems more effectively than regulations and policies would.
“In general, a CBDC as a basic outside option for payments could discipline the market,” the newspaper said. “Further, as a competition tool, a CBDC might be simpler than crafting new competition policies in the complex and changing environment of big technology, and simpler than attempting enforcement through battles. legal long and uncertain, “he continued.
CBDCs could also facilitate the use and development of technologies such as smart contracts and programmable money, as their framework could be made available to the public and thus create common ground for innovation.
Finally, CBDCs could also protect and even increase levels of well-being, according to the Bank of Canada. The potential emergence of new markets and applications could increase welfare, while additional protection for consumers from abuse of market power would prevent welfare from declining, according to the report.
The Bank of Canada has not yet decided whether or not to further develop a CBDC and is currently researching and evaluating its options.
The United States is at a similar stage in the process of potentially creating a digital dollar. Earlier this year, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank is still exploring the potential of a CBDC and will issue a report this summer. Last week, the European Central Bank also announced that it was launching a two-year exploration on a possible digital euro.
Elsewhere, CBDCs are at more advanced stages – China, for example, has started testing the digital yuan in various cities and is now using the data collected to make adjustments. The country also said international visitors could use the CBDC during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
In Erftstadt-Bliesheim, the clouds have been replaced by a blue sky, the rain by a scorching sun – and a picturesque Rhine village by rubble.
The small town between Cologne and Bonn, population 3,600, was devastated by flooding that hit western Germany last week when the small river Erft swelled to historic levels and burst its banks.
Days later, residents search the wreckage, trying to save what they can of their livelihood with help from emergency services, local aid organizations and volunteers from near and far. Among them, around 200 supporters of neighboring Bundesliga club FC Cologne.
“We want to help people,” Kai said, wearing a t-shirt with the message “Austere zesamme blieve“-” stay strong together “in the local dialect – under the badge of the Cologne club.” If you were in this situation, you would like someone to help you; it’s about watching over your neighbors. “
Fan efforts are coordinated by the “Coloniacs“, one of Cologne’s ultra hardcore bands, generally known for their vocal support, flags and choreography in Bundesliga matches.
The group appealed for donations in the form of blankets, shoes, clothing and money on Friday. The next day, over â¬ 20,000 ($ 23,500) had been donated and the group had to ask people to stop donating material goods as they had reached their storage capacity. Wednesday morning, they had collected more than 35,000 â¬.
Cologne, Leverkusen, Dortmund, Hanover and more
The Cologne ultras are not alone. Higher on the Rhine, the “Ultras Leverkusen“also appealed for donations, saying:” Parts of Leverkusen are currently in the kind of state we have never seen before. Our neighbors, our friends, our family, our city need help. “
And in the former industrial region of the Ruhr area, Borussia Dortmund supporters of the “BÃ¼ndnis SudtribÃ¼ne“- an alliance of fan groups and ultras from the club’s famous Yellow Wall – also appealed for help.
“This terrible disaster has affected thousands of people and took everything away from them,” reads a statement from supporters shared by the club. “Borussia Dortmund fans have always stood together in difficult times and showed solidarity. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do now.”
As of Tuesday, 27 pallets and 90 bags of equipment had been donated and were on their way to Erftstadt or Hagen, another badly affected town just south of Dortmund.
Even club fans from unaffected areas got involved. Hanover fans of the “Rote Kurve“, for example, collects donations and distributes them 50-50 between the Coloniacs of Erftstadt and local aid organizations further south in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Ultras: more than football fans
Ultras do not necessarily have the best reputation with the general public.
Their appearance and supportive style at football games – loud and boisterous with flags, banners, and fireworks – are not everyone’s cup of tea, and they vigorously criticize what they perceive to be the over-commercialization of the modern game. In many parts of Eastern Europe, ultra groups can be explicitly right-wing and often violent, although most German ultras tend to be political left: critical and uncomfortable but with meaning. acute social responsibility.
“This is a common trait of the ultra movement across the world,” says James Montague, author of “Among the Ultras: A Journey with the World’s Most Extreme Fans”.
âWhether it’s an earthquake in Croatia, a forest fire in Greece or floods in Germany, ultras groups are often on the front lines,â he explains.
Indeed, when the coronavirus arrived in Germany last spring, forcing cities to shut down, football club ultras from across the country were among the first groups to organize support for vulnerable people, making purchases, s ‘taking care of pets and generally helping.
âThese are extremely well organized groups, often made up of young, physically fit men,â says Montague. “They have a natural organizational structure and can organize things in a short period of time, from communications to collections to distribution – these things are an integral part of what they do.”
‘Coronavirus shopping aid’ – Ultras in Stuttgart offered to buy groceries and groceries for vulnerable people during pandemic
“We’re not all bad”
Back in Erftstadt, the Cologne ultras were deployed to the affected areas, transporting, cleaning, cleaning and helping where they could. They have been there all day and they will be back tomorrow.
âThere are so many people that you don’t even know, I don’t even know where they’re from,â one resident told DW. “But they’re there to help clean up, there’s so much willingness to help, it’s wonderful.”
For Kai and the others, this is a natural response.
âWe could be at home having a barbecue by the pool, but we’re here because that’s what we’re doing,â he said. “Bad football fansâ¦ well, maybe people will see that we’re not all bad.”
Anthony Aalto easily passed his first hurdle to join the board of directors of the Honolulu Transit Authority on Tuesday after a committee of the Honolulu city council unanimously advanced his appointment.
If the entire city council approves it at a later meeting, Aalto, an investigative journalist, documentary maker and former president of the Oahu-based Sierra Club Oahu group will replace Joe Uno, a construction cost estimator who called at a break in railway construction at Middle Street. .
Uno’s mandate expired on June 30, but he had hoped that the Council would reappoint him.
During the Transport, Sustainability and Health Committee hearing on Tuesday, Aalto said that despite his lack of expertise in transport or construction, he would bring a much needed curiosity that has historically been lacking on the board of administration of HART.
As a filmmaker, he explored land use, housing, emergency preparedness, and other issues that challenged Hawaii, most notably rail.
âNeedless to say, I was horrified by the mismanagement and cost overruns,â Aalto told committee members, as well as Chairman Tommy Waters. Waters attended the meeting after previously asking Aalto if he would be willing to volunteer for the board.
Aalto said he could use his skills as an investigative journalist to be the “eyes and ears” of the rail city council, demanding answers and providing better oversight of the project, the costs of which have now exceeded. $ 12 billion.
âThe only qualification we missed is a curious mind,â he said. Aalto praised one of the non-voting board appointees, Natalie Iwasa, for her long-standing scrutiny of rail finances.
Critics of Aalto’s appointment, however, argue that Uno already offers these qualities.
Uno claims he is being replaced because he wants to stop at Middle Street given the latest rail budget hole, estimated at $ 3.6 billion. This position puts him at odds with most of his fellow board members and city leaders, who say the railroad has yet to pass that point.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Waters recited to Aalto some of the duties of the HART board. listed in the charter of the city of Honolulu, including the requirement for board members to seek funds to complete the system. “It’s not ‘can’, it’s’ must,” Waters said, before asking Aalto if he was comfortable taking the job.
Aalto said he was ready to accept responsibility.
During the hearing, he also said he preferred a âplan Bâ rail route through Middle Street that would run along King Street to the University of Hawaii Manoa instead of Ala Moana.
In fact, Aalto said, he urged former Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell so much to change his route that Caldwell eventually stopped talking to him and didn’t recognize him in a more recent joint meeting. with the current mayor, Rick Blangiardi.
Nonetheless, Aalto told Waters that he was prepared to fulfill the obligations listed in the charter.
There was no mention of Uno during this exchange, although Aalto later said he was surprised to see his nomination presented in the media as some kind of competition with Uno for the HART seat.
âI did not look for this job. I didn’t want to, âAalto told members of the Volunteer Post Board on Thursday. “But nevertheless, I believe I have an obligation to serve.”
“A cascade of small decisions”
Uno, meanwhile, was very critical the qualifications of his potential successor.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Ewa Beach town councilor Augie Tulba repeatedly expressed concern that Aalto’s background does not match the qualifications sought by Council and outlined in the report by Aalto. Aalto. appointment resolution.
Tulba, a local comedian and actor who joined the Council this year, added that “I am the last person who should be critical because I have been criticized during my campaign.” Nonetheless, Tulba said: “I am worried.”
Specifically, he highlighted the five years of senior management experience in transit, construction or a similar industry that are listed in the resolution. Tulba urged Aalto to say if he thought he qualified.
Aalto said it was up to the board to decide, but added that his experience with rail and public policy issues affecting Oahu over the past decade would be an important addition to the board.
The semi-autonomous body has experienced a high turnover since its formation in 2012 and none of its original 10 members remain. Many former and current board members do not have the qualifications outlined by Tulba.
Aalto argued that HART staff are making unnecessarily expensive construction choices without keeping Oahu taxpayers in mind.
He said it would be great for a city-commissioned forensic audit to reveal a main ‘scapegoat’ that has skyrocketed rail costs so dramatically. It is more likely, however, that the cause is a “cascade of small decisions” that have piled up due to HART incompetence, he said. He further reprimanded the former leaders of the board of directors.
In fact, Aalto said on Thursday that HART should never have been created and that the project would be in much better shape if it had been managed by the city’s transportation services department and under the direct supervision of the city council.
Aalto also said the city should never have accepted the $ 1.55 billion federal grant for railroad construction, as regulations accompanying those dollars forced HART to purchase essential parts at a higher cost. .
Specifically, he cited the necessary air conditioning systems along the route that could have been purchased cheaply without the federal requirements.
Additionally, as projected rail costs have surpassed $ 12 billion, federal funding has become a smaller share, but the city still has to scramble to comply with federal requirements. âIt eventually turned into the dog wagging tail,â Aalto said.
Despite all the problems, Aalto said he continues to support the rail on behalf of the residents of the Westside of Oahu.
These communities deserve the benefits of the public works project after having taken over the main landfills of the island, the H-Power the waste-to-energy facility, the Kahe power plant and other industrial sites, as well as long commutes, he said.
Several groups in the construction industry, including Pacific Resource Partnership and Hawaii Construction Alliance, were among those who testified in favor of Aalto’s appointment. Nonetheless, Aalto insisted that it was not “in the pocket” of the developers. He stressed that he advocated changing the route as evidence.
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The new president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, is committed to making the organization a leader in healthcare.
She wants to focus on improving the current healthcare system and helping to create a better healthcare model for patients.
Most importantly, she wants to raise awareness of the major chronic diseases that plague our health care system through lifestyle modifications and, to do so, establish a strong support system for members who are racially discriminated against in the United States.
Overall, she is committed to supporting AAPI’s legislative efforts to make healthcare better and affordable for all and to promote charitable activities globally.
As a leader in healthcare, Dr Gotimukula recognizes that âAAPI has power. We have the rightful respect and trust of our communities in all corners of America. AAPI will leverage the power of our purpose and our networks to help address the specific challenges of delivering affordable health care.
Besides Dr Gotimukula, there were many other members of the team. The new executive committee, made up of Dr Ravi Kolli, president-elect; Dr Anjana Samadder, vice-president; Dr Satheesh Kathula, secretary; Dr Krishan Kumar, treasurer; Dr Kusum Punjabi, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Dr Soumya Neravetla- President, Section of Young Doctors; and, Dr. Ayesha Singh, Chair, Section of Medical Students / Residents and Fellows.
President-elect Dr. Ravi Kolli is a board-certified psychiatrist with additional qualifications in addiction, geriatrics, and forensic psychiatry, and is the Psychiatric Medical Director of Southwestern Pennsylvania Social Services.
During his speech, Dr Kolli said: âIn my role as President-elect of AAPI, I will work closely with the entire AAPI leadership to make AAPI a more dynamic organization. and dynamic playing a meaningful and relevant role in advocating for health policies and practices that serve the best interests of all patients and promote the physician’s role as a leader in the delivery of team health care â, explains Dr Kolli.
He added, âI want to focus on tackling the stigma of mental illness and accessing quality mental health care in general. We will also actively promote physician wellness and personal care to address the challenges of physician burnout and suicide.
Dr Kusum Punjabi was appointed Chairman of the AAPI Board of Directors on July 4. She will be the youngest to hold this position in AAPI’s 40-year history and the first person to attend medical school in the United States.
Dr Punjabi received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in Biology and Economics and graduated with High Honors as the Henry Rutgers Fellow. She then completed the MD / MBA program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers Business School.
Dr Punjabi said, âMy goal as Chairman of the Board is to develop sustainable programs within AAPI that promote professionalism, unity, mentorship and inclusion. I want patients to know the value of the care they receive from our ethnic group and our mission to promote the safest and best healthcare practices for our patients.
Dr Anjana Samadder, Vice President of AAPI, said: âMy journey with AAPI over the past 20 years has taught me many lessons, skills and shaped me to take more responsibility in the organization. . My ordeal with Covid -19 was tough, but it also made me strong, resilient and tenacious. I will bring to the organization the level of commitment, hard work, experience and skills necessary to achieve the various goals of AAPI and its members.
Dr. Samadder has demonstrated great leadership qualities that she has demonstrated during her tenure as Local President (Central Ohio), Regional Director (Ohio and Michigan) and National Treasurer of AAPI.
His vision for AAPI is “to help build an ethically strong, morally upright and financially responsible organization.” It is also vitally important to bring in the diversity essential for the AAPI to continue to thrive. “
Dr Satheesh Kathula, Secretary of AAPI, said: âI want to make sure that I will sincerely work for the betterment of our beloved organization, AAPI. A board-certified hematologist and oncologist in Dayton, Ohio, practicing medicine for nearly two decades, Dr. Kathula is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wright State University-Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio.
Recipient of multiple community service / awards, Dr Kathula wishes to “make AAPI a mainstream organization and work on issues affecting physicians, including physician shortage, burnout and accreditation, while leveraging the strength of 100,000 doctors at the legislative level.
Another area in which he wishes to work is “to encourage and involve the next generation / young doctors in the activities of AAPI.” While working closely with other physician organizations such as WADA.
Dr. Krishan Kumar, AAPI Treasurer said, âI am honored to be elected National AAPI Treasurer. As an organization, AAPI is committed to increasing the knowledge base of young physicians, enhancing their careers and enabling them to play a key role in health care advocacy and community service.
He is a pediatric emergency physician in East Meadow, New York and is affiliated with several area hospitals. Recipient of the prestigious Parvasi Bharatiya Diwas Award, Dr Kumar served as Chair and Program Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Nassau University Medical Center from January 2017 to April 2019.
The growing influence of physicians of Indian descent is evident as more and more physicians of Indian descent are in critical positions in health, academia, research and administration across the country. .
We physicians of Indian descent are proud of our great accomplishments and contributions to our homeland, India, our adopted land, the United States and, most significantly, to the transformation of Indo-American relations.
WASHINGTON • US President Joe Biden on Monday sought to allay concerns about the price spiral that threatens to hamper the economic recovery in the United States, saying the current rise in inflation is “temporary” and not a problem for the US. long term.
He also said that one of the best ways to keep the U.S. economy on track was for Congress to greenlight additional federal spending in the form of a major bipartisan infrastructure package, which faces at an imminent deadline this week in the US Senate.
The president argued that his administration’s vaccination campaign and his vast national program, which includes injecting trillions of dollars into the economy, “will ease the pressure of inflation” rather than increase it. .
The global supply chain has struggled to get back on track following the coronavirus pandemic, leading to price spikes on many products.
“Some people are concerned that this could be a sign of persistent inflation, but it is not our point of view,” Biden said in a speech at the White House. “Our experts believe, and the data shows, that most of the price increases we’ve seen were expected and should be temporary.”
Mr Biden’s efforts to reassure came as U.S. stocks fell 2.1% on Monday amid resurgent Covid-19 fears and concerns about inflation which is pinching global growth.
Mr Biden stressed that the general state of the economy is healthy – despite the “predictions of doom” six months after the start of his administration by Republican critics.
The president, meanwhile, pushed Congress to take action as part of his multibillion-dollar plan to reshape government intervention in American society with the largest federal investments in a generation.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer launched a brutal effort to move on to the first part of Mr Biden’s plan, a historic bipartisan infrastructure package aimed at repairing and upgrading roads, bridges, the country’s ports and broadband Internet.
Mr Schumer kicked off the process that sets up a test vote today – even though the infrastructure deal, being negotiated by 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans and providing for $ 579 billion (S $ 792 billion) new spending, is threatened.
Legislative language has yet to be finalized, as Republicans have objected to a key revenue source under discussion: allowing the government to more aggressively track tax evasion.
Mr Schumer stressed that the first step – a procedural step known as the closing vote – is only an opening bet, and that the bill can be finalized later.
“The motion to proceed Wednesday is simply to start the legislative process here in the Senate,” he told his colleagues. “This is not a deadline for determining all the final details of the bill.”
Mr Biden had previously expressed his support for the move, saying “we should be united” when adopting the bipartisan infrastructure framework that lawmakers and the White House have agreed in general terms after weeks of bargaining.
But some Republicans bristle at the need for speed, as the deal was still evolving.
“How can I vote for closure when the bill is not written?” Senator Bill Cassidy told Fox News on Sunday.
Infrastructure is a slice of Mr. Biden’s national agenda. He also supports a US $ 3.5 trillion fiscal framework that Democrats aim to adopt.
The massive plan, comprising one-time investments in a generation in health, education, climate initiatives and the expansion of social protection, would use a fast-track process known as reconciliation that allows budget-related legislation to be made. ‘be adopted by a simple majority.
With Republicans united against the larger budget bill, every Democrat in the Senate is expected to support the package – no guarantees in a caucus that includes progressives and moderates.
Mr Biden advocated for his wide array of initiatives outlined in the US $ 3.5 trillion framework, saying: “Simply put, we cannot afford not to make these investments.”
