November 2022

Canadian army

The Canadian Army wants you: To see soldiers build a bridge in Shedden this weekend

The Canadian Army invites the public to watch area Reservists conduct convoy and bridge-building training in the southwestern Ontario communities of St. Thomas and Shedden, starting Friday.

Reservists from the 31st Combat Engineer Regiment, 31st Service Battalion and 2nd Military Police Regiment will begin rumbling heavy military machinery through the area from Friday afternoon, culminating in a construction exercise on Saturday of bridges spanning Talbot Creek in Shedden.

“During this time, members of the public may see military vehicles on Sunset Drive, John Wise Line, Fingal Line and Union Road,” a news release issued by the Department of National Defense (DND) said Wednesday.

The statement said armed soldiers, including military police, would be stationed along the roads to guide the vehicles. However, the military stressed that the weapons would not be loaded.

“No ammunition of any kind will be present at any time,” the DND statement read.

The public is invited to watch the bridge-building exercise

While most Canadian military training exercises are off-limits to civilians, the military said the public is welcome to watch Saturday’s exercise between 9 a.m. and noon, when soldiers build a temporary crossing over Talbot Creek at the 9210 Union Road in Shedden.

Transport soldiers from the 5th Combat Engineer Regiment, seen here in Laval, Quebec in 2017, transport a beam to install a temporary bridge. The army will conduct a similar exercise in St. Thomas and Shedden, Ont., Nov. 25-27. (Cpl Myki Poirier-Joyal/Department of National Defence)

Once construction is complete on Saturday, the Canadian Army said personnel will dismantle the bridge on Sunday and the exercise should be finished by 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Army said on Wednesday the drills were aimed at maintaining the skills of reservists in the event of a natural disaster, where military personnel would be called in to erect a temporary bridge to replace the one that was washed away.

“Every measure is being taken to ensure minimal inconvenience to those in the area. However, access to certain areas of Open Space Park will be restricted,” the press release read.

“Members of the public are asked to exercise extra caution when approaching military vehicles and are thanked in advance for their understanding and cooperation.”

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Chicago ranks among the best cities in the world

Chicago came in at 13th this year World’s Best Cities Report 2023a comprehensive annual study by Resonance Consultancy.

Beyond tourist attractiveness, this ranking takes into account many factors. Among them: infrastructure, nature, arts, entertainment, culture, diversity and business prosperity. And Chicago did particularly well.

The report highlighted O’Hare International Airport, now fully operational after the pandemic, as a major win for the city. It also brings big business to town, as Chicago ranks 19th in the world when it comes to headquarters in the Global 500.

Meanwhile, residents can enjoy the sights and landmarks – Chicago ranked #24 in this category – and the fun nightlife – Chicago ranked #11 in this category. The list also called out a few hot new restaurants, including Bazaar Meat and Bar Mar, located at Bank of America headquarters, and Venteux, a French brasserie at the Pendry Chicago Hotel.

According to the rest of the report, the top 10 cities in the world include:
1. London, England
2. Paris, France
3. New York, USA
4. Tokyo, Japan
5. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
6. Barcelona, ​​Spain
7. Rome, Italy
8. Madrid, Spain
9. Singapore, Republic of Singapore
10. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Non profit living

Still-Serving Veterans Named “Nonprofit Organization of the Year” – The Madison Record

MADISON COUNTY – Still Serving Veterans or SSV has been named “Nonprofit Organization of the Year,” the second time for this award in SSV’s 17 years of operation.

SSV staff accepted the honor at the 37th Annual Small Business Awards Gala with the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

“We strive to uplift and support the citizens of our community,” said President and CEO Paulette Risher. “We are so grateful for this recognition and for the military community that helps support and promote our free services for veterans.”

SSV’s mission is to honor veterans and their families by empowering them to build rewarding lives through connections to fulfilling careers, benefits and services. The organization proactively strengthens veteran communities through leadership and collaboration.

John T. Wright of Madison is Chairman of the Board of SSV. Three of SSV’s advisers are Madison residents – retired US Army Staff Sergeant Moses Nervis; retired Master Sergeant Julia Chambers, US Army; and United States Air Force veteran Kristyn Garstka.

“It is truly an honor to have served on the board for over five years now and to have seen the attention to detail, hard work and commitment of the team,” said Kristen Strickland. Strickland is Vice President, Sales Agent at Bank Independent.

Founded in 2006, SSV’s goal was to help seriously injured veterans transition to civilian life and obtain VA benefits. “We soon realized that many uninjured veterans also had difficulty finding employment. We began supporting all veterans and members of the National Guard or Reserve seeking civilian careers,” Risher said.

Still-serving veterans can address civilian life needs, such as tailoring civilian-friendly resumes and LinkedIn profiles, offering mock interviews, and explaining salary negotiation. “We ensure veterans get the VA benefits earned through military service. All SSV services are provided free of charge,” Riser said.

In 2021, an impressive number of clients – 1,052 veterans – found new or better jobs. “We already surpassed that number in 2022,” Riser said. Also in 2021, SSV Benefits Advisors helped veterans secure more than $3 million in VA benefits, including disability, burial, pension/survivor, and education benefits.

“It’s an especially great honor for still-serving veterans to be recognized as Non-Profit Organization of the Year. Our board and staff are dedicated to supporting veterans who have given so much to serve our country, often at great personal cost,” Riser said.

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Thanksgiving not forgotten in prisons

Even as bad choices landed people in state prisons, holiday celebrations such as Thanksgiving continued even while incarcerated.

Prisons began observing Thanksgiving in 1868

Thanksgiving events held in San Quentin really began in 1868.

“As the good people of San Francisco prepared to enjoy Thanksgiving Day, few thought of (those incarcerated in) San Quentin. A year ago yesterday several gentlemen of this town formed a committee to attend to the welfare of these unfortunates,” reported the San Francisco Chronicle, November 19, 1869. “Yesterday a party of ladies and gentlemen set out on the steamer Contra Costa to attend and participate in Thanksgiving held at the prison.

In 1921, Folsom State Prison celebrated the day with a movie, baseball game, and running races. “A fine Thanksgiving dinner of roast pork and other good things was served,” reported The Folsom Telegraph, November 25, 1921.

The personnel were not forgotten as “an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner was prepared for officers and guards. The party was under the personal direction of Earl W. Blanchard.

New board chairman celebrates Thanksgiving with incarcerated population

When William Morrish was appointed head of the State Prisons Commission in 1925, he chose to spend Thanksgiving Day at San Quentin. He planned to see prison conditions firsthand and make announcements about improving rehabilitation efforts, including in the area of ​​education.

“A new education system will be put into operation in San Quentin. Prisoners, many of whom cannot read or write, will have the opportunity to engage in studies leading them to high school. All recognized subjects taught in public primary schools will be included in the new prison school,” the newspaper reported.

“(We) will resume working for the better welfare of the men and women who have been placed in our care,” Morrish said. “We are ready to forget (past criticism) and write our success story on a new page in prison history.”

It was also the first time the prison allowed incarcerated women to attend the annual Thanksgiving track meet. Although not allowed in the courtyard, the 64 women were granted a vantage point on the hill near the residence of manager Frank Smith.

“The routine of prison and the gloom of a foggy Thanksgiving morning were shattered by another innovation today, when prisoners received a special breakfast of pork sausages, potatoes and gravy , of bread and coffee. (This replaced) the usual bread and unsweetened porridge and coffee without milk. Warden Smith was responsible for the additional privilege,” reported the Oakland Tribune, November 26, 1925.

Sport a Thanksgiving tradition, even in prison

The 1925 track and field events began at 9:30 a.m., featuring the University of California track team and officials from the Pacific Athletic Association to act as referees and judges. “Nearly 1,000 visitors, all men, watched the various events which included the 50, 100, 220 and 440 yard dashes, high and wide jumps, tug of war, pole vault, the three-legged race and several (other) contests,” the newspaper reports.

At the time, tobacco and pipes were not considered contraband, as the track record shows.

“The award-winning prison athletes received pipes, tobacco, candy, safety razors, handkerchiefs, soap and ties,” the Tribune wrote.

The meal that year was roast pork and applesauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread, minced pie, candies, salted peanuts and apples. A total of 1,700 loaves of bread were consumed along with $2,500 worth of roast pork.

Prisons and Thanksgiving in the 1950s

San Quentin’s 1954 menu included 7,000 pounds of roast pork, 1,200 raisin pies, 1,200 pounds of cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread, coffee, milk, and sugar. The day ended with a concert and a baseball game.

On November 16, 1958, The Independent-Journal published an article about the efforts of San Quentin’s incarcerated kitchen crew preparing a Thanksgiving feast.

“Kitchen helpers today began the herculean job of slicing the meat from 190 turkeys, prizes for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner at San Quentin State Prison,” the newspaper reported. “The portions are weighed, wrapped and will be heated before going to the mess trays of the 4,844 inmates of San Quentin. Roast turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce and vegetables will be polished with minced pie for dessert.

The men were also offered “potatoes, baked yams, peas (and) green salad”. According to the newspaper, “the prison cooks had a full day’s work ahead of them” to prepare the holiday meal.

The California Institution for Women (CIW) and California Institution for Men (CIM) saw a movie and provided Thanksgiving meals in 1959.

“The CIW program will include church services on Thanksgiving morning and “The Great Caruso” (film) that evening. Turkey, potatoes, vegetables, salad and dessert will be served at dinner,” reports the Pomona Progress Bulletin, November 19, 1959. “A dinner of turkey with chicken broth and rice, potatoes, vegetables, and pumpkin pie will be served at the CIM. “The Ten Commandments” will air on Thanksgiving night.

Read the previous story about prison and Thanksgiving.

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR Editor

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Canadian army

Once the pride of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, the ramshackle Sarpoza prison in Kandahar casts doubt on its legacy

Taliban soldiers stand guard as inmates (background) jailed for drug use wait to be released from Sarpoza prison in Kandahar on September 22, 2022.JAVED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images

Once the pride of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, Kandahar’s Sarpoza prison has a long history of good intentions followed by bad results, the most recent having resulted in its deterioration into a dilapidated and squalid facility that exposes prisoners to dangerous health risks. health.

The reconstruction of the prison, used to hold Taliban insurgents until the collapse of the Afghan government last August, has been seen as a model example of Canadian efforts to revamp law enforcement in the war-torn country. . Canada’s mission in Afghanistan ran from 2001 to 2014.

After reports that suspected militants captured by Canadian troops were tortured by Afghans in the prison between 2006 and 2008, the Canadian Provincial Reconstruction Team mission in Kandahar stepped in to manage the prison and modernize the establishment. Dozens of Correctional Service Canada employees provided training and supervision.

Ottawa invested $5 million to improve security and management at the notorious prison after Taliban insurgents orchestrated an attack that led to the escape of 1,200 prisoners in June 2008. New septic tanks and lighting solar-powered units have also been installed to improve the living conditions of prisoners.

Today, raw sewage is pouring into drinking water, afflicting prisoners with diarrhea and vomiting, one of the prison doctors, Gulam Sawak, told The Globe and Mail.

Infestations of fleas, parasitic mites and mosquitoes are causing an epidemic of skin diseases, he added. “Prisoners also have AIDS, syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, scabies, tuberculosis and mental health issues that we cannot treat.”

Currently, the Taliban are using Sarpoza mainly to house Afghans arrested in their crackdown on opium growers, as well as drug addicts like Fahima – a 30-year-old mother who has been locked up with her five children, all under the age of 10. .

Arrested because she bought opium to feed her addiction, Fahima appeared fragile as she spoke to The Globe and Mail about her family’s life there.

“I fear for my children in this place,” she said via WhatsApp.

Fahima suffered from withdrawal symptoms when he arrived in May 2022, according to Dr Sawak. He says the prison hospital is not equipped to treat Fahima and the many drug addicts like her who are imprisoned.

The prison director, Movlavi Hussaini, told the Globe that he did not have enough electricity, sanitation, staff and medicine. “Every day I have meetings trying to get medicine and supplies for the hospital,” he said. But it still falls short of what it needs to protect prisoners’ health.

The Canadian Armed Forces repaired and fortified Sarpoza after two separate insurgent attacks in 2011 that killed dozens of prison guards and freed nearly 2,000 prisoners. Ottawa handed over the Sarpoza operation to US forces after it ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2011 and focused on training Afghan security forces in Kabul until 2014.

“The Canadians were very supportive,” said Tooryalai Wesa, governor of Kandahar province from 2008 to 2014. “It’s a shame they didn’t stay longer.

Afghan-Canadian Tooryalai Wesa, 58, adjusts his ceremonial turban as he is sworn in as governor of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province December 20, 2008, during a ceremony in Kandahar City.Steven Rennie/The Canadian Press

A former Sarpoza prison official, who had been trained by Canadians, said Canada’s work at the penitentiary was highly valued and blamed US and Afghan leaders for its decline.

He said Canada has trained many people and helped local government stand up. The Globe is not identifying the official’s name because he fears persecution for speaking to the media.

In 2018, the former official said, corruption was rampant in Sarpoza. Half of the prison’s funding was embezzled, and the facility was crowded with 3,400 prisoners, although it was only built for 1,900.

Then, after the Afghan government collapsed in August 2021, the Taliban attacked the prison. Thirty-five police officers guarding the facility were killed and over 1,000 prisoners were released.

Many Canadians risked their lives to secure and modernize the prison, said Ben Rowswell, who was Canada’s provincial reconstruction team’s most senior official for Kandahar from 2008 to 2010. His state today is “so sad to hear “.

Sarpoza prison was one of the most functional parts of the Canadian mission in Kandahar, he said.

Prisoners watch from their cells in the maximum security wing of Sarposa prison in 2010. Canada helped fund and oversee renovations to the prison.Bill Graveland/The Canadian Press

Military analysts say the prison’s decline offers lessons for Canada about where it should focus its investments to help rebuild Ukraine.

