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Student Art Sales are May 6-7 | Nebraska today

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Art, Art History, and Design Hosts Spring Art Sales by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Clay Club and Photo Club university on May 6 and 7 at Richards Hall.

“Clay Club has a rich history within ONE and the greater Lincoln community, and we are excited to connect with new and established customers at our annual Spring Sale,” said Andy Bissonnette, graduate ceramics student in the School of Art, History of art and design and president of the Clay Club.

Clay Club hours of sale are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7. Their sale will take place at Richards Hall, room 117.

Photo sale hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 and 7 at Richards Hall, Room 112. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted at both sales.

The Clay Club sale will include pottery and ceramic sculptures created by Nebraska U graduate and undergraduate students available for purchase.

In addition to the sale, there will be a raffle of works donated by professors, graduate and undergraduate students. Along with this year’s sale, the Clay Club will collect canned food (and other non-perishables) to donate to Husker Pantry. Each donation of two non-perishable items is worth one raffle ticket (maximum of five tickets per day, please). Any additional donation is welcome. Visit the Husker Pantry website for information on the most needed food items.

Proceeds from the sale go to the artists, along with funding for the Clay Club. This student-run organization brings guest artists into the community and sends students to national clay conferences.

The Photo Club is holding a print sale featuring art and student zines for purchase.

They will also have a raffle for both supervised and unsupervised work from faculty and graduate students. For the cost of $1, a ticket can be purchased for a chance to win one of the many works of art given away.

“Money raised will help club members attend conferences, but most of the money will go to individual artists,” said graduate photography student Penny Molesso. “We hope to see a lot of people there.

Richards Hall is located at Stadium Drive and T streets on the University City campus. Public parking is available at the Stadium Drive garage. For more information, call the School of Art, Art History, and Design at 402-472-5522 or email [email protected]

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Pakistani state-owned company PTV fires 17 officials for failing to cover PM’s event due to unavailability of laptop

In line with standard operating procedures, a VVIP team of journalists and producers is responsible for covering the Prime Minister

In line with standard operating procedures, a VVIP team of journalists and producers is responsible for covering the Prime Minister

Pakistan’s state-owned company PTV has suspended 17 civil servants for failing to provide “proper” coverage of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to Lahore due to the unavailability of a state-of-the-art laptop.

The newly elected prime minister visited Kot Lakhpat prison and Ramazan bazaars in Lahore last week.

However, a Pakistani Television (PTV) team failed to provide “proper” coverage due to the unavailability of an advanced laptop needed to upload the footage via File Transfer Protocol ( ftp), the Dawn reports the newspaper.

In accordance with standard operating procedures, a VVIP team of journalists and producers is responsible for covering the Prime Minister. The team is equipped with the latest gadgets, including laptops for live streaming and timely uploading of footage from any event, according to the report.

The core team is stationed in Islamabad and travels with the prime minister across the country and abroad, he added.

When the PTV Lahore center was informed of the visit, it requested the PTV headquarters to provide an advanced laptop, he said.

Also earlier on April 18, Lahore center wrote a letter to headquarters saying, “Since we don’t have a laptop editing facility in Lahore center, we have rented a laptop with the Editing facility…but as a permanent arrangement we have to own the same facility in the center.However, public television did not pay attention and suggested to hire one again.

In response to this situation, the Lahore center arranged a staff member’s personal laptop. After coverage, when the team attempted to transmit the footage, they found that the laptop’s battery was drained.

The next day, the PTV administration suspended a total of 17 officials, including VVIP Deputy Coverage Controller Imran Bashir Khan. Additionally, the administration suspended various engineers and cameramen for alleged negligence.

The suspended employees claimed to have been scapegoated by the administration appointed by the previous regime in order to save bigwigs, the report added.

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A passion for feeding the world’s marginalized people

John Messer’s drive to help those in need is so intense and all-consuming that a few major logistical hurdles won’t stop him for a minute.

Consider that when he left his home in Falmouth in early April to help feed Ukrainian war refugees in a Polish border town, Messer had yet to land a volunteer position with World Central Kitchen, or any other organization. help. He didn’t even know where or how he would help once he landed after his 25 hour journey.

“When the war started, I felt like I needed to go, I needed to go, I needed to go,” Messer, 70, recalled during from a talk he recently gave to the World Affairs Council of Maine at the Falmouth Memorial Library. . “I bought a one-way ticket to Warsaw and thought, well, I’ll be fine. There is something for me to do.

He was hoping to volunteer for World Central Kitchen, the nonprofit group run by Washington DC star chef Jose Andres. Yarmouth chief Christian Hayes spent two weeks on the Ukrainian border in March helping the organization, paying his own expenses, as Messer and many other volunteers have done. But the day Messer flew to Poland, the group had no room for more helpers.

Once on the ground in the town of Przemysl, Poland, the same town where Hayes had worked, Messer connected with a World Central Kitchen manager and landed a volunteer position that had just opened up in their industrial kitchen. It was his preferred mode of service, cooking from scratch, rather than handing out cooked meals from food trucks or tents.

“There was a huge need for people who understood how a professional kitchen works, people with knife skills,” Messer said. “That job was my greatest value to them.”

If you want to make a LOT of banana bread… This is the recipe used by the World Central Kitchen to feed Ukrainian refugees after the Russians attacked their country. Photo courtesy of John Messer

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Originally a tax accountant, Messer worked in South Florida for 25 years as a partner in an international accounting and management consulting firm before retiring 10 years ago, determined to pursue his passions. He has spent the past 15 summers at his Down East camp, although he now lives in Maine full-time. For three consecutive years, he took six-week trips to Paris in order to graduate from the famous Parisian cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu, through its intensive program.

Messer is perhaps one of the few Le Cordon Bleu graduates to use his refined culinary skills exclusively to feed hungry people around the world, all for free. “I never made a dime working as a chef,” Messer said.

Since the 1990s, as an avid cook with no formal training, Messer has organized fundraisers across the country for the Texas-based orphan relief group Miracle Foundation, and he has visited India several times. to volunteer on foundation work projects. In the past five years alone, Messer has helped feed starving refugees in the Balkans, Greece and now Poland. A Maine resident after moving from Florida, he is also a board member of the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, and in June he will be cooking for an event hosted by Hope Acts, the Portland-based nonprofit group dedicated to help immigrants and asylum seekers.

“Cooking supports people’s lives, and it’s very joyful for me. If people don’t have food, everything else is secondary,” Messer said, trying to explain what motivates him to volunteer. Regarding his two weeks in Ukraine, he said he was partly moved by “rage”.

“Going to help cook was just something I could do, rather than sitting at home being pissed off,” Messer said.

Volunteers feed Ukrainian refugees as part of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen Stop Making 5,000 Sandwiches. Photo courtesy of John Messer

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KNOWS THE FIGHT FIRST HAND

“He spends his days thinking about how to help the marginalized and trying to make their lives less difficult,” Messer’s husband Stephen Peck said. “That’s probably one of the things that drew me to him in the first place.”

“Everyone should be lucky enough to know a John Messer. He has (people in need) at the center of his heart with every decision he makes,” said Caroline Boudreaux, founder of Miracle Foundation, of which Messer is a board member. “People who have struggled understand struggle.”

Messer said he grew up in poverty in East Tennessee. “I was living on the fringes. I think it has something to do with my motivation. And I’m lucky to have the energy of a 20-year-old.

He certainly needed the energy for the 12-hour shifts at the World Central Kitchen, as well as commuting around town to sleep in a new room almost every night. In an email he sent to friends while in Ukraine, Messer wrote: ‘I’m so exhausted when I get to my apartment at night, I can barely get the beer to my mouth. before falling asleep. But every morning I wake up with all the energy in the world. I can’t remember such a sustained “high” in my life. I want to pinch myself. I’m here with about 100 foreigners, and suddenly everyone has become best friends, cooperating and working towards a common goal: to feed cold, traumatized displaced Ukrainians.

Messer worked in an empty warehouse that the association had transformed on the fly. “In four days, they transformed it into a state-of-the-art kitchen, with a walk-in freezer bigger than this room,” he told the dozen people gathered for his conference in a spacious meeting room. from the library.

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One of Messer’s first tasks with his work crew was to core and slice a ton of apples and make 5,000 sandwiches. “No matter where you go in the world, everyone loves a sandwich,” he said.

Volunteer extraordinaire John Messer stirs the pot, the really big pot. Photo courtesy of John Messer

BONDING EXPERIENCE

Messer showed photos he took of volunteers stirring stew in 8ft by 3ft paella pans with long paddles, pureeing cooked fruit for baby food with waist-high immersion blenders weeders and making a banana bread recipe that starts with 1,000 bananas and 390 eggs.

“It was such a bonding experience,” acknowledged Lucy Woodward, a professional musician living in Holland who volunteered for World Central Kitchen while Messer was there. “I am not a cook. And they put me side by side with John chopping vegetables for borscht. He had this unwavering way of chopping everything very precisely, all the same size. To see him working on something he loves, he’s very focused and composed. And everyone was like, ‘Just follow John.’ He was such a comfort and mentor to me.

Another World Central Kitchen volunteer, Rachel Vaughn, a private chef from Montana, said she also bonded with Messer outside of the kitchen. He helped her find a place in town to donate the charity funds she had raised before she flew to Poland.

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“It’s hard to put into words the connection you feel with these people,” she said. “John is so warm and funny, and he brought so much humor into the kitchen. I made a very close friend in him.

Messer said he had worked in volunteer kitchens overseas where “it was horrible how dangerous the practices were”. He had seen food that would be served the next day left at room temperature overnight for lack of refrigeration.

This was not the case with World Central Kitchen. “You were a volunteer, but you were treated like an employee,” he said of the kitchen he worked in, where Marc Murphy, a New York chef and judge on the cooking competition show “Chopped”, was a chef. “You were expected to be always on time, never leave early. It was a tight ship. I had never worked in such a professional kitchen.

“We were very proud of the food. Nothing was ever mixed up,” Messer continued. “It was important to us that it looked good when people ate it. It was our way of saying, I love you.

Messer speaks about his experience volunteering with the World Central Kitchen to a crowd at the Falmouth Memorial Library. Gregory Rec / Personal Photographer

WILL RETURN IF NEEDED

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Messer also said that in other refugee camps where he cooks, the food is not always culturally sensitive. “So 33% of it gets thrown away. The food here was culturally sensitive. to please the palates of the region.

With a photo of a bowl of lemon and egg zurek on display in Falmouth Library, Messer’s eyes widened and his voice dropped in reverence as he told the audience, “The food was delicious. . The bread pudding alone was so good, it was like your bubbie’s bread pudding.

Chef Christian Hayes spent the last days of his trip to Ukraine in quarantine for a COVID infection, but said he would gladly return to help the World Central Kitchen if the opportunity arose.

“I would go back in a heartbeat, immediately,” he said. “I think about it all the time.”

Messer understands the strong attraction. He said he would return to Ukraine for more volunteer work this summer if the war continues and the need remains, although he would prefer, for the good of Ukrainians, that both conditions had changed by then. “I hope I don’t get the chance to go back,” he said.

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Rodriguez, Harper and Holmes selected in 2022 NFL Draft

STILLWATER, Oklahoma. – Former Oklahoma State Football Players Malcolm Rodriguez, Devin Harper and Christian Holmes were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday, while Rodriguez was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 188th overall pick in the sixth round, Harper was selected by the Dallas Cowboys five picks later with the 193rd pick overall in the sixth round and Holmes was picked by the Washington Commanders with the 240th pick in the seventh round.

With these selections, Oklahoma State joined Georgia, Penn State and Ole Miss as the only collegiate teams with multiple linebackers selected in this year’s draft and became one of only 14 teams with at least three defensive players selected.

The trio became the 177th, 178th, and 179th draft picks in OSU football history and the 33rd, 34th, and 35th overall picks under coach. mike gundy. The group became the first trio of Cowboy defensemen to be chosen in a single draft since 1985, although a group of three were also drafted in 1998 with two in the main draft and a third in an extra draft.

The Rodriguez and Harper selections marked the first time a Cowboy linebacker has been drafted since Josh Furman, who played linebacker at OSU, was drafted as a defensive back in the seventh round of the 2015 draft by the Broncos of Denver. The last Cowboy to be drafted as a linebacker was Linc Harden, who was picked in the fourth round of the 1995 draft by Dallas. Holmes’ selection marks the second straight year a Cowboy cornerback has been drafted.

A native of Wagoner, Oklahoma, who spent five years at Stillwater, Rodriguez began his career as a lightly drafted high school athlete and went on to become one of the best defensive players to ever play at Oklahoma State.

During his senior season, he earned All-America honors from nearly every organization that frees a team to become the fourth All-America linebacker in school history. He was a three-time All-Big 12 and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 pick who finished his career as the fourth player in OSU history and the first since 1982 to record more than 400 career tackles. He was also voted team captain by his teammates in each of his last two seasons.

On top of that, his eight career forced fumbles were the fifth most in school history, his 48 career starts were tied for third most in school history, and his 60 games played, all played consecutively set a school record. . He also led the team in tackles in each of his last three seasons to become the third player in school history to do so.

When Rodriguez ended his career, he was among the leaders of all active FBS players in several career categories, including solo tackles (#3), total tackles (#5), solo per game (#10), defensive touchdowns (#12), forced fumbles (#13) and assisted tackles (#19).

Rodriguez is the 11th overall player in OSU and the third defensive player selected in Lions history, joining defensive backs Jack Jacobson in 1965 and Darrel Meisenheimer in 1951.

An athletic player from Knoxville, Tennessee, Harper spent six years in the Cowboy football program. He played mostly on special teams and in a reserve defensive role in his first five seasons, then had a breakthrough year in his first season as a full-time starter in 2021.

This past season, Harper was voted team captain by his teammates, finished as the team’s second-best tackler, led the team in 15 quarterback rushes to rank as the second-most total high for a season since it began to be followed in 1982 and obtained honorable prices. mention All-Big honors from the league’s head coaches.

He finished his career with 16 starts and 59 games played, with 216 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, two interceptions, four pass breakups, 22 quarterback dispatches, two forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered, a blocked punt and two Academic All-Grand 12 team honors.

Harper is the fifth OSU player selected in Dallas Cowboys history and he joins Harden as the only two defensive players in the squad.

A transfer graduate from Missouri who played his final two seasons at Oklahoma State, Holmes also had a breakthrough year in 2021 in his first season as a full-time starter at OSU. He was an All-Big 12 pick by Coaches and The Associated Press and earned academic honors from all conferences.

He finished his FBS career with 60 games played, 27 starts, 30 pass breakups, and three interceptions between his time at OSU and Missouri.

Holmes is the ninth overall in OSU and the third defensive player picked in Washington Commanders history, joining Dexter Manley in 1981 and Jordan Brailford in 2019.

OSU has now had at least one player selected in 18 of the last 20 NFL Drafts and multiple players have been selected six of the last seven years.

Several other Cowboys on last year’s roster are expected to earn opportunities to compete for spots on NFL rosters in the coming days.

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Afghan interpreters fear families ‘forgotten’ by Canada

Hundreds of interpreters worked alongside Canadian troops in Afghanistan

At the end of 2011, Saifullah Mohammad Zahed was working as an interpreter for Canadian troops in the Afghan province of Kandahar when he received a letter from the Taliban.

“They said they knew I was working for ‘infidels’ and told me to stop,” he recalls. “They said they would kill me and my family if I didn’t.”

Soon after, Mr. Zahed was able to settle in Canada after working for six years with Canadian and NATO forces in Kandahar, a province considered the birthplace of the Taliban.

It was not an empty threat.

“My father was shot by the Taliban,” he told the BBC from his home in Calgary. “Since then, my family has been on the move, going from province to province. We have all been targets of the Taliban for a long time.”

Mr. Zahed is one of hundreds of Afghans who have worked for the Canadian Forces as interpreters and in other jobs. Many hope to get their families out of Afghanistan – where they face reprisals from the victorious Taliban – and bring them to Canada.

After the fall of Kabul last August, the federal government of Canada pledged to welcome up to 40,000 refugees and vulnerable Afghans into the country. As of April 21, more than 11,300 Afghans have arrived in Canada.

As part of this effort, the government announced in November a pathway to permanent residency for extended family members of Afghan interpreters already in Canada.

But critics of the extended family program have accused the government of imposing unreasonable and often redundant bureaucratic hurdles on family members – including documentation and biometrics – that lead to delays.

Several Afghan interpreters in Canada have described dozens of pages of necessary documentation and few, if any, opportunities for family members to safely leave Afghanistan to complete the required paperwork.

To date, not a single Afghan has arrived in Canada through this program.

Jenny Kwan is the immigration critic for the opposition New Democratic Party and has advocated on behalf of at least 300 Afghan families – about 5,000 people in total.

She said the main problem is that many families still in Afghanistan cannot safely travel to a third country where they can do biometrics and submit the necessary documents to travel to Canada.

“They’re going to have to go to an office run by the Taliban right now and ask for passports,” she said. “As you can imagine there are red flags and alarm bells going off when the whole family shows up saying they need a passport to go to Canada.”

Mr. Zahed, for his part, said the lives of family members still in Afghanistan are at risk every day they remain in the country.

Canadian base in Kandahar in 2011

An Afghan soldier near a Canadian position in Kandahar in 2011

While one of his two brothers managed to smuggle the country out of the country to Turkey, another – who remained in Afghanistan – disappeared. His fate is unknown.

“The Taliban searched houses,” he added. “I have two other colleagues who live here [in Canada] We lost 11 [family members]since the Taliban took over. The other’s sister was killed in a school. It was really, really dangerous.”

Another former interpreter, Ottawa-based Ghulam Faizi, told the BBC he has 18 members of his extended family in Afghanistan, where they live in hiding.

Three other family members traveled to Pakistan, where they waited in vain for permission to travel to Canada.

“They have been there for three months and now their Pakistani visas have expired,” he said, saying some never received a response from Canadian authorities.

Many interpreters and those who work on their behalf are frustrated with the treatment of Afghan allies when they see how Canada handles the process for Ukrainians fleeing the war.

In the case of Ukraine, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced that Canada will waive most visa requirements as well as biometrics for seniors and those under 18. Those who qualify for the emergency travel program can stay in Canada for up to three years.

By the end of March, more than 60,000 Ukrainians and their families had applied through the program.

Taliban fighters in November 2021

Former interpreters say Taliban fighters hunt down family members of those with ties to Western forces

“No one understands the situation in Ukraine better than us. Our country was also invaded by the Russians,” Zahed said. “And we appreciate what the government is doing for them. But we must not be forgotten by the Canadian government.”

According to Ms. Kwan, short-term measures that can be taken by the government include waiving most of the required documents and issuing a travel document that can be used to leave Afghanistan to a third country, where they can go in Canada.

As part of measures announced to support Ukrainian refugees, Canada said it may issue a single permit travel document for refugees who do not have a passport or whose passport has expired, on a case-by-case basis.

“[They should] issue these travel documents as they do for Ukrainian nationals,” Ms Kwan said.

Responding to questions from the BBC, Aidan Strickland, a spokesperson for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, said “the hard truth is that there are obstacles we face in Afghanistan that were not there. in other large-scale resettlement efforts”.

These challenges include the fact that Canada has no presence in Afghanistan and that diplomatic efforts are impossible due to the Taliban’s status as a terrorist entity under Canadian law, he said.

While Mr. Strickland acknowledged that crossing Afghanistan’s borders is dangerous and that “many vulnerable and at-risk Afghans” who qualify for Canadian programs remain in the country, the government is doing what it can to help quickly resettle the Afghans.

As an example, he said that the departure of Afghan refugees to Pakistan depends on the entry and exit conditions of the Pakistani government.

“At each stage there is a unique challenge depending on the circumstances,” he said, adding that “the Government of Canada remains firm in its commitment.”

For performers like Mr. Faizi, however, these promises bring little comfort.

“We are veterans too. We fought side by side with them and supported the Canadian mission,” he said. “But we are not treated as allies, or even like other refugees who come to Canada.”

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Four Canadian cadets die after car crashes into water at military college | Canada

Four Canadian army cadets have died after their car fell into water on their campus in Ontario.

The incident happened early Friday on the campus of the Royal Military College in Kingston, Canada’s Department of National Defense said.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is investigating the incident.

College Commodore Josée Kurtz identified the cadets as Jack Hogarth, Andrei Honciu, Broden Murphy and Andrés Salek.

“Four fourth-year Royal Military College of Canada cadets traveling in a single vehicle lost their lives when their car entered the waters at Point Frederick campus on Friday,” Kurtz said Friday evening. Additional details were not available.

She said all four students were completing their Bachelor of Arts. Hogarth and Salek were studying military and strategic studies and would go on to become armored officers in the army.

On Friday, investigators were examining the road and shore in boats and on foot. Late Friday afternoon, the vehicle carrying the cadets was pulled from the water by authorities, CBC News reported.

“My heart breaks for the families and friends of the four cadets who lost their lives early this morning in Kingston,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. “The tragic passing of these young Canadians is a devastating loss. To all those who knew them: we are here for you.

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Iraq: Tayaran Square Explosions – Final Report (MDRIQ011) – Iraq

Major donors and partners of the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) include the Red Cross Societies and the governments of Belgium, Great Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as DG ECHO and Blizzard Entertainment, the Mondelez International Foundation and Fortive Corporation and other corporate and private donors.

The IFRC, on behalf of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, wishes to express its thanks to all for their generous contributions.

A. ANALYSIS OF THE SITUATION

Description of the disaster

Suicide bombings have become relatively rare in the Iraqi capital after years of deadly sectarian violence. On Thursday, January 21, 2021, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a busy shopping street in the heart of Baghdad Al Tayaran Square, in the Bab al-Shaqi district. The first suicide bomber burst into the market, pretending to be sick, so people would gather around him, then detonated his explosives. After the first explosion, people began to treat the victims and the injured. According to the ministry statement, a second assailant then struck and detonated his device. At least 32 people were killed and 110 injured as a result of these attacks. The Directorate of Victims of Terrorism and the Directorate of Health in Baghdad confirmed the dead and injured. Iraqi government emergency personnel arrived at the scene to assist the victims. The injured were transferred to Al-Kindi Hospital, Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Gross Neurological Hospital.

More than a hundred people were affected indirectly due to the disruption of their livelihoods. They were day laborers, buyers and traders. It is Baghdad’s biggest suicide bombing in the past three years.

Summary of current responses

Overview of the Host National Society

The IRCS responded immediately after the explosions to provide life-saving care and deployed its emergency medical teams. The IRCS set up triage and first aid posts to ensure those with non-critical injuries could be treated and comforted, while ambulances from the Ministry of Health and Civil Defense transported the most seriously injured survivors to hospitals. The IRCS deployed emergency medical teams and a fleet of seven ambulances to the site of the blast, where nine staff members and seven trained volunteers were involved in response activities, to provide any potential support to the Department of Health to transfer casualties and provide first aid at triage stations. Government authorities immediately transported those affected to hospitals and first aid was provided at Al-Kindi Hospital, Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Gross Neurological Hospital. The national headquarters of the IRCS mobilized its local branches, staff and volunteers to reach the affected families based on a list provided by the relevant government authorities in various governorates. The Directorate of Victims of Terrorism and the Directorate of Health in Baghdad have been established and information on those affected has been collected.

Overview of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in the country

The IRCS has a long history of collaboration with the IFRC and other Movement partners in the implementation of various programmes. The IRCS national headquarters collaborated with the IFRC delegation in Baghdad and provided weekly updates on Operation DREF. Operation DREF was launched after coordination and consultation with Movement partners in the country. The ICRC, the German, Norwegian, Danish, Turkish, Qatari and Swedish National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are among the Movement’s partners in Iraq. Following the explosions, the IFRC delegation to Iraq worked with IRCS management and technical departments, as well as the IFRC MENA regional delegation, to share information on the operation’s activities and to provide technical support to the National Society in the development of the DREF operation. The ICRC has supported the IRCS as a core partner in its development and operations, emphasizing the “Safer Access” approach which promotes safer access to people affected by conflict and other situations. of violence, while minimizing risks to staff and volunteers.

Overview of non-RCRC actors in the country

Local authorities dispatched police, military and rescue teams to the scene. The Ministry of Health and Civil Defense supported the evacuation and transportation to hospitals. According to the IRCS team’s initial observations and assessment, no such support has been extended by any government authority to the families of the victims.

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Durham non-profit welcomes affordable housing ideas

DURHAM, NC — As the housing crisis continues in the Triangle, cities are trying to come up with unique solutions to the problem.


What do you want to know

  • April is Fair Housing Month in Durham
  • Durham Mayor Elaine O’Neal has proposed the city buy houses that can become affordable housing
  • City council hasn’t announced next steps, but local nonprofits are backing the idea

In her State of the City address, Durham Mayor Elaine O’Neal shared a plan for the city to buy homes and sell them at affordable prices to help tackle the housing crisis.

“I ask my fellow council colleagues to be bold and consider purchasing a property that can become affordable housing for teachers, police officers, our firefighters, city workers and others across the city” , O’Neal said. “If private contractors can buy property, why can’t Durham City do the same and provide affordable housing for its residents?”

The city council is still working on a plan for this. We asked for more information and got no response. But nonprofits in the region are welcoming the idea.

Originally from Durham, Shantel Haskins is the founder of the non-profit organization Mend My Broken Pieces 2nd Chance Housing. It helps to secure resources for people who have difficulty finding housing.

Haskins founded the organization after having to return home to Durham from Raleigh during the pandemic due to financial issues.

“It’s important to impact change in the community that you come from, that you live in, that you’re a part of,” Haskins said.

The non-profit organization gives back to local shelters and organizes community outreach events. Haskins’ long-term goal is to get more funding so he can create a kind of village to provide affordable housing for people in need.

“Affordable housing is a basic human right,” Haskins said. “A wise woman once said that, and I believe her. And it affects everyone.”

Haskins has since been able to return to Raleigh. Her lease ends in August, but like many, she is dealing with the rising cost of living.

“My rent is going to go up 17%, and that’s pretty significant. I only had a few months notice, so I have to understand a few things,” Haskins said.

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State Legislature Set to Pass First Nationwide AAPI Education Legislation

After activism by the Make Us Visible campaign and AAPI advocates at Yale and across the state, the state legislature is preparing to pass the AAPI education bill.


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This year, Connecticut is poised to become the first state in the nation to begin the process of including AAPI education in the state curriculum in its K-12 system with dedicated funding and the contribution of stakeholders to achieve this objective.

Connecticut was a forerunner in including BIPOC voices in its program. In end of 2020, Connecticut required all public high schools in the state to offer an elective course in Latin and African American history beginning in the 2022–23 school year. In 2021, AAPI History was added to the K-8 History Curriculum through HB 6619. Now, thanks to the work of Make Us Visible CT and other AAPI advocacy groups, HB 5282, a bill that would add AAPI’s history to state education laws, has passed the state legislature’s Education and Appropriations Committee. The bill has 89 co-sponsors from both major political parties and is expected to soon impact classrooms across the state.

“You get a pinch of internment or the presence of Chinese workers in the early and mid-1800s,” said Quan Tran, lecturer in ethnicity, race and migration at Yale and intern coordinator for Make Us Visible CT. “What we’re trying to do is broaden the conversation about civic engagement and the contributions of Asian Americans, the relationship between Asian Americans and other social groups in history of the United States and the important roles that Asian Americans play in the history of this country.”

According to Jeffrey Gu, members of Make Us Visible CT and other AAPI advocacy groups came together to create HB 5282 with support from members of the state legislature, including the president of education. of the house, Bobby Sanchez. Gu said the partnership began following a series of anti-AAPI hate crimes in Connecticut, including an insistence that a Milford man was asked to “Go back to China.

As a result of this experience and other instances of racial hatred, Make Us Visible CT turned to what they saw as the root cause of this hatred: education.

According to Tran, Make Us Visible CT sees education as the heart of the fight against anti-Asian hatred, as the organization believes that exposing children from an early age to the history of AAPI will help reduce discrimination and racist attacks against the group.

HB 5282 came before the General Assembly Education Committee in mid-February. On February 28, members of the Connecticut community, including Yale students and alumni, appeared before the committee to testify in support of the bill.

“As an Asian American, I didn’t learn about my family and community history growing up,” said aapiNHV co-founder Jennifer Heikkila Diaz ’00. “Students and families I have had the privilege of working with will tell you that working to make our learning experiences more culturally sustainable, specifically for Asian American students and families from the Pacific Islands, or any the above mattered and still matter to them and have shaped who they are and how they see the world in a powerful and positive way.

Besides lip service to the AAPI community, the bill includes a state commitment to fund the creation of curricula that include AAPI history, tradition, and cultures. The amount committed is not specified. This measure was unanimously rejected by the state appropriations committee, and the larger bill was rejected by the education committee with a joint favorable rating on March 7. According to Gu, the funding for this initiative will be $100,000.

Last Monday, the bill was put on the calendar of the state legislature. According to Gu, Make Us Visible CT has been in contact with the offices of House Majority Leader Jason Rojas as well as House Speaker Matt Ritter and all parties hope the bill will make it to the House for a while. full vote.

According to Gu, the bill has broad bipartisan support and the group is not worried about serious opposition to the bill.

In anticipation of its passage, AAPI advocates are gearing up to help fulfill the bill’s promise to meaningfully include community history in school curricula.

According to Tran, Make Us Visible CT has taken a three-pronged approach to achieving this goal, with passage of the bill being only the first step. The next step is to help create the curriculum for K-12 students.

“We’re really committed to creating a localized program because Asian American history is very West Coast-based,” said Kate Lee, organizer of Make Us Visible CT and teacher at Fairfield County Middle School. “We hope to find and elevate Asian American stories in every pocket of Connecticut…so we have engaged extensively in many conversations with community leaders and members to talk about their experiences and family backgrounds in the state. from Connecticut. ”

According to Lee, the group hopes to create a program for students of all ages. Under one proposal, young students would be exposed to Asian and Pacific Islander holidays, foods and traditions. The group also hopes to increase representation of AAPI peoples in picture books and other educational devices.

Lee said that under this proposal, as students age, they will be exposed to “more nuanced narratives” about the AAPI peoples of the country and how they have been historically marginalized as well as their interactions with other people in the United States.

Make Us Visible was founded in Connecticut in March 2021 and has now expanded to eight states across the country.

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Yash Roy covers education and youth services in New Haven and is a staff member at P&D. He is a freshman at Timothy Dwight College and is originally from Princeton, NJ.

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Lake Cowichan Spooners cyclists take on Canada – Lake Cowichan Gazette

A Cowichan Lake family prepares for the trip of a lifetime.

Tod and Carla Spooner and their three children, ages 11, 13 and 15, and their one-year-old terrier, are getting ready to cycle across Canada.

Plus, “everyone will pedal on their own,” Carla noted.

It all started two years ago, at the start of the pandemic, when the family cycled the Trans Canada Trail through British Columbia and loved it, even though the trail was really rough.

“Since my husband Tod turned 60 this year, we thought we might as well try an even bigger adventure while we’re all healthy and the kids are young enough to come along,” Carla said. “I’m up to my eyeballs in planning and creating rosters. April [was] months of food preparation, preparing as much dehydrated food as possible for the start of the trip. It’s good and it lowers the price! The bike gear is ready, the rain gear is acquired, now it’s about nailing down the little details, and lots of them!”

The plan is to embark on their epic journey from Mile Zero to Victoria on the morning of May 24. They will give themselves a full week to travel to the northern end of Vancouver Island and hope to cover between 60 and 100 kilometers a day. for three or four months. Their goal is to end up on the east coast of the country somewhere in the second week of September.

“It’s a big effort if you look at the big picture,” admitted Tod. “You take it one day at a time, and if at any point it gets a bit overwhelming, you take a break.”

It will be the end of the reasonable driving season by the time they get to the other side of the country, he explained.

“We have half of spring, all of summer and half of fall to do this. We are not trying to cross Canada in record time. We’re not interested in abusing our bodies with marathon days.

They not only want to see, but also explore and learn all about Canada.

While riding, they will also help raise funds for the Great Canadian Cycling Challenge for children with cancer.

“At the end of the day, it’s about riding across Canada,” Tod explained. “If we take the time to cycle across Canada, we might as well take the time to do something outside of our own enrichment.

Tod has been a cyclist since he was the age his children are now. He knows from experience that they can handle the trek.

“I’ve always liked the freedom of cycling. You are not tied to a route; you are free to stop and talk to people. You’re really approachable to people, so it’s a good upbringing,” he said. “Just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they can’t cycle across Canada.

They stocked up on light and opted to use hotels and laundromats along the way.

As for fixed stops, they have a few.

“I would like to bring my children to Ottawa, the capital of Canada,” said Tod. “I want to take them to Montreal. I want to take them through Quebec City. In his youth, Tod’s French Canadian army regiment was stationed in Quebec.

“The rest is pretty flexible,” he said. “We want to visit people we know across the country and meet people along the way.”

Riding a bike, he said, allows you to “really understand who people are outside of all the politics and rhetoric. It gives you a little more faith in humanity than most people.

While his two youngest children look forward to him, he admits his 15-year-old son is a bit more ambivalent.

Tod is sure he’ll be more excited once they’re on the road, if their trip through British Columbia is any indication of how things will go.

“He turned into a different person that trip. I think we all did.

Cycling long distances, he said, “takes you away from the worries of everyday life and some of the nonsense we think is important.”

While it sounds like a daunting undertaking, and it is, “cycling across Canada is not an impossible task,” Tod said. “It’s not like we’re crossing the Sahara. If you take it one day at a time, time passes and you take it day by day, you find that you are where you want to be. And it changes you as a person, and for the better.

However, the family will not return home once on the other side.