Republicans warn that such spending would fuel inflation further. “Another multibillion-dollar tax and reckless spending spree, believe me, is the last thing American families need,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
The agency that runs Australia’s child support system still uses technology deemed obsolete nearly a decade ago, forcing Services Australia staff to use mail and faxes instead of email, said union officials. A parliamentary inquiry into civil service skills on Tuesday also heard that Services Australia, which oversees Centrelink, has 600 fewer permanent employees compared to February 2020, despite demands placed on it during Covid. Representatives of community unions and the public sector told the inquiry that the government agency still relies on Cuba’s outdated computer system to manage its child support program, despite a prolonged and expensive effort to replace it. . It follows a failed project costing more than $ 100 million to replace the technology with another system, Pluto, which ran into problems after its launch in 2017 and was blamed for an explosion in call wait times. CPSU official Emma White told MPs on Tuesday that Services Australia still uses Cuba, but also has another computer system alongside old technology in a bid to improve and modernize its services for people receiving child support. But staff had to switch between the two systems, which sometimes did not have the same information. Technology has also failed to allow Services Australia to securely email correspondence to employers, Ms White told the inquiry. “What we have is a situation where we have to contact employers, have conversations and send notices to request information; when we contact these employers, their first question is usually ‘Can you tell us? ‘send by email? “” Ms. White said. . “Unfortunately, we do not have a secure mechanism to be able to provide them with this information by email.” Staff had to send notices by mail, while some employers could deliver letters and documents through the agency system or myGov. READ MORE: “When we talk to them about sending information, they have to do it by post or download, but then we send it back by post or we talk to employers and ask if we can fax that information” says Mrs. White. âDepending on the age of the person you’re talking to, they can actually come back and ask what a fax is.â In having to send information by regular mail, we’re looking at about 28 days. to give the customer time to get it, and then obviously you have time to respond to that and try to get it back to us, obviously significantly delaying any sort of decision that we make. Services Australia deputy managing director for transformation projects Charles McHardie told MPs the agency was entering the final stages of a major technology overhaul that would reduce Centrelink’s claims to three separate systems. The agency was running eight other major IT projects, including technology to improve the processing of compensation claims at Services Australia’s People’s Division chief executive, Michael Nelson, told the parliamentary inquiry that the agency had approximately 26,900 permanent public service employees as of June. the year, up from 27,550 in February 2020. The agency was embarking on a campaign to recruit permanent staff that would increase its number of officials in the coming months, Mr Nelson said – but he could not confirm whether that would restore the workforce to the previous level. Covid level. About 14 percent of Services Australia’s workforce were employees and contractors, Nelson said. The agency had offered direct public service employment to around 1,650 employees in the six months to June 2021. The union’s national president, Alistair Waters, said the number of permanent employees at the agency was steadily declining. âA huge amount of work done by the precarious workforce is clearly grassroots work in progress,â he said. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:
The agency that runs Australia’s child support system still uses technology deemed obsolete nearly a decade ago, forcing Services Australia staff to use mail and faxes instead of email, said union officials.
A parliamentary inquiry into civil service skills on Tuesday also heard that Services Australia, which oversees Centrelink, has 600 fewer permanent employees compared to February 2020, despite demands placed on it during Covid.
Representatives of community unions and the public sector told the inquiry that the government agency still relies on Cuba’s outdated computer system to manage its child support program, despite a prolonged and expensive effort to replace it. .
It follows a failed project costing more than $ 100 million to replace the technology with another system, Pluto, which ran into problems after its launch in 2017 and was blamed for an explosion in call wait times.
CPSU official Emma White told MPs on Tuesday that Services Australia still uses Cuba, but also has another computer system alongside old technology in a bid to improve and modernize its services for people receiving child support.
But staff had to switch between the two systems, which sometimes did not have the same information.
Technology has also failed to allow Services Australia to securely email correspondence to employers, Ms White told the inquiry.
“What we have is a situation where we have to contact employers, have conversations and send notices to request information; when we contact these employers, their first question is usually ‘Can you tell us? ‘send by email? “” Ms. White said. .
“Unfortunately, we do not have a secure mechanism to be able to provide them with this information by email.”
Staff had to send notices by mail, while some employers could deliver letters and documents through the agency system or myGov.
âWhen we talk to them about sending information, they have to do it by post or download, but then we send it back by regular mail or we talk to employers and ask if we can fax that information,â Ms. White said. . .
âDepending on the age of the person you’re talking to, they might come back and ask you what a fax is.
âBy having to send out surface mail information, what we’re looking at is about 28 days to give the customer time to get it, and then obviously you have time to respond to that and try to get us. send it back, obviously significantly delaying any sort of decision we make. “
Services Australia deputy managing director for transformation projects Charles McHardie told MPs the agency was entering the final stages of a major technology overhaul that would reduce to a three separate systems for Centrelink claims.
The agency was leading eight other major IT projects, including technology to improve the processing of compensation claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Services Australia’s People Division Chief Executive Michael Nelson told the parliamentary inquiry that the agency had around 26,900 permanent civil servants as of June this year, up from 27,550 in February 2020.
The agency was embarking on a campaign to recruit permanent staff that would increase its number of civil servants in the coming months, Mr Nelson said – but he could not confirm whether this would restore staff to pre-Covid levels .
About 14 percent of Services Australia’s workforce were employees and contractors, Nelson said.
The agency had offered direct public service employment to around 1,650 employees in the six months to June 2021.
The Union’s national president, Alistair Waters, said the number of permanent staff at the agency was steadily declining.
âA huge amount of work done by the precarious workforce is clearly grassroots work in progress,â he said.
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From taking a turn in the pandemic and transforming the military healthcare system, to preparing its medics for the next major threat, U.S. Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Robert I. Miller knows the key to success of the Air Force Medical Service comes from its most important asset – its people.
Miller became the surgeon general on June 4, after serving as director of medical operations. He has also held managerial positions in military treatment facilities, major commands, fighter commands, and the Defense Health Agency. For Miller, these experiences prepared him to take on the role of general surgeon at a time when AFMS is undergoing significant changes.
âThis has been a year of unprecedented challenges for the entire military healthcare system,â Miller said. âNot only are we facing the massive impact of COVID-19, but we are also finalizing the transition from treatment facilities to the Defense Health Agency.
âThese are important muscle movements for our organization and we ask our Airmen a lot to continue to maintain the current level of effort. So my priority is our people and making sure they have what they need to thrive and accomplish the mission. “
Proactively lead change … and win
Miller’s predecessors saw AFMS at a crossroads as they began implementing several seismic transformation efforts. Now, according to Miller, AFMS has the opportunity to finalize these realignments and refocus on the readiness mission and modernize capabilities.
âPreparation has been the main task since the inception of the Air Force Medical Service,â Miller said. âDespite the ongoing pandemic and changes in the military healthcare system, it is necessary that we lead the change proactively and win. In the short term, we need to complete our transition activities.
For the past three years, as Director of Medical Operations, Miller had led the transition from Air Force processing facilities to DHA.
âAt the end of the day, it’s about taking care of our patients, whether it’s in the facility, downtown or downstream,â Miller said. âOctober 1 of this year is a key milestone as our direct support to the Defense Health Agency will end. We need them to be successful and I am convinced that they will be, thanks to our close collaboration.
As Miller explains, a successful transition is vital to effectively transforming AFMS. His intention is to ensure that AFMS aligns closely with the strategic initiatives outlined by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., who stresses the importance of being ready for the next high end fight.
âWe have always decided to be proactive and not to wage yesterday’s war. We need to ensure that our capabilities remain state-of-the-art for the next major threat. The pandemic served as a stark reminder of how we must continually evolve our medical capabilities, âMiller said. âOur joint capacity niche is aeromedical evacuation and aerospace medicine, and we’ve done a lot of amazing things with our teamsâ¦ moving more patients and saving more lives. When COVID-19 occurred, it made people understand the need to focus on the specialized skills and equipment required to move patients with highly infectious diseases. “
AFMS is also evolving as it assumes responsibility for maintaining the medical readiness of US Space Force Guardians. Guardians and Airmen assigned to Space Force units operate without failure, 24-7 missions. For Miller, supporting the Space Force requires careful consideration of the needs of this new military branch.
âWe need to better understand the requirements of the Goalies and how AFMS can best provide that support,â Miller said. âDo we have the right structure? How are the requirements of the Space Force different from those of the Air Force? Does this call for different training or additional medical specialties? Will we need to expand specialized training in the years to come? There is still a lot of work to be done and it requires asking difficult questions. “
Prioritize people – prioritize the mission
In an effort to evolve AFMS, meet the challenges ahead, and meet future operational readiness requirements, Miller said there is a need to prioritize people who support the Air Force’s medical mission. Miller has identified four courses of action that further clarify his priorities for AFMS: Airmen; Balanced; Currency and jurisdiction; and diversity, inclusion and belonging.
Airmen: Miller’s First Order of Action, The Airmen, focuses specifically on the idea that medics take care of medics and ensure that all AFMS personnel, including those who are not caring directly from patients, have what they need to do their jobs.
âOver the past year and a half, our physicians have worked tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, in addition to supporting our AFMS mission,â Miller said. âIf we want to take care of the mission, we have to take care of the people who do the tough jobs. I couldn’t be more proud of what our doctors have done and that is why my priorities are centered on their support. “
Balance: Miller explains the importance for his physicians to find a balance, to look beyond their professional life, and to devote time to their personal, physical and spiritual lives. His philosophy is that taking time for life outside of work will make them better doctors and more complete airmen.
âWe could easily be spending all of our time working and I think that’s a huge mistake,â Miller said. âIs the mission important? Yes. Is spending time with family or taking time for yourself important? Yes. And on any given day, one may be more important than the other. As an organization and as leaders, we play a role in this journey in supporting this balance. “
For Miller, finding balance means getting up early for exercise, trying to limit work at home, dining with friends and family, and setting aside time for leisure and spiritual life.
Timeliness and Competence: Putting doctors first means ensuring they have the skills and training necessary to do their jobs, both in the United States and while deployed. In this effort, Miller wants to ensure that physicians are positioned to have the right clinical workload they need to maintain their skills, whether that is ensuring that they are in an MTF that takes in charge of their specialty or to set up training partnerships with civilian hospitals.
âWhile I was at the Medical Education Training Campus, there was a saying, ‘Train for mission, educate for life.’ This resonates with our physicians because while operational readiness to support the mission is our bread and butter, we also want them to excel in their medical profession, âsaid Miller. âI think we’re good at targeting training across our day-to-day tasks, our preparation skills and our deployments to a deployment team. But we also have opportunities to continue to develop our training and to ensure that our doctors are ready to succeed in the mission of tomorrow.
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging: For Miller, the strength of AFMS lies in the diverse group of physicians who bring with them unique perspectives, experiences, backgrounds and professions. To foster this, it is important to identify gaps and obstacles, work to address them, and find opportunities to do better.
âIf we really want a diverse Air Force medical service, we have to start early,â Miller said. âI think it’s great that we’re having open discussions, but we need to work on what we can do to actively make a difference, create opportunities and ensure that not only are we supporting a diverse AFMS, but one that does make every aviator feel valued I think it’s important to build this into our culture early on and at all levels of our AFMS.
Miller points out that these action steps can serve as a guide to better understand what is important to him and the ways he will strive to support his physicians during his tenure as general surgeon.
âI am proud of all our doctors have accomplished, but our job is not over and the challenges continue,â Miller said. âMy commitment is to our Airmen and I want them to know that their leadership really cares about them. Our strategies may evolve as needs change, but at the center is our people. They are our most valuable asset and it is they who make us a premier military medical force. ”
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TollPlus has successfully deployed an Advanced Back Office System (BOS) for the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA). The new NTTA BOS is designed to handle all transponder and license plate-based toll transactions on NTTA’s network and other toll facilities in the region, as well as transponder-based parking in the two major Dallas area airports, DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field.
As prime contractor, TollPlus was responsible for planning and managing the project in conjunction with NTTA’s Project Management Office (PMO), system design and testing, transition, data migration and installation of the new BOS, as well as post-implementation and maintenance services. The system has been operating exceptionally since its entry into service on January 11, 2021.
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The contract award came after an intensive proof of concept (POC) approach unique to a traditional purchase of other back office systems. During the POC period, the two shortlisted vendors spent a month with the NTTA project team putting their respective back-office systems to the test.
âAt the end of this process, TollPlus was able to show us that they understood what we thought and wanted to achieve,â said James Hofmann, Executive Director / CEO of NTTA.
Prior to system deployment, TollPlus conducted meticulous commissioning planning, including load / performance testing to simulate approximately 7,000 customers, 700 customer service employees, and 300 image review employees, all using the system simultaneously. The production implementation included the successful migration of data from the existing system, comprising 17.6 million accounts, 2.34 billion trips and 500 million payments.
In the first 24 hours of Go-Live, over 10 million trips were processed; and within the first 72 hours of Go-Live, all backlogs have been processed. The success of this transition has been all the more significant as it took place during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the significant restrictions imposed by local, state and federal mandates, TollPlus and NTTA have worked together and have proven their ability to think proactively and find ways to commit and deploy the necessary resources as part of the plan. project management.
âIt was important to us that we didn’t have any major issues at Go-Live and the team was able to achieve that goal,â said Hofmann. “It was a testament to the months of planning, hard work, dedication and effort of TollPlus working with our project team, to make sure we were about to get going.”
TollPlus is actively working towards formal acceptance of the system while providing 24/7/365 operation and maintenance support. The system’s transaction processing engine is capable of processing more than six million transactions per day to keep up with current and forecasted NTTA volumes. TollPlus continues to add value to NTTA operations with its image review operations which began in January 2021, quickly demonstrating the ability to improve collections on transactions that traditionally had image validation issues. .
This contract is the third that the VINCI Highways / TollPlus team has won in Texas over a short period, with the Pay-by-Mail system of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) / Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NETRMA) and the Pharr – Crossing the Reynosa International Bridge.
In today’s climate of environmental, human and health crises, investors are interested in targeted investments that align with trends, shareholder returns and the desires of employees. This new expectation is changing the way organizations deal with internal and external stakeholders.
To be successful as an investment professional, you need to take a holistic view of your investment strategy. Maximizing returns to shareholders is no longer the only measure of success. You, as the CEOs of your portfolios, must respond to the impact of your investments on all stakeholders. This includes the entire supply chain: all levels of employees, suppliers and vendors, customers and community members that surround your business at large. Customers and employees want their investments to improve the lives of people and the planet. As an investment professional, you must be aware and intentional of the societal, environmental, cultural and human impacts of your investments.
Over the next 25 years, more than $ 68 trillion will be transferred from baby boomers to younger generations. This generational wealth transfer propels the millennial generation goal-oriented approach into the mainstream of investment management. Where previous generations trusted advisors with a set-it-and-forget-it mentality, younger generations are more active, demanding more digital communication and value-aligned investment strategies.
It’s important to note that these new investors aren’t just your customers. They are also your employees. Attracting the best investment professionals means creating, strengthening and promoting your company’s value-based culture. It’s time to work the way most of us would naturally prefer: in a way that we can be proud of, not just for our financial performance, but for the impact we have on our children’s future. .
Align your investment considerations No matter how far you’ve come, as a trusted fiduciary, you can develop a more values-aligned approach by looking at your investments in three dimensions: me, us, and the world. This framework is intentionally simple so that it can become a shared language for your team and your clients. Start by discussing questions like these with your customers:
What do you want your wallet to do for you financially? From the point of view of impacts? What about the legacy you want to create?
How do you want your investments to affect the people they affect, including the investor, client, employee and so on?
How do holding companies create value for individuals, whether they are clients, employees or investors?
What must be true for you to be proud of your investments that we are making?
How are your investments serving your family? Community? Your business (if you own or run one)?
How can we improve our relationship to better meet your objectives and match your values?
What kind of community, or society, do you want to be a part of? How do you see your investments making this vision a reality?
What impact would you be proud to talk about in terms of social and environmental outcomes (or harm reduction) in your portfolio?
How to understand and / or monitor the environmental and social impact of your investments (without overloading their and / or your teams)? How could we make this understanding and follow-up more satisfying for you?
How do you understand your own goal and how are your investments advancing it? Do you know the purpose of our business and the desired impact on the world?
Alignment with your employees Just as your clients ask you for this more holistic approach to their portfolios, your employees (current and future) want to use the same approach in their careers. Companies that invest in their people in these three dimensions create a meaningful workplace and will win the war on talent.
Are our employees able to reach their individual full potential through their work here?
Do we understand what employees need to thrive physically, intellectually, mentally, spiritually and financially, and then invest to meet those needs?
What informal policies, procedures or behaviors could we change to make employees feel better and better supported?
Are we building trusted, collaborative, inclusive and innovative teams that can navigate the rapid change in the investment industry for years to come?
Are we investing in the growth of our teams? How do we encourage skills building, including technical, transferable and cultural skills?
What impact would you be proud to talk about in terms of social and environmental outcomes (or harm reduction) in your work?
How do you understand and / or monitor the environmental and social impact of your work (without overloading your team)? How could we make this understanding and follow-up more satisfying for you?
How do you understand your own goal and how does your work here advance it? Do you know the purpose of our business and the desired impact on the world?
5 steps to motivated change The work of determined leadership is a continuous process in which perfection is the enemy of good. The important thing is to start somewhere. With our changing economic, demographic and political environment, you need to adapt to trends and changes to stay on top.
These five points and actions can move you and your business towards alignment, avoid complacency, and move your organization forward.
Consciousness. You are now aware of the need to align investments and management with the goal. As you change your approach to investing, you will discover more than you already knew and continue to be aware of these intricacies.
Belief. You, your customers and your employees must believe that it is possible and desirable to align your investments with their impact on the world. No matter how many stats or case studies I share to prove this point, you have to believe before you continue. Are you, your clients and colleagues?
Clarity. Be clear about the values your business shares and what interests your customers. It’s important to understand what matters, what doesn’t, and what impact you are realistically looking for in this part of your life. This clarity is what gives the confidence to take action, while also inspiring others to follow in your footsteps.
To dive. Start somewhere by doing something that is what you clearly understand.
Evolve and expand. Measure what you do with practical and specific quantitative and qualitative measures. Keep learning and understanding where you can improve. You can start small with achievable goals, but take risks to achieve greatness.
You risk everything if you do nothing. Because the world is changing so fast, you won’t retain your customers or your performance if you don’t step up to ensure that your investments and operations are aligned with their social and environmental impact. No matter where you are today, I invite you to use the Me-We-World framework to examine where you could go further. By aligning your investment approach and employee experience with the legacy you, your clients and your team want to leave, you will have more impact and grow your business, while building that powerful legacy.
Above: The water from the Lost Man Canal passes under Highway 82 on the Independence Pass in this photo taken on June 17, 2021. This is a small part of a massive plumbing system that transports high-altitude snowmelt and precipitation through the mountains of Colorado to its populated cities.
At the top of Colorado’s Independence Pass, a narrow, winding road winds through evergreen trees and mountain streams, along the Continental Divide at over 10,000 feet. At one point, this road crosses a canal.
It’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, but this canal is part of the hydraulic infrastructure that makes life on Colorado’s waterfront possible.
The state presents a geographic gap between where the water appears and where a large part of the population has settled.
“Wherever you are in this state, you are either the source of the drinking water supply, you are in the middle of the drinking water supply, or you are at the end of the tap,” said Christina Medved, director of awareness. at Roaring Fork Conservancy. “So on the western slope we are at the source of the water.”
About 80% of Colorado’s water falls on the west side of the state. Much of this is high mountain snow and rain that ends up pouring into streams and rivers like those at the Independence Pass.
