September 2022

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After the Pope’s apology: what comes next? Melissa Mbarki for Inside Policy

By Melissa Mbarki, September 30, 2022

There was a moment before the Pope’s speech that made me think. I didn’t know what to expect, but seeing the Pope walking alongside Indigenous leaders was a first for me. This had never happened before, and for a brief second I felt hope.

We witnessed old traditions meeting a new era. A new era of hope, resilience and healing.

To heal, the trauma caused by these residential schools must be acknowledged. I was a child when the Muskowekwan residential school was operating in my community. Many of my classmates were abused at this school.

We learned about death at a young age. Residential school students did not return to class because they committed suicide or were involved in tragic accidents. These were not easy conversations to have with us for my mother or our teachers.

I wondered if an apology was enough. Would these apologies resonate with families who lost their children or survivors today? I had very mixed feelings about the whole thing.

The pope acknowledged that the apology was traumatic for many: “Remembering the devastating experiences that took place in residential schools hurts, angers, causes pain, and yet it is necessary. Many survivors among the crowd are now elders from our communities and the sadness in their eyes tells this story of pain and anger.

This is where the apologies started to resonate with me:

Again, I think back to the stories you told: how assimilation policies ended up systematically marginalizing Indigenous peoples; how also, through the residential school system, your languages ​​and cultures were denigrated and suppressed; how children suffered physical, verbal, psychological and spiritual abuse; how they were taken from their homes at a young age and how this indelibly affected the relationships between parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren.

These schools were designed for assimilation. If education were the priority, aboriginal peoples would have the highest number of graduates in the country. Unfortunately, this is not the case and many only received a sixth grade education when they left.

The children leaving these schools lacked an education, basic life skills, and cultural knowledge that would have been passed down from their parents and grandparents. What they brought home was post-traumatic stress disorder.

One thing that is rarely talked about is the psychological harm that children from residential schools returned home with. Indigenous communities were not provided with the resources to help their children and we still are not today. Why was it acceptable to uproot children from their families and send them back without a support system in place?

Would the Canadian Army send a veteran home without any mental and physical support in place? No. Yet that is what has happened to Indigenous peoples across the country.

The pope has acknowledged the wrongs and for me this is the first step towards healing and reconciliation. What needs to happen after the apology is to expedite policing, addictions, and mental health services to reservations. Many of these initiatives are red tape and will take years, if not decades, to materialize.

Partnerships are important. The Canadian government, the Catholic Church and Indigenous leaders need to come together and start working on tangible support systems that are lacking in our communities. It’s not an option today, it’s a necessity.

Addictions and crime overwhelm our communities. We are still dealing with the trauma left by residential schools today and we will continue to do so if we do not get help. I will continue to advocate for these resources until every community has access to them.

Melissa Mbarki is a Policy Analyst and Outreach Coordinator for the Aboriginal Affairs Program at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and a member of Treaty 4 Nation in Saskatchewan.

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City gives nonprofit artists and arts organizations $5 million in federal aid

SAN ANTONIO – Following a pandemic that has cost them more than $50 million combined, the San Antonio City Council on Thursday approved the final list of 46 local nonprofit arts organizations and 136 artists to split $5 million in dollars federal relief.

“We don’t give them alms. We’re offering them a helping hand so they can continue what they’ve been doing,” District 9 Councilman John Courage said, ahead of Thursday’s 9-1 vote.

The vast majority of bands (85%) and artists (90%) who applied to the city for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money received it. The city had a variety of eligibility criteria, but all applicants had to show “disproportionate” COVID-19 impact.

Qualifying nonprofits, which include theaters, museums and arts education groups, had reported losses of $47 million, according to the city. Now they will receive $4 million in grants, ranging from $3,261 for “The AM Project” to $261,986 for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, which is one of 11 “culture-specific” organizations that have had the chance to obtain additional funds.

Professional artists had reported losses of $3.5 million and will now split $1 million, each receiving $7,200 to $7,500.

The city said the majority of them are either musicians (39%) or visual artists (34%).

Author Xelena Gonzalez said it was a “huge relief” to hear she would be getting the money. Much of her income comes from being a guest writer, she said, and her gigs all disappeared “overnight” when the pandemic first arrived.

“I think like with all artists, you know, unless you have the basics secure – home, security and food and that kind of stuff – it’s really hard, you know, to dream more big and creating art,” Gonzalez said.

The city said creating new work and covering housing and living expenses were the two most common planned expenses for individual artists, while paying their employees and funding existing programs were listed as the most common. top of the list for non-profit groups.

Jon Hinojosa, president of SAY Si and board member of Culture and Arts United for San Antonio (CAUSA), had supported sharing the $5 million between talent agencies and individual artists.

SAY Si, which provides free arts education to local students, will now receive the third-highest grant amount, $256,128, which he called “vital and important to us.”

“It will support our staff. He will support the new staff. This is going to sustain the funding and support that we need to build,” Hinojosa said.

The board’s decision to spend part of ARPA’s $327 million stimulus fund pot was not new. It adopted an “expenditure framework” in February for the $199.4 million in ARPA dollars it had left, including the $5 million for the arts.

Then, in June, board members approved the details of the grant program.

However, that didn’t stop District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry from being the only one to vote against the final list of grant recipients on Thursday. The councilman on the northeast side has always been a proponent of using more federal relief dollars to help small businesses.

“So I still stand by my guns that this money should have been added to the small business community and competed like other small businesses for this – for these opportunities,” Perry said.

District 5 Councilwoman Teri Castillo was not present at Thursday’s meeting.

The city has an additional $7.2 million for arts organizations, events and artists in the fiscal year 2023 budget.

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The Wickham History Society is holding a free exhibition about old Hampshire village life

VISITORS will be able to take a journey through Wickham’s history with guided walks, experts and books.

The Wickham History Society is hosting the Wickham Village Life Exhibition for a weekend dedicated to what village life was like around the country’s second largest medieval square.