“At first we talked about flying back, but the family needs a new vehicle. I think maybe we’ll buy a van somewhere in the Maritimes and drive home with that vehicle,” Tod said.

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11 years later: Alberta shows resilience after horrific destruction

It was a beautiful day in the Alberta community of Tuscaloosa on the afternoon of April 27, 2022. The same cannot be said 11 years ago. At 5:08 p.m. on April 27, 2011, an EF4 tornado cut a wide swath into central Alberta. More than 60% of the area was devastated, including the Alberta Elementary School, Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Fire Station No. 4, and the Leland Mall, as well as residents’ homes.

Tuscaloosa City Council President Kip Tyner said these are times he will never forget.

“Something you never imagined,” Tyner said. “The utter devastation was overwhelming.”

Dozens of lives were lost in minutes; many more followed in the days and weeks to come. Others escaped the trap thanks to heroes like Robert Reed, who risked his life that day without caring for his own safety after witnessing such destruction.

“It was just a rush to make sure I could get everyone I could help,” Reed said. “It made me feel good because I feel like people are there to help others. So if I can’t help someone, I feel like I haven’t done it. my share or my work.

In the wake of so much destruction, Alberta has rebuilt, replacing piles of rubble with shiny new buildings providing amenities, educational opportunities and even places for quiet reflection.

“We have this beautiful digital library of the future, I call it, in Gateway and the (Alberta School of Performing Arts),” Tyner said. “We have a national SWJ company. Their international headquarters in Germany is located right here in Alberta. Their second phase will consist of more than 100 new jobs, high-paying jobs. We have Alabama One Credit Union, Catch a Taste restaurant, the new Jack’s, the largest Chevron (gas station) in West Alabama. I look at it as one block at a time.

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ACTION accelerates the mobile market for Mahoning | News, Sports, Jobs


YOUNGSTOWN – If you can’t get some people groceries, get some people groceries.

“A lot of kids (in Youngstown) live off Beef Jerkys and candy bars at gas stations,” said Phil Bechtel, director of Access to Healthy Foods Mahoning Valley.

However, children and adults across much of the Mahoning Valley will soon be able to improve their diets and have better access to healthier food choices. That’s because of the new Mahoning Valley Mobile Market, which was the centerpiece of Tuesday afternoon’s groundbreaking ceremony at the Grove Byzantine Center on the south side.

The vehicle, which will resemble a traveling grocery store, is due to start operating twice a week on May 10 and serve many people who live in areas that lack access to healthy food. It also promises to be a major boon for those with little or no transportation to major grocery stores, Bechtel said.

The Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods (ACTION), a faith-based community organizing group, and Flying High Inc., a 28-year-old nonprofit with a variety of programs aimed at improving the quality of life in the region.

For about three years, ACTION and Flying High set up pop-up markets throughout the valley that inspired the traveling grocery store, organizers said. Markets operate weekly from June to September.

Another goal is to bring the vehicle into seniors’ residences and high-rise apartment buildings, many of whose residents have limited income and transportation, Bechtel said. He added that a truck will also visit restaurants in the area as well as institutions such as prisons, schools and rehabilitation centers.

Inside the mobile market are four freezers and four refrigerators for foods such as milk, eggs, meat and poultry, as well as numerous wooden crates for fresh produce, fruits and vegetables. A variety of pantry staples will also be available.

Jeff Macara, director of Flying High, said the produce is grown primarily on an urban farm. The Mineral Ridge-based Campus of Care building will be used to store, package and distribute the items, he said.

Vicki Vicars, pastoral minister at Youngstown-based St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, said about $288,000 in donations had been made since she wrote a grant and the initial funding letter was sent on last summer.

Additionally, Mahoning County commissioners approved an additional $150,000 for 500 bonds. Eligible Mahoning County residents can apply for 12 $25 vouchers, each of which can be used monthly for one year, she said.

To be eligible, recipients must live in Mahoning County and be below 200% of federal poverty levels, Vicars said, adding that she hopes to generate the funds necessary to start such a program in Trumbull County.

In addition to vouchers, the mobile market will accept other forms of payment, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; women, infants and children; and benefits of senior products.

“It’s a humbling moment,” said Rose Carter, Executive Director of ACTION. “It underscores our mission to inspire passion for ACTION to seek solutions to overcome social injustice, racism and poverty.”

Following the event, the center hosted the 19th Annual ACTION Banquet and Awards Ceremony, where the keynote speaker was the Reverend Todd Johnson, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Warren.

Those who received the Frances Kerpsack Award for their contributions to the community were Reverend Kenneth L. Simon, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown; Thomas D. Sauline, director of the Mahoning Valley Association of Church; Sharon Letson, Executive Director of Youngstown CityScape; and Brandon Perry of City Kids Care.

The Pathfinders Awards were presented to Councilwoman Anita Davis, D-6th Ward, and one of the first black female police officers in the Youngstown Police Department; and the Reverend Jim Ray, a longtime civil rights and community activist.

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BC Hydro lacks fraud risk management in $16 billion Site C megaproject: Auditor General

BC’s Auditor General says BC Hydro has no program to manage the risk of fraud at the Site C hydroelectric megaproject on the Peace River.

Site C is the largest public infrastructure project in the province’s history, with an estimated current cost of $16 billion, nearly double the original price. Experts say the risk of fraud increases with the size and complexity of a project.

“Fraud can be costly, both financially and reputationally. Effective fraud risk management is therefore essential,” said Michael Pickup, Auditor General.

Pickup said that while BC Hydro had fraud-mitigating controls in place, they weren’t sufficient to address evolving fraud threats.

Work on the dam near Fort St. John in northeastern British Columbia began in 2015 and construction is expected to be completed in 2025. About $8 billion has already been spent on the project.

The report says BC Hydro only started planning for a fraud risk policy once the audit was underway in 2021. It said the organization does not have a written policy on fraud.

Hydro’s board has committed to adopting a fraud risk policy on 12 January 2022. Previously, no senior utility executive had responsibility for fraud risk management. It is now entrusted to BC Hydro’s chief financial officer, David Wong.

“We do not condone fraud as an organization and earlier this year we implemented a new fraud risk policy at BC Hydro which formalizes our fraud risk management program,” Wong said in a statement. communicated. “We are confident that our existing measures – along with the Auditor General’s recommendations – provide a strong fraud risk management program at BC Hydro.

The audit made five recommendations, which BC Hydro accepted:

  • Implement its new fraud risk policy.
  • Provide training on fraud risk management.
  • Perform regular fraud risk assessments.
  • Develop a fraud investigation procedure.
  • Regularly assess the effectiveness of the fraud risk management program

The audit did not investigate the fraud at site C.

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“Pray for them”: Canadian military chaplain reaches out to refugees fleeing war in Ukraine

Standing in the gray light of a cold spring day recently outside Warsaw Central Station, Lt. Col. Terry Cherwick – with his black and white clerical collar protruding from his combat uniform – seemed like a beacon to the helpless.

One of three Canadian military chaplains sent earlier this month as part of Canada’s mission in Poland to help that country deal with the influx of Ukrainian refugees, the Edmonton-based chaplain fulfills a spiritual duty in deeply personal circumstances.

Cherwick is of Ukrainian descent himself and still has an extended family in the western part of the war-torn country. He said his first encounters with frightened and war-weary refugees in Warsaw – a stream of women, men and children who streamed through the cavernous, modern train station, mourning the dead and destroyed homes they had left behind – had made a deep impression on him.

Ukrainian refugees line up to receive food and medical services at Warsaw train station on March 10, 2022. (Murray Brewster/CBC News)

For many deeply religious Ukrainians, something happens when they see a priest’s necklace.

“So many people see this sign and will come and talk to us, ask us to pray for them…to pray for their families,” said Cherwick, a Ukrainian-Greek Catholic priest and 29-year veteran of the military. .

It was humbling, even for a chaplain who spent time with Canadian troops in Kandahar’s killing fields.

In Warsaw, Cherwick bears witness to those struggling to make sense of what happened to them. A man opened his phone to show the priest before and after photos of his now-ruined home.

A message of hope

“There’s nothing left there, and you know, [he was] just asking how he’s going to move forward, how he’s going to move forward,” said Cherwick, who after a few minutes of conversation got the man talking about coming back and rebuilding.

Cherwick said some refugees told him that — with no time to arrange funerals, no time to grieve — they had to leave behind family members killed in Ukraine. They asked him to pray for their loved ones.

But what to say to someone who has lost everything?

“[I’m] I don’t know what you can say,” Cherwick said. Most people don’t come to him for answers, he added. What they want is a reaffirmation of hope. , a promise that “from death can be born life”.

It was a privilege, he said, “to offer them this sign of hope”.

Ukrainian evacuees board a train to Warsaw at Przemysl station near the Polish-Ukrainian border on March 23, 2022, following Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. (Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukrainians and Russians observed Orthodox Easter over the weekend, viewing their war from very different perspectives.

Patriarch Kirill (Cyril), head of the Russian Orthodox Church, supported the war. Over the weekend, he prayed for peace but avoided criticizing Moscow’s self-proclaimed “special military operation”.

Russian troops have been accused of committing atrocities, including the massacre of unarmed civilians in Bucha, outside kyiv, and bombings of hospitals across the country.

In the face of such hypocrisy and horror, people seek blame, Cherwick said. They want to know why such things are allowed to happen.

“Love, Compassion and Mercy”

Cherwick said that although he has not yet faced these questions, his two colleagues have had “in-depth discussions” with some of the refugees they have met.

What helps those grappling with such profound questions, he said, is the kind of “love, compassion and mercy” with which Ukrainian refugees are welcomed in Poland.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Godard, the commander of Canada’s humanitarian mission in Poland, said people here have proven to be “very good neighbours” to Ukrainians.

“It’s very impressive. It’s… very uplifting to see,” Godard said. He said his troops are “doing whatever needs to be done to help make the refugees’ stay a little more comfortable.”

The liberal government authorized the deployment in Poland of 100 to 150 soldiers for a period of up to three months. These soldiers assist the Polish Territorial Defense Force – made up mainly of reservists – in the reception centers for refugees.

Spectators support the Ukrainian team during a friendly charity soccer match between Legia Warszawa and Dynamo Kyiv at the Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, April 12, 2022. (Czarek Sokolowski/Associated Press)

Doctors, chaplains and other troops welcome the displaced upon their arrival in Poland and help them settle and find services. They also assist those wishing to travel to third countries.

Many members of the Polish Territorial Defense Force are voluntary, part-time employees with civilian jobs. Godard said they had worked non-stop in the two months since Russia invaded Ukraine.

More than five million people have fled Ukraine since Russian troops invaded on February 24, according to a statement from the UN refugee agency last week.

The exodus far exceeded the Geneva-based organization’s worst predictions of four million refugees – a grim milestone that was marked in late March.

Polish servicemen assist Ukrainian refugees at the Central Railway Station in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 3, 2022. (Czarek Sokolowski/Associated Press)

More than half of all Ukrainian refugees – 2.8 million – have fled to Poland. Some have made Poland their first stop en route to other countries. The country has been generous and friendly. Ukrainians are entitled to national identification numbers that allow them to work and access free health care, school and bonuses for families with children.

Signs of support are everywhere – from TV news anchors wearing blue and gold pins to Warsaw’s public trams bobbing along the street with small Ukrainian flags attached to their antenna masts.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in early March, Polish President Andrzej Duda warned that his country was facing “a deep, deep refugee crisis”. He called on Canada to speed up its asylum process and help manage the flow of displaced people.

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski told The Associated Press last week that if fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine and there is a second wave of refugees, his city will no longer be able to accept people.

There are around 300,000 war refugees in Warsaw, a city of 1.8 million people. Most of the refugees are staying in private homes, Trzaskowski said, adding that while Warsaw residents expect to host refugees for a few months, they cannot stay indefinitely.

Cherwick said he had seen no signs of impatience from Polish citizens with the burden of refugees.

“The Polish Defense Forces…do not consider them refugees,” he said. “They see them as guests here in their country, and I think that sets the tone when they get here. [The Ukrainians are] grateful for the help they receive.”

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CTH GROUP ESTABLISHES ITS WORLD HEADQUARTERS IN MIAMI

MIAMI, April 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CTH Group (CTH), one of the most influential companies in the Web 3 infrastructure and blockchain ecosystem, has announced the establishment of its global headquarters in the City of Miami.

CTH is the holding company of three separate businesses: Fundamental Labs, a crypto venture capital firm with over 300 portfolios; IDEG, an institutional digital asset manager; and Atlas, one of the top 3 web infrastructure service providers in the world.

Since 2016, CTH has established a global presence through North America, Asiaand Europe.

Group Founder, Raymond Yuancommented on the expansion, “Miami has proven it wants to be a global leader in the Web 3 and crypto space. It was an easy decision after seeing firsthand the city’s efforts to attract the business, talent and capital that drives our industry..”

under the mayor Francois Suarez, Miami has set bold ambitions to be the capital of Web 3 the same way Silicon Valley ruled Web 2. The ecosystem’s explosion of growth, globally, is fueled by a passionate and enthusiastic community that prides itself on inclusivity and collaboration. Miami seized the opportunity during the pandemic to attract numerous international conferences, forums and events focusing on Web 3, blockchain and digital assets – and institutional investment followed. Coupled with a growing population knowledgeable about digital assets and policies to encourage greater adoption for everyday commerce, the environment in Miami is poised for rapid growth and officials expect more industry leaders such as CTH to establish their headquarters or operations in the city.

Mayor Suarez said: “We are delighted to welcome CTH Group to the City of Miami. Establishing its global headquarters in Miami highlights the city’s continued growth as ‘capital of capital’ for investment and web3 technology. In addition, the establishment of their world headquarters in Miami will place them at the strategic epicenter of the Web3 revolution. Miami is here to help the CTH Group as it fuels this revolution.”

Raymond Yuan added, “For CTH Group to succeed, we need to be close to industry innovators. Miami we don’t have to travel far to meet entrepreneurs with fresh ideas, renewable energy companies wishing to collaborate with Web 3 infrastructure providers, or traditional investors wishing to deploy their capital in this growing sector . CTH has ambitious growth objectives and our quest for excellence has led us to Miami to reach them.”

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The Art of Living Foundation co-hosts a panel on mental health

Event in Washington, DC during Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s US tour.

Washington D.C.- As the youth mental health crisis continues to grow in the United States, a panel of experts are planning to address the topic at an upcoming event in the nation’s capital. May 6, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. humanitarian and founder of The Art of Living Foundation Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will join Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA and founder of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at the Stanford University, Dr. James R Doty during a panel discussion on mental health and proven practices for fostering excellence, happiness and well-being in young people.

“Mental health has become one of the biggest issues on the planet today,” says Gurudev. “We all have a responsibility to ensure that meditation and breathwork are accessible to everyone. Those who have found inner peace should share it with everyone.

“One of the greatest needs today is to address the crisis in youth mental health…” says Dr. Doty.

The event will also highlight research conducted by Dr. Seppälä and Yale University regarding Gurudev’s SKY Breath meditation and its application to youth mental health. Gurudev introduced SKY Breath Meditation to the world in 1981. Since then, millions of people in 156 countries have learned to access the present moment and tap into their inner happiness and freedom. In a recent Yale study, SKY showed the greatest impact on well-being, benefiting six outcomes: depression, stress, mental health, mindfulness, positive affect, and social connections.

The “Social Connection, Compassion, and Youth Mental Health” in-person event is co-hosted by the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Center of Excellence in Maternal and infantile; Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE); and the Art of Living Foundation.

For more information, interviews and other media requests, please contact David Triana at [email protected]

About the Art of Living Foundation:

Operating in 156 countries, The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is a nonprofit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. All of AOLF’s programs are inspired by Gurudev’s philosophy of creating world peace through a stress-free and violence-free society. The AOLF has touched over 450 million lives through numerous educational and self-development programs and tools that facilitate the elimination of stress and promote deep and deep inner peace, happiness and well-being in individuals .

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We prepared the Ukrainians well, Canadian Army officers say of the training mission

OTTAWA – The newest commander of Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine says the fact that Russia sanctioned him and several of his predecessors alongside dozens of other prominent Canadians is proof that the mission had an impact.

Lieutenant-Colonel Luc-Frédéric Gilbert is one of six former commanders of the training mission known as Operation Unifier sanctioned by Russia last week as Moscow added 61 Canadians to the now banned list entry into the country.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Gilbert told The Canadian Press in an interview when asked about his inclusion on the Russian-sanctioned Canadians list. “And that’s a great measure of efficiency.”

Other former Operation Unifier commanders sanctioned included Lt. Col. Sarah Heer and Lt. Col. Melanie Lake, who also described the addition of the six senior Canadian officers as a sign of the mission’s value.

Canada first launched Operation Unifier in 2015. The move was a direct response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula and its supply of arms, ammunition and even troops to pro-separatists. -Russians in eastern Ukraine.

The purpose of the mission, which evolved several times before being suspended before the Russian invasion, was to help Ukraine transform its post-Soviet military into a modern fighting force capable of defending the country.

The federal government says more than 33,000 Ukrainian troops were trained by Canada before the mission was suspended less than two weeks before Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February.

Gilbert was in the field when the order came from Ottawa for his 250 troops to pack up and leave Ukraine for Poland ahead of the Russian attack. He says that while he understands the order to leave, it was still “a little weird for us”.

“Once we were relocated to Poland, that’s where we went: ‘It just happened’,” Gilbert recalls. “The feeling is a bit weird for us because it’s against our nature. … We are trained to (fight), we are not supposed to leave in these kinds of situations.

Canada and its allies said before the Russian invasion that they would not deploy troops to Ukraine, fearing that such a move would escalate the conflict and lead to an all-out war between Russia and the alliance. NATO military. Western countries have instead provided financial and military support to Ukraine and imposed sanctions on Russia.

While planning for the withdrawal of Canadian troops began in November, when Russia first assembled thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border, Gilbert said it wasn’t until the end of January that everyone realized the threat was real.

Even then, however, there was uncertainty. Gilbert recalled his last meeting with a Ukrainian military officer before leaving the country in mid-February, during which the commander of Ukraine’s National Guard dismissed the threat of a Russian attack.

“He said, ‘We’re going to see each other soon because it’s not going to happen,'” Gilbert said. “I was convinced at that moment that something was going to happen. He was still convinced that it wasn’t really going to happen. … Unfortunately, I was right.

Gilbert and his troops spent about a month in Poland, during which time they finished packing for their eventual return to Canada. They have also been put on standby in case they are needed to provide humanitarian or other assistance.

All of the trainers under Gilbert’s command have since returned to Canada, although another group of 150 Canadian Armed Forces members recently returned to Poland to help some of the millions of Ukrainians who fled the Russian invasion.

Gilbert himself is now back at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, where he commands the 5th Combat Engineer Regiment. However, he is technically still the commander of Operation Unifier, which is on hiatus but is expected to continue until March 2025.

Previous Operation Unifier commanders have suggested that the Canadian mission has helped the Ukrainian military become more agile by empowering and trusting those lower in the chain of command with information and to make decisions. .

This allowed the Ukrainians to defend themselves on multiple fronts and operate in ways the Russians did not expect, including deploying small teams that were instrumental in eliminating tanks and other Russian forces.

Gilbert agreed with this assessment, saying that while Operation Unifier also offered sniper training and other specialized instruction, “small unit tactics are the most powerful demonstration” of the contribution of the Canada.

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This month Donate Life, register as an organ, eye and tissue donor

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April is National Gift of Life Month, commemorating those who have received vital organ transplants, recognizing those who continue to wait, honoring the donors and their families who made such a meaningful donation, and encouraging all new Mexicans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

According to New Mexico Donor Services, New Mexicans saved a record number of lives through organ donation in 2021. The state saw 93 donor heroes. More than 700 New Mexicans are currently awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. Thousands more await healing from corneal and tissue transplants. Nationally, 17 people die each day while waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and one person is added to the waiting list every nine minutes.

You can make an impact by becoming an organ, eye, and tissue donor by signing up for the New Mexico Donor Registry with the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles or online at BeTheGiftToday.com and informing your next of kin of your decision.

New Mexico Donor Services is a nonprofit organization that works with families to guide them through the donation process, organize medical teams, find matches, and provide post-donation support to families.

Who can be a donor?

People of all ages and medical backgrounds should consider themselves potential organ, eye and tissue donors. Your state of health at the time of death will determine which organs and tissues can be donated.

Living donors must be in good general physical and mental health and over the age of 18. Certain medical conditions could prevent a person from being a living donor. Transplant programs perform a comprehensive patient assessment to protect the health and safety of the living donor and recipient.

Does it change my patient care?

Your life always comes first. Doctors work hard to save every patient’s life, but sometimes there is a complete and irreversible loss of brain function. The patient is declared clinically and legally dead. Only then is donation an option.

Does my religion support it?

All major religions support giving as a final act of compassion and generosity.

Is there a cost to donate?

There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for the donation. The donor’s family pays only pre-death medical costs and costs associated with funeral arrangements.

Is wealth or fame taken into account?

No. A national system matches available donor organs with people on the waiting list based on blood type, body size, health status, distance from the donor, tissue type and time on the list. Race, income, gender, fame and social status are never considered.

Why record my decision?

The vast majority of Americans support giving as an opportunity to give life and health to others. Unfortunately, many people overlook the important step of signing up as a donor. Only three in 1,000 people die in a way that allows organ donation. Donors are often people who die suddenly and unexpectedly. Their families must then make the decision at a time of shock and grief. Registration relieves your family of this burden.

And with organ, eye and tissue donation, you can save up to eight lives and heal the lives of over 75 people. Your registration is a beacon of hope for waiting patients, and sharing it with your family lets them know about your decision.

What organs can I donate after my death?

• Kidneys (2)

• Liver

• Lungs (2)

• Heart

• Pancreas

• Intestines

What organs can I donate in my lifetime?

• Kidney

• A lung

• Part of the liver

• Part of the pancreas

• Part of the intestine

What is eye donation?

You can donate your corneas when you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. This allows you to leave behind the gift of sight.

What fabrics can we donate?

• The middle ear

• The skin

• Heart valves

• Bone

• Veins

• Cartilages

• Tendon

• Ligaments

Doctors use them to cover burns, repair hearts, replace veins, and repair damaged connective tissue and cartilage.

Where is it going

New Mexico has two transplant centers. Presbyterian Hospital Transplant Center-Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, phs.org/doctors-services/services-centers/transplant-services/Pages/default.aspx, (505) 841-1434 and University Hospital Transplant Services-Kidney Transplant Program, unmhealth. org/services/kidney-care/transplant-services.html, (505) 272-3100.

New Mexicans have a long and proud history of service in many ways. This service includes being a living donor and a deceased donor.

Sources: Donatelife.net., donatelifenm.org, organdonor.gov

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Florida releases 4 examples of math textbooks it rejected for public schools – Boston News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – Florida education officials released four images of some of the math textbooks the state rejected this month, citing what they said was references to critical race theory or other “banned” topics.

The state Department of Education last week rejected 54 of 132 math textbooks that publishers had submitted. The books either failed to meet its benchmark standards for excellence in student thinking or were rejected for including Critical Race Theory (CRT), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and more , did he declare.

Some conservative groups claim that critical race theory and social-emotional learning are used to indoctrinate students.

Among the images released this week from books the state says have not been adopted are references to “racial bias” and SEL. Which books they come from and their full context is unclear.

From the Florida Department of Education

Department spokeswoman Cassie Palelis did not identify the books and referred CNN to the agency’s website showing “a few examples” that were “received from the public.” It’s unclear what the specific concerns were with the four examples.

“At this time, those who submitted textbooks for review still own the material (i.e. their content is copyrighted and we are unable to make it public for the moment, pending review),” she wrote.

The examples mention the “measure of racial prejudice” and the “implicit association test”.

Another says the “SEL goal” is to help students “build social awareness skills by practicing empathizing with their classmates.”

The fourth includes a word or phrase that has been redacted. It also says, “This feature is designed to strengthen student agency by focusing on students’ social and emotional learning.”

From the Florida Department of Education

The images were released with a disclaimer that read, in part: “These examples do not represent an exhaustive list of comments received by the Department. The Department continues to provide publishers with the opportunity to address any deficiencies identified during the review to ensure the broadest selection of high-quality educational materials are available to Florida school districts and students.

Governor says he wants to focus on academics

SEL helps students “develop healthy identities, manage their emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and take responsible and caring decisions,” says the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.

Timothy Shriver, president of the organization, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he thinks people get scared when they don’t understand things, adding, “I think part of it is honestly fighting for almost nothing. Much of this is driven by political disputes and by political advantage. There is a vast industry in this country that uses contempt and hatred to divide us politically, and I sometimes think that this industry of division and contempt uses the schools to advance its own goals.

More than a dozen states have set standards for teaching SEL in elementary schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But as more states consider SEL strategies, conservative groups have claimed that critical race theory is embedded in them.

Sumi Cho, director of strategic initiatives for the African American Political Forum and head of its #TruthBeTold campaign, said Tapper politicians are leveraging the heightened debate to justify banning school programs.

“It’s rather interesting to see this ever-expanding umbrella, under this alarmist campaign, which uses critical race theory as a kind of Trojan horse in education.”

Opponents argue that the CRT is based on Marxism and poses a threat to the American way of life. But researchers studying it say it explores the impact of a history of inequality and racism on American society today.

“We don’t want things like math to have, you know, some of these other concepts introduced. It hasn’t been proven to be effective, and quite frankly, it turns our eyes away,” Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters at a news conference.

Andrew Spar, president of the Florida Education Association, called for transparency on how the state’s Department of Education made the decision, including examples of “objectionable” content and details about who made the decision. reviewed manuals and their qualifications.

DeSantis on Friday signed a bill imposing new restrictions on how schools and businesses can talk about race and gender.

“We are not going to allow and teach that a person simply because of their race, color, national origin or gender is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive. This is wrong,” said the governor, who shared the stage with a group of adults and school-aged children – many of whom carried “Stop Woke” and anti-CRT signs – as he spoke to Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School in Hialeah Gardens.

The bill states that a student and employee cannot be told that they “must feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress because of actions, in which the individual has played no role, committed in the past by other members of the same race, color, sex or national origin.

It also prohibits instruction or training that says certain races or sexes are inherently privileged or oppressed.

The bill says schools can teach about slavery and the history of racial segregation and discrimination in an ‘age-appropriate manner’, but the instruction cannot ‘indoctrinate or persuade students from a particular point of view”.

“It’s a whole worldview that a lot of people are trying to inject into the education of our kids, and that’s not real education, it’s indoctrination,” DeSantis said.

The bill comes into force on July 1.

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Canada sends four field artillery pieces to Ukraine as the country prepares for another Russian attack

Canada recently sent four of its relatively new M-777 howitzers to the Ukrainian military to help it deal with a renewed Russian offensive from the east, CBC News has learned.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed the plan to ship what he called “heavy artillery” earlier this week, but offered no details on what the Canadian military would donate.

“Their most recent request was for exactly that, for heavy artillery, for operational security reasons,” Trudeau said Wednesday. “I can’t go into specifics at this stage on how and what exactly we get to them.”

Three defense sources – who spoke to CBC News on the condition that they not be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case – say four of the 37 howitzers Canada purchased during the war in Afghanistan were intended to be shipped.

Defense Minister Anita Anand acknowledged the shipment in a Friday press release, but did not provide details, saying only that “a number of M-777 howitzers” had been sent to Ukraine. “in collaboration with our American allies”.

Later Friday, during an interview on CBC’s Power & Politics, Anand said “there are certain details that we are keeping confidential for security reasons.”

WATCH: Defense Minister discusses Canada’s future plans to arm Ukraine’s military

Canada in ‘next phase’ of supplying military equipment to Ukraine, says defense minister

“We are in the next phase of military assistance to Ukraine,” National Defense Minister Anita Anand said after announcing that Canada would send heavy artillery systems to Ukraine. 13:35

The big guns come from the inventory of the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based in Shilo, Manitoba, two of the confidential sources said.

The shipment included an unspecified amount of ammunition, the statement said.

One of the three defense sources said the package included a number of precision-guided Excalibur rounds left over from the war in Afghanistan. GPS-guided shells are worth around US$112,000 per round.

“Although this equipment is from the Canadian Armed Forces inventory, the capability will be replenished,” Anand said.

Canada recently shipped some of its aging stockpile of Carl Gustaf anti-tank weapons to Ukraine and the Department of National Defense said it had provided a “significant number of additional anti-armour rockets”, which had been requested by the Ukrainians.

Anand said Canada was also finalizing contracts for “a number of commercial model armored vehicles, which will be sent to Ukraine as soon as possible.” Ottawa has also set up a service contract for the maintenance and repair of specialized drone cameras that Canada has already provided to Ukraine.

“As Ukrainians fight to defend their sovereignty, freedom and independence, Canada remains committed to continuing to provide Ukraine with the military equipment it needs to fight and win this war,” Anand said in a statement. the press release.

Ukrainian servicemen study a shoulder-thrown Swedish Carl Gustaf M4 during a training session on the outskirts of Kharkiv in Ukraine on Thursday, April 7, 2022. (Andrew Marienko/Associated Press)

More than a decade and a half ago, retired Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie led the Department of Defense’s internal campaign to purchase the M-777 howitzers for use in the war in Afghanistan.

Supplying Ukraine is important and urgent, he said, as long as it does not deprive the Canadian military of its ability to fight.

“We only have 37 howitzers,” said Leslie, a former Liberal MP who is now a business executive at BlueSky Strategy Group, an Ottawa lobbying firm.

He urged the Liberal government to quickly replace donated equipment, especially howitzers.

Retired Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie said the federal government should quickly replace any military equipment it donates to Ukraine. (Radio Canada)

“That’s about 10% of the overall triple seven gun fleet,” Leslie said. “This will have a ripple effect of 10% on the level of readiness and training of the Canadian Armed Forces.

And that’s important, he said, because NATO could request up to 3,400 Canadian military personnel for its Eastern Europe strike force within 30 days.

Canada has come under pressure to provide heavy weapons as other allies continue to provide deadlier aid, both overtly and covertly.

The United States announced this week that it is donating 90 155mm howitzers as part of its recent $800 million military aid package to Ukraine.

These weapons have also started arriving in Europe and US troops have started training Ukrainian forces to use them, a senior US defense official told several US publications this week.

A US official, quoted in the military publication Stars and Stripes, declined to say whether the United States was sending its M-777 or M-198 155mm howitzers. The two American guns are of a different caliber from the Ukrainian Msta-B 152 mm howitzers.

Anand said the next phase of Canada’s military support to Ukraine will include “armoured vehicles, heavy artillery, additional munitions and contracts for the maintenance of drone cameras.” She did not provide details of that aid or say when it will be delivered.

A popular weapon

The M-777 is a 155 millimeter towed howitzer. While it fires large shells, it was designed as an ultralight gun by BAE Land Systems, Inc., a British arms manufacturer, in the late 1990s.

The weapon quickly became popular with the US Army and Marine Corps and was sold worldwide to a number of countries, most recently India.

Western militaries like it because it’s perfectly suited to the type of light, mobile warfare that took place in Iraq and Afghanistan. The weapon can be easily and quickly transported by air – either suspended under a helicopter and moved to the battlefield, or placed in a large transport aircraft for rapid deployment in other countries.

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Great Yarmouth’s international business celebrates its new headquarters

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4:47 PM April 22, 2022



A family business that has provided personal security for celebrities in the past has officially opened its new headquarters in Gorleston.

CTR Secure Services, run by Tremaine Kent and his brothers Adrian and Alison, celebrated the opening of their new headquarters in Beacon Park.


Construction of the new headquarters was “a long time coming”, said general manager Tremaine Kent.

Starting in 1996, the company initially focused on providing personal safety for celebrities. Over the years, the company began to focus more on the security of commercial assets, such as cell towers.

Managing Director Tremaine Kent said the opening of the new hub “has been a long time coming”.

He said: “This journey started 24 years ago when we started the business in Great Yarmouth.

“It seemed like an impossible dream to establish an international and national private security company in the city – but here we are.”


Tremaine Kent shows guests around the new offices.

General Manager Tremaine Kent shows guests around the new offices.
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The company’s new hub – known as Security House – will answer calls and oversee hundreds of remote sites monitored by CCTV and alarm systems across the UK.

Great Yarmouth Borough Mayor Adrian Thompson officially opened the new operations center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Speaking at the event, Mr Thompson said: “It’s been a week of good news for the borough, with The Range, the Superbike Warehouse and now this center opening.”


CTR secure Services in its new premises in Great Yarmouth.  Byline: Sonya Duncan

Siblings Adrian Kent, Alison Littlewood and Tremaine Kent (left) hold a plaque to mark the occasion with Great Yarmouth Borough Mayor Adrian Thompson and Mayor Jenny Thompson.

Principal Alison Littlewood presented a bouquet to Mayor Jenny Thompson before the rest of the guests were invited into the building by an introduction from Mr Kent.

Guests then toured the new building, including a tour of the state-of-the-art Physical Security Operations Center (PSOC).

The PSOC is at the heart of the new headquarters and highlights all the assets the company oversees with wall-mounted monitors and 24-hour responders.


Wall-to-wall screens

Wall-to-wall displays in the state-of-the-art Physical Security Operations Center (PSOC) showing all assets secured by CTR Secure Services.
– Credit: CTR Secure Services

CTR Secure Services operates in 73 countries and has over 200 security professionals working for them. At Security House, CTR has 30 employees working for them, all of whom are residents of the borough and have been recruited locally.


CTR secure Services in its new premises in Great Yarmouth.  Byline: Sonya Duncan

The opening ceremony was celebrated by the spectators

The main services provided are the close protection of the security of industries, in particular the communications sector and the physical security of remote communications sites across the UK.

CTR also provides public safety officers, mobile patrol and close protection services.

For more information, visit their website.