But about 80% of Colorado’s people live on the eastern side of the mountains. Due to gravity, this water does not flow naturally to them. Instead, Colorado’s heavily populated Front Range relies on a massive plumbing system to keep clean water flowing to its faucets.
For a century and a half, engineers dug mountains with tunnels and canals that carry water through the state via transmontane diversions. Part of this infrastructure is nestled near the high alpine springs of the Roaring Fork River, which ultimately crosses Aspen and Glenwood Springs towards the Colorado River. Near the Lost Man Reservoir, a dam and tunnel create a junction between the water that will follow this natural path west to Colorado and the water that will be diverted east through the mountains and to towns. such as Colorado Springs.
A tunnel through the mountains draws water that will pass through two reservoirs and the Arkansas River on its way to the southern part of the Front Range. Water diverted from the Colorado River Basin through trans-mountain diversions represents 60 to 70% of the water used by Colorado Springs. Denver, Greeley, Fort Collins and the smaller municipalities in the Front Range also rely heavily on water from the West Slope.
And that kind of setup isn’t limited to Colorado. Similar systems bring water to large cities across the region. Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles rely on canals and tunnels to carry distant water through their pipes. New ones are in the works on the Front Range and in southern Utah.
But these systems are not without criticisms.
âWhen you first find out about it, the concept of a trans-mountain diversion is crazy,â said Andy Mueller, general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District. âIt seems wrong. It seems antithetical to the health of the river. And I have to say that all of this is true.
His organization was formed in the 1930s to oppose these diversions and ensure that there is enough water for people in the western part of the state.
“The idea that a large population center hundreds of kilometers away could draw water from a stream and bring it into its city for use is difficult to accept given current ecological and environmental values. of our company, âMueller said.
The problem is that contemporary environmental values ââare not enshrined in Western water law. Instead, the use of water is defined by regulations drafted when Colorado became a state in the 1800s. The rules state that if you have the right to use the water, it doesn’t matter if you. want to use it hundreds of miles from its source, even if it requires miles of mountain plumbing.
Right now there is less water to be drawn from all parts of the state. The Front Range escaped drought after regular spring rains, but those high mountain areas that typically provide a reliable source of water for all of Colorado experience a different fate. The western slope is deep in the second year of drought, leaving the snowpack and river flow below what they should be.
Mueller believes this only heightens the need for the Front Range to reduce its water consumption. Although they retain the legal right to use a certain amount of water, he asks them to use less, which he says will promote the health of the rivers and their ecosystems west of the line. sharing.
On the Front Range, those who receive the diversions say they listen to their Western counterparts when they issue distress signals during particularly critical times. They also say that deliberate conservation work pays off in the longer term. Nathan Elder, head of water supplies for Denver Water, said that over the past two decades, per capita water use in his district has fallen by 22%.
âEveryone in Colorado needs to cut back,â he said. âWe have seen this. And we have succeeded with our conservation efforts, our customer messages and our watering rules. “
Amid the tensions between demands for water on both sides, exacerbated by conditions of extreme drought, is the fact that there is no real alternative. Colorado’s water supply system is built with the understanding that the majority of its people and the majority of its water are remote from each other. Without fundamental changes to the foundation of the water law, those asking for water will have to work in a system built on trans-mountain diversions.
âYou can’t support one without the other,â Elder said. âIt has to work with water from the western slope moving towards the eastern slope. Because I don’t see picking up the population and moving people to the western slope.
Some contingency planning – in the reality of a diversion-centric system – is already in place. In Colorado Springs, which receives some of the diverted flow from the top of the Independence Pass, reuse practices are helping the city squeeze more mileage out of its assigned water.
Abby Ortega, water resources manager for Colorado Springs Utilities, said reused water accounts for 26% of the city’s total portfolio and the city relies heavily on storage to get through dry years like this.
But climate change threatens to increase the frequency and intensity of droughts, putting water managers on the alert and looking more carefully at ways to maximize what is available.
âAll of the state’s water planners are concerned about the rapid decline in the hydrology of the Colorado River,â Ortega said. “I’d be a fool if I didn’t say I was worried.”
This story is part of continuous coverage of the Colorado River produced by Aspen Public Radio, distributed by KUNC and supported by the Walton Family Foundation.
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The pandemic has had a devastating impact on Southeast Asia’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international effort to improve the lives of people around the world, with various studies identifying in particular the millions of people pushed back into unemployment and poverty.
One way to help get the SDGs back on track is to increase the issuance by governments and government entities of SDG bonds in order to focus on one or more of the SDGs and also to raise funds from the government. private sector, essential to meet the increase in funding. gap for achieving national SDG targets.
The good news is that the global appetite for SDG obligations still exists. Thailand’s end-2020 sustainability bonds – one of the first sustainability bonds since the start of the pandemic – and backed by technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank (AfDB), have raised nearly $ 1 billion dollars and have been oversubscribed three times.
The less good news is that, despite reaching an all-time high, SDG bond issuance in many developing regions such as Southeast Asia is still only a fraction of the global total and what is necessary. This is the result of the perceived effort to develop such bonds by potential issuers as well as the perception of risk by the global investment community on many of these potential SDG bonds arising from issues such as the ability of issuers to the first time, weak sub-project pipelines, financial risks and legal complications. These perceptions constrain the scaling of these links.
One possible solution to this problem is the SDG Accelerator Bond, a new risk-free way to issue SDG bonds.
How do these links work? Imagine you are the mayor of Sea City, a medium-sized Southeast Asian city of 2 million people. Sea City is slowly recovering from the worst impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, but your unemployment rate has skyrocketed during the crisis, tax revenues continue to decline, and your plans to improve the city’s infrastructure have been put on hold.
Before the pandemic strikes, your national government has set itself ambitious goals to fulfill its commitments to the Paris Agreement and the United Nations SDGs, to strengthen its profile as a green and sustainable country. As the mayor of a big city, you are committed to supporting your country in its global commitments to sustainable development, and you firmly believe in the importance of the SDGs to fight against poverty, inequalities, the degradation of the environment. environment, health and justice.
To boost employment, improve the city’s reputation, strengthen the city’s infrastructure and help mitigate climate change, Sea City City Council has decided to undertake three infrastructure projects that target a number of SDGs: (a) A light rail system to alleviate traffic congestion and provide safe, clean and comfortable transportation to hundreds of thousands of Sea City citizens; b) A sustainable solid waste management facility with advanced composting and sorting capabilities; (c) Five parks and recreation areas at various locations in the city that will contribute to the livability of Sea City and improve the health and well-being of citizens.
Despite having reached an all-time high, SDG bond issuance in many developing regions such as South East Asia is still only a fraction of the global total and of need.
How much will it cost? The total bill for these projects is $ 850 million. Sea City does not have $ 850 million, so you have decided to fund these projects through a combination of mechanisms: Sea City itself will provide $ 250 million and you will take out a sovereign loan of $ 500 million. with a development bank like the AfDB. The remaining $ 100 million will be raised through an SDG Accelerator Bond.
Sea City seeks to raise $ 100 million from two main groups of investors: one is made up of domestic impact investors comprising foundations and philanthropists, the other of foreign investors who fulfill a predetermined set of eligibility criteria.
But why would they choose to invest in the infrastructure of a mid-sized Southeast Asian city like yours with an unproven track record and limited funds? What is the attraction for foreign investors?
The SDG Accelerator Bonds would help mitigate these risks for investors with a structure that includes backing in the form of exit guarantee or investment loss protection by a national guarantee fund, itself backed by one or more credit agencies. multilateral or bilateral development. However, such support would not be unlimited but to deal with the perceived risks of an obligation for a limited period of time, perhaps time to kick-start the underlying sub-projects, and therefore gradually reduce the liability. of the guarantee fund.
The bond structure would also similarly provide financial incentives to the bond issuer during the guarantee period, such as deferral of upfront payments.
Therefore, in the case of Sea City, the possible guarantee fund could be called upon if Sea City was not able to reimburse investors at one of the fixed exit intervals, for example, when an investor can wish to withdraw.
Having such a structured guarantee makes the SDG Accelerator Bond seem much less risky for investors. At the same time, Sea City benefits from a structured obligation to make payments after the first years of construction, when usage increases and rising payments are aligned with tax revenue and project income from the sale. tram tickets, advertising on trains and platforms, supplier rents in parks, among others.
At the end of your projects, Sea City will monitor and measure their impact according to your country’s national sustainable financing framework, globally accepted impact measures and any other impact monitoring tool. After the success of the SDG Accelerator Bond, your city council now decides to issue such bonds on a regular basis to reach around $ 500 million by 2023.
At this point, the SDG Accelerator Bond concept is just that, a concept, even though it is based on global best practices in project finance. It should be refined and piloted before entering the traditional toolbox of green infrastructure financing.
We will need many innovative solutions and new ways of thinking to close the funding gap for the achievement of the SDGs after the pandemic. The ODD Accelerator Bonds could be a good start for this toolkit.
The article is taken from Asian Development Blog (www.blogs.adb.org)
Asmar Akman isn’t the biggest fan of wearing jewelry himself, but he is the king of jewelry in Worcester.
From chilled Rolex watches and 500 gram solid gold Cuban link chains to literally any custom design you could imagine, Akman is the guy to see in Worcester. He also makes engagement rings.
“See me” is his signature on social networks, most often heard on his Instagram, where he has developed a loyal following of more than 50,000 subscribers. These followers tune in regularly to see his daily posts, which detail a day in the Worcester jeweler’s life, like driving to Dunkin ‘for a cup of coffee (sometimes complaining that their lids don’t work properly and cause spills) and showing of its wide range of high end jewelry. People love to see jewelry, but the main attraction is Asmar and his personality.
âI saw pawn shops, they didn’t treat people kindly. It’s a stigma, âAkman said. âSlimy, rude – you know, just miserable people. I tried to build something where it was optimistic, nice, you know? As if you wanted to come here.
Akman is the owner of Pleasant Pawn Shop at 334 Pleasant Street in Worcester, where he also specializes in custom jewelry under the nickname Asmar Jewelz. He opened the store in 2005 and has been on an upward trajectory since.
A graduate of Wachusett Regional High School, Akman attended Hofstra University where he earned a double degree in Business Information Systems and Business Management. After graduating from college, he took a job at Hofstra where he helped set up the school help desk call center within the school computer system. From there, Akman worked several jobs, including a position at Con Edison, a large New York energy company, where he built another call system that worked as an alarm siren for possible nuclear leaks. in the central reactor of the plant. He also held a job with Carnival Cruise Lines where he worked as a deck officer for three years.
Jewelry and business, however, has been in the Akman family for some time.
Her father, Sabri, owned a jewelry store, New York Jewelers, on Main Street in Worcester for 40 years. And after returning home from working on cruise ships, Akman decided he was going to help his dad in his store. But his father had a different idea. He insisted that his son open a different kind of business, not focused on luxury items.
One day, standing outside his father’s jewelry store in Worcester, Akman had a conversation with Barry Krock, a city businessman and former chairman of Commerce Bank, who was to guide Akman’s life in a new direction. Krock asked Akman what he wanted to do with his life, to which Akman replied, âOpen a bank like you. Krock told him not to do it but to open a pawnshop.
Akman told Krock he didn’t know anything about pawn shops, but decided to follow one for a week to find out more about the business.
Turns out that was all Akman would need to open his own pawnshop. Thanks to a family friend, he found a location at 334 Pleasant Street, a space once set up for a cafe, and set about renovating it.
There was a period of growth that took place before Akman got to where he is now – designing jewelry for celebrities like rapper Joyner Lucas and NFL players Isaac Yiadom, Royce Freeman and the Gronkowski family.
âOne thing I said to my son,â Sabri said. âHow are we going to run a business? Honesty first, good prices and good customer service. That’s all I told him. He will stay in business for as long as he wants.
âHe’s better than me. From a design point of view, much better.
Akman, after a few years, bought his father out of his jewelry business and brought him on board to help the pawnshop with jewelry repairs. Akman’s mom also comes to the store to help with whatever is needed.
âWithout these guys, I wouldn’t have anything,â Akman said. “And my wife, it’s a good support system.”
It was around 2016 when Joyner Lucas from Worcester first walked into the store at 334 Pleasant St. Akman admittedly had no idea who he was.
âHe wasn’t the Joyner we know now,â Akman said.
The rapper was looking for jewelry to wear for an upcoming photoshoot and Akman, taking a liking to Lucas’s personality, decided to lend him jewelry to wear for the shoot.
âI could tell he wasn’t going to run away with it,â Akman said. âSo I was like ‘take it, no problem’. He did it. He brought it back and we built a good relationship.
Lucas would continue to make a name for himself nationally while climbing the hip-hop charts and returning to Akman for personalized jewelry.
âI built him his first custom piece,â Akman said. “And then he put me in his music video, which is pretty cool. It’s called ‘Winter Blues’.
This first personalized piece was a $ 100 pendant with diamonds and a gold Cuban chain. Years later, Akman designed another custom piece, this time the replica of Lucas’ album cover art for his album “ADHD”.
âHe took my business card and literally drew ADHD the way he wanted,â Akman said. “And then I brought it to life.”
Having achieved the acclaimed status he is now, Lucas works with many high-end jewelers to create custom pieces for himself, but Akman is still part of the mix.
âIt bounces back to a couple of jewelers,â Akman said. “But at least I’m part of the team, you know?” He does not forget Worcester.
Much like Lucas, neither does Akman – he treats everyone the same, no matter who they are.
âMy goal is to literally treat everyone the same,â Akman said. âWhen I do a custom piece for a professional rapper or athlete, I have to put in the same effort as if I did for someone who is the middle manager of a big company. Because it’s still my name. I have to make sure the room is perfect no matter who it is for.
As investors around the world seek to invest their money in companies that meet certain environmental, social and governance standards, Indian analysts are preparing benchmarks to measure compliance.
Several rating systems have been put in place to judge whether some of the country’s largest companies are committed to avoiding a climate catastrophe, have socially responsible practices and criteria for good governance. However, a common ground for evaluation remains to be found.
The increase in the number of data providers for such ratings stems from the fact that corporate financing is increasingly tied to explicit ESG objectives. More than $ 40 trillion has been injected globally in ESG-focused investments, according to ESG Risk Assessments & Insights Ltd. In India, 7% of assets under management are ESG investments. This figure is expected to rise to 30% by 2030.
“Basically, ESG investing is a recognition that companies do not operate in a vacuum. Companies should be evaluated for sustainable, responsible and ethical practices, as well as their financial performance, ”said Amish Mehta, President and COO, Crisil Ltd. “Investors are paying increasing attention to this and ESG has become imperative. A company with a higher ESG score is expected to manage risk and better capitalize on opportunities. “
International rating agencies such as Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Services, index providers like MSCI Inc., financial data providers like Bloomberg LP and Thomson Reuters, dozens of companies already publish ESG scores . Enough for at least one company to publish a “Evaluate the reviewers” Annual Report. Such ratings are also accelerating in India, with at least three new markers appearing in the past four months.
Yet interpreting scores can be a difficult one with a myriad of variables and data points used. And the approach will change depending on who you ask.
Rush for ESG ratings
Take the dashboard of Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. of the top 100 listed companies, mainly for institutional investors, was launched in May. They track 40 metrics with weights equal to E, S and G. These were pre-screened based on the availability of data in the public domain, said Alok Deshpande, executive director of institutional stocks, Edelweiss Securities. If a business does not disclose any of these metrics, it is penalized to some extent in its score.
“At the end of the day, ESG is a proxy for the sustainability quotient of the business. When you look at ESG scores, you are trying to quantify the quality of sustainability.” said Deshpande. “It adds stability. The number of shocks to your business will decrease. That’s the way to look at it.”
But Crisil, who released his own dashboard for 225 companies in June, is taking a different path. It tracks 100 parameters and has a different weighting for E, S, and G depending on the performance of the business and the relative performance of the industry to which it belongs. “The framework ensures that we can compare various sectors such as mining and technology on a single scale,” Mehta said.
Then there are more complex models like the one deployed by ESG Risk AI, founded by Acuite Ratings. “We have built a detailed taxonomy with 525 indicators. But we have to make sure that all the indicators are looked at in context,” said President Sankar Chakraborti. “In a bank, for example, child labor would not be a critical factor. We manually identified factors like these for 200 sectors and gave a materiality score. Thus, child labor will have low materiality for banks but it could be higher for mining companies. “
LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – As one of the most accomplished endurance athletes of all time, a man who has completed 50 marathons in 50 U.S. states in 50 days, he is somewhat reassuring to the simple mortal to see that Dean Karnazes can still make the most basic of rookie mistakes.
Karnazes is widely recognized for having helped fuel the rise of ultra-distance through his book “Ultramarathon Man” sold to a million people in 2006.
He has since published several other books and has an extraordinary record that includes 350 miles in 80 sleepless hours, 3,000 miles across the United States, 148 miles in 24 hours on a treadmill, and countless race wins, including twice the 135-mile Badwater Marathon through Death Valley.
How he learned to embrace this remarkable career milestone when he turns 59 next month is described in forensic and moving detail in his latest book, “A Runner’s High – Older, Wiser, Slower, Stronger”.
Apparently, this is the story of his return to the Western States 100 miles over rugged California terrain, one of the toughest events on the calendar.
It’s much more than a dry running diary, however, as it delves into his inner motivations and how the remarkable support of his friends and family has been so essential to his continued success.
âI really put the emphasis on trying to capture the emotions that my family and I have experienced for almost three decades doing this together,â Karnazes told Reuters in an interview.
“This support has been the foundation of my running career. They have been with me from the start and we shared so many memories that I couldn’t imagine doing what I did without them.”
The book has a large section on how Karnazes doubted his seemingly indifferent 18-year-old son’s ability to fill a vital support role in the United States, but then found himself amazed at how much he was. competent on race day.
âI had never seen this side of him before and it was quite beautiful,â Karnazes said after his son dismissed concerns that he was no longer able to challenge at the pointe by saying : “Daddy, you run 100 miles is enough.”
Despite all these years of wisdom, Karnazes shows in the book that he can still make inexplicably silly and potentially dangerous decisions, evidenced by his inability to carry enough water for a 100km warm-up run.
âIn the many years of doing this, I think there is something deeper than my conscious mind at play,â he said, trying to explain a fundamental mistake that even a beginner would be embarrassed about.
âSure, I know what to do, but I just went into this challenge without any preparation and wanted to see how it would go and I think that makes it mysterious and intriguing.
“Everything in this world is so measured and calculated and quantified and going and doing something random like that and seeing how it goes in the race is just something refreshing.”
Running out of water, boiled by the sun and bruised by a fall, Karnazes explained that he found solace in the endurance athlete’s internal mantra of “keeping moving” to finish the race.