On Saturday October 1 and Sunday October 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will be welcomed to the Wickham Community Center to step back in time at the free exhibit showcasing agriculture, Chesapeake Mill, the Beverley Babes, Wickham in times of warfare, water meadows and other aspects of village life.

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Attendees can book a guided history walk at the exhibition office, departing from the Mill Lane Community Center at 1 p.m. each day.

Roman Wickham, a new guide to Wickham’s growing importance as an ancient Roman settlement following recent archaeological digs, will be available for purchase. Wickham experts will be on hand to answer questions and other local history publications will be on sale.

Society chairman Geoff Philpotts said: “Our past shapes our future, and Wickham is a prime example. The early medieval village square admired by so many visitors is an example of thirteenth century town planning which still works in the 21st century – keeping our village’s businesses and businesses thriving even in today’s tough times.

“The Wickham History Society exhibit shows how our village developed into a thriving community, thanks to a strip of river gravel that forded well in prehistoric times to make another and celebrate our 60th anniversary (Covid delayed) as a company.”

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Wickham History Society, founded in 1960, strives to promote a better understanding of local Wickham history. The active volunteer-run society currently has 90 members and a busy schedule of lectures and local history walks and tours.

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Bringing the war in Ukraine to English speakers, 24/7, since it began – Kyiv Post

Axel Ludwig Jacob, co-founder of MriyaReport, spoke about the outreach work he has done to support Ukraine. Analogous to a modern radio call-in broadcast, the MriyaReport, broadcast 24/7 since February 24, focuses solely on delivering information about the war in Ukraine to the world’s English-speaking population.

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The MriyaReport is run by volunteers around the world who provide information and commentary around the clock so that the situation on the ground is known and accessible to everyone. For months, the Mriya Report has ranked among the top ten spaces (Twitter’s version of a radio show) at any time, in the world, in any language. The Kyiv Post chatted with him on September 22.

Full disclosure: The Kyiv Post is collaborating with the MriyaReport to conduct some of its expert interviews for stories, through MriyaReport’s platform, so that a wider audience can hear the interview in progress and submit their own questions to people interviewees and to our journalists .

What is the MriyaReport?

Since the start of the full-scale invasion, the team behind MriyaReport has been broadcasting live, 24/7, on Twitter Spaces so that everyone around the world can learn more about the situation in Ukraine .

How did it start?

From the first night of the invasion, Yehuda, an Orthodox Jewish businessman from Canada (we later found out he was an officer in the Canadian army) spoke on Space for entire nights. His dedication to exposing this violence and genocide has inspired dozens of us to take action.

Under his leadership, we have grown from a handful of volunteers to 35, including an IT team, a talent cell that finds the best voices to speak, plus moderators who manage the space 24/7. . His only conditions were not to seek personal funds and to commit himself to justice and freedom for all peoples. As a result, he has built a diverse community from around the world and from different backgrounds. We are all different, but we share a love of freedom and support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and democracy.

Does MriyaReport do charity work to support Ukraine?

Collectively, at MriyaReport, we support Mriya Aid, a non-profit organization that has dozens of volunteers and is chaired by Canadian Lt. Col. Melanie Lake. As you know, Lieutenant-Colonel Lake was previously the Commander of Operation Unifier, the Canadian Armed Forces mission in Ukraine training Ukrainian military officers, non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and specialists.

Mriya Aid, a non-profit organization that has dozens of volunteers and is chaired by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel Melanie Lake
Mriya Aid, a non-profit organization that has dozens of volunteers and is chaired by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel Melanie Lake
Mriya Aid, a non-profit organization that has dozens of volunteers and is chaired by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel Melanie Lake

So that people have the context: what kind of speakers do you typically have?

We attract many like-minded people who volunteer their time and talents to help the world keep eyes on Ukraine.

As well as discussing the military and humanitarian aspects of the war – the genocide that accompanies it – we also cover topics touching on economics, logistics, history and culture. We’ve had people like Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges and Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (both former US Army Europe commanders); Major General Mick Ryan AM (commander of the Australian Defense College) and Major General Pekka Toveri (former head of Finnish military intelligence); Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and a slew of other experts – including foreign policy researchers, elected officials, energy policy experts and even an astronaut (Cdr Scott Kelly).

We also promoted a number of Ukrainian voices, including human rights lawyer Taras Ratushnyy; Dariia Tsykunova (Ilya’s partner, an Azovstal defender imprisoned by the Russians and now freed); Alexander Kamyshin, CEO of Ukrainian Railway; Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, who previously headed the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and is now a member of the Verkhovna Rada; ministers; Journalists – really a very long list.

How much money did the Mriya report raise? What kind of projects did he do with that money?

The combined Mriya Aid-focused fundraising efforts are approaching around $1 million. MriyaReport helped raise funds for hearing protection, winter clothing, bulletproof vests, tactical medicine, drones and night vision equipment – covering almost the entire length of kit needed for Ukrainians to win this war. Working closely with UAVTek, United With Ukraine, and Mriya Aid, the Fury Drone player is approaching $350,000 as a project on its own. The efforts of our volunteers are having a cascading effect and many listeners have donated to other giving races and causes featured and inspired by the MriyaReport. Just yesterday, a regular speaker and member of the Norwegian parliament, together with his crew, finalized the logistics for a delivery of 12 drones donated by Norwegian citizens to the Ukrainian Armed Forces next Sunday. We have many examples like this and MriyaReport is the space to highlight and promote such action.

What is a project you did that went well?

A member of the public from MriyaReport chose to volunteer with MriyaAid, which led to close collaboration with a defense contractor in the UK, which then led to close collaboration with Aerorozvidka (an aerial reconnaissance team and drone warfare). An initial project to deliver 10 drones has turned into a close collaboration between Mriya Aid, MriyaReport and Aerorozvidka units that provide impactful technology to the Ukrainian frontline.