But there is little agreement on the best approach for Canadian military investments going forward..

Christian Leuprecht, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, said Sarpoza prison “is an important laboratory to ask us hard questions” about the kinds of investments Canada should be making to help rebuild Ukraine. .

“Canadians have totally unrealistic expectations,” said Dr. Leuprecht. “We didn’t go to Afghanistan to build better prisons.

He said experience suggests that Canada should consider international missions that are limited in scope and more closely aligned with the country’s security interests, rather than “utopian pipe dreams” that we can create “thriving democracies of the 21st century” around the world.

But others say supporting prisons is part of strengthening state institutions and necessary to build lasting peace after war. When wars end or fail, the legitimacy of the state depends on well-run services such as the police, Mr Rowswell said.

Canada’s training of Ukrainian security forces has already contributed to some of the Ukrainian military’s successes, said retired Major General Denis Thompson, who was NATO’s military commander in Kandahar in 2008 and 2009. .

Operation Unifier was launched in 2015 after Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea a year earlier and went on until mid-February, shortly before Moscow launched a full-scale invasion. The Canadian operation trained 30,000 junior leaders who then helped lead Ukraine’s unexpected achievements in the war on the ground.

“They changed the military culture from a top-down culture, like the Russians, to one rooted in initiative,” he said.

Thompson said Canada faces a tougher cultural change challenge in Kandahar than in Ukraine.

“We learned these lessons,” he said, “that we have to achieve institutional leadership.”

Former Conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day, who visited Sarpoza twice when he was public safety minister from 2006 to 2008, agrees that Canadian security training has a much better chance of succeeding in Ukraine.

“In Afghanistan, they were fierce fighters,” he said. But the training “started much further than in Ukraine”.

Even before NATO’s defeat in Afghanistan in 2021, Sarpoza was falling apart. And for Fahima and her children, the suffering is endless.

“Life is hard in this prison,” Fahima said.

“I hope you can help.”

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Non profit living

Juan Baez talks about his commitment to HIV-positive clients as AL DÍA’s top nonprofit lawyer in 2022

Juan Baez is Assistant Attorney General for the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit public interest law firm that provides free legal assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. . And now, after Friday, November 18, AL DÍA’s Best Nonprofit Lawyer 2022.

Where he works, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is the nation’s only independent public interest law firm dedicated to people living with HIV and educating the public about AIDS-related legal issues. The nonprofit also trains case management professionals to become better advocates for their clients.

In the United States, there are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV, 13% unaware they are HIV-positive and need a test – with at least 34,800 new HIV infections reported in 2019.

Baez first joined the AIDS Law Project as a law student at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, when he was part of the 2009-2010 Civilian Practice Field Clinic. He has since devoted his career to helping those the company serves, often from cross-border communities across the state. Some of these people also belong to the Latinx community.

During his acceptance speech, Baez thanked AL DÍA “for creating a space for Latinos to learn, be recognized and represented,” adding that representation is important and allows us to see beyond the world we are used to.

There were also subsequent thanks to her partner, William Lee, for his love and support and special recognition to Romy Diaz, for her kindness, mentorship and role model.

Finally, Baez thanked the leaders of the National Hispanic Bar Association (HNBA) “for creating a space where Latino lawyers can support each other and for creating opportunities and opening doors for all of us.”

Juan Baez poses with his AL DÍA Top Lawyers Award with AL DÍA CEO Hernán Guaracao and AL DÍA Top Lawyer Board Member Alex Gonalez. Photo: Nigel Thompson/AL DIA News.

He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts and James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University with a Master of Laws in Advocacy in 2014; later earning his Juris Doctor from Drexel.

Baez advises clients on issues related to Social Security disability, consumer protection, estate planning, immigration, family law and private disability.

His efforts also did not go unnoticed leading up to his recognition as Best Lawyer. Earlier in his career, Baez received a Rising Star Award in 2017, a peer designation given only to a certain number of accomplished attorneys in each state that considers peer recognition, career success in practice legal, among other factors.

Baez was also the former president of HNBPA, serving from 2017 to 2018 and in 2019 Latino Leaders included him in its Winter 2019 “Top Latino Lawyers” edition. He was also nominated and appointed to the Pennsylvania State Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights Commission.

In addition to his current role as assistant attorney general, Baez is a commissioner with the Philadelphia Fair Housing Commission, where he helps ensure tenants have safe places to live and that landlords comply with housing laws.

In 2020, Baez was also awarded the “HNBA Top Lawyer under 40”.

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Bates in the news: November 18, 2022 | New

A selection of recent mentions of Bates and Bates people in the news.

Ralph Sylvester ’50

Lewiston and Auburn mark Veterans Day – Lewiston sun diary

The Lewiston sun diary led its Veterans Day coverage with the story of World War II Army veteran Ralph Sylvester ’50, now 98.

As writer Steve Sherlock wrote, “Perhaps none of the hundreds who attended Friday’s solemn ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park observed more Veterans Day services than Ralph Sylvester d ‘Auburn.”

Bobcat Den regular Ralph Sylvester ’50 arrives for breakfast on August 17, 2021, a routine revived after being disrupted by the Den’s closure in March 2020 due to the pandemic. (H. Jay Burns/Bates College)

Sylvester fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and in the Battle of the Bulge. A soldier with the 295th Combat Engineers, “he built bridges over the Elbe that allowed American and British armies in the west and Soviet Union forces in the east to link up for the first time near the end of the war in 1945.

The 98-year-old World War II veteran was at Omaha Beach on D-Day, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and built bridges over the Elbe that allowed American and British armies from the west and to Soviet Union forces in the east to link up for the first time towards the end of the war in 1945.

“Today brings back a lot of memories of all the others who were killed,” Sylvester told the newspaper. “About 20% of our company members were killed in the Battle of the Bulge, where 3,500 anti-tank mines were unknown to us.”

Edmond Muskie ’36

Pollution is still flowing through the Clean Water Act loophole – E&E news

Among the many stories marking the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Clean Water Act, on October 18, 1972, E&E news took an in-depth look at the tough decisions Senator Ed Muskie ’36 and his fellow lawmakers had to make while crafting the landmark legislation.

One decision was not to try to tackle what is known as “non-point source pollution”, which refers to pollutants like pesticides, oil and fertilizers that flow into waterways. water from land.

When crafting the legislation in the early 1970s, lawmakers simply couldn’t find the right “vehicle” to deal with diffuse pollution, which is still largely unregulated today.

“This is an area where there are still conceptual issues as well as drafting issues and regulatory issues in general,” said Tom Jorling, then Republican minority counsel for the Senate Public Works Committee.

“I still haven’t seen anyone recommending something that would work,” he added. “It’s not that it wasn’t done in 1972; it’s being honest and saying it couldn’t be done right in 2022.”

Mana Abdi, OIE staff

Lewiston woman makes history as one of first two Somali Americans elected to Maine Legislative Assembly

Mana Abdi, program coordinator at the Bates Office of Intercultural Education, is one of two Somali-Americans elected to the Maine Legislative Assembly this year, the first in state history.

Her victory is a sign that the Legislative Assembly is becoming more representative of the people it serves, Abdi told the Lewiston sun diaryand it brings Maine closer to a better future for all.

“Lewiston deserves safe, affordable and available housing and good jobs,” Abdi said. “I will be a strong and relentless voice for our community in Augusta.”

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Daniel Hoffman ’85

My late wife Kim taught me to honor our loved ones by focusing on something that will outlive us – FoxNews

In an opinion piece for Fox News, Daniel Hoffman ’85, former CIA station chief and Fox News contributor, writes about the legacy of his late wife, Kim Hoffman, who died in 2021 of cancer. Their son, Jerron Hoffman, has dedicated himself to helping hospitalized children with cancer.

Daniel Hoffman '85 and his son, Jerron, prank
Daniel Hoffman ’85 and his son, Jerron, filling ‘Joy Jars’ at a fundraiser for the Jessie Rees Foundation, a non-profit pediatric cancer organization. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Hoffman)

“I realized that families battling cancer or mourning their lost loved ones who cancer stole from them had so much in common,” Hoffman writes. “Cancer forges the common ground between us, from which we draw our strength in each other.”

Beverly Johnson, Faculty of Earth and Climate Sciences

Study shows Gulf of Maine cools for 900 years, then warms rapidly since late 1800s — ScienMag

The water off the Gulf of Maine is warming rapidly. New research co-authored by Beverly Johnson, professor of earth and climate sciences, shows that recent warming is reversing 900 years of cooling and is accompanied by changes in ocean currents.

The results have been published in the open access journal Earth & Environment Communications and reported in ScienMag.

Arctica islandica clams, such as those collected by Nina Whitney, assistant research professor in Western Washington University's Marine and Coastal Science Program and lead author of the study, are one of the types of clams collected by the team during of his research on the Gulf of Maine.  Photo courtesy of Nina Whitney
Arctica islandica clams, such as those collected by Nina Whitney, assistant research professor in Western Washington University’s Marine and Coastal Science Program and lead author of the study, are one of the types of clams collected by the team during of his research on the Gulf of Maine. (Photo courtesy of Nina Whitney)

The results? In the late 1800s, coinciding with the emerging Industrial Revolution, the Gulf of Maine began to warm and receive more water from the Gulf Stream, with the main driving factor being greenhouse gas emissions. At the current rate, the water in the Gulf of Maine could increase by 4 degrees Celsius every 100 years.

Jonathan Adler ’00

Psychology in Theater with PSPR Editor Jonathan Adler — Personality and Social Psychology Society

In 2019, Jonathan Adler ’00, professor of psychology at Olin College of Engineering, was looking for a way to tell lesser-known stories of the AIDS pandemic in the United States.

Jonathan Adler '00, center, stands with the cast of his play,
Jonathan Adler ’00, center in a dark blue shirt, stands with the cast of his play, Reverse transcription. (Photograph by Stan Barough)

Part of an Olin team that received a grant from the Mellon Foundation aimed at integrating arts and STEM, he teamed up with Boston University’s Jim Petosa to write a play, Reverse transcriptionwhich juxtaposes the stories of gay men during the AIDS and COVID pandemics in the United States. It premiered off Broadway last summer on Stage 2 at The Atlantic Theater Co., produced by PTP/NYC.

“For me, there is no separation between psychological issues and drama,” he told the Society for Personality and Social Psychology newsletter. (Adler edits the SPSP Journal.) “Like all stories, all plays feature characters trying to do something, so there are always psychological topics to explore.”

Adler believes “one of the greatest tragedies” of COVID is that society has failed to learn the psychological lessons learned during the AIDS pandemic. “The gay community came together in the 80s and 90s,” but during COVID, the pandemic “ultimately became a force of polarization, not of interdependence.”

Whitney Blanchard Soulé ’90

Meet Whitney Soule, leader of the team that decides whether you enter Penn – The Philadelphia Investigator
Whitney Soule '90.  Photo courtesy of Whitney Soule
Whitney Soule ’90, Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of Whitney Soule)

The Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania spoke with The Philadelphia Investigator on his career in college admissions, which began at Bates.

She had been a tour guide at Bates, and right after graduation the office had an unexpected opening and “needed someone right away. I was hired for a nine-month position, and 30 years later, here I am, still in admissions! I love it because the work is human-centered, mission-driven, and complex.

Noah Petro ’01

What the Moon can tell us about the Earth — Axios
Noah Petro '01.  Photo courtesy of Noé Petro
Noah Petro ’01, a project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. (Photo courtesy of Noah Petro)

A project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, currently orbiting the Moon, said Noah Petro ’01 Axios that he considers the Moon to be “Earth’s eighth continent”.

The launch of Artemis 1 on November 16, the first in a series of missions aimed at establishing a long-term human presence on the Moon, takes a step towards understanding a little more of our own planet’s history, says -he.

The Apollo missions sent humans “to these really wonderful places,” Petro said. “The six landing sites are really amazing. But we never went back there.”

“Part of the area where the Artemis missions will explore is at the edge of this huge basin,” Petro said. “We don’t know how old he is. So for me, understanding the age of this crater becomes a very important point in the history of the Earth and the history of the Moon in its formation.

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Paw Results – Winnipeg Free Press

Mark Vandersteen’s battlefield injury isn’t one that can be fixed with a bandage, tourniquet or a surgeon’s scalpel, but it can be helped with the love of a dog.

Vandersteen, who served nine years in the Canadian Armed Forces, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder and tinnitus.

On Wednesday, he joined a handful of other veterans with PTSD who walked their therapy dogs on a training session around vintage aircraft in the large space inside the Royal Aviation Museum.


Kelly Russell, founder of the K9RR Service Dog Academy, leads a group of veterans and their therapy dogs around the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. Dogs have to get used to all kinds of sounds and distractions. The cavernous museum, with its big planes “was a great training exercise for them,” says Russell.

“It went really well,” Vandersteen said shortly after the session ended, accompanied by his therapy animal Shadow, an Australian cattle dog.

“My daughter needs socializing — I live alone,” Vandersteen said. “It was good, and there was even a group of school children there. I think they liked to see the dogs there.

To an outsider, the procession would have looked like just a group of dog owners walking their pets inside the museum, but K9RR Service Dog Academy founder Kelly Russell said it was really part of the process. of veterans therapy, each working to ensure their dog helps them while surrounded by other animals, people, and other unfamiliar sights and sounds.

“The shape of the hanger makes the sound resonate differently in the dog’s ears, which is fantastic for his nerves and his ability to focus on his handlers,” Russell said.

“Furthermore, large planes create perfectly different shapes and figures used as distractions.”

Russell knows well the value of a therapy dog ​​to a former soldier or police officer.

She spent 32 years with the Canadian Forces and, prior to that, three years with the Army Reserve at CFB Borden in Ontario. Russell spent a dozen years in the military before joining the Air Force.