âYou just don’t think about how far you have to go because it’s very demoralizing, you just don’t think about anything other than taking your next step,â he said.
“It’s crazy to do that when you’re running a 100 mile race, but I really have to break it down to that level of granularity. If you think about how long you have to go, it’ll crush you.”
When he did his 50 consecutive marathons in 2006, he said his goals got even smaller.
âI remember after the 19 marathon I could barely get out of bed in the morning, let alone think about running another marathon,â he said.
“So I thought, ‘Just go to the hotel room sink, just put on one shoe, then the other, then somehow get to the start line. They are small steps but each one moves you towards your target, even if it is impossible to see that. ‘”
Back in the wilderness at the Western States 100 event, Karnazes faced the double challenge of a surprisingly grueling journey and, 24 years after tearing up the race for the first time, learning to park his ego.
âI can’t compete at the level that I have already reached and it can be frustrating at times when the people that I have passed for years now pass me,â he said.
âBut one of the things I love about ultrarunning is that while the winners are recognized and praised, we also celebrate the people at the back.
âWatch the video for this year’s finalist at Western States as this crazed poor guy crossed the finish line after 30 hours with seconds to spare – wow, what a moment of human triumph.
“The front-end is getting more and more elitist and it’s exciting, but I also hope that kind of funky grassroots magic doesn’t go away.”
Reporting by Mitch Phillips; Editing by Ken Ferris
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As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, our collective village at the Christina Cultural Arts Center has adopted an attitude that requires us to “weather the storm” until we reach our distant shores.
While we may not have hit an iceberg and sank, we do recognize that there is still water in our boat, but we collectively equip our buckets to make sure our boat is ready to continue sailing. .
Like most organizations, when the pandemic hit, Christina had already charted a destiny that would propel us at least next year, maybe beyond.
Armed with the mission to “change the trajectory of children’s lives through arts education, live performances, career paths and gallery exhibitions”, we had to abruptly change course and overcome challenges and obstacles. that accompany most storms.
The high winds forced us to briefly shift our attention and focus on areas that faced greater challenges for our families. These issues included, but were not limited to: food, shelter, clothing, bridging the digital divide, and most importantly, tackling the myriad of mental health issues head on.
The pandemic, followed by economic strains and then the chronic social trauma highlighted by the brutal murder of George Floyd and others, resulted in tremendous mental strain that in some arenas still goes unaddressed. Through our SERVICE (Social Emotional Response to the Vast Inequities Caused by Epidemics) initiative, Christina is acting quickly to align families in our communities with free mental health counseling provided by seven licensed clinicians – for free.
To date, thanks to generous grants from DuPont and the Gilliam Foundation, we have been able to offer over 50 combined individual and group counseling sessions, with several sessions still available to the general public.
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As the pandemic progresses beyond our mapped out trajectory, while remaining mindful of the ever-present health and safety challenges, we can emphatically feel and embrace the different winds.
Since fall 2020, our enrollment in our School of the Arts has increased; our programs are growing; we continue to offer exhibition spaces to our local and regional artists; We continue to schedule quality performance programming for the seasons to come, including a partnership with the City of Wilmington and the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival 2021, our annual Carols in Colors holiday program and, most importantly, we continue to change. the trajectory of children’s lives.
Christina remains committed to addressing the social challenges our students and their families face by providing arts-centric alternatives to the vices they face on a daily basis.
Through our âOur Voicesâ and âHeArt Under the Hoodieâ programs, we teach our students to shoot with cameras – not guns; we teach them to drum – not on top of each other, especially women; and we teach them how to perform on stage and not in their classrooms or communities. We teach them to sing like everyone else is watching and dance like they’re playing in a Broadway production.
There is something in music, the arts, dance, theater, literature that has a way of stirring our emotions, of touching a heart, and of remembering a moment in time that may have happened. to be arrested. Think about your favorite song or poem and what it does to your soul? Think about your favorite movie or live play and how that made you cry with laughter or do both?
No matter industry, gender, ethnicity, beliefs, religious preferences, storm or pandemic, we are all constantly creating the âsoundtracksâ of our lives by embracing the arts. Music is that universal language which has a way of bringing people together and art is often referred to as “the expression or application of creative skills or the human imagination”.
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For this and other reasons, the Christina Cultural Arts Center continues to advocate for increased funding for arts-related industries. Often seen as the half-brother or sister when it comes to major funding, our statistics and analyzes demonstrate on several fronts the impact that the arts have on the academic performance of students, the development of our early childhood scholars. childhood and how the arts foster hope and passion. on despair.
Arts-related shows and activities help our communities attract tourists, which in turn increases economies; art forges relationships between cultures by encouraging tolerance, and art offers physiological and psychological benefits that go far beyond the bottom line of organizations while also addressing trauma caused by a number of social conditions. , political or economic.
Arts-related organizations like the Christina Cultural Arts Center need your support and your voice.
James “Ray” Rhodes is Executive Director of the Christina Cultural Arts Center.
NEW DELHI: As the world moves closer to a global tax framework, India expects to earn at least $ 12-13 billion a year in taxes, which it loses to offshore tax havens once framework implemented and expect many companies to return their base to India.
“The global tax framework is evolving as India wishes, so this is a welcome initiative. While negotiations are still ongoing and much will depend on the fine print, our internal assessment suggests that even with a conservative estimate India will earn around $ 12 billion to $ 13 billion per year, which we are currently losing. In addition, it will greatly discourage businesses from switching to a low tax regime and will also help create jobs, ”said a senior finance ministry official.
Other independent research has supported this claim. According to the findings of the first study by The Tax Justice Network (TJN), an independent international research-based network, countries lose more than $ 427 billion in taxes each year due to international corporate tax abuse and private tax evasion. The report released in February this year says India is losing $ 10.3 billion due to corporate tax evasion.
Official claim that if we calculate outward investment only for tax abuse, including royalties paid to foreign affiliates in low-tax jurisdictions, the loss will be much greater.
What’s the big deal?
The framework has been there for some time, but in its current form it was launched last year to prevent big companies like Google, Amazon from evading tax.
Currently, the global framework rests on two pillars. The first pillar proposes to give countries taxing rights for market and profit-sharing jurisdictions where companies have a physical presence.
The scope of the first pillar will apply to the largest and most profitable multinationals, like Google or Facebook, which have a large consumer base in India and earn through ads and other tools, but do so. shoot by paying ridiculous taxes. By this arrangement, they also escape tax at home.
In 2017-18, the Indian operations of Google and Facebook reported total revenues of nearly 9,800 crore rupees ($ 1.4 billion). Their tax payments were around Rs 240 crore ($ 38 million). Once the deal is done, India will be able to tax these companies. However, it must abandon the equalization levy, which it currently levies on these giants.
The second pillar of the agreement proposes an overall minimum tax of 15%, which is under negotiation. Experts say the second pillar would help countries like India that see a lot of investment coming from low-tax jurisdictions like the United Arab Emirates or Singapore.
“Of the two components or” pillars “of the device, India should benefit more from the second pillar, which proposes a global minimum tax on income. There are many companies, startups that have established their base in low tax jurisdictions or investment centers like Singapore, United Arab Emirates or route their invoicing through these jurisdictions. From now on, India will be able to tax the income paid to these companies below the minimum tax rate. Therefore, it can negate the need to route these transactions through such companies and leave a larger revenue base to be imposed on market countries like India, ”explained Rohinton Sidhwa, Partner, Deloitte India.
So even if the host country charges 2 or 3%, India will be able to claim the balance of the 15% tax. However Sidhwa adds that the quantum of the gain could be better assessed when the final draws are published, which is expected in October.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had previously shared India’s expectations and suggestions with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and after discussion extended his support for the global fiscal framework.
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino insisted on Friday that Ottawa was working on a plan to help dozens of Afghans threatened with arrest by the Taliban or worse for working with Canada, but he didn’t did not specify when this plan would become reality.
The federal government is under increasing pressure to assist dozens of former interpreters, translators and cultural advisers who aided Canada’s military and development efforts during the war in Afghanistan.
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Canadian veterans in particular have sounded the alarm bells with growing concern, noting the Taliban’s rapid gains in the past two weeks after the sudden withdrawal of most US forces from the country.
These ex-combatants say the risk of torture or death facing their former colleagues and families increases with each day they stay in the country, especially in the southern province of Kandahar.
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Afghan interpreters threatened with death by Taliban after departure of US troops
Afghan interpreters threatened with death by Taliban after departure of US troops – June 3, 2021
Mendicino, responding to a journalist’s question as he announced a new refugee program to help those threatened for defending human rights, acknowledged the “extreme urgency” of the situation in Afghanistan.
“I even know in the last few weeks that the situation has worsened, that lives are at stake,” he said.
âEveryone in government is doing everything in our power to try to put the finishing touches to this plan so that we can implement it. “
Immigration officials are currently working with the Canadian military and Global Affairs Canada to identify Afghans who have provided “critical support” to Canada, he added, including translators, interpreters and people who worked. at the Kabul embassy.
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Still, Mendicino didn’t give a timeline for when help would actually arrive.
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“The most important thing I want to convey about this operation is that we know the Afghans are putting their own lives in danger by helping the Canadian effort in the war there, and we want to do this. it takes for them, âhe said. âWe hope to have more to say about this in the very near future. “
The announcement of work in progress was greeted with cautious optimism by retired Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault, president of the Conference of Defense Associations, which has many retired military and diplomats among its members.
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While acknowledging the challenge of screening and processing visas for those who aided Canada’s war effort, Thibault pointed out that the federal government was able to screen and resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in 100 days longer than ‘five years ago.
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“Our shared sacrifices should not be forgotten nor those who came to our aid during this dangerous mission,” Thibault said in a statement.
âThey were friends, allies and heroes. They deserve our utmost respect for the risks they took. Protecting them from immediate danger is the least we can do. We urge the Prime Minister and his government to act swiftly and decisively. “
Three retired major-generals who previously commanded the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan have said there are 115 people in Afghanistan in need of assistance.
Retired Corporal Tim Laidler, who served in Afghanistan in 2008 and is now executive director of the Institute for Veterans Education and Transition at the University of British Columbia, said Ottawa should simply revive a previous program to help the Afghans.
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While more than 800 Afghan interpreters and their family members were resettled to Canada under this program in 2009 and 2012, Laidler says many more wanted to stay in Afghanistan to help rebuild the country.
Laidler, who ran for the Tories in the 2015 federal election, said he and other veterans are now in contact with many of those former Afghan colleagues who have received death threats from the Taliban, but no ‘have no way to escape.
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âThese interpreters are a very special and unique group in the hearts of Canadian soldiers and certainly deserve the full support of the Canadian government,â he said.
âIf we ever want to get into conflict again, it has to happen. Or, every time Canada goes overseas … people will think about it. They are watching us right now. They say, ‘Canada is going to turn its back on us if we put our heads out.’ “
It’s always best to avoid having to investigate a non-compliance, but if you do experience a non-compliance, it is necessary to investigate it quickly and efficiently. The investigation should be described in an investigation report, which should also be clearly understandable to anyone reviewing the report, even if the examiner was not part of the organization at the time and the review is taking place. years after the event.
Writing a clearly understandable report is often a challenge, especially in a second language and by someone who was close to the investigation at the time, who might therefore not include the key information required by external reviewers seeking to understand the situation. .
This article provides advice on how to write a proper investigation report. Throughout these steps, focus on simplicity; less is more. A complex investigation often becomes a complex (and potentially confusing) report. Therefore, it is important to follow a simple structure for the content of the report. If the investigation expands and becomes complex, it is important to restructure the report accordingly to avoid lengthy and potentially confusing content.
When did it happen?
Where did this happen?
Who was there when it happened?
Who was contacted when this happened?
What was directly impacted?
What immediate action has been taken? Who did what, when and how?
What was the immediate impact of the action taken?
The initial data can be reported on an unexpected event or a deviation recording template, and this information and data should be used to compose the introductory section of the report.
The person reading the report now knows the problem (by reading the information described above); however, they don’t know anything about how this compares to the normal (conforming) situation that experienced the unexpected event. This part of the report should briefly help the reader to understand the unexpected (problem or nonconformity) versus the routine (expected) conformance situation involved.
Briefly describe the routine (compliant) operation, process, equipment, etc. involved.
Link and directly compare the unexpected event (nonconformity) to the compliant situation to help the reader understand the potential impact of the nonconformity.
Describe the immediate actions taken and explain how this impacted the unexpected situation, for example, quickly restored compliance and allowed routine operations to continue or shut down operations in a safe manner to support the start of the process. ‘investigation.
The reader should now understand why the initial action taken was the most correct and appropriate, based on their understanding from the previous parts of the report, and the impact of the issue or non-compliance on the business. operational operations concerned.
Describe how the investigation was structured and completed to determine the root cause. Make sure that the relevant procedure has been followed throughout and that the evidence and data used and recorded demonstrate compliance with this procedure. Remember that during an inspection, the content of the report will be compared to the content of the relevant procedure (s), such as, for example, gap management and investigation, CAPA management and, potentially, escalation. critical non-conformities to management. .
Describe the structure used for the survey. This could be a fishbone diagram, with structural titles completed, for example ,. Product, process, paperwork / procedures, people, premises, equipment and / or the â5 whysâ or other structure chosen from the relevant procedures.
The reader should be able to follow the content of the investigation and come to the same conclusion as the author, i.e. at least the most probable root cause (s) based on the evidence and data reviewed during the investigation and presented in the report, or the actual root cause, again based only on the evidence and data available and presented in the report.
The description should present the evidence obtained to exclude or include potential definitions of the root cause. Be careful to avoid conclusions that are not supported by evidence and instead are based on guesswork, hasty conclusions, or gut feeling.
This can potentially be the most complex part of the report; therefore, the ‘less is more’ principle mentioned above should be applied to include only key facts and data rather than just reporting everything that has been done, without focusing on what is important to help the company. reader to reach the same conclusion as the author (based on only the evidence, facts and data reported).
At this point, the evidence might support the conclusion that the true root cause has been proven; however, if not, the most likely root cause should be
checked in. Be careful not to stop the investigation too early, based on the first potential or actual root cause identified. The investigation should continue until all potential root cause elements have been assessed using the required evidence and data.
If the actual root cause has not been proven, the action plan should include the introduction of additional monitoring and checks to gain additional information and data that could be used to support further investigation and determine the actual root cause if the problem recurs.
If the actual root cause has not been confirmed and proven, consider using and reporting hypotheses. The hypothesis-based investigation identifies sequences and events which, if they were to occur, would be the source of the problem encountered. The action plan should then include monitoring and data collection to determine or rule out each assumption, leading to the identification of the most likely root cause, which should be avoided during future operational activity.
This is an important part of the investigation and reporting, as the impact of the nonconformity should be assessed for the potential to affect other lots, manufacturing activities, equipment and operations, etc.
This requires understanding exactly when the problem first occurred. Based on the evidence and data, the date of the first occurrence may be much earlier than when the problem was first identified. The problem can also be much more widespread than just affecting the specific operation that encountered the problem first.
In the report, clearly indicate when the problem first occurred and when it last occurred (based on the impact assessment and supporting evidence required) and list all operational activities impacted by this date range.
The required actions should also take into account the outcome of this impact assessment and this date range.
Describe the actions (listed below) that have been taken at the time of writing the report and any actions that still need to be taken.
Corrective actions – the actions carried out immediately, subsequently, and planned to directly correct the non-conformity specifically experienced. Actions should relate to both the direct activity that alerted staff to the problem and triggered the investigation and the outcome of the broader impact assessment described above.
Preventive actions – actions carried out immediately, subsequently and planned to avoid the recurrence of similar non-conformities, for example on all the elements involved associated with the first cause.
Efficiency check – the actions, data collection and review that are necessary to verify whether the CAPAs have been effective in both correcting and preventing non-compliance. The effectiveness check may not be completed by the time the investigation report is released; however, this verification must have been formally integrated into the CAPA monitoring system to ensure that it is completed and that evidence is available to demonstrate that the actions were effective.
Avoid root cause assignment and categorization of “human error”. The investigation must continue beyond a link with a human cause to be evaluated, for example:
The effectiveness of the training received
The clarity of the instructions provided, e.g. registration form, procedure, system display, etc.
The complexity of the operation, depending on the design of the installation and the equipment used
The working conditions experienced at the time of the non-compliance, such as overtime or the night shift, the absence of key personnel (supervisors and managers), the ambient temperature and humidity experienced by the personnel, restrictions operational experience (wearing of restrictive protective clothing, poor lighting conditions, time constraints, reduced visibility, etc.), the level of stress felt by the staff at the time, etc.
Where there is a clear human connection to the issue, it is important that the same personnel directly affected be involved in the investigation initiated to determine whether the above factors may have influenced or caused the event being experienced.
The CAPA should include taking the appropriate actions agreed upon with the staff involved and the effectiveness check should include staff feedback to determine if the actions taken were successful in correcting and preventing the problem.
If you follow the eight steps outlined above, you will be able to clearly communicate the non-compliance situation – and I hope that by doing these exercises you will also learn enough to take action to ensure that the non-compliance will only recur.
About the Author:
Grant Mordue is the Director of Pro-Active GMP Consulting Ltd., a UK-based consulting firm founded in April 2020 to help companies successfully implement a proactive level of cGMP quality management and compliance. Mordue has over 30 years of experience managing cGMP compliance of manufacturing and supply operations locally (nationally) and globally, including managing regulatory inspections. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry and is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK. You can contact him on LinkedIn.
At Eastman, we’re committed to using sustainable innovation to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. The 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) don’t work the way they should for plastic. To create a resilient and sustainable future, it is essential that we solve the plastic waste crisis. And current recycling practices do not adequately deal with plastic, a ubiquitous material in our modern world.
The good news is that the problem can be solved. With innovation in technologies and policies, and collaborations between the value chain and policy makers, plastic can become circular.
The current recycling problem
Currently, only 12% of the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced each year is successfully recycled, according to a McKinsey study. Understanding that plastic waste is a major source of pollution, more than 500 brands, governments and other organizations have pledged to dramatically increase their use of recycled materials. But traditional recycling, also called mechanical, cannot on its own meet this kind of demand.
One of the main reasons that so little plastic is recycled is that mechanical recycling is limited to certain types of plastic. Mechanical recycling cannot process the most complex plastic products, such as those in which multiple types of plastic or multiple materials are fused or stacked to create lightweight yet durable packaging. A good example is food packaging which looks like plastic on one side and paper or metal on the other. In addition, traces of food waste on plastic packaging prevent an item from being recycled and it ends up in landfills.
While mechanical recycling should be used and expanded wherever possible, it cannot process the large amount of plastic waste that humans produce. The mechanical process also degrades the recycled material, which means that the plastic loses quality every time it is recycled, which limits its lifespan. We need a way to increase both recycling rates and the longevity of the plastic used so that materials can be reused over and over again. We need to create an infinite loop.
