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GlobalFoundries files registration statement for proposed initial public offering


MALTA, NY, October 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – GlobalFoundries® (GF®), a global leader in feature-rich semiconductor manufacturing, today announced that it has publicly filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). relating to the proposed initial public offering of its ordinary shares. The number of common shares to be offered and the price range of the proposed offering have not yet been determined. GF has applied to list its common shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “GFS”.


Morgan Stanley, BofA Securities, JP Morgan, Citigroup and Credit Suisse are acting as active book managers for the proposed offering. Deutsche Bank Securities, HSBC and Jefferies are acting as additional book managers for the proposed offering. Baird, Cowen, Needham & Company, Raymond James, Wedbush Securities, Drexel hamilton, Siebert Williams tail and IMI – Intesa Sanpaolo act as co-managers of the proposed offer.

The proposed offer will be made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus, when available, can be obtained from: Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014; BofA Securities, Inc., NC1-004-03-43, Attention: Prospectus Department, 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte, North Carolina 29255 or by e-mail to dg.prospectus_requests@bofa.com .; JP Morgan Securities LLC, c / o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, by phone at 866-803-9204 or by email at prospectus-eq_fi@jpmchase.com; Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c / o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, by phone at (800) 831-9146 or by email at prospectus@citi.com; or Credit Suisse Securities (United States) LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, Eleven Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, New York State 10010, by phone at 800-221-1037 or by e-mail at usa.prospectus@credit-suisse.com.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold, nor offers to purchase may be accepted, before the entry into force of the registration statement. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy such securities, and there will be no sale of such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be illegal prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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About GF:
GlobalFoundries Inc. (GF) is one of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers. GF offers feature-rich solutions that enable its customers to develop innovative products for ubiquitous chips for high growth markets. GF offers a wide range of feature-rich process technology solutions with a unique blend of design, development and manufacturing services. With a large-scale manufacturing footprint spanning the United States, Europe and Asia, GF is a trusted source of technology for its customers around the world.



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Supreme Court set to deal with abortion, guns and religion

The Supreme Court begins its annual term on October 4, 2021, with a busy schedule highlighted by three allegations of constitutional rights violations. One concerns religious rights. A second concerns gun rights.

And the most important case this year is a challenge to abortion rights. Several states are asking judges to reconsider Roe v. Wade – the landmark 1973 decision that established the constitutional right for a woman to terminate a pregnancy, regardless of the moral beliefs of other citizens.


The case is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The Mississippi legislature passed the Gestational Age Act in 2018, banning abortions after 15 weeks. The law has been challenged and is currently on hiatus until the Supreme Court hears arguments on December 1, with a ruling expected by June 2022.

Since 1973, the Supreme Court has recognized a fundamental right for a woman to make her own decision about motherhood, up to the point of viability – when the fetus can survive on its own outside the womb, which is about 24 hours. weeks. gestation.

However, several states have passed laws intentionally challenging Roe’s constitutionality by lowering the threshold to 15 weeks, as in Mississippi, or to six weeks, as in Texas. Republican legislatures in those states are hopeful that a more conservative Supreme Court will overturn or change the 1973 ruling.

Public opinion on abortion has remained remarkably stable in an era of political polarization. From the 1970s until today, about 20% of Americans have always believed that abortion should be illegal under all circumstances. Another slightly larger group felt that this should be legal under all circumstances. And the largest group of Americans – around 50% – favored legal availability with some restrictions.

The central legal question since 1973 – and particularly with the case in court – has been what kind of restrictions should be allowed.

Judges will examine the long-standing debate over whether the Constitution protects the right to choose, or whether abortion falls within the realm of rights and squarely under majority rule to be decided by ordinary legislation.

But there is also a second question addressed in Roe, which is more often overlooked: whether a fetus is a person who also has rights, or on the contrary whether a fetus is an aspect of the pregnant woman, whose rights are predominant. The Constitution gives no guidance on this second critical issue, which is at the heart of the Mississippi affair.

The court ruled in 1973 that the personality does not emerge at conception or wait for birth, but emerges during pregnancy at the point of viability. Therefore, according to Roe, states could ban abortion after 24 weeks, but not before.

As an observer of constitutional policy, I suspect that if the court were to rule on this issue for the first time, probably six of the judges would argue that the Constitution contains no specific rights to abortion, instead leaving that decision to each. State. They may also believe that decisions about personality emergence, and therefore when abortion might be limited, are best left to individual states.

But Roe has been around for almost 50 years and is often seen as a “super precedent,” with even more force than other long-standing rulings. Chief Justice John Roberts has shown great esteem for precedent, while some of the more conservative judges like Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas believe precedents are no justification for prolonging what they believe is wrong. It’s hard to predict whether the court will leave Roe alone, overturn Roe entirely, or uphold the principle of abortion rights while allowing states to lower the fetal personality threshold from 24 weeks to 15 weeks – or less – is. difficult to predict.

Fire arms

The court first recognized a fundamental right of citizens to bear arms for their personal protection in landmark DC v. Heller in 2008 and MacDonald v. Chicago in 2010. What has not been decided is how far the right extends outside the home. Can local governments limit the right to the protection of the home alone, or do citizens have a broader right to carry concealed weapons when in society?

In New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the Complainants argue that the Second Amendment requires something more than the current practice of limiting concealed firearms licenses to rare circumstances. Technically, a private citizen can get a permit, but the strict requirements in New York City mean that in practice hardly any permits are issued.

In the complainants’ view, a rule requiring “good cause” for granting a license – such as being in imminent danger from a known source – limits the right to select persons, rather than applying the Bill of Rights to persons. ordinary. The court will have to draw the lines as to where and to whom the Second Amendment extends.


A clear trend on the current court is towards greater protection of religious freedom. This dates back to the controversial Hobby Lobby decision in 2014, which allowed religious companies to seek exemption from healthcare laws they say violate their beliefs. More recently, in Fulton v. Philadelphia in June 2020, the court ruled in favor of a religious charity that had been excluded from adoption programs in the city of Philadelphia because the organization refused to serve same-sex couples who wished to adopt or foster. a child. .

Many of the recent rulings expanding religious freedom have been decided 7-2 or even 9-0 among the judges, with only the two more liberal judges, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, sometimes dissenting. Now Sotomayor is alone in decisions that would go to 8-1, or, with the two more moderate Liberals also dissenting, 6-3.

However, when religion meets public education, the division on the ground becomes more dramatic between conservatives and liberals. In 2020, five judges overturned the exclusion of a US $ 150 private school tuition tax credit when applied to a religious school, saying that if a state offers a benefit regarding schools private secularists, he cannot deny the same opportunities to parents who choose religion schools. Four justices dissented on the grounds that any funding benefiting religious schools violates the First Amendment by creating an unacceptable entanglement between government and religion.

This year, the court must decide whether the same principle applied in the award decision applies on a larger scale. The state of Maine, where many communities do not have local public schools, reimburses the tuition fees of a student to attend private schools. But it doesn’t pay the same tuition fees for private religious schools.

In Carson v. Makin, the court will determine whether a state can deny a public benefit on the basis that it will be used to pay for explicit religious instruction, or whether the First Amendment requires fully equal financial treatment for private religious and secular schools.

In each of these three major cases, a court now dominated by the Conservatives – especially after the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was replaced by Amy Coney Barrett – could shift U.S. constitutional law in a new direction.

Marin Railroad buffs seek a home for a historic train engine

Astrid Buss, 2, of Mill Valley and other young volunteers paint sections of a model of historic locomotive # 9 at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard in Mill Valley on Saturday, October 2, 2021. The replica will be placed at the depot in downtown Mill Valley. (Sherry LaVars / Marin Independent Journal)

Work and play is underway to build a full-scale, 1,200-pound wooden model of a steam engine that once ran through Mill Valley.

With artistic help from child volunteers, the Friends of No. 9 – a non-profit organization named after the Pacific Lumber Co. No. 9 locomotive – assemble a model train engine to display in the city center. from the city. It will be 30 feet long, 9 feet wide, and 11 feet high.

Work is underway at Mill Valley Lumber Yard, a site with a railroad history that has been remodeled with retail stores.

The project, which is supported by the Mill Valley Historical Society, aims to generate buzz – and funds – to complete the refurbishment of the actual No.9 locomotive. The hope is to exhibit the 36-ton steam engine somewhere. is going to town, said Fred Runner, president and executive director of Friends of No. 9.

“It’s hard for people to imagine a 30 foot long steam engine,” Runner said. “Part of the idea is to build a life-size representation to make that understanding a little easier – to give an idea of ​​what # 9 might look like in a permanent display.”

The nonprofit will apply this week to the Parks and Recreation Commission for permission to place the model for a temporary display at the east end of Depot Plaza in time for a celebration scheduled for October 10 at noon.

Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway No. 9 engine during restoration in Sonoma County in 2018 (Eric Macris)

The steam locomotives of the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway roared through Mill Valley from about 1896 to 1930. The railway, which consisted of about 8.2 miles of winding track, was billed as “the railway. the most tortuous in the world ”.

The real No.9 engine was built at Heisler Locomotive Works in Erie, Pa., In 1921. It was shipped to Mill Valley soon after, where it was used on the Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railroad until 1924.

After being sold and moved, the train was finally exhibited at the Scotia Museum in Humboldt County in 1953.

Despite years of efforts to bring the train back to Mill Valley, Runner and his history and railroad-loving friends only acquired the train in March 2018. That’s when the Scotia Community Services District, which owned the train, started the engine for an auction offer.

Friends of No. 9 launched a bid for $ 56,240, beating five other groups vying for the engine.

“This is the only surviving full-size piece of the Mount Tamalpais Railroad,” Runner said.

Eric Macris, president of the Mill Valley Historical Society and town planning commissioner, said transporting the Humboldt County engine was expensive work.

It cost about $ 30,000 for the trucks and cranes used to transport the engine to an undisclosed ranch where it is being renovated. The association spent approximately $ 12,000 to remove asbestos and lead paint. Now workers are restoring the tender, a 650-gallon fuel tank.

“It’s a really important part of our history,” Macris said. “We should highlight it in a prominent place. “

Over the past four weekends, the association has invited children to learn about the city’s railroad history and help paint the engine model.

“It’s partly an educational project and partly an artistic one,” Macris said. “It’s good for the kids.

Jan and Matt Mathews, owners of Mill Valley Lumber Yard, said they are happy the nonprofit and children are working on the project on their property.

“The tracks went up Miller (Avenue) and a spur entered the lumberyard for hauling lumber,” Jan Mathews said. “The engine is an important part of Mill Valley history and we are delighted to help promote it.”

Sean McGrew, the city’s arts and recreation director, said his department had worked with Friends of No. 9 on the model’s plans for most of the past year.

“I think every time you bring art to the community it’s a positive thing,” McGrew said of the project. “It makes us think about the possibilities and it’s always a wonderful thing.”

The Parks and Recreation Commission meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The agenda and staff reports are online at bit.ly/3A7Nbc6.

A permanent display of the real No.9 would require city council approval, McGrew said.

More information about the project is on friendsofno9.org.

Kerala MLA Moves Supreme Court Against Kerala HC’s Refusal to Consider Reopening Borders


A member of the Kerala Legislature has asked the Supreme Court to challenge the Kerala High Court’s refusal to consider his petition challenging the state of Karnataka’s decision to restrict the entry of people from Kerala unless that they do not have a negative RTPCR test.

The request for special authorization was filed by AKM Ashraf challenging the order of the High Court of Kerala refusing to lift the mandatory condition of having a negative RT-PCR certificate taken within 72 hours of travel, for lack of competence.

The High Court petition called for urgent orders to allow the free movement of daily commuters from Kerala residents to Karnataka by lifting the mandatory requirement of having a negative RT-PCR certificate taken within 72 hours of travel, regardless of travel status. having taken at least one fact of the Covid vaccine.

The petitioner challenged the following two orders in the Kerala High Court:

  • Ordinance of 31.07.2021 issued by the Chief Secretary of the Government of Karnataka ordering that for the entry of Kerala into the State of Karnataka, travelers, including students, professionals and businessmen who travel daily, will need to undergo the RTPCR test even if they are fully vaccinated.
  • Order of the deputy commissioner ordering to close the Kerala – Karnataka border and to cancel the public transport buses seeking to cross the said border.

According to the petitioner, the decision of the High Court of Kerala to dismiss his petition for lack of territorial jurisdiction as the contested order was made by the State of Karnataka is incorrect and the cause of action in the present case is clearly located in the state of Kerala because of these two orders are severely felt by the people of Kerala.

The petitioner further argued that the effect of these orders reverberates on students and the public who visit the state every day for education, business, employment, medical treatment and other reasons have been asked to undergo an RT-PCR test which is virtually impossible and makes no sense to daily commuters.

“The High Court under Section 226 (2) has ample jurisdiction to issue a summons against any government even if the seat of that government is outside its territory. Therefore, the High Court of Kerala had jurisdiction to issue a summons against the government of Karnataka against the decree of 31.07.2021 adopted by the government of Karnataka “, argued the petitioner.

The petitioner also argued that the order of the government of Karnataka conflicts with the instructions issued by the central government on August 25 ordering state governments not to impose the RT-PCR test on fully vaccinated people to go through one state to another.

Case details: AKM Ashraf against the State of Karnataka and the Ors

Here are some of the most expensive Japanese cars built and sold to date

JDM cars made their mark in movies and on American roads, and they tended to be reliable, fast, inexpensive, easy to work with, and in some cases, stylish and durable.

While they have yet to reach asking prices for Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti, vehicles for the Japanese domestic market are finally finding their place in the auction block. The Nissan GT-R, for example, is a relative boon in terms of raw performance-price factors, as it can smoke almost anything Ferrari or Lamborghini builds.

But Japanese automakers intended to build “people’s cars” during the 1960s and 1980s, and as such, they did not qualify for the collector’s holy grail: scarcity. But all of that is changing.

The 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000GT will always be considered one of Japan’s greatest automotive achievements, but since it did not bring it to the United States, it is now considerably more valuable and sought after by collectors around the world. It is believed that Nissan only sold 197 units of this classic, and the company built the cars simply to displace the remaining engines from the car’s predecessor, the 2-liter inline-six S20.

The 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432 was produced in just 420 units and they were all sold in Japan. There, the Fairlady is worshiped and is auctioned off in rare cases. The Fairlady Z432R was the rare racing version of the car, and only 30-50 of them exist, making it the most sought-after Nissan Z car by collectors.

A special homologation of the car was auctioned off at Tokyo’s Top Heritage Auctions and sold for over $ 800,000.

Shelby American’s 1968 Toyota 2000GT SCCA was positive proof that the 2000GT could compete on the track with the world’s most dangerous racing cars, and it essentially paved the way for future Japanese automobiles in international markets. A 1968 right-hand drive version sold for a lot of money, and it was produced in a limited series of just 351 units.

The 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring package marked the final chapter in the history of a unique car, and it was the first and only Lexus supercar. Only 50 of these fabulous machines were made, and one sold for over $ 918,000 at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. It came with the 4.8-liter V10 that produced 562 hp, was able to reach 202 mph and cover the 0-62 mph sprint in under 3.7 seconds.

The 1992 AAR / Toyota Eagle MkIII GTP was one of the most dominant prototypes in American motorsport history, and it was ultimately sold at auction straight out of the garage of icon Juan Manuel Fangio II. The MKIIIs won 21 of the 27 races they completed, and Fangio won the IMSA GTP Championship in 1992 and 1993 behind the wheel. The car was built by Dan Gurney’s All American Racers and presented to Fangio by Toyota after the track days were over.

A 1967 Toyota 2000GT gained widespread fame as a competitor in the global sports car market and earned its fame in the James Bond film You only live twice. Many call it Japan’s first supercar, and as such, it demands huge prices at auction. Toyota only produced 351 2000GT in 1967 and 1968, and the price of one will continue to climb as it meets all the necessary criteria: rarity, elegance and historical significance to the Toyota brand. While it was possible to find a Toyota 2000GT for less than $ 500,000 in 2019, those days are gone, never to return.

The 2017 Acura NSX is the result of Acura putting all its know-how into a contemporary recovery of the first NSX. The automakers created this carbon-trimmed masterpiece with an electric upgrade and it featured and it ran on a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 573 horsepower. The top speed of 191 mph (307 km / h) made it Acura’s fastest car to date. At a Barrett-Jackson auction in 2016, the 2017 Acura NSX – the very first model made with VIN 001 – sold for $ 1.2 million, with funds going to charity.

The 1989 Mazda 767B drove through the block at Gooding & Company on Amelia Island in 2017 and sold for $ 1.75 million. That number made it the most expensive Japanese car ever sold that was not auctioned off for charity, and also the most expensive rotary engine racing car. The model sold at Amelia, chassis 003, was one of three built for the 1989 racing season, and it made Mazda the only Japanese manufacturer to win at Le Mans in 1990.

A 2021 Lexus LC 500 Cabriolet, with VIN # 100001, sold for $ 2 million. It was the first Lexus LC 500 convertible made for 2021, and it caught the eye of a demented – and overly wealthy – collector who bought the vehicle within three minutes of hitting the block. On the bright side, the proceeds from the sale went to the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Another surprise is this 2020 Toyota Supra, which got an early production version of the 2020 Toyota Supra GR which was autographed by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, which was auctioned off at Barrett Jackson Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2019 for the exasperating sum of $ 2.1 million. Again, the car was sold for a charitable cause and all proceeds went to the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Barrett-Jackson was the first to auction VIN # 001 cars for charity 15 years ago, and since then the charity’s profits have totaled over $ 100 million.

Tulsa ‘wave’ of evictions hit, but not in the way some officials expected | Local News

“The impact of COVID has been deep and wide,” said Reverend Jeff Jaynes, executive director of Restore Hope, a local nonprofit overseeing the ERAP. “It was vast in that it affected a lot of people who had never needed rent assistance before. And it was deep in the fact that people were unable to pay their rent for a number of months and were thousands of dollars in arrears. Even though they’re back to work now, they just haven’t been able to catch up.

Tulsa has spent about $ 19.6 million in federal stimulus funds on rent assistance, which is supposed to support the program until next fall. After that, more federal funds will support rental assistance programs until the end of 2024, said Becky Gligo, executive director of the nonprofit Housing Solutions.

By then, Tulsa will have to start long-term efforts to reduce eviction rates, Gligo said.

“I don’t think we’ll have this level of assistance forever,” she said. “But it does give us time to really look at the Landlord Tenant Act reforms and think of ways to use other funds to potentially ensure we have help readily available to those who need it.” “

Although the number of new cases has not increased as much as expected, Tulsa’s deportation case is growing as the court begins to hear cases that have been put on hold as the federal moratorium has remained in place for more. one year.

NFL Hall of Fame sells home in Dallas, picks sentimental entry price


DALLAS (NEXSTAR) – The Dallas home of former Cowboys player Emmitt Smith is back in the market at $ 2.2 million.

This price doesn’t just reflect the specifications of the home, the listing agent said. This is in honor of his former jersey number in the NFL: 22.

Smith built the house to his liking in 1995, said Douglas Elliman Real Estate, the group listing the house at 150001 Winnwood Rd.

The house has a real “everything is bigger in Texas” feel to it. First of all, it’s 10,806 square feet, according to the real estate agency. It has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms (plus four more half baths), two offices, two living rooms, and a garage large enough for four cars. The master bedroom is a massive suite with not one, not two, but three closets. There is also an indoor cinema room that seats 11.

The dining room is apparently large enough to seat 22 people (there’s still that special number!). If you end up buying the house, Smith could help you get into that large dining room. The price of the house includes a private dinner with the Hall of Famer.

The dining room can accommodate 22 people, says the real estate agency. (Photo: Courtesy of Shoot2Sell for Douglas Elliman)

But with all that space in the dining room, why not bring in the whole Cowboys offense?

Smith tried to sell the house two years ago for $ 2.5 million, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The three-time Super Bowl champion has spent most of his career as a running back with the Dallas Cowboys. His fast feet also won him a trophy off the field, as the winner of “Dancing with the Stars”.

CBI has pan-Indian jurisdiction to investigate a matter assigned to it by the Supreme Court: SC


While denying the request for special permission attacking the order of the High Court of Punjaband Haryana to maintain the branch of the CBI, the jurisdiction of Jammu and Kashmir to investigate the cases of “mass cremation of dead bodies not identified by Punjab Police ”, the Supreme Court observed orally on Friday that when the CBI is appointed & appointed by order of the Supreme Court, then jurisdiction is vested in them across India to investigate this case.

The case was brought before the judiciary Judges AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar.

“Once this court has appointed CBI to investigate a crime, jurisdiction is vested in the court order and not the law as such. When CBI is appointed and appointed by court order, then jurisdiction is vested in them across India to investigate this matter, “ Judge Khanwilkar made an oral comment.

Claiming that even CBI was bound by territorial jurisdiction, Senior Counsel Siddharth Dave appearing for the petitioner said:

“On territorial jurisdiction, it’s certainly like Bihar has a case, the Bihar police transfer it to the UP and UP police, then investigate and drop something in Patna, of course there is no jurisdiction over the UP police. CBI is also bound by territorial jurisdiction. “

“The indictment, if it’s filed by someone other than the CBI officer, we can understand this grievance. It is the CBI agent who introduces him, then his place in the office which is irrelevant. There are cases and cases. The investigation is carried out by a single officer. . He is transferred to another location. He comes and presents this accusation sheet here does not mean that he has no authority. It must be authorized by this department. If he has that authority, he can present this indictment sheet. Now, the question of whether this charge sheet is presented by a competent officer is one that can be discussed in the court of first instance and not calling into question the authority of the CBI as a whole ”, added Judge Khanwilkar.

Adding that indictments were only filed by the CBI for cases in accordance with the Supreme Court’s order, the court dismissed the petition.

Case before the High Court of Punjab and Haryana

On February 28, 1997, the CBI registered IPC RC u / s 364/34 in Jammu and Kashmir regarding the kidnapping and murder of a certain Sukhwinder Singh in Amritsar, Punjab. Likewise, other related cases have also been recorded concerning kidnappings and murders of innocent people.

He prepared an indictment and filed it before the special judge, CBI Patiala.

The applicants contested the initiation of prosecution by the CBI, Jammu and Kashmir on the grounds that the FIR should have been registered in accordance with the provisions of Article 154 Cr.PC because the offense had been committed in the territorial jurisdiction of PSBeas, Amritsar district, Punjab state and it was strange that the RC was registered by CBI in Jammu in J&K state and the same is illegal, without jurisdiction and zero abinitio.

It has also been argued that no part of the alleged offense was committed in J&K State, that no CR could have been recorded in Jammu and that an indictment could not have been recorded. being brought before this Court after investigation of the offense and any action taken in this matter was contrary to the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Penal Code was not permitted in J&K State.

The CBI Public Prosecutor argued that a preliminary investigation was registered by the CBI on December 20, 1995 pursuant to the Supreme Court Order of November 15, 1995 in Criminal Application No. 497/1995 entitled Smt. Paramjit Kaur versus. State of the Punjab et al on “Mass cremation of unidentified corpses by Punjab police”.

He also argued that the CR was registered on February 28, 1997 under Articles 364/34 CPI. The Attorney General of the CBI also argued that in order to meet the investigative burden of these cases, this case was registered with the CBI, SIU.XVI / JMU under the relevant provisions of the IPC and not under the provisions of the Ranbir Penal Code (as it applied to J&K thereafter).

He further argued that there had been no illegality on CBI’s part since the CBI Special Judge had jurisdiction to try all cases concerning the State of Punjab as the incident had occurred in the State of Punjab and that Challan had been rightly brought before this tribunal. territorially competent to judge the present case.

The Special Judge, CBI, Patiala dismissed the petitioner’s request for the charges to be dropped on CBI, which does not have territorial jurisdiction to register the case and conduct the trial.

Injured, the applicants applied to the High Court.

The unique bench of the High Court of Judge Arvind Singh Sanghwan on September 2, 2021, while upholding the judgment of the court of first instance, observed that,

“The Court of First Instance rightly decided that the question of the jurisdiction of the SIU-XVI branch, Jammu, to conduct the investigation and it cannot be said to be incompetent as it was ordered by the Supreme Court of the Honorable the Director, The CBI will first appoint a high-level team to investigate the facts, and then, in terms of the direction to be given to the investigation, register the cases if necessary, conduct an investigation and will proceed in accordance with the law on the basis of the elements gathered during the investigation. ”

Noting that the Supreme Court had conferred power on the Director of the CBI, the High Court, while dismissing the petition, said that the subsequent letter issued by the Director on February 9, 1997 conferring jurisdiction on the SIU-XVI branch could not no way to be illegal.

Case title: Dharam Singh and Ors v. CBI | SLP (Crl) 7228/2021

Plumb Place content auctioned on Saturday

File photo from KVOE News.

As part of the plan to develop a new agency to help women in the region in crisis, the Plumb Place steering committee is holding an auction on Saturday for all items related to Plumb Place.

J and D Auction manages procedures with hundreds of items available, including furniture, refrigerators, televisions, appliances, tools, kitchen utensils, glassware, office supplies, works of art. art, collectibles and items belonging to Preston Plumb.

The proceeds from Saturday’s auction will serve as seed money for a revised agency after Plumb Place ceased operations late last year due to long-standing financial issues. Earlier this year, the steering committee recommended the sale of the Plumb Place building – with official approval from the Lyon High Court – as well as the auction of all of its contents. As part of these recommendations, the steering committee also said that the nonprofit Plumb Place should not be dissolved as it could be relaunched and retain the same general mission as before, even if it takes on a new name. later.

The auction begins at 10:00 a.m. at Plumb Place, 224 East Sixth.

Exclusive: China’s victory over the Huawei Meng Wanzhou case to curb the use of long-armed American jurisdiction (ex-former director of Alstom)


Photo of Frédéric Pierucci: GT

China’s victory over Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou incident could help slow the process in which the United States uses its legal system to wage an economic war against specific companies and spur more countries to fight the jurisdiction long-armed US former Friday Alstom chief Frederic Pierucci told the Global Times in an exclusive interview.

“It is clear that the United States used it [such tactic] for quite a long time, ”Pierucci said in a video interview with the Global Times, as the country often targets strategic areas of companies by applying US laws to foreign companies in order to achieve their economic goals.

Pierucci’s story has been widely described as the French version of the recent Huawei incident. As the co-author of a book called Le Trap Américain (The American Trap), the French businessman who worked for French energy and transportation giant Alstom, shared how the United States uses their jurisdiction with long arms as a weapon. to take down the competition.

While there were similarities between the two cases, they ended differently. Pierucci was arrested in New York in 2013 for violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which ultimately led to a partial acquisition of Alstom by General Electric and a prison sentence for him; while Meng was detained in Canada at the behest of the United States amid the trade war launched by the United States against China, but then returned home without pleading guilty.

“A huge difference is that she had the full support of Huawei and the Chinese government as they quickly realized that this was not a legal matter as usual… it was part of an economic war.” , did he declare.

Pierucci pleaded guilty and spent two years in US jail after being arrested, while Alstom was fined $ 772 million in 2014, forcing the company to sell its assets, and the French businessman claims his collapse was planned by the United States, which was using a similar strategy against Huawei.

Meng struck a landmark deal with the US Department of Justice on Sept. 24 that allowed him to return to China, under which the top executive of the Chinese company did not plead guilty.

Where there's a five-star red flag, there's a beacon of faith.  If faith has a color, it must be Chinese red.  -Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou said at Shenzhen Airport after returning from Canada Editor: Yang Ruoyu / GT Graphic: Xu Zihe / GT

Where there’s a five-star red flag, there’s a beacon of faith. If faith has a color, it must be Chinese red. -Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou said at Shenzhen Airport after returning from Canada Editor: Yang Ruoyu / GT Graphic: Xu Zihe / GT

I think Huawei’s case is going to slow down the extraterritorial reach of US laws, as it was the first time a country has truly stood up to protect its citizens from US prisons and protect its business in that way, Pierucci said.

An economic war between the US and China now reminds him of a US-led trade war against Japan decades ago, and the former Alstom chief said it was important to take steps. strong countermeasures to “roll back” the adversary.

For example, in Europe, in the 1980s, the United States began to attack French companies on antitrust issues. As a result, they have imposed numerous fines on French and European companies over antitrust matters, Pierucci noted. At that time, Europe also reacted and also imposed numerous fines on American companies for antitrust. “And then there was a balance that was created,” he said, noting that a strong reaction is needed to prevent domestic companies from being “laminated” by the United States.

Now it is more like “playing ping pong” between China and the United States, Pierucci said, as China has come up with more stringent measures in recent years to protect its economic interests while advancing the establishment of a legal framework to counter long gun jurisdiction.

China’s highest legislature passed the Export Control Law in October 2020 and it came into effect on December 1, 2020, which allows the Chinese government to take countermeasures against any country or region that abuses the control measures. of exports and poses a threat to China’s national security and interests.

Some experts have said the legislation could be used to shatter US jurisdiction with long arms over a growing list of Chinese companies in an increasingly brutal confrontation between China and the United States.

In addition, leading Chinese lawmakers voted in June to pass the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law, providing a comprehensive legal basis to block illegal foreign sanctions and prevent Chinese individuals and entities from suffering the damage resulting from such sanctions. illegal sanctions.

While Pierucci believes the Chinese government’s victory over the Meng incident will spur more countries to fight the long-armed US jurisdiction, some countries have already started to respond, for example the UK and France have both implemented laws such as anti-corruption. law and blocking statutory law to protect their businesses from the extraterritorial reach of any foreign country.

Even as more countries put in place certain types of laws to hamper long-arm U.S. jurisdiction, the outcome depends on how effectively those laws can be enforced, he said.

Joyce Watts Richards | News, Sports, Jobs

June 11, 1929 – September 28, 2021

Joyce Richards, 92, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021 at the Mountain Ridge Care Center of Natural Causes. She was born on June 11, 1929 in Ogden, Utah, to Lawrence Nelson Watts and Madge Abigail Burch. After the death of her parents, she was raised by her grandparents, Sue and Ted Burch. She graduated from Ogden High School, then earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Utah.

Joyce married Winn Richards on March 16, 1950 in the Salt Lake City Temple and together they raised four sons and had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she loved very much.

She taught elementary education in the Salt Lake School District and in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a member of the Junior League of Ogden, a member of the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee of the Lake Bonneville Council and chair of the Mount Ogden BSA district. She was elected to the State Board of Education Committee, served as Chair of the Utah Medical Association Alliance Legislative Committee, and served as President of the Weber Medical Society Alliance. In the LDS Church, among other callings, she has served as Primary president and in stake ward and Relief Society presidencies. She was passionate about the outdoors and took numerous camping trips with her family. She and Winn loved to travel and visited countries on every continent in their lifetimes.

Joyce was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her sons, JB (Karen), Randy (Tammy), Brad (Cristina) and Scott (Tina), 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Instead of flowers, the family asks for a donation from your favorite charity.

A funeral service for family and close friends will be held on October 2, 2021 at Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd. Services entrusted to Ogden Mortuary in Lindquist.

Condolences can be shared at: www.lindquistmortuary.com.

As we get even closer to Covid-19 vaccines for young children, we can’t forget the rest of the world

Dr Vanessa Kerry, Co-Founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, discusses the need to put equity and justice at the heart of the global health agenda.

This week, parents in the United States were greeted with news that Pfizer was submitting data to the FDA that its Covid-19 vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective for children as young as five years old. As a parent myself, I imagine my sighs of relief, exhaustion, and joy were reflected in millions of homes.

Likewise, as a physician and public health professional, I am delighted to see the data showing how the vaccine generates an appreciable antibody response and proving that it is safe.

But that doesn’t erase how extremely difficult the past two years have been. Parents have borne a unique burden: trying to balance the demands of the job, a dramatic and difficult transition to distant school for children, and protecting their families from Covid-19.

And the joy parents like me have felt this week has yet to spread to too much of the world, where access to Covid-19 vaccines remains elusive for children and adults alike.

In addition to being a doctor and parent, I also run Seed Global Health, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve health around the world by ensuring that no country is short of the necessary doctors, nurses and midwives. to heal individuals and communities. Yet every day in our work we see historic inequalities and injustices in health occurring just like this vaccine rollout.

Countries like Malawi have less than one doctor for every 25,000 people (in contrast, the United States has 65). In Sierra Leone, a woman’s lifetime risk of dying during childbirth is 1 in 17. Half of the deaths in Uganda could be prevented if emergency care services were available. Here in the United States, although stark health disparities remain, most people do not face these same challenges or lack of options.

So even as we are at the height of vaccination in the United States, with children as young as five on the verge of protection, I refuse to accept the growing chasm between resourceful countries like ours. and all other countries and vulnerable people around the world.

It is an unfair and unnecessary division.

The World Bank has estimated the cumulative cost of Covid-19 at $ 16 trillion – and it continues. In contrast, the International Monetary Fund has estimated the cost of immunizing every person on this planet at $ 50 billion.

To be clear, given the choice, every parent should protect their children. I would never argue otherwise. Every family has the right to the safe and secure health that makes education, employment and opportunity possible. Health is really fundamental for children not only to survive, but to thrive. The problem is that not all families have this option today.

I grew up in a home that emphasized public service, finding ways to courageously face difficult challenges and contributing to those solutions for the greater good. I raise my own children with values ​​of fairness, service, global citizenship and a belief in our common humanity.

With innovation, courage, and political will, we can turn these values ​​into reality and translate them into lasting change – for children in the United States and around the world. We can also rule out any myopic reasons why such a health transformation might not be possible: it takes too long; It’s expensive; financial returns are too difficult to measure.

Data and the work of many refute these arguments. The World Bank has estimated the cumulative cost of Covid-19 at $ 16 trillion – and it continues. In contrast, the International Monetary Fund has estimated the cost of immunizing every person on this planet at $ 50 billion. Such an investment promises dividends beyond health in development, economic growth and well-being.

The world every child deserves is not out of reach. Building on the momentum of the Biden administration in convening a Covid-19 summit and a meeting of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this month, there is an important opportunity to place fairness and justice – values ​​that we should teach our children for a stronger and more secure world – at the heart of our global agenda.

Today, parents in some parts of the world can look forward to a closer return to normal for their children and their communities. Tomorrow we need to move beyond celebration and take action, ensuring that every parent can breathe the same sigh of relief.

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Alison Cook’s Burger Friday: Peaky Grinders’ hamburger was “scarf mad”


Peaky Grinders Unique Cheeseburger at Railway Heights Food Hall

Photo: Alison Cook / Staff

When I first saw the name “Peaky Grinders” appear among the food vendors of the new Railway heights market, I thought they were going to sell submarine sandwiches. Where I grew up in Vermont, “grinders” were what we called heroes or submarines.

But no: here, the pun name that plays on the British series Netflix refers to the homemade ground beef patties that anchor their burgers – and their homemade hot dogs, too. I will allow it.

I couldn’t wait to see the airy two-story market hall that opened this summer at Cottage Grove, on a curve where Washington Avenue leads to Hempstead Road. The whole region is developing so rapidly that just getting there can feel like an urban obstacle course.

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It is a worthy adventure. The market hall with its food and drink kiosks on the second floor has opened in stages over the past few months, and there is an inviting terrace on the balcony where you can enjoy the autumn breeze and watch the sunset.

There is also a good mix of food options. I spotted Ben McPherson from Hall of the Bravery Leader the fame of pasta and pizza, looking exhausted. He said he just opened his BOH Slice pizza stand that day. Then he rushed forward as if he was going to put out a fire.

Railway heights market

8200 Washington, 713-485-4563; railheights.com

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

THE PRICE: $ 8 for the quarter pound cheeseburger

ORDERED : Order and pay at the counter, give your phone number to the extremely friendly young employees, and they’ll text you when your food is ready to grab. It gave me time to have a drink of McClellen Estate Vineyard Petit Verdot at the Puncheon Wine and Beer Bar, conveniently located at the entrance to the outdoor patio. It’s a Walla Walla red, and it’s great.

ARCHITECTURE: No salad stuff. On a toasted yellow potato-style bun, a 4-ounce beef patty is ground internally; a coat of American cheese; a layer of homemade dill pickles; a dispersion of chopped onion; and ketchup and yellow mustard twizzles. The burger is wrapped in faux newspaper making it a nice, neat wrapper.

QUALITY: I found this insanely scarfable burger. In fact, once I was done I felt compelled to go back inside and order another one, which never happens.

What was the magic? It was something about how the modest proportions fit together into a satisfying whole; and how the thin patty held a flambé on its surface while remaining slightly pink on the inside, with a clear beef flavor. The sharp pickles kicked it; the cheese and diced onions softened it; and the condiments brightened up the sandwich without dominating the profile.

The burger may be simple, but it’s made with love. Indeed, owner Sunny Vohra, who once ran the hamburger business in Los Angeles, said he had to resist the pressure to get the burgers out faster in the face of the weekend crowds. I like this.

FOLLOW-UP ASSESSMENT: Fair. No juice sploosh, but a nice slide of condiments, with enough juice in the thin pancake.

CLASSIFICATION BY LETTER: A. The burger so good, I ate it twice.

VALUE: Yes, eight dollars is a bit pricey for a modest-sized burger, but the overhead here means the prices at all the kiosks seem higher than expected. You are paying for the variety and the experience.

I felt a little weak when I saw some aguas frescas on a stand for eight dollars, but then realized you had 32 ounces of it – which can basically quench a family of three’s thirst, or even four.

BONUS POINTS: Nice onions melted in duck fat that you can put on your burger or on the side. I ended up eating them with my fingers as an appetizer; they were so good.

MINUS POINTS: The fries and o-rings are frozen so I skipped them. Life is too short.

THINGS FOR LATER: The surrounding food hall is Stuff for Later Central. I bought a Lomo Saltado, the Sino-Peruvian beef fry, from David Guerrero at its new kiosk in Mykuna. I missed his food since the end Andean coffee, but he told me that a new one was coming soon to Houston substation, the development of the former downtown Barbara Jordan post office.

I also had a few flavor bars from PopSoap, which I first encountered and loved at the Canary Cafe in Lindale Park.

I could have caught okra from Heads & Tails, samosas from modest Samosa Haus, or pierogies from Queen pierogi. The next time!

LOCAL COLOR : The upper hall, with its high ceiling and procession of chandeliers, is as grand as it looks in the photos. I bumped into Martin Weaver, the talented young chef I first met at Kuu, who has been hired as the Culinary Director of the Market Hall, and he informed me about the locally sourced vegetable takeout and catering stand, Watever Fresh, which he will be opening downstairs . It’s an outgrowth of the multi-course pop-ups he made at Bravery Chef Hall, brother of downtown Railway Heights, during the pandemic.

Heard that there can be a crowd of customers on the weekends, but the Thursday night crowd was modest. They ranged from young professionals to entire families, the latter enjoying the wooden swings and the playground up front.

Bald cypress trees and surprisingly large sycamore trees give the grounds a park feel. I ended up rocking quietly on a wooden porch swing, kicking the gravel below to make a satisfying crunch. I hung around until the sun went down and the colors ablaze and died in the west.


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    Alison Cook – two-time James Beard Award winner for Restaurant Criticism and MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award recipient – has been reviewing restaurants and studying the food scene for the Houston Chronicle since 2002.

BGHL (GBP): Estimated net asset values


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The Directors of Boussard & Gavaudan Holding Limited wish to announce the following information for the Company.

Office closes on 09/30/2021.

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Golden LEAF Announces New SITE Program | Local News

ROCKY MOUNT – The Golden LEAF Foundation announced on September 23 the launch of the new Golden LEAF SITE program.

The program will help communities identify potential industrial sites for economic development, perform due diligence to prepare sites for industrial development, and expand utilities to perform coarse grading and clearing of sites requiring due diligence. Has been done.

Golden LEAF has budgeted $ 10 million for the program this fiscal year, which will be awarded in two rounds: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Applications for the Fall 2021 round are due on October 14 at noon for consideration by the board. of the Golden LEAF Foundation at their December 2021 meeting. Golden LEAF will set aside at least $ 5 million to fund the SITE program in Spring 2022. The application deadline for the Spring 2022 cycle will be announced later this year .

