October 2022

Non profit living

Non-profit Sapulpa’s ‘Caring Community Friends’ Ask for Help Ahead of Holidays

The demand for food aid and other resources is growing, and a community organization is trying to help.

Caring Community Friends is one of many organizations working to help those who are struggling financially due to the state of the economy. Executive Director Camille Teale says this year they are seeing an increase in the number of families taking advantage of their services.

Caring Community Friends provides financial assistance for food, utilities and bills. Teale says the help of retail partners and the community is crucial to being able to continue making an impact. Due to fewer donations this year, the nonprofit is purchasing food in greater volume than in previous years.

Currently, the nonprofit is poor in canned foods and non-perishables.

“What we’re hearing is that people’s grocery prices are going up and the bills are going up…but their income isn’t going up. It can be a family that doesn’t have entitled to food stamps that are a bit over that income, but they don’t have the money to buy food, so in our pantry we’re very happy to help out,” Teale said.

TSET Healthy Living has partnered with Caring Community Friends to get more donated goods and opportunities are also available for groups to package holiday foods to help with their distribution efforts.

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Moncton Cadets Gather to Honor Fallen Veterans – New Brunswick

Cadets gathered in Moncton on Saturday afternoon to honor those who came ahead of the Remembrance Day ceremonies to be held next week.

Members of Moncton’s 193 Codiac Navel League cadets and 560 Army cadets attended the event at Elmwood Cemetery, which has the largest veterans’ grave site in Moncton.

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According to Elmwood Cemetery Chairman Ian Gunn, the day was designed for its historical value, pride in being Canadian and respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Many cadets were between the ages of nine and 12, and it was largely their first time in public in their uniforms, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Saturday’s ceremony also marked their first postponement of the event.

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One by one the cadets went from headstone to headstone removing leaves and dirt from numerous flat stones, then placed nearly 300 Canadian flags on the field throughout the afternoon.

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Lt. Ian Harris, who oversaw the group, said doing an event like this creates an opportunity for the next generation of cadets to learn how to honor veterans.

The group said it hopes to start again next year with a partnership with local veterans to honor those who have fallen.

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Sudanese Islamists protest UN mediation after coup

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Khartoum (AFP) – Some 3,000 protesters in Khartoum on Saturday dismissed UN mediation efforts between civilian and military leaders as “foreign interference” and called for an Islamist regime in Sudan, an AFP correspondent said.

A military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan last year derailed a fragile transition to civilian rule following the 2019 ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir .

For 12 months, near-weekly anti-coup protests have been met with force, and efforts by the United Nations and other international actors to bring Sudan’s military government and civilian leaders to the table have stalled.

Crowds that gathered outside the headquarters of the UN mission in Sudan on Saturday chanted pro-Bashir slogans and burned pictures of UN envoy Volker Perthes.

“We are demonstrating for our dignity and our sovereignty. Volker has defiled our country,” protester Hafez Joubouri told AFP.

Another told AFP he wanted “the armed forces to side with the people and kick Volker out today.”

A military coup last year derailed a fragile transition to civilian rule after Omar al-Bashir was ousted in 2019 Ebrahim HAMIDAFP

An AFP correspondent said some protesters were chanting “Volker, mole, we have beheaded Gordon”, referring to British General Charles Gordon who was killed in an 1885 revolt in Sudan.

As police stood nearby, some protesters held up banners reading “No to foreign interference” and “No to the UN”, an AFP correspondent said.

The crowd then dispersed without incident.

The country has been grappling with deepening political unrest and a spiraling economic crisis since Burhan seized power on October 25, 2021 and arrested civilian leaders with whom he had agreed to share power.

Civilian leaders have refused to negotiate with the military before it commits to a timetable for complete withdrawal from power.

Pro-democracy activists fear that the Burhan regime has reappointed Bashir loyalists to official positions, including in the justice system currently trying the former Islamist dictator.

On Thursday, security forces fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators demanding an end to military rule.

The crackdown on anti-coup protests has killed at least 119 people, according to pro-democracy doctors.

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Non profit living

Bread of Life, Inc. partners with the Quest Diagnostics Foundation and local community partners to improve access to healthcare and create employment opportunities for underserved communities

Healthy Houston Collective includes a multi-pronged approach to addressing key disparities in the Houston Region

HOUSTON, October 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Bread of Life, Inc. announced the launch of the Healthy Houston Collective program, in partnership with the Quest Diagnostics Foundation, to improve access to affordable health care in underserved communities and reduce health disparities. health matters in Houston for more than 9,000 people.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated logo. (PRNewsFoto/Quest Diagnostics Incorporated)

“We are celebrating 30 years of service to this community and the only way we have been able to do this work is through partnerships like the public-private collaboration with the Quest Foundation that we are celebrating today,” the senior pastor said. Rudy RasmusSt. John’s United Methodist Church & Executive Director, Bread of Life, Inc. “We fight for equity in health. Each month, we help thousands of food insecure families who continue to need our support and this initiative will help expand opportunities for health equity in our city.

Bread of Life, Inc. (BOL), is a non-profit organization formed by St. John’s Church in Houston. BOL provides a full range of services and addresses inequalities that affect individuals and families living in Houston and the surrounding region. BOL received a $3.8 million grant from the Quest Diagnostics Foundation through Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE), a multi-year initiative of Quest Diagnostics and the Quest Foundation focused on providing a combination of donated screening services, education programs and funding to support initiatives to close the gap in health care disparities in underserved communities across the United States

“The Quest Foundation is proud to announce the Bread of Life Health Houston Collective, one of our biggest commitments yet as part of our Quest for Health Equity initiative,” said Michael Prevoznik, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Q4HE Executive Co-Sponsor, Quest Diagnostics. “At Quest, we like to say that healthcare is a team sport. We know that no single entity can close the gaps in healthcare and we are committed to working together to help solve the healthcare gap. the critical health issues of underserved communities in Houston.”

The funds will support the BOL Healthy Houston Collective, a multi-year initiative focused on addressing health care disparities in underserved communities in Houston and Harris County through four program areas: the Community Care Program, the Bread of Life Academy and Eco-life staffthe Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Collaborations and the Community Organization (CBO) Grant Renewal Program.

“The Healthy Houston Collective will help the underserved Houston communities bridge the gap between residents and the health care system that so often leaves the community behind,” the pastor said. Yvette TarantCEO, Bread of Life, Inc. “We are currently going through a public health crisis and I am happy and hopeful to partner with Quest to bring health services, healthcare worker training, testing and job opportunities to underresourced communities.”

The community care program uses certified community health workers who live in underserved communities to help connect their neighbors to the health system. Although they are not doctors or medical professionals, they are powerful advocates. Community health workers will work with and empower individuals by addressing social determinant barriers and supporting long-term health gains through health education and connections to services.

As part of the Community Care Program, BOL partners with the Patient Care Intervention Center, a non-profit organization that leverages technology, health data sharing, and public health best practices to empower patients and providers the means to achieve sustainable health outcomes and financial viability. This data-driven approach will be used to develop specific strategies to improve patient outcomes.

“Seventy percent of our health is influenced by things we are not always aware of; things like education, employment, economic stability and access,” said Dr. Sarah SimmonsDirector of Health Outcomes, Bread of Life, Inc. “The Healthy Houston Collective is our solution to impacting our community, through strong community partnerships we will be able to work together to utilize the great resources that already exist in Houston and make them available to people who need them.”

In conjunction with the University of Houston Community Health Worker Initiative, Bread of Life Academy for Health Careers provides training for phlebotomists and community health workers. This provides graduates with stable employment opportunities and meets the needs of the local healthcare system. These graduates will receive additional support from community partner Community Care Cooperative to provide opportunities for home ownership and economic mobility. Quest has also paved the way for Certified Community Health Workers to help staff 75 Quest sites for short- or long-term employment opportunities.

The BOL Healthy Houston Collective includes an FQHC collaboration with charity clinics to provide greater access to quality health care. By adding a broader and more diverse network of FQHC partners, BOL Community Health Workers will be able to address the social needs of patients to help improve engagement and health outcomes.

In response to providing community-based programs that match the needs of the larger community, the BOL Healthy Houston Collective is also adding a CBO regregation program to support nutrition and behavioral health services. According to rice university Kinder Institute for Urban Research, more than 500,000 Houstonians live in food deserts or low-income areas where the nearest grocery store in an urban area is more than a mile away. One of the CBO Regrants that will target seniors facing this issue is a partnership with Lucille’s 1913. Lucille’s 1913 operates as a non-profit entity, and their “Better Measure Program” will provide nutritious meals to 100 seniors confined to home for 90 days. period. Community health workers and other health professionals will visit the homes of program participants to identify barriers, perform diagnostic tests, and collect data to assess program effectiveness.

“We are proud to be part of this important initiative and to have the opportunity to provide nutritious meals to homebound seniors to help them improve their health,” said Dr. Robertine JeffersonCEO, Lucille’s 1913. “Our program includes the delivery of culturally relevant meals to better support diverse communities in a way that recognizes their backgrounds and allows them to choose healthy options that match their cultural traditions and preferences.”

The BOL Healthy Houston Collective partners with the following professional entities that support the four areas of this program: University of Houston Community Health Worker Initiative; health care professional education services; Eco-life staff; Avenue 360 ​​Health and Wellness (FQHC); Vecino Health Center; Clinic of Christ; 1913 by Lucille; and the Community Care Cooperative.

About Healthy Houston Collective, a project of Bread of Life, Inc.

St. John’s Church was founded in 1992 under the leadership of Pastors Rudy and Juanita Rasmus with a simple mission to serve hot, nutritious meals to homeless men and women downtown Houston Region. In 1994, the church formed Bread of Life, Inc. (BOL), a nonprofit organization that provides a full range of services and addresses inequalities affecting individuals and families living in Houston and the surrounding region. Almost 30 years later, BOL is still focused on supporting underserved communities and restoring hope in Houston through its program areas. BOL has had a huge impact in Bayou City in the spread of homelessness, hunger, disaster relief, as well as improving health outcomes and continues to help create better quality of life for the inhabitants of Houston. Bread of Life, Inc. (

About Quest for Health Equity

Quest for Health Equity is an initiative of Quest Diagnostics and the Quest Diagnostics Foundation focused on providing resources, funding, testing services and education to address health disparities in underserved communities across United States.

About the Quest Diagnostics Foundation

The Quest Diagnostics Foundation was established in 2001 to promote the benefits of healthcare and wellness, to aid in the prevention, early detection, monitoring and treatment of disease, and to educate the general public and healthcare professionals on health issues. Together with Quest Diagnostics, the Foundation sponsors Quest for Health Equity.

About Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world’s largest database of clinical laboratory results, Quest’s diagnostic insights reveal new pathways to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve healthcare management. Quest Diagnostics serves one in three American adults and half of the doctors and hospitals in the United States, and our nearly 50,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and in the right context, our diagnostic information can inspire life-changing action.



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Homer author Tom Kizzia named Alaska historian of the year

Tom Kizzia at Homer’s Pratt Museum in fall 2021. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Pataky/Porphyry Press)

A Homer resident has been named the 2022 Historian of the Year by the Alaska Historical Society.

Tom Kizzia is a journalist and author who came to the Kenai Peninsula nearly five decades ago. He spent three years at the Homer News in the late 1970s before joining the Anchorage Daily News, where he worked for 25 years.

He has written about everything from the history of the Kenaitze Indian tribe to the failed effort to bring Jewish refugees to Alaska before World War II to the cowboys at the head of Kachemak Bay. He is also the author of three books, including “The Wake of The Unseen Object”, “Pilgrim’s Wilderness” and, most recently, “Cold Mountain Path”.

Kizzia’s award, officially known as the James H. Ducker Historian of the Year Award, is named after longtime Alaskan professor James Ducker, who for 30 years served as the journal’s editor-in-chief. Alaska Historical Society, Alaska History.

KBBI’s Hope McKenney sat down with Kizzia on Tuesday to discuss her writing, inspiration, and what’s next.


Tom Kizia: One of the things that made Alaska really exciting for me, right out of college where I was sort of majoring in American studies and history and American literature, was that everything was so new and fresh, and all these big decisions were being made that had been made in other states. It seemed like if I was a reporter in another state, I would be in a group of reporters trying to cover some additional decisions. And here huge decisions were being made, and there were no other journalists around to write about it. So I really felt like it was a historical moment that I was writing about. And it was with a sort of sense of this sweep of history that I was looking at – the native land claims and the building of the pipeline and the creation of all the national parks here. All these things that were happening in the 70s when I came here. It was a really exciting time, the creation of the Permanent Fund, limited entries, huge decisions, and I felt like history was being shaped.

And so, you know, there’s this cliché about journalism, that it’s the first draft of the story. I really felt like I was writing almost as a historian, or providing information for future historians. So I’ve always had that interest. And then over time, as I started to realize, even though it’s a new state, it has a rich, deep past, and I would find stories in that past to start telling. So while I was looking for good stories to tell, some of them belonged to the past. And these are the ones that I liked to dig up and I had the indulgence of the newspapers to let me do that.

Hope McKenney: So you just received the 2022 Historian of the Year Award from the Alaska Historical Society. Why did you receive this award? Tell me a bit about “Cold Mountain Path”, and also about your journalism in Alaska that led to this moment?

Tom Kizia: Well, you know, my previous book was the one about the Pilgrim family, “Pilgrim’s Wilderness.” And it was at McCarthy, in the early years of this century. And I had included a few chapters about how we got here in McCarthy, kind of a ghost town decade, which made my first draft of this book, and my editor in New York thought that was slowing down the momentum family history, which was kind of a page-turner. And so they made me boil it down to a page or two. So I pulled this information out, I kind of wanted to find him a home. And when I read those deleted chapters in McCarthy, when I had a public reading, everyone wanted to know more. So I undertook to do a second book about those ghost town years. And that was the origin of the “Cold Mountain Path” project. And it was a bigger project than I expected. But it was, you know, a local story, but it was a locality that had all these sorts of mythical overtones, and so I tried to work some of that into the book as well. And it was really great.

You know, we just published it last year, it was published by Porphyry Press, which is a publisher out of Alaska, just starting out there. And the welcome was great. And I think the book seemed to capture for people something about ancient Alaska that comes through in our own memory. And one of the reasons I was drawn to the story was that it was a recent enough story that I could still interview people and use my journalistic techniques to write about the story. I didn’t have the secondary sources that we usually have, I was digging everything myself. It was great, great fun and a great challenge.

Hope McKenney: And I would like to hear you talk a bit about your work as a journalist. I mean, you’re such a figure in this state. Your journalism spans nearly five decades at this point. I mean, how does your work as a reporter, as a journalist, inform this historical writing?

Tom Kizia: I do not know. I think one way is that I had developed as a journalist a sense of storytelling, and I was trying to find stories that would have kind of, you know, their own page-turning drama, or at least stories that would transport you to the thumb column of the newspaper page. And then I wanted to take that storytelling quality and apply it to the story. A kind of narrative history as opposed to something that was sort of a dry collection of facts.

Hope McKenney: And so, you have almost five decades of experience as a journalist in this state. You have written three books, now you have received the Historian of the Year award. What’s next for you?

Tom Kizia: What does all this mean? I do not know. I have a lot of things that I want to write. And so a lot of things I still want to write and I’ll do my best to get those things done. But I don’t have a big plan at this point. You know, I think when I came here to work at the Homer News, I thought I was going to write the great American novel. And I don’t feel a great compulsion to attempt that at this point. But maybe I’ll surprise everyone or surprise myself and go in that direction.

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Company Commander Lt. Col. William Douglas awarded MC for daring raid on enemy strongholds in Holland – obituary

Lt. Col. William Douglas, who died aged 101, received an MC for a daring attack in Holland in 1945.

In March 1945, Bill Douglas was serving with the 11th Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers (11 RSF) and commanding a platoon of Company D. An enemy force had infiltrated the position of the 7th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (7 DWR ) near Haalderen, south of Arnhem.

Douglas’ company was ordered to mount a raid to establish the strength and identity of the German units on this most important part of the front. Widespread flooding, minefields and extensive barbed wire defenses made the operation very difficult.

In the early morning of 10 March, in the dark, Royal Navy assault craft ferried Company D up the River Waal to attack enemy positions. The surprise was lost when a Belgian unit on the south bank, seeing machines coming up the river, opened fire.

As a result, the landing had to be carried out before that planned and in the skirmish to secure the area, Sergeant de Douglas was killed; one section broke away in the dark and ended up with another platoon.

The other two sections set out to clear the enemy’s shore, but after about 300 yards one of them was held up by enemy fire. Douglas’ exhausted force fought its way from house to house until they too were pinned down by machine gun fire from a farm.