CTR secure Services in its new premises in Great Yarmouth.  Byline: Sonya Duncan

The construction of the new headquarters was “a long time coming”, said general manager Tremaine Kent.

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“Think of Music as Nutrient:” How a Kansas City Nonprofit Helps Artists Keep Playing

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of expanding the conversation about how public policy affects the daily lives of people across our state. Lucie Krisman has reported on beats that include local government, business, arts and culture.

Just under 15 years ago, a group of people came together in hopes of playing music and doing good.

Kansas City musician Abigail Henderson, 31, had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. To support her, her friends did what musicians do; they gathered to play a show.

The group organized a three-day performance called apocalypse meow – a nod to Henderson’s love of cats – to raise money for his healthcare expenses. Several local groups stepped in to help, and Henderson vowed to give back to the music community for stepping up when needed.

But the idea had already germinated in Henderson’s mind. After receiving medical treatment from New Orleans Musicians Clinic while touring there with her band, she knew she wanted to bring something similar back to Kansas City. This effort would become the Midwest Music Foundationa coalition dedicated to providing career and health care Resources for Kansas City musicians. The foundation aims to elevate musicians in a in various waysfrom providing wellness resources to connecting them to concert venues.

When Henderson died in 2013, her friends promised to keep the foundation going.

“Music is a crucial part of everyone’s life,” said Rhonda Lyne, a friend of Henderson’s and the foundation’s executive director. “We just want to provide a support network for musicians, just to show them how important what they do is and kind of give them the resources they need to be able to make a viable career out of it.”

This is partly through health care subsidies. In addition to Abby’s Fund for emergency health expenses, the foundation also offers grants for preventative services, such as mammograms and dental care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this extended to free COVID-19 tests.

The Midwest Music Foundation also hosts live music eventsincluding an annual launch show in anticipation of the foundation’s spring donation campaign.

It all comes down to Henderson’s vision. She wanted to look after the welfare of musicians so that music was a livelihood, not just a hobby.

“She was just kind of a force of nature,” Lyne said. “It’s a very unstable business, and it’s very difficult to make a living, but she was convinced that you should be able to do it.”

Cody Wyoming, a longtime Kansas City musician and friend of Henderson’s, was there for the early days of Midwest Music Foundation brainstorming. Pursuing music comes with a lot of joy and a lot of risk, he said, and Henderson understood that.

“She was kind of crusading on that front,” he said. “Not just for health care, but to make sure musicians are not overlooked in any way.”

After helping with the initial design of the foundation and watching it grow, he also experienced it later. When Wyoming had to pay hospital bills, he said, the foundation’s health resources kept him from having to sell his instruments.

“It not only literally saved lives, but also very life-saving,” he said. “I love my gear. It’s part of who I am. And I didn’t have to worry about losing anything because I was sick and because it was the only thing I had. which had real financial value.

The Midwest Music Foundation provides grants for emergency health expenses, as well as preventative services, such as mammograms and dental care. The foundation organizes live musical events to collect donations. (Amber Hulet/Midwest Music Foundation)

In a pandemic world, the management of health and work has been particularly important. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, the foundation began creating emergency grants and helping musicians take COVID-19 tests.

The absence of shows has also created financial and emotional challenges for local bands. Videographer and musician Matthew Dunehoo has experienced this.

“Artists feed off the crowd, and the crowd feeds off the artist,” he said. “It’s a mutually symbiotic and beneficial thing. So when that is taken out of society, we waste away.

After a bicycle accident in May 2020 left him with a broken wrist, Dunehoo said financial support from the Abby’s Fund grant made a huge difference. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety, Dunehoo also admired the foundation’s approach to mental health. This year donation campaign is dedicated to the subject.

The past two years have been particularly difficult for Kansas City’s music community, he said, and the work of the Midwest Music Foundation to uplift them shows just how important that community really is.

“I just think we have a special relationship here between the people and the musicians, and I think that’s maybe something mystical about the location of the city here in the absolute center of the country,” said- he declared. “There’s a tight network of people who care to see music thrive here, and the last two years have been so absolutely heartbreaking. Watching my bandmates struggle to try to innovate how to survive and persevere in these exceptional times has been heartbreaking, but also very inspiring.

The pandemic hit the service industry hard, making it difficult for musicians who also worked in the service industry. Sondra Freeman, MMF’s director of promotions and artist relations, said for many of these musicians, that meant having to start over.

“A lot of people complain about crowded restaurants that aren’t fast enough,” Freeman said. “It’s because all your musician friends had to reinvent themselves and find different jobs.”

But even when artists struggle, live music is just as important as it always has been. That’s part of what makes the Midwest Music Foundation important, Dunehoo said.

“You have to think of music as a nutrient,” he said. “You have to see community gatherings as nutritious and you have to have advocates. And I think the MMF is just the epitome of advocacy.

Since its inception in 2008, the foundation has meant many things to many people, just like music. Freeman said it looks different from person to person, for both performers and volunteers.

Some told him that the Midwest Music Foundation had made the music community in Kansas City less divided. Others saw it as a safety net and a way to make the saying “help each other” tangible. But for her, it’s about repaying a debt.

Growing up, Freeman said music and gigs were something she and her brother shared. During difficult passages, the music was there. Sometimes, she said, it felt like the only thing they had.

In return, she wants to make sure live music continues to thrive. With the work of the Midwest Music Foundation, it is possible.

“I honestly think it’s important in its own way for everyone individually,” she said. “But for me personally, it’s just about paying back the music and making sure it always happens. Because without it, I’m lost.

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Cash App Borrow: Cash App’s new lending feature

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If there are times when you need an advance before you get your paycheck, Cash App loan money could be a lifesaver. After all, sending and receiving money from the peer-to-peer payment service is so simple. The good news is that Cash App has rolled out borrowing functionality for a limited number of users. Here’s everything you need to know to find out if you’re eligible for a Cash App loan.

Does the Cash app allow you to borrow money?

Yes, Cash app makes loans from $20 to $200, oneaccording to a 2020 Tech Crunch article. Cash App tested the Borrow feature with a rollout limited to 1,000 users. While the company hasn’t disclosed the status of those tests, the app notes that Borrow is still not available to all customers.

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Whether or not a particular customer can use the feature depends on:

  • The state you live in
  • If you have an activated Cash Card
  • Your Cash app usage history
  • Your credit history

TechCrunch noted that the loans were funded quickly and required you to repay them in four weeks or less. But carrying a balance for so long can add up – at the time the TechCrunch article was publishedCash app would have charged a flat 5% fee to borrow, plus an additional 1.25% per week after the grace period.

As long as you go in knowing that a Cash App Borrow loan is best for quick repayment, the new tool – if it is available for you – could be useful when you’re short on cash.

How to borrow money from Cash App

As mentioned, Cash App Borrow is not yet available for everyone. The only way to know if it’s available to you is to check. Follow these steps to find out if you can borrow money on Cash App, and if so, how to do so:

How to use Cash App Borrow

  1. Open the Cash app.
  2. Tap on your Cash app balance located in the lower left corner.
  3. Navigate to the “Bank” header.
  4. Check the word “Borrow”.
  5. If you see “Borrow”, you can take out a Cash App loan.
  6. Tap “Borrow”.
  7. Tap “Unlock”.
  8. Cash App will tell you how much you can borrow. Select an amount.
  9. Select your repayment plan.
  10. Read the user agreement.
  11. Accept your Cash App Borrow loan.

Is the Cash app secure?

It is too early to analyze the security of a Cash App loan application, but the Cash App platform itself is secure. Cash App protects your personal information and money in several ways:

  • The app integrates with your smartphone’s screen lock, where PIN entry, Touch ID, passcode or facial recognition add an extra layer of protection in case of loss or theft from your phone.
  • You can deactivate your Cash App card if you have misplaced it or for added security.
  • You can set up email, text, or push notifications to help monitor your activity and alert you to unusual account usage.

What other ways can you borrow money online?

Having access to cash quickly can make all the difference when you need cash. Most people turn to funds in an emergency savings account, borrow from loved ones, or charge expenses to their credit card.

Quick loans have their downsides, such as incurring personal or credit card debt or charging high fees. While Block (formerly Square) continues to roll out Cash App Loans, consider the following alternative loan options to get the cash you need fast.

Timely

Oportun offers an “affordable alternative to payday loans” and may be better suited to borrowers with no credit history or with bad credit. You can borrow between $300 and $10,000 for up to 48 months. Oportun caps its annual percentage rate at 35.99%.

loan club

You can borrow between $1,000 and $40,000 through LendingClub. Once you have established a balance sheet with LendingClub, you can borrow as many loans as you want at once as long as they don’t total more than $50,000.

LendingClub charges a 3% to 6% origination fee for each loan. You’ll have up to five years to repay the loan in full, but don’t delay too long, you’ll pay an annual percentage rate of 7.04% to 35.89%.

Opp Loans

OppLoans is another lending company that specializes in bad credit loans, base loan decisions on a variety of factors beyond your credit score and credit history. Amounts from $500 to $4,000 are available. Repayment terms vary by state, but generally range from nine to 18 months.

Although the ability to repay the loan over a longer period relieves some of the pressure, it is important to exercise caution. The APR OppLoans is 160% on the amount you borrow in many states.

As with all loans with bad credit or no credit score, it is important to monitor the APR. Otherwise, you could end up paying a lot more interest than the original amount you borrowed.

Final take

A Cash App Borrow loan seems like a good option for a short-term loan for a few dollars — if you are eligible. When considering other online loan options, consider the cost of borrowing as well as the lender’s repayment terms.

Most online lenders claim they will make loans cheaper than a payday loan, but the loans are still quite expensive if you don’t pay off the balance quickly. Make sure you understand what you’re signing up for and if you can really afford to borrow.

Daria Uhlig contributed reporting for this article.

This article has been updated with additional reports since its original publication.

Rates and fees are subject to change. Information is accurate as of April 22, 2022.

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Austin is set to get off to the best start in team history as the Whitecaps look to stop the bleeding

“I think it’s about confidence and confidence is that we have to get slapped to start playing.” – Vanni Sartini.

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That was, over the years of expansion, pretty typical.

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Results were rare. The brand new stadium shimmered and dazzled. The lubed and full-throated fan base was just happy to be there. The famous owner — in this case, a chest-pounding, drum-pounding Matthew McConaughey in a green tuxedo — was front and center in the games and ubiquitous social media videos.

No one expected Austin FC to win, and they did. Their 9-21-4 record in 2021 left them 12th out of 13 teams in the Western Conference, their total of 35 pistol goals marked the lowest in the league.

But now Los Verde is playing less like skinny The Green Guy and more like Hulk.


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Austin (4-1-2) has 17 goals in seven games and is second in the West, just one win behind Los Angeles FC. They average one goal for every two shots on goal and have passed FC Cincinnati and Inter Miami 10, the highest two-game tally to start a season in MLS history.

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With apologies to Kermit, it’s easy to be green now. And that makes the Vancouver Whitecaps assignment this weekend a much tougher challenge than it was last week.

“They have a great staff, a great team,” said Whitecaps midfielder Sebastian Berhalter, who spent the 2021 season on loan to Austin from the Columbus Crew.

“I think last year didn’t click, but obviously now it clicked. They have the facilities, the resources, the fans, everything they need to be successful; they’re a good team.

“I know a lot of guys there and I can’t wait to get out there and compete against those guys. It’s a good team. I’ll give them credit, but I think we’re ready.

Teams’ fortunes have changed this year as Austin soars, while the smoke billowing from the Whitecaps’ historically poor start has clouded the good vibes and performance that resulted from last year’s playoff push.

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Austin leads the league in goals, expected goals (14.1), expected assists (9.8), assists created (3.43 GCA) and goals per shot on target (0.52). The Greens are a scoring machine.

The Whitecaps (1-5-1) are second-last in the West, have the second-last number of goals in the league (6) and have fewer shots on target than any other team (14). Vancouver’s expected no-penalty goals (npxG) is 5.7, higher only than last-placed DC United in the East.

Ryan Gauld, the key playmaker who spurred the team’s rise last year, will miss Saturday’s game with a concussion. Centre-back Erik Godoy, their former Defensive Player of the Year, is still not fully fit, and midfielder Caio Alexandre’s return after a broken foot was derailed just days before his return due to a broken hand (eight weeks).

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Injuries played their part in the slow start, but slow starts in games also cost the Whitecaps dearly.

“I think it’s about confidence and confidence is that we have to get slapped to start playing. And I have to be honest, it was also the same last year even when we were winning…especially for the first five six games and I was in control,” said head coach Vanni Sartini.

“It all comes down to ‘sticking to the plan’ and playing the basics because if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do at a basic level then we can be confident doing more because without getting without getting slapped or fall.

“The only way to win games is through a team effort, not with 11 different personal efforts.”

Austin is on a two-game winning streak in MLS, with his latest league win accompanied by a dramatic second-half three-goal comeback to beat DC United 3-2 at the weekend. But they are also angry after bombing the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the oldest knockout tournament in American sport.

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Their 1-0 lead against USL Championship side San Antonio FC evaporated when their state compatriots scored in the 82nd and 96th minutes to stun the MLS side.

“(The players) are disappointed. They’re definitely pissed now,” Austin coach Josh Wolff told the Austin Chronicle after Wednesday’s game.

“It was certainly important for them, our owners, our fans, and it’s disappointing. We’ll have to lick our wounds quickly.

The Whitecaps, who have been upset with Canadian Premier League clubs in the last two Canadian Championships, can certainly sympathize. And they know that a momentary lapse in concentration can cost you a goal, a game or even your job.

It’s all about spatial organization and tactical awareness, and managing the heat, humidity and loud crowds expected at Q2 Stadium. If they can stay focused through the 90 and injury time, which they haven’t accomplished yet this season, they’re confident they can get a result in Austin.

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“We have to maintain the intensity level for 90 minutes. We’re playing No. 2 in the Western Conference, a team that’s on the rise, and we have to be really, really, really good because we need a result,” Sartini said. “What we have to understand is that a heart without a brain is nothing. The most important thing is organization. If we don’t do what we are supposed to do, it makes no sense to to be intense.

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Tribute to the winners of the 2022 CMA Awards

OTTAWA (ON), April 21, 2022 /CNW/ – Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance. Launch of innovative solutions for physician burnout. Defend the health of refugees.

These are just a few examples of how recipients of the 2022 Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Awards are making an impact — at home and abroad — despite more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These 12 extraordinary recipients are true role models — through their clinical work, research, mentorship and advocacy, they are making exceptional contributions,” said CMA President Dr. Clever Catherine. “Not only are they helping to transform healthcare today, they are also shaping future generations of physicians.”

Learn more about the remarkable winners of the 2022 CMA Awards below.

dr. John Conly
FNG Starr Lifetime Achievement Award

dr. John Conly’s work has improved human health globally. Infectious disease specialist and professor at University of Calgary, Dr. Conly has worked for decades on antimicrobial resistance, infection prevention and healthcare innovation; his contributions have significantly influenced medical practice, research and policy. In 2002, he founded the research and experimentation site Ward of the 21st Century. Most recently, he chaired the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance Development Group. Dr. Conly is described by his colleagues as humble, creative and a dedicated humanitarian. For his vision and collaborative leadership, he is this year’s recipient of the CMA’s highest honor.

dr. Jeanne Lemaire
Dr Leo-Paul Landry Medal Services

dr. Jeanne Lemaire is a strong advocate for the recognition of physician well-being as an indicator of quality in the health care system. Currently Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Calgaryshe helped lead the charge to better support physicians, create much-needed resources, and ensure high-quality patient care in alberta. Among her many accomplishments, she is co-founder and physician lead of Well Doc Alberta, a province-wide physician wellness initiative focused on education and prevention.

dr. Meb Rachid
CMA Award for Policy Advocacy

Please note that To reflect our commitment to reconciliation and the need to acknowledge the colonial harm done to Indigenous peoples, the CMA has renamed the Sir Charles Tupper Policy Advocacy Award at the CMA Policy Advocacy Award.

A champion of refugee health in Canadadr. Meb Rachid helped fight systemic discrimination and racism in health care. He is the founder and medical director of the Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. He co-founded Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, which helps refugees access health insurance. His political advocacy includes successfully fighting federal cuts to refugee health coverage, which began in 2012 and were overturned by the Federal Court in 2014. Dr. Rashid also actively encourages the next generation of refugee health advocates. refugees across the country.

dr. Cornelia Wiemann
May Cohen Awards for Women Mentors

The definition of a leading physician, Dr. Nel Wieman not only holds the distinction of being the first Aboriginal woman to become a psychiatrist in Canada, but over decades of clinical and advocacy work, she has also mentored countless Indigenous women, physicians, and medical learners. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC), Dr. Wieman places a priority on training future physicians as well as building bridges with local organizations.

Dr Boluwaji Ogunyemi
CMA Young Leaders Award (Early Career)

Deeply committed to health equity, Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi supports Black, Indigenous, and Color (BIPOC) patients in his dermatology practice. He is also in the process of setting up a specialized dermatology clinic for this underserved patient population. Beyond his clinical work, Dr. Ogunyemi advocates for inclusion in medicine through peer-reviewed publications, public speaking, and freelance writing for outlets such as the New York Times. He is known among his peers and colleagues in Memorial University of Newfoundland as a physician leader, educator and active community volunteer.

dr. Shannon Ruzycki
CMA Young Leaders Award (Early Career)

Recognized for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the medical workplace, Dr. Shannon Ruzycki drives tangible change locally as a general internist in the University of Calgary, provincially with Alberta Health Services and nationally with the Canadian Resident Matching Service. His work led to the creation of a provincial peer support network for physicians experiencing harassment or discrimination. As a champion of EDI principles, she advocates for structural changes in medicine and the integration of EDI literacy into medical education.

dr. Shane Arsenault
CMA Young Leaders Award (Resident)

Neurology resident at Memorial University of Newfoundlanddr. Shane Arsenault is known as the voice of its peers. His work as a representative of the Professional Association of Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (PARNL) contributed to the strategic planning of the Faculty of Medicine. He has also worked as the PARNL representative of resident physicians at Canada (MRC) and served as a liaison member between MRC and the Specialties Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

dr. Amit Persad
CMA Young Leaders Award (Resident)

dr. Amit Persad is a strength for medical residents Saskatchewan. The neurosurgery resident has set up virtual rounds at the The University of Saskatchewan to help medical students learn during the COVID-19 pandemic. As chief negotiator for medical residents of Saskatchewan (RDoS), he helped to conclude a collective agreement with the Ministry of Health and the university. He was President of RDoS in 2020-2021 and recently led a working group on professionalism.

Armaghan (Army) Alam
CMA Young Leaders Award (Student)

Army Alam’s mental health advocacy is national in scope. the University of British Columbia medical student co-founded the Canadian Peer Support Network, which provides peer support initiatives and training to organizations across Canada, and is an advisor for the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund, which funds mental health initiatives for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. He is also the youngest board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Angela Huynh
CMA Young Leaders Award (Student)

Angela Huynh research is already making a difference. While working on her medical degree at Western Universityshe has made important contributions to both the Ontario and Canadian guidelines for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. She has been the first author of numerous publications related to COVID-19. Additionally, she joined her supervisor’s lab when the pandemic hit to help transition from coagulation and thrombosis research to a focus on COVID-19.

dr. Stephanie Smith
Dr. Brian Brodie Organizational Leadership Development Award (Resident)

After noticing the increase in burnout and depression among medical students, Dr. Stephanie Smith has developed a program called STRIVE – Simulated Training for Resilience in Diverse Environments. A medical officer at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, she developed the program based on her experience deployed as a critical care nurse in the Canadian Armed Forces. She is now expanding STRIVE across Canada.

Mehul Gupta
Dr. Brian Brodie Organizational Leadership Development Award (Student)

Mehul Gupta does not wait for his doctor to take effect. In 2017, he founded Youreka Canada, a national nonprofit that empowers young innovators, thought leaders and active citizens through educational opportunities and mentorship. He has also worked closely with Kids Help Phone and on campaigns to increase awareness of mental health resources for young Canadians. Mr. Gupta is currently studying medicine at the University of Calgary.

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US hotel performance for March 2022

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – Driven by Spring Break travel, the U.S. hospitality industry performed strongly with better indexed comparisons compared to 2019, according to March 2022 data from STR.

March 2022 (percentage change from March 2019):

  • Occupancy: 64.0% (-6.2%)
  • Average Daily Rate (ADR): $146.61 (+10.9%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): $93.82 (+4.0%)

The country’s occupancy and RevPAR levels were the highest since July 2021. On a nominal basis, the country’s ADR level was the highest of any month on record. After adjusting for inflation, the March ADR level was around 2% lower than in 2019.

Among the top 25 markets, Tampa experienced the highest occupancy rate (84.7%), still down 3.6% from the market benchmark in 2019.

None of the top 25 markets saw an increase in occupancy compared to 2019.

Markets with the lowest occupancy rate for the month included Minneapolis (50.1%) and Chicago (54.5%).

San Francisco/San Mateo recorded the largest decrease in occupancy compared to 2019 (-23.4%).

Overall, the top 25 markets showed higher occupancy and ADR than all other markets.

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News from the Ukraine-Russia War: Flares in the East

With a pointed warning to Ukraine’s western allies, Russia tested a new intercontinental missile on Wednesday, even as it unleashed a rain of bombs, artillery and missiles inside Ukraine in the purpose of weakening the Ukrainian defenses for a major ground offensive in the east.

The intensification of the barrage, targeting more than 1,100 targets, came as the Russian military carried out probing attacks along a 300-mile front line winding through the Donbass region in the southeast of Ukraine, which the Kremlin says will be at the center of the next phase of its war, and has continued to build and prepare a massive force there.

The new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile “will make anyone trying to threaten our country in the heat of frenzied and aggressive rhetoric think twice,” Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said in televised remarks, a clear reference to the United States and other nations that aided Ukraine in the face of the eight-week Russian invasion.

It is not yet clear whether the missile, which the Russian Defense Ministry says could carry multiple nuclear warheads and outwit defenses anywhere in the world, actually possesses game-changing capabilities. The ministry also acknowledged that the missile was not yet ready for active deployment, and the United States said it was not surprised by the launch.

But Mr Putin’s test firings and comments fit neatly into a relentless Kremlin propaganda campaign – the only information many of his people have ever seen – portraying Russians not as aggressors but as victims of Western persecution, but still powerful and inflexible.

During a television appearance with a group of school children in the Kremlin, Mr Putin repeated his lie that Ukraine was committing genocide against Russian speakers in the Donbass, which had “forced, simply forced Russia to launch this operation military “.

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Rising death and destruction in the Donbass, along with a critical shortage of basic supplies and services, has led to an exodus of staggering proportions in Ukraine, a country with an estimated pre-war population of 43. millions of inhabitants. The United Nations said the number of people who have left the country has reached 5 million, in addition to more than 7 million who have fled or been forced to leave their homes but remain in Ukraine.

Russia has rejected calls from the United Nations and others for a humanitarian ceasefire to allow civilians to evacuate safely and supplies to reach those who remain. At a meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday evening, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said such calls were “not sincere, and in practice they only underline a aspiration to give Kyiv nationalists a break to regroup and receive more drones, more anti-tank missiles” and anti-aircraft missiles.

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In Finland, lawmakers have begun to debate whether to join NATO – the latest example of the war backfiring on Russia’s goals. Mr Putin has sought to prevent Ukraine from joining the alliance, to eliminate the country’s military and political independence and to sow division within NATO.

Instead, Finland and Sweden are poised to abandon their long-standing non-alignment, seeking NATO protection against an aggressive Russia. NATO is increasing its military spending and is more united than it has been in years, and the Ukrainian military has fought a surprisingly tough fight against a larger but often disorganized and demoralized invading force.

The invasion of Ukraine has also left Russia financially and economically ostracized – punctuated at a meeting of the Group of 20 finance ministers on Wednesday. Several attendees, including Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen and Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko, abruptly left in protest when Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov began speaking.

The United States and other NATO countries have sent huge quantities of weapons to Ukraine, and increasingly these shipments include heavier, more sophisticated and longer-range weapons – artillery from large-caliber, armored vehicles, anti-aircraft missiles and spare parts for damaged aircraft – warnings from the Kremlin.

Even Germany has rolled back a long-standing ban on sending weapons to a conflict zone and increased its own military spending, but calls to go further and send tanks to Ukraine have divided the government in Berlin.

Russia has falsely insisted since the invasion began on February 24 that it was only hitting military targets, but countless smashed, burned and flattened buildings, shops, offices, homes and cars attest to the contrary. In the Donbass town of Avdiivka, near the front lines, where Russian shelling has left a number of civilians dead and injured, and pushed many of those remaining underground, airstrikes have destroyed this week a supermarket and an athletics store in the heart of the city. .

The prolonged shelling and shelling before sending large ground forces into battle reflects a change in Russian strategy from the start of the war, when it tried and failed to quickly seize major cities and other places .

A Russian ground offensive supported by air, land and sea bombardment continues to devastate the southeastern port of Mariupol, now a scene of destruction and casualties on a scale virtually unheard of in Europe since World War II. Ukrainian officials said 20,000 people had been killed there – a figure impossible to verify, with access to the world cut off and many bodies still unrecovered – and around 120,000 of the more than 430,000 pre-war inhabitants of the city remain trapped in ruins, with little access to food, water, electricity or heat.

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Ukrainian officials said Wednesday morning that they had reached an agreement with Russian forces to allow children, women and the elderly to leave Mariupol safely, only to say later that the evacuation agreement had been reached. collapsed, like so many before him. “Due to the lack of control over their own army on the spot, the occupiers have not been able to secure a proper ceasefire,” said Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister.

Soldiers and civilians held their ground in a maze of underground bunkers beneath the sprawling Azovstal steelworks complex in the city, defying ultimatums to surrender, as Russian fire focused on that site.

“We are probably facing our last days, if not hours,” Serhiy Volyna, a commander with the 36th Separate Marine Brigade, said in a Facebook video from the factory. “We call on and implore all world leaders to help us.”

He and other Ukrainians said Russian forces bombed a hospital in the Azovstal complex. “We are pulling people out of the rubble,” Sviatoslav Palamar, another commander inside the steel plant, told Radio Liberty.

Azovstal employees say about 4,000 people took refuge under the factory at the start of the war, mostly factory workers and their family members, but many left later. Other civilians sought refuge inside the plant, fleeing the Russian advance and, according to Ukrainian officials, fearing capture and forcible relocation to detention camps in Russia. For the soldiers, Azovstal is the last redoubt of the city.

It is not known how many people remain there. Mr Volyna said 500 of them were injured.

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Russia has amassed 76 battlegroups of battalions, each numbering up to 1,000 troops, in southeastern Ukraine, up from 65 a few days ago, the Pentagon said, and about 22 more are just a short distance away. outside Ukraine, regrouping and acquiring new equipment.

Military analysts say Donbass’ flat landscape – with fewer woods, hills and towns than the northern regions where Moscow’s forces have been badly crippled – could favor the Russians.

The very first launch of the Russian Sarmat missile was the latest example of the Kremlin waving its nuclear sabers in the face of stiff opposition from the United States and its allies. Earlier in the war, Mr. Putin ordered that Russian nuclear forces be placed on a higher state of alert, and a senior Russian official spoke of placing nuclear weapons along the borders of the Baltic states.

US officials said those earlier steps apparently had no action behind their impassioned rhetoric and required no response from the United States. They reacted the same way on Wednesday. Both the Pentagon and the White House have said Moscow properly briefed Washington ahead of the Sarmat test.

“Such tests are routine,” said John F. Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman. “It was no surprise.”

Like many ICBMs operated by Russia, the United States and other nuclear powers, the Sarmat is designed to carry multiple nuclear warheads, each aimed at a different target, delivered by “independent re-entry vehicles” that the missile releases at the above the atmosphere, as well as decoys, to evade missile defense systems.

Credit…Mikhail Klimentiev/Sputnik

Additionally, Russian officials have said these re-entry vehicles could be “hypersonic glide vehicles,” capable of maneuvering en route to their targets, making them even harder to stop. The Sarmat was among the next generation of weapons Mr Putin announced in 2018, describing them as undefendable, but Western analysts have questioned whether glide vehicles and other new technologies already exist or will soon be.

The missile, launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia, hit a target on the Kamchatka Peninsula, 3,500 miles to the east, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Anton Troyanovsky reported from Hamburg, Germany, and Richard Perez-Pena from New York. Reporting was provided by Michael Schwirtz of Avdiivka, Ukraine, Steven Erlanger from Brussels, Marc Santora and Cora Engelbrecht from Krakow, Poland, Ivan Nechepurenko from Tbilisi, Georgia, Johanna Lemola from Helsinki, victoria kim from Seoul, Erika Solomon from Berlin, Matthew Mpoke Bigg from London, Jesus Jiménez of New York, and Katie Rogers and Alan Rappeport of Washington.

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Jamaican student announced as winner of national Black History Month challenge – QNS.com

Oluwatoyosi F., a senior at Thomas Edison Technical High School in Jamaica, has been announced as one of two winners of a national Black History Month challenge that helps middle and high school students across the United States. United to understand the Black experience through perspectives, successes and struggles.

The month-long challenge, created by social impact education innovator EVERFI in partnership with Citizens Financial Group, includes four digital lessons and an essay contest in which students share a plan to keep a conversation going for life. year on black history in their community.

Eleven winners from Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, New York and one national winner each received a $2,500 scholarship and a brand new Apple MacBook Pro, courtesy of Citizens Pay.

Oluwatoyosi, 18, said she will use the MacBook Pro and the scholarship money for her college education, as she is due to graduate in two months and will attend Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. She plans to major in public health studies and one day become a doctor.

For Oluwatoyosi and her parents, who immigrated to the United States from Nigeria six years ago, this is a huge accomplishment.

“Being a low-income first-generation student, it really meant a lot to me and my parents, because it’s an extra burden taken away from them and mine,” Oluwatoyosi said. “Winning this challenge gave me confidence and it really made my parents happy when I told them about it.”

The Black History Month Challenge ran from February 1-28. The challenge featured four digital lessons and an essay contest, open to all students aged 13-18.

Designed to inspire today’s students by telling stories about the Black experience in America, the Black History Month challenge empowers young people to tell Black stories across generations, elevates the History as a lens to understand current events and transforms students’ perception of the world around them, according to Sabina Chandiramani, Senior Director of Corporate Client Services at EVERFI.

The challenge is built around material from EVERFI’s 306: Continuing the Story – Black History Curriculum, which is an expansion of the company’s original 306: African American History course that launched in 2013. Students explored historical and current events and learned about the many “firsts” black leaders have accomplished in business and medicine while featuring black professionals who have paved the way and made significant contributions to their respective sectors.

“We are proud of all the students who participated in the challenge across the country and took the time to submit an essay about what the challenge meant to them,” Chandiramani said.

The subject of Oluwatoyosi’s essay was about coming up with a project to keep the conversation about black history going year round. As a black woman growing up in America, her main focus was representation. In her essay, she noted that black history should be a required course for high school students.

“Black history is American history. We tend to be a little suspicious of it, especially in high schools and colleges that aren’t majority black. They don’t really teach us black history and that makes me feel like I’m being snubbed and unappreciated,” Oluwatoyosi said. “Right now most students only recognize slavery as a black story, when there are more for us – the culture, arts and fashion that we don’t talk about in high school.”

She also talked about creating a talent acquisition and development program alongside a community organization for young adults aged 12-21 who don’t have access to the resources needed to advance their careers. . The program would focus on young black teens with a developed interest in the arts, such as poetry, dance, and arts and crafts.

“As co-founder and vice-president of my school’s Black Student Union (BSU), I work to ensure that my fellow black students belong to a supportive community. I am currently collaborating with my school administration to plan panel discussions, workshops, and an annual class project that will be assigned in history classes to raise awareness of black history. These events will take place throughout the school year and will be organized in a way that children will be excited to learn about black history,” Oluwatoyosi said in her essay.

Maura FitzGibbon, Customer Marketing Manager at EVERFI, said she was blown away by the community involvement and the impact the course has had on students’ lives.

“We were really proud to be able to offer this opportunity to students at no cost,” said FitzGibbon.

Nuno Dos Santos, Director of Retail Banking, SVP of Tri State Metro, Citizens, said they were honored to partner with EVERFI and sponsor the Black History Month Challenge. In addition to supporting the Black History Month Challenge, Citizens is working with EVERFI to help schools and teachers equip students with knowledge about financial empowerment, higher education funding, digital banking security, and literacy. early to help them succeed in and out of the classroom.

“When we opened our branches in New York in February, we were committed to supporting our neighborhoods – and these talented, thoughtful students reflect the best of our communities. They bode well for the future of New York,” Santos said.

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Canada will send heavy artillery to Ukraine, promises Trudeau

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday revealed plans to send heavy artillery into beleaguered Ukraine as Canada imposed new sanctions on more than a dozen close aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including his two daughters. .

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday revealed plans to send heavy artillery into beleaguered Ukraine as Canada imposed new sanctions on more than a dozen close aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including his two daughters. .

Trudeau mentioned the plan to provide artillery to repel Russian invaders at a press conference in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, saying the decision followed a specific request to Canada from the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. .

“Their most recent request (for assistance) from Canada is to help them with heavy artillery because it’s in this phase of the war right now,” Trudeau said. “And Canada will send heavy artillery to Ukraine with more details to come in the coming weeks.”

Earlier this month, Zelenskyy released a list of equipment he said the Ukrainian army needed to fight Russia, including 155 millimeter heavy artillery guns and ammunition.

The Liberal government has already tapped into the inventory of the Canadian Armed Forces to provide lethal aid to the Ukrainian military as it fights off a Russian invasion that began in late February and has so far killed thousands.