Another listener, an amazing neurologist from the United States, was able to get his hospital group on board to pay for a 20-hour operation, costing millions – a reconstructive operation for a particular injured Ukrainian. Alas, the operation did not take place as the soldier had to be treated immediately due to a surprisingly rapid deterioration in his condition and could not be transported to the United States.

How do you find people to make it work 24/7? Can you / do you plan to maintain it until the end of the war?

Some listeners become our moderators. There is a singular mission: Ukraine must win. We are all here to support his mission and counter Russian misinformation, bad actors, and narratives that destroy understanding of this war. We are directly inspired by the Ukrainian people. They continue to fight for their survival, and we are with them in this fight. Yehuda was also instrumental in building the team which now operates autonomously as a decentralized team with a high level of confidence and body of mind. His composure and ability to find the good in people has motivated the team of people around the world to continue supporting and managing MriyaReport.

The Kyiv Post is now collaborating with the MriyaReport on certain aspects. Could you describe that?

Sure. The idea is that the Kyiv Post regularly interviews key decision makers. We thought it would be great for our listeners to be able to hear Post reporters interview some of these experts and also allow listeners to pose their own questions to these interviewees. It turned into a successful formula and aroused great interest. It was awesome.

Among the regulars in our space are Kyiv Post special correspondents Chuck Pfarrer (a former Navy Seal), Ivana Stradner (a Russian disinformation expert) and yourself.

How do you manage to keep up with a normal life and day job while managing all of this?

Wartime is not normal time, so we cannot maintain normal life. We do it just as much as our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. What is normal in genocide? Nothing is normal, is the answer, and it requires each of us to step up and rise to the occasion. Luckily, there are nearly 40 million people to show us the exact example of how it’s done, so we’re following their leaps and bounds. Ukraine is fighting for all of us so that we can continue to live a free life, with a basic public and common good shared by all.

Do you think this can really affect Ukraine’s foreign policy or actions?

We had a huge buy-in from government guys behind the scenes. They asked for details, information and contacts. We gladly provide them with all the information we have, but yes, we have a significant number of listeners who work in high political positions in Western Europe and the Americas.

What challenges did you encounter in this information space?

We have always been very careful not to allow self-promotion – for publicity or profit – by anyone. We are committed volunteers doing this for Ukraine, and anyone who tries to steer our work in a different direction is weeded out.

What do you expect someone who comes to your space to leave? Or do otherwise?

Our main hope is that people who join our space on Twitter @mriyareport will be inspired as we have to do the rightest thing of our century. There is clarity in the pure evil that follows the Russian occupation. We see these results. We encounter the horrors on every road, neighborhood, community, village, town and city liberated from occupation. Listeners will experience the depth, compassion and spirit of the Ukrainian people. Their culture, their global impact, will no longer be hidden and whitewashed by Russia. Their contribution to the world will be understood. We are here to amplify its people, its culture and the absolute and clear good that Ukraine brings to this world. The Spotify account serves as a repository of key interviews and conversations.

How do you think the war in Ukraine will end?

Peace through victory. Supported by a global coalition, a resilient, strong and unyielding Ukraine will fight and reclaim all of its sovereign territory. The darkest hour may yet come, but it’s also darkest before sunrise.

MriyaReport broadcasts 24/7 on Twitter and some broadcasts are featured on Spotify. To listen on Twitter, search @MriyaReport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maldon Society Lecture on the History of the Maldon Railway

A lecture on the history of the Victorian railway and its uses will be held in Maldon.

The Maldon Society has organized the next lecture hosted by Adrian Wright titled By Train to the Seaside terminating at Maldon East Station.

Adrian will reminisce about the history of the old railway and look at old photos and posters from its active days.

A spokesperson for the Maldon Society said: “The development of the Victorian railway made possible the mass migration to English seaside resorts such as Walton, Clacton and Maldon each summer.

“The lecture will be supported by photographic evidence, including nostalgic views of steam-era holiday trains and the colorful posters that adorned the station, enticing families to vacation at rail-served stations.”

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The conference will take place on Thursday 6 October at the Swan Hotel, High Street Maldon.

Drinks can be purchased at the bar and taken to the Cygnet room.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

A raffle will be held to help raise funds for the Maldon Society and visitors will be asked to donate while members have free entry.

Please email [email protected] or call Dorreen on 01621 853428 to pre-register your intention to come so the committee can arrange seating.

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Trudeau begins tour of storm-hit Atlantic Canada as power outages persist

PORT AUX BASQUES, Newfoundland, September 27 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will tour Atlantic Canada on Tuesday, where most have lost power, many have lost their homes and a few have lost their lives when record-breaking storm Fiona ravaged the provinces to the east. coast.

Fiona made landfall on Saturday as a post-tropical storm with strong winds, precipitation and high waves, killing at least three people. Fiona recorded the lowest barometric pressure on record for a storm making landfall in Canada, the hurricane center said.

“As the devastating effects of Hurricane Fiona in the Atlantic Provinces and Eastern Quebec continue to be felt, our Canadian Forces continue to provide support,” said Defense Minister Anita. Anand during a press briefing.

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Anand said the Canadian military was assisting local officials in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland in their rescue and cleanup efforts.

Initial estimates from ratings agency DBRS indicated that the cost to the insurance industry of insured losses would be in the range of C$300-700 million ($218-509 million).

As of Tuesday morning, more than a quarter of electricity customers were still without power in Nova Scotia. Government officials have said it could take months before infrastructure can be fully restored.

Trudeau, who canceled a planned trip to Japan for the state funeral of former prime minister Shinzo Abe, is traveling to the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island (PEI). ) and Nova Scotia to meet with residents and emergency crews and to assess the damage.

“The storm will likely cause record insured losses in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island,” DBRS analysts said in a report.

However, Atlantic Canada’s property insurance market is relatively small and losses should be manageable for the insurance industry, DBRS said.

The storm’s initial economic impact was also felt by fishing businesses, a key industry in Canada’s Atlantic provinces.

