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Dominant Ko Jin-young Aims for Chevron Championship at Mission Hills | Golf


It seems fitting that the men’s golf world is giddy at the possibility of Tiger Woods making an unlikely return to the Masters next week. Before that, Ko Jin-young has the ability to lean into the kind of running that reminds Woods of his heyday. The major year, however, does not begin at Augusta National on April 7; On Thursday, Ko and his teammates competed in the renamed Chevron Championship in Mission Hills, Calif.

Since last July, Ko has had six wins on the LPGA Tour. This 11-tournament run features a tie for second, two split sixths and a tie for fourth. Ko’s 60th place finish in the Evian Championship looks disastrous against the backdrop of his otherwise imperious form. She returned 33 successive laps under par. Tiger-esque? Too fair.

The 26-year-old Korean arrived in California with a warning when asked if she had reached her best. “Not yet, no,” she said. “I try to play better than yesterday and even better than two days ago.”

Ko is the star attraction of a Major who will be missed by Nelly Korda after the former World No. 1 was diagnosed with a blood clot.

Her form naturally means she’s top of the charts and Ko is candid about her desire to complete a career grand slam, having won the Evian and the Chevron (then called the ANA) in 2019. “Major competitions are a motivation in themselves,” she says. “It makes me much more focused. I love this course. I love playing here. »

Unfortunately for Ko, this marks the last game of the event at Mission Hills before a move to the Houston area, which is tied to Chevron’s multi-year sponsorship deal. It remains a shame that Augusta’s women’s amateur event is coming up against a tournament carrying a $5m (£3.8m) prize pool – $750,000 goes to the winner – given the women’s game’s battles for attract eyeballs. There are five amateurs in the Chevron field.

While Ko will attract plenty of attention on the West Coast, it would be unwise to overlook England’s Georgia Hall chances. It seems incredible to think that almost four years have passed since she won the Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, with the passage of time not always being kind to her.

Georgia Hall started the season in great shape. Photography: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Hall slipped outside the world’s top 50 last year, but her win at the European Tour event in Saudi Arabia this month gave one player a rebound. Hall’s only other victory since his glory at Lytham was at Portland in 2020. Now ranked 24th, Hall played in the ANA for the first time as a 15-year-old amateur. “This year I thought, well, I just want to take it to another level,” she said. “I’m really ready to do it and I’m looking forward to winning a lot more events. Obtain the best ranking possible, world number 1, I hope.

“I was very happy with the way I played. Winning by five strokes, leading from start to finish was something I was very proud of. My two previous big wins came late, in the second half of the year, August, September, that’s why I was really happy to start this year well, normally I have a very slow start to the year.

Patty Tavatanakit saw Lydia Ko twice 12 months ago and the latter had to change her plans to compete in Saudi Arabia after contracting the coronavirus, confined in quarantine in Singapore.

“I didn’t have a lot of symptoms,” she said. “It came more while I was in quarantine. But it was very mild. When I tested negative I had some breathing issues and felt like I had never seen the gym before. I walked for 30 minutes and my mask was completely soaked. It was really weird.

“I run normally and try to stay on top of my workouts, and I felt like I didn’t do any of that. I was just doing my laundry and I was totally out of breath. At the end a week or so was much better.

Aker Offshore Wind and Aker Horizons Announce Merger Plan



Oslo, Norway, March 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Aker Offshore Wind AS (the “Company”, “Aker Offshore Wind” or “AOW”) today announces a plan to merge with Aker Horizons ASA (“Aker Horizons”).

  • Aker Offshore Wind and Aker Horizons are joining in an all-stock merger that will reposition AOW as a private subsidiary of Aker Horizons
  • · Shareholders of Aker Offshore Wind (other than Aker Horizons) will receive 0.1304 shares of Aker Horizons Merger Consideration for each share held in AOW. The exchange ratio is based on the 30-day volume-weighted average price for Aker Offshore Wind and Aker Horizons and implies a share price of NOK3.01 per AOW share, a 6.9% premium to AOW’s closing price on March 29, 2022. Benefits for all shareholders, including increased free float and liquidity, and benefit sharing for future value creation
  • · Aker Horizons intends to combine Aker Offshore Wind with its holding company Mainstream Renewable Power (“Mainstream”). The strong industrial logic to combine AOW and Mainstream includes complementary footprint and capabilities, increased scale and better access to funding for AOW projects

Create a global player in offshore wind

Aker Offshore Wind and Aker Horizons today announce a proposed merger to create a financially and industrially stronger offshore wind developer. The proposed merger allows for a subsequent combination of Aker Offshore Wind and Mainstream, subject to customary conditions, including an agreement with Mainstream’s minority shareholders.

The combination of AOW and Mainstream can play a vital role in accelerating the development of renewable energy across a variety of technologies, including hydrogen as an emerging application for offshore wind, as this industry is accelerating. Combining AOW’s strong technical and engineering capabilities and pioneering position in floating offshore wind with Mainstream’s proven project development methodology, execution track record and global presence unlocks new opportunities in the whole world.

Joining forces in key growth regions such as Asia Pacific is expected to generate significant synergies and improve the competitiveness of both companies in an increasingly scale-driven industry. AOW and Mainstream already hold a joint 50% stake in Progression Energy’s 800 MW floating offshore wind project in Japan. In South KoreaAOW is part of a consortium developing a 1.2 GW floating wind project 80 km off the city of Ulsan, while Mainstream has obtained an investment decision from regional authorities for the first phase of the offshore wind project 1.4 GW from Phu Cuong Soc Trang to Vietnam. The two companies are also maturing offshore wind opportunities in the United States and North Europe.

The merger provides a solid foundation to realize AOW’s portfolio of projects and accelerate growth. Being part of a stronger platform should allow better access to funding from more diversified sources and at a lower cost of capital.

“Accelerating the energy transition must be our priority to respond to the dual challenge of the climate crisis and energy security, with offshore wind and clean hydrogen emerging as two essential pillars of this transition,” said Philip Kavafyan, Managing Director of Aker Offshore Wind. “We are confident that this transaction will allow us to use all the technological and engineering capabilities of our group to combine the deployment of commercial scale floating wind and hydrogen worldwide.”

Repositioning of AOW as a private subsidiary of Aker Horizons through a triangular merger

The Company today agreed to a merger plan with Aker Horizons that will reposition AOW as a privately owned subsidiary of Aker Horizons. The transaction will be completed in the form of a triangular merger between AOW, Aker Horizons’ subsidiary AH Tretten AS as the surviving entity, and Aker Horizons as the issuer of merger consideration shares (the ” Merger”). AOW shareholders will receive 0.1304 share of Aker Horizons Merger Consideration for each share held in AOW on the effective date of the Merger. Aker Horizons holds an indirect interest in AOW of approximately 51.02% and no Consideration Shares will be issued for such interest. The exchange ratio is based on the 30-day volume-weighted average price for Aker Offshore Wind and Aker Horizons and implies a share price of NOK3.01 per AOW share, a 6.9% premium to AOW’s closing price on March 29, 2022.

No fractional shares will be awarded and, for AOW shareholders, shares will be rounded down to the nearest whole number. The excess shares, which as a result of this rounding down will not be allocated, will be issued and sold by DNB Markets, part of DNB Bank ASA.

In preparation for the Merger, Aker Offshore Wind and Aker Horizons have performed customary due diligence on certain business, financial, commercial and legal information related to their respective businesses. Completion of the Merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by AOW shareholders and the Aker Horizons board of directors of the resolution to issue the consideration shares pursuant to a board authorization. of Directors, but is not subject to any conditions with respect to funding, due diligence or material adverse change. Aker Horizons has committed to vote in favor of the Merger at AOW’s annual general meeting scheduled to be held on or about May 4, 2022.

The merger is being executed and implemented concurrently with a similar triangular merger contemplated between Aker Horizons and Aker Clean Hydrogen AS (“ACH”). Assuming both mergers are completed, AOW and ACH shareholders will receive a total of up to 80,612,586 Aker Horizons consideration shares, constituting approximately 13.22% of the current total shares outstanding. from Aker Horizons.

Preliminary schedule:

March 30, 2022 The Board of Directors approves the merger plan

March 30, 2022 Updated Notice of AOW Annual General Meeting

May 4, 2022 Annual General Meeting at AOW to approve merger plan

May – June 2022 Creditor notice period

June 2022 Finalization of the merger


Pareto Securities AS is engaged as financial advisor to the Company and Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is acting as legal advisor to the Company.


This information is considered inside information under the EU Market Abuse Regulation and is subject to disclosure requirements under section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Act. This ad was posted by Maria Lanza KnudsenCommunications, Aker Offshore Wind, on March 30, 2022 at 07:30 (CEST).

This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not constitute notice to any general meeting or plan of merger, nor does it form part of an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities in any jurisdiction whatsoever. Neither this announcement nor the information contained herein is intended for publication, distribution or dissemination, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or to or from United States (including its territories and possessions, all US state and the District of Colombia), Australia, Canada, Japan, hong kong, South Africa or any other jurisdiction where it would be a violation of the relevant laws of that jurisdiction. The publication, distribution or publication of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons in possession of any document or other information mentioned herein should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdiction.

The securities referred to herein, including the consideration shares expected to be issued in connection with the Merger, have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”). Securities may not be offered or sold in United States except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act or in connection with a transaction not subject to the US Securities Act.

Any decision regarding the proposed Merger should be made solely on the basis of the information to be contained in the notices convening the general meeting of AOW and in the merger plan (together with the related documents) relating to the Merger. You should carry out an independent analysis of the information contained therein before making any investment decision.

Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “strategy”, “intend”, ” estimate”, “will”, “may”, “continue”, “should” and similar expressions. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they reflect the Company’s current expectations and assumptions about future events and circumstances which may not prove to be accurate. A number of important factors could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct. The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as of its date and are subject to change without notice. Neither Aker Offshore Wind nor Aker Horizons undertakes to review, update, confirm or publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise in connection with the contents of this announcement or otherwise.

Pareto Securities AS is acting exclusively for Aker Offshore Wind in connection with the Merger and for no one else and will not be liable to anyone other than Aker Offshore Wind for providing the protections given to its clients or for providing advice in relation with the Merger.

This announcement is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for the exercise of independent judgment. It is not intended as investment advice and should not be used or considered as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities or a recommendation to buy or sell securities. of Aker Offshore Wind or otherwise.


Investor contacts:

Tom Selwood+44 (0)7743 502455, [email protected]

Media contact:

Maria Lanza Knudsen+47 484 42 426, [email protected]

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Dialogue is part of schools’ Catholic identity, says congregation

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Holding together the obligation to protect and promote the Catholic identity of Catholic schools while reaching out to a wider community of students and teachers requires a commitment to dialogue, according to a new document of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

The instruction, “The Identity of the Catholic School for a Culture of Dialogue,” was signed by Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, prefect of the congregation, and was released by the Vatican on March 29.

The congregation, Cardinal Versaldi said, was asked to draft the document particularly “in view of the cases of conflicts and appeals resulting from different interpretations of the traditional concept of Catholic identity by educational institutions.”

The document, however, did not include any specific description of these cases, which presumably include controversy over the firing or non-firing of teachers for marrying someone of the same sex.

Those involved in hiring for Catholic schools, he said, are required to “inform potential recruits of the school’s Catholic identity and its implications, as well as their responsibility to promote this identity. If the person recruited does not respect the requirements of the Catholic school and their membership in the ecclesial community, the school is responsible for taking the necessary measures. Dismissal may also be resorted to taking into account all the circumstances on a case-by-case basis. »

At the same time, he said, “a narrow Catholic school model” is also not acceptable. “In these schools, there is no place for those who are not ‘totally’ Catholic. This approach contradicts the vision of an “open” Catholic school which intends to apply to the educational sphere the model of a “Church that advances” in dialogue with everyone.

The document insists that Catholic education is not strictly catechetical, nor a “mere philanthropic work aimed at meeting a social need”, but that it is an essential part of the identity and mission of the Church.

Catholic schools do not limit enrollment or employment to Catholics alone since, as the Second Vatican Council said, part of their mission is to promote “the complete perfection of the human person, the good of society terrestrial and the construction of a more Human world.”

To achieve this goal, the document says, Catholic schools must “practice the ‘grammar of dialogue,’ not as a technical expedient, but as a profound way of relating to others. Dialogue combines mindfulness with own identity with understanding of others and respect for diversity.

Everyone – administrators, teachers, parents and students – has “an obligation to recognize, respect and witness to the Catholic identity of the school”, which must be clearly stated in its mission statement and presented to future employees and parents of future students.

“In training the younger generations,” he said, “teachers must be exceptional in correct doctrine and integrity of life.”

But the whole school community is responsible for embracing and promoting the school’s Catholic identity, he said, so it cannot be “attributed only to certain spheres or to certain people. , such as liturgical, spiritual or social occasions, or at school function”. chaplain, religious teachers or school principal.

Taking into account the different contexts and laws in the countries where Catholic schools operate, the document urges schools to “formulate clear criteria of discernment regarding professional qualities, adherence to Church doctrine and consistency in life Christianity” of candidates for positions in Catholic education. schools.

When conflicts over “disciplinary and/or doctrinal” matters arise, all involved should be aware of how “these situations can discredit the Catholic institution and scandalize the community.”

“Dismissal should be the last resort, legitimately used after all other attempts at redress have failed,” he said.

Noting that “in many countries, civil law prohibits ‘discrimination’ on the basis of religion, sexual orientation and other aspects of private life”, the document nevertheless notes that where “State laws impose choices contrary to religious freedom and to the very Catholic identity of a school”, the rights of Catholics and their schools must be defended “both by dialogue with the authorities of the State and by recourse to competent courts in the matter”.

News and Resources for the Publisher Community

Weekly Editors and the millions offer the literary community continuous coverage of the war in Ukraine. Weekly Editors examines the impact on the publishing and literary community, while Millions offers first-hand reports from the field of its correspondent in Ukraine. We will continue to update this page regularly. Please feel free to email International Editor Ed Nawotka at ENawotka@publishersweekly.com if you have any information or charity to share.

Fundraising and Charity

In the weeks following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the international publishing community launched a number of initiatives aimed at offering support to authors, publishers and aid organisations. For those who wish to help, there are several ways to get involved. The Federation of European Publishers, for example, raises funds for the Association of Ukrainian Publishers to help print books for the millions of Ukrainian refugee children and families now scattered across Europe. You can donate online here.

The impact on publishing

The majority of book-related activities in Ukraine have ceased, and many companies are looking to resume work from abroad, including in Poland and elsewhere. Many authors and publishing professionals have also joined the fight against Russia. In solidarity, most international book fairs and events have suspended relations with Russian publishing houses and state-affiliated institutions.

Shipped from Ukraine

Writer Il’ja Rákoš and her family lived until recently in Kyiv, Ukraine. What follows are his writings about and writing during the ongoing Russian invasion – many of which are Facebook posts written from a bomb shelter, reposted with his permission and help from his friend Mark Slouka.

This piece was last updated on March 29, 2022.

NON-PROFIT REGISTER | Foundation adds eight directors and elects a new president | Non-profit organizations



News: Faye Tate, vice president for inclusion and diversity at CoBank, was elected chair of the board of the Colorado Women’s Foundation, succeeding attorney Joyce Vigil of Pueblo.

Tate’s rich background in community service includes membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Colorado Women’s Forum; Jack and Jill of America; the Junior League of Denver and the Denver Chapter of The Links, Inc. She also serves on the boards of The Arc of Colorado and The Arc of the United States, organizations that advocate for and provide services to people with disabilities intellectual and developmental.

The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce honored Tate as one of Colorado’s 25 Most Powerful Women, and the Colorado Girl Scouts named her one of its Women of Distinction. She is also a recipient of One Colorado’s Ally Award.

The eight new trustees of the foundation, whose three-year term begins April 1, are:

  • Denver’s Sandy Cook, Impact100 Metro Denver Executive Committee Member
  • Raymond Foxworth of Thornton, Navajo Nation Citizen and Vice President of First Nations Grantmaking, Development and Communications
  • Katherine Gold of Denver, owner of Goldbug, one of the nation’s largest purveyors of children’s clothing and accessories
  • Debbie Hammons of Broomfield, who served in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011 and former chair of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees
  • Shannon Jones of Denver, president of human resources for FirstBank and board member of the Aurora Public Schools Foundation
  • Courtney Lussenhop of Fort Collins, Community Engagement and Employment Manager for the OtterCares Foundation and Vice President of the Otter Women’s Network
  • Katherine Rosechild of Denver, longest serving employee and Director of Information Technology Development and Implementation for the Colorado Health Foundation
  • Tara Smith of Denver, director of primary care and affordability for the Colorado Division of Insurance

WFCO’s 26 Trustees work in partnership with Lauren Casteel, President and CEO of the foundation, to set goals and priorities, ensure progress toward the organization’s strategic plan, determine policy priorities and manage assets. nearly $34 million from the foundation.

They also develop financial resources that provide sustainability to meet the current and emerging needs of Colorado women.

About the organization: The Women’s Foundation of Colorado is the only statewide community foundation dedicated to gender, racial, and economic equity. Since 1987, WFCO has funded more than 30 research reports that identify systemic barriers to gender, race, and economic equity, helped pass dozens of bills to create economic opportunity, and granted more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations that work with women and families in urban and rural communities statewide.

Website: www.wfco.org

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The highs, the lows and the whoas


Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

This year, the Oscars learned the dangers of trying to get into the speed force. The show, scaled down for broadcast, started out wanting to please and looks populist, filled with edited homages to films the Academy expected everyone to recognize and even selections from the ‘moments of joy’ chosen by Twitter last year. It was already a ceremony that felt compelled to score too many goals, but it fell apart once, three quarters into the event, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage after Rock made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. The telecast came to a halt and fell silent, and the theater audience seemed unsure how to react as the ceremony continued until Smith’s widely predicted win for Best Actor. He gave a rambling, tearful speech about protecting his family that contained some kind of apology to the Academy, but it felt like the ceremony had tipped off its axis, insignificant and chintzy compared to the altercation. unscripted that had just happened. In a year when the Oscars posed as a big return to normal, Hollywood felt more unnatural than ever. In an attempt to make sense of the evening, we’ve rounded up the highs, lows, and many whoas of the 2022 Oscars.

LOW: Watching the red carpet as the Oscars are handed out inside. Much has already been said about the savage decision to cut eight categories from television broadcasting. But that didn’t prepare us for the sheer speed of being subjected to an hour of red carpet coverage knowing that, simultaneously, people were accepting awards inside the theater, which you could only follow at through grainy cellphone videos of reporters on Twitter. Instead of looking at the winners for shorts, makeup and hair, score, etc., we had the deep insight of Vanessa Hudgens telling us what was on her ballot at the Oscars.

HIGH: Beyoncé turns to the camera and says “Oscars…!” The ceremony opened with his offsite performance of “Be Alive” by King Richard in Compton, filled with green tennis ball costumes and a full ensemble of dancers and musicians. Not the best song, but a complete and spectacular performance by Beyoncé. She wasn’t at the Oscars yet, but she has been there, saying: “Oscars…!”

LOW and HIGH and LOW: Three announcers, no cohesion. It’s hard to know how anyone could have predicted this, but it turns out that when you have three hosts, you’re going to have… three hosts. Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes do type of make sense together: these are three women who are funny. Beyond that, however, the trio had little in common as Oscar hosts, and it was palpable from the moment they first took the stage together. Schumer’s style was deliberate, often moan-worthy jokes with a bit of punch (at one point she yelled Don’t look up then cracked that the Academy seems to have forgotten to consult the reviews of this film). When it was Hall’s turn, the mood shifted to unhinged hilarity, with an extended, pitch-perfect track involving bringing handsome actors up on stage. Hall is single, she explained, and she was just going to, um, give them COVID tests with her tongue. Things slipped to the quiet and underwhelming when it was time for Sykes, whose host showcase was largely a pre-recorded tour of the Academy museum.

HIGH: Clips are back! The Oscars have toyed with different ways of introducing acting nominees over the past few years, but what’s better than a good old-fashioned music video, really? It’s nice to see people in the movies they’ve been nominated for, and even when the clips are tricky choices, it’s a tiny bit of context that just feels right.

HIGH: Ariana DeBose wins Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story. DeBose is the first openly queer woman of color to win an acting Oscar, and her moment was a great example of how a speech (polite, obviously pre-planned) can achieve a strong combination of emotion and poise. Pick a last line, nail it, go with confidence. It is also the advantage of awarding prizes to the great children of the theatre.

LOW: ABC inserts the pre-recorded Oscars as if they were broadcast live. We knew the clips would be edited into the rest of the show, but to do so without an explanation or pretense was disorienting. The nominees still have their clip reels, but the producers cut their march to the stage and shortened the speeches, while interspersing clips from famous audience members who weren’t in the room at the time. Then the broadcast pretended it was business as usual, spending that free time playing clips to remind us that James Bond exists.

LOW: The Oscars are constantly asking “hey, remember that?” Does anyone remember The Godfather? A good film. What about the moments that made you “stand up and clap”? It was a real list of movies, excerpts from them played, and the top three were Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: No Coming Home and the Snyder cut Justice League. Remember those?!

HIGH: Coda Acceptance Speech for Best Supporting Actor, Troy Kotsur. Introduced by Youn Yuh-Jung, who signed his name and stood next to him, holding his statuette while signing his speech, Kotsur sent a heartfelt thank you to the Academy, his interpreter choking while he talked. It’s the kind of raw, emotional moment the Oscars are meant to be. Remove all other layers and give us this!

LOW: Attempts to play against Ryusuke Hamaguchi during his acceptance speech. Calm down, Oscar gang! Hamaguchi makes very long films. Give him time to finish his very thoughtful and generous speech, in which he classily shouted out the work of his actors, none of whom were nominated for any awards.

HIGH: Megan Thee Stallion’s remix of “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”. There really was no need to perform this song at the Oscars. I’m sure there are regrets that it wasn’t the nominated song of Encanto, but incorporating it into the ceremony just smacks of the rest of the theme for these Oscars, Hey, remember that one thing you haven’t forgotten, because all the things we remind you of are famous enough already? However, if we Homework having an unnecessary “Bruno,” at least Megan Thee Stallion doing a verse in the middle felt like it was tailor-made for the Oscars. It’s very corny to have someone in the middle of a song and rap about the Oscars; the Oscars should be corny.

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HIGH… on life! Jessica Chestnut! Featured by the Oscars editors in seemingly every reaction shot they managed to get! She was simply thrilled with every new development! Laugh at Amy Schumer’s tired joke about Leo’s girlfriend’s youth like it was the first joke she ever heard! Good for her, glad she had a good night.

LOW: The award for the most popular film (?) goes to army of the dead! After the announcement that the Oscars would award a “fan-favorite” film based on a particularly reliable and flawless method of public entry (a Twitter poll), the ceremony itself did its best to downplay the results: a countdown with short excerpts from the best voters included No coming home and Minimalthen a slightly longer excerpt from army of the dead. There was no dramatic presentation. None of the hosts came to make jokes. At the end of the countdown, the theater crowd applauded weakly.

WHOA: Will Smith’s reaction to Chris Rock’s joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith. Before presenting Best Documentary, Chris Rock did a little crowd work about married couples in the audience, spoke to Will Smith and then pointed to Jada, who spoke about hair loss due to alopecia , and said, “I love you. GI Jane 2Can’t wait to see this.” Will then ran onto the stage, punched Chris Rock and said, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Those watching ABC at home saw the The screen froze, then a mute Smith yelling at Rock. After that, the show went back to normal. Rock presented the award to Questlove, who gave a nice speech overshadowed by the chaos of the previous moment.

LOW, continuing WHOA: The few minutes after what happened. Then came a desperate and completely bizarre sequence of events that was to try to regain control of the series. There was a Godfather tribute to which no one paid attention because everyone was going there, What was that? Then came an In Memoriam tribute that included Bill Murray saluting Ivan Reitman and Jamie Lee Curtis holding a puppy (!) in honor of Betty White. The general tone was gotta keep moving! As long as we keep moving, this won’t fall apart. No host arrived to acknowledge what had happened, so the feeling of disorientation and loss of reality yawned more and more, until finally…

WOW ?!?! Will Smith won the Best Actor Oscar. Somehow, impossible but inevitable, Will Smith won Best Actor in King Richard and, almost in tears, took the stage to deliver his acceptance speech. “Richard Williams was a fierce advocate for his family,” Smith began. Weeping seriously, he explained that he felt God had commanded him to protect those he loved. He compared his own impulse to that of Richard Williams, who also stood up for the people he loved. “I want to apologize to the Academy,” Smith said. “I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. It’s a beautiful moment, and I’m not crying about winning an award. It’s not about winning an award for me. It’s about of being able to shine a light. The theater applauded Smith throughout, especially when he announced, “Love will make you do crazy things.”Smith concluded by hoping, with a chuckle, that the next year the Academy would invite him back (At no point did he apologize to Chris Rock.)

It’s like we’re past the highs and lows at this point, you know? Jessica Chastain won for Tammy Faye’s eyes; CODA won for best film. At one point, Amy Schumer appeared and made a joke about how she’d spent all this time trying to get out of her Spider-man costume and was curious as to why the mood was so different. In some ways, the latter part of the show felt like giddy relief as something like a traditional awards show rhythm fell back into place. But there was an ongoing feeling that the Oscars were more divorced from reality; the best actor winner slapped a presenter in the face and half an hour later was crying as the entire theater cheered him on. It’s not the kind of thing that a show can recover from. And yet, did the show continue? Footage of Smith kissing Pinkett-Smith appeared during the closing credits, as did footage of Smith accepting his award, as if both moments were part of a regular Oscar party. The three hosts again appeared in their pajamas to say goodnight, and you could almost feel the huge sigh of relief when the live stream cut out.

“Most Wanted” for the week of March 27 – Maple Ridge News


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THIFFAULT, Raymond Age: 31 Height: 6 feet 4 inches.  Weight: 240 lbs.  Hair: brown Eyes: brown Wanted: possession of stolen property over $5,000 x2, obstructing a peace officer, possession of a stolen credit card, mischief over $5,000 x2, fraud under $5,000, motor vehicle theft, breach of probation order x2, failure to comply with recognizance and driving while prohibited.  Warrant Effective: March 18, 2022 Parole Territory: Vancouver, BC

THIFFAULT, Raymond Age: 31 Height: 6 feet 4 inches. Weight: 240 lbs. Hair: brown Eyes: brown Wanted: possession of stolen property over $5,000 x2, obstructing a peace officer, possession of a stolen credit card, mischief over $5,000 x2, fraud under $5,000, motor vehicle theft, breach of probation order x2, failure to comply with recognizance and driving while prohibited. Warrant Effective: March 18, 2022 Parole Territory: Vancouver, BC

Finding the right hire, despite staffing issues

Author’s note: Levin Group has reviewed and prioritized hundreds of strategies to increase practice production. Each month, we highlight a powerful idea in order of priority.

Everyone is talking about the current staffing challenges in dentistry. And they should be, because it’s a very real problem. However, practices must be careful in their efforts to increase their staff. Hiring the wrong person just for a position will often cause the new person to not practice and the practice will have to start the process all over again. Still, being short-staffed or having regular turnover has an impact on the production of the practice, and it can be quite significant for reasons that aren’t obvious.

Bad hires bring down the practice

A not-so-obvious reason is that having the wrong people on the team or being short-staffed stops the process of improving training performance. I’ve heard many dentists say, “I’ll get to this improvement as soon as I have the right staff in place. What ends up happening is that all of their effort goes into either day-to-day with existing team members or hiring new team members.

Define your core values

The path to having the right staff is complex, but it all starts with a set of core values ​​and a clear mission. The values ​​are the rallying point of the team on the functioning of the practice. The team must act in a way that never violates a core value. Values ​​are concepts like integrity, teamwork, positivity, lifelong learning, and excellence. Ideally, you should adopt no more than six values. More than that becomes overwhelming and dilutes the true meaning of each value. Also, be sure to select values ​​you sincerely believe in and only hire new team members after discussing your values ​​and making sure they can adhere to them. Otherwise, the rental will not work or cause a conflict.

Develop a practical mission statement

The mission of the practice is equally important, and every practice should have a short and clear mission statement. A mission statement is a statement of purpose, and it’s something team members really want today. Having a purpose gives people a sense of pride, direction and confidence and a sense of belonging to something important. Without a clear mission, many practices will have higher turnover because individuals simply don’t just want a job, they also want a purpose. The mission statement also becomes useful in making decisions. In a firm that truly lives its mission, you’ll often hear people say, “Well, we could do that, but that’s not really part of our mission. A team member who makes a decision based on whether they will support the firm’s mission will almost always make a good decision.

More practice production, prioritized:

Hire candidates who match your values ​​and mission

Many practices are currently involved in the hiring process. The challenge will be to hire people who can believe in the values ​​of the practice and live the mission. If the person can do these two things, almost anything else is possible to create a great relationship between the new recruit and the rest of the dental team.

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the March 2022 print edition of Dental economy magazine. Dentists in North America can take advantage of a free print subscription. Register here.

How the Beau Biden Foundation spends its money

The Beau Biden Child Protection Foundation raised $3.9 million in 2020, but only spent a fraction of it on its purported mission to help children, The Post has learned.

The Delaware-based charity, which was launched in honor of President Biden’s late son, received an infusion of $1.8 million from the Biden Foundation before that group shut down in 2020, according to the latest charitable tax returns. The Biden Foundation was created by Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, to champion “the progress and prosperity of American families.”

The Beau Biden charity also received $225,000 from entities connected to a high-profile political donor and consolidator of President Biden.

Despite the windfall of more than $2 million, the organization only invested $544,961 in 2020 toward its stated goal of protecting children from abuse, according to tax filings.

The organization invested just $544,961 in 2020 towards its stated goal of protecting children from abuse.

The charity spent a total of $932,865 that year, much of which went to the six-figure salaries of Biden cronies who held senior positions at the nonprofit.

Patricia Dailey Lewis, who served as Delaware’s assistant attorney general under the late AG Beau Biden, leads the nonprofit and was awarded $150,660 in 2020, including a $3,500 bonus.

Joshua Alcorn, a longtime Democratic operative and consultant for Beau Biden and Joe Biden’s political campaigns, served as chief operating officer and was paid $131,437. He has since resigned.

Patricia Dailey Lewis runs the nonprofit and was paid $150,660 in 2020.
Patricia Dailey Lewis runs the nonprofit and was paid $150,660 in 2020.

CharityWatch, a watchdog group, says its top-rated nonprofits typically spend at least 75% of their budget on programs. In the case of this charity, only 58% of its expenses went to its cause.

“A 58% program ratio does not reflect a high level of financial efficiency,” said Laurie Styron, executive director of CharityWatch.

Biden’s troubled son Hunter served on the board of the Beau Biden charity in 2020 when The Post broke the discovery of his infamous laptop, a device covered in a sticker from the foundation. Biden’s daughter, Ashley, and Beau’s widow, Hallie Biden, were also on the board.

Beau's widow, Hallie, is the only family member still on the foundation's board.
The widow of Beau Biden, Hallie is the only family member still on the foundation’s board.
President Biden poses with his son, Army Capt. Beau Biden at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq July 4, 2009.
President Biden poses with his son, Army Capt. Beau Biden at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq July 4, 2009.

Hallie Biden is the only member of the family still on the board, which includes former FBI director Louis Freeh.

The group said after Joe Biden’s inauguration in 2021, it would not take money from lobbyists or foreign donors and would publish the names of its top contributors on its website in a bid to increase transparency.

But the organization refused to provide a copy of its 2020 tax return to The Post in early March. He then said the document was available on the Guidestar website.

Beau Biden, center, pictured in 2008 with other members of the Delaware Army National Guard unit.
Beau Biden pictured in 2008 with other members of the Delaware Army National Guard unit.

The document posted to the site earlier this week included a list of top donors, but on Friday that list was missing from the filing.

Donors included Masimo Corporation, a medical device manufacturer, and the Masimo Foundation. Both are led by Joe Kiani, who gave $750,000 to pro-Biden Unite the Country PAC in 2020 and was named to a presidential science and technology advisory committee last year. His company also has millions in government contracts, according to a report.

A Masimo Foundation representative said it has long contributed to the Beau Biden Foundation “because of the work it does for children” and that the value of the company’s federal contracts has actually gone down since the start. Biden’s entry into office.

The Beau Biden Foundation did not immediately return requests for comment.

The foundation was formed less than a month after Beau Biden died of cancer in 2015.
The foundation was formed less than a month after Beau Biden died of cancer in 2015.

The foundation was incorporated in Wilmington, DE in June 2015, less than a month after Beau Biden died of cancer.

The Beau Biden Foundation is running virtual and in-person workshops for adults starting at $500, according to its website. He also organizes sessions for children on issues such as bullying and internet safety.

The foundation is one of three nonprofits linked to the Biden family.

The Biden Foundation was started by the Bidens in 2016. They then launched The Biden Cancer Initiative in 2017. Both groups suspended operations in 2019 when Biden ran for president.

Each group’s tax return indicates that it has notified the appropriate state authorities of its dissolution.

The Delaware attorney general’s office, where the groups were legally based, did not immediately return requests for comment.

Additional reporting by Isabel Vincent

MP Maxine Waters stops to help hundreds of people who were waiting for Section 8 housing vouchers

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Hundreds of frustrated people lined up outside a nonprofit in Los Angeles on Friday morning, many of whom expected to receive Section 8 housing vouchers.

“The problem here is that people assume they’re getting a good Section 8 and it’s overcrowded,” said Tiffany Mathis, who is currently homeless. “They don’t understand that you have to be in a program and it’s a referral service or that you get certain services or housing or shelter care until they assess what you need, and I think that’s what ruined everything today.”

Congresswoman Maxine Waters noticed the large crowd near Imperial Highway and Vermont Avenue and decided to stop and help.

“Due to the confusion and people not knowing the difference between emergency homeless vouchers and regular Section 8 vouchers, they are here today trying to get some help. help,” she said.

At one point, she even used a microphone on a nearby police unit to provide more information.

“I blame those who have the money we sent from the federal government who weren’t able to communicate properly and deliver the services we worked so hard for,” Waters said.

The congresswoman said she believed more than half of the people who walked out on Friday were misinformed. However, she also said the number of people who have come out shows that there is a real need in the community.

“There are a lot of people here,” said Dwight Carr, who showed up with the intention of getting a Section 8 voucher. there’s no place to go.”

Waters said she will continue to try to help people get what they need.

“It’s an indication of negligence and a lack of processes that do what we want them to do,” she said. “So people are here just trying to find a place to live and get support.”

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What is the next step for the Fufeng Group petitioners? City Hall Audit, In Progress – Grand Forks Herald


GRAND FORKS — This week, Grand Forks petitioners calling for a citywide referendum on the future of a corn milling plant filed more than 5,000 signatures at City Hall.

This is a great moment for the future of a great proposal. The American subsidiary of the Fufeng Group hopes to build a major new factory and create hundreds of jobs in the city. Skeptics, however, questioned the traffic and environmental impacts as well as the company’s ties to China, where it is headquartered.

At first glance, the 5,318 signatures collected appear to be far more than the group would need to force a vote, suggesting the issue will soon head for an election. But now that the petitioners have filed the signatures, things get a little complicated.

City hall officials are preparing to consider the petitions, which the city charter gives them 20 days to do so. This will mean a tight count of the validity of all signatures by city staff, as well as a legal review of the petition itself.

The process is almost certain to reject some of the signatures. This is to be expected, as petition collectors for any referendum often collect scribbled names and addresses that are unreadable, unverifiable, or could be from someone who lives outside the city limits.

Such was the case for a petition five years ago, which sought to put the future of downtown Arbor Park to a citywide vote. Petitioners seeking to block a construction deal at the Fourth Street site collected 4,600 signatures at the end of 2016, but 1,500 were rejected. The petitioners later returned with 870 more signatures (the petition succeeded in getting an election; residents voted to demolish the park the following year).

Petitioners must meet a threshold of 3,617 signatures, or 15% of city voters in the last gubernatorial election. If they do — and if the petition clears legal review — city staff will take it to the public for a vote.

Grand Forks City Attorney Dan Gaustad did not respond to an email seeking comment. City Clerk Sherie Lundmark, speaking Thursday, said she didn’t have much to add after signatures were delivered on Wednesday.

“They’re recent,” she said, “and there’s not really an update.”

The petitioners aimed for a development agreement between Fufeng leaders and the town hall on February 22. If it happens, the citywide referendum would allow local voters to untie it, removing the framework of the agreement that the city and agribusiness use to guide construction. While it’s unclear whether voters’ rejection of the deal would prevent the city from building the plant, it would likely send a political message strong enough to scuttle it all the same.

But the timing of the filing of the petition raises questions that do not yet have clear answers. The submission deadline to appear on the June primary ballot is April 11, County Auditor Debbie Nelson told the Herald this week. That means a 20-day review starting this week could struggle to unfold quickly enough – making it unclear when a referendum on the Fufeng Group’s future will go to voters.

In the meantime, City Council Speaker Dana Sande said the plan was still to keep moving forward to begin licensing and construction of the plant.

“I think we are still at full speed. I spoke with several people who signed the petition who are still in favor of bringing Fufeng into our community, but they felt it was important enough to put it to a public vote,” said said Sande. “I still believe the consensus in our community is that this is a good thing for our community. If it comes to a vote, I believe the community will support the corn milling facility in Grand Forks.

How to help the Ukrainian people

People with bags and suitcases in the kyiv metro after the air raid sirens went off.
Photo: YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP via Getty Images

In the weeks since Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine, circumstances on the ground have become increasingly dire. Destruction and air raid sirens have become part of daily life in much of the country. Many Ukrainians use metro stations as bomb shelters and civilians rush to evacuate to other countries. More than 3.6 million Ukrainian refugees have already fled, with many kilometers to travel to reach neighboring borders. Meanwhile, black and brown people trying to flee Ukraine are finding it even harder to get out, due to racism and violence that have left them stranded and even turned away at borders, while transphobia and other discriminatory practices prevent transgender Ukrainians from leaving. Refugees are grappling with food shortages, as are many Ukrainians who remain in and around Kyiv, where food deliveries have become impossible due to security fences.

The war – which has a lot to do with Putin’s colonial desire to restore a Soviet empire and his general dislike of Ukrainian democracy – is a conflict that even Russian citizens don’t seem to want. The invasion triggered international sanctions and condemnations, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other world leaders accusing Putin of committing war crimes. On the ground, Ukrainian civilians take up arms and many citizens living abroad return to fight. However, the outcome remains uncertain. Experts believe that Putin’s aggression will not stop until he installs a new ruler in Ukraine subject to Russia. Already more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers and at least 902 civilians (and probably many more) have been killed in the conflict, including children.

Here are a few ways to help Ukrainian citizens, including recommendations from journalists on the ground in Ukraine:

Razom for Ukraine: Razom, which means “together” in Ukrainian, is a voluntary charity organization that was founded in 2014 to support Ukrainians after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

Sunflower of Peace Fundraiser: Sunflower of Peace’s fundraiser aims to provide first aid backpacks to paramedics and doctors on the front lines. Each backpack contains enough tactical first aid supplies for five to ten people.

Revived Soldiers Ukraine: This non-profit organization provides medical aid to Ukrainian soldiers and supports their families.

Medical Teams International: This humanitarian aid agency is deploying a team to Ukraine and working with partners to deliver essential medical supplies to people on the ground.

Heart to Heart International: This global humanitarian organization is donating $20 million worth of medical supplies to Ukrainian refugees in Warsaw, Poland, as well as hygiene kits.

MedShare: This organization donates excess medical supplies to global communities in need of disaster relief. Donate to his Ukrainian fund here.

Direct Relief: This organization has partnered with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to provide emergency medical aid to citizens still in the country, as well as recent refugees.

Voices of Children: This organization helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to Ukrainian children affected by armed conflict.

Save the Children: UK-based Save the Children has set up a crisis relief fund in Ukraine which provides food, water, hygiene kits, cash and psychosocial support to children and families.

ChildFund International: Founded in 1983, ChildFund provides international financial support to children in need. Donate to his German organization, ChildFund Deutschland, which provides emergency aid kits to children and families in Ukraine.

MANNA Worldwide: This US-based non-profit organization supports the development of children in poor communities nationally and internationally. Its fund for Ukraine supports Ukrainian families trying to flee to safety.

International Rescue Committee: The IRC is on the ground in Poland, helping children and families who have fled Ukraine.

SOS Children’s Villages: This international non-profit organization has been working in Ukraine since 2003 and is currently fundraising for internally displaced children and their families.

The Kyiv Independent: You can support Ukrainian English-language media through GoFundMe or through Patreon.

Free Press Unlimited: This Netherlands-based organization works to protect journalists around the world. Donate to their “Media Lifeline for Ukraine” here.

Keeping Ukrainian media in business: Donations to this GoFundMe will help Ukrainian media move to other countries and set up offices there.

Global Empowerment Mission: In collaboration with BStrong, this organization runs a reception center on the Polish-Ukrainian border. It uses its funds to facilitate the influx of refugees into Poland, paying for flights and trains to relocate anyone who cannot find accommodation in Poland.

Humanity and Inclusion: This global organization supports people and refugees from conflict-affected areas, especially those with physical injuries and disabilities and the elderly. Its Ukraine Appeal Fund will help provide emergency assistance to refugees displaced by the conflict.

Team Rubicon: This NGO specializes in disaster response and has sent a team of doctors to Poland to help refugees, especially children, women, people with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ people. Donate here to support his efforts.

CORE: Community Organized Relief Effort provides immediate relief and recovery to underserved international communities. Donate to his relief effort for Ukrainian refugees in Poland. The money will go towards cash disbursements, hygiene supplies and COVID-19 testing.

Hungarian Helsinki Committee: This human rights organization provides free legal assistance to Ukrainian asylum seekers.

Association for Legal Intervention: Since 2005, this Poland-based NGO has provided migrants and refugees with pro bono legal aid. Donate to their Ukrainian fund to support refugees seeking legal assistance.

The Coalition to Support Blacks in Ukraine: This fundraiser aims to help black people facing racism and turned away as they attempt to flee the country. The funds will go towards paying resettlement costs and connecting Black refugees with their families, as well as food and other practical supplies.

Black Women for Black Lives: Through its #BlackinUkraine initiative, this organization raises funds to help black refugees leave Ukraine, especially students.

Fundacja Ocalenie: This immigrant-focused organization raises funds for African and Indian students fleeing Ukraine.

OutRight International: The non-governmental organization addresses human rights abuses against the LGBTIQ community. You can donate to his fundraiser in Ukraine here.

QUA: QUA-LGBTQ is an organization connecting LGBTQ Ukrainians with LGBTQ allies in the United States. Your donations will be used to urgently support the Ukrainian LGBTQ community in conflict-affected areas.

