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The immune system in human biology


The question is whether we should follow a dogmatic evaluation of an FBC knowing that a personalized approach could provide us with valuable data. At OIA, we seek to increase the validity of this rather outdated population-based method in today’s age of technology.

Impact on public health: case example Sepsis

From a clinical perspective, it is not uncommon for the diagnosis of infection or sepsis to be ‘missed’ or delayed because the WBC blood test is ‘normal’, especially when the ‘baseline’ blood results of the individual are not established, providing no basis for comparison. In healthcare, blood tests are performed so infrequently, and because the data is not integrated into a centralized system, if at all, the data can be difficult to access. From a public health perspective, this would be invaluable in preventing deaths from sepsis. For reference, the Global Sepsis Alliance published that in the UK in 2021 there were 245,000 cases of sepsis, with 48,500 deaths, of which 14,000 were estimated to be preventable.

Not attempting to capture this data and investing in the digital infrastructure to integrate the data with other known health metrics is a colossal loss of opportunity to improve personalized care and health outcomes.

Immune System Monitoring: Opportunities

Emerging evidence supports the claim that variations in immune cells within the ‘normal’ range may have important health implications. A study by Shah et al, published in the British Journal of Medicine in 2017, pointed out that the total number of white blood cells in “healthy” individuals was found to be predictive of short-term and long-term risk of death, even when other known risk factors such as age, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, ethnicity and blood cholesterol level were taken into account. In this study of more than 194,000 people, those with higher “normal” white blood cell counts between 8.65 and 10.05 were almost three times more likely to die within 6 months than those with higher white blood cell counts between 8.65 and 10.05. Lower “normal” white blood cells were between 5.35 and 6.25. To further illustrate this, Alpert et al, published a 2019 article in Nature Medicine Journal which explained that the immune system of healthy individuals, as assessed by the number of a subset of their lymphocytes, which is a sub -type of white blood cell, was a better predictor of risk of death than age. This led to the development of the concept of immune age.

These studies, and there are several others, provide compelling reasons for a paradigm shift in how we monitor immune health from a population-based to a personalized approach. To better understand the disease and enable accelerated personalized diagnosis, follow-up and treatment, we need to redefine the standards when it comes to a patient’s individual physiology. As noted, this involves establishing an individual’s baseline values ​​and generating health and disease data, to truly understand “what is a personal normal” and thereby bridge the gap between population and care. personalized health.


It is important to note that a white blood cell count is an accessible starting point for determining how to monitor immune health, but by no means exhaustive. How often an FBC should be repeated really depends on an individual’s “comorbidities” or current medical conditions, financial resources, and personal motivation to stratify health risk.

A call to action

The key to a deeper understanding of the immune system’s role in health and disease is therefore the systematic collection of longitudinal data that allows changes in the immune system to be tracked over time and correlated with internal and external factors. external, including symptoms. and sign of disease and stress of normal life. Fulfilling this promise requires three pillars: One: democratizing access to blood testing, so that people have convenient, accurate, frequent and affordable access to regular health monitoring; Two: collection of all relevant physiological and clinical data, such as clinical symptoms and treatments; and three: the ability to bring together, integrate, and analyze that data using state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches to generate new insights. If done in an ethical and sustainable way, with the right changes in medical culture, this approach has the potential to dramatically transform the way we think about our own medical data.

Study references

Shah, AD, et al. White blood cell counts within the normal range and short- and long-term mortality: international comparisons of electronic health record cohorts in England and New Zealand. BMJ Open, 2017. 7(2): p. e013100.

Alpert, A., et al., A clinically meaningful measure of immune age derived from high-dimensional longitudinal surveillance. Nat Med, 2019. 25(3): p. 487-495.

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Andrew Whitworth, left, was honored and musician Nick Jonas performed at the anniversary gala. (photo by Tyler Curtis/ABImages)

The Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors 50th Anniversary Celebration honoring 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and Los Angeles Rams LVI Super Bowl Champion Andrew Whitworth was held on Sunday, August 7 at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

“It was so exciting to be back at SoFi Stadium, and I’m so honored to have received the Visionary Award from the Board of Governors,” Whitworth said after taking the stage.

The evening included a family football field experience by the Los Angeles Rams, followed by dinner, a presentation of the winners, a live auction and a performance by global superstar Nick Jonas , GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum.

“The support from Cedars-Sinai is second to none and the care they provide to families and the support system. … It just means a lot to those of us who have been through tough times to know that there are people who care about us and who show up and do a great job,” Jonas said. “So thank you all, thank you. When they asked me to come and play after three and a half months there, you know, I immediately said yes; it’s the least I can do.

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Rams and City National Bank, the event celebrated the Board of Governors’ 50-year legacy of supporting Cedars-Sinai’s clinical programs, research and community outreach.

“Tonight’s event just shows the Board of Governors’ commitment and dedication to supporting Cedars-Sinai’s mission, and we are thrilled with the outpouring of generosity,” said Board Chairman David Sadkin.

The event raised $2.2 million to benefit the Board of Governors Innovation Center, a new, state-of-the-art collaborative space that brings together researchers and clinicians from Cedars-Sinai to develop protocols and therapies for accurate early detection to improve health outcomes for patients with a variety of the most challenging diseases.

“We are thrilled to honor the legacy of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Directors. For 50 years, this network of leaders has been instrumental in the growth, advancement and continued innovation of care for the benefit of all Cedars-Sinai patients,” said Thomas M. Prizelac, President and Chief Executive Officer. Cedars-Sinai management.

At the event, the Cedars-Sinai Legend Award was presented to past and current leaders of the Board of Directors for their service to Cedars-Sinai and the 50 years of medical advances made possible by their dedication and leadership.

Honorees included former presidents John Bendheim, John Coleman, Maxine Dunitz, Ruth Dunn, Aaron Eshman, Chet Firestein, Steve Hitter, Rick Powell, Richard Sinaiko, Leslie Spivak and Jeffrey Tamkin, as well as current president Sadkin.

Richard Weitz served as honorary event chair, with Liz Gottainer and Danny Zoller serving as event co-chairs.

To learn more about the Board of Governors Innovation Center, contact the BOG office at [email protected] for more information.

UTSA teachers find an ally to make their courses more accessible | UTSA today | UTSA


Once faculty complete an accessibility check, Ally provides immediate feedback and personalized recommendations to address common barriers such as inaccessible digital materials and images missing alt text that cannot be read by a assistive screen reader. The accessibility check also provides guidance on whether text, image, and design elements have high enough contrast to be easily read by all learners. Ally also allows students to access alternate formats available for certain courses.

“While the law mandates accessibility, UTSA’s digital accessibility team understands that accessibility is necessary for some but beneficial for all,” said RaLynn McGuire, Academic Innovation’s lead expert in digital accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). “Often, many content creators aren’t aware of the issues that create accessibility barriers for learners. We’re here to help them troubleshoot and find a solution.”

Academic Innovation has partnered with UTSA Colleges to enable Ally for all classes in the departments of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Carlos Alvarez College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, from the College of Science, College of Health, Community and Policy (HCAP) and University College. Eighty faculty members accessed Ally through the pilot program to address accessibility issues and implement UDC principles in 532 courses, impacting approximately 14,391 students.

“I believe that all teachers recognize the importance of making our course material accessible. However, the difficulty has been figuring out what it looks like,” said Land William, associate professor of sports psychology at HCAP. “Ally simplifies the process of identifying accessibility issues in my Blackboard course.”

Since the tool does most of the work, professors don’t need to be accessibility experts to use it, Land continued, adding that while having a quality course content, “this content must be accessible so that all students can learn and benefit equally.”

Framework agreement signed: Denmark to provide interest-free loans in four sectors


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has signed an intergovernmental framework agreement with the government of Denmark for interest-free loans in the sectors of renewable energy, energy efficiency, water supply and wastewater treatment.

This framework agreement offers the Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance (DSIF) Facility by the Danish side, which would provide interest-free but tied loans up to but not limited to €100 million, which would also facilitate the transfer of technology and know-how from Denmark to Pakistan. .

Interest-free loans after the signature of this framework agreement will have a concessional element of 35% covering the interest on the loan, the export premium, the bank margin and an initial subsidy if these expenses do not reach 35% of the contract amount.

Muhammad Humair Karim, Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Lis Rosenholm, Danish Ambassador to Pakistan, signed the Intergovernmental Framework Agreement between the governments of Pakistan and Denmark.

The Federal Cabinet approved the signing of the Framework Agreement with Denmark on August 4, 2022.

This framework agreement is a breakthrough in bilateral and economic relations between Pakistan and Denmark, partners in successful development cooperation since 1969, but there has been no active budgetary financial support from Denmark since 2017.

Bilawal will visit Denmark this month

Efforts to revive bilateral economic and development cooperation between the two countries have borne fruit, with Denmark agreeing to provide budget support to the Pakistani government through this intergovernmental framework agreement.

This framework agreement would serve as a framework agreement for potential sectoral development projects that would emanate from it, mainly in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, water supply and sanitation sectors. Each project will have its own funding agreement, which will be negotiated with the Danish side on a case-by-case basis in consultation with all stakeholders.

Currently, sewage treatment projects in Faisalabad and Lahore are in the pipeline, which are to be negotiated under this framework agreement.

Rosenholm also had a meeting with Economic Affairs Minister Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his office. He informed the Ambassador that Pakistan and Denmark enjoy friendly and cordial relations and there is great potential to improve relations between the two nations.

He further said that efforts to revive bilateral economic and development cooperation between the two countries have borne fruit, with Denmark agreeing to provide budget support to the Pakistani government through this framework agreement. intergovernmental and the focus on sewage treatment projects in Faisalabad. and Lahore is immensely appreciated.

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Esri renews NTIS partnership supporting White House priorities with access to geographic data


REDLANDS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Biden administration has prioritized goals related to climate change, equity and infrastructure, particularly with the signing of a $1.2 trillion bill to rebuild the country’s aging infrastructure. ‘America. Acting on many of these initiatives requires access to accurate geographic data while ensuring transparency for all organizations involved. To support these goals, Esri, the world leader in location intelligence, has renewed a joint venture partnership with the US Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS). The agreement supports innovative joint venture projects across the federal government to make data more accessible and transparent.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increased need for organizations to respond to and recover from crises ranging from wildfires to a global pandemic,” said Andrew Turner, director and CTO of the Esri R&D Center in Washington, D.C. DC. “By using geospatial technology to access and understand valuable data, leaders can help build resilience in their communities and make more equitable decisions.”

NTIS helps federal agencies make better data decisions by providing the support and structure that helps partners securely store, analyze, sort and aggregate data in new ways. Through the Joint Venture Partnership (JVP) program, NTIS leverages the insights of its private sector partners to create new ways to use data to solve problems.

Esri technology helps government organizations take a geographic approach to solving complex problems that often reach national and global scales. When the COVID-19 pandemic was first detected, many governments used Esri maps to allow leaders and residents to visualize where the virus had spread and, potentially, where vaccines were available. These same tools are used to track natural disasters, assess climate risks and identify areas where political inequalities are occurring.

Expanding partner access to open source data will enable deeper and broader collaboration between government agencies and ultimately improve how they respond to public needs. The renewal of the agreement between Esri and NTIS serves to foster innovation and develop better decision-making in priority areas for the White House.

To learn more about how Esri technology can be used by national government to improve access to actionable geographic data, visit esri.com/en-us/industries/national-government/overview.

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS), geolocation, and mapping software, helps customers harness the power of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide and more than 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa and in the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. , non-profit organizations and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and local support partners in more than 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri designs the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at esri.com.

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Survey finds 70% of Texas teachers are considering quitting


AUSTIN, Texas (KBTX) — Amid a national teacher shortage, the Texas State Teachers Association has released a survey with an alarming conclusion about the future of educators in the state. A record 70% of teachers said they were seriously considering leaving the profession.

Zeph Capo, president of the Texas American Federation of Teachers, joined First News at Four to discuss teacher burnout.

According to Capo, the pandemic has played a role in some teachers’ desire to leave the profession.

Teachers believed there was miscommunication about the virus with the “conflicting information about COVID safety”, Capo said.

Following the mass shooting in Uvalde, the safety of teachers and students came into question.

On top of all this, teachers in Texas are also paid less than their counterparts in other states. Their salary is $7,500 below the national average.

“Most of our teachers complain that salary and voice have not kept up with the increase in workload, especially coming out of the post-pandemic season. With these issues, with the heavy workload with the disrespect with the extremely low pay, many of our teachers are finding that the skills they have are extremely marketable in the private sector,” Capo explained.

This, combined with the fact that there are openings and opportunities available in the labor market, has reinforced the willingness of educators to look elsewhere. Teachers are already collaborative and goal-oriented, skills that many employers are looking for.

If schools want to keep their teachers, Capo suggests listening to what they think is important.

“Give them a voice at work. Stop politicizing their career. Get rid of bureaucratic reports and extra paperwork that take their time away from their children, because what they want most is to be able to meet the needs of the students who are directly in front of them in their classrooms.

Even those not involved in government or the school district can help make life easier for teachers.

“The most important people to many of our public school teachers are that class parent who serves as a support system and those class parents can do a lot to advocate for our teachers,” Capo said.

Capo suggested parents talk to their child’s teachers so they can build a relationship with them.

Watch the full interview in the player above.

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Federal grant spurs expansion of FHSU’s de-escalation training center



By FHSU University Communications

HAYS, Kan. – The Department of Criminal Justice at Fort Hays State University recently received an additional $1.5 million to expand operations of the Central Region De-escalation Training Center. This is the department’s second major federal grant in the past year. In October 2021, the program received an initial grant of $1.25 million.

FHSU hosts one of several regional training centers within a national network under the direction of the National De-escalation Training Center (NDTC). The de-escalation training model used by the center’s instructors expands the ability of law enforcement officers to interact with the people they serve and de-escalate potential situations that could otherwise escalate into a use of force .

The most recent source of funding comes from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) under the Byrne Discretionary Community Project Grants program. This program supports projects that improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.

The Department of Criminal Justice plans to use this new funding to:

  • Increase the number of law enforcement officers trained in de-escalation, both through online and in-person courses
  • Increase program research capabilities to advance de-escalation as an evidence-based practice
  • Organize a research and training conference to disseminate lessons learned and best practices
  • Support the national network of de-escalation training centers with targeted investments that will support long-term sustainability
  • Launch a global advertising campaign to increase the center’s visibility and increase the number of agency training partners
  • Establish a prominent location on campus for center offices and training spaces

“We would like to thank Senator Jerry Moran for his continued support of the Regional Training Center at Fort Hays State University,” said Dr. Tamara Lynn, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Director of the Regional Center for de-escalation training.

“The efforts of U.S. Senator Jerry Moran and his team were invaluable in securing the critical funding that led to the rapid expansion of the Regional De-escalation Training Center at Fort Hays State University. Without the support of Senator Moran, we would not be able to train law enforcement officers in advanced de-escalation to improve citizen encounters while advancing community policing initiatives.”

For more information on the FHSU Regional De-escalation Training Center, visit https://www.fhsu.edu/criminaljustice/regional-training-center

SEB announces partnership with Marval suppliers in North America


MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Aug. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smart Employee Benefits Inc. (“SEB” or “the Company”) (TSXV: SEB, OTCQB: SEBFF), announces the award of a supplier partnership between its subsidiary Marval North America (“MarvalNA”) and Edmonton International Airport (“EIA”) to deploy Marval IT Service Management “MSM” software licenses and provide hosting, configuration, implementation and of training. The EIA stated that the intent of selecting a new ITSM tool is to improve operational performance, provide efficiencies, and streamline processes, ultimately resulting in an effortless customer experience. for their employees and stakeholders.

Part of EIA’s sustainability strategy goal of “enhancing social and environmental sustainability” was developed with the aim of optimizing business practices, maintaining excellent customer experience, supporting airline operations and to ensure that EIA employees have a positive and safe experience. MarvalNA will work with EIA to achieve these goals by providing exceptional ongoing service and support.

“EIA is focused on delivering cutting-edge, innovative technology solutions that deliver superior customer service to external and internal customers. Marval and its IT Service Management solution aligns with our strategy of delivering a clear and simple, while providing effective management for our IT support teams. The new tool helps propel our business strategies and support the employees who are making our vision a reality.” – Sarosh Bhatti, Business Intelligence and Service Management DirectorEdmonton International Airport.

A key part of implementing an EIA Service Management solution is enabling critical practice areas (based on industry best practice ITIL standards) in concert with the implementation of the suite. of real MSM products. The process and practice areas have been designed to take full advantage of the MSM toolset and simplify the work of support personnel and users.

Marc Rancourt, president of Marval North America explains, “The integration of 16 ITIL V4 practice areas and Marval MSM’s end-to-end ITSM solution is very attractive to our customers and is high on the list of factors that led EIA to select us as their software provider. .”

Based on a holistic review of enterprise-wide customer service, Marval’s service management solutions help companies like EIA achieve critical goals, improve long-term sustainability and success, and empower their employees the means to have an impact.

About Edmonton International Airport (“EIA”):
Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation that drives economic prosperity in the Edmonton metropolitan area. EIA is the fifth busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by area. EIA’s Airport City Sustainability Campus is home to businesses focused on tourism, entertainment, freight logistics, manufacturing, sustainability, and technology development and commercialization. As a result, the EIA generated over $3.2 billion in economic output and supported over 26,000 jobs before the pandemic. At its core, EIA believes that equity and diversity are a strength and that creating an inclusive space is both a privilege and a fundamental responsibility. For more information, visit: flyeia.com, follow @flyeia on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIN or Facebook.

About Marval North America (“MarvalNA”)
MarvalNA has been reselling and supporting Marval’s Service Management (MSM) product in Canada and the United States since 2001. With unparalleled industry knowledge, expertise and innovative system design, its products and services ensure the customer full business benefits. Our MSM ITSM software provides full support for ITIL best practice framework and international standards including PinkVERIFY™, ISO/IEC 20000.

About Smart Employee Benefits Inc. (“SEB”):
SEB is an Insurtech company focused on benefits administration technology, which generates two interrelated revenue streams: benefits solutions and technology services. The company is a recognized provider of industry-leading IT and benefits processing software, solutions and services for the employee and group benefits market and government. We design, customize, build and manage end-to-end technology, people and critical infrastructure solutions using SEB’s proprietary technologies and expertise and partner technologies. We manage critical business processes for over 150 blue chip and government accounts, nationally and globally. Over 90% of our revenues and contracts are multi-year recurring revenue stream contracts related to government, insurance, healthcare, benefits and e-commerce. Our solutions are supported nationally and globally by more than 600 multi-certified technical professionals in a multilingual infrastructure, from multiple offices across Canada and around the world.

Our solutions include both software and service-focused ecosystems, including multiple SaaS solutions, cloud solutions and services, managed services offering intelligent provisioning (near shore/offshore), managed security services, software development and custom software support, professional services, deep systems integration expertise, and several specialized practice areas including AI, CRM, BI, portals, EDI, e-commerce, transformation digital, analytics, project management, to name a few. The company has over 20 strategic partnerships/relationships with leading global and regional technology and consulting organizations.

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Dumbbell-Shaped Estate For Sale Offers Luxury Living In McKean Township


The centerpiece of an 11.69-acre estate for sale in the woods of McKean Township is a dumbbell-shaped house. Corridors connect the twin circular sections.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 9774 Silverthorn Road is owned by Erie businessman and entrepreneur Samuel P. “Pat” Black III and is on sale for $1,375,000.

The home is one of a kind, said Steve Szumigale, real estate partner at Re/Max Real Estate Group, Erie. Szumigale is the listing agent for the property.

“I’ve been to about 5,000 homes in 12 years, and my mom has been to 25,000 to 30,000 homes since 1990, and none of us have seen anything like that,” Szumigale said. “It’s amazing, it’s amazing.”

This is a drone image of the roofline of the house for sale at 9774 Silverthorn Road in McKean.

The 9,450 square foot home was designed by Deltec Homes, a North Carolina company specializing in round homes, and was built in 2002.

“Incredible” features include circular wood-plank ceilings, interior courtyard and interior greenhouse, Jacuzzi, and swimming pool. Due to its circular design, the exterior walls of the house and most of its interior walls are curved; rectangular spaces are mainly reserved for closets and storage rooms – and both abound.

The open-plan interior features a first-floor living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a stone fireplace. An elevator brings the firewood from the basement. A library loft overlooks the bedroom.

An estate living space for sale at 9774 Silverthorn Road in McKean features natural light and high-end woodwork and stonework.

The curved galley-style kitchen features stainless steel appliances and sleek wood cabinetry. There is also a “Hawaiian room” or first-floor veranda and a three-car garage.

The kitchen in the house at 9774 Silverthorn Road in McKean features stainless steel appliances and high-end woodwork and cabinetry.

Upstairs, the main wing includes an exercise room with stone fireplace, kitchenette and doors to an outdoor walkway and stairs.

The master suite has a fireplace and two walk-in closets. The large master bath features stone walls, dual sinks and toilets, and skylights above a marble tub. A curved glass brick wall encloses a walk-in shower.

There is also a round meditation hall.

The outdoor living space includes several patios and terraces. The grounds include a tiered koi pond and a large pond equipped with fountains, a gazebo and a deck.

A large pond is one of the features of the 11-acre estate for sale on Silverthorn Road in McKean.

“What I particularly love about the home and property is the serene nature of the whole experience,” said Laura Guncheon, vice president of project management for Erie Management Group, of which Black is the founder. and CEO. “No matter how you look, you are surrounded by natural beauty. This is a place where you can experience the best of all four seasons.”

The house has geothermal heating, indoor water storage tanks, ultraviolet water purification system, security system, outbuildings and a sophisticated electrical system. Many exterior lights can be controlled even from the master bedroom. A generator keeps the lights on during power outages.

“Property is basically its own little world,” Szumigale said.

Annual property taxes in 2021 were $16,589, according to Zillow.com.

Contact Valerie Myers at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ETNmyers.

More violence and surprise demolitions on Cayuga tribal lands as leadership dispute continues

Remains of the farmhouse where Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’s eldest, Wanda John, once lived. Photo: Megan Zerez/WSKG

Read the original WSKG story here.

As the sun set, Wanda John’s son emerged from his mother’s half-demolished farmhouse in rural Seneca County. The walls are a mess of splintered wood and plaster, scattered clumps of pink fiberglass.

The family went to the site to try and salvage what they could – drums and rattles used in sacred ceremonies, old lacrosse trophies, a turtle-shaped toy that belonged to one of the little ones -children.

John’s former home is one of several Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ, or Cayuga Nation, buildings demolished last week by order of the tribe’s federally recognized leader, Clint Halftown.

John’s family said they believed the surprise demolition was an act of retaliation for his past criticism of Halftown.

The property also housed a barn and a makeshift longhouse where she and other Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ held ceremonies and traditional language lessons for the children of the tribe.

The Varick longhouse had temporarily replaced a Halftown longhouse demolished in 2020.

John and his family had built a makeshift longhouse in a barn on the property. (Megan Zerez/WSKG)

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, of which the Cayuga are a part, does not recognize Halftown as the chief of the tribe. However, the U.S. federal government considers Halftown the official representative of the Cayuga Nation, giving it control of the tribe’s federal funding.

This has led to clashes over the years. Some of Halftown’s critics said the leader uses surprise evictions and demolitions to target those who criticize him.

“One of them put his foot on my neck”

John has lived in Varick’s house for two years.

But she said she received no warning before the Cayuga Nation Tribal Police hired security guards and a wrecking crew showed up at the house on Wednesday.

“I was dragged out of my house. I had bruises all over. They slammed me on my porch, I thought I was going to pass out,” John said. “And then one of them put his foot on the back of my neck here.”

His bruises were still visible several days after the incident.

John said she managed to call her daughter-in-law before police confiscated her mobile phone and handcuffed her in a squad car.

“Empty and Neglected”

Video posted to social media shows bulldozers on site and a growing crowd of onlookers outside the rural property, some clashing with police and guards.

Seneca County inspectors also arrived at the site halfway through the demolition and issued a stop order, although it appears demolition continued after the response.

Seneca County officials arrived on the scene and issued a stop work order, still visible on the front of the house. The workers continued with the demolition despite the order. (Megan Zerez/WSKG)

In a statement, federally recognized tribal officials Clint Halftown and Sharon LeRoy accuse John of illegally selling marijuana outside the home, despite the fact that the sale of the drug is legal on tribal land.

A spokesperson said Halftown ordered the house demolished because it was vacant and neglected.

Protesters challenged those claims during a demonstration on Friday evening. About 20 people, including members of other Haudenosaunee tribes, gathered in front of a dispensary belonging to the Cayuga Nation under the eyes of tribal police.

“Caring for Each Other”

Bear Clan Sachem (Chief) Sam George said John had kept the Victorian farmhouse in top condition.

“We had the [Seneca] The county attorney takes the [building] code people there and they said [the house] was in immaculate condition, until [Halftown’s] destruction,” George said.

As for rent, George said community members sometimes step in to help John pay the bills during the pandemic.

“We were taking care of her, we were taking care of each other,” George said. “That’s what we’re supposed to do.”

Maria Stagliano, spokesperson for the Cayuga Nation, made the following statement.

“This property is owned by the Cayuga Nation and has not been leased to Wanda John or any member of her family now or at any time in the past. In fact, Ms. John lived in another Nation-owned house near Route 89 for which she did not pay rent for about a decade. It was not “his house”. Anyone on the property was a trespasser and was there illegally. Additionally, evidence recovered from the scene suggests that they appear to have run an illegal marijuana mail-order business and may have committed other criminal acts there. This illegal operation has been referred to federal authorities for further investigation and prosecution. These are the facts, pure and simple. They pretend to be the victims in an effort to further scam the public into supporting their lost cause.

The Cayuga Nation has purchased several parcels of land over the past few decades in an effort to rebuild the reservation that was taken from them. Clint Halftown, as a federally recognized leader, and the Council of the Cayuga Nation, have made many efforts to improve the lives of all citizens of the Cayuga Nation, including this effort to clean up old properties and make way for to more secure structures that enhance the Cayuga Nation as a whole and its citizens. Clint Halftown is committed to providing and renting Nation-owned housing to any Nation member who wishes, provided they pay rent and meet their end of the bargain. Ms. John and her allies refused to do the right thing for over a decade, period.

Being a citizen of the Cayuga Nation does not give anyone the right to steal, engage in criminal activity, or claim land of their choosing. The Cayuga Nation is a thriving business whose goal is to better the citizens of the Cayuga Nation as a whole, not freedom for all to occupy land as these intruders did. They mask their criminal activity as “traditionalism” to win the sympathy of white non-Natives who understand very little of the nuances of Native American governance structure and rights, and they perpetuate the appearance of a “conflict” of leadership when the overwhelming majority of The Cayuga Nation supports the current and legitimate leadership of the Nation.

Spring Wedding in a Westerville Greenhouse


May 28, 2021 | Annie (Maglione) and Will Gutmann’s love story is a modern classic: “In millennial fashion, our story began when we met on a dating app in December 2015,” says Annie. Their first date was at Rossi, where they stayed for three drinks, which Annie considered a good sign. The couple returned to the Short North restaurant for dinner every year on the anniversary of that date, so it’s only natural that they visited on their wedding day for photos and a champagne toast. “It was such a special part of our day!” said Anne.

In another personal touch, Annie took her mother’s wedding dress to Dublin Cleaners for restoration and alteration specialist Carolyn Fang, who sized it to fit Annie. She wore the dress to the rehearsal dinner.

“As virtually any 2020-2021 couple can attest, planning a COVID wedding can be very stressful,” says Annie. “Our coordinator, Katelyn (of Aisle & Co.), and photographer, Lauren (of Lauren Anne Photography), were the most incredible support system leading up to the wedding and the day of. We owe much of our happy marriage story to their patience and planning and are eternally grateful to them.

On the big day, Annie says the most memorable moment came right after the ceremony, when she and Will took a few moments away from their guests and the wedding party “to soak it all up,” she said. . “It was wonderful to have some alone time together on such a busy day.”


Ceremony, reception, caterer and florist: Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove

Cake:The cake

Planner:Allee & Co.

Ceremonial music: Harpist Tiffany Envid

Cocktail and welcome music: Tommy Nutter Presents Diamond Entertainment

Photographer:Lauren Anne Photography

Photo booth:The photo bar

Stationery store:Minted.com

Transportation:Columbus Trolley Co.

Accommodation: Hilton Columbus in Easton

After the party:Pins Mechanical Co. in Easton

Rehearsal dinner: Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove

Bridal outfit:Wtoo from Watters dress The young brideEdited by Edits by Carolyn; Loffler Randall shoes and accessories BHLDN

Cleaning/preservation of the gown:Dublin Cleaners

Bridal hairstyle and makeup: Lacquer Gallery and Angie Warren Makeup Artistry

Groom’s attire: Suit from Men’s clothes, Omega look

Rings: Diamond Cellar

Bridesmaid and flower girl outfit: BHLDN Dresses

Groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse Suits

Ex-minister calls for privatization of health sector — Nigeria — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News


Former Minister of Health and Chairman of the Chigari Foundation, Professor Mohammed Pate, has called on the federal government to privatize the country’s health sector.

He said so yesterday when he visited Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State with a delegation at Government House, Birnin Kebbi.

Arguing that privatization of the health sector is the best alternative to maintain health care delivery, Pate informed his host that the delegation was in Kebbi as part of a consultative visit to the 19 northern states and Abuja to engage stakeholders in drawing up the best health security action plan.

Pate explained that the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) around the world has shown that health insecurity leads to economic insecurity due to the negative effect of the pandemic on the economic well-being of people. nations.

According to him, it is mandatory to engage in dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent diseases and unfortunate deaths, especially among children.

“I have identified the ability of traditional rulers to mobilize their subjects to imbibe health care programs, as evidenced by vaccination which has led to significant beneficiary coverage, particularly the polio vaccine which helped eradicate the disease entirely from Nigeria,” he added.

He commended the administration of Bagudu for its sustained and essential support to the health sector, which has improved the quality of health services among the communities in the state.

Emphasizing that the purpose of their visit was to meet health actors on how to reduce health insecurity in the country.

“We want to have a conversation with stakeholders about the issues of vaccination and other diseases in society. We have a lot of work to do but we are here to work with the Kebbi State government on health care delivery,” he said.

In response, the governor said he had prioritized health care in the state with an emphasis on comprehensive immunization.

Represented by Secretary of State Government (SSG), Babale Yauri, the Governor said his administration had succeeded in bringing together primary health care under one roof, bringing immunization coverage to an optimal level of more than four -twenty percent.

He said the state government has made it a policy to provide a functional primary health center to each of the 225 political wards in the state.

“Already it has rehabilitated 140 of these health centers, while renovating 36 others,” he said.

Bagudu said his administration had also recruited and trained 850 health workers to meet manpower needs in the health sector while acknowledging the contribution of traditional chiefs, community leaders and other stakeholders to success. of the immunization program by mobilizing the population to adopt the program and benefit from its benefits.

He then pledged to maintain cooperation and collaboration with the United States and other development partners to improve health care services in the state.

A sustainable and future-oriented ASEAN Economic Community – Universities


Dato Lim Jock Hoi (The Jakarta Post)

Jakarta ●
Mon 8 Aug 2022


As we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of ASEAN today, it is worth reflecting on the extraordinary journey the association has undertaken over the past 55 years.

Southeast Asia’s transformation has been nothing short of remarkable. The founding of ASEAN in 1967 ushered in extraordinary growth and prosperity through the collective pursuit of trade liberalization and economic development.

With a combined GDP of over US$3.4 trillion in 2021, the region has now become the world’s fifth largest economy and is on track to become the fourth by 2030.

There is no doubt that ASEAN still has a long way to go, but more importantly, member states remain committed to moving towards a genuine ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The achievements of this gradual and progressive process are indeed worth celebrating.

The ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) and the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA), in particular, have helped facilitate the region’s trade growth potentials.

Signed in 2009 against the backdrop of the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression, the ATIGA resulted in zero-duty treatment for more than 98% of intra-ASEAN tariff lines. The agreement instituted a number of initiatives, such as the ASEAN Single Window and the ASEAN Trade Repository, which help ASEAN businesses navigate trade rules.

ATIGA is currently being updated to make the agreement more relevant to today’s business needs.

Likewise, the ATISA, which was signed in 2020 and replaces the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services, further advances the region’s trade in services. Among other things, the agreement sets a clear mandate and timetable for ASEAN to move to negative lists which provide a higher degree of transparency and a deeper level of services trade integration.

Both initiatives have contributed significantly to the growth of ASEAN trade. Over the past decade, intra-ASEAN trade has grown from $500 billion in 2010 to $712 billion in 2021, accounting for around 21% of the region’s total trade. With over $3 trillion in total trade, ASEAN has become the fourth largest trader in the world, behind only the European Union, China and the United States. Similarly, ASEAN’s trade in services has also increased by 70%, from $441 billion in 2010 to $637 billion in 2020.

At the same time, the improvement in the business climate has made ASEAN more attractive to global investors. The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement signed in 2009 and the recently launched ASEAN Investment Facilitation Framework have established a free and open investment regime in the region. Total foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into ASEAN increased from $108 billion in 2010 to $175 billion in 2021, making ASEAN the world’s third largest recipient of FDI after the United States and China.

Great progress has also been made in other key areas of cooperation. Development of infrastructure for physical and digital connectivity; promoting sustainable agriculture to enhance food security; promote innovation in science and technology; and the integration of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) into the global marketplace are among ASEAN’s major achievements in this regard.

ASEAN also plays a proactive role in the global economy. With China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand, ASEAN is committed to a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), currently the largest free trade agreement in the world, which came into force in January. Under RCEP, companies benefit from reduced tariffs for their exports; better access to cheaper and better quality inputs for their production; and a more transparent business environment to develop, not only for trade in goods, but also for trade in services, investment and movement of people.

Coping with emerging trends and challenges

Maintaining political security and stability is the foundation for promoting economic prosperity and social progress in the region. In this regard, we must bear in mind that ASEAN’s journey as a community continues to take shape in an increasingly complex and uncertain strategic landscape, including non-traditional security challenges.

There are also emerging trends in the region that will shape the future of ASEAN community building and integration efforts – among the most salient are digital transformation and a pressing demand for sustainability considerations: both are leading the ASEAN economic integration agenda. A community-wide approach is essential given the cross-pillar nature of these important issues.

On digitization, ASEAN is accelerating the pace of digital transformation in the region. With the average proportion of cash transactions increasing from 48% in 2020 to 37% in 2021, and given the region’s over 440 million active internet users, digital transformation, which has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19, is ongoing. the minds of ASEAN policy makers and stakeholders. If managed well, ASEAN’s digital economy is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030.

Within the ACS, many initiatives have also been put in place to propel the region’s digital economy. The recently adopted consolidated strategy on the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) for ASEAN and the Bandar Seri Begawan (BSBR) roadmap on digital transformation, for example, reinforce ASEAN’s commitment to inclusive digital transformation. . While the 4IR strategy provides a clear narrative on how the ASEAN community intends to move towards an inclusive and sustainable digital transformation, the BSBR highlights, among other things, ASEAN’s commitment to start negotiations for an agreement framework on the digital economy of ASEAN by 2025.

With increasing digitization also comes the challenge of making cyberspace safe and secure, including for businesses and individuals. ASEAN recognizes the importance of this and has launched a Cybersecurity Cooperation Strategy 2021-2025 to secure cyberspace for the development of the region’s digital economy.