In a 2017 Free press story about PTSD, she said her struggles grew, cumulatively, from her military experiences.


Veteran Paul De Groot and Brandy take a moment during training at the Royal Aviation Museum.

“You get really good at turning your emotions off, but then you end up having PTSD and your emotions all come back at once and you don’t know how to turn them off anymore,” she said at the time.

The condition identified as post-traumatic stress disorder in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association was previously known by several different names: soldier’s heart, shell shock, combat fatigue, and post-Vietnam syndrome.

Russell said Spot, the Australian Shepherd therapy partner she had in 2015, has helped her immensely, knowing when she needs touch to distract her from whatever she might be feeling.

Brent Phillips, the museum’s vice president of marketing, communications and strategic relations, said it was uplifting to see veterans working with their dogs.

“It’s a different setting for them,” Phillips said. “The dogs were on high alert. When the sound of a plane passing over the building was heard, their ears all perked up. I think it was a great training exercise for them.

Vandersteen, who is president of the Veterans Alliance of Canada, an organization that helps veterans get prescriptions for medical cannabis, said it was also great for the group to have had another training session. earlier in the week near Winnipeg Richardson Airport, where they and the dogs walked through security and to the gate where they would board a plane.

“I have a lot of anxiety,” he said. “That’s why it was great to go to the airport, (that they) check us in and let us go through security without a boarding pass. It will help me when I get on a plane with Shadow.


Veterans and their dogs at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Vandersteen was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for nine years; he received a voluntary release in 1997.

While on duty, he spent weeks at the firing range, which resulted in his tinnitus. Then, in 1995, he took part in a peacekeeping mission with the United Nations in the Golan Heights, between Israel and Syria.

Symptoms of PTSD appeared years after he left the Forces.

Vandersteen said he’s had help over the years, but Shadow has provided the most effective therapy. It took a while for this game to happen two years ago.

He said the name of the breed made it clear that the dogs instinct and activity level – herding cattle – was not really a quality that would seem suited to helping someone with trauma.

Therapy dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but he chose an Australian Cattle Dog because he wanted a working dog breed for his size, intelligence and loyalty.

It didn’t take him long to recognize the benefits of partnering with his furry therapist.


Kelly Russell, founder of K9RR Service Dog Academy and Spot, who is on her toes when Russell needs attention or diversion.

“The impact is truly priceless,” he said. “I have a lot of anxiety…and I have major depressive disorder with debilitating tinnitus, which is causing my depression.

“There are days when I don’t care about myself, but I care about her. She is an active dog and she always wants to do something. She keeps me going.

“I don’t know if I would be here without Shadow.”

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Kevin Rollason is one of the Winnipeg Free Press’ most versatile reporters. Whether covering City Hall, the Courthouse or general reporting, Rollason can be counted on to not only answer the 5 Ws – who, what, when, where and why – but to do it. in an interesting and accessible way for readers. .

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Loons is looking to add several young international players for two spots this offseason – Twin Cities

After Minnesota United retains its core players from the 2022 roster, the club will look to sign several young players in two different areas of the field.

The MNUFC are pursuing two centre-backs under 22 – the needed No. 1 position on the roster – and two U22 forwards, the Pioneer Press learned this week.

Loons No.1 centre-back Bakaye Dibassy, ​​33, has just suffered a ruptured quad tendon which ended his season in August and will delay his departure for the 2023 season. centre-backs Michael Boxall, 34, and Brent Kallman, 32, but did not retain the youngest replacements from last year – Nabi Kibunguchy and Callum Montgomery.

The names of the centre-backs’ targets are not yet known, nor whether they possess the profiles or assets to be the heir apparent to an important position along a team’s spine.

One of the forwards’ targets comes from South Korea, a country in which the club sees current and future potential. Moreover, Loons manager Adrian Heath and technical director Mark Watson have spent the last few weeks criss-crossing Europe focusing on reserve team games.

To attract these young recruits, the Loons will look to leverage the MLS Under-22 initiative, which allows MLS teams to sign younger players with lucrative contacts at reduced budget costs.

The Loons currently have two of the three U22 spots available on their list. Minnesota recruited South African striker Bongi Hlongwane this way last season.

The Loons also have two Restricted Designated Players (forwards Luis Amarilla and Mender Garcia), and the club has the option to buy out those two DP players using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). But if MNUFC goes this route, it is more likely that only one of these two players will leave the DP ranks.


MNUFC will build its scouting department in the near future and appoint a replacement for Amos Magee, the former director of player personnel who took on an oversight role for the club’s development team, MNUFC2, and its youth academy. after the season. … Harrison Heath, who is Adrian’s son, will remain a scout with the club. … Hlongwane, now 22, scored twice for South Africa in a friendly against Mozambique on Thursday. … The Loons will open their 2023 training camp in Blaine on Jan. 6, a week earlier than their usual start dates. They will have trips to Central Florida and Indio, Calif., in mid-February. They will play in the Coachella Valley Invitational among 12 MLS clubs. … MLS has a record 36 players in the FIFA World Cup as of Sunday. Loons goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair will represent Canada and replace Milan Borjan. … MNUFC did not take a player in the first stage of the reinstatement process on Thursday; they could be active in the second stage on Tuesday. … The Loons have been encouraged by the pace of Dibassy’s rehabilitation this offseason at Clairefontaine, the headquarters of the French Football Federation. … Apple TV announced Wednesday that its new “MLS Season Pass” app, the way to watch games in 2023, will be available for $99 for the season and $79 for Apple TV+ subscribers. … Loons fans shouldn’t expect a Mexican Liga MX star club to feature in their group stage matches for the Premier Leagues Club from July 21 to August. 19 next season.

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Non-profit organization taking nominations for those who help veterans

Nation’s Finest has announced that nominations are open for “Nation’s Finest 50”.

Nation’s Best, a non-profit organization serving more than 150,000 veterans since 1972, celebrates its 50th anniversary. In honor of this milestone anniversary, they are launching the Nation’s Best 50 award to recognize and celebrate individuals – living or deceased – who have gone above and beyond to have a real impact on the lives of veterans and their families over the past 50 years.

Candidates can be well-known military and non-military leaders and supporters, leaders of non-profit organizations, or people who work quietly behind the scenes without recognition to help veterans transition from military life to civilian life. Individuals who have assisted veterans from all branches of military service will be considered. To nominate someone who meets these qualifications, go to:

Nominations open this week in honor of Veterans Day and will be accepted until March 3, 2023, when the nation’s top 50 blue ribbon panel will meet to review nominations. They will select 50 people to celebrate at a Nation’s Finest 50 live event on Memorial Day weekend.

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Federal Employee Group Again Urges OPM to Ban All Use of Salary History in Federal Hiring Process

An association of Justice Department employees on Tuesday renewed calls for the Office of Personnel Management to ban federal agencies from using salary histories when setting salaries for new federal employees during the induction process. hiring, citing their role in perpetuating gender and ethnic wage disparities.

Earlier this year, the Biden administration announced that the OPM had begun drafting new regulations to “address” the use of candidates’ salary histories when setting salaries for new hires at federal agencies. While there appears to be a consensus within the administration that using wage history to set a new employee’s salary perpetuates historic wage disparities based on gender and race, officials refrained from saying that they would completely ban the practice.

“A contributing factor to the gender pay gap is the common practice of requiring applicants to share their salary history,” Vice President Kamala Harris said last March. “[For] For many women, this practice can mean that unfair pay from a previous job will follow them to their current job, and so on. Our administration is therefore committed to eliminating discriminatory pay practices that undermine the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the federal government, and that is why today our Office of Personnel Management will begin working on the use of salary history in hiring and salary setting. process for federal employees.

Officials suggested agencies would no longer be allowed to solicit salary histories from job applicants under the new regulations, but were less clear on whether applicants will be able to voluntarily provide agencies with their salary histories. . Employee organizations like the Department of Justice Gender Equality Network, a group of about 1,100 Justice Department employees, have argued that such a provision would provide a loophole that would allow pay disparities to persist.

In a letter to OPM Director Kiran Ahuja on Tuesday, DOJ GEN Chair Stacey Young said a “watertight” ban on the use of salary histories in the federal hiring process is needed. to ensure the government delivers on its promise to be a “model employer”. ”

“Despite a narrowing of the gender pay gap in recent years, as of September 2021, women employed in the executive branch still earn 5.9% less than their male colleagues, and this disparity remains much more acute for women employed in the executive branch. black, Latino and Native American women,” Young wrote. “Strong, top-down efforts are needed to completely eliminate wage inequality. . . But even if agencies stop soliciting wage histories, wage inequality will continue to be passed from job to job if agencies are allowed to count on salary history information that applicants choose to provide, or that agencies otherwise become aware of. »

The potential for abuse of a loophole where candidates can continue to volunteer their salary history is particularly acute at agencies like the Justice Department, the organization wrote, where the gender pay gap in some occupations is much higher than the government average.

“Without a comprehensive ban on salary history, male lawyers, who earn an average of 22.6% more than female lawyers, could still leverage their prior salary to negotiate higher starting salaries at the DOJ than their female counterparts as well. qualified,” the letter reads. “Similarly, when applying for federal sector positions in STEM fields, male applicants from Silicon Valley – where men earn up to 61% more than women in the same situation – could offer their salary and receive higher starting salaries than female applicants. with identical or superior references.

Young argued that ultimately, policies that improve diversity and equity are needed for government to compete with the private sector to attract talent.

“A comprehensive ban on both solicitation and consideration of candidates’ salary history will not only benefit employees; it will also benefit the federal government,” she wrote. “Taking meaningful steps to reduce pay gaps will improve agencies’ ability to recruit and retain top talent, advance compliance with government requirements [diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility] warrants and reduce costly legal challenges to pay disparities under the Equal Pay Act and other civil rights laws.

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Call of Duty: What can young Canadians learn from BTS serving in the South Korean military?

It has been widely reported that the seven members of the globally popular South Korean K-pop group BTS will be performing their mandatory military service. Artists Jungkook, RM (Rap Monster), Jimin, Suga, V, Jin and J-Hope plan to return to the stage in 2025 after each completing between 18 and 21 months of required service for their country.

The highly publicized call to duty raises a question: how would young Canadians feel about compulsory service in this country’s armed forces?

Jin, the oldest member of BTS, was expected to be the first to start his service this month following the release of his first solo track “The Astronaut.”

The announcement was not unexpected for many BTS fans, commonly referred to as the group’s “army”. There has been a lot of debate in South Korea about whether BTS should be given an exemption from military service due to their musical achievements and the group’s huge impact on culture, economy and life. international influence of South Korea.

South Korean men can only delay enlistment until the age of 30. With Jin’s 30th birthday in December and Suga’s in March, conversations about exemptions and mandatory service surrounded the group for much of 2021 and 2022.

For fans, it seemed clear that the group would undergo some kind of change anyway with the release of their anthology album “Proof” in June and their subsequent hiatus to pursue individual projects over the summer months.

As a member of the military, I expected this news at some point. But I was still shocked when I read the recent statement on Twitter confirming the band’s planned military service, and I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I probably won’t get more music or content from the band until my 26th birthday (although it will be a great birthday present!)

The announcement, however, made me think more about my life in Canada without compulsory military service.

I expected this news at some point. But I was still shocked when I read the recent statement on Twitter confirming the band’s planned military service.

Canada has a complicated history with compulsory service. The last time the government imposed conscription was during World War II, when Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King passed the National Resources Mobilization Act of 1941.

The law focused only on authorizing conscription for home defense.

The government later received permission to enlist for service overseas when Canadians held a plebiscite on the issue in 1942. A clear majority of 66% of Canadians voted in favour. But residents of Quebec were adamantly against the idea of ​​compulsory military service, with the majority of that province’s adult population voting against the bill.

Quebecers also opposed conscription during the First World War. When this 1914-18 battle began, Canada had enough volunteer men to serve in the army, so conscription was not immediately necessary. By 1917, however, news of the high war death toll and images of Europe’s grim battlefields had spread across the country.

The Canadian government realized that it had to find a way to increase the number of troops overseas. Prime Minister Robert Borden’s solution was conscription, which became the main issue in the 1917 election.

Liberal leader Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Quebec nationalist Henri Bourassa and the majority of the Quebec population strongly opposed it.

Despite vocal opposition, the Military Service Act was passed in September 1917 and all men between the ages of 20 and 45 could be drafted. Riots occurred in Montreal and Quebec as a result.

Knowing how sensitive the issue of conscription has been in Canada in the past, what might compulsory service look like today? Would that even be possible? Would the young people of this country share the same desire to serve their country that the members of BTS showed in South Korea?

My father has always been an inspiration to me. I grew up admiring his UN Peacekeeper beret, his military portraits and his travel memories in our old photo albums.

My father joined the Canadian Armed Forces when he was 17 years old. He began his basic training at the age of 18 at CFB Cornwallis in Nova Scotia before serving for seven years as an armored crewman and photographic technician.

During his military service, he had the opportunity to travel to Germany, Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Cyprus with the United Nations Forces in Cyprus (UNFCYP). He also served in Gagetown, New Brunswick, as well as in Alberta at bases Wainwright, Suffield, Cold Lake and Calgary.

My father has always been an inspiration to me. I grew up admiring his UN Peacekeeper beret, his military portraits and his travel memories in our old photo albums. Among the photos, faded handwritten notes and dog tags he carried remain untouched for many months at a stretch – until I inevitably pull out a scrapbook during my visits to the house.

My interest in my father’s military career encouraged me to learn more about becoming a military public affairs officer. With my background in communications and journalism, I thought this role could be a way to give back to my country.

The idea of ​​compulsory enlistment, however, has always made me nervous. I think enlisting as a PAO would give me more control over my career, whereas compulsory enlistment could put me in a different role as needed.

Canada’s vast geography compels it to maintain a larger military force. So what could conscription look like if it were ever necessary to apply it again in this country?

