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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Photo: Frontier Airlines

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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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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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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Sudanese Islamists protest UN mediation after coup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The crowd then dispersed without incident.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adopting the goal follows similar commitments of industrial groups.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lazar Berman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s different now.

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

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

However, he said people are discouraged but not desperate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He hopes international supporters will rally behind Haiti.

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

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

International visits continue, although carefully planned.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Granted Husson University College of Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Azzoni reported from Madrid.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yamaguchi reported from Tokyo.

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Redhill unveils new global headquarters in Singapore, largest office to date

The new 5,000 square foot space, located in Tanjong Pagar, can accommodate up to 150 employees and is designed for shared offices.

Global communications agency Redhill unveiled its new global headquarters in Singapore’s historic Tanjong Pagar district on September 27, 2022.

The new 5,000 square foot space can accommodate up to 150 employees and is designed for shared office, given the agency’s vision of flexible working arrangements. Open seating and multi-purpose breakout spaces in the main work area aim to facilitate collaboration and cooperation, while breakout rooms and quiet areas will allow for team discussions and focused work.

Meanwhile, comfortable lounges and a spacious pantry provide spaces for gathering and rejuvenation, helping to foster a sense of community while maintaining individual well-being.

The launch was attended by 200 guests, including guest of honour, Shawn Huang, MP (Jurong GRC) and Director (Enterprise Development) of Temasek International.

Speaking at the opening, Huang said: “Redhill is a shining example of the type of business we hope to grow in Singapore – one that is proudly locally founded but strives for global ambitions. With its business firmly rooted in Singapore, Redhill has relentlessly pursued its mission of telling stories to audiences around the world, never losing sight of its inherent Asian and Singaporean identity.

As Redhill’s largest offices to date, this new global headquarters reflects the agency’s growth in the eight years since its inception. The local agency opened its first office in Singapore in 2014 with just two employees. Today, Redhill has over 180 employees worldwide, more than half of whom are based in Singapore.

Beyond Singapore, Redhill has established a presence in 19 markets, including South Korea, Japan, Australia and most of Southeast Asia. To meet the needs of its diverse workforce, Redhill has implemented initiatives promoting employee wellness and wellness, as well as encouraging skills enhancement and career growth . These include hosting mental health talks and trainings, hosting leadership talks and skills workshops, and creating an accessible repository for training resources.

In 2021, Redhill launched its first diversity and inclusion initiative, which involved an overhaul of its pay structure to focus on pay equity based on skills and experience instead of an individual’s last salary. These efforts led to the inclusion of the agency in the Adland Diversity and Inclusion Index 2021.

Jacob Puthenparambil, Founder and CEO of Redhill added, “This new space better fits our rapidly growing team and allows us to hire additional talent to serve our growing customer base and provide industry-leading support. Our new office was designed to inspire collaboration, innovation and team spirit – acting as our base of operations as we pursue our mission to tell authentic stories across the world.”

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At the UN, a fleeting opportunity to tell the story of their nations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Pakistan’s new prime minister took to the UN podium and confronted world leaders, ready to spin a story floods and climate change and more than 33 million people at risk. Shahbaz Sharif began: “As I stand here today to tell the story of my country…”

Basically, that was what every world leader was here to do over the past week.

One after another they took the stage – different leaders from different traditions who, under one roof, have reflected most of the history of the world. All had a fleeting opportunity to create a story about their nation and the world that – they hoped – would inspire others to sit up and listen. Some have done it better than others.

We are storytellers, we humans. And even in an age of globalized politics and instant streaming simulcasts, the story – the way it’s told, the details used, the voice, the pacing and the passion (or lack thereof) – can win the day.

Yet the dawn of large-scale storytelling over the past two decades – of ordinary people being amplified on a global scale right next to world leaders and entire industries devoted to spreading disinformation across continents – makes harder for even the most powerful to get their messages noticed.

“In an environment of public discourse where people simply choose to believe what they wish to believe, the challenge for a speaker at the UN is enormous,” said Evan Cornog, author of ” Power and History: How the Elaborate Presidential Narrative Determined Political Success.”

“It’s so hard to break through,” Cornog said. “And I think it got a lot more difficult. In the era of Dwight D. Eisenhower politics, there was more of a predisposition to think, “I should listen to this person. Today, the predisposition is: ‘It’s just propaganda, and I shouldn’t pay attention to it.’

Nonetheless, watching a week of what is effectively an open mic night for the people who rule the world has revealed that in the attention economy, especially for nations that are not in the limelight for the moment, how you tell the story can make all the difference.

Urgency was a key theme. The ‘inflection point’ has often been mentioned, as has ‘the moment to act’. Said Bharat Raj Paudyal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal: “We are indeed living at a watershed moment.

Tandi Dorji, the Foreign Minister of Bhutan, read a letter from a child on climate change. “Help and save our little village from global warming,” he was saying, and it was hard not to stop and not notice.

Other speeches were more everyday. Some were just bullet points on priorities. Some were adjectival-rich screeds over old feuds. Some were, frankly, pretty goofy.

Yet some leaders (or their speechwriters) have honed storytelling to a persuasive art. Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelenskyy, for example, won a waiver to be the only world leader allowed to talk on video this year thanks to his status as wartime president. In doing so, he obtained certain advantages:

He controlled production values. If he made a mistake, he could re-record. Above all, he could leverage the lens of storytelling that have served him so well since the invasion of Russia – his trademark olive t-shirt, his flag in the background, his ability to dominate his own surroundings rather than being framed in the same green marble as everything the world.

Then there is the case of Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of the island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. His speech on Saturday was replete with metaphors and language that some might call epic and others grandiose – but were very noticeable either way.

“I ask relevant and haunting questions: what’s up? What world? And who gives the orders? The future of humanity depends on satisfying answers to these questions,” Gonsalves said.

Storytelling, of course, goes beyond oratory – even in the context of a speech. Some of the UN’s most memorable stories have been told by leaders who have gone beyond words.

Consider Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, whose legendary shoes at the 1960 General Assembly was a defining moment in his public life – and he wasn’t even on the podium at the time. And the Libyan Muammar Gaddafi, who spent 1 hour and 36 minutes venting his anger at the United Nations before pulling out a copy of his charter and tear it up.

Most of the speeches aren’t that lively and, in fact, would be boring for a lot of people. This is in part because storytelling often speaks to audiences other than a general international audience.

Sometimes a story is intended for other leaders gathered together, or for a specific leader (many UN General Assembly speeches have been delivered to an audience of only one: the President of the United States). Sometimes it is for a financial institution, such as the World Bank. Sometimes it is told for a national media audience or for people in a neighboring country.

“They are still learning. Heads of state are learning to tell stories, to use this format to get their message across,” said William Muckhead of the political science department at North Central College in Illinois.

“They’re not always great storytellers,” he said. “But now we have the means and the technology to share these stories. So someone who is into storytelling can really thrive in that space.

A story that took a back seat this year: that of COVID-19. The dominant narrative of both the all-virtual 2020 United Nations General Assembly and the 2021 hybrid edition, it has shifted to a B-story this time around as war, climate change and food insecurity escalate. are found in the first row. Beyond the overall desire to move on, there seemed to be a recognition that it was time for other stories.

Just outside the General Assembly Building this month, a mock outdoor classroom with desks and student backpacks was set up for a Education Transformation Summit. Every day, delegates walked past and saw these words carved on the blackboard: “Only one in three 10-year-olds in the world can read and understand a simple story.

The message was clear. Telling stories, understanding them and looking at them both appreciatively and critically are at the heart of 21st century literacy. It is central to being a citizen, an informed consumer and a leader.

It is also, as some here say, a step on the way to what the United Nations covets above all else: peace.


Ted Anthony, director of new storytelling and newsroom innovation at AP, has been writing about international affairs since 1995 and overseeing coverage of the United Nations General Assembly since 2017. Follow him on Twitter at and, for more AP coverage of the UNGA, visit

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Russia holds votes in occupied parts of Ukraine; Kyiv says residents were forced

  • Referendums in Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia
  • Seen as paving the way for the escalation of the Russian war
  • The West and Ukraine denounce the votes as a sham
  • Kyiv says residents are being forced to vote in cordoned off towns
  • Zelenskiy says residents of occupied areas should resist Russian mobilization

KYIV, September 23 (Reuters) – Russia on Friday launched referendums aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western countries that dismissed the votes as a sham and vowed not to recognize their results.

Ukrainian officials said people were banned from leaving certain occupied areas until the end of the four-day vote, armed groups entered homes and employees were threatened with dismissal if they did not participate.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an overnight address that the votes would be “unequivocally condemned” by the world, along with the mobilization Russia began this week, including in Crimea and other parts of Ukraine. occupied by Russia.

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“These are not just crimes against international law and Ukrainian law, they are crimes against specific people, against a nation,” Zelenskiy said.

Votes on joining Russia were hastily organized after Ukraine recaptured large swaths of the northeast in a counteroffensive earlier this month.

While Russian President Vladimir Putin also this week announced a military plan to draft 300,000 troops to fight in Ukraine, the Kremlin appears to be trying to regain the upper hand in the bitter conflict since its February 24 invasion.

Zelenskiy also addressed residents of Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine and said they should resist efforts to mobilize them to fight.

“Hide from Russian mobilization in every possible way. Avoid draft orders. Try to move to the territory of Free Ukraine,” he said, urging those who found themselves in the Russian armed forces to “sabotage”, “interfere” and pass. on intelligence to Ukraine.

By incorporating the four zones, Moscow could present attacks aimed at retaking them as an attack on Russia itself – potentially using this to justify even a nuclear response.

Putin and other Russian officials have mentioned nuclear weapons as a last resort option: a terrifying prospect in a war that has already killed tens of thousands, uprooted millions, and damaged the global economy.

Voting in the eastern and southeastern provinces of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, representing about 15 percent of Ukraine’s territory, was scheduled to take place from Friday to Tuesday.

“Today, the best thing for the people of Kherson would be not to open their doors,” said Yuriy Sobolevsky, the first deputy chairman of the council displaced from the Kherson region.

In the Donetsk region, turnout on Friday was 23.6%, Tass said citing a local official. More than 20.5% of eligible voters in Zaporizhzhia region and 15% of those in Kherson region cast their ballots on Friday, Russian news agency Interfax reported, citing local election officials.

“In our opinion, this is enough for the first election day,” said the head of the electoral commission installed by Russia in Kherson, Marina Zakharova, quoted by the media.

Polling stations have also been set up in Moscow, for the inhabitants of these regions now living in Russia. Flag-waving government supporters attended rallies in Moscow and St. Petersburg in support of the referendums and the war effort.


Serhiy Gaidai, Ukrainian governor of Lugansk, said that in the city of Starobilsk, the population was banned from leaving and people were forced to leave their homes to vote.

In the city of Bilovodsk, a company manager told employees that voting was compulsory and that anyone refusing to participate would be fired and their names given to the security services, he added.

Reuters could not immediately verify the coercion reports.

Ukraine, Western leaders and the United Nations have condemned the votes as an illegitimate precursor to illegal annexation. There are no independent observers and much of the pre-war population has fled.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in Ottawa, denounced “fake referendums” and said Russia “is now in total violation of the Charter of the United Nations, its principles, its values, everything what the United Nations stands for.

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“We will never recognize these referendums which appear to be a step towards annexation of Russia and we will never recognize a so-called annexation if it occurs,” added the Group of Seven of major industrial democracies.

Moscow says they provide an opportunity for people in the region to express their views.

Denis Pushilin, head of the breakaway Russia-backed Donetsk region, said Kyiv’s “propaganda” about the violations was aimed at a Western audience, Tass reported.


Russia previously used a referendum as a pretext to annex Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, which the international community has not acknowledged.

Putin maintains that Russia is conducting a “special military operation” to demilitarize Ukraine, rid it of dangerous nationalists and defend Russia from the transatlantic NATO alliance.

Ostracized by most European leaders, Putin has drawn rare sympathy from longtime friend Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister, who said he was ‘pushed’ into the invasion to try to put down “honest people” at the head of Kyiv.

However, Ukraine and the West say the war is an unprovoked imperialist attempt to reclaim a country that shed Russian rule with the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

A UN-mandated commission of inquiry says it has found evidence of war crimes, including executions, rape, torture and kidnapping of children in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, after visits in 27 areas and interviews with over 150 victims and witnesses.

Russia denies targeting civilians and says the abuse charges are a smear campaign.

On the battlefield, Ukraine said it shot down four Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones over the sea near the port of Odessa. Ukraine has chastised Tehran for supplying arms to Russia and said it would strip Iran’s ambassador of accreditation and reduce the number of Iranian diplomats in Kyiv.

At the borders, the Russians continued to leave to avoid the military repechage. “We don’t support what’s happening right now. We don’t want to be part of it,” Slava, 29, said with partner Evgeniy at a crossing in Finland where traffic has spiked.

In a poor rural area, a woman resented a summons – for her dead brother.

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News: NATO brings together aviation experts to address aviation security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 21-Sep-2022

On Wednesday 21 September 2022, NATO hosted civil and military aviation experts to discuss aviation security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Civil-Military Airspace Security Team (CMAST) Workshop at NATO Headquarters in Brussels brought together aviation personalities to discuss how civilian flights can continue to operate in safely during Russia’s war against Ukraine.

CMAST is part of NATO’s engagement with the international aviation community to create common awareness, strengthen civil-military cooperation and promote safe air operations. Today’s workshop was an important opportunity to enable the sharing of information and best practices.

Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 resulted in the closure of Ukrainian airspace to civilian flights and the unavailability of Russian airspace to European carriers, leading to cancellations and reroutings of civilian flights. NATO air activity has also increased in Eastern Europe to keep the skies safe. Therefore, at a time when civil and military aircraft are present in volumes close to airspace, coordination between countries and institutions is of paramount importance.

NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment Camille Grand said: “The Civil-Military Airspace Security Team event reflects NATO’s enduring commitment to promoting transparency of our defensive air activities in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, building assurance with civil air navigation service providers along NATO’s eastern flank and maintaining security.

Allied and partner nations took part in the event, with support from international aviation organizations including EUROCONTROL, the International Air Transport Association, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization and the European Safety Agency Aerial. NATO military leaders also participated in the discussions, including NATO Air Command and STRIKEFORNATO, as well as the United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE).

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Teamsters demand e-commerce giant end aggressive union busting and unsafe work practices

SEATTLE, September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — One thousand Teamsters and local community supporters today held a massive rally outside Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle to demand that the company end its anti-union tactics and unsafe work practices. The rally coincided with the Women’s Teamsters Conference, to be held at Seattle this week.

During the rally, protesters marched around Amazon’s headquarters holding signs reading “Organize Amazon” and “Amazon Hurts Workers.” Members were joined by the Teamsters General Chairman Sean M. O’Brien and general secretary-treasurer Fred Zuckermanas well as other Teamster leaders, including international vice presidents Peter Finn, Avral Thompson, John Campos, Rick Hicks, Marc Davison, Joan Corey, Lindsay Doughertyand Stan Hennessy.

“Amazon should be scared – the Teamsters are here side by side with so many communities demanding change,” O’Brien said. “The Teamsters are not going away. Wherever Amazon abuses workers, we will be there. Amazon will not destroy unions and get away with it. Amazon will not topple and burn American workers and won’t get away with it. meet the Teamsters now, and we’re ready for the fight.”

The rally comes weeks after the Teamsters officially announced its Amazon Departmenta new arm North America the strongest union dedicated to uniting Amazon employees, securing more workplace protections in the warehouse and logistics industry, and defending workers from the unchecked exploitation of one of the most dangerous employers in the world.

Amazon workers across the country have stood up and demanded better working standards, and communities are increasingly demanding that Amazon be held accountable for its worker injury rate, contribution to pollutionand more recently a series of worker deaths in the warehouses of New Jersey. In coordination with the Teamsters, passionate community partners have managed to limit Amazon’s expansion on both coasts as the business giant’s growth threatens well-paying jobs and environmental protection.

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Artists from sister cities in Latvia, Italy to share their work at the Carmel International Arts Festival • Current editions

The Carmel International Arts Festival will get a boost this year thanks to the two new sister cities of Carmel.

The VanRiper-Woodard Family Foundation will sponsor artists from Jelgava, Latvia, and Cortona, Italy. Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard recommended that the artists be invited to the Carmel International Arts Festival, scheduled for September 24-25 in the Carmel Arts & Design District.

“During my time in Italy, while finalizing our Sister Cities relationship with Cortona, I was able to experience first-hand the art and culture of this region,” Brainard said. “I also came to learn more about Latvian art and culture. I look forward to our residents and visitors having the chance to share the experience as part of the cultural exchange of our new relationship. I appreciate the work that has been done by the festival board to make this happen so quickly.

Italian artist Sebastian DelBrenna works on his jewelry. (Photo courtesy of Sebastian DelBrenna)

Sebastian DelBrenna, an artist who works with jewelry, is Cortona’s representative. DelBrenna created her own collection using gemstones, Italian coins and chain design.

“I love meeting new people and explaining our family history and traditions,” DelBrenna said. “Because our jewels are the result of our intense manual work, they are best explained face to face, but also because we explain the work by crossing our history with the history of our land and territory, Cortona. I would like people from Carmel to come and visit Cortona and our family studio where the jewelry is made.

DelBrenna has visited US art festivals in the past, but this is the first since the COVID-19 pandemic halted travel in 2020.

DelBrenna’s grandfather started the business in 1947.