However, decades of strong regional economic growth have also led to increased carbon emissions in the region. Current estimates suggest that if no action is taken to reduce global emissions, ASEAN’s GDP is expected to decline by 11% by 2100. It is therefore essential for ASEAN to ensure the right balance between economic growth and sustainability.

Commit to net zero carbon emissions as soon as possible in the second half of the 21st century, for example, the ACS has put in place numerous initiatives on various fronts and sectors – from energy, transport, agriculture, tourism to finance – to advance the region’s goals in climate and sustainability. Examples include the ASEAN Green Bond Standards, the ASEAN Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance, the AEC Circular Economy Framework and the ongoing development of the ASEAN Carbon Neutral Strategy. of these efforts.

A future-oriented AEC

ASEAN’s economic journey over the past 55 years has been long and arduous. Despite many challenges, ASEAN has remained firm in pursuing its integration agenda and priorities, redoubling its efforts to ensure that all commitments made under the AEC Blueprint 2025 are met.

In the same vein, ASEAN needs to invest more in building the resilience of its education, health and social protection systems. These efforts must go hand in hand with the pursuit of economic growth and development. We have seen how the multidimensional challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives and livelihoods of many people in Southeast Asia, further exacerbating pre-existing inequalities. Our efforts to advance human capital development are therefore crucial to the region’s post-pandemic recovery and a key part of our integration efforts.

Finally, with the start this year of the conversation on the post-2025 vision of an ASEAN community that will chart the future direction of ASEAN, we must ensure that the economic integration efforts of the ASEAN are not only supported, but solidified and translated into other tangible projects. that benefit the people of ASEAN and lift ASEAN’s position in the global economy to a higher level.


The writer is Secretary General of ASEAN.

Launch of Maruti YTB (coupe SUV based on Baleno) in early 2023

Source of espionage: Autocar

Maruti Suzuki YTB set to go on sale in early 2023 after world debut at Auto Expo 2023 in January

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) was caught testing a brand new SUV a few days ago. Internally codenamed YTB, it appears to be the long-rumored SUV coupe based on the Baleno premium sedan’s Heartect platform. It is expected to go on sale early next year following its global debut at Auto Expo 2023 in January.

The Maruti Suzuki YTB or Baleno Cross is expected to feature premium features like its hatchback sibling and it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the recently launched new Brezza. Its design seems influenced by the Futuro-e concept shown at Auto Expo 2020 – mainly the roofline, but the front fascia bears resemblances to the mid-size Grand Vitara SUV which will arrive next month.

For example, the design of the headlights and the LED daytime running lights are similar to those of the Grand Vitara, while the slightly square wheel arches, the clamshell bonnet structure, the sloping front windscreen, the air intake wider on the bumper etc. add to the SUV-like character. . The Baleno Cross will sit above the Baleno and will be retailed through Nexa dealerships.

Maruti Suzuki Futuro-e Concept car show
Maruti Suzuki Futuro-e Concept

A Toyota version is also expected to appear next year and, interestingly, the Yaris Cross was also tested recently. On the performance side, the Maruti Suzuki YTB could be equipped with a turbocharged BoosterJet petrol engine. It should be noted that the Baleno previously featured the 1.0-litre BoosterJet three-cylinder petrol engine in its RS version.

The powertrain should give a sporty character to the next coupe SUV. It is not yet known whether the 1.5-liter four-cylinder K15C mild-hybrid gasoline engine will be offered in this model or not. The ubiquitous powertrain is mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed AT torque converter on Ertiga, XL6 and Brezza.

The equipment list will likely include a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, steering wheel controls, 360-degree camera system, head-up display, automatic climate control system, cruise control, engine start/stop. button, adjustable head restraints, six airbags in the top variants and electric sunroof.

Bringing sickle cell treatments to children in sub-Saharan Africa

A diagnosis of sickle cell disease (SCD) portends a lifetime of seizures marked by significant pain, infections, anemia, and an increased risk of stroke. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to the majority of people living with sickle cell disease. Approximately 236,000 babies are born each year with sickle cell disease in sub-Saharan Africa (more than 80 times more than in the United States),1 and up to 90% will die in childhood, usually before their fifth birthday.1

In the United States, by contrast, people with SCD often live into their 40s or beyond. A significant contributor to this disparity is differential access to hydroxyurea, a chemotherapeutic agent that reduces the frequency of sickle cell crises and prolongs survival. The clinical benefit of hydroxyurea in people with SCD was first demonstrated more than two decades ago, and it was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998. So While hydroxyurea has become the standard of care for SCD in the United States, it has been grossly underutilized in sub-Saharan Africa. Concerns about the drug’s toxic effects and its effects on susceptibility to malaria initially prevented its widespread use. Recent studies have demonstrated that hydroxyurea is safe and effective in children in sub-Saharan Africa, with the treatment reducing vaso-occlusive crises, malaria incidence and mortality.2

Despite these benefits, efforts to introduce hydroxyurea throughout sub-Saharan Africa have been limited due to a shortage of rural clinicians, insufficient equipment for routine blood monitoring, and relatively high costs. The Novartis Africa Sickle Cell Program runs 11 treatment centers in Ghana that administer hydroxyurea and serve more than 2,000 patients, with plans to expand to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Although admirable, this initiative represents only a small step towards access to hydroxyurea throughout the subcontinent. We believe a much greater effort is needed. A multi-country program with international support to support sickle cell therapies could prevent the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children. A framework for implementing such a program already exists: the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

African countries with PEPFAR-supported activities and countries with high prevalence of sickle cell disease.

PEPFAR is the President’s emergency plan for the fight against AIDS. Information on PEPFAR operations comes from the US State Department.

PEPFAR is a US-led interagency effort that was launched in 2003 with strong bipartisan support; its objective is to fight the HIV pandemic by supplying and negotiating the prices of antiretroviral drugs and by setting up basic medical and social support services.3 The program has significantly increased resources for capacity building by funding African medical institutions to train additional health personnel and investing in infrastructure for laboratory testing across sub-Saharan Africa – including high-incidence regions sickle cell anemia (see map).3

Administration of hydroxyurea requires clinician supervision and periodic blood testing to support dose titration, efficacy, and safety. We believe there is potential to leverage the PEPFAR framework to expand the distribution, use, and monitoring of sickle cell drugs in resource-limited settings. These services could be piggybacked on existing PEPFAR initiatives. Employing PEPFAR-trained African health professionals could alleviate practical difficulties in rural areas; for example, existing PEPFAR staff and sites in these areas could perform routine clinical follow-up for people with sickle cell disease. These efforts could reduce bottlenecks in the delivery of SCD care. Although diagnostic capacity for sickle cell disease is limited in much of sub-Saharan Africa, improving access to treatment could spur national health systems to improve testing and foster enthusiasm for participation. community screening programs.

Prior to implementing a PEPFAR-based sickle cell treatment scale-up, a needs assessment should be conducted to identify potential barriers and facilitators. Using implementation science in the context of the PEPFAR framework to overcome barriers would be essential.

Leveraging the infrastructure used to conduct recent studies of sickle cell therapies could provide another avenue to support drug monitoring and disease surveillance. For example, the hydroxyurea trials and the phase 3 clinical trial of voxelotor, an anti-polymerization drug, involved research consortia or hospitals in Kenya, Uganda and Egypt. These studies established the basic infrastructure and plans for recruiting staff and for acquiring, using and maintaining the equipment needed to monitor drug efficacy and toxicity.2 The combination of resources would offset the costs, and such coordination might require only minor additions to efforts that have already included local community leaders and governments.

A PEPFAR-based program that subsidizes or negotiates the prices of sickle cell drugs would be another critical tool to expand access to treatment and foster sustainability. Using a recent analysis of a hydroxyurea formulation in sub-Saharan Africa,4 we have estimated that such a program would have an initial cost of less than $100 million per year (based on a figure of $67 per person treated). Funding for this program could be added to PEPFAR’s current $7 billion annual budget.3 A daily dose of hydroxyurea in Tanzania currently costs over US$1.4; for a drug requiring lifetime use, this amount can be prohibitive since the average household income is less than $30 per day. PEPFAR has negotiated dramatic price reductions for antiretrovirals. A similar effort to work with pharmaceutical companies to lower the price of generic hydroxyurea formulations to $0.10 per dose, for example, would result in substantial savings for the program and reduced financial barriers for patients. . Price negotiation approaches used for antiretroviral drugs could be applied to sickle cell therapies, and efforts to reduce prices could leverage PEPFAR’s existing supply chain and procurement systems. A PEPFAR-based program should also recognize the cooperation of pharmaceutical companies by emphasizing tools such as the Access to Medicines Index, which ranks companies on their efforts to make medicines affordable and accessible in 106 low- and middle-income countries. Raising attention to such practices could foster engagement, competition, economic growth and positive recognition, thereby encouraging companies to offer more lifesaving medicines at reasonable prices.

Other promising drugs for sickle cell disease are on the horizon, and the global health community can begin to develop a platform to support their implementation in regions that need them most. In addition to the voxelotor trial, a phase 3 trial was recently completed for I-glutamine, an antioxidant that prevents the adhesion of sickle cells to the microvasculature, and both drugs have been approved by the FDA for use in adults and some children. With an efficient distribution platform in place, new therapies could be rapidly introduced in sub-Saharan Africa.

Other international agencies and organizations could provide essential support for such a program, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund, an international organization founded in 2002, has disbursed more than US$50 billion, including funds for insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria transmission and medicines for millions of people with tuberculosis or of AIDS. Like PEPFAR, it has provided crucial infrastructure support to health systems in regions that have high rates of sickle cell disease, and its reach could expand to encompass sickle cell disease.

Support from PEPFAR, the Global Fund, other international health agencies and stakeholders, and regulators such as the FDA and the European Medicines Agency could accelerate testing, certification, and implementation of new therapies and minimize the need for redundant clinical trials in low-income countries. countries. The fundamental objective will be to generate evidence on the safety and effectiveness of these drugs for all children with sickle cell disease.5 Using resources put in place by PEPFAR and Global Fund-supported efforts to build a drug delivery pipeline would also be an important step towards creating sustainable programs – which could allow for further expansion and development of systems. health care, especially systems to treat other childhood illnesses.

Pharmaceutical companies are pushing gene therapies and biologics through research and development pipelines without a clear strategy to get these drugs to the populations that need them most. We believe the medical community should advocate for effective, safe and affordable therapies for sickle cell disease across sub-Saharan Africa. Leveraging existing platforms such as PEPFAR could help achieve this important goal.

Young Professionals Board Member Stays Busy On The Road To Success


Editor’s Note: This story is the latest in an occasional series about young leaders and entrepreneurs trying to make a difference in Texarkana.

TEXARKANA – There are only 24 hours in a day, but Natalie Copeland manages to occupy as much time as possible by being as productive as possible.

She is the newly promoted operations officer at Bobcaw Bank, an incoming student of Leadership Texarkana, a board member of the Greater Texarkana Young Professionals, and a volunteer for the Texarkana Animal League.

The list does not end there. When she has no prior obligations, she spends her time as a member of Texarkana Elks Lodge No. 399, where the emphasis is on supporting veterans. Copeland also sits on various committees within the GTYP.

She was a member of GTYP for three years and worked to help with events such as Destination Downtown, the annual golf tournament, monthly networking events and quarterly service projects.

In addition to her volunteer work and earning her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Copeland credits her support system for helping her on the path to success.

“I was blessed with wonderful parents who always pushed me to the best of my abilities,” she said. “I’ve also had great employers and mentors over the years, and I’ve never turned down an opportunity to learn or try something new.”

Whether those opportunities are to “do the prep work,” as Copeland puts it, or simply to help out when needed, there’s no obstacle she won’t overcome. She is used to and happy to put in the extra energy, hours and skills needed to complete a project.

“I’m kind of just ‘that person’ who prefers to operate that way, but it’s paid off so far,” she said in reference to her willingness to move beyond.

His relentless desire to learn new ways to improve carries him along his career path and civic responsibilities. Copeland recognizes that her nonprofit involvement strengthens her ability to achieve the goals she has set for herself.

“My involvement in nonprofits has provided me with a wealth of resources that have helped me grow professionally,” Copeland said. “I never meet a stranger and love to go out and socialize, and because of this I have made countless relationships which have also proven to be beneficial.”

The biggest change in his career so far has been a recent promotion to operations officer at Bobcaw Bank in Texarkana, Texas. Accepting this new role forced her to adapt to a “new world” and learn new skills.

“I’ve shifted gears with this role change, and there’s a lot of ‘new stuff’ that I’m doing my best to soak up like a sponge,” she said.

One of the themes of Copeland’s story is her willingness to work with others and her understanding that collaboration is mutually reinforcing, whether in her career or in her civic engagement. His observations of others in the non-profit and private sectors gave him insight into what makes a good leader.

“There are many similarities between leadership and management, but there is a thin line between the two. Management is task-oriented, while leadership is people-oriented,” she said. “A great leader sets the vision and inspires others. More importantly, in my book, a great leader shapes the culture. If the culture is lost, everything else will also be lost.”

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ERGO Analyzes Developments Impacting Businesses: SEBI Framework Facilitates Direct Mutual Fund Plans Invested Through Execution-Only Platforms



As of April 30, 2022, assets under management of the mutual fund (MF) industry in India stood at INR 38.04 lakh crore, with 45% of total assets channeled through direct plans. With increasing emphasis on financial literacy, digitalization, online banking, smartphones and MF awareness, investors can leverage technology and invest directly in MF, necessitating the need to regulate the field, in particular the digital/technology platforms through which the execution of MF investments are undertaken for a direct regime.


Investment in mutual funds occurs via two mechanisms: (a) a regular plan which requires routing the investment through an intermediary (a mutual fund distributor (MFD)); and (b) a direct plan where the investment does not involve any distributor/agent. Naturally, investors prefer the direct plan having a lower expense ratio, with no commission paid to the distributor/agent, which adds to their returns. Investors who prefer direct plans have the following investment channels:

  • the office / website / mobile application of the wealth management company (AMC), in physical or digital mode;
  • the SEBI-registered stockbroker (SB) / investment adviser (IA) / portfolio manager (PM) digitally using the exchange-provided MF trading platform;
  • SEBI registered IA/PM directly with AMCs as clients; Where
  • platforms such as MF Utilities India Pvt. Ltd., MF Central, etc.

Several investors execute their investments in MFs via technology/digital platforms provided by exchanges/registrar and transfer agents of MFs (RTAs) and IAs/SBs/PMs. Some investors who use the platforms provided by IA/SB/PM do not use their advisory and brokerage services and only use the platforms for the execution of their MF trades. Investors generally prefer the platforms provided by IA/SB/PM over those provided by exchanges/RTAs, due to their convenience. However, there is no specific framework governing the use of IA/SB/PM platforms for investors seeking execution-only services.

Legal gaps and rationale

Under the existing SEBI, IAs/SBs/PMs that onboard an investor as a client are required to enter into an agreement or obtain the client’s signature under mandatory terms as prescribed by SEBI. Investors who use these platforms only for execution-related services, i.e. non-clients, without using IA/SB’s advisory/brokerage services may find it inconvenient to execute deals with mandatory provisions for IAs/SBs, as they may not be relevant to such non-clients. Generally, for investors, IA/SB/PM usually use their registration codes to get the data describing an overview of their investment transactions; however, this benefit is not available to non-customers and they have no remedy or protection available under any regulatory framework. In light of the above, on July 22, 2022, SEBI published a consultation paper proposing a new framework for execution-only platforms (EOPs), in order to maintain a balance between convenience and investor protection. Stakeholders are required to provide their comments no later than August 12, 2022.


EOPs can consider a variety of structural approaches, either – (a) registering with SEBI as an intermediary; or (b) register with the Association of Mutual Funds of India (AMFI); or (c) obtaining limited purpose membership from stock exchanges.

Main characteristics –

  • Scope of service – EOPs can provide both financial services, i.e. purchase and redemption of MF shares, etc., and non-financial services, i.e. change of email id, contact number, bank details, complaints, etc. Only a legal person can be registered as an EOP, and it must not exercise other activities. If the EOP also undertakes other activities, an arm’s length relationship must be maintained between its EOP activity and other activities. EOP services must be provided by a separately identifiable EOP department. Since EOPs are digital platforms, cybersecurity issues must also be considered.
  • EOP Registration Requirements / Limited Purpose Membership
    • adequate infrastructure
    • minimum net worth: (i) either secure capital commensurate with the required scale of operations, infrastructure and future growth projections; or (ii) as prescribed by AMFI and the Stock Exchanges.
    • Infrastructure and Workforce: (i) either for risk management and the establishment of checks and balances for cybersecurity, data processing and data privacy, including technological, operational, appropriate legal and financial; or (ii) in accordance with the minimum requirements prescribed by AMFI and the Stock Exchanges.
    • Fit and Proper Criteria – (i) either as prescribed in Schedule II of the SEBI (Intermediaries) Regulations 2008; or (ii) in accordance with the minimum requirements prescribed by AMFI and the Stock Exchanges.
  • General Duties and Responsibilities
    • Customer Transaction Visibility: EOPs should have visibility into customer transaction data streams from RTAs for transactions executed through their platform. The SEBI/AMFI registration number or limited use membership number provided by the exchanges can be used as a code to obtain this data from the RTAs/exchanges.
    • Use and sharing of customer data: in accordance with the agreement governing the customer relationship with the EOPs.
    • Agreements: EOPs may enter into a contractual agreement with (a) AMCs or RTAs/custodians (if authorized by an AMC); or (b) exchanges, to integrate their systems and provide execution services to direct MFS.
    • Client-level segregation: EOPs must ensure client-level segregation with reference to their activities as EOP, IA/SB/PM and MFD activities.
    • Fees: EOPs can only receive transaction-based fees either (a) from clients; or (b) from AMC, in the manner specified by AMFI.
  • Transparency and grievance resolution
    • Client onboarding: (a) EOPs will enter into a binding agreement with the client at the time of onboarding and ensure KYC compliance; or (b) Investors can be directly onboarded in accordance with the KYC process to be handled by AMCs.
    • Grievance Redress Mechanism – this may be either: (a) as prescribed for other SEBI Registered Intermediaries (through SCORES); or (b) as prescribed for MFDs where AMC must monitor EOP activities to ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct and other guidelines. The AMC must report to AMFI and SEBI any case of material breach of compliance with the applicable directives; or (c) as prescribed by the exchanges in consultation with SEBI.


The various approaches recommended by SEBI should be considered with the intention of reducing any intermediary involvement, eliminating any stratification or superstructure in the implementation of EOPs and fully implementing the direct plan of MFs. . In the interests of investors, a robust cybersecurity and cyber resilience framework for PIOs is recommended, and their use of customer data should be in accordance with the signed customer agreement and data protection framework. The framework aims for an investor-centric mechanism to ensure that PIOs operate solely as agents of investors, and their fee structure is based on the investor compensation model.

The proposed framework will affect investment platforms such as Paytm Money, Zerodha and Groww, which offer direct MFIs requiring them to register as intermediaries. This decision aims to promote the ease of doing business in MF, combined with adequate investor protection and a grievance mechanism, by giving impetus to direct investment by investors in MF, thanks to the use of digital technology platforms.

The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views/positions of Khaitan & Co but remain solely those of the authors. For any other questions or follow-up, please contact Khaitan & Co at [email protected].

Concrete for a waterfront house? | Herald Community Newspapers

By Monte Leper

Q. We have always wanted to build a house from scratch and want to plan a modern, fireproof, hurricane proof home that ticks all the boxes for a dream home. We have a property to build on but realize the economy is working against us as the cost of everything seems to be much higher than when we started our wish list. Someone we know suggested building with concrete blocks to save money, but the house will be near the bay, and we wonder if it will survive a flood, especially since we already know that we must have habitable soil above flood height. What do you recommend to build our house? Concrete is what we’ve seen, but won’t it be expensive?

A. Concrete is an excellent choice for building in a flood prone area, but it is not the best material system to save money over other building systems and materials you might choose, especially for residential construction. The reason why concrete buildings are built, in general, is to adhere to much stricter building laws to accommodate a greater number of people, protecting us from the spread of fire while being very strong and requiring little maintenance. The code (or written law) is in place to create safe buildings. Fire, wind and flooding are very real and worrisome threats.
What you have typically seen in flood prone areas are the full first floor foundations surrounding the garage and storage areas. Living areas should be above flood level. You have to be prepared for much more labor intensive construction above the lowest level if you hope to build in concrete. Concrete buildings require steel reinforcing rods – tons – put into configurations before the concrete is formed and poured.
Concrete is usually formed from wooden forms built by carpenters, who must then remove the forms from the concrete once it has set and hardened. If that sounds expensive, consider that a wooden structure, well designed and covered with an anti-flooding membrane and cement panels, can meet the same regulations for much less. This is only because one-, two-, or three-story structures can still meet current law requirements without the excessive strength or flame resistance that tall buildings must have.
Concrete block is not a better choice. It will not resist movement like a monolithic reinforced concrete wall would. Steel wall studs covered with sheets of concrete panels, finished with stucco, also hold up very well if properly anchored, at a much lower cost. You can create the same modern look and avoid the cost of an all-concrete structure if you use the wood or steel wall studs above the lowest reinforced concrete level. Instead of poured concrete floors, consider wooden floors which better accommodate insulation, are fire resistant and have a sprinkler system which will save the house and its contents more economically. Good luck!

© 2022 Monte Leper. Readers are encouraged to send questions to [email protected], with “Herald question” in the subject line, or to Herald Homes, 2 Endo Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530, Attn: Monte Leeper, Architect

Climate change: agricultural subsidies can currently finance the damage caused to nature and the environment. This Must Change – Ruth Taylor


As agriculture is the main use of land in Scotland, farmers and smallholder farmers are key players in ensuring we meet climate change targets, restore nature and produce food sustainably. sustainable.

The way we support agriculture tends to fund measures that can harm the environment and nature and does not sufficiently support those who work in a nature-friendly way.

That’s why we welcome recent calls by the Just Transition Commission (JTC) for the Scottish government to reform future farm support systems and help farmers do better for the climate.

To put the urgency for action into context, nearly a fifth of Scotland’s emissions come from agriculture and the reduction trends are not where they should be. Until this year emissions from the sector had remained static for over a decade and last year a report by WWF Scotland showed that current proposed policies for agriculture bring us to less than half the ‘place we need to be to keep Scotland on track to net zero. .

We also know that our changing climate is already impacting Scottish agriculture. WWF research found extreme weather conditions in 2017 contributed to losses of up to £161million for Scottish farmers.

With recent record high temperatures, as well as water scarcity and drought warnings, it is clear that the sector needs to catch up with climate change, rather than taking proactive steps to reduce emissions.

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All of this shows that Scotland desperately needs a new, more ambitious system to support farming. The Scottish Government has a unique opportunity to reframe how it spends the £500million it spends on farm subsidies each year. This funding comes with few strings attached, benefits the most productive and intensively cultivated areas and, in some cases, supports damage to the environment and nature.

We support Scottish Environment Link’s ‘Farm for Scotland’s Future’ campaign, which calls on the Scottish Government to use its forthcoming Farming Bill to develop a rural support system that works for climate, nature and people.

We agree with the JTC’s calls for an ambitious farm payments scheme and would like to see a proposal for a just transition plan for farming presented before the legislation is introduced.

This would give businesses and communities the guidance they need to invest in their future and receive the support needed to transition to regenerative farming systems while the Scottish Government maps out how future support will ensure emissions are reduced, nature restored and ensure that the benefits are fairer. share.

Scotland has the opportunity to lead the way by creating a system that helps deliver our climate ambitions, as well as people and nature. By using a greater share of public money to support nature and climate-smart agricultural practices, we can help biodiversity thrive, lock in carbon and contribute to climate adaptation. It would also build resilience and bring benefits to agricultural businesses and rural communities.

Unless we take seriously the pressures that land, nature and climate are currently facing, we will exacerbate the problems of future generations of land managers by stalling the growing problems of pollution and nature’s decline. And without urgent action, we will fail to deliver a just transition for agriculture.

Ruth Taylor, Agricultural and Land Policy Manager, WWF Scotland

6 reasons why cart packaging is essential for your business


Vape brands are always on the lookout for something quirky as the vape trend has grown in popularity over the past few years. The reason lies in the fact that people have replaced traditional smoking with vaping due to health factors. The trend has gained a lot of recognition and now most people prefer it. The dense smoke of vaping and its juice having an aromatic flavor are the main contributing factors. However, product presentation should not be ignored.

Custom trolley packing are a brilliant solution in this regard. As a vape viewer, you can use these boxes to enhance your brand growth as they represent your product in the best way. Although there is nothing new about the importance of personalized packaging, modern trends and constant changes make it an important factor in business growth.

Offer ultimate security

Vaping cartridges are a fragile product because they are made of glass and filled with e-juice. To ensure the protection of vapers, you must have an effective solution. In this regard, packaging boxes are a necessary factor. These boxes are made of custom paper materials such as cardboard, paperboard and electronic flute. The strength of these materials is high and therefore their boxes offer effective dressing.

Cardboard boxes are sturdy and protect vaping products from breakage. Also, they provide them with bumps. These boxes are also durable and provide consistent support for your products. The cardboard sheets work as an excellent shield to keep the product away from moisture. When you provide customers with a protective case, they tend to buy products from you for their convenience. Moreover, paper materials also give you the benefit of saving your budget as they are very cost effective.

Convenient product stacking

From manufacturing to packaging, every product requires proper care. You take care of every aspect to deliver a quality product to the customer. But the packaging is what helps you manifest that quality. This can be quite apparent when you stack the items appropriately. When we talk about packaging boxes, they help you stack the products and hence also play a vital role in product safety. Product stacking is essential not only when storing products in your warehouse but also in retail stores. Packaging plays a vital role in stacking in many ways, including:

  • It saves you time and effort by placing a large number of products in one place.
  • The cardboard boxes support the products to keep them intact in their place so that any likelihood of damage is protected.
  • Stacking these product boxes creates a symmetry through which a professional arrangement of products can be achieved in retail stores.

Promote your brand

Custom packaging is a great way to market your brand. Various brands are making the most of custom packaging when it comes to marketing. Branding can be achieved effectively when using custom printed boxes. For this, you need to print your brand features on the packaging boxes. Usually, a company’s logo and name are considered brand features, but you can also use attractive slogans or advertising quotes to grab the public’s attention.

With the help of custom printed packaging, you can make a large population aware of your vape products so that they know you as a professional vape supplier. This tactic is not only useful in the retail market, but also on social media platforms, where the unboxing trend has become very common. A large part of the population is active on social media platforms and prefers to buy things on the recommendation of people they follow, such as influencers or bloggers. This way, you can gather a large number of customers by using personalized packaging that has your name or logo printed on it.

Improve the customer experience

Customers are inclined towards brands that offer them ease of purchase and good product presentation. It is an advantage for any brand that a customer prefers due to a remarkable product presentation. Therefore, personalized packaging can help you improve your sales because you offer people an excellent product based on its quality as well as its dress or presentation. Because cardboard is flexible, you can mold it into different patterns and sizes.

Different styles of boxes are produced by packaging companies. For vape cartridges, you can use different types of collapsible boxes such as flip boxes, book boxes, sleeve boxes, window boxes, and telescoping boxes. Slotted boxes are also used. Besides, you can also use rigid boxes to give your product a luxurious feel. To improve the efficiency of custom boxes, you can also use different add-ons such as inserts and varnishes. This way, a customer will get an everlasting experience of your brand.


It’s been a long time since most people became responsible enough about their activities that can affect the environment. They learn that plastic is very harmful to environmental sustainability. Brands have taken advantage of this and started using eco-friendly materials for packaging. Likewise, people started to prefer to buy from the brands that offered eco-friendly products. Custom cardboard boxes are helpful in this regard.

These boxes have a biogenic character because the material comes from natural resources such as tree fiber extracts. This is why these solutions are highly renewable and easy to degrade. In this way, these boxes are important in creating a sincere impression of your brand.

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Custom CBD Boxes are very important when it comes to shipping. People find it easy and online shipping gives them that. But the main concern of online shopping is delivery security. Corrugated boxes can help you with safe and cost-effective shipping. You can safely deliver the items to their destination by packing your vaping items in cardboard boxes.


In a word, trolley packing is an integral part of your vaping products. Custom boxes not only protect your products but also promote them in the best possible way. By using them, you can also enjoy the advantages of better brand reputation and convenient transportation.

Charter a new course with the ESG framework


Every few years, organizations have the opportunity to pause, reflect, and chart a new course. Strategic planning provides this opportunity.

Strategic planning best practices include assessing your organization’s current state, aligning with a vision for the future, establishing key performance indicators to measure your success, and mapping milestones to guide your shares.

The past two and a half years have brought to light new challenges to consider during the strategic planning process related to talent acquisition and retention, supply chain stability, business continuity , diversity and inclusion and cybersecurity.

There is a new framework that serves as a common thread between the factors listed above, encompassing corporate environmental management, social impact and adherence to governance best practices. It is called ESG.

ESG stands for “Environmental”, “Social” and “Governance”. The three terms are the pillars of corporate sustainability: a broader, forward-looking perspective for assessing risks and opportunities for operational improvement within a business.

Business factors that fall under each of the three categories include:

  • E : energy consumption, emissions, waste and recycling, use of natural resources, land use and impact on biodiversity
  • S: workforce engagement, community relations, diversity and inclusion, worker health and safety, customer relations and product quality and safety
  • g: shareholder engagement, board and management policies, business continuity planning, succession planning and data protection

The framework asks you to think critically about what the next 10, 20 or 30 years might look like in your industry.

  • Will your existing supply chain partners be there then?
  • Will your raw materials be available? Will their cost be lower, stable or higher?
  • Is your business prepared for increased volume and veracity of cyberattacks?
  • How would you be affected if a carbon emissions tax were introduced?
  • As Millennials and Generation Z become the largest segment of purchasing power in the country, how will consumer preferences evolve?

By considering these types of questions, you have the opportunity to make short-term improvements within your business while preparing for the future, giving you an edge over your competition.

Here are some practical examples of how ESG can translate into short- and long-term business outcomes that promote the sustainability of your business (and also benefit the planet).

  • STOCK: Integrate employee surveys or listening sessions for feedback using a tool like Officevibe
  • SHORT TERM RESULT: Understand the desires and issues of your employees related to work
  • LONG-TERM RESULT: Improve talent retention, increase the number of referrals and strengthen the value proposition of your employees
  • STOCK: Assess the quality of your energy program with free resources from ENERGY STAR
  • SHORT-TERM RESULT: Establish a baseline to develop an effective energy management program that improves your building’s efficiency
  • LONG-TERM RESULT: Save on energy costs

  • STOCK: Implement customer satisfaction surveys using a tool such as GetFeedback
  • SHORT-TERM RESULT: Uncover product quality issues before they arise and validate your ideal customer persona
  • LONG-TERM RESULT: Improve customer retention and improve your marketing ROI

How to get a free or cheap laptop for college

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While there is no lack of money saving tips for every college student to knowsome costs for higher education are unavoidable, such as the purchase of a laptop computer. And with computer prices up 1.3% in the last month alonefinding a good deal on this essential item isn’t always easy. Fortunately, a handful of organizations have made it their mission to connect students facing financial hardship with a free laptop to use for their schooling.

Funded by nonprofit educational organizations, these groups will provide eligible students with reliable technology to give them an opportunity for academic success. If you are enrolled in an accredited four-year program and need financial assistance to purchase a laptop computer, consider applying to one of the following organizations:

Computers with causes. Computers with Causes is a non-profit organization organization that aims to provide refurbished computers, donated by donors, to help low-income families, foster children, associations, the elderly, and disabled veterans in need. To receive a computer, you must complete a computer application form, which will ask you about your current financial situation, including whether you are currently receiving government assistance in the form of TANF, SSI, SSDI, Welfare, Food Stamps , etc. Your request will be reviewed by the organization, where a decision will be made within 30 days regarding your eligibility for a free computer.

Dell Scholarship Program. The Dell Scholars Program selects 500 students each year to provide a financial support system for those who may face financial hardship while pursuing their education. After submitting an application, the semi-finalists are chosen who must then provide a copy of their high school transcript, a full student aid report from their FAFSA, and an online recommendation. To call this strictly a “program that provides a free laptop” would be to bury the advance, as they offer each of their scholarship recipients a $20,000 scholarship, as well.

Laptops 4 Learning. Laptops 4 Learning is an organization that provides 25 refurbished laptops to qualified participants every month during their reward period. To apply, you must create a 90 second video describing your need for assistance from the organization. To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen (or U.S. permanent resident), be at least 18 years old, and currently enrolled or intending to enroll in an accredited college or university located in the United States.

PC for individuals. PCs for People is an organization whose mission is to provide digital assistance for educational opportunities for people with low incomes, families with children and people with disabilities. Although it’s not free, PCs for People sells refurbished laptops at a heavily discounted rate, with prices starting at $100, like as long as you meet them income requirements. PCs for People has distributed over 190,000 computers since 1998, and each purchase comes with one year of hardware guarantee.

Connect all. Relate All is a membership program that helps people access technology through recycled technology. Relate All sell Dell, HP, Samsung, Acer, Microsoft and Apple laptops from $79. Unlike other programs, you don’t need to show proof of need to purchase any of their products; anyone can buy from their website. All computers are backed by a one-year warranty and come pre-installed with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office software.

Amicus brief filed in support of Harvard and UNC


Stanford, alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, IBM and Aeris Communications on Monday announced its support for Harvard and the University of North Carolina, two universities at the center of a lawsuit seeking to remove consideration of race in college and university admissions.

The lawsuit was first filed against Harvard in November 2014 by a group called Students for Fair Admissions, which claims the school’s use of race as a factor in its holistic admissions process violates laws on civil rights. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case alongside a second lawsuit filed by the same group against UNC.

The amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief filed by Stanford, MIT, IBM and Aeris today urges the court to continue allowing universities to use race and ethnicity as part of their multi-factor examination of student admissions applications. He urges the court to reaffirm “the long-standing principle that considering race as a non-determinative factor in a flexible, holistic and individualized admissions process is a narrowly tailored way to achieve” the benefits of diversity in higher education.

“A diverse student body enriches the academic experience of all Stanford students,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. “Considering race as part of the holistic examination helps us foster a diverse community on campus, one in which all students have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others and critically reflect on their own opinions. and preconceptions. It also means that Stanford graduates from all backgrounds can go on to contribute their unique knowledge to leadership roles in government, business, and nonprofit sectors.

Both MIT and Stanford have highly competitive, individualized, and selective admissions to ensure applicants are well qualified to meet the academic challenges of each respective university. Stanford, which collectively receives more than 100,000 applications each year for its undergraduate and graduate programs, uses no quotas, goals, or mathematical formulas during the admissions process and does not commit to racial balancing. Instead, the university considers the full range of each applicant’s background and accomplishments.

“These factors, among many others and considered in the context of the entire candidacy, can sometimes illuminate critical questions of a candidate’s ability to cope with adversity and make the most of the opportunities presented. by the University,” the brief reads.

The dissertation highlights the importance of diversity, not only within higher education, but also within the intensely collaborative and increasingly global STEM industries.

“While the benefits of a diverse student body are widely observed, they are all the more salient and compelling in STEM, which has historically been marked by greater diversity limitations than most fields of study,” indicates the writ.

Collaboration between diverse groups remains an essential part of university STEM programs, and diversity within STEM fields is essential to the advancement of businesses that depend on the availability of a diverse pool of qualified graduates from elite institutions.

“A university’s judgment that achieving a sufficiently diverse student body is paramount to its mission is entitled to significant respect,” the brief states. “Holistic, race-conscious selection processes are essential to achieving diversity in STEM programs at selective colleges and universities and to creating a diverse talent pool in STEM.”