To kick off the new SITE program, Golden LEAF staff will host an information webinar at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29.

“During a strategic planning process that we completed earlier this year, the board of directors of Golden LEAF identified gaps in the funding available to support the development of sites needed to attract businesses, particularly in rural and economically disadvantaged areas, ”said Golden LEAF board chairman Bo Biggs. “In response to these findings, the SITE program was designed to support the identification, preparation and development of sites to attract quality jobs to these communities. “

Golden LEAF created the SITE program with a three-phase approach: identification assistance to identify potential industrial sites in communities that currently do not have quality industrial sites to market, due diligence funding to complete eligible due diligence activities such as environmental assessments, archaeological analyzes, and funding for mapping and public infrastructure development and, for public sites, clearing and coarse grading, for the benefit of sites that have demonstrated due diligence to demonstrate that the site is suitable for development.

“Golden LEAF wants the SITE program to complement other existing site preparation and development programs in North Carolina and has coordinated its requirements with these other programs,” said Scott T. Hamilton, President and CEO of Golden LEAF. “Applicants will be able to start the process in any of the three phases, and a site will be able to move from identification to development over time. “

The timing of the first round of funding is aimed at meeting immediate needs. Golden LEAF will launch a second round in early 2022 with the intention that it will be a long-term Golden LEAF program.

Golden LEAF will continue to update the information available regarding the requirements of the SITE program and may change the requirements before the next cycle in early 2022 or other future cycles.

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of funding from North Carolina under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For 20 years, Golden LEAF has strived to increase economic opportunities in rural and tobacco-dependent communities of North Carolina through its leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation and stewardship in as an independent and perpetual foundation.

The foundation has had a lasting impact on the state’s rural, tobacco-dependent, economically struggling areas by helping to create 66,000 jobs, over half a billion dollars in new wages and over 90,000 workers. trained or retrained for higher wages.

Capitol One Hall Celebrates Grand Opening with Little Big Town | Culture & Leisure


Tysons’ new venue to host Grammy-winning country actor for two nights

Capital One Hall, a brand new, state-of-the-art 1,600-seat performance venue in Tysons, will host its grand opening this weekend with a Grammy, ACM, CMA and AMA award-winning band Little Big Town in concert on October 2-3.

For over 20 years, Little Big Town has been a staple of the country charts, best known for hits such as “Pontoon”, “Little White Church” and “Better Man”.

Comprised of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, the quartet has been together since 1998, and continues to get along and create great music.

“When Karen and I started this band, I remember talking about how we would probably spend more time with these two guys than we would probably spend with our family sometimes,” Schlapman said. “We wanted to make sure we really gelled and that was something we put a lot of time and heart into to find the right mix.”

This has contributed to the longevity of the group, and its fan base continues to grow year on year.

“The four of us are very different, but we’re each comfortable in our own skin in the squad,” Schlapman said. “We all have our own role in the group and we’re comfortable with who we are. We’ve been through so much together too – the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and we’ve always been there for each other, and that made us a family.

The Capital One Hall concert is a stop on a Little Big Town tour that began in early 2020, performing in historic theaters across the United States, with opening night at Carnegie Hall.

“We played about five weekends at these big places, but then the bottom fell,” Schlapman said. “We’ve been touring together for over 20 years and this was my favorite tour we’ve ever done. But then it stopped because of COVID. “

It was 437 days later that Little Big Town was able to replay live together in front of an audience, picking up where they left off.

“There are a lot of visual elements in the show, not music videos, but some super interesting artistic imagery,” Schlapman said. “And we have our band playing with us and they’re awesome.”

She’s thrilled to be a part of the first group to perform at Capital One Hall and promises something as special as the opening itself.

“We have a surprise to open the show,” Schlapman said. “We’ll play a lot of the music from ‘Nightfall’, which is our last album, and then play our hit songs and the ones everyone wants to sing. It’s a very family-friendly show that is fun and uplifting. We’re just taking the fans on a journey.

Performing in small theaters gives the band the opportunity to provide an intimate musical experience, allowing everyone to hear the fans sing and see them sing, making it a happy atmosphere for everyone involved.

During the pandemic, the quartet spent five months apart, the longest time they had not seen each other since 1998. However, Little Big Town was able to come together for some fun Zoom performances, including one on the theme of Disney where they all sang Disney classics with their kids.

“We also did a few Zoom performances where we were all tested and masked, and got to play in the same place,” Schlapman said. “Of course, we stayed in touch and talked the whole time, but it was strange not being together.”

Having been away from his musical family, Schlapman noted that neither of them would ever consider breaking up or walking away, as there is just too much love involved. And that means a lot more music will be playing.

“I believe we will always be together,” she said. “We like each other, we like to be on the road together and hang out, and of course play music together. Performing live breathes life into our souls and we are so happy to be back.

Little Big Town has managed to complete a new record over the past year, and it will be released in the next few months.

“We have assembled a body of music that we are incredibly proud of,” Schlapman said. “We can’t wait to let the fans know. ”

Yavapai County Announces Courts for Correspondence Elections on November 2 | The Daily Mail


Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman has announced that the following jurisdictions will hold postal elections on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Jurisdictions: City of Prescott – General Election, Crown King Fire District, Cottonwood-Oak Creek Primary School District, Mingus Union Secondary School District.

All registered voters who reside in the above jurisdictions are eligible to vote in this election.

The Yavapai County Registrar’s Office combined the pink ballot envelope and the return ballot envelope. The envelope will be pink.

Voters will now sign the back of the envelope under the flap. Insert the ballot into the envelope and seal the envelope only after signing. Mail or drop the ballot in one of the county’s official open ballot boxes.

Call 928-771-3248 for open locations or visit https://yavapaiaz.gov/govote/.

Eliminating an envelope will result in more streamlined processing and tax savings.

Please contact the Yavapai County Registrar’s office with any questions or concerns regarding this new envelope, at 928-771-3248 or by email at web.voter.registration@yavapaiaz.gov.

The last day to register to vote in this election will be Monday, October 4. In-person voting begins Wednesday October 6 and ballots will be mailed out on that date. The last day to request and receive a ballot will be Friday, October 22, and the last day to vote in person will be November 2.

Information provided by Yavapai County Recorder’s Office.

Paul Santy obituary (2021) – Godfrey, Illinois


Paul R. Santy
Godfrey – Paul Russell Santy, 93, formerly of Rosewood Heights, died at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Alton Memorial Hospital.
Born August 4, 1928 in Rosiclare, IL, he was the son of Earl and Opal Pearl (Kimsey) Santy.
He married Donna Lou East on August 14, 1954 at First Christian Church in West Frankfort, IL. They lived in Carterville before moving to the East Alton / Wood River area. Paul and Donna were married 65 years before her death on April 19, 2019.
Paul graduated from Rosiclare High School. He attended Michigan State University at East Lancing and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he earned a master’s degree in educational administration. He was inducted into Phi Delta Kappa, an honorary and professional fraternity in 1955 at SIU-C.
He was a staff member of the US Fleet Sonar School in Key West, Florida for 2 years. He served on a Navy destroyer in the Korean War, providing fire support to the army and providing support and supplies to guerrilla groups behind the lines, earning two Bronze Stars.
Paul taught in Roxana Jr & Sr. High Schools for 4 years; then, he became principal of the East Alton Junior School District 13 or 28 years old before retiring. He was a former president of the Roxana Teachers Association; served on the board of directors of the Teachers Federal Credit Union; member of the National Teachers Association, Illinois Teachers Association; Illinois Jr. Association of Senior Managers; served on several committees of these organizations; served on an educational program selection committee for KETC (channel 9); was a fundraiser for the Boy Scout of America; and served on the Town of Wood River Traffic Commission. Paul was a life member of Alton VFW Post 1308 and East Alton American Legion Post 794 and First United Methodist Church in East Alton.
He is survived by two sons, Brent Spencer (Robbie) Santy of East Alton, Michael Scott (Cynthia) Santy of Madison, AL; five grandchildren, Kacey Lea Santy of St. Louis, Kaylea Nicole Santy of East Alton, Benjamin Michael Santy, Luke Henry Santy and Brooke Elizabeth Santy all of Madison, AL; brother, Richard (Paula) Santy of Harrisburg; three nieces, Reta D. East of St. Petersburg, FL, Laura Shewmake of Gold Canyon, AZ, Jan (Jim) Kuppart of Harrisburg; and a great niece, Stephanie Shewmake of Gold Canyon, AZ.
His parents died before him; his wife, Donna, whom he cared for with love, dignity and respect; son and daughter-in-law, Scott Russell and Cathy Santy in 1980; and his grandson, Joshua Scott Santy in November 2008.
At his request, a private family service will be held at Marks Mortuary in Wood River and interment will follow at Woodland Hill Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to a charity of their choice.

Posted by The Telegraph on September 30, 2021.

Wild and scenic for the kids

As the Columbia Falls High School Academic Endowment board members pondered how to raise funds for their mission, they were well aware that the business community was hit hard by requests for donations.

“We were just trying to find a fundraiser that wasn’t just asking for money or donations, but some kind of fun event, a way to fundraise where people got something out and could have fun.” Kim Wortman, one of the foundation’s board members, said.

From these discussions arose the idea of ​​a film festival, which should be scheduled at a time of the year that does not overlap with other similar events in the valley and present content with broad local appeal.

The result was the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on October 16 at the Columbia Falls High School Theater, with both in-person and virtual viewing option.

“I think this is an opportunity for the foundation to spend time with the public and have a fun event,” said Treasurer George Scherman. “The sponsors have been very generous. So far, it looks good.

The Columbia Falls High School Academic Endowment (ACAE) is a non-profit organization established in 2012 to fund projects and programs that “expand educational opportunities, encourage creativity, and enhance the academic experiences of students at Columbia Falls High School.” . CASA is a volunteer run operation separate from the school district.

Similar to the Kalispell Education Foundation, teachers identify needs in their classroom or potential innovative programs, execute ideas with administrators, and then make their case to CASA. The organization then selects the ideas for funding, allowing for projects, activities and purchases outside of the regular school budget that would not otherwise be possible without the help of the foundation.

With funding from CASA, students attended Academic World Quest, Model United Nations and Quiz Bowl, as well as theatrical and musical performances. CASA funds have also been used to purchase equipment, books and resources for the chess club and music software, to name a few, and to organize activities. such as a LEGO robotics event.

A scene from the movie “The Crown”, presented at the 2021 Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Courtesy Image

One of the most important projects of the endowment fund was to provide $ 17,000 to fund new equipment in the high school science labs.

“It’s a topic I was especially happy about because the kids were working with pretty old stuff,” Scherman said.

Wortman said she appreciates the “juxtaposition of big and small” in CASA projects, from major expenses such as new science lab equipment to funding a book club last year.

“There are a lot of different areas where the school can be helped,” she said. “It’s not always a big project; that can amount to a few hundred dollars for a book club.

Fundraising for this year’s film festival is made possible through CASA’s collaboration with four local businesses – RE / MAX Mountain View, OrthoRehab Physical Therapy, Glacier Medical Associates and Freedom Bank – who “share the vision of bringing the community together for the benefit of students, ”according to a press release.

The October 16 event will feature six films, including “River Looters” about three river surfers turned obsessed free divers who search for lost treasures in the Deschutes River; “The Crown” about Will “Akuna” Robinson becoming the first African-American man on record to complete the Trekking Triple Crown; and “Stone Locals,” about five people who anchor the “core and community” of rock climbing amid the sport’s growing popularity.

For a full list and descriptions of the six films, visit www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/events/cfhs-academic-endowment.

Raffle items, door prizes and concessions will be offered for the live event at the Columbia Falls High School Theater, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for socializing and film screenings starting at 7 p.m. in the theater. at reduced capacity.

In-person and virtual options allow ticket holders to watch movies on demand for five days until October 21. Tickets cost $ 15 per person for the live screening and $ 15 per household for the virtual option, and are available online at www. cfhsendowment.com.

For more information on CASA and to make a tax-deductible donation to support the association, visit www.cfhighschool.org/endowment or facebook.com/ColumbiaFallsHighSchoolAcademicAlumniEndowment.

Which current players could end up in the Twins Hall of Fame?


It’s easy to get nostalgic at the annual Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. The memories of yesteryear come back faster than Willian Astudillo make your way around third base.

This year was no different, as the team honored the great Justin morneau with great festivities and a touching video tribute. Seeing the incredible highlights with Morneau right in the middle makes you wonder how things could have been even better, but it also reminds us to appreciate the great players while they still wear the Twins logo on their caps.

Not only that, but watching scenes from his big 2000s Twins crew raised an interesting dilemma.

Are there any current twins that could one day justify the team’s Hall of Fame induction?

Players such as Jorge Polanco, Byron buxton, and Nelson cruz showed flashes of greatness, but their sample size is just too small at the moment to say they deserve this honor. Miguel Sano finds himself climbing up the franchise standings for home runs and stroke percentage, but his falls drag his case too far to seriously consider.

One name stands out as someone who could be in the mix if the next few seasons continue on their current trajectory: Taylor rogers.

It can be hard for fans to think of Rogers as one of the great twins of all time, but his performance since becoming the team’s “emerging ace” has been quite spectacular. His numbers at this point in his career match and even surpass some of the relievers who have been inducted in previous years.

What he brings to the table

Rogers has dominated in a few key areas over the past few seasons, and while his future is uncertain given his absence for the past two months, it’s no exaggeration to say he’s in the upper echelon. current lifters. Among the relief pitchers qualified since 2019, Rogers ranks fifth in fWAR, third in FIP and third in strikeouts. So how does he do it?

First, he showed he was the elite against opposing left-handed hitters. Sure, left-to-left crime is at an all time high right now, but its numbers stand out above the rest.

Since 2019, Rogers has eliminated 42% of the left-handed hitters he has faced. The only player with a higher rate is Josh hader of the Milwaukee Brewers, three-time All-Star and certified bad man. Rogers can get to this point by getting two catches early at bat. He had at least two strikes in the first three pitches in a whopping 80% of his batting appearances against left-handed hitters.

When lefties grab one of Rogers’ pitches, they tend to do very little damage, as evidenced by their collective 0.061 average hit against him (also good for second-best among qualified relievers).

He also showed a tendency to get his opponents to chase after his evil slider, which also resulted in many strikeouts against righties. Over the past three seasons, Rogers threw this pitch for a strike 70% of the time. It is his bread and his butter. Lefties chase a throw that starts from the knees and ends in the opposite hitting surface. Right-handed people start their swing when it looks like a low fastball, then it breaks towards their laces.

So just like Joe nathan was able to bring down the competition with his slider on the right side, Rogers was able to carry on that legacy for the Twins backup aces.

How he compares

Speaking of which, Rogers has a few numbers that work in his favor if we use Nathan’s Twins career as a barometer for making it into the team’s Hall of Fame.

Rogers has pitched for the Twins so far in his 25-30 seasons. Meanwhile, he has an ERA of 3.15 with a stellar WHIP of 1.15 and a K / 9 of 10.33. In Nathan’s 25-30-year seasons, he had a 3.22 ERA with a WHIP of 1.18 and 9.3 K / 9.

These numbers are fairly comparable and even give Rogers a slight advantage. Of course, Nathan pitched effectively throughout his season at 39 and had some of his best seasons during that time. He made four all-star teams in his 31- to 39-year-old seasons and had a under 3.00 ERA in five of those years. For example, Rogers has a long way to go before he wins what Nathan has done in his career.

But who can say he can’t do that in the second half of his career? It might not be likely, but his numbers so far show an accurate comparison to a beloved Hall of Famer on the team.

Even if Rogers’ career ended today, he would be 15th in franchise history in terms of added probability of winning, just behind Eddie Guardado (another inductee into the Twins Hall of Fame). He would be fifth in career WHIP (1.15) among all Twins pitchers, and he would be first in strikeout / walk ratio (4.75). If he maintains that pace for a few more seasons, it wouldn’t be a shock to find his name all over the franchise rankings for pitchers.

Of course, that’s a big if. Considering he’s been out of service since the trade deadline with a strained muscle on his finger, there’s no promise that Rogers will pick up where he left off. But if his stats have taught us anything, coupled with the nostalgic effect of Morneau’s flagship video during his induction ceremony, it’s the fact that sometimes we don’t know how good someone is until. ‘to what we look at his career in retrospect.

Ownership of lawyers of alternative business structures: a small step into the future


In this article, we review Formal Opinion 499 just issued by the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the American Bar Association. The title of the review is Passive investment in alternative business structures, and it specifies whether and under what circumstances lawyers can be involved in Alternative Business Structures (ABS). We will examine the Opinion from two angles: what (limited) progress it represents in meeting the need to reform the regulatory system governing lawyers; and what he leaves unfinished, hopefully will be dealt with another day.

What does opinion say 499

The summary of the opinion reads as follows:

A lawyer may passively invest in a law firm that includes lay owners (“alternative business structures” or “ABS”) operating in a jurisdiction that allows ABS entities, even if the lawyer is licensed to practice law in a jurisdiction that does not allow non-lawyers to own law firms. [footnote omitted]. To avoid transgressing Model Rule 5.4 or other Model Rules and to avoid the imputation of conflicts under Model Rule 1.10, a lawyer who is passively investing should not practice law through ABS or be present as an attorney associated with ABS and may not have access to protected information. by Model Rule 1.6 without the informed consent of the ABS customer or compliance with an applicable exception to Rule 1.6 adopted by the ABS jurisdiction. The fact that a conflict may arise in the future between the practice of the investor lawyer and the work of ABS for its clients does not mean that the lawyer cannot passively invest in ABS. If, however, at the time of the investment, the lawyer’s investment creates a personal conflict of interest under Model Rule 1.7 (a) (2), the lawyer must refrain from the investment. or appropriately deal with the conflict under Model Rule 1.7 (b).

Protesters gathered outside Town Hall on Wednesday to demand the closure of Rikers Island


New York City (WABC) – Protesters gather outside New York City Hall on Wednesday, calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to shut down Rikers Island.

The protest will take place the day after New York State Attorney General Letitia James visits the prison with district attorneys from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

She says she was “deeply moved” by what she saw.

“I visited Rikers Island with District Attorney (Darcel) Clark, (Melinda) Katz and (Erik) Gonzalez, and I was deeply concerned about what we saw,” she said. .. “For years Rikers has been plagued by dysfunction, neglect and violence. It is clear that we have reached the limit. These situations have resulted in an unprecedented and devastating number of deaths. It is urgent to take action. I investigate everything. It is one of the legal options in my office to deal with this dire situation immediately. “

James says his office is considering legal options for dealing with the controversial prisons.

Related | Rikers Island officers ‘scared to return to work’ as violence skyrockets

Separately, four New York parliamentarians demanded the release of prisoners and the closure of Riker after another prisoner was reported dead at the facility.

Democrats Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Jerry Nadler, Jamaal Bowman and Nidia Velasquez wrote Tuesday in a letter to New York City mayors Kathy Hokul and Bill de Blasio that the situation in the prison was “sad, humane.” It’s a crisis. “Brasio.

The request followed the eleventh reported death on Rikers Island this year. The city’s correctional office said the prisoner died in jail on Sunday and was taken to the clinic after reporting he felt ill.

His death came shortly after Hokul and De Blasio announced plans to improve the situation on Rikers Island, where long-standing problems had worsened during the pandemic.

Members said the prison was unable to provide inmates with basic services and protection from the COVID-19 outbreak. Their letter.

Earlier, de Blasio announced that 100 NYPD police officers would be used to rescue prison officers currently working in city courts and then to address staff shortages.

Staff will be assigned to the Eric M. Taylor center in prison to expedite admission. The mayor said it would take less than 24 hours.

Mayor De Blasio also announced that the city is suing the Prison Officer Charity Association, a union representing prison officers, over the dangerous situation of the Rikers.
The city demands that unions stop tolerating mass absenteeism, work suspensions or slowdowns.

The number of prison officers absent without vacation has increased by more than 215% over the past two years.

Related | Protests made when New York City Council holds hearing into Rikers situation

Late last week, New York Governor Kathy Hokul announced that he had signed the Les Is More Act and that 191 prisoners held for non-violent parole violations would be released immediately.

The bill, which will come into effect in March next year, removes petty offenses committed by parolees as grounds for referral to court, including postponing promises and breaking curfews.
De Blasio said only prisoners who “do not pose an imminent threat” have been released and that in some cases the city has had to return to court to deport them.

Vincent Schiraldi, New York City Department of Corrections, praising the signing of the bill.

“Governor Hokur is deeply grateful for prioritizing the signing of this important law and his cousin, the Mass Director, which marks a major step forward in ending the era of mass imprisonment,” did he declare. “The elimination of non-criminal and technical parole offenses is decent and humane, and public safety can only be ensured by disrupting the cycle of imprisonment at the critical moment when people are reintegrating into the community. I will also increase. I am also very grateful for using the governor. Its discretion to implement aspects of the bill that can benefit immediately without waiting for March. “

However, Albany’s Republicans quickly disapproved.

“Today’s Democrats in Albany have quadrupled their pre-crime, anti-victim and anti-law enforcement policies by ordering hundreds of criminals to be fully released under ‘increasingly’ laws ”. Republican Senator Rob Ortt said. “Under the one-party regime, violent crime is on the rise across the state. It started with the so-called “bail reform” of the Democratic Party of Japan in 2019 – and it will no doubt be exacerbated by this new law signed today. .. Facts aside, New York again favors criminals over victims, and perhaps the most frightening factor is that the law was partly written by a murderer who was in fact convicted. By signing this bill, Albany Democrats are claiming that “less the more” means fewer criminals behind bars and, therefore, more victims. “

The city hired 600 new officers this fall, but the union says it has lost many due to resignations and retirements in recent months.

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Baby2Baby Announces Plan to Become the First Non-Profit Organization to Make Diapers for Families in Need; Contains “Baby2Baby Hearts NY

NEW YORK, September 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Baby2Baby, the national nonprofit that distributes diapers and other essentials to families in need, announced that it is now making diapers to donate to the families they serve, becoming the first nonprofit to do so. Baby2Baby will make diapers for hundreds of thousands of families living in poverty this year, as the organization continues to find innovative ways to meet the needs of the communities it serves.

As Baby2Baby will continue to partner with retailers to donate diapers and supplies, this one-of-a-kind initiative is a necessary step for Baby2Baby to increase the supply of diapers and meet the growing need for diapers. in large scale. In the past year alone, Baby2Baby received requests for 731 million diapers, a 505% jump from 2020.

“Even before the start of the pandemic, families struggled to afford basic necessities for their children, such as diapers and formula, but with the loss of jobs, loss of income and the rise prices, the situation is considerably worse. Making our own diapers allows us to produce them at a fraction of the cost which will immediately increase the number of children we reach – so parents don’t have to choose between food and diapers for their babies “- Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof, co-CEO, Baby2Baby.

This announcement coincided with their “Baby2Baby Hearts NY – A COVID Relief Diaper Distribution” event on Wednesday September 29e at the Saint Nicholas Houses NYCHA campus in the upper section Manhattan. During the event, Baby2Baby and their ambassador Drew barrymore provided diapers, clothing, hygiene items, blankets, backpacks, masks, food and other essentials to local families. Baby2Baby Supporters Chanel Iman, Eva chen and Hannah bronfman were also on site to distribute basic necessities. The event also included a mobile vaccination unit so that parents and eligible children could easily access the vaccine and help keep their families safe.

Photo caption: “Baby2Baby Hearts NY – A COVID Relief Diaper Distribution Hosted By Drew barrymore
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This event is part of Baby2Baby’s ongoing partnership with the New York State, where earlier this year they established the New York State Cares + Baby2Baby Diaper Bank, pledging 20 million diapers to families in need across the state. This commitment was made possible thanks to the support of the Derfner Foundation, which offered Baby2Baby a $ 1 million grant to fund the first year of the diaper bank program.

About Baby2Baby: Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization run by co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. Over the past 10 years, Baby2Baby has distributed over 200 million items – more than any other organization of its kind – to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, families of home, underserved hospitals and schools as well as children who have lost everything in the wake of a disaster. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Baby2Baby has distributed more than 100 million items to families in need, serving more than one million children across the country affected by the pandemic. To learn more about Baby2Baby, please visit www.baby2baby.org

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New Balance sees $ 1 million prize waived in fight with distributor


By Caroline Simson (September 29, 2021, 9:17 p.m. EDT) – An arbitrator was wrong to rule that he had jurisdiction over the majority shareholder of the Peruvian distributor of New Balance since the man never signed the agreement under Underlying with the shoemaker, a Massachusetts judge ruled, releasing more than a million dollars in awards after the deal turned south.

U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs concluded on Monday that Rodrigo Ribadeneira and Superdeporte Plus Peru SAC – the alleged successor to Peruvian Sporting Goods SAC, which had signed the distribution agreement with New Balance – were not subject to the arbitration agreement in this pact.

The judge rejected New Balance’s arguments that …

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JP Saxe announces $ 500,000 for the MusiCounts TD community music program


Canadian music education charity MusiCounts appealed to hitmaker “If The World Was Ending” JP Saxe to announce the recipients of their $ 500,000 donation to 33 different community organizations across Canada as part of the TD community music program.

In a video posted to YouTube, the Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter preceded the “big news” by saying “First, I’d like to talk a bit about the importance of music education for young people, especially at the moment Music education can help young people find connections, celebrate their identities and cope with the stress of growing up in a global epidemic.

“Whenever people ask me in the United States why there are so many musicians coming from Toronto and Canada, I say it’s because of the arts funding,” said Saxe, who is based in Los Angeles. Angeles. “It’s so mysterious – you prioritize music for kids, and then you get a bunch of musicians who come from Canada.”

In accordance with MusiCounts’ mandate, the money will be used to purchase new instruments, equipment and resources for communities that lack appropriate equipment.

The charitable arm of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Juno Awards, MusiCompte’s website states that their mission is to “make music education inclusive, sustainable and accessible to young people of all of Canada ”.

In partnership with TD Bank, the grant program provides up to $ 25,000 to community centers and organizations.

Saxe added that some of the 33 recipients include “a couple from my hometown of Toronto: The HopeWorks Connection will use their funds for their Afro-Caribbean drumming program. The PACT Urban Peace program will purchase instruments for jam sessions and 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations organizations which will use the funds for drum-making workshops and drum circle programming. “

Throughout its history, MusiCompte has supported 247 organizations across Canada by donating more than $ 3.6 million in instruments and equipment, according to a press release.

MusiCompte hopes the grants will help creativity thrive among BIPOC youth across Canada. According to MusiCounts, more than 60% of the 33 organizations receiving the grant support a significant number of BIPOC youth. Over 40% of organizations that MusiCompte donated to did not have musical instruments or equipment before the grant.

“The unprecedented volume of requests that MusiCounts has received for the MusiCounts TD community music program this year demonstrates how important it is for young people to make music in their communities,” said MusiCounts CEO Kristy Fletcher in a press release. “It’s a way for young people to connect to their culture, to each other and ultimately to themselves.

In the west, the African Friendship Society in Vancouver, British Columbia, will use its grant to purchase instruments and equipment for the Sounds of Africa program, which teaches the styles and history of African music in the goal of empowering black youth and building a community identity.

The grant also reaches the Arctic Circle with a donation to the Norman Wells Community Library in Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, which MusiCounts says will use the funds to purchase guitars, ukuleles, keyboards, hand drums and violins. The goal is to create the first music program in the community and its surroundings.

“On behalf of MusiCompte, congratulations to all of the community organizations that are receiving instrument grants from the TD MusiCompte Community Music Program this year, and thank you to TD for supporting this crucial initiative,” added Fletcher.

Here is the list of community organizations that receive the grant from the TD MusiCompte community music program:


High Level Native Friendship Center, High Level

Pacekids Programs, Calgary

British Columbia

African Friendship Society, Vancouver

Afro Van Connect Society, Vancouver

Dze L K’ant Friendship Center Society, Houston

Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, Maple Ridge


African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI), Winnipeg

Programming Graffiti Arts Inc., Winnipeg

Native Family Center Inc., Winnipeg

Options Pathways & Transitions, Winnipeg

Riverton & District Friendship Center, Riverton

New Brunswick

Battle of the Arts NB, Fredericton

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Saint John, Saint John

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Easter Seals Inc., St. John’s, NL.

MICG Leisure Department, Makkovik, NL

Northwest Territories

Ingamo Hall Friendship Center, Inuvik

Norman Wells Community Library, Norman Wells

New Scotland

Music In Communities Cooperative Ltd., Canning

PAC Autism Nova Scotia Society (Autism Nova Scotia), Halifax

YouthNet of St. George, Halifax

Over the years, a daycare center and community center, Hubbards


Iqaluit Music Society, Iqaluit


Afiwi Groove School, Ajax

Canadian Foundation for the Prevention of Family Violence (operating as the PACT Urban Peace Program), Toronto

Crouch District Resource Center, London

Georgian Shores Elementary Concert Orchestra, Midland

The HopeWorks Connection, Toronto

2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations, Toronto


Lanaudière Native Friendship Center, Joliette

Coeur des Laurentides Social Pediatric Center, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts


Kikinahk Friendship Center inc., La Ronge

Mistawasis Nehiyawak Community Studio Program, Leask


Boys and Girls Club of Yukon, Whitehorse

88% of wealthy households donated in 2020, according to a new study

In a year marked by a global pandemic and other crises, the vast majority of wealthy households – 88% – donated to charity in 2020, according to a study by Bank of America and the Lilly Family Indiana University School of Philanthropy.

“There was a high level of commitment to charitable giving that was maintained during these very difficult times,” said Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs at Lilly School. “Wealthy households have remained generous and constant in their donations.”

The study is based on a survey of 1,626 households with a net worth of $ 1 million or more, excluding the value of their principal home, or annual household income of $ 200,000 or more. The median income of survey participants was $ 350,000 and the median level of wealth was $ 2 million.

Most affluent donors responded to the pandemic with unrestricted giveaways that allowed organizations to spend the money on whatever leaders thought was most important. About three-quarters said their contributions to nonprofits related to health and higher education were unrestricted, and more than 83% said they made unrestricted donations to arts and culture groups.

Philanthropy advisors have worked for years to get wealthy donors to understand the logic of giving more unrestricted gifts, says Dianne Chipps Bailey, who, as managing director of Philanthropic Solutions at Bank of America, advises on both wealthy donors and nonprofit organizations. She believes the 2020 crises have helped donors better understand the importance of unrestricted giving and lifting restrictions on previous donations.

“The pandemic has exposed the uncertainty in our world in a very dramatic way and has shown that giving unrestricted gifts can really allow leaders of nonprofits to direct that money to what is most needed. Bailey said.

Almost 75% of affluent donors said they did not expect the pandemic to change their giving behavior. Just over 5% said their future giving would be “less restrictive” and almost 20% said they would be more focused on specific issues.

In 2020, 57% of affluent households gave to nonprofit organizations that provide for basic needs, and nearly 47% gave to religious organizations. About a third said they donated to health groups, and 36% gave to education.

One issue that rose to prominence among wealthy households in 2020 was social and racial justice. Almost 9% of wealthy households said social and racial justice was important to them; in 2017, this figure was 5.8%. About 11% of those surveyed said they gave to black causes or organizations in 2020, up from 6.5% in 2017.

Almost 25% of wealthy households said they donated to social and racial justice causes last year, and 19% said they wanted to learn more about support from these groups. Osili says researchers will need to track the data over time, but she hopes these numbers indicate that philanthropy can play a significant role in building a more equitable world.

“Given the engagement in this area that we see from foundations and corporations, having individual donors at the table will help to maintain it and ensure that it doesn’t go away after a while.” , said Osili.

The pandemic has prompted many affluent donors to slow down and open their eyes to the ‘world of suffering’ caused by racial and social injustices, says Danielle Oristian York, executive director of 21/64 and expert in multigenerational and next-gen philanthropy . .

She says many wealthy people are now finding out how to build on what they’ve learned and use their wealth to start helping to solve more of these issues. His organization organized a workshop to help wealthy people put their wealth and privileges at the service of good.

“It’s an issue that a lot of people struggle with more than ever, and it’s not some sort of self-centered ‘poor me, I’m a rich person’ experience,” Oristian York says. “It’s really about how do people understand their privilege and do something with it? How do you think about it and relate it to a goal? “

Over the past year, the wealthiest donors have switched from giving to organizations to giving focused on problematic, meaning they were more likely to give to a charity that works for a cause they care about than to give to a charity simply because they have supported it in the past.

Forty-five percent said they gave last year because of their affinity with an organization or because they gave it year after year. This is down from 54% in 2017. Additionally, 55% of wealthy donors aged 40 and under were much more likely to say that problems motivated their decisions to give, compared to 40% of wealthy donors over 40. 40 years old. Meanwhile, 48% of older donors said nonprofits were the driving force behind their giving decisions, compared to 34% of younger donors.

“For younger or new generation donors, they start with the issues they are most interested in and then give to organizations working in those areas rather than giving over and over to the same organizations,” says Osili. “What this means for organizations is that when they connect with donors it needs to be more about understanding what issues are most important to that donor and then tailoring engagement around them. that. “

Thanks to the Internet, information about donations and nonprofits is more readily available to donors than it was 20 years ago, says Oristian York. Today, donors can learn more and then use their own sensitivities and values ​​to assess the work of nonprofits, whereas previously they had to rely on organizations to provide this information, she says.

“Good decisions are based on our values, not necessarily on what’s popular or what someone else is doing, so young people who are discovering who they are, they are developing what we call their philanthropic identity. », Explains Oristian York. “If they start to sit at fundraising tables with family members, the values ​​are a way of coming together and figuring out how to align rather than sitting down on issues separately.”

Almost 80% of the charitable donations of affluent households in 2020 came directly from their personal property and income. About 20% reported making donations through charitable trusts, donor-advised funds, family foundations, or other donation vehicles, and some have increased their use of these vehicles in previous years .

The most popular form of donation among respondents was a will with special charitable provisions. Almost 17% of respondents said they had one, and 8% said they had given through a qualifying charitable distribution from an individual retirement account, the second most popular way to give.

Giving through an IRA is effective – and its popularity will only increase in popularity because of the tax advantage it offers, Bailey says. She says IRAs and other giving vehicles are “where the real wealth is and where the real opportunity to transformational giving is”, so nonprofits should keep this in mind when seeking out. gifts from major donors.


This article was provided to The Associated Press by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Maria Di Mento is a senior journalist at The Chronicle. Email: maria.dimento@philanthropy.com. The AP and The Chronicle receive support from the Lilly Endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations. The AP and the Chronicle are solely responsible for all content. For all of AP’s philanthropic coverage, visit https://apnews.com/hub/philanthropy.

Nye County DA receives public reprimand, urging reconsideration of case


A Nevada Supreme Court panel, in a split decision, issued a public reprimand against Nye County District Attorney Chris Arabia for handling an appeal request from a former county assistant district attorney de Nye, who Arabia sacked in September 2019. This is apparently not the end of the case, however, as Arabia has said he will pursue the case in a bid to have the case reviewed by the whole. of the Supreme Court of Nevada, rather than a simple panel.

The case, No.82173, came before a three-member panel of the Nevada Supreme Court which included Justices Douglas Herndon, Elissa Cadish and Kristina Pickering.

Case overview

“On September 15, 2019, Arabia terminated Michael Vieta-Kabell’s employment as deputy prosecutor. Vieta-Kabell maintained that he was fired because he tried to unionize deputy prosecutors, but Arabia claims the dismissal was the result of Vieta-Kabell’s professional performance, ”explains the Supreme Court’s prior opinion from Nevada, released last Thursday. . “Vieta-Kabell filed an appeal against his dismissal with Nye County on September 23, 2019.”

It was this appeal filing that ultimately resulted in the case going to the Nevada Supreme Court.

According to the documents, Nye County Human Resources Director Danelle Shamrell had only scheduled the requested appeal hearing to receive an email from Arabia stating that it was her legal opinion that the hearing should be canceled, as Vieta-Kabell was an “at will”. employee. As such, Arabia said an appeal hearing was not available for Vieta-Kabell. Following legal advice from the county’s senior attorney, Shamrell then canceled the hearing.

Vieta-Kabell responded by filing a grievance with the Nevada State Bar. Arabia has twice attempted to have this complaint dismissed, claiming he was protected by qualified immunity and further arguing that the state bar did not have jurisdiction over him as an elected official. Both of these motions were defeated.

“Arabia maintains that he cannot be professionally sanctioned because his actions are entitled to protection under the doctrine of qualified immunity and, therefore, this case should be dismissed. We do not agree, ”indicates the option in advance. He goes on to say that qualified immunity generally applies when a plaintiff seeks damages or redress for the actions of a government employee, noting: “A lawyer disciplinary proceeding is not such action”.

As for Arabia’s assertion that the state bar has no jurisdiction because the Nevada Ethics Commission is responsible for disciplining elected officials, the prior opinion states, “We are not of agreement because the competence of the commission (in matters of ethics) over public officials is not exclusive ”.

The Nevada Supreme Court hearing panel then concluded in a 2-1 vote that Arabia had violated two articles of the rule of professional conduct, simultaneously concluding unanimously that those violations were negligent, rather than conscious or intentional. In conclusion, the panel recommended by a 2-1 vote that Arabia be publicly reprimanded and ordered to pay the cost of the disciplinary process.

In conclusion, the prior opinion reads as follows: “A lawyer cannot avoid professional discipline by invoking qualified immunity. In addition, even if a lawyer is an elected official, the state bar has the power to investigate and prosecute alleged breaches of professional conduct and this tribunal, as well as disciplinary boards and hearing commissions, has exclusive jurisdiction to sanction a lawyer when such violations are proven… Accordingly, we hereby reprimand lawyer Christopher R. Arabia for violations of RPC 1.7 (conflict of interest: current clients) and RPC 8.4 (d ) (misconduct prejudicial to the administration of justice). In addition, Arabia must pay the costs of the disciplinary proceedings plus $ 1,500 under SCR 120 (1) and (3) within 30 days from the date of this notice.

The prior opinion has only two signatures, however, as Pickering filed its own document in which it both partially agreed with the opinion and partially dissented.

Dissenting opinion

“I join the court in dismissing both Arabia’s request for qualified immunity and his argument that only the Nevada Ethics Commission can discipline an elected district attorney. I am writing separately because I disagree that the record supports imposed professional discipline, ”Pickering wrote. “It takes clear and compelling evidence to establish a violation of Nevada’s rules of professional conduct … I find it hard to conclude that the email Arabia sent to the Nye County HR Director … violated the RPC. At most, the email amounted to a negligent and isolated violation of CPR 1.7 (a) (prohibiting concurrent conflicts of interest) that did not cause harm to the customer. The most severe sanction appropriate for such a violation is a warning, not a formal public reprimand. “

Pickering’s statement goes on to note that Arabia was not the only one who believed Vieta-Kabell was not entitled to an appeal hearing regarding his dismissal. “Arabia did not believe that the informal review process applied to the MP because he would replace the county manager with the district attorney as the person with the final say on the MP’s dismissal. Still new to the office, Arabia consulted with two longtime deputy chief district attorneys… They indicated that the review process did not apply to Nye County deputy district attorneys, whose employment was at will and whose hiring and firing of NRS 252,070 made the district attorney prerogative, exclusively, ”the Pickering statement read.

With Pickering declaring his belief that Arabia’s actions do not constitute a public rebuke, Arabia now turns to his own appeal. “It was a 2-1 decision. We’re looking for a full review by seven people, ”Arabia told the Pahrump Valley Times when contacted about the situation. “Once this process is complete, I will have an additional comment.”

The Advance Notice, No. 59, can be viewed online at www.nvcourts.gov under the “Nevada Appellate Court Opinions” link located in the “Legal Resources” drop-down menu.

Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at rhebrock@pvtimes.com

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Single vehicle accident

BEECH CREEK – Lamar State Police were called to the scene of a single vehicle accident that occurred along National Highway 150 in Beech Creek Township, Clinton County, September 23.

Police say a 2021 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Derek Rippey, 48, of Mill Hall, was driving on Eagle Valley Road when his vehicle hydroplaned. The Blazer crossed the road, struck a tree, and turned around before coming to a stop. Rippey suffered a minor injury in the crash and a passenger, Brandi Eslick, 39, of Mill Hall, was also injured. She was taken to UPMC Lock Haven by Beech Creek-Blanchard EMS.