The Canadian Armed Forces fulfill both a military role and assist communities across the country in times of need. When a natural disaster strikes, the military is there to provide relief. Canadian reservists and the Disaster Response Team (better known as DART) often help support these efforts.

Perhaps this branch of the military could become mandatory for young people as the impacts of climate change and natural disasters become a bigger part of our daily lives.

There are other mandatory service models around the world. Israel requires men to serve in the army for 36 months and women for 21 months. In Switzerland, every man must serve in the army for at least 260 days.

Austria requires six months in the military or nine to 12 months of community service if an individual cannot pass physical tests or declares himself to be a pacifist.

I think Canada could benefit from the presence of young people to some extent. It may be one or two years of community involvement. Helping to provide clean water to rural and Indigenous communities, helping to plant trees, participating in shoreline cleanups and natural disaster relief are just a few examples of the ways young Canadians could serve their country.

In 1977, Senator Jacques Hébert and Federal Minister of Defense Barney Danson developed Katimavik, a program that promotes the idea of ​​community service as a means of contributing to the development and civic engagement of young people.

In one year, Katimativik mobilized 1,000 participants who worked in more than 40 communities across the country.

The program has now shifted to helping young people make the transition to working life. However, his model of the 1970s and 1980s could be an inspiration for the type of community service work that could be promoted as part of compulsory service in the country.

I think Canada could benefit from the presence of young people to some extent. It may be one or two years of community involvement. Helping to provide clean water to rural and Indigenous communities, helping to plant trees, participating in shoreline cleanups and natural disaster relief are just a few examples of the ways young Canadians could serve their country.

Not only would this kind of service create more empathy among young Canadians for their neighbours, but it would also be a way for young people across the country to work together for the benefit of their own communities.

Canada is not currently at war. However, there are places and people across the country that could possibly need help from the military. Conscription, whether for military or community service, could be a solution.

If members of one of the most influential groups in the world can serve their country, should Canadians think more about what such service means to them? I think the members of BTS are role models not only for South Korean youth, but for young people around the world.

The members of BTS stand up for young people and the issues they care about through their actions and their song lyrics. Their commitment to serving their country and the messages they incorporate into their music set a standard for being a good role model and good global citizen.

While the members of BTS fulfill their conscription requirements, I will await their eventual return – inspired by their actions to better serve my own community here in Canada.

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The Istanbul bombing could have repercussions on the international scene

ISTANBUL — The calm of a sunny afternoon on the most popular pedestrian thoroughfare in Turkey’s commercial and tourist capital was shattered by an explosion on Sunday, as diplomatic tensions mount over those suspected of being responsible for the murders.

Several bodies were lying on the ground after the explosion. The death toll announced later by the government was six dead, including two children, including a 3-year-old girl. More than 80 people were injured, some seriously.

CCTV footage appears to show the blast was caused by a bag full of explosives left on a bench. A woman reportedly sat on the bench for more than 40 minutes and then left shortly before it exploded.

Police immediately began cordoning off the surrounding area as ambulance sirens wailed and a low-flying helicopter circled overhead, as witnessed by Al-Monitor on the ground near and on the street.

Istiklal Avenue, where the attack took place, has many shops, restaurants and places of worship, including several churches, mosques and several foreign consulates. It is located at the highest elevation in this area on the European side of the city. Street musicians ply their trade every evening along the street, and many shops and restaurants are owned by Turks of various ethnicities.

Immediately afterwards, groups of men who were not wearing any official uniform began cutting off vehicle access to other streets leading to the street, looking around suspiciously. Meanwhile, police men and women cleared the street itself and ordered journalists to stay away from the site of the attack, possibly for fear of a secondary attack.

Later that night, access to surrounding streets was still blocked but now occupied by additional traffic cops dispatched.

The ramifications of Sunday’s attack in central Istanbul could resonate in the chambers of international diplomacy given Turkey’s announcement of the arrest of a Syrian woman from an area under US control. United and led by the Kurds. Syrian Democratic Forces (homeless).

However, no group has claimed responsibility for the explosion so far, and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and SDF have explicitly denied any involvement.

The PKK is designated terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the EU. Most commanders are Turkish nationals who have lived abroad for many years and are wanted by the authorities.

Turkish officials claimed the woman confessed to being recruited as an intelligence officer by the US-backed People’s Defense Units (YPG), Turkish media reported overnight Sunday-Monday.

Turkey also uses the term “PKK” to refer to the YPG.

“The person who planted the bomb has been arrested,” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a statement, noting that 21 other suspects had also been arrested.

“Our assessment is that the order for the deadly terrorist attack came from Ayn al-Arab (also known as Kobane) in northern Syria, where the PKK/YPG has its Syrian headquarters,” said Soylu, quoted by the official Turkish news agency. Anadolu.

“We will retaliate against those responsible for this heinous terrorist attack,” he promised. In response to condolences sent by the United States, it was quoted by Turkish media saying: “I believe that the support of our so-called allies for terrorists, by hiding them in their countries or by giving them a lifeline in the areas they occupied, by financing them by decisions of their senate, is obvious; it is a flagrant lack of sincerity.

Soylu also said the suspect was ordered killed after carrying out the attack by the attack organizations in an effort to prevent Turkish authorities from establishing the network behind it.

Video released of the operation to arrest the woman showed security guards finding large amounts of cash and weapons and ammunition as well as the clothes she was wearing in the video at the time of the attack .

Turkish authorities said on Monday that investigations were ongoing.

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The program offers the chance to change lives


Perseverance is that faculty that emerges when we constantly make mistakes and never stop trying.

The South Carolina Youth Advocacy Program seeks foster parents in the area for children who need a fresh start with a family.

Special Projects Director John Connery says it can be rewarding and life-changing for those who take up the challenge.

“You can have an impact on a child you adopt who completely changes their life from one that wasn’t going so well, to one that grows into a fulfilling child, moving on and living their life of ‘in a way that is really positive and constructive and that leads to a productive member of their community and society,’ Connery said.

SCYAP is a service that places foster children in a new home. They have offices in Charleston, Beaufort, Myrtle Beach, Greenville and their main office in Columbia. The main office covers the Midlands, with Orangeburg included.

Host families currently reside in the area but would like more volunteers.

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“We have a number of host families in the Orangeburg area. We need a few more families in the Orangeburg area, and one of the things is that if there aren’t enough families in a particular county, the child may have to go to a foster home in another county,” Connery said.

“So that means disrupting their school and they have to go to a whole new school, to a house with a whole new family that they don’t already know,” Connery said.

Sensitization of the Samaritan House;  candlelight vigil, cooking, more planned for November.

The Samaritan House in Orangeburg is planning a number of events for National Hunger and Homelessness Month.

The program does not have cookie-cutter ideas of what the ideal host family might look like. They can be any shape, color or size.

“There really isn’t an ideal family, I’ll give you some myths. A myth is that you have to be married to be a foster parent. It’s not true. You can be a single man or a single woman. You can have your own children. You can live with an opposite-sex or same-sex life partner as long as there is adequate and appropriate bedroom space in the home to add an adoptive child,” Connery said.

Connery said the real litmus test for being an adoptive parent comes down to the parent’s dedication.

“It really comes down to having the commitment in your heart to do it because it’s not easy, as you can imagine, to take on a child you don’t know. That’s the biggest thing and that’s what we’re really looking at,” Connery said.

There are criminal background checks and the household must have enough income to support the child. Training is also necessary.

Beulah Mack from Orangeburg has decades of experience with children which she says has brought a sense of normalcy back to her home.

“Once all my children left, I was alone. I was looking for something I could do and enjoy. A good friend told me how rewarding it was, what a good feeling it is to help the children and to invite them home,” Mack said.

Mack says there are many challenges along the way, but she enjoys the rewards that come with being a foster parent.

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“Most of the kids that come to my house call me mom. I don’t ask them to do that. I would never ask to be called that because they’re not my biological kids,” Mack said.

She said: “Try it, you never know, it’s not for everyone. You have people saying, “I don’t know how you treat these kids.” But I’ve been doing it for almost six years now. I appreciate.”

To begin the process of becoming an adoptive parent, visit the SCYAP website: Or call 1-800-882-5513 or email [email protected]

The South Carolina Youth Advocate Program is a private, nonprofit child placement and family service organization. SCYAP has been serving children and families in South Carolina since 1990.

Terry Benjamin II, a mass communications senior from Claflin University, reports for The Times and Democrat as a news and sports intern sponsored by Lee Enterprises.

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Highlights of the WPS Intermediate Meeting 2022

The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) held its 2022 business meeting on Friday, November 11, 2022.

The WPS has organized an inspiring Pathway to Leadership program. Esteemed panelists included:

  • Elisa Choi, MD, who is the current Chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Physicians and former Governor of the ACP Massachusetts Chapter. Dr. Choi is the first woman, and only Asian American woman, to serve as Governor in the history of the Massachusetts ACP Chapter.
  • Louito Edje, MD, associate dean of graduate medical education at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Edje sits on the AMA’s Council on Medical Education and is a member of the Family Medicine Examination Committee of the Accreditation Council for Higher Medical Education.
  • Patrice Harris, MD, who is the CEO and co-founder of eMed, a digital healthcare company and is the general medical editor of Dr. Harris was the 174e president of the AMA and first African-American woman elected to that position.
  • Madelyn Butler, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist from Florida, was elected to the board of directors of the American Medical Association in June 2021. Dr. Butler was vice chair of the Florida delegation to the AMA-HOD, member of the House of Delegates Committee Duties and Chairman of the WADA Constitution and Bylaws Reference Committee.

The WPS business meeting highlighted the key events of this year’s Women in Medicine Month.

The WPS considered several agenda items before the House of Delegates, including Resolution 227: Access to methotrexate based on clinical decisions which was drafted by the section.

Additionally, the WPS Associates meeting focused on a lively and insightful discussion on equity in career development.

Earlier today, WPS co-sponsored a session on protecting our healers with the IPPS, OMSS, PPPS, WPS and LGBTQ Advisory Committee.

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Peacekeepers saluted with new cenotaph plaque in Innisfail

Installation on Innisfail Cenotaph also honors veterans of Afghanistan deployment

INNISFAIL – The plaque on the downtown cenotaph on Main Street that honors the ultimate sacrifice of veterans of both World Wars and Korea now has company.

The long-standing plaque is now joined by a second that honors United Nations peacekeepers and veterans of Canada’s campaign in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014.

The new second plaque was installed at the Cenotaph on October 30.

The new plaque initiative has been spearheaded by Doug Holsworth, executive member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #104 in Innisfail for the past four years.

He is also a veteran who served in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry of the Canadian Army and served as a United Nations peacekeeper in Cyprus in 1988.

He said it was about two years ago that he realized that “something” was missing on the Cenotaph, and that more needed to be added following recent conflicts where Canada experienced war deaths.

It was then decided by the members of the local executive to go ahead.

“I took it on myself, and it wasn’t much to do. It was just a matter of coming up with a design and finding the funding,” said Holsworth, adding that funding from the organization’s Poppy Fund was ultimately approved by Dominion Command at the Royal Canadian Legion’s National Headquarters.

He also noted that local branch members Richard Black and Lester Nickel were instrumental in securing the funds through Alberta/NWT Command.

“We had to get special permission to do this because poppy funds don’t necessarily always cover the cenotaph,” Holsworth said. “But in this case, Dominion Command let us use the Poppy Fund to do it. So he was fully paid for by donations from the Poppy Fund.

The Innisfail branch then received nearly $2,000 to create the new cenotaph plaque.

Since October 30, many locals have noticed the new plaque and welcomed it. However, one veteran noticed that “something” was still missing.

Michael Barclay is a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. He was deployed to Kosovo in 1999 for six months and to Bosnia in 2003 and 2004 for four months.

Both times he served as a NATO peacekeeper during Operation Kinetic in Kosovo and Operation Palladium in Bosnia.

“By oversight, they forgot to add NATO peacekeepers killed in the line of duty on this new plaque,” said Barclay, who joined the military in 1988 and retired in 2010 with the rank of Master Corporal (MCpl). “I have informed the Innisfail Legion about this and hope it will be rectified in the near future.”

Don Harrison, the Innisfail branch manager, said he had spoken with Legion members about Barclay’s concern, and it was agreed the problem was a “pretty simple fix”; whoever looks “nice”.

“It was a bit of an oversight, and we’re going to fix it, and we’re going to move on,” Harrison said, adding that the fix likely won’t be ready for this year’s Memorial Day ceremony.

“We’re going to get our hands on the plate company and we’ll do everything we can to make it look professional and very nicely recognized by NATO peacekeepers.”

The most recent records available show that 10 Canadian NATO peacekeepers lost their lives while serving in the Balkans.

Their service, along with United Nations peacekeepers, is now honored with commemorative memorial stones at Camp Black Bear, the main Canadian camp in Velika Kladusa, Bosnia.

Canadians who died from NATO missions are:

• Pte. C. Holopina, July 4, 1996

• Cap. RD Vialette, July 21, 1997

• MCpl TS McCrea, 25 March 1998

• Cpl J. Ogilvie, August 30, 1998

• Spr. G. Desmarais, August 25, 1999

• Sergeant. H. Jerry Squires, August 25, 1999

• Sgt V. Joubert, December 13, 1999

• Cap. Robert T. Pollard, September 28, 2000

• Ch. Gerald K. Bailey, October 27, 2000

• Cap. Jamie Dennis Vermeulen, July 6, 2003

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Employee dies after being injured at Haynes International in Kokomo

KOKOMO – One person died after being injured Friday morning at Haynes International headquarters in Kokomo.

Coroner Dr. Steven J. Seele says Seth Badger, 32, of Logansport was taken to company hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to his websiteHaynes International develops, manufactures and markets alloys used in corrosion and high temperature applications.