“My father invented four handmade chains. My idea is to use only these four handmade chains to build all our collections by hand, link by link in our family workshop (in Cortona in Tuscany),” he said. “DelBrenna incorporates its signature chain into every DelBrenna design. Iconic chains are at the heart and soul of our jewelry, where every step is done by hand. Each element of the signature chain is the result of an 11-step process patented by DelBrenna.

Latvian artist IIze-Emse Grinberga works on a sculpture. (Photo courtesy of IIze-Emse Grinberga)

Ilize-Emse Grinberga, from Jelgava, is an artist and sculptor. She is known for her chamotte sculptures, which are displayed in a garden by the river in her hometown.

Grinberga will be bringing large photo posters of sculptures to share her work at the Carmel Festival. She will also bring smaller pieces of china for Christmas tree ornaments.

“It’s like a miracle, combined with a happy coincidence,” Grinberga said. “As it happens, last July, I met the American Honorary Consul Andris P. Bērziņs and learned about the idea of ​​Sister Cities. After our meetings and our conversations, I took this opportunity as an honor and an incredible opportunity to present our work on the other side of the world.

Grinberga came to the United States for college in 1995. Sculptor and professor Māris D. Benson selected a few lucky students from the Latvian Academy of Arts to receive the scholarship to study at Humboldt State University, now Cal Poly Humboldt, in Arcata, Calif.

“I was selected and it turned out to be one of the most remarkable experiences of my life, not only to study my profession, but also to discover another culture, meet new friends for life and participate in many events and festivals,” said Grinberga. “I have visited art galleries in LA and many other arts and crafts related events in California.”

Grinberga said Latvia was not rich in gems and minerals, but had clay.

“Therefore, it is only natural that the second oldest profession, pottery, should be the most celebrated and honored artistic expression and craft in my country,” she said. “From childhood, I loved and felt familiar with clay. I understand it deeply. We have centuries-old traditions in ceramics, and our education is fundamental and monumental, from conceptual to practical. I have learned all mediums and materials, porcelain, stoneware, chamotte, clay, etc.

In addition, she will bring leather goods from her sister-in-law, artist Ilizan Grinberga.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 25. To learn more, visit

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Indianapolis businessman/artist/philanthropist Turner Woodard’s family has had strong ties to the Carmel art community, dating back to when his father-in-law, Guernsey Van Riper, owned the Van Riper Gallery. in Caramel.

Carmel-based Woodard studied art at Park Tudor School and Herron School of Art and Design.

“I’ve always loved the arts and arts communities and what arts society brings to the joy of living,” Woodard said. “I’ve always been a believer and supporter of this. I like to paint myself. When they needed help setting up this sister city project, I thought of it and was happy to help. »

Given her stepfather’s connection, Woodard said it was an easy decision.

Woodard said he enjoyed being involved in the downtown Indianapolis arts community when he owned the Stutz building.

“The arts will be in the top three in every vibrant and progressive city,” Woodard said. “Carmel seems to be doing her part. I didn’t know too much about the Carmel International Arts Festival. I’ve been before but never with a real connection. The international connection with these artists from Italy and Latvia should be a nice part of it.

Woodard was one of the founders of the Stutz Artist Society. Woodard will show his work during the festival in the former home of the Evan Lurie Gallery on Main Street.

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Queen Elizabeth: Charles III staff dismissal letter ‘heartless’, says union | International

A British civil service union has denounced potential redundancies at Clarence House, the seat of Charles III when he was Prince of Wales. Following reports from The Guardian that up to 100 staff had received a letter informing them of possible redundancies now that the king and queen consort were moving to Buckingham Palace, the PCS union issued a statement calling the movement “nothing short of heartless”.

“We believe the decision to announce redundancies in the Royal Household during the period of national mourning is nothing short of ruthless,” the statement read, alluding to ceremonies underway to honor the late Elizabeth II, who died of death on Thursday. last week.

“Many of these staff will be the same people who have so diligently supported the new King during this time of grief, working extremely hard in recent days to receive redundancy notices as a thank you,” the statement added.

The notice is believed to have arrived on Monday as a service of thanksgiving was held for Elizabeth II at Saint Giles Cathedral (Edinburgh). By then, a group of private secretaries, members of the finance office, communications staff and Clarence House domestic workers had been working overtime for days to achieve a smooth transition.

The Guardian reported that the letter from Sir Clive Alderton, the King’s chief aide, informed the recipients that “the portfolio of work previously undertaken in this household supporting the personal interests, former pursuits and domestic operations of the former Prince of Wales does not will no longer be carried out, and the cleaning […] at Clarence House will be closed.

A few employees of Clarence House worked directly for many years in the service of Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla. But most of the staff worked on the logistics of the day-to-day activities of the Prince of Wales at the time, as well as the management of the Duchy of Cornwall, an area of ​​more than 52,000 hectares encompassing farms, residential areas and commercial properties. that generate significant economic benefits. It all now passes into the hands of Prince William, the new heir apparent, who already has his own working team and now has to decide whether he will move to Clarence House in the coming months.

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Fusion Sport is a global leader in human performance software for elite military and sports organizations

BROOMFIELD, Colo., September 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sports Fusiona global leader in elite human performance optimization headquartered in Colorado and Australiarecently received three major industry accolades for demonstrating continued industry leadership.

Markus DeutschCEO and co-founder of Fusion Sport, was appointed to the Top 100 Innovators list published by The Australian. Since 2003, Fusion Sport has been driving the industry in optimizing human performance through technology, thought leadership, and collaboration with customers in sports, military, public safety, and labor. – corporate work. “These are the future creators hiring the next generation of talent and laying the foundation for what our country can – and should – become,” said David Swaneditor of The Australianreferring to this year’s winners.

“Being on the Top 100 Innovators list is an honor, but it’s truly a company-wide effort,” Deutsch said. “Ambition and teamwork are two of Fusion Sport’s values. Our employees and customers constantly push us to tackle the most complex human performance issues – we put our heads down and work hard together.”

In September, Fusion Sport won two Australia & New Zealand Sports Technology Awards (ANZSTA). The first was in the Sports Analytics & Data category for recognition of Fusion Sport’s success working with the US military, proving that sports technology can stretch to an even greater goal. “It felt like we had to move mountains to get our product, Smart Base™, on the military network, but our team made it in a very short time. Their incredible dedication laid the foundation for our rapid expansion into military markets in the United States, Canada and Australia.”

The second ANZSTA Award received was in the Ecosystem Champion category for Fusion Sport’s role in developing the Australia, New Zealand and the global sports technology industry. “It is an honor to be recognized alongside VALD and startupbootcampwho also won in this category,” Deutsch said. “VALD is a great partner for us and has been an industry leader for many years, while SBC helps drive innovation by funding and supporting high-potential sports tech startups.

“While the industry accolades are a welcome validation for Fusion Sport and our team, we remain focused on impacting the health and well-being of more athletes and service members” , Deutsch said. “We are growing rapidly and expect our annual recurring revenue to increase by more than 100% over last year. We will continue to invest heavily in product development, infrastructure and our people to ensure that we deliver the best product and the best experience to our customers now and long into the future.”

About Fusion Sports
A global company founded in Brisbane, Australia in 2003, with international headquarters in Colorado and London, UK, Sports Fusion is a world leader in using data to optimize human performance. The company’s performance and analytics platform, Smartabase, is the source of truth for national sports federations, Olympic committees, many of the world’s most prominent sports teams, military operational and research wings and performing arts organizations. For more information, visit

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Use of Wagner Group in Ukraine depletes Russian mercenary force

  • As the Russian military struggles in Ukraine, Moscow has relied more on private military contractors.
  • Chief among them are the fighters of the Wagner Group, a shadowy network with close ties to the Kremlin.
  • The intensity of the fighting against the Ukrainian army in turn took a heavy toll on Wagner.

Russia’s private military contractor, The Wagner Group, fought alongside – and often supplanted – the Russian military in Ukraine.

But Moscow’s reliance on the Wagner Group and its mercenaries is draining infamous private military companyaccording to recent assessments by British military intelligence.

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A Ukrainian serviceman walks next to a destroyed Russian T-90M Proryv main battle tank, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, near the village of Staryi Saltiv in Kharkiv region, Ukraine on 9 May 2022. Picture taken May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Vitalii Hnidyi

A destroyed Russian T-90M tank in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine on May 9.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently hoping for a quick victory that would overthrow the government in Kyiv, has seen his vaunted army fail time and time again in Ukraine.

The Kremlin has now limited its ambitions and is increasingly dependent on the Wagner group to compensate for the poor performance of the Russian army and the horrific losses suffered by these regular forces.

In a July 18 update on the war, the British Ministry of Defense estimated that Moscow had used the Wagner group to “boost the frontline forces” in Ukraine and to alleviate the problems of force generation created by the heavy Russian losses.

Total Russian casualties after six months of war are not publicly known, and estimates vary, from US estimates 70,000 to 80,000 in total to Ukrainian estimates of 50,000 killed and several tens of thousands of others injured or missing.

The numerous Russian casualties and Moscow’s inability to regenerate its forces undermined its army’s ability to conduct large-scale offensive operations. These factors made the Wagner Group and its mercenaries a more attractive option for the Kremlin.

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A soldier near a fake grave of Russian President Vladimir Putin near Zaporizhzhya in Ukraine on May 9.

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Besides the legal complications of this approach – captured mercenaries would not be protected by the Geneva Conventions, for example – an expanded role seems likely to have negative consequences for Wagner and for the Russian campaign as a whole.

Indeed, the Wagner Group also appears to be suffering heavy losses in Ukraine. In mid-August, Ukrainian forces used US-supplied HIMARS rockets to strike a forward headquarters of the mercenary group in the Luhansk region.

The strike reportedly killed and injured Wagner Group fighters. “There is no Wagner HQ in Popasna anymore. Thank you, Himars and the Ukrainian Armed Forces!” Oleksiy Honcharenko, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, said after the strike.

Like the Russian regular army, the Wagner Group was forced to lower its standards in order to replenish its ranks. The mercenary group taps into unconventional sources, including convicts who have been promised freedom in exchange for fighting in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian personnel examine a grave of Russian troops near Kharkiv on May 9.

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“Very limited training is available to new recruits,” the UK Ministry of Defense said. said in its assessment of July 18, to add that the trend “will most likely impact the group’s future operational effectiveness and reduce its value as a support to Russian regular forces”.

Wagner’s forces helped regular Russian troops achieve what are now Moscow’s main objectives, including capturing of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk this summer, which gave Russia control of the Lugansk region.

In the midst of these operations, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the oligarch supposed to oversee the Wagner Group, has been granted the title of Hero of the Russian Federation. This award, and Wagner’s growing role in the war, comes as senior Russian military commanders are fired and replaced due to the poor performance of their forces.

The Kremlin’s growing reliance on the Wagner Group, among other private military companies, “is likely to exacerbate grievances between the military and Wagner” and “to have a negative impact on Russian military morale” , according to the Department of Defense. said in its July 18 assessment.

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Yevgeny Prigozhin with Putin at a factory outside Saint Petersburg in September 2010.


Wagner and other mercenary groups, many of which emerged from the exodus of military personnel after the Soviet collapse, are closely tied to powerful interests in Moscow.

The inner workings of the Kremlin—intelligence, military, and oligarchs vying for resources and influence—created the perfect conditions for Wagner to emerge and grow.

Wagner has earned Putin’s international favor and infamy through his operations on every battlefield he has deployed to over the past decade, including conflicts in Libya, Mali, Syria, the Republic Central African Republic and Ukraine.

Wagner’s mercenaries also engaged American troops, especially in the northeast Syria in 2018, when Wagner and pro-regime Syrian fighters attacked an outpost held by US and Kurdish forces.

American forces quickly eliminated the attackers, killing hundreds, including many Wagner members.

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Syrian and Russian soldiers at a checkpoint in Damascus in March 2018.

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Outside Ukraine, the United States is watching Wagner closely, particularly in Africa, where the group is Moscow’s “main action arm”, US Army General Stephen Townsend said during a briefing. a Defense Writers Group event at the end of July.

Wagner has around 1,000 fighters in Mali, where the group has deployed “sophisticated” radar and air defenses, but it appears to have “the greatest reach and influence” in the Central African Republic, where “they basically support this government”, said said Townsend, who retired as head of US Africa Command in August.

Townsend said Wagner pulled mercenaries out of Africa, mostly Libya, to support operations in Ukraine.

When the Russian military “got in trouble in Ukraine”, Townsend said, “they called for help and Prigozhin was instructed to send fighters there, and he did.”

Stavros Atlamazoglou is a defense journalist specializing in special operations, a veteran of the Hellenic Army (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ) and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He is currently working on a master’s degree in strategy and cybersecurity at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Karambir Kang talks about the 26/11 Mumbai attack at the UN Convention on Victims of Terrorism

New York: Karambir Kang called on the international community to act against terrorism and seek justice for the victims who lost their lives in the attack.

Kang was the general manager of the Taj hotel in Mumbai when the horrific terror attack happened on November 26. He shared his painful memories of the terrorist attack, in which he lost his family, including two young sons and his wife, at the first World Congress of Victims of Terrorism Convention.

“The whole world watched in horror when 10 terrorists attacked my country, my city and my hotel, the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai where I was the General Manager. During the tragedy which continued for three long days and nights, more than 34 past lives have been lost,” Kang said.

“My wife and two young sons could not escape and died during the attack, I lost everything. My staff members armed only with courage and the deeply rooted culture of the family, which represents the TATA and taj group, resisted without any weapons, we lost many brave colleagues and this heroic act saved thousands of lives that night,” he added.

Kang went on to say that even though the terrorists who entered the hotel met their fate, the people who planned it financed it and staged the attack remain free.

“While our company and staff have received global accolades, we have spent 14 long and painful years trying to get justice.”

He said: “Today I call on the international community to work together to seek justice domestically and across borders, as our own act of defying terrorism, we have opened the hotel which has been totally destroyed in 21 days.”

“Member states must join us and challenge and ensure that there is no safe haven for terrorists so that these heinous crimes do not have a chance to take root,” Kang concluded.

The first United Nations World Congress on Victims of Terrorism was held from September 8-9 to pay tribute to victims of terrorism around the world, including the victims of the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai.

The United Nations World Congress on Victims of Terrorism met at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

This Congress will provide a platform for victims of terrorism to directly share their experiences, challenges, stories of their resilience and contributions to society at large in a socially connected environment.

“Starting tomorrow @UN, the 1st #UN World Congress of Victims of Terrorism, September 8-9, will pay tribute to the victims of terrorism around the world, including the victims of the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai,” India tweeted at the UN.

According to the UN, the Congress will allow the public to learn about good practices undertaken by member states and civil society organizations, while ensuring that the voices of victims are heard and that their experiences shape the way. to follow in their own country and across borders.

The opening of the World Congress will feature high-level attendance, including UN Chief Guterres, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov, co-chairs of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism, the Republic of Iraq and the Kingdom of Spain, and other senior representatives of the United Nations and the international community, an official statement said earlier.

The following plenary and parallel sessions will feature speakers representing Member States, victims, victims’ associations, United Nations entities, civil society organizations, experts, academics and the private sector.

The program of the World Congress includes six main themes reflecting the rights and needs attributed to victims of terrorism.

The themes are: Recognition and Remembrance; Situation analysis: the changing nature of terrorism and the victims of terrorism; Protect the rights of victims of terrorism; Rehabilitation, assistance and support; Addressing the rights and needs of victims of terrorism with specific needs and access to justice for victims of terrorism.

Last month, UN Special Rapporteur Fionnuala Ni Aolain urged governments to adopt a human rights-based approach to victims of terrorism by positively and consistently affirming human rights. man of all victims.

“The International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism should serve as a call to action and a reminder that the commitments made to date must be implemented with immediate effect to ensure the realization of the rights of victims of terrorism,” Aolain said in a statement on the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism.

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Aedas Wins SHCCIG (Hainan) International Industrial Headquarters, Creating a New Green Gateway in Haikou

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Adjoining the Qiongzhou Strait, Haikou Jiangdong New Area plays an important role as a pioneer in the development of the Hainan Free Trade Zone. Aedas Global Design Director Kevin Wang led the team to win the competition for SHCCIG (Hainan) International Industrial Headquarters, creating the first business card that facilitates the further development of the area.

Located in the western part of Jiangdong New Area, the L-shaped complexes are composed of four plots. The two blocks to the west are commercial offices, while the other two blocks to the east are residential areas. The blocks consist of headquarters buildings and residential staff apartments, complemented by supporting conference center facilities, staff training center and event spaces that enhance interaction and communication.

Aedas Global Design Principal positioned the project, “It is designed to be an eco-focused benchmark for the entire free trade area.” The design concept is to strengthen the country with intelligent infrastructure, abstracting the corporate values ​​and industrial characteristics of the Group to create a unique architectural form with gateway functionality.

In light of Haikou’s tropical climate, a wide linear block layout is adopted. The two south-facing towers in the office area are adjacent to the main road. They are tilted to the southwest and northwest respectively to maximize the view of the sea. Facing the western part of Jiangdong New Area, the towers welcome visitors like an open door. Conceptual symbols are used to shape the architectural form. Four linear shapes symbolize the group’s major energy resources: coal, chemicals, steel and electricity. A plaza is created by increasing recessed public spaces on the ground floor while pedestrian corridors are found on the first and second floors to ensure efficient circulation. Echoing the general architectural language, the residential towers to the east adopt linear forms and double-row blocks to improve ventilation and sunlight penetration.