Read the full text of the amicus brief here.

Impact of Operation Demat Daka: SEBI orders exchanges to register IP addresses of exchanges, Anil Singhvi welcomes the move


Impact of Operation Demat Daka: In a bid to control growing incidents of equity market fraud involving retail investors, the Securities and Exchanges Board of India (SEBI) has ordered exchanges to keep track of IP addresses of all transactions. The directive came against the backdrop of Zee Business’ “Operation Demat Daka” show, which exposed flaws in the system used by fraudsters to steal from investors.

The market regulator in its new order said it was necessary for trading members to share information about the IP address of customers.

Zee Business Editor-in-Chief Anil Singhvi welcomed the decision and pledged to continue to raise the voice of investors. He said brokers allowing desktop trading over the Internet or trading securities using wireless technology to clients will need to record clients’ IP addresses in a particular format.

The cases of hacking investors’ Demat account and selling their wallet shares, while wiping all their assets and money from the account, were reported by Zee Business in a one-hour special on Operation Demat Daka in two editions.

In the first edition, the chain explained the modus operandi by inviting certain victims to the studio, while in the second edition, it explained the flaws in the system and the brokers as well as the reaction of the GRC to this hack.

Earlier on Friday, SEBI had also released a framework for the automated deactivation of trading accounts and Demat investors in the event of insufficient Know Your Client (KYC) details. The framework will come into effect from August 31, according to a circular.

Noting that addresses are an essential part of KYC procedures, SEBI said that every address registered for the purpose of compliance with KYC procedures must be accurate.

An intermediary is required to update the address from time to time. However, the regulator has observed that in some cases exact or updated customer addresses are not retained. This is supported by the fact that when Sebi issues notifications, during any execution procedure on these addresses, these remain unserved.

The new rules are intended to ensure that the customer provides accurate or updated address information and to ensure that the KYC information is correct.

SpaceWorks Enterprises appoints John Bradford as CEO



SpaceWorks Enterprises

SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John Bradford as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, effective today.

Previously the company’s chief technical officer (CTO), Dr. Bradford now succeeds the company’s founder and outgoing CEO, Dr. John R. Olds. With over 25 years of experience in the aerospace sector, Bradford is a recognized thought leader in the space industry and brings a wealth of technical expertise and business acumen.

“John has been with SpaceWorks almost since our inception. He has been instrumental in driving our technology innovation and in developing strong relationships with the Department of Defense, NASA and commercial space entities,” said Dr. Olds, “I am very pleased that he has accepted this new responsibility and I’m looking forward to the new directions our company will pursue.

Dr. Olds founded SpaceWorks in 2000 with the goal of being an industry leader in systems analysis and advanced concepts. Since then, the company has become recognized in the field as the premier organization for providing cutting-edge engineering and design solutions for aerospace systems. The company’s expertise in systems design ultimately led the company to mature a number of innovative concepts for hardware development and conduct numerous ground and flight test programs in support of government and commercial markets.

“Over the past decade, the industry has changed dramatically. New technological capabilities and national security issues are driving a variety of emerging ideas and solutions. Given the strength and diversity of our product lines established under John Olds, the company is well positioned to capitalize on the new challenges and opportunities ahead. I am excited to lead the company and our top-notch engineering staff into this new era,” said Dr Bradford.

John Olds will remain Chairman of the Board of SpaceWorks and continue to support the company’s mission as a subject matter expert.

About SpaceWorks Enterprises
SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI), based in Atlanta, GA, specializes in advanced concept analysis, systems analysis, rapid prototyping, product development, and economic evaluation for a large and diverse customer base. . SpaceWorks is dedicated to advancing the state of the art in the aerospace industry from the initial design phase through flight demonstration and system operation. More information about this mission on SpaceWorks.aero.

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City Park comes to life for Wood County Relay for Life | News, Sports, Jobs


Light fixtures placed around the pond in Parkersburg City Park spell out the word “HOPE” during the Wood County Relay for Life Saturday. Relay For Life helps raise funds for the American Cancer Society for cancer research, treatment, screenings, patient services and more to help fight cancer. (Photo by Douglas Huxley)

PARKERSBURG – The 2022 Wood County Relay For Life was held Saturday at City Park in Parkersburg.

Relay For Life helps raise funds for the American Cancer Society, which directs those funds towards cancer research, treatment, screenings, patient services and more to help fight cancer.

Opening ceremonies began at 6:00 p.m. with introductions and greetings from event volunteers Lori Ullmann and Jessica Ross.

“I wish the guys would look around you” said Ross. “There are families, friends, colleagues, community leaders, children and adults. And we are all here for the same reason. We want to end the fight against cancer.

Local musician Steve Sams sang the national anthem with Parkersburg High School Junior ROTC presenting the colors and then leading the opening round of ceremonies. Grand Marshal Michelle Clegg was also featured.

Reinnie Leavitt, director of cancer services at Camden Clark’s WVU Cancer Institute, speaks during the Wood County Relay For Life’s opening ceremony Saturday at City Park in Parkersburg. Relay For Life helps raise funds for the American Cancer Society for cancer research, treatment, screenings, patient services and more to help fight cancer. (Photo by Douglas Huxley)

“I am honored to be your Grand Marshal,” said Clegg. “And as a four-year survivor, I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to be a team captain, as well as a first-year member of the event leadership team.”

Reinnie Leavitt, director of cancer services at the WVU Cancer Institute in Camden Clark, spoke about the hospital’s contributions in the fight against cancer and the importance of the relay.

“I can personally attest that there is no one as brave, as strong and as inspiring as a cancer survivor.” said Leavitt. “And to me, he’s a real hero.”

Leavitt has worked in cancer services for 31 years and has participated in nearly every relay event. Some of her fondest memories are singing with her daughter at the luminaria ceremony and seeing survivors outside of treatment.

“The most special thing for me is seeing someone I’ve seen in a health care facility, in this facility.” said Leavitt. “With the hope, the energy, the joy of participating in a community event like this. Because at some point they heard the scariest thing, and then they’re here with their support system and celebrating that their journey isn’t over.

Light fixtures placed around the pond in Parkersburg City Park spell out the word “HOPE” during the Wood County Relay for Life Saturday. Relay For Life helps raise funds for the American Cancer Society for cancer research, treatment, screenings, patient services and more to help fight cancer. (Photo by Douglas Huxley)

The first round began around 6:30 p.m. with cancer survivors led by Clegg and the PHS Junior ROTC. The second round was made up of cancer survivors, their families and caregivers, and the third round kicked off the relay for all team members. A car show followed in front of Bennett Stump Field.

The Luminaria Ceremony, featuring the Smith Family Singers, began at 10 p.m. with a group of luminaria positioned in front of the municipal park pond spelling out the word “Hope” be lit.

Douglass Huxley can be contacted at [email protected]

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HIV Digital Adaptation Kit: Business Requirements for Implementing WHO Recommendations and Standards in Digital Systems – Global





Digital health – broadly defined as the systematic application of information and communication technologies, computing and data to support informed decision-making by individuals, health workers and health systems , to build resilience to disease and improve health and well-being (1) – is increasingly a critical enabler for health service delivery and accountability. Ministries of health have recognized the value of digital health as articulated in World Health Assembly resolution 71.7 (2) and the Global Strategy on Digital Health (3). Similarly, donors have advocated for the rational use of digital tools as part of efforts to expand service coverage and quality, as well as to promote data use and monitoring (4-6).
Despite the investments and abundance of digital systems, the transparency of health data and the logic of these digital tools or the relationship to evidence-based clinical or public health recommendations is often limited. This limited transparency not only undermines the credibility of these systems, but also hampers the possibilities for interoperability, which undermines the potential for improving continuity of care.

Evidence-based recommendations, such as those in the WHO guidelines, set standards of care and provide a point of reference to inform the content of digital systems countries are adopting. However, guidelines are often only available in a narrative format which requires a resource-intensive process to develop into the specifications needed for digital systems.
This translation of guidelines for digital systems often involves subjective interpretation by implementers and software developers, which can lead to inconsistencies or an inability to verify the content of these systems. Additionally, where digital systems exist, documentation of the underlying data and content may be unavailable or proprietary, requiring governments to start from scratch and expend additional resources each time they intend to deploy. such a system. This lack of health content documentation can lead to vendor lock-in and haphazard deployments that are not scalable or difficult to replicate in different settings.

To ensure that countries can effectively benefit from investments in digital health, “Digital Adaptation Kits” (DAKs) are designed to facilitate the precise consideration of clinical, public health and data use guidelines from the WHO in the digital systems that countries are adopting. DAKs are operational, software-independent, standards-based documentation that distills clinical, public health, and data use guidance into a format that can be seamlessly integrated into digital systems. While digital implementations include multiple factors – including (i) the health domain data and content, (ii) the digital intervention or functionality, and (iii) the digital application or communication channel to deliver digital intervention – DAKs focus primarily on ensuring the validity of health content (Fig. 1) (1, 7). Accordingly, DAKs provide the generic content required in digital systems, independent of a specific software application and with the intention that countries can customize them to meet local needs.

For this particular DAK, the requirements are based on systems that provide the digital tracking and decision support functionalities (Box 1) and include components such as personas, workflows, master data elements , decision support algorithms, planning logic and reporting indicators.
Operational outputs, such as data dictionary worksheets and detailed decision-support algorithms, are included as practical resources that implementers can use as starting points when developing digital systems.
Additionally, DAK data components are mapped to standardized terminology, such as the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), to facilitate interoperability.

Europe to suspend key part of ESG rulebook amid infighting

The next step in Europe’s effort to create a global benchmark for ESG investing has been put on hold indefinitely as officials are reluctant to devote resources to a process already marred by deep political divisions, according to people familiar with the matter.

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(Bloomberg) – The next step in Europe’s effort to create a global benchmark for ESG investing has been put on hold indefinitely as officials are reluctant to devote resources to a process already marred by deep political divisions, according to people familiar with folder.

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The so-called social taxonomy, which was meant to be the next step in the years-long process to create a guide to directing capital to activities that meet environmental, social and governance standards, is unlikely to see the light of day in the next few years. . years, people said. It had been tentatively scheduled to debate before the current committee ends its mandate in 2024.

Social taxonomy “seems to have stayed in the background,” said Vincent Ingham, director of regulatory policy at the European Fund and Asset Management Association. The Commission “has not taken an official position”, but “we understand that they will not prioritize social taxonomy” and that there will be no movement for several years, he said. -he declares.

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The move means that goals such as gender equality and supply chains that avoid exploitation will not be enshrined in EU ESG regulations until the second half of the decade, at the earliest. This follows the EU’s decision to add gas and nuclear power to its green taxonomy, which angered some member countries and left the European Parliament deeply divided. The infighting that has surrounded this process has left the bloc with little appetite for another round of talks that will likely be even tougher, the people said.

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“The social taxonomy could become very controversial politically,” said Hugo Gallagher, senior policy adviser at the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif), whose members represent around $20 trillion in assets under management. It “should cover virtually all economic sectors, the volume and complexity of the technical work that this would entail is daunting”.

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Investors were initially promised a report from the European Commission outlining how it would go about creating a social taxonomy by the end of last year. This process was never completed and no guidelines have been offered by the EU executive since.

The EU Sustainable Finance Platform, a body that advises the Commission, published a set of proposals for the social taxonomy in February, four months late. The list includes guidelines on wages, gender equality and human supply chains. But those recommendations did nothing to speed up the process, according to people following the case.

The EU’s failure to move forward with the social leg of its taxonomy, which underpins the bloc’s ESG rules for everything from corporates to bond markets to asset management, comes in a increasingly tense political context. The war in Ukraine and the energy crisis it has exacerbated have shifted the political debate towards energy security, leading to a revitalization of the coal industry even as greenhouse gas emissions soar.

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Meanwhile, interest groups have taken advantage of delays in the process around the social taxonomy to try to persuade EU officials to include more asset classes. Most notable are efforts by the defense industry to be incorporated into the sustainable investment regulations, pointing to the need to arm Ukraine as justification.

For ESG investors trying to navigate an evolving regulatory environment, the EU’s inability to move forward with a social taxonomy means their capital allocations will not be supported by a codified framework. This in a context where investors and regulators are increasingly attentive to the risk of greenwashing.

According to an EU official, the bloc will try to pursue other policy initiatives to help guide investors. The official also noted that the existing EU taxonomy already requires companies to comply with minimum social safeguards such as fundamental labor rights.



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image: It has been suggested that the part of the brain network supporting the brain regions of consciousness should be bi-directionally connected, as the processes of anticipation and feedback are necessary for conscious experience. For example, previous studies examining visual perception have shown that conscious perception does not occur when there is only feedforward processing, whereas it does occur when there is feedback as well as processing. early.
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Science could be a step closer to understanding the location of consciousness in the brain. A new study shows the importance of certain types of neural connections in identifying consciousness.

The research, published in Cerebral cortexwas led by Jun Kitazono, corresponding author and project researcher at the Department of General Systems Studies, University of Tokyo.

“Where consciousness resides in the brain has been one of the biggest questions in science,” said Associate Professor Masafumi Oizumi, corresponding author and head of the lab conducting the study. “Although we have not come to a conclusive answer, a great deal of empirical evidence has accumulated during the search for the minimum sufficient mechanisms for conscious experience, or the neural correlates of consciousness.”

For this study, the team took a step toward identifying minimally sufficient subnetworks in the brain that support conscious experience.

To identify areas of the brain where consciousness resides, the researchers looked for a specific feature of consciousness in the neural networks of the brain: bidirectional pathways. When we see something or feel a sensation, our brain absorbs information. This is called an anticipatory signal, but receiving such anticipatory signals is not enough for consciousness. Our brain also needs to send information back, in what is called feedback. Not all parts of the brain can receive feedback and feedback at the same time. Researchers have hypothesized that these two-way connections are an essential feature of the parts of the brain responsible for consciousness.

“Anticipatory processing alone is insufficient for subjects to consciously perceive stimuli; instead, feedback is also needed, indicating the need for two-way processing. The feedback component disappears not only upon loss of specific contents of consciousness in waking states, but also during unconscious states where conscious experiences are typically lost, such as general anesthesia, sleep, and vegetative states. , said Kitazono. He also explained that it doesn’t matter whether you are looking at a human, monkey, mouse, bird, or fly; the bidirectionality of the treatments remains essential.

The researchers used a mouse connectome and computer techniques to test their idea. A connectome is a detailed map of the connections in the brain. First, they developed an efficient algorithm to extract parts of the brain with strong bidirectional connections, called complexes. Next, they applied the algorithm to the mouse connectome.

“We found that the extracted complexes with the most bidirectionality were not evenly distributed across all major regions, but rather concentrated in cortical regions and thalamic regions,” Kitazono said. “In contrast, regions in other major regions have weak bidirectionality. In particular, the regions of the cerebellum have much weaker bidirectionality.

These findings align with where scientists have long believed consciousness resides in the brain. The cerebral cortex, located on the surface of the brain, contains sensory areas, motor areas, and association areas that are considered essential for the experience of consciousness. The thalamus, located in the middle of the brain, has also been thought to be related to consciousness, and in particular, the interaction between the thalamus and cortical regions, called the thalamo-cortical loop, is thought to be important for consciousness. These results support the idea that bidirectionality in the brain network is a key to identifying the place of consciousness.

The researchers emphasized that they were still working to identify the location of consciousness.

“This study focuses only on the “static” anatomical connections between neurons or brain areas. However, consciousness is “dynamic,” changing from moment to moment based on neural activity,” Oizumi said. “Although anatomical connections tell us how neural activity would spread and how brain areas would interact, we need to directly investigate the dynamics of neural activity to identify the location of consciousness at any given time.”

As a next step, he said the team is currently analyzing activity-based brain networks in various types of neural recordings.

“The ultimate goal of our lab is to find the mathematical relationship between consciousness and the brain,” Oizumi said. “In this study, we attempted to relate network properties of the brain to the place of consciousness. We will further explore the relationship between consciousness and the brain, towards which is our ultimate goal.


Journal article

Jun Kitazono, Yuma Aoki, Masafumi Oizumi, “Bidirectionally Connected Nuclei in a Mouse Connectome: Toward Extracting Consciousness-Critical Brain Subnetworks”, Cerebral cortex: July 21, 2022, DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhac143

Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhac143


Japan Science and Technology Agency ACT-X (Grant Number JPMJAX20A6), Japan Science and Technology Agency CREST (Grant Numbers JPMJCR1864 and JPMJCR15E2), AIP challenge program, Japan Science and Technology Agency Moonshot R&D (Grant Number JPMJMS2012) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science KAKENHI (Grant Numbers 18H02713 and 20H05712) supported this research.

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Oizumi Lab: https://sites.google.com/a/g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/oizumi-lab/english

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: https://www.cu-tokyo.ac.jp/eng_site/

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SkyDrive will soon opt for air taxi batteries from EP Systems


News about advancements in urban air mobility continue to pour in, with Electric Power Systems announcing a new customer, this time from Japan. SkyDrive, a self-proclaimed Toyota City-based flying car developer, has opted for EPS’ “EPiC” battery system to power future passenger drones.

SkyDrive aims to launch air taxis in the Osaka area in 2025 in time for the World Expo. EP Systems’ EPiC battery, which includes battery modules and a BMS, is to help safely power the SD-05 aircraft and manage the disconnect box.

Tomohiro Fukuzawa, CEO of SkyDrive, said EP Systems was their “ideal partner for this essential element of our two-seater SD-05 aircraft. They are very focused and committed to the development of high performance and reliable battery systems.

EP Systems counts Boeing and Safran among its investors and is on the verge of certifying its EPiC battery system for large-scale manufacturing. Other customers include NASA and the FAA, Bell Textron, Embraer and Diamond Aircraft. This week, Hyundai’s urban air mobility subsidiary, Supernal, also announced that it is working with EP Systems.

EP Systems has a new 16-acre campus in North Logan, Utah, where it is building 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space to accommodate a production ramp as it nears FAA certification. The first commercial units coming off the production line are scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.

Meanwhile, their battery systems power flight demonstrators such as NASA X-57, Aurora Flight Sciences Pegasus and many other aircraft manufacturers.

As for SkyDrive, the Japanese company is currently applying for type certification of the two-seater electric aircraft in Japan. Established in 2018, they first appeared on our radar in April this year, when they announced a cooperation with Suzuki to develop commercial models and manufacture of the flying car. There has also been talk of expanding to India.


Commonwealth Magazine


LEGISLATIVE STAFF waited about four months to find out if Senate Speaker Karen Spilka would recognize their organizing effort with IBEW Local 2222, and on Thursday Spilka appeared to close the door on that possibility – with an invitation for staff to attend a Senate counsel briefing on Friday.

The senators were locked in a lengthy private caucus on Thursday afternoon in the Senate Reading Room, where Senator Michael Moore posted a photo on Twitter of himself, Senator John Keenan and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz — supporters of the union push — wearing the State Domestic Employees Union/Local 2222 lapel pins.

“Employees deserve to have a voice in their workplace, and we will continue to fight until every worker has that opportunity – including right here at State House,” Moore wrote alongside the photo. .

Spilka addressed senators and staff in a 5:34 p.m. email, saying “the Senate does not see a way forward at this time” for unionizing legislative staff after “a comprehensive review” of “this area.” complex legal system”.

Spilka added in his email: “I remain committed to making the Senate a great place to serve the people of the Commonwealth while building a career. We will continue our efforts to improve working conditions, benefits and wages, and we will incorporate staff feedback as we have done throughout my tenure.

Pro Tempore Chairman Will Brownsberger said the legislative staff structure in Massachusetts — where “staff members work hand-in-hand with their senators” — operates on “a completely different model” than in states like Oregon. where the staff has unionized.

“In this legislature, we have Senate offices where Senate staff work for individual senators and they work in small teams. The places where unionization might make structural sense are where staff are moved away into a separate organization,” the Belmont Democrat said, referring to a model where helpers exist in a “centralized staff structure” similar to a separate agency, as opposed to working for individual legislators.

“So this kind of thing is just a different model,” he said. “No one really plans to go to a structure like that.”

Brownsberger confirmed that although several topics were discussed during Thursday’s caucus, the union issue was the longest topic of conversation.

Asked if the senators were asked about their feelings about union recognition before the decision was announced, Brownsberger said, “I think anyone hears – and most senators have heard this presentation of lawyers – understands that a traditional union model does not make sense in the context of Massachusetts’ legislative structure.

Brownsberger also expressed conflict of interest concerns associated with the legislative staff’s alliance with a particular union that might have business before the branches or lobby on political issues.

He said legislative staff would be “regularly [subject] to conflicts of interest if they were allied or organized under the auspices of a trade union.

The State House Employee Union group reversed the Senate leadership in a statement late Thursday and said organizers plan to meet with staff over the next few days “to plan next steps.”

“On Beacon Hill, review by Senate counsel is not the final law of the land, and all 40 senators are responsible for making laws,” the statement said. “The Senate leadership is rejecting our union not because of legality, it’s because of will.”

The union push inside the State House has angered the Legislature, where ruling Democrats often voice support for employees’ ability to join unions and bargain collectively on pay and benefits.

The union push dates back to March 31, when IBEW representatives delivered a letter to Spilka’s office asking for voluntary recognition.

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On June 29, frustrated aides gathered on the steps of the State House, stepping up their call for a response from the President of the Senate.

At that time, about 30% of senators publicly supported the union effort, including the senses. Sonia Chang-Diaz, Diana DiZoglio, Jamie Eldridge, Paul Feeney, Anne Gobi, Adam Hinds, Pat Jehlen, John Keenan, Eric Lesser, Michael Moore, Patrick O’Connor, Becca Rausch and Walter Timilty.


Mayor Harrell Issues Executive Order to Support Sexual Assault Survivors and Conduct Assessment of Regional Criminal Investigations and Practices


The order calls for a full assessment of the SPD’s Office of Investigations, including a specific review of sexual assault follow-up investigations, while implementing immediate and long-term solutions to support survivors and assign cases.

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell, together with Acting Police Chief Adrian Diaz, announced an executive order ordering a systemic assessment of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) Bureau of Investigations and implementing solutions immediate so that investigations of criminal offences, particularly those involving sexual assault, can be completed quickly and completely. The order calls for the expansion of support services for victims and survivors of crime, including ensuring that outstanding cases are referred to a detective and expanding victim support services.

READ: Executive Order 2022-05 directing the Seattle Police Department to evaluate policies, protocols, and practices related to the investigation of criminal offenses and implement remedies necessary to advance justice and meet the needs of crime survivors.

“Sustainable progress in safety for Seattle residents requires prompt and effective investigations to hold those who commit these crimes accountable – this must be a priority for our administration and our police department,” said Mayor Harrell. “Follow-up investigative work is essential to ensure that survivors and victims of violent crimes, particularly sex crimes, receive the justice they deserve. This order requires an unprecedented assessment of the issues created by the SPD’s personnel shortages and systemic issues created over decades, in order to understand and mitigate the impact on SPD investigations. We act to learn from these challenges and rectify them to create change, now and for the long term.

The mayor’s decree orders the SPD and other municipal departments to take the following measures:

  • Reduced any existing backlog of sexual assault cases by ensuring that every violent crime reported with sufficient evidence to allow follow-up investigation is assigned to a detective by August 31, 2022.
  • Provide victim support services through the Department of Social Services in cases of sexual assault and domestic violence not assigned to further investigation.
  • SPD and city departments will seek and provide additional funding to connect survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence to support services.
  • The DPS will assess how victims of violent crimes stay informed of the status of their cases in order to increase transparency, improve communications and demonstrate respect for victims.
  • The SPD will partner with outside experts and organizations, including the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, to implement a series of sexual assault investigation case reviews to help detectives improve processes and help survivors.
  • The DPS will engage national law enforcement and criminal justice system experts to conduct a systemic review of all police investigations, examining a range of practices and procedures, including case assignment and follow-up decisions, case preparation, interactions with prosecutors, victim care services, personnel management. , case settlement rates, etc.
  • Created an advisory committee of six local sexual assault and survivor experts to assist the SPD in the assessments required by this order.

“When victims of sexual assault report their assault, they trust the criminal justice system. Yet for years, even before the pandemic and officer attrition, two-thirds of cases were not referred for investigation,” said Councilwoman Lisa Herbold (District 1). “With their cases not referred for investigation, these survivors have also, thus far, not been eligible for survivor advocacy services. I appreciate SPD’s commitment to a systematic review of sexual assault investigations to inform best practices in the spirit of continuous improvement. We must ensure that survivors, especially those who have waited so long, receive the support, advocacy and investigative help they deserve.

With current officer strength at its lowest level in over 30 years and over 400 officer departures over the past two and a half years, the impact on the staffing of specialist and investigative units in the SPD was important. Since 2020, the SPD has found it necessary to transfer officers from specialist units, including follow-up investigative units, to patrol operations to respond to urgent calls to 911. The continuing personnel crisis and the need for specialized training to perform detective work and investigate complex crimes limited the department’s ability to conduct follow-up investigations.

Mayor Harrell’s Comprehensive Police Recruitment and Retention Plan aims to increase the number of fully trained and deployable officers to 1,450, a goal designed to address the current personnel crisis so that patrol operations and units of detective can be adequately staffed.

“I thank all survivors and defenders who have stood up loud and clear for justice, for a more effective system and for the steps necessary to ensure thorough and timely investigations,” said Mayor Harrell. “As we face serious and urgent challenges today, I believe that as a new administration, we have an important opportunity to work together to identify and reverse long-standing issues and ensure security, justice and progress for all survivors, victims and residents of Seattle. ”

“Mystics teach us to reconnect with timeless and essential truth” – Join me for the free Mystics Summit 2022, online August 8-12!


An awakened heart is like a beacon helping others find a safe way home.
―Rolf van der Wind

I am one of more than thirty presenters for the Mystical Summit 2022 hosted by The Shift Network – with Mirabai Starr, James Finley, Rami Shapiro and Greg Boyles, among many others!

Registration for this five-day event is free. To register, register here.

Here’s the description of the event from the folks at The Shift:

As the increasing noise, chaos, and distraction presented by the daily world news cycle grows more intense, this relentless barrage of negativity can trigger a crippling fear response in the limbic region of your brain.

The indecisiveness that ensues can make it hard to concentrate, leading to frustration, anger, or depression.

It’s fight, flight or freeze… on steroids!

Fortunately, as we continue to navigate these potentially dangerous and troubling waters, the reassuring beacon of mystical wisdom

radiates its healing rays of safety towards everything from U.Sas we cling to our tiny life rafts while being buffeted by the relentless waves of shocking global transformation.

As “guides” through time, mystics encourage us to embrace a deep and calm quality of mystical attention that allows us to commune directly with the sacred…

… and teach us to reconnect with a timeless and essential truth, by exploiting “the mystical art of attention” at a time of total distraction.

Today, modern mystics urge us to reclaim our soul’s desire to merge with the beloved heart of existenceeven amid overwhelming chaos and tumult.

At this absolutely critical turning point in the collective evolution of humanity, it is imperative to remember that We are not alone we have the wisdom of ancient and current mystics to gently guide us.

Mystics have existed throughout time at “tipping points in history” — think of plagues, floods, social upheavals and wars — and also during times of growth like the Renaissance…

…stimulated by their exuberant spiritual hunger and their creative and innovative responses to the extremely dramatic changes taking place around them.

In the moving Summit of the Mysticswe present to you a cohort of seasoned scholars and mystical seekers who will support you in reconnect to love like a safe harbor in the midst of the storms of life.

You will meet famous people like Hadewijch of Antwerp, Thomas Aquinas, Brother Lawrence, Jesus of Nazareth, Plato, Copernicus, da Vinci

…as well as contemporaries like Thomas Merton, Einstein, Tesla, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, and others.

Free online event
Summit of the Mystics
August 8-12, 2022

I am honored to be among over 30 contemporary scholars, teachers, mystics – including Reverend Dr. Heiwa no Bushi, Mirabai Starr, Banafsheh Sayyad, Father Greg Boyle, Alexander John Shaia, Taya Mâ Shere, James Finley, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Rev. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Matthew Fox and many more…

…as we demonstrate ways to embody this sacred knowledge so that you may receive soul-nurturing comfort from the quintessential mystical teachings throughout time.

Throughout this historic summit, you will not only receive gems of wisdom from ancient and modern mysticsbut also poetry, music and experiential practices that can put you in touch with the unmistakable passion you carry in your own heart and mind.

RSVP here for the Summit of the Mystics – free: https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/mts22a24580/a24580

During this thoughtful and insightful 5-day event, you will discover:

  • Ways to untangle a life of oppressive training – to express hidden gifts as a deep step on the path of the mystical
  • The 7 Qualities of Love Reflecting the Divine in Your Heart – Receptivity, pleasure, expansion, vulnerability, acceptance, mystery and gratitude
  • How to perceive the universal practices and concepts that open anyone to mystical experiences
  • The Sufi path as a devotional path of love and intimacy
  • How the origins recovered from Christian mysticism reveal the nearly lost original heart of Christian wisdom – and why it returns today
  • And much more…

RSVP here for the Summit of the Mystics – free: https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/mts22a24580/a24580

What is really going on during these intimate conversations with leading teachers, authors and scholars of mystical wisdom throughout the world? Summit of the Mystics

…is a palpable elevation of our collective energy vibration as we “remember” the mystical power of ancient mysticsand resonate with the resounding call of today’s mystics to embody these sacred ideas in our own lives today.

Returning to simplicity is in itself a radical and sacred act. Calming down to receive the mystical teachings of ancient and modern mystics also helps us reorient toward our common purpose as a human familywe are all in the same boat.

Carrying this harvest of inspiration into the future can help you reenter the social, cultural, or political sphere with greater attunement to the eternal and the sacred…bringing passionate devotion into your acts of service to your community and the world. .


PS Here is some of what our brilliant speakers will share with you…

  • Alexander John Shaia, PhDwill remind us that everyone is already a mystic, and everything is spiritual, including nature and its embodied sensuality.
  • Andre Harvey will discuss the sublime and astonishing work of the 13th century biguine Mystical Christian, Hadewijch of Antwerp.
  • His Sacred Humanity, Venerable Reverend Dr. Heiwa no Bushi, examine the benefits of propelling us into confusion and doubt, find the truth in the insightful fear we experience moving through chaos.
  • Mirabai Starr will reveal that the great mystical masters of the past are available as beacons of wisdom and compassion to light your way as you navigate the mapless terrain of these tumultuous times.
  • Taya Ma Shere talks about the ancient art of prayer and the power of thrilling presence in body and mind, inviting us to root ourselves in ancestral healing as a path to prosperity.
  • Father Greg Boyle believes that to follow the path of the mystical, love is the answer, community is the contextand tenderness is connective tissue.
  • Rabbi Rami Shapiro will reveal that the ancient fourfold truth of Eternal Wisdom at the mystical heart of many religions is the key to your prosperous future.
  • Carmen Acevedo Boucher, PhDwill invite you to discover mystical path followed by Brother Laurent, who happily expressed divine feminine energy while working in a 17th century monastery kitchen.
  • Rev. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhDhelps us make the connection between contemplation and action to bring out an ethical future.
  • James Finley, Ph.D.will discuss American Trappist monk and modern-day mystic Thomas Merton’s insights into the true self that contributed to his own mystical awakening.
  • Matthew Fox wonders if viewing the images of early galaxies and stars now beaming into our living rooms through the Webb Telescope will be awaken us to the sanctity of our 13.8 billion year journey.
  • Banafsheh Sayyad will show that what you know in and through the wisdom of the body is more concrete than the abstract “knowledge” that resides primarily in your head.
  • And me (Carl McColman) Talk with Carmen Acevedo Boucher, PhD about how Christian mysticism might be the best hope for keeping the wisdom of Jesus’ tradition relevant here in the third millennium.

This free event features five amazing days filled with great content, allowing you to immerse yourself in illuminating conversations with mystics of today (the wisdom keepers of our time), and also to engage in grounded and experiential practices.

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Desert Technologies Investments signs two cooperation protocols with Greek companies

Athens: Within the framework of the official visit of Prince Mohammed Salman Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Hellenic Republic (Greece), Desert Technologies Investments signed two memoranda of joint cooperation with the leading Greek company MYTILINEOS In industry and renewable energies, and the leading Greek company in energy and communication solutions Raycap, to examine the prospects for collaboration on the creation and commercialization of innovative solutions for the renewable energy sector with particular reference to solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems.

The two cooperation protocols establish a framework for cooperation between the Saudi and Greek private sectors in the fields of renewable energy, renewable energy efficiency and solar energy storage solutions. They also work to develop qualitative partnerships between the parties to locate materials, products and services related to the manufacture of solar panels and associated supply chains, in addition to exchanging experiences and information related to renewable energy fields. .

The cooperation protocols were signed in the presence of a number of members of the Saudi and Greek delegations, including the Saudi Minister of Investment, Eng. Khalid Abdulaziz Al-Falih; Saudi Minister of Commerce and Acting Minister of Media, Dr. Majid Abdullah Al-Qasabi; and the Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Abdullah Amer Al-Sawaha, as well as the Minister of Development and Investments of the Government of the Hellenic Republic Adonis Georgiadis. They were signed by Mr. Khaled Ahmed Sharbatly, CEO of Desert Technologies Investments, Mr. Kostas Apostolidis, Founder and President of Raycap Corporation, and Mr. Evangelos Kamaris, Director of International Business Development at MYTILINEOS.

These memoranda reflect Desert Technologies’ strategy to increase its solar panel production capacity to meet growing local needs and increasing Saudi export volume. It also aims to expand its investments in the areas of investment, contracts and development, in order to improve the level of its operations in Saudi Arabia and open new markets regionally and internationally, particularly in the Greek and European markets, after the company has managed to enter into strategic partnerships with many European, American and African governments and companies, export the Saudi product of solar panels to world markets, establish and develop many energy projects solar energy and open up new horizons for Saudi foreign investment.

On this occasion, Mr. Khaled Sharbatly, CEO of Desert Technologies Investments, said: “These partnerships confirm the commitment of the Desert Technologies Group to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 through active participation in increasing the volume Saudi non-oil exports. and Saudi investments internationally. The company has great confidence in the promising Greek market, especially in the field of solar energy”, adding: “We will work together within the framework of the two cooperation protocols to benefit from our common experiences and our investments to increase the volume of investments and projects in the field of solar energy, to support the efforts of the Greek State to reduce climate change and to rely on renewable energy sources. We at Desert Technologies, building on our pioneering role in the field of energy, and with the support the renewable energy industry receives from thoughtful leadership, continue to deliver on our ambitious strategy to enable the transition to renewable energies, and our partnership today with the Greek side embodies our commitment to this strategy and our aspiration to contribute to the achievement of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 objectives to diversify energy sources and strengthen their efforts to preserve the environment, addressing climate change and achieving zero neutrality.

James Lovelock, famous British scientist behind the Gaia theory


Paris (AFP)- Independent British scientist James Lovelock, who died on his 103rd birthday, was hugely influential for his Gaia theory that the Earth is one self-regulating system – and later for his dire warnings about climate change.

In a broad career that spanned more than three-quarters of a century, Lovelock worked on viruses, the ozone layer, told NASA there was no life on Mars, and contributed to shape – even sometimes reluctantly – the environmental movement.

His ideas were often at odds with conventional wisdom, prompting admiration and sometimes defamation from his peers. He often had to wait for the world to catch up.

The unorthodox scientist, inventor and author worked in a barn-turned-laboratory for decades, though the price of that freedom was a lack of institutional support.