Ordering his men to take cover, Douglas called in mortar fire dangerously close to his own position. This allowed him to move forward. Having accomplished his task, he personally directed the covering fire to enable the rest of the company to withdraw.

All enemy strongpoints had been dealt with. Fifty-one Germans were killed, wounded or captured at the cost of three Allied soldiers killed and eight wounded. Douglas was given an immediate MC, his platoon corporal a DSM, and company commander Major Leslie Rowell an immediate DSO.

William Dewhurst Douglas was born in Bolton, Lancashire on March 15, 1921. Bill, as he has always been known, was educated at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, where he was Head Boy, Games Captain for two years straight and cricket captain. , football, athletics and cross-country running. As a runner he was good enough to make regular appearances in the Northern Counties Amateur Athletics Association junior events.

After leaving school, war and conscription threatened and he volunteered for the RAF. A minor eye defect prevented him from becoming a pilot, so he switched to the Coldstream Guards. He underwent six months of basic training before going to Sandhurst.

In March 1943 Douglas was commissioned into the RSF and assigned to the 11th Battalion. Based in Chepstow, they were engaged in mountain warfare training in the Brecons before moving to Scotland to begin specialist training for a beach landing role. In early 1944 he became second in command of Company B when they moved to Norfolk for further training in preparation for the invasion of France.

On June 11, 1944, the battalion, part of the 147th Brigade, landed on Gold Beach in Le Hamel, Normandy. A fortnight later, they suffered significant losses during the battle of Fontenay-le-Pesnel. Douglas earned a reputation as an enterprising patrol leader. He was often out at night, near enemy lines, listening and noting their dispositions.

In October, at Kruisweg, South Holland, it was reported that an enemy tank was driving down a village road towards Douglas’s company. His men were in a big barn. There was no time to deploy them and they scattered in search of shelter.

Douglas grabbed a PIAT, a portable anti-tank weapon, and attempted to hide behind a low wall in front of a row of houses. He thought he couldn’t be seen, but was spotted by the German tank commander from his turret.

The tank’s gun could not be lowered far enough to fire directly at Douglas, so it blew up the houses behind; he had to be dragged out of the fallen rubble by his men. His sergeant saw the tank as he engaged it with an anti-tank gun he had pulled from a burning building. The sergeant later received a military medal.

Douglas was transported on a stretcher to a regimental aid station and then transferred to the Canadian military hospital in Antwerp. His spinal cord was so badly damaged that it was feared he was paralyzed. The feeling in his legs returned, however, and within a month he was discharged from the hospital, waved to a supply truck, and rejoined his battalion.

In December 1944, the battalion was in a low-lying area between Nijmegen and Arnhem. Known as “The Island” because it lay between the River Waal and the Lower Rhine, in a cold, wet winter, it was one of the most unpleasant sectors of the front.

Douglas’s company became part of the force defending the Nijmegen road bridge. One of their tasks was to drop hand grenades into the river at night to deter sabotage attempts by enemy frogmen.

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countries adopt ambitious Net-zero 2050 target for international flights | News | SDG Knowledge Center

Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have adopted a collective ambitious long-term goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Measures to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, including l Accelerated adoption of “new and innovative” aviation technologies, streamlining of flight operations, and increased production and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels will help achieve this goal.

Delegates to the 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly also collectively stressed the importance of sustainable funding and investment to support the achievement of the new objective, and supported the program of assistance, enhancement capacity building and training for sustainable aviation fuels to accelerate the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels.

Adopting the goal follows similar commitments of industrial groups.

“Countries have made tremendous and very important progress in diplomacy…and on matters of critical importance to the future sustainability of our planet and the air transport system that serves and connects its people,” the Secretary General of the United Nations said. ‘ICAO, Juan Carlos Salazar.

Countries also completed the first periodic review of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Program for International Aviation (CORSIA), agreeing a new CORSIA baseline from 2024. According to a ICAO press release, the benchmark is defined as “85% of CO2 emissions in 2019”. An agreement was also reached on “the revised percentages of sectoral and individual growth factors to be used for the calculation of compensation needs from 2030”.

Carbon emissions from domestic aviation operations are covered by countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Emissions resulting from the operation of international flights are dealt with collectively within the framework of the Chicago Convention and the associated agreements concluded by the States within the ICAO.

The 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly was held at ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, Canada, from 27 September to 7 October 2022. The ICAO Assembly is the sovereign body of ICAO . It meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO’s governing body, the Council. [ICAO Press Release] [UN News Story] [SDG Knowledge Hub Articles on Sustainability Developments in ICAO]

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Bayfield nonprofit provides career paths for rural students – The Durango Herald

Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative brings together business owners, industry leaders and schools from nine districts

Participants of the Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative discuss the connection of higher education and industry with rural high school students. (Megan K. Olsen/Durango Herald)

IGNACIO — Three years ago, five school districts decided to join forces and form a nonprofit for the specific purpose of redesigning the way high school academics work in southwestern Colorado. The education system was failing students and this was a problem in all parts of the region. Hardest hit of these students were those in rural areas, with some attending schools in towns so small that K-12 classrooms are all crammed into one building.

“We don’t see a lot of opportunities once we graduate,” said Silverton senior Selene Rhoades. “There are only five seniors in my class this year. We live in a small tourist town. That’s all we know. There isn’t much else.

Students in rural areas of the country already struggling in school have fallen further behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Harvard University’s Department of Education. When schools closed in 2020 and classes moved online, many students were unable to attend classes due to weak signals or no internet access. Their academic performance began to suffer even more, and rural Colorado students were no exception.

Jessica Morrison, executive director of the Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative, knew there would never be a better time to reach out to other struggling school districts and begin implementing strategies specifically designed to get those students back on track. the right path.

“There’s one thing we all have in common in these districts,” Morrison said, “and that’s providing equal access to education for every student.”

On Friday, 105 members or contributors of the Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative gathered at Ignacio High School with one goal in mind: to provide more career paths for students from isolated communities in southern Colorado. Show them the possibilities of a background in environmental science, hospitality, construction or education. Show them that there are career paths in higher education and vocational education and build those paths with the partnership of today’s industry leaders.

“We want to be able to provide the same kinds of resources to every student to develop their skills, regardless of their zip code,” Morrison said. “Part of the process is to share equipment and other physical resources with each other for a more project-based learning program.”

One thing several school districts will share is an environmental science van equipped with its own lab, so teachers can take their students out into the field to collect and analyze rainwater, snow, and other elements. natural resources, partly to study the effects of climate change. The high-tech van was purchased with part of the $8 million in grants secured by the SCEC, including $3.8 million in funding from RISE (Rural Innovation Stronger Economy).

The Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative’s environmental science van will be shared among districts to take students into the field to learn about climate change. (Megan Olsen/Durango Herald)

Key to maintaining the momentum of the SCEC will be the combined efforts of those in education desperate to bring the same quality of education available in urban areas to students in rural areas, and those in local industrial and commercial industries who recognize the need to build a strong workforce. younger generations, as the number of jobs continues to decline.

“I saw the labor shortage coming,” said Troy Dyer, president of Veritas Fine Homes of Durango, who has been a strong supporter of the Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative for years. “I’ve seen it coming for a while. You can see it in our people. Most of our residents are over 40 years old.

Dyer views SCEC as a logical progression in education for those in the Southwest.

“It’s all amazing,” he said. “It was quite revealing. There are plenty of opportunities in every industry. Subcontractors have already started hiring students right out of high school. All of this should have happened 10 years ago.

Education and labor representatives from southwest Colorado met in separate classrooms throughout the day, grouped by vocation. Teachers met in one classroom, environmental science in another, hospitality and tourism in another, and so on. gap between their industries and the education of rural students.

“Some of these kids might have a lot more to do with their lives than not do well in school,” said one of the participants during a lively class discussion on environmental science. “This needs to be sorted out. There can be many reasons why they don’t show up to class.

“You need to meet students where they are,” Fort Lewis College director of career services Jeff Saville said during the training session, “not where you want them to be.” .

Silverton High School senior Selene Rhoades has big plans for her future, and the Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative is helping her get there. “Kids need to have more opportunities. More career paths. They need to know there’s more than they can do after they graduate. (Megan K. Olsen/Durango Herald)

Selene Rhoades, one of the only students present, was invited to give a keynote address before the day’s activities. She expressed her gratitude for what SCEC has done for her as a rural student.

“Because of that, I was able to take classes at Durango my senior year,” Rhoades said. “I’m going into education, so it’s good to be able to take those specific courses.”

Rhoades already knows exactly what subject she wants to focus on when she becomes a teacher.

“I want to teach science,” Rhoades said with a smile. “Maybe chemistry or geography.”

Rhoades clearly sees the need for nonprofit organizations like the Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative.

“More districts should do something like this,” she said. “Kids need to have more opportunities. More career paths. They need to know there’s more than they can do after they graduate.

The newest addition to the nonprofit collaboration is Dolores School District, under Superintendent Reece Blincoe. Blincoe, a Texas native, saw a similar collaborative effort between education and industry in the rural Lone Star State district where he once taught.

“I’ve been doing this kind of thing my whole life,” Blincoe said. “I was a career technology teacher. We were still working with limited financial and material resources.

Blincoe doesn’t see much difference between the students he taught in remote areas of Texas and those in Dolores.

“A lot of these kids don’t know where the target is,” Blincoe said. “Only three out of 38 seniors (in Dolores) had plans for college. They don’t know what to do when they graduate. SCEC is developing systems to address this issue. We need to show the kids where the target is. Bring get them where they need to go.

The 105 participants in last week’s educational collaboration continue to work and plan over lunch. There is excitement in the air surrounding efforts to improve the quality of education for rural students. (Megan K. Olsen/Durango Herald)

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History No Longer a Mystery for the SC Historical Society: Historian Appears at Rotary Club Meeting October 19 | Community News

Landmarks from Palmetto State’s past, such as Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Robert Mills, were brought to life in a presentation given by Scott Stephens of the South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) at the reunion. of October 18 from the Rotary Club of Summerville. at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The keynote speaker recounted the origins of the SCHS in 1855 resulting from a group of men determining that South Carolina was neglected as far as its position and influence in building the United States.

This movement was led by James Louis Petigru (1789-1863), a former South Carolina attorney general, who was described as something of a diplomat for his ability as a Unionist to have civil discourse with the secessionists of the United States. ‘era.

“They were able to talk openly and openly discuss different issues, talk about their differences, and really respect each other’s opinions,” Stephens recounted while describing Petigru, made famous by his quote stating, “South Carolina is too small to to be a nation and too big to be an insane asylum.”

Petigru at the time found himself trying to promote his home state and South Carolina’s history as the state tried to secede from the Union and that, according to Stephens, had no meaning for the politician and jurist who played a major role in the recodification of state law.

Thus began the Historical Society’s task of collecting artifacts, with its fundamental mission to “collect, preserve, and disseminate information relating specifically to the history of the state in all its departments”.

Since then, Stephens has estimated that his group has compiled over two million items in its collection, many of which can be viewed at the SCHS fireproof building at 100 Meeting Street in Charleston. Some relics date back to the mid-1600s.

Mentioning some of the valuable features of the organization, the SCHS Vice President of Development highlighted a collection of manuscripts from Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722-1793), a botanist who at the age of 16 years, developed a strain of indigo that grew in the Lowcountry. She had actually taken responsibility for three plantations in the area and would then go on to grow another variety of indigo in the upstate.

Indigo would become the colony’s third-largest export crop by the mid-1700s.

Stephens went on to fill Summerville Rotarians on Pinckney’s notable lineage, as she was the mother of Charles Coatesworth Pinckney, who signed the Declaration of Independence and Thomas Pinckney, one of the state’s first governors and the first ambassador to Britain.

His son, Thomas Pinckney Jr (1780-1842) settled just outside of Clemson and formed the first Farm Bureau to lay the foundations of agriculture in that part of the state.

Another notable touched by Stephens was Robert Mills (1781-1855), a native of Charleston, who designed the SCHS fireproof building, as it was the first fireproof building in the country. Mills also designed the first and second Washington Monuments in Baltimore and DC respectively.

“If you drive through the woods of South Carolina,” Stephens claimed, “you’ll find a building that Robert Mills designed in almost every county.”

Sharing a side story about Mills, the former president of the Rotary Club of Greenville noted that when the legendary design master courted his wife, he was looked upon with great derision by his future father-in-law, who – like many in the era – viewed architects as of lower social status, lower than that of a garbage collector.

Stephens invited Rotary members to tour the Fireproof Building and marvel at Mills’ cantilevered staircase, tall windows and 20-inch walls. An upcoming SCHS tour on Nov. 11 will take the public through six to seven churches in downtown Charleston.

For those wishing to delve into history books, Stephens recommended that they go to the Addlestone Library at 205 Calhoun St, where there are approximately 7,000 manuscript collections and more than 8,000 first edition books, as well as 10,000 original images.

A powder horn that once belonged to “Swamp Fox” Francis Marion is one of many notable artifacts in the way it was personally decorated to the finest detail.

“South Carolina has a rich history. Now you can argue that there are a lot of things in our history that we shouldn’t be proud of, but there are a number of things that we should be proud of. Look history for what it is and learning that history,” Stephens assumed.

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Canada’s ‘royal prerogative’ allows it to wage war without parliamentary approval

Questions are again being raised about how the Canadian government decides to use force or participate in armed conflict, following reports that Canadian Armed Forces special forces units have been operating on the ground in Ukraine.

Although apparently deployed strictly for ‘training purposes’, such involvement can lead to more direct engagement in armed conflict.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defense Minister Anita Anand speak with Canadian troops deployed in Latvia in March 2022, shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The decision to engage in armed conflict is one of the most important decisions a government can make. Who is involved in decision-making, and what conditions or principles govern this process? More importantly, how should these decisions be made?

As a recent report suggests, the Ukrainian deployment has revived interest in these issues on Parliament Hill. But there should be broader public discussion and debate.

Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that the Prime Minister and cabinet have much more absolute power under the so-called royal prerogative lead the country into war than most other Western democracies.

First limits of war powers

The modern idea that the power of the executive to wage war should be limited can be retraced at least until Glorious Revolution in 1688when the English parliament imposed constraints on the king’s ability to raise and maintain an army.

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James Madison, fourth President of the United States.
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American Founding Father James Madison and German philosopher Immanuel Kantamong others, developed these ideas in the 18th century, arguing that legislatures should be involved in any decision to engage in war.

In their view, not only were the legislatures most representative of the people who should pay and die for war, but they were less prone to self-aggrandizing adventures or capture by special interests than the executive branch. The American Constitution reflects the ideas of Madisonrequiring Congress to approve declarations of war.

After recent research on deliberation and representative democracy found that diffusing decision-making to both the executive and legislative branches, and forcing the executive to explain and defend its reasons in order to gain legislative approval, make decisions that are objectively better for the national interest than those made by the executive alone.

The process results in deeper deliberations and a broader range of perspectives, greater transparency, and fewer opportunities for undue influence by narrow interests. Moreover, such a process leads to a policy that is considered more legitimate and representative – and therefore more likely to gain public understanding and support.

speed, secrecy

Proponents of unilateral executive power to wage war to pretend that involving the legislature makes the decision-making process too cumbersome and that public debate would require the disclosure of classified information.

Such a process could make countries appear unreliable in the eyes of allies, they add. Speed ​​and secrecy are essential, so the argument goes.

But short of responding to a direct attack – for which exceptions exist in all systems – deciding to engage in armed conflict should not be easy.

Governments should be required to persuade citizens that force is necessary. The more obvious it is that force is in the national interest, the easier it will be to obtain approval; the more difficult it is to obtain approval, the more it suggests that the reasons are not convincing.

When it comes to secrecy, it’s hard to imagine what secrets should be leaked in arguments about whether to go to war.

Different war powers

The constitutional systems of most liberal democracies include constraints on which branches of government may be involved in decisions to wage war, and how those decisions should be made.

Countries like the United States, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil and India explicitly require decisions to go to war to be approved by the legislature.

Some constitutional systems, such as those of Germany, Italy and Japan, include constraints on how and when the government can go to war, incorporating international law’s prohibition on the use of force. Still others, including some Nordic countries, include both types of constitutional constraints.

Certainly these constitutional war powers, both those requiring legislative intervention and those imposing conditions on when force may be used, are disputed in several of these countries, with debates on their interpretation and scope. But they operate in a way that limits and shapes government action.

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David Cameron is greeted by Barack Obama during a May 2012 G8 summit reception at Camp David, Maryland.

For example, both barack obama in the United States and David Cameron in the UK felt compelled when they led their country to seek legislative approval for strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities in 2013. The failure to obtain such approval prompted both governments to seek diplomatic alternatives.

