July 2022

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‘Everyone seems to think it’ll go away on its own’: Hockey parents frustrated with the sport’s toxic culture

WARNING: This article contains abuse details.

As Hockey Canada grapples with the public fallout over its organization’s handling of sexual assault claims in the past, some Canadians are wondering how anyone could trust hockey’s national governing body and are calling for action and change at all levels of sport.

“I’m not sure it’s still possible for women to trust an organization with that kind of history,” said Beatrice van Dijk, mother of four girls who played hockey in Toronto. Cross country review.

“I’m not sure it’s possible for parents who care about young men being raised in an environment of non-toxic, non-highly sexualized power to trust an institution that has allowed such behavior. “

The Hockey Canada controversy began in May, when the organization reached a settlement with a young woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted in 2018 by eight Canadian Hockey League players, including members of the World Junior Team of that year.

Since then, Sport Canada, an arm of the federal Department of Heritage, has frozen funding for Hockey Canada. Several sponsors, including Scotiabank and Tim Hortons, have suspended or withdrawn their sponsorships of the organization.

Halifax police have also opened an investigation into a separate 2003 gang sexual assault allegation involving members of Canada’s 2003 World Juniors team.

Lack of responsibility

Hockey Canada executives testifying before a House of Commons committee on Wednesday said they had paid $8.9 million for sexual abuse settlements to 21 plaintiffs since 1989 from the “National Equity Fund,” which, according to them, is generated by membership fees and investments.

It’s an embarrassing time for a Canadian associated with hockey.-Beatrice van Dijk, mother of four hockey-playing daughters

Van Dijk, whose husband was a professional hockey player in Germany, said it shows action is not being taken to hold people accountable.

“It’s an embarrassing time to be a Canadian associated with hockey,” she said.

“I don’t know why you would want to accept an invitation to attend one of Hockey Canada’s events, given that it has been tarnished by this story.”

Van Dijk, who is 48 and now lives in New York state, says incidents like the one Hockey Canada is currently dealing with are nothing new.

“Everyone seems to think it’s going to go away on its own, and nobody wants to talk about the details.”

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Beatrice Van dijk is a mother of 4 girls who played hockey in Toronto

A long-standing problem

Former Canadian Hockey League goaltender Brock McGillis has first-hand experience of the toxic culture of hockey.

He played for the Windsor Spitfires and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League from 2001 to 2002. He was in his late teens at the time and said his experiences in the junior hockey locker room made him hate his life.

Former Ontario Hockey League player Brock McGill came out in November 2016 and is now an activist in the LGBTQ+ space. (Submitted by Brock McGillis)

“The impact of being a gay man in there, of hiding who I was and adhering to norms and becoming a philandering hockey brother – and what it did to me, I mean, quite honestly, I was going home … and trying to die by suicide,” he said. Cross Country Record.

McGillis, who came out in November 2016, says conformity is one of the biggest barriers to hockey culture.

“People dress the same…talk the same whether they are or not,” he said. “There’s no place to be anything other than the norm – and if you are, you’re different.”

According to McGillis, because the players are predominantly white, mostly middle to upper class, and generally assumed to be straight, it creates an environment in the locker room where people can say and do things without being held accountable, including using language and engaging in behavior that hurts women, minorities and members of the LGBTQ community.

“Then, in turn, you see thoughts and behaviors that lead to bigotry, misogyny, and sexual assault.”

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Teresa Fowler, an assistant professor of education at Concordia University in Edmonton, is part of a team that interviewed elite-level male hockey players about their experiences with sexism, misogyny and hypermasculinity in the sport. She says her research shows the problem is pervasive, persistent and systematic.

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Some of the blame lies with the adults in those spaces for not doing more to hold those players accountable, McGillis says, citing coaches who come from the same culture and reinforce it in their own coaching.

“And usually hockey players have hockey babies,” he said. “Parents who come from the hockey culture place their kids in hockey. So it’s a learned and normalized culture.”

No one wants to be the person who seems to be stirring the pot.-Theresa Bailey, co-founder of Canadian Hockey Moms

Theresa Bailey, a hockey parent for about 16 years and co-founder of advice website Canadian Hockey Moms, says parents want to have those conversations, but avoid speaking publicly for fear their kids will face repercussions.

“I think everybody wants to talk about these things, but nobody wants to get in trouble with member associations or provincial associations,” she said. Cross Country Record.

“Nobody wants to be the person who looks like they’re stirring the pot.”

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Hockey culture must change, advocates say, amid new sexual assault allegations

Calls for accountability from Hockey Canada are growing – along with demands for a change in hockey culture – after police opened an investigation into an alleged sexual assault at the 2003 World Juniors.

Bailey says she thinks people in positions of power in minor hockey associations that are typically volunteer-based aren’t equipped or trained enough to deal with the toxic aspects of hockey culture.

“It’s tricky,” she said. “I’ve seen people not really know how to deal with some of the issues that come up, or deal with them in a way that prevents people from coming forward.”

To take a position

Bailey believes the best way to eliminate the toxic atmosphere is for Hockey Canada and similar associations to encourage diversity within teams, coaching staffs and the board of directors.

“I don’t know what else to do but put people in there with differing opinions that won’t be shut down.”

Looking ahead, van Dijk believes there is an opportunity to fix hockey culture – and the first step is for parents to take a stand with their wallets when it comes to paying fees in associations local hockey.

“I would say, ‘I’ll pay you that fee, but only if you don’t pay anything to the provincial hockey association until that provincial hockey association takes a stand on Hockey Canada,'” she said.

“Because our fees are going to enable confusing, toxic and predatory sexual behavior among young men, and we don’t want that kind of society.”

Support is available for anyone who has experienced sexual assault. You can access crisis lines and local support services through this Government of Canada website or the Canadian Association for the Elimination of Violence Database. If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety or the safety of those around you, please call 911.

If you or someone you know is having trouble, here’s where to get help:

This guide to Center for Addiction and Mental Health explains how to talk about suicide with someone you’re worried about.

Written by Mouhamad Rachini. Produced by Abby Plener and Steve Howard.

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Canadian army

Sacred site or rallying point? The politicization of the National War Memorial

Last weekend, someone was seen draping Canadian and American flags over the grave in a ceremony streamed live online. Photos and videos were widely shared on social media before the accounts, which appeared to be linked to “Freedom Convoy” supporters, were taken down.

It sparked an outcry, including from Defense Minister Anita Anand, who called it a “profanation”.

It has also prompted calls for more security, including from the Royal Canadian Legion, which first made such a request after the memorial was seen as disrespectful, including public urination, towards the start of the three-week protest that gripped downtown Ottawa this winter. .

On the eve of Canada Day, Army Reservist James Topp addressed hundreds of people gathered near the Cenotaph and compared himself and others fighting vaccination warrants to the Canadian soldier unidentified killed in World War I whose remains were buried in the grave.

Facing a court-martial for publicly criticizing federal vaccine requirements while wearing his uniform, Topp had arrived at the grave after a four-month march from Vancouver, during which he became a celebrity for many many people opposed to vaccines and liberals.

“This is us. We are the unknown soldier,” Topp told the crowd, which included a number of people wearing military headgear and medals to indicate their veteran status.

“What did we have in common with this person?” … We had courage.

A group called Veterans 4 Freedom, which supported Topp’s march and includes members with ties to the “Freedom Convoy,” also held a rally at the memorial during the “Rolling Thunder” event in April, where members gave speeches against vaccines and pandemic restrictions.

“Canadians must sacrifice themselves to keep our freedom,” a speaker told the crowd. “They went to France. They fought in the South Pacific, the Battle of Britain. They sacrifice their life. But nowadays, we have to sacrifice ourselves in a different way.

Veterans 4 Freedom declined to comment. Topp referenced his June 30 speech.

David Hofmann is an associate professor at the University of New Brunswick and co-director of the government-funded Canadian Armed Forces Hate Conduct and Right-Wing Extremism Research Network.

He said that political movements need symbols to succeed, and that it should perhaps come as no surprise that some groups in Canada are now trying to transform the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier into such purposes.

“It’s a powerful symbol,” Hofmann said. “You have the unknown soldier, the ultimate martyr, someone who is not even remembered by name. And you have these individuals… trying to equate what they’re doing with a sense of martyrdom.

Retired Brigadier-General Duane Daly, who was instrumental in leading the Royal Canadian Legion with the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier more than 20 years ago, disagreed with those who wanted to use the site “as a centerpiece for political dissent”.

“It’s a grave,” he said. “If they want to make a statement like that, go to parliament. That’s why, not the grave.

Others have suggested that some of those who use the memorial to amplify grievances against the government actually represent the opposite of the altruism the sites are dedicated to.

“The Unknown Soldier died for his country. He died in a selfless act,” said Youri Cormier, executive director of the Conference of Defense Associations Institute think tank.

“When you honk and shout about an idea of ​​personal freedoms that excludes one’s duty to one’s nation, respect for the law, and…respect for the principle that one’s freedom ends where it infringes on the freedoms of others is to put yourself before the nation.”

It is in this context that some like the Legion and Cormier, who have noted that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va., is guarded 24 hours a day by armed military personnel, have called for greater security at the memorial.

“No one is permitted to usurp or appropriate the hallowed ground of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for any stunt or campaign,” Cormier said. “This sacred space is not to be taken.”

Public Services and Procurement Canada says the site is monitored 24/7, but would not comment on calls for more security. While the Canadian Armed Forces have a ceremonial guard at the memorial for tourists, the Ottawa Police are responsible for site security.

The murder of cape. Nathan Cirillo by an Islamic State sympathizer in October 2014 prompted a security review at the memorial and the possible placement of military police. But their job is to protect the ceremonial guards while they are on duty.

The exact type of security measures to adopt is unclear.

Most experts agree that authorities should not limit or restrict public access to the memorial, in part because the vast majority of visitors to the site are respectful ⁠—but also because such a move could play into the hands of some groups.

“In some ways it’s more dangerous because it feeds the victim mentality that we’re silenced, that we’re oppressed,” said Barbara Perry, director of the Center of Hate, Bias and Extremism at Ontario Tech. University.

Authorities erected fences around the memorial at the start of the “freedom convoy” after a woman stood at the grave. But they were later shot dead by protesters. Many of them identified themselves as veterans and said they were reclaiming the site – a message repeated as a reason to gather at the Cenotaph during the “Rolling Thunder” event this spring.

Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Day also pushed back on the idea of ​​American-style restrictions at the memorial, such as ropes and fencing preventing the public from approaching.

“All national monuments must be accessible. I accept that it comes at a cost,” Day said.

“But I think the cost of locking them up and not making them accessible is higher. So I accept that there are individuals like we have seen who will benefit.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 31, 2022.

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

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International headquarters

PR firm moves to new global headquarters in Basingstoke

A PR firm has moved to a new global headquarters in Basingstoke with a hub vibe to support its hybrid work.

Touchdown PR, an international business and technology public relations (PR) firm, has moved its premises to newly refurbished offices in Network House, Basing View.

With five meeting rooms and an open work center vibe, the company said the new office will allow the agency to meet the needs of its growing UK team, which is expected to increase by a dozen staff before the end of this year.

In addition to hiring public relations positions at all levels, other key hires in 2022 will include a full-time financial controller, accountant and recruiter.

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Josh Beale-Fletcher, a global HR manager who joined Touchdown less than 12 months ago, has already hired more than nine new employees in the Basingstoke office, as well as 11 others in its offices in the United States and the Asia-Pacific regions. The global membership now exceeds 100.

He said: “Our new modern hub gives us space to grow in the UK and we are delighted to welcome so many new PR professionals to our global team.”

Regarding the decision to keep the company’s global headquarters in Basingstoke, Touchdown CEO James Carter cited the city’s growing reputation as one of the country’s leading technology hubs.

He said: “Being in Basingstoke allows us to attract colleagues not only from the local area, but also many PRs who previously had to make long journeys to London for work. With our flexible hybrid and remote working policies , we can also attract colleagues from even further afield.”

Touchdown has offices and partners in over 20 countries in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific, with Basingstoke being its global headquarters.

After successful graduate admissions earlier this year, Touchdown is now seeking experienced PR professionals to join its growing team in 2022/2023. Candidates interested in a position with Touchdown can find more information and register their interest on the company’s dedicated careers site at

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Touchdown said it expects global revenue growth to exceed 50% in 2022, a 300% increase from the previous year.

Earlier this year, Touchdown was named one of the top 10 tech PR agencies in the UK by PR Week and ranked among the top 30 tech PR agencies in the US by O’Dwyer’s magazine.

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The daily cartoon and the live briefing: Saturday July 30, 2022

Time: Quite sunny. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Winds south around 5 mph, becoming southeast gusting to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent. Saturday evening: Mainly clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

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Flagler Beach Saturday Farmer’s Market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Wickline Park, 315 South 7th Street, featuring prepared meals, fruits, vegetables, artisan goods and local arts from more than 30 local merchants. The marketplace is hosted by Flagler Strong, a non-profit organization.

Grace Community Pantry, 245 Education Way, Bunnell, drive-thru open today 10am-1pm. The pantry is organized by Pastor Charles Silano and Grace Community Food Pantry, a disaster relief agency in Flagler County. Feeding Northeast Florida helps local children and families, seniors, and active and retired military personnel who struggle to put food on the table. Working with local grocery stores, manufacturers and farms, we take high-quality food that would normally go to waste and turn it into meals for those in need. The Flagler County School District provides space for much of the pantry storage and operations. Call 386-586-2653 to help, volunteer or donate.

Puppapalooza at James Holland Park in Palm Coast, 18 Florida Park Drive, 6-8 p.m. “Grab your sociable pup and meet us at the dog park for a festival just for your four-legged friends. We will have special treats, toys, dog play areas and tons of fun! Dogs must be kept on a leash outside the dog park. We will have a visit from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Canine Team, K9s for Warriors, the Flagler Humane Society and local dog-focused businesses! Also featuring Flagler Beach’s Hang8 (who held the first annual Flagler Beach dog surf contest in May.)

“Constellation”, at the City Repertory Theater, directed by Beau Wade, at 7:30 p.m. July 28-30 and 3 p.m. July 31. Performances will take place in the CRT Black Box Theater at City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite B207, Palm Coast. Tickets are $20 adults and $15 students, available at, by calling 386-585-9415, or onsite just before showtime. The play is a 2012 comedy-drama by British playwright Nick Payne about the romantic ups and downs of a beekeeper and a theoretical physicist. The pair in “Constellations” take a trip down the rabbit hole of the multiverse, that bizarre theory that posits that there are an infinite number of parallel universes that exist simultaneously, and can be quite similar or drastically different from the one you and I live. Preview: “City Repertory Theater Hopscotches Through Love’s Multiverse with ‘Constellations’.”

Notebook: What to think today of Henry Ford’s birthday (1863)? What about Henry Ford, period: an anti-Semite, a Nazi sympathizer, a pioneer of the police state in the workplace, an ultra-nationalist who ruined the melting pot of Israel Zangwill by building a veritable melting pot giant for ceremonies at Ford Factories, where he would parade his immigrant workers on one side as immigrants and on the other as uniform Americans. The Ford, in short, who wanted more Americans to square dance in response to jazz in the 1920s, because black people made him sick. But he was also Henry Ford, paying his workers better than most (at least $5 a day, he announced in 2014: in inflation-adjusted dollars, that’s $148 in today’s money, still a paltry sum when you think about it – $38,000 apiece isn’t exactly a down payment on Downton Abbey, but imagine what that says about the country’s poverty at the time). He rolled this nation into its car culture (a mixed blessing). He invented the assembly line model that Bill Levitt would adapt to suburban homes (another very mixed blessing) and that the McDonald brothers adapted to food (an absolute disaster, but damn it how weird the Big Mac can sometimes reach this place). He was Big Brother before Orwell and Amazon before Bezos. He was, in short, the American par excellence: a melting pot of paradoxes as inexcusable as they were, or at least as he made them indispensable. He reminds me of that other Henry, that of Kissinger, that mass murderer with the still fiery aura of a Jedi, who was as anti-Arab as Ford was anti-Semitic. Not an inventor, that one. Just a Talleyrand of the last days with the ambition to better remember, as if the genocides in Cambodia and Timur and the massacres in Chile had never taken place, as if ensuring Arab-Israeli enmity as the most simple for America was just a strategy (his favorite word). Another underrated American paradox. I’m not at all sure that a world without either of these men, or paradoxes like theirs, would have been a lesser place. We might not have been the Americans emerging from Ford’s melting pot, but chances are we would have been better Americans if pot presumption hadn’t turned us into chopped chuck no tastier than heads. of meat from McDonald’s Doordashing through Levittown.

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And riots targeting brothels were becoming more common in the 1790s as moral reformers teamed up with local residents seeking to “clean up” specific corners of the city. These rioters were almost always men; the brothels they raided were almost always those run by women. Over the years, Mother Carey had made a living for herself by building a business that played a small part in a vast sexual system. In a culture that idealized the sexual innocence of some women, denigrated the availability of others, and granted widespread impunity to men, prostitution was big business. The narrative of the madam as a pimp dramatizes and personifies the culture’s obsession with separating respectable and ruined women, the fetish and anxiety caused by the idea of ​​virtue in jeopardy and, more broadly, the shame of relationships. illicit sex and double lives. As the face of the ugliest aspects of a patriarchal sexual system rooted in double standards and double lives, the madam had its appeal: her image deepened the chasm between respectable women and ruined women and protected men from all harm. responsibility. But the same system that kept women like Mother Carey in business also denigrated and blamed them – and made them vulnerable.

-Of The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequence in Revolutionary Americaby John Wood Sweet (2022).

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10 biggest data breaches in history and how to prevent them

Data breaches happen for many reasons, as evidenced by this list of the biggest data breaches in history. Whether it’s an outdated and vulnerable network or an employee clicking on a phishing email, data breaches can harm a business and its reputation.

A number of lessons can be learned from reviewing past data breaches. In fact, some of the most damaging breaches listed here could have been avoided if organizations had followed simple good cybersecurity hygiene practices.

Learn about the biggest data breaches, based on the number of compromised records, and get tips on how to prevent a similar breach in your organization.


Compromised files: 3 billion

Breakup date: August 2013

Publication date: December 2016

Yahoo initially announced in 2016 that its 2013 breach affected only one billion accounts. After Verizon acquired Yahoo in 2017, news broke that the figure was actually 3 billion. The breach affected Yahoo email accounts and other company services, including Tumblr, Flickr, Yahoo Fantasy Sports and Yahoo Finance.

Malicious hackers obtained users’ names, dates of birth, phone numbers and passwords, as well as security questions and email addresses used to reset passwords. No financial data – such as credit card numbers or bank details – was exposed. Yahoo said in its initial disclosure that it forced password resets for all accounts that had been changed since 2013 and invalidated old security questions and accounts. To date, the cause of the breach has not been disclosed.

How to prevent this type of attack:

  • Perform continuous security monitoring and testing.
  • Perform vulnerability and penetration testing regularly to enable security teams to fix flaws before cybercriminals can take advantage of them.

2. Aadhar

Files compromised: 1.1 billion

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: January 2018

The records of 1.1 billion Indian citizens have been exposed after a breach of Aadhaar, the country’s government identification database. Although it is not mandatory for citizens to register with the database, it is mandatory for those who wish to access certain government resources or aids.

The Tribune reported the breach after journalists paid someone on WhatsApp 500 Indian rupees (about $8 in 2018) for a code allowing unauthorized access to names, dates of birth, email addresses, phone numbers and codes from the database. The seller offered journalists – for an additional Rs 300 (about $5 in 2018) – software that would allow them to print unique ID cards.

The seller was part of a group that gained access to the database through former Aadhaar employees, according to The Tribune. ZDNet later reported that the leak involved a system run by a public utility company that accessed the database through an insecure API used to verify customer identities.

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3. America’s first financial

Compromised files: 885 million

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: May 2019

In May 2019, security researcher Brian Krebs reported that 885 million First American Financials files had been leaked from the insurance company’s website. The records, which dated back to 2003, included bank account information, social security numbers, mortgage records, tax documents and photocopies of driver’s licenses. The website did not require a password to access the files.

First American said it “became aware of a design flaw in an application that made possible unauthorized access to customer data.” The design error, known as insecure direct object reference (IDOR)is an access control vulnerability where a link intended for a specific user is created but does not verify the user’s identity to allow access.

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4. Online spambot

Compromised files: 711 million

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: August 2017

In 2017, security researcher Troy Hunt reported that Benkow, a Paris-based security researcher, discovered an exposed spam server known as Onliner. Benkow gave Hunt the spambot’s list of 711 million exposed records, which included email addresses and passwords.

Onliner was spread via a data-stealing Trojan horse for at least a year before it was detected.

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Compromised files: 533 million

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: April 2021

A 2021 Facebook data breach was reported after a leaked database containing the sensitive data of 533 million users was posted on a hacking forum page. Facebook said malicious actors obtained the phone numbers, names, locations and email addresses of its users by scraping, not hacking, its systems. Scraping is a process that allows users and robots to extract data from publicly available websites.

Facebook said it believed the threat actors had harvested the data using a feature designed to help users find friends by connecting their account to their contact lists. The company changed the feature in September 2019, after discovering it was being used for malicious purposes, to prevent future scraping.

How to prevent this kind of attack:

Data breaches affect every industry, from hospitality to technology and finance.


Compromised files: 500 million

Breakup date: November/December 2014

Publication date: September 2016

Yahoo has the unique distinction of not only being at the top of our list of biggest data breaches, but also being on the list for two separate events.

Yahoo announced in 2016 that 500 million of its accounts were compromised in a state-sponsored attack in 2014. Yahoo said the information stolen could include names, email addresses, birth dates, hashed phone numbers and passwords. In 2018, Karim Baratov was sentenced to five years in prison for the offense after being found guilty of helping Russian intelligence agents gain access to “persons of interest” accounts.

Yahoo attributed the attack to a spear phishing email following an internal investigation.

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7. FriendFinder Networks

Compromised files: 412 million

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: November 2016

A breach in 2016 exposed the accounts of 412 million users of adult data and entertainment company FriendFinder Networks. The leak included 20 years of usernames, email addresses, passwords and other sensitive information, as well as 15 million deleted accounts that were still in its systems.

The researchers found source code for the company’s production environment and leaked public and private key pairs online. The company confirmed to ZDNet that it fixed an injection vulnerability that allowed access to source code.

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8. Marriott International

Compromised files: 383 million

Breakup date: 2014

Publication date: November 2018

Hotel provider Marriott International announced in 2018 that attackers had accessed its Starwood guest database four years prior. The records exposed included names, phone numbers, passport details, postal and email addresses, guest arrival and departure information and, in some cases, encrypted credit card numbers.

The breach was discovered following an alert from its internal security systems. Attackers had infiltrated the database and encrypted and exfiltrated sensitive data. Marriott originally believed the breach exposed information for 500 million customers, but after further internal investigation, the company announced that the breach affected approximately 383 million customers. The cause of the rupture, however, remains unknown. Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016, but by 2018 had not migrated it to Marriott’s systems; the Starwood database continued to use legacy computing infrastructure.

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9. Twitter

Number of records: 330 million

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: May 2018

Twitter advised its more than 330 million users are changing their passwords following a 2018 issue that resulted in some plaintext passwords being stored in an internal logging system. The company said it discovered the bug itself and has since removed unhashed passwords, putting measures in place to prevent future issues.

It remains unclear how long the passwords were exposed and how many users were affected. The social network said it had no evidence the passwords had been maliciously accessed.

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Compromised files: 250 million

Breakup date: December 2019

Publication date: January 2020

Microsoft revealed in 2020 that 250 million customer service and support cases spanning a 14-year period had been leaked online. The company said personal data was removed from records before it was stored, but some plaintext email addresses and IP addresses were exposed. Microsoft said it found no signs of misuse of the recordings, which were on display for just under a month.

Microsoft attributed the breach to the misconfiguration of internal database security rules.

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Canadian army

CFB Trenton welcomes new Wing Commander and Wing Chief Warrant Officer

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Alongside some of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) largest flying vehicles, members of Canadian Forces Base Trenton joined dignitaries in a historic change of command.

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Outgoing Wing Commander Colonel Ryan Deming has passed the torch to Colonel Leif Dahl, who brings with him more than two decades of RCAF experience.

Along with the change in command, there was also a change in appointment of the Wing Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) which welcomed the base’s first-ever female CWO. Outgoing CWO Dan Baulne welcomed CWO Renee Hansen who will assist Colonel Dahl as they both tend to 8 Wing Trenton’s crew and equipment.

CFB 8 Wing Trenton’s incoming Chief Warrant Officer Renee Hansen and incoming Wing Commander Colonel Leif Dahl stand in front of a CC-177 Globemaster after the base change of command ceremony Friday in Trenton, Alaska. Ontario. ALEX FILIPE

“I am thrilled, extremely happy to have the opportunity to return to 8 Wing, a place where I served for 12 years and to continue to connect with the community,” said Col Dahl.

Colonel Dahl grew up in Chicoutimi, Quebec. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in May 1997 as an Infantry Officer in the Reserve Force. In January 2000, Col Dahl joined the Regular Forces and began pilot training with the RCAF.

