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December 2021

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Battle Creek receives approximately $ 60 million from the National Defense Act


Signing of the National Defense Act sends tens of thousands of people to Michigan.

Maintaining our armed forces is one of the most important aspects of national security. Especially since countries like China and Russia continue to try to expand their reach. This military investment does not stop with the fortification of military infrastructure, it also includes a salary increase for members of the military service and civilian employees of the Ministry of Defense.

The law also includes a 3-year pilot program that allows Beneficiaries of TRICARE receive their medications from a network retail pharmacy rather than having to obtain them from drugstores on military bases or depending on the postal service, while creating a basic needs allowance to help military families low-income to feed themselves.

Here’s where most of Michigan’s $ 144 million goes:

  • $ 28 million in improvements to Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County
  • $ 23 million to support the infrastructure of the Alpena Combat Readiness Center in Alpena County
  • $ 16 million in facility improvements at Camp Grayling Maneuver Readiness Center in Crawford County
  • $ 10 million in facility upgrades at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base in Calhoun County
  • Shadow of the camp will also receive $ 5.7 million under the Energy Conservation and Resilience Investment Program
  • The bill also provides $ 12 million to build an Army Reserve Center at Southfield
  • $ 49.09 million for a new naval operations support center at Battle stream

The annual budget, which stands at $ 768.2 billion, authorizes an additional $ 9.9 billion for defense needs outside the bill’s traditional jurisdiction, bringing the overall price to $ 777 billion.

In addition, the bill includes $ 476 million to address PFAS contamination, including environmental remediation and restoration, establishment of a PFAS task force, establishment of ” a mandatory report to be submitted to Congress describing efforts to address PFAS exposure at 50 sites across the country. A portion of these funds will be used to remedy PFAS chemicals that were found at the Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field.

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Sudan: curfew in the capital of North Darfur after the looting of the WFP


El Fasher – A curfew went into effect in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur yesterday at 6 p.m. and continued until 5 a.m. today, in accordance with a decision by the North Darfur Security Committee after the widespread looting of a UN Food Program (WFP) warehouse, which followed the looting of the former logistics base of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) north of El Fasher last weekend.

The director of the North Darfur police force and rapporteur for the State Security Committee, Major General Abdelkarim Hamdo, called on the population to respect the daily curfew from 6 p.m. in order to preserve their lives. He said the state security committee was at the same time preparing a plan to secure strategic and vital state facilities.

Mohamed Abdelkarim, leader of the National Ummah Party in North Darfur, warned of the danger of a series of attacks and looting against the headquarters of UNAMID and the World Food Program in El Fasher, markets, shops and banks.

He told El Fasher’s Radio Dabanga yesterday that what is happening in El Fasher now, in terms of the security chaos and looting of the UNAMID headquarters and the World Food Program, clearly represents the weakness of the ruling authority. at all levels, and that the material is planned and programmed. He explained that the general feeling of the citizen of El Fasher is that this series can be passed on to markets and banks at any time.

Public looting at the WFP warehouse in El Fasher yesterday (Photo: RD)

Abdelkarim held authorities fully accountable for what was going on, noting that vehicles and ticket offices were looted in broad daylight using large cranes and in full view of the authorities.

He said the current chaos in El Fasher is due to the large number of armed militias and the multiplicity of unruly forces. He told Radio Dabanga that security chaos and looting were perpetrated by these forces.

He called on the authorities to control these forces and bring any outlaw to their rescue, and warned of anarchy and utter chaos if urgent measures were not taken to end this anarchy.

Informed sources in El Fasher claim that the real looting of the UNAMID headquarters took place in an organized and orderly manner three months ago by the official authorities.

Activist Fatima Fadul told Radio Dabanga that the official looting of the mission’s headquarters in El Fasher began after the state governor, Nimir Abdelrahman, replaced forces that were present with others.

She explained that an armed movement was accused of looting the mission headquarters, while an armed force led by a man calling himself Eisa El Maseeh (Jesus the Messiah), was accused of looting the Program’s stores. world food, according to the testimony of the governor of the state.

Fadul said she expects armed groups to attack El Fasher markets and banks in the coming days.

Offices looted at the UNAMID base (Photo: UN)

In addition, sources have warned of a health and environmental disaster in the region due to the waste left by the mission at headquarters. Activist Fatima Fadul told Radio Dabanga that people stormed the warehouses that contained the remains of UNAMID batteries and equipment that posed a threat to human health, as well as indications of the danger of the warehouses that had been hit by weapons.

In this context, lawyers and human rights defenders called on international bodies, in coordination with UNITAMS and the Government of the Sudan, to intervene urgently to protect the headquarters of international organizations and institutions in Darfur from an urgent manner that does not accept delays so that the situation does not get out of control after the complete looting of the UNAMID mission and the World Food Program warehouses in El Fasher by the regular forces, rebel fighters and citizens.

Lawyer and human rights defender Jibril Hasabo said urgent action to protect these decisions is now needed so that organizations providing aid and protection to the people of Darfur can be reassured. Hasabo said the complete looting of WFP stores in El Fasher will affect internally displaced people in camps receiving services and assistance from the program, and will also affect the safety and security of people, and in particular the internally displaced. in El Fasher and all of Darfur.

He described what happened as a dangerous indicator of what will follow and cause panic and anxiety among international organizations working to alleviate the crisis and humanitarian aid in Darfur.

The General Coordination of the Displaced and Refugee Camps strongly condemned the looting of the headquarters of the UNAMID mission in the past, and of the headquarters of the World Food Program (WFP) in El Fasher.

In a statement yesterday, the Coordination holds the Sudanese government, its militias with various names, and the armed movements that signed the Juba Peace Agreement, responsible for the persistent insecurity in the towns and localities of Darfur, in particular. previously UNAMID mission headquarters, and World Food Program headquarters in El Fasher.

In the statement, the official spokesperson for the Coordination, Adam Rujal, called on the UN Security Council and the Troika countries to take serious and decisive decisions to protect the displaced and defenseless people in Darfur, and to immediately send an international force under Chapter VII. of the Charter of the United Nations, to make peace, for the good of humanity only to save the lives of the last victims of the genocide in Darfur.


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Obtaining results awards: a year in review


ORLANDO, Florida – Each week, as part of the News 6 Getting Results Award segment, we spotlight people in Central Florida who are going above and beyond and making a difference for their neighbors.

The people and how they chose to help were as diverse as the communities they served.

As this year draws to a close, we thought it was a great time to reflect on their stories and the moments that impacted so many people.

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We started the year in Brevard County, where Brevard Mask Makers volunteer Marsha Plog made masks for students and the elderly.

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Mary Ann Laverty spent her days driving across the county, delivering supplies and finished masks to those in need.

“We have so many talented sewers and seamstresses in our community who were willing to help, but they had certain limitations,” Laverty said. “We have made over 35,000 masks that we have donated to the community and we continue to be strong. “

It might be hard to remember now, but at the time, the COVID-19 vaccine was just starting to become available and people were struggling to get appointments through online portals.

Linda and Richard Griffing, who are retirees, tried several times, but each day the date schedule was full before they could register.

“You were going to the site and you couldn’t get anything,” recalls Richard Griffing. “Suddenly all the appointments are gone. Boom, end of story, ”added Linda.

But Mary Steele used her spare time and computer skills to help those who couldn’t register.

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“I just hope if it was my mom someone would help her,” Steele said when asked why she spends most of her free time helping others.

We visited the Greenwood Place Assisted Living Center. Mary Ann Ball has written to us to congratulate the staff there for keeping her parents safe and in a good mood during COVID security protocols.

“One day it was raining and the staff was there with umbrellas saying that was what we were doing,” Ball said. “Our loved ones need to see family.

We met a school resources manager who is changing perceptions.

Assistant Brian Jensen has been the School Resources Manager at Mollie Ray Elementary School for the past three years and wins over students and their parents, one semester at a time.

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“Kids who when I started here didn’t even speak to me in large part because of my uniform,” Jensen recalls. “Now they come to see me every day. “

From the moment he arrived on campus, Jensen made it his mission to get involved. Netisha Thornelant’s parents learned about it. Thornelant nominated him for the News 6 Getting Results Award.

“Well I sent the email because I know Channel 6 comes at a price for results and with everything going on between police interactions, especially with minorities, I think Deputy Jensen is someone who provides that good example of police interaction with our youth. “

We met Jerry Vaughan, a veterans advocate who goes to great lengths to honor the last wills of the men and women who have served our country.

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Vaughan collects vintage uniforms as part of his Dover Detail project. Uniforms are used for veterans who wish to be buried in the uniforms they wore while on duty.

“One of the last things he did was ask me to find a uniform for him so that when he got out he could go out however he wanted,” Vaughan said as we watched him put on a uniform. the WWII Navy to decorate it. veteran Philip Bradstreet, who died at the age of 94.

We were there the day longtime children’s champion Linda Sutherland retired. Sutherland was Executive Director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County for 20 years.

She was nominated by her colleague Jarred McCovery.

“We made the decision to name Linda, it was a no-brainer,” said McCovery. “She’s just accomplished so much during her tenure here, everything she’s done for families, it made perfect sense to nominate her for this award.”

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We showed you horseback therapy at Freedom Ride Stables in Orlando. Every day for almost 20 years, riders of all ages have climbed these magnificent giant creatures and become one with nature. Staff and customers are eagerly awaiting the new facilities a few miles away.

We have witnessed the friendship in the alleys of the Villages. The Special Friends Bowling Club meets weekly to provide activities and socialization for village residents with special needs.

Ray Kleczowski has been organizing the meetings for over 20 years.

“There are no faults here.” Kleczowski said, as dozens of people played, laughed and cheered around him. “This is how life should be. “

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We saw Paddle With A Purpose volunteers cleaning up our waterways. The organizer, JR Tanhgal, is a leader with several non-profit organizations in the region.

“I don’t think people realize the magnitude of what he does,” said volunteer Briona Jones. “The amount of money he raised for different organizations. “

We have featured several people who dedicate their time to help feed their neighbors. Mike Hayes took advantage of his restaurant experience and opened a non-profit kitchen called God’s Table.

Shereece Mitchell turned her knowledge of healthy eating and exercise into a drive-thru pantry called Butterfly Lifestyle.

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Kelli Marks started Backpack Buddies to help feed children in their Orange City community.

And Deryl Ames helped build and stock a small pantry in his St. Cloud neighborhood.

Finally, with a new year upon us and hope for the future, we saw a special group of volunteers remember the service members we lost in 2021.

Volunteers from the Cape Canaveral Ladies were on hand for every funeral at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery while no other friends or family could attend.

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“There are times when I’m here where some of these services touch me and I find myself in tears,” Debra Griffin, president of the Cape Canaveral Ladies, told us.

The coming year will certainly have more surprises in store for you, but as we have seen, your neighbors never fail to “get results” and we will be there to share them with you.

If you know someone “Getting Results”, use the form below to let us know. You may see them featured in the coming weeks.

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Number of NWT exhibition flights increases to 17, including Norman Wells


Ollie Williams Last modification: December 29, 2021 at 7:07 p.m.


The territorial government on Wednesday added three flights to its list of Covid-19 exposure, including two from Inuvik to Norman Wells.

The three flights added on Wednesday were operated by Canadian North. They join 14 other flights reported by the territory as possible exhibition sites since mid-December.

The latest flights affected are From Inuvik to Norman Wells on Christmas Eve, the same flight on Tuesday December 28, and Canadian North’s Edmonton-Yellowknife flight on December 28.

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For a list of affected lines and instructions, see the Exhibition notifications web page.

Meanwhile, the Territory has declared a workplace Covid-19 outbreak at the Raven Pub in Yellowknife. (After this article was first published, the owner of the Raven disputed the GNWT’s statement of such an outbreak, saying no one working at the pub had tested positive and public health had not been in contact. to notify of an outbreak.)

There were two more new exposure warnings for Yellowknife on Wednesday. Check the exhibit notifications page if you were at Anytime Fitness between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve or at the Salvation Army Men’s Shelter between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Earlier Wednesday, the government of the Northwest Territories said there were now 87 active cases of Covid-19 across the territory. Of these, 72 are in the Yellowknife area.

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Measuring Growth – Chabad Lubavitcher World Headquarters


Dave litman likes to keep a low profile. An innovative giant of the tech boom of the 1990s and a pioneer with his business partner Bob Diener in the online travel and hospitality industry, Dave started a low cost airline business in 1984 that grew into a consolidation operation. wholesale multi-million dollar airline tickets. In 1991, he and Bob founded what has become hotels.com, to finally sell their stake in the company in 2004.

Today CEO of Travel finance network, the Texas resident spends some of his time working with Chabad representatives on the strategic development of data-driven decision making. In cooperation with Chabad on Campus International, it has launched an initiative that will allow it to accurately measure the ROI (Return on Investment) of its programs.

LI: How do you see yourself, a remarkably successful entrepreneur, compared to Chabad and the shluchim who are in the business of counting souls?

DL: I am an investor in the Chabad business. Of course, I want a return on my investment. But unless someone can tell me what the back and forth is, I don’t know. So I started to mix the lessons I learned in business with the lessons of Chabad. It was the start of the measure.

What first brought you to Chabad?

DL: I connected with Rabbi Zvi Drizin in 2004, just as he moved to Dallas. Zvi focused on young Jewish professionals, and I quickly realized that Chabad attracted more young adults than any other organization in town. I have seen the advantages of the Chabad model.

It’s different from synagogues and temples membership models where you pay membership fees – like a subscription model – and go to services. In the Chabad model, you have these very enterprising people going out and establishing Jewish communities. These people dedicate their entire lives to making the world a better place for the Jewish people. This is their main concern and it is extremely effective. It is a model that relies mainly on donors.

But as a donor-based model, it’s more vulnerable than a subscription model, isn’t it?

DL: Yes, so you need donor buy-in. There’s no better way to gain buy-in than to measure performance. If you can produce a report that shows your performance this year compared to last year, you can dramatically increase your donations and production. So it’s a victory for the shlou’him, for donors and for the Jewish people.

I believe that measured performance is improved performance. And to measure performance, you need to identify your target outcomes (i.e. what you’re doing) and you need metrics. You can’t hit a target that you can’t see.

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Does the investment that Chabad will make, for example, in sending shluchim to an isolated town with very few Jews, make business sense to you?

DL: I’m looking at addressable markets. So for example, if you are in the middle of Manhattan and your target market is 50,000 people, I want to know, how many do you see? If you’re in Montana, where there are say 2,000 Jews in the state, and you hire 1,500, you’re probably doing better than Manhattan, which gets 5,000 out of 50,000.

Measuring, collecting, monitoring and analyzing data are things that the shluchim, who usually carry the weight of their communities on their shoulders, have not been able to afford to focus.

DL: Yes, so we have created a portal that makes it accessible and easy for them. We started with a handful of Chabad reps, and as he grew we brought him to Chabad on Campus International. We have now launched a pilot program with around 30 Chabad centers. My business partner Bob Diener is funding the development of proprietary software that will allow us to deploy it more widely in all Chabad centers. I think we will have a strong turnout.

In the future, what does Jewish life in America look like to you?

DL: Things are changing and becoming more dynamic in different places. Texas is now the largest migrating state, and over the next thirty years it will likely overtake California in terms of population and economy. Chabad is sensitive to these demographic changes in the United States. Jews leave Illinois, New York and California for Texas, Tennessee and Florida. And Chabad is in a good position to take advantage of it.

Chabad is the bright spot for the future of Jewish life in America. He is vibrant, young and energetic, and he is essential to the future of Judaism in America. I want to see it continue to grow and measure that growth every step of the way!


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Andre Ethier cites Manny Ramirez Bobblehead Night as his favorite memory from Dodger Stadium


Amid a close run in the NHL, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired 12-time star Manny Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox in a three-team deal on deadline exchanges without derogation on July 31, 2008.

Ramirez made an immediate impact for the club reaching .396 / .489 / .743 with 14 doubles, 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 53 games en route to help LA win the division and its first playoff series in addition to two decades.

Ramirez quickly became a fan favorite and re-signed with the Dodgers to a two-year contract in the offseason that followed. The organization capitalized on its popularity by launching a “Mannywood” section in left field for the 2009 season.

LA also hosted a bobblehead night for Ramirez that year, which ended in a memorable way with him winning a grand slam for sure against the Cincinnati Reds.

Andre Ethier, who was only in his fourth season in MLB at the time, called “Mannywood Night” and Manny Ramirez’s bobblehead his favorite memory at Dodger Stadium, via the official Dodgers YouTube channel:

“I don’t know. It’s hard. I had so many good memories at Dodger Stadium. I think one of my favorites must be in [2009], when we first had Manny Ramirez. He came in, got off to a good start and it was “Mannywood Night”. All these people were in those dreadlocks and bandanas, and he didn’t start this game but comes in for a nip, has a winning home run in the eighth inning or something.

“It was’ Mannywood ‘bobblehead night or whatever. It was probably one of my favorites because it was my third year in the big leagues and it was like,’ Wow. I play with it. Manny Ramirez and I’m really in the big leagues now. It was my first moment of pinching myself in the big league. Obviously there was a lot going on before that, but it was like, “I really am. right here right now.”

Ramirez’s late-game heroism in the July 22, 2009 game against the Reds came to fruition after he was ruled out of the starting lineup with a contusion to his right hand resulting from an impact on a field the night before.

Ramirez produced .322 / .433 / .580 with 53 doubles, 44 homers and 156 RBIs in 223 games in three seasons with the Dodgers. His 555 career homers are ranked 15th in MLB history.

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Antonov introduces the first An-178-100R and the certification process begins


Today, December 28, Antonov State Enterprise, part of Ukroboronprom, presented the first An-178-100R â„–001 military transport aircraft designed for certification testing. Experts and senior army officers participated in the completion of construction and testing of the aircraft.

The An-178 military transport can be used for personnel transport, delivery of weapons and light military equipment by grounding and parachuting methods, as well as for the transport of goods.

“Tomorrow will be exactly a year since we gathered at this workshop to sign a historic contract with the direct support and participation of the President, launching new planes into the skies for our Army and our Armed Forces.”

“Today we are seeing the first results of this contract: the aircraft which will soon take to the skies and serve our Armies. A year ago, very few people were convinced that we were capable, that we were ready, and that we would do it. Today, we are confirming not only the capacity but also the ambitions of new contracts: military contracts for the Armies, for the Ministry of Infrastructures, the Ministry of the Interior. ”

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“So I am convinced that we have a lot of work ahead of us. And may the new year 2022 bring us a lot of new contracts, a lot more work, a lot of new planes. This year, Ukroboronprom’s production figures have increased by more than 20%, mainly due to the construction of planes. That is why I would like to sincerely thank them for their work – Glory to the Antonov State Enterprise, Glory to all employees of this legendary factory, and Glory to Ukraine! », Said Yuri Gusev, general manager of Ukroboronprom.

Foreign suppliers from Europe, America and Canada are also involved in the equipment of the aircraft. Much work has been done during the implementation of the An-178 program to ensure a new qualitative level of all aircraft systems, including hydraulic system, aircraft control systems, power supply electric, air conditioning, etc.

“It’s a very emotional moment. Many of us dreamed of being pilots when we were kids. But the most difficult task is to build an aircraft, which will then be used by the pilots. In my opinion, it is symbolic and significant that Ukraine demonstrates its defense capabilities through synergy and joint efforts. Today the ceremony takes place in the presence of representatives of the relevant parliamentary committee, which is fully supported by the armed forces, representatives of the Ukrainian armed forces, the air force command, the leadership of Ukrobornprom and factory, Ministry of Strategy and Ministry of Defense. I am sure that this synergy is the key to our success. And there will not only be three of these planes, but there will also be more. We have proven that we know how to build, fly and defend ourselves. Thank you very much for that, ”Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.

“I sincerely thank the Antonov employees for showing, demonstrating on metal that we are a team doing everything possible to improve our armed forces. Believe in the Armed Forces, believe in Ukraine! Said Oleksandr Zavitnevych, chairman of the Verkhovna Rada committee on national security, defense and intelligence.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Yevhen Moisyuk stressed: “The Ukrainian Armed Forces need modern military equipment that will increase our capabilities and strengthen national stability. I am sure that this aircraft, the AN-178, in the skillful hands of our pilots will bring victory to Ukraine. “

Mykola Oleshchuk, Air Force Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said: “The Air Force has been waiting on board the Ukrainian Army for thirty years. And it is good that it is a Ukrainian-made aircraft – An-178!

“We still have to go through a difficult path: preparing the flight personnel, specialists in the aeronautical engineering service, so that we can control this aircraft, repair it and carry out combat missions with quality.”

In his speech, the Ukrainian First Deputy Minister of Strategic Industries, Denis Sharapov, underlined that with the creation of the Ministry of Strategic Industries, the state has focused much more on aircraft construction.

As a result, the official said that the ministry, together with stakeholders, has drawn up a state scientific and technical program for the development of the aviation industry for 2021-2030, which has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. from Ukraine last fall.

“The implementation of the program both to promote and create new aeronautical technologies and materials, new jobs in Ukraine. Aircraft manufacturing should become a locomotive for many sectors of our economy, ”said Denis Sharapov.

Changes were made to the design of the aircraft to ensure the functionality of landing passengers and cargo, as well as to perform other tasks of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The state order for the construction of three planes was received at the end of December 2020 with the support of Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine.

Construction of aircraft to meet the needs of the armed forces is carried out according to plans. Construction of the glider for the first of the three aircraft ordered has been completed. The fuselage, wing and tail of the second An-178-100R were assembled ahead of schedule, and fuselage assembly for this aircraft has begun.

Today’s event was made possible by the coordinated work of the Antonov team. It is certain that this work was dedicated because it did not stop even during the growing pandemic. Our sincere thanks to all the employees of the company and to our partners! There is a lot of work ahead of us, but I am sure that together we will accomplish all the tasks aimed at equipping the Armed Forces of Ukraine with new transport planes! », Said Serhiy Bychkov, general manager of Antonov.


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STIHL to build new warehouse and headquarters in Camberley


A new UK warehouse and headquarters for a global power tool company, STIHL is expected to be built by Midas Construction. The project will lead to the creation of a new purpose-built 11,285 m2 development in Camberley, Surrey, off the A331. Midas Construction, a Southampton-based company Midas Group subsidiary, should start preparatory work for the project in December 2021.

The project includes the creation of an automated industrial warehouse for the storage of machines and their spare parts with an office and a support workshop, including retail display space and equipment for staff such as a canteen. A new access road to the site will also be built from the A331, as well as earthworks, associated parking and landscaping. The new UK warehouse and headquarters project is designed by Hale Architects, using contemporary materials with crisp, modern and simple details to deliver a premium appearance. Extensive landscaping will include habitat creation and the planting of important native trees, wildflowers and shrubs.

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The new head office built for this purpose

Steve Lee, South Division Manager at Midas Construction, said: “We are delighted to be working with STIHL GB and to have been tasked with creating this important project for the company. In addition to having achieved a leading international brand, STIHL has been a notable local employer in Surrey for four decades and we are delighted to play a role in this great investment which secures its future in the region and will enable the company to to continually prosper and grow.

the STIHL FR Managing Director Kay Green added, “Our new, purpose-built head office represents a remarkable capital investment and commitment to the future for the local workforce. State-of-the-art equipment will help us plan for many years of future growth that will continually benefit the local economy. Midas Construction’s initial work on the site will include demining and grading of the former Thames Water Utilities site, preparation of the new main warehouse, and the start of the GB head office project in February 2022. The whole project is expected to be completed in December 2022.

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A sober living house that closes its doors after decades of service | News


After providing homes for thousands of people with no place to go for more than 20 years, Griffin’s Gate in east Bakersfield will soon be closing.

The understated residential house, which the nonprofit Casa de Amigos has operated on a historic property on Monterey Street since 1999, will close on Friday. Its founders say providing the service has become unaffordable as funding has dried up.

“It’s a little bittersweet,” said Jack Hendrix, who founded Griffin’s Gate with his adopted son Pepe after retiring as a teacher at East Bakersfield High School. “That was the difficult part of the decision to close the doors because there were still people who needed this place, but we can’t provide it anymore just because we don’t have the money. “

Griffin’s Gate served as a place of refuge for people with addiction and mental health issues, parolees, and people who needed medical attention after a hospital stay but lacked a place to receive this care. The association has used contracts with organizations like Kern Behavioral Health and Kern Medical Center to stay afloat, but organizers now say those contracts are no longer available.

At a time when homelessness appears to be at its peak in Kern County history, the community is losing one of the few places ready to welcome people.

“We have helped a lot of people in the community,” said Pepe. “I am sad that we are closing. I really like this kind of work.

One of the people Griffin’s Gate has helped is Hal Joyner. Around 2002, he was addicted to methamphetamine and on his way to jail. Instead, he ended up staying on the Monterey Street estate for three years as he got his life back on track.

He now occupies the position of house manager, a position which will expire at the end of the year.

“I made a lot of good friends,” he said. “I am still friends with a lot of them. I watched the changes he made in people’s lives.

Reyes Gamino, one of the last residents of the house, reflected on his stay at Griffin’s Gate on Monday afternoon.

“I feel good here,” he said. “I’m still pretty young and I don’t like to be a burden on anyone. Here I can still live a semi-normal life.

Gamino first stayed on the property in 2019 after being hospitalized with complications from congenital heart disease. After leaving the county, he returned after his ex-wife died of coronavirus last month.

He is now looking for a place to live with his children and will be allowed to stay on the property until he is successful.

“To find real hearts like that is difficult,” he said of the Griffin’s Gate operators. “It’s more of a house than anything else.”

The home is known for much more than its work with the homeless and disadvantaged. Built in the late 1800s by a major Italian immigrant, it is known as one of the oldest houses in Kern County.

Hendrix plans to rent the house to tenants until he decides to sell the property. He said he started the house to provide him with an activity when he retired, and since he wasn’t golfing it was the right thing to do.

It’s been over 20 years since the doors to this historic home were opened for charity, and after such a long time it can be hard to know what to do next.

“People were like, ‘Why are you wasting your time with these people? They’ll never do anything, ”Hendrix said. “I have always been an optimist. I felt like people needed a chance sometimes. They needed a place to rise.

He described the closure as frustrating and fondly recalled the time he spent leading the operation.

“Over the years,” he added, “we’ve had a lot of people come and see if we’re still here and tell us they’re grateful to have a place to be.”

You can reach Sam Morgen at 661-395-7415. You can also follow him on Twitter @smorgenTBC.


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Last minute plea tries to save Freedom House from demolition


In a residential pocket of Boston’s Grove Hall neighborhood, where Roxbury meets Dorchester, an old brick building sits on a fenced lot, its wooden steps twisted and rotted, peeling paint visible through the window frames in rusty metal.

The longtime Freedom House – now a decaying and neglected structure on Crawford Street – has played a vital role in the local civil rights movement, serving as a meeting place for equality and community advocates neighbor from the 1950s.

The Freedom House building at 14 Crawford Street in Roxbury, December 9, 2021

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One mile from the house where Malcolm X spent part of his youth, Freedom House founders Otto and Muriel Snowden appeared before Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders, local elected officials , anti-racism activists in Boston and President John F. Kennedy. Decades before a 1974 federal court order, social workers at Freedom House in Roxbury launched a Schools for Freedom movement and protests to fight segregation and racism in Boston public schools.

Currently slated for demolition, the building was constructed in 1900 and is a civil rights era time capsule that the city seems to have forgotten about – although a recent request to delay its destruction begs the question: is it too late to save Freedom House?

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Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. greets a group at a reception for him in March 1958. To the far left is Rev. Walter C. Davis of the Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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Katrina Shaw, executive director of Freedom House, said the nonprofit has spent a decade trying to get funding for renovations to save the old building.

“But people weren’t giving. People didn’t want to give, ”she told GBH News. “People love the idea of ​​Freedom House and what it meant for the city, but no one would really put their money behind it.”

In 2010, the state awarded Freedom House a million dollar challenge grant to restore his old house and renovate a new location across the street, a former branch of the public library where the organization currently operates. The managing director at the time, Gail Snowden, the founders’ daughter, appealed for help to raise funds to preserve the structure.

“Our love for the building has kept us there for so long at a financial cost,” Shaw said. “If we could preserve it, we would. But when it starts to cannibalize your own request to actually do the Freedom House mission, then I think you have to make some tough decisions, just like you would never choose your home over your child.

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Cameraman recording NAACP director Frank Williams speaking in his office at Freedom House, 14 Crawford Street, 1960

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Last year, Snowden gave his blessing to Shaw and the current directors of Freedom House to sell the building. The historic site has been sold to a development company started by the late John Corcoran, a native of Dorchester, for $ 1.5 million, money that will go to programs at the new location, where the foundation focuses primarily on academic opportunities. , financial and social for university students. . Hoping to innovate in 2023, the developer plans to build mixed-income housing and a memorial on the site to honor the work of the founders.

“This decision was difficult to make and it was not made in a hurry,” said Shaw. “And if anyone wanted to give Freedom House like $ 20 million, I would restore it.” I’ll do that tomorrow. I’ll do it in five minutes. It had always been our plea to be able to fundraise, but we couldn’t. ”

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The new Freedom House building at 5 Crawford Street, Roxbury, December 9, 2021

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The old Freedom House building is just a few blocks from dozens of historic landmarks, Revolutionary War structures, and homes of English settlers and church deacons. It is one of the few monuments from the Civil Rights Era remaining in Boston and a symbol of the struggle for equal rights that may soon be extinguished.

“You know, it’s interesting, nobody called me about this,” Byron Rushing, president of the Roxbury Historical Society, told GBH News. “We respond to roughly the people who raise the issue. Can we save this building? What must we do to save this building? No one asked me that question.

Boston’s current segregation – and the racial wealth gap – leads to the neglect of landmarks in predominantly black neighborhoods like Freedom House, Rushing said.

“People don’t know this story, outside of Roxbury, and the new inhabitants of Roxbury don’t know the story,” he said. “If this building was on the Black Heritage Trail, we would have a lot more publicity about it. ”

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Otto Snowden and a Boston delegation led by Lieutenant Governor Elliot Richardson to and from Selma march for civil rights in Alabama on March 15, 1965.

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Christopher Martell, a UMass Boston professor who lives in Dorchester, teaches his students about Boston’s educational history through a tour that begins at the former Freedom House, a major hotspot during the violent reaction to school desegregation.

“This is especially important because it tells a much longer story than the Boston buses,” Martell told GBH News. “Most of the students in the suburbs of Boston have no idea of ​​its history. They don’t even know much about the civil rights struggle in Roxbury and Dorchester in the 1950s and 1960s. ”

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A day of freedom, February 26, 1964.

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Last month, Martell wrote a letter to the Boston Landmarks Commission, pleading for the Freedom House to be preserved as a protected monument.

Shortly after Martell’s letter, the commission received a request to delay the demolition, citing both the importance of the Freedom House during the civil rights movement and the building’s use as a College of Hebrew teachers. from 1920.

According to a spokesperson for the commission, the commission considered Freedom House to be historically important. Once the municipal agency receives two alternatives to demolition, the applicants hold a public meeting of the community and the commission schedules a formal hearing.

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Mayor Michelle Wu meets with members of the senior organization Goldenaires of Freedom House, December 9, 2021

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A delay from the monuments commission does not guarantee the demolition will be blocked, but it could shed light on the problem, a development Martell hopes will help the city find an alternative solution.

“The Monuments Commission has only limited power,” he said, “but this is a place where advocacy is really important, as it would be more difficult for a developer to simply demolish the building s ‘there was a collective movement to push back this. ”

Shaw seems resigned to say goodbye, knowing that the main mission will continue, regardless of which building it is in.

“The spirit of Freedom House, the work of Freedom House, is here and it continues,” said Shaw, pointing to the bustling office, where students took classes on laptops and served lunch to the Goldenaires of Freedom. House, a program for seniors. Goldenaires coordinator Jumaada Abdal-Khallaq Henry Smith, a native of Roxbury who attended Goldenaires meetings with her mother in the old building, says she is sad to leave the space where she spent much of her time. his childhood.

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Goldenaires Liberty House, 1970

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“I am a victim of a prominent estate so I cannot show my children where I lived because our house is no longer there,” Abdal-Khallaq Henry Smith told GBH News. “I hate to see the loss of something historic because my mom breathed that air, and all those Goldenaires, you know.” There is something about being able to hold on to something, for your children’s children to see.


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BTS Fans Celebrate V’s Birthday By Donating To Charities, Adopting


The end of December doesn’t just bring the holidays, it also brings V‘the birthday of!

December 30, BTS member — whose real name is Kim taehyung– turns 26e birthday and ARMY all over the world celebrate alongside him. From adopting tigers to building elementary schools, BTS fans are going out of their way to ‘Snow Flower’ the big day of the act.

Check out how ARMY is celebrating V’s birthday below.


Ahead of V’s birthday, the Malaysian military adopted a white tiger from Ampang Zoo Negara to celebrate the singer. They also collect donations to take care of the tiger, which they named “Kim Taehyung”. This is one of the many anniversary projects that fanclub Taehyung Malaysia has organized this year.

Billboards are a must for any K-pop birthday party, and ARMY certainly didn’t disappoint for V.’s birthday. From a special doll exhibit called TaeTae Land in Seoul to the large murals in Uruguay to city ​​bus, fans spread birthday joy everywhere!

In line with BTS vision to empower young people, Chinese BTS fans, in partnership with Chinese Foundation for Youth Development, organized fundraisers to build the Taehyung Hope Primary School to provide education to young children in rural China.

The project started in July 2020 for the singer’s 25th birthdaye birthday. Following the success of the project, the Chinese fanclub Baidu V bar are about to build another school in the name of V.

What is a birthday without gifts? But, instead of gifts to V himself, ARMY gives gifts to those in need.