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights: Donations to this organization’s Ukraine Response Fund will support female, trans and non-binary activists in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

• Donate to Nova Ukraine’s Heart2Heart initiative, which collects health kits for Ukrainians.

• Donate to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which will provide humanitarian aid to Ukrainians affected by the conflict.

• Donate to CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund, which aims to provide food, water, hygiene kits and more to Ukrainians, especially women and girls.

• Donate to International Medical Corps, which will deploy mobile medical teams to provide primary and emergency health services, including psychosocial services, to conflict-affected Ukrainian communities.

Donate to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, which channels funds for humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, including shelter, food and clean water for refugees.

• Donate to Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian group whose Humanitarian Response Fund sends money and emergency supplies to people across Ukraine.

• Donate to People in Need, a Czech group that responds to an emergency helpline by sending trucks loaded with non-perishable food, hygiene products, sleeping bags and other items to n any place that asks for help. PIN is also setting up border sites to help refugees cross safely.

• Donate to Americares, which deployed an emergency response team to Poland with medical support for Ukrainian refugees.

• Donate to World Central Kitchen, which works to serve fresh meals to Ukrainian refugees, as well as Ukrainians left behind.

• Donate to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which raises money to help shelter staff and animals in disaster areas.

• Donate to the Kyiv School of Economics, which raises funds to provide first aid kits, body armor and helmets to Ukrainians in the field.

• Donate to the United for Ukraine Fund of United Way Worldwide, which will be used to provide shelter, food, transportation and infant formula to those in conflict zones.

• Donate to Vostok-SOS to support victims of military attacks.

• Donate to Liberico fundraising in Ukraine to support emergency aid to those in areas of immediate danger.

• Donate to Fight for Right, which supports Ukrainians with disabilities who are on the ground or trying to evacuate.

Donate to Malteser International, which works to provide food, water and medicine to Ukrainians facing supply shortages.

Donate to the Ukrainian Women’s Fund to help provide basic necessities to war-affected women and girls.

• Donate to Lutheran World Relief to help provide emergency supplies to clinics and civilians on the ground.

This post has been updated.

Middlesex County awards nearly $2.2 million to city agencies and local nonprofit arts and history organizations

One hundred and nine municipal agencies and local non-profit arts and history organizations in Middlesex County have been the recipients of the 2022 Arts and History Grants for a total amount of $2,178,672, according to an announcement on Wednesday from the Middlesex County Communications Administration Office.

Currently, three types of funding opportunities are available: General Operating Support, Program Support and Historic Preservation, and Capital Grants. The grant cycle opens each summer with the announcement of grant guidelines and a series of grant writing workshops.

Funding for these grants is made possible by the Middlesex County Board of Commissioners through the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. Middlesex County funding partners include the New Jersey Historical Commission and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Here is a list of total funding amounts by discipline:

  • Total amount awarded for dance: $327,450
  • Total amount awarded for festivals/popular life: $233,425
  • Total multidisciplinary amount awarded: $260,025
  • Total amount awarded for music/choir: $158,950
  • Total amount awarded for public art: $24,325
  • Total theater amount awarded: $945,457
  • Total amount granted for the visual arts: $69,675
  • Historical total amount awarded: $120,365
  • Historical preservation and total amount of capital awarded: $39,000

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Appraisal of Reverse Mortgage: What To Expect?

Appraisal of Reverse Mortgage: What To Expect?

If you’re seeking a reverse mortgage, the lender will need an appraisal by an expert of your home prior to making a decision on the amount of loan it can offer you. The information that you must be aware of concerning the process of evaluating the reverse mortgage is provided here in the article, but if you want to read more you can visit Bridge Payday.


  • It will arrange for an assessment by a professional should you are interested in applying for a reverse mortgage.
  • The appraisal is an important role to determine the size of loan you may be qualified for.
  • If you aren’t satisfied with the assessment You can challenge the evaluation.

How Is a Reverse Mortgage Defined?

A reverse mortgage is a is a type of loan allows homeowners to access their equity in their homes without the need to sell the property. The funds can be used as a fixed sum in monthly installments, or as a credit line that they can credit to be used as they want, or any combination of the above. The borrower (or the estate of the deceased) is not required to pay back the loan until they die, sell the property or even leave the property to the estate.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is a department of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers guarantees for reverse mortgages that are made by lenders who have been approved by FHA. These loans are also known under the title of the home equity mortgage (HECMs).

In addition there are private lenders that offer reverse-mortgage loans. These loans can be referred to as proprietary mortgages, don’t have the backing by the government and can be accompanied by a variety of terms and conditions which are applicable to the qualifying and the lending conditions.

Additionally, a variety of local and state government and non-profit organizations provide single-purpose mortgages available to moderate and low-income families. They are like their names suggest that the money is required to be used for a particular reason, like repair of your home or for property taxes.

Which Individuals Qualify for a Reverse Mortgage?

To be eligible to receive an FHA-insured reverse mortgage you must be at the age of 62. In addition to that, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You can build your house as your main home
  • Your property will be yours the duration of time you own it or you’ve paid your mortgage in entirety, or have paid an “significant” percentage of any outstanding due.
  • Can you pay the costs for property tax, insurance or other obligations that relate to your property

A lender is going to run an credit test and verify what you earn in income and assets as well as expenses to support your daily life during the loan application process. In addition it will demonstrate that you’ve paid your homeowners tax and property tax insurance premiums on time. This is not the case if you have the flood insurance.

What Types of Homes Are Eligible for a Reverse Mortgage?

Additionally the property must satisfy specific requirements. It must include, for example, one-family or a house with two to four units which has the borrower living in a single unit and an HUD-approved condo complex or a single condominium unit that is compliant with the FHA standards , or manufactured homes that meet the particular FHA requirements.

How Much Borrowing Capacity Do You Have?

Your ability to be able to borrow is dependent on the condition of your house and also the current interest rates and an appraised price of your house. At present the maximum HECM insured by FHA is in the amount of 970,800 dollars.

There are reverse mortgages too with higher limits on loans, which are often called Jumbo reverse mortgages.

The Appraisal Process

It will ask for an appraisal from an appraiser of your house to determine the maximum loan amount you may qualify for. The lender should choose an appraiser who is recognized by the FHA to get reverse mortgages that are guaranteed by the federal government.

The appraisal process to appraise reverse loans is exactly the same as an appraisal of a home. An appraiser is required to examine it from its inside and outside and also the neighborhood that surrounds it. They then look for comparable properties (similar properties that have sold previously in the vicinity) to assist in determining the worth that the house is worth.

Value of the market. The appraiser will take measurements, take photographs of the home, and go over any legal documents relevant to the property.

In addition , the appraiser must record any repairs or work needed to bring the property into compliance with the minimum requirements of HUD’s properties. If substantial repairs are required, homeowners could have to make these prior to getting an advance. If the repair cost is less than 15 percent of what is the “maximum claim amount” (basically the maximum amount HUD could be held responsible in the event the borrower does not pay) The lender may grant the loan and allow the homeowner to pay for the repair.

The work of the appraiser is the responsibility of the lender, however the borrower is accountable to pay for the appraiser’s fee. In most cases, the price can be several thousand dollars. The HUD or lender might need an additional appraisal under certain situations.

The lender as well as the homeowners must be provided with reports of appraisal. If the homeowner is not satisfied about the appraiser’s report, they are able to submit a “request for reconsideration of value” with the appraiser, and in addition, with comparables they believe are more accurate that will indicate the value of the property will be worth. Although appraisers must evaluate the information they can make any adjustments required.

How Long Does an Appraisal Last?

Usually appraisals are valid for 120 days. However, the extension for 30 days may be granted in specific circumstances.

Am I Entitled to Hire My Appraiser?

You are able to however, the appraiser’s decision by the lender is the final decision when deciding whether to accept reverse mortgages, and also to determine an amount.

How Much Does a Reverse Mortgage Cost?

As well as the appraisal fee the borrower must also be ready for lenders to make an initial fee (up to $6000 in case of a mortgage that is insured through the federal government) and various closing expenses. The costs may include inspections, title searches and recording fees as well as the initial insurance charge equal two percent or more of principal amount of loan in the event that you are the insurance provider for the loan. Other than the insurance fee, fees differ for lenders and lenders which makes it difficult to determine.

It’s worth the time to look around. The cost of these loans could turn out to a significant amount which is one of the disadvantages of reverse mortgages that you should consider.

The Verdict

The reverse loan is dependent on the appraised value that your property is worth. If you choose to apply for reverse mortgage, the lender will arrange to conduct a thorough analysis of your home. If you do not agree with the appraised value of an appraiser’s assessment about the value of your house, you may challenge the appraiser’s decision.

La Salle basketball team can ‘take it all’, says rival player – Macomb Daily


De La Salle Collegiate has more losses than any other team in Division 1 basketball’s last four.

It doesn’t matter to DeCorion Temple.

“They’re a great team,” said the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s center. “I think they’ll take it all.”

  • De La Salle fans cheer on the pilots at Calihan Hall during the state tournament quarter-final. (GEORGE SPITERI for MediaNews Group)

  • La Salle coach Gjon Djokaj talks to his team. (GEORGES SPITERI)

  • De La Salle’s Tamario Adley dribbles down center court during a Division 1 quarter-final match against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s on Tuesday March 22, 2022. (GEORGE SPITERI for MediaNews Group)

Temple has seen a lot of drivers this season.

The Catholic League rivals played two Central Division games – OLSM won both, including one in double overtime – and again on Tuesday when De La Salle won 50-48 on the return of Triston Nichols at the buzzer in the quarter-finals at Calihan Hall.

“Every Catholic League team we play against, we know it’s going to be tough,” Temple said. “At the end, the ball came in for them. Kudos to them.

De La Salle takes an 18-7 record against Grand Rapids Northview (25-1) in a semifinal game that begins at noon Friday at the Breslin Center. Defending champion Grand Blanc (20-5) faces Belleville (19-6) in the other semi-final at 2 p.m.

The Pilots have won five straight, all in the playoffs, to forge a historically significant season despite finishing fourth in the Central Division.

De La Salle is the third men’s team from Macomb County and the first from Division 1/Class A to make back-to-back semi-final appearances.

Lake Shore and New Haven did it in Class B — the Shorians in 1993 and 1994 and the Rockets in 2017 and 2018.

Last season, De La Salle lost to Ann Arbor Huron in the semifinals.

“Hopefully we’ll get the job done now,” coach Gjon Djokaj said. “We are now reaching our peak, and hopefully we have two more (victories) in us.”

A victory over Northview and in the championship game which begins at noon Saturday would make De La Salle the county’s third state title winner.

Lake Shore won in 1994 and New Haven in 2017.

St. Mary’s looked set to beat the Pilots three in a row when Trey McKenney’s two free throws gave the Eagles a game-leading 43-36 lead with 3:50 remaining.

But on De La Salle’s next possession, senior Tamario Adley sank a 3-pointer off the top of the key to spark a 12-3 run that gave the Pilots a 48-46 lead with 65 seconds left.

After West Michigan rookie JaVaughn Hannah made two free throws for a tie 48 with 40.6 seconds remaining, DLS played for the final shot – which turned out to be a 3-pointer that missed the rim.

The 6-foot-4 Nichols slid to the low side basket, grabbed an unchallenged rebound and scored just feet past the DLS student section, who then led a euphoric celebration for a cathartic victory.

“We knew it was going to be a battle from the start,” Nichols said.

“Their talent level is through the roof,” added Djokaj. “We knew we had our work cut out.”

Six of De La Salle’s seven losses have come against Central Division teams, including Detroit Catholic Central, UD Jesuit and Brother Rice.

Every division team has been ranked at least once in the Michigan Associated Press weekly poll of the top 10 teams.

OLSM was No. 2, UD Jesuit fourth and Brother Rice ninth in the final poll.

But De La Salle is the only central team still playing for a state championship.

“We lost a few games,” Djokaj said, “but we haven’t reinvented any part of our attack or our defense – just our relationships within our group.

“Now we fly.”

The Michigan High School Athletic Association uses Michigan power ratings to create teams for district tournaments.

De La Salle has the highest MPR – it is calculated using a team’s winning percentage, their opponents’ winning percentage and their opponents’ winning percentage – of the remaining teams in Division 1.

The pilots are at .660, Grand Blanc .648, Northview .604 and Belleville .576.

Menominee, a Division 3 semifinalist with a 17-3 record, has an MPR of 0.729, leading the state in any division.

Will the strength of the driver program make a difference this weekend?

“Breslins back to back – wow,” said junior guard Nino Smith. “It’s an incredible feeling, something I will never forget.”

US Determines Russia Committed War Crimes in Ukraine | WNTZ


(The hill) – Secretary of State Antoine Blinken On Wednesday, the Biden administration said Russian forces had committed war crimes in Ukraine.

“Our assessment is based on careful consideration of available information from public and intelligence sources. As with any alleged crime, a court of competent jurisdiction is ultimately responsible for determining criminal culpability in specific cases,” said Blinken in a statement.

“The U.S. government will continue to track reports of war crimes and will share the information we collect with allies, partners, and international institutions and organizations as appropriate. We are committed to pursuing accountability using all available tools, including criminal prosecutions,” Blinken added.

The formal evaluation takes place one week after President Biden said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was a war criminalwhich Blinken echoed based on reports on the ground of attacks on civilians.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Blinken pointed to “numerous credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities.”

“Russian forces destroyed apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, critical infrastructure, civilian vehicles, shopping malls and ambulances, killing or injuring thousands of innocent civilians,” Blinken said. “Many of the sites that Russian forces hit were clearly identifiable as being used by civilians.”

Reports in recent days have detailed strikes against a maternity hospital in the city of Mariupol, as well as a theater where civilians had taken refuge. Officials determined that more than 2,400 civilians were killed in Mariupol alone on Tuesday, Blinken said, and the United Nations has confirmed more than 2,500 civilian casualties outside Mariupol.

Prosecuting “war crimes” usually involves a vigorous legal process, often years in length, and international investigators are already beginning to examine Russia’s conduct during its invasion of Ukraine.

The US assessment is likely to further increase pressure to isolate Moscow from the international community and could further galvanize support for Ukraine.

Officials have warned attacks on Ukraine could escalate, with Biden, Blinken, national security adviser JakeSullivan and others referring to the possibility of Russia deploying chemical weapons.

It’s unclear whether the Biden administration may take specific action in response to the war crimes determination, but officials previously said their documentary evidence of the atrocities would be shared with international investigators and courts with jurisdiction to prosecute cases. such cases.

Beth Van Schaack, a goodwill ambassador for global criminal justice and war crimes documenter, said the administration intends to publicize specific cases it has determined to be war crimes, but does not couldn’t come up with a schedule.

“We need to do a full assessment of the information we have and make sure it doesn’t compromise any means or method of collection, but I think it’s extremely important to keep the world informed about what’s happening on the land in Ukraine. ”

Schaack added that she did not foresee any action the administration might take in terms of sanctions related to a determination of war crimes, and did not rule out that Putin, as commander-in-chief of the Russian armed forces, could be held responsible for war crimes in a competent court.

“There are doctrines in international law and domestic law that can be traced back up the chain of command.”

Schaack said the United States would share war crimes information “with our friends and allies and with international and multilateral lateral institutions as appropriate,” and cited possible jurisdictions such as courts in the United States. , courts in Ukraine and regional courts.

The ambassador did not rule out sharing evidence with the International Criminal Court, but said “there were no specific requests.”

The United States is not a party to the Rome Statute, the treaty that governs where the ICC holds authority, and the Trump administration has imposed sanctions on court officials in opposition to their investigations into crimes of alleged US war in Afghanistan.

Schaack did not address U.S. sanctions against the tribunal, but said that because the United States is not a member of the tribunal, there are no “affirmative cooperation duties.”

Although Russia and Ukraine are also not parties to the Rome Statute, the ICC has jurisdiction over possible crimes committed on Ukrainian territory since kyiv accepted the jurisdiction of the courts in two declarations, in 2014 and 2015 and in response to the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine and annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

Attention tennis players in the mobile zone: it’s time to “serve him with love”

The “Serve It Up With Love” tennis tournament in Mobile, benefiting the Child Advocacy Center, is celebrating its 16th anniversary and registration is underway.

The tournament at the Mobile Tennis Center begins Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. for juniors and mixed doubles; and continues Tuesday, April 5 at 9 a.m. for women and men. There are also “ladies night” evenings from 6 p.m.

Title sponsors of this year’s event include Briggs Equipment, Catranis Family Charitable Foundation, Horizon Freight Equipment and Michelob Ultra.

The tournament is the biggest fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center, which operates as a central hub to help sexually and physically abused children and their families. The non-profit organization provides its services free of charge and therefore depends almost exclusively on donations to carry out its work.

“Serve It Up With Love” attracts over 400 tennis players each year. In addition to tennis camaraderie, attendees enjoy special treats and a fun raffle.

This year’s registration deadline is Friday, April 1 at 11 p.m.

“Serve It Up With Love” has been named the 2021 Alabama Charity Event of the Year by the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

For more information and to register, visit serveitupwithlove.com. Team captains can register their teams at tennislink.usta.com.

Campus Receives Tree Campus Designation for Third Year: Indiana University Kokomo

KOKOMO, Indiana – Indiana University Kokomo has earned Tree Campus Higher Education Recognition for the third consecutive year, for the campus’ continued commitment to effective forest management.

IU Kokomo was one of 393 campuses to receive the 2021 Tree Campus designation from the Arbor Day Foundation, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to planting trees.

“I am extremely grateful to our environmentally conscious community here at IU Kokomo,” said Andy Tuholski, Director of the Office of Sustainability.

“This recognition represents not only the dedication of our interns, facilities management, steering committee members and volunteers, but also the importance the university places on maintaining the natural beauty of our campus.”

IU Kokomo first earned the distinction as a Tree Campus in 2019 and again in 2020. The honor is earned by following Tree Campus Higher Education’s five standards: maintaining a tree advisory committee, a on-campus tree maintenance, dedicated annual expenses for a campus’ tree program, Arbor Day celebration, and student service-learning project.

To maintain campus recognition, Tuholski said IU Kokomo has continued to increase its current canopy and campus tree inventory.

Additionally, students and staff hosted educational events, planted new trees, grew and donated potted herbs, and guest speakers on a variety of environmental topics.

Tuholski added that the list of favorite species on campus has been refined and the number and diversity of native species has increased on the ground. This effort will continue this spring, thanks to a grant from Women of the Well House, IU Kokomo’s philanthropic giving circle.

Don Lambe, CEO of the Arbor Day Foundation, said trees play a vital role not just in the environment, but in everyday life.

“Having trees on college and university campuses is a great way to show a commitment to the overall well-being of students and faculty,” he said.

The Arbor Day Foundation states that the presence of trees on campuses and in urban spaces can reduce energy costs by providing shade cover, cleaner air and water, and green spaces for students and faculty. Trees can also improve the mental and cognitive health of students and provide a welcoming aesthetic on campuses.

The Tree Campus Higher Education program began in 2008 to encourage colleges and universities to plant trees on their campuses and engage students and staff in conservation goals.

“Ultimately, we aim to engage our students through service projects, internships, research grants, and events to help them learn more about environmental stewardship,” Tuholski said. “It is our responsibility to respect it, understand it and ultimately care for it.”

Alissa Russell, student intern in the Office of Sustainability, is thrilled with the recognition from the campus, as well as “the opportunity to combine what I learned in my classes with my passion for environmentalism.”

The Office of Sustainable Development will promote the importance of its practices during Sustainable Development Week, April 11-15. Students can plant trees on campus, hear from speakers, learn about sustainable food choices, and more.

Education is KEY at Indiana University Kokomo.

7-year-old Ukrainian who sang the song Frozen from a bunker opens a charity concert in Poland

Three weeks ago, seven-year-old Amelia Anisovych rose to international fame with her rendition of “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen” in a kyiv bomb shelter. Last night the same girl, now a refugee in Poland with her grandmother and brother, sang the Ukrainian national anthem to open a charity concert.

The “Together with Ukraine” concert featured performances by a range of Polish and Ukrainian musicians and actors. He raised 5 million zlotys (1.1 million euros) for Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), a charity that helps Ukrainian refugees, more than two million of whom have crossed into Poland.

Perhaps the biggest star of the show was young Amelia, who opened last night’s concert by singing the Ukrainian national anthem in front of an audience of thousands in a packed house at the Atlas Arena in Łódź.

Amelia rose to prominence when, shortly after Russia invaded her country, she was filmed singing the famous song from the Disney movie from a crowded bunker. The video has been viewed by millions of people around the world.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, co-writer of “Let It Go,” wrote to the “Little Girl with the Beautiful Voice” that her singing was “like a magic trick that spreads light in your heart and heals anyone who hears it. ‘hear’.

A few days after the recording, Amelia’s parents sent her and her 15-year-old brother, Misha, with their grandmother, Vira, to Poland. The parents, who run a medical supply business, stayed behind to prepare meals for the troops, reports The sun.

Last night’s concert was televised in 50 countries around the world, according to presenters Marcin Prokop and Alina Makarczuk, who is herself Ukrainian and spoke of her frontline fighting father.

Amelia was joined on stage by Ukrainian singer Tina Karol. Other artists to feature in the show included Stanisław Soyka, Kayah, Vito Bambino, Natalia Przybysz and Anita Lipnicka.

Polish singer Krzysztof Zalewski performed Czesław Niemen’s classic ‘Dziwny jest ten świat’ (Strange is this world) with Ukrainian singer Daria Psekho, while Polish-Ukrainian band Dagadana also took the stage.

There were also other artistic performances. Ukrainian actress Liudmyla Smorodyna and Polish actor Andrzej Seweryn recited – in Ukrainian and then in Polish – “Testament” of 19th-century poet Taras Shevchenko, often considered the founder of the modern written Ukrainian language.

Seweryn then quoted the famous phrase of the soldiers defending Snake Island on the first day of the Russian invasion: “Russian warship, fuck you.”

Ahead of the concert finale, a performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine”, Prokop announced that more than 2 million zlotys (€427,000) had been raised through text messages sent by viewers as well as ticket sales, reports Gazeta.pl.

The American conglomerate Discovery Inc. – owner of the Polish channel TVN, which broadcast the concert – supported the cause with half a million dollars (more than two million zlotys). Proceeds from the ads raised another million.

All funds raised from the concert will go directly to Polish Humanitarian Action, a charity that helps victims of humanitarian crises and natural disasters, and currently provides food and other support to displaced people in Ukraine. and refugees coming to Poland.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, more than two million people have crossed the Polish border. The Polish government estimates that about three quarters of them remain in Poland.

The influx was greeted by a massive mobilization of Polish public institutions, businesses, religious organizations and civil society to help the new arrivals, providing them with accommodation, food, services and other forms of support. support.

Main image credit: Marcin Stepien / Agencja Wyborcza.pl

Hindu Cultural and Community Center Hosts Annual Event for Local Nonprofit Service Organizations |

The Livermore Hindu Community and Cultural Center (HCCC) recently held its annual Aid Grant Program, which recognized several different community organizations with grants to support human service efforts.

Approximately $30,000 in grants were awarded to 30 different organizations. Some of the recipients include Alameda County Food Fund, Bus Pass Program, Livermore Fire and Partners for Change Tri-Valley.

“Our Hindu scriptures say that in the same way we should serve humanity and the community. This is what we stand for,” HCCC President Dr. Jyothi Sarma shared in a speech at the event.

Since its incorporation as a non-profit organization in 1977, the HCCC has strived to meet the religious, cultural, educational and humanitarian needs of the community. HCCC has distributed funds at this event for decades, and although the Grant-In-Aid program has taken a short hiatus over the past two years due to Covid-19, HCCC has always sought to support the community through education and the provision of medical services.

The event began with a welcome speech, an invocation and the lighting of a ceremonial lamp by Dr. Nagendra Prasad, the Consul General of India in San Francisco, to dispel the darkness and launch the event. Next, dancers from the InSync dance school performed two ceremonial dances – “Dance for Peace” and “Raag Charukesi”.

“Indian culture is so rich,” remarked Raghavan Echampadi, the guest of honor and consulate general associated with the temple for about three decades. “I am very happy that we are conducting such programs to spread our rich culture. It’s a great day as HCCC dedicates a lot of time to supporting social services. It’s not just a place of worship. It’s not just about religion; it’s way beyond religion… [we consider] What impact do we have on the lives of the people around us and on the communities in which we live? I am truly fortunate to be associated with this institution,” he added.

Guests were welcomed on stage to represent the community and attend the grant presentation. Among those featured were Livermore Police Department Lt. Joe Draghi, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Battalion Chief Kurtis Dickey, Deputy Superintendent Melissa Theide and Vice Mayor Gina Bonanno.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am that the mayor couldn’t be here today,” said Bonanno, who also presented a certificate of recognition to HCCC for his commitment to the community. “It’s just such an honor and such a beautiful ceremony and such a beautiful event. The dancing and singing was so uplifting. Events like this and everything you all do gives you so much hope.

After the awards were distributed, HCCC President Venu Surakanti thanked everyone present, especially the organizers of the event, EC President Usha Ramaswamy and Shyamala Venkateswaran.

“(Service) is one of the functional areas as defined in the bylaws, and we were honored to invite the various service-providing organizations that provide service to the community, both locally and globally,” said explained Surakanti. “They are helping to make this world a better place and uplift humanity.”

Viking golfers complete day one of frost-delayed Red Rocks Invitational


Sedona, Ariz. – Portland State is currently in 14and place after the first day of the Red Rocks Invitational Golf Tournament at Oakcreek Country Club. The Vikings shot 309 in their morning round. However, a freezing delay prevented the tournament from completing two full rounds due to darkness. Most players have two to three holes to complete when they resume on Sunday morning. Then the final round immediately follows in the 54-hole round.

The host, Northern Arizona, led after the first round with a par 284 four-under. Illinois State shot 287 and Grand Canyon posted 289.

Northern Arizona’s Eliska Kocourkova hit a par 68 four-under to take the lead after the first round. She is two over par in her second round over 16 holes. California Baptist’s Jocelyn Chee took the lead at four under par with two holes to go in the second round.

senior viking Windy Huang shot a team best 75 in the morning round. Katie Harris, Mari Nakamura and Marianne Garcia Rosette all posted six-over by 78, and McKenna Maser shot 80.

Huang is currently tied for 43rd among 104 golfers over seven par. He has three holes left in his second round.

The Vikings are one of eight Big Sky Conference teams participating in the Red Rocks Invitational. They are currently fifth among those eight teams.


Hosted by Northern Arizona University

Oakcreek Country Club, Sedona, AZ

March 19-20, 2022

Par 72, 6,170 yards

19 teams/104 players

TEAMS (first round results, second round incomplete due to darkness)

1. Northern Arizona, 284
2. State of Illinois, 287
3. Grand Canyon, 289
4. Cal Baptist, 293
5. State of Weber, 294
6. State of North Dakota, 295
7. Delaware, 296
t8. Wichita State, 300
t8. Idaho, 300
10. Utah Valley, 302
t11. Dixie State, 305
t11. Southern Utah, 305
13.Towson, 306
t14. Longwood, 307
t14. Stephen F. Austin, 307
t16. Portland State, 309
t16. Montana, 309
18. Montana State, 312
19. Northern Colorado, 315

TOP PLAYERS (until the first round)

1. Eliska Kocourkova, Northern Arizona, 68
t2. Payton Fehringer, Grand Canyon, 70
t2. Jocelyn Chee, California Baptist, 70
t2. Avalon Woodward, Illinois, 70

PORTLAND STATE PLAYERS (through first round)
Windy Huang75
Katie Harris78
Marianne Garcia Rosette78
Mari Nakamura78
McKenna Maser80

The Impact of Court Rules 2021 on Service Jurisdiction in Singapore


The new Rules of Court (ROC 2021) in Singapore were published on December 1, 2021 and will come into force on April 1, 2022

The new Civil Procedure Rules for the General Division of the High Court of Singapore, excluding the Singapore Court of International Trade, (ROC 2021) were published on December 1, 2021 and will come into force on April 1, 2022.

The new regime represents the first major overhaul of the civil justice system in Singapore since the 1990s. The ROC 2021 is the result of a collective effort that began with the establishment of the Civil Justice Commission (CJC), in January 2015 , and the Civil Justice Review Committee (CJRC), in May 2016.

Subsequently, the CJC and the CJRC each published separate reports containing proposals for reforming Singapore’s civil litigation practices.1 In late October 2018, a public consultation was held to receive feedback on the two committees’ proposals. The publication of the response to public comments on the CJC and CJRC recommendations in June 2021 was the penultimate step before the publication of the 2021 CAR.

The ROC 2021 aims to improve various aspects of civil procedure in Singapore by streamlining the litigation process and making hearings faster and more cost-effective. Various online publications, including an entry in the January 2022 article in the Official Journalhave sought to outline and comment on some of the major changes that will be coming as part of CAR 2021.

Essentially, their aim has been to provide a broad overview of the main developments under the new civil justice regime. This entry, however, has a much narrower focus. In particular, it aims to examine the impact of the new procedural rules on the approach of Singapore courts to assuming jurisdiction over overseas-based defendants (the service jurisdiction) in private international law disputes. Read more

Source: Ardavan Arzandeh | The Official Gazette of Singapore

International Documentary Association staffers file for union election – The Hollywood Reporter

Staff members of the International Documentary Association filed a petition for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board after management told them their group was voluntarily recognized, but they say no official documents have been sign.

Members of the Documentary Workers United group filed Friday, after a deadline they gave management to sign a letter of recognition from their union partner, the Communications Workers of American Local 9003, expired. say they asked management to sign their mission statement while the CWA requested a signature for the letter of recognition, but no statement was signed. They say that the voluntary recognition of the management is therefore not official. The Hollywood Reporter contacted IDA, led by executive director Richard Ray Perez, for comment.

“We are deeply disappointed with IDA management’s resistance to signing the mission statement and honoring our rights as workers to unionize,” said a member of the group who chose to remain anonymous in a statement. communicated. “After agreeing to recognize the union in an email, it is unclear why management would not sign an official document that would legally bind its decision to voluntarily recognize the union.”

According to Documentary Workers United, in response to the letter of recognition they sent to IDA leadership, CWA Local 9003 heard from an attorney who represents IDA at Seyfarth Shaw, requesting a meeting. The group of workers characterizes Seyfarth Shaw as a “union busting” law firm. THR asked Seyfarth Shaw for a comment.

On Wednesday, two days after IDA staff members announced their intention to unionize, the IDA board wrote in a letter to workers that “we accept your request to recognize the Documentary Workers United (DWU), in partnership with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 9003, as the representative of an appropriate bargaining unit of IDA employees.” (The letter did not specify what the IDA considered an “appropriate bargaining unit”.) The IDA also issued an e-mail press release on Wednesday announcing the letter, the subject of which was “The International Documentary Association recognizes the bargaining unit representing employees “.

In their initial mission statement, Documentary Workers United called for associates, coordinators, specialists, officers and non-senior managers to be included in the bargaining unit, which represents 11 of the 16 full-time employees at the IDA. The organization has lost nine staff members in recent months; four of these former workers wrote in a Average position earlier this year that they were leaving after an investigation into workplace complaints they had filed “left us isolated, even more diminished and increasingly concerned about the future of the organization and colleagues in the staff”. IDA’s board of directors said in a statement at the time that “we have been thorough and determined to be fair and equitable, and we have come together to ensure that IDA continues to be an essential resource for the documentary community”.

Charity clashes with council over vital support provided to city’s homeless

Services such as a soup kitchen are under threat

An organization providing vital support to the homeless has warned that its emergency street food service could close.

Homeless Project Scotland’s soup kitchen feeds over 600 people with over 1,000 hot meals a week under the ‘Heilanmans umbrella’ on Argyle Street three nights a week, providing a lifeline for homeless, vulnerable, children, families and elderly people.

However, the charity said the council said it could no longer park its vans at the Argyle Street location, putting its vital services at risk.

As such, the services it runs in the area, including outreach support and its crucial overdose medication service, are compromised.

Colin McInnes, chairman of the charity, explained: ‘The council said the charity no longer has access under the bridge or the bus lanes as we have to ask permission again after being allowed for over a year and a half, this has left no choice but to consider closing our service until further notice from Glasgow City Council on this matter.

“We received a bus lane fine because we had to go down a bus lane to check on a homeless man who was reported as sleeping rough and also a possible overdose, but we explained this to the officers of the Glasgow City Council and they sent us a reply saying we had to pay the ticket.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: ‘Homeless Project Scotland has obtained a waiver for vehicles to pass through the bus gate in Argyle Street to allow access to the Heilanman umbrella.

“This waiver expired in January but will officially be reinstated if updated vehicle information is provided. If any penalty notices have been issued against their vehicles since January in relation to Argyle Street, they should be appealed and we will reverse those fines.

“However, we are only aware of one currently outstanding penalty notice relating to vehicles operated by Homeless Project Scotland. This fine relates to passing through the bus gate in Nelson Mandela Square, where the organization does not has no exceptions.

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A teacher turns the misnomer “Apple Fried Apple” into a nonprofit

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – If you know anything about Southern cuisine, you know there’s no shame in hearing the words apple and fried in the same sentence.

But Darian “Dee” Holt had no idea about food when those words popped up in his 6th grade science class about a year ago at Smilow Prep Charter School.

He entered the classroom with his black Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated briefcase.

The students asked him what the Greek letters meant.

“I said Alpha Phi Alpha,” laughed Holt. “And I don’t know if it’s a southern accent or what, but they said, ‘Apple fried apple?’ and I said ‘No, no!’ Holt laughed.

The kids did what kids do best – had fun with it.

“They kept joking with me throughout the year. Every time they saw me, they were like, ‘Hey Mr. Apple Chips!’ Holt smiled. “So I went with it!”

The students even invented their own line names.

“There was applesauce, apple jacks, candy apples. I have shirts. On field day, they had their reveal or probate show. We put it on social media and people fell in love with it.

over a million people to fall in love! And not just anyone, but celebrities like comedian, actor and talk show host Nick Cannon, who flew Holt to New York to share the story.

“Mr. RE!” Cannon said. “I heard you and your class are fans of Wild n’ Out, and you’ve incorporated one of our games into your curriculum,” Cannon asked Holt.

The game is called Family Reunion, where each team roasts the other. The best roast wins.

Holt remixed the game singing “At the to classify meeting, who we feature, who we feature,” he sang in the viral video. “It’s my 6th grade class and they’re looking for attention. Yeah, you’re kidding now, but you’re all gonna get detention.

Nick Cannon presented the second video where a girl in the class replied: “At the class reunion, who we introduce, who we introduce”, sang the student. “That’s my teacher Holt; some ladies think he looks like a snack, but in my opinion, his hairline is too far back!”

“They didn’t come to the hairline, did they!” Canon burst out laughing.

What started as a laughing stock is now a non-profit youth organization where Holt teaches minority students about service, fellowship, fellowship, academic excellence and the importance of scholarships – this that the Greek organizations represent.

And several companies, including Snapple, Motts Applesauce, Dole, Popeyes and others, have contacted Apple Fried Apple, Incorporated, about a possible partnership.

Holt is now writing about the future of the organization and hopes students will see how a few words can reach and impact the world.

“Like, I want them to get into the mindset of going to college and seeing what they can achieve and do in the community. They can reach for the stars and do whatever they want. They change the world,” smiles Holt.

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Stanley J. Barta Jr. – Grand Forks Herald


Stanley “Stan” Joseph Barta Jr., 85, formerly of Michigan, ND, died peacefully on March 13, 2022 at his home in Grand Forks.

Stan was born August 28, 1936 in Grafton, ND, the son of Stanley and Antonette (Karnik) Barta. He attended school at Voss & Minto, ND, graduating in 1954 from Minto High School. Stan served in the US Navy for 2 years before returning to ND to attend Mayville State College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. In Mayville, he excelled in football and baseball. He earned all-conference honors in 1960 as a defensive back and was co-captain of the 1961 baseball team. Stan’s reputation as a hard-nosed competitor was legendary and a tag he carried with honor. One of Stan’s greatest honors came in 2009 when he was inducted into the Mayville State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame again in 2015 as a member of the 1959 baseball team. Stan was married to Judy Wedin on August 22, 1960 in Grand Forks, ND. Together they had six children, 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Stan taught and coached in Michigan, ND and St. Thomas, ND before starting a retail career where he worked with World Book, JCPenney and Walmart. His love of athletics led Stan to become a lifelong umpire for basketball, football and baseball. Stan enjoyed hunting and fishing, a passion he shared with his children and grandchildren. Everyone who hunted with Stan knew he would bring more than enough sandwiches, snacks, and candies to feed everyone. It was an annual tradition for Stan to bring a bag of peanut butter chews for his longtime hunting companion, Ardell Olson, with whom he hunted for 40 years. Stan was a longtime member of St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church where he served as a reader and Eucharistic minister. He was a proud member of Knights of Columbus Council #6007 in Lakota, ND.

Stan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Judy, Grand Forks, ND; children, Lori (Brad) Anderson, Thompson, ND, Jeff (Lisa) Barta, Grand Forks, John Barta, Puyallup, WA, Kristy (Dave) Binder, Bryn Mawr, PA, Joel (Dana) Barta, Ashland, WI, and Jim (Jenny) Barta, Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren, JT (Nikki) Anderson, Jess (Anderson) Heimark, Lindsay (Andrew) Benson, Annmarie, Bobby, Thomas and Annaliese Barta, Stephanie and Ali Binder, Jaime, Emma and Dani Barta, Cade and Cole Barta; great-grandchildren, Brett Anderson, Jaxson & Kaliah Heimark, Hunter & Maia Anderson; sisters, Joan (Barta) Michalski and Jody (Schiller) Hanson.

Stan was predeceased by his parents, Stanley & Antonette; brother, Darrel Barta; and grandson, Joshua Paul Barta.

A funeral mass and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church in Michigan, ND. The Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota, ND www.iversonkassianfuneralservices.com

Hearing set for arguments on Oklahoma appeal in McGirt case


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The United States Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for April 27 in an appeal from the state of Oklahoma in what is being called the McGirt decision.

The state argues in the Victor Castro-Huerta case that it has concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed against Natives on tribal reservations.

The state’s child neglect conviction and 35-year prison sentence of Castro-Huerta, a non-Native American, was overturned by the state appeals court.

Castro-Huerta was charged with malnourishment of his 5-year-old stepdaughter and has since pleaded guilty to a federal charge of child neglect and is awaiting sentencing.

The state says federal authorities have been overwhelmed since the court ruling that the state has no jurisdiction over crimes committed by or against Native Americans on reservations.

Castro-Huerta’s lawyers say only the US Congress can draw jurisdictional boundaries.

The Supreme Court in January agreed to hear the case at the same time as it denied Oklahoma’s request to overturn the McGirt decision.

The ruling found that some tribal reservations were never abolished by Congress and that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal charges against accused Native Americans on tribal land.

The meeting of the Commission on Human Rights is again interrupted

For the second time in three months, a meeting of the Revere Human Rights Commission (HRC) was forced to adjourn when a small group of rowdy people became disruptive at the end of the meeting.

HRC President Janine Grillo Marra brought the meeting to an abrupt end when members of the public refused to heed her request to speak only when she was recognized on the podium. Although comments made by members of the public were inaudible on the live stream (the Journal reporter was not present), it was evident that some of the attendees were making comments out loud.

The meeting began with a preview of what would happen next when a member of the public came forward expressing a desire to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. However, Marra informed the woman that she would have the opportunity to speak during the public forum portion of the meeting.

Marra then gave the order to the meeting.

“Well, that was a funny way to start,” Marra noted.

In addition to Marra, fellow Commissioners Lynn Alexis, Fire Chief Chris Bright, Police Chief David Callahan, Chai Hossani, Rachid Moukhabir, Kourou Pich, Reverend Timothy Bogertman and Dr Lourenco Garcia were present, as well as the Executive Director of HRC. , Dr. Maritsa Barros, EdD, who was recently named the city’s Chief Officer of Talent and Culture.

After the commissioners’ roll call, the commission held what it calls in its agenda a “land recognition,” which, Marra said, “helps us remember the history of this land and to pay homage to him”.

Marra first presented a slide that read, “We would like to thank the traditional overseers of this land on which this meeting is taking place and honor what this land means to the culture and traditions of those who originally occupied this space. . Additionally, we welcome all Indigenous, Native American, and/or First Nations peoples who join us today.

She then presented another slide of a historical map of southern New England that showed the various native tribes that occupied the area before the arrival of European settlers.

Marra then rang a bell to signify the “Arrive and Settle In” item on the evening’s agenda. This part of the agenda is a reflective session led by Marra instead of the usual pledge of allegiance that precedes all other city councils and commissions.

Marra presented a photo of the sky with pink clouds during the exercise.

“See if you can be like heaven with your own experience, so whatever sensations, emotions, thoughts are here, see if you can be a welcoming host or hostess to that experience,” Marra said.

“Now let’s take a moment of silence to include what is happening in the world in Ukraine, those under attack, those who are fighting, the fear, the powerlessness, the domination,” Marra continued. “Let’s see if we can include everything in our hearts, because conflict, violence and division are not the way we are wired. Despite how things may appear, we are more fundamentally connected than we realize.

Marra then rang a bell to signal the next agenda item, in which the commissioners together recited the HRC’s mission statement, which states the following:

“The mission of the Revere Human Rights Commission is to promote human and civil rights and to empower all people in Revere by ensuring that everyone, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized, have equitable opportunities, access equal and be treated with dignity, respect, fairness, and justice”.

After Marra presented a slide to educate individuals on how they can support the people of Ukraine, Barros then presented his Director’s Report. Barros’ topics and comments were as follows:

a. March is Women’s History Month:

“I want to remind us to celebrate women every day,” Barros said.

b. 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge:

“This challenge calls on individuals to develop a new habit of engaging and learning around issues and conversations about race and anti-racism. We will take up this challenge as city employees. There is information on our website,” Barros said. “We are starting to do our work in the city. There are opportunities for daily engagement as we begin to exercise this muscle of inclusive intelligence. It is a work of self-development.

“I want to thank you for the initiative and the effort,” said Garcia, commenting on Barros’ presentation. “I think it comes at the right time and at the right time. When people work together in partnership, we can accomplish a lot. Revere needs us to work with all people, of all races, identities and cultures. The goal is to support all families at all levels, especially those who have been marginalized.

“If we want to abolish racism in our city, we all have to play a part,” Barros added. “We need to educate ourselves on what it takes to be a racially equitable city.”

vs. Mission and vision (overview) for the coming months:

Barros then explained what she sees as the city’s vision for the future. She highlighted parts of the mission statement and the need to align the commission’s work to identify goals for the city’s Municipal Racial Equity Action Plan (REMAP).

“Fairness will not come without collective effort,” she said. “We have to overcome our differences.”

“Thank you so much for keeping us going,” Bogertman said.

“I’m excited for the job,” added Alexis.