After investigation, it was found that the driver was under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Rippey has been placed under arrest for impaired driving. Criminal charges are pending for lab results.

The accident took place at 12:56 a.m.

Hit and run crash

LOGANTON – Lamar State Police investigated a hit-and-run accident that occurred between September 26 and September 27.

Police say someone hit a mailbox along Rockey Road in Loganton.

The victim, 68, from Loganton, reported the incident to state police. The wooden mailbox was valued at $ 75.

Police said the unknown suspect damaged the victim’s mailbox and fled the scene in an unknown direction, PSP said in its report.

Single vehicle accident

CASTANEA – Lamar State Police investigated a September 23 vehicle crash along National Highway 220 in Castanea Township, Clinton County.

Police said a 2014 Subaru Crosstrek driven by Rachael Baust, 36, of Beech Creek, was heading north along National Highway 220 when it lost control of her vehicle. The Crosstrek exited the vehicle and struck an embankment before overturning.

The damage was significant in the 7:11 a.m. crash. No injuries were reported.

Drunk driving accident

LOCK HAVEN – Lamar State Police have been called to the scene of a vehicle crash along Park Avenue in Dunnstable Township, Clinton County.

Police said a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Jordan Dauberman, 25, of Lock Haven was heading north in the right lane of Park Avenue when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a guide rail. The Grand Cherokee continued north, then struck a traffic sign.

Dauberman showed signs of debilitation and was arrested for impaired driving. No injuries were reported and the Grand Cherokee had to be towed from the scene.

The accident took place at 11:37 p.m. The police were assisted on the spot by Jim Johnson’s Auto.

Theft by deception

MILL HALL – Lamar State Police investigated a case of welfare fraud on September 20.

Police say someone gained access to the identity of a 62-year-old woman from Mill Hall and attempted to file an unemployment claim through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.

The woman suffered no financial loss as a result of the incident, police said.

Single vehicle accident

LOGANTON – Lamar State Police investigated a September 27 vehicle crash along West Valley Road in Logan Township, Clinton County.

Police said a 2013 Kia Sorento driven by Richard Grove, 22, from Lamar was traveling east on West Valley Road when it failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The Sorento left the roadway and struck a ditch. He continued to move and then hit a fence in a grassy area.

Grove was uninjured in the 7:53 a.m. crash.

CMHS crash

MILL HALL – A vehicle accident called Lamar State Police to the scene on September 22.

The accident took place at Central Mountain High School, located at Keystone Central Drive in Bald Eagle Township. Police say a female driver, who was not named in the report, was moving east along the road when she lost control of her 2019 Subaru Outback and crashed into a ditch roadside, causing minor cosmetic damage.

The Outback was pulled from the ditch by a private towing company.

The accident took place at 9:35 p.m.

Hit and run crash

LOGANTON – Lamar State Police investigated a hit-and-run accident that occurred at the intersection of Rumberger Road and Rauchtown Road in Greene Township, Clinton County on September 17.

Police say a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Toby Stover, 25, of Loganton struck a forest sign at the intersection. The Silverado continued to the 1400 block of Rumberger Road where the vehicle was stopped. Stover then fled on foot. Police say he has a suspended license.

No injuries were reported in the 1:15 pm crash. Tressler’s Towing towed the Silverado from the scene.

Hit and run accident

LOCK HAVEN – A hit and run accident was investigated by Lamar State Police on September 11 in Pine Creek Township, Clinton County on September 11.

Police said a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Kenneth Frey, 35, of Jersey Shore, was driving the 800 block of Park Avenue when his vehicle crossed the opposite traffic lane and slipped a PPL post. Frey continued to roll along the pavement, turning onto Harley Drive.

Frey then fled. No injuries were reported in the 4:56 am crash.


HOWARD – Rockview State Police launched a traffic stop on August 15.

After investigating the intersection of North Eagle Valley Road and Ridge Crest Drive, police discovered that the driver of a 2018 General Motors Sierra was under the influence of alcohol.

The driver of the vehicle was a 29-year-old man, Howard. The investigation is ongoing.

Drug possession

BELLEFONTE – A drug possession case was investigated by State Police in Rockview on September 25.

Police said a 41-year-old Bellwood man was arrested along Interstate 99 in Spring Township, Center County. He was found in possession of drugs.

The traffic stopped at 1:58 a.m.

Driving under the influence

RENOVO – Lamar State Police investigated an impaired driving accident on September 19 in Renovo Ward, Clinton County.

Police said a 2008 Toyota Carolla driven by Bridget Button, 30, of Renovo, was driving along Huron Avenue when it crashed. Button was found under the influence and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

Charges were filed by the magistral district justice on 25-3-03.


LOCK HAVEN – Lamar State Police investigated an impaired driving case on September 27.

Police said a 1995 Plymouth Neon driven by Joshua Rathmell, 41, of Mackeyville, was driving at high speed along Bellefonte Avenue in Lock Haven.

A traffic stop was called and Rathmell was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested for drunk driving during the 12:37 p.m. incident.

Driving under the influence

NOTICE – Lamar State Police investigated an impaired driving case on August 21.

Police said a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze was stopped along State Route 220 North in Pine Creek Township, Clinton County. The driver, Ryan Koch, 21, of Jersey Shore, had several indicators of impairment. He was taken into custody for drunk driving and taken to hospital for chemical tests. Charges will be brought before the district justice from 3-25-01, police said.

The traffic was stopped at 2:07 am

Drug possession

LOCK HAVEN – Lamar State Police investigated a drug possession case on August 11.

Police say a 1986 Jeep Cherokee was arrested for carrying a truck license plate. The driver, Ronald Storeman, 26, of Lock Haven, showed signs of impairment and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The stop, which took place at the intersection of Glenn Road and University Drive, was at 10:59 p.m.

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Allianz employees fundraise for mental health charity


Allianz employees raised money for mental health charity Mind by recalling the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London last week.

Mind CEO Paul Farmer joined Allianz Holdings CEO Jon Dye and 16 Allianz employees as they embarked on the 80-meter descent as part of the latest challenge hosted by employees of the giant insurance to support Mind and the Scottish Mental Health Association (SAMH).

Since the charity partnership began in 2019, Allianz employees have raised more than £ 842,000, getting closer to their goal of £ 1million in three years.

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In addition to supporting mental health organizations, Allianz also supports environmentally friendly initiatives. Last week, the insurer announced that it had joined a coalition of more than 80 UK companies that signed an open letter calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to show “strong national leadership” in the fight against the climate change.

The letter, coordinated by the Business Group Alliance for Net Zero (BGA), said companies are supporting climate action and underscored the need for the UK government to formulate a cohesive, integrated, and Treasury-backed plan to achieve net emissions. zero carbon. .

Stanislaus County announces new round of nonprofit grants

Stanislaus County is once again partnering with the Stanislaus Community Foundation to support local non-profit organizations.

On August 31, a total of $ 1 million in CARES Act coronavirus relief funds were approved by the Board of Supervisors to help essential nonprofit work, with priority given to nonprofits. who have not received funding from the Nonprofit Support Grants Program 2020, Nonprofits Serving Veterans. and the elderly and the new nonprofit organizations in Stanislaus County. Organizations can apply for funding online starting October 5.

“We know the importance of non-profit services in our community and we know how hard hit local organizations economically by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Vito Chiesa, chairman of the board of directors of the Stanislaus County. “It is more important than ever to support the work of nonprofits and I am proud that our Board of Directors has recognized this with a new round of grants. ”

The Stanislaus Community Foundation was engaged to manage the application process on behalf of Stanislaus County.

“The Stanislaus Community Foundation is pleased to partner again with the county to administer these grants to local nonprofits. We know that responding as quickly as possible to the needs of local organizations helps our community recover faster and more equitably from the hardships experienced during the pandemic, ”said Marian Kaanon, President and CEO of the Foundation.

501c3 nonprofits in good standing with the IRS are encouraged to apply. Kindergartens, K-12 schools, places of worship, colleges / colleges / community universities, auxiliary support organizations (i.e. not eligible. Grant applications cannot exceed 10% of the annual operating budget on most recent of the organization and should not exceed $ 50,000. To reach as many nonprofits as possible, grant amounts will depend on the final applicant pool and the total number of applications received. grant does not guarantee an award of funding.

The Stanislaus Community Foundation manages the application process on behalf of Stanislaus County. Foundation staff will review and score applications based on a grant program heading, and present their recommendations to the Stanislaus Community Foundation Grants and Programs Committee, which must agree, by majority vote, on final grant approvals. The Stanislaus Community Foundation will present recommended grant approvals to the Stanislaus County Executive Director for ratification by the Stanislaus County Oversight Board in mid-November 2021.

Applications for non-profit grants will be accepted between October 5 and 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2021. Award notifications will take place in November and award disbursements will take place in December 2021. For more information, visit: https://www.stanislauscf.org/ non-profit / # grant-cycles.

Class 2021 inducted into the GR Sports Hall of Fame


Peter Stuursma Joins GR Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Show

New members entered into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday included all of the East Grand Rapids football teams who won a record five consecutive state championships from 2006 to 2010.

“Consistency,” said EGR team head coach Peter Stuursma. “Our guys just had a belief. Every day they got off the bus or our locker room, they thought they were going into town. Just kidding, if we were playing against the Chicago Bears that day, I think they thought they could win this game. “

Tia Brooks-Wannamacher was a star pitcher at East Kentwood and the University of Oklahoma and a member of the 2012 Olympic team.

She says it was the coaches here that left her fond memories and that is why she now coaches in high school in Ohio.

“It’s amazing,” Brooks-Wannemacher said of the coaches she had when competing. “I have learned so much as a person and as an athlete with my training, so being able to give back to the sport that has given me so much is an incredible opportunity.”

Beth Launière is in her 32nd season as the head coach of volleyball at the University of Utah, winning more than 600 games and 17 appearances in the NCAA tournament.

The graduate of Northview High School and Aquinas College knew from an early age that she wanted to be a coach.

“I probably knew it when I was ten,” said Launière. “And I was talking to my high school dive coach about what the programming should be like in Northville Park. I have a degree in business and economics from Aquinas, but I kind of knew that was something I was doing. wanted to do and then I had a great opportunity. “

Kelly Butler played football at Purdue and eventually played for the Lions and Browns in the NFL and then in Canada as well.

He says the things he learned at Union High School in the late 1990s playing for Scott VanEssen gave him a chance to be successful.

“First and foremost, I remember running this hill with Coach VanEssen,” said Butler. “I remember in order to be able to stand out you have to be able to stand out, so the work ethic was one thing. So looking at the whole experience, the hard work was first and foremost if you put in to work. . could at least give yourself a chance. “

Tom Werkmeister had a legendary amateur golf career before bringing his talents to the PGA Tour champions, among his accomplishments Werkmeister won six mid-amateur championships from the Golf Association of Michigan and was the GAM Player of the Year five times.

“It’s crazy actually,” Werkemister said. “That’s the cool part of this Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame that it’s anyone in any sport and being a golfer here is pretty neat.”

Bob Kaser, the incredible voice of the Grand Rapids Griffins, won the Warren Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Tricor Group launches Tricor Red, a state-of-the-art customer portal, to deliver a seamless digital experience


HONG KONG, September 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Tricor Group (Tricor), asia business development specialist and leading provider of professional and corporate services, today announced the launch of Tricor Red, its new digital customer portal. Tricor Red is a transparent, state-of-the-art online portal that initiates, updates and tracks customer governance and compliance processes in a convenient platform. Built on cutting-edge cloud technologies, Tricor Red enables Tricor customers to efficiently manage the critical and time-consuming details of corporate governance, while maintaining easy access to Tricor’s expertise and support.

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The launch of Tricor Red is the latest step in Tricor’s award-winning digital transformation journey, which began in 2018 with the digitization of back-end processes through robotic processing automation (RPA). Tricor Red puts digitization at the forefront of the customer experience, with the aim of seamlessly delivering effective digital solutions to multinational enterprises (MNCs), small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups of all sizes in all industries.

The majority of Tricor’s clients with cross-border activities, Tricor Red allow companies to manage both simple and complex multi-jurisdictional and multi-entity operations. Built on a trilingual platform (English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese), it is also designed to meet individual user needs and specialized market conditions. This cross-border versatility ensures that clients operate in accordance with applicable governance, compliance and legal requirements.

Anchored by an intuitive and adaptive interface, Tricor Red was designed to provide efficiency, safety and insight. Most importantly, it solves the most pressing challenges businesses face today in an ever-changing global business environment. For example, it enables customers to consolidate corporate documentation and perform urgent business operations through an easy-to-use dashboard interface, powered by the latest secure cloud technologies.

Now available to Hong Kong SAR customers, Singapore and Malaysia, the digital customer portal will soon expand to cover all of Tricor Asia Pacific and the global footprint. Future updates will also include electronic signature integration, Know Your Customer (KYC) services and other board governance integrations.

Lennard yong, CEO of the Tricor group, said, “At Tricor, our mission is to provide the building blocks and catalyze every step of our customers’ business growth. To achieve this in today’s changing business landscape, we must continually focus on changing customer expectations and offer to meet a wide range of market demands. Tricor Red was developed to meet the unique regulatory and compliance requirements of our customers in the 21 jurisdictions in which we operate. “

Adam stuckert, Group Chief Digital Officer of Tricor Group, said: “Customers are looking for improved business efficiency, reduced regulatory risk and a better understanding of their business. With Tricor Red, we empower them to achieve these goals, by enabling clients to manage their activities in multiple jurisdictions and interact digitally with Tricor by offering them a secure, encrypted and globally accessible platform, available 24 hours a day. 24 and 7 days a week. “

Joe wan, CEO of Tricor Hong Kong SAR, said: “By introducing Tricor Red, Tricor demonstrates once again that we are at the forefront of delivering a superior customer experience. Long-term, Tricor Red will save businesses from Hong Kong time and critical resources by improving compliance with cutting edge technology. “

Ho Lon Gee, CEO and Managing Director of Tricor Singapore, said: “With Tricor Red, we’ve designed a proprietary solution that centralizes our award-winning service into a single front-end platform so our customers can customize and maximize the way we serve them. By simplifying operational processes, such as compliance and governance, our customers can then devote more time and resources to core business activities. “

Yeah Kok Leong, CEO and Managing Director of Tricor Malaysia & Labuan, noted: “Tricor Red disrupts the status quo, leading to better information sharing and a collaborative and adaptive customer experience. It serves as a centralized and easily accessible platform that our clients can use to streamline their operations and grow their businesses through Asia Pacific. “

For more information please contact:
Sun Farzan
Tricor Services Limited
Marketing & Communication Group Manager
Phone. : +852 2980 1261
Email: Sunshine.Farzan@hk.tricorglobal.com

About the Tricor group

The Tricor group (Tricor) is asia leading specialist in business development, with global knowledge and local expertise in business, corporate, investor, human resources and payroll, trust and corporate debt services and consulting in governance. Tricor provides the building blocks for clients’ business growth, from incorporation to IPO. Tricor has grown rapidly through organic growth and development as well as through partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. The Group currently has around 50,000 customers worldwide (including around 20,000 customers in mainland China), a workforce of more than 2,800 people and a network of offices in 47 cities across 21 countries / territories. Our client portfolio includes over 2,000 companies listed in Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia, and more than 40% of Fortune Global 500 companies, as well as a significant proportion of multinationals and private companies operating in international markets.

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UK fuel crisis: Latest news


Empty shelves are seen at a supermarket in Manchester, England on Wednesday. (Jon Super / Xinhua / Getty Images)

Rising energy bills, rising prices and a critical shortage of workers leading to food and fuel supply constraints threaten to delay Britain’s recovery from the pandemic.

The crises plaguing the UK economy caused headlines and politicians to speak of an impending ‘winter of discontent’, in reference to the wave of strikes of 1978-79 which brought the UK economy to its knees. There is even talk of stagflation, the nightmarish combination of stagnant growth and high inflation.

Although shortages, supply chain delays and rising food and energy costs affect several major economies, including the United States, China and Germany, Britain suffers more than most from Brexit. .

Specifically, the form of Brexit pursued by the UK government – which introduced strict immigration policies and pulled Britain out of the EU goods and energy market, making it much more difficult for UK businesses to hire European workers and much more expensive for them to do business with. the country’s largest trading partner.

It shouldn’t be like that there were other options for a future EU-UK relationship. Labor shortages, for example, were not an inevitable consequence of Brexit, nor was going it alone on energy. But in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ideological rush to “get Brexit done” amid tense negotiations with the European Union, deals in several crucial areas, including energy, have been sidelined.

The UK government’s post-Brexit immigration system, meanwhile, was designed to reduce the number of unskilled workers coming to Britain and end what the government has described as the country’s’ dependence on a cheap and low-skilled labor ”, despite a national unemployment rate in the region of only 5%.

“In the end, the government made the political decision to make low-skilled immigration more difficult,” said Joe Marshall, senior researcher at the Institute for Government, an independent think tank. “Labor shortages might have been less severe if the UK had retained the free movement of people after Brexit,” he added.

Britain recorded one million job vacancies between June and August, according to the Office for National Statistics. Restaurants, pubs and supermarkets, including Nando’s, had to temporarily close some locations last month due to staff shortages or because some ingredients were not delivered due to declining truck drivers .

Supply chain constraints exacerbated by Brexit mean UK consumers face rising food and energy bills as pandemic support measures are lifted, including government support for wages and a weekly increase of 20 pounds ($ 27) in social security payments.

This week, the UK government was forced to partially reverse its strict post-Brexit immigration policy after thousands of gas stations dried up over the weekend and grocery retailers warned the country did not ‘had only 10 days to “save Christmas”.

In an interview with broadcasters on Tuesday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps acknowledged that Brexit “will undoubtedly have been a factor” contributing to the fuel supply crisis.

To alleviate the pressure, the government will issue temporary visas to 10,500 foreign truck drivers and workers in the poultry industry. But industry groups say the measure won’t make much of a difference, in part because it’s unclear whether EU workers want to return to a country that has become more hostile to their presence.

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There is power in cultivating a diverse community

While Hispanic Americans have made great contributions to the growth and culture of the United States, Hispanic women have historically been under-represented in many fields, including business careers. As CEO of Fort̩, a nonprofit focused on advancing women in business, this is especially important during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 РOctober 15).

We hear it all the time, but it bears repeating: diversity matters. Diverse leadership teams consistently outperform the competition, and cultivating a diverse network of peers can be just as valuable on an individual level. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I asked a few Hispanic women leaders in the Forté network to share how cultivating a diverse community has benefited them personally and / or professionally. Here’s what they had to say:

Diversity encourages us to question and refine our beliefs and assumptions, creating a stronger sense of self, communities and institutions. Coming from a large, diverse Mexican-American family with modest means, I naturally learned to share space and listen to others, and understand that not everyone will think or act like me – lessons. incredibly important to achieving my personal and professional goals. Today, living between cultures continues to cultivate my empathy not only with others, but for myself, allowing me to know myself better, to draw appropriate boundaries and thus to better present myself in all facets of my life. . – Amanda Villarreal, Design and Innovation at a Fortune 100 company in New York City

Being surrounded by a diverse, inclusive community empowered by workplace systems, processes and teams has been a game-changer. My growth became exponential once I found a place where I can hear diverse voices and where those voices are truly heard throughout the organization. A diverse community helps broaden perspectives, but organizations that are also inclusive remove barriers to individual equity and growth. – Mabel Gomes, Senior Communications Program Manager for the Windows Update team at Microsoft

“Every day, as a woman of color and a Latina in business, I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me and opened up a road for me to travel. It is now part of my mission to pave the way for the next generation of diverse talent from all walks of life. It is in this spirit that I founded PowHER Circle, an inclusive community of women who work together to inspire, support and empower themselves in their personal and professional journeys. With a true diversity of thought, experience and perspective within an organization, we can better serve our businesses, our communities and each other. In fact, everyone wins. – Angelica Alam, Financial Transformation Program Manager, Facebook

“Diversity and inclusiveness are my core values ​​that I incorporate into both my personal and professional career. I feel like I am giving my best when I listen and learn from various points of view – whether religious, political, cultural or related to health. The current COVID pandemic and recent elections highlight the negative impact of exclusivity and one-sided views. I learned early on that in order to be an effective leader, you must first learn to follow others. I have a lot to learn from people who don’t look, speak or think like me. And I’m a better human when I bring these people into my community. – Evelyn Gallego, MBA, MPH, CPHIMS, CEO and Founder, EMI Advisors LLC

A diverse customer base and an employee base are requirements for us to continue to grow. Personally, surrounding myself with talented and diverse leaders has allowed me to broaden my opportunities for growth and learning in a stimulating and welcoming environment. – Xochitl A. Leon, Head of National Talent Acquisition Partnerships and Programs, Wells Fargo

“After embarking on a new life journey by moving from Colombia to live in New York after the MBA, I became part of a diverse community of longtime friends from around the world, whom I now call my extended family. Our community grows together through shared experiences and learning from each other’s perspectives. Embracing diversity has allowed me to stay true to each of the many layers of my identity while remaining open to learning and growing from the range of experiences and individuals I interact with every day. – Maria Osorio, Vice-President, PIMCO

At Forté, we work hard to ensure diversity in the workforce and to ensure that all perspectives are heard and respected. It’s inspiring to see the power of a diverse leadership team in action – and a reminder that success begins with different people with different perspectives. We all bring something to the table.

If you are an African American, Black, Hispanic, Latin and / or Native American woman interested in obtaining your MBA, I invite you to join Forté on November 4 for Diversity Day. This free symposium will connect you with other motivated women and mission-aligned companies, and show you how an MBA can help you rise in the business world.

Artfolios is hosting a big opening celebration! | Business


Artfolios cordially invites the community to a grand opening celebration on Saturday October 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Current on 4th, located at 210 W Fourth Street, Winston-Salem.

Meet artists and shop for various collections while listening to music for violin and cello performed by Susan C. Perkins and Lauren Shriver. At 2 p.m., there will be remarks from Carrie Leigh Dickey, owner and visionary of Artfolios, and a toast to Artfolios by Katie Hall, head of advancement for the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Council for the Arts. Wine, cheese and fruit will be served.


• Andrew Stenhouse, Emerging artist, was born in the North East of England. He had a fascination with abstract art, having dabbled in watercolor in the past, he was recently drawn into the art of acrylic flow as his primary medium.

• Barbara rizza mellin, Founding artist, is an award-winning artist and writer, who has exhibited in individual and jury group exhibitions nationwide and abroad. Art historian (Harvard University), she enjoys reinterpreting traditional techniques for contemporary collectors, using non-toxic and environmentally friendly materials.

• Carrie Leigh Dickey, Founding artist, is an oil painter by training (BA in studio art with an oil painting concentration from Salem College), but works primarily in acrylics. She enjoys making marks with anything other than a paintbrush, including her fingers, old credit cards, and aluminum foil. This art enthusiast creates raw, organic paintings inspired by both nature and the city of Winston-Salem.

• Dean Roland Johnson, Founding artist, painted with passion since childhood. He is particularly fascinated by flowers. They come in countless shapes, sizes and colors and present themselves as beautiful opportunities for visual expression. He recently moved to Winston-Salem and now devotes all of his attention to painting.

• Émilie Claire, Founding artist, is an artist living and working in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, whose imagination is sparked by the beauty and mystique of nature. Art began as a means of examining the natural world and has evolved into a more in-depth exploration of the full range of experiences, emotions, and relationships in one’s life. She draws her imagery from a long-standing fascination with the landforms of nature and plant life.

• Hannah gaskins, Emerging artist, received a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After graduating, Hannah returned to her hometown of Winston-Salem. She creates pieces inspired by today’s events and experiences. His goal as an artist is to create an engaging and evocative work of emotions, thoughts and ideas.

• John peaspanen, Artist Artfolio, is a longtime artist whose work draws on a wide range of influences. He has studied and assimilated ideas, techniques and mediums, to translate them into his own unique and personal visions. From Japanese woodcuts, fashion design and rock art to Impressionists, classic pin-ups and modern commercial art, he has found fascination and inspiration in everything he sees.

• Professional architect, longtime musician and artist as far back as he can remember, Kevin G. Owen, Founding artist, has always created at some level. His paintings often have clear architectural roots with a strong emphasis on line, form and light and often a bit of science fiction and fantasy.

• Kimberly varnadoe, Founding artist, received his BFA in painting from the University of Southern Alabama and his MFA in printmaking from the University of Memphis. Varnadoe works with experimental photography and a variety of printmaking techniques, often combining the processes. She enjoys experimentation and believes that art is more alive during artistic creation.

• Pat Spainhour, Founding artist, is a contemporary artist and art teacher. She has taught studio art and art history at WSFC schools and UNC School of the Arts. Pat holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UNC Greensboro and graduate studies from Wake Forest University.

• Sharon hardin, Founding artist, painted in watercolor for three decades. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally as well as internationally. She is a former guest artist and design instructor at the North Carolina School of the Arts, director of the Davis Gallery at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art, and drawing and design instructor at Salem College.

• After obtaining his MFA at Clemson University’s School of Art and Architecture, Terri Dowell-Dennis, Founding artist, moved to Winston-Salem to work at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). She stayed there for 17 years. She is currently Associate Curator of Education at the Weatherspoon Art Museum (WAM) at UNCG. Although she works in a variety of media, her current focus is printmaking and textiles.

• Terry Schupbach-Gordon, Founding artist, addresses the concepts of identity, fragility and strength in a deeply personal story of who we are and how we claim grace. An engraver and book artist working with images and language seen through the prism of disability. His prints are a combination of intaglio, woodcut, collage and letterpress.

• Trena mcnabb, Founding artist, is a storyteller whose paintings bring together smaller scenes to create a cohesive narrative. She uses many layers of superimposed images to create such a story. Thus, each painting weaves a story. Trena’s most notable works are site-specific large-scale paintings.

• Willer’s, Founding artist, the passion is to learn as much as possible about the medium of photography, and as a result, he has produced an eclectic body of work. Although he is “retired”, he continues to photograph and view photographs every day.


• Susan C. Perkins, violinist and violist, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Elaine Richey, and received her Masters in Violin Performance from Florida State University, where she also studied violin and l baroque viola. She is a violinist with the Winston Salem Symphony and lives in Winston Salem where she maintains a private violin student studio and performs regularly in the area. Susan also teaches the Alexander Technique, a way to coordinate mind and body for the most efficient way of moving and breathing to musicians, actors and people from all walks of life, both privately and at Salem College, in the ‘Wake Forest University and UNCSA. .

• Lauren Shriver, cellist, graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a degree in cello in 2012. After graduating, she moved to the Triad where she continues to teach and perform as a freelance cellist. Lauren also holds a Masters in Counseling from UNCG and is currently working as a counselor with Camel City Counseling in Winston-Salem.


Artfolios connects the North Carolina Triad with a collection of artists from the Winston-Salem area through an online art gallery, patron consultations, corporate art installations, and in-person events featuring featuring the artists of Artfolios. Artfolios mission: We seek to present a curated collection of artists and artistic styles as diverse as our community. Artfolios manifesto: We believe that art has the power to connect people. We believe that patrons need art in their life. We believe in the beauty of diversity. We are Artfolios.

To purchase the Artfolios collections, visit Artfolios.shop or follow Artfolios on Instagram @shopartfolios and on Facebook @Artfolios.

A new wave of global resolve to protect the world’s rainforests


Protecting and restoring tropical forests is one of the most powerful tools to slow and ultimately stop climate change. They store up to a quarter of all airborne carbon and represent 50 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Sadly, the world is losing forests at an alarming rate.

The international community has long recognized that action to protect forests is central to action to tackle climate change. In fact, more than a decade ago, international negotiations began on the rules on how countries should work together to reduce emissions from deforestation, promote conservation and sustainable management of forests, and increase stocks. forest carbon in tropical forest countries – collective actions known as REDD +.

The results of these negotiations were enshrined in the Paris Agreement, according to which, under Article 5, industrialized countries are encouraged to make performance-based payments to developing countries for achieved emission reductions. at the jurisdictional level.

But, that was only the first step. To date, donor governments as well as multilateral institutions, such as the World Bank and the United Nations Green Climate Fund, have committed more than $ 7 billion to REDD +. But much more funding is needed if the world is to meet its globally agreed targets for climate, biodiversity and land degradation, estimated at a $ 4.1 trillion funding gap for nature by 2050. Even financial support in the hundreds of millions of dollars is not always enough to give forest countries the confidence to embark on ambitious programs to protect forests and reduce emissions, which require investment. important in financial and political capital.

Simply put, the vast climate action potential of REDD + will not materialize without a massive increase in visible demand levels. On the other hand, many potential providers of results-based financing are unwilling to make large-scale financing commitments in the absence of a visible supply. In the REDD + community, we have called this the “chicken or the egg” problem.

As someone who worked in impact investing and climate finance as the REDD + negotiations unfolded, it was clear that forests needed a new business plan and a new strategy needed to be adopted. to solve this chicken egg challenge. Ultimately, this mission led to the formation of Emergent in 2019. Our goal was to create a non-profit intermediary that could engage between tropical forest countries and the private sector to mobilize funding to support emission reductions linked to deforestation. In its most distilled form, the theory of change was simple: if we could muster a strong enough demand signal, the supply of large-scale forest protection solutions would materialize.

It is this same vision that motivated the launch of the LEAF Coalition earlier in the year. Coordinated by Emergent, LEAF is poised to become the largest public-private initiative ever designed to accelerate climate action by providing large-scale, results-based finance to countries determined to protect their tropical forests. Backed by the integrity of ART’s core TREES standard, the goal is to unleash the ambition of tropical forest countries to stop deforestation by sending an unprecedented signal of demand. The Coalition is growing and last week Delta Air Lines and PwC became the last private sector participants to join.

When we launched the initiative, we weren’t sure exactly what response to expect from the Coalition’s Call for Proposals (PA). Based on previous work and awareness raising, we knew there would be significant interest from tropical forest countries, but we could not have given a precise figure.

Well, if there had ever been a question if the interest (and the offer) is there, the response to LEAF’s call for proposals answered it, and answered it definitively.

LEAF has received over 30 submissions from jurisdictions that together cover over half a billion hectares of forests. Proposals were received from jurisdictions on four continents representing the three major tropical forest regions of the world: the Amazon Basin, the Congo Basin and the forests of Southeast Asia. Self-reported volumes estimated by jurisdictions totaling over one billion tonnes of emission reductions over five years.

For those of us who have worked in this space for a long time, there was a sure feeling that an important milestone in the REDD + journey was reached with this answer; a significant step forward towards the goal of Gigaton Green Challenge. It showed the tremendous determination and political will of forest countries to protect their forests. Now is the time for demand to respond and intensify on even larger scales.

Over the coming period, Emergent will work closely with the participants of the LEAF Coalition to carefully review the proposals in order to identify those capable of meeting the rigorous selection criteria and ambitious deadlines of the call for proposals. Discussions with the courts are taking place over the next few months, with the aim of announcing the first round of agreements by the end of this year.

But LEAF’s $ 1 billion goal is just the start. These proposals have opened up a huge opportunity for the world to come together and support ending tropical deforestation. Emerging’s mission and ambition is to mobilize sufficient funding to unleash the full potential represented by these proposals and beyond. We have entered a new phase of the global REDD + effort, and I, for one, am delighted with the result.

Indonesian midwives resilient in the face of COVID-19 pandemic – Indonesia


“Can you imagine what would happen if we couldn’t continue to provide family planning services? How many would have failed and resulted in unwanted pregnancies? ”

The question posed by Emi Nurjasmi, president of the Indonesian Association of Midwives (IBI) reflects the critical need to continue family planning and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Indonesia and IBI have worked together to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on women and other vulnerable groups, and to ensure that women’s family planning and SRH needs are met. are continuously satisfied.

Safety first

Maintaining access during a pandemic has not been easy. Midwives, like other health workers, face high risks of transmission and therefore need to ensure the safety of both their patients and themselves while providing services.

“A lot of midwives have been affected. A midwife who was 28 weeks pregnant when she was infected died in January, ”recalls Sri Helmi of IBI South Jakarta. Since the start of the pandemic, 472 midwives have been infected with COVID-19 in South Jakarta, five of whom have died, according to the IBI’s Jakarta Provincial Council.

The situation is similar outside of Jakarta. “In Tangerang district, 169 midwives have tested positive for COVID-19. One died in January. In Banten province, 1,634 midwives have been infected, ”explains IBI Tangerang’s Een Setianah.

Unfortunately, purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) can be difficult with rising prices and scarcity. As a result, services have been discontinued. “In March, when the pandemic started, we all panicked… Some closed their practices, while others reduced their hours,” recalls Emi. “The number of patient visits has fallen sharply by almost 50 percent,” describes Een.

Midwives also face challenges in following regulations that require them to refer pregnant women entering the 37th-38th week of their pregnancy to the public health center (puskesmas) to prepare for a safe delivery. “It is difficult to provide referrals, especially for pregnant women and childbirths, as not all hospitals in Tangerang accept patients with positive rapid tests,” says Een.

UNFPA Indonesia distributed PPE consisting of hazmat suits, safety glasses, face shields, KN95 masks, medical masks, cloth masks and disinfectants to 1,780 midwifery offices. independent women in Jakarta, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, Karawang, Serang and Bandung, with support from Global Affairs Canada (through a joint initiative with UNICEF: Better Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All in Indonesia / BERANI) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). UNFPA Indonesia is also supporting online midwifery training in collaboration with the IBI and the Knowledge Hub of Reproductive Health of the Faculty of Public Health of Universitas Indonesia (FKMUI).

“Fortunately, we were given PPE to protect us,” says Sri. “We feel more confident in providing service… Now we can continue our regular practice hours. It also helps us with our expenses, ”says Een.

The provision of PPE also enabled Een to offer free services in his clinic. “We discovered that the reason why the number of patients dropped drastically was mainly due to the economic situation… So we decided to provide free services every Friday from 8 am to 4 pm,” Een describes.

When the second wave hits, midwives persevere

The COVID-19 pandemic worsened in June-August 2021 in Indonesia, when the number of new infections increased dramatically and peaked at 56,757 new cases per day in mid-July. Een and Sri were both infected, along with a number of staff at their midwifery clinic. “So many people got sick… We saw a lot of midwifery deaths in Banten,” Een recalls. “I had to close my clinic for a week, but I still accepted patients who needed urgent services,” says Sri.

Sri saw a decrease in the number of patient visits during this period. “We have seen less than 10 deliveries, whereas we would usually have more than 20,” says Sri. Now that the situation has improved, more patients have sought antenatal care (ANC) and delivery services at the clinic in Sri. Sri found that due to disruptions in service delivery, many pregnancies went unchecked for months, leading to health problems such as breast pain in pregnant women and fetal macrosomia. or newborns with excessive weight. To remedy this, Sri referred patients to obstetrics specialists, whose services are covered by Social Health Insurance (JKN).

Meanwhile, at Een’s clinic in Tangerang, the number of patients has almost doubled. “We didn’t have enough health workers, so we had to cut our hours of operation for about a week. She still manages to provide free maternal health and family planning services every Friday, as well as her other charitable activities, despite these challenges.

The work continues

By disrupting essential sexual and reproductive health services, the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an increase in the maternal mortality rate in Indonesia, which is already one of the highest in Southeast Asia. With 305 maternal deaths per 100,000 births, two women in Indonesia die every hour from complications during pregnancy, childbirth and after childbirth (2015 Intercensal Population Survey / SUPAS 2015).

“We need to work with all sectors so that the burden does not fall only on health workers and midwives,” says Een firmly. Een also stresses the critical need to improve public access to knowledge through information, education and communication (IEC) programs. “If we just improve the services but access to knowledge is still limited, it won’t work.

Sri stresses the urgent need to build the capacity of midwives. “We need special training to improve our skills and update our knowledge,” she says. Ultimately, this will contribute to better maternal health in Indonesia. “My hope is that women can enjoy a healthy pregnancy, give birth safely and get help when they need it,” says Sri.

With all the progress made despite the challenges, there is good reason to be optimistic about a better future for midwives and women’s sexual and reproductive health. “All the support leads to capacity building and services and to guaranteeing women’s rights to access reproductive health services… It’s a whole circle in which we all have to work and support each other,” Emi concludes.

Diane agustino

Communications analyst

UNFPA Indonesia

Florida boy runs 1 mile in honor of MP Luke Gross

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – The memory of Congressman Luke Gross lives on across the East Coast as a 12-year-old boy from Florida runs a mile to honor the fallen hero.

You may remember Zechariah Cartledge from 2019 when he ran a mile in honor of Maine State Police Detective Ben Campbell.

Since then, its mission, Running 4 Heroes, has grown into a non-profit organization.

He has traveled over 1,000 miles in 20 states over the past three years for deceased first responders and has raised over $ 172,000, which benefits injured first responders and supports the families of those lost.

He says it’s about making sure these heroes aren’t forgotten.

“We will be joined by many first responders who will join me in the race, patrolling with me, to make sure he is not forgotten,” Zechariah said. “At the same time, we will be joined by many communities in the Maine region to pay tribute to him. We hope that the race can show that the people here in Florida, and the whole nation, and in his state, we are going to remember him and the memory he put in his community.

Zechariah’s race is set for 7:00 p.m. Monday night in central Florida. The race will be uploaded to the Running 4 Heroes Facebook page shortly after.

The flag he runs with will be sent to MP Gross’s family.

You can donate to the organization at running4heroes.org/donate

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Bruce, Barkley & Basketball: “He loves Auburn”


OPELIKA, Alabama – Charles Barkley won two Olympic gold medals, was the Dream Team’s leading scorer, was the NBA’s MVP, and was twice inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Even with that resume, his biggest hoop thrill came three seasons ago, when his alma mater reached the Final Four.

“Probably my biggest sporting experience,” Barkley said. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think Auburn would one day qualify for the Final Four. I will never forget that day. It was an incredible accomplishment.”

The 1984 SEC Player of the Year returned to the Plains on Monday for the sixth annual Bruce, Barkley & Basketball Golf Classic presented by YellaWood, raising funds to fund the quadrennial international travel of the men’s basketball program. Auburn and other extras like Tipoff at Toomer’s on October 7th.

“The fact that we have a good team on a consistent basis makes it even better,” said Barkley, expressing his gratitude to Auburn fans who traveled to Minneapolis in 2019 to support the Tigers in the Final Four. “I was really proud of my Auburn family for showing up in droves,” he said. “It was pretty awesome.

“This team was very well trained. If anyone had told me we were going to beat the top three winning programs on our way to the Final Four, I was like ‘Wow.’

Barkley and Auburn Men’s Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl took photos with each team ahead of the event’s start at the Grand National, with Barkley exuding confidence in his game of golf after playing daily for the past two months.

“I’m going to play well today,” Barkley said over the PA system after thanking attendees for their support of the event. “I’m going to play well today, I can’t wait to get in there and slam it a bit.”

For Pearl, Bruce, Barkley & Basketball marked the end of Auburn’s preseason events, with training officially starting Tuesday after summer conditioning and limited practice on the field.

“The workouts have been really good, the hardest workgroup I’ve had,” said Pearl, who ramped up Auburn’s fitness program to prepare the Tigers for non-conference competitions, including the Battle 4 Atlantis.

“I’m interested in being in great shape in January,” he said. “We need to be more ready in November.”

Always accommodating, Barkley took time for each photo and autograph request on the way to his golf cart.

“That’s why Charles is back, because he loves Auburn,” Pearl said. “He really does. He loves Auburn’s basketball. It’s fun being his coach.”

“I am excited about the future of our program,” said Barkley. “I can’t wait for the season to start. It’s fun when Auburn does well in basketball.

“We have a great coach, we have a great AD and I’m excited about our program,” said Barkley. “I am very excited about our football program, I really like Coach Harsin. I feel very good at our school.”

“He loves Auburn”: Charles Barkley visits Bruce Pearl

Jeff shearer is a senior writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer

Military base pesticide exposure case belongs to state court – 9th Circ.