From helping underprivileged and homeless children and supporting people with disabilities, to raising funds for animal shelters, fans have organized a series of charity projects to celebrate the BTS member.

The Canadian ARMY has a project up to ‘Winter bear’ alley of the act. Title The Taehyung Grove, this fan project raises funds to plant trees in northern British Columbia to help provide shelter for animals.


BTS are currently on “official extended rest period” following the success of their sold-out sale Permission to dance on stage in LA concerts earlier this month.

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California painter Wayne Thiebaud, who blurred the line between commercial art and fine art with deceptively ordinary still lifes of American staples like candy, chewing gum machines and ice cream cones, has died at the age of 101. The news was announced by his New York. gallery, Acquavella. Thiebaud launched his prolific seven-decade career in the early 1960s under the banner of Pop art, a label he resisted:, crafting from memory his evocations of childhood nostalgia. He also distinguishes his compositions from traditional realistic painting, giving his paintings an almost conceptual quality through their alluring compositions, striking colors, theatrical lighting and playful textures.

Born in 1920 in Mesa, Arizona to a baker mother and inventor father, Thiebaud spent his early years in Southern California and on his uncle’s ranch in Utah during the Great Depression. A budding designer, he worked as a plotter for Disney studios and painter of signs before enlisting in the Air Force, serving as an artist in the First Motion Picture Unit from 1942 to 1945. At the end of the decade he became interested in what –called fine art -, and graduated from what is now California State University, Sacramento, soon becoming an influential professor at the University of California, Davis , where he remained until 1991. During a trip to New York in the 1950s, he was influenced by the abstractions of Elaine and Willem de Kooning as well as the neo-Dadaism of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns , and learned to merge his business training with the experimental expressionism of the New York School. He quickly found his favorite subject – the mouth-watering desserts spotted behind the windows – but struggled to make a serious name for himself (one writer dubbed him “California’s hungriest artist”). His breakthrough came in 1962, when his longtime gallery owner Allan Stone first offered him a solo exhibition, and when Sidney Janis filled a rented window on West Fifty-Seventh Street with works by more than fifty artists. including Thiebaud, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Tom Wesselmann and Andy Warhol. (Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Philip Guston, and Adolph Gottlieb stepped out in protest.)

Anxious to categorize himself, Thiebaud quickly widened his palate, creating bodies of work devoted to the Californian delta, the vertiginous streets of San Francisco and the clowns, among other subjects. His work has been collected by major institutions around the world and has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums, including retrospectives at the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco in 2000 and at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento last year. on the occasion of its centenary. The Morgan Library in New York mounted “Wayne Thiebaud: Draftsman,” which reviewed his works on paper, in 2018. Thiebaud continued to play tennis regularly and paint every day in his later years. “I consider myself to be a beginner,” he said. “Sometimes it’s all the joy. If you could just do it, there would be no point in doing it.

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‘Insecure’ plus: HBO comedy leaves with satisfying confidence


We carry a common set of expectations in the series finals, and “Insecure” co-creator Issa Rae can’t resist them. As she ends our time with her alter ego Issa Dee, Rae ticks several boxes on the bingo card closer to the Universal Series – answering lingering questions, delivering happy endings, tying bows on wishes.

But it’s all part of the larger meaning of Rae and his characters Issa (Rae), Molly (Yvonne Orji), Tiffany (Amanda Seales) and Kelli (Natasha Rothwell) arriving at this finish line. If the farewell of every great show can be summed up with a succinct moral, this invites us to look back not with nostalgia for what might have been, but with total appreciation.

Moreover, each episode title of “Insecure” answers a question. How are Issa and Molly, asks the pilot? “Insecure as f ** k.” So it goes through the second season of “Hella” (“Hella Great”, “Hella Shook”) and the omnipresent ambience of uncertainty of the third, captured in titles such as “Better-Like” and “Ready-Like “, describing how 30-year-old life generally feels like one sets a course by their ambitions.

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It involves seeing a lot of goals and directions, but not quite getting to where you want to be when you expect it to be. It was the greatest story in Issa’s life and that of Molly’s. If you identify with this show, you know it. Season 4, “Lowkey” season (with episode titles such as “Lowkey Distant”, “Lowkey Done” and “Lowkey Lost”) expresses the latent frustration and resentment of being stuck on a set, the genre that can make best friends match up against each other… or propel us to a new place.

This explains the decisive “Okay ?!” complete every fifth title of the season. Each reads in different ways depending on the tenor of that week’s story, expressing everything from frustration (“Failure, okay ?!”) to resignation (“Choice, okay ?!”) “).

By announcing “Everything Gonna Be, okay? The finale reassures its audience – and Issa, who chats with the personal mirror at the start of the 41-minute episode and sighs, “I just want to quickly move forward to the part of my life where everything is fine.” Trust the title.

“Insecure” ends on its own terms, an unsecured victory on television and certainly not with shows centered on non-white actors and characters (a truth that “Insecure” co-creator Larry Wilmore can attest to). We take for granted the praise and status this one has earned over his breathtaking five seasons – a coat that Rae, along with showrunner Prentice Penny and everyone else in his cast, wear with a pride lacking in arrogance.

Certainly, “Insecure” paved the way for shows like Amazon’s “Harlem” and Starz’s “Run the World”. But “Living Single”, the ’90s Fox sitcom, which followed six friends living in Brooklyn Brownstone before “Friends.” Deprived of the level of promotion received by its Warner Bros. counterpart, it was canceled at the end of a curtailed season in 1998 despite its continued popularity with black audiences.

Another “Insecure” predecessor, “Girlfriends”, ended in 2008 without their quartet receiving their farewell flowers. So if Rae, who wrote the Penny-directed finale, places Issa in a classic two-princes contest between Lawrence (Jay Ellis) and Nathan (Kendrick Sampson), recognize that this is the making of a moment that black characters, actors and writers don’t usually appear on television.

It is also the creator of Issa Dee and Molly Carter who grants the wishes expressed by these best friends in the very first episode. Take note of this. The last few seasons of our favorite shows usually inspire a full rewind of the series, which many “Insecure” fans did regularly anyway. But to fully savor the end of the show, which is satisfying in itself, just revisit the series premiere.

That was only five years ago, but five years ago it was a lifetime, a feeling that Rae and Penny play with throughout the conclusion. The first features Issa when she is 29 and working for “We Got Y’all”, the archetypal nonprofit dedicated to serving a segment of the population that its founder and staff do not understand.

Issa is the only black person working there and Molly is in the same situation in her law firm. And it’s one of the freeway markers we can use to measure how far their stories and the show itself have traveled since 2016.

When “Insecure” first launched, producers believed it was essential to feature white characters in shows that focused on black stories to broaden their audiences. But “Insecure” didn’t lose its white audience when the show dropped its white characters after Issa and Molly quit their old jobs. In 2018, Rae confirmed at an event in Cannes that the show’s audience was 62% white.

And that shouldn’t be surprising. All great shows speak to everyone. This one offers reassurance and reassurance about the challenges of thriving in our 30s, when many of us are still figuring out what we want to do and how we want to live as we sink deeper into the midst of careers. in which we may not have imagined ourselves. . Aspiring to be unique, and better, is an ideal that “Insecure” defends and which also appeals to American history.


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The show differs from the above by representing this philosophy through visions of black excellence as uniqueness. This is expressed through her avant-garde fashion sense, her hairstyle play, hazy and alluring music, featuring tracks from emerging artists, and the dreamy visual style established by executive producer Melina Matsoukas, who set the tone by directing much of its first season and episodes of the second season.

We see it in its distribution, of course; “Insecure” raised the profile of all of its stars, introducing Orji and Seales to a wider audience and pulling Rothwell’s enormous talent out of the writers’ room to give him one of the funniest roles on television. (She’s also one of the highlights of the limited series “The White Lotus.”) And we witness it in Rae’s meteoric rise to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, both as an actor and producer.

The questions this show asks at the start are the same ones Issa, Molly, and their loved ones carry with them five years later, and into the future, as many of us do. Issa has always been able to answer some of those questions that had once blocked her.

“How different would my life be if I was really looking for what I wanted?” She asks hypothetically in front of an elementary school class during the series premiere. In turn, the children make her feel small with their inquiries: “Is that what you always wanted to do?” “Are you single?” “Why aren’t you married? “

From there, Issa and Molly continue to question everything about their careers, their love lives, each other. “Where are we going?” “Are we here?” »« Am I official? ”

It goes “Everything is going to be, okay ?!” the correct final answer as well as a statement of determination and confidence – not just for the characters but for everyone watching.

“You’ve gone from We Got Y’all to ‘I have mine’,” one of Issa’s relatives told him, marveling at how far we’ve come and perhaps reminding us to appreciate our own travels around the world. ‘uncertainty. And that ensures that this show will keep talking to us long after we’ve gone our separate ways.

The “Insecure” series finale airs Sunday, December 26 at 10 p.m. on HBO. All episodes air on HBO Max, which premieres the behind-the-scenes documentary “Insecure: The End” on Sunday, December 26.

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CMH faces upheaval as search for CEO comes to an end | News


TRAVERSE CITY – The board of directors of the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority is finalizing a month-long search for a new leader, just as some in the community – including former employees and elected officials – say the organization is in turmoil.

A dysfunctional ‘culture of fear’ has hampered the region’s largest mental health service provider, some former employees say, saying these internal conflicts are at least partially responsible for the more than 60 positions available on the website. ‘organization.

“It’s supposed to be a place where you’re safe, and you go out to people to feel safe and to be treated kindly, and it isn’t,” said Stephanie Annis, who previously worked at the organization as case manager, therapist. and a social worker.

Annis was fired on October 1 for what records show the NLCMHA was listed as a billing issue, but Annis says it was in retaliation for her support of another dismissed employee.

“As soon as Karl got out, the culture of fear amplified,” Annis said.

CEO Karl Kovacs retired at the end of July after leading the organization since 2015, according to board records.

Joanie Blamer, a staff member of the organization’s leadership team, has been promoted to interim CEO by the NLCMHA board and is one of two finalists for the permanent position, members of the board at a board meeting on December 16.

The other finalist is David Pankotai, CEO of Macomb County Community Mental Health and past president of the State Section of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Final talks are scheduled for Jan. 10, and officials and community members say the new CEO of the $ 73 million organization will be tasked with repairing his reputation.

“I hope whoever accepts the position will begin to re-establish relationships with the entities with which Northern Lakes partners and also change the public’s perception of the organization,” said County Commissioner Penny Morris, who serves liaison with the board of directors of the NLCMHA.

One of those partners was the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office.

But after months of negotiations, a draft contract between GTCSO and NLCMHA to provide additional mental health services to those incarcerated in the county jail ended in stalemate.

Sheriff Tom Bensley and Prison Administrator Chris Barsheff’s captain made public comments at the December 16 board meeting, saying the organization appeared unwilling to tailor services to meet the needs of the prison.

Bensley said the experience of trying to negotiate with the organization was frustrating, and the NLCMHA refused to consider suggested programs for the prison that would meet correctional rules and standards.

“We, and many members of the community, have lost faith in the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health and current leadership,” Bensley said, in a Dec. 9 letter to Mary Marois, a member of the Northern Lakes Board of Directors. NLCMHA and chair of the CEO search committee.

“I think it’s time to get rid of the same old, same old and look outside the organization for someone who will bring collaboration and cooperation with local organizations,” Bensley said.

The sheriff told council he would be ready to discuss the contents of his letter and invited council members to contact him to do so.

None had done so on Thursday, he said. During the board meeting, President Randy Kamp told public commentators that board policy is to listen but not to respond during the meeting.

Marois addressed a reporter from Record-Eagle’s questions to Kamp and neither Blamer nor Kamp responded to requests for comment on the sheriff’s letter and other organizational challenges on Friday.

Deb Lavender, NLCMHA administrative staff, confirmed that the questions had been passed on to all board members.

Family members of those who receive or have received services from the organization have also started to speak out about how they feel best for the future of the NLCMH.

For example, Kate Dahlstrom, whose adult son was previously held in prison and received services from the NLCMHA, said she too supports a change in leadership.

The interim CEO has valuable institutional knowledge for the organization, Dahlstrom said, although new ideas are needed.

“Under current leadership, there has been a lack of proactive and forward-thinking initiatives, especially for the folks at SMI / SED,” Dahlstrom said in a letter to board members.

The abbreviation “SMI / SED” refers to people diagnosed with severe mental illness and severe emotional disorders. Another abbreviation, IDD, refers to people diagnosed with an intellectual and developmental disability.

Dahlstrom said she believes the NLCMHA should prioritize services for people with severe and moderate mental illness as well as people with developmental disabilities – not over each other.

“If you are committed to improving SMI / SED services, please make the necessary changes and decisions,” Dahlstrom said in his letter to the board. “Otherwise, I would recommend that Grand Traverse County leave the NLCMH.”

Under a 2003 agreement between the counties of Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon and Wexford, the NLCMHA is committed to providing “a full range” of mental health services to residents, in return for annual payments. per county resident.

The six counties have a current population of over 200,000 and the 68-page agreement also specifically mentions services for incarcerated persons.

It states that the NLCMHA will provide mental health services to county correctional facilities at no additional cost, as needed – a repeated sticking point between the organization and Grand Traverse County.

County commission chairman Rob Hentschel, who previously served on the NLCMHA board, said he has long believed the wording puts the NLCMHA in violation of the agreement.

Still, there are no imminent plans for the county to leave the NLCMHA, he said.

“Basically, the pain of staying the same was less than the pain of changing,” Hentschel said. “It is a monumental task to create a new CMH. Could the county be better served by partnering with Leelanau for a smaller CMH? This has been discussed.

Hentschel also said he believed the NLCMHA would be best served by bringing in someone from outside its ranks to serve as the new CEO, thus avoiding any perception of the organization as one of the decision-making. “Same old, same old”.

Others within the organization and who work in healthcare say the job should be Blamer’s job.

Letters of support for Blamer were sent to the board by Stacey Kaminsky, NLCMHA operations manager for crisis services; Deb Freed, Executive Director of Freed Communications and Terri Lacroix-Kelty, Director of Behavioral Health at Munson Medical Center.

They referred to Blamer’s work ethic, experience and knowledge of Michigan’s CMH system.

“Joanie has exceptional experience and a clear understanding of the CMHSP and the Michigan State Behavioral Health System,” Lacroix-Kelty said in her November 5 letter. “She has both the administrative and clinical knowledge that is an asset to the role of CEO. “

NLCMHA board members will conduct the final interviews with Blamer and Pankotai at a special board meeting on January 10, and a decision is expected shortly thereafter, according to board records. administration.

Annis, now a social worker at a nursing home in the area, said she hopes the board will consider how the new CEO addresses the “toxic” work culture she and others have witnessed.

Annis has filed complaints with the human resources department of the NLCMHA and the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, regarding her dismissal, according to the records.

She said supervisors falsely accused her of failing to counsel residents of adult foster homes assigned to her, while she contends the pandemic has required as many as 200 of those sessions via telehealth, what she did.

Former COO Rob Ordiway, whose records show he applied for the CEO job but was not a finalist, also filed an EEOC complaint against NLCMHA, according to the records.

Ordiway declined to comment, but records have provided Record-Eagle shows he was fired on or around July 28, following interviews by Grand Rapids attorney Keith Brodie with several colleagues Ordiway, including Annis.

Brodie has confirmed that he represents the NLCMHA, although he cited solicitor-client privilege when asked if he was also hired as a private investigator to investigate personal life Ordiway, as set out in Ordiway’s EEOC complaint.

“We were invited to a meeting to supposedly talk about how we were doing with COVID,” said Annis, of herself and several colleagues. “Then when we got there we were told the man was a private investigator, hired by the interim CEO, to investigate Rob about a possible affair with another staff member. “

Annis identified Brodie as the man who conducted the interviews.

Christine Saah Nazer, spokesperson for the EEOC, declined to comment on the complaints, citing confidentiality.

Blamer and Marois also declined to comment on specific questions from a journalist regarding the complaints.

Other current and former employees who spoke to Record-Eagle but declined to be named in the case due to fears of retaliation, said if they were substantiated, the EEOC’s complaints could have an impact on federal funding for the NLCMHA.

Records show that about 77 percent of NLCMHA’s funding, or $ 57 million in 2020, comes from Medicaid, much of which is administered by the northern Michigan regional entity.

Saah Nazer of the EEOC referred a reporter’s questions to Medicaid administration policy and Michigan state contract funding could be jeopardized by such complaints.

Terry Pechacek, who previously worked at the NLCMHA as a crisis team supervisor, said she believed it was one of the most important moments in the organization’s 18-year history .

“Think about what you look for in a leader of this organization,” Pechacek said, when asked for his advice for the board.

“Meeting after meeting is not productive,” Pechacek said. “Listen to the people who have an interest in this organization. Do you have the results you are looking for? If not, it might be time for a change.

Those interested in sharing their opinion with the board regarding the CEO search or other matters can contact the board through their public email address, [email protected]


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Save the Children workers go missing after the massacre of 30 villagers by Burmese troops | Burma


Two members of the international humanitarian group Save the Children are missing after Burmese government troops round up villagers, some believed to be women and children, shot dead more than 30 and burned bodies, witness and others say reports.

Alleged photos of the aftermath of the Christmas Eve massacre in Moso, a village in the east of the country, just outside of Hpruso township in Kayah state where refugees were sheltering from an offensive by the army, spread on the country’s social networks, fueling outrage against the army which seized power in February.

The accounts could not be independently verified. The photos showed the charred bodies of more than 30 people in three burned-out vehicles.

A villager who said he visited the scene told The Associated Press that the victims fled fighting between armed resistance groups and the Burmese army near the village of Koi Ngan, which is just outside Moso, Friday. He said they were killed after being stopped by soldiers on their way to refugee camps in the western part of the commune.

Save the Children said two of its employees who were returning home for the holidays after carrying out humanitarian response work in a nearby community were “overtaken by the incident and are still missing”.

“We have confirmation that their private vehicle was attacked and set on fire,” the group added in a statement. “The army reportedly forced people out of their cars, arrested some, killed others and burned their bodies. “

The government has not commented on the allegations, but an article in the state daily Myanma Alinn on Saturday said fighting near Moso erupted on Friday when members of the ethnic guerrilla forces, known as the National Party. progressive Karenni, and those opposed to the military drove “suspicious” vehicles and attacked the security forces after refusing to stop.

The newspaper said the seven vehicles they were traveling in were destroyed in a fire. He gave no further details about the murders.

The witness who spoke to the PA said the remains were burnt to the point of being unrecognizable and children’s and women’s clothing was found along with medical supplies and food.

“The bodies were tied with ropes before being set on fire,” said the witness, who requested anonymity because he feared for his safety.

He did not see the moment they were killed, but said he believed some of them were Moso villagers who were allegedly arrested by troops on Friday. He denied that those captured were members of locally organized militias.

Myanmar’s independent media reported on Friday that 10 Moso villagers, including children, were arrested by the military. Four members of a local paramilitary group who went to negotiate their release were reportedly tied up and shot in the head by the military.

The witness said villagers and anti-government militia groups left as military troops arrived near Moso as bodies were being prepared for cremation. The fighting was still intense near the village.

“This is a heinous crime and the worst incident of Christmas. We strongly condemn this massacre as a crime against humanity, ”said Banyar Khun Aung, director of the Karen Human Rights Group.

Earlier this month, government troops were also accused of rounding up villagers, some believed to be children, of tying them up and slaughtering them. Opposition leader Dr Sasa, who uses only one name, said civilians were burned to death.

Video of the aftermath of the December 7 assault – apparently in retaliation for an attack on a military convoy – showed the charred bodies of 11 people lying in a circle in the middle of what appeared to be the remains of a hut.

Fighting resumed on Saturday in a neighboring state bordering Thailand, where thousands of people have fled to seek refuge. Local officials said the Burmese military had launched airstrikes and heavy artillery on Lay Kay Kaw, a small town controlled by ethnic Karen guerrillas, since Friday.

The military’s action prompted several Western governments, including the United States Embassy, ​​to issue a joint statement condemning “the serious human rights violations committed by the military regime across the country.”

“We call on the regime to immediately cease indiscriminate attacks in Karen State and throughout the country, and to ensure the safety of all civilians in accordance with international law,” the joint statement said.


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Vancouver’s Salvation Army sees donations drop 40%


The Salvation Army Vancouver’s Red Kettle Campaign – the annual holiday fundraiser where volunteers collect cash donations outside grocery stores and other businesses – records 40 percent fewer donations compared to to last year.

“Although we have already made a commitment to help hundreds of families with food and Christmas gifts, this drop in income will have a serious impact on our ability to help families throughout the year,” said Steve Rusk, Salvation Army Vancouver business manager.

Last year, the organization raised approximately $ 308,000 by the end of the campaign, which ends today.

This year, the organizers aimed to raise $ 300,000, which represents 15% of the organization’s annual budget. On Thursday, Rusk said achieving that goal would be a challenge.

“It really puts us in a difficult position,” he said. “From what I’ve seen, donations are also below average for our virtual campaign. “

The Salvation Army Vancouver has sought to raise $ 10,000 as part of its Virtual Red Kettles campaign. By Christmas Eve, the campaign had raised $ 1,886.

Solicitation by mail makes up the remainder of the organization’s annual budget, and those funds are so far down 50% from last year, according to Rusk.

However, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are generally great fundraising days for the Red Kettle campaign. On Thursday, Rusk said donations for that day matched last year’s levels. In addition, the organization generally sees an increase in donations during year-end donations.

“We have some ground to catch up,” said Rusk. “It’s unlikely to catch up with the days before when the Red Kettle campaign ends, but the year-end donations could definitely help. “

Multiple factors could explain the decrease in donations to the organization, such as the COVID-19 pandemic limiting in-person purchases.

A Wall Street Journal Editorial published on December 16 criticized the Salvation Army nationwide for being ruled by “awakened ideals”, pointing to a guide to discussing racism published by The Salvation Army’s international headquarters in London and withdrawn later.

The organization’s national commander, Kenneth G. Hodder, refuted this claim in an open letter Wednesday, writing: “The Salvation Army has never been in politics. Hodder wrote that the editorial negatively impacted Salvation Army donations across the United States.

Rusk declined to comment on the controversy, saying he was not authorized to represent the organization nationally.

“We can only speculate on the reason for this reduction,” he said. “There is no really solid way to measure the motivation of donors to give or not. “

In Vancouver, if the Red Kettle campaign does not meet its goal of raising $ 300,000, Rusk said donations at any time of the year will go to the organization’s annual budget.

“Please consider a gift today to help us make up for this loss,” he said.

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Pastor Monroe’s work to help underserved creates believers


Pastor Heather Boone once dubbed a campaign to buy a larger church for her growing community mission the “Miracle on Second Street,” and some say the title still applies to the neighborhood she remodeled. to help the under-served.

Oaks Village, a Monroe nonprofit that serves thousands of struggling residents each year, and its dynamic leader have drawn attention to their attention even on the little things that can change lives, from products to clothing to ‘interview. Boone recently won USA Today’s Best of Humankind Awards, and that award made her even more determined to serve.

If his mission was not simple, the way forward is now.

“We just want the world to know what we’re doing in this little corner,” Boone said. “And we hope others will replicate what we do.”

His victory caught the national attention of Boone and his team. She said this would only amplify their mission and broad reach in Oaks Village, with its grocery store, daycare, tutoring, addiction recovery, health clinic and more.

“She’s a great woman,” said Robert Tucker, a former resident of the Oaks shelter who now works there. “… This is not a job for her. It’s his life. “

The program had humble beginnings, with twists and turns and miracles reflecting the scriptures she often shares for inspiration.

Boone grew up in Detroit, where the 45-year-old said she was “a very bad teenager.”

Through a religious awakening and conversion at the age of 20, Boone joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church, met her husband, Britton, and became a youth pastor.

“Once I found God, I wanted to help other young people not to go through all the trials I went through,” she said.

Over a decade ago, Boone was assigned to lead a small congregation in Monroe. The denomination leaders wanted to relocate her after three years, “but I really felt that God had called us here,” she said. “My husband and I made the decision to start our own ministry. “

Inspired by a Bible passage referring to God’s people, the couple launched Oaks of Righteousness in 2012, meeting for the first time at a community center and school. The following year, they bought a building that once housed a Salvation Army church, which also housed shelter for the homeless during the colder months, Boone said.

The first winter drew over 90 people and convinced the Boones to establish a year-round facility. Guided by prayer, they moved into space while working to raise enough money to do so.

Then came what they called a divine turn of events which brought forth an abundance of blessings.

Learning that the Archdiocese of Detroit was selling the nearby St. Joseph’s Church, which had several buildings, Boone embarked on a “Miracle on 2nd Street” fundraising campaign. Supporters raised over $ 320,000 purchase the property in 2016, which paved the way for upgrading the shelter as well as expanding or creating initiatives under the umbrella of Oaks Village.

Today the shelter has 75 beds, with separate floors for men, women and families. Clients are offered help finding housing, recovering from drug addiction and more.

Among them is Eric Uselton, who recently moved there after meeting Britton Boone on the job. He said he lived in a motel in Detroit and spent hundreds of dollars a day on drug addiction.

This month, Uselton marked 35 days of abstinence. Before heading back to a bunk bed one recent night after volunteering to install spotlights outside, he praised the Boones and their work which he calls transformative.

“If I had stayed where I was, I would have ended up in jail or dead,” Uselton said. “They have their hearts in the right place and they do it for the right reasons. They don’t do it to get credit or anything like that. They do it because they are Christians and want to help.

News of this aid regularly draws hundreds of visitors to the mostly volunteer-run “campus” as well as numerous partnerships.

Boone has seen a growing need since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US Census Bureau estimates that 9.7% of Monroe County residents live in poverty. According to the website of the national network of food banks Feeding America, the county has a food insecurity rate of about 11.9%.

Boone estimates that Oaks Village, which has an emergency pantry, summer lunch cafe and soup kitchen, serves up to 10,000 meals each year.

The donated items come from supporters such as David Voggenreiter, 16, who arrived with his father on Monday to unload canned goods, bread and other items.

The Monroe County Middle College student discovered the site while preparing for a civic engagement project and immediately decided to contribute. “It feels good to be able to help people,” Voggenreiter said.

This is the objective of the association, which also has a “clothes closet” full of accessories, toiletries and free household items as well as a free health clinic which has opened its doors. doors in 2019.

The clinic is run by medical staff from the ProMedica health system and dedicated volunteers such as Sandy Libstorff, a retired registered nurse who first met Boone after helping deliver a patient living at the homeless shelter. -shelter.

Much of their work is now focused on COVID-19 testing, Libstorff said, as well as on patients who “have had bad experiences with mainstream medical care and are suspicious”.

Noting that some patients have reported diabetes or high blood pressure and cholesterol without any transportation to reach fresh food, Boone and his team worked to acquire an old party store shortly before Christmas 2020 and turn it into one. neighborhood market with fresh produce.

Village Market opened this year through a partnership with Meijer, which supplies the products.

“Pastor Boone’s unique approach to bringing fresh food to an underserved community was compelling to us, and something we were delighted to support,” said Frank Guglielmi, senior director of corporate communications at Meijer.

The store participates in a state program that allows EBT / Bridge card users to ‘double’ their fruit and vegetable purchases and is a partner in the special federally funded supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children. children. He also owns a cosmetics business, tutoring space, and products from a local independent dairy.

All of this “means access to the community,” Boone said as he stood in an aisle wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the words “Be kind.”

“We understand that we don’t have everything because we are still a very small store. But when you don’t have transportation, you can get the things you need.

Recognizing a need for some residents of the shelter and others in the neighborhood looking for work sparked another business. Acorn Children’s Village, which opened last year in a donated building renovated through an Art Van charity challenge that raised over $ 50,000, offers free, low-cost child care for children. children up to 5 years old.

It’s licensed for over 30 kids who “love to learn and grow with us,” said Becky McCollum-McCrea, who helped start the installation and working on it.

The longtime educator argues that the long waitlist for his classrooms is a testament to the community’s need and Boone’s vision.

“She has a genuine love for people, and I’ve seen miracles happen because of her,” McCollum-McCrea said. “In my entire life of involvement in the church, I have never seen anything like this happen. I just feel like God is giving him ideas on what is needed or what to do and before long it will come true.

This prompted Libstorff to nominate Boone to the USA Today competition, which recognizes “everyday people who have demonstrated the highest level of kindness, compassion and persistence,” her website said.

His nomination joined more than 600 others before an advisory committee selected the finalists and 72,000 votes were cast to determine the 11 winners.

In a ceremony broadcast live this month to announce the winners, NBC personality Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, described Boone as “living a life of service.”

The accolade underscores the commitment of a pastor who is known to donate bedding if someone else needs it, Libstorff said. “She has dedicated her whole life to helping people. She is an incredible woman.

Tucker acknowledged his support for helping him quit drugs, embrace spirituality, and become a homeowner. “My fall has become a rise,” he said.

Kellie Vining, a member of Monroe City Council whose precinct includes the non-profit organization, said that “her generous spirit has rubbed off on a lot of people. She has a true pastor’s heart.”

Boone is now focused on the future. Amid her daily watch and long hours meeting with residents, she hopes to find support for a program to build affordable housing on plots near the market.

With her businesses making headlines, she gets calls from across the country to repeat the success.

“There is a role model we can give them,” Boone said. “It has been amazing because we want to be successful and multiply. “

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The story of the ugly Christmas sweater


The first Christmas-themed sweaters appeared in 1950, produced on a large scale and quickly becoming popular, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that the unique garment had a cultural impact, having appeared on various sitcoms. televised.

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The “bell sweater” was known as a chic party garment adorned with multiple embellishments and patterns, including candy canes, elves, gifts, garlands, reindeer, Santa Claus, among other decorations.

And while it’s unclear how the popular ugly sweater parties started, giving new meaning and a new excuse to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, the city of Vancouver previously claimed to be the birthplace of the tradition. , hosting the first Original Ugly Christmas Sweater Party in 2002 at the Commodore Ballroom.

The annual event was created by Chris Boyd and Jordan Birch, and they even made sure to drop the phrases “Ugly Christmas Sweater” and “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party”. The duo give back to the community by raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada.

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Now the iconic ugly sweater has even made its way into high fashion, besides being included in fast fashion retailers, such as H&M, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, luxury brands like Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana have also launched. clothing in special collections.

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Unfazed by pandemic and supply chain issues, Santa prepares for his annual flight


DENVER, Dec.24 (Reuters) – Undeterred by pandemics, supply chain problems and labor shortages plaguing overland commerce, Santa Claus was due to launch his reindeer sleigh on Friday for giving Christmas gifts to good girls and boys around the world, according to military officials who track his flights.

“Santa has been doing this for centuries, he’s a professional,” said Canadian Army Captain Alexandra Hejduk, spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

NORAD, a joint US-Canadian military command based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is responsible for monitoring air defenses and issuing aerospace and maritime warnings across North America.

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NORAD’s Santa Claus tracking practice originated in 1955, when a Colorado Springs newspaper misprinted the phone number of a local department store so young people could call and talk to Santa, mistakenly listing the number of what was then called the Continental Air Defense Command. A duty officer took the calls and assured the children that Santa Claus, also known as Kris Kringle or Saint Nicholas, was aware of their wish lists and was on his way.

The annual tradition has continued for 66 years and is now part of NORAD’s mission.

Followers of the Merry Old Elf can get real-time updates on his whereabouts by logging into noradsanta.org or through various social media platforms, or they can call a NORAD-sponsored Santa Hotline to talk with a live operator.

Other US government agencies were also preparing for Santa’s visit.

The US secret service, which is responsible for protecting the president, also ensures the safety of Santa Claus, the agency said in a statement posted on Twitter, accompanied by a video showing its agents preparing for the duties of protecting Santa Claus. .

“The Big Red Protective Detail is selected, assembled and ready to fulfill its seasonal mission,” the statement said. “The American public can be assured that MS Claus here from the North Pole will travel safely throughout his tour of the United States.”

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Three lives transformed through the healing power of tissue donation, plus 27 tissue donors who have helped heal thousands of lives to be part of the Donate Life 2022, “Courage to Hope” Rose Parade float


Honoree’s Stories Highlight the Life-Changing Power of Cornea, Skin, Bone, and Musculoskeletal Tissue Transplants, and the Saving Power of Organ Donation

LOS ANGELES, December 23, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Three men and women whose lives were saved and healed thanks to the generosity of others through donated corneas and tissue will be among the 54 participants in the Donate Life Rose Parade® on January 1, 2022 in Pasadena.

The 2022 Donate Life, “Courage to Hope” float is the centerpiece of a national effort to reach large audiences with the important message that organ, eye and tissue donation saves and heals lives. The three tissue recipients, as well as 27 floral portraits or floragraphies of cornea and tissue donors, represent the healing and transformative power of tissue donation.

Thanks to tissue donors, millions of people are healed each year and thousands of lives are saved. Tissue from a single donor can touch the lives of more than 75 people. Some of the tissues that can be donated include vital heart valves and skin grafts for burn survivors. Other tissues that are crucial in helping to heal and restore mobility include bone, ligament, and nerve allografts, among others.

Donate Life 2022 float tissue recipients include the following float riders:

Kim McMahon, a 63-year-old flight attendant whose involvement in organ, eye and tissue donation began when her 16-year-old son William suddenly needed a transplant. liver in 2004. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2005. Kim started a non-profit association. William Memorial Foundation to champion the cause of organ, eye, tissue and blood donation. In 2021, at the age of 63, Kim underwent eight-hour spinal fusion surgery, receiving donor bone to repair and strengthen her spine.

Chris Brown, a 36-year-old tissue recipient from Georgia. In March 2019, Chris’s right arm was traumatically amputated. A few months later, Chris began to suffer from chronic pain. Chris was referred to a neurosurgeon who explained that injured nerves from the amputation were the cause of the pain and recommended surgical repair of the nerves. During the procedure, Chris’s nerves were rebuilt by connecting them to nerves in his shoulder muscle. There were large gaps that had to be filled with donated tissue. Thanks to a gracious gift from a donor, Chris is back at work, back on the baseball field with his four children and living pain free.