Kokomo police told WRTV they are investigating a “work-related accident” which is still under investigation. No further information has been released.

Seele says the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) is also investigating. An IOSHA spokesperson said WRTV State Officers were closed Friday for Veterans Day, but more information may be available Monday.

Dan Maudlin of Haynes International said the incident happened around 8.30am this morning at one of their buildings in Kokomo.

Maudlin said their in-house emergency response team went to the building and provided assistance and CPR until emergency crews arrived.

“We are heartbroken here,” Maudlin said. “We’ve asked everyone to keep their families in your thoughts and prayers during this time.”

Haynes International’s Employee Assistance Program will provide guidance to employees in the coming days, according to Maudlin.

An autopsy of Badger was scheduled for Friday.

Anyone with additional information can call the Howard County Coroner’s Office at 765-456-1186 or the Kokomo Police Department at 765-456-7017.

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Texas Investigating Zuckerberg-Funded Nonprofit Breach

Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 17, 2020. |

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is launching an investigation into a nonprofit that received donations from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg amid allegations that he misled donors and illegally used the funds for partisan purposes.

Paxton on Thursday issued a civil inquiry request to the Center for Tech and Civic Life in Chicago, Ill., demanding that the group send a slew of documents as part of the investigation.

According to CID, the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office believes that the group “is in possession, custody or control of documents relevant to the investigation of possible violations of [state law] related to false, misleading and/or deceptive practices in donation solicitations.

Documents the nonprofit was asked to produce include donation solicitations sent to Texas residents, copies of IRS 990 forms since 2012, and identification of social media accounts and their followers, among others. .

The CID warns that anyone refusing to comply with the demand on various documents “may be guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000.00 or imprisonment in jail. of the county for not more than one year, or both.”

“Charities cannot mislead their donors and distort the purpose of their fundraising,” Paxton said in a statement Thursday.

“Furthermore, in Texas, as in other states, it is the duty of state and county officials, accountable to the people of Texas, to ensure that elections are fair, safe and free. duty cannot be usurped by outside entities who are not chosen by the people of Texas and cannot be accountable to them.

The Center for Tech and Civic Life identifies itself as “a team of civic technologists, educators, researchers, election administration and data experts working to foster a more informed and engaged democracy, and helping to modernize America’s elections “.

“We connect election officials with tools and training so they can better serve their communities. We provide information the public needs to develop lifelong civic habits,” they added.

“Today, CTCL is a nationally recognized nonprofit that partners with everyone – from rural electoral offices to the world’s largest technology companies.”

The CTCL gained national attention during the 2020 election cycle, when it reportedly spent hundreds of millions of dollars to help election administrators deal with the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions that followed.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have helped fund the nonprofit’s work during the pandemic, leading some to raise concerns about possible partisan bias.

In April, CTCL announced it would lead a collaborative project known as the American Alliance for Election Excellence, spending about $80 million over the next five years to help provide resources to election officials.

“The election infrastructure in the United States is collapsing,” Tiana Epps-Johnson, who leads CTCL, told The Washington Post at the time. She further asserted that “election officials who serve millions of voters lack the basic technology they need to do their job reliably.”

Epps-Johnson previously served as director of election administration for the grassroots progressive organization New Organizing Institute and was part of the first cohort of Obama Foundation Fellows and Technology and Democracy Fellows at the Harvard Ash Center.

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Colorado Social Studies Standards: State Board Braces for Final Ruling

Colorado’s State Board of Education is expected to hold a final vote on Thursday on social studies standards that will play a key role in what students learn.

The seven-member council has spent the past year and a half taking positions on issues such as whether LGBTQ people and their contributions should appear in courses and how students understand the forces that contribute to the Holocaust and other genocides.

Although the board is controlled by Democrats, Republicans have played an important role in setting standards on politically charged issues. Their objections, for example, prompted committee members to drop many references to racial and ethnic groups and LGBTQ people in favor of references to “diverse perspectives.”

But now some Democrats on the elected council are pushing to restore the credentials that were cut and name the many groups whose history and contributions they want to represent: Latino, Indigenous, African American, Asian American and LGBTQ.

Lisa Escárcega, a Democratic board member who sponsored several amendments, said she was responding to her constituents — parents, teachers and students. “People came out of the woodwork,” she said. “People are overwhelmingly in favor of restoring the cuts.”

The council is also due to review standards on genocide and the Holocaust adopted in August. As Chalkbeat reports, these standards bear the ideological hallmark of conservative Republican Steve Durham, who wants students to learn the misconception that the Nazis were socialists and that left-wing regimes are particularly susceptible to committing genocide.

Amendments posted on the Council of State’s website suggest restoring lost references to Rwanda, Darfur and Bosnia; add the descriptor “fascist” before mentions of the Nazi Party; and add the Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado to the list of genocides students should study.

Republican deputies also want to reverse certain decisions. Debora Scheffel again calls on the State Board to adopt the conservative US Birthright program as the basis for Colorado’s civic standards. The council rejected the program last month in a party vote.

Whatever form the standards take after Thursday’s vote, they are likely to spark more debate at the local level. Unlike many states, Colorado does not set a curriculum or textbooks. School districts — some of them with new conservative majorities on the board — will have to decide how and whether to turn new standards into new lesson plans.

How Social Studies Became a Struggle

Updates to Colorado’s social studies standards were prompted by a series of state laws that called for stronger civics education, media literacy, and personal financial literacy. New laws also made learning about the Holocaust and genocide a condition of graduation and called for social studies courses to do more to include the perspectives of diverse groups.

Democrats led those efforts, but many bills passed with bipartisan support. Committees of teachers and other experts worked to incorporate the new requirements into state standards. Committee members hoped their work would inspire teachers to think more critically about how they frame their lessons.

But when the draft standards were made public last November, the Conservatives reacted strongly.

“I think it will be harmful for children to learn to group people together based on their skin color or their sexuality and then assume they understand their values ​​and their character,” said Pam Benigno, director education policies for the Independence Institute, in an interview earlier this year.

Benigno said a different committee could have come up with standards that “leave students with a complete history of America but also feel inspired by the progress we’ve made.”

The State Council received thousands of comments on the standards. While supportive comments outnumbered critics, opponents outlined the standards in no-nonsense terms: They would divide Americans by group and introduce children to sex from an early age. Board chair Angelika Schroeder, a Democrat from Boulder, expressed concern that the state was putting itself at odds with the values ​​of many parents.

The debate echoed those unfolding in state houses and school board meetings across the country.

Members of the standards committee, in response to feedback, have published new draft standards that refer to “diverse groups” and “diverse perspectives,” but rarely mention which groups by name.

This decision triggered its own reaction. Lawmakers warned the Council of State that they were violating the intent of the legislation. Gay youth and their parents, teachers and friends told the State Board that knowing that gay, lesbian and transgender people have always been part of society and that their families were treated as normal would have made a huge difference to their mental health.

“This is a real opportunity to advance educational equity for all students,” said Meredith Gleitz, policy manager for One Colorado, an LGBTQ advocacy group. “There is substantial research that shows that when young people see themselves reflected in the program, it has a significant impact on their mental health, their behavioral health, their studies.”

The Latino Education Coalition and the Latino Action Council have made restoring specific references to ethnic and racial groups and LGBTQ people an election priority.

“We are very concerned that they will eliminate this story,” said Milo Marquez, a leader of both groups. “How can we expect students to engage when they discover people who are unlike them? »

Specific examples could support more inclusive teaching

Democratic members Escárcega and Karla Esser propose restoring many specifics to the standards.

In first grade, rather than discussing “what makes a culture unique,” teachers could encourage students to “discuss the common and unique characteristics of different cultures, including African American, Latino, American Asian descent, Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ and religious minorities, using multiple sources of information.

In fifth grade, rather than asking, “How have omissions in historical records shaped our understanding of history?” teachers would also be encouraged to ask, “Which voices have been excluded from the process of establishing the United States government?”

“It sets a baseline for what everyone should know and it allows districts that want to go above and beyond to do so,” Escárcega said.

Escárcega said she has been deeply influenced by the testimonies of young LGBTQ people and hopes that recognizing their place in society can contribute to safer and more welcoming school environments.

Gleitz of One Colorado said teachers need those specific references in the standards to defend themselves if a parent questions why they’re highlighting black perspectives or teaching a trailblazer who was LGBTQ.

Mark agrees. “Superintendents [in conservatives areas] say they can’t implement it because their school board doesn’t believe in it. This creates equity for all of our students. By making this mandatory, it allows all of these communities to do so.

Sam Westerdale, an American history teacher at Rangeview High School in Aurora who served on the standards committee, said she sees students eager for more diverse perspectives and hopes the new social studies standards will foster that. When she was a student, she rarely saw her mother’s Latina identity portrayed.

The committee also did not want to overwhelm teachers with too many content requirements and sought to create standards that would balance the positive and negative aspects of American history.

“We were doing our best for a balanced and objective tone,” she said. “It’s a job for the whole state. It’s not just about you or your district. It’s for everyone.

Genocide standards inaccurate and need change, committee says

Teachers who helped write the Colorado history standards, including Westerdale, are appalled at the final form the genocide standards took under Durham’s influence and that efforts to improve the standards by adding the word Nazi alongside the party’s full name, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, still retained much of Durham’s preferred language referring extensively to socialist governments.

In a letter to members of the Council of State, the history teachers wrote that the standards prescribed teaching inaccurate history – “a precedent which is terrifying for a number of reasons” – in describing past atrocities committed by the Chinese government as genocide when they do not. meet common definitions of the term. Moreover, the standards ignore that “the majority of genocides were committed by far-right fascist leaders or groups.”

Committee members asked the Council of State to seriously consider their original recommendation that students should learn about the Holocaust and genocides in Armenia, Ukraine, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur and on the modern genocide of the Uyghurs, as well as “other acts of mass violence such as the political, economic and social policies of Joseph Stalin and the cultural revolution of Mao Zedong and the great famine which resulted from it.”

It is unclear whether the norms of genocide will change, but several council members want to reopen the discussion. Democrat Rebecca McClellan has two amendments, one to add the word “fascist” before the name of the Nazi party to clarify their political leanings and another to restore references to Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur that were lost when the council accepted Durham’s preferred language. .

Schroeder, the chairman of the board, suggested adding references to “19th century genocides” and specifically the Sand Creek Massacre, in which US troops raided an Arapaho and Cheyenne encampment consisting of largely women, children and elders early in the morning, killing over 200 and committing other atrocities.

State Senator Julie Gonzales, who sponsored legislation requiring more inclusive social education, said she was shocked to see the standards deviate so much from her intent and proud of how the community has rallied together. to champion the value of more diverse perspectives.

“The tenor of the debate showed me that we have to watch these debates very closely,” she said. She hopes the State Board “does the right thing, adopts social studies standards that comply with the law, and provides students in Colorado with the opportunity to learn an inclusive and true story from people who have contributed to the welfare of our state and our nation.

Bureau Chief Erica Meltzer covers education policy and politics and oversees Chalkbeat Colorado’s education coverage. Contact Erica at [email protected].

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What Poppies Mean to High River Residents

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From the last Friday in October until Remembrance Day, November 11, “millions of Canadians wear a poppy as a visual token of never forgetting those who served and sacrificed.”

A number of High River residents, who were at High River Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 71 for their Friday November 4 fish and chips dinner, said the poppy reminded them of the family who served, the veterans they know and the country. they live in.

For Bill Fowler, the poppy reminds him of his parents, who both served and were sergeant majors, and also, he thinks of the Holocaust and for his friend, Jim Ross, “it makes me reflect and reflect on the sacrifice that all the soldiers did, those who died and those who returned home too.

Retired RCMP member Roy Danforth says the poppy reminds him of the recognition of the world wars and the sacrifices made by service men and women.

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For Ken Hanley, the poppy reminds him of “an uncle I never met who died in the last two days of the war and is buried in Italy. He came from Zealandia, Saskatchewan, joined fresh out of college and received the rank of lieutenant.

Cheryl Walker-Harper is moved when she sees a poppy because she thinks of freedom, “the men and women who put their lives on the line so that we could have our freedom today.”

Owen Howe, a life member of the High River Legion, served in the RCAF Police (Royal Canadian Air Force) for 28 years and worked on clearances for applicants applying to join the military.

“I was in 28 countries and spent four years in Germany. I worked on car accident investigations in Germany. I lived three times in Quebec, twice in Ontario and my last base was Calgary, where I did surveys in southern Alberta and British Columbia. I retired in 1989,” the 81-year-old said. “The poppy reminds me of my father who was shot in the neck in 1943 while driving a tank. He was a badass and he was patched up and moved on. This time of year we should all remember to donate to the Legion and wear a poppy.

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Gail King, one of the ladies who crocheted over a thousand poppies for the shows around High River, said: “I didn’t have anyone in my family who was at war, but I believe we should honor our veterans. The poppy is a sign of respect. I have learned a lot from completing Project Poppy over the past four years; that you are not supposed to wear a poppy after November 11th. During the ceremony, you must remove your poppy and place it on the cenotaph. I don’t think young people today appreciate the generations that follow mine. I think my children know this, but my grandchildren may not understand the sacrifices made by young men and women during war.

The resident who started the High River Knitted and Crocheted Poppy Project, Merridell “Dell” Richardson had family in the military and feels that “we’re losing the knowledge with the generations that don’t know anything about the poppy and what it’s all about.” it stands for. The poppy shows around town were meant to keep this memory alive and the poppy is quite beautiful, I think, the red is so pretty. If it makes a child ask what the poppy show is, I think that’s great because I’m afraid that eventually no one will remember what 9/11 is.

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For some of the High River Friday Quilting Group, they think of the quilts that are made for veterans by Quilts of Valour, Canada Society. Bravery Quilts support injured members of the Canadian Armed Forces, past and present, with comfort quilts. 19,615 quilts were distributed to those suffering from PTSD, those undergoing physiotherapy sessions and those who have rendered selfless service.