The Royal Prerogative of Canada

Canada, on the other hand, has no such constitutional constraints. The United Kingdom and its former dominions (Canada, Australia and New Zealand) are the special cases in this respect. The decision to go to war is a matter of exclusive executive power known as Royal or Crown Prerogative, giving the executive largely absolute power to decide whether to go to war.

As British Prime Minister Anthony Eden, for example, decided with only a select circle of cabinet members to conspire with the governments of France and Israel to invade Egypt to regain control of the Suez Canal in 1956, without notice to parliament or even to his entire cabinet. The resulting conflict was a disaster for the United Kingdom, accelerating its decline great power status.

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In this June 1956 photo, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser waves as he walks through Port Said, Egypt, during a ceremony in which Egypt officially took control of the Suez Canal at the Great -Brittany. Britain and France invaded five months later.
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Yet even Great Britain and australia had a significant debate over war powers and the royal prerogative following their involvement in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In both countries, efforts have been made to enact legislation requiring parliamentary approval of decisions to engage in armed conflict. Although neither country has yet enacted such laws, the debate has been broad and significant. In the United Kingdom, it has led to the creation of a new constitutional convention which requires the government to obtain parliamentary approval before using force. This was evident in Cameron’s efforts to gain approval in 2013.

Further discussion is needed

Canada, having avoided the war in Iraq, has not experienced a similar introspection and remains the extreme exception.

Academic discussion of the issue tends to reflect general support for the royal prerogative.

But democratic and constitutional theory, as well as practice in other liberal democracies, suggest that Canada needs to engage in a deeper debate on these issues. It is strange that the federal government has to involve Parliament in establishing a new tax, but can drag the country into war without even a formal debate.

A more representative and accountable decision-making process is needed in Canada.

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Middle East WHO chief ‘disturbed’ by abuse reported by AP

“The purpose of the visit is to advance awareness through various sessions, on ethical conduct, principles, values ​​and expectations,” staff said in an internal email sent on behalf of the business operations manager. of the WHO in Cairo.

The AP released an investigation Thursday based on more than 100 emails, documents and other classified UN documents showing that WHO staff members told investigators that the agency’s representative in Syria, Dr. Akjemal Magtymova, had engaged in abusive behavior, pressured WHO staff to sign contracts with senior officials. senior Syrian government politicians and presented gifts to government officials. Magtymova declined to comment and called the allegations “defamatory.”

Allegations of misconduct by more than a dozen WHO staff have sparked one of the largest internal investigations in years, involving more than 20 investigators.

“While the investigation continues, we have already taken mitigating measures,” Al-Mandhari said in his message to staff, referring to the decision to appoint an acting representative for Syria in May. “We have also proactively informed our donor partners of the ongoing investigation.” Yet Magtymova remains in her post and continues to receive a manager’s salary.

Karam Shaar, a Syria expert at the Washington-based Middle East Institute, said that although there have been rumors of UN corruption in Syria for years, the AP report showed that “they are more extreme than we thought”.

“What allegedly happened at the WHO office in Syria is particularly egregious because at this point Syrians have never been more vulnerable,” Shaar said. “This is exactly when the WHO should be responsible, yet we have never heard such serious allegations from any other UN agency. The charges against the WHO are by far the worst.

Syria’s health system has been devastated by more than a decade of war, and for years the country has relied almost exclusively on humanitarian aid. Nearly 90% of the population lives in poverty and more than 7 million people have been displaced by the conflict.

Adam Kamradt-Scott, a professor specializing in global health at the European University Institute in Italy, said that because the WHO’s funds come from taxpayers, the agency must prove that its expenditures are justified.

Financial documents obtained by the AP showed, among other examples, that the WHO’s Magtymova once spent more than $11,000 of WHO funds on a party, mostly to honor her own accomplishments during COVID-19. . Numerous WHO staff members have also alleged that Magtymova used WHO funds to purchase inappropriate gifts for Syrian government officials, including gold coins and luxury cars.

“If it was a non-UN context and there was embezzlement, you would likely see employees held criminally liable,” Kamradt-Scott said. “But we still have a situation where WHO staff are basically investigating other WHO staff, which is not exactly the best approach.”

In his email to WHO staff members in the Eastern Mediterranean, Regional Director Al-Mandhari encouraged officials to report suspected misconduct via WHO’s own “Integrity Hotline”. .

Eight WHO staff members who complained internally about misconduct reported by Magtymova as early as last year told the AP that their concerns had not yet been resolved.

A former Syrian staffer wrote to the WHO chief earlier this month, pleading for help after previous emails went unanswered.

“I would like to inquire about the next step regarding work stress damages and potential job loss as a result of harassment,” wrote the former employee, who sought $35,000 in compensation. “Your support and feedback in this regard is essential to save the image of WHO in my beloved country, Syria.” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus did not respond, despite insisting in the past that the WHO has “zero tolerance” for misconduct.

According to WHO figures, more than 250 internal investigations are ongoing regarding abusive behavior or sexual exploitation and harassment.

Sheba Crocker, US ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said the US was in contact with the WHO and was closely following its internal investigation in Syria, where it is a top donor to the UN.

“Responsible leadership as well as stewardship of member state resources should always be a requirement for senior positions in international organizations,” Crocker said in a statement.

Natasha Hall, senior fellow in the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said there were structural failures that systematically allowed UN abuses to occur.

‘The knee-jerk reaction of the UN is to cover up these violations and hope they go away,’ she said, comparing the UN’s response in Syria to the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse. on children. “Unless donor governments collectively push back against this, it is likely that we will continue to hear about this type of abuse.

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Elon University / Today in Elon / Dorothy Roberts speaks about “reproductive justice” at a conference

Roberts, professor of law and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, delivered the Periclean Scholars guest lecture Thursday night at Whitley Auditorium.

In June, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision with its Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, reversing the reproductive freedom granted with Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Despite how devastating the decision was for human rights, Periclean Scholars guest speaker Dorothy Roberts begs the question: Did we have real reproductive freedom in America before the Dobbs decision?

“One way to look at it is to think about the extent of reproductive freedom we had at the time Roe was decided and subsequent decisions,” said Roberts, a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor and professor of law and Sociology from George A. Weiss University at the University of Pennsylvania, to those who gathered in Whitley Auditorium on October 20 for his lecture, “From Reproductive Choice to Reproductive Justice.”

Roberts, author of “Killing the Black Body” and “Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families and How Abolition Can Build a Safe World”, cited Harris v. McRae, which ruled that Medicaid participating states aren’t required to fund medically necessary abortions, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, who decided that states could deliberately put obstacles in the way of people seeking to terminate a pregnancy as long as it was not an undue burden.

In the immediate aftermath of this latest ruling, states across the country wasted no time in putting up these barriers, preventing people from exercising what should have been a constitutional right. “Hundreds of laws have been passed, many of which have been passed in recent years, that were very restrictive,” Roberts said. “Is it real freedom if states can pass laws to deliberately prevent you from exercising your right? Usually, we think that if we have a right, that means our government officials shouldn’t be able to stop us from exercising it. But it was different in this type of law.

More broadly, Roberts explained how throughout American history there has been a lack of true reproductive freedom. From the reproductive servitude of black women during slavery to the forced sterilization during the 19th and 20th centuries that still occurs today, at no time have all women in America had complete control over their bodies.

Dorothy Roberts at the Periclean Scholar Guest Lecture on Thursday, October 20.

Roberts said there are many bias policies in the United States based on the idea that black women’s fertility is a biological threat to their children, their communities and the nation. Despicable stereotypes and derogatory terms, such as “feel good queen” or “cracked babies” – which research has consistently discredited as mere myth – have been pushed by many major news outlets and led to the implemented many harmful policies, including the prosecution of pregnant women. Black women who used drugs and the end of federal welfare law.

Referencing editorials from the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Houston Post, Roberts illustrated how many people thought black children were going to be biologically disadvantaged by their mothers. “This author [of the Houston Post editorial] does not say that this biological underclass is caused by structural racism. They say this biological underclass of black children is caused by their mothers,” she said.

“Half of black children in America are born into poverty. A shameful figure that the nation should be ashamed of,” she continued. “But instead they say, ‘Well, it’s not the fault of the inequality in our country. It’s because their mothers have too many babies.

Roberts argued that to overcome these injustices, we need to think about them not only through a humanist lens but also through an abolitionist lens. Asking what we need to change and what we need to build is the starting point for having a society where true freedom can be a reality and not just a theory.

“If we think about how to join the movements for social change – the movement for family justice, for the abolition of prisons, for reproductive justice, for economic justice, for environmental justice – all of this is essential to build a society where people can truly have autonomy over their lives. body,” she said. “Truly thrive in our society without the kinds of policies and images that devalue anyone’s ability to have children.”

The Periclean Scholar Invited Lecture is the result of the work of the Periclean Scholars Class of 2024. This cohort of Periclean scholars focused on promoting anti-racism initiatives and were interested in bringing Roberts to Elon for his work on equity in reproductive justice. To that end, they wrote an Excellence Fund grant and collected sponsorships, said Vanessa Drew-Branch, faculty mentor for the Scholars. “They’re not interested in fairness for fairness, they’re trying to make a difference on campus, in Alamance County and eventually in Morocco once we start working there.”

Pericles Project Director Mat Gendle said this cohort of scholars actively reached out to various groups and organizations to make the event possible to further the mission of the Pericles Project.

“The overall mission is to help our students learn to do ethical, appropriate, and impactful community work with community partners. And I think having Dr. Roberts come to Elon supports the broader mission of the Class of 2024,” Gendle said, “to try to engender and increase the constructive conversation on our campus about what the Against racism.

The Periclean Scholar guest lecture was part of the Elon University Speaker Series, presented by North Carolina public radio WUNC. This year’s lecture series explores the theme “Living well in a changing world”.

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U.S. and Japan prepare for joint exercise; US wraps up drills with allies in South China Sea

U.S. Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 4 prepare to offload ammunition from a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Resolute Dragon 22 on Camp Betsukai, Hokkaido, Japan, Oct. 8, 2022. US Marine corps photo

The United States and Japan are preparing for a large-scale joint exercise in Japan next month, the Japanese government announced today.

The Keen Sword exercise will involve 36,000 personnel, 30 ships and 270 aircraft from the two countries, as well as the crews of four ships and three aircraft from Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, according to a press release issued Friday by the Joint Staff Office (JSO) of the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

The exercise will take place Nov. 10-19 at Japanese Self-Defense Force and U.S. Forces Japan facilities in Japanese waters and airspace on Tsutara Island, west of Nagasaki, and on the southern islands of Amami Oshima and Tokonushima. . It will include live-fire exercises and focus on a wide range of operations, including amphibious, land, sea, air, and working in the space and cyber domains.

The exercise aims to improve interoperability between Japan and the United States. Japan will send 26,000 people, 20 ships and 250 planes to the other side of the JSDF, while the United States will send 10,000 people, 10 ships and 120 planes from the army, navy, army air and navy. units in the Indo-Pacific and Japan, in addition to Space Force personnel.

Canada will participate with two ships – HMCS Vancouver (FFH331) and HMCS Winnipeg (FFH338) – which have been operating in the region since participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 and one aircraft.

Both ships are deployed to the Indo-Pacific in support of Operation Projection, the Canadian Armed Forces presence operations in the region, with Vancouver also tasked with sailing around Japan as part of Operation Neon, which covers Canada’s contribution to maritime and aerial surveillance operations to enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

Australia will participate with one ship and one aircraft, while the UK will send either the offshore patrol vessel HMS Tamar (P233) or HMS Spey (P234), both deployed in the region. Observers from Australia, Canada, France, India, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, UK and NATO have been invited to the exercise .

Keen Sword follows an extensive series of activities between the United States and its partners in the region, with the United States Marine Corps recently concluding the bilateral exercise Kamandag 6 in the Philippines and Resolute Dragon 22 in Japan. The multilateral exercise known as Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Samasama Lumbas in the Sulu Sea – hosted by the Philippines, Australia and the United States – concluded on Tuesday.

U.S. Navy sailors with Naval Beach Unit Seven park a utility landing craft during a rehearsal for a bilateral amphibious landing at the Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command in Zambales, Philippines, Oct. 6, 2022. US Marine corps photo

“Participating units included the USS BenfoldUSNS Dahl (T-AKR-312) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2), Naval Cargo Handling Battalion 11, Patrol Squadron 45, Helicopter Maritime Squadron-51, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF), and approximately 1,600 Marines and sailors from across III MEF, including forces from the 3d Marine Division, 12th Marines, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and 3d Marine Logistics Group teamed up with 1,400 members of Japan’s Northern Army Ground Self-Defense Force, 2nd Division, during Resolute Dragon 22″, the Navy said in a news release.

During Resolute Dragon 22, Benfold worked with the U.S. Marine Corps High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Type 88 surface-to-ship missiles, the statement said.

Kamandag 6 included the participation of 1,900 United States Marines, 530 Philippine Marines, and 100 members of the Philippine Navy and Air Force. The Republic of Korea sent 120 Marines who, along with 30 members of the JGSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, participated in parts of the exercise.

US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighters, CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters, MV-22B Ospreys, AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters and KC cargo planes -130J Super Hercules all participated in the exercises. . USS amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA-7), amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD-18) and USNS Expeditionary Rapid Transport Braunschweig (T-EPF 6) also attached for exercise. JRipoli and New Orleans embark the 31st Marine Expeditionary Units.

Sailors operate a telephone and distance line aboard the amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA 7) during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) Oct. 16 2022. US Navy photo

On Tuesday, MTA Samasama Lumbas, which began Oct. 11, concluded its at-sea phase. The exercise previously consisted of two separate bilateral exercises – Exercise Samasama between the Philippine Navy and United States Navy and Exercise Lumbas between the Philippine Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. The two exercises took place simultaneously this year for the first time.

Aircraft involved in the subject matter expert exchange engagement phase included the Philippine Navy’s Beechcraft C-90, the French Navy’s Falcon 2000 maritime surveillance aircraft, the US-2 seaplane of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and a US Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. . The JMSDF US-2 forms the 3rd air unit of the JMSDF Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022 (IPD22). The French Navy’s Falcon 2000 is now operating at Marine Corps Air Base Futenma, Japan, until early November, conducting maritime surveillance operations in support of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, according to a statement from the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

The maritime phase included two iterations of interoperability, with the first phase focusing on search and rescue and humanitarian and disaster relief operations with the Philippine Navy, JMSDF, British Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy, with onboard observers from the British Royal Navy, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy. Ships involved in this phase included the Philippine Navy frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), JMSDF JS destroyer Kirisame (DD-104), RN OPV HMS Spey (P234), RAN destroyer HMAS Hobart (DDG39) and the HMAS tanker Vigorous (A304), while aircraft participation included the Philippine Navy C90 and JMSDF US-2.

The Philippine Navy also conducted a replenishment at sea between Jose Rizal and Vigorous, in which 30,000 liters of fuel were transferred to Jose Rizal. The Philippine Navy said it had not conducted an ongoing replenishment in a long time.

The second phase, conducted on Tuesday, involved the Philippine Navy, RAN and US Navy in combat interoperability exercises, with the destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69) join Jose Rizal, Hobart and Vigorous. During the anti-submarine portion of the exercise, Hobart released a Mobile Anti-Submarine (ASW) Training Target (EMATT) which served as a submerged target for participating ships to identify and locate.

Kirisame is the second unit area of ​​IPD22. The first unit, which includes the helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) and destroyer JS Takanami (DD-110), finished his part of IPD22 when he returned to Japan October 5. Kirisame is expected to return to Japan later this month.

Before Samasama Lumbas, Kirisame conducted Exercise Noble Mist 22 October 4-8 in the South China Sea with US Navy destroyers Milius and USS Higgins (DDG-76), RAN destroyer HobartHMAS frigate Arunta (FFH151), supply ship VigorousHMCS RCN frigate Winnipeg (FFH338) and the United States Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Dwarf (WMSL-757). Activities between the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan in the South China Sea appeared to be a rolling series of engagements until Monday, when the United States Navy said it had completed the exercises.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) conducts a trilateral training exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Murusame-class destroyer JS Kirisame (DD-104), the auxiliary tanker class HMAS of the Royal Australian Navy. Stalwart (A304), and the Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart (DDG 39) during an operation in the South China Sea, 07 October. U.S. Navy Photo

“This exercise builds on previous bilateral and trilateral exercises in recent months conducted in the South China Sea. Throughout the naval exercises, participants trained together and conducted integrated operations designed to increase the collective ability of allies to maintain maritime security and readiness to respond to any regional contingency. The integrated events included surface, subsurface and air defense exercises that included maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) from multiple participating nations,” the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a news release.

