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The global machine vision systems for healthcare market size is expected to grow from USD 1.14 billion in 2022 to USD 4.37 billion by 2030, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.7 % over the forecast period (2022-2030).

Pune, July 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Healthcare machine vision systems market by Vendor Assessment, Technology Assessment, Partner & Customer Ecosystem, Type/Solution, Service, Organization Size, End-Use Industries, and Region The market is expected to grow at a steady rate over the period of forecast. The presence of key players in the ecosystem has led to a competitive and diverse market. The advancement of digital transformation initiatives across several industries is expected to drive the global machine vision systems for healthcare market over the study period.

This report COVID-19 analysis includes IMPACT COVID-19 on production and demand, supply chain. This report provides detailed historical analysis of the global Machine Vision Systems for Healthcare market from 2017 to 2021 and provides detailed market forecast from 2022 to 2030 by region/country and sub-sectors. The report covers revenue, sales volume, price, historical growth and future prospects in the Healthcare Machine Vision Systems market.

The global machine vision systems for healthcare market size is expected to grow from USD 1.14 billion in 2022 to USD 4.37 billion by 2030, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.7 % over the forecast period (2022-2030).

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Regional analysis:

On the basis of geography, the global healthcare machine vision systems market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). North America is expected to hold a considerable share of the global healthcare machine vision systems market. Due to increasing investment in the research and development process and adoption of solutions in the region, Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a faster rate during the forecast period.

The growing number of machine vision systems in healthcare market players across all regions is expected to further drive the market growth. Additionally, increasing investment by major vendors in product capabilities and business expansion is expected to fuel the market during the study period. Many market players are finding lucrative opportunities in emerging economies like China and India, where large populations are coupled with new innovations in many industries.

Market assessment

Technology Assessment

Supplier evaluation

Market dynamics

Key Innovations

Product scope and capabilities

Trends and Challenges

Adoption trends and challenges

Technological architecture

Drivers and fasteners

Deployment Trends

Competitive differentiation

Regional and industrial dynamics

Industrial applications

Price/performance analysis

Regulation and compliance

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Strategy and Vision

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1.1. Market definition
1.2. Market segmentation
1.3. Geographic scope
1.4. Years considered: historical years – 2017 and 2020; Base year – 2021; Forecast Years – 2022 to 2030
1.5. Currency used
2.1. Research framework
2.2. Data collection technique
2.3. Information source
2.3.1. Secondary sources
2.3.2. Primary sources
2.4. Market estimation methodology
2.4.1. An in-depth approach
2.4.2. Top-down approach
2.5. Data validation and triangulation
2.5.1. Market Forecast Model
2.5.2. Study limitations/assumptions
4.1. Insight
4.2. Drivers
4.3. Obstacles/Challenges
4.4. Opportunities
8.1. Global Healthcare Machine Vision Systems Market Analysis and Forecast, By Region
8.2. Global Healthcare Machine Vision Systems Market Analysis and Forecast, By Segment
8.2.1. North America Healthcare Machine Vision Systems Market, By Segment
8.2.2. North America Healthcare Machine Vision Systems Market, By Country WE Canada
8.2.3. Europe Machine Vision Systems Market for Healthcare, By Segment
8.2.4. Europe Machine Vision Systems Market for Healthcare, By Country Germany UK France Rest of Europe (ROE)
8.2.5. Asia-Pacific Machine Vision Systems Market for Healthcare, By Segment
8.2.6. Asia-Pacific Machine Vision Systems Market for Healthcare, By Country China Japan India Rest of Asia-Pacific (RoAPAC)
8.2.7. Rest of the World (ROW) Healthcare Machine Vision Systems Market, By Segment
8.2.8. Rest of the World (ROW) Healthcare Machine Vision Systems Market, By Country Latin America Middle East and Africa

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Answers to key questions in this report:

  • How does our portfolio of products and services compare to major competitors?

  • What are the main changes in customer demand given the changing economy?

  • What are the new pricing and consumption models in the market and how should we align our portfolio?

  • What are the main decision factors for service buyers?

  • How can we speed up our bidding process?

  • What is the potential of the healthcare machine vision systems market?

  • What is the impact of COVID-19 on the Global Machine Vision System for Healthcare Market?

  • What are the key strategies adopted by companies in the Machine Vision Systems for Healthcare market?

  • What are the challenges faced by SMEs and major vendors in the Healthcare Machine Vision Systems Market?

  • Which region has the highest investments in the healthcare machine vision systems market?

  • What is the latest research and activity within the Machine Vision System for Healthcare Market?

  • Who are the key players in the Healthcare Machine Vision Systems Market?

  • What is the potential of the healthcare machine vision systems market?

Supplier evaluation

The vendor assessment includes an in-depth analysis of how the vendors meet the demand in the Healthcare Machine Vision Systems market. The MDC CompetetiveScape model was used to assess the qualitative and quantitative information for this assessment. MDC’s CompetitiveScape is a structured method for identifying key players and describing their strengths, relevant characteristics and outreach strategy. MDC’s CompetitiveScape enables organizations to analyze the environmental factors that influence their business, set goals and identify new marketing strategies. MDC Research analysts conduct in-depth investigation into solutions, services, programs, marketing, organization size, geographic focus, organization type, and vendor strategies.

Technology Assessment

Technology has a huge impact on business productivity, growth and efficiency. Technologies can help companies develop competitive advantages, but choosing them can be one of the most demanding decisions for companies. Technology assessment helps organizations understand their current technology situation and offers them a roadmap towards which they might want to evolve and grow their business. A well-defined process for evaluating and selecting technology solutions can help organizations reduce risk, achieve their goals, identify the problem, and fix it the right way. Technology assessment can help companies identify which technologies to invest in, meet industry standards, and compete with competitors.

Business ecosystem analysis

Advances in technology and digitalization have changed the way companies do business; the business ecosystem concept helps companies understand how to thrive in this changing environment. Business ecosystems offer organizations the opportunity to integrate technology into their day-to-day business operations and improve their research and business skills. The business ecosystem comprises a network of interconnected businesses that compete and cooperate to increase sales, improve profitability, and succeed in their markets. An ecosystem analysis is a business network analysis that includes the relationships between suppliers, distributors, and end users in the delivery of a product or service.

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Regions and countries covered

North America (US, Canada), Europe (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, Australia, India, Rest of Asia- Pacific) and Rest of the world (Line).

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Vantage Ventures now includes 29 startups

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Vantage Ventures is making its mark in Morgantown.

The WVU campus-based effort, part of the John C. Chambers School of Business and Economics, hopes to be the Mid-Atlantic version of Silicon Valley. Vantage Ventures is currently home to 29 early-stage companies ranging from clean energy, biotech to artificial intelligence.

Sarah Billier

Vantage Ventures executive director Sarah Biller said the organization provides expertise, connections and a place to turn ideas into profitable businesses that create jobs and solve problems or add value to lives.

Biller said what has been accomplished is even more amazing considering that Vantage Ventures opened four months before the pandemic began.

“We opened up and in March 2020, COVID really shut down the world,” Biller said.

Use the resources and experience of the WVU team and beyond the organization to give startups insight into business, marketing, and other unrelated but necessary tasks to keep a business viable.

“To be a support structure for West Virginians who live in the state, or for people who see West Virginia as a good place to start a tech business,” Biller said.

Biller said the group’s goal is to create a new wave of entrepreneurs who will also bring good jobs to the state. The group has a wide range of alumni, community leaders and experts to advise startups.

“This community is made up of individuals who may have left the state of West Virginia, but have extensive industry experience or have been entrepreneurs themselves,” Biller said.

The wide range of expertise provides a stable base of information on the realities of the business world. The fact that maintaining a business and a customer base is probably much more difficult than the initial start-up phase.

“We want them to attract customers and also raise capital,” Biller said. “This is a very important business when you’re a start-up business because you don’t qualify for conventional bank loans.”

One of the first additions to Vantage Ventures is now a success – Iconic Air. West Virginia natives Kyle Gillis and James Carnes used their passion for drones to develop software used in the oil and gas industry to measure emissions. Iconic Air achieved $1 million in revenue in 2021.

Healthcare Decision Support System Market Size, Scope and Forecast


New Jersey, United States – The Healthcare Decision Support Systems Market The research report aims to provide a quick overview of the overall industry performance and important new trends. Important information, as well as conclusions, latest key drivers and constraints, are also described here. A wide range of quantitative and qualitative techniques are used by market analysts, including in-depth interviews, ethnography, customer surveys, and secondary data analysis. It becomes easy for major players to collect important data regarding key organizations along with information such as customer behavior, market size, competition and market needs. By referring to this Healthcare Decision Support Systems Market research report, it becomes easy for key players to take evidence-based decisions.

This Healthcare Decision Support Systems Market research report adds the potential to impact its readers and users as market growth rate is affected by innovative products, demand increasing for the product, the richness in raw materials, the increase in disposable incomes and the modification of consumer technologies. It also covers the effect of COVID-19 virus on market growth and development. Market participants can briefly study the report before investing in the market and expect higher returns. According to the report, the market scenario continues to fluctuate based on many factors.

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Key Players Mentioned In The Healthcare Decision Support System Market Research Report:

Epic Systems Corporation, eClinicalWorks, Practice Fusion, NextGen Healthcare, Allscripts, Cerner, MEDITECH, General Electric Healthcare IT, Athenahealth, McKesson, AmazingCharts, e-MDs, Care360, Vitera

Several industries are interested in determining what the customers really want and the Healthcare Decision Support System market report assists in this regard by carrying out detailed market research. Before bringing a new product to market, every business owner wants to know the demand for the product, and this market research report is the best guide for them. It further helps in meeting business requirements by covering all the latest advances in the market. The Healthcare Decision Support System Market report is the best way to have a keen eye on the activities of leading competitors along with the strategies they are deploying for the expansion of their business. It further conducts in-depth analysis for the 2022-2028 assessment period to provide more business opportunities for business owners.

Healthcare Decision Support System Market Segmentation:

Healthcare Decision Support Systems Market by Product

• Autonomous systems
• Integrated systems

Healthcare Decision Support System Market by Application

• Hospitals
• Clinic
• Other

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Scope of Healthcare Decision Support System Market Report

UNITY Value (million USD/billion)
SECTORS COVERED Types, applications, end users, and more.
REPORT COVER Revenue Forecast, Business Ranking, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors and Trends
BY REGION North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
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SCA distributes aid packages to 500 affected families in Paktika province – Afghanistan

by Haroon Mudasser

Following the earthquake in Paktia province, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is distributing aid packages including in-kind food baskets, non-food items, hygiene items and aid multi-purpose cash to 500 affected families worth a total of 25 million Afghans after a rapid on-site assessment.

The SCA Country Director, Daniel Madhani, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the incident and insisted: “We are exploring the possibility of financing longer-term sustainable solutions to maintain essential services in the areas of health, education, food security, and agriculture, as well as rehabilitation and restoration of individual and community infrastructure, and livelihoods.

SCA has developed an emergency response plan to protect and save the lives of affected communities by meeting their immediate needs by providing lifesaving services in a timely, dignified and appropriate manner. SCA has mobilized internal staff as well as some external staff from local communities who are supporting the distribution of planned relief items.

“We have a team on the ground working to ensure that the emergency response plan should be implemented in accordance with humanitarian standards.” adds the country director.

Targeted households received emergency shelter materials and basic household items and will receive cash assistance for two months under the contingency plan.

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) under the ABADEI program (Area-based Approach for Emergency Development Initiative) supports households affected.

Jordan: ISWG Refugee Response Coordination and Monthly Coronavirus Updates, May 2022 – Jordan


This monthly ISWG update is a coordination tool that aims to improve communication between refugee sectors and provide information on progress made in implementing the objectives of the Refugee Emergency and Response Plan. Jordan in response to COVID-19. It is available through the Inter-Agency Operational Data Portal at:
COVID-19 inter-agency coordination via the inter-agency coordination interface at: https://iacu.tools/

A. General Updates

▪ The results, level of participation, statements and pledges of the VI Brussels Conference on Syria demonstrated the continued global attention on Syria and the region. The international community reaffirmed its commitment to host countries, host communities and refugees. This has become a key benchmark for livelihoods sector advocacy to maintain protection space for refugees in Jordan.

▪ The Ministry of Education (MoE) has started updating the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework of its Education Strategic Plan (ESP). The ESP monitoring and evaluation framework will be a roadmap for how the MoE monitors and evaluates the implementation of the ESP throughout the period 2022-2025. Through a series of UNESCO/IIEP technical workshops, the Ministry of Education is working to refine the chain of ESP results indicators, as well as defining the ESP timeline and key annual tasks for planning, monitoring and reporting, in addition to clarifying roles and responsibilities in relation to these tasks. The Ministry of Education is also developing key tools and templates for each task and will automate different M&E steps in the OpenEMIS monitoring tool. An ad hoc meeting of the Policy, Planning and Coordination Committee (PPCC) to consult partners on the ESP monitoring and evaluation framework was held on 15 May.

▪ UNESCO, in partnership with Luminous College and with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea, continues to support Syrian refugees and vulnerable young Jordanians with scholarships to access BTEC-level IITVET programs in three disciplines (Business , and creative media production, and information technology), as well as on-the-job training opportunities. 166 students (55% female; 45% Syrian), who attended the courses and a month-long on-the-job training, received laptops, which will help them to work as freelancers or on individual business projects.

From content to context – how concept-based learning brings students closer to the real world


By Nachiket Bhatia

The way students perceive the world or what they do in it develops throughout their school career. Schools and other educational institutions lay the groundwork for students’ first perspectives on the world. If these institutions do not provide them with the right atmosphere to develop, they will eventually fail to face the world.

Traditional learning allowed students to learn about a diverse range of subjects. However, it stayed away from the real-world work atmosphere that students might encounter in the future. 21st century job opportunities require continuous and lifelong learning. So, given the traditional learning system “Will students be able to cope in the real world?” Will they land a good job opportunity by simply being “exam smart”?

The answer is no, not at all in this highly competitive world. Today, it is essential for students to think critically – to solve current and future problems with the best solutions and to generate new innovative ideas.

Benefits of Concept-Based Learning

Concept-based learning challenges learners to think critically so they know “when” and “how” to use what they have learned. Isolated facts have no relevance in concept-based learning unless implications and derivations support them. It is aligned to increase real-world understanding of whatever students study.

The rigid or knowledge-based approach to learning makes knowledge relevant only until the examination of a particular subject. Subsequently, this knowledge may become obsolete. While the transferable conceptual understanding of concept-based learning allows students to understand the real world through what they learn. It encourages deep learning through analysis, synthesis and evaluation while simultaneously involving lifelong learning.

It prepares a learning community that participates in global concerns through inquiry, action and reflection. The concept-based curriculum combines three dimensions: what students know, what they do, and what they understand. It helps in devising theories from simple facts and thus, we indulge in deep knowledge and “big ideas” through this kind of learning.

An inventive, concept-based curriculum engages students’ brains and emotions beyond a standard curriculum. It helps learners transfer their information between areas of study. It is one of the most effective methods for honing students’ creativity, leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking skills while strengthening their emotional intelligence. It also introduces students to general ideas such as transition, balance, individuality, and systems.

This motivates students to discuss and actively engage by making them understand rather than swallowing the concepts. With concept-based learning, there is no need to memorize more. Its aim is to help students understand fundamental concepts and retain them rather than just giving them a layer of crucial but superficial knowledge. Thus, it makes them better prepared to enter the job market.

Digital transformation has contributed to the implementation of concept-based learning through the use of audio and visual tools. These tools allow a better explanation of the different concepts to the students. STEM edtech players are taking proactive steps to spread this kind of learning. Its reach has increased in both rural and urban areas, especially due to the rapid adoption of IT during the pandemic.


When rote learning methods persist, students become accustomed to surface learning based on facts. Then we cannot expect them to be aware of the innermost knowledge of the matter while the traditional knowledge itself remains superficial. The essence of the previous sentence is that in today’s competitive world, students need to be equipped with information that they can use in their daily lives.

Children need to be curious to become productive citizens with broad mental and emotional outlook. And implementing concept-based learning can lead students to become critical thinkers today and productive citizens tomorrow.

The author CEO, Dr Bhatia Medical Coaching Institute and E-Gurukul.

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Roshan Solutions for Innovation – Journal

WHEN the State Bank of Pakistan launched the Roshan Digital Account Initiative for Overseas Pakistanis in September 2020, it had at its core a main premise and a proposition. The premise was that overseas Pakistanis want to save and invest in Pakistan but are hampered by three key obstacles created by our banking system: difficulties in opening an account, including physical presence requirements and extensive and varied documentaries; regulatory restrictions prohibiting them from withdrawing their investments from Pakistan at will without the need for regulatory approvals; and the anxiety posed by an unpredictable tax regime on income from investments brought into Pakistan.

The proposition was that if the regulator recognizes and resolves these obstacles, Overseas Pakistanis will come forward and send their savings to Pakistan for investment and other purposes. This central idea proved critical to Roshan’s eventual success where previous initiatives aimed at mobilizing diaspora savings, such as the Pakistan Banao Certificates, had failed.

Now is the time to apply the same fundamental ideas that were behind SBP’s Roshan Initiative to another key group that needs to be better supported by our banking system: Pakistani innovators and especially those working in technology-related fields. This group includes start-ups, companies offering IT services and IT-based services (ITeS), including software exports, and freelancers. Their frustrations with our banking system are similar to those experienced by overseas Pakistanis until Roshan’s initiative: difficulties in opening a bank account and accessing major banking services, inability to easily repatriate foreign currency they might bring into the country by selling their services abroad or raising foreign capital and fear of unpredictable taxes on income from funds they might bring in from abroad.

Lily: Roshan Digital Account: a landmark initiative for PRNs

Take start-ups for example. According to media accounts, they raised more than $350 million in 2021, helped in part by SBP’s relaxations of the foreign exchange regulatory framework in early 2021 to raise foreign funds. However, most start-ups do not bring the funds they have raised abroad to Pakistan. As a rule, they provide only the minimum amounts necessary for local expenses. Similarly, software exporters and freelancers earn foreign exchange by exporting their services, but keep profits offshore as much as possible. As a result, Pakistan is deprived of badly needed foreign currency, especially at present. More importantly, our innovators risk missing out on opportunities to grow and compete effectively in the international marketplace for the services they provide because the financial system – instead of supporting them – hinders them.

Now is the time to apply the fundamental ideas of the Roshan initiative to another key group.

How could the key principles of the Roshan Initiative be applied to the banking system to better support Pakistani innovators? First, all key public sector stakeholders should buy into the goal that this constituency should be supported. The area that has traditionally appalled a regulator is repatriability: anything you bring in from outside is free for you to take back with any profit made on the investment. On the one hand, that would seem logical. On the other hand, our history is full of well-intentioned devious initiatives. The same concerns surfaced when Roshan was launched. The solution was to design safeguards into the process to limit abuse. The same approach is needed in this case, as the benefits of such flexibility would far outweigh the risks. Besides, if we don’t try, how would we know?

Second, it would be important for the initiative to be owned and driven by the central bank. This is to assure the intended beneficiaries that the policy would not change in the event of a change of government. Similar concerns arose with Roshan during the recent change of government. Rumors began circulating on social media that the political change could mean Roshan’s shutdown. SBP had to step in to reiterate that Roshan was a central bank initiative. Investors and currency holders need to be confident that the policy regime under which they can bring their currency is not tied to the policy.

Once ownership is established, it would be simple to create the banking system framework to help innovators. Lessons learned by SBP from the Roshan launch would help get this off the ground quickly. The first step would be to open a digital account through a streamlined customer journey with standardized requirements. Early in the launch of Roshan, SBP leaders had to sit down with banks’ IT teams and challenge them to rethink their customer journeys to achieve the goal of customer facilitation. The same approach may be needed here. As part of customer due diligence, there should be a mechanism to ensure that the beneficiary of the account is a start-up, an IT or ITeS company, or a freelancer. A simple approach would require proof of proper registration with the SECP or the Pakistan Software Exports Board; other solutions would also be possible.

The second element of the framework would be the repatriability of funds brought in from abroad and attractive returns on foreign currency held in Pakistan, as was done for Roshan. To avoid arbitrage opportunities, it may be easier to offer the same terms as through Roshan. And last but not least, the framework would need a simple and comprehensive tax regime on the profits made on these funds brought in from outside, as was done for Roshan.

Supporting our nascent innovation sector is key to sustaining growth and a diverse economic structure. Our main industries as well as our export structure are largely the same as ten years ago. Fast-growing emerging markets encourage innovation and competition to disrupt existing structures and introduce new products, services and brands. The global space for housing innovators is also becoming competitive. We do not want to lose Pakistani innovators to neighboring jurisdictions simply because we are unable to proactively meet their needs. For innovation to flourish in Pakistan, our financial system must step forward to offer Roshan solutions to our innovators.

The writer is the former Governor of State Bank of Pakistan.
Twitter: @rezabaqir

Posted in Dawn, July 3, 2022

The stage is set


Sal Prizio arrived in Concord just as winter was setting in. This is a time usually reserved for annual holiday shows and large public gatherings. Instead, he found himself navigating an industry still in crisis.

Now, as we head into summer, Prizio can finally see the city’s arts scene begin to re-emerge, and as the new executive director of the Capitol Center for the Arts, he has an important role to play in helping bring the community together. Sarah Pearson from Around Concorde The magazine took the opportunity to ask Prizio about his arrival, the upcoming summer, and his long-term vision for the Capitol Center for the Arts and the smaller, newer Bank of NH Stage.

Around Concord: You arrived in Concord last November and your family soon after. What were your first impressions of the city?

Sal Price: My first impressions were very positive. I love the combination of the small town vibe with the access to many amenities found in big cities. Also the people here have been so welcoming and friendly. It’s great that your new home feels like home!

THAT : Can you tell us what prompted you to pursue a career in the arts and entertainment industry?

SP: I could talk about it for days, but it’s really my love of music and performance. I played in a rock band touring out of New York for years and always fed off the energy of an audience. When I decided it was time for a change, I knew I had to be passionate about what I did for a living. Being in a position to provide entertainment to a community is something I never tire of. It gets me out every morning with a smile on my face. Simply put, I love what I do.

THAT : Before working here, you were a programming manager and event producer for the Proctors Theater Collaborative in Schenectady, New York. How does that compare to what you’re doing here?

SP: At Proctors, I focused on one area, programming and production. It was a great experience, but being an Executive Director allows me to use all the infrastructure and resources for community development, access and inclusion. There are opportunities to effect change for this community in which the Capitol Center can play its part, and I am excited to help lead some of those changes.

THAT : As executive director of the Capitol Center, what does a typical day look like for you?

SP: There are no typical days. It’s one of the aspects of this job that I really enjoy, but I would say most of the days right now are about building new relationships in the community, addressing concerns, working with the team on innovative approaches to current issues and projecting positivity!

THAT : The Capitol Center for the Arts operates two venues, the larger 1,300-seat Chubb Theater and the Kimball House and the new, more intimate Bank of NH Stage in the former Concord Theater. How does the programming vision differ for these spaces?

SP: This is a great question that Sheree Owens (our Programming Director) and I regularly think about. The thing is, in a community the size of Concord, you have to think about places that serve your entire population. Of course, the BNHS will focus on promising young bands and artists who make sense in the space, but the mission of the organization must be to serve the whole community, so we have taken steps to diversify programming in the two spaces. Ideally, we want both venues to be eclectic and inclusive in what we offer the public. The vision is the same for both spaces. The path to achieving this vision differs based on capacity, fixed costs, etc.

THAT : What do you think the Capitol Center was doing long before you arrived that you hope to expand?

SP: The Capitol Center has a dedicated and enthusiastic support system. The citizens of Concord have truly banded together in a grassroots effort to save the building in a way you simply don’t see in many other places. The CCA has always been a client-focused organization. I want to make sure we foster that support and continue to leverage it through innovation and engagement.

THAT : Do you have any projects you are working on that you are particularly passionate about?

SP: We have a bunch of ongoing projects that we will be launching soon, but one that I’m particularly excited about is the Culinary Artists in Residence program that we will be launching in late 2022. To make a really long story short, we have two commercial kitchens that are underutilized and could be put to good use. We will work with members of the new American community to provide access to our spaces and introduce new entrepreneurs who have the desire but cannot afford to open their own physical location. They will have access to our kitchens for a fixed period of time, to start and run their own catering business through the Ghost kitchen model. This will give them the time and experience they need to build the following and earn the capital they need to open their own location. The city benefits from new culinary options and the CCA benefits from excellent food offers for our customers. It’s a win-win all around.

THAT : Are there any new directions you are looking to explore?

SP: There are so many new directions I’m excited to take this organization in. If you think of a performing arts center as a content provider and community builder, then whole new worlds of possibilities open up. In the coming months, we’ll be hosting interactive events, esports, podcasts, and presenting directly to our community outside our walls with the Market Days concert with Vertical Horizon on June 25th.

THAT : The coronavirus pandemic has obviously had a huge impact on arts venues. In particular, the Bank of NH Stage had only been open a few months before its doors were closed by stay-at-home orders. Now that the pandemic seems to be waning, what do you see as a way forward for venues?

SP: Like any other major global event in our history, change is being implemented much faster than normal. Performing arts centers must adapt quickly to this change to survive. I don’t believe we’ve gotten to a place where we’ve replaced the live experience, but what we need to do is adapt to deliver what the next generation of live event viewers want to attend . Tools like mobile ordering, cashless shopping, zoom contributor forums, and streaming performance are things we couldn’t have implemented just 3 years ago, yet they’re part of the process now. normal.

THAT : What was it like stepping into a new leadership role amid all the uncertainty the pandemic was bringing to business?

SP: Well, it’s definitely a test of my adaptability and multitasking. I arrived in December and by January we had canceled all performances to start the year. Despite the uncertainty surrounding us, my goal was to project down-to-earth positivity and keep the team encouraged. Better days were coming and in March we were back to full shows and happy customers. Someday I might look back on that and reflect on how intense it was to take on a new role in the midst of a pandemic, but going through this was a challenge that I loved.

THAT : Do you think there are things venues should consider doing to better prepare for any future disruptions?

SP: Diversifying how you deliver content to your community will be key to surviving future disruptions. If sites can deliver quality content online and manage to keep audiences engaged with or without the pandemic, they will be better positioned for a pandemic, an economic downturn, or whatever.

THAT : In what ways do you think the pandemic has changed public expectations of entertainment venues?

SP: The adaptation of technology has definitely been accelerated during the pandemic. I don’t think people would be surprised at all if a venue featured an “at home” series as part of their offerings now. The idea of ​​a place having to be a traditional experience is gone.

THAT : Have you seen any different demands from performers lately or do they seem to be going back to “business as usual”?

SP: Most performers are back to normal, which provides some solid ground in otherwise rocky seas. It gives us a barometer of where we are when we take the temperature of the general state of things.

THAT : Just a few decades ago, Concord was dubbed the “Coma City” — especially compared to other New Hampshire towns like Portsmouth and Manchester. Many people have worked hard since then to help revitalize both downtown and the broader arts community. What do you think the city has done well to foster its arts scene? Where do you see room for improvement?

SP: The city has done a fantastic job of rebuilding the infrastructure and appearance of the city. Main Street used to be a two-lane road on each side that people simply walked on. Now having a lane on each side with the center in brick completely changes the vibe of the street. When you combine this with the investments the developers have made to restore the downtown buildings, it really gives the town a pleasant charm.

What I would like to see next is the incorporation of more art into the infrastructure. When you visit cities like Austin, NYC, or LA, murals and public art are an integral part of what makes the city vibrant. There are so many voices of up-and-coming artists in BIPOC who can be part of the future of this city and think about what kind of environment we can foster if some of these voices are part of the conversation. That’s what I’m excited to play a part in.

Japan to support Sri Lanka for economic programme: envoy Hideaki

Japan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mizukoshi Hideaki, said on Friday that Japan is ready to support Sri Lanka for its economic program with the

In a statement, the President’s Media Division said that during the discussion between the Japanese Ambassador and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Hideaki said that continuous efforts will be made to further strengthen economic, social and cultural exchanges with island nations, Daily Mirror Online reported. .

During the discussion, Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa expressed his deep gratitude to Japan for its support to Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the Japanese Embassy, ​​in a statement posted on its FaceBook page, said Japan is paying close attention to the current difficult economic situation in Sri Lanka and the accompanying severe humanitarian situation.

“In view of such a situation, the Japanese government has decided to provide emergency assistance of three (3) million dollars through UNICEF and WFP to provide medicine and food for “in a way that would directly benefit the people of Sri Lanka. Japan sincerely hopes that this assistance will be helpful in overcoming the difficulties faced by the people of Sri Lanka, a long-time friend of Japan,” the embassy said as quoted by the Daily Mirror Online.

The statement further added that the Japanese government wishes to consider its additional contribution to Sri Lanka in consultation with the government of Sri Lanka and other development partners while paying attention to the situation in Sri Lanka and the progress of negotiations between Sri Lanka Lanka and the IMF. Also earlier, Japan had come forward and helped Sri Lanka. Even Japan had joined Sri Lanka in resolving the crisis in Sri Lanka.

The two countries reached the agreement after the May 24 meeting on the sidelines of the powerful regional grouping, the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue” (QSD) meeting, Colombo Gazette reported.

“They also discussed the situation in Sri Lanka and confirmed that they would cooperate with each other in light of the current economic crisis and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country,” the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement. a statement.

In early May, the Japanese government came forward to help Sri Lanka by providing $1.5 million for the purchase of essential drugs through UNICEF to meet the urgent needs of the population.

The $1.5 million contribution will help UNICEF provide medicine to more than 1.2 million people, including 53,000 pregnant women and nearly 122,000 children in immediate need, Colombo Page reported.

Japan’s Deputy Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Katsuki Kotaro, said: “It is a great honor for us that Japan is extending $1.5 million in emergency aid to the people of Sri Lanka to procure the 25 types of drugs most needed in the next two months. through UNICEF. We believe this will help improve access to essential life-saving medical services, especially for pregnant women and children, who are most likely to be affected by the economic crisis.

Currently, Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts affecting large numbers of citizens.

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Macron and Albanians discuss future Franco-Australian relations after underwater dispute

French President Emmanuel Macron met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to discuss future relations between the two countries after the submarine feud.

France’s presidential palace, the Elysée Palace, said Friday that Macron and Albanese reaffirmed their commitment to building a “closer and stronger bilateral relationship based on mutual trust and respect.”

“Australia’s new position, proactive, ambitious, gives us the opportunity to move forward together on new projects within the framework of the initiatives launched in recent years,” said the French president.

For his part, the Australian Prime Minister noted that his visit “represents a new beginning for the relationship between our countries”.

“Australia’s relationship with France matters. Trust, respect and honesty matter. That’s how I will approach my relationship,” he said.

In response, Macron told the press that “we will talk about the future, not the past.”

Relations between Australia and France soured when Australia in 2021 canceled a multibillion-dollar order for submarines with French shipbuilder Naval Group, Xinhua news agency reported.



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OPINION: Why critical systems are needed to ensure safety in urban air mobility


Will Keegan is the CTO of Lynx Software Technologies.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is such a buzz term and there is a lot of interest in AI. A recent Gartner study found that 48% of enterprise CIOs have already deployed or plan to deploy AI and machine learning technologies this year. However, the interest in AI is at odds with the maturity of AI. For some industries (e.g. customer experience with chatbots), the “cost of being right” is enough to see AI experimentation and deployment. But when organizations run mission-critical AI applications — where the “cost of one mistake” on an outcome can result in death — AI maturity is a must, and accuracy and safety are key differences to ensure Security.

Rushing safety engineering processes, building with new technology that regulators are still grappling with, and generating ROI on an aircraft with historical production life cycles of 30 years, is not a model. of success. For industries like automotive and aerospace, consumer confidence in system security is essential before this market grows.

My company has partnered with several Level 4 Autonomy platforms, and we see a common design barrier when organizations create safety nets to mitigate individual points of failure for critical functions. The preferred choice for achieving redundancy is to replicate functions on independent sets of hardware (usually three sets to implement triple mode redundancy).

Size, weight, power, and budget issues aside, replicating functions on individual hardware components can lead to common-mode failures, where redundant hardware components fail together due to internal design issues. Therefore, security authorities expect to see redundancy implemented with dissimilar hardware.

The adoption of dynamic architectures is hotly debated in the community dealing with critical applications. Security systems have generally been built around static methods. The goal of security system analysis is to examine the behavior of a system to ensure that any behavior is predictable and will operate safely for its environment.

Static systems allow easy analysis of system behavior, since system functionality and parameters are revealed in advance for human and automated static analysis. The concept of letting the fundamental properties of the system change dynamically causes significant analytical hurdles.

The debate around the adoption of dynamic capabilities centers on the notion that a system can modify its behavior to adapt to unpredictable scenarios during flight. “Limp home mode” is a capability that gains a lot from leveraging a dynamic architecture. This is where a major system failure occurs (e.g. a bird gets caught in a propeller) and other parts of the system intelligently distribute required functions among available resources for sufficient functionality to protect human life .

AI is needed because without human oversight, computers have to decide how to control machines on multiple levels, including mission critical ones. The permutations of variables that can have an impact on the state of the system are numerous; the use of model-based system control and risk analysis is essential to achieve Level 5 autonomy safely. However, there are hundreds of nuanced artificial neural networks that all have trade-offs. In three decades, security standards can only support the use of a few programming languages ​​(C, C++, Ada) with sufficiently solid knowledge and clear usage guidance alongside a mature ecosystem of vendors. ‘tools.

Obviously, the vast world of neural networks should be matched, unpacked and guided according to the goals and principles stated in DO-178C DAL A and ISO26262 ASIL-D. The FAA publication TC-16/4′ “Verification of Adaptive Systems” addresses the issues particularly well. However, we still do not have solid guidelines on usage and development process standards for artificial neural networks.

The basis of advanced analysis of safety systems in the automotive industry is a massive model that maps passenger relationships to vehicle interfaces and plots vehicle characteristics into functions that translate to distributed software on computer components . In the future, these models would become much more complex when working with the dynamics of autonomous platforms. The big questions to think about already for these models are a) what is sufficient and b) what is accurate?

Obviously, we need more certification. How can system validation happen for complex systems without managers having knowledge in the technical complexities such as kernel design and memory controllers, which are essential to enforce architectural properties? Component-level vendors are typically not involved in system validation, but instead are asked to develop products according to strict documentation, coding, and testing processes, and provide proof.

However, valid concerns include whether such evidence can meaningfully demonstrate that the components’ intended behavior is consistent with the systems integrators’ intentions.

In the automotive industry, aggressive claims have been made about the timing of availability of Level 5 autonomous platforms (no driver, no steering wheel, no environmental limitations). The reality was quite different. The avionics industry is understandably more conservative. I like the framework that the European Aviation Safety Agency published last year, which focused on AI applications that provide “assistance to humans”.