Incorporating Haikou’s natural resources and the group’s green energy goals, the design focuses on industrial, technological and eco-friendly features to achieve the highest level of the Green Building label. A double layer louvered facade is adopted to optimize light concentration and maximize energy efficiency. The natural ventilation system is attached to the facade, creating an aesthetic and functional architectural form.

A multi-level public space is created using the difference in elevation and the half sunken ground floor. The interconnection increases the penetration of light into the basement and provides a panoramic view of the headquarters landscape. Sharing communal space, the integration of office and residential buildings forms an urban living room in Haikou.

“The green headquarters will be a vibrant living and working center, which will unite Haikou’s smart clusters and various enterprises.” said Kevin.

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Palestinians stage protest outside UNRWA headquarters, burn tires (PHOTOS)

Palestinians hold a demonstration outside the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

For eight years, thousands of victims of one of Israel’s most destructive wars against Gaza are still waiting for the support promised by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Fed up with what they call an intentional delay in providing support, dozens of Palestinians staged a protest outside the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza on Monday. Protesters threw rotten eggs at the UNRWA building and burned tires.

The protesters told The Palestine Chronicle that since 2014 they are still waiting for UNRWA to help them rebuild their homes, as the international organization promised years ago. But for eight years they received no help, protesters say.

Israel has launched several major wars in the Gaza Strip, including numerous bombing campaigns that have killed thousands of Palestinians, while destroying much of the Strip’s infrastructure.

In 2014, Israel’s so-called “protective edge” killed more than 2,200 Palestinians and left more than 17,000 homes completely destroyed, and thousands of other buildings, including hospitals, schools and factories, destroyed or seriously damaged.

(All photos: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

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Iran strengthens its civil defense and anti-aircraft readiness

Iran has equipped 51 of its cities with civil defense systems and boosted air defense readiness to thwart any possible foreign attack, military officials said on Saturday, amid escalating tensions with Israel and the United States.

The civil defense equipment will allow Iran “to identify and monitor threats using software around the clock depending on the type of threat and risk”, said Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Mehdi Farahi, quoted by Iranian media.

“Nowadays, depending on the strength of countries, the shape of battles has become more complicated,” Farahi said, adding that hybrid forms of warfare, including cyber, biological and radioactive attacks, have replaced conventional wars. He did not name countries that could threaten Iran.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Qader Rahimzadeh, commander of Iran’s Air Defense Headquarters, said readiness was at an all-time high among his forces.

“The country’s airspace today is the most secure for authorized flights and the least secure for potential attackers,” Rahimzadeh was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency.

US-Iranian tensions

Iran has blamed Israel and the United States in recent years for cyberattacks that damaged the country’s infrastructure. Iran has also accused Israel of sabotaging its nuclear facilities. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility.

US-Iranian military tensions have also long dogged the region. In the latest incident, Iran seized US military sailing drones in the Red Sea earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the US Navy said it foiled an attempt by Iranian Revolutionary Guard naval forces to capture an unmanned surface vessel operated by the US 5th Fleet in the Gulf. Iran said the drone posed a danger to maritime traffic.

A dozen Baha’i supporters arrested

Separately, state media said security forces in northern Iran had arrested 12 followers of the Baha’i faith.

The Islamic Republic has banned the Baha’i faith and considers it a heretical offshoot of Islam and accuses its followers of links to Israel because a main Baha’i shrine, built more than a century ago, stands found in Israel.

Rights groups including Amnesty International have denounced an increased attack on the religious minority in recent months, with dozens of arrests and the destruction of homes.

Baha’is say hundreds of members of their faith have been imprisoned and executed since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. The government denies detaining or executing people because of their faith.

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Appointment of Judge Hilary Charlesworth to the International Court of Justice

The Australian Government is pleased to announce its support for the candidacy of Her Excellency Judge Hilary Charlesworth for re-election as a judge of the International Court of Justice. The election will take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York at the end of 2023.

The Australian National Group will formally nominate Justice Charlesworth as a candidate for election when nominations open in early 2023. The Australian National Group is an independent body of reputable Australian lawyers who sit on the Permanent Court of Arbitration of La Hague.

Judge Charlesworth is an outstanding candidate, an eminent scholar and jurist who has made an outstanding contribution to the study and practice of international law. She is currently a judge of the Court after winning a decisive victory in the elections held in November 2021 following the death of Australian judge James Crawford. Justice Charlesworth is the first Australian woman elected to the Court and only the fifth female permanent judge in the Court’s 77-year history.

Justice Charlesworth is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds a doctorate in legal science from Harvard Law School. She is currently a member of the Curatorium of the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law. Previously, she was the Harrison Moore Professor of Law and Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School and Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. She was President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, as well as a member of the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law and the American Society of International Law.

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Machinists’ Union Headquarters Building Celebrates 30 Years as a “Machine in a Garden”

The Machinists’ Union Headquarters building in Upper Marlboro, MD recently passed the 30-year mark as an IAM Grand Lodge. Building houses many IAM departments who serve the membership under the direction of the international president, general secretary-treasurer, and resident general vice president.

The four-storey building, which opened in August 1992, won acclaim for its design, as reported in the October 1993 edition of Architecture magazine, as a “veritable collage of machine images – from the fuselage of an airliner to the rocket launch gantries of Cape Canaveral”.

When the IAM planned to move from its 40-year-old headquarters at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., union leaders wanted the new building “to stand as a visible statement of what IAM members do for a living. “, according Architecture.

IAM members “take the mess every day and make it tidy,” said building design principle Joseph Boggs when it opened.

“They take raw shards of metal, bits of steel, and turn them into beautiful, fancy pieces of machinery,” Boggs continued. “This building is a metaphor for what they do.”

The building is located across from Joint Base Andrews, where IAM-built jets, including Air Force One, are serviced by IAM members. The building was built entirely by union members.

“The future belongs to those who face it boldly, courageously and on their own terms,” wrote the late IAM International President George Kourpias after the building opened. “From its open and spacious design symbolizing the skills of members of the metal trades to its proximity to the United States Capitol, just 20 minutes away, the IAM Headquarters combines flexibility and functionality.”

One of the building’s many highlights is the Executive Council Room, which features a curved metal ceiling that resembles the underside of a 747’s wing. The walls are display cases filled with models of products made by members of IAM, including planes, tractors, rockets and submarines.

“For all its precision, the building ultimately serves and celebrates the people who create the machines, not the machines themselves,” wrote Edward Gunn in The Architect. “From any vantage point, one can see a continuous parade of passers-by – union members on the stairs, in the atrium, a flight below in another part of the building.”

IAM Grand Lodge staff look forward to seeing members for years to come as they tour IAM headquarters after participating in programs at the IAM crown jewel, the William W Winpisinger Education and Technology Center.

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Learning by doing: the apprentices of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is known for its success as a springboard for the careers of talented young drivers in motorsport. Recently, its youth development work was extended, when 13 trainees from five German Porsche Centers opened their doors to the world of racing, as part of a pilot project.

The setting in the Nürburgring pits looks completely normal at first glance, with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup sitting in the garage. A group of young people are standing around the car, all in overalls, and two of them are working hard. Fabian Bethien and Lukas Zaeske move frantically around the Cup car, totally focused as they take turns changing tyres.

The task at hand is called the Pitstop Challenge and again and again the whine of the wheel gun echoes through the air. What looks like a typical scene from an endurance race is actually part of a pilot project for the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Here at the Nürburgring, 13 trainees from Porsche Centers all over Germany had the chance to actively participate in a one-make cup race weekend for the first time.

“Our Porsche Centers are synonymous with the highest quality and are an elementary component of the brand experience. Like motorsport, they are an integral part of the attractiveness of Porsche,” explains Alexander Pollich, CEO of Porsche Deutschland GmbH. “From this came the idea of ​​offering the youngest members of our ‘family’ a very special Porsche experience where they can get involved in motorsport and integrate our brand values ​​into their daily working lives.”

Alexander Pollich, CEO of Porsche Deutschland GmbH, 2021, Porsche AG

Alexander Pollich, CEO of Porsche Deutschland GmbH.

The Porsche centers in Berlin Potsdam, Berlin Adlershof, Berlin City, Hamburg and Stuttgart have nominated their apprentices for the project. During an action-packed weekend at the Nürburgring, the band enjoys an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the one-make coupe.

Visit of the headquarters of Manthey

The first busy program is a trip to the headquarters of Manthey. The Meuspath team has won the legendary Nürburgring 24-hour race seven times. Racing is in the DNA of the partner Porsche, which also provides support and technical expertise to the Porsche Carrera Cup teams. While apprentices work with production cars on a daily basis, at Manthey their entire training is entirely focused on the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

911 GT3 Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Pilot Project, Manthey Headquarters, Meuspath, Germany, 2022, Porsche AG

“Honestly, I didn’t expect to get such a deep look. There was so much to see and I got a lot of new impressions,” says Sophie Gruhn afterwards. The Berlin City Porsche Center apprentice is in her second year of apprenticeship as an automotive mechatronics engineer and this is her first motorsport weekend.

Support for professional teams

On Saturday, things speed up as the trainees have the opportunity to support the professional crews taking part in the ninth round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Under clear blue skies, a 32-driver capacity grid provides fans in the packed stands with thrilling racing action. Before the race, the trainees are divided into teams so they can learn by doing – the heart of a professional racing series.

Then David Prusa, whose CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin team participated in the pilot project alongside Allied-Racing, Black Falcon, Fach Auto Tech, GP Elite, Huber Racing, HRT Performance and IronForce Racing by Phoenix, said: The Porsche Carrera Cup offers a special environment. The trainees took on the challenge and I think it’s fantastic that Porsche has made this experience possible for them.

Gain exciting experiences

“These young people were introduced to racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. It was our goal. It was a great opportunity for our apprentices to immerse themselves in the world of Porsche motorsport over a weekend and gain exciting experiences,” adds Steffen Knies, Managing Director of the Porsche Center Hamburg Nord-West.

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Pilot project, Nürburgring, Germany, 2022, Porsche AG

Fabian Bethien and Lukas Zaeske (lr)

“For me, as a motorsport fan, the weekend at the Nürburgring was an incredible experience. I particularly appreciated the combination of theory and practice,” concludes Fabian Bethien from the Porsche Center Hamburg. young apprentice has another reason to be happy: at the end of the weekend, he and his teammate Lukas Zaeske win the Pitstop Challenge trophy after changing tires faster than all the other participants.

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Sarawak to adopt international carbon storage and trading framework

Abang Johari said the state’s location is ideal compared to Sabah which can experience “vibrations” while to the south is Java which is vulnerable. – Ukas photo

MIRI (August 26): The Sarawak government will develop an internationally recognized framework for carbon storage and trading, drawing on the experiences of leading global institutions and countries.

Sarawak Prime Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said it was about leveraging the comparative advantage of the state’s strategic geographic location outside the seismic belt, the seismic belt. Pacific fire.

He said the state’s location is ideal compared to Sabah which can experience “vibrations” while to the south is Java which is vulnerable.

In addition, the government recently passed the Land Code (Amendment) Bill 2022, which gives the state better provisions on carbon storage and trading.

The state’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Hazland Hipni, has been tasked with reviewing the development of a framework that meets the international standard for carbon storage and trading.

“I sent Dr Hazland to Lisbon, Portugal (to learn from them) and we are also working with Verra (Verified Carbon Standard program) to come up with a concrete proposal in terms of carbon trading,” said the Prime Minister in his speech. during the symbolic handover of the letter of award for the construction and fit-out of Shell Malaysia Upstream Headquarters in Miri Times Square today.

Meanwhile, he also urged Shell to set up hydrogen generation and refueling facilities to support the use of renewable energy in the state.

“Sarawak is moving towards hydrogen and green energy exports,” he said.

He praised Shell for its plan to introduce East Malaysia’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging station at its upcoming headquarters and suggested it could take another step in renewable energy by providing facilities hydrogen refueling.

The new building will include electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, solar panels, rainwater harvesting and a dedicated garden. It should be ready in August next year.

The prime minister hailed the return of Shell’s upstream hub in Miri after it moved to other parts of Malaysia in recent years, saying it was also a vote of confidence in the political stability required by Investors.

He said the government will continue to support industry players.

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Family-owned supplier ADAC Automotive taps stranger as new president and CEO

TWP WATERFALL. — West Michigan Tier 1 Automotive Supplier ADAC Automotive Inc. named a company outsider and industry veteran to replace longtime chairman and CEO Jim Teets.

The Cascade Township-based company announced today that Jonathan Husby has assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer effective Monday, August 22. sit on the board of directors of ADAC Automotive. The company had also named Jeff Dolbee as chairman in early 2021, although Dolbee left the company earlier this month, a company representative said. MiBiz.

Husby is an outside hire for the family-owned supplier of door handles and exterior mirrors that brings over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. For nearly five years, Husby served as President and CEO of SEG Automotive North America, and two years ago took on the additional role of Senior Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining SEG, a global supplier of alternators and starters based in Novi, Husby held various positions at Harman International, TomTom and TeleAtlas. After earning a master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University, Husby began his career as a sales manager at Denso International Inc.

“Jon is a seasoned industry veteran with a proven track record of skilled leadership and hands-on experience growing new and existing markets and serving a global customer base with numerous technologies and solutions,” said Teets said in a statement. “He is smart, capable and has established a reputation among his team and the industry as a motivator, coach and mentor. We are confident he will take ADAC to the next level while mentoring the next generation of leaders of our team.

Husby called the position a “unique opportunity” to lead a tier-one global supplier “that is also a multi-generational family business with a deep commitment to the communities and people it serves.”

jonathan husby“As I get to know the incredibly talented team that made ADAC the global powerhouse it is today, I also look forward to bringing everything I’ve learned about motivating people to life. talent, inspiring innovation, profitable business growth and navigating the complexities of this ever-changing industry,” Husby said in a statement.

Husby also serves on the boards of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association.

Founded in 1975, ADAC Automotive has 14,500 employees worldwide and 17 manufacturing plants around the world. ADAC Automotive also has operations in Muskegon, Saranac and Auburn Hills in addition to its new headquarters in Cascade Township which opened in 2020.

Teets says MiBiz in 2018 that the new $23.5 million headquarters campus was key to attracting talent.

“We needed to do this. We needed an overhaul for our hired workforce, R&D and our engineers,” Teets said at the time. “To attract and retain talent, we needed the environment for all of this to happen.”

The leadership transition comes amid a tumultuous few years for the auto industry which has been battered by supply chain disruptions and a global shortage of semiconductor chips. Although some auto executives in the region have expressed optimism about federal policy changes aimed at outsourcing more semiconductor manufacturing, it could be at least a few years before the supply bottleneck hits. completely resolves.

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The daughter of Dugin, the ideologue of the “mastermind of Putin”, killed in the explosion of a car

The headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in the Ukrainian-occupied region of Crimea was hit by a drone attack early on August 20, a Russian-installed administrator reported.

Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-based administrator of the port city of Sevastopol, posted on Telegram that the drone crashed on the roof of the building and that there were no casualties.

A video showing a plume of smoke rising above the building was posted on social media.

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On the same day, the head of the occupation Oleg Kryuchkov posted on Telegram that “small drone attacks continue” in various locations around Crimea and urged civilians to “stay calm”.

“The goal is not military but psychological,” he wrote. “Explosives are minimal and incapable of inflicting significant damage.”

Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-imposed governor of Crimea, later reported shooting down Ukrainian drones.

“Air defense systems successfully hit all targets in the territory over Crimea on Saturday morning. There were no casualties or material damage,” he said on Telegram.

Claims cannot be independently verified.

Local media reported anti-aircraft activity near the western Crimean city of Yevpatoria, the town of Bakhchysaray and the Crimean capital, Simferopol, on August 20.

The incidents came just a day after Moscow confirmed that Vice Admiral Viktor Sokolov had taken command of the fleet following a series of setbacks.

It was also the second time the fleet headquarters had been attacked by a drone. In late July, Sevastopol canceled celebrations to mark the Russian Navy Day holiday after a bomb dropped by a drone injured six people.

In April, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, the guided-missile cruiser Moskva, sank near Crimea. Russia claimed an ammunition explosion caused the damage that sank the ship, while Ukraine claimed it sank the ship with a missile strike.

On August 9, a Russian military airbase in Crimea was rocked by multiple explosions that destroyed at least nine military aircraft. On August 19, German news agency dpa quoted Western military officials as saying that the attack on Saky airbase had knocked out more than half of the Black Sea Fleet’s aircraft and forced the fleet to adopt a defensive position.

On August 19, Russian air defenses were activated in the eastern city of Kerch, which is the terminus of the Crimean Bridge (also known as the Kerch Strait Bridge), a high-profile $4 billion project to connect the region occupied Ukraine to Russia. continental. No damage to the bridge or the city was reported during the incident.

Ukrainian officials have avoided publicly claiming responsibility for the explosions, but an unnamed senior Ukrainian official has been cited in The New York Times as saying that an elite Ukrainian military unit operating behind enemy lines was carrying out at least some of the attacks.

Fighting intensifies in southern and eastern Ukraine

Fighting in the southern regions of Ukraine, just north of Crimea, has intensified in recent weeks as Ukrainian forces attempt to drive Russian forces out of towns they have occupied since the start of the war.