He held several operational and command positions in Trenton, Ontario. After getting his wings in 2003, he was sent to Trenton to fly the CC-130 Hercules with 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron and 436 Transport Squadron. He was then posted to 437 Transport Squadron in 2009 where he flew the CC-150 Polaris. Promoted to Major in January 2010, Col Dahl served as the Squadron Operations Officer and Deputy Commanding Officer. From July 2016 to June 2018, he commanded 437 Transport Squadron.

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Colonel Dahl was also posted to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium in 2012, where he served as Executive Assistant to Canada’s Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee.

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) in July 2015, Col Dahl became the Officer in Charge of the Strategic Situation Center, within the Strategic Joint Staff (SJS), at National Defense Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa. In June 2018, he was transferred to the Air Requirements Branch in Ottawa. Promoted to his current rank in June 2019, he held the position of Director General Coordination within the SJS, at NDHQ, in Ottawa. From July 2021 to July 2022, he was Director of Defense Program Coordination at the Head of Programs Division.

CWO Hansen hopes that being the first Chief Warrant Officer at Canada’s largest air base will inspire other CAF women to continue to rise to leadership positions and ensure the force is as diverse as Canada itself.

“I don’t think I’ve ever really considered (being) the first…I think what’s important is that I feel like I’m the right person who has been appointed to fill the role,” said CWO Hansen. “If it even inspires another person who maybe doesn’t feel like they fit into a specific box to reach for the stars, then I think that’s the best thing we could have done today.”

CWO Renee Hansen is from Brandon, Manitoba and joined the Primary Reserve as an administrative clerk in 1992.

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In 2001, CWO Hansen transferred to the Regular Force and was posted to the Armor School at Combat Training Center (CTC) Gagetown. Promoted to the rank of Master Corporal in 2004, he was posted to the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Shilo, Manitoba. She deployed to Afghanistan twice, once as the chief clerk of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in 2006, and again in 2008 with Task Force 1-08 as a room sergeant. battalion group reports.

Posted to Canadian Army Headquarters in Ottawa as a Chief Clerk in 2009, CWO Hansen was quickly promoted to Warrant Officer in 2010 and assigned to Director Military Career Support Services. In 2013, CWO Hansen was assigned to the Director of Senior Appointments as Director and Coordinator of Senior Appointments. Promoted to Master Warrant Officer in 2015 and made a Member of the Order of Military Merit, CWO Hansen was then posted to 8 Wing Trenton as the Wing Superintendent Clerk.

In 2017, CWO Hansen accepted the position of Station Warrant Officer at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert, then was posted back to Ottawa as part of the Director of Staff Coordination team. of the Air Force. Promoted to her current rank of CWO in 2019, she served as a squadron CWO for two years at 426 Transport Training Squadron, Trenton, before being posted to the Royal Military College of Canada in 2021 where she obtained a certificate in advanced military studies.

Colonel Deming served as wing commander for three years and led the base as they navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. From repatriating and quarantining Canadians who were stuck away from home during the early stages of the pandemic to overseeing military aid to Ukraine, Colonel Deming has had a landmark three years at the helm.

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Colonel Ryan Deming, outgoing commander of 8 Wing CFB Trenton, is seen next to an RCAF flag as he addresses the crowd during Friday’s base change of command ceremony in Trenton , Ontario. ALEX FILIPE

“I stand here honored and touched by the exceptional effort, dedication and professionalism that has underpinned your commitment to the responsibility entrusted to you by Canadians,” Colonel Deming told the troops. “It has been an absolute honor and privilege to stand here before you to offer my last words as Commander of 8 Wing CFB Trenton. I will forever be honored by this experience and the quality of the people with whom I have had the privilege of serving. IN OMNIA PARATUS (Prepared for all things).

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PM Modi lays foundation stone for IFSCA headquarters in Gandhinagar – ThePrint – ANIFeed

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India]July 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the headquarters building of the International Financial Services Centers Authority, Gandhinagar.

PM Modi also launched India International Bullion Exchange (IIBX) and NSE IFSC-SGX Connect.

The event is organized by the International Financial Services Centers Authority (IFSCA), under the aegis of the Government of India in collaboration with GIFT City and Bloomberg on December 3-4, 2021.

Indonesia, South Africa and the United Kingdom are partner countries of the first edition of the Forum, the Prime Minister’s Office informed in a press release.

The International Financial Services Centers Authority (IFSCA), headquartered at GIFT City, Gandhinagar Gujarat, was established under the International Financial Services Centers Authority Act, 2019. It functions as a unified authority for the development and regulation of financial products, financial services and financial institutions at the International Financial Services Center (IFSC) in India. At present, GIFT IFSC is the premier international financial services center in India. (ANI)

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Proposal for Griner, Whelan follows history of US-Russian prisoner exchanges


Washington’s “substantial offer” to Moscow to free WNBA star Brittney Griner and security consultant Paul Whelan from Russian custody follows a long history of prisoner swaps between the adversaries.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby declined to elaborate, but Kirby said the Biden administration is “pursuing all avenues” to bring back Griner and Whelan at home.

News of the US proposal follows the April swap of former US Marine Trevor Reed for Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko in Turkey after months of negotiations. At the time, Bill Richardson, a retired lawmaker and diplomat who helped secure Reed’s release, told the Post he hoped the swap would pave the way for others and show that “both countries can, despite our huge differences, achieve a humanitarian breakthrough. ”

On July 27, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed the offer of a prisoner exchange with Russia in exchange for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. (Video: The Washington Post)

An exchange with Griner and Whelan would be the latest in decades of captive swaps between Washington and Moscow. The approach has cooled tensions and brought Americans and their allies home, although critics have argued that the exchanges incite holding Americans hostage.

“There’s a balance to be struck with every arrangement,” Kirby told reporters during a press briefing. “The balance between getting people home, but also making sure our own national security is upheld and that…we don’t encourage hostage taking.”

The first major exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union took place in February 1962, over the Glienicke Bridge connecting East and West Germany. The Americans freed convicted KGB spy Rudolf Abel in exchange for American pilot Francis Gary Powers, whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. An American student detained in East Germany, Frederic Pryor, was also released as part of the deal.

However, this exchange almost never took place. US authorities were seeking the death penalty for Abel after his arrest in 1957. His US attorney, James Donovan, raised the idea of ​​a prisoner exchange, arguing that Abel would not face the death penalty.

“It is possible that in the foreseeable future,” Donovan said, “an American of equivalent rank will be captured by the Soviet Union or an ally. At that time, a prisoner exchange might be considered to be in the best interest of the United States.

In 1960, Powers’ plane was shot down over the Ural Mountains in the Soviet Union, setting the stage for the exchange.

The exchange was later portrayed in the 2015 Hollywood film “Bridge of Spies” – the nickname given to the Glienicke Bridge, which hosted several other prisoner exchanges during the Cold War. Actor Tom Hanks played Donovan.

After further exchanges in the years that followed, Washington and Moscow staged the largest East-West exchange of its kind when they exchanged more than two dozen people on the Glienicke Bridge in June 1985. United has released three convicted spies and one indicted, including Polish spy Marian Zacharski, who was found guilty of stealing top-secret military technology.

In return, 23 people held in East German and Polish prisons were released. Two other East Germans and their families were also allowed to leave for the West.

It took three years to reach an agreement on the exchange, the Washington Post reported at the time. Richard Burt, who would become US Ambassador to West Germany, expressed his satisfaction, saying those freed by the Russians were “very, very happy people”. A year later, another exchange would see Russian Nobel laureate Anatoly Sharansky freed by Soviet authorities.

Amid Griner trial, Russia warns US against pressure for prisoner swap

Even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, prisoner exchanges continued.

In 2010, US authorities freed 10 Russian agents who had become deeply entrenched in US society by posing as citizens – later inspiring the TV show ‘The Americans’. In exchange, the Kremlin agreed to release four Russian officials it had imprisoned for illegal contacts with the West.

Among the expelled Russian spies was Anna Chapman, whose high-profile spy case caught his international attention. After returning home, she appeared on Russian television and on the cover of the Russian edition of Maxim magazine, dressed in lingerie and holding a gun.

Celebrity columnist Liz Kelly at the time expressed wry relief: “I sleep soundly knowing that this (red-headed) menace is thousands of miles from American shores, now confined to practicing his seduction on Russians. “

While officials haven’t confirmed details of the Griner-Whelan proposal, Blinken’s comments heighten speculation about a potential prisoner swap involving Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer serving a 25-year prison sentence in Illinois for conspiracy to kill Americans and selling weapons to terrorist entities. .

WNBA star Brittney Griner testified on July 27 during her trial in Moscow for drug trafficking. She said her rights were not read when she was detained in February. (Video: Reuters)

Michael McFaul, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, told The Post in April 2020 that trading someone like Bout for Whelan would put the United States in “a tough spot.”

“There’s a real asymmetry in trading an innocent American for a real, convicted felon who happens to have Russian citizenship,” McFaul said.

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Canada’s New Democrats join far-right Ukrainian nationalists in denouncing Trudeau over return of Nord Stream turbine to Russia

The union-backed New Democratic Party (NDP) reacted to Ottawa’s decision to allow the return to Russia of turbines essential to the operation of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, and therefore the supply of natural gas to the Western Europe, accusing the liberal government of appeasing Vladimir Putin and Russian aggression. In doing so, Canada’s social democrats made common cause with the right-wing conservative opposition and the openly far-right forces of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Heather McPherson takes part in the Ukrainian Canadian Congress campaign earlier this year

The turbines normally propel 100,000 cubic meters of natural gas per minute through the last pipeline supplying Germany with 30% and France with 20% of their natural gas. Complex moving parts require regular maintenance, which global companies such as the German multinational Siemens, the manufacturer of the turbine, allocate on a global scale. The service contract was awarded to the Canadian division of Siemens in Montreal.

But in Canada, the turbines are now falling under the historically unprecedented sanctions regime that the NATO powers have imposed on Russia with the wholehearted endorsement of the entire Canadian political establishment, including the NDP. These sanctions are ostensibly in response to Russia’s “unprovoked” invasion of Ukraine. In reality, the United States, with the support of Canada, Germany and the other Western imperialist powers, has long planned and instigated war with Moscow to complete its campaign to turn Ukraine into a geostrategic vassal and economically, and to destroy Russia economically, in preparation for its break-up and submission to the imperialist powers.

The right-wing nationalist regime in Kyiv, backed by the far-right UCC, demanded that Canada seize the turbines as sanctioned goods and refuse to export them to Germany. They claimed that Putin would be encouraged to demand further exemptions from the savage sanctions regime engineered by Washington and its imperialist allies. The NDP has joined this warmongering campaign with flying colors.

Employing the strident pro-war rhetoric that corporate media and the Trudeau government have uttered relentlessly over the past few months to justify Canada’s aggressive role in NATO’s war on Russia, the NDP spokesperson Foreign Affairs, Heather McPherson, complained: “It is shocking and disappointing that the Liberal government has decided to allow the Nord Stream 1 turbines to be sent to Germany and returned to Russia. This decision goes against the sanctions that Canada imposed on Russia in response to the illegal invasion and genocide in Ukraine.

The NDP, which has supported Canada’s participation in a long series of unlawful US-led wars of aggression over the past three decades, has spearheaded the Canadian ruling elite’s hysterical campaign to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as “genocide”. Although the New Democrats have propagated in favor of the bombing of Yugoslavia, the neo-colonial occupation of Afghanistan, the NATO regime change war against Libya and the war instigated by the United States in Syria, which has collectively killed hundreds of thousands and driven millions from their homes, McPherson believes she has a right to judge Russia’s invasion, which has killed an estimated 5,000 civilians according to international estimates, as a “genocide” – which is comparable to the extermination of European Jewry by the Nazis.

Additionally, McPherson and the NDP are sounding the “genocide” cry hand-in-hand with the far-right UCC, the political descendants of Ukrainian fascists like Stepan Bandera who collaborated with the Nazis in Europe’s most horrific genocide. history of mankind during the world war. II. “New Democrats support the request of the Congress of Ukrainian Canadians to immediately convene the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the federal government’s decision,” McPherson roared in his statement condemning the turbine decision.

When the committee was convened, McPherson rushed to introduce a resolution, which won cross-party support after a minor amendment, aimed at providing a public platform for the most belligerent supporters of the reckless escalation of the war in Eastern Europe. Besides calling on government ministers to explain why they waived sanctions to allow the repaired turbines to return, the only other witnesses the NDP resolution called for were UCC officials and the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada.

The Trudeau government’s decision to approve the return of wind turbines to Russia via Germany was explicitly welcomed by US President Joe Biden, whose administration provides tens of billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine, and was widely requested by Berlin.

In no way does this have anything to do with diminishing Canada’s major and highly provocative role in the war with Russia. Instead, Ottawa acknowledged that failure to transfer the turbines via Germany to Russia would have crippled the NATO alliance’s ability to continue the war. As German Foreign Minister Analena Baerbock recently said, a complete cut off of Russian gas would halt the war effort as European governments would face “popular uprisings”.

The idea that the Liberal government is placating Russia is totally absurd. The Trudeau Liberals have been one of US imperialism’s most vicious attack dogs against Russia. Following the 2014 pro-Western coup in Kyiv, sponsored by the United States, Germany and Canada, and led by fascist forces, Trudeau’s Liberal government oversaw the extension and expansion of a Canadian military mission initiated by the Conservative Harper government to retrain and modernize the Ukrainian military, turning it into a NATO member in all but name. The Canadian government has been no less firm than Washington in outrightly rejecting all Russian efforts to negotiate new security guarantees necessitated by NATO’s aggressive eastward expansion.

Deputy Prime Minister and anti-Russian war hawk Chrystia Freeland, who has personal and political ties to far-right Ukrainian nationalists, led the charge among imperialist powers to impose crippling economic sanctions after the Russian invasion . And the NDP-backed Trudeau Liberals are sending more than $630 million in military aid to kyiv. They also, like the New York Times recently revealed that it has secretly deployed special forces to Ukraine, where they are helping to conduct the war on the ground with special forces from other NATO member states.

The NDP is an enthusiastic supporter of this irresponsible war policy, which is why it reached a formal agreement in March with Trudeau, just weeks after the start of the war, to keep his minority Liberal government in power until June. 2025. With its “trust-and-supply,” the NDP has pledged to support a government that wages war on Russia, massively increases military spending and applies “post-pandemic” austerity to cover the costs of the Canadian war machine and the bailout of banks and large corporations during the pandemic.

The deal was seen as critical by the NDP and its union sponsors, who backed it to the bitter end, as it aims to provide “political stability” under conditions where working class struggles for wage increases wages and better working conditions multiply rapidly. While NDP MPs ensure ‘stability’ by providing a majority for war and austerity in Parliament, unions maintain ‘stability’ in the workplace by sabotaging workers’ attempt to retaliate with industrial action , whether it’s Ontario educators, CPR railroad workers, Ontario construction or rail workers.

The NDP’s criticism of the Liberals’ decision joins not only the attacks launched by the far-right UCC, but also by the official opposition Conservative Party. The Conservatives, who are currently engaged in a leadership race in which the far right of the party increasingly exerts control over the political direction of the party, have consistently attacked the Liberal government for its alleged reluctance to send arms heavy in Ukraine. To the extent that the NDP’s demand for the Foreign Affairs Committee to condemn the Liberal government’s turbine decision materializes, it will be done in alliance with far-right demagogues like Pierre Poilievre. Poilievre gave his wholehearted support to the fascist “Freedom Convoy” to dismantle all remaining COVID-19 public health measures and push politics far to the right.

The alliance of these forces from the “left” and right of the official political spectrum is not accidental, but rooted in their common support for war and militarism abroad, austerity and evisceration of workers’ democratic rights at home. The Conservatives and the NDP have already come together to attack Trudeau over his government’s alleged refusal to confront China with enough diplomatic, economic and military aggression.

The NDP’s denunciation of the Liberals over the return of the turbines and its strong support for Canada’s leading role in the US-NATO war with Russia exposes as rubbish its empty populist protests against the same Liberal government that he simultaneously supports in Parliament. Almost daily, the NDP makes rhetorical statements calling the Liberals complicit in big business ignoring the plight of workers. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh lays empty blame on the minority Trudeau government he helps support, demanding makeshift social reforms that the NDP knows full well will never materialize. His calls to “support working families” are dirty and dishonest. This fact is underscored by the latest example of the NDP’s reckless war campaign in the name of Canadian imperialism.

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AMC Detroit Headquarters Redevelopment Part of MEDC Funding Approvals

The site of the former American Motors Co. headquarters in Detroit will become a speculative industrial development after MEDC funding is approved. // Courtesy of Hagerty Media

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. in Lansing announced the Michigan Strategic Fund’s approval of projects to support a new speculative industrial building on the site of the former American Motors Co. headquarters in Detroit. Overall, the approved projects represent a total capital investment of more than $424 million statewide.

AMC’s corporate headquarters redevelopment project will redevelop the approximately 50-acre site, including the construction of an approximately 790,000 square foot building for industrial warehousing or light assembly tenants. The project is expected to result in a total capital investment of $66 million and, when fully occupied, will result in the creation of over 350 full-time equivalent jobs.

The AMC site is currently one of the largest and most severely degraded and contaminated industrial sites in Detroit. The project makes the site productive and helps build Michigan’s portfolio of sites.

The AMC website project.  // Rendered courtesy of MEDC
The AMC website project. // Rendered courtesy of MEDC

“Today is the culmination of five years of intensive work by the DEGC and the City of Detroit listening to neighborhood residents and working tirelessly to figure out how to fund the more than $30 million in cleanup work. and environmental demolition needed to redevelop this long-standing eye sore into the economic engine and employment center that it was for this neighborhood and our city,” says Kenyetta Bridges, Vice President of Developmental Services economics and investment at Detroit Economic Growth Corp.

The City of Detroit Brownfields Redevelopment Authority today received approval from MSF for a state tax garnishment worth $5,089,583 to be used to reimburse brownfields activities on the site. The City is supporting the project through a local tax abatement worth $7,547,417 and a property tax abatement on industrial facilities worth $7.5 million.

“Our investment in the former AMC headquarters is aimed at redeveloping the old site for long-term sustainability by returning the site to production, regenerating taxes in the community and further strengthening the economy through the creation jobs,” said Tim Conder, vice president of development for NorthPoint Development in Kansas City.

Other projects supported include Gentex Corp., headquartered in Zeeland and established in 1974. The company is a high-tech supplier to the global automotive, aerospace and construction industries. commercial fire protection. Gentex ships its products to automakers worldwide and currently employs more than 5,000 Michigan residents.

Gentex plans to build a new high-tech manufacturing facility and distribution center in Zeeland Charter Township and expand its existing manufacturing facility in Zeeland City. The project is expected to generate a total investment of $300 million and create 500 well-paying jobs. Michigan was chosen for the project over competing sites in Alabama, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Gentex project.  // Rendered courtesy of MEDC
Gentex project. // Rendered courtesy of MEDC

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved the following in support of the project:

  • A $5.5 million performance-based grant from the Michigan Business Development Program.
  • A $1.89 million grant for Jobs Ready Michigan.
  • A 100% state essential services assessment waiver over 15 years, valued at $3.8 million.

Gentex offers a variety of training opportunities and works with Michigan Works! and Lakeshore Advantage to reach local talent. The project will also bring immediate job growth with a large and growing automotive supplier and further cement the company’s manufacturing presence and future growth in Michigan.

The Charter Township of Zeeland and the City of Zeeland plan to approve property tax abatements in support of the project, and the MEDC has also authorized a state school tax abatement to be used in conjunction with the abatement. local.

Individuals interested in a career at Gentex can Click here.

The next project to receive support is the American Rheinmetall Vehicle (ARV), headquartered in Sterling Heights and part of Rheinmetall AG, a global automotive and defense trading company. ARV specializes in the development of combat vehicle platforms that provide next-generation products to the US Department of Defense and federal and state law enforcement agencies.

ARV is expanding its design and development, engineering and systems integration for its major customers and plans to build a new North American headquarters in Sterling Heights where it will house offices and manufacturing space for its prototyping operations.

The project is expected to generate a minimum capital investment of $3 million and create more than 150 high-wage jobs, supported by a $1.5 million performance-based grant from Michigan’s Business Development Program. Michigan was chosen for the project over competing sites in other states.

The company brings with it the global portfolio of Rheinmetall vehicle systems to the US market. American Rheinmetall Vehicles offers tracked and wheeled combat vehicle platforms with associated subsystems.

The Sterling Heights site currently has 52 full-time employees with roughly the same number of contractors on the team. The expansion will result in immediate high-wage job growth in the region while retaining the company’s current employees in Michigan.

“We are very grateful for all that MEDC has done to support our efforts to grow our business here in Michigan,” said Matt Warnick, CEO of ARV. “This new facility opens a growth path for us that allows us to increase critical capability and competitiveness in the combat vehicle defense industrial base in Michigan and the United States as a whole.”

The City of Sterling Heights has volunteered staff time to support the project. People interested in a career with ARVs can Click here.

The 501 Project. // Rendered courtesy of MEDC
The 501 Project. // Rendered courtesy of MEDC

501 and 503 S. Capitol redevelop the former Lake Trust Credit Union headquarters and adjacent parking lot in downtown Lansing.

The project will transform the vacant seven-story office building into commercial space and 55 new multi-family apartments. Additionally, a five-story mixed-use building will be constructed on the vacant parking lot that will include 117 multi-family apartments and commercial space on the first floor.

The project will also enhance the surrounding property by providing parking and improved outdoor space for tenants, and will make public improvements including curbs, sidewalks and waterways.

Project 501 is expected to generate a total capital investment of $17.9 million and create nine full-time equivalent jobs, supported by MSF’s approval of a state tax clawback valued at $855,628.

The 503 Project. // Rendered courtesy of MEDC
The 503 Project. // Rendered courtesy of MEDC

Project 503 is expected to generate a total capital investment of $31.2 million and create five full-time equivalent jobs, supported by a state tax clawback valued at $427,482. In total, the projects will generate a capital investment of $49.2 million and create 14 jobs. The tax collection will be used to reimburse brownfield activities on the sites.

The City of Lansing is supporting the projects through the approval of local tax levies valued at a total of $2.6 million.

“The repurposing of the Lake Trust parcel has been an incredibly important revitalization effort at the south end of our town center,” says Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. “Creating new housing, particularly by converting old offices, will be great for Lansing as we continue to see a need for more downtown housing. I appreciate the work of everyone at MEDC and Lansing Economic Development Corp. to ensure that this project continues to move forward.

MSF has also taken the following actions that will increase opportunities for small businesses and Michigan’s tourism and hospitality industry:

International trade service providers — Approved seven service providers to support MEDC’s international business program by helping small and medium-sized businesses in Michigan assess, enter, and compete successfully in international markets. The International Trade Program is committed to increasing Michigan’s export opportunities by helping companies identify and enter key emerging foreign markets. In fiscal year 2021, the program helped 321 Michigan businesses that reported sales in 117 international markets.

Award of travel marketing and advertising contract – Approval of $9.3 million in federal funds from the EDA State Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Grant American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for travel and tourism marketing and advertising efforts nationwide state to help the travel industry rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will be awarded to MMGY Global, a Michigan-owned integrated marketing agency, for tourism marketing and advertising initiatives that promote Michigan as a premier four-season travel destination.

“The projects approved today reflect Team Michigan’s people-centered approach to economic development, which creates economic opportunity in West Michigan and the Detroit metro area and elevates risk-taking entrepreneurs, while supporting needed housing and vitality in downtown Lansing,” said Quentin L. Messer Jr., CEO of MEDC and President and Chairman of the Board of MSF.

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Thomas J. Blocker Society Living Legends Gala will honor Drs. David Satcher and Louis Sullivan

On Friday, July 29, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a VIP reception and gala at 7:30 p.m., the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta (3315 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta), will be the site of a night of elegance and celebration as guests and supporters come together to honor two powerhouses in health care, Dr. David Satcher and Dr. Louis Sullivan. This celebration, which precedes the 2022 National Medical Association (NMA) Annual Convention in Atlanta, will honor these men for their outstanding contributions to medicine, medical education and improving diversity in health care. health. This Black-Tie Tribute Celebrating African American Achievement is one of the most anticipated affairs of the NMA convention weekend and is a successful event supporting scholarship and programming for the Thomas J. Blocker Society Foundation. Dean Thomas J. Blocker was a member of the Morehouse Office of Health Professions for over thirty years, and during that time teamed up with Dr JK Haynes and Dr Joyce Nottingham to increase the number of Morehouse men pursuing a career in health care and science. . Dean Blocker was instrumental in positioning Morehouse College as the premier producer of African-American men accepted into medical, dental, and health schools.

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Over the years, the laureates, Drs. Satcher and Sullivan worked for change that would redefine the landscape of health care in the country. As Surgeon General of the United States and Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Satcher has the distinction of being the second person in history to simultaneously hold both positions, Surgeon General, 1991-2002 and Assistant Secretary 1998 – 2001. In 2002 Dr. Satcher served as Director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine and in 2004 was appointed Acting President of Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Satcher has published reports on many topics, including tobacco and health, mental health, race and ethnicity, suicide prevention, and has made it a priority to try to eliminate disparities racial and ethnic backgrounds in the country’s health care system. Dr. Satcher is the recipient of eighteen honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors

Dr. Lous Sullivan is a political leader, minority health advocate, author, physician, and educator. A 1954 graduate of Morehouse College with a BS in Biology, Dr. Sullivan enjoyed a distinguished career at Boston University Medical Center where he founded the Boston University Hematology Service in 1967. In 1975, Dr. Sullivan returned to Morehouse to serve as post of dean. and Director of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. The program later became Morehouse College School of Medicine in 1978.