The key elements of this relate to the construction of a “reliability analysis” of the artificial intelligence block based on:

  • Learning Guarantee; Cover the transition from programming to learning, as existing development assurance methods are not suitable to cover AL/ML learning processes
  • Explainability; Provide understandable information on how an AI/ML application arrives at its results
  • Security Risk Mitigation; Since it is not possible to open the “AI black box” to the extent necessary, this provides guidelines on how the security risk can be addressed to deal with the inherent uncertainty

From this, and from the conversations we’ve had with customers, it seems pragmatism is the word that describes the industry’s approach. Just as lane departure detection is becoming relatively common in new vehicles, we will first see the use of AI in applications where the human remains in control. An example would be a vision-based system that facilitates in-flight refueling procedures. These important but peripheral use cases to core system functionality are great places to increase trust in the technology.

From there, we will see the technical deployment of AI in increasingly challenging systems with “pass to human operation” waivers. Some analysts have indicated that we may never reach the point of fully autonomous vehicles on our streets. I do I think we will reach the milestone of fully autonomous vehicles in the sky. Believing in the ‘crawl, walk, run’ path the industry is currently on is exactly the right path to making it a reality.

Police in schools deter crime, make sure those who want to learn feel safe


I was a policeman and detective in Chicago for almost three decades. I have seen firsthand the violence and inhumanity that happens daily in this city. Chicago’s public schools have never been a haven from the crime that plagues the surrounding neighborhoods.

While I agree that there has been progress in cracking down on violence in schools without the need for the police, schools often continue to be breeding grounds for gang violence, as do streets of the most violent neighborhoods. Armed security guards and metal detectors remain as necessary as textbooks and a cafeteria.

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For years, the police have acted not only as a visible deterrent to those who might commit crimes at school, but also as a comfort to those who are actually in school to learn and want to feel safe. while doing it.

While your op-ed on alternatives to the police has some merit, you failed to mention the most important thing in a student’s life and chance for success: a support system that includes involved parents or other caregivers to keep these children on track.

Too many of these children are “raised on the street” without parents or other positive influences. This is what causes the school-to-jail pipeline.

While I can agree that school officer training is lacking and some officers are ill-prepared to deal with the challenges of inner-city schools, discipline and respect start at home.

Joseph Bowes, Mount Greenwood

Child safety

I have heard all kinds of ridiculous statements and outright lies from politicians over the past six years. But Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the most ridiculous. in the womb as they are in the classroom.

John H. Egan, Palos Park

First Aid Trainer – Hertford or Essex – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


First Aid Trainer – Essex or Hertford

Location: Essex or Hertford and surrounding areas Hours: 35 hours per week (may include evenings and weekends) Contract: CDD 12 months with a strong possibility of extension Starting salary: £22,878 for a qualified trainer, £20,950 for an unqualified trainer (rising to £22,878 once you complete your training which is paid for by the BRC)

We have a fantastic opportunity for you to teach people how to save a life?

If you want to train to become one of our amazing customer focused British Red Cross First Aid Trainers, you who will play a vital role in delivering first aid training and specialist courses, teaching skills vital to people in Hertford and surrounding areas. areas.

Although this vacancy is currently for 12 months, there is a good chance that it will be extended or made permanent.

Diversity is something we celebrate

At the British Red Cross, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by the crisis in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, providing equal opportunities for everyone.

We look forward to hearing from people from diverse backgrounds, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender or sexual orientation.

Could you teach people how to save a life?

We are recruiting for a customer-focused British Red Cross First Aid Trainer who will play a vital role in delivering specialist first aid training and courses, teaching lifesaving skills to people in Hertford and surrounding areas.

Whether it’s helping an unresponsive person or treating burns, we give people the confidence to provide potentially life-saving support in an emergency.

This role will require travel to training sites in and around Hertford. Therefore, applicants will need to have a driver’s license and have access to a vehicle. Some flexibility will be needed as some evenings and weekends will be required as part of a five-day-six work pattern (Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm), with occasional evening classes) .

Please note: Although you will be compensated for your business mileage, your home-base travel will not be included. Therefore, proximity to the advertised location should be considered. Due to current health and safety measures related to COVID-19, it is mandatory for our trainers to wear masks when delivering training classes.

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Our team is welcoming, motivated and passionate about helping people. We have been providing occupational first aid courses for over 30 years. We have over 170 trainers across the UK and in 2019 we trained over 140,000 delegates. Not only do our courses provide people with vital knowledge and skills; after costs, every penny earned goes to support the work of the British Red Cross.

We hold ISO 9001:2015 quality management accreditation, demonstrating the quality of service and training you can expect to receive when choosing the British Red Cross.

We want our trainers to be the best possible. We offer a range of learning and development courses to help you develop continuously, and you will also benefit from the continuous guidance of your team leader, who will support you through coaching, mentoring, regular workshops and meetings of team.

This role could be for you if…

You have a passion for dating and enjoy conveying information to a wide range of audiences.

You have an engaging personality; you are a good communicator – you enjoy listening to others, offering solutions to problems, challenging opinions and giving feedback.

You may have experience preparing and delivering a range of training courses, and are confident presenting to groups of mixed abilities.

A full driving license and access to a vehicle is therefore essential for this role, you will be comfortable working alone and you will be able to travel to various training locations in Hertford and surrounding areas.

You must be willing to work some evenings and some weekends on a 5 day out of 6 schedule (Monday to Saturday).

You have a training or teaching qualification, or are willing to work towards one – if you do not hold a qualification, you will be supported to obtain a BTEC award in education and training

The closing date for applications is 11:59 p.m. on July 7, with interviews due the following week.

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We offer a wide range of benefits, including:

⦁ 36 days leave (including public holidays) – pro-rated for part-time staff ⦁ Possibility to buy 5 additional annual leave days ⦁ Up to 6% contributory pension ⦁ Flexible working policy ⦁ Discounts on a range of online and high street retailers

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The British Red Cross helps anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need in a crisis. Whether it’s renting a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness or adjusting to life in a new country, we’re here when you need us.

Our organization was born out of a desire to provide aid without discrimination. Impartiality and neutrality have been core values ​​for the Red Cross since its inception.

Diversity is something we celebrate and we want you to be able to bring your authenticity to the Red Cross. We want you to feel like you’re in an inclusive environment and in a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.

At the British Red Cross, we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organization where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are promptly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively .

If you are appointed to a position within the BRC, you will be subject to the organisation’s Code of Conduct, a copy of which can be found on our website.

As part of its recruitment and selection process, the British Red Cross undertakes a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) screening of all people who regularly work with or have access to children and vulnerable adults.

If driving is an essential job requirement, appropriate driving checks will be conducted in accordance with current policy.

The British Red Cross, incorporated under the Royal Charter of 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).

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Investing in women’s cooperatives will boost Nigeria’s economic development – Experts

More investment is needed in women’s cooperatives for them to realize their full potential and make a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.

That was the consensus at a high-level national symposium on women’s cooperatives held in Abuja on Tuesday.

The symposium which brought together experts, policy makers and women in cooperatives was organized by the Cooperative Finance Agency of Nigeria (CFAN) to celebrate World Cooperative Day 2022.

Speaking at the event, the President of the Nigeria Economic Society (NES), Ummu Jalingo, said adequate investment in women’s cooperatives will contribute to the development of Nigeria.

Ms. Jalingo explained that cooperatives are a global engine of economic growth as they generate $2.98 trillion in annual revenue.

She said that at least 12% of people on the planet are members of cooperatives. She said cooperatives provide jobs or work opportunities to 10% of the labor force.

She noted that international cooperative movements represent 800 million members, more than the total population of the entire European continent.

She said women’s cooperatives may not be the solution to the world’s problems, but they are certainly part of the solution.

Ms. Jalingo said the role of cooperatives in the development of the country cannot be underestimated. She said cooperatives create a bond between women that helps them make big decisions.

Investment in women

Speaking at the event, Bala Kofarmata, Professor at Dangote Business School, Bayero UniversityKano said investing in women’s cooperatives is as good as investing in a household.

Mr. Kofarmata said that investing in cooperatives is vital for the growth, sustainability and development of the country’s economy.

He noted that the federal government should be the main investor in women’s cooperatives, followed by other stakeholders and development partners.

He said that to promote women’s cooperatives in Nigeria, the government must develop a framework that will support the funding of such platforms.

“A low level of investment in any sector will lead to slow growth,” he said.

Mr. Kofarmata said there was no clear effort to ensure the concrete development of women’s cooperatives in the country.

He lamented that although Nigerian women constitute more than 50% of the total population, they own less than 10% of the country’s resources.

He said that only 13% of agricultural land is owned by women, despite being the majority labor force in the sector.

He said these statistics call for affirmative action to engage women in productive enterprises, including cooperatives.

Collaborative efforts

A representative of the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Atinuke Folashade, said that globally, cooperative societies help promote collaborative change and contribute significantly to social integration, job creation and poverty reduction.

Ms. Folashade said it was important for various stakeholders and cooperative organizations to partner with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to enable more women to benefit from various government interventions.

She said this will ensure they meet community needs and adapt to local concerns; as well as building a peaceful society and promoting collaborative entrepreneurship and economic growth.

In her remarks, a representative of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, Juliet Nwadi, said that despite the growing positive role of cooperative movements as a reliable strategy for development, the participation and inclusion of women in activities cooperatives are not very visible.

Ms. Nwadi said her experience in Africa shows that women remain essential agents of development, especially in rural communities.

She said this is most apparent in societies where women and children quickly assume roles as heads of families and clans.

She said, however, that more outreach was needed to ensure that women are fully aware of the opportunities that await them.

“Majority of women, especially those in the rural community, lack the knowledge to access funds approved by the government,” she said.

AWITA-PAWED Coalition Chair Ruth Agbo said more collaborations and investments are needed to keep co-ops moving.

READ ALSO: PAWED, others discuss women’s involvement in economic development (LIVE UPDATE)

Ms. Agbo said such an investment can be in cash or in kind. She urged the government to develop a framework that can accommodate women.

“It is necessary to create a department to monitor and supervise the activities of the cooperative platforms. Cooperatives have many advantages and this should be supported by the government,” she said.

world cooperative day

World Cooperatives Day is celebrated every year on the first Saturday of July. It is an opportunity to promote the cooperative movement around the world and to present the successes, challenges and opportunities of cooperatives as a business model.

The symposium was supported by dRPC and the Partnership for Advancement of Women in Economic Development (PAWED) and was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

CFAN Executive Secretary Emmanuel Atama said the symposium marks a turning point in the annals of the women’s cooperative movement in Nigeria.

Mr. Atama said that all the discussions concluded during the event will be fully implemented.

He said that women must become very practical to achieve substantial growth; noting that the women’s cooperative train will become a moving train.

Mr. Atama said the CFAN team will work with the PAWED team to generate a one-year work plan with deliverables and will also conduct a quarterly review.

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Sleep Added to American Heart Association’s List of Health Factors Linked to Heart Disease: For Journalists

  • AHA’s 2010 “Life’s Simple Seven” will now be “Life’s Essential Eight”
  • Findings from 2,500 scientific papers since 2010 have led to the score being updated and an eighth risk factor added
  • The main goal is to maintain better heart health for children in adulthood and throughout life
  • Northwestern’s chairman of preventive medicine is president of the American Heart Association

CHICAGO — In 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) defined “Life’s Simple 7MT“, the seven behaviors and health factors that people can improve to achieve optimal cardiovascular health. And now they’re adding an eighth: sleeping.

“Sleep is tied to each of the other seven elements – it’s closely tied to weight, blood pressure, glucose metabolism, what we choose to eat,” said AHA President Dr Donald Lloyd-Jones, chairman of the preventive health department. at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “But sleep is both correlated and also independent. New research shows that when we take the ancient seven and add sleep, we can even better predict cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Now called “Life’s Essential 8MT“, the AHA’s comprehensive list of important health factors includes managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, lowering blood sugar, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing physical activity, healthier eating, avoiding nicotine in all its forms and maintaining sleep duration.

Although some people have a harder time changing their sleep hygiene, such as those who work dual jobs or work night shifts, Lloyd-Jones said a big contributor to better cardiovascular health focuses on ways to get the healthiest amount of sleep (seven to nine hours a night on average) by avoiding caffeine, screens, and bright light several hours before bed, putting your phone away, and creating a more regular schedule.

An article on Life’s Essential 8 and the state of cardiovascular health in American adults and children will be published June 29 in Circulation, the AHA’s flagship journal.

“Healthier children become healthier adults”

A key part of the reinvigorated list of risk factors is the importance of measuring and monitoring children’s cardiovascular health and learning how to maintain it as they age, Lloyd-Jones said.

“When we create healthier children, they become healthier adults who then have healthier pregnancies, and the benefits continue, with their children being healthier simply because their parents were healthier,” said said Lloyd Jones. “We get this virtuous cycle of improving cardiovascular health generation by generation.”

Additional research published online in Circulation at the same time assessed the cardiovascular health of American children and adults. These results showed that as American children aged 2 to 5 reached the age group of 12 to 19, the healthy eating score dropped markedly from 61 to 28 (out of 100 points). possible).

“We lose a lot of cardiovascular health in eating habits as our children age through childhood and adolescence,” Lloyd-Jones said. “It doesn’t have to be, but we don’t serve them well…pun intended.”

He said school food programs focusing on healthier eating, improving the health of our food supply, helping children choose water over sugary drinks and taxing sugary drinks are strategies that the United States can adopt to maintain and improve cardiovascular health in children.

2,500 scientific articles since 2010

The introduction of “Life’s Simple 7” in 2010 was new, Lloyd-Jones said.

“No one had really tried to quantify health as a concept before this, and it’s transformed public health advocacy and for individuals to think about their long-term health,” said Lloyd-Jones, who is also a Northwestern Medicine cardiologist.

Since 2010, more than 2,500 scientific papers have been published on the AHA concept of heart health and what it means to improve health throughout life.

“We’ve learned a lot about the importance of having better cardiovascular health at every stage of life,” he said. “It affects your risk of stroke, heart attack, cancer, dementia, cognitive functioning, pretty much everything we care about.”

This “cutting edge research” paved the way for the addition of the eighth element of sleep.

More sensitive tools to measure heart health

In addition, since 2010, scientists have developed more sensitive tools to determine a person’s cardiovascular health, such as better questionnaires that measure the eating habits of different populations (i.e. DASH diet versus to the Mediterranean diet), Lloyd-Jones said. The new scoring system, he explained, will also give more credit to people who are striving to improve their cardiovascular health, which the old scoring system did not do well.

Two elements that affect cardiovascular health are not included in the measurement system: the social determinants of health and the characteristics of psychological health such as optimism, purpose in life, mastery of the environment, perceived reward of social roles and resilient coping. Scientists also know more about how the social determinants of health (education, neighborhood environment, community, economic security, access to health care) can influence a person’s chances of having better cardiovascular health. . Lloyd-Jones said that while policymakers, clinicians and individuals should be aware of these elements, they are difficult to quantify and therefore do not make the list of Life’s Essential 8.

A new HRAS variant c.466C>T p.(Phe156Leu) in two patients with attenuated features of Costello syndrome

A new HRAS variant c.466C>T p.(Phe156Leu) in two patients with attenuated features of Costello syndrome
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  • Celebrating Over 100 Water Law Sponsors


    by Mary Grant

    More than eight years ago, millions of people watched the Flint water crisis unfold on national television. An entire city was poisoned when decades of federal divestment from water infrastructure collided with a racist emergency management regime.

    In early 2016, spurred by the crisis in Flint, Food & Water Watch worked with our allies on a critical piece of legislation: The Water Accessibility, Transparency, Fairness, and Reliability Act – the on the water. This month, we reached an important milestone in this six-year campaign. Since being introduced by Rep. Brenda Lawrence, Rep. Ro Khanna and Senator Sanders, over 100 Reps and 6 Senators now officially support the UAE Act. With more than 550 organizations supporting us, we continue to build support in Congress to pass the WATER Act as the landmark water law of the 21st century.

    A permanent water solution

    The WATER Act is the only comprehensive approach to improving our drinking water and sanitation systems. It will create a trust fund to provide funds to reach the level the EPA says we need to update and repair our public and domestic water systems. To do this, the act will provide $35 billion a year to restore the nation’s public water infrastructure, including:

    • $15.2 billion annually to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to modernize and improve public drinking water systems (including removing lead pipes and treating PFAS contamination);
    • $15.7 billion a year to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to pay for public sewer system improvements;
    • $1.1 billion a year to repair drinking water infrastructure in schools, including replacing lead pipes and fixtures;
    • $1.2 billion a year to help update and install septic tanks and household wells;
    • $1.4 billion a year to protect drinking water sources from pollution; and
    • $349 million per year for technical assistance to rural, small and indigenous wastewater and drinking water providers.

    The Water Act will help prevent another water crisis like Flint by restoring federal funding for clean water. And it will ensure that local communities have the support they need to provide everyone with access to clean water.

    Aggravation of water crises

    Many of the water and sewer lines under our streets were built in the years immediately following World War II. They are outdated and worn out. Since that time, we have discovered many new toxic chemicals that their treatment systems are not designed to remove. Plus, they weren’t built for today’s climate reality.

    For many, the signs of our aging water systems are surfacing in the form of water breaks and sewer overflows. Every year, we waste 2 trillion gallons of drinking water due to hundreds of thousands of water main breaks. And in a serious threat to public health, more than 850 billion gallons of raw sewage is pouring into basements, homes, roads and waterways.

    For some communities — primarily black and indigenous communities and communities of color — the harm has gone deeper. Communities like Flint and Benton Harbor, Michigan are facing toxic lead poisoning, while communities like Jackson, Mississippi and Puerto Rico have faced catastrophic system failures fueled by climate change.

    Bipartisan infrastructure law failed

    When President Biden signed into law the bipartisan infrastructure package last year, he provided a down payment on our water improvements. But it falls far short of meeting the desperate needs of our water systems and communities.

    According to the latest EPA estimates, our water systems will require at least $744 billion in investment over the next 20 years. That’s over $35 billion a year – just to comply with existing federal law.

    The bipartisan Infrastructure Act provided only 7% of the funding our communities need to meet existing water quality standards. Congress needs to hear that the bipartisan Infrastructure Act cannot be the end of support to fund clean, safe water for all.

    We need a permanent water solution. We need the WATER law.

    Tell your congressmen to co-sponsor the Water Act today!

    Sanctions against Russia, energy, food – what the G7 agreed


    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pose for a photo during a meeting alongside the G7 leaders summit at the castle from Elmau in Bavaria, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany June February 28, 2022. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS

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    SCHLOSS ELMAU, June 28 (Reuters) – Leaders of the wealthy Group of Seven democracies gathered this week for their annual three-day summit at a luxury castle in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany.

    Here are some of the highlights of what the G7 agreed to on Tuesday, the final day of the summit:


    “We will explore other measures to prevent Russia from profiting from its war of aggression,” the final communiqué from the G7 meeting said.

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    “We will further reduce reliance on civilian nuclear and related goods from Russia, including working to help countries seeking to diversify their supplies.”

    “With regard to oil, we will consider a range of approaches, including options for a possible complete ban on all services, which allow the transport of Russian crude oil and petroleum products transported by sea around the world, unless the oil is purchased at or below a price to be agreed in consultation with international partners.”

    “We invite all like-minded countries to consider joining us in our actions,” the statement said.


    “In coordination with the IEA, we will explore additional measures to reduce price spikes and prevent further impacts on our economies and societies, in the G7 and globally,” the statement said.

    “We encourage producing countries to increase their production to reduce the tension on the energy markets and, in this context, welcome the recent responses of OPEC to the tightening of international markets. We call on them to continue their actions in this regard. regard.”

    “…we commit to ending new direct public support for the unrelenting international fossil energy sector by the end of 2022, except in limited circumstances clearly defined by each country in accordance with a global warming limit of 1.5°C and the goals of the Paris Agreement,” It said.

    “…we underline the important role that increased LNG deliveries can play, and recognize that investments in this sector are needed in response to the current crisis.”

    “In these exceptional circumstances, state-backed investments in the gas sector may be appropriate as a temporary response…”

    “We are committed to achieving a fully or mostly decarbonized electricity sector by 2035,” the statement said.


    “We pledge to provide an additional $4.5 billion to protect the most vulnerable from hunger and malnutrition, a total of more than $14 billion as part of our shared commitment to global food security. this year,” the G7 members said in a statement.

    “We maintain our commitment to keep our food and agricultural markets open and call on all partners to avoid unjustified trade restrictive measures that increase market volatility and therefore the risk of food insecurity.”

    “We are also committed to scaling up essential nutrition services in countries most affected by malnutrition,” the statement said.


    “We aim to create a climate club to support the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement by accelerating climate action and increasing ambition, with a particular focus on the industry sector, thereby addressing the carbon leakage risks for emissions-intensive goods, while respecting international rules,” the G7 said in a statement.

    “The Climate Club, as a high-ambition intergovernmental forum, will be inclusive in nature and open to countries that have committed to fully implement the Paris Agreement and the decisions arising from it, in particular the Glasgow Climate Pact. , and to accelerate their action to this end.”

    Separately, the G7 said in the meeting’s final communiqué: “We note with concern that currently neither global ambition nor implementation is sufficient to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

    “We renew our strong commitment and will intensify our efforts to achieve the collective goal of mobilizing $100 billion in climate finance as soon as possible and through 2025.”


    “We remain seriously concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas…We stress that there is no legal basis for China’s expansive maritime claims in the South China Sea,” the statement said. .

    “As Russia wages its unjustifiable, unprovoked and illegal war against Ukraine, we call on China to pressure Russia to … immediately and unconditionally withdraw its troops from Ukraine.”

    “We call on China to honor its commitments made in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law, which enshrine rights, freedoms and a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong.”

    “We are gravely concerned about the human rights situation in China. We will continue to promote universal values, including calling on China to respect universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, including in Tibet and Xinjiang where forced labor is a major concern for us.”


    “We reiterate our clear commitment that Iran must never develop a nuclear weapon,” the statement said.

    “A diplomatic solution remains the best way to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.”


    “Given the deterioration and very difficult debt situation of many developing countries and emerging markets – with more than half of low-income countries in debt distress or at high risk of debt distress – we recognize that there is an urgent need to to improve multilateral debt restructuring frameworks and to address debt vulnerabilities.”

    “We urge all affected creditors, including non-Paris Club countries such as China, with large outstanding claims on low-income countries facing debt sustainability issues, and private creditors in accordance with the principle of comparability of treatment and mutual accountability to contribute constructively to the necessary debt treatments, as requested.”


    “To overcome the COVID-19 pandemic now, we reaffirm our commitment to enabling equitable global access to safe, effective, quality-assured and affordable vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics and other essential medical goods,” reads the press release.


    “…we will introduce a mechanism to continuously monitor G7 commitments and progress towards achieving gender equality.”

    “…we will support efforts to expand global access to quality child care facilities, including through our collective $79 million support for the Child Care Incentive Fund, improving thus women’s economic empowerment, child outcomes, family well-being and overall economic growth.”

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    Jacobs, Aecom and Motts among winners of £1.2bn Northern Ireland water framework

    Northern Ireland Water has announced the contractors named to its new £1.2bn Major Project Partnership Framework, including Jacobs, Aecom, Mott MacDonald, the Kier-Bam joint venture and many more.

    The framework will deliver capital works projects worth over £10 million on water and wastewater infrastructure across Northern Ireland. This will include upgrades to major water and wastewater treatment plants, pump stations and network pipes. One of the framework’s first major projects will be the upgrade of Belfast’s water treatment facilities, which will begin this year.

    The agreement begins this month and runs for an initial period of four years. There will be an option to extend for another four years.

    NI Water Major Projects Partner Framework appointed subcontractors

    Lot 1 – Civil Engineering Design Consultants

    Jacobs UK, Aecom, McAdam Design, Mott MacDonald, RPS Ireland, Stantec (UK)

    Lot 2 – Civil engineering companies

    Northstone (NI), Charles Brand Group, John Graham Construction, Kier-Bam JV, BSG Civil Engineering, Murphy International

    Lot 3 – Process Engineering including MEICA Design and Build Contractors

    Lagan-Meica JV, TES-CAW JV, Doosan Enpure, MWH Treatment

    Paul Harper, Director of Asset Delivery, NI Water, said, “This framework strengthens the resilience of Northern Ireland Water to deliver the best financial, sustainable and environmental results to our customers. This will give us access to some of the best and innovative suppliers in the construction supply chain locally, nationally and internationally.

    “We are delighted to announce the award of this executive, which will support the achievement of many major results under the Capital Delivery Business Plan, building the capacity of local and national businesses.

    “We are committed to the highest standards in water and sanitation services, and we look forward to working with all of our partners on the framework to provide a sustainable, world-class service to our customers.”

    Northern Ireland Minister for Infrastructure, John O’Dowd, said: “Access to safe drinking water and effective waste water treatment is something that all of society relies on. So I’m delighted to see NI Water putting this £1.2 billion framework in place. This will help ensure that NI Water can continue to provide essential water and sanitation services to approximately 840,000 households and businesses in the north, while giving local businesses a major boost on the framework.

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    What the G7 summit could mean for the climate

    • G7 leaders meet in Germany to discuss the world’s most pressing issues, including Russia, a global food crisis and climate change.
    • The summit could lead to the formation of a “climate club” among member states.
    • The “climate club” can advance the decarbonization of high-emitting industries, rising carbon prices, and trade in low-carbon products.

    With the leaders of the G7 nations meeting at Elmau Castle in the shadow of the Bavarian Alps, they will do so knowing that climate change means less and less snow on the iconic white-topped peaks each year. High on the agenda of the leaders of seven of the most industrialized nations will be the low-carbon transition of their economies and meeting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C global warming target.

    Climate change is an urgent threat requiring decisive action. Communities around the world are already experiencing heightened climate impacts, from droughts to floods to rising seas. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report continues to rank these environmental threats high on the list.

    To limit the global temperature increase to well below 2°C and as close as possible to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, it is essential that businesses, policymakers and civil society advance short-term and long-term global climate actions in accordance with the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    The World Economic Forum Climate Initiative supports scaling and accelerating global climate action through public and private sector collaboration. The Initiative is working on several work streams to develop and implement inclusive and ambitious solutions.

    This includes the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, a global network of business leaders from various industries developing cost-effective solutions for the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. CEOs use their position and influence with policymakers and corporate partners to accelerate the transition and realize the economic benefits of a more secure climate.

    Contact us to get involved.

    Thanks to net-zero emissions commitments since COP26, these countries have implemented thick and fast policy changes to phase out fossil fuels and decarbonize their economies. At the 2021 G7 gathering in the UK, leaders stressed the need to adapt their economies and mobilize finance to tackle climate change. Here they also set up the G7 2030 Nature Compact – a commitment to have 30% of the world’s land and 30% of the world’s oceans in conservation areas by 2030. Despite the need for G7 countries to hear on how to keep the pressure on Russia, and To help countries tackle soaring food prices, G7 President and German Chancellor Olaf Schulz is determined to leave the summit with concrete climate progress.

    Create a “climate club”

    Germany, as chair of the G7 this year, will focus the summit on sanctions against Russia and long-term plans to rebuild Ukraine. Alongside these important issues, the German president has proposed the idea of ​​a “climate club”, which, as with the promises of net zero and the pact for nature, seeks to build a global alliance between countries to deepen collaboration in delivering on their Paris Agreement promises. The climate club would involve governments working with the private sector on three fundamental pillars: putting a price on pollution, greening heavy industry and increasing trade in low-carbon products.

    The war in Ukraine has created challenges for ambitious climate policy, with Germany declaring a gas crisis as Russia tightens the screws on Europe’s natural gas supply. Amid the unfolding energy crisis, Germany has also turned on the lights of coal-fired power plants. For one of the world’s most industrialized countries, which has made climate action a central part of its foreign policy, ensuring the security of energy systems will be a major concern at the summit.

    G7 push to decarbonize industry and the First Movers Coalition

    Ahead of the meeting, G7 ministers responsible for climate, energy and the environment gathered in Berlin to discuss the exacerbated impact of the Russian-Ukrainian war on energy systems and the fight against climate change. Ministers committed to a multilateral response to safeguard global energy security and to assist partner countries that may find themselves in dire straits due to gas pressure. On high-emitting industries, which account for 30% of global emissions, ministers said industrial decarbonisation needs to be accelerated if we want to stay below 1.5°C.

    The world faces converging environmental crises: accelerating destruction of nature and climate change.

    Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) – investments in conservation and land management programs that increase carbon storage and reduce carbon emissions – offer an important way to address both crises and generate environmental benefits and additional socials.

    Research conducted for the Forum’s Nature and Net Zero report confirms estimates that NCS can provide a third of the climate mitigation to achieve a 1.5° and 2° trajectory by 2030, and at a lower cost to that of other forms of carbon dioxide removal. This report builds on the recommendations of the Task Force for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets and identifies six actions to accelerate the scale-up of high-quality NCS and unlock markets through the combined efforts of business leaders, policy makers and civil society.

    To foster collaboration, in 2019 the Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development came together to create the Natural Climate Solutions Alliance to bring together public and private stakeholders to identify opportunities and barriers. to the investment in NCS.

    NCS Alliance member organizations contributed their expertise to develop the Natural Climate Solutions for Business, a high-level guide to the credible use of NCS credits by businesses.

    Contact us to join our mission to unleash the power of nature.

    Recognizing that we cannot make a full transition to a green economy with existing technologies alone, ministers stressed the need for rapid scaling up of near-zero technologies. This requires increased investment in research and development to transform polluting industries, which can lead to the creation of many new jobs. Policies to make trade in goods low-carbon such as mutual recognition of green standards were also highlighted. With governments often being the biggest purchasers of industrial materials like concrete and steel, ministers stressed the importance of sustainable and green procurement in accelerating technological change in heavy industry.

    The World Economic Forum’s First Movers Coalition, which tackles pollution in “hard-to-reduce” industries, has been recognized by these G7 ministers as a key innovation support structure to reduce the costs of technologies to low carbon. At Davos 2022, more than 50 companies pledged to revamp their sourcing models to strictly buy aluminum, steel and other low- or no-carbon raw materials. Major players, including Ford and Volvo, have pledged that 10% of their aluminum purchases will be made with near-zero emissions by 2030.

    Not only are these steps essential to protect us from disastrous global warming, but a recent study by We Mean Business and Cambridge Economics found that investing in a low-carbon economy will create new jobs, generate savings for households and create sustainable economic growth. The report estimates that by 2025, in G7 countries, the low-carbon transition could create up to 1,920,000 new jobs and lower energy bills by up to 25%.

    Redistribute the price of pollution

    At Davos 2022, policymakers and industry leaders held discussions on how proceeds from a pollution prize can accelerate the shift to a greener, fairer and more equitable society. Emphasis was placed on how a carbon price can help create viable carbon markets. The German government has been a strong supporter of the idea of ​​a minimum carbon price, pushing for a threshold of €60 per tonne of CO2, and carbon pricing could be a crucial way to boost investment in technology and infrastructure to transform the industry and reduce emissions.

    Strong carbon markets can enable countries to finance climate action, while supporting the most vulnerable members of society. Companies can voluntarily disclose their emissions under Corporate Emissions Standards, the Paris Agreement and the Glasgow Climate Pact. Net Zero Tracker, however, found that only a third of the largest companies that have committed to net zero have implemented transparent low-carbon transition plans.

    This lack of accountability means that some industry players can seriously jeopardize real climate progress. With the EU and UK already having emissions trading schemes in place, the German government is pushing for a minimum carbon price for countries to join the proposed “climate club”. Action by the other G7 members – the United States, Japan and Canada – is still needed.

    With the EU and US having already abolished tariffs on trade in low-carbon steel and aluminum, the transition to carbon emissions in energy-intensive industries could receive a boost. major boost if all G7 economies commit. As major trading partners of many other countries, these tariff incentives could lead to the development of low-carbon industries in other countries.

    As G7 leaders gather in the Bavarian Alps to discuss Russia, the food crisis and the climate crisis, they must remember that deep climate collaboration can transform our societies to be more equitable, healthy and resilient.

    Sports governing bodies disagree on transgender participation, but Australia can take the lead


    The blanket ban on swimming for transgender women to compete in international women’s events is the opposite of the International Olympic Committee’s framework suggesting inclusion first and case-by-case review.

    The sport’s governing bodies now feel compelled to choose sides in what has become a culture war, although experts warn that Australia’s anti-discrimination policies would prevent the adoption of such blanket bans here.

    International water sports governing body FINA announced its ‘inclusion policy’ this week but let others describe it as ‘exclusive’.

    The policy reportedly cost the organization US$1 million ($1.45 million) to research and was designed to withstand any legal or human rights challenges.


    Delegates to the Extraordinary Congress held on the sidelines of the World Championships in Budapest were only able to see the 24-page document for 14 minutes before being asked to vote on it.

    Just over 71% of the 274 delegates voted in favor of the policy, 15% voted against and just over 13% abstained.

    Transgender women can only compete internationally if they transition before experiencing “some part of male puberty beyond Tanner stage 2 or before age 12”.

    According to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), this requirement is “unethical”.

    Dr. Jamison Green is chair of WPATH’s ethics committee and past president of the organization.

    “Where [FINA’s] the current policy is outside the scope of practice,” Dr. Green told The Ticket.

    “People don’t transition medically until they’re 12, it just doesn’t happen. It would be unethical.”

    Lia Thomas’ win at intercollegiate swimming titles shines a light on politics

    Although it was established more than 40 years ago with a mission to help design evidence-based public policy, only two sports bodies have sought advice from WPATH – the National Collegiate Athletic Association in America ( NCAA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

    The FINA policy came after a focus on NCAA swimmer Lia Thomas, who in March became the first transgender woman to win an intercollegiate championship title. Her winning time for the 500-yard freestyle was more than nine seconds off the record, and her times at other distances would not currently qualify her for the Olympics or world championships.

    Lia Thomas’ performances at the US college championships have kicked the debate into high gear.(Getty Images: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire.)

    “The federations that have published their regulations which are exclusive at this stage are failing, and I think they are going to have to revise those regulations at some point and hopefully that will be soon because it is really hurting generations of people.” , said Dr. Green. .

    “It filters through and it is the young children who will suffer from this exclusion.

    “They won’t be able to be part of their community, they won’t be able to share their experiences with their peers, they won’t be able to learn the skills to survive, and it’s not just who is the strongest and most fit, it’s about knowing how we get along.

    “That’s one of the things that sport teaches us, and it’s very, very important for humanity.”

    Cate Campbell’s comments criticized

    Cate Campbell, Olympic gold medalist and Chair of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission, gave an emotional speech to FINA delegates ahead of the vote which was widely praised in swimming circles.

    “Usually, inclusion and equity go hand in hand. Creating an inclusive place means creating an equitable space. The inclusion of transgender, gender-diverse and non-binary athletes in the female category of elite sport is one of the rare occasions when these two principles come into conflict.

    “The incongruity that inclusion and equity can’t always work together is one of the reasons it’s so difficult to talk about this topic.

    “Usually these are terms of absolutes that work together, but science now tells us that in this case they are incompatible.

    “I stand before you, as a four-time Olympian, world champion and world record holder. I stand before you, as the beneficiary of fair elite competition. Yet my work today This is not to explain the nuances of FINA’s transgender policy, nor is it to defend the conclusions reached by medical and legal professionals of far greater intelligence than I am.

    “My role is to stand before you, as an athlete who has enjoyed many, many years in this sport and who hopes to continue to enjoy it for a few more years. To stand here and say to the transgender and gender community diverse that we want you to be part of the greater swimming community.