A US MV-22B Ospreys aircraft takes off from Marine Corps Base Hawaii, USA, April 19, 2017. Courtesy of Aaron S. Patterson / US Marine Corps / Handout via REUTERS

  • Federal and state governments share concurrent jurisdiction over Navy base in Hawaii, court finds
  • The decision is a victory for military families who have rented accommodation on base

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(Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled On Monday, military families who allege they were kept in the dark about pesticide contamination at a Hawaii Navy base can pursue their claims in state court, reigniting their lawsuits against the companies that brought them down. have rented houses on the basis.

In a victory for the families, a unanimous panel of the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that rejected their offer to remand the case. The panel ruled that under the law that admitted Hawaii as a U.S. state, Honolulu shared jurisdiction with the federal government over the Hawaii Marine Corps (MCBH) base on the island of Oahu.

Kyle Smith, who represents the tenants, including Kenneth Lake, said that “we are pleased that the courts of the State of Hawaii have the opportunity to adjudicate on these important questions of the law of the State of Hawaii” .

Randall Whattoff of Cox Fricke, who represents real estate firm Ohana Military Communities (OMC) LLC and co-defendant Forest City Residential Management Inc, said OMC disagreed “with the ruling that the federal courts do not have the jurisdiction to review matters arising at a Marine Corps facility. ” The company intends to seek a full review of the decision, he added.

Lake and other family members of the military who rented homes from the companies sued them in Hawaii state court in 2016. The plaintiffs alleged that the companies, which they said built and jointly operated the base’s private accommodation, did not inform their tenants that MCBH’s soil was contaminated with chlordane and other pesticides. The contamination exposed families to dangerous conditions, including higher cancer risks, they say.

Chlordane was applied to the foundations of houses to control termites. It was banned in 1988.

The WTO has confirmed the pesticide contamination and has developed a plan to mitigate its risks, according to the complaint. Mitigation measures included the development of maps detailing where soils contaminated with pesticides had been found, and requiring that no “visible dust” be emitted during demolition and construction activities, he said.

The companies in 2016 withdrew the lawsuit in federal court. There, U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi, in several rulings, rejected the residents’ request to send it to state court and dismissed all but one of their 11 claims. They ranged from breach of contract to violations of the state’s landlord-tenant code. The plaintiffs appealed in 2019.

Writing for the 9th Circuit panel, U.S. Circuit Judge Ryan Nelson wrote that under the Admission Act, which officially made Hawaii the 50th state, the United States and Hawaii have jurisdiction ” concurrent ”on the military base, with one exception: the areas that Washington has designated as critical fall under its exclusive jurisdiction.

“We have not found any evidence that MCBH is such a designated ‘critical area’,” Nelson wrote.

“Hawaii’s concurrent jurisdiction means that the state law governing plaintiffs’ claims is still the law of Hawaii – not federal law,” he wrote.

The judge, joined by U.S. Circuit Senior Judge Richard Clifton and U.S. Circuit Judge Daniel Collins, disagreed with the lower court’s finding that federal jurisdiction prevailed, despite concurrent jurisdiction, because the dispute involved “substantial federal interests”.

And the panel rejected the companies’ argument that the case belonged to a federal court under the Federal Officers Dismissal Act because OMC acted as a federal officer in providing housing services to the request of the Navy.

The case is Lake v. Ohana Military Communities, 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, # 19-17340.

For Kenneth Lake et al: Kyle Smith of the law firm of Kyle Smith

For the military communities of Ohana et al: Randall Whattoff of Cox Fricke

BAA Announces 125th Boston Marathon Scheduling, Race Starters, Grand Marshals, and $ 125,000 Grant Recipients


Celebrations to honor the history of the Boston Marathon and the future of running

BOSTON — Two weeks away from the 125th Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) today announced a list of weekend running events and programs that honor running history and support the race for. the next generation.

“I am excited to share the many ways that we at the BAA will be celebrating the historic 125th Boston Marathon run,” said Tom Grilk, President and CEO of the BAA. our campaign to stimulate economic recovery, our events throughout the Boston Marathon weekend demonstrate that it’s more than a race, it’s a community celebration.

Celebrate 125 years

More than 900 days after the last Boston Marathon in person, the BAA will host its first-ever opening celebration, which will highlight significant moments in Boston Marathon history and feature the Greek olive wreaths presented each year. to the Boston Marathon Champions. . The celebration will take place on Friday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Copley Square.

A running pioneer who finished first three times at a time when women were not yet welcome in the Boston Marathon, Sara mae berman will be honored and recognized with a banner on the 50th anniversary of her final victory, which falls on the International Day of the Girl. The BAA will also host Anna brown jackson and Michael Monroe, Sr., the grandchildren of the two-time Boston Marathon champion Ellison Brown, to accept a banner on behalf of their family. Brown, a member of the Narragansett tribe, won first place in 1936 and 1939. The 85th anniversary of his historic first victory falls on Indigenous Peoples Day.

“Running and winning the Boston Marathon was something Grandpa loved! He had created another family through the Boston Athletic Association that he always spoke of, a family that we are also happy to be a part of today, ”said Brown-Jackson. “Being Indigenous meant everything to Grandpa because he was very competitive at the start. If someone told him that he couldn’t do something, whether it be winning the marathon or crossing a dirt road to collect seashells for his family, he would make sure to prove them wrong and do it!

The opening celebration will also honor the legacy of notable Boston Marathon personalities who were lost this year. The BAA will award the first Dick and Rick Hoyt Prize, which will be presented annually to someone who showcases the spirit of Team Hoyt’s legacy. In addition, the Boston Marathon Champions and members of the John Hancock Professional Athlete Team Linden trees, Meb Keflezighi, Manuela Schär, Yuki kawauchi, Lelisa desisa, Edna Kiplagat, and Geoffroy Kirui will help to dedicate the Gloria Ratti Collection– the vast archives compiled over the decades by the late vice-president and archivist of the BAA, Gloria Ratti. Throughout the weekend, an archival mobile collection will be on display in Copley Square.

In consultation with the Boston Running Collaboration Steering Committee, the BAA is awarding $ 125,000 to organizations that work to improve access to running for communities of color. The BAA is proud to recognize these organizations during the opening ceremony: Boston Public Schools, Black girls run Boston, Black men run, PIONEERS Run Crew, TrailblazHers, Adapted sports New England, Boston Lions Track Club, Boston United Track Club, MetroCobras Track and Field Club, SoleTrain: Boston runs together, Youth enrichment services, and YMCA of Greater Boston.

Boston Marathon Weekend Schedule

Copley Square will be buzzing with free outdoor programming all weekend at Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon. From the community shakes the races led by Black men run and Black girls run, children’s fitness activities and panels with the best Americans running in Boston or with the 2020 Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, There will be something for everyone. The Fan Fest will be held from Friday October 8 to Sunday October 10 and will coincide with the Boston Marathon Exhibition. Open to the public, everyone can shop the largest adidas Boston Marathon store in Boston. Masks will be compulsory within the Expo, and only participants who have received their health and safety bracelet can access the bib collection area.

Looking for something to eat before race day? Celebrate the 125th Boston Marathon while supporting Boston restaurants with Boston Marathon Restaurant Week presented by Samuel Adams. From Monday, October 4 through Sunday, October 10, select restaurants will offer marathon-inspired dishes for dining with friends and families, grabbing something to go, or loading up some carbs for race day. This year, the Mile 27 post-race party presented by Samuel Adams will also be transformed into a city-wide celebration. The BAA and Samuel Adams invite you to toast the 125th Boston Marathon at one of Celebration after the mile 27 race spots, located across Boston, on Monday, October 11.

Tribute to the Indigenous history of the Boston Marathon

For the only time in its history, the Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, October 11, which is recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day in towns and cities along the marathon route. Patti catalano dillon, Three-time Boston Marathon finalist Mi’kmaq will be interviewed at Fan Fest about setting the US Boston Marathon record 40 years ago. Catalano Dillon, also present in the 125th Boston Marathon Banner Program, will serve as the official starter for the men’s and women’s open races on October 11.

“It is such an honor to be asked and I am very touched and excited to celebrate both aspects of my identity, as a Bostonian and as an Aboriginal person,” said Catalano Dillon. “The Boston Marathon and the Indigenous community both made me who I am today, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate them. “

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon Pursuit program, the BBA will donate $ 10,000 to WINGS of America, a national organization whose mission is to strengthen Indigenous youth and their families through running, in order to support youth programs. Dustin Martin, Executive Director of WINGS of America, will be honored during a race weekend. At Fan Fest, painter and muralist, Yatika Starr Fields, who will run in support of WINGS of America on October 11, will create a piece that expresses gratitude to the history of Indigenous Boston Marathon runners past and present. From October 8-10 in Copley Square, Fields will engage with local artists, community members and Indigenous runners to develop a piece inspired by Ellison Brown.

In August, the BAA announced that it would donate $ 20,000 to fund the first-ever celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day in Newton. The BAA will also read a gravel reconnaissance prior to the October 11 race.

Grand marshals and official race starters

The Grand Marshals of the 125th Boston Marathon will be frontline workers who have been nominated by John Hancock and BAA Charitable Program Hospitals. Frontline workers, who will be announced over the race weekend, will be joined by marathon champions, including Meb Keflezighi, Sara mae berman, Bill Rodgers, and Joan benoit samuelson and covered the 26 miles in two Boston DUCK Boats, Berthe of the back bay and Catie Copley.

In addition to Patti catalano dillon at the start of the open races, Boston champion 1968 Amby Burfoot will begin the men’s and women’s wheelchair races. Russell hoyt, son of the late Dick Hoyt, will star in the Handcycle and Duo divisions, while Christine Welton, great-granddaughter of the late George V. Brown, will carry on the family tradition by serving as a starter in the para-athletics division. Finally, the very first launched start of the Boston Marathon will be signaled by the Hopkinton Fire Chief, Bill Miller. Returning to the Boylston Street announcers’ booth for the final stretch of the race, the 1983 Boston Marathon champion Greg Meyer.

Announced earlier this year, the 125th Boston Marathon will feature a rolling start and earlier start times:

Men’s wheelchair: 8:02 a.m. ET

Women’s wheelchair: 8:05 am ET

Hand bikes and duos: 8:30 a.m. ET

Professional men: 8:37 a.m. ET

Professional women: 8:45 a.m. ET

Para-athletics division: 8:50 a.m. ET

The soft start begins: 9:00 a.m.ET

The BBA strongly encourages everyone to “Earn a PR” by practicing personal responsibility for the 125th Boston Marathon. From attendees to guests traveling with athletes to spectators cheering on attendees, all are encouraged to make efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a mask when they cannot socially distance themselves, including at any outdoor event, and everyone will be required to wear a mask indoors. Anyone who develops symptoms should avoid all public activity except to go for a COVID-19 test.

The The 125th Boston Marathon will be broadcast live in its entirety locally on WBZ-TV (CBS Boston), at the national level NBC Sports Network, and on the NBC Sports app. Participants, volunteers and spectators can also download the new BAA racing app to stay up to date on news, rankings, athlete tracking, and more.

Media seeking to cover the 125th Boston Marathon in May submit credentials requests here.

Catherine’s Health Center CEO Karen Kaashoek retires

GRAND RAPIDS – The CEO of Catherine Health Center, a non-profit healthcare provider for underserved patients in Kent County, plans to retire early next year.

Karen Kaashoek (courtesy photo)Karen Kaashoek has volunteered or worked for Catherine’s, which has been based in Grand Rapids since 1997, holding positions such as Neighborhood Health Services Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor, Executive Director and CEO.

Kaashoek will remain in the federally licensed health center until a new CEO is hired and to help with the organization’s transition to new leadership.

“I like to say that I grew as Catherine grew older, taking on more responsibility as the organization became more and more complex,” Kaashoek said in a statement. “Over the past 24 years, I have had the privilege of serving alongside an incredible team of staff and volunteers who serve the needs of the community. I will cherish the time spent here and the many wonderful people I have met.

Under Kaashoek’s leadership, Catherine’s achieved 501 (c) (3) status as a non-profit organization, raised $ 1.3 million to move to an expanded facility, expanded services, opened a clinic dental clinic and achieved national accreditation as a patient-centered medical center.

The Catherine Health Center started in 1996 as a joint venture between Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, St. Alphonsus Parish and the Creston Neighborhood Association. The center first operated in the basement of St. Alphonsus on Leonard Street until 2011, then moved to the corner of the old St. Alphonsus School on Lafayette Street. Catherine’s provides primary, behavioral and dental health care, as well as health promotion and disease prevention services.

Catherine’s directors have formed a search committee and will retain an executive search firm to help them recruit a new CEO.

Right to life for Armenians in Artsakh is impossible under Azerbaijani jurisdiction – Armenia MFA – Public Radio of Armenia


The right to life of Armenians in Artsakh is impossible under the jurisdiction of Azerbaijan, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on the anniversary of the aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan against the ‘Artsakh on September 27.

“Armenia will systematically defend the restoration and protection of the rights of the people of Artsakh and do everything possible to achieve a just, comprehensive and lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, guarantee the right of the Armenians of Artsakh to live freely and safely. live in dignity in their homeland, ”the ministry said.

Below is the full text of the declaration:

On September 27, 2020, Azerbaijan, with the direct support and involvement of Turkey and with the participation of foreign terrorist fighters from the Middle East, launched a full-scale war against the Republic of Artsakh with the aim of deprive the people of Artsakh of the right to live free and secure in their homeland and to control their own destiny.

Today we bow and pay homage to the memory of our heroes of all the wars of Artsakh, who fell for the cause of freedom and in the protection of the dignity and the right to life of their compatriots.

The 44-day war, launched on September 27, was accompanied by large-scale violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, war crimes and other mass atrocities committed by Azerbaijan. During hostilities, the Azerbaijani armed forces deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure and peaceful settlements, including the capital Stepanakert, with artillery and airstrikes, including with prohibited weapons, which resulted in civilian casualties and destruction. . The mass crimes committed have been thoroughly documented and presented to international organizations and specialized international bodies. Work in this direction will continue in various international platforms.

The 44-day war was a pre-planned and prepared military aggression aimed at removing the Nagorno-Karabakh issue from the international agenda through the use of force and the annihilation of the Armenian population. This is evidenced by the actions of Azerbaijan in the pre-war period, as well as the policy adopted by Azerbaijan after the war. The Armenophobic policy and the constant threats of the use of force pursued by the Azerbaijani leadership for years, the rejection of the proposals of the international mediators to resolve the conflict and strengthen the ceasefire, the systematic and regular violations of the ceasefire -fire, excessive accumulation of weapons in violation of international obligations and periodic offensive military exercises along the line of contact, refusal to join the UN Secretary General’s call for a ceasefire the global fire, as well as the post-war declarations denying the very existence of Nagorno-Karabakh, demonstrate that Azerbaijan was never interested in a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Azerbaijan has consistently hampered the efforts of the international community, especially the countries of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, to establish a humanitarian ceasefire, following which the three ceasefires agreed to at ministerial level at the initiative of Russia, France and the United States have not been implemented. The trilateral ceasefire declaration initiated by the President of Russia on November 9, followed by the entry of Russian peacekeepers into Nagorno-Karabakh, ended Azerbaijani aggression and created the conditions to ensure the overall security of the population in Artsakh.

Following the Azerbaijani-Turkish aggression against Artsakh, the Armenians of Artsakh encountered many humanitarian problems: more than 90,000 Armenians of Artsakh were forced to leave their permanent residences, the majority of whom are currently returned to Artsakh. More than 40,000 people have been deprived of their homes and belongings, vital infrastructure has been destroyed, including schools and hospitals. In this regard, the Republic of Armenia attaches great importance to the free access of international humanitarian organizations and other specialized bodies in Artsakh, which is of vital importance in the context of a comprehensive and effective solution to the resulting humanitarian crisis. of the war.

After about a year, Azerbaijan still holds a number of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians taken hostage, in violation of its obligations under both the November 9 Trilateral Declaration and international humanitarian law.

The Azerbaijani authorities not only continue their hostile policy towards the people of Artsakh, but also rename the Armenian settlements in the territories that have fallen under their control, destroy and desecrate religious shrines and cultural heritage. These actions and the complete ethnic cleansing of the Armenian population once again reveal that guaranteeing the physical security and the right to life of Armenians in Artsakh is impossible under the jurisdiction of Azerbaijan.

Realities shaped on the basis of the use of force, massive violations of human rights, as well as constant actions of a similar nature by Azerbaijan after the war, cannot create a lasting basis for peace. and regional security. The comprehensive and lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict presupposes the determination of the status of Artsakh taking into account the realization of the inalienable right to self-determination, guaranteeing the security of the people of Artsakh, the safe and dignified return of the people. displaced population in their settlements throughout Nagorno-Karabakh, preservation of Armenian cultural and religious heritage in the territories fallen under Azerbaijani control.

Only agreements reached within the framework of the peace process can open a new page for peace, security and development in the region.

The Republic of Armenia supports the full launch of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peace process within the framework and mandate of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair. At the same time, the urgent resolution of humanitarian issues, including the repatriation of all prisoners of war, captured civilians and the handling of cases of enforced disappearances, is of the utmost importance.

Armenia will systematically defend the restoration and protection of the rights of the people of Artsakh and do everything possible to achieve a just, comprehensive and lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, guarantee the right of Armenians in Artsakh to a life free and secure with dignity in their homeland.

Milwaukee Symphony frontman Ken-David Masur keen to show off new full house concert hall


Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Could not but give its new home, the Bradley Symphony Center, the sweetest of soft launches last season, performing smaller ensemble concerts for video cameras and a limited and socially distant audience.

Thus, musical director Ken-David Masur approaches the first performances of the new season from October 1 to 3 for potentially packed venues with a pent-up desire to celebrate both the new concert hall and the orchestra he is conducting.

“It’s an amazing venue, one of the largest concert halls in North America,” he said of the new home. “The fact that we have it here is just a huge gift.”

The MSO spent $ 90 million to convert the former Warner Grand Theater at 212 W. Wisconsin Ave. in his concert venue, believing that controlling his schedule and maximizing the number of dates in his main hall are essential to his survival.

Reiterating a point that MSO President Mark Niehaus often makes, Masur said that the interior decor of the old cinema, with its variety of surfaces and shapes, enhances the sound of the concert in a way that flat and square walled room does not. In his mind, the Allen-Bradley Hall resonance provides a potentially greater dynamic range, with both weaker sounds and louder sounds possible.

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The new hall fills the Leipzig-born conductor with Spielfreude, which can be translated as “the joy of playing” or “the enthusiasm”.

During the unusual last season, as orchestral musicians adjusted to strict COVID-19 protocols and the less familiar small ensemble repertoire, Masur admired both their musical skills and courage.

“I learned how passionate they are about their job, how resilient they are,” he said.

‘Blossoming’ with world premiere, new artistic partner

Masur used the word “bloom” to describe both the concert hall and the season ahead. The opening program he designed for October 1-3 reflects this metaphor with “New World A-Comin ‘” by Duke Ellington and “Green Fuse” by James B. Wilson. (The programming of music by Ellington and British black composer Wilson also reflects the OSM’s increased commitment to performing works by composers of color.)

Pianist Aaron Diehl will perform both Ellington’s work and Gershwin’s popular “Rhapsody in Blue”. Diehl will serve as MSO’s designated artistic partner this season, not only returning to perform in February, but also playing a post-show jazz session on this return visit, as well as giving master classes and interacting with the community. .

Masur also commissioned composer Eric Nathan to create a new work, “Opening”, to show the concert hall to both locals and the PBS national audience. (The October 2 performance will be broadcast live by Milwaukee PBS, with the national network picking up the recording for later airing.)

The composer, who is also a associate professor of music at Brown University, visited Milwaukee to see and hear the space, and also attended numerous MSO video concerts last season.

“Opening” begins with a few musicians stationed at various places around the hall. Often times when composers take musicians off the stage, Nathan said in an interview with Zoom, they will use brass, as Respighi does in “The Pines of Rome.” But Nathan chose the woods. “There’s this very delicate call… everyone has to be incredibly quiet to hear those delicate lines,” he said. Over the course of “Opening”, the musicians’ bodies gradually come together in their fullness.

Nathan does something else in “Opening” that might surprise viewers. In a segment, its composition requires each string player to perform as a soloist (rather than bowing in unison as Sections are typically asked to do).

“And it works,” he said. “It’s that beautiful kind of bloom, almost like a tree with all the branches.”

Beyond sound, it also creates a visual component, he said. “You see everyone moving their arches at different rates (and thinking), ‘Oh, that’s a bunch of individual people up there and wow, there’s 60 moving and there’s a lot of people over there. scene.’ So I hope that this can put us in tune with the different dynamics of the orchestra. ”

Souls hungry for music

Reflecting on what it means to perform in front of a live audience again after over a year of pandemic strain, Masur thought of “something my dad told me early on that I never really got to. understand so far, “he wrote in a follow-up email.

His father Kurt (1927-2015), who would go on to become an internationally renowned conductor, was a 16-year-old music student when he enlisted in the German army in 1944.

After World War II, Ken-David Masur wrote, his father and his musician friends were so hungry for food that they played “concerts for a loaf of bread the band would share.”

But, added the son, “they were much hungrier for music, for their souls were completely hungry.

“Every note I hear from the introspective music of the great masters of old to the deeply exploratory music of today” is deeply nourishing, he wrote.

“It is truly an everlasting resource for revealing truths about us and where we have been placed.”

Contact Jim Higgins at jim.higgins@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jhiggy.


Music director Ken-David Masur and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra play at 7:30 p.m. on October 1 at 7:30 p.m. on October 2 and at 2:30 p.m. on October 3 at the Bradley Symphony Center, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test obligatory. Masks strongly encouraged. For info and tickets, visit mso.org or dial (414) 291-7605.

Golf fundraising resumes on Sunday


HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – Lots of blue skies. Pleasant temperatures. Good food. Good drink.

Sunday turned out to be more than a good day for the 96 or so golfers who gathered at Shadow Ridge Golf Course to participate in the 11th Annual 4th Street Classic Golf Tournament.

Born 10 years ago as End Zone 3-Man Scramble, the golf tournament was renamed under the banner of 4th Street Bar, which opened on the site of its predecessor and decided to carry on the tradition. .

Over the past decade, the tournament has donated over $ 35,000 to various causes including DeBard School, University of Southern Mississippi Women’s Softball and United Way.

Donee of the Year: Mississippi Quarter Horse Association, which was the favorite organization of the late Wade Spruill.

Spruill, a longtime and major supporter of the golf tournament, died in January from COVID-19.

“The Mississippi Quarter Horse Association was close and dear to her heart, and once we realized what they are doing for disabled veterans and also disabled children, it was an easy choice for this charity,” said Slade White, co-owner of the 4th Street Bar.

After being shut down by the coronavirus in 2020, then watching the rainy weather and the lingering pandemic end the tournament’s usual play date in the spring, clubs and carts stalked the greens and fairways on a glorious Sunday.

“He’s shining and smiling at us (Sunday),” White said.

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Student Icons nonprofit makes sensory blankets for palliative care patients

SAN ANGELO, Texas- Student Icons, a fashion and sewing organization, yesterday hosted a charity sewing class for a good cause.

The event took place at the Stephens Central Library, where community members who showed up learned how to use a sewing machine while making sensory blankets for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients at the hospital Envoy Hospice.
Founder of Student Icons, Uniquka Christian shares how she wanted to involve the community.

“We had so many fabrics donated to us, a local fabric store here in town, Quilting Quarters donated a ton of fleece for us to make these blankets. We did it once in Dallas, and I thought why not do it here? I live in San Angelo, maybe there will be people in the community who will want to go out and help make blankets and donate, ”Christian said.

And volunteers like Kandi were delighted to be able to help others with a kind gesture.

“It is such a good feeling to know that you are going to be able to make an impact on someone’s life and it may be a small road, but it will mean a lot to them to have something comforting for them, and to knowing that someone cares, they have made it a labor of love for you, ”said volunteer Kandi Marro.

The student icons also teach children and teens the life skills of sewing and even give them the opportunity to showcase their work in local fashion shows.

Raw tackles at the grand final gala


Murdoch also bought anti-Meghan markle British broadcaster Piers Morgan in a global deal that will include a nighttime show on Sky News Australia at the expense of… Peta, Alan, Chris, Paul? Well, watch this space. Mr Morgan does not make the day!

Plus, Daddy M managed to miss New York dinner with the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Nick greiner and Arthur sinodin, sending a key lieutenant Robert thomson to be crawled in its place. Winner!

But all of that played a secondary role in Murdoch’s really big project: his birthday party.

A little over a week ago, KRM and his fourth wife, Jerry hall, 65, opened the doors of Holmwood, their £ 11million ($ 20million) Georgian palace in the Chilterns, west London, to around 150 of their closest friends for the 90th anniversary very retarded from the tycoon.

Fittingly, the heritage listed Holmwood was once the residence of the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the 19th-century British equivalent of a Sky News presenter.

Among the adoring crowd of well-wishers, the British Foreign Secretary Liz trusschancellor Rishi Sunak, legendary performer Barry humphries, 87, and Isaac Levido, the young Australian political strategist from BoJo and ScoMo.

Only one thing seemed to be missing: Murdoch’s youngest son James, who parted ways with the company last year after expressing unease over the editorial direction of its titles.

Murdoch Jr was not spotted and his apparent absence was a hot topic of conversation.


The 48-year-old son was absent from the lengthy video tribute, set up by Murdoch’s daughter TV producer Elisabeth, which featured the eldest son Lachlan murdoch, former prime ministers John howard and Tony abbott as well as the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and which has been cheekily said to include the theme song from the HBO drama Succession, a totally fictional drama about a dysfunctional media dynasty.

CBD approached spokespersons for the two Murdochs, who observed a mafia omerta in response to our questions.


President of the Senate Scott Ryan kicked off two races last week when he announced his retirement from politics after nearly 15 years. In Victoria, a screening process to fill the vacancy left by Ryan – who occupies the coveted number one position on the state coalition Senate ticket. But in the Federal Parliament, Ryan’s colleagues are weighing their chances of landing the prestigious post of President of the Senate. The position comes with some serious perks – a sprawling presidential suite. “It’s really lavish,” said a CBD MP. Behind a grand entrance and around a million flags, the suite features a full-size dining room, a well-appointed reception hall, kitchen, works of art from the parliamentary collection, an interior courtyard and – luxury deluxe – windows that actually open. The Presidential Suite is one of two in the building where windows can be opened for ventilation. A privilege that is not even granted to the Prime Minister.

The presidential suite – which responds to the president’s administrative responsibilities, including hosting international delegations and foreign heads of state – also has a serious history. Queen Elizabeth visited the suite in 1988, which also includes a “Queen’s Robing Room” where the Sovereign dons ceremonial robes to open the house. A sequel worth fighting for.

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Delhi: Civic bodies aim to mechanize waste collection points before elections | Latest Delhi News


The garbage collection point (dhalao) mechanization project in the city has now entered its final stage, with city officials setting March 2022 as the deadline to phase out all remaining operational dhalaos and attempt to complete the project before the municipal elections scheduled. Next year.

The mechanization project started in October 2016 with the inauguration of five fixed compactor transfer stations (FCTS) by LG Najeeb Jung. Delhi has over 1,209 primary garbage receptacle points with 550 of these points under the jurisdiction of North MCD (Delhi Municipal Corporation), 350 points with the Southern Municipal Body and 309 receptacles in the East Delhi Municipal Corporation

Traditionally an open three-walled structure, an open dhalao is used as the primary collection of municipal waste for a settlement or locality. A stationary garbage compaction station operates on a hydraulically operated garbage compression system, which reduces the volume of garbage and turns it into highly compressed cakes of mixed waste. It usually includes a garbage inlet bin, dump body, loading shovel bucket, compressor and hook loader.

SDMC mayor Mukesh Suryan said each of the 104 municipal wards under the civic body has three to four dhalaos. “Municipal garbage from these three four points can be handled by a single garbage compaction system, reducing the need for space and minimizing transportation costs. Now we have developed such compaction stations in 96 neighborhoods and the remaining neighborhoods will be covered over the next six months. We are facing a problem of land availability at the remaining sites, especially in the unauthorized settlements, and permission from other government departments is also required, ”Suryan said. The SDMC started the mechanization project in 2016 by setting up FCTS in the central zone.

The closure of dhalaos and the diversion of garbage to other sites have also led to conflicts between different localities. Several neighborhood city councilors, such as Chirag Dilli and Sangam Vihar, have raised the issue of garbage being diverted from neighboring neighborhoods to their neighborhood.

Suryan said councilors have sometimes reported these issues, when there is a delay in the removal of municipal waste from the site, but once an FCTS is in place, the company can stop the movement of waste from the site. ‘one area to another. On average, the territories under the jurisdiction of the SDMC produce 3,600 tonnes of waste every day.

A senior municipal official from the sanitation department said that although the initial entry costs of FCTS are high, it allows the municipal body to reduce the expense of transporting municipal waste to landfills and waste to the city. power plant.

East Municipality Mayor Shyam Sunder Agarwal said each FCTS is helping them reduce the number of trips garbage collection trucks have to make to transport garbage. “Compressed garbage cakes are easier to transport. A large truck can carry the same amount of waste, which was previously transported by 5-7 trucks earlier, ”he added.

“20 compaction stations have been installed and four units have already started operating while the others will start operating within the next two months. We will use 38 FCTS and another 10 units can be added as needed, ”Agarwal said. Experts have repeatedly pointed out that the use of compactors can disrupt the separation of secondary waste by the informal sector and waste managers.

The high costs of inputs have led the municipality of the East to take a different path between the three civic bodies. The eastern company plans to transform 64 traditional dhalaos into wet-dry waste sorting centers where secondary sorting of municipal waste will be carried out. “In total, we will have 100 municipal waste treatment centers by March 2022,” said the mayor.

The northern company, which covers an area of ​​604.5 km² and caters to 62 lakhs, has the largest number of bins (550). The civic body has installed 70 compaction machines in its jurisdiction and around 300 dhalaos have been shut down. North MCD mayor Raja Iqbal Singh said the company will install 40 more compaction machines over the next six months and declare the area dhalao-free.

In the meantime, the SDMC has already approved a budget of ??12.5 crore, set aside ??10 lakh for each site, to redevelop the closed dhalaos sites into mini-libraries, reading rooms and recreation centers for the elderly. Mayor Suryan said the smaller sites can be used as a neighborhood office for sanitation staff.

“It’s a matter of law, not charity”: CJI Ramana asks lawyers to demand 50% reservation in July


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NEW DELHI: India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana on Sunday urged female lawyers to sharply increase their demand for reservations by 50 percent in the court system while assuring them of his “full support”.

“I don’t want you to cry but with anger you have to scream and demand that we need 50% reservation,” he said.

CJI said it was a matter of thousands of years of repression and that women are entitled to reservation and added: “This is a matter of law, not a matter of charity. “

He said: “I want to say that I recommend and strongly support the request for a certain percentage of reservation in all law schools in the country for women, so that they can join the judiciary.

Speaking at a congratulatory ceremony hosted by Supreme Court attorneys for the nine newly appointed justices, including three female judges, CJI Ramana said he changed Karl Marx’s quote from “The Workers of the World s ‘Unite. You have nothing to lose but your chain “for the occasion and added:” Women of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your chain. “

CJI said: “You are all laughing. Yes I don’t want you to cry but with anger you have to scream and demand that we need 50% reservation. This is not a small problem but a problem of thousands of years of suppression It is high time that we had 50 percent representation of women in the judiciary. You are entitled to it, it is a matter of law. It is not a question of charity. It is unfortunate that some things are happening very late. “

He said he would be “very happy” whenever the goal was reached.

“All my sisters and all of you have created exceptions for people in society and women in society and for that matter young people, whether men or women, are waiting for you and looking at you as if you are role models.

“Your successes will make them more impulsive and we expect more women to join the profession and we will soon reach the 50 percent target. I wholeheartedly support any initiative you take and as long as I am here, I will support all your causes, ”he said.

The Chief Justice of India said he believes in mingling with people, knowing their ideas in order to understand what is the problem facing society, but added these days that he is visiting many places and that he was tired of giving speeches.

“After coming back last night from Odisha, I gathered information about the system in which we are working. Across the country … on the Supreme Court, four out of 33 female judges … (that is, 11 or 12 percent), ”CJI said.

He said that out of 1.7 million lawyers in the country, only 15 percent are women and only 2 percent of elected representatives on state bar councils are women.

“The other day I said to the Chairman of the Indian Bar Council, Manan Kumar Mishra, what in your National Bar Council Committee, no woman represents, this needs to be corrected from urgently, ”he said.

CJI Ramana added that people will often easily say that it’s hard to get 50 percent reservation because women have a lot of issues, but that’s not correct.

“I agree that there is an uncomfortable environment, a lack of infrastructure, overcrowded courtrooms, a lack of toilets, a lack of nurseries and a lack of seating, which are some of the major issues that are hostile to female lawyers in the system, ”he said.

He said that after gathering information on the conditions prevailing across the country, he proposes the establishment of the Judicial Infrastructure Corporation, which is the need of the moment.

“In 6,000 courts across the country, 22% of them do not have a separate toilet (for women) and even female officers must also suffer,” CJI said.

These are the realities on the ground that we must tackle immediately and that is why I am proposing certain questions to the executive for them to take them and correct them, “he added.

Regarding the lawyers’ request to open the highest court for physical hearings that have been held virtually since the start of the pandemic, CJI said that with luck, after Dussehra’s vacation, it could resume.

“The problem is you know we have limited openness (both virtual and physical) but the majority of lawyers don’t prefer, I don’t know why but for some reason especially senior lawyers have reservations but young people and other lawyers are ready to come, ”he said.

He said lead attorney Vikas Singh, who is president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, has raised some questions about the SOP hybrid hearing and that it is being corrected and made more liberal. .

“We can expect a full opening of the courts, but the problem is we don’t want to take any risk because of the medical opinion and all of a sudden they can say there may be a third or a fourth wave. .… So you hope that there will be There are no waves and most likely after the holidays in Dussehra I think we can go for physical hearing, ”CJI Ramana said.

More Arkansas teachers, best grant initiative student success goal

Forward Arkansas, an organization created by two of the state’s largest philanthropic foundations, is focused on increasing the pool of qualified and diverse teachers.

Over the next few weeks, the nonprofit will provide grants of $ 100,000 to colleges, schools and education departments at six institutions of higher learning to support planning strategies throughout the year. aimed at recruiting, training and retaining teachers more effectively.

Of the six universities that receive the competitive planning grants, a subset of the educator preparation programs will be selected for the additional funding and resources needed to carry out their plans over the next three years.

“Arkansas schools are already facing a significant shortage of teachers, and covid-19 has made it worse,” said Ben Kutylo, executive director of Forward Arkansas. “Meeting this challenge is essential to improving education in Arkansas. We need to act quickly and effectively or we will see lasting negative impacts in all districts, especially in Arkansas’ most marginalized schools. “

Ivy Pfeffer, deputy commissioner of the Arkansas Elementary and Secondary Education Division, praised the Forward Arkansas initiative funded by the Winthrop Rockefeller and Walton Family Foundations.

“Now, more than ever, Arkansas schools need qualified candidates to fill teaching positions,” Pfeffer said in an email. “The decrease in enrollment in educator preparation programs in recent years has resulted in a decrease in the number of fully certified applicants available for employment. Multiple efforts are needed, but efforts must be aligned and coordinated. “

The initiative is a way to improve the quality of education for K-12 students wherever they live in the state, she said.

“These grants may provide an opportunity for Arkansas educator preparation programs to partner with local school districts and invest in regional and local efforts to recruit and retain future educators and provide excellent education for all. the students, ”she said.

The Forward Arkansas Grants Program comes on the heels of a March study that found the shortage of certified teachers contributes to the below-national average scores of Arkansas students in the latest National Progress Assessment Test Education 2019. The test is given every two years to a nationally representative sample of students.

The study – “Missing Out: Arkansas ‘Teacher Shortage and How to Fix It” – reported that up to 1,360, or about 4% of Arkansas’ 34,000 practicing teachers, did not hold a license to teach. State to teach – compared to 1.7% nationally – and that an additional 3% are allowed but teach a subject other than what they are allowed to teach.

A state license means that a teacher has at least a bachelor’s degree and a defined level of mastery in the subject in which the person is certified. The Missing Out study noted that a state license by itself does not guarantee an effective teacher, but the fact that not all class leaders meet this bar is a problem.

The March study – carried out by TNTP which was previously known as The New Teacher Project – found that the shortage of state-certified teachers is most pronounced in eastern and southern Arkansas. , and black students are “five times more likely to attend school in a neighborhood with severe shortages than white students,” according to data in the report.

Thirty of the state’s 238 traditional school districts – a number that excludes charter school systems – have 10% or more of their teachers working without a standard teacher license, according to the study. In seven of these districts, the percentage is 30% or more. And in the Helena-West Helena and Forrest City school districts, the percentages of unlicensed teachers exceed the percentages with licenses.

Kutylo of Forward Arkansas said the number and amounts of the implementation grants, which will follow the planning grants, have yet to be decided.

“It will be based on the proposals that are developed during this planning phase, he said.” Our hope is to get as many convincing proposals as possible. “

The proposals will be assessed in part by their incorporation of emerging strategies, Kutylo said.

“Another priority is to make the teacher candidate experience much more practice-based,” he said, “this means more time in schools and more time with mentor teachers to be better prepared for that role when they enter it. “

Additionally, proposals from colleges and universities will be reviewed for their efforts to forge closer relationships with school districts to better understand and meet the needs of schools and districts, he said.

“Our teachers need to be prepared and supported to deal with the changing realities in schools and the needs of today’s students,” Kutylo continued. “We believe this program will support college educator preparation programs by providing a rigorous, modern and employment-based experience. [The result will be] more high quality and diverse educators across the state. “

Once the six teacher education programs have been selected, Forward Arkansas will work with its national partners US PREP, TPI-US and 2Revolutions to help the funded programs design and plan for the growth and improvement of their programs.

Throughout the process, Forward Arkansas will work closely with the Arkansas Department of Education to ensure new initiatives are aligned with state education priorities.

“Obviously, a good teacher can make a huge difference,” Kutylo said. “Our goals are that within five years, Arkansas will produce more high quality and diverse teachers, especially in high need areas of the state, and that performance levels and retention rates have increased. This will have a positive impact on Kindergarten – Grade 12 student outcomes, as students graduate and move on to college or careers. “

More information about Forward Arkansas is available on the organization’s website: forwardarkansas.org.

Tavian Renee ‘Beasley, 27 | Daily Inter Lac


Tavian Renee ‘Beasley, born August 6, 1994 in Kalispell, moved on her next trip on September 18, 2021 in Grand Coulee, Washington. She grew up on a small farm in the foothills of the Swan Range in Kalispell until she was 10 years old. She then moved on to a new adventure in Bishop, California, where she attended Bishop High School. After school, she stayed in Bishop, working for several establishments until she took a vacation to visit her mother and stepfather in Grand Coulee. She fell in love with the area and moved herself and her beloved pets to Grand Coulee at the age of 26.

Tavian had the kindest, sweetest mind and was extremely humble. She always made sure that others were comfortable and happy before she thought of herself. His mind was shy but so extraordinary. She loved with all her heart and if you were loved by Tavian you knew it. She was beautiful in every way and will be sadly missed. When Tavian touched your heart, she was there forever.

Tavian was an amazing artist and loved to read and play the piano. She often shared her love of baking and decorating with her mother. She was an avid knitter and made many knitting gifts for others. She also liked to play when the weather permitted. Her dogs were her babies and she took them wherever she went. She and her dogs have shared many adventures in Bishop and Grand Coulee.

Tavian spent the past summer working for the Washington State Steamboat Park, as well as hiking and kayaking with his friends, family and dogs. She also enjoyed traveling to Montana to visit family and friends. She enjoyed her special moments with her uncle Chris and her sweet cousin Karissa.

Tavian is survived by his mother and stepfather Chantel and Chuck Crowe, brothers Mark Hall II and Sean Beasley, Great Aunt Sherry Grob, Grandmother Sheila Raiman, Uncles Chris Turner and Jim Turner (Sarah) , Aunt Toni Clouse (Tony), nephews Mark Hall III, Todd Hall and Brandon Hall, several cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles, as well as her beloved pets Guinevere, Quelan, Quelana and Joseph.