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In 1989, Dr. Sullivan left Morehouse to accept an appointment from President George HW Bush as Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. He then returned to Morehouse in 1993 to serve as president and became president emeritus in 2002. In 2003, he was named chairman of the advisory committee for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Sullivan has received more than seventy honorary degrees, including an honorary doctorate in medicine from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He is the author of The Morehouse Mystique: Become a doctor at the nation’s newest African-American medical school with MaryBeth Gasman. His autobiography, Innovate: My life in medicine, with David Chanoff, won the NAACP Image Award for Literature in 2015.

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The Thomas J. Blocker Society Foundation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit financial and fundraising arm of the Thomas J. Blocker Society. Not-for-profit status allows TJB to achieve its goals of helping the next generation of healthcare professionals through several fundraising efforts, including its fundraising campaign. Thomas J. Blocker Society is an incorporated collaboration of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association. The mission of the Thomas J. Block Society is to develop an alumni base and coordinate alumni efforts to support Morehouse’s production of excellent physicians, dentists, researchers, pharmacists, and paramedics.

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Briefs filed with the Supreme Court in defense of affirmative action

Although the Supreme Court last week separated affirmative action cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, both universities filed briefs in their cases today. Each brief featured the cases of affirmative action in admissions and was accompanied by the President of Harvard and the Chancellor of Chapel Hill speaking directly about the cases.

Harvard’s brief cited the background and history of the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing “equal protection of laws.” And he pointed out that the Supreme Court has 40 years of precedent confirming the ability of colleges and universities to consider race as one factor among others in admissions decisions.

“The framers of the Fourteenth Amendment understood that race could be seen as advancing overarching governmental goals, rejecting more absolute language [Students for Fair Admissions] would have preferred, and state and federal authorities at the time adopted race-conscious measures to promote the equal participation of African Americans in society,” the brief reads. (Students for Fair Admissions filed the lawsuit that led to the Supreme Court cases.)

Additionally, the brief states that the Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that diversity has benefits for education.

“This finding reflects common sense reality, not stereotype,” the brief said. “This court’s repeated statements that the educational benefits of student body diversity are a compelling governmental interest justifying narrowly tailored consideration of race in college admissions are correct, empirically sound, and consistent with precedent. .”

Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow said, “I encourage everyone to read the memoir. He also argues persuasively that the text and history of the 14th Amendment supports the conclusion that the Constitution permits race to be considered as one factor among others in a whole-person admissions process. We remain firm believers that every college and university must retain the freedom and flexibility to create the diverse educational communities that will prepare their students for the opportunities and challenges they will face in an increasingly diverse society.

The University of North Carolina brief highlighted the nature of college admissions. He noted that UNC considers academic performance, class ranking, essays, experiences and potential contributions to the educational environment on campus, geography, military background and socioeconomic background. . UNC only considers race or ethnicity if a student chooses to share that information and, even then, as one of many factors.

“Carolina is passionately public, and we’re proud to be one of the few flagship universities to practice blind admissions and provide assistance to low-debt, full-needs students,” said Chapel Hill Chancellor , Kevin M. Guskiewicz, in a statement. “Our approach to admissions serves the university’s mission and reflects our core values. Every student deserves their place at Carolina.

“As a faculty member here for over 27 years, I have witnessed firsthand the value of our holistic admissions process,” Guskiewicz said. “Each year we welcome new, bright and talented Tar Heels from a variety of backgrounds and with different lived experiences. Their interactions with others who have a wide range of experiences are critical to their education and success in the life after graduation.

Chapel Hill students and alumni also filed a brief with the Supreme Court, in which they harshly criticized the university. Chapel Hill recognized the impact of segregation and Jim Crow in its history, but students and alumni made these points crucial.

“Being black is intrinsically tied to all of my life experiences and, therefore, my candidacy for college,” said Andrew Brennan, UNC Class of 2019. “This lawsuit is a blatant attempt to undervalue and overlook students of color like me. I have witnessed firsthand the benefits of a multiracial campus, which accurately reflects the society we live in and allows students to have a more culturally enriched educational experience. It will be a disservice to all students if we undo the progress we have made in diversifying schools across the country, which is largely through affirmative action.

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Students for Fair Admission could not be reached for comment.

However, in May, when he weighed in with the Supreme Court on the cases, he had a very different view from all the briefs filed on Monday.

Edward Blum, president of the group, said at the time: “The ancient faith that gave birth to the civil rights laws of our country is the principle that an individual’s race should not be used for help or harm him in his life’s endeavors. It is the hope of the vast majority of all Americans that the judges will end these polarizing admissions policies.

Also in May, groups that side with students for fair admissions filed briefs with the Supreme Court.

Many more submissions are expected next week. August 1 is the deadline for submissions supporting Harvard and UNC.

Cases must be debated in the fall.

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15 of New Jersey’s Best Fall Festivals

Pumpkins, brightly colored leaves, hot apple cider, hoodies and fire pits. These are the many things associated with fall in New Jersey.

Yes, it’s still summer, and it’s hot. But it’s not too early to think about and plan what festivals to take the family to this fall.

There’s a ton of things to do in the state, from pumpkin and apple festivals and Italian festivals to bark parties in the park and beer parties.

These are 15 of the best 2022 fall festivals happening in the Garden State.

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Unico Italian Festival of St. Barts

2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ

Date: September 2-5

Time: to be determined

No cost

Authentic Italian cuisine, rides, raffles, games and live music


Great Pumpkin Festival

Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon, NJ

Date: September 10 – November 6

Time: to be determined

Cost: to be determined

There will be over 40 activities, including a mad scientist-themed corn maze, pedal carts, gem mining, carnival rides, paintball field, apple cannons, sand art, pig racing, etc. Plus, food concessions with apple cider donuts, gourmet chocolate, and candy apples.

Halloween pumpkin in the autumn forest

Halloween pumpkin in the autumn forest


South Jersey Apple Festival

Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway (Route 40), Woodstown, NJ

Date: September 10 and 11

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Cost: $5 for parking

This apple-themed festival features live music and a DJ, performers, food, wine tastings, crafts for kids, train rides, antiques, a dessert competition at apples, a fall house and garden show, and much more.

May’s Landing

Bark in the Park Festival

4H Fairgrounds, 3210 NJ-50, Mays Landing, NJ

Date: September 17 (rain date: September 18)

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

This dog-friendly fall festival includes a dog show, kid and dog pie contests, raffle baskets, food trucks, pony rides, and more. Proceeds will benefit Absecon Veterinary Hospital’s nonprofit Veterinary Bill Assistance Program called Laddie’s Legacy. Laddie was a Maine Coon cat who was put back in the hospital because her owner couldn’t afford the increased medical bills.

Autumn, fall, pumpkins, gourds and colorful mums

Sheila Yarger


Roseland Greek Day 2022

Ss Nicholas, Constantine and Helen Greek Church, 80 Laurel Ave., Roseland, NJ

Date: September 23-25

Time: Fri. 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sat. 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sun. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost: food menus have prices and each shop is different

This is a real Greek party with lots of Greek food including spanakopita, lamb shank and baklava, plus a cafe bar, outdoor Greek music and tons of shopping to do shopping.


Glassboro Craft Beer Festival 2022

Glassboro Town Square, 1 West High Street, Glassboro, NJ

Date: September 24

Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $50

When they say beer, they mean beer. There will be over 40 brew vendors in attendance, plus over a dozen food and craft vendors, and live music to make it the perfect way to spend a fall Saturday in New Jersey.

Photo Dennis Malloy

Photo Dennis Malloy

Seaside Heights

rock the farm

Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ

Date: September 24

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 and $45 at the door. Children 10 and under are free.

For 10 hours, fall festival-goers will enjoy a beer and wine garden, unique food trucks, a kids’ zone with face painting, balloon art, a foam dance floor and a braid bar. There will be live music with cover bands from artists Fleetwood Mac, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, ELO, Eagles, Billy Joel, Carole King, Alanis Morrissette, ZZ Top and Bon Jovi.

Cape May

Fall 2022 Exit Zero Jazz Festival

Zero Ferry Park Exit, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., Cape May, NJ

Date: September 29 – October 2

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: 3-day admission: $180. Single day tickets: $65

If you like jazz, then you will love this festival. The three-day music festival features hundreds of musicians and attracts thousands of visitors each year. International touring artists perform on two outdoor stages at Exit Zero Ferry Park, overlooking the Delaware Bay. One minute you might be listening to a New Orleans marching band and the next a bloco of 22 Brazilian drummers, according to the website.

(Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)

(Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)



Historic Smithville, 615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Galloway, NJ

Date: October 1 and 2

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

Over 100 artisans, live music, an international food court, carousel rides, paddle boats and more complete this incredible festival. In addition, there will be activities for children such as the famous giant jumping house, the duck pond game and face painting.

The 60 shops, the train, the 7 restaurants and the ancient arcades of the village will also be open. There will also be nonprofits on site with raffles, information and items for sale.


The Annual Hightstown Harvest Fair and Tercentenary Anniversary

Hightstown Memorial Park, N. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ

Date: October 1

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

It’s a day filled with small businesses, local artists, live entertainment, artisans, kids’ activities, tons of food, rides and more. The festival is designed to raise community awareness, bring commerce to local businesses and sponsors, and provide fun for children, according to the website.

(Farms R and J Facebook page)

(Farms R and J Facebook page)


paws in the park

Goffle Brook Park, Hawthorne, New Jersey

Date: October 8 (rain date: October 9)

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

The 6th Annual Paws in the Park Fall Festival features demonstrations by the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, Mounted Patrol, an animal blessing, animal adoptions, animal contests, raffles, food trucks, pet vendors and their people, and a beer garden.


South Jersey Pumpkin Show Fall Festival

Salem County Fairgrounds, 760 Harding Hwy., Woodstown, NJ

Date: October 8 and 9

Time: October 8: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., October 9: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

This two-day festival features everything associated with fall: a fall fair, wagon rides, pumpkin pie by the slice, the Little Miss and Mister Pumpkin show, a tower of giant pumpkins, moms for sale, food trucks, over 125 artisans, wine tastings, rides, New Jersey’s Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, a pumpkin dessert contest, scarecrows and more.

South Toms River

The 4th Annual South Toms River Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

100 Atlantic City Boulevard, South Toms River, NJ

Date: October 8

Time: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

This fall festival features craft beer, food trucks, vendors, demos, auctions, live music, and fireworks!


Chatsworth Cranberry Festival

3980 Main Street, Chatsworth, NJ

Date: October 15 and 16

Time: to be determined

Cost: N/A

Always on the third full weekend in October, this cranberry festival screams “autumn.” Start your holiday shopping with over 150 vendors at your fingertips, many offering unique handmade items, food vendors, wine tastings, live music and, yes, fresh New Jersey cranberries .



Tewksbury Harvest Festival

Christie Hoffman Farm Park, 108 Fairmount Rd, W., Califon, NJ

Date: September 24 (rain date: September 25)

Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $20 per car

This dog-friendly festival is a fundraiser for the Tewksbury First and Rescue Squad. There will be crafts, food trucks, wagon rides, a pie contest, car show, beer garden, cornhole tournament, silent auction, and more.

There are so many other festivals, which of course take place in The Garden State. These just give you a taste of all the fun the state has to offer this fall.

Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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A glimpse into the future of Marriott’s new headquarters hotel : Travel Weekly

BETHESDA, Md. — Of more than 130 Washington-area hotels with “Marriott” in their name, the location of the new Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott’s headquarters sets it apart from the rest: it’s just a few Steps from the new Marriott International World Headquarters, separated only by a small plaza.

As the closest hotel to CEO Anthony Capuano’s office, I first assumed that this property might encompass the latest thinking on how Marriott hotels should be designed, built, and operated.

And after a two-night stay at the 244-room property in late May, I think my guess was correct.

“The Marriott Hotels brand has really gone through quite a journey, a transformation and a repositioning,” said general manager Kat Burns when I spoke to her about a month after my stay. It’s about catering to modern business travelers who might also be bringing family, extending their trip for a few days, and looking for something that works for both business and visiting a local area, Burns said. “I think this hotel really represents the brand very well.”

Burns said the Marriott Bethesda Downtown was the company’s 8,000th hotel to open. “So from that point of view, it’s very special.”

And after 7,999 hotels, what would the contemporary traveler find in the latest?

Among its features: A hall with living plants and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with light; rooms with minimal clutter and power outlets galore; a casual, high-quality restaurant and bar that blend seamlessly into the lobby; indoor-outdoor options; and LEED Gold certified design processes.

But more broadly, the theme that seems to run through the Marriott Bethesda Downtown is the concept of localism, a hotel that feels integrated into a city neighborhood.

In a FAQs about moving downtown From its longtime headquarters in a suburban office park, Marriott International said “locating in a new urban environment was key” to achieving goals such as providing cutting-edge, attractive and functional space that would help attract the best talent.

The Marriott Bethesda Downtown lobby and bar at Marriott HQ. Photo credit: Photo TW by Rebecca Tobin

Marriott’s prized attributes include convenient transportation options and access to a “vibrant, mixed-use urban community” with dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Examples of residential, Marriott-style amenities include plaza fire pits for outdoor gatherings and a relatively small check-in area with a low-key desk that emphasizes the traditional “hotel” look.

Burns said the popularity of mobile options, such as check-in and chat, influenced the design, as many guests won’t even stop at the check-in station.

“As we look to the future, the reception we have here is what you will see,” she said. “It’s just very residential, not a massive office.”

A preponderance of local art and influences helps create a sense of place. The lobby’s focal point, the Seventh State Restaurant, takes its name from Maryland’s place among the colonies when the Constitution was ratified; its draft beer menu even lists the miles from the hotel to the breweries.

And what is a modern hotel without equipment on the roof? At the Marriott Bethesda Downtown, it’s the Hip Flask bar, an indoor-outdoor space that’s popular with locals and guests alike.

A third floor area was still closed when I visited. This space, Burns said, will be devoted to concept rooms, which are part of the Marriott Design Lab, the hotel giant’s research facility. In the lab he will build and test new technologies and products, and the space is unique to the Marriott Bethesda Downtown.

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North Portland tenant sues nonprofit housing, alleging drafty building had rodents and camping in hallways

On Friday, an elderly tenant living in an affordable housing building in North Portland sued the landlord over alleged poor conditions inside and outside the building, including overflowing garbage cans that attracted rodents and pests, inadequate waterproofing that allowed in the rain and heat, and criminal activity and squatting in the hallways by non-residents who entered.

Reach Community Development Corporation owns McCuller Crossing, where plaintiff Delores Taylor lives, as well as 35 other affordable housing buildings in the Portland metro area, making it the city’s largest affordable housing developer.

The lawsuit filed today by local law firm Olsen Daines calls for a jury trial. Over the past year, he alleges that “McCuller Crossing apartment premises had a significant lack of functional and effective door locks which led to criminal activity including harassment, ‘camping’ in common areas by non-tenants and incidents of non-tenants littering and looting common areas.

Lauren Schmidt, spokeswoman for Reach CDC, said Friday that “we haven’t seen what’s been filed and we’ll have to look into it.”

This is the second lawsuit filed against Reach CDC this spring by disgruntled tenants of low-income buildings.

A group of tenants at the Allen Fremont Plaza in northeast Portland filed a series of lawsuits in June that echo many of the allegations listed in today’s lawsuit, filed in County Circuit Court of Multnomah.

The five lawsuits filed in June allege egregious conditions inside the building, including insect and pest infestations, wanton criminal activity in the hallways by non-residents due to lack of security and the insufficient availability of bathrooms which forced residents to defecate and urinate on themselves. (Reach said in a statement at the time that it had fixed the issues and addressed residents’ concerns.)

Gary Bailey, 68, is one of the plaintiffs who lives in the Allen Fremont building, where he has lived for five years. He says inadequate restrooms at the facility caused him to defecate twice in the parking lot and once on himself. He says a lift that was unusable for a while forced residents with disabilities to crawl up the stairs. Bailey adds that “you can see the drug activity happening inside and outside the building.”

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WHO updates its COVID-19 strategy with the aim of vaccinating all health workers, most at risk |

The plan prioritizes the vaccination of 100% of healthcare workers and vulnerable groups, including the elderly and those with underlying conditions, in line with efforts to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population.

More than 12 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered worldwide to date, enabling countries to reach an average of 60% of their population.

Yet only 28% of older people and 37% of healthcare workers in low-income countries have received their first round of vaccines, and most have not received booster doses.

Many advantages

“Even where 70% vaccination coverage is achieved, if significant numbers of health workers, the elderly and other at-risk groups are not vaccinated, deaths will continue, health systems will remain under strain and the global recovery will be at risk,” Tedros said. Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO.

“Vaccinating all those most at risk is the best way to save lives, protect health systems and keep societies and economies open.”

The updated strategy emphasizes the need to measure progress in vaccinating these priority groups and develop targeted approaches to reach them, which also includes improved access to more displaced people through the response. humanitarian.

Invest and improve

Accelerating the development of improved vaccines and ensuring equitable access to dramatically reduce transmission of the virus is a top priority.

While current vaccines were designed to prevent serious illness and death, and have saved millions of lives, they have not significantly reduced transmission, the WHO said.

As the coronavirus continues to circulate widely and dangerous new variants emerge, the UN agency stressed that it is fundamental to continue investing in research and development to find more effective and simpler ways to administer vaccines, for example via nasal spray products.

WHO also called for other vital actions, such as the equitable distribution of vaccine manufacturing facilities across regions, and underscored its commitment to continue collaborating with the international vaccine solidarity initiative COVAX and others. partners, to support countries in deployment.

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The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy performed at 2900 Plaza on Thursday evening – Vernon News

Downtown Tattoo Preview

The Royal Canadian Navy’s Naden Band previewed what people can expect at the Okanagan Military Tattoo this weekend.

The highly acclaimed military band performed several songs at 2900 Plaza on Thursday night before the main act of the Street Sounds concert series took the stage.

Tickets are still available for the Tattoo which takes place Saturday and Sunday at Kal Tire Place in Vernon.

The Langley Ukulele Ensemble will also bring their unique sound to the event for the first time.

Other acts include:

  • Kamloops Bagpiper
  • Kelowna Bagpiper
  • Okanagan Military Tattoo Dancers
  • Okanagan Military Tattoo Pipes and Drums
  • Pipes and Drums of the Seaforth Highlanders
  • Shuswap pipes and drums
  • Vernon Cadet Band

Tickets are available through Ticker sellerthe Okanagan Military Tattoo Website or by calling the box office at 250-549-7469.

Special offers are available for young people, and WWII and/or Korean War veterans are free, including a caregiver/companion.

A musical tattoo is a display of military percussion, piping, and skill. It is known as a ‘tattoo’ from when the British Army was fighting in Belgium 300 years ago, soldiers were called from pubs each night for curfew, or Doe den tap toe, Dutch for ‘Close the taps too”.

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Harbor Group International adds to Miami portfolio with multi-family acquisition

MIAMI, July 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Subsidiaries of Harbor Group International, LLC (“HGI”), a privately-held international real estate investment and management company, today announced the acquisition of Miro Brickela 372-unit Class A multifamily property in the Brickell neighborhood of miamifor $184.5 million. The acquisition marks the seventh property currently owned by HGI in Miami Dade Countycovering more than 1,500 units.

by Miro Brickell the central location provides convenient access to various employment and entertainment centers throughout miami. The property is located minutes from I-95 and Brickell’s Metrorail and Metromover stations, connecting residents to Downtown Miami, Downtown Doral and miami International airport.

As miami experiencing a boom in business relocations, Miro Brickel is within walking distance to over 8 million square feet of office space. Several financial and technology providers have moved to the neighborhood, bringing new residents to the area, including Microsoft, Apollo Global Management, Millennium Management and Citadel, which recently announced plans to move its global headquarters to Brickell.

miami is a priority market for HGI given its long-term multi-family fundamentals driven by business expansion and immigration trends, resulting in strong investment opportunities,” said Richard Litton, Chairman, HGI. “As a long-time investor in the region, we will use our in-depth knowledge of the market to capitalize on rental demand in the region and improve ownership efficiency.”

Built in 2017, by Miro Brickell amenities include outdoor electric grills, cabanas, and a resort-style pool. Individual units include balconies and are outfitted with stainless steel appliances, energy-efficient washers and dryers, and modern finishes.

HGI has been an active investor in South Floridarecently acquired ParkLine Miami, two luxury apartment towers in Downtown Miami.

About Harbor Group International

Harbor Group International, LLC and its affiliates control an investment portfolio of $19 billion including 4.9 million square feet of retail space throughout United States and the UK and 63,000 apartments in United States. In addition to its head office in Norfolk, VirginiaHGI has offices in New York, Baltimore, Los Angelesand Tel Aviv.

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SOURCE Harbor Group International, LLC

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Gannett almost doubles the number of Middle TN groups in the grant program

Gannett nearly doubled the number of Middle Tennessee organizations participating in the latest edition of A Community Thrives, a national grantmaking program.

A Community Thrives is a crowdfunding and grantmaking program in which groups compete to raise $3,000 or $6,000, depending on their operating budget, to qualify as a grant recipient by the 12th august.

Groups keep the funds they raise, and top fundraisers are eligible for a total of $200,000 in additional grants.

Gannett, the parent company of The Tennessean and USA Today, established this program in 2017 through the Gannett Foundation.

The Gannett Foundation selected 24 area organizations and nonprofits to participate in its 2022 program, while 13 local groups participated in 2021.

Here’s a look at some of the 2022 organizations.

Nashville Civic Design Center

The Nashville Civic Design Center is a nonprofit organization that strives to create sustainable, livable growth.

“Our job is to elevate the voice of the community,” said design director Eric Hoke, “To take up hot topics when it comes to the built environment, and then show people what can be out there.”

The group offers a Design Your Neighborhood program for 7th and 8th graders. Another project called Tactical Urbanism Organizers is beautifying the streets of Nashville.

The nonprofit organization helps governments and communities collaborate on projects such as West Bank development, Hoke said.

“A lot of what we heard from community members was, ‘How can we better connect to the river? How do we use one of our greatest natural assets? “”, Did he declare. “We are excited to see movement, and also cautious and hopeful for the future.”


Transformations by Nashville Angels provides ongoing support to youth and families involved in foster care through donations, connections, and mentorship.

The Oasis Center offers crisis intervention, youth leadership, community engagement, and college and career education programs for youth and their families.

API Middle Tennessee advocates racial justice for Asian and Pacific Islanders by “building an API community, elevating API voices, and unpacking API identities.”

Small World Yoga seeks to “empower those we serve to grow and live more fulfilling lives through yoga.”

Book ’em provides books for children and enlists volunteers to increase literacy, in hopes they can ignite a child’s passion for reading. The group said it distributed more than 190,000 books in 2021, according to its website.

Moves and Grooves aims to improve the academic success of children through the creative arts. Another objective: to create a 12,000 square foot Arts Centre.


Gallatin Cares is a Christian non-profit organization that operates a thrift store, offers a food pantry, and runs a charitable shelter protection fund.

Sumner County Recovery Court uses a multifaceted approach to help people with drug and alcohol addictions recover and become “responsible citizens.”


431 Ministries is a Christian group that helps “neglected and underserved women” in the region find safety and stability.

Maury Chaplain Ministries advocates for the rights of inmates, acts as a liaison between different parts of the community, and provides pastoral care to inmates, their families, and corrections officials.

Legacy Life Care Programs provide educational training, refer participants to counseling, and provide home care.

Georgia English, left, and Jen Starsinic founded the local nonprofit Girls Write Nashville three years ago.  This year, they received a $50,000 grant from A Community Thrives, a USA TODAY Network program that is part of the Gannett Foundation.

More local groups and nonprofits

Freedom Reigns Ranch is a non-profit Christian organization located in Thompson’s Station. The organization offers free “horse-assisted mentorships” to youth dealing with trauma.

The Cheatham County School District in Ashland City covers 13 schools, where it hopes to turn students into “lifelong learners”.

The Building Lives Foundation in Franklin helps veterans in need with affordable housing, furniture, career counseling and employment assistance.

Habitat for Humanity branches – Montgomery, Williamson and Maury counties – have joined the program. Habitat for Humanity aims to “build affordable homes, stronger communities, and life-changing opportunities.”

Shred the Stress in Clarksville works to relieve veterans’ anxiety and trauma through the use of electric vehicles such as scooters, OneWheels and skateboards.

The Mt. Pleasant/Maury Local History Museum collects, preserves and exhibits the history of the former phosphate mining community.

The Oak Ridge Free Medical Clinic operates three clinics and provides free medical care to low-income and uninsured people.

The Montaven Arts and Culture Center in Hendersonville collects and exhibits local and regional artwork.

Arts Inside, located in Tracy City, provides healing to inmates and their families through art.

Other nonprofits participating in the program include Covenant Cupboard in Madison, Investing Into The Future in La Vergne, and Stepping Stones of Robertson County in Springfield.