The hasty reaction to ban single-use plastics to deal with the waste crisis may seem understandable, but the unintended result would be to replace plastics with materials that can have even more unsustainable effects, especially when it comes to the weather. Numerous life cycle assessment (LCA) studies conducted by universities, industry associations and leading brands show that plastic has a better carbon footprint than alternative materials due to its efficiency, light weight and of its resistance. The many examples where plastic has an advantage include lightness for electric vehicles, packaging to extend the shelf life of food, films for solar energy and medical applications where durability and sterilization of equipment are essential to preserve human health.
We need to consider the whole ecosystem when making choices and providing society with new technologies that solve both the climate and plastic waste problem while improving the quality of life around the world.
New recycling technologies are needed to maximize the value of plastic
Advanced recycling technologies break down plastic waste into its molecular building blocks and rebuild them into new plastics. These material to material technologies including Eastman’s own advanced forms of recycling can process plastics that mechanical recycling cannot without degrading the quality of the end product. These new technologies complement mechanical recycling by using plastic that cannot be recycled today and turning it into products without compromising on performance. Combined with mechanical recycling, these technologies can create an almost infinite loop, allowing valuable materials to be preserved for longer.
This type of advanced recycling will not only prevent plastic waste from being incinerated, ending up in landfill or worse, ending up as rubbish in the environment, but will also reduce the need to make new virgin plastics with fossil feedstocks, and reduce also our greenhouse gas emissions.
Innovation to solve plastic waste and climate problem is happening today
Solving global issues such as climate change and the problem of plastic waste will require the entire value chain, and material suppliers such as Eastman have a critical role to play. Eastman is a specialty materials supplier focused on delivering differentiated and sustainable products and leveraging our significant scale and integration. This has allowed us to move quickly to bring to market two new technologies that use mixed plastic waste as a raw material, replacing fossil raw materials and producing products without compromising on quality. And these technologies do this while reducing our carbon footprint, supporting our company’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and reducing our carbon emissions by about a third by 2030.
Specifically, Eastman carbon renewal technology can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 to 50 percent in the production of key molecular building blocks of new materials. Likewise, Eastman polyester renewal technology can reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the production of intermediate polyesters by 20 to 30 percent.
We are fully invested in the circular economy and advanced recycling. We have seen strong market adoption by leading brands such as LVMH, Estee Lauder, H&M,CamelBak and Tupperware, who are all committed to using Eastman recycled content in their products. Eastman went from concept to market in less than a year with our advanced recycling platform. We are building a $ 250 million polyester renewal manufacturing plant in Kingsport, Tennessee with mechanical completion in 2022. With this investment, we are committing to recycle 250 million pounds of plastic waste per year by 2025 and more than 500 million pounds per year by 2030.
Eastman is well positioned to lead this effort, but we know we can’t solve this problem alone. We call on others to take an active role in solving the global plastic waste problem, through industry innovation, partnerships and smart policies so that we can renew our recycling system.
Collaboration is the key to solving the plastic waste problem
Technology and politics are closely linked. We need collaboration along the value chain and between business and policy makers so that new technologies can be accelerated towards commercialization to help us all tackle the plastic waste crisis now.
Existing public policies are written with a view to mechanical recycling. In some cases, it is not even clear whether materials produced from advanced recycling would be considered ârecycled materialsâ. Brands want to be assured that recycled content from advanced recycling will be factored into their recycling / recycled content goals and that there will be a constant supply of material for their products. New advanced material-to-material recycling technologies exist to work with mechanical recycling to support these goals, but existing regulations and existing recycling infrastructure hamper their ability to meet market demand for recycled content. For this reason, we need the cooperation of policymakers to reform policies to make them recycling neutral and encourage investment in research and capital to make plastic circularity a reality.
Policy makers can also help communicate to the traditional recycling industry, including its trade associations, that advanced recycling is not a threat to the existing recycling infrastructure. Our goal is not to replace traditional forms of recycling, but to complement them, to save products that cannot be recycled otherwise. We want to pave the way for innovative solutions where everyone wins.
Parents working at Organon were given up to three hours a day to support children in their distance learning activities during Sydney’s winter lockdown.
Announced this week by the recently launched women’s health company, CEO Nirelle Tolsoshev said Women’s agenda the move is one of a number of initiatives created to help staff avoid burnout and stress during this time. They support 61 employees in Sydney, as well as across the country.
She told the team that there would be no obligation to make up for time spent on distance learning activities and child support. She also said all staff would be given two hours a day to support their “well-being”: exercise, rest, rejuvenate or whatever is needed.
These are supports that stand in stark contrast to what other Sydney employers are doing, including the board we spoke about last week that asked staff to sign a statement that they would not work from home while assuming primary care and distance learning responsibilities for children under the age of eight.
Meanwhile, Organon also says staff will have free time to get vaccinated. They are encouraged to take time for themselves during the day to focus on their health and well-being and to structure their work day in a way that suits their personal situation and takes other colleagues into account. They also sought to shift and shorten meetings and re-prioritize certain types of work.
Tolstchev said she was especially proud of their leadership for taking steps to minimize stress.
âAs leaders, we need to support our teams and the wider community, empathize, focus on wellness, and create space for our employees to balance home schooling and priorities. professional. It is good for our people and good for the community to continue to teach children.
It is a company that understands that the responsibility for children during these lockdown times should not rest with parents alone, as children are currently being kept at home to protect the community.
This is how you support staff and their children during lockdown.
For 200 years, this oak has watched the time go by in Fairhope.
Thanks to the city council, he will look down on yet another generation.
Formosa termites and a giant crack in its trunk threatened the deep roots of the tree.
This week, city council voted to foot the nearly ten thousand dollar bill to save it.
Some people are not happy with the high price.
For a town known for its tree-lined streets, Fairhope Mayor Sherry Sullivan said the move was due to more than one factor.
âWe’ve lost so many trees to Sally that just being able to save that tree is, I think, important to people,â said Mayor Sullivan.
Several long-time Fairhopians tell us that this oak is more than just a tree.
âIt’s a historic tree, it adds beauty to the neighborhood and it’s a classic. People have weddings and photo ops all the time, âsaid Gray Billups, of Fairhope.
âI guess it definitely beat me here for sure,â said Bill Sullivan, who lives nearby.
After two hundred years, some tell us that the tree has more than deserved its sustenance.
“I think there must be a lot of Formosa termites in a lot of these trees, and I can’t imagine getting rid of this beautiful tree will get rid of these termites, so I’m happy to hear that they will. save him, Sullivan said.
The city has contracted with Chris Francis Tree Care in Baldwin County, who we are told will begin installing an additional support system for the tree in the coming days.
For now, authorities have put up barricades to prevent people from getting too close until the oak can be stabilized.
Small businesses in financial difficulty are on the verge of being able to benefit from a new bailout process.
Yesterday, a bill passed all legislative steps in the Oireachtas, which will provide for an administrative rescue process for small businesses – known as SCARP.
This framework will be similar to the existing review framework, but aims to make the restructuring process faster, easier and cheaper.
It should be promulgated by the president in the coming days.
Sven Spollen Behrens, director of the Small Firms Association, said the bill offers small businesses with fewer than 50 employees a new, dedicated bailout process.
Speaking on Morning Ireland, he described the process as an alternative to the traditional review process.
“If a small business finds itself in a situation where it is unable to cope with the amount of accumulated debt – but is otherwise viable, the leaders of the businesses concerned can initiate this new process,” he said.
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Unlike the review process, companies using SCARP will not need to go to court, as Spollen Behrens explained.
“A qualified insolvency practitioner will be appointed by the company to initiate a dialogue with creditors in order to prepare a bailout.
“On the 49th day of the appointment of the insolvency practitioner, creditors are then invited to vote on the bailout and the process will be concluded in a much shorter time frame than the traditional review process,” he said. he declares.
Mr Spollen Behrens said reviews can currently last up to 150 days, while it is hoped that this new process will be concluded within 70 days.
“The new framework will make restructuring a small business more accessible, faster, cheaper – and it will hopefully save a lot of businesses and jobs,” he said.
The Small Firms Association has said it expects many companies to take advantage of this new process once it goes into effect.
“The next 12 months are going to be very important for many small businesses, especially the thousands of companies in the hospitality industry and the experience economy,” said Mr Spollen Behrens.
“It’s really important for businesses to know that there will be a new framework in place that can help them if they need it,” he said.
Mr Spollen Behrens said he hoped the new process would be in place for businesses starting this fall.
Nepal is very vulnerable to various types of natural disasters. They cannot be stopped, but their magnitude can be reduced by taking preventive measures for which pragmatic government policies and technological advancement are of the utmost importance. Disaster risk management is on the verge of going digital in Nepal. The National Authority for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management is a legal framework for understanding disaster risk. It has a Building Information Platform Against Disaster (BIPAD) portal which has been developed by bringing together all credible digital and spatial data available from different government agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and research organizations into one platform.
It is an integrated and comprehensive national disaster information management system designed to foster partnership and sharing of disaster data. It builds on the concept of creating a national portal integrated with independent platforms for national, provincial and municipal governments with a bottom-up disaster data partnership approach. Users can view alerts of various disaster events nationwide by province, district and local unit on the BIPAD portal. It also shows the basic details of the incident, including losses, so users can analyze the severity of the incident and react accordingly.
Early warning system
Disaster information management systems and online databases are being developed with functionality to increase accessibility for public use. They include SAHANA, DesInventar, the Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction Portal, the Nepalese Government Geoportal, and primary data from the Real-Time Water and Flood Monitoring System of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. The department has a government mandate to monitor all hydrological and meteorological activities in Nepal. He established hydrometeorological stations in Rasuwa, Solukhumbu, Kaski, Dolpa, Humla, Dolakha, Jumla, Sankhuwasabha and Manang. These stations collect data on temperature, precipitation, relative humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, and water level. The information helps to issue predictions and early warnings to minimize disaster losses. The early warning system installed by USAID issued a flood alert in the Kankai River Basin via SMS in 2017, resulting in few deaths although many houses were submerged and the crops and livestock are destroyed.
Despite the huge opportunities, there are some challenges for disaster risk reduction in Nepal. The main challenge is that our disaster management models are based on historical data and observations, assuming that the past is a reasonable guide for the present and the future while such assumptions are now being made obsolete on almost all occasions. fronts. Risks are emerging and increasingly non-linear, but our conventional response is linear. There is a lack of information, technology and knowledge in the practical aspects of disaster management. So far, limited work has been done on scientific risk assessments. There are not enough hydrometeorological stations while some of the existing stations have been damaged and not updated. The country lacks advanced technologies, including early warning systems. There is weak coordination between different disaster related agencies, and few non-governmental organizations are willing to work in disaster preparedness, mitigation and rehabilitation work. Rapid urbanization and unplanned settlements combined with a lack of public awareness of preventive measures to reduce the impact of natural disasters are other challenges.
In 1970, Cyclone Amphan killed 300,000 people in Bangladesh. In 1991, the tropical cyclone killed an estimated 145,000 people; but in May 2020, only 26 people died while nearly 2 million people were evacuated on time. This was made possible by high-resolution digital weather forecast information and 24-hour tropical cyclone monitoring by three satellites over the Bay of Bengal. This example shows that Nepal can also explore applicable solutions for disaster risk reduction. Responsiveness, technology and coordination are the three important factors to focus on for effective disaster risk management. More scientific research is needed to understand disaster risk. The disaster information management system needs to be institutionalized at all levels of government, from local to federal. Likewise, coordination with international cooperation should be done for the transfer of knowledge and technology.
Coordination can be done with the Central Bureau of Statistics during the census to generate, manage and digitize the data. For processing and modeling big data, high-power computing machines such as supercomputers should be provided. Sufficient meteorological and hydrological data as well as sediment dump stations should be installed. Existing hydrometric stations should be upgraded with the latest early warning system and automatic hydrological stations including telemetry system. Likewise, information technology and user-friendly technologies should be developed for the early warning system. Satellite emergency mapping needs to be improved both in terms of quality and response by improving radio systems and technology based on geographic information systems.
Drones for disaster monitoring
Collaboration should be established with multiple stakeholders to use drones for disaster monitoring and damage assessment and robots for rescue operations. Real-time information should be provided via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, which should be further analyzed and validated by artificial intelligence to filter and categorize information and perform predictive analysis. The Internet of Things, including sensors, can send alerts about potentially dangerous situations. For example, river levels can be monitored by sensors to detect possible flooding, and ground sensors can detect earth movements that could signal earthquakes. Tree sensors can detect if a fire has started by testing temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels.
Non-governmental organizations must be motivated to work in remote areas affected by disasters. Planned settlements are necessary and building codes must be strictly enforced. Mass education, literacy and awareness campaigns must be launched in order to educate and sensitize the population. Finally, emergency response planning and capacity building, strengthening of the political and legal environment and effective and efficient reconstruction and rehabilitation works are particularly necessary. Nepalese disaster management models should be proactive, but they remain reactive. Such models are essential to minimize disaster risk; and with continued technological advancements and sound policies, Nepal has a lot to do on this front.
Here is the full statement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg:
The Morrison government is improving its national response to COVID-19 outbreaks with increased weekly payments to households and increasing cash flow for businesses to get them through prolonged lockdowns.
The new national agreements were developed following close cooperation between the governments of the Commonwealth and New South Wales to ensure that additional support is targeted and deployed as quickly as possible under a new agreement cost sharing.
The support program will see an increase in payment for COVID-19 disaster from the fourth week of a lockdown and a 50/50 cost-sharing agreement between the Commonwealth and the NSW government for a new expanded support program for small and medium-sized businesses, implemented and administered by NSW.
This level of support will apply nationwide to any state or territory that experiences an extended lockdown beyond the third week after a Commonwealth hotspot is declared.
COVID-19 Disaster Payments
The Commonwealth will improve and expand the support available for NSW and other states experiencing a prolonged lockdown.
More specifically, the Commonwealth:
Beginning in week four of a lockdown due to a Commonwealth-declared hotspot, payment for COVID-19 disaster will drop from $ 500 to $ 600 each week if a person has lost 20 or more hours of work per week or from $ 325 to $ 375 each week if a person lost between 8 and 20 hours of work.
Make the COVID-19 disaster payment a recurring payment for approved recipients as long as the Commonwealth-declared hotspot and lockdown restrictions remain in place. This will eliminate the need for recipients to recover for every seven day period of a lockdown.
Change the COVID-19 disaster payment so that a person is eligible for payment, including where they still work, as long as they have lost more than eight hours or a full day of work.
From July 18, 2021, COVID-19 disaster payment will be available to people outside of Commonwealth-declared hotspots in New South Wales who meet the payment criteria.
The NSW government will fund all payments outside a Commonwealth-declared hotspot, with the Commonwealth continuing to fund payments to recipients in a Commonwealth-declared hotspot.
This arrangement will be available to other states and territories for future lockdown due to a hotspot declared by the Commonwealth.
Information on the COVID-19 disaster claim process can be found on Services Australia.
Support payments to small and medium-sized enterprises
From week four of the lockdown, the Commonwealth will fund 50% of the cost of a new small and medium business support payment to be implemented and administered by Service NSW.
Eligible entities will receive 40 percent of their NSW payroll payments, to a minimum of $ 1,500 and a maximum of $ 10,000 per week.
Entities will be eligible if their turnover is 30% lower than an equivalent period of two weeks in 2019.
The new Small and Medium Business Support payment will be available to unemployed and employing entities in New South Wales, including nonprofits, with annual revenue of between $ 75,000 and $ 50 million.
To receive payment, entities will need to maintain their full-time, part-time and long-term casual staff levels effective July 13, 2021.
For jobless businesses, such as independent traders, the payment will be set at $ 1,000 per week.
Companies can express their interest from July 14, 2021 on www.service.nsw.gov.au
Support will cease when current lockout restrictions are relaxed or when the Commonwealth Hotspot Declaration is removed.
Commonwealth Business Tax Relief
The Commonwealth will also provide additional support through the tax system, by:
Make NSW’s Small Business Grants, including the New Small Business Payments, tax-exempt.
Provide administrative relief to struggling NSW taxpayers, including reduced payment plans, no interest charged on late payments, and variable payments on demand.
Mental health support
The governments of the Commonwealth and New South Wales will provide a $ 17.35 million mental health support program for New South Wales, including:
A boost for crisis and mental health services including Lifeline, free 24-hour support through Sonder, and counseling for perinatal depression and anxiety
Funding of mental health support for culturally and linguistically diverse and vulnerable communities
Support for young people via headspace, Kids Helpline and the Butterfly Foundation
Increasing support for states and territories experiencing prolonged shutdowns is part of the government’s plan to ensure Australia’s recovery from the COVID-19 recession.
The support is in addition to existing Commonwealth programs such as HomeBuilder, extended instant write-off of assets, additional support for apprentice retention and training as well as record support for women’s mental health and safety announced in the budget.
As the pandemic evolves, government support for Australians across the country is also evolving.
But plexiglass can be reused. This corresponds to the objectives of Austin Creative Reuse, a non-profit organization that resells donated material – ranging from traditional arts and crafts supplies to power tools. The association wants consumers to favor the reuse of materials for projects. It accepts donations from individuals and businesses and sells them below market price.
Jen Mack, director of the nonprofit, said Austin Creative Reuse sells plexiglass for about a dollar or less per square foot.
“Plexiglass is a great material to use for artists, and especially in the squares where the shields are,” Mack said. “There’s just a lot of usable space on it. So, yeah, why throw it away?
Mack says plexiglass can be used to make jewelry, decorative coasters, and windows for sheds or children’s toy houses.
But she says Austin Creative Reuse is a small nonprofit with limited resources, including storage. The group wants to divert the plexiglass from landfills as much as possible, but cannot take everything.
“If all the Costcos and all the HEBs in Austin donated to us, I don’t know if we could handle all of that at the same time,” she said.
Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a discounted home improvement store and donation center, also accepts donations of plexiglass for resale. According to its website, the organization wants to provide low-cost building materials and prevent reusable items from going to landfill.
Pat Mallett, who works at Home town recycling, a commercial recycling service provider, said the organization has already secured some plexiglass panels. The organization is unable to recycle them, but gardeners collect them to make greenhouse windows.
“People are very creative,” Mallett said. “They will think about ways to reuse it as long as they have access to it. “
Photo caption: Plexiglass screens are installed in front of cash registers at HEB to protect workers and customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The City of Madison on Monday unveiled new State Street bus stop designs for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system slated for 2024. The plan includes smaller, more transparent bus stops in response to concerns from bus companies. State Street that previous larger concept designs would block storefronts. and be bad for business.