    “We see you, appreciate you and accept you.”

    Campbell goes on to say that men and women are physiologically different, which cannot be disputed, and supports the recommendation of a separate category for transgender women.

    Transgender woman Kirsti Miller, who participated in many sports before and after transitioning, says the picture is much more nuanced.

    “Well, they didn’t see us or accept us or like us because none of us were in the room when they voted for us,” Miller said.

    “I would have loved to be there and they could have asked me anything. I don’t call anyone transphobic for asking questions.”

    Miller points to FINA’s recommendation to create a separate category for transgender swimmers as dangerous.

    “In many places around the world, if I were to compete in a separate trans category, it could get me killed,” she said.

    “Marking us as ‘the other’ is not inclusion. It’s not inclusion at all.

    “I’m not mad, I’m disappointed with Cate that she hasn’t reached out and spoken to people like me and some of the other sports organizations who have been dealing with this for years. made it sad that she ‘tampered with. I would still love to sit with Cate here today and she can ask me anything.

    “We just have to find a balance”

    Sports bodies such as FINA often refer to scientific data comparing differences between men and women to argue against including transgender people, ignoring the fact that elite cis athletes do not fall within the normal range. and that studies on transgender athletes are still limited.

    The lobby to exclude transgender women from competition constantly refers to them as biological men. It suggests a misunderstanding, at best, or a deliberate dismissal, at worst, of the years-long process needed to transition with tests showing a steady decline in physical advantage.

    Former US Olympic swimming champion Donna de Verona is one of the most influential female voices in world sport. She was a long-time member of the IOC’s Women in Sport Commission, a founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation and is now an advisor to Champion Women, a group heavily involved in lobbying to keep women’s sport going for women. women born in what has been called a “safe space”.

    “We’re not in favor of banning young transgender people in sport at all. We just have to strike a fair balance for everyone, and that’s a problem in our country now because it’s become such political football. .

    “The far right has captured it, and the far left is saying everyone should play, there shouldn’t be politics, we just have to find common ground.

    “All of us who have been left out understand what it’s like to be left out and have no support system.”

    “I know they [FINA] worked very hard for a very long time and brought in scientists, athletes, researchers and human rights experts to come up with their policy. From my perspective, they did their best to strike a balance.”

    The FINA working group tasked with designing an open category for transgender swimmers currently has no deadline to work on. FINA has also been reluctant to reveal the science it relied on to make its policy decision and who its experts were.

    The lack of transparency has led to an ugly, bigoted fear-based social media campaign targeting trans athletes and their support groups.

    De Verona says that while there may never be a transgender swimmer at the Olympics, the addition of trans swimmers at lower levels of the sport has raised other concerns.

    “We have a completely different system in the United States where we struggle with how to be fair, how to look at recreational sport versus participatory sport and how to look at elite sport.

    “In this country, high school sport is a pathway to scholarships and opportunity and elite sport, which then leads to the Olympics and so on.

    “These are two separate things and there is a lot of fear on both sides.

    “What worries me are all these states that want to ban transgender children from school sports at all levels without any policies.

    “It’s alarmist and it’s not the right direction, which is why we are all struggling at the National Olympic Committee level, at the federation level and in every sport, and we are trying to find the answer.

    “We’re in a whole world of confusion and what does it come down to? Yes, it comes down to fairness I think, and protected class, but if we also really believe that everyone should love sport, we have to accommodate every population.”

    Australia can be a ‘world leader’

    Australian sports organisations, such as Swimming Australia, would not be able to impose a general ban such as FINA’s, due to anti-discrimination laws. In sport, discrimination on the basis of strength, endurance and physique is possible but advantage cannot be assumed, it must be proven.

    Elizabeth Broderick, former gender discrimination commissioner and UN special rapporteur on discrimination against girls and women, said Australian sports were in a position to be world leaders on the issue, believing that there is a real commitment to do so.

    “I’m fortunate to bring together a group of CEOs from all of the national sports organizations across the country and just recently we’ve been delving into these issues,” Ms. Broderick said.

    “It wasn’t just from a point of view, we were able to have an international perspective, we were able to include voices from the lived experience of transgender female athletes, and also the science of leading endocrinologists.

    “To get there first with an open heart but also a strong belief in dignity, respect, inclusion and equality… is the context in which we should be having this discussion.

    “I’m really optimistic that here in Australia we can be countercyclical. I know a lot of global bodies have imposed blanket bans in recent days and I think Australia can do something different.”

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    Reliability and decisive leadership drove India’s growth: Goyal

    India’s economy has grown thanks to its reliability, decisive leadership and democratic structure promoting transparency at all levels, said Minister of Trade, Industry and Textiles, Piyush Goyal.

    The country, which is now a $3 trillion economy, announced a stable policy framework and respected all investments made in all sectors, Goyal said during an exclusive interaction meeting with CII members in association with the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Government of India and Invest India organized here on Saturday evening.

    Members from the textile, light engineering and ICT sectors participated in the meeting.

    Stating that the DPIIT reforms are enabling Indian industries to generate global growth, Goyal said the importance of launching the ONDC (Open Network for Digital Commerce) network has the potential to break down barriers by enabling customers to engage with the sellers of their choice in a transparent manner.

    Goyal said current e-commerce platforms are restrictive and favor products chosen by platform developers, but thanks to ONDC, MSMEs and startups can harness the opportunities presented by digital advancement to connect with their customers, an official statement said on Sunday.

    Suggestions on the importance of diversification and expansion for advanced economies like Japan for textiles were a welcome step and the ministry will support this endeavor, the Union minister said.

    He assured to resolve the representations on the integration of the multiple accreditations necessary for the pump industry

    in a few days and ensured that all suggestions provided by sector representatives will be duly taken into account and, if possible, resolved within a month.

    Kamal Bali, Vice President, CII Southern Region and Managing Director, Volvo Group (India) Pvt Ltd and CII Management Tamil Nadu Shankar Vanavarayar and CII Coimbatore Management, Prashanth and Arjun Prakash highlighted some special needs for industrial development such as increasing design capacity, creating high-value-added jobs, high-value-added products and enriching innovation capacity to conquer global markets, according to the statement.

    Rajendra Ratnoo, Joint Secretary, DPIIT, Ministry of Trade, and VK Singh, Special Secretary, Ministry of Textile, spoke on the various reforms launched by their respective ministries for the benefit of the industry.

    (Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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    NCW Hosts Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar


    The National Commission for Women (NCW), in conjunction with the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), held a one-day anti-trafficking awareness seminar on Saturday in the national capital.

    The one-day sensitization session discussed the introduction, concept, models and existing response systems of human trafficking and the psycho-sociological impact of trafficking as well as the role of human trafficking organizations. civil society in its prevention. NCW President Rekha Sharma and Balaji Srivastava, Managing Director, BPR&D, chaired the seminar.

    President Rekha Sharma stressed the importance of preventing human trafficking at the source for an effective fight. “We need to focus on preventing trafficking. NCW has set up its own anti-human trafficking unit and this is just the beginning. Through today’s seminar, we all need to find the way forward to promote awareness of human trafficking and its effective fight,” she said.

    Meanwhile, Balaji Srivastava said that BPR&D has organized many capacity building seminars and workshops on different topics such as cybercrime and women’s safety and that this collaborative effort with NCW will go a long way in promoting awareness of trafficking. human being.

    The seminar was divided into four technical sessions; “Introduction: concept, patterns and existing response systems of human trafficking”, “Different dimensions of human trafficking”, “Psychosociological impact of human trafficking” and “Role of NGOs in rescue, post- rescue and rehabilitation”.

    The technical sessions were followed by detailed open house discussions and the resource persons suggested the way forward to combat human trafficking.

    Some of the important suggestions made by the experts were that each state women’s commission should have its own anti-human trafficking unit, an SOP to be followed by all organizations in cases of human trafficking, training of all stakeholders, the establishment of anti-trafficking units in colleges and educational institutes. the provisions available in the legal system, including schemes and compensation, should be known to all at the panchayat level, among other suggestions.

    Participants included State Women’s Commissions, State/UT WCD Departments, Senior Police Officials, Senior Paramilitary Officials, Governmental Organizations, National Commissions, Administrative, Judicial and Police Training Institutes, non-governmental organizations, directors of medical institutions and universities. /Colleges, among others.

    Former Woodside football star Elise Evans is Gatorade State’s Player of the Year | Local


    Elise Evans, a football star and recent graduate of Woodside High, has been named Gatorade California Girls Football Player of the Year.

    Evans has spent the past two seasons playing for the Wildcats after soccer academy commitments kept her out of her freshman and sophomore seasons. But COVID forced the 2020-21 football season to be moved to spring 2021, which, combined with the elimination of the academy system in that form, freed up Evans to play his junior and senior seasons for his school.

    Evans becomes the second San Mateo County athlete in four wins to receive this honor. In 2019, Sophie Jones of Menlo won the award. Evans will now hit the pool for the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award.

    Although she missed her first two seasons in high school, Evans said there was no animosity and the team welcomed her with open arms.

    “I wish I could continue to play more with my high school. … I think some of the girls understood (my availability issue). I was very grateful to have the opportunity to play the last two seasons (at Woodside) … The team was super welcoming.

    Evans’ success on the pitch also helped her rise through the ranks of the national team. She is currently a pool player for the United States Women’s National Team U20 team. She made a verbal commitment to Stanford during her freshman year at Woodside and that’s when the hard work began. Evans knew a lot could change between his freshman and senior year and didn’t want to give Stanford’s coaching staff a reason to change their minds about recruiting him.

    “I knew I had a long way to go and there was a lot of hard work,” Evans said in that March interview. “I knew I didn’t want to change [my commitment]. I knew that was where I wanted to be.

    Athletic performance is just one aspect of the Gatorade award. There is an element of service and leadership in the spotlight and Evans ticked all of those boxes as well. She served as class president in first grade, sophomore, and first grade before becoming the school’s student body president her senior year.

    She has also volunteered on the pitch as a youth coach and in her community as well, doing charity work with her church group and helping distribute food to homeless families.

    “There’s not a lot of time (to do everything), but I love what I do and I have a great support system at home,” Evans said. “I also take it as motivation. I know that’s not where I want to stop. I want to see how far I can push my ceiling.

    The Gatorade Player of the Year program was established in 1985 and annually recognizes the top high school athletes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, track and field and volleyball.

    All state winners are then eligible for the Gatorade National Player of the Year honor.

    SF’s Latin task force calls for budget funding for Covid-19 hubs


    Members of the Latino task force packed Friday morning’s budget and finance committee meeting demanding that the city restore funding to community resource centers.

    The group, one of many who have pledged additional funding as this year’s budget process draws to a close, wrapped around the legislative chamber in black and orange shirts that read “SF Latin Task Force”.

    “I’ve been sitting here in this room all this week and last week I heard from the departments telling you that the Latino task force is a model, that the Latino task force is a best practice,” said the director of the LTF, Ivan Corado-Vega. “I bring you our best practitioners because we continue to be essential.”

    The crowd erupted in applause after Corado-Vega’s speech.

    At least 40 members of the Latino Task Force showed up for the meeting. Speakers of all ages spoke passionately about the work they did for the task force and pleaded with supervisors Hilary Ronen, Asha Safaí, Gordon Mar, Shamann Walton and Connie Chan on Friday morning to restore the funding that had been drained. of the budget for the coming year.

    “I’m here to let you know that pulling us out of funding is just an insult,” Alma Castellanos, coordinator of the Excelsior resource center, told supervisors. “It’s an insult to myself, my co-workers and everyone else who spent countless long hours when everyone was told we had to be safe and stay home.”

    The commission will hold its final deliberations on Monday, July 27 before transmitting the finance order to the full supervisory board.

    Latino Task Force fills the legislative chamber. Photo by Carolyn Stein

    After two years of funding resource centers in the neighborhoods of Mission, Bayview and Excelsior, the Mayor reduced funding for these centers in the 2022-23 budget. The centers operated with small, one-time grants: the Mission center received $771,000, while the Excelsior center received $1.2 million last year. The centers have provided a range of services to Latinos and other communities of color during the pandemic, including vaccinating tens of thousands of people and reportedly testing nearly 100,000 people last month, in addition to rent, l economic aid and food supply.

    City officials, including Mayor London Breed, have praised the resource centers for their strong response to community needs throughout the pandemic. The initial resource center at 701 Alabama Street in the Mission District operated for nearly a year without city funding. For much of the testing in the Mission and elsewhere, the Latino task force collaborated with doctors and researchers at UCSF.

    Slowly, the city decided to support low-barrier community testing developed by the LTF and UCSF.

    “When needed, we stepped up,” Castellanos said in an interview with Mission Local. The budget cuts come at a time when covid is booming in the bay area again and as the Center for Disease Control is deploy vaccines for children ages six months to five years.

    “We are currently experiencing a 35% positivity rate at one of our community sites, almost half of which are Latinos,” said Joshua Jacobo, health program manager at Latino Task Force. “I came here to remind you all of San Francisco’s promise to fight inequality.”

    The mayor’s office told Mission Local in early June that “funding for much of the community covid and workforce support came from federal sources and is no longer.”

    Although the hubs were created in response to the pandemic, members of the Latin American task force argued that the hubs were desperately needed even before 2020. Jennifer Robles, who is responsible for the employment team’s workforce from LTF, noted that before the pandemic, there were still many undocumented immigrants in the community who needed help finding work permits. The LTF was able to meet this need throughout the pandemic and Robles hoped to continue this work.

    “If my department is cut, we won’t be able to support our community as we would like,” Robles said. “LTF is recovery and answer – I think the city forgot about that.

    “The way we responded to the pandemic has created a successful model of community and city collaboration that not only serves the most vulnerable, but enhances and maximizes city resources, which makes the city thrive,” Susana Rojas, co-chair of the LTF Small Business Committee, told Mission Local. Rojas called it a “criminal” decision to cut essential services for a community that “sacrificed its life and health”.

    Several commentators also noted the importance of hubs in providing culturally competent health care and services to other Latinos, especially those who have had bad experiences in other medical settings or are suspicious of government agencies.

    “Our teams are heroes,” Castellanos told Mission Local.

    COP15: new frameworks to reverse biodiversity loss and deforestation

    • Land degradation is accelerating a sixth mass extinction of species and costing more than 10% of global annual GDP, according to the United Nations.
    • Côte d’Ivoire recently hosted the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
    • New frameworks have been launched to help restore forests and lands, boost food production, create jobs for young people and lift rural women out of poverty.

    COP15 created opportunities for new frameworks to reverse biodiversity loss and deforestation. The world is approaching the tipping point of land degradation, desertification and deforestation, but we can reverse it if we act now. Land degradation affects 52% of all agricultural land, threatening the very existence of 2.6 billion people who depend directly on agriculture for their livelihoods. We lose an average of 12 million hectares of land each year to desertification and drought. This equates to almost 23 hectares per minute. Over 74% of the world’s poorest people are directly affected by land degradation.

    In terms of biodiversity and ecosystem loss, land degradation is pushing the planet towards a sixth mass species extinction and costing more than 10% of global annual GDP, according to the United Nations.

    Moreover, with the world population expected to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, water security is another major concern, which has a direct impact on global food security. This increase in population, especially in Africa, will put additional pressure on natural resources such as land, forests and water sources.

    African nations face an acute climate crisis

    In West Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), warns that the desert is expanding by 5 km each year in semi-arid areas. In Côte d’Ivoire, the crisis is acute, with desertification and drought affecting 60% of our national territory, largely in the northern regions. Our forest area has fallen from 16 million hectares in the 1900s to just 2.9 million hectares in 2021.

    The impact on our agricultural and agribusiness sectors has been profound, threatening the very foundation of our national economy and threatening our energy and health security, with long-term ramifications for peace and progress. Many African countries face similar challenges.

    Our planet is straining under the weight of a world population of almost 8 billion people.

    The World Economic Forum’s Center for Nature and Climate accelerates action on climate change and environmental sustainability, food systems, circular economy and value chains, and the future of international development.

    • Through the Global Plastic Action Partnership, we bring together government, business and civil society to shape a more sustainable world through the eradication of plastic pollution.
    • The center champions nature-based solutions. Global companies are working together through the 1t.org initiative to support 1 trillion trees by 2030. As of September 2021, more than 30 companies have pledged to conserve, restore and grow more than 3.6 billion trees in more than 60 countries.
    • Through a partnership with US Presidential Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry and more than 30 global companies, the Forum encourages companies to join the Early Mover Coalition and invest in innovative green technologies so they are available for a massive scale-up by 2030 to enable net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.
    • The center also brings together leaders to engage in a circular economy approach. Globally, the Scale360° initiative will reduce the environmental impact of value chains in the fashion, food, plastics and electronics industries – an important step in making the opportunity for 4.5 trillion dollar circular economy a reality. The African Circular Economy Alliance funds circular economy entrepreneurs and activities in countries like Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa. In China, the Forum’s Circular Electronics in China project is helping companies reduce and recycle 50% of e-waste by 2025.
    • The Forum also offers crowdsourcing solutions to the climate crisis through its open innovation platform, UpLink. Since 2020, this digital space has hosted more than 40,000 users working on more than 30 challenges, including reducing ocean plastic pollution, stepping up efforts to conserve, restore and grow 1 trillion trees, and innovating in the production and processing of aquatic foods.

    Contact us for more information on how to get involved.

    Current global restoration commitments cover approximately one billion hectares, requiring investments of between $300 billion and $1.7 trillion over the next 10 years. Costs are highest for sub-Saharan Africa, which hosts half of all restoration commitments. As a benchmark, the government of Côte d’Ivoire has launched initiatives to recover 3 million hectares of forest by 2030, a task that will cost more than $1.1 billion. These costs, as is the case for many African countries, are prohibitive.

    This kind of spending was envisioned in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, when developed countries committed $100 billion a year to help developing countries successfully adapt to climate change and energy transition. It is therefore essential that we accelerate the implementation of these decisions and agree on a cost-sharing mechanism to protect the world’s land from further degradation. Developed countries must further reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and meet their commitments.

    What frameworks were agreed at COP15?

    The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has stated that every dollar invested in restoring our lands can generate up to $30 in benefits. Major donor initiatives such as the IMF’s Resilience and Sustainability Trust Fund, the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility are all designed to support global collaboration to reverse the devastating impact of land degradation in the world’s most vulnerable regions.

    Last month, from May 9 to 20, Côte d’Ivoire hosted the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) with a summit of 25 Heads of State and of government. Theme ‘Earth. Life. Legacy: From Scarcity to Prosperity,” the conference was a call to action to reverse the catastrophic cocktail of land degradation, deforestation and desertification that fuels conflict, poverty, hunger and migration among people. the world’s most vulnerable.

    At COP15, Côte d’Ivoire launched a new framework for global cooperation, called the Abidjan Legacy Program, to restore forests and lands, boost food production, create jobs for young people and lift rural women out of poverty. poverty. The large and innovative program will deploy cutting-edge technologies such as tree-planting drones, drought-resistant plant varieties and modern irrigation techniques over a five-year period between 2022 and 2027. To implement program, Côte d’Ivoire has raised more than $2.5 billion. commitments from international donors, exceeding the initial target of $1.5 billion.

    We now have concrete frameworks to put this finance into action to address catastrophic land degradation and deforestation. We must act now as a global collective force to restore our lands and forests. We must also mobilize partnerships with the private sector in global agricultural value chains to invest in the restoration of our terrestrial ecosystems.

    COP15 was a pivotal moment when the world came together to share the burden of saving our lands and giving hope to our farmers, reversing catastrophic degradation and deforestation, and solving one of the challenges most urgent of our time.

    How the CCP Blocks China’s Justice System


    Author: Meng Ye, University of Tübingen

    In the midst of the global “democratic recession” and the new trend of “autocratic legalism”, Xi Jinping’s China is an excellent example of how the strengthening of law and legal institutions can occur not only in conjunction with a profound authoritarianism, but at the service of it.

    The notorious removal of Xi’s term limit took the form of a constitutional amendment, accompanied by the formal consecration of the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CCP). Some interpret this as adding weight to the constitution – and legality in general – within Chinese governance.

    The Supreme People’s Court continues to play a vital role in unifying the interpretation of the law. Local courts are eager to show off their innovative applications of artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce the arbitrariness of decisions. They are supposed to be less inclined to “illegitimate” interventions under an increasingly systematized and “legitimate” political control by the Party.

    Barriers to administrative litigation have reportedly been eased by the new case registration system introduced in 2015, while structural reforms of local courts have further reduced the influence of local governments on the judiciary. Some local courts have even been able to limit government decisions on land disputes through protest-driven litigation.

    None of these cases occurred at the expense of the Communist Party’s authority over the judiciary. Rather, they emerged during a period in which the Party’s ideological and political control over virtually all state institutions became increasingly tight.

    With an increasingly professionalized judiciary – relatively autonomous in its decision-making but subordinate to the regime – capable of handling wide-ranging disputes, it’s as if Xi’s China is showing its fellow autocrats how “properly” it is. do. But are we really seeing a real-world reconciliation of deep authoritarianism with some form of “rule of law”?

    A closer look reveals a much more nuanced picture. While the sheer volume of administrative cases increased by more than 50% when the new system was introduced in 2015, the growth rate was not unreasonably high considering that the total number of all types of business increased by more than 40% during the same period. After 2015, the growth rate of administrative cases fell to 13.2%, while that of all cases ..

    The new system does not appear to have increased public access to administrative litigation against government behavior significantly, especially given the strong trend of increasing cases. The proportion of first instance administrative disputes among all types of cases tried by local courts across the country barely increased from 9.49% in 2014 to 9.97% in 2019. The percentage of cases earned in China by claimants increased slightly but remained at the extremely low rate of around 13% in 2015.

    Administrative disputes are an important indicator of the extent to which courts can thwart the political influence of local parties and state actors. “Local protectionism” has been a prominent feature of China’s judicial system as a structural loophole allowing for corruption and resistance to central directives.

    Judicial reforms after 2013 targeted local party-state power over the judiciary by centralizing court personnel and budget management at the provincial level. But implementation remains largely incomplete. Less developed provinces have barely begun to implement fiscal centralization, while local governments in more developed regions remain responsible for a large share of monetary budgets and material equipment.

    The establishment of the new anti-corruption mechanism has systematically undermined the already inferior status of the judiciary compared to party committees without leading to significant vertical centralization. A first analysis warns that the use of AI in Chinese courts could further limit the discretion and decision-making autonomy of judges, rather than facilitating it. It is reasonable to assume that the supremacy of party committees over all other state institutions—a core feature of Chinese authoritarianism—has itself impeded many of the reform outcomes desired by the CCP.

    It is certainly true that the CCP has moved away from the liberal concept of “rule of law” and is working to build a legal framework that supports its “neo-totalitarian” regime. But how effectively it has managed to do so is far from clear, even when measured against goals such as reducing local protectionism and granting the courts sufficient autonomy to maintain the legitimacy of the regime.

    Questions remain about the extent to which the CCP’s growing supremacy is conducive to achieving many of its own political goals. If China is a testing ground for determining the extent to which authoritarian regimes can rely on “legality” – stripped of the democratic and normative core of “rule of law” – to help maintain political rule, there can be strict limits to how far these efforts can go.

    Meng Ye is a research assistant and junior lecturer at the Chair of Greater China Studies at the University of Tübingen.

    ISU Receives Over $1 Million in Grants from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    The following is a press release and photo from Idaho State University.

    POCATELLO — Students and faculty in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Idaho State University are getting a big boost from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Recently, the NRC announced the recipients of its University Nuclear Leadership Program grants. In total, UIS will receive $1,037,085 for undergraduate scholarships, graduate scholarships, and faculty development.

    “I am extremely proud that Idaho State University is the only university in the nation to have received funding in all three grant areas,” said Chad Pope, professor and chair of the nuclear engineering department. “With over $1 million in funding from NRC’s UIS, the Department of Nuclear Engineering is in a fantastic position to support our graduate and undergraduate students as well as develop new faculty members.”

    Scholarships and fellowships support education “in nuclear science and engineering, to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation and regulation of nuclear facilities and handling safety of nuclear materials”.

    “Undergraduate students receive a scholarship and have the opportunity for professional development, including field trips and trips to attend technical conferences,” said Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, professor of engineering. Nuclear and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. “Our graduate students will receive scholarships that fund tuition, stipends, and opportunities to grow in their research experiences.”

    Meanwhile, the Faculty Development Grant “supports new faculty in the nuclear-related fields of nuclear engineering, health physics, and radiochemistry.” Amir Ali, an assistant professor of nuclear engineering, will use the funding to support the establishment of a nuclear thermal hydraulics research program at ISU. The study of nuclear thermal hydraulics examines how energy is transferred in liquids and how the transfer interacts with the structure of the nuclear reactor. It will also use the funds to develop courses in computational thermal hydraulics and fire protection systems for nuclear applications.

    “We never had a stand-alone thermal-hydraulics program at ISU,” Ali said. “The new program will meet a strong need from employers like Idaho National Laboratory and other nuclear technology developers.”

    In total, just over $9 million in grants have been awarded through the University Nuclear Leadership Program.

    “Right now the pace of development of advanced reactors is accelerating,” Pope said. “These grants will help Idaho State University provide the nuclear engineers that will be needed to support the development of these new technologies in the future.”

    For more information about ISU’s Department of Nuclear Engineering, visit isu.edu/ne.

    Bridgerton Star Teases Anthony’s Role in Season 3


    Jonathan Bailey discusses his character Anthony’s role in Bridgerton Season 3, which is set to focus on Colin and Penelope’s love story.

    Jonathan Bailey discusses Anthony’s role in Bridgerton season 3. While Bailey has played Anthony, Bridgerton’s older brother, since season 1, it was in season 2 that he became one of the two romantic leads. The recent season, which was released in March, explored Anthony’s complicated dynamic with the Sharma sisters as he pursued a relationship with Edwina while trying to keep his feelings for Kate at bay. Although there were many bumps in the road along the way, Season 2 ended with Kate and Anthony happily married and looking forward to their future together.

    This closure has led many viewers to question Kate and Anthony’s roles in Bridgerton season 3. Fortunately, Bailey and Simone Ashley, who plays Kate, are confirmed to return. However, with the upcoming season set to focus on Colin and Penelope’s love story, it’s unclear how big their roles will be. For her part, Ashley thinks there’s a lot more to explore, revealing she’s looking forward to seeing Anthony and Kate as partners facing life and taking care of the Bridgerton household together.


    Related: Bridgerton Season 3: Everything We Know (Thanks To The Books)

    In an interview with packagingBailey shared her excitement for Colin and Penelope’s love story which takes center stage in Bridgerton season 3. He also teased what role Anthony might play in their romance. Check out his comment below:

    I think that’s great. I knew the support of Phoebe [Dynevor as Daphne in season 1] and I loved it and experienced Simone’s support when she arrived and Charithra [Chandran] and have this amazing experience. And yes, I can’t wait. And I’ll be so proud to watch Luke [Newton] take over from Bridgerton. And yes, I couldn’t wish for anything else. And also, it’s really important to be there because obviously, [Anthony’s] the older brother, but to make room and make sure they have their amazing love story too.

    Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Luke Newton as Colin and Luke Thompson as Smiling Benedict in Bridgerton Season 2

    Bailey cleverly avoids discussing the specific details of the story of Bridgerton season 3, probably because the cast just got ready to film the new episodes. This means season 3 is at least several months away from streaming and might not even be released until 2023. With the show returning so far in the future, it only makes sense that BridgertonThe stars want to keep an air of mystery. Still, Bailey’s comment offers a clue as to what viewers can expect for Anthony in Season 3.

    On the one hand, it looks like Anthony will be part of Colin’s support system as he navigates his tumultuous romance with Penelope. This will be an interesting contrast to Anthony’s role in Season 1, where he claimed to support Daphne and her desires, but spent much of the season putting her down. There is an opportunity for Anthony’s behavior towards Colin in Bridgerton season 3 to show the growth he experienced in season 2 through his relationship with Kate. Still, it looks like Bailey is happy to step back into the new season and allow Colin and Penelope’s love story to shine. With Kate and Anthony established as a hopefully fan-favorite couple, Bridgerton is able to strike a balance between further exploring their relationship while focusing on the show’s new romance.

    More: Bridgerton Season 2: How The Ending Sets Up Season 3

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    Senate Updates with Joni Ernst

    Over the past year, we have seen the world become a more dangerous place. From Afghanistan to Ukraine, America’s enemies are on the march. Today our country faces threats from emboldened adversaries around the world such as Russia, Iran, China and violent extremist organizations in Africa and Afghanistan.

    As our nation faces these emerging and magnified threats, the need to sustain and modernize our defenses is ever-increasing. A vital part of this, which is becoming more essential every day, is the use of what are known as critical minerals.

    Critical minerals include elements such as rare earth minerals, cobalt, and lithium, all of which are used to produce engines, night vision equipment, and other modern military technology. The defense of America in the modern age increasingly demands the use of these materials. For example, the Air Force’s first combat aircraft, the F-22, is made of layers of titanium alloy, much of which comes from Russia and China. It is therefore increasingly important for our nation to have an adequate supply and reliable access to these essential minerals.

    But, right now, our adversaries like Communist China dominate the supply chain of these increasingly vital materials, threatening our emergency preparedness and jeopardizing our national security. China is on the move in areas that we have shamefully abandoned in particular. In Afghanistan, for example, the Taliban are negotiating with the Chinese Communist Party over mining. They have already confirmed 60 contracts, giving our adversaries access to a mineral bed valued at nearly $3 trillion.

    We must bolster America’s supply of critical minerals, end our nation’s dependence on China, and protect America’s national security interests. That’s why I’m joining my friend and fellow Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, to do just that. This week we introduced our HARD ROCK Act, or Homeland Acceleration of Recovering Deposits and Renewing Onshore Critical Keystones Act.

    This bipartisan bill refocuses the nation’s stockpile to ensure we secure the strategic and critical materials we need to meet our national security requirements for the modern age. The Department of Defense is required to maintain a stockpile of critical and strategic materials, known as the National Defense Stock (NDS), which in times of war or national emergency is used to supply defense and civilian manufacturers essential immediate access to raw materials. necessary to produce these goods.

    The reality is that right now, when it comes to certain strategic and critical minerals, the United States is simply insufficiently positioned to meet critical military and civilian needs. According to a 2019 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, the United States was 100% dependent on imports of 14 minerals on the critical minerals list and more than 75% on imports of 10 other critical minerals. Our bipartisan bill gives the head of NDS the power to update a list of strategic and critical minerals to acquire that reflects America’s modern defense needs.

    Our bill also pushes the Pentagon to work with our partners and allies around the world to ensure stable access to these minerals. This compels the Department of Defense to review potential updates to statutory authority for broad collaboration with our partners and allies to ensure reliable access to critical and strategic materials from our friends around the world.

    I was extremely pleased that this week, after Senator Manchin and I introduced our new bill, key elements of our HARD ROCK Act were included in the annual Senate Defense Bill, which called the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2023, which was made public on Thursday. As members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who worked on the NDAA, we fought to have key parts of our legislation included. We are delighted that the Committee has agreed with us to make it clear that ensuring reliable access to critical minerals should and will be a priority in this year’s Defense Bill.

    It is high time we took seriously the risk we face in allowing China to manage our national defense and critical mineral supply chain. For decades, China has worked to build a global monopoly on the essential minerals our nation needs to defend itself and create the future. America cannot fail to make significant investments to secure this supply chain and these strategic minerals. We must ensure that America has the essential materials we need to meet our defense needs in an increasingly dangerous world.

    Joni Ernst, a Red Oak native and veteran, represents Iowa in the United States Senate.

    Signature of FTA with GCC agreed

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have reportedly agreed to sign free trade agreements (FTAs) whose terms of tariff reduction have been divided into five categories, well-known sources have indicated informed company registrar.

    Sharing the details, the sources said that in the third round of Pak-GCC FTA negotiations held from May 30 to June 2, 2022, the following tariff reduction modalities were agreed: Category (A): zero duty from the first day of entry into force of the agreement; category (B): zero duty after 5 years of entry into force of the agreement; category (C): zero duty after 10 years of entry into force of the agreement; category (D): zero duty after 15 years of entry into force of the agreement; category (F): products in this category must not exceed 5% of tariff lines and are subject to a 50% tariff reduction and category (E) is excluded from liberalisation.

    According to sources, MoC researchers have prepared a list of 2,096 tariff lines at HS 8 level, or 28% of total tariff lines, while the agreed terms are to keep the exclusion list at 20%, or 1 497 tariff lines.

    The Ministry of Commerce, sources said, had sought comments from relevant ministries on which products needed protection and which should be kept in the exclusion list and which products could be transferred to categories D and F, – five percent of tariff lines, i.e. 369 tariff lines. .

    Saudi team visits LCCI to explore new avenues for joint ventures and investment options

    The GCC, which includes the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait, was established under an agreement reached on May 25, 1981 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The GCC countries occupy most of the Arabian Peninsula and are known for their large reserves of crude oil and natural gas.

    The GCC, at its Ministerial Council meeting in June 2004, agreed to consider the possibility of concluding a framework agreement on economic cooperation between the GCC States and Pakistan and to start negotiations on an FTA. The framework agreement was signed in Islamabad in August 2004.

    Pakistan’s exports to the GCC increased by $483.2 million while its imports from the GCC fell by $4.5 billion during the period 2017-2020.

    The PBC, in its report titled “Potential for a Pakistan-GCC FTA” is part of the PBC Market Access 2022 series, recommended the Pakistani government to delay the signing of the proposed FTA between Pakistan and the GCC for the following reasons: (i) Pakistan is likely to continue to import “mineral fuels (HS-27) in large quantities from the GCC regardless of signing the proposed FTA”. The GCC held a share of approximately 75.2% in Pakistan’s imports of “mineral fuels…” (HS-27) from the world between 2017 and 2020; (ii) under a similar trade agreement, Pakistan has offered a margin of preference (MOP) on the import of palm oil from Malaysia under the Closer Economic Partnership Agreement between Malaysia and Pakistan (MPCEPA).

    Palm oil import without Indonesia: FBR removes additional 2% duty

    The same MOP was to be offered on palm oil imports when Pakistan signed the Indonesia-Pakistan Preferential Trade Agreement (IPPTA). What is important to note here is that Pakistan obtains all of its palm oil imports from Malaysia and Indonesia and that the reduction in tariffs only impacts the income of the RBF; and (iii) tariffs in GCC countries are in the range of zero to five percent, if Pakistani exporters are unable to increase their market share, the reasons are clearly other than tariff.

    PBC was of the view that exports of “pharmaceuticals” (HS-30), medical devices, sporting goods including soccer balls, agricultural products, textiles and technology services, etc. needed special attention and that a special package should be drawn up for these sectors.

    PBC further stated that the Pakistani government should encourage the development of testing centers in Pakistan where compliance testing can be carried out cost-effectively, which will improve the quality of Pakistani products to match international standards.

    The Pakistani government should facilitate exporters in terms of fast and efficient customs clearance, subsidized freight charges for non-traditional products, etc. Pakistan must also protect its local industry and ensure it avoids indirect imports of Chinese and Indian goods through Dubai under an FTA, the PBC maintained.

    Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

    What BANI Really Means (And How It Fixes Your Worldview)


    Over the years, various terms have been used to describe people’s struggles to grasp and control the world around them. There were dynamic, high-speed, disruptive, turbulent, etc. Until recently, this resulted in the notion of VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.

    But, for a year or two, there is a new kid in the neighborhood: BAN. He says the world today is fragile, anxious, non-linear and incomprehensible. As plausible as this may sound and in tune with how many people may feel today, there is a need to clarify this concept and unravel its four components.

    A little history. The creator of this concept is Never Cascio, an American anthropologist, futurist and author. Triggered by the various crises facing our world – climate, pandemic, inequality and global instability, to name a few – he concluded that existing concepts such as VUCA are not appropriate for a rapidly changing world. . A new concept was needed, and that was BANI.

    Others have already clarified the concept, such as BANI as an “underestimated door to the future”, BANI as a tool that could help us make sense of the chaos around us, and BANI as dystopian scenario. One thing that connects these explanations is that they describe what a BANI world looks like and how the world has become more fragile, anxious, non-linear, and incomprehensible than before.

    However, this may not be the right approach. Because, more than anything else, BANI says something about people and how they have misperceived the world until now. In this sense, BANI should rather be seen as a correction, or reality check, aimed at shattering four illusions of humanity’s current perceptions of the world.

    Brittle – The Illusion of Strength

    Brittle means to be fragile, brittle, while appearing firm. It refers to something that is not as strong as it looks. It’s an illusory force, the belief that “everything will be fine” and the assumptions that “we all know they’re true”, except they’re not. Brittle refers to the myths people tell themselves to feel better and safer.

    The world has existed for eons, we tend to deny its indestructibility and durability due to its seemingly infinite lifespan. But it is fragile and always has been. The fact that people didn’t (wanted) to see it, and instead assumed it was unbreakable, doesn’t change that. And that’s what this “new” concept really reveals: that people are finally discovering that the world, especially its nature, its economy and its tranquility is a fragile and convoluted interconnected ecosystem. Embracing Brittle means letting go of that first illusion, the illusion of strength.

    Anxious – The Illusion of Control

    Anxiety refers to a feeling of helplessness, of being overwhelmed by whatever one is facing. With this comes stress and worry and the fear of not being able to cope with what the world is asking – and of not really knowing what is going to happen in the first place, which makes it difficult or even impossible, to make the “right” decisions.

    Anxiety is largely a byproduct of information. The more people hear and see, especially bad news, the more anxious they become. Because there are so many things we can do. And with real-time news from around the world bombarding us 24/7, it’s no wonder people are getting anxious because they’re out of control.

    Like the Brittle concept, it says more about people than the world. Anxiety is a subjective feeling caused by a discrepancy between what one expects and what one experiences. People expect control and for a long time they knew how to maintain this illusion. The past few decades may have been relatively calm in the Western world, but unrest, wars and crises have always been a normal part of life on this planet. This means that people have never been in control. The main difference is that they are finally starting to realize this (again) – the illusion of control.

    Nonlinear – The Illusion of Predictability

    Non-linearity has already been a popular concept for longer. In the field of innovation, for example, it essentially says: there is no simple, direct path from A to B. Instead, there are detours, dead ends and unexpected results. It is also common vocabulary in statistics, where it refers to a relationship between two or more variables that is not a straight line.

    The fact that people are again talking more and more about nonlinearity says nothing about the world in which they live. Non-linearity has always existed and it is a natural characteristic of any complex system. It is commonly referred to as the “butterfly effect”, the fact that a chain of cause and effect relationships triggered by one small event (a butterfly flapping its wings) can lead to very unexpected and disruptive events (a tornado on the other side of the ocean).

    It’s not something new. This is a default feature of any complex system. What is new and highlighted by the BANI concept is that there is now an increased awareness of the non-linearity of our world. This shatters a third illusion, the illusion of predictability.

    Incomprehensible – The Illusion of Knowledge

    Finally, incomprehensible refers to people’s experience that they don’t understand what is going on. They can’t monitor it, can’t grasp it, can’t interpret what is happening and why. That means they can’t find the answers they’re looking for, and to the extent that they get answers, they can’t make sense of the answers either.

    This comes with a fourth illusion, the illusion of knowledge. People might have thought they understood the world. But they never did. It’s for this reason that experts and scientists often say things like “the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know”. The world is a mystery, despite the carefully constructed illusion that we understand it. And that might not be something to worry about. On the contrary, it makes the world and our lives worthwhile. Or as Einstein told us: “There are only two ways to live your life. We are as if nothing were a miracle. The other is like everything is a miracle.”

    It’s not our world, it’s us

    Every word we use and every concept we use to describe the world around us says something about ourselves. This was the case with ‘dynamic’, ‘turbulent’, ‘VUCA’ and all the other concepts used to describe our difficulties in grasping and controlling the world. But BANI takes this to a new level. Rather than saying something about the world, it first says something about how we perceive it. It is not the world that has become more fragile, anxious, non-linear or incomprehensible. It is we who must finally let go of the illusion that this is not the case.

    As such, BANI is a great reminder for all of us. We live in a delicate, uncontrollable, unpredictable and impossible to understand world. Let’s celebrate, accept and marvel.

    Helping Australian winemakers break into US markets

    Helping Australian winemakers break into US markets

    Australian grape growers can now access an online tool to help them target the US market through the Australian Government’s Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) grant scheme, a component of the Agribusiness Expansion Initiative (ABEI).

    The USA Wine Market Tool is a jurisdictional map that can be filtered by wine laws, market structure, channel availability, and wine producer preferences, highlighting US states based on filters including pricing opportunity levels, business opportunities, information on legal constraints on alcohol sales, direct-to-consumer models and distribution structure by state.

    “The US market holds great potential for Australian grape growers, but it’s not an easy market to break into,” said Tony Battaglene, managing director of Australian Grape & Wine. “Companies looking to export to the United States should view it not as a single wine market, but rather as 51 market opportunities, each requiring a unique approach to sales and distribution.

    “This tool is a new concept for exporters because it shows the entire United States with state borders, business characteristics, population, visas, and household income trends overlaid with wine buyer information. and purchasing requirements in each state. Wine companies can now confidently search for the jurisdictions best suited to their business and product offering.

    Nikki Palun of Susuro Wines said, “This is a really powerful tool for any winery looking to enter the US market. It’s really easy to use and gave me in-depth insights that would normally be out of my reach cost-wise. I was able to quickly determine which regions of the United States are best suited for my wines and also create a channel-specific strategy for each of my brands based on up-to-date and relevant data. As a small winery without much time or resources, this tool has been truly invaluable.

    “Our best opportunity to mitigate the impacts of trade disruptions with China is to diversify our exports into a wider range of markets. The industry-government strategic partnership approach under ATMAC supports the wine sector by funding practical tools that can help local producers navigate the realities of export markets complex,” Battaglene said.

    Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Tommy Lee Walker

    Biden signs big pay raise for federal firefighters


    Washington – President Joe Biden has approved a big raise for federal wildland firefighters for the next two fiscal years, a move that affects more than 16,000 firefighters and comes as the West prepares for a tough fire season in forest.

    Salary increases for federal firefighters were included in last year’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill, but they were delayed as federal agencies studied recruitment and retention data to decide where to deliver them. .

    The White House said the decision announced Tuesday was intended to put “federal agencies on a path to continue working with stakeholders toward an updated, competitive, and equitable compensation structure and support system that will address the many challenges that have plagued our wilderness. firefighters for decades.

    The legislation stated that the $600 million infrastructure bill to increase wildland firefighter pay should go to all such firefighters provided they are “located in a specified geographic area that is difficult to recruit from.” or retain a federal forest firefighter”.

    The Biden administration has finally decided on a raise for all federal forest firefighters over the next two years, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement. The official said the infrastructure bill offers enough money to provide the raises, but the administration is seeking to work with Congress to provide a long-term solution to firefighter pay.

    “I will do everything in my power, including working with Congress to secure long-term funding, to ensure these heroes continue to earn the paychecks — and the dignity — they deserve.” , Biden said in a statement.

    The Infrastructure Act also authorized agencies to raise the base salary of federal firefighters by $20,000 per year or 50% of their current base salary, whichever is lower, through 2023. Firefighters will receive an arrears of salary for raises, dating from October 2021.

    The National Federation of Federal Employees union had urged the Biden administration to interpret the law as broadly as possible as firefighters across the country struggled to make ends meet.

    Forest Service Chief Randy Moore told a Senate subcommittee last month that his agency’s workforce was 90% overall, but as low as 50% in some areas, including Oregon, Washington State and California.

    Sen. Martin Heinrich, DN.M., was among a group of lawmakers who had pushed the administration to fix the payroll issue, fearing it could further exacerbate staffing shortages as the West enters the hot summer months. Heinrich called the two-year salary fix “progress” but said more needed to be done. New Mexico suffered the largest wildfire on record this year.

    “These men and women are fighting historic fires in New Mexico and are on the front lines of the climate crisis across the West,” Heinrich said in a Twitter post. “It’s admirable, arduous and hard work for their families.”

    The issue of recruitment, retention and low salaries for wildland firefighters had been on Biden’s radar since the start of his administration.

    Last June, before the infrastructure bill passed, the Democratic president signed an executive order temporarily increasing the pay of federal firefighters to ensure no one earned less than $15 an hour.

    Biden said he was appalled after learning that the starting salary for federal firefighters was significantly lower than many local and state fire agencies. Pay for new federal firefighters typically started between $11 an hour and $14 an hour, and they were eligible for overtime.

    Faculty experts explain the study of global tea culture and science


    June 21, 2022 — From Turkey to Japan and many other countries, tea is a precious product grown all over the world. Although real tea comes from Camellia sinensis plant, its sensitivity to the environment that surrounds it leads to many varieties. Currently, tea research is largely under the radar, which is why the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative (GTI) was founded.

    GTI is the first and only group dedicated to promoting the research and teaching of tea culture and science. The initiative offers faculty the opportunity to define research interests and collaborate with members of the tea industry. It also advances tea research through partnerships with institutes in countries like Taiwan, Japan and Kenya. Through GTI, UC Davis hopes to draw attention to the effect of tea on culture, society, science and health.

    Speakers at Uniquely UC Davis: The Study of Tea Culture and Science Plugged in. Clockwise from top left: Dean Estella Atekwana, Jacquelyn Gervay Hague, Katharine Burnett and Jim Brown.

    In a virtual event, UC Davis faculty experts, including College of Humanities and Science Dean Estella Atekwana, who moderated the discussion, shared the art and culture of tea and how whose GTI professional tea program helps the industry. This Q&A is adapted from the discussions, part of an ongoing virtual event series called Plugged in where UC Davis leaders address the most pressing issues of our time.

    How did tea enter different societies and civilizations?

    Katharine Burnett Ph.D., Founder and Director, Global Tea Initiative; Professor, History of Art: People trade goods and are always looking for opportunities to trade. Tea is a cash crop that was first cultivated in southwest China and spread across the “tea belt” from northwest India to southern China. By the 7th century, it had spread throughout China. Later, in the 16th and 17th centuries, tea became popular due to demand. People loved it, cared about it, and wanted more.

    How does the global tea industry support research?

    Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry and Food Science Graduate Group: Many industry groups have their own research enterprises. For example, Japan has a research institution that I know of in Shizuoka. They teach courses to potential tea growers and processors. Many of these international research institutes partner with UC Davis in hopes of attracting students to encourage them to pursue careers in the tea industry.

    How has the pandemic and climate change affected tea production and supply?

    Jim Brown Ph.D., Chair of Professional Studies, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education: When the pandemic was first announced in March 2020, that’s when the first harvest happened and it really affected production in the whole world. While China hasn’t seen much change, it has had a devastating effect in India with the complete closure of Darjeeling. In Kenya, they were sitting on a huge inventory of tea that no one was paying for. With the loss of Indian tea, they actually had a huge advantage in their tea market. Countries like Sri Lanka deemed tea production essential so they kept everything going leading to devastating spread of COVID in those countries.

    What does the future of the Global Tea Initiative look like and are there concrete ways to support?

    Burnet: People write all the time from all over the world asking if they can come to Davis to study as scholars and as students. To develop our program and ensure the sustainability of GTI, we must build an infrastructure. Things that would be wonderful for support would be staffed teachers in various colleges and schools to ensure that there is an expert always teaching on tea. It would be wonderful to donate funds to enhance curriculum development, to support faculty research in specific projects, and to donate funds for endowed leadership.

    Learn Fractal Analytics and AI Best Practices

    Groups within companies trying to improve their analytics and AI capabilities can learn from each other, or they can learn from other organizations that provide similar services to their company. Fractal Analytics, a global analytics and artificial intelligence services company jointly led by the United States and India, is part of the latter group. Fractal was founded in 2000 and today has over 3,500 employees and 16 locations. It recently received a significant investment ($360 million) from private equity firm TPG and is valued at over $1 billion.

    The success and growth of Fractal is an interesting story in itself and indicates how important analytics and AI have become for large organizations. But after speaking with co-CEO Pranay Agarwal, I concluded that the company offers many lessons for internal analytics and AI groups. Below are five Fractal attributes that other companies could adopt.

    1. Focus on decisions and how you can improve them—Fractal’s mission is to help fuel every decision in their client companies. They believe that better decisions mean better results for their clients. This emphasis on decision-making means that the company’s approach to problem solving is reverse decision-making: it starts with the decision to be made, then thinks about how to improve it. Empowering customers to make better decisions, they not only include the resources of structured and unstructured data, analytics and AI, but also design thinking and behavioral sciences. They deal with different types of decisions, but most are fast, repetitive and with a high level of data feedback. Each such individual decision has a relatively small risk of substantial loss. They start by looking at the industry they work in, they map the value chain or value drivers in the industry, and go even further to determine what decisions are needed to improve the drivers. Each of these approaches could also be adopted by analytics and AI groups within enterprises.
    2. Clarity on product offerings and capabilities—Analytics and AI are very broad fields. Each service provider must specialize in a relatively small set of offerings that they can repeat and reuse often. Fractal is now quite a large company, so it can have more specialties. As I mentioned above, Fractal focuses on quick, repetitive decisions, including the “next best action,” or the next conversation to have with a client; what price to charge (dynamic pricing); on which channel to best serve customers; forecast demand and supply; managing revenue growth and similar issues. The company has developed a set of platforms that support each of these common decision types.
    3. Combine organic growth and acquisitions for talent and capabilities“Organic growth is often the best way to preserve a culture, but given the scarcity of analytical talent and specialized capabilities, it can also be worth making targeted acquisitions, even if your company is not in the business. analytical services sector. Fractal has made several acquisitions, including Neal Analytics for cloud offerings, Samya.ai for revenue growth management, and Final Mile, a behavioral science consultancy. He has also made majority investments in other analytics-related businesses, including Analytics Vidhya, a data science community and training company. The combination of organic growth and acquisitions has helped Fractal create a wide range of capabilities.
    4. Build a strong culture with specified values“An analytics or AI team within a company will obviously adopt some of the values ​​of their larger organization, but it is also possible to establish cultural principles within a smaller group. Fractal leaders believe that their values ​​have been very influential in the successful growth of the company for over 20 years. The four values ​​expressed include the priority given to the customer (measured by the Net Promoter Score, which remains above 70); learn and grow (with Fractal Analytics Academy and Analytics Vidhya, and they also design programs for clients); think big and act fast (which they accomplish by reinvesting 10% of their income, among other means); and be extremely trusting and responsible. This last value means that they assume a positive intention on the part of their customers and colleagues. They have been on the Great Place to Work list for five years and this year they achieved this recognition in all five locations.
    5. Incorporate ethical guidance and capacity“Today, everyone seems to have understood that analytics and AI have an ethical dimension. It’s still too early to do much in most companies, but I would say that every analytics/AI organization needs some sort of ethical framework or guidelines, and should also have a governance structure soon. Fractal, unsurprisingly, already has these components in place. Agarwal told me very simply, “People who drive the adoption of AI in our society should ensure that it is used ethically. We are driving AI adoption, so we need to invest in AI ethics. They have an internal team that oversees ethical issues and a framework to manage them. The framework, much like true machine learning, allows them to evaluate each analytics or AI solution and score it on criteria such as transparency and bias/fairness. Not only do they use the framework internally, but they also “produce” it for customers. Every analytics organization should move in these directions.

    Just as internal supply chain groups can learn valuable lessons from companies that make supply chain work their core business—UPS, DHL, and FedEx, for example—analytics and AI groups within companies should consider companies like Fractal Analytics as a model for internal construction. successful analytics and AI practices.

    The Liability Ends Here – Contractors Held Fully Liable for Hong Kong Cartel’s Subcontractors | Hogan Lovells


    This decision 1 sends a clear message to companies that the scope of the order could be much broader than some might think, and that companies will be jointly and severally liable with their subcontractors forming the same company (i.e. say the economic unit) which has infringed competition law. This alert discusses court rulings, court reasoning on appeal, and practical steps companies can take to minimize the order due to the conduct of their business partners.

    Competition Tribunal Decisions and HKCC Appeal

    The first decision appealed was the landmark decision on sanctions in the W Hing Case. 2 In this decision, the court for the first time established the four-step approach to determining financial penalties under the order (see our alert here). Among other things, the Court granted a reduction of one-third of the base amount (i.e. a base amount linked to the volume of trade affected by the violation of the competition rule) to three defendants.

    For two of the respondents, the Tribunal granted the reduction on the grounds that they had not directly participated in the anticompetitive behavior, but had become liable by leasing their license to a subcontractor who had engaged in the unlawful behavior . For the other respondent, the Tribunal granted the reduction on the basis that the renovations had in fact been carried out by another on behalf of this respondent. In granting the reduction, the Court took into account various factors such as the ad hoc and temporary association of the contractors and the subcontractors, the inability of the respondents to recover part or all of the pecuniary penalties from the subcontractors , and the roles of the Respondents only within the framework of the overall “enterprise”.

    The second decision appealed was the Mushrooms Case 3 which also followed the same four-step approach and reduced the base amount for two sponsors for similar reasons. The main difference between the two cases is that the subcontractors or agents involved in the Mushrooms cases have been made a respondent while the respective contractors or representatives have not been a respondent in the W Hing Case.

    On appeal, the HKCC sought to reverse the one-third reduction and increase the penalties for these respondents. The HKCC argued that the court acted on the wrong principle and considered irrelevant factors or failed to consider relevant factors.

    Court of Appeal – reduction of basic amount not justified

    The Court allowed the HKCC’s appeal in the two cases concerning the reduction of the base amount for the following reasons:

    Ground 1: joint and several liability

    Despite the defendants’ assertions that the determination of pecuniary sanctions was a “localized matter” and that EU case law should not be applied, the Court held that the notion of commitment, derived from EU case law EU, “is at the heart” of the Hong Kong decision. Kong’s competition law regime. Similar to EU law, persons forming a business are jointly and severally liable for the business’ breach of competition rules as well as for financial penalties imposed on the business.

    The Court held that each of the respondents on appeal formed a single economic unit or company with its respective subcontractor and should be liable for the full monetary penalty. The court said it would be wrong in principle to reduce financial penalties by a percentage to reflect a defendant’s role that he was just part of a business. The allocation of responsibilities between entities under a business for the payment of penalties was not an issue for the HKCC to get involved in.

    Reason 2: public order or illegality

    The HKCC argued that the defendants should not be allowed to cite their own unlawful conduct (i.e. contracting out work in violation of Hong Kong’s subcontracting system and license terms Housing Authority which restricted outsourcing) as a mitigating circumstance. The Court agreed with the HKCC that the Respondents’ subcontracting arrangements violated the terms of the license and were contrary to the public interest and public order. Therefore, it was wrong in principle to recognize outsourcing as a mitigating circumstance. The fact that the respondents had no knowledge of the anti-competitive behavior was also irrelevant.

    Reason 3: inability to recover from subcontractors or representatives

    Finally, the court agreed with the HKCC that the HKCC did not have the burden of disproving the alleged inability of the respondents to recover all or part of the penalties from the subcontractors or representatives. As the Respondents provided no evidence regarding the alleged inability to recover, it was inappropriate for the court to consider or give the discount to reflect the alleged inability. If there were legal reasons for the incapacity, the Court suggested that this matter be decided in a subsequent procedure for contribution or compensation.

    Appeal from HKCC on charges

    In the Case, the Court granted the HKCC a certificate of costs for two lawyers, instead of the three lawyers actually hired by the HKCC. Despite the Tribunal’s acknowledgment of the efforts made by three lawyers to deal with multiple respondents, the Tribunal found that this was not an exceptional case warranting a certificate for all three lawyers. The HKCC appealed on this point. The Court dismissed the HKCC’s appeal because the costs were within the Tribunal’s discretion and the Court was not convinced that the Tribunal was wrong in principle or demonstrably wrong.

    Key points to remember

    This decision reminds companies that they cannot escape their liability under the Order by engaging subcontractors or relying on limited participation to seek a reduction in penalties on the grounds that they are their subcontractors. contractors who directly participated in the offending conduct. Even if the HKCC chooses to prosecute a single entity in a business in court, that entity can be made to respond to the entire infringement by the business.

    The position taken in this decision is largely in line with EU case law which recognizes the joint and several liability of all entities within a company involved in anti-competitive conduct. In fact, the term and concept of “undertaking” is an invention of EU law, intended primarily to reflect both the commercial reality that several entities within the same corporate group may jointly infringe competition, as well as addressing the EU-specific problem that EU Member States’ laws have very different company law regimes.

    However, the impact in Hong Kong following the Court’s ruling is arguably greater than in the EU. In most EU judgments shaping the concept of an enterprise, the entities constituting the enterprise were affiliated companies within the same corporate group. On the other hand, in the W Hing and Mushrooms cases, the companies were found to consist of the Respondents and their unaffiliated contractors or representatives. The Court pointed out that knowledge of the contravention was not required, which leaves the possibility that the respondents were held liable for acts of third parties without their knowledge. Moreover, in Hong Kong, the Ordinance goes even further by establishing an ancillary liability regime. This means that not only can the company that actually infringes the Ordinance be held liable, but that the Court can also impose financial penalties on those “involved” in infringements of the competition rules. This concept casts a wide net over acts such as attempt, aid, abet, counsel, pimp, incite, attempt to incite, and conspiracy.

    The practical effect of the Court’s judgment may be to cause companies to intensify competition law compliance among all their employees and business partners such as contractors. While that case considered contractors and subcontractors to constitute the same business, parent companies and subsidiaries, suppliers and distributors, and licensors and licensees could also be treated the same way in the cases. future. Therefore, and in light of the broad scope of the order, it is crucial for companies to ensure that all of their employees – and business partners – comply with the order.

    Competitive Compliance Strategy

    Competition law compliance efforts may need to become broader and more proactive (also towards third parties) than in the past, where companies focused primarily on their own employees, and primarily those at the center of operations. In this way, competition law compliance can begin to resemble compliance efforts in other areas such as anti-corruption and fraud.

    The competition compliance strategy to adopt may differ from one company to another, depending on the size of the company, the risks to which the company is exposed and the likelihood of these risks occurring. In general, practical steps companies can take to ensure compliance include:

    • conduct regular competition audits to identify areas of business that pose competition law risks (such as pricing and rebate agreements, distribution agreements, and commitments to trade associations or industry bodies);
    • implement group competition compliance policies;
    • appoint a compliance officer;
    • organize regular competition law training for relevant employees (such as marketing employees and sales and internal legal counsel) and potentially for business partners;
    • set up a system where all contacts with competitors are recorded;
    • implementing an organizational whistleblower system for employees and business partners to report potential issues;
    • require trade partners that they approve of the codes of conduct of partners requiring compliance with competition law; and
    • Include competition clauses in agreements with business partners.

    1 in CACV 143/2020, CACV 46/2021 and CACV 157/2021.

    2 Competition Commission v W. Hing Construction Company Limited and others [2020] 2 HKLRD 1229.

    3 Competition Commission v Fungs E&M Engineering Company Limited and others [2020] HKCT 9.

    Global Retail and Wholesale Market Opportunities and Strategies to 2030: Impact and Recovery from COVID-19


    provides strategists; marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the global retail and wholesale market as it emerges from the COVID 19 shutdown.

    New York, June 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the publication of the report “Retail And Wholesale Global Market Opportunities And Strategies To 2030: COVID-19 Impact And Recovery” – https://www.reportlinker. com/p06287849/?utm_source=GNW
    The description:
    Where is the largest and fastest growing market for retail and wholesale? How does the market relate to the overall economy; demographics and other similar markets? What forces will shape the market in the future? The Global Retail and Wholesale Market Report answers all these questions and more.
    The report covers market characteristics; size and growth; segmentation; regional and national breakdowns; competitive landscape; market shares; trends and strategies for this market. It traces historical and forecast market growth by geography.

    It places the market in the context of the broader retail and wholesale market; and compares it with other markets.

    The report covers the following chapters
    Executive Summary – The Executive Summary section of the report provides a brief overview and summary of the report.
    Report structure – This section gives the structure of the report and the information covered in the different sections.
    Introduction – This section gives the retail and wholesale market segmentation by geography, type and property covered in this report.
    Market Characteristics – The market characteristics section of the report defines and explains the retail and wholesale market. This chapter includes different products and services covered in the report and basic definitions.
    Supply Chain Analysis – The Supply Chain section of the report defines and explains the major supply chain players of the Retail and Wholesale industry.
    Product Analysis – This chapter describes examples of leading products in major companies in the retail and wholesale market.
    Customer Information – This chapter covers recent trends/preferences of customers and service providers in the global retail and wholesale market.
    Trends and Strategies – This chapter includes some of the key trends shaping the global retail and wholesale market. This section highlights likely future market developments and suggests approaches companies can take to exploit these opportunities.
    Impact of COVID-19 – This chapter describes the impact of COVID-19 on the retail and wholesale industry.
    Global Market Size and Growth – This section contains historical (2015-2020) and forecasted (2020-2025) and (2025-2030) global market values ​​along with drivers and restraints supporting and controlling market growth in history. and forecast periods.
    Regional Analysis – This section contains historical (2015-2020) and forecasted (2020-2025) and (2025-2030) market values, as well as market share growth and comparison by region.
    Segmentation– This section contains the market value (2015-2030) and analysis for different segments.
    Global Macroeconomic Comparison – Comparison of global retail and wholesale markets with macroeconomic factors gives retail and wholesale market size, percentage of GDP and average market expenditure.
    Regional Market Size and Growth – This section contains the market size of the region (2020), historical (2015-2020) and forecasted (2020-2025) and (2025-2030) market values, as well as the comparison of growth and market share of major countries in the This section includes information on all regions Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa and the main countries in each region.

    The market overview sections of the report depict the current market size, general information, government initiatives, regulations, regulatory bodies, associations, corporate tax structure, investments and major companies .
    Competitive Landscape – This section covers details of the global retail and wholesale competitive landscape, estimated market shares and company profiles for key players.
    Major Mergers and Acquisitions – This chapter gives information about recent mergers and acquisitions in the market covered in the report. This section provides key financial details of mergers and acquisitions, which have shaped the market in recent years.
    Market Opportunities and Strategies – This section includes market opportunities and strategies based on research results. This section also gives insights on growth opportunities in countries, segments and strategies to follow in these markets.

    It helps to understand where there is significant business to be won by competitors over the next five years.
    Conclusions and Recommendations – This section includes conclusions and recommendations based on the research findings. This section also gives recommendations to retail and wholesale suppliers in terms of product/service offerings, geographic expansion, marketing strategies and target groups.
    Appendix – This section includes details of the NAICS codes covered, abbreviations and currency codes used in this report.

    Covered markets:
    1) By type: retail; Wholesale
    The retail market is further segmented by Type into
    a) Motor vehicle and parts dealers
    b) Food and Beverage Stores
    c) Petrol stations
    d) Miscellaneous in-store retailers
    e) Cosmetics and personal care stores
    f) Clothing and clothing accessories stores
    g) Electronics and appliance stores
    h) Furniture and home furnishings stores
    i) Supermarkets and hypermarkets
    j) Convenience stores, mom and pop stores
    k) Department stores and other general merchandise stores
    l) E-commerce and other non-store retailers
    m) Dealers in building materials and gardening equipment and supplies
    n) Pharmacies and health care stores
    o) Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores

    The wholesale market is further segmented by Type into
    a) Wholesalers of non-durable goods
    b) Wholesale electronic markets, agents and brokers
    c) Wholesalers of durable goods

    2) By property: retail chain/wholesale chain; Independent Retailer/Independent Wholesaler

    Companies Mentioned: Walmart Inc.; Amazon.com, Inc.; Costco Wholesale Corporation; CVS Health Society; Schwarz Group

    Country: Australia; Brazil; China; France; Germany; India; Indonesia; Japan; Russia; South Korea; UK; UNITED STATES

    Regions: Asia-Pacific; Western Europe; Eastern Europe; North America; South America; Middle East; Africa

    Time series: historical five years and ten-year forecasts.

    Data: market size and growth ratios relative to related markets; Proportions of GDP; expenditure per capita; comparison of retail and wholesale indicators.

    Data segmentation: historical and forecast national and regional data; market share of competitors; Market segments.

    Sourcing and referencing: data and analysis throughout the report comes from endnotes

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    Charitable trust raising more money than ever to support public schools


    “Unfortunately, there is not enough fairness in the system, so we are here to fill those gaps”

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    The Calgary Public Education Charitable Trust is raising more private funds than ever to support students with special needs and provide a variety of learning resources.

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    Parents say that because government underfunding has created deep inequities in the system, schools are increasingly reliant on charities and private fundraising to ensure students have the basics, technology books.

    EducationMatters – the charitable trust established nearly 20 years ago to support public schools – presented audited financial statements to the Calgary School Board this week, showing funds raised of more than $2 million last year.

    That compares to less than $500,000 raised in 2003, the year it was founded, or around $750,000 in 2010, just over a decade ago.

    While the disbursement of funds raised may vary from year to year, depending on when endowments and invested funds are available, all funds raised eventually reach public schools and have a significant impact on students.

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    “If you look at how we started, when we were created by administrators and community visionaries, they understood that government couldn’t provide everything we needed for students,” said Marilyn Field, executive director. from EducationMatters.

    “But over time, we realized we needed to level the playing field, to provide more for students whose families may not have the same economic wealth…or even school councils, to organize and fundraising for the things they needed.

    “Unfortunately, there is not enough fairness in the system, so we are here to fill those gaps.”

    This year’s system-wide fundraiser, Loonies for Literacy, collects donations to help schools purchase a variety of reading materials, including books for school libraries, digital resources like apps for reading and e-books, and decodable texts to help young students who might struggle with reading.

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    But funds raised by EducationMatters also help support career-focused programs for middle and high school students, allowing them to explore a variety of career opportunities for school credit.

    Program grants and student prizes can buy tools for high school students in courses like mechanics and construction or learning materials for younger ones like building blocks, cameras, or weaving equipment for creative projects.

    Marilyn Field, executive director of EducationMatters, poses at Chris Akkerman School in northeast Calgary on Thursday, June 16, 2022.
    Marilyn Field, executive director of EducationMatters, poses at Chris Akkerman School in northeast Calgary on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Jim Wells/Postmedia

    Marilyn Dennis, a longtime CBE administrator who represents several low-income communities in the city’s northeast, says she’s seen huge benefits for students from EducationMatters funds.

    Dennis remembers in particular a recent creativity project where elementary school students were given cameras – purchased by EducationMatters – to take pictures of themselves and their families at home.

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    The photos were displayed in a giant collage in the shape of a school, illustrating the variety of cultures and diversity within the community.

    “You could see the pride these students felt, in themselves, in their families, and being able to share that with their peers,” Dennis said.

    “It was a beautiful project, about student well-being, which is such an important part of education and creating a positive environment for learning.”

    But parents are frustrated that inequality between schools is becoming a growing problem, with fewer schools able to fundraise for basics like tools, technology and reading materials.

    “We are seeing this increase in private fundraising due to government failures, failure to live up to its responsibility to provide equitable, high quality and universally accessible education to every student,” said Medeana Moussa, gatekeeper. word of advocacy group Support Our Students. .

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    “When we see so much fundraising and private money to meet the basic needs of students, it’s just another sign of how quickly we are moving towards the privatization of education.

    “The system is increasingly relying on the private sector to do the government’s job. And that’s why we find ourselves in a place where some students are supported, but more and more are left behind.

    Jen Allan, a mother of three students with special needs just outside Calgary, says students in rural areas have been particularly left behind due to government underfunding and failure to fill all the gaps. through fundraising.

    “Parent councils are struggling to provide the bare necessities for education and have no choice but to use resources from fundraising,” Allan said.

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    “But parents can’t afford it anymore, and school boards have seen deficit after deficit.

    This year, CBE is anticipating another year of fixed funding from the province, even as it faces increased costs, aging infrastructure and projected enrollment growth.

    Last month, trustees approved a $1.37 billion budget for 2022-23, totaling just $142 less than last year’s budget despite a projected increase of 1,500 students by September.

    1. The Calgary Board of Education headquarters along 8th St. and 12th Ave.  SW.  Tuesday January 25, 2022.

      CBE proposes cutting 14,500 student seats, or 22 schools, over the next decade

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    4. Stem Innovation Academy co-founders Sarah Bieber, left, and Lisa Davis, and Grade 9 students Inayat Kang and Wyatt Peterson pose for a photo at the new location of the new Calgary High School on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

      STEM Charter School Expands to Grade 10 Near U of C Campus

    But Katherine Stavropoulos, press secretary for Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, argues that the claim that private fundraising is replacing government funding is “ridiculous,” adding that the province continues to provide solid funding to all school boards.

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    “The Alberta government is increasing spending on education by $700 million over the next three years,” she added.

    “As part of the 2022 budget, Alberta Education’s operating expenditures are $8.4 billion. Additionally, school boards are also sitting on nearly half a billion dollars in operating reserves, with another quarter billion in capital reserves.

    “To suggest that this is not a well-funded education system is false and misleading.”

    Field said differences of opinion will always remain over what costs are essential and what costs improve learning.

    But in recent years, the CBE has worked more closely with EducationMatters to direct fundraising towards specific priorities like literacy, especially after so many students suffered learning losses throughout the pandemic.

    “Literacy is a big concern right now. We know that during the pandemic, young children just weren’t reading as much. The parents were trying to support them, but sometimes, being so busy with their own work, it just wasn’t possible,” Field said.

    “So we’re hoping that by providing schools with more of the tools needed for literacy, we can help get a lot of these students back on track.”

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    Reviews | We need a plan to prevent the Holocaust deniers from winning

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    Rational people may differ on whether the Justice Department can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that defeated former President Donald Trump and his key enablers committed crimes in their 2021 coup attempt. What is indisputable is that Trump lost the election, had no evidence of fraud, betrayed our democracy by trying to overturn the election results, and unleashed a violent assault on the Capitol.

    Still, more than 100 Republican Holocaust deniers, according to a Post analysis, will be on the ballot in November. The question now is what we as a country should do about it.

    As a preliminary, no one should doubt that election deniers should be kept out of public office. Republicans who continue to fan the “big lie” of a stolen election are either morons or liars, and therefore pose a threat to two essential elements of democracy: the sanctity of elections and the peaceful transfer of power. They are unable to uphold the oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all foreign and domestic enemies and should be disqualified.