On the eve of his 101st birthday in 2020, Lovelock told AFP he was enjoying being locked down with his wife in the south of England as the coronavirus pandemic swept the country.

“I grew up as an only child, hardly meeting anyone – it’s not a big deal for me,” he said, adding that the sunny weather and the lack of other people were ” extremely desirable”.

Despite his declared antisocial tendencies, Lovelock was unfailingly polite and almost mischievously charming.

And as always forging his own path, he said the world had “overreacted” to Covid.

“Climate change is more dangerous to life on Earth than almost any disease imaginable,” he said.

“If we don’t do something about it, we will find ourselves pulled off the planet.”


Born July 26, 1919, Lovelock grew up in south London between the two world wars, starting out as a photographic chemist.

In 1948 he obtained an MD and worked in the virus department of the British National Institute for Medical Research for two decades.

In 1957, he invented the machine used to detect the hole in the ozone layer.

In the early 1960s, when NASA was determined to find life on Mars, Lovelock was under contract at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California.

But Lovelock told his employers there was almost certainly no life on Mars – then designed an experiment to prove it.

A decade later, he announced his Gaia theory, describing Earth as an interconnected superorganism.

In one fell swoop, it helped redefine the way science views the relationship between our inanimate planet and the life it supports.

At first, the notion was ridiculed by his peers and was even embraced by “Mother Earth” conservationists, which further annoyed the hard-nosed empiricist.

By the 1990s, however, the complex interaction of all life forms with the water, air and rocks around them – Earth’s geo-bio-chemical balancing act – was accepted by much as self-evident.

Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said the Gaia theory has galvanized a new generation of leading Earth system scientists.

“Our academic careers are all inspired, in one way or another, by James Lovelock,” he told AFP just months before the scientist’s death.

“He was one of the giants on whose shoulders we all stand.”

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Lovelock later became known as a prophet of climate catastrophe with his 2006 book “The Revenge of Gaia” and its 2009 sequel “The Vanishing Face of Gaia”, although he later backtracked on his earlier predictions. disastrous.

Never afraid of unconventional thinking, Lovelock said humanity could buy time with ambitious technological solutions, many of which remain deeply controversial in climate circles.

“Many different ways to keep the Earth cool have been suggested,” he told AFP in 2020.

“One idea that I find appealing is a sunshade in heliocentric orbit” – basically a giant sunshade in space.

While Lovelock was known for his willingness to take an unorthodox stance, other scientists said he was also keen to collaborate with others.

“He will be remembered for his warm and cheerful personality, his truly innovative thinking, his clarity of communication, his willingness to take bold risks in the development of his ideas and his ability to bring people together and learn from them” , said Richard Betts, head of climate impacts research at the UK Met Office Hadley Centre.

In 2020, AFP asked Lovelock what he would most like to be remembered for.

“The concept of the self-regulating Earth, I guess,” he replied, saying he had his NASA career to thank for “stumbled upon” Gaia.

And he was optimistic about the significance of his legacy.

“It is as important, in its own way, as Darwin’s thoughts on evolution,” he said.

“We are both students of this great system that we live in.”

Ripon Unified buys four new electric school buses

Ripon Unified students will soon ride some of the cleanest and quietest school buses in South San Joaquin County.

Ripon Unified School District administrators last week approved the sales agreement with Creative Bus Sales for the acquisition of four electric school buses.

They are still awaiting approval for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s bus replacement program through the California Energy Commission.

This is the grant application submitted last month for four all-new battery-electric buses – described by Creative Bus Sales as “GreenPower 194kwh all-electric, zero-emission 84 passenger school bus, front and rear air suspension, disc brakes pneumatic tires, fully ducted AC system, reversing camera with monitor in the mirror, five-head camera system ”- with the installation of a changing support structure.

Maintenance and operations manager Andy Strickland told the June board meeting that the grant would help replace older diesel buses with clean electric ones. The waiting period was about 60 days, he noted.

Strickland said he will meet with PG&E officials in the coming weeks about the support charging structure needed for the new electric buses.

According to the California Energy Commission’s website, the SJVACD grant is made possible by SB 75 – allocated here $75 million of Proposition 39 money to replace the state’s oldest diesel buses with brand new ones. battery electric buses equipped with the installation of the load carrier structure.

The cost of the four buses — based on the invoice from Creative Bus Sales — is $86,772. This is with grant funding ($1.6 million) subtracted from total sales ($1,686,772).

Administrator Vince Hobbs liked the sound. “Four (new) buses for $86,000,” he said after giving his approval.

Manteca Unified is also considering switching to electric school buses.

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Germany’s “traffic light” coalition government is preparing for a massive overhaul of the current unemployment benefit system, replacing the long-term unemployment benefit Hartz IV with a new “citizen’s allowance” (Burgergeld). Here is what has been announced about the reform so far.

Germany’s unemployment benefit system to be overhauled

Last week, Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil presented his plans to restructure unemployment benefits from January 1 next year. The change will see the controversial Hartz IV unemployment benefit (Arbeitslosengeld II) – which was introduced by the SPD in 2002 – replaced by a new allowance called Burgergeld (citizen’s allowance).

The reform is centered on the idea that the unemployment support system should be fair and encourage people who have lost their jobs to return to work, rather than treating them harshly or even punishing them by reducing their benefits – a practice known as “penalties” under the current system. Factions within the SPD have long worried about this hardline approach, seen by many as contrary to the party’s philosophy of a benevolent welfare state.

“We are replacing basic security with a new citizen income, so that the dignity of the individual is respected and social participation is better promoted,” said the Burgergeld the bill states.

Job seekers will be better treated under the new system

From 1 January 2023, the approximately 3.5 million Hartz IV applicants in Germany will therefore be transferred to the new Burgerld system. Heil’s vision is to create a fairer system where job seekers are treated with more compassion and generosity, allowing them to focus on getting back to work as quickly as possible.

Housing and assets can be excluded from calculations for the first two years

In practical terms, this will entail certain changes in the way a claimant’s assets are treated for the calculation of benefits. For the first 24 months, housing and up to €60,000 in assets will be excluded from the calculations, meaning people won’t have to worry about being asked to use their savings or move house to receive benefits. According to Heil, this should eliminate additional concerns and allow claimants to focus on finding a job.

Students, trainees and school children will also be able to earn up to 520 euros per month in addition to the basic income, without this affecting their eligibility.

Sanctions remain but ‘period of confidence’ applies

On top of that, Heil wants to reform the controversial sanctions system. Currently, anyone who fails to live up to expectations set by the Job Center – for example by attending appointments or applying for recommended jobs – can have their benefits reduced by up to 30% .

The new system will allow beneficiaries to benefit from a six-month “confidence period” when they start receiving Bürgergeld. During this time, payments cannot be cut. After the end of this grace period, sanctions will exist, but the culture around them will be different: appointments at Pôle Emploi will still be compulsory – and sanctions will exist for people who repeatedly miss them – but they should be made more flexible and informal, and therefore easier to attend.

Other changes to the system include creating more opportunities and incentives to pursue education and training. Basic benefit rates are also expected to be increased from 1 January 2023, to reflect the high rate of inflation in Germany.

The bill still needs to be approved by the Bundestag and the Bundesrat

The changes have been welcomed by social organizations in Germany, who say the time has come to overhaul the country’s unfair and outdated unemployment support system.

However, questions and problems still remain open among the partners in the coalition government: the Greens have long called for the total removal of sanctions, while the FDP insists that the principle of solidarity is an essential element of the system. There are also question marks over how the whole system will be funded.

The bill will be submitted to the cabinet in September, before being submitted to the Bundestag and the Bundesrat for final approval. Pending possible modifications, it should come into force from January 2023.

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Israel-Palestine. Reversing “negative trends” is essential, hears the Security Council |


Rising tensions in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and continued settlement activities and settler-related violence continue.

Immediate measures to reverse negative trends and support the Palestinian people are essential“, said Lynn Hastings, UNSCO Deputy Chief, Resident and United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, speaking on behalf of Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland.

“The violence must stop”.

Corrosive situation

For years, illegal settlement expansions in the occupied West Bank have steadily shrunk Palestinian land and eroded prospects for a viable Palestinian state, as violence against civilians fuels mistrust and triggers a growing sense of despair that statehood, sovereignty and a peaceful future are slipping away.

“Three hundred and ninety-nine demolitions and seizures of Palestinian-owned structures and evictions this year have left more than 400 Palestinians displaced,” the UN official said.

Meanwhile, a crumbling Palestinian economy, the lack of intra-Palestinian unity and the urgent need to renew national institutions have also made Israel aware of the dangers of continuing on the current path.

Biden’s visit

Against the disturbing backdrop of endless cycles of violence and a constant risk of escalation – with no end in sight – US President Joe Biden’s visit earlier this month signaled a renewed consensus for a two-state solution based on the 1967 lines, Ms. Hastings said.

For the first time in years, Israeli, Palestinian and American leaders reiterated their support for a two-state solution as essential for Palestinians and Israelis alike.

“We must build on these reaffirmed commitments and work collectively to encourage steps towards a return to a meaningful political process,” she added.

Death and Violence

From clashes to shootings and stabbings throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Resident Coordinator gave examples of violence that killed nearly 300 Palestinians and some Israelis.

She said the bullet used to kill Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh had undergone forensic testing overseen by a senior US security official. However, reviewers “could not come to a definitive conclusion” due to its damaged condition.

After reviewing the results of Israeli and Palestinian investigations into Ms Aqleh’s death, it appeared that firing from Israel Defense Forces (IDF) positions was likely responsible, but “he found no reason to believe that it ‘was intentional,’ Ms. Hastings said.

Evictions and demolitions

Citing a lack of building permits issued by Israel, the demolitions recently displaced 61 Palestinians, including 31 children, with Ms Hastings pointing out that permits are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

And following a ruling by the Israeli High Court of Justice authorizing evictions in the southern West Bank hamlets of Masafer Yatta, Israeli forces have continued to adopt restrictive measures affecting Palestinian communities and humanitarian actors.

“I remain deeply concerned about the potential implications of the High Court’s decision and the humanitarian toll on the communities in question if the eviction orders are carried out,” she said.

Nothing can replace a legitimate political process that will resolve the fundamental issues at the root of the conflict – United Nations Resident Coordinator

Vulnerable in Gaza

With regard to the fragile situation in Gaza, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners continue to provide life-saving assistance and to further ease restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from the Strip.

However, on July 16, militants from the enclave launched four rockets towards Israel. The Israeli army retaliated with airstrikes against what it said were Hamas targets. No injuries were reported on either side.

For the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Israel announced that 400 permits would be issued to men over 55 and women over 50 to visit Jerusalem from Gaza for the first time since 2017.

Legitimate political process necessary

In conclusion, the Deputy Chief of UNSCO warned that if nothing is done, the corrosive situation will only deteriorate further and pleaded for the “ultimate goal” of two states living side by side in peace.

“Nothing can replace a legitimate political process that will resolve the fundamental issues at the root of the conflict,” she said, assuring that the UN “remains committed” to a just and lasting peace and will continue to work with all the parties concerned to achieve this objective.

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Winner of the Red Rose Awards: Serconnect

Winner: New Business Award and Small Business Award

About Us

Serconnect is an independent connection provider registered with the National Electricity Scheme.

We provide a fully managed turnkey service for the design and installation of low voltage electrical infrastructure up to 11kV.

We specialize in the installation of substations, including cabling and necessary civil works, for electric vehicle charging banks, new industrial estates and residential developments.

Our achievements

Since our inception two years ago, we have grown to 18 employees and won major framework contracts covering nationwide substation maintenance and power outages in the North West.

We are also fast becoming the North West’s leading substation installer with a strong 2022/2023 backlog for installation projects that help prepare the country’s infrastructure to go all-electric by 2030.

What the judges said

“Born out of necessity during the pandemic and funded by savings, Serconnect demonstrates strong leadership, ambition and vision with growth results to match.

“The company has succeeded in adversity while continuing to invest in the company and its employees.

“A down-to-earth approach, backed by experience, has given Serconnect the edge in winning quality work as well as recruiting and retaining staff.”

And after

Our company is in the process of tendering for additional frame contracts as well as building a sales team to secure further source substation installation work.

We are also putting in place plans to build a civil engineering branch in order to fully internalize the excavation and rehabilitation works.


MLBPA rejects MLB’s draft international proposal



The Major League Baseball Players Association did not accept MLB’s proposal for an international draft on Monday, which means the qualification offer system so hated by high-end free agents will remain in place – at least for the moment.

If players had accepted a draft to replace the free-for-all signing of young players that exists in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and elsewhere, teams would no longer be penalized with a draft pick for signing a top free agent, according to the players. limits the number of marquee free agent contenders each offseason.

Representatives of team owners and union leaders have repeatedly traded proposals for an international draft in recent weeks, though the discrepancy in the amount of money MLB was offering to commit to paying players in a potential draft ($191 million in bonus pools) was far less than what the union had said it wanted ($260 million), according to people familiar with the proposals. On Sunday, MLB representatives sent the union what they described as a “final” proposal, a take-it-or-leave-it offer falling within Monday’s deadline. The players did not accept it.

“Basically, each of our proposals was focused on protecting against the scenario all players fear most – the erosion of our game on the world stage, with international players becoming the latest victim of baseball’s prioritization. to efficiency rather than fundamental fairness,” the MLBPA said in a statement. “The League’s responses fell far short of anything the players could consider a fair deal.”

Union management informed their player representatives of the offer on Sunday and informed them that they did not believe the proposal was acceptable, according to people familiar with the situation.

MLB officials argue their draft proposal, which would create new barriers to backroom deals and secure millions in signing bonuses under the new structure, is better than the status quo. They cite the $191 million in guaranteed premiums in their proposal, more than is currently spent in the international system, as evidence of this.

The international draft emerged as a talking point this offseason as negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement dragged on, threatening the season. As the lockout continued, the question of whether to implement an international scheme – which MLB says will address endemic corruption in the supply structures of Latin American players and some members of the union fears limit the choice and earning potential of young players – became a sticking point that threatened to prolong it indefinitely.

So as part of the final deal, the parties agreed to postpone the issue of a draft until Monday, when the union could agree to implement one and get rid of the qualifying offer system. for the next five years. If a team makes a one-year, fixed-price qualifying offer to a top-tier free agent and that free agent signs elsewhere, the team that signs it loses a draft pick and the team that loses it in won a. For now, this system will remain in place until the CBA expires after the 2026 season.

Union leaders felt that MLB’s proposal for a draft was not in the realm of acceptability. And unlike the lockout negotiations, which often wandered late into the night and ran over deadlines, this negotiation ended with a firm no by mid-afternoon.

Tony Clark, executive director of the players’ union, made it clear in an interview with reporters last week that his staff had gathered a substantial amount of player feedback on the matter and that he felt his players were well informed. on the nuances of the problem. He also said the players were open to other options to fight corruption besides a draft, though those options weren’t discussed much in negotiations with MLB.

“There hasn’t been a lot of interest in having this conversation so far. It’s just been rough, rough, rough without focusing too much on the other things that can be done,” Clark said at the time. “…We remain committed to resolving these issues, but we don’t necessarily agree that draft, draft, draft is the best or only way to do it.”

Clark and MLB officials seem to agree that corruption undermines the current signing system by favoring early deals for teenagers and allowing local coaches to funnel players to certain teams for financial gain. But the syndicate remains wary of any owner-led attempt to implement more structure in the player supply process, lest a slot-based bonus system eventually be used. to limit the earning potential, not to expand it.

Some foreign-born players have expressed concern over a draft, saying it would limit a young player’s ability to choose which team and which people will be responsible for transitioning to a new country at a young age . Other players have been more supportive of the concept of curbing corruption, although it remains to be seen to what extent a new draft might do so.

Pitching the fate of top free agents against young Latino players was a bargaining tactic used by the MLB team to stymie the union: For some players, the fate of the international system is far more personal than others. For other players, the qualification offer seems more pressing.

“[The qualifying offer] continues to have a negative effect on the market for these players. While I’m standing here, I’d like to remove it, knowing that the advantage for players who would otherwise have this qualifying offer would be enhanced,” Clark said. “[That] does not mean that we are going to mortgage the future of international players and the next generation that comes behind just to take it away. We want to move it. We promise to remove it. But we are not going to do this at the cost of further damage to the international market.

DXP Enterprises Announces Amen – GuruFocus.com

DXP Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: DXPE) today announced that on July 19, 2022, DXP ​​Enterprises, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement (the “ABL Credit Agreement”) by and between the Company, certain of the Company’s US subsidiaries, as borrowers, certain of the Company’s Canadian subsidiaries, as borrowers, with Bank of America, NA, as agent.

The ABL Credit Agreement provides for asset-based revolving loans (the “ABL Loans”) in an aggregate principal amount of up to $135.0 million, with a maximum of $125.0 million to be made available. available to U.S. borrowers (the “U.S. ABL Facility”) and up to $10.0 million to be made available to Canadian borrowers (the “Canadian ABL Facility” and, together with the U.S. ABL Facility, the ABL”). The ABL Credit Agreement amends and restates the Loan and Guarantee Agreement dated August 29, 2017. Subject to the terms set forth in the ABL Credit Agreement, the ABL Facility may be increased to a total of 50, $0 million, in minimum increments. of $10.0 million. The ABL facility matures on July 19, 2027.

David R. Little, President and CEO, said, “We are pleased with the continued support of our lenders. As we navigate changing market conditions, this amendment maintains the liquidity and flexibility of our capital structure as we continue to execute our strategy and fund both working capital and acquisition growth. We plan to maintain liquidity and flexibility while pursuing our growth opportunities and reinvesting in the business.

Kent Yee, Chief Financial Officer, added, “We have an extremely supportive set of ABL lenders and appreciate their willingness to partner with DXP to create stakeholder value. Our capital allocation strategy at this stage of the cycle includes a combination of financing growth and applying any excess cash flow to debt service, if applicable. As today’s environment continues to evolve and remain dynamic, we are comfortable with the sustainability of our financial performance and supporting capital structure while pursuing our organic and inorganic growth plans. .

About DXP Enterprises, Inc.

DXP Enterprises, Inc. is a leading distributor of products and services that adds value and total savings solutions to industrial customers in the United States, Canada and Dubai. DXP provides innovative pumping solutions, supply chain services, and maintenance, repair, operations, and production (“MROP”) services that emphasize and utilize the extensive product knowledge and DXP’s technical expertise in rotating equipment, bearings, power transmission, metalworking, industrial supplies and safety. products and services. The breadth of DXP’s MROP products and service solutions allows DXP to be flexible and customer-focused, creating competitive advantages for our customers. DXP’s business segments include Service Centers, Innovative Pumping Solutions and Supply Chain Services. For more information, visit www.dxpe.com.

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for forward-looking statements. Certain information contained in this press release (as well as information contained in oral or other written statements made or to be made by the Company) contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those regarding the Company’s expectations regarding the impact of low oil and gas commodity prices; the Company’s expectations regarding the filing of Form 10-Q; description of expected changes in the Company’s consolidated balance sheet and results of operations and the Company’s assessment of the impact of such expected changes; the business of the Company, the future profitability of the Company, its cash flows, its liquidity and its growth. This forward-looking information involves significant risks and uncertainties that could materially affect expected results in the future; and accordingly, these results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to; lower oil and natural gas prices; declines in oil and natural gas industry expense levels, which may result from lower oil and natural gas prices or other factors; the failure of the Company or its independent auditors to complete the work necessary to file the Form 10-Q, within the required timeframes; unanticipated changes in the Company’s results of operations in Form 10-Q as filed or in connection with prior periods, including with respect to the anticipated changes noted herein; the unforeseen impact of such changes and its materiality; ability to obtain necessary capital, dependence on existing management, leverage and debt servicing, domestic or global economic conditions, economic risks related to the impact of COVID-19, ability to manage changes and the continued health or availability of management personnel; and changes in customer preferences and attitudes. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as, but not limited to, “may”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “goal” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or any other comparable terminology. For more information, see the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Further information about these risks and other potential factors that could affect the Company’s business and financial results are included in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including in the sections “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of the most recent periodic reports filed by the Company on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and subsequent filings. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

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Even in California, crisis pregnancy centers play a key role


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Angela Jozwicki, of Centereach, NY, and her son Cameryn pose for a portrait in 2018. Jozwicki received support from Soundview Pregnancy Services at Centereach when she delivered Cameryn.  The Crisis Pregnancy Centers have sparked political debate, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has said she wants the Crisis Pregnancy Centers closed.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Angela Jozwicki, of Centereach, NY, and her son Cameryn pose for a portrait in 2018. Jozwicki received support from Soundview Pregnancy Services at Centereach when she delivered Cameryn. The Crisis Pregnancy Centers have sparked political debate, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has said she wants the Crisis Pregnancy Centers closed. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said that she wants all the crisis pregnancy centers in the country closed and that she has introduced legislation that she hopes to achieve this goal.

“These emergency pregnancy centers that are there to deceive people looking to terminate their pregnancies are three times more numerous than real abortion clinics,” Warren said. “We need to shut them down here in Massachusetts, and we need to shut them down across the country.”

Are we really so easily fooled that we can’t tell the difference between a clinic that performs abortions and one that doesn’t? I believe women who say this is what happened to thembut it is not true that this is how all these places operate.

And whatever your vision of the right to abortion, for a person without resources who wants to carry their baby to term but who needs all the help possible, the closure of these clinics would be a real loss.

Because just like Planned Parenthood and other clinics that perform abortions provide services that crisis pregnancy centers do not, the reverse is also true. Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, California was chosen as the destination for the abortion. But in Sacramento and across the state, poor women who have decided to continue with their pregnancies still need the kind of help that clinics that perform abortions don’t provide.

At Sacramento Life Center, which opened 50 years ago, “we get referrals from Planned Parenthood,” says executive director Marie Leatherby, “because we’re filling a gap that they’re not filling.” According to its database, five patients said they were referred by Planned Parenthood in the past two years.

Andrew Adams, chief of staff for Mar Monte family planning, say no, that never happens. “This is categorically false. We would never refer someone to an emergency pregnancy center. They would have gone there on their own.

I don’t see how he can know that no clinic employee ever told a client she could get a free ultrasound or a crib across town, but it’s true that I only heard that of those who work for clinics that do not perform abortions.

Heidi Matzke, Executive Director of Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Sacramento, told a recent US Senate hearing on abortion access, “Ironically, where we are in Sacramento, California, Planned Parenthood actually sends patients to us. … The fact that Planned Parenthood sees the value in who we are and what we offer women is important for everyone here to understand. Later, in an email, she said: ‘Since January, 16 people have checked a box on their intake form indicating that they heard about us from PP.’

At Claris Health in Los Angeles, a nonprofit community clinic specializing in pregnancy loss, adoption, and post-abortion care, CEO Talitha Phillips says, “We get referrals from several abortion providers in our region. We received reference sheets.

Sometimes, she says, “it’s because we provide the service for free” that other clinics charge. Other times, she says, clients come in for an ultrasound “to see if the pregnancy is viable and then decide whether or not to terminate it. Some people don’t want to do that the same day” as a layoff.

“I never found out if the superiors were okay with that,” Leatherby said of those references. But it doesn’t surprise her at all that some frontline Planned Parenthood counselors refer women to her they can’t help because “most of them are compassionate people” – her pro-choice counterparts, wants she say – “and are just interested in helping women, just like us.

Not All Crisis Pregnancy Centers Are The Same

So what exactly does Sacramento Life fill?

A fully licensed and accredited medical clinic, it enrolls clients for Medical and WIC and finds them doctors, including paediatricians, for ongoing care. It is non-religious and does not proselytize, but offers prenatal vitamins and care, parenting classes, fatherhood mentors for men, big ticket items such as strollers, car seats and cribs, as well as a monthly supply of diapers, baby food and clothing for two years. It’s all free – paid for through private donations.

The Claris site clarifies what it does not do: “To be clear, Claris does not perform abortions..” The Alternatives Pregnancy Center site doesn’t say that, but lists “abortion pill reversal” and “post-abortion recovery classes” among its services, which seems like a pretty direct message.

Sacramento Life does not mention abortion at all on its website, but states, “Ensuring that every pregnant woman has the resources and support she needs to give birth and raise her child in a loving home is our goal. unshakeable. Her clinic and others also help trans couples and see men for STD tests, she said. “We take everyone.”

Some people still call or come in thinking Sacramento Life performs abortions, says Leatherby, who before taking that job a decade ago sold real estate. But “we are very frank. We don’t “trick” women into coming. I disagree with clinics that would ever do that.

But then, she adds, not all of the places we might consider crisis pregnancy centers are the same: “There are good restaurants and bad restaurants.”

Phillips, of Claris Health, also made this point: “We’re very transparent when people call, but there are other organizations I’ve seen that might come across as more manipulative.”

The umbrella term “crisis pregnancy center” can refer to two grandmothers handing out blankets and counseling, or to an actual medical clinic.

Claris even dismisses the name “crisis pregnancy center,” which Phillips says “has been used to target organizations.” She says her organization has rejected that label from both the right and the left: “It’s not just the pro-choice side but the pro-life side saying, ‘We’re going to decide who you are.’ ”

Although Claris also rejects the “pro-life” label – “we steer clear of all political terms” – she has had anti-abortion groups refuse to remove Claris from their list. And his organization was disinvited from a planned visit to the college campus with a mobile clinic that was only going to offer free pap smears.

Repeat Sacramento Life client Kristen Marshall, 35, who lives in Carmichael, told me the counselors there are like family to her, helping her through a total of 10 pregnancies since the day she saw their phone number on their mobile. van 15 years ago.

“Growing up in foster care, I never had any mothering or support system,” and this program has been that for her, she said, through the birth of her three children, six miscarriages and one abortion, which she suffered during an abusive period. relationship, shortly after the birth of a child with serious physical problems.

She mentioned Sacramento Life counselors pressured her on one front, strongly urging her to get a coronavirus shot. But “I have their support whatever I decide to do. It’s your body. It’s up to you. I feel like they’re pro-life, but I know I’m not going to be judged there. Some other programs require you to take certain courses to get certain benefits. They don’t do that.

This is an explosive time for abortion clinics and crisis pregnancy centers, and attacks on either are inexcusable either way. If calling abortion doctors murderers can lead to violence, and of course it can, and has, then how do you call crisis pregnancy centers “fake clinics” that exist to deceive? vulnerable people not carry the same risk?

Matzke, of Alternatives Pregnancy, testified during the Senate hearing that she saw the man who came to the door of the clinic with a machete early one recent morning, before a security guard pulled him spooks, as part of the post-Roe spate of attacks on clinics. like his. She sees the woman who tried to get away with the clinic’s mobile van several weeks ago under the same light.

Times and crimes being what they are, these incidents may have nothing to do with abortion. But of course she would fear that they were related, given the many documented attacks that happened across the country. And that his clinic recently spent $150,000 on increasing security rather than services for those in need is something we should all be able to consider worse than a waste.

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Melinda Henneberger is the local columnist for The Sacramento Bee. She has covered crime, local and state government, hospitals, social services, prisons and national politics. For 10 years she was a reporter for The New York Times in New York, Washington, DC and Rome. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2022, was a Pulitzer Finalist for Commentary in 2021, for Editorial Writing in 2020, and for Commentary in 2019. She received the Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Writing for columns of the News Leaders Association in 2022 and 2019. , as well as the Scripps Howard Walker Stone Award for Opinion Writing in 2018.

The 6 Essential Nutrients for Maintaining Optimal Health


Essential nutrients are compounds that the body cannot manufacture or cannot produce in sufficient quantities. They are essential for disease prevention, growth and overall health.

Essential nutrients can come from food or any food source to maintain optimal health, says HealthCanal. Although there are many essential nutrients, they are divided into two categories: macronutrients (nutrients needed in large amounts) and micronutrients (nutrients needed in small doses).

So the next time you will be asked what the six essential nutrients are. You know that the six essential nutrients include vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, water and carbohydrates. Keep reading below to learn more about these nutrients.

6 essential nutrients: what are they and why do you need them?

Since there are two categories of essential nutrients, let’s start first with essential micronutrients, which include vitamins and minerals.


Vitamins are essential for keeping the immune system healthy. The body needs vitamins to support its functions. There are 13 essential vitamins that wellness professionals divide into two groups:

  • Fat-soluble vitamins: Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K
  • Water-soluble vitamins: Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Vitamin B7 (biotin), Vitamin B9 (folate), Vitamin B12 (cobalamin ) and vitamin C.

Vitamins provide a wide range of health benefits, such as:

  • Boost the immune system
  • Strengthen bones and teeth
  • Maintain healthy skin
  • Support healthy blood pressure
  • Help nervous system functions

Generally, you can get all the vitamins when you eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. So if you eat less fruits and vegetables, you may need to take some vitamin supplements to avoid a deficiency.


Minerals are the second type of micronutrients, and there are two groups: major minerals and trace elements. The body needs a balance of minerals from both groups to achieve good health.

The main minerals include:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Sodium
  • Sulfur
  • Chloride
  • Potassium

The main minerals help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails and aid in muscle contraction. They also contribute to proper fluid balance, nerve transmission and blood pressure regulation.

In the meantime, here are the trace elements:

  • The iron
  • Selenium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Chromium
  • Iodine
  • Fluoride
  • Molybdenum

These minerals help red blood cells carry nutrients and oxygen to various vital organs, strengthen bones, prevent tooth decay and support the proper functioning of the immune system.

A person can ensure they have enough minerals by including these foods in their diet:

  • Leafy greens
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Seafood
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Egg yolks
  • Whole grains
  • Beans and legumes
  • Red meats

However, it is best to understand that not everyone has access to fresh produce. Therefore, you can get it from dietary supplements to get enough minerals.


Protein is an essential nutrient that every cell in the body needs to function properly. It is made up of different essential amino acids that can only come from food. However, you don’t need to eat all of the amino acids at once since your body can create complete protein from different protein food groups like red meat, poultry, fish, beans, and legumes. and dairy products.

If you don’t have access to protein or follow a vegan diet, protein sources from processed foods shouldn’t be your last resort. You can get it from protein supplements like protein powder instead or other plant foods.

Proteins are primarily responsible for growth, health, and bodily functions, such as the development of bones, hair, skin, antibodies, hormones, cells, and tissues. It also helps strengthen teeth.


Fat is always associated with poor health. However, a person needs healthy fats to stay healthy. Yes, fat is high in calories, but calories are an important source of energy for the body.

Take note that it is only essential to consume healthy fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. So, limit the consumption of saturated and trans fats.

Healthy fats in your diet can help balance blood sugar, reduce the risk of heart disease and improve brain function. They are responsible for wound healing and blood clotting.

The best known unsaturated fats are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which must be included in a healthy diet. Unsaturated fats are essential for the body because they provide essential fatty acids that your body cannot manufacture.

You can find these healthy fats in nuts, seeds, fish, and vegetable oils like avocado, olive, and flaxseed.


Carbohydrates are essential to the body because they are sugars or starches that provide energy to the body’s tissues and cells.

There are two different types of carbohydrates: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. People should limit their intake of simple carbohydrates like pasta, white bread, and rice because they can increase body weight.

Meanwhile, the body needs complex carbohydrates to support digestive function, the nervous system, brain function, and the immune system. You can find complex carbs in brown rice, quinoa, vegetables, fruits, or barley.

People who want to lose weight should avoid starchy foods like potatoes, corn, and peas. They cause weight gain because they contain a lot of sugars which can raise glucose levels.


Water is probably the most important nutrient a person needs. A person can only survive a few days without drinking water. Mild dehydration can cause headaches, thus affecting physical and mental functioning.

The human body is mostly made up of water because every cell needs water to function. Water contributes to different bodily functions, such as the transport of nutrients, the regulation of water balance and body temperature, the prevention of constipation and hydration.

The best source of water to drink is unsweetened tap or bottled water. For people who don’t like the taste of plain water, they can add a squeeze of lemon or some citrus.

Nutrient Intake Recommendations

When taking these nutrients, it is best to consume just the right amount, as a little or too much of anything can be dangerous. Therefore, here are the dietary guidelines to follow for each nutrient intake.

Vitamins & Minerals

here is the recommended nutrient intake some important vitamins and minerals for adults 19 and older:

  • Calcium: 1000 mg/day
  • Chloride: 2300 mg/day
  • Vitamin B complex: 425 to 550 mg/day
  • Copper: 900 micrograms/day
  • Fluorine: 3-4 mg/day
  • Folic acid: 400 micrograms/day
  • Iodine: 150 micrograms/day
  • Iron: 8-18 mg/day
  • Magnesium: 300-400 mg/day
  • Manganese: 1.8-2.3 mg/day
  • Phosphorus: 700 mg/day
  • Selenium: 55 micrograms/day
  • Sodium: 1500 mg/day
  • Zinc: 8-11 mg/day
  • Vitamin A: 700-900 micrograms/day
  • Vitamin B3: 14-16 mg/day
  • Vitamin B6: 1.3-1.7 mg/day
  • Vitamin C: 75-90 mg/day
  • Vitamin D: 600-800 IU/day
  • Vitamin E: 22.4 IU/day


If you’re at a healthy weight, aim for 0.36 to 0.6 grams per pound (0.8 to 1.3 grams per kg). This equates to 56-91 grams per day for the average male and 46-75 grams for the average female.


The Dietary Reference Intake of fat for adults is 20-35% of total calories from fat. That’s about 44 to 77 grams of fat per day if you eat 2,000 calories per day.


The dietary guidelines because carbohydrates make up 45-65% of total daily calories. So, if you’re consuming 2,000 calories a day, the carb intake should be around 900 to 1,300 calories. This means 225 to 325 grams of carbs per day.


For optimal health, a person should consume all six types of essential nutrients. These nutrients support different bodily functions, including growth, disease prevention, and immune functions.

In general, proteins, carbohydrates and fats are the body’s fuel source. Meanwhile, vitamins, minerals, and water are essential for metabolism and the proper utilization of these nutrients.

Since there are a variety of nutrients the body needs, people with digestive issues who take certain medications or have other conditions may need special support to help them get essential nutrients from the body.

But before you do that, you might want to consult with a dietitian to discuss your nutritional intake before taking supplements.

Net-zero doubles for top 200 companies, but investors want more details

Pressure has grown on companies around the world to improve climate reporting standards. Last year, the International Sustainability Standards Board was launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). The advice aims to produce the new global standard to replace a confusing mix of disclosure practices that some companies use to assess the impact of climate change.

In March, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced a plan to require publicly traded companies to disclose climate-related risks to their businesses.

The proposal draws on the approach of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), an international framework used by thousands of companies in 92 countries with a combined market capitalization of $27.2 trillion.

The ACSI report found that 103 ASX 200 companies are adopting and disclosing the framework, up from 11 companies in 2017 when it was created.

Davidson said TCFD reports were the global standard and the board wanted them to be mandatory in Australia, to make it easier for investors to assess the merits of a company’s disclosures.


She also said investors and stakeholders increasingly expect companies to have decarbonization targets aligned with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, rather than keeping it well below 2 degrees.

“I think investors expect all companies to stress test their businesses against a 1.5 degree scenario…and yet we found that only a small number, I think a little less than 40 companies, used this model. From our perspective, that means their stress testing is inadequate if they’re not looking at 1.5 degrees,” she said.

Transitioning into an Australian setting also required a lot of focus, Davidson said.

“We are seeing international companies reporting at much higher levels of detail on how they are approaching this process than what we are still seeing in Australia.”

ACSI did not identify underperforming companies in the report, but Davidson said they would engage with those that need to improve.

“It’s an economic reality now. Nobody says, “I believe in climate change or I don’t believe in climate change anymore.” It is now an economic reality and companies that have not succeeded will not survive.