Hobart, Arunta and Vigorous are currently dual-tasking on a regional presence deployment for Australia and are part of Australia’s Indo-Pacific Endeavor 2022 (IPE22), Australia’s annual regional engagement deployment. The main working group of IPE22 includes the HMAS helicopter landing dock Adelaide (L01) and the frigate HMAS Anzac (FFH150), who departed Darwin on October 13 and are now heading to Sri Lanka to begin their first IPE22 engagement.

In other developments, the New Zealand Navy supply ship HMNZS Aotearoa heads to Busan, Republic of Korea after concluding a visit to RMN Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Aotearoa will refuel partner nation ships during its visit to Busan, which included refueling Milius and Dwarf in the South China Sea on October 11 and more recently the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) Wednesday in the Philippine Sea.

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Lapid slams ‘anti-Semitic’ UN report accusing Israel of violating international law

Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Friday morning criticized a United Nations report accusing Israel of violating international law, as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged rights abuses in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after the 11 days of fighting from last year between Israel and the Hamas terror group.

“Precisely because I was not Prime Minister at the time of Operation Guardian of the Walls, I feel compelled to point out: the UN report on the operation is biased, false, inciting and manifestly unbalanced” , Lapid said on Twitter, referring to the 2021 dispute.

“Not all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism, but this report was written by anti-Semites (as Israel has already revealed) and is a clearly anti-Semitic report,” he added.

The ongoing United Nations Commission of Inquiry has issued its second report Thursday, calling on the Security Council to end Israel’s “permanent occupation” and on UN member states to prosecute Israeli officials.

The 28-page document, which will be presented to the General Assembly on October 27, accuses Israel of violating international law by making its control over the West Bank permanent and by annexing Palestinian-claimed land in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and Land Syrian in the Golan Heights.

“Israeli’s actions constituting de facto annexation include the expropriation of land and natural resources, the establishment of settlements and outposts, the maintenance of a restrictive and discriminatory planning and construction regime for Palestinians and the extraterritorial extension of Israeli law to Israeli settlers in the West Bank,” the report read.

Israeli security forces monitor Palestinians crossing an Israeli checkpoint near the West Bank city of Bethlehem on April 22, 2022. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

He also accused Israel of discriminatory policies against Arab citizens, theft of natural resources and gender-based violence against Palestinian women.

The commission cited “reasonable grounds” to conclude that Israel’s presence in the West Bank “is now illegal under international law because of its permanence” as well as the Israeli government’s “de facto annexation policies”.

“By ignoring international law in establishing or facilitating the establishment of settlements, and by directly or indirectly transferring Israeli civilians to these settlements, successive Israeli governments have established facts on the ground to ensure permanent Israeli control. in the West Bank,” said Navi Pillay, a former UN human rights chief who chairs the commission.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a press conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (AP/Keystone , Salvatore Di Nolfi)

The report does not mention the words “Hamas”, “rockets” or “terrorism”.

Israel refused to cooperate with the commission and did not grant him entry into Israel or access to Palestinian-controlled areas in the West Bank and Gaza.

Israel’s mission in Geneva rejected the report, saying: “Commissioners who have made anti-Semitic comments and who have proactively engaged in anti-Israel activism, both before and after their appointment, have no legitimacy or credibility to address the issue at hand”.

The embassy added that the report undermined the credibility of the UN and its human rights mechanisms.

Pillay is leading the inquiry and is joined by India’s Miloon Kothari, the first UN special rapporteur on adequate housing, and Australian international human rights law expert Chris Sidoti.

Kothari caused outcry after being quoted on a podcast this summer speaking out against the ‘Jewish lobby’ and questioning Israel’s inclusion in the UN, prompting Israeli accusations of anti-Semitism and calling for his resignation . Pillay defended Kothari and said his comments were deliberately contextualized. Kothari has since apologized.

Miloon Kothari, a member of the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry into the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, briefs reporters on the Commission’s first report, June 14, 2022. (UN Photo/Jean Marc Ferre)

Sidoti previously dismissed accusations of anti-Semitism against the commission and said they were “thrown away like rice at a wedding”.

The commission was created last year during a special session of the Council in May 2021 – following fighting between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip – when the United Nations Human Rights Council instructed the body to investigate “all alleged violations of international humanitarian law”. and all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law” in Israel, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

The commission was the first to have an open-ended mandate from the UN human rights body – rather than being tasked with investigating a specific crime – and critics say such a ongoing review shows anti-Israel bias in the council of 47 member states. Supporters back the commission as a way to keep tabs on the injustices suffered by Palestinians under decades of Israeli rule.

An Israeli demining officer inspects a house damaged by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in Sderot on May 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Its first report, an 18-page document released in juneblamed Israel’s “continuing discrimination against Palestinians” for the violence between the two sides.

Following Kothari’s comments this summer, Israel called to dissolve immediately the Commission. Lapid said in late July that the commission was “fundamentally tainted by the publicly expressed biases of its leadership, which fail to meet the basic standards of neutrality, independence and impartiality required by the United Nations”, he said. declared.

Israel justifies its policy by security measures necessary to stop terrorism.

Lazar Berman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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5 things to know about Montana’s “Born Alive” ballot initiative

Montana voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether to approve a ballot initiative declaring that an embryo or fetus is a legal person entitled to medical care if it survives an abortion or childbirth. The measure would impose stiff penalties on health workers who fail to provide such care.

Legislative Referendum 131 has been approved for next month’s election by state lawmakers in 2021, more than a year before the US Supreme Court struck down federal abortion protections in June.

Abortion remains legal in Montana due to a 1999 state Supreme Court ruling that protects it under the privacy provision of the state constitution. Three laws passed by the Republican-led Legislature in 2021 to restrict abortion have been blocked while a legal challenge is pending, arguing they violate the constitutional provision.

But lawmakers sent LR-131 directly to voters to decide whether it should become law.

Here are five key things to know about poll measurement:

1. What would the initiative do?

LR-131 would impose criminal penalties of up to 20 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines for any healthcare worker who fails to try to save a “born alive child”. This term is defined as a moral person who breathes, has a heartbeat or has voluntary muscle movement after an abortion or childbirth.

The measure would require health care providers to “take medically appropriate and reasonable measures” to keep the fetus or infant alive, but it does not define or give examples of such measures. Responsible health care workers under the initiative would be doctors and nurses, but also anyone “who might be asked to participate in some way in a healthcare service or procedure. health “.

The initiative includes a mandatory reporting requirement, which means that any medical facility employee or volunteer who is aware of a breach must report it to authorities.

2. Where does the initiative come from?

House Bill 167, the 2021 legislation that authorized the referendum, was sponsored by State Representative Matt Regier (R-Kalispell), chairman of the committee that oversees the budget of the Department of Public Health and Human Services in the state.

“We need to say very clearly that here in Montana, the protection of all life is available,” Regier said when introducing the bill in January 2021.

The bill is very similar to model legislation created by Americans United for Life in 2018 as a model for state legislators nationwide. So far, 18 states have such provisions, and more are considering them, according to the group. Its president and CEO, Catherine Glenn Foster, testified in support of the Montana bill during the 2021 legislative session.

Montana’s measure does not include a provision in model legislation that gives a child’s parents the right to refuse medical intervention if the treatment is not necessary to save the child’s life, would only temporarily extend the death of the infant or involves risks that outweigh the potential benefits to the infant.

Montana’s measure also excludes a clause in the model law that exempts parents and guardians from criminal and civil liability. Montana’s initiative does not address parental responsibility.

Bradley Kehr, political advisor for Americans United for Life, described the ballot initiative as “well suited to Montana’s needs.”

3. What does the initiative have to do with abortion?

Regier’s bill states that the purpose of the referendum is to protect infants who survive abortions from denial of medical care and death.

According to Connor Semelsberger, director of federal affairs for life and human dignity for the nonprofit organization, which advocates for anti-abortion measures.

Montana is not one of nine states that require health care providers to report the birth of a live child during an abortion. The Family Research Council lists states that do like Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Cases of fetuses surviving abortions are very rare. In Minnesota, which the Family Research Council considers to have the strongest protections in the United States, five of 10,136 abortions performed in 2021 resulted in a live birth, according to a state health department report. None of the five survived.

The number of abortions in which a fetus could survive is also small: the time at which a fetus can survive outside the womb is generally considered to be after 22 weeks of pregnancy, and about 1% of all abortions in the United States States occur at or after 21 weeks.

Leaders of two Montana clinics that offer abortions said passing the initiative would not affect their operations because Montana law limits abortions after a fetus is viable. The law does not define viability.

Nicole Smith, executive director of the Blue Mountain Clinic in Missoula, said her clinic offers dilation and evacuation abortions that would not result in a live birth. “We don’t provide obstetric care or labor and delivery,” she said, adding that she would refer a patient who needed that type of care to someone who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.

Helen Weems, director of All Families Healthcare in Whitefish, said her clinic does not perform abortions after 12 weeks. LR-131 “is designed to look like an anti-abortion measure, but it has nothing to do” with her clinic, she said. “There would never be an occasion in my practice where there was a child born alive,” Weems said.

4. If clinics offering abortions will not be affected, who will?

The initiative also covers any natural childbirth, induced labor or caesarean section.

This could place obstetricians and gynecologists in an ethical dilemma of having to choose between their obligation to provide the best medical care available to their patients or the risk of legal sanctions, according to a position paper from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. opposing the Montana Measure.

The organization said LR-131 could require aggressive treatment in extremely complex and often tragic medical situations. He objects to the measure as government interference in the patient-doctor relationship that would impose additional trauma on families.

Smith said the initiative would apply to miscarriages and hospital births in cases where parents know their child will not live but want to complete the birth to have a chance to hold the baby and tell the see again.

Opponents of the ballot initiative use the example of early labor and delivery at 20 weeks. They say that rather than allowing the family to hold, say goodbye or christen the baby before he dies, the measure would force health workers to remove him in an attempt to save his life.

A study of nearly 5,000 infants born before 27 weeks gestation found that all 129 infants born before 22 weeks and included in the study died. Two received active medical treatment. Of those born at week 22, 5% survived. Most of the 24 hospitals in the study provided treatment to all infants born at 25 or 26 weeks. People born at week 26 had an overall survival rate of about 81%, and 59% survived without moderate or severe impairment.

5. What do existing federal and state laws say?

Under Montana law, it is already a crime to willfully, knowingly, or negligently cause the death of a viable premature infant. A federal law passed in 2002 states that a person includes “any infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development.” It defines “born alive” as evidence of a heartbeat, breathing, or voluntary muscle movement, but does not include any additional provisions.

Opponents of the Montana measure say these laws prove that LR-131 is unnecessary and instead is intended to boost conservative voter turnout. “This cruelty is imposed on families already grieving for the cold, calculated political gain of far-right politicians,” Weems said.

Regier, the lawmaker whose bill authorized the referendum, said Montana’s current law doesn’t go far enough to protect infants.

Semelsberger of the Family Research Council said the same thing about the federal law and that it hasn’t been enforced. The organization supports a federal bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) that would add requirements to save a child’s life, but with up to a maximum of five years in prison, instead of the 20 years as far as Montana. .

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DC United fires general manager Lucy Rushton


DC United on Wednesday sacked chief executive Lucy Rushton after two seasons, including a 2022 campaign that ended with the worst record in MLS.

Rushton, originally from England, became the second female general manager in league history when United hired her from the Atlanta organization in early 2021. She has worked closely with manager Dave Kasper longtime DC general who, upon Rushton’s arrival, became the club’s sporting director and chairman. football operations.

“The club’s performance on the pitch this season was unacceptable,” co-chairmen Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan said in a statement. “We owe it to our supporters, our players and our great community to compete at a high level. We are focused on building leadership that will work closely with Wayne Rooney and our management team to create a team that will once again compete at the top level of Major League Soccer.

“In order to accomplish this and grow as a club, we felt it was necessary to make this decision and bring in new leadership.”

Kasper will remain in his post, said people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the matter. The club have hired a search firm to identify a replacement for Rushton. His successor would work alongside Kasper rather than under him, these people said.

Wayne Rooney, the former star player turned United manager mid-season, is expected to be part of the process.

United finished 7-21-6, one of the worst records in their 26-year history. The campaign was marred by a coaching change at the start of the season – Hernán Losada was sacked six games in his second year, and assistant Chad Ashton took care of caretaker duties until Rooney’s appointment – and multiple unbalanced defeats. The season ended with a four-game losing streak and a six-game winless rut.

United, which won the MLS Cup four times between 1996 and 2004, missed the playoffs three consecutive years and haven’t won a playoff game since 2015.

Following a 5-2 loss to FC Cincinnati in the Oct. 9 season finale, Rooney suggested the organization would make changes not only to the roster but also to personnel.

“It’s a lot of work for us now to make sure we bring in the right players, we bring in the players who are going to develop the squad,” he said. “There are small changes in the squad that also need to happen – which will happen.”

Rushton, who served as Atlanta’s video and technical analysis manager for five years, said by text Wednesday that she did not wish to comment. Levien, Kaplan and Kasper declined to comment, a club spokesperson said.

Before United signed Rushton, the only female MLS general manager was Lynne Meterparel with San Jose in 1999-2000, but she had more business responsibilities than influence on the roster.

Rushton’s dismissal came as she was negotiating new player contracts and working with Kasper and Rooney on roster decisions.

She wasn’t the only change on Wednesday. Performance director Victor Lonchuk, who worked closely with the coaching staff on player preparation, has also been sacked, United have announced. He had been hired by Losada in March.

Ashton, an assistant since 2007, will be reassigned within the organization, and assistant Nicolás Frutos, who was hired by Losada, will not return next season, people familiar with the situation have said.

United are looking for an experienced assistant, preferably with MLS knowledge, to join Rooney’s staff. Rooney will choose from a number of candidates put forward by the front office, said a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

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The United States Women’s National Under-16 Team will meet at Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon

CHICAGO (October 18, 2022) – The United States Women’s National Under-16 Team will host a 23-player training camp at Nike’s world headquarters in Portland, Oregon from October 23-30. This will be the first event for new U-16 WYNT Head Coach Patchy Toledo, whose hire was announced on August 24, 2022.


KEEPERS (3): Olivia Geller (Sting Dallas Black; Southlake, TX), Molly Vapensky (Chicago FC United; Evanston, IL), Kennedy Zorn (SC del Sol; Peoria, AZ)

DEFENDERS (8): Mya Brandon (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Michigan), Jastel David (Legends FC; Corona, Calif.), Addison DeJoseph (UFA; Roswell, Georgia), Jordyn Hardeman (Solar SC; Midlothian, Texas), Daya King (Legends FC; Moreno Valley, Calif.), Kai Price (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Addison Stendera (Pacific Northwest; Fairwood, Wash.), Lily Yohannes (Jong Ajax; Amsterdam, Netherlands)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kimmi Ascanio (Florida United; Doral, FL), Melanie Barcenas (San Diego Surf; San Diego, CA), Kennedy Fuller (Solar SC; Southlake, TX), Hannah Jordan (Solar SC; Southlake, TX), Ainsley McCammon (Solar SC; Bedford, TX), Y-Lan Nguyen (VDA; Fairfax, VA)

FORWARDS (6): Zoe Matthews (Legends FC; Southlake, TX); Avery Oder (LAFC SoCal Youth; Calabasas, Calif.); Maddie Padelski (Tennessee Soccer Club; Nolensville, Tenn.), Chloe Ricketts (Michigan Jaguars; Dexter, Mich.), Lauryn Thompson (NC Courage; Wake Forest, NC), Mya Townes (TSJ FC Virginia; Aldie, Va.)

The age cutoff for this year’s U-16 WYNT group of players is January 1, 2007, and 22 of the camp’s 23 players were born that year. One player, Florida midfielder Kimmi Ascanio, was born in 2008.

The roster is a mix of players who have experience with the United States U-15 and U-16, and some players earning their first call-ups with the United States Women’s National Team program.

Nine players on the roster helped USA win the 2022 Concacaf Women’s U-15 Championship in August: goalkeepers Molly Vapensky and Kennedy Zorn, defenders Mya Brandon, Jordyn Hardeman, Daya King and Kai Price , and midfielders Ascanio, Kennedy Fuller and Ainsley McCammon. Fuller led the United States in scoring in this tournament with nine goals while Ascanio had four.

Forward Melanie Barcenas, a native of San Diego, has some experience with the United States Women’s U-17 National Team and has three international caps at that level.

The 23 players come from 17 different youth clubs and six players come from two different Texas clubs, five from Solar SC and one from the Dallas Sting. Southern California Legends FC has three players on the roster. One player is Europe-based in Lily Yohannes, who was born in the United States but lives in Amsterdam, where she plays for Young Ajax.

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This Pennsylvania nonprofit is easing student debt, one interest-free loan at a time

Tahreem Chaudhry has wanted to get into healthcare ever since she volunteered at a hospital in high school.