    We know that many incumbent House and Senate Republicans who have tried to throw out valid electoral votes and continue to fan the “big lie” will be re-elected. The degraded state of our democracy is such that voters will keep these characters in power. But an open-court press to limit the number of such office holders and to defeat Holocaust deniers who come forward at the state level to Secretary of State, Attorney General and Governor is essential to preventing a repeat of Trump’s coup attempt in 2024 and beyond. “No Holocaust denier is running the election” sounds like a simple enough message.

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    At this time, there does not appear to be a coherent plan to achieve this fundamental objective. Hoping that the craziest candidates in these contests for election-related positions will lose is not a viable plan; it’s a recipe for disaster. (Didn’t millions make that mistake in 2016?) Instead of wishful thinking, the media, Democrats, independents, sane Republicans, donors and retired public servants all have a role to play in upholding the sanctity of elections.

    First, the media has an obligation to identify Holocaust deniers who run for these critical roles, confront their lies, and refuse to treat them like ordinary politicians. No responsible editorial board should endorse election deniers for positions responsible for elections.

    Second, Democrats, since President Biden, must focus their fire on election deniers and persuade voters that no political issue warrants putting these people in power. Biden will have to deliver more than one speech; he will have to campaign from coast to coast to convince voters that it is essential not to put (or keep) in power people who would deny Trump’s betrayal and encourage insurrection as a political tool.

    Democrats should urge independents and democracy-loving Republicans to vote against Holocaust deniers, especially those who would administer the election. Candidates running against such candidates should do everything possible to reach out to those who would normally vote Republican and make it clear that they will listen to their views, represent their interests, and protect democracy on their behalf.

    Third, responsible Republican politicians (looking at you, Senator Mitt Romney), retired politicians (that’s you, former President George W. Bush), sober Republican donors, and former GOP officials ( Now is your chance to win redemption, former Attorney General William P. Barr) must use their influence to defeat Holocaust deniers. They won’t reach hardcore MAGA voters, but they may influence ordinary Republican voters or Republican-leaning voters.

    In an ideal world, this type of unified campaign would be organized against Holocaust deniers who stand for everything offices, including for the House and Senate, but given the sheer number of candidates who pose a threat to the country, democracy advocates would do well to focus on those running for positions with the power to certify elections. The most immediate concern should be to protect the country from future coups.

    Is it too much to hope that a broad coalition across parties can commit to defeating candidates who have made it clear that they do not respect the truth or the elections? If so, our democracy is on life support.

    New rules planned for medical cannabis in South Africa

    Although there has been much media coverage of the legal commercialization of cannabis for recreational purposes, South Africa’s role as a global player in the medicinal cannabis market should not be underestimated, the firm says. lawyers Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

    Apart from having a comparatively lower cost of agricultural production due to advantageous environmental conditions and labor cost, South Africa has experience in agricultural process innovation, medical innovation and stringent quality control requirements for licensing medical cannabis, making it an ideal destination to supply the global medical cannabis market, the company said.

    “Local production has been primarily oriented towards raw cannabis flower and extracts for export to overseas markets as bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients. Demand is expected to grow as pharmaceutical product development pipelines are approaching global commercialization.

    Latest development

    In the latest version for public consultation of the Country Investment Strategy (CIS), published by the Presidency on May 27, 2022, cannabis is recognized as a legally and globally traded agricultural product.

    However, CIS indicates that the state still views the commercial cultivation of cannabis for recreational purposes as a highly uncertain value proposition, both locally and internationally, requiring extensive legal and institutional evolution.

    “Given the agricultural competitiveness profile of South Africa, the IEC concludes that cannabis grown and processed for medical purposes is the most viable competitive sales channel to pursue on an industrial scale and that the capacities developed for medicinal production can be rapidly deployed to meet the recreational demand of local or international markets.

    In view of the above, the IEC proposes that the State allow the finalization of a common cannabis regulatory framework focused on industrialization for export, with a focus on the medical value chain, said Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

    “Consequently, the priority is development of a favorable legal framework that both streamlines production at export scale and opens up domestic market access through clear and sensible regulation of medical cannabis coupled with investment mobilization and enabling state activity.

    Current regulations

    Regardless of these latest developments, commercial medical cannabis is already legally possible under the current regulatory framework, said Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

    However, it is not without pitfalls, costs and loopholes – hence the need for a more supportive and streamlined legal framework.

    “The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) is the state body that regulates the medical cannabis market. SAHPRA issues licenses under Section 22C(1)(b) of the Medicines and Related Substances Act 101 of 1965 (Medicines Act) which authorizes the cultivation, manufacture, extraction, testing, import, export and distribution of medical cannabis and ensures the necessary oversight of SAHPRA in regulating these activities.

    “However, licenses for these activities are only issued after applicants have constructed fully compliant cultivation, processing, extraction or testing facilities and are audited by SAHPRA in accordance with quality control protocols and The above and other compliance criteria (such as pre-negotiated off-take agreements or letters of intent) provided by SAHPRA necessarily involve significant capital outlays, which are unfortunately necessary before a Section 22C license may be granted.

    When it comes to the quality control aspect of medical cannabis manufacturing, South Africa is a member of the internationally renowned Cooperative Pharmaceutical Inspection Scheme (PIC/S), which ensures that products are systematically produced and controlled according to the quality standards appropriate to their use. intended use and as required by international marketing authorizations or product specifications.

    SAHPRA audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the South African Guide to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), which refers to:

    • PIC/S GMP Guidance for Medicines – Part I for Pharmaceuticals
    • PIC/S Guide to GMP Medicinal Products – Part II for the Manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

    “Notably, a Section 22C license does not automatically entitle the holder to global GMP status and a further application, which can be made through SAHPRA, is required,” said Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

    “Thanks to this high level of quality control, the medical cannabis produced in South Africa under license conditions is among the highest in the world, creating a compelling value proposition in international markets.”

    Production cost

    However, when it comes to production costs, strict adherence to GMP standards at the cultivation stage leads to increased costs, the company said.

    “Internationally, there is evidence that cannabis is grown in accordance with Good Agricultural Practices and/or Good Agricultural Collection Practices standards, then processed in GMP facilities for sale as a GMP certified product on medicinal markets.

    “By treating the cultivation stage as an agricultural activity according to agricultural standards and the post-harvest processing stage as manufacturing according to medical standards, significant savings can be made, which translates into a more competitive price on the world market.”

    There is also a case to be made that in order to include rural small-, medium- and large-scale field growers in the cultivation side of the medical cannabis value chain, more needs to be done to ensure strict compliance with standards such as GMP does not continue to be a barrier to entry, the company said.

    “This is particularly evident in single-molecule extract production lines that do not require cannabis to be grown only in controlled environments, indoors or in greenhouses.”

    Market access

    At the national level, the Medicines Act allows patients to access unregistered medical cannabis products for therapeutic purposes through the provisions of Section 21 of the Medicines Act.

    In order for patients to have access to these unregistered medicines, a registered physician or licensed prescriber must apply to SAHPRA on behalf of the patient, to allow the purchase and use of unregistered medicines as a treatment regimen. .

    This process has been greatly simplified and can be completed with online submissions by the licensed physician, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr said.

    “Once the Section 21 application is complete, patients can access medical cannabis products through various online and, more recently, physical pharmacies licensed to acquire and distribute medical cannabis products. of medical cannabis.

    “However, the Article 21 procedure outlined above can be seen as an interim measure until registered cannabis medicines become more widespread locally and are available for prescription at pharmacies across the country. “

    Therefore, more work is needed to establish and strengthen domestic demand and consumption for medical cannabis, which generates domestic revenue, large-scale operations, and necessary hedging against demand shocks experienced by local cannabis businesses. export-oriented medical.

    This would include finalizing and nationally registering medical cannabis products, the company said.

    • Commentary by Shaad Vayej (partner) and Susan Meyer (director) at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

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    The 40m trimaran concept aims to be the first zero-emission superyacht


    Rob Doyle is part of the new generation of yacht designers tackling the modern challenges of the large yacht industry. With a solid 20-year career path in the large yacht business, he and Van Geest Design came together to present a 40-meter sailing catamaran – Domus. With an interior volume that rivals a 60 meter motor yacht, she aims to do eco-responsible cruising and become the first “zero emission” yacht over 750 GT.

    “Just because superyachts are what they are today doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. We were constantly looking at every aspect of the design and wondering ‘is there a better way? We truly believe this project will redefine what a multihull sailing superyacht can be,” say the designers.

    Domus, i.e. a one-storey house built around a Latin atrium, the yacht is 35 m wide and has an interior space of 780 m², all on one deck. The craft borrows aspects of this design to create an elevated and open feel on board. Rob Doyle and Van Geest Design have done extensive research into the practicalities and safety features associated with trimarans.

    The trimaran is spread over two decks. She can accommodate 12 guests in six guest cabins, with four VIPs and two full-size owner suites, each equipped with its own lounge area. There is a bar in the main lounge. Other amenities include a cinema room, gym and lounge. Domus also has a spa area with swimming pool, making trimaran fun and excitement.

    Inside the 40m Domus superyacht

    To help reduce drag and improve speeds, it can heel to a two-degree angle. It will also ensure comfortable cruising with minimal rolling. Domus is designed with a focus on performance. “The unique design combination of solar power, hydro-regeneration technology and hydrogen fuel cells gives Domus unlimited range with zero emissions,” the design team said. The trimarans powers during daylight hours and transfers to the battery system at night. It also means that Domus is completely silent with zero emissions at anchor.

    Alongside the 40-meter concept, the designer duo is also working on a larger version of the shipyard idea. “We are convinced that if you want to benefit from the advantages of multihulls over 40 meters in size, the only practical solution is a trimaran,” added the design team.

    Compared to catamarans, trimarans offer lower costs. Domus has all the systems and engineering in the center hull, just like a standard build to keep things simple. The main hull takes all the rigging forces, thus keeping the transom structures simpler and generally the overall system being simpler. The team behind Domus have been behind the design of over 60 superyachts and have extensive design experience, knowledge and detailed data, making it easy to complete a gigantic project.

    ‘Somos Esenciales’ Tells the Stories of SF Latino Essential Workers at Mission Food Hub


    Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, hundreds of volunteers have gathered each week at the Mission Food Hub on Alabama Street to distribute milk, vegetables, cornmeal and other foods to thousands of residents of San Francisco in the community-run warehouse.

    For many mostly Latino and working-class volunteers — the majority of whom lined up for groceries — the food center became a place of refuge during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak when food orders shelters in place have taken a heavy toll on people’s mental health.

    “It serves me as a form of therapy,” volunteer Carmela Gomez, 61, said in Spanish.

    Gomez is one of 16 volunteers who participated in a year-long community oral history project that examines the impact of the pandemic on the Latino community’s mental health and lack of adequate services.

    Mission Food Hub volunteer and researcher Carmela Gomez poses for a portrait at the Mission Food Hub Monday, June 13, 2022 in San Francisco, Calif.

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    Each volunteer in the project, directed and created by playwright Paul S. Flores in collaboration with researcher and writer Adriana Camarena and the nonprofit Acción Latina, was trained and tasked with interviewing and documenting the experiences of their neighbours, friends and family members.

    The research involved interviewing and documenting people’s stories, including those of the volunteers. Camarena said the report will be available to community members and shared with city officials and the public health department.

    These stories have been compiled into a bilingual report, documentary and monologues entitled “Somos Esenciales / We are Essential”. On Saturday, during the “Paseo Artístico”, a free fortnightly art walk organized by the nonprofit Acción Latina, some of the volunteers will present their findings and solutions at the food hub, which city officials are expected to attend. Local artists will also perform monologues based on their findings and stories.

    The food hub could close by the end of this year, according to leaders of the Latino Task Force, which runs the hub. Earlier this week, Latino advocates urged city officials to suspend plans to cut COVID relief funding from the budget. The Mayor of London Breed recently announced his budget of almost $14 billion for the financial year 2022-23, which would cut $9.5 million in funding to at least 25 not-for-profits to help to equitably offer testing, vaccinations, COVID care and other services to the city’s low-income residents, many of whom are people of color.

    Parisa Safarzadeh, Breed’s press secretary, said in a statement this week that the city is moving from a COVID response to a recovery.

    But some Latino supporters said “divestment” would lead to new health inequalities.

    Volunteers and researchers have found that the pandemic is harming the mental health of Latinos, exacerbating issues that many were already facing before the COVID-19 crisis, such as housing instability, pre-existing health conditions, and difficulty to look after their physical and mental health due to the demands of the job.

    When the pandemic hit in 2020, other burdens piled up, according to the report: unemployment, unpaid bills and rent, and the disproportionate health impact that COVID-19 had on Latinos.

    Dara Montejo, an 18-year-old volunteer from the Mission District, told The Chronicle that conducting research has allowed her to “know more about my community.” She said it was taboo for many older Latinos to talk about mental health issues, but many opened up to volunteers.

    “[T]there’s a huge difference when you have strangers coming in to research an issue in the city or in the community than having people from the community doing research, you know, for the community,” said Montejo in the report.

    Montejo herself said she felt anxious, constantly holding back tears, when she had to help care for her siblings and cousins ​​when her parents tested positive for COVID in 2020. After that experience, she said she looked for volunteer opportunities that allowed her to get outside the home.

    “It was tough,” she says. But volunteering at the food center “helped me get into a little routine and feel normal with whatever was going on at the time.”

    The solutions listed in the report, funded by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Southwest Folklife Alliance and the Creative Work Fund, aim to educate residents, community leaders and service providers on how to advocate for more of resources from the city budget, the researchers said. They include the creation of a cultural hub where mental health resources are offered and funding for community-led, culturally appropriate wellness activities and ongoing community-based research on the mental health crisis.

    But even if city officials don’t fund those solutions, Camarena said, “I believe our community will support the solutions.”

    She said the report was more than just “research” and described it as a “handbook” that can guide conversations among community members. “It makes it more accessible,” she said.

    For Gomez, the lockdown at the start of the pandemic interrupted her routine of attending workshops and volunteering at local nonprofits. She described feeling “trapped” inside her home when her children started learning and working remotely.

    When she started volunteering at the restoration center, she said, “I felt like I was getting out of this tunnel where I was stuck.”

    Flores said his goal for the project was to show residents and city leaders how Latino essential workers have and continue to respond to the issues facing the city despite the economic, mental and physical repercussions.

    “We put our lives on the line,” he said. “I hope we move away from the dial of ‘San Francisco is a destroyed city’ to ‘watch how Latinos support the greatness of San Francisco’.”

    People can watch the “Somos Esenciales / We are essentialperformance Saturdays at 4 p.m. at the Mission Food Hub at 701 Alabama Street. A screening of the documentary, directed by Oakland artist Rafael Flores, and a discussion with volunteers, artists, medical professionals and city officials will follow from 4:30-5:00 p.m.

    Jessica Flores (her) is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @jessmflores

    No OTP needed for recurring payments up to Rs 15,000

    The Reserve Bank of India has announced that electronic money orders for recurring payments have been increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000. The new improved limit has already come into force. The move comes days after the RBI, during its monetary policy committee meeting, announced the same for debit and credit card transactions. The decision to increase the limit came into effect a day ago.

    The RBI, in a statement dated June 16, said on Thursday that the enhanced electronic money order limit will come into effect immediately. “The e-mandate framework prescribed an additional authentication factor (AFA), inter alia, when processing the first transaction in case of e-mandates/standing instructions on cards, prepaid payment instruments and payment interface For subsequent transactions with transaction values ​​up to Rs 5,000/- (AFA limit), the limitation of AFA has been lifted,” he said.

    “Upon a review of the implementation of the e-mandate framework and the protection afforded to customers, it has been decided to increase the aforementioned AFA limit from Rs 5,000/- to Rs 15,000/- per transaction,” he said. the RBI said in its statement. “This circular is issued under section 10(2) read with section 18 of the Payments and Settlement Systems Act 2007 (Act 51 of 2007) and will come into force immediately,” added the central bank.

    During his June 8 bi-monthly meeting on the MPC, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das had notified the RBI’s plans to implement the decision.

    “To further facilitate recurring payments such as subscriptions, insurance premiums, higher value tuition fees under the framework, the limit is raised from Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 per transaction,” said the Governor of the RBI during his speech of the day. “This will further leverage the benefits available within the framework and increase customer convenience,” Das added. The RBI said that with the electronic money order for recurring payments, users enjoy safety, security and convenience.

    “With the (electronic money order) limit now extended to Rs 15,000, the subscription payment process will become simpler and more convenient. It would also allow recurring payments to become a standard for slightly higher payments like rent, maintenance, insurance premium, annual subscriptions, etc. Additionally, it will encourage more players to adopt the subscription framework, making the payment ecosystem more automated. A very encouraging move from the central bank, this should drive digital payments forward,” said Pranjal Kamra, CEO of Finology Ventures.

    The RBI clarified that stakeholders had urged the central bank to increase the limit in the framework to facilitate higher value payments like subscriptions, insurance premiums, tuition fees, etc.

    An electronic mandate refers to the act of a debit or credit card holder giving a standing instruction to the merchant platform like a website or mobile application to deduct a certain amount of money for recurring transactions . This includes subscriptions on OTT platforms, gas bill payments, electricity bill payments, etc. Through an e-mandate, the cardholder gives consent to merchant platforms to charge their credit or debit card for recurring payment requests that merchants may send.

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    Toyota’s latest concept reinvents the FJ Land Cruiser as an electric vehicle – Robb Report


    Toyota really wants to show off its latest electric concept, and it’s easy to see why.

    The Japanese auto giant has shared new photos of the Compact Cruiser EV concept. And while the brand hasn’t announced whether it plans to build the prototype, the FJ Land Cruiser-inspired off-roader certainly looks production-ready to us.

    We got our first glimpse of the retro-inspired electric vehicle last December, when it was part of a group of 16 concepts that Toyota unveiled while foreshadowing its electric future. The prototype is inspired by the styling of the first-generation Land Cruiser, which was in production from 1951 to 1955. The battery-powered vehicle takes the boxy shape of that beloved 4×4 and modernizes it by softening the edges and adding bright colors in the mix. . It sports a chunky bumper, oversized wheel flares, a roof rack and a ladder above the passenger-side C-pillar.

    The Toyota Compact Cruiser EV Concept


    The concept isn’t nearly as spartan as its ancestor, which was purpose-built to offer military-style utility, but it has a lot more character than the generic crossovers the industry currently seems so enamored of. There’s a simple reason for that: the Compact Cruiser EV is meant to stand out.

    “Our research into electric vehicles has been going on for more than 30 years, and we’ve come a long way,” Simon Humphries, senior managing director of Toyota Design, said in a statement. “After a first phase of contact with electric vehicles, people will want zero-emission cars that speak about them and express their way of life. And the Compact Cruiser EV is a perfect example of this trend.

    A rendering of the Toyota Compact Cruiser EV concept on the beach


    So why post new images of the vehicle now, nearly six months after its debut? Because the Compact Cruiser EV has just won the Car Design Award 2022 for concept vehicles. Unfortunately, for now, the Compact Cruiser EV is nothing more than a design concept. It would seem that Toyota is understandably proud of what its team has come up with. Maybe that pride will drive the brand to build the SUV, or at least something close. Maybe they could even fit it with the simulated manual transmission system the company is developing for battery-powered vehicles. It could make it an electric dream.

    Check out more images of the Compact Cruiser EV below:

    A rendering of the Toyota Compact Cruiser EV off-road concept


    A rear 3/4 view of the Toyota Compact Cruiser EV concept


    The roof of the Toyota Compact Cruiser EV concept


    A rendering of the Toyota Compact Cruiser EV concept from the rear


    ‘The Sanctuary’ pays tribute to a late member of the community

    Soul Shine Event to Celebrate Mark Robin, Eric Bertelson

    By Bella Butler EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    BIG SKY One day in May, passers-by in Fire Pit Park noticed a large structure that hadn’t been there the day before. Word spread about the mysterious conglomeration of metal and wood, and people started asking about the “ship” in the city center.

    The structure, a functional work of art that is part bench and part show, is a memorial to late Big Sky community member Mark Robin. It’s actually not a ship or any movement ship, but rather the opposite, Mark’s family suggests. It is a place to spend a moment suspended in time, in peace, in memory; a sanctuary.

    Mark, a prolific Big Sky figure, father, husband and co-founder of the Hungry Moose Market & Deli, died in 2017 after living with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for 13 months. The summer before Mark passed away, he and his family organized what became the first annual Soul Shine event, at the time an expression of gratitude to the community and ultimately a celebration of the life and legacy of Mark at Big Sky.

    Usually held at the first Music in the Mountains concert of the summer downtown, Soul Shine is a dynamic evening of connection fostered by music, storytelling and fundraising. On June 23, Soul Shine 2022 will kick off with the dedication of Mark’s memorial bench, called The Sanctuary, and will also celebrate the life of fellow Big Sky community member Eric Bertelson, who passed away from ALS this winter.

    After morning meetings on June 13 with the Big Sky Arts Council to prepare for this year’s Soul Shine, Mark’s wife, Jackie, was joined by his three sons, Andrew, Micah and Howie, and friend of the Eliza Granger family, at the Sanctuary where artist Ken VanDeWalle was putting the finishing touches on his creation: a plaque with words both about Mark and written by Mark to give context to the bench.

    Andrew helps sanctuary artist Ken VanDeWalle install a plaque in Fire Pit Park on June 13. PHOTO BY BELLA BUTLER

    Adorned with the letter Mark wrote to his community when he was diagnosed with ALS, the final words on the plaque read:

    “Life is a blessing. Every day is a blessing. I am surrounded by so much love and beauty every day.

    Micah suggested that maybe The Sanctuary isn’t just a place to honor Mark, but also the Big Sky that Mark lived in.

    “It’s kind of like a little homage to that period and trying to keep it expensive,” Micah said.

    The Robins all nodded in agreement as Micah described the bench as a place for people to slow down. Indeed, this is part of the original inspiration for the bench.

    “One of the things about Mark is he used to say, ‘I don’t have a sanctuary,'” Jackie said. “The guy was running around doing a million things all the time… It was hard for him to get his sanctuary.”

    Where he could take refuge, Jackie added, was on the trail and the river and in writing. Over the past year since first meeting Jackie, VanDeWalle’s task has been to encapsulate pieces from Mark’s shrines as well as other aspects of his life into an art form.

    Resonant traits of Mark that the artist took away from conversations with the Robins were Mark’s uplifting spirit, his identity as a family man and community member, and his love for the outdoors.

    “[I] wanted to communicate that in a three-dimensional object, the shape and the curve, the shape… But then, taking that abstract, to really create a space, a protective space in a way,” VanDeWalle said.

    The bench’s wide, angled seats hug the natural curve of your back and orient you to the mountains and the Hungry Moose, places Mark loved. As VanDeWalle suggested, it’s both a restful, supportive seat and an uplifting space.

    “It’s a great place to relax,” Howie said.

    The shelter above the bench rises from one end of the bench to the other, resembling the curve of a fly line flapping through the air.

    Andrew and Howie both agreed: what they first noticed about the room was its size.

    “Mark was a little larger than life in Big Sky,” Jackie said. “And when it came time to create something in his memory, we wanted to represent him.”

    The shrine is not only a reminder of who Mark was, but also of the adversity he faced with ALS, an experience that has now touched another family in
    Big sky.

    Eric Bertelson battled ALS for almost two years before his death in February, and his wife Janie and three sons will join the Robins this year at Soul Shine to celebrate Eric’s life.

    “I just want people to remember him as this happy, dedicated family man who loved life and was an active physical and athletic human being,” Janie said.

    Eric Bertelson (left) and his wife Janie pose together. Eric died of ALS in 2022. PHOTO COURTESY OF JANIE BERTELSON.

    Eric had the chance to attend Soul Shine even before he was diagnosed, and Janie said the event was everything he loved: an opportunity to benefit from the community and support something important. Soul Shine is also a fundraising opportunity for Team Gleason, an organization focused on supporting people diagnosed with ALS and their families.

    Like the disease itself, the work of the Gleason team is unique to each case. Both Janie and Jackie said the nonprofit was key to first feeling supported and then navigating everything from insurance to assistive technology.

    “When you are diagnosed, the cure and the treatments are… [are] doesn’t come fast enough for most people diagnosed today, and certainly not six years ago,”
    said Jacky.

    While some organizations are focused on finding a cure for ALS — none of which currently exist — she said the Gleason team is focused on living a full life with the disease.

    “They allow people to live with ALS instead of just sitting back and letting the disease take over,” Janie said.

    Those wishing to donate to Team Gleason will have the option to do so on Soul Shine, and donation links are also available on the Soul Shine website.

    Soul Shine 2022 will kick off with the dedication of The Sanctuary in Fire Pit Park at 4 p.m. on June 23 and will be followed by a 5 p.m. city bike ride and concert featuring the bands Cole & The Thornes and the headlining Satsang at 7:15 p.m. The Hungry Moose, now owned by Kristin Kern, will provide food and hospitality at Len Hill Park throughout the music.

    Visit bigskysoulshine.org to learn more about Soul Shine and its efforts to raise funds for Team Gleason.

    Latvian government to split budget and borrow money to fund support activities – Baltic News Network


    If the budget allocation does not turn out to be sufficient to support residents and offset rising inflation, the state could borrow money from the foreign exchange markets, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said after meeting the President Egils Levits on Wednesday, June 15.

    The Prime Minister said he had previously directed the Department of Social Affairs to work with other departments and develop a targeted support system which will soon be adopted if a need to provide emergency assistance to residents arises.

    Kariņš reported that the Ministry of Social Affairs submitted such a plan on June 14. It consists of 14 different measures developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy. He said he planned to start discussing the ministry’s proposal with other ministers and social partners.

    The Prime Minister said the offer had many positive elements.

    Proposals are currently being coordinated with ministries.

    “I am sure that we will arrive at a comprehensive and targeted support system that will help reduce the consequences of the war reflected in rising prices, especially in the energy sector. This task is progressing,” the prime minister said.

    The Prime Minister said the government had not yet reached an agreement on the support plan. Currently, ministers are discussing support measures. These measures can be divided into two parts. The first is support for low-income residents. This support is intended to offset the increase in daily costs. The second part concerns energy prices, which apply to a wider range of residents.

    Kariņš pointed out that although it is currently unknown how the market will react and how prices might change in autumn and winter, assuming prices continue to rise, the price increase could be distributed between the state and the residents. He explained that the state plans to withdraw a significant portion of possible growth to help residents and the state’s economy.

    “As head of government, it is important to me that decisions are taken as soon as possible and that support measures are adopted as early as September,” said the Prime Minister.

    The aid offered by the Ministry of Social Affairs can cost the state around 450 to 480 million euros. Kariņš stressed that this amount is possible for the whole season, not for separate months. There can be two sources of financing for any type of support that the government agrees on – the first source is increased budget revenue.

    He said one of the side effects of inflation is that the public treasury fills up faster than expected. Kariņš said that part of the money could be divided to support residents. If it turns out that this is not enough, the state can borrow money, even if borrowing is now much more expensive.

    “I don’t see us raising tax rates for residents. Our goal is not to do that. Our plan is not to increase the debt. First, we plan to split the budget growth. If necessary, we can borrow money, since our country has a good credit rating and great international trust,” Kariņš said.

    President Egils Levits also said that on the face of it, the Ministry of Social Affairs has made divine proposals which now need to be further clarified by the government.

    He pointed out that the support system should be ready by the fall, when residents are sure to receive big utility bills. The system also needs to be targeted to ensure support is provided to those residents who need it most.

    Advocates call for more support for the city’s homeless


    At the Bowery Mission, people seeking emergency shelter get more than just housing.

    “We’re focusing on the whole person, so we’re going to look at not just their physical needs, but also their emotional and mental health needs,” program manager Cheryl Mitchell said at the conference. event more than a century old. organization.

    What do you want to know

    • At the Bowery Mission, people seeking emergency shelter get housing and access to mental health supports
    • NY1/Siena College poll finds 89% of respondents say it’s easier to admit those who are dangerous to the public or themselves to mental health facilities
    • Supporters say creating more supporters is the answer to help as many people as possible

    Mitchell helps the Bowery Mission provide a safe space in six locations across the city, maintaining a proactive approach when many city residents seem concerned about the dangers of homelessness, especially those who experience it.

    “We also have a team of mental health professionals, licensed social workers and counselors who are on site at all of our campuses to help us assess needs,” Mitchell said.

    A NY1/Siena College poll found that 89% of respondents say it’s easier to admit those who are dangerous to the public or themselves to mental health facilities, but advocates like Jaqueline Simone of the Coalition for the Homeless say there are not enough resources like the Bowery Mission.

    “Much of the discussion lately has been about the involuntary treatment and removal of people from the streets and subways against their will, but in reality we are seeing that even people who have admitted to needing health care mental health and trying to get it, often encounter many roadblocks,” said Simone, the organization’s policy director.

    Earlier this year, Mayor Adams came under fire for an operation to dismantle dozens of homeless encampments while promising to improve and expand the city’s shelter network. While nearly half of those polled said the mayor is doing a poor job of addressing homelessness, 60% support his action to dismantle the camps.

    “These heavy-handed sweeps involving police who are really pushing people from the subway to the streets and from corner to corner are not the right path,” Simone said.

    Amid increased need exacerbated by the pandemic, advocates say creating more supports is the answer to help as many people as possible.

    “We’re not working with the same people as before the pandemic and I think it’s so critical for us to build even stronger support networks,” Mitchell said.

    The Best Strategies for Tapping into Physical and Mental Health to Maximize Business Success

    Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur the contributors are theirs.

    Our physical and mental health can be our greatest asset or our greatest obstacle when it comes to excelling in business.

    Persistent health issues, whether it’s recurring headaches, digestive symptoms, fatigue, insomnia, or mood issues, can sneakily affect how we present ourselves in our business. We can miss opportunities for networking or socializing, do the bare minimum to get by, or forget important details (I say this because I have experienced it). To add insult to injury, humans are adaptive creatures by nature. We will adapt to just about anything, including symptoms. Working with clients with chronic conditions on a daily basis, I often hear statements such as, overall, I feel really healthy, even though I’m in pain 24/7. Or, he It’s normal for me to only have a bowel movement twice a week. And my favorite, I’m a zombie until I’ve had my coffee in the morning. Entrepreneurs are driven and motivated by definition. This increases the tendency to overlook or ignore symptoms or the impact they may have on their activities. Awareness is the first step. Fortunately, health can be optimized and become your power partner by making a few simple nutrition and lifestyle changes.

    According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, functional medicine “determines how and why disease occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.” For more information on the root causes, see my article Inflammation: friend or foe. Essentially, root causes are environmental factors that cause symptoms and health problems. Improving them leads to improved long-term health rather than just putting a band-aid on the symptoms. Functional medicine is also founded on the concept that health is not simply the absence of disease, but rather the flourishing of mind, body, and soul. According to these principles, the keys to prosperity are prevention, early detection and the use of the root cause approach to combat existing health problems.

    Related: 8 Ways to Foster an Employee Wellness Environment


    Any auto mechanic will tell you that regularly servicing your car will ensure that it will perform well for over 100,000 miles. The human body is the same way. First, look at things in your immediate environment, such as food, stress levels, relationships, meaning and purpose in life, sleep, and exercise. The goal here is to create an environment that makes it difficult for disease to occur. The disease can manifest when one of them is not aligned. It’s about intentionally prioritizing your health and being a proactive player in your life and taking care of your body. Although this formula is a little different for each person, the factors listed below describe a general framework. For some people, this process will be intuitive. For others, overcoming challenges (in life or in health) can set them on this path to prioritizing their health and well-being. And still for others, receiving professional advice ensures that they commit to what is best for them. body and not simply act on generalities. The best part is that it’s never too late to start. Self-care and prevention is one of the most empowering things we can do for ourselves and our business.

    In addition, prevention also means making adjustments. What does your blood test look like? What about hormones? Do you have any genetic predispositions? Evidence shows that markers of some diagnosable conditions can be measured years before symptoms appear. This study shows that the mechanisms underlying autoimmune diseases (determined by the presence of antibodies programmed to attack healthy tissue) can be active for years. Sometimes it takes decades before the person shows symptoms or warrants further investigation. Work with a healthcare professional and perform lab work regularly (once a year is sufficient for preventive purposes). This will provide a useful baseline for comparison and ensure that nothing is simmering below the surface. And if so, it can be caught early before it becomes clinical.

    For a more personalized approach, functional medicine practitioners often use more specialized forms of laboratory testing. These are based on your unique needs and goals. The intent is not only to uncover the potential root cause(s) of any lingering health issues, but also to reveal areas that offer opportunity for fine-tuned optimization. For example, a food sensitivity test may expose foods in your diet that cause inflammation. An organic acid test examines nutritional and metabolic patterns that can affect cognition, energy, sleep, and general well-being.

    Related: Why Your Health Is Key To Your Business Success

    Prevention in action

    The following provides a solid framework of lifestyle factors to optimize when working to achieve optimal health and prevent disease:

    • Nutrition: Organic, whole, minimally processed, low sugar, anti-inflammatory. Eat an abundance of brightly colored vegetables and wild animal products. Plus, healthy fats like avocado, olive, and coconut oil provide all the raw materials for optimal functioning. Conversely, processed foods loaded with industrial oils and sugar can contribute to inflammation and metabolic disruptions that rob your body of energy. Check out the Whole 30, Mediterranean, and Paleo diets for more specific information.
    • Manage stress: About 75% of all doctor visits are stress-related. Engage in relaxing hobbies, long walks, yoga, meditation, and exercise. These have been shown to lower cortisol levels and boost serotonin, our calming and soothing brain chemical. One of the best methods for increasing stress resilience is biofeedback training with heart rate variability. I talked about it in one of my previous articles.
    • How long do you sleep? : Contrary to the belief of many, no one can function optimally for an extended period of time with 5-6 hours of sleep (re: adaptation). The brain is actually more active during sleep than during waking hours, orchestrating many aspects of healing and repair. Getting seven to nine healthy, restful hours ensures that these processes are complete and you’re running on rest and recovery rather than stress hormones.
    • What does your exercise routine look like? : It is not necessary to exercise at the gym. It can be literally any sustained movement you enjoy – dancing, swimming, yoga, running, skating, biking, skiing. The goal is to engage in regular, sustained movement most days of the week.
    • How connected are you to your friends and loved ones? : It is enormous. Isolation or feeling a lack of love, connection and community. These affect our physiology as much as an infection or anything we can actually measure, if not more. In fact, studies show that people with terminal cancer who have a close support system actually live longer than those who don’t. Humans are beasts of burden. Seeing and talking to friends and loved ones regularly is as necessary to our well-being as food and water.
    • Do you feel like you are honoring your calling, your sense of purpose? : It is everyone’s dream that their hobby is their career. For some people, this is reality. Although I recognize that this will not be the case for everyone. Nonetheless, actively engaging in your passion – whether it’s traveling, raising ferrets, knitting, cooking, weaving baskets – is like food for your soul. To lack a sense of purpose, or even worse, to feel a sense of purpose but stifle it, slowly poisons the soul. Even if it’s only a few hours a week, following and honoring your passion brings a deep sense of joy and gratitude. Two emotions that literally alter our gene expression to favor that of health rather than dysfunction.