The system is expected to replace the city’s current transit system and start operating in 2024, using $ 80 million in federal transportation funds and using larger capacity, higher frequency buses with dedicated lanes to connect West Towne, Hilldale, Capital East District and East Areas of the city.
Some business owners had called for the BRT’s routes to be removed entirely from State Street, a proposal the city pushed back, saying it would delay development and leave the BRT unconnected to one of the city’s most popular destinations. city.
âState Street is a cultural and regional destination. It is part of the heart of the city to which we want all residents from the far east to the far west, north to south to have easy access, âMayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said at a conference. press Monday.
The proposed bus stop designs for State Street would replace the existing ten stops with two, with a design smaller than the original concept as well as transparent walls. The route would stretch the 100 to 300 blocks of State Street, likely leaving the lower part of the street without any buses. The new design replaces the original 75-foot platform with a 50-foot platform designed for riders with different abilities. The size of the shelters would not be larger than that of the street today, according to the city’s press release.
New design for BRT bus stops on State Street, released July 12
âWe have listened and worked to address the concerns of State Street businesses over the past several years,â Transportation Director Tom Lynch said in a statement. “Today we are releasing a modified BRT station design that is more context sensitive and will improve the public transport situation for the entire street.”
About a quarter of a million people used buses on upper State Street in 2019, according to city data. The city estimates that part of State Street will have about 60% fewer buses during rush hour than in 2019 due to the nature of the system, with most buses being quieter and being zero-emission electric vehicles. .
The plan includes consistent service to State Street every five minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight.
BRT’s plans have been in the works for years, with current plans the result of 14 public meetings and 7,000 contacts and responses, the city said. They have also been approved twice by the city council.
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Patricia Estabrook from Belfast is the founding co-director of The Game Loft and I Know ME.
Of all the natural resources we value in Maine, none are more important than our youth. The young people of today will be our future doctors, teachers, lawyers, congressional leaders, businessmen and visionaries.
The people of Maine are known for their common sense, persistence and character. I hope that one of our young people will become the world leader who will guide us out of the struggles and conflicts of today. Who will be that expert if our young people fail to meet the challenges of the Maine workforce and society? Who will be there for us if our youth do not meet the challenges of Maine’s future?
Ask any preschooler what he wants to be when he grows up and all will say they want to be teachers, doctors, nurses or astronauts, all worthy careers, all of which require higher education, dedication and perseverance. Yet too few high school students in rural Maine pursue post-secondary education and training, and less than 32% of Maine residents aged 25 and over have a bachelor’s degree.
So how do we help young people develop the skills and attitudes necessary to achieve their aspirations? Numerous studies have shown that young people who are mentored consistently and over the long term are more successful than those without mentor support.
Mentors provide structure and insight to help young people shape and elevate their aspirations and find the resources to help them achieve these goals. While sowing the seeds of success is important, it is not enough. Mentoring nurtures young people and helps them find direction and resilience. In addition, nearly 121,000 adults in Maine – about 11% of the adult population – have started post-secondary education but have not graduated or certified.
Preserving and enriching the natural resource of our youth is the challenge that was taken up by the Lerner Foundation in 2016. The Lerner Foundation has donated more than $ 8 million in order to enhance the aspirations of students in Maine.
The Game Loft created the I Know ME program that works with students in Grades 7 to 12 to elevate their aspirations through healthy relationships, mentoring, field trips and a six-year exploration of the state. from Maine. Over six years, students learn about the people, places, geography, geology, economics, history, challenges and potential of their state. They also focus on self-knowledge that will help them set lofty goals and achieve high standards of academic and behavioral achievement.
The University of Southern Maine’s Data Innovation Project has evaluated all six aspirations incubator programs since its inception. Here are some of their findings over the first three years and a sample of 250 students: 93% said the program helped them feel connected to their community. Over 70 percent showed positive growth in learning and academic engagement, 95 percent said the program helped them discover new places and accept people different from them, and 70 percent said one hundred reported greater resilience. The project also found that 99% of grade 8 students in the programs believe they will finish high school and 88% believe they will graduate from post-secondary while 93% said the program helped them feel connected to the community.
When “Timmy” joined the I Know ME program three years ago, he was afraid of traveling far from home or speaking with adults. Recently he said: âI love to travel and meet new people. When I become a meteorologist, I could be stationed anywhere in the world, but I still want to come home to Maine.
Our lives and our future depend on young people in Maine like “Timmy”. Raising and sustaining their aspirations will pay huge dividends in the future of our state.
The Vicente Ferrer Foundation, in its recent newsletter, explains how the Indo-American high school Nitin Vijay-Martin mobilized to help the Covid pandemic in India.
The high school student at Cherokee High School in Marlton, New Jersey saw the effects of COVID-19 in India and decided to make a difference.
When Covid-19 hit India, Vijay-Martin witnessed its devastating impact and felt he had to act, the statement said.
After doing extensive research, he found that the RDT Hospital in Bathalapalli provides essential support to people living in rural areas and wanted to help their team.
The youngster set up a GoFundMe page and reached out to friends and families in the neighborhood to support VFF USA’s âMission Oxygenâ efforts, the foundation noted.
Donations poured in and in 24 hours he was able to raise over $ 1,000. Donations continued to flow and he was able to raise a total of $ 2,500 to transport oxygen supplies to India.
The teenager’s grandparents and many loved ones who live in Anantapur are extremely proud, as are the American and Indian teams, according to the foundation’s newsletter.
The newsletter was dedicated to more than 200 âsuperheroesâ from the United States, India, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Norway and Spain who shared the message with their friends and families and made generous donations to help those in despair. need.
The funds raised were used to purchase oxygen cylinders, PPE kits and other medical and pharmaceutical supplies in India, he said.
The Covid-19 pandemic has amplified the need to focus on sustainable investing. And although India Inc adopts sustainability initiatives, experts believe that a regulatory push will make it more effective.
The increase in the number of Indian signatories to the UN-backed International Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is a clear sign that the first step has been taken. Signatories commit to integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment / ownership decisions.
However, an assessment of the ESG disclosures of India’s top 100 companies reveals that it will take time to gain meaningful insight into their ESG initiatives.
Based on their market capitalization as of March 31, 2020, only around 50 companies have made voluntary sustainability disclosures. These disclosures follow global sustainable development frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI), the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide useful information on sustainable development initiatives.
The Business Responsibility Report (BRR) framework, which is a must in annual reports, is like a self-compliance checklist. Standardization, comparability and transparency are some of the main challenges encountered in ESG analysis.
Interestingly, cement and metallurgy companies perform well in the ESG framework despite being considered polluters. More regulatory pressure may have caused this. Most other sectors have not fully appreciated ESG initiatives or are simply lacking in disclosure.
According to Nitin Bhasin, Head of Research, Institutional Equities, Ambit Capital: “Companies will need to prepare, as SEBI imposes a detailed BRSR (Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting) disclosure format for ESG reports for fiscal year 23. for the first 1,000 companies.
He says that over the past decade, regulators have taken strong action to address financial reporting or governance irregularities, and the same diligence is needed for sustainability. For example, companies currently do not disclose any energy reduction targets under the BRR. Experts agree that a regulatory framework could bring about changes.
Recently, ‘Quantum Materials’ has become a powerful umbrella concept. It has grown in popularity in various fields of science and technology, ranging from condensed matter and cold atom physics to materials science and quantum computing. Two upcoming publications have greatly marked this evolving concept of quantum materials. In both papers, the researchers described a strategy to achieve record levels of precision for simulating quantum materials.
In the first study, researchers looked at one-dimensional systems such as thin wires and demonstrated how to accurately calculate electrical parameters such as current and conductance. In the second article, the researchers show how to use a quantum processor to reproduce essential physical properties using the Fermi-Hubbard model of interacting electrons. These results represent a crucial step towards achieving the long-term goal of modeling more complex systems with real-world applications, such as batteries and drugs.
Calculation of the electronic properties of a quantum ring
In a forthcoming article titled ‘Accurately calculate the electronic properties of a quantum ring‘, the researchers described how to calculate the specific electrical properties of quantum materials. The article focuses on one-dimensional conductors, which the researchers model using the Sycamore processor to create an 18-qubit loop that mimics a thin wire.
The researchers demonstrated the underlying physics with a series of simple textbook experiments, starting with calculating the band structure of the wire that describes the link between electronic energy and speed. They got less than one percent of the error, despite an 18-qubit algorithm with over 1,400 logic operations. This was a primary computational task for short-term devices.
In general, Quantum processors must overcome two critical sources of error to outperform conventional approaches: control error and decoherence. The researchers presented an experimental design to obtain a low control error and complete decoherence. The robust characteristics of the Fourier transform allowed for this level of precision.
The researchers measured a quantum signal that oscillates over time with a small number of frequencies. A Fourier transform of the signal showed peaks at the oscillation frequencies. While the experimental flaws have an impact on the height of the observed peaks, the center frequencies remain unchanged. On the other hand, the researchers found that the center frequencies were particularly sensitive to the physical attributes of the cord. The idea of ââthe study was to examine quantum Fourier signals that provide robust protection against experimental errors while giving the underlying quantum system a sensitive probe.
The Fermi-Hubbard model
In the newspaper ‘Observation of separate charge and spin dynamics in the Fermi-Hubbard modelThe researchers examined the dynamic behavior of electrons as they interact in the Fermi-Hubbard model. In some regimes, the model is extremely difficult to solve on traditional computers and is commonly used to test numerical approaches for tightly correlated systems. Spin-charge separation, or the fact that spin and charge excitations move at different speeds due to interparticle interactions, is a unique property of the one-dimensional Fermi-Hubbard model.
When the particles interact, new spontaneous phenomena like high temperature superconductivity and spin charge separation are produced. The Fermi-Hubbard model can easily represent this behavior. Atomic nuclei in materials like metals create a crystal lattice, and electrons bounce from one lattice site to another, carrying an electric current. It is essential to include the repulsion that electrons experience as they come close to each other to describe these systems appropriately. The Fermi-Hubbard model describes this physics with two simple parameters: the jump rate (J) and the repulsion intensity (U).
Researchers could update the dynamics of the model by mapping the two physical parameters to logical operations on the processor qubits. They simulated an electronic state in which electronic charge and spin densities peak around the center of the qubit lattice using these methods. The high connections between electrons cause charge and spin densities to propagate at different speeds as the system evolves. Their results gave a clear picture of the interacting electrons and served as a benchmark for modeling quantum materials using superconducting qubits.
Quantum processors have the potential to tackle difficult computational tasks faster than traditional methods. However, these built platforms must offer computational precision beyond current traditional approaches to be seen as real challenges. Therefore, these two experiments demonstrate an astonishing level of precision in the simulation of simple materials. The researchers hope that these experimental results will help move beyond the classical computing age.
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Ritika Sagar is currently pursuing a CEO studies in journalism at St. Xavier’s, Mumbai. She is an aspiring journalist who spends her time playing video games and analyzing developments in the world of technology.
MILWAUKEE – If only family and friends could interact with NBA players in games the same way they did before the pandemic.
Maybe ex-Los Angeles Lakers player and broadcaster Mychal Thompson could be here so he can hug Phoenix Suns third-year center Deandre Ayton before playing the Milwaukee Bucks in games. 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals. After all, Thompson often praised Ayton before the Suns played against the Lakers to further strengthen their ties as native Bahamians.
âI tell him how proud I am of him and to carry on,â Thompson told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s the best player we’ve ever had from the Bahamas.”
Ayton and Sacramento Kings goaltender Buddy Hield are the only current Bahamian-born NBA players, but Hield has never made the playoffs. Golden State Warriors goalie Klay Thompson, one of Mychal’s sons, won three NBA titles and broke numerous shooting records, but was born in Los Angeles. Ayton and Mychal Thompson have the strongest connection to the Bahamas.
“He will be the main sports ambassador for the Bahamas for the next 15 years,” Thompson said of Ayton. “He has that kind of potential to represent the Bahamas and carry the Bahamian flag in sport for the next 15 years. I expect him to.”
Ayton and Thompson are the only Bahamian-born players to compete in the NBA Finals. They are also the only Bahamian-born players to be selected No.1 in the NBA Draft. But as Thompson pointed out, “I don’t compare myself to him.” Thompson, who won two NBA championships in three final appearances with the Lakers (1987, 1988, 1991), predicted Ayton will collect more rings than he does. Thompson, who had a 12-year NBA career with Portland, San Antonio and the Lakers (1978-91), predicted Ayton would have a much more substantial resume than his.
âHe’s going to become an All-Star on several occasions,â said Thompson. “He’s going to be a Hall of Fame member. So he’s the best basketball player we’ve ever produced in the Islands.”
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Thompson considers Ayton the third best center in the NBA behind Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, who won this year’s regular season MVP. Ayton, 22, reminds Thompson of San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson, who won two NBA titles, an NBA Defensive Player of the Year award and 10 All-Star nods in a 14-year career ( 1989-2003).
âHe can run on the ground, block shots and has a good midrange game like Robinson,â Thompson said of Ayton. “He’s got everything David Robinson had at that age. If he continues to progress and stay hungry and healthy as he shows, he can reach that level.”
Ayton’s eyes lit up and his smile widened when he learned of Thompson’s praise for his current skills and long-term trajectory.
âThis is the big moment,â Ayton said. “All I have to do is make sure I put my head down and keep working. With the wins, the individual rewards come. I just have to keep working and keep winning.”
How Ayton impressed Thompson
The Suns and Ayton are heading in that direction.
Phoenix has a 2-0 Series Finals lead over Milwaukee entering Game 3 on Sunday after sending in last year’s NBA Champions (Lakers), the team with this year’s MVP (Nuggets) and another championship contender (Clippers). Ayton became one of seven players in NBA history to have 12 double doubles in their first 17 playoff games. He also set an NBA playoff record for highest field goal percentage across that same sample size (71.1%).
As his homeland celebrated Independence Day on Saturday, Ayton admitted his current motivations go beyond winning his first NBA championship. It also goes back to how Ayton wants to honor the Bahamas.
âThere are a lot of people back home who are supporting me and watching me,â Ayton said. “I want to put on a show for them and make sure this thing happens. Every game I play in, I take the Bahamas with me.”
Thompson saw early on that Ayton could inspire his homeland.
Thompson first met Ayton when he was 12 when he visited Jeff Rogers Celebrity Camp in Nassau, Bahamas, when Klay Thompson also attended after his rookie season (2012-13). After marveling at the attention Klay was receiving, Ayton yearned to follow his path. At this point, Mychal hasn’t noticed anything in particular in Ayton’s play that suggests fame. But given that Ayton was already 6-4, Mychal felt it would always happen.
âWe knew he had a future because of his size and his love of the game,â said Thompson. “We knew that if he kept growing, he would have a great future in basketball.”
Thompson predicted correctly. Ayton moved to San Diego to study and play basketball at Balboa City School. He then played two more years at Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix, which led to the University of Arizona awarding him a scholarship. He went on to set a Pac-12 schedule and record for most doubles doubles (25) as well as Pac-12 Player of the Year honors. It’s no wonder the Suns selected Ayton with the No.1 pick in the 2018 draft.
As Ayton grew in height and stature, Thompson sometimes gave Ayton what he called “words of wisdom.”
âThe only thing I told him when he was in high school was to stay humble and be ready to listen and work hard,â Thompson said. “You could tell he was looking forward to playing. So I didn’t have to give a lot of advice. He already had good people advising him and a good family. He had all the support he needed.”
Therefore, Thompson was not worried about some of the hiccups Ayton experienced once he entered the NBA.
Ayton drew immediate comparisons with others in his draft class, including Dallas Mavericks goaltender Luka Doncic and Atlanta Hawks goaltender Trae Young. Although Ayton plays a different stance, questions have emerged as to whether the Suns would have been better off picking one or the other goaltender instead. After all, the Suns hadn’t made it to the playoffs since 2010.
Ayton has also prompted questions about his constant production and engagement. While the Suns have always praised Ayton for his game and attitude, they admitted he still had a learning curve with the way he trained on the training ground, weight room and gym. Movie room. Ayton faced a 25-game suspension to open the 2019-20 season for violating the terms of the NBA / NBPA anti-drug program after testing positive for a diuretic.
âHe’s a good boy. I didn’t worry about him at all,â Thompson said. “He has such a good family structure behind him and such good coaches around him. So I knew he would be fine.”
Thompson has often resisted sprinkling it with too many comments. He credited Suns guards Chris Paul and Devin Booker for both asking and encouraging Ayton to raise his level of play. He praised Suns coach Monty Williams for giving Ayton constructive feedback, some of which were recently captured in the Suns’ victory over Buck.
Still, Thompson argued that more could be done to bring out the best in Ayton.
âSometimes he’s too ignored and the Suns just don’t tap into the fuel he has in the paint,â Thompson said. “This guy is unstoppable in the painting as he showed it. So they have to treat him like he is a hyper giant star.”
They did so when Ayton threw a winning lob on a back pass with 0.7 seconds left in a Game 2 win over the Clippers. Thompson compared the game to when former Chicago Bulls forward Toni Kukoc and former Lakers goaltender Derek Fisher shot winning shots in playoff games on entry passes with little time on the clock. Otherwise, Ayton has cemented career lows again this season in points (14.6) and shooting attempts (10.5) due to the depth of the team.
âThey have such a dynamic backcourt and outside shooters that sometimes you can fall in love with the 3 and not realize the weapon you have in the paint,â Thompson said. “It’s a delicate balance that the Suns need to focus on. Deandre is so adept in the paint with his jump hook and flipping shots.”
Despite the optimism about Ayton’s potential, even Thompson has his limitations.
He conceded uncertainty as to whether Ayton could soon supplant Embiid and Jokic as the NBA’s top center.
âEmbiid and Jokic are pretty special, but Deandre can push them,â Thompson said. “He can push them for that honor. From now on, he shouldn’t be any worse than the third best center for the next few years with a chance to make that second or first team.”
He also seemed skeptical about whether Ayton’s career would end with comparisons to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Hakeem Olajuwon or Shaquille O’Neal.
âI hope so, but these are high levels,â said Thompson. âYou talk about five of the greatest ever out there. But he’s going to be a Hall-of-Famer. There’s no doubt about it. How big he wants to be depends on him on how hungry he wants to be and how how much he wants to work. “
Ayton wanted to work hard in part to make Thompson proud.
âHe’s supported me, supported me so far,â Ayton said. âIt keeps me in a good mood.
Meanwhile, Thompson seemed in good spirits as he spoke about Ayton and the influence he had on him.