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NZDF (New Zealand Defense Force) buys the VBS4 from BISim

BISim (Bohemia Interactive Simulations) has announced an agreement with the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) to purchase BISim’s VBS4 simulation software. The NZDF plans to use it for its Tactical Command and Control training program.

BISim (Bohemia Interactive Simulations) has just announced an agreement with the NZDF (New Zealand Defense Force) for the purchase of licenses for BISim’s VBS4 simulation software. The NZDF plans to use it for its Tactical Command and Control training program.

VBS blue engine

Unlike other game engine-based simulations, VBS4’s “VBS Blue” engine was developed specifically to serve the field of military simulation and training. The VBS Blue engine simultaneously provides users with millimeter precision and global scalability.

Partial screenshot shows one way NZDF could deploy VBS4

Managing Director of Bohemia Interactive Australia, Ryan Stephenson says:

“VBS4 provides a complete virtual computer training environment with full Earth rendering for tactical training, experimentation and mission rehearsal. The software functions as a powerful simulation host for any image generator and supports a wide range of individual, team and collective activities down to battle group level.

VBS4 supports large-scale virtual scenarios and has hundreds of authentic military training uses. It also has a flexible terrain import system that can incorporate and deploy large amounts of complex terrain data from virtually any source. It is envisaged that this is a feature that NZDF will put to good use.

In addition to desktop use, VBS4 has “out-of-the-box” integration with VR (virtual reality) and MR (mixed reality) virtual reality headsets, including the Varjo XR-3 and other headsets commercial/military ready. off-the-shelf (COTS/MOTS) hardware (such as armored fighting vehicle weapons controllers).

This provides the NZDF with common simulation software that can be redeployed into a wide variety of its training scenarios. Thus reducing the TCO (total cost of ownership) of the product.

Example of the type of virtual terrain that NZDF could generate with VBS4

Example of the type of virtual terrain that NZDF could generate with VBS4

The NZDF is also a long-time user of BISim’s Terratools virtual terrain simulation software. It has been used to construct a number of highly detailed tactical maps of New Zealand Army training sites.

In fact, NZDF has been using BISim’s products for over 15 years. BISim intends to continue to provide software, support, product training and development services through its local subsidiary Bohemia Interactive Australia (BIA).

About BISim

A subsidiary of BAE Systems Inc. and originally founded in 2001, BISim (Bohemia Interactive Simulations) is a global software company. It produces a range of simulation and training software development for defense and civilian organizations. Its engineers use the latest gaming-based technologies to develop high-fidelity, cost-effective training and simulation software products.

Thousands of service members around the world are trained using VBS software products. More than 60 NATO and NATO friendly nations and more than 300 system integrators and prime contractors deploy VBS technology. Its customers include the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, Canadian Armed Forces, French Armed Forces, Bundeswehr, Swedish Armed Forces, Australian Defense Forces and, of course, the NZDF. In fact, BISim’s VBS products have become one of the most widely used commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product lines in the military simulation industry.

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NBA draft prospect Sidy Cissoko signs with G League Ignite program

Sidy Cissoko, the No. 25 prospect in ESPN’s fictitious 2023 draft, told ESPN he has signed with the NBA’s G League Ignite program.

“We explored several options with my agents and I was convinced that G League Ignite was the best opportunity to achieve my goals,” Cissoko said on Tuesday. “The ability of this program to maximize the potential of its players on and off the court convinced me. More so, the bespoke development program and the opportunity to begin my transition to the American style of play, line to 3 points and off the pitch life is a major plus I felt in our conversations with the staff that I was a priority.

Cissoko, 18, the No. 3 ranked prospect of his generation in Europe after fellow Frenchmen Victor Wembanyama and Rayan Rupert, continues the growing change that G League Ignite has made by prioritizing international players in the wake of the name, of the image. and likeness deals that have changed the landscape of American and college recruiting.

Cissoko will try to follow in the footsteps of Australian Dyson Daniels, who was also slated when he signed with Ignite a year ago, but ended up increasing his draft stock considerably and was selected 8th overall in this draft. year by the New Orleans Pelicans.

“Dyson shows the ability of the G League to get high draft international players,” Cissoko said. “It was interesting to see how he was used on the pitch, because we play in the same position, even though our games are different. He had a great season and improved a lot during his year with Ignite. improvements and hard work are what I’m looking for.”

Cissoko joins Scoot Henderson, the second pick slated for the 2023 draft, on Ignite’s roster for the 2022-23 season, along with 6-foot-10 forward Leonard Miller of Canadian high school Fort Erie International Academy and Nigeria’s Efe Abogidi, who was recruited from Washington State’s NCAA transfer portal.

Ignite is considering several additional international signings from Europe, the NBA Academy and the US school system, a source told ESPN. Ignite landed a commitment last month from Lithuanian winger Matas Buzelis, a rising high schooler who will join the program a year from now after a season with Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita.

Cissoko said Ignite’s success in recruiting international players made sense because of their focus on player development.

“This program is tailor-made to help us achieve our goals,” Sissoko said. “It provides a unique opportunity for on-court development that is ahead of its time compared to most other organizations in the world with NBA-level coaching. The off-court development they offered was also appealing by putting the focus on life skills, education, wellness and more. This gives international players the opportunity to engage in the NBA ecosystem, with exposure to the NBA, which is essential to promote us.”

Cissoko, a 6ft 7in guard with long arms, burst onto NBA radar screens at last summer’s FIBA ​​U18 European Championship in Tel Aviv, where he demonstrated his blend intriguing in strength, pitch vision and defensive potential. He had several telling performances last season while playing for second team Euroleague side Baskonia in LEB Gold, scoring 16 or more points on eight occasions against older professionals at just 17.

Cissoko was invited to the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland last April, where he had his ups and downs in practices, scrums and the official game, but overall he looked like the team’s second-best prospect. World Select alongside future Ignite teammate Leonard Miller.

Cissoko said the transition from the Spanish second division to the G League will be a unique challenge.

“G League is much more athletic and physical than LEB Gold. G League players are extremely aggressive and the game is faster,” he said. “Obviously staying in Baskonia was an option because the Euroleague is the best league in the world after the NBA and the ACB the best national league. I am convinced that I could have continued to learn in these leagues as well.

“However, I felt that at that time the most important thing for my development was to embrace a project that focused on my individual development and my transition to a different style of play, while keeping the best of what I had learned in Europe.”

Cissoko is currently training with the France U18 national team as part of his preparations for the FIBA ​​U18 European Championship, which kicks off on July 30 in Izmir, Turkey. He is expected to join Ignite at their new headquarters in Henderson, Nevada after the event.

“I can’t wait to meet all the staff and my future teammates,” he said. “I will have different types of tests at the start to build my individual plan and then the work will start. I have spoken with the staff and we are on the same page, the next few months will be about hard work and development. improvement. My goal is to be drafted in the top 10 in 2023, and my work ethic has the ability to convince a franchise to choose me. I have always fought to be an asset in everything I have been involved in , it will remain the same next season.”

Jonathan Givony is an NBA draft expert and the founder and co-owner of, a private scouting and analysis service used by NBA, NCAA and international teams.

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Nonprofit Music Gives Children an Outlet to Pursue the Arts with Passion and Practice | Chicago News

An Emmy-winning local jazz singer is committed to ensuring students have the opportunity to pursue pathways in the performing arts, regardless of medium.

Today, 11 years after its inception, an annual summer program still provides musical exposure for all ages, with an opportunity for students to put what they have learned to the test at two public concerts.

Arts correspondent Angel Idowu takes us to the West Loop for “Timeless Gifts: A Musical Revue.”

“It’s a remembrance, a reimagining, a tribute to some of the great iconic pieces of musical theatre, film and television featuring African Americans,” said Joan Collaso, founder of Timeless Gifts. “You will see excerpts from “Sarafina! », « Porgy and Bess », « The Wiz », « Dream Girls », « What’s Love Got To Do With It », a Motown medley… »

Made up of students aged 3 to 24, Timeless Gifts is an association created by Collaso.

“It’s just that outlet,” Collaso says. “Being able to express yourself differently. Being able to be who you really are at some point in your life is very important.

Although the seven-week summer program offers singing and performance lessons, it also emphasizes the importance of working behind the scenes, refining the idea that the performing arts can be practiced at both with passion and in a practical way.

“As you get older, it’s less about fame, and more about earning a living and being realistic about where life is taking us,” says Collaso. “And yes, some people will be stars, but many will make a lot of money.”

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This commitment to the practicality of the performing arts also extends to the relationships created. Eight-year-old Christian Williams has been with the program for five years and has found a mentor in his percussion teacher, Tony Carpenter.

“He might be the best drumming teacher I’ve ever had,” says Christian.

“As children learn the different parts of instruments correctly, they put them together to create a rhythm,” says percussion teacher Tony Carpenter. “I lean on Christian because he will demonstrate for the other students.”

It is thanks to this understanding of rhythm by learning percussion that Christian was able to apply it in his first solo for musical experience. It wasn’t until Christian joined the program that he realized he even wanted to sing. Collaso says this is just one of many success stories Timeless Gifts has offered.

“Our young people, all they want to do is play music, dance, play the piano and that’s important and they can be successful,” Collaso said. “But those who are on the fence, it’s important that they know there’s a place for them here too.”

You can catch “Timeless Gifts: A Musical Revue” Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. at the Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave.

If you can’t make this show, they’ll have their late summer showcase on August 7th at the DuSable Museum, 740 E.56e Square.

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USA Blue Angels name first female pilot in team history

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conducts a flyover as part of a tour of U.S. cities to honor first responders and essential workers during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID -19) over Houston, Texas, May 6, 2020. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

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July 18 (Reuters) – The US Navy’s famed Blue Angels air display team on Monday named the first female pilot in the squadron’s history, the organization said.

Lt. Amanda Lee is one of six new core members selected for the team, which was founded 76 years ago, the Navy said. He said Navy and Marine Corps women have served with the Blue Angels for 55 years, but never before as pilots.

The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 to generate public support and boost Navy morale by performing air moves at air shows, sporting events, and other flying displays.

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Lee, from Mounds View, Minnesota, is currently assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 Demonstration Team, known as the Gladiators, stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She and the other new members will report to the Blue Angels in September.

After the current winter season ends, members will undergo five months of training at a California facility before beginning the 2023 show season.

There are 17 officers currently on the Blue Angels. They typically serve two years with the team.

“The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase teamwork and professionalism in the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach while inspiring a culture of ‘excellence and service to country,’ the Navy wrote in a statement.

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MTN will take over Telkom – THISDAYLIVE

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MTN Group is in talks to take over the South African telephony group Telkom.

It informed its shareholders that the discussions were aimed at acquiring all of the issued share capital of Telkom in exchange for shares or a combination of cash and shares.

In a statement on Friday, MTN said talks were still in their early stages and there was no certainty the deal would go through.
“The transaction, if completed, could have a significant effect on the price of the Company’s securities. Accordingly, shareholders are urged to exercise caution when trading in the company’s securities until further announcement is made,” MTN said.

Telkom confirmed the discussions in a separate statement to shareholders.
The deal will come under scrutiny from the Competition Commission and other regulators, given the size of the two companies and their dominance in the industry.
MTN currently has 34.5 million subscribers, making it the second largest mobile operator behind Vodacom. Telkom has 16.9 million mobile subscribers.

Bloc Acquires Orchestrate to Offer Fintech Infrastructure Services
Bloc announced the acquisition of Getwallets, the wallet-as-a-service provider that recently became a payment orchestration company, Orchestrate.
Orchestrate is configured to power Block’s payment infrastructure.

The strategic acquisition will allow Bloc to focus its core product strategy on providing seamless BaaS and banking services, while Orchestra drives its fintech infrastructure with its proprietary payments orchestration API.
Its rise to a broader payment infrastructure company means, as Orchestrate, it can provide businesses with instant access to multiple payment methods and providers around the world through a single integration (currently available in Nigeria , Ghana, Egypt, South Africa and the United States, with plans to expand support for more foreign payment providers and currencies shortly).

Bloc’s acquisition of Orchestrate strengthens the group’s ability to offer FinTech infrastructure such as online payments, subscription management, BNPL payment infrastructure, virtual wallets, bill payments, invoicing, in its suite of fintech APIs as a service.
Commenting on the acquisition, Bloc Founder Edmund Olotu said, “We are proud of our contribution to shaping the African fintech space and delighted to welcome the Orchestrate team to the Bloc family. Part of our vision has always been to enable businesses of all sizes to offer seamless payment solutions to their customers, which is essential not only to the end-user experience but also to the growth of the industry. This is an exciting development for both companies as we seek to grow and create even more solutions that will ultimately support the growth of African technology companies in the years to come.”

Orchestrate Founder and CEO Jerry Enebeli added, “We are excited to bring our technology and expertise to the already incredible team at Bloc. It was clear that our business growth goals were aligned and that we could mutually benefit from the combination of our talents, resources and expertise to create a unique infrastructure capable of propelling African fintech. payment platform and allowing many other companies to develop their markets, whether in Africa or around the world.

Flutterwave suspends virtual dollar cards
Flutterwave said its virtual dollar cards will not be available for any transactions and purchases beginning Sunday, July 17, 2022.
The cards have been a convenient way for Nigerian merchants to convert their Naira balance into US dollars on a virtual Mastercard to make online payments.
However, announcing the suspension of service on Virtual Dollar Card, Flutterwave said, “We are writing to inform you that effective Sunday, July 17, 2022, all of our Virtual Dollar Cards will be unavailable for transactions and purchases. This is due to an update from our map partner, which will cause the map service to be unavailable for an extended period. You will not be able to make online and in-store payments and purchases using your virtual dollar card(s), you will not be able to fund the virtual card(s) existing card(s), your existing virtual card(s) will be terminated, and the corresponding balance will be credited to your payment balance.

As it works with its card partner to restore service as soon as possible, Flutterwave has advised its customers to unlink their dollar card(s) from recurring payments and replace them with another payment method.
The Troc card is used on most merchant sites where the MasterCard logo is displayed. The Barter USD card can be used on most global payment sites like Uber, Google Play, Apple Music, Facebook, PayPal, etc. for payments and purchases.

Meta builds an AI capable of translating 55 African languages
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, claims to have built the first unique open-source artificial intelligence (AI) machine capable of translating into 200 languages, including 55 African languages, with state-of-the-art results.
The company said it uses modeling techniques and learnings from the NLLB-200 “No Language Left Behind” project to improve and expand translations on Facebook, Instagram and Wikipedia.

The company is said to be developing high-quality machine translation capabilities for most low-resource languages ​​in the world. This unique AI model was designed with a focus on African languages. They are difficult from a machine translation point of view.
In a Facebook post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he worked with professional translators for each of these languages ​​to develop a reliable benchmark that could automatically assess translation quality for many low-resource languages.

“To give an idea of ​​the scale, the 200-language model has over 50 billion parameters, and we trained it using our new Research SuperCluster, which is one of the world’s largest AI supercomputers. fastest in the world. Advances here will enable more than 25 billion translations every day across our apps,” he said.
Zuckerberg added, “Communication across languages ​​is a superpower provided by AI, but as we progress in our AI work, it improves everything we do, from displaying content most interesting on Facebook and Instagram, to recommending more relevant ads, to making our services safe for everyone.”
According to him, AI models require a lot of data to help them learn, and there isn’t a lot of human-translated training data for these languages.
“There are more than 20 million people who speak and write in Luganda, but examples of this written language are extremely difficult to find on the Internet,” he concluded.

Sendsprint launches and provides money transfers to Africans in the Diaspora
SendSprint, a payments and money transfer startup, launched in the UK yesterday with a service targeting Africans in the diaspora.
SendSprint’s product offering is made possible through a strategic partnership with Flutterwave to facilitate cross-border remittances for transactions entering Africa.
SendSprint has established the UK as its international headquarters with a presence in the US and Nigeria. It also applied for the necessary licenses through a regulated entity.
The fintech is launching two products to connect the African diaspora to their loved ones back home. One is Send money, which enables seamless transfers to African countries, and the other is Sprint Connect, a gifting solution that connects the African diaspora with retailers across the continent.
They also offer three destination countries for shippers, including Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, and in the first 18 months they are targeting 300,000 UK customers.
SendSprint’s money transfer product will offer a flat $5 fee for international transfers to Africa and great exchange rates with real-time transaction monitoring and 24/7 customer service.

Tech personality of the week

Tayo Oviosu

This week’s tech personality is Tayo Oviosu. He is the founder and CEO of Paga Group Ltd.
Paga is a financial company that focuses on solving widespread problems in the Nigerian financial industry, including making money more accessible and portable through mobile payment systems.
They also offer their platform as a service to third-party partners.
Recognized globally in 2014, CNBC selected Tayo as “Entrepreneur of the Year in West Africa”, and in 2015, the African Leadership Network selected Paga as the Outstanding Growth Company of the Year in Africa.
In 2021, the total value of paga payments was N1.2 trillion.
Oviosu is also the co-founder of Kairos Angels, an angel investment firm.
Kairos Angels is on a mission to transform the world by partnering with visionary entrepreneurs to build scalable and sustainable businesses.

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Filipinos are buying books to preserve the truth about the Marcos regime

The rush to buy books documenting Marcos’ destructive 21-year reign comes as his son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., takes office after a landslide election victory in May.

Marcos Jr. has never publicly acknowledged or apologized for the human rights abuses, corruption and theft that historians say took place under his father’s leadership.

And there are fears that now that he is in power, he is trying to rewrite history.

Journalist Raissa Robles, author of ‘Marcos Martial Law: Never Again’, said after Marcos Jr.’s victory she received emails from readers around the world asking to reprint the detailed dive into the victims of the martial law.

“The price of the book had almost doubled and yet people were buying the book in batches. They weren’t just buying one or two. They were buying five or 10 at a time,” Robles said.

The main source of concern came from the president himself.

In 2020, when Marcos Jr. was preparing to run for president, he made clear his desire to revise the textbooks that documented his parents’ corrupt and brutal regime.

‘We’ve been calling for this for years,’ Marco Jr. told a National Press Club forum, as he accused those in power since his father’s death of ‘teaching children lies’ .

According to human rights groups, under the Marcos regime, from 1965 to 1986, tens of thousands of people were imprisoned, tortured or killed for perceived or actual criticism of the government. Marcos Sr., who died in exile in 1989, and his wife, Imelda, 93, were also convicted of widespread corruption, including theft of around $10 billion in public money.

The family have repeatedly denied using public funds for their personal use – a claim disputed in several court cases.

CNN contacted the new Marcos government for comment, but did not receive a response.

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Marcos Jr. previously asked the “world” to judge him on his actions, not his family’s past. But during his inaugural speech on June 30, he praised his father, the late dictator, saying he had achieved far more than previous administrations since gaining independence in 1946.

“He did it. Sometimes with the necessary support, sometimes without. It will be the same with his son – you will have no excuses from me,” he said.

During his speech, he also touched on the issue of revising learning materials in schools, but said he was not talking about history.
Fernando "bongbong"  Marcos Jr. is sworn in as the new president of the Philippines on June 30, 2022.

“What we teach in our schools, the subjects used, must be re-taught. I am not talking about history, I am talking about the basics, the sciences, the refinement of theoretical skills and the transmission of professional skills”, a he declared.

But those assurances ring hollow for people who suffered under his father’s dictatorship, and others who are skeptical of Marcos’ new leadership.

The sale of books is an indication of this.

Almira Manduriao, editorial marketing manager at Ateneo de Manila University, said the rush for Philippine history books began soon after Marcos Jr. won the May 9 election.

“People were suddenly afraid that literature critical of the dictatorship would be banned,” Manduriao said. “Hence the need to buy and protect the books (when) they still can.”

At least 10 titles covering martial law and the dark past of the Marcos dictatorship remain out of print in the academic press, according to Manduriao.

Some of the campus bookstore’s bestsellers were in reprint, including “Some Are Smarter Than Others: Marcos’ History of Capitalism” by Ricardo Manapat, “The Marital Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos” by Primitivo Mijares and “Canal de la Reina” by Liwayway Arceo Bautista.

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On May 11, Adarna House, a publishing house founded by Filipino artist Virgilo Almario, offered a 20% discount on a #NeverAgain bundle of five book titles on the Marcos Diet.

In the days that followed, sales skyrocketed and the pre-order waiting list grew, and the company announced that orders could take up to eight weeks to ship.

The offer was a hit with customers, but it also caught the attention of the government.

Alex Paul Monteagudo, director general of the National Intelligence Coordination Agency, accused Adarna House of “radicalizing Filipino children”.

“The Adarna publishing house published these books and they are now on sale to subtly radicalize Filipino children against our government, now!” he wrote on his official Facebook page on May 17.

Monteagudo said in the post that when topics such as martial law and people power revolution – a national uprising that overthrew the Marcos regime in 1986 – are taught in schools, it will “sow the seeds of hatred and dissent in the minds of these children”.

The People Power Revolution overthrew dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in 1986.

Adarna House declined CNN’s request for comment on the allegations.

An Adarna client, Vanessa Louie Cabacungan-Samaniego, who lives and works in Hong Kong, placed a group order with a dozen Filipinos in the city for books on the Marcos dictatorship.

She told CNN she fears the election will allow the Marcos political clan to “work to clear their name and revise the history books or target the media.”

“Buying books to educate ourselves and for the next generation is just our small way to fight injustice,” she said when delivering the first batch of orders in June.

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In recent years, politicians and government officials have demonized publishers and journalists, denouncing their credibility on social media and in public statements.

The day before Marcos Jr. took office, Nobel laureate Maria Ressa said the government had ordered her news agency, Rappler, to shut down.
She said she has been repeatedly harassed over the past six years and facing lawsuits for alleged defamation, tax evasion and violation of foreign media ownership rules.

“It’s bullying. It’s political tactics. We refuse to succumb to it,” she said.

Maria Ressa, journalist, at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, in June 2022.

Michael Pante, a history professor at Ateneo de Manila University, said he fears Marcos Jr. will continue former President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to delegitimize the work of historians, scholars and journalists – and possibly of rewrite the history books.

Reporters Without Borders said that since Duterte’s election in 2016, the media have faced verbal and legal intimidation for work deemed too critical of the government.

“The demonization of historians, scholars (and journalists) will continue,” Pante said. “And the dismissive attitude (towards them) will be enough to generate the fear of speaking out and being arrested or censored.

Filipino archivist Carmelo Crisanto, who heads the Memorial Commission for Victims of Human Rights Violations, is rushing to digitize the files and testimonies of 11,103 survivors of the dictatorship, in time for the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in September.
Filipino archivist Carmelo Crisanto, who heads the Human Rights Violations Victims' Memorial Commission, hopes to digitize the narrative of martial law survivors.  (Source: Memorial Museum of Victims of Human Rights Violations)

He fears that if the stories of martial law survivors are forgotten, people will once again be vulnerable to political violence.

His team of around 30 people and 1,500 university student volunteers – most of them half his age and not themselves experienced in martial law – have been chosen to protect the truth for the next generation.

“I want some of this digital archive to be publicly available, in a way that (can be) easily accessible, to be sent to colleges here in the country and also to some partner institutions overseas, so that the memory and the evidence may never be lost,” he said.

“If there is one lesson that state authorities have learned from the period of martial law, it is that no one (should) go to jail, even if they commit serious human rights violations. ‘man,’ he said.

Robles, the author, said people told him they wanted to give copies of his books to relatives, while others wanted to put aside a reserve in case the new government banned reprints.

“They said they wanted to hide it so that after Marcos presidency they could bring it out and keep the memory alive,” she said.

Robles said she was determined to continue writing and critiquing the country’s political landscape, despite fears of censorship – but she admits: “I’m not just afraid of censorship, I’m afraid of be arrested”.

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5th Canadian Army Division based in Halifax gets new commander

HALIFAX, N.S. — The Mighty Maroon Machine has a new commander.

The nickname refers to the color of the crest worn on the uniforms of members of the 5th Canadian Division of the Canadian Army.

Brig.-Gen. Stéphane Masson replaced Maj.-Gen. Paul Peyton during a change of command ceremony held Saturday morning at the Royal Artillery Park in Halifax.

Lieutenant General. Jocelyn Paul, Commander of the Canadian Army, presided over the ceremony under clear blue skies and summer sunshine, punctuated by the cries of gulls soaring over nearby Halifax Harbor and the cries of songbirds enjoying of the morning.

Masson assumes responsibility for regular and reserve army units in the four Atlantic provinces and in Ontario. A Department of National Defense press release said its priorities will be recruiting, training and “creating an integrated force of highly trained Atlantic Canadian combat and support units that are ready for operations.” national and international organizations in support of Canadian interests”.

The division is made up of approximately 7,400 regular and reserve soldiers, civilian employees and Canadian Rangers.

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Masson comes to the Halifax post from his most recent role as Commanding Officer of CFB Kingston.

He started as a reservist in 1991 and joined the Regular Force in 2003. During his career, he rose through the ranks and held various senior and command positions, including Commandant of the Regimental School Royal Canadian Artillery at CFB Gagetown. He served in four overseas missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Egypt. He also served in various roles within NATO.

“I am honored to have another opportunity to command and serve with exceptional Canadians,” Masson said in his address to the assembled Canadian Armed Forces members and their guests.