“The financial support needed will be on many fronts, including small craft harbor facility infrastructure, lost or damaged fishing vessels, and gear lost in destroyed or damaged sheds, or gear that was actively fishing in the water at the time of the storm,” the Independent Fishermen’s Federation of Canada said in a statement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Local nonprofit receives nearly $1 million grant to create region’s first public transit system to Angeles National Forest – Pasadena Now

The natural beauty of over 700,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest, north of Pasadena, is currently only accessible by private vehicles, depriving many of the beauty and benefits of this vast public forest. But a local nonprofit hopes to change that by operating the first public shuttle service to the Angeles National Forest.

Nature For All, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Los Angeles communities to nature and all its benefits, has received a $995,000 grant for its “Mt. Wilson Express” project, the world’s first shuttle service from LA to destinations in Angeles National Forest/San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

The grant, presented by Representative Judy Chu to the nonprofit in August, will allow Nature For All to begin planning and construction of “Mt. Wilson Express,” from the Memorial Park L (gold) line subway station in Old Pasadena to destinations such as Mount Wilson Observatory, Haramokngna Native American Cultural Center in Red Box, Clear Creek and trailheads at Eaton Saddle, Colby Canyon and Gould Mesa.

Currently, these destinations can only be reached by private vehicle, so many people who do not have access to them do not see the beauty or enjoy the recreational opportunities that the more than 700,000 acres of public land have to offer.

“Our San Gabriel Mountains are 70% of LA County’s open space, so it’s our largest open space. And we live in a very park-poor county,” said Bryan Matsumoto, program manager at Nature For All.” LA County, compared to most major cities in the United States, does not have many parks per [person]. Thus, 50% of our residents do not have space in a local park within walking distance. So it’s already a problem of outdoor equity.

Matsumoto thinks now is the perfect time to start the project as he noted that with the pandemic, a number of people who want to escape their “stressful city life” and seek a connection to nature for their physical health and mental have increased.

“I’ve often taken community members there for the first time, you can just see the stress melt away in people.”

With public transit planned, the nonprofit plans to provide “many trailheads, many different experiences for people, from picnicking to hiking to viewing,” said Matsumoto.

In the future, Nature for All plans to offer shuttle services to other destinations, including Chantry Flats or San Gabriel Canyon, according to Matsumoto.

The “Mt. Wilson Express” is part of a larger vision: the Los Angeles-San Gabriel Mountains city shuttle system, which will provide multiple shuttles to various subway-connected departure points. The program aims to provide families across the county from LA healthy outdoor access to world-class trails and mountain destinations, such as the West Fork National Scenic Bikeway and the wild San Gabriel River.

According to Matsumoto, the plan also involves education on ways to build responsibility for nature, such as litter and fire prevention, so that visitors become “future volunteers” and “forest protectors.”

Currently, the non-profit organization is seeking more funding for the project. The stakeholder and community engagement process for the project is expected to begin in 2023, with the goal of completing construction of the shuttle stops by 2025.

“To see funding become available to make this vision of providing public transportation in San Gabriel a reality is exciting,” said Daniel Rossman, deputy director of The Wilderness Society, a nonprofit organization that works to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to take care of public lands.

Rossman expressed the hope that an alternate source of transportation will reduce the impact of cars and visitors on the forest and provide equitable access to communities that otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the mountains of San Gabriel.

“As these projects continue to develop, the champions are seeking community input to identify the best ways and places to cite these transportation routes. And we are looking for community support to help realize this vision that ensures everyone has access to the outdoors,” Rossman added.

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What is forgotten in the American-Philippine friendship

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of his father’s brutal declaration of martial law, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. arrived in New York for the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. As he and President Biden discussed strategy in the South China Sea, a contempt order against young Marcos – ruling that his family must pay $2 billion to survivors of his father’s 14-year unilateral rule under martial law – remains unenforced. And as he delivered a guest address to the New York branch of the Asia Society, activists and victims of human rights abuses by the former Marcos regime are fighting the historic revisionism that led to the resurgence of the family in national politics.

A friendship and a shared history between the two nations have often been the official framework of this binational relationship. On August 5, ahead of the State Department’s official visit to the Philippines, he described the partnership as one of “friends, partners and allies”, based on “people to people” ties, exemplified by the great Filipino community in the United States. But such euphemisms effectively concealed the brutal realities on which this relationship was based: the colonization of the archipelago by the United States. This erasure continues to shape silences in the relationship, hampering fights for justice and redress across the Pacific.

In 1896, after more than 330 years of colonization by Spain, the natives of the archipelago took up arms against their colonial rulers in what became known as the Philippine Revolution. In 1898, taking advantage of the rapid decline of the Spanish Empire, the United States offered military assistance to revolutionaries in Cuba and the Philippines, promising the insurgents that it, a growing world power, would recognize independence movements led by the natives.

This series of interventions led to the Spanish–American War between April 21 and August 13, 1898, and the decisive American military victory that followed. However, instead of recognizing the newly declared First Philippine Republic, the United States purchased the former Spanish island colonies in the Treaty of Paris for a total of $20 million. After this betrayal of trust, the leaders of the republic declare war on the United States, their former ally.

What followed was brutality that remains largely erased from American historical memory. During the Philippine-American War (1899-1902), an estimated 20,000 Filipino soldiers and 200,000 to 1 million civilians died before the United States declared the conflict over. Even then, from 1902 to the mid-1910s, revolutionary movements multiplied against the new occupying power. As historians have argued, the Philippine-American War may not have ended in 1902, but rather took on a new name: counterinsurgency.

In 1934, amid a wave of anti-Filipino racism on the West Coast of the United States, Congress passed the Tydings-McDuffie Act, which capped migration from the Philippines to the mainland United States at 50 people per year. , even though the country was under American domination. .