Tavian was predeceased by her grandfather George Turner and her great-grandparents Chris and Helen Grob.

The commemorations will be held on Thursday, September 30 at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee at 1 pm; and Sunday October 3 at the Mountain Brook Community Library in Kalispell at 2 p.m.

Ogdensburg Seeks Feedback From Small Businesses And Nonprofits For Pandemic Relief Funding | County of Saint-Laurent

OGDENSBURG – Small businesses and nonprofits in the city of Ogdensburg that have suffered loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic are being interviewed as city officials reflect on how funding for the ‘American Rescue Plan Act will be distributed.

The city is expected to receive $ 1,070,000 in funding through the American Rescue Plan Act, the federal pandemic relief program enacted in March, targeting negative impacts on public health and the economy.

City manager Stephen P. Jellie said the city received $ 535,000 this year and will receive the other half in 2022.

City officials decided to survey small businesses and nonprofits to assess the amount of funding needed and report back to city council in October. They are asked to submit a letter of interest to the town hall.

“Ultimately, the LOI allows us to gauge the number and depth of help that small businesses and nonprofits are looking for in the city,” Jellie said. “We want to make sure that everyone who needs help bouncing back from the negative financial effects of COVID-19 is able to reap the benefits. “

The funding can also be used for infrastructure projects in the city as well as to help those affected by COVID-19. The city is expected to use approximately $ 100,000 of the funding to reimburse itself for costs and lost revenue.

Mr Jellie said helping small businesses and nonprofits and charities is the first step the city must take to disburse the funds.

Letters of Interest can be downloaded from ogdensburg.org and mailed to City Hall, Att: Deputy City Clerk, 330 Ford St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Letters should be received by 5:30 p.m. September to be included. They can also be sent by email to bkelso@ogdensburg.org or by fax to 315-393-1136.

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It takes a process – no luck – to find the right financial advisor


Linda and her husband Stan recently heard me as a guest on a podcast. They are retirees, living near Daytona Beach, Florida, unsure of “which way to go with our money.”

Linda thought I sounded like “exactly what we hope to find, someone who speaks our language, who is honest, who can help us make a plan to make our money grow and last, and maybe even be helping us understand how to manage our estate.

With that in mind, she tracked me down and called, hoping she could hire me to be the family’s financial advisor.

She was, of course, wrong about me. Not on the honesty or the language part, but on how I could help him. I am a journalist, not a financial planner; I don’t have clients and I don’t sell financial services.

Even when I told her this, Linda was hoping she could persuade me to accept some of her money for advice, even though I had never heard of myself until I found myself invited into the room. one of his favorite financial shows.

This is no way to choose a financial advisor.

Linda and Stan are lucky they hadn’t heard of any fraud on the radio, which would have been only too happy to take their money.

Of all the blunders an investor can make, few have more impact on their future than hiring the wrong advisor. And yet, most people spend less time and effort choosing an advisor than buying a new toaster.

The results – a mismatch between individuals and the financial advisers they’ve chosen – is something I’ve heard often, in large part because I’ve written two books on choosing and working with financial advisers.

Decades of meeting with client advisors have proven to me that even people who end up being satisfied with their advisor screw up the selection process and rely more on luck than information.

It starts early in the process, which for most people is not organized research.

Typically, individuals, couples, and families come to the conclusion that they need financial help after years of trying to build up a nest egg and manage their money on their own. By the time they decide to get a lawyer, they have an idea of ​​what they are looking for.

As a result, any advisor they come across – whether at a cocktail party, from a friend’s recommendation, through a web search, etc. a new potential customer.

Providence has not brought you “the right person at the right time”; human nature just makes it seem so.

The tone and tenor of the counseling relationship – the effort required to develop an investment and money management plan and the emotional discipline to stick to it – is only evident later.

Without it, individuals can only find a better match by interviewing multiple candidates for the job, creating a measurement tool to decide who they trust to be the best fit for their lives.

You want a trustee – someone who is dedicated to putting your interests first – and you might prefer a nearby location, some compensation structure (fixed price for assets under management or commission, for example), but you don’t just look for someone who “ticks the boxes” on your wishlist.

You are looking for your financial partner, whose “bedside manner” will make you comfortable going their prescribed path.

Whether before or after these initial interviews, any candidate consultant should undergo a background check; it may seem difficult to verify a broker or investment advisor – as well as the company they work for – through FINRA’s BrokerCheck service (brokercheck.finra.org), but almost every advisory scam you’ve heard of talking could have been avoided. simply by contacting federal or state securities regulatory authorities to look for past problems.

In addition to the FINRA database, connect with your securities regulator (get contact details for the North American Securities Administrators Association at www.nasaa.org), and whether the advisor sells both securities and insurance, find out if there are any complaints on file with your state’s insurance commissioner (contact details available at naic.org, National Association of Insurance Commissioners website).

Don’t rely on an advisor’s referrals to be a sign that they’re good at their job; credentials are not a true measure of how someone works with clients.

Don’t blindly rely on recommendations from friends and family; there is no guarantee that they have chosen their advisor correctly. In addition, many of Bernie Madoff’s victims were people he had met at his country club, on a golf course, at charity events, or out of personal affinity; he relied on these bonds increasing confidence and decreasing resistance.

Focus primarily on what you get for your money, the service provided, and the price you pay for it. You are looking for a reasonable balance between services, costs and method of remuneration.

Examine sample plans – to find out what you’ll get – and ask for references; stay focused on satisfaction levels and on how the client enjoys working with the advisor and move away from “How Much Money Did He Make You” as risk tolerance, resources and needs this reference may be very different from yours.

Above all, keep asking questions. It will be difficult to work with an advisor who will not answer your questions until you have your money once you give them some control.

While my books offer dozens of forward-looking questions, you can get away with about 10. The CFP Board of Standards has a good list – and lots of great research-driven help – surletsmakeaplan.org.

If you’re not ready to get to work right off the bat, you shouldn’t be surprised to be disappointed later. This is definitely not the outcome that everyone wants when hiring a financial advisor.

NRL 2021 Grand Finals Entertainment: Kate Miller-Heidke, Ian Moss, Timmy Trumpet


A galaxy of stars will headline NRL Grand Final entertainment as Brisbane honors rugby league royalty ahead of the match with King George Square rebranded as King Wally Square.

Grand Final Week officially kicks off Sunday evening with Brisbane Town Hall, King George Tower and Hilton lit up with iconic images from the season, tributes to Penrith and South Sydney, fans of the game and a thank you to the Queensland community for their hospitality.

The pre-game entertainment at Suncorp Stadium will have a Queensland theme with local star Kate Miller-Heidke singing the national anthem and leading the entertainment with Australian rock legend Ian Moss.

The Stafford Brothers, DJ Timmy Trumpet, Aboriginal didgeridoo player William Barton and a 40-piece orchestra will complete the grand final show which will also include a spectacular light show.

King George Square in Brisbane’s business district will be renamed King Wally Square in honor of the immortal Wally Lewis of Queensland as part of a two-day NRL Fan Fest on Thursday and Friday, culminating with the appearance of the two teams Friday afternoon.

Get Caught Up: Unmissable Moments from the Preliminary Final

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said the week-long celebration was an appropriate way to thank Queensland for their support of the Telstra Premiership in 2021 after 13 teams moved to the Sunshine State in July due to of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a historic week for the Queensland Rugby League as we will light up some of Brisbane’s best-known landmarks with iconic images from our season,” he said.

“It’s also a chance to say thank you to the fans and the Queenslanders for welcoming us in 2021.

The King of Queensland, Wally Lewis.
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“The Grand Final is more than a match day, it’s a week-long celebration of clubs, players and above all the fans.

“This week is also an opportunity for us to give a boost to the local economy. Visitors from all over Queensland will be in Brisbane for the Grand Final. The first allotment of tickets is sold out and the last 7,000 tickets will be gone. available Monday. “

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the excitement for the grand finale will peak this week.

“I have long said that Queensland deserves a grand final,” she said.

“We are happy that our strong health response has made this possible. Major sporting events are pumping millions of dollars into Queensland businesses, supporting local jobs and helping to rebuild our economy.

“We have seen with Magic Round the tremendous benefits that events like this can provide to tourism and hospitality businesses. An NRL Grand Final is a dream come true for soccer fans across the state. . I encourage all Queenslanders to make the most of the grand final here in the heart of the rugby league. “

Miller-Heidke said she was “absolutely thrilled and proud to sing in the Grand Final – it’s a huge honor” while Moss is no stranger to the Grand Final.

Cold Chisel icons Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes perform in the 2015 NRL Grand Finals.
Cold Chisel icons Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes perform in the 2015 NRL Grand Finals.
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“Performing in the 2015 Grand Final with Cold Chisel was one of those career moments that we all look to play, so being invited to perform at the 2021 Telstra Premiership Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium here in the magnificent Sunshine State is an honor.

“And sharing the stage with the talented Kate Miller-Heidke and William Barton is a real bonus and a real gift. I can’t wait.”

Mayor Adrian Schrinner said renaming King George Square after King Wally and lighting up Town Hall in the NRL team colors were appropriate ways to celebrate the Grand Final in Brisbane.

“Queensland football fans have long wanted the Grand Final to take place at Suncorp Stadium, which remains the best rugby union ground in the world,” he said.

“Now that this is finally happening, we want to make sure the city celebrates and seizes this incredible opportunity by creating a real festival vibe.

Each try of the preliminary final

“Renaming our spot after King Wally, who is considered one of the best rugby league players to ever don a pair of shoes, and lighting up Town Hall in the NRL team colors will help get people excited. “

The day of the Grand Final will also include the preliminary finals of the Intrust Super Cup.

Final fan ticket allocation, for Penrith and Souths fans, will be released on Monday, with club members accessing tickets at 10 a.m. and the remaining seats will go on sale to the general public at 4 p.m.

Tickets are available via www.nrl.com/tickets

California rent relief contractor’s deal gets more lucrative


Despite a slow initial rollout of rent relief money, the state of California is extending and more than doubling its contract with the outside contractor it hired to deliver the money to tenants and landlords.

The contract with Horne LLP, a Mississippi-based accounting firm specializing in disaster relief, has grown from $ 51.7 million when the program launched in March to at least $ 146.8 million in the amended agreement signed Sept. 16, according to documents obtained by CalMatters. through a public registration request.

Under the new contract, which runs through March 2022, Horne will be responsible for administering $ 2.6 billion in rent relief, up from $ 1.15 billion when the program launched in March.

The increase follows the doubling of federal rent relief funds for California to $ 5.2 billion and decisions by several major cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, to turn their local rent relief programs over to the state, according to Geoffrey Ross, deputy director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

Ross said cities that previously administered their own programs have joined the state due to increased efficiency; for example, the state can easily redistribute funds if a city or county has excess money. He also said local officials have seen the state’s success with its contractor.

Horne, who made emergency rent relief a sector of activity, is not responsible for distributing all the money California has. The rest of the $ 5.2 billion available for rent relief is administered by local jurisdictions which always disburse the first round of funds, including Los Angeles, and those which run their own programs for the second round, including Sacramento, Stockton, San Diego, Oakland and Alameda .

The amount the state, and Horne, manages could increase if local jurisdictions also choose to transfer their program to the state, or if California receives remaining federal funds from other states.

Corn The auditor Elaine Howle warned Last week that California could lose up to $ 337 million in federal rent relief because of the way it reports spending to the federal government. The Housing and Community Development litigation it will happen.

While the state increased Horne’s administrative costs in the renewed contract, that represents around 5% of total rent assistance allocations – and still falls below the federal government’s 15% cap for administrative costs.

“Although this is a considerable amount of money, we are now able to deploy additional resources,” Ross told CalMatters. “We have some pretty significant cost savings when you had to compare what it would cost for the 49 jurisdictions to run this center. “

Most of what Horne receives will go to staffing, which Ross said the company has already quadrupled, to around 1,200 employees, since the program began.

In September, the contract provides for at least 1,190 people to manage individual cases, 340 people to staff the call center and 19 people to manage funds. The workforce is expected to drop in November, to 650 case managers and 190 call center agents, and even more by March.

If the state decides additional staff are needed, the contract says Horne would provide an additional 200 staff within three weeks at an additional cost of $ 4 million per month to the state.

The money budgeted to pay Horne could technically be redirected to landlords and tenants if the company uses fewer staff than expected, Ross said.

Lots of big contracts

This is just one of many contracts worth tens of millions of dollars the state has signed with outside vendors in response to emergency needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. They include several solve unemployment benefit problems happen to unemployed Californians. Others the offers had problems.

Ross said the state had received several offers for the contract and determined that Horne was the most qualified because of his expertise in disaster relief, including rent relief in Texas. While the rollout also started slowly, he improved, according to the media.

The state of California was not prepared to create the software or hire employees to withdraw the money in time before it began to be clawed back by the federal government, Ross said.

“It’s really hard to fully understand what the right amount is for this stuff, especially, to be honest, of a program of unprecedented scale and speed,” said Vincent Reina of the University of Pennsylvania, whose research group studied the distribution of rent relief in California and Los Angeles.

To gauge the effectiveness of the program, Reina said to look at three things: the total dollars distributed, the rate at which the distribution has increased and whether the dollars have reached those who need them most. “And this is where the data gets really complicated,” he said.

This week, the state announced that it had paid $ 584.8 million to nearly 50,000 households, about a quarter of the $ 2.6 billion available. That’s an increase of nearly 700% since June 28, when the state started the latest round of tenant protections, according to Russ Heimerich, spokesperson for the state’s Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

Ross attributed the faster rollout to the relaxation of federal documentation requirements, which led to simpler requests and an increase in the amount that landlords and tenants can receive.

As eviction protections enacted in June expire on September 30, rental assistance will continue to be available. To be covered by eviction protections until next March, eligible tenants must apply for rent relief.

“When an eviction case goes to court, the court is supposed to ask the landlord, ‘Did you participate in the rent relief and did your tenant participate in the rent relief?’ If the answer is yes, then the courts cannot deal with the issue of deportation until this case is decided, ”Heimerich said.

Horne and the Housing Department work on a separate phone line that courts could call to corroborate if a plaintiff in an eviction case had applied for rent assistance, Heimerich said.

owner finally gets relief

A landlord, Bill Phelps, told CalMatters that he ultimately received nearly $ 35,000 in missed rent for the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home he was renting for $ 3,500 a month from Concord. But he had asked for the money six months earlier, on March 15, the day the state opened its gate.

“It was a long, long, long wait, but I’m happy to have the money,” said Phelps, 72.

But he said his tenants, an unemployed couple with two children who lost their jobs at the start of the pandemic, are still planning to move in with their families at the end of the month because they are $ 7,500 behind on rent.

“I spoke to the tenants and said, ‘The moratorium ends at the end of the month. You’re going to have to go. I don’t want to start an eviction, ”Phelps told CalMatters. “That’s where I made the offer: I’ll forgive you for the $ 7,500 you owe if you’re away by the end of the month. I even gave $ 200 if they needed it.

Ross said the money was still available and encouraged landlords and tenants to ask for rent until December to avoid having to leave. But they have to wait 15 days between the day they receive rental assistance and their next application.

Phelps said he didn’t know this was an option and would consider it. But he has little faith.

“If I got my check right away, oh yeah, they can stay,” he said. “But as it is, I wouldn’t get this money until maybe July or August next. I’m going to kind of take my losses, go ahead and sell the house.

KCR puts a strong point on the competence of the river councils


New Delhi / Hyderabad: The state government believes that the Center would respond positively to the arguments put forward by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to Union Minister Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and would agree to postpone the implementation of the notification to the Official Gazette on the jurisdiction of the KRMB and the GRMB (Krishna and Godavari River Management Boards) in the management of projects and the sharing of river waters between the two Telugu States. In his presentation, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao urged the Union Minister to amend the gazette notification and only place joint irrigation projects like Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar under the responsibility of the management boards of the River. He said that the management of all other projects should be left to the respective states. Leading official sources told The Hans India that KCR has explained in detail the hurdles the state would face once the notification goes into effect from October. He pointed out that without finalizing the sharing of Krishna and Godavari water between the two states, it would be difficult to manage and maintain the projects by the councils. During its 40-minute meeting, KCR reportedly urged Shekhawat to withhold notification until issues raised by the Telangana government are resolved.

We learn that the Union Minister has agreed to examine it. The official announcement is likely by the first week of October. The chief minister further called on the Union minister to allocate water 50:50 percent between the two states. He reiterated the demand for action against the government of Andhra Pradesh for taking “illegally” projects like the Rayalaseema Elevator Irrigation System (RLIS).

Nonprofit board shares news and provides insight into new volunteer center

The CH Booth Library hosted the last meeting of the Newtown Nonprofit Council via Zoom on September 20. The program included the “News and Views” discussion as well as an overview of the new volunteer website called Get Connected.

With so many new people logging in for the first time, CH Booth Library Director Doug Lord began by introducing himself and explaining that the Newtown Nonprofit Council is essentially “a bunch of friends who come together and share. news and views on what’s going on. . “

Lord said the library received a grant from the national medical library network called Get Healthy Newtown.

He prefaced that while he does not usually come to these meetings to ask for things from the public, and is instead there to offer his support and collaboration, he would appreciate speaking to individuals / groups individually about this effort of public health awareness.

“If you have committee meetings, board meetings, internal meetings, external meetings, I would really appreciate being a part of those in a very little sense, so five to ten minutes at your command. of the day, ”Lord said.

He then opened the floor to others to share their news and views on the community.

Patrice Gans of Random Hacks of Kindness Jr was the first to speak and discuss his organization’s upcoming Hack-A-Thon virtual program called Hacking for Endangered Species on September 25. The event is open to fourth and eighth graders across the United States.

Gans said she was looking for ideas on how to get the word out and get more kids to enroll in the program. Other members of the meeting gave their advice and some even asked that she send them the information flyer so they could help.

Jay Thomas of Families United in Newtown (FUN) said they are having an event this Saturday called Pancakes & Pajamas at the Newtown Congregational Church to dance, eat and have fun. They will also be hosting an event at Castle Hill Farm on October 28 for people to come in their Halloween costumes.

“I am a huge fan of FUN,” Lord said, adding that he was always happy to spread the word.

American Legion Post 202’s Donna Monteleone Randle has let everyone know that they too are having an event this Saturday, September 25. This is their first children’s fishing tournament at Great Hollow Lake, Monroe, from 9 a.m. to noon. Entrance is free and there are prizes.

She noted, “We were very lucky and blessed to have received a donation of rods and reels for children who do not have fishing equipment… thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of Newtown Country Club.”

Katherine Simpson, Newtown Lions Club, discussed the recent approval of adaptive equipment for the Dickinson Memorial Park playground project. She said they expect to innovate this fall, but their goal is still $ 3,000 short.

With that in mind, the club are also hosting their Treasure Hunt fundraiser at Chintz-N-Prints, 39 South Main Street, also on Saturday, September 25. People can donate their loose change in a zipped bag. Additionally, at the same time and location, the Newtown Lions Club is hosting a parking lot tag sale with the proceeds going to the playground project.

“In the meantime, that’s not all we’re doing,” Simpson said.

She recapped the recent Great Pootatuck Duck Race and expressed her gratitude for everyone who came. She added that they continue to sell Mustang tickets for the car raffle for $ 10. Finally, on October 2, the community is invited to join the group to clean up Orchard Hill Park.

Candice Bohr, Newtown Youth and Family Services (NYFS), informed the Newtown Nonprofit Council that they are currently working with the Knights of Columbus to raise money for FAITH Food Pantry with a 5K run in Fairfield Hills. The NYFS website says it’s September 25.

Bohr mentioned that the NYFS is also preparing to host its 36th annual holiday festival in December and that students at Newtown High School are working on the reconstruction of its Safety Town Camp buildings.

Nicki Giordano, EverWonder Children’s Museum, spoke about the upcoming Health Show on Saturday, October 30, which will feature a variety of activities at the museum with different time slots.

In addition, the group’s annual fall fundraiser titled Science of Mixology will be held at Marygold’s on Main on Saturday, November 6 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Melissa Houston, of the Newtown Historical Society, announced that she is thrilled the group is gaining relevance to the community and will be hosting open houses from September through June. The next ones people can look forward to on October 24 and November 21.

Maureen Decker, Volunteers Open Worlds (VOW), said she is passionate about nonprofits. She started her business to create a pool of people where they can connect with businesses that need volunteers.

“I’m eager to learn more about Newtown’s nonprofits, so that when businesses are looking for opportunities, I can put them in touch with any needs that [they] may have for volunteers, ”Decker said.

be connected

Sarah Patafio of the Booth Library began by explaining that she is the program coordinator for the Newtown Nonprofit Council’s Get Connected Project.

Lord explained, “Sarah can show the organizational side and also the volunteer side to kind of give you a glimpse of the good things that are coming up in terms of your ability to establish a cohesive internet presence to recruit volunteers as well as change those things. volunteer opportunities according to your needs.

Patafio shared their screen and so far featured the Galaxy Digital Get Connected site.

There were already a few organizations that were uploaded to the website, as well as some volunteer opportunities.

“On the site, you can include a mission statement, contact details, your logo, some photos, your website and social media, and then your volunteer opportunity will be posted right on the page,” she explained.

Simpson added that it’s like a virtual volunteer fair.

The Newtown Nonprofit Council meets on the third Monday of the month at 10 a.m. The next public meeting is Monday October 18th.

For more information about the group and how to get involved, email CH Booth Library Director Doug Lord at dlord@chboothlibrary.org.

Journalist Alissa Silber can be reached at alissa@thebee.com.

Sarah Patafio, CH Booth Library, shared the Newtown Nonprofit Council’s Get Connected project during the Newtown Nonprofit Council virtual meeting on Monday, September 20.

Dream house | architectural achievement of Rose Hall | Way of life


Dare I say, this house is the epitome of a dream life, island style? It is an architectural achievement that is the very embodiment of this weekly series – as it seeks, finds and showcases the remarkable and unforgettable homes that inspire and entertain us.

So where do we find this tribute to a quiet art of living, reinforced by a structure designed to relax its inhabitants? Rose Hall, St James is his place of residence, at an elevation point with a panoramic panoramic view of the sea, bringing calm to the architectural atmosphere.

The 8,000-square-foot three-level, three-bedroom en-suite main house shares the one-acre site with its own separate 2,000-square-foot family cottage on two levels of two-bedroom en-suite bathrooms . The erection of the building was completed last year, after seven years of construction activity.

The main house, with its villa feel, is laid out with a floor plan showing the living room, television, music (with grand piano) and dining sections casually linked together. Its bespoke imported kitchen (with countertop) features shaker-designed gray / blue cabinetry, granite countertops, mosaic tile, backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. One will not fail to notice the carriage harbor at the entrance (with pergola at the top) and the double carport starting from the semi-circular driveway, hiding below street level.

Now it’s time for remarkable finishes: the floors on the ground floor and the walls of the bathroom are distinguished by the travertine tiling (a natural stone resembling marble). In contrast, the floors upstairs are mostly covered with mahoe wood (including all bathrooms). The interior walls are colored in a soft pastel white and the exterior in a whitish / gray shade. The windows are of the louvered type and the connecting roofs are clad in cedar shingles.

Patios and balconies extend from the rooms surrounding and overlooking the infinity pool area, in line with the wet bar and jerk hut (for outdoor cooking).

Ah, the landscaping! Paint the emotional language and scent of a manicured delight, in a picturesque setting.

Who is the accomplished owner of this beyond the ordinary places? He is a Jamaican entrepreneur and real estate investor, loving his home beyond descriptive language.

Next week, another residential spectacle awaits us as we continue to find them wherever they may seek to exist.

Barry Rattray is a designer and builder of dream homes. Email your comments to barry-rattray@hotmail.com and lifestyle@gleanerjm.com.

NEET-All India quota: highest court overturns Madras High Court order on EWS quota


The SUPREME COURT on Friday overturned part of the Madras High Court order that the reservation of economically weaker sections (EWS) in the NEET-All India quota cannot be allowed without the approval of the highest jurisdiction, stating that the court that said so in a contempt plea had “transgressed the limits of contempt jurisdiction.”

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagaratna said he was not setting aside the specific investigation on the merits, but for the reason that it did not fall within contempt jurisdiction.

The Supreme Court said that the precise direction of the HC judgment of August 25 “Was unnecessary for the purposes of the contempt plea”. “We therefore consider that the instruction issued … is foreign to the exercise of contempt jurisdiction,” he said.

The CH, which envisaged a petition filed by the decision of Tamil Nadu DMK – seeking contempt proceedings against the Center for allegedly failing to follow a July 2020 order – cited the 50 percent quota cap to rule that the 10 percent EWS quota authorization will carry the total reservation beyond 50 percent. “The additional reserve provided for economically weaker sections in the July 29, 2021 notification cannot be allowed except with the approval of the Supreme Court in this regard,” he said.

Aside from that, the highest court said that the HC having concluded that no contempt had been committed entered a broader spectrum than it should have. “We are of the opinion that HC has transgressed the limits of the contempt jurisdiction by entering areas which were unrelated to the problems raised by compliance with the previous order,” he said.

The court of first instance heard a plea from the Center against the management of HC.

The SC, which also supported petitions challenging the July 29 central notification allowing 27% of OBC quotas and 10% of EWS quotas in the All India quota, said it would consider the merits of the matter when hearing these petitions. Delivering an opinion on the petitions, she fixed October 7 to hear them.

Jean Shafiroff presents Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with an award during Times Square Fashion Week-pop – Times Square Chronicles


The 3rd The annual Times Square Fashion Week took place in Father Duffy Square in the heart of Times Square. Fashion and philanthropy icon Jean Shafiroff, who hosted the event last year, attended this year’s fabulous event as a mistress of ceremonies. Jean was presented and presented to Gale Brewer, President of the Manhattan Borough, the “I Love NY Leadership Award”.

Jean Shafiroff, Designer Raphelita, Model. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury / PMC / PMC)

Over 1,000 participants were on hand to watch the fashion show by designers Cesar Galindo, House of Barretti, Gloria Lee and Raphelita. The event was a combination of street track, digital billboard shows, double decker buses and a final cocktail! There was a live performance starring award-winning TV host and Broadway artist Cindy Ashton.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Rebecca Seawright attends Times Square Fashion Week event in Times Square on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury / PMC / PMC)

Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Cindy Ashton, Gale Brewer, NYS Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Designer David Rolle of Raphelita, Yolanda Adams, David Hochberg, Gail Kresge, Robert Altman, Dee Rivera, Loren LoRosa, Aoki Lee Simmons and Taylor Crawford.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Jean Shafiroff attends Times Square Fashion Week event in Times Square on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury / PMC / PMC)

Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, humanitarian, television host, writer and author of the book “Successful philanthropy: how to make a living from what you give”. Jean is often referred to as the “first lady of philanthropy” by the press because of her generosity and extensive work as a volunteer fundraiser and leader in the philanthropic world. She sits on the boards of many charitable organizations and chairs over eight different charity galas each year. Among the many causes she advocates are those involved in women’s rights, the rights of underserved people, health care and animal welfare.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Calvin Barber and Archelle Garnett attend Times Square Fashion Week event in Times Square on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury / PMC / PMC)

Jean sits on the boards of the American Humane, the Southampton Hospital Association, the NYC Mission Society, the French Heritage Society, the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT, Global Strays, the New York Women’s Foundation and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board. A Catholic, she served on the Jewish Board for 28 years and is now one of their honorary directors.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Cindy Ashton attends Times Square Fashion Week event in Times Square on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury / PMC / PMC)

Additionally, Jean is an American Humane Ambassador and national spokesperson for the organization’s Covid-19 “Feed the Hungry” program, an initiative designed to provide food to 1,000,000 shelter animals. Jean is the Ambassador for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and a major donor and volunteer fundraiser for their work. She is an alumnus of the New York Women’s Foundation Board of Trustees who remains very active with the Foundation and women’s issues in general.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: DJ Flygirl attends Times Square Fashion Week event in Times Square on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury / PMC / PMC)

For his philanthropy, Jean has been honored on several occasions by groups such as Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, New York City Mission Society, Southampton Animal Shelter, Surgeons of Hope, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, Youth Counseling League, the NYC International Film Festival Foundation, the Jewish Board and Hadassah. In December 2020, Dan’s Paper named her Philanthropist of the Year at the Long Island Power Women’s Awards.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Gail Kresge and Robert Altman attend Times Square Fashion Week event in Times Square on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury / PMC / PMC)

Jean is the producer and host of the television show “A successful philanthropy” which airs six times a week via LTV Studios in East Hampton, NY, as well as New York on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN): Spectrum Channel 34 and 1995, Verizon / FiOS Channel 33 and RCN Channel 82. The show will open in additional markets in 2021. On his TV show, Jean interviews an eclectic mix of leaders from the philanthropic world as well as actors, artists, corporate and civic leaders, and even a candidate for the US presidential election.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Jean Shafiroff and Yolanda Adams attend Times Square Fashion Week event in Times Square on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury / PMC / PMC)

NYC Passes Bills To Protect Rights Of App Delivery Workers

New York City on Thursday passed a series of bills protecting the rights of food service delivery people for companies like Doordash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. Worker advocates hope the new laws could trigger reforms in other cities and bring more attention to the debate around the poor conditions and wages that delivery workers face.

Gig service workers have been actively raising their voices for years about the indignities they endure at work, such as earning as little as $ 2 per delivery, traveling excessive distances and being denied access to restrooms in restaurants where they pick up customer orders. They also face navigating dangerous traffic, theft of their bikes and, in extreme cases, physical assault. But the increasing use of food delivery apps during the pandemic has led to a push for better terms from the industry.

Organizations such as Workers’ justice and Los Deliveristas Unidos were trained by workers to call for change, raise awareness by organizing rallies and on social media with hashtags like #NYCDeliveristas and #EssentialButUnprotected. They also wrote a report to shed light on the experiences of 65,000 application-based food workers in New York City.

Members of Los Deliveristas gathered at city hall for Thursday’s vote on the bills, taking to Twitter and Facebook to express their excitement. They also offered free bicycle repair services and homemade tacos to other couriers who showed up to offer their support. “We hope this sends a message to fellow delivery people in New York and beyond: If you work with the heart, you get results,” one member said in an interview with The City.

Change may not be far away for concert workers in other parts of the country, either. In August, a California judge struck down controversial Proposition 22, which denied protection for delivery workers by classifying them as independent contractors. Meanwhile, the west coast-based rights advocacy group Gig Workers Rising recently showed up to Doordash CEO Tony Xu’s door, demanding a fair wage.

“These bills are common sense measures to support the delivery people who work hard every day for restaurants and New York residents,” Grubhub spokesman Grant Klinzman told Yahoo Finance. “Making sure they get a living wage and have access to a toilet isn’t just a good idea, it’s the right thing to do. Yahoo Finance has also reached out to Doordash and Uber Eats for comment.

“The basic business model of app-based food delivery companies is to deny and exclude their workers from the protections and benefits of employment,” lawyer Brian Chen told Yahoo Finance. Chen works for the National Employment Law Project, a long-standing nonprofit organization that advocates for workers’ rights. “And as food delivery skyrocketed during the pandemic, it was these workers – in tough, dangerous and underpaid jobs – who made the city run. These bills are an important victory for delivery people in New York City and hopefully will be a model for workers and lawmakers across the country. “

‘House of the Dragon’ features Graham McTavish and 7 other actors – The Hollywood Reporter


The Game Of Thrones prequel Dragon house reveals more of its sprawling cast.

The HBO fantasy drama has announced seven more cast members, including the casting confirmation for Scottish actor Graham McTavish, a veteran of Foreigner and The Hobbit trilogy.

British actor Jefferson Hall, who plays two characters on the show, is also part of the recently confirmed cast: the Lannister twins (presumably identical). This casting is all the more fun / confusing as Hall also had a minor role in Game Of Thrones, playing Hugh of the Vale in two episodes (Hugh was a newly created knight who was quickly killed by Ser Gregor Clegane in the first season).

The network also posted role descriptions, revealing an assortment of Lannisters, Strongs, and Westerlings populating this pre-Westeros timeline.

Here’s the full rundown with official HBO role descriptions.

Ryan Corr (Hold man) as Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Strong – ‘Breakbones’, Harwin is said to be the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms. Ser Harwin is the eldest son of Law Master Lyonel Strong and heir to Harrenhal.

Jefferson Hall (Vikings) as Lord Jason Lannister – the lord of Casterly Rock and twin of Ser Tyland Lannister.

Jefferson Hall as Tyland Lannister – a cunning and calculating politician, twin of Lord Jason Lannister.

David Horovitch (Miss Marple) as Grand Mestre Mellos – a voice of reason and a trusted advisor to King Viserys.

Graham McTavish (Foreigner) as Ser Harrold Westerling – Ser Harrold has served in the Royal Guard since the time of King Jaehaerys; he is a paragon of chivalry and honor.

Matthew Needham (Chernobyl) as Larys Strong – younger son of the Lawyer Lyonel Strong, brought to justice by his father.

Bill Paterson (Chip bag) as Lord Lyman Beesbury – Lord of Honeyholt and Master of Coin of the Small Council of King Viserys.

Gavin speaks (Hamilton) as Lord Lyonel Strong – Master of the Laws of King Viserys and Lord of Harrenhal.

Additionally, here is the list of previously announced actors and official descriptions:

Paddy considine like King Viserys Targaryen, chosen by the Lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, on the High Council of Harrenhal. A warm, kind and honest man, Viserys wishes only to perpetuate his grandfather’s legacy. But good men don’t necessarily make great kings.

Olivia Cooke as Alicante Hightower, the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King and the most comely woman of the Seven Kingdoms. She was brought up in the Red Keep, near the king and his inner circle; she possesses both a courteous grace and a keen sense of politics.

Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s firstborn, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and a dragon rider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything, but she was not born a man.

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and dragon rider, Daemon possesses true dragon blood. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air.

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Serpent” – Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian lineage as old as House Targaryen. As the ‘Sea Serpent’, the most famous nautical adventurer in Westeros history, Lord Corlys has made his house a mighty seat even richer than the Lannisters and claiming the world’s greatest navy.

Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower – The hand of the king, Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his kingdom. According to the Hand, the greatest threat to the kingdom is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.

Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon – A dragon knight and wife of Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Queen Who Never Was” was passed down as heir to the throne to the High Council because the kingdom favored her cousin, Viserys, simply because he was a man .

Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria – Mysaria came to Westeros with nothing, sold more times than she remembers. She could have faded, but instead she became the most reliable – and unlikely – ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the heir to the throne.

Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, of Dornish descent, the common born son of the steward of the Lord of Blackhaven. Cole has no right to land or title; all he has to his name is his honor and supernatural skill with a sword.

Dragon house tells the story of House Targaryen and takes place approximately 200 years before the events of Game Of Thrones. It is currently in production in the UK with showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik. Its release is scheduled for 2022.

Confidentiality Update: Quebec Bill 64 Receives Royal Assent | Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


On September 22, 2021, Quebec An Act to modernize the legislative provisions relating to the protection of personal information (Bill 64) received royal assent after adoption by the National Assembly of Quebec. Quebec is the first Canadian jurisdiction to fundamentally reform its privacy protection regime by amending various laws related to the protection of personal information, including the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector (the Private Sector Act), the Act establishing the legal framework for information technologies, and the Act concerning Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

In a previous bulletin, we discussed the many ways in which Bill 64 creates obligations for private and public sector organizations in Quebec similar to those imposed by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Most of the changes to Quebec’s Private Sector Act will come into effect on September 22, 2023, and only a few provisions will come into effect next year. In particular, on September 22, 2022, the obligation to notify the Commission Access to Information (CAI) and the persons concerned of a breach of privacy (a confidentiality incident) that presents a risk of serious injury will come into force.

Before receiving Royal Assent, Bill 64 was amended by Commission of Quebec Institutions (Committee). Significant changes made to Bill 64 by the Committee include:

  • Broaden the definition of personal information to mean any information that relates to a natural person and allows that person to be identified directly or indirectly

  • Allowing organizations to use personal information without consent when its use is necessary for the provision or delivery of a product or the delivery of a service, and for the prevention and detection of fraud or the evaluation or improvement of protection and security measures or evaluation or improvement of protection and security measures

  • Remove the restriction on transfers of personal information outside Quebec to jurisdictions enjoying “equivalent protection” in Bill 64 and instead allow the transfer to jurisdictions where they would benefit from “adequate protection in accordance with generally accepted principles of data protection ”, after carrying out a privacy impact assessment

  • Require organizations to demonstrate a serious and legitimate purpose in order to anonymize personal information rather than destroy it

  • A new administrative monetary penalty and a new offense provision for failure to take appropriate security measures to ensure the protection of personal information collected, used, disclosed, retained or destroyed

Creation of cages | News, Sports, Jobs

Photos of Inter-Mountain by Edgar Kelley Kelly Cooper indicate an area where some of the new lights will be installed in Randolph County cages on SH Wood Road near the town of Beverly.

BEVERLY – A new nonprofit has raised donations to create a facility that will allow local youth to hone their baseball and softball skills regardless of the weather.

Local resident Kelly Cooper creates a batting cage installation at a former ice rink site near Beverly. He formed the Randolph County Cages, a nonprofit organization that still accepts donations to help complete the building transformation.

“When I started helping Todd Biller with travel baseball a few years ago, we were looking for a place where the kids could work on their game when the weather was bad outside, but we really couldn’t find anything. “ Cooper, who is an assistant baseball coach at Elkins Middle School, told The Inter-Mountain Thursday. “And no one seemed to want to give us a chance to try and see what we had.

“Then one day I was driving down the Beverly side road and looked and saw the old ice rink. So I called the owner of the building and we entered into a rental agreement for the building.

Cooper is currently transforming the former Superior Laundries building into an indoor paradise for baseball and softball fans. The facility, located on SH Wood Road near Beverly, once housed an ice rink.

Randolph County Cages, a nonprofit organization, is currently transforming the former Superior Laundries building, located on SH Wood Road near Beverly, into a batting cage training facility. At one point, the building housed an ice rink.

“We emptied the building rather well, because it was not in a state where we could enter and leave” Cooper said. “So we took the suspended ceiling off and done a lot of other things over the past few months.

“As soon as the rest of the donations arrive, we’ll be installing the lights, which will be a big step. “ he said. “So probably next week or so, when we get the lights on, we’ll open up the lobby, just enough space for a cage for the clinics.” Then in about four or five weeks we should be good and we will have an open house for the whole community. “

And it is the community that Cooper says grew stronger and contributed to the project.

“I had great support from the Elkins community,” he noted. “I had several people who stepped in and contributed, but they didn’t want their names mentioned. The Randolph County Commission donated $ 5,000 to us last week, which was pretty big for us. “

Once the new facility is complete, it will house five batting cages and several batting stations. There will also be areas for pitching and pitch work, as well as a walking track around the center, which Cooper says can be used by adults while their children hone their skills.

He also plans to have space for golf lessons for children and adults, and to install a HitTrax system, which Cooper says criticizes a player’s swing.

“The HitTrax system is intended for baseball and softball”, he said. “He does everything, including criticizing everything about a player’s swing, from the force with which he hits the ball to the spin. It’s really amazing, it’s like a Playstation game. They have one in Morgantown, and we actually have people driving there to use it. It will really benefit our children of all age groups.

For more information on the installation or to make a contribution, call Cooper at 304-642-3773.

“It’s not just for the kids in Randolph County, it’s for Barbour County, Tucker County or one of the surrounding areas,” Cooper said. “We want to get baseball and softball back because the kids really lost a lot during COVID. Since 2019, we have really lost a lot of time with these two sports. We’re going to have a lot of children’s clinics and hopefully we can shake things up here over the next couple of years. “

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K-State’s Beasley and Snyder to be inducted into Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame


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MANHATTAN – Former K-State quarterback Jonathan Beasley and head coach Bill Snyder are two of seven new members of the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, as the group will be honored on October 5 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington with the dedication ceremony scheduled for noon CT at the West End Zone Plaza.