But Defense Minister Anita Anand hinted that the army’s spare parts inventory was depleted and that the government – which had earmarked $500 million in military aid for Ukraine in his last budget – planned to buy equipment from suppliers.

The Canadian Army‘s main artillery gun is the M777 howitzer, firing 155 millimeter shells, more than 30 of which were acquired from the United States as of 2005.

However, unlike some of the weapons already given to Ukraine, the M777s remain in heavy use. In response to the Russian attack, the government recently deployed an M777 unit to reinforce a Canadian-led NATO battlegroup in Latvia.

Retired Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie, who served as an artillery officer, said Canada could send M777s to Ukraine. However, he suggested that the weapons would be vulnerable to Russian assault.

“The M777 gun crews are in the open and they are being towed by light-skinned vehicles,” he said. “So they are very vulnerable to fighter jets to attack helicopters and relatively sophisticated forces like the Russians.”

Canada previously operated the tank-like M109 self-propelled howitzer before it was withdrawn in 2005 due to escalating costs. Leslie wasn’t sure if some of them might still be in storage, but suggested they might be useful.

If Canada were to send M777s, he added, they would have to be replaced for the military. Leslie nevertheless said that Ukraine clearly needs heavy weapons such as artillery, “and right now Ukraine has a higher need than us.”

Leslie also suggested that Canada provide 50 light armored vehicles to Ukraine.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a tweet on Tuesday that his country would provide armored vehicles, following a call with Zelenskyy. “With our allies, we are considering providing additional heavy equipment,” Rutte wrote.

Trudeau spoke with NATO and European leaders on Tuesday in a virtual meeting hosted by US President Joe Biden.

The group discussed its continued support for Ukraine and economic sanctions against Russia, and pledged to continue working with and through the EU, G7 and NATO, according to the White House.

Canada has imposed sanctions on 14 other Russians with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, including his two adult daughters, Maria Vorontsova, 36, and her 35-year-old sister, Katerina Tikhonova.

The federal government says it faces sanctions as close associates of Putin who are complicit in Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.

“This Russian regime and its associates must continue to be held accountable for their actions,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau praised Ukrainians who “fought like heroes” against the Russian invaders.

“They are fighting for the values ​​that underpin so many of our free and democratic societies,” he said. “This is why the world must continue to mobilize, why Canada continues to stand with Ukraine, to stand against Russia, but also to ensure that this conflict does not escalate elsewhere.”

Global Affairs Canada said in a press release that a report presented by experts from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe last week “confirmed that Russian forces are committing serious atrocities and human rights violations. man in Ukraine, including war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity”. .”

The United States and the European Union have targeted Putin’s daughters and other family members, saying they believe the Russian leader has hidden assets with them.

Putin is extremely private about his personal life, avoiding mentioning his children in public.

“I never talk about my family with anyone,” Putin told reporters at a press conference in 2015, according to the BBC.

Putin married Lyudmila Shkrebneva in the 1980s when he was a KGB agent and she was an Aeroflot flight attendant. They divorced three decades later.

Eldest daughter Maria is a medical researcher and is said to be a businesswoman and developer.

His youngest daughter, Katerina, was a competitive dancer turned tech developer, appearing publicly at performances and at occasional tech talks.

So far, no sanctions have been imposed on the woman named in the media as Putin’s longtime love partner. Photos of public appearances document years from radiant Putin to Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast.

Kabaeva became a Duma lawmaker and later a board member of a Russian national media company, whose media promoted the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As noted by British tabloids, Kabaeva’s photo and name recently disappeared from the National Media Group website as sanctions against Putin’s intimates approached.

Following the Russian attack that began on February 24, Canada imposed sanctions on more than 700 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Sanctions last week targeted organizations that provided support to the Russian military – directly or indirectly – including the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Integral SPB and Shipyard Vympel JSC.

The EU also introduced a series of sanctions, targeting Russia’s lucrative energy industry with an embargo on coal imports, as well as a transaction ban on four key Russian banks accounting for 23% market share in the Russian banking sector.

The 27-nation bloc has also banned Russian-flagged vessels from EU ports, except for agricultural and food products, humanitarian aid and energy.

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,100 individuals and entities.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has planned to hold a meeting later Tuesday in Washington with Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 19, 2022.

— With files from Jordan Press and The Associated Press

Sarah Ritchie and Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press


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What is an emergency loan?

Bankrate’s latest 2021 emergency savings survey found that 51% of Americans don’t have enough money saved to cover three months of expenses. The same survey found that one in four respondents had no emergency savings, leaving them financially vulnerable in the event of job loss or an unexpected medical bill.

One option for those who don’t have enough savings for rainy days is an emergency loan. This financing alternative covers your expenses in the event of large and unforeseen expenses. There are several types of emergency loans, but they almost always come with very short terms (usually weeks or months) and high interest rates and fees.

Although you should try to plan your finances so that you have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses, this is not always possible. Sometimes emergencies happen when you least expect them, and an emergency loan may be the only thing available to deal with an even bigger problem.

Why might you need an emergency loan?

An emergency loan usually comes with a short term, sometimes as little as a week or two. They are also usually offered to people whose credit is not perfect. The combination of these two factors means that an emergency loan usually has very high interest rates and fees.

If you can, it’s a good idea to put extra money into an emergency fund before you have an emergency. But if you’re in a tight spot and don’t have an emergency fund, there’s not much you can do at that time. Some situations that might require an emergency loan include:

  • Your car breaks down and if it’s not fixed, you won’t be able to get to work.
  • Your utilities (gas, electricity and water) may be cut off.
  • There is a problem with your paycheck and you are not being paid as expected.

Types of emergency loans

An emergency loan has no strict definition; it’s a catch-all for short-term loans that are meant to be used only in emergencies. Here are some types of loans that could be considered emergency loans.

Personal loans

A personal loan is an unsecured loan that gives you access to a fixed amount of money without any collateral. You then repay it in fixed monthly installments over the term of the loan.

Unlike many other types of emergency loans, personal loans typically have terms ranging from a few months to several years. You can generally use a personal loan for almost anything you want, which can make it useful for a range of emergencies.

Credit card cash advances

In most cases, you use a credit card to make payments directly to a merchant. While this is useful for making purchases at places that accept credit cards, it doesn’t help if you need real money. In this case, you can obtain a cash advance on your credit card.

Be aware, however, that many credit cards charge fees for cash advances AND interest begins to accrue as soon as you receive your money, even before your next statement.

Payday loans

A payday loan is a very short-term emergency loan, usually only a week or two. Payday lenders typically market their loans as being available even if you have bad credit. Payday lenders will give you money now with the promise that you will pay them back with your next paycheck. These loans usually come with exorbitant interest rates (up to 400%) and should be avoided at all costs.

Car title loan

A car title loan is similar to a payday loan, but instead of being unsecured, it’s secured by the title to your car or other vehicle. Using your vehicle as collateral can help reduce the fees and interest you pay since the loan is secured.

The downside of a car title loan is that if you don’t repay the loan, you risk losing your vehicle. It’s an incredible risk and should be avoided unless there are no other options.

How to get an emergency loan

The first thing you need to do to get an emergency loan is to decide what type of loan you are looking for. Depending on your credit score and financial situation, you might consider a personal loan.

Different personal lenders offer loans to people with all types of credit scores. Interest rates and fees vary depending on your credit profile and the amount of money you are looking for. Many loans can be funded in as little as a few days.

Here’s how to get an emergency loan from a personal lender:

  1. Gather your documents: You will usually need things like your ID, social security number, and proof of income and employment.
  2. Compare lenders: When evaluating lenders, consider funding timelines and compare quotes by prequalifying yourself, which shows you what you might qualify for before you submit an application. Also read past and current customer reviews to get an idea of ​​the reputation of the lender.
  3. Fill out the application: Many lenders have fast online applications and give approval decisions the same day you apply.

Emergency Loan Alternatives

Here are some alternatives to an emergency loan you might consider:

  • Borrowing against the equity in your home: A home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC) is a loan secured by the equity in your home. These loans usually take a few weeks to set up, so they’re best for accessing longer-term funds.
  • Using a credit card: If the emergency you have can be paid for with a credit card, this could be a faster alternative to an emergency loan.
  • Ask your friends and family: If you have friends or family with sufficient funds, they may be able to help you. Set clear expectations about how the money will be returned, or you risk damaging your relationship.

How to determine if you need an emergency loan or if you can wait

As the name suggests, an emergency loan is for expenses that cannot be postponed or postponed to a later date. If you don’t have enough emergency savings and need to fill the void with a loan – or if you don’t have any savings to draw on at all – an emergency loan might be the way to go. only viable solution.

Only you can decide if an emergency loan is right for you. Here are some considerations to make when weighing this decision:

  • Is the expense urgent? In other words, ask yourself if it’s so urgent that it’s unrealistic to delay spending to save money.
  • Is the expense significant? The expense should also be significant. For example, while a holiday sale at a department store might be an urgent event, buying discounted holiday gifts is probably not big enough to take out an emergency loan.
  • Can you afford the monthly loan payment? Consider the amount of monthly principal, interest, and fees, and compare that amount to your current budget.

If the scenario you are facing does not answer these three questions, you may want to wait to get an emergency loan. Instead, consider building up your savings fund or going through an alternative option.

Where to get an emergency loan

There is no shortage of emergency loan options. Here are some lenders who can help you with a personal loan when you’re in dire financial straits. These options were selected based on rapid turnaround times for approval and funding.

Lender Approval time Funding deadline Amount of the loan Credit score requirement
Before Same day approval As soon as one working day $2,000 – $35,000 580
best egg Same day approval As soon as one working day $2,000 – $50,000 700
Improve Same day approval As soon as one day $1,000 – $50,000 Unspecified
Reached Same day approval As soon as one working day $1,000 – $50,000 Unspecified

The bottom line

An emergency loan is a catch-all loan for people facing short-term financial emergencies. Emergency loans often have very short terms and high interest rates and fees because lenders know that if you are in an emergency you may not have many options.

Try to organize your finances before you face an emergency so that you are prepared. Creating an emergency fund is a great way to put yourself on the path to a strong financial future.

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Volunteer Week 2022

April 17-23 is National Volunteer Week, and we’ll be featuring several members of the Tidal Basin and Adjusters International team who are doing fantastic work both in and out of the office. For them, volunteering is not a one-off affair, but a year-long commitment to those, near or far, who may need a helping hand. Whether it’s raising funds, shaving our heads in solidarity, participating in sporting challenges, or providing home-cooked meals to those in need, we hope that the acts of kindness portrayed in these stories will inspire you to show love to your community.

Sharing Jordan

When Shareen Jordan isn’t with her family or overseeing digital marketing for Tidal Basin and Adjusters International, she volunteers her time to help others in her community. “We all have something to give. Some people have time, some have money, and some smile and offer a friendly “hello,” Jordan said. “For me, I love volunteering.” For Jordan, two charities share a special place in his heart: Pets for Vets and Lasagna Love.

Once a year, Jordan and her husband participate in a fundraiser for Pets for veterinarians, a non-profit organization that connects military veterans with rescued animals. Each Memorial Day, participants take part in the Murph Challenge, a workout used by Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Michael Murphy, honoring the men and women of the armed forces who have lost their lives in defense of the freedom of our nation. The workout consists of a one kilometer run, 300 overhead squats, 200 push-ups, 100 pull-ups and ends with another one kilometer run. Money raised benefits local Pets for Vets chapters.

Many brave soldiers return home with scars – visible and invisible – which make the transition to civilian life difficult. At the same time, millions of wonderful animals are waiting in shelters for a forever home. Pets for Vets is the bridge that brings them together.

When Jordan isn’t training for the Murph, she’s in the kitchen making lasagna.

Jordan loves to cook and frequently uses his cooking skills to help people in need. Jordan is a member of lasagna love, a non-profit, grassroots global movement to connect neighbors with neighbors through the delivery of home-cooked meals. Every month, Jordan bakes lasagna for local families in need – any type of need. “They might have a hard time. They might feel sad. They might just want a lasagna. It’s a way to spread kindness,” Jordan said.

Jordan believes that volunteering comes in many forms. “We are all in this world together, doing our best to get through each day. Some days are a breeze, others a challenge. When we give what we can, when we throw it out into the world, we make someone’s day a little bit easier. In turn, our day becomes brighter and everyone wins.

Susan Currie

When Susan Currie learned that 60% of students in a suburban Buffalo school district lived below the poverty line and more than 40% received reduced or free lunches on weekdays, she knew she had to help. Currie and a handful of church members got together and brainstormed a solution. That was 2015. The following year, the Daily Bread food truck, Buffalo’s only nonprofit food truck, hit the pavement.

“We began working with district social workers to identify families in need,” Currie said. “These families were the first to benefit from our free food deliveries.”

The Daily Bread food truck provides meals to food-insecure families in the Amherst, NY area using a “get one, give one” philosophy. Daily Bread sells meals prepared by volunteer chefs in the summer and fall and delivers meals to those in need during the colder months. When the pandemic hit in 2019, Currie and the team changed their business model to provide 100% free meals straight from the truck, thanks to donations from area restaurants and truck volunteers.

Similar to his role at Tidal Basin and Adjustors International, Currie got creative with marketing and helped with the food truck’s branding, website, social media and video production. She also scoured the roads delivering meals, helped raise funds, and once even drove the truck to an event and worked as a short-term cook!

“Being in the community and talking to the people who benefit from our free meals really shows how much of a difference we make for struggling families,” Currie said. “The outpouring of help from our community has been an eye-opening experience, especially in these trying times.”

Ride with a purpose

After months of training, the Tidal Basin team packed their bags, their bikes, and found themselves in the Sunshine State for the Pan-Florida Challenge Cancer Bike Ride. This annual event raises much needed funds for the Moffitt Cancer Center, cancer research, patient support and food for food insecure children.

“We’ve had family members, friends and co-workers battle cancer and we’ve seen firsthand its impact on our loved ones,” said Laura DeLoach, Vice President, Resource Management. “We wanted to help our local community fight cancer, and the Pan-Florida Challenge Cancer Ride was a way for us to raise funds that provide meaningful support.”

The Tidal Basin team included Laura DeLoach, Carlos Castillo, Director of Development and Senior Vice President; Bill Slater, Vice President, Public Relief and Recovery; Melissa Gordon, Senior Vice President, Executive Director; and Arthur Glickstein, associate project manager. Together they walked 386 miles for charity. “Living a purposeful life is both fulfilling and rewarding when we take the time to support and help others in need,” DeLoach said.

Riding for a good cause is nothing new for Castillo. “I like to exercise and help others at the same time,” Castillo said. For 12 years, he participated in numerous cycling events, raising funds for diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer research and various non-profit organizations. More recently, Castillo rode side-by-side with 200 other riders to support orphans in Ukraine.

“Helping people is something I love to do,” Castillo said. “Whether it’s giving of your time or your resources, it’s humanitarian to give back to others.”

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Frederick Law Olmsted at 200

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), April 26, is celebrated nationwide in hundreds of communities who owe him their beloved parks and the landscape architecture business run by his sons. Olmsted – born, raised, influenced and ultimately buried in Hartford – was considered a genius by his peers and contemporaries. He saw every mission in life through lenses – as a journalist, artist, systems analyst, manager, entrepreneur, horticulturist, collaborator, salesman, politician and more.

William Hosley

A few years ago, The Atlantic invited a panel of ten prominent historians to identify the 100 most influential people in American history. Olmsted placed 49th.

Central Park in Manhattan, the masterpiece he created with his partner Calvert Vaux, is arguably the greatest work of art in America’s art capital. Eventually, he established an extremely successful landscaping business. They have designed renowned city parks in Buffalo, Montreal, Boston, Rochester, New Britain, Chicago and more. Also the campuses of the psychiatric hospitals of Hartford, Boston and Buffalo; the grounds of the United States Capitol; the university campuses of Stanford, Berkeley and Smith College; and many large estates – the most famous being the Biltmore estate of George Washington Vanderbilt (whose uncle Cornelius Vanderbilt II is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Hartford).

With Olmsted, there is so much more. Indeed, if his career in landscape architecture had never happened, he would still be an important historical figure. Here’s why.

Olmsted was a late bloomer. His father, a successful dry goods merchant in the then booming town of Hartford, repeatedly provided financial support for his self-made son. Olmsted bounced around at several schools, audited a few classes at Yale but never enrolled, and was a voracious reader who took full advantage of the new library at Hartford’s Young Men’s Institute, where he discovered the writings of influencers. landscaping artists – Uvedale Price, Sir William Kent, William Gilpin, Joseph Addison, Humphrey Repton, Joseph Paxton and the American Andrew Jackson Downing. The Olmsted family has become accustomed to what we would call Sunday walks – his mother with her basket for clippings. The prominent Hartford County Agricultural Society had an active horticultural committee during Olmsted’s youth. In 1848 the Hartford Horticultural Society was founded. A revolution in what they called “scientific farming” was underway, and Connecticut remained very agrarian. Agriculture continued to be the backbone of Connecticut’s economy into the 1850s.

In 1850, Frederick, his brother John and a friend convinced Father Olmsted to sign up for a ‘walking tour’ of England – an experience that changed his life. His account of his adventure, Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England, was published in London and New York in 1852 and put him on the map among readers of the landscape movement.

It also established him as a writer and journalist so that in 1853, when the newly established New York Times was looking for someone to travel South and report on a world few knew or included in the North, he got the nod, which sent him on a series of trips from Kentucky and Mississippi to Texas. His serialized reports were later repackaged for publication as a series of three books, which in 1861 were condensed into The Cotton Kingdom. Nothing in our literature captures the prewar South like these books do. He described his mission as “the observation of the condition and character of the citizens” as the “primary object when traveling through the slave states”. What he witnessed radicalized him, transforming him from someone who viewed slavery with distinguished distaste into a fervent abolitionist. As such, The Cotton Kingdom has become almost as influential as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, both in England and the United States.

A statue of Frederick Law Olmsted in the North Carolina Arboretum

Having already designed and built much of Central Park, when war broke out in 1861, Olmsted pivoted again, supporting an unprecedented need for a system and organization of medical care and logistics for a war many times larger. than any previous war. What do you do when wounded warriors arrive from the battlefields by the hundreds? He became the founding director of the United States Sanitary Commission – the forerunner of the Red Cross. His intimate and personal experience – from the Virginia Peninsular countryside to Gettysburg – was traumatic and intense. This resulted in another book, as captivating as anything I’ve ever read about the Civil War.

Throughout this period, Olmsted cobbled together a livelihood. Although already renowned for his work on Central Park, he had yet to make landscape architecture a standalone career.

His next opportunity came in 1863 with an assignment to manage a gold mining property in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas known as the Mariposa Estate. Long story short, it led to him being named chairman of a new Yosemite Valley commission and an assignment from President Lincoln to advocate in writing for what became known as the Yosemite Grant – a report that was the opening act of what eventually became the formation of our National Parks, an institution his son Fred lived long enough to see and influence.

Parks, promoting abolition, forming the Red Cross and the National Park Service – that’s a lot of accomplishment for a latecomer who drank deep from the rich well that was Hartford in the 1830s and 40s Olmsted’s personal mission statement – ​​adopted when he was 24 – read: “I want to make myself useful in the world – to make others happy – to help advance the condition of society. Few have succeeded as much as he did.

Want to learn more and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Olmsted’s grave in Old North Cemetery?

On the morning of April 23, Connecticut Landmarks and Historic Hartford team up, with a pair of back-to-back lectures by myself and Dr. Donald Poland at Hartford’s Isham-Terry House museum, almost across from where D’s family lived. ‘Olmsted. Then we take a ten minute walk to Old North for wreath laying and commentary.

Learn more and register here.

William Hosley is curator at Historic Hartford.

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Training helps Rangers meet the unique challenges of the Far North

The master warrant officer says the group often encounters polar bears, black bears and large wolves

Most members of the Canadian Armed Forces never fire a shotgun as part of their training or military duties. But Canadian Ranger instructors in Ontario’s Far North routinely carry 12-gauge shotguns when needed.

“We often encounter polar bears on the Hudson Bay and James Bay coasts,” said Master Warrant Officer Carl Wolfe, Company Sergeant Major. “Usually bears are hungry or curious. But they are predators, so you need protection if necessary. We also encounter black bears and large wolves. And there is always the possibility that you will encounter a rabid animal.

The military typically uses shotguns only for specialized purposes, such as opening locked doors or during naval boarding operations.

During the summer months, when polar bears cannot hunt seals on the ice, they wander inland in search of food. They have been encountered as far inland as Webequie First Nation, which is 260 kilometers from Peawanuck in Polar Bear Provincial Park on Hudson Bay.

Instructors spend a lot of time in the field with Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers. Rangers are part-time army reservists in 29 First Nations across Ontario’s Far North. Junior Rangers are members of an Army youth program for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18.

“Rangers are used to bears,” Wolfe said. “They can tell when there will be a problem. With black bears they usually use a loud whistle, stand up straight and look big and loud and the bears walk away. A loud gunshot usually scares them away. But every once in a while, you’ll come across a curious young bear that keeps approaching.

Five years ago, at a major annual training camp for the Junior Rangers, warning shots failed to deter a persistent black bear that kept returning to camp at night. The bear kept approaching a Ranger during a nighttime bear patrol. He fired four shots from a shotgun, missed the first two shots, but killed the bear with two more shots.

On another occasion, a young black bear continued to encroach on a Ranger training camp on a remote island. Loud screams and the banging of pots and pans did not deter him. He was eventually driven off after being hit by non-lethal birdfire.

“Depending on the situation, instructors must be ready to use a shotgun,” said Master Warrant Officer Fergus O’Connor. “It’s very serious and it’s something they have to master because they have to be able to put that slug exactly where they want it to go. Typically, instructors are trained in other methods of deterring wildlife. We practice shooting as the last scenario.

Rangers accompanying the instructors are the primary method of predator control. But instructors must be able to step in when needed.

Instructors from the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, which commands the 600 Rangers in Northern Ontario, recently completed their annual military recertification on the firing ranges at Canadian Forces Base Borden, near Barrie. They qualified, along with headquarters personnel, for the use of the Shotgun, Pistol, C7 Assault Rifle and C19 Ranger Rifle.

Sgt Peter Moon is a Ranger with 3CRPG at CFB Borden.

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New American Airlines CEO Robert Isom promises reliability as peak travel season kicks off

An American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER takes off from Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, October 28, 2020.

Loren Elliot | Reuters

New American Airlines CEO Robert Isom is aiming for one thing this summer: reliability.

The airline grew faster than its larger competitors last year and passengers at times faced widespread disruption, the result of routine challenges like weather as well as staff shortages. Other carriers such as Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines faced similar issues that forced them to cut their schedules.

Now Isom, who took over as helm of America’s largest carrier on March 31, said his priority is to make sure passengers can rely on American this summer and beyond.

“People really need to feel like they’re in control of their routes and we put them in control by making sure they get to when they want to go. I can’t be more direct about that. than that,” Isom told the pilots. during a company town hall last week, which was reviewed by CNBC. “Other airlines are really struggling.”

American’s partner in the northeast US, JetBlue Airways, for example, told staff earlier this month it would cut summer flights by up to 10% to avoid repeat flights. cancellations and massive delays, CNBC reported. US codeshare partner on the West Coast, Alaska Airlines, announced a 2% capacity cut this spring due to a shortage of pilots.

Leisure leads the recovery

Air travel has increased and passengers have shown they are willing to pay for tickets after two years of the pandemic, a trend that is helping carriers cover rising fuel costs. On Friday, the Transportation Security Administration screened more than 2.3 million people, down about 10% from 2019 but up 57% from a year ago.

Isom said domestic leisure travelers are compensating for relatively weaker business and international travel demand.

March seems to be the best American month in its history, he said. This echoed comments made by Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian when the airline released its results last week. American is expected to release its first-quarter results and provide its second-quarter outlook before market open Thursday.

American’s capacity in the first quarter was down nearly 11% from the same period in 2019, it said in a filing last week. Delta, for its part, expects to fly 84% of its 2019 capacity in the current quarter, up from 83% in the first quarter.

“The priority is to operate reliably,” Delta Chairman Glen Hauenstein said on an earnings call. “If these demand trends continue, we have the opportunity to gain another momentum or we could pivot in a different direction if warranted.”

US carriers rushed to recruit staff to handle the rebound in travel. The $54 billion in federal payroll support airlines won from Congress banned layoffs, but carriers urged thousands to take buyouts and extend furloughs.

Airlines are facing a shortage of pilots, especially for the smaller regional carriers that feed their hubs, which has forced them to cancel flights or limit their growth. Pilots from Delta, American and Southwest have been picketing or complaining of fatigue from grueling schedules in recent months.

Isom said American has enough staff of pilots, flight attendant mechanics and customer service agents to handle summer travel.

“We’ve brought the schedule up to a level that matches the resources we have,” Isom told crews.

Other challenges to growth include securing aircraft from manufacturers including Boeing, whose 787 Dreamliner deliveries have been halted for much of the past year and a half due to production defects. American said Boeing’s woes forced it to cut some long-haul international flights.

Minimize disruption

The airline has also been working on ways to avoid the cascading delays that have been so costly for the airline and passengers.

American has invested heavily in training and its integrated operations center, a command center at its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, to avoid delays.

A solution to inclement weather, which is common at its main hub as well as major airports serving Miami and Charlotte, North Carolina, is to work with air traffic control to establish ground delay schedules that help avoid cancellations later, IOC chief Steve Olson said during the town hall.

Olson said accountability is key, and not just to measure how quickly the airline bounces back from the disruptions, but also to determine what the impact is on airline crews, who have complained about long dwell times. waiting with timetables and hotel services. Flight attendants or pilots not in position for inclement weather assignments have added to cancellations and delays.

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Meyers will make his NHL debut with Avalanche

Men’s Hockey | 04/16/2022 12:35:00

MINNEAPOLIS — Gopher Hockey captain, second-team All-American, Big Ten player of the year, and U.S. Olympian Ben Meyer will become the 119th University of Minnesota product to play in the NHL when the forward makes his Colorado Avalanche debut on Saturday night.

Meyers and the Avalanche host the Carolina Hurricanes at Ball Arena with a puck drop at 8:00 p.m. CT.

After signing an entry-level two-year contract with Colorado earlier this week, Meyers will become the 25th Gopher Hockey player to take the ice in an NHL game this year while the 119 all-time alumni of the NHL of Maroon & Gold punctuate all college hockey. programs.

A native of Delano, Minnesota, Meyers capped off a remarkable year as Minnesota’s leading scorer and second Gophers player in program history to be named a Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalist while leading the Maroon & Gold to a Big Ten regular season title and an appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four.

Meyers, who helped Minnesota to its 39th NCAA Tournament appearance and 22nd-place finish in the Frozen Four this year, led Minnesota with 17 goals and 41 points (both career highs for the junior) in 34 games. as the first Gopher to show 40 or more. points in a season since All-Americans Rem Pitlick (45) and Tyler Sheehy (41) in 2018-19. In 102 games with Minnesota, Meyers had 95 career points (39 goals, 56 assists).

Meyers was named the 2021-22 Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selection after leading Minnesota to the Big Ten regular-season championship (Minnesota’s fifth in nine-year franchise history). the Big Ten conference) and an NCAA Tournament appearance for the second year in a row. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten as a sophomore while helping Minnesota capture the 2021 Big Ten Tournament title and was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2019-20.

The Frozen Four wasn’t the only big stage Meyers played on this year, as the forward made his American hockey debut as one of four Gophers on the USA men’s Olympic ice hockey team. United States in 2022 in Beijing. He then finished second among American scorers with four points (two goals, two assists) in four games.

A two-time All-Big Ten academic selection (earning the honor each year he was eligible), Meyers holds a 3.54 GPA while majoring in Entrepreneurial Management at the Carlson School of Management.

Prior to joining the Gophers, Meyers helped the Fargo Force win the organization’s first USHL Clark Cup in 2018 and captained Delano High School in its first state tournament appearance in 2017.


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Niagara Falls hosts one-stop sports and recreation fair for families on April 23

Children and families looking to explore sports and recreation opportunities in Niagara Falls can find a wealth of information in one place, with the City of Niagara Falls Recreation and Culture Department hosting a Sports Fair and recreation at the MacBain Community Center on Saturday, April 23. .

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center at 7150 Montrose Rd., will feature 25 different clubs, entities or associations.

The city said in a press release that it was a “one-stop shop” for families to experience activities such as dance, football, baseball, rowing, gymnastics and martial arts. .

The event is free and registration is not required.

Participating organizations and entities include:

2835 Royal Canadian Army Cadets

• Niagara Athletics;

• Autism Ontario – Niagara Chapter;

• Falls BMX Park;

• Happy Feet Dance;

• Jeong Family Taekwondo – Niagara Falls;

• MacBain Community Centre;

• Mama Bear Wellness;

• Niagara Mace;

• Niagara Cricket Academy;

• Niagara Falls Curling Club;

• Niagara Falls Lightning Gymnastics Club;

• Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association;

• Niagara Falls Public Library;

• Niagara Falls Red Raiders;

• Niagara Falls Ringette Association;

• Niagara Falls Soccer Club;

• Niagara Regional Minor Football Association;

• Lions of the Niagara River;

• Niagara Robotics;

• Niagara Rugby;

• Niagara United Soccer Club;

• ProKids – YMCA of Niagara;

• Scorpions Niagara Cheerleaders;

• Sportball Niagara;

• The Martial Arts Center;

• Karate Tiger’s Lair;

• Wendy Leard School of Dance;

• YMCA of Niagara Falls;

• Area 9 stock.

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The easiest loans to get

You can get approved for some loans, such as emergency loans, payday loans, and bad credit or no credit check loans, even if you don’t have the best credit or a stable income. They can provide you with the funds you need to pay for any expenses that may arise.

But just because these loans are easy to get doesn’t mean they’re right for you. Some come with exorbitant interest rates and fees that can weigh heavily on your finances.

The easiest loans and their risks

If you are looking for loans to cover an unexpected expense, you might consider taking out an emergency loan, a payday loan, or a loan for bad credit or no credit check. Although these types of loans are generally easy to obtain, each carries risks.

Emergency loans

An emergency loan is a personal loan used to cover unexpected expenses, such as medical bills or car repair bills. Lenders usually allow you to borrow $1,000 or more; some lenders even deposit the funds into your account the same day you sign the loan agreement. The interest rate you get on an emergency loan depends on several factors, such as your credit score, income, and debt-to-equity ratio.

Expect to pay between 5.99 and 35.99% interest. The lower your credit score, the higher the interest rate. If the lender charges an origination fee, you’ll typically pay between 1-8% of the loan amount.

Risks: If you don’t have a good to excellent credit score (at least 670) and a solid income, your loan may come with high interest rates and fees.

Payday loans

Payday loans are short-term loans designed to be repaid on your next pay period or within two weeks of taking out the loan. Because most payday lenders don’t check your credit, they’re easy to get. However, they have serious drawbacks in the form of high interest rates and fees.

In fact, the average interest rate on a $300 14-day payday loan is more than 650 percent in some states. If you are unable to repay the loan by the due date, you may incur what is called a rollover fee (assuming payday loan rollovers are allowed in your state).

Risks: Since these loans come with excessive fees, they are best used as a last resort. If you can’t afford to repay the loan by the next pay period, you risk digging yourself a deeper hole financially.

Loans with bad credit or no credit check

A bad credit loan is a personal loan for borrowers who have less than stellar credit or a minimal credit history. Although minimum credit score requirements vary by lender, you will generally need at least a credit score of 580 to qualify. If you don’t meet the lender’s minimum credit score requirement, an alternative is to get a loan without a credit check. The downside of a no credit check loan is similar to a payday loan – it comes with high APR and fees.

Risks: If you have a very low credit score, you may be charged high interest and fees – some personal lenders have maximum interest rates of up to 35.99%.

Alternatives to Easy Loans

If you want to avoid the borrowing costs associated with the loans mentioned above, here are some alternatives to consider.

Local banks and credit unions

If you are a member of a local bank or credit union, contact them to see if you qualify for a personal loan. Since you have a relationship with the institution, you can benefit from better rates and conditions. For example, PenFed Credit Union offers personal loans with no origination fees and APRs as low as 4.99%.

Local charities and nonprofits

Check with your local chamber of commerce or library or dial 211 to see if there are grants available in your area. Depending on your income level, you may be eligible for federal or state housing assistance or food assistance programs. If you need help paying your rent, you can use the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. database to find rental assistance programs in your area.

Payment Plans

If you can’t afford to pay a phone bill, medical bill, or other bill in full, ask the company if you can set up a payment plan. Although you’ll likely be charged additional fees or interest, it could cost less than getting a loan. Plus, you won’t have to submit a formal application or undergo a credit check.

Salary advances

If you need to pay an expense immediately but won’t be paid for a week or so, ask your employer for a payday advance. You will be borrowing money from yourself, which will save you from going into debt and having to pay interest and fees to a lender.

Breakdown of loans or hardship from your 401(k) plan

If you need more money than you could get with a payday advance or your employer doesn’t offer it and you have a 401(k), consider applying for a 401(k) loan or financial assistance. case of difficulties. There is no credit check and you can access funds quickly in most cases.

But you can expect to pay interest on the loan amount even if you are borrowing from yourself. These funds are deposited into your retirement account, but on an after-tax basis.

Borrow money from family or friends

If you want to avoid taking out an easy loan or paying little interest, ask a family member or friend to borrow some money. This option allows you to skip the formal loan application process and you can have more flexible repayment options. Also, the person lending you money may not charge you interest. Get the terms of the loan agreement in writing and repay the loan as promised to avoid damaging your relationship with the lender.

Next steps

Before taking out an easy loan, be sure to explore all of your borrowing options. This can help you pay the least amount of interest or get the best terms. If taking out an emergency loan is your only option for quick access to cash, prequalify for a personal loan to compare rates, fees, and terms from multiple lenders. If you are a member of a credit union or bank, contact them to find out if you qualify for a personal loan.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get the loan funds?