“To the leaders of Atlantic Canada, federal, provincial, regional and municipal, it is truly a privilege for me to join your team.

The new division commander thanked his predecessor for his professionalism and dedication.

“To all members of the 5th Canadian Division Defense Team – The Mighty Maroon Machine – I am honored to join the team.

Honorary Colonel Don Julien introduces the Major-General. Paul Peyton an eagle feather as part of the ceremony marking the transfer of command of the 5th Canadian Division of the Canadian Army from Peyton to Brig.-Gen. Stephane Masson. The ceremony took place Saturday at Royal Artillery Park in Halifax. -Stuart Peddle

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Peyton rises to the position of Chief of Force Development, which is part of the Vice Chief of the Defense Staff in Ottawa.

“Today is not the day I was looking forward to,” Peyton said in her remarks on Saturday. “It was only a year ago that I explained how excited I was to be back in Atlantic Canada (with) the Mighty Maroon Machine. It was exactly where I wanted to be and who I wanted to be with.

Peyton said he told the army commander he was ready to stay with the division for many years to come, but that was not the case.

“My plan fell victim to the incredible success of the members of this division,” said the native of Goose Bay, Labrador. “It’s hard for a leader not to be successful when you’re surrounded by this kind of talent.”

He added that it is reassuring to know that the organization he cares about so much is in the hands of someone who cares just as much.

As part of the ceremony, Peyton was presented with her official service pennant and an eagle feather, presented by Mi’kmaq historian and human rights advocate Don Julien, a CAF veteran during the peacekeeper who conducted a United Nations peacekeeping tour in Cyprus. Julien is now an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel who continues to work in a community advisory role for the RCMP’s Aboriginal Advisory Group, as well as the Auditor General on Aboriginal Issues.

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Joint Saudi-US statement outlines vital agreements and action plan to tackle global issues

US President Joe Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has led to a series of vital agreements in future industries and action plans to tackle prevailing regional and international issues .

This is according to a joint statement released by the two countries following a lengthy meeting between the US president and Saudi leaders.

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The meeting, which included the presence of senior officials, covered topics such as energy security, climate cooperation, security and defence, technology and regional considerations.

Initially, the statement clarified that the US-Saudi partnership has been a “cornerstone of regional security for decades”, adding that the two countries share a vision of a “secure, stable and prosperous region, interconnected with the world”.

Noting the shared historical ties, the two countries welcomed the extension of the validity of business and tourist visas to 10 years to facilitate the strengthening of social ties and economic cooperation.


In view of the Ukrainian crisis and the resulting energy issue, the two parties have reportedly decided to consult regularly on global energy markets in the short and long term, in addition to collaborating as strategic partners in climate and energy transition initiatives, “recognizing Saudi Arabia’s leading role in the future of energy.

The United States appreciated the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative, and welcomed Saudi Arabia’s participation in the recent Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. This is in line with the Kingdom’s goal to produce 50% of its electricity production from renewable energy by 2030.

This is in addition to the finalization of the Partnership Framework for Advancing Clean Energy, which will see substantial investments in clean energy transition and the fight against climate change, with a particular focus on renewable energy, clean hydrogen , human capacity building in the field of nuclear energy, etc. .

The United States and Saudi Arabia will also aim to invest in projects that support digital connectivity, supply chain sustainability, and climate and energy security focused on low- and middle-income countries as part of a global infrastructure push, according to the release.

Security and Defense

The United States has firmly affirmed its commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia’s security and territorial defense, especially by facilitating the Kingdom’s ability to obtain the necessary capabilities to defend its people and territory against external threats, the statement said. joint.

The two countries also stressed the need to deter Iran’s interference “in the internal affairs of other countries, its support for terrorism through its armed proxies, and its efforts to destabilize the security and stability of the region,” the statement said.

Basically, both countries agreed on the importance of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

To improve and streamline the exchange of information in the maritime domain, cooperation between the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and Combined Task Force 153 will supposedly be strengthened in the coordination center run from the headquarters of the US Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. .

Also welcoming the upcoming ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS to be held in Saudi Arabia in early 2023, the two countries stressed the importance of countering terrorism and violent extremism.

The focus was on fighting al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, stemming the flow of foreign fighters, countering violent extremist propaganda and cutting off the flow of terrorism funding, the statement said.

The countries stressed the need for the global coalition to continue its work and “make long-term, multi-year efforts to return both the detained ISIS fighters and the tens of thousands of family members of the Islamic State in northeastern Syria in their country of origin,” according to the joint statement.

Vision 2030

The United States welcomed and appreciated Saudi Arabia’s vision that will continue to see economic and social reforms under the Vision 2030 banner.

This includes efforts to increase women’s economic participation and promote interfaith dialogue, in addition to increasing Saudi investments in the US private sector.

The United States also welcomed Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo, which was last held in the neighboring emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Cooperation agreements in the field of technology, telecommunications, space, cybersecurity and public health have also been signed.

Regional and international issues


The United States and Saudi Arabia have expressed their steadfast support for the UN-backed truce in Yemen, which is currently seeking to turn into a lasting peace agreement.

US President Biden expressed his gratitude for the role played by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in bringing about the truce, according to the joint statement.

Both sides also renewed their call on the international community to remain united in the face of threats from the Iran-backed Houthis, while simultaneously calling on the group to resume peace talks that can help reverse a humanitarian crisis that is deteriorating in Yemen.

Both countries reiterated their support for Yemen’s leadership council, a crucial political shift in the country’s current socio-economic scene, which recently helped revive fuel imports and flights from Sanaa.

The Taiz blockade continues to be of concern as it impedes the movement of essential goods and the delivery of aid inside Yemen’s third largest city, which has been under siege since 2015.

A provision of the truce agreement allowing militants to ease their siege of Yemen’s third-largest city, Taiz, has yet to be implemented, and the government has demanded that roads leading to the city be open.


US President Biden hailed the Kingdom’s leading role in strengthening relations with Iraq, which will link its power grid to Saudi Arabia in a landmark deal signed on the sidelines of the security and development summit from Jeddah on July 16.

Israel, Palestinian conflict

The two countries “welcomed all efforts that contribute to achieving a just and comprehensive peace in the region,” according to the statement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

They reportedly underlined their commitment to a two-state solution in which “a sovereign and contiguous Palestinian state lives side by side in peace and security with Israel.”


Both countries stressed the importance of preventing renewed violence, maintaining established ceasefires and allowing the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid to all Syrians in need.

Both parties also expressed their support for the efforts of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to reach a political solution to the conflict in line with the formula set out in UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015).


Saudi Arabia and the United States stressed the importance of the Lebanese government’s control over its territory, while expressing their continued support “for the sovereignty, security and stability of Lebanon, and their support for the Armed Forces which protect its borders and resist threats”. violent extremist and terrorist groups,” the statement said.

A functioning government with a comprehensive plan for implementing political and economic reforms would help overcome the crisis in Lebanon and ensure that it does not become a “launching point for terrorists, drug trafficking or other criminal activities that threaten the stability and security of the region,” the statement said.


The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to provide essential assistance to the people of Ukraine, while calling for solutions to ensure the unhindered export of grain and wheat products to alleviate the global food crises, which threaten to have a acute impact on a number of states in the Middle East and Africa.


Both sides stressed the importance of continued humanitarian assistance in the Taliban-ruled country, while promoting the rights of the Afghan people, including the rights of women and girls to education and access to the best possible state of health and, for women, the right to work.


“Both parties affirmed their support for the Libyan people as they engage in the UN-brokered political process to prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible,” the statement said.

They reportedly expressed their “full support” for the Libyan ceasefire agreement and the Libyan call for the complete departure of foreign forces, foreign fighters and mercenaries without further delay, in accordance with resolution 2570 (2021) of the United Nations Security Council.


The two countries also stressed the importance of dialogue between the Sudanese parties and wish the people peace and prosperity.

The joint statement ended with: “Both sides have decided to expand and strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas discussed at this meeting, ahead of the upcoming annual strategic dialogue between Saudi Arabia and the United States. to be held in the Kingdom later this year. This communiqué from Jeddah should form the basis for further work to consolidate and strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.”

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UH study finds Cleveland patients with greatest heart risk factors live in formerly demarcated neighborhoods: The Wake Up for Friday, July 15, 2022

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The sun continues today, with highs in the 80s. The weekend will bring a few chances of much needed rain. Although Saturday will be sunny and warm, with highs in the mid-80s, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening and overnight. Sunday is even more likely, with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-80s. Read More

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redlining: University Hospitals has found that living in a neighborhood that has long been affected by discriminatory lending practices known as redlining increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Gretchen Cuda Kroen and Zachary Smith report on a study that found patients with the most heart risk factors and the worst health outcomes lived in the same designated geographic areas with the lowest loan scores several decades earlier.

Ohio Critic: Ohio’s abortion ban that led a 10-year-old rape victim to get the procedure in Indiana and the state’s past refusal to recognize same-sex marriages were in the spotlight Thursday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on whether to reject Roe v Wade would affect other personal freedoms. Sabrina Eaton reports that in response, U.S. Representative Jim Jordan read out a list of 50 pregnancy crisis centers and churches vandalized in the past 10 weeks, describing it as a coordinated “domestic terror effort” that Democrats should pick up on. focus instead of “their radical pro-abortion program.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has publicly questioned the existence of a 10-year-old rape victim who left the state to have an abortion. After her rapist confessed, Yost said he stood by “everything he said.” We talk about how the statement from Ohio’s top prosecutor could make the victim feel on Today in Ohio,’s daily half-hour news podcast.

US Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, left, pictured with US Sen. Chris Murphy D-Conn., in June 2021. (Efrem Lukatsky, Associated Press file photo)ASSOCIATED PRESS

Portman debate: U.S. Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, will take a brief respite from the partisan battle in Congress on August 1 to engage in an Oxford-style debate with a fellow Democrat in hopes of ‘restoring a spirit of compromise and consensus for the good of the American people.Sabrina Eaton reports that he will debate from US Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut to George Washington, with CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nikole Killion as moderator.

electoral maps: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Thursday that he has instructed the 88 county election commissions to implement new boundaries for the Ohio State Board of Education that Gov. Mike DeWine created in January — which civil rights groups and teachers’ unions have criticized as gerrymandered, reports Laura Hancock.

Prison standards: Cuyahoga County Jail fails to meet state standards for inmate care every year, but the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has overlooked some of the shortcomings as the county promises to build a new establishment. Kaitlin Durbin reports that the only proposed way to address four lingering issues, largely related to the size of inmate cells and lack of natural light, is to use “new or additional facility space,” the author wrote. ex-sheriff in ‘action plan’ reports.

The police raise: The union representing most Cleveland police officers said Thursday that the city has agreed to give police officers a 2% raise each for the next two years as part of a tentative agreement for negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement . Olivia Mitchell reported that union members and city council should sign the tentative agreement.

basher jones: Cleveland City Hall has received multiple FBI subpoenas seeking information on former Councilman Basheer Jones, according to two city officials. Mayor Justin Bibb’s administration did not deliver the subpoenas when and The Plain Dealer requested the public records Thursday, Adam Ferrise reports.

Call for recycling: An East Cleveland business owner whose buildup of hazardous materials filled the air and ground with toxins and sparked a week-long fire in 2017, leading to what the Ohio attorney general has called the state’s largest civil penalty in an environmental case, asked the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider his sentence, reports John Tucker.

ARPA: A Cuyahoga County Board committee agreed Thursday to move forward with a dozen COVID-19 stimulus projects worth $5.3 million. Lucas Daprile reports that the projects, which still require full council approval, include funds for the zoo, building playgrounds and renovating community centers.

airport control: Seven years ago, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was hit with the biggest fine in FAA history for a series of outages involving snow and ice removal. This year, reports Susan Glaser, the airport received its second straight report with no changes required or recommended.

UH cuts: Citing labor issues, teaching hospitals are dramatically reducing medical services available at UH Bedford and UH Richmond Medical Centers, reports Julie Washington. Hospital, surgical and emergency services will be transferred to UH Ahuja, Geauga, Lake West, TriPoint, Beachwood, Geneva and Conneaut Medical Centers, UH said.

Hospitalizations: The number of COVID-19 patients in Ohio hospitals topped 1,000 on Thursday for the first time since March 1, hitting 1,008 in the Ohio Hospital Association’s daily survey. That’s a 39% increase from July 1’s 724 patients and more than triple the spring low of 296 patients, reports Julie Washington.

steel fabrication: Majestic Steel develops its activity by buying a manufacturer of metal constructions in the South and a transport company on the West coast. Sean McDonnell reports that the Pepper Pike-based steel distributor and processor has purchased Quicken Steel LLC, a steel building manufacturer based in Claxton, Georgia, and Mercury Transport, a trucking company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Georgia. California.

Edwin’s Daycare: Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute acquires a two-story commercial building in Shaker Heights for use as a nonprofit daycare center. Marc Bona reports that plans are for the 2,882-square-foot site to become the Edwins Family Center this fall, after renovations, permits and licenses.

San Juan Island, Washington

Aboard the Samish, part of the Washington State Ferry System, en route to San Juan Island.Susan Glaser,

whale watching: The San Juan Islands, an archipelago of more than 170 islands northwest of Seattle, are considered among the best places in the United States for whale watching. Susan Glaser’s experience last month confirmed this.

FRONT: The FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art has announced the recipients of a new three-year Career Development Fellowship for artists of color in northeast Ohio, a program designed specifically to address racial inequalities, reports Steven Litt.

Blazing Paddles: Blazing Paddles Paddlefest will give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the Cuyahoga River on July 22nd and 23rd. Annie Nickoloff reports that approximately 600 paddlers from 14 states will take off and recover from Merwin’s Wharf.

Things to do: Lots of summer fun awaits in northeast Ohio this weekend. Annie Nickoloff has 20 art exhibits, block parties, theater performances and other events to go.

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Canadian Rangers and Ontario Provincial Police work together to rescue fisherman

Pilot Chad Paettin, left, flies an Ontario Provincial Police rescue helicopter with Constable Darryl Sainnawap, center, and Ranger Sergeant Spencer Anderson, right, to the missing fishing camp as passengers . – Photo of Sergeant Spencer Anderson, Canadian Rangers

By Peter Moon

KITCHENUHMAYKOOSIB INNINUWUG – Canadian Rangers from a remote First Nation in Northern Ontario have successfully partnered with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to rescue a fisherman stranded after his boat’s engine failed.

The fisherman, Jericho Beardy, 25, had traveled by boat to his hunting camp for a day of fishing, but did not return as planned to his home in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, a remote Oji-Cree community about 580 kilometers north of Thunder Bay (often referred to as KI). His camp is about 20 kilometers west of KI.

The fisherman’s family alerted the local Rangers, who are part-time army reservists with KI patrol, and the Ontario Provincial Police detachment in the community. A helicopter rented by the OPP for emergencies was at KI and it flew to the hunt camp with Ranger Sgt. Spencer Anderson and OPP Constable Darryl on board. Sainnawap, who is also a Ranger.

“We got to the camp but couldn’t land because there wasn’t a clear enough space for us to get down,” Sergeant Anderson said. “He waved at us and held up a can of gasoline. He may have let us know he was out of gas, but we could also see that his boat’s engine cover was lifted, so maybe he had engine trouble. The important thing was that he looked fine physically.

Unable to land, the helicopter and its passengers returned to KI. Sergeant Anderson and Ranger Corporal Craig Sainnawap left soon after to travel to the hunting camp by boat, taking tools and extra fuel with them.

“He was very happy to see us when we arrived at his camp,” Sergeant Anderson said. “He had an engine problem, a mechanical problem, and we couldn’t fix it for him. So we brought it back to KI. I offered to take him back to his camp to pick up his boat when I went fishing myself in a few days. It made him very happy. I also told him he should join Rangers and I think maybe he will.

A joint command post was established for the rescue mission at the KI-OPP detachment office. Corporal Harriet Cutfeet operated on him for the Rangers.

“Everything went well,” said Sgt. John Meaker, provincial search and rescue coordinator for the Ontario Provincial Police. “The Rangers have excellent local knowledge of their regions.”

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Sergeant Peter Moon is a Ranger with the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Canadian Forces Base Borden.

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The potential for another Kenosha casino proposal could be on the way

Could another Kenosha casino proposal be in the works? The recent approval by the Bristol Village Board to sell 60 acres of land raises some eyebrows. According to the village’s website, Administrator Randy Kerkman said the council had approved a proposal to sell a company called Kenosha LandCo LLC. This company has agreed to spend more than $15 million to buy nearly 60 acres of land on the east and west sides of 122nd Avenue in Kenosha, southwest of 60th Street. It turns out “Kenosha LandCo LLC” has the same address as Hard Rock Café International Headquarters in Davies, Florida. Hard Rock is owned by the Seminole Tribe and operates a dozen casinos across the country. Kerkman on the village’s website, the company did not disclose what it would use the land for. important to note that the Village of Bristol owns the property due to a boundary agreement, however, the land is in Kenosha. Therefore, approval must go through Kenosha. 12 News asked Kenosha’s mayor on Wednesday morning if he would welcome a casino to his town. “Like everything else, we are waiting to see what happens with the sale of the property,” he said. “And at this point, we have not entered into any negotiations or conversations in any way with the casino.” When asked if he’d be open to a conversation, he replied, “Like anything else, you’re always open to listening to people… We’re waiting for the process to work its way. Hard Rock hasn’t Not responded to 12 News’ request for comment It wouldn’t be Hard Rock’s first attempt to operate a casino in Kenosha A deal fell through in 2015 Then-Governor Scott Walker rejected the plan after objections from Forest County Potawatomi, which operated the Milwaukee casino.WISN 12 News asked Governor Tony Evers’ team if they had any comments on potential proposal plans for a Kenosha casino. “I don’t think Kenosha needs a casino, so I’m not for that,” Kenosha native Gary Peterson told WISN 12 News’ Courtney Sisk. he thought casinos could take advantage of people who can’t p allow yourself to lose money. Others, like Ronald Schupp, who often visits Kenosha think it might be a good idea. “I would be okay with that if it’s properly managed and supervised so that these bad elements can’t come in and control it,” he said. “I would be okay with that, it’s a good source of income.” Schupp, an Illinois native, pointed out that casinos operating in Illinois are just across the border, saying that this could offer more competition. If Hard Rock is considering a casino proposal, it should partner with a Wisconsin tribe to own a casino in the state. The Bristol Village Solicitor is currently negotiating with the potential buyer for a compromis de vente.

Could another Kenosha casino proposal be in the works?

The recent approval by the Bristol Village Board to sell 60 acres of land raises some eyebrows.

According to the village’s website, Administrator Randy Kerkman said the council had approved a proposal to sell a company called Kenosha LandCo LLC.

This company has agreed to spend more than $15 million to purchase nearly 60 acres of land on the east and west sides of 122nd Avenue in Kenosha, southwest of 60th Street.

It proves ‘Kenosha LandCo LLC’ has the same address as the international headquarters of the Hard Rock Café in Davies, Florida.

Hard Rock is owned by the Seminole Tribe and operates a dozen casinos across the country.

According to Kerkman’s note on the Village websitethe company has not disclosed what it will use the land for.

It is important to note that the Village of Bristol owns the property due to a boundary agreement, however, the land is in Kenosha. Therefore, approval must go through Kenosha.

12 News asked the mayor of Kenosha on Wednesday morning if he would welcome a casino to his town.

“Like everything else, we are waiting to see what happens with the sale of the property,” he said. “And at this point, we have not entered into any specific negotiations or conversations with the casino.”

When asked if he would be open to a conversation, he replied, “As with anything else, you’re always open to hearing from people… We’re waiting for the process to unfold.”

Hard Rock did not respond to 12 News’ request for comment.

This wouldn’t be Hard Rock’s first attempt at operating a casino in Kenosha.

A deal fell through in 2015.

Then-Governor. Scott Walker rejected the plan after objections from Forest Potawatomi County, which operated the Milwaukee casino.

WISN 12 News asked Governor Tony Evers’ team if they had any comments on potential proposal plans for a Kenosha casino. They did not respond to comments.

“I don’t think Kenosha needs a casino, so I’m not for it,” Kenosha native Gary Peterson told WISN 12 News’ Courtney Sisk. Peterson said he thinks casinos could take advantage of people who can’t afford to lose money.

Others, like Ronald Schupp, who visits Kenosha, often think it might be a good idea.

“I would be okay with that if it’s properly managed and supervised so that these bad elements can’t come in and control it,” he said. “I would be okay with that, it’s a good source of income.”

Schupp, an Illinois native, pointed to casinos operating in Illinois just across the border, saying that could provide more competition.

If Hard Rock is considering a casino proposal, it should partner with a Wisconsin tribe to own a casino in the state.

The Bristol Village Solicitor is currently negotiating an agreement to sell with the potential buyer.

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Nonprofit Pleasant Grove Opens New Mental Health Facility – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

On Tuesday afternoon, Dallas nonprofit Community Does It officially opened its doors at a new mental health facility in the heart of Pleasant Grove.

The space, El Buckner Bazaar, which was once a hall, has been designed and decorated to transform into a chic yet warm environment, not only visually appealing, but also meant to serve a greater good.

“We wanted to make sure it really reflected the people who work and live here and who will be using this space,” said Ashley Sharp, executive director of Dwell with Dignity.

Amazon donated $50,000 to Dwell with Dignity, a Dallas nonprofit dedicated to beautifying spaces through design for families in need.

The new Pleasant Grove facility is where the majority of the population is Latino, a detail Sharp and his team kept in mind when decorating.

“Our amazing designer was able to browse and find art that really spoke to the population we serve, so there’s a lot of beautiful Hispanic art that comes deep into their culture and heritage,” said Sharp.

At the unveiling of the new space, it was hard to find a dry eye as community members, volunteers and Community Does It leaders marveled at the final product.

“I have to cry because I’m so excited for the community,” said Community Does It co-founder and volunteer Monica Ruiz.

When it comes to mental health services in predominantly Hispanic communities, resources are limited, but Ruiz said she’s excited because the new facility will help close that gap.

“There’s a lot of depression, and we need help, everyone needs help. I come to some classes that they do for the community, and they help a lot,” Ruiz said.

They offer advice, education and support to young people and families in need of mental health care.

“When you look at some of the statistics about the lack of access to affordable mental health care, especially in the Hispanic community, there’s some stark data there, and when you talk to origins like Community Does It, who are really pushing the boundaries with innovation and creating new ways to reach their community, it’s kind of a no-brainer to say, “Look, this is such a great cause it’s going to have such a positive impact on the local community and no one else is really doing it right now,’ so how can we make a real difference?” said Daniel Martin, spokesperson for Amazon.

He said the donation was a way to give back to the local community to celebrate Amazon’s annual Prime Day, which kicked off Tuesday, July 12.

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JLL Arranges 60,000 Square Foot Headquarters Lease for Child Care Group at 825 Seventh Avenue

JLL arranged a transaction to move New Alternatives for Children (NAC), a group that helps some of the city’s most vulnerable children, to 60,000 square feet at 825 Seventh Ave., the redeveloped downtown office tower owned in joint venture by Edward J. Minskoff and Vornado Realty Trust.

The non-profit NAC provides innovative services in support of birth, foster and adoptive families who primarily care for medically complex children. JLL arranged a 30-year leasehold condominium interest for NAC on all of the 5th, 6th and 9th floors of the property. This decision will allow NAC to improve the services it provides to families and children with significant medical and mental health needs.

NAC was founded in 1982 by a group that discovered 100 children living in city hospitals far beyond medical need. Most had been living in hospital since birth simply because their families were unable to care for them at home. NAC not only helped these children leave the hospital and return home for good, but changed the trajectory of their lives, enabling some to go to college, find jobs and live in their clean house.

Today, NAC continues to provide innovative solutions to ensure children with significant medical and mental health needs always have loving, caring families and homes. The new headquarters space at 825 Seventh Ave. will host the NAC’s continuum of services for the physical, social, educational, recreational, medical and mental health needs of children.

Located at the corner of 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue, the 196,616 square foot property was recently remodeled with a new lobby, facade and infrastructure. The NAC space will include an exclusive recessed 9th floor rooftop terrace. Other tenants in the building include YAI’s International Hope Academy (iHOPE) – a school that provides educational services to students with brain disorders – which has leased 76,861 square feet at 825 Seventh Ave. last year under a deal also arranged by JLL.

“For 40 years, NAC has been leading the way with its approach to child welfare and the support we provide to children with disabilities in our communities,” said NAC Founder and CEO Arlene Goldsmith. “Our move to this beautiful new headquarters will allow us to showcase how we provide specialized and innovative programs that enable children with disabilities to lead their fullest and most rewarding lives.

The NAC was represented by Matthew Astrachan, Vice President; Ellen Herman, Executive Vice President, and Hale King, Vice President, with JLL. 825 Seventh Avenue was represented by Edward Riguardi, vice president of leasing, with Vornado Realty Trust; Jeffrey Sussman, Executive Vice President, Edward J. Minskoff Equities, and John D. Ryan III, Director, Avison Young.