Aliza Marlin, a 52-year-old New Yorker whose float participation is sponsored by CryoLife. Aliza’s journey with congenital heart disease and tissue donation began when she was diagnosed with aortic stenosis. She had her first open heart surgery at the age of 8, her second at 18 and her third at 27. In 2015, Aliza experienced overwhelming exhaustion. An emergency visit to his cardiologist confirmed endocarditis, an infection of the heart that required pulmonary valve replacement. Aliza received a heart valve from a young woman in New York City and is grateful to her family who, in the midst of their grief, chose life.

The Donate Life Rose Parade float, produced by OneLegacy, is made possible by more than 40 sponsors. The 2022 float will honor 54 participants, including 19 riders and walkers who are either living donors or recipients of organs and tissues.

The 2022 Donate Life float, “Courage to Hope”, features the majestic Winged Lion of Venice in Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square in Italy, in the midst of the Venetian Gothic architecture of the Doge’s Palace or the Palazzo Ducale and quintessential Venetian gondolas and canals. As the world’s most visible campaign to inspire organ, eye and tissue donation, the Donate Life Rose Parade is calling on viewers to help more than one million people in need of organ transplants, eyes or tissues each year. Register today to become an organ, eye or tissue donor by visiting DonateLife.net.

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Read the fine print: What consumers need to know about home warranties


It’s every homeowner’s nightmare: something is broken and it’s going to be very expensive to repair or replace. Unfortunately, no matter how well you take care of your home, sooner or later a major appliance or system is doomed to croak.

Some homeowners provide for this by purchasing a home warranty, which may cover some costs associated with the normal wear and tear of these units. But before you commit, make sure you understand what the warranty offers.

For example, even nationally recognized home warranty companies will not necessarily guarantee that a replacement item will be the same size, color or brand as its predecessor.

In a complaint to Consumer Affairs, a website that provides news and reviews to consumers, an outraged homeowner included a photo of her replacement white refrigerator that was too large to fit under the cabinets in the space where it sits. found the old one. According to the complaint, the owner had waited a month to receive the replacement of her black refrigerator and only kept the oversized white one after the warranty company said that “restocking and freight charges” would be required. send it back.

While this is not all customers’ experience with residential warranties, those who don’t read the fine print of their contracts might be disappointed.

In today’s bustling housing market, with some buyers forgoing home inspections and stretching their finances to make a higher bid, the promise of home repair discounts can be understandably appealing. But while home warranties have their perks, homeowners need to know that they can’t buy complete peace of mind for the price of a contract.

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Know what you’re paying for

A residential warranty is an optional policy for homeowners that covers the cost of repairs to devices and systems that have problems. Annual costs can vary widely depending on the policy, with premiums ranging from $ 300 to around $ 1,000.

In addition to the annual premiums, if you file a claim, you will also have to pay a service charge for a technician (chosen by the residential warranty company) to come to your home and assess the problem, even if the warranty company ultimately rejects your request. Again, the price will depend on your policy; fees typically range from $ 75 to $ 150 per visit.

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According to the National Home Service Contract Association, a Kansas-based industry trade organization, residential warranties typically cover costs related to “normal wear and tear” of systems and appliances such as indoor plumbing, heating, electricity. , the dishwasher and the oven. While some consumers might expect main units like central air conditioning, refrigerator, washer, and dryer to be covered by a basic plan, these may require additional coverage.

In addition, claims related to “pre-existing conditions” (problems prior to the purchase of the warranty) and damage caused by improper maintenance or use are likely to be refused by the warranty company.

“My number one tip is to maintain your home,” says Art Chartrand, former NHSCA general manager. While warranty companies tend to take a reasonable approach, he says, the homeowner is ultimately responsible for keeping their home in good repair. If you are a technician and “walk into someone’s house and find that they don’t know what an air filter is and haven’t changed it in years, it may be a problem. problem “.

Research the history of the company to get a more complete picture

While you can start your home warranty research on company websites and the best listings, those won’t tell the whole story of what it’s like to use your coverage. Since some warranty companies have a better history than others, you can get a better idea of ​​a company’s reputation by looking at sources such as government websites and customer reviews.

For example, a consumer alert from the Washington, DC office of Attorney General Karl A. Racine urges consumers to carefully read home warranty contracts. The disclaimer encourages consumers to know what the contract covers and does not cover, to be wary of exaggerated claims, and to seek more information about the company, preferably from someone who has worked with them before.

Over the years, state officials have also filed complaints against certain guarantee companies. For example, in 2014, the New Jersey Consumer Division filed a lawsuit against a large national home warranty company for denying claims by deceptive means.

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The company has been accused of blaming the malfunctions on poor maintenance “even when technicians said the covered household systems or appliances were properly maintained and / or failed for reasons unrelated to poor maintenance or service. pre-existing problems “. According to the complaint, a customer was told that her complaint about the air conditioner would be denied unless she could provide 12 years of service records.

Consumer reviews, your state attorney general’s website, and sites like the Better Business Bureau can all be valuable resources for researching a home warranty company’s history and distinguishing those with reputations and claims. positive track record of their clients. The Better Business Bureau alone lists 85 home warranty companies with “A” or better ratings, which could be a great place to start your research.

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Jessica Hoff, broker-owner of Century 21 JRS Realty in Clark, New Jersey, has seen mixed results for her clients with in-home guarantees.

“On the one hand, there was a client who had a problem with a broken toilet on a Friday,” she says. “They called the home warranty company over the weekend and someone was there on Monday. It was a $ 150 deductible, and they ended up doing it all. It was a really positive experience.

Meanwhile, another customer killed the central air conditioning three days after shutdown, but the company refused to cover any claims for the first 30 days. “It’s 100 degrees in New Jersey,” Hoff recalls. “It’s midsummer, and he has to wait 30 days for the central air to be covered.”

It is quite common for home warranty companies to start covering 30 days after purchasing the contract. Although this is spelled out in the agreement, it is a detail that can easily be overlooked. Waiting 30 days for a new dishwasher can be inconvenient, but waiting that long for a working HVAC system could be more of a problem.

Read the fine print

Bigger items can have low coverage limits in some home warranty plans, leaving consumers to cover the rest of the bill. Kevin Brasler, editor of the nonprofit consumer review organization Consumers’ Checkbook, cites ovens as an example of an expensive unit to repair or replace, with many home warranty plans not covering only a fraction of the anticipated costs. “It’s not total protection,” he says, “and it’s not peace of mind for me. “

Several examples of contracts from major home warranty companies list a limit of $ 1,000 to $ 2,000 for work related to heating and air conditioning, when a new furnace or boiler can cost thousands of dollars more. So while consumers can save money with a home warranty, you should still expect to pay out of pocket when an important item needs replacing.

Additionally, Chartrand recommends that homeowners specifically inquire about any smart devices they own to understand the details of the coverage that may be available to them. As home warranty companies try to keep pace with technology, he says, there can always be a lag in coverage options for homeowners with newer smart devices.

How to get a better home warranty experience

“Before taking a break, take a look at your home warranty contract and familiarize yourself with it,” advises Chartrand. Consumers may leave money on the table simply because they forget or are unaware of the items that might be covered by their policy. Her advice for those who want to get the most out of their home warranty is to always check it before paying to replace something yourself.

“For example, a lot of people have coverage in these contracts for lighting fixtures and faucets,” he said. “Frankly, I forgot once. I had a broken faucet and went out to buy one and was like “wait a minute, my in-house warranty covers that!” “

Alternatives to home guarantees

Suppose you’d rather avoid going through the details of a residential warranty policy. In this case, you could take the money you would invest to buy a home warranty and put it in an emergency fund instead.

For example, let’s say you bought a home warranty plan that costs $ 50 per month and charges $ 150 for each service call. If your dishwasher were to be fixed after the second month, you would already pay at least $ 250 before it got fixed.

If the repair had cost $ 250 or less, that money might have been better placed in a savings account that you could have withdrawn by choosing your own preferred service company. However, suppose the dishwasher needs to be replaced. In that case, it could easily cost over $ 600 for a 24-inch unit – which could make the home warranty worth it (depending on when it broke and whether the replacement was covered by your plan).

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Another option is to consider adding “endorsements” to your home insurance. These can extend your coverage to cover electrical or mechanical damage to appliances, systems, and utility lines, although they probably don’t cover damage from normal wear and tear.

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Salvation Army wants one last shot to reach $ 117,000 goal


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Major Sean Furey is counting on a last-minute push in campaign giving to the Salvation Army to make his Christmas shine.

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The annual fundraising campaign to help the hungry in Sault Ste. Marie received about $ 97,000 in contributions last weekend or so. Furey wants to raise at least $ 85,000 or, preferably, up to $ 118,000. History might help Furey. December 23 is usually the best day to raise dollars, with donors contributing $ 4,000 to $ 5,500 each year.

“We’re really getting closer,” Furey said of the six-figure goal. “It’s always best when you have enough resources to do what needs to be done. “

The 2020 campaign raised $ 111,703.

Kettles at Eight Sault Ste. Marie, including Walmart, Rome’s Your Independent Grocer and Canadian Tire, ends Friday at 1 p.m. Six of the kettles have tap options for contributions of $ 5, $ 10, or $ 20 by credit or debit card.

More than 1,000 donors have chosen to use the tap option, Furey said. Most give $ 5. Problems plagued the units in 2020, but they are much more reliable this year, Furey said.

“They are doing very well,” he said.

Checks can be mailed to 78 Elgin Street, Sault Ste. Marie, P6A 2Y5. Mention the kettle campaign in the subject line.

The spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks has scared off about 20% of Furey’s volunteer roster to help with kettle locations. He is responsible for the work shifts. Furey found enough help, but his efforts were “very stressful.

“It was brutal for me,” Furey said. “It took hours and hours and hours on the phone.”

The kettle campaign started on November 19.

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The Salvation Army began partnering with five Metro and Food Basics locations as part of Sault’s One More Bite program in August. Salvaged foods, including meat, dairy, and ready-to-eat meals, are collected three times a week and shared with Salvation Army customers. Furey estimates that approximately 45,000 meals have been distributed since the summer.

The Salvation Army also distributed between 500,000 and 750,000 pounds of food to its customers in 2021.

“Every month it seems like we’re setting a record,” Furey said of public demand. “We carry a lot of food. “

He estimates that the Salvation Army has helped around 3,000 families this year. Furey sees larger families, with three to five children, needing help.

“A lot of people tell us that the rising cost of food is really affecting them,” he said.

Job loss and reduced working hours affect their ability to shop for groceries.

Seniors assisted by The Salvation Army’s mobile food bank have almost doubled, from 70 to 80 by the end of 2020 to around 150.

“If we had more manpower, that number could actually increase,” Furey said. “We don’t have the capacity.

The pandemic is also bringing clients “much poorer” and with “much more mental health issues” to downtown The Salvation Army.

“It makes it a little harder for everyone – them and us,” Furey said.

Volunteers could help with various programs offered by The Salvation Army, including the food bank, One More Bite and the mobile food bank.

“There are tons of ways people can help if they want to give back,” Furey said.

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Brazilian companies hear the siren call of US stock exchanges


SAO PAULO, Dec.22 (Reuters) – Pharmaceutical company Blau Farmaceutica SA, which listed its shares on the Brazilian B3 stock exchange (B3SA3.SA) in April, opened its first U.S. plasma bank and may consider relocating its headquarters social and its stock market listing in the United States.

The company (BLAU3.SA), which is currently headquartered in the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil and, until now, was mainly focused on activities in Latin America, intends to open 10 plasma backs to the United States in addition to its new location in Florida. . Once the expansion is complete, Blau may consider moving its headquarters to the United States.

In an interview with Reuters, Blau CFO Douglas Rodrigues said international investors, unlike those in Brazil, are used to the business models of pharmaceutical companies, including those engaged in plasma-based medicine.

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Blau is one of several Brazilian companies considering relocating to the United States and listing on a U.S. stock exchange, a trend fueled by the desire for greater access to investors, lower taxes. on corporations, more flexible regulation for controlling shareholders and better dynamics in capital markets.

This change shows how the success of U.S.-listed tech startups – including digital lender Nubank (NU.N) – has spurred Brazilian companies’ interest in other industries, ranging from retail to cosmetics, for moving from their legal domicile, primarily to the United States. but also to other places like Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Banco Inter SA (BIDI3.SA), backed by SoftBank, web service provider Locaweb (LWSA3.SA), retailer Lojas Americanas (LAME3.SA) and cosmetics manufacturer Natura & Co (NTCO3.SA) are among the companies that have announced such measures. .

Brazilian company JBS SA (JBSS3.SA), the world’s largest meat processor, also announced that it will continue with a U.S. listing of its international operations next year.

On Tuesday, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA) unveiled an agreement with the ad hoc company Zanite to list its subsidiary of electric flying taxis on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Embraer’s shares have skyrocketed on the news. Read more

The exit of Brazilian companies represents a growing risk for B3, which begins to look for ways to contain it, as well as for local fund managers who may find their investment universe small.

Lawyers, bankers and executives, however, expect the trend to continue for the time being, although they stress that it will be largely limited to companies with significant operations abroad. They don’t expect a corporate scramble for exits.

“Some Brazilian companies want access to a larger and more diverse investor base,” said Alessandro Zema, Morgan Stanley’s operations manager in Brazil.

They also want to take advantage of the generally higher valuations abroad.

Shares of Natura & Co, which has announced plans to trade its main B3 listing on the NYSE, are trading at a price / earnings multiple of around 29, compared to 41.5 for rival L’Oréal SA (OREP .PA).

Banco Inter, which was first listed on B3 in 2018, is trading at just over 12 times its book value, about half that of rival Nubank, which debuted on the NYSE this month- this. Read more

Companies listed outside of Brazil look for markets with more comparable companies as well as higher valuations, said Jean Marcel Arakawa, corporate lawyer at Mattos Filho in Sao Paulo, citing asset managers Patria Investment Ltd (PAX .O) and Vinci Partners Investments Ltd. (VINP.O) as examples.

Tech companies often decide to re-register as venture capitalists tend to prefer to supplement funding rounds using overseas holding companies. Another reason is to encourage founders or controlling shareholders to stay at the helm by allowing them to hold shares with special and higher voting rights.

For example, 3G Capital’s founding partners, including tycoon Jorge Paulo Lemann, will remain powerful players at Americanas SA (AMER3.SA) after the retailer’s merger with Lojas Americanas and listing in the United States. Banco Inter’s controlling shareholders, the Menin family, will occupy a position similar to digital banking.

NEW RULES

Until recently, Brazilian companies could not locally list receipts for their shares listed abroad through Brazilian Certificates of Deposit (BDR). Some have decided to ditch the local exchange, causing B3 to lose the initial public offerings and trading fees to the NYSE and Nasdaq exchanges.

Brazil’s securities industry watchdog CVM has changed this listing rule, prompting companies like Nubank and investment broker XP Inc to list their BDRs on B3. These BDRs recorded huge volumes of transactions when they started out.

“We try to meet the demands of businesses as they change,” said Flavia Mouta Fernandes, director of regulation at B3.

Brazil has also attempted to relax regulations governing the ownership of controlling shareholders of majority voting shares, although Fabiano Milane, corporate lawyer at Stocche Forbes in Sao Paulo, said local regulations are still not not equivalent to those of other countries.

“Companies already listed cannot use super-voting, and extraordinary voting rights are temporary,” said Milane.

Frustration over the perceived lack of predictability in the Brazilian legal system is another reason large companies choose to redomiciate, says Luis Semeghini Souza, lawyer and founding partner of Souza, Mello e Torres in Sao Paulo.

Some bankers, however, are skeptical that the current business migration will become a long-term trend.

“I think the universe of companies that could move represents maybe 5% of the companies in B3, mainly those that have or intend to have significant activities abroad”, said Roderick Greenlees, manager global investment bank at Itau BBA.

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“The time is right” for COVID-19 vaccines, recalls, experts in retirement homes and care – News


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With the omicron COVID-19 variant in 73% of coronavirus cases and on the rise, the country is three weeks away from an increase that could potentially overwhelm the healthcare system. That’s why “now is the time” to get vaccinated – or get vaccinated – against the virus, to enter winter with maximum protection, public health and long-term care experts said Tuesday. .

The long-term care industry aims to vaccinate – or provide booster shots – to all eligible residents and staff by the end of 2021, said David Gifford, chief medical officer of the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living. . Gifford hosted a virtual town hall on Tuesday co-hosted by LeadingAge and AARP, to answer questions about the virus and vaccines for those who work or live in long-term care facilities.

Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Admiral Rachel Levine, MD, has recommended diaper protection through vaccination, booster shots and masking to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

“We never imagined the pandemic would last this long,” Levine said, adding that the aging service industry’s response to the pandemic has come at the cost of “great personal sacrifice.”

“But there is hope,” she said. “Unlike 2020, last winter, we have the power to protect ourselves.

Fully vaccinated and stimulated individuals have a 10-fold lower rate of obtaining COVID-19, showing that existing vaccines work against omicron, Levine said. The country averages over a million recalls a day, she said, but cases are doubling every two or three days as the omicron spreads across the country.

Natural immunity is not enough to protect individuals against omicron, Levine added.

“The boosters offer people optimal protection against this new variant,” she said. “Do not wait.”

Rogerson Communities President and CEO Walter Ramos, JD said the education provided by the Boston-based seniors’ residence nonprofit in 2020 has helped him achieve a rate of 90% vaccination in its communities. The organization is also approaching a 90% recall rate, he added.

Bringing in experts who “looked like the people who live and work in the facilities we manage and own”, as well as those who speak multiple languages ​​and understand the culture of each community, was important to build confidence in vaccines and reminders. . Ramos said.

“We take the time to meet people where they are,” he said. “I cannot stress enough how important it is for them to have a comfort level to receive the boosters.”

Rogerson has worked with pharmacies and local vendors to provide on-site vaccination clinics or off-site vaccine access to mobile residents and staff, Ramos said.

Levine said she is supporting an effort to get booster shots in the arms of all eligible people by the end of this year, to provide maximum protection for the coming winter. She referred to President Biden’s speech on Tuesday afternoon on the White House’s efforts to step up its fight against COVID-19, including increasing access to free tests, increasing the capacity of hospitals and working to obtain more shots.

“Now is the time,” Levine said. “We can’t give up because COVID-19 doesn’t stop.

“Staying one step ahead of the virus and protecting communities against COVID-19 with safe and effective vaccines and boosters is critical, especially in the context of the evolution of the virus and the new variant. omicron, ”she added.


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Adventurous brothers’ 1930s Yukon tales come to life in richly illustrated new book


Ernie and Art Barz’s colorful stories of bush pilots, miners, trappers, dog teams, murderous canyons and a lost era in Yukon history looked like shiny little pebbles strewn across the creek of the childhood of Don Barz in British Columbia.

Sooner or later someone would have to pick them up and sift the gold, Don thought. Ernie was his father.

“So I thought I should take on the task,” Don said.

The result is Don’s new book, Yukon Wanderlust, a richly detailed and illustrated chronicle of brothers Ernie and Art Barz’s five-year adventure in the Yukon from 1937 to 1942 – a period just before the construction of the Alaska Highway and the arrival of the modern era on the territory.

“They were basically at the very end of an era, you know, right before the whole north changed,” said Don, who now lives in Kamloops. BC

Don spent several years researching and writing the book. His father and uncle are now deceased, but before he died, Don managed to tape lengthy interviews with the two. It also had a mother lode of over 300 historical photos to work with, taken by the Barz brothers at the time.

“Yukon Wanderlust” contains several of the hundreds of photos of Art and Ernie Barz taken during their time in the Yukon. (Paul Tukker / CBC)

The German-Canadian brothers were drawn to the Yukon by the same thing that attracted so many before and after them: the smell of money. It was 1937 and they were living in Victoria.

“They heard about this man who came down from the Keno silver mines with several thousand dollars in his pocket. And, you know, in 1937, that was a lot of money,” Don said.

“So they were on the first boat going north.”

The Barz brothers initially worked as miners in the Dawson area, but eventually partnered with a Whitehorse businessman to run a trapping operation and trading post in the Bonnet Plume River area.

“They were treating him almost like an industrial enterprise,” Don Barz said of his father and uncle’s trapping operation in the Bonnet Plume area. Art Barz is seen here with the dog Whitey and a collection of skins in 1939. (Art and Ernie Barz)

This is where their bush skills were really tested. They were largely alone, miles from the nearest settlement, and only occasionally saw other people.

“They treated it almost like an industrial company,” Don said.

“I mean, the equipment and supplies they took – four loaded planes, when they set up. It was quite a business. “

They built their own cabins and hunted for subsistence and occasionally traveled to Dawson or Aklavik in the Northwest Territories to trade furs and supplies. They befriended some of the Indigenous people they had encountered on their travels, including Johnny Semple, a Gwich’in hunter and trapper, and his nephew Peter Henry. Henry ended up staying and working with the Barz brothers for a few years.

Johnny Semple, Henry Schmidt and Peter Henry are photographed with wolf skin in the winter of 1939. Many historical photos of the Barz brothers have been donated to the Yukon Archives. (Art and Ernie Barz)

Their trapping operation – covering an area “about the size of Lebanon,” according to Don – was a huge success, and at first not quite legal.

Yukon law at the time required people to live in the area for at least two years before they could obtain a trapping license. Art and Ernie – with the help of their local patrons and business partners – managed to rig things up for those first two years. Don must have made this discovery himself while researching the book.

“They weren’t telling all their stories,” Don said of his talks with Art and Ernie.

It’s time to go out

As World War II began, Art and Ernie couldn’t be further from the action. Don’s book describes the idyllic summers the brothers spent hunting and trapping in the bush, swimming in the river, or building cabins.

While the brothers’ German ancestry raised suspicion during these years, they never heard of it. Don thinks it just wasn’t a problem because the people of the Yukon got to know and respect the Barz brothers.

The Barz brothers in a cabin in the Wind River Valley, Yukon, March 1942. (Art and Ernie Barz)

But the war – and the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942 – would essentially put an end to the Barz brothers’ adventure in the Yukon. The bush planes they relied on for supplies and shipping their furs were suddenly busy with other things.

“Pilots made their fortunes flying for the US military. So basically [the Barz brothers] realized they weren’t going to be able to continue their operations the way they had, and decided it was time to step down, ”Don said.

The brothers moved south to Salmon Arm, British Columbia, and bought a farm. Ernie will eventually sell his half to Art and enlist in the Canadian army. Ernie was involved in frontline actions in Italy and after the war bought his own farm in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia.

The brothers lived in British Columbia for the rest of their lives. They both died within a year of each other, in 2011. Ernie was 93 and Art 95.

“Quiet Period” in Yukon History

The construction of the Alaska Highway was not only a turning point in the life of the Barz brothers – it was a pivotal event in the history of the Yukon, and the territory and its culture would never be quite the same again. same.

This is in part why the story of the Barz brothers intrigues Michael Gates, a passionate historian, writer and laureate of Yukon history. Gates calls this period the “doldrums” of Yukon history, which means that the stories are few.

“The gold rush was in the rearview mirror, and World War I certainly ended the pink hue of that era, and there was nothing big or spectacular to replace it,” Gates said.

“It was a very quiet time in Yukon history and I think we tend to ignore it which is a shame.”

Gates enjoys hearing from people like Don Barz, who realized the historical value of his father’s old photos and stories and decided to share them. Barz said he had done so much additional research – Yukon Wanderlust has an extensive index and nearly 400 footnotes – so his book could be a resource for future historians.

He also donated most of these old photos to the Yukon Archives.

White Pass Airways pilot Ralph Oakes, Ernie Barz and Ernest ‘Chappie’ Chapman at Chappie’s Trading Post, run by the Barz brothers. They relied on bush planes for their operations and by 1942 when the Alaska Highway was built, these planes were busy with other things. (Art and Ernie Barz)

The Barz brothers sometimes returned to the Yukon in their later years to visit old friends. Don came with his father once in the 1980s and later lived and worked in Whitehorse for a few years.

“People pay a lot of money to go out and have a wilderness adventure similar to what my dad and uncle did,” Don said.

“My dad said at one point, ‘you know, if we knew the risks we were taking, I don’t know if we would have done it again, you know? “

“I think when they came back south, becoming farmers, it was almost like cake in a way, compared to what they had done in the Yukon.


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SpaceX Reports 132 Covid Cases to California HQ


At least 132 employees at SpaceX’s headquarters in Southern California have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to information published on a Los Angeles County website. This was the highest number of cases currently reported among private businesses in the county.

The outbreak erupted as a wave of infections spread across the country, mostly due to the virus variant Omicron, and also as the private space company founded and led by Elon Musk leads a rapid series of rocket launches at sites in California and Florida.

Some 6,000 employees at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., Build and manufacture SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets and Crew Dragon capsules. Rockets are the primary launch vehicle used by private companies and governments to put satellites into orbit, and capsules are NASA’s primary vehicle for transporting astronauts to the International Space Station. The company’s mission control room, where engineers are frequently shown during live video feeds of the launches, seated behind computer screens wearing masks, is also located in Hawthorne.

The outbreak at headquarters, reported earlier by The Los Angeles Times Based on data released Sunday by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, comes a busy time for the company.

SpaceX on Sunday broke a corporate record for the fastest turnaround time between two missions, launching a Turkish satellite into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida just 18 hours after launching 52 of the Starlink’s Internet satellites. company in orbit Saturday from Vandenberg Space Force base in California. Another Florida mission is scheduled for Tuesday morning, sending a cargo capsule full of supplies and research to the space station for NASA, although local weather appears unfavorable.

SpaceX did not return a request for comment.

During an earlier phase of the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Musk, founder and chief executive of SpaceX, opposed restrictions in California aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. In May of last year, Mr Musk, also chief executive of Tesla, the electric car maker, defied a public health order by resuming production at the company’s Fremont plant despite county restrictions. that would have prevented employees from working.

In the aftermath of Thanksgiving this year, Mr. Musk stoked fears of SpaceX bankruptcy in emails sent to employees, urging them to address the engineering challenges of developing Starship, the company’s next-generation rocket.

The pandemic has frequently disrupted the activities of space flights, costing NASA nearly $ 3 billion due to delays, according to an internal report, and a Euro-Russian mission to Mars had to be postponed to 2022 at the beginning of 2020. Nevertheless, SpaceX maintained its operations throughout the pandemic, in particular by resuming the launches of astronauts from American soil in May 2020.

Mr Musk himself tested positive for the virus in November 2020 and was unable to attend the launch of four astronauts into space for NASA from the Kennedy Space Center.


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To open homeless shelters, NYC leaned on a landlord with a turbulent history


In addition to owning dozens of buildings used as shelters, Mr. Levitan has another steady source of income – he operates a for-profit maintenance business, Liberty One, which maintains several of his properties. In the building it bought in 2018 in College Point, Queens, the maintenance company received more than $ 800,000 in the past fiscal year – money that also comes from the city, according to the budget documents.

The city’s procurement rules require the nonprofit groups that run the shelters to control costs by soliciting at least three independent service offers. But in two cases – identified in an independent audit and a lease – Mr. Levitan asked nonprofit groups to use his business without bidding, the Times found.

Mr Levitan said there was “no requirement” for nonprofit groups to hire his company. However, Mr McGinn, the city’s spokesperson, said a review, conducted in response to questions from The Times, discovered such a provision in a group’s lease. He called the arrangement inappropriate and said it would be changed.

Mr Levitan also owns an extermination company used in at least one of the new shelters, according to city records and a company disclosure. When ants infested parts of the apartment building in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx, his company, Squash Exterifying, was called in to help.

Mr Levitan said he started the maintenance and extermination business to streamline operations and provide better services.

In the more than two decades he has been entangled in the machinery of homeless people in New York City, Mr. Levitan has been repeatedly accused of neglect and poor conditions in some of his buildings.

In 2014, elected officials fought against plans to open a permanent shelter in Elmhurst, Queens, at the former Pan American Hotel, which was owned by a limited liability company linked to Mr Levitan. Residents of that apartment building, which housed hundreds of homeless families, reported bedbug infestations, peeling lead paint and a lack of heating or hot water. The New York Daily News published a video, provided by tenants, of a growing horde of rats near a children’s playground.


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NHL postpones two Vancouver Canucks games as league emphasizes cross-border travel


The Vancouver Canucks won’t play until Christmas.

The NHL announced on Sunday afternoon that a dozen games would be postponed during the holidays due to concerns about cross-border travel.

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“Due to concerns over cross-border travel and given the fluid nature of federal travel restrictions, as of Monday, all games involving a Canada-based team versus a United States-based team from Monday, December 20 to start of the Dec. 23 vacation will be postponed and rescheduled, ”the league said in a statement.

For the Canucks, two games will be affected: Tuesday in San Jose against the Sharks, and Thursday when the Anaheim Ducks were due to visit.

The following other games are affected:

Monday, December 20

  • Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders
  • Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers

Tuesday, December 21

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  • St. Louis Blues at the Ottawa Senators

Wednesday 22 December

  • Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers
  • Winnipeg Jets vs. Dallas Stars
  • Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings

Thursday, December 21

  • Saint-Louis Blues vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Carolina Hurricanes to the Ottawa Senators
  • Montreal Canadiens vs. New Jersey Devils
  • Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks

The league has said it expects the regular season to resume normally.


Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s chief news officer and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or contactable by email at [email protected]




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Mass protests against coup in Sudan mark anniversary of uprising


CAIRO – Sudanese took to the streets in the capital Khartoum and elsewhere in the country for mass protests on Sunday against a military takeover in October and a subsequent deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok but put the movement away.

The protests mark the third anniversary of the uprising that ultimately forced the military withdrawal of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in April 2019.

Video footage posted online showed tens of thousands of protesters marching through the streets of Khartoum and its sister city of Omdurman on Sunday. Protesters were seen waving the Sudanese flag and white flags with printed images of those killed in the uprising and the protests that followed.

Ahead of the protests, Sudanese authorities tightened security in the capital, barricading government and military buildings to prevent protesters from reaching the army headquarters and the presidential palace. They also blocked the main roads and bridges connecting Khartoum and Omdurman across the Nile.

Security forces used tear gas to disperse protesters who were heading for the palace on the bank of the Blue Nile in the heart of Khartoum, according to activist Nazim Sirag. Sudan’s Medical Committee said some protesters were injured, but did not provide a count.

Activists described chaotic scenes, with many protesters rushing through side streets with tear gas. Later, footage showed protesters at one of the palace gates chanting, “The people want the fall of the regime” – a slogan heard during the Arab Spring uprisings that began in late 2010. These movements have forced the withdrawal of leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which led the uprising against al-Bashir, called on protesters to gather in front of the palace and block the roads with makeshift barricades.

Demonstrations have also taken place elsewhere in the country, such as the coastal town of Port Sudan and the town of Atbara in the north of the country, the cradle of the uprising against al-Bashir.

The protests were called by the pro-democracy movement that led the uprising against al-Bashir and struck a power-sharing deal with the generals in the months following his ouster.

Relations between the generals and the civilians of the transitional government were fragile and limited by the takeover by the army on October 25 which overthrew the government of Hamdok.

Hamdok was reinstated last month under international pressure under a deal that calls for an independent technocratic cabinet under military control led by him. The agreement provided for the release of government officials and politicians detained since the coup.

Talks are underway to agree on what General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling Sovereign Council, has described as a “new political charter” focused on building a broader consensus among all forces and movements. policies.

Speaking to Sudanese on Saturday night before the protests, Hamdok said he honored the Nov. 21 agreement with the military primarily to prevent bloodshed. He warned that the country could sink further into chaos amid difficult economic and security challenges.

“Today we are facing a setback on the path of our revolution which threatens the security and integrity of the country,” Hamdok said, adding that the agreement was aimed at preserving the achievements of his government over the two years. years and to “protect our nation from sliding into a new international isolation.

“The deal, in my opinion, is the most effective and cheapest way to get back on track with civic and democratic transition,” he said.

Hamdok urged political parties and movements to agree on a “national charter” to complete the democratic transition and achieve peace with the rebel groups.

The pro-democracy movement insisted that power be handed over to a civilian government to lead the transition. Their incessant protests follow the slogan: “No negotiations, no compromise, no sharing of power” with the military.

The list of demands also includes the restructuring of the army and other security agencies under civilian oversight and the disbandment of militias. One is the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary force emerging from Janjaweed militias accused of atrocities during the Darfur conflict and more recently against pro-democracy protesters.

Sunday’s protests “united all revolutionary forces around a single demand: handing over power to civilians,” said Mohammed Yousef al-Mustafa, spokesperson for the Association of Sudanese Professionals.

“Prime Minister Hamdok must declare a clear position and choose to join the people or continue to side with the generals,” he told The Associated Press.

Continuing protests since the coup have increased pressure on the military and Hamdok, who has yet to announce his cabinet.

Security forces have resorted to violence, including firing live ammunition at protesters, in the latest round of protests, activists said. At least 45 people have been killed and hundreds injured in protests sparked by the coup, according to a count from a Sudanese medical group.


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Marin volunteers build a mine of history online


  • Cathy Gowdy of the Marin County Genealogical Society is researching census and immigration records at her home office in Novato on Friday, December 3, 2021. Gowdy helps digitize the society’s obituaries and make them available online. (Alan Dep / Marin Independent Journal)

  • Cathy Gowdy of the Marin County Genealogical Society flips through a scrapbook filled with family photos of her husband at home in Novato on Friday, December 3, 2021 (Alan Dep / Marin Independent Journal)

  • Documents at Cathy Gowdy’s head office in Novato on Friday, December 3, 2021. She is a researcher for the Marin County Genealogical Society. (Alan Dep / Marin Independent Journal)

  • Cathy Gowdy of the Marin County Genealogical Society consults an 1883 obituary of a female Marin which indicates the cause of death is “a team on the run” at her home office in Novato on Friday, November 19, 2021. (Sherry LaVars / Marin Independent Journal)

  • Cathy Gowdy of the Marin County Genealogical Society at her home office in Novato on Friday, November 19, 2021. Gowdy helps digitize the Society’s obituaries and make them available online. (Sherry LaVars / Marin Independent Journal)

The Marin County Genealogical Society strives to secure its wealth of records for posterity by moving records online.