Each lender is unique. However, many lenders offer quick financing, especially those that operate online. You may be able to receive the money by direct deposit within a few business days, 24 hours or even the same day you request it.

Do I need documents to apply for a loan?

In most cases, you will need to provide certain documents to apply for a loan. These can include government-issued identification like your driver’s license or passport that proves your identity as well as pay stubs and tax forms that reveal your financial situation.

What can I do to get a loan with better terms?

To get approved for a loan with a low rate and favorable terms, boost your credit score. You can do this if you pay your bills on time, reduce your level of debt, limit how often you request new accounts, and dispute any errors or inaccuracies in your credit reports.

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How Microplastics Affect Human Health

Bottles of water. Shopping bags. Computers. Medical equipement. Food containers. And so on.

Plastics. They never leave. And even if we can’t see them, they are everywhere.

“They are carried away in the atmosphere, they rain down on us. They were found in the Himalayan mountains”, explains Erica Cirino. “So right now we’re in a soup of microplastics and nanoplastics.”

But are these microplastics inside us?

“About five years ago, scientists began to wonder if there was plastic in our bodies? And indeed there is,” adds Cirino.

For the first time, microplastics have been found in living humans – their lungs and blood.

“I don’t like plastic waste ending up in the river of life at all. One thing is clear, we are exposed,” says Heather Leslie. “Do they actually cause adverse health effects? This is a question that takes many years to answer.

Today, About: Microplastics and your health.

Guests

Erica Cirino, communications manager at the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Author of Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis. (@erica_cirino)

Heather Leslie, she established the Microplastics Laboratory at the Free University of Amsterdam. Lead author of a new study that found microplastics and nanoplastics in human blood.

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Mary Kosuthresearcher at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

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Kitley, Sheppard and Amoore earn All-State honors on Thursday

Center Elizabeth Kitley was named VaSID Defensive Player of the Year, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. She was also a first-team pick, while her teammates Aisha Sheppard and Georgia Amoore were placed in the second team.

Coach of the Year: Carey Green (Liberty)
Rookie of the Year: Dani McTeer (William & Mary)
Player of the Year: Akila Smith (Longwood)
Defensive Player of the Year: Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech)

first team
Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech)

Kiki Jefferson (JMU)
Iggy Allen (ODU)
Taya Robinson (VCU)
Mya Berkman (Freedom)

second team
Camille Downs (NSU)
Aisha Sheppard (Virginia Tech)
Georgia Amoore (Virginia Tech)

Bridgette Rettstatt (Liberty)
Akila Smith (Longwood)

Kitley became the first Hokies athlete to be named ACC Player of the Year and is the first Hokie to be named to an AP All-American team. The center is also the only VT player to earn back-to-back All-ACC First-Team nominations.

The Summerfield, NC native was among the league leaders in points (18.1), rebounds (9.8), blocks (2.4) and FG% (0.551) throughout the season. His 15 double-doubles led the conference, as did his 13 games of 20 or more points. She scored 34 points twice and finished the year with a 42-point performance in the NCAA Tournament, the second-most in the first round of competition. She has recorded four or more blocks in nine different contests. His 237 field goals set a single-season program record.

She ranks ninth all-time at VT in scoring (1,410), fifth in rebounds (800) and third in blocks (187).


Sheppard became the program’s sixth WNBA draft pick on Monday night when she was selected with the 23rd choose in the second round. She is the best choice in the history of the program.


Last season, Sheppard averaged more than 13 points per game and scored in double figures 22 times to a game-high 30 against Tennessee in December. She broke the program’s scoring record, her own 3-point mark in a single season, and the ACC career-high 3FG in 2021-22.


Sheppard, the program’s all-time leader in games played and points scored, became the first VT athlete to be named an All-ACC three times and was also named an All-Tournament at Greensboro this season.


She finished her career in first place all-time in the ACC with 402 3-pointers scored and she holds the three best single-season performances in that category at VT. Sheppard earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2021 and was also recognized as the Skelton Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics in 2021.


Sheppard was selected 23rd overall in the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces.


Amoore was an All-ACC honorable mention athlete and started all 33 games and averaged 11.2 points per game and 4.4 assists, second-highest in the ACC. She shot 40% from beyond the arc to lead the conference, making 70 3s. She played all 45 minutes in an epic overtime win over North Carolina at the ACC Tournament and her crossover at 3 points against Georgia Tech earned him SportsCenter’s best game of the day.


The Aussie became the first Virginia Tech athlete to be named the first team tournament at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.

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Russia warns to hit Ukrainian decision-making centers in Kyiv

A White House official said the Biden administration is considering sending a senior US official to the war-torn country Ukraine. According to CNN sources, the name of the manager has not yet been finalized. However, he added that the administration was considering sending Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin or Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Ukraine. Additionally, the White House official told broadcaster American News that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are unlikely to visit Kyiv anytime soon.

Notably, POTUS Biden visited Ukraine’s neighboring country, Poland, last month with Austin and other members where he held several rounds of meetings with the Ukrainian delegation. However, his visit was limited to the borders of Poland.

Earlier on Wednesday, leaders from four NATO nations – Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – traveled to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, to lend support to the beleaguered country. The leaders traveled by train to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to meet their counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and visited Borodyanka, one of the nearby towns where evidence of atrocities was found after Russian troops withdrew to concentrate in the east of the country. However, Biden chose to stay home.

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Russia’s tech industry faces ‘brain drain’ as workers flee

“We don’t have enough quality apartments for highly qualified people with high salaries and high standards,” said Aram Shahbandarian, a former Google employee based in Yerevan who helps many Russians settle in the city. “Yerevan is cracking.”

Vahan Kerobyan, Armenia’s Minister of Economy, said in an interview that as a country with a strategic relationship with Russia, it does not sell itself as trying to pull companies out of Russia, but if companies decide to move, it would work to accommodate them. .

“The Armenian tech community is supportive of its Russian friends, and the government is very concerned about giving Russian companies a nice and not too expensive place to work,” he said. Mr Kerobyan estimated that 43,000 people left Russia for Armenia, half of whom held Russian passports and the other half held Armenian passports.

Miro, an American software company, chartered flights to Yerevan for its Russian employees and transferred them to two hotels in the heart of the city, Mr Kerobyan said. X-tensive, a software development company in Russia, also moved its employees to the Armenian city because its main client, ServiceTitan, was founded there, he said.

Miro has publicly stated that it is moving its workers out of Russia. X-tensive did not respond to a request for comment.

Many of these workers may eventually move elsewhere as visa restrictions require them to leave their current home after a certain number of days. Many do not know where they could go. Others are planning to move to promising tech hubs further afield, such as Dubai and Lisbon.

Artem Taganov, founder and managing director of a Russian start-up called HintEd, said he knows about 70 Russian business founders who, like him, fled to Armenia. If entrepreneurs stay in Russia, he said, their businesses will only be able to serve the local market.

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Poll NO 500: Philanthropy is good for business

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NEW ORLEANS – For the latest New Orleans 500 “Question of the Month” feature, the Biz New Orleans editorial team asked area business leaders what types of philanthropic organizations they support and whether their approach had changed since the pandemic.

36% of email survey respondents said they focus their philanthropic efforts on educating and training the nonprofit workforce. 30% say they spend on social welfare organizations. And 28% mainly support associations, chambers and economic development groups. A smaller group (6%) said they prioritized social clubs.

From many of the responses, it was clear that if we had included an “all of the above” option, it would have been a popular choice.

Here are some notable quotes from the survey responses:

“As a Jefferson Parish community foundation, philanthropy is our business. We are seeing that more companies are interested in engaging in parish improvement initiatives. There is increased interest in diversity and equity as well as child care/early education.” — Christine Briede, Executive Director of the Jefferson Community Foundation

“As Northshore’s community foundation, philanthropy is obviously at the heart of everything we do. Our approach remains consistent, which is to simplify and magnify philanthropy in our four-parish region. What has been remarkable throughout the pandemic is the continued generosity and strong commitment of our members and partners to ensure we are taking care of the most vulnerable among us during these unprecedented times. — Susan Bonnett Bourgeois, President and CEO of the Northshore Community Foundation

“Home Bank has an employee giving program called Home Bank Helps in addition to the bank’s sponsorship and grant programs. We focus on workforce development and housing security because it’s the best way to build generational wealth and ultimately improve our overall community. We are a community bank, so we focus on the overall financial health of the places where we live, work and play. — John Zollinger, EVP and Director of Commercial Banking at Home Bank

As a professional services firm, our business depends on a growing and thriving community. This includes not only businesses, but also the residents of this community. Non-profit organizations are essential to our community. … One of our key values ​​at P&N is to partner with our community so that our employees develop a desire to be involved in organizations for which they have a personal passion. — Philip Gunn, Managing Director, New Orleans office at Postlethwaite & Netterville

Providing educational opportunities is more valuable in the long run than providing financial assistance. Both are essential, but I have chosen to provide financial aid and scholarships to students at my alma mater and the Family Firm Institute, a professional organization that studies trends in family business succession around the world. … We pride ourselves in believing that you can’t go wrong with being kind and giving back to a community that has been so generous to our company. — Randy Waesche, President and CEO of Resource Management

“We include this statement in our Mackie One Core Values: We give unskilled and undereducated hard workers the opportunity to learn a skill and earn a respectable living wage to raise their families independently, without government assistance. —Earl Mackie, Mackie One Construction

“Susco’s primary goal is to empower people to contribute in more meaningful and fulfilling ways. Susco creates intuitive enterprise software that unlocks the potential of its users, develops its workforce holistically and contributes to organizations that enable disadvantaged people to achieve the American Dream. These organizations include Son of a Saint (they mentor fatherless boys) and Junior Achievement (they teach city kids about finance and entrepreneurship). — Neel Sus, CEO and Founder of Susco

“As a people-based organization, Complete Logistical Services adopts a company-wide divide and conquer approach by encouraging employees to participate in non-profit organizations. CLS offers all of its employees a full week of volunteer time off every year in support of our commitment to local communities. It’s a way of exemplifying our core value “Live Oak”. — Angela Verdin, President of Complete Logistics Services

“AxoSim’s philanthropic goals support organizations that focus on educating and investing in our youth in the areas of STEM, workforce development, and mentorship. Investing in our city’s youth is crucial to both its success and ours as a region.. We work with several great local organizations and continue to expand our community footprint. —Lowry Curley, CEO of AxoSim

The pandemic has underscored for us the importance of quality early childhood education. We like the model developed by Early Partners, which collaborates with parents and employers. —Gay Le Breton, Managing Director of Chaffe & Associates

“We partner with local nonprofit organizations that provide hands-on workforce training while exposing students to our industry. We provide training and exposure to furniture making while emphasizing the importance of a collaborative and positive work environment. Our ability to do these internships has diminished during the pandemic due to the security measures in place. —Jordan Rose, co-owner of GoodWood NOLA

We try to support organizations with which we can also develop pro bono relationships. Alternatively, we have a matching program where employees can direct company contributions to organizations they support. — Tim Gray, Partner at Forman Watkins & Krutz

We have provided more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years, in addition to service projects directly impacted by our employees.. The pandemic has strengthened our resolve towards philanthropy and we believe it is more important than ever for businesses of all types to get involved and stay involved in improving these lives and the environments in which we live and operate. — William Lemoine, President of Building Construction at Lemoine Company

The New Orleans 500 is a curated list of influential, involved and inspiring executives in the greater New Orleans area. Each month, the Biz New Orleans editorial team sends them an email survey to help gather economic data as well as valuable information, insights and opinions.

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The new pandemic mood is dreadful

“We probably didn’t have COVID in there,” I told my two doctor friends, grimacing as we put on our masks to ride in the elevator after a party for parents of kids attending the my daughter’s school, where we were without a mask. Most people I know are vaccinated, and many of them got Omicron in December, when apparently everyone in New York got Omicron. But here’s the thing: This wasn’t the first time someone had made a black joke about worrying about contracting COVID; it has become the go-to joke at every gathering. Low-level fear seems to have permeated everything these days, like the music you hear in elevators or in airport lounges. It’s the hum of terror, the lullaby of anxiety.

Fear is like nothing else. It has a clarity, a liveliness. There is no uncertainty in fear. It’s been 762 days since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic and finally the mood has changed from the abject panic and disbelief of March 2020 to the pervasive terror of April 2022.

Late pandemic fear is nothing new. In the 14th century, Giovanni Boccaccio wrote in the Decameron on the feelings of the Florentines during the bubonic plague: “These things and many others like them, or even worse, provoked all sorts of fears and fantasies in those who remained alive, who almost all took a precaution while utterly cruel, namely avoiding the sick and their belongings, fleeing from them, for in doing so they all thought they could preserve their own health. A sense of hesitation hung over society then, and it has returned for many people now, despite the expectation that (rather) vaccinated and healthy young people under the age of 65 could resume their normal activities, taking a few precautions but behaving much as we did. before nearly a million Americans died of COVID.

Remember that time last year? We were told we would have a hot summer. The streets would be filled with half-naked people dancing with each other. It would be like Woodstock. We would call it the Roaring 2020s. After all, history is filled with such things. The 1918 flu pandemic was followed by a decade of parties and opulence. Certainly, the coronavirus panic would turn into a boom decade, or at least a summer.

Instead, we got Delta, then Omicron. And Russia invaded Ukraine. Bucha’s stories sound like something from the wars of Boccaccio’s time: “A man was missing a big piece of skull; another body was so badly burned that its head and half of its torso remained, the whites of its eyes subsumed in the charred flesh. One person appears to have been decapitated. Turn on the television and you are confronted with images of bodies of murdered people lying in the streets, mass graves filled with corpses in plastic bags. We watch in horror as the young Ukrainian president begs for help. Last week I saw a story about a Ukrainian mother writing her and her husband’s phone numbers on their toddler’s back. “My hands were shaking deeply and that’s why it’s so horribly written,” the mother told NPR. As a mother myself, this photo is indelible in the hippocampus.

This terror… I recognize it. I wish I could say no.

I was 21 and living in uptown when, at 8:45 a.m. on a cloudless day in September 2001, the first plane hit the North Tower. I had just walked my black and white cocker spaniel. My stepfather called me. “Something happened,” he said. I turned on CNN. Soon my city was shrouded in smoke and sirens. Soon the bridges and tunnels were closed and the streets fell silent. There were no cars on any of the avenues or streets. People were returning home covered in ash like living ghosts. You could smell this mixture of flesh, asbestos and jet fuel, which lingered for weeks. Outside my local hospital there were flyers with pictures of people who had gone to work and never returned home. My next AA meeting was filled with stories of people stuck on the upper floors who couldn’t get out.

After the towers fell, the air had a strange feel, a texture. There was a feeling that because this attack had worked so well, it was only a matter of time before another attack was launched. In October 2001, I flew over the smoldering embers of the towers on my way to Chicago. The stewardess and I grimaced. She said something about the smoke and the smell. I don’t remember how the words fit together, but the effect was chilling. I was so freaked out by the experience that I took an Amtrak train home from Chicago. I wasn’t even anxious, exactly; I was just certain that more destruction was coming. In the months that followed, President George W. Bush launched a Homeland Security Advisory System that was color coded and told us how much to worry about every day. The highest alert was red and the lowest was green. In New York, the system was a screaming orange for months.

Around this time, I began to find myself filled with a sort of conviction that none of this would end well. I sat in the subway and was obsessed with noises; every rattle could be something. If you see something, say something, the board went. So we were all ready for hypervigilance. And the rest of the world acted that way too. The American people were continually on edge, convinced that 9/11 was a harbinger and not an aberration.

Right now, that same fear is in the air. We have been through something scary, something horrible. I feel the same dark conviction that the coronavirus may just be the start of something even more terrible. What if there was always another new mutation? What if the sirens kept blaring and the reminders kept coming and we never stopped worrying about the number of hospitalizations? Or what if we just go back to normal life and the transition is slow, like with most things? What if things were still moving?

This fear will be replaced by something else, eclipsed by another feeling. The spring of our discontent will lead to the summer of something else. But what? In 2003, I was married and pregnant with my first child. We learned to live with the fear, and then slowly it dissipated. Sure, there were seismic issues with American life, but there were also first birthday parties and ice cream and movies and fireworks and all the joyful minutiae that make up a life. We learned to live with the fear, and then it went away, or at least it seemed to go away. Green shoots will always emerge, even after the darkest days. Even when the darkest days last for years. We just have to wait for the season to turn.

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Ukraine news: Over 10,000 civilians killed in Mariupol siege

kyiv, UKRAINE —
WARNING: This story contains disturbing details

Dead bodies are now “lurking in the streets” of Mariupol after Russian troops killed more than 10,000 civilians over the past six weeks in their unsuccessful fight to capture the strategic southern port, the mayor said, while the Western powers warned that a convoy was on its way for a suspected Russian assault in eastern Ukraine.

Mariupol was the site of some of the heaviest attacks and civilian suffering of the 6 Week War, but the land, sea and air assaults of the Russian forces fighting to capture it have increasingly limited information on the circumstances within the city.

Speaking to The Associated Press by phone on Monday, Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko accused Russian forces of blocking weeks of attempted humanitarian convoys in the city in part to cover up the carnage. Boychenko said the death toll in Mariupol could top 20,000.

Boychenko also gave new details about allegations by Ukrainian officials that Russian forces brought mobile cremation equipment to Mariupol to dispose of the corpses of siege victims.

Russian forces took many bodies to a huge shopping mall where there are warehouses and refrigerators, Boychenko said.

“Mobile crematoriums have come in the form of trucks: you open it up, and there’s a pipe inside and these bodies are burned,” he said.

Boychenko spoke from a location within Ukrainian-controlled territory but outside of Mariupol. The mayor said he had several sources for his description of the alleged methodical burning of bodies by Russian forces in the city, but did not elaborate further on the sources of his information.

The discovery of large numbers of civilians apparently executed after Russian forces withdrew from towns and villages around the capital, Kyiv, has already sparked widespread condemnation and claims that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine.

US officials also point to new signs that the Russian military is preparing for a major offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, changing direction after Russian forces failed in their initial attempt to capture kyiv.

Donbass has been riven by fighting between Russia-allied separatists and Ukrainian forces since 2014, and Russia has recognized the separatists’ demands for independence. Military strategists say Russian leaders appear hopeful that local support, logistics and terrain in the Donbas will favor a larger and better-armed Russian military, potentially allowing Russian troops to gain more territory and weaken fighting forces. Ukrainians.

Russia has appointed a veteran general to lead its new push into the eastern Donbass region.

A senior US defense official on Monday described a long Russian convoy now rolling towards the eastern town of Izyum with artillery, air force and infantry support, as part of a redeployment for this which seems to be the impending Russian campaign.

More artillery is being deployed near the city of Donetsk, while ground combat units that have withdrawn from the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions appear destined to be refitted and resupplied before positioning themselves in Donbass, the official said. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the American interior. military ratings.

With their offensive thwarted in many parts of the country, Russian forces have increasingly relied on the bombardment of cities – a strategy that has flattened many urban areas and killed thousands.

The UN children’s agency said nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children fled their homes in the six weeks since the Russian invasion began. The United Nations has confirmed that 142 children were killed and 229 injured, although the actual numbers are likely to be much higher.

Ukrainian authorities accuse Russian forces of committing atrocities, including a massacre in the town of Bucha outside kyiv, airstrikes on hospitals and a missile attack that killed at least 57 people in the week last at a station.

In Bucha, the work of exhuming bodies from a mass grave in a cemetery has resumed.

Galyna Feoktistova waited for hours in the cold and rain hoping to identify her 50-year-old son, who was shot and killed more than a month ago, but eventually returned home to warm up . “He’s still here,” said his surviving son, Andriy.

In Mariupol, around 120,000 civilians are in dire need of food, water, heat and means of communication, the mayor said.

Only residents who have passed through Russian “filtration camps” are released from the city, Boychenko said.

Ukrainian officials say Russian troops are confiscating Ukrainian citizens’ passports, then moving them to ‘filtration camps’ in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine before sending them to remote and economically depressed parts of Russia .

Boychenko said on Monday that those who did not pass “screening” were transferred to makeshift prisons. He said 33,000 or more people had been taken to Russia or separatist territory in Ukraine.

Russia has denied moving people against their will.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned Ukrainians that Russia may use chemical weapons in Mariupol. “We take this as seriously as possible,” Zelenskyy said in his Monday evening speech.

Western leaders warned even before Russian troops entered Ukraine that Russia could use unconventional weapons there, especially chemical agents.

A Russian-allied separatist official, Eduard Basurin, appeared to urge their use on Monday, telling Russian state television that Russian-backed forces should seize a giant metals factory in Mariupol from Ukrainian forces blockading First all factory outlets. “And then we’ll use chemical troops to smoke them out,” he said.

A Ukrainian regiment, without proof, also claimed on Monday that a drone had dropped a toxic substance in Mariupol. He said there were no serious injuries.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that the United States could not confirm the drone report from Mariupol. But Kirby noted the administration’s continuing concerns “about Russia’s potential to use a variety of riot control agents, including tear gas mixed with chemical agents, in Ukraine.”

Russian forces are likely to attempt to encircle the Donbass region from the north and south as well as the east, said retired British general Richard Barrons, co-chairman of British strategic consultancy Universal Defense & Security Solutions.

The terrain in this part of Ukraine is flatter, more open and less forested – so Ukrainian ambush tactics used around kyiv could be less successful, Barrons said.

“As far as the outcome goes, it’s finely balanced right now,” Barrons said. If the Russians learned from their previous failures, concentrated more force, better linked their air force to the ground forces and improved their logistics, he said, “then they could end up overwhelming the Ukrainian positions, although I still think it would be a battle.” of enormous attrition.

Questions remain about the ability of the exhausted and demoralized Russian forces to capture much ground, after determined Ukrainian defenders pushed back their advance on kyiv.

The British Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Ukraine had already repelled several assaults by Russian forces in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk – they make up Donbass – resulting in the destruction of Russian tanks, vehicles and artillery.

Western military analysts say Russia’s assault is increasingly focused on an arc of territory stretching from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, in the north, to Kherson in the south.

A residential area of ​​Kharkiv was hit by a fire on Monday afternoon. Associated Press reporters watched firefighters put out the blaze and search for victims after the attack, and found that at least five people had been killed, including a child.

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Karmanau reported from Lviv, Ukraine. Anna reported from Bucha, Ukraine. Associated Press writer Robert Burns in Washington and AP reporters around the world contributed to this report.

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Exxon Mobil headquarters in Las Colinas is up for grabs

Oil giant Exxon Mobil, which recently announced it is moving its headquarters from Irving to the Houston area, is wasting no time bringing its Las Colinas office campus to market.

The international energy company has hired commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle to find a buyer for its 290-acre property on State Highway 114.

Built in 1996 after Exxon moved from Manhattan to North Texas, the 365,000 square foot office building faces a small lake and is surrounded by more than 200 acres of undeveloped land.

With the existing chic corporate enclave, the vacant property can be used for millions of square feet of mixed-use construction.

“This development-ready 290-acre parcel is conveniently located at one of North Texas’ most desirable addresses,” says JLL.

The darkly colored, low-rise headquarters are surrounded by trees and are barely visible from the nearby highway.

The office building is currently fitted out for 346 offices. The hotel has a coffee shop, dining room and fitness centre.

Exxon Mobil says about 250 people currently work in the building. These jobs are being cut or moved to Exxon’s huge new campus in suburban Houston.

Designed by architects Gensler and Pickard Chilton, Exxon Mobil’s campus in suburban Spring can house 10,000 workers in 20 buildings.

It’s no surprise that Exxon chose JLL to market the Las Colinas headquarters to potential buyers.

JLL’s Paul Whitman represented the energy company in its North Texas headquarters search in 1989. And JLL also marketed excess land around Irving’s headquarters.

Exxon Mobil’s headquarters in Las Colinas is surrounded by more than 200 acres of prime development land.(JLL)
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Family Promise is looking for volunteers to help homeless families

Jan DeLuc, 91, loves volunteering with Family Promise of Gainesville, a nonprofit that mobilizes local resources to help homeless families.

This year was DeLuc’s third year of volunteering in the Bed Race, one of Family Promise’s premier fundraising events. The event has several teams racing down a track pushing beds on wheels, which is symbolic for the many homeless families who often have to travel to find a place to sleep for the night.

“I just feel like it’s such a useful thing in the community,” DeLuc said. “Some of the churches here, we are housing families until we can find homes for them and for me that is the most important because it only takes care of children and families. Children are our future.

Volunteers like DeLuc are the driving force behind the assistance programs that Family Promise provides. But the organization is struggling to recruit new volunteers as area shelters prepare to reopen in May. This is when Family Promise will need people to bring meals to the facility, serve as evening or overnight hosts, set up the shelter, and help with fundraising drives and special events.

“We really need our volunteers back because right now we only have eight out of 13 weeks covered by volunteers to help these families,” said general manager Jayne Moraski. “We need these volunteers to help support our families during this time.”

Family Promise is looking for individual volunteers and volunteer groups of up to five people who can work together.

The organization has a schedule of where families in need will go to connect volunteers with those people. People who want to volunteer should tell Family Promise where they live in Gainesville and list the days and times they are available, Moraski said. If a volunteer lives on the east side, Family Promise can send them on a day when they are available to help families with things like carrying beds upstairs to a church.

Volunteers can provide meals or donate gently used furniture or household items, Moraski said.

The Family Promise of Gainesville, which was founded in 1998, organizes fundraisers like the Bed Race to support shelters, Moraski said. The organization works with more than 30 different religious and civic groups to provide shelter for at least four families at a time. Family Promise has helped over 3,000 families get back on their feet since its inception. Ninety-five percent of the families the group helped find housing in 2021 kept their own apartment or house without losing their home again.

“We’ve gone from one staff member, which is me, to seven now and we’ve added so many different options,” Moraski said. “Our goal is to find as many different ways as possible to help families experiencing homelessness.”

More than 700 public school children in Alachua County are homeless, Moraski said. Homeless children are nine times more likely to fall behind in school.

“Going to school while you’re homeless is a tough thing for a family to deal with,” said fundraising and events team member Linda Meling. “In terms of community impact and the fact that it’s a small program, raising awareness can be tough, which is why we have our big events like the Bed Race.”

The organization helps homeless families in particular by providing them with shelter, furniture, food, childcare vouchers and clothing. It also offers families one-time rental assistance for a month or two.

The $28,474 raised during the Bed Race in February will cover the cost of shelters and case management for shelters, coordinating meals for all families and providing furniture for everyone coming out of the shelter, Moraski said. . This year the group also held a 4x4x48 Challenge fundraiser, in which people were challenged to run around two marathons – four miles every four hours for 48 hours. He raised $3,310.

“If you’re a runner, you know that’s not something a lot of people do,” Moraski said. “So the people who participate are trying to get people to support them at least $1 per mile as they go those 48 miles.”

But the COVID-19 pandemic has created more complex issues. Families had to be housed in hotels and apartments instead of churches and interfaith organizations, which Family Promise paid for. The group also lost $34,000 in volunteer resources throughout the ordeal.

Despite funding challenges, the organization continues to run its programs, including Connect to Work, which identifies barriers preventing parents from getting to work.

“It’s simple things like, ‘I need a pair of black non-slip shoes to do this job.’ OK, $27, we got you so you could get your job,” Moraski said. “Or more complex things like a CNA (Certified Practical Nurse) license, which is about $500; we helped pay for a part of that.

There are many circumstances that can cause a family to need Family Promise and the resources it provides, Moraski said. Most of the people the organization helps are families who live in their cars with children under 18.

“Lately with COVID, it can be very simple,” Moraski said. “They’re going to lose their house because they couldn’t go to work because they had to self-quarantine. So it’s been really traumatic for families over the last two years, but that’s the kind of scenario of families that we would help.

Families may also need help if they receive seven days’ notice, if they have heavy mold in their home, or if their car is damaged. Family Promise aims to help them with their bills while they get back on their feet.

“Anyone who’s somewhere that’s not safe or where they really shouldn’t live as human habitation is the one we’re helping,” Moraski said.

The housing provided is intended to be a temporary 90-day program, Meling said.

“If they need more help, they can come back and get more case management and support,” Meling said. “Usually the homeless families we work with, it’s something that happened quickly and they don’t know what to do or where to go, but they just want their children to be safe and have a normal life.”

Melissa Keefer, a member of Meizon Mission Church, has volunteered with Family Promise for seven years. She keeps coming back because she says she knows it makes a difference in the community.

“I think it’s so fantastic to find an organization that meets people’s short-term and long-term needs,” Keefer said. “A lot of organizations help you out right away or try to help you get better in the long run, but I think Family Promise does a great job of doing both.”

Family Promise focuses a lot on families with children so that poverty and homelessness can stop being generational.

“If you’re a kid and you don’t have a safe place to live, how are you supposed to do your homework? How do you plan to get to school every day? Keefer said. “Even if you hop from apartment to apartment, you may have to change schools often. Families experiencing homelessness really end up having the cards against them.

The organization tries to get to the root of the problem that every family faces to help them overcome their difficulties and provide children with a safe space to socialize and achieve academic success.

“I think it’s a really good way to interrupt that generational pattern that can develop and make sure people can be in the right place where they can thrive like the rest of us,” Keefer said.

Family Promise is about the community helping each other and showing empathy for people’s situations.

“It’s not a helping hand, it’s a helping hand,” Moraski said. “I think if people knew that homeless people aren’t that far away from us or are at a health crisis from homelessness, I think they would be more willing to support their neighbors.”

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Ukrainian official says Russian invasion proved Ukraine’s military is one of the strongest ‘in the world’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba sits at the State Department in Washington, DC on February 22, 2022.Carolyn Kaster/Pool via Reuters

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Ukraine’s military is among the strongest “in the world.”

  • “The reality is that we know how to fight. We are capable,” Kuleba said.

  • He also called on NATO to continue providing weapons to help Ukraine defend against Russian attacks.

A Ukrainian official on Sunday praised the Ukrainian army for its performance during the Russian invasion.

“The reality is that we know how to fight. We are capable of it,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I think it won’t be an exaggeration to say that Ukraine turned out to have one of the strongest armies in the world, perhaps second only to the United States,” Kuleba continued. “Not in terms of numbers, but in terms of combat experience and ability to fight.”

Ukrainians who spoke to Insider during the ongoing invasion paints a dark picture of devastation. They described the hearing missiles fire in the sky in the middle of the night, duty share a single bulletproof vest as Russian soldiers pass through their towns, and troops fire on homes and hospitals.

The war forced millions of Ukrainians to flee their homeland. So far, more than 4.5 million Ukrainians have escaped since the start of the invasion, according to Data of the United Nations Refugee Agency. In the first week alone, more than a million Ukrainians left.

Kuleba said in the interview that if Ukraine were a member of NATO, “this war wouldn’t happen.”

“But all we need is advanced weapons of all kinds provided to us,” Kuleba said. “So we offer the West and NATO a fair deal: you give us everything we need, and we fight so that you don’t have to intervene in the fight, when Putin decides to test the ‘Article Five North Atlantic Treaty, an Attack on a NATO Country.’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has for weeks called on NATO and Western nations to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine to deter Russian missiles and airstrikes.

But President Joe Biden has resisted calls to implement them for fear of entering into a potential war with Russia, another nuclear power. Some lawmakers, like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, have said the move could lead to World War III.

Early March, Putin warned that any country that tries to impose a no-fly zone will be considered “participating in a military conflict, and it doesn’t matter what organizations they are members of”.

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Las Vegas Sotheby’s International Realty builds new headquarters

The world’s #1 global luxury brand, Sotheby’s International Realty, continues to expand its presence in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Sotheby’s International Realty, under its president and longtime Las Vegas luxury realtor, Randy Char, will move this fall to a new headquarters in the Southwest Valley along the 215 Beltway. It will occupy more than 12,000 square feet at UnCommons to support its expansion of luxury real estate services in the Valley. The company currently has offices in Lake Las Vegas, Summerlin and Tivoli Village in the West Valley.

“We are excited to build a central campus for Las Vegas Sotheby’s International Realty, and we believe UnCommons is the perfect location,” Char said. “It will be very progressive architecture and fantastic restaurants and services. It is a perfect environment for our employees and our customers. The luxury clientele continues to come in from all over the world as the city matures. the lifestyle they demand, and we believe this office reflects that. This luxurious office is a sign of the investment and commitment Sotheby’s has made in Las Vegas.

Sotheby’s International Realty was founded in 1976 as a real estate service for the discerning clients of Sotheby’s auction house. Today, the company’s global footprint spans approximately 1,000 offices located in 79 countries around the world.

In 2020, Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty in Southern Nevada came under the new ownership of Thomas Wright and Scott Webber, who collectively have territories in Utah, Colorado, Sierra Nevada, Palm Desert, Sun Valley, India. Idaho and Las Vegas. They renamed the Las Vegas franchise Sotheby’s International Realty and set the stage for expansion with their investments, including the new office, Char said.

The Las Vegas franchise has about 70 agents and employees.

“We are building for the growth of the city,” Char said. “A lot of companies are trying to figure out how to get a slice of the luxury market. We believe ours is the only truly global luxury brand represented in 79 countries and territories with 25,000 agents and 1,000 offices. Sotheby’s global sales International Realty reached an all-time high of $204 billion in 2021, and this group holds the largest share of all franchise owners in the business.”

By having a big, globally recognized brand, Char said their customers believe reach is important. Being local is great, but many customers want to know you have a lot more influence outside of town, which Char says is more in demand than ever.

Competition among luxury brokerages is heating up, and Char said Las Vegas Sotheby’s International Realty is well positioned.