The dedication ceremony takes place 17 months after it was originally scheduled due to postponements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the two Wildcat inductees, the 12th Class Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame includes Notre Dame split winger Tom Gatewood, Arkansas goaltender Jerry Jones, running back / wide receiver Ole Miss Dexter McCluster, winger Texas defensive end Cory Redding and Boston College linebacker Bill Romanowski.

These six notable players and distinguished head coach join an elite group of winners of 78 men and women who shaped the great traditions of college football and the famous history of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Each Hall of Fame member will make brief remarks during the lunchtime hour-long event. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

The Hall of Fame dates back to the spring of 1998, when the inaugural class was devoted to Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. Today, Induction Day takes place every second spring inside AT&T Stadium. Each Hall of Fame member receives a personalized bronze statue of a football player from the 1930s, when the Cotton Bowl Classic was founded.

Ht. 6-1 weight Class 215: Senior
Position: quarterback
Birthplace: Glendale, Arizona.
2001 Classic: Kansas State 35, Tennessee 21
Rushing: 17 attempts, 98 yards, 1 TD
Passes: 13-27-1, 210 yards, 2 TD

Nothing seemed to confuse Kansas State quarterback Jonathan Beasley. Not even a snow-covered playground after a winter storm hit North Texas hours before the start of the 2001 Cotton Bowl Classic. Beasley set first-half efficiency records with 238 yards. on offense and recorded the second most passing yards at 193 against Tennessee. On the ground or in the air, he was relentless. He ran for 14 yards for the game’s first score, then hit 56 and 10 yard touchdowns. By the time the third quarter went by, most of the snow had evaporated with Tennessee’s chances of winning. Beasley and the Wildcats scored 507 yards on total offense and beat the Volunteers 35-21.


Birthplace: St. Joseph, Missouri
Classic training record: 1-2-0
1997 Classic: BYU 19, Kansas State 15
2001 Classic: Kansas State 35, Tennessee 21
2012 Classic: Arkansas 29, Kansas State 16

No job was too big for Snyder. Not even a program that had had limited success until he set foot on the Manhattan campus in 1989. His tireless work ethic and intense dedication turned the Wildcats into a six-season national contender. of 11 wins over a span of seven years and recorded 11 consecutive bowl appearances. Under his leadership, the Kansas State program became the model for consistency. The Wildcats notched three Cotton Bowl Classics, evidenced by a dominant 35-21 loss to Tennessee in the 2001 game. In 2015, he became one of only four active coaches to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. college football. Three years later, he finished a spectacular coaching career with 215 wins. Put simply, Coach Snyder is the architect of the biggest turnaround in college football history.


UPDATE 1-Regulators issue standards to prevent another Texas grid freeze


(Adds a comment from the President of Texas PUC)

By Timothy Gardner

WASHINGTON, Sept.23 (Reuters) – U.S. and North American energy regulators on Thursday released mandatory electrical reliability recommendations and standards for utilities that they hope will prevent a repeat of deadly power outages February in Texas during a deep frost.

The freeze left 4.5 million people without power for several days in the state, killing more than 100 people.

“I cannot and will not allow this to become another report that serves no purpose other than picking up dust on the shelf,” said Rich Glick, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), on preliminary recommendations and standards regulators plan to finalize in November.

FERC and the North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) have issued recommendations that include revisions to mandatory reliability standards.

The revisions require electric utilities to identify and protect critical cold-weather components, build new units or retrofit existing units to operate in specific conditions based on extreme temperatures and weather data, and develop corrective plans for those experiencing freeze-related outages.

“We welcome the combined expert opinions of the FERC / NERC report as critical information as we continue our common grid transformation agenda,” said Peter Lake, chairman of the Texas Utilities Commission, which regulates the grid. of State.

FERC does not have jurisdiction over the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the operator of the Texas grid. But Jim Robb, president and CEO of NERC, said his organization had jurisdiction in Texas over reliability issues.

In 2011, FERC looked for ways to protect the Texas grid from power outages after a milder cold snap than the most recent. Its recommendations included winterizing natural gas and other facilities. Texas authorities never implemented these recommendations, leaving the state’s network vulnerable.

Texas regulators have been working on their own to protect the grid from extreme weather conditions.

“The work the team has done here reflects things that would be in addition to what Texas has been working on and not conflict with,” Robb told reporters. (Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Additional reporting by Scott Disavino; Editing by David Gregorio and Peter Cooney)

Michael Uchytil – Chattanoogan.com


Michael Uchytil of Fairfield Glade, formerly of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2021 at the age of 82.

Michael was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, on October 31, 1938, to Eleanor Jane and Emil Frank Uchytil. He grew up in Toledo, Iowa, and graduated from Tama-Toledo High School where he played football and basketball. In college, Michael was an intercollegiate pool champion and then had the opportunity to play against famous pool players Minnesota Fats and Willie Mosconi. In 1963, Michael graduated from the University of Iowa where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, he moved to Illinois where he accepted a position with Barber-Green and Company, a manufacturer of road construction equipment in Aurora.

In 1970, Michael moved again with his young family to Chattanooga, to work for CMI Systems, another manufacturer of road equipment. Soon after, when CMI moved its operations to Oklahoma, Michael became one of the founders of ASTEC Industries in Chattanooga along with J. Don Brock and three others. He was vice president of international sales and operations. He has traveled the world in this position and made many lifelong friends with clients, locally and abroad. After their retirement, Michael and his wife, Sherry, moved to Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, to relax and enjoy their lakefront home.

Michael was a long-time loyal member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee, where he served on the church board as a building committee and lay reader. He was a board member of two homeowners associations and president of the Boulder Hill Civic Association in Illinois. His ancestry can be traced back to John Alden, which led to his membership in the Mayflower Society. Michael was also proud of his Czechoslovak ancestry. His quote on Facebook read, “When I say I’m a Christian, I’m no more holy than you. I am just a simple sinner who, by faith, has received the grace of God.

Michael will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, love of family, sense of humor, work ethic, and love of all things UT. May he rest in peace.

Michael is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sherry; Her devoted children, Stephen Uchytil, of Fairfield Glade and Julie Dobbins of Knoxville; grandson, Lukas Dobbins, of Knoxville; sister, Sheila (Dennis) Brindle of Newton, Iowa, along with her children and grandchildren; stepchildren, Kilee, Kelby, Tony and DJ Reed; grandchildren, Grace, Sky and Micah.

The family will receive friends at the North Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 2.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the North Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home with Reverend Wayland Stewart as officiant. Interment to follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Fairfield Glade EMS, or a charity of their choice in memory of Michael.

Please share your thoughts and memories on www.chattanooganorrthchapel.com.

Hall County Spends Federal Funds on COVID Relief Spending | Local news from the Big Island


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The city has until December 31, 2026 to spend the funds, but the U.S. Treasury must be notified by December 31, 2024 how the funds will be spent.

A first quarterly report on how Hall County plans to use its funds has been sent to the US Treasury, Humphrey reported.

Hall County will use ARPA funds for the budget to replace any lost revenue.

“Some of the money can be used for the income that was lost during the pandemic because we did not receive so much money from different entities, like the (county) park,” he said. declared. “We had no one at the park all summer that year.”

The funds will also help cover the ongoing costs of sterilizing public spaces.

“The Sheriff’s Department and Corrections have been involved in a lot of COVID remediation and mitigation measures with sterilization, fogging, so there is a premium that can be paid for it,” Humphrey said.

Hall County is also planning a security upgrade for the Hall County Courthouse using the funds.

In August, the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved the use of the majority of the funds to join the City of Grand Island in an $ 8 million sanitary sewer replacement project at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. .

Cost security – through what lens are application criteria considered?


Political obstacles may outweigh legal obstacles when the court considers enforcement of costs Haque v Hussain (i)

In September 2020, the plaintiff, Syed Aminul Haque, brought an action on behalf of the unincorporated association known as Muttahida Quami Movement Pakistan (“MQM Pakistan”), against an unincorporated association based in London known as the Muttahida Quami Movement (“MQM London”). MQM Pakistan and MQM London say their organizations grew out of the Muttahida Quami Movement (“MQM”), a political party founded by the first accused in Pakistan around 1984.


The plaintiff asserts that MQM Pakistan is the beneficial owner of six properties, the legal titles of which are in the names of the defendants, and further that MQM Pakistan is entitled to the proceeds from the sale of a seventh property. The defendants, meanwhile, assert that MQM London is the beneficial owner of these properties and the proceeds of the sale.

Security for costs

A demand for security for costs was submitted by the first defendant under CPR25.13. The relevant provisions state that the court may make an order if it is satisfied, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, that it is fair to make such an order, and that one of the conditions of CPR25.13 ( 2) is met. One of these conditions is that the applicant resides outside the jurisdiction but does not reside in a state bound by the Hague Convention of 2005, as defined in section 1 (3) of the Law of 1982 on the civil jurisdiction and judgments. Having satisfied himself that this condition was thus satisfied, the Captain noted that when this ground is invoked, impecuniosity would only be relevant for the exercise of the discretion of the Court to the extent that it would serve “(I) prevent or hinder or increase the burden of enforcement abroad against property which exists abroad or (ii) in practice, to increase the likelihood that the plaintiff will take advantage of any available opportunity to avoid or hinder such execution abroad ” (1). The claimant had not provided any proof of his means in either Pakistan or the UK, and the master acted on the assumption that the claimant would not be personally able to satisfy a judgment on costs against him.

Legal obstacles to enforcement

Although there is a legal framework for the enforcement of English judgments in Pakistan, the first defendant argued that certain provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure of Pakistan of 1908 would prevent the enforcement of a judgment against the plaintiff in this case. However, the captain rejected these arguments, stating that they did not show a “real

risk “of substantial obstacles to enforcement. A key factor in the captain’s conclusion on this point was the lack of expertise in Pakistani law in relation to these provisions.

The first defendant argued that since the representative plaintiff had no apparent means of enforcing a judgment on costs against him, the only realistic avenue of recovery was to seek enforcement against other members of MQM Pakistan, and that this would constitute an additional risk and burden of enforcement. Building on the position of English law, CPR 19.6 (4) would require defendants to seek leave of the Court before execution, and it would then be open to any non-party to advance special reasons why the costs order should not be applied against them (2). Furthermore, in Pakistan it was argued that other members of MQM Pakistan would try to prevent the execution by suggesting that they never approved the English action or that they did not have sufficient knowledge of the financial implications of the case. The captain rejected both of these arguments, reiterating that there was insufficient evidence regarding Pakistani law and that the difficulties in recovering costs could be attributed to the representative nature of the claim rather than the jurisdiction. . Moreover, the mere fact that CPR 19.6 (4) should be observed was also not a sufficient bar to the enforcement of an order against the applicant.

Political / practical obstacles to implementation

The prothonotary concluded that there were four key features of the claim and in the evidence indicating that its judgment showed that there would be a real risk of substantial obstacles to the enforcement of a costs order. by the defendants against the plaintiff:

(1) the status of the applicant as a government minister, in his capacity as a member of MQM Pakistan;

(2) the status of MQM London as a political party which (for whatever reason) is effectively banned in Pakistan;

(3) the status of the first defendant as a high-profile and controversial political figure, who was charged with serious criminal offenses, including money laundering (and convicted in Pakistan, in his absence, of murder), as well as criminal proceedings in London with the cooperation of the Government of Pakistan; and

(4) the material of [the] two monitoring organizations as to the level of corruption in the justice system in general, and in particular the politicization of the justice system. “ (3)

A “guarantee certificate” offered by the plaintiff as security for the defendants’ costs was also found to face the same political obstacles to enforcement as a judgment.


In exercising his discretion and issuing a bail order for costs in relation to the claim, the master concluded that political obstacles to enforcement, rather than legal obstacles to enforcement, were key factors in his decision. The judgment also reinforces the message that evidence relating to the law of another jurisdiction must be presented by an expert in the field, otherwise it will be ruled inadmissible.

JOHN STOSSEL: An association that changes lives | Chroniclers


Government-run schools fail children.

Teacher unions and education bureaucrats say, “We need more money!

But America is already spending a fortune on public schools.

My city, New York, spends $ 28,000 per student – half a million dollars per class! Think what you could do with that money: hire five teachers? Pay for private tutors?

Where is the $ 28,000 going? No one really knows. When governments run things, the money disappears into the bureaucracy. NYC spends $ 3 million a year on “executive superintendents” and $ 10 million on consultants.

Some charter schools offer better training for less. But New York politicians are limiting the number of charter schools. As a result, 48,000 children are waiting on waiting lists.

Fortunately, some charities stepped in to help.

My video this week features Student Sponsor Partners, or SSP, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income students attend Catholic schools.

Jeniffer Gutierrez, a mother from the Bronx, was delighted to receive the SSP acceptance letter. “I cried so much when I received this letter because I knew it was an opportunity for my son.… High schools in the Bronx are violent. There is no discipline. There is no education. “

Her son Tyler did not feel safe in public school. “One of my best friends was shot dead right next to me,” he recalls.

“You are not alone”: how local organizations support victims of sexual assault

In times of crisis, it is important for students and community members to understand what resources are available to them.

Tuscaloosa SAFE Center

The Tuscaloosa SAFE Center is a non-profit agency that provides 24-hour healthcare, advocacy and counseling services to people who have been sexually assaulted. The SAFE center offers medical and forensic examinations to patients who request one within three to four days of an assault.

Brenda Maddox, executive director of the SAFE Center, said the majority of patients are members of the Tuscaloosa community, but the organization receives a significant portion of patients from the University of Alabama.

“The University does a great job with resources for advocacy and advice. [However], it doesn’t have the capacity to provide the forensic component, ”Maddox said. “This is where we come in.”

The SAFE Center partners with the University to provide health care and aftercare for students. Maddox said this care is important for first-semester students because it is a high-risk time for sexual assault cases.

“Over 50% of sexual assaults in college occur from August through November,” Maddox said. “[Students] are often away from their families and hometown for the first time and encounter situations where alcohol is readily available.

Maddox said 20% of students do not report their sexual assault cases to law enforcement because they knew their abuser and felt obligated to protect the abuser.

“They fear retaliation,” Maddox said. “They didn’t feel like you would believe them.”

The SAFE Center alleviates some of these concerns for victims of sexual assault. Because this is a confidential agency, patients are never billed for services and staff only report the assault at the patient’s request, except in certain cases where the SAFE Center is required by the law to report assault.

In addition to collecting forensic evidence, the SAFE Center can assess injuries and treat sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.

The Women and Gender Resource Center

The Women and Gender Resource Center is a non-profit organization linked to the AU Student Life Division. WGRC provides free, confidential and voluntary counseling and advocacy services to survivors of interpersonal violence.

WGRC services are also provided to families and friends of abuse survivors, students of Shelton State Community College, and anyone experiencing violence on the University of Alabama campus.

Jackie Northrup, deputy director of the WGRC, said the organization has partnered with other Tuscaloosa agencies to benefit community members for more than 20 years.

“We have had a stable partnership with Skyland Elementary School for over a decade as the host site for our Young Women Leaders Program and Young Men Leadership Program,” said Northrup. “We also worked with them on women in STEM projects and other initiatives. ”

The SAFE Center and the WGRC coordinate support and resources for AU students.

“We are working hand in hand with the WGRC, which provides lawyers for the medical examination, and we can help them connect them with the WGRC for advice and / or Title IX as requested,” Maddox said. .

In addition to their pre-existing services, the WGRC is currently running a campaign to collect hygiene products alongside the Stronger Families program of the Hispanic Interest Coalition.

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. To recognize this, the WGRC is partnering with the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, or HICA, to collect hygiene products for Hispanic and Latino survivors of domestic violence until the end of September. The project is led by the WRGC Action Team, which is made up of volunteers.

Northrup said students can support the project even if they can’t donate items.

“Students can always get involved by sharing information about the program on social media,” Northrup said.

All items will be delivered to HICA during the first week of October and will benefit survivors who use HICA’s Stronger Families program.

The product wish list is available through Amazon. All contributions should be mailed or directly dropped off at the WGRC at 1101 Jackson Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

WOTUS Whiplash | Ward and Smith, Pennsylvania


The ongoing saga of defining “United States Waters” (WOTUS) continues.

In this last installment, we actually traveled back in time to 2008. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) recently concluded virtual public meetings to receive comments from interested stakeholders to revise the WOTUS definition long debated under the Navigable Waters Protection Rule 2020 (“Rule 2020”). The 2020 rule replaced the 2015 drinking water rule. But just a week after the meetings ended, agencies announced that they were suspending implementation of the 2020 rule and would interpret WOTUS’s definition “in accordance with to the pre-2015 regulatory regime until further notice ”.

What caused this about-face? On August 30, 2021, an Arizona Federal District Court issued a decision overturning the 2020 rule to avoid alleged serious environmental damage. The Arizona case was not the first or only legal challenge to the 2020 rule. The EPA and the Corps could have chosen to leave the current regulations in effect until a new WOTUS definition. be drafted, as they indicated in the June 2021 “Notice of United States Waters Public Meetings”. Instead, the EPA and the Corps withdrew.

The New-Old Approach of the EPA and The Corps – applying the “pre-2015 regulatory regime“As they continue to make rules, this means taking a step back from their 2008 response to the 2006 US Supreme Court ruling Rapanos decision. This response was to apply the case-by-case “significant connection” analysis to prove or disprove hydrologic connectivity for those applying for a permit from the Corps to impact WOTUS under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. . Dusting off the 2008 guidance, it appears that relatively permanent tributaries and ephemeral streams are back under agency jurisdiction, and the “significant link” test will be applied to non-navigable tributaries and wetlands. adjacent.

The question remains whether a decision by an Arizona federal court can actually repeal the 2020 rule in North Carolina. Leaving this issue aside, those with vested interests in real estate development, agriculture, manufacturing and others engaged in land-disturbing activities will unfortunately see the speed at which jurisdictional decisions slowly flow to the trickle of water. ‘an intermittent flow. If the agencies’ response to the Arizona court ruling secures a nationwide repeal, then perhaps the development of replacement rules can begin sooner. Either way, the predictability to which the regulated community aspires has once again been blurred.

Three Grand Strand law enforcement officers and Pee Dee inducted into the SC Law Enforcement Hall of Fame


COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Three law enforcement officers from Grand Strand and Pee Dee will forever bear their names in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

Myrtle Beach Pfc Police. Jacob Hancher, Cpl. Michael Ambrosino and Florence Ofc Regional Airport. Jackson Winkeler was all inducted into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

It recognizes each law enforcement officer who died in the performance of his duties. And while it is an honor that is remembered, it is not an honor that a family expects.

“Looks like it wasn’t that long ago that I was in the auditorium next door for his induction as a South Carolina law enforcement officer, and I never imagined a year later that I would be in the next room putting his plaque on the wall, ”said Hancher’s mother, Suzanne Williams.

Hancher was shot dead almost a year ago on October 3 while responding to a domestic violence call.

Williams has said that lining the walls of the Hall of Fame forever is what happens when someone is as brave as their son.

“Because he was doing something he believed in, he knew it was heroic, he knew it was difficult, but he chose this trip, it makes me very proud of him”, said Williams said.

Hancher was only 23 when he was killed.

Winkeler, another young officer, was also hung on the wall on Wednesday. He was killed during a traffic stop in January 2020.

Horry County Police also lost one of their own in 2020. Ambrosino died of COVID-19 in August.

Horry County Police Chief Joe Hill said even after decades of service the loss still hurt.

“It was hard for me. This is my second loss of an officer, and it’s never easy, ”said Hill.

Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock was also present at the ceremony. She said putting Hancher’s plaque on the wall brought back a wave of memories because although his time in the force was brief, he was also a community service worker.

“He loved his team, he loved serving his community, and he did it every day very intentionally,” said Prock.

In 2021, Horry County Police lost Constable Melton Fox Gore in an accident while picking up debris along Highway 22, and Staff Sgt. Gordon Best of the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety was also killed in an accident in January. Both will be honored next year.Copyright 2021 WMBF. All rights reserved.

Principal Charity Classic Sets Charitable Giving Record in 2021


Annual PGA TOUR Champions Event Raised Over $ 7.3 Million For Iowa Children’s Charities

Northampton, MA –News Direct– Principal Financial Group

DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 22, 2021 / 3BL Media / – The Principal Charity Classic today announced that its 2021 tournament has raised more than $ 7.3 million for children’s charities in Iowa, surpassing the previous event record of $ 6.7 million set in 2020 despite the tournament being canceled due to COVID-19.

The annual PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines has raised over $ 37 million for children’s charities in Iowa since Principal Financial Group® became the title sponsor in 2007.

“Record levels of generosity have taken the Principal Charity Classic to new heights. This is a real testament to the Des Moines sponsors, volunteers, players, fans and community for supporting this world class golf tournament, ”said Dan Houston, President, President and CEO of Principal®. Former Board Chairman Nick Cecere and Tournament Director Doug Habgood also deserve immense credit for successfully leading the Principal Charity Classic for an unprecedented two years, reinforcing the tournament’s commitment to supporting the children of Iowa. “

The Principal Charity Classic also announced the appointment of Ken McCullum, Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Principal, as Chairman of the Board. McCullum replaces Cecere, who will remain on the board.

The Principal Charity Classic impacts the lives of more than 130,000 Iowa children each year in philanthropic fields including education, health, the arts and culture. Proceeds from the tournament support four tournament partner charities in the Des Moines area: Blank Children’s Hospital, MercyOne Des Moines, United Way of Central Iowa, and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa. Additionally, the event’s Birdies For Charity program supports nearly 100 nonprofits throughout the state of Iowa.

This year’s event also brought one of the most memorable rounds of competition in tournament history. Golf fans around the world saw champion Stephen Ames come back seven strokes in the final round to claim his second victory over the PGA TOUR champions and beat 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir with one stroke.

The 2022 Principal Charity Classic tournament will take place June 1-5, 2022 at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. Visit principalcharityclassic.com to learn more about the Principal Charity Classic or to donate in support of the tournament’s charitable efforts throughout the year.

About the Main Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic is an annual, award-winning PGA TOUR Champions event dedicated to investing in the future of Iowa’s children. In 2021, the Principal Charity Classic raised a record $ 7.3 million for charity, bringing the tournament’s total donation to over $ 37 million since 2007. Tournament funds benefit organizations that donate. broad support for the children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and / or health and wellness. Last year, the tournament touched the lives of more than 130,000 children statewide.

For more information, visit principalcharityclassic.com and connect with the tournament on social media at facebook.com/principalcharityclassic, on Twitter @PCCTourney and on Instagram @principalcharityclassic.

About the PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is an organization of members of professional golfers aged 50 and over, including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities to its players, to entertain and inspire its fans, to deliver substantial value to its partners, to create opportunities for volunteers to give back and to generate charitable and economic impact. important in tournament communities. Follow the PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, on facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.

About Principal Financial Group

Principal Financial Group® (Nasdaq: PFG) is a global financial company with 18,000 employees1 passionate about improving the wealth and well-being of people and businesses. In business for over 140 years, we help over 45.5 million clients2 plan, insure, invest and retire, while working to support the communities in which we operate, improve our planet, and build a diverse and inclusive workforce. Principal® is proud to be recognized as one of the most ethical companies in the world3, member of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and of the Top 10 Best Places to Work for Money Management4. “Learn more about Principal and our commitment to sustainability, inclusion and purpose on principal.com.

Principal Financial Services, Inc. insurance products issued by Principal National Life Insurance Co (except New York) and Principal Life Insurance Co. Plan administrative services provided by Principal Life. Principal Funds, Inc. is distributed by Principal Funds Distributor, Inc. Securities offered by Principal Securities, Inc., 800-247-1737, SIPC Member and / or Independent Broker / Trader. Principal Global Investors leads global asset management. Listed companies are members of Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, Iowa 50392.

1As of June 30, 2021

2As of June 30, 2021

3Ethisphere Institute, 2021

4Pensions and investments, 2020

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Case studies: lessons from other areas to strengthen equity

Interviewees: Miriam Zuk, former Senior Program Director of Enterprise Community Partners and Megan Haberle, former Deputy Director of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)

Business community partners is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to create affordable housing in diverse and prosperous communities through policy changes, technical assistance to communities and funding. PRRAC is a civil rights legal and political organization that promotes research-based advocacy strategies to address structural inequalities and disrupt systems that disadvantage low-income people of color.

  • Federal requirements play a central role in local housing decisions related to equity. Federal program requirements (like the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and fair housing regulations to disrupt segregation) determine local decision making. Some jurisdictions go beyond federal requirements based on local support for fairness (eg Seattle) or lawsuits that require them to do so (eg Maryland). However, most focus on meeting federal requirements, rather than creatively exceeding them. Therefore, federal oversight agencies play a key role in accountability and compliance.
  • Too much attention in the area of ​​affordable housing goes to new development, rather than preservation, even though preservation is more practical, cost effective and realistic. This is consistent with the bias of many transit agencies to spend on expensive capital investments (e.g., light rail expansion) rather than maintaining existing service, due to the preponderance of federal funding. eligible for capital projects and short-term political payment for the completion of new transit projects. .
  • Housing is a regional issue which calls for regional solutions. But current law allows local jurisdictions to opt out of participation by granting them autonomy over funding and land use models that determine whether affordable housing is sustainable. Federal funding may incentivize or require (serving as a carrot or a stick) local participation in regional housing programs.
  • In the past, litigation was an effective way to disseminate progressive housing policy by establishing a legal and defensible model in a region that stakeholders elsewhere could replicate.
  • Advocates have deployed economic and social science arguments to gain bipartisan support for housing programs (e.g. how children benefit from housing choice voucher programs, the economic impact of housing programs on the regional economy ).

Estes Park Event Complex – Space Distribution – Estes Park Trail-Gazette


The ESTES PARK EVENT COMPLEX is a year-round multi-purpose facility for everything from rodeos and horse shows to festivals and national dog shows. The event complex offers dining and bar setup options. Below are more details on the two buildings that make up the 45,000 square foot resort, as well as the arena / grandstands / ticket offices / concession stand / business offices and campground parking -car of sellers.

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Main entrance to the Estes Park Event Center.

ESTES PARK EVENT CENTER offers a 33,000 square foot building of modular event space. The impressive Grand Lobby welcomes guests into a two story open space and features interior windows that overlook the 25,754 square foot function room. There are three meeting rooms upstairs, which also overlook the events hall. The Event Hall has many installation options for the fully unobstructed open space. It has vaulted ceilings, easy access to goods and is accessible to people with disabilities.

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Meeting room in silo.

EVENT CENTER SILO MEETING ROOM is a one-of-a-kind circular meeting space, located on the 2nd level, with a large skylight in the center of the room and an abundance of windows to enjoy the beautiful mountains. Bob Haddod, Advertising Director for Colorado Meetings and Events Magazine, toured the facilities and said, “The Silo Meeting Room is one of the most unique small meeting rooms in Colorado. Accommodating up to 45 people, this open-flow meeting space measures 25 ‘x 30’. More details on each part can be found below.

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Overlooks the meeting room.

EVENT CENTER VIP VIEW MEETING ROOM overlooks both the Grand Lobby and the Multipurpose Room. This space is commonly used for hospitality functions while overlooking an event taking place below.

EVENT CENTER EXECUTIVE BOARD ROOM is an adjoining 15 ‘x 24’ conference room overlooking the events hall. It can accommodate up to 20 people. If you choose to meet in the Executive Board Room, the VIP View Room will be a great place to have your meals and breaks.

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EVENT CENTER COMPLEX PAVILION is adjacent to the Event Center and offers an equally large and versatile indoor event space. This versatile event space is an equestrian stand in summer with 90 stands. The other months it is available for rental and often complements the Estes Park Event Center’s large-scale bookings for an additional 19,137 square feet and is available on its own and / or with the grandstands and arenas.

THE TRIBUNES AND ARENAS OF THE EVENT COMPLEX host rodeos, horse shows, the wool market and many more. There are 392 stalls in 5 horse rides on 42 acres of property. The stands can accommodate 2,000 people with concessions to compliment; always including a fabulous local flair!


Rural county tears up Nevada ‘innovation zones’ plan


Updated Tuesday September 21, 2021 | 6.30 p.m.

CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) – In their first public opportunity to voice concerns over a proposal to let tech companies that meet certain requirements create semi-autonomous jurisdictions called innovation zones, Storey County officials presented the idea in a line by fashion line.

They question the motivations of the company which wants to break with its control.

“While I’m sure many would prefer not to have independent government control, we don’t make laws on the basis of what works for one party,” Storey County Commissioner Clay Mitchell said on Tuesday. legislators.

Mitchell and other county officials oppose a proposal backed by Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak that would allow companies that pledge $ 1.25 billion in investment and own at least 78 square miles (202 square kilometers) of land to apply to form innovation zones.

On Tuesday, they featured Storey County as one of the most development-friendly jurisdictions in the United States. They have made it clear that they are supporting a proposal by Blockchains – the main funder of the Innovation Zones proposal which is also the largest landowner in the county – to develop parts of the empty desert inside their homes. borders. But they failed to understand the company’s claims that it couldn’t do it without forming its own jurisdiction.

For nearly a year, blockchains and lobbyists at one of Nevada’s most connected companies have advocated for innovation zones. The zones would be governed by three board members resembling county commissions, two of whom would first be appointed by the company. They would operate outside the jurisdiction of the pre-existing local government and could potentially create court systems, impose taxes, and make zoning decisions.

The company’s proposal met with opposition from skeptics of overpowering tech companies, environmentalists and local officials. Resistance led Sisolak and legislative leaders to water down the proposal until a study last spring. The Legislative Assembly study committee met for its second meeting on Tuesday and has until the end of the year to submit a report on whether to keep the idea under review.

Blockchains and its lobbyists argued on Tuesday that the company has the transformational potential to become the internet of the 21st century. The company says it wants to make Nevada a world leader in promoting new applications of its technology. It hasn’t introduced a product yet, but the blockchain is a digital ledger that can record almost any transaction and is best known for facilitating cryptocurrency transactions.

According to company officials, local officials in Nevada’s third least populated county lack the expertise to oversee their plans and could not do so without modernizing their existing systems.

Storey County rebutted that claim on Tuesday and highlighted its experience in approving successful developments, including the Tesla battery plant in northern Nevada and a 1.3 million square foot (121,000 square foot) data center. square meters) owned by Switch, a global technology company. They said they have repeatedly told Blockchains that they are able and willing to approve new developments and that they will not need new processes to do so.

Storey County lobbyist Mary Walker repeatedly called the idea “Berns innovation zone legislation” on Tuesday, in reference to Blockchains CEO Jeff Berns. She clarified that the company needed innovation zones to attract the investment needed to build its smart city and told lawmakers it was not the government’s job to help a company find investors. .

Walker also addressed the company by comparing his proposal to the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which was created to create Disneyworld. At one point, Disney told lawmakers in Florida that it was planning to build a city, but ultimately abandoned its plans.

Virginia Township Justice Eileen Herrington told lawmakers she had qualms about the proposed plan to let the new areas create courts because she didn’t think the public could trust their ability to administer justice.

“While the eventual takeover of the area may be acceptable for many aspects of a person’s life, it is a whole different matter when it comes to the administration of justice, which is a essential element of a just society. An effective legal process not only protects suspects and accused persons, it gives victims the assurance that justice will be served, ”she said.


Sam Metz is a member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative corps. Report for America is a national, nonprofit service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to cover undercover issues.

How to get up to $ 600 in tax deduction


FILE – The exterior of a branch of the American Red Cross that began treating COVID-19 patients with donated plasma on May 11, 2020 in Fairfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO – If you donate cash to charity before the end of 2021, you can take advantage of extensive tax benefits approved under the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) law.

This includes deductions of up to $ 300 for individuals and $ 600 for married couples who made cash donations to qualifying charities in 2021, the IRS said.

Normally, people who choose the standard deduction – 9 out of 10 taxpayers, according to IRS estimates – are not able to claim donations for an additional deduction. But under the CARES law, contributions to charities until the end of the year will allow taxpayers to receive more money.

The benefit only applies to cash donations made in 2021, and donations made to most charities are eligible, according to the IRS.

Here are some examples of eligible charitable contributions:

  • Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other religious organizations
  • Federal, state and local governments, if your contribution is only for public purposes (for example, a donation to reduce public debt or maintain a public park)
  • Non-profit schools and hospitals
  • The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, CARE, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc.
  • Veterans groups
  • Expenses paid for a student living with you sponsored by a qualified organization
  • Reimbursable expenses when you serve a qualified organization as a volunteer

The IRS reminds taxpayers to keep good records of your donations if you plan to claim a deduction. “Usually this includes obtaining an acknowledgment letter from the charity before completing a return and keeping a void check or credit card receipt for cash contributions. “the IRS said.

There are also changes in 2021 for taxpayers that detail their deductions and corporations that donate to charity. For more information, see the IRS website.

North Hall pit bull rescue plans uncertain after planning commission decision

Some said they feared pitbulls would be more aggressive than most dogs and pose a threat to the safety of neighbors’ pets and farm animals. Flatt said he was not happy with the current condition of the property and will work to secure it with better fences, locks and areas for dogs to play and exercise . Someone would be at the property 24 hours a day, Flatt said, and no dogs would be left outside unattended or left out overnight.

Four speakers from Paulding County, where the rescue has its current facility, spoke in favor of the request, and Paulding Commission Chairman Dave Carmichael wrote a letter to the Hall County Planning Commission l ‘encouraging to accept the plans.

“I hold Mr. Flatt in high regard and I have no doubts that his contributions will be valuable to your citizens,” Carmichael wrote.

Flatt has previously been allowed to rezone 46 acres of land in Paulding County for a new rescue facility, prompting some residents to ask why he wanted to move to Hall County. He said it was much cheaper for him to use the property on Will Wheeler Road as most of the facilities they need are already built. The project would cost around $ 2.5 million, he said.

“I know there is stigma (about pit bulls) out there,” Flatt said. “I know I have to be on my A-game. I have to be responsible. I have to keep my dogs safe; I must ensure the safety of my community.

Commissioners were divided over the vote, with Stan Hunt calling it one of his toughest decisions yet.

“I understand the stigma isn’t necessarily right,” Hunt said. “But I also understand the reality of the stigma and the peace of mind of residents, and that’s what I’m up against.”

In the end, the committee voted 3-1 to recommend that the request be rejected with Chairman Chris Braswell as the only dissenting vote and Commissioner Johnny Varner not present at the meeting.

Flatt told The Times on Tuesday, September 21, that he would regroup with his board of directors and see if it was worth pursuing the request. They could decide to stay in Paulding County, he said.

The request is expected to go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a final decision on October 14.

Heinz Hall marks half a century as Pittsburgh’s performance space


PITTSBURGH, PA – When the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra takes the stage at Heinz Hall on Friday, the occasion will be far more than the first time a concert has been held there in 18 months. It will also be a late birthday party.

On September 10, 1971, the Old Cinema on the corner of Penn Avenue, Downtown, debuted as a performing arts space with actors such as Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones and Gregory Peck on hand to mark the opportunity. It would be the new home of the symphony, which had performed at Carnegie Music Hall and the Syria Mosque in Oakland.

In non-pandemic times, the symphony gives more than 40 weeks of concerts there each year and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony also plays there. Heinz Hall also hosts select shows from the Pittsburgh Broadway Series, Pittsburgh Speakers Series, Pops concerts, and children’s concerts.

Those attending events in the opulent space might not realize that the envelope of the building that was transformed into Heinz Hall was almost demolished in the late 1960s.

The building had been Loew’s Penn Theater from 1927 to 1964, when the theater closed and sat vacant for five years and was nearly razed for parking. But Pittsburgh philanthropist Henry J. Heinz II and the Pittsburgh Symphony Society Charles Denby led the effort to transform the dilapidated structure into a cutting-edge space for the symphony.

A Howard Heinz Foundation donation to the symphony helped make what the society called a theater “to encourage, promote and perpetuate the performing arts in the Greater Pittsburgh area.” Judging by the money still pouring into it, Heinz Hall will continue this mission in the luxurious setting that guests have long been accustomed to.

According to the symphony’s website, the hall received a $ 3.5 million renovation this summer to mark its 50th anniversary. Work carried out during the space closure included painting and restoring the plaster gold leaf and glazing in the Grand Lobby and Grand Tier Foyer. The backstage and Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency rooms have been renovated and several accessibility projects have been completed.

The work was funded by private foundations, the Allegheny Regional Asset District and matching funds from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, according to the symphony.

These renovations will be on display on Friday and will be observed by symphony attendees who will notice other changes at Heinz Hall, these linked to the pandemic. For example, new touchless faucets were installed in all the toilets.

Symphony officials said that through testing and investment, the excellent ventilation and air quality of the hall is guaranteed. Improved cleaning and disinfection techniques will be used in all areas used by the public, musicians and staff.

Heinz Hall will adhere to any mask warrants that may be put in place by government authorities. Symphony officials have called it a mask-friendly building where people who prefer to wear masks can do so regardless of their immunization status.

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Tecan issues inaugural direct bond of CHF 250 million



Ad hoc announcement in accordance with Article 53 of the Listing Rules of SIX Exchange Regulation

Männedorf, Switzerland – September 21, 2021 – Today, the Tecan group (SIX Swiss Exchange: TECN) has successfully raised CHF 250 million through the issuance of a domestic fixed-rate bond. The bonds bear a coupon of 0.050% and have a term of 4 years (final maturity October 6, 2025). The bond settlement date is October 6, 2021. The bonds will be listed and traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

The net proceeds of the issuance will partially refinance the $ 1.0 billion (CHF 920 million) acquisition of Paramit Corporation, a leading developer and OEM of medical devices and life science instruments, announced on June 23, 2021 and successfully closed in August. 2, 2021.

The bonds were placed with institutional investors and private banks in Switzerland under the joint management of Credit Suisse and Zürcher Kantonalbank.

About Tecan
Tecan (www.tecan.com) is one of the world’s leading providers of laboratory instruments and solutions in the fields of biopharmaceuticals, forensics and clinical diagnostics. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of automation solutions for laboratories in the life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academic research departments, forensic and diagnostic laboratories. As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Tecan is also a leader in the development and manufacture of OEM instruments and components which are then distributed by partner companies. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in Europe and North America and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2020, Tecan achieved sales of CHF 731 million (USD 778 million; EUR 683 million). The registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TECN; ISIN CH0012100191).

For more information:

Tecan Group
Martin braendle
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications and RI
Phone. +41 (0) 44 922 84 30
Fax +41 (0) 44 922 88 89


This press release and the information it contains may not be published, distributed or transmitted in the United States (United States), Canada, Australia or Japan or any other jurisdiction in which it would be illegal, nor given or transmitted to U.S. persons (including entities) or general-purpose media in the United States. This bond will not be offered to the public for sale outside Switzerland. This press release does not constitute an offer to purchase or subscribe for securities; it is neither an issue prospectus within the meaning of art. 35 LSF or a listing prospectus within the meaning of the Listing Rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Registration spaces for the bridge race are running out


CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The Cooper River Bridge Race is just days away, but with a lower than usual cap on the total number of participants this year, organizers say the space is counted.

Out of 25,000 places, all individual registrations for the in-person event are now sold out.

However, organizers say runners can still register through their individual virtual registration and charity registration packages.

The individual virtual registration includes a t-shirt and a finishers medal. Organizers say it costs $ 45, but registration ends at midnight Wednesday.

Charity Connection registration includes a direct donation to one of 10 charities. Some of this year’s charities include the Alzheimer’s Association, the South Carolina Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, and more. Organizers say that registration costs $ 150.

As a safety measure, race organizers say they have limited the race to just over half of the typical 40,000 from previous years.

It is important to keep in mind that all participants must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or negative COVID-19 test submitted by Wednesday.

Those interested in the remaining two entries can find more information on the Bridge Run website.

The Bridge Run also offers a full schedule of bus routes for the day.

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Ogury Donates Over US $ 1 Million of Advertising Space to Nonprofit Organizations | national news

NEW YORK and PARIS, September 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Ogury, the personalized advertising company, recently announced that it has donated more than US $ 1 million of advertising space to nonprofits so far this year. After a launch in the first quarter, the company helped several charities acquire premium inventory on its new mobile web offering in addition to its exclusive brand application. Examples of these charities included Institut de la Vision, Epic Foundation, Accion Contra el Hambre, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Camp Dynamo.