Ukrainian officials said Russian shelling injured 12 people, including three children, and damaged homes and an apartment building in the town of Voznesensk, Mykolaiv region, on August 20. Two of the children are said to be in serious condition.

Voznesensk is about 30 kilometers from the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant, the second largest in Ukraine. No damage was reported to the nuclear power plant.

The Ukrainian military said on April 20 that it had destroyed a prized Russian radar system and other equipment stationed in occupied areas of the southern Zaporizhzhya region.

“Tonight there were powerful explosions in Melitopol, which the whole city heard,” said Ukrainian Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Ferodov. “According to preliminary data, [it was] a precise hit on one of the Russian military bases, which the Russian fascists are trying to restore for the umpteenth time in the airfield area.

Claims cannot be independently verified.

In the east, Ukraine’s military headquarters said intensified fighting had taken place around Bakhmut, a small town that for weeks had been a key target of Moscow’s eastern offensive.

A local Ukrainian official reported heavy fighting near four settlements on the border of Lugansk and Donetsk provinces, which together form the disputed Donbass region. The official did not name the settlements.

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World News | Top US general visits Rawalpindi headquarters after year-and-a-half hiatus

Islamabad [Pakistan]Aug 20 (ANI): A senior US general visited Rawalpindi headquarters and met with the Pakistani army chief on Thursday after a year and a half hiatus.

Centcom Chief Michael E Kurilla met COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa; both discuss counterterrorism programs, The Express Tribune reported.

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It was the first visit by the Commander of the United States Central Command (Centcom), General Michael E Kurilla since he was appointed to this new post in April.

It was also the first visit by a senior US general to Pakistan since Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, then head of Centcom, visited Islamabad in February 2021, The Express Tribune reported.

Read also | Floods in Pakistan: thousands of passengers stranded near Fort Monroe after the closure of 3 main highways.

Although there has been interaction between the two militaries, no US general has visited Pakistan in the past 18 months, suggesting a hiccup in bilateral relations due to a chaotic US withdrawal. United of Afghanistan.

The new Centcom chief spoke with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on July 30, just 48 hours before the CIA drone attack killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul.

Pakistan, however, dismissed claims that the drone flew from its soil or its airspace was used.

But a flurry of recent exchanges between the two sides, both politically and militarily, has suggested there has been a reset in the relationship, The Express Tribune reported.

A statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the Centcom commander had a one-on-one meeting with the army chief.

“Issues of common concern, the regional security situation and stability, defense and security cooperation, especially military-to-military ties, were discussed at the meeting,” the media arm of the newspaper said. the army.

Pakistan and the United States have long-standing defense ties, dating back to the Cold War era. At one time, Pakistan was dubbed America’s “most allied” ally. The close defense ties have helped Pakistan gain access to some of the advanced military hardware.

But the relationship has often been marred by mistrust as the two countries have held divergent views on certain strategic issues.

The strengthening of US military and strategic ties with India worries Pakistan. Islamabad felt that Washington’s defense deals with New Delhi would hurt the country’s interests, The Express Tribune reported.

Another factor that has rocked Pakistan’s longstanding relationship with the United States is Islamabad’s ever-growing ties with Beijing, which Washington views with great suspicion.

Meanwhile, the individual call was followed by a meeting at delegation level. The counter-terrorism efforts of the Pakistani military and its significant contributions to regional peace and stability were discussed. The military training exchange program between Pakistan and the United States was also discussed.

Later, the visiting dignitary toured the Army Museum and took a keen interest in various historical enclosures, reports The Express Tribune. (ANI)

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China to send troops to Russia for ‘Vostok’ exercise

Chinese team members operate with their Type 96A tank during the tank biathlon competition at the 2022 International Army Games in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia August 16, 2022. REUTERS/ Maxim Shemetov

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BEIJING, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Chinese troops will travel to Russia to take part in joint military exercises led by the host country and including India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan and other countries, it said on Wednesday. the Chinese Ministry of Defense.

China’s participation in the joint drills was “unrelated to the current international and regional situation”, the ministry said in a statement.

Last month, Moscow announced plans to hold “Vostok” (Eastern) drills from August 30 to September 5, even as it wages a costly war in Ukraine. He said at the time that some foreign forces would participate, without naming them. Read more

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China’s Defense Ministry said its participation in the drills is part of an ongoing annual bilateral cooperation agreement with Russia.

“The aim is to deepen practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries, improve the level of strategic collaboration between the participating parties and strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats,” the statement said. .

Under Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Beijing and Moscow have become increasingly close.

A year ago this month, Russia and China held joint military exercises in north-central China involving more than 10,000 troops. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu hailed the Sibu/Cooperation-2021 drills in Chinese Ningxia and suggested they could be further developed. Read more

In October, Russia and China held joint naval exercises in the Sea of ​​Japan. A few days later, Russian and Chinese warships staged their first joint patrols in the Western Pacific. Read more

The following month, South Korea’s military said it had dispatched fighter jets after two Chinese and seven Russian fighter jets entered its air defense identification zone during what Beijing called regular training.

Shortly before Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Beijing and Moscow announced a ‘limitless’ partnership, although US officials say they have not seen China evade US sanctions against Russia or supply it with military equipment.

The Eastern Military District of Russia includes part of Siberia and has its headquarters in Khabarovsk, near the Chinese border.

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Touchstone Capital Chooses Jackson as Headquarters

JACKSON, Miss–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Touchstone Capital, an international private equity investment firm, has chosen Jackson, the capital, as its home base. Originally operating out of Boston, Massachusetts, Touchstone’s management aims to create local employment opportunities alongside returns for investors focused on timing, access and liquidity advantages.

“We considered many cities for our office, but Jackson made sense for reasons largely unknown to other business leaders,” says Touchstone managing partner Chris Ragland. “It has a rich history of opportunities in various industries, and we want to build on that culture of success while providing opportunities for more than just investors.”

Touchstone Capital is moving forward with its latest investment venture, ReadyAssist, one of India’s leading roadside assistance companies. Based in Bangalore, the success of raising capital for ReadyAssist shows Jackson’s opportunity to become a leader in a unique position in international private equity. The efforts were aided by Touchstone’s special adviser and renowned Bollywood actor, Vivek Anand Oberoi. Oberoi has an impressive track record in start-ups and real estate, crafting growth strategies for undervalued companies and listing them on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

“We have assembled a dynamic team capable of raising and managing capital for unique investments in India and beyond,” says Oberoi. “Our investment portfolio is growing every week and responds to a real need in the capital markets.”

Touchstone Capital’s other two private equity experts, Principal and Founder Tom Meade and Partner Rajat Bhatnagar, round out the team’s leadership with a track record of over $100 million in direct investing and growing international startups. with next stage growth, respectively. To learn more about Touchstone Capital and its current portfolio, visit

About Touchstone Capital

Touchstone is an international private equity investment firm based in Jackson, Mississippi. We are passionate about accelerating the growth and product/service offerings of our portfolio companies located around the world.

Touchstone selects fast-growing markets and then seeks pre-Series A investment opportunities primarily focused on software-oriented and software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses. Touchstone tends to invest in companies outside of the United States and often uses Special Purpose Entities (SPEs) as a highly targeted investment vehicle with a limited investment thesis. To learn more, visit

About ReadyAssist

India’s leading technology-based roadside assistance and vehicle lifecycle management company. Ready Assist offers 24/7 real-time vehicle breakdown service and on-site repairs across India. This is made possible by Ready Assist’s in-depth technology platform and comprehensive network of qualified mechanics. An Auto-tech startup – solving emergency roadside assistance problems, meeting the growing demand for on-site and in-home services due to faster adaptation of EVs, and enabling infrastructure for charging and exchanging Deeper VE. To learn more, visit

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The presence of Peter Obi excites the faithful at the RCCG convention

Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi was warmly welcomed to the Holy Spirit Service of the 70th convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on Friday.

The former Anambra State Governor graced the fifth day of the convention at the RCCG International Headquarters along the Lagos-Ibadan highway.

The program, themed “Perfect Jubilee”, began on Monday August 8 and will continue until Sunday August 14, 2022.

Obi was introduced alongside other dignitaries including the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Francis Wale-Oke; Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel; and the wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Bamidele Abiodun; among others.

RCCG Mother-in-Israel and wife of the General Overseer prayed for the restoration of Nigeria.

Obi had attended a well-publicized service at the Dunamis International Gospel Center in Abuja last month led by Pastor Paul Enenche and his followers gave him an energetic welcome.

The RCCG’s general overseer, Rev. Enoch Adeboye, had said in April that although God had not spoken to him about next year’s election, he would pray for any candidate who came to him for prayers.

“As of now, I still don’t know whether or not there will be elections next year. I don’t know because my father hasn’t talked about it yet. The reason could be in Matthew 6-34.

“For your information, if anyone comes to me from a political party, I will pray for them, the general prayer point I pray for them is Father, may your perfect will be done for that person,” the statement had said. 80 year old man. said.

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Chinese envoy slams U.S. for negative disarmament steps – Xinhua

Video: Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song on August 5, 2022 lambasted the United States for its negative disarmament measures during a committee meeting of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties in Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). (Xinhua)

The countries with the largest nuclear arsenals – the United States and Russia – should indeed discharge their special and primary responsibility for nuclear disarmament and make further significant and substantial reductions in their respective nuclear arsenals in a way verifiable, irreversible and legally binding, so that in order to create the necessary conditions for global and complete nuclear disarmament, Li Song said.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) — Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song on Friday criticized the United States for its negative disarmament measures.

Driven by the Cold War mentality, the United States obsessed over great power strategic competition and sought absolute strategic advantage, strengthened military alliances, stoked bloc confrontation on the eastern and western sides of the Eurasian continent. and continued the forward deployment of nuclear missiles and other strategic forces, Li told a committee meeting of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). .

Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song speaks during a committee meeting of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations headquarters in New York on August 5, 2022. (Chinese Mission to the UN/Handout via Xinhua)

“These negative measures have seriously undermined mutual trust among major powers, disrupted global strategic balance and stability, hampered international nuclear disarmament efforts, and increased the risk of nuclear arms races and conflicts,” he said. he declares.

The international community should seize the opportunity of this review conference to practice genuine multiculturalism, firmly resist Cold War mentality and bloc rivalry, uphold the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable development, and hold in-depth discussions on effective ways to advance the international nuclear disarmament process and maintain and strengthen the authority and effectiveness of the NPT, Li said.

The countries with the largest nuclear arsenals – the United States and Russia – should indeed discharge their special and primary responsibility for nuclear disarmament and make further significant and substantial reductions in their respective nuclear arsenals in a way verifiable, irreversible and legally binding, so that in order to create the conditions necessary for global and complete nuclear disarmament, he said.

The United States should abandon the development and deployment of a global missile defense system, refrain from deploying intermediate-range land-based missiles in Asia-Pacific and Europe, abandon its nuclear umbrella and nuclear sharing policies, and withdraw all their nuclear weapons from other countries. The international community should jointly oppose the replication of NATO’s nuclear sharing agreements in the Asia-Pacific region by the countries concerned, he said.

Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song (L) speaks during a committee meeting of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations Headquarters United in New York on August 5, 2022. (Chinese Mission to the UN/Handout via Xinhua)

China is committed to the path of peaceful development and a national defense policy that is defensive in nature. China abides by the rule that it will not attack unless attacked and will certainly retaliate if attacked, Li said.

China will be resolute in defending its national sovereignty and territorial integrity and resolute in thwarting interference from outside forces and attempts by Taiwanese separatists, he said.

The purpose of China’s development of nuclear weapons is to deter the use of nuclear weapons against China and to resolutely retaliate when the country is attacked with nuclear weapons. From the very first day it possessed nuclear weapons, China has actively advocated the complete destruction of nuclear weapons. China explicitly undertakes not to be the first to use nuclear weapons at any time and under any circumstances, and unconditionally undertakes not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-weapon states. nuclear weapons or nuclear-weapon-free zones, he added. said.

China always maintains its nuclear capabilities at the minimum level required for national security and never competes with other countries in the supply, quantity or scale of nuclear capabilities. China will not participate in any form of arms race, he said.

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‘That would be silly’: Musk refutes allegations of building a private airport in Austin

After multiple outlets reported that Elon Musk may soon be building his private airport outside of Austin, Texas, the tech billionaire denied the rumors and said it would be “silly”.

On the microblogging site, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX slammed plans to develop a new private airport, saying the news is fake.

“That’s not true. Tesla is 5 minutes from Austin International Airport. It would be silly to build another private airport, however, the existing commercial airport needs another runway, because Austin is growing fast!” Musk wrote.

According to reports, Austin Executive Airport has over 130,000 square feet of community hangar space and a 6,025 foot runway.

Meanwhile, a recent report says the airport will be somewhere east of Austin near Bastrop.

He mentioned that a private airport would be helpful for Musk and his companies, especially since three of them have a presence in Austin.

Tesla moved its global headquarters to Austin, as did The Boring Company.

The electric car maker recently reported second-quarter revenue of $16.9 billion, up from $18.8 billion in the first quarter of this year.

It reported second-quarter profit of $2.3 billion, below its record quarterly profit of $3.3 billion in the first quarter of this year.



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Overbond Obtains New Round of Funding from Fitch Ventures for International Expansion

TORONTO & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Overbond, the leading API-based credit trade automation and execution service in global capital markets, has secured funding from Fitch Ventures, the equity investment arm of Fitch Group, which is a world leader in financial information services. Overbond will use the capital to expand its sales and marketing division with plans to open an office in London, UK and double its headcount over the coming year. Additionally, through new cloud-based data redistribution channels, Overbond will strengthen its global presence, integrate new data sources to extend the coverage of its AI models, and provide enhanced trade automation solutions through AI to its customers.

Bond traders face heightened volatility and evaporating liquidity amid rising rates, inflation and fears of recession. And over the past decade, the industry has been reshaped by the development of new financial products, the emergence of all-in-one electronic platforms, and the rise of non-market liquidity providers using algorithmic and high-end trading. frequency.

In this environment, sell-side traders face pressure to execute with unprecedented speed and it is harder for buy-side traders to generate alpha. As a result, electronic trading and the use of AI for analysis and trade automation are the new normals for fixed income markets.

This electronic and automated commerce requires accurate and live data. But significant data gaps persist as there is no unified central source for bond trading data and aggregating available data into actionable prices and liquidity metrics requires sophisticated AI and processing. cloud-based for templates. Most bond trading desks lack the resources and expertise to do this in-house.

Overbond partners with the world’s largest exchanges and capital market data providers to access and aggregate global fixed income data.

“Credit dealing desks need to automate to gain an edge in this environment, but they lack the in-house data aggregation or AI optimization capabilities to do so accurately. Overbond offers traders a way to bring precise and fast automation to their workstations. Additionally, Overbond is fully interoperable with other systems on the desktop so traders can use a single interface. Now, with new funding and access to data, Overbond clients can trade faster, smarter and more profitably,” said Vuk Magdelinic, CEO of Overbond.

“We are very pleased to support Overbond’s next stage of development through our investment in the company. Their product addresses a clear market need for better data to support trade automation. We also look forward to working with the Overbond team to explore how their product could benefit Fitch Group companies,” said Shea Wallon, Managing Director of Fitch Ventures.

About Overbond

Overbond is a developer of artificial intelligence-based data and analytics and trade automation solutions for the global fixed income markets. Overbond performs market monitoring, data aggregation and normalization, and in-depth quantitative AI observation on over 100,000 corporate bonds and fixed income ETFs. By applying proprietary artificial intelligence to pricing, curve visualization, market liquidity, issuance propensity, new issuance spreads, default risk and automated reporting, Overbond enables the automation of trades and improves trading performance and portfolio returns. Toronto-based Overbond’s clients include global investment banks, broker-dealers, institutional investors, corporations and governments in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit

About Fitch Ventures

Fitch Ventures is the equity investment arm of Fitch Group, a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst.

Fitch Ventures invests in innovative and emerging technology companies in the fast-moving financial services industry to accelerate their business growth. The portfolio companies benefit from the strategic support and expertise of Fitch Group and Hearst.

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Mondelēz International Completes Acquisition of Clif Bar &

  • Builds a $1 billion global snack bar player with leading brands
  • Increases wellness and portfolio of sustainable snacks and continued expansion of Baked Snacks
  • Leverages company strategy to prioritize fast-growing snacking segments in key geographies

CHICAGO, Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mondelēz International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Clif Bar & Company, the leading U.S. manufacturer of nutritious energy bars made with organic ingredients .

Acquisition brings Mondelēz International’s global snack bar business to over $1 billion, with leading brands such as CLIF®CLIF Child® and LUNA® in addition to the company’s refrigerated snacking activity Perfect snacks in the United States and a leader in performance nutrition Grenade in the UK This acquisition also advances the company’s strategy to reshape its portfolio to deliver higher and sustainable growth.

“We are delighted to officially welcome Clif Bar & Company to our Mondelēz International team,” said Dirk Van de Put, CEO of Mondelēz International. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to advance our shared passion for providing great-tasting snacks that help fuel busy lifestyles, while helping to reduce our impact on the planet. »

Mondelēz International will continue to operate the Clif Bar & Company business from its headquarters in Emeryville, California, with manufacturing operations at its facilities in Twin Falls, Idaho, and Indianapolis, Ind.