“It was really powerful to see how, in such a short time, you can change someone’s life in such a significant and drastic way,” Chaudhry recalled.

But after finishing her undergrad and deciding that becoming a physician assistant was the right career path for her, Chaudhry quickly realized she didn’t have enough money saved up to pay the six-figure tuition. . And as a Muslim, Chaudhry wanted to avoid taking out student loans that accrue interest — religiously, Muslims are not allowed to charge interest in order to maintain a fairer society.

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But about six months after Chaudhry had to turn down a position in a PA program because she could not afford to pay without taking out loans, she was introduced to A Continuous Charity (ACC) – a non-profit organization that, through community support, provides interest-free student loans in 10 states, including Pennsylvania. Soon after, she was accepted into an even better PA program and is now on her way to finishing her degree and starting her career.

“(Religious) influence has a lot to do with the concept that those who can afford should support those who don’t,” said Heidar Albandar, ACC Pennsylvania chapter president. “We have received this wealth from God, and the idea is to spread it. We want to do what we can to make others successful, because it takes a whole village to raise or educate people.

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The primary goal of providing interest-free loans is to establish greater equity and access to education, especially among communities that disproportionately face financial barriers. Today, more than 45 million Americans owe more than $1.7 trillion combined for their education — and studies show that students of color, especially black students, bear a greater part of that burden.

“While I didn’t attribute it to Islam, everyone can see how detrimental all this interest in the student loan crisis has been – it has left a whole generation of students unable to meet some of their most basic needs because they’ve been chained to an institution,” Chaudhry said. “You’ve got a generation that’s super well educated, that has all of these talents and skills, but they’re not getting anything in return – all that what they earn goes to those institutions that are already mega rich…and it pushes people to stay in the same socio-economic status that they were born into.

The other impact of the student loan crisis that Chaudhry and others have pointed out is that it discourages people from pursuing higher education in an effort to avoid too many loans. Chaudhry herself put her education on hold until she could find a better financial option.

“We believe that education is the key to advancement in society.”

Heidar Albadar

“We seek to encourage education, we believe that education is the key to advancement in society,” Albandar said. “And we think being able to do that by reducing the debt burden, which includes interest, is the way to go.”

Albandar said he heard several students who benefited from the ACC say that they would not continue their studies if there were no interest-free loans.

By receiving donations from community members, ACC provides a minimum loan of $10,000 to students (who do not need to be Muslim) chosen through the application process, which includes essays, letters of recommendation, community service history, tax returns and interviews. In 2021, ACC Pennsylvania issued a total of $222,791 in interest-free loans to 14 students. The program also teaches students how to get out into the community and apply for micro loans themselves.

In order to account for inflation, Albandar said the ACC has set up endowment funds which have been able to cover inflation and operating expense concerns.

For Najah Siddiq, who is majoring in organizational development at Temple University’s College of Education, getting an interest-free loan from ACC helped cover tuition that his scholarships and grants didn’t cover. Now she can save more of her money for other necessities.

“You always hear that student loans are a huge burden on people all their lives – I have family members who are well into their careers and are paying off student debt from 20 years ago,” Siddiq said. “Being able to make interest-free offsets takes a bit of that burden. You pay the same now or later, it’s not like you have to pay thousands of dollars more because of interest.


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Regular Press Conference by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin on October 17, 2022

CCTV: In recent days, leaders of many countries and international organizations have sent messages and letters to Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, to express their congratulations on the the opening of the 20th CPC National Congress. Do you have a comment on this?

Wang Wenbin: As you said, in recent days, leaders of many countries and international organizations have sent messages and letters to President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, to extend congratulations to him on the opening of the 20th CPC National Congress. They noted that the 20th National Congress will mark a new stage in the cause of socialist construction in China and expressed their belief that under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its center, China will successfully realize its national revival. They stressed the importance they attach to relations with China and stressed China’s role as a champion of world peace, security, multilateralism and a just and equitable international order and as a important driver of the global economy. They hailed China’s efforts to enhance win-win cooperation between countries through the Belt and Road Initiative and expressed their readiness to consolidate and further deepen friendship and partnership with China. China.

Those who are committed to the welfare of the world can always find friends all over the world. Since the 18th CPC National Congress, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its heart, China has resolutely pursued peaceful development, called for building a new type of international relations characterized by mutual respect, fairness and justice and win-win cooperation and have advanced the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. China has always been a force for world peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of international order. China has provided its ideas and solutions to solve major global problems and helped build consensus and synergy to advance human development and progress. All of this has been widely recognized around the world. Multiple international polls show that China’s role is welcomed by much of the world, especially developing countries. UN Secretary-General António Guterres hailed China as an indispensable and trustworthy life force in promoting world peace and development.

In the new journey of building a modern socialist country in all respects, the CPC will stick to its founding mission of realizing people’s happiness, national rejuvenation and human progress with unswerving conviction, and lead the Chinese people in this great renewal enterprise united as one. Meanwhile, we will always regard China’s development as part of human development, share development opportunities with other countries, and continue to work with the rest of the world to advance the building of a community with a shared future for China. humanity and create new, greater contributions to world peace and common development.

China News Service: Today marks the 30th International Day for the Eradication of World Poverty and the ninth National Day for the Eradication of Poverty in China. In a report delivered to the 20th CPC National Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping noted that the past decade has marked three major events of great immediate impact and profound historical significance for the cause of the Party and the people, including including the historic feat of eradicating absolute poverty and completing the construction of a moderately prosperous society in all respects. What does China’s success in eradicating absolute poverty mean for the country and the world?

Wang Wenbin: The eradication of poverty is a long-held dream of the Chinese people and a centuries-old pursuit of mankind.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its heart, we have won the greatest battle against poverty in human history, and once and for all , solved the problem of absolute poverty in China. . China has achieved the Sustainable Development Goal of ending poverty ten years ahead of schedule and has notably reduced the global poverty rate, thus making a significant contribution to the cause of poverty reduction in the world.

China is not only a model and a pioneer in global poverty alleviation, but also an advocate and participant in global poverty alleviation cooperation. The World Bank has projected that the Belt and Road cooperation will lift 7.6 million people out of extreme poverty and 32 million people out of moderate poverty in relevant countries by 2030. China has launched the Global Development Initiative (GDI) and is committed to a development-oriented and people-centered approach. China released its first list of projects covering areas such as poverty alleviation and food security, launched an international NGO network for poverty alleviation cooperation, and established the Global Alliance for of poverty and development. All measures aim to promote the sharing of experiences in poverty reduction and to promote global cooperation in poverty reduction.

On the path to the pursuit of happiness, no country or nation should be left behind. China will continue to put people first and uphold the common interests of mankind. We will advance and actively participate in global cooperation on poverty reduction and development, and work with the international community to bring ideas and strength to building a community with a shared future for humanity.

Bloomberg: Politico has reported that Chinese officials are blocking US efforts to set the agenda for a face-to-face meeting between President Xi and President Biden on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Does the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have any comments?

Wang Wenbin: I believe you may have noticed that the US has already said the story is wrong.

The Paper: It is reported that on October 17, the Japanese leader and some political dignitaries sent ritual offerings to Yasukuni Shrine on the occasion of the shrine’s autumn festival, and some Cabinet members visited the shrine. Do you have a comment?

Wang Wenbin: China firmly rejects Japan’s negative measures regarding the Yasukuni Shrine and has made solemn demarches to the Japanese side. We urge the Japanese side to sincerely acknowledge its statements and commitments to frankly confront and reflect on its history of aggression, frankly break with militarism, and earn the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community as a whole. through concrete actions.

Reuters: South Pacific defense ministers will meet in Tonga on Tuesday as Australia seeks a closer military relationship with the three island nations that have defense forces to counter China’s security push in the region. What is the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s comment on this?

Wang Wenbin: We hope military cooperation between relevant countries will promote regional peace and stability and not target any third parties.

CCTV: The 20th CPC National Congress is being held. More than 2,000 delegates from all walks of life fulfill their duties. Some comments went, the election of delegates demonstrated how fully democracy is practiced. What’s your comment ?

Wang Wenbin: The election of delegates to the 20th CPC National Congress is an important part of preparing for the 20th CPC National Congress. Under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its heart, the preparation has been thoughtful and meticulous. A total of 2,296 high-calibre delegates were elected by 38 electoral units across the country. Their composition is well structured, and they come from a broad spectrum. They embody the good qualities that CPC members represent in the new era. For the first time ever, the 20th CPC National Congress openly solicited the opinion of the whole party and society on the work related to the National Congress. More than 8.5 million suggestions and comments in various fields were collected, thus laying an important foundation for the success of the congress.

The preparation for the National Congress is a great example of combining the need to follow the Party’s leadership and the practice of democracy, illustrating how the Party gives full play to democracy within itself and follows the mass line. The international community has high expectations for the 20th CPC National Congress and praises the preparation. Experts and scholars from countries such as Tanzania, Jordan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan shared the view that the CCP is fully aware of the importance of serving the people and that its policy-making is based on knowing what the public thinks, and evaluates a policy by examining whether it serves the interest of the people and the development and progress of the country. They view the Chinese governance system as an achievement of democratic centralism which has led China to unprecedented achievements.

General Secretary Xi Jinping stressed that people’s democracy is the life of socialism and what is the comprehensive construction of a modern socialist country. Chinese democracy has come a long way, from “bean voting” in the Shaan-Gan-Ning border region during the Yan’an period to the successful preparation of the 20th CPC National Congress. We believe that the excellent delegates to the National Congress representing the more than 96 million CPC members, who have gone through a rigorous electoral process, will pool the will of the Party, live up to the expectations of the people, and bring new, important contributions to the comprehensive construction of a modern socialist country and the full realization of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Bloomberg: The Financial Times reported that a document prepared by the EU’s external service advises members to diversify supply chains outside of China. Does the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have a comment?

Wang Wenbin: Global industrial and supply chains, as they currently exist, are the result of the combined force of the market and the choices of companies. The arbitrary imposition of restrictions for political purposes disrupts international cooperation and destabilizes industrial and supply chains. It is not conducive to the development of industries and does not serve the interests of any country.

China and the EU are partners, not rivals. Our economies are closely linked and highly complementary. Our cooperation far exceeds the competition. As the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, noted the other day, Chinese commodities have done much better and much more to contain inflation than all central banks combined. . We hope the European side will view China-EU cooperation objectively, expand common interests and contribute to the stability of global industrial and supply chains.

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Six Nations Memorial Ceremony Honors Indigenous Soldiers | Spare News

Of the dozens of wreaths carefully laid at the foot of the Six Nations Veterans Park Cenotaph during Sunday’s remembrance ceremony, one stood out.

Resembling a dreamcatcher with a black netting stretched between its beige frame, the crown was adorned with red and white stars, a pair of miniature foam military boots with leather laces and a ribbon shirt sewn to the the hand crossed by the white and purple emblem of the Haudenosaunee. Confederation.

Labels sewn into the surface of the crown read “WWI” and “SAPPER” in bold white type on a red background, a tribute to William Staats of Six Nations, a combat engineer – or “sapper” – who fought in the First World War.

Leslie Staats, William’s granddaughter, laid the wreath accompanied by her grandson, Jordin Martin.

The wreath also honored Leslie’s father, John Staats, a US Navy engineer, and his two brothers who continued the family tradition by serving in the US Navy and Marine Corps.

“Freedoms. The freedom to speak. The freedom to live. The freedom to enjoy every day,” Leslie Staats said of her ancestors’ motivation to leave their homelands and fight abroad. “That’s what they fought for: the freedom to be free here and to speak. And they also kept conflicts out of our lands.

The remembrance ceremony, held annually on the third Sunday in October, was organized by the Six Nations Veterans Association, and veterans led the procession from the Community Hall to Center Park. -town of Ohsweken.

“I know that in the ranks of all these soldiers, men and women, there is a camaraderie between them. It doesn’t matter where they are in the world. It’s the same with indigenous peoples,” Staats said.

“Looking around us, the faces have not changed. The community is so vibrant.

Six Nations soldiers fought with Canadian, American and British regiments in conflicts dating from before Confederation to the present day. A centerpiece of the ceremony was the roll call, a reading aloud of the names of the 61 Haudenosaunee who died in action in the World Wars, as well as the six who died in Korea, Vietnam or Iraq.

There are more than 2,700 Indigenous service members in the Canadian military today, the lieutenant-colonel noted. Patrick Pitt of the 56th Field Artillery Regiment based in Brantford, whose soldiers attended the ceremony and delivered a resounding artillery salute that surprised some attendees.

Pitt said Canadian Army personnel are “tremendously proud” to have served with Indigenous troops past and present.

“The Canadian Armed Forces have been your comrades in arms for hundreds of years,” Pitt told the crowd, referring to the Haudenosaunee ally in the War of 1812 and the outsized volunteer contribution of Six Nations during the First World War.

Staats kept his cool until the end of the service when a lone batsman started playing.

“When they hit that drum once, boom, it caught my eye on it. She knocked again. But on the third, the tears started to flow, thinking of them,” she said.

“They carried on no matter what. They are there because they continued. They were injured, they froze, they encountered poverty in these fields. But they continued. So he tells us to continue.

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India to host UN Security Council counter-terrorism meeting for the first time – The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: India will host the UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee meeting for the first time later this month. The agenda would be to focus on threats imposed by technology, including social media.

“The 15 permanent member states of the UNSC are expected to participate in this two-day meeting in Mumbai and Delhi (October 28-29). The focus of the special meeting will be to address the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorists for counter-terrorism purposes. This is an issue of growing concern to member states, policymakers and researchers,” sources say.

New and emerging technologies – particularly information and communication technologies (ICT) such as the Internet, social media platforms and financial technologies have become a favored tool for terrorists such as the Islamic State in Iraq and in the Levant (ISIL)/Daesh, Al-Qaeda, their affiliated groups, other terrorist organizations and their supporters to engage in terrorism. Member States already face a significant and growing threat, including incitement to terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism, recruitment, training, planning, networking, securing logistical support, l acquisition of weapons and their components, fundraising and the conduct of terrorist operations.

Other objectives include identifying persistent challenges, sharing good practices in line with international human rights law, industry action, public-private partnerships, legislative policy and regulatory responses , the UN said in a statement.

“The three main areas of discussion would include the use of social media, terrorist financing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS),” according to the Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).

With the increasing prevalence of technology and the rapid increase in digitalization, addressing the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes, the United Nations Security Council has highlighted this issue in a number of resolutions related to the fight against terrorism, the most recent being resolution 2617 (2021), which makes specific reference to “emerging technologies”.

Terrorists move or store funds using digital marketplaces and wallets, online payment platforms and apps, mobile payments or virtual currencies. There is also an increased risk of misuse of the Internet by terrorist organizations for raising funds through crowdfunding, selling merchandise, appealing for donations through social media platforms and other methods. At the same time, innovations in financial technologies, products and services offer significant economic opportunities and provide effective tools to respond to emerging threats.

Recognizing the growing threat posed by the misuse of new and emerging technologies, this meeting will include the participation of relevant operational partners, including UN organizations, international and regional organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) , private sector entities and members of CTED’s Global Research Network (GRN).

“The special meeting in India will provide an overview of how Member States are deploying new and emerging technological developments. Secondly, they will inform Member States of the threats posed by terrorists. Thirdly, they would be able to identify persistent challenges Finally, members will be able to share good practices in legislative, policy and regulatory responses with international human rights law,” sources said.

The special meeting would also provide an opportunity to reflect on the work of the Committee, CTED, taking into account specific gender aspects related to digitalization and technology.

NEW DELHI: India will host the UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee meeting for the first time later this month. The agenda would be to focus on threats imposed by technology, including social media. “The 15 permanent member states of the UNSC are expected to participate in this two-day meeting in Mumbai and Delhi (October 28-29). The focus of the special meeting will be to address the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorists for counter-terrorism purposes. This issue is of growing concern to member states, policymakers and researchers,” sources say. New and emerging technologies – particularly information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as the Internet, social media platforms, and fintech have become a favored tool for terrorists such as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)/Daesh, Al-Qaida, their affiliated groups, other terrorist organizations and their supporters to engage in terrorism. States already face a significant and growing threat, including incitement to terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism, recruitment, training, planning, networking, securing loci strategic support, acquisition of weapons and their components, fundraising and the conduct of terrorist operations. Other objectives include identifying persistent challenges, sharing good practices in line with international human rights law, industry action, public-private partnerships, legislative policy and regulatory responses , the UN said in a statement. “The three main areas of discussion would include the use of social media, terrorist financing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS),” according to the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). With the increasing prevalence of technology and the rapid increase in digitalization, dealing with the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes, the United Nations Security Council has highlighted this issue in a number resolutions related to the fight against terrorism, the most recent being its resolution 2617 (2021), which makes specific reference to “emerging technologies”. Terrorists move or store funds using digital marketplaces and wallets, online payment platforms and apps, mobile payments or virtual currencies. There is also an increased risk of misuse of the Internet by terrorist organizations to raise funds through crowdfunding. , merchandise sales, appeals for donations via social media platforms and other methods. At the same time, innovations in fintech products and services offer significant economic opportunities and provide effective tools to respond to emerging threats. Recognizing the growing threat posed by the misuse of new and emerging technologies, this meeting will include the participation of relevant operational partners, including UN organizations, international and regional organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) , private sector entities and members of CTED’s Global Research Network (GRN). “The special meeting in India will provide an overview of how Member States are deploying new and emerging technological developments. Secondly, they will inform Member States of the threats posed by terrorists. Thirdly, they would be able to identify persistent challenges Finally, members will be able to share good practices in legislative, policy and regulatory responses with international human rights law,” sources said. technology.