“As a white person, I try my best to understand what racism means, because I haven’t really understood it,” Marra said. “It’s not about taking away from a group, but how we can have a better sense of belonging…and understanding how I, as a white person, may have contributed to systemic racism.”

The meeting then moved on to his “talking points:”

a. Reminders for the public:

Marra informed members of the public that they can submit agenda items through the HRC website.

Under “Other Business”, none of the members presented new business.

The meeting then moved on to its final agenda item, “Open Forum”.

Grillo began this part of the meeting by presenting the guidelines for the commission’s public meetings, emphasizing that the public forum should be conducted in a respectful manner.

“We want to know what’s working well in the city and what’s not working well, what we’re not doing,” Marra said.

Gina Salamone Castiello, who said she is a lifelong Revere resident, was the first member of the public to address the commission.

“You talked about conflict, fight and division. I think that particular group, the Human Rights Commission and the City of Revere, is the cause,” she said.

“You walk into Revere High and there’s a big Black Lives Matter banner,” she continued. “Critical Race Theory is pushed and incites violence in our community…I am totally against it, as are few other white people.

“My liberties are taken here in the town of Revere,” Castiello continued. “There is no systemic racism in the town of Revere…. Being of Italian descent, I am very personally affected by the removal of some of our celebrations such as Columbus Day. I seek to be respected and heard in my community. I’m looking for the town I grew up in to be normal, if you will. I welcome anyone who comes to our community with open arms. However, being a long-time taxpayer, I am not looking for preferential treatment, I am looking for equal treatment. Too many people get special treatment and I think this commission helps them along the way.

The next member of the public to speak, who gave only her first name (Claudia), then took to the podium.

“I am a resident and an employee of the city,” she said. “I hadn’t planned to speak. I think you are doing a great job. I have seen people wanting to participate more and apply for jobs in the city that may not have been comfortable before. I just want to say, ‘Thank you.’ It’s easier for people to be part of the Revere town team.

Castiello then returned to the podium.

“People are scared, they’re scared to speak up, scared of losing their jobs if they don’t agree with what this body stands for in our city,” she said. “It’s pushing critical race theory and creating a lot of division in our city.”

Castiello, who said she was present at the committee meeting in December, said she was later called ‘trash’ by a committee member and another attendee was called a ‘supremacist’ White”.

Commissioners Bogertman, Pich, Alexis and Moukhabir addressed the issues raised by Castiello and said they welcomed the conversation and his perspective. They also apologized for the negative comments he received in December.

Marra pointed out that the city’s demographics are changing and that 60% of the city’s residents are now non-white.

Another member of the public, Michael Sparks, a long-time resident and veteran, then addressed the commission.

“To me, it’s scary, a Black Lives Matter sign with a fist in high school,” he said. “Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization. They burned down most of the country for the past two years, then their leader took millions of dollars and built a mansion. I’m afraid this stuff will be promoted in high school and allowed…. It’s clearly coming from the United Nations… but it’s the United States of America. We are not run by the United Nations. Their ideas don’t have to envelop our ideas… I just mean that all lives matter.

After Sparks’ initial comments, a vitriolic exchange ensued between Sparks, Barros and Marra. When Sparks sat down, random outbursts from audience members (who were off-camera), similar to what happened in the December 2 meeting, then took place.

Marra gave the reunion what she called a “suspension.”

However, the meeting did not resume and was adjourned.

$350,000 top-up grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust supports new Madras Health Center

The establishment is due to open this spring; final stage fundraiser

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Mosaic Medical, a nonprofit community health center providing quality care for everyone in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras, recently received a “full” grant of $350,000 from DOJ Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington.

These funds will be used to support the development of the new Madras Health Center, a partnership with Jefferson County Public Health slated to open this spring. Receipt of funds is dependent on Mosaic reaching the $5.4 million funding goal for the project. A total of $4.8 million has been raised to date and the organization is currently seeking additional grants and private donations to fill the final funding gap.

“Access to top-quality health care is an essential part of ensuring that every individual and family in the Pacific Northwest has the ability to thrive. This is an especially pressing need in rural communities that do not have the same proximity to medical institutions as urban communities do,” said Kim Newman, program director for the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust. “We are grateful to organizations like Mosaic Medical who leverage creative collaboration and thoughtful long-term planning to build capacity in our region and we are excited to play a small part in bringing this valuable news to life. resource.

The new health center will be located adjacent to St. Charles Madras at 500 NE A Street, on land donated by the hospital. The building will house Mosaic’s Madras Health Center, Mosaic Pharmacy (open to the community), and Jefferson County Public Health.

Mosaic has been serving the Madras community since 2006, providing medical services to all residents of Jefferson County, regardless of language they speak, health insurance status or ability to pay. Over the years, the need for healthcare services has grown, and so has Mosaic’s ability to provide them. The new facility will double the number of medical examination rooms, provide much-needed space for dental and behavioral health services, and add a low-cost pharmacy accessible to all.

“Sharing space with Jefferson County Public Health will mean we will have better collaboration and community support services between our two agencies,” said Elaine Knobbs-Seasholtz, Mosaic’s director of strategy and development. “Being next to the hospital is an even greater benefit for patients, who can be easily referred to Mosaic’s primary care, dental or behavioral health services, keeping the emergency room clear for the most urgent needs. reviews.”

To learn more about involvement with this life-changing health center, please contact Emily Boynton, Senior Development Officer at donate@mosaicmedical.org or call (541) 323-3860.

About MJ Murdock Charitable Trust:

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, established by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five Pacific Northwest states – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington – that seek to strengthen the education and the cultural base in a creative and sustainable way. For more information visit murdocktrust.org

About Mosaic Medical:

Mosaic Medical is a nonprofit community health center that serves central Oregonians from all walks of life. Through a network of more than a dozen clinics, we offer integrated health services that meet the medical, dental, behavioral, nutritional and medication needs of each patient. Our care is never influenced by our patients’ income, the language they speak, or the status of their insurance coverage. Mosaic Medical offers quality care for everyone. For more information, visit mosaicmedical.org.

All Raise, a nonprofit to increase diversity in tech, has a new CEO – TechCrunch

All Raise, a non-profit organization which focuses on increasing diversity within venture capital deals and decision makers, named Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon as the company’s new CEO. The appointment comes five months after Pam Kostka resigned as head of the nonprofit to join the world of startups.

Dixon has spent more than 10 years working to increase representation in the startup world. Before All Raise, Dixon ran Founder Gym, an online training center for underrepresented founders that ran 18 cohorts on six continents. A few weeks ago, Dixon announced that the current Founder Gym cohort would be his final promotion. The program, which landed a big partnership with Google without ever raising outside capital, is shutting down.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Dixon told TechCrunch in an interview this week. “I still do what I used to do, which is trying to create a more equitable ecosystem. I was a sixth grade teacher who didn’t know anyone in Silicon Valley before I came into this world. I’m all about and have been all about building bridges.

The liquidation was a unanimous decision within the board of directors, Dixon said, driven by the collective goal of “beginning a new chapter in our professional journeys.” She was closing up shop when the All Raise opportunity presented itself.

The line between his two gigs is clear: Dixon has spent years building a global business that wants to empower historically overlooked entrepreneurs in their quest to build businesses, especially to access more capital. Now she’s working in a larger organization to do the same, but with a more explicit focus on the venture capital industry.

Now with over 20,000 community members, All Raise was founded in 2017 by a group of female venture capitalists. The original founding team and members consist of investors Shauntel Garvey, Eurie Kim, Stacey Bishop, Theresia Gouw, Dayna Grayson, Kirsten Green, Nairi Hourdajian, Maha Ibrahim, Rebecca Kaden, Aileen Lee, Jess Lee, Jenny Lefcourt, Ann Miura-Ko, Sarah Nahm, Stephanie Palmeri, Heidi Patel, Megan Quinn, Renata Quintini, Elisa Schreiber, Kristina Shen and Sarah Tavel.

Since launching, the Bay Area-based nonprofit has raised $11 million in funding and opened regional chapters in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and soon plans to launch hubs in DC and Miami.

Even though All Raise is a non-profit organization born specifically to increase representation in technology, Dixon wants to bring a new level of inclusiveness to the organization’s mission. Dixon was one of the first black women in Silicon Valley to raise venture capital and work at a venture capital firm, she says. The entrepreneur also had two children during the pandemic, which she says added another “expansion” to who she grew into as a leader.

“I also have these experiences of exclusionary bias, whether unconscious or conscious — being one, being one of a few,” Dixon says. “I get it because I’ve been very intentional in wanting to get it. For All Raise, you can absolutely expect that to come to fruition in my leadership as we make sure that what we capture who we’re supporting is really a more inclusive space for a domain of identities.

There’s certainly room for Dixon to make a difference: All Raise has long set out its goals: to increase the amount of seed funding that goes to female founders from 11% to 23% by 2030, and double the percentage from women decision makers to America’s business by 2028 – looking at women as a whole. But, as the data shows, black and Latina women receive disproportionately less venture capital than white women; non-binary founders may also face greater hurdles when seeking funding. These disconnects can be erased if not tracked separately.

The company does not yet have in its current mission any explicit goals for the impact it wants to have on historically overlooked people, a blind spot that Dixon alluded to will change. The new chief executive did not share details on what the new goals might be, but she said a priority is to ensure diversity is reflected in All Raise’s leadership team. She only has a week on the job, so she’s still figuring out what roles and hires she needs to do.

“We’re going to be very intentional about making sure our home base, starting with our own headquarters, is diverse, inclusive and equitable,” Dixon said. “I think it will be of paramount importance to really look at being more inclusive for historically underrepresented women, non-binary leaders and making it a safe space of belonging, community , for a broad group of women and non-binary leaders.” It plans to announce diversity measures within the All Raise community in the second quarter of 2022.

Beyond increasing the definition of representation and articulating more goals, Dixon’s other priority is operationalizing the programming offered by the nonprofit — which ranges from a virtual bootcamp to a program that connects entrepreneurs to board seat opportunities. This would directly leverage what Dixon was building at Founder Gym. “Having strong metrics for success that we define, that we hold ourselves accountable for” is important, she said, along with a clear roadmap for the products they create.

The next chapter of the nonprofit, in his eyes, is coming to a more representative place in due course.

“For me time is running out, we have to move but we have to be thoughtful because we are a leader in this space,” she said. “We want to be seen as a thought leader and continue to earn that right to be seen as a thought leader.”

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Corps investigating cut bank work on the Vermilion River


St. Martin’s Parish Council will discuss its options following the removal of the spoil banks last week.

On Tuesday, the St. Martin Parish Council will convene in a special meeting to discuss the Lafayette Consolidated Government’s elimination of banks. They will consider authorizing the action they should take as a result of removing these banks.

On Friday, St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars brought the allegations against LCG. Cedars accused the parish government of removing cut banks along the Vermilion River in St. Martin Parish without permission.

Last summer, LCG applied for a permit from the US Corps of Engineers to remove cut banks along the Vermilion River in St. Martinville. That request was eventually withdrawn, according to Cedars.

KATC spoke with the spokesperson for the US Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans who said they have opened an investigation into the bank withdrawal incident.

The corps says it needs to determine if a permit for the work was needed because no permit has been issued.

The body says a permit would have to be issued if work was carried out on nearby wetlands over which they have jurisdiction. They will also have to check if the works carried out affect the Vermilion River which is a waterway also under their jurisdiction.

St. Martin Parish had refused a previous permit from Lafayette Parish.

The special council meeting in St. Martin Parish will be held on Tuesday, March 15 and is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.. at the Carroll J Fuselier Meeting Room Annex Building, 301 West Port Street in St. Martinville.

We have spoken with Lafayette Consolidated Government on the issue.

Read our previous story here.

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The New Spring Grove Area Chamber of Commerce

From left, Marlene Deschler and Angie Solie help the new Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce put the pieces together.
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Creating a new chamber of commerce is like putting together a puzzle. This requires bringing community members together, determining how they fit in, and assembling the nonprofit organization piece by piece.

In 2019, Spring Grove community members identified a need in the community. They came together to organize a chamber of commerce for Spring Grove and the surrounding area to meet this need.

Founding member Teresa Fegyak described, “I saw a strong need to coordinate a little better. We have no problem with people stepping in and doing things and having a strong community. So when we held a brainstorming session for companies, collaboration was one of the main points. »

The initiative to form the Spring Grove Area Chamber of Commerce was led by founding members Stephanie Gulbranson, Edina Realty; Jacqui Van Minsel, Spring Grove Communications; Jessi Strinmoen, Shooting Star Native Seeds; and Teresa Fegyak, Merchants Bank, with assistance from the city’s Economic Development Association (EDA) Director, Courtney Bergey Swanson.

Based on discussions with community leaders, business owners, nonprofit leaders and residents, the community envisions the Chamber as: “More than a membership organization, the Chamber of Spring Grove area is the heart of our community where businesses, individuals and resources come together to build the vibrancy of our local economy.

The mission statement is the driving force that guides the board. The mission states that the Chamber “will serve as a catalyst to enhance the vitality and continued growth of the Spring Grove area.”

The current board includes President Gulbranson, Vice President Van Minsel, Secretary Strinmoen, Treasurer Fegyak, City Liaison Julie Amundson, Director Jana Elton, Minnesota Secured Title; and director Jess Morken, Winneshiek Medical Center.

The Board has contracted with Executive Director Marlene Deschler and Director of Communications and Public Relations Angie Solie to assist the Board with member development and communications as well as to help set up the structure of the Chamber. Future plans for the Chamber are to have at least one part-time person to manage membership development, publicity, activities and events.

Spring Grove businesses are very supportive of the Chamber. Currently there are about 20 members and hopefully within five years the Chamber will have 80 to 100 members.

The ladies of the Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce board push the puzzles. Front row, left to right: Jessica Morken, Jana Elton, Stephanie Gulbranson and Teresa Fegyak. Back row, left to right: Julie Amundson, Jessi Strinmoen and Jacqui Van Minsel.
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President Gulbranson said, “Our members have a passion and a love for Spring Grove. Steeped in Norwegian heritage and tradition, our city is booming, and a big reason for that is our business district. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, our local business owners have shown their resilience and determination to “weather through the storm”. They behaved in stride and worked hard to support each other. As a result, we felt compelled to get this Chamber off the ground to work closely with these businesses to advance their efforts and encourage the importance of supporting our local merchants and entrepreneurs.

Supporting local businesses in Spring Grove is made easy with Chamber Bucks, a monetary check issued by the Chamber. Chamber Bucks are available in $5, $25, $50 and $100 increments and are redeemable at any Spring Grove area business that accepts checks. Chamber Dollars can be purchased from Chamber members.

One piece of the puzzle is determining what the House will look like in five years. Chairman Gulbranson explained, “Our goal is to continue to support our local businesses by meeting and exceeding their needs and strengthening our already vibrant business district. We provide them with opportunities for growth and encourage businesses to complement each other with local happenings and happenings.

Fundraising activities play an important role in the day-to-day operations of a chamber. In addition to recruiting members, the Chamber sponsored a Facebook photo contest and selected four recognizable images – Black Hammer School House, Christmas in the Village, Spring Grove Water Tower and Wilmington Lutheran Church. The photos were used to create a collection of four different 500 piece puzzles. The puzzles are available for purchase at the following Spring Grove stores, Merchants Bank, Turquoise Tomato, and City Hall.

What awaits you this summer in Spring Grove? According to event organizer Fegyak, “Music & Market is slated to go.” Every Wednesday, from May 11 to October 12, the Chamber hosts Musique & Marché. The live event takes place from 4-7 p.m. in the summer and 4-6 p.m. in the fall in downtown Spring Grove on Maple Drive, next to Viking Park. Enjoy live music, food vendors and the farmer’s market. Attendees will be treated to tasty entrees from Abby’s Concessions, Trinity, Houston County Cattlemen and other local food vendors. Dance to Cat and the Fiddle, Buck Hollow, the Executives and other favorite musicians.

Fegyak said, “At the moment we don’t have a brick and mortar or phone number. It’s just our board, and we have Gmail. We have our Facebook page. We make it very easy to communicate through our Gmail, and people ask a lot of questions on Facebook.

The Chamber’s Gmail address is springgroveareachamber@gmail.com. Their Facebook page is @sgareachamber. More information about the Chamber is available at www.springgrovemn.com. The membership application is available on the website and on Facebook.

Fegyak summed up the Chamber’s role in the community: “We want to be the go-to source for businesses and community members looking to coordinate things. This is what we are aiming for. »

What can we expect from the Collision Repair Expo? With Stuart Charity

We are very excited about the upcoming Collision Repair Expo. After a two year break during Covid, it will be great to reunite with some of our old friends from all over Australia, and no doubt we will make new ones too.

In addition to networking, we look forward to seeing seminars and product demos from across the industry. We thought it would be great to talk to Stuart Charity, CEO of the Australian Auto Aftermarket Association, the co-organizers of the Collision Repair Expo. Charity gave us a big lowdown on what’s in store for this year’s show, which is themed “The Future of Collision Repair Is Here,” as well as details on how to register. Good news folks… it’s absolutely free.

We look forward to seeing you there – be sure to come to the Paint & Panel booth and say hello.

In this week’s episode, you’ll learn:

-Stuart’s own journey in the industry

-The power of community in the automotive sector

-Why exhibitions like this are so important, especially in Australia

-Why you need to see the world’s first live spray booth

-Post-Covid demand for exhibitions

-What seminars are in store at the expo

-Emphasis on ADAS and mandatory data sharing

-Which industry experts will give you the latest

-How traders and technicians will benefit

-Which celebrities will be present

-How to register for the expo

Volunteers create care packages for soldiers and first responders at DC Armory – NBC4 Washington

At the DC Armory, a nonprofit and volunteers got to work creating 10,000 care packages to distribute to dozens of police, fire and EMS agencies across the country.

Volunteers from Operation Gratitude worked on Sunday with the efficiency of an assembly line. They packed toiletries, snacks, instant coffee — items that may be available at the nearest convenience store, but which, for a deployed soldier or firefighter spending days away from the conveniences of home life, end up being a godsend.

The project began 19 years ago when the woman who would create the group met a distraught soldier at an airport.

“[It] it felt like no one cared that they were serving, that they were going to war,” said James Johnson, now CEO of the nonprofit born out of that chance encounter. “And so what started with four care packages that she sent out because of this event has grown to 3.5 million care packages since then.”

And they don’t just include the necessities. Each packet contains a handwritten message, a correspondence between strangers that can touch a weary soul.

“It’s just like, ‘Thank you’ and making sure they feel like what they’re doing matters,” said volunteer Stella Randall.

The effort is led by volunteers who, in addition to wrapping the care packages, also make wristbands for the recipients. They’re made of parachute cord, and field reports say they’re good for more than decoration.

“They used them to tie up a vehicle or a tourniquet, or whatever they needed,” Johnson said.

Last year, the group sent 250,000 care packages.

“It was really important for us to help out in any way we could,” Randall said.

Grand Isand YWCA seeks to give job seekers a head start | Grand Island Local News


A cursory glance at photos of political candidates in most parts of the country will likely reveal few women and minority candidates.

Grand Island and Hall County are no exception, but the YWCA of Grand Island wants to play a part in changing that with , a workshop for people who want to learn more about becoming and running for a job. Politics.

Danielle Helzer, Mission Impact Director for the YWCA of Grand Island, takes the lead on the project. She said that when comparing the demographics of the region to those of those elected, a disparity is apparent.

“The latest census estimates that people of color make up 39% of Grand Island’s population. We don’t have that kind of representation on our city council, school boards, county commissioners, and so on. said Helzer. “At the state level, only 13 of 49 state senators are women and even fewer are people of color.”

Helzer said YWeRun’s goal is to demystify and make the application process accessible – in a non-partisan setting. “We know applying for a job can seem like a daunting task, and it’s not a process the public is familiar with. We wanted to…give people the resources and tools to learn about the processes. It’s not as complicated as it may seem. One of our trainings will be an information session on all the local offices, what they need, how to file and the skills needed for these positions. »

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As the filing deadline has passed for the upcoming elections, registration is open for those who are candidates or are curious about becoming candidates. The first session is March 19 and registration continues until Wednesday. There are fees, but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Since YWeRun is new to YWCA Grand Island (there is a similar YWCA Utah project focused on female candidates), Helzer said high turnout isn’t expected, but that doesn’t mean expectations to empower participants to stand for election are less important. .

“We know it takes time to build momentum in new programs, so we expect fewer participants to start – however, we may be surprised!” Helzer said. “There is a lot of momentum right now among people running for office. Our goal is for 25% of our participants to indicate that they are ready to stand for election in 2024.”

There is a minimum number of participants needed for each session, Helzer said. “Participants can register for all sessions or for individual sessions. We do not have a maximum number of participants.

Helzer stressed the importance of having diverse candidates and, eventually, elected officials.

“Since our local leaders are responsible for representing our diverse communities, we need to have diversity among our leaders so that everyone in our community is represented,” she said. “Our elected officials are responsible for representing their communities; our communities and our state are becoming more diverse, and our elected officials do not always represent this diversity.


Jessica Votipka is an education reporter at the Grand Island Independent. She can be reached at 308-381-5420.

Chinese ADR: delisting fears intensify


It was yet another brutal week for already dejected Chinese stocks.

The NASDAQ Golden Dragon China Index, which tracks 93 of the largest Chinese companies listed in the United States, ended Friday, March 11, 2022 down about 10%, while the Hang Seng was down 3% on the week. .

The declines came after the SEC publicly named five Chinese ADRs listed in the United States that may violate the Foreign Company Liability Act.

The five companies identified by the SEC are:

  • BeiGene Limited (NASDAQ: BGNE)
  • Yum China Holdings Limited (NYSE: YUMC)
  • Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB)
  • ACM Research (NASDAQ:ACMR)
  • HUTCHMED (China) Limited (NASDAQ:HCM)

Each faces potential delisting if they don’t start complying with US accounting and transparency standards.

All five stocks tumbled on Thursday after the SEC’s announcement, but investors in other big-name Chinese stocks were also clearly spooked. Alibaba Inc (NYSE:BABA) lost 5% during the week, falling to a new 52-week low. JD.com (NASDAQ: JD) plunged 13% during the week, and Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) lost nearly 5% and is now trading at its lowest level since October 2020.

KraneShares exits Chinese ADRs

Following the SEC bombshell, an expert Chinese investment firm, KraneActionsannounced that it would convert all of its Chinese ADR holdings into equivalent shares listed in Hong Kong over the next few months.

“The first five ADRs identified could be delisted in 2024 if they fail to comply with the law,” the firm said.

“These companies will not be able to comply with US requirements without cooperation between securities regulators in the United States and China. As things stand, Chinese law prohibits these companies from allow the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) access to their audit records, therefore they would have to violate the laws of the jurisdiction in which they operate in order to comply with the laws of the jurisdiction in which their stock is traded.

“This is a fluid situation and we know that the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) have discussed a potential solution to this issue with the PCAOB.

“We believe a compromise between US and Chinese regulators is still workable, but we are converting our ADR holdings into Hong Kong shares as we believe it is in the best interests of our clients.”

KraneShares added that it expects all Chinese ADRs to be deemed non-compliant unless a resolution is reached between US and Chinese regulators.

A massive exodus of Chinese ADRs from the United States was reported last year by Chinese financial expert Don Weinland in this Asia Markets article.

“It’s kind of strange to see US regulators and Chinese regulators agreeing on one thing, which is that Chinese companies should no longer be listed in the US,” Weinland said.

Related: Alibaba’s earnings growth slows as cloud business expansion in Asia continues

Brownstown Police recognize 40th anniversary in letter of appreciation to community – The News Herald

The building has changed.

Cars have changed.

Management has changed.

Brownstown Township police officials remember how things were 40 years ago, when the service was established on March 8, 1982.

Monday marked the township’s 40th anniversary and the department recognized it with a message to residents on its social media account.

The department began its creation under Chief William Lilienthal and five officers stationed inside the township offices.

There have been decades of change.

Police operations moved to a new building, used cars purchased from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office received many advanced upgrades, and the number of officers increased.

Police vehicles from the early years of the Brownstown Township Police Department are a far cry from what they are today. (Photo courtesy of Brownstown Township Police Department)

At one point in 2006, the township had as many as 41 officers patrolling its roads.

The department now has 30 agents.

Over the years, the department has taken its mission statement and realigned it to establish new operating procedures and strengthen its patrol techniques.

Improvements in technology have allowed the Brownstown Police Department to take leaps and bounds from their starting point in terms of evidence collection, investigations and more.

The department’s message to the community shows how much its support and cooperation from township leaders has been appreciated.

“There have been so many businesses, families and civic groups supporting us over the years, (and) we really couldn’t have done it without you,” the message to residents said. “Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving you for 40 years and we look forward to the future.”

These handcuffs, made as a holiday ornament, reflect the pride of the Brownstown Township Police Department’s history. (Photo courtesy of Brownstown Township Police Department)

The department received a slew of responses, including congratulations and praise from supervisor Andrew Linko.

“I want to thank Chief Jeff Watson, all past, present and future police officers for the professionalism, dedication and best service to our growing community,” Linko wrote. “I was told on the first day of the election – make sure we have a strong public safety department, not only to protect and serve our township, but to keep our staff safe so they can go home. him safely with his family after each shift.

“To the public, I ask for your support for the upcoming proposals to strengthen our police service and consolidate the distribution. Thanks to the women and men in blue, good luck, God bless you in the future.

Although it has been revamped somewhat over the decades, the department’s mission still expresses its purpose – its dedication to protecting and serving the residents of the community.

Things have really changed over the years. Brownstown police vehicles are now computerized and go a little faster than 40 years ago. (Photo courtesy of Brownstown Township Police Department)

“Our mandate is to protect the lives and property of the people we serve and to promote peace in the township and beyond by applying and enforcing the law, while respecting the spirit of the law,” he said. declared the post. “We will use the most advanced resources available to advance justice. We will constantly seek to develop ourselves and continue to improve our physical and mental fitness in order to perform our duties with excellence and efficiency.

The post went on to say that the department seeks to improve the township for its people and for those who will come after the men and women who make up the force.

“We will work with the community in the constant pursuit of this goal, and will do so with zeal, honor, integrity and courage,” he said.

Park Shin Hye, Jun Ji Hyun, Suzy, SM, YG, JYP, And More Donate To Wildfire Victims

Other stars have donated to help victims of the ongoing wildfires on Korea’s east coast.

On Friday, March 4, a large forest fire broke out on a mountain near the seaside town of Uljin in North Gyeongsang Province. It spread to the nearby city of Samcheok in Gangwon Province and continued to spread to other eastern coastal cities like Donghae and Gangneung.

Celebrities who have already donated to the cause include BTS’s Suga, Shin Min Ah, Hyun Bin, Son Ye Jin, Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Hye Soo, IU, Kim Go Eun, Lee Byung Hun, Song Kang Ho and more. others.

On March 9, the Hope Bridge Association of the National Disaster Relief announced that Park Shin Hye had donated 50 million won for the support and recovery of fire victims. Park Shin Hye had previously donated to disaster relief in cases like the 2019 Gangwon Province wildfire and the 2020 local floods.

On March 10, the Korean Red Cross announced that trotting singer Young Tak had donated 100 million won two days earlier to support neighborhoods affected by wildfires in Gangwon and North Gyeongsang Province. . Young Tak has worked with the Red Cross before, having volunteered to donate blood in December during the spike in COVID-19 cases.

Also on March 10, the Hope Bridge Association announced that Jun Ji Hyun had also donated 100 million won to the victims of the fire. She had previously donated in 2020 to help people recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suzy also donated 100 million won to the victims of the wildfire and joined the Honors Club of the Hope Bridge Association, a group of the charity’s biggest donors, signifying her commitment to the ongoing donations. She previously donated to help victims of the 2019 wildfires and 2020 floods as well.

Earlier this week, the Hope Bridge Association confirmed that SM Entertainment, along with its founder Lee Soo Man, had donated 500 million won to the victims of the fire. YG Entertainment also donated 500 million won to the Hope Bridge Association.

JYP Entertainment donated 300 million won to the non-governmental organization (NGO) World Vision International. 100 million won will be used to purchase household appliances, furniture and supplies needed by the victims, 150 million will be spent on efforts to rebuild burned neighborhoods, and 50 million will go towards psychological treatment of children in affected areas.

Actress Chae Jung Ahn donated 30 million won to the Hope Bridge Association. Actor Lee Dong Wook donated 50 million won to the same charity.

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Jeffrey Steele & Friends fundraiser raises $150,000 in 15th year | Entertainment

The 15th Annual Jeffrey Steele & Friends Fundraising Concert At the Franklin Theater on Monday, $150,000 was raised to support neglected and at-risk youth in central Tennessee and beyond in memory of Steele’s son, Alex, who died in 2007.

“We have been blown away by your generosity over the past 15 years,” the LeVasseur family said. “We have raised more than $1.5 million to help non-profit organizations in our region who defend our youth and the children of our community and in other neighborhoods and communities across the country to share Alex’s love and light to those who need it most.

With the help of Jeffrey Steele & Friends events, the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund has been able to partner and support many youth-focused organizations, including the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and its Y-CAP programs, which help at-risk youth; The rhythm of Life and its youth-focused music programming; The Skate Park Project, a non-profit organization run by Tony Hawk to support the construction of skateparks across the country in the most vulnerable populations; and much more.

The LeVasseur family with their check for $100,000 from the Jeffrey Steele & Friends benefit concert.

Steele and his family awarded grants from the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund to three nonprofits during festive evenings. Two included checks for $100,000 at a time Skatepark Project and The Beat of Life, a Nashville-based company nonprofit using the healing power of music to support the most vulnerable populations.

these grants will continue their work and partnerships with these organizations over the next five years.

The event also supported One Pedal At A Time, a non-profit organization focused on suicide awareness and prevention.

The evening was hosted by Steele and her daughter, Casey LeVasseur, and included performances by Paul Overstreet, Lit, Ira Dean, Billy Dean, Darryl Worley, Silence X Noise, CJ Solar, Bridgette Tatum, Stephen Wilson Jr. and Jeffrey Steele.

Multi-talented Pinole Couple in Rodgers, Hammerstein Musical


As more venues open to live shows, I’m excited to have more shows to write about, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical revue “A Grand Night for Singing” featuring the couple East Bay all-rounder, Alison Ewing and Keith Pinto.

Keith Pinto and Alison Ewing sing a Rodgers and Hammerstein tune in “A Grand Night for Singing”. (photo courtesy of Ben Krantz)

Produced by 42nd Street Moon, the show runs through March 27 at the Gateway Theater at 215 Jackson St. in San Francisco. Ewing and Pinto appeared in many Bay Area theaters as well as on Broadway and regional tours. The two live in Pinole with their Great Pyrenees dog.

“It’s just a big giant polar bear,” Ewing said. “The breed can weigh up to 110 pounds but luckily the females are a bit smaller with ours weighing just 85 pounds!”

The cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s extravaganza also includes Joel Chapman, Jasmine Cook, Jacqueline De Muro and Edu Gonzalez-Maldonado. Cindy Goldfield fulfills a triple function as director, choreographer and costume designer with Lynden James as musical director.

In addition to her theater career, the versatile Goldfield founded a restaurant business, Martha Avenue Food, during the pandemic and plans to incorporate her love of theater and the culinary arts in the future. For tickets to “A Grand Night for Singing,” go to 42ndstmoon.org.

Antioch: Laurie Roldan also offers the public an in-person concert. Her lively cabaret concert, “Laurie Sings a Song for You,” will take place on March 26 and 27 at the El Campanil Theater in Antioch.

I was lucky enough to be in the audience when Roldan first presented the show at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek in November. Now, new audiences can enjoy Roldan’s personal stories and beautiful voice as she sings a plethora of well-known Karen Carpenter melodies in the beautiful East Contra Costa Hall. Skillfully led by Rachel Robison, the concert features the incredible talents of musical director/pianist Brett Strader as well as Dillon Vado on drums and Pat Tinling on bass.

“I’ve always resonated with Karen Carpenter’s music,” Roldan said. “His songs have a message that fits my life.”

No stranger to local audiences, Roldan has been a guest performer at numerous special events and has appeared as a soloist with symphony orchestras across California. She has graced local stages such as Playhouse West, Tri-Valley Rep, The Willows Theatre, Diablo Light Opera and Contra Costa Musical Theatre. Roldan and her husband Dan also perform show tunes and standards for senior centers and retirement communities.

Guest singers for the March show include Anita Colotto, Stephanie Hill, Clarisse Nichole and Charlotte Jeffries. Roldan dedicated the March broadcasts to his friend and co-writer, Don Huntington, who died in January. A well-known figure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region, Huntington was the former editor of 110 Magazine and an active Rotarian.

A portion of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Village Community Resource Center (VCRC), an organization supported by Huntington and his wife. Located in Brentwood, VCRC provides child and family support services in the areas of education, health and social services. “Laurie Sings a Song for You” will take place at the newly renovated El Campanil Theater, 602 W. 2nd St. in Antioch. For tickets, call 925-757-9500 or visit elcampaniltheatre.com.

Also in Antioch: “She Kills Monsters” continues at the Nick Rodriguez Theater, 213 F St. in Antioch, at 7:30 p.m. March 18 and 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 19. Presented by The Drama Factory, the play is about a young woman trying to connect with her recently deceased sister through a Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. For more information, visit www.dramafactory.org.

LaFayette: Enjoy drama games, a poetry reading, a foreign film trailer and a 10-minute impromptu play when Pan Theater Improv Comedy Show arrives at the Town Hall Theater in Lafayette at 8 p.m. on March 25 (see townhalltheatre.com for details).

“Seeing something created from scratch is a unique experience that can only be experienced on stage,” said Daniel Eslick, curator of arts programming at City Hall. “The past two years have robbed us of the opportunity to see this magic in person.”

Walnut Creek, Piedmont: Festival Opera recently announced its 31st full season of performances. A season highlight from the Walnut Creek Company will be a new production of Bellini’s “Norma” starring Shana Blake Hill in the title role.

Although this show won’t premiere until July, the company has plenty of other productions planned, including a series of artist recitals at 5 p.m. on March 20. This recital features tenor Alex Boyer and pianist Kevin Korth and will take place at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Avenue in Piedmont. Visit festivalopera.org for full information.

Martinez: If you like radio plays, check out the production of Four-Eyed Jacks March 18-20 at the Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward St. in Martinez. Grab some refreshments from the snack bar and enjoy the magic of old radio shows when Foley sound effects were created with lots of weird objects! Visit campbelltheater.com for more details.

Sally Hogarty can be contacted at sallyhogarty@gmail.com. Read more of her reviews online at eastbaytimes.com/author/sally-hogarty.

Dutch Court Revokes €10M Fine From EA’s FIFA FUT Loot Box – Destructoid


FUT has decreed that it is not an “isolated game”

In surprising legal news, a Dutch court has overturned the €10 million fine imposed on Electronic Arts for its famous FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) loot box mechanic. The Dutch Administrative Jurisdiction Division upheld the publisher’s appeal, effectively overturning the 2020 ruling by the court in The Hague.

The Hague previously ruled that EA broke Dutch gambling laws via the sale of in-game FUT packs, handing the FIFA publisher a hefty fine of €500,000 for each week it continued to sell. sell the digital add-ons, with a maximum penalty set at €10. million. EA opted to call the decision bluff, appeal, and continue selling the digital trading cards in the meantime.

A risky venture that paid off (literally.)

Wednesday, as reported by EurogamerThe Dutch Administrative Jurisdiction Division – essentially the highest legal order in the Netherlands – has ruled that the purchase and opening of FUT packs does not constitute “isolated play” and that it is a ‘an element of luck deliberately used in a “game of skill” (Fifa himself).

“The vast majority of packs are obtained and used for participation in the game”, ruled the court. “As the packs are not a standalone game, they are not a game of chance and do not require a license. The publisher therefore did not infringe the law on games of chance and the Gaming Authority should therefore not have imposed a penalty payment on the publisher. The administrative litigation section “abrogated” the sanction imposed.

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While this particular situation worked in EA’s favor, it’s been an eventful 12 months for the FIFA franchise. In the summer of 2022, a scandal dubbed “EAGate” saw employees selling high-ranking FUT cards “under the table” for ridiculous sums of money. More recently, it seems increasingly likely that EA and FIFA itself will go their separate ways, with the former considering a full name change, following the latter’s alleged doubling of licensing fees.

For decades, FIFA has been one of the most financially lucrative franchises in all of gaming. As such, all controversies and criticisms are just storms that EA will gladly ride out if, in the end, they are able to get things done.

EA’s Dutch FIFA loot box €10m fine canceled [Eurogamer]

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Editor – Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former master of Saturday night slam. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse

Operation Our Town presents awards to the Breakfast Club | News, Sports, Jobs

The Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation received Operation Our Town’s top prize at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club on Thursday.

Established in 1999, the foundation serves children living in public housing, strives to help break the cycle of poverty and wants every child to reach their potential in life, regardless of family income, according to its mission statement.

“My mother was the cornerstone. She inspired me, which is why I came back to take up the torch she had lit. All she wanted was to help all the children in the community. said founder Dr. Zane Gates, who named the foundation after his mother.

“We have a million stories about children who came to us who were in danger and who are doing well today. We couldn’t do this without Operation Our Town,” said executive director Toni Bilik.

Operation Our Town co-founder and president Michael Fiore said the foundation was like a diamond in the rough.

“Over the past 23 years, the work they have done has been an important contribution to our community. Toni and Zane have given their hearts and lives to this community and their children,” Fiore said.

In addition, Blair County Law Enforcement Awards were presented in six cases. Recognized were:

–Patrolman Jarod Pisarchik and Detective Jon Burns of the Altoona Police Department for investigating a case involving an Altoona man accused of setting fire to a house with six people, including three children, inside.

– Sergeant. Chris Moser and Detectives Burns, Eric Heuston and Dennis Tymensky of the Altoona Police Department for an investigation leading to arrests in an armed robbery at Juniata Cards, 1019 N. Fourth Ave.

– Constables Chris Rosenberry, Tyler McConnell, Tyler McClellan, Nicole Gripp and Justin Hollern of the Logan Township Police Department for their efforts leading to the arrest and conviction of an Altoona man charged with shooting a woman in Greenwood after a drug-related robbery.

– Detective Sergeant. David Hoover of the Logan Township Police Department and Blair County First Assistant District Attorney Nichole Smith for their efforts leading to the arrest and conviction of a Blair County man on numerous charges of child rape, involuntary deviant sex and related charges involving an 8-year-old boy sentence.

– Sergeant. Derek Swope, Cap. Caleb Nixon and Moser of the Altoona Police Department and Constable Jarod Quist of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office for their efforts to lead to arrests in two drug busts in which police seized nearly 10,000 packages of heroin with a combined street value of $170,000.

– Moser of the Altoona Police Department, Quist and Constable James Walstrom and K-9s Billy and Novak of the AG’s Office for their efforts in leading to the arrest of two individuals involved in what has been described as one of the largest methamphetamine seizures in Blair County history.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.

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At Your Service: 5 Days Virtual Charity Effort to Shine a Light on Homelessness

The derby sign-up sheet now takes names.

There is nothing that can accurately simulate what it is like to be homeless. For the serious organizers of 5 Days for the Homeless at the University of Alberta, the lingering pandemic means a repeat of last year’s virtual event is a small setback in their efforts to make the world better.

“It’s a little disappointing that we can’t do the events in person. I think everyone at the moment is really keen to be social with each other. I also think the best way to get across the word is to have a quasi-exhibition, where people are drawn to you asking, “Why are these people sleeping outside? What’s up with that? and then they come and ask us questions. I think it’s the best way to really educate the public,” suggested Travis Nowak, vice-president of public relations for the University of Alberta Business Students Association.

5 Days is a student-run volunteer organization that would otherwise see its members spend five days sleeping outdoors on campus to raise awareness and funds for youth empowerment and support services. YESS is an Edmonton-based organization that provides social services and directly addresses youth homelessness with shelters, counseling and other programs and services to at-risk youth for the betterment of their lives as as individuals, as well as the communities with which they interact.

“In reality, we know it’s about more than just sitting outside, of course. It comes with a lot of trauma in the past. It comes with a lot of personal issues that we could never replicate. It’s really just about spreading that awareness. It’s a shame we can’t do that this year, however, we have lots of fun events we can do in exchange to help raise awareness as well.

The students always fundraise for a good cause and they have invited the public to help them reach this year’s goal of $12,000, which will enhance the $2 million already raised for YESS. Launched at the University of Alberta in 2005, the event has since been adopted by 23 universities across the country. This year’s campaign will run from March 14-18. Visit 5daysedmonton.org to learn more and contribute.

Speaking of cold nights

Sir George Simpson’s teacher, Jean Bosco Mouafo, recently brought his pupils together for an icy fundraiser that warmed many hearts: a five-kilometre walk in the cold to help the Adeara Recovery Centre. The Edmonton-based organization works to end the cycle of addiction among women and their children and future children. By providing accredited programming in a community setting, Adeara offers women the opportunity to escape the vicious circles of addiction, crime and trauma.

Together, the group raised over $1,245. Although the walk has long since ended, funds are still being accepted until March 31. Visit secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=970867&langPref=en-CA to donate.

Derby takes names to ‘go’

The St. Albert Soap Box Derby is now accepting entries for its 10th anniversary, scheduled for June 18. Registration is $25 until May 1 and $40 after. There is also an early bird contest for entries received before March 31st. The event is aimed at children from 6 to 12 years old.

Presenting Sponsor Fountain Tire St. Albert will be accepting entries in person and by phone. Visit stalbertsoapboxderby.ca for more information and updates.

Local Latinos gear up for salsa, help support Ukraine

The Latin Cultural Association of St. Albert tunes its instruments for its romantic evening of live Latin music on Saturday, March 19. While guests will certainly appreciate the live music, as well as a glass of wine and tapas, they will also send their heartfelt support to Ukraine. Organizer Jorge Vargas has asked for donations and help finding a local Ukrainian organization he can send donations to. E-mail [email protected] or call 780-237-6533 to learn more.

The 40 days 40 objects challenge is launched

Diabetes Canada is encouraging residents of St. Albert to take on a six-week challenge aptly called 40 Days 40 Items. From March 2 to April 14, the organization is asking people to place an unwanted item of clothing or textile in a bag every day for 40 days, then donate all 40 items to a Diabetes Canada donation bin or schedule a free home pickup at declutter .diabetes.ca or call 1-800-505-5525.

The challenge is hugely popular in the UK during the Lenten season, but has recently gained popularity in North America and also coincides with part of Earth Month.

“Donating 40 items in 40 days will give new life to your upcycled products while simultaneously reducing landfill waste and giving back to the millions of Canadians affected by diabetes,” said Sean Shannon, CEO and President of National Diabetes. Trust.