The company, formed in 1977, compiles archives of family records with the goal of promoting interest in family history and encouraging the management of genealogical data.

Now, like the organization’s meetings, everything is online for the use of families and researchers.

It turned out to be a monumental task for members Vernon Smith and Ron McGinnis, both residents of San Rafael. This is the first time they’ve sought outside help, bringing in volunteers to help convert obituaries to PDFs for the website.

Novato resident Cathy Gowdy is the organization’s principal investigator. Since 1979, she has used every method she can think of for the cause, including taking microfilm records from libraries in Marin to scan paper clippings archived in local churches.

Gowdy now uses obituaries published in the newspaper every day, placing them in a Microsoft Word document and forwarding them to Smith to convert them to PDF files. This process is aimed at preserving files and making them more accessible.

In the past, a person would pay a small fee to access a Gowdy obituary. To access several files, a person would be invited to become a member by making a donation, now at a price of $ 30 per year.

Moving everything around the company website will streamline this process. Gowdy now gives people free access to an obituary, knowing the importance for people to see family history or for other genealogists.

“We’re all researchers, we’ve done so much research on our own families,” Gowdy said.

“The newspapers were extremely descriptive at first, much more than they are now,” Gowdy said. “We learn a lot of things… and of course obituaries are part of that, and they give us clues about their lives and their personalities.”

Smith, Gowdy and McGinnis work as volunteers.

“It’s a tedious job, it takes about 10 steps on the computer to convert a file,” McGinnis added. “You have to be dedicated. “

Smith said people in other states and countries are looking for recordings of all kinds for many different purposes. Gowdy receives new inquiries from all over the world while catching up with new obituaries every day.

Gowdy recalls projects like helping Sausalito resident Lucina Vidauri trace the family roots of Coast Miwok and her Indigenous parents. She once worked closely with a man from Australia who wrote books about Marin’s history of his family.

Gowdy also wrote. Her book, “Eastland Families in America,” tells the story of the family of a friend whose parents date back to the early years of the Eastland area of ​​Mill Valley.

“In some ways, I prefer a project I did for the California Room in the Civic Center library,” Gowdy said. “My goal was to try to identify all the Mariners who served in the Civil War somewhere and then ended up here.”

Gowdy said the transition to online archives is vital for new generations who “don’t have the connections we used to have”.

“We’re just too mobile,” she said. “It gives them a space to identify with.”

The company regularly holds open online meetings, which has broadened its connections. Smith said, “We have people from all over with us.”

“I think this kind of work is really helpful to other genealogists,” McGinnis said. “I think that next to a will, having an obituary is like having a treasure trove of genealogical information. “

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Brandon soldier helped feed an army in Iqaluit


A Brandon serviceman returns home today after spending the past two months on a mission in Iqaluit, where he helped produce clean drinking water for the city during its drinking water supply crisis.

Cpl. Yannick Gagnon, a cook with the 4th Engineer Support Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces, said he got the call he would send to Nunavut on a Sunday in October and was on a plane at 5 a.m. the following Tuesday morning to travel to Iqaluit as part of Operation LENTUS.

“You don’t know when [the calls] are going to happen because they’re usually just a disaster like Iqaluit was with the water situation, ”said Gagnon.

He arrived in Nunavut on October 26 and will be leaving the city today. He was originally scheduled to leave town on November 17, but was delayed until potable water was established in the community in early December.

Gagnon served as a kitchen officer while deployed, tasked with providing meals to troops on rotation in and out of town.

His service came with significant challenges.

“When you’re in such a small community like this, you can’t take advantage of the economy. I can’t go take a government credit card and buy groceries to feed 35 people, ”said Gagnon.

To feed the troops, Gagnon would liaise with a major in Ottawa, Yellowknife and 8 Wing in Trenton, Ont., Establishing weekly ration orders, and food would be flown into the area once a week. It was an act of logistical juggling that became even more complicated due to the unforeseen flooding in British Columbia.

“I definitely had to dig a lot into my back pocket to adapt and overcome logistical situations that were out of my control,” said Gagnon. “The overall logistics of receiving rations, which is all the food here, is something I’ve never had to do in my career. I wasn’t 100% sure what was going to happen and then had to adapt and overcome each time I got a ration order.

Gagnon’s days started at 6 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m. for the duration of his deployment.

“In the end, for my part, by trade, I am a cook, but my number one job is the morale and esprit de corps of the troops,” said Gagnon. “Cooking is your second job; the morale and esprit de corps of the troops is your number one priority.

Seeing the troops come in to eat after spending countless hours pumping water in temperatures dropping below -40 ° C gave him a little more energy to wake up each morning and push himself to create the best hearty meals possible for them. Gagnon would feed about 30 people per meal and make sure fresh bread and hot soup were available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The unforeseen circumstances that arose throughout their time in Iqaluit only demonstrated the resilience of the troops and residents of the city. Gagnon said it was amazing to see the troops at work, spending up to 16 hours a day bringing clean drinking water to the community.

“They would be absolutely beaten, but they know why they are here and that pushes them to be able to produce water.”

Gagnon’s feeding plan for the troops is affected by the water crisis. He had a 15,000-liter tank in the kitchen and had to boil anything that came through the back of the house.

“I just had to boil anything all the time. Imagine doing the dishes: I had to boil the water, then I would have a sink that I would pour water in all the time and that would be my cold water. And then I would have more water that was constantly boiled so that we knew the water was safe enough to use to properly clean the dishes.

He had time to explore the city and at the end of the operation some troops called him the “Operation Guide”. He earned this nickname because of how he got to know Iqaluit during the nearly two months he was there.

“It was a great experience,” said Gagnon. “It probably doesn’t sound like what you would expect. It is the most diverse, cultured, and smallest little community I have ever seen in my life. “

One of the most memorable experiences was participating in a Remembrance Day ceremony outside in freezing temperatures. The soldiers wore toques, gloves and several layers of clothing as they marched with the Iqaluit RCMP Detachment.

“If you’ve ever seen the RCMP in their parade uniforms, they can’t wear toques. They’re just wearing a top hat… so you just watched their ears turn an icy red, ”said Gagnon. “It has been a great experience to be able to relax a bit from the day-to-day operations of trying to produce water through the filtration systems so that we can recognize our dead who served before us.”

Gagnon’s father served in the Canadian Forces and was posted to CFB Shilo when Gagnon was eight years old. He then graduated from Neelin High School.

He first joined the military in January 2014 and completed his basic training in St. John, Quebec.

“I wasn’t originally born in Brandon, but this is my home. When someone asks me where the house is, I tell them it’s Brandon, Manitoba, ”said Gagnon.

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The controversy over the Salvation Army’s anti-racism guide reaches the bell-ringers of Saranac Lake | News, Sports, Jobs


Salvation Army bellringer Cheri Fisher is making noise as Saranac Laquier Peter Johnson donates outside the Saranac Lake Post Office last month. Bell Ringers will be collecting donations for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign at the Post Office and in front of Kinney’s in Saranac Lake until December 24. (Business photo – Lauren Yates)

SARANAC LAKE – Politically motivated media’s misrepresentation of a Salvation Army anti-racist guidebook makes local bell ringers question whether the charity is racist against white people. Some organizers are concerned that people will not donate this year due to the claims.

Conservative media accuse the Salvation Army of being “racist” against its white donors and claim that the charity demands that white donors apologize for their skin color. This has charity organizers fearful that people who believe the allegations will not donate to the organization this year.

The Salvation Army has called these claims “sensationalist” and said they came from people deliberately distorting the organization’s positive, anti-racist and anti-racist Christian message.

“Some individuals and groups have recently attempted to distort the label of our organization to serve their own programs,” Salvation Army Commissioner Kenneth Hodder wrote in a statement on November 25. “These claims are simply false and distort the very purpose of our work.”

The claims center on an internal study guide booklet – titled “Let’s talk about racism” – which the Salvation Army published earlier this year.

Local concerns

The issue in online publications has found its way to Saranac Lake.

“My volunteer bellmen arrested a few people to discuss the charge of racism against the Salvation Army” Saranac Lake Salvation Army bell ringing coordinator Maggie Mortensen said. “I would hate to lose people because of this.”

This hubbub over a brochure published in April only began when the Salvation Army’s biggest fundraising campaign of the year began.

“People say ‘We are not going to donate to The Salvation Army anymore because they support racism'” said Mortensen. “The bell-ringers tell me, ‘We don’t know what you’re talking about.'”

She said she wanted to end these allegations.

Hodder said the Salvation Army doesn’t think donors should apologize for their skin color, that America is an inherently racist country, or that opposing racism means the organization is moving away from it. Christianity in favor of another ideology.

Hodder said the Salvation Army’s mission is rooted in the anti-discrimination teachings of Jesus Christ.

“The Salvation Army believes that racism is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity”, he wrote.

How the complaint spread

Study guide “Let’s talk about racism” was published in April as an internal, voluntary resource intended to spark conversation and thought among Salvationists.

The brochure was published by The Salvation Army’s International Commission for Social Justice, which describes itself as a voice for justice for “The world is poor and oppressed.

The controversy surrounding it only gained momentum in November.

The guide was first published by the obscure conservative online outlet Virginia Central Nova News, whose parent company is owned by the founders of the Tea Party movement, according to Columbia Journalism Review. The site is run by people notoriously known for their bogus quotes and politically-oriented writings in their previous efforts, CJR reported.

The Central Nova News article featured the discussion points from the study guide for members as “requests” donors.

The first page of the brochure says, “This discussion guide represents the Salvation Army’s desire for internal dialogue. It is not a position or a policy statement.

“We don’t tell anyone how to think. Period,” Hodder wrote.

The article also claims the guide “Asserts that Christianity is institutionally racist”.

The guide recognizes the existence of racism in the church, but says this sin is contrary to the purpose of the church.

When the article was shared with a Salvation Army Facebook group, the main comments included racist myths and hostility towards people of color.

“People of European descent (sic) must start to wake up” a man wrote.

Another woman wrote that she volunteered for the Salvation Army, but quit when she saw a poster talking about helping refugees. She accused the Salvation Army of pushing “The extinction of the white race”.

When other conservative media picked up on the story – Fox News, The Daily Wire, and Breitbart – the implications of what this study guide was supposed to do became more sensational with each article, ultimately landing on the Marxist dystopia.

The International Commission on Social Justice has since deleted the guide and says it is under “Appropriate review”.

International Headquarters realized that some aspects of the guide may need to be clarified”, Hodder wrote.

What’s in the Study Guide?

The study guide tells readers to stop denying the existence of a systemic racism that keeps white Americans in power while depriving blacks of their civil rights; confront the white privilege of not being oppressed and not being “colorblind.” The guide says people look different and color blindness ignores the discrimination people of color face.

Readers are encouraged to think inside the possible sins they may harbor. The text asks Salvationists to “Complain, repent and apologize for the prejudices or racist ideologies held and the actions committed.”

Racism, even in small amounts, is, after all, a sin, says The Salvation Army.

This ideology has been dubbed “wake up” by The Daily Wire, but Hodder says tackling racism and discrimination has always been part of the Salvation Army’s Christian mission.

The Salvation Army supports residents with funds

Mortensen said last year was a banner year for the Saranac Lake ringers. Because the coronavirus pandemic made people feel charitable, they made a lot of private donations and raised around $ 30,000.

Mortensen said they were on track to raise about half of that amount this year – but said it was still a high number for the North Country.

“Almost all that money stays here in town”, she said.

The Salvation Army distributes the money locally through voucher writers who respond to requests from those in need and get feedback from regional offices.

Mortensen said they write about seven coupons a month now. These vouchers can be used for things like rent, utilities, fuel oil, medical bills, or new furniture, but they are limited.

She said a voucher can go up to $ 300. After that, she said the organizers would work with the Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council, High Peaks Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church or one of the other church groups in town to make up the rest.

In addition, this is a one-off offer per year. Mortensen said they can’t have “Frequent travelers” because that would deplete their warehouses and leave less help to others.

The goal is to help people get through a difficult time, she said.

“We want to help people get out of trouble, not allow them to stay in trouble” said Mortensen.

The red kettle bottoms also help store St. Luke’s food boxes each week.

Mortensen said people should call Salvation Army organizers to request a voucher, or just call the World Council – many council members are ringing the bell, too.

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Celebration of five centenarians, all “young at heart”


According to Ellen Gordon, director of resident life at Kaplan, it was the biggest celebration of 100-year-old residents to date in the assisted living community run by the non-profit Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. She said the five people, who participate in daily recreational and social activities, are proof that the aging process can be a process of grace, dignity and humor.

“Each of them has something to teach us,” she said. “They are wonderful.”

At the party, guests of honor were seated at a circular table in the center of the room, surrounded by around 35 of their fellow citizens and staff. Each winner wore a special pin and either a tiara or a bow tie because, as Gordon said, “You are always ladies and gentlemen. “

Left to right: Thelma Taylor, 100, Marty Lawson, 101, and Leon Ditchek, 101. They are all members of the Century Club.
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As guests enjoyed appetizers and a birthday cake, Gordon paid tribute to each winner: Taylor for her social commitment and daily exercise; Lawson for appreciating each generation, including the children he volunteered with at the on-site preschool before the pandemic; Ditchek for keeping up to date with the news while retaining his signature sense of humor; Morocco for giving back through volunteering; and Regis to live on his own terms.

Gordon then toasted champagne and sparkling apple cider. As the room filled with neighbors, friends and caregivers raised their glasses, she said, “God bless you and let all of us in this room take lessons from five of them on how to live well our life. life. Yours!”

Between kudos from his supporters, Ditchek said he was as surprised as anyone when he turned 101 on February 28. A native of New York and a World War II veteran, he moved to Kaplan Estates several years ago to be closer to his family in Ipswich.

“I lived on my own and didn’t eat very well,” said Ditchek, who enthusiastically maintained his habit of watching CNN in the assisted living facility. “All the food here is very good.”

In fact, Ditchek has said he’s especially happy to celebrate alongside Lawson, with whom he eats all three meals.

“Marty is a good man,” said Ditchek. “I am honored to be by his side.

“And I’m honored to be here with him,” said Lawson, a retired businessman who turned 101 on Nov. 9. “I never dreamed that I would be 100 years old. I thought 75 would be my limit. I think it’s very appropriate to draw attention to people who have turned 100 and over. ‘appreciate.

Taylor, who turned 100 on March 10, worked in retail and office administration until the age of 85. At Kaplan Estates, she enjoys all daily activities including arts and crafts, current events, and exercise classes.

“I’m lucky. It’s nice to be around people and keep busy, especially at this age,” she said.

“It’s wonderful to come together and see so many of us still active,” added Morrocco, a retired accountant and avid ballroom dancer turned card shark who celebrated her 101st birthday on August 10. The year before, her friends from the Peabody Senior Center, where she volunteered for nearly 30 years, arrived in a van adorned with a photo of Morocco to celebrate with her at Kaplan Estates.

Asked about her secret to longevity, the Moroccan replied: “Good Italian genes!

“You can either do something or sit down. I’d rather have a homework assignment, ”she added, joking that a kid 100“ sounded like 1000. And now I’m so old. Older, in fact!

Marblehead pianist Bill Sokolow closed the party with a performance of “Young at Heart,” after which he drew laughs and cheers for congratulating Regis on passing his age in the lyrics to the song “What if you had to survive until 105 / Look at all you ‘I’ll shoot from being alive.

“You beat the song by two years!” He said to a smiling Regis.

As the winners accepted balloons and plants to take back to their apartments, Morocco took one last look around.

“The party was amazing,” she said. “I am very grateful that I had this time to take advantage of it.”

Cindy Cantrell can be reached at [email protected].

Thelma Tayor, 100, tasted sparkling cider during the party.
Thelma Tayor, 100, tasted sparkling cider during the party. Suzanne Kreiter / Globe Staff
Kay Morrocco, 101, helps Rose Regis, 107, with her badge.  While there are differing opinions on why Century Club members live such long and independent lives, there is general agreement that they are proof that the aging process can be a process of aging. dignity, joy and humor.
Kay Morrocco, 101, helps Rose Regis, 107, with her badge. While there are differing opinions on why Century Club members live such long and independent lives, there is general agreement that they are proof that the aging process can be a process of aging. dignity, joy and humor.

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10 questions with Penn State Homecoming 2022 executive director Tim Nevil


Although junior Tim Nevil was appointed Executive Director of Penn State Homecoming in 2022 a little over a month ago, he already has plenty of ideas to help strengthen the organization in the months to come.

Also a member of THON, Nevil is extremely busy on campus and tries to stay as active as possible in both organizations. Despite his busy schedule, we found time to sit down with Nevil and chat about Penn State Homecoming, his favorite flavor of Creamery, and more.

Advanced state: What made you want to get involved with Penn State Homecoming?

Tim Nevil: When I got to Penn State I wasn’t sure much, but I knew I wanted to get involved on campus. Thanks to my involvement in another organization, I met several people strongly involved in Homecoming. They encouraged me to consider the organization. I came from high school with a relatively large homecoming for its size. I really liked the mission and goals of Penn State Homecomings to put the community and the ideals of the university at the forefront of what it does.

So, in my first year, I decided to apply for a captain position. After being a DJ captain, I decided to be a director in Homecoming. I held the position of Director of Distribution Management last year, which allowed me to see the organization and its events as a whole.

OS: As the Executive Director of Penn State Homecoming, what are some of your roles and responsibilities?

TN: My main role is to oversee the executive committee and help with decision making and planning of events and projects. I also act as the primary liaison between the organization and student / academic leadership.

OS: What are some of your goals or visions for Penn State Homecoming 2022?

TN: My primary goal and vision for Homecoming 2022 is to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our Penn State community. I hope to create a space where students, faculty and alumni can celebrate and learn about the rich tradition and history of our university while working to improve for the future to create a home in the state. for everyone.

In addition, I want to continue working to put diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront of our efforts. This can be achieved by providing a platform to share the countless stories of the under-represented but endlessly impactful Penn Staters.

OS: What’s your favorite part of Homecoming weekend?

TN: I think picking a favorite event throughout Homecoming week is super difficult, especially knowing how countless directors and captains work throughout the year to make any event such a success. Still, I love the parade because it’s an amazing way to wrap up our series of amazing weeklong events.

OS: What has been the most rewarding part of my involvement with Homecoming?

TN: To see the hard work of all the Captains and Directors pay off during the week, and also seeing so many people in the community come together to celebrate our university is so special and rewarding to me.

OS: Are you involved in anything else at Penn State?

TN: I am currently also involved in THON as the Chief Safety Captain on the Rules and Regulations Events Safety Committee. In between, most of my time is chewed up. But, I have to say, I really found a home on campus thanks to these two amazing organizations.

OS: What is your favorite place on campus to study?

TN: I don’t know if I really have a favorite place to study. I am rather nomadic when it comes to studying the spots. It’s definitely a place with friends to break up the monotony.

Operating system : If you could choose any flavor of Creamery ice cream to eat for the rest of your life, which one would you choose and why?

TN: Cookie dough. I mean, who doesn’t love a good cookie dough ice cream, especially when it’s Creamery ice cream?

OS: If you could take any Penn Stater past or present to lunch, who would it be and why?

TN: Guion Bluford, because having lunch with someone who’s been in space would be an amazing experience. Hearing Guion’s stories of breaking down racial barriers in American space exploration would be a humbling and rewarding opportunity. His work has truly left an endless legacy on our country and our university.

OS: If you could be any dinosaur, which one would you be and why?

TN: Velociraptor. Why? I do not really know. To be honest, I did a Buzzfeed quiz once – and by once, I mean Monday – and it said I was a velociraptor.

Ryen is an early childhood education student from “just outside of Philly” – or to be exact, 23.0 miles outside of Philly. She loves all things Penn State and was a great Penn State girl before she could walk. Send him pictures of puppies, or hate mail to [email protected]


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Mel Lastman “had a connection and a love affair with the people of Toronto”


Hundreds of people gathered in a chapel in North York with Lastman’s family after his death to pay their respects to the beloved former mayor on Thursday

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Toronto’s first megalopolis mayor and prominent businessman Mel Lastman was known to those around him as a colorful and at times scandalous politician who loved his family and his city. From creating a unified Metro Toronto area to participating in eye-catching TV commercials, Lastman knew how to make an impact.

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On December 11, the former mayor of North York and Toronto passed away at the age of 88. Hundreds of people gathered at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel in North York with Lastman’s family after his death to pay their respects to the beloved former mayor. Many notable names were in attendance, including Premier Doug Ford, Ontario Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips, former Toronto Mayor David Miller and Mayor John Tory.

In a statement posted to social media, Tory, who served as Co-Chair of Lastman’s Campaigns for Mayor of Toronto, said he was “a kind, generous man with a larger-than-life personality who always wanted to do the job. good thing for people.

Lastman’s impressive career in city administration spanned more than three decades. He was the third mayor of North York and the 62nd mayor of Toronto – the first to follow the 1998 merger of Metro Toronto.

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As mayor of North York and the then newly formed megalopolis, Lastman was favored by his constituents for his efficiency at city hall and his promise to keep property taxes low. He was instrumental in the development of the Yonge and Sheppard area, including the creation of the Sheppard Subway Line and downtown North York, which became a bustling business hub and home to Mel Lastman Square .

“He was a great mayor and touched many lives,” tweeted Premier Ford, adding that Lastman was “a true leader and builder.”

Paul Godfrey, a former city politician and longtime friend of Lastman, said Lastman was “the king of the citation.”

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“He wasn’t afraid to call a spade a spade,” said Godfrey, president of Postmedia Network, owner of the National Post. The media knew that if they put a microphone in front of him he would say something worth printing.

Lastman did not shy away from the controversy. After the January 1999 blizzard, the former mayor caught the nation’s attention when he called on the Canadian military to help clear the 118 centimeters of snow that had immobilized the city. While the move was frowned upon by some, Godfrey said “they cleaned the streets faster than anyone else.”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford arrives for the funeral of former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman on December 13, 2021.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford arrives for the funeral of former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman on December 13, 2021. Photo by Jack Boland / Postmedia

While he was known in public to be loud and confident, Godfrey said that in private, Lastman was shy, calm and not so outgoing. Most importantly, he said the former mayor was devoted to his constituents.

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“Mel Lastman had a connection and a love affair with the people of Toronto,” Godfrey said. “And the grassroots Toronto public loved Mel because he was telling the truth.”

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown tweeted: “I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mel Lastman. I got to know him while I was serving at the provincial level. He had extensive knowledge of Toronto, Ontario and Canada. He leaves behind a very impressive legacy of the construction of the city. Condolences to his family and friends. “

Prior to entering politics, Lastman was one of Toronto’s foremost businessmen, Godfrey said. He first made a name for himself following the ice cream trucks through town. When they stopped to deliver ice to someone for their cooler, Lastman would then go up to the door and try to sell them a fridge.

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“He probably knew that if he promoted his brand, which was Mel Lastman, he would become a household name,” Godfrey said.

Postmedia president Paul Godfrey was among those mourned at Mel Lastman's funeral on December 13, 2021.
Postmedia president Paul Godfrey was among those mourned at Mel Lastman’s funeral on December 13, 2021. Photo by Jack Boland / Postmedia

In 1955, Lastman opened Bad Boy Furniture, which he eventually transformed into a chain of stores located in the Toronto area. In a publicity stunt for his business, Lastman traveled to the Arctic to “sell an Eskimo a refrigerator.” In the 90s, Blayne, Lastman’s son, relaunched the channel. The duo created a television commercial that became memorable in Ontario for their last line: “Who’s better than Bad Boy?” Nooooonbody! ”

At Lastman’s memorial service, Godfrey said most of the moving speeches were made by the sons of the former mayor. Dale Lastman spoke about the impact that the death of his mother, Marilyn, in January 2020 had on his father.

“As Dale said, ‘My father died of a broken heart,’” Godfrey said.

While Godfrey has said the memorial service is on the move, it did not serve as a final goodbye to the iconic mayor of the megalopolis.

“Mel will live in the hearts of all of us for many years to come,” he said.

Lastman is survived by his sons Blayne and Dale, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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Kellogg has new tentative deal with striking union workers


Kellogg said Thursday that he had reached a second agreement in principle with a union representing around 1,400 workers at four American grain factories which have been on strike since early October.

The tentative deal, which would cover five years, was announced about a week and a half after workers rejected an earlier deal, prompting the company announce that he was moving forward with the hiring of permanent replacements for striking workers.

Last week, President Biden weighed in on the stalemate, saying in a statement he was “deeply troubled” by the plan for permanent replacement workers, which he called “an existential attack on the union and the jobs and livelihoods of its members “.

Part of the strike revolved around the company’s two-tier compensation system, in which workers hired after 2015 typically receive lower wages and benefits than long-tenured workers. The company said its veteran workers earn more than $ 35 an hour on average, while new workers earn nearly $ 22 an hour on average.

Veteran workers have expressed concern that adding lower paid workers will ultimately lower their wages and benefits as well.

Under the deal that was rejected last week, the company would have immediately converted all employees with at least four years at Kellogg to veteran status, and then converted an amount equivalent to 3% of the workforce at Kellogg. one factory each year of the five-year period. Contract.

The rejected deal would also have given veteran workers a 3 percent pay rise in the first year of the contract and cost-of-living adjustments during the contract. He offered new hires a progression from $ 20 an hour to just over $ 28 after their sixth year.

A spokesperson for the company said by email on Thursday that the new tentative agreement did not change the process for converting new recruits to veteran status, but that it “responds to the union’s request.” ‘Cost of living adjustments for all employees each year of the contract. .

The spokesperson did not say whether Kellogg hired permanent replacement workers.

“We value all of our employees. They have enabled Kellogg to provide food to Americans for over 115 years, ”CEO Steve Cahillane said in a statement. “We hope our employees vote to ratify this contract and return to work.”

The International Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Millers Union, which represents the workers, declined to comment on the details of the deal, but said the union would present the proposal to members over the weekend. and that the votes would be counted by Tuesday.

Earlier this week, Bernie Sanders, the Independent US Senator from Vermont, plans announced to hold a rally Friday on behalf of Kellogg workers in Battle Creek, Michigan, the location of the company’s headquarters and one of the striking grain factories. A spokesperson for Mr Sanders said the trip was still underway.


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These rock stars to perform Lou Reed and Sex Pistols albums at concert to benefit mental health – Daily News


Since 2018, Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison have joined forces to host an annual celebrity concert that raises funds for the nonprofit MusiCares to benefit mental health treatment.

The show, dubbed Above Ground, did not take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will resume for its third installment on Monday, December 20 at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. It will feature a host of special guest musicians including Corey Taylor, Slipknot frontman, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Jane’s Addiction Perry Farrell, singer Etty Lau Farrell, Idol rocker. and guitarist Steve Stevens and more.

“I missed it last year, because Billy and I fell in love with the cause, with the mission statement; we fell in love with the job and all the things that are needed to make this show happen, ”Navarro said in an interview with Zoom.

“It’s actually quite a different experience from our day jobs,” Morrison added on the same video call. “This kind of show is so different in terms of production, and when Dave said we fell in love with the job, it’s because he doesn’t show up and play ‘Jane Says’ or ‘Rebel Yell’ . We can do it with our eyes closed, but we really have to work on this show. “

  • Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro (left), Ministry’s guitarist Al Jourgensen and Billy Idol Billy Morrison perform at the Above Ground benefit party for MusiCares at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles in 2019 (Photo by Jim Donnelly)

  • Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro (left) performs with singer Juliette Lewis during the Above Ground benefit concert for MusiCares at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles in 2019 (Photo by Jim Donnelly)

  • Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro (left) performs with Tenacious D frontman and actor Jack Black to benefit Above Ground for MusiCares at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles in 2019 (Photo by Jim Donnelly)

  • Each year, Jane’s Addiciton guitarist Dave Navarro (left) and Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison host Above Ground, a star-studded benefit concert that raises awareness and raises funds for mental health for MusiCares. This year’s event will take place on Monday, December 20 at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.

Faithful to the tradition of choosing influential two-act musical releases – an American act and a British one – for the evening, the performers will cover all the songs in order from Lou Reed’s 1972 album “Transformer” and the Release of the Sex Pistols in 1977. “Don’t forget the bullshit, here are the Sex Pistols. “

In 2018, artists from the “Above Ground” lineup performed 1980s “Kings of the Wild Frontier” by Adam and the Ants and the eponymous 1967 album by The Velvet Underground and Nico. In 2019, they took on David Bowie’s 1972 “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” and the 1969 Stooge’s self-titled debut album.

“Every year we have to dive deep into these records and find parts that we maybe a little overlooked or missed when we just listened to them and we really dissect them and kind of go into the songs and doing that process is rewarding. , frustrating, distressing, ”said Navarro.

“And scary,” Morrison added, laughing. “Right before this interview, we go through the songs on the show and ask ourselves, ‘Are we doing something right? Is everything alright ?’ “

“It’s a little scary because we choose the albums that mean the most to us,” Navarro continued. “We want to render the greatest possible service to these albums. Therefore, there is no harsher criticism of our sound than Billy and I. Lots of bands do covers, and Billy and I are in a cover band called Royal Machines, but for Above Ground we tried our best not to just do our version of the songs, we try to get as close as possible. the sound of the album and it’s difficult.

Navarro said he chose Reed’s “Transformer” to play because “it was one of the most interesting and provocative albums I’ve ever heard.”

“If you listen to the lyrical content and the message Lou is talking about on this record and think about the climate today – but then you think about the climate when he wrote these things – that was light years ahead. on his time, “he said. noted. “He was basically saying these are people living their lives and doing well and just as complete and whole as you or me or anyone else.”

Morrison agrees.

“Hearing ‘Transform’ and someone singing about different sexualities, drugs and all that stuff affected me a lot,” Morrison added. “The other thing we’re trying to do with this show is play albums that you can’t go and listen to. We’re not going to play a Coldplay album. We love Coldplay, but they still exist. So we play albums that you can’t listen to live.

“The greatest album of all time for me – being British and being a teenager when it was released – is ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’,” Morrison continued. “It changed my life and I was very loud about it.”

The recipient of the evening, MusiCares, is an organization that provides funds and resources to workers in the music industry, and with so many of those people out of work and unable to tour or create over the past 18 In recent months, fundraising and efforts to encourage open talk about mental health is imperative, Navarro and Morrison agree.

“When we started this concept, it was before COVID and it was very necessary,” Morrison said. “Dave and I felt that we both suffered from trauma and mental health issues, but our philosophy is really very simple and it’s okay to ask for help. So if he and I can be really public about, listen, we’ve been there, we’ve been asking for help, and we’ve been very lucky to get some help, and we’re now living a loving life and fulfilling, so can you. It’s pre-COVID. Imagine the world now as we are? This message must be spread more than ever.

There’s also an on-site auction with artwork donated to raise more money by artists such as Morrison and Navarro, contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey, and Los Angeles-based graffiti artist Risk.

“I don’t know how we do this,” Navarro said with a laugh. “It’s not just us. It’s everyone who comes to perform and is part of it. Getting back to sanity, which is the most important aspect, at the end of the day here you are looking at two ex-junkies. It is therefore clear that we can overcome what causes suffering. “

Above ground 3

With: Billy Idol, Taylor Hawkins, Perry and Etty Farrell, Corey Taylor, Mark McGrath, Steve Stevens and more

When: 7 p.m. Monday, December 20

Or: Fonda Theater, Los Angeles

Tickets: $ 59.50 on AXS.com


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BG enriches its rich sporting history | News, Sports, Jobs


Bright sun rays on good news:

Sport can generate pride, in school and in the community, and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has enjoyed a strong sense of pride for decades.

The Marauders added their fourth Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association soccer championship last week to go with seven women’s basketball championships and the two Pennsylvania Catholic Interscholastic Athletic Association titles won by the boys’ basketball team. from BG in 1967 and 1970.

The latest football title came via a 21-14 victory over Redbank Valley last Thursday at Hersheypark Stadium.

Credit goes to Head Coach Justin Wheeler, his coaching staff, BG support staff and, of course, the Marauders players.

The Mirror will feature a tribute section in this weekend’s edition (December 18-19).

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Meghan Sinisi of Altoona is representing Pennsylvania this week in the Miss America pageant.

A 2013 graduate from Altoona Area High School, Sinisi is only the second Altoona native to win Miss Pennsylvania honors, joining Jill Shaffer Swanson, who was crowned in 1981.

Residents are invited to a “Watch the party” at 8pm tonight at the Buccinese Club in Altoona to support Sinisi in what is the 100th anniversary of the competition.

The show will air live on Peacock, NBC Universal’s streaming service. The contest ends with a week of appearances and activities.

Sinisi has brought a lot of positive publicity to Altoona, and we wish him good luck.

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The Blair Central Recreation and Parks Commission made a good choice in selecting former Mayor of Altoona and former Recreation Commission member Bill Schirf with his Respected Citizen’s Award at his classic community dinner on the 26th. February.

Schirf has always had the city and its recreation programs at heart and has contributed to about 40 community organizations over the past 50 years, according to Mike Hofer, executive director of Blair Rec.

The dinner, which is accompanied by an auction, has always been the organization’s biggest fundraiser.

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Last month, a bridge on Route 1008 over Chest Creek in East Carroll Township, Cambria County was named after Pfc. Kenneth John Ivory, a native of Chest Springs who was killed during the Vietnam War.