âThe fact that he recognizes me and knows who I am is very flattering,â said Thompson. “It’s a huge accomplishment. He’s already surpassed anything I’ve ever done at that age. At 22, I was in college trying to find the next test I was going to take. See him at 22? He’s two wins away from an NBA championship and that’s one of the main reasons he’s far surpassed anything I’ve ever done and ever will have done in basketball. -ball. “
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COLUMBUS, Georgia (WRBL) – The sound of old war stories filled veterans of foreign wars after 665, as older veterans shared their stories with each other over a hot plate of breakfast.
The VFW hosts a Veterans Breakfast every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Extension 665 wants veterans to feel like they have a support system and a place to go. Veterans who come to this post share old war stories, talk about everyday life and enjoy a good breakfast. Froylan Rivas, commander of post 665, said these veterans enjoy being around people who have the same experience.
âIt’s just a place where they can hang out and be with someone who shares the same life experiences,â Rivas said.
Tables are always full of veterans having lunch and sharing stories, but Rivas says there’s always room for more veterans.
âIt’s pretty packed, I wish it was more. I always wish it was more, but it’s pretty packed, especially on Sunday we have karaoke, âRivas said.
Rivas told News 3 that he enjoys being in this atmosphere.
âIt makes me feel good, most of the time you don’t miss the mundane things about being in the military. But you miss the camaraderie, the shared experiences, the guy to the left and right of you and when I see veterans from all eras. Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, all these guys sharing a meal, talking. It really warms my heart, âsaid Rivas.
Rivas is not the only one with a warm heart when rubbing shoulders with veterans. Nancy Bell enjoys being around and helping veterans as well. His father, Colonel Bell, served in World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War. She vowed to her veteran father before his death that she would be the support system for other veterans in need. Bell volunteers at VFW while wearing her father’s name tags so that she can fulfill her wish.
âLast Saturday I came to volunteer and these are the nicest older vets who just want to come and have breakfast and socialize with other soldiers,â Bell said.
While Bell enjoys spending time with older veterans, she would like younger veterans to spend time with them as well.
âWhat I haven’t seen are the young soldiers, so we have to spread the word to get the young soldiers. They have an amazing breakfast, so these young soldiers have to come and sit with these guys and share some stories. These gentlemen are just a wealth of information and many of them are on their own, âBell said.
Bell told News 3 that VFW Post 665 is a great place for veterans of all ages because they have such a strong mission statement.
âThis particular place, their mission statement is so relevant. They have walkers and wheelchairs here that people donated. They do so much more than just serve breakfast, they serve a community of vets, âBell said.
Changes are underway in maternity wards in Swansea Bay to ease the pressure due to the number of staff who are sick.
The Swansea Bay University Health Board posted an ad on Facebook on Friday afternoon to let people know their home birth service was suspended with immediate effect.
This is because of the number of employees who have Covid-19 … have to self-isolate or are unavailable due to other illness issues.
The decision will be reviewed in two weeks.
Families who have planned a home birth are encouraged to contact their community midwife to discuss options.
There are birth centers in Neath Port Talbot and Singleton Hospitals .. which are run by midwives with individual rooms.
Their statement is in full below.
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âOur maternity services are under great pressure due to the number of staff who have Covid-19, must self-isolate or are unavailable due to illness in addition to Covid-related issues.
âIn response, we need to change the way we provide services with immediate effect – including making the very difficult decision to suspend the home birth service.
“It’s about maintaining and ensuring safe maternity care for all of our families, in accordance with professional advice from the Royal College of Midwives and Obstetricians and Gynecologists
âWe will review the situation in two weeks and let you know as soon as we have any changes. We urge families who have planned a home birth to contact their community midwife to discuss the options available.
âWe understand this can cause disappointment, but rest assured that the decision to suspend this service was not taken lightly.
âWe ask that you contact us as soon as you have signs of labor, which will help us plan your care.
âThe Maternity section of the Swansea Bay website has comprehensive information, including details about our birthing centers at Neath Port Talbot and Singleton hospitals.
âThey are midwives headed by midwives, with individual rooms and a real home environment.
âCritical support partners are encouraged to attend all settings when you have an initial labor assessment.
âWhen you are not in labor and it is safe to do so, you will be advised to go home and wait for your labor to progress. This will minimize the time you are separated from your essential support.
“We apologize for any disappointment this may cause and thank our community for their continued support during this difficult time.”
Juliet Hornburg – holding the 2018 League of Historic American Theaters Outstanding Theater Award – and her family (clockwise from left) Nathan Mason, Camy Mason, Britni Brundidge, Ann Mason and Barry Mason, were honored by the Struthers Library Theater at a reception Wednesday. Photo by Brian Ferry
WARREN, Pa. – A theater is a place, maybe a beautiful place. But, without the people, that’s it.
A few years ago, the Struthers Library Theater entered into a fundraising campaign that downgraded the physical structure.
During this process, Juliet Mason Hornburg made a generous donation.
“Juliet responded early in our 2015 fundraising campaign,” said retired CEO Marcy O’Brien. âWe made a substantial request. She said, ‘I have more in mind.’ It never happens.
“She waved her hand with such grace and helped us close the campaign”, said Executive Director Wendy McCain.
Juliet Hornburg (center) is flanked by Struthers Library Theater board members (left to right) President Susan Stout, Secretary Robert Crowley, Shawn Walker, Vice-President the Honorable Maureen Skerda and Dr John John. Photo by Brian Ferry
While she could have imagined her money as a new curtain for the stage, new seats for clients, or any other major improvement that people would see and appreciate, Hornburg saw it elsewhere. “I always thought about it in the roof” she said. “Without the roof, you have nothing.”
Hornburg made another major contribution to the 138-year-old theater.
This time, she invested in another necessity: people.
“The volunteers are great and you will always need them” Hornburg said.
She knows there is work to be done that is neither exciting nor glamorous. She is one of those volunteers. “Juliette was a member of the Friends of the Library Theater”, McCain said. âEvery year, Juliette came to fill envelopes.
Juliet Hornburg (left) chats with Struthers Library Theater board member Shawn Walker and retired executive director Marcy O’Brien on Wednesday at a reception honoring Hornburg. Photo by Brian Ferry
But this donation is intended to help those who devote so much time and energy to making theater a vibrant and thriving part of the community. “I know people very well” Hornburg said. âThey should really have decent salaries and benefits. There is no reason not to.
On behalf of herself and her late husband, Walter, Hornburg did what McCain called a “giant gift” this âHelps us support each other for another 138 years. “
The fundamental gift will be at the heart of an endowment, according to Secretary of the Trustees Bob Crowley.
“She truly believes in the importance of our theater and its continued place in our community”, O’Brien said.
The Struthers Library Theater held a special place for Hornburg.
“I got stuck with this,” she said. âI was so impressed. A town the size of Warrenâ¦ I don’t think they know what they have here.
In addition to offering better salaries and benefits to theater staff, Hornburg made a suggestion.
When the theater was named Outstanding Theater 2018 by the League of Historic American Theaters, a statue was partially recognized.
Hornburg said she would like this statue to have a lasting place of honor in the theater.
The statue was brought to the Hornburg table moments later.
Theater officials honored Hornburg and his family on Wednesday. Hornburg’s sons Nathan and Barry Mason, stepdaughters Camy and Ann Mason and granddaughter Britni Brundidge were in attendance.
In addition to touring the facilities and thanking board members and staff, dance-loving Hornburg was treated to a surprise performance.
Senior students from Molly Dies School of Dance performed three pieces.
Hornburg was literally on the edge of his seat for most of the performance and gave the dancers a standing ovation.
âAt one point in the life of this theater, a short distance away, a young girl from Olean, New York, fell in love with the arts through dance. said Board Chair Susan Stout. “I saw this young girl tonight, perched on the edge of her seat.”
âJuliet Mason Hornburg, thank you for choosing the Struthers Library Theater as a way to connect your passion and vision to this common thread – to the timeless impetus of human expression through the arts. said Stout. âWe thank you for your special recognition that the support of our staff is essential to how we support the arts in Warren County and beyond. Thank you for your generosity in ensuring that the Struthers Library Theater will continue to expose new generations to the arts and the many ways in which they enrich the human experience.
“Thank you all very much for tonight” Hornburg said. âI believe in what you do. Thank you all for continuing.
Juliet Hornburg – holding the 2018 League of Historic American Theaters Outstanding Theater Award – and her family (clockwise from left) Nathan Mason, Camy Mason, Britni Brundidge, Ann Mason and Barry Mason, were honored by the Struthers Library Theater at a reception Wednesday. Photo by Brian Ferry
Juliet Hornburg (center) is flanked by Struthers Library Theater board members (left to right) President Susan Stout, Secretary Robert Crowley, Shawn Walker, Vice-President the Honorable Maureen Skerda and Dr John John. Photo by Brian Ferry
Juliet Hornburg (left) chats with Struthers Library Theater board member Shawn Walker and retired executive director Marcy O’Brien on Wednesday at a reception honoring Hornburg. Photo by Brian Ferry
Victoria Gwynn spoke for the first time on Friday that she was injured in the same shooting that killed DaJuan Coward. Now Gwynn is getting involved with Future Healers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A month after surviving a shooting in Ballard Park, 19-year-old Victoria Gwynn said she was working to stop the rise in gun violence in the city.
Gwynn and his friend, DaJuan Coward, 17, were shot dead in the park in early June. While still healing from the blow to her leg, she said the biggest injury was losing Coward. After being put on life support following the shooting, Coward died a few days later.
âI’m not dead, I’m still walking and breathing, but inside it hurts,â Gwynn said. âHe found me, and I told him I couldn’t get up and that’s when he told me to shoot him in the head and call the police. “
The shooting occurred less than two years after she lost her brother, Christian, to gun violence at the same age. At just 19 years old, Christian Gwynn was shot and killed near 43rd and Market. Police charged Jameko Lee Hayden with murder.
âLosing him just put a hole in my heart for the second time,â Gwynn said.
Now she is following in the activist footsteps of her parents Krista and Nevada Gwynn.
âIf I can reach families, mothers and fathers, like we’ve been doing for the past year and a half, I’m pretty sure my kids can reach their age range,â said her mom Krista Gwynn.
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Victoria Gwynn is part of community activist Christopher 2X’s new Future Healers program. The partnership with UofL Health supports children affected by the trauma of gun violence in their communities.
âEach of these numbers is an individual. And each of these individuals is attached to a family,â said Dr. Keith Miller of UofL Hospital.
2X said there would be around 24 children involved through a hospital ambassador and another group through the YMCA. Leaders and medical students of future healers are expected to provide an influence, an example, and a resource for help.
âIt has to stop,â Gwynn said. “I don’t want my little sister to be afraid to go outside and play with her friends.”
Gwynn said she has long hours of therapy ahead that she knows can’t heal all wounds. Instead, she hopes to stop new ones instead, keeping children like her own little sister from being caught in the crossfire.
âI want to be his support system, I want to be a support system for the kids,â Gwynn said.
LMPD is still investigating the death of DaJuan Coward at Ballard Park. Police said on Friday they had no new information.
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Lincoln, Nebraska – Media mogul and billionaire bison rancher Ted Turner has donated 80,000 acres of ranching in western Nebraska to his nonprofit agroecosystem lab, Sand Hills, Nebraska. He says the same could be done at four other ranches in the hills.
However, he continues to pay taxes on the land, greatly reassuring local officials and the leader of the Nebraska Omaha World-Herald. report Thursday.
“We believe that local property taxes provide essential support for the services on which our ranches and communities depend,” Turner said in a press release last week announcing the creation of a new lab.
âThe Institute will continue to pay part of the taxes to support the community. “
State officials said Turner, Nebraska’s largest landowner with nearly 500,000 ranching acres in western Nebraska, could transfer land to a nonprofit and take large land away from the Nebraska. property tax rolls. I was afraid to be there.
Gordon Senator Tom Brewer said the possibility of such a large amount of land being taken out of the tax office was “painful.”
Turner Enterprises Inc. and Turner Ranches hope to work with South Dakota State University to develop research and strategies to raise bison and protect ecosystems while generating income from rangelands. Announcement of the launch of the institute. ..
Turner’s Bison Ranch is already focusing on sustainable practices, including rotary grazing.
It also focuses on research and conservation of endangered species, as well as wildlife habitat projects.
Turner is the founder of the 24-hour cable news network CNN.
He announced in 2018 that he was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia.
The disease causes symptoms like Alzheimer’s disease as well as exercise and other problems.
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The Air Force’s Office of Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation demonstrated PNT technologies fused into an AgilePod during six successful Phase I sorties on an airborne test stand in Centennial, Colo. In April. It also successfully tested the setup on a T-38 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, ahead of Phase II flight tests scheduled for August. The centennial outings explored a concept of operations developed by Air Force Futures aiming to rethink the Services’ approach to PNT by adapting open software architectures to existing PNT technologies such as navigation by vision (VisNav), signals opportunity (SoOP) and magnetic anomaly navigation (MAGNAV). The outputs successfully demonstrated that a merged VisNav / SoOP system could operate in the reconfigurable AgilePod under a wide range of aircraft and environmental conditions.
According to Major Andy Cottle, DPS Operational Experiment Manager for Complementary-PNT, âPNT is not a new challenge for the Air Force, but we know that the unchallenged dominance of the Air Force. the air is not assured and we cannot be complacent, âCottle mentioned. âThis concept recognizes that one alternative technology-PNT is not going to give us the advantage over our adversaries as they attempt to disrupt traditional GPS sources; we need to think differently about how to use these technologies together to achieve the desired effects.
The intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) pod is made up of a series of 30-inch square compartments varying in length from 28 to 60 inches. Compartments can be assembled in different configurations, similar in design to Legos, allowing various sensor communication packages. Built to integrate with special operations aircraft such as the MQ-9 Reaper drone, it can also fly aboard manned aircraft.
Operators can choose the sensor equipment they need for a mission, configure the pod to meet their specific needs, and deploy to collect multiple types of data. For example, high-definition, electro-optical and infrared video sensors and radar can be deployed in a single AgilePod, eliminating the weight that might accompany multiple pieces of equipment to do the same thing.
The pod takes advantage of the Blue Guardian Open Adaptable Architecture construction and Sensor Open System architectures. Open architectures allow rapid integration of sensor technologies through standardized software and hardware interfaces that allow the pod to integrate seamlessly on platforms using standard architectures. This increases the number of missions the pod can increase, thus expanding the scope of ISR mission possibilities.
Current sensor capabilities on board aircraft are designed for specific mission tasks, such as close air support or targeting, using proprietary software and hardware. Open system architecture standards combined with a single AgilePod with plug-and-play capabilities and configurations allow a pod to perform hundreds of different sets of missions. This is essential for cost savings and increased durability.
In conjunction with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Air Force’s Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office (SDPE) has taken steps to make the new concept of precision operations, navigation and synchronization (PNT) of the air force a reality.
Cottle said the Centennial testing was only the first phase in a series of flight tests aimed at quickly exploring the operational utility of the concept, adding that during testing the team will also evaluate MAGNAV technology. for potential incorporation in future testing. He added that in another important step, the team successfully performed an AgilePod fit check on a T-38 to prepare for Phase II flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base. with the 586th Flight Test Squadron in August.
âThat’s the point of experimentation,â said Rudy Klosterman, head of SDPE’s Experimentation and Prototyping division. âWe bring together planners, scientists, engineers and operators to quickly explore – and for relatively low investment – competitive advantages, understand operational utility, develop CONOPS, and help the Air Force pivot as needed to ensure that the capabilities under development meet the changing demands of the battlefield.
Receiving negative feedback is expected when you are in the public service. A county commissioner’s vote will make some people happy and others upset.
There is usually no point in responding to these counterproductive and pessimistic comments. However, after reading Maureen Morris’s letter to the editor, I felt it was necessary due to the false and deceptive attacks she made against me personally instead of disagreeing on the votes that I expressed.
Ms. Morris had a particular problem with my arriving at the April 1 meeting at 1:00 p.m. One hour is the scheduled time for Commission meetings. However, a few days before this meeting, county staff changed the start time to 10 a.m. to complete some urgent administrative items. I explained to the staff that I was out of town and could not return before the time the meeting was originally scheduled.
Ms Morris also attacked my dress at this meeting, claiming that I was wearing “red tracksuit”. His claim is also incorrect. I don’t own and haven’t worn a red tracksuit since playing basketball at UNLV in the early 1980s.
Ms Morris then complained about my attending some zoom meetings and wearing a t-shirt at the June 14 meeting. I attended this zoom meeting because my firstborn played for the CIF Basketball Championship in San Diego. The game started just as the meeting was ending. I wore the t-shirt that reflected my daughter’s school name and colors to support her business.
I have always put my family before everything I do for a living. This is the reason why I moved my family to Douglas County. I said the same thing during the election. It will never change. I am the only current commissioner with young children, who thus manages his commission functions with his parental responsibilities.
I am grateful to the many people who recognized my hard work as County Commissioner. This far exceeds the negative comments of a few. Unfortunately, it is the negative comments that are usually printed in letters to the editor.
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Cates leadership deserves to be recognized
As Americans, we have been taught, virtually from birth, that if we work hard and do a good job, we will be rewarded. These well-known American values ââare apparently not known to Douglas County Commissioners, Engels, Nowasad and Gardner, who denied giving County Director Patrick Cates a merit raise at their July 1 meeting.
Since the aforementioned Commissioners did not have the decency to do so, I would like to take this time to thank Mr. Cates for a job well done over the past two years. Thank you for bringing stability to county operations. Thank you for your top-down example of ethical leadership and expectations of excellence. Thank you for putting in place the current and future tax liability policies and procedures, including the structure to reduce the risk of loss. Everything you’ve done deserves a raise from Mr.
In addition to the items listed above, thank you for guiding us through an unprecedented global pandemic that none of us, or our parents, have experienced. In the last 15 months of uncertainty, as a county employee, I never felt like I didn’t know what was going on with my job, or what was expected of me. at my work. Whenever there was a change in a national or statewide directive, I knew I would be informed within hours of our workplace expectations. Hours (minutes?) After our state closed last March, county management was hard at work keeping our residents safe and planning for possible tax ramifications. Leadership alone through this unprecedented event was worthy of a merit increase.
I hope others will read this and take the time to thank Mr Cates and / or let our County Commissioners know how they feel. My husband and I raised our family in Douglas County and I know from experience when parents work and take kids to activities etc. how hard it is to find the time to tell our leaders how we feel, but try to take a few minutes to do so. therefore. My observation is that our commissioners only hear a few people in their echo chambers and do not always hear the majority of us.