For Joyce Brown, the poppy means “how lucky we are not to be at war; especially with Ukraine and Russia at war now. I had an uncle-in-law who was in the air force and didn’t want to fly after the war because he was a gunner, crammed in the back. He was one of the few to return home.

“The poppy reminds me of what Canada is not doing for our veterans,” said Beverley Zielke. “People who have served our country are lining up at the food bank and some are homeless. I’m sure we can do better for them by donating to the Legion Poppy Fund and supporting veteran food banks.

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For Kary Langner, the poppy means “remembering and honoring veterans. The service has grown over the years. When I was in school you went to the gym and you went through a service but today it’s not. There is more ceremony, which is good. My father was in the navy and never talked about it; this generation just didn’t talk about their time in the military. I had an uncle in the air force and another in the army stationed in England.

For Paula Groenwold, deputy commanding officer of 187 Foothills Air Cadet Squadron, the poppy is a “memory of my father who was a soldier and served in World War II. He was in the British Army, along with his brother, a doctor, who died in North Africa during World War II. My father served in the Far East and the poppy helps me remember my family members who served.

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The Poppy Campaign is organized and led by local Legion volunteers in over 1,400 branches across Canada and abroad. Through donations to the Legion Poppy Fund, they can provide financial assistance and support to veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families in need.

The High River Poppy Fund campaign will run until November 10 and they are available at community stores.

“If you buy a poppy in High River, the money from the poppy will go directly to our Legion and all will go towards helping veterans in the community. We donate to the High River District Health Care Foundation and Foothills Country Hospice. We have strict guidelines on how poppy money is used,” said Linda Reed, president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71 in High River.

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3M to drive sustainability and innovation with new regional headquarters in Dubai Internet City

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 3M (NYSE: MMM) today inaugurated its new regional headquarters in Dubai Internet City, part of the TECOM PJSC group and the largest technology hub in the MENA region, demonstrating its continued commitment to the United Arab Emirates while supporting the vision of promoting the emirate as a hub of global innovation and manufacturing inspired by the country’s thoughtful leadership.

Inaugurated by Meghan Gregonis, Consul General of the United States in Dubai; Ammar Al Malik, Executive Vice President for Commercial Leasing at TECOM Group PJSC; Cara Nazari, Managing Director of AmCham Dubai, Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Senior Vice President, Dubai Science Park; and senior 3M executives, including Gayle Schueller, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer and Laszlo Svinger, vice president and general manager – Middle East and Africa.

3M’s new headquarters, which incorporates several sustainability initiatives, reduces carbon emissions while emphasizing the company’s expertise in science and innovation. Additionally, it offers solutions for the future of work using 3M’s trust-based approach, Work Your Way, which empowers employees to create a schedule that allows them to work when and where they can best. effectively.

Commenting on the new regional headquarters, Laszlo Svinger, vice president and general manager of 3M Middle East and Africa (MEA), said: “Over the past two years, office space has evolved significantly. Today, we must consider the needs of our employees as well as the needs of the environment, especially as we take urgent action to combat climate change and its consequences. At 3M, we strive to deliver an exceptional employee experience and business performance while doing our part to protect the environment for a more sustainable future for all. »

Currently, 3M is working with the United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its network of partners to drive collective action on climate change, social and environmental responsibility and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the framework of a three-year agreement signed in 2021.

On behalf of Dubai Internet City, Ammar Al Malik, Executive Vice President of Commercial Leasing, TECOM Group PJSC, said: “For more than 20 years, Dubai’s integrated business ecosystem and attractive environment have successfully attracted tech giants from around the world. Today, the grand opening of 3M’s new headquarters reinforces the impact that TECOM Group and Dubai Internet City have had in maintaining Dubai’s position as an international technology hub. We are pleased that an industry leader like 3M is strengthening its innovation footprint in our community to bring greater innovation and technology solutions to the region, while setting a valuable example on the practice of sustainability and flexibility in the workplace – values ​​we admire and share. This milestone for a long-time client is a testament to the wealth of opportunities available in the MENA region and the ecosystem that Dubai Internet City offers its community to grow and thrive.

Cara Nazari, Managing Director, AmCham Dubai said:AmCham Dubai is pleased to support our member 3M as a leader in sustainability and innovation and its strategic vision to accelerate the journey to net zero in the UAE and globally. The UAE is a reliable and trusted partner of our business community with one of the most open and innovative economies in the world. Collaboration in sustainability and clean energy technologies in the private sector will support the nation’s positive impact as it seeks to become the first Gulf country to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. We commend 3M for their efforts and look forward to our continued partnership.

Improving lives through continuous innovation

With the opening of its new regional headquarters in Dubai, 3M also unveiled its expanded and improved Innovation Center, which underscores 3M’s commitment to science and innovation. The center, which showcases a number of cost-effective technology solutions created specifically for the region, is intended to bring 3M technologies and innovations closer to its customers in the UAE and the wider region.

The Innovation Center features a creative mural, The Sand Mural, made entirely from 3M materials, including 3M™ Printable Film with 3M™ Reflective Coating with 3M™ Cubitron II and 3M™ Sandpaper applications.

The 3M Innovation Center, one of the first of its kind in the Middle East region, will allow potential customers, business partners and research and development experts to test a variety of groundbreaking 3M innovations. The 20,400 square foot center will showcase all of 3M’s technology platforms, which are operated across all four businesses and products for the Middle East market. 3M’s 51 technology platforms include adhesives and abrasives, microreplication and nonwovens, computer vision, data science and analytics, and many more.

AI-powered technologies on display at the 3M Innovation Center

Aligned to support the UAE’s vision to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2031, the 3M M*Modal Fluency Direct, the latest voice and AI-powered technology, can also be seen in the new innovation center. The all-in-one solution will allow physicians of any medical specialty to create, review, edit and verbally sign clinical notes directly into electronic health records.

Adopted across all Emirates Health Services facilities in the UAE, this technology will standardize and accelerate clinical documentation processes and reduce the administrative burden on healthcare professionals. Moreover, it will help improve the experience of doctors and patients and boost productivity in the healthcare sector.

3M’s new office in Dubai features a self-contained natural green wall and is fully equipped with wireless technology, demonstrating 3M’s ongoing commitment to environmental protection.

The 3M Innovation Center joins a robust and vibrant technology community in Dubai Internet City, home to 15 Innovation Centers powered by companies such as Visa, MasterCard, Google and SAP.


About 3M

At 3M, we apply science collaboratively to improve everyday life when our people connect with customers around the world. To learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to global challenges, visit or on Twitter @3M Where @3MNews.

About Dubai Internet City

Dubai Internet City, a member of the TECOM PJSC group, is the largest technology hub in the MENA region. Home to Fortune 500 corporations, SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs, Dubai Internet City has been a cornerstone of the UAE’s economic diversification and digital transformation strategy for more than 20 years. Founded in 1999, TECOM Group owns, manages and operates 10 strategic and sector-based business districts across Dubai and a major contributor to Dubai’s rapidly growing knowledge and innovation-based economy.

About TECOM Group PJSC

TECOM Group has been developing strategic and sector-specific business districts in the Emirate of Dubai since 1999. TECOM Group is well positioned to continue to play a vital role in consolidating Dubai’s status as a global business and talent hub. .

The TECOM Group portfolio consists of 10 business districts serving 6 vital knowledge-based economic sectors including design, education, manufacturing, media, science and technology. The Group offers more than 7,800 customers and more than 100,000 professionals a varied and tailor-made rental portfolio – which includes offices, co-working spaces, warehouses and land.

The TECOM Group offers additional value-added services to provide a competitive and attractive environment in which businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive and to facilitate engagement among district community members. Government and enterprise services are made available through an integrated intelligent services platform, “axs”, which improves the ease of doing business and provides community members with a seamless experience.

The TECOM Group also provides specialized facilities for the industry, including multimedia production studios, laboratories and higher education campuses. in5, its enabling platform for entrepreneurs and start-ups, offers innovation hubs supporting start-ups and SMEs in technology, media and design. Its forward-looking coworking spaces D/Quarters provide stimulating work environments for tenants, and the “GoFreelance” package serves approximately 2,400 freelance talents.

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As SF market-rate housing developers sit idle, nonprofits race to create affordable housing

With the economy teetering on the edge of recession and dozens of market-rate housing projects stalled, nonprofit builders in San Francisco are licking their chops for what could be a rare opportunity to seize a few sites for future affordable residential development.

And the strategy is already bearing fruit in the Mission District.

A one-acre fenced parcel at Cesar Chavez and Valencia streets, once a parking lot for Mission District’s flagship Sears Roebuck & Co. department store, is now poised to become one of the largest new affordable housing developments in the city. San Francisco.

Sequoia Living, which develops and owns seniors’ complexes for both low-income seniors and more affluent seniors, paid $13.5 million to acquire the parking lot behind 3435 Cesar Chavez St., which was redeveloped into living/working lofts after Sears closed its store in 1975.

Sequoia plans to develop 130 seniors’ housing on the northern half of the site and partner with nonprofits to build another 130 affordable housing units on the southern portion, according to David Latina, who is leading the company’s development. .

Latina said Sequoia had spent years looking at both the former Sears land as well as the Salvation Army property across the street at the northwest corner of Valencia and Caesar Chávez. For most of this period, however, both properties were coveted by for-profit builders who could afford more than an affordable group.

The old Sears lot was under contract with at least two market rate developers before the deals turned south during the pandemic, which provided an opening for Sequoia.

“When the gas went out in the condo market, I called our broker and said, ‘Let’s talk to them and see if we can shake things up,'” Latina said. , expect affordable accommodation which is great for us.”

A one-acre parking lot for future housing can be seen in the Mission district of San Francisco.

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Supervisor Hillary Ronen said the location — across from California Pacific Medical Center’s Mission-Bernal campus, near many shops, restaurants and public transportation — was ideal for seniors.

“It’s one of the most popular types of housing we could build in the neighborhood,” Ronen said.

San Francisco is home to 164,000 adults age 62 and older, or about 23% of the population. A 2022 Affordable Housing Needs Assessment Report for Aging and Persons with Disabilities found that more than 29,000 elderly tenant households experience rent burden, and approximately 16,000 of these households experience heavy rent burden. rent. The 2022 point-in-time count of homeless people found about 620 adults over the age of 60 and 1,600 people with disabilities homeless each night in San Francisco.

Two senior housing projects have opened in the Mission District in the past decade – one with 44 units at 3001 24th St. and another with 94 units at 1294 Shotwell.

“These two don’t even begin to fill the need,” Ronen said. “We don’t have enough affordable housing for seniors, especially as the number of seniors is exploding.”

Commercial real estate broker Gary Cohen, who represented Sequoia, made a specialty of finding sites for affordable developers. He said he expects to see a flurry of bids from developers at market rates who can no longer get financing to build what they had hoped to build – but that so far it has been slow.

“The question is whether the sellers accepted the price reduction that would make sense for a nonprofit,” he said. “People have to adjust their expectations – and I don’t know if we’re there yet.”

Sequoia was in a unique position to purchase the land because it has a foundation that was able to set aside money without going through the city for funding. The foundation is made up of community residents’ contributions at the group’s market rate, which is popular and tends to attract wealthy families. It is common for these residents to leave a portion of their possessions to low-income communities in Sequoia. Sequoia has market-rate communities on Cathedral Hill as well as the Portola Valley, Walnut Creek, and Greenbrae in Marin County.

“It’s like Peter helping pay Paul,” Latina said. “They feel good that their money is going to an organization that not only takes care of them, but takes care of other people who can’t afford a market rate senior living community.”

Units in the Mission district will target seniors with incomes below 50% of the region’s median income — about $48,500 a year — and Sequoia hopes to source vouchers that will make it affordable for even less well-off seniors. remunerated. It will take about a year to get the social housing tax credits needed to fund the project, Latina said.

Mission Housing executive director Sam Moss said his nonprofit had looked at the site in the past, but that Sequoia’s acquisition of the site – and its intention to put senior housing there in low income – was the perfect outcome.

“Sequoia is going to do great things there,” he said. “Affordable housing inherently has the potential to be counter-cyclical, but it depends on the money available.”

Scott Falcone, an affordable housing consultant who has advised Sequoia, said he has clients considering potential acquisitions in the Outer Sunset as well as Union Square. The Union Square property is an existing hotel that would be redeveloped into apartments.

“These properties aren’t exactly out of the box,” he said. “We are the only ones who can make it work. The price is falling and it is likely to fall further.

Ronen said she was especially pleased that the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development didn’t have to fund the acquisition of the land, which usually happens.

“It’s like Christmas is coming early,” she said.

JK Dineen is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @sfjkdineen

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Railroad History Buff Presents at Upcoming Nanaimo Historical Society Meeting

A railroad history buff will discuss the challenges of building a railroad on Vancouver Island in the 1880s at the upcoming meeting of the Nanaimo Historical Society. (Photo submitted)

Railroad History Buff Presents at Upcoming Nanaimo Historical Society Meeting

Mike Bonkowski discusses the rise and demise of the E&N Railroad

The next guest speaker from the Nanaimo Historical Society will show how sections of the now overgrown and silent E&N Railroad negotiated mountain ranges, rivers, hills, ravines and railroad crossings.

In his presentation, “E&N Railroad: Obstacles and Challenges Still Visible Today,” Mike Bonkowski will talk about the two-year project to build the original 115-kilometre stretch of railroad between Victoria and the coal mines around Nanaimo in 1886, how the railroad then expanded to Courtenay, Lake Cowichan and Port Alberni in the years after Dunsmuir sold the track to the Canadian Pacific Railway and how the railroad began to fail economically.

Bonkowski is a longtime Nanaimo resident who enjoys walking through railroad history and photographing and filming today’s scenes along the railroad.