Ivory was 19 when he was killed in action on October 18, 1966 in Thua Thien Province during the Vietnam War.

A 1965 graduate of Bishop Carroll High School, the Chest Springs native enlisted in the military in March 1966 and was a member of A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.

We salute Ivory for his service, VFW District 26 for his role and Senator Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Cambria, who is also chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

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To all the community organizations that mobilize at this time of year to raise funds and offer food and gifts to the less fortunate around us, we salute you.

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20 direct consumer companies hiring in 2022, from Genies to Harry’s


  • DTC brands are facing unprecedented opportunities and new challenges.
  • Insider has highlighted 20 DTC brands people should bet their careers on in 2022.
  • They will face great competition for workers as millions of people have left their jobs this year.

Direct-to-consumer brands continue to see great opportunities – and great challenges.

The competition has become fierce as e-commerce platforms like Shopify have made it easier than ever to launch a brand online. At the same time, changes to consumer privacy policies like those made by Apple this year are making it harder for DTC brands to reach new customers.

But brands like Vuori in sportswear, Nurx in healthcare and Ergatta in connected fitness are gearing up for a big 2022 and growing their teams to do so.

Insider has found 20 of the best DTC brands to bet their careers on in 2022, focusing on companies that are raising venture capital and are currently hiring. To make the list, companies also had to have strong Glassdoor reviews.

Brand CEOs shared their plans for 2022 with Insider, along with what makes their company a great place to work. They will compete for talent, as millions of workers will quit their jobs by 2021, many in search of higher wages, better benefits and working conditions, or whole new opportunities.


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MARQUETTE – The New Free Boutique is currently celebrating the fifth anniversary of its grand opening. It’s a small store with a big goal. A little story reveals how a group of determined organizers joined the community and enabled The New Free Store to supplement more than 1,175 families in need with some of the basic necessities of life.

In 2014, some members of a local church made a commitment to help community members who were experiencing financial difficulties. The group held a series of free clearance sales in the basement of their church, which soon became known as the “The free store”. The organizers have solicited donations from the community in order to be able to supplement the necessities of life for free as many people in financial difficulty as possible. The group worked tirelessly and formed an all-volunteer non-profit organization, renamed “The new free store.” In 2016, the store moved to a small apartment building in Harvey.

Adopt the philosophy: “In God’s economy, there is always enough” the store continues its mission of serving those who need it most with clothes, linens, towels, sheets, blankets and other lightly used items to help others lead healthier lives. New personal hygiene and housekeeping products are also distributed each month and are mainly purchased through grants from community organizations. All items in the store are free for registered participants.

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Where is West Virginia on COVID-19 vaccinations?


CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Today, Tuesday, December 14, it’s been a year since COVID-19 vaccines became available in Mountain State.

Since then, 63.8% of eligible West Virginia ages 5 and older have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 53.4% ​​are fully vaccinated and 30.5% have received a reminder. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports that a total of 2,265,389 doses of the vaccine have been administered to residents of West Virginia.

According to DHHR, Kanawha County administered the most doses with 123,370 doses of the vaccine. Statewide, 41,152 doses of a first dose, second dose or booster were given in the past seven days.

To mark the anniversary of the vaccine’s availability, health experts statewide shared an open letter urging more West Virginia to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive their boosters for additional protection against variants such as Delta and Omicron.

“With the strictest safety oversight of any vaccine in US history and a year of evidence and experience, we remain confident in the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccination,” American Academy of Pediatrics West Virginia Chapter President Lisa M. Costello, MD, MPH said.

Health officials wrote the letter because of what they called a “troubling challenge” – the state’s overall low vaccination rate combined with COVID-19 variants are causing hospitalizations to rise and deaths as well as overwhelming health systems.

“Immunization is our most powerful tool to protect ourselves, ourselves, our communities and our health systems,” Costello said. “With this letter, we hope to remind West Virginia that the pandemic continues to have serious implications for all of our lives, and that the best way to reduce the consequences of COVID-19 is for everyone to choose vaccination,” Costello continued.

More than 30 West Virginia health and public health leaders and organizations signed the letter, which said, “It is devastating to see people suffering from what is now a vaccine-preventable disease. Yet, just as we were a year ago, we remain hopeful. We now know more than ever that the COVID-19 vaccine is our key to protecting ourselves and ending this pandemic, only if we all choose it. West Virginia, protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Please get vaccinated and boosted.

Below is a full copy of the letter:

A year ago, we wrote to you when the first COVID-19 vaccine was on its way to our Mountain State. Authorizing a safe and effective vaccine has been an important career milestone, bringing hope and relief during this life-changing pandemic.
A year later, we have seen hundreds of thousands of West Virgins choose the COVID-19 vaccination, alongside millions in the United States and billions around the world. For more than a year, COVID19 vaccines have undergone the most rigorous safety screening of any vaccine in US history. Scientific and medical evidence continues to support that vaccination is safe and highly effective in reducing the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
We trust COVID-19 vaccines because we have followed the science, and we see the role vaccination plays in protecting us, our loved ones and our patients every day. Without a doubt, countless lives have been saved thanks to the COVID-19 vaccination. This is why we have chosen to be vaccinated and why we recommend it to our patients.
We have made progress towards improving public health in the face of an ever-evolving pandemic. However, we still have a pressing concern: West Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination rates are among the lowest in the country, increasing our hospitalization rates from COVID-19.
When vaccination rates in a community are low, the virus that causes COVID-19 can more easily spread and turn into new strains. These are the “variants” you might hear about, like Delta or Omicron. New variants could be more contagious, cause more serious illness, or even develop in a way that allows it to overcome the vaccines that work so hard for us now. The spread of variants has contributed to the recent increase in hospitalizations and deaths in West Virginia.
We know that the overwhelming majority of people who are now hospitalized or who die from COVID-19 are not vaccinated. While no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing disease or disease complications, COVID-19 vaccines are our most powerful tool in protecting against serious illness and death.
If you have not yet chosen vaccination, please get vaccinated. West Virginia people aged 5 and over can now be protected from COVID-19. And if you were vaccinated more than 6 months ago with Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or more than 2 months ago with a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, please recall. Boosters are an important step in maintaining maximum protection against the virus and its variants.
The vaccines are readily available at several locations in all 55 counties. You can learn more and find a location near you at vaccinate.wv.gov.
A year ago, we wrote to you about how we mourned with the families we have cared for and served, watching them battle serious illness and death from complications from COVID-19. Many of those who survived continue to show symptoms weeks and months later – what you may have heard called “long COVID.” The images and memories of these West Virgins – some of whom are our neighbors, colleagues, patients or loved ones – remain and will remain with us for the rest of our lives.
It is devastating to see people suffering from what is now a vaccine preventable disease. Yet, just as we were a year ago, we remain hopeful. We now know more than ever that the COVID-19 vaccine is our key to protecting ourselves and ending this pandemic, only if we all choose it. West Virginia, protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Thank you for getting vaccinated and boosted.

Letter from wv healthcare leaders

The following health officials, listed alphabetically, signed the letter: Sven T. Berg, MD, MPH – CEO, Quality Insights; Kenneth Canipe, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP – President, West Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists; Lisa M. Costello, MD, MPH, FAAP – President, West Virginia Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics; D. Scott Davis PT, MS, EdD – President, West Virginia Physical Therapy Association; VJ Davis, RS, MS – President, West Virginia Association of Local Health Departments; Laura Davisson, MD, MPH, FACP – Governor, West Virginia Section of the American College of Physicians; Shawn Eddy – President, West Virginia Health Care Association; Sherri P. Ferrell – CEO, WV Primary Care Association; Suzanne Gharib, MD – President, West Virginia Rheumatology Society; Melissa Jensen, MSPA, PA-C and Megan Ross, MPH, CHES – Co-Chairs, WV Immunization Network; Jim Kaufman – President and CEO, West Virginia Hospital Association;
Howard Lafferty, DO – President, West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians; Sharon L. Lansdale, RPh, MS -President / CEO, Center for Rural Health Development, Inc .; PS Martin, MD, FACEP, FAEMS – President, West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of EMS Physicians; Eleisha J. Nickoles, DDS – President, West Virginia Dental Association; L. Michael Peterson, DO, FACEP – President, West Virginia College of Emergency Physicians; Kara Piechowski, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CTTS – Director, Tobacco-Free Me WV; Michael Robie, DO – President, West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association; Susan Russell, MSN, NE-BC, RN-BC – President, West Virginia Organization for Nursing Leadership; Gregory Schaefer, DO, FACS – President, WV Chapter of the American College of Surgeons; Angela D. Settle, DNP, APRN, BC, FNP – CEO, West Virginia Health Right, Inc .; Shafic A. Sraj, MD – President, West Virginia State Medical Association; Lauren WM Swager MD – Division Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and WVU Medicine, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry; Matt Walker – Director, West Virginia Independent Pharmacy Association; West Virginia Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives; West Virginia School Nurses Association; West Virginia Orthopedic Society; West Virginia Pharmacists Association; West Virginia Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; West Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists; and Joyce Wilson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C – President, West Virginia Nurses Association.

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Biden calls on tribes to influence high-stakes pipeline talks


The Biden administration has invited Great Lakes tribes to participate in unprecedented talks with Canada over the fate of a contentious pipeline that is creating what sources say is a rift between the two countries.

The Enbridge Inc. Line 5 litigation is at issue in a dispute resolution process established by the “1977 Transit Pipeline Treaty” that Canada first invoked in this case.

The treaty, Canada argues, secures the uninterrupted flow of petroleum products between the United States and Canada, while Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer pushes to close Line 5 in state court (Energy wire, 1st December).

Because the negotiations are unprecedented, experts say there is no way to tell when the talks will begin, how long they will last, or if the results will be public.

“That thing was never really used – period,” said Andy Buchsbaum, a lawyer with the National Wildlife Federation and lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School. “And certainly, the negotiations between these two countries never took place within the framework of this treaty.”

The 68-year-old Line 5 pipeline, which transports light crude oil and natural gas liquids from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, has become a lightning rod among tribal communities and activists concerned about the effects that ‘a spill could have on the Great Lakes.

In addition to treaty negotiations, the pipeline is also at the center of a fight in Michigan state court and an environmental review by the Army Corps of Engineers.

While the State Department has repeatedly said it is weighing political options and plans to enter into treaty talks with Canada soon, the Department has provided few details.

But Aaron Payment, president of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, confirmed that the State Department invited her tribe to participate in treaty negotiations with Canada.

Payment joined the 12 federally recognized tribes of Michigan last month in to call President Biden in supporting Whitmer’s efforts to decommission the pipeline, citing tribal fishing and hunting rights in the pipeline area that date back to an 1836 treaty.

The White House and State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Biden administration’s invitation to the Great Lakes tribes to intervene is notable given the limited information available on how the treaty talks would unfold. But the White House has spoken openly about giving tribes a big say in treaties and spurring consultation on energy issues.

“The Biden administration has been very silent on this issue and will soon have to take a stand,” said Kristen van de Biezenbos, professor of law at the University of Calgary.

“Yes [the White House] accepts that this treaty applies, and that appears to be the case since they agree to the arbitration process, “she said,” so do they think the provisions of the treaty would prevent Michigan from doing what he is trying to do this by forcing the removal of the Straits of Mackinac section of line 5? “

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Canada kicked off the arbitration process by invoking the pipeline treaty in early October and said formal negotiations would begin soon.

“Canada’s goal remains to work with the United States in these formal negotiations to seek a solution where Line 5 remains open and operates safely,” said the Canadian Embassy spokesperson, Diana Tan. “As this process is ongoing, we are unable to provide further details at this time. “

Now, time is running out to establish a three-person panel to decide the fate of a pipeline of disproportionate social and political importance.

Under the terms of the treaty, the United States and Canada each have 60 days to choose an arbitrator to represent them in the discussions and an additional two months to choose a third arbitrator who will serve as a neutral party.

If the two countries do not choose a third arbitrator within that time frame, either country can ask the president of the International Court of Justice to nominate a person or choose someone to make the decision, depending on the treaty. The third arbitrator, who cannot be a national of one or the other country, will then determine the place of the talks.

A decision in the dispute would be taken by majority and would be binding on both countries.

Van de Biezenbos said arbitrators usually have a legal background and some are former judges or lawmakers. Countries and large multinational companies, she added, generally opt for arbitration over court proceedings because, in addition to being confidential, the decisions do not set a legal precedent.

“Many parties (…) choose arbitration deliberately, so that if they have a dispute, the procedure and the decisions are all confidential,” van de Biezenbos said.

“It’s entirely possible that we won’t see the US submissions to the arbitrator. I mean, I’m not 100% sure, because we’ve never seen arbitration under this treaty before and there’s no specific procedure, ”she continued. “But normally you don’t have public access to arbitration submissions unless the parties agree to disclose them.”

It is unclear what role the Great Lakes tribes will play, but members called on the Biden administration to stop the pipeline and an underwater tunnel replacement project.

In a request to Biden earlier this year, the Michigan tribes that make up the Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwa, Odawa and Potawatomi asked the president to intervene and shut the pipeline, arguing that there is a reasonable risk of spill taking into account the history of the anchor. pipeline strikes.

Tribes also pointed to Enbridge’s track record, noting that the company was at the center of a spill that polluted the Kalamazoo River watershed more than a decade ago, a disaster that is still being remedied. .

In addition to asking Biden to revoke a 1991 presidential cross-border permit for Line 5, the Great Lakes tribes claim that Enbridge for years violated the security conditions of the 1953 easement and “repeatedly concealed these violations to the state, while putting the The Great Lakes are seriously threatened.

The White House did not respond to questions about inviting tribes to treaty talks or whether it asked other parties to participate.

Cross-border conflict

Line 5 battle fuels tensions between Canada and the United States over energy issues that began with Biden’s decision to shut down the Keystone XL pipeline to credits for electric vehicles in his debated “Build Back Better” proposal at Capitol Hill.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last month he had asked Biden directly about concerns arising from Line 5 at a trilateral summit as well as other issues complicating the countries’ trade relations. He gave no details of what they discussed.

In one letter First reported by POLITICO, Canadian officials told Senate leaders on Friday that the provisions of the “Build Back Better” bill “discriminate against Canada, Canadian workers and our auto industry”. They have officially threatened tariff retaliation against the auto industry and other parts of the U.S. economy if the provisions remain intact.

When asked about the treaty negotiations, an Enbridge spokesperson said any attempt to close Line 5 would have “serious ramifications” under the pipeline treaty and raise “substantive questions” about federal law relating to the pipeline. interstate commerce and federal jurisdiction over pipeline safety matters.

The company said Whitmer’s decision to shut down the pipeline and remove an easement for the project was a “clear violation” of the 1977 treaty.

“We greatly appreciate the Government of Canada’s efforts and its commitments to keep Line 5 open. We also greatly appreciate their desire to move forward with the timely construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel Project, ”the company spokesperson said.

Maryscott Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian American Business Council, said the pipeline and continuous flow of oil and other products – jet fuel, propane and refined fuels in the Midwest – are essential for Americans and Canadians.

“The issue of an international, multi-jurisdictional infrastructure that can be actioned by a single office holder is a daunting one, so it has a broader life,” said Greenwood. “We are completely interconnected. … It is important that we act as the integrated unit that we are and that we do not turn against each other.


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JPMorgan on hiring wave as it targets pan-European consumer bank


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LONDON, Dec. 14 (Reuters) – Chase, JPMorgan’s UK retail bank (JPM.N), plans to hire hundreds more next year to boost its workforce above 1,000 in order to help roll out investment, savings and consumer credit products, the company’s boss told Reuters.

The fledgling bank – the first overseas consumer bank for US giant JPMorgan – has already processed hundreds of millions of pounds of purchases across more than a million transactions, fueled by spending insanity as it approaches. Christmas, the bank said.

The business is a test for the lender as CEO Jamie Dimon plans to expand his massive U.S. retail banking franchise globally through a digital platform.

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Sanoke Viswanathan, head of international consumer activities at JPMorgan, said the company has hired 200 people since launching in September to increase its workforce to 800, and plans to hire hundreds more next year as ‘it was expanding its range of products.

JPMorgan plans to replicate the Chase model in other continental European markets over the next several years, he said.

“We had a plan and we are definitely ahead,” Viswanathan said. “We want to be present in all major European markets over time, everything is fine. The idea is to be pan-European.”

In Great Britain, the bank plans to expand in investment and savings services by integrating its acquired digital wealth manager Nutmeg, before embarking on consumer loans.

Creating new services will help him turn a profit over time, but Chase is expected to experience losses for several years in the meantime, Viswanathan said.

The new hires will span the entire company, including its headquarters in London and customer support centers in Edinburgh and Manila in the Philippines.

Viswanathan declined to release Chase’s customer numbers, but said registrations exceeded internal expectations and reaffirmed plans for expansion.

JPMorgan was ready to launch a UK retail bank if needed rather than slowing its growth, Viswanathan added. Banks are currently required to manage any retail bank with £ 25 billion or more in deposits on a stand-alone basis, although this rule is under review.

“We will deal with the consequences if we have to,” Viswanathan said. “The UK bank was not created to help fund investment banking. This is a real foray into long-term retail banking.”

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Craig Sincock to receive highest honor at Living Legends of Aviation Awards


Craig Sincock, Owner, President and CEO of Avfuel Corporation, will receive the Kenn Ricci Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award 2022 at the 19th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards. The award is the highest honor awarded during the ceremony on January 21, 2022.

When Sincock, a passionate aviator with a keen business sense, acquired Avfuel 37 years ago, he sought to disrupt and reinvent the aviation fuel supply chain. His tenacity has led to Avfuel’s evolution from a regional fuel distributor to a leading global supplier of aviation fuel and full service, offering everything from refueling equipment and comprehensive training programs. , aviation insurance and sustainable development solutions.

Sincock has dedicated his career to shaping and supporting the aviation industry. In this capacity, he was instrumental in reinventing the role of fuel distributors. Its competing counterparts quickly followed its business model and the industry changed forever.

Under Sincock’s leadership and entrepreneurial vision, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company has grown rapidly on a global scale. Avfuel now operates in 149 countries and serves more than 5,500 air services with more than 3,000 refueling locations worldwide, including more than 650 Avfuel-branded FBOs. Today, Avfuel supports all sectors of aviation including FBOs, Airports, Commercial Operators and Helicopters, Airlines, Cargo / Freight, and the Military.

Sincock sees his business as a way to serve the community through philanthropic initiatives, including health research, flight and aviation medical training institutions, veterans organizations, and aviation scholarships. . Sincock is an ATP pilot who frequently flies Avfuel planes.

Illustrating Ricci’s energy, enthusiasm and success, Sincock will also be inducted into the prestigious “Living Legends of Aviation” – an elite group of remarkable people with extraordinary accomplishments in aviation and aerospace. The Legends have over 100 accomplished men and women in their ranks, including entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, astronauts, record breaking, pilots turned celebrities and celebrities who became pilots. Legendary actor John Travolta is “the official ambassador of aviation”.

The 2022 Living Legends of Aviation Awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, honoring the new honorees of the year.

The Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, annually produces the Living Legends of Aviation Awards. Kiddie Hawk’s mission is to give children ages 4-7 their first flying lesson.


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Senior Emory Annie Li Selected as Marshall Fellow to Study in UK | Emory University


Annie Li, a graduate in history and sociology from the Emory College of Arts of Sciences, was shortlisted for the prestigious Marshall Fellowship, which was announced on December 13.

Li is among 41 US students selected for the highly competitive award, which covers up to three years of graduate study at any UK university with UK government funding. She is Emory’s eighteenth Marshall Fellow, and the first since 2017.

“This honor is a reflection of the curiosity and dedication that Annie Li has shown throughout her time at Emory,” said Emory President Gregory L. Fenves. “She sought knowledge at every turn, taking a truly dynamic approach to her academic experience by merging her faith and study of theology with an emphasis on racial and social justice to address the challenges that shape our past, present and our future.”

Originally from New Jersey, Li will pursue a master’s degree in philosophy with a focus on Christian ethics at the University of Oxford, researching the theological motivations behind transnational social movements. The work expands on his honors thesis, which examines the motivations of Chinese-American activists at the San Francisco Presbyterian Church in Chinatown (CCP) who participated in the southern civil rights movement and the original American movement. Asian to the west.

Li changed her plan to major in Creative Writing in second year, when Emory Historian Carol Anderson’s course on the Civil Rights Movement drew Li’s attention to the tension between theology and racial justice. .

Her time at Emory was a deep dive into that relationship, strengthening her understanding with formal studies that included graduate classes at Emory’s Candler School of Theology, conversations on campus and in the community, and discussions. projects that united them.

“I started to see how theology was used differently, from the KKK justifying violence and oppression to the black church finding ways to free people,” Li says. “As a person of faith, there is a compelling intellectual question as to how such different perspectives exist, using the same text and the same religious tradition. “

During her sophomore year on campus, Li leaned on this issue as a member of the Interdisciplinary Exploration and Fellowship Program (IDEAS), which fosters interdisciplinary conversations among undergraduates.

She has also worked as a teaching and research assistant in the Department of Sociology, assisting keynote speaker Tracy Scott in her study of undergraduate career culture. Scott, whose thesis focused on the sociology of religion, encouraged Li to pursue her questions in a wide range of departments and at Candler, where she took a religion and ethics course with Robert M. Franklin Jr., Professor Laney in Moral Leadership.

“Annie has a solid foundation for her beliefs, ethically, and asks questions not only to learn more deeply, but asks questions about what she is learning,” Scott says. “It allowed her to deepen her knowledge while realizing that she can have a dynamic faith and not a static faith. She wants to turn these notions of morality and justice into action.

Combine curiosity and community action

Li’s focus on community was at the heart of his study. On campus, she launched “Emory In Via: A Journal of Christian Thought,” Emory’s only undergraduate religious dialogue journal. Through IDEAS, she designed and curated a website that collected pandemic experiences from the Emory community, work that resulted in her being named an Imagining America Joy of Giving Something member last fall.

She used the scholarship to fund an oral history project, asking people from different religious traditions how they used their faith and spirituality in their community engagement. She completed the project after working as an intern with Fair Fight Action (a national voting rights organization) in the 2020 election.

That same summer brought the racial unrest of the murder of George Floyd and an increase in anti-Asian hatred and xenophobia due to the ongoing pandemic. Li drew on all of these experiences and research to come up with a series of community lectures on the civil rights struggles of Asian Americans in the South.

His idea was among five selected by Asian Americans for the advancement of justice last summer. The project has since grown into an initiative with the American Desi Activist Club of the Asian Pacific Islands of Emory.

“I saw a moral urgency to be an ally and to face these questions of justice and fairness,” says Li. “In the Christian tradition, the language of love encompasses loving both one’s own. neighbors and enemies with self-sacrifice. These are really radical ideas, so I wanted to have conversations about what that looks like in public life. “

Li is not only distinguished by his openness to his belief and similar clarity about his struggles, says Chris Suh, assistant professor of history, who is overseeing his honors thesis. She also has the ability to ask productive questions to use her faith as a vehicle for connection and community.

“She embodies what we love to see: connecting the liberal arts experience with making a difference in everyday society,” says Suh. “It’s a refreshing, old-fashioned approach to leadership, one that could impact the role of politics and faith by thinking deeply about how we engage. “

Li aspires to become a professor and plans to pursue a doctorate after his studies in Britain. Although she does not plan to be in the ministry, she is interested in working with churches and nonprofit organizations in community efforts as part of her career.

“My time at Emory was a process of discerning the intellectual issues that excited me and finding opportunities to serve others, which was at times an ambiguous and uncertain process,” Li said.

“Despite this, I am grateful to my mentors and peers who have supported and challenged my growth,” she adds. “I hope I can be a resource to help other people forge their own path.”


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Iconic Mayor Mel is remembered as the common man


“He spoke of the lip – but the lip was connected to his heart”

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Keeping the larger-than-life Mel Lastman safe has never been boring, recalls a retired cop who once led the former Toronto mayor’s security service.

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After learning of the iconic 88-year-old’s death on Saturday, Stewart Kellock was inundated with memories of the man he described as someone who “put people first in all of his decisions.”

“He had a sincere and deeply felt commitment to the city and all of its citizens,” Kellock said fondly.

He also recalls that Lastman “liked to confuse the waiters by ordering ‘Toronto water’ as the beverage of choice, that is, Toronto tap water, of which he was so proud.”

As Detective Sergeant in 2001, Kellock led Lastman’s protection service after 9/11 and “became a confidant”, sharing his thoughts with the mayor on issues such as “how to improve the quality of life for all Torontonians ”.

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Kellock couldn’t help but smile as he remembered keeping the mayor quietly outside his house on Halloween.

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“Children from all over were dropped off there for a treat as the Lastmans distributed packets of candy to the family,” he said. “They didn’t know there was someone in the bushes with a machine gun under their jacket.”

Retired Toronto Police Sgt.  and Canadian Armed Forces Captain Stewart Kellock, seen here in his military uniform, was assigned to lead the security service to former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman in 2001.
Retired Toronto Police Sgt. and Canadian Armed Forces Captain Stewart Kellock, seen here in his military uniform, was assigned to lead the security service to former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman in 2001. Provided

Kellock spent time with the New York Police Department as a counterterrorism advisor and served in the Canadian Armed Forces in Kosovo and Afghanistan before retiring from the Toronto Police after 33 years in 2010. He is now a professor. Counterterrorism and Extremism Center at Durham College. .

He recalls Lastman found himself in hot water during a meeting with a member of the Hells Angels at a downtown hotel on January 11, 2002.

Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman shakes hands with Hells Angel Motorcycle Club member Tony Biancafiore as he exits the Holiday Inn on King St. W. on Friday January 11, 2002.
Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman shakes hands with Hells Angel Motorcycle Club member Tony Biancafiore as he exits the Holiday Inn on King St. W. on Friday January 11, 2002. Toronto Sun (files)

Lastman attended a dinner for a Catholic delegation from World Youth Day to CNE and then stopped by a Holiday Inn on King St. W. where 400 outlaw bikers were celebrating the biker club’s first year. in Ontario.

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A Sun The photographer took a now infamous photo of Lastman shaking hands with a member of the Hells Angels, and the newspaper’s front page headline the next day shouted: “Mel’s Angels.”

“We were assured by his driver that he was driving home, so we were quite surprised to see this photo in the newspaper the next day,” Kellock said.

He wasn’t the only cop scratching his head in this photo.

On December 20, 2005, Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino and Mayor Mel Lastman sat in the cockpit of a new police helicopter.
On December 20, 2005, Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino and Mayor Mel Lastman sat in the cockpit of a new police helicopter. Toronto Sun (files)

Julian Fantino, the city’s police chief at the time, tried to leave his longtime colleague in doubt when contacted by Sun Columnist Joe Warmington for comment.

“He probably wanted to do his own intelligence work,” the former Toronto police chief said at the time. “Maybe he was tired of watching it on TV and wanted to see it for himself?”

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At the time, Lastman said he was just well behaved and explained that a lot of people wanted to shake his hand and pose with him for pictures.

“I would never refuse to shake hands with anyone,” he said at the time.

Fantino set the record straight on Saturday, telling the Sun he was at dinner with Lastman when the mayor got a message and had to leave.

Mayor Mel Lastman takes to the ice to help kick off the 17th annual North York Winter Carnival on February 14, 1997.
Mayor Mel Lastman takes to the ice to help kick off the 17th annual North York Winter Carnival on February 14, 1997. Toronto Sun (files)

Lastman later told the Chief that his decision to stop at the hotel on the way home had “nothing to do with the Hells Angels.”

“He went to see the manager of the Holiday Inn who was his friend,” Fantino said. “But they saw him come in and, the opportunists that they are, they orchestrated this photo.”

“She was just an innocent victim,” he added.

Fantino said that although Lastman’s actions and words were sometimes misinterpreted, he was “totally committed to the people.”

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“He spoke of the lip – but the lip was connected to his heart,” Fantino said.

Jack Layton (left) with Mel Lastman (center) being kissed on the cheek by Enza
Jack Layton (left) with Mel Lastman (center) being kissed on the cheek by Enza “Supermodel” Anderson to kick off Toronto Pride Week on June 22, 1998. Toronto Sun (files)

The founder of the Bad Boy Furniture chain, whose wife Marilyn died in January 2020, is survived by two children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Lastman, aka Megacity Mel, was the first mayor of Toronto after the 1998-2003 amalgamation. But it was while he was mayor of North York – from 1973 to 1997 – that Fantino met him.

Mayor Mel Lastman, left, and Maple Leafs winger Tie Domi enjoy a taste of Toronto's Own, a new lager brewed for the city by Molson Breweries on November 23, 1999.
Mayor Mel Lastman, left, and Maple Leafs winger Tie Domi enjoy a taste of Toronto’s Own, a new lager brewed for the city by Molson Breweries on November 23, 1999. Toronto Sun (files)

As the personnel inspector in charge of the 31st Division in 1988, a race relations committee asked Fantino to compile numbers on race-based crime. And when the public heard about these statistics, Fantino became the butt of outrage.

“All hell broke loose, but Mel stepped in to make it all right,” he said, recalling how well Lastman stood when lesser men might have thrown him under. bus.

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Like a scene from the major Toronto blizzard in January 1999 - and with the help of fake snow - Mayor Mel Lastman heads to his 7th annual two-day charity golf event at the Lionhead Golf Club in Brampton aboard the 'a Canadian Armed Forces Bison armored personnel carrier on September 7, 1999.
Like a scene from the major Toronto blizzard in January 1999 – and with the help of fake snow – Mayor Mel Lastman heads to his 7th annual two-day charity golf event at the Lionhead Golf Club in Brampton aboard the ‘a Canadian Armed Forces Bison armored personnel carrier on September 7, 1999. Toronto Sun (files)

Yes, Lastman was ridiculed for calling up the military in January 1999 after the city was crippled by a series of unprecedented snowstorms – a move he never regretted – but he also knew s ‘have fun.

  1. Mel Lastman has passed away at the age of 88.

    Mel Lastman, Toronto’s first merger mayor, has died at 88

  2. Former Mayor Mel Lastman is pictured in February 2005 at the farewell dinner for Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino at the Royal York Hotel.

    Large crowd expected to bid farewell to Mel Lastman on Monday

Whether he’s wrestling with professional athletes or hitting a waterslide, Lastman doesn’t leave great memories behind.

Mayor Mel Lastman helped open the “Waterslide” at Stan Wadlow Park in East York on August 1, 1999.
Mayor Mel Lastman helped open the “Waterslide” at Stan Wadlow Park in East York on August 1, 1999. Toronto Sun (files)

“At the end of the day, he didn’t play politics, he did the right thing for the right reasons,” Fantino said.

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As violence increases in Haiti, aid groups struggle to help


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FILE – People line up for food aid in Camp Perrin, Haiti on August 20, 2021, six days after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the region. The United Nations agency estimates it needs $ 97 million to help 1 million people in Haiti next year. (AP Photo / Fernando Llano, file)

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A spike in violence has worsened hunger and poverty in Haiti while hampering aid organizations fighting these problems in a country whose government struggles to provide basic services.

Few aid workers are willing to speak publicly about the cuts – perhaps worried about drawing attention after the October kidnapping of 17 people from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries – 12 of whom remain hostages.

But several confirmed, without giving details, having sent personnel out of the country and having been forced to temporarily reduce aid operations.

Gang-related kidnappings and shootings have prevented aid groups from reaching parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and beyond where they had previously distributed food, water and equipment. ‘other commodities.

A severe fuel shortage also prevented agencies from operating at full capacity.

“It’s only getting worse in every way it can,” said Margarett Lubin, Haiti director for CORE, a US nonprofit organization.

“You see the situation deteriorating day by day, affecting life at all levels,” Lubin said, adding that aid organizations have gone into “survival mode”.

Few places in the world depend as much on aid groups as Haiti, a nation often referred to as “the republic of NGOs.” Billions of dollars in aid have flowed to hundreds – by some estimates several thousand – of aid groups even as government has become weaker and less efficient.

Shortly after the assassination of the president on July 7, Prime Minister Ariel Henry took charge of a country still struggling to regain political stability. Almost all seats in parliament are vacant and there is no specific date yet for a long-delayed election, although Henry has said he expects them early next year.

Less than ten elected representatives currently represent a country of more than 11 million inhabitants.

And in the streets, the gangs hold the power.

More than 460 kidnappings have been reported by the Haitian National Police so far this year, more than double what was reported last year, according to the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti.

The agency said Haitians “live in hell under the yoke of armed gangs. Rapes, murders, thefts, armed robberies and kidnappings continue to be committed on a daily basis, on populations often left to their own devices in the disadvantaged and marginalized neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince and beyond.

The agency added: “Without being able to access these areas under gang control, we are far from knowing and measuring the extent of these abuses and what Haitians really experience on a daily basis …

“Humanitarian actors have also limited their interventions due to security risks for their staff and access problems,” he added.

Large organizations like the United Nations World Food Program have found other ways to help people, such as using barges rather than vulnerable trucks to transport goods from the capital to the southern region of Haiti. But small organizations do not always have such resources.

World Vision International, a California-based organization that helps children in Haiti, told The Associated Press it had moved at least 11 of the 320 employees due to the violence and was taking undisclosed safety measures for other members of the team. staff.

Water Mission, a South Carolina nonprofit, said it was considering moving to other parts of Haiti and said kidnappings and general violence had forced it to change its staffing plans. to ensure the safety of people.

“These issues sometimes cause a slowdown in progress in our ongoing work on the drinking water project,” the organization said. “However, we continue to work despite the temporary disruptions that occur.”

The difficulties arise at a time when calls for help multiply. A magnitude 7.2 earthquake in mid-August destroyed tens of thousands of homes and killed more than 2,200 people. The country is also struggling to cope with the recent arrival of more than 12,000 deported Haitians, the majority from the United States.