In Australia, regulators have shown growing interest in ESG-related disclosures by fund managers and companies, warning that those who falsely promote their green credentials – “greenwashing” – will face a crackdown.

On Friday, the Australasian Center for Corporate Responsibility accused oil and gas producer Woodside of overestimating greenhouse gas emissions, allowing it to claim cuts that did not exist, for its proposal to extend the North West Shelf project to 2070.

Keona Blanks: Education based on Aina is the path to a sustainable future


“Nail! Sail the jib now!

I grabbed the rope and pulled it back with all my might, my whole body forming a sharp angle with the Hikianalia deck as the turquoise sea off Sand Island roared below.

It was the fourth hour of our day trip, and the sun was beating down on the breathless crew. I skillfully tied the rope to the bridge with a knot that I barely grasped in class.

The Voyage Crew Member Training Program I registered as a member of Na Kelamoku is part of a shift toward place-based experiential education led by nonprofit organizations, public-private partnerships, and public and private schools.

Nā Kelamoku is the youth leadership initiative of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, a Hawaiian nonprofit organization established to research and perpetuate traditional Polynesian ways of travel. The results indicate that these programs had a positive impact on student outcomes, especially for Native Hawaiians.

Aina-based education, as it is known, is broadly defined as “teaching and learning through ‘āina so that our peoples, communities, and lands prosper,” Brandon Ledward writes in “Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Wellness(Kamehameha Editions, 2019).

“‘Āina refers to land, sea and air – all that nourishes and sustains us,” Ledward explains.

My experience on Hikianalia has led me to speak with an array of Hawaii-based educators to learn more about how it inspires students to steer Hawaii toward a sustainable future.

“An Absolute Kuleana”

Many educators believe it is the responsibility of visitors and non-Hawaiian residents to engage in this work.

“If you’re going to teach here, if you’re going to work here, if you’re going to live in Hawaii, it’s an absolute kuleana (responsibility) to be connected to aina stewardship,” said Sandy Ward, a retiree. public school teacher with 37 years of field teaching experience and executive director of Malama Pu‘uloaan Oahu non-profit organization working to restore Pu’uloa (Pearl Harbor).

It’s not a new concept in Hawaii. The Kupuna (ancestors) used their experiences with the land for centuries to develop complex sustainable living systems long before contact with the West.

Educators believe Hawaii’s public school system is finally catching up.

Across the state, schools, complex areas, state offices and community organizations are modeling HĀ: Nā Hopena A’o, a pilot program launched by the Ministry of Education in 2016 that works with community organizations on a holistic approach to education. In their first year, 19 pilot HĀ (breathing) schools and 21 community organizations participated in the program.

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Mālama Pu’uloa Superintendent Sandy Ward leads the leadership team at James Campbell High School in a leadership launch based on the HĀ:Nā Hopena A’o principles. Keona Blanks/Civil Beat/2022

The DOE is working with Hawaii Green Growth, a public-private partnership committed to advancing economic, social, and environmental goals, on the program.

The partnership is also challenge schools and communities to increase school-community partnerships for aina-based stewardship through 2030.

On the island of Hawaii, Kehaulani Marshall watched Kanu O ka’ Āina Charter SchoolThe hands-on, culturally relevant approach to Special Education transforms students with physical and behavioral challenges.

“They would start working with us, and it would all go away,” said Marshall, co-founder of the accredited public charter school. “They found a niche where they could be contributors.”

Marshall recalls working with a high school freshman who barely read at the third-grade level. But in just one year, the school had him reading at the college level.

“But the program is nothing we created,” she added. “It was just about bringing the culture and connecting the students to aina.”

When Kamehameha schools heard about the school’s “Education with Aloha” program, the first of its kind, they immediately jumped on it and tried to formalize it, Marshall recalls.

After conducting research by Shawn KanaiupuniDirector of Public Education Support for Kamehameha Schools at the time, the school proved that the framework is a valid method to incorporate into education.

“Building Relationships First”

Around the same time, the DOE prescribed rigor, relevance, and relationships as key ingredients in the education formula for the K-12 system.

“These are great components, but they had it upside down,” said Herb Lee Jr., executive director of the Pacific American Foundation. “You have to start by building relationships first – between people, between place, family, community.”

Educators from the MEd CS STEMS² program on a field visit to the village of Palehua to learn how to create earth-based STEM programs. Offered by the University of Hawaii Manoa, the program is designed for educators who want to engage students in on-site and experiential learning. Keona Blanks/Civil Beat/2022

But the shift to aina-based education is not limited to schools. There has also been an increase in the number of nonprofits prioritizing place-based learning.

Kupu, for example, is an Oahu nonprofit with a dual mission of preserving the earth while empowering youth. Its goal is to inspire students to care about the community and the world around them, pursue higher education in a related field, and develop their workforce potential.

“In addition to all of its wonderful educational and career outcomes, AINA-based education gives students purpose, which is so important to Hawaii’s growth and future,” said John Leong, CEO of Kupu.

Leong has seen Kupu alumni start their own nonprofits or work for state and federal agencies that focus on engaging the next generation of malama (to care for) aina-based work. He also visited Aina-based organizations where Kupu alumni make up 50-60% of their staff.

Identity recovery

Lee, who has served as executive director of the Pacific American Foundation since 2005, recalls the late 1990s when culture-based education — the term at the time — was considered less intellectually demanding.

But case study after case study has proven otherwise. In recent decades, studies have emerged examine the impact culture-based education on student achievement and social-emotional development.

Mahina Kaomea, former participant of Kauluakalanaa Kailua-based nonprofit, learned to see ahupuaa (division of land) in a new way through the program’s commitment to education, cultural revitalization, and reclaiming the land. ‘identify.

“Through the moolelo (stories) we learned, remembering place names, planting kalo and preparing traditional dishes, the program really awakened in me an awareness that there is a place for Kanaka (Natives Hawaiians) here in Kailua,” she said.

Now an educator in the program, Kaomea strives to inspire her students to realize their own sense of belonging by remembering their stories and stories.

“I hope they start to see beneath the surface of Kailua, beneath the way colonization likes to tell us that there is no more room for native culture, practices and plants here,” a- she added.

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Ward explains the importance of remembering and using traditional place names to connect students to the land when launching JCHS leadership. Courtesy of Visionize Media

Feeding our future

Food security is another objective of education based on the aina.

On a chain of islands that passes up to $3 billion a year imports more than 80% of its foodLee stresses the importance of an education system that connects people to the land as a way to increase Hawaii’s food security.

“Reconnecting with the land will allow us to understand how we can feed ourselves again,” explained Lee, whose work involved restoring one of Hawaii’s few remaining fish ponds, the Waikalua Loko Iʻa in Kaneohe.

“My pond is now an opportunity for people to combine indigenous wisdom with science and technology, because we need all of that to solve the problem of food sustainability on the islands,” he said.

Lee hopes Hawaii can increase its ability to sustain itself to at least 50%.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society sums up the concept in a beautifully simple analogy: on a canoe, food, water and plants are in short supply and therefore maintained with great care. We also have to take care of our resources in Hawaii.

Education based on Aina is the first step towards developing leaders who embody this framework and can ensure a sustainable future for the islands.

Russian-Ukrainian War News: Live Updates

Credit…Brendan Hoffman for The New York Times

ODESA, Ukraine – A series of explosions rocked the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa on Saturday, hitting one of the country’s most important ports less than 24 hours after an agreement was signed to securing the transit of millions of tons of grain through the Black Sea routes.

The strikes risk undermining the agreement to facilitate the shipment of grain from Ukraine, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, before the deal can even be implemented. The deal was seen as key to bolstering global supplies after a sharp drop in Ukrainian grain exports raised fears of food shortages in poorer countries.

Ukraine’s Southern Military Command said on Saturday that Russian forces fired four Kalibr cruise missiles at Odessa. “Two rockets were shot down by the air defense forces, two port infrastructures hit,” he wrote in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

The condemnation of Ukraine was swift. Oleg Nikolenko, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman, said on Facebook that with the strikes, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin “spit in the face” of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. after the two “exerted enormous efforts to reach this agreement”.

The shockwave from the missiles hitting the port could be felt miles away, although it’s unclear exactly where they hit. The huge port stretches for miles along the Black Sea coast of Odessa with towering silver grain silos clustered in several different locations.

It was unclear what the strikes were targeting and whether any grain infrastructure had been affected. Russia may not technically have breached the deal because it has not pledged to avoid attacking parts of Ukrainian ports that are not directly used for grain exports, according to a senior official. the UN.

But the damage appeared extensive and Mykola Solskyi, the country’s agriculture minister, said the strikes would affect Ukraine’s efforts to export grain.

“If you attack one port, you attack everything,” he said in a phone interview. “You use a lot of the same infrastructure for oil, for grain. It impacts everything – no matter what you hit.

Mr Solskyi added that some of the destroyed infrastructure was “important for the processing of all imports”, but said Ukraine would proceed as if the grain agreement would continue to be in force.

“We understand that we still have a war with Russia,” he said. “Our deal was with the United Nations and Turkey, not with Russia.”

The strike on Odessa is part of a broader shift in the center of gravity of the fighting in recent weeks from eastern Ukraine to the south of the country. Russian and Ukrainian forces both launched strikes with long-range weapons in the south on Saturday night, apparently targeting supply lines and anti-aircraft weapons behind front lines on both sides.

Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, said Russian strikes caused 10 explosions in Odessa and strikes on the port caused a fire.

“This is how Russia fulfills its responsibility to ensure the safety of Ukrainian grain exports,” he wrote on his public channel on the social media app Telegram. “Now not only the West but China and other countries that Putin was counting on to relieve sanctions pressure know that you cannot trust Putin at all, not one bit,” he added. .

On Friday, Biden administration officials expressed skepticism that Russia would follow through on its commitments to allow safe passage of ships through the Black Sea.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Fontelles condemned the strikes on Saturday, say on twitter that “hitting a crucial grain export target one day after the signing of the Istanbul Accords is particularly reprehensible and again demonstrates Russia’s utter disregard for international law and commitments”.

Since the start of the war on February 24, the port of Odessa, where the missiles hit, has been frozen in time. Steel crates remain stacked on the loading docks, ready to be shipped, and multicolored cranes lie motionless like huge sleeping birds.

In the port of Odessa, as well as in the five other major ports in the region, 68 ships are blocked, along with some of their crew members, said Dmytro Barinov, deputy director of the Ukrainian Seaports Authority. The port authority provided the sailors with food and allowed them access to the port’s bomb shelters when the air raid siren sounded, he said.

In return, they continue to maintain the ships.

“You can’t leave a ship alone,” Mr Barinov said. “You have to maintain it.

Canadian cannabis stocks fall as analysts question fate of US decriminalization bill in Senate

Workers produce medical marijuana at Canopy Growth Corporation’s Tweed plant in Smiths Falls, Ont., February 12, 2018.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

Canadian cannabis stock prices fell this week as analysts reiterated doubts that a sweeping US legalization bill introduced on Thursday would pass the Senate.

Since the market opened on Thursday, the stock price of Canopy Growth Corp. WEED-T fell 18.07% and Aurora Cannabis Inc. ACB-T stock fell 15.81%. The TSX/S&P Composite Index rose 0.11% over the same period.

The drop follows several days of price growth earlier in the week in anticipation of the proposed legislation, known as the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. If passed, it would remove cannabis from the US Controlled Substances Act and lay the groundwork for Canadian cannabis companies to make inroads into US markets. The bill seeks to decriminalize pot in the United States and allow states to set their own laws governing its distribution.

The Senate has already rejected a series of previous attempts to introduce a legal and financial framework for cannabis. While experts say this latest version of the bill – a revised version of a draft introduced last year – is unlikely to pass, they largely agree that, as with previous attempts to legalize cannabis, each attempt moves the needle.

In a note to investors, LP stock analyst Pablo Zuanic Cantor Fitzgerald said the company doubts the bill, proposed by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, will get the required 60 votes in the Senate. He joined a number of other analysts in casting doubts on the existence of adequate bipartisan support. Jaret Seiberg of US investment bank Cowen Inc. called the bill “dead on arrival”.

But Mr Zuanic wrote that the bill, even if defeated, could lead to narrower legislation later this year.

The proposed legislation is extensive. In addition to requiring the Department of Justice to declassify cannabis as an illegal drug, it would create a regulatory framework that would extend to the United States Food and Drug Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

A particular sticking point for the bill is its call to overturn cannabis-related criminal convictions — historically a hard sell among Republicans.

It’s the first cannabis bill to bring all of these elements together, said Charlie Bowman, interim chairman and chief executive of Canadian cannabis producer Hexo Corp. HEXO-T, based in North Carolina. As a result, he said, he hopes the legislation will pass.

The bill’s sponsors, he said, appear to have learned a lesson from Canada’s experience with legalization, in which companies raised prodigious capital to grow rapidly and then had to downsize. to stay afloat. The bill outlines a plan for excise taxes – which are applied at the point of manufacture rather than retail – that would set the rate for large businesses at 25% of the value of the product. (In Canada, the duty is set at a fixed price of $1 per gram.) According to Bowman, this could have a dampening effect on business expansion.

Miguel Martin, general manager of Aurora Cannabis, said in an email that the bill’s introduction is a step in the right direction toward decriminalization and social justice reform.

“While it’s unlikely to pass the Senate, we’re optimistic it sets the tone for comprehensive legislation in the future,” he said.

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A look at employer housing projects, local housing advocacy and state funding for affordable housing

Employers invest in housing for their workers; an initiative advocating “abundant housing” in Traverse City; a new state program that will help fund affordable housing projects. These are some of the latest developments in Traverse City’s ongoing conversation about housing availability and affordability. Here’s a look at those elements and how they could help address one of the region’s biggest challenges.

Employee housing
Last week, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa announced that it was opening a new employee housing building. According to general manager Matthew Bryant, the new units are aimed at the international workforce. For years, the resort has relied on the H-2B and J-1 visa programs to meet some of its summer staffing needs. The new two-storey structure will provide accommodation for these workers.

“This employee housing has multiple units with bedrooms, bathrooms, common areas and kitchenettes, and can accommodate up to 40 people,” says Bryant. The ticker. “Our plan is to continue this process and next year do another building with more rooms for international housing, just because of the housing shortage and because of the labor shortage in Traverse City. So we will continue to develop our H-2B process and our J-1 process, and host [those workers] here locally, because it’s the only way forward for the next 5-6 years until something changes significantly in the availability of affordable housing in this area.

The project adds the Grand Traverse Resort to a growing list of local employers taking aggressive steps to house their employees. In April, Short’s Brewing Company purchased the 26-unit Bellaire Inn in hopes of leveraging the space to attract up to 20 additional employees to Short’s Bellaire Pub. The Interlochen Arts Center (ICA), meanwhile, is exploring several options to expand its staff accommodation capacity.

According to Pat Kessel, vice president of finance and operations at the CIA, the institution has been involved in employee housing for several years, in particular to meet the massive staffing needs created by the summer camp. The ICA has 475 employees year-round, but adds 1,100 in the summer.

Accommodating these seasonal staff requires a combination of strategies, from converting student residences into staff accommodation – campers themselves stay in cabins, leaving dorms available for other uses – to purchasing homes throughout the Interlochen region and their assignment to personnel. Currently, ICA has 44 residence halls near its campus. This summer, the school added “10 new fully furnished mobile homes to our campus to help ease the housing burden for our employees.”

Part of the challenge, Kessel says, is that the number of staff housing requests received by the ICA has “skyrocketed” in recent years because employees cannot find affordable housing nearby.

“We have existing employees who say they can’t afford to live in this area and will have to relocate,” Kessel says. “We also have new employees who report that they cannot find accommodation. We know we have missed onboarding quality candidates due to their inability to find accommodation in our area, and we have others working remotely as they continue their search.

The good news, Kessel notes, is that the ICA has a good amount of vacant land that could potentially be used for affordable housing – both on campus and throughout the Interlochen area. This year, the institution launched a discovery process and hired a consultant “to identify and research different options that might be available to us. [for building affordable housing].” Despite the challenges of “zoning, cost, density, funding, potential partnerships, and private and government funding,” Kessel is confident that something will soon materialize.

“If we could build [housing units] tomorrow we would,” says Kessel. “But we hope to start as soon as possible and we would like to build as many houses as possible, depending on the funds available.”

Live CT
Launched in January as part of Ty Schmidt’s Good Works Lab, Live TC is a “citizen initiative” that exists to “advocate for abundant housing and an inclusive, equitable, sustainable and prosperous Traverse City.”

Live TC’s most visible advocacy so far has been as part of the effort to repeal Proposition 3, the city’s law that requires a public vote on all new buildings 60 feet tall or taller. . That effort hit a snag earlier this week when the city clerk rejected the petitions, but Schmidt says he and his team are already considering “next steps” to get the issue on the ballot.

In the meantime, Live TC is looking for other ways to advocate for abundant housing, whether it’s showing support for the development of Lot O in downtown TC; support local zoning reform; educate residents about barriers to housing construction; draw attention to city-owned land “that is ripe for homes”; or encourage local employers to invest in their own housing projects.

“To be honest, we haven’t done anything yet,” laughs Schmidt. “But we are working on it, because we know there is a sense of urgency here. We compete to hire talented people to work in Traverse City, but we tell them they have to live x miles away. It’s not great for this town. When you start denying or delaying [housing options] as we have done, people are not just waiting; they leave. And we can’t afford to have quality people leaving.

The missing intermediate housing program
Next month, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will launch the Missing Middle Housing Program, a statewide “housing production program” that will allocate $50 million of money from the American Rescue Plan Act to affordable housing projects across the state, with at least $1 million coming to the 10-county region of northwestern Lower Michigan. An additional $13 million is up for grabs and has yet to be split among the state’s 10 regions.

According to draft program documents, the Missing Middle program will hold two funding rounds for the disbursement of funds. The first round “will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis”, while the second will include additional considerations to ensure “equitable geographical distribution [of funding] throughout the state. Only developers or 501c3 nonprofits are eligible for funding, projects must be housing-related, and housing must be “targeted to household incomes between 185% and 300% of federal poverty guidelines.” Projects that receive funding must also remain affordable, in accordance with program requirements, for at least 10 years.

Jon Stimson, director of the HomeStretch Nonprofit Housing Corporation in Traverse City, said his organization would seek some of the Missing Middle money to build affordable housing in northern Michigan. Currently, he is urging local cities, towns and townships to come to HomeStretch “with projects in mind” that he could include in his application to MSHDA.

“There has never been an allocation of money like this available to small-scale, nonprofit developers,” Stimson says of the Missing Middle program. “And it’s happening now. This money will come to us for projects that we present. So we see that as a game changer.”

DEI administrators face five barriers to effective action in intercollegiate sports, research finds – VCU News


As sports organizations hire more staff to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, new research from Virginia Commonwealth University identifies five specific levels of barriers these employees will face.

Yannick Kluch, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of inclusive excellence at the VCU Center for Sport Leadership.

“DEI-specific staff positions are a fairly new phenomenon in sport, and this study is one of the first to examine the barriers these staff members face when trying to advance DEI in and beyond. of their athletic departments,” said Yannick KluchPh.D., Assistant Professor and Director of Inclusive Excellence at the VCU Center for Sports Leadership. “Knowing what the key barriers may be is crucial to setting these DEI professionals up for success and, therefore, empowering them to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in and through their work in the athletic department. .”

In “‘It’s like being on an island all by yourself’: Diversity, equity and inclusion administrators’ perceptions of barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion work in intercollegiate sport”, published in the Sports Management JournalKluch and his co-authors identified five key barriers that sports administrators face:

  • Structural barriers: Systemic barriers are deeply embedded in the institutional fabric of the university and the athletics department, making them arguably the most difficult to overcome. Example: Many administrators felt that athletics was isolated on campus, making cross-campus collaboration difficult. They also lacked resources such as funding and staff to conduct DEI.
  • Cultural barriers: Barriers refer to the culture created in the spaces in which DEI professionals operated and examined the extent to which this culture hindered participants’ efforts to conduct DEI action. Example: Trustees felt that a lack of buy-in from key stakeholders, such as management, was a huge impediment to DEI’s work.
  • Conceptual barriers: Barriers rooted in a lack of consistent DEI industry standards as well as the institutional and industry-wide history of DEI positions in athletics. Example: Because the field of employment is relatively new, administrators felt that a lack of DEI standards in the industry made their job more difficult.
  • Emotional barriers: Obstacles that negatively affected the mental and emotional well-being of participants and as such posed challenges to successful DEI work. Example: Administrators talked about being overworked because they couldn’t take time off from DEI work.
  • Social/relationship barriers: Barriers that compromised participants’ sense of social belonging and affected their ability to form relationships that could benefit their FDI-related work. Example: Because staff often felt tokenized—for example, as the only black person among senior staff—it was more difficult to develop meaningful relationships within the department and the campus community at wider.

“It’s important to understand that it’s all connected and one contributes to the other,” Kluch said. “For example, some of the DEI administrators felt burnt out – an emotional barrier – because they didn’t have extra staff working for them – a structural problem – and didn’t have the support system to keep doing their job. work – a social/relational barrier.”

Researchers collected data from interviews with 23 athletic administrators to identify barriers to efforts to conduct DEI action in the context of intercollegiate athletics, he said. While the findings have important implications for personnel with DEI responsibilities in college sport, the study can provide valuable insights to any organization invested in removing barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion. .

The procedure effectively treats Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor


By Shaun Ryan

If you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor, you are not alone. And, with the resources available right here in Northeast Florida, you can really improve your quality of life.

This is the message that Alaine Keebaugh, Ph.D., wants to share.

“I want them to know where they can get these resources so they don’t feel isolated,” she said.

To achieve this, Keebaugh and others have created support groups for patients and caregivers of Parkinson’s disease. And starting this fall, they’ll be launching an essential tremor support group.

Neurologists will talk to attendees about current research and medications, and physiotherapists and occupational therapists will talk about the importance of exercise.

Groups meet at the COA Center at Flagler Health + Village, 351 Town Plaza Ave. at Nocatee.

Keebaugh, who holds a doctorate in genetics from Emory University School of Medicine, has had a front-row seat to some of the latest developments in the field of neuroscience. While at Emory, she observed a deep brain stimulation procedure that determined the course of her working life thereafter.

“It was one of those times in your life where you get shivers down your neck,” she said. “It was like: This is what I was supposed to do.”

On the recommendation of a Mayo Clinic surgeon, deep brain stimulator maker Boston Scientific hired Keebaugh. She and her husband moved from Atlanta to Jacksonville. Here, she got involved with Jax Hope Inc., a non-profit organization that supports people with Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson vs. ET

Although both disorders involve tremors in sufferers, Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor (often called ET) are different. People with symptoms should see a doctor.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease, and those with it experience tremors even when at rest. It is perhaps the more serious of the two because it gets progressively worse as neurons in the brain are lost.

Sufferers may eventually experience difficulty walking. They may become tired and cognition may be affected.

Although a small percentage of cases may have a genetic link, experts still don’t know what causes it.

Early signs may include a slight tremor in the hand or the inability of one arm to swing when the person walks. Some people report a loss of sense of smell, trouble sleeping, and constipation long before they are diagnosed.

ET, an action tremor, is not neurodegenerative. At rest, the victim appears symptomless, but the tremor appears once the person reaches something. They may have difficulty eating or drinking or signing their name. Otherwise, they are cognitively and physically intact.

ET is about 10 times more common than Parkinson’s disease, and about half of cases are hereditary.

An early sign could be a slight tremor in the hand. It may gradually become more noticeable and change sides and may even cause head shaking or voice shaking.

There is no cure for either disorder, but deep brain stimulation improves the lives of sufferers.

find their life

Keebaugh plays a key role in deep brain stimulation procedures and has seen their effectiveness firsthand.

“For many of these patients, it’s the first time they haven’t had a hand tremor in maybe 20 years,” she said, calling the experience “really rewarding.” .

Unfortunately, some surgical candidates fear it and choose to forego this revolutionary treatment option. Keebaugh said it’s not as invasive as it looks and “the quality of life it can give these people is amazing.”

“We can literally do this two-hour procedure and the tremor is gone,” she said. “It literally brings them back to life.”

After careful planning, the surgeon makes a small incision and opening in the back of the skull and inserts a wire-like electrode. This is connected to a battery placed under the skin under the collarbone. Throughout this time, the patient is awake but feels no pain, and the neurologist talks with the patient throughout.

Once the procedure is complete, the neurologist asks the patient to hold out a still trembling hand. Then Keebaugh turns on the device. And the tremors stop.

“They get symptom relief immediately after surgery,” Keebaugh said.

Once implanted, the programming can be adjusted according to the evolution of the disease.

This procedure is effective for Parkinson’s disease and ET.

Keebaugh said she had a “pretty cool job”.

“It’s exciting and rewarding,” she says. “You see people improving.”

Learn more

The support group meets at 3:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. At the next meeting on August 3, Keebaugh will present “Advanced Treatment Options for Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease.” The public is welcome.

Those interested in learning more about the support group meetings can email Pam Brunell at [email protected]

Additional support group information for the First Coast region is available at jaxhopeinc.org/support-group-assistance or by emailing [email protected]

Fostering Smarter Customer Experiences with AI and Machine Learning

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is demonstrating its ability to drive the growth of digital and non-digital native businesses. According to Deloitte, companies across all industries are using AI to create business value. From streamlining data analysis to improving customer experience, AI offers several benefits to businesses.

When AI is integrated into an organization’s core product or service and business processes, it is most beneficial. Despite the growing popularity of AI, many companies still struggle to use AI and ML on a larger scale. During a panel discussion at VentureBeat’s Transform 2022 virtual conference, Chris D’Agostino, Global CTO of Databricks, Patrick Baginski, Senior Director of Data Science and Analytics at McDonald’s, and Errol Koolmeister , AI and Data Advisor at The AI ​​Framework, discussed how their companies are using AI and ML to create smarter customer experiences.

Implement AI and ML at scale

There is a growing interest in AI, its subfields, and related disciplines like machine learning (ML) and data science due to how AI is transforming every industry and business function. According to a recent McKinsey survey, 56% of organizations use AI in at least one business function.

Whether it’s a digital native or non-digital business, Baginski said it’s important to always think first about the value that can be delivered by AI and ML projects. According to Koolmeister, a 2019 MIT Sloan assessment showed how companies struggled as they persisted in trying to get their business off the ground, noting that AI’s return on investment was meager. Koolmeister also cited recent research by Thomas Davenport and NewVantage Partners that shows the market has changed — 26% of the world’s largest companies had AI in large-scale production while 92% are currently investing in technology.

“I think most companies are making efforts to implement AI in their organizations,” Koolmeister said. “There are a few things that are clear and distinct, one of them being internal capacity building to be able to provide big companies with AI. You can’t start with a decentralized organization, you have to build momentum First you need to create your first use cases and then build maturity as you roll things out in the organization so it needs to be learned by value and there needs to be clear proof points early on to adjust or actually motivate the levels of investment needed to transform large legacy businesses.

The Pitfalls of Trying to Create a Robust AI/ML Environment

Today’s AI is largely centralized and can only be owned by one entity. This is a significant hurdle for AI, according to Baginski, who noted that companies establish best practices, standard operating procedures and common platforms for the 80% of work done by analysts. , data scientists and data engineers. However, he affirmed that these activities should be seen as a collective enterprise that promotes remarkable development.

“I think one of the big challenges is forcing centralization,” Baginski said. “I think there’s a reason to say that you establish best practices, common platforms, and common processes for 80% of the work that an analyst, data scientist, or data engineer does, but you have to really see this as more of a community effort and your success in developing these guidelines depends on the company and business units adopting them, so forcing centralization is usually very detrimental to this effort.

Baginski also pointed to another challenge: moving from the generalist data science team that handles all of the machine learning, data science, measurement, analytics, pipeline building, etc., to several different roles. , more specialized, each playing a role in the big picture of building a good solution.

“The other challenge is that the devil is often in the details, isn’t it? So I think we’ve moved a bit away from the generalist data science team that’s just going to handle all the learning automation, all of the data science, all of the measurement, all of the analytics, all of the pipeline building and everything, to have several different more specialized roles, each playing a part in the bigger picture of developing a good solution,” Baginski said.

Baginski also noted that a typical challenge he’s seen is that a company needs to be very clear from the start, on a few project priorities or use cases that make sense for a team to start and that can be used to then essentially derive the adoption of these guidelines in the business units. He added that these use cases need to be properly reviewed by experts to determine how applicable they are to the idea of ​​ML and AI, how well they serve that, and what value they will bring.

However, D’Agostino stressed the importance of building a team to solve the aforementioned issues.

“You won’t find a unicorn that will magically solve all of these problems. There really is a collaborative effort. Business stakeholders are key enablers to get things done. They understand what use cases need to be piloted within the company,” D’Agostino said.

Baginski said, “In a lot of companies, if you’re serious and you’re in a management C suite, you have to provide training or support without scaling so they can actually drive. So there is an educational aspect to being successful with these things.

Koolmeister added that the constant education of workers is absolutely essential, especially if it is in a large company that is highly distributed in many different countries.
Don’t miss the full discussion of what lessons McDonald’s, Databricks and The AI ​​Framework have learned from implementing and scaling large AI initiatives to drive business value and smarter customer experiences.

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Hyundai Motor Group’s Supernal eVTOL New Airplane Cabin Concept


Urban electric planes have been a fun topic for several years, but we don’t really have any urban electric planes on the market either. One day? One of the things that lifts my spirits in this business is when a major automaker endorses a product or buys a startup. After all, automakers make and sell millions of complex, heavily regulated consumer vehicles. In this regard, this week’s news indicates that the Hyundai Motor Group is more focused than ever on the development of “urban and regional commercial air vehicles and the surrounding market”. The latter indicates that even if Hyundai Motor Group does not develop the vehicles, it develops vehicle components.

Hyundai Motor Group’s Supernal unveils the eVTOL vehicle cabin concept at the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow. Image courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group.

The Supernal company unveiled a concept eVTOL vehicle cabin at the Farnborough International Airshow yesterday. This cabin concept offers “the first glimpse of how Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) is integrating automotive capabilities to develop the advanced air mobility (AAM) market.” Supernal has deep roots in the Hyundai Motor Group and has partnered with the conglomerate’s design studios on this project. Supernal is currently working on certifying its first eVTOL aircraft for commercial use in the United States. The company hopes to operate there commercially in 2028. The aim is to then enter the EU and the UK soon after.

What should an eVTOL aircraft look like and include?

Image courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group.

The partnership with Hyundai Motor Group on the cabin concept is only part of the collaboration, however. “Beyond the vehicle, Supernal collaborates with external partners and the Group’s more than 50 subsidiaries – which span automotive, auto parts, construction, robotics and autonomous driving – to responsibly co-create the vast AAM value chain.” There’s no good reason for Hyundai Motor Group and its affiliates to get so involved if it’s only viable as a pet project. These are companies that want to see results at scale. That doesn’t mean Supernal will end up selling competitively priced eVTOL vehicles to thousands of buyers a year, but it does mean it’s a possibility.

“For Advanced Air Mobility to become a widespread mode of transportation, every detail – from the passenger experience to regulations and infrastructure – must be considered from the start and work closely together,” said Jaiwon Shin, President. of Hyundai Motor Group and CEO of Supernal. “By leveraging Hyundai Motor Group’s mobility capabilities, Supernal is investing time and resources from the outset to ensure the industry can scale to the masses in the decades to come and reach its exciting potential.”

Image courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group.

Image courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group.

Image courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group.

Although designed for air, the cabin concept just unveiled by Supernal and Hyundai Motor Group shares some key similarities to that of a car, including that it seats 5 people. The design also has characteristics in common with a butterfly, as the team used biomimicry to try to benefit from nature’s vast experience in developing small flying organisms.

“Supernal is teaming up with top automotive designers from Hyundai Motor Group to develop our eVTOL vehicle to be manufacturable and widely accepted by the public,” Shin added. “We are taking the time to create a safe and lightweight commercial eVTOL that provides our future passengers with the safety and comfort they find in their own car.”

Image courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group.

“The Supernal eVTOL vehicle builds on the skill of Hyundai Motor Group and the skills of experienced car designers, which has enabled us to develop a new concept of air mobility that is not only safe and rational, but also very emotional” , said Luc Donckerwolke, director. Responsible for the creation of the Hyundai Motor Group. Watch the following video to soak up the computer-generated visuals:

“Supernal’s five-passenger cabin concept provides clues to how the company leverages automotive design processes and materials – while adhering to the highest commercial aviation safety standards – to optimize the experience. AAM passengers and price,” writes Hyundai Motor Group.

Image courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group.

Image courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group.

“The engineering and design team used the automotive industry’s reductive design approach to create the lightweight cabin, which is made of forged carbon fiber. The ergonomically contoured seats provide a cocoon environment for passengers. Deployable seat consoles mimic automobile center consoles and provide a charging station and storage compartment for personal items. Grab handles built into the cab doors and backrests make getting in and out easy. A combination of lights – including dome lights inspired by automobile sunroofs – adjust to different stages of flight to mimic a “light therapy” effect. The cabin layout is inspired by automotive space innovation with a minimal bulkhead, allowing for generous headroom and all-round functionality.

What do you think? It’s cool ? Is it realistic? Will it hit the market?

Supernal × NREL × Los Angeles — eVTOL Infrastructure and Network Planning

Notably, Supernal recently entered into a partnership with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “As a leader in mobility innovation and equity, NREL is well positioned to offer a deeper examination of the feasibility and broader energy system impacts of this emerging mode of transportation,” said said Venu Garikapati, transportation data analytics researcher and project manager at NREL.

“To inform plans for a one-of-a-kind public eVTOL network, Supernal and NREL are collaborating with the City of Los Angeles to study this innovative mode of air travel,” writes NREL. “Throughout this research partnership, NREL will thoroughly assess existing and emerging mobility technologies and transportation hotspots and perform market analysis in the greater Los Angeles area. NREL will use existing and historical travel data to develop a travel heatmap that incorporates travel time, cost and demand for candidate vertiport locations. Researchers will then leverage NREL’s Mobility Energy Productivity (MEP) metric to characterize, measure, and inform movement to and from vertiports. This metric will highlight the feasibility of the AAM network by quantifying the accessibility of each vertiport location. A related visualization tool will compile NREL research data to allow the team to easily visualize and compare network options in Los Angeles and beyond.

Six years is a long way off, and there is still a long way to go before Supernal and Hyundai Motor Group realize their vision of eVTOL commercial aircraft. However, they are now laying a solid foundation to potentially do so, and one cannot ask for much more at this stage of the journey.


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FTX Token Price Analysis: FTX Token price has fallen from the long-term support zone, what should investors do?

  • The price of the FTX token forms a symmetrical triangle on the daily time frame and fell from the long-term demand zone.
  • The token is trading in a narrow range over an hourly time frame.
  • The FTX/BTC pair is trading at 0.0011257 with a 1.07% increase in the digital asset’s market cap over the past 24 hours.

The price of the FTX token is in a strong downtrend, due to the decline in the overall crypto market. The token recently broke out of the demand zone and now it is consolidating. The FTX token was hovering around the $30.00 long-term demand zone before breaking it down. Currently, the token is making higher highs and lows on a daily timeframe and as a result, it has formed a symmetrical triangle pattern. Right now, the token is trading below all vital 50 and 100 MA. The FTX token is currently trading in the lower band of the Bollinger Band indicator after being rejected in the upper band of the Bollinger Band indicator. The token has formed a large bullish candlestick pattern on a daily timeframe in a demand zone, indicating bullish momentum for the days ahead. Investors should remain cautious and put money into the token only after it breaks out of the $30 long-term supply zone. Volumes have been rising over the past few trading days, indicating volatile days ahead.