    It might seem like another thing on your to-do list for cooking a healthy meal or making time for exercise. But health is really an investment with compounding returns. Also, being healthy does not mean being perfect. It’s about connecting to what your optimal health feels like. Not settling and being in tune with your body to know what to do to maintain that state most of the time. It’s about harnessing the power of your physical and mental health so that it works for you rather than against you. If you’re reading this article, you’re already a go-getter. With lifestyle routines and a dedication to self-care, you’ll be unstoppable.

    On the same subject: Already stressed in 2022? These 3 body-based solutions can help short-circuit your anxiety.

    Creole classics at Vaucresson’s Sausage Company – Culinary Backstreets


    The scorching April sun — yes April — in New Orleans is an indicator of two things: climate change and the start of festival season. In other parts of the country, warm days and cool nights and the gradual blooming of trees and flowers define spring. But in southeast Louisiana, spring seems to supernova into summer overnight despite what the calendar claims; nothing is subtle here. And under that scorching sun, one of the mainstays of festival season, Vaucresson’s Sausage Company, run by owner Vance Vaucresson, sells its hot sausage po’ boy to legions of admirers.

    Vaucresson’s has been at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for fifty years and is the only original vendor still there. It’s also a favorite at the French Quarter Festival, where its Jackson Square stand has long lines and stacked bags of Leidenheimer French bread, the crusty but productive bread the perfect delivery system for the spicy sausage. At first glance, it looks like a simple sandwich, lightly seasoned with lettuce and tomatoes, with the option of hot sauce, mayonnaise and Creole mustard. But like many things in New Orleans, its simplicity belies the rich tradition of the 7th Arrondissement’s Creole families and their influence on the city’s cuisine and culture. And with a reconstructed building about to open at the corner of Avenue N. Roman and Avenue Saint-Bernard, Vaucresson, in business since 1899, is set to carry the Creole torch for another 100 years.

    “What I wanted to do was take two of our historic concepts and merge them into one,” Vaucresson told us recently. “In the mid-1960s, my father opened a restaurant on Bourbon Street – at 624 Bourbon St – called Vaucresson’s Café Creole. We stayed there for ten years and eventually moved on. But it was the first restaurant on Bourbon Street to be owned by a person of color after the reconstruction.

    We were in the kitchen of his soon-to-be-opened cafe in the same location where his family’s sausage factory was located before Katrina.

    “And then, my family, for 120 years, we have been in the 7th arrondissement district on Avenue Saint-Bernard. My grandfather was a butcher by trade, then my father took over the meat market with his brothers-in-law. We have therefore always had a commercial presence in the 7th arrondissement.

    This commercial presence dates back to the turn of the 20th century, when a system of open-air markets dominated the New Orleans landscape. The market system started with the French Market in the French Quarter and spread throughout the city. Before markets, vendors typically sold their wares anywhere and everywhere, under the hot sun and often in unsanitary conditions. Markets enabled centralization, regulation and, above all, taxation. The Vaucresson family got their start at the St. Bernard Market at the corner of Avenue N. Claiborne and Avenue St. Bernard, now home to the Circle Food Store. From there, the family moved to St. Bernard Avenue before finally settling in the current location just before Hurricane Katrina.

    “My dad opened on the corner of Roman and St. Bernard, it wasn’t a meat market per se, but he wanted to elevate and have an inspectors processing facility,” says Vaucresson. “He wanted the sausages to go to grocery stores, but once Katrina came along, that was the last business entity we had there.”

    Images of the St. Bernard Corridor during and after Hurricane Katrina, with water engulfing The Circle Food Store, are shocking to this day. The relentlessness of the water, which held out for weeks, forever changed the fortunes of so many. In post-Flood New Orleans, Vaucresson’s old building lay fallow, the bright murals on the side of its distinctive gold winkle fading and the store’s brown awning moldy and torn. Like Bachemin’s Meat Market and The Circle Food Store, it seemed like a part of New Orleans history that would never be reclaimed. But Vance Vaucresson never lost hope.

    “We held [this location], and eventually looked for an opportunity to come back in a way that would be relevant,” says Vaucresson. “We decided to do a retail, cafe/delicatessen concept.”

    The star of this concept, of course, is hot sausage, which is a staple of New Orleans’ black Creole community.

    “The Creole hot sausage, or as it’s traditionally called, the Creole chaurice, is one of the most popular sausages in town,” says Vaucresson. “Traditionally, charice is made with pork.”

    Unlike Patton’s Beef Patties that dominate the convenience store po’ boy kingdom, Vaucresson’s Hot Pork Sausage is far juicier, with complex flavor, better texture, and an appealing red hue from the paprika and cayenne pepper. . Vaucresson compares it to its Spanish cousin chorizo, although much spicier.

    It may seem like an ambitious concept for a deli corner in a building that was once an Italian grocery store, but for Vaucresson, understanding this cultural tapestry is key to understanding the city.

    In addition to the hot sausage, Vaucresson has planned a menu of New Orleans classics built around quality ingredients.

    “We’re going to do our traditional po’boys, as well as some of the traditional po’boys that people are used to — shrimp, oysters, real catfish, roast beef — things people expect,” Vaucresson says. “But we will also have other traditional dishes specific to our culture, like grilled meats and oatmeal, Calas, French toast and things like that.”

    Above all, Vance Vaucresson is an educator and expert in the food traditions of the New Orleans Creole community.

    “Our main mission is that when we roll out these culturally significant foods, we will also educate people about their origin story, their contributions from the different ethnicities that passed through this port, settled here and influenced our culture,” said Vaucresson.

    It may seem like an ambitious concept for a deli corner in a building that was once an Italian grocery store, but for Vaucresson, understanding this cultural tapestry is key to understanding the city.

    “If you’re going to eat okra with okra, or anything with okra, we’ll let you know that okra is an African staple that made its way to Spain, and eventually here,” says Vaucressson. “If we’re talking about making breaded meat, which is a term that means breading, we’re going to talk about how the breaded influence is part of the Italian tradition. The 7th arrondissement, people have to realize, historically was a very mixed community. You had white French Creoles living alongside Irish, Italian immigrants, Creoles of color, so you had influences from all of our cultures that found their way into our food.

    The creolization of New Orleans foodways is a rich and complex subject, and Vaucresson is keen to set the record straight.

    “One of the biggest questions I get at festivals,” Vaucresson says, is “What’s the difference between Cajun and Creole,” and I answer them, “None.” Cajun is a subset of Creole. The Acadian Creoles, who extrapolated their culture out of the Creole culture in order to be able to promote it singularly without any of the other peoples who were part of it, mystify me. Anyone born in this region is a Creole. You have French Creoles. Spanish Creoles. Then you also have the Irish and Italian hoops. More recently, we looked at the Vietnamese community. And the Filipino community, which is the oldest Asian community in the United States. If we knew this history, we would know so much more about our culture and how everyone has contributed to its development.

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    Repairs are underway to the heritage building in the Exchange District after the city warned of a potential collapse

    Repairs are underway at a high-profile heritage building in Winnipeg’s Exchange District after a city inspector warned it could collapse.

    The city ordered immediate repairs in May to 92 Arthur Street – a six-story heritage building officially known as the South Section of the Gault Block – after an inspection of the building revealed a badly crushed beam supporting the upper floor of the 119-year-old building. structure.

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    Boyko proceeded to consolidate the sixth floor but also appealed the order, arguing that the city was exaggerating the risk of collapse.

    “I don’t understand how the only deficient beam can bring down [or] implode an entire building,” he told the city council’s property committee during an appeal hearing on Tuesday.

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    Ergotron Launches CareFit™ Combo System to Support True Nurse-Patient Connections


    ST. PAUL, Minnesota–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ergotrona global leader in designing ergonomic solutions that connect people and technology to improve human performance, health and happiness, today announced the launch of its CareFit™ Combination System. This wall mount solution was designed to enable efficient and comfortable point-of-care documentation experiences. The CareFit Combo System expands Ergotron’s CareFit family of products and provides additional options to accommodate different workflows across the healthcare organization, supporting patient connections and helping to reduce the risk of error.

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    “We are excited to introduce nurses and IT teams to the modular and customizable CareFit Combo system,” said Mark Brandenhoff, general manager, healthcare, Ergotron. “Nurses juggle countless priorities that require their attention. With a comfortable and intuitive wall-mounted workstation, caregivers can interact and stay connected to their patients throughout their documentation work. This enhanced experience allows nurses to stay focused on what matters most: their patients.

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    • Supports availability: Convenient cord access simplifies maintenance with quick assistance available from Ergotron’s expert support team
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    • Quality workmanship: Robust design supports multiple configurations and installation options

    The CareFit Combo system can be ordered from resellers worldwide. For more information, visit Ergotron.com or call 888-743-1119.

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    The terms of reference serve as the framework for the preparation and review of the EA of the proposed project, and the project is now in the EA phase of the provincial process. The Federal Government issued a Notice of Commencement of the IA on February 24, 2020 and the project is now in the impact assessment phase. This is the first public information center organized after the approval of the terms of reference to support the EE processes; both EA and IA.

    About the Public Information Center
    Join us to learn more and give your opinion on:

    • The history and updates of the community access road since the terms of reference and the last virtual meetings;
    • Aboriginal and treaty rights and interests;
    • The EA/IA Indigenous Knowledge Program and the Community Coordinators Program;
    • EA processes, study areas and timelines, including project phases and milestones;
    • Consultation and engagement approach;
    • How do we assess impacts and compare route alternatives? and
    • Preliminary results of field studies and information on future field studies.

    Information panels will be available for review, along with maps, fact sheets, including information on Indigenous Knowledge and Community Coordination programs, and feedback forms. Project team members will be available to answer questions and receive feedback.

    If you cannot attend the session in person, you can find the information posted on our website. Public information centers are wheelchair accessible; contact us if you require additional accessibility accommodations.

    When and where?

    Monday, June 27, 2022
    Hotel Victoria Inn and
    convention center
    Bedroom: Regency A
    555 Arthur Street West
    Thunder Bay, Ontario
    5:00 p.m.* – 8:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2022
    Geraldton Community Center
    200 Wardrope Avenue
    Geraldton, Ontario
    4:00 p.m.* – 7:00 p.m.

    *Indigenous community members are welcome to join the first hour of each meeting and the public is welcome to join from the following hour. Light refreshments will be served.

    For more information on the EA/EI process and progress related to this project, please visit https://www.martenfallsaccessroad.ca.

    If you are unable to attend the event, or have comments or questions regarding the project, you may contact the project team anytime during the process at 1-800-764-9114 or [email protected] .that.

    Thank you for your participation. Personal information submitted (e.g. name, address and telephone number) is collected, retained and disclosed under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. privacy for purposes of transparency and consultation. The personal information you submit will become part of a public record accessible to the general public, unless you request that your personal information be kept confidential.

    7 GMP Training/Lab Course Webinar Bundle – ResearchAndMarkets.com


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    • Definition, acquisition, maintenance and archiving of FDA compliant raw data.

    • Critical integrity and security issues throughout the life of laboratory data: from data acquisition to evaluation and archiving.

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    • Document laboratory data changes: paper, hybrid systems, electronic.

    • The importance of the electronic audit trail to document data integrity.

    • Electronic audit trail review: who, what, when and how.

    • Ensure timely availability through validated backup and archiving.

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    • Phase II: Large Scale Survey

    • Root cause analysis methods

    • 5 why

    • Organization charts

    • Checklists

    • Fishbone diagrams

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    • Retest

    • Consider other lots

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    • Example of writing an appropriate OOS survey

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    • QA/QC Validation

    • Risk assessment

    Session 2

    • Measurement, resolution, errors and uncertainty

    • Regulatory and QS requirements

    • The concept of product life cycle

    • USP Chapter 1058

    • Examples of various systems

    Session 3

    • Validation strategies

    • Documentation/Validation Master Plan

    Session 4

    • Training requirements

    • Examples of various systems

    TOPIC 7: Establishing a Product Stability Testing Program

    Speaker: Dr David Lim

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    • General stability considerations applicable to a new product (i.e. potency)

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    • Shelf life Duration of studies and expiration dates

    • Container closure requirements

    • Sample size

    • Sampling plan

    • Sample handling and analysis

    • Stability schedule (suggested schedules for performing stability studies)

    • Pre-approval and post-approval studies

    • Stability tests

    • Reformulated products

    • Accelerated temperature studies

    • Test schedule information

    • Suggested time points and expiration dates based on test time points

    • Suggested testing schedule for solid dosage forms

    • Suggested testing schedule for liquid and semi-solid type products

    • Suggested testing schedule for reconstituted products

    • Study temperatures based on product type

    • Ambient temperature studies

    • High temperature

    • Refrigeration

    • freezing temperature

    • Special Moisture Considerations

    Part 2:

    • Analytical Testing Considerations

    • Quality Control Release Tests and Methods

    • Criticality of the choice of tests which are indicators of stability

    • Choice of methods with significant data or a stability indicator

    • Method attributes

    • Stability test protocol design

    • How to design a protocol and report

    • Stability test data management and trends

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    • What is the accelerated storage for a product with real-time storage of -20C5C?

    • Is it industry practice to study one year after expiration?

    • If the regression predicts failure before the product expires, what is the next step for stability?

    For more information on this training visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/ouofyz

    Local councilor calls for Malahide traffic lights to be moved

    A Fianna Gael councilor has called for the traffic lights at the Dublin Road and Swords Road junction to be moved, easing traffic out of Malahide.

    Presenting his motion at a recent local committee meeting, Councilor Anthony Lavin called for the signals at the castle gate to be moved “to the end of the white lines”, to improve traffic conditions.

    Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Lavin said he found a report issued by the council “disappointing”.

    The location in question was a “bottleneck” for traffic, he explained, and “a lot of people don’t appreciate that they can continue to the end of the white line”.

    Cllr Lavin’s argument was that traffic lights should be moved to “remind” people that the white line “isn’t there by accident”.

    Even allowing this small gap would reduce congestion, he said, as at the moment the carriageway is congested on Dublin Road towards St Sylvester’s School.

    Cllr Lavin said widening the road might alleviate the problem and suggested the council seek the help of consultants.

    Supporting the motion, Cllr Aoibhinn Tormey (FG) suggested an additional sign at the location to alert motorists that it is safe to travel to the white line of the junction.

    Cllr Tormey said it was up to the “experts” to determine the safest thing to do, but she had raised in previous meetings that the roads here needed to be replenished.

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    She said Cllr Lavin had “hit the nail” in suggesting the causeway be widened, but that would involve taking down a wall, and the council would have to determine whether it was a protected structure.

    Either way, it was not possible to change the traffic lights on the spot, the official said, although the road markings will be replenished by September this year.

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    Ministry of Finance releases draft POS for e-commerce jewelry exports by courier

    The Department of Finance has released a draft SoP to facilitate e-commerce jewelry exports via courier, as it seeks to provide a simplified regulatory framework for manufacturers and traders wishing to export jewelry.

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    CBIC is also proposing to amend the Courier Imports and Exports (Electronic Reporting and Processing) Regulations 2010 and related forms and to issue a notice prescribing conditions for re-importing returned jewelery and invited stakeholders to give their opinion on this.

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced in the 2022-23 budget the implementation of a simplified regulatory framework to facilitate the export of jewelry through e-commerce.

    Subsequently, consultations with stakeholders including those with the Express Industry Council Of India (EICI), Gems and Jewelery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), e-commerce operators, trade members, agents working in the Export Promotion Branch, the Branch of Customs and systems trainings were conducted.

    “Comments received during the above-mentioned consultations have shown that a simplified regulatory framework is needed for jewelry exports via email exports via international courier terminals (ICTs),” the CBIC said inviting comments on the draft. of SoP.

    “This SoP is applicable to the e-commerce export of precious metal jewelery (whether or not studded or set with precious or semi-precious stones)….and costume jewellery….In the initial phase, the SoP will be implemented on ECCS (Express Cargo Clearance System) at ICT Mumbai, ICT Delhi and ICT Jaipur,” the CBIC added.

    Rajat Mohan, senior partner at AMRG & Associates, said exporting jewelry would bring in foreign exchange to the country and contribute to the net disposable income of Indian designers, artisans and skilled workers.

    “Integrating and facilitating the export of jewelry through e-commerce platforms would improve the livelihoods of millions of people engaged in the sector,” Mohan added.

    The new rules state that the export of jewelery by courier is only permitted after receipt of a full advance and that photos of the exported jewellery, product packaging/outer covering, product list on the e-commerce platform and the Hallmark certificate are uploaded to the customs system.

    “Reimports of physically damaged or defective jewelry exported by courier are permitted subject to several conditions to keep threatening manufacturers at bay. These restrictions are imposed to ensure that the original consignee returns the damaged goods originally shipped to the exporter origin in a short period of time,” Mohan said.

    Abhishek Jain, KPMG Partner in India (Indirect Taxes), said jewelry manufacturers and traders involved in/or intending to export jewelry out of India should carefully study these SOPs and notifications and provide their suggestions in a timely manner.

    What iOS 16 and Android 13 tell us about the future of smartphones


    This story is part WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage from and about Apple’s annual developer conference.

    What is happening

    iOS 16 and Android 13 both come with new features that aim to replace your physical wallet and improve connections with smart home gadgets and connected car interfaces.

    why is it important

    The updates underline the shared vision of Apple and Google to make our phones more essential for everyday life.

    Your iPhone Where android phone is about to become even more closely tied to the non-digital aspects of your life. This is one of the main lessons of iOS16 and Android 13, the latest mobile software updates from Apple and Google, coming later this year. The two tech giants want to turn your phone into an electronic wallet to store your legal identity, bringing your phone closer to your identity like never before. Companies are also continuing to improve the way phones communicate with cars, smart home gadgets and other everyday devices.

    Both iOS16 and Android 13 are filled with changes and new features, some of which are more important than digital wallets and faster logins (like Apple Security Check Tool for the protection of victims of domestic violence and new privacy updates from Google). But the overlap between the two operating systems highlights the changing role of the phone in our lives. According to the latest announcements from Apple and Google, what around your phone will be just as important as what’s going on on your phone.

    The more our phones are intertwined with everyday essentials like wallets, credit cards, cars, and household appliances, the harder it will be to walk away from them (or switch between iPhone and Android). The concept is not new; the industry has been moving in this direction for years. But the changes in iOS 16 and Android 13 bring significant improvements to Apple’s and Google’s respective approaches that will likely accelerate those efforts.

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    Physical Wallet Replacement

    screenshot from Google I/O May 2022 presentation

    Google adds digital driver’s licenses to Google Wallet.

    Google; screenshot by CNET

    The digital wallet was front and center during Apple’s iOS 16 announcement and Google’s Android 13 preview. most significant upcoming change to Apple Pay is a new option called Apple pay later, which divides the cost of a purchase into four equal installments over six weeks. With iOS 16, ID cards stored in Apple Wallet can also be used to verify your age in apps. The addition comes after Apple first added support for digital IDs last year.

    Google, meanwhile, detailed a major overhaul of its Wallet app during his I/O conference last month which briefed him on Apple. The new Google Wallet will store personal documents such as payment and transit cards, vaccination records, boarding passes and student IDs, much like Apple Wallet. Google is also working with government agencies to support digital IDs.

    Together, the updates from Apple and Google represent another step towards their shared goal of making physical wallets obsolete – a change that will inevitably make us even more dependent on mobile devices.

    Google reiterated this ambition just before detailing the new updates on Google I/O in May.

    “In fact these days, there are only two things I don’t leave home without: my phone and my wallet,” Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, said on stage. Android and Google Play. “So the question is, can my phone replace my wallet?”

    Corey Fugman, Apple’s senior director for Wallet and Apple Pay, made similar remarks during WWDC’s keynote on Monday.

    “With Apple Wallet, we’re working hard on our goal of replacing your physical wallet,” he said.

    People have already embraced the idea of ​​replacing physical credit cards with smartphone-based payment apps. Use of in-store mobile payment systems like Apple Pay is expected to exceed 50% of all smartphone users in the United States by 2025, according to a 2021 report from eMarketer. Apple’s new Pay Later option and Google’s renewed focus on its own mobile wallet might make the idea of ​​leaving your physical wallet at home even more appealing.

    Read more: What WatchOS 9 may reveal about the next Apple Watch

    Your phone, everywhere

    Google search explorer

    Google’s new visual search tool details products on a busy store shelf.

    Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

    Replacing the wallet is just one of the ways Apple and Google hope to make our phones more useful offline in everyday life. Both companies have also introduced camera-based smartphone tools that could make it easier to navigate real-world points of interest. Another important theme is the increased interconnectivity between mobile devices and home appliances, cars and speakers.

    Both Apple and Google believe the camera will continue to play an important role in how we interact with the world around us. In iOS 16, you’ll be able to translate text into different languages ​​using a new camera option in Apple’s Translate app. During his WWDC Keynote Presentation, the company demonstrated how it could be used to translate a restaurant’s entire menu into another language. You’ll also be able to track a flight or convert currencies just by tapping text on a photo.

    Google has shown an ambitious expansion of its Lens app called “scene explorer” at Google I/O, which essentially applies its search prowess to the real world. You wave your phone’s camera over a shelf of products, and it overlays information and ratings onscreen to help you find the right choice. Google search manager Prabhakar Raghavan cited the ability to find nut-free snacks or fragrance-free lotion in a brick-and-mortar retail store as an example.

    The execution may be different, but the concept is similar. We are already used to ordering food, taxis and household essentials with the push of a button on our phones. Now Apple and Google want to make our phones a vital part of doing those tasks in the real world too, and the camera will be a big part of that.

    Google and Apple have also refined their respective visions to turn our phone into a connection hub for other devices around us. Google explained how Android 13 would improve your phone’s connection to other devices with support for quick pairing, automatic audio switching between devices, and the ability to more easily sync messages between your phone and computer. He also revealed a new split-screen interface for Android Auto this should make multitasking easier when you’re on the road.

    Read more: A new Apple Watch SE looks more exciting than the Series 8. Here’s why


    The new CarPlay interface inspired by Apple’s iOS.


    Apple has simplified the process of managing HomeKit devices with a redesigned Home app for the iPhone. But perhaps the biggest area where Apple plans to expand the iPhone’s reach is in the car. The company teased an overhaul of its CarPlay software that looks like a full automotive operating system, with app icons, widgets, and other UI elements reminiscent of the iPhone and apple watch.

    The smart home and the connected car are not new. They have both been an integral part of Apple’s and Google’s respective strategies for years. But iOS 16 and Android 13 clarify how Apple and Google’s visions for these devices should communicate and interact.

    As the smartphone becomes the link to everything from your credit card to your thermostat and your car, Apple and Google are customizing its aesthetic. When iOS 16 launches this fall, your iPhone will get a brand new lock screen with support for Apple Watch-esque widgets and new photo effects for background images. Google is expanding its Material You with predefined color sets that can be applied across the entire operating system.

    iOS 16 and Android 13 offer more than new wallet features, camera tools for scanning real-world objects, and improved connectivity. These updates not only signal how essential the phone is becoming to our online and offline lives, but they also indicate the direction the industry will take.

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    Text description provided by the architects. On the edge of the city center of Pécs and the slopes of Mecsek, located in the southwestern part of Hungary, the building with its compact mass with a flat roof wants to integrate into the rather mixed and heterogeneous environment of the street Gebauer Erno. In Gebauer Ernő Street, one can observe modernist family houses and flat-roofed buildings built in the second half of the 20th century, the latter with refined details, clinker brick inserts, concrete balconies, natural stone, which are proof of a quality built environment.

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    The building density on the street is changing, family houses are slowly being replaced by apartment buildings, and several newly built blocks have appeared on the street in recent years. The relatively small building – with 4 apartments and indoor parking – was designed to represent and tell the quality of modernist buildings of the last century in its exterior and interior spaces and the details of its facade.

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    The site is north-south, slightly sloping and faces the city center to the south and Mecsek with the TV tower to the north. Based on the characteristics of the orientation, the relatively narrow site and the surrounding densely built environment, an image of a compact two-story building sitting on the parking lot like a plinth was sketched. The solid and monolithic building is complemented and enriched by the narrow balconies, the roof terraces, the structure of the pedestrian bridge, the external stair block and the single-pitched roof built on the flat roof.

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    Due to the partially underground garage, the street facade has a two-storey design thus forming a connection between the height of the building to the east and the family house to the west. The street view is further nuanced by the steel pergola structure, which can be used to accommodate sliding and potentially overgrown shade.

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    The building’s garage level extends continuously from the ground to the south courtyard, supporting the two-story flat-roofed massing as a plinth. The exposed concrete plinth follows the natural terrain on both sides, with a car ramp on the east side and a terraced garden on the west side. Wild grapes run up to the concrete plinth to “swallow” the plinth one day, further enhancing the clinker brick facade.

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    The tight form and use of materials in the building evoke the modernist tradition typical of Pécs, the hand-stitched brickwork represents durability and quality, and the large window openings are accentuated by thin steel frames. The projecting balconies, the pergola and the awning are light metal structures, gently sliding on the masonry.

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    The exterior stair block, defined as an exposed concrete cube, is connected to the street and also exposed concrete fence by a concrete bridge that functions as a pedestrian entrance. This mode of additive forming also concerns the high-roofed mass covered with gray sheet metal at the top of the building, which remains almost unnoticed from the street.

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    Gabby Bailey made a successful transition from Jamaica to KSU


    Gabby Bailey has grown more out of the pitching circle than in it since leaving Jamaica to join Kent State’s athletics program in 2019.

    And that means something.

    Bailey became one of the best pitchers in Golden Flashes history, winning multiple Mid-American Conference titles and All-American honors while recording the second-best throws in the program in the discus and shot put. . She is equally proud of her ability to step out of a personal shell and settle into a school about 1,600 miles from her home in Portmore.

    “When I got to Kent, I didn’t talk to anyone. I walked around like a ghost,” said Bailey, who will compete in the drive at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Eugene, in Oregon.” Just overheard one of the counselors who saw me when I first came here tell another counselor how amazed she was to see my transformation from yesterday to today. . Now I am very sociable, very hospitable. I go around and talk to everyone. The environment here in Kent really opens up another side of you that you never thought was a part of you.

    “I know it sounds cliché, but the folks at Kent State make you feel like family.”

    Gabby Bailey became an elite student-athlete at Kent State

    The Flashes’ athletic support system has helped Bailey thrive at the college level, both athletically and academically. She recently earned all-district first-team academic honors for the second year in a row, shortly after defending her shot put title and finishing second in discus at the 2022 MAC Outdoor Championships.

    Juggling schoolwork and athletics in a new country went easier than Bailey expected, thanks to her determination and the help she received.

    “It’s not really that hard once you use your resources,” Bailey said, when asked how difficult it was to be both athletically and academically successful in college. “The Kent State Athletic Department provides everything you need in all areas for a successful college career and athletic career. Once you’ve taken advantage of it, you can’t really lose. They set aside time for you to study. If you have any questions, you can contact your educational advisers. If you are sometimes afraid to talk to your teacher like me, just go to [the advisors] and they will help you.

    Kent State assistant coach Nathan Fanger has become Gabby Bailey’s father figure

    While many people have helped Bailey settle in and become hugely successful in all areas of her life at Kent State, she has leaned on one person in particular since the day she arrived on campus.

    Nationally renowned throwing coach Nathan Fanger is the only reason Bailey chose Kent State, based on his efforts to make fellow Jamaican Danniel Thomas-Dodd the 2017 national shot put champion . Thomas-Dodd was a 10-time All-American for the Flashes from 2013 to 2017.

    “Danniel and I were being coached by the same high school coach, and he thought [Fanger] was the man,” Bailey said. “The first day he coached me he said, yes you’re going to Kent, there’s no doubt about it. I had other schools in mind, but he was quite attached to Kent. D ‘From what I’ve seen of him as a coach, whatever school he takes you to always works in your favour.

    “I guess he saw a bit of Danniel in me, so he said it was Kent, and Kent is today.”

    Fanger has been everything Bailey imagined and more, both as a coach and a mentor.

    “He’s not just a coach, he’s like a father figure. He really watches over you, not only athletically but also academically, in all aspects of your life,” Bailey said. don’t think you’ll find a lot of coaches who are like that, who really play a role in all areas of your life, he’s good at breaking things down to the point where you can understand them, which especially helps me as as an international student with cultural differences and stuff like that.

    Adjusting to America took time for Jamaican Gabby Bailey

    Predictably, Jamaica’s successful transition to northeast Ohio required an adjustment period for Bailey.

    “At first it was a little awkward, I have to say,” Bailey said. “Coming from Jamaica where it’s hot all year round, coming to a state where it snows the majority of the year, that was pretty inconvenient. I didn’t know what to think of that. Then there were the cultural differences. When I first came here, things you expect to see, you haven’t seen happen. I really had to take time to retreat, observe the environment and follow the program.

    Bailey began settling into an athlete as a rookie in 2019, qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put. The following season was cut short by the pandemic, but once normality returned, Bailey quickly rose through the ranks of the national pitching elite.

    Bailey won his first MAC crown in 2021, winning the indoor shot put title with a throw of 55 feet, 3 inches, then earned first-team All-American honors for the first time by finishing sixth at the championships. NCAA indoor (56-1.75). She built on that momentum for the outdoor season, winning MAC titles in shot put (55-1) and discus (183-5). Bailey qualified for the 2021 NCAA championships in both events and again earned first-team All-American honors finishing sixth in discus (189-5).

    Despite injuries this season, Bailey still managed to finish second in the shot put at the MAC Indoor Championships (54-6) before adding a win in the shot put (55-10.25) and second place in the discus throw (171-9) during the outdoor meeting of the MAC 2022.

    Bailey needed a clutch effort on her final pitch to qualify for the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships, unleashing a 180-1 pitch that propelled her all the way to third place in the encounter regional in Indiana.

    Bailey currently ranks second to Thomas-Dodd in the KSU record books in shot put and discus, but will aim for the school’s discus record of 194-10 this Saturday in Eugene.

    “I’m definitely going for the school record. Two hundred feet is my goal,” Bailey said. “I prayed for healing, I prayed for a good encounter. Now I feel good physically and I’m ready mentally. The track is 90% mental and 10% physical, and I’m there 100%. I know that something good will happen in this meeting.

    The best is yet to come for Kent State track star Gabby Bailey

    Although listed as a senior, Bailey still has remaining eligibility and will pitch for the Flashes one last time next season. She plans to continue rewarding those who have helped her at Kent State shine brightly as a student-athlete on the main stages of college athletics.

    “The trip to Kent was quite enjoyable,” Bailey said. “The friendly environment facilitates [maximize] your talent and potential. I really enjoyed my stay at Kent, and the results are there to show that the job was done. I will continue to do the work to continue to put Kent State on the map.

    Ensuring Continuity of Coverage for Enrollees in Need When Continuing Medicaid Coverage Ends | Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


    On March 3, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Letter from State Health Officer (SHO)Promote continuity of coverage and distribute eligibility and enrollment workload across Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Basic Health Program (BHP) at the end of the emergency public health COVID-19.” The guidance sets out expectations, options, and flexibilities for states when developing their operational plans for resuming new Medicaid determinations. According to the CMS guidelines, States are expected to adopt a “risk-based approach” when prioritizing pending eligibility and listing actions, which could be:

    • Temporal or age-based approachwho prioritizes cases based on how long the case is pending
    • Population-based approachthat prioritizes renewal actions based on the characteristics of cohorts or populations that may remain eligible, become eligible for expanded Medicaid benefits, or become ineligible for Medicaid and eligible for different coverage
    • Hybrid approachwhich combines population and temporal approaches
    • Approach developed by the Statewhich must achieve the goals of maintaining coverage of eligible individuals, minimizing the extent to which potentially ineligible individuals remain enrolled, achieving a sustainable renewal schedule, and meeting 12-month rollout schedule expectations.

    Most states pursue a hybrid approach by broadly planning a time/age-based approach, but applying a population-based approach by flagging specific populations for earlier or later renewal.

    State Medicaid agencies have (rightly) devoted resources to planning their risk-based approaches, improving their overall refill processes, strengthening communication, reducing returned mail and leveraging their community organizations and Medicaid managed care plans for outreach and communication. In addition to these broad coverage continuity strategies for all current Medicaid enrollees, states may consider additional targeted strategies to provide continuity of coverage and care for sicker individuals with health care access needs. higher health.

    Medicaid Strategies to Support Continuity of Coverage and Care for Enrollees in Need

    Identify enrolled populations that may be at risk if they lose or have gaps in coverage. According to CMS guidelines, states may not prioritize populations for re-determination “based solely on the Medicaid eligibility group in which they are enrolled” and may not conduct a population-based re-determination approach that is discriminatory . CMS has confirmedhowever, that states may develop specific relaxation approaches for people undergoing treatment for chronic or life-threatening illnesses

    Prioritize renewal for high-risk enrollees based on a schedule that mitigates the risk of loss of coverage and access gaps. Once states have identified high-risk enrollees, they can prioritize the timing of their re-determination with a view to minimizing the risk of loss of coverage and access gaps, for example by aligning the timing of renewals for those pregnancy/postpartum eligibility groups with the implementation of postpartum coverage expansion through the American Rescue Plan Act new status option.

    Adopt special redetermination processes, including targeted communications, for high-risk registrants. States may implement special redetermination processes, including notification, to help high-risk enrollees retain coverage or transition seamlessly to new coverage, such as longer response times, follow-up of second requests for information and/or telephone contacts, and an improved offer helps with awareness and renewal.

    In states with state-based markets (SBMs), flag high-risk individuals transferred to the market as requiring specialist assistance to ensure continuity of coverage and care. Medicaid agencies and Marketplaces in SBM states could collaborate to design a system indicator to identify people with unique health needs who require specialized Marketplace and Navigator/assistant support to ensure continuity of coverage, services , network providers or pharmaceuticals.


    The end of Medicaid’s continued coverage guarantee is an imminent and seismic health coverage event. All people currently enrolled in Medicaid face the risk of losing coverage, including for procedural reasons, and a related gap in access to affordable health coverage. This risk is most acute and most likely to cause harm to people with serious health conditions who depend on continued coverage to allow them to access care to treat chronic, debilitating and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Importantly, collaboration between Medicaid agencies, marketplaces, and state insurance regulators will be essential to preserve access to coverage and care for these individuals.

    Erik Finman, Bitcoin Fellow Peter Thiel, Gives Up to $20 Million to GOP Candidates

    Erik Finman, who became a bitcoin millionaire at the age of 18, is spending up to $20 million on Republican candidates running for Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.

    Finman, 23, said he wants to donate $10 million to GOP candidates and political action committees, including Saving Arizona, a super PAC supporting Arizona’s GOP Senate candidate. endorsed by Trump, Blake Masters. The committee received at least $10 million from Republican tech executive and megadonor Peter Thiel, according to Federal Election Commission records.

    Finman said he is pumping an additional $10 million into his new Washington DC-based nonprofit America’s Future. The 501(c)(4) will fund what it called a “mid-term tour” – a series of rallies across the country for conservative candidates. Finman’s new organization will also promote its conservative ideals as well as a proposed regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies, he said in an interview.

    Finman’s foray into politics comes as the crypto industry evolves into a powerful lobbying force on Capitol Hill. So far, over $30 million has been poured into the campaigns of crypto leaders since the 2020 election cycle.

    Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of crypto exchange FTX, has been the lead financier of the political action committee Protect Our Future, which has so far only backed Democrats running for office in the election cycle. of 2022. Bankman-Fried gave an additional $10 million to the PAC in April, according to FEC records.

    Finman could give Republicans a similar boost this cycle. He has given tens of thousands of dollars in the past, but not millions. Election records show he has given more than $40,000 to candidates since the start of the 2020 election cycle.

    Like Bankman-Fried, Finman says he’s met with lawmakers about crypto regulation and other policy issues, though he doesn’t say who he met.

    He has become more active in politics because he questions whether lawmakers really understand the laws they write and the industries they oversee, he said.

    “I don’t think a lot of these people are wise elders,” Finman said, adding that some lawmakers are thoughtful and knowledgeable, “and they’re golden people. But I don’t know if that’s the majority. people in CC”

    Finman’s nonprofit, America’s Future, is set to launch in July and is already planning to hold a rally for George Santos, a Republican who is showing up at Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi’s open house in New York. Suozzi gives up her post in an attempt to unseat New York Governor Kathy Hochul in the primary. Finman separately gave $5,800 to the Santos campaign this cycle, the maximum allowed in direct contributions to a candidate under campaign finance rules. Election tracker Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball marks race for Suozzi district as a draw

    Although Finman donated $2,800 to President Joe Biden’s campaign in the 2020 election, he has become increasingly conservative. He met former President Donald Trump in February at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Florida, and said he planned to support the twice-impeached president if he ran again in 2024.

    Finman also spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando earlier this year. The conference is hosted by longtime Trump ally Matt Schlapp.

    A high school dropout, Finman said he participated in the Thiel-backed scholarship program that awards $100,000 over two years to participants who drop out of school to pursue business opportunities. Masters and Thiel worked together at Thiel’s company, Thiel Capital.

    He said he met Masters while on the program and then spoke to him again at a 2020 election night hosted by Thiel at his home in Los Angeles. Finman says he encouraged Masters to run for the Arizona Senate seat and has since donated $5,800 to his campaign.

    Finman is surrounded by key Republican political advisers, including Garrett Ventry, who was chief of staff to Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., and senior communications adviser to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. when the veteran lawmaker chaired the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Finman also said he was in regular contact with David McIntosh, the chairman of the conservative Club for Growth group.

    NY Giants rookie Daniel Bellinger wants to make his presence felt


    EAST RUTHERFORD – Daniel Bellinger can’t wait to punch someone. Someone.

    It’s who he is on the football pitch and what he does best, the quality of his play that should help him take the lead to the next level.

    The Giants tight end is eager to line up next to fellow right rookie Evan Neal and execute the perfect double team, whether the tandem ends up gushing Saquon Barkley on a long run or keeping Daniel Jones up enough long to make a play on the field.

    The NFL doesn’t allow contact before training camp, of course, so for Bellinger, whose willingness to make opponents feel his presence is part of his football DNA, the quest to stand out on the field of training was an inherent challenge that he was going to face during spring training.

    Still, Bellinger managed to leave an impression without yet showcasing the most impressive part of his skills.

    “I like being able to block someone,” Bellinger said with a smile. “I feel like that’s football. That’s how I grew up, with a mindset that hitting someone is football. So blocking someone , it’s football. I love to block.

    The Giants believe there’s more to the 6-foot-6, 252-pound game than that, and it’s the perfect testing ground for Bellinger to expand his profile and become a versatile threat at the position.

    In four years at San Diego State, Bellinger caught just 68 passes, including 31 last year as a senior. He was used more as an extension of the offensive line than a receiver, but Giants scouts loved how he projected himself into the NFL within the system built by head coach Brian Daboll and coordinator offensive Mike Kafka.

    “He’s one of those rare guys today who can really do it all,” Giants tight ends coach Andy Bischoff said of Bellinger, who was drafted in the fourth round. “He can block, he can protect and what we want him to do is open up against man cover. He can do all of these things.

    Bellinger, 21, moved throughout the lineup, including the backfield, as the Giants offered a ton of snaps with the first-team offense, including Jones and Barkley.

    Bellinger is going to be used differently than Evan Engram, now with the Jaguars. He’s not necessarily a seam breaker, but Bellinger has good quickness in the short areas and looks confident on the short to intermediate routes, allowing him to go around the perimeter and accelerate down the field, creating lags for linebackers who will struggle to account for his change of direction.

    This was especially true in practice in the red zone drills when rookie short receiver Wan’Dale Robinson and Bellinger worked in similar space, causing coverage issues for the defense due to their complementary talents.

    “It’s hectic right now trying to understand the full concept of the playbook instead of just what you do, and learning what the Y, the F and knowing what the X and the Z, just to understand the whole concept,” Bellinger says with a smile. “Because the tight end of this role can really be lined up anywhere. I like the versatility of [the position].”

    The Giants signed veterans Ricky Seals-Jones and Jordan Akins to one-year contracts, but Bellinger has already climbed to the top of Daboll’s “rep table” and with plenty of room to grow as minicamp and program offseason ended this week. .

    Along with the rest of the rookies, Bellinger will stay in North Jersey for another week as part of the Giants’ development program. His training as a professional will continue later this month in Nashville at Tight End University, a showcase event hosted by Greg Olsen, George Kittle and Travis Kelce.

    The event provides a chance for some of the NFL’s best tight ends to come together and share trade secrets on and off the field. They’ll watch a movie, perform stance drills, and discuss how to improve their bodies and skills, all with the goal of improving the tight ends profile as a whole.

    “I just want to learn from them,” Bellinger said, speaking specifically about Kittle, Kelce and Olsen. “I have a long way to go, but the most important thing for me is to learn from them. You grow up watching them, then in college you watch them on tape. But, now, I have the opportunity to text them or talk to them, I can really get an inside perspective.”

    Bellinger and Kittle share an agent, Jack Bechta, so they connected during the NFL Draft process, exchanging texts and going out to dinner together one night.

    “He picked his brains out on a lot of things,” said Bellinger, who studied Kittle’s video as a one-ton blocker in college. “I just learned from him and being a sponge, absorbing everything he says and everything he did as a rookie and how he got to the point where he is.”

    Bellinger was drafted 112th overall, 34 spots ahead of Kittle before the 49ers selected him in the fifth round. Kittle is a three-time Pro Bowler, earning All-Pro honors in 2019, and is widely considered the NFL’s best tight end.

    “I always had a chip on my shoulder being a 2 star [recruit out of high school]”Said Bellinger. “You have to work hard to get here, even though I was a first lap and ran a 4.3. Of course, talent helps you get [to the NFL]but it’s hard work that keeps you there.”

    Art Stapleton is the Giants beats writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Giants analysis, news, deals and more, please sign up today and sign up for our NFC East newsletter.

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    ASEAN+3 important for regional structure: Vietnam Ambassador

    Ambassador Vu Ho represented Vietnam at the ASEAN+3 Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) 2022 hosted by Cambodia via video conference on June 8, which brought together senior officials from ten ASEAN member states and their three partners – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

    Ambassador Vu Ho represented Vietnam at the ASEAN+3 Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) 2022 hosted by Cambodia via video conference on June 8, which brought together senior officials from ten ASEAN member states and their three partners – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

    In his remarks at the event, Ho, Acting Head of ASEAN SOM Vietnam, praised the achievements of ASEAN+3 over the past 25 years, saying now is the time for the grouping. regional to look back on its journey together and prepare new directions to promote its further development.

    ASEAN+3 plays an important role in the ASEAN-led regional structure, he noted, urging the grouping to adapt to the new global context and contribute more effectively to the connectivity and cooperation process by East Asia.

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    Ho called on ASEAN+3 to soon complete the implementation of the ASEAN+3 cooperation work plan from 2018 to 2022 and adopt a new work plan for the period 2023-2027 based on what all countries have achieved.

    He also suggested that China, Japan and the ROK step up cooperation with ASEAN in priority areas in line with the ASEAN outlook on the Indo-Pacific and that ASEAN+3 countries reopen their borders soon to facilitate mobility, economic cooperation, trade and regional relations. economic connectivity.

    Regarding regional and international issues of common concern, the Vietnamese representative stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation and dialogue, building trust, upholding international law, promoting cooperation on the basis of mutual benefits , equality and mutual respect, and to ensure peace, security and stability. the environment, including efforts to create marine waters conducive to peace, cooperation and development in the region, thereby facilitating efforts for economic recovery, growth and sustainable development.

    During the event, ASEAN and the three partners agreed to maintain their focus on containing the COVID-19 pandemic and jointly boost recovery in a sustainable manner. They will continue to support capacity building in preventive medicine; sharing of information and experiences; and strengthen collaboration in the production and supply of vaccines, drugs and medical equipment against COVID-19 with the aim of strengthening the region’s autonomy to respond to future epidemics.

    They also agreed to jointly restore and promote trade and economic partnership, support supply chains, deepen financial cooperation and promote trade liberalization through the effective implementation of free trade agreements. ASEAN with the three partners and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). ANV

    • Key words: ASEAN SOM Vietnam, ASEAN+3

    Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge returns to support innovations that will transform the food system


    The Institute of Food Technologies (IFT; Chicago, IL), in collaboration with Seeding The Future Foundation, announced the return of the Sowing the challenge of the future global food system. The goal of the challenge is to inspire and support the development of breakthrough innovations that help transform the food system, make healthier diets more accessible, and empower consumers to make choices that benefit all. both to their personal health and that of the planet.

    “IFT and Seeding The Future Foundation share similar visions of a world where science and innovation are universally accepted as essential to improving everyone’s diet,” said Christie Tarantino-Dean, CEO of the ‘IFT, in a press release. “Last year’s Challenge was a great success with nearly 900 organizations engaged from around the world, and we strongly believe this initiative will have an impact for years to come by helping to accelerate scientific breakthroughs.”

    The innovations the challenge seeks to support must have the potential for significant impact at scale and over time, and benefit at least one or more of the cross-cutting areas, including: nutritious foods for healthy diets; sustainably produced; and accessible, attractive, affordable and trustworthy to consumers.

    To encourage innovation, the challenge offers three tiers of rewards totaling $1 million. They understand:

    • Seed grants ($25,000 each) awarded to organizations that plant and cultivate innovative ideas with high potential and have developed a prototype and/or early proof of concept demonstrating feasibility. The innovation must benefit at least one, ideally two areas without negative impact on the others.
    • Growth Grants ($100,000 each) awarded to organizations that have demonstrated their innovation is feasible and have projected both large-scale economic feasibility and high-impact potential to transform the food system. The innovation must benefit at least two, ideally three areas without negative impact on the others.
    • Seeding The Future Grand Prizes ($250,000 each) awarded to organizations that have created innovations that are scalable, economically feasible at scale, trusted and compelling to consumers, and have demonstrated the potential for major impact to transform the food system. The innovation must benefit at least two, ideally three areas without negative impact on the others.

    “We believe that the most groundbreaking ideas start at very small scale, come from passionate and diverse teams, and have the potential to have a big impact,” said Dr. Bernhard van Lengerich, founder of Seeding The Future Foundation. “Our hope is that the Challenge will create a strong and powerful innovation pipeline that leads to transformative change within the global food system.”

    Applications for the challenge are currently being accepted and the application deadline is August 1, 2022. Seed grant recipients will be announced in September 2022, and Grow grant recipients and Seeding The Future grand prize recipients will be announced. in January 2023.

    A Ukrainian radiologist writes about the effects of war

    Dr. Kmetyuk Yaroslav, PhD.

    Dr. Kmetyuk Yaroslav, PhD, is Chief of Radiosurgery at Feofaniya Clinical Hospital in Kyiv. He said he had been living in the basement of his clinic since the start of the war due to Russian shelling near his home and many cancer patients remained in Kyiv and needed medical attention.

    “We did not stop irradiating patients for a single day. PET/CT had to be stopped due to lack of personnel. Last week, colleagues were able to move to an area near the clinic and resume operation of the cyclotron and the laboratory. I hope we will succeed soon with FDG production,” Yaroslav wrote in the letter dated March 30.

    He continued: “Whenever the city is bombarded or covered with missile fire, the patients have to go down to the basement at the alarm signal. But it is clear that we cannot interrupt the radiotherapy in progress. I decided myself that when we start PET we will not interrupt the examination either. We will not let the patients down…”

    Feofaniya Clinical Hospital is located a few kilometers south of downtown Kyiv, nestled next to the forests of Holosiivskyi National Nature Park. According to his websitethe hospital continues to provide oncology care, including outpatient chemotherapy treatments.

    A photograph taken in the waiting room of the Feofaniya Clinical Hospital in Kyiv

    A photograph taken in the waiting room of the Feofaniya Clinical Hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine (March 2022). Photo courtesy of Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

    On Sunday June 5, Russian rockets hit the Ukrainian capital for the first time in more than a month, according to news reports.

    100 days of war

    The Ukrainian health system is under severe pressure after 100 days of war, the World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated in a statement. June 3 report.

    “WHO has increased its presence, both in Ukraine and in countries hosting displaced Ukrainians, to help meet growing health needs,” WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. a statement.

    As of June 2, there have been 269 verified attacks on health facilities, killing at least 76 people and injuring 59, according to the WHO. Some health facilities have been destroyed, while others have been overwhelmed by people seeking care for trauma and injuries resulting directly from the war.

    “WHO is doing everything in its power to support the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and provide essential medical supplies and equipment. But the medicine Ukraine needs most is the one WHO cannot. provide: peace,” Ghebreyesus said.

    Yaroslav’s letter was in response to Dr. Ken Herrmann, chairman of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) Oncology and Theranostics Committee, who reached out to offer the association’s support as well as his support personal.

    “I contact you today in my role as Chairman of Nuclear Medicine in Essen. We are all shocked by the invasion of your country and the current events in Ukraine. As a native of East Berlin, I am emotionally affected and it reminds me of my personal story,” Herrmann wrote.

    Yaroslav, vice-president of the Ukrainian Society of Nuclear Medicine, noted the EANM’s decision to terminate Russia’s membership in the EANM in a show of support for his country, and he signed with a simple request.

    “Pray for us,” he said.

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    Weather Data Meets Privacy, and More • The Registry

    WWDC Apple this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference delivered software development kits (SDKs) for betas of its iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9 platforms.

    For developers convinced to ask Apple for permission to distribute their software and pay a portion of the revenue for this privilege, it’s time to celebrate and listen to the message from the mothership.

    While consumer-facing features across the company’s various operating systems largely consist of incremental enhancements such as aesthetic and workflow enhancements, development APIs in the underlying code are expected to improve. prove more important because they will allow programmers to create applications and functions that were not possible before. . Many of the new features are covered in Apple’s Platforms State of the Union presentation.

    Apple’s Xcode Cloud CI/CD system emerged from beta testing and is now available to members of the Apple Developer Program. It provides a way to create application code, in conjunction with build status, reporting, and automatic build distribution to testers and users.

    Eligible developers get 25 hours of free time through December. Thereafter, pricing starts at $14.99/month for 25 hours.

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    All Updates for Apple WWDC 2022 Users


    SwiftUI, Apple’s framework for user interfaces across its various operating systems, has a new stateful navigation API called NavigationStackfor data-driven user interface screen navigation, and a way to insert a TextField in an Alert. It also integrates Swift Charts, a data visualization framework, among other improvements.

    Developers may want to review recent changes to Apple’s Swift programming language, including improvements to the Swift Concurrency, Swift Async Algorithms, Swift Regex, and Swift Package plugins.

    Apple’s WidgetKit has been extended to allow developers to create complications for watchOS 9 and iOS 16 lock screen widgets for iPhone. And later this year, following a planned iOS 16 update, the Live Activities API should be available for creating real-time widgets.

    The App Intents API simplifies the process of integrating third-party apps with Siri. It works with App Shortcuts, a visual scripting app for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS apps.

    Then there’s WeatherKit, a framework for fetching data from the new Apple Weather service via Swift or REST API. Apple says the service respects users’ privacy by using location data only for weather forecasts, not associating contact details with personal information, and not tracking requests.

    This could be a significant improvement on the data capture status quo. IBM’s The Weather Channel in 2019 was sued by the city of Los Angeles for allegedly tricking users of its mobile app into providing location data that was sold for unrelated commercial purposes. IBM denied the allegations but agreed to settle the matter by telling app users about how it uses location data and voluntarily donated $1 million in technology to city agencies in Los Angeles.

    Apple’s MapKit framework, which allows the display of map data or satellite images in applications, has been renovated. There is also a Maps Server API to reduce API calls and conserve power, always a concern on mobile devices.

    Metal, Apple’s hardware acceleration framework, has moved to version 3, bringing with it MetalFX Upscaling for faster scaling and anti-aliasing, and a variety of other tricks.

    ARKit 6, Apple’s augmented reality framework, now supports 4K video, scene geometry, motion capture, and people occlusion, among others. There’s also a related framework called RoomPlan, a Swift API that lets iPhones and iPads create a quick 3D floor plan of a room using the device’s camera and LiDAR scanner. He sparked a fair amount developer enthusiasm.

    SharePlay, the consumer-facing name for the group activity framework, was created for sharing content in FaceTime. It now also works with Messages. There’s also a confusingly similar framework called Shared With You, which can be used with the Collaboration API to integrate app collaboration experiences into FaceTime and Messages.

    macOS 13, aka Ventura, gained a capability called Continuity Camera which allows a user’s iPhone to act as a built-in or tethered webcam. The API handles camera input switching, desktop view access and that sort of thing.

    Arguably the most significant new API is Passkeys, a way to use the device’s biometric sensors (Touch ID, Face ID) to generate iCloud Keychain public key credentials for authentication, instead of using a password. Although technology adoption may take time, the ability to log in to services securely without worrying about passwords promises to significantly improve online security.

    Apple’s in-app purchase APIs (StoreKit 2, App Store Server API, etc.) have been extended to facilitate the transaction process. The Wallet app has also seen improvements in its support for ID card management and order tracking, as well as a deferred payment system called Apple Pay Later.

    The Live Text API provides a way to identify text in images. The Focus system – for silencing alerts and notifications – has been supplemented with the Focus filter API, to make the app’s data presentation conform to Focus settings.

    There are new Mac Catalyst APIs to make iPadOS 16 features available on macOS 13 apps. Meanwhile, Apple’s Game Center has a redesigned dashboard and supports push notifications for game activity. leaderboard – so players can be notified when they no longer have the best score, for example. And App Clips, a mechanism for providing users with a lightweight preview of an app, has also been tweaked a bit.

    Finally, changes have been made to ShazamKit, Accessibility, Enterprise, and Education APIs (Sign in with Apple for Work and School, Roster API), tvOS, and Safari for macOS.

    Overall, these changes should keep Apple acolytes busy revising and improving their native platform apps until the scheduled release of the public operating system in a few months. ®

    Pay loan EMIs? Know how much more RBI could raise interest rates this year

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday raised principal interest by 50 basis points to 4.90% in a bid to calm still-high inflation. RBI also revised its inflation forecast for FY23 up by 100 basis points to 6.7%, while keeping GDP projections for FY23 at 7.2%.

    The central bank has pledged to withdraw the “dovish” stance as it steps up its fight to rein in prices that have been above the RBI target range since the start of the year.

    Banks have been raising lending rates since RBI’s surprise rate hike last month. In an off-cycle increase in May, RBI raised the repo rate by 40 basis points to 4.4%, its first borrowing rate increase since August 2018.

    “At the longer end of the money market term structure, interest rates on 91-day treasury bills, commercial paper (CP) and certificates of deposit (CD) firmed after the rate hike in May. Yields on AAA-rated 5-year corporate bonds also rose. The rate hike also triggered an upward adjustment of benchmark lending rates by banks. Bank term deposit rates have risen and will augment stable funding resources amid rising demand for credit,” the RBI chief said in the statement.

    Even after the two consecutive hikes, the repo rate remains below the pre-pandemic level. Going forward, the market expects the RBI to bring policy rates down to at least pre-covid levels while simultaneously moderating excess liquidity in the system.

    “Following the off-cycle announcement of a rate hike in May 2022, paving the way for a series of rate hikes in subsequent meetings, the RBI raised the repo rate by 50 basis points. The MPC decided to focus on a calibrated housing pullback while supporting growth We believe the market had already priced in a 40-50 basis point rate hike, and the key controllable was a commentary on inflation We could see another rate hike, likely by a similar amount, in the next monetary policy to manage inflationary pressures,” said Naveen Kulkarni, Chief Investment Officer, Axis Securities.

    The policy tone continues to be hawkish and therefore the RBI should continue to raise the repo rate to ensure a neutral to slightly positive real policy rate.

    “The 50 basis point rise in the repo rate comes against the backdrop of continued high inflation and continued upside risks. Given that inflation is expected to remain above 6% until 3QFY23, RBI needs to price equities in. We continue to see another 60-85 basis point hike in the rest of FY23 to manage inflationary expectations,” said Upasna Bhardwaj, Chief Economist at Kotak Mahindra Bank.

    “As the RBI continues to forecast strong growth, it is very likely to offer another 25 basis point hike on August 4 before pausing tightening and structural constraints,” said Nikhil Gupta, economist in chief, Motilal Oswal.

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    Are you an artist from East Auckland?


    Musician Amy Wang will perform at the East Auckland Youth Center on June 18 (11am-1pm). The project is funded by Arts Out East.

    Arts Out East (AOE) is an initiative funded by Howick Local Council which supports and assists creative artists from local communities to produce and promote arts and culture events and projects.

    Tilted as the first of its kind in East Auckland, AOE offers artists of all forms – from photographers to comedians – opportunities to showcase their talents, organize projects and develop experiences of participation and creativity.

    AOE broker Briana Wolliams helps artists connect with organizations and businesses – “I do whatever helps them along the way before it (the project) gets funded” – and fellow artist Ashley Grogan manages and supports artists in their projects if funded to help deliver it successfully.

    “We meet with creatives and say, ‘What do you want to do in East Auckland?'” says Wolliams. “We are looking at how to achieve this. It is our funding that we give them (for the projects).

    The creatives are managing the project, Grogan says. “We are just that support system for them and help them connect with other creatives and businesses to make the project more viable.”

    Past projects that have been funded by AOE include local artist Wendy Hannah’s Camellia Project, The Knitted Christmas Tree and NZ Love Dance: Dragon Boat Festival.
    Recent projects include vocal performances by Amy Wang and “Draw and Listen” sessions by mother-daughter team Megan and Greta Umbers.

    Supported by Te Tuhi and Howick Local Board, AOE’s funding rounds fall within Auckland Council’s financial year from July to June next year.

    “In the current fiscal year, 14 projects have been completed or are nearing completion,” Wolliams says.

    “But (in total) our network of artists is about 50.”

    AOE also connects local organizations and rental locations.

    If you work, play or live in the Howick neighborhood and want more information, visit www.artsouteast.org.nz. Their social networks are aware of their projects and their artists.

    6 steps to developing a strong climate strategy

    This article is sponsored by Sphera Solutions.

    In April, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released Part Three of its Sixth Assessment Report, saying we need to focus on reducing carbon and switching from fossil fuels to renewable energies. The UN body warns that climate change is accelerating much faster and that climate impacts and their corresponding social, structural and economic implications are realizing sooner than predicted by scientists.

    However, the reality is that corporate climate commitments are often ambiguous and emission reduction commitments are limited. Carbon Market Watch’s new report analyzed 25 of the world’s largest companies, which accounted for 5% of global GHG emissions and revenues of $3.2 trillion in 2020. In their climate commitments, companies’ net zero targets commit to only a 40% reduction in aggregate emissions, not 100%, as the term “net zero” suggests. Carbon Market Watch also cites a disappointing lack of urgency among companies that so far have not used available emissions reduction measures.

    Additionally, a 2021 CDP report shows that there are significant gaps in the disclosure of corporate climate strategies. Just over a third of the companies surveyed are considered to have credible emissions reduction targets. Of the more than 13,100 organizations that provided information to CDP, less than a third (4,002) said they had developed a low-carbon transition plan.

    So how can companies develop a deep climate strategy to achieve deep decarbonization?

    To embed a climate strategy by setting and meeting science-based decarbonization targets, then transforming and aligning the business strategy accordingly, companies can follow these steps:

    1. Develop a carbon inventory

    • Implement an annual, iterative and in-depth emissions quantification process.
    • Implement a comparable and manageable software-based carbon accounting program.

    A climate strategy starts with an in-depth assessment of carbon emissions at the corporate level, from Scope 1 to Scope 3, as well as developing an in-depth understanding of the carbon footprint of key products.

    This exercise is an iterative task and must be disclosed annually at the corporate level. The company’s carbon footprint should be ‘in-depth’, detailed over time, and aligned with an organization’s activity data management maturity level.

    The challenge is primarily to develop an understanding and method to measure the organization’s indirect Scope 3 emissions and link this to product information. This means that a company must combine emissions from the company’s value chain with product carbon footprint information across the portfolio.

    2. Assess carbon reduction potentials

    • Assess carbon hotspots along the value chain.
    • Analyze mitigation measures for direct and indirect emissions.

    Deep decarbonization includes the assessment of carbon hotspots along the value chain. This includes understanding reductions in direct emission sources (Scope 1), energy purchase (Scope 2) and indirect emissions upstream and downstream in a company’s value chain (Scope 3) . Scope 3 carbon reduction efforts include assessing product-level reduction potentials – from purchased materials, products, and services to the processing and use phase of a company’s own products. Here, expertise in life cycle analysis (LCA) and a deeper understanding of these materials and products are essential.

    3. Develop a decarbonization roadmap and set science-based targets

    • Develop climate scenarios and a decarbonization roadmap.
    • Confirm the decarbonization trajectory through standards.

    Once the reduction potentials have been assessed, companies must develop decarbonization scenarios. This includes building a business as usual scenario to understand the evolution of the carbon inventory with business forecasts and company growth objectives.

    Based on this business as usual scenario, quantified mitigation measures and carbon reduction potentials should be applied in a time sequence. Through this application, corporate climate scenarios can be derived and discussed.

    The resulting and confirmed decarbonization trajectory leads to the elaboration of a climate commitment, composed of short, medium and long-term climate objectives and the elaboration of an overall net zero objective. This set target must then be confirmed by standards, such as science-based targets (verified by the Science Based Targets initiative, or SBTi) and the recently established net zero target.

    4. Align your holistic climate strategy with your business strategy and manage climate-related risks and opportunities

    • Create a business case for the climate strategy.
    • Understand the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
    • Prepare governance and KPIs.

    A business strategy is to create value. The climate strategy involves reformulating what has value for a company and therefore requires business model innovation for a new form of value creation and ecosystem thinking. At this point, benchmarking, positioning around your own climate trajectory, and building a business case is necessary. This is then discussed with the C-suite to align the climate strategy with the overall business strategy and include the “Climate KPI” in every key business decision.

    In addition, understanding and integrating climate-related risks and opportunities in line with TCFD recommendations is necessary. The recommendations are structured around four thematic areas that represent essential elements of the functioning of organizations: governance; strategy; risk management; and measures and targets.

    Finally, a strong climate strategy requires an implementation strategy based on a climate governance structure and the development of respective key performance indicators. This means identifying and defining clear structures, the necessary resources, a timetable and responsibilities to achieve climate ambitions. It should provide a framework to ensure the integration of a business climate and strategy. Translating the strategy into the right KPIs for each area will ensure that the implementation stays on track and continues.

    5. Implement a climate strategy through eco-design and consideration of planetary boundaries

    • Introduce an internal carbon price.
    • Use eco-design for sustainable product innovation.
    • Consider other environmental impacts to avoid load shifting.

    Implementation sets the stage for success as a true climate leader. Knowledge transfer is essential to ensure that all functions are in line with the transformed business model. Every decision and action requires carbon management, and tools such as an internal carbon pricing mechanism can help drive it.

    The Scope 3 challenge shows that the analysis of a company’s product life cycle is key. Therefore, eco-design — the consideration of environmental aspects at all stages of the design process — plays an important role. Ensure that you have a central eco-design team that uses the respective LCA tools at product level and integrates eco-design tools, such as eco-design processes and KPIs, as well as software and tools of data that are in coordination with your team.

    Finally, the focus on reducing GHG emissions often results in a load shift to other environmental impacts that are equally important to progress in reducing emissions. Ensure the company understands all planetary boundaries around climate change, biodiversity integrity, ocean acidification, ozone depletion, atmospheric aerosol pollution , biogeochemical fluxes of nitrogen and phosphorus, freshwater use, Earth system change, and the release of new chemicals.

    6. Track progress through a carbon management governance system

    • Establish an iterative review of climate ambition and carbon reduction potential.
    • Disclose progress annually.

    It is not a one-time event. Companies must constantly review and assess their climate ambitions and progress, and understand potential targets and time lags for short-term goals. This is necessary to ensure that the organization is fully utilizing its carbon reduction potential and is in line with the overall decarbonization roadmap. Additionally, organizations must quantify and disclose their emissions and reduction progress annually.

    This can only be ensured by a corporate ESG governance system that receives all the quantitative information from the inventory, the reduction potentials and the decarbonization roadmap, as well as qualitative information on the risks and opportunities and reporting frameworks.

    Axon halts plans to build Taser-equipped drones for schools

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    The flying Taser drones would be pre-installed in school ceilings so an officer could launch one within seconds of a reported shooting, pilot it through special vents in locked classrooms, stun the shooter with shock darts and shout commands like: “Stay down or you will be hit again.

    At least that was the proposition that police contracting giant Axon championed last week after the Uvalde school massacre. But the company has since halted the project following a massive resignation from its own advisers, who branded it a crackpot dystopian fantasy that could militarize schools and hurt children.

    The shock drones, they feared, would stun innocent students or be abused by hackers, vandals or the police. Even if deployed appropriately, they may not be enough to take out a gunman. And the problem at Uvalde, some noted, was not a lack of firepower: Nineteen officers had waited outside the classroom door for 47 minutes, mistakenly believing the children inside n were more in danger.

    “It’s obviously a bad idea to use them in the context of schools. I mean, it’s nonsense,” said Ryan Calo, one of nine members of Axon’s artificial intelligence ethics advisory board who resigned in protest at the company’s pursuit of the idea. company. “You can’t deal with these horrible national tragedies…by tasering a drone.”

    Critics said the idea shines a light on the security theater that regularly colors the nation’s response to mass shootings, promising an unfounded sense of security, rather than real security, for a tragedy unfolding in the United States far more often than anywhere else on earth. .

    Instead of focusing on guns, they claim, the companies have pushed lawmakers to focus everywhere else, selling bulletproof backpacks, school surveillance software, facial recognition scanners and other devices. other systems which they say are reactive, problematic and ineffective in stopping future killings.

    Uvalde’s small school police force took charge, then did not enter

    Axon, which manufactures a variety of Tasers under the general heading of “energy weapons,” declined to make executives available for an interview. Rick Smith, its founder and leader, said in a statement on Sunday that the project’s response had “provided us with a deeper appreciation of the complex and important considerations” relating to shock drones in schools and added: “I recognize that our passion for finding new solutions to stop mass shootings led us to act quickly to share our ideas.

    Although he previously suggested the system could be operational in two years, he said in the statement that the idea is still “long-range” and the company still needs to research whether these drones are “even viable.”

    Smith added that it was “unfortunate” that board members resigned before the company “had a chance to answer their technical questions” and would continue to “seek diverse perspectives.” to advise them on other technological ideas.

    But in a statement on Monday, the resigning board members said the drone had “no realistic chance of solving the mass-shooting problem Axon now prescribes it for, only distracting society from real solutions.” “.

    “Prior to Axon’s announcement, we begged the company to step down,” the members said. “But society has moved forward in a way that has struck many of us as we trade on the tragedy of the Uvalde and Buffalo shootings. … [It] is more than any of us can bear.

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    Axon has become one of the largest law enforcement companies in the United States, thanks to its sale of body-worn cameras and Taser weapons, which fire electroshock spikes that can stun a person and subdue them.

    Axon advertises that Tasers are “less deadly”, although a USA Today investigation last year found that more than 500 people died shortly after being shocked. Police looking for pistol-shaped weapons have also mistakenly drawn their handguns, including in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright last year.

    The company convened its AI ethics committee in 2018 as it considered and ultimately refused to enable facial recognition on its body cameras, which critics say could lead to dangerous misidentifications or automated surveillance of demonstrations or other public events. “We don’t want to create an Orwellian state just to make money,” Smith said in an interview with The Washington Post at the time.

    The opinion of the board of directors is not binding and the company is free to ignore it. But its independent mix of paid technical and legal experts believed it had had productive discussions over the years with Axon as the company researched license plate scanners and other monitoring tools, said Calo, a professor at the University of Washington which researches technology and law.

    About a year ago, Axon asked the board if shock drones could be ethically deployed in a scenario where officers needed remote strike capabilities and feared for their lives. After deliberating, the board said in a statement that the company should implement safeguards to make the very idea “remotely plausible”.

    Drones, robots, license plate readers: Police grapple with community concerns as they turn to tech for their work

    The board voted last month that the company should not go ahead with the idea, saying armed drones could increase the frequency with which police use force “in communities on -policed ​​and communities of color”. The members were preparing a full report, due for release this fall, on whether the project should be marketed to the police.

    Members were therefore surprised when Smith on Thursday announcement that the company was “officially beginning development” of a shock drone that could be used in a much broader role, to “stop” school shootings, with promises to “neutralize the threat in less than 60 seconds “.

    In a video ad Showing slow-motion footage of a drone firing a dart, Smith said the company had already built test systems and begun the design phase of a system he said would take about two years to create. In concept renders released by the company, the quadcopter drone is shown as having four cameras, a dart-firing cannon, a speaker, and a “precision laser.”

    “I’m done waiting for politicians to fix the problem. So we’re going to fix it,” Smith said. “We are going to do it.”

    Smith promoted the idea for years, even including it in a graphic novel, “The End of Killing,” which shows a drone zapping a rampaging gunman at a daycare center. And during a Q&A session on Reddit the day after the announcement, Smith said he knew the idea might “sound crazy” but offered some advantages over the “solution of today” to respond to the shootings: “a local person with a gun.”

    License plate scanners were supposed to bring peace of mind. Instead, they tore up the neighborhood.

    The shock drones, he said, would be installed in ceiling-mounted “launch stations”, like smoke detectors, and would be shielded to prevent “kids from throwing stuff at them”. Schools, he said, could install “simple, inexpensive vents” above doors to allow drones to fly in locked rooms, although he also acknowledged the idea might raise “some fire code issues” due to smoke ventilation.

    The drones could fire a payload of up to four shock probes over 40 feet, he said, and deliver a sustained electrical current to incapacitate an attacker long enough for nearby people to kill him or her. take their gun. The drones would be small and difficult to fire, he wrote, and “after we ran out of darts, we might ram the drone into someone to physically distract them.”

    Schools or police departments, he said, would pay an estimated fee of about $1,000 per year per drone, and the company would only sell them in markets where “they would not be misused.” “.

    In 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration banned anyone from flying a drone with a dangerous weapon attached. But Smith said such “legal limitations” could be worked out over time; Tasers and body cameras, he noted, were also illegal in some states before Axon began marketing them.

    The company has “a long history of working in situations where the laws didn’t support our technology — and did when people understood what we were trying to do,” he wrote.