“We are thrilled to have worked with NAC to source new superior space operated by a world-class property that has redeveloped 825 Seventh to meet the unique requirements of this industry-leading agency,” said Astrachan. “The NAC will now have the canvas it needs to continue its important work in a collaborative and engaging environment. »

The building attorneys were Trevor Adler, partner, and Ida Phair, partner, at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; NAC’s attorneys were Adam Endick, Partner and Genta Stafaj, Partner, of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

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How a pioneering nonprofit is helping young Chicagoans explore their city

Before she started working with My Block, My Hood, My City, Ashanti Marshall says that although she lived in Chicago, she and many teenagers like her hadn’t really seen much of the city. Marshall, who is currently a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, started working with the Chicago-based nonprofit four years ago and now knows the 77 neighborhoods much better. from the city.including his own, North Lawndale.

My Block, My Hood, My City aims to provide educational programs and field trips to disadvantaged youth communities in Chicago (which, by the way, was just named the second best city in the world according to readers of Time Out ). It was founded in 2013 by Jahmal Cole after spending time volunteering at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.

According to Ernesto Gonzalez, the association’s marketing director, while working in Cook County, Cole heard young people talk about their blocks and neighborhoods, but never about the city as a whole. From there, Cole started an after-school program and the organization grew from there. We are one of the fastest growing nonprofits in town, González said.

It is a very local work, but with a strong objective

For the past five years, My Block has organized youth-led community marches in neighborhoods like Marshall’s hometown of North Lawndale. She is one of many young people who lead community walks in their own Chicago neighborhoods, giving historical context and sharing what makes their blocks special.

“I really like sharing my neighborhood with other people because that’s not what people might think,” Marshall says. “Every neighborhood has its ups and downs, but it’s up to someone to be the change they want to see in their community.”

One of the main purposes of community walks is to show another side of neighborhoods that may be perceived as unsafe or unwelcoming. But the participants are not the only ones to see their perception modified by the experience. My Block also introduces community residents to outdoor opportunities they may not be aware of.

“Some people may think selling drugs is the only way to make money,” Marshall says. “My Block introduces you to people who are lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs and people who can connect you with other people. The opportunities I have been given at My Block have made me the person I am now.”

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One of Marshall’s favorite aspects of working at My Block is that it opens his eyes and the other participants to different future opportunities that they may not have known were available to them.

“For other students, they haven’t had the opportunity to experience outside of their blocks and outside of their hoods,” Marshall says. “I feel like there’s so much more to Chicago that people don’t know. There’s so much more to Chicago than we realize or other people realize.”

And walking tours aren’t all My Block offers. The organization also offers benefits such as trips to Michigan’s Mackinac Island and visits to the Superbowl.

Some of the nonprofit’s work came to a halt when the Covid-19 pandemic hit in early 2020. Describing the period as “devastating”, Marshall says she felt her time with the organization had been “cut short”. But although My Block cannot meet for in-person activities and events, it has always remained extremely active.

There’s so much more to Chicago than we or other people realize

“The pandemic hit and we were already working with the elderly and the most vulnerable,” Gonzalez says. “We just made the transition. Instead of registering them with services for the elderly, we were delivering PPE and food to them because they couldn’t leave their homes. It was an easy pivot for us.”

Gonzalez says one of the reasons My Block is so effective is because its job is so simple.and local. When there is a snowstorm, they mobilize community members to shovel the driveways. During heat waves, they deliver water to seniors. They even hang up the lights during the holiday season.

“It’s very local work, but with a strong purpose,” Gonzalez said. “A lot of times Chicago has the worst reputation, and I think people watching think nobody’s doing anything. We’re doing a lot. It’s not just us, it’s other nonprofits, schools, churches – everyone comes together to support our communities and our youth.

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Local reservists will be key to the Arctic mission (5 photos)

“We practice in this harsh climate and it’s one of the things few Canadians can do,” said the Orillia paramedic who is part of the team heading to the Arctic in August.

With equipment neatly spread out in the gymnasium-like Dyte Hall and exercises taking place elsewhere on CFB Borden, about 200 mostly Reservists were busy preparing for a weekend mission to northern Canada next month.

Troops gathered in the southern area of ​​the local base in preparation for what the Canadian Armed Forces describe as a major two-week operation in August in Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet, Nunavut.

Scattered around the hall are slides filled with the necessities of life for 10 people, tents that the troops learned to erect in seven minutes, and even a parachute suspended from the ground to be used for equipment drops.

Major Mike Lacroix, of the Gray and Simcoe Foresters in Barrie, commands the Arctic Response Company Group.

Lacroix, who has lived in Barrie since the 2003 blackout, is a York Regional Police officer on duty and for 33 years has been a member of the Canadian Forces Reserves in his spare time.

He leads the Canadian Army Land Task Force in the Joint Surveillance Mission which also includes Royal Canadian Navy ships and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft involving over 200 reservists.

Operation Nanook, according to the Canadian Armed Forces, is “designed to exercise the defense of Canada and secure our northern regions” with a later phase after next winter.

It is meant to affirm Canada’s presence in the region and the role of the reservists, Lacroix said, is to observe the activity there.

“It is a mission of presence. Our role is to be visible in the community, to be visible on the shore,” explained Lacroix. “We are here to observe and see who is using the Northwest Passage, if they are using it legitimately or legally or if they are using it without official Canadian recognition.

DST allows troops to witness activity in the Northwest Passage – the shipping route between the Atlantic and Pacific across the Arctic Ocean – which has become more navigable over the past decade due to the decrease of the Arctic sea ice and because it avoids more or more dangerous routes.

“The Gray and Simcoe Foresters… have a unique capability and skill set that is used for different missions in the Arctic,” said Public Affairs Officer Lt(N) Andrew McLaughlin.

Members of the Arctic Response Company Group are trained specifically to operate in harsh climates and deploy annually in a northern exercise to test their ability to move, communicate and survive in the Arctic, McLaughlin added.

This time they are part of Operation Nanook, a series of Arctic deployments involving all three elements of the Canadian Armed Forces over a wide area in the north.

“Operation Nanook is primarily a sovereignty and presence operation, which basically shows the Canadian public and the world that Canada has a presence in the Arctic, that we are an Arctic nation and that we have the capability to project our forces there as well,” says McLaughlin.

Cpl. Jacob Kelly, a Simcoe County paramedic who lives in Orillia, is a rifleman for The Gray and Simcoe Foresters. He has already been deployed to the north in his seven years with the reserves, but the August trip will be his first over the summer.

“Usually we go in the winter to maintain our arctic survival skills as well as our sovereignty patrols. That’s part of the great thing about this unit is that we’re practicing in this harsh climate and that’s one of the things not many Canadians can do,” Kelly said.

Kelly will be part of the prep party leaving August 9 to return at the end of the month.

Lacroix stressed that the mission is only observation and report; no action will be taken.

The Gray and Simcoe Foresters, who are based at the Barrie Armory at Queen’s Park, are the main element of the ground task force with approximately 50 members participating.

Lacroix marvels that the troops are transporting planes loaded with equipment to operate in the area where the Inuit have long lived without any support.

“This is a great opportunity for us to engage with the Inuit,” said Lacroix.

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Economist/Modelist, Health Economics Unit – Ethiopia

Type of job: National full-time

Location: The position can be based in Ethiopia or Kenya

Submission deadline: July 25, 2022

About Us

At Nutrition International, we make the difference, because nutrition is the difference.

The passion and drive of our global team of over 600 people, working in 13 offices in 11 countries with a common goal: to transform the lives of those who need it most through better nutrition is woven into the very fabric of our approach.

If you are a driven and passionate individual who shares our belief that a better world is possible through better nutrition, who wants to leave the world a little better than you found it, and who seeks to be part of a global team with a clear vision, we want to hear from you. Please consider applying for the position below.

Meet our team

Nutrition International’s Program Operations Unit is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of key Nutrition International program interventions, including development, design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting. reporting, and grant management, including setting up annual operational planning, budgeting, and review processes. The unit includes a global team of professionals located in our top 10 countries across Asia, Africa and our head office in Ottawa, Canada. Nutrition International is seeking applications for Economist/Modeler, Health Economics Unit and Global Technical Services positions based in Ethiopia or Kenya.

About you

At a minimum, a master’s or doctoral degree. degree from a recognized university in health economics, development economics, health policy research, epidemiology, nutrition and public health, or related fields. Training in epidemiology, biostatistics, modeling, econometrics, financing and health policy is an asset. At least 5 years of experience working in research and evaluation, economic evaluations of health and nutrition interventions and policy advocacy. At least 3 years of experience in food fortification and/or nutrition. At least 5 years of project management experience

About the role

In this role, you will be:

In line with NI’s strategic objectives in Africa, contribute to improved nutrition in Africa and Ethiopia in particular by providing economic analysis for two new projects:

  • In Ethiopia, NI is undertaking the implementation of the “Product Development and Market Introduction of Double Fortified Salt with Iodine and Folic Acid (DFS-IoFA)” project. Specifically, the candidate will support the NI team in generating evidence on the effectiveness and/or cost-benefit analysis of DFS-IoFA using rigorous modeling approaches. The candidate will also lead the public health analysis related to DFS-IoFA to determine the feasibility and potential contribution of DFS IoFA as part of an optimal mix of interventions in Ethiopia aimed at improving micronutrient intake in the country among the general population.
  • In Africa, NI provides technical and advocacy support to the African Union (AU) and African Nutrition Leaders (ALNs) in the areas of data and evidence generation, and specifically for economic analysis and financial. The candidate can support the development of investment cases for nutrition in Africa (cost, cost-benefit analyses) at regional, national or district level and provide analytical support in the development of a funding target for nutrition. nutrition in Africa or other jointly agreed priorities. by the AU, ALN and NI inform and influence the policy development, advocacy and investment in nutrition of decision makers.
  • Develop work plans and budgets to perform a set of “baseline” analyzes to understand the feasibility, impact, viability, and return on investment of introducing and scaling up DFS -IoFA from a public health and economic perspective. Develop work plans to perform public health analysis, economic valuation and modeling, and prepare an investment case for DFS-IoFA. Oversee the design and cost data collection of DFS-IoFA in coordination with the NI technical team. Undertake the necessary training to develop the skills necessary to use the complex modeling tools needed to perform this public health and economic analysis, as well as provide training/mentorship to others on the use of the modeling tools. Perform rigorous economic modeling and analysis and compile results to generate evidence on the effectiveness or CBA of SFN-IoFA in Ethiopia. Develop quality monthly and quarterly progress monitoring reports and ensure that challenges are identified and recommended corrective actions are implemented in a timely manner. Conduct monitoring and consultation visits to the site to ensure that key stakeholders are consulted in a timely manner, to build the capacity of data collectors and ensure the quality of data collection activities. Ensure that the research protocol and evaluation designs are reviewed and approved internally and by the local and international scientific research review board. Establish and maintain good collaborative relationships with key stakeholders such as EPHI, FBPIDI, FMHACA, ESA, FMoTI, FMoH, Salt Producers, IF-SBH, FTT, BMGF, MINIMOD Team, MAPS, CHAMPS, GAIN, UNICEF, PAM, AU and ALN other organizations interested in these projects. Represent NI in regional and international forums relevant to these projects in the area of ​​food fortification and nutrition financing/investment.

What we offer

A market-competitive salary, employee and dental benefits and a pension plan, flexible work hours, work from home, four weeks of vacation (plus holidays), and support for learning and development opportunities. development. We offer a collaborative and engaging work environment.

Selected candidates must have a current legal right to work in Ethiopia or Kenya. We thank you for your interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Nutrition International is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to an inclusive, fair and accessible work environment. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.

Please note that all our offers are conditional subject to appropriate screening checks and satisfactory reference checks.

For more information on the role, please click on the attached link job description. Please click on the apply button below to submit your application.

How to register

To apply for this position and for a full job description, log on to Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and CV by July 25, 2022. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected to participate in the interview process will be contacted.

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How a Danbury nonprofit plans to ‘save’ 1million pounds of food this year for households in need

DANBURY — The young group of seven volunteers from the Church of Latter-day Saints arrive at the Triangle Street warehouse in Danbury each week in two groups.

First, the boys help sort and place on the shelves two truckloads of donated food dropped off that morning, then the girls come in to pack the over 100 boxes of food to make sure they are ready to be picked up the next day. .

Organized by the nonprofit Community Food Rescue of Danbury, the effort is just one part of a larger logistics system helping more than a dozen pantries and local food organizations to s supplying, transporting and distributing food to thousands of households in Danbury who rely on their support.

Hired as the nonprofit’s director in 2018, Linda Hutchings said she started working with a single driver picking up and delivering ‘food on her last legs’ – how she described the expired food items from local donors – “so it immediately goes to a pantry serving that day.

Sourcing this food that would otherwise be thrown away based on its best before date requires Hutchings to build relationships with local store managers to help keep an eye, or “a lead”, on when the food might be approaching. of their expiry date.

In 2021, Community Food Rescue facilitated the rescue of 862,000 pounds of food that would otherwise have been thrown away, but instead helped feed thousands of households each week.

For 2022, Hutchings, a resident of Ridgefield, said the goal was to increase the figure to 1 million pounds of food saved from trash.

“I would love to do more,” she said.

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Part of the Western Connecticut Community Action Agency with financial support from the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Community Food Rescue today operates its own warehouse and employs Hutchings and three drivers who work five days a week on three shifts using two vehicles to collect and distribute hundreds of thousands of pounds of food was donated to local food banks and other organizations serving thousands of Danbury households.

Prior to managing food supply and supply for the Connecticut Food Bank, Hutchings worked at Pepperidge Farms as an account manager for the company’s Stop & Shop supermarkets. In this role, she interacted with a network of store managers and honed her acumen in the use of spreadsheets and a host of other data management tools that became invaluable in her post-work endeavors. -career.

“I tried to retire,” she laughed. “I tried to retire when I left the CT Food Bank, but I got sucked in because Danbury is like the far-right son-in-law of the state.”

In the years she spent volunteering at her town church, Hutchings said she noticed that the dozen or so volunteer agencies serving food to local households in Danbury lacked significant transport “capacity”, meaning they didn’t have enough staff or vehicles to get food.

For example, she said the Salvation Army branch relies on the organization to deliver food stored in its warehouse. This is the case of the Victory Christian Center, which has a van but not enough staff.

“So that’s where I came in,” added Hutchings. “It became necessary to bring a vehicle here to deliver food.”

Today, drawing inspiration from his days at Pepperidge Farms and the CT Food Bank, Hutchings tracks the value of food purchased using spreadsheets. Distributed in neat rows of data, she can then easily provide it to a donor grocery store for accounting purposes or to use as evidence of the organization’s impact when applying for state and federal grants and other sources of funding. funding.

“The demand got so big that once I got the truck it was like, OK, we only have same-day food, so I started outsourcing the supply and I opened a warehouse,” recalls Hutchings.

“Now I can handle more agencies and get more food into my building,” she added.

One week in warehouse

Either directly or through its partner agencies and organizations, Hutchings estimates that Community Food Rescue’s support to “thousands of [Danbury] households each year who eat scavenged food and are so grateful,” with the Danbury warehouse serving as a hub for the effort.

Opened in September 2021, the 2,700 square foot space with an eight-pallet freezer that stores all the meat for the Daily Bread Food Pantry – Danbury’s largest pantry – allows Community Food Rescue additional flexibility to establish more relationships with additional agencies and food donors.

Hutchings said the trucks are dispatched five days a week starting early in the morning and driving around various food donors picking up items while making delivery stops throughout the day. On Monday, she said drivers were picking up an average of about 4,000 pounds of food that would go to Victory Christian Center, Daily Bread, Salvation Army and other pantries.

On Wednesdays, groups of volunteers also prepare packages for the nonprofit’s “Community Choice” offerings to be prepared for Thursday, when around 120 cars typically turn up to choose from the food items stored. Other stops throughout the week include collecting donated containers from the Danbury Fair mall’s Chick-fil-A restaurant (“buying paper boxes would kill me financially,” Hutchings noted) and a delivery stop at the Jericho Partnership.

The activity ends on Friday when the warehouse is deep cleaned.

A food effort for the future

President Joe Biden’s administration announced this year that for the first time in more than 50 years, the White House would host a national conference on hunger, nutrition and health.

Scheduled for September, a White House press release says one of the goals of the event is to “accelerate progress to end hunger” and “improve nutrition” as part of the goal. of the administration to alleviate hunger and increase healthy activity in the country by 2030 “so fewer Americans suffer from diet-related illnesses…”

Nationally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, estimates that one in 10 U.S. households is food insecure, defined by the agency as households that at some point in the l year, were “not sure if they had, or could not acquire, enough food to meet their needs”. the needs of all their members because they did not have enough money or other resources to feed themselves.

Rates are higher than the national average for all households with children, especially those headed by a single parent, as well as low-income and black and Hispanic households, according to federal data.

In Connecticut, 428,800 people, or one in eight people, face hunger, including 109,480 children, according to estimates by advocacy group Feeding America.

In April and May 2021, a Connecticut Foodshare survey revealed disparities in food security before and after the COVID-19 crisis. Before COVID, 40% of people of color and 24% of white residents were food insecure, compared to 43% of people of color and 26% of white respondents who were food insecure a year later, according to the report.

Hutchings said she and other members of the Danbury Food Collaborative, a partnership of food pantries and meal providers coming together across the city to meet the needs of food-insecure citizens, would organize a bid before the White House forum and welcomed the potential for additional federal support.

In addition to the food rescued, Hutchings said Community Food Rescue uses state grants and donations to purchase and source food, primarily from the CT Food Bank, all part of a budget of annual operation of about $150,000, most of which goes to paying wages for herself and the drivers.

Rising costs from inflation and food donors who are further and further away from Danbury have strained the organization in recent months, Hutchings said, adding: “I constantly assess and use my own car.”

“The biggest issue facing all organizations is transportation,” she reiterated.

Recently, Community Food Rescue set up food box deliveries to elderly residents living in four seniors’ apartment buildings in Danbury and is looking for partners who provide meals to students during the summer to see if they could help with delivery.

To continue to grow, Hutchings said the nonprofit could use another van with a refrigerator so it can travel further to food sources; and they could use other things like more shelving and a forklift for the warehouse. More volunteers would be nice too.

Another objective still concerns transport but is more visionary.

It would take a retired beer delivery truck, with cooled storage bays all along the outside of the vehicle, to be put back into service as a mobile pantry used to reach residents of Danbury who cannot already accessing local pantries during the week, Hutchings explained.

“The working poor who work at places like Walmart make $15 a night and are out at 5 a.m. [a.m.]…they don’t have the ability to access a pantry because they don’t have a Saturday,” she said.

And it wouldn’t take a lot of volunteers to operate, she added. “…I just open the berries and distribute the food.”

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UH Press title wins prestigious international award

Thongchai Winichakul’s Mighty Book, Moments of silence: forgetting the massacre of October 6, 1976 in Bangkokpublished in 2020 by the University of Hawaii Press, has been awarded the 2022 EuroSEAS (European Association for Southeast Asian Studies) Humanities Book Prize. held from June 28 to July 1 in Paris-Aubervilliers.

The judges noted the book’s strengths: “This emotionally powerful book tells the story of the memory of a watershed event in Thai politics, the state-organized murder of students at a Bangkok university… What really sets him apart is the centrality of the story Thongchai Winichakul was a leading activist in October 1976, he survived the massacre and has played a central role in remembering the event ever since. In this regard, the book is a masterpiece of reflective scholarly writing, as the author deftly and sensitively navigates the challenges of his own position in the story he tells. …Moments of silence [is] a truly remarkable work and, rare indeed, an eloquent scholarly expression of deep emotion and sadness, itself a monument to those who have died.

Born in Bangkok and a WE a resident since 1991, Winichakul is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His first book, Siam Mapped: A History of a Nation’s Geo-Bodyalso published by uh Press (1994), received the 1995 Harry J. Benda Award from the Association for Asian Studies. Still in press, Map of Siam continues to be used as a textbook in university courses across the WE

The biennial EuroSEAS Humanities Book Prize recognizes the best scholarly book on Southeast Asia published in the humanities, including archaeology, art history, history, literature, arts of entertainment and religious studies. EuroSEAS aims to stimulate scientific cooperation within Europe in the field of Southeast Asian studies. Every two years, it brings together hundreds of Southeast Asian specialists from all over the world for its international conference.

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States prepare for non-proliferation conference

July/August 2022
By Gabriela Rosa Hernandez

States parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will meet in August to discuss the future of arms control at a time when the international strategic environment is more unstable than at any time since the Cold War.

After multiple delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10th NPT Review Conference, scheduled at UN headquarters from August 1-26, will seek to strengthen the landmark treaty amid Russia’s nuclear threats and its war against Ukraine.

The February 24 invasion of Ukraine, which renounced nuclear weapons on its territory in exchange for security guarantees, raised serious doubts about the intentions of Russia, one of the main nuclear-weapon states. which, along with the United Kingdom and the United States, pledged in 1994 to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has highlighted his country’s nuclear deterrent (see LAWJune 2022) to prevent NATO members from interfering as Russian forces wage a brutal military campaign, now largely focused on Donbass and southern Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the challenges of arms control and non-proliferation are intensifying. In early June, the United Nations revealed that Iran had enough uranium to produce a nuclear weapon if the uranium was further enriched to military grade. Efforts to bring Iran and the United States back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, have stalled. China and North Korea are building up their nuclear arsenals, while Russia and the United States have halted bilateral talks over their own nuclear programs.

Given these divisions and competing agendas, it’s unclear exactly what the review conference might accomplish. While a consensus document would be ideal, some officials say it’s not the only metric to measure success. “The lack of consensus will not necessarily compromise the [nonproliferation] regime,” Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN’s high representative for disarmament affairs, said in a speech at the Arms Control Association’s 50th anniversary meeting on June 2. “What will jeopardize the NPT and the tangible benefits it provides is if states come to the review conference with a willingness to listen, negotiate and compromise.

Nakamitsu warned that a review conference wracked by divisive actions would jeopardize the treaty’s central role and “we don’t want that to happen”. She urged nuclear-weapon states to reaffirm their commitment to the norm against the use of nuclear weapons and to agree to nuclear risk reduction measures.

Many experts see the conference as an opportunity to strengthen the NPT. “A frontal assault on the key concepts of the NPT by the Russian Federation [during the war against Ukraine] makes everything harder, but it’s also an opportunity,” said Thomas Countryman, consultant to the US State Department delegation to the conference, who also spoke at the Arms Control Association meeting. .

“I think it reinforces what most nations should feel, which is that this is not just a review conference, one in a series, [but] this happens when the fundamental tenets of the treaty are undermined, and therefore there is more need than ever to come to the defense of the treaty, to reaffirm that it is not only relevant, but important and central to global rules – based on order and that we are determined to strengthen it in the face of all challenges,” Countryman said.

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With the F-35 deal pending, Top Aces prepare for a more advanced formation against the adversary

By Chris Thatcher | July 7, 2022

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As the Canadian federal government negotiates with its American counterpart the sale of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-188 Hornet, a Canadian company is preparing for the best way to provide aerial aggressor training for a far more advanced fighter than the venerable Hornet.

Montreal-based Top Aces provides the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with “red air” training and other training under a program called Contract Airborne Training Services (CATS). The large-scale program includes simulating hostile threats such as fighter-bombers, air-to-ship missiles and towing targets at sea for the Royal Canadian Navy; close air support training for Canadian Army Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs); validation of the North Warning System’s early warning radios and radars with flights in the Arctic to test their quality and operation; and aggressor training for the RCAF fighter fleet as well as niche training for electronic warfare officers and aerospace weapons controllers.

In 2021, Top Aces became the first private company in the world to acquire the F-16. In January 2022, the company upgraded its older F-16 airframe with its proprietary Advanced Aggressor mission system. Photo by Kyler Noe/Top Aces

The CAF was among the first to adopt privately contracted aggressor air services in the early 2000s to preserve older airframes from the additional wear and tear of “enemy” airborne missions during training exercises. Top Aces quickly became one of the industry’s leading innovators, employing fleets such as Dornier Alpha Jets, Douglas A-4 Skyhawks and a Bombardier Learjet 35A to meet CAF requirements.

The initial contract started out as a stopgap deal, but was made permanent in 2017 with a 10-year deal worth around US$480 million – which includes options to extend the service until 2031 and the worth up to 1.4 billion US dollars.

The success of the Canadian program quickly generated opportunities for top aces in Australia, Germany and elsewhere in Europe, as well as with the US Air Force. And the market is expected to grow as more nations assess future adversary air needs as they acquire upgraded fourth and new fifth generation combat fleets.

In recent months, however, the United States Air Force (USAF) has raised questions about the ability of third-generation fighters to realistically replicate the threats they expect to face in future combat. Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee in May, LGen David Nahom, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Combat Command (ACC) Plans and Programs, said “the training environment high-end” – like F-35 training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, where the USAF operates an elite weapons school and conducts complex Red Flag exercises – older-generation contract aircraft do not are not enough.

“What they provide doesn’t give us what we need,” Nahom said.

The ACC recently made it known that it would not be renewing certain adverse aviation (ADAIR) contracts at Nellis. In June, the USAF reactivated the 65th Aggressor Squadron, flying camouflaged F-35s, to provide top-notch enemy force.

This decision should have no impact on the CATS contract since Canada is negotiating for 88 F-35A aircraft. The program was designed from the start to adapt as new technologies are introduced, explained Didier Toussaint, Chief Operating Officer of Top Aces and former RCAF fighter pilot.