All net proceeds from clothing donations will go to Diabetes Canada’s charitable work, including supporting diabetes research and giving children with type 1 diabetes the opportunity to attend summer camps designed with their needs. Thanks to generous donors and volunteers, 100 million pounds of clothing and small household items are diverted from landfills each year.

Kidney health with a 50/50

The Kidney Foundation (Northern Alberta and Territories Division) has launched its Pot of Gold Lotto 50/50 online campaign to raise funds, an initiative carried out as part of Kidney Health Month.

Albertans 18 and older can purchase tickets at potofgoldlotto.ca for a chance to win up to $1 million. The draw runs until March 31.

Funds raised will be used to support the foundation’s work focused on achieving excellent kidney health, optimal quality of life and a cure for kidney disease.

“The financial, physical and mental health challenges experienced by the patients we serve mean that the Kidney Foundation’s support is critical to the health and well-being of this vulnerable patient population,” said Executive Director Flavia Robles.

“The fact is that the needs of patients and their families have exploded since the start of the pandemic. We have invested over $700,000 since the start of the pandemic to make sure patients don’t have to choose between their health and their basic needs like food or having a roof over their head. This campaign will provide much-needed funds for our patient-focused programs, including our short-term financial assistance program. »

The Pot of Gold Lotto campaign also includes two early bird prizes for ticket purchases before 11:59 p.m. on March 10 and 23.

According to Alberta Health Services, one in 10 Albertans is affected by kidney disease. To learn more about kidney health and transplantation, visit kidney.ca.

Nonprofit Giffords installs gun violence memorial in Discovery Green Park

HOUSTON — The nonprofit Giffords brings its Gun Violence Memorial to Houston Thursday in commemoration of the thousands of lives lost each year to gun violence.

At 10 a.m., Giffords will hold a press conference at which Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler, Giffords Senior Advisor Ryan Busse, READI Chicago Executive Director Chico Tillmon, Gun Violence Josefina Cannon and Houston Area Women’s Center Assistant General Manager Sonia Corrales is scheduled to speak.

The memorial will be located in Discovery Green Park and will include 4,000 vases – one for every Texan who died as a result of gun violence in 2020. The memorial follows a national installation Giffords unveiled earlier this year in Washington, DC. The National Mall was covered with 40,000 flowers representing Americans who die each year from gun violence. Giffords kicked off the Gun Violence Memorial regional tour with a stop in Philadelphia in August and continued the tour in New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

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The Lincoln Center Philharmonic Hall will open in early October


Lincoln Center announced Wednesday that the New York Philharmonic’s new $550 million concert hall will open in October, two years ahead of schedule.

Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams attended a ceremony to get a glimpse of the reimagined David Geffen Hall, which Lincoln Center and Philharmonic officials say will improve the concert experience and provide better acoustics .

The main hall will double in size and feature a media streaming wall that will stream concerts and events for free in real time, along with other digital information.

The redesign also includes a new visitor center on Broadway and a reconfigured Grand Promenade, which can accommodate 1,000 people.

“This new David Geffen Hall, the ingenious behind it, breaking down barriers, bringing people closer to performers. I believe the main takeaway from this pandemic is that people are missing that very human connection,” Hochul said.

Governor Kathy Hochul said the new David Geffen Hall will bring people closer to performers.
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David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, home to performances of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
The October opening date is two years ahead of schedule.
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David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, home to performances of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
The main hall will double in size and feature a media streaming wall.
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“This isolation, this feeling of being alone, it was crippling for so many people and this place is going to be so open and welcoming and bring people together in countless ways… What you see through this window is the future of New York.”

Adams said the new and improved Lincoln Center is another sign the city is “going to come back bigger and better” after the coronavirus pandemic.

The redone concert hall replaces the former Avery Fisher Hall, built in 1962.

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, home to performances of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
The reconfigured Grande Promenade could accommodate 1,000 people.
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The French Competition Authority prepares to raise jurisdictional turnover thresholds and catch killer acquisitions – Commentary


Increase in merger control thresholds
New merger control regime for companies active in certain markets/sectors
Turnover calculations

Dominance test
Notification form


Press Release No. 2022/2 amending Press Release No. 2010/4 (Communiqué No. 2010/4) relating to mergers and acquisitions subject to the approval of the Competition Council (the Modifying Press Release) was published on the Official Gazette on March 4, 2022 and will come into force on May 4, 2022.

This article gives an overview of the substantive changes introduced by the amending communiqué.

Increase in merger control thresholds

The amendment statement raised Turkey’s merger control thresholds. Following the modification press release, if a transaction is closed (i.e. the concentration is completed) on or after May 4, 2022, this transaction will have to be notified in Turkey if one of the turnover thresholds following alternatives is achieved:

  • the total turnover of the parties to the transaction exceeds 750 million Turkish liras (approximately 7.19 million euros or 84.9 million dollars) and the turnover of at least two of the parties to the transaction each exceeds 250 million Turkish liras (approximately 23.9 million euros or 28.3 million dollars); Where
  • the turnover of the transferred assets or acquired businesses exceeds 250 million Turkish liras and the worldwide turnover of at least one of the other parties to the transaction exceeds 3 billion Turkish liras (approximately 287.9 ​​million euros 339.7 million) or the Turkish turnover of one of the merging parties exceeds 250 million Turkish liras and the worldwide turnover of at least one of the other parties to the transaction exceeds 3 billion Turkish liras.

In summary, the Amendment Notice updates the Turkish merger control thresholds as follows:

  • the previous threshold of 30 million Turkish liras (approximately 2.8 million euros or 3.3 million dollars) has been raised to 250 million Turkish liras;
  • the previous threshold of 100 million Turkish liras (approximately €9.5 million or $11.3 million) has been raised to 750 million Turkish liras (approximately €71.9 million or $84.9 million). dollars); and
  • the previous threshold of 500 million Turkish liras (approximately €47.9 million or $56.6 million) was raised to 3 billion Turkish liras.

(All currency conversions are based on the Turkish Central Bank’s applicable average buying exchange rates for fiscal year 2021.) Prior to May 4, 2022, the current regime will apply.

These new notification thresholds updated the previous thresholds, which had remained in effect for more than nine years. During this period, exchange and inflation rates increased significantly. Based on the US dollar and euro equivalents of the applicable thresholds at the time of their introduction, the update will act as an equalizer, as the new dollar and euro thresholds are close to the levels that were applicable when the updates previous ones were adopted.

The previous update of the notification thresholds was made in February 2013, which means that the national competition law enforcement regime has been using the same thresholds for more than nine years. Prior to the February 2013 changes, the old numbers were in use for just over two years.

In February 2013, the equivalent in US dollars and in euros of the applicable thresholds were respectively close to:

  • $57 million – €42 million;
  • $17 million – €13 million; and
  • 286 million dollars – 210 million euros.

The corresponding figures in dollars and euros are now very close to the figures that were applicable in February 2013:

  • $53 million – €48 million;
  • $18 million – €16 million; and
  • 212 million dollars – 192 million euros.

Therefore, the amendment release brought the figures closely in line with their 2013 levels to match increases in exchange rates and inflation.

New merger control regime for companies active in certain markets/sectors

Due to the rapid evolution of the technology industry, the amendment communiqué also introduced a new merger control regime for companies active in certain markets/sectors. Following the Amendment Communique, the “250 million Turkish lira turnover threshold” mentioned above will not be sought for acquired companies active in the numerous fields or assets related to these fields if they:

  • operate in the Turkish geographic market;
  • conduct research and development activities in the Turkish GeoMarket; Where
  • provide services to Turkish users.

Fields and associated assets include:

  • digital platforms;
  • computer software or game software;
  • fintech;
  • biotechnology;
  • pharmacology;
  • agricultural chemicals; and
  • health technology.

Turnover calculations

The amendment communiqué also updated the rules applicable to the calculation of the turnover of financial institutions in accordance with recent changes in financial regulations. Recent updates to Article 9 of Communiqué No. 2010/4 are as follows:

  • calculating the turnover of financial institutions. The Amendment Communiqué aligns wording and terms with applicable banking and financial regulation – namely, it excludes the term “participating banks” and refers to the term “banks” in general, which covers all legal forms of banks; and
  • the names and references of the relevant regulations issued by the Banking Regulatory and Supervisory Agency and the Capital Markets Board.


According to press release No. 2010/4, the notification form and attachments are filed at the headquarters of the Competition Authority in Ankara by physical delivery. Recent updates allow notifying parties to submit the notification form via e-Devlet, an elaborate system of web services, one of which is electronic submission. E-Devlet was already available for submissions, with increased usage during the pandemic period. Press release no. 2010/4 explicitly mentions these alternative methods of submission in order to make it official.

Dominance test

In June 2020, the dominance test applicable to merger review was reformulated from the test of “creation or strengthening of a dominant position, thereby resulting in a significant lessening of competition” to the test of significant impediment of competition effective (SIEC). In order to align with this modification of the underlying rules, the amendment press release now provides that:

[m]Additions and acquisitions that would result in a significant reduction in effective competition in all or part of the territory, in particular in the form of the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, are prohibited.

This mirrors the recently introduced SIEC test, since the wording “one or more undertakings with a view to creating a dominant position” has been replaced by “in particular in the form of creating a dominant position”.

Notification form

The change release also revises the structure and content of the notification form, which is attached to the change release. With regard to the definition of “affected markets”, the Change Notice excludes the expression: “possibly affected by the operation which is the subject of the notification”; instead, it provides that:

in Turkey, affected markets include all relevant product and geographic markets where (a) two or more of the parties are engaged in commercial activities in the same product market (horizontal relationship), (b) at least one of the parties is engaged in commercial activities in the market downstream or upstream of any product market in which the other operates (vertical relationship).

Communiqué No. 2010/4 provided that the information requested in sections 6, 7 and 8 of the notification form (for example, import conditions, supply structure, demand structure, market entry conditions and potential competitive and efficiency gains) were not required where:

  • the combined market share of the parties did not exceed 20% in terms of horizontal relationships; and
  • the market share of one of the parties did not exceed 25% in terms of vertical relationships within the affected markets.

On the other hand, the new model form requires parties to provide some of the detailed information requested in sections 6, 7 and 8 of the old model form in cases where there are affected markets in Turkey, regardless of are the market shares held by the parties on these markets.

In addition, the change release requires information claimed to be confidential to be highlighted in red, which was not required on the previous notification form template.

The model form emphasizes that the value of the transaction reflects the value of all pecuniary and non-pecuniary assets and benefits (denominated in Turkish lira) that the acquirer has acquired or will acquire from the seller as part of the transaction. As such, the transaction value now includes all pecuniary payments to be made in the context of:

  • the transaction;
  • right to vote;
  • securities;
  • movable and immovable property;
  • conditional payments;
  • additional payments for non-compete obligations (if any); and
  • buyer’s obligations.


The update to local turnover notification thresholds was long overdue. The last update dates back nine years, in 2013. The adjustment of the applicable thresholds (i.e. a multiplication by five for the worldwide turnover thresholds and by seven for the turnover thresholds Turkish business) has brought the equivalent value in US dollars and euros back close to their 2013 levels. that reach the following markets (and users), whether or not they exceed the Turkish thresholds:

  • digital platforms;
  • Software;
  • fintech;
  • biotechnologies;
  • pharmacology;
  • agricultural chemicals; and
  • health technology.

For more information on this subject, please contact Gönenç​ Gürkaynak at ELIG Gürkaynak Avocats by telephone (+90 212 327 17 24) or by e-mail ([email protected]). The ELIG Gürkaynak Avocats website can be accessed at www.elig.com.

What to Ask for on Your K-12 School Visit | K-12 Schools

Whether your child is entering kindergarten, middle school, or high school, you’ve moved to a new school district, or you’re exploring private schools, a visit can be a great way to get to know a potential new school. Here are some questions to ask to get the most out of these visits – whether in person or online – and make sure the school you choose is the one you and your child feel comfortable at.

School Logistics and Operations

What looks like a great school on paper and seems fine when you visit may not be right if it doesn’t fit the realities of your life. Matt Thornton, principal of the Robert C. Parker School near Albany, New York, says many of the questions he receives from families are logistical, and it makes sense to think in detail about what that would mean for your family (and your schedule) going to school. Here are some questions to ask about logistics:

  • What time does the school day start and when can the first children be dropped off?
  • Are before and after school childcare services available and how much does it cost?
  • Is the bus available for all students?

Also, now that all districts have experience with virtual learning, you might wonder if – and under what conditions – the school would go virtual. Will the school cancel snow days, or will students have to log in from home in the event of inclement weather? And if there’s an expectation of virtual learning at any time, find out if the school provides devices.
Finally, Thornton recommends asking about COVID-19 and broader health and safety policies, so you are clear about expectations and the environment.

Academics and learning opportunities

Before visiting, research the school online to gather information on academic performance, so you can ask questions about any data you find regarding. In addition to checking independent rankings, you can view state ratings for individual public schools by searching for your state school report website.

At the same time, keep in mind that captured data doesn’t tell the whole story. Andrew Theado, principal of Upper Arlington High School in central Ohio, encourages any caregiver with questions or concerns about a school’s ranking to review what it’s based on, which can help give a context to data. And Thornton notes that it’s important to remember that there are other ways for students to demonstrate mastery of a given subject beyond state assessments.

He suggests asking these questions during guided tours to understand how schools measure student learning:

  • How does the school assess the children?
  • How will I know my child is growing as a learner?
  • How engaged are students at this school in learning?

Finally, at the secondary level in particular, it is important to learn about the different programs and paths that the school offers to learners. Are there advanced level courses? Partnerships with local universities? Career and technical tracks? Students who have strong academic interests in certain subjects can inquire about learning opportunities in those areas.
And students who are identified as needing services, including through 504 plans and IEPs, can ask how the school would accommodate them — especially at private schools, where special education services are not available. not mandated by law.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives and School Culture

An environment where students feel safe, comfortable and welcome is an environment conducive to learning. This is why it is essential to understand the culture of a school. Asking staff how they support students’ sense of belonging – whether through clubs and activities or school-wide policies and priorities – can show how leaders plan to create a inclusive and supportive space. Thornton recommends asking:

  • How does the school integrate social-emotional learning?
  • What are the school’s initiatives around diversity, equity and inclusion? How is the program informed by the work? Who is responsible for supporting these initiatives?
  • What is the school’s mission statement and how is it implemented throughout the building?

“I think any school worth its salt will have a very strong mission statement that can be illustrated with examples,” says Thornton.
Likewise, Theado’s decisions as administrator are informed by the building’s strategic plan, which prioritizes fostering a sense of belonging for all students through extracurricular opportunities. “We want to make sure that all students have a place to plug in,” he says.

Remote Visit Limits

With some tours taking place remotely, either due to coronavirus restrictions or for families who have not yet moved to the area, it can be difficult to get a general idea of ​​the building even once you have answered all your questions.

Columbus parent Katy Macke says she and her child decided against attending a highly ranked high school after an in-person visit, in part because they didn’t find the exterior and grounds welcoming . “We want you to feel like you’re coming to a school you’re proud to go to,” she says.

The entrance alone can tell you a lot about a school; you could ask to see pictures of this area. Other important spaces for students – and often overlooked during visits – are the toilets and the cafeteria. If you feel uncomfortable asking for photos, you can always ask to speak to families of current students for more information. “Hearing it from a parent’s perspective is really good,” says Thornton.

Brexit red tape prevents small charities from sourcing from Ukraine | Brexit

Brexit bureaucracy is preventing small charities and members of the public from bringing supplies to the Ukrainian border to help ease the worsening humanitarian crisis, it has emerged.

A Polish charity in Lewisham, south London, said three of its vans were unable to board a ferry because they did not have the necessary documents for their cargo.

Since Brexit, anyone transporting commercial quantities of goods to the EU must document all items on their trucks along with other export certificates.

The process is complicated and extensive, requiring exporters to know the individual commodity code for each of their products, as well as the origin and destination of their goods, which individuals acting spontaneously in response to the refugee crisis are unlikely to likely to know.

Agnieszka Lokaj of the Lewisham Polish Center charity told the Press Association: “The guys had cover letters from us saying it was humanitarian aid with all the information that it’s going to be distributed to refugees, it is not for resale; we have listed all items.

Ciaran Donovan, a courier who has mapped the Brexit challenges faced by drivers on social media over the past five years, came to their aid and they were able to board.

Donovan said he knew of 13 other vans carrying medical equipment on behalf of charities who “have still not left the UK after four days of trying to get customs documents”.

The vans sent by the Lewisham Polish Center have now arrived in Przemyśl, a Polish town on the border with Ukraine.

Eurotunnel said it was working with big, recognized charities to get the aid through and urged smaller charities to work with them to gain access to cross-Channel services.

An HMRC spokesperson said the Government’s advice remained that the ‘best way to help’ was to donate money through the Disaster Response Committee or other charities in trust.

He also said people could visit the export helpdesk or call the helpline 0300 303 8955 for advice on paperwork.

The Polish British Social Integration Club Wawel, a community organization based in London, confirmed that it had closed its donation point and halted shipments due to border issues.

Its president, Kasia Zimna, said: “We just want to deliver things, people are starving.

“It’s pretty heartbreaking for us because we have resources, but the law doesn’t help.”

The organizations have urged the governments of the UK, France and the Netherlands to urgently clarify guidelines for trucks transporting humanitarian goods across their borders.

Reintroduction: The Amargosa Conservancy | Pahrump Valley Hours

Oith new leadership and an invigorated Board of Directors, the Amargosa Conservancy is proud to reintroduce itself to the Pahrump community.

The Amargosa Conservancy is a non-profit organization based just over the state line from Pahrump in Shoshone, California. Its mission is to work toward a sustainable future for the Amargosa Basin through science, stewardship, and advocacy.

The Amargosa River flows from the mountains north of Beatty and meanders south through the Mojave Desert to its final resting place of Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.

While the river spends most of its course underground, portions of the river flow on the surface year-round. Where the river flows, life thrives. The heart of the river is a 33.8 mile stretch near Shoshone and Tecopa, which our organization helped designate as the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River in 2009. Pahrump is a great gateway to this part of the river via the Old Spanish Trail, a historic road that once connected Santa Fe to Los Angeles through the Amargosa Basin.

Since its inception, the Amargosa Conservancy has strived to serve the desert communities in and around the Amargosa Basin by preserving the unique and wild character of this landscape. From fish to birds to wildflowers, the Amargosa River provides water and habitat for some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful species.

Visitors come to the area to view wildlife, hike the trails, bathe in hot spring pools, learn about native and pioneer history, and spend nights under dark, star-filled skies. Our organization works closely with private landowners and land managers from the Bureau of Land Management, Death Valley National Park, and other state and federal agencies to ensure that these public lands remain pristine and accessible for generations to come.

We are pleased to see that Death Valley and the Amargosa region are attracting more visitors to the desert. This increased interest in the desert will provide more opportunities for Pahrump and other communities to provide accommodation, entertainment and services to these visitors. But with a growing presence of people recreating and exploring, we believe our work to preserve the land, water, plants, animals and communities that make this landscape so unique is more important than ever. By supporting hydrological research and collaborating with local businesses and concerned citizens, we ensure that policymakers and agencies have the information and feedback they need to make the best possible decisions about how to manage our public lands.

We are an organization made up of people who love the Amargosa. Our Board of Directors is a diverse batch that includes former hands of the desert who have cared for the region for decades, including retirees and BLM scientists, and new faces who bring new perspectives on conservation , including an OHV enthusiast and a hunting enthusiast. Our new Executive Director, Mason Voehl, is a writer and philosopher who comes to us from the education technology space. As the locals of Pahrump know, it takes an eclectic personality to thrive in the wilderness. The creative and unique people who make up our organization are dedicated to protecting this desert.

We invite you to learn more about our organization and mission by visiting www.amargosaconservancy.org and following us on social media.

You can also contact us with questions about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities by emailing us at info@amargosaconservancy.org.

WSU hosts Oral Roberts for home opener


SCENE SETTING: The Shockers face Oral Roberts in the 2022 home opener at Eck Stadium on Tuesday after 12 straight away games. Wichita State is coming off a Frisco Classic championship, sweeping Iowa, Washington State and Texas A&M over three days at Riders Field to become the first The American team to win the prestigious debut tournament. of the season. The Shockers led 4-0 in two of three games, completing Sunday’s comeback against Texas A&M with a Payton Tolle green light home in the seventh and one Jack Sigrist go ahead sacrifice steal in the eighth. Wichita State opened the season dropping its first six games, the worst start to the campaign since the 1953 season, but has since won five of its last six. The Shockers are coming off a 31-23 season a year ago, including an 18-13 mark in the American Athletic Conference that produced a third-place finish, WSU’s best since joining the AAC in 2017. Wichita State is seeking its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2013 season, a regional bid that was later canceled by the NCAA.

SHOCKER BASEBALL ON RADIO AND ESPN PLUS: KFH 97.5 FM / 1240 AM will once again serve as the primary radio for all Wichita State baseball broadcasts in 2022. “The Voice of the Shockers” and Pizza Hut Shocker Sports Hall of Famer mike kennedy will get the call for today’s game against the Golden Eagles and then join the team later in the season after the conclusion of the men’s basketball season. The pre-game show begins approximately 20 minutes before the first pitch. All WSU home games will be streamed live on ESPN Plus (WatchESPN.com) featuring former Shocker All-American pitcher Shane Dennis On call. Live audio, in addition to live stats, will be available for all games at GoShockers.com/listen and ShockerStats.com.

SERIES HISTORY: Tuesday marks the 70th all-time meeting between the Shockers and Golden Eagles, with Wichita State holding a 38-31 series lead. WSU has won four of the last five matchups, with a modest four-game winning streak last Tuesday at Tulsa via an 11-6 loss. Sawyre Thornhill tore up a grand slam to give Wichita State a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning, but ORU responded with a bottom eight in the sixth to claim the win. The two teams alternated wins and losses in the seven games of the series from 2015 to 2018.

ROBERTS ORAL SCOUTING: The Golden Eagles come to Wichita having won eight straight games with an offense that hit .335 as a team. ORU has 41 extra hits in its 11 games, which is good for a .514 team hitting percentage. After a 1-2 start to the season at Mobile, Alabama, ORU is now 9-2, having scored six or more points in every game since opening weekend. The Golden Eagles are the preseason favorites to win the seven-team Summit League after going 31-23 (19-7) a year ago, dropping the Summit League championship game at the State of North Dakota. ORU’s last regional appearance was in 2018. The Golden Eagles returned five first-team all-conference selections from 2021, highlighted by league pitcher of the year Isaac Coffey. Head Coach Ryan Folmar is the reigning Summit League Coach of the Year, going 290-192 over ten seasons with four regional appearances. The Golden Eagles have a tough non-conference schedule that includes three games in Oxford, Mississippi against Ole Miss and midweek battles with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Nebraska. Mac McCroskey leads the way offensively averaging .500, going 22 for 44 with ten RBIs to start the season. Andrew Roach will start again against the Shockers after giving up one run in four innings last Tuesday.

MVPAYTON: Freshman shock Payton Tolle impressed in all facets of the game at Frisco, earning Frisco Classic MVP honors after a weekend in which he recorded two multi-game hits and played seven strong innings on the mound in a victory over the Washington State. Tolle provided arguably the Shockers’ two biggest hits of the weekend, clipping a three-point brace against Iowa on Friday to help erase a 4-0 deficit, then connecting for his first collegiate home run in the seventh inning against Texas A&M to give WSU its first lead of the game. He was named to the Frisco Classic All-Tournament team as a starting pitcher and designated hitter, and selected to the Weekly USA Honor Roll for his efforts.

DEPARTURE ON SITE: The Shockers will turn to the right Goodbye Cameron Tuesday, making his first career start. The No. 2 player from Euless, Texas has been brilliant this season operating out of the WSU bullpen, allowing just three hits in 6.1 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. He earned his first career victory Friday against Iowa with 2.2 shutout innings and five punches, two personal bests. Bye made ten relief appearances last season, posting a 4.97 ERA in 12.2 innings.

HIT PARADE: Transfer to junior college Sawyre Thornhill recorded at least one hit in each of his first 12 games with the Shockers, extending the streak with a third-inning single on Sunday against Texas A&M. He was selected to the Frisco Classic All-Tournament team as an outfielder, joining Payton Tolle on the squad. Thornhill leads the WSU in batting average (.354), hits (17), doubles (4), RBI (11) and is tied for the team lead in home runs (3). His last long ball came a week ago against Oral Roberts, when he connected for the Shockers’ first grand slam of the season.

TO TAKE A WALK: outfielder chuck ingram reversed several trends over the weekend in Frisco. Prior to Saturday’s game against Washington State, Ingram hadn’t walked twice in 2022 and had never walked twice in a single game. He then walked twice in consecutive games, adding three hits and three RBIs for good measure. The Kansas City sophomore finished the weekend 4 for 9, bringing his season average to .317.

ADVANTAGE OF HOME PITCH: Eck Stadium, home of Tyler Field, has always been one of the toughest places for opponents to win in its storied history. The Shockers own an all-time home record of 1,266-376-2, including an 856-273-2 mark at Tyler Field (first season 1988). Since taking over as head coach in 2020, Eric Wedge set a 30-8 record at Eck, highlighted by an impeccable 10-0 mark in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign.

RETAIN IT: Transfer of graduate Connor Holden solidified the back end of the Wichita State bullpen. Through five scoreless appearances as the Shocker closed in, Holden allowed just five baserunners on three hits and a pair of hits per pitch. He picked up the win Sunday against Texas A&M by striking out all four Aggies he faced, and already has three saves. The Louisville, Kentucky native was 5-1 with a 4.43 ERA and nine saves in four years at Murray State.

TRANSFER TRACKING: The Shockers added 12 transfers to the 2022 roster, including six from Division-I programs. HPR Connor Holden (Murray State), LHP austin wallace (Texas), LHP Adam Ketelson (Iowa), INF Will Charpentier (Penn State), RHP Matthew Boyer (Saint Louis) and RHP Grayson Jones (James Madison) are all heading to Wichita for 2022.

BUILDING ON THE LONE STAR STATE: 14 Shockers on the list hail from Texas, by far the most of any state. Oklahoma is second closest with nine, then four from Kansas. The Texans will have plenty of opportunities to shine in front of friends and family, as Wichita State plays ten games at Texas State in 2022 (one game at San Marcos, three at Corpus Christi, three at Frisco, three at Houston).

KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY: shock trainers Eric Wedge, Mike Pelfrey, Mike Sirianni and director of operations Loren Hibbs all have ties to the WSU baseball program. Wedge propelled the Shockers to a national championship as a starting catcher in 1989, earning Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors along the way. Pelfrey was an All-American starter who ranks second in program history in ERA (2.18) and strikeouts (366). Sirianni was a volunteer assistant coach for the Shockers in 2015 and 2016 before moving to head coaching at Regis University. Hibbs helped WSU in the CWS program’s very first appearance in 1982, and still holds the NCAA record for single-season runs with 125.

COMPLETE STAFF: The Shockers have added a volunteer assistant coach Conor Behrens (pronounced BEAR-enns) to staff in late January after former volunteer Easton Herring accepted a position with Virginia Tech’s softball program. Behrens comes to Wichita after stops in Point Loma Nazarene and Central Missouri, where he helped the Mules finish second nationally in 2021.

SURVEY STATION: The Shockers were selected fourth in the American Athletic Conference’s preseason poll, the highest preseason projection for Wichita State since joining the AAC in 2017. Garrett Kocis and HPR Jace Kaminska were both selected to the AAC All-Preseason Conference Team.

ON THE BRIDGE: The Shockers host the South Dakota State Jackrabbits for three games at Eck Stadium over the weekend, with first pitch times of 3:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Abba Kyari and the story of two criminal jurisdictions (Part 1)



Today let’s talk about SuperCop, Abba Kyari and the story of the enigma of two jurisdictions. This is a serious constitutional, legal and political dilemma.

Background to the US request to surrender Abba Kyari
The diplomatic representative of the United States Embassy in Abuja had requested the surrender of 46-year-old Abba Alhaji Kyari over the pending charges against Abba Kyari in the United States. This request is said to be based on Kyari’s relationship with Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a 37-year-old avowed international fraudster popularly known as Hushpuppi. Hushpuppi had alleged that he bribed Abba Kyari to arrest and imprison Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, one of his rivals in Nigeria, following a dispute over a $1.1million scam on a businessman Qatari. Kyari had denied any wrongdoing.

Then NDLEA appeared on the scene

While suspended for his role in the Hushpuppi case, Abba Kyari was arrested by the NDLEA in connection with an alleged 17.5kg cocaine deal and allegedly tampered with 25kg of cocaine. While the investigation into the said NDLEA case was ongoing, Kyari applied for bail for health reasons. The NDLEA then obtained a court order for the continued detention of Kyari and six others for 14 days. Indeed, immediately the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN authorized Kyari’s extradition, the NDLEA suddenly charged him with eight counts in the Federal High Court in Abuja. Was it just a coincidence? Are some high-level people working hard to block Kyari’s extradition, lest he be rushed and scream when he arrives in the United States? Can the ongoing investigation, the ongoing removal order and the new charge block the extradition of Abba Kyari to the United States of America? This is the core of our discourse today and next week.

What is extradition?

Extradition is a process by which a person accused or convicted of a crime is formally transferred to the state where they are either wanted for trial or required to serve a sentence after being duly sentenced by a court.

Nigeria has an extradition treaty with the United States.

Nigeria has an extradition agreement with the United States under an extradition treaty signed between the United Kingdom and the United States, dated December 22, 1931. The treaty entered into force on June 24 1935. Under Article 16 of the treaty, it was made applicable to all British protectorates of which Nigeria was a part. Article 16 of the Treaty provides:

“This Treaty shall apply in the same manner as if it were the possessions of Her Britannic Majesty to the following British Protectorates, namely, Bechuanaland Protectorate, Gambia Protectorate, Kenya Protectorate, Nigeria, Northern Rhodesia, Northern Territories of the Gold Coast, Nyasaland, Sierra Leone Protectorate, Solomon Islands Protectorate, Somaliland Protectorate, Swaziland, Uganda Protectorate and Zanzibar, and to the following territories for which a mandate in the name of the League of Nations has been accepted by His Britannic Majesty, namely, Cameroon under British mandate, Togo under British mandate and the territory of Tanganyika”.

By Article 1 of the Treaty, the contracting parties have agreed to surrender (under certain circumstances and conditions) persons who, accused or convicted of any of the crimes or offenses listed in Article 3, committed in the jurisdiction of one Party, are in the territory of the other Party. There are 27 offenses listed in article 3. The crimes that go to the substance of this article are the 18th and 22nd: Obtaining money by false pretenses; receive money, securities or other property, knowing that these have been stolen or obtained illegally and offer, give or receive bribes respectively. Some elements of the offense for which Abba Kyari has been declared wanted in the United States of America include obtaining money/assets by fraudulent means.

Under article 4 of the treaty, extradition will not take place if the subject has already been tried and acquitted or punished for the acts for which he is wanted.

Article 5 stipulates that extradition does not take place if, after the commission of the offense or the criminal charge or conviction, exemption from prosecution has been acquired by prescription according to the laws of the two countries concerned. .

Under Article 6 of the treaty, a fugitive criminal cannot be surrendered for extradition if the offense for which his extradition is requested is of a political nature, or if the subject can prove that the request for extradition was made to punish him. for a political offence.

Article 9 of the treaty stipulates that extradition shall take place only if the evidence is considered sufficient, according to the laws of the requested contracting party, to justify the committal of the prisoner for trial, in the event that the crime or misdemeanor would have been committed in the territory of that High Contracting Party. In the case ANUEBUNWA v AG, it was held that:

“The very essence of an extradition proceeding … is that the applicant establish by credible evidence, that is, by producing before the judge in the case of a fugitive criminal charged with an offense purported to be an extradition offence, a warrant issued outside Nigeria authorizing the arrest of the fugitive”.
Two doctrines come into play when the extradition of a person is requested. There is the first, the doctrine of “specialty” or “specialty doctrine”. This doctrine requires that a person whose extradition is requested can only be tried for the crime for which his extradition was requested, and for no other. Upon the surrender of a fugitive, by the State where he has sought refuge, the requesting State shall only prosecute and convict that person for the very crime for which his extradition was requested and for no other offense committed before the surrender of this fugitive. In the American case States v Raucher (119 US 407, 7S.Ct. 234, 30 L.Ed. 425(1886)), the court held that an accused should not be arrested or tried for any other offense other than that for which he was charged in the context of the extradition proceedings. In a situation where a state prosecutes a fugitive for an offense other than that for which the fugitive was extradited, this will amount to an abuse of the principles of extradition.
The second doctrine is the doctrine of “double jeopardy”. It states that before a person can be extradited for an offence, that extraditable offense or the offense for which a person’s extradition is sought must constitute an offense or a crime in both jurisdictions. In Collins v. Loisel (259 U.S. 309, 42 S.Ct. 49, 66L.Ed.956 (1922)), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the name by which the crime is described in either country does not need not be the same; nor should the punishment be the same. The dual criminality requirement is simply satisfied if the particular act charged is criminal in both jurisdictions.

Restrictions on the Surrender of Fugitives Extradition Act of Nigeria

The Extradition Act, Cap E. 25, LFN, 2004, is the law regulating the extradition of fugitive offenders/criminals in Nigeria. A “fugitive criminal” is defined in Section 21 of the Extradition Act as:
a. “Any person charged with an extraditable offense committed in the jurisdiction of a country other than Nigeria; Where
b. Any person who, having been convicted of an extraditable offense in a country other than Nigeria, is unlawfully at large before the expiration of a sentence imposed on him for that offence, being in both cases a person who is, or is suspected of being, in Nigeria”.

Where a request for extradition has been received by the Attorney General, he is required to decide (on the basis of the information available) whether surrender is excluded by any of the provisions of Article 3(1) to (7 ) of the law. If the surrender of a fugitive criminal is not so excluded, he shall inform a magistrate that a request for extradition has been received by him and thereby demand that the magistrate deal with the matter in accordance with the provisions of the law. . However, where the extradition of a fugitive criminal is thus prevented by Article 3(1) to (7), it is not necessary for him to inform the magistrate of the receipt of such a request (Article 6 (2)).

In George Udeozor v. Federal Republic of Nigeria (2007) LPELR-CA/L/376/05, the tribunal held:
“Nothing in the law gives the court the power to question the discretion of the Hon. Attorney General in these cases, as the Hon. The Attorney General exercises his constitutional duty under Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution.”

However, the Attorney General may, under section 8(3), if he deems it expedient, order the cancellation of the warrant and the release of the fugitive if he has already been arrested. Where a fugitive has been arrested, he must, under Article 8(5), be brought before a magistrate as soon as possible, and the magistrate must either remand him in custody or grant him bail, based on receipt of an order from the Attorney General. This order notifies the Magistrate that a request for surrender of the fugitive has been received; or order the cancellation of the warrant and the release of the fugitive.

Implications of the Treaty Agreement between Nigeria and the United States

Nigeria and the United States have an existing extradition agreement, for the surrender of persons wanted for prosecution or punishment. Section 3 of the Extradition Act stipulates when a person will not be surrendered for prosecution or punishment, notwithstanding the request for surrender by a foreign country. According to Article 3 of the said law, a fugitive criminal cannot be surrendered if the public prosecutor or a court hearing the case is satisfied that the offense for which his surrender is requested is a political offence. ; or that the request for surrender, although purported to be made for an extraditable crime, was in fact made for the purpose of prosecuting or punishing him on account of his race; religion, nationality or political opinions, or was not made in good faith or in the interests of justice; or that, if surrendered, he would be in danger of being prejudiced at trial, or of being punished, detained or restricted in his personal liberty, on account of his race, religion, nationality or Political Views.
A fugitive criminal should also not be surrendered if the Attorney General or a court hearing the case is satisfied that the offense is of a minor nature; or that because of the time which has elapsed since the commission of the offence, it would be unfair or oppressive, or would be too severe a punishment, to surrender the offender. (To be continued).

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“Action is the fundamental key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

“Nations respect agreements, keep their treaties as long as they continue to benefit them.” (Linus Pauling)

Request to ban a documentary about a homosexual from Lafayette libraries to be heard in public on Wednesday | News

A request to remove a DVD from Lafayette Parish public libraries will be considered in public on Wednesday.

This will be the third time since November that the library review committee has met to consider banning materials from the public library system. This will be the first time that the committee will deliberate in public.

Committee to consider request from undisclosed library patron to ban ‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ DVD, a 2017 documentary film based on the memoir of Scotty Bowers, who acted as an escort and pimp unpaid for gay hollywood actors.

A change in the composition of the review committee by the library board of control at a meeting on February 21 prompted several people, including The Acadiana Lawyerto question whether committee meetings must be held in public under Louisiana’s open meeting law.

Lafayette Public Library Director Danny Gillane, left, speaks with Library Board Chairman Robert Judge June 9, 2021, in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Library director Danny Gillane said Monday he had sought advice from council counsel, former Lafayette City-Parish attorney Mike Hebert. Gillane said it was copied in an email from board chairman Robert Judge to board member James Thomas that the reconsideration committee will meet in open session at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Main Library, 301 W. Congress St. in downtown Lafayette.

The judge appointed Thomas to sit on the reconsideration committee along with two library workers named by Gillane.

The February 21 board changed the composition of the committee to two board members and a librarian, but the committee will meet on Wednesday under the old composition because the DVD challenge was launched before the rule be changed, Gillane said.

It is important to hold committee meetings in public, as only the person challenging a book or DVD has the right to appeal the committee’s decision to the full board. If the complainant is satisfied with the decision of a committee that meets behind closed doors, the committee could ban books without public debate or input.

The composition of the committee is also important because the committee can be stacked with board members who favor the banning of books and DVDs that they personally deem inappropriate.

Twice since November, the two librarians on the review committee have voted against removing the books and the committee’s board member has voted to ban the books.

In the future, the chairman of the board, the judge, could appoint two conservative board members who could vote against the sole librarian and ban the books. The person requesting the ban would obviously be happy with this decision and no one else being allowed to appeal to the full library board, two conservative board members of the three-person reconsideration committee would decide whether books and other materials are off-limits to the Lafayette public. libraries.

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Lafayette Parish Library Board Member Stephanie Armbruster listens as Board Chairman Robert Judge reads a copy of ‘This Book is Gay’ during a meeting at the main branch of the Lafayette Parish Library on Monday, November 15, 2021 in Lafayette, Louisiana.

In November, the committee voted 2 to 1 not to ban “This book is gay”. The plaintiff appealed to the full board, with only the judge and Stephanie Armbruster voting to ban the book. Instead, teen non-fiction books have been moved to the adult non-fiction section.

Michael Lunsford, a St. Martin Parish resident and executive director of Citizens for a New Louisiana, a conservative anti-tax group whose supporters are secretive and which Lunsford describes as a local government watchdog group, sought to ban “This Book is Gay” and “The V Word.”

The review board voted 2 to 1 not to remove “The V Word” from libraries. Lunsford did not appeal the decision to the full board.

If the two meetings the reconsideration committee conducted in private are violations of Louisiana’s open meeting law, Lunsford had 60 days to challenge the committee’s decisions, Lafayette attorney Gary McGoffin said. Either way, it’s too late to address these challenges, Gillane said Monday.

The judge served on one of the review panels and Armbruster was on the other. Both voted to ban the books, but the committee librarians outnumbered them and voted not to remove the books.

The judge failed in his attempt at the February 21 library board meeting to change the composition of the review committee to three board members and no librarians.


Michael Lunsford of Citizens for a New Louisiana is featured following a meeting Monday, October 18, 2021 in Lafayette, Louisiana.

There is a national movement to ban books, especially books on LGBTQ topics, from public and school libraries. The two books Lunsford objected to are on a list of publications Lunsford said he obtained from MassResistance, an anti-LGBTQ group.

Over the past 18 months, the library board has become considerably more conservative. Judge and Armbruster openly opposed in 2018 a decision by the library to host Drag Queen Story Time.

Judge was appointed to the board about a year ago and immediately attempted to change the library system’s mission statement to remove recreational and cultural offerings. He failed twice, but at the February 21 board meeting, he announced he was appointing a committee to review the revised mission statement.

Appeal to Ukraine: what you can do to help Nottingham

Everyone wants to do their part to support those who have been forced to flee their homes due to the invasion. Here’s how you can help. #StandWithUkraine.

In Nottingham, the AUGB (Association of Ukrainians in Britain) Nottingham – manages the effort through partners.

The Facebook group is here

The image below gives clear details on what is needed and where and when to give it.

They do NOT require clothing.

There’s also a GoFundMe page here which stands at £1.8m so far.

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UK government advice below

Financial donations

If you would like to donate money, there are a number of charities that provide humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

The UK government will match public donations to this pound-for-pound appeal up to £25million.

Donate securely

There are many organizations across the UK and overseas that have appeals, and you may wish to donate through these organizations instead. You can take a few simple steps to ensure your money is safe and used efficiently:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number using the Charity Registry search tool
  • Most charities with an income of £5,000 or more must be registered, which means they are regulated by the Charity Commission
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving financial information
  • If in doubt, ask the charity or organization for more information

Donate essential supplies

One of the best ways to help is to donate money through charities and trusted aid organizations, rather than donating goods. Money can be transferred quickly to areas where it is needed and individuals and aid organizations can use it to buy what they need most. Unsolicited donations of goods, although well-intentioned, can hamper supply chains and delay the delivery of more urgent life-saving assistance.

Organizations across the UK are bringing together essential supplies, such as clothing, first aid and sanitary products. Many charities and community groups will have lists of items they need.

Charities with experience in disaster response are best placed to reach victims on the ground.

The government will launch a new sponsorship program to ensure that Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes have a safe path.

The program will connect people, charities, businesses and community groups with Ukrainians who do not have family ties to the UK.

Program details and how you can apply will be released soon by the Department of Leveling, Housing and Communities.

The UK government, Ukrainian government and others shared messages of support on social media using the hashtag #StandForUkraine

Be careful what you share! There is a lot of misinformation about the conflict circulating online – this is often referred to as misinformation and disinformation. You can do your part to stop the spread:

  • Ask yourself – does this feel right to you? Does that seem fair to you? Is this information from a source that I recognize?
  • The SHARE checklist can help you decide whether information can be trusted, before interacting with or sharing it on your social networks.

cyber security

The National Cyber ​​Security Center is not aware of any UK-specific cyber threats in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, we strongly encourage organizations and citizens to follow the NCSC’s advice on what to do when the cyber threat is heightened. Visit the Cyber ​​Aware website where you will find practical steps and tools to help you, your family or your business be safer online.

Local nonprofit is giving away free clothes to support the Colorado Springs community

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Universal Education Foundation, an organization that provides educational classes for parents and young people to create balance within the family, set out to find creative ways to keep giving.

“We want to reach out to the community and offer support, without asking for anything in return,” said UEF President Tami Urbanek.