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Interview with Man Utd legend Andy Cole about Black History Month 2022

The Treble winner, 51 today, speaks passionately about the role models and influence of black players in an in-depth conversation with club journalist Sam Carney which you can read below.

Cole is particularly attached to the lack of opportunities for black coaches and managers in English football, pointing to the fact that his great friend Dwight Yorke has been unable to find his way home. As Andy explains, Yorkie’s eventual chance came from the other side of the world with Australian club Macarthur FC and, like all Reds, he was delighted to see him win a domestic cup earlier this month .

Watch or read the full interview with Coley here…

First of all Andy, can you sum up how important Black History Month is and who were your black role models when you were growing up?
“Yes, it’s very important and I agree that we deserve more than a month, but that’s the way it is. He’s very important. I think you still look up to your dad as a role model because, in the end when you grow up he is the provider so I would say my dad who passed away in June In terms of football Cyrille Regis was my biggest inspiration and he was one of the reasons I wanted to playing football. We all have role models and he was definitely mine.

And were there people like John Barnes and maybe Ian Wright later on?
“I think John is a big part of the idol of the younger generation, younger than my generation, but I respect John 100%. I think he was a fantastic player. But for me it was more Cyrille Regis Wrighty is more of a friend, obviously I look up to him and what he’s accomplished in his career as well, but my role model was Cyrille Regis.

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Canada, which looks to the navy, has neglected its army, according to the French ambassador

The problem, in part, is that Canada has become too dependent on the United States and its enormous defense machine, the most expensive in the world, said Michel Miraillet.

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Caught in navel-gazing and living under the protective shield of the United States, Canada has allowed its military presence in the world to wither over the past decade, the new French ambassador to Ottawa suggested on Friday.

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In blunt comments that he said reflected his own personal views, Michel Miraillet argued that Canada needed to strengthen its defense capabilities as threats grew from China, Russia and North Korea.

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The problem, in part, is that Canada has become too dependent on the United States and its enormous defense machine, the most expensive in the world, he said during a meeting with the editorial board of the National Post.

“It’s always difficult for a country which by nature is very protected, with a big guy underneath who sucks but in the end, well, it works,” said Miraillet. “You are very French, you get in a first class car with a third class ticket…. If you want to stay first class, you have to train, develop and go somewhere.

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“This country in some ways can be too comfortable, too comfortable.”

The ambassador’s remarks were by no means the first time someone from outside the country had criticized Ottawa’s recent defense spending record. US presidents have long urged Canada and other lagging NATO members to meet the alliance’s recommended target of allocating 2% of GDP to the military.

But it’s unusual to hear a similar complaint from another Canadian ally, even though the arms industry could benefit from increased equipment purchases in Ottawa.

  1. Canadian troops from NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup attend a meeting with Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand in Adazi, Latvia, February 3, 2022.

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    US ambassador says Canada has failed to live up to its own defense spending hype

According to NATO figures, France is 11th among the 29 countries in the group, spending just below the 2% target, or 1.90% of GDP. Canada is 24th, budgeting just 1.27% of its gross domestic product for defence.

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Miraillet, a former director general for global affairs, acknowledged Canada’s recent contributions to international defense, including its involvement in Afghanistan, sending soldiers to the Baltic countries and training Ukrainian troops.

He also said that this country has a “fantastic” reputation in France as a friendly nation with similar values.

But the ambassador said he remembers a day when, for example, Canada was a major contributor to UN peacekeeping, a contrast to the situation today.

After peaking in 1993 when more than 3,300 Canadians were deployed on peacekeeping missions, the number has dropped to just 54 this year, according to figures compiled by Professor Walter Dorn of the Royal Military College. .

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“At the end of the day, I have the feeling that militarily this country is less present than 10 or 15 years ago,” Miraillet said. “Canada was much more present in the past in Africa than it is now…. There needs to be more Canada on the ground, not only in Africa but also in Asia.

He also suggested that threats in that country’s backyard are growing, with China sending icebreakers to the Arctic, possibly heralding the arrival of People’s Liberation Army submarines. Meanwhile, Russia has deployed more attack submarines than ever before, the ambassador said.

You’re French, you’re in a 1st class car with a 3rd class ticket

But he said Canada had a “huge problem” with its own submarine fleet, calling them “very old” vessels. In fact, used ships bought in the UK have been plagued with mechanical problems, leading to expensive repairs. Miraillet also questioned the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the joint US-Canadian continental defense program.

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“You are now faced with a situation where NORAD looks like an old Volvo 240. I mean it’s strong, but you have to strengthen it.”

Instead of looking beyond its borders at security threats and humanitarian needs around the world, Canada seems absorbed in internal political discussions, especially on “gender” issues, Miraillet said.

“Now I have this feeling – it’s very personal – but the country is really about the navel, more than ever.”

His remarks – delivered with self-deprecating humor – were perhaps not entirely selfless. France has a major arms industry and was recently stung by Australia’s decision to cancel a deal to buy 12 French-made diesel-electric submarines. They are to be replaced by eight nuclear submarines which he will buy from the United States instead. The Royal Canadian Navy has said it is considering buying a new fleet of submarines.

The ambassador cited an incident in the early 1990s when the Canadian Navy approached France to buy attack submarines from it, only for the United States to frustrate the talks. But he suggested Canada needs a bigger military to respond to international security risks, no matter where it buys its equipment.

“I’m not telling you that you have to buy French frigates, even if that would be a sign of good taste,” he said smiling. “But on the other hand, what I want to see is just having enough capability to be ready… just for deterrence.”



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Religious groups hold back work in Haiti due to 2021 chaos and kidnappings

One year after 17 North American missionaries were kidnapped in Haitistarting a two-month ordeal before they finally became freethe agency that sent them has not returned there permanently, and several other international groups have also reduced their activity there.

The kidnapping highlighted a deterioration of the security situation which got worse last year, with Haitian leaders call for the deployment of foreign troops to help break the crippling grip of gang activity and protest.

The group of missionaries, including five minors ranging from infant to teenager, were abducted on October 16, 2021, while returning from a visit to an orphanage supported by their organization, Christian Aid Ministries.

It was the largest such kidnapping in recent years, although hundreds of kidnappings have targeted Haitian nationals and attracted little international attention.

Hostage takers of the notorious 400 Mawozo gang demanded a ransom of 1 million dollars for each victim, says CAM. After two were released on medical grounds and three others ransomed by a third party for an undisclosed amount, the the remaining 12 became free On December 16 after what they described as a nocturnal escape.

The standoff came just months after a presidential assassination and an earthquake that killed and injured thousands.

Currently, basic supplies such as fuel and water have dwindled since a powerful gang took control of a main fuel terminal in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Demonstrators blocked roads to protest a spike in fuel prices, and gas stations and schools closed.

Some North American CAM workers have been in Haiti over the past year, “checking things out as they can,” spokesman Weston Showalter said. But there is no timetable for a permanent return.

“It seems that things are more difficult there than ever,” he said, adding that the work of Haitian staff is also hampered by the crisis.

The kidnapped missionaries included 16 Americans and one Canadian. Christian Aid Ministries, based in Berlin, Ohio, is supported by conservative Mennonite, Amish, Brethren and related groups. The agency, which has worked in Haiti since the 1980s, weighs the lessons of 2021.

“We’ve become hypersensitive to risk,” Showalter said. “So particularly the issue of having women and children there, I would say that’s a big talking point.”

Other faith-based bodies are also struggling to respond to Haiti’s plight.

“There is no clear path,” said Alex Morse, associate regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean for Church World Service, a partnership of more than 30 Christian denominations and communions in the United States that provides development assistance and disaster relief worldwide.

In August, CWS decided to operate its remaining programs in Haiti with only local staff – agriculture and food security programs in the northwest, housing construction and social support for children in the southwest.

Morse worked in the country after a devastating earthquake in 2011 and recalls that many Haitians found resilience in their belief in God.

It’s different now.

“I hear people say they’ve lost hope,” he said. “People who turned quickly to their faith – we hear less about that.”

Patrick Nelson, a Haitian who is the main representative of the CWS in the country, said that children and students “want to go to school and study right now, take courses, but schools and universities are closed” .

However, he said people are discouraged but not desperate.

“If people didn’t have faith in God or hope things could be different in Haiti, they wouldn’t be on the streets demanding change,” Nelson said via email.

One of the members of the CWS is the Church of the Brethren, which has offered programs for more than 20 years in Haiti and has 30 congregations there. It had a main base in Croix-des-Bouquets, near Port-au-Prince, but the area has been an epicenter of gang activity, according to Jeffrey Boshart, director of the church’s World Food Initiative.

Earlier this year, one of the program’s drivers was kidnapped – but later released – and his vehicle stolen, Boshart said, prompting the church to suspend all activities in the Port-au- Prince. The remaining programs, involving agriculture, clean water and building homes, are mostly in rural areas far from the capital and staffed entirely by Haitians, he added.

Boshart said the church also sharply cut a mobile medical clinic program because several of the Haitian doctors who participated fled to the United States.

Catholic Relief Services has more than 200 staff in the country, almost all Haitian, but they largely work remotely. Many of their outreach and healthcare activities are on hold.

“The roads are blocked and they cannot drive to the office,” said Akim Kikonda, the CRS country representative. “There’s no gas to drive their cars, and in some cases there’s no internet at the office.”

He added: “You can imagine our frustration…when we see the needs are greater than they’ve ever been, but we’re not in a position to go and meet those needs.”

He hopes international supporters will rally behind Haiti.

“Haiti has been close to the edge so many times and has always been able to come back,” Kikonda said. “This time I see a very difficult and trying situation, hoping there is a light, but personally I don’t see it yet.”

Living Waters for the World, a U.S.-based nonprofit that provides clean water systems to many countries, has been able to continue its work in Haiti because much of it is done by Haitians, said Bob McCoy, moderator of his Haitian network coordination team.

International visits continue, although carefully planned.

“The kidnapping was a very unfortunate situation,” McCoy said. “Are we worried about that? You bet. We try to stay smart about what we do. This does not prevent us from going there.

Meanwhile, a new book published by CAM gives its official account of the kidnapping and includes interviews with the hostages, their families and CAM officials.

“Kidnapped in Haiti,” written by Katrina Hoover Lee, reveals that while CAM had a longstanding no-ransom policy, board members weren’t as committed to it as they thought in the face of a real-life crisis .

In internal debates, the book says, some have asked, “Was it reasonable to risk human lives for a matter that was not stated in the scriptures?”

The ministry eventually agreed to offer humanitarian aid to the kidnappers, which they rejected. He then reluctantly accepted a third party’s offer to pay a ransom.

Showalter said CAM “still has no details on who paid or how much was included.” The ransom took place in December and the hostages were told they would all be released. But they said that due to internal gang disputes, the kidnappers only released three.

The remaining hostages prayed and worshiped together daily. They also debated intensely whether to attempt an escape. Eventually, they all agreed to try. According to their accounts, they broke through a barricaded door after midnight on December 16 and walked for miles to safety.

Showalter said the ministry is continuing its work in other countries and will consider returning to Haiti.

One of the former hostages, Dale Wideman, returns to the mission field for a stay in Liberia, where CAM supplies medical clinics.

His experience in Haiti motivated him to help others. “It reminded me of everything I was given growing up in Canada in a good, solid home,” said Wideman, of Moorefield, Ont. He recalled the extreme poverty in Haiti, with many young people joining gangs “looking for every possible way to get a meal and earn a few dollars”.

“I’d love to say I wouldn’t make those choices if I was in their situation, but I have no idea,” Wideman, 25, said. “Our worlds are so different. I feel like I should give back.


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GeoComply dissolves its responsible gaming association

Location-based provider GeoComply announced this week that it is disbanding its responsible gaming unit, Conscious Gaming, and transferring its PlayPause technology to IXUP, a secure data company involved in the development of PlayPause.

In a press release, GeoComply said all proceeds from the transfer will be donated to responsible gaming organizations and programs. The company’s IMPACT department, which oversees social responsibility programs, will manage GeoComply’s responsible gaming efforts going forward.

IXUP announced the news during its September 30 investor presentation, stating that the acquisition “is a key step in positioning IXUP in the rapidly growing and increasingly important global responsible gaming industry.” The transfer of assets includes the trademark and brand name, all unregisterable trademarks and goodwill, the PlayPause domain name, and a white paper exploring social responsibility and gaming.

“As a technology company that originated in the gaming industry, promoting player protection is of paramount importance to us at GeoComply,” GeoComply founder Anna Sainsbury said in a press release. “IXUP’s acquisition of PlayPause is an exciting step into the future of responsible gaming. We are proud to see PlayPause live with a trusted partner, and GeoComply will continue to drive player wellbeing and sustainability in the world. entire industry thanks to IMPACT.

GeoComply deployed PlayPause technology in September 2020, as a digital tool allowing consumers at risk of excessive gambling to voluntarily self-exclude themselves from online betting in multiple states at the same time. BetMGM and Pennsylvania regulators became the first to sign on for the technology later that year.

GeoComply sued a competitor earlier this year

GeoComply is the leading provider of geofencing services for operators, jurisdictions and other stakeholders in the North American online gaming and sports betting markets. The Canada-based company, founded in 2012, holds a virtual monopoly on location-based services and in late September took strong action to protect that company by suing XPoint. The latter provides geolocation services for the new Sporttrade betting exchange and PlayStar iGaming, both live in New Jersey.

GeoComply filed its lawsuit in federal court in Delaware. It claims XPoint, founded in Miami in 2019, infringes its patent, which expires in 2033. In the lawsuit, GeoComply sought access to XPoint’s source code, as well as a permanent injunction against the company.

XPoint called the accusations “baseless,” according to SBC Americas, while GeoComply said in a statement it was not discouraging competition but protecting its technology. XPoint has until October 20 to file a response.

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Members of the historical society take a walk through time at the former wartime airfield at Sawbridgeworth

A team from the city’s historical society explored one of the city’s most fascinating historical gems on foot.

Members of the Sawbridgeworth Local History Society, led by Elizabeth Waugh, scoured the nettles and rubble looking at what was once a 43-acre site with three runways, defense emplacement and combat headquarters.

History society founder Theo van de Bilt told India that seven members of the East Herts Aviation Society and others brought a deep understanding of the maps that “imposed the past on the present”. He added that the paintings by Eric Ravilious, the war artist attached to the site in 1942, were called the color record of the time.

Members of the local Sawbridgeworth History Society took a walk back in time at the town’s old airfield (59832236)

“There was a free and friendly exchange of information on a day when the big, bright blue sky and puffy clouds could have been painted by Ravilious,” said Theo adding, “Thank you to landowner David Morris for the access.”

A Zoom lecture in 2021 by Elizabeth Waugh revealed the airfield was first used during World War I, known as Matham’s Wood and from 1916 to 1918 it became a night landing ground for the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps, which defended London against high altitude German bombers and airships.

After 1918 the airstrips were removed and the area reverted to farmland, but from 1937 the airfield, then known as Matham’s Wood Advanced Landing Ground, was reinstated and improved and became a training center. From 1940 it was extended to three tracks eventually housing 1,000 people. The name RAF Sawbridgeworth originated when Wing Commander Geddes began using this title to direct correspondence in 1940.

Members of the local Sawbridgeworth History Society took a walk back in time at the town's old airfield (59832240)
Members of the local Sawbridgeworth History Society took a walk back in time at the town’s old airfield (59832240)

The next society conference on October 27 will be moderated by Nik Pringle on the two murders that changed the course of policing in Hertfordshire.

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UN passes resolution condemning Russia’s annexation

US to send more air defense systems to Ukraine

US defense officials have said they will send Ukraine more air defense systems to defend against continued Russian airstrikes.

At a press conference, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the 50 countries attending the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group (UDCG) meeting in Brussels “have made progress” in their discussions on needs security of Ukraine.