MACD and Supertrend show neutral signs in the daily timeframe

According to the price action, the price of the FTX token is neutral as the token has broken out of the long-term demand zone. Currently, it forms a symmetrical triangular pattern. Technical parameters suggest the same.

Supertrend: The recent decline in the price of the FTX token led to the Supertrend indicator falling to $57, and the supertrend gave a sell signal. Since then, the token has been in a strong downtrend. The token is currently trading below the supertrend line, acting as resistance. If the token breaks out of the symmetrical triangle pattern, there may be an upward movement in the price of the digital asset. If the token cannot sustain and gives a breakdown of the symmetrical triangle, it may continue the downtrend which may bring the price down to $21.00.

Moving Average Convergence Divergence (Bullish): The MACD indicates an uptrend on the daily time frame as it gave a positive cross. The buyer’s signal line (blue) has crossed the seller’s signal line (orange) on the upside, indicating a possible breakout of the short-term supply zone at $28, which may push the price higher of the token at $35 with strong momentum. Despite the breakdown of the long-term demand zone, the token forms a symmetrical triangle pattern. Investors should wait for the breakout of the pattern and invest accordingly.

The price of the FTX token is trading in a small range on the hourly time frame

The price of the FTX token has been in a downtrend ever since it broke the long-term demand zone. On a daily timeframe, the token shows signs of reversal, but only if the token is still sideways.

Average Directional Movement Index: The ADX has been falling for the past few trading days, and recently it fell below 30 as the token was rejected at $26.00. The ADX curve has recovered slightly, and it is currently trending upwards. This indicates a halt in the downtrend and a possible change in the pattern of price movement.

Relative strength indicator: RSI is trading at 62.55 as the token forms a bullish reversal pattern on a daily time frame. The RSI curve broke through the 50 mark halfway through, and once it gives the breakout of the symmetrical triangle pattern, the token can be seen rising, accordingly, a possible uptrend in the price of the token FTX. The RSI curve also crossed the 14 SMA, supporting the uptrend.


The price of the FTX token, according to the technical parameters, is bullish. The token, after breaking down the long-term support zone forming a symmetrical triangular pattern and breaking up, could lead to a reversal. It remains to be seen on which side the token bursts.

SUPPORT: $21.00 and $20.50

RESISTANCE: $26.00 and $35.00


The views and opinions expressed by the author, or anyone named in this article, are for informational purposes only and do not constitute financial, investment or other advice. Investing in or trading crypto assets involves the risk of financial loss.

The treatment allows the patient to come back to life | Life


Hard, painstaking work is just that – hard work. It’s also hard on the body and back.

For Maria Abundes, hard work has been a defining quality of her life. The Brunswick resident spent years harvesting fruit in Florida fields, as well as raising children as a daycare worker.

Abundes’ daughter, Cynthia Diaz, says those careers had an impact on her mother’s body.

“She worked a lot…she worked in housekeeping, in the fields and she worked in daycare. So she developed arthritis and structural issues in her back,” she said, helping translate her mother’s native Spanish.

This led Abundes to experience severe pain and mobility difficulties.

“She couldn’t walk without a walker,” Cynthia noted, glancing at her mother. “It really started around 2010, but it just got worse and worse.”

True to his nature, however, Abundes wasn’t going to give up. She saw many doctors who called her condition “arthritis,” “you’re getting old,” or prescribed painkillers and rest. When that didn’t work, Abundes started scouring the internet for answers and found great reviews for Heller Healthcare in Brunswick. She decided to give it a try.

“I didn’t even know she had made an appointment,” Cynthia said with a laugh. “She just told me to bring her here. I think originally she thought it was a place where they stretch you.

What Abundes discovered was an integrative office that provides chiropractic care and medical massage, while its sister practice, Golden Isles Functional Medicine, offers arthritis programs, degenerative joint care treatments, holistic management options pain management, hormonal optimization, nutritional planning and specializes in regenerative medicine. .

Both sides of the practice work together to develop a comprehensive care plan for each patient. And their goal remains simple: to help every patient live their best life.

For Abundes, it was more than just a way to find real answers – it was also a way to find a much-needed support system.

When Abundes first entered the practice, the staff were a little taken aback by her condition.

“She was leaning forward and unable to stand up straight. She was using a walker and they had to put her in an office chair to x-ray her,” Cynthia said. “She wouldn’t use a wheelchair.”

Heller also noted that Abundes’ mood was downcast and sad.

“She was just very calm, a bit dark and sad. You could tell she was in a lot of pain,” Heller said.

The two settled on a plethora of tests that had never been done for her before, including food and hair tests, exploring all aspects of Abundes’ biology and lifestyle. This allowed them to fully understand what was going on in his body.

“We found significant deficiencies of minerals, heavy metals in her body, and foods that one would think were healthy and good for us are incredibly inflammatory for her,” Heller said. “For Maria, it wasn’t just about looking at her x-rays and looking at arthritis and degenerative disc disease, we also had to look at her inflammation.”

Heller adds that many don’t realize that if they have a food allergy, it will cause a flare-up of arthritis and pain throughout the body.

“As an office, we do a lot of extensive testing to determine where hiccups are in health function,” Dr. Heller said.

“The way our office is designed is the way I needed it for my own health. Patients may meet me first, but the magic comes from bringing together our traditional medicine providers, our holistic medicine providers and our nutritional and functional knowledge and combine them to create the right plan for each patient.

They quickly got to work, hatching a plan to end Abundes’ pain. This included traditional chiropractic adjustments and massage. She also explored the functional medicine arm of Heller Healthcare which includes nutritional treatment.

Today, just a few months since Abundes first joined Heller, she is doing remarkably better. She is able to walk, using only a cane rather than a walker. And she can spend time with her nine grandchildren instead of constantly focusing on her pain.

But that’s just the beginning, says Heller.

“We’ll get the cane out of her too,” she said with a smile. “But she did very well. It’s so exciting for me to see her do it, so well, so fast.

While Abundes’ ability to walk and move has improved dramatically, his outlook has also changed. It’s something that makes Heller smile.

“Now she is smiling and joking. She’s a completely different woman than the one who came here,” she said.

Who is your real life ‘Mrs. Howard’? Name your teacher!


Did you have a teacher who continually motivated and supported you throughout the year? Do you want to celebrate your teacher this summer? Chalkbeat is looking for nominations to elevate your educators.

Ms. Barbara Howard, played by Sheryl Lee Ralph, is a stern and caring teacher in “Abbott Elementary,” a hugely popular sitcom about an upbeat Philadelphia teacher named Janine Teagues – played by show creator and star Quinta Brunson – and fellow dedicated educators. The show, which has been renewed for a second season, received seven Emmy nominations this week.

We’ve all had a teacher like Mrs. Howard, who pushed us to be better and supported our accomplishments. It is teachers like them who have made the last school years more bearable for many students.

During the pandemic, students and teachers have struggled to deal with uncertainties over safety protocols and had to ping-pong between remote and in-person learning. Teacher quits and staff shortages are affecting schools nationwide. According to National Education Association, in January 2022, 55% of the three million educators represented by the union said they were ready to stop teaching earlier than expected. To combat teacher shortages, some areas, such as Philadelphia, are using part of their pandemic relief funds to increase signing and retention bonuses for teachers and other staff.

Many educators who stayed behind say they aspire to make meaningful changes to the school system and encourage students to recognize and maximize their own potential.

To celebrate educators this summer, Chalkbeat wants to hear from students and parents. Name a teacher who has encouraged your or your child’s growth throughout the pandemic. Tell us: how did your teacher make the school year easier for you? You can write your answers in the form below or send us a short video.

We look forward to receiving your submissions on the form below; the deadline is Friday, July 29, at the end of the day. Questions? We’re always listening at [email protected]

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The organic spice market is booming

Pune, July 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Organic spice market By Vendor Assessment, Technology Assessment, Partner & Customer Ecosystem, Type/Solution, Service, Organization Size, End-Use Industries & Region – Global Organic Spices Market Forecast to 2030, Published by the data center of the market, the organic spices market grow at a steady pace during the forecast period. 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 Organic Spices Market during the study period.

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Based on geography, the global organic spices 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 organic spice market. Due to increased 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 organic spices 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.

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8.2.4. Organic spices market in Europe, by country Germany UK France Rest of Europe (ROE)
8.2.5. Asia Pacific Organic Spices Market, By Segment
8.2.6. Asia-Pacific Organic Spices Market, By Country China Japan India Rest of Asia-Pacific (RoAPAC)
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  • What is the potential of the organic spices market?
  • What is the impact of COVID-19 on the global organic spices market?
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  • What are the challenges faced by SMEs and major vendors in the organic spices market?
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  • What is the potential of the organic spices market?

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New details on Santana’s injury from AEW Blood & Guts

As noted, the June 29 Blood and Guts AEW “Dynamite” match resulted in at least one legitimate injury, namely Santana’s knee. As he left for a uranage slam, Santana appeared to pinch his knee and would be immediately rushed for medical attention. It was hard to get any more details until Chris Jericho appeared on a podcast and gave some insight into the seriousness of the situation.

“He screwed up his knee doing a simple Rock Bottom,” Jericho said. “It’s not over a cage, it’s not falling off a cage, it’s not getting hit with a barbed wire bat, or anything. He makes a movement of struggle and he is absent eight months.

According to a new report from “Fightful”, Santana’s ACL, the ligament in the center of his knee that prevents the shin from rubbing against the thigh bone, was injured. The AEW star said this directly to several people, and he went to an event in Puerto Rico over the weekend and gave up his championship during a home promotion while supporting himself on crutches. The report adds that Santana said he hasn’t had surgery yet, but we’ll update you when that happens.

With creative plans, there would be no movement to stop using Santana’s partner Ortiz on the weekly lineup. It was previously reported that Santana and Ortiz haven’t been on good terms lately, which is why Santana has started to drift more into singles competition over the past few months. To echo what Jericho said, sources close to the situation believe Santana will be out for 8-12 months.

Despite the disadvantage at Blood & Guts, Santana’s team emerged victorious after Claudio Castagnoli tapped Matt Menard with the Sharpshooter on top of the cage. This marked Santana’s first victory in the structure after losing the previous year to the Pinnacle as part of the Inner Circle.

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Shirley Edgerton received the Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Hearts award from Berkshire United Way earlier this year for her community work.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shirley Edgerton has worked diligently throughout her career to inspire and help people become their best selves.

His work led to the founding of Rites of Passage and Empowerment, which recently obtained 501(c)3 status further legitimizing his efforts. He is also the recipient of $550,000 in US Federal Rescue Plan Act funds through the City of Pittsfield.

“Even though we know that the work we’ve done, that the community has embraced it over the 11 years that we’ve been in existence, that puts us in a position where we can apply for certain grants independently,” Edgerton said. .

“And it also gives our donors the ability to deduct that as a tax benefit.”

ROPE has helped 50-75 young women aged 12-18 who have completed the program since its inception in 2010.

ROPE’s umbrella organization, the Women of Color Giving Circle, has received financial support from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts for more than 25 years.

“So now, with us independently having a 501(c)3, we’re truly free and independent. And so we can continue the funding to build the program to continue to take it to a different level and for the benefit of young women that serve us,” Edgerton said.

ROPE provides mentorship and emotional support to female-identifying and non-binary teenage girls of color and youth so they can see their voices and inner selves developed by learning from professional women of color.

The organization has operated on volunteers for the past decade, but now has greater financial flexibility to grow and provide mentors with an allowance for their time. This funding will also increase its ability to expand its programs, including access to college visits, travel opportunities, scholarships, skills advancement and professional development.

“Everyone volunteers for this organization, but with ARPA funds, now we’re going to like, give people a regular stipend, because these women have been here, for the most part, since first or second year,” Edgerton said.

“So you’re talking about seven to eight years of volunteering, so we want to be able to create more structure, give them stipends, let them know that we value their time.”

Who the mentors are greatly influences the impact of the organization’s work because it gives these adolescent girls a chance to see women like them in positions of power.

“Different institutions and systems, there’s a lack of people of color. And one of the things we’ve learned is, it’s research, you need representation as young people to understand the possibilities of life,” Edgerton said.

“So if you don’t see yourself there, the question is can you make it. That’s why we’re very specific about our mentors.”

Mentors are professional women of color who have found their purpose in life and have bachelor’s degrees or higher.

Since receiving the City’s Community Awards grant, ROPE has been able to expand its efforts.

“I would say at least 80 to 90% [of mentors] were African American, and the rest were Latinx,” Edgerton said. “Right now, I’m in the process of having interviews because with the ARPA funds, we can increase our capacity.”

ROPE hopes to help these teenagers understand who they are by offering them the opportunity to understand the history from which they come through its biannual trips to Africa. The history of slavery is well known, but the rich pre-slavery history is not, Edgerton said.

She said learning the history of Africa, from riches to kings and queens, is important for building self-esteem and self-esteem.

“We integrate it into the journey of our young people, to help them understand their ancestry, to understand their history, to understand what they are based on, to understand that our history began before slavery,” he said. she stated.

“We often hear about slavery, slavery, slavery is our beginnings. No, it’s a rich history that took place in Africa. And that before that is important, and just as important , than understanding slavery, and civil rights, and all that.”

These trips also contribute to developing the identity perception of these teenagers by exposing them to cultures different from the one in which they were raised.

“The other thing that happens, and we realized, is that it’s also a room where you understand very well that you’re an American because there are cultures that exist in different parts of Ghana and there are certain behaviors and belief systems that we have as Americans. And believe me, when you go to another country, you recognize how much of an American you are,” Edgerton said.

“So that’s another element that you have to reinforce about who you are and the reality is that we’re Americans, that’s where we were raised, that’s where the values ​​and the belief systems that we have are. incorporated with the individual family and friends. Those two different elements like that, but there’s also this element about what it’s like to be an American, and that’s reinforced.

ROPE takes it a step further by bringing guests from diverse backgrounds to speak with the teens. Most recently, the mentors facilitated a conversation with writer, speaker, and entrepreneur Amber Chand, who will lead a series of vision conversations.

Chand’s family lost everything when brutal Ugandan President Idi Amin forced all East Indians out of the African country. The Berkshires resident founded online fair trade marketplaces to provide opportunities for women artisans in countries including Afghanistan, Rwanda and Haiti.

In addition to weekly mentoring and monthly workshops, there are tours of historically black colleges and universities, known as HBCUs.

“It’s often a great experience for our young women, because they don’t see themselves growing up in the Berkshires very much. And there are unwritten rules in HBCUs: you learn your history, you learn to appreciate who you are. , and you learn to accept the fact that you have a purpose and need to give back to your community,” Edgerton said.

Edgerton discovered that there is a need for a program specific to teens of color through his experience with the Youth Alive arts program.

While working for Youth Alive, Edgerton noticed that girls’ confidence was lower than boys’ and rather than focusing and relying on themselves, they would add more to boys’ values ​​by praising them for their talents. rather than for theirs.

“I kept noticing that the girls just didn’t seem to feel as good about themselves as the boys. So I talked to some friends. And I was like, ‘We have to do something about our girls “because they need to know their own worth. They need to know that they’re just as precious as a boy and everything we share is just as important and just as precious,” Edgerton said.

ROPE continues to evolve and change based on the needs of its mentees, who build a relationship with the program, providing them with a lifelong support system and the means to give back.

Through Youth Alive and ROPE, Edgerton has helped hundreds of teens discover themselves and their purpose in life.

It’s clear that Edgerton’s desire to help others runs deep in her veins through the powerful success stories she’s shared (such as Nyanna Slaughter who is now regional director for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Anita Akor, director Pittsfield Airport Assistant) and the impact she had on her own children, all of whom help with ROPE or lead their own organizations.

The decision to create the organization exclusively for young women of color was not to exclude boys but to provide a specific marginalized group with the means to develop their self-perception through role models.

However, his son, Jerome Edgerton, started Sessions, focusing on life skills and coaching boys aged 13-18. He uses athletics as “a way to connect with young men and engage them in terms of learning life practices.”

“My philosophy is that if someone like me, who is very caring, gets involved in mentoring young men, that’s just another form of mother,” Edgerton said,

“Young men don’t need mothers in the age group we’re involved with. You need men to show you how to move through this world. You don’t need another mother .”

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I did my best to lead NSE in a difficult time, says outgoing chief Vikram Limaye

NSE’s outgoing managing director and CEO, Vikram Limaye, said on Saturday that he had done his best to lead the exchange through “very difficult times” and to stabilize and strengthen the exchange.

Limaye, whose five-year term ended on Saturday, has not sought another term on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) despite being eligible.

However, the stock exchange did not announce who would take over as head of ESN from Limaye.

According to a source, instead of an individual, a committee will take charge for an interim period. The exchange is expected to announce a decision in this regard on Monday.

The end of Limaye’s five-year tenure as head of the NSE comes amid the NSE facing regulatory investigation in a case involving breaches of stock exchange governance as well as the co-location case.

“I am completing my 5-year term as Managing Director and CEO of NSE today. I have done my best to lead the organization through a very difficult time and to stabilize, strengthen and transform NSE,” said Limaye.

The outgoing chief said: “We have come a long way in the last five years in terms of strengthening governance, controls, technology, regulatory efficiency, risk management, growth of the market and culture”.

On March 4, NSE invited applications from candidates for the position of MD and CEO. Applications were invited from applicants with IPO (IPO) experience for the senior position role by March 25.

Following this, Limaye announced that he would not seek a second term on the stock exchange when his five-year term ends in July.

Under market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India’s rule, the incumbent must compete with other candidates to win the next term.

Limaye was appointed head of NSE in July 2017, following the departure of the exchange’s former managing director and CEO, Chitra Ramkrishna. Among various allegations, issues were raised in various circles as to why a candidacy was not invited when Ramkrishna was appointed as Managing Director and CEO in 2013.

Before joining the NSE, Limaye was CEO and CEO of IDFC. The outgoing leader, Limaye, is credited with rebranding the NSE, in addition to the derivatives business which has grown phenomenally under his leadership.

During Limaye’s tenure, the stock exchange’s income fell from Rs 2,681 crore in FY17 to Rs 8,500 crore in FY22 and net profit fell from Rs 1,219 crore to Rs 4,400 crore over the same period. Additionally, the company’s return on equity increased from 17% to 34% during the reporting period.

In addition, NSE managed to increase its market share in all business segments, including currency futures and options and equity futures and options.

While inviting applications from candidates for the top position at NSE, the exchange said the candidate should have experience in strengthening corporate governance, enterprise risk management and framework compliance management.

Additionally, candidates with exposure to working at a publicly traded company or having led an organization through an IPO process “will be an added advantage,” he added.

The NSE plans to exit with its initial stock sale for a long time. However, the plan to go public was derailed after the exchange became embroiled in a colocation controversy, where some brokers allegedly had unfair access to exchange data feeds compared to other members.

After this period, the company’s Appointments and Compensation Committee (CNR) was tasked with shortlisting the candidates.

A selection committee set up by the NSE, composed of members of the NRC and independent external members, will recommend candidates to the board, which will then send the name to Sebi for final approval.

In a recent order, Sebi penalized former NSE doctors and CEOs Ramkrishna and Ravi Narain and others for various violations in a case related to the appointment of Anand Subramanian as the group’s chief operating officer and adviser. of General Manager Ramkrishna.

The regulator in his order revealed that Ramkrishna was ruled by a “yogi” inhabiting the Himalayan ranges during the appointment of Subramanian.

In addition, she was accused of sharing confidential information including financial and trading plans of the stock exchange, dividend scenario and financial results with the yogi, and even consulting the yogi on the valuations of performance of stock exchange employees.

The “yogi”, according to Ramkrishna, was a “spiritual force which could manifest wherever it wanted and had no physical coordinates or location and largely dwelled in the Himalayan range”.

Furthermore, the emails exchanged between Yogi and Ramkrishna mentioned that NSE was planning self-registration, the command revealed.

IAF chief stresses need for strong air defense system: The Tribune India


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Events after the Balakot airstrike in February 2019 changed the concept of the sanctity of airspace and further underscored the need for credible air defense, the army air chief marshal says Indian Air Force VR Chaudhari during a seminar at the Center for Joint War Studies (CENJOWS) think tank.

Enemy air and missile forces will be fired from a distance and will negatively affect the progress of land or sea battles. Therefore, air control will remain paramount to the success of any operation, he said.

An integrated air defense system includes defense and attack. Integrated sensors, communication networks and shooters are among them. Today, the IAF has the capability to monitor and identify all air elements.

“The IAF has a terrestrial network and with the introduction of ‘software defined radio’ the airborne platforms will also be fully networked. Work is underway to integrate the space segment in order to have a true networked air defense system. Space being the ultimate height, owning, securing and exploiting space will be essential in the years to come,” he said.

Merging the land, air and space domains into a common network would be a fundamental requirement of modern warfare, he said.

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Which states have the shortest waiting list for a liver transplant?


States with higher transplant rates may have shorter wait times, but factors such as health, age, and blood type affect how long a person waits for a liver transplant.

The United States has a national waiting list for people requiring liver transplants. Some states may have shorter waiting lists than others.

Eligible people with a more urgent need for a liver transplant will be given top priority. Other factors such as age, location, blood type, and body size can also affect wait times.

This article examines the states with the shortest wait lists, factors affecting wait times, and how people can prepare while waiting.

A liver transplant is a surgical procedure for people with liver disease or injury.

A surgeon removes a malfunctioning liver and replaces it with a healthy liver from a donor. Liver transplants can be lifesaving procedures for people with liver failure.

More Liver transplants are from deceased donors, which means surgeons take the liver from a recently deceased person and transplant it into someone who needs it.

Adult liver transplant candidates may receive a whole liver from a donor. Sometimes surgeons divide a liver between an adult and a child or smaller adult.

Less commonly, people may have a liver transplant from a living donor. This means that a living person will donate part of their healthy liver to someone who needs a liver transplant.

The liver that remains in the donor and the part of the liver in the person who receives the transplant return to their normal size after surgery.

Learn more about organ transplants.

The Scientific Register of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) has a database that people can use to search for transplant centers. The results show various statistics, including the number of transplants performed by the center in a year and survival rates.

According to the database, the centers with the fastest transplant rates from deceased donors between January 1 and December 31, 2021 are as follows.

Florida (FL)

Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville has one of the highest liver transplant rates. This means they have a fast rate of matching deceased donors to candidates.

The center performed 149 transplants from deceased donors in 2021.

UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., also topped the list with 158 transplants that year.

Mississippi (MS)

The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson ranks among the first tiers for the fastest transplant rates. They performed 48 deceased donor transplants over a year.

North Carolina (NC)

Duke University Hospital in Durham ranks very well for transplant rates at 102 but lower for waitlist survival rates.

Arizona (Arizona)

The Mayo Clinic Arizona in Phoenix has performed 209 liver transplants from deceased donors in one year.

Other states currently showing faster transplant rates include:

  • Illinois (IL)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • Ohio (OH)

There is a national waiting list for people who need a liver transplant. The average wait time for a liver transplant from a deceased donor can range from 30 days to more than 5 years.

A healthcare professional will contact people as soon as a liver match is available, and they should go to the donor site immediately to receive the transplant.

People with life-threatening liver disease or injury have priority for liver transplants and will be at the top of the national waiting list.

Candidates over the age of 12 will have a priority rating from a formula called the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD). This uses a range of test results to calculate a score:

  • blood creatinine levels, which indicates kidney function
  • bilirubin levels in the blood, which shows how well the liver is excreting bile
  • international normalized ratio (INR), which shows how well the liver can make proteins involved in blood clotting
  • blood sodium level

For children under 12, the Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease (PELD) formula calculates a priority score. PELD uses the following factors to establish a score:

  • albumin, a protein in the blood that may be low if the liver is not working properly
  • bilirubin
  • RNI
  • whether the growth rate is normal for a person’s age, based on their sex, height, and weight
  • age at registration

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) provides a MELD Calculator and one PELD Calculator for people to calculate their priority score.

Other factors that affect wait times to understand:

  • age
  • location
  • blood group
  • body size
  • overall health
  • availability of a matching liver

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a nonprofit organization working under contract with the federal government to administer the nation’s organ transplant system.

UNOS has some Strategies in place for liver transplants. People in urgent need of a liver transplant to prevent imminent death have status 1A and 1B.

Individuals with this status are eligible for any matching donor liver within 500 nautical miles of their registered hospital.

There are typically fewer than 50 applicants with 1A and 1B status at any one time nationwide.

For all others who do not have this status, the distribution of livers from deceased donors depends on:

  • the donor’s age and cause of death
  • MELD or PELD score
  • distance between transplant hospital and donor hospital

Due to access challenges, Hawaii (HI), Puerto Rico (PR), and Alaska (AK) have different policies than the rest of the United States. Residents of Hawaii and Puerto Rico may be given local donor priority over applicants from other regions.

People may not be eligible for a liver transplant if they have:

The cost of a liver transplant can depend on various factors such as:

  • location
  • the hospital and its policies
  • insurance cover

People may also have to account for non-medical expenses such as:

  • transport to the donor site
  • any child or pet care people may need while in surgery
  • lost wages if an employer does not pay for time off for medical reasons
  • food and lodging if the transplant center is not local

UNOS provides information and resources to help people cover transplant, transportation and related healthcare costs.

A donor can make himself available at any time. For this reason, a person should make sure they are ready for a liver transplant.

While waiting for a transplant, people can take the next steps to prepare:

  • attend all scheduled appointments
  • create a support system of healthcare professionals, family and friends
  • stay as healthy as possible to help with recovery
  • taking all medications prescribed by a doctor
  • maintain a moderate weight
  • avoid alcohol and drug abuse
  • follow the exercise and dietary guidelines of a healthcare professional
  • remain available by telephone so that a care team can make contact at any time
  • stay organized and keep all medical information close at hand
  • plan transportation to the donor site and have a bag packed and ready to go as soon as possible
  • establish a financial plan to cover the costs
  • consider joining a transplant support group
  • learn more about the process and what to expect
  • consider counseling or therapy to help cope with the emotional impact of the transplant process

People can wait between 30 days to more than 5 years for liver transplants. The outlook for wait times depends on factors such as:

  • level of liver damage
  • age
  • location
  • overall health
  • body size
  • blood group

People receiving a liver from a living donor will need a donor whose liver and body size are compatible.

According to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)the survival rates for people receiving a liver transplant from deceased donors are as follows:

  • 86% at 1 year
  • 78% at 3 years
  • 72% at 5 years
  • about 53% at 20 years

Liver transplant success and long-term survival rates may vary for each individual, depending on their circumstances and overall health.

People in need of a liver transplant can be put on a national waiting list. People in urgent need of a liver transplant are given top priority.

Florida may have the shortest waiting list because it has the highest transplant rates from deceased donors.

Wait times may depend on factors such as liver health, general health, age, location, blood type, and body size.

Accelerating support for all health professions should be a top priority


The dire warnings about healthcare worker shortages across the country must be taken seriously.

The media focuses on the shortage of nurses in the United States – a critical issue exacerbated by clinical and private nurses retiring, leaving vocation or suffering long hours and desperate conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also a shortage of primary care physicians and physician assistants, as well as an equally concerning shortage of physiotherapists, speech-language pathologists, respiratory therapists and occupational therapists.

These professionals are the glue that binds the recovery process together for millions of Americans. Following surgery, illness or injury, patients often require immediate or prolonged care. Whether at home or in a clinical setting, regaining muscle strength and coordination, relearning to function effectively, and coping with various physical, mental, and emotional challenges is essential for successful recovery and for leading a reasonably independent and active life.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare employment must increase by 30% this decade to meet current and emerging needs. Each year, there are 12,200 planned openings for Physician Assistants, 10,100 openings for Occupational Therapists, 15,600 for Physical Therapists and 15,200 for Speech Language Pathologists.

The pandemic was an unforeseen crisis. Schools closed or switched to blended learning, rehabilitation centers were temporarily closed, and long-term care and nursing facilities, as well as schools, banned outsiders. Speech-language pathology, respiratory therapy and occupational therapy students were denied clinical placements, without which they could not graduate and apply for a license. Even with sophisticated simulators for classroom instruction and excellent instructors, these students could not progress without the hands-on clinical placements and training required by national accreditors. They remained helpless as the health crisis worsened.

Connecticut needs to accelerate the pipeline of students pursuing these vocations. The challenge isn’t always in attracting students – usually there are more applicants than there are slots available in health education programs like the School of Health Professions at the Sacred Heart University, with over 800 students applying for 42 open slots in our PA program alone. But finding and retaining qualified and experienced faculty (due to retirements and attrition) and identifying the hands-on clinical training opportunities students need to graduate and earn their Licence.

That said, it’s not a level playing field. Respiratory therapists (RTs) came into the spotlight as the outbreak worsened; many patients with pulmonary trauma required respiratory support, intubation and prolonged rehabilitation. Although there are a limited number of RT training programs in Connecticut, many have openings. The lower average salaries in this field as well as the lack of financial support for training are dissuasive. And with the shortage of respiratory therapists, those currently employed are being required to work longer hours, making them more prone to job stress and burnout.

We cannot just snap our fingers and create new health professionals. But reaching out to minority communities and ensuring students receive the necessary STEM learning in high school should be a priority in Connecticut. We also need to make their college education affordable. Addressing these challenges will require marketing activities, scholarships and other longer-term financial incentives such as low-interest loans or loan forgiveness for these essential workers.

In addition to recruiting clinicians for teaching roles, we encourage associate degree workers to complete their BAs, MAs and Ed.Ds to help them move into more challenging clinical positions as well as supervisory and teaching roles. And we’re working with the state government to find solutions such as loan repayment programs for students applying for and working in high-demand healthcare professions.

Congratulations to the Connecticut Legislature for passing a bill allocating $35 million for scholarships and faculty at public institutions and the Council of Independent Colleges of Connecticut for healthcare and behavioral health workforces over the next two exercises. They also approved a program to oversee $11 million in loan repayments over the next three years for healthcare workers in high-demand areas. And an additional $3 million in grants has been set aside to help higher education institutions provide mental health support.

Motivated high school and college students and people considering new careers should be actively sought out for health vocations. Additionally, to help ease the drain on our current workforce, we need to focus on the stock market, personal and virtual care, loan repayment incentives, increased wages, and improved health. access to clinical rotations and practical training. This requires strengthened partnerships with regional health care systems, matching an adequate pool of talented students with clinical training.

This will not happen overnight, but it is essential to ensure that action is taken today to build the health professions workforce that we need now – and will have more and more needed in the years to come – to prevent our next big health care crisis.

Maura Daly Iversen is Dean of College of Health Professions at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

Decolonization or Brahmanization: What is the motivation behind the Karnataka NEP position papers?


The 26 position papers prepared by the committee constituted by the Government of Karnataka to guide the way for the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 have come out. The last to be published in the series was the article on “Knowledge of India”, which is also the key to understanding the orientation of the other articles.

This position paper aggressively examines the program to reaffirm the Brahminical ethos, intellectual streams and social order as the only “authentic” Indian knowledge system. And this campaign is portrayed as the civilizational project of decolonizing the Indian mind. Even though NEP-2020, which had 19 paragraphs on promoting Indian knowledge systems, hinted that this “Indianization” would come mainly from Vedic and Brahmanical literature, it also mentioned the Buddha and Mahavira in passing. But the position paper makes no such claim.

This re-Brahmanization is presented as “Bhartiyata, Bharatiya Dharma Parampara” against the systems introduced by “the invaders and colonizers”. This is achieved by promoting Brahmanical literature, tradition, personalities, authors and history as “Indian” and equating Sanskrit with “Bharatiya”. Sanskrit” (Indian culture).

Thus, it is stated that Sanskrit or Saṁskṛta is the “language in which the overwhelming majority of Indian knowledge is available” and the article recommends that Sanskrit should be taught from early childhood as it will help students understand the concepts of “Knowledge of India”. ‘. It is also suggested that Sanskrit should become the compulsory third language.

No in-depth study is necessary to trace its inspiration in the doctrines of Hindutva. In The essence of HindutvaVD Savarkar says:

“Hindus are bound not only by the bond of love we bear to a common homeland and by the common blood that runs through our veins and keeps our hearts beating and our affections warm, but also by the bond of homage which we return to our great civilization – our Hindu culture, which could not be better rendered than by the Sanskriti word for this language, Sanskrit, which has been the chosen medium for the expression and preservation of this culture, of all which was the best and most to be kept in the history of our breed. We are one because we are a nation, a race and have a common Sanskrit.

The position favors Sanskrit. Photo: Harish Sharma/Pixabay

No monopoly on knowledge

No one can deny that the ancient Indian civilization produced great indigenous knowledge systems in many fields. Students should be aware of this. But knowledge production is a historical and collective enterprise where the confluence of different knowledge systems leads to new or improvised knowledge. This process is not unidirectional or devoid of vested conflicts of interest.

The first beneficiaries of this human labor are the social elites. This is evident in the history of all countries including India. The history of democracy also shows the resistance of social elites against the democratization of knowledge. In India – before and after, Brahminical elites were the source of such controls. While Indians should be proud of the accomplishments of their ancestors – despite these obstacles – these position papers want students to appreciate the obstacles as benefactors.

Knowledge is also the reflection of the synthesis of different cultures and no culture can claim a monopoly. But these positions privilege Brahmanic wisdom as innate and inert and deny the contribution of other currents in the “Indian”. Thus, the pronouncements not only blatantly erase Islamic influences on many disciplines, but also systematically undermine non-Brahmin sources of knowledge like the Buddhists, Jains and many other Shramanic knowledge systems.

The position paper derives the meaning of Indian not from the India described in the constitution but from the Vishnu purana, Sri Ramachandra and Bankim Chandra. The “Viṣṇu Purāṇa (2.3.1) defines Bhārata as the land north of the oceans and south of the Himalayas”, he says while “the idea of ​​Bhārata which really resounds in the hearts of his children is that pronounced by Śrī Rāmachandra as ” [Janani Janmabhumschya Swarad Hi Riasi] and reaffirmed by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee as … the idea of ​​Bhārata-mātā”.

India’s lack of understanding of such cultural idioms is blamed on the decades of educational systems that have been followed, “which, under the guise of secularization, have systematically brought our impressionable minds into the zone of rootlessness and ignorance. achievements of their own ancestors.

The position paper also picks up the age-old RSS narrative of Indian history when it states: “For a nation that has been colonized for almost a thousand years, it is only in the recent past that it has awakened to the concept of decoloniality.

Thus, in one fell swoop, it authenticates the Hindutva narrative that Muslim rule is seen as the colonization of Hindu India along with British colonization. Second, by implying that those who arrived in India before these thousand years are the “first inhabitants” of the region, it also attempts to erase the Aryan migration debate. Thus, decolonizing also means de-Islamizing – for which the best way is to re-Brahmanize.

The archaeological site of Harappa, from the Indus Valley Civilization. Photo: Sara jilani/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Thus the Indianization of history from early childhood (3-6 years) is envisaged through the teaching of Sanskrit, where Sanskrit substitutes for words “can be captured and taught are animals, birds, flowers, professions, verbs, family” so that students become familiar with the language that carries Indian culture.

Even in other secular fields like economics, geography, botany and administration – where there are many pioneers and contributors from non-Brahmin communities – the suggestion in the position paper is to learn from texts like Arthaśāstra, Pañca mahābhūta, tridoṣa theory, development, etc. He adds :

“The Idea of ​​Good Governance from Śānti Parva of Mahābhārata, Lessons in Corporate Governance from Arthaśāstra of Kauṭilya, Defense and War, Concepts of Indian Knowledge Management, Administration and Social Life under Vijayanagara [can be incorporated].”