The acquisition of Clif Bar & Company builds on Mondelēz International’s continued focus on fast-growing snacking segments in key geographies. So far in 2022, Mondelēz International has announced an agreement to acquire RicolinoMexican leader in confectionery, Grupo Bimbo and finalized and fully integrated its acquisition of Chipita S.A., leader in the category of small cakes and pastries in Central and Eastern Europe. This increase follows a year of strong global growth in snacking in 2021, with in particular the acquisitions of Grenadea leading UK performance nutrition company; Gourmet Food Assets, a leading Australian food company in the attractive premium biscuits and crackers category; and Hua wellness snacking company in the United States

About Mondelez International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ) enables people to snack directly in more than 150 countries around the world. With net revenues of approximately $29 billion in 2021, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and READ biscuits; Cadbury dairy products Milk, Milka and Toblerone Chocolate; Acid Patch Kids sweets and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit or follow the company on Twitter at

About Clif Bar & Company
For 30 years, Clif Bar & Company has been making nutritious, organic foods for CLIF®CLIF Child®and LUNA® brands. Through its five aspirations, Clif Bar is committed to supporting its people, its community, its planet, its brands and its business. For more information, please visit, check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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PR firm moves to new global headquarters in Basingstoke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEE ALSO: US cancer survivor mother loses money to Basingstoke scammer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMC Detroit Headquarters Redevelopment Part of MEDC Funding Approvals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15 of New Jersey’s Best Fall Festivals

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

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

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

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

Autumn colorful leaves with water drops background

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Scottish plains

Unico Italian Festival of St. Barts

2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ

Date: September 2-5

Time: to be determined

No cost

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


Great Pumpkin Festival

Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon, NJ

Date: September 10 – November 6

Time: to be determined

Cost: to be determined

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

Halloween pumpkin in the autumn forest

Halloween pumpkin in the autumn forest


South Jersey Apple Festival

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

Date: September 10 and 11

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

Cost: $5 for parking

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

May’s Landing

Bark in the Park Festival

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

Date: September 17 (rain date: September 18)

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

Cost: to be determined

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

Autumn, fall, pumpkins, gourds and colorful mums

Sheila Yarger


Roseland Greek Day 2022

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

Date: September 23-25

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

Cost: food menus have prices and each shop is different

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


Glassboro Craft Beer Festival 2022

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

Date: September 24

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

Cost: $50

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

Photo Dennis Malloy

Photo Dennis Malloy

Seaside Heights

rock the farm

Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ

Date: September 24

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

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

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

Cape May

Fall 2022 Exit Zero Jazz Festival

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

Date: September 29 – October 2

Time: 7 p.m.

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

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

(Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)

(Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)



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

Date: October 1 and 2

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

Cost: to be determined

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

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


The Annual Hightstown Harvest Fair and Tercentenary Anniversary

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

Date: October 1

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

Cost: to be determined

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

(Farms R and J Facebook page)

(Farms R and J Facebook page)


paws in the park

Goffle Brook Park, Hawthorne, New Jersey

Date: October 8 (rain date: October 9)

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

Cost: to be determined

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


South Jersey Pumpkin Show Fall Festival

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

Date: October 8 and 9

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

Cost: to be determined

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

South Toms River

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

100 Atlantic City Boulevard, South Toms River, NJ

Date: October 8

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

Cost: to be determined

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


Chatsworth Cranberry Festival

3980 Main Street, Chatsworth, NJ

Date: October 15 and 16

Time: to be determined

Cost: N/A

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



Tewksbury Harvest Festival

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

Date: September 24 (rain date: September 25)

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

Cost: $20 per car

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Harbor Group International

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

Media contact:
Morgan McGinnis
[email protected]

SOURCE Harbor Group International, LLC

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NBA draft prospect Sidy Cissoko signs with G League Ignite program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MTN will take over Telkom – THISDAYLIVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech personality of the week

Tayo Oviosu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Security and Defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vision 2030

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

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

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

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

Regional and international issues


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Israel, Palestinian conflict

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Could another Kenosha casino proposal be in the works?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A deal fell through in 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Economist/Modelist, Health Economics Unit – Ethiopia

Type of job: National full-time

Location: The position can be based in Ethiopia or Kenya

Submission deadline: July 25, 2022

About Us

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

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

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

Meet our team

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

About you

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

About the role

In this role, you will be:

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

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

What we offer

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

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

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

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

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

How to register

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

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States prepare for non-proliferation conference

July/August 2022
By Gabriela Rosa Hernandez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Operations Manager – Horn of Africa – Somalia

Context of the organization:

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

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

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

INSO Horn of Africa (HOA)

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

Summary of work

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

Main responsibilities:

Human ressources

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

Legal and Compliance

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

Facility and Asset Management

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

Supply and Logistics

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

Safety and security

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

Capacity Building and Reporting

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

Mandatory Requirements:

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

Desirable characteristics:

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

INSO Safeguard Policy

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

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

How to register

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

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

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

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Isa Soares launches Tonight on CNN International

CNN is expanding its international programming with a new late-night show presented from its EMEA headquarters in London.

From today, Emmy Award-winning journalist Isa Soares will host the eponymous show Isa Soares Tonight at 7:00 p.m. BST. Portuguese-born Isa Soares has reported from Latin America and Southern Europe, and most recently played a key role in CNN’s on-the-ground coverage of the war in Ukraine.

“For more than 20 years, I have had the privilege of reporting history and shining a light on humanity, covering the pain and sacrifice that accompanies some of the most heartbreaking stories of our time,” Soares said. “From Venezuela to Colombia and from Spain to Ukraine, I have traveled the world to give voice to the voiceless, driven in part by my personal connections across continents. Along with Isa Soares Tonight, I will continue to hold those in power to account and help shape an honest, intelligent and thorough news agenda at a time of great uncertainty and division.

CNN is also adding to its European breakfast lineup with the launch of CNN Newsroom with Max Foster, which will run at 9:00 a.m. BST daily.

“With the launch of Isa Soares Tonight and the move of CNN Newsroom with Max Foster, CNN International is putting our European audience at the center of our new evening and morning programming,” said Meara Erdozain, Senior Vice President of Programming. from CNN International. “Isa and Max are both exceptional and highly experienced journalists with unique perspectives on stories that resonate with audiences in Europe and beyond. Their warm, engaging style and empathetic storytelling will help viewers discover the major news stories of the day. »

The new shows are the first major changes to CNN International since the news channel came under the wing of Warner Bros. Discovery.

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UN condemns attack on Libyan parliament building

CAIRO (AP) — A senior UN official for Libya on Saturday condemned the storming of the parliament building by angry demonstrators amid protests in several cities against the political class and deteriorating conditions economic.

Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of the capital, Tripoli, and other Libyan cities on Friday, many attacking and burning down government buildings, including the House of Representatives in the eastern city of Tobruk.

“The people’s right to protest peacefully must be respected and protected, but the riots and acts of vandalism such as the storming of the House of Representatives headquarters late yesterday in Tobruk are totally unacceptable,” said Stephanie Williams, the UN special adviser for Libya, on Twitter. .

READ MORE: UN expresses concern after militia battle overnight in Libyan capital

Friday’s protests came a day after leaders of parliament and another Tripoli-based legislative chamber failed to reach an agreement on the elections at UN-mediated talks in Geneva. The dispute now centers on the conditions of eligibility of the candidates, according to the United Nations.

Libya did not hold elections in December, following challenges including legal disputes, controversial presidential candidates and the presence of rogue militias and foreign fighters in the country.

The failure to hold the vote was a major obstacle to international efforts to bring peace to the Mediterranean country. It has opened a new chapter in its long-running political stalemate, with two rival governments now claiming power after attempts at unity over the past year.

READ MORE: Tripoli and rival parliament announce ceasefire in Libya

Protesters, frustrated by years of chaos and division, called for the suppression of the current political class and the holding of elections. They also mobilized against the dire economic conditions in the oil-rich country, where prices have risen for fuel and bread and power outages are frequent.

There were fears that militias across the country could crack down on protests as they did during the 2020 protests when they opened fire on people protesting dire economic conditions.

Sabadell Jose, the European Union’s envoy to Libya, called on protesters to “avoid any type of violence”. He said Friday’s protests demonstrated that people want “change through elections and their voices need to be heard”.

Libya has been wracked by conflict since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country was then for years divided between rival administrations in the east and in the west, each supported by different militias and foreign governments.

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As China tightens its grip, Hong Kong’s luster as a ‘global city’ fades | Business and economy

Hong Kong, China – German entrepreneur Joseph loved his life in Hong Kong. When he wasn’t busy with his logistics business, he enjoyed walks along the waterfront promenade, weekend brunches in upscale Soho, and foot and back massages for relief. the daily stress of life.

But less than two years after setting up his business in Hong Kong, Joseph decided in January he saw no future in the city and moved to Singapore.

“Many potential investors are hesitant to invest in Hong Kong because they no longer believe it is a safe place to start a business,” Al. Jazeera told Al Jazeera.

“I can see the city has changed before my eyes. Hong Kong has been one of the most cosmopolitan cities, but protests and COVID restrictions mean that this advantage is fading…Investors don’t feel legally secure as they don’t know if there are still neutrality in Hong Kong’s legal system, while China’s legal system is full of gray areas. There is enough uncertainty in business, why do we want more?

As Hong Kong marks the 25th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty on Friday, the city’s status as an international financial and trading center is in doubt like at no time since the handover.

Hong Kong celebrates 25 years since the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty [File: Joyce Zhou/Reuters]

Tens of thousands of residents have left the former British colony as Beijing’s tightening authoritarian control and tough pandemic restrictions aimed at aligning with China’s ‘zero-COVID’ strategy radically reshape life in the town.

More than 120,000 people, locals and expats, left in 2020 and 2021, with tens of thousands more expected to follow this year.

In a survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong last year, more than 40% of expats said they were planning to leave or considering doing so, mainly due to concerns about a draconian migration law. national security imposed by Beijing in 2020, strict COVID restrictions that limit international travel, and a bleak outlook for the city’s future competitiveness.

At the same time, fewer professionals are moving to the territory, with the number of work visa applications falling from 41,592 in 2018 to 14,617 in 2020, according to government data.


From humble beginnings as a fishing village, Hong Kong has blossomed into an international business center with a vibrant stock market often ranked alongside Singapore, London and New York.

After Hong Kong was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Nanking that ended the First Opium War in 1842, the territory became a regional center for financial and commercial services.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the city shifted from manufacturing to financial services as factories, initially staffed by cheap workers from mainland China, sought cheaper labor from overseas.

Under the “Open Door” economic reforms launched by Chinese President Deng Xiaoping in 1978, the city’s integration with China deepened, spurring vigorous international trade and investment.

Five years later, the Hong Kong dollar was officially pegged to the US dollar, after uncertainty over the future of the then colony caused the currency to depreciate sharply.

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Under the terms of Hong Kong’s return to China, Beijing has promised to preserve the city’s way of life for at least 50 years [File: Dylan Martinez/Reuters]

Under the terms of Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997, Beijing promised to preserve the city’s way of life, including civil liberties and political liberties not available in mainland China, for at least 50 years under the principle ” one country, two systems”. .

Those freedoms, however, quickly waned amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent that all but wiped out the city’s pro-democracy opposition and forced the closure of independent media outlets and dozens of civil society organizations.

Hong Kong’s new chief executive, John Lee, has pledged to boost Hong Kong’s reputation as a global financial hub, without offering a timetable for the city’s reopening to the world.

Lee, a former security chief who ran unopposed in an election tightly controlled by Beijing, hailed the national security law for restoring order and stability and described the implementation work of “one country, two systems” since the transfer as “a resounding success”.

But for international companies, the uncertainty created by the law, which has led to more than 200 arrests and instituted significant changes to the legal system inherited from the British, has become a major source of anxiety, according to Michael Davis, a former lawyer. professor at the University of Hong Kong.

“The vague national security law creates considerable uncertainty about acceptable behavior by international companies,” Davis told Al Jazeera.

“The pressure on the courts that accompanied the enforcement likely reduced trust in the rule of law, which has always been the city’s hallmark for attracting international business.”

Davis said international companies are also under pressure to support Beijing’s policies “while these companies are under pressure in the democracies where they operate not to support such repressive policies, at the risk of being shut out of the market.”

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Hong Kong’s strict quarantine rules have prompted an exodus of expats from the city [File: Bloomberg]

For Joseph, who ran the Asian operations of a logistics company before starting his own company, the attractiveness of Hong Kong is undeniable.

“Hong Kong had many advantages, such as easy cash inflows and outflows, and the legal system is close to the British common law system,” he said. “It was politically and judicially stable. At the time, my old company could choose [to set up the Asia headquarters] between Singapore and Hong Kong, and we chose Hong Kong because it was the gateway to China.

Hong Kong’s strict COVID restrictions, which once included a 21-day mandatory hotel quarantine for inbound travellers, have further damaged the city’s appeal.

Despite billing itself as the ‘global city of Asia’, the territory remains one of the few places outside China to quarantine arrivals, while its ‘circuit breaker’ policy of suspending flight routes linked to COVID cases routinely leaves travelers stranded abroad.

“This [policy] increases the cost for expats to visit family in foreign countries,” Vera Yuen, a lecturer in economics at the University of Hong Kong, told Al Jazeera.

“The quarantine requirement was later changed to seven days, but the circuit breaker policy was maintained. It was too late to keep these people in Hong Kong, especially compared to much of the rest of the world, where quarantine measures are no longer in place. As uncertainty reigns, another outbreak may again lead to stricter measures. They decided to move to a place that gives them more personal freedom.

Many local residents have also lost hope in the city.

Ip, a 30-year-old financial worker, said he planned to move to the UK in the near future due to the “increasingly undesirable environment”.

“I work in a British company, but many British and European colleagues have quit and gone back to their home countries,” Ip told Al Jazeera, asking to be identified only by her surname. “I think Hong Kong companies will lose their international character.

“Over the long term, the asset management industry may experience lower demand due to lower asset inflows. Coupled with a dubious [national] education here for my future children and the city’s lack of innovation over the past 25 years, I want to leave Hong Kong,” Ip added.

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Hong Kong’s financial system is increasingly integrated with mainland China [File: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg]

Whatever the future of Hong Kong, there is no doubt that it will be more closely linked to China. Already, more than half of the companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) are from the mainland.

Yuen, an economics professor, said China hopes to use Hong Kong to achieve economic goals, including the internationalization of the renminbi (Chinese currency) by “hosting RMB-denominated bonds and being an offshore trading hub in RMB”.

“Hong Kong’s stock market is increasingly dominated by mainland companies,” she said.

In 2014, the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect was launched to provide mutual access to stocks between the Hong Kong and mainland markets, followed by an expansion two years later to include Shenzhen, allowing mainland investors to access small businesses in Hong Kong.

In 2018, a change in weighted voting rights rules led to a surge of business listings in mainland China, including e-commerce giant Alibaba Group in November the following year. Last year, Wealth Management Connect was launched to provide access to investment products between Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macau.

As Hong Kong’s freedoms and international character have suffered, the city’s growing alignment with China has been accompanied by growing wealth. Since 1997, the city’s economy has more than doubled, with gross domestic product (GDP) reaching $368 billion in 2021 – although GDP fell 4% in the first quarter year-on-year, restrictions related to the pandemic weighing on growth.

Davis, the law professor, predicted that Beijing would invest in Hong Kong to create a “dominant position” for mainland businesses and “undermine the traditional importance” of local and international companies.

For Joseph, the days when Hong Kong was the gateway for foreign companies to access China are over.

“If I want to start a company to do business in China, I would start one in Shanghai instead,” he said.

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Focus on the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management at the 7th Joint Convention Review Meeting

More than 750 delegates representing 76 Contracting Parties to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management are at IAEA Headquarters in Vienna to share experiences and lessons learned from the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. This Seventh Joint Convention Review Meeting was originally scheduled for 2021, but was postponed from June 27 to July 8 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the next two weeks, the Contracting Parties will present and discuss their National Reports so that, through a constructive exchange of views, they can learn from each other about solutions to common and individual security issues related to the management of the spent fuel and radioactive waste, and contribute to achieving and maintaining a high level of safety worldwide.

Hans Wanner, Chair of the Seventh Review Meeting, Switzerland, welcomed the Contracting Parties, noting that the many nations and cultures that have come together provide a unique opportunity to exchange and learn from each other. . He recalled that the Contracting Parties were here now to fulfill the most important obligation of the Convention, namely to carry out an effective, rigorous and transparent peer review which will lead to the identification of measures to strengthen further nuclear safety on a global scale.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi stressed the relevance of the Convention not only for countries with a major nuclear power program, but for any country using radioactive sources. “More and more patients are receiving life-saving cancer treatment. More and more countries are using nuclear science and technology to support their sustainable development goals, and more and more countries are turning to nuclear energy to address the climate and energy crisis,” he said. he stated in his opening remarks. “The use of nuclear materials is increasing. We are here today to ensure that spent fuel and resulting radioactive waste is managed safely, in accordance with Joint Convention obligations and international safety standards,” he said.

“Good policies are not enough. They only work if they are implemented,” Grossi added. In this context, he also stressed the importance of resolutely cultivating public trust over the long term.

Since the last Review Meeting in 2018, 10 new Contracting Parties have joined the Joint Convention, bringing the total number to 88. high in the world. said M. Grossi. “Radioactive waste concerns all countries.

Mr. Grossi also briefed delegates on preliminary IAEA discussions to support Ukraine, as appropriate, including in the safe management of radioactive sources, in particular disused and orphan sources. “Our experts are available to provide immediate remote assistance, for example to support the verification of the inventory of radioactive sources or for the provision of technical expertise; and teams are also ready to travel to Ukraine to provide on-site assistance in areas such as source recovery and consolidation, and the safe and secure transport of radioactive sources to centralized storage facilities.