The customer expects high service, and you can’t do business as usual and expect to deliver the same product in today’s era, Char said. What sets you apart is your service, your marketing and your brand. There has been a lot of brand consolidation and the big global brands have more merit.

“Las Vegas Sotheby’s International Realty is disrupting the Las Vegas luxury real estate industry,” Char said. “From intentional partnerships to a new style of luxury services, our firm is rooted in difference and goes beyond the status quo. “Verified and approved by iconic auction house Sotheby’s, our new location at UnCommons will allow us to provide a level of service to our agents and their clients that this community has never seen before.”

Char said luxury is not a price but a way of life. Las Vegas is growing with the arrival of professional sports and continued investment along the Strip and throughout the city. There’s a lot more wealth pouring into the valley as people leave California and move to Las Vegas, he said.

“As the city continues to grow, especially with the resumption of international travel and conventions, it’s going to attract more business here and people wanting to buy here,” Char said. “We are positioning ourselves for that future.”

Members of the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial and press team were not involved in the creation of this content.

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MOCIL members to converge at State Capitol to discuss future of disability program – Newstalk KZRG

On April 12, 2022, representatives from the 22 Missouri Centers for Independent Living (MOCIL) will converge at the Missouri State Capitol to discuss the future of the state’s Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program.

Members are advocates for people with disabilities who are served by the CDS program and depend on it for assistance to be independent in their own homes. These people have physical disabilities that can prevent them from performing everyday tasks that we all take for granted.

The twenty-two (22) centers that form MOCIL are all 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that provide services to enable Missourians with disabilities to remain independent in their own homes.

This program covers the needs that each person needs, such as: bathing, dressing, preparing/cooking meals, cleaning, laundry, changing sheets, shopping for basic needs, skills basic nursing care, setting up and monitoring medications, etc. Without the help provided by this programme, many people with disabilities run the risk of being forced into care facilities and losing many of their freedoms.

MOCIL centers include The Independent Living Center at 2639 E. 34th St. in Joplin. is a private, non-residential, non-profit corporation dedicated to meeting the needs of and serving people with disabilities, their families and communities. It serves residents of Barry, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Newton and McDonald counties.

A MOCIL press release says Missouri is at a critical point in its budget-making process,

“As things stand, CDS program funding is not enough to pay a living wage to the personal care workers who provide these vital services that keep people with disabilities safe and healthy in their own lives. home,” the statement read.

“Governor Parson and members of the Missouri General Assembly must prioritize this program and the lives of Missourians with disabilities.”

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Contemplating the future of accessibility

The writer Dan Senor in his book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle wrote that “it is a story not just of talent but of tenacity, of insatiable questioning of authority, of defining informality, combined with a unique attitude towards failure, teamwork, mission , risk and interdisciplinary creativity”. Last week, I was fortunate enough to be part of a select group to participate in a five-day program known as the Global Accessibility and Inclusion Summit, or GAILS for short, sponsored by Access Israel, a non-profit organization whose main mission is both to promote accessibility and inclusion throughout the State of Israel and to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. Yet throughout the summit, what became evident was not just the structure of the event, but the fact that Israel provides such fertile ground for exploring the ever-changing scope and definitions of accessibility. .

Access Israel’s philosophy for this event was built on the premise of bringing together a diverse group of leaders across the accessibility space and developing an environment for cross-pollinating ideas, building trust and planting seeds to reinforce a greater sense of community that has the potential to grow exponentially. Over the course of five days, this diverse group of thinkers and practitioners from around the world developed a sense of collegial harmony and built relationships that challenged the traditional framework of accessibility and offered new avenues for thinking. to the potential opportunities of what can be done, not just in the State of Israel, but around the world.

Although this was the first year that Access Israel had embarked on such an endeavor, what they understood through their programming included meeting with members of the Technology Pillars team from the Israeli campuses of Microsoft and Google at a multitude of young entrepreneurs who have shared their start-up visions is recognizing the changing language of accessibility goes well beyond curbs and ramps to something even deeper, a model of innovation that will have a tectonic effect on the century to come.

The conclusion of these five days, beyond the feeling of being part of a new community, was the ability to recognize that accessibility is an umbrella term that has significant nuance and complexity. We live at an inflection point where we must commit to exploring the many affluents that will define accessibility for the future to come and identify that the lived experience of disability is inextricably linked to various elements of innovation, including design, technology and the future of work.

Access Israel understands that as an organization they are embarking on a new paradigmatic model in the disability space. They position themselves as a key mechanism for change that espouses the values ​​of innovation leadership and highlights the disability community as central to building a new formula to help discover more effective solutions linking government, universities, non-profits and businesses to look forward to. a society that embraces full inclusion as a core ethic.

Access Israel and the Global Accessibility and Inclusion Summit (GAILS) are a monumental step forward in disrupting the status quo and bringing accessibility in all its permutations to the forefront of societal thinking. Accessibility can no longer be an afterthought, but an essential element in shaping a better quality of life for all.

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SpaceX launches first fully private mission to the International Space Station

An all-private crew blasted off from Kennedy Space Center for a flight to the International Space Station on Friday morning, marking another milestone in the evolution of manned spaceflight and the growth of the commercial space sector.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 11:17 a.m., carrying three wealthy entrepreneurs, each having paid $55 million for the mission, and a former NASA astronaut, who serves as their guide. While private citizens flew for years to the space station on russian rockets, the mission – which was commissioned by Axiom Space, a Houston-based company – is the first entirely private mission to the station. It is also the first time private citizens have traveled to the station from US soil.

The international team includes Larry Connor, the managing partner of an Ohio real estate group; Mark Pathy, managing director of a Canadian investment company; Eytan Stibbe, businessman and former Israeli Air Force fighter pilot; and Michael Lopez-Alegria, a former NASA astronaut who is vice president of Axiom. They are expected to reach the station Saturday around 7:45 a.m. EST. They will spend eight days on the station before returning home in SpaceX’s autonomous Dragon spacecraft.

During a live broadcast of the mission, Kate Tice, a SpaceX engineer, called it “an absolutely perfect launch.” And when communicating with Mission Control, Lopez-Alegria said “it was a lot of fun.”

The flight comes at a time when private citizens are increasingly coming out of the atmosphere and greatly expanding the ranks of space travelers. Blue Origin, the space company run by Jeff Bezos, and Virgin Galactic, the company founded by Richard Branson, have taken crews on suborbital journeys that skim the limits of space and offer passengers a few minutes of weightlessness. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

The Axiom mission, however, is much more ambitious – taking the crew to the space station, which orbits Earth at 17,500 miles per hour. And instead of just gazing at the stars and reveling in the wonders of weightlessness, the crew say they’ll be engaged in meaningful research and, as a result, will bristle at being labeled “space tourists”. .

Speaking to reporters before the flight, Connor said he thought “it’s important to differentiate between space tourists and private astronauts”.

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He said crews spent between 750 and more than 1,000 hours training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and at SpaceX headquarters outside Los Angeles. And he said they would be engaged in more than two dozen science experiments aboard the orbiting lab.

Connor, for example, plans to collaborate with the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic on research projects aimed at better understanding aging; Pathy works with the Canadian Space Agency and the Montreal Children’s Hospital on health-related projects.

Axiom is planning a series of privately funded missions to the space station, capitalizing on a NASA policy change that until 2019 prohibited private flights to the station. The company is also developing its own space station which it hopes will serve as an eventual replacement for the International Space Station.

As a NASA astronaut for 20 years, Lopez-Alegria flew into space four times. In 2006, he flew on the Russian Soyuz with Anousheh Ansari, a private citizen who had paid a brought in $20 million for the trip. At first, Lopez-Alegria was skeptical, fearing her presence would be a distraction for the professionally trained crews. But he said his diligence and “absolute professionalism” convinced him and his teammates.

“I think the hesitation is natural when you come from a military pilot training and then spend your whole career studying to want to be an astronaut, and then someone cuts the line, if you will,” said- he told the Post recently. year. “It was a bit hard to swallow.”

He said he expected “some resistance” from station crews, but it was the Axiom crew’s job “to convince them”.

At a press conference this week, Derek Hassmann, Axiom’s COO, said the crew “wants to be the best possible private astronauts you can imagine. They want to be good hosts of the house, if you will.

Last year, SpaceX flew another mission with four private citizens. Instead of heading to the space station, the crew stayed inside the Dragon capsule, which circled the Earth for three days. The mission, dubbed Inspiration4, was funded by billionaire entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, who has since commissioned three other private spaceflights from SpaceX. Two would again be in the Dragon, and the third would be the first crewed flight of SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket, which NASA intends to use to land astronauts on the moon.

Axiom’s launch was repeatedly delayed as NASA worked to test its Space Launch System rocket on an adjacent launch pad. During the test, NASA intends to fully power the rocket, which would send astronauts to the Moon, and run a simulated countdown. But he ran into trouble with a valve designed to relieve pressure inside the rocket during propellant loading.

In a statement, NASA said he would “investigate the issue at the pad level”, which would inform “the way forward”. Despite the setback, NASA said it “provided teams with a valuable opportunity to practice and ensure modeled loading procedures were accurate.”

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Librarians and archivists around the world race to save Ukraine’s digital history

In early March, two weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Carrie Pirmann came across a website dedicated to Ivan Mazepa, a 16th-century Ukrainian politician and patron of the arts. A 44-year-old librarian at Bucknell University, Pirmann had joined an international effort by fellow archivists to preserve the digital history of a beleaguered country, and the contents of Mazepa’s website, though obscure, seemed worth checking out. be saved.

The site contained a number of things: poems by Lord Byron written about Mazepa’s life and a catalog of centuries-old items detailing his various conquests. Pirmann opened its website scraper tool, saving the site and preserving its content.

Today, the original website is lost, its server space was probably the victim of cyberattacks, power failures or Russian bombings. But thanks to her, it remains intact on a server space rented by an international group of librarians and archivists.

“We try to save as much as possible,” Pirmann said. “Otherwise, we lose that connection to the past.”

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Buildings, bridges and monuments are not the only cultural monuments vulnerable to war. As the violence enters its second month, the country’s digital history – its poems, archives and images – risk being erased as cyberattacks and bombs erode the country’s servers.

Over the past month, a ragtag group of more than 1,300 librarians, historians, teachers and young children have banded together to save Ukraine’s internet archive, using technology to save everything from census data to poems. for children and Ukrainian basket weaving techniques.

The efforts, dubbed Safeguarding Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage Online, have kept more than 2,500 of the country’s museums, libraries and archives on rented servers, eliminating the risk of them being lost forever. Today, the all-volunteer effort has become a lifeline for Ukrainian cultural officials, who work with the group to digitize their collections in case their facilities are destroyed during the war.

The effort, experts said, underscores how volunteers, armed with low-cost technology, training and organization, can protect a country’s history from disasters such as war, hurricanes, earthquakes and fires.

“I haven’t seen anything like it,” said Winston Tabb, dean of libraries, archives and museums at Johns Hopkins University. “Before, we didn’t really have the tools to even undertake this kind of initiative.

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The seeds of this international effort began online. On February 26, Anna Kijas, music librarian at Tufts University, issued an appeal on Twitter asking if volunteers would join her for a “virtual data rescue session” to preserve Ukrainian music collections that may be lost during the war.

It caught the attention of librarians and archivists around the world, including Quinn Dombrowski, an academic technology specialist at Stanford University, and Sebastian Majstorovic, a Vienna-based digital historian. They banded together, and amid sleepless nights across multiple time zones, they recruited, trained, and organized dozens of volunteers to help archive Ukraine’s historic websites.

Large portions of the Internet are periodically archived through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, which partners with the organization, but SUCHO organizers also needed something more advanced, Dombrowski said. In many cases, the Wayback Machine can dig into the first or second layer of a website, she added, but many materials, like images and uploaded files, on Ukrainian cultural websites could be seven or eight layers deep, inaccessible to traditional web crawlers.

To do this, they turned to a suite of open-source digital archiving tools called Webrecorder, which has been around since the mid-2010s and used by institutions such as the UK National Archives and the National Library of England. ‘Australia. They also launched a global Slack channel to communicate with volunteers.

To archive, the volunteers mainly use the Webrecorder suite, the organizers said. There is Archive.webpage, a browser extension and standalone desktop application that archives a website as users browse through pages. Another is Browsertrix Crawler, which requires basic coding skills and is useful for “advanced explorations”, such as capturing expansive websites that may have multiple features such as calendars, 3D tours, or backlinks to navigate the site. And more recently, there’s Browsertrix Cloud, an easier-to-use automated version of the powerful Browswertrix crawler, which is popular with volunteers.

“It basically tries to imitate a human browsing the web,” said Ilya Kramer, the founder of Webrecorder. “And in doing so, it archives all network traffic, then everything stored in a file…which can be loaded from anywhere.”

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Over the past month, SUCHO has developed a systematic and creative way of doing its job. There is a main spreadsheet where the volunteers detail all the Ukrainian museums, libraries and archives that need their websites backed up or those that have been completed. To develop this list, the organizers of SUCHO receive advice from librarians and archivists around the world who may know of a rare museum in Ukraine that needs a backup of its work.

Other volunteers have become sleuths, using Google Maps to digitally walk the streets of Ukraine, looking for any sign that might say “museum” or “library” and trying to find out if it has a website that needs to be archive.

In other cases, when a bombing occurs somewhere, a group of volunteers dedicated to “situation monitoring” alert any volunteers who might be awake to search the websites of institutions in that area that need help. be backed up, lest they disconnect at any time.

“These are the times,” said Dombrowski, whose eight-year-old occasionally helps archive sites, “when future historians will celebrate or curse the people of our time for doing or not doing something in a way which can allow them to tell these stories across a larger story arc.

In just over a month, the volunteers backed up an extensive set of data. According to their website and their organizers, the volunteers preserved documents totaling 25 terabytes that include the history of Jewish towns in Ukraine, photographs of excavation sites in Crimea and digitized exhibits from the Kharkiv Literary Museum.

For Majstorovic, the importance of the work he helps organize was revealed a few weeks ago. At the beginning of March, he came across the website of the Ukrainian State Archives in Kharkiv. As Russia prepared to invade Ukraine, he worried about how long the site would be active, fearing its servers could be exposed to cyberattacks or bombings.

He loaded the archive website into Webrecorder’s Browsertrix tool and let it do its thing. In the early hours of the morning, he collected more than 100 gigabytes of information, including district census records, criminal cases, and lists of people who had previously been persecuted in the area.

Within hours, the website was gone. But still, his records remained. Looking back, Majstorovic says that’s exactly why he does this job.

“If we can salvage these things, we prove that Ukraine has a history,” he said. “[If] they are gone forever…it just rips a black hole in the history of a place that will last forever.

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Canadian Ranger instructors train with shotguns to stop bear attacks

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Most members of the Canadian Armed Forces never fire a shotgun as part of their training or military duties. But Canadian Ranger instructors in Ontario’s Far North routinely carry 12-gauge shotguns when needed.

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“We often encounter polar bears on the Hudson Bay and James Bay coasts,” said Master Warrant Officer Carl Wolfe, Company Sergeant Major. “Usually bears are hungry or curious. But they are predators, so you need protection if necessary. We also encounter black bears and large wolves. And there is always the possibility that you will encounter a rabid animal.

The military typically uses shotguns only for specialized purposes, such as opening locked doors or during naval boarding operations.

During the summer months, when polar bears cannot hunt seals on the ice, they wander inland in search of food. They have been encountered as far inland as Webequie First Nation, which is 260 kilometers from Peawanuck in Polar Bear Provincial Park on Hudson Bay.

Instructors spend a lot of time in the field with Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers. Rangers are part-time army reservists in 29 First Nations across Ontario’s Far North. Junior Rangers are members of an Army youth program for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18.

“Rangers are used to bears,” said Master Warrant Officer Wolfe. “They can tell when there will be a problem. With black bears they usually use a loud whistle, stand up and look big and loud and the bears walk away. A loud gunshot usually scares them away. But every once in a while, you’ll come across a curious young bear that keeps approaching.

Five years ago, at a major annual training camp for the Junior Rangers, warning shots failed to deter a persistent black bear that kept returning to camp at night. The bear kept approaching a Ranger during a nighttime bear patrol. He fired four shots from a shotgun, missed the first two shots, but killed the bear with two more shots.

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On another occasion, a young black bear continued to encroach on a Ranger training camp on a remote island. Loud screams and the banging of pots and pans did not deter him. He was eventually driven off after being hit by non-lethal birdfire.

“Depending on the situation, instructors must be ready to use a shotgun,” said Master Warrant Officer Fergus O’Connor. “It’s very serious and it’s something they have to master because they have to be able to put that slug exactly where they want it to go. Typically, instructors are trained in other methods of deterring wildlife. We practice shooting as the last scenario.

Rangers accompanying the instructors are the primary method of predator control. But instructors must be able to step in when needed.

Instructors from the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, which commands the 600 Rangers in Northern Ontario, recently completed their annual military recertification on the firing ranges at Canadian Forces Base Borden, near Barrie. They qualified, along with headquarters personnel, for the use of the Shotgun, Pistol, C7 Assault Rifle and C19 Ranger Rifle.

– Sergeant. Peter Moon is a member of the Canadian Rangers who handles public affairs.

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Check Point software supports Rakia mission in space

SAN CARLOS, Calif., April 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), one of the world’s leading providers of cybersecurity solutions, supports the Israeli Rakia space mission by hosting the communication with the specialized control center, located at its headquarters in Tel Aviv, where it will also host a center of reception. On April 8, Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe is due to take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). There, he will conduct 35 experiments, ranging from research in food and agriculture, medical testing, the impact of microgravity on plastic degradation, to experiments with transient light events, and more. The mission is scheduled to last 8 to 10 days.

As part of this endeavor, a unique Rakia Mission Center was built at the Check Point Software offices in Tel Aviv. This will include a control room from which scientists, artists and educators can monitor Eytan Stibbe’s activities and allow them to make any necessary changes to the experiments in real time, while interacting directly with the control room. of the ISS in the United States. .

“In recent years, civilian companies have spent billions of dollars trying to create an ‘easy’ path through space, which has created new technologies, but in turn, new challenges for cybersecurity,” he said. said Oded Vanunu, head of product vulnerability research at Check Point. Software technologies. “With an enormous amount of communications and data between spacecraft and Earth, every phase of the Rakia mission must be protected. We are proud to secure these vital communications between the space station and our control center on Earth.

The mission will enable Israeli entrepreneurs and researchers to advance innovative ideas and provide them with a rare opportunity to test their businesses in a unique study environment, thereby contributing to international and Israeli research industries. The Welcome Center, hosted by Check Point, will make the Rakia Mission Center accessible to thousands of students, allowing them to experience the human journey in space through interactive elements and inspiring educational activities. The center is divided into five complexes, each representing a different aspect of the mission:

  1. The International Space Station Complex
  2. The missionary complex “Rakia”
  3. The complex of scientific experiments
  4. Life in the International Space Station Complex
  5. The inspiring resort “There’s no dream too far”.

Visitors will be able to experience a visualization of Tel Aviv University and Volcanic Institute’s Crisper experiment, which will test the genetic diagnosis of viruses and bacteria during space missions in microgravity conditions. In addition, a remote medical experience will be simulated – remote astronaut stress detection and wellness monitoring, by the “Sheba Medical Center”, which recognizes the development of emotional distress and stressful situations via an app. The app will analyze the emotional state of visitors, just like that of astronauts on the space station. The inspirational ‘No Dream Too Far’ area is a special photographic exhibit that shows the ‘Coppola’, aka the window through which astronauts view Earth from the International Space Station.

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AnnaMaria Bliven, founder of Military Veteran’s Non-Profit, examines the logistical steps to stopping military suicides

Facing and Flanking the Enemy: Stopping Military Suicide by Onward and Upward Founder, Dr. AnnaMaria Bliven

The battle on the home front that many military veterans face when transitioning from military to civilian life can be won in two ways; one is reactionary and the other is proactive.

— Dr. AnnaMaria Bliven

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, April 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — There should be two approaches to fighting and winning the battle in war, one from the front and the other from the back. The battle on the home front that many military veterans face when transitioning from military to civilian life, to not walk into a dark place, can be won with two approaches; one is reactionary and the other is proactive. The reactionary approach has been to build community-based veterans housing projects so that homeless veterans have a place to stay while they think about the rest of their lives. This approach does not put an end to military suicides but manages to decrease the number of homeless veterans.

Onward and Upward Founder, Dr. AnnaMaria Bliven, retired Master Sergeant and former Army Advisor, has created a new program that is a proactive approach to ending military homelessness and military suicide. This program teaches military warriors what it takes to make a smooth and quick transition to civilian life. The Transition Readiness Program, at present, focuses on resume building, job search, and veteran benefits. Classes last a total of 40 hours, and this is a targeted time for the service member to begin preparing to leave the military. This curriculum has serious shortcomings, as Dr. Bliven discovered firsthand during his transition. She found new language and terminology to use when researching a civilian job and interviewing a potential civilian employer. She also discovered several other gaps in transition readiness education that hit her in the face and gut, sending her spiraling down, into depression, and into a dark place. Many military veterans and warriors who enter the dark place escape the darkness by committing suicide.

Dr. Bliven researched the issue of military suicides and found a direct relationship between military homelessness and military suicides. According to a journal article titled: “Addressing Veteran Homelessness to Prevent Veteran Suicides, written by Tsai, Trevison, Huang, and Pietrzak (2018), “Analysis of a nationally representative survey of U.S. veterans in 2015 shows that veterans with a history of homelessness attempted suicide in the previous two years at a rate >5.0 times higher than that of veterans with no history of homelessness (6.9% vs. 1.2%), and their rates of suicidal ideation for two weeks were 2.5 times higher (19.8% vs. 7.4%).”

With more than 30 military suicides per day occurring in 2022, the need for a new curriculum that teaches service members to be fully prepared to leave the military is paramount to ending military suicide. Being fully prepared with a plan, purpose, and personal mission is the way to prevent situations that lead to veteran homelessness and suicide.

The new program fills gaps in training service members to be fully prepared to leave the military. This new program is presented to the Ministry of Defense within two months. If anyone is interested in learning more about this new program, contact Dr. Bliven via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annamariabliven/.

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Closing arguments begin in Boy Scouts bankruptcy case | Delaware News

By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press

DOVER, Del. (AP) — After a three-week trial, a Delaware judge began hearing final arguments Wednesday in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case.

Judge Laura Selber Silverstein must decide whether to approve a reorganization plan that the BSA has negotiated over the past two years. This would compensate for tens of thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as children in Scouting, while allowing Scouting to continue as a permanent business.

The Boy Scouts, based in Irving, Texas, filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020 in an effort to end hundreds of individual lawsuits and create a settlement trust for victims of abuse.

Although the organization faced 275 lawsuits at the time, more than 82,000 sexual abuse complaints were filed in the bankruptcy filing.

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The reorganization plan calls for the Boy Scouts, its 250 local councils and certain insurance companies and troop sponsoring organizations to contribute some $2.6 billion in cash and property to a compensation fund for victims of abuse.

In exchange for these contributions and the assignment of insurance rights to the compensation fund, these contributing parties would be released from further liability.

The plan faces opposition from several unsettled insurance companies, as well as the US bankruptcy trustee, who acts as a watchdog in Chapter 11 cases to ensure compliance with bankruptcy laws. Insurance companies argue that the procedures for distributing funds to abuse claimants would violate their rights under the policies they issued and allow claims to be paid that would not win damages in civil lawsuits.

The trustee, meanwhile, argued that proposed liability releases for non-debtor third parties – including local BSA councils, insurers and troop-sponsoring organizations – violate plaintiffs’ due process rights. of abuse and are not permitted under the bankruptcy code.

Wednesday’s arguments did not address those issues but instead involved supporters defending the plan as having been developed in “good faith” and the trust distribution procedures, if any. Opponents of the plan will present counter-arguments on Thursday.

Lawyers for the Boy Scouts began Wednesday by acknowledging why the BSA had filed for bankruptcy protection and explaining steps it had taken to improve child protections.

“This is a tragic part of Scouting’s past… Our organization is deeply sorry,” BSA attorney Michael Andolina said of decades of child sexual abuse.

The Boy Scouts and its supporters argue that the judge must make several specific findings for the plan to stand. Among them, the plan was proposed in good faith and the procedures for compensating the victims provide for a fair and equitable settlement of their claims. They also ask the judge to find that the proposed starting values ​​for various types of abuse – ranging from penetration to abuse without physical contact – are based on and consistent with the abuse regulations and litigation results of the BSA before bankruptcy.

But Silverstein has repeatedly pushed back against proponents of the plan, wondering which bankruptcy code provisions would apply to the conclusions they seek. She noted that she was not being asked to approve a particular claim settlement, as is often the case in bankruptcies, and suggested that the arguments of regime supporters instead involve the settlement of claims, which is a different question with a different standard of approval.

“There is no good way to resolve 82,000 claims, … but what is this trust supposed to do … and why do I find it to be consistent, fair or equitable?” she asked.

Silverstein also questioned whether she could reject the plan if she believed the BSA’s track record of handling abuse claims was not fair or appropriate.

“I don’t know if any of the settlements the debtors reached in pre-petition were fair,” she said. “…I have no fact to make a conclusion like that.”

Under the plan, the Boy Scouts and its approximately 250 local councils would contribute up to $786 million in cash and property and allocate certain insurance rights to the victims’ fund. The BSA’s two largest insurers, Century Indemnity Co. and The Hartford, would contribute $800 million and $787 million respectively, while other insurers have agreed to contribute around $69 million.

The organization’s former biggest troop sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, is reportedly paying $250 million for abuse claims involving the church. Congregations affiliated with The United Methodist Church agreed to contribute $30 million.

Abuse plaintiffs would also be allowed to sue insurance companies and local troop-sponsoring organizations, such as churches and civic groups, that don’t make settlements within a year of the law taking effect. reorganization plan.

As it stands, the compensation fund would total more than $2.6 billion, which would be the largest comprehensive sexual abuse settlement in US history. The average recovery per plaintiff, however, would be significantly lower than other sexual abuse scandal settlements involving large numbers of victims.

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Non-profit to upgrade Plantations at Pine Lake apartment complex

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A nonprofit is footing the bill.

They have purchased the Plantations at Pine Lake and will be opening more than half of these apartments for less.

As the cost of living rises.

“Everything is going up. With the prices of gas, food. Added to that is the unavailability of some things that you could get more easily, but now you can’t find them,” Darryl Stanley said.

Stanley, who resides in Plantations at Pine Lake, says it’s refreshing to see more affordable housing options.

Soon, the complex will lower the rent by 81 units.

“We don’t have to recreate. The developer will go into rehab, rebuild and get those units into play faster. We don’t have to start from scratch,” Tallahassee City Commissioner Dianne Williams Cox said.

The commissioner added that the whole project does not cost the city a penny.

A Jacksonville-based nonprofit, Affordable Housing Preservation Corporation, recently purchased the apartments.

While a quarter of apartments will remain at market price — the remaining 75% will accommodate people identified as needing an affordable option.

“We have a project on the northeast end, on the boardwalk. It’s happening all over the city. We’re happy because we don’t want affordable housing in certain parts of the city, we want it in all parts of town. parts of the city,” Williams told Cox.

With this housing comes more resources for people in need on the northeast side of town.

AHPC will also bring resources to the neighborhood like job fairs, nutritional support and help with eviction prevention.

“As someone who has always worked in the service industry, I welcome this because times are tough,” Stanley said. “If we can’t embrace individuals during difficult times, then what are we? Are we a community?”

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Griffith named Coach of the Year by the Asian Coaches Association

NEW YORK —Columbia’s Megan Griffith was named the CBB Analytics Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year by the Asian Coaches Association. Griffith received the award at the Association’s Women’s Basketball Coaches Conference, presented by AllAthelte, held Thursday at the Women’s Final Four in Minneapolis.

Griffith coached the Lions to their winningest season in program history, going 25-7 overall with a 12-2 Ivy League record. Columbia broke several team records and achieved many program firsts throughout the season, including starting the season 5-0, losing an ACC opponent on the road (Clemson), victory of a record eight-game program, the start of the Ivy League 7–0, entering and winning his first post-season game in 36 years, entering his first Ivy League tournament, qualifying for the tournament championship game and advancing to the quarterfinals of her first Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Columbia’s run to the WNIT Quarterfinals is the deepest of any team in Ivy League history.

In winning 25 games, Columbia beat the program’s previous mark of 21-6, achieved by the 1985-86 Hall of Fame team that won the AIWA New York State Championship that year and s qualified for the NCAA Div. III Regional. The most winning division of the program. The I and Ivy League seasons prior to this year were in 2009-10, when the Lions went 18-10 and 9-5 in the Ivy League.

Griffith has coached two players to All-Ivy League honors this season. Junior Kaitlyn Davis was voted first-team All-Ivy by league coaches, while sophomore Hsu Abbey was named a second-team All-Ivy. It’s only the fourth time since the Lions officially joined the league in 1986-87 that Columbia has placed two players on one of two All-Ivy teams — both of those occasions have been under Griffith’s watch.

Founded in 2011 by current President Mike Magpayo, the Asian Coaches Association strives to give Asian coaches and coaches of Asian descent a network in the world of college basketball coaching. Magpayo, who was a men’s assistant at Columbia when he and others came up with the idea for the organization, is now the men’s head coach at UC Riverside.

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Kremlin document justifies erasing Ukrainian identity as Russia is accused of war crimes

An op-ed from a major Kremlin outlet appears to be justifying the war with its call to erase Ukrainian identity – language that geopolitical experts say is particularly alarming after dozens of dead civilians were found in a kyiv suburb.

Written by Timofei Sergeitsev in RIA Novosti, the rhetoric in the op-ed – titled What Russia Should Do in Ukraine – is inflammatory, even by Russian state media’s usual standards.

He claims that the word “Ukraine” itself is synonymous with Nazism and cannot be allowed to exist.

“Denazification is inevitably also de-Ukrainianization,” writes Sergeitsev, arguing that the idea of ​​Ukrainian culture and identity is wrong.

A prominent scholar whose career has been devoted to the study of historical genocide said he felt sickened reading the article – but he was also convinced the Kremlin was using it to justify atrocities in Ukraine to of the Russian people and the army.

“It’s just a clear and pretty model of what’s going to happen,” said Eugene Finkel, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. “This article has crossed the line from talking about and thinking of the invasion as a sort of collection of war crimes into something much more coordinated.”

Bags containing the bodies of civilians, who locals say were killed by Russian army soldiers, are seen in a cemetery after being picked up from the streets of Bucha, in the Kyiv region. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

When Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the military invasion of neighboring Ukraine on February 24, he justified the war as a way to “demilitarize” and “denazify” the country – totally baseless propaganda.

Yet Sergeitsev’s editorial takes these words and takes them much further, writing that the Ukrainian elite “must be liquidated because re-education is impossible” and since a “significant part of the masses … are passive Nazis and accomplices”, the Russian punishment of Ukrainian people is justified.

A former Canadian ambassador to Ukraine said the words caused him great concern, noting that the editorial read like an instruction manual for Russian soldiers.

“It’s basically ‘license to kill’ rhetoric,” said Roman Waschuk, who continues to work closely with the Zelensky government in Ukraine.

“He says if someone looks terribly Ukrainian to you, you can ‘leave’ them for the good of the cause.”

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The editorial was published on April 3, the same day the bodies of at least dozens of civilians were discovered in the kyiv suburb of Bucha after Russian forces withdrew.

Many bodies showed signs of torture or had their hands tied when they were killed. Eye-witnesss told the media that the civilians had been executed by Russian soldiers during nearly a month of occupation.

Many world leaders have accused the Russian military of committing war crimes, including the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Prettyand want Putin to be investigated as a war criminal.

“Nothing is published without permission”

The key question, of course, is whether the op-ed is channeling real Kremlin policy on Ukraine – or whether the author was trying to nudge Russian leaders in that direction.

While Russian state media is notorious for outrageous claims, RIA Novosti is seen as particularly close to the Kremlin and often tries to mirror official thinking, Finkel said.

“Here we are talking about an official state news agency and nothing is published without permission from above.”

Washcuk says he thinks there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Russia’s intention is to eliminate as many top Ukrainian leaders as possible.

A view of a dragon with the inscription of Russian President Vladimir Putin in its mouth in a pond in Helsinge, Denmark. Some world leaders are suggesting Putin be tried as a war criminal. (Mads Claus Rasmussen via REUTERS)

“Western intelligence agencies were saying in January that Russia was making casualty lists and arrest lists of people they considered hostile to their cause and too Ukrainian,” he said.

“This [editorial] just say the quiet part out loud.”

Other Russian media observers suggest that while it is certainly possible that the op-ed was published with the consent of Kremlin leaders, that is not necessarily the case.

“This is not the official Kremlin line,” said Kirill Martynov, deputy editor of Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s best-known independent media.

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Martynov left Russia in the days following the invasion due to a government crackdown on independent media. He now works from Riga, Latvia.

Martynov said he suspected the author of the article was asked by the editor to provide justification for what was happening in Ukraine – and this editorial is what he offered, reflecting the nature generally ad hoc of the invasion since it began almost six weeks ago.

“They [the Kremlin] started the war for no reason and then they came up with a fantastic explanation as to why it was necessary…the longer the war goes on, the more fantastic the explanations they will give,” Martynov told CBC News.

Sergeitsev, the author of the editorial, has written other extreme articles on Ukraine for the same publication and appeared as an expert on Russian state television, but he is not known in Russia.

On Sunday, people responded by gathering near a mass grave in the town of Bucha, just northwest of the Ukrainian capital kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of committing “genocide” and trying to wipe out the “entire nation” of Ukraine. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Martynov said it was impossible to know what impact a single op-ed like this has on the Russian population, given the constant demonization of Ukraine in state media and other sources of information on war are prohibited.