Don’t pass the Bensford law
I knew this was going to happen. I did not misinterpret Ms. Rice’s letter and realize that she did not propose illegal voting or statehood for DC and Puerto Rico or supporting the Supreme Court with liberal justices. She however said without any evidence “100 democracy experts” believe the Republican Party (Americans with horns and split feet) is a direct threat to our democracy and I just asked what those 100 experts would think. issues I mentioned that are of critical importance to Democrats. There are more than a few people who present themselves as Republicans and see themselves as Republicans who cannot stand Trump and therefore helped Democrats steal the election. I have provided proof of cases where this is true and if you followed the Arizona election audit you would realize the truth of my claim. Other states such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin are also being audited for voter fraud. Even California, the blueest in the sky, is failing to pass the Bensford Act, which is a statistical analysis involving elections and trade proceedings. Ms Rice returns to form when she says 46% of Republicans think it would be appropriate to give Trump voters what Biden won. It’s pure poppy (remember the horns), she seems to be confused as to which party believes in law and order. As for the wait times to vote, I do not see that as a partisan issue. It is up to the state and local authorities to allocate polling stations and polling stations as well as opening hours and if this is expensive you can still request a postal ballot. In other words, in densely populated democratic strongholds, it is inherent in Democrats to ensure that they can accommodate anyone who wishes to vote. A voter card is not detrimental to Americans who exercise their right to vote, but it can be a problem for those who wait until Election Day to jump through the hoops to prove they have the right to vote. Dan Paterson Gardnerville
Please support recovery events
Our final leg of our winning trifecta and our first in-person live event ended with many pared up in Star War costume. It was a fun opportunity for us to celebrate those who are recovering from an addiction or mental health issue while being active during this very challenging and challenging year! It is with great gratitude that I want to thank all of our attendees who attended this month’s Move for Recovery event and those who attended our three recovery events, either virtually or online. nobody. Good work!
Kudos to Carson Valley Medical Center for partnering with us this year and providing snacks during our in-person live 5K. We work together to improve the lives of our community by providing behavioral health services that ensure families can receive quality services in a timely manner.
Thanks to Lisa Whear, TYFS Advisory Board Member and Owner of Stor-All, who led our float on the parade and made sure all of our sponsors received fantastic publicity.
Thanks to Anytime Fitness for being our main sponsor. Their generosity has enabled Tahoe Youth & Family Services to provide all attendees with fun gifts that we will all enjoy for months to come. Kudos to COD Casino for helping us advertise our event on their brand and Kellyn Bricker for providing the electronic âknow howâ to run this event with her incredible computer skills.
Thank you to Cooperative Extension for making all our signs so that we can thank all our sponsors and companies who have supported us during this crazy year. We also want to thank Walgreens for allowing us to use their parking lot to start and end our race, yeah! I want to thank Patrick Riegel, a member of Troop # 495 who held the American flag for us as we sang the national anthem. Kudos to Yogurt Beach for providing free yogurt to our event winners and finally I want to thank Belinda Photography who graciously took the photos so we have wonderful memories of this event.
Due to the fundraising challenges we have faced due to COVID, our sponsors have been extremely generous this year by going above and beyond. It is clear that they understand the need in our community for affordable mental health and addiction services. The following sponsors contributed to the success of this event: Bing Materials, Carson Valley Accounting, Coffee on Main, Cynthia & Ricky Decarlo, Intero Real Estate, Les Schwab, State Farm and Stor-All
Thank you all for your generosity, your support and your kindness.
Congratulations to the Tahoe Youth & Family Services fundraising committee whose generosity with both their time and talents has been incredible. Our success is in large part due to their hard work and passion for our mission.
This has been a difficult year for many people who deal with addiction and mental health issues on a daily basis. Let us all remember that recovery is not linear and there will always be challenges, but with persistence and support you can be successful. Remember, Tahoe Youth & Family Services is just a phone call away. Contact us now and start a new chapter in your life by calling us at (775) 782-4202 or (530) 541-2445. We don’t judge, but reach out to offer our support and help you stay accountable to yourself.
British ethnic minorities, the self-employed and low-income families were more likely to have a “surprisingly positive” standard of living during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Thursday. Suffering from a significant level of deprivation.
Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Think Tank Annual Report In terms of living standards, poverty and inequality have identified these groups as the hardest hit, although unprecedented state support has eased the challenges. worst effects of the crisis.
This study follows other studies showing that British minorities are more likely to worsen their health and economic outcomes during a pandemic and are less likely to accept the vaccine.
“As the economy recovers, the speed and degree of recovery of these groups will be an important determinant of the pandemic legacy,” said report co-author Tom Warnam. It was.
Around 15% of ethnic minority Britons were behind household bills in early 2021, up from 12% before the pandemic.
The proportion of adults in Pakistan and Bangladesh remained 10 points above pre-pandemic levels in early 2021, with all adults living in jobless or laid-off households.
The report added that household unemployment for black adults rose 2.4 points, above the national average of 1.9.
The percentage of self-employed workers who lost all their jobs in the first blockade in March 2020 and did not pay household bills has risen from 2% before the pandemic to 15%.
36% of self-employed workers (many of whom have been hit hard by events, arts and culture) despite the government’s flagship layoff system, which has paid millions of workers since March 2020 (Working in the department) was not eligible for self-employment from government. Employment income assistance system.
Researchers also found that more families suffering from the working poor lagged behind the UK’s first national blockade in March last year, with a market share dropping from 9% to 21%. I found it.
This figure fell to 10% in the first quarter of 2021, but 13% of these families economic situation It will deteriorate in the near future.
Tom Waters, one of the report’s authors, said the success of the dismissal system largely explained the âsurprisingly positiveâ UK statistics on deprivation and the labor market.
But he added that with the aid withdrawn, the ability of people to return to their old jobs and find new ones will be an important factor in their standard of living.
The government’s dismissal system initially paid 80 percent of employee wages to avoid mass unemployment, but will be phased out by the end of September.
The weekly Â£ 20 ($ 28, â¬ 23) increase in universal credit, Social Security’s main payment, will also end at that time.
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CASPER, Wyoming – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security are “in active negotiations to deploy assets” to help Arizona and Texas secure the border between the United States and the United States. Mexico.
The governor’s office said Wednesday that Wyoming had offered to provide air assets worth up to $ 250,000 to help at the border. However, during negotiations, “it was determined that these particular assets may not precisely match the needs of the requested border mission.”
Gordon’s office says the governor continues to explore ways in which Wyoming can help provide assistance in response to a request for assistance from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.
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“It is absolutely essential that our country’s borders be secure,” Gordon said in a press release on Wednesday. âBorder law enforcement issues and uncontrolled illegal immigration threaten every part of our country, including Wyoming. It is clear that the Biden administration is not treating this problem with the level of seriousness it demands. Wyoming stands ready and willing to provide support in resolving this critical issue. “
âI recognize the serious challenges that these two governors in particular, but all of us together, face due to the mismanagement of our border under President Biden. We will continue to assess the resources available to support this effort to protect our country without compromising public safety here in Wyoming. “
Other Republican governors have also announced efforts in recent weeks to support efforts at the US-Mexico border. South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem announced in the last week of June that she planned to send South Dakota National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border to “help secure” the region.
Governors accuse the Biden administration of recently increasing the number of border crossings.
While the increase in the number of migrants crossing the Mexican border is one of the most controversial political topics, immigration experts say the situation is more nuanced than a simple change of administration. The numbers declined dramatically during Trump’s immigration crackdown, but were also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Worsening political and economic unrest in countries like Venezuela compound the problem, forcing desperate migrants to seek better options.
Under pressure from Republicans and Democrats, Vice President Kamala Harris recently traveled to the border in El Paso, Texas, where some 1,600 unaccompanied children are believed to be held in worsening conditions.
Abbott has vowed to continue building Trump’s border wall using private funds.
Value comes at a price. At least that seems to be the case with sustainable packaging. Browns, drab greens, and other functional touches (and wordings) dominate the designs of the most cutting-edge green products on the shelves. It seems that brands are faced with a choice: to create a look that is pleasing to the eye or pleasing to the planet.
In reality, dull browns and greens are more of a thoughtful design choice. They have become synonymous with sustainability, which means that design does its main job: communicating these ecological benefits to the consumer. âBrands want to send the message to consumers that they take this sort of thing seriously,â says Elliot Wilson, strategy expert at The Cabinet Agency, specializing in branding and design.
âThe packaging is pretty plain and doesn’t really exploit the brand’s personality. But I suspect they’re doing it on purpose to show they’re on this trip, âhe says.
A look at our main innovations in paper packaging illustrates this point. All of them required careful thought and an investment in cutting edge techniques, but the designs are pretty consistent. Unilever’s brown colored paper laundry detergent bottles could almost be mistaken for Absolut vodka paper bottles.
That may not be a problem now, as the innovative nature of these technologies – and their appeal to consumers – outweighs the need for a strong branding image. But that could be the case in the future, Wilson says, as these sustainable alternatives become more common. And especially for high-end products. âI just don’t think people would buy a 12 year old whiskey in what looks like a carton of milk,â he says. âSo the question is, how do you really integrate the brand into it? Because, for now, it’s very invisible.
Jack Holloway, Industrial Design Manager at Landor & Fitch, reiterates this point. âIt is not enough to rise up on the issue of sustainable development, brands must also stand out, with packs that consumers want to put in their shopping cart.
So we asked design agencies to come up with answers to this delicate packaging dilemma, while always keeping the design up to date. Here’s what they came up with, from packs of soluble drinks to a vending machine for chips …
ONS: A pack of drinks that dissolves in water
The very concept of ONS seems unlikely: beverage packaging that dissolves in water. But The Cabinet Agency, which came up with this design, overcame the obvious practical challenges with innovative thinking about what a beverage brand really is.
The ONS works like this: consumers buy flavored lozenges, which they dissolve in water to make the drink of their choice. Now for the killer element. The packaging can also be dissolved in water (throw away, not drink). Its biodegradable properties mean that it could also be thrown away as compost. But dissolving is a lot more fun – and as the marketing posters suggest, the packs can even be dumped.
And fun is exactly what this brand is all about. The ONS is full of innuendo and conscious nods to its target audience of Gen Z and young millennial consumers. The reusable bottle you receive in an ONS Starter Pack (Image 2) has deliberate similarities to Love Island water bottles. The name ONS – an abbreviation of “one night stand”, for the uninitiated – seeks to communicate the ephemeral nature of products in a playful way. And yes, the packaging was deliberately designed to look like condom packaging, says Elliot Wilson of The Cabinet Agency. These carry slogans like “I could drink you right now”.
It’s all part of a âyouthful, irreverentâ tone for the brand. âIt’s communicating that ‘we’re leaving no mark’ but in a really engaging, humorous, gen Z way,â Wilson explains. The Cabinet Agency has also given some thought to what kind of drink this audience will want. It aims to put “the fun in the functional” by infusing drink lozenges with vitamins designed to improve mood.
The young target market means that social media will play a major role in the marketing strategy, alongside outside advertising. So who knows? It could simply “partner” with a Love Islander for a sponsorship deal …
Dream: crisps without the environmental crunch
Crisps, but not as you know them. Notoriously difficult to recycle flexible plastic packaging is nowhere to be found. And there is no compromise on freshness either.
This is thanks to a whole new way of distributing crisps, imagined by global design company Marks. Vending machines are at the heart of its Reve brand. These are filled with different flavors of crisps, kept in bulk in a condition that preserves quality.
When someone fancies a snack, they just need to select an option from the vending machine and they’ll dispense the crisps in pocket-sized packaging made from 100% recyclable, FSC-certified cardboard. As the chips are designed to be eaten on the go, the packs can dispense with the foil layer that typically preserves freshness.
In addition, Reve makes recycling easier. Vending machines accept used flattened packaging, and each returned item earns a âloyalty creditâ that buyers can use to try out new flavors.
Certainly, these vending machines need electricity. But in line with the sustainable concept, they exclusively use energy from renewable sources and will only light up when the built-in sensors detect movement nearby.
Even the flavors have a lasting feel, with ingredients turning seasonally to showcase âthe diversity of natureâ. For example, winter flavors will feature turnips, while peas will be a key ingredient in the summer. And all the flavors are plant-based, of course. It’s all part of the slogan “small bite, big impact”.
High attendance will be crucial for the principle of the vending machine. For this reason, Reve is aimed at cities – a strategy reflected in his urban-style graffiti artwork.
The design and tone of voice reflect “the increasingly familiar semiotics of herbal brands that rely heavily on personality and tone of voice,” says Marks. Add a cool vending machine to the mix and you have crisps for the next generation.
Scoop: make cooking refills stylish
With the rise of refill store concepts, this opens the door to specially designed refill containers.
âThe bakery suffers from a number of usability issues that are difficult to solve with its low-cost disposable packaging,â says Echo, the design agency behind Scoop. âMany consumers have developed their own home storage systems for flours and sugars, but as we move to circular systems and in-store refills they are no longer practical. “
The Scoop container would be built on a loop system, with the aim of being desirable, display-worthy, hygienic and mess-free. Echo says it would also represent an improvement in the cooking experience thanks to easy measurement with the built-in measuring cup.
The scoop can hold a multitude of bakery ingredients as well as other dry products of a sealable nature, ensuring products stay fresh and in pristine condition.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman and Justice Minister Gideon Saar on Tuesday launched a national plan to cut regulation and red tape.
The objective of the program, implemented jointly by the Prime Minister’s Office and the two ministries, is to apply “smart regulation” and remove unnecessary and cumbersome rules in order to help the economy emerge from the crisis. of the coronavirus.
Over-regulation, according to a document released by the three agencies, is one reason Israel’s GDP per capita and productivity, which jumped between 2003 and 2010, lagged behind other countries in the world. OECD over the past 10 years. And the World Economic Forum has said ineffective government regulation is one of the main challenges for doing business in Israel.
Improved regulations could generate NIS 58-100 billion for the Israeli economy, the report’s authors estimated. The OECD has estimated that on average, this could increase Israel’s per capita GDP by 3.75% over five years and 5.75% over a decade.
“Regulation plays a vital role in promoting and protecting public interests,” said the report’s authors. But “sub-optimal regulation” can be ineffective in protecting these interests and can lead to unwanted consequences, such as additional costs to the economy as small businesses grapple with a tangle of rules. Heavy regulation also harms competition and can increase concentration – in which a small number of firms control much of the economy – by erecting barriers to trade and the creation of new firms. All of this hurts investment and reduces productivity, which in turn hurts growth and raises the cost of living, they said.
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Israel is class 35th out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business.
People shop at the Dizengoff Center shopping mall in Tel Aviv on June 14, 2021, after the health ministry announced the end of the COVID-19 requirement to wear a mask in closed public places. (Miriam Alster / Flash90)
The coronavirus pandemic has caused the Israeli economy to contract 2.6% and unemployment to rise to an average of 15.3% in 2020. This compares to growth of 3% and a record unemployment rate. by 3.8% in 2019. And as the economy recovers, in the midst of a vaccination campaign that more or less controls the coronavirus, unemployment is still expected to remain higher than before the pandemic.
The Bank of Israel has reduced its growth estimates for 2021 to 5.5%, as the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads, posing a new risk to the economy.
Global studies have shown that cutting red tape drives economic growth, the report’s authors said.
The interdepartmental team recommends a number of steps. These include enacting a regulatory framework law that will regulate internal government processes and set out the principles of how regulation is to be formulated; the establishment of a central supervisory authority with the legal power to oversee economic regulation and to be the professional arm of the government in this area; and anchor regulatory policy in legislation.
As after the economic crisis of the 1980s, when Israel instituted sweeping political reforms regarding the nation’s budget, it should now put regulatory policy within a legal framework in light of the pandemic, the authors said.
The authors of the report recommend the establishment of a regulatory authority within the Prime Minister’s office which will have the power to control the formulation and implementation of rules; assess existing regulations; and liaising with and advising the various regulatory bodies and the government on regulatory action that needs to be taken. An independent and professional expert is expected to be appointed to head the new authority, with its other members drawn from the Department of Justice and Finance and other government offices, according to the report.
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OPEC + ministers have dropped oil production talks and have not set a new date to resume them, after clashes last week.
Oil prices have extended their gains to some of their highest levels since 2018 after OPEC + talks were canceled, raising expectations that supplies will tighten further as global fuel demand recedes. recovering from a COVID-19 induced crisis.
Brent crude rose 18 cents or 0.2% to $ 77.34 a barrel at 0542 GMT, after rising 1.3% on Monday. An earlier session peak of $ 77.61 was its highest level since October 29, 2018.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $ 76.57 a barrel, up $ 1.41 or 1.9% from Friday’s close. There were no regulations on Monday, a public holiday in the United States to mark Independence Day.
It hit $ 76.77 a barrel earlier Tuesday, just below the October 2018 peak of $ 76.90.
Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, a group known as OPEC +, have dropped oil production talks and have set no new date to resume them, after s ‘to be faced last week when the United Arab Emirates (UAE) rejected a proposed eight-month extension of production borders.
The United Arab Emirates, the group’s fourth producer, opposed a deal proposed by Saudi Arabia and Russia to extend quota limits until the end of next year, rather than ending them in April. as originally planned.
The UAE agreed with the 22 other OPEC + members that monthly production cuts should be relaxed by 400,000 barrels per day from August, but said the extension should be dealt with separately.
The group normally resolves their differences in private and likes to show unity. But that rift is so deep that the energy ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia expressed their grievances on Sunday in talks with Bloomberg Television and other outlets.
“No extra barrels”
Some OPEC + sources said there would be no increase in oil production in August, while others said a new meeting would take place in the coming days and they believed that there would be a boost in August.
“Behind the rally was the opinion that there will be no more barrels of OPEC + from next month and the recovery in fuel demand will bring further tension to the market,” said Tetsu Emori, CEO of Emori Fund Management Inc.
But he also added: “The market seems to believe in the OPEC + framework and that there will be some sort of deal by August to keep the system going.”
Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar said on Monday that his country is committed to the current deal with OPEC and its allies and does not want to see oil prices rise above current levels to achieve stability.
He also said he hoped that in 10 days there could be a date for the next meeting.
“Investors are unwilling to go one way or the other due to the uncertainty over the actual actions of OPEC + members starting next month,” said Toshitaka Tazawa, analyst at the commodities broker. Fujitomi Co.
OPEC + has agreed to record production cuts in 2020 to deal with a price crash induced by COVID 19.
Producers have gradually eased production restrictions, but a plan on Friday to increase production by around 2 million barrels per day (bpd) from August to December 2021 and to extend the pact over a series of gradual production shifts until the end of 2022. has been blocked.
“The sticking point is focused on the UAE’s production levels under more normal circumstances. This is an issue we expect OPEC to address before the current agreement is terminated in April 2022,” he said. Alan Gelder, vice president of Wood Mackenzie, said in a report.
“These discussions are, however, likely to prove difficult and protracted.”
Crude oil buyers in Asia were waiting for Saudi Arabia’s Official Selling Prices (OSP) to assess market direction after the unexpected cancellation of the OPEC + meeting, three refining sources told Reuters on Tuesday. Asia.