This Colorado Springs nonprofit launched a free clothing drive, which immediately caught the attention of charities across the city.

“I was just hoping a bit. I was a bit scared that we wouldn’t get any clothes or very few clothes, so the fact that we got so many that we couldn’t even get it all out, for me, that’s was beyond that,” Urbanek said.

So now she said this garment is for everyone.

“We wanted to give it away so no one has to go out and buy it or pinch their pennies, they can just walk in, take what they want, no judgement, no questions asked.”

The event is fairly new to the organization, as it is their second clothing drive – their first free clothing drive taking place in February.

“It was the very first time we did something like this. So really, I didn’t care. I was googling ‘how do you do that?’

But, since that first try, volunteers have said it’s been an incredible experience.

“[I’m] just touched by so many people who have so little but were so full of love, gratitude and appreciation that I felt I had learned so much from them,” said volunteer Sharon Farrell.

Depending on how the first events go, the nonprofit said it plans to make it a regular event.

“We still have a lot of clothes in the closets and if people really come in and we see that it benefits other people, we definitely want to keep going,” Urbanek said.

The Universal Education Foundation will hold another clothing giveaway on March 26 at 301 E Platte Ave.

Tiger Woods spotlights World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2022


The newest class of members of the World Golf Hall of Fame will be inducted during THE PLAYERS week, and it includes one of the biggest names in the history of the game. Tiger Woods highlights the four people who will be inducted the March 9 at the PGA TOUR’s Global Home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Three-time US Women’s Open champion Susie Maxwell Berning will join Woods in being inducted into the “competitors” category, while former PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem and the late Marion Hollins will be honored for their contributions to the game.

Ceremony, hosted by David Fehertywill air live on the Golf Channel at 7 p.m. ET.

In addition to honoring the four new Hall of Famers, the induction ceremony will also recognize Dick Ferris and Peter Ueberroth, as recipients of a new lifetime achievement award for their contributions to the sport. Additionally, Renee Powell will be honored for her spirit in promoting diversity in golf, as the first recipient of the Charlie Sifford Award presented by Southern Company.

The ceremony will take place in northeast Florida for the first time since 2013, with the most recent ceremonies taking place in Pebble Beach, California (2019), New York (2017) and St. Andrews, Scotland (2015) .

To prepare you for Wednesday’s ceremony, here’s a little preview of the four inductees.

Pasadena, California
Induction category: Competitor
Date of Birth: July 22, 1941
Major leagues: 4
LPGA wins: 11
Awards and Honors: LPGA Rookie of the Year (1964)
Made: Berning remains one of six women to have won the US Women’s Open at least three times.

Good Shepherd Benefits from New Opportunities and Funding – The Vicksburg Post

Cindy McCarley, director of the Good Shepherd Community Center, said she wants the public to know that good things are happening, but more needs to be done.

The Good Shepherd Community Center has received additional opportunities and funds to help improve the community center. As McCarley stated, Good Shepherd, for the first time in history, was able to publicize itself, revise its mission statement, and create a website. They were also able to install a new roof, thanks to generous donors, and set up new programs.

Even in the midst of the pandemic, Good Shepherd was able to receive additional funding from the Federal Child Care Stabilization Grants, as part of the US Bailout, to help update their preschool and provide support. money to staff.

“One thing the pandemic did for preschools and daycares was to provide American Rescue money,” McCarley said. “Some of the money we received allowed us to do some things we’ve wanted to do for a long time, like painting the inside of the building, upgrading the floors and helping with staff retention,”

The building is slowly transforming into an updated facility that can meet all of Vicksburg’s needs, she added.

“It’s important to me that people know how good God was and that God prepared a way for us to do these amazing things so we could love more people,” she said.

However, as the saying goes, “it takes a village”. McCarley said Good Shepherd always needs the support and help of those who believe in the organization’s mission statement, “to educate, empower and inspire individuals, children and families to live their best life”.

“We receive funding from United Way, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Mississippi Department of Social Services, and The United Methodist Church, but we want our individual donors who love the Good Shepherd Mission to understand that their donations are always so necessary and so important. appreciated,” McCarley said.

Another way to help Good Shepherd is to join their volunteer program, The Ripple Effect. Currently, Good Shepherd is looking for volunteers to mentor students 12 and under in their after-school program.

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to help tutor,” McCarley said.

They are also looking for preschool teachers and class floats to hire.

For more information on how to help Good Shepherd, call 601-636-7687 or visit their website at www.goodshepherdvicksburg.org.

Charity evening on Sunday for the benefit of an association helping disabled children

On March 6, Phoenix-area residents can grab a cool, refreshing cup of lemonade, as lemonade stands will be popping up all over the state, for a good cause.

The Great Arizona Lemonade Stand is an event that will benefit an organization called “Something So Worth It”. According to its website, the organization “empowers children with permanent disabilities and their families in Arizona from diagnosis, through adversity, and beyond.”

The organization was founded by Bryce and Allison Lefebre.

“We started three years ago because we have two sons with spina bifida, and we felt we could take the nuggets we learned with our experiences and pass them on,” Allison said. “Our mission is to create engaging, engaging activities for kids. They’re always presented as sad stories, and we tell them, ‘No. We can feature you for your strengths.'”

Booths will be set up throughout the Phoenix area, and all donations will go directly to the organization to help children with disabilities, as well as their caregivers.

“March 6, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.,” Allison said. “All our volunteers in the Valley have a stand that day”,

There are still lemonade kits available for those wishing to host a stand on March 6th.

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Nonprofits beware: is this a legitimate takedown notice for copyright infringement or a phishing scam? | Venable LLP

Nonprofits should be aware of a disturbing trend: phishing emails disguised as legitimate Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices. Hackers use this trick to get your attention by accusing you of breaking the law. The purpose of the scam is to trick you into opening or downloading malicious content that could significantly disrupt computer systems and operations. Because DMCA takedown notices are so important and ignoring them can result in potentially significant financial damage, these emails can force an unsuspecting recipient to choose between potentially ignoring a valid notice and facing liability, or clicking the embedded link and fall prey to a phishing scheme.

What is the DMCA Safe Harbor?

As a backdrop, nonprofit organizations are liable for copyright infringement for infringing material or user-generated content hosted on their websites, social media accounts, membership forums, and other types digital platforms, whether or not they know the infringing material is there. DMCA Takedown Notices stem from Section 512 of the Federal Copyright Act as a mechanism to provide a “safe harbor” from such infringement liability to the following nonprofit organizations all the necessary statutory steps and put in place a system for rights holders to have their works unauthorized. effectively removed. Nonprofits that do not respond appropriately to a valid DMCA takedown notice lose their copyright infringement liability for the infringing material they host and may face significant monetary damages. , even if the violation is unintentional. More information on DMCA formalities and the steps required to preserve your safe harbor can be found in our previous articles here, hereand here. In short, ignoring a legitimate DMCA takedown notice is dangerous, as it can cost your organization significant sums in damages and legal fees for copyright infringement, and distract staff from programs. mission-related.

What does a legitimate takedown notice look like?

Beneficiaries of legitimate DMCA Takedown Notices will (a) protect themselves from liability for copyright infringement if they follow all required steps, or (b) find themselves exposed to liability for copyright infringement and damages -potentially high interest if they ignore one.

Under copyright law, a legitimate notice must contain the following information:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right claimed to be infringed.
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work that is allegedly infringed or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site .
  3. Identification of the material claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and which is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right allegedly infringed.

The new phishing emails are intentionally disguised as legitimate DMCA takedown notices. This could force an unsuspecting recipient to face the dilemma of either potentially ignoring a valid review and facing potential liability, or clicking the embedded link and falling prey to a phishing scam.

Identifying phishing scams

Unfortunately, fake DMCA takedown notices contain much of the required information above and look very legitimate. The unsuspecting recipient then clicks on the link in the “notification” and sees that it is more of a phishing scam. The main issue is point 3 above: “information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material”. Typically, the author of a legitimate DMCA takedown notice includes the URL link to the website where the infringing material is located, so the recipient of the notice knows exactly what to remove. But scammers often include a URL or a link to a file that they ask you to download to view the infringing material. Clicking on this link would trigger a chain of unwanted events on the recipient’s side.

What should you do?

So what should you do if you receive a questionable or unexpected DMCA takedown notice? Are you clicking the link to make sure you’re not ignoring a legitimate notice, because ignoring one would expose you to liability for copyright infringement? Or do you delete the email and hope it was just a phishing scam? This is a very difficult position for a non-profit organization. If you receive a DMCA takedown notice, consider the following.

  1. First, if it smells phishy, ​​it probably is. Seeking a second opinion is recommended. Before you respond or click on a link, you ideally have an IT department that can safely quarantine and open the suspected phishing link and investigate it. Keep in mind that you need to respond quickly to a legitimate DMCA takedown notice, so your IT department should prioritize its evaluation.
  2. Second, you should contact legal counsel if you want advice and guidance on the legitimacy of the notice and how to respond to it.
  3. Third, you may consider reporting any confirmed phishing emails to the Federal Trade Commission and/or Anti-Phishing Task Force: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and- avoid-phishing-scams #report.

Celebrating a big new facility at Sea-Tac Airport, WA officials pledge to welcome Ukrainian refugees


A glowing celebration Thursday of the impending opening of a new international arrivals facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport showcased the building’s magnificent architecture that will provide incoming travelers with a proper welcome to the Pacific Northwest.

The spacious new facility, which cost nearly $1 billion, is expected to open to travelers in about a month. Ryan Calkins, chairman of the Port of Seattle Commission, said the building “with its soaring windows and breathtaking grandeur finally looks like the kind of place remarkable enough to be our region’s porch to the world.”

Yet, with a war raging in Europe that worries people around the world, the inauguration ceremony developed a surprisingly sharp political focus.

Rather than talk about air travelers arriving here in the abstract, state and airport officials recalled the area’s history of hosting refugees and promised that this stately building would welcome families. fleeing the devastating war in Ukraine.

Passengers arriving at Sea-Tac’s southern satellite gates will walk through a 780-foot-long skybridge with a moving walkway – 85 feet above a taxiway with jets passing below and with an unobstructed view of the Mount Rainier on one side and the Olympics on the other – then step through an archway inscribed “Welcome to the United States” before dropping onto the mezzanine floor of a large lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows.

“They’re going to start a new life when they cross that airlift,” Governor Jay Inslee said in a speech to guests who included foreign consuls, airline officials and local government officials. He mentioned the first refugee flows from Vietnam in the 1970s, more recently from Afghanistan, “and now from Ukraine.”

“Our state will become a stronger and more vibrant state through welcoming these refugees, and I am proud to say that we will welcome them,” Inslee said.

In his speech, Calkins said that “as we celebrate today a facility that bridges cultures and borders…we do so at a time when an autocratic ruler has invaded a sovereign nation”, an act which, according to he united democracies around the world. against the Russian invasion.

Before the speeches began, George Montero, an Alaskan native and member of the Tlingit tribe, called for a minute’s silence for the Ukrainian people, then opened the proceedings by playing a flute he had carved and which filled the room with ethereal music. He said we must welcome strangers to earth and embrace them. Montero, a retired carpenter, helped build part of the main Sea-Tac terminal.

Operation strength test

The new, nearly complete International Arrivals facility will transform the experience of arriving here from overseas.

For years it was a strangely convoluted and dismal experience.

International travelers arrived at the South Satellite (Concours S), cleared customs, then descended an escalator to a windowless basement to wait for bags on a carousel. After collecting their bags, the passports were again checked and the bags then had to be placed on a conveyor belt. Passengers then took a train to the main terminal and waited there for their luggage to appear on another baggage carousel.

The new system eliminates this double expectation. Passengers will cross the walkway to the grand concourse and collect their baggage from one of seven carousels before queuing for inspection at several customs and border protection checkpoints where facial recognition is installed to speed throughput.

Once there, travelers are free.

Some international passengers will arrive at the new main terminal gates (Concours A) and proceed directly to the Grand Concourse, bypassing the air bridge. There will be 20 international gates instead of the current 12.

The facility is designed to more than double its capacity to a maximum of 2,600 passengers per hour.

To prepare it, airport officials are testing its operation. Soon 175 members of the public will walk by and act like they’ve just arrived on a Boeing 777 to see how it works.

The original plan was to put 1,500 to 2,000 people through a stress test, but COVID restrictions reduced the number.

Although the building looks fantastic, a point of stress could be the toilets.

There is a restroom at the end of the overhead walkway and another downstairs in the large hall, which also has smaller family restrooms. The two main toilets are spacious. However, the men’s room in each has only six or seven cabins, the women’s room twice as many.

Imagining two fully loaded 777s arriving around the same time, each with 350 passengers on board having spent perhaps ten hours in the air, even Seattle Port Commissioner Fred Felleman admitted that didn’t seem like enough. of cabins.

Asked about it, Chad Aldridge, the facilities manager for operational readiness, said that since there were no outlets until passengers cleared customs, people wouldn’t linger. in the toilets. “I mean people come in and out pretty quickly,” he said.

Janet Sheerer, the facility’s project manager, said the number of toilets meets the standard set by the port and the International Air Transport Association, the airlines’ trade group.

Over budget and behind schedule

The new facility was a massive, multi-year project.

Monty Anderson, executive secretary of the Seattle, King County Building and Construction Trades Council – representing all unionized construction workers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, heating and air conditioning installers and several other trades who worked on the project – said 3 million man hours went into the building.

“Everything you see here, from the roof to the glazing; to everything you can’t see, electrical, fire suppression, heating and insulation, HVAC, fire dampers, everything done here was done with hands,” said said Anderson. “And of those 3 million hours, every worker who worked in that role had health care, retired, and got job training.”

He praised the tenacity and determination of workers who got up every day and came to work to finish the job during a pandemic.

What was just a muddy puddle of a construction site a few years ago, he said, is now something workers can point to and say, “I built this.

Anderson added that when he entered the construction business in the late 1980s, it was a family affair, with sons following fathers into the trades. Since then, he said, the company has intentionally sought to bring diversity both in terms of gender and race. He said 30% of those working on the installation were people of color.

As work progressed, cost was a moving target.

When the facility was first planned by the port in 2014, the proposed budget was $344 million and the schedule called for completion in 2018. The final budget is $968 million and the project is ending four years behind schedule.

However, the project is not funded by taxpayers’ money. It comes from airport revenue from airfare and other airline service charges, retail tenants at the airport, parking fees, taxi fares, shuttles, car rental facilities and other charges.

Port Commissioner Calkins said the budget bloat came down to three factors.

First, during the project, the Port and its partners repeatedly decided to increase both the capacity of the facility and the services it would provide.

Second, he said, “virtually every year we’ve seen double-digit increases in material and labor costs.”

Third, over the past two years, the COVID pandemic has caused further disruption and additional costs.

Now that the project is complete, along with the recently opened expansion of the North Satellite Concourse, other improvement projects are underway, he said.

He listed a redesign of the northern section of the ticketing concourse where the Alaska ticket booths are located; south satellite upgrades; and a significant expansion of airport catering and retail between Concourses C and D.

“We are entering a very healthy period for the Port financially and therefore can commit to strong growth,” Calkins said.

The installation of international arrivals is a major step in the expansion and modernization of the airport.

Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines will be the main beneficiaries.

Eric Philips, senior vice president of Delta, said that by August the airline will offer nearly 45 weekly nonstop flights to Amsterdam, Incheon, London, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Alaska will benefit from its membership in the Oneworld alliance, which allows its Miles members to book flights with major international airline partners, including British Airways, Japan Airlines and American Airlines, said Nat Pieper, senior vice president of Alaska.

“We have a global network that we can sell and market like ours,” Pieper said in an interview. “If those connections are seamless, it just helps Alaska on every level.”

Thursday, the supporting roles were joyful.

The theme of welcoming diverse peoples to the area began when a group of Japanese drummers led guests from the main terminal into the newly completed Great Hall.

With Montero performing before the speeches, the ceremony was closed by Seattle Opera singer Ginger Costa-Jackson, whose powerful voice filled the giant space as she sang a tune from “Barber of Seville.” .

She followed that with “Over the Rainbow,” which in “The Wizard of Oz” led to another Emerald City.

Catch-up with New Works SA – Trinitonien

Nonprofit theater makes strides with community outreach and new musical

New Works SA, a San Antonio-based nonprofit theater, plans to premiere its new project, “Girl In The Cocoon,” in July. The company was born in 2019 from the idea of ​​Trinity students Wren Ramos, Toni Tresca and Scarlett Patiño. As part of its mission statement, New works SA is dedicated to helping develop theater in underserved communities through educational programs and performances.

Currently, New Works SA has six senior executives, including CEO Wren Ramos, Creative Director Toni Tresca, Chief Marketing Officer Megan McGuire, Chief Operating Officer Taylor Condron, and two recent additions, Education Coordinators Joe Jones and Christina O’Keefe.

Communications and theater major Ramos was eager to talk about New Works SA’s mission and all the work they’ve done since their last production, ‘The Comedy of Romeo and Juliet,’ which they performed in July. 2021.

“Our mission here with New Works is to provide accessible theater performance and theater education to students in schools and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Essentially, we want to create shows for kids aged 12-22 that can get them excited about doing theater and hopefully get them interested in theater in their own schools. And if they don’t have those programs, to give them the education they would need to be able to get involved,” Ramos said.

New Works SA was one of four finalists in the Louis H. Stumberg New Venture Competition, a two-part Shark Tank-style experience that supports compelling student start-ups each year. Contest winners receive $50,000 and access to experienced mentors and successful entrepreneurs.

Tresca, a Trinity alum who graduated in December 2021, said in an interview that the Stumberg Competition was an eye-opening experience for them.

“We changed our focus in terms of the type of shows we wanted to put on, and also throughout that process we realized that we wanted to change some of our roles even – in what we were each focused on. . I was initially interested in doing more business, and Wren was doing more creative things, but thanks to Stumberg’s summer accelerator program, we changed that, and now Wren is more focused on business. , and I focus more on the creative part of the business,” Tresca said.

New Works SA’s upcoming upcoming production, a sci-fi musical titled “Girl In The Cocoon,” was recently officially cast, with six cast lined up as well as key crew positions. “Girl In The Cocoon” presents an allegorical account of what it means to understand your identity and your success as an artist in a system that uses you to make profit.

“There are these three special characters: the girl in the cocoon, the frog and the spider, which are used by this company to create content, just endless streams of content. The girl in the cocoon tries to succeed and to make an impact in the world and to connect with people, but she has to struggle with that in the midst of this company that is obviously trying to exploit her for what she does. The whole plot revolves around that.” , Ramos said.

In our digital age world of TikTok, Instagram and internet celebrity fame, the game seems to match reality as a person on the internet. Ramos hopes an audience will find comic relief through the important and serious issues that are raised in the play.

“It’s a very silly show, although some of these themes might feel a little heavy,” Tresca said.

Scheduled to premiere at the Attic Theater in late July, “Girl In the Cocoon is a production not to be missed. Donate to New Works SA here to support its mission of giving people the opportunity to watch and learn about theater no matter where they’re from or how much money they have.

Revealed: Captain Tom Foundation reported to watchdogs by NHS charity group

The NHS charity group for which Captain Sir Tom Moore raised nearly £39million has flagged concerns over the inappropriate use of data by a watchdog foundation set up in his name, The Independent has learned.

NHS Charities Together contacted the Charity Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last year to highlight the ‘potential misuse of data’ of the JustGiving page set up for the collection effort fund of the former army officer.

It is understood the Captain Tom Foundation – which was incorporated in May 2020 to donate to causes ‘close to Captain Tom’s heart’ after the fundraiser ended – contacted people using the email addresses which they provided when donating to NHS Charities Together via the Captain Tom JustGiving page.

It’s unclear how many people were contacted, but just over 250,000 donors provided email addresses through the JustGiving website.

It is understood the concerns reported by NHS Charities Together – an association of more than 230 charities – formed part of the Charity Commission’s regulatory compliance case, which was opened in March last year.

It comes after accounts published last month showed the foundation had donated tens of thousands of pounds to businesses run by the late veteran’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, and son-in-law, Colin. The accounts described the transactions as refunds.

The Independent also reported how he had been made aware of part of the watchdog’s compliance case relating to a request by the foundation to appoint Ms Ingram-Moore as CEO with a salary of around £150,000, which which is about one-tenth of his first-year income. It is understood the Charity Commission blocked the nomination last summer. The foundation said Ms Ingram-Moore “made the decision that the CEO role was not something she wanted to pursue”, despite being appointed on an interim basis.

Meanwhile, a fundraising event titled “Captain Tom Day”, to be held in June, have been reported following revelations about the foundation’s finances, The Independent has been said.

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office website, “e-mail marketing” cannot be sent to individuals unless they have expressly consented or are an existing customer.

NHS Charities Together told The Independent that he was “alert to the potential inappropriate use of data from a closed third-party fundraising page”. Adding: “It was our responsibility to notify the relevant regulators to take the necessary action.”

People who had donated to NHS Charities Together through the JustGiving page alerted the charity to the potentially inappropriate use of data, he said. He confirmed that the people who alerted him received emails from the Captain Tom Foundation.

The Captain Tom Foundation was set up in May 2020 after the former army officer – who died in February last year – raised almost £39million, including gifts, for NHS Charities Together in walking around his garden.

The Captain Tom JustGiving page was created in April 2020, with Maytrix Group, the company run by Hannah and Colin Ingram-Moore, the owner of the page. The page’s owner changed to Gemma Huddleston in late June 2020, according to a JustGiving spokesperson. Huddleston describes herself as a “marketing and brand communications professional” on her Linkedin profile, which indicates that she worked as an “independent consultant” for the Captain Tom Foundation from April 2020 to May 2021.

A JustGiving spokesperson said donors could choose to receive emails, meaning the page owner had access to the email addresses of those who signed up. They said the page owner is the data controller and responsible for complying with the GDPR.

More than 1.5 million donations to NHS Charities Together have been made through the Captain Tom JustGiving page, the spokesperson said, with just over 250,000 donors sharing their email addresses. It is understood that JustGiving advised Ms Huddleston in September 2020 to seek legal advice before sending any communications to donors. Ms Huddleston has been contacted for comment.

Ellie Orton, from NHS Charities Together, said: ‘We are so grateful for Captain Sir Tom Moore’s incredible fundraiser. As part of our urgent Covid-19 appeal, his inspiring efforts helped us fund hundreds of projects supporting NHS staff, patients and volunteers across the UK, before the separate Captain Tom Foundation was established. .

“Like all charities, we are required to follow strict guidelines regarding the use of supporter data. So when in April 2021 we were alerted to the potentially inappropriate use of data from a fan page. third-party fundraiser closed, it was our responsibility to notify the relevant regulators for them to take the necessary action.We can reassure supporters that this case did not involve any of the data we hold.

“Captain Tom and his family have achieved incredible things for the NHS and the impact of that achievement continues to be felt by the network of 238 NHS charities across the UK.”

In a statement, the Captain Tom Foundation said money raised on the JustGiving page went directly to NHS Charities Together, adding: ‘We have worked closely with the ICO during their investigation, who have been grateful of the cooperation of the directors and have closed their file. .”

A Charity Commission spokesperson said: “Our engagement with the Trustees of the Captain Tom Foundation on its establishment and governance arrangements continues. We cannot comment further at this time.

The ICO said: “We can confirm that we have received complaints regarding the Captain Tom Foundation. After meeting the charity, we provided advice on data protection and direct marketing rules, and decided that no further action was necessary. The file is closed. »

SCPD and NCPD to face off in law enforcement charity basketball game

The Suffolk County Police Department basketball team will face off against the Nassau County Police Department team in the Third Annual Charity Law Enforcement Basketball Game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in 1 p.m. on February 27.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison and Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder have joined the roster of their respective teams and will put their skills to the test.

Following the law enforcement game, the Long Island Nets, the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, will host Motor City Cruise in a game at the Nassau Coliseum, where Suffolk County Police Officer Timothy Thrane and Nassau County Police Officer Shafeek Karamat will be recognized. on the court during the evening as the hero of the game.

Tickets are available now at www.linetsgroups.com/policegame and include access to the Charity Law Enforcement basketball game and the Long Island Nets game. Tickets are $20, and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to 9-1-1 Veterans of Long Island, a nonprofit created by Suffolk County Police Officer Stephen Clark, who died of cancer. in 2010. The organization is dedicated to helping veteran Long Island veterans by providing emergency financial assistance to those who have served or are still serving in the United States military.

Official opening of downtown Boston’s Food Hall gives hope that life is returning to normal – CBS Boston


BOSTON (CBS) — Pizza, sushi and even a champagne vending machine as a ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked off the opening of the High Street Place Food Hall.

“I like variety. We’ve all been here, five of us, and we’ve visited five different restaurants,” said Dave Blum, who works in a nearby office building.

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“It’s been a long time coming. It feels like it’s time. It feels good,” said Rachel Miller Munzer, co-owner of Mamaleh’s, one of 20 vendors in the food hall.

At 20,000 square feet, there’s seating capacity for 400 inside, but surrounded by office buildings, it begs the question: how many of those seats will be occupied?

“I feel like it’s finally time. You know, the mask mandate is lifting, people are going to start going back to work. And we will be there for them. We are ready,” said High Street Place Food Hall market manager Lauren Johnson.

“It’s, I think, like a statement opening for sure. Not just for us, but for all of the partners and all of downtown Boston,” said Big Heart Hospitality’s Director of Wine and Beverage.

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Guests say that not so long ago this area was a ghost town.

“We used to come in June 2020. I started coming back to the office. And it looked like a zombie movie. There was no one around,” Brookline’s Harsh Agarwal said.

The food hall was originally supposed to open two years ago, but it was delayed due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, local businesses tell WBZ-TV things have been tough, but they hope that will change soon.

“It has been very difficult for small businesses. We’re lucky to be open, to be honest with you,’ said Cecelia Demellorodi, hairstylist at Advantage hair salon on the High Street.

“We are still far behind what we were doing before. But things are moving in the right direction, that’s for sure. We like 25-30% of what we used to do,” said Evo Chakarov, owner of Kwench Juice Cafe on Congress Street.

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“Over the past couple of years it’s been dead only to gradually, slowly, slowly come back, and now we’re starting to really see, like I said, that life that we missed,” said owner Michael Kaplan. of Bailey & Sage, located on Federal Street.

Rashida Tlaib’s State of the Union response to Biden is a gift for the GOP

On the night of President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address, in which the president called for unity against foreign and domestic threats, why would a fellow Democrat feel compelled to deliver a progressive response?

Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib spoke on behalf of not the Democratic Party but the Working Families Party, in her post-SOTU comments. She was careful not to call it a rebuttal, but whatever you call it, it’s a slap in the face to the leader of her party at a time when he’s facing multiple crises, and Democrats have the narrowest margins. thinner in the House and the Senate.

His remarks echoed year-long arguments within the Democratic Party about the aspirations of the progressive agenda versus the inability to muster votes in the Senate. The MP, a member of the left-wing activist group in the House dubbed “The Squad”, did not name names, but she was under no obligation to. Everyone knows who she’s talking about when she talks about “filibuster Democrats” and “corporate-backed Democrats.”

Rep. Tlaib called on Biden to use his executive powers “now” to write off student loan debt, regulate carbon emissions and set labor rules. She rattled off a wish list that echoed much of what Biden had just called for in a Congress where the chance of passage is nil, but hope must be kept alive.

“I’m a lifelong Democrat and also part of the Working Families Party,” the MP said. “In the richest country in the world, it shouldn’t be so hard for so many people to have a good life.” The Working Families Party is a voice for the multiracial working class, and if they were in power, “we would fight for a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour,” Tlaib added.

At a time when polls show voters think Biden is already too left-leaning, Tlaib’s seizure of a State of the Union platform has struck other party members as self-defeating at the moment. extreme. “Why does a Democrat right now think it’s a good idea to attack other Democrats on the President’s State of the Union night, that’s nonsense,” said Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way, a moderate Democratic group.

After Tlaib steps forward to claim time, Texas Rep. Colin Allred said he would provide a response to the Black Caucus, and the co-chairs of the Problem Solvers Caucus also put in their offer to evaluate the eveningbut it was Tlaib’s response that exposed old wounds and angered Democrats.

She spoke at the invitation of the Working Families Party, which promotes progressives and has become a player in New York state politics. He recently saw a silver lining in potential Democratic losses in the upcoming midterms, touting the merits of the “smaller but more progressive Democratic caucus.”

“No Democrat should be allowed to actively encourage Republican majorities and not be asked to do so,” Bennett said. With a three-vote margin in the House, caucus purity means empowering a Republican party fascinated by the cult of Trump.

Democrats are eyeing a potential blowout in November if they can’t reverse voters’ negative impressions of what they’ve accomplished since taking control of the White House and both houses of Congress. Progressives harbor a grudge against the Build Back Better Bill. They backed a bipartisan infrastructure bill, ensuring legislation would follow to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen the social safety net.

That didn’t happen, and they blame moderate Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, and other centrists they call “corporate Democrats,” for allegedly misleading them. .

“They have the mistaken theory that standing up to Joe Biden is going to help them get what they want,” says Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institution. “All it does is alienate all the Democrats they need to make friends with. It is a wing of the party which wants to realize its fantasy.

For Kamarck and his long-time colleague, William Galston, it’s Back to the future. Thirty-three years ago, the duo published an unpublished study on “The politics of escapethat forced the Democrats through a 30-year losing streak interrupted only by Jimmy Carter’s one-term victory in 1976. Their analysis helped set the stage for Bill Clinton to find an agenda for government that would could win nationally.

Their new study, published last month, is titled “The New Politics of Escapism: How Ignoring Swing Voters Could Reopen the Door to Donald Trump and Threaten American Democracy.” In it, they present compelling data that demographic changes pointing to an increase in progressive voters “ignore the sheer number of non-college white voters in key states.” Further, they point out that Hispanics vote more like non-college white voters than a minority group, which is why Democrats are losing ground with this rapidly growing portion of the electorate.

In Wisconsin, one of nine swing states they looked at, 56% of the electorate is white and non-collegiate, 30% is white and college-educated, 6% is black, and 4% Hispanic. In 2020, the economic and social crisis created by COVID-19 has brought enough non-college white voters back into the Democratic fold in key swing states. “But these successes should not blind Democrats to the fact that these voters have often found Republican cultural claims more compelling than Democratic economic arguments,” they write.

They cite polls that show only 7% of the electorate consider themselves “very liberal” and only 9% identify with policies associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“How on earth can they accomplish anything for the people they serve with 9%? They live in a deep, deep blue bubble, and that causes them to do things that get the opposite outcome of what they want,” Kamarck said. The daily beast. (For example, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said the Democrats lost a dozen seats because of “Defund the Police.”)

“It drives me crazy, as you can see,” Kamarck continued. “The problem is that we are known by our extremes. Yes [Tlaib] wants to run on the Working Families ticket, fine, but she ran as a Democrat.

In the article they wrote 33 years ago, the cost of dodging hard truths was getting a George HW Bush or a Bob Dole, Kamarck says. “Now the threat becomes a Donald Trump and the end of democracy.”

For her part, Tlaib didn’t come to Congress to be a team player. She was one of six Democrats – all members of “The Squad” – who voted against the bipartisan infrastructure bill last year. The only Palestinian-American in Congress, she made comments about Israel that did not land well with his colleagues.

Tlaib’s words Tuesday night weren’t nearly as inflammatory as her show of disunity toward an embattled president in part because he championed progressive legislation that she argued he couldn’t deliver, at least not yet.

How to Avoid Donation Scams While Supporting Ukraine

A man in New York protests the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  The BBB has compiled a list of tips on how to avoid falling for scams when researching relief organizations that support Ukraine.

A man in New York protests the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The BBB has compiled a list of tips on how to avoid falling for scams when researching relief organizations that support Ukraine.


The Better Business Bureau warns Americans concerned about Russia’s attacks on Ukraine to beware of donation scams.

Russia launched a three-pronged invasion of Ukraine early Thursday, February 24, “bombarding towns, villages and villages” as forces advanced towards the capital of Kiev.

The eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv has been surrounded and Russian forces are hitting Kiev with rockets as hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians flee west. Other countries around the world, including the United States, have imposed strict sanctions on Russia.

The attacks caught the eyes of the world, and images and videos of Ukrainians fleeing the country or begging for peace left people across the United States wondering what they could do to help.

But “bad actors often try to take advantage of people’s goodwill,” Lisa Frohnapfel, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan, said in a statement, according to M Live.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers several tips on its website on how donors can tell a legitimate aid effort from a scam.

First, the office recommends that donors check whether a charity already has a presence in Ukraine. If not, they may not be well equipped to provide help quickly.

Donors should also ask themselves what to give. It may not be wise for Americans to try to send food or clothing to Ukraine themselves, according to the organization.

Instead, they should aim to support aid organizations that can obtain all necessary supplies and distribute them through their established networks. This reduces logistical challenges, avoids duplication of effort and helps ensure that aid reaches people who need it, the website says.

Americans should also research whether organizations they would like to support have helped Ukrainians in the past.

“Experienced disaster relief charities are the best bet to help deliver aid as soon as possible,” the BBB said on its website. “New entrants may struggle to keep up even if they have the best intentions.”

The BBB is also warning donors to keep an eye out for organizations making lofty claims, including that 100% of all donations will go directly to those in need.

“Charities have fundraising and administrative expenses,” the organization said on its website. “Any charity that claims otherwise is potentially misleading the donating public. Even a credit card donation will incur a processing fee.

If people are considering donating to crowdfunding campaigns, they should check the platform’s policies and make sure they’re donating to reputable people or causes, the BBB said on its website.

“Keep in mind that some crowdfunding sites do very little vetting of individuals or organizations that decide to post humanitarian aid,” the BBB said. “Sites that take security measures will usually provide descriptions of those procedures.”

Finally, donors should check whether the organization they wish to support meets BBB Charity standards. The BBB has compiled a list of charities that raise aid for Ukraine and meet the organization’s standards for accountability for charities, which depend on many factors, including the effectiveness of a charity, its level of oversight and whether there have been any complaints against the organization.

Other tips not on the BBB’s list include being wary of social media posts, emails or text messages containing unknown links; research charities that appear to have only surfaced since the attacks began on February 24; and avoiding high-pressure introductions and requests to send money, Fox 6 reported.

“You want to make sure your donation is used as intended, so it’s important to take the time and make sure the charity you’re working with can deliver on its promises and support,” Frohnapfel said, according to Ms. Live.

Vandana Ravikumar is a real-time McClatchy reporter. She grew up in northern Nevada and studied journalism and political science at Arizona State University. Previously, she reported for USA Today, The Dallas Morning News and Arizona PBS.

Scammers are using the crisis in Ukraine to steal your money

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The war in Ukraine is thousands of miles away, but the stories of desperation and need touch us closely. “Times of crisis bring out the best in people, but they can also bring out the worst,” said Kevin Scally, director of relationships at Charity Navigator, which assesses and rates nonprofits. “We encourage people to give with their hearts, but also to give with their heads.”

It’s a challenge when there’s so much fake news circulating on social media, including photos and videos that aren’t real or have anything to do with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. There is also the threat of bogus fundraising efforts by scammers looking for money and personal information.

So much misinformation is circulating on social media, including photos and videos that aren’t real or have anything to do with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.(Arizona family)

“You want to make sure you’re supporting a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,” Scally said. “These are the only organizations where your donation is tax deductible.” You should also avoid high pressure situations. If someone calls or emails and asks for a donation, don’t hand over your money right away. “There’s nothing wrong with taking time to figure out how and where you want to give,” Scally warned.

Charity Navigator also has a warning about personal fundraisers appearing on social media. “Unless it’s a personal family member or an individual who can confirm they are who they say they are, it’s generally safer to donate to non-profit organizations. lucrative. There is more accountability,” Scally said.

If you receive an email or text asking for a donation, avoid clicking on the links; they could infect your device with malware.

Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame has four new inductees


The Motorsport Australia National Awards will take place on April 23

Four new additions are set to be inducted into the Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame next month.

It comes with confirmation that the Motorsport Australia National Awards will take place on April 23 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

It will be the first rendition of the gala dinner since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to honor the country’s best in person, so we’re delighted to be able to confirm a date for the awards,” said Eugene Arocca, CEO of Motorsport Australia.

“Although the event in April is a bit later than in previous years, it will take place just two weeks after Formula 1’s Heineken Australian Grand Prix, making it a busy month for motorsport – something who we have missed over the past two years.

“The National Awards, presented by our friends at Shannons Insurance, are a fantastic way to recognize the many people who contribute to the sport both on and off the track, so it’s great that we can do this in a COVID safe way. this year.

“In addition, the induction of four people into the Hall of Fame will make the evening a great celebration of our sport.”

Garry Connelly, Chairman of the Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame, added: “We look forward to welcoming four new inductees to the Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame who have contributed so much to the sport we all love.

“Since its inception in 2016, the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame has celebrated and applauded a number of great names in the sport and we look forward to highlighting and sharing the successes of new members in April with the Motorsport Australia National Awards. ”

Valuence Merger Corp. I announce a prize of $200,000,000


NEW YORK, Feb. 28 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Valuence Merger Corp. I (the “Company”), a newly incorporated blank check company incorporated as a Cayman Islands exempt company, today announced the pricing for its initial public offering of 20,000,000 units at the price of 10, $00 each. The units will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Market (“Nasdaq”) and are expected to trade under the symbol “VMCAU” beginning March 1, 2022. Each unit consists of one Class A common share and one-half redeemable share. mandate of the Company. Each whole warrant entitles its holder to purchase one Class A common share of the Company at a price of $11.50 per share. Once the securities comprising the Units begin trading separately, the Shares and Warrants are expected to trade on NASDAQ under the symbols “VMCA” and “VMCAW”, respectively. The offering is expected to close on March 3, 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.

SVB Leerink is acting as sole bookrunner for the offering, and Baird is acting as lead manager for the offering. The Company has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 3,000,000 units at the initial public offering price to cover over-allotments, if any.

A registration statement relating to the securities was declared effective by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 28, 2022. The offering is being made by way of prospectus only. When available, copies of the prospectus may be obtained by contacting SVB Securities LLC, Attention: Syndicate Department, 53 State Street, 40th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02109, by telephone at 1-800-808-7525, ext. 6105, or by email at syndicate@svbleerink.com, or by visiting EDGAR on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, and there will be no sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or territory.

About Valuence Merger Corp. I

Valuence Merger Corp. I is a blank check corporation formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses . The team’s objective is to identify, merge and partner with a business in Asia (excluding China, Hong Kong and Macao) with a particular focus on advanced technologies in life sciences and/ or sustainable technologies. The management team is led by Sung Yoon Woo, Andrew Hyung, Sung Lee, and Gene Cho. The Company plans to collaborate with CrystalBioSciences, a life sciences-focused venture capital firm, Credian Partners, a South Korea-based private equity firm, and Quantum Leaps, a Japan-based consulting firm that has was founded by Mr. Nobuyuki Idei, a former CEO and Chairman of Sony.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements”, including with respect to the proposed initial public offering and the intended use of net proceeds thereof and with respect to any business combination or acquisition opportunity. No guarantee can be given that the offer described above will be carried out on the terms described, or not at all, or that the net proceeds of the offer will be used as indicated. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s registration statement and the Company’s filed preliminary offering prospectus. with the SEC. Copies of these documents are available on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. The Company assumes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law.


Sung Yoon Woo
CEO, Valuence Merger Corp. I
(415) 340-0222
Email: IR@valuecap.com

Ruby Jean’s brings healthy food to East KC


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Inside Ruby Jean’s Kitchen and Juicery at 3000 Troost Ave., a mural proclaiming “Health is Freedom” is painted on the back wall.

This mission statement is something owner and CEO Chris Goode lives by.

Goode named his juicer, Ruby Jean’s, after his late grandmother, who died at age 14. She died primarily due to her battle with type 2 diabetes. Goode said that if she had had more access to healthier food options, she could have lived longer.

Goode said Ruby Jean’s is the first 100% health-conscious store to exist on the east side of Kansas City, which he says has long been neglected.

According to the 2016-2021 Kansas City, Missouri Community Health Improvement Plan, the area east of the Paseo and Troost Avenue from 9th Street to 95th Street is considered a ” high priority zip code” regarding lack of access to healthy food. options.

The area, which has a large minority population, has long lacked full-service grocery stores.

In the first part of a three-part podcast miniseries, KSHB 41 News digital producers Katharine Finnerty and Casey Murray delve into the topic of food deserts in Kansas City and the impact of nutritional inequity on much more than a person’s physical health.

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A weekend that could change everything and nothing for Chelsea – The Athletic

In an executive suite at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, the scene at a Chelsea directors’ table was serene.

Club chairman Bruce Buck welcomed guests including Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia and British Olympians Lord Sebastian Coe and Sir Steve Redgrave. Savoring a starter of smoked fish, a main course of roast chicken and a cheesecake dessert, the cast were joined by technical and performance adviser Petr Cech, as well as the club’s loanee technical coach Carlo Cudicini.

In usual times, former Chelsea goalkeepers Cech and Cudicini may have shared their views on the performance of Edouard Mendy, who excelled in the Carabao Cup final loss to Liverpool, or the projection of Kepa Arrizabalaga, the goalkeeper who replaced Mendy for the shooting, failed. to save one of 11 penalties he faced and then missed the decisive shot.

Yet even a missed opportunity for silverware is unlikely to have overly concerned those handling the day-to-day running of Chelsea. After all, this weekend had been dominated by two statements published on the club’s website, first concerning owner Roman Abramovich and then the club’s view on the war in Ukraine.

On Saturday evening, Abramovich released a 110-word statement in which he said: “Today I entrust the trustees of the Chelsea Charitable Foundation with the management and care of Chelsea FC.” He concluded that he believed that “at present they are best placed to look after the interests of the club, the players, the staff and the supporters”.

On Sunday morning, the club released a second statement, this time in just 24 words: “The situation in Ukraine is horrific and devastating. Chelsea FC’s thoughts are with everyone in Ukraine. Everyone at the club is praying for peace.

Kindness Collective of Maine offers essential goods, support to those in need

LEWISTON — A Lewiston-based nonprofit hosted a get-together on Saturday to share the services it provides to the community.

The Kindness Collective of Maine is a family community support organization that helps homeless people, victims of domestic violence and struggling veterans by providing essential goods free of charge and no questions asked.

“Today’s event was just to get more people here to spread the word about our business,” said Bret Martel, co-founder of the organization. “We could let them know about our services and what we do. For anyone who wanted to come see what we have or know someone (in need), we invited them to come get whatever they saw and try to spread some good with it.

Working in partnership with other community organizations, such as Safe Voices and the REST Center, the Kindness Collective has pursued its goal of positively impacting the community through collective effort.