The Levada Institute, arguably Russia’s most reputable polling institute, reported a week into the war, Putin’s approval rating soared to 83%, but Martynov warns against overdoing it.

“It’s a complicated story of opinion polls in a totalitarian regime,” he said. “People pretend [in order] to keep their families and workplaces safe. »

Since Russian bombs and artillery began demolishing cities like Mariupol and Chernihiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian forces of committing “genocide”, something he reiterated on Monday after the discovery of dead and tortured civilians in Bucha. He said Russia was trying to wipe out the “entire nation” of Ukraine.

Putin meets Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov at the Kremlin in Moscow. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS)

But Finkel, the genocide scholar, said he’s usually extremely reluctant to use the term because it’s so hard to prove.

“The definition of [genocide] are acts committed with the intent to destroy an ethnic, racial or national group,” he said. “There is a tendency to call what we don’t like genocide. But there is a test that is quite difficult to prove: you have to prove intent, which is almost impossible to do.

However, Finkel says that articles like the one in RIA Novosti, as well as speeches denying Ukrainian identity by Vladimir Poutine and former president Dmitry Medvedev indicate a pattern of behavior and, likely, show intent.

“It may not be clear orders from above, ‘kill these people,’ but the combination of state rhetoric and soldiers’ actions on the ground makes me think that [this is] not just some units losing moral discipline – it’s bigger than that.”

For the Ukrainians, the eventual validation of the Russian agenda may not have much immediate impact on the course of the war or even on the military aid provided by Western countries.

But Waschuk says it will certainly make negotiations with Russia more difficult.

“That means it’s much more difficult to come up with temporary peace proposals,” the former ambassador said.

“The Bucha killings are an emotional barrier and it’s harder for Western countries to push Ukraine to end this war.”

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Metallica is selling a 2022 t-shirt to benefit World Central Kitchen

Metallica continues to be one of rock and metal’s most charitable bands, and their latest endeavor has allowed them to send funds to World Central Kitchen in this time of need during the war unfolding in Ukraine.

Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation kicks off its annual giving month earlier this year with a $500,000 donation to WCK – in addition to a recent $100,000 grant – in a bid to bring that number to one. total of $1 million over the next two months.

But that’s just the beginning because until May 31, Metallica’s online store will be offering exclusive merchandise to benefit World Central Kitchen, including a one-of-a-kind Metallica t-shirt created by Andrew Cremeans who is currently available for pre-order. The shirt, seen below, is 100% ring-spun cotton and features a classic fit with a 7/8″ double-needle topstitched collar. Pre-orders are available here.

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“The work Chef José Andrés and the dedicated cooks at World Central Kitchen are doing on the front lines in a humanitarian crisis is nothing short of amazing. We are inspired, humbled and beyond proud to support their teams currently in six European countries serving the millions of Ukrainians who have been forced from their homes. WCK represents everything Metallica and our All Within My Hands foundation stand for in providing meals with dignity and hope around the world,” said Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook comments, “World Central Kitchen is grateful for the support and confidence of Metallica and the All Within My Hands Foundation in our mission. They share our belief that a plate of food is more than just food; it’s hope and a sign that someone cares. Their support will allow us to continue to provide fresh and comforting meals to Ukrainians fleeing their homes as well as those who remain in the country.

Fans can continue to watch Metallica’s online store for more exclusives and additional merchandise, with all proceeds going to this campaign. The Local’s fundraising competition will begin May 2 and run for a month – additional AWMH auctions and raffles will include items including the guitars that James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett will play during their performance of the national anthem at Metallica Night with the San Francisco Giants on May 24.

For those who simply wish to contribute, there is a donation page through the All Within My Hands Foundation website.

World Central Kitchen has focused on helping to feed refugees since the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine on February 24. Since then, they have served more than 5 million meals to refugees in six countries as part of the #ChefsForUkraine campaign. , representing 250,000 meals distributed daily.

All new art created and generously donated by Andrew Cremeans for our exclusive Month of Giving t-shirt! Proceeds go to World Central Kitchen #ChefsForUkraine countryside. Learn more below.

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Songfest returns after a seven-year hiatus

After a seven-year hiatus, Songfest returned to the Bovard Auditorium with artists such as the Trojan Men performing Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls”. (Tara Mojtahedzadeh | Daily Trojan)

Trojan Pride triumphantly hosted Songfest for the first time since 2015 on Saturday at the Auditorium Bovard. One of USC’s oldest traditions, Songfest began in 1954 as a judged fundraiser where student performers showcased their diverse talents and competed against each other while raising proceeds for Troy Camp, a philanthropic organization run by students that offers mentorship to students in South Los Angeles.

Trojan Pride, USC’s official spiritual organization, has been working to bring back Songfest, last attempted in 2018. Logan Barth, the organization’s co-executive director, said he believes Songfest is important for morale. Trojans.

“A big part of Trojan Pride is, obviously, raising the Trojan spirit on campus…we’re doing this to raise the spirit on campus because USC traditions are a big part of life. student here,” said Barth, a freshman majoring in law, history, and culture. “Nurturing them is important to maintain the classic Trojan Horse experience that students come here for.”

The evening started with Trojan Marching Band performing classics such as “USC Fight Song” and popular songs like “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga.

After the marching band, male a cappella group The Trojan Men performed Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls.” The crooning vocals of their soloist Daniel Marable and the song’s meshing with the low tones of fellow soloist Sid Bajaj singing Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” were met with cheers from the audience from the opening note. .

“I really wanted to do something singing-related that was more low-pressure, I just wanted a medium, some sort of outlet to sing,” Trojan Men President Timothy Reilly said. “[Songfest] is an opportunity for guys to get together, sing the music they love, and have fun. It’s exciting to see all these groups on campus.

Next on stage were two US Comedians student performers, Jonathan Krone, a senior specializing in narrative studies, and Angelina Stroud, a senior specializing in journalism. Krone, an eponymous “alpha male”, made jokes about his experiences at USC.

The third act was Spade A Dance, an energetic K-pop dance cover group performing Red Velvet’s “Feel My Rhythm” and TREASURE’s “JIKJIN.”

The first song featured a beautiful performance with fairy costumes to match the light track, while the second reflected a more intense and darker song. Carol Li, co-director of Spade A Dance, said the dance group had fun performing on stage.

“We always love playing in an opportunity like this,” Li said. “It’s not about showing off, but we have a chance to do what we want to do and then we can share the joy with everyone. the world, not just our team members but also people who love K-pop and love to dance.” in general.”

The USC Magic Association then mesmerized the audience by performing a series of awe-inspiring magic tricks.

It was hard to say which was more surprising to the crowd: new member John Hemmer catching a card chosen by Songfest judge Patrick Corbin out of the air with chopsticks while blindfolded or the band correctly predicting that a member of the audience would choose “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. as their favorite show.

“I love how people react to magic,” said Tyler Gibgot, president of the USC Magic Association. “I just realized it’s a great way to bring people together. You know, no matter your age, race, gender, or background, I feel like magic is like a universal language, and that’s why I love it.

The harmonies of the next performance, Mariachi SC, filled the souls of the audience and lifted their spirits as they saw the musicians engulfed in the music.

The show then featured the Sirens, an a cappella group, who sang “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Fugees and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. During their performance of “Bang Bang”, three soloists matched the original singers, even performing the rap parts of the songs.

The only Doo-wop group on campus, the Trousdales, got their start, taking audiences back to the ’50s when Songfest was born. The show was concluded by the Belly Dance Club, which captivated the audience with their lively movements.

At the end of the show, Corbin, who judged the show, felt that Mariachi SC had the best performance. Spade A Dance was also voted winner of the Trojan Choice by members of the public.

“We were extremely pleased with how Songfest went,” Barth said. “It really prepared us to bring this event back, make it a tradition at USC and make sure it doesn’t go away. We thought the performers did an amazing job and the audience enjoyed themselves.

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A line in the sand as Canada fights to push back developers on Juno Beach






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Kampgrounds of America Announces Plans to Build New Headquarters in Billings | News

Press release from Kampgrounds of America:

BILLINGS, Mont. (March 29, 2022) – Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) is building a new headquarters in Billings, MT. The announcement of the new headquarters coincides with KOA’s celebration of 60 years of industry-leading operations in Montana’s Yellowstone Valley.

Since the first KOA opened on the banks of the Yellowstone River in 1962, the company’s international headquarters have been located in Billings. Now the largest network of private campgrounds in the world with over 525 locations, the new building will maintain KOA’s connection to Billings and the greater Montana community as a leader in the outdoor and travel industries.

“KOA has a long history and a bright future in Billings,” said Toby O’Rourke, president and CEO of Kampgrounds of America. “Our new headquarters will not only be a celebration of KOA’s success, but it will also strengthen our connection to the city as we continue to grow our roots in a meaningful way. »

Located in Billing’s West End Transtech Center, the building will feature subtle nods to KOA’s rich history while celebrating the bright and innovative future of camping and outdoor hospitality. The new headquarters will also reflect the surrounding landscape of hills, rimrocks and grassy plains, a nod to KOA’s belief in the importance of the great outdoors.

Designed by A&E in Billings, the building will feature flexible workspaces that promote high performance and reflect fluid business needs. These influences will be seen throughout the building, including reconfigurable and collapsible office walls, flexible workspaces, and intentional office locations that reinforce the connection with nature.

Further improving flexibility and efficiency, a raised floor system will allow KOA to easily reconfigure the building to meet future needs. Ventilation and climate control will be addressed throughout the office and common areas using state-of-the-art daylighting and energy modeling software to ensure the comfort of employees and visitors.

Outside, KOA will celebrate its connection to nature with a seasonal “creek bed” that will facilitate stormwater drainage and provide sustainable irrigation for landscaping. An activity lawn, a large patio with a fire pit, and other outdoor spaces will provide ample opportunity for employees to function as outdoor meeting spaces.

“The connection to nature has been an essential part of the design of our new building,” O’Rourke said. “One of our company’s beliefs is that there are intrinsic health benefits to being in nature and we want this to extend to our workspaces. We envision our new headquarters not only as a space that produces good work, but also creates a work environment that promotes health and sustainability.

Sustainability will be a theme throughout the building through environmentally friendly building practices and materials. KOA is seeking a LEED rating for the building.

KOA begins construction of its new international headquarters in February. An official groundbreaking ceremony will take place on April 8, 2022. Completion of the building is scheduled for the first half of 2023.

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Hundreds and thousands of dots add up to create dazzling works of art

Make points.

Lots of dots.

Lots of dots on the rocks.

What initially looks like a mission for kindergarteners is an elaborate art form and enterprise for Renee Boyce. The Freeland resident is known for creating intricate and colorful mandalas drawn on flat rocks. Using the tiniest of fine brushes and metal dotting tools, she paints hundreds and thousands of dots in designs that she conjures up on the spot, so to speak. No patterns, no stencils, no copies.

His images are in the pattern of a mandala, circular with a radiating central starting point. The designs are complex and delicate, symmetrical but without rotation. Some look like sea urchins. Others appear as shiny beaded jewelry from a distance.

But these are just points. Thick, tactile spots of dots.

“Colors are determined by my mood every time I paint,” Boyce explains, gently covering a series of dots with another layer of blue, by far his favorite color.

Layer upon layer of acrylic paint and contrasting hues give the stone a three-dimensional effect. Resin seals the design for added shine and protection. The pattern appears and the stone seems to swirl hypnotically on itself.

“For me, it’s like an emotional process of doing a mandala,” Boyce, 35, said. “You enter the zone and everything goes away.”

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle”. In recent years, this spiritual and ritual symbol of Hinduism and Buddhism has begun to appear on clothing, in adult coloring books, and on pieces of hard earth.

Boyce is a hit on Etsy, where there is no shortage of amazing mandala stones for sale from around the world. She has thousands of followers on Instagram and Facebook, where she posts under her trade name, Freeland Art Shack.

Boyce was selling successfully at a now-closed Whidbey Island artist consignment store. Plans to sell his creations at numerous regional festivals and art exhibitions have also evaporated with the pandemic.

“For almost three consecutive years, I lived almost entirely from my art. I was making a substantial contribution to household finances,” said Boyce, who lives with her fiancé and son.

Last year, Boyce sold at the Cultus Bay Gardens Summer Arts and Crafts Market, where she had previously exhibited her art and artistry.

“People always love to see her demonstrate her work at her table,” said Cultus Bay Gardens owner Mary Fisher. “After meeting Renee, I was captivated by her presence and how she uses her painting as a meditation and calming centering practice to deal with life in general.”

Pursuing a “kind of experiment” away from previous artistic pursuits, Boyce dove into the endless arts and crafts offerings of the internet right after the birth of her first child.

She came across a global community of precision artists who call themselves “dotters” and willingly share the tricks of their sharp craft.

“I’ve always been really good at looking at something and figuring out how to do it myself,” Boyce said. “I never took an art class. I like to test by fire.

She spent a year practicing this art form. She would put the baby to bed and paint until the wee hours of the morning, trying to figure it out.

As time went on, she said, “I guess it just clicked.”

Elspeth McLean, an Australian artist and art therapist now living in British Columbia, is credited with pioneering what she calls “dotillism”. It differs from pointillism, which uses tiny dots of different colors mixed together to form an image and trick the eye.

Dot paintings have long been associated with the art of Australian Aborigines, whose paintings are said to be drawn to conceal sacred meanings and stories.

Although similar, the two art forms are very different, said Jessica Dalgleish, an Australian artist who befriended Boyce after admiring his work online. Dalgleish, whose dot art includes coasters, tiles, prints and paintings, is called JessyD Designs.

“Dot mandala art does not tell stories like Aboriginal art does,” Dalgleish wrote in an email. “Both are equally beautiful.”

Dalgleish said she was a fan of the small stone earring and pendant mandala jewelry that Boyce perfected at the start of the pandemic. They became his bestsellers.

Pat Sasson can’t get enough of it. She is a board member of Meerkerk Gardens, a non-profit 53-acre woodland garden on Whidbey’s Island that attracts thousands of rhododendron enthusiasts each year.

Sasson first fell in love with Boyce’s flat mandala stones at a craft show four years ago, then with her rock jewelry, then with the artist herself after Boyce generously donated of 10 pieces to the annual Meerkerk Gardens fundraiser.

“She makes these beautiful pendants that I give as Christmas gifts,” Sasson said. “She’s just a nice, generous young woman and she’s so talented. I just love her. And her prices are affordable.

Prices range from $22 to $200 for her mandala stones, jewelry, and small murals; large sizes range from $300 to $1,500, depending on how many hours she puts in each piece. She has also digitized and professionally printed some of her greatest works in prints, stickers and bookmarks.

Small boulders shining with their own natural beauty are also popular with Boyce’s customers. The smooth shine of the beach stones fades far too soon. They dry out, they dull, as any rock hound knows.

Boyce found a way to preserve the wet, detailed look – by turning the tidal offerings into simple jewelry. She rubs the small stones with water and vinegar, lets them dry indoors for weeks, coats them with layers of resin and hangs them from sterling silver necklace chains.

“When you resin them, it brings out that detail,” she says. These sell for $18.

A native of South Carolina, Boyce said she’s unlikely to have much success selling her new art form in the land of slick beaches and Charleston sensibilities.

She is grateful to be on Whidbey Island. Here, locals paint rocks, they hide rocks, they find rocks. The beaches are nothing but rock. Whidbey’s nickname is The Rock.

“I had no idea Whidbey Island Rocks was a thing until I moved here,” Boyce said.

Whidbey Island Rocks, one of hundreds of global bands connected to the Kindness Rocks project, has 27,500 fans on its community Facebook page.

Boyce sometimes joins in the joy of setting off and finding unexpected treasures by placing some of his glowing stones in hidden crevices, under trees, and along paths.

“Or I leave them on the playgrounds for the kids,” she said. “So sometimes I hide behind a tree and wait for someone to find one. It’s so much fun.

For more information on Renee Boyce’s art, visit these sites:

www.facebook.com/FreelandArtShack

www.etsy.com/shop/FreelandArtShack

www.pinterest.com/freelandartshack

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Here’s how the Milwaukee brewers got their name

The city of Milwaukee isn’t afraid of its German heritage. From the abundance of breweries and beer gardens in the city to the game of Beer Barrel Polka in round 7 of the Brewers games, it’s easy to see that this heritage has manifested itself through the celebration of beer.

German immigrants who settled in Milwaukee during the 1800s built dozens of breweries, including some of the largest in the country, and quickly put Milwaukee on the map as a notorious beer town. Around this time, Milwaukeeans from all cultural backgrounds developed another passion: professional baseball.

Why are Milwaukee Brewers called The Brewers? Here is a history of how the Brewers got their team name.

Early Milwaukee Teams

Milwaukee’s first professional baseball team formed in 1877 as the West End Club. Thanks in part to its devoted fan base, the team was promoted to the National League in 1878 and named the “Milwaukee Greys”. However, the team failed to impress in the big league and disbanded after the end of the season.

This seemed to be the main theme for Major League Baseball in Milwaukee. In subsequent seasons, a few short-lived major league teams entertained Milwaukee baseball fans in addition to several more successful minor league teams.

Much like European soccer teams today, professional baseball teams didn’t always have official nicknames in this era. On the contrary, fans and journalists came up with nicknames in a more colloquial way. For example, before becoming the Cubs, Chicago’s North Side team was once nicknamed the Orphans after losing the leadership of their beloved manager.

“Brewers” have entered the professional baseball lexicon the same way. As a tribute to Milwaukee’s famous industry, fans have called many local professional and amateur teams the Brewers. The nickname was cemented on August 4, 1888 when the Milwaukee Sentinel used it to refer to Western League brewers.

In 1891, the team was promoted to the American Association to finish the Cincinnati Kelly’s Killers season. At the time, the American Association was considered a major league, making this team the first major league “Milwaukee Brewers” team in the eyes of the local media. Despite their impressive 21-15 record, the team was demoted at the end of the season.

The Original American League Brewers

Another Milwaukee Brewers team played in the Western League after the 1891 team was promoted. In 1900, Western League officials met in Milwaukee and decided to rename themselves the League American – the same league we know today – in order to compete with the dominant National League.

The American League became a major league in 1901, making the Brewers a major league team. Like last time, however, that major league moment was cut short as the team was sent to St. Louis and renamed the Browns after a season they went 48-89. Interestingly enough, the Baltimore Orioles can trace their organizational history in Milwaukee through this line.

The American Brewers Association (1902-1952)

Other names such as “Cream’s”, “Cream City’s”, and even “Milwaukee’s” were also associated with Milwaukee baseball teams in the early days. But the team that made “Brewers” a synonym for Milwaukee baseball formed in 1902.

This iteration of the Brewers, which played in the minor league American Association, remained in Milwaukee until the end of the 1952 season. The team played at Borchert Field, a baseball stadium that fit into the block houses between 7th and 8th streets and Burleigh and Chambers.

It was watching this team on this field that many of today’s former Brewers fans fell in love with baseball. As Adam McCalvy notes, today’s Brewers organizational legends Bob Uecker and Bud Selig were among fans who had some of their earliest baseball experiences watching the Brewers at Borchert Field.

This team’s combination of on-court success and quirky ownership helped these brewers win the hearts of Milwaukeeans and secured their long tenure in the city. In the 1940s, the team and organization became known for their antics which included various theme parties and even a new pitcher jumping out of a cardboard cake at one point. This team was also responsible for creating Barrelman who returned to the current roster of Brewers mascots in 2015. Throughout their 50 years, these Milwaukee Brewers have won 8 American Association Championships.

Over time Borchert Field fell into disrepair and Milwaukee desired a major league team. So Milwaukee County Stadium was built in hopes that a major league team would move in. In 1953, the Braves happily agreed. It was for the best, but it left no room for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Today’s Milwaukee Brewers

However, after the Braves left after the 1965 season, former Brewers fan Bud Selig led a coalition to bring baseball back to Milwaukee. In 1970 the group bought the Seattle Pilots and Selig changed the name to match his favorite childhood team.

It was the perfect choice.

Despite all that has changed in Milwaukee, the name “Brewers” is just as apt for the city today as it was in the 1800s.

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Mike Wilson: The SS Memory Lane – Salisbury Post

By Mike Wilson

For those who might be inclined to jump to conclusions, I must warn that this is not a nostalgic cruise; rather, it’s about remembering nightmarish summer jobs occasioned by my recent survey of my “lifetime earnings record” on the ssa.gov website while contemplating the potential joys of retirement.

I confess that before reaching the high status of taxpayer, I was a child of the underground money economy. I’m assured that the statute of limitations has now expired, so I admit I’ve mowed lawns (usually for $2), moved a dump truck of fine gravel for my next door neighbor by wheelbarrow up ‘to his beagle enclosures since the gate was too narrow and – worst of all – steam-cleaned a tanker truck used to haul grease and grease away from restaurants. The owner of this business gathered all the 13-year-old boys in the neighborhood on Saturday mornings to clean the truck cabs for $5 a day, and the big truck tank was for those thin enough to fit through the top hatch. in the Chariot. (Hard to believe now, isn’t it?) It was truly disgusting, but potentially more disgusting was the revelation that all that old fat was meant to be made into the “emollients” you ladies will see on the labels. of your lipsticks.

Anyway, back to the official list of federal revenues:

• 1969, $125 — My gym teacher and junior high swim coach ran a YMCA day camp during the summer. So I had to serve as a monitor and lifeguard for five weeks. I rode my bike several miles back and forth and started at 7 a.m. every morning. Most of the time, we took all the campers out into the countryside to a site near Herb Parsons Lake, and there we played games, hiked, fished, and had lunch. Another counselor and I were tasked each day with hauling the large cooler full of half a pint of milk about a quarter of a mile to camp from a lakeside country store. It was there that I first discovered Gatorade, and the hype was such that I was spending a dollar a day – one-fifth of my gross salary – to get an ice-cold liter.

There was an annoying camper named Echelberger who tormented the entire staff. It was easy to understand why his parents didn’t want him home for those five weeks. I picked it up on the last day: I saw a bream nest dug in the mud at the bottom of the lake and I bet it a quarter that it wouldn’t wade and stand on “that stump”. When he triumphantly took the last step, he sank completely.

On rainy days we took alternative trips like a dairy tour. One day on the one-way tour, I found myself stuck in a room where an employee in waders was raking cottage cheese curds into a giant concrete tank. Those familiar with my aversion to most white foods (ranch dressing, mayonnaise, sour cream, etc.) can best appreciate the disaster that was narrowly avoided… Perhaps you can sympathize with my shock at finding out that the Uncle Sam was going to keep $1.75 of my hard-earned $25 that first week.

• 1971, $340 – Our good church friend, Mr. Cannon, owned a sheet metal business that fabricated ductwork and installed central air conditioning systems, sometimes in new construction projects, but he specialized in renovations, especially of huge antebellum mansions in northern Mississippi.

The first scare was my first day, when he arrived hungover and asked if I had a driver’s license. I swallowed and said yes, and soon he was dozing as I guided the one-ton chainring with the 4-speed stick down two-lane Highway 78 for nearly an hour. Arrived at the house, I was treated to a first exploration of the crawl space, where I found rubbish (old whiskey bottles, etc.) and very old animal skeletons. Perhaps I was the first to enter the crawl space that was not hiding from the Yankees. I got used to working under old houses, but I never got used to having fiberglass – which was itchy like the devil – under my clothes every night wrapping conduits all day.

After a few of these homes I thought a new apartment complex would be a giveaway, until I realized that the black clapboard attics of the new apartment buildings were by definition not air conditioned. on our arrival. Summer in Memphis is hot enough without working in a 135 degree oven!

• 1972, $765 – Another church friend, Mr. Clark, had a flooring business, and I was hired that summer to serve as assistant and factotum to his older brother, whose description of work apparently read “only ever lays the floor”. So I took old flooring (which required hours of gouging with a special curved chisel with a shovel handle for old linoleum in sprawling downtown mansions), sanded the bare floor, hauled in rolls of new vinyl-asbestos (yes, the A-word) the floor or carpet, and mopped up while the brother sat on a bucket of caulk, chewed on his cork, and watched impassively. He never uttered a syllable in transit. The crusty old receptionist/accountant called the toilet “the Crapper”.

• 1976, $1,050 — Van-Go (apology) Accessories, Inc. After June graduation and our wedding, we went to Ft. Lauderdale to spend the summer before I start grad school. I had talks with John Deere International Headquarters, but ultimately I couldn’t in good conscience accept a job representing them in Latin America for just two months and then walk away. The state employment commission sent me to a cinder block building with a tin roof where custom seat covers and tilt and swivel seat mounts for van conversions were made. The windowless back room was full of undocumented immigrant seamstresses who couldn’t complain about not being paid overtime for obvious reasons. As a new, efficient shipping clerk, I was able to clear a months-long backlog, so the manager started liking me. He even gave me four new tires for my ’66 Impala if I stayed until the fall. Luckily I didn’t: I saw in October that the unoccupied building had been destroyed by a bomb. The van accessories market has experienced fierce competition…

• 1978, $2,019 — Browning Ferris Industries. It may seem like I’m stepping into the world, but in reality, this company had the garbage collection contract for the then affluent suburb of Germantown, Tennessee. My wife was great with a kid, and when we got back from a year in Mexico, I found out that my graduate student health insurance at UMass had expired. So I took up the challenge of raising $1,800 in cash, the cost on those days of giving birth. Garbage collector for $3.50/h or return to the aluminum factory for $3? It was obvious. Being a garbage collector today is comparatively child’s play. Back then, there were no rolling containers or trucks with mechanical arms to empty them. We were equipped with 60-gallon plastic drums on rolling carts, and we had to go to every backyard to empty the cans. I also equipped myself with a 3 foot long hoe handle to ward off the black labs. July 5 was one of the worst days of my life, as a two-day supply of festering bags of sun-baked rib bones and watermelon rinds awaited us. I got a reprieve for the past two weeks when the foreman graciously put me in charge of driving the dust truck and spraying water on the dirt roads of the landfill.

Maybe now people will understand better when I – despite my abiding love of the outdoors – proclaim that I’m glad my career took place indoors.

Mike Wilson is Chair of Modern Foreign Languages ​​at Catawba College.

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Bethel gymnasts kick off gymnastics world to raise funds for Ukraine

The gymnasts from Kratos Gymnastics in Bethel, CT are taking the initiative and starting a community of gymnasts working to raise funds for their fellow gymnasts going through the hardships of war in Ukraine!

In addition to owning and operating Kratos Gymnastics, Ashley & Mihael Anton opened a non-profit humanitarian foundation called “The Power of A Dream Foundation” during covid to help the lives/careers of young gymnasts. Mihael, a Romanian immigrant to America, knew he had to act when war hit near his birthplace.

Knowing the despair that the Ukrainian people would face, Ashley and Mihael decided it was time to change the initiative with their foundation and focus on raising funds for Ukrainian gymnasts who need help more than anyone. in the world right now.

While working with members of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee and the Ukrainian Gymnastics Federation to find ways to help, Ashley and Mihael learned of the passing of promising Olympic hopeful Katya Dyachenko and knew that they had to take immediate action.

Noting that gymnasts still living in Ukraine were using Zoom as their primary means of continuing to train because leaving home was unsafe and gymnastics gyms were being bombed, Ashley and Mihael spoke with members of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee and of the gymnastics federation and began coordinating Master Class Zoom events. to raise awareness of the world situation in Ukraine while raising both the morale and the money of the gymnasts living there!

The first upcoming event took place on Sunday, March 27 and was hosted by 2012 Olympic silver medalist Nataliya Leshchyk. The gymnasts made a tax-deductible donation of $100 to the Power of A Dream Foundation to join in person or virtually. As gymnasts around the world tuned in to train through a paid donation, 16 gymnasts aged 8-12 still living in Ukraine tuned in for free, opening their cameras to support gymnasts their age to step up the ante. moral and have an “international” training experience.

In addition to the registration fee, donations totaling $1,200 were collected for the first event, all of which were sent to Ukraine for distribution to families in need.

This weekend, Sunday, April 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. New York time, Kratos Gymnastics/The Power of A Dream Foundation will host a second Master Class. This time, World Championship silver medalist Irina Kovalchuk will be the host. There are 18 Ukrainian gymnasts to join us from Ukraine, as well as gymnasts who registered to participate from all over the world, again donating to participate!

Artistic and rhythmic gymnastics enthusiasts of all levels are invited to participate in the event by visiting https://go.rallyup.com/gsg/Campaign/Details. Once registered, each gymnast will receive a personal fundraising page to help with crowdfunding! Humanitarian supporters can donate any amount by visiting the fundraising page!

Moreau Leotard USA is a corporate sponsor of the event.

Moreau was established in 1984 in France to provide the gymnastics market with variety and quality design. Since its founding 36 years ago, Moreau has strived to bring innovation to the gymnastics leotard environment. The Moreau company is the leader on the European market. In July 2018, Moreau decided to implement an ambitious new international project in the United States with CM Distribution, which is the official distributor in this area. CM Distribution and Moreau Company work together to meet the expectations of the American Gymnastics market.

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Ukrainian MPs urge Canada to send ‘heavy weapons’ to help defend against Russian invasion

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, MP and chair of the European Union integration committee, said that if Canada cannot deliver weapons from its own supply, she hopes it will allocate additional funds to buy some for Ukraine.Janice Dickson/The Globe and Mail

A Ukrainian delegation of MPs visiting Ottawa is urging the federal government to provide more military aid quickly, saying the country needs lethal weapons to defend against Russian forces.

The group this week met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and a handful of cabinet ministers, senators and MPs from all parties in a bid to rally more support. Ukrainian MPs listed three priority areas in which they said their country needed more help: new sanctions against Russia, financial aid – and more weapons.

“If you want to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine, give us more weapons and now, urgently,” said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, MP and chair of the European Union Integration Committee. , in an interview with The Globe and Mail, describing the main purpose of the delegation. message to the Canadian government.

“We didn’t hear no, we heard there was a will to do more.”

Canada has sent several tranches of military equipment to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, since the first attack by Russian forces in late February. But Defense Minister Anita Anand said the stock of available Canadian Armed Forces equipment is now depleted. She and Trudeau said the government was instead considering buying off-the-shelf weapons for Ukraine.

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Yevheniya Kravchuk, an MP and deputy chair of the Humanitarian Policy and Information Committee, told a press conference on Friday that the Ukrainian army has liberated villages in key regions and that “we cannot not do this with guns”. We must have heavy weapons to expel the Russians from our territory.

Ms Klympush-Tsintsadze said that if Canada cannot deliver from its own supply, she hopes the government will allocate additional funds to purchase weapons for Ukraine, noting that “it would make a difference on the ground” .

On Friday, Trudeau heard from cabinet ministers and senior officials at an “incident response group” meeting to discuss the war in Ukraine.

“The Prime Minister and Ministers discussed the humanitarian, financial and military assistance Canada has provided to Ukraine to date and explored options to further respond to Ukraine’s changing needs in the face of aggression. continues from Russia,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement. about the meeting.

The Canadian government is also working on a financial initiative that would allow other countries to donate money to Ukraine and help its economy, according to Klympush-Tsintsadze. In addition to that effort, she said she “hopes” more money will be committed for Ukraine in the federal budget, which will be tabled next week.

The five Ukrainian deputies will return to Washington DC, for further meetings there, before returning home to Ukraine.

Ms Klympush-Tsintsadze said her trip away from Ukraine was emotional. As she flipped through the interactive map on the plane, showing “this small country of ours on the map, and the huge country attacking us”.

“It was the first time it made me cry,” she said, noting that now is not the time for emotions, although she is unsure how the trauma will affect everyone. .

She said she wanted to emphasize how urgent it is to maintain focus, engagement and commitment to support Ukraine.

“This is not Ukraine’s war. It is the Russian war against humanity and the genocide against the Ukrainian people and the Russian war against the world order, the values, the democracy, the world which allows us to prosper, which allows you to prosper.

Ms. Kravchuk said a good reminder of the war took place in Mr. Trudeau’s office on Thursday.

“On my phone the airborne siren went off and that means in the neighborhood where my eight year old daughter lives there was an attempted airstrike and my daughter had to go to the basement instead of go to school,” she said. . Her husband is a policeman who fights Russian forces.

“The moment is crucial for us. To be slow means to fail, so we ask for support to be on time, to be fast, and we will win.

With reports from The Canadian Press


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Canada extends military mission in Iraq for another year – National

Canada is extending its military mission in Iraq and the Middle East for a year.

Defense Minister Anita Anand announced the 12-month extension on Thursday evening, just hours before the current mandate expires.

Minister of National Defense Anita Anand arrives for a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Thursday, March 31, 2022.


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This comes even as Canada has steadily reduced its military footprint in the region as the focus in Iraq, in particular, has shifted from defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to countering the influence growing in Iran.

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The Canadian Armed Forces, which first deployed troops to Iraq in October 2014 as ISIL threatened to take control of the country and neighboring Syria, previously had more than 800 troops in the region.

The Canadian mission at various times included fighter jets, transport and surveillance aircraft, helicopters as well as military trainers and special forces troops working alongside Kurdish and Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIL.

But the mission has since shrunk in size and importance as worries about ISIL have been replaced by fears about Iran’s growing influence in Iraq and the region, and other crises and threats such as that Russia, China and the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.

In February, Canada had only about 300 members of the Armed Forces assigned to what is called Operation Impact, with about 250 intelligence, logistics and command personnel in Kuwait, 50 trainers in Jordan and in Lebanon and only a handful of soldiers in Iraq.

“The Canadian Armed Forces has been working with partners and allies since 2014 to improve the capabilities of Iraqi security forces,” Anand said in a statement.