He also mentions the Gupta Empire, during which the Varnas degenerated into the most oppressive caste system, as having helped “shape the Bhāratīya civilization (intellectual achievements and social organization; social stability which gave rise to harmony , peace and prosperity for a period of at least three centuries)” and that it has not been sufficiently highlighted.

While he cites the invasion of Muslim rulers as the cause of the decline of Buddhism and the census introduced by the British as the reason for the proliferation of the caste system, he absolves the Manusmriti of propagating any social stratification based on birth. The position paper on social science relies heavily on the writings of S.N. Balagangadhara as its source, who completely rejects the existence of the caste system under Hindu rule.

The position paper also asserts that the Devalaya-centric school system that prevailed before the British had no caste-based discrimination and that in future the Devalaya premises could also serve as a “great center of education for multiple disciplines ranging from art, sculpture, architecture to cultural practices”.

Interestingly, the position paper says the student should develop a critical mind and should encourage “a questioning attitude and not just accept everything the textbooks say as infallible truth”, it calls the Pythagorean Theorem, a apple falling on Newton as “fake news”.

But the position paper in the same vein demands acceptance of everything written in the Smritis, including Manusmriti and Puranas, and calls any criticism of the oppressive Brahmanical social order a “colonial construct”.

In discussing the promotion of the “Indian way” of understanding history, the document calls for intellectual bravery to speak the truth about “events such as the genocide of the Malabar Hindus (known as the Moplah riots), the genocide of the Maharashtrian Brahmins, the Genocide and the Exodus of Hindus from Kashmir” and they should be taught in traditional school textbooks. Although these three events are important, the Brahminical bias is evident when the massacres of Dalits by savarna Hindus are not even mentioned.

Additionally, the position paper on health and wellbeing states that eggs and meat should not be served to children as they lead to “lifestyle disorders”.

Thus, decolonization serves as an alibi for the re-Brahmanization of the Indian spirit. Any curriculum based on these stances inculcates hatred towards non-Hindus and promotes the internal enslavement of non-Hindu Brahmins since all Brahmins would be taught not only as great and virtuous but also “authentically” Indian.

Author Bhanwar Megwanshi unveils new RSS strategy in his book I Couldn’t Be a Hindu: A Dalit’s Story in RSS. Brahmanical supremacy is promoted not by directly denigrating non-Brahmins as inferior, but by advocating all things Brahmanical as superior. It is for this reason that Ambedkar referred to Brahmanism as internal colonialism. There is no decolonization without de-Brahmanization.

Patients as Partners

An injection of funding allows a team of Memorial researchers to continue working with patient partners to improve the health of Canadians.

On Wednesday, July 13, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research announced a combined investment of more than $9.7 million over five years from the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to support the ongoing work patient-oriented research as part of the SPOR Support Unit for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT).

Since 2014, Newfoundland and Labrador’s SRAP SUPPORT unit, called NL SUPPORT, based in Memorial, has been helping local researchers conduct patient-oriented research (POR).

The Government of Canada will provide over $4.8 million to NL SUPPORT over a five-year period (April 2021 to March 2026) to continue its ROP work through increased collaboration between SUPPORT jurisdictional units and other SPOR-funded research groups.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will match this funding, also providing more than $4.8 million over five years – a continuation of the support that was provided to the unit during the initiative’s first phase. .

“Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research changes for the better the way we engage patients in health research. — Dorothée Senior

Patients as Partners

SPOR is an initiative of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research that supports various entities to build patient-oriented research capacity in Canada, which emphasizes the engagement of patients, their caregivers and families in as active partners who help shape health research.

The funding will enable NL SUPPORT to build on patient engagement as partners in research with a greater focus on equity, diversity and inclusion, and to ensure that evidence of research inform health care practice and health system innovation and transformation.

Dr. Brendan Barrett, Professor of Medicine (Nephrology), Faculty of Medicine, is the Principal Investigator of NL SUPPORT.

“While great strides have been made by SPOR SUPPORT units and researchers across the country, system and culture change takes time,” Dr. Barrett said. “We are very pleased to receive this funding which will help us develop a sustainability plan and continue our work of creating a culture of patient-centered research in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Neil Bose, Vice President (Research), says the investment will strengthen essential health-related research conducted by Memorial teams.

“Investments in health innovation lead to better patient outcomes and address health care challenges that affect our province, our country and the world,” he said.

“Support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will allow Memorial’s multidisciplinary researchers to work with patient partners, enabling them to advance critical studies that have real impact on the delivery of health care. Congratulations to Dr. Barrett and his team as they continue this important work.

Main components

In this next phase, NL SUPPORT will focus on equity, diversity and inclusion in its work to help facilitate research quality, relevance and impact.

To achieve this, the unit’s governance structure will include representatives of researchers, trainees, patients, Indigenous communities and organizations, health professionals, and health system administrators.

Over the five-year period, the main areas of work will be ensuring rapid access to data for researchers; support research that strengthens best practices in health care; increase local capacity for patient-oriented research; and ensure that patients are genuinely involved.

Together with its main program, Quality of Care NL, NL SUPPORT will also continue to work with patient partners to improve the health care services provided to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Acting as a catalyst within a learning healthcare system – a structure in which all actors work together to generate knowledge and continually improve care – NL SUPPORT and Quality of Care NL will work to reduce low-value care, by ensuring that the right treatment reaches the right patient at the right time.

In fact, past work by the unit is estimated to have avoided costs to the provincial health care system of approximately $2.8 million over three years.

Meaningful engagement

NL SUPPORT has established a Patient Advisory Council which provides advice and guidance in determining patient-focused research priorities, engaging patients in research projects, and planned public outreach activities.

Some members of the NL SUPPORT Patient Advisory Council.

“My work as a Patient Partner has allowed me to contribute to improving patient care, health outcomes and the efficiency of the provincial healthcare system,” said NL SUPPORT Patient Partner Dorothy Senior.

“Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research changes for the better the way we engage patients in health research.

BCMH chief discusses response to behavioral health patients | News, Sports, Jobs


ANSE — Baraga County Memorial Health is offering two new programs to respond to emergency room patients with potential psychiatric issues.

A growing number of patients with behavioral health needs are coming to the emergency room, the hospital’s chief executive, Rob Stowe, told Baraga County Council on Monday evening.

A recent addition is the “model” program. When a doctor declares it necessary, a BCMH employee will come and sit with a behavioral patient. The sitter would notify staff if the patient tries to leave or becomes a threat to themselves or others.

“It’s something that used to be done intermittently by the sheriff’s department, and really taxed their workforce,” says Stowe. “So over the last 60 days or so, we’ve been finalizing this program and using it once or twice a week.”

In addition, a 24/7 telemedicine support system is also about to go online, which will provide the hospital with access to certified psychiatric doctors. Stowe expects the contract with telemedicine provider Avel to be finalized within the next two to three months.

“At the touch of a button, we will have a board-certified psychiatrist available to help with assessments if this patient requires hospitalization, or possibly medication management assistance as well” , he said. “…It will be nice to bounce these things on these highly skilled people.”

More than 300 hospitals nationwide work with Avel, Stowe said. BCMH will be the first in the Upper Peninsula.

BCMH collaborated with Copper Country Mental Health on the project. Indigent or Medicaid patients must be screened by CCMH before being granted an inpatient bed in Michigan.

Some patients have been in the emergency room for eight days while staff try to find an inpatient bed in the state. The last time the hospital attempted to place a patient, the social worker made 41 calls, Stowe said.

“It’s very difficult and that kind of creative thinking is what we’re trying to do to see what resources we can bring in,” he said.

In other actions, the council:

• Congratulated Pam Anderson on her retirement from Baragaland Senior Citizens after 37 years.

• Appointed Abigail Prentice and Jeffrey Sweers as Assistant Medical Examiners.

• approved an additional $900 for the magistrate’s salary to correct a request approved at the June meeting.

•Approved the appointment of Jill Beeler as an Associate Magistrate following her training at the State Court Administrative Office.

• Approved a resolution opposing a proposed change to the administrative rules of the federal Wagner-Peyser Act, which funds Michigan Works local units. An estimated 300 of Michigan Works’ 400 statewide jobs could be eliminated by the change.

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How to Become a Cybersecurity Specialist

BY Anastasia GlyadkovskayaJuly 12, 2022, 7:26 PM

A “Cyber ​​Security” sign is displayed in the window of a computer store, as seen in December 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Olivier Douliery—AFP/Getty Images)

Although cybersecurity is a relatively new field, its popularity and demand are growing. In fact, cybersecurity is among the 20 fastest growing professions, with over half a million openings in the United States.

And this demand is not expected to go away anytime soon. “Security has become more and more important every year and there is so much work to do,” says Kunal Anand, CTO of Imperva, a cybersecurity company.

Although the role of a cybersecurity specialist can seem technically daunting, it can involve much more than programming. In fact, some cybersecurity roles don’t require a computer background and can still help make meaningful business decisions.

If you’re considering a career in cybersecurity, here’s a step-by-step guide to becoming a specialist:

  1. Get training
  2. Find hands-on experience opportunities
  3. Follow a certification
  4. Determine your specialty
  5. Demonstrate that you are a critical thinker

1. Get training

The good news is that there is no one-size-fits-all training path to becoming a cybersecurity specialty; you have options. You can choose to get an undergraduate or graduate degree in cybersecurity or a related field like computer science, but you can also get an industry certification instead, or even go the graduate route. self-taught.

At a minimum, everyone should know the basics of computers and understand how to secure them, says Mutaque Ahamad, a professor at Georgia Tech University’s School of Cybersecurity and Privacy.

“You have to understand the technology to be able to secure it,” says Ahamad. “In the context of cybersecurity, these are networks, computers and software.” However, for some (but not all) master’s program tracks, you might need an undergraduate degree in computer science or engineering. Some of the best programs include Georgia Tech, New York University, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of California, Berkeley.

But be careful not to choose an academic program solely for its brand name; the school should have some level of specialization in cybersecurity.

2. Find hands-on experience opportunities

Practical skills are essential and some academic programs risk being too theoretical. Increasingly, however, universities are incorporating either industry certification or internships into their curricula.

“If they don’t add that practical element to it, they’re doing their students a disservice,” warns Rob Rashotte, vice president of Global Training & Technical Field Enablement at cybersecurity company Fortinet.

And more than a degree per se, recruiters want to see that candidates for cybersecurity roles have gained hands-on experience along the way, whether in school or in a previous job.

“The best thing is to find someone who has a four-year degree, or maybe worked in a company for a few years, who has demonstrated their abilities through source code,” says Anand, who helps to make hiring decisions at Imperva. This means having a GitHub profile or another repository to show what you’ve built and how you think. Strong and competitive candidates are intellectually curious and have built their own projects. “That kind of thought leadership, you want to see it,” adds Anand.

3. Pursue certification

Certifications are a great alternative for those not looking to go to school. They can be generalized, such as those proposed by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Or they may be vendor-specific, such as those offered by IBM.

Fortinet offers more than 900 hours of free cybersecurity training courses, Rashotte says, as well as a tiered certification program. Getting certified “really mitigates the risk for hiring managers” since those skills have been validated by a third party, he adds. “That can really say a lot on a CV.”

Even for vendor-specific certifications, many skills are transferable, so don’t worry about being typecast.

4. Determine your specialty

It can be difficult to determine which area of ​​cybersecurity to specialize in.

As for the domain, “there’s a lot of expanse,” notes Anand. When you’re just starting out, you’ll probably be a generalist. But as you progress through your career, recruiters like Anand prefer to “see some sort of theme.” Maybe it’s app and data security, or maybe you care about mobile and backend security. Being passionate about an area will show recruiters that you can make an impact there. It’s a competitive advantage.

A useful guide is the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework developed by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This framework categorizes various specialty areas and can be used to learn more about various specialty areas within cybersecurity.

5. Demonstrate that you are a critical thinker

Hiring managers are looking for candidates with a fighter mentality who care about people’s safety “because it touches on everything,” Anand says. Even people who are not trained in cybersecurity have a chance of landing a job if they demonstrate the motivation to learn.

“That’s a big part of what I think about cybersecurity: being diligent, going against the grain to get ahead and outmaneuver attackers,” Anand says.

Strong thinkers are more likely to be hired despite an atypical background. Two years ago, Anand tried his luck with a candidate with a doctorate. in criminology to take on the role of Cyber ​​Threat Manager at Imperva.

“I hired her because I wanted to change the way we think about security,” says Anand. “I personally look for exceptional thinkers.” This employee has since been promoted, he adds.

“It really comes down to their ability to work with people, their ability to solve problems,” echoes Rashotte, “and their ability to solve customer problems at an enterprise level.”

ChemImage, Compentex receives a grant from the BIRD Foundation


Foundation promoting U.S.-Israeli collaborations funds project to advance drug identification and delivery system

PITTSBURGH, July 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ChemImage, a leader in molecular chemical imaging technology, is pleased to announce that the Binational Foundation for Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) is investing $950,000 to develop NurseSpace, an innovative drug identification and delivery system.

The brainchild of Israeli start-up Compentex LTD, NurseSpace’s early development and proof-of-concept successes are the result of a fruitful collaboration with ChemImage. By enabling multispectral analysis and artificial intelligence algorithms, NurseSpace has been developed to prevent all relevant medication errors and ensure the correct administration of medication to each patient. By safely monitoring, dosing and dispensing prescribed medications, healthcare facilities can enhance existing solutions to prevent the errors that can matter in patients’ lives.

“We are delighted to work with Compentex and help them improve patient safety around the world,” said John Belechak, Chief Revenue Officer of ChemImage. “We look forward to an engaging and fruitful relationship.”

“The grant will allow us to spur the development of NurseSpace for market distribution in the United States and Israel“, said Dr. Vadim Zelikman, CEO of Compentex. “We are excited to move forward with our R&D efforts and continue the hard work needed to bring NurseSpace to market.”

The collaboration between ChemImage and Compentex was made possible by 412×972 Pittsburgh Israel Innovation (www.412×972.com). ChemImage has been working with 412×972 since 2020. “When Vadim, CEO of Compentex, introduced me to his product design, I knew ChemImage could help improve the performance of this product,” said Gal Inbar, Executive Director of 412×972. . “It took a lot of time, effort and focus to secure BIRD funding, but it was definitely worth it.”

About ChemImage Corporation

ChemImage is committed to empowering the world with intelligent, real-time, autonomous chemical imaging technology to enhance situational awareness and user decision-making. The company’s proprietary and state-of-the-art chemical imaging sensors, algorithms and computer vision analysis software enable medical device, pharmaceutical and life science companies, as well as security professionals and law enforcement, meet challenging health and safety needs with Awareness of Things® (AoT®). With state-of-the-art chemical imaging technology and advanced software and algorithms, ChemImage strives to bring a new level of situational awareness to people in their daily lives. www.chemimage.com.

About Compentex

Compentex LTD is an Israeli start-up that is developing an innovative platform to prevent medication errors using new multispectral identification systems and algorithms. To date, the startup has successfully advanced a proof-of-concept system that includes both hardware and software components.

About 412×972

412×972 Pittsburgh Israel Innovation Creates Profitable Economic Bridges Between Pittsburgh and Israel. 412×972 exploits the synergies between the Pittsburgh and Israel business ecosystems and identifies specific opportunities through scouting, business development and other programs to create benefits for both communities.

SOURCEChemImage Corporation

Bloomington will spend nearly $225,000 to repair aging Market Street parking bridge

The Bloomington City Council is split on whether to continue pumping money into the aging Market Street parking lot downtown.

At its Monday night meeting, council voted 4-3 to spend about $225,000 on repairs needed to maintain the nearly 50-year-old parking lot at the southeast corner of Market and Madison streets. But several council members said the days of band-aid approaches were over. What is needed, they said, is action for the prime location.

“I think maybe at the visioning retreat we need to bite the bullet” and address the long-term fate of the structure, said Ward 2’s Donna Boelen, who served as acting mayor because the mayor Mboka Mwilambwe was absent. In this role, Boelen did not vote.

Jeff Crabill from Ward 8 was also not present.

Also at the meeting, a proposal to offer a temporary amnesty for parking fines died for lack of a vote; and council heard a brief presentation on the proposed redistricting for its nine-ward system.

West Market Street Parking Deck

On the one hand, Bloomington executives have a general consensus that the game is too old for investing. On the other hand, the council did not vote to demolish the structure and make way for what to do with the space.

Russ Waller, the city’s facilities manager, told council on Monday that to keep the structure safe and open, repairs are needed. The board’s 4-3 vote awards Western Specialty Contractors the $223,687 contract.

Waller said in the post-COVID landscape, only about half of the bridge’s 550 spaces are in regular use. Deputy City Manager Billy Tyus said demolishing the structure would cost the city about $2 million.

Doing the repairs ensures the bridge can be used, said Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason. “We’re going to flash and two or three years will pass,” Gleason said, so some sort of temporary fix is ​​needed.

“It also saves us time, in terms of a long-term downtown solution,” Gleason added.

Despite nearly a decade of talking about what to put in next, Bloomington executives haven’t been decisive about how to move forward. Several conversations about potential solutions are ongoing, Gleason said. He called the possibility of partnering with Connect Transit to create a downtown transportation hub there an interesting, but premature, idea.

Sheila Montney of Ward 3 and Nick Becker of Ward 5, among those supporting the contract, said that given the cost of demolishing the structure, it made sense to keep the parking deck with the minor repairs for the time being.

Voting ‘no’, Ward 6’s De Urban said she appreciates Waller’s points about keeping the structure running, but city leaders need to stop kicking the streets when he is to manage the parking lot. “The box stops here with me,” she said. Ward 1’s Grant Walch and Ward 7’s Mollie Ward also voted against additional garage spending.

Parking amnesty idea finds lack of support

On another note, a proposal to offer a temporary program allowing people with cumulative parking fines to pay only half of what they owe was sent back to staff, without a vote.

The members of the Council held a long public debate on the question.

As proposed, for 30 days those fined could pay half of their dues, with some of that money going to support a local charity providing backpacks to public school students. This 30-day period was to precede Bloomington joining an aggressive statewide collection program. The latter is still planned, Gleason said.

But in the end, no one asked for a vote.

Montney said that in total, only about 50 people are responsible for more than $175,000 in fines. City staff said they could not provide demographics of those fined. So she said she was worried that they might not necessarily have limited incomes.

Several council members said they didn’t think the halving of fines sent the right message to people. A $10 fine is capped at $38, plus late fees.

“We’re talking about giving them a nice little reward” for being repeat offenders, Walch said.

Waller and Gleason said that, logistically, the city would not lose money by seeking half of the fines because, so far, of the roughly 10,000 outstanding fines, only about 25% of the money was recovered. Waller said the city’s current system struggles to locate recipients of parking fines due to address changes and other issues.

Several council members have asked why the city doesn’t put parking boots on repeat offenders. But Waller said the cost and staff safety made it impractical.

“There seem to be a lot of unanswered questions about the lack of enforcement,” Montney said.

Public commentators Surena Fish and Deborah Johnson spoke out against the amnesty proposal, both saying that ratepayers expect the city to collect fines owed.

“If you choose to forgive parking tickets, what’s next?” Johnson said.

Becker, who attended the meeting virtually, initially said he supported the proposal because it would be a way for the city to recover some of the money owed, while helping the Back 2 School Alliance with its charitable work.

However, at the end of the meeting, he praised public commentators and other board members for helping persuade him that the program was not in Bloomington’s best interests.

Shared proposed neighborhood plans

City Clerk Leslie Yocum told council that the five proposed maps for Bloomington’s nine wards will be discussed in depth at council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on July 18.

The board is expected to vote on the final proposal shortly after that committee meeting, Tyus said.

City staff designed four of the plans, while a city resident submitted the fifth.

All of the proposed remapped boundaries meet the relocation requirement in a way that maintains compact neighborhoods, with similar populations in each. The proposed changes are intended to compensate for population shifts reported in the 2020 U.S. Census.
Tyus told council the goal was for each of the nine wards to be home to around 8,7000 residents. But the census showed Ward 7 is below that number and Ward 8 is finished.

The city’s proposed redistricting plans can be viewed on Bloomington’s website.

In other cases counsel:

  • Amended its fiscal year 2022 budget by $1.1 million, allowing PJ Hoerr to manage construction of the new South American exhibit at Miller Park Zoo.
  • OK’d two Local 362 collective agreements – one for city inspectors and one for support staff. Each group will see increases of 3% for the three-year period of 2022-2024.
  • Authorized expenditure of approximately $220,000 for a street sweeper, with plans to trade in a surplus unit worth $100,000; spending about $175,000 on three professional leaf vacuums and about $230,000 on a backhoe.
  • Voted unanimously to file a ruling on proposed changes to Cadillac Jack’s outboard seats. The board referred the proposal to the Bloomington Liquor Commission for further community comment. Two public commentators complained about the noisy events at the South Main Street business. Urban of Ward 6 said she also received several emails from constituents with similar concerns.

The librarian praised after helping an elderly woman research obituaries for her friends: ‘She cried. I cried’


A librarian has told the heartbreaking story of helping an elderly woman research her friends’ obituaries.

Eddie Kristan, a librarian who works at the Warren-Newport Public Library in Illinois and known as Eddie the Giant Librarian on social media, shared the encounter in a tweet posted Friday.

In the post, Kristan said he was working at the library when he got a call from an elderly woman who didn’t have internet access. According to the librarian, the woman had called because she wanted help finding obituaries for her high school friends, as she hadn’t heard from many of them in a while.

“I got a call from an elderly client who didn’t have the internet asking me to look up obituaries because she hadn’t heard from her band of high school friends in a while,” said he wrote. “I found them all. She cried. I cried. I hope I treated it gently enough for her.

In a follow-up tweet, Kristan said he spoke with the woman after she shared the news and offered to print the obituaries for her friends.

“I talked to her for a bit and told her to come to the library and print the tributes for her or mail them to her. She made me read some of them. It’s a really shitty time to feel so alone,” he continued.

The librarian’s tweet has since been liked more than 209,000 times, with hundreds of people thanking Kristan for the sympathetic way he handled the devastating phone call.

“Your compassion and empathy is amazing. Thank you for all you do, and I hope you have a great support system on days like this as well,” one person wrote.

Another said: “That was so sweet. Librarians are the best people.

“Thank you for showing him compassion and kindness. Public librarians and library staff are so undervalued,” someone else wrote.

According to another individual, Kristan’s “service” to the woman was one of the “kindest” stories they had ever read. “Thank you for sharing it with us,” they added.

Addressing the library newspaper in 2020, Kristan reflected on his own relationship with the Warren-Newport Public Library, which he says provided him with “books and a safe place to read and watch media” while he was homeschooled near.

As security supervisor for WNPL, Kristan told the outlet that he made it his mission to ensure the library was a “community hub for all information needs.”

According to Kristan, this means helping everyone who wants to use the library, whatever their needs.

“If someone needs to use a speakerphone because they are hard of hearing, you can bring them to a private study room, sales area, or lobby instead of just turning them off. “, he told the outlet. “I approach this person to facilitate [their needs]”.

Kristan also told the outlet that he loves his job and that the people who work and come to the library are his “family.”

In a Tweeter shared after her story went viral, Kristan expressed his gratitude for all the love and new subscribers, before encouraging people to “fight censorship and be great to each other.”

The Independent contacted Kristan for comment.

ASPCA Kitten Nursery helps 10,000 of New York’s most vulnerable animals with support from foster families


The 10,000th kitten, named Zanzibar, a 10-week-old tabby kitten with orange fur, arrived at the ACC ASPCA Kitten Nursery at four weeks old and needed specialized medical support for an upper respiratory infection. After being assessed by an ASPCA veterinarian, she was placed with an experienced foster family who provided bottles, medication and socialization to help Zanzibar regain strength and prepare for life in an adoptive home. Zanzibar is now healthy and strong thanks to the support of her foster family and will soon be available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center in manhattan.

“Reaching this milestone of 10,000 kittens demonstrates just how much we can achieve when animal welfare organisations, foster families and veterinary professionals work together to address a life-threatening animal welfare challenge with the utmost compassion. and determination,” said Matt BershadkerPresident and CEO of the ASPCA. “We are proud to provide New York animal care centers with essential assistance and encourage the public to continue to adopt and foster animals to help their local shelters manage the ongoing seasonal surge of vulnerable kittens. “

The majority of kittens helped by the ASPCA Kitten Nursery are transferred from ACC, the only open admission shelter in New York City, to help ease the pressure on the city’s accommodation operations. Kittens are also cared for by individual rescuers in the five boroughs.

“The ASPCA’s Kitten Nursery is a vital part of the ACC’s mission to end animal homelessness in New York City. The ASPCA has taken thousands of kittens to ACC over the years and provided the care and compassion necessary to ensure their survival,” said ACC President and CEO Risa Weinstock. “The partnership between the ASPCA and the ACC has been essential in our quest to make New York City the most animal-friendly city in the country.”

Vulnerable kittens under eight weeks old often require round-the-clock attention as they grow, a resource that many shelters don’t have, so foster programs that support frequent bottle-feeding for the youngest of these kittens and medical examinations are crucial. to help them grow and find loving homes. Thousands of shelter animals across the country such as vulnerable kittens, including those who may have been unintentionally orphaned by well-meaning members of the public – require specialized care and, in some cases, ongoing support after adoption, due to medical or behavioral needs.

In addition to the ASPCA Kitten Nursery, the ASPCA has cared for nearly 9,000 kittens through its Los Angeles Kitten Foster Programlaunched in 2016, which supports animal care centers in Los Angeles County.

New Yorkers and animal lovers across the country are encouraged to make a difference this season by fostering vulnerable kittens. At this time, the ASPCA Kitten Nursery has a special need for foster caregivers who can provide frequent feedings and support to kittens who may need regular baths or medication treatment. To learn more about how to foster kittens in New York City and to complete an online application, please visit ASPCA.org/FosterNYC.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization to be established in North America and is today the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable animals and victims. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and animals. farms across the United States. The ASPCA helps animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty response, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and community advancement. shelters and veterinarians through research, training and resources. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.organd follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitterand instagram.


Securing Clean Energy Technology Supply Chains – Analysis

Secure, resilient and sustainable energy technology supply chains are essential for successful clean energy transitions. The race to net zero emissions will redefine global energy security and shift the focus from sourcing fossil fuels to sourcing the minerals, materials and manufacturing capacity needed to deliver clean energy technologies. This report, Securing clean energy technology supply chains, assesses current and future supply chain needs for key technologies – including solar PV, batteries for electric vehicles and low-emission hydrogen – and provides a framework for governments and industry to identify , assess and respond to emerging opportunities and vulnerabilities. The IEA highlights five key strategies for building secure, resilient and sustainable supply chains: diversify, accelerate, innovate, collaborate and invest.

This report has been prepared for the Sydney Energy Forum on 12-13 July 2022. The IEA is pleased to co-host the Forum alongside the Australian Government and in partnership with the Business Council of Australia. The report is a precursor to the 2023 edition of Energy Technology Outlooka flagship report from the IEA, which will present a detailed analysis of what is needed to develop and expand a range of clean energy technology supply chains to achieve net zero emissions.

Australia’s child protection systems are ‘in crisis’ but some programs are making a positive difference


Meg Benson is a professional therapist whose job has become a 24/7 job.

She opened her home to a child who had previously struggled in foster care and government-run residential care.

“It’s definitely a challenge, but I knew it, so I had the long game in mind the whole way through,” Ms Benson said.

She is part of a new out-of-home care model helping a small number of children in New South Wales.

It is based on a German concept and involves a professional social worker, counselor or therapist who is paid full time to care for a child in their home.

Caregivers use their professional skills to manage the child’s trauma and build relationships.

Ms Benson said that in just a few years the results for the child she is caring for have been “phenomenal”.

She said that after a few months he had “gone from minimal attendance” at school with “lots of suspensions” to “100% school attendance”.

“He skipped a few grades every school year to start catching up.”

Ms Benson said she was working to maintain a connection with the child’s birth parents.

“I want to see the kid happy and not heartbroken, and that means we’ve increased some phone calls, we’ve increased some visits.”

Ms Benson said the benefits of establishing a relationship with the child in her care were clear.

Regarding the round-the-clock nature of the job, Ms Benson said that while she did volunteer her time outside of her 40-hour work week, there were opportunities for downtime.

“If your child has a high academic commitment, you have time to sit down and have ABC talks,” she said.

Access to “real relationships”

Jarrod Wheatley is the managing director of Professional Individualized Care, which he describes as “the final stop in out-of-home care” when all else has failed.

The program has been running for five years and works with children who have been in multiple foster homes, group home placements or even live in hotels where they were supervised by shift workers.

“What that means for the child is that they actually have access to real connections and relationships, not eight-hour shift workers,” Mr Wheatley said.

“They have that with someone who has the professional skills to respond appropriately to the complex trauma and attachment needs of the child.

“Kids can do something pretty amazing, which is to rewire their brains and regain trust in relationships.”

Jarrod Wheatley says there is “huge demand” for the program he leads.(Provided: Bryan Mills)

Mr Wheatley said the model could only support a small percentage of out-of-home children.

But he said there were lessons to be learned from the model for all stages of child protection intervention.

“The problem is that the vast majority of our interventions are currently spending 90% of their time on paperwork, 90% of their time on system needs, but not really investing in those real connections with children.

“But policies and procedures don’t meet people’s needs – people do.

“It is certainly possible for us to run relationship-based models in the early intervention and family preservation space.”

Help parents when their children are removed

At the time Grace*’s child was taken away by child safety officers, she was struggling.

Grace also found it extremely difficult to deal with child protection workers.

“I couldn’t talk to them… basically they were going against me,” she said.

She credits support from the Salvation Army’s Doorway to Parenting program with being key to better access to her child, who remains in the care of a parent.

“I can basically see my child whenever I want; they have a lot of faith in me now.

“I’ve been drug free for two years, I don’t smoke anymore… I have my own car, I work.”

Grace worked directly with Salvation Army social worker Erica Heffernan.

“Families going through are at the most vulnerable stage of their lives,” Ms Heffernan said.

“They are at risk of either having their children taken away or having their child taken away and placed in a relative or foster care placement.”

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The Salvation Army’s Doorway to Parenting program helps parents build a relationship with their children who have been removed by child protective services.(Pixabay)

She said the aim of the program was to create a bond between parents and their children and to reunite families whenever possible.

This means supervised visits in a home environment and parenting classes.

To help with reunification, parenting programs are offered along with other supports.

“A reference for drugs and alcohol [for example] or letters of support for housing, addressing their mental health, going to an appointment with a psychologist,” Ms. Heffernan said.

“The other goal is to work to help parents work alongside child safety officers.

“We find that parents have been through so much trauma that [there’s] so much emotion behind the meeting with the child safety officers.

“Having someone speak on their behalf or support them in what they want to say…helps them more in their case.”

The program successfully reunited 11 families in Tasmania between 2017 and 2019.

But with a limited number of social workers, there is a waiting list of people wanting to access the program.

“We work with long-term families, we know it’s not a magic bullet,” Ms Heffernan said.

Child protection is ‘in crisis globally’, but there are examples of good practice

An ABC survey prompted 700 people to express serious concerns about child protection systems across the country.

The inquest heard stories of rape, abuse, neglect and racism within the system, which National Children’s Commissioner Anne Hollonds described as “broken”.

Professor Leah Bromfield, director of the Australian Center for Child Protection at the University of South Australia, said Australia was not alone.

“I really wish I could tell you that there is a country where child protection has been done brilliantly that we could just copy, but sadly child protection is in crisis globally “, said Dr. Bromfield.

“There are things we do well in slices of the system.”

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Professor Leah Bromfield says child protection is in crisis globally.(Provided: Australian Center for Child Protection)

One example is the Murri School in Queensland, which “said a lot of our children had trauma,” Dr Bromfield said.

“So [it has] trauma-friendly classrooms, having additional things like allied health professionals on campus providing services to children.

“All of these things are really designed to say…we’re going to put this system in place to give these kids the best chance of success.”

System designed around “outdated assumptions”

Dr Bromfield said in Australia and overseas, child protection models seek to intervene early.

But she said the system was designed around outdated assumptions.

“We are seeing severe complex needs of active mental illness, active substance abuse and unmanaged domestic and family violence, homelessness and housing instability.

“This means that early intervention actually needs to be designed around families with multiple and complex needs.”

Dr Bromfield said Australia could look to places like Canada for models on how to shift legal responsibility to indigenous and community-controlled organizations “which we believe are best placed to respond. to their children”.

Dr. Barbara Fallon, from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work, said First Nations sovereignty over data and services is imperative, but First Nations children continue to be overrepresented in the Canada’s child welfare system.

“First Nations children were 17 times more likely to be placed in formal care following an investigation than a non-Indigenous child,” she said.

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National Children’s Commissioner Anne Hollonds has called the child protection system “broken”.(ABC News: Elena de Bruijne)

Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds, said there had been more than 2,000 recommendations from various inquiries into child protection in Australia.

She said the recommendations needed to be implemented and national leadership was also needed.

Federal Attorney General Mark Dreyfus met with Ms Hollonds to discuss the ‘horrifying’ cases of abuse in care that have come to light following the ABC investigation.

Mr. Dreyfus indicated that he paid particular attention to the points raised during the briefings.

“No child should be abused or neglected, especially in the child welfare system,” Dreyfus said.

*Name has been changed.

$20 Million Plan Aims to Preserve Walnut Towers for Low-Income Residents | Local News

MANKATO — A proposed $20 million acquisition and renovation of Walnut Towers, Mankato’s deteriorating downtown apartment building for low-income residents, would significantly modernize the 86-unit structure as early as 2023 if it received financial assistance from the city, county, and federal government.

The plan by Trellis Co., the potential buyer, would end concerns that downtown Mankato’s tallest apartment building could be transformed from subsidized housing into high-end high-rise apartments for more affluent residents. .

The Minneapolis-based nonprofit is promising a $7 million renovation that will touch nearly every element of the 52-year-old building’s exterior and interior, providing everything from a new restroom to a fitness room. passing by a mural covering the east side of the eight-story building. structure. And the modernized and improved apartments would continue to house some of the city’s poorest residents.

Saving the walnut towers would be a welcome outcome for city leaders, who have worked for years to increase the supply of affordable housing in Mankato. Several projects are bringing new rent-controlled apartment buildings to various parts of the city, including one that just opened near Cub Foods west of downtown.

“But it’s also about preserving affordable housing,” said Mankato Community Development Manager Paul Vogel. “With this proposal, it looks like they’re going to preserve affordability and solve some of the construction issues.”

Trellis is willing to make a 20-year commitment to keep Walnut Towers, which serves people whose income does not exceed half the area’s median income, as Section 8 housing. Federal tax credits, as well as Trellis’ past practices, mean the building would likely continue to serve low-income residents for a long time to come.

“Trellis never sells its properties and strives to be your neighbor for decades to come,” wrote Dan Walsh, vice president of housing development for Trellis in a June letter to city officials. “Section 8 rental assistance will remain indefinitely.”

In addition to multiple assurances that the building would be the sustainable home for its current tenants and future tenants with similar needs, the non-profit organization highlighted improvements it plans to the interior, exterior and tenant services provided. at Walnut Towers.

“The Trellis design team has been through Walnut Towers several times,” Walsh wrote in his letter. “The property has a number of critical physical needs and worthwhile improvements.”

Just over a third of the $20 million financial package would go towards the rehabilitation of the building and would transform both the exterior appearance of the 1970 structure, the 86 apartments spread over seven floors and the shared space such than the lobby, the non-profit organization promised.