Bret Martel stocks the shelves Saturday at the Kindness Collective in Lewiston. Martel is a co-founder of the organization, which buys pallets of returned goods from Amazon and receives donations from the public. The items are then given to anyone who needs them, no questions asked. Andrée Kehn/Sun Journal

The organization operates out of a room in the Pepperell Mill filled with toys, books, furniture and clothing. Its inventory comes from Amazon return pallets, which contain items returned by customers. Instead of returning items to the original manufacturers, Amazon sells them at discounted prices.

Pallets are divided into categories, such as kitchen items or branded clothing.

Customers often arrive with vouchers for a certain number of items or which are sponsored by other community organizations in partnership with the Kindness Collective.

The space is laid out like a thrift store, with shelves lining the walls, overflowing bins on the floor, and a central table laden with clothes and gym bags.

“Sometimes there’s a sense of shame for people,” Martel said. “Instead of putting everything in place while we hand it over to them, we want it to feel natural. Part of the layout is so they can see things they hadn’t thought of.

Martel is a Lewiston resident and father of two who started the collective in 2021 to “put some good back into the community” as a personal atonement for his years of battling drug addiction.

Eddie, left, and Sonia Bermonty of Sabattus collect items Saturday at the Kindness Collective in Lewiston. The couple say they help those living in shelters. They are also collecting a few items for Sonia’s parents, who recently moved to the area, and a few items for themselves. The organization provides items at no cost and no questions asked. Andrée Kehn/Sun Journal

Now recovering, Martel leads the collective with his mother, Danelle “Sis” Martel, his girlfriend, Sharla McKenna, and his aunt, Joann Cody, who make up the board of directors.

Martel said he felt the idea of ​​a free store in a community where nothing else existed could bring change in a more personal way by encouraging self-improvement through positive reinforcement.

“We want to encourage them to keep working hard at what they do,” Martel said. “They’re doing something right, and we want to support that.”

Martel said since the Kindness Collective opened in March 2021, he has helped hundreds of families in the Lewiston-Auburn area, bringing in nearly $100,000 in retail value from pallets purchased from Amazon.

The organization is also accepting donations and plans to move into a larger space to house more inventory.

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New Yorker Lucas Stratmann performs at Carnegie Hall as one of the youngest musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


NEW YORK — One of Europe’s most prestigious orchestras has returned to Carnegie Hall for the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic.

Sunday evening marks the last performance of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. One of the youngest musicians on stage, hailing from New York City, gave CBS2’s Lisa Rozner some insight.

Lucas Stratmann’s passion for the violin began when he was only 3 years old.

“I feel the violin is part of me,” Stratmann said. “I think the biggest thing that is the instrument is allowing me to share this beautiful art that is out there.”

Stratmann, 25, grew up in Murray Hill, and while attending LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts, he enrolled in pre-college classes at the Julliard School.

“So Monday through Friday I would be a LaGuardia, then Saturday I would be at Julliard,” he said.

After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Julliard, the Dean recommended that Stratmann apply to the Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, where young musicians are trained through private lessons, chamber music and work with the orchestra.

Academy members travel all over the world with the ensemble. Stratmann was the only New Yorker accepted into the small program of a dozen musicians and moved to Austria last September.

“The lessons, they’ve been so inspiring,” Stratmann said. “The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best orchestras in the world and it was a privilege for me to be able to play with my colleagues.

“I want to combine what I learned here in the United States and at Julliard and hear a new perspective on things, it’s like the perfect combination for me,” Stratmann said.

Stratmann still plays a certain violin, created in 1926 by Italian master luthier Alberto Fernando Moglie, also curator at the Smithsonian.

“I’ve been playing this instrument for about 12 years,” Stratman said.

For some of the other members of the academy, this is their first time performing at Carnegie Hall.

“When we arrived at the airport, I really couldn’t believe my eyes were really there,” said Academy member and flautist Theresia Prinz. “Great life goal for every musician, I think.”

“They are part of the orchestra when they are with us,” said Karin Bonelli, academy teacher and flautist.

This is Bonelli’s fourth time playing at Carnegie Hall.

“Carnegie Hall is always a special place acoustically, but also for the audience. It’s very open and enthusiastic,” Bonelli said.

“The first concert, we’re playing an all-Rachmaninoff program. So we’re playing the second piano concerto as well as the second symphony, and they’re both such great works and I can’t wait to see what it’s going to be like at Carnegie Hall,” Stratmann said.

Stratmann won a coveted seat at the Vienna State Opera – an opportunity he said was only possible thanks to the Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The orchestra will tour other cities in the United States

Review jurisdiction cannot be invoked due to invalid reassessment by AO, says ITA

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In a remedy to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the Mumbai Bench of the Income Tax Appeal Tribunal (ITAT) has ruled that the Commissioner of Income Tax cannot invoke his review jurisdiction under the 263 of the Income Tax Act 1961 merely on the ground of an invalid decision. – valuation order placed by the valuation agent.

In this case, the Appraisal Officer (AO) had reopened the appraisal for the years concerned on the grounds that the appraisee had failed to disclose the true and complete facts necessary for the purposes of the appraisal and had thus issued a notice under Section 148 of the Income Tax Act. Act, 1961. The reassessment proceedings against the assessee were completed in 2018 with the AO accepting reimbursement of the assessee’s income. The reassessment was requested for review by the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (PCIT) against whom the assessee filed an appeal with the ITA.

The department argued that the valuation was requested by the PCIT on the basis that the AO had not wrongly disallowed the deduction of “investment transaction costs”, prima facie capital in nature, when computing income business of the assessee.

The Bench of ITA Mumbai, consisting of Members Kuldip Singh (Judicial Member) and Mr. Balaganesh (Accounting Member), ruled that where a valuation drafted by the Valuation Officer is invalid in law, said invalid order shall not cannot be reviewed. under Section 263 of the Income Tax Act 1961.

Section 263 of the Act empowers specified revenue authorities to review orders made under the Act if they consider that an order made by the assessment officer is wrong to the extent that it is detrimental to the interests income.

The Court observed that the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeal) (CIT(A)) in his order had already ruled on the disallowance of “investment transaction fees” under Section 14A of the Act and that the same transaction was to be considered and added by the PCIT in its review proceedings under Section 263 of the Act. The court held that the order issued by CIT(A) became final since no appeal was preferred by the assessee. Furthermore, the appeal filed by the tax authorities against the CIT (A) decree was rejected by the ITAT. The court observed that, pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (c) of Explanation 1 to Section 263(1) of the Act, a matter which has already been considered and decided by the CIT(A) cannot subject to review by the PCIT under Section 263 of the Act.

Quashing the review order, the Court ruled that “When an assessment framed by ld. AO is untenable in the eyes of the law, said invalid and illegal order cannot be the subject of proceedings under section 263. On this point also, the review order passed by ld. PCIT Act u/s.263 deserves to be struck down.

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Mathew Rosengart Talks Representing Britney Spears in Guardianship Case


Mathew Rosengart said his time at Boston College Law School and his experiences in the legal field were instrumental in his success in representing Britney Spears in her conservatorship case.

“The things I learned as a student at BC Law and everything I learned throughout my career helped me [represent] Britney,” said Rosengart, BC Law ’87.

Rosengart, a partner at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, returned to BC Law to talk about his career as this year’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday.

According to Diane Ring, acting dean of BC Law, Rosengart has represented many high-profile clients, ranging from public figures such as Steven Spielberg and Keanu Reeves to well-known corporations such as Facebook and Verizon. More recently, he has come to public attention for portraying Spears in the battle to end her conservatorship.

The guardianship has named her father, Jamie Spears, responsible for her personal and financial affairs. In July 2021, Spears replaced her court-appointed attorney with Rosengart, according to British Columbia Law Magazine. Rosengart won Spears’ release from her conservatorship on November 12.

In an email to HeightsRosengart said he thought about some issues before taking on Spears’ case, but ultimately felt compelled to take on the case and was extremely honored to represent Spears. .

Rosengart wanted to make sure Spears had “a lawyer and a lawyer to zealously represent her best interests,” he said.

“Why do even the most heinous criminals have the right to have their own lawyer… [but] Not Britney Spears? he said.

Rosengart said he approached the case with the original intention of suspending Spears’ father “affirmatively and aggressively” so that his team could gain access to the legal records his father had.

The media reacted negatively to the strategy of hanging Spears’ father first, according to Rosengart, with many wanting him to end the conservatorship immediately. But, Rosengart said he pursued that strategy and blocked that comment.

Rosengart said he was both humbled and proud to have been able to help Spears.

“The system doesn’t always work and you will have disappointments, but there is no greater feeling than using the system correctly and helping someone through it,” he said.

Prior to representing Spears, Rosengart worked in various legal fields.

After earning his BC law degree, Rosengart said he was determined to pursue a federal articling position. But instead, he worked for former Supreme Court Justice David Souter when Souter was a state judge in New Hampshire.

“I went with my heart and I went with the Secretary of State, and I had the best time a new lawyer could ever have,” he said.

After leaving his internship in New Hampshire, Rosengart said he started working as a federal prosecutor.

“My proudest moment as a federal prosecutor was carrying out the Department of Justice’s mission statement, which was to deliver justice, whatever that may mean. [under the circumstances],” he said.

After serving as a prosecutor for years, Rosengart said he wanted to “do [his] own imprint,” and took the opportunity to move to Los Angeles, where he worked on his first high-profile case for Oscar-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan.

Josh Ferraro, BC Law ’22, said he attended the conference to learn more about Rosengart’s impressive career path.

“I really appreciated the opportunity to hear about his professional history, especially his experience with British Columbia and his experience working with Judge Souter when he was in New Hampshire,” Ferraro said, wearing a shirt with Rosengart’s face on it. “So it was great to learn more about his story [and] the things he did.

If BC law students work hard and build strong relationships with the people they meet, Rosengart said they can be successful.

“Relationships matter, doing a good job through relationships matters, and that can lead to a big breakup,” he said. “There is no direct roadmap, it’s all about getting the job done and working hard, striving for excellence and doing it with passion.”

Rosengart said the law is important because it can help make a difference in society as well as in the lives of individuals.

“Lawyers have the power to change people’s lives, and each of you will have the power to change a life,” he said.

Rosengart ended his lecture by reading part of BC Law Mission Statement.

“We seek to build a diverse student body not just to be good lawyers, but to be lawyers who live good lives and who will be willing to seek and find meaningful work in the service of others that will enrich their communities,” the statement reads.

Rosengart said he hopes BC law students will work to fulfill this mission.

“I aspired to do it,” Rosengart said. “I still have a lot to do. I hope you aspire to do it. I hope you succeed. I know you can.”

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Volunteers continue to receive care at the free clinic in Southwest Washington

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, a Vancouver-based organization that provides free health services to uninsured people, is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year, scheduled for May 5.

The annual Sam Beall Breakfast fundraiser — named after the organization’s founder — went virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will also be held virtually this year. The organization hopes to raise $40,000 at the event, a much-needed boost after a tough year for healthcare providers.

“It’s been an interesting year for the clinic with COVID,” spokeswoman Pam Knepper said. “It finally looks like we’re coming out of this, but as a healthcare provider, we’re concerned about keeping everyone safe.”

The health services offered by the clinic, located at 4100, rue Plomondon, are made possible thanks to the organization’s 300 volunteers — doctors, nurses, dentists and others who offer their services free of charge.

The organization serves about 6,500 uninsured patients a year, according to Knepper.

The organization has seen a reduction in the number of volunteers throughout the pandemic, Knepper said. Many of the organization’s volunteers are retired medical professionals, and some have had to discontinue their services to avoid risking exposure. Now, as COVID-19 cases begin to decline, many volunteers are returning and the clinic is offering increased services.

NY-21 candidate Farrell drops out | News, Sports, Jobs

Bridie Farrell, the Democratic candidate in the race to represent New York’s 21st congressional district, announced in a statement Friday that she would end her bid to unseat Representative Elise Stefanik.

Farrell, a former nationally ranked speed skater and advocate for sexual assault victims, said she has decided to end her campaign “after reviewing the new district maps.”

“New York’s 21st District now has a 23-point Republican advantage instead of the eight-point margin it had when I launched my campaign,” she says. “I see no more path to victory for a Democrat in this race.”

The Democratic-majority state legislature this month passed a major reconfiguration of congressional districts across the state, including NY-21. A lawsuit challenging the redistricting effort has been filed by a group of Republican voters in the state Supreme Court.

“I am proud of our campaign. It was entirely driven by you and made possible by your support,” Farrell, of North River, said in a statement Friday. “This support has traveled throughout the North Country where I have heard from constituents about what our leaders need to focus on. These needs include jobs, child care, education, health care, housing, broadband and so on. Even with this list, what I still heard was a united love and admiration for the North Country and our region.

“I always sincerely believe that there is more that unites us than divides us”, she added. “I hope you will too, and that you will remain engaged in the beautiful and fragile process of American democracy.”

Farrell grew up in Saratoga Springs. She started competing in speed skating at the national level at a very young age and hoped to make it to the Olympics. At age 12, she was the third-fastest short-track speed skater in the nation, according to Saratoga Living magazine. Later in life, she revealed that she was sexually and psychologically abused by her mentor, then 33-year-old Olympic silver medalist Andy Gabel.

Farrell is the founder of America Loves Kids, a nonprofit organization that advocates for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Farrell announced his candidacy for NY-21 last July. Since then, she has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars – $247,957, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Democrats Matt Castelli, a former CIA counterterrorism official; Matt Putorti, a Whitehall lawyer; and Wilton resident Ezra Watson are also showing up to represent NY-21. So far, Putorti is the main fundraiser for the Democratic candidates. He raised $533,471 and has $261,112 in cash, according to the FEC. Castelli, who was endorsed by most NY-21 county Democratic committees, raised $442,372 and has $289,001 in cash. Watson raised $3,562 and has $1,681 in cash.

Republican candidate Lonny Koons, a lorry driver from West Leyden, also threw his hat in the ring to represent NY-21. He raised $7,856 and has $869 in cash.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, easily outscored her opponents with more than $3.1 million in cash and more than $4.5 million raised, according to the FEC.

Alex DeGrasse, Stefanik’s senior adviser, said in a statement that he was “no surprises” that Farrell killed her “failed” countryside. He said “Democrats in upstate New York and across the country are in total freefall.” He also panned the remaining Democratic candidates.

“We look forward to crushing any radical extremists who make it through the Democratic primary again, and we expect more Democrats to drop out to avoid embarrassment,” says DeGrasse.

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Philadelphia Auto Show Returns to PA Convention Center


PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 25 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Greater Philadelphia Automobile Dealers Association, owner and producer of the Philadelphia Auto Show, announces details for its 2022 event, which is set to return to the PA Convention Center beginning March 5 – 13.

“Philadelphia, it’s time to move from idling to driving,” said Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. “We’re fueled, recharged and ready to welcome guests back for one of the city’s most beloved events.”

Spanning over half a million square feet, the 2022 Philadelphia Auto Show exhibit floor will include several new features as well as fan favorites. This year marks the 120and edition of the event. Highlights include:

The e-Track: The show’s first-ever multi-brand electric vehicle test track will be a key feature of this year’s event. At e-Track, consumers will be able to ride electric vehicles from select manufacturers through an indoor track and experience the capabilities of their entries in this growing automotive segment.

The showroom: Guests will again be invited to experience the latest and greatest developments from some of today’s leading automakers in “The Showroom”.

Jeep & Toyota Ride & Drive camp: Camp Jeep returns to provide attendees with the ultimate indoor off-road driving experience via a one-of-a-kind 30,000 square foot track with an exhilarating climb. In addition, Toyota will once again offer its guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of several of its latest models via its exterior Ride and Drive, located at 12and and Arch Streets.

Back in the day: On Back-in-the-Day Way, located in the beautiful Great Hall of the PA Convention Center, guests will take a trip down memory lane and discover vehicles of yesteryear thanks to the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Classic Auto Mall .

Exotics and more: Dozens of the world’s most stylish vehicles will also be showcased at this year’s event. Always a crowd pleaser, guests will be able to ooh and ahh all day thanks to FC Kerbeck, main line Maserati and McLaren Philadelphia.

Custom driveway: Featured in Hall F of the PA Convention Center, Custom Alley will feature a plethora of rides, bikes and the latest in aftermarket excitement.

Ticket information: All tickets will be sold electronically this year at phillyautoshow.com. Ticket prices are $10 to $16.

Health and Safety Information: All guests are encouraged to visit phillyautoshow.com prior to their visit to verify the latest health and safety requirements in the city of Philadelphia.

For more than a century, the Philadelphia Auto Show has raised awareness among area consumers and supported the local economy. It generates an annual economic impact of $50 million for the city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit phillyautoshow.com.


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Live updates: Russian troops push towards Ukrainian capital


Update on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis:

KYIV, Ukraine — As Russian troops continued their offensive on Friday, intense fighting also raged in the east of the country.

Russian troops entered the city of Sumy near the border with Russia which is on a highway leading to Kiev from the east. Regional Governor Dmytro Zhivitsky said Ukrainian forces fought Russian troops in the city overnight, but other Russian convoys continued to drive west towards the Ukrainian capital.

“Military vehicles from Sumy are heading towards Kyiv,” Zhivitsky said. “A lot of equipment has passed and is heading directly west.”

Zhivitsky added that another town in the northeast, Konotop, was also under siege. He urged people in the area to fight Russian forces.


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The International Criminal Court prosecutor said he was “closely following recent developments in and around Ukraine with growing concern.”

Karim Khan released a statement on Twitter on Friday during a visit to Bangladesh, where he is investigating crimes against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.

Khan said he had alerted “all parties conducting hostilities on the territory of Ukraine” that Ukraine had accepted the tribunal’s jurisdiction.

This means that “my office can exercise its jurisdiction and investigate any act of genocide, crime against humanity or war crime committed on the territory of Ukraine since February 20, 2014,” Khan added.

He said “anyone who commits such crimes, including ordering, instigating or otherwise contributing to the commission of such crimes may be liable to prosecution in the Court.”

Khan added that since neither Russia nor Ukraine are member states of the court, his office has no jurisdiction over the crime of aggression in the conflict.

The International Criminal Court is the world’s permanent court for war crimes. It was created in 2002 to prosecute atrocities in countries where local authorities are unable or unwilling to carry out trials.


KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military is reporting heavy fighting northwest of the nation’s capital as Russian forces appear to be trying to advance on Kyiv from the north.

The army said on Friday morning that a bridge crossing a river had been destroyed in the Ivankiv region, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Kyiv.

“The hardest day will be today. The enemy’s plan is to break through with tank columns from the side of Ivankiv and Chernihiv to Kiev. Russian tanks burn perfectly when hit by our ATGMs (anti-tank guided missiles),” Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko said on Telegram.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began Thursday morning with a series of missile strikes, many on key government and military installations, quickly followed by a three-pronged ground assault. Ukrainian and US officials said Russian forces were attacking from the east towards Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city; the southern region of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014; and Belarus to the north.


TOKYO — Ukraine’s ambassador to Japan is urging China to join international efforts to stop the Russian “massacre” in his country as Beijing does not criticize Moscow’s actions.

“We would be very happy if China exercised its ties with Russia and spoke to Putin and explained to him that it is inappropriate in the 21st century to carry out this massacre in Europe,” Ukrainian diplomat Sergiy Korsunsky told a conference of press in Tokyo.

China has not criticized Russia for its actions against Ukraine and has joined in verbal attacks on Washington and its allies.

“I believe China can take a much more active role in working with Putin in a way that we expect from civilized countries,” he said.

Korsunsky also requested support from the United States and its allies to provide missile defense equipment to counter Russian cruise missile attacks. He said Ukraine wanted to join NATO and called for its support in resolving the conflict.


KYIV, Ukraine — Explosions are heard before dawn in Kyiv as Western leaders schedule an emergency meeting and Ukraine’s president calls for international help.

The nature of the explosions was not immediately clear, but the blasts came amid signs that Ukraine’s capital and largest city were under increasing threat after a day of fighting that left more than 100 Ukrainians dead.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the government had information that “subversive groups” were encroaching on the city, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Kiev “may well come under siege” in what officials Americans see it as a brazen attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin. to dismantle the government and replace it with its own regime.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told lawmakers in a phone call that Russian mechanized forces that entered from Belarus were about 20 miles from Kiev, according to a person familiar with the call.


BEIJING — The Chinese Embassy in Ukraine said it is organizing evacuation flights for Chinese citizens. An embassy statement on Friday said conditions in Ukraine had “sharply deteriorated”, but made no mention of the Russian invasion.

The embassy gave no details on where the evacuation flights would depart from. He also did not say when the charter flights might take place, saying the scheduling will depend on the “flight security situation”.

It says travelers need to be excited and ready to react quickly once flight schedules are announced. Passengers must have a passport from China, Hong Kong or Macau or a “Taiwan Compatriot Card”.

The embassy previously advised Chinese in Ukraine to stay at home and put a Chinese flag on their vehicles if they planned to travel long distances.


MANILA, Philippines – The head of Philippine diplomacy has said he will travel to Ukraine’s border with Poland to ensure the safety of Filipinos fleeing the Eastern European country currently under attack by Russian forces.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. did not specify in his tweet on Friday where he is going. He also did not say how many of the approximately 380 Filipinos in Ukraine are trying to flee amid the Russian invasion.

Locsin expressed his gratitude to Poland for agreeing to accept fleeing Filipinos without entry visas.

The Philippines did not condemn Russia’s assault on Ukraine but called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Its outgoing chairman, Rodrigo Duterte, has been a vocal Asian critic of US security policies and has had close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jingping.


BRUSSELS — European Union leaders are standing together after a six-hour meeting in which they agreed on a second package of economic and financial sanctions against Russia.

EU Council president accuses Russia of using ‘false pretexts and bad excuses’ to justify invasion of Ukraine, says sanctions will hurt government

The legal texts of the agreed sanctions are expected to be finalized overnight and submitted for approval to EU foreign ministers on Friday.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the package included targeting 70% of Russia’s banking market and major state-owned companies.

She says Russia’s energy sector will also be targeted “making it impossible for Russia to upgrade its refineries.” And there will be a ban on sales of software, semiconductors and airliners to Russia.


UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council will vote on Friday on a resolution that would condemn Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine “in the strongest terms.” It would also demand an immediate halt to the Russian invasion and the withdrawal of all Russian troops.

A senior US official said the Biden administration was aware the measure would be vetoed by Russia, but believes it is very important to put the resolution to a vote to underscore the international isolation of the country. Russia.

The official said the council’s vote would be followed by a resolution passed quickly in the 193-member United Nations General Assembly, where there is no veto.

The final draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, would reaffirm the council’s commitment “to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. “.

The council is due to vote at 3 p.m. EST on Friday.


KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 137 civilians and military personnel have been killed so far during the Russian invasion of his country.

He calls them “heroes” in a video address posted early Friday in which he also says hundreds more have been injured.

Zelenskyy says that despite Russia’s assertion that it only attacks military targets, civilian sites have also been hit. In his words: “They kill people and turn peaceful towns into military targets. It is disgusting and will never be forgiven.

The president said that all border guards on the island of Zmiinyi in the Odessa region were killed on Thursday. Earlier in the day, the Ukrainian Border Guard Service announced that the island had been taken by the Russians.


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Palo Alto neighborhoods littered with anti-Semitic flyers | News


Dozens of anti-Semitic flyers were found Sunday morning around Palo Alto, one of several Bay Area towns where hate-motivated misinformation has recently spread, Palo Alto police confirmed Tuesday.

The slips of paper attempt to blame Jewish officials for the COVID-19 pandemic and identify a list of many federal officials as Jewish. The same misinformation is spreading across the country. The flyers were in zip-top plastic bags loaded with rice, possibly to keep them from being blown away, police Lt. Con Maloney said.

“The flyers directed people to a website with various videos espousing certain points of view, many of them on topics of a political nature,” he said.

They were dumped on the front end of private property, many near or on the sidewalk. The locations appear to be random and the same flyers were distributed over a wide area in the northern part of Palo Alto, including the Barron Park and Old Palo Alto neighborhoods.

“There is no indication that the recipients of the flyers were targeted in any way. Police do not know who distributed the flyers,” Maloney said. “We have seen reports of similar, if not identical, flyers being distributed elsewhere in the state and across the country in recent weeks. This was not unique to Palo Alto.”

In a statement released Tuesday evening, the City of Palo Alto said Sunday’s incident, which occurred in multiple neighborhoods, raises community concerns about hate crimes and hate incidents and follows calls from religious leaders, city council and civic leaders for a community response of belonging and kindness.

“Our community is strengthened by its diversity. We call on all to come together in support of our neighbors and our community values. We are inspired by the grace of Rabbi (Yosef) Levin and Santa Clara County Attorney (Jeff) Rosen. who have asked us to respond to these despicable acts with deliberate acts of kindness and kindness toward one another. Together, we can defeat the individuals who would attempt to undermine our goodwill,” said Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt.

“These types of acts remind us all that hate crimes and incidents are serious and are taken seriously by Palo Alto Police Department personnel,” said Police Chief Robert Jonsen. “We will continue to review information as it becomes available to determine if any criminal charges should be brought before the District Attorney for review. Similar, if not identical, flyers have been distributed in other cities. from the Bay Area and elsewhere in the past few weeks.”

The anti-Semitic flyers were found in Danville on Thursday, February 3, the city’s public information officer Nicola Shihab said in a statement. The city has been made aware of pamphlets posted on the Iron Horse Trail, which is under the jurisdiction of the East Bay Regional Park District. A city maintenance crew was dispatched to the area, but they did not locate any of the flyers. Shihab said the city believes members of the public removed all the materials.

“Flyers obviously go against our values ​​in Danville,” she said, noting that the city Commitment to Inclusivity Webpage. “Our city mission statement focuses on providing services that improve people’s lives. In pursuit of this mission, we are committed to inclusivity, welcoming families and people from all walks of life to live, work and visit.

“We value dialogue and respectful differences of opinion. Our differences can make us stronger, but respect is key. We will not condone or condone violence, intimidation or hatred in any form. where we celebrate diversity, dignity and equality for all members of our community,” she said.

While its authors claimed the flyers “were randomly distributed without malicious intent,” members of the Jewish community said the spread of such misinformation was a concerted effort by a group determined to spread extremist views to foment hatred. The flyers were also dropped off in Tiburon and El Cerrito last week, said Rabbi Serena Eisenberg, regional director of the American Jewish Committee Northern California.

“It’s sickening. We know anti-Semitism is on the rise in other places, and yet when the material is found in (your) hometown, it hits close to home,” said Eisenberg, who lives in Palo Alto.

The claim that Jews are somehow connected to COVID-19 is baseless and despicable, she said. It is reminiscent of medieval anti-Semitism when people spread the false claim that Jews had poisoned wells and caused bubonic plague in Europe. Today, anti-Semitic groups are trying to stoke fear and hatred by using the same trope again, she said.

Publicizing the actions of hate groups is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, Eisenberg said Jewish organizations don’t want to amplify fake messages from hate groups. But “we believe it is important to educate the public about the serious threats to the Jewish community,” she said.

Jews account for 60% of all religion-based hate crimes, but they only make up 2% of the population, she noted. More than 80% of the Jewish population who participated in a Survey 2021 by the American Jewish Committee believe that anti-Semitism is a growing problem. Only 40% of the general population does, she noted.

But hatred and misrepresentation have deadly consequences. The annual survey is being conducted on the anniversary of the 2018 mass shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Robert Gregory Bowers killed 11 people and injured seven others, including Holocaust survivors and police, according to news reports.

It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States and took place during morning services. Bowers, who was arrested for the mass shooting, had previously spread lies linking a Jewish aid organization to importing immigrants who he said were killing Americans.

Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen, who is also Jewish, said Tuesday he was disappointed and angry that a small fringe group was trying to sow hatred in the community.

It’s no coincidence that Palo Alto is the location in the South Bay that the anti-Semitic group chose to publish. “It’s the largest Jewish community in the Bay Area,” Rosen said. “This is an attempt to intimidate Jews.”

Barron Park, one of the neighborhoods in Palo Alto where the flyers were found, has many Jewish residents, he said.

Rosen noted the diversity and value that most locals place on inclusion and respect for the Bay Area’s melting pot of cultures and religions. Because of that, “I think these attempts will fail,” he said.

Rosen spoke with Chief Jonsen after learning of the incidents. Investigators will try to find the culprits and he is confident that they will succeed. But whether the flyers or their distribution are a crime is debatable. Hate crimes involve a crime such as vandalism or assault that is perpetrated out of hatred; flyers probably fall into the category of hate incidents.

Whether it’s actionable or not, Rosen said it’s important to identify the people behind hate literature and its distribution.

“I would love to have a conversation with some of these people to try and change their hearts and minds. I don’t know if it’s naive, but I would be willing to try,” he said.

Rabbi Yosef Levin of Chabad Palo Alto said the way to fight hate is through positivity and friendship.

“Darkness is an absence of light, and the way to fight darkness is to light a candle,” he said. “Good people have to do the opposite (of hate). That’s what I believe. What I feel I can do is I can teach people. At the same time, it’s extremely important to fight that with the light,” he said.

He recalled a story of anti-Semitic individuals breaking the window of a house displaying a menorah. In response, residents of every house in the neighborhood placed a menorah in their bay windows, he said.

“It’s a country that has been wonderful for the Jewish people,” he said. “That’s the real soul of this country. Its real soul is kindness and kindness,” he said.

The Palo Alto Human Relations Commission has made race and equity one of its top issues for the past two years. After several months of community engagement and community conversations about race and equity, City Council adopted a Race and Equity Mission Statement on November 16, 2020. Council voted on 16 more actions to make advancing equity work, from using police data to a community summit on gender equity issues. The Board has decided to continue this work through its Policy and Services Committee on an ongoing basis.

In March 2021, the council spoke out against violence directed at people of Asian descent.

The community can learn more about how to report hate crimes on medium.com/paloaltoconnect. For more information about the city’s work on race and equity, go to cityofpaloalto.org/raceandequity.

Additional information on hate crimes can be found on the California Department of Justice website, oag.ca.gov/hatecrimes.

The police department encourages reporting of any new incidents that may occur in the future, the city and police said in the joint statement. The City of Palo Alto encourages members of our community to promptly report hate crimes and hate incidents by calling its 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413, or 911 in an emergency. For confidential reports, visit cityofpaloalto.org.

How to help Ukrainians

There are many organizations, charities that accept donations

A view of the Ukrainian national flag flies above the capital with the Fatherland Monument on the right, in Kiev on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (Efrem Lukatsky, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Many people who read and watch a video of Russia’s large-scale attack on Ukraine may be wondering how they can help the Ukrainian people.

There are a number of organizations and charities that accept donations.

We have listed a few of them. You can click on the links to learn more about their missions and ways to help.

  • New Ukraine in a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
  • Ukrainians is a US-based foundation that seeks to help families who have suffered the challenges of war.
  • Ukrainian San Antonio is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Ukrainian heritage and promote a better understanding of Ukrainian history and culture.
  • United Help Ukraine, Inc.. is a non-profit charitable organization that receives and distributes donations, food and medical supplies to Ukrainian IDPs (internally displaced persons).

Before donating to charity, it’s a good idea to check with one of the nonprofit watchdog groups such as Charity Navigator, Guidestar, and Charity Watch that rate nonprofits on items such as:

  • Financial transparency.

  • How much is spent on professional fundraisers.

  • How much will actually help those the charity is meant to benefit.

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IIHS names safest cars, SUVs and trucks for 2022

From next year, it will be even more difficult to qualify for an award, as vehicles will have to perform well in two new tests that reflect the latest real dangers for motorists and other road users. It’s by design that testing becomes increasingly difficult, according to IIHS President David Harkey.

“One of the main reasons vehicles have continued to become safer in the more than 25 years since the [IIHS] started our scoring program is that we have never been shy about raising the bar,” Harkey said in a written statement. “The high number of Top Safety Pick+ winners shows it’s time to push for additional changes.”

Wallace agrees. “By making the standards more demanding over time, the IIHS and Consumer Reports push automakers to continually improve vehicle safety, and we give well-deserved praise to those who step up,” he says. “It’s a proven way to move the market.”

For 2023, vehicles will need to achieve a good score in a more severe side crash test to be a Top Safety Pick+, and at least an Acceptable score to be a Top Safety Pick. In the first round of IIHS testing, only one out of 20 small SUVs achieved this score. The new test is designed to replicate a higher-speed impact with a larger vehicle, such as a modern SUV or pickup truck, both of which are more common on US roads. It uses a sled that weighs 880 pounds more than the current one and hits 37 mph, a noticeable increase from 31 mph.

The other test assesses the night performance of automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems with pedestrian detection. While the vast majority of new vehicles are equipped with AEB systems designed to automatically brake for pedestrians, tests, including by the IIHS, show that they can struggle to detect moving pedestrians at night, when 73 % of accidents involving pedestrians occur. For 2023, vehicles will need to achieve an advanced or higher rating to qualify as Top Safety Pick+.

“We’ve seen a lot more cars in recent years come with city-speed AEB and pedestrian detection systems as standard, and that’s great news for safety,” Wallace says. “We will now have more robust, independent testing to ensure that these systems are effective in more challenging scenarios and continue to improve over time.”

Brooklyn’s historic Grand Prospect Hall destroyed


The face of Brooklyn’s beloved Grand Prospect Hall is gone.

Locals watched as the exterior of the iconic wedding venue was ripped off this week, exposing the interior of the building in an almost dollhouse-like mansion.

Area resident, artist and construction advocate Jim Glaser observed on Monday that the face of the 119-year-old structure had been torn off. The Victorian-era building sold for $22.5million last July after the May 2020 death of longtime owner Michael Halkias, who co-starred in the spoofed ‘SNL’ TV ad in which he and his wife Alice stood on the central staircase of the building and said, “We make your dreams come true!

For 35 years, the Halkias family have hosted events in the building, which is slated for demolition to be replaced by high-end housing.

“It’s sad to see the building in such a bad shape,” James Marlow, a Brooklyn resident and lifelong construction fan, told the Post of the current appearance of Grand Prospect Hall. “Sure, it was admittedly fading, but it added such character to what is otherwise a dreary strip overlooking the Prospect Freeway.”

The Faceless Building on Wednesday, February 23.
Jim Glaser
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Since Monday, the building no longer has a face.
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The freshly facadeless Grand Prospect Hall.
Jim Glaser

The fact that it is becoming a residential development and not another form of community space, he added, is deeply disappointing.

“I’m sure an adaptive reuse option would have been viable,” the New York native said.

In photos Marlow shared with The Post of the building at sunset in May 2020 – days after Halkias’ death – its fully intact facade shines gold in the fading light. By contrast, Glaser’s photos show that as the sun sets, the building is now gutted and full of internal shadows and a few structural beams.

“The sun is setting on South Park Slope and so much Brooklyn history,” Glaser said of the building’s freshly removed face. “The 130-year legacy of the Grand Prospect Hall sadly comes to an end as tons of rubble are swept away.”

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The building at sunset on May 13, 2020.
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Commission issues statement of objections in Illumina/Grail firearms inquiry as parties claim excess of jurisdiction


On September 20, 2021, the European Commission (“the Commission”) announced that it would issue a Statement of Objections outlining its preliminary findings that Illumina breached the standstill provisions of EU merger control rules. by closing its acquisition of Grail without waiting for clearance. .

Illumina is a leading provider of next-generation sequencing systems for genetic testing. Grail is a start-up that has developed an early detection test for cancer. Grail was previously a spin-off from Illumina, and its cancer screening test relies on Illumina’s sequencing systems.

This is the latest chapter in the saga resulting from the Commission’s first exercise of its ‘new approach’ to Article 22 of the EU Merger Regulation (‘EUTMR’) (see VBB on competition law, Volume 2021, n° 4). Article 22 allows the Commission to exercise jurisdiction over transactions which do not meet EU turnover thresholds but which are referred to it by one or more EU Member State competition authorities . Until recently, the Commission’s established approach was to only accept cases where the referring Member State had jurisdiction. This provided valuable legal certainty for companies whose transactions were too small to require notification in a Member State.

Earlier this year, the Commission announced that it would now accept merger referrals even in cases where the referring Member States themselves did not have jurisdiction over the transaction in question. The Commission claimed that this “new approach” would ensure that competitively significant acquisitions could no longer escape EU merger control simply because the parties’ turnover does not reach European or national notification thresholds.

On April 20, 2021, a few weeks after the official announcement of this policy change, the EU accepted jurisdiction to review the Illumina/Grail transaction following a referral request from a group of competition authorities. Member States, none of which had jurisdiction to examine the merger itself. After losing challenges in the French and Dutch courts to block the referral, Illumina filed an action for annulment with the General Court of the European Union (“CGE”), arguing that the Commission’s acceptance of the referral constituted a excess of his authority. This case is pending.

In the meantime, Illumina formally notified the transaction to the Commission for review on June 16, 2021. On July 22, 2021, the Commission announced its intention to open an in-depth Phase II investigation into the deal. The Commission expressed concern that as a result of the merger, Illumina would have an incentive to prevent Grail’s competitors from accessing its sequencing systems, which could hamper the development of competing cancer tests.

Illumina reacted to the Commission’s unprecedented exercise of jurisdiction with an equally unprecedented decision: it decided to close the acquisition even though it was being actively considered by the Commission. On August 18, 2021, Illumina announced that it would close the acquisition, but separate Grail until the Commission’s review is complete. However, Article 7(1) EUTMR prohibits an acquirer from implementing a notified transaction before it has received clearance from the Commission, whether or not the target is separately owned. Failure to comply with this standstill provision (known as “gun-jumping”) is liable to fines of up to 10% of the acquirer’s annual turnover.

On August 20, 2021, the Commission announced that it would continue an investigation into the diversion of weapons in this case. It has now issued a statement of objections, which offers a preliminary view that Illumina has indeed breached the standstill clause and allows the Commission to impose interim measures to separate Grail and Illumina until it concludes its investigation. In doing so, the Commission underlined its view that the parties could not resort to self-imposed “separate holding” agreements to avoid the standstill obligation imposed by the EUMS.

While it will likely conclude that the standstill obligation has been breached, the Commission’s ability to impose a fine will ultimately depend on its jurisdiction, as determined by the case pending before the EGC. A violation of recidivism can only occur when the parties are required to wait for the Commission to approve their transaction, which is only the case when the exercise of the Commission’s jurisdiction is legitimate.

The Commission seized on the Illumina/Grail case as a first chance to flex its jurisdictional muscles under Article 22 EUTMR. However, Illumina has shown that it will not accept this change in policy and is fighting back at every turn. This agreement will therefore prove to be an even more important test case than the Commission had anticipated.

If the Commission finally succeeds in extending its powers under Article 22 to cover transactions which do not meet either the EUTMR filing thresholds or those of any EU Member State, it will likely usher in an era of uncertainty. significantly higher for merging parties in Europe. Although Illumina made its deal during the Commission’s review (essentially inviting a firearms investigation), the Commission indicated that it intended to use Section 22 to agree the dismissal of agreements that the parties have already concluded on the basis of neither the EU nor any national merger. the control thresholds are reached. This will probably lead the Commission to make more use of interim measures to separate companies and to decide to unwind transactions that have already been concluded. These complex processes can already be observed in the UK, Facebook/Giphy (see VBB on competition law, Volume 2021, n° 4) being the most recent example. In short, it has never been more important for merging companies, in addition to standard jurisdictional analysis, to carefully consider any substantive competition concerns arising from agreements affecting the EU or the UK. , no matter how small.

Boss Design: adapting to the requirements of flexible workspaces


Boss Design: adapting to the requirements of flexible workspaces

Workplace demands and expectations have changed dramatically over the past two years. The office’s mission statement is being drafted and its role and function are being redefined. Mark Barrell, design director at a global furniture manufacturer Boss designargues that the rise of hybrid or blended working – and 80% of Boss clients have adopted this model – means offices need to become “destination spaces,” or rather a series of different destination spaces.

Fundamentally, says Barrell, time spent in the shared workplace is now less about routine and prescribed shifts and more about a goal. And people will need different types of workspace depending on that purpose.

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The new Amelia chair by Boss Design is a decidedly modern wingback, a cleverly designed cocoon offering visual and acoustic privacy.  Image courtesy of Boss Design
The new Amelia chair by Boss Design is a decidedly modern wingback, a cleverly designed cocoon offering visual and acoustic privacy. Image courtesy of Boss Design
More choice

Boss’s clients include Google, Microsoft, British Airways and PwC, so Barrell has a pretty good idea of ​​market needs. “People will have more choices,” he says, “choosing where they want to work and controlling the match between the most appropriate place to work and the tasks that need to be done that day- the”.

The rise of hybrid or mixed work means that offices must become “destination spaces”, or rather a series of different destination spaces.

The office is now primarily a place to connect with company culture, collaborate with teammates, and learn or pass on learning, says Barrell. Upside-down, focused office work will still happen, but rows of work desks and chairs are clearly an outdated model of office organization. “The best work environments offer a combination of work, interaction and relaxation,” he says.

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Durability, flexibility and reusability are the keys to sustainable design.  Amelia's upholstery can be easily replaced when it shows signs of wear, while the leather version will simply improve with age.  Image courtesy of Boss Design
Durability, flexibility and reusability are the keys to sustainable design. Amelia’s upholstery can be easily replaced when it shows signs of wear, while the leather version will simply improve with age. Image courtesy of Boss Design
Reinventing the wing chair

Barrell argues that a key trend right now is a loosening up of office layouts and fixtures, not forced or contrived domestication, but a greater emphasis on comfort and more relaxed settings. Chief‘ New Amelia wing chair exemplifies this trend.

Chief Designer Aaron Clarkson wanted to create an iconic silhouette that could stand the test of time but also a chair that had visual and real softness and tactility. With Amelia, Clarkson elegantly reimagines the traditional rear fender in a unique, gently curved shape and worked with the master upholsterers at Boss to ensure multiple fabrics work perfectly with its simple organic lines. In the office environment, Amelia becomes a sort of instant cozy cocoon, providing visual and acoustic privacy. Amelia can also be configured with one of four different bases and with standard or plush upholstery.

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Boss Design's Mews System enhances the workbench with softer, natural materials and professionally designed lighting for video conferencing.  Image courtesy of Boss Design
Boss Design’s Mews System enhances the workbench with softer, natural materials and professionally designed lighting for video conferencing. Image courtesy of Boss Design
Sustainability in the foreground

Boss has also kept sustainability front and center in the design of Ameliaminimizing waste during manufacture, but also using durable materials – molded polyurethane foam over a steel support frame – which means that tired and worn upholstery can be easily replaced to breathe new life into the chair .

While many offices have focused on providing spaces for team collaboration, Barrell says, they’ve paid less attention to providing space for short one-on-one meetings, video conferences and focused work. , the spaces where post-collaborative action actually occurs.