The Joint Convention, in force since 2001 under the auspices of the IAEA, is the only legally binding international instrument dealing with the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management on a global scale.

During the Review Meeting, the Contracting Parties will also participate in an open-ended working group to discuss procedural and other matters relating to the operation of the Convention, and will share their experiences and lessons learned during a thematic session on stakeholder engagement in management. radioactive waste from dismantling activities and former sites.

“A major objective of the review is, through robust and candid discussion, to identify good practices, areas of good performance, suggestions, challenges or other issues that may be an overriding common issue that should be highlighted as important for improving security,” said Nelli Aghajanyan, Joint Convention Coordinator.

Last year marked the 20e anniversary of the entry into force of the joint convention.

Further information, including summary reports of meetings as well as National Reports of Contracting Parties from previous review cycles, is available on the Joint Convention’s public website.

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Revised Plan for Optimist Site Apartments Opposed by City

Developer Lux Living hopes to build an apartment complex with seven or eight floors and two levels of underground parking.

ST. LOUIS — A plan to build an apartment complex on the site of a historic mid-century modern building in the Central West End is being opposed by city staff, even after the developer revised the plan to preserve the facade of the building.

In a report released Friday, staff from the city’s Office of Cultural Resources recommended that the St. Louis Preservation Board, which meets on Monday, reject a request from St. Louis-based apartment developer Lux Living to demolish part of the Optimist International building at 4494 Lindell Boul. Lux, led by CEO Vic Alston, hopes to build an apartment complex with seven or eight stories and two levels of underground parking.

The L-shaped building would be built around two walls of the Optimist facade, in a plan by the project’s new architect, HOK, redesigned from the Preservation Council voted in augustat the request of the curators, to reject Lux’s plan to demolish the entire building.

The Office of Cultural Resources wrote in its recommendation that the preservation board rejects the new design, saying it “considers this proposal a demolition, as it calls for the destruction of all but two pavilion walls. This project is an example of facadism, the architectural and constructive practice in which only the facade of a building is preserved and a new building erected behind or around it Facadism is not preservation.

The two existing buildings on the site are the headquarters of the global voluntary organization Optimist International, which hopes to downsize and spend less money maintaining older buildings for the space it typically uses. not.

The Optimist Lodge building was named as a landmark in a municipal survey that designated historic mid-century modern architecture. He called the pavilion one of the 25 most significant Mid-Century Modern buildings, out of 2,400 St. Louis structures assessed. The second Optimist building was not designated as a landmark and would be demolished as part of the new plan.

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CM Patnaik shares Odisha’s food security achievements at WFP headquarters in Rome

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke at the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) headquarters in Rome on Friday to share the state’s transformational progress in strengthening livelihoods and food security, with a particular focus on marginalized communities and women. The Prime Minister is currently in Rome at the invitation of WFP to visit its headquarters and share state transformation initiatives.

He delivered a speech in the presence of WFP’s Executive Director, David Beasley, and WFP’s senior management team. Patnaik also had interactions on the existing partnerships and programs on which the government of Odisha and the WFP in India are collaborating, to implement the common agenda of “Zero Hunger”.

“Over the past two decades, Odisha has gone through a transformational journey in food production, food security, livelihoods, disaster management, etc. By achieving food self-sufficiency, initiating large-scale development programs designed to create livelihoods and nutrition, and by focusing on partnerships, the state is steadily advancing towards the Sustainable Development Goals and inclusive development,” said Odisha CM. We would be happy to share our experience across the world through WFP and its partner agencies,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the World Food Program said he hailed the Odisha CM and said the state was translating into action with a series of ambitious projects to support inclusive development and new economic opportunities, especially for women. “It is a pleasure to welcome the Chief Minister of Odisha and to share our impressions of the innovative work the state is doing in partnership with WFP India. Our common goal of strengthening livelihoods and security across Odisha is translating into action with a series of ambitious projects to support inclusive development and new economic opportunities, especially for women. It is exciting to see how our collaboration is helping move Odisha forward towards achieving zero hunger and other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” the executive director of the World Food Program said.

“We recognize and appreciate the transformative work of the Odisha State Government in the areas of disaster management, food production and food security. Odisha’s success story can provide learning insights for other countries in the same situation. The Government of Odisha and WFP will collaborate to take this learning experience forward and provide a global training platform,” he added. The Chief Minister also expressed his appreciation for the partnership with the WFP on several fronts which has not only been effective in the state but has also been scaled up nationwide.

Valerie N Guarnieri, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme, Manoj Juneja, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations World Food Organization, Bishow Parajuli, Country Representative and Director, WFP India and Himanshu Bal , Head of State of Odisha, PAM India. Secretary of CM (5T) VK Pandian, Principal Secretary for Food and Civil Supplies VV Yadav and Resident Commissioner Ravikanth were present during the deliberations.

WFP and the Government of Odisha have signed four partnership agreements and launched six new projects in 2021. Some of the ongoing works include the transformation of the public distribution system and supply of paddy, the cereal distributor and the units smart mobile storage; using evidence on food and nutrition security for planning; follow-up to the program partnership with Odisha Millet Mission, safe fishing with fishing and animal resources development and partnership with the Mission Shakti program – a formidable network of seven million women grouped into six hundred thousand women self-help groups. (ANI)

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Spire Global Wins $6 Million Contract Extension with NASA for Earth Observation Data

VIENNA, Virginia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR) (“Spire” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of space data, analytics and services, today announced that it has been awarded a contract extension for $6 million over 12 months from NASA to continue its involvement with the agency Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program (CSDA).

Spire will continue to provide a comprehensive catalog of Earth observation data, associated metadata and ancillary information from its constellation of more than 100 versatile satellites. The data provided will include:

  • Areal dataGNSS grazing angle reflectometry (GNSS-R) data from Speyer, to measure sea ice extent, classification and altimetry, soil moisture and wind speed at the surface of the ocean ;
  • Atmospheric dataSpeyer GNSS Radio Occultation Soundings (GNSS-RO), for weather forecasting models to improve the accuracy of global weather forecasts;
  • Space Weather providing electron density and scintillation measurements that allow researchers to monitor the ionosphere as well as prepare for and respond to weather events in space; and
  • Domain knowledge including satellite state vector, altitude and precise orbit determination (POD) data to correct errors in orbital drag models.

Spire data will be available for scientific purposes to all federal agencies, NASA-funded researchers, and US government-funded researchers.

“The CSDA program provides Earth observation data that is critical to the efforts of U.S. government agencies and researchers working to solve some of the biggest challenges we face, such as climate change,” said Chuck Cash, Vice President of Federal Sales, Speyer. “The program is a great example of how partnership between the private and public sectors can accelerate our path towards building a better and more sustainable future.”

NASA launched the CSDA program in 2017 with the goal of acquiring commercial datasets that support NASA’s Earth science research and application goals. Commercial datasets provide a cost-effective way to augment the suite of Earth observations acquired by NASA, other U.S. government agencies, and international partners and agencies.

“NASA is continuing its relationship with Spire Global through the CSDA program for another year. This data continues to be leveraged by NASA and its funded researchers, as well as other U.S. government partners,” said Will McCarty, CSDA program scientist at NASA Headquarters. “We are exploiting these observations to better understand the physical processes associated with our Earth’s atmosphere and surface, as well as to observe and understand solar space weather at the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.”

Spire will provide continuous access to 12 months of radio occultation data with a latency of 30 days. These data will be archived and maintained by NASA in the Smallsat Data Explorer (SDX) database of the CSDA program. Federal agencies and US government-funded researchers can request access to data through the CSDA Program Trade Datasets Webpage.

About Spire Global, Inc.

Spire (NYSE: SPIR) is a leading global provider of space data, analytics and space services, providing access to unique datasets and powerful information about Earth from the ultimate vantage point to that organizations can make decisions with confidence, accuracy and speed. . Spire uses one of the largest constellations of general-purpose satellites in the world to obtain valuable data that is difficult to acquire and enriches it with predictive solutions. Spire then provides this data as a subscription to organizations around the world so they can improve business operations, reduce their environmental footprint, deploy resources for growth and competitive advantage, and mitigate risk. Spire gives commercial and government organizations the competitive edge as they seek to innovate and solve some of the world’s toughest problems with space-based insights. Spire has offices in San Francisco, Boulder, Washington DC, Ontario, Glasgow, Oxfordshire, Luxembourg and Singapore. To learn more, visit

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Will it be Maryland or Virginia? The feds are close to a verdict on the new FBI headquarters

WASHINGTON — Politicians from Maryland and Virginia vying for the award for a new FBI headquarters have just months before a crucial decision by the federal government.

The U.S. General Services Administration is expected to choose the best of three locations as early as September, ending nearly two decades of advocacy, confusion and frustration between four presidencies over whether the FBI should move to the suburbs bordering the District of Columbia or stay downtown.

GSA staffers told Congress last week in closed briefings that the three possible locations selected as options under the Obama administration — Greenbelt, Maryland; Landover, Maryland; and Springfield, Virginia – are still viable locations for future FBI headquarters.

“For too long, FBI personnel have been housed in a building that does not meet their security or operational needs,” U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Anthony Brown and Steny H. Hoyer told the result of the decision. .

“That’s why we will continue to push for the new headquarters, and we are confident that the Maryland sites in Greenbelt and Landover are the best locations,” the Maryland Democrats continued.

The Northern Virginia delegation, consisting of Sens Tim Kaine and Mark Warner as well as Representatives Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly and Jennifer Wexton, said in a statement that they were “pleased” the General Services Administration determined that Springfield remained an option.

“This is an important step in the site selection process, and we look forward to continuing to work with the administration to bring an FBI headquarters that best supports the FBI mission to Northern Virginia.” , said Democrats.

A move to the suburbs

The new location will be the first time the FBI has moved from its Pennsylvania Avenue headquarters to downtown Washington, DC, since the building opened in 1974.

The process of relocating thousands of FBI agents and officials began in 2005 when the agency’s asset management plan identified the need for a new headquarters, given the deteriorating state of the FBI. of the 2.4 million square foot headquarters and its cramped quarters.

The building is bounded by four major city streets — 9th, 10th and E Streets and Pennsylvania Avenue — all of which are open to public traffic, the report said. The building is a seven-story concrete structure on the Pennsylvania Avenue side and 11 stories on the E Street side.

In 2011, the Government Accountability Office, under the orders of Congress, wrote a report concluding that “the FBI has outgrown its headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover Building”.

“Head office staff who cannot be housed in the Hoover Building are dispersed across more than 40 leased annexes (annexes), the majority of which are located in the National Capital Region,” the report said. “FBI officials report that the dispersal of personnel, combined with deficiencies in the condition of the building and the Hoover site, is affecting security and creating operational inefficiencies.”

At the time, the GAO said there were three paths to take: retrofit the existing building, rebuild in the same location, or move to a new headquarters in a different location.

The federal government decided to move the FBI to the suburbs, and in 2014 the GSA selected all three locations as possible sites.

Move canceled

The project continued to move forward until July 2017, President Donald Trump’s first year in office, when the GSA released a statement saying it was cancellation of the project.

The agency cited the funding, but noted that “cancellation of the project does not diminish the need for a new FBI headquarters.”

The action sparked concern and condemnation from Democratsparticularly after reports that Trump did not want a hotel company to buy the current FBI site and compete with his neighboring Trump International Hotel, which has since been sold.

The following February, the GSA submitted a plan that would have built a new FBI headquarters on the existing site while sending personnel to other locations around the country.

Trump administration officials at the GSA claimed it would cost less than building a suburban headquarters, but an inspector general report said that was not the case.

“We found that the GSA had not included all costs in its analysis and that JEH’s demolition and reconstruction plan would actually be more expensive,” he said.

The report said it was unclear how the plan to rebuild downtown Washington, DC, would meet safety goals.

The Inspector General also chastised then-Administrator Emily Murphy for her testimony to Congress that “was incomplete and perhaps left the misleading impression that she had no discussion with officials at the White House in the decision-making process regarding the project”.

A new search

The GSA dusted off its search process this spring after Congress added a provision to the government’s annual funding package requiring GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan to make a final decision on a location in a “prompt manner.”

Although the law does not include a specific timeline, a Democratic Senate aide said lawmakers are urging the administration to choose a site by September.

The Biden administration also backs the plan, saying in its fiscal year 2023 budget request that the “J. Edgar Hoover Building can no longer support the FBI’s long-term mission.

The White House instructed the FBI and GSA to use the next year to establish the exact number of employees to work at the suburban headquarters as well as an updated list of requirements for the project.

“In addition, the FBI and GSA will work to identify a federally owned location in the District of Columbia to support a presence of approximately 750 to 1,000 FBI personnel that would support the FBI’s day-to-day engagement with the DOJ headquarters, the White House, and Congress,” the budget states.

The updated plan should allow the Biden administration to send Congress a formal budget request for the new FBI headquarters project next year.

Prior to that, U.S. House lawmakers are to propose $500 million is going to the new suburban headquarters, which is expected to cost billions.

Maryland Democratic Representatives Brown, Hoyer, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie B. Raskin, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and David Trone celebrated the House by including the money in the bill.

“This funding will ensure that the Biden administration has the resources it needs once it selects a site to move forward with construction of the new headquarters this fall,” they wrote in a statement.

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Etsy only paid £128,000 in UK corporation tax in 2020 despite £160m in sales | Technology sector

Online marketplace Etsy paid just £128,000 in UK corporation tax in 2020 despite selling $195.8m (£160m) as it routed business via Ireland.

The Brooklyn-based company would have been liable for corporation tax of almost £7million if it had registered all UK sales with its local entity, Etsy UK, according to research by the group the country. TaxWatch.

Instead, the vast majority of UK sales – the total of which are revealed in Etsy’s US stock market filings – are recorded through an Irish company, where they enjoy a lower rate of tax. . The tactic is similar to that used by a series of US technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft. Amazon delivers much of its UK business via Luxembourg. There is nothing illegal about such structures, but they do raise ethical questions about where profits and taxes are paid.

Etsy, which was listed on the US-based Nasdaq stock exchange in 2015, is liable for UK Digital Services Tax, which would have been around £2.4 million for 2020 according to TaxWatch, but that amount is still a long way off. of its calculation for companies. tax due if all UK sales had been registered here and not booked in Ireland.

Since then, Etsy’s sales have jumped 68% in 2021 to $329 million, hitting a level more than six times higher than in 2018. The group has also bought the second-hand fashion site based in UK Depop in June last year, adding millions more UK sales to its books.

George Turner of TaxWatch said: “Despite Etsy’s ethical claims, this is really just another US tech company using the same tax structures as other US tech companies to shift profits out of the UK. United towards the Irish tax haven.”

Turner said Etsy’s current tax bill in the UK could go down further as the digital services tax could be scrapped as part of a global tax deal arranged through the OECD.

Etsy is unlikely to be liable for an OECD-backed global minimum corporate tax on global businesses with sales of more than €750m (£643m) – which are expected to account for 15% of income. Under these plans, businesses that use tax havens will face an additional tax burden in their home country — the United States in Etsy’s case. Under current plans, only companies with more than $20 billion in revenue — compared to Etsy’s $2 billion to $3 billion — would be forced to pay additional taxes in the countries where they make their money.

Etsy declined to comment on details of TaxWatch’s calculation of its UK tax liability, but it is understood the company paid digital services tax in the country in 2020 and 2021.

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An Etsy spokesperson said the company has paid or payable for any known and material tax liability in accordance with applicable cross-border tax laws. Cross-border corporate tax law is extremely complex, and Etsy is committed to paying our fair share.

“Ireland is the location of our international headquarters, where we employ dozens of people who support our international community in many critical business functions, such as software and product engineers, payment operations, project managers techniques and assistance to members.”

Etsy said it endorses the OECD’s attempt to “create a fairer and simpler model” for cross-border taxation and added, “We strongly support a global consensus on how to tax the digital economy even if our tax bill increases”.

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Brillion’s Endries International acquires Store Room Fasteners

BRILLION- Endries International has acquired an Alabama-based fastener supplier, the company announced.

Endries, a Brillion fastener distributor, purchased Store fastenersa 38-year-old company based in Montgomery, Alabama.

Tim Wilsford started Store Room Fasteners from a storage shed in Montgomery in 1984. Nearly 40 years later, Store Room Fasteners operates three facilities in Alabama (Montgomery, Opelika and Selma) and also has locations in LaGrange, in Georgia and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Endries International began in the basement of Bob and Patricia Endries’ Brillion home in 1970. In 2004, their son Steve Endries took over the business, which now operates 11 national and international distribution centers from its headquarters of Wisconsin.

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Store Room Fasteners will continue to operate on its current system as a subsidiary of Endries, according to a press release. Wilsford will remain with the company in a leadership position overseeing Store Room Fasteners’ 60 employees.

“Tim has built an organization that reflects what Endries was and is,” Endries President Steve Endries said in the statement. “The methodology and approach followed by both companies is very consistent. We look forward to working with our new team members to improve our overall offerings to the market.”

It is the second major purchase this year for Endries, which also acquired Old Dominion Fasteners in April.