In addition, more than 20,000 people have fled their homes due to gang violence this year, according to UNICEF, many of whom are living in temporary shelters in extremely unsanitary conditions and the pandemic. The United Nations agency estimates it needs $ 97 million to help 1 million people in Haiti next year.

Among them, Martin Jean Junior, a fifty-something who sold scrap metal. He said his house was burnt down in mid-June amid fighting between police and gangs.

“I’ve been on the street ever since,” he said as he lay on a blue sheet he had spread out on the hard floor of a school in Port-au-Prince temporarily converted into a shelter.

Things could soon get worse: A prominent gang leader warned Haitians this week to avoid the besieged community of Martissant, as rival gangs will fight each other in the coming days.

“Even dogs and rats will not be saved. Anything that moves, trucks, motorcycles, people, will be considered an ally of Ti-Bois, ”the gang leader known as“ Izo ”said in a video, referring to a rival gang. “Martissant is declared a combat zone, and those who ignore this warning will pay with their lives.” “

Most are already avoiding the area for fear of being kidnapped, shot, or having their cargo looted. This largely cut off the southern peninsula from the country because the main road runs through the neighborhood.

Among those recently killed by crossfire in Martissant include a nurse, a 7-year-old girl and at least five passengers on a public bus. Violence forced aid group Médecins Sans Frontières in August to close an emergency clinic that had served the community for 15 years.

Liman Pierre, a 40-year-old mechanic, said he had recently had to drive through Martissant to get to work and saw four dead, including two elderly neighbors and the biker carrying them.

“Criminals kill with impunity and leave the dead to dogs,” he said. Those who are not devoured by dogs are set on fire, outright. It cannot be.

For the moment, Pierre is sleeping in the streets of Port-au-Prince because he fears having to cross Martissant to get home: “We don’t even have the opportunity to visit relatives and friends in difficulty.

“The state does not exist,” says Pierre. “Criminals have been in power for over six months. It is December and we do not see the light at the end of the tunnel.


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QRCS and JNRCS sign pact to provide medical aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan [EN/AR] – Jordan


December 12, 2021 – Doha: An official delegation from the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is visiting Jordan, composed of Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, secretary general, Dr Fawzi Oussedik, responsible for international relations and of international humanitarian law, and Naglaa Al-Hajj, responsible for international development. They are accompanied by Dr Mohamed Al-Sousi, head of the QRCS representative mission in Jordan.

During a visit to the headquarters of the Jordanian Red Crescent Society (JNRCS), Mr. Al-Hammadi signed a cooperation agreement with Ing. Omar Abu-Goura, Vice-President of JNRCS, to launch a prosthesis project for the benefit of Syrian refugees with disabilities in Jordan. The project’s action plan is to provide upper and lower limb prostheses, mobility and accessibility aids, psychological support and physiotherapy for the beneficiaries.

In a statement, Al-Hammadi welcomed the signing of this agreement serving Jordanians and Syrians in Jordan, with its positive role in providing specialized medical services to people in need. He highlighted the strong relationship between Qatar and Jordan, with JNRCS being a strategic partner of QRCS in its humanitarian work in Jordan.

Dr Nehal Hefny, head of the delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Jordan, stressed the importance of the humanitarian partnership with QRCS and JNRCS and considered the signing of the agreement as a response to the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable groups in Jordan.

During the meeting, Mamdouh Al-Hadid, Deputy Secretary General and Head of Programs / Operations at JNRCS, revealed a new joint surgical program involving 420 surgeries for Syrian refugees and the vulnerable local community. He referred to recent maintenance work at JNRCS Hospital, funded by QRCS and other Movement partners, with the aim of improving the quality of health services provided to patients.

On the second day of the visit, the QRCS delegation attended the Workshop on the Auxiliary Role of National Societies, jointly organized by JNRCS, QRCS and IFRC in Amman, Jordan, under the title “The Concept of Role auxiliary in the literature of the international community Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement ”.

Mr. Al-Hammadi delivered a speech at the workshop, in which he said: “With the increase in the number and scale of disasters and humanitarian crises around the world, the challenges and complexity of the Humanitarian action has also increased in an unprecedented manner. One of the main challenges is the blurred vision of the role of National Societies, which is to support States in their humanitarian, social and development policies / efforts. As a result, National Societies are either seen as politicized and affiliated with government, or subject to work and financial restrictions by local authorities ”.

“National Societies have a unique peculiarity,” explained Mr. Al-Hammadi. “They are global humanitarian organizations, which follow basic principles and rules that govern humanitarian action and ensure its independence, neutrality, dissociation from differences and political prejudices, and focus on people from across the country. whole world “.

He added, “We all believe in these ideals and we stick to them. This is precisely where we differentiate ourselves from other local, regional and international organizations in any other sector. On the other hand, as National Societies, we belong to our own nations, live in their territories and represent them in international humanitarian action and events. It is therefore our duty to respect their laws and public policies, to take their interests into account and to protect their reputation ”.

“So humanitarians are both local and global. They are independent but disciplined and committed. This is what National Societies really are and how they should be understood and treated by outsiders. Therefore, the misconceptions must be corrected, their history and their objectives popularized, their mission facilitated and they made it possible to do their job well ”, concluded Mr. Al-Hammadi.

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About the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteer organization that aims to help and empower vulnerable people and communities without bias or discrimination.

QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 191 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC organizations, Arab and Islamic, such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Organization of the Red Crescent and the Red Cross (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.

QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has international relief and development projects underway in a number of countries across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. QRCS humanitarian actions include support for disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, health care and social development to local communities. She is also active on the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by harnessing the power of humanity.

QRCS works under the aegis of the seven international humanitarian principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.


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Local cadets participate in wreaths across Canada


Provided by the 325th Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Kiwanis Cornwall

Since 2015, local Air, Army and Sea Cadets have participated in wreaths across Canada. This year was no different for 13 cadets from the 325th Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Kiwanis Cornwall and Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Stormont. On Sunday, December 5, 2021, sixty-five wreaths were laid on the headstones of men and women who served in the Canadian Armed Forces in Cornwall and South Stormont.

It was the 7th year for the cadets in what has become an annual event. The goal of Crowns across Canada is to continue the commitment to always remember those who have served for our country. The phrase We Will Remember is always associated with Remembrance Day, however, most do not continue to be remembered beyond the period of November 11. This is an event where young people can pursue the commitment to always remember.

“Wreaths across Canada are more than just laying a wreath. It is important to remember our fallen troops even outside of Remembrance Day, ”said Sgt Treyson Garner, a cadet from 325 ARCCA. “Every time I laid a wreath, I thought about the life of this fallen soldier and what they were doing so that we could live ours in peace. It was a way of showing our great gratitude to those who could not return home. That’s what Crowns Across Canada means to me.

Being able to participate in wreaths across Canada takes on special meaning for PO1 Maylee Larking, a sea cadet in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Stormont. “It is a privilege to be able to recognize soldiers who sacrificed their lives to grant me the freedoms and the rights that I have today. To be able to lay a wreath on my great-grandfather’s grave is a huge honor as I can recognize the service and sacrifices he made for his friends, family and the country as a whole, ”said Larkin .

Wreaths Across Canada was created by WO (retired) Craig McPhee after being inspired by a similar event in Arlington, Virginia. The event takes place on the first Sunday in December with the aim of honoring the thousands of men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who lay eggs in plots across the country. The main activities of Wreaths Across Canada are focused on the National Military Cemetery, located at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.

This year the wreaths were handcrafted by students from Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. Elementary and secondary school students were part of the team that made 120 wreaths under the supervision of Mr. Nigel Carlisle. The wreaths were made of evergreen branches, with a red bow attached.

Part of Wreaths Across Canada’s mission is to honor those who have served Canada as members of our military and to teach young Canadians the value of freedom. It says a lot about the role local cadets and students play in ensuring those buried locally are remembered.

The wreaths made by CCVS were for cadets in Cornwall and Glengarry, covering 21 cemeteries in Cornwall, South Stormont, South Glengarry and North Glengarry in partnership with cadets from 253 Claude Nunney VC Squadron of Royal Canadian Air Cadets , located in Lancaster.

Each year, the list of burial sites covered by local cadet units continues to grow. The list has
went from 27 in the original year to 120 this year. Each year, cadets continue to find other
graves in the spotlight, and this year was no different. While laying wreaths this year, Cornwall Cadets have found 38 additional gravestones which will be added to the list for next year.

The cost of the wreaths is currently covered by the Cornwall Air Cadet Squadron. Donations and
sponsorships are certainly appreciated to help cover the costs of remembering and honoring those who have served for Canada.


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Schafer: The fruits of Honeywell’s long-standing dedication to the quantum computer are now visible


“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago,” is a quote from Warren Buffett so famous that consumers continue to search for the perfect holiday gift. can easily find a T-shirt or mug with it.

It’s great if someone feels inspired by this to plant a tree next spring, but Buffett has made a reputation as an investor. He was talking about the value of long-term thinking – how, with patience, a small investment can turn into a huge return.

We keep citing this not because it’s another Buffett gem, but because business executives so easily overlook this lesson.

Things that take a long time to happen aren’t inherently better, but breakthrough products, enduring brands, and major market share don’t just happen in a quarter or two.

This is what is so interesting about Honeywell’s adventure in quantum computing. They are getting it, or at least enough people have done it in its recent history to support its development.

Honeywell International announced in the summer that it would separate its quantum computing unit and merge it with a company in the UK, creating a company controlled by Honeywell called Quantinuum. This new company will hopefully attract investors interested in the emerging quantum computing market. This merger has just ended.

Honeywell International isn’t exactly the same previously Minneapolis-based Honeywell company that older Minnesota residents may remember. But there’s a lot of the old Honeywell DNA in Honeywell International.

The quantum computing business started here in Golden Valley. It wasn’t the kind of business that someone with a short-term thinking, whether it’s next quarter or next year, would even try to try. This company started over ten years ago and Quantinuum has just launched its first commercial product.

As for the potential, the numbers on the potential size of the market suggest something over $ 1 trillion.

And maybe there’s something more to learn about the long horizons of Honeywell’s IT project: how to appreciate the value of corporate legacy.

In a story told by Honeywell over 10 years ago, a new leader of a small business incubator project assessed the knowledge available to Honeywell: advanced capabilities in optics, lasers, cryogenics, ultra-high environments. -empty and, of course, over a century of experience with controls.

Honeywell staff scientists have pointed out that with this portfolio of knowledge and technology, the company could build a quantum computer, said the executive who heads the quantum computing business.

Companies use different approaches to develop quantum computers, but they all promise to be much faster than traditional computers. How it works is beyond my comprehension, except that quantum computing goes beyond traditional computing use of binary bits, represented by a 0 or 1, which store information.

In quantum computing, building blocks are “qubits” that are not binary and can exist in multiple states at the same time.

Some leaders in the segment are completely unknown, such as Rigetti & Co. or Xanadu Quantum Technologies of Canada, which raised $ 100 million this year.

Yet the list of known leaders also includes Microsoft Corp., International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and Honeywell, founded in 1975, 1911 and 1885 respectively.

It has been more than two decades since Minnesota lost the headquarters of Honeywell, then one of the state’s top business leaders, when it was acquired by AlliedSignal. The head office was first consolidated into the home of AlliedSignal in New Jersey, with Honeywell International now based in North Carolina.

The name Honeywell comes from a founder on the company’s family tree, but William R. Sweatt and his descendants are entrepreneurs who deserve credit for developing Honeywell in Minnesota.

The Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Co. was a control company, particularly for regulating heat in homes. Before this type of technology, when homeowners got cold they put more fuel in the stove or furnace and when they got too hot they had to stop adding fuel. Automation that made life so much easier.

Honeywell expanded into other lines of business and at one point became a major player in the US mainframe industry.

This was around the time when the American computer industry was known as IBM and BUNCH, an acronym that referred to IBM’s top five competitors.

The “U” stood for Univac, with a strong presence here in the Twin Cities, and the “C” was for Control Data Corp., based most of its life in Bloomington and possibly IBM’s only real rival during this period. The “H” was for Honeywell, based in Minneapolis.

The rise of this high-tech industry here in Minnesota is a big part of the transformation of the state’s economy. Personal income in Minnesota went from lagging Midwestern neighbors like Wisconsin in the 1940s to overtaking them in the 1960s.

This mainframe era did not last that long and Honeywell left the company completely.

It would be stretching the truth beyond breaking point to suggest that Honeywell’s quantum computing business grew out of the roots of Honeywell’s computing business. Yet it has grown from Honeywell’s vast pool of know-how and broad technology portfolio.

Honeywell now owns 54% of Quantinuum, ready to raise a lot of capital to pursue what appears to be a great opportunity.

Booming profitability remains a long way off and might never happen, but the Honeywell team deserve a lot of credit for taking the first big step.

This happened when they realized that with time and money, maybe they could build a revolutionary machine, and then decided to give it a try.


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Live With This Herbal Recipe From Youth Health Advocate Haile Thomas – Food Tank


At each age, Haile Thomas’ life has revolved around nutritious food. Her Jamaican immigrant mother taught her how to cook when she was five, and three years later, when her father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, her family turned their diet and lifestyle into a nurturing center and restorative food. When Thomas was 12, she founded The organization HAPPY, a non-profit organization that promotes the mental and physical well-being of young people by developing knowledge about diet and self-advocacy. At 17, she was the youngest certified integrative health coach in the United States. With her messages of healthy eating and youth empowerment, she has appeared in the White House, at Food tank tops, and in the national media.

And last year she published a cookbook-slash-empowerment-manifesto, Live alive, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. In addition to the more than 80 herbal recipes, his book opens with a series of essays on his upbringing, how we are shaped by what we consume and Thomas’s seven “Power Points”. From wellness and relationships, to education, creativity and community, and conversations with young women who embody these principles, Thomas breaks down the components of a lively life. And as one of the essays notes, the book is meant to be interactive – “a place where food stains and deep thoughts can coexist!” She writes – so there are journal pages and writing prompts to encourage thought and action.

“We really want [youth] see food and cooking as something that can really permeate their daily life and be something super fun and accessible ”, Thomas told Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg at the Food Tank Summit 2018.

For our third monthly cookbook series, Food Tank is excited to share Thomas’ recipe for Red Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce. If you missed the first few installments of our cookbook series, we’ve featured two recipes from Jubilee, Toni Tipton-Martin’s award-winning exploration of hundreds of years of black cuisine, and a selection of fall recipes from Beth Dooley’s local and seasonal cookbook The lively cuisine. Make sure to grab these recipes, but first, join us as we cook and live a busy life with Haile Thomas!

And one more thing: when you cook this recipe at home, let us know! Tag us on social media @FoodTank or #FoodTank so we can admire your meals and share your photos.

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Red roasted cauliflower steaks with chimichurri sauce

Makes 4 servings

Knowing how to season and roast a good cauliflower steak is essential at home, so I pass this favorite recipe on to you! Due to the neutral flavor of cauliflower, it’s a great canvas for spices and sauces that really pop. Serve with your favorite vegetables and grains!

—Haile Thomas, Living Lively: 80 Herbal Recipes To Activate Your Power And Nurture Your Potential

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut through the core into four slices about ½ inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

  • ½ cup of fresh cilantro, leaves and stems
  • ½ cup of fresh parsley, leaves and stems
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt

1. To roast the cauliflower: Preheat the oven to 425 ° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, combine garlic powder, paprika, thyme, cayenne pepper and salt to taste.

3. Arrange the cauliflower “steaks” on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle the herb and spice mixture evenly on both sides of each cauliflower steak. Drizzle the cauliflower steaks with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

4. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cauliflower is golden and crisp on top.

5. Meanwhile, to make the chimichurri sauce: In a food processor, combine the cilantro, parsley, basil, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and salt to taste and mix until smooth consistency. Put aside.

6. Drizzle the steaks with the chimichurri sauce and serve.

From LIVING LIVELY by Haile Thomas Copyright © 2020 by Haile Thomas. Reprinted with permission from William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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Oregon State University Board of Trustees Selects Research Firm for Next President


Oregon’s largest university has taken its final step toward finding a permanent leader to replace the president who left amid controversy earlier this year.

A committee of the Oregon State University board of trustees chose the Isaacson, Miller company to lead the search for the university’s next president.

The hiring of Isaacson, Miller comes after former university president F. King Alexander resigned earlier this year after being criticized over how allegations of sexual misconduct were handled in his last institution, Louisiana State University.

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The OSU board spoke with representatives of the company about the research process at its meeting on Friday.

“Isaacson, Miller has a long history of working with OSU on executive search,” administrator Julie Manning said at the meeting.

Manning said the firm recently worked with the university on research to fill one rector position and two vice rector positions.

Former OSU President Alexander was chosen as part of a completely closed and confidential research process. The OSU board said it was embarking on a more open process this time around. But, part of the presidential research will remain confidential – including the selection and interviews of semi-finalists.

“In order to attract the largest and most diverse pool of candidates, the board of directors decided upon retirement to allow for some confidentiality,” Manning said on Friday. “However, transparency of the process, of the research, is also important.”

Members of the OSU community will have the opportunity to provide input as the presidential search begins in earnest.

OSU Board of Directors, Isaacson, Miller and the Research Committee – made up of administrators, faculty, students, OU President Michael Schill and others – will host listening sessions community early next year.

These sessions will be scheduled once the search committee has the opportunity to meet in January, Manning said.

From the sessions, the search committee, the company and the board of directors will create a “leadership profile” to begin the recruitment process.

David Bellshaw, Isaacson’s partner Miller, said other universities across the country are also currently conducting presidential research or are in the process of starting, such as the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bellshaw said a small part of the process will accept nominations, but much of Isaacson, Miller’s work will actively engage potential candidates.

“We’ll be holding an effort to make sure people understand what the unique value proposition is, what is the thing they can do on this platform that you can’t do anywhere else in the country,” Bellshaw said. .

Bellshaw acknowledged that OSU would likely have a hard time recruiting current university presidents, as the finalists will need to travel to OSU and publicly meet with the campus community.

“There is a public part in there, so that can limit us a bit, but there are provosts; there are deans, ”he said.

Julie Filizetti, another partner of Isaacson Miller, said a commitment to advancing work on diversity, equity and inclusion will be a crucial part of finding valuable candidates.

“Throughout the process, in our conversations with them, we ask them to philosophically describe why they believe diversity, equity and inclusion are important to them as a leader and for an organization,” said Filizetti. . “And then, on a very practical level, what have they done to increase the diversity of an organization? “


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Australian army to withdraw Taipans in favor of Black Hawks


by Gareth Jennings

Australia will replace its MRH-90 Taipan helicopters (foreground) with new UH-60M Black Hawks, the country’s defense minister announced on December 10. (The Commonwealth of Australia)

The Australian military must prematurely withdraw its fleet of NHIndustries NH90 transport and assault helicopters (MRH-90 Taipan in national service) in favor of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk.

Defense Minister Peter Dutton’s announcement on December 10 will see the Australian Defense Force (ADF) replace its 41 Taipan with up to 40 Black Hawks.

“The performance of the MRH-90 Taipan has been a constant and well-documented concern for [the Department of] Defense, and there has been a significant effort at great cost to try to address those issues, ”Dutton said.

The Department of Defense (DoD) said, “The MRH-90 helicopter fleet did not meet contractual availability requirements and expected cost of ownership prior to its planned retirement from service in 2037. To support the development of Detailed options, the Australian government has requested information from the United States government on the UH-60M Black Hawk as an alternative platform to the MRH-90 Taipan. The options will still be subject to government consideration once all the relevant information is available. “


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The Stevanato group expands its headquarters


Pharmaceutical glass manufacturer Stevanato Group is to expand its head office.

He said the expansion of its headquarters in Piombino Dese, Italy would advance the operations and growth of the company.

The new 6,750 m2 facility should support the optimization of its industrial footprint, with around 2,500 m2 dedicated to increasing the production of high added value products.

In addition to hosting offices, the Italian analytical services site and R&D space, it is also expected to include new glass syringe forming lines intended to boost production of EZ-fill solutions, which are containment solutions. of pre-sterilized drugs that reduce the total cost. of ownership and time to market for pharmaceutical companies.

Franco Moro, CEO of the Stevanato group. “By further expanding our production capacities here at home with this new space, we hope to be able to meet capacity demands while our exciting projects in the United States and China are underway. “

Construction of the new building began in September 2021.

The company plans to install and validate new lines in the second quarter of 2022, and expects industrial production to begin between the end of the second quarter and the start of the third quarter of 2022.


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For the first time in decades, earnings grow faster for low-wage workers


Abramson pays his employees at ECI stores about $ 3 more per hour than they were two years ago, and now offers a pension plan. The bump doesn’t just keep its businesses on staff, it attracts better employees, including some who have been exhausted by stressful jobs in education and healthcare. “As a company that is surviving the pandemic,” he said, “we are more adaptable now. “

In the past year, the lowest-paid workers have seen their incomes rise by around 8%, according to a new To analyse by Arindrajit Dube, economist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While 5.5% of this gain was absorbed by inflation, those in the bottom third of the salary scale (taking into account occupation and worker demographics) saw their incomes rise in average, while in the top 70% they declined. .

Over the summer, for example, those earning $ 15 an hour saw their wages increase by about 1%, which explains inflation, while incomes fell by 0.2%. for those earning $ 30 an hour.

“It’s striking,” said Dube, “because it’s pretty much against the grain of the past 40 years where we’ve seen wage growth be the exact opposite.”

And it is particularly noteworthy that this is happening during a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on many employers who are raising wages, he said, including those in retail, hospitality and transportation. Workers are quitting their jobs at an all-time high, especially in lower-paying industries, as safety and childcare concerns persist. Early retirements are on the rise and the number of immigrant workers is falling. Some people are also rethinking their priorities.

“There’s a sense in which people who had particularly bad jobs, if you will, are less likely to want to stay there, and that creates that pressure,” he said.

Overall, real average hourly earnings, which represent inflation, have declined 1.2 percent over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But wage growth “has accelerated considerably” in the past six to eight months, according to a Conference Board poll released Wednesday. And it is expected to continue to climb.

Employers are expected to raise wages 3.9% next year, the highest rate in 14 years, the nonprofit business group reported. This jump is due to an increase in wages for new hires – especially for those under 25 and workers who have changed jobs – and inflation, which has increased at the highest rate in nearly 30 years. year. Persistent labor shortages will likely drive wage growth above 4% until next year, the board said.

Some of the increases at the bottom of the earnings scale are due to the increase in the minimum wage. In Massachusetts, the minimum of $ 13.50 will drop to $ 14.25 on Jan. 1 and to $ 15 in 2023. Yet about half of American workers earn less than $ 20 an hour, according to the organization in nonprofit Living Wage for US, but 80% of the population live in a place where the salary needed to pay for housing, health care, child care, and other expenses to support families is more than that .

In Massachusetts, 92% of the population resides in a county where a family of four needs an annual family income of at least $ 100,000 to live with a “basic level of decency,” according to Living Wage for US, which has just launched a certification program. for employers who pay a living wage. But less than 44% of the state’s households earn that much.

A higher salary for those who need it most could be a silver lining for the pandemic, which has wreaked havoc among many immigrants and people of color in lower-paying jobs – provided it increases enough, a said Zeynep Ton, professor at MIT Sloan School of Management and co-founder of the Good Jobs Institute.

“The wages are sticky,” she said. “Once you raise them it’s very difficult to go back. “

Raising wages can also improve job performance, forcing companies to view workers as more valuable and give them more responsibility – and treat them with more respect, Ton said. But planning more regular hours is also essential.

“I think the workers are finally fed up,” she said. “They are used like robots.

Several national employers have announced wage increases in recent months. Amazon offers a starting salary of $ 18 to $ 22.50 an hour – versus $ 15 – for warehouse and transportation workers, and Costco just moved up to $ 17 an hour, after rising to $ 16 in February. Starbucks, CVS, and Walgreens all increase base pay to $ 15 an hour.

At Bank of America, the entry-level salary was $ 15 an hour when Ajna Angjeliu started as a cashier in Boston in 2019. Since then it has increased several times and hit $ 21 in October.

“It created a trusting relationship between me and the company,” said Angjeliu, 22, who now assists clients with their accounts and studies part-time at Boston University, while helping his parents pay. the bills. “I know this organization is a business that will help me grow.”

Bank of America branch manager Tilan Perera has seen interest in jobs grow as entry-level salary increases.Pat Greenhouse / Globe Staff

Tilan Perera, the branch manager at 100 Federal St., where Angjeliu works, found that interest in jobs increased as wages rose. “There are more people applying,” he said.

The bank plans to hire 5,000 people this quarter and increase starting salaries to at least $ 25 an hour by 2025.

Small employers are also increasing wages. More than three-quarters of owners in a recent National Federation of Independent Business survey said they had already increased their pay or were planning to do so soon, the highest percentage in 48 years. David Weaver, chairman of Compensation & HR Group in Burlington, said wages are increasing mostly at the entry level, with quick service restaurants, grocery stores, retail stores and banks announcing higher hourly wages in the range from $ 17 to $ 21.

Yet soaring inflation means these increases may not mean much.

It’s sort of a vicious cycle, said Christopher Carlozzi, Massachusetts director of the National Federation of Independent Business. “A lot of the price increases that consumers are seeing are the result of wage increases due to labor shortages. “

At Whole Foods Market in the Boston area, starting wages went from $ 15 to $ 16 an hour this fall, and employees above received a 50-cent raise. Workers also get an extra $ 2 an hour until early January, and overtime and Sunday pay are doubled.

A local employee, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said he made $ 19.20 an hour after the increase and $ 38.40 on Sunday . “It’s a teacher’s salary,” he said, noting that a client told him she could apply because the Sunday rate is higher than what she earns as a teacher. nurse.

The 50-cent increase doesn’t make a big difference to him, but the extra Sunday pay means he can work fewer days. That will likely change in January, however. “It’s a little depressing,” he said.

Fred Goff, managing director of Cambridge-based job platform Jobcase, said employers love to brag about pay increases, but when you consider how many of them are temporary, and how much the cost of the life has increased – and how high some corporate profits are. hovering – it sounds hollow.

“There are a lot of people who want to be applauded for raising wages from $ 13 to $ 15 an hour,” he said. “Don’t do me a favor if you’re just keeping up with inflation.”


Katie Johnston can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on twitter @ktkjohnston.



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FIRST READING: ‘Gun-hardened’ Liberals Facilitate Gun Crime


Canada courageously joins Biden’s Olympic boycott which is not really a boycott

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Canada – along with Australia and the UK – officially signed the US diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics . The boycott does not prevent these countries from sending their athletes to Beijing. Rather, all it does is declare that politicians and other officials will not be accompanying the national teams. That’s why critics have argued that one of the only real effects of a diplomatic boycott is that it gives China fewer figures to worry about. “Canada should not go there”, David Mulroney, Ambassador of Canada to China from 2009 to 2012, recently told Maclean’s . “To participate in the Games while genocide is taking place is deeply reprehensible. “

The Bloc Québécois obtained approval on Tuesday to form a special parliamentary committee to investigate the smuggling of illegal firearms. Ironically, this will happen simultaneously with a liberal campaign to make it easier for criminals to smuggle guns . Specifically, a new invoice seeks to remove mandatory minimum sentences for a multitude of crimes committed with firearms, many of which are related to arms trafficking. As to why, the Liberals presented it as an attempt to remove “” systemic racism in Canada’s criminal justice system . “

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All of these crimes are subject to the loss of their mandatory minimum sentences, including second and third offenses in some cases.  This is probably where it should be mentioned that Toronto and Montreal, among others, are currently experiencing a dramatic increase in gun violence involving precisely this type of crime.
All of these crimes are subject to the loss of their mandatory minimum sentences, including second and third offenses in some cases. This is probably where it should be mentioned that Toronto and Montreal, among others, are currently experiencing a dramatic increase in gun violence involving precisely this type of crime. Photo from the Department of Justice Canada

Remember when Meghan Markle complained to Oprah Winfrey that the Queen “shot our safety? “? It turns out you were paying for this security from the start. Documents obtained by Radio-Canada confirmed that Prince Harry and his family have cost the Canadian taxpayer more than $ 330,000 in security expenses during their various visits to the country since 2017 . This includes the brief episode in early 2020 where Harry and Meaghan fled London to Victoria, British Columbia and for the first time announced their intention to leave the royal family. At the time, protecting the couple in British Columbia – something Canada was obligated to do since Harry and Meaghan were officially considered diplomats – was costing the federal treasury more than $ 1,000 a day. Contrary to Meaghan’s comments to Oprah, that security was taken away because once the couple were no longer members of the Royal Family, Canada’s obligations to surround them with Mounted Police officially ceased.

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Nathan Cullen, an assistant minister in the government of British Columbia Premier John Horgan, sent a stern letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki opposing some videos he has seen online claiming to show that mounted police treat activists who illegally blocked a Coastal GasLink labor camp last month. He forgot only one thing: the only reason the RCMP were there was to fill an order. issued by Cullen’s own government .

Canada barely made Forbes’ list of powerful women in the world . The 97 e place this year was occupied by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland . (Our 95 year old queen also made number 70).

The new Parti Québécois logo (left) is not only confusing, but it was allegedly plagiarized from the logo of a Kazakh consulting firm (right).  In an analysis, Quebec graphic designer Jean-François Proulx called the design
The new Parti Québécois logo (left) is not only confusing, but it was allegedly plagiarized from the logo of a Kazakh consulting firm (right). In an analysis, Quebec graphic designer Jean-François Proulx called the design “identical” to that of QazContract from Kazakhstan. Photo of the Parti Québécois / QazContract

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The Bank of Canada no longer calls our more than doubled inflation rate ‘temporary’, but it has also decided to do nothing for a while. . A updated policy statement by the central bank admitted that inflation is likely to continue until 2022, well beyond their earlier predictions that this was all “temporary” or “transient.” The inflation rate currently stands at 4.7%, more than double the usual 2%.

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Meanwhile, the bank also said it would continue to keep interest rates low. rocky bottom 0.25 percent . In summary, your dollar has hemorrhagic value because the economy currently has too much money for too few goods, and there is virtually no incentive for people to withdraw their dollars from said economy as they put it in the spotlight. bank will currently earn them -4.5 percent. per year.

It’s probably just a coincidence that mortgage debt is skyrocketing in today’s era of cheap interest in Canada . Better Living Analysis found that mortgage debt has grown more than twice as fast as GDP over the past 10 years. If you add up Canada’s outstanding mortgage debt, that works out to 71% of GDP. As Better Dwelling observes, Canada’s economy increasingly resembles a “housing ponzi scheme”.

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It is that time of year again when the Canadian Army begins to shoot at the snow. Operation Palaci, held every winter at Rogers Pass in British Columbia, had artillery units bombarding the snowpack to prevent avalanches from hitting the Trans-Canada Highway. Photo of the Ministry of National Defense

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Terry Glavin was never a big fan of former Ambassador to China Dominic Barton. Glavin writes: “If Barton is to be remembered for anything, it is that he played a key supporting role in the catastrophic lurch from Canada to China. He also unearths a factoid which in Barton’s final year as Managing Partner at McKinsey & Company, the company literally held a global retreat within walking distance of a Uyghur concentration camp .

Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promises to end the AIDS crisis, Canada does worse on HIV than any other G7 country , notes Sabrina Maddeaux. “Our number of new HIV cases increased by 25.3% between 2014 and 2020,” she wrote, noting that during the same period, HIV cases in the UK and the US United have fallen. As to why, Maddeaux says it’s due to the same thicket of bureaucratic incompetence that has repeatedly marred Canada’s response to COVID-19. The most obvious example is that While most countries of the world are now battling HIV with liberal access to take-home HIV tests, Canada has rigged it so that self-tests cannot even be bought at drugstores .

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When I recommended Bipin Rawat for my post at army headquarters


Today I lost a friend, a subordinate, a colleague and a younger brother. General Bipin Rawat was from the 5th Battalion, 11 Gorkha Rifles. His father, a lieutenant general, was also from the same unit. Like me, General Rawat was also a second generation army officer. He was commissioned into the Indian Army in December 1978 and was awarded the Sword of Honor at the Indian Military Academy, meaning he was the best Gentleman Cadet in his course.

Although I have continued to meet with him over the years, professionally we first came into contact in 2002. He was posted to the MS (Military Secretary) branch, an important branch of the HQ. army involving the placement and career management of officers. I had already been in the Branch for two years and he served with me for about a year, not as a subordinate but as a colleague. After a year, I was assigned to Uri as a brigade commander and I was categorically asked by the boss of the MS branch – the military secretary or MS – whom I would recommend to replace me in the appointment of the colonel. military secretary (political), an appointment that worked closely with the MS itself. I did not hesitate to say that the best person to fill my position would be Bipin Rawat. I felt he was competent, fair and quick at his job and that he could do the job a little better than I could. We moved on and he held that position for another two years and did very well.

Then when I was appointed GOC (General Officer Commanding) of the Dagger division in Baramulla, he was the commander of the Rashtriya Rifles sector, Sopore, which is one of the most difficult sectors to command. We often had to synchronize operations and we performed a lot of operations together.

A few years later, when I returned as a corps commander to Kashmir in 2010, General VK Singh was the army chief. I reminded the chief that the Baramulla division that I had commanded was going to become vacant and that a general officer was to be stationed there. I went on to say that if I was given a choice, I would like Bipin Rawat to be there, promoted to major general and appointed GOC. The chef was kind and okay.

This was the third time that we had to work together and I was extremely happy to have him on my command team. He served most of the following year with me directly, in operations along the LoC and in counterinsurgency operations in Baramulla. We interacted with each other and often visited each other’s headquarters. This is how the relationship grew stronger. Mrs Madhulika Rawat visited us whenever she was in Kashmir and this is how the families bonded as well.