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The contemporary office should be designed around collaboration, culture and learning, says Mark Barrell, director of Boss Design.  Image courtesy of Boss Design
The contemporary office should be designed around collaboration, culture and learning, says Mark Barrell, director of Boss Design. Image courtesy of Boss Design
Modular and flexible workspaces

While working pods provide welcome private space, Barrell argues that most are not pleasant, productive places. The new boss Mews modular module system offers softer and more textured natural materials, but also better acoustics, better air quality and lighting suitable for videoconferencing. As Barrell says, Teaming, Zoom and the like are now a permanent feature of professional life and Boss has worked with photographers and videographers when creating the lighting for Alleyensuring that your screen presence is as perfect as possible.

the Mews pod system was also designed to create a usable work and meeting space between the modules, which can also be closed with a curtain for more privacy. “We believe that successful workplace planning, now perhaps more than ever, relies on high levels of flexibility, modularity and adaptability,” says Barrell.

Alleged victims of abuse at Parmadale orphanage ask others to speak out

CLEVELAND — Decades-old abuse allegations against the Catholic Church came to the fore on Tuesday. A national organization is supporting people who claim they suffered severe abuse as children at the former Parmadale children’s home in Parma.

Dr Robert Hoatson and Carolyn Mason held a press conference on Tuesday to talk about his time in Parmadale in the 1960s. You may remember Carolyn from the News 5 investigation which broke the news of the physical abuse allegations against some nuns in Parmadale.

RELATED: ‘I was scared’ – Women say they were beaten and abused by nuns at the Parma children’s home in the 1960s

Hoatson founded Road to Recovery, Inc. in New Jersey. It is a non-profit group that helps victims of abuse with their complaints against the Catholic Church.

“And the Church claims to be, it seems, the most moral institution in the world and it acts in the most immoral way when it comes to this issue,” Hoatson said.


Hoatson called on the Catholic dioceses in Cleveland to release all records they hold against all priests, nuns and laity.

News 5 has reached out to the Sisters of Charity and the diocese to ask for their side of the story.

A statement from the Sisters of Charity read, “All aspects of the process are confidential…and the process is not over. Their full statement can be found at the end of this story.

The Diocese responded Tuesday evening after our story aired, saying the Diocese reported one of the victims’ allegations to the Cuyahoga County District Attorney, Cuyahoga County Child and Family Services, and the diocesan review committee, which investigates the allegation. You can also read the full statement from the diocese at the end of this story.

Meanwhile, News 5 investigators have new information about the child abuse allegations. Since the airing of this story, efforts have been made to provide advice to former children of the Parmadale Children’s Home. There was also an open investigation and even talks about restitution.

“Reading these is very moving,” said Debbie Demming, who was part of our original investigation. She told us about the messages she received from others who were also in Parmadale as children in the 1960s.


“Hello, Debbie. I was moved to tears,” read a message Demming received. “I remember the beatings vividly.”

Another person wrote, “I and many of my friends were beaten badly for no reason.”

Another person said, “A lot of tears seeing the others come forward broke my heart.”

Demming first came out publicly with News 5 Investigators last month about allegations of serious emotional and physical abuse by nuns in Parmadale. She specifically focused on Sister Myra Wasikowski and said the nun stripped and beat her, left scars on her head and punished her in a disgusting way.

“If you didn’t eat your food or got sick at the table, she would make you eat your vomit,” Demming said during our first report.

Carolyn Mason has shared similar stories of abuse, and she too has heard of people who were once children in Parmadale.

“I’m not just one,” Mason told us. “I think I counted about 25 [people who got in touch] so far on Sister Myra alone.


Since the publication of our story, Mason and Demming told us that they had been in contact with the Sisters of Charity. This group offered to provide free advice and talked about the compensation process.

“Have you ever mentioned restitution?” we asked Demming.

“I haven’t. They talked about it first,” she replied.

“They said, ‘Put a number on it,'” Mason said. “What number to ask for four years of a child’s life? And then the recurring problems of each year that go back? she added crying.

“How do you say, ‘Okay, $2 million will take that away.’ It probably won’t happen,” Demming told us.


The women said the Sisters of Charity had assembled a committee to review their claims and hired an investigator. He was an employee of the Ohio Attorney General’s office who obtained special authorization to conduct the private, outside investigation. Women told us they were concerned about this because the Attorney General’s office is supposed to hold organizations accountable and not have one of its own employees working for the organizations in question. We asked the Auditor General’s office about this. He said, “no comment.”


The women also said the Sisters of Charity and others told them they should not have made the abuse allegations public.

“The only lady [from Sisters of Charity] said I never should have gone to the news,” Mason said.

“Would you be where you are now if you hadn’t spoken publicly with News 5?” we asked.

“Probably not. Probably not. We would be back to square one where we have always been,” Demming replied.

Now that their stories are known, they want the nuns to speak out.

“I’m sure there are still nuns who were in Parmadale who are alive and aware of what happened there,” Demming said.

They want more people who were kids in Parmadale to come forward publicly.

“You can close that door on him,” Mason said. “End that part of your life so it doesn’t haunt you.”

They also encourage people like those who contacted Demming to speak out publicly.

“Sister Myra was so evil,” she read in her posts.

“She asked a girl to put out cigarettes on my arm,” another wrote.

“(We were) not only threatened but abused,” Demming read aloud. “And the aftershock continues.”

Here is the full statement from the Sisters of Charity:

“The investigator hired by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine has experience in these delicate situations and was recommended by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. We hired the investigator after learning of an individual’s allegations of abuse while receiving care at the former Parmadale Children’s Village in St. Vincent de Paul.

The investigator has our full cooperation and operates independently in the investigation of this matter.

Protecting the most vulnerable is at the heart of our healing ministry. Hurting people, especially children, goes against all the values ​​we stand for. If the allegations regarding the old Parmadale facility are true, we will take all possible steps to ensure this does not happen again. The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has extensive policies, training, education, compliance, and other related issues for child protection.

As this remains an active investigation, we will have no further comment at this time.

Below is the full statement from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland:

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland takes very seriously allegations of sexual abuse of Ms. Mason by an unidentified priest in Parmadale in the 1960s. The Diocese reported the allegation to the Cuyahoga County District Attorney, Child Services and to the family of Cuyahoga County, and the Diocesan Board of Review, which is investigating the allegation.

The Diocese’s dedication to child protection is embodied in its policy for the safety of children from sexual abuse and demonstrated through its awareness raising, abuse prevention training, screening, reporting of allegations to civil authorities and its independent review commission to investigate allegations. The Diocese’s policy and practices have been audited by an independent auditor annually since 2004, and each year the auditors have found the Diocese to be in compliance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and young people.

In keeping with its commitment to share appropriate information with the public, the diocese has published on its website a list of the names of diocesan clerics who have been removed from office following child sexual abuse or against whom the subject of a complaint based on an allegation of child sexual abuse.

The diocese continues to pray for Ms Mason and for anyone who has experienced or been affected by child abuse. Anyone who suspects a cleric has committed child abuse should report their suspicions to law enforcement and the Diocese’s Confidential Response Line by phone at 216-334-2999 or by email at response_services@dioceseofcleveland.org.

Planters Bank donates over $35,000 to area nonprofits

Hopkinsville, Kentucky – During Planters Bank’s eighth annual giving season, 12 community organizations were supported in Western Kentucky and Tennessee.

Planters Bank’s donation campaign enabled 12 area organizations to receive a total of $35,630.11.

Planters Bank’s giving season is a banking tradition that aims to support community organizations.

Planters Bank CEO Elizabeth McCoy said, “Every organization we have supported this giving season is supporting children in every one of our communities. Whether it’s providing shoes, food, or experiences, each of these 12 organizations has such an impact on our communities, and we’re thrilled to be able to support them.

Planters Bank worked with a local small business to produce two special personalized gift items for gift giving season – a Kentucky gift and a Tennessee gift, sold at every Planters Bank branch. Planters Bank purchased the items directly, allowing 100% of the purchase price of these items ($20/gift) to be donated to Season of Giving organizations.

Featured Organizations and Branches

  • FUEL – Planters Bank, Rossview (Clarksville) – $1,170.00
  • Happy Feet – Planters Bank, Providence – $700.00
  • Dream Chasers – Planters Bank, Hilldale (Clarksville) – $1,080.00
  • Union County Happy Packs – Planters Bank, Sturgis – $15,125.00
  • Boys and Girls Club – Planters Bank, Main (Hopkinsville) – $2,361.70
  • The Caleb Cares Project – Planters Bank, Sango (Clarksville) – $1,700.00
  • Happy Feet – Planters Bank, Princeton – $1,000.00
  • Men2Be – Planters Bank, Indian Hills (Hopkinsville) – $1,381.71
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – Planters Bank, Commerce (Clarksville) – $1,420.00
  • Family Resource and Youth Services Center – Planters Bank, Dawson Springs – $940.00
  • Imagination Library – Planters Bank Boulevard (Hopkinsville) – $1,931.70
  • CASA of Midwest KY – Planters Bank, Sebree – $6,820.00

Season of Giving started as a fun way to bring attention to Planters Bank-supported organizations and has grown into a program the bank and its employees look forward to every year. Planters Bank would like to thank the community for their generosity in helping to support local organizations year after year.

Visit Planters Bank’s Facebook and Instagram to see photos and videos of nonprofits receiving their donations and learn more about Planters Bank’s philanthropic efforts expectgreatthingsbank.com/giving.

About Planters Bank

Planters Bank is headquartered in Hopkinsville, KY, and has twelve locations in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. Planters Bank is a community bank committed to providing an exceptional banking experience while giving back to the community.

To learn more about Planters Bank, visit www.plantersbankonline.com.

Grand Ridge will have $8.5 million. city-wide improvements


GRAND RIDGE, Fla. (WMBB) — Grand Ridge officials said their sewage and water systems needed a serious upgrade.

With the help of the state, they can finally afford to make these improvements.

“A place our size, less than 1,000 customers, there’s no way we could have made more than $8.5 million in improvements to our infrastructure,” Councilwoman Kimberly Applewhite said. “So we certainly appreciate the State of Florida and Ron DeSantis for taking care of the places affected by Hurricane Michael.”

Applewhite said the $7.5 million in community development block grants will cover citywide sanitary sewer rehabilitation and upgrades.

This will include the installation of 19 diversion pumps, emergency power generators and more.

“After Hurricane Michael, employees were working around the clock, around the clock, to make sure the lift stations were in place. We haven’t had power for a while,” Applewhite said. “They still had to make sure the lift stations were working. We didn’t have any emergency generators as this pot of money will provide us with that.

Public Works Supervisor Kevin Applewhite said this upgrade would help them immensely.

“It’s going to help us in the long run to just update our facilities, keep our employees and customers happy with everything, and just upgrade our system to where it will work more efficiently,” he said.

A second requested grant of an estimated $1 million will go towards upgrading drinking water wells across the city.

“It won’t be a new built park or a new city hall that will be obvious on the outside, to citizens,” Applewhite said. “But of course they use their water, they use their sewer, and so we have to make those improvements to make sure they have sanitary water and their sewer system works.”

City officials have sent out applications for the Community Development Block Grants.

They said they hoped to re-sign them and then start the projects as soon as possible.

Myanmar genocide case at World Court clouded by representation dispute


People take photos as cars arrive at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest court of the United Nations, during court hearings in a case brought by The Gambia against Myanmar alleging genocide against the Muslim population minority Rohingya, in The Hague, the Netherlands, December 12, 2019. REUTERS / Eva Plevier

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THE HAGUE, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The World Court on Monday began hearing preliminary arguments in a case brought against Myanmar demanding it end alleged acts of genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority, with junta officials appearing for Myanmar.

Presiding Judge Joan Donoghue briefly touched on the debate over who has the right to represent the Southeast Asian country in the UN tribunal after the military seized power a year ago.

The junta, which detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup last February, has not been recognized by the UN General Assembly.

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Monday was the first of four days of hearings on the junta’s objections to the jurisdiction of the court, officially known as the International Court of Justice (ICJ). A decision could take months to reach.

The junta nevertheless wants to be the official representative of Myanmar. The parallel civil government of national unity, made up of members of the deposed administration and other opponents of the junta, accepts the jurisdiction of the court and also wants to be the representative of Myanmar.

The case before the ICJ was brought in 2019 by Gambia, a predominantly Muslim West African country, backed by the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The Gambia claims Myanmar violated the Genocide Convention, citing events in 2017 when more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh after a military crackdown. A UN fact-finding mission concluded that the military campaign had included “acts of genocide”.

The Myanmar military denies the charge, saying it was waging a legitimate counterinsurgency campaign.

Judge Donoghue recalled that the parties in the cases brought before the Court “are States, not particular governments”, before questioning the new representative of Myanmar, Ko Ko Hlaing.

Ko Ko Hlaing is the junta’s minister for international cooperation. While stressing that Myanmar maintained that the case was inadmissible because the court lacked jurisdiction, he added that the junta wanted to cooperate with the process.

“Myanmar raises these preliminary objections with the utmost respect for the court,” he said.


Lawyers for the junta argued on Monday that The Gambia was a proxy for the others and lacked the legal status to sue.

Gambia’s lawyers will be able to respond during the second day of hearings, scheduled for Wednesday.

Outside the court, about 20 demonstrators braved strong winds and heavy rain, waving “Save Myanmar” banners and banging pots and pans in protest against the arrival of junta officials.

“The military dictatorship is not only killing the Rohingya but also all ethnic (groups),” protester Zin Min Hdun told Reuters.

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Suu Kyi attended preliminary hearings in the case in 2019 in The Hague, when she also denied that genocide took place.

In a 2020 ruling, the court ordered Myanmar to take steps to protect the Rohingya from harm, given the urgency of the case.

Speaking to reporters outside the court, Ambia Perveen of the European Rohingya Council said that although the junta does not represent the people of Myanmar, it was important that the case progress.

“The people who perpetrated the genocide must be brought to justice,” she said.

Should the court decide that it has jurisdiction to hear the case, a decision on the merits of The Gambia’s claim could take years longer to be rendered.

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2022 NBA All-Star Game Live Updates, Scores, Team LeBron vs Team Durant Highlights

Once all the festivities are over, it’s time for the main event: the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

As part of the year-long celebration of the NBA’s 75th season, this year’s All-Star Game will honor the game’s history, including members of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team .

Anniversary team members LeBron James and Kevin Durant were captains for this year’s game. Although Durant won’t adapt, his team still carries his name as Team Durant will be looking to get the most out of Team LeBron.

The Sporting News brings you live updates, scores and highlights from the 71st NBA All-Star Game.

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2022 NBA All-Star Game Live Updates, Scores, Team LeBron vs Team Durant Highlights


Durant Team

The LeBron team.

NBA legends are in the building

What time does the 2022 NBA All-Star Game start?

  • Dated: Sunday February 20
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET

The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will begin shortly after 8 p.m. The game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland.

This is the third time Cleveland has hosted the All-Star Game. The first time came in 1981, in Richfield, Ohio, when the NBA celebrated its 35th season. The league returned in 1997 to Gund Arena as the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary. Cleveland was selected to host the 2022 All-Star Game in November 2018.

What channel is the 2022 NBA All-Star Game airing on?

Region Channel
United States DTT, TBS
Canada National NS

The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS. You can stream all of the NBA All-Star Weekend events on TNTdrama.com or with Sling TV, which offers a three-day free trial.

Viewers in Canada can watch the NBA All-Star Game on Sportsnet.

These will be two viewing options in the United States this year. On TNT, it will be a more traditional broadcast with Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Dwyane Wade providing commentary. Veteran journalist Allie LaForce will be on the sidelines for the team.

On TBS, the Inside the NBA team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Draymond Green, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith will provide another viewing option.

NBA All-Star Game Format, Explained

The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will have the same competitive format as the past two NBA All-Star Games, a dynamic that makes every quarter count.

  • The two All-Star teams will compete to win each quarter for their respective charities.
  • Each charity starts the game with a donation of $150,000.
  • Each of the first three quarters will start 0-0 and last 12 minutes. The winner of each 12-minute quarter (first, second and third) will be the team that scores the most points in the quarter.
  • Each quarter brings $100,000 to the winning team’s charity.
  • If both teams score the same number of points in a quarter, the $100,000 charitable donation at stake for that quarter will be split between the two organizations.
  • The fourth quarter will start with each team’s total score after the first three quarters on the main scoreboard.
  • The fourth quarter will not be timed and the teams will play for a final target score, which means the game will end with a successful field goal or free throw instead of an elapsed time.
  • The final target score will be determined by taking the leading team’s total aggregate score over three quarters and adding 24 points – the 24 representing Kobe Bryant’s jersey number.
    • For example, if Team LeBron leads Team Durant with a score of 100-95 after the first three quarters, the final target score is 124 (100 + 24)
  • The first team to reach (or exceed) the final target score will win the NBA All-Star Game.
  • The team that wins the All-Star Game will win $150,000 for their selected charity.

NBA All-Star Game Lineups

Team LeBron
Player Team
LeBron James (C) Lakers
Giannis Antetokounmpo deer
Stephen Curry Warriors
DeMar DeRozan bulls
Nikola Jokic Nuggets
Luka Doncic Mavericks
Darius Garland riders
Chris Paul suns
Jimmy Butler Heat
Donovan Mitchell** Jazz
Fred Van Vleet raptors
Jarrett Allen* riders

* Allen is the replacement for the injured Harden (hamstring)

**Mitchell will miss the game due to non-COVID illness

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Joel Embid 76ers
Ja Morant Grizzlies
Jayson Tatum Celtics
Trae young hawks
Andre Wiggins Warriors
Devin Booker Suns
Karl Anthony Towns timber wolves
Zach LaVine bulls
Defeat Murray* Spurs
Kris Middleton deer
Bal LaMelo** Hornets
Rudy Gobert Jazz

*Murray is the replacement for injured Draymond Green (toe)

** Ball is the replacement for injured Durant (knee)

Residents Host Puyallup’s First Black History Month Event

JMarie Johnson-Kola, left, holding the Pierce County Council proclamation honoring February as Black History Month and Pastor Ronelle McGraw Jr. of Praise Chapel Church of God in Christ, right, holding the proclamation of the municipal council of Puyallup.

JMarie Johnson-Kola, left, holding the Pierce County Council proclamation honoring February as Black History Month and Pastor Ronelle McGraw Jr. of Praise Chapel Church of God in Christ, right, holding the proclamation of the municipal council of Puyallup.

The town of Puyallup recognized February as Black History Month for the first time, and some residents have planned a two-day celebration in honor of it.

The city council passed a proclamation Feb. 1 at the council meeting, at which Ronelle McGraw Jr. of Praise Chapel Church Of God In Christ accepted the proclamation. It was the first time the city recognized February as Black History Month.

Community members are hosting Puyallup’s first Black History Month observance on February 25-26 at the Puyallup Nazarene Church at 1026 Seventh Ave. SW. Friday’s event runs from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday’s from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“We are creating a model for all the other cultures in the town of Puyallup,” said Puyallup resident Shellie Willis. “To use this plan as an opportunity to…change the narrative and flip the script of what our vacation is for.”

Friday’s lineup includes a COVID-19 presentation from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and a panel on Mental Health in the Black Community from Dr. JL Casteele of Casteele Williams & Associates Comprehensive Behavioral Health.

“One of our goals and efforts is to break the conspiracy of silence on mental health issues regarding African Americans,” Casteele said.

On Saturday, attendees can expect to see black-owned businesses and smell Creole cuisine from food vendors such as Velvet’s Big Easy. African percussion and storytelling from Adefua’s cultural education workshop will also be present.

The Adefua Cultural Education Workshop is a non-profit organization based in the Seattle area. Their mission is “to provide young people with options to enhance their growth, personal development, and academic achievement through the study of African culture, music, and dance,” according to the organization’s website. .

Puyallup resident Debbie Yoder said attendees can expect a “step-by-step experience” on Saturday as there will also be black history art, films and presentations shown during the event. ‘event.

“It’s not that you walk around like you’re walking through a museum,” Willis said. “The goal is for you to walk through, to embrace, to absorb, to learn, to gather information and to be thought provoking.”

Puyallup resident JMarie Johnson-Kola did not organize the celebration alone. The help of other community members such as Yoder, Willis and Linda Saarela paved the way for this event.

Johnson-Kola is a 10-year Marine Corps veteran who moved to Puyallup with her family in 2016. She is a small business owner of Diverse Community Connectors and is working toward her PhD in Transformative Social Change, focusing on marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Johnson-Kola said the idea of ​​having the celebration began in October 2021 when she and other community members created the Puyallup Community Foundation.

The foundation is a group of volunteers that works with community leaders, stakeholders and residents of Puyallup to create “a culture where people work together for the common good”, according to the organization’s Facebook page.

“February was coming soon, so we said ‘Let’s do it,'” Johnson-Kola said.

Pain is what drove Johnson-Kola to organize the celebration, she said.

When Johnson-Kola watched Reverend Al Sharpton speak at George Floyd’s funeral two years ago, she realized she needed to be around people who looked like her and understood what she was going through, she said. she declared.

“At that point, I just thought I had to start these relationships personally,” Johnson-Kola said. “I started with the Community Foundation. »

Johnson-Kola said that in addition to other area residents, several community leaders and stakeholders also showed their support for the celebration. This includes people from the local school district, city staff, and the Washington State Fair.

Saarela hopes that participants will become more educated, aware and move forward in life differently after attending the celebration.

“It takes all of us,” Johnson-Kola said. “We need everyone.”

The event is free and more information can be found on Eventbrite at: eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-our-community-experiencing-black-puyallup-tickets-243110388717

Angelica Relente covers topics that affect communities in East Pierce County. She started as a news intern in June 2021.

Washington Hall of Fame wide receiver Charley Taylor dies at 80


WASHINGTON — Charley Taylor, the Hall of Fame wide receiver who ended his 13-season career with Washington as the NFL’s career receiving leader, died Saturday. He was 80 years old.

Commanders said Taylor died at an assisted living facility in Virginia. The cause of death has not been announced.

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984, Taylor finished with 649 catches for 9,110 yards in 165 regular season games. Jerry Rice now holds the catch bar at 1,549, with Taylor at 67th on the list.

“He represented the organization with excellence and class for three decades as a player and coach,” Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder said in a statement. “Charley was a great man and will be greatly missed by all.”

Washington selected Taylor third overall from Arizona State in 1964, with the 6-foot-3, 210-pound player playing his first two seasons. Coach Otto Graham switched Taylor to wide receiver in 1966, and he led the NFL with 72 receptions that season and again in 1967 with 70.

Charles Taylor

Taylor helped Washington reach the Super Bowl after the 1972 season, where it lost 14-7 to the undefeated Miami Dolphins. He retired after the 1977 season with 90 touchdowns, a Washington record that still stands.

Taylor was the 1964 NFL Rookie of the Year and was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 1960s team. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection was an NFL First Team pick in 1967.

Taylor was Washington’s receivers coach from 1981 to 1993, helping the team win three Super Bowls.

Taylor played high school football, baseball, basketball, and track and field in Grand Prairie, Texas. At Arizona State, he played halfback and defensive back and also threw and played third base.

Dr. Melissa Taverner named 19th president of Lyon College


Lyon College’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Friday (February 18) to elect Dr. Melissa Taverner as Lyon College’s 19th President.

Taverner has served as interim president since August 2021, when Dr. Joseph King resigned after making controversial comments about President Donald Trump’s supporters and white supremacists in a national publication.

Since becoming interim president, Taverner has overseen the early stages of a transition to NCAA Division III for Lyon College Athletics. She also worked with the Board of Trustees, as well as faculty and staff, to expand Lyon College’s mission statement to offer selected graduate programs.

“I want to thank the board for this honor,” Taverner said. “I look forward to continuing to strengthen the College’s mission while expanding opportunities for students through our strategic initiatives.

“I have had the pleasure of working with outstanding faculty, staff and students at Lyon during my tenure as Provost, and I am delighted to partner with them in this new role as we work not only to preserve the legacy Lyonnais, but also to ensure the bright future of the College”, she added.

Taverner joined Lyon College in October 2017 as Rector and Dean of Faculty.

Dr. Melissa Taverner.

Prior to joining Lyon, Taverner was an associate professor of biology at Emory & Henry College, a national liberal arts college in Emory, Virginia. From 2016 to 2017, she served as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. During her 22 years there, she also served as chair of the natural science division, director of assessment, and chair of the biology department.

Taverner earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, her MSc in Virology from the University of Reading (UK) and her BSc in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

Crime and collisions down in Sidney/North Saanich RCMP jurisdiction – Saanich News


Significantly higher number of Mental Health Act arrests highlights 2021 report released in early February by Sidney/North Saanich RCMP.

According to the report, officers made 130 arrests under the Mental Health Act in 2021, a 48% increase from 2020.

“Police also responded to 379 calls for service where mental health was considered a contributing factor,” it read. “This is an 11 (percent) increase from 2020.”

The report also indicates that agents are spending more time waiting to release people into the care of hospital staff, with the average wait time increasing to 1.73 hours in 2021, from 1.67 hours in 2020.” Agents waited a total of 227.73 hours in 2021, which is a 52 (percent) increase over 2020. This increase is attributed to the growing number of arrests and the increase in average wait times reported in 2021.”

Staff Sgt. Wayne Conley said the increase in mental health calls comes as no surprise. “These are tough calls for police responders,” he said. “They need risk assessments and adequate resources to manage crises and public safety. Recent calls have involved people suffering mental health crises while in possession of guns.

Overall, the number of Criminal Code offenses dropped by 12% across the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP Detachment area. Crimes against persons fell 8%, while property crimes fell 4%, provided that the most recent drop in property crimes was lower than in previous years.

“When it comes to property crimes, we saw an increase in many property crime categories in 2021,” Conley said. “However, the levels are not at an alarming or concerning level.”

If we look at the traffic figures, the number of collisions on the territory of the detachment has dropped by 20%. But Conley also pointed out that a number of collisions involving injuries have increased, suggesting that some of the collisions are of a more serious nature. 2021 also included a fatal collision at the corner of Mills and West Saanich roads in November 2021.

In terms of location, the McTavish roundabout had the most collisions in 2021 with 14, followed by the intersection of Highway 17 and Beacon Avenue. The parking lots of Save-on-Food and Thrifty Food stores in Sidney also recorded seven and six collisions respectively.

Conley also added that reducing impaired driving remains a priority. Overall, the number of impaired drivers taken off the road increased by 8% in 2021 compared to 2020.

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Blesma, veterans without limbs | West Ham United

Official Charity Partner of West Ham United, Blesma, The Limbless Veterans is a UK charity which assists all serving and former servicemen and women who have lost limbs, or have lost the use of their limbs or eyes, rebuild their lives…

It was in the aftermath of World War I that the limbless military first came together to campaign for more rights and opportunities.

In 1932 the branches of what was then known as the ‘Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Associations’ united and became ‘Blesma’ – the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association. The organization was granted national charitable status for the first time.

Ninety years later, Blesma is still supporting the wounded of World War II and subsequent conflicts. With the help of you, our supporters, we plan to be here for limbless and injured veterans for another 90 years.

Our members range from a 21-year-old leg amputee still serving to those who fought in World War II, some having lived with the loss of a limb for over half a century.

Michal Antonio in training

Modern medicine has come a long way since then. However, Blesma still has a vital need to support injured young veterans and their families. Our members have survived complex trauma and will need our support and expertise as they face the long journey ahead.

We support our members, young and old, for life. Since World War I, Blesma has worked to provide emotional, financial and practical support to those who continue to experience the daily physical and mental impact of their life-altering injury.

In Blesma’s 90th year, we caught up with one of the oldest members of the WWII Association to find out what Blesma’s support has meant to them.


Blesma veteran Larry Morgan

Long-time West Ham fan Larry, who turns 100 in July 2022, is one of Blesma’s oldest members.

During the Blitz in 1941, Larry and his family were bombed from their home in Plaistow, in the East End of London. He was relocated and worked as a builder, but was soon called up and trained as a signalman attached to the 8th Battalion Suffolk Regiment.

Larry was involved in a jungle warfare offensive against Japanese forces that had conquered Burma. The fight was relentless. The Japanese launch a bayonet attack and each side “throws grenades like cricket balls”. A grenade fell between Larry and his comrade and exploded. Larry suffered a shrapnel charge to the knee and left thigh.

He was treated in a bamboo hospital before being airlifted to a hospital in Calcutta, where he caught malaria, and then to Hyderabad, where his leg developed gangrene. Larry then made the difficult decision to have his leg amputated above the knee.

Six years later, in 1950, Larry joined Blesma and together with his wife Jean, whom he married in 1954, became active in raising funds for the Association and supporting their local chapter.

Larry said: “Blesma was fantastic. Jean and I were members of the Chelmsford Friends of Blesma and for many years each year we raised £5,000 for the Association. I never needed Blesma back then and was able to live comfortably as I had my own business, but as I got older I relied more on them for support.

“They helped me with welfare from the beginning when at least twice a year someone called us. Recently, these visits led Blesma to equip me with a three-wheeled cart to get around and on one occasion they equipped me with an electric bicycle. I’m 100 this year so it’s much easier to use the cart at home, especially since our house has a few steps and the bike is so big. I would be a full time wheelchair user if it weren’t for the three wheeler so Blesma has been amazing!

“We had a wonderful life and worked in photography until 1986. I still think of the guys from Burma. I’m the only one left and I always remember them on VJ day.

Blesma has been supporting veterans, like Larry, for 90 years in 2022. With your support, we’ll be here for limbless veterans for another 90 years. Please text 70085 to donate £3 or click here to see more ways to support Blesma’s vital work on behalf of limbless veterans.

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State AG accuses former Syracuse charity CEO of stealing nearly $1 million

Syracuse, NY – The former executive director of a Syracuse charity and her husband have been accused of taking nearly $1 million from the organization they founded and trying to cover up the theft, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Shirley Goddard, 75, who served as president and CEO of the Humanitarian Organization for Multicultural Experience (HOME), stole money intended to help people with developmental disabilities in the Syracuse area between 2012 and 2018 , New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a news release on Friday.

Her husband, Tyrone Goddard, 75, served as chairman of the organization’s board of directors during that time, according to a lawsuit filed by the AG’s office.

The DeWitt couple, who founded HOME in 1992, left the organization in 2018 after the theft was discovered, according to the lawsuit. Shirley Goddard was fired; Tyrone Goddard has resigned.

Shirley Goddard received $204,764 in salary and compensation from HOME in 2017, the last full year she was employed as CEO, according to the charity’s 2017 IRS Form 990.

The state claims she used her leadership position with the organization to forge loans to clients, manipulate expense reimbursements and take overpayments from her salary. Through unauthorized phone transfers, cash withdrawals and ATM transactions, she embezzled nearly $1 million, according to the state.

She was also accused of repeatedly using the organization’s accounts to make ATM withdrawals at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona and other casinos, according to the lawsuit.

Shirley Goddard used the organization’s debit card to make unauthorized personal purchases at Best Buy, Verizon Wireless and at the Destiny USA Mall in Syracuse, the lawsuit alleges. There is no evidence that any of these purchases were made for legitimate business purposes, or that anyone other than Shirley Goddard made these purchases, according to the state.

Her husband learned of the embezzlement in 2013, but rather than take action to stop it, he helped his wife cover it up, state officials charge.

The couple falsely claimed the missing money from HOME’s accounts was due to mistakes made by the organization’s bank, Bank of America, which they said was investigating the matter, the lawsuit says.

They would also periodically make payments to HOME accounts to make it look like the bank was correcting errors, according to the lawsuit.

Shirley Goddard was also accused of creating fake letters from the bank that purported to support the investigation into the banking error, according to the lawsuit. She also forged bank statements and provided them to state investigators.

The couple further misled the organization’s board of directors and external auditors by claiming that they had gone to the bank to resolve the issue and that the bank would refund the missing money, according to the lawsuit.

The embezzlement was uncovered in May 2018, when the state Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) referred the matter to the AG’s office after an audit revealed financial irregularities and suspicion of stealing money from the organization.

The GA office is asking for a full refund of the money from HOME. The exact amount will be determined at trial, but is currently estimated to be between $650,000 and $900,000.

The AG’s office is also asking that Shirley and Tyrone Goddard be barred from playing a fiduciary role in any state charity or nonprofit.

A spokesman for the AG’s office said the matter was a civil matter and the couple had not been charged criminally. The survey was conducted by the Charities Office, part of the Social Justice Division.

The state said in the lawsuit that “his misconduct left HOME on the brink of insolvency.”

Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard has reached out to the Goddards and Shaneika Ford, the current executive director of HOME for comment.

HOME employs 60 people and typically receives state payments of about $3 million each year, according to the lawsuit.

Over the years, Shirley Goddard has been honored for her work by several community organizations. In 2002, she was one of 10 people to receive the Post-Standard Person of Achievement award.

Writer James McClendon covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Any advice, an idea for an article, a question or a comment? Contact him at 914-204-2815 or jmcclendon@syracuse.com.

Historic Sites Commemorating Black History in Every State | News


America is making further progress in celebrating black history and triumphs. In 2021, Tishaura Jones became the first black woman elected mayor of St. Louis, just as Kamala Harris was declared the first female vice president of the United States — and the first of black and Asian descent to hold that rank. That same year, Juneteenth (June 17), which signifies the end of slavery in the United States, became a federal holiday through legislation signed by President Joe Biden.

The legacy of influential black Americans has not always been recognized, so it is not uncommon for modern residents to overlook the historic sites of their own cities. While some historical black figures are more renowned than others, there are entire generations of historical black figures – dating back to the days of Jim Crow slavery through the civil rights era – who have left traces of their vision across the country. Whether it be personalities such as Robert Abbott, who founded The Chicago Defender, one of the largest African-American newspapers in the country, or more discreet initiators such as Obrey Wendell Hamlet, who, thanks to its entrepreneurial touch, has cultivated a unique vacation. experiences in the Rocky Mountains – one thing is certain: there are still many more unexplored histories of black people than we know.

In the United States, 232 sites are considered nationally significant to Black history. Using the National Register of Historic Places, Stacker identified historic sites commemorating black history in 47 states. North Dakota, Vermont, Hawaii and Wyoming had no black historic sites on the register. While some states, particularly in the South, are home to many central sites of the civil rights movement, Stacker listed the total number of sites in each state and the names of three historical sites, if any. You can visit the comprehensive Register of Historic Places and explore the Civil Rights Trail to learn about other historic sites across the United States.

Read on to explore and learn about historic sites celebrating Black history nationwide.

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Islamabad AG says judge exceeded jurisdiction

Islamabad AG Niazullah Niazi said Mohsin Baig pointed a gun at FIA and police officials in addition to threatening duty officers. -Facebook picture

ISLAMABAD: The federal government decided on Thursday to send a citation against the judge for extra sessions for declaring the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) raid “unlawful” to arrest Mohsin Baig, local media reported.

Islamabad’s attorney general Niazullah Niazi has questioned Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Advocate General informed the Prime Minister that the Judge of the Extra Sessions rendered the verdict in the Mohsin Baig case in a hurry without fulfilling the legal requirements as he exceeded his jurisdiction.

Niazullah Niazi indicated that a dismissal would soon be filed against the judge. He said Mohsin Baig pointed a gun at FIA and police officials in addition to threatening duty officers. “Being a media does not allow anyone to take justice into their own hands,” said Islamabad’s Advocate General.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said: “Everyone is equal before the law. Constructive criticism is good for the Pakistani government Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He added that the opposition had launched criticism against the government without any agenda.

A district and sessional court in Islamabad on Wednesday declared the search of the home of journalist Mohsin Baig unlawful. The FIA ​​arrested Mohsin Baig on a complaint by Federal Minister Murad Saeed against a discussion during a television show.

The Chief Justice (CJ) of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), Justice Athar Minallah, meanwhile, conducted a chambers hearing on the motion to dismiss the terrorism case against Mohsin Baig.

IHC CJ summoned a detailed report from SHO Margalla Police Station today (Friday). The motion to dismiss the FIA-registered terrorism case against Baig was filed by his wife in court.

Separately, at a press conference, Federal Communications Minister Murad Saeed said he had no role in how the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) proceeded in the aftermath. of his complaint for comments made against him during the television programme, adding that he had acted in accordance with the law by registering a complaint and was not involved in the subsequent proceedings of the FIA.

“As a Pakistani, who has faith in the Constitution and the law of Pakistan, I acted in a legal manner. After that (…) how the institution proceeded is its mandate. I should not be asked about it,” he said. .

Saeed also clarified that in his complaint, he only referred to the TV show during which the remarks were made and requested legal action. The minister claimed he was the target of a smear campaign by political leaders who are part of the status quo and never wanted young leaders like him in parliament.

“Those who consider parliament their property and politics their business are waging a malicious campaign against me,” Saeed said. Saeed said whenever a political leader dared to expose the corrupt practices of corrupt political leaders, he was targeted with such campaigns.

“Every time I raise my voice against injustice and corruption [political leaders] like Qadir Patel, Hafiz Hamdullah, Aga Rafiullah, Rana Sanaullah and others are using foul language against me,” he added. The PPP and PMLN media cells were also involved in the smear campaign against me on social media, he added.

The minister said he was ready to hold a debate on the performance of his ministry and the criteria on which his ministry retains the top spot among the “top ten performing ministries”. Saeed said he comes from a middle-class family background and rose to the top of politics through his political struggle.

The Minister said that he was the founder of the student wing of the PTI, the Insaf Student Federation (ISF) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and added that through his efforts, the ISF has become the strongest student body in Province. “I was among them who took to the streets against drone strikes and other issues,” he added.

DHS proposes rule to ignore immigrants’ use of SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid when reviewing green card applications


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The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday proposed a new “public charge” rule that would drastically reduce the number of benefits legal immigrants can use that would be held against them when applying for permanent residence in the United States, including food stamps and Medicaid.

The proposed change would mark a significant reversal in Trump administration policy.

“Under this proposed rule, we will return to the historical understanding of the term ‘public charge,’ and individuals will not be penalized for choosing to access health benefits and other additional government services available to them,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. in a report.


“Public charge” is a long-standing concept in immigration law. It refers to someone deemed likely to be dependent on government assistance and is a condition for denying someone immigration status.

The Trump administration introduced a ‘public charge’ rule in 2019 which expanded the definition of “public charge” to include an immigrant who receives one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months in any 36-month period. Whether an immigrant would be a “public charge” would be considered when the immigrant applies for permanent residence in the United States

US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas gestures as he answers a question during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing to discuss security threats 20 years after the September 11 attacks, in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 2021.
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These benefits include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance, as well as most forms of Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). ), commonly referred to as food stamps. The rule expands the number of benefits that can be counted from interim guidelines issued in 1999.

Trump administration officials said the rule was intended to protect taxpayers from increased public charges from abroad and to ensure that immigrants coming to the United States legally are self-sufficient.

“The principle behind it is an old American value, and that’s self-sufficiency,” Ken Cuccinelli, former acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), told Fox News. in an interview in 2019.

“It’s a fundamental tenet – the American Dream itself – and it’s one of the things that sets us apart, and it’s at the heart of legal history in the United States well into the 1800s.”

Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in Washington, DC on August 9, 2019.

Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in Washington, DC on August 9, 2019.
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

However, immigration activists and the Biden administration believed it scared immigrants away from accessing benefits in case it put their claims at risk. The Biden administration has dropped the legal defense against challenges to the rule, though Republican states have sought to embrace that defense and a Supreme Court fight over that effort looms.


“The 2019 public charge rule was inconsistent with our nation’s values,” Mayorkas said in his statement.

Under the Biden administration’s new rule, SSI, TANF, state, tribal and local cash assistance for income maintenance and “long-term institutionalization at government expense” would still be taken into account. into account when officials would make a decision on public charges.

However, the administration is proposing to ignore a range of other taxpayer-funded benefits, which foreign nationals might receive without ever being held against them when applying for a green card. These include food stamps/SNAP, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), most Medicaid benefits, housing allowances, and transportation vouchers.

DHS said it also would not consider disaster relief, pandemic relief such as tax credits or Social Security, government pensions, or any other benefits earned by paying contributions to the system.


This rule applies to those who go through the regular immigration process and are legally in the country on a nonimmigrant (temporary) visa and apply for a green card. Public charge assessments are not done for asylum seekers, refugees, recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and others.

The rule is part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to realign the US immigration system with what it sees as a more welcoming approach to immigrants. USCIS recently released a new mission statement that declares the United States a “welcoming nation.”

LETTERS: actual numbers on D-11 schools; extend charity and compassion to others | Opinion

Actual numbers on D-11 schools

The Gazette’s Feb. 10 editorial included: “D-11 ranks shamefully 159th in performance among the state’s 183 districts. Mass educational performance does not change overnight, it takes years, and it is faster to destroy than to build. The school board controls the scholarship and, as such, can provide or withhold funds necessary for teacher compensation and retention, classroom supplies, and interventions (multi-level and special education). It is educational equity. These three factors are necessary to increase academic performance.

The editorial also points to “declining graduation rates and tanking proficiency scores” under Michael Thomas, then cheekily notes that these scores are “disproportionately low among minorities.” All the while, new D-11 board members champion ignoring the fairness shortcomings found by D-11, firing more than half of our student body.

Let’s lay out the real numbers under the guidance of Thomas.

D-11 graduation rates are trending up with 71% graduating on time for the D-11 Class of 2020 and, in traditional schools, 79% of the Class of 2020 graduated their graduation on time. This is a higher on-time graduation rate than D-11 charter schools at 47%. Eastlake’s on-time graduation rates are trending downward with only 5% of the Class of 2020 graduating on time. Community Readiness is at 20%. It seems that if we want to improve D-11 graduation rates, we should close charter schools, not community schools.

Also, over the past two years of pandemic stress, there were fears that scores would drop, but these scores are bouncing back thanks to the tireless work of us teachers, with the support of Thomas. We are J-11.

Naomi Lopez

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Extend charity, compassion

So Kathleen Perry opposes the selection of the Center for Strategic Ministry to manage the Westside Community Center (Your Viewpoint, February 15) because the center is a “religious organization”? Who would she suggest? It can be said that any organization has a particular worldview that is different from other groups, whether Christian, non-Christian, secular, agnostic, humanist or otherwise.

I am in no way affiliated or associated with Woodmen Valley Chapel, but I believe churches like this are representative of all faith-based institutions that seek to extend charity and compassion to others, not just their own flock. . If the Center for Strategic Ministry stays true to the teachings of its model of 2,000 years ago, and not to personal or political agendas or biases, the Westside community will be well served.

Alan Personius

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The seasonal time change is modest

We are again hearing about “massive difficulties” in our population as a result of switching from winter time to summer time or vice versa. Making a time change of one hour or more is very common in our country. Entire families mindlessly submit to a one-hour time change when flying to Disney Land in California or, perhaps even worse, to Disney World in Florida, a two-hour time change ! Even the occasional commute to Kansas or Texas requires a one-hour time change. Businessmen and tourists regularly travel back and forth through time in several American areas. Many do this several times a month. I did it for 35 years. Airline staff do this daily.