The next monthly historical society meeting will be November 10 at 7 p.m. at the Bowen Park Activity Center.

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‘For our freedom’: Hamburg’s new legion raises banners to honor veterans for Remembrance Day

Irvine Krampien’s children (left to right, Judy Holtzworth, Jen Krampien and Pat Hicks) say their father was a family man.
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“Why not a week or a national month of remembrance? »

That’s a question Bob Neubauer, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Royal Canadian Legion in New Hamburg, recently asked himself.

If you’ve been walking around downtown New Hamburg lately, you may have seen banners honoring the military. This is how the Legion chooses to celebrate veterans on Remembrance Day.

Neubauer was inspired by the story of his neighbor’s son, Donnie Zehr, who was in the Royal Canadian Air Force before his death. With Marie Voisin, Neubauer gradually concretized the concept of the banners.

“I made a number of phone calls with other ex-servicemen like me who were involved in banner programs in other cities,” he said.

There are currently 74 banners installed, more than the 35 Neubauer envisioned when he started out.

Irvine Krampien is one of the military veterans represented by a banner on the utility poles in New Hamburg.

Her youngest child, Jen Krampien, said her family was touched by the idea. “For Dad to have a banner hung in New Hamburg, honoring his service, really means a lot. All the banners mean a lot to all of us for our freedom.

His father fought during the liberation of the Netherlands.

The Liberation of the Netherlands took place from 1944 to 1945, when the First Canadian Army helped liberate the Dutch, who had suffered starvation and hardship under the German occupiers. More than 7,600 Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen died in action in the Netherlands.

Like many other veterans, he didn’t talk about it when he returned from the war. “Obviously it was awful and they saw some awful things,” Jen said. “The only thing he was very proud of was that his troop, his unit, was part of the Dutch Liberation,” she added.

Although Irvine died in 1992, his children remember him as a caring and loving man. “He was always helping others, whether it was (it was) his children, his grandchildren or his neighbours. He didn’t think it was doing anyone a favor, but a way of living his life,” Jen said.

Jen said seeing the banners should remind people to never take their freedom for granted, and added, “Isn’t downtown beautiful with everyone?”

Neubauer said the fact that other important events and causes have longer periods of celebration, but there is only one day for Remembrance Day, doesn’t “seem fair.”

“We get two minutes a year on November 11 to honor veterans living and fallen.”

With the banners, people have “something proud up there for a month to watch,” Neubauer added.

He said the Legion received help from Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro to mount them on the utility poles and the banners would be taken down in late November or early December.

The legion also undertakes its traditional poppy campaign, as well as a ceremony on 11 November.

“You will see many of our Legion representatives in your local stores giving away or selling poppies from the poppy boxes,” said Scott Dunstall, Legion Public Relations Officer.

Dunstall said he was proud of the work Neubauer and Voisin did to make this happen.

Voisin had to do a lot of digital editing to make the old images usable, while Neubauer went through all the paperwork, submissions and applications.

“Having the banners has not only helped renew interest in the Legion, and it’s very timely at this time of year in particular, but I think it’s also created heart for the community. said Dunstall.

STORY BEHIND THE STORY: When the New Hamburg Independent learned that the Legion was raising banners to honor veterans, we wanted to know what the idea behind it was.

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Frontier Airlines launches new flights in Central America and the Caribbean

Ultra Low Cost American Airline Border will now connect travelers from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta, Georgia, to four new destinations in the Caribbean and Central America. Excitingly, this makes Frontier the second largest international carrier at the Georgia hub.

Distinctive border lines will be more common in Atlanta

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Frontier’s new program to the Caribbean and Central America

Frontier’s modest schedule will operate on the schedule below:

Atlanta to Nassau

F9 216, departing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta at 7:25 a.m., arriving at Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau, Bahamas at 9:25 a.m., operating Saturdays.


F9 217, departing Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), Nassau, Bahamas at 10:36 a.m., arriving Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta at 12:54 p.m., operating Saturdays.

The fast jump from Atlanta to Nassau will follow the coast of Florida

Source: Flightradar24

Atlanta to El Salvador

F9 219, departing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta at 9:05 a.m., arriving at El Salvador Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez International Airport (SAL), El Salvador at 11:52 a.m., operating Thursdays and Sundays.

F9 218, departing El Salvador Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez International Airport (SAL), El Salvador at 12:57 p.m., arriving Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta at 5:38 p.m., operating on Thursdays and Sundays.

Atlanta to Kingston

F9 157, departing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta at 10:58 a.m., arriving at Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston, Jamaica, at 1:52 p.m., operating Mondays and Fridays.

F9 156, departing Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), Kingston, Jamaica, 5:12 p.m., arriving Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta, 8:20 p.m., operating Mondays and Fridays .

Later this month, Frontier will also begin flights from Atlanta to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The Frontier Fleet

As expected with the low-cost model, Frontier operates a fleet of 115 aircraft, as below:

Frontier plans to launch flights to San Jose Costa Rica later in November

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Growth in Atlanta

Becoming the second-largest international carrier at the Atlanta hub is celebrated at Frontier, with the airline’s Chief Commercial Vice President, Daniel Shurz, commenting:

“Frontier Airlines is thrilled to become ATL’s second-largest international carrier and the only ultra-low-cost carrier offering international service from Atlanta.”

“We are excited to continue to expand in Atlanta and provide more consumers in the United States and abroad the opportunity to take advantage of our ‘Low Fares Done Right.’ »

Recently re-crowned on busiest airport in the world, Again. Atlanta has seen a slew of new routes and capacity post-pandemic, with announcements such as:

Altanta retakes the top spot as the busiest airport in the world.  Frontier is part of this growth.

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Rebecca Francosky, Acting Director of Air Services Development at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, commented on its continued growth:

”We couldn’t be happier to celebrate the official start of this Frontier Airlines expansion. Consistently providing our passengers with additional international connectivity is why ATL remains the busiest and most efficient airport in the world.”

Atlanta is Delta’s primary hub, operating a staggering 1,000 daily departures to more than 225 destinations, both domestic and international. The airport is also home to Delta’s global headquarters and Delta’s Technical Operations Center, its main maintenance base.

Sources: 11Alive, Central Travel Agencies

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Risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in patients with diabetes and a history of acute pancreatitis: a nationwide cohort study

In this large-scale, national cohort study, the independent risk of stroke, MI, and mortality was significantly higher in diabetic participants with a history of AP compared to those without a history of AP at 10-year follow-up . Adjusted HRs were 1.5 to 2.4 after controlling for important confounding variables. The results of this study suggest that active management of cardiovascular risk factors is necessary in diabetic patients with a history of AP.

A recent similar large-scale cohort study reported that the adjusted RR for acute cardiovascular disease was 1.76 (95% CI, 1.47-2.12) in patients with AP, which is comparable to our result.5. However, unlike our study, the report did not adjust for important confounders such as smoking and alcohol. Additionally, the report did not consider the temporal sequence of AP and CVD onset over the research period, making it difficult to assess causality. In contrast, our study shows possible causation because we constructed a separate cohort of diabetic patients with a history of AP but no CVD, and also performed follow-up to assess CVD incidence or death over a long period. Another similar cohort study suggested that the risk of acute coronary syndrome is higher in patients with a first PA than in those without PA (adjusted HR 2.46, in diabetic patients)6. The study also showed that about a third of acute coronary syndromes developed within a month of the onset of AP. However, the study did not include a latency period, which implies the possibility of including many CVD patients before AP. Additionally, the study also did not adjust for important factors such as smoking or BMI.

AP is an acute systemic inflammatory process that is associated with variable involvement of one or more organ systems to varying degrees11. In particular, the cardiovascular system can be affected at all stages of AP, including hemodynamic, cardiac rhythm and pericardial changes. Therefore, fluid resuscitation is important in the early stages of AP12,13,14. AP is also known to be associated with microcirculation disturbances15. These changes are hypothesized to play an important role in short-term cardiovascular outcomes and may affect the occurrence of CVD through long-term atherosclerosis.5. The release of several inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor α, interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10, and monocyte chemoattractant protein chemokines-1 in the process of PA16 may be associated with the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis17.18. However, further research is needed to elucidate the exact mechanism.

As shown in Table 1, insulin or additional antidiabetic agents are often required for diabetic patients with a history of AP. This suggests that BP may be associated with the level of endocrine dysfunction, which appears to affect the severity of diabetes, which in turn may increase CVD risk. A previous meta-analysis showed that prediabetes and/or diabetes were observed in 37% of individuals after AP, with a relative risk of 2.7 at 5 years after diagnosis.19. As a result, a large portion of diabetic participants with a history of AP could belong to pancreatogenic or type 3c diabetes.20. However, it is difficult to confirm the causal relationship between AP and diabetes in our study, as we identified diabetic participants who had a history of AP at baseline.

Cox proportional hazards regression analysis showed that the highest HR was all-cause mortality (2.353), followed by MI (1.998) and stroke (1.534) from Model 5 (Table 2 ). The simple sum of the incidence rate per 1000 person-years for cardiovascular disease was 16.76 and that of all-cause mortality was 34.88 among participants with a history of AP. Therefore, it is expected that other contributing factors to mortality other than CVD clearly exist. Although we were unable to investigate the cause of death for each patient, some patients may have died of various malignant neoplasms known to increase with diabetes, particularly the increased risk of pancreatic cancer after a diagnosis of AP.21. Additionally, some patients may have died from other life-threatening complications of diabetes such as infection or end-stage renal failure.22. Interestingly, subgroup analysis showed that mortality was higher in younger participants (23. It is known that the mortality rate is higher when AP progresses to CP24, and thus several factors associated with the AP-CP sequence may have greatly contributed to the increased mortality in young participants in our study. However, as the occurrence of CP was not assessed as an outcome in our study, it was difficult to determine the substantial impact of CP.

In fact, the risk of CVD was higher in patients with CP (adjusted RR, 3.42) than in those with AP (adjusted RR, 1.76) in the aforementioned study.5. An increased risk of CVD in patients with CP has also been reported in other studies, with a range of 1.27 to 1.45325,26,27. However, caution should be exercised in interpreting the results due to the heterogeneity of CP patients. With respect to research based on claims data such as our study, it is highly likely that true CP patients cannot be correctly identified using diagnostic codes alone. In our view, a more careful operational definition is needed to perform the so-called big data study for CP. Accordingly, we recognized that it was difficult to define CP as a study outcome.

There are several limitations to our study. First, results may vary depending on the etiology and severity of AP, which was not taken into account in our study. This is a somewhat intrinsic limitation of the NHIS database. Second, as mentioned above, participants who develop diabetes after AP are likely to be diagnosed with type 3c diabetes rather than T2DM. However, it was difficult to identify the number of these participants included in this study. Third, the medications administered to our participants were not taken into account. In diabetic patients, drugs such as antithrombotic agents28.29 or metformin5.30 may affect cardiovascular outcomes and mortality. Fourth, we did not assess other conditions such as angina, heart failure, or peripheral arterial disease that fall under the category of cardiovascular disease.31. Finally, there were statistically significant differences regarding several characteristics of the two groups, such as baseline characteristics including age, BMI, alcohol consumption, and smoking history, which may directly affect cardiovascular disease. . In addition, information on smoking and alcohol consumption obtained from surveys is likely to be underestimated. These factors were difficult to manipulate by matching because there were many risk factors shared by AP and CVD. AP appears to play some role as we were able to obtain significant results even after adjusting for confounders by the Cox proportional hazard ratio method. Nonetheless, the strength of our study is that we presented CVD risk and mortality, adjusting for important confounding variables by long-term follow-up, for history of AP in a relatively uniform and large number of participants. diabetics who have undergone health examinations.

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Media Advisory – Governor General to deliver remarks at Canada Army Run 2022

OTTAWA (ON), November 4, 2022 /CNW/ – Her Excellency the Right Honorable Mary Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canadawill speak at the opening ceremony of Canada Army Run 2022.

The Governor General will also have the opportunity to meet Soldier On members and cheer on participants at the start line.

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2022
Time: 8:20 a.m. EST
Location: Canada Army Run start scene (corner of Laurier and Elgin)

Notes for media:

  • Official photos will be available upon request.

  • Media passes are required to access certain areas, including the start and finish lines. Media interested in covering this event should contact [email protected]

About Army Run

Celebrates 15 yearse anniversary, Canada Army Run is a unique event where Canadians can run or walk with members of the Canadian Armed Forces in 5 or 10 kilometer events. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to Support Our Troops and Soldier On.

The 2022 Canada Army Run theme recognizes the 75e anniversary of the creation of the Canadian Rangers, highlighting the past and present contributions of the Canadian Rangers to from Canada remote, coastal and isolated areas.

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Statement by Senators Portman and Coons on Congressional Delegation to Ukraine

November 3, 2022


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Kyiv, UKRAINE – US Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today issued the following statement after traveling to Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskyy, Foreign Minister Kuleba, Attorney General Andriy Kostin and other Ukrainian officials. The senators also visited the headquarters of Ukrainian energy company Ukrenergo, which was damaged in an attack by Russian forces.

“We are here today to underscore the broad support that continues to exist in the Congress for the Ukrainian People. We met with President Zelenskyy to discuss Ukraine’s needs as it continues to defend against this brutal Russian invasion and to show American solidarity with the Ukrainian people. President Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude to the American people for the essential security, economic and humanitarian assistance we continue to provide, and we saw how that assistance saves lives when we visited a World Food Program food distribution center.

“We also visited the headquarters of Ukrenergo, an example of the Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, the largest campaign against civilian energy infrastructure in human history. Russian attacks continue to harm Ukraine’s economy and endanger the lives of millions of Ukrainian civilians as winter approaches. This is just one more in the series of atrocities that Russia has committed during this illegal war.