Older generation aircraft without the new technology will “not provide adequate training”, he acknowledged. But “Canada was looking to the future” with the design of the CATS to ensure the program could adapt to the capabilities of a more advanced fighter.

Additionally, Top Aces invested significantly in an Advanced Aggressor Mission System (AAMS) to replicate a wide range of threats from older airframes, and added a fleet of 29 F-16A/B fighters from ‘Israel, based in Mesa, Arizona, to provide a more dynamic fourth-generation counter to the F-35.

Top Aces would ideally like the F-16 to fly in Canada in the medium term. James DeboerPhoto

AAMS will allow “the simulation of advanced fighters using cost-effective aircraft of a lower generation”, he suggested. AAMS’ open architecture “allows us to tailor capabilities to different customers and their platforms. Advanced Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Link 16 tactical data links, infrared search, electronic warfare… all of this has been tested and implemented.

The A-4s operating in Germany and the F-16s – known as the Advanced Aggressor Fighter and now supporting USAF training (the first entered service this year) – “are configured with these advanced technologies “, said Toussaint. “That’s the difference.”

Although F-35 combat training involves more time in a simulator than older-generation fighters, “simulation does not cover the full spectrum of training needed to prepare fighter pilots on these platforms. to deal with the threats they [could] face,” Toussaint noted. Thus, demand remains high for outsourced live adversary air – “but with the right capabilities, in the right planes, with the experience that matters”.

The RCAF “can’t afford to do red air with its F-18 anymore,” he said. “They don’t have enough staff and won’t in the future. I think we have an important role to play in this equation to help Canada successfully transition to the F-35. »

Does that mean Arizona’s F-16s could head north after 2025, when the first F-35s are expected? Or will Top Aces need to expand its fleet and base some in Canada? Toussaint admitted that both are options. “We would like the F-16 to fly in Canada in a few years. But there are other measures that we are proposing in Canada to [now]. . . . [It will] probably with an A-4, to be honest. And maybe with an F-16 in the medium term.


Top Aces recently surpassed 100,000 hours of accident-free air training and close air support in North America, Europe and Australia. “This step is important,” Toussaint said. “This is by far the most hours in the industry and the best safety record.”

He credited the CATS program not only for being “visionary” in initiating the outsourcing of aggressor training, but also for the airworthiness standards and responsibilities it established in the first place. “It was a springboard for us to continue doing this service in Canada, for the recompetition that took place in 2017, and then around the world. In our operation, this is the model we use. . . . CATS was the start of it all.

The company is now targeting new markets. Top Aces currently provides JTAC training to the Canadian Army, but in March acquired Blue Air Training of Las Vegas – close air support training specialists.

“They have an offer with a turboprop, which we didn’t have, so we saw a fit,” Toussaint said. “By combining Blue Air Training with Top Aces, we are now the most experienced and leading Army and Special Forces trainer at JTAC.”

At the end of May, Top Aces confirmed that they had officially completed over 100,000 hours of air training and close air support without accidents. Image of the best aces

That could mean more work with the Canadian Army and special operations forces “to give them better training that covers more of their needs than today,” he said. “Our strategy with Blue Air is still being refined. . . . We are very excited about the next steps, but we have yet to understand the transition and how we will approach the market in Canada and globally. »

But the biggest opportunities are likely to be found in countries upgrading their fighter fleets, either with more advanced fourth-generation aircraft or the F-35, such as Finland and Germany.

“We are already operating in Europe with [the AAMS] technology,” said Toussaint. “Because we have the technology, the aircraft, the experience and the airworthiness, it allows us to expand and deliver our services today and grow with the many F-35 nations in Europe. They will have a training deficit and we are here to fill at least part of it.

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Association Between Abortion History and Current Contraceptive Use in Mongolian Women | BMC Women’s Health

Study design, setting, sampling and data collection

This was a cross-sectional survey that analyzed secondary data from the 2018 Mongolian Social Indicators Sample Survey (MSISS) [28]. Mongolia has a population of approximately 2.8 million, with nearly 69% of its population occupying the capital, Ulaanbaatar. [3].. The MSISS complements previous Multiple Indicator Surveys (MCIS) conducted every five years since 1996. The MSISS was first introduced in 2013 with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). A total of 14,500 households were sampled. All women aged 15-49 from the sampled provinces were eligible to participate in the survey. A total of 11,737 women were interviewed. In the present study, participants with complete information on all selected variables were analyzed (n = 8373).

Information on MSISS design, methodology and sampling techniques has been detailed elsewhere. [28]. Briefly, the MSISS is a household survey whose final sampling units are the individuals of each enrolled household. The MSISS 2018 was designed to cover more indicators than other previous surveys. The 2018 survey covered five geographical regions (East, West, Central, Khangai and Ulaanbaatar) both in rural and urban areas aiming to provide a large number of estimates of indicators on the situation of women, children and men. The sample selection for the survey was based on a two-stage stratified cluster sampling technique, using the 2017 Population and Household Database sampling frame. A total of 8 Target provinces/districts were selected from the five regions (Bayan-Ulgii, Bay ankhongor, Gobi-Altai, Zavkhan, Umnugovi, Khuvsgul, Bayanzurkh and Nalaikh) from which the samples were taken.

Data was collected by completing questionnaires using computer-assisted personal interviews. Paper-and-pencil interviews were used in the pre-tests, which led to changes in the wording and consistency of some items in the questionnaire. Everyone involved in data collection has undergone rigorous training in interview techniques, questionnaire content and other essentials. The MSISS questionnaire was designed to collect data on the characteristics of households, women, men and children. The data used in this study included self-reported responses. The questionnaire had several sections, including socio-demographic information on women, contraceptive use, unmet need for contraception, access to mass and social media and/or technology, fertility, miscarriages, stillbirths and abortion, maternal and newborn health, attitudes towards domestic violence, adult function and much more. The data extracted for this study was obtained from the sections socio-demographic information of women, use of contraception and miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion.

Study variables

Results measurement

The outcome variable was current contraceptive use by women of childbearing age (15 to 49 years). Contraceptive methods were defined as devices, drugs, or methods used to prevent pregnancy [29]. First, we assessed overall contraceptive use (i.e. whether the participant reported using a contraceptive method (yes/no)). The women were asked the following question:Are you currently doing anything or using any method to delay or avoid getting pregnant?”. Second, we assessed the use of a specific contraceptive method. Participants were asked to indicate the type of contraceptive method using the following question “wWhat type of method do you use?”. It was a “yes/no” question. Participants reported using different types of contraceptive methods (i.e. permanent non-reversible methods [male and female sterilization]long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) [IUD or Implants]any other modern contraceptive method [i.e., injections, pills, male or female condoms, foam/jelly]and traditional or natural methods [lactational amenorrhea method (LAM), periodic abstinence/rhythm/calendar, withdrawal] or any other method) they were using at the time of the interview. We created a variable “use of a specific contraceptive method” with nine mutually exclusive categories (ie pills, ‘6’ male condom, ‘7’ female condom, ‘8’ abstinence). Although the question regarding contraceptive use may have been affected by the potential for social desirability bias (in which women may have wanted to report contraceptive use when they did not, resulting in a overestimation of contraceptive use), data collectors were well trained to assure participants of the confidentiality of their responses to ensure that participants provided accurate information.

Primary independent variable

Our main independent variable was abortion history (yes or no). During the survey, women of childbearing age were asked if they had ever experienced a case where their pregnancy ended in miscarriage, stillbirth, missed abortion or abortion. [28]. Responses were self-reported based on the total number of abortion histories in the respondent’s lifetime. The variable was coded “Yes” (for those with a history of abortion) and “No” (for those without a history of abortion).


Variables considered as covariates were selected and classified as individual or community factors based on the literature [30, 31]. Based on our outcome of interest, abortion history, missing cases of each of the covariates used in this study were removed. Age of women (15–19, 20–24, 25–34, 35+), their marital status (married, formerly married/divorced, never married), highest level of education (high school[lower/upper], professional or training center and university/institute/collective), age at first marriage (10–19, 20–29, 30+), currently pregnant (yes/no), already given birth (yes/no), consumption of alcohol (yes/no), age at first alcohol consumption (10–19, 20–29, 30+, Never), total number of children (Less than or equal to 2, Less than or equal to 4, Equal or greater than 5, None) and husband’s age (15-24, 25-34, 35+) were the socio-demographic and individual factors included in this study. Community factors included were area of ​​residence (rural/urban), area of ​​origin (Khangai, Central, East, Ulaanbaatar, West), ethnicity (Khalkh, Kazakh, Other), religion (Buddhist, Islam, Other, No religion), and wealth index score (richest, fourth, middle, second, poorest).

statistical analyzes

The chi-square test was used to examine the distribution of study characteristics by history of abortion and contraceptive use, respectively. We used binary logistic regression to account for the association between outcome and independent variables. The variables assessed in the current analysis were selected based on their importance in the literature [30, 31]. Univariate models were constructed and variables with a p 0.1 indicating the absence of multicollinearity problems in our models. Additionally, we used Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) analysis to compare and assess the accuracy of the four statistical models used. [33, 34]. The higher the AUC value or the larger the area under the curve, the better the performance of the model. The strength of the association was reported as the adjusted odds ratio (AOR) and their 95% confidence intervals. Statistical significance was set at p

Ethical consideration

The MSISS was approved by ONS President’s Order Number A/67 2018 in 2018. Order A/67 2018 contained details regarding potential risks and their mitigation throughout the lifecycle of the investigation under its protection protocol. Informed consent was obtained prior to the start of the survey from each participant or their legal guardian. Participants were assured of the confidentiality and anonymity of any information they provided. The investigation was conducted in accordance with approved guidelines and regulations.

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JL Granatstein: Hammy Gray, Canadian Hero

“He had blonde hair – straight and fine – with a cool, boyish complexion. Of medium height and prone to plumpness, with a somewhat rolling gait,’ Squadron Commander Hammy Gray said on HMS. Formidable. “He was extremely warm, always cheerful and even-tempered – rather easy-going… modest…. ribbed around this small western town.

Somehow it doesn’t sound like the usual description of a hero, but Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve would receive the Distinguished Service Cross and the Victoria Cross at posthumously for his actions during the final stages of the war in the Pacific. in the summer of 1945.

Robert Hampton Gray was born in Trail, British Columbia, in 1917—his father was a Boer War veteran and jeweler—and grew up in Nelson. After high school, he attended the University of Alberta for a year, then transferred to the University of British Columbia. He intended to go to McGill for a medical degree, but instead joined the Navy in the summer of 1940. He did his basic training at HMCS Stadacone in Halifax, then applied for officer and pilot training. Many applied for the former, fewer for the latter, but Gray was chosen for both and traveled to England where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

Gray then returned to Canada for pilot training under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Kingston, Ontario, returned to Britain, and was posted to Nairobi, Kenya. There he spent most of the two years as a naval pilot ashore flying Hawker Hurricanes, but with some time flying from the aircraft carrier. Illustrated. His brother, who was flying with the Royal Canadian Air Force, was killed during operations during Gray’s African posting.

Now a lieutenant, Gray got a ticket on HMS Formidable, another Royal Navy aircraft carrier and in August 1944 played a leading role in two attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz sheltered in a Norwegian fjord. The battleship was not sunk in these raids (it was in November 1944), but Gray’s courage and skill in piloting his fast and well-armed fighter-bomber, the F4U Corsair, “right in the guns “guns of the German destroyers protect the Tirpitz was noted, and it was mentioned twice in dispatches. In April 1945, Formidable joined the British Pacific Fleet as the Allies closed in on Japan, attacking sea and coastal installations.

Japan was in dire straits in the summer of 1945, its cities burned, its merchant fleet all but destroyed. There was no sign of surrender, however, and the United States and its British Commonwealth allies, including Canada, were planning a seaborne invasion which all feared would meet the same fanatical resistance the Americans had faced. for nearly three months in Okinawa. Japanese kamikaze pilots were still attacking Allied shipping, and their airfields were prime targets. Under these circumstances, the pressure on the leadership in Tokyo had to be kept up, and on July 18, 24, and 28 Gray led his flight of six Corsairs in attacks on airfields and shore installations around Japan’s Inland Sea. Once again his remarkable bravery was noticed and Admiral Sir Philip Vian, Commander of the British Pacific Fleet, recommended him for the immediate award of the Distinguished Service Cross, a high decoration.

Hiroshima was struck by the atomic bomb on August 6, and while no one in the fleet knew its effects in detail, it was clear that this weapon of enormous power would shake the Japanese leadership and the end of the war would come. was drawing. near. Aircrew on Formidable, as Gray’s Squadron Leader recalled, were ordered to “calm down” on 9 August and avoid unnecessary risks as they set off again to straf the airfields. Neither Gray nor his comrades knew that Nagasaki had been leveled that day by the second atomic bomb.

The chosen route took Gray’s flight over Onagawa Bay on Honshu where five Imperial Japanese Navy ships were at anchor. As Gray’s Victoria Cross citation foretold in November 1945, “Airmen…dived to attack. Furious fire was opened on the aircraft from ground army batteries and warships in the bay. Lieut. Gray chooses an enemy destroyer as his target. He swept away heedless of the concentrated fire and headed straight for his target. His plane was hit and hit again, but he kept going. As he approached the destroyer, his plane caught fire but he came within fifty feet of the Japanese ship and dropped his bombs. He scored at least one direct hit, maybe more. The destroyer sank almost immediately. Lt. Gray has not returned,” the quote concluded. “He had given his life at the very end of his intrepid bombardment.”

The historian of Royal Navy operations in the Pacific, John Winton, wrote that “Grey’s VC was in a sense the saddest and certainly one of the least known of the war. The war was so close to ending; the cause for which he gave his life was already won. Japan surrenders on August 15. Gray is most likely the last Canadian serviceman killed in action during the Second World War, and his Victoria Cross is the only one awarded to an RCN member during the 1939-1945 war.

Gray is commemorated by one of fourteen statues and busts at the Valiants Memorial near Confederation Square in Ottawa.

The monument honors those who have served this country in times of war and the contributions they have made to building our nation. These 14 men and women were chosen for their heroism and because they represent critical moments in Canada’s military history.

Most Canadians miss it and few know Gray’s courage. They should know more. He deserves to be remembered as the Canadian hero he was.

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Operations Manager – Horn of Africa – Somalia

Context of the organization:

Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organization (INSO) is an international non-governmental organization that supports humanitarian workers by establishing safety coordination platforms in insecure contexts. INSO provides registered NGOs with a range of free servicesincluding real-time incident tracking, analytics reporting, security-related data and mapping, crisis management support, staff guidance and training.

INSO provides daily support to over 1000 NGOs operating in 16 of the world’s most dangerous countries.

INSO is registered in the Netherlands and headquartered in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice.

INSO Horn of Africa (HOA)

INSO Horn of Africa was launched in 2019, combining the platforms of Somalia and Kenya, as a regional entity and is based in Hargeisa, Somaliland. We coordinate and support INSO’s activities in Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland. Working with us will give you the opportunity to travel across the region to support national program teams.

Summary of work

As Director of Operations, you will report directly to the Director – Horn of Africa and work closely with the Director of Operations at Headquarters. You will oversee the various support services for our teams in Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya.

Main responsibilities:

Human ressources

  • Lead and coordinate the onboarding of national staff and coordinate with HQ HR on the onboarding of international staff
  • Coordinate and monitor national staff performance monitoring, grievance management, etc.
  • Prepare monthly payroll for national staff
  • Provide support for internal and external audit requests
  • Act as the in-country project management focal point for all human resources
  • Support headquarters in collecting and monitoring relevant KPIs
  • Act as backup focal point.

Legal and Compliance

  • Ensure that all necessary legal and regulatory documents are filed with national authorities to maintain INSO’s registrations in the country
  • Create a tracker for renewing INSO registration documents as well as staff visas and work permits
  • Develop and oversee control systems to prevent violations of legal guidelines and internal policies
  • Obtain visas, work permits and residencies as needed
  • Coordinate with HQ HR all international staff deployments/visits
  • Monitor compliance with national tax codes
  • Lead audit follow-up and implement recommendations in all areas of operations

Facility and Asset Management

  • Manage the entire scope of facilities management
  • Prepare and maintain all Country Office leases and contracts with vendors
  • Equip and maintain all staff facilities and vehicles
  • Establish and maintain a central asset register

Supply and Logistics

  • Enforce all sourcing and logistics regulations
  • Oversee the full implementation of procurement processes
  • Apply all controls to prevent fraud and corruption
  • Conduct routine local market research for goods and services
  • Check vendors and check them against terrorism or sanctions lists.
  • Manage and implement INSO Fleet Guidelines Policy
  • Contribute to donor reports in the area of ​​asset management/logistics/procurement.

Safety and security

  • Serve as focal point for the Global Risk & Safety Manager.
  • In coordination with the Global Security and Risk Manager, meet timelines for updating the Country Security Management Plan (CSMP) and Security Risk Assessment (SRA)
  • Ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect INSO facilities, vehicles and assets
  • Ensure drivers and guards are briefed on country safety protocols
  • Ensure that new employees/consultants/visitors are oriented and trained on the Country Security Management Plan

Capacity Building and Reporting

  • Organize training for new operations recruits
  • Lead the implementation of new policies and procedures

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken).
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from a recognized educational institution.
  • At least 5 years of progressive experience in operations, including at least 2 in an NGO or international organization.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to manage multiple priorities and work to set deadlines.
  • Extensive use of MS Office and experience in database management.

Desirable characteristics:

  • Previous experience in logistics and purchasing.
  • General knowledge of donor procurement regulations
  • Existing knowledge of INSO and affinity with its mission
  • Experience as an HRIS user or administrator
  • Previous field experience in Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland in a similar role is a plus

INSO Safeguard Policy

INSO is fully committed to the safe recruitment, screening and vetting of all potential new staff, directors and volunteers and we will ensure strict adherence to our Code of Conduct and Safeguard Policy throughout the recruitment process.

terms and conditions: 12-month renewable contract, €4,550 per month salary, 4 calendar days of annual leave per month, 7 days of R&R every 10 weeks with an R&R allowance of €1,250 per cycle, global medical coverage (outside the USA ) and AD&D insurance.

How to register

Please submit complete applications to [email protected] and mention ‘Director of Operations’ in the subject line; Applications must be in English and include:

  • Updated CV (maximum 3 pages).
  • Cover letter detailing why you are interested in working for INSO and how your qualifications align with this role.

Please do not send additional information. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Coalition to Host External Drug Development Meeting

FALLS CHURCH, Va., July 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About September 23, 2022 at 10 a.m. EDT, a coalition of nonprofit organizations specializing in limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD), will lead an external meeting on patient-oriented drug development (EL-PFDD). This online event is open to the public with mandatory registration. The meeting will be summarized in a Patient’s Voice report which, along with recorded footage of the meeting, will be available to the public.

This EL-PFDD will focus on six LGMD subtypes: LGMD2A/R1, LGMD2C/R5, LGMD2D/R3, LGMD2E/R4, LGMD2F/R6, and LGMD2I/R9. The purpose of this meeting is to provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), clinicians, medical product developers, and academic researchers with an opportunity to hear the perspectives of people with LGMD. on health effects, daily impacts, treatment goals and decision factors. considered when researching or selecting a treatment. This meeting is being conducted in conjunction with the FDA’s EL-PFDD initiative, a commitment under the fifth authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V) to more systematically gather patient perspectives on their conditions and therapies available to treat their conditions.

The meeting agenda will include speakers and panelists who live with LGMD2A/R1, LGMD2C/R5, LGMD2D/R3, LGMD2E/R4, LGMD2F/R6 and LGMD2I/R9, as well as caregivers of people living with these six subtypes. Morning sessions will focus on the symptoms that matter most to them and how they impact daily life. The afternoon session will include discussions on experiences with current treatments and attitudes towards future treatments, including tolerance for potential risks.

For the first time, representatives from the Coalition to Cure Calpain 3, CureLGMD2I, the Kurt+Peter Foundation, the LGMD2D Foundation, the McColl-Lockwood Laboratory for Muscular Dystrophy Research and the Speak Foundation have come together to organize this event. Collectively known as the LGMD Coalition, these nonprofit organizations encourage members of the global patient community to raise their voices. People living with the LGMD subtypes listed above, as well as their caregivers, are invited to participate in the meeting by participating in a live survey and by calling and writing with comments. Academic researchers, clinicians, regulators and industry representatives are encouraged to watch the meeting and incorporate patient/caregiver perspectives when developing and reviewing new therapies to better meet the needs and expectations of our community. Pre-registration is available at

The LGMD Coalition is grateful for the support of our sponsors, AskBio, Edgewise Therapeutics, ML BioSolutions, Sarepta Therapeutics and Vita Therapeutics. We also thank our advocacy partners, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the LGMD Awareness Foundation.

About LG®

LGMD is a term used for a group of rare neuromuscular diseases that are inherited and cause muscle weakness and wasting. The muscles most affected are those closest to the body (proximal), especially the muscles of the shoulders, arms, pelvic region and thighs. More than 30 subtypes of LGMD exist. Together, LGMDs have an estimated prevalence of about 2 in 100,000 people. There is currently no cure for any subtype of LGMD.

About the LG® Coalition

The LGMD Coalition is a group of six 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations — Coalition to Cure Calpain 3, CureLGMD2I, Kurt+Peter Foundation, LGMD2D Foundation, McColl-Lockwood Laboratory for Muscular Dystrophy Research, and Speak Foundation – who are collaborating to host an LGMD EL-PFDD focused on LGMD2A/R1, LGMD2C/R5, LGMD2D/R3, LGMD2E/R4, LGMD2F/R6, and LGMD2I/R9 subtypes. Learn more at

Media Contact:
Jennifer Levy
[email protected]

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Garrett Hill scores victory for Tigers on Major League debut

DETROIT — Four months ago, Garrett Hill headed to the Tigers Minor League minicamp wondering if he should move to another organization to get his shot at the Majors as the rule draft pick. 5. Instead, he just had to bide his time for Detroit to come calling.

On Monday afternoon, Hill not only became the 14th different pitcher to start a game for the Tigers this season, but he delivered a historic gem on his Major League debut. His six-run, two-hit innings beat Tigers nemesis Zach Plesac, sending Detroit to a 4-1 win to start a doubles sweep at Comerica Park.

“To live this dream, it means the world,” Hill said.

Hill became the first pitcher in Tigers history to pitch six or more innings while allowing two or fewer hits in his Major League debut. It was a display of spin and intelligence over speed. While Hill didn’t overpower the Guardians, hitting just under 94 mph according to Statcast, he only allowed three bullets with exit speeds over 100 mph. He only drew five swings-and-misses, but three were for strikeouts.

The Tigers swept a Cleveland doubleheader for the second time in as many years, this time with two starters who had never pitched in the Majors until this season and weren’t even in Triple-A at the start. of the season. Alex Faedo, who made his 11th start with the Tigers this year after returning from Tommy John surgery, kept Cleveland contained in Game 2 for three scoreless innings before going into a 26-pitch fourth inning with pain at the right hip. Tyler Alexander got it back with 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings in a 5-3 victory.

“So many guys that we relied on, guys that we didn’t necessarily rely on coming out of spring training,” wide receiver Tucker Barnhart said. “Their ability to come in and get going and play a big part for us and throw well has been brilliant. I can’t say enough good things. The composure of our youngsters, I can’t say I love it. ‘ve seen a lot.

Hill, the Tigers’ 26th-round pick in the 2018 draft from San Diego State and their No. 23 prospect, caught the eye of evaluators with 99 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings last year to go with a 6-1 record and a 2.74 ERA between High-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie. The cancellation of the Rule 5 draft was a boon for Detroit, which saw it complete its rise through the system with a 3.23 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings between Erie and Triple- In Toledo this season.

Three of Hill’s 15 Minor League starts this season have come against Guardians affiliates, including his worst performance with six runs allowed in four innings against Triple-A Columbus on June 3. If any club should have a scouting report on the Tigers rookie, it’s Cleveland.

But Hill reversed the tables, foiling a range of high contacts with a studious approach that matched her bespectacled look.

“He did so well,” Barnhart said. “It was extremely impressive to see him work. He seemed very stoic and he threw a lot of shots. It’s not a secret [the Guardians] have the highest contact rate in baseball, and when you have a formation like that, going in and trying to hit a bunch of guys would probably be the wrong way to go. He did exactly what we talked about, launched on contact. He threw all of his pitches into the strike zone.

Despite this, Hill held the Guardians to a solo home run from Josh Naylor and a single from Steven Kwan. The latter would have represented a run, but Tucker Barnhart’s sweep tag from a Robbie Grossman pitch took out Myles Straw trying to score from second base in the third inning.

Hill’s five-high mix kept Guardians guessing. The only time he became predictable was on his home run against Naylor, who pounced on a third consecutive off-speed pitch and drove it deep to the right. Hill retired his last seven batters from there, earning a handshake and the gratitude of manager AJ Hinch.

“It was really fun watching him go to work and get ready,” Hinch said. “It’s been a dream come true for him to then go out and work methodically all day, super calm, very prepared, very smart with the way he took care of his business, really, really fun to do it stay out there against a heavy contact team and keep us in the game.