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    During the Reddit session, Smith was asked how he would handle the pushback from parents who didn’t want flying shock machines near their children. “Many parents would probably find this situation more comfortable than an armed guard stationed at school,” he said.

    But the response on Reddit was searing. Some commentators worried that drones could be misused to punish students, break up fights or police protests, or lead to unintended consequences, such as more people being shot after the shooter was shocked.

    Others wondered if Axon was capitalizing on the emotion of the moment to attract investors or sell a product. They also said the proposal is a sad commentary on America’s weak response to a national crisis.

    “The fact that we are thinking about drones in schools, whether the motivation is capitalism, parental instinct or both, means that our society is sick enough already,” wrote one commenter. Another wrote: ‘We really like to treat the symptoms rather than the root causes don’t we.

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    UK to offer multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine


    The UK will supply Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) to Ukraine to help the country defend against Russian aggression, the Defense Secretary has announced.

    On the razor wire M270 weapon system, which can hit targets up to 80 km away with pinpoint accuracy, will provide a significant increase in the capabilities of Ukrainian forces. The UK decision was closely coordinated with the US decision to offer the HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) variant of the MLRS.

    Alongside the weapon system, the UK will also supply M31A1 ammunition on a large scale.

    Ben Wallace’s decision follows Ukrainian forces’ requests for longer-range precision weapons to defend against heavy Russian artillery, which has been used to devastating effect in the eastern Donbass region.

    Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said:

    The UK stands with Ukraine in this fight and plays a leading role in providing its heroic troops with the vital weapons they need to defend their country against an unprovoked invasion. If the international community continues to provide support, I think Ukraine can win.

    As Russia’s tactics change, our support for Ukraine must also change. These high-performance multiple launch rocket systems will better protect our Ukrainian friends against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to raze cities.

    Ukrainian troops will be trained in the use of the launchers in the UK, to maximize the effectiveness of the systems. Britain had previously announced that Ukrainian personnel would be trained in the use of various armored vehicles donated by the UK, including Mastiff, Husky and Wolfhound.

    The UK was the first European country to provide lethal aid to Ukraine and has since supplied thousands of anti-tank missiles, anti-aircraft systems and armored vehicles to Ukrainian forces.

    Britain has also played a leading role in coordinating international military aid donations, with Ben Wallace hosting two international donor conferences to coordinate support from 35 partner nations, while RAF aircraft flew in thousands of tons of military aid from donors around the world to Ukraine.

    The UK will continue to provide aid to ensure Ukraine has what it needs to defend itself against brutal Russian aggression.

    “Yes, awareness is important… and where better to start than with nurses?”

    The calendar year is dotted with awareness days and weeks for a wide range of conditions, from the most well-known to the most rare.

    This month’s awareness campaign for Dravet syndrome (which culminates in an international day of awareness on June 23) falls into the latter category.

    “Nurses have an under-recognized value in making a positive difference for people living with rare diseases”

    But are these awareness days really important? Especially to non-specialist nurses who might not regularly see patients with rare diseases?

    In my opinion, the answer is not only an emphatic “yes”, but also that nurses have an under-recognized value in making a positive difference for people living with rare diseases. The Dravet syndrome awareness campaign is a great example of why this is the case.

    Dravet syndrome is a complex, life-limiting epilepsy that also includes a wide range of comorbidities, including learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, challenging behavior and difficulties with speech and language, mobility, food and sleep.

    Although officially a “rare” condition, occurring in approximately 1 in 15,000 live births, Dravet syndrome is one of the most common genetic epilepsies, as well as one of the most resistant to treatment.

    In recent years, advances in scientific understanding and more accurate genetic testing (more than 85% of patients have a variation in the SCN1A gene) have improved the diagnosis of Dravet syndrome.

    But awareness is needed to draw attention to these advances if they are to bring tangible benefits to as many patients and their families as possible.

    It’s awareness and education that has helped dismantle harmful myths, like the misperception that Dravet is a childhood syndrome or that seizures go away in adulthood.

    This is not the case; Although Dravet syndrome begins in early childhood, people with Dravet syndrome will have very complex lifelong needs and will rarely live independently into adulthood.

    Fortunately, we are now seeing more adults with Dravet syndrome than ever before, due to a combination of improved retrospective diagnosis in adults and older children, earlier diagnosis in infancy, and the use of specifically targeted anti-epileptic drugs.

    This means that nurses from all fields, not just pediatrics or epilepsy and neurology specialties, will potentially encounter patients with Dravet syndrome.

    Nurses have a crucial role to play in supporting both the patient and their family after diagnosis. Collaborative multidisciplinary care is essential if individuals are to survive and thrive while living with this catastrophic condition.

    At Evelina London Children’s Hospital (ELCH), we have set up a specific Dravet Clinic for children and young people with Dravet Syndrome to ensure a holistic approach to meeting all the needs of the young person with Dravet Syndrome.

    Raising awareness of Dravet syndrome among all colleagues involved in their care is essential to the success of this approach.

    “Nurses have a crucial role to play in supporting both the patient and their family after diagnosis”

    Whilst we have been able to spread our knowledge among our pediatrician colleagues within the South East Thames Network Group (Setpeg), there is now a need to ensure that our adult colleagues are more aware of the very specific needs of these young people as they lead to adulthood.

    With this in mind, we are working closely with teams at King’s College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), Queen Square, to support the transition.

    However, there remains a significant need for increased awareness and understanding of Dravet syndrome in the adult population to ensure improved and equitable services across the UK.

    For these people, who unfortunately can have a very poor quality of life without access to appropriate care, awareness really matters. As frontline healthcare professionals, nurses are well positioned to make a positive difference.

    If you would like more information about Dravet Syndrome or if you come across a patient who has a diagnosis (or a possible diagnosis) of this disease, please contact Dravet Syndrome UK, the charity behind the campaign to outreach this month (I also act as a medical advisor to this organization).

    In addition to education and awareness, Dravet Syndrome United Kingdom provides emotional, practical and financial support to affected families. Their website is a great place to start with a wealth of helpful information and resources.

    Amanda Tomalin, RGN/RSCN, BSc (Hons) Child Health, MSc Epilepsy, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatric Epilepsy at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Medical Advisor for Dravet Syndrome UK

    Mother Dairy aims to become a plastic waste neutral business by FY23-24

    Mother Dairy aims to recycle/co-process over 7,000 tonnes of post-consumer plastic waste by the end of fiscal year 2022-23./ Representative Image |

    Mother Dairy Fruits & Vegetables Pvt. ltd. (MDFVPL), reiterated its commitment to a cleaner environment by pledging to become a “plastic waste neutral company” by fiscal year 2023-24, meaning the company will collect , will recycle/coprocess the same amount of plastic waste used in its product packaging in one year.

    In its efforts to achieve this feat, the company also aims to recycle/co-process over 7,000 tonnes of post-consumer used plastic waste by the end of fiscal year 2022-23.

    Mother Dairy launched its plastic waste collection and recycling/co-processing initiative in Maharashtra in the 2018-19 financial year under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program and expanded the initiative to the All-India Scale for Multi-Layer Plastic (MLP) Waste in FY2019-20 as per the Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules 2018 as amended.

    The company is working closely with its suppliers and major waste management agencies (WMAs) to implement the national EPR framework, it said in a press release.

    The Company, through its associated partners, collected and co-processed/recycled approximately 8,164 MT of post-consumer used plastic waste (5,318 MT of single-layer plastic waste and 2,846 MT of multi-layer plastic waste) from June 2018 to March 2022.

    Elaborating on the initiative, Manish Bandlish, Managing Director, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. ltd. said: “As a responsible organization, we reaffirm our position in favor of a safer and cleaner environment for a better future. This is evidenced by our Token Milk offer (branded bulk milk) since 1984, which has enabled us to save approx. 7,000,000 kg of plastic ends up in the environment each year. In line with our commitment, we now aim to become a plastic waste neutral organization by fiscal year 2023-24. »

    The Company is also working to reduce plastic consumption by providing alternatives to plastic straws used for dairy beverage consumption and will soon be available with paper-based straws in its operating markets.

    Bandlish added, “In addition to plastics, we are also aware of the efficient use of key natural resources by including them in our performance indicators. Over the years, Mother Dairy has taken various measures for environmental sustainability and the conservation of natural resources through initiatives such as water conservation, rainwater harvesting and the adoption of renewable energy sources.

    Other initiatives include engaging and encouraging its consumers to opt for Token Milk (automated milk vending system) available at the company’s stalls at Delhi NCR and this effort has eliminated the generation of about 7 lakh kg of plastic waste.

    The company replaced all plastic spoons with wooden spoons and phased out bulk straws 3 years ago.

    Under the EPR scheme, in line with plastic waste management rules, the company said it is already working in around 28 states with its presence including key regions like Delhi NCR, Maharashtra and others.

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    Why free college is so elusive – and how we can get closer to its establishment


    Even at the local level, “free college” is easier said than done

    Although many states have recently made efforts to waive tuition for certain groups, subsidizing college education is nothing new.

    The GI Bill, enacted in 1944, provided veterans returning from World War II with tuition, books and supplies, equipment, counseling services, and “subsistence” for those wishing to continue their education. , according to the National Archives.
    About 20 years later, in 1965, the Pell Grants were first created and are now the largest source of federal aid for students pursuing post-secondary education.
    There have been other pushes at the state level, such as Georgia’s Hope Scholarship, a merit-based award that was launched in 1993 for students who maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

    When city or state officials attempt to scrap tuition in one way or another — whether for four-year public universities or two-year community colleges — they think to avoid brain drain, said Elizabeth Bell, an assistant professor at Florida State University who studies higher education policy.

    The goal, ultimately, is to preserve educational attainment and thus improve the economy, she says. That’s why programs, like the New York Excelsior Scholarship, require those who participate to stay in the state after graduating.

    But creating these programs is easier said than done. The issue of college affordability and making colleges as accessible as possible is one that actually enjoys bipartisan support, Bell said — but the pushback comes in the details.

    When it comes to universal programs — that is, programs that unequivocally waive tuition and fees — there may be reluctance to give money to families who could afford college. unaided, Bell said. Others worry that colleges will raise costs to capture more state funds because most people would not pay the advertised price.

    There are also arguments about whether to create first-dollar programs, where funding is given to students before any other scholarship-based aid or funding, or whether to create last-dollar programs, which fill in the gaps that help and others financial rewards do not cover. The problem with last-dollar programs is that most of the money actually goes to high-income families, who may not get help from other areas, Bell said.

    Most first-dollar programs actually exist locally, she said, because they support fewer students, making such programs easier to fund. On the other hand, many state programs are bottom dollar.

    University of California system to waive tuition for Native American students
    An exception to this rule is the Oklahoma Promise, a state first-dollar program that takes a more targeted approach. The scholarship primarily provides assistance to families earning less than $60,000 per year, and students who apply must also meet certain merit requirements.

    Politically, it’s complicated. If you present a first-dollar program proposal, but only benefit a certain number of students, you limit the political support you could receive by excluding many middle-income families, who are still struggling to support the cost of higher education. , says Bell.

    “In these different programs, it’s really about balancing politics, finances and equity,” Bell said. “And a lot of those programs have come under scrutiny because one of those things is out of balance.”

    Students walk on the University of Oklahoma campus in March 2015.

    There is also more to pay for college than tuition – like housing, food, transportation, and many other costs. The best programs, Bell said, are simple for students to understand and apply, generous in what they cover, and include these wraparound services.

    She used the Kalamazoo Promise in Michigan as an example — a program that pays up to 100% of tuition and fees for four years for graduating students from Kalamazoo public schools. While funds cannot be transferred to things like room and board, the program provides access to high school and college level coaches to help students with their transition to college.

    Not all programs are created equal

    Even in places where free tuition programs are in place, the benefits are not always impactful.

    The Urban Institute found that the New York Excelsior Scholarship, announced in 2017, sent 68% of its funds to families with incomes of $70,000 or more, meaning students with the lowest incomes did not receive the funds. Meanwhile, low-income students still face other financial barriers, such as the cost of books, meal plans, transportation, and other categories that fall outside of tuition.

    That’s not all: Only about half of students who received the scholarship in the fall of 2018 kept the scholarship the following year – a trend the researchers attributed in part to the amount of paperwork required by the scholarship. , as well as some of the enrollment and credit requirements.

    The complexity inherent in the scholarship and financial aid process is actually a huge barrier for students applying to college and their families, said Stephanie Owen, an assistant professor at Colby College who studies the economics of education.

    Then New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, announced his proposal to make state college tuition free on Jan. 3, 2017, to hundreds of thousands of low- and middle-income residents.  He was joined by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, center, and chairman of the City University of New York board of trustees William C. Thompson.

    It can be difficult for some families to know which scholarships and aid programs they are truly eligible for, even before embarking on the arduous application processes that each may require. While there’s often a big difference between the college’s advertised price and what families actually pay, Owen said colleges don’t offer financial aid offers until the student is accepted.

    That means students have no idea how much they’ll actually have to pay until much later in the process, after deciding where to apply, Owen said. And if you don’t know how much help you’ll get, that upfront price may discourage applicants, especially those with low incomes.

    “It’s a bit strange, isn’t it? Owen said. “Most things we buy, we know what the price is before we commit to it.”

    Large four-year universities often already have funds earmarked specifically for low-income students. Stanford University has expanded its financial aid in 2021, ensuring that undergraduate students from families with annual incomes below $75,000 will not pay tuition, room, or board. Ivy League schools like Harvard University and Cornell University have similar programs, as does the University of California.
    Other large public schools, such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan, also have similar programs – but the UNC-Chapel Hill program is not guaranteed, and Michigan requires students to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

    Even with access to college-specific financial aid, there are still barriers. Navigating the FAFSA process or other paperwork hurdles is not easy, nor is it easy to get into a top school with those kinds of financial resources.

    Local, state and federal programs are all necessary for a fair system

    Smaller, local and state tuition waiver programs exist – but they may be flawed or temporary, in place for a few years and then gone. Colleges do receive financial aid, but it’s not always possible to waive tuition entirely, and not all colleges have the resources to waive tuition for large groups.

    And a universal federal program, despite some effort, seems elusive.

    However, none of this means that equitable access to college is completely beyond our reach. Interim steps are being taken in the right direction, Owen said.

    She used the College Scorecard as an example, a US Department of Education tool that allows students to see how much people at different income levels pay on average, along with other information such as graduation rates and typical earnings after graduation.

    Having this information in a clear and concise manner helps, Owen said. But this has its limits – the average cost is not the exact cost, after all.

    The University of Michigan HAIL Scholarship is a way forward for colleges looking to provide affordable higher education.
    There are other positives: The FAFSA Simplification Act, which was passed by Congress in 2020, should make the FAFSA process easier for students. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor HAIL Scholarship provides full tuition and fees to select low-income undergraduate students and notifies students of their scholarship acceptance prior to the admissions process, which limits financial uncertainty.
    Expanding the Pell Grant is another effort that many are advocating, especially since universal community college initiatives have failed at the federal level.

    “It won’t come from one program,” Bell said of creating a financially equitable universal college system. “It’s going to come from the interaction of federal and state programs that are trying to make college more affordable for all kids. And right now, we’re still not there.”

    That doesn’t mean things are stuck where they are now, she said. It just means we’re just getting started.

    The Pioneering Women Who Started the Fight for Equality in Minnesota Sports

    Dorothy McIntyre heard both the whispers and the screams back then, all those negative feelings and lies about sport harming women’s bodies, that competition was somehow bad for them.

    Right in front of her, however, was the balance of that nonsense: the girls in her classes at Eden Prairie High School telling her they just wanted to play.

    “They were constantly at my door saying, ‘Let’s go. Why can’t we do what the boys do? “McIntyre said. “I didn’t have an answer. I couldn’t see an easy way to do it – so we did it the hard way.”

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was no easy path to equality in sport. Changing deeply held views took not only courage and conviction, but also the legal backing that came 50 years ago this month when Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 became law.

    The passage of Title IX offered no big bang moments. While some considered Minnesota an early leader in providing athletic opportunities for girls and women, experiences across the state were uneven.

    Lynnette Sjoquist graduated from Cannon Falls High School a year short of Title IX, in 1971. She had a love of sports growing up and would later play three of them in college, but in high school her options looked like intramural exhibitions.

    Sjoquist, now a radio analyst for Gophers women’s basketball, remembers following her brothers to their basketball practices, hoping the coach might just let her play. The invitation never came.

    McIntyre heard from the girls and young women of that time. She listened to the students in her classes.

    Eden Prairie needed a gymnastics team, McIntyre decided, and so she formed one. When told the school couldn’t free up a bus, McIntyre got her own bus driver’s license and drove the team to competitions herself.

    “When it’s the right thing to do,” she said, “you don’t listen to the naysayers. You just go ahead and do the right thing.”

    She helped organize a girls’ athletics meet and made a replica of the Olympic torch from a can of tomato soup and aluminum foil which was carried into the stadium to open the competition . Competitors received ribbons.

    “You would have thought it was a gold medal,” McIntyre said.

    She carried that courage far beyond those early days of seeking equality. More than 20 years after the landmark 1972 legislation, she was still fighting to have the law followed when Minnesota’s favorite pastime was in the Title IX spotlight.

    A group of hockey coaches from a northern Minnesota high school stood in the back of a room, arms crossed and laying daggers at McIntyre as she gave a speech informing them that women’s hockey would become a sport official requiring facilities equal to those of boys.

    McIntyre noticed a coach nudging a guy who was standing next to him and mumbling, “Over my dead body.

    “If that’s your choice,” she replied.

    As an official of the Minnesota State High School League, McIntyre oversaw the mission to provide girls with officially sanctioned opportunities to play sports, which meant she was not popular in some places.

    A coach suggested she be sent back to her home state of Iowa. McIntyre now jokes that her unofficial MSHSL title at the time was “that woman.” She often took Teddy Roosevelt’s advice.

    “Most of the time we were speaking softly and trying to convey the message through logic and ideas,” McIntyre said. “There were times when we needed a stick and that’s what Title IX became.”


    Sjoquist grew up on a farm with three brothers and a twin sister. Her brothers played multiple sports while she was limited to activities sponsored by her local 4-H club and Jaycees. In high school, there was the GAA – Girls Athletic Association – a far cry from the structure supporting boys’ sport.

    At her brothers’ basketball practices, she just watched. “Did I feel like something was missing?” she says. “Yeah, I did.

    Everything changed when she enrolled at Golden Valley Lutheran College in the fall of 1971. She played basketball, volleyball and softball. “I’m like, ‘Wow, it’s okay, I like that,'” she said.

    Sjoquist’s basketball career continued after college when she played for a professional barnstorming team called the All-American Red Heads, followed by a four-year stint with the Women’s Minnesota Fillies. Professional Basketball League.

    Sjoquist called the impact of Title IX a “slow rollout” that required grassroots advocacy.

    “It wasn’t like somebody from the feds was saying, ‘Do you have equal opportunity for your daughters?'” Sjoquist said. “No, it really had to be implemented on a school-by-school basis. It took someone with courage and initiative to start the process.”

    Someone like Dorothy McIntyre.

    Her life from 1968 through the late ’70s was a parade of measurable progress, from when McIntyre joined a committee to create regulations and guidelines for girls’ preparatory athletics similar to those of boys. She then presented the plan to the all-male High School League statewide assembly of delegates in the fall of 1968.

    “I stood in front of these 32 men and said, ‘Girls should be able to play the same sports here in Minnesota as boys,'” she said. “There were eyebrows that went up and mouths that went down. But there were also nods like, ‘Yeah, that would be a good thing.’ “

    The legislative body returned to the Curtis Hotel in Minneapolis the following spring to vote on the proposal. McIntyre was standing outside a ballroom awaiting the announcement when a man leaned over and said, “I’ll bet you a quarter it doesn’t go through.”

    “I don’t think he gave me my quarterback because he went 32-0,” McIntyre said. “Can you imagine that?”

    The MSHSL had hired McIntyre in 1970 to oversee the development of the women’s sport. In May 1972, a month before Title IX became law, Minnesota held its first girls’ state tournament in track and field.

    “Every event was a state record,” McIntyre said with a chuckle. “We had like 600 girls from all over the state there and it was just the most fun thing in the world.”

    In 1977, Minnesota held state tournaments in 11 women’s sports.

    “You can imagine the plates spinning,” McIntyre said.


    One of these plaques involved the creation of a women’s basketball tournament. Schools across the state were divided on whether to hold the tournament in the fall or winter, leading to the crowning of separate champions.

    Finally, in 1976, the MSHSL opted for a two-class tournament held during the winter season. St. Paul Central beats Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the first Class 2A Championship match.

    Linda Roberts was a junior star for St. Paul Central and Lisa Lissimore a sophomore star. Both grew up playing multiple sports as children in the Rondo community of St. Paul. Their participation in sports has always been encouraged and supported, never frowned upon.

    “When everyone talks about Title IX, I always think the Twin Cities are way ahead,” said Roberts, a basketball trailblazer whose Gophers jersey is retired and hung in the rafters at Williams Arena. “We were doing sports long before that.”

    Lissimore, who also played college basketball and then worked for the MSHSL for 34 years, still remembers celebrating that state tournament 46 years ago.

    His team stayed in a hotel during the tournament and received a hero’s return to school with a police and fire truck escort after winning the championship.

    “It was a big, big deal,” Lissimore said. “Obviously, it was a historic moment for this community. The players on our team became automatic role models for the girls. Everyone in the community knew us. It had an impact on increasing participation. “

    The discrepancies were widespread, however, and Kathie Eiland-Madison saw them up close. She played in that 1976 tournament as a senior on the former Marshall-University High School team before joining the Gophers as an extra. She said gender inequality didn’t fully register with her until college, when she witnessed the rift between the men’s and women’s basketball programs in how they were supported.

    “It was very obvious,” she said.

    The years just before and just after the adoption of Title IX were filled with this inequality. For every tie win in a corner of Minnesota sports, there were still many battles to be fought for McIntyre and other trailblazers and defenders. She endured these heated debates and had to wield her Title IX baton on occasion, but the personal hardships were worth it.

    Today, 50 years later, she is counting on progress: “We have changed the face of the world.

    . . .

    Title IX at age 50

    An occasional Star Tribune series focusing on gender equity in Minnesota sports. Read previous episodes of our series on starttribune.com/titleix.

    Holley to compete in javelin at University of Mobile – The Andalusia Star-News


    After winning back-to-back state championships, Pleasant Home School alumnus Nicholas Holley set off on his next adventure after signing with Mobile University on Monday, May 23.

    “I’m grateful for this opportunity because I’ve never been outside of the small region of Andalucia and I feel like it will be a new atmosphere for me to keep going and push myself. I can keep throwing the javelin at the University of Mobile because I love the sport and the athletics community. It will be a new experience for me to grow as a person and in my faith. It has a good academic system and will prepare me for the I look forward to meeting new people, having new opportunities and working with a new head coach,” said Holley.

    Nicholas Holley was recognized as the Pleasant Home Track State Champion by Superintendent Shannon Driver and the Covington County School Board.

    He chose UM primarily because of its college students. “The sports department was very simple, simplistic and well organized. I chose this university because they wanted to have me and were ready to take my chance.

    Holley started running cross country and track with her sister in seventh grade.

    “I did javelin throwing just to do something with her, and it turned out to be something I really enjoyed. Javelin throwing made me feel more myself and open, which made me feel more like myself. allowed to kiss me.

    He thinks going to UM will allow him to grow and see what his abilities are.

    “As a student who wants to continue being an athlete in college, it means the world to me. I have a routine that includes working on my studies and progressing in a sport that I love.

    He won back-to-back state championships and threw 170.5 feet as a senior in 2022. Holley finished third in the state and was ranked 65th nationally.

    “Javelin gave me the opportunity to find myself and explore things I didn’t know. This introduced me to many people in the Covington County athletics program. It was an honor to qualify for the state championship for the past two years and it was a great way to end it. I was honored to compete against top level competition,” he said.

    Although he looks forward to the next chapter, he will miss his memories of Pleasant Home.

    “The atmosphere is very relaxing and family. It allows you to be yourself and grow as a person. I want to thank God the Father for blessing me with these opportunities. I thank him for never letting me give up and for teaching me to be respectful and humble. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that have been presented to me and I’m lucky to have many that I didn’t even know were coming.

    Holley learned several things from the PHS coaching staff. “I learned to take my time, determine my priorities and tackle them head-on. Coach (Tony) Wilson was a big part of my high school career and taught me how to be on top of life,” he said.

    His biggest highlight was winning two state championships. “I realized that no one was holding you back, and it opened my eyes to that fact. It’s my responsibility to achieve what I want.

    Holley said he received support from all his family members in their own way.

    “I love them for that, and they helped me get to where I am today. I wouldn’t be the person I am without them. My friends helped inspire me to push myself even when I didn’t feel like it. I’ve had a great support system all along. Everyone has been very involved in my life to make me the person I am today. Without the experiences that I lived, I could not be who I am.

    He is the son of Al and Charlotte Holley with a sister, Camille Holley, and graduated from PHS on Thursday May 26.

    “I can’t say enough good things about Nicholas and his contributions to our program. He has contributed to the success of our program not only as a competitor, but has taken on the role of teacher/mentor for young athletes who also want to compete in the javelin. He has a terrific work ethic. He trains almost every day focusing on different areas each day to strengthen and tone up in order to be in the best shape for competitions. I know he will have an immediate impact on Mobile University and its program, and I look forward to seeing him progress even further in his academic career. I am very proud of Nicholas and all of his accomplishments and how he represented himself and Pleasant Home School throughout his high school career,” said Tony Wilson, PHS Head Coach.

    REVIEW: Durability—The absolute essential for business and commerce today! Are we ready for the transition?

    Over the past decade, we have witnessed some of the most devastating effects of climate change. Global warming continues to set temperature records every month, plastic pollution has become a colossal problem, and species are disappearing at an unprecedented rate.

    Clearly, sustainability and respect for the environment have become essential to our existence!

    People have consciously started to change their shopping habits. The United Nations also emphasizes the need for “responsible production and consumption” habits and has made it one of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 12) for 2030. Many people are gradually switching to cruelty-free products, opting for all-natural options that cause minimal harm to the environment. There is no doubt that the pandemic has played a vital role in bringing about this change.

    However, these discussions often lose momentum along the way when it comes to industry-level execution. Most traditional industries have established tight currency cycles and margins, which makes it difficult to implement sustainable practices. Achieving a successful and cost-effective transition to sustainability would require fundamental changes across systems that have been improved over the years.

    This may seem like a costly disruption to most, but this prospect is short-sighted. In the longer term, the advantages of an ecological and sustainable environment Company world will be harvested by everyone. Any challenges that may arise are achievable given the will and support of the stakeholders involved.

    The world is suffering from mother nature’s wrath caused by climate change. At times like these, the consumer plays a huge role in pushing industries to adopt good practices and do the right thing. It is always the first years that are the most difficult. This applies to any kind of change in an established pattern. Once habits, practices and systems are in place, there is only upward momentum from there.

    While on the one hand consumers are aware and slowly learning how to make the right choices, on the other hand businesses and industries need to catch up and roll up their socks if they wish to survive and grow.

    Here are three reasons why businesses should become sustainable in 2022:

    1. Trade and commerce are major direct contributors to climate change and global warming. While this planet will continue to exist with or without humans as it has for millions of years, it is the survival of humans and our other life forms that will be affected as trade and trade will continue to alter our natural environment. The increase in consumption and the resulting increase in production leads to the depletion of resources and raw materials without overemphasizing restoration. A downside to global businesses, supply chains and open markets is the stress on resources and their depletion. Without a plan to restore them, we are not far from the day when there will be none left.
    2. Producing commodities like livestock to meet excess demand leads to harmful practices like deforestation and animal cruelty. The meat industry is very resource-intensive, the land needed to raise cattle for leather and meat to match its demand is no longer enough, and forests are burned or felled to clear land for ranching. The massive amounts of water and food that go into farming and raising livestock for the meat, dairy and leather industries are enough to wipe the problem of hunger from the face of the Earth.
    3. Gaseous emissions from factories have a direct long-term impact on the health of the local population. Air quality indices have shown incredible deterioration across the world and yet companies are using waste incinerators which release toxic fumes into the environment which in turn causes serious health problems for people living nearby. Some cities saw people wearing face masks decades before the pandemic hit due to air pollution. If this continues, humans will no longer be able to walk around freely in the open air without an additional supply of quality air.

    From the industrial revolution to the rise of social media, societies have undergone fundamental changes in the way people live and understand their place in the world. People often resist transformation because their fear of losing what they have is more powerful than knowing they could gain something better. Wanting to keep things as they are – known as status quo bias – explains most individual decisions, whether to stay with incumbent politicians or not to sign up for diets retirement or health, even when the alternatives may be rationally better.

    If we as a species still do not fully understand how to live on a perfectly abundant, all-providing planet, how can we hope to colonize and thrive on a different, inauspicious and possibly hostile planet?

    Vivek Baherwani is the founder and CEO of TRIVID

    Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are those of the author/respondent and do not necessarily reflect the views of Business Insider India. The article has been partially edited for length and clarity.

    This column is part of the month-long awareness campaign for June 2022 on the theme “
    One Earth: Supporting People, Planet and Prosperity
    ” by
    Business Insider India’s Sustainability Insider

    “Self-aware” and self-powered metamaterial implants

    June 03, 2022

    (Spotlight on Nanowerk) Medical research is rapidly moving towards a future where smart medical implants can continuously monitor their condition inside the body and autonomously respond to changes such as, for example, infection by releasing anti-inflammatory agents. Some examples that researchers have already demonstrated are sensors that can be placed under the skin to measure blood glucose levels, hormone levels, pH, and various other physical parameters; the use of polypyrrole films as electrically driven drug delivery devices on implant surfaces to improve bone implants; electronic sensors under the skin to monitor blood flow; and pressure sensors to improve medical implants.

    Intrinsic diagnostic functionality is the missing component of nearly every implant available today. Where smart implants have been demonstrated, they often rely on power sources such as batteries, capacitors, or external telemetry systems.

    Currently, two major challenges limit the wider application of smart implants in daily clinical practice. The first challenge is the size of these implants for sensor integration. For example, imagine the difficulties associated with integrating multiple circuit boards for sensing, energy storage, and wireless communications into the small area of ​​a miniaturized stent. The second challenge is the lack of scalable and intelligent biomaterials to fabricate these devices.

    Some studies have attempted to address these issues separately. But until now, no research team has addressed all of these issues comprehensively by designing a multi-functional implant that can diagnose healing progression, is capable of self-powering, and can be tuned to deliver almost any desired mechanical performance.

    A potential solution to all of these challenges is to use the implant matrix as a means of active sensing and energy harvesting. This eliminates the need to figure out how to fit large circuits or power sources into the small device area of ​​an implant.

    write in Advanced functional materials (“Patient-Specific Self-Powered Metamaterial Implants for Detecting Bone Healing Progress”), researchers now offer the first smart orthopedic implant with diagnostic and energy harvesting capabilities.

    This multi-functional, mechanically adjustable metamaterial implant can sense and harvest energy from body movements.

    “Our concept is clinically meaningful because these implants allow surgeons to directly and accurately assess bone healing progress,” Amir H. Alavi, assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Bioengineering, told Nanowerk. “These features have the potential to eliminate the need for radiographic imaging techniques, which are typically expensive and expose patients to significant radiation.”

    In what could be a game-changer, these implants use only their constituent components to achieve these advanced features – they require no external power source or bulky electronics. Additionally, implants can be 3D printed and customized for each patient based on clinical requirements and anatomical matching.

    “We rely on the rational design of the microlayers of the implants to integrate advanced functionalities into their matrix,” explains Alavi. “Think about the fact that you can use our technology to literally turn any implantable device into a sensor and nanogenerator by manipulating their geometric designs. There are tons of biocompatible material options that can be used with this technology.”

    This manufacturing technique relies primarily on the team’s patented meta-tribomaterial technology. This technology deals with the rational design of multiple layers of triboelectric auxetic microstructures with multi-stable/self-recovery hook-up segments.

    The beauty of this concept is that the same design works at both the nanoscale and the macroscale simply by adapting the design geometry.

    Building on their recent study of meta-tribomaterial sensors and nanogenerators (“Self-aware materials form the basis of living structures”), the team uses different rationally designed triboelectric auxetic microstructures to construct the implant.

    The entire structure of the implant serves as an energy harvesting medium as well as an active sensing system.

    Vision of the proposed research showing a self-aware metamaterial implant that can be used for reliable determination of spinal fusion development after surgery directly at the intervertebral level. a) A multifunctional nanogenerator interbody fusion cage with self-recovery, self-sensing and energy harvesting features implanted during spinal fusion surgery. b) Composition of a self-aware cage implant. The implant generates electrical signals due to micro-movements of the spine using its built-in contact electrification mechanism. The signal can be used for detection and energy harvesting purposes. c) Physical mechanisms of contact electrification integrated in self-aware implants. d) Recorded data will be retrieved using an FDA compliant portable ultrasound system. This figure shows a Clarius C3 HD3 ultrasound system. e) The sensor output signals represent different healing stages and can be correlated with changes in FSU stiffness due to the healing process. (reproduced with permission from Wiley-VCH Verlag) (click image to enlarge)

    According to the team, orthopedic implants seem to be the most immediate field of application for this technology since the implants require mechanical vibrations to harvest the energy necessary for their self-powering.

    Therefore, they are highlighting the underlying characteristics and mechanisms of their proposed technology by creating a prototype proof-of-concept spinal fusion cage that harvests energy from spinal micro-movements. The electrical signal generated is then used for diagnostic purposes.

    As shown in the figure above, the self-aware metamaterial fusion cage can detect different levels of spinal fusion through continuous stability and load-sharing measurements directly at the intervertebral disc space. These features allow physicians to assess fusion progression without the need for radiographic imaging.

    Other medical fields can also benefit from this technology. For example, the same approach could be used to design smart heart stents with energy sensing and harvesting capabilities.

    Gloved hand holding a multi-functional nanogenerator interbody cage with self-recovery, self-sensing and energy-harvesting functionality Close-up of a multi-functional nanogenerator interbody cage with self-recovery, self-sensing and energy-harvesting functionality. (Image courtesy of the researchers)

    Researchers have previously tested these spinal implants using synthetic spine and human cadaver spine models. Their next step is to study their performance live use large animal models to establish a preclinical basis prior to human clinical trial.

    “Under loading conditions similar to those of the human lumbar spine, our fusion cage prototype can generate voltage and current values ​​equal to 9.2 V and 4.9 nA, respectively,” says Alavi. “A series of fatigue tests using the synthetic spine model revealed that the modulus of elasticity of the cage decreases from 1.76 to 1.4 MPa after 40,000 loading cycles. The results imply the need to develop more robust manufacturing and calibration methods for the long-term performance of the implants live.”

    Currently, the main challenge is the wireless interrogation of the data measured by the implants and the team is exploring viable solutions to deal with this problem. For example, they worked closely with collaborators at the University of Washington to couple electrical signals generated by self-aware implants with ultra-low-power wireless data-logging technologies to create fully self-powered. Of course, implant interrogation can also be easily performed via simpler passive strategies such as existing RFID telemetry systems.

    fusion cage implant prototypes The team demonstrated a wide range of patient-specific and use-specific fusion cage implant prototypes. (Image courtesy