When he was appointed chief of the army — and I had retired by then — I was perhaps the first person he gave the news to. I still remember telling him that there could be a controversy because he had become the chief of the army replacing two senior officers. He asked me if, as a “former superior”, I would support his nomination; my answer was a categorical yes. I told him that once the government makes a decision, we all have a duty to support that decision.

Over the years, the friendship had transformed into a healthy intellectual bond. There were times he wanted to bounce me off an idea and give me a ringtone in the morning. He knew I was leaving for the office around 8:30 am and that I would get a call at 7:30 am. He would discuss aspects of Kashmir, military concepts and international strategic affairs, among other topics. General Rawat was from Uttarakhand, and I am from Garhwal Rifles and share a deep connection with the state.

CDS Bipin Rawat

On January 1, 2022, Bipin Rawat would have completed two years as Chief of the Defense Staff (CEMD). Two years is a pretty good term in which you can move a lot of things. As the first CDS and first secretary of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), it was up to him to decide how he would absorb, consolidate and execute his powers. He took up the challenge in a not insignificant way.

On the one hand, he knew he was three years old as a CDS, and that the government was watching him in silence to at least complete the process to bring about the theatricalization of the armed forces. Reducing the 17-18 commands of the three services into four operational commands is not an easy task, as each tries to exert its influence. I think he acted in a mature manner and really stuck to the concept of teamwork and integration and the Navy and IAF had as much ears as the Army.

When I interviewed him for a magazine, South Asia Defense and Strategy Review, at the end of his first year as a CDS, we spent an evening three and a half hours in his office where he talked about all the issues that concerned him, the obstacles in his path and how he was overcoming them. . We also discussed the challenge in Ladakh. Four months after his appointment as CDS, the Ladakh problem erupted against the backdrop of a pandemic. Despite this, a massive mobilization of forces – putting 50,000 troops to the ground – took place in no time. Moreover, keeping the soldiers on the icy heights during the winter in reasonably comfortable condition was no easy task. These are as much the achievements of the CDS as those of the Indian Army and the IAF.

He was passionate about his job; his energy levels really surprised me. He would probably only sleep 4 to 5 hours and attend all the social gatherings that come with work. The job was too demanding but also extremely motivating – it had to have its grip on acquisitions, future planning, concepts and reorganization, while staying up to date on intelligence, operations and international strategic affairs.

Fate was kind to us, we recently met twice a month at social gatherings and had a healthy conversation. I have found the General and Mrs Rawat at many such events; they have remained anchored. He shook hands with everyone and rarely clung to himself or to senior officers. Qualities of head and heart that he embodied all the time.

General and Mrs. Rawat (Bipin and Madhulika), you leave behind a community of grieving friends. May God give you all that you deserve good and bless your souls. We pray for the family you are leaving behind. I Hind.

Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain has known General Bipin Rawat professionally since 2002

The writer is a former 15 Corps GOC based in Srinagar and Chancellor Central University of Kashmir. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent the position of this publication.

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It’s 40: Rams’ Andrew Whitworth makes left tackle history – Los Angeles Rams blog


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif .– Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who arrived in Los Angeles five seasons ago, now has a lot more salt and a lot less pepper.

The wisdom he brought after 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals to the Los Angeles Rams continues to stand the test of time while constantly evolving. After a loss at Super Bowl LIII, Whitworth said the easiest way to get over it was to remember, “At the end of the day, we’re all going to die.”

And the best way to stay relevant and adapt with the NFL? “Be like a tree,” he said earlier this season. “Either you grow up or you die.”

Whitworth’s teammates with the Rams call him Big Whit, Big Uncle, Unc, Big Brother and sometimes other iterations that all mean, in the nicest way, the old man on the team.

“He’s about 500 years old or whatever you want to be,” said smiling coach Sean McVay, who is five years younger than Whitworth. “I always pester him somehow, but it’s really a compliment backwards because I’m probably just jealous that I couldn’t do what he did.”

When the Rams (8-4) take on the Arizona Cardinals (10-2) on Monday night at State Farm Stadium (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), Whitworth will do what no one else has, according to Elias. . Sports Bureau: Start an NFL game on left tackle at age 40.

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“It’s pretty amazing, it’s awesome,” said Whitworth, 39, days before her birthday on Sunday. “I will be definitely moved about it and very grateful.”

Whitworth insisted his wife, Melissa, cancel an over the hill extravaganza, saying it wasn’t much for birthdays. But he’s willing to admit it’s pretty cool to have turned 40 in the NFL, achieving a goal he set for himself several years ago.

“Being here, thinking about everything I’ve been through,” said Whitworth, a second-round pick in the 2006 draft, “it’s pretty crazy.

On Monday, Whitworth will join Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady as the second 40-year-old currently playing in the league, a feat only 71 other players have accomplished in NFL history. And he will become only the fifth offensive lineman since NFL merger to play in a game at age 40, joining Rams Hall of Fame Jackie Slater, Jeff Van Note, Hall of Fame Bruce Matthews and Ray Brown.

Four-time Pro Bowl and two All-Pro draft pick, Whitworth has played 235 of 252 possible games in his career and isn’t showing much, if any, signs of slowing down in his 16th season.

“He’s certainly meant a lot to this organization on and off the pitch,” McVay said of Whitworth, who was one of his first free agent rookies when he became coach in 2017. “I think sometimes you take for granted he’s 40. years old. If you didn’t know with bald head and stuff like that i mean he moves like he’s young and he has great athleticism. “

In a week 3 against the defending Super Bowl champions Buccaneers, Whitworth threw his 6-foot-7, 330-pound giant to the ground to recover a fumble in a 34-24 win.

He ranks third among NFL tackles with a 93.3% win rate, behind New Orleans Saints tackle Ryan Ramczyk and Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson. He was instrumental in securing the Rams a 68% tag team win rate, which ranks him second in the NFL behind the Cleveland Browns.

He’s helped keep quarterback Matthew Stafford standing as the 13th-year quarterback has been sacked 17 times this season, which is tied for second among quarterbacks who have started at least 11 games.

Firmly grounded as a leader within the team and the community, Whitworth continues to find a way to build relationships with his young teammates. The Rams roster is an average age of 26.1, making him the third youngest in the NFL (league average age is 26.7).

He’s always prepared with advice, but also finds ways to remind his much younger teammates that he once was in them – though they’d never guess when he plays some of his favorite R&B classics, songs that leave teammates asking questions, “Who’s that playlist?” According to Whitworth.

“He’s one of my best friends on the team and obviously it’s amazing to play for someone who’s been playing for so long and has so much knowledge, but who can still do the things he does at his age, at his – you know – advanced age, “said wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who makes a regular trip to home games with Whitworth. “And as tall as him, being able to do the things he does is pretty amazing.”

In a 37-7 victory over Jacksonville last Sunday, Whitworth laughed when a Jaguars player asked him how old he was during a TV timeout.

“He came up to me and he said, ‘Hey man, be honest with me, how old are you? “” Whitworth said, telling him he was 39 years old. “He said, ‘Are you kidding me ?! You’re not … give me secrets.'”

Last season, in a 30-10 victory over the Washington soccer team, Whitworth had a similar encounter.

“Mount Sweat and Chase Young were a bit next to each other talking and obviously I was up against them because they switched sides during the game,” he said. he tells. “I could tell they were both pointing fingers at me, and finally they just had to yell at me, ‘Hey! How old are you?’ and I was like, ‘I’m 39!’ and they say ‘No way!’ “

Whitworth said his own offensive line had a good laugh at the situation, as Sweat and Young made sure their entire team knew they were lining up in front of someone nearly twice their age.

“It blew them away to think I’m that old,” Whitworth said with a laugh.

“It’s amazing he’s doing it again,” said former Whitworth teammate, Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff after they clashed in a Week 7 game. ” That’s what i told her [after the game]. I said, ‘I don’t know how you do it yet.’ He’s as good as them. “

Whitworth says the key to her longevity has been pampering her body with a diet that includes everything from yoga to mixed martial arts, with plenty of sauna trips in between.

As to whether 40 years could mark the end of a career for Whitworth?

It seems unlikely, given that he says he’s enjoying the game now more than ever.

“For me the only way to retire is there should be a situation the Rams can’t afford financially or there’s just a way it doesn’t work for both of us for me to be back. “said Whitworth. “So that would really be the only scenario where I would really see myself retiring.”


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Paratroopers jump to bring a brighter Christmas to children in need


FORT BENNING, Georgia (WRBL) – Hundreds of paratroopers have fallen at Fort Benning, ready to brighten up the holiday season for families in need. With the return of Operation Toy Drop, the US military has collected more than 500 toys to put under the tree for the children of the valley.

304 paratroopers jumped. In exchange for collecting toys, they received international jumping wings. Families gathered at Fort Benning to watch parachutes fill the sky.

Participants included members of the Australian and Canadian military. After two years at Fort Benning, Australian Army Sergeant Major Joel McMahon completed his last posting and final static line jump today with a more ambitious goal. He told News 3: “To represent the country on such an important day as it is today, to help underprivileged children, it is a real honor”.

The Soldiers say events like this help better bridge the gap between the military and civilians within the community and remind them that there is always something more important about what they do in the US Army.

Command Sergeant Major Derrick C. Garner said he landed soft while participating in the jump. Command Sergeant Major Garner told News 3 that what he loves about what they do at Fort Benning, beyond training America’s best, is what they do for the community.

Garner says, “Christmas is always a good thing when kids can wake up with something under the Christmas tree and something that they can be happy about, and be really thankful that there are people out there who are. care. “

Thanks to the event, the military donated 500 toys that will go to the castle of Santa Claus on duty and the Salvation Army.


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Olathe-based Garmin moves to the New York Stock Exchange


NEW YORK – Olathe-based Garmin ushered in a new era on Wall Street on Tuesday morning.

Company executives were there to ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange, symbolizing the company’s exit from NASDAQ. The transfer to the New York Stock Exchange comes today 21 years after Garmin’s IPO. The company initially went public on December 8, 2000.

The company employs 15,000 people in Olathe, along with thousands more in 34 countries around the world. It focuses on GPS navigation and wearable technology in the automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness markets.

“Garmin is thrilled to join the NYSE alongside many of the world’s most established and trusted companies,” said Cliff Pemble, President and CEO of Garmin. “Garmin occupies a unique position both as a well-respected consumer brand and as a strong industrial player. We believe this move complements our strong brand and will deliver significant, long-term value to our shareholders. “

The company is also reinvesting in Johnson County. He confirmed in October that he had purchased the property where the Great Mall of the Great Plains once stood. The property spans 193 acres on the northwest corner of 151st Street and Highway 169 in Olathe, and is less than two miles from Garmin’s international headquarters.


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An aging country shows others how to manage


ESINCE 1,495 residents of Gojome, a town in northern Japan, gathered for a morning market. One recent weekday, along a street with closed and almost empty shops, elderly vendors display their autumn wares: mushrooms and chestnuts, okra, eggplants and pears. It wasn’t always so empty, sighs Ogawa Kosei, who runs a bookstore on the street. He shows pictures taken by his father which show the scene filled with customers.

Gojome’s population has halved since 1990. More than half of its residents are over the age of 65, making it one of the oldest towns in Akita, the oldest prefecture in Japan, which is in its own right. tour the oldest country in the world. Still, Gojome is less of an outlier than an omen. According to UN, each country is experiencing growth in the size and proportion of its elderly population; by 2050, one in six people in the world will be over 65, up from one in eleven in 2019. UN also predicts that 55 countries, including China, will see their populations decline by 2050.

Demographic change has two drivers that are often grouped together: increasing longevity and a falling birth rate. Their convergence requires “a new map of life,” explains Akiyama Hiroko, founder of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Tokyo. The infrastructure created when the population was younger and the population pyramid more solid must be rethought, from health to housing to transport. The new reality demands a “completely different way of thinking,” says Kashiwa Kazuyori, head of Gojome’s planning department. When he started working in the 1970s, the focus was on growth. Now it is a matter of managing the decline.

Part of the challenge is that demographic change affects everyone differently. Two cities or regions may look alike from afar, but have distinct historical, cultural and environmental conditions; two people can be the same age, earn the same money, and live on the same street, but have different mental and physical health. “Context is often lacking,” says Kudo Shogo of Akita International University. He is one of dozens of young foreigners who have been welcomed to Gojome, which was a trade hub at the crossroads of agricultural districts. Comparable agriculture-focused neighbors have been less open to newcomers.

This makes it difficult to design a national policy. “There is no single model,” says Iio Jun, political scientist at HANDLES. While the national government is responsible for finances, including pensions, the new life map is best drawn from scratch. A lot of ideas come from listening to citizens, says Ms. Akiyama. “They know what the problems are and often they know how to solve them. “

One question is how aging is discussed: as a problem or a burden. “Older people feel that society doesn’t need them,” says Hatakeyama Junko, 70, head of Akita Partnership, a non-profit organization that runs a community center. Longevity in itself is not a problem, it should be celebrated. Problems arise when people lead long but unhealthy, lonely or dependent lives. The goal in Japan has shifted from increasing life expectancy to improving “healthy and independent life expectancy,” says Akiyama.

It means finding ways for older people to continue working. Almost half of the 65-69 age group and a third of the 70-74 age group are employed. The Japanese Gerontological Society has called for reclassifying people aged 65 to 74 as “pre-old.” Ms. Akiyama talks about creating “second life workplaces”. But the work of the second life will be different from that of the first; its contribution may not be easily captured in growth statistics. “We need to strive for well-being, not just economic productivity,” says Akiyama. Experiences abound, from municipalities that train retirees to become farmers, to businesses that encourage older employees to launch startups. The elderly “want dignity and respect,” says Matsuyama Daiko of Taizo-in temple in Kyoto, which has a “second life program” that offers courses for retirees to become priests.

The other key is to stay healthy, physically and mentally. Wiser municipalities focus on preventive care. At the stylish Kadokawa Care Center, a former school in Toyama, northwest Tokyo, 70s, 80s and 90s splash about in a pool and soar on exercise machines. “Without this place, I would be in a retirement home,” exclaims Kyoda Taketoshi, 82. Socialization is no less important. “It was expensive to build this place, but it was worth it,” says Saito Yoneaki, 80, before jumping to join friends in the sauna. Although healthy life expectancy in Japan is eight to 12 years less than overall life expectancy, the gap narrowed slightly between 2010 and 2016.

The birth rate is more difficult to change. It fell to 1.34 in 2020, well below the 2.1 needed to maintain a stable population. Even if Japan could increase it, rural areas would still struggle. One study estimates that more than half of Japan’s 1,700 municipalities could disappear by 2040, as young people, especially women, leave. Yet while a return to growth is unlikely in most regions, there is an alternative to outright disappearance: a critical core of newcomers. Even a handful of transplants can revitalize an aging city without fully replacing the population, notes Iio.

Gojome is a good example. Although the population is decreasing, “a new wind is blowing in the city”, explains Watanabe Hikobe, its mayor. Over the past decade, a small group of young foreigners have arrived, drawn by visions of a slow, bucolic life, and the chance to try out new models of loose work and community living. Yanagisawa Ryu, 34, a computer science graduate from Japan’s leading university, quit his job in Tokyo and became a “social entrepreneur”. He oversees Babame Base, a business center in an empty school in Gojome that is home to a graphic design studio, an ecotourism business, a local doctor, and a business that trains farmers in the use of drones, among others.

Such “urban migrants” are still a relative rarity. Mr. Yanagisawa admits his college friends find his lifestyle choices “weird.” But in many ways, they are the vanguard. “Rather than trying to recreate the past, we need to think about: what kind of community, what kind of city do we want now? Mr. Kudo said. They are not the only foreigners to settle. â– 

This article appeared in the Special Feature section of the print edition under the title “Le vieux pays”


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First case of COVID-19 Omicron variant detected in Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


The first known case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in Texas was detected in Harris County Monday, according to state health officials.

The person who tested positive is a woman in her 40s from Northwest Harris County who had no recent travel history, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo tweeted.

The omicron variant, or B.1.1.529, was first identified last month in South Africa and appears to spread more easily between people than most strains of COVID-19, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“It is normal for viruses to mutate, and given the speed with which Omicron has spread in southern Africa, we are not surprised that it is showing up here,” said DSHS Commissioner Dr John Hellerstedt, in a press release. “Get vaccinated and continue to use prevention strategies, including wearing a mask when you’re around people you don’t live with, social distancing, hand washing, and testing when you have symptoms , will help slow the spread of the virus and end the pandemic. “

DSHS officials said the vaccination was still supposed to offer protection against hospitalization and death.

Preliminary data on the severity of the omicron variant of COVID-19 is “a little encouraging,” White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday following the first figures from South Africa which suggest that it may not be as bad as it started off. feared.

However, Fauci warned that more data was needed to paint a full picture of omicron’s risk profile. The World Health Organization said the variant was “of concern” on November 26, prompting a wave of international travel bans and new COVID-19 restrictions.



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Eighty Years Ago: Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor – Kills a Moose Jaw Sailor


A Japanese carrier-based strike force launched a surprise attack on the United States Navy and American bases in Hawaii at 8 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941.

Moose Jaw man killed aboard USS Arizona

Many residents of Moose Jaw traveled to Hawaii and visited the memorial to the fallen men aboard the USS Arizona. One of the men was US Navy Firefighter Second Class Roger J. Bergin of Moose Jaw.

He was the son of Frederick Austin Bergin and Marian Bickel Bergin and was born in 1916 in North Dakota. The family moved to Moose Jaw in 1918, but during the hard times of the 1930s, his father often traveled to Deepwater, North Dakota for work.

From American Naval Records, Roger is listed as Canadian and Hometown, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

Roger’s body has never been found. He is buried in the hull of the USS Arizona

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Roger Joseph Bergin, Second Class Firefighter # 3115165, United States Navy

Naval attacks

The British and US navies rarely announced naval losses at the time they were suffered. News of the losses took months to reach reports.

On Saturday, December 13, 1941, the Moose Jaw Times Herald carried an article in the Canadian Press, circulated via Reuters, on the naval losses according to a Japanese statement from Tokyo. The Japanese claimed to have sunk the 32,600-ton battleship Arizona at Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese also claimed responsibility for the sinking of the US battleships Oklahoma and West Virginia in the same action.

The issued statement also “… confirmed that a large British destroyer was sunk in the same battle in which the British battleship Prince of Wales and the Battle Cruiser Repulse were sent deep into Malaysia.

“A British torpedo boat, a gunboat and three merchant ships were reportedly destroyed Thursday in an attack on the British crown colony of Hong Kong.”

The Japanese navy was moving quickly to consolidate the captured territory.

Details of Moose Jaw man killed at Pearl Harbor

Information on the death of former Moose Jaw resident Roger Joseph Bergin did not appear in the Moose Jaw Times Herald until February 5, 1942, almost two months later. The story is as follows:

“Roger J. Bergin of City killed at Pearl Harbor

“AF Bergin notified by the Department of the United States Navy of the death of his son on December 7, 1941

“AF Bergin, of that town (Moose Jaw) received an official message from the Department of the Navy in Washington DC that his son, Roger Joseph Bergin, United States Navy Firefighter Second Class, was killed while ‘he was in service in the Pacific. region, December 7, 1941.

“Roger Bergin was born in the United States and arrived in Moose Jaw with his parents in 1917, when he was only one year old. He attended St. Agnes Separate School and completed high school near Detroit, Michigan, where he went to live with his grandfather seven years ago. He enlisted in the United States Navy on October 4, 1940.

“To mourn his loss, Roger Bergin leaves his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. AF Bergin, four brothers, Kenneth and Marvin with the Canadian Army overseas; Leroy and Frederick at the parental home there, a sister, Evelyn, resides in Ontario.

His brother Kenneth was captured by the Germans in 1944 and sent to a POW camp. He was freed by the Russians and returned to Great Britain via Odessa.

The 1940 Henderson Yearbook Roger J. Bergin’s father, AF Bergin, as a homeowner at 1224 Coteau Street West, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

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USS Arizona

Additional information

On May 15, 1945, the Globe and Mail newspaper printed the US Navy casualty list for December 7, 1941 and April 15, 1942. It included 3 Canadians:

Bergin, Roger Joseph, firefighter, second class; the father lives Momentum. Jawbone, Saskatchewan – Killed on December 7, 1941.

Ellis, Francis Arnold Jr., Journeyman Electrician, Third Class: Father lives in Winnipeg

Lang, Earl Willard, radioman, second class; the father lives Simpson, Saskatchewan

Petty Officer Second Class Earl Willard Lang, # 3286168 was born in Simpson, Saskatchewan and enlisted in Minnesota. He was declared missing and declared dead on December 8, 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbor.


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Office Principles delivers new UK headquarters for international electronics group


Interior design consultancy Office Principles has handed over the renovated UK headquarters of the DiscoverIE Group in Surrey.

CAT B renovations to the approximately 6,800 square foot building at Surrey Research Park, Guildford, were completed following an 11-week project.

Office Principles modernized the existing offices in the two-story building to allow the coexistence of collaborative and focused workspaces.

The project combines the bold and dynamic branding of DiscoverIE with a muted Scandinavian-style palette, including wood flooring extending from the entrance to the building and lighter coloring throughout.

The upper floor houses six recently refurbished offices and two meeting rooms, including a “Zoom Room” for video conferencing, an open-plan workspace and a kitchen.

The lower level houses two newly renovated offices, two smaller meeting rooms, and a modular meeting room with marble-style wallcovering, wood flooring with inlaid carpet, and LED lighting.

Other features include the use of a combination of high-end furniture, with family-style tables and benches for team and project meetings, and private cubicles for individual work.

Further relaxation areas and flexible working areas have been refurbished on the ground floor, which contains a striking new reception area characterized by a new light box and full-height glazing that makes good use of natural light throughout. building.

Office Principles was chosen to carry out the project following a competitive bidding process. Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the interior design consultancy worked with DiscoverIE for over 12 months to develop the design concept through virtual meetings.

The work was coordinated with a renovation by the owner of the toilets, windows, doors and exterior signage and was completed on time and on budget.

Tom Parsons, Sales Director at Office Principles, said: “discoverIE asked us to renovate its existing UK headquarters following a lease renewal. We were selected primarily because of our impressive track record and the strength of our design, which allowed us to ensure on-time project delivery. Our team has successfully completed a renovation that retains the best elements of a traditional office with an avant-garde approach. It has created a versatile workspace that meets the needs of a modern and diverse workforce.


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Houston NFL player Emmanuel Ellerbee launches Bee’s Believers nonprofit to help expose student-athletes to STEM careers


HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – There comes a time when athletes need to hang up their cleats. A Houston native, in his fourth season in the NFL, started a nonprofit aimed at building young student-athletes for life after the game.

“The most important thing for you is your mind, and your mind is something that no one can take away from you,” said Atlanta Falcons linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee.

Ellerbee’s nonprofit Bee’s Believers aims to bridge the gap between student-athletes and science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

“Our mission is to offer students opportunities through athletics and STE (A) M, so that they have the chance to discover new passions, on and off the field”, indicates the association on his website. “No child should be limited in what they seek to accomplish in this life, and we made it our mission to help them raise.”

Ellerbee, a product of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, said it was his geometry teacher who told him that at the end of the day he must have more than just playing football.

“Bee’s Believers was an idea that really developed when I was at Strake Jesuit,” Ellerbee said. “Everyone at this school made sure that what I was doing on the football field was not a total synthesis of who I was. They always made sure I had it in class too.”

So that’s exactly what he did. Ellerbee had two dreams: playing in the NFL and getting a civil engineering degree.

“When I left school and during the recruiting process, a lot of people said to me, ‘Oh, you’re going to have to choose one or the other. be a great athlete. I was like ‘Why can’t I do both?’ ”

Ellerbee received her civil engineering degree from Rice University and is still living her NFL dream.

“I don’t think anyone’s dreams or what they want in life will ever be easy. You always have to go through trials and tribulations, hills and valleys, to be able to make sure it comes true. you have to kind of be stubborn with how you approach your dream, ”Ellerbee said.

He said he hopes his experiences will encourage all athletes, especially blacks and Latinos, to consider STEM as an option.

“There are a smaller number of African Americans in STEM careers, as well as Hispanic Americans,” Ellerbee said. “For us, it was about going to inner-city schools and just giving them the opportunity to have that exposure that they usually wouldn’t have.”

In March 2022, ninth grade students are invited to a seminar hosted by the nonprofit association, where students will be introduced to other like-minded student-athletes from other high schools in the region of Houston. In addition to meeting other students, they will also be able to meet and talk to former and current professional athletes who are now pursuing careers in STEM. Students will be able to experience and learn firsthand the many layers that STEM has to offer.

“We believe that when we welcome people of different beliefs, origins and socio-economic status, you would be able to create a better world because everyone understands the difficulties that others are going through,” said Ellerbee.

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From pandemic to endemic: this is how we could get back to normal | US News


First of all, the bad news. With unpredictable epidemics still occurring around the world and variants like Omicron raising questions about the contagiousness of the virus, we are still in a pandemic.

The good news: While it’s difficult to predict the exact time, most scientists agree that the Covid-19 pandemic will end and the virus will become endemic. This means that the virus will probably never be completely eliminated, but as more people get vaccinated and become exposed to it, infections will eventually occur at a consistently low rate and fewer people will become seriously ill. An area with high vaccination and booster rates is likely to experience endemicity sooner than an area with lower rates.

What does this transition look like?

Concretely, there will be an announcement. The World Health Organization and local health agencies will officially declare the global pandemic over, a designation based on certain biological and statistical credentials: the contagiousness of the virus, the death rate and the power to overwhelm hospitals, for n ‘ to name a few.

In some places, like the United States and other wealthy countries with easy access to vaccines and antiviral treatments, endemicity could look a lot like the present day: people emerging from despair, diners crowding into rooms. restaurants and vaccination cards verified with decreasing rigor. But there could also be other, more profound societal changes.

To understand how daily life will change if Covid-19 becomes rampant, we can turn to history for a useful (albeit imperfect) guide.

A change in mentalities and behaviors

People generally respond to epidemics with fear and panic, both individually and as a society. According to Charles Kenny, director of the Center for Global Development and author of The Plague Cycle, these reactions reliably take shape in some now recognizable ways: closing borders, sequestering the sick and withdrawing from society.

Until the advent of modern medicine, all people could do was hope (and pray) that epidemics would go away on their own. When it became clear that a disease was inescapable – or endemic – societies often made strides to reframe disease as an integral part of life. This could also become the case with Covid-19.

Kenny’s book offers potential insight. In 17th century Japanese cities, attitudes to smallpox changed as the disease became endemic; by then, most people had been exposed as a child and subsequently recovered. Once people accept “that everyone is going to get smallpox,” Kenny says, they ritualized and normalized it as a milestone in childhood, making it a part of “the story of growing up.” .

It is too early to say how this process of normalization vis-à-vis the Covid will unfold. However, if infections become a normal part of the winter months, they may simply be absorbed into what is called cold and flu season. Much like smallpox in Japanese cities, this change will be reflected in the language and everyday expectations of people. Already, some are starting to use the term “Covid season”.

Effective medical interventions also make it easier for societies to come to terms with the idea of ​​coexisting with disease. “My parents were terrified [of polio]”says Nancy Tomes, professor of history at Stony Brook University and author of The Gospel of Germs.. Tomes, on the other hand, was part of “the generation that went to local high school and got the lump of sugar,” referring to a common dispensing method for an orally administered polio vaccine.

“We stopped worrying about polio after that,” Tomes says.

Although Covid remains widespread, the advent of effective vaccines has quickly changed the extent of its threat. In March, when only 9.2% of Americans were fully immunized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its social distancing guidelines to allow people with the immunity to congregate indoors. And on Thanksgiving, Joe Biden said the United States was “back” from pandemic hibernation – despite the nearly 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 still confirmed every day.

Finger pointing and misinformation

Unfortunately, history suggests that some negative behaviors related to the pandemic tend to persist after a disease becomes endemic or is eliminated. One of them is the disproportionate targeting of groups perceived as “outsiders” within mainstream society. When the pandemic subsides, Kenny says, the social restrictions that are likely to remain “are those that affect minority groups.”

Imposed in 1987, the xenophobic and homophobic travel ban imposed on HIV-positive people in the United States lasted 22 years. And today, people wrongly associated with Covid, such as those in Asia or Africa, are still harassed and excluded despite the full understanding that the coronavirus does not discern race.

A propensity for disinformation and conspiracy theories has also been associated with epidemics – “a shit show,” Tomes says, with a legacy “stretching back to every epidemic we have written records of.” Some of these falsehoods prove to be lasting. “There are still people who don’t believe that HIV causes AIDS,” she says.

During pandemics, groups of people also become susceptible to developing extreme opinions on topics that elicit strong opinions – like vaccination and personal freedom – that they did not initially have. Even after a pandemic is over, this phenomenon of “group polarization” can remain “in the background,” says Steven Taylor, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of The Psychology of Pandemics. . This polarization is likely to “wake up again when something similar happens” in the future.

Know what we can’t know (yet)

It is important to note that the return to normalcy will not occur uniformly across the world. Once people in rich countries become endemic, those in the south of the planet could continue to fight the coronavirus for a long time, as has been the case with a host of tropical diseases that have been all but forgotten in places like the United States.

Like all infectious diseases that have plagued the world before it, Sars-CoV-2 will hopefully fade into distant memory, for better or for worse. This oversight can bring relief, growth and recovery, but it could also leave us woefully unprepared for the next pandemic. The 1918 flu taught us that masking and social distancing can reduce deaths, Kenny says – a lesson we relearned too late in 2020.


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Ombud says veterans struggle needlessly as Ottawa ignores recommendations


Problems identified by the Watchdog Office since 2017 include long wait times for veterans to find out if they qualify for disability benefits and assistance. These waits were particularly long for the women and Francophones who were injured in uniform.

Jardine also called attention in June to what she said was the unfair treatment of family members of veterans, who are unable to access mental health services unless it is an integral part of the plan. treatment of the veteran.

“When a veteran or a military member serves, or even a member of the RCMP, their families have served as well and that has an impact on their mental health,” she said. “Family mental health, some of these stories are heartbreaking. “

The office of Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay said the government had accepted many of the watchdog’s recommendations, including its request in June that Veterans Affairs Canada fund peer support programs for victims of dementia. military sexual misconduct.

“We also implemented recommendations that improved mental health supports for veterans and their families, improved compensation for ill and injured veterans, and launched a veteran ID card.” spokesman Cameron McNeill said in an email.

“We will continue to work with the Ombud and his office to improve the services and support we provide to our Veterans and their families, including further reducing processing times for Veterans, which is a priority.” absolute that she and the minister share. “

Jardine, who is the first woman to hold the post and who changes the title from ombudsperson’s office to ombud, is not the first to express frustration at what she sees as the government’s nonchalant response to concerns from the office.

Jardine’s predecessor Craig Dalton stepped down in May 2020 after just 18 months on the job.

Still, a report released by Jardine late last month said recent years have seen this trend increase as fewer and fewer recommendations are implemented.

The government implemented only six of the 26 still relevant recommendations made between April 2017 and March 2021.

These 26 recommendations aimed to provide mental health support to family members as well as more equitable access to financial assistance and compensation for all veterans with disabilities, and to ensure that veterans do not don’t wait months and years for help.

The report says these wait times accounted for 43% of all complaints received by the office, making it the number one issue raised by veterans. This is despite the fact that the government has hired hundreds of temporary workers to process a backlog of over 40,000 applications.

(The annual report did not include the government’s decision to implement peer support for sexual misconduct, which will be covered in next year’s iteration.)

Jardine, who previously told The Canadian Press that she endured the same long and frustrating wait for her own request, during which she was unable to access physiotherapy for injuries sustained while in uniform, said the problem remains a major concern for her.

“It all depends on getting that decision on your disability claim so you can get well, so you can get back into your civilian life and move on to a new job,” she said. “It’s a struggle for many veterans and my hearts go out to them and their families. “

The Canadian Press in a series last month described some of the challenges facing veterans today, including the backlog of applications that has left many waiting for federal aid.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 5, 2021.

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press


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Mossad chief visits US as Iran nuclear talks stall


Mossad chief David Barnea was due to travel to Washington on Sunday to discuss Iran with senior officials in the Biden administration.

The trip comes days after renewed negotiations halted to reinstate the 2015 agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, with the United States saying the Iranians did not appear serious about concluding the move. ‘a deal.

The Haaretz daily reported that Barnea will seek to convince U.S. leaders not to seek an interim deal that does not see Iran revert to full compliance with the agreement, and will instead seek international support for tough sanctions against Tehran. .

The newspaper said the meetings were described as “extremely important”.

The espionage chief will stress that if an agreement with Iran is finally reached, Israel will not be bound by it and will continue its efforts to thwart the nuclear work of the Islamic Republic, according to the Ynet news site.

Barnea, who will act as Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s emissary, also reportedly intends to present Americans with new information on the Iranian program.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz will travel to the United States later in the week for talks which are also expected to focus on Iran.

Barnea’s trip follows his promise on Thursday that Iran will never acquire nuclear weapons. He also said that a bad deal between Tehran and the world powers would be “intolerable” for Israel.

The Iranian flag flies in front of the building of the International Center with the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2021 (AP Photo / Florian Schroetter, FILE)

On Saturday, a US official said Iran had moved away from all of its previous compromises on relaunching the 2015 nuclear pact and that this would not allow Iran to “slow down” international negotiations while simultaneously stepping up its negotiations. atomic activities.

“We cannot accept a situation in which Iran is stepping up its nuclear program and slowing down its nuclear diplomacy,” the senior US administration official said, echoing a recent warning from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Speaking to reporters after returning from Vienna, the official said Washington was not yet considering withdrawing from the indirect talks it resumed with Tehran last week in the Austrian capital, but hoped Iran would return. “with a serious attitude”.

In this week’s talks, the official said, Iran reneged on any compromises it had made in months of previous talks on relaunching the deal, while retaining the compromises made by it. others and looking for more.