In exchange, the Philippines would become a Commonwealth, a provisionally autonomous nation for 10 years, before gaining full independence. The following year, in the presence of American and Filipino colleagues, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ratified the 1935 Constitution of the Philippine Commonwealth, modeled on the American Constitution. During World War II, the Japanese occupied the Philippines in 1942, another violent period of colonization declared by an imperial power under the guise of liberation. After evacuating in March 1942, General Douglas MacArthur—who had served as military adviser to the Commonwealth of the Philippines—invaded the island of Leyte in October 1944. In January 1945, the United States again occupied Manila and recaptured its southeast . Asian military and economic outpost.

These war aims foreshadowed U.S.-Philippine foreign relations in the decades immediately following the war. After World War II, on July 4, 1946, the United States granted independence to the Philippines. But the legacy of earlier US involvement in the archipelago has not gone away. Various economic treaties guaranteed that in return for American financial support for post-war redevelopment, the Philippines would grant American companies and citizens the rights to the natural resources of the islands, as well as the free use of the military areas of the archipelago. Indeed, despite formal independence, the Philippines remained a neocolony of the United States.

American colonial art set the legal precedent for the Marcos’ seizure of power. On September 23, 1972, Ferdinand Marcos Sr. declared that the Philippines would be subject to martial law. He pointed to Article VII, Section 10 of the 1935 Constitution, which was still in effect. It granted the president – ​​as commander-in-chief – discretionary powers to declare martial law as a preventive measure against “lawless violence, invasion, insurrection or rebellion”. These provisions stem from the early American colonization of the Philippines, during which military occupation was central to counterinsurgency.

Citing threats to his rule across the political spectrum, Marcos suspended habeas corpus and took control of Congress, granting himself authoritarian powers in perpetuity. Along with martial law, he declared his rule to be a new era in Philippine history, which he called the New Society.

The discretionary powers given to Marcos under martial law were not only about governance, but also applied to all aspects of Philippine society. The regime quickly suspended the free press, imprisoned political opponents of Marcos, and subjected Filipinos to curfews and strict surveillance. Those considered dissidents were tortured and ill-treated; an estimated 70,000 people were imprisoned and around 3,257 victims “disappeared” as a result of extrajudicial executions.

In the 1980s, the grip of the Marcos regime on the Philippines began to decline. The president’s health began to decline, and his wife, Imelda Marcos, became the new figurehead. In 1983, the regime’s popularity plummeted after the assassination of opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. After several failed coups and impeachments, through mass mobilization, the People Power Revolution of 1986 ousted Marcos and his family from national politics.

As the citizens of Manila took to the streets in support of his opponent, Corazon Aquino, the Marcos fled the Philippines with the help of their country’s former colonial master, the United States.

Aboard a US Air Force C-130, the Marcos family and their cronies fled the Philippines to Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, then found refuge in Honolulu, another US outpost in the Peaceful. The family took much of their stolen plunder (including jewelry, cash, and rare artwork) with them, and their wealth is now estimated at over $10 billion. Despite litigation, a federal commission to recover stolen wealth, and a $3.9 billion tax bill, most of the money has not been recovered.

Over the years, the United States and the Philippines have maintained their mutually beneficial relationship as “partners.”

On November 20, 2001, two months after the fall of the Twin Towers, President George W. Bush met with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to fortify US military interests in the Philippines. Citing a strong “people to people” relationship between Filipino Americans’ love of the United States and the Filipino people’s shared commitment to this trans-Pacific partnership, Arroyo said, “Long live the Philippines, and long live the friendship between the United States and the Philippines.

Former strongman President Rodrigo Duterte, who was publicly anti-American and expressed contempt for President Barack Obama, had much in common with his admirer, President Donald Trump. In 2020, Duterte expressed his support for his American counterpart, declaring him to be a “good president [who] deserves to be re-elected. »

And despite the voter fraud and intimidation that facilitated Marcos Jr.’s ascent to the presidency — and widespread protests denouncing the lack of integrity of the electoral process — on May 11, Biden congratulated the new administration on its victory. .

But we must remember that the basis of the US-Philippine “special relationship” is the erasure of colonial history. That on the 50th anniversary of martial law, the United Nations, the Biden administration and the Asia Society welcomed an ill-begotten president with open arms, signaling the strength of this historic amnesia – and the troubling future of Philippine politics and civic life.

The ongoing struggle for justice across the Pacific – for the repressed legacies of America’s campaign of extermination in the Philippines in the early 20th century, for survivors of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos Sr., for victims of executions extrajudicial under the so- called “War on Drugs” – takes place on the battlefield of historical memory. In the interest of redress and social justice, we must remember.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Reuters could not immediately verify the coercion reports.

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

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

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the military alliance would step up its support for Ukraine in response to the referendums. Read more

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bob Rae says Ukraine should get all the guns Canada can find

The word “hawk” and Bob Rae’s name are rarely found in the same sentence, except when it comes to Ukraine.

Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations recently said that the federal government should give Ukraine all the weapons it asks for.

Since the start of major hostilities last winter, Rae – the former interim Liberal leader and former NDP premier of Ontario – has been one of the leading Canadian critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Online and in major speeches, he has taken every opportunity to denounce the Kremlin’s propaganda efforts that have marked the nearly eight-month war.

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly this week, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky clearly defined his country’s military needs. CBC News also reported that in a letter to his Canadian counterpart three weeks ago, Ukraine’s defense minister called for more armored vehicles, more howitzers and ammunition, and winter clothing.

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“It may be a career-limiting decision to say that, but I don’t think we can say anything other than yes,” Rae said Saturday on CBC Radio. The House.

“That’s my constant advice to anyone, who, who is listening. Obviously governments have to decide the pace at which they can do this.”

To meet Ukraine’s recent demand for equipment, the Canadian military would almost certainly have to dip back into its existing equipment inventory.

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Zelensky asks the UN to strip Russia of its right of veto

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the UN General Assembly to punish Russia by overriding its Security Council veto and making it pay compensation for its war.

Rae said he was aware of Canada’s military commitments to NATO and elsewhere — commitments that require the military and other forces to maintain a high degree of readiness.