It was a stellar start to what will be at least a three-start audition for Hill, the latest pitcher to come through Detroit’s system ahead of schedule and help an injury-plagued Tigers starting body. He’ll complete the first half of the rotation, including a likely rematch with the Guardians next week in Cleveland. The Tigers plan to reassess their rotation from there, potentially taking Rony García off the injured list.

“It’s the dream is to stay here,” Hill said. “Work hard, work with [pitching coach Chris Fetter] and continue.

The Tigers have already used their most starters in a season since the 1996 team used 16 on the way to a 6.38 ERA. Seven of the 14 this year were homegrown; three others were acquired in prospect. Only nine games have been pitched by pitchers over 30. Drew Hutchison will push that number into double digits when he starts on Tuesday.

The franchise record of starters used is 17 in 1912.

“The start is definitely on deck right now,” said Eric Haase.

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Twin brothers named as armed robbers killed in Canadian bank robbery | Canada

Police in Canada have identified the heavily armed culprits of a brazen bank robbery last week as twin brothers whose social media posts showed an obsession with guns and fear of government ‘tyranny’ , as well as an interest in the infamous bank robberies.

On Saturday, police identified Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, 22, as the two men killed after attempting to rob a bank in the town of Saanich, British Columbia.

The brothers entered a branch of the Bank of Montreal on Tuesday morning dressed in black clothing and bulletproof vests.

Nearly 20 people were in the bank at the time. “The energy from them was completely calm,” Shelli Fryer, who was there for a meeting with the branch manager, told CTV News. “When they spoke, it was in calm voices.”

When the police arrived a chaotic shootout has begun as the brothers left the bank. The twins were killed in the shootout and six officers injured, three of whom were seriously wounded by gunshots.

“At first I thought it was fireworks, so I ran to the window and looked outside. And it was just a hail of bullets whizzing everywhere, and the cops locked everything down,” Christopher Lee Ford, who lives in the area, told the City of Victoria’s Capital Daily. He and his family took shelter in their dining room. “I saw two cops get shot .”

Police ordered businesses and residents to evacuate the area after several explosive devices were found, sealing off the area for several days.

“It’s something that shakes a community,” Saanich Police Chief Dean Duthie told reporters in the hours after the shooting.

But the brothers’ actions during the failed heist left victims searching for answers.

“I just don’t know what they wanted. What were they waiting for?” said Fryer. “They had all the money. They could have just taken the money and left right away. They would have been in and out before the police arrived.

Although they arrived at the bank heavily armed and with a cache of explosives, police said neither brother had a criminal record and was not previously known to police.

But Isaac Auchterlonie’s Instagram account, which has since been deleted, showed growing animosity toward the federal government and a fixation on guns. Scattered throughout the story are images of the young man firing guns into the forest and praise for previous famous bank robberies.

A post shared clips from a documentary about the North Hollywood shooting, a 1997 bank robbery in which two heavily armed men injured more than a dozen people in a clash with police.

Other posts referred to a conflict between the Irish Republican Army and British soldiers and police, as well as the Siege of Waco, when Federal officers and soldiers stormed a Branch Davidian religious compound. in Texas in 1993.

Auchterlonie has also expressed fierce opposition to the Covid-19 vaccination as well as recent gun control legislation proposed by the federal government.

“When they try to vaccinate and they also try to take guns,” the post read, followed by the hashtags #tryandtakeit and #getwhatyoudeserve and #fuckyoutrudeau, in reference to the prime minister.

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He also used the hashtags #tyranny, #donttreadonme and “tyrantrepellent #tryandtakeit” when posting images of guns.

Nearly a week after the shooting, police have yet to release a timeline of events, including who shot first.

“There are still a lot of questions and investigative efforts to be carried out in order to fully understand what happened and why,” said Cpl Alex Bérubé during a press conference on Saturday.

“The motive for the armed robbery and the exchange of fire with the police has not yet been determined.”

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Isa Soares launches Tonight on CNN International

CNN is expanding its international programming with a new late-night show presented from its EMEA headquarters in London.

From today, Emmy Award-winning journalist Isa Soares will host the eponymous show Isa Soares Tonight at 7:00 p.m. BST. Portuguese-born Isa Soares has reported from Latin America and Southern Europe, and most recently played a key role in CNN’s on-the-ground coverage of the war in Ukraine.

“For more than 20 years, I have had the privilege of reporting history and shining a light on humanity, covering the pain and sacrifice that accompanies some of the most heartbreaking stories of our time,” Soares said. “From Venezuela to Colombia and from Spain to Ukraine, I have traveled the world to give voice to the voiceless, driven in part by my personal connections across continents. Along with Isa Soares Tonight, I will continue to hold those in power to account and help shape an honest, intelligent and thorough news agenda at a time of great uncertainty and division.

CNN is also adding to its European breakfast lineup with the launch of CNN Newsroom with Max Foster, which will run at 9:00 a.m. BST daily.

“With the launch of Isa Soares Tonight and the move of CNN Newsroom with Max Foster, CNN International is putting our European audience at the center of our new evening and morning programming,” said Meara Erdozain, Senior Vice President of Programming. from CNN International. “Isa and Max are both exceptional and highly experienced journalists with unique perspectives on stories that resonate with audiences in Europe and beyond. Their warm, engaging style and empathetic storytelling will help viewers discover the major news stories of the day. »

The new shows are the first major changes to CNN International since the news channel came under the wing of Warner Bros. Discovery.

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Marine Corps veteran starts nonprofit to help fellow veterans

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KOVR) — As the nation celebrates Independence Day, a California veteran wants to remind Americans of the men and women who fight for our freedom.

Marine Corps veteran Brandon Murphy draws attention to the crises veterans face once they return to civilian life, including high rates of suicide and homelessness.

“We’re fed up with the number 22,” he said. “We are tired of hearing that this is the number of veterans who commit suicide every day. We are tired of our brothers and sisters coming back in pieces. I mean, it’s intimidating.

That’s why he goes even further in his new business.

Murphy just started an insurance agency in Roseville with two friends, one of whom is also a veteran.

A portion of their profits will help launch the Pacific Patriot Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps veterans in need.

“So we’re going to have a whole team dedicated to outreach to these people,” Murphy said. “Call, see exactly the resources they need and provide them.”

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 13% of the homeless population are veterans.

About 40,000 veterans are on the streets every night, which is actually a huge improvement over the past decade.

Murphy said their work will expand outside of the United States.

His wife also does missionary work in Haiti, where she helps maintain and expand Haitian orphanages.

Although the Pacific Patriot Foundation focuses on veterans, it will have benefits beyond the border.

“Whether at home or abroad, we have that call to serve and we’re going to make sure we do that,” Murphy said.

A portion of Murphy’s profits this week will be donated directly to Sacramento-area veterans.

Copyright 2022 KOVR via CNN Newsource. All rights reserved.

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Women’s rights have suffered a severe setback. But history is always on our side | Rebecca Solnit

AAs it happened I was in Edinburgh the day Roe v Wade was cancelled, and the next day I caught a train to London and did what I usually do when I get near the King’s Cross station. I took a short walk to the old St Pancras Cemetery to visit the headstone of the great feminist ancestor Mary Wollstonecraft, author of that first major feminist manifesto A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. To be there that day was to remember that feminism didn’t start recently — Wollstonecraft died in 1797 — and it didn’t stop on June 24.

In the United States, women won this right less than half a century ago – a short time when the view is from the Wollstonecraft Memorial. I’ve heard opinions regularly over the past few decades that feminism has failed or achieved nothing or is over, which seems to ignore how completely different the world (or most of it) is now for women. of what it was half a century ago and more. I say world because it’s important to remember that feminism is a global movement and Roe v Wade and its overthrow were just national decisions.

Ireland in 2018, Argentina in 2020, Mexico in 2021, and Colombia in 2022 all legalized abortion. So much has changed over the last half century for women in so many countries that it would be difficult to list them all; suffice it to say that the status of women has been radically altered for the better, on the whole, in this period of time. Feminism is a human rights movement that strives to change things that are not only centuries old, but in many cases millennia, and which is far from done and facing setbacks and a resistance that is neither shocking nor reason to stop.

Wollstonecraft didn’t even dream of votes for women – most men in Britain of his day weren’t allowed to vote either – or many other rights we now take for granted, but he You don’t have to go back to the 18th century to come up against radical gender inequality. It was everywhere, on a large and small scale, over the past decades – and persists culturally in the widespread attempts to control and contain women and the prejudices that women still face about their intellectual competence, sexuality and of their equality.

Half a century ago, it was legal in the United States to fire women for being pregnant – it happened to Elizabeth Warren, then a young schoolteacher. The right to access birth control – for married couples – was only guaranteed by the 1965 Griswold decision which this rogue Supreme Court could also target. The right to equal access to birth control for single people was not settled by the Supreme Court until 1972. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act 1974 made discrimination by which single women found it difficult to obtain credit and loans while married women regularly demanded that their husbands co-sign for them.

Marriage in most parts of the world, including North America and Europe, was, until very recently, a relationship in which the husband controlled by law and custom his wife’s body and almost everything she did, said and owned. Marital rape was hardly a concept until feminism made it one in the 1970s, and the UK and US didn’t make it illegal until the early 1990s. 17th century Englishman Matthew Hale argued that “a wife’s husband cannot himself be guilty of actual rape on his wife, on account of the marital consent she has given and she cannot retract”. That is to say, a woman who consented once could never say no again, because she had consented to be possessed. Incidentally, the current Supreme Court decision revoking reproductive rights repeatedly cites Hale, who is also well known for condemning two elderly widows to death for witchcraft in 1662.

Wollstonecraft, who had taken part in the French Revolution, wrote: “The divine right of spouses, like the divine right of kings, can, one hopes, in this enlightened age, be disputed without danger. Contested, but hardly defeated for nearly two centuries. As coercive control and domestic violence, men still impose their expectation of dominance and punish independence, while right-wing Republicans seek to lower women to a lower status before the law and in culture, citing this ancient text of the Bible as their authority.

Their Supreme Court could then tackle marriage equality. I have long thought that matrimonial equality, that is to say equal access for same-sex couples, would be impossible if marriage as an institution had not been remade, thanks to feminism, by a relationship freely negotiated between equals. Equality between partners threatens the inherent inequality of traditional patriarchal marriage, which is why – along with homophobia of course – they are so hostile to it. And, of course, this is also new; a very different supreme court recognized this right in June 2015, only seven years ago (and Switzerland and Chile only did so in 2021).

The past decade has been a roller coaster of wins and losses, and there’s no easy way to add them up. The gains have been profound, but many of them have been subtle. Since around 2012, a new era of feminism has opened up conversations – on social media, in mainstream media, in politics and in private – about violence against women and the many forms of inequality and oppression, legal and cultural, obvious and subtle. Recognition of the impact of violence against women has broadened profoundly and has yielded concrete results. The Me Too movement was widely derided as a celebrity circus, but it was just one manifestation of a feminist push started five years earlier, and it helped lead to changes in state and federal laws. laws governing sexual harassment and abuse, including a bill that has been passed. the senate in February and the president signed the law into law in early March.

The sentences this week of R Kelly to 30 years in prison and Ghislaine Maxwell to 20 years are the consequence of a change in who would be listened to and believed, that is, who would be valued and whose rights would be defended. People included in conversations in court who had not been heard there before. Perpetrators who had gotten away with crimes for decades – Larry Nassar, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein among them – lost their impunity and belated consequences befell them. But the fate of a handful of top men isn’t what matters most, and punishment isn’t how we remake the world.

The conversations are about violence and inequality, about the intersectionalities of race and gender, about reshaping gender beyond the simplest binaries, about what freedom might look like, what desire might be. , which would mean equality. Just having these conversations is liberating. Seeing younger women go beyond what my generation perceived and claimed is exhilarating. These conversations are changing us in ways the law cannot, making us understand ourselves and each other in new ways, reimagining race, gender, sexuality and possibility.

You can take away a right by legal means, but you cannot take away the belief in that right so easily. The Supreme Court’s Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson decisions in the 19th century failed to convince black people that they did not deserve to live as free and equal citizens; it simply prevented them from doing so in practice. In many US states, women have lost their access to abortion, but not their belief in their right. The outcry over the court’s decision is a reminder of how unpopular it is and how horribly it will affect women’s ability to be free and equal before the law.

It’s a huge loss. It doesn’t exactly take us back to the world before Roe v Wade, because in both imaginative and practical terms, American society is profoundly different. Women have much more equality before the law, in access to education, employment, institutions of power and political representation. We believe much more in these rights and have a stronger vision of what equality looks like. That the status of women has changed so drastically from what it was in, say, 1962, let alone 1797, is proof that feminism works. And the hideous Supreme Court decision confirms that there is still a lot of work to be done.

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Twin brothers identified as armed bank robbers killed by police in Saanich, BC

RCMP officers in Saanich, B.C. have identified 22-year-old twin brothers Matthew and Isaac Auchterlonie as the two armed bank robbers who were killed by police in a shootout on Tuesday.

Six police officers were injured in the shooting late Tuesday morning at the Bank of Montreal in Saanich, on southern Vancouver Island.

Police also said they were to dispose of explosive devices that were in a vehicle associated with the suspects on Thursday.

The Auchterlonie brothers, both 22, were from Duncan, about 60km northwest of Victoria. According to the RCMP, neither brother had a criminal record; they were not known to the police before.

“There are still a lot of questions and investigative efforts to be done to fully understand what happened and why,” the Cpl said. Alex Bérubé during a press conference on Saturday.

“The motive for the armed robbery and the exchange of fire with the police has not yet been determined.”

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit (VIIMCU) is leading the investigation. The Office of Independent Investigations, the oversight body that reviews all police actions resulting in death or serious injury, is also investigating.

A police cruiser identified as a white 1992 Toyota Camry four-door with black racing stripes on the hood and roof is seen in Saanich, British Columbia, on Tuesday. Police say the car was associated with the suspects and are seeking public guidance. (Submitted by the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit)

Bérubé said police had spoken to the family of the suspects, who were cooperating with the investigation. The British Columbia Coroners Service identified the brothers on Friday, according to Bérubé.

Police said they are still looking for public information regarding the suspects’ car, a white 1992 Toyota Camry with two black racing stripes on the hood and roof.

They ask anyone with information regarding the brothers or their car to contact VIIMCU at 250-380-6211.

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UN condemns attack on Libyan parliament building

CAIRO (AP) — A senior UN official for Libya on Saturday condemned the storming of the parliament building by angry demonstrators amid protests in several cities against the political class and deteriorating conditions economic.

Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of the capital, Tripoli, and other Libyan cities on Friday, many attacking and burning down government buildings, including the House of Representatives in the eastern city of Tobruk.

“The people’s right to protest peacefully must be respected and protected, but the riots and acts of vandalism such as the storming of the House of Representatives headquarters late yesterday in Tobruk are totally unacceptable,” said Stephanie Williams, the UN special adviser for Libya, on Twitter. .

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Friday’s protests came a day after leaders of parliament and another Tripoli-based legislative chamber failed to reach an agreement on the elections at UN-mediated talks in Geneva. The dispute now centers on the conditions of eligibility of the candidates, according to the United Nations.

Libya did not hold elections in December, following challenges including legal disputes, controversial presidential candidates and the presence of rogue militias and foreign fighters in the country.

The failure to hold the vote was a major obstacle to international efforts to bring peace to the Mediterranean country. It has opened a new chapter in its long-running political stalemate, with two rival governments now claiming power after attempts at unity over the past year.

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Protesters, frustrated by years of chaos and division, called for the suppression of the current political class and the holding of elections. They also mobilized against the dire economic conditions in the oil-rich country, where prices have risen for fuel and bread and power outages are frequent.

There were fears that militias across the country could crack down on protests as they did during the 2020 protests when they opened fire on people protesting dire economic conditions.

Sabadell Jose, the European Union’s envoy to Libya, called on protesters to “avoid any type of violence”. He said Friday’s protests demonstrated that people want “change through elections and their voices need to be heard”.

Libya has been wracked by conflict since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country was then for years divided between rival administrations in the east and in the west, each supported by different militias and foreign governments.

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After 3 murders in less than 24 hours, The Willows tightens security

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – The Willows apartment complex in East New Orleans has tightened security measures after residents told us they were terrified of living there.

Last week, three murders took place at the complex in less than 24 hours. Both shootings took place at the Lawrence Road complex. The first occurred around 11 p.m. Tuesday and left two people dead. The second happened around 1 p.m. Wednesday and left another dead.

Off-duty police guard the front of The Willows at night, monitoring who comes and goes. It’s a small step forward for people who say they live in fear.

Although there are signs of progress, some say it is not enough.

Workers have fixed the problems in Cierra Dobard’s house that we first highlighted last month and there is no longer a hole in Caroline Bailey’s bedroom.

“The fact that it took FOX 8, that it took Helena Moreno, that it took all of this just to fix my wall and just to get resolution around this whole complex is totally ridiculous,” Dobard commented. .

While these two residents have seen some improvements, others who live at The Willows say they are still surrounded by dirt.

Melvia Hodges first moved into the resort in March. She says that just a few days after living there, the ceiling buckled and water crashed into the kitchen. Hodges immediately moved out. But his things remained. Hodges says that after three months, the unit has still not been touched by management.


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A spokesperson for The Willows said Hodges’ former unit is expected to be worked on by a construction crew.

In early June, Hodges says she left her hotel room to return to The Willows. She says management put her in a new unit, but even in that unit the ceiling was leaking.

“When I told them, ‘hey, the ceiling is leaking in the same place you fixed it,’ she told me to put a pot there,” Hodges explains.

She also says there are plumbing issues clogging the tub and sinks which she reported to management.

The owner of this resort, Global Ministries Foundation, is a Tennessee-based nonprofit religious organization. CEO Dr. Richard Hamlet, an ordained minister, previously told us that repairs are underway here, though labor shortages and setbacks from Hurricane Ida have complicated efforts.

For the people who live here they say they still feel hopeless and just want a better quality of life.

“I’m still a little anxious because I really don’t believe they’re going to leave if you hadn’t all been called, it wouldn’t have been done,” Bailey says.

“Everyone should have the right to live comfortably and that’s just ridiculous,” adds Hodges.

Next week, the owner of The Willows is due to appear before a code enforcement hearing over violations found during the agency’s surprise visit. These violations include electrical system hazards and problems with plumbing fixtures and heating systems.

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We must not teach our children a ‘thank you for the land’ version of Australian history | Sisonke Msimang

As the school term draws to a close here in Western Australia, I have been thinking a lot about the assemblies.

I’ve spent a lot of time in schools running creative learning programs, so I’ve seen my fair share of gatherings filled with twisted kids sitting cross-legged on the floor with their teachers silencing me. There’s something beautiful about the way they look at each other, curious to know what the week’s performance will be.

Whatever school I attend, the ritual is the same: the children sit down, the national anthem is sung in a high pitch, then the director pronounces a recognition of the country.

In some schools, acknowledgment includes the phrase, “We would like to thank the traditional custodians for nurturing this precious land where we live, learn and play.” In early learning centers, I have listened to children acknowledging their country with statements such as “thank you for letting us share the land you love, we promise to take care of it”.

This version of the “thank you for the land” story teaches children that the Australian continent was a gift from First Nations peoples to non-Aboriginal people; that “Aboriginal elders” are like cuddly godfathers and that their ancestors are angels who watch over us all.

It’s seductive and dangerous. The reality is that many First Nations elders were subjected to terrible abuse by state institutions, and their ancestors were often victims and/or survivors of racism, violence and attempts at cultural decimation.

Some people will say that children are innocent and cannot be expected to understand these harsh realities, and that simplifying history helps build unity rather than division. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lying to children by sanitizing the past makes them ignorant and prevents them from understanding the current inequalities caused by this history.

Without knowing the truth, children draw their own conclusions about why some people are poor and others are not; why some people are angry while others are happy. The truth explains, while the lie is obscure.

And yet, the history of Australia is not complicated.

We may not like it, but the story is simple. This continent and its people were colonized by Europeans who justified their racism using God and science and treated First Nations peoples with brutal violence. The effects of this racism persist today, as do many of the racist ideas and stereotypes invented by the settlers.

Telling this story is important because it is true and because it is the only basis on which to rely in the fight against racism. It starts with using every possible opportunity to tell the good story rather than the fables that are good for non-Aboriginals.

Right now, we are teaching children to see themselves as good-hearted innocents who have the right to share in all that this earth has to offer, as long as they say “thank you” to the “elders”.

It will become increasingly difficult to tell them that the land they live on was in fact not a gift; that it was in fact stolen, that they are the beneficiaries of that theft, and that racism is a defining feature of the lives of First Nations people and an essential part of this nation’s history.

A society that does not tell its children the truth inevitably becomes a society in which adults cannot deal with the truth. Unfortunately, that’s where Australia is.

Beyond the good recognition of the country, many of our school systems struggle to teach the truth to young people. This problem is also reflected in the media and politics; the truth is perceived as invigorating and therefore avoided.

Of course, the truth has been foreign to the settlers here for a long time. Terra nullius was Australia’s first myth, and it was quickly followed by the Aboriginal extinction myth – this idea that First Nations were “a dying race”.

Conveniently forgetting the fact that many indigenous peoples were dying from the smallpox and influenza epidemics that the Europeans had introduced when their ships arrived here, European anthropologists and doctors concluded that the “Aborigines” were on the verge of “disappearance”. for evolutionary reasons. The idea that First Nations peoples were biologically inferior to whites was one of the main inventions of scientific racism, and it was used to justify laws designed to “smooth the pillow of the dying race”.

Under the guise of “protection”, First Nations people were placed on native reservations, forced to work for a pittance, and placed under the guardianship of the state, who were told who they could marry and what would happen to their children – many of whom were taken from them.

The myth that white Australians were able to help – rather than harm – First Nations people on the basis of their inherent superiority is so powerful that those tasked with managing them were even called chief protectors. The historical record has preserved their cruelty, and many First Nations writers – most recently Elfie Shiosaki in his beautiful book Homecoming – have examined the afterlife of AO Neville and his ilk.

Unfortunately, we are still struggling with an underlying national ideology that insists that non-Indigenous people are guided by innocence and kindness in all of their dealings with First Nations peoples. This ideology resists even in the face of crimes and misdeeds perpetrated against First Nations peoples. That’s why, as Alison Whittaker wrote, “despite 432 Aboriginal deaths in custody since 1991, no one has ever been convicted.”

Djab Wurrung Gunnai Gunditjmara’s wife and Senator Lidia Thorpe upset many when she refused to apologize for dodging the Australian flag in photos last week. On The Project, Thorpe said the flag “represents the colonization of these lands and he has no permission to be here. There was no consent, there was no treaty.

Thorpe went on to say, “I don’t want people to be upset by what I have to say. I want people to be on a journey of learning and a journey of truth so that we can unite this country and mature as a nation.

His interlocutor, Waleed Aly, was unconvinced and argued that calling the “entire nation illegitimate” was not necessarily the “right starting point” for unifying the country.

At first glance, Aly’s comment seemed easy to accept. But of course Aly is wrong. There can be no better starting point for unifying the country than developing a common understanding of the facts, and the fact is that many First Nations people have ample reason to question the legitimacy of this state.

The rest of us have to catch up with Thorpe.

We could start by making sure all those cute, restless children across Australia know that the neighborhoods they live in, and the lakes and rivers they fish and swim in, are not a gift from the keepers of these lands.

Instead, they are rightly the subject of ongoing and unresolved conflict. The sooner all children in this society understand this, the sooner we will make real progress against racism.

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“Pakistan Security Contingent on Pakistan Army Stability”


Speakers at the Istehqam Conference on Pakistan on Friday observed that Pakistan’s security depends on the stability of the Pakistani military.

The conference, held in the city of Antwerp in Belgium, was attended by a large number of Pakistanis. Participants asserted that supporting the institution “unconditionally” would strengthen the institution.

The Pakistani community expressed its solidarity with the Pakistani army, “guarantor of stability” of the country, and chanted slogans praising Pakistan and its army.

Chaudhry Pervez Iqbal Losar, President of the European Union-Pakistan Friendship Federation, reiterated the direct dependence of stability in Pakistan on the stability of the army. He added, “We can proudly say that two superpowers were defeated on our soil, a feat that was only possible because we stood alongside our military.”

He further said that the medal presented to the Army Chief of Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, by Saudi Arabia was not intended only for him, but was also awarded to the 220 million inhabitants. of Pakistan and the whole institution that protects the Muslim Ummah.

“We must promise today that we will challenge the fifth generation war and stop the false propaganda against the Pakistani military. We will thwart the enemy’s movement,” Losar added.

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At the end of the event, attendees pledged their support for the Pakistani military and vowed not to allow any internal or external conspiracy against the country to succeed.

The conference comes shortly after remarks by a Canadian parliamentarian against Pakistani military leaders.

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif strongly condemned the Canadian parliamentarian’s remarks and urged the Canadian government to take note of the irresponsible statement.

Speaking at the National Assembly, Asif said, “Pakistan and the military leadership have been criticized by a Canadian parliamentarian, which is deplorable…the Canadian government should take action on this irresponsible statement.

He said a protest was also registered through diplomatic channels against the remarks, but there was also a need to debate the issue in Pakistan’s parliament.

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