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Gebrüder Weiss expands its international bicycle campaign after

LAUTERACH, Austria, June 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On April 1, logistics company Gebrüder Weiss launched a cycling campaign titled “Cycling Around the World”, open to cyclists worldwide. Cyclists use an app to record and count the kilometers traveled until the end of September. The initial goal was to cover a total distance of 40,075 kilometers throughout the campaign – the same as the length of the equator.

The campaign goal was reached just 45 days after its launch. The Earth circled the Earth for the second time in mid-June, so Gebrüder Weiss set himself a new goal: to circle the Earth for the third time, covering a total of 120,225 kilometers. A reforestation project in Togo, West Africa, benefits from the sporting ambition of cyclists: for every 40 kilometers cycled, Gebrüder Weiss, in cooperation with campaign partner natureOffice, finances the planting of a tree . Two thousand trees will be planted now, and after traveling enough miles to circumnavigate the globe three times, the company forest will grow by 3,000 trees.

“We are delighted with the excellent reception given to the cycling campaign. We certainly thought that the participants would manage to circumnavigate the world together. However, we would never have thought that they would do it so quickly”, says Frank Haas , Head of Corporate Brand Strategy and Communication at Gebrüder Weiss.

“As a logistics company, we strongly support people who set sporting goals and make things happen on their own. The campaign also fits well into our sustainability strategy to promote environmentally friendly mobility. environment. Gebrüder Weiss has also been very close to cycling for many years, as a logistics partner for many cycling events,” says Frank Haas, explaining the idea behind the campaign.

Cyclists inside and outside the company are invited to participate in “Cycling around the World” until the end of September. Participants can choose from six challenges of varying lengths, covering distances between 60 and 6,000 kilometres. Gebrüder Weiss offers prizes for each challenge.

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About Gebrüder Weiss
Gebrüder Weiss Holding AG, based in Lauterach, Austria, is a global provider of comprehensive logistics services. The family-owned company employs nearly 8,000 people worldwide and has 180 company-owned sites. North American locations include headquarters in Chicago and offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, El Paso, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Growing and evolving with the needs of its customers over its long history, Gebrüder Weiss is also a pioneer in sustainable business practices having implemented a myriad of ecological, economic and social initiatives. Customized solutions with a single point of contact provide customers with an exceptional service experience focused on reliable and cost-effective solutions.

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The Gebrüder Weiss corporate forestry project in Togo, West Africa: a tree is planted for every 40 kilometers cycled as part of the “Cycling Around the World” campaign.

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Key Fuel Stack Sports Momentum Partners Internationally Including Sydney University Football – The Durango Herald

MELBOURNE, Australia, June 13, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Stack Sports, the largest and fastest growing sports technology provider, continues to build momentum internationally, fueled by key partnerships at every level. With global headquarters in Australia, the UK and the US, Stack Sports leads the sports industry by focusing on four key pillars: grassroots engagement, participation growth , recruitment pathways and development of elite players.

GameDay, the global participation growth platform for Stack Sports, continues to help partners grow play across multiple sports. By providing easy-to-use and seamless technology to national governing bodies and their clubs, the GameDay team is focused on Stack Sports’ core mission to increase participation and transform the sports experience.

“Our passion is to provide high performance opportunities for kids of all ages,” said Valentino Stewart, Program Director and Head Coach at IronUp Sports in New Zealand. “Using technology of this nature (GameDay powered by Stack Sports) allows us to spend more time improving the quality of our programs while making the registration and management process as seamless as possible.”

“For us, it’s about facilitating the sports experience for sports organizations and helping to increase participation globally,” said Jeff Young, CEO of Stack Sports. “We focus on the needs of our partners first and use innovative technology to solve barriers to growing the games we all love.”

Reinforcing this mission, Stack TeamApp has seen incredible growth, now with over 7 million users, as it helps organizations, clubs and teams bridge the communication gap in sports.

“We are delighted to partner with Stack Sports to streamline our club communication. Since I have been in football, it has always been difficult to simplify communication between players, parents and the club, ”said Amy Shepherd, head of football development at Sydney University Soccer Football Club. “Stack TeamApp bridges that gap for us and provides a great platform with many other features to help us stay united and continue to help our club grow.”

In addition to growing the game through software, Skyhawks, the grassroots growth arm of Stack Sports, has played a crucial role in bringing the fun back to sports around the world through camps. As the sport continues to be a major growth initiative for many international markets, Stack Sports has been there to support emerging growth through franchise opportunities.

“I think Skyhawks was the best (sports franchise) because they have the biggest selection of sports,” said Bryan Djuhari – Jakarta, Indonesian franchise. “The reason I got into this business was because I have 2 sons. I wanted them to feel the love and joy of the sport and I found the philosophy of Skyhawks to be very in tune with that.

But growth and success didn’t just come at the youth level. In 2022, the Finnish men’s hockey team followed up their first Olympic gold medal with a victory in the men’s world championship. The hockey team powered by Stack STEVA is clearly the best in the world. Join Stack partners like the LA Rams, Atlanta Braves and 7 of the last 8 World Series champions.

“The top performing teams at the Olympics, the ones that compete at the peak of their abilities and win medals, benefit from tools like STEVA. In this hyper-competitive sport, video analysis is essential to prepare a team,” said Jukka Jalonen, head coach of Finland. “The technology and level of support we get from the team at Stack Sports helps us compete at the highest level.”

From grassroots engagement and participation growth to elite player development, Stack Sports powers the journey and experience of thousands of organizations through innovative technology, great service, and a partner-first mission.

“We are delighted to see the return to sport in Australia, New Zealand and the UK,” said Rob Fletcher, managing director of Stack TeamApp. “We look forward to continuing to support our partners’ safe return to business while helping them grow the games we all love.”

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With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches and athletes. Some of the largest and most important sports organizations, including the American Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and leads the industry one team at a time by focusing on four key pillars: grassroots engagement, participation growth, recruiting pathways and player development. elite.

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Pitch from Atlanta to Belgian Princess: Diversity in business is our thing

When Jill Vanparys, an independent video game designer from Belgiumwelcomed the princess of his country to Georgia State University this week she reflected on the type of game that could be created to honor Her Royal Highness.

“It could be an adventure game where the princess goes on a mission to save and heal people while avoiding and disarming landmines,” Ms Vanparys told GSU. Institute of Creative Media Industries, or CMII. “Or it could be another game, a game about three heroes trying to save a princess. But it’s a bit cliché, isn’t it? »

The industry, she said, sometimes reflects these outdated tropes because most developers are male, despite the fact that half of gamers are female.

While the Belgian government Flanders region is embarking on an effort to strengthen the video game sector through tax incentives, industry leaders like Ms. Vanparys hope the industry as a whole will tackle the inherent biases against women, a symptom of its overall deficit in diversity.

“The scandal in the international gaming industry, towards women and minorities over misconduct, sexism and harassment has surfaced repeatedly over the past two months and years. And that’s why we as an industry need to do something about it,’ Ms Vanparys said in a welcoming remark after the Princess arrived downtown.

CMII offers degrees in game development and media entrepreneurship, reaching 800 students so far who have access to cutting-edge technology in film, games, virtual reality, and digital audio and video production . (During a tour with the director of the CMII Brennen DeckerPrincess Astrid had an avatar made to mark her historic visit).

If the record delegation’s itinerary were any indication, Belgium is looking to Atlanta, the birthplace of the civil rights movement, for insight and collaboration on that front.

A longtime magnet for corporate headquarters and an ascendant player on the national tech scene, the city resumes its role as a historic leader at a time of racial awareness in the United States.

This is one of the reasons why he caught the attention of the delegation, said the Flemish Minister-President Jan Ham.

“Atlanta is a mecca for gamers and developers, a home for all areas of digital entertainment,” Jambon said after remarks from Brian Blake, the first black president of the state of Georgia, an institution that leads the nation in granting degrees to minorities. “Flanders and Atlanta have the same goal: we want to bring more diversity to video games.”

Earlier today, during a commissioning visit by a Belgian drug developer UCBthe new research center at its six-building, 47-acre campus in SmyrnaPrincess Astrid heard from many female researchers and corporate executives about how they were integrating inclusion into both the development of therapies and the company’s community outreach.

Lakeisha Parnell, an epilepsy patient and advocate, received a Princess Commendation in a new building that leans more towards a ‘tech center’ than a corporate headquarters, with collaborative spaces, a library, multiple kitchens, a water collection tank 8,000 gallon rainwater tank and a recreation room with a pool table and arcade games.

UCB views diversity and inclusion as part of its long-term corporate responsibility and sustainability strategies, not only in its recruitment, but also in the way it approaches its business as well as community outreach. .

“At UCB, we appreciate our differences and build on them,” Patty Fritz, head of corporate affairs in the United States, told Global Atlanta in an interview. “We have to look like our community. We need to understand each other’s struggles, respect our differences and value them. We don’t want everyone to be the same. We want everyone to look their best – their unique and vulnerable selves.

The company has seven molecules in development to treat conditions such as psoriasis, arthritis and other chronic diseases. Amid a massive drive of digitization, data and personalization, ensuring clinical trials integrate diverse communities is critical to its competitive edge, executives and researchers said.

During the pandemic, UCB launched a Global Community Health Fund aimed at addressing mental health issues among diverse young people in the 38 countries where it works. Dirk Woutersthe former Belgian ambassador to the United States and champion of Atlanta and the South, chairs the fund, which granted 4.5 million euros via the King Badouin Foundation to 99 projects in its first two cycles. Atlanta bands like Black girls smile were among the beneficiaries.

After the princess left UCB, she headed for the National Center for Civil and Human Rightswhere the net benefits of diversity were explored over lunch with Solvay CEO Ilhan Kadria female executive whose Alpharetta the installation had been inaugurated the day before. Ms. Kadri also participated in a panel with women entrepreneurs based in Belgium and Atlanta Organic Amazonia, Omina Technologies, Better and Aquagenicity. If the social media discussions following the event are to be believed, many left the event inspired.

On the first day of their visit, Princess Astrid and other delegates met Jay Baileyhead of the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurswhich sits in the shadow of historically black colleges comprising the Atlanta University Center and quickly became a point of contact for initiatives aimed at increasing black wealth in the city.

“Atlanta is a leader in making diversity and inclusion an engine of growth,” Michel GerebtzoffConsul General of Belgium in Atlanta, said at a press conference before the mission.

The Consul General has repeatedly conveyed this message to Belgian companies, including during an investment seminar organized last year by the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The city is also adept at mixing creative industries and technology, a similarity to Belgium that could help spur a new wave of investment in the city, he told Global Atlanta.

At a dinner reception at the Midtown offices of King & Spalding, Raphael Bostic, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the president of Atlanta Metropolitan Chamberhighlighted the city’s civil rights history and commitment to inclusive economic growth.

“One thing that’s really special about Atlanta is its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Bostic, the first black and openly gay president of a regional federal bank.

Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp also made remarks at the event, where Princess Astrid granted Mohawk Industries Inc. President and CEO Jeffrey Lorberbaum the Order of the Crown. Belgium is the headquarters of the Georgia-based flooring manufacturer’s research and development as well as its international operations in 120 countries.

“We are very pleased to continue to develop our investments in Belgium,” Mr. Lorberbaum said at the event. “Our associates create breakthrough products to improve our business results. Belgium is truly a beautiful country with a rich history and a long and rich culture. It is also an exceptional place to do business with government policies that promote economic growth for all.

Yet in the gaming industry, this has yet to be the case, said A Ballekens of Gameleon, a business run by women accompanying the delegation that helps businesses localize games for global markets through translation and cultural consulting. Only one in 10 customers is a woman.

“It’s still a male-dominated field,” Ms. Ballekens told Global Atlanta. “It’s changing slowly, but not fast enough and not in Belgium.”

Ms. Vanparys, the freelance video game designer, started out as a graphic designer, but was fascinated by the power of games to tell stories and explain complex concepts in a simple and engaging way.

She acts as an advisor to the Howest University of Applied Sciences in Flanders, which has signed an agreement with the state of Georgia to share best practices in the gaming sector, including attracting more women and minorities to the industry.

“We tackle the same problems and find the same ways to solve them. We can learn from each other as an industry,” Ms Vanparys said.

This is why Howest, in collaboration with the Flemish Games Association Where Flegahired a gaming ethics coordinator two years ago and incorporates diversity, equity and inclusion training into its curriculum, putting the subject on par with the technical skills needed in the industry, Engineer Defour, who leads the school’s programs in digital arts and entertainment, the Princess said at the CMII event. Howest also shines a spotlight on its women, positioning them as mentors and role models at events like the economic mission due to go New York and Boston after Atlanta.

As an extension of this visit, Mr. Dicker from the CMII is due to go to Belgium in a few weeks, with a stopover in Larian Studiosone of the biggest game developers in the country.

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Congress leader Sonia Gandhi summoned by law enforcement directorate on June 23

Latest live news: Hello and welcome to the ABP News LIVE blog. Follow this space to get the latest developments and breaking news from India including PM Modi inaugurating IN-SPACe headquarters in Bopal, water supply will remain affected in many parts of Delhi, latest update updates of Covid, Monkeypox and other developing stories across the country and globe.

PM Modi to inaugurate IN-SPACe headquarters in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate IN-SPACe headquarters in Bopal, Ahmedabad on June 10. According to the information, IN-SPACe will be the nodal agency, which will allow space activities and non-governmental private entities to use the Department of Space-related Facilities. Its objective will be to ensure maximum private participation in the space sector.

The objective of this center is to promote private companies working in space technologies. A private company must be involved in space-related work. Simply put, IN-SPACe a separate center or separate institution has been established which will act as a bridge between private enterprise and ISRO.

Water supply will be affected in parts of Delhi

The Delhi Jal Board said water supply will remain affected in many parts of Delhi due to less water discharge into the Yamuna from Haryana. The council said the water level in Wazirabad pond is 668.7ft compared to normal 674.5ft. Haryana’s water supply through the Carrier Lined Canal (CLC) and Delhi Sub-Branch (DSB) also fluctuates.

DJB said water will be available at low pressure in areas of Delhi Cantonment, North East Delhi, West Delhi, North Delhi, Central Delhi, South Delhi and New Delhi City Council.

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Global Technical Textiles Business Update 2022: acquisitions, divestitures and mergers; Economic news; investments; joint ventures; and Markets –

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Technical Textiles Business Update, 2022” report by Textiles Intelligence Ltd. has been added to from offer.

This report provides an overview of recent corporate developments in the global technical textiles industry, including: acquisitions, divestitures and mergers; economic news; investments; joint ventures; and markets.

The report contains information related to the following innovative companies and other organizations:

  • Ahlstrom-Munksjo

  • Albany International

  • Andritz Group

  • Archrome

  • Autoliv

  • AquaCast Liner

  • Bast Fiber Technologies (BFT)

  • Biosphere Society


  • Coats

  • Essity

  • Faser Veredlung Tonisvorst (FVT)

  • Fitesa

  • Fraunhofer ITWM

  • Freudenberg Performance Materials

  • IMCD


  • Indorama Ventures (IVL)

  • Innovatec

  • Itema Group

  • Kelheim fibers

  • Lamiflex

  • Lumberton Cellulose

  • NatureWorks

  • Piaggio Group

  • Polychem Handelsges

  • Reifenhauser Reicofil

  • Safran Aircraft Engines

  • Solvay

  • Teijin Group

  • teijin limited

  • trill

  • Trutzschler

  • Vesta

  • Weitmann & Konrad (Weko)

  • Advanced Welspun Materials

  • Zoltek

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  • Bast Fiber Technologies (BFT) has acquired Faser Veredlung Tönisvorst (FVT) and has agreed to acquire Lumberton Cellulose

  • Hygiene and health company Essity has acquired AquaCast Liner, a supplier of fracture management products

  • Machinery builder Itema Group has acquired composite component producer Lamiflex

  • Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD acquires chemicals and additives supplier Polychem Handelsges


  • Biopolymer maker NatureWorks moves to new headquarters and research center

  • Freudenberg Performance Materials launches initiative to highlight its sustainable products

  • Household and hygiene products manufacturer Biosphere Corporation has ordered a high-capacity hydroentangling line from Andritz Group

  • INDA presented a plan on how it will support the nonwovens industry after the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Kelheim Fibers raised prices in response to rising wholesale natural gas prices

  • The Comité Européen des Constructeurs de Machines Textiles (CEMATEX – The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers) is launching a new initiative to support start-ups

  • Specialized chemical company Archroma has moved its headquarters to Switzerland

  • Sustainability certification has been awarded to two sites owned by Indorama Ventures (IVL)

  • Teijin Limited will carry out a life cycle assessment of its carbon fibers

  • The EU has granted funding to three European partners to further develop an enzymatic process for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

  • The Fraunhofer-Institut fur Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik (ITWM-Institute for Industrial Mathematics) uses numerical simulations of production processes to optimize the filtration efficiency of meltblown fabrics

  • Trutzschler has unveiled its latest comber

  • Vestas plans to scale up wind turbine blade recycling partnerships


  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö uses new testing capabilities to develop molecular filter media for automotive and industrial filtration markets

  • Coats to invest $10 million in initiative to develop environmentally friendly materials and technologies

  • Innovatec invests in a non-contact fluid application system from Weitmann & Konrad (Weko) for the functionalization of meltblown nonwovens

  • Spunmelt nonwovens producer Fitesa will increase its production of sustainable nonwovens by investing in a new line

  • Teijin Group has expanded its production capacity of heat-resistant prepregs

  • Welspun Advanced Materials has invested in a high-speed hydroentangling line supplied by Andritz Group

  • Zoltek to increase production of large carbon fiber cables


  • Autoliv and the Piaggio Group have signed an agreement to jointly develop airbags for motorized two-wheeled vehicles such as scooters and motorcycles

  • Safran Aircraft Engines and Albany International have agreed to extend their partnership

  • Solvay and Trillium Renewable Chemicals (Trillium) will work on the development of biobased carbon fiber


  • Revenue generated by the global nonwovens industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6% between 2020 and 2030, to reach $68.1 billion.