“But I think we have to keep pushing because the test of our success is not what we did last month,” he said. “The test of our success is whether we meet the needs that will allow Ukraine to achieve the goals it has set itself, and frankly that we share?”

This is something “we need to be clear about,” Rae said.

A Ukrainian soldier sits on an armored personnel carrier (APC) driving on a road near Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine on April 26. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Defense Minister Anita Anand highlighted that Canada was in the process of shipping 39 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine – as part of a previous commitment – and said she was in dialogue constant with his Ukrainian counterpart.

“We will continue discussions next week,” she said. “It would be unwise of me to provide more information before finalizing the situation.”

In addition to the brand new light armored vehicles and upgraded personnel carriers that Ukraine has requested, the Canadian military also has a stockpile of used vehicles, including hundreds of Coyotes, Bisons and armored personnel carriers. caterpillars (called T-LAV).

Most, if not all, of them are being decommissioned or scrapped. Many of them have seen combat in Afghanistan.

Documents recently tabled in parliament show that the military recently conducted an inventory of these vehicles to determine what could be donated to Ukraine.

Of a stockpile of 149 Coyotes, which are used for reconnaissance, the Army found 62 “which are deemed to be in serviceable condition, but would require extensive repairs and parts that would take over 220 days to procure”.

Spare parts are a big problem, defense experts said, because Canada and its allies don’t want to give Ukraine broken or unserviceable equipment.

The response to a written question posed in the House of Commons, tabled this week, indicated that no other fleet of armored vehicles (Bisons, TLAVs or M-113s) could be considered surplus to the Canadian Armed Forces.

“These vehicles are required to support the operational capabilities of the Canadian Armed Forces, including spares and logistics management,” the written response reads.

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Oklahoma Dove Hunt Wounded Veterans Bring Healing and Fellowship to Oklahoma Heroes

An Oklahoma nonprofit is using the outdoors to give back to some of our American heroes who have sacrificed so much fighting to protect our freedoms.

Oklahoma Wounded Veterans held their sixth annual dove hunt last Friday near Billings, in north-central Oklahoma.

The first morning hunt began on a freshly cut cornfield with autumnal temperatures and beautiful skies.

“Beautiful red sunrise, light winds, very serene, tranquil,” said Marine Corps veteran Doug Meier. “It’s a lot of fun. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

It’s a long weekend that veterans count on every September.

“It’s always a good time to hang out with veterans. We all come from the same cloth,” said Army veteran Luke Hundley. “Good minds, good people [who] knowing how to work hard, play hard.

This year’s Dove Hunt was one of WVO’s biggest events to date with approximately 75 veterans coming from across the state and across generations.

“They know exactly where the range is. They have rangefinders built into their wings,” joked Joe Allen, who is a retired Tulsa fire investigator and Marine Corps veteran.

“I had the great pleasure of going down and visiting Fidel Castro when they had the embargo there, which means many years ago,” Allen said.

Allen just turned 79, but age is not a factor with this crew.

“Everyone here has something in common, some of us have two or three things in common,” Allen said.

There’s a special bond they all share and an understanding, WVO manager JD Dennis said, that not all injuries are visible.

“We see addiction, relationship issues, divorce, a lot of that. We try to offer them counseling, treatment for PTSD, whatever they need,” Dennis said.

The veterans spent three days hunting, healing, growing, and spending quality time together in the outdoors.

“I don’t care if I kill a bird or not, just being here with guys who’ve been through the same kind of things that I’ve been through…you don’t get that in everyday life,” he said. said Army veteran Rusty Williams. .

It’s an awareness for some of our bravest heroes in Oklahoma that goes far beyond the fields of doves.

“They can call us 24/7. We won’t leave you behind. No man left behind and we’ll still have your six,” Dennis said.

After the hunts, all the dove meat was used to make a feast for the veterans.

Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma also hosts waterfowl and deer hunts, everything is free except for lodging.

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UK Alumni Association launches oral history project

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (September 23, 2022) — Bringing the University of Kentucky experience to life and uniting alumni across generations are two main aims of the oral history project, led by the UK Alumni Association in partnership with nationally renowned yearbook company Publishing Concepts (PCI).

PCI staff will spend the next few months collecting stories from alumni which will be collated into a British oral history publication to be distributed in September 2023. Alumni will receive a communication which will provide relevant information on how to connect with PCI staff to share their British memories.

“The Oral History Project is essential in helping alumni stay connected to the university and an opportunity to preserve treasured memories,” said Jill Smith, associate vice president for alumni engagement and executive director of the UK Alumni Association. “We appreciate that our alumni take the time to reflect on their time in the UK and help us make this project a success.”

Alumni should ask themselves the following questions when considering memories they wish to share:

  • What made you choose the UK?
  • Has a British teacher or staff member had a profound impact on you?
  • Have relations with the United Kingdom turned into lasting relations?
  • What impact has the UK had on your professional success, relationships and/or life after graduation?
  • Were you on campus during a historic moment?
  • Are there several UK graduates in your family?
  • When you think back to your time in the UK, what makes you smile?

Alumni will be able to share stories as well as photos to include in the post.

Alumni’s participation in the oral history project will also ensure that contact information is up to date so that alumni receive relevant communications from the UK. Participation in the project is free for alumni, but alumni have the option of purchasing the finished product. Personal information is not shared outside of PCI and will be deleted at the end of the project.

For questions about the UK Oral History Project, call PCI at 800-982-1590 or the UK Alumni Association at 800-269-ALUM (2568) or email [email protected] For more information on the project, visit

The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering lifelong alumni, friend, association and university engagement. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit or call 800-269-2586.

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Researcher Irene Gammel named winner of the 2020-2021 CP Stacey Prize for the best book on Canadian military history

WATERLOO – The CP Stacey Prize Committee and the Laurier Center for Canadian Studies (LCSC) awarded the Literary Historian, Biographer and Curator Prize Irene Gammel from Metropolitan University of Toronto with the 2020-2021 CP Stacey Award for his scholarly work in Canadian military history.