Outside, the parking lot and patio would be renovated and landscaping would be added. The roof would be replaced, along with windows, metal panel siding, front sidewalks and driveways, exterior lighting and signage. The concrete walls would be cleaned. The east and west walls would be painted, and a mural would cover much or all of the east wall.

The project will “reconfigure and improve” interior common areas such as the lobby, community room, mail area and laundry room and add a fitness room, computer lab and small meeting room, according to Walsh. All finishes will be replaced, as well as lighting, boilers, water heaters and the fire alarm system.

In apartments, the renovations would add microwaves and built-in ceiling fans and replace flooring, lighting, appliances, bathroom fixtures, base moldings, cabinetry and bathroom treatments. window.

“In addition to physical needs, Trellis intends to enhance community life and support for property residents,” Walsh wrote. “One way to do this is to add a part-time Services and Activities Coordinator to work with all residents and connect them to community resources and activities.”

More than six years ago, the current owner tried to put together a financing plan to accomplish a similar renovation, warning that the future of the building as housing for some of Mankato’s most needy residents was uncertain. It was even more of a threat due to a growing interest in downtown living among the area’s wealthiest citizens, according to documents sent to city officials in April 2016 by Jack Spitzack, CEO of Lasson Management Inc., based in Owatonna.

“Walnut Towers is … at high risk of market conversion due to market strength and prime location,” the project summary states.

“The project is tired and requires substantial rehabilitation of the building’s residential, common and exterior spaces. … The loss of this project would constitute a significant loss of affordable housing in the Mankato market.

This has been a major concern for city leaders, enough for the city council to include the preservation of the walnut towers among the priorities of its five-year strategic plan.

“If a project like this was converted at market rate, the question is what would you do with the residents there?” said Vogel.

Although there was a new affordable housing complex for them elsewhere in Mankato, Walnut Towers tenants – many of whom are elderly or disabled and do not drive – often depend on services within walking distance of a downtown apartment- town.

“Many residents rely on the proximity it offers to other social services and support infrastructure found in the city centre,” Vogel said, mentioning the nearby supermarket and pharmacies. “It’s walkable. It’s accessible. »

Although Lasson Management’s efforts to put together a financial package to modernize the building were unsuccessful, Trellis is ready to give it a shot. The 31-year-old organization plans to finalize its purchase of the property this month, apparently confident it will ultimately win in the intense statewide competition for a limited number of federal tax credits. for affordable housing granted by the Minnesota Housing Finance Authority each year.

“Trellis will purchase the property with interim acquisition financing with the goal of securing permanent financing over the next two years for a substantial renovation,” according to Walsh’s letter.

A financial summary of the Trellis proposal shows that equity tax credits provide $12.7 million of the $20 million in financing needed for the purchase and renovation. A private mortgage would provide most of the rest. But the funding plan has a $650,000 gap that the city and Blue Earth County are being asked to fill — $275,000 from each local government, most likely federal pandemic recovery funds, and $100,000 more of the city, tapping into its Federal Housing and Urban Development allocation.

As a strong demonstration of local support, these contributions will also generate points for the project in the formula Minnesota Housing uses to select tax credit contest winners.

Monday night’s city council will be asked to pass resolutions authorizing its local contributions and supporting Trellis’ tax credit application, which must be submitted by July 14. An announcement of the winning candidates is traditionally made by Minnesota Housing in November.

Trellis, formerly known as Community Housing Development Corporation, manages more than 40 affordable housing properties in Minnesota totaling nearly 4,000 units, including several properties acquired to prevent conversion to market-priced housing.

While most of its properties are in the Twin Cities, Trellis has a few outside of Minnesota. A nearby example is Emerson Union, the 49 affordable workforce housing units created in part of the former New Ulm Middle School, a historic building that also houses the State Street Theatre.

MICOP organizes a collection of backpacks and seeks donations | Education


The local non-profit Mixteco/Indigena community organization project runs its backpack drive throughout the month of July.

The organization was established in 2001 as a support system for immigrants from indigenous communities throughout Mexico, who often migrate to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as farm laborers. Their annual backpack drive raises thousands of dollars in school supplies for students.

“Our goal this year is to raise over $10,000 for the backpack drive,” said Rachel Sprouse, event coordinator for MICOP. “We will distribute the supplies at our monthly meetings, and over 300 backpacks are expected to go to Santa Maria.”

The organization collects money and donations of school supplies throughout July, with the aim of filling and providing backpacks to more than 1,000 students ranging from elementary to middle school.

“If people want it, we’ll gladly accept not just new, but lightly used school supplies,” Sprouse said.

The Backpack Reader is an initiative the organization started in 2011 in Oxnard, which has expanded to its office in Santa Maria, 110 Lincoln Street South, in 2019. Before the pandemic, it offered pickup service as needed, but since COVID-19 required registration prior to pickup.

Once fundraising is complete at the end of the month, MICOP will purchase supplies and fill the packs before distributing them by August 13.

Those wishing to donate can visit mixedco.org for more information. For those who wish to register call 805-623-5862 for more information.

Opening remarks by the WHO Director-General at the groundbreaking of the WHO Regional Emergency Center – 9 July 2022 – World

WHO AFRO and the Government of Kenya

Your Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta,

Excellencies, dear colleagues and friends, It is a pleasure and an honor to be here for the launch of the WHO Health Emergencies Center and the new Center of Excellence for Staff Training.

This effort builds on a long history of partnership between Kenya and WHO, and of course between Kenya and the UN. DG Zainab Bangura was telling me about all the support the United Nations was getting in Kenya.

I would like to thank His Excellency for his support, not only to WHO but to the entire United Nations family.

President Kenyatta, I would like to express my gratitude and admiration for your leadership and vision for WHO, and for sponsoring this Hub, which will help build a stronger and more resilient Africa.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Secretary to the Cabinet, the Honorable Mutahi Kagwe, and the Director General, Patrick Amoth, and your entire team for all your support in realizing this vision.

I would also like to commend the WHO Regional Director for Africa, my sister, Dr Tshidi Moeti and her team for their foresight and commitment to moving the Hub and this vital center of excellence forward.

The African region experiences more than 100 health emergencies a year, more than any other region in the world, including outbreaks of cholera, yellow fever, meningitis, measles and Ebola, as well as humanitarian disasters such as the food crisis. present in the Horn of Africa. and the Sahel region.

The frequency of these events is unfortunately expected to increase.

Public health emergencies in the region often prove overwhelming for already weakened health systems and lead to disruptions in the delivery of essential health services and disrupt societies and economies.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many of them are preventable or controllable through proven public health interventions.

We have significant preparedness gaps that we need to fill, especially in terms of training and building an emergency workforce.

A WHO analysis found that less than 10% of countries in the African region have the necessary workforce to prepare for, detect and respond to public health risks.

This is why WHO and the Government of Kenya have come together to establish the Regional Emergency Center and Center of Excellence on Health Workforce Education which we believe can make a difference on the continent.

The Government of Kenya has generously committed 12.14 hectares of land and five million US dollars for the construction.

The Government of Kenya is also generously providing WHO with office space to accommodate 120 staff for a period of three years while the Hub is being constructed. So the work has already started. We can’t wait for construction to be completed. And that’s why the three-year office space can help us start supporting the countries of our continent.

The office is nearby at the Kenyatta University Research and Referral Hospital.

The new Hub will build resilience and health security in Kenya, the region and across the continent.

From the Hub, we will be able to coordinate emergency response for the East Africa region and organize the delivery of vital medical supplies to where they are most needed across the continent.

The Hub will also be used to store medical supplies and equipment, which will improve efficiency and enable faster deployment of resources to the field.

While the physical building of the new Hub is still under construction, our teams are already hard at work.

We are working to support medical relief efforts around the Great Hunger Crisis in the Horn of Africa, providing supplies and coordinating health assistance efforts to more than 80 million people in seven countries.

WHO has scaled up its operations to help countries in the Horn of Africa facing complex challenges:

acute food insecurity;


the worst drought in 40 years;

devastating floods;

the impact of climate change;

and rising international food and fuel prices;

all amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beyond the eastern region, the Nairobi emergency center will serve the continent’s 54 African countries, in collaboration with the WHO regional offices for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Currently, it takes an average of 20 days to deliver supplies to communities across Africa in the event of an emergency.

The pre-positioning of supplies at the emergency center is part of WHO’s efforts to drastically reduce the delivery time to 72 hours.

The Hub can also be used by other UN agencies to deliver training in areas related to emergency and humanitarian crisis management, including conflict management, food security, logistics and recovery.

Finally, the Emergency Center will be fundamental to WHO AFRO’s flagship program to strengthen health security, being rolled out with the Africa Centers for Disease Control and other partners.

The flagship program aims to better protect Africans from health emergencies by the end of 2025.

The Hub will improve the capacity of African countries to prepare for, detect and respond to health emergencies, improve logistics capacity and strengthen health security at regional and global levels.

WHO will contribute its share of funds for the implementation and running costs of this regional flagship initiative.

The Center of Excellence will build Africa’s resilience to emergencies by building workforce capacity.

The Health Workforce Center of Excellence, in collaboration with the WHO Academy, will include an emergency simulation village and train frontline responders on topics such as infectious diseases and camp management emergency.

I am happy to see the Kenyan government and other countries in the region taking concrete steps like the Hub.

This will help implement the ten proposals for building a safer world outlined in the Global Architecture for Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Resilience that I presented at the last World Health Assembly.

We were honored that Your Excellency President Kenyatta attended the World Health Assembly.

I am deeply grateful to President Kenyatta and the Government of Kenya for their leadership, generosity and vision in supporting the emergency center, for the people of Kenya and for our Africa.

Asante sana. Thanks a lot.

SEC Avoids Bitcoin Opportunity With One-Time ETF Denial: Grayscale CEO

Grayscale Investments CEO Michael Sonnenshein has weighed in on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to reject the firm’s bid to transform the the largest bitcoin fund in the world in an exchange-traded fund.

In its ruling, the SEC said the firm’s request to turn the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into a spot Bitcoin ETF did not answer the agency’s questions about concerns about market manipulation.

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“We were just asking the SEC to bring this closer to the regulatory perimeter, to provide additional protections, to provide additional disclosures and the SEC is kind of avoiding the opportunity for investors to do that,” Grayscale CEO said. , Michael Sonnenshein, at FOX Business’ Making Money with Charles Payne on Tuesday. “Investors want it, investors deserve it, and they are a regulator of disclosure. If the disclosures are there and the risks are described, investors should be free to invest in whatever they want.”


Michael Sonnenshein, Managing Director of Grayscale Investments LLC, speaks during an interview at the Greenwich Economic Forum in Greenwich, Connecticut on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. (Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Following the SEC decision, Grayscale filed a petition for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Leading the company’s defense are Grayscale’s senior legal strategist, Donald B. Verrilli Jr., a former US solicitor general, and a team of attorneys from the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.

“We were prepared for all scenarios, regardless of how the SEC ruled here,” Sonneshein noted.

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While the agency has repeatedly denied spot Bitcoin ETFs, including loyalty and VanEckhe gave the green light to ETFs that offer exposure to Bitcoin but are not pure players, such as the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETFWisdomTree’s Enhanced Commodity Strategy Fund and Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF.


The SEC’s latest decision on spot Bitcoin ETFs comes as Chairman Gary Gensler previously called cryptocurrencies the “Wild West” and called on Congress to take regulatory action.

In March, President Biden signed an executive order directing his administration’s agencies to study whether the US central bank should create a digital currency. Additionally, Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, introduced a bill to create a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies.

Sonneshein believes that increased regulation of the cryptocurrency would give it “more resilience” and “increase the validity of the asset class”.

“I think the state of crypto in DC is where it has never been before,” he added. “The level of engagement, the level of care and the willingness to engage on these issues is really important and we see countries around the world continuing to adopt crypto and crypto-focused regulation because they don’t they don’t want to waste innovation. They want to create job growth and they want to make sure they stay technologically competitive.”


Sonneshein’s comments come as the price of Bitcoin has fallen since hitting an all-time high of $68,990.90 per coin last year.

As of press time Saturday, the world’s largest cryptocurrency is trading above $21,000 per coin. In June, Bitcoin briefly hit a 52-week low of $17,601.58 per coin.

The total market capitalization of the global crypto market has fallen below $1 trillion, from its 2021 peak of around $2.8 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.

“If you’re in crypto, you know that comes with volatility. The asset class has seen these kinds of significant drawdowns before on several occasions,” Sonneshein says. “Every time our industry is challenged, we learn lessons, we get stronger and we keep building and moving forward and I think this time is no different.”

B2B Business, TheOfficeSquad®, Announces the Launch of Franchise Sales

The thriving brand is preparing sales plans, new training opportunities and a new headquarters.

I want to create a brand that small business owners “know, love and trust” about their business operations. It starts with people. »

—Dida Clifton, CEO of The Office Squad

HENDERSON, NEVADA, USA, July 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — TheOfficeSquad®an innovative business management and support services company, has just announced the launch of its franchise sales.

The franchise rollout will include a new corporate site based in Henderson, Nevada, slated to open in August. Also, TheOfficeSquad®The franchise development team targets territories in Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Florida and Texas. “My mission is to change the way we grow small businesses in America. We can’t do this with one location,” says Dida Clifton, CEO of The Office Squad. “The potential for this brand is wide open – it there is no such thing – anywhere. “

Clifton points out that the differentiator for TheOfficeSquad® is their multi-faceted service offerings, all configured in a seamless hybrid model. Their service is affordable, Clifton says, with all of the small business operational support in one place for the price of one employee. “The pandemic has forever changed the way we think about staffing and the workplace,” Clifton said. “This hybrid model is suitable for businesses that are downsizing, need less staff and space, as well as growing small businesses that need help but don’t want employees.”

TheOfficeSquad® offers a host of business support and management services, including bookkeeping, hosted and administrative services, telephone answering, executive suites, co-working space, virtual offices, and optional CPA and preparation of tax returns.

What’s next for TheOfficeSquad®? Clifton spoke about his future plans to start a school to produce more team members that small business owners can trust. “Anyone can be an accountant or a virtual assistant. There is no training. No license. No certificates. No accountability and so on, which really inhibits business owners because they’re looking for someone they can trust,” Clifton said. “Our Boot Camp will form TheOfficeSquad® team members and be able to deploy them to franchises where they would like to live and grow. I want to create a brand that small business owners “know, love and trust” about their business operations. It starts with people. »

The company seeks to screen new candidates and recruit new franchisees. They offer an ongoing support model, initial training, marketing advice, and more. “I’ve already made all the mistakes, so our model is perfect,” Clifton said. “Our job is support. Support for small business owners. This is what we do. A franchisee is a small business owner, so it’s easy for us to support them – we already do. We have a declining royalty and a support structure to last as long as they think they need us – and beyond.

Interested candidates are invited to visit TheOfficeSquad® franchise website at www.theofficesquad.com/franchise for more information.

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Sensors warn the producer in case of lack of water


In North Rhine-Westphalia, many growers grow potted plants outdoors. They determine, among other things, on the basis of experience, when plants need water. This can sometimes lead to overwatering. The producer then has to spend more money on irrigation (which takes place with fixed sprinklers or irrigation booms) for water, energy and labour. In addition, valuable fertilizers can then seep into the soil, which is also restricted by environmental regulations. Too little watering is also possible and leads to quality problems and reduced production.

The project uses sensors from the Dutch company Quantified, which communicate wirelessly with a cloud-connected gateway via the Internet or a 4G connection. Three humidity sensors are used per valve section, which, to reduce costs, all operate via the same transmitter. The grower can monitor the moisture content of plants in the corresponding section of a website. In addition, the sensors also provide other relevant information, such as EC content and temperature in the pot, but air temperature, relative humidity and sensor position are also monitored.

Some German crèches are now equipped with this system. The next step is an alert system based on artificial intelligence. The goal is for a grower to receive a signal if the system expects the moisture content of the plants (within an hour, for example) to fall below a threshold value. In addition, the experimental station is working on a method to calibrate the sensors for different types of culture media.

The project “Nursery Cultivation Support System” is funded by the project promotion program under the European Innovation Partnership “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability” (EIP Agrar), which is an integral part of the Nordrhein-Westfalen program for rural areas 2014-2020 and jointly funded by the EU and North Rhine-Westphalia.

More information about the project can be found on the Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen website (in German) and the WUR’s website (in Dutch).

For more information:
Wageningen University and Research

Canada and British Columbia support 85 new rental homes in Surrey

From Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC): https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/media-newsroom/news-releases/2022/canada-supports-affordable-housing-surrey

Individuals, families and people with disabilities in Surrey will soon have access to 85 new rental homes, with construction underway for the redevelopment of Kingston Gardens.

Today, the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Housing, Diversity and Inclusion, Ken Hardie, MP for Fleetwood–Port Kells, Jagrup Brar, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Surrey–Fleetwood, and Sav Dhaliwal , Chairman of Metro Vancouver’s Board of Directors, announced investments of nearly $50 million in this project.

The Government of Canada is contributing $29.4 million through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF), while the province, through BC Housing, is providing $8.3 million to the project. The Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation is also providing approximately $12 million in equity.

The four-storey building is located at 15245 99 Avenue in Surrey and will be operated by Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation. The building will feature a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units for low-to-middle income individuals, including nine accessible units and resident amenity spaces. The site is located opposite Guildford town center and close to supermarkets, schools and community amenities.

This is phase 1 of a larger redevelopment of the site. The 85-unit building will replace 24 aging townhouses built in 1981. The townhouses have already been demolished and residents have been relocated. Previous tenants will have the option of moving into the new homes once construction is complete. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.


“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, our government is investing in housing across Canada, including Surrey. This housing project will add 85 affordable housing units to the community, benefiting individuals, families and people with disabilities. This is the National Housing Strategy in action. – The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

“This investment from the Government of Canada’s National Housing Co-Investment Fund improves the economic and social well-being of individuals, families and people with disabilities who will soon call Kingston Gardens home and makes Surrey a better place. or live. . When people have secure and stable housing, they gain the confidence they need to succeed and realize their potential. Ken Hardie, MP for Fleetwood–Port Kells

“These 85 new homes will ensure that more people in Surrey won’t have to look elsewhere to find a quality home at their price. Working with partners like Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation, we’re building the homes people need in Surrey and across the province. – Jagrup Brar, MP for Surrey-Fleetwood

“Metro Vancouver Housing provides high-quality housing to low- and middle-income households and plays a vital role in building a more resilient, equitable and inclusive region. This redevelopment at Kingston Gardens is one of many projects Metro Vancouver has planned in the coming years to make our communities more livable. – Sav Dhaliwal, Chairman of the Board of Metro Vancouver

Fast facts:

  • The BC government is making the largest housing investment in BC history — $7 billion over 10 years. Since 2017, the province has funded nearly 34,000 new affordable homes that have been completed or are being built for British Columbians, including more than 1,900 homes in Surrey.
  • The National Housing Co-Investment Fund (FNLC) is a National Housing Strategy (NHS) program that prioritizes projects that help those most in need, including women and children fleeing domestic violence, seniors, Indigenous people, disabilities, people with mental health or addiction issues, veterans, and young adults.
  • With a budget of $13.2 billion, the NHCF plans to:
    • Create up to 60,000 new homes
    • Repair up to 240,000 houses
    • Create or repair at least 4,000 places in shelters for victims of domestic violence
    • Create at least 7,000 new housing units for the elderly
    • Create at least 2,400 new homes for people with developmental disabilities
  • Budget 2022 proposes to advance $2.9 billion in funding under the FNPC to accelerate the creation of up to 4,300 new homes and the repair of up to 17,800 homes.
  • The Government of Canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS) is an ambitious 10-year plan that will invest over $72 billion to give more Canadians a place to call home.

Related links:

  • As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support to Canadians in need, and provides impartial housing research and advice at all levels of the Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s goal is that by 2030, everyone in Canada will have affordable housing that meets their needs.
  • For more information visit: www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/enor follow:
  • To learn more about the National Housing Strategy, visit: www.placetocallhome.ca.
  • A map showing the location of all announced provincially funded housing projects in British Columbia is available online at: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC.
  • To learn more about what the province is doing to address the housing crisis and provide affordable housing for British Columbians, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/

40 Inch TV Market 2022 In-Depth Research Framework with Revenue Share by Manufacturers “Samsung, VIZIO, TCL, Sony” – Designer Women

40 inch TV market overview 2022

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Major Key Vendors of 40 Inch TV Market Include:- VIZIO, Sony, TCL, Samsung

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IOI City Mall is set to be Malaysia’s largest mall, with its Phase II opening in August 2022


Putrajaya – The most awaited moment has finally arrived! IOI City Mall Phase II will open to patronage on August 25, 2022. Strategically located in IOI Resort City, it enjoys a potential population base of 3.1 million people from neighboring townships in the southern Klang Valley, namely Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Kajang, Bangi, Sepang, Puchong and Seri Kembangan. Plus, it’s about a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), making it an attractive shopping and entertainment hub.

With the opening of Phase II, IOI City Mall will have a total of 14 anchor tenants with the addition of AEON, Proton, Nitori and MajuHome Concept joining existing tenants such as Lotus, Harvey Norman, Parkson, HomePro and GSC, among others.

There will be over 200 cafes and restaurants in total for food lovers, with new additions such as Kenny Hills Coffee, Bife Charcoal Steakhouse and Din by Din Tai Fung.

Along with adding over 300 outlets, IOI City Mall will have over 700 outlets in total. This will reinforce the mall’s value proposition as the most favorable shopping location with sought after brands such as Michael Kors, Hackett, Braun Buffel and Coach to name a few.

Dato’ Voon Tin Yow, CEO of IOI Properties Group (IOIPG), said, “IOI City Mall is set to become Malaysia’s largest mall with an additional 1 million square feet of net leasable area (NLA), bringing IOI City Mall’s total NLA to 2.5 million square feet. It will lead the way as the country’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination.

Beyond retail, the mall features the addition of IOI City Farm, an 18,000 square foot indoor edutainment exhibit space that features family-friendly activities to learn about plants and animals. Designed with an “indoor farm” concept to bring the outdoor experience indoors, the new edutainment exhibit consists of three areas allowing visitors to interact and observe over 70 species of plants, cute little animals and fish. The plant zone, known as ‘Green Earth’, features aquaponic and carnivorous plants, while the animal zone, known as ‘Little Rimba’, will feature adorable pets such as sugar gliders, hedgehogs, rabbits and fennec foxes. Meanwhile, the aquatic area, known as “Fresh Water World”, will feature large sturgeons and arapaimas from the Amazon.

IOI City Mall Phase II will include the new IOI Grand Exhibition and Convention Center, a 40,000 square foot pillarless hall with state-of-the-art facilities that can accommodate 2,000 guests for wedding banquets and approximately 3,000 delegates for conferences. It will also include the IOI Sports Center, the only world-class sports facility of its kind near Putrajaya. This new rooftop sports center will feature a total of 15 badminton courts and two indoor futsal arenas.

These new additions are expected to further enhance the mall’s existing attractions. These attractions include existing top notch facilities such as Icescape Ice Rink, Malaysia’s largest ice rink recognized by the Malaysia Book of Records and District 21, a 52,000 square foot indoor atrium adventure theme park featuring various attractions; many of which have never been seen in Asia.

IOI City Mall promotes sustainable initiatives such as providing more than 14,000 parking spaces equipped with an automated License Plate Recognition (LPR) system. As well as encouraging contactless payment for a more hygienic experience, the system uses ticketless parking to eliminate the issuance of printed parking tickets, reducing paper waste and carbon ink printing.

In our efforts to instill the importance of environmental ethics through green efforts, solar panels were installed on the roof of IOI City Mall in 2020, which generated 8,533 MWh of electricity, equivalent to a reduction in carbon emissions of 5,922 tCO2 to date. In addition, IOI City Mall is equipped with chilled water thermal energy storage (TES) tanks with a combined capacity of 62,000 m³, which contributes to the efficient use of electricity and thus contributes to reducing emissions. of carbon.

These initiatives are in line with IOI Properties Group’s sustainability goal of caring for the environment, demonstrating our commitment to combating climate change and minimizing the impact of our operations on the environment.

About IOI City Mall

The multi-award-winning IOI City Mall (ICM), located in IOI Resort City, will be Malaysia’s largest mall upon completion of the mall’s Phase II; with 2.5 million square feet of leasable space. It is occupied by trendy fashion brands, supermarkets, cineplexes and food outlets offering exquisite local and international dining experiences. The mall is easily accessible by major highways and public transportation.

ICM is home to an Olympic-sized ice rink – “Icescape” and a 70,000 square foot adventure park – “District 21”. Its 7,605-space car park is the first in Malaysia to be equipped with a car finder system that gives customers a sense of security and a hassle-free experience in locating their parked vehicles. Meanwhile, along The Symphony Walk, you can indulge in a myriad of cuisines in an ambience of tranquility and lush landscape.

Visit us to feel the pleasure of an array of tastes, trends and adventures.

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Spanning nearly four decades in the property development industry, IOI Properties Group Berhad (“IOIPG”) is one of Malaysia’s leading listed property developers in Malaysia. Over the years, he has successfully developed sustainable townships and business enclaves in sought after areas of the Klang Valley such as IOI Resort City, Putrajaya; Bandar Puteri Puchong, 16 Sierra, Bandar Puteri Bangi and Warisan Puteri, Sepang; and has established a strong presence in Penang (in the Northern Corridor) as well as Johor in the Southern Region of Malaysia. Internationally, the IOIPG has had notable successes in Singapore and the People’s Republic of China. The Group has a total land reserve of approximately 9,000 acres.

Besides being an award-winning real estate developer, IOIPG is also known for being one of the few integrated real estate developers that constructs and manages its investment properties such as hotels, golf courses, shopping malls and office buildings. .

As part of its investment property portfolio, it manages a total of approximately 7.2 million square feet of net leasable area, including retail, purpose-built office and others. These properties are mainly located in areas with high growth, well connected, accessible and centered on a high concentration of population. The Group has five hotels classified from 4 to 5 stars offering a total of more than 1,800 keys, namely Le Meridien Putrajaya, Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, Palm Garden Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Puchong and JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach. The Group’s golf courses include Palm Garden Golf Club at IOI Resort City and Palm Villa Golf and Country Resort in Johor.

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Dutchtown Secures Funding for Youth and Entrepreneur Programs

Programs to help youth and business development in a St. Louis neighborhood are getting a boost from the state and a foundation.

The Dutchtown Opportunity Coalition for Youth receives over $100,000 from the state. The initiative will help young people connect with educational and social opportunities. The Word Incarnate Foundation is providing $75,000 to the youth program, said Bridget Flood, the foundation’s executive director.

“St. Louis youth are the future,” Flood said. “And if we want them to be caring, happy, successful adults who reach their full potential, I want to make sure they get a great education. And I want to make sure they also have enough to eat and their families get paid rent and utilities so they don’t have to move. It’s really a holistic approach. So it’s not just about getting the kids to school. It’s about the kids to have safe environments after school.

The state is also providing $50,000 to the building that houses the Dutchtown Neighborhood Innovation Center, which helps entrepreneurs in the southeast neighborhood of St. Louis.

State Representative Steve Butz said the money will help make the building more accessible to people with disabilities. He pointed out that the structure, which was once a bank, has no bathroom on the first floor and a toilet is only accessible by stairs.

The St. Louis Democrat said if the space is going to be an effective facility for people with a micro-business idea, it needs to have easy access to a restroom.

“If you were someone who had physical issues, I don’t know how useful it is to have an office space without a bathroom,” Butz said.

He added that money for the youth program could have a big impact. Butz said the neighborhood has one of the largest concentrations of young people in the entire St. Louis area.

“If we pick up and help teenagers, not just to complete their education, but perhaps to learn entrepreneurial skills? I mean, these are things that change the course of your life,” Butz said. “It is important to intervene in the difficult years of adolescence, but it is more important that there are lasting benefits for them as individuals and as human beings.”

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AdvanceEDU helps close the equity gap for low-income students


“My family was really unlucky, and my family really struggled to come from different countries. My family didn’t go to college because they couldn’t afford it. going to college,” Ibanez Garcia said. On top of that, he also said he would’ve “just felt like a number” at a traditional college.

Now at AdvanceEDU, Ibanez Garcia is pursuing a degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance; while Fernandez-Celis works to become a psychologist, a mission that ties directly to her life growing up in a traditional Mexican household where discussions of mental health were “taboo”.

[Related: How nontraditional pathways can lead workers to good jobs]

“I think only Mexican psychologists and Spanish-speaking psychologists are so important because it helps break down that barrier. For example, how many other children were raised in traditional conservative homes where they felt like the black sheep of the family because their ways of thinking are simply different? Giving those voices power and audience … so when you see someone doing that, you know you can do it too,” Fernandez-Celis said.

Part of the program’s success is the understanding and first-hand knowledge of the organization’s leaders, including Bills.

“Much of this work touches me personally. I come from a low-income neighborhood just north of Denver and I’ve had a lot of different supports since high school,” Bills said.

Dante Bills is a Success Coach at AdvanceEDU, working with students on their academic and personal lives to make them as successful as possible.

Bills said part of his role as a success coach is to guide students in their academic and personal lives. For example, if a student’s life becomes too complex, he will play his part or help guide the student in his academic career and personal life. For example, if life becomes too complex for a student, he will suggest that it may be time to enroll in fewer credits so that students can get their personal lives in order.

“I think with AdvanceEDU aiming to have a mindset of closing the equity gap between low-income students of color and their white counterparts, I think it has a very good opportunity to do with our low cost of education and our support system,” Bills said.

AdvanceEDU tries to provide everything a student needs to succeed, including a co-working space in Denver, as they work to make the world a better place.

“Me personally, I feel very lucky to be the person that I am flawed and all because I always knew my purpose in life was to be at peace and to be joyful and to help others through psychology,” said Fernandez-Célis.

“I want to create and influence and have an impact in this world,” said Ibanez Garcia. “I really want to make a difference and a positive difference.”

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New Zealand housing: why stating the obvious has become essential

It would be easy to dismiss some of the research findings the Reserve Bank led the New Zealand property market with a grunt and a short, “Well, we knew that.”

However, thinking something and knowing something are not the same thing. What the RBNZ has done in comparing us to 12 other developed countries over the past 20 or so years has given solid form to long supposed “facts” – and in doing so has in fact established said “facts” as being a little more, even more, decisive factor in why our houses cost the earth, with the moon added for good measure.

I could have told you before that we have expensive houses, that we have taken in too many migrants and that our mortgage rates have come down a lot, even though we have not built enough new houses.

But consider for a moment these key findings from the RBNZ’s research and analysis (emphasis mine):

• While several other economies have seen rising house prices in recent years, the rate of increase is the highest in New Zealand.

• Among the economies we consider, New Zealand has seen the biggest drop in mortgage rates since the global financial crisis, and almost the largest increase in population.

• Despite the rapid pace of residential construction in New Zealand over the past decade, the number of dwellings per inhabitant remains low and below the OECD average.

Okay, that doesn’t mean our mortgage rates have come down a lot – it means they’ve come down MORE than any of the other countries in the sample. I did not know.

Also, it doesn’t say our population grew a lot, it says it was ALMOST THE STRONGEST among the sample. In fact, Australia “beat” us. And our cousins ​​across Tasmania are also known to experience a bit of a scum in their housing market. Maybe a pattern here, huh?

So sometimes stating what might seem like “the obvious” is helpful when backed up by 20 years of data, especially if that data suggests the situation was actually worse than some (certainly me) thought. same.

I knew, yes, that obviously our mortgage rates had come down a lot. But I didn’t know that our mortgage rates had dropped much more than in other countries. And yes, I knew the population had grown a lot, but maybe I didn’t realize how much it had grown over a long period of time compared to other countries.

Add to that the already well-documented problems of housing supply and planning constraints and you have to say it would be a shock if our house prices HAD NOT been among the highest in the world.

And I’m now going to draw the conclusion that the RBNZ hasn’t (and I guess politically they wouldn’t dare) and say that we have grossly inflated house prices because we weren’t building enough houses at the same time as we were pumping thousands of them out of thousands more people in the country – and interest rates were coming down. This last element of course allowed people to pay “too much” for houses when they compete with everyone else, using a tidal wave of borrowed money that is now swallowing up people as rates rise. mortgages increase.

If you were to lay down a recipe for trying to get yourself the most expensive homes on the planet, you would…well, do what New Zealand did. You would do exactly what we did. “Expensive houses? Listen, don’t build a lot of them, then flood the migrants into the country, then lower the interest rates so everyone can pretty much afford to borrow a truck to compete with everyone else and drive up the house prices.

So. Welcome to New Zealand in 2022.

Okay, many of you will say again, “We knew that.”

Look, we all THINKED it. But the thing is, here it is in black and white. And it is now unavoidable. We ignore this information at our peril.

I said it until my face changed color, but I’ll say it again, this country urgently needs a population strategy. Preferably signed in blood by all major political parties. It is the highest priority.

Some might say that migration policy is the highest priority. No. He must take second place in relation to the population. We decide how big we want the population to be at any given time and migration policy has to be developed as a subset of that.

A population strategy. It’s urgent. Just do it.

What else?

You can’t let the construction of housing fall by the wayside and thus go haywire with the requirements. It takes us a long time to ramp up with residential construction (the detail of WHY it’s taking us so long is also something to watch).

We are consenting to the construction of many homes at this time – over 50,000 in the last 12 months. But as someone once said, you can’t live with consent. And the evidence is now mounting of a very rapid downturn to come in the residential construction sector. Any industry is likely to be cyclical, but the fact is we can’t have a situation in New Zealand where we keep going from boom to boom.

How could this be controlled? Well, Kiwibuild went bankrupt, but that doesn’t mean governments should rule out large-scale involvement in home building in the future in order to maintain consistency. You have to think about it. We need a fluid housing supply.

Mortgage interest rate. It’s a, sorry, interesting. You cannot control interest rates (despite what some have tried before) because they will inevitably reflect what is happening in the global economy. But you can have some control over how much people borrow. Mortgages are just too big now. Unless we return to a low interest rate environment again, some people are years into the struggle.

I would suggest the Reserve Bank go ahead and introduce debt ceilings as soon as possible.

But what about something larger too? What about limiting the proportion of loans banks can make to homes? It would be difficult and cause a stir, but now is the time to think about it. Our banks have become survival mechanisms for the real estate monster.

And then migration. I know I said a demographic strategy has to come first. But I am nothing if not a realist. Until we get one (and let’s be hopeful and optimistic), we need to take a serious look at migration.

The borders are open again. Politically, it would be too easy to simply reopen the floodgates. We can’t do that. Not unless there is an immediate housing and infrastructure response – and let’s face it, you know there wouldn’t be.

I thank the RBNZ for this research. State the obvious perhaps. But in a very good way. It’s clear. There are no arguments.

The things we’ve done in this country over the last 20 years have been a one-way ticket to ridiculous real estate prices.

It is up to us to learn these lessons on board. We cannot go back. And I’m afraid the dice are cast (as I’ve said before) for New Zealand which still has ‘expensive’ homes now.

But we know very clearly how we can stop making things worse. It depends on us.

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Healthcare Machine Vision Systems Market | Analysis report of recent innovations and upcoming trends


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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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Machine Vision Healthcare Market Dynamics, Impact of Covid-19 on Machine Vision Healthcare Market, Vendor Profiles, Vendor Assessment, Strategies, Technology Assessment, Market Mapping Products, Industry Outlook, Economic Analysis, Segmental Analysis, Healthcare Machine Vision Systems Market Sizing, Analysis Tables.

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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.