  • Sales of meltblown nonwoven fabrics doubled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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South Korean robotics firm enters US with Plano headquarters

A South Korean robotics company plans to take the United States by storm from a new base in Plano.

Doosan Robotics, which the Doosan Group established in 2015, is launching its new business unit, Doosan Robotics Americas, from the Collin County Business Center community. The unit will be located at 7950 Legacy Dr., across from Toyota’s North American headquarters, and is expected to open around October.

Alex Lee has been named general manager of North and South America for the robotics company. He previously served as General Manager for North America for STXI Motion, a global engineering company headquartered in Israel.

Doosan Robotics CEO Alex Lee said he likes the “new” and “flashy” feel of his offices in Plano.

The new executive said the company liked Plano’s central location and overall vibe.

“We fell in love with everything Plano,” Lee said. “Everything was new and flashy, and our business is new.”

Doosan Robotics, which has about 150 employees worldwide, expects to have 10 people working in the Plano office by the end of the year, Lee said. Next year, he also hopes to start making products from Plano, which will create “a lot of jobs”, he added.

“We plan to grow and flourish extremely quickly,” Lee said.

The Doosan Group’s seven-year-old robotics arm is expected to be profitable by the end of 2023, Lee said. In 2021, Doosan Robotics had a cumulative sales record of 2,000 units, according to company documents. Parent company Doosan Group generated $15 billion in revenue in 2020, the last year an audited report is available. It was founded in 1896 and has 25 subsidiaries and 114 global entities around the world.

Doosan Robotics, which says it is “creating technology for the next generation of manufacturing,” focuses on collaborative robots that work alongside human workers. Applications for the aids include gluing and bonding, machine maintenance, chicken frying, sanitizing, air blowing, welding, turning, construction drilling, and ice cream serving.

The robotics company was the winner of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Awards for its robotic camera system, NINA, which stands for “New Inspiration.” New angle. The robot is intended to help users, such as an advertising agency, shoot any angle of a scene with professional quality.

“It was meant to take advantage of the dexterity of a robot,” Lee said.

Dr. Presso coffee barista robot by Doosan Robotics
Dr. Presso coffee barista robot by Doosan Robotics

For coffee lovers, Doosan Robotics has created Dr. Presso, a barista robot that can brew 15 types of hot and cold coffee. It’s intended for locations that aren’t ideal for human baristas, Lee said. For example, a hotel could use it for 24/7 coffee service for guests, he said. Doosan boasts that its robots can even close caps on coffee cups.

“Starbucks has done a good job of charging $6 for coffee. We want to do a good job of getting people to drink coffee every hour,” he said.

Doosan’s US customer base includes companies in a wide range of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, construction and packaging. Select customers listed on its website include Yamaha, Hyundai, Samsung, Bobcat, Shell and Johnson & Johnson.

Lee said he thinks the restaurant industry is poised to be the next big market for robots, which can be used for small tasks like dipping fries in and out of oil when they are fried. In Dallas-Fort Worth, Chile’s parent company, Brinker International, has spent almost two years testing robot servers and recently announced plans to expand to other restaurants in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada and New York.

Jenny Zeilfelder, Plano’s economic development manager, said Doosan told the city it wanted to start with a smaller office, but with potential for expansion. The company did not ask for incentives, she said.

“I think that was drawn to our exceptional workforce and quality of life,” Zeilfelder said.

For businesses considering moving from California to Texas, the question is “why didn’t we do it sooner?” »
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War Hotels lists infamous hostels that served as refuges during the war

I have never stayed at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, although I have spent time in its bar on several occasions. Along with McGlade’s Bar behind the offices of the Belfast Telegraph, it was one of the great “listening posts” for journalists during the Troubles.

The last time I was at Europa was in October 2006, and it was to meet the late Reverend Ian Paisley’s daughter, Rhonda. We haven’t talked much about past violence; instead we talked about his paintings.

Earlier this year, the Europa was featured as part of Al Jazeera’s War Hotels series. This book is based on the research undertaken for this documentary series. The Europa has the dubious distinction of being “the most bombed hotel in the world”. In the period from 1971 to 1987 (the last IRA ceasefire) it was bombed 33 times.

Even as I write this, you can be sure that there is now a hotel in Kyiv that serves as an “island of refuge and operational headquarters” for the international press covering the war in Ukraine, a hotel that is sure to be included in any new edition of this book.

At the start of his novel The Quiet American (set in Vietnam in the final days of the French occupation), Graham Greene’s central character, a journalist, goes to the Continental Palace in Saigon to meet other journalists.

The authors tell us that it was “in room 214 of the hotel that Greene wrote his novel while allegedly working informally for the British intelligence agency MI6”.

The Europa Hotel in Belfast, in 1972, which has the distinction of being the most bombed hotel in the world. Photo: James Jackson/Evening Standard/Getty Images

The Continental, along with the Caravelle, was a safe place for journalists working in Saigon. It “became one of the key places to meet fellow journalists, military, politicians and spies, and gather intelligence”.

Walter Cronkite, one of the most reliable and reputable journalists (he was the prime time anchor of CBS News), preferred to stay at the Caravelle. “It would be his sobering assessment of the course of the conflict that cast doubt on the possibility of winning the war in Vietnam.”

In Hanoi, the capital of North Vietnam, it was actress Jane Fonda who gave one of her hotels party status. In July 1972, she traveled to Hanoi to see for herself the impact of American bombings on the city. She stayed at the Hotel Metropole, and it was from there that she made a series of controversial shows on Radio Hanoi. A few months after Fonda’s visit, singer-songwriter Joan Baez also stayed at the Metropole.

In Sarajevo, during the siege of the Bosnian capital from 1992 to 1996, the “Holiday Inn was the only hotel large enough to meet the needs of the small army of foreign correspondents, aid workers and diplomats who came to the city during the siege. . ”.

In Beirut, the Commodore Hotel was used by many correspondents, including the late Robert Fisk. “If a reporter has a good story and can’t send it, he might as well go home,” Fisk once said. “In the Commodore you had three working telexes and they could call you in London.”

Today, although Ukraine is an exception, the “war hotel” no longer plays the role it once did. “A hotel that could provide the means to establish a temporary press center was no longer a necessity. Text, images, and footage could be sent over Wi-Fi or through mobile phone networks, and from almost any location equipped with these. Time and communications technology have changed.

“Although war hotels, as we have conceptualized them in this book, have become less common as the nature of foreign reporting has changed, they have long been a crucial part and vital nodes of the reporting infrastructure. , and are therefore part of the history of journalism”.

  • War Hotels
  • Kenneth Morrison and Abdallah El Binni
  • Merrion Press, €16.95
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GNC Completes New Global Headquarters as Part of Ongoing Business Transformation | New

Company retains hometown investment with 75,000 square feet at 75 Hopper Place in 3 Crossings development

PITTSBURGH , June 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — When CGN was evaluating potential sites for its new global headquarters, it focused on three key criteria: the location needed to align with GNC’s brand vision and business outlook, reflect its culture of innovation and foster conversation and communication between associates and teammates. And 75 Hopper Place, part of the 3 Crossings development in from Pittsburgh Innovative Strip District, delivered.

“Our real estate and development teams have done an amazing job identifying, reviewing and selecting a space that allows our associates to be creative while supporting our strategic business plan,” said Josh Burris, CEO, GNC. “With the new office, we are leaning towards a hybrid work environment while creating opportunities for growth and innovation that ultimately meet the needs of our people – our consumers, our associates, our partners and our community here in Pittsburgh.”

GNC’s space spans three floors and 75,000 square feet. Located in one of the tallest buildings in the Strip District, the space is anchored by a fully functional GNC campus store where associates can shop, a creative and production studio, and a test kitchen for the product innovation. Additionally, there is a GNC-branded shared gym for all 3 Crossings tenants to support health and wellness as well as convenient on-site parking for associates directly across from the office.

“GNC is an iconic brand and for our new headquarters to be located in one of from Pittsburgh the most iconic neighborhoods – the Strip District – seemed like a perfect fit for our business,” continued Eric Ravotti, director of development, GNC. “We considered multiple locations, but ultimately it was about finding a space that reflected our culture while allowing us the flexibility to grow.”

The office also offers indoor-outdoor workspaces, including a private outdoor terrace aptly named “The ‘Burgh” and accompanying balcony. The well-thought-out layout also includes permanent and hotel offices, cafes, meeting rooms for smaller gatherings and conference space for larger engagements. 75 Hopper Place also offers privacy cabins and wellness rooms to ensure associates can live well.

GNC worked with several companies to bring its new global headquarters to life, recognizing partners like AHK Ventures, Donahue Advisors, LGA Partners, Oxford Development Company, Rycon Construction Inc. and Workscape Inc. as critical to the success of the company’s move. .

“We are fortunate to have incredible partners invested in our success,” Ravotti said. “There are so many people who have contributed time, energy and expertise to our new headquarters and we are grateful for their dedication and continued support.”

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About GNC

GNC is a leading global health and wellness brand that provides high-quality, science-based products and solutions consumers need to live strong, fit and live well.

The brand reaches consumers around the world by delivering its products and services through company-owned outlets, national and international franchises, digital commerce, and strong wholesale and retail partnerships across the globe. GNC’s diverse, multi-channel business model has global reach and a recognized trusted brand. By combining exceptional innovation, product development capabilities and an extensive global distribution network, GNC manages a best-in-class product portfolio.

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Admiral Linda Fagan becomes the 27th Commander of the United States Coast Guard

Adm. Karl L. Schultz was relieved of his duties as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Linda L. Fagan during a military change of command ceremony presided over by President Biden at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Wednesday.

With the change of command, Adm. Fagan becomes the first woman to lead a branch of the United States military. “It was about time,” President Biden said at the ceremony.

“Today we are witnessing a long-standing tradition at the USCG. A change of command, as a new admiral assumes the leadership of our nation’s longest-serving continuous sea service. It is both a bond with the earliest days of our nation and a new milestone in our history. We’ve used those phrases lightly, but it’s a big deal,” President Biden said. “Throughout his decades of service, she has demonstrated exceptional skill, integrity and commitment to our country. There is no one better qualified to lead the proud men and women of the Coast Guard. And she will also be the first woman to serve as Commander of the Coast Guard, the first woman to lead a branch of the United States Armed Forces. And it was time.”

“With her trailblazing career, Adm. Fagan shows young people entering the service that we really mean it when we say, ‘There are no closed doors for women,'” the president said.

President Biden appointed Admiral Fagan to become the 27th Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard in April 2021. Previously, she became the first four-star female Admiral in Coast Guard history when she was sworn in as as Vice Commander in July 2021. As Commander, she will lead 55,700 active members, reserves and civilians, and approximately 26,000 auxiliary volunteers.

In keeping with tradition, Adm. Fagan wore the epaulets of Adm. Owen Siler, the 15th commanding officer of the service who opened the doors of the Coast Guard Academy to women in 1975. Although he only met Silor once, Adm. Fagan acknowledged “the outsized impact of this decision.

“If it wasn’t for [Adm.] The courage of Owen Siler, I wouldn’t be here today,” Admiral Fagan said. “I’m wearing his shoulder pads that he wore as a commander, just to recognize the long blue line.”

Addressing her comments to the Coast Guard workforce, Fagan said she was “honoured and honoured” to serve as commanding officer.

“I have always been inspired by the Coast Guard professionals who serve in all of our missions around the world,” she said. “Thank you for your dedication, hard work and service. It is my greatest privilege to work on your behalf.

Schultz became the 26th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on June 1, 2018. Immediately following the change of command, Schultz retired from the Coast Guard after 39 years of service. He also received the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Mayorkas congratulated Adm. Schultz for overseeing a 20% increase in the Coast Guard’s budget and its largest shipbuilding effort since World War II.

“The men and women of the Coast Guard deserve all the credit for what we have accomplished,” Schultz said. “I am honored to have led the best Coast Guard in the world as a Commanding Officer over the past four years, which has presented unique challenges. Our collective resolve, penchant for action, unparalleled devotion to duty, courage and dogged determination have strengthened the Service’s brand and standing, both at home and abroad.

Before becoming vice-commander, Adm. Fagan served as Coast Guard Area Commander Pacific beginning June 2018. Fagan’s professional history also includes commanding New York Area, in addition to operational assignments, including sea service aboard from the USCGC Polar Star and more. more than 15 years as a marine inspector. She has also worked with the International Maritime Organization and the International Labor Organization on flag state and port state issues, including the development of the International Code for the Security of Ships and Ports. (ISPS) and the Consolidated Maritime Labor Convention. Fagan is also the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, as the officer with the longest service history in maritime security.

A graduate of the Coast Guard Academy in 1985, Adm. Fagan holds a bachelor’s degree in marine science, as well as a master’s degree in maritime affairs from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

“The Coast Guard is a more ready, relevant and responsive service thanks to Admiral Schultz’s incredible leadership,” Fagan said. “I thank Admiral Schultz and Mrs. Dawn Schultz for their selfless service over the past four years and wish them fair winds and following seas.”

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appsNmobile Solutions Ltd. Commissions New Headquarters in Accra

Mr. Richard Bansah and other dignitaries cutting the tape

appsNmobile Solutions Limited, a wholly-owned Ghanaian Fintech well known in the market for its many innovative payment solutions, has inaugurated its new headquarters in Accra.

The office, located at 11 Maseru Street in East Legon, will provide a serene and comfortable working environment for its staff and clients.

Addressing a ceremony in Accra yesterday, the Managing Director (CEO) of appsNmobile Solutions Limited, Mr. Richard Bansah said the commissioning of the facility marks an important milestone in the life of the company, as it positions itself as one of the leading pan-African payment processors. .


He claimed that, appsNmobile is known for developing innovative payment solutions such as VPOS which is a USSD solution that allows end users to pay at merchant points from any type of phone by simply dialing an assigned short code to make the payment.

According to him, the Virtual POS solution, a USSD application, does not require users to download a mobile application, but simplifies everyone’s life and allows everyone to participate in electronic payments easily.

This solution, Bansah said, has different modules for different sectors of the economy. “There’s one for schools, one for churches, stores, CMOs, hospitals, and we’ve just completed one for microcredit companies. Each module offers a completely different menu depending on the sector.

“Another new solution in the industry is Agropay. This is designed to allow agribusinesses such as cocoa buying companies, traders of palm fruits, cashews, rubber and other commodities to make payment directly to farmers through the through field agents or purchasing clerks. Businesses can monitor the purchasing activities of their agents in the field through a web-based management portal and are able to match inventory to funds disbursed,” he said.


He explained that the centerpiece of their payment solution is the orchard; which is the payment gateway designed to process mobile money and card transactions.

“This allows our customers’ customers to pay them through various means such as mobile apps, USSD apps and the web. Businesses are also able to make payments directly to the mobile money wallets of any number of recipients at once.

This solution is directly connected to the mobile money gateways of MML (MTN), Vodafone Cash and AirtelTigo Cash. It is also directly integrated with the GHIPSS GIP platform which makes it easy to complete payments to any bank account in Ghana. Businesses can access the Orchard through APIs. We have implemented very strict IT security controls to ensure the security of the platform. A funds transfer solution has been integrated into the orchard, allowing
International money transfer operators to complete international remittances directly to individuals’ bank accounts or mobile money wallets.

In an interview, Mr. Richard Bansah affirmed that appsNmobile is ready for the next phase of growth and that this, he indicated, will be achieved through the continued development of innovative and first-to-market payment solutions.

The trip

appsNmobile’s journey, Mr. Richard Bansah said, began in 2015 in a garage with few resources.

“We were very focused on getting it right and playing by the rules. This is what even led us to think about forming a board of directors. We came across 3 friends of mine who have all accomplished great things in their personal and professional lives.

He said, “There are many seeds that we unknowingly plant, which in the future will become the cornerstone of our own or someone else’s endeavors towards greater heights in life. Dr. Bansa bought the first computer and connected the internet to it for our use during one of his visits to Ghana. This is what Jerry used to learn computer science, sparking his interest in programming. Today, the story of appsNmobile cannot be told without the tireless, tireless effort and computer wizardry of Jerry.

Driven by passion, innovation and excellence, the Company has demonstrated market leadership in all of its solutions.
It was the first to deploy a Point of Sale (POS) solution that relies solely on the USSD shortcode.
The company’s continued quest to innovate and solve key challenges facing businesses in Ghana.
The influence and impact of appsNmobile on the Fintech ecosystem is evident across many sectors of the Ghanaian economy.

The Company’s Cardless ATM solution helps banks extend branchless banking services to their customers. Enabling merchants to receive or make payments has never been easier and it has earned appsNmobile a place of honor as a key technical partner to leading multinational banks in Ghana.

Chairman of the Board, Mr. David Tetteh, on his part commended the company and management for building a strong team that has indeed stood the test of time, taking them this far.

He highlighted the effective and efficient service delivery with respect to appsNmobile and called on the company to join the appsNmobile ecosystem and provide the best service solutions to their customers.


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