I Can Only Paint: The Story of Battlefield Artist Mary Riter Hamilton (McGill-Queen’s University Press) makes an outstanding contribution to the field, innovating as a model for histories of war artists and the art of war. A superb biography of the tragic Mary Riter Hamilton, this detailed study of her life’s work and her commitment to her art is also an excellent cultural and military, gender, and commemorative history.

“In this beautifully illustrated and innovative volume, Gammel takes the story to another level,” noted the committee when presenting the award. “She not only tells the incredible personal story of Mary Riter Hamilton, but she is also the curator of the remarkable body of artwork that Riter Hamilton produced on site during his tour of the battlefields in the aftermath of the Great War. The artist rushed to Europe to paint the war-torn landscape before the graphic aftermath of the battle could be erased.His art, much eclipsed in its day by the work of official artists, is itself preserved by Gammel, with generous illustration and vivid description.

Gammel is a professor in the Department of English at Metropolitan University of Toronto and director of the Center for Research on Modern Literature and Culture. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has written or edited 14 books.

“In this definitive study by Mary Riter Hamilton, Gammel combed through global and local archives to reconstruct her subject’s difficult and complex life experiences,” the committee noted. “After tracing Riter Hamilton’s travels and the landscapes visited by the artist, Gammel writes so expressively and with such gifted prose that his readers can easily imagine the difficult circumstances Riter Hamilton faced in a Europe devastated by the war. Determined to complete her collection as both an artistic and a humanitarian endeavor, Riter Hamilton was driven to nervous collapse by the experience and pace of painting in the field. Through a careful and detailed reconstruction of the physical, financial and gender circumstances that Riter Hamilton faced, I can only paint says a lot about the military, social and cultural dimensions of artistic production. It is an extremely important contribution to our understanding of Canadian warfare, memory and the representation of violent armed conflict.

The Awards Committee also announced an Honorable Mention for the CP Stacey Award 2020-2021, Alexandre Souchenit is War Waste: Munitions Disposal and Post-War Reconstruction in Canada (UBC Press). In an exceptionally strong pool of applicants for the award, Souchen’s work was recognized as innovative, compelling, and a major contribution to the field. A comprehensive study of Canada’s elimination regime in the aftermath of World War II, Souchen demonstrates the complexity of defeating war through reverse logistics, displaying an impressive understanding of institutional, industrial, economic, environmental, material and military culture.

The CP Stacey Award is named in honor of Charles Perry Stacey, a historical officer in the Canadian Army during the Second World War and later a longtime professor of history at the University of Toronto.

The CP Stacey Prize is awarded annually to the best book in the field of Canadian military history, broadly defined, including the study of war and society. The winner receives a $1,000 prize, made possible through the generous support of John and Pattie Cleghorn and the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. The LCSC took over the administration of the award in 2018 from the Canadian Committee for the History of the Second World War.

The award committee was made up of Kevin Spooner (Wilfrid Laurier University; Director, LCSC), Isabel Campbell (Directorate of History and Heritage, National Defense Headquarters, Ottawa) and Serge Durflinger (University of Ottawa). Prizes are normally awarded after the end of the year in which the eligible books were published. Due to COVID-19, the committee reviewed books published in 2020 and 2021 for this year’s award announcement. Learn more here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unique art evening to benefit a trio of non-profit groups

Performance painter David Garibaldi will be in Stockton for a one night show in aid of the Stockton Animal Protection League (APL), the Haggin Museum and the Stockton Symphony. Guests will have an unforgettable evening while supporting three renowned non-profit organizations.

This unique event is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at 6 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theater in Stockton. Doors open at 5 p.m. and ticket prices range from $28 to $103.

Garibaldi’s pictorial performance is an experience for your senses. The collision of music and color occurs live on stage while splattering paint to create distinctive large-scale portraits in minutes. During his performances, Garibaldi creates images through his bodily movements and his brushes while communicating via music to an amazed audience.

“I create images in a catchy way and my hope is to inspire audiences to use their passion to benefit and inspire others,” Garibaldi said. “It’s music and color. It’s the rhythm and the hue.

The evening, hosted by GoodDay Sacramento’s Big Al Sams, will include a live performance by an ensemble from the Stockton Symphony conducted by Peter Jaffe and K-9 demonstrations by the Stockton Police Department and the County Sheriff’s Office. San Joaquín. Garibaldi will create three paintings during his performance which will be auctioned, along with other items, at the end of the evening.

His musical inspirations include U2, Kanye West, Jay Z, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, Lady Gaga and Glitch Mob. The energy of these performances is both compelling and engaging and there is nothing quite like it in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have watched Garibaldi paint live as he transforms a blank black canvas into pop art icons through his “Rhythm and Hue” shows. Garibaldi has performed for Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Intel and Disney. It has also been featured at charity events for Playboy, NBA and celebrities Snoop Dog, Santana, Tommy Lee, Dave Navarro and Blue Man Group.

Inspiration serves Garibaldi in his art and his life. “Live with passion and purpose” pushes Garibaldi every day to transcend what he does as an artist into a philanthropist. A high school animation teacher first inspired him to take his passion for graffiti and turn it into a more positive and creative direction. Garibaldi never forgets this encouragement and especially the value of someone who believes in him. Each performance is an opportunity to give back, either by teaching young people or providing resources to the community.

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NextFest returns with a two-day celebration of DC music culture

Whether called Meridian Hill or Malcolm X, the rectangular park on the southwest corner of Columbia Heights has been the site of community gatherings for more than a century.

The park’s inhabitants, as once compiled by Washington Post writer David Montgomery, have included “Edwardian strollers, Prohibition revelers, Depression bedrollers, overbearing senatorial wives, football players, drummers , drug dealers, abusers, lovers, writers, martial artists, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Von Trapp Family Singers, Sun Ra, Tito Puente, Angela Davis, Dick Gregory, Bill Clinton.