The past year has been difficult for many and it is now more important than ever to give back and support the nonprofits that are making a difference in the world ”, noted Thomas pasquet, CEO, Ogury. “I am proud that we were able to do this in the form of media donations, generating brand awareness for incredible charities and generating more revenue for media companies and publishers.”

The campaigns reached over 11 million mobile users in the United States and across Europe via the company’s exclusive thumbnail ad, a sleek ad format released by Ogury last year in the app and now available on the mobile web. With this creative format, video ads appear in a specific location on the web page, providing an effective advertising experience without compromising the consumer’s user experience. The unit is movable, expandable, and deactivatable by the consumer, which has proven to be less intrusive than traditional ad formats. Thumbnail Ad serves ads in a picture-in-picture format allowing them to consume the content while continuing to browse the web page.

“We are very happy to have worked alongside Ogury to further increase awareness of the Institut de la Vision. In total, we were able to reach more than 1.5 million mobile users by France and the UK in a non-intrusive and user-friendly manner “, noted Arnaud Lighter, Responsible for fundraising at the Institut de la Vision. “Ogury’s thumbnail ad unit performed extremely well, with higher than average click-through and view rates. “

“When we started working closely with Ogury, our ultimate goal was to improve the overall brand awareness of our organization and our mission to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and youth around the world.” noted Alexander Mars, founder and CEO of the Epic Foundation. “With the help of Ogury and their innovative ad stamp unit, we were able to generate over 12 million impressions in less than a month – a truly spectacular digital campaign that resulted in more donations and , eventually, more lives have changed. “

About Ogury: Ogury, the personalized advertising company, has created a revolutionary advertising engine that delivers precision, durability and privacy in a technology stack, designed and optimized for mobile. Advertisers who work with Ogury benefit from impactful, fully visible ads, lasting targeting, and flawless protection. Publishers benefit from a respectful user experience, additional revenue and premium demand with Ogury’s solutions. Founded in 2014, Ogury is a global organization with more than 350 employees, including 100 engineers in 11 countries.

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North Muskegon tennis goes 1-2 at Northpointe quad



The North Muskegon men’s tennis team faced Lansing Catholic, Grand Rapids Catholic and Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian on quad bikes on Saturday, ending Matchday 1-2.

The Norsemen started strong, beating Lansing Catholic in the opener 5-3. Troy McManus won the No. 1 singles with Ethan Koman and Luke Hall No. 3 and 4 respectively.

Gavin Grimm took the No.2 doubles for the Norse in the victory.

In the last two games, North Muskegon struggled and was able to win three more of 16 games.


# 1: Troy McManus, New Mexico d. Joey’s Castle, LC 6-2, 6-2
# 2: Sam Murphy, LC d. Pierce Marczak, New Mexico, 6-4, 6-1
# 3: Ethan Koman, New Mexico d. Christian Rule, LC 7-5, 6-0
# 4: Luke Hall, New Mexico d. Garrett Riehl, CL 6-0, 6-0

No.1: Aspen Robart, LC – Charlie Ramont d. Grayson Hinton, NM – Gus West 6-2, 6-2
# 2: Gavin Grimm, New Mexico – Will Ripple d. Adam Durr, LC – Max Elden 7-5, 6-3
# 3: Carter Mieler, New Mexico – Logan Stack d. Alberto Naccarato, LC-John Abood 0-6, 6-2, 10-8
# 4: Will Gardner, LC – Drew Taylor d. Bradley Lowe, New Mexico – Lucas Metz 6-0, 6-1


N ° 1: Ben English, GRC d. Troy McManus, NM 6-2, 6-0
N ° 2: Charlie Lindemann, GRC d. Pierce Marczak, NM 6-2, 6-3
# 3: Ethan Koman, New Mexico d. Luc Schautz, GRC 6-3, 6-2
# 4: Luke Hall, New Mexico d. Ben Radgens, GRC 6-1, 6-3

# 1: Hudson Maitner, RCMP – Matiss McNally d. Grayson Hinton, NM – Gus West 6-4, 2-6, 12-10
# 2: Matt Quillan, RCMP – Peter Schweitzer d. Gavin Grimm, New Mexico – Ripples 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 – Matthew Cowden, RCMP – Kerry McCarthy d. Carter Mieler, New Mexico – Logan Stack 6-1, 6-1
# 4: Alex Ables, RCMP – Ryan Waite d. Bradley Lowe, New Mexico – Lucas Metz 6-0, 6-0


N ° 1: Sam Bradley, GRN d. Troy McManus, NM 6-3, 5-7, 10-2
N ° 2: Malachie Katerburg, GRN d. Pierce Marczak, NM 6-2, 6-4
N ° 3: Josh Vergouwe, GRN d. Ethan Koman, NM 1-6, 7-6 (4), 11-9
# 4: Luke Hall, New Mexico d. Christian Kooistra, GRN 6-2, 6-0

No.1: Chase Berends, GRN – Dan Nymeyer d. Grayson Hinton, NM – Gus West, NORTH MUSKEGON HIGH SCHOOL 6-0, 6-1
No.2: Joshua Blount, GRN – Carter Poquett d. Gavin Grimm, New Mexico – Ripple 6-0, 6-1
No 3: Corbin Helweg, GRN – Hezekiah Lane d. Carter Mieler, NM – Logan Stack 6-3, 6-3
N ° 4: Ben Setlock, GRN – Caleb Velting d. Bradley Lowe, New Mexico – Lucas Metz 6-0, 6-0

House Ways stands for Charitable Deduction Limits for Conservation Easement Contributions


On September 13, 2021, the United States House Ways and Means Committee announced a proposal to limit charitable deductions for contributions to conservation easements made by partnerships and other flow-through entities. The proposal, which targets syndicated conservation easement transactions, would ban a taxpayer’s charitable contribution deduction when it exceeds 2.5 times the taxpayer’s modified base in the flow-through entity. The proposal also addresses the application of the accuracy penalty and limitation period to conservation easement transactions. If passed, the House’s proposal would make it considerably more difficult for taxpayers to prevail in cases involving conservation easement transactions.

Context of Syndicated Conservation Easements and IRS Enforcement Efforts

Under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), a taxpayer is entitled to a charitable deduction for contributing a qualifying real estate interest to a qualifying organization exclusively for custody purposes. A taxpayer’s charitable deduction is generally limited to 50% of their adjusted gross income. Developers and advisers have established unionized conservation easements to circumvent deduction limitations for individual taxpayers. In the typical syndicated custodial easement transaction, a flow-through entity is established to acquire real estate, and investors acquire an interest in the flow-through entity in exchange for a commission. The flow-through entity then grants a conservation easement to a tax-exempt organization, such as a land trust. Under the tax provisions relating to partnerships, the deduction for the charitable contribution of the entity is transferred to the investor partners. In some cases, syndicated conservation easement transactions produce charitable deductions that far exceed the amounts invested in the flow-through entity.

The IRS has actively pursued abusive conservation easement transactions for over a decade. In Notice 2017-10, the IRS identified syndicated conservation easement transactions as listed transactions that expose taxpayers to increased reporting requirements and increased penalties. In November 2019, the IRS announced a coordinated campaign to target syndicated conservation easement transactions. In June 2020, the IRS made a time-limited settlement offer to taxpayers with matters pending in the Tax Court. The IRS has successfully argued conservation easement cases in Tax Court and continues to identify new cases for audit.

Summary of the house proposal

The House’s proposal would significantly limit the use of unionized conservation easements. If adopted, it would provide the following:

  • Disallowance rule. The deduction for a taxpayer’s charitable contribution would be disallowed when it exceeds 2.5 times the taxpayer’s modified base in interest in the flow-through entity.

  • Exception when the three-year holding period is satisfied. The disallowance rule would not apply to conservation contributions when the three-year holding period is met. The holding period is satisfied three years after the latest of the last date on which the intermediary entity acquired part of the property subject to the conservation easement or any partner / member acquired an interest in the intermediary entity. .

  • Exception for certain family partnerships. The House proposal provides for a limited exception to allow contributions made through family partnerships.

  • Application of the precision penalty. The House’s proposal confirms that the accuracy penalty would apply to any underpayment attributable to the rejection of a conservation easement transaction under the proposed rule. Such a refusal would be considered a gross valuation anomaly, and a penalty equal to 40% of the underestimation would apply. There would be no reasonable cause defense against the 40% accuracy penalty. Finally, the IRS would not be required to obtain surveillance approval under IRC Sec. 6751 (b) before assessing the accuracy penalty.

  • Applicable regulations

– For returns filed for partnership tax years beginning before January 1, 2018, the tax may be imposed on the partners within two years of the date on which a final administrative adjustment of the partnership cannot no longer be sought in the United States Tax Court.

– If a conservation easement deduction is denied under this proposal, it will be considered a listed transaction that must be disclosed to the IRS. Therefore, the limitation period for valuation does not expire until one year after the earliest of the following dates: (i) the date the transaction is disclosed to the IRS; or (ii) the date a significant adviser meets the disclosure requirements under IRC Sec. 6112.

  • Effective date– The House’s proposal would be made retroactive for all transactions made after December 23, 2016 (i.e. the date of Notice 2017-10).


It remains to be seen whether the House’s proposal will pass, but it appears to have bipartisan support. In the meantime, the IRS continues to identify, verify and aggressively advocate cases involving consortial conservation easements. Taxpayers who have invested in conservation easement transactions should consult their tax advisor to understand how current legislation and ongoing IRS enforcement efforts affect them.

Co-written by Jennifer A. Vincent

© 2021 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. All rights reserved. Revue nationale de droit, volume XI, number 263

Chevy Chase accused of robbing veterans organization

A federal grand jury has handed down an indictment accusing a Chevy Chase, MD man of stealing $ 750,000 from a nonprofit veterans organization.

A federal grand jury has handed down an indictment accusing a Chevy Chase, MD man of stealing $ 750,000 from a nonprofit veterans organization.

Brian McQuade, 70, was charged with two federal charges of wire fraud this month, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The indictment was unsealed Monday when McQuade was arrested.

From June 2018 to August 2021, McQuade allegedly carried out a fraud scheme to obtain money from a non-profit organization that provides services to veterans and military personnel.

According to federal prosecutors, McQuade presented himself as an investment advisor to clients, falsely telling them that he would manage investment accounts on their behalf through an entity called Columbia Financial Advisors, which, according to him, was the investment advisory unit of an established DC accounting firm. .

But, instead of helping them, according to prosecutors, McQuade embezzled the funds and used them for his personal use.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, McQuade has not been affiliated with the accounting firm since at least 2015.

Federal prosecutors accuse McQuade of telling the nonprofit that he was a licensed and registered investment advisor, and of providing them with an “investment advice agreement” before making their investment.

But according to the indictment, McQuade never opened a brokerage account in the name of the unidentified foundation and instead transferred the funds to personal accounts and spent the money on restaurants, country club dues, luxury car payments, mortgages and other personal items.

The US attorney’s office also said he fabricated an account statement to cover his tracks.

Despite repeated requests, the nonprofit was unable to recover any of its funds, according to the indictment.

If convicted, McQuade faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each of the two counts of wire fraud.

The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI are still investigating the case, and they are urging anyone who thinks they have been a victim or have other information to contact the FBI Field Office in Baltimore at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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Troy Guard’s Grange Hall set to open in Greenwood Village



The great American tradition meets innovative new foods and drinks at Barn room.

Barn room is a modern place to gather, eat and play. Under this roof, you’ll learn about Denver’s brightest minds when it comes to food, beer, and liquor.

Chef Troy Guard and his partners transformed the nearly 13,000 square foot space in Greenwood Village with new restaurants, a microbrewery and spectacular views from their outdoor patio.

Crazy Love Pizza is Troy Guard’s entry into the pizza space, a concept he has been working on for years.
Equipped with a square pan, a Sicilian-style pizza baked to perfection, Crazy Love Pizza combines Old World techniques with this Troy Guard innovation. Guests will be able to choose from traditional toppings (think pepperoni, mushroom, etc.) or a range of Crazy Love toppings, giving them the chance to be adventurous and have fun with their food. The pizzas will be available by the square slice or tray, making it perfect to take out or to feed a group. The menu also offers fantastic small platters featuring deli selections like sliced-to-order salami and prosciutto, oven-roasted eggplant, homemade meatballs and a fennel salad.

Grange Hall will open on Thursday, September 23 at 4 p.m. in Greenwood Village.

$ 2.1 billion to invest in infection prevention and control efforts


You couldn’t call Linda Spaulding, RB-BC, CIC, and a member of Infection control today®The editorial advisory board of, victim of the circumstances because victims are generally not happy. But exactly 1 day later TIC® broadcast a video interview with Spaulding on September 16 in which she stressed that infection control issues in nursing homes (and elsewhere) will never be resolved unless funding bolsters good intentions, the federal government unveiled a $ 2.1 billion plan to improve infection prevention and control measures against COVID-19 and future infectious diseases.

“It’s awesome,” says Spaulding TIC®. “And this time, they don’t just include acute care, but all outpatient areas. Clearly, COVID-19 has shown where our infection control weaknesses lie and now the federal government is finally putting its money where its mouth is. “

Spaulding plans to review the details of the effort shortly, but predicts it will save many lives across the United States, protecting people not only from COVID-19 but all other deadly pathogens as well. And it’s especially good for long-term care facilities (LTCFs).

“I think this will help nursing homes immensely in being able to provide better infection prevention and care to their residents,” Spaulding said.

The Biden administration unveiled the $ 2.1 billion package last Friday, as part of the administration’s $ 1.9 trillion US bailout.

Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in a Press release that “this funding will dramatically improve the safety and quality of health care in the United States during the pandemic and into the future.” The funding will provide significant resources to our public health departments and healthcare systems and opportunities to develop innovative strategies to protect every segment of the American population, particularly those disproportionately affected by the pandemic, at a moment when they are hit hard. “

It is not known how far Walensky pushed for this decision, but many infection prevention (PI) specialists took heart when Walensky became director of the CDC earlier this year due to her extensive experience in prevention and infection control.

For example, Priya Nori, MD, medical director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Montefiore Health System, said TIC® in a Q&A in March that “the infectious disease community in particular is incredibly thrilled with the new CDC director. She is a woman who has spent her years researching HIV, who has seen patients for many years. Who knows what it’s like to be on the front lines. She is a formidable advocate for not only infectious diseases, faculty members and physicians, but also future interns in the workforce, related professionals and pharmacy, infection prevention and nursing. . And she really understands, and she understands us. She understands what we’re doing. I cannot imagine a better defender and ally at the national level, very close to the administration.

Over the next 3 years, the CDC plans to allocate $ 1.25 billion in funding to 64 state, local and territorial health departments to support the effort. The funding will go to approximately 6,000 hospitals, 15,400 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, 7,900 dialysis clinics and 4,700 day surgery centers.

Allocations are expected to begin next month, with rewards totaling $ 885, of which $ 500 million will go to what the CDC calls “strike teams” that will focus on LTCFs.

The CDC says the strike teams “will allow health departments in states and other jurisdictions to staff, train and deploy strike teams to assist skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities with known or suspected outbreaks of COVID-19. Strike teams will enable jurisdictions to provide surge capacity to facilities for clinical services; address staff shortages in institutions; and strengthen infection prevention and control (IPC) activities to prevent, detect and contain outbreaks, including support for COVID-19 vaccine recalls. “

In addition, the funding aims to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of states to prevent, detect and contain threats of infectious diseases in health care settings: This will involve significant infection prevention and control support to public health services to work with health facilities to improve the quality of health care, and efforts to minimize infections in many health care facilities. health.
  • Increase laboratory capacity for healthcare: This will improve surveillance of emerging pathogens to better identify patients infected with non-COVID-19 pathogens such as resistant carbapenems Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Candida auris. “Throughout the pandemic, there have been outbreaks of antibiotic resistant pathogens in COVID-19 units and other health care facilities,” the CDC says.
  • Firstline project: Funding will be increased for this effort to teach basic infection prevention and control methods to all healthcare workers.
  • National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN): The CDC hopes to increase state funding to better monitor infections in healthcare facilities.
  • Antibiotic management: The money will help analyze data on antibiotic use and improve antibiotic prescribing, according to the CDC. “Although ineffective against COVID-19, antibiotics have been routinely prescribed to patients during the pandemic, increasing the risk of antibiotic resistance,” the CDC says.

Eugène Merveilles, 90 | The voice of LaSalle County since 1952!


Eugene “Gene” Earl Wonders, 90, of Long Point / Cornell died Friday, September 17, 2021 at his home.
Gene was born on March 31, 1931 to Streator of Albert and Bessie (Kennedy) Wonders. He married Mary Sue Garretson on January 27, 1952. She was predeceased on February 15, 2006.
The surviving children, Rebecca (Alan) Trainor and Stephen (Mary) Wonders, grandchildren, Meaghan (Matt) Dean, Heather (Frank) Boggio, Tarah (Brian) Bennett, Josh Wonders, Angela Wonders and Miranda Nowocin, great-grandchildren -children, Garretson and Shaw Dean, Annabell and Silvia Boggio, Keegan Roth, Alexa Bennet and Collin Wonders, loving and caring companion Charlotte Wilhelm and the Pat (Steve) Durdan family, Dean (Nancy Vogel) Wilhelm and Penny Wilhelm and their children , grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents, his wife Mary Sue, his siblings, Kenneth (Ronelva) Wonders, Ruth (Robert) Mathis and Helen (Orville) Fulkerson.
Gene graduated from Streator High School in 1949. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955. Gene was a farmer for over 50 years, escorting deck beams for Deke Trucking and working for Sauder Implement where one of his daily tasks was to make sure the popcorn was done.
Gene was a member of the Long Point and Cornell American Legions, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Vermillion Boat Club, and the Illinois Valley 2-Cylinder Club.
Visitations will be Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The funeral will be held Tuesday at noon at the church with respect for social distancing and the wearing of the mask. Interment will be in Long Point cemetery.
The bearers will be Josh and Collin Wonders, Keegan Roth, Frank Boggio, Matt Dean and Matt Orr. The honoraria will be Dean Wilhelm, Steve Durdan, Marion Johnson and Ken Redfern.
Commemorations can be made to the Long Point American Legion, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Winterrowd Funeral Home helps the family make the arrangements.
Winterrow Funeral Home
305 S. Park St.
Streator, IL 61364

Global supply shortages hit Haitian aid group

Faced with mind-boggling and persistent commodity shortages across the global economy, even aid organizations like food banks and clothing distributors are caught in chaos. Many are struggling to get what they need, which amplifies the shortage in vulnerable communities.

In Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, an effort to increase household incomes faces a new problem stemming from the disruption of the global supply chain – a shortage of shoes.

The Haitian American Caucus, a non-profit organization, imports donated used shoes from the United States and sells them cheaply to women who sell them on sidewalks and in markets, earning crucial money for their families. .

The caucus distributes nearly 100,000 pairs of shoes a month, but it could handle four times as many if just more inventory arrived, said executive director Samuel Darguin.

“This pair of shoes is so much more,” he said. “It represents a mother who can send a child to school, who can afford health care and feed her family maybe two meals a day instead of one.”

Two years after the start of a relentless pandemic, the global economy remains inundated with logistical challenges. Factories in Asia are struggling to meet demand for their products. Ports lack sea containers and healthy hands to unload them. The trucks idle for lack of drivers, with warehouses overflowed with goods.

This upheaval may seem like a long way from Haiti, but it helps explain why Mr. Darguin’s program expects more shoes

Already this year Haiti has suffered a catastrophic earthquake and presidential assassination, not to mention a deadly pandemic combined with the stresses of daily life in a country where people cannot take anything for granted. The great supply chain disruption is now adding to the tension.

Mr Darguin’s shoe supplier, a Nashville-based nonprofit called Soles4Souls, itself suffers from shoe shortages as manufacturers who donate inventory hold more in a frantic attempt to keep customers happy. by retail.

The disruption of the global supply chain continues to be a serious problem for multinational brands who sell goods to customers and for buyers who cannot get what they want, be it timber, new cars or exercise bikes. But product shortages and shipping barriers have proven to be so persistent and pervasive that they also plague organizations that depend on donated goods. Their problems highlight how supply chain disorder spreads over vast distances, reaching an aid pipeline that is normally invisible to the rest of the world.

Huge retailers like Target, Nike, and Home Depot – all of which have recognized shelf storage issues – can afford to stock merchandise. And they can pay extra to make sure their products go on overbooked freighters, even as fares on routes from China to the US west coast have increased tenfold during the pandemic.

But non-profit organizations lack such resources. They are like economy class passengers stuck in an airport after a snowstorm, watching first class customers take all available seats.

In Jacksonville, Florida, Teri Ketchum, Executive Director of Presbyterian Social Ministries, collects donated children’s clothing and distributes it to community organizations in her area and throughout the Philippines.

Last year, with people trapped at home in pandemic lockdowns, many emptied basements and closets, creating a wave of donated clothes. This year, as schools reopened, demand for children’s clothing exhausted Ms. Ketchum’s supply.

“At least once a week, a local partner calls to say, ‘Do you have children’s clothes?

The shortages coincide with the end of many government relief programs for people whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic – like emergency unemployment benefits and moratoriums on evictions protecting those behind on their rent. .

“If people were struggling before, they’re just at their lowest right now,” Ms. Ketchum said. “Now it’s ‘Do I buy food or do I buy clothes?’ Clothes are the last thing a parent who’s ever stretched out is going to do.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee oversees a food distribution operation serving approximately 400,000 people in 46 counties, drawing on donations from grocery stores in the area. Second Harvest also distributes cheaply purchased food to sister organizations across the country.

During the first waves of the pandemic, as families in confinement at home cooked more, demand for groceries skyrocketed, depleting local supermarket shelves and resulting in fewer donations. This prompted Second Harvest to buy more groceries.

But given the shortage of supplies, the organization had to expand its horizons considerably, bringing in pasta and macaroni and cheese from Thailand and India.

In recent months, Second Harvest has moved back to domestic suppliers, but it still encountered delays in its orders as food processors are slowed down by difficulties importing ingredients.

Unable to find low-sodium green beans – a popular article – Second Harvest distributed the regular variety instead, while advising recipients who need to watch their salt intake to rinse the beans before cooking. When canning shortages made it impossible to purchase spaghetti sauce, Second Harvest found a restaurant supplier who had additional volumes of bulk sauce packaged in plastic bags.

“We have a pasta trailer that has to go to Denver, and it’s two weeks late,” said Nancy Keil, president and CEO of the organization. “It’s like a moving target. You don’t know where you’re going to be running next.

In Nashville, Soles4Souls – the organization that delivers Mr. Darguin’s program in Haiti – was forced to scale back its plans to distribute shoes to homeless children in schools across the United States.

Known as 4EveryKid, the program aimed to distribute 75,000 pairs of shoes to homeless students this year, but lowered the target to 50,000.

“Some kids don’t come to school if they don’t have a pair of shoes to wear, especially when the weather gets really bad,” said Cathy Klein, Homeless Coordinator for Milwaukee Public Schools, who expects to receive 1,000 pairs. shoes this year through the 4EveryKid program.

Soles4Souls depends on contributions of new shoes from major shoe companies. As companies struggled to fulfill orders from retailers, they sharply reduced their charitable contributions.

“Typically we get excess product,” said Rod Arnold, Soles4Souls Marketing Director. “Everyone just says, ‘We sell anything we can get our hands on.’ “

Earlier this year, a shortage of sea containers at Chinese ports slowed the loading of factory goods while increasing shipping costs. Then came the closure of the Suez Canal, a major corridor connecting Asia to Europe. Since May, Chinese authorities have temporarily closed operations at two major container ports.

In recent weeks, Vietnam – a major shoe maker – has imposed a strict lockdown to quell the spread of the coronavirus. This halted production while delaying the shipment of the finished shoes.

“What we hear from our partners and donors is, ‘We want to help you. We believe in what you do. There just isn’t the product. We don’t have it, ”said Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. “They have other things that they prioritize.”

There’s also soaring trucking costs, which hamper shipments of used shoes like those destined for Haiti.

Before the pandemic, moving a shoe truck from California to the main warehouse in Soles4Souls in Alabama cost $ 2,500 and may take four days, Teaster said. Now it costs up to $ 7,000 and can take two weeks.

The same dynamic on the ocean has sabotaged the functioning of Soles4Souls partners around the world.

The organization has often served as a matchmaker, negotiating shipments of batches of mislabeled shoes and clothing from factories in Asia to thrift stores in Transnistria, a breakaway state in Moldova. Thrift stores offer careers to young people who grew up in orphanages.

But as the price of shipping a container from Vietnam to Ukraine has quintupled, thrift stores have had to sharply cut back on their purchases.

“The nonprofit is literally at the end of the line in terms of what we can afford,” said Mike Shirey, COO of Soles4Souls. “People are no longer bringing in the quantities of goods they used to bring.”

Members of the Honor Roll | News, Sports, Jobs


Several inductees into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame have gained additional recognition for their outstanding athletic achievements.

They include Tara VanDerveer, Jack Lawrence, Tom Priester, Jim Adamczak and Sheilah Gulas.

Meanwhile, two other area stars, John Woodfield and Nick Sirianni, will also be adding important entries to their sports resumes this fall.

Here are the details :

¯ The Atlanta Tipoff Club have named VanDerveer (CSHOF class of 2010), the Stanford women’s basketball coach, to the 2021 Werner Ladder Naismith Female Coach of the Year award. In addition to leading the Cardinal to the NCAA Championship this spring for the third time, VanDerveer passed Pat Summitt as the most successful coach in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history.


¯ Lawrence (CSHOF Class of 1987) was inducted into the Watkins Glen Walk of Fame at the 2021 Grand Prix Festival earlier this month.

The Walk of Fame was created by the historic Grand Prix community of Watkins Glen, the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce and Watkins Glen International to honor pilots who have competed at Glen’s world-renowned facilities over the past 73 years. Lawrence, who died in 2020, drove a Saab Sonnett from 1978 to 2002 and was SCCA National Champion in 1983. Named Northeast Division Driver of the Year in 1983, Lawrence is known as a driver, builder and a innovator in motor racing. world.

¯ Priest (CSHOF class of 2014) will be inducted into his high school sports hall of fame this Saturday.

A graduate of North East High School, Pa. And Slippery Rock University, Priester is best known in Chautauqua County as a leading physical education coach and teacher at Southwestern Central School for 45 years. He also distinguished himself as a track official from 1975 to the present, and has been a United States official since 1985. In this capacity, Priester has refereed the NCAA Division I, II and III championships as well. as national and international competitions, including three US Olympic Trials.

¯ Adamczak (CSHOF Class of 2005) and Sheilah Gulas (CSHOF Class of 2018) will be inducted into the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame in October.


Adamczak, one of Chautauqua County’s greatest pitchers, played from 1958 to 1975 in which he pitched more than 25 non-hitting games and four perfect games while pitching for teams in western New York and from Pennsylvania. In a career that spanned over 1,200 games, Adamczak averaged over 17 strikeouts per game over a 10-year span. Perhaps his most memorable performance was when he threw a hit and struck out 17 batters in a 1-0 win over King & His Court’s Eddie Feigner at College Stadium in 1967.

Gulas, who graduated from Southwestern Central School in 1979, had a 31-year career as a college head coach, the last 21 at Ashland University. Compiling 30 wins in his last season, Gulas surpassed the 900 wins mark and won nearly 66% of his matches (929-487-1). The 2017 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee took 723 of those victories with the Eagles and led them to 12 NCAA Division II tournaments and won five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and three awards the conference coach of the year. In 1998, Gulas guided Ashland to a school record of 53 wins and a third place nationwide.

¯ Woodfield will join Adamczak and Gulas at the WNY Softball Hall of Fame next month. Although not inducted into the CSHOF, the 1976 Maple Grove High School graduate has quite a softball resume.

A member of two National Championship teams with the Jock Shop and one with Fudge’s Sub Shop, Woodfield, a third baseman, was three times in the All-American first team (1982-84), twice in the All-American second team – American (1985 and 1989) and in 1984 was named tournament MVP.

¯ Sirianni will receive a special award at his alma mater, Mount Union University, next month.


The Philadelphia Eagles head coach has been selected to receive the Duke Barrett Award of Excellence by the school’s M Club Hall of Fame.

The Jamestown native and Southwestern Central School graduate won a four-year letter as wide receiver for the Mount Union football team. After graduation, he joined the coaching staff of the Purple Raiders and then to Indiana (Pennsylvania) before embarking on a coaching career in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. After three years in Kansas City, he made assistant coach saves in San Diego. and Indianapolis before landing the head coach job with the Eagles earlier this year.

The Duke Barrett Award of Excellence is named in honor of the 1951 graduate who was a longtime supporter of Purple Raider athletics. He was an ardent member of the M Club, former Chairman of the Hall of Fame committee and Mount Union football coach from 1956 to 1961. The award honors a member of the M Club for career experiences or activities that brought honor and recognition to the individual and, in turn, to Mount Union.




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Kennedy School Lab to Launch Alternative 911 Response Initiative in Five Jurisdictions | New


Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab announced last week the selection of five domains that will participate in a new initiative to implement alternative responses to non-violent 911 calls.

The initiative is supported by the Government Performance Lab at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Kennedy School, which works with state and local governments to find solutions to various social problems. Starting this fall, the initiative will run for approximately 12 months.

The GPL has selected Durham, NC, Harris County, Texas, Long Beach, California, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Phoenix, Arizona to participate in a program that will create or enhance unarmed emergency response teams that move away from traditional law enforcement by connecting residents to mental health, addiction treatment and other services.

The five jurisdictions were selected from a pool of applicants of over 60 across the country based on their level of ‘community and stakeholder engagement’, progress towards implementing alternative 911 responses and potential impact, as part of a growing shift across the country towards finding alternative approaches to public safety.

In a press release, GPL executive director Gloria Gong said she was excited about the potential for alternative responses to 911.

“It’s exciting to hear from communities across the country who are committed to shaping more responsive and fairer public safety systems, especially for communities of color who are often underserved by existing approaches,” said Gong said.

The GPL will provide technical assistance to accelerate and improve the implementation of alternative 911 interventions, including creating training programs for response teams, designing 911 call decision trees, preparing documents for emergency response. community information and purchasing services from local providers.

“Building alternative 911 intervention models can enable communities to provide a wider range of services to residents that better reflect the challenges they face and reduce the opportunities for unintentional harm,” Gong added.

Local government leaders also said they were eager to work with the GPL to improve public safety in their cities.

“We want the residents of Durham who call 911 to receive the most effective and appropriate response to meet their needs,” Durham Mayor Stephen M. Schewel said in the press release. “Sometimes it’s a police officer, and sometimes it’s a mental health worker or other trained, unarmed crisis responder.”

Other local leaders said the initiative is an opportunity to build on the progress they have already made.

“We are grateful to have had the opportunity to create another Crisis Response Team with the support of the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “This effort builds on a long history of providing health-focused approaches to homeless and mentally ill people in Long Beach.”

—Editor-in-Chief Joshua S. Cai can be contacted at joshua.cai@thecrimson.com.

– Editor-in-Chief Eric Yan can be contacted at eric.yan@thecrimson.com.

Obituary of Ruth Christ Sullivan (1924 – 2021) – Huntington, West Virginia


Ruth Christ Sullivan, Ph.D., 97, passed away in Huntington, W.Va. on September 16, 2021. Ruth Sullivan was a mother, expert and pioneer in the field of autism who is recognized in the whole world. She was an influential lobbyist and speaker who not only raised awareness about autism to the public, but improved conditions for people with autism around the world. She co-founded the Autism Society of America in the 1960s and was its first president-elect. She lobbied for the inclusion of autism in the landmark 1975 IDEA law, which required all American children to receive free public education, and she was the lead author of the autism-specific language of the law. . She founded and ran the Autism Services Center in Huntington from 1979 to 2007, and she successfully lobbied for public funding for the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University. After raising seven children, she earned the nation’s first autism doctorate from Ohio University at age 60. By the time she retired at 83, she had received dozens of awards and had been invited to speak around the world, including at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Argentina, Kuwait. , Ireland, Australia, Namibia and Mexico, among others. She was a loving mother and born leader whose unwavering focus and determination joined with a keen interest in kindness and fairness, especially towards the most vulnerable in society. The eldest of seven children, Ruth Marie Christ was born on April 20, 1924 to a Franco-German Cajun family of rice farmers in Mowata, Louisiana. During World War II, she graduated as a registered nurse from Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1943, then joined the Army Nurse Corps, working at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. After the war, she returned to live with her family in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and became a public health nurse. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Nursing and, in 1952, a Masters of Public Health Administration, both from Columbia University Teachers’ College, where she also met her future husband, William P. “Bill” Sullivan, another graduate student and the US Navy. veteran who later received his doctorate from Columbia. They married in December 1952 and over the next 11 years they had seven children. Bill Sullivan was an English professor at Marshall University until his retirement. In 1962, they began to realize that their fifth child, Joseph, was not a normal little boy. In 1963, a psychiatrist diagnosed him with classic autism who told them the boy “would still be unusual.” Ruth Sullivan began to research, network and organize. In 1965, she co-founded the National Society for Autistic Children, now known as the Autism Society of America. In Huntington, Virginia, where the family moved in 1968, she started an information and referral service to answer questions she received from around the world. She won a $ 500,000 grant from the US government to publish the nation’s premier directory of autism programs. In 1979, she founded Autism Services Center (ASC), an agency in Huntington, W.Va., which eventually grew to provide services to thousands of people with autism and developmental disabilities in West Virginia. . In 1984, she successfully lobbied the West Virginia legislature for funding to start the Autism Training Center at Marshall University. In 2002, she also founded NARPAA, a national association for residential autism service providers. In 1988, Sullivan was contacted by the producers of the movie “Rain Man”. Actor Dustin Hoffman met her with Joseph before and during filming, and for the role of Raymond, he studied excerpts from a documentary about Joseph at the age of 24, “Portrait of a Young Man autistic “. Along with the other parents he consulted, Hoffman thanked “Joe Sullivan and his Mother” upon Oscar acceptance for the film in 1989, and she was listed in the film’s final credit. “Rain Man” has garnered numerous television appearances, with a mother and son interviewed by Oprah, Larry King, Maria Shriver, and CBS Morning News, among others, as well as a four-page article in People magazine. Sullivan has often said that the film does more to raise awareness of autism than all of his years of fieldwork. Ruth was a longtime parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Huntington. Throughout her life, she has been committed to “making every place better because you have been there”. His gift instilled this commitment in others by his own example. She was predeceased by her husband, William P. Sullivan, Ph.D .; his father, Lawrence Christ, his mother, Ada Matt Christ, his brother, Robert Christ, his sister Jeannette “Dena” Nodier; his brothers-in-law Jerry Buckingham, Ferdinand “Fred” Nodier, Joseph Sullivan and John Sullivan; her sisters-in-law Jackie Singer Christ, Madeleine Verdiere Sullivan and Catherine Sullivan. She is survived by her children, Julie Sullivan (David Winn), Christopher Sullivan (Jerri Tribble), Eva Sullivan (Frank Conlon), Larry Sullivan, Joseph Sullivan, Lydia Sullivan and Richard Sullivan; his siblings, Charles “CJ” Christ, Geraldine Landry (Lester), Frances Buckingham, Julie Miller (Remy); and dozens of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services will be announced at a later date. The Klingel-Carpenter mortuary assists the family in the process. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be directed at the Autism Services Center in Huntington or the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University. Family Guestbook at Klingelcarpenter.com To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Ruth Christ Sullivan, Ph.D., please visit our tribute store.

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Non-profit organization welcomes first Afghan refugee family to arrive in Westchester

A picnic-sharing was organized on Sunday afternoon by the organization Hearts and Homes for Refugees to welcome the first family of Afghan refugees arriving in Westchester after the Taliban takeover.

Native New Yorkers and Afghan refugees who fled the country a few years ago were there to help.

The Ahmadi family resides in White Plains. They say Hearts and Homes for Refugees helped them settle in. Reshad Ahmadi says they received support from the community upon their arrival, including learning English and finding employment.

“We wanted to pay back our share,” Ahmadi says.

Founder Kathie O’Callaghan said the nonprofit, which helped refugees in 2016 during the Syria crisis, is ready to help with medical appointments, get their hands on schools and more Again.

“We find housing, we clean the houses, we furnish the houses,” says O’Callaghan. “We help them with food. “

Zulfar Ahmadi says it was stressful, “but with their help, with their support, we made it happen.”

O’Callaghan knows more Afghan refugees will arrive soon.

“It was the Afghans who fought alongside our troops, who were the interpreters, the drivers, the engineers,” says O’Callaghan. “The ones we have promised refuge because of their work with us, because they have targets on their backs. ”

The association hopes to give refugee families all the tools they need to contribute to American society.

“We want them to be self-sufficient, independent and a part of this country,” says O’Callaghan. “Not to lose who they are in the process, but to enrich who we are.”

Grow Grand Island crosses the 5-year mark | Local news from the Big Island


By Tonja Brown
Grand Island Region Growth Partnership

Community vision efforts in 2015 led to the establishment of Grow Grand Island in October 2016, specifically to facilitate the implementation of the resulting work program, and to continue to look to the future.

GGI’s mission statement reads “To cultivate bold ideas that generate business and quality of life opportunities in the region by planning, partnering and doing”.

The original work program of 32 initiatives was loosely defined, making it difficult to refine each initiative in the first or two years. There were committees, a lot of discussion and ideas.

If the hindsight is 20/20, the initial work program turned out to be too broad. It would also appear that the broad committee structure was great in reinforcing the “why”, but it would take a more focused approach to tackle the specific action plan and all the details, including the financial puzzle.

Tonja Brown

So here we are at the 5 year milestone for Grow Grand Island. The organization is stronger, wiser and more focused. There are 10 projects behind us, eight underway and five on the horizon being explored.

A few major projects currently being explored are an expansion of the Island of Mormon, including connecting trails and internship housing to accommodate the co-op internship program currently underway with Wayne State College. GGI’s priorities and direction come from the executive committee.

UWI TradeLab Law Students Produce Original Jurisdiction Case Summary for CCJ


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In the photo during the official handing over of the Origin Jurisdiction Case Book for the CCJ, three of the four students, Business Laboratory Directors – Drs. Jan Yves Remy and Ronnie Yearwood; President of the CCJ, the Hon. Judge Adrian Saunders (center, top row) and three other judges – Judge Barrow, Judge Anderson and Judge Wit.

The regional headquarters of UWI in Jamaica. Friday, September 17, 2021—The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was one of the beneficiaries in 2021 of the third edition of the TradeLab Clinic of the University of the West Indies (UWI). For this initiative, third year law students from the Cave Hill Campus who attended the Clinic produced thirty-four (34) summaries of court decisions rendered in the originating jurisdiction between 2008 and 2020. These summaries were prepared by Ms. Chelsea Lawrence, Ms. Mya Brathwaite, Mr. James Morris and Ms. Régine Mondesir under the supervision of the directors of The UWI Trade Lab, Dr. Jan Yves Remy and Dr. Ronnie Yearwood, and international trade law practitioner Mr. Claude Chase, who acted as a mentor.

This collaboration was conceptualized by Dr Jan Yves Remy and aims to deepen understanding of the role of the Court in the interpretation and application of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and rulings on matters relating to freedom of movement, commerce, services and money in the CARICOM region.

During the official handover ceremony, the Honorable Judge Adrian Saunders, President of the CCJ, deplored the fact that the citizens of the region have not made greater use of the rights they enjoy in under the Treaty. As such, he praised the project, noting that “any initiative that highlights how rights are to be exercised; which highlights the jurisprudence that has developed in this area; and which makes this jurisprudence more easily accessible to the peoples and States of the Community, is of immense service to the region. He further added that “this digest is more than just concise summaries of cases. It includes aids that provide significant added value for researchers beyond providing an easily accessible snapshot of decisions for the general public.