Iran came to Vienna “with proposals that amounted to nonsense – any of the compromises Iran had offered here in the six rounds of talks pocketed all the compromises that others, and the United States in particular had done and then demanded more, “the senior official quoted by Reuters said.

He said it was not clear when talks would resume and that Washington was “preparing for a world in which there is no return to the JCPOA,” a reference to the agreement’s official name, the Plan. common global action.

He said more sanctions would likely come if Washington concluded that Iran had killed the negotiations.

The seventh round of nuclear talks ended on Friday after five days in Vienna, with delegations returning to their national capitals and due to return to Austria next week.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani leaves Coburg Palace, venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) meeting to revive the Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna on December 3 2021 (Joe Klamar / AFP)

Iran’s chief negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, said the talks were on hold “because the opposing side had to consult their capitals to provide a documented and reasonable response to these [Iranian] the proposals. ”He said negotiations would resume in the middle of next week.

Blinken said on Friday that the negotiations had been halted because “Iran does not appear seriously at the moment to do what is necessary to return to compliance.”

And European diplomats have expressed “disappointment and concern” after Iran submitted two draft proposals that appeared to cancel months of dialogue.

Iran suspended talks in June after the election of ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raisi.

The official argued on Saturday that the United States had shown patience in allowing a five-month break in the process, but meanwhile the Iranians “continued to step up their nuclear program in particularly provocative ways.”

When Tehran finally returned to the table on Monday, he said, it was “with proposals that amounted to any of the compromises Iran had offered in the six rounds of talks.”

He accused Iran of seeking to “pocket all the compromises that others – the United States in particular – had made, and then ask for more.”

The official said he believed countries close to Iran were also upset with Tehran’s positions during recent talks.

At this point, he said the United States will continue diplomatic efforts – but reaffirmed that it has “other tools” at hand if negotiations fail.

Coburg Palace, the site of Iranian nuclear talks, is pictured in Vienna on November 29, 2021 (Vladimir Simicek / AFP)

The landmark 2015 nuclear deal – initially between Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, and the United States – began to unravel in 2018 when the U.S. President then Donald Trump withdrew and reimposed the sanctions, prompting Iran to start overstepping the limits of its nuclear program. the next year.

US President Joe Biden has said he wants to re-enter the deal, and the US has indirectly participated in the talks this week.

Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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India reports third case – returnee from Zimbabwe tests positive in Jamnagar, Gujarat


A 72-year-old man was found infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Saturday in Jamnagar, Gujarat, after returning from Zimbabwe, the state’s health department said, according to PTI. His samples were sent for genome sequencing after testing positive for the virus on Thursday.

Zimbabwe has been designated as a country “at risk” in several Indian states due to its proximity to South Africa where the Omicron variant was first discovered.

This is the third case of Omicron in India. On Thursday, two people in Karnataka were found to be infected with the new strain. One of them was a South African who had flown from India, and the other patient had no travel history.

The World Health Organization listed Omicron, also known as the B.1.1.529 strain, as a variant of concern on November 27. One variant of concern has the highest threat perception among other coronavirus variants due to its increased transmissibility, infectivity or resistance. vaccines.

On Saturday, the 72-year-old Zimbabwean returnee was isolated and the area where he resides was converted into a micro containment zone, ANI reported.

“In the zone [where the patient stays], we will do the research and testing of people, ”said Manoj Aggarwal, additional chief secretary of the Gujarat Department of Health and Family Welfare.

According to the World Health Organization, the Omicron variant has around 45-52 mutations with 26-32 spike protein mutations. Spike proteins help a virus enter the host cell. Thus, the higher number of mutations of the Omicron variant helps the virus to enter human cells faster.

Some mutations that were found in the previously detected Alpha, Delta, Gamma and Beta variants are also present in the Omicron strain. Initial data suggests that Omicron has a faster growth rate and higher transmissibility compared to other variants. However, more evidence is needed to confirm these characteristics.

So far, this variant has not resulted in an increase in cases with severe symptoms or an increase in the death rate. South Africa has noted a slight increase in cases requiring hospitalization. However, it could also be due to an increase in the number of cases and not to increased virulence.



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Global tax deal leaves billion-dollar loopholes, Reuters analysis finds


DUBLIN, Dec. 3 (Reuters) – Leaders of the world’s largest economies have hailed a recent agreement to revise global corporate tax rules as the key to enabling multinationals to pay their fair share of tax.

The October agreement established a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15% aimed at limiting profit transfers to low-tax jurisdictions like Ireland, where many large international companies have their European headquarters. “It will remove incentives to move jobs and profits overseas,” US President Joe Biden said in early October.

But some companies could still use Ireland to lower their tax bill even after the deal goes into effect, according to tax experts and a Reuters review of the companies’ returns.

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Indeed, the new agreement will not prevent companies from benefiting from a strategy widely implemented in recent years that reduces taxes over a period of up to a decade or more. Ireland’s relatively generous tax breaks allow multinationals in the country to sell intellectual property, such as patents and trademarks, from one branch to another in order to generate deductions that can be used to protect profits future tax.

Companies that have generated deductions to reduce their taxable income by more than $ 10 billion each in recent years through this tax reduction strategy include U.S. technology companies Adobe Inc (ADBE.O) and Oracle Corp (ORCL. N), according to company statements.

Enterprise software provider Oracle declined to comment, and Adobe, creator of software such as Acrobat pdf-maker, did not respond to requests for comment. Both companies said they were in compliance with relevant tax laws.

The agreement, negotiated by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is expected to enter into force in 2023. It has been signed by more than 130 jurisdictions, including Ireland.

The Irish Department of Finance has said Ireland’s tax treatment of intellectual property transactions is in line with that of other OECD countries.

In response to questions from Reuters, the OECD acknowledged that companies could continue to benefit from profit shifting strategies already in place, but that it expects companies to be unable to form such tax shields in the future. The approach typically relies on a business that also has a subsidiary in a country with a zero corporate tax rate, such as Bermuda, which allows the business to make the sale tax-free. By phasing out zero-tax jurisdictions for multinationals, the OECD expects the 15% global minimum tax to make the strategy more attractive.

“We are trying to design rules for the future,” said John Peterson, an OECD official.

Peterson added that the OECD cannot know for sure how individual country’s rules would interact with the global minimum tax. But he said the OECD is confident the abuse will be limited by requiring countries to calculate taxable income in accordance with accounting rules.

Tax experts say the impact of the deal remains uncertain as key details have yet to be agreed, including how to calculate the profit pot that needs to be taxed. Countries are currently debating waivers for certain tax breaks. In addition, jurisdictions could retain wide latitude in how they allow businesses to calculate taxable income, the specialists said.

“Where there is no accounting consistency there is room for play,” said Nicholas Gardner, tax partner at London law firm Ashurst.

The new rules are expected to be finalized next year and require legislative approval in some jurisdictions. This includes the United States, where several senior Republican politicians have expressed their opposition to the deal.

Malta is another country that allows multinationals to minimize taxes through intra-company sales of intellectual property. Malta’s finance ministry did not respond to requests for comment on its intellectual property tax breaks.

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International pressure has forced Ireland in recent years to phase out one of the world’s best-known tax loopholes, known as the “Irish Double”. intellectual property, according to tax advisers, economists and business returns.

Since 2015, multinationals have transferred hundreds of billions of euros of intellectual property to Ireland, economists say. This has led to large annual tax deductions for foreign companies linked to so-called intangible assets – over 45 billion euros in 2019, up from less than 2.7 billion euros in 2014, according to administration data. Irish tax. The data does not disaggregate how much of these deductions were related to intellectual property transactions within a company.

“Virtually all multinationals have moved intellectual property,” said Christopher Sibley, senior statistician at Ireland’s Central Statistics Office.

Profits protected from tax by US-based corporations typically come from sales in Europe, Asia and Africa, according to tax practitioners and company returns. The US Treasury loses because the products and services sold are based on research conducted and investments made in the United States, according to academics.

The US Treasury declined to say whether US companies would continue to profit from pre-existing tax strategies or profit from futures.

Adobe reserves most of its sales to non-US customers through an Irish subsidiary based in a four-story building in an office park outside of Dublin, according to company documents.

In 2020, Adobe Systems Software Ireland Ltd purchased the intellectual property of another subsidiary which was both a company registered in Ireland and a resident of Bermuda for tax purposes. The implementation meant that no tax was due on the $ 11 billion in profits from the sale. Meanwhile, Irish tax resident Adobe Systems Software Ireland recorded an expense of $ 11 billion that could be used to offset income taxes over a period of around eight years as it is a asset that depreciates over time, according to the accounts of subsidiaries.

Adobe paid $ 197 million in taxes on $ 3.1 billion in reported profits in Ireland in 2020 and sales of $ 5.6 billion, according to accounts from its main Irish unit. This equates to an effective tax rate of around half of the current statutory corporate tax rate of 12.5% ​​in Ireland, thanks to the impact of capital allowances.

Other U.S. companies that have racked up multibillion-dollar tax deductions on sales of intellectual property to affiliates over the past three years include semiconductor maker Analog Devices Inc (ADI.O), the maker medical device company Stryker Corp (SYK.N) and the Cadence software group. Design Systems Inc (CDNS.O), show the public accounts of their Irish subsidiaries.

Analog Devices and Stryker said they comply with tax rules and regulations, but declined to answer questions about their specific tax provisions. Cadence declined to comment.

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Confront the “myth of more money”


Part three in a series on the last eight years of my Seattle housing work.

From 2016 until the end of Washington State’s legislative session in 2019, I changed my approach to challenge the idea of ​​charging fees on new housing development and giving that money to organizations in non-profit. My argument was that the state’s largest city, Seattle, enforced the most rules, slowing production and thus creating higher prices as demand increased. As a result, most of the state’s available grants were consumed by Seattle, which was unfair to the rest of the state. Not only that, I argued, but building nonprofit housing in Seattle was very expensive and inefficient. Conventional wisdom was and still is that what is needed to solve housing problems is not more housing, but more and more money.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to challenge big business and government allies to crush your critics, forget the idea that it’s like the movie Silkwood. There is no Cher or Kurt Russell and above all there is no journalist waiting somewhere to write about it. It’s more like the X Files, if you go up against the big guys you’ll be caught on and ignored. The prize will be an effort to make you irrelevant, mad, or part of some kind of unreasonable clique. I had no idea when I took over the industrial non-profit housing complex.

Here is my logic. Having been a nonprofit developer, I knew these developers had to face a steep climb to build their projects, arguably a steeper climb than for-profit developers. The number of contracts, commitments, and acres of paperwork were all stacked on the same demands as the for-profit sector: finding land, zoning, design review, utilities, and labor costs. But because they had political favors, they could ask for more money to solve these problems and the political structure would oblige them with interventions like Mandatory Housing Affordability, the program that would make it worse and not better for the poor because “affordable housing” would be paid for. for with higher rents (see my last post and many more).

I knew the costs and difficulty of building non-profit housing, housing paid for by the MHA program, when exposed, could make people question the whole program itself. If nothing else, if I could find a way to show that more money was being spent on subsidized nonprofit housing in Seattle (where the MHA extortion program operated) than in the Washington countryside. , maybe we could force a conversation. The data supported my point; housing subsidies were consumed quickly by the state’s most blatant regulator of housing production, Seattle. If I could show that this was done to the detriment of the poorest immigrant farm workers, maybe we could get the press interested.

So I analyzed years of data from the state’s Housing Trust Fund and found that indeed, subsidies were piling up in Seattle while in rural areas, workers lived in their cars. I wrote an opinion piece on how access to water was choking the supply in rural areas and thus harming rural workers, primarily immigrants to Mexico. It infuriated House Speaker Frank Chopp as much as it pleased lawmakers in rural Washington, who were outraged by the rushed court decision by a left-wing Seattle advocacy organization. I had entered into a long-standing conflict on the side of the rural Republicans. Here I was a former Democrat from Seattle, working with Republicans.

My conversations with the President and with the Republican leaders were strange; I was making a valid argument, which went against everyone’s sensitivity. Democrats felt out of place, justifying more and more spending on expensive housing in Seattle (up to $ 500,000 per unit) while talking about how much they cared about rural immigrants, the people who did not benefit from housing subsidies because of rampant spending. in Seattle. Republicans were resistant to big spending schemes and more bureaucracy. So my proposal for a farm worker housing authority to take money out of Seattle and funnel it to farm worker housing fell on deaf ears there. I had managed to make valid points, but the policy was not in favor of the solution, of big changes in the subsidy system and of better management.

In a passive and aggressive Washington, my efforts have certainly been noticed. The President complimented me in an argument saying, “People are mad at you! ” Sure. But making people uncomfortable does not necessarily lead to policy change. Both left and right seem to have made peace with the inefficient way of subsidizing housing. I failed to convince Republicans in the Legislature to support the idea of ​​making the system fairer, and farmers and nonprofit real estate developers in rural Washington seemed intimidated by the task of taking over. the well-funded and politically connected non-profit organization. housing agencies in Seattle.

My campaign against the non-profit housing complex was a failure. He revealed, however, that there is an ongoing disparity in the way housing is subsidized in Washington. Recently, I showed how tax credits are pouring into Seattle, even though there is more poverty in rural Washington. Being white and awake means more money for housing. It was a deadly battle that exhausted many of my supporters, but I’m glad I made the effort. With all the money raised from the fees generated by the MHA fees and other largesse of recent federal legislation, I know the problem will not be solved with more money. It will get worse. The day may come when everyone can do the math and agree that fairness and efficiency are compassionate and that inflation is the greatest enemy of the poor.


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A new retrospective at AGO explores the 50-year career of First Nations artist Robert Houle


The half-century long career of famous Saulteaux and Anishinaabe artist Robert Houle is the subject of a new major retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario entitled “Red is Beautiful”.

The exhibition, named after one of Houle’s first pieces, features more than 100 works, including monumental paintings, intimate drawings and large-scale installations as well as personal and archival photos.

Putting on the show lasted two years, but Houle’s dream was longer. The artist, who is 74, wanted to do a retrospective before turning 75 next year. His work has been part of two other major exhibitions, but it is the largest exhibition to date.

“It’s pretty scary. It makes me realize my age,” Houle said with a chuckle during a phone call.

“You always get goosebumps and anxiety no matter how many professionals help you with your paintings, your installations, your objects. It’s always very scary.”

The retrospective opened in Toronto on Friday.

Houle is often considered one of the most influential First Nations artists since entering the contemporary art scene in 1970. The Art Gallery of Ontario website describes his work as a mixture of abstraction, modernism and conceptualism with the aesthetics and history of First Nations. Her work explores themes of Indigenous sovereignty, Indigenous spiritual traditions, major resistance movements, and the residential school era.

Houle grew up in Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation in southern Manitoba. As a young boy he was forced to attend residential school in the community and as a teenager he was sent to another residential school in Winnipeg. Like many other Indigenous boys and girls, Houle says he was stripped of his language and culture and suffered abuse while attending institutions.

Later in life, Houle began to use art as a way to heal wounds from the past.

Driven, in part, by the nightmares of his stay at boarding school, Houle spent 50 consecutive days illustrating his dreams. These drawings would eventually form his series on residential schools in Sandy Bay.

“It took me a while to recover or to face and recognize what I had been through. Abuse, humiliation, being punished for talking about the saulteaux and other things,” Houle said.

“(Art) motivated me. It gave me courage, and I knew if I did something visual that was painful, it was a form of release.”

Houle pays homage to the Oka crisis in a gasp in oil entitled “Les Pins”. Three panels depict a scene from a wooded area, which was the subject of a land dispute between the Mohawks and the town of Oka.

The standoff between Mohawk protesters, Quebec police, the RCMP and the Canadian army lasted 78 days. The crisis took place in Kanehsata: ke near the town of Oka. The city wanted to expand a golf course on land sacred to the Mohawk community.

Houle studied at McGill University in Montreal and spent a lot of time in the neighboring Mohawk communities of Kanehsata: ke and Kahnawa: ke.

“It gave me a lot of political courage. Do not hesitate to demonstrate. Do not hesitate to analyze what was happening there and in the rest of our country,” said Houle.

Wanda Nanibush, curator of Indigenous art at the gallery, first learned about Houle’s work in what she describes as a “life-changing” moment at the age of 16 in 1992.

She visited an exhibition organized by Houle entitled Land, Spirit, Power at the National Gallery of Canada.

“It was my first time seeing contemporary art from our own people… I just felt like it presented a totally different idea of ​​who we were,” Nanibush recalls.

“It showed me a whole different way of being an activist in the arts and of thinking about social justice from a very different perspective.”

Nanibush had to contact over 30 lenders to agree to loan Houle’s work for the exhibition.

Fortunately, neither of them said no, “they want Robert to get the recognition he deserves.”

The exhibit will run until April 17, 2022, then tour Calgary and Winnipeg.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 3, 2021


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Lightning Release Jersey for the Stadium Series match


TAMPA – Giddy up, Lightning fans (more on that later). The Stadium Series jerseys are here.

The franchise released the white jersey with royal blue letters / accents on Thursday the team will wear for their outdoor game against the Nashville Predators on February 26 at Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans.

The jersey was released via a “Dock Talk with Killer” clip featuring tight end Alex Killorn FaceTiming Bucs Rob Gronkowski of the water outside Amalie Arena on his SeaDoo. After the roll call, a cowboy appears and hands Killorn a guitar case, which he hands to Steven Stamkos in a box in the arena.

Stamkos, pulling on a denim shirt, an “S” bolo tie and a black cowboy hat, opens the case to find a white jersey with his name and number on the back. He holds it up and says, “Now it’s ready for Broadway.” “

Stamkos dons the swimsuit, adjusts it and the hat, and admires her gaze in the mirror.

“Marvel,” he said.

The word ‘Bolts’ runs diagonally across the front of the jersey in capital blue letters with a silver outline, similar to the 2013 home jersey, except the ‘B’ and ‘S’ have longer tails. The bottom of the sweater features an oversized cut blue zipper. The team’s hockey club crest appears on the left shoulder. The 2022 Stadium Series logo will be on the right.

For the pants, the traditional white flashes on both sides have been replaced with an oversized version of the main team logo. The team will wear white gloves.

Those interested in purchasing the jersey can pre-order it from the team’s online store for $ 199.99. Sweater sizes from XXS to 3XL are available. For an additional $ 100, a custom name or player name can be added. They will start shipping on February 14.

The game will be the Lightning’s second game after the Olympic Winter Games break, which ends on February 20. The match will be televised on TNT.

It will be the first away game in the franchise’s 28-year history, and it will be the 27th organization to do so.

The Nashville-Tampa Bay game will be the second outdoor game of the 2021-22 season, following the January 1 Winter Classic at Target Field (home of the MLB Twins) in Minneapolis between the Blues and the Wild.

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Longtime Canadian Ranger Retires – 100 Mile House Free Press


When Robert Cockram visited the recruiting post on a whim in 1966, he didn’t expect him to lead a life in the military.

Fifty-five years later, Cockram retired from the Canadian Armed Forces – with four bars and the distinction of being one of the oldest members of the Canadian Ranger Patrol. He had been a member of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

“It was interesting. It never got boring,” said Cockram, 71. “I retired as captain, long in the tooth.”

His military journey began at age 18, and an officer at a recruiting station in southern Saskatchewan suggested he join a military college. He chose the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, where he graduated with honors and a major in history.

As a member of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, he held positions with the Fourth Canadian Artillery Regiment, the Second Canadian Artillery Regiment and a volunteer position with the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Edmonton, where Cockram said that he was able to “jump planes and enter strange places.”

He remembers a training operation in Churchill, Manitoba. where they “lived in the snow banks” for several days to acclimatize to the cold. Cockram was then redeployed overseas to Germany for two years, working with self-propelled artillery pieces. Thanks to then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, his unit was redeployed to southern Germany, far from the border.

“In Germany, when you had free time, you just jumped in the vehicle and went on tours. I’ve been to Switzerland a few times and skied there, it was just down the road where we were based, ”said Cockram. “We took a great trip to London and got to see other parts of Europe.”

Over the following decades, Cockram worked across the country as an administrator and instructor before finally being posted to Royal Roads University in Victoria, when it was still a military college. . As he neared retirement age, Cockram decided to move to Lone Butte, where he had owned a property for several years.

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It turns out, however, that retirement was not in the cards: a year and a half later, a call was made to form a Canadian Ranger patrol.

“I thought I would go see what it is and now I’m one of the old guys from the Ranger Patrol,” Cockram said. “I’ve been in the Ranger Patrol for 27 years now and people look at you and say ‘what? “Are you in the army ?!” And I say “yes, the Canadian Rangers do not have a mandatory retirement age. “

At first, the Rangers only had three pieces of equipment: a baseball cap, an armband, and a rifle. For additional gear, he said they had to search military surplus stores for raincoats and other gear. They were also largely on their own and established their own training and patrolling schedules. Cockram said they used to meet for shooting practice at the 100 Mile High School shooting range, where they used to “get by”.

Rangers needed to know their area and provide support in a crisis. Before the South Cariboo Search and Rescue Society was formed, Cockram said the Rangers would search for the missing. Cockram recalled “beating the bush” near 108 Mile Ranch looking for a missing eight-year-old, only to have the child show up safe and sound away from where they were looking.

Eventually the decision was made to tie the Rangers to the Canadian military reserves and is now run more like the military. With it came a lot more equipment and organization. By then, Cockram was already well on his way to becoming one of the force’s oldest serving officers.

“They give you a medal for 12 years of service, then a bar every 10 years thereafter. I’ve held on so far because I said, ‘I want that fourth bar, no one else is going to wear it because no one else has been there for so long,’ Cockram said, but added: “I look forward to my free time.”


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Robert Cockram began his military career in 1966 and only recently retired from the Canadian Ranger Patrol South Cariboo. (Photo by Patrick Davies – 100 Mile Free Press)

Robert Cockram began his military career in 1966 and recently retired from the Canadian Ranger Patrol South Cariboo.  (Photo by Patrick Davies - 100 Mile Free Press)

Robert Cockram began his military career in 1966 and only recently retired from the Canadian Ranger Patrol South Cariboo. (Photo by Patrick Davies – 100 Mile Free Press)



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News: Appointment of the new IBAN board member, Michael Gaul, 01-Aug-2021


Michael Gaul, born in 1959 in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. He was appointed by the North Atlantic Council as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Board of Auditors effective August 1, 2021.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz in 1985 and completed his practical legal training in the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1988.

From 1985 to 1989 he worked as a freelance lawyer for German and American law firms and in 1989 was a trainee at the Federal Employment Service in Nüremberg.

He was appointed Judge (Public Prosecutor) and worked for the Ministry of Justice in Mainz from 1989 to 1991. He then became Deputy Head of the Section for International Privatization Policy and Public Management Administration at Federal Ministry of Finance in Bonn / Berlin from 1991 to 1998.

From 1998 to 2004, he served as Deputy Head of Finance, Economic Affairs and Personnel at the Permanent Delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO. In 2004, he was Chairman of the NATO Budget Committee in 2004.

He continued his career with NATO and became Chief Defense and Security Economics Officer in the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division from 2007 to 2010.

From 2010 to 2011, Michael Gaul worked as Senior Financial and Policy Advisor at the Permanent Delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO and served as Senior Advisor, Science for Peace and Security Program in the NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division from 2011 until 2017.

From 2017 until joining the International Board of Auditors of NATO, he was Chief Financial Officer, Headquarters and Staff of the Permanent Delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO .


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Saint-Louis high school students demonstrate against gun violence in honor of 19-year-old


ST. LOUIS – Hundreds of students from Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School marched against gun violence on Wednesday in honor of 19-year-old Isis Mahr.

Mahr was murdered in a quadruple shooting in St. Louis in October after returning from work at an elderly care facility. Her father said she had a heart of gold.

“My daughter was very dynamic. She gave a lot to the community during the 19 years that she lived on this land, that God gave her to me and to my family ”, declared her father Atif Mahr.

Mahr was a remarkable graduate of Cardinal Ritter College Prep in 2020. Her family said she was a part of the soccer team and naturally a person who loved and cared for everyone around her.

She volunteered in the community and was studying to be a nurse. Friends and family of Isis have said the march and the gathering mean the world.

“I am grateful for the support. It’s a beautiful day, ”said his father. “It took away the heartache and pain to have this march in her honor to stop the violence and stop the killings and put down the guns. I can say as a parent that the community has spoken about my daughter and said that it is is enough. “


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Women’s Tennis Association suspends tournaments in China over concerns over player Peng Shuai


In the strongest public position against China taken by a sports body, the professional women’s tennis tour manager announced on Wednesday that all Women’s Tennis Association tournaments there will be suspended due to concerns about the safety of the woman. Peng Shuai, a doubles Grand Slam champion who accused a former government official of sexual assault.

Peng withdrew from the public after raising the allegations about former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in a November 2 social media post that was quickly suppressed by Chinese authorities.

“Unfortunately, the Chinese leadership has not credibly tackled this very serious issue,” Steve Simon, president and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), wrote in a statement released by the tour. “Although we now know Peng’s whereabouts, I seriously doubt that she is free, safe, and free from censorship, coercion and intimidation.”

Simon has repeatedly called for what he called Wednesday a “full and transparent investigation – without censorship” into Peng’s charges. He said the decision to end touring play in China, including Hong Kong, came “with the full support of the WTA board.”

“In good conscience, I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has apparently been pressured to contradict his allegation of sexual assault,” Simon said.

“Considering the current state of affairs, I am also very concerned about the risks all of our players and staff may face if we host events in China in 2022.”

China is said to be the site of several tennis tournaments next year, including the prestigious WTA season-ending finals, set to be held there until 2030.

The nation is a source of billions of dollars in revenue for various sporting entities based elsewhere, from the WTA (headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla.) To the NBA (out of New York) and the International Olympic Committee ( Lausanne, Switzerland).

The WTA from the “good side of history”: Billie Jean King

“I applaud Steve Simon and the WTA leadership for their strong stance in defending human rights in China and around the world,” said tennis legend Billie Jean King.

“The WTA has chosen to be on the right side of history by standing up for the rights of our players. This is yet another reason why women’s tennis is the leader in women’s sport.”

Beijing is set to host the Winter Olympics from February 4, and IOC President Thomas Bach said on November 21 that he spoke with Peng – a three-time Olympian – during a video call from 30 minutes. The IOC did not release a video or transcript of the exchange and only said that Bach reported that Peng said she was fine.

The organization said in a statement that Peng appeared to be “doing well” and had requested confidentiality. The IOC did not explain how the appeal was organized, although it has worked closely with the Chinese Olympic Committee and government officials to organize the next Olympics.

Critics suggested that Peng wouldn’t have called the IOC if she was truly free to speak.

The European Union said on Tuesday it wanted China to offer “verifiable proof” that Peng – a 35-year-old who was previously ranked No.1 in doubles and won titles at Wimbledon and Roland Garros – is safe.

“His recent public reappearance does not allay concerns about his security and freedom,” an EU spokesperson said.

A number of Chinese businessmen, activists and ordinary people have disappeared in recent years after criticizing prominent figures in the ruling Communist Party or as part of crackdowns on corruption or campaigns for corruption. democracy and labor rights.

Former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli is seen during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March 2016. Chinese authorities have hushed up virtually all discussions online about the sexual assault charges against him. former senior government official by Peng. (Ng Han Guan / The Associated Press)

“I will always tell the truth”

In his since-deleted post, Peng wrote, in part, “I know that for you, Vice Minister Zhang Gaoli, a person of high rank and power, you said that you are not afraid. With your intelligence, you will definitely deny it or you can even use it against me, you can reject it without worry. Even if I destroy myself, like throwing an egg against a rock, or a moth flying in a flame, I will always say the truth about us. “

Concerns about her post being censored and her subsequent disappearance from public view escalated into fury, making #WhereIsPengShuai a trending topic on social media and receiving support from tennis stars such as Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Martina Navratilova, and Canadian players including Genie Bouchard, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil.

But news of the first MeToo case to reach the political realm in China has not been reported by national media, and online discussions about it have been heavily censored.

“If powerful people can stifle women’s voices and sweep allegations of sexual assault under the rug, then the foundation on which the WTA was founded – equality for women – would suffer a huge setback,” Simon said. .

“I will not and cannot let this happen to the WTA and its players.”



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“Most intense storm yet”: Canadian Forces members help British Columbia weather third storm


Canadian Forces members propped up vulnerable areas of Cowichan tribe lands with sandbags on Tuesday, to protect First Nations community homes from the Cowichan River flood, as the latest heavy rain storm hit Province.

Canadian Forces members propped up vulnerable areas of Cowichan Tribe lands with sandbags on Tuesday, to protect First Nations community homes from the Cowichan River flood, as the latest heavy rain storm hit Province.

About 100 First Nation homes were affected by flooding during the November 14-15 rainstorm.

Tribal members were offered free self-bagging services, and notices were posted to prepare “take-out kits” including important medicines and papers, as well as to unplug all basement appliances. and crawl spaces in the event of additional flooding.

The latest rainstorm, the third of three atmospheric rivers, could be the worst yet for parts of British Columbia, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said in an update on efforts to the province to manage flood and storm damage.

In the hardest-hit areas, the storm could be at least as severe as that in mid-November which caused extensive flooding and road damage, he said.

“In some areas, like the central coast, this could be the most intense storm yet. “

Environment Canada has warned of extreme precipitation that could worsen existing flooding or cause new flooding to already saturated soil.

Armel Castellan, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, said the central and west coast of Vancouver Island could see up to 150 millimeters of rain, with up to 120 mm in the Bella Coola area, while the Fraser Valley flooded east of Abbotsford can reach 80mm.

David Campbell, chief of the BC River Forecast Center, said flood watches are in effect for Vancouver Island, the Central Coast, the South Coast, the Fraser Valley, the Fraser Canyon and some inland watersheds. .

Campbell said they are also monitoring water levels in the Nooksack River in Washington state, which contributed to flooding in a prime agricultural area in Abbotsford last month. The river’s water level had dropped over the weekend, but coming rain could push it up, he said.

Five hundred members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been deployed to areas of concern, including Vancouver Island.

19 Wing Comox is also ready to help, as is CFB Esquimalt, said Farnworth, who urged British Columbians to avoid non-essential travel and “wait for bad weather.”

“Also, and I cannot stress this enough, please follow the instructions of your local government,” he said.

If an evacuation alert or order has been issued for your area, take it seriously, he said. Those unable to evacuate should call 911 and report their location.

Emergency Management BC and “an army of local government workers and community volunteers” are making sure that shelter, food, medicine and other resources are available to those in need, Farnworth said.

Sandbags, emergency kits, feed, fuel and other supplies are also provided.

“We coordinate additional supports and services from the federal government, as well as non-government organizations and industry,” he said.

Portions of roads and highways – including Highway 1 between Chilliwack and Abbotsford as well as a section east of Chilliwack between Hope and the community of Popkum, and Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet – have been closed to across the province as a precaution, where passage has been restricted to commercial vehicles only.

British Columbia Transportation Minister Rob Fleming has called on all drivers not to travel on roads and highways unless their travel is “absolutely necessary”, warning that commercial truck drivers may use the vehicle. alternative routes unknown due to road damage caused by the November 14-15 storm.

“Please be patient and accept that it will take longer and drive under the current conditions,” he said.

Fleming said many of the restrictions are short-term. “We will get there,” he said.

“We are monitoring conditions across the province, including the mid and south coasts, interior and northern part of Vancouver Island.

“Crews and equipment are ready to be deployed to all of these areas as needed. “

The rain is expected to mostly ease Thursday and Friday, Castellan said, although a smaller system is expected to affect the south coast late Friday.

“We don’t expect large, large quantities, but we will be watching the continued barrage of storms affecting the BC coast very closely over the next week or so.”

Avalanche Canada warned Tuesday of an “increasingly dangerous avalanche cycle” in many mountain ranges in British Columbia.

He rated the risk as high to extreme on the south and northwest coasts and eastern British Columbia from Chetwynd south to Castlegar.

People should stay away from avalanche terrain as avalanches “are expected to travel all the way to the valley floor with the arrival of this third atmospheric river,” he said.

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– With files from The Canadian Press


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ClickUp to create 200 new jobs in Dublin


Two hundred new jobs are to be created in Dublin over the next two years thanks to the ClickUp productivity platform.

The American technology company will open a new European headquarters there as part of its international expansion.

The new roles will be in a range of areas including sales, customer success, marketing, support, finance and human resources and recruiting has already started.

The expansion comes just over a month after the San Diego-based company raised $ 400 million in Series C funding.

ClickUp said it chose Ireland because of the tech community established here and the availability of talent.

“We have been impressed with the deep expertise and large supply of multilingual tech talent in and around Dublin, and we consider our European office to play a vital role in ClickUp’s continued global expansion,” said Mark Stoddard , Head of International Operations at ClickUp.

“We are excited to bring ClickUp to Ireland and offer a diverse range of jobs, while adding to the already world-class tech community.”

Founded in 2017, ClickUp is an all-in-one software as a service platform that replaces individual workplace productivity tools with a single platform comprising project management, document collaboration, worksheets, chat and goals.

Its customers include Booking.com, Netflix and McDonalds and is used by 800,000 teams around the world, including 275,000 based in Europe.

The company plans to use its Dublin office to locate the product for its customers in France, Germany and Spain.

The investment was well received by Tánaiste and Minister of Enterprise Leo Varadkar and by IDA which supported him.

“Dublin remains a premier destination city for fast growing companies wishing to establish their European headquarters in order to internationalize their business and serve and grow their customer base,” said Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland.

“Ireland has a proven track record as a very attractive destination for Software as a Service (SaaS) companies looking to access a well-established talent pool to scale quickly.

ClickUp tripled its revenue last year and quadrupled its number of users.

In total, it has raised $ 535 million in funding and is currently valued at over $ 4 billion.


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