Of course, hardly anyone really experiences serious physical or psychological effects from such occasional weather changes.

The seasonal time change has advantages and disadvantages, but there appears to be little evidence of widespread psychological difficulties in the general population. Psychologists must cite really fragile people, but they can complain with “professional authority”. Really, the seasonal time change is modest. Our culture likes to complain about change, but let’s not talk too much about it. Just fly over a time zone or two to Disney and enjoy the warm weather!

Arthur B. Cyphers

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Unhappy but not in denial

Stephen Moore, you are correct. (Why are most liberals miserable?) I, a liberal, am miserable. I am unhappy because Republican-led anti-vaxxing, anti-masking, and anti-mandating have unnecessarily prolonged the pandemic. I resent the failure of the Build Back Better Act, which would provide financial and medical assistance to the less fortunate, unlike Republican tax cuts aimed at securing a bigger slice of the pie for the privileged few. I resent it when “Christians” who attend church and quote the Bible act very un-Christian, think Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, to name a few. I’m upset because our Supreme Court is acting like God wrote the Constitution. I resent when flag-waving “patriots” storm our nation’s Capitol and try to destroy our democracy and Republicans turn a blind eye.

You claim that I live my life in fear. I am not afraid of those who are not like me. I am not advocating for the banning of books by and about LGBTQ+ people and people of color. I do not fear the teaching of the true history of our nation. What I fear is the possibility that the future of our planet and of our democracy will be in the hands of a party that shows a serious lack of critical thinking, as evidenced by the fact that the great majority of Republicans believe the big lie, despite all the evidence to the contrary and despite a four-year litany of more than 3,500 lies and inaccuracies propagated by the author of the lie. I may be unhappy, but at least I’m not in denial.

Kathleen Eichinger

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“Buy One Give Some” art kits to support two Ann Arbor nonprofits in March

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. – Up-and-coming artists can support two Washtenaw County organizations while creating masterpieces.

Through Sunday, March 6, proceeds from the purchase of pre-prepared art kits, ArtBoxes, will go towards similar kits donated to Wonderfool Productions and the Peace Neighborhood Center, Ann Arbor Art Center said in a statement.

Varying in price, ArtBoxes are created by the Art Center at 117 W. Liberty St. and are filled with supplies for DIY projects like designing board games, decorating fairy doors, and painting on pottery. Budding artists follow step-by-step instructions to create unique works of art.

For over 10 years, Wonderfool Productions has hosted annual FoolMoon, FestiFools and ypsiGLOW events in downtown Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. He organizes community luminary and puppet workshops, online events and tutorials in preparation for events.

The creative organization will bring the donated kits, containing paper lantern figures, to the Peace Neighborhood Center in March. The non-profit North Maple Road provides transitional housing, case management services, family services, youth support groups and summer camps to area families.

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Ann Arbor Art Center previously partnered with Ele’s Place Ann Arbor for its “Buy One Give Some” donations, which provided 55 embossed copper ArtBoxes to grieving teenagers to honor their loved ones.

Check out all of the Ann Arbor Art Center ArtBoxes here.

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Bret Michaels to present Concert with a Purpose at Ruth Eckerd Hall | Deviations


CLEARWATER — Ruth Eckerd Hall will host Bret Michaels, making his first public appearance in Florida in two years for a worthy cause.

The Bret Michaels Concert with a Purpose will take place on Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the venue at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $58.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

The show will also feature special guests Warrant and Dancing With The Stars alum Noah Galloway. In keeping with Michaels’ commitment to philanthropy, proceeds from the concert will benefit the local Florida chapter of the 50 Legs Foundation.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Bret to return to Ruth Eckerd Hall and Florida for his first public appearance in two years,” said Bobby Rossi, Director of Programming/Executive Vice President of Programming at the room. “Bret always goes above and beyond, and I have no doubt that this event will be one for the books. People crave entertainment for a purpose that brings the community together and this event ticks all those boxes. An evening of greats success, to give back and a party with a purpose.

Michaels, a lifelong diabetic first diagnosed at age 6, will continue his philanthropic efforts through his Life Rocks Foundation, providing relief and support to organizations based in the Southeast and Florida. These include previously performing at the Toys in the Sun Run, benefiting Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, while making a personal donation to the organization and riding his personal jet to deliver toys to children in Bahamas and Puerto Rico while also serving as grand marshal for the biggest Winterfest parade yet. Michaels, whose charitable reach is detailed in his best-selling “Auto-scrap-ography” — available exclusively on ShopBretMichaels.com — will also return to Florida this summer to have a great time performing on the “Stadium Tour.”

Michaels is a global entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has sold over 100 million records, digital copies and streams worldwide, and is also a reality TV star. As an entrepreneur, Michaels created the multimillion-dollar Pets Rock Collection with PetSmart, launched his own line of custom guitars, and created Diet Snapple “Trop-A-Rocka” tea for the band Dr. Pepper/Snapple. Michaels, personally and through his Life Rocks Foundation, has helped raise millions of dollars for charity and donates not only for diabetes awareness and research, but also for causes such as cancer. infant care, PetSmart Charities, Operation Homefront, Fealgood Foundation and more. His talent, business acumen and natural candor have made him one of the most sought after artists not only for live performances, but also for virtual performances, speaking engagements, corporate events, charity concerts and private commitments.

The 50 Legs Foundation provides amputees with the necessary care and prostheses they could not otherwise afford. The foundation also helps amputees live happier, healthier lives. The values ​​of 50 Legs, coupled with the group’s desire to give back, positively impact the lives of amputees by removing despair and providing necessary care and prostheses. 50 Legs is committed to helping provide the care and/or prostheses necessary for someone who loses a leg or foot to lead an active and productive life.

Hailing from Hollywood, California, Warrant burst onto the scene in the mid-’80s and from 1988 to 1996, their five albums sold over 10 million copies. The group first appeared in the national spotlight with their double-platinum debut album “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” and single “Heaven” – which reached No. 1 on Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard charts. Hot 100. The band’s success continued with the double-platinum album “Cherry Pie”, which provided the hit song of the same name. After more than 30 years, the group is still recording music and performing, with former Lynch Mob lead singer Robert Mason.

Noah Galloway is a husband, father and soldier, originally from Birmingham, Alabama. His story is a shining example that with laughter and the right amount of perspective, you can tackle anything. Galloway shows how to live life to the fullest, without excuses. His story includes the battle he faced overcoming the loss of two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom, how mental health and fitness were crucial in his recovery, and how fitness is now more a passion – it’s a way of life. A much sought-after speaker, Galloway travels the country to share his story, encouraging and motivating others to live without excuses.

White & Case Launches CFIUS FIRRMA 2.0 Tool | White & Case srl


Two years ago, regulations implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) came into effect, significantly expanding the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ( CFIUS) and introducing other notable changes. To help navigate this complex regulatory framework, we have introduced the CFIUS FIRRMA tool, which provides a step-by-step analysis of a proposed transaction to help users determine how FIRRMA would apply to their transaction. We are now pleased to present to you the CFIUS FIRRMA 2.0 Toolwhich has a refreshed look and adds standalone features to greatly enhance the usefulness of the tool for investors and the industry.

White & Case CFIUS FIRRMA Tool 2.0

Like us Previously reported, FIRRMA’s implementing regulations came into effect on February 13, 2020 and significantly expanded the jurisdiction of CFIUS. Since then, CFIUS has seen an unprecedented increase in filings as FIRRMA has captured more transactions, with many investors and companies finding their transactions within CFIUS jurisdiction. Moreover, as we reported last yearCFIUS has significantly increased its efforts to identify and review unnotified transactions of interest, raising the stakes for investors whose investments fall under CFIUS jurisdiction.

To help investors and the industry manage this significant risk, the White & Case CFIUS 2.0 tool provides an online, step-by-step analysis of a proposed transaction to help users determine whether the transaction could be subject to the jurisdiction of CFIUS under FIRRMA and whether any mandatory filing requirements would apply. Additionally, the tool now offers standalone functions to determine whether a target company is considered a US TID company (i.e. a US company specializing in critical technologies, critical infrastructure or sensitive personal data) and to determine whether a foreign investor is considered a US business. an excluded investor (meaning an investor subject to certain nationality requirements who may be exempt from CFIUS extended jurisdiction or mandatory filing requirements). As before, the tool’s comprehensive jurisdictional assessment includes an integrated U.S. TID business assessment and helps determine whether CFIUS may have jurisdiction to review a voluntary filing or if a filing may be mandatory. TID US’ stand-alone business function focuses solely on the key jurisdictional issue of whether the target business is a TID US business, which has significant implications as to whether parties to a transaction must or should submit a CFIUS filing. . The stand-alone excepted investor function focuses only on whether the foreign investor is an excepted investor, which may exempt the transaction from certain parts of CFIUS regulation.

The potential penalties for non-compliance with FIRRMA are significant, including potentially up to the value of the trade for non-compliance with mandatory deposit requirements. Therefore, an accurate and thorough jurisdictional analysis is essential for any transaction that may potentially fall within the scope of FIRRMA. To that end, our CFIUS FIRRMA Tool 2.0 continues to guide the user through the essential elements of CFIUS jurisdiction under both FIRRMA’s investment regulations and its real estate regulations to help the user to determine if the transaction could fall under the jurisdiction of CFIUS. , and its enhanced functionality offers quick guidance on key jurisdictional threshold issues. Please note that the CFIUS FIRRMA 2.0 Tool is intended as a guide for informational purposes only – it does not replace legal advice, does not constitute legal advice, or provide a final decision. Additionally, this tool is subject to change based on regulatory changes and additional guidance from CFIUS. Users should engage CFIUS counsel to discuss regulatory compliance with specific transactions.

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Brittany Henderson (White & Case, Law Clerk, Americas Competition – Trade, Washington DC) contributed to the development of this publication.

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Meta Announces New Mission Statement As It Looks To The Future Of The Metaverse


It’s the dawn of a new era for the company formerly known as Facebook, and to truly establish its evolution into “Meta”, CEO Mark Zuckerberg today held an all-staff meeting to announce updated Meta values ​​in line with its new, more forward-looking focus.

The company’s value statements have been a key driver of its strategic changes over time, beginning with the ‘Move fast and break things‘, which lasted between 2009 and 2014, before being updated to the more placid Move fast with a stable infrastructure‘. Because breaking things wasn’t necessarily a good thing to associate with.

Meta updated its mission statement again in 2017, to “Making the world more open and connected,” which didn’t quite capture everything Zuck wanted. So he updated again a year later to “Empowering people to build community and bring the world together. which is usually abbreviated as “Bringing the world together” as the main objective.

Many people scoffed at this, given the role the platform would have played in the 2016 US election, but it’s still Meta’s overriding, overriding ambition. has been striving since.

Until now.

So what is Meta’s new mission?

The new directive incorporates elements of all these past factors, in a larger collection.

  • Mtoo soon together
  • Build awesome things
  • Focus on long-term impact
  • Live in the future
  • To be open

The only omission here is a mention of “community” or “building community”, the focus again being more aligned with development, as it turns to metaverse change.

Which is still in development, and nobody knows exactly how it will play out, at least in a meta-structured context. Metaverse versions have been around for a while, especially in games, so there’s a broad concept of what a digital world might look like that recreates real-world interaction. But Meta’s vision will seek to build on what exists and incorporate new elements – making it difficult to say, at this stage, if and how all of these pieces will come together, and what role Meta will ultimately play in the broader context. structural framework.

As we noted recently, much of what Meta has touted as its vision for the Metaverse is actually just virtual reality, with user avatars engaging in fully immersive digital spaces.

Which sounds great, although Meta’s fully interactive VR world is still a long way off. But if that’s the vision Meta is working towards, then he’s clearly showing the way, with sales of its VR Quest 2 headsets on the riseand Meta buy VR studios and developers to dominate the space.

Yet, at the same time, these visions don’t necessarily incorporate AR, for which Meta is developing new wearable and interactive devices, and they don’t extend to other metaverse-aligned developments like cryptocurrency, NFTs, advanced AI and more.

All of these disparate pieces will likely play a role, but what’s most interesting is how Meta’s rebranding has emphasized the “metaverse” as a larger concept that every developer of n any tech space is now striving to add “metaverse ready”. to their tools and applications, even though they have no idea what “ready for the metaverse” really means.

This is why the current discussion around Web3 and its related stuff is still too early, because who knows how it will all fit together. Each element will be its own thing, and each should be explored in its own time and space. And by referring to things as aligned with the Metaverse, all you’re really doing is playing into the narrative that Meta will own the Metaverse.

That’s probably what Zuck and Co. want, but it’s worth noting the company’s massive influence in the market and how that impacts its positioning for the next shift.

Which brings us back to the new Meta values ​​and its realignment around “fast moving” as it moves to the next stage.

Really, that’s where we are – we’ve gone back to the old Facebook in a way, with the desire to develop new experiences and beat the competition, to establish a platform that, a once it’s in place, will then see Meta’s focus refocus on community and social good, which Facebook eventually pivoted to once it was big enough.

But at the same time, he also pivoted too late. Facebook became more aware of the negative impact of its apps once they were created, evolving rapidly, which is when it then decided to “bring the world together” and focus on improving community engagement.

Will this also happen in the metaverse? Will this new mission overview see Meta focus more on “moving fast” and “building awesome things”, while overlooking the potential downsides and societal damage that could also result?

I guess that’s what the “focus on long-term impact” rating is there to counter, to give developers added momentum to build with sustainability and, ideally, safety in mind.

But I do not know. It seems that accelerating product development and stepping into the future is the main impetus here.

There’s also “Be Open,” which I’d bet Meta will build on with its commitment to building its infrastructure in partnership with others. But in reality, I suspect it will actually be interpreted internally as building systems that others can also build for, which will eventually see Meta hosting the foundations of the metaverse as it sees it.

For all his talk about ‘no company owns the metaverseit increasingly looks like only one company will do just that.

And a final note. Meta employees will now be referred to internally as “Metamates”.

Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth confirmed this and provided some background on the terminology:

So Metamates. Pretty cool, right?

I could it can’t be worse than ‘Nooglers‘, which someone must have also once found to be incredibly smart and witty.

New health network launched Advancium, an independent health care charity | News

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 15, 2022–

Deerfield Management and the Deerfield Foundation today announced the formation of Advancium Health Network, an independent charity. Its mission is to advance human equity through innovation and education by bringing together diverse thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and mission-driven problem solvers to create remedies and solutions that would not be favored by a lens. commercial.

To fulfill its mission, Advancium takes a two-pronged approach:

  • Advance projects in areas where the need is compelling, but the commercial viability is questionable
  • Educate populations to engage diverse thought leadership in health care and investment

“Advancium Health Network can and will make a significant difference in addressing some of today’s most pressing health challenges that may otherwise go unsolved,” said James Flynn, Managing Partner, Deerfield Management and Founder of Cure. “There are critical innovations that have the potential to create compelling impact on patients in need if supported by thought leadership and funding.”

Advancium identifies and develops potential breakthrough medical discoveries that address rare diseases, important medical device technologies, diseases in children, among many other healthcare needs. The organization will implement initiatives to close the gender and racial gaps that exist in the healthcare and financial services sectors with diversity programs created by Deerfield Management, including the Deerfield Fellows program, Break into the Boardroom and Women in Science.

“We must find all the best thinking and do so in a way that reflects the diversity of the science ecosystem if we are to have a meaningful impact on global human health,” said Ron Mitchell, Board Member of ‘Advancium and CEO of Humanity. Health. “I’m excited to see the impact we can have.”

Ron Mitchell will be joined on the Advancium Board of Directors by Jeffrey Kaplan, Founder and Chairman of the A to Z Impact Foundation, David Doneson, Managing Director of the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Olivier Elemento, Ph.D. , the director of the England Precision Medicine Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Mark Veich, executive director of the Deerfield Foundation, who will also serve as chairman of Advancium.

About Deerfield Management

Deerfield is an investment management firm committed to advancing healthcare through investment, insight and philanthropy. The firm works across the healthcare ecosystem to connect people, capital, ideas and technology in bold, collaborative and inclusive ways.

For more information, please visit www.deerfield.com.

About the Deerfield Foundation

A subsidiary of Deerfield Management, the Deerfield Foundation is a New York-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to strive to improve health, accelerate innovation and promote human equity. Since its inception in 2007, the Foundation has formed numerous partnerships and invested in advancing the health of children from clinics in the South Bronx of Nepal. Funds are provided by employee contributions and directly from Deerfield profits. https://deerfield.com/deerfield-foundation

About Advancium Health Network

Advancium Health Network is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to advance human equity and accelerate innovation to improve the health of people around the world.

Advancium Health recognizes that a highly connected and more diverse community of healthcare innovators and providers is essential to addressing health disparities, expanding treatment options and finding cures, especially for rare diseases . The network is designed to bring together people from academic medical centers, research universities, healthcare companies, start-ups, financial institutions, government and non-profit organizations. https:// AdvanciumHealth.org

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For Dallas seniors, classes can take the fear factor out of laptops and cell phones

Becoming a senior doesn’t mean spending the rest of your life on the proverbial seesaw. Most want to stay connected to the world, and today’s technology provides that advantage.

Three local seniors have found that taking technology classes has helped them in countless ways, including staying closer to family, being successful at their jobs, and maximizing their use of mobile phones for travel and leisure. Even better, the Dallas-Fort Worth area offers a wealth of courses at local senior centers, libraries, community colleges, assisted living facilities, and senior-serving organizations such as Senior Source and AARP.

Maybe making a TikTok video isn’t on the to-do list yet, but knowing how to text with friends, zoom in with family, or do a telemedicine visit with a doctor are great skills for all ages. Here’s how these Dallas-Fort Worth seniors are conquering uncharted territory and putting technology to work for them.

A Roadside Epiphany

Annie Roberson, 75, was driving down Harry Hines Boulevard one day and saw a sign for Senior Source, a Dallas nonprofit that provides a variety of services to area seniors (theseniorsource.org). “I turned around and walked inside. I found they were offering tech classes. I signed up and got a few friends to join me.

Annie Roberson, 75, took computer classes at Senior Source in Dallas.(Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer)

“I wasn’t prepared for this [new] technology, but at the same time I don’t want to be left behind. I want to learn,” she says. Roberson has lived in his West Dallas neighborhood for nearly two decades and works part-time as a community liaison worker at Disciple City Church in Dallas.

The first two classes she took focused on basic technical security, avoiding scams and computer basics. Next on her list: learning Excel to help track bills, mastering PowerPoint, and winning over Publisher so she can design the church’s quarterly newsletter.

Roberson says she used to have a Dell computer, but recently switched to a Mac. “It really helps to practice,” she says. She also switched to an iPhone, which she learned to use thanks to her 43-year-old daughter who suggested she get one.

“During the pandemic, it was handy to have Zoom technology,” says Roberson. This not only kept her in touch with her family, but was also helpful for her Bible study group of 10 women. “It was especially good for people who had mobility issues,” she says.

The main source also helped her with her Zoom skills, including looking good on video. “We learned that the best light for a Zoom session was natural light,” she says.

Roberson recently used his computer skills to help celebrate his brother’s 80th birthday on Zoom. His niece connected family members from Louisiana and Texas.

“Technology brings us together,” she says. “If you’re ready to learn, you’re halfway there.”

Technical comfort zone

Mary Higbie, 82, is an active senior. She is a trustee of the Irving Heritage Society, a museum guide for the Las Colinas Mustang Museum, and involved in Irving arts and history. She relies on an Android cell phone and her year-old Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 for her projects.

Higbie says she understands how reluctant older people are sometimes to try new technologies.

“Kids aren’t scared – they just dive in. They grew up with it,” she says. “But for us, you are afraid to do something to break it. Those of us who are more mature tend to be more cautious.

She benefited from computer classes at the Irving Public Library, including Excel and general computer classes. She notes that the Irving Heritage Center, the city’s senior center, also offers classes. “You can learn about technology in these courses. The more you use a computer, the more comfortable you feel.

Which technology you need is up to you.

Mary Higbie photographs the
Mary Higbie photographs the “Mustangs de Las Colinas” sculpture in the Williams Square Towers in Irving. She took a course on cell phones offered by AARP.(Jason Janik / Special Contributor)

“I’ve learned that when I ask a younger person what I need, they think about what they need,” she says. “I don’t need all the bells and whistles like children. They talk on iPhone watches and get their blood pressure. Some of us don’t want or need those extras. It’s a level of complexity that scares us.

Higbie also took a cell phone course offered by AARP. “They gave us each a phone” for use in class, she says. The instructor then guided all the participants through different exercises, teaching them various techniques.

Some of Higbie’s friends rely on their iPhones for more than just texting and can easily compose longer emails. ” I can not do that. The keyboard is so small, it would take me forever. But I know a lot of people use their cell phones for everything. When I watch Irving City Council meetings, I see all the speakers reading notes on their cell phones.

She sees that mobile boarding passes are handy for air travel and scannable tickets are a must for sports and entertainment.

“Computers have opened up a wealth of information for people,” says Higbie. “If you don’t learn computer skills, you miss a lot of opportunities.”

She says that in her job at the Irving Heritage Society, she sends a lot of emails. “The computer has become a necessity for communication these days.”

Higbie agrees with Roberson on Zoom’s popularity, especially during the pandemic. “Our family now has a Zoom every Sunday evening. There are about 15 of us. It keeps us connected,” she says.

She advises taking a course specifically designed for seniors. “Probably if someone learns new things, it helps to go to a group where the others are the same age. The questions will all be the same. That’s why I liked the AARP classes so much. “, she says.

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Sandra Lopez, 55, learned new computer skills to gain an advantage in the job market and to communicate better with her family.
Sandra Lopez, 55, learned new computer skills to gain an advantage in the job market and to communicate better with her family.(Sandra Lopez)

Sandra Lopez, 55, worked as a medical assistant for 26 years but did not learn computers because the doctor she worked for only used paper. When the doctor cut her hours in 2019, she was fired.

Now what? The mother-of-four and grandmother-of-12 looked for other options and found computer lessons at Main Source.

She was comfortable with a cell phone, but “I didn’t even know how to turn on a computer,” she says. His grandchildren gave him some advice, “but then they would get angry with me. “You have to do it yourself, grandma. You have to learn yourself,” they said.

Now, Lopez says, “I can open a computer and do a search,” and her son recently bought her a laptop. “Even though I’m not an expert yet, I want to work and use my computer skills,” she says. And thanks to the courses she took, “I’m not afraid to open a computer.”

“I wasted time not learning the computer until now, but then again, my old job didn’t require it,” she says. And the fact that she is bilingual adds to her skills.

Now she has gained confidence in having a laptop and a cell phone. “Everyone needs both,” she says.

“Never too late to learn”

John Murphy joined Senior Source as an employment coach last year. The center offers free computer classes every two months, in person and online.

“We try to make sure our students stay current with the latest technology,” says Murphy. “There are hurdles and hurdles for older people when they first get started. That’s a lot of information to process.

“Even I sometimes have problems with technology,” says the 35-year-old. “But it’s never too late to learn.”

Lessons start with the basics like entering a password and hitting the send button. Often his students will push a button and then nervously ask, “What did I just do?”

Technology and not knowing how something works can be scary, says Murphy.

“Older people keep me on my toes,” he says. “They didn’t grow up with this technology. It is foreign territory. They are significantly more confident after taking a course. You walk away with more than you knew.

Milton-Jones named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame


KNOXVILLE, TN – DeLisha Milton-Jones – the two-time Olympic gold medalist and current head coach of the Old Dominion women’s basketball team – was announced as one of eight inductees into the 2022 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, announced the room on Monday evening. Milton-Jones helped write the game’s history with a decorated playing career at the college, professional and international levels and quickly became a rising star in the coaching ranks.

Milton-Jones was a four-year star in Florida, where she still ranks fourth in career scoring with 1,858 points. A 2007 member of the Florida Gator Hall of Fame, she received SEC honors in 1994 and was voted first-team all-conference in 1996. Her senior season was one for the record books. She averaged 18.6 points per game and led Florida in both blocks (48) and steals (87) en route to first-team All-American honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Associated Press and Basketball Times. Milton-Jones was also named SEC Player of the Year in 1997 and received the Wade Trophy as the top female college basketball player. She led the Gators to the Elite Eight of the 1997 NCAA Tournament, where she lost an iconic game to eventual national runner-up Monarchs, and was named the Middle East region’s Most Outstanding Player. .

Portland Power picked Milton-Jones second overall in the 1997 American Basketball League. Just two years later, and after the ABL disbanded, she was picked fourth overall in the 1997 American Basketball League Draft. the WNBA by the Los Angeles Sparks. Her first stint in Los Angeles lasted five seasons, and she was a star in 2000 and a key contributor to the Sparks title-winning teams in 2001 and 2002. Her WNBA career spanned 17 years and 499 games, a record at the time. . of his retirement which has since been broken by his great compatriot Sue Bird. Milton-Jones would make another all-star team in 2007 and represented the US Olympic team in The Game at Radio City in 2004, an exhibition between the US Olympic team and a roster of WNBA stars who replaced a star traditional. Game. In all, Milton-Jones played for Atlanta, New York, Washington and San Antonio, in addition to Los Angeles. His 5,571 career points rank 16th in WNBA history. She also made stops in Spain, Italy, Turkey, South Korea, the Czech Republic and Russia to play professionally.

She was just as successful on the international stage, winning two Olympic gold medals with Team USA in 2000 and 2008 and missed the 2004 games due to injury.

Milton-Jones was introduced to coaching in 2005, when she was named interim coach of the semi-professional American Basketball Association Los Angeles Stars midway through the season. At the time, Milton-Jones was only the second woman to coach a men’s professional team. Her coaching career really began in 2016, when she was an assistant at Pepperdine. The following season, she took over as head coach at Malibu, and the program quickly exploded. His first season saw the Waves win 10 games, their most since 2012. The following year, Pepperdine had one of the best turnarounds in the nation, going 22-10 and qualifying for the WNIT Sweet 16 for the first appearance. in the playoffs in the program. the story.

Milton-Jones took the reins of Old Dominion ahead of the 2019-20 season and guided the Monarchs through some turbulent times in his first season. ODU won seven of its final nine games that season and won three games in three days to reach the Conference USA tournament semifinals as the shorthanded but determined No. 6 seed.

Old Dominion continued that momentum in 2021-22. The Monarchs currently hold a 19-5 overall record and own wins over a pair of Power 5 opponents at Auburn and Texas Tech.

Milton-Jones will join five Old Dominion legends in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame – Anne Donovan, Nancy Lieberman, Inge Nissen, Ticha Penicheiro and Marianne Stanley. She is the 13th active Division I women’s basketball coach in the Hall of Fame, joining Geno Auriemma (UConn), Gary Blair (Texas A&M), Doug Bruno (DePaul), Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (Texas Southern), Kamie Ethridge ( Washington State), Nancy Fahey (Illinois), Rick Insell (Middle Tennessee), Kim Mulkey (LSU), Dawn Staley (South Carolina), C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers), Tina Thompson (Virginia) and Tara VanDerveer (Stanford) .

Joining Milton-Jones in the Class of 2022 are Debbie Antonelli (contributor), Alice “Cookie” Barron (veteran player), Doug Bruno (coach), Becky Hammon (player), Paul Sanderford (coach), Bob Schneider (coach) and Penny Taylor (international player).

The 2022 induction will mark the 23rd class of inductees to be honored by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Class of 2022 will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, receiving their coveted Eastman Trophy and Baron Championship Induction Ring on June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tickets for the ceremony are on sale now. For more information on tickets, click here.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors serves as the selection committee to determine which individuals will be inducted each year and which groups will be honored as “pioneers of the game”. Voting is based on the nominees’ minimum requirements, which include a performance record, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women’s basketball.

For more information on the 2022 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Weekend and to purchase tickets, please visit www.wbhof.com.

Historic Infrastructure Funding Opportunities Open to Local Governments


February 14, 2022

Eric Lowell


On November 15, 2021, the bipartisan infrastructure bill says Building a better America has been enacted. This bill invests more than $400 billion over five years to repair roads and bridges and support major transportation projects.

Building a better America provides for several different funding mechanisms. A portion will be provided to states while other funding is available through a competitive grant process. The White House released a 465-page report guide which contains information on the thirteen funding areas with information on where and how to apply for the different programs. If necessary, the White House will release subsequent versions of the guide with all updated details and timelines.

Funding goal

Funding for Building a Better America has been distributed among the following program areas:

  • Transport
    • Roads, bridges and major projects
    • Passenger and freight rail transport
    • Public transport
    • Federal Aviation Administration airports and facilities
    • Ports and waterways
    • Security
    • Electric vehicles, buses and ferries

  • Climate, energy and environment
    • Clean energy and electricity
    • The water
    • Resilience
    • Environmental remediation

  • Broadband
  • Other programs
    • Programs of the regional commissions
    • Department of Commerce, Agriculture and Energy Programs
    • Departments of Health and Human Services and Interior Programs
    • Department of Transportation Programs
    • Environmental Protection Agency programs
    • Solid waste management and recycling

The White House also released a fact sheet which contains 25 competitive grant opportunities for local governments. Some of these competitive grants are already open and have application deadlines. Many more will open in the first quarter of 2022, while more will open later in 2022. It is imperative that local governments wishing to apply start planning now. If your agency is not yet registered with Grants.gov (the Federal Grants Application Portal), note that registration takes two to four weeks and is the first step in the process.

Grant Opportunities

This funding program is currently open and accept applications: Grants for the Sustainable and Equitable Reconstruction of American Infrastructure (RAISE). RAISE provides $7.5 billion for transportation infrastructure projects, including road, rail, transit, and other surface transportation of local and/or regional importance. Transport projects will be selected based on safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, competitiveness and economic opportunity, state of good repair, partnerships and innovation. Local governments interested in funding should consult the Notice of Funding Opportunity to find out how to apply. Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on April 15, 2022.

Grant opportunities: first quarter of 2022

These grant programs are not currently open, but are planned to be in the first quarter of this year (i.e. until March 2022).

Subsidies for the development of port infrastructures includes $2 billion in grants to fund the modernization and expansion of U.S. ports to eliminate supply chain bottlenecks, ensure long-term competitiveness, resilience and sustainability while reducing impacts on the environment and nearby communities.

Subsidies for buses and bus facilities includes $2 billion in grants to replace, rehabilitate, purchase or lease buses and bus-related equipment and to rehabilitate, purchase, build or lease bus-related facilities – as well as capital funding for projects to low- or zero-emission buses.

National Infrastructure Project Assistance (also known as “megaprojects” or MEGA) provides $5 billion in grants for multimodal, multijurisdictional projects of regional or national significance. Communities wishing to complete large, critical projects that would otherwise be unachievable without outside assistance are eligible to apply for funding. The information is not currently available on the transport department (DOT), but it should be released during this month.

The Rural Surface Transportation Grant program provides $2 billion in grants to improve and expand surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas, increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and goods, and generate economic growth regional. As with the MEGA funding program, the DOT website will post further details as they become available.

Grant Opportunities: Spring 2022 and Beyond

These grant programs are should open after the first quarter of this year (i.e. after March 2022).

Safe Streets and Roads for All includes $5 billion in grants for local and tribal governments exclusively to support their efforts to advance “vision zero» blueprints and others complete streets improvements to reduce accidents and fatalities, especially for cyclists and pedestrians. keep an eye on DOT website for further details.

the ReConnect Loan and Grant Program provides $2 billion in loans and grants for projects that broadband in rural areas. This is an existing program made available by the Department of Agriculture. The current application window ends February 22, 2022, but the next grant application window opens in the third quarter of 2022.

The Middle Mile Grants Program includes $1 billion in grants through the US Department of Commerce for the construction, improvement or acquisition of mid-mile broadband infrastructure. Applications are expected to open in the second quarter of 2022 and information will be available on the department’s website.

The State and Local Cybersecurity Grants Program provides $1 billion in grants to address cybersecurity risks and threats to information systems that state and local governments own or operate. Applications will likely open in the third quarter of 2022. As with the Middle Mile Grant Program, information about this grant opportunity will be posted by the US Department of Commerce.

How local governments can prepare

The White House has encouraged local governments to begin planning the bid process in their departments, as well as coordinate bid efforts with their metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs).

As part of this planning, a local government should:

  1. Prioritize your community’s capital needs and develop a pipeline of projects by taking the time to think about projects previously considered impossible due to a lack of funding or regional coordination. This is a once-in-a-generation funding opportunity that will require bold and inclusive thinking.
  2. Use the next guide to bipartisan infrastructure law to identify federal funding sources to target.
  3. Make sure that all transit, rail, road, highway and bridge projects are part of your DFO’s transportation improvement plan.
  4. Begin mapping sites for electric vehicle charging stations and alternative fuel sites.
  5. Make an inventory and map of lead pipes in your jurisdiction. Read through the Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan additional federal resources for this effort.
  6. Work with your state’s broadband agency to ensure that the needs in your jurisdiction or region are mapped and inventoried appropriately.
  7. Build relationships with regional offices of key federal agencies that can help direct you to resources and provide technical assistance.

Additionally, the White House will be offering a series of Infrastructure Schools webinars over the coming weeks to give local governments an in-depth look at the funding opportunities available for the various areas of the infrastructure program. Local governments should plan to register for the appropriate webinars in order to take full advantage of these unique funding opportunities. Registration is currently open for webinars in the following program areas:

Registration for other webinars will open soon. For more information on grant opportunities and to sign up for updates, visit Building a better America.

MRSC is a private, nonprofit organization serving local governments in Washington State. Eligible Washington State government agencies can use our free, one-on-one Ask MRSC service to get answers to legal, policy, or financial questions.

About Eric Lowell

Eric Lowell joined MRSC in December 2020 as a financial consultant. He has been involved in local government finance for over 13 years, including municipal government as well as a special purpose district.

Eric holds a BA in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and a BS in Accounting from Central Washington University.


How to attract and keep new workers


The economy appears to be rebounding from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses have opened or are reopening, people want to go out and spend money, and employers want to see their staff back in the office, even if it means forcing them to get vaccinated and wear masks. This is good news for the professional cleaning industry. When the facilities are open, they must be cleaned.

But the problem today is that many cleaners don’t want to go back to their old jobs. Employers are aggressively competing for low-wage workers, with some offering US$1,000 signing bonuses and others raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour ahead of schedule, according to the April issue. 2021 of the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions, the Federal Reserve System publication on current economic conditions in the United States.

Why the shortage of workers?

Signing bonuses for cleaners are extremely rare. A few years ago, if a hotel or contract cleaner, for example, advertised for housekeepers or cleaners, they could get 15-20 applicants in a day or two. However, it looks like those days are over, at least for now. Here are some of the likely contributing factors:

  • Many cleaning workers see themselves as frontline workers, helping to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. However, it also means they are at greater risk of contracting the disease, which lowers their interest in returning to work.
  • Some cleaners see this as a matter of social equity. They think they weren’t valued enough to keep people healthy before the pandemic. While compliance with cleaning, in general, has improved since the pandemic began, it’s not enough for many cleaning workers to take risks and get back to work.
  • Unemployment-fighting bills passed by Congress, providing additional jobless benefits to millions of people, have, many say, made returning to work unnecessary. While HuffPost reports that economists analyzing recent studies refute this, we do know that some workers earned the same amount or more by not working.
  • Child care costs have increased in many parts of the country, often due to a lack of child care centers or the closure of day care centers during the pandemic. This has forced many workers, mostly women, to stay home with their children and not return to the labor market.
  • After spending several months not working in the cleaning industry, some employees have decided to pursue other types of jobs.

It seems that the reasons for the labor shortage are varied. This list probably only covers the basics. However, the focus must now be on recruitment, that is, attracting new workers and, just as importantly, retaining them.

Start by being green

Recent studies indicate that young people are more focused on environmental issues than older generations. According to a survey published in Fast Company, often considered the go-to magazine for tech young people, corporate sustainability is a priority and most millennials would take a pay cut to work at an eco-friendly company. According to the study, 40% have already done so.

Other studies, such as the one published by the Governance and Accountability Institute Inc.MT (GAI), a sustainable development consultancy, confirm these results. GAI reports that 70% of 1,000 people surveyed said they would choose to work at a company with a strong environmental program, and a significant number said they would take a pay cut for doing so.

When recruiting cleaning workers, building service contractors (BSCs) need to place more emphasis on the steps they take to be green and sustainability-focused, according to Steve Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specializing in green cleaning and sustainability. “Furthermore, the recent publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made this even more crucial,” he says.

Ashkin adds that today’s young cleaning professionals are well trained. “To recruit these people, entrepreneurs must validate their [green and] sustainability achievements and show they are taking action to fight climate change and protect our environment.

Focus on the basics of recruitment

Although the coronavirus pandemic has altered many processes, BSCs and other employers should not lose sight of the essentials. They should consider the following employee characteristics and recruiting practices when hiring new employees.

  • Make sure workers are experienced in cleaning. Some candidates don’t realize that cleaning is a very physical job. If they’ve done cleaning tasks before, they probably already know what to expect.
  • Check self-motivation. Even as a team, much of the work done by cleaning staff is done by themselves. New hires should be comfortable working independently and performing their jobs satisfactorily without a supervisor looking over their shoulder.
  • Convenience matters. A cleaning contractor thinks his team of caretakers are the face of his business. Prior to hiring, its staff are encouraged to observe how candidates interact with others in the office. If candidates are polite — saying please and thank you and being courteous — this entrepreneur thinks that’s how candidates will treat clients.
  • Seek commitment to the customer. While most entrepreneurs want their staff to be committed to their business, what is even more important is that the workers are loyal to the customer.
  • Discuss training. Workers view training as an investment in them. The training encourages new workers to excel in their role, realizing that advancement within the company may be in sight.
  • Reveal your mission statement. A mission statement that states the views and goals of an organization can be very helpful when recruiting new workers. In the past, only large BSCs had a mission statement. Now, all BSCs need a short but effective mission statement expressing their values ​​and explaining why their company is a good place to work.

Digitize cleaning

Mops and buckets are what many people visualize when they think of the professional cleaning industry. Although these tools are still two of the mainstays of the industry, they have never proven to be an attraction for newcomers who plan to join the industry.

Fortunately, cleaning tools change and change very quickly. The Internet of Things (IoT) is playing an increasingly important role in professional cleaning. With electrostatic cleaners, ultraviolet C (UV-C) light systems and UV-C air purifiers, technology is becoming a daily part of professional cleaning.

Architects and building planners are now realizing the importance of technology and are striving to keep pace with the industry. Previously, their primary concern was installing enough power outlets and janitorial closets in a facility to help cleaners perform their duties. Now they are developing new facilities on the assumption that robotic floor machines, for example, will take over much of the floor maintenance. Integrated sensors anticipate the needs of on-site robotic cleaning systems and other cleaning technologies.

All of this bodes well for attracting new workers to the industry. Where mops and buckets have failed, technology and robotics have generated considerable interest. “The inclusion of robotics and internet technology in the cleaning industry will help improve the image of the cleaning industry,” said T. Balakrishnan, vice president of Asia-Pacific Division of Diversey Care. “[This will bring] of gradual change to attract younger, technically skilled workers into the industry.

Keep them on the payroll

BSCs that are successful in hiring new cleaning professionals still have a problem to solve: how to keep them.

Rick Vanderkoy, CEO of Secure Clean Building Services Inc. in Elgin, Illinois, has been in business for 45 years. When asked how to keep quality workers on the job, he offers the following suggestions:

  • Be flexible. Give cleaners greater flexibility in their schedules. “It helps many workers stay on the job.”
  • Respect the workers. Always ask your management team to treat cleaning workers with dignity and respect. “Even when there are disciplinary issues, dealing with them with kindness and respect helps to create a bond between company leaders and the worker.”
  • Value your employees. Make sure cleaning workers feel valued and supported.
  • Offer bonuses. Offer a bonus each pay period for quality work and perfect attendance. “It can pay dividends.”
  • Provide tools. Always provide clean, quality tools to workers. It also shows respect for the worker.

“Finally, I learned early in the game to always put people before profit,” says Vanderkoy. “You take care of your people, and profit will take care
of herself.

Ask Eartha: Why You Should Skip Roses For Valentine’s Day

Dear Eartha, how can I show my love for the planet this Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only thing that heats up the month of February. Just like climate change. Projections from the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization show that by 2050, nearly 25% of Summit County winter days could have high temperatures above freezing, up from 12% from 1970 to 1999.

Warmer Februarys would mean less fluffy powder we all love and more wet, heavy snow. Even scarier? The potential for winter rain instead of snow. Let’s help extend our winters and our love for the planet with some Valentine’s Day tips.

We like to buy things

Valentine’s Day is, like many other holidays, all about physical gifts. Yet many of these donations come with environmental costs. Take the example of roses: almost all of the roses that American buyers buy for Valentine’s Day are flown in from Colombia and other parts of South America. According to the Washington Post, in the three weeks leading up to February 14, 30 cargo planes travel daily from Colombia to Miami, with each plane carrying more than a million flowers. When the roses land in Miami, they are loaded into approximately 200 refrigerated trucks and transported daily to warehouses in South Florida. From there, they are assembled into bouquets and then shipped throughout the country.

What is the carbon footprint of this? Shipping all those roses for Valentine’s Day is 22,680 metric tons of CO2 over a three-week period. This figure represents almost 4% of Summit County’s carbon emissions in 2020! And that doesn’t include the trucking footprint from Miami to Colorado and beyond.

So consider skipping the roses and ask your local florist to create a bouquet with flowers they have in abundance, or ask about seasonal varieties produced closer to you. This can help reduce waste and the environmental cost of transportation.

Get off the beaten track

Showing more love for the planet could include moving away from our traditions of roses and other material things and focusing on experiences.

Maybe it’s planning a romantic dinner, gifting a pampering day, or finding an adventure for two. For any romantic experience, check out the many local businesses that participate in the High Country Conservation Center’s Resource Wise sustainable business program. The Green Business Directory on HighCountryConservation.org will provide a list of local restaurants, retail stores, and wellness services that are actively reducing their waste, limiting their energy use, saving water, and making more sustainable choices. Resource Wise companies are getting creative to reduce their footprint while delivering quality products and experiences.

Getting away from material things can also look like acts of service. It could be as simple as taking out the trash (and recycling)! Acts of service can also include volunteering together. Finding a shared passion project to take on together is the perfect way to connect with someone while caring for the community. There are many organizations looking for volunteers. Discover 1 Degreea new platform to link you to information about nonprofits in Summit County where you can volunteer.

Make the Earth your valentine

From December wildfires in the Front Range to below-average snowpack in the Colorado River Basin, it is clear that our Earth is not getting the love it deserves. Our precious planet needs us to use this holiday (and every day) to spread love, not unnecessary trash. Making Valentine’s Day more sustainable and acting on the climate will be the best gift for Valentine’s Day and for the future of our loved ones.

Lisa Evans

Sad demise of Markeaton Hall


A beautiful Derbyshire mansion falls into oblivion