In his remarks before the students’ presentation, Dr Remy expressed the hope that the project “… will achieve, to some extent, a greater implementation of this hope for Caribbean integration”. In a follow-up comment, she said: “I am delighted that the CCJ has found this work useful! We consider that our role is to contribute concretely to the problems of the day and to play our part in finding practical solutions for the region. “

Speaking of the practical utility of the case summary, Dr Yearwood noted that, “… these types of summaries will enable practitioners and even [academicians] to be able to digest and reach cases faster.

The case summary is available via https://ccj.org/the-digest-of-original-jurisdiction-cases/

Bow down… wow: meet search dogs and handlers who go the extra mile to save lives and limbs


Getting dispatched to natural disasters in the blink of an eye, entering collapsed buildings after fires, and locating missing people in all weather and all terrain is a day’s job for some of the search and rescue dogs. the most dedicated and skilled in the UK.

Colley Floss, a Search and Rescue Dog Association Ireland North (SARDA IN) rescue dog, is qualified to find missing persons in various situations and has been selected from thousands of entries across the UK to be in the race to be crowned ‘Superdog’ in the next Naturo Superdog Awards.

The owners submitted their stories of heroism, camaraderie and support, explaining why their precious pooch should be given the title.

Last year Floss earned his National Mountain Search Dog qualification, the highest standard awarded to volunteer search teams.

Previously, she had performed assessments in several disciplines, including plains and collapsed structures, which enabled her to assist in research on a range of terrains and disasters.

In 2019, as part of a team of search and rescue dogs and their handlers, she located a high-risk person who had been missing for more than four days.

Floss is on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to be called upon to help reunite the missing with their loved ones, in the rain, snow or sun.


APPOINTMENT: Raph and his collie Floss

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APPOINTMENT: Raph and his collie Floss

Her manager, Newcastle man Raph O’Connor, said she was very easy to please.

“She does it all – goes out in all weather and all terrain – for a tennis ball as a treat. Floss is without a doubt a great dog, and we all love him very much, ”he explained.

The brave collie is joined on a mission by a number of highly trained dogs – all with unique traits – who regularly aid the emergency services in search operations across Northern Ireland.

Last year, SARDA IN welcomed two more dogs to its pack of brave canines.

Bodhi, the four-year-old golden labrador, is qualified to search plains and collapsed structures, meaning he and Michael McCamley – his handler and a SARDA IN volunteer – could be called in at any time to help the service. Irish fire and rescue team on a missing persons search, as well as other search and rescue teams around the world working in natural disasters.

Michael said Bodhi, who has trained with SARDA IN for the past three and a half years, made him “really proud”.

“Labradors are very strong dogs, and Bodhi in particular is very athletic and is also extremely intelligent, so it was a pleasure to train,” he added.

“The training is admittedly a lot of long hours, but it all pays off on assessment day because it proves that if you devote your time to your dog, you get a lot out of it. “


Michel and Bodhi

Michel and Bodhi

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Michel and Bodhi

Dr Neil Powell, the founder of SARDA IN, said he was “so proud” of all the dogs involved in the charity, including his five-year-old Springer Spaniel, Nelly, who passed his recovery assessment. of victim last year in the Mournes.

Dr Powell began training Nelly when she was only eight weeks old. She is currently the only victim recovery dog ​​on the team.

“My dog ​​Fern has worked as a water-based victim recovery dog ​​for 15 years and has found 14 people during that time, but she is now enjoying her retirement,” Neil told Sunday Life.

“The next step for Nelly would be to train her to be a water-based victim recovery dog, just like Fern.”

Michael said the team had dogs that specialize in most disciplines, including trailing, casualty recovery and mountain rescue.

“Each of our dogs would be specialized in a task. However, the collapsed structure, the mountain
and plain [rescue] are all relatively similar in that they rely on the detection of odors carried by the wind, ”he added.

“Some owners prefer to be in the mountains, while others work in less difficult lowland areas, but all of our dogs are very intelligent.”

Dr. Powell has been training a unique breed of dog called the Black and Tan American Coonhound for two years.

“Magnus is just a fantastic dog, and he’s a very special breed,” he told Sunday Life.

“He can smell streaks for up to 24 hours and we hope he will qualify as a specialized sled dog soon. “

The founder of the association recently obtained a doctorate from Queen’s University in Belfast. His research has focused on dogs’ powerful sense of smell and how they can predict epileptic seizures naturally, without any formal training.


CRUCIAL SKILLS: Neil and Magnus, founders of the charity

CRUCIAL SKILLS: Neil and Magnus, founders of the charity

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CRUCIAL SKILLS: Neil and Magnus, founders of the charity

Using the knowledge gained from this research, it will be possible to train dogs to provide a warning signal to owners of an impending crisis – something that could save their lives.

Dr Powell was the principal investigator and worked closely with Drs Gareth Arnott and Alastair Ruffel.

Experts hypothesized that “given dogs’ extraordinary sense of smell, a volatile organic compound exhaled by the dog’s epileptic owner may provide an early warning trigger mechanism to which dogs respond before the seizure.”

Dr Powell said: “The results showed that companion dogs have the very real promise of being a reliable source for detecting the onset of seizures.”

The study was published in the journal MDPI Animals.

The research was supported and partially funded by Epilepsy Ireland and Disability Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland, as well as contributions from members of the public in Castlewellan and Newcastle.

SARDA IN, a registered charity, is the only search and rescue dog organization registered by the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland which is authorized to provide dogs in a search for missing persons in support of the PSNI .

The association would like to thank the public for their continued support for this vital work.

?? For more information visit www.facebook.com/sarda.irelandnorth

Golfers gather for the NWA Children’s Shelter

The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter Champions started on August 30 at Springdale Country Club for the 22nd Annual Shelter Golf Classic.

Jason Fremstad and Venessa Yates, both of Walmart, were honorary fundraising chairs.

The nonprofit recently announced the selection of Rebekah Mitchell as its next executive director. Mitchell will succeed Rick Brazile, who served as Interim Executive Director since November 2019.

According to a press release, prior to joining NWACS, Mitchell was Director of Development for Early Connections Learning Centers in Colorado. She has over 10 years of non-profit management experience with various child-focused organizations. A graduate of Colorado College, Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and was a board member and president of the Junior League of Colorado Springs (JLCS) and a board member of Newborn Hope.

“I am honored to join Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter and to work alongside such an amazing team of talented and committed people,” said Mitchell. “NWACS is clearly a valued and vital part of the community fabric of Northwest Arkansas. I look forward to championing the interests of the children of our community and building on the legacy of safety, care and hope that defines and distinguishes this premier charity. “

As Executive Director, Mitchell will work closely with the staff and board of the NWACS to expand the programs provided by the shelter, including the Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas, the Shelter Shop Thrift Store and the training program. foster parents.

Since 1993, the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter has provided a safe place to heal for more than 11,500 children statewide. The 24-hour residential shelter provides programs and services for children who have been abandoned, abused and neglected. NWACS is a private, non-profit organization.

Two events are coming up for the group – Kickball 4 the Kids on September 24 at Memorial Park in Bentonville and Walk for Hope on October 2 at Village on the Creeks in Rogers.

Organizers say third annual walk is’ a fun, family-friendly event. [that] supports youth at the shelter and students at Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas. »In-person and virtual walking opportunities are available. David Scogin, Sam’s Club, is the honorary president of the event. For more information, visit nwacs.org / events / walk-for-hope-2 /.

Those gathered for the Golf Classic included Andrea Albright, Emily Reynolds, Mark Henneberger, Lee Dixon, Todd Novotny, Carlos Silva, Kyle Faulconer, Amy Whitaker, Joe Farnan, Kevin Walker, Trevor Gordon, Todd Judy, Jarrod Anderson, Corey Bartlett , Stacie Weisman, Danielle Trude, Casey Vazquez, Jeremy Stewart, Megan Robinson, Rod Park, Terry Simmons, Bryan Hawkins, Gregg Hoeldtke, Benjamin Orr, Aaron Jackson, Brian Cheever, Nick Rousey, Darryl Muldoon and Alex Sanford.

For more event photos – nwadg.com/photos/society.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]

Joe Farnan (left to right), Kevin Walker, Trevor Gordon and Todd Judy help support the NWA Children’s Shelter on August 30. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Jason Fremstad (left to right), Jarrod Anderson and Corey Bartlett play in the Golf Classic.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Jason Fremstad (left to right), Jarrod Anderson and Corey Bartlett play in the Golf Classic. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Volunteers Stacie Weisman (left) Danielle Trude serve drinks to Golf Classic participants.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Volunteers Stacie Weisman (left) Danielle Trude serve drinks to Golf Classic participants. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Rod Park (left) and Terry Simmons have lunch at the Golf Classic.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Rod Park (left) and Terry Simmons have lunch at the Golf Classic. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Kyle Kimpel (left) and Bryan Hawkins compete in the Golf Classic.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Kyle Kimpel (left) and Bryan Hawkins compete in the Golf Classic. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Gregg Hoeldtke (left to right), Benjamin Orr and Aaron Jackson help support the children's shelter.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Gregg Hoeldtke (left to right), Benjamin Orr and Aaron Jackson help support the children’s shelter. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Casey Vasquez (left to right), Megan Robinson and Jeremy Stewart stand for a photo at the Golf Classic.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Casey Vasquez (left to right), Megan Robinson and Jeremy Stewart stand for a photo at the Golf Classic. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Brian Cheever (left to right), Nick Rousey, Darryl Muldoon and Alex Sanford enjoy the Golf Classic.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Brian Cheever (left to right), Nick Rousey, Darryl Muldoon and Alex Sanford enjoy the Golf Classic. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

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Golf classic

Who: Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

What: Annual golf tournament benefits the refuge

When: August 30

Where: Springdale Country Club

Next: Kickball 4 the Kids on September 24 at Memorial Park in Bentonville and Walk for Hope on October 2 at Village on the Creeks in Rogers

Information: (479) 795-2417 or nwacs.org

March for Vietnam hopes to bring help to those in need amid wave of COVID-19 Delta variants


On Friday morning, Fountain Valley town officials and community leaders gathered in the council chamber to present plans to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic abroad.

The city sponsors “Walk for Vietnam” in partnership with the Rotary Club of Fountain Valley charity. and the Oasis Compati project.

The event will aim to raise awareness of the current effects of the coronavirus, as well as raise funds for local charities to help them continue their efforts to fight the pandemic in Vietnam.

“With this new Delta variant, it hits Asian countries the hardest,” said Michael Vo, Mayor of Fountain Valley, chairman of the event.

“With this mission, the Town of Fountain Valley is sponsoring and helping with this event. The Fountain Valley Rotary Club will be the charity that accepts all of these donations – not just from the walk, but from the website, and I hope we can rally Vietnamese Americans across the country to see this great cause. so they can donate online.

“All this money will be donated to local Vietnamese American nonprofit groups with 501C3 so that they can invest with [contact] the Rotary Club, and they can help Vietnam in their own way.

Oasis Compati Project President Roxanne Chow speaks at a press conference Friday for a community event called ‘Walk for Vietnam’, which will raise awareness and fund support to deal with the impact of COVID -19 abroad.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

The March for Vietnam event will take place on October 2 from 9 am to noon at the Mile Square Park Tennis Center (16400 Brookhurst St.).

Speakers at Friday’s press conference detailed the challenges the Vietnamese people face as a result of a Delta variant wave, including the deployment of troops to enforce stay-at-home orders.

Councilor Ted Bui, president of the Fountain Valley Rotary Club, said transparency is a priority for the club when it comes to managing donations.

The proceeds are to be redistributed to local non-profit organizations with a track record of helping during the pandemic in Vietnam.

“This is something that will hopefully bring us all together, and I hope it helps us heal,” said Roxanne Chow of Project Oasis Compati. “In some ways, I feel like this pandemic… has torn us apart, and it’s done so much damage, not just economically, but socially.

“Every family, we have experienced loss in one way or another, and so I hope that in some way we will be able to show people, not just in Vietnam, but around the world , the compassion we have for all of those suffering from the devastation of COVID-19. ”

Councilor Ted Bui, left, who is president of the Fountain Valley Rotary Club, speaks Friday about the "March for Vietnam."

Councilor Ted Bui, left, who is president of the Fountain Valley Rotary Club, talks about the “March for Vietnam” on Friday.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Gary Forman, the treasurer of the Fountain Valley Rotary Club, said checks would be the preferred method of giving, but all contributions received will be “monitored at all times, verified and double-counted.”

Vo said that at this point, only charities based in Orange County will be considered to receive funds from the event.

He added that the charities to which the funds are distributed will be held accountable for showing that the aid has been used to achieve the goal of solving pandemic problems such as food insecurity in Vietnam.

Local charities interested in asking for funds to help the cause can do so by sending an email to walkforvietnam@gmail.com. It is also the line of communication for learning how to donate.

“This is something that is not just our responsibility,” Vo said. “It is our duty, that we can step up to show the world that we care.… When we walk here, even if it is the March for Vietnam, to raise money for Vietnam, for the local community,… it raises awareness of how devastating COVID is.

“That’s the whole idea of ​​how we can be united and rally the community.”

Gary Forman, left, who is treasurer of the Fountain Valley Rotary Club, speaks Friday of the "March for Vietnam" Event.

Gary Forman, left, who is treasurer of the Fountain Valley Rotary Club, speaks on Friday about the “Walk for Vietnam” event.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

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Two judges are being sued by Pueblo de Pojoaque


Two judges from the First Judicial District Court are being sued in federal court by the Pueblo de Pojoaque over personal injury cases they are presiding over involving two casinos.

Judge Bryan Biedscheid and Judge Matthew Wilson both have lawsuits before them involving personal injury claims at the Buffalo Thunder and the Cities of Gold Casino. Both casinos are on Pueblo lands and the federal lawsuits question the jurisdiction of the two state court judges to preside over personal injury cases against the casinos.

The Pueblo de Pojoaque did not respond to requests for comment.

First District Judge Bryan Biedscheid

In the case before Biedscheid, Rudy Pena is suing Buffalo Thunder for injuries he allegedly sustained when a casino employee told him to walk away from a slot machine, which he claims did. fall backwards and be injured. In the state lawsuit, Pena said he suffered from muscular dystrophy – he used a cane and a scooter – and could not quickly step aside for the worker.

Pena filed the complaint in the district court in 2017. The Pueblo did not file the federal complaint against Biedscheid until early 2020.

In the case before Wilson, Henry Martinez is also suing Cities of Gold Casino for a personal injury claim when he slipped and fell on a sheet of plastic that was lying on the ground. Martinez’s lawsuit said there was no warning sign indicating a risk of slipping or marking the area of ​​the ground as unsafe.

Martinez filed his lawsuit against Casino Pueblo in late 2020, and the Pueblo filed their federal lawsuit against Wilson in April 2021.

In both lawsuits, Martinez and Pena claim their injuries are due to negligent acts by casino employees. It is this assertion that becomes a vital sticking point for prosecutions.

Biedscheid and Wilson both dismissed the Pueblo’s requests to dismiss the cases for lack of jurisdiction, stating in their orders that under India’s Gaming Regulation Act, the Pueblo waives its right to sovereign immunity when injuries occur as a result of an employee’s actions.

Justice Matthew Wilson

It is on this ruling that the current federal lawsuits against Biedscheid and Wilson are based, which determines the larger question of which courts can hear which cases involving Pueblos.

Biedscheid and Wilson are both represented by the New Mexico attorney general’s office. Matt Baca, the bureau’s chief counsel, said the judges are not being prosecuted for their conduct, but because they have the cases on their record.

“They are trying to get the federal courts to declare these cases to be heard in a tribal court,” Baca said. “Tribal issues seem to be more about the legal question of whether or not their courts have exclusive jurisdiction to hear these cases and, again, not so much about the judges themselves. “

The issue of tribal jurisdiction over state or federal is a very complex one and it arises in New Mexico with some frequency, he said.

Generally speaking, Baca said there is the idea of ​​judicial immunity for decisions the judge makes while overseeing his court. However, these prosecutions relate more to the jurisdiction of the case than to legal actions.

Mullens Community Development Corporation plans the future of the hotel | New

Still towering 70 feet above the small town of Mullens, the Wyoming hotel has been slowly consumed by decay since it closed nearly five decades ago.

The paint is peeling off the walls. The floors are littered with debris. And, sitting at the confluence of the Guyandotte River and Slab Fork, the structure has been inundated several times over its more than 100-year existence.

This decadence, however, is ended thanks to the Mullens Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit made up of current and former residents who wish to restore the once chic structure to its former grandeur.

Work will begin later this month to consolidate the rear of the building, explained Carolyn Wilcox, president of the Mullens Community Development Corporation.

Work will be done on the roof and the fire escape will be removed, she said.

The next step will be to make improvements to the facade of the building and then to clean the interior.

Most of the 68 rooms still have ragged curtains on the windows as well as furniture that was there when the hotel closed in the mid-1970s.

According to Wilcox, some of the historic hotel’s unique features can be retained, including the marble, much of the tiling, as well as much of the furniture.

Committee members hope to use the skills of the House of Wonder in Maben to finish the furniture, she said.

“It will be good for them and for us,” she said.

The restoration of the building will be completed one level at a time, Wilcox said, as funding becomes available.

The first floor houses a lobby, dining room and ballroom for up to 250 people, five commercial bays and is surrounded by a mezzanine on the second floor with social rooms.

On the top three floors are the guest rooms with a shared bathroom on each floor.

The mezzanine will likely need to be restored with the renovations to the first floor, she said.

New plumbing and electrical work will also have to be done.

Bathrooms will need to be built in every room to meet today’s standards, Wilcox noted.

There has already been interest in using the top two floors for condominiums, she said.

Additionally, some of the first floor space will likely be used for telehealth services at CAMC and Princeton Community Hospitals, Wilcox said, noting that the community has strong ties to top administrators at both facilities.

It is difficult for some elderly residents to travel to Charleston, Princeton or Morgantown for services, she said.

“Many older people no longer drive or can no longer drive. They don’t have kids or their kids are too busy to drive them, and it’s hard for them to get to Charleston or Morgantown, ”she said.

With telehealth desks in the hotel, at least some of those initial visits can be made locally, Wilcox noted.

She stressed that they will not compete with doctors in the region, but will try to provide specialist services that are not available locally.

Additionally, the plans include rooms for ATV riders and other visitors, she said.

Committee members also hope to develop the roof, Wilcox said. She said those at the top of the building believe the breathtaking view may be one of the facility’s greatest assets.

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Working with both the University of West Virginia and Virginia Tech, the committee was “on a roll” with the project until Covid-19 struck and schools were closed, Wilcox said.

Virginia Tech students provide architectural and engineering services, while WVU students contributed to the project’s first brownfield grant.

The architects told Wilcox and other committee members that despite the building’s age, it is in very good condition structurally.

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Wyoming’s first hotel, built in 1918, was destroyed by the 1919 fire.

In 1920, the hotel was rebuilt by John C. Sullivan, who owned several coal mines in the area, as well as other investors, according to renowned historian Jack Feller (1922-2013).

Designed by world-renowned architect Alex Mahood, the five-story structure was built in the shape of an ‘H’ and, as part of the historic Mullens district, the hotel was listed on the National Register of Places. historical records on November 16, 1993.

Guests included prominent figures such as US Senator John F. Kennedy, UMWA President John L. Lewis, Major League Baseball great Babe Ruth, world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, among many. many others.

When Sullivan went bankrupt in 1925, the hotel was bought by Shenandoah Life Insurance of Roanoke, Va., Then sold to Beckley Newspapers owner MH Hodel in the 1940s, and later to Sam and Nelva Webster of Mullens, according to historians.

The Websters’ son, Samuel E. Webster, plans to donate the building to the city after the environmental studies are complete, according to Mayor Jenny Ann Martin, who is also the nonprofit company’s vice president.

Marcia Catron is the treasurer and the board members include Webster, Audra Blackwell and Mark Blackwell.

In addition to a few private donations, the project received two grants. Requests for additional grants have also been submitted, Wilcox said.

Earlier this year, the project was selected by the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia for one of its Saving Historical Places grants.

The $ 6,000 grant is being used by the Peacework Development Fund to save the building from imminent danger of collapse by removing the fire escape, according to a prepared press release.

The Peacework Development Fund is an international non-profit organization that works to reduce poverty and economic disparities. The group supports community organizations, helps develop strategic actions and improves opportunities through networking and building alliances.

The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation.

In 2019, the Mullens Community Development Corporation received a $ 5,000 grant from the FOCUS (Foundation for Overcoming Challenges and Utilizing Strengths) West Virginia Brownsfield program.

It was the seed to start the project, Martin said at the time.

Homage Hall opens in Norfolk, honoring local legends


NORFOLK, Virginia – Local artists pay homage to many legends who grew up in 757 and across Virginia.

“It’s bigger than you see. We have these people who have led the way. It can be difficult, but whether you do something small or big, you have to take the first step and then go. from there you learn and grow slowly and you can pave the way for generations to come, ”said Cheria Brickhouse, one of the founders of Homage Hall.

Leading the way is exactly what young founders and creatives hope they can do with the opening of Homage Hall.

It’s a new space inside the Military Circle Mall showcasing the talent of local legends like Pharrell, Sweet Pea Whitaker and Tony Brothers.

“This space is a space where people from all over Virginia and tourists come to discover who we are – the persistence of a people in art, academia, sport, politics, public service, education. “said the Mayor of Norfolk. Kenny Alexandre.

As people explored space, the recent passing of Roger Brown came to the fore.

“We are so disappointed and sad that we were unable to honor Roger Brown, but we made sure he was here today,” said Kimberly Wimbish.

By moving, the founders also wanted the gallery to be educational. All over the space there are QR codes you can scan to learn more about each wall, exhibit, and person.

The inspiration behind the movement is that the younger generation can also know their potential.

“I really want young people to know that you all have a chance to be legendary, like everyone else we have in this space,” said Stefon Penn. “Just hold your head up, keep moving forward, keep your dreams big.”

Hommage will be an environment where people learn, network and get a taste of what black culture has to offer across all sectors – sports, music, theater, cuisine, art and more. It will also serve as a melting pot of talent.

Retired NFL player Don Carey left on Saturday. Touched by the message behind Homage Hall, Tony Brothers, who served as an NBA referee for decades, offered to pay Homage Hall’s first year rent.

Jermesha Williams, Raven Revell, Darryl Penn, Lamontè Mackey, Travis Brickhouse, Cheria Brickhouse, Chenese Brickhouse, Stefon Penn and Ashley Lowe are the founders.

Homage Hall is located inside the Military Circle Mall at 880 North Military Highway.

See Arabic and Islamic calligraphy at Farmington Hills Town Hall


The works of artist Dr Nihad Dukhan, an American-Palestinian master of Arabic and Islamic calligraphy, will be on display until October 31 in the Revolving Exhibition Gallery at Farmington Hills Town Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Road.

“The virtue of silence” by Nihad Dukhan (contribution)

“You don’t have to know Arabic to appreciate Arabic and Islamic calligraphy. Its beauty draws from the intrinsic elegance of the letters and the connecting traits between them, ”the Farmington Hills resident said in a press release.

Calligraphy, a writing tradition, dates back centuries in Arab culture, often practiced by religious scholars. Classical artwork follows strict rules, using wood-based ink and oil soot on traditional Ahar paper.

Dukhan became interested in this art form in sixth grade in his hometown of Gaza. After 17 years of study, he received his Ijazah (Masters in Calligraphy) from the famous Istanbul Grand Master Calligrapher Hasan Celebi in Thuluth and Naskh styles in 2009 and another diploma in Taliq style in 2013.

Nihad Dukhan - Solidarity
“Solidarity” by Nihad Dukhan (contribution)

In addition, Dukhan researches, experiments and refines a modern personal style executed with acrylics on white canvas using a brush. His minimalist style usually focuses on single words like “Basil,” “Solidarity” or “Crow” and strives to produce iconic and organic images of those words.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy, Dukhan’s works are part of the permanent collections of the Arab-American National Museum, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, the Istanbul Technical University and other notable collections throughout the world. As the master of this secular artistic tradition, he hopes to cross cultural barriers and transmit a message of unity and shared values.

The works in the public art program are loaned for two years and most are for sale. For more information, call the Cultural Arts Division, 248-699-6709.

The town hall is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors should wear masks and respect social distancing.

‘What is mine is mine, and what is yours will be mine’ – opinion


Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently announced his intention to approve plans to build 2,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria, as well as approve plans for 800 housing units in Arab villages in Zone C.
In a parallel development, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett prefaced his recent visit to the White House with an interview with the New York Times in which he stated that “Israel will continue the standard policy of [allowing construction to accommodate] Natural [population] growth ”in Jewish communities.

As these statements swept through the Israeli and international media, staff from the Civil Administration, the authority responsible for implementing government policy in Area C, announced a labor dispute and suspended all committee hearings. , proving that as far as the wonders of our bureaucracy are concerned, there is no doubt that Israeli “sovereignty” runs deep in Area C.

Beyond that, however, it’s worth taking a moment to bring the larger image into focus – and to clearly understand what’s wrong with that image, so to speak. The facts indicate that Gantz and Bennett’s recent statements are nothing more than a smokescreen.

Since the ratification of the Oslo accords, the Palestinian Authority has controlled areas A and B; this includes the power to grant building permits as it sees fit. At the time of this writing, 70% of the territory under the jurisdiction of the PA remains completely empty. The Palestinian Authority has the right, the obligation and the means to plan and build, to use this territory as it sees fit, without any Israeli involvement, and without any expectation of proportional approval of Jewish construction in the areas A and B administered by the Palestinian Authority – which are judenrein.

The fact that the PA chooses not to build in areas under its own jurisdiction, and instead invest all of its resources in illegal construction in Area C, is a choice – with very clear motives. This very simple fact makes the current government’s surrender to the Biden administration’s demand for “construction parity” a dangerous precedent.

Just as Americans do not expect the PA to associate every building permit issued in areas under PA jurisdiction with proportional approval for Jewish construction, so there can be no justification. demand that every construction project approved by the State of Israel for Jewish residents of areas under Israeli jurisdiction be associated with projects for Arabs.

To make matters worse, the asymmetry extends beyond the question of demography, into the realm of geography. The area occupied by residential structures in the Jewish sector, with around half a million inhabitants (again, limited to Area C) represents only 3.5% of the total area under Israeli jurisdiction, while the area occupied by Arab colonization in Area C, which has around 200,000 people according to recent estimates, currently occupies more than double that area.

Rather than counting the number of housing units approved for Jewish residents versus Arab residents in Zone C, the question we should be asking about new construction projects is how many additional square meters this will add? it to the area occupied by Jewish settlements compared to the area that will be ceded to Arab colonization in area C?

If these new projects do not add any area for Jewish settlement, we are fooled. And so it is: all projects that have been approved for the Jewish sector are within the municipal boundaries of existing communities – in other words, land that has already been included in the calculation of Jewish settlement, land that have already been planned for the expansion of existing communities, and not an inch of real growth in the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria. The majority of projects involve urban-style construction – multi-storey units that conserve land resources.

On the other hand, projects for the Arab sector, almost without exception, involve land that will be removed from Israeli jurisdiction and placed under the control of the Palestinian Authority, adding new territories to the already disproportionate tally of Arab colonization. .

Another point to consider: plans for the Arab sector are based on the “legalization” of existing illegal structures, coupled with plans to double or even triple the current “footprint”. Compare this with the “standard policy of allowing natural growth” in the tiny areas designated by law for Jewish settlement.

It’s time to call a spade a spade: the plans under discussion are a wholesale laundering of illegal Arab outposts. If the dangerous equation between construction plans in the Jewish and Arab sectors is to be established, it should at the very least be a real and precise equation: if the Israeli government intends to launch a new policy of massive legalization of Arab outposts, it should treat illegal Israeli outposts with the same generosity.

The writer is the director of political and parliamentary affairs for Regavim, an Israeli non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Israel’s land resources.

San Diego Small Animal Rescue Adopts Itty Bitty Pets – NBC 7 San Diego

Adding a new pet to the home is always a joyful experience, and anyone looking to adopt a small pet won’t need to look any further than here in San Diego.

Wee Companions is a college town-based rescue dedicated to pint-sized creatures in need of their furry homes. From guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas and rats, this local nonprofit is ready to place small pets in loving and responsible homes.

“We save them or we welcome them, the unwanted ones,” said Wee Companions president Fenella Speece. “We rehabilitate them and decide if they can go for adoption. We find them homes or otherwise we give them sanctuary for the rest of their lives.

What started as a passionate project for Speece in 1998 has evolved into a voluntary organization that acts as a refuge for small animals. Speece said the rescue started as a local effort soon after moving to San Diego when her husband was stationed in America’s most beautiful city. She networked with other like-minded people who were equally dedicated to saving small animals and finding perfect homes for them and in 2003 they were officially recognized as a 501 (c ) (3).

Back when Wee Companions started, there really was no other organization like this. There were dedicated rescues for dogs, cats, rabbits, and reptiles, and local animal shelters housed small animals, but there was no organization dedicated solely to small pets.

“I was like ‘someone has to step in and take care of these little ones,” Speece told NBC 7.

Since its inception, the organization has grown considerably to offer services other than adoption.

In addition to placing small pets in committed homes, Wee Companions operates a store in University City that sells pet food, toys, and small pet supplies. There, the organization also offers grooming services in which small animals can get a basic checkup, nail clipping and other treatments.

Parents of pets going on vacation can leave their young at Wee Companions for their small animal boarding service.

Speece added that the organization is working diligently to educate the public about the good needs of small pets and help families understand that small pets can be a wonderful and valuable addition to responsible households.

Dogs can react badly to their diet or to a bad attitude towards an owner – so sometimes pet owners turn to “animal communicators” like Lydia Hiby to figure out what’s going on.

“I think there is a complete disconnect between owning an animal and being responsible for this life, for this little animal,” she said. “When you pick up a relatively inexpensive animal from a pet store, that doesn’t mean that creature isn’t of great value in the lessons it can teach you. It is 100% dependent on your care and kindness, and not everyone understands that. “

She also wants to remind owners of small pets that when they adopt a pet, regardless of size, they are committing themselves to a lifetime. With more people returning to their workspaces and children returning to classrooms, dozens of pets adopted under stay-at-home orders issued at the height of the pandemic have returned to homes. animal shelters.

Such a move tests countless resources of rescues and their ability to accommodate new animals.

“Small animal rescues are in crisis due to the collateral damage from COVID,” Spece said. “We’re packed and beyond. We are receiving more and more requests to welcome unwanted animals.

Those wishing to adopt and commit to a small animal from Wee Companions can contact the organization via email, Facebook or Instagram. From there, future pet parents will be put in touch with a representative.

Judge Says Campbell Man’s Shooting Trial Called Off | News, Sports, Jobs


Tre-Mon Dukes, 23, and defense lawyer Mary Ellen Ditchey stand as Judge Andrew D. Logan enters the courtroom at the end of the trial on Friday afternoon.

WARREN – A Trumbull County jury was sent home Friday afternoon after some 17 hours of deliberation, unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the trial of a Campbell man facing felony charges related to the October 5, 2020 shooting of a man from Warren.

Despite the case being called off, Tre’Mon Dukes, 23, of Tenney Avenue, still faces two counts of criminal assault and one charge of aggravated theft. Trumbull County Assistant District Attorney Charles Morrow said he would consult with his boss, District Attorney Dennis Watkins, about the next step in the case and whether he would pursue a second trial. Morrow and defense attorney Mary Ellen Ditchey made no further comment.

Common Plea Judge Andrew D. Logan, after reading a charge earlier Friday asking the jury to continue deliberating, returned around 1:30 p.m. to ask if the panel had made progress towards a verdict.

Jury president Autumn Brown told the judge there was a difference of opinion between the jurors and the two sides stood firm.

“We did our best,” Brown said.

Dukes, who remains in custody, is one of two men accused of shooting Jody Hall, 18, outside a house on Charles Avenue NE.

Jurors reviewed the testimony of the victim, Warren’s police officers and two neighbors who heard the gunshots and came to Hall’s aid in the front yard where another man was changing a tire on the car.

Hall testified that Dukes and his co-defendant Mehki Walker got off the bike path, one of the men hitting him with the butt of the gun and both of them shot him and stole money.

Walker is due on October 4 on the same charges as Dukes. Walker, whose case is before Judge Peter J. Kontos, also faces felony charges for a November 2020 incident in which he is accused of shooting law enforcement officers during a chase through the west side of Warren. Meanwhile, Hall was charged earlier this month with aggravated theft and aggravated assault, both with firearm specifications, and one count of receiving stolen property, according to a report from the grand jury. Hall is charged in a shootout in the afternoon of February 11 in the 200 block of Belmont Street NW in Warren, in which a 30-year-old man from West Market Street was shot and wounded in the neck, in the shoulder and arm.


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Metals Acquisition Corp. announces the separate trading of its Class A common shares and redeemable warrants as of September 20, 2021


FORT WORTH, Texas – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Metals Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: MTAL.U) (the “Company”) announced that as of September 20, 2021, holders of units sold as part of the Company’s initial public offering of 26,514,780 units may choose to trade separately the shares of class A common shares and redeemable warrants included in the units. The unseparated Units will continue to trade on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) under the symbol “MTAL.U”, and the Class A common shares and redeemable warrants which are segregated will trade on the. NYSE under the symbols “MTAL” and “MTAL WS”, respectively. No fractional warrants will be issued upon separation of the units and only whole warrants will be traded. Unitholders should instruct their brokers to contact Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, the transfer agent of the Company, in order to separate the units into Class A common shares and redeemable warrants.

The units were initially offered by the Company under a bought deal placement. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. acted as sole accounting manager. A registration statement relating to the units and the underlying securities entered into force on July 28, 2021.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of the Company, and there will be no sale of such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be illegal prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

The offer has been made by way of prospectus only, copies of which may be obtained free of charge on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) at www.sec.gov or by contacting Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c / o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, phone: 1-800-831-9146.

About the company

The Company was incorporated for the purpose of effecting a merger, a capital stock exchange, an acquisition of assets, a purchase of shares, a reorganization or a similar business combination with one or more companies. Although the Company’s efforts to identify a business combination opportunity are not limited to any particular industry, it intends to focus on companies in the metals and mining sector, including companies in upstream and downstream, but excluding coal.

Forward-looking statements

This press release may include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including with regard to the planned separate negotiation. Class A common shares and redeemable warrants of the Company and the pursuit of a first business combination. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend” and similar expressions, in relation to us or our management team, identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of management, as well as on the assumptions made by the management of the Company and on the information currently available to the latter. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by forward-looking statements due to certain factors detailed in documents filed by the Company with the SEC. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf are qualified in their entirety by this paragraph. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including those set out in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s registration statement and prospectus relating to the initial public offering of the Company. Company filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this posting, except as required by law.

Lab-grown diamond auction raises $ 38,000 for charity


Organized by Virtual Diamond Boutique and the International Gemological Institute, the first-ever international charity auction of lab-grown diamonds raised US $ 38,700 for Jewelers for Children.
Photo courtesy of JFC

The very first international charity auction of lab-grown diamonds was considered a success, bringing in US $ 38,700 to Jewelers for Children (JFC).

Co-hosted by the Virtual Diamond Boutique (VDB) and the International Gemological Institute (IGI), the sale featured loose lab-grown diamonds and finished jewelry, with all proceeds going to JFC’s charitable partners including Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, National CASA Association, Make-A-Wish America, Make-A-Wish International, Santa-America Fund, and Organization for Autism Research.

The auctioned items, which were provided by Lab Grown Diamond Groups, Classic Grown Diamonds, Made by Man Diamonds, Green Rocks Diamonds, Smiling Rocks, Unique Lab Grown Diamond, and more, came with a certificate IGI authenticity.

“IGI is proud to support Jewelers for Children and to have played an important role in supporting this project,” said IGI North America President Avi Levy. “IGI has pioneered the certification of lab-grown diamonds, and the opportunity to contribute our expertise and resources to this all-important fundraising initiative has been a true honor. “

“We are grateful to the lab-grown diamond community for their generosity to benefit children,” adds JFC Executive Director David Rocha. “We are also grateful to VDB for designing and inspiring this collaboration, recruiting donors and developing our digital auction app. “

5 Georgia football players form donation fund | Georgia Sports

When the NIL decision was announced this summer, five Georgian soccer players began working to leverage their status to benefit causes close to their hearts. These players knew they could make a bigger difference by working on the same team rather than alone.

Payne Walker, Stetson Bennett, John FitzPatrick, Owen Condon and John Staton formed the DGD Fund – meaning “Damn Good Dawg”. The fund gives people the opportunity to donate money which will be distributed among five different charities chosen by the players. The new NIL rules allow players to be associated with the fund.

“We kind of saw this as an opportunity to use our name, image and likeness to give back to the community,” Walker said. “We kind of got together one day and we were like, ‘We can really make a difference in the community and help these organizations. “

Each player chose a different organization based on their personal experiences, and each cause meant something more to each individual player. Players were involved in organizations before the new NCAA legislation and knew they wanted to use the new rule to work with charities they were already familiar with.

Condon chose the ALS Association because his grandfather died of complications from ALS. FitzPatrick chose the American Brain Tumor Association in honor of a family member who died of glioblastoma. Staton chose Hilinkski’s Hope, an organization focused on the mental health of student-athletes after losing a friend to suicide. Bennett picked the Boys and Girls Club of America while Payne picked Happy Feat, two organizations that players were part of before forming the fund.

The fund collects money for donations through its website, which goes through the Athens Region Community Foundation to make the donation. The fund was launched on September 6 and in the first 24 hours it raised over $ 10,000.

“We knew if we did it the right way and had the right people to help us, what we got, that it would be huge,” Walker said. “I don’t know if over $ 10,000, honestly, in 24 hours was going to come.”

How it works

The players started planning the fund in the summer before the start of fall camp and school. Walker said they would meet in the Butts-Mehre building in the afternoon after practice to plan for its eventual launch.

The fund is still waiting to obtain non-profit status and, in the meantime, is working with the Athens Region Community Foundation. The foundation serves as an advisory fund for donors until they achieve 501c3 status, which Payne says could take up to a year.

Kipper Koslowsky, director of donor services for the Athens Region Community Foundation, said the players arrived at their first meeting prepared and knew what they wanted.

“What they’re working on is starting a non-profit organization, but they didn’t want to wait to start fundraising,” Koslowsky said. “So we were able to help them get started while they worked to create this non-profit organization.”

Continuation of the fund

With the players in school and playing football, their schedules are very busy. However, as the players started working on the fund in the summer, they can study, play sports and continue working on the fund as the initial launch phase is over.

Georgia football is currently two games away in the season, with 10 games remaining in the regular season, which ends Nov. 27 against Georgia Tech. Despite the long season and busy schedules, Walker said the players have learned time management skills to continue working on the fund throughout the season.

“We’re all very passionate about this, and we’re going to set aside time to keep working on it every day, every week,” Walker said.

The five players involved in the fund are upper class students, with Walker, FitzPatrick and Condon in their junior season. Bennett is a senior while Staton is a graduate student.

Because the players’ time in Athens is temporary, they discussed plans to keep the fund in Georgia’s football program. Walker said the players would like to continue to be part of the fund after leaving Athens.

“We obviously want him to be alive when we’re gone… kind of leave him as a legacy to the UGA football team as something they can defend,” Walker said.

World War II veteran expulsion case in higher court


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – A deportation hearing against a Grand Island veteran has been dismissed, but can be argued in higher court.

Earlier this month, Hall County Judge Art Wetzel dismissed Regency Retirement’s lawsuit against Jack Wilson at the request of the nursing home. But on September 13, Regency filed a new lawsuit against Wilson in Hall County District Court. In his district court lawsuit, Regency demands that Wilson’s lease be terminated and that he pay three months’ rent and court costs.

The initial lawsuit was filed in December of last year. The reason for the eviction is unclear. Neither Regency nor Wilson shared information about the nature of the dispute. The eviction and associated legal proceedings have been repeatedly delayed in part due to federal orders banning evictions during the pandemic.

Wilson’s case drew lots of attention in the Grand Island community.

Hall County Veterans Duty Officer Don Shuda is just one of many veterans who are supporting Wilson in this battle.

“Jack deserves better than this,” said Shuda. “He served this country and now all he wants to do is live in peace.”

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