He said the united resolve of those allies to support Ukraine was “strengthened” by the “deliberate cruelty” of Russia’s latest attack on Ukrainian cities.

Missile strikes on targets with no military purpose “reveal the malice of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s war of choice.”

The Chiefs’ co-chairman, General Mark Milley, said Russia’s continued escalation of tensions in Ukraine is only costing the Kremlin and the Russian people “more and more” as the war continues.

Milley also said Russia’s deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilian infrastructure “in an attempt to harm civilians” constitute a war crime.

He said the United States and its allies will continue to protect the rules-based international order to ensure Ukraine remains a free, independent, and sovereign nation.

Secretary Austin said new air defense systems will be supplied to Ukraine “as quickly as we physically can get them there” to protect against Russian air attacks.

“We will also try to provide additional ammunition to existing systems that Ukrainian forces are using,” he said.

He said Ukraine needed long-range fire, air defense systems and artillery the most.

Austin said earlier in the press conference that the HIMARS or “High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems” had “changed the dynamics of the war” and helped the Ukrainian forces in their counteroffensive.

Allies and partners will continue to “rush” capabilities to assist Ukraine in its current struggle.

As the conflict continues to evolve, Austin said the allies will continue their commitment to Ukraine’s long-term defense capabilities. He expressed confidence that Ukraine will continue to be effective on the battlefield throughout the winter.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure they have what it takes to be effective,” adding that Ukraine has been “very effective” in retaking territory from the Russians to the east and south.

Gen. Milley said Ukraine is asking for an integrated air missile defense system, which he says the United States can provide.

“It does not control all the airspace over Ukraine, but is designed to control priority targets that Ukraine needs to protect,” he said.

Milley said Ukrainian forces effectively used the systems at their disposal to deny Russian air superiority, which in turn denied Russian ground maneuvers.

Specifically, Ukraine is requesting Hawk or an improved Hawkeye system.

“It’s a medium-altitude, medium-range system,” Milley said. “It’s an older system, but it’s quite effective.”

He added that countries must “participate” to help rebuild and maintain the integrated missile defense system.

Many countries have a wide variety of systems, Milley said, adding that they need to bring the systems together, deploy them, train Ukrainian forces and link them to command and control.

Milley said it was complicated, but doable and would take time.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (L) and US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley give a press conference after a meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group during a meeting two-day meeting of alliance defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on October 12, 2022.
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Granted Husson University College of Business

BANGOR, MAINE, Oct. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The College of Business at Husson University announced today that it has recently obtained reaffirmation of specialized business accreditation for several of its degree programs business-related by the Board of Commissioners of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

To obtain reaffirmation of accreditation, the Husson University College of Business had to demonstrate that its business programs complied with the IACBE Accreditation Principles by undergoing a rigorous self-assessment and comprehensive review and independent by peers. The IACBE Accreditation Principles include a commitment to: integrity, accountability and ethical behavior; quality assessment and advancement; strategic planning; study programs and business learning opportunities; business faculty characteristics, activities and processes; resources supporting business programs; external relations and innovation in business education.

As a result of this process, Husson University College of Business was found to have demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, demonstrated excellence in business education, and advanced academic quality in its business programs and operations.

The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 and is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The IACBE is the leader in mission- and outcome-oriented programmatic accreditation in business and business-related education for colleges, universities and other institutions of higher education whose primary goal is excellence in business. teaching and learning. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide and has accredited thousands of business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Americas Central and South America. The IACBE World Headquarters is located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300 in Overland Park, Kansas. For more information on the College of Business’s IACBE-accredited programs, please see the IACBE Membership page available on the IACBE website:

“Achieving accreditation from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education signifies that Husson University’s College of Business has met or exceeded a rigorous set of standards for business education,” said the Dr. Marie Hansen, Dean of the College of Business at Husson University. “The high quality of our programs, combined with our commitment to putting students first, are some of the reasons so many students choose to pursue their undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Hospitality Management and sports management at Husson.”

“At the graduate level, more students choose to earn their MBA from Husson University than from any other business college in our state,” Hansen continued. “With high-quality business-related undergraduate and graduate programs and over 124 years of experience teaching business subjects to students, Husson University has proven itself to be the leading business college in the world. Maine.”

Husson University College of Business faculty are academic experts in their areas of expertise. In addition to possessing in-depth knowledge, these faculty members have experience in their various disciplines. This provides students with real-world professional knowledge that helps them succeed after graduation.

In addition to having access to exceptional faculty, College of Business students also have the opportunity to study in world-class facilities. Harold Alfond Hall is home to Husson University’s College of Business. Containing the latest in business technology, this year-long facility includes private spaces where students and peer tutors can meet. This helps to increase the level of academic achievement in all College of Business programs. The new College of Business building also includes agile workspaces where faculty, students, and members of the business community can all come together to solve organizations’ business problems. Individuals can learn more about Harold Alfond Hall by visiting

“Husson University business degrees can be customized to suit individual interests and learning preferences,” said Dr. Lynne Coy-Ogan, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost at Husson University. “That’s why we offer those enrolled in our programs the option of earning their degree on campus or online.”

Offering a range of undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and certificates that can be taken on campus, on-site or online, the College of Business is dedicated to providing students with an education that leads to career success, whether or not they choose to work in the public sector; the private and corporate sector; or for non-profit organizations. College of Business courses provide opportunities for students to have experiences where they “learn by doing.” For more information about the Husson University College of Business, visit

For more than 120 years, Husson University has shown its adaptability and strength in delivering educational programs that prepare future leaders to meet the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to providing affordable classroom, online, and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has become a top value in higher education. Characteristics of a Husson education include advanced knowledge delivered through quality corporate educational programs; health and education; pharmacy studies; sciences and humanities; as well as communication. According to a recent analysis of tuition and fees per US News and World Report, Husson University is one of the most affordable private colleges in New England. For more information on educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit

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Maternity behind bars | Today

Children whose mothers are incarcerated are at higher risk of a range of adverse consequences, including dropping out of school and ending up behind bars themselves. Indeed, a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation suggested that parental incarceration can have as many negative impacts on a child’s well-being as child abuse or domestic violence.

Maintaining family ties can help ease the trauma of separation for mothers and children, an Urban Institute study noted. But institutional barriers — such as courts and child welfare agencies that oversee custody decisions and prisons that regulate parents’ access to their children — keep families apart, Umeh said.

“How do you consider yourself a mother when someone else tells you how and when you can see your children?” she says.

Umeh’s interview subjects largely reflect the national profile of incarcerated women. Most are African-American women convicted of non-violent offenses, ranging from drug-related incidents to what Umeh calls acts of “economic survival,” like a mother who stole children’s clothes from a Walmart. . And like many women trapped in the criminal justice system, Umeh said incarcerated mothers often experienced abusive childhoods themselves.

However, even behind bars, many mothers in Umeh’s survey sought ways to cling to their maternal identity, with some even choosing not to let their children visit them. “It may not look like traditional mothering,” she explained, “but they say, ‘I always do the act of mothering by protecting my children, even if that means protecting them from me and my environment.'”

And for most, their burden does not end with their release. Umeh recalled a woman who, after a series of misdemeanors, was stripped of her nursing assistant and bartending licenses. She was forced to lie about her criminal record while applying for a job as a waitress, but was fired when her employer found out. “What does reintegration mean if you cannot reenter the labor market? Umeh said. “How do you go on with your life? »

The next phase of Umeh’s research will focus on mother-child reunions and feature the contributions of institutional actors – social workers, child protection officers and judges – across the justice system in family from Washington, DC. In the meantime, she plans to adapt her research to a book project. She is already introducing women’s stories in her undergraduate class on black feminist perspectives and criminal justice.

Intense interviews can be tiring, Umeh said, often leaving her emotionally drained. “It takes, it takes a toll,” she admitted. Yet she was sustained by the resilience of the women who entrust their stories to her. Even in their most difficult times, she noted, most were determined to chart a brighter course for their family’s future.

“It’s moving to see how determined they are to get their kids back, to start new jobs, to stay sober,” she said. “We know they face an uphill battle. But their optimism is inspiring.

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Black History Museum to Go on Trial for Plans for Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee Monument

A circuit court judge set up a trial on Monday in February as part of a lawsuit to stop a Charlottesville museum from melting down a monument to Robert E. Lee that was removed from city property in 2021.

The bronze statue stood in a Charlottesville park near the downtown mall, before the city council voted to donate the monument to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. The organization, which opened in 2013, plans to turn the Confederate monument into a work of public art.

Two organizations that unsuccessfully sought ownership of last year, the 26-foot-tall statue sued the city and Jefferson School to overturn the council’s decision.

Andrea Douglas, executive director of the Jefferson School, met with supporters outside the courthouse ahead of Monday’s hearing.

“We shouldn’t even be here today,” Douglas said. “We should have been able to do what we wanted to do because that’s what we decided for our city.”

Hashim Davis, a teacher at Albemarle High School read a quote from writer and social commentator James Baldwin.

On Monday, Andrea Douglas, executive director of the Jefferson School, speaks to a group of about 50 supporters of the Swords into Plowshares initiative outside Charlottesville Circuit Court. (Photo: Whittney Evans/VPM News)

“Whatever is faced cannot be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is confronted,” he read to a group of about 50 outside Charlottesville Circuit Court, a few blocks from where he stood. found Lee’s statue. He told his supporters that Swords into Plowshares – the Jefferson School’s proposal for the Lee monument – ​​is a show of courage.

“This is an act of relentless determination, and it goes beyond the desecration of statues, but rather is about the consecration of our shared history,” he said. “It’s about actively and courageously facing our future.”

The suing groups want to preserve the statue and claim the process of acquiring the Lee monument violated state antitrust laws.

Last fall, the city approached interested parties to take ownership of the monument. Dozens of organizations expressed interest, but the city settled on the Jefferson School. The Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation and the Ratcliffe Foundation, which operates the Ellenbrook Museum in Rosedale, said the city does not have the authority to donate a Confederate monument they know will be destroyed.

The organizations asked the court to require the Jefferson School to publicly disclose the statue’s current location, as well as whether it has been taken down or damaged in any way. The court agreed to give the plaintiffs limited access, but refused to release the whereabouts of the statue.

A lawyer for the Trevilian Station and Ratcliffe foundations declined to answer questions after the hearing. Email requests for comment on Monday were not returned by the end of the day.

University of Virginia graduate Paul G. McIntire funded the design and construction of the equestrian statue. Unveiled in 1924, the 12ft by 8ft monument is seen as the impetus for the 2017 Unite the Right rally, which brought hundreds of white nationalists and neo-Nazis to Charlottesville and resulted in the death of activist Heather Heyer .

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Ottawa Artist’s Paintings Reveal the Faces Behind the Ottawa Mission

“I want people to recognize that there are so many people who make the Mission a special place”

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Ottawa artist Karen Bailey didn’t have to look far to find the subjects for her latest project, Portraits of the Ottawa Mission — they are her neighbours.

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“I’ve been a ByWard Market resident for 30 years,” says Bailey. “I saw a lot of people in need – homeless people, people struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction, people lying in the street – you see it all.

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“I think people, like me, pass them by and all we see is desperation.”

Bailey’s wish is that people who come to see her new exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery leave with a sense of hope.

“What I didn’t realize was how much more the Mission is than just a plate of hot food and a bed for the night,” she says. “These are huge and very important areas, but The Mission has all these other services that you don’t think of.”

Originally trained in England in the art of calligraphy and heraldry, Bailey has spent over three decades painting in Ottawa. His work has focused on unrecognized and underrepresented workers, whether it’s the medical personnel of the Canadian Army in Afghanistan or the workhorses of Cundell Stables in the Byward Market. It was her friend “Big John”, a worker at Cundell who receives services at The Mission, who interested her in her latest project.

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Portraits of the Ottawa Mission is on view at the Ottawa Art Gallery until October 16.
Portraits of the Ottawa Mission is on view at the Ottawa Art Gallery until October 16. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

Bailey spent 14 months working on the 31 paintings in the exhibit. The portraits cover everyone from CEO Peter Tilley to Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull and Wendy Muckle of Ottawa Inner City Health to board member Reverend Anthony Bailey to donors, benefactors and volunteers. There’s also Chef Ric Allen-Watson and his kitchen team, counselors, laundry attendants, and Mission customers like Luc, a former junior hockey player who now lives in supportive housing.

Some of Bailey’s acrylic paintings on canvas depict services such as the Day/Hope Counseling Program, The Mission’s clothing stores and dormitories, and Dr. Tom Harle and his dental practice.

“You don’t think about that – that someone on the street might have a toothache,” Bailey said. “So what are they going to do?” Or maybe they’re looking to see someone about housing. Or they want to improve their lives by enrolling in Chef Ric’s cooking program. It is open to all. All you need is desire.

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“I want people to recognize that there are so many people who make the Mission special. When I think of the Mission now, I realize that it is about a whole range of services and the hope it brings to its clients.

Portraits of the Ottawa Mission at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
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The project was carried out during the pandemic, which made the work more difficult. In some cases, his subjects came to Bailey’s to sit for portraits. COVID-19 outbreaks sometimes meant its access was restricted. One particularly haunting painting shows men lined up in front of a food truck on a freezing, snowy winter day when the Mission was closed.

Portraits create a different intimacy than what you’ll see in a photograph.

“When you paint a portrait, you look them straight in the eye and ask them questions,” Bailey said.

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“When people have their portraits painted, they trust you. People are used to having their picture taken, but they are not used to seeing themselves on the web. ”

Portraits of the Ottawa Mission are on display in the Sky Lounge on the third floor of the Ottawa Art Gallery until October 16. From the gallery’s wide windows, you can look down Waller Street and see the action outside the Mission’s gates. The reverse is also true. Bailey tells a story of one of her portrait subjects.

“It was evening and he was downstairs – the Mission is just across the street, of course. And he looked up and thought, ‘Look at the paintings! He knew his portrait was here. .

Portraits of the Ottawa Mission is on view at the Ottawa Art Gallery until October 16.
Portraits of the Ottawa Mission is on view at the Ottawa Art Gallery until October 16. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia
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Local non-profit organization works to improve access to health care for underserved communities

SALT LAKE CITY — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the health care inequities that persist, even as the world continues to return to normal.

Some communities continue to struggle to access even basic health services, especially in the most remote rural areas, where access to equipment such as crutches can require hours of driving to another state.

“The past two years have been unprecedented,” Sam Philips, chief operating officer of the nonprofit Project Embrace, said in an interview with FOX 13’s Amy Nay on Good Day Utah. “Apart from tragedies…we see it interfering with processes around the world, whether it’s the global supply chain or being able to get the right healthcare service at your local hospital or clinic. “

Project Embrace restores and repairs previously used medical equipment, such as canes, crutches and walkers, which are then distributed to low- and middle-income communities that would otherwise not have access to them. In January, the group collected over 400 pieces of equipment which were then distributed to the Navajo community living near the Four Corners.

“We have worked extensively with the Navajo tribe around the Four Corners region, as well as surrounding indigenous groups in the region,” said Abhi Harikumar, executive director of Project Embrace, in the same interview. “As long as we’re doing this, we’re trying to gather as detailed a picture as possible of the health needs of this community and how they may have changed during the pandemic.”

Founded in 2017, Project Embrace has provided medical supplies to people in need, from Salt Lake City to Zimbabwe. In addition to the indigenous community, they also work with patients within the homeless, undocumented and refugee communities to provide the equipment and resources they need to receive medical care.

If you want to learn more about their efforts, you can visit their website at

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The Devon History Society announces the best books of the year

The Devon History Society is pleased to announce this year’s awards for the best books on Devon history, which will be presented at the Society’s AGM on Saturday 8th October. The prices are as follows:

WG Hoskins Award

Winner: Helen Wilson, for The Remarkable Pinwill sisters: from “ladies woodcarvers” to professionals – cover photo attached.

Strongly recommended: Julia Neville, Mitzi Auchterlonie, Paul Auchterlonie and Ann Roberts for Devon Women in Public and Professional Life, 1900-1950: Votes, Voices and Vocations

Local History Society Award

Winner: The Way of the Wharves (Mike Teare, Bob Kirby and Antony Burt), for A History of East-the-Water, Bideford

Academic award

Winner: Devon and Cornwall Record Society (ed. Todd Gray), for The Exeter Cloth Dispatch Book, 1763-1765

Dr Helen Wilson said: “I am delighted to receive the WG Hoskins Prize from the Devon History Society for my book on the Pinwill sisters. It is a welcome acknowledgment of the importance of the Pinwills’ woodcarving business in the history of Devon women. I hope this will highlight their contribution to the betterment of many churches across Devon, such as those in Ermington, Newton Abbot, Manaton and Sheepstor, as well as in Plymouth where they have established their business.