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“The Canadian Armed Forces also provided training and capacity building assistance to the Jordanian Armed Forces and the Lebanese Armed Forces.

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The decision to extend Canada’s military mission in Iraq comes as the Armed Forces are asked to provide additional troops and equipment to Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and that it is struggling with a lack of staff.

It also coincides with a political stalemate in Baghdad following repeated failures to elect a new president and escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, with the latter launching ballistic missile attacks in the region in recent weeks.

Bessma Momani, one of Canada’s top Middle East experts at the University of Waterloo, said the decision to extend the mission comes at a critical time for Iraq as the country teeters toward collapse amid of a proxy war between the United States and Iran.

Although Canada’s contribution is largely symbolic at this stage, Momani said, “Now is not the time to step aside. It just sends all the wrong messages. Iraq is far too fragile to pull out right now.

Canada’s mission has largely escaped the public eye, but it has had its share of controversy over the years. These include questions about whether Canadian troops were in combat and concerns about the selection of Canadian-trained Iraqi troops.

The Liberals have also been criticized for withdrawing Canadian fighter jets after taking power in 2015, while Canada’s partnership with Iraq’s Kurdish minority has put that country in an awkward position over Kurdish calls for Iraqi independence.

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A Canadian soldier was killed while participating in Operation Impact. sergeant. Andrew Doiron died after Kurdish forces mistakenly shot the Canadian special forces member. Three other Canadians were injured in the “friendly fire” incident.

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Prince Charles opens sustainability lab in Cambridge

Prince Charles visited a refurbished old telephone exchange and met a group of international students during a series of engagements in Cambridge today.

The Prince of Wales, 73, unveiled a plaque at the University of Cambridge’s low-carbon Entopia Building, which is the new home of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

It was a 1930s telephone exchange before it was modernized, including solar panels on the roof.

The Prince, himself a Cambridge University graduate, then met international students from King’s College, who are on a Prince of Wales Scholarship, before a visit to the Whittle Laboratory to learn more about work to achieve net zero aviation.

The Prince of Wales, Founding Royal Patron of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership unveils a plaque alongside CEO Clare Shine during a visit to the Entopia Building, CISL’s new headquarters, during of his visit to the city of Cambridge

Charles in Aerothermal Technology and Director of the Whittle Laboratory, Professor Rob Miller (fourth from left) with the Prince of Wales during his tour of the Whittle Laboratory

Charles in Aerothermal Technology and Director of the Whittle Laboratory, Professor Rob Miller (fourth from left) with the Prince of Wales during his tour of the Whittle Laboratory

The Prince of Wales (centre) during his visit to the Whittle Laboratory in Cambridge.  It was a 1930s telephone exchange before it was modernized, including solar panels on the roof

The Prince of Wales (centre) during his visit to the Whittle Laboratory in Cambridge. It was a 1930s telephone exchange before it was modernized, including solar panels on the roof

The Prince of Wales is shown a Lotus-designed bike during his visit to the Whittle Laboratory

The Prince of Wales is shown a Lotus-designed bike during his visit to the Whittle Laboratory

At King’s College, the prince met seven international students who have benefited from scholarships.

Since 2010, Charles has been patron of the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, which supports international students from Commonwealth countries who wish to study at Cambridge.

He took the time to talk to the students, discuss their studies and joke with them.

He told student Paul Muiru, from Kenya, who is completing a doctorate in history: “Are you continuing the wonderful Kenyan tradition of running?

“You always win every marathon.

“Incredible, incredible.”

Charles is pictured with Whittle Laboratory Director Professor Rob Miller (left) during his tour of the Whittle Laboratory

Charles is pictured with Whittle Laboratory Director Professor Rob Miller (left) during his tour of the Whittle Laboratory

Charles meets the staff at the Whittle Laboratory where she learned about net zero aviation

Charles meets the staff at the Whittle Laboratory where she learned about net zero aviation

Mr Muiru, 40, then said it was “very exciting” to meet the prince.

“I was nervous but a really good, memorable time,” he said.

“I am glad to have met the prince.

“He’s very smart, I love him.”

Vishaan Udandarao from India said: “At first I was amazed when he came in, but when he started talking to us it was like a normal conversation.

Happy Charles!  The royal also met Cambridge Trust students who benefit from Prince of Wales scholarships

Happy Charles! The royal also met Cambridge Trust students who benefit from Prince of Wales scholarships

The Prince of Wales unveils a plaque alongside CEO Clare Shine (left) during a visit to the University of Cambridge's Entopia building

The Prince of Wales unveils a plaque alongside CEO Clare Shine (left) during a visit to the University of Cambridge’s Entopia building

The 22-year-old, who is studying for a masters in machine learning, continued: “He was really knowledgeable, quite humorous too.

“He made me laugh, it was quite fun talking to him.

“He knew a lot about the estate and he would tell some of his anecdotes about my estate.

“It’s good that he was very kind to the conversation.”

At the university’s Whittle Laboratory, Charles was joined by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

Mr Kwarteng said it was ‘fantastic’ to accompany the prince on a visit to ‘one of our country’s great centers of learning to learn about some of the amazing new zero-emission technologies currently in the pipeline. development course at the world-class Whittle Laboratory”. ‘.

The Prince of Wales accesses the roof area with solar panels (not pictured) of the Entopia building during his visit to Cambridge

The Prince of Wales accesses the roof area with solar panels (not pictured) of the Entopia building during his visit to Cambridge

The Prince of Wales meets staff during a tour of the Whittle Laboratory in Cambridge

The Prince of Wales meets staff during a tour of the Whittle Laboratory in Cambridge

He added: “We are determined to seize the economic opportunities of the global transition to greener aviation technologies, which will help secure growth and thousands of jobs across the country.”

Professor Rob Miller, Director of the Whittle Laboratory, said: “Achieving a climate-neutral aviation sector is one of society’s greatest challenges.

“Solving it will take a complex combination of technology, business, human behavior and politics.

“We have assembled a world-class team of academics and industry experts to meet this challenge.”

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Sunflower Hill Hires Lenard-Benson as New Executive Director | News

Jen Lenard-Benson takes on the role of Sunflower Hill’s new executive director, the organization’s board announced last week.

Lenard-Benson has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and is skilled in strategic planning, fundraising, advocacy and board development, according to nonprofit officials. nonprofit that serves adults with developmental disabilities in the Tri-Valley and beyond.

“I have deep roots in the nonprofit sector and housing for underserved populations and I am delighted to engage with residents, participants, volunteers, donors, parents, caregivers, partners and the community,” Lenard-Benson told the Weekly.

She succeeds Janet Cohen, who served as interim chief executive when former executive Edie Nehls left in October.

“We are thrilled to have Jen bring to Sunflower Hill her nonprofit development and management expertise gained over her years in the sector,” said Kathy Layman, Chair of Sunflower Hill’s Board of Directors. “His broad and growing fundraising and strategic leadership responsibilities, coupled with his ability to build relationships with key stakeholders who are passionate about the mission, will be an asset to the organization.”

Lenard-Benson moved from Northwest Indiana to the Bay Area 11 years ago and has since connected and engaged with the area, including the Tri-Valley area. She brings with her extensive knowledge of the nonprofit sectors in the United States and Canada, Sunflower Hill officials said.

Additionally, Lenard-Benson is an advocate for affordable child care for low-income families and provides women with crisis services, including support for families affected by domestic violence.

“I look forward to working with staff to implement the organization’s strategic priorities, which include the co-development of inclusive affordable housing, the creation of multidisciplinary transition and independent and interdependent living training programs, and creating clear and accessible language about who we are and what we do,” she said.

“I am honored to join such a respected and established nonprofit and look forward to continuing the vital work of the organization,” she added.

Lenard-Benson said she felt honored to join a highly respected and established nonprofit organization like Sunflower Hill.

“As CEO, I look forward to working with the Board and staff to achieve the organizational mission, vision and strategic plan, as well as overseeing operations,” she said.

Lenard-Benson graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in social work and gender studies. She is also certified in fundraising management from Indiana University.

Speaking about her work at Sunflower Hill, she said she was excited to pursue the organization’s vision.

“Work as an organizational champion to advance the organization’s mission and vision and will focus on achieving short-term goals while working toward long-term sustainability,” Lenard-Benson said. “I look forward to championing our next chapter.”

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The Missouri Democrats’ new Senate nominee was the white queen’s ball

In December 1977, Trudy Busch, heiress to the Anheuser-Busch fortune in Missouri, was crowned “Queen of Love and Beauty” at the controversial Veiled Prophet Ball. Outside, two protesters from a civil rights group, ACTION, were arrested for demonstrating against him. Inside, photos from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch show, Busch stood alongside the “veiled prophet”: a man chosen to oversee the annual ball whose identity remains hidden under a white cloth resembling the balaclavas worn by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The 1977 ceremony marked a special anniversary for the Veiled Prophet Organization, an elite secret society in Missouri dedicated to maintaining white supremacy and unchecked corporate power. It was founded by former Confederate officers following the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 – an effort to forge a populist, multiracial working-class coalition to oppose the robber barons of the day – and began hosting the ball as its annual celebration after federal troops broke up the workers’ revolt. A hundred years later, the affair was less secret but no less controversial.

A digitally archived page from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published December 23, 1977 shows Trudy Busch Valentine as the crowned queen of the St. Louis Veiled Prophet Ball.

Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It would have been difficult for Busch — now Busch Valentine and incoming Democratic Senate nominee from Missouri — to avoid learning of the controversy. At the time Busch won the title, blacks and Jews were not allowed to join the organization; that would not happen until 1979. In 1972, five years before Busch’s coronation, activist Gena Scott entered the ballroom and unmasked the “veiled prophet”; Scott’s car was then bombed and his house was vandalized. One of the 1977 protesters was arrested for using a “crippling chemical spray” in the case the previous year. And during Busch’s coronation, “there were extensive and extraordinary security measures,” a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article said.

“I believe in the importance of working together and healing divisions – and that starts with acknowledging my own past shortcomings,” Busch Valentine wrote in a statement to The Intercept. “I didn’t quite understand the situation. I should have known better, and I deeply regret and apologize that my actions hurt others. My life and work go far beyond that, and as a candidate for the next U.S. Senator from Missouri, I pledge to work tirelessly to be a force for progress in healing our country’s racial divisions.

Busch came back at least twice more for the ball. The following year, she “walked the hall and chatted with the man wearing the golden tunic and heavy veils of the Prophet before being escorted to her seat amid former queens”, according to a January 1979 article. in the Post Dispatch. And in 1990, after decades of protests from civil rights activists, she returned to be honored alongside other former queens. (The event still continues today.)

The prom story exploded in the mainstream press last year when it was revealed that Hollywood actor and Missouri native Ellie Kemper of the TV show ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ had been crowned queen in 1999 Kemper issued a lengthy apology, saying he had no knowledge of the organization’s sordid foundation – although the Klan-like insignia, including the high wizard-like costumes, should have been a clue.

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Left/Top: Trudy Busch Valentine as crowned queen of the Saint Louis Veiled Prophet Ball is seen in a digitally archived St. Louis Post-Dispatch page published December 23, 1977. Right/Bottom: George Johnson leads an ACTION manifesto as as Black Veiled Prophet on December 21, 1970.Photos: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Busch); Collections of the Ted Dargan/Missouri Historical Society (ACTION protest)

Monday, Busch Valentine announced a Senate candidacy in the Democratic primary. Her late and unexpected campaign to succeed retired Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., coincided with the exit from the race of former Democratic Sen. Scott Sifton, who immediately endorsed her.

Sifton had received support from many elected Missouri Democrats, including state auditor Nicole Galloway, but struggled to raise funds. Leading challenger and political outsider Lucas Kunce, a populist Navy veteran, had outplayed him — along with the many Republicans in the race. In Busch Valentine, the Missouri Democratic Party will get a high-profile donor and insider, the one who held a fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 at her family estate. His brother August Busch III is also a prolific donor, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Republican primary candidate and his potential general election rival, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

The seat is generally seen as a shoo-in for Republicans, though the allegations against GOP frontrunner, former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, could create an opening for Democrats. Greitens resigned from the governorship in 2018 after being accused of sexual abuse and campaign finance violations. In a court filing last week, his ex-wife Sheena Greitens, a professor of public policy at the University of Texas at Austin, accused him of physically assaulting her and one of their sons.

The Senate candidate has denied all the allegations and has consistently portrayed himself as the victim of a witch hunt like former President Donald Trump, a narrative that has so far been successful with primary voters, who consistently rank him as their first choice. But many in the Republican Party establishment have concerns. In 2012, former Democratic senator Claire McCaskill won after her Republican opponent was criticized for bizarrely claiming that there was “legitimate rape” in response to a question about abortion. After the allegations last week, Blunt, who did not announce an endorsement, called on Greitens to drop out of the race. Meanwhile, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., threw his support behind Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., setting her up for a rise to replace Greitens.

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Canadian workers denounce US-NATO war campaign against Russia and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

the World Socialist Website has spoken in recent weeks with workers who have denounced Russia’s reactionary invasion of Ukraine and the aggressive US and NATO war campaign against Russia. Contrary to the pro-war propaganda broadcast daily by the corporate-controlled media and the war fever that has gripped much of the middle class, working people across Canada have no enthusiasm for the aggressive warmongering of US and Canadian imperialism, which plays a particularly provocative role in the conflict.

Laurent Lafrance, national leader of the Pan-Canadian Educator Grassroots Security Committee (CERSC), recently posted an anti-war video message on behalf of the committee on Twitter.

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CERSC was created by educators last year to fight for a Zero COVID policy.

“We unequivocally condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which only produces destruction, death and divides the Russian and Ukrainian working class,” Lafrance said. “But we also oppose the provocations of the imperialist powers of NATO, which has extended to Russia’s borders in the three decades since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and has deliberately sought to incite the current conflict.

Lafrance’s message ended with an urgent appeal to educators and other sections of the workforce to join the fight against war and end the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is not only necessary but urgent to build an anti-war movement among school workers and the working class as a whole,” he said. “This is inseparable from a fight to eradicate the pandemic in the world. It is on these two fronts that our committee is working with determination alongside our supporters in the International Workers Alliance of Rank-and-File Committees (IWA-RFC).

Canadian Armed Forces personnel training Ukrainian troops (CAF-Operation Unifier)

“We call on teachers and school workers in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere to form their own independent committees and join the struggle for socialism.”

Malcolm, a teacher from British Columbia, opposed the imperialist powers’ reckless push for World War III in a powerful contribution at a recent CERSC meeting.

“I have no interest and I actively oppose any involvement of the Canadian government, my government, in an armed conflict so that Ukraine can join NATO, an imperialist military alliance,” said Malcolm, who describes the war campaign against Russia as “power, control and geopolitical rivalry.

“The Ukrainian government is presented to the world as a kind of liberal and tolerant state, a beacon of democracy.

“But this is exactly the same playbook that the Western media deploys in every war campaign. Theocratic and fundamentalist mujahideen were portrayed as revolutionary supporters during the Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s, the reactionary Kuwaiti monarchy portrayed as the modern equivalent of French Resistance fighters, the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army as fighters heroes of freedom.

“It is always accompanied by propaganda of atrocities. In the run up to Congressional hearings of the 1991 Gulf War, a young woman named Nayirah heard testimony from a young woman who claimed to be a nurse during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and said she saw Iraqi soldiers entering his hospital, snatching babies from their incubators and leaving them on the floor to die. It was a lie, she was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States and was part of a campaign by the Kuwaiti government to sway public opinion. The media reported the allegations as fact, and Western leaders repeated them again and again to justify and cover up their true imperialist motives.

Malcolm concluded by drawing a parallel with the ruling elite’s support for war and its murderous politics during the pandemic. “The political establishment, media elites, economic moguls and investors have been telling working people for two years that they have to live with a virus that has killed millions of us,” he said. declared. “They didn’t become bleeding heart humanitarians overnight. The principle of profits before lives, increased access to markets and natural resources, the pursuit above all of continued economic profit is exactly the same principle guiding the response to the conflict in Ukraine. The fight for Zero COVID and international disarmament are one and the same, and this can only be carried by an international working class movement. In the face of threats of nuclear war and a pandemic that shows no signs of ending, the fate of the planet depends on us to build our movement.

The WSWS also spoke with a railway worker at CP Rail, where the company seized on the high commodity prices produced by imperialist powers’ sanctions on Russia and the disruption of supply chains during the pandemic to justify locking out 3,000 drivers and engineers to prevent a strike. . Railway workers had previously voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike to fight for better wages and pensions, and an end to punitive and disciplinary regimes.

He said: “This [Russia-Ukraine] war is good for CP Rail. They are happy for it. Employees don’t ask for much, just basic things that are necessary for a reasonable life. CP is a multi-billion dollar company, and I see no reason why employees shouldn’t be treated with fairness and respect. But it’s ‘No, fuck you!’ then they are locked out.

The WSWS received many comments from British Columbia (BC). Will, a teacher from Vancouver Island, said, “I don’t agree with NATO’s expansion and encroachment on foreign soil. I disagree with all wars that are waged in the name of capitalism at the expense of the working class of all nations, including the current situation in Ukraine.

Andrew, a hospitality worker, said: “The discordant shift from pro-economic COVID coverage by government and media to oversimplified narratives about freedom and democracy regarding the conflict in Ukraine shows the power of a neoliberal private-public partnership to spread ruling class narratives and revelations about the cracks in the foundations of our so-called liberal democracies.

“Again, the working class is disproportionately affected by capitalist solutions to the crises of capitalist creation.”

Nella, an office worker in northern British Columbia, added, “I can’t believe all the so-called progressives are screaming Russian blood. The ruling class sat down and allowed hundreds of thousands of infections, possibly millions and thousands of preventable deaths, and now they want us to believe they’ve turned into humanitarians? Leave me alone. But what’s worse is the incredible stupidity of the liberal middle classes who bought it, hook, line and sinker.

“Why should I support NATO expansion? What do I get from Ukraine joining a Western military alliance, other than the threat of thermonuclear war hanging over my head? So far the only thing I’ve gained is a bigger gas bill. I’m old enough to know that we don’t care about freedom and democracy in foreign lands if it doesn’t meet our material interests.

A retired relative from British Columbia who wished to remain anonymous told us: “We did nothing when the United States invaded Iraq, we joined them when the United States invaded and occupied Afghanistan, we helped bomb Libya, we imposed killings of civilians and illegal sanctions on countries like Iran, Venezuela and Syria. As for the invasion itself, it is obviously illegal, just as the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were illegal. Without provocation, says the West? No. If you’ve paid attention to world events over the past few decades, you know Russia has been consistent. No NATO enlargement. Yet that is exactly what NATO has done and continues to do. Would the United States accept weapons of war on Mexican or Cuban soil?

He also noted the support of imperialist powers for far-right forces in Ukraine, commenting, “CTV had to apologize for airing two female Ukrainian soldiers wearing Nazi symbols. Is that the kind of people we support? »

An Ontario educator said: “In this warlike world that yearns for more destruction and more social inequality, I oppose the war in Ukraine orchestrated by NATO and its cronies, for example France , the United States and Canada. We are witnessing incredible misinformation about the origins and causes of this historic conflict.

“The working class must unite and oppose wars. All wars. As an educator, I have a moral and professional responsibility to make this situation known to my students and to guide them to learn more about this war and the struggle of the working class.

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Caring: Rotary learns of new hospice in High Country | News






AMOREM Director of Development Brittany Bonn unveils the non-profit hospice’s plans to build a 7-bed patient care unit in Boone for members of the Rotary Club of Blowing Rock at the Meadowbrook Inn, March 28.



BLOWING ROCK – With more than 1,200 High Country residents served and approximately 150 active patient cases in the area now, it makes sense that the nonprofit AMOREM Hospice and Palliative Care would add a patient care unit to Boone . That’s the message heard by the Rotary Club of Blowing Rock on Monday, March 28 at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock.

Brittany Bonn, director of development and Kerri McFalls, vice president of community engagement were the guest speakers for Rotary’s weekly lunch meeting.







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Appalachian Architecture designed the new 7-unit patient care unit for the nonprofit AMOREM hospice and palliative care at Lenoir. Here is the architectural firm’s rendering of the new facility that will be based on the eastern outskirts of Boone.



AMOREM is the result of a 2021 merger of Burke Hospice and Palliative Care with Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care. The units of the now combined organization have been in operation for nearly 40 years and the new combined organization is the only non-profit hospice provider serving Ashe, Burke, Caldwell and Watauga counties, but, according to the website of the company’s service area also includes Avery, Wilkes, Catawba, Alexander, McDowell, Rutherford, Lincoln and Cleveland counties.

“When we merged,” Bonn said, “we couldn’t think of a more apt way to describe what we do for the care of our patients and their families than AMOREM, which in Latin means ‘the act of love “.”

Almost everyone in the room raised their hands at the request of Bonn who had been touched by palliative care in the past, so the basic theme needed no introduction.

“Palliative care is the spiritual, emotional and physical support of a person living with a terminal illness and with a life expectancy of six months or less. They are facing the last year of their life. We consider our Our job is not just to treat the individual patient but also to take care of their family. Together, the patient and their family constitute our ‘unit of care’,” Bonn said.

Bonn said care is provided by a team of experts, including a nurse, a social worker, a chaplain and, if the patient wishes, a caregiver and a volunteer support person.







Kerri McFalls

Kerri McFalls is the vice president of community engagement for the nonprofit hospice, AMOREM. McFalls and Director of Organizational Development Brittany Bonn (not pictured) unveiled plans for a new 7-bed patient care unit in Boone for the Rotary Club of Blowing Rock on March 28, at the Meadowbrook Inn .



“The majority of palliative care is provided in the patient’s home,” Bonn said, “or wherever they call home. We also provide palliative care to patients living in long-term care facilities and even follow patients to hospital if they have certain needs. Our goal is to keep the patient comfortable, in the place of their choice, to support their family and help them have the best possible quality of life in their remaining days.

While AMOREM provides hospice and hospice care wherever needed, a self-contained care unit is for times when home or long-term care facility models are not working.

Bonn and McFalls showed renderings of a new 7-bed patient care unit slated for construction on Archie Carroll Road on the eastern outskirts of Boone near Old US 421 South, next to their High administration building. Country.

Noting that the other three patient care units similar to what they are building in the High Country are the William E. Stevens, Jr. facility in Kirkwood (Lenoir), the Forlines in Hudson, and the Valdese (in Valdese), Bonn said they each have their own personality.

“Lenoir’s is like a bed and breakfast,” Bonn said. “The other two are more like beautiful, modern hotels. We want them to fit the area they are in. For the new Watauga patient care unit, we are aiming for more of a mountain lodge feel. “

McFalls said he raised about $3 million in the new unit High Country’s fundraising campaign, aiming for $8 million.

“For our most recent facility, we were able to move in debt-free after we waived all construction costs up front,” Bonn said. “That’s our goal for Boone’s as well.”

Having good palliative care available in the community can relieve stress on hospital resources and save patients money on medical bills, Bonn said.







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Representatives of the hospice and hospice association AMOREM told the Rotary Club of Blowing Rock on March 28 that the organization was building a new 7-bed patient care unit in Boone, completing three similar units downstairs. the mountain.




“Last year in the High Country just over 25% of hospitalized patients died in hospital,” Bonn said. “Down the mountain where we have patient care units, only 6% died in hospital. In their final days, the vast majority of patients do not need the full resources of a hospital, but that’s what they pay. . A self-contained care unit has many advantages.”

McFalls and Bonn said AMOREM had already applied for and received their certificate of need from the state for a patient care unit. This usually means that another palliative care provider will not be able to duplicate their efforts in that area.

“It’s a big deal for AMOREM to have already gone through the process of receiving their Certificate of Need,” said Alice Salthouse, a Rotarian listening to the presentation with great interest as she is CEO of High Country Community Health. , a non-profit provider organization based in Boone. “They are meeting an important need in our community and performing a vital service.”

In describing the 9,000 square foot facility designed by Appalachian Architecture, Bonn said each of the seven bedrooms will be L-shaped to provide maximum privacy for patients and visiting family members. In addition, they will each have outdoor patios on which patient beds can be rolled out.

AMOREM is perhaps North Carolina’s most experienced palliative care provider.

“We opened the first free-standing palliative care unit in the state of North Carolina in 1989,” Bonn said. “It was in Lenoir, a 6-bed unit. The Hudson patient care unit is 12 beds and the Valdese unit is 14 beds. These beds are there for patients whose needs cannot be met If they have a need for symptom control, a need for pain control, or if it’s going to be really difficult for a patient to go through the end of their life at home, that’s why we’re the.”

Bonn told the touching story of a young mother who had the goal of not dying in her house because her children would continue to live there.

“She didn’t want that to be their last memory of her in that space,” Bonn said.

AMOREM was called upon by the Appalachian Regional Health System to provide palliative care services in the High Country in 2014, Bonn said.

“So we have expanded our service area to include Ashe, Avery, and Watauga counties. We have established a workstation and have a local team to provide support to patients in this community. In November of last year we had served over 1,200 patients in our reach and so did our experience,” Bonn said. “We saw that the High Country needed a local care unit. For family members, having to go up and down the mountain to see their loved ones during their final days is an unnecessary burden if we have the same facilities here.”

McFalls added that the Boone facility will also have a community meeting room large enough to accommodate about 90 people.

“When you consider the generosity of donors and volunteers who support us,” Bonn said, “this facility is developed for the community, by the community.”

For more information on the fundraising campaign as well as planned facilities, interested parties should contact Brittany Bonn, Director of Development, AMOREM, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, 28645. Phone: (828) 754-0101. Email: [email protected]

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Dietetic interns organize the largest volunteer project in the program’s history | MUSK

Two dietetic interns from the Medical University of South Carolina channeled their passion for child nutrition into a community-wide volunteer project that resulted in 40,000 packaged meals for children in Haiti.

“I can’t believe these two young women succeeded – not that I doubted it, but they did so much more than I expected,” said Kelley Martin, registered dietitian and program director. dietetic trainees.

Kylie Purifoy and Elizabeth Uliana

Each year, 12 dietetic interns come to the Charleston campus to participate in the internship, each having earned a bachelor’s degree from a college that offers nutritional science. However, before they can take the national dietitian exam, they must complete a clinical program and gain experience in a variety of settings. Sodexo, MUSC’s catering services contractor, offers the internship so that interns can gain experience in a clinical setting. Additionally, interns rotate through community settings like the Lowcountry Food Bank, dialysis clinics, and with the WIC nutrition program.

Throughout the year, interns also carry out special projects. Kylie Purifoy and Elizabeth Uliana have been tasked with coordinating the project associated with National Nutrition Month, which is observed each March.

This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has decided that the theme of the month should be “Celebrate a World of Flavor” – a theme that has resonated with Purifoy.

Purifoy already knew she wanted to do something with the group Mission of Hope, which works in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the theme offered the perfect opportunity.

Purifoy first encountered Mission of Hope when she was a student at Texas A&M. She had experience with a number of missionary groups, but Mission of Hope was unlike any group she had worked with.

“Nutrition is a pillar of their organization, it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with it,” she said.

two young girls in hairnets work at a volunteer food packing table
Purifoy and Uliana were thrilled with the number of volunteers at the meal packing event. Many volunteers brought their children to help.

The group distributes more than 100,000 meals every day to children in schools and orphanages in Haiti.

Purifoy and Uliana decided to organize a meal-packing event. They worked with Kids Against Hunger, a group that provides food to Mission of Hope. Packaged meals consist of vitamin-enriched crushed soybeans, dehydrated vegetables, a multivitamin powder and rice, ensuring complete nutrition at every meal. To pack these meals, groups can organize volunteers to pick up, measure and weigh the components.

Each meal costs 30 cents, which includes the cost of transportation to Haiti. To achieve their goal, Purifoy and Uliana had to raise funds to pay for the meals and find volunteers to do the packing.

They more than reached their goal: they raised $12,000 and recruited 162 people to pack 40,000 meals.

“These 40,000 meals will feed 200 children for a full year of school meals,” Uliana said.

Looking back on the event, Purifoy and Uliana are amazed that so many people volunteered their time. A few weeks before the March 19 wrap event, they only had a few dozen volunteers. Purifoy and Uliana went above and beyond to spread the word about the event, speak about it in small groups at their churches, post to local Facebook groups, and include the event in MUSC campus newsletters.

“I think we were all really blown away by how people stepped up,” Uliana said. “It was cool to see this come together.”

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Volunteers receive instruction and learn about the work of Mission of Hope.

The couple had expected the packing event to take around two and a half hours, but many hands made light work – everything was packed in less than two hours.

As their internship year quickly comes to an end, the two look to their next steps. Both would like to work in pediatric dietetics.

Meanwhile, Martin said the group of interns had never done a project of such magnitude. Next year’s group, she warned, will have big shoes to fill.

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March 28: Concerns at the water’s edge, the real Canada, double talk on taxes and other letters

Tax double talk

Does Jay Goldberg have a hard time talking out of both sides of his mouth? The Canadian Taxpayers Federation denounces government spending and deficits. With Ontario’s deficit projected at $13.1 billion according to Finance Minister Bethhlenfalvy’s latest update. Yet Jay suggests lowering gas taxes to save Ontario families $400. At 4.11 million families, that’s $1.64 billion plus non-family gas users he doesn’t mention. This is in addition to the $1.5 billion shortfall due to the cancellation of previously announced license sticker renewals. These families may not need tax-funded health care. As for Kenney, the Alberta Treasury will take billions in increased oil royalties from soaring oil prices to fund its gas tax cut. Ever since Mr. Ford’s campaign promises in 2018 there’s been this thing called COVID-19, maybe the spending on this issue explains the lack of movement on tax cuts.

David Nicholson, Waterdown

The real Canada

I just heard on the news that there was another big push by some Canadians to try to do something. Remember a few weeks ago when truckers brought our nation’s capital to a standstill and blocked key border crossings, ostensibly to end vaccination mandates? Well, the coordinated effort making news today is quite different. Doctors at Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto accepted Ukrainian children with cancer being treated in their home country until Russian bombers began destroying their homes and the hospitals where they were patients. Canadian doctors are not only providing hospital beds and treatment, but some, according to the report, will travel to Poland to accompany distraught families in Canada, and the non-profit organization Aman Lara is providing transportation, planning, visas and other paperwork that needs to be done to bring families here. Sick Kids doctors are urging other Canadian hospitals to get involved. They save lives, they don’t disturb or endanger them.

I want to believe — in fact, I hope and pray — that the second of these great coordinated efforts represents the real Canada.

Beverly Shepard, Flamborough

Concrete action

If the situation in Ukraine has served any positive purpose for Canada, it is to clarify the utter absurdity to which this nation adheres. Bilingualism, monarchy, an unelected senate, multiculturalism… costing billions have supplanted real-world demands such as defense and resource development. To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan’s definition of the Canadian reality: The media has become the message — and the media is just the talk. What we need is a revolution enacted on concrete actions.

Douglas L. Martin, Hamilton

Seafront worries

I truly believe that if the city council authorizes the 45-story tower, it will give future developers an excuse to build even more towers in the area. The original idea of ​​the development aroused the enthusiasm of many people. This new tower idea only creates divisions between citizens. May our waterfront not become another Toronto waterfront.

Angelo VendittiHamilton

The State of SLDs

Say goodbye to Century Manor. Mohawk College had a wonderful Liberal-backed expansion plan in 2018 that was quickly rolled back by the Conservatives.

Good news, although they want to build more for-profit nursing homes. We know how awful those senior citizen warehouses become when a pandemic comes to town. Even our army was appalled by the conditions.

Let’s build affordable housing and use the money earmarked for for-profit homes to keep seniors in their own homes using home care. Everyone should be worried about the state of LTC because we are not getting any younger.

Robin Magder Pierce, Hamilton

Different dementia

Regarding “MAID Act Undermines Mental Health” (March 16) contains two misconceptions regarding medical assistance in dying (MAID) and people with dementia. It is important to distinguish between mental illness and dementia. Although dementia affects mental health, it is not a mental illness, but a brain disorder that causes memory loss and communication problems. A correct diagnosis of mental illness or dementia is essential to ensure that appropriate treatment is provided as soon as possible.

In addition, people with dementia in Canada can receive MAID if they meet all the requirements of federal law. In addition, the planned independent review of MAID by a special joint committee of Parliament will examine whether people with a capacity-eroding condition, such as dementia, should be allowed to apply for MAID in advance.

Randy Steffan, Alzheimer Society of Canada

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FoundersForge and ETSU Offer Internship Opportunities to Talented Students | Sunday stories

JOHNSON CITY — FoundersForge, a local nonprofit dedicated to disadvantaged entrepreneurs, and East Tennessee State University are partnering to provide a unique opportunity for students looking to gain valuable experience at innovative regional startups without having to compete with big companies this spring.

The ETSU Startup Internship Fair, hosted by FoundersForge, will be held Thursday, April 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Martha Street Culp Auditorium. The event is designed to ensure local talent and local businesses grow together, providing new opportunities for innovation and regional growth.

At the ETSU Startup Internship Fair, students will have access to a wealth of paid and unpaid opportunities for the summer in marketing, software development, accounting/finance, video production, and more.

This opportunity helps startups find amazing local talent to grow their business, and maybe even find the next (or first) full-time employee for their company.

Students gain experience. Gaining practical work experience can be more valuable to employers than degrees. Working with a startup can help students pursue work that really matters, gain real-life experience, explore areas of interest, and open doors to future job opportunities.

Startups are gaining momentum. Large job fairs are often a challenge for small businesses looking to hire great talent. Competing with bigger name companies means they sometimes miss out on the best candidates. But with the ETSU Startup Internship Fair, underdog entrepreneurs can share their mission with local students to find passionate, high-potential candidates and build their capacity to do more.

Learn more about FoundersForge at https://myfoundersforge.com.

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