“We have seen firsthand the resilience and strength of the Ukrainian people in the face of these atrocities, and they deserve our support. Ukrainian Attorney General Kostin is working to hold Vladimir Putin and his regime accountable, and we discussed their efforts in Ukraine, the United States, and the International Criminal Court to prosecute Russian officials for war crimes. The international community must join Ukraine in this effort.

Senator Portman is co-chair and co-founder of the Ukrainian Senate Caucus and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senator Coons is Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


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Powerball fever has everyday people, nonprofits dreaming of a big payday

Powerball fever has gripped the country and the Bay Area. Due to several weeks of failures, Wednesday’s jackpot draw stands at $1.2 billion.

A steady stream of would-be billionaires came and went all day at Ernie’s Liquors in East San Jose. But one person in particular hoped a local would beat the odds and win big.

Trish Garcia is busy getting Martha’s Kitchen, a longtime South Bay nonprofit, ready for the Thanksgiving rush. In three weeks, staff members will prepare and distribute a thousand meals to the less fortunate. But on this day, Garcia’s attention is divided – between what is and what could be the association’s good fortune.

“Of course, we all think about it and we talk about the lottery, gambling and things like that. That kind of money could not only change one person’s life, but the lives of many people,” he said. she declared.

The Powerball jackpot had players praying for the odds to fall in their favor, as they recited their deepest desires.

“Go crazy,” said one man. “Pay off the house. Buy a new car. Donate to charity,” another said. A third said: “Oh sure I will try to donate some to all the local charities. Some special needs in the Vietnamese temple. And of course schooling. I believe in the future for the children. And of course, save some for the family.”

San Jose State tax expert Caroline Chen has four things for anyone who becomes super rich overnight.

“You could use these donations to maybe reduce your taxable income,” Chen said.

She advised taking a lump sum payment of around $600 million and then paying taxes. California does not tax lottery winnings, but the federal government will.

“But of course those millions of dollars will put you in the highest tax bracket. And depending on whether you’re married or single, it’ll be around 37%,” Chen said.

With taxes having further reduced the gain by half, to about $380 million, Chen’s list beyond charitable donations includes investing money. Experts said the stock market has historically increased wealth. Or, in something less volatile, like real estate, which always seems to bounce back.

“If you could pay anything for a property in cash? That might be your best bet,” Chen said.

Then Chen advised to keep some of the winnings.

“What you want is enough capital to make money, so you can live off of it,” she said.

It’s a simple formula that everyday people and those who work for non-profit organizations hoped would lead to good fortune and lots of charitable giving.

“Hopefully it’s a local person, and that they’re going to support local charities and nonprofits…that would be fantastic,” Garcia said.

Experts have said that the odds of winning decrease when there is a huge jackpot, as many more people buy tickets and enter the pool of potential winners.

Jesse Gary is a reporter based in the station’s South Bay bureau. Follow him on Twitter @JesseKTVU and Instagram @jessegontv

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Your doctor may have given you up if you haven’t been seen in a few years


When Claudia Siegel had a bug in her stomach this year, she contacted her GP to get something to ease her diarrhea. The Philadelphia resident was surprised when she received a message online telling her that because she hadn’t seen her doctor in over three years, she was no longer a patient.

And since he wasn’t accepting new patients, she had to find a new primary care physician.

“I think that’s unconscionable,” Siegel said, noting that many patients may have avoided the doctor’s office in recent years because of the pandemic. “There was no notification to patients that they were about to lose their doctor.”

At the start of the open enrollment period – when people can get health insurance – people should check to see if they are still patients with their doctor, experts say.

It’s shocking to hear that you’ve been kicked out of a doctor’s practice because a few years have passed since your last visit, but the approach isn’t uncommon. How widespread the experiment is, no one can say. But specialists do it too.

The argument for abandoning the occasional patient makes sense. Since many primary care physicians have a waiting list of potential patients, removing those they rarely see opens up windows for patients and improves access for others.

“Most primary care practices are incredibly busy, in part due to pent-up demand due to covid,” said Russell Phillips, director of the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School and general internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. .

“Even though continuity of care is important, if the patient hasn’t come and we don’t know if he’s coming, it’s hard to give him space,” he said.

A difficult transition to a new doctor

Patients often move or find another doctor when their insurance changes, without telling the practice, experts say. Additionally, doctors may seek to classify people they haven’t seen in a long time as new patients, as their medical, family, and social histories may require tedious updating after a long break. Patient status is one element that determines how much doctors are paid.

Yet the transition can be stressful for patients.

“I can fully understand the patient’s perspective,” said Courtney Jones, senior director of case management at the Patient Advocate Foundation. “You think you have a medical team that you trusted before to help you make decisions, and now you have to find another trusted team.”

Siegel said she rarely went to the doctor, adhering to her doctor father’s advice that people shouldn’t go unless they were sick. She hadn’t been to her doctor’s office in person recently, but Siegel said she corresponded with office staff, including updating them on her coronavirus vaccination status.

After receiving the referral online through the Jefferson Health System patient portal, Siegel called the family practice patient line directly. They told him that three years was the protocol and that they had to follow it.

“I asked, ‘And the patient?’ said Siegel. “They didn’t have an answer to that.”

That was a month before Siegel, who is covered by Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service program, could see a doctor who was accepting new patients. By then, her stomach virus symptoms were gone.

Jefferson Health does not have a policy that patients lose their doctor if they are not seen regularly, according to a statement from spokesperson Damien Woods.

He said, however, “Patients who have not been seen by their provider for three years or more are classified in electronic medical records as new patients (rather than established patients), per Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. (CMS). Whenever possible, Jefferson works with these patients to keep them with their primary care provider and offers options for new providers in certain circumstances.

The American Medical Association’s ethical guidelines recommend that doctors notify patients in advance when they are withdrawing from their records so that patients have time to find other doctors.

But the organization, which represents doctors, has no guidance on maintaining a patient panel, AMA spokesman Robert Mills said.

The American Academy of Family Physicians, which represents and advocates for family physicians, declined to comment for this story.

The demand for services is expected to increase

A primary care physician’s patient panel typically includes those who have been seen within the past two years, said Phillips, of Harvard. Doctors may have 2,000 or more patients, studies show. Maintaining an acceptable number of patients is crucial, both for effective patient care and for physicians.

Demand for medical services is expected to continue to outstrip supply over the coming decades as people age and need more care, while the number of doctors retiring increases. According to projections by the Association of American Medical Colleges, by 2034 there will be a shortage of up to 48,000 primary care physicians.

Maintaining a regular relationship with a primary care provider can help people manage chronic conditions and identify new problems early. Regular check-in also helps ensure people receive important routine services such as vaccinations and blood pressure checks, said David Blumenthal, a former primary care doctor who is chairman of the Commonwealth Fund, a research and policy organization.

Healthcare organizations are increasingly working to require physicians to meet certain quality measures, such as managing patients’ high blood pressure or providing comprehensive diabetes care. In this environment, “it could be problematic for physicians to be responsible for the health of patients who don’t see them,” Blumenthal said.

Money is there too. Regular visits are good for a firm’s bottom line.

In general, doctors are not obligated to continue seeing certain patients. A physician may dismiss patients for not following clinical recommendations or for regularly canceling or missing appointments. Belligerent or abusive behavior is also grounds for abandonment of a patient.

In some cases, physicians may be legally liable for “patient abandonment,” a form of medical malpractice. State rules vary, but there are common elements. These rules generally apply when a doctor harms a patient by dropping him suddenly at a critical stage of treatment. It would generally not apply if a patient has not seen the doctor for several years.

Even if the quiet abandonment of a rarely seen patient has no immediate medical consequences, patients should be informed, experts said.

“That’s really good customer service to explain the situation,” said Rick Gundling, senior vice president of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, an organization for finance professionals. As for Siegel, he said: “This woman should not be left hanging. If you are the patient, the doctor must be proactive.

This article was produced by Kaiser Health News, a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, an endowed nonprofit organization that provides information on health issues to the nation.

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LaSalle pays tribute to veterans during the 2022 Remembrance Day ceremony

The Town of LaSalle, in partnership with Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594, will host a Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11 to honor our fallen Veterans and those who continue to serve Canada today. The ceremony is located at LaSalle Cenotaph Park, 5950 Malden Road, and begins at 10:40 a.m.

New this year, the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment will launch a Veterans March at 10:40 a.m. They will start from Zehrs parking lot and march along Malden Road to Normandy Street and into Cenotaph Park. In addition to a minute of silence, there will be a wreath laying ceremony. The Premiers of Sandwich High School and St. Thomas of Villanova High School will greet you. Many students participate in the service, and the Sandwich High School Band performs. The ceremony will end with a parade of veterans at 11:40 a.m.

Temporary road closures on Malden Road and Normandy Street will be in place during the Veterans Walk. For those planning to attend in person, please arrive early. As in past years, this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony will be broadcast live on the City of LaSalle YouTube Channel and will remain on the channel for viewing anytime.

80th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Raid de Dieppe. This solemn anniversary will be commemorated by events in Canada and France. On August 19, 1942, nearly 5,000 Canadians landed on the heavily defended French coast, alongside British and American allies. Operation Jubilee – the raid on Dieppe – entailed enormous sacrifices, but the mission was not in vain. The operation provided invaluable lessons that led to the planning for D-Day and Allied victory on the beaches of Normandy two years later.

Our Local Veterans

Visit the Ville de LaSalle website to learn more about several residents who participated in the Second World War. Residents or families of veterans of LaSalle or the former township of Sandwich West, who participated in the Second World War, are invited to submit their photos and information to the Culture and Recreation Department. The webpage will be expanded to include more conflicts in the future. Visit Honoring Local Veterans for more information.

Royal Canadian Legion

Metropolitan Branch 594 of the Royal Canadian Legion is located at 5030 Howard Avenue. They continue to focus on their goals of supporting veterans, youth and first responders. From the last Friday in October until Remembrance Day, millions of Canadians wear a poppy as a visual token of never forgetting those who served and sacrificed. The red flower is the symbol of the Legion’s poppy campaign, raising funds to support veterans and their families in need. Poppy boxes can be found throughout the community accepting donations to the Legion’s annual campaign.

Essex and Kent Scottish Regimental Family

The regiment is a light infantry army reserve unit of the Canadian Armed Forces made up of men and women in the infantry and support trades. The Essex and Kent Scottish has garrisons in Windsor and Chatham, Ontario, and its service extends to communities throughout southwestern Ontario. The regiment is ably supported by the Essex and Kent Scottish Regimental Association, the Scottish Borders Foundation and other voluntary organisations.

LaSalle Cenotaph Park

LaSalle Cenotaph Park, located behind the LaSalle Civic Center, was built in 2014. The original granite cenotaph now sits atop a new platform with a larger memorial design. The unique design is reminiscent of Canada’s military personnel and is a great educational tool to examine some of Canada’s military history.

The most unique feature of the Cenotaph is the split top of the monument’s steel plate. The split top allows for a beam of light that follows the movement of the sun across the map face behind the monument. The positioning of the memorial is calibrated against the sun so that the beam of light is over central Europe at 11:00 a.m. each November 11, commemorating Remembrance Day in perpetuity.

The world map behind the monument is smooth for water and textured for land. Pins on the map indicate where the Canadian Armed Forces have been at war or in conflict and have participated in peacekeeping missions. Next to the map is a legend that explains Canada’s military presence over the years.

Veteran parking spaces

The City of LaSalle recently developed two parking lots for veterans at the LaSalle Civic Center and the Vollmer Cultural and Recreational Complex. The panels have a poppy on them. Parking spaces are reserved for those who have served in our armed forces and honor our veterans. Any veteran who visits one of the municipal buildings and who has a veteran license plate is invited to park their vehicle in these spaces.

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NASHVILLE, TN, November 1, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CPIX), the largest public biopharmaceutical company founded and headquartered in Tennesseetoday announced the move of its headquarters to broadwest campuses in the Vanderbilt/West End Corridor of Nashville. The company is focused on its mission to advance patient care through the delivery of high quality medicines.

Located at 1600 West End Ave., Broadwest is a 1.2 million square foot mixed-use urban development and business park – with office, high-end condominiums, luxury hotel and retail space. It includes a 21-story office tower with over 500,000 square feet of corporate space. In addition, Broadwest has outdoor amenity space for tenants to which cumberland has access.

from Cumberland The move allows the company to accommodate recent growth and better serve its international customer and partner base. Following the expansion, from Cumberland the organization will grow to over 100 people, the majority of them employed within the company Nashville Headquarter.

“As the national center of the healthcare industry, Nashville has proven to be an ideal location for us to build our healthcare company,” said AJ Kazimi, CEO of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals. “With a growing portfolio of FDA-approved brands and a broad portfolio of new drugs for the future, we are poised for significant milestones in the years to come. I am confident that this new, well-located, state-of-the-art headquarters will play an important role in our future success.”

cumberland maintained a presence in Nashville since its founding in 1999. Its former headquarters were located in the 2525 West End building across from Centennial Park. As the company works in partnership with prestigious academic institutions, its new headquarters retains cumberland close to national fame Vanderbilt University Medical Center to enable their continued collaboration.

“Our state’s central location, skilled workforce and strong business climate allow Tennessee businesses to grow and expand,” said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter. “I thank Cumberland Pharmaceuticals for creating new opportunities in Middle Tennessee, where it is leading the growth of the life sciences/biopharmaceutical industry. We believe Nashville will continue to be the ideal place for from Cumberland international headquarters.”

About Cumberland Pharmaceuticals

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on providing high quality prescription brands designed to improve patient care. The company develops, acquires and markets products for the hospital acute care, gastroenterology, rheumatology and oncology market segments. The company’s portfolio includes eight FDA-approved brands.

The company also has a series of ongoing Phase II clinical programs evaluating its product candidate ifetroban in patients with cardiomyopathy associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, systemic sclerosis and aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. More information can be found on the company’s website at

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