For more information on prices or books, please contact Julia Neville on 01392-461157 or [email protected]

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Canada signs deal to replace WWII-era army handguns

A deal with a Victoria, BC-based gunsmith will replace Canada’s old Browning Hi-Power pistols with 7,000 new Sig Sauer P320 modular handguns – with an option for another 9,500

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After a decade of dramatic procurement involving false starts and accusations of rigging, Canadian soldiers should expect their WWII-era handguns to be replaced by mid-year next.

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A Ministry of National Defense press release issued early Friday morning announced the signing of a US$3.2 million (C$4.3 million) contract with gunsmith MD Charlton of Victoria, British Columbia, for the purchase of handguns and Sig Sauer P320 holsters as part of their C22 Full Frame Modular Pistol Supply Program.

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The program will initially purchase 7,000 pistols for the Canadian Army, with options for up to 9,500 additional weapons for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy and military police services.

If all options are exercised, the value of the contract will increase to $7.6 million.

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Delivery is expected to begin in the middle of next year.

The new pistols will replace the current CAF sidearm – the WWII-era 9mm Browning Hi-Powers, a firearm whose number of working samples in CAF inventory is dwindling in due to lack of spare parts.

The new pistol will use the same ammo as the previous pistols.

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In 2018, Sig Sauer beat fellow firearms giant Glock by striking a deal with the United States government to supply nearly half a million P320s to replace their aging Beretta M9 pistols – the handgun military standard of the United States Armed Forces since 1984.

A week ago, Australia announced a 500 million Australian dollars (C$437.6 million) deal to upgrade small arms used by the Australian Defense Force (ADF), including handguns P320 and MCX rifles from Sig Sauer.

In 2013, Britain spent around C$14 million to replace its World War II-era 9mm Brownings with 25,000 brand new Glock pistols, a process that took less than three years.

Launched in 2011, Canada’s 11-year journey to replace the aging handgun has been fraught with pitfalls, intrigue and accusations of favoritism from potential sellers.

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David Pugliese of the Ottawa Citizen previously reported last year that the federal government had been ordered to restart its purchase of pistols from scratch by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) after allegations of bid-rigging by one of the competing suppliers.

Ottawa outfitter Rampart International, representing Austrian gunsmith Glock Inc., accused the federal government’s grand process of requiring “certain types of design that do not meet any legitimate operational requirement and favor certain bidders.”

The process spent several years in limbo after protests over requirements that the winning bidder must manufacture the firearms at Colt Canada’s factory in Kitchener, Ontario. – a process they said amounted to outsourcing proprietary manufacturing processes to a competitor.

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Defense analyst and Macdonald-Laurier Institute senior fellow Richard Shimooka said Canada’s defense procurement process is cluttered with layers of bureaucracy with no single point of control.

“There has been too much reliance on bureaucratization and process rather than good management techniques to undertake defense procurement,” he told the National Post.

The problem, he said, is magnified by the involvement of no less than six separate agencies and groups, all with a say in procurement.

“There’s no real single leader who can go butt heads, no single point of accountability,” he explained.

The Americans, Shimooka said, have a significant process in place to address similar issues with their supply system.

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“Congress has the ability to change budget laws and will often rescind budgets if it feels the United States government is not getting value for money,” Shimooka said.

“Canada doesn’t have that.

During the 2019 federal election campaign and subsequently referenced in the Prime Minister’s 2019 mandate letter to former defense minister Harjit Sajjan, the federal Liberals promised to streamline defense procurement by creating a dedicated agency.

Although Sajjan said in 2020 that much of the work on this front had already begunno such agency ever materialized.

“It’s long gone,” Shimooka said.

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Completion of work on the UK headquarters of an international company | Midlands property news

Hortons’ Estate Ltd has completed the UK headquarters of an international hydraulics and pneumatics company in a well-established industrial park in the West Midlands.

The independent real estate company has completed the construction of 35,000 square feet of industrial/logistics housing in the Anchor Brook Industrial Park near downtown Aldridge.

The building has been split into two separate 17,500 square foot units, one of which will be occupied by Brennan Industries as a distribution center with integrated offices, and the other will be leased.

US-based Brennan Industries has purchased the land and two new units on a long-term lease from Hortons and will relocate its UK team from an existing facility in Walsall.

Matt M. Stahr, Vice President of Operations at Brennan Industries, said, “We are incredibly excited about our new facility at Wharf Approach.

“This new distribution center will allow us to more easily serve the UK market, restore value to our customers and create a great place to work for our employees. Thank you to the Hortons team for their world-class expertise, communication and their effectiveness.

James Slater, Head of Building Surveys and Development at Hortons, added: “It is very nice to have completed this nine month development program at Anchor Brook Industrial Park.

“We have worked closely with Brennan to provide a facility that meets its current and future needs. We are confident that the quality of the building and the park’s convenient location close to the national highway network will provide an ideal platform for business growth.”

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Live News: UK firms forecast record price rises for year ahead

The UK’s main communications union has denounced ‘hypocrisy, greed and arrogance’ among UK board leaders as hundreds of emergency call operators join a strike .

Meanwhile, the Royal College of Nursing has launched ‘the biggest strike ballot in its 106-year history’, the latest in a wave of social unrest sparked by a cost-of-living squeeze.

The Communications Workers Union, on behalf of BT staff, is protesting a £1,500 pay rise given to 58,000 frontline workers in April, which equates to between 3-8% depending on base pay and an average salary increase of 4.8%.

More than 500 operators will join the strikes. The union previously exempted staff handling 999 emergency calls from taking industrial action, but has since changed its position.

“BT’s chief executive and board need to come into the room, get their hands dirty and start negotiating,” CWU chief executive Dave Ward told Sky News on Thursday. “These people refuse to negotiate. All the other disputes in the UK at the moment actually involve talks.

Philip Jansen, chief executive of Britain’s biggest telecommunications group BT, rejected in July the idea of ​​raising the company’s wage offer.

“There is a disease in the UK today in the boardroom of hypocrisy, greed and arrogance and until that changes you will see more and more strikes,” Ward said Thursday.

UK households are facing cost of living pressure as winter approaches with inflation at its highest level in 40 years, prompting many people including nurses, train drivers, staff railway and postal workers, to lower their tools and to demand more wages.

The nurses’ union votes its 300,000 British members and asks them to support the strike. He is campaigning for a 5 percent rise above inflation.

The CWU also announced a 19-day strike for postal workers in the run-up to Christmas.

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Democratic Governors Association: Tim Michels’ story to hide his extremism

A new Associated Press report highlights how Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels has a long history of covering up or trying to change his extreme views on major issues, including his support for the 1849 Wisconsin law prohibiting abortion without exception for rape or incest.

For most of the election cycle, Michels has stated vehemently that if elected governor he would support an “exact mirror” of Wisconsin’s 1849 law, he would not pledge to protect contraception, and the latest time he ran for office, he signed a pledge supporting a constitutional amendment that would have banned abortion nationwide.

Now that he has secured his MAGA base, he is trying to back down from his extreme positions and says he would sign a law banning abortion but making exceptions for rape and incest.

For someone who touts himself as a “man of conviction” and a “man who doesn’t waver,” Michels certainly shifts a lot of his stances to hide his extreme views.

“Since entering the race in April, Michels has endorsed Donald Trump for a race in 2024, after initially refusing to endorse anyone; said the state’s bipartisan election commission should be scrapped, after initially saying he wanted to keep it; and started welcoming big dollar donations after earlier saying he wouldn’t take more than $500,” reports the AP.

“The people of Wisconsin deserve better than Tim Michels, who repeatedly tries to trick them into electing him and his radical agenda,” said Christina Amestoy, Senior Communications Advisor at the DGA. “During this time, Governor Tony Evers has consistently shown up and delivered on his promises and the values ​​he has stood for throughout his career, not just for political play. Governor Evers is the only candidate for office governor of Wisconsin who is committed to protecting abortion rights — period.

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Source: Ukraine to join Spain-Portugal bid for 2030 World Cup

GENEVA (AP) — Ukraine is set to join Spain and Portugal in a combined bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

A person familiar with the project told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Ukraine was added to the Spain-Portugal bid. The revitalized bid, which has been in the works for more than three years, is expected to be announced at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Wednesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity as the announcement has not yet been made public.

Ukrainian Football Federation president Andriy Pavelko confirmed to the AP that he would travel to Switzerland for the announcement, but declined to confirm details of the plan.

Ukraine’s addition to the EU bid was first reported by British newspaper The Times of London.

Ukraine co-hosted the 2012 European Championship in four stadiums, including Donetsk and Kharkiv. These towns in eastern Ukraine have been occupied or bombed since Russia invaded the country earlier this year.

FIFA has given no official timetable for choosing a host for the 48-team tournament in 2030, but the governing body has promised a decision in 2024. The vote would involve around 200 FIFA member federations.

The European bid should face a South American bid with co-hosts Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. This candidacy has the emotion of being the centenary of Uruguay, which hosted – and won – the first World Cup in 1930.

Saudi Arabia, which has strived to forge close ties with FIFA and its president, Gianni Infantino, in recent years, is preparing an unprecedented multicontinental bid, potentially including Egypt and Greece. It’s unclear how Greece would be approved by UEFA to participate in a rival bid.

Ukraine’s involvement in a World Cup bid would likely be backed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who two weeks ago praised UEFA for supporting football in his country and suspending all Russian teams from international competitions, including the lucrative Champions League.

Football in Ukraine restarted in August after dropping out of the domestic league last season during the invasion. League matches are being played in Kyiv and the western city of Lviv, and many of them are interrupted by air raid scares. Teams and officials sheltered in bunkers until it was safe to resume matches.

The Ukrainian national team and major clubs are currently unable to hold international competition matches due to security risks. These games, including Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, were mostly played in neighboring Poland.

Pavelko is expected to accompany the presidents of the Spanish and Portuguese football associations, Luis Rubiales and Fernando Gomes, during Wednesday’s press conference. All three are members of the UEFA executive committee and Rubiales and Gomes are vice-presidents.

The launch of the three nations’ bid ahead of this year’s World Cup in Qatar allows fellow Europeans to lobby their potential voters at the tournament.

Europe last hosted the World Cup in 2018 in Russia. The 2026 edition, expanded to 48 teams, will be played in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


Azzoni reported from Madrid.


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Governor Wolf Announces $5 Million Availability for Organizations Targeted by Hate Crimes

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of $5 million in funding to support safety enhancement projects for nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities, and more frequently targeted by hate crimes, throughout the Commonwealth.

“Hate has no place here in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “No Pennsylvanian should be afraid to pray with their community, love who they love, or be who they are – that’s why this program is so important to me and I’ve committed $20 million to protect the various communities of this Commonwealth.”

Governor Wolf signed HB 859 to create the nonprofit security program in November 2019, a year after the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shooting that claimed the lives of 11 congregants. Since then, the Governor has invested $15 million in more than 350 projects across the Commonwealth that aim to strengthen the physical security of churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other nonprofits facing to prejudice and are victims of hate crimes.

Administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the nonprofit Safety Grants Program administers grants to organizations that are included in a biased motivation category for single-bias hate crime incidents, as identified by the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics publication.

Interested organizations can find the application and program information on the PCCD website. Grants can range from $5,000 to $150,000 for a wide variety of eligible items, including safety and security planning and training; purchase of safety and security equipment and technologies; upgrades to existing structures that improve safety and security; and vulnerability and threat assessments.

While Pennsylvania has seen an alarming increase in hate crimes from 2020 to 2021, according to data from the Pennsylvania State Police’s Uniform Crime Reporting System, the state is on track for a decrease in hate crime. total number of hate crimes reported for 2022.

From 2016 to 2019, Pennsylvania averaged 88 hate crimes per year. In 2020, hate crime incidents increased by 27% to 112. Last year alone in 2021, there was a shocking 210% increase to 347 crimes. So far in 2022, 182 hate crimes have been reported, about 30% less based on a monthly average compared to 2021. It is important to note, however, that hate crimes are vastly under-reported . At one point, the US Department of Justice estimated that almost two-thirds of hate crimes go unreported.

PCCD will accept applications for the program from Friday, September 30, 2022 through Monday, October 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by a Commission-established task force consisting of representatives from PCCD, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Office of the Governor of Homeland Security. , with the awards being announced in December 2022.

Governor Wolf is a hardworking leader for the people of Pennsylvania. Find out how his priorities for Pennsylvania fueled the return of the Commonwealth, leaving Pennsylvania in a much better place than when he arrived.

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North Korea conducts 4th round of missile tests in 1 week | International

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea tested two short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday, its neighbors said, the fourth round this week of weapons launches that drew swift and strong condemnation from rivals.

In an unusually strong rebuke of North Korea’s weapons programs, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said North Korea’s “obsession” with nuclear weapons is aggravating the suffering of its own people, and warned of an “overwhelming response” from the South Korean and US military. these weapons are used.

“North Korea has not given up its obsession with nuclear weapons and missiles despite persistent international objection over the past 30 years,” Yoon told an Armed Forces Day ceremony at the headquarters. South Korea’s central military. “The development of nuclear weapons will plunge the lives of the North Korean people into further suffering.”

“If North Korea attempts to use nuclear weapons, it will face a resolute and overwhelming response from the South Korea-US alliance and our military,” Yoon said.

Yoon’s comments could enrage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who claimed in July that Yoon’s government was run by “confrontational maniacs” and “gangsters”. Kim also has rebuffed Yoon’s offers massive aid in exchange for denuclearization.

The North’s testing spree this week is seen as a response to recent naval exercises between South Korea and the United States and their other training involving Japan. North Korea sees these military drills by allies as a rehearsal for an invasion and argues that they reveal US and South Korean “double standards” because they label the North’s weapons tests a provocation.

On Saturday, the South Korean, Japanese and US military said they detected the two North Korean missile launches. South Korea said the takeoffs took place from the North Korean capital region.

According to South Korean and Japanese estimates, the missiles traveled about 350 to 400 kilometers (220 to 250 miles) at a maximum altitude of 30 to 50 kilometers (20 to 30 miles) before landing in the waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan. Toshiro Ino, Japan’s deputy defense minister, said the missiles showed an “irregular” trajectory.

Some observers say the reported low and “irregular” trajectory of the weapons suggests they were likely nuclear-capable and highly maneuverable missiles modeled after the Russian Iskander missile. They say North Korea developed the Iskander-type weapon to defeat South Korean and US missile defenses and hit key targets in South Korea, including US military bases there.

The other five ballistic missiles fired by North Korea three times this week show trajectories similar to those detected on Saturday.

“The repeated firing of ballistic missiles by North Korea is a serious provocation that undermines peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the international community,” the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. communicated.

Ino called the launches “absolutely unacceptable”, adding that four rounds of missile tests by North Korea in one week are “unprecedented”.

The US Indo-Pacific Command said the launches highlighted the “destabilizing impact” of North Korea’s illegal weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.

On Friday, South Korea, the United States and Japan held their first trilateral anti-submarine exercises in five years off the east coast of the Korean peninsula. Earlier this week, South Korean and US warships conducted bilateral exercises in the region for four days. Both military exercises this week involved the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

North Korean missile tests this week have also tested the US vice president Kamala Harris Thursday visit to South Koreawhere she reaffirmed the United States’ “ironclad” commitment to the security of its Asian allies.

Concerns over North Korea’s nuclear program have grown since last month passed a new law authorizing the pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons in certain situations, a move that shows his escalating nuclear doctrine.

During his speech on Saturday, Yoon said North Korea’s law threatens South Korea’s national existence and that Seoul will expand military exercises with Washington and strengthen South Korea’s missile strike and surveillance capabilities. South in response.

South Korean officials have generally avoided harsh rhetoric about North Korea to prevent an escalation in animosities. But Yoon’s Ministry of Defense recently warned that North Korea would self-destruct if he uses his nuclear weapons

North Korea has carried out a record number of missile tests this year in what experts call a bid to expand its arsenal of weapons amid stalled nuclear diplomacy with the United States. South Korean and US officials said North Korea had also completed preparations to carry out a nuclear test, which would be the seventh of its kind and the first in five years.

Experts say Kim Jong Un ultimately wants to use the expanded nuclear arsenal to pressure the United States and others accept his country as a legitimate nuclear state, a recognition he sees as necessary to secure the lifting of sanctions international and other concessions.

Several United Nations Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear devices. The country’s missile launches this year are seen as exploiting a split in the UN Council over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and US-China contests.

“North Korea’s frequent short-range missile tests could strain the resources of this isolated state. But due to the impasse in the UN Security Council, they are a cheap way for the Kim regime to signal its displeasure with Washington and Seoul’s defense drills while playing domestic politics to counter a external threat,” said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.

Yamaguchi reported from Tokyo.

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