Since a revitalization in the early 1990s that restored its pre-bad days glory, the park has remained a gathering place for a diverse, if more mundane cast of characters. However, the weight of the park’s history is still present, even if it is unknown to new adoptees. As Steve Coleman – one of the main organizers of the park’s rehabilitation – once said, “The past, the present and the future must be present in the theme of every event.”

That’s certainly the case with NextFest, taking place in and around the park on September 24-25. Presented by CapitalBop, Long Live GoGo and Washington Parks & People, the second annual festival is a celebration of DC’s music culture, with a full day of jazz, funk and go-go performances on Saturdays and classes, discussions and lectures on Sundays.

“NextFest was born out of our desire to celebrate DC’s cultural heritage as a center for black music and black culture, and the recognition that in DC, politics, protests, music and gatherings are always linked,” said Giovanni Russonello, co-founder. and editor of CapitalBop.

For 12 years, CapitalBop has worked to enrich, preserve and promote DC’s jazz scene. When booking shows, the organization has tried to connect younger and older generations both on stage and in the crowd, while bringing music to craft spaces, galleries, rock clubs , theaters, warehouses and more. Often the bills extend beyond jazz to a wider range of sounds and styles, which CapitalBop and other organizers have sought to replicate with NextFest.

“CapitalBop is creating a space where it really displays all the different live music offerings that DC enjoys,” said Justin “Yaddiya” Johnson, founder of Long Live GoGo and co-organizer of the festival. “Live music is definitely part of the region’s DNA.”

Jazz can be more than a set of stylistic rules: it’s a state of mind, a messy community history, music that puts you in a specific place based on the physical experience of listening to it. In DC, CapitalBop and NextFest organizers hear jazz everywhere. And while DC’s musical identity is distinct and powerful, it’s not tied to any particular genre, despite efforts by some to categorize the city’s musicians. Russonello takes Chuck Brown as an example: In his music, the threads of the go-go are impossible to disentangle from inspirations like the blues guitar of Jimmy Reed, the jazz orchestration of Duke Ellington, the funk of James Brown and the soul of Barry. White. This musical tapestry informs NextFest.

“The criteria for booking this festival had not so much to do with genre as with [the question], ‘Is this music about community, and is it a healing force?’ ” he explains.

The Bill for NextFest provides this strength in different ways. There’s New Impressionz, UCB (a band about to celebrate its 25th anniversary), and the Soul Searchers (who started their career as Chuck Brown’s backing band). Veterans including jazz drummer Lenny Robinson and free jazz bassist William Parker and his Heart Trio are scheduled alongside DC soul singer Cecily. Meanwhile, the avant-garde of experimental music is explored by the Freddie Douggie duo of Ben Lamar Gay and Jayve Montgomery and genre agnostics Raw Poetic and Damu the Fudgemunk. And – as they did last year – drummers and dancers from the longtime Malcolm X Drum Circle will keep the beat alive, as they do every weekend.

To connect with the park’s history of activism and education – it was Angela Davis who requested that the park be named after Malcolm X, after all – NextFest also includes a day of culture and conversations at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, which is operated by festival co-presenter Washington Parks & People. The festival is also supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment as part of its 202Creates effort.

Having the membership of diverse organizations, both non-profit and city-run, not only makes NextFest possible, but speaks to its mission to bring people together and claim space for DC’s black musical heritage.

“It’s not a festival about pushing people out or improving an area or upward mobility,” Russonello said. “It’s a festival about getting as close to the ground as possible and staying in touch with the roots of what has always happened here.”

Concert: September 24 from noon to dusk at Meridian Hill Park, 16th and W streets NW. Musical performances, panel discussions and films: September 25 from 11:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW. The complete program of the two days is available on Free.

Note: An earlier version of this story omitted the last paragraph. This version has been updated.

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Chinese military remains on high alert after US and Canadian ships visit Taiwan Strait

BEIJING (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – September 21, 2022) China’s armed forces remain on high alert after Canada’s USS Higgins and HMSC Vancouver visited the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions in the region, spokesman for the Chinese People’s Liberation Theater (PLA) Eastern Theater Command, Senior Colonel Shi Yi said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the U.S. 7th Fleet said the Navy ships transited the Taiwan Strait to demonstrate “the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

“The American torpedo destroyer USS Higgins and the Canadian frigate HMSC Vancouver transited the Taiwan Strait on September 20. The PLA Combatant Command Eastern Area ordered naval and air forces to accompany the ships throughout the The command units maintain high combat readiness to promptly resist all threats and provocations and resolutely uphold state sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Shi said on WeChat.

The situation around Taiwan worsened after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in early August. China has condemned Pelosi’s trip, which it sees as a gesture of support for separatism, and has launched large-scale military exercises around the island. Several countries, including France, Lithuania, the United States and Japan, have sent their delegations to the island since then, further increasing tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan has been governed independently from mainland China since 1949. Beijing considers the island its province, while Taiwan, a territory with its own elected government, maintains that it is an autonomous country but stops short of declare its independence. Beijing opposes any official contact by foreign states with Taipei and considers Chinese sovereignty over the island to be indisputable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.2 million hard-working men and women across United States, Canadaand Porto Rico. Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “Like” us on Facebook at

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What’s Happening This Week in Wichita (September 20-25)

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Riordan Clinic – Check Your Health Event | September 20-23
Riordan Clinic
Your health is one of your most valuable assets! Be proactive and check your nutrient levels with the Riordan Clinic Check Your Health event. Participants can choose from one of five lab profiles to learn more about your unique nutritional status. Empower yourself with life-changing insights to identify nutrient deficiencies and help prevent disease and chronic illness. The laboratory prints will be made on weekdays from September 12 to 23. Call today to schedule your appointment!

Doo-Dah Diner 10th Anniversary Cajun Party | September 20
Where: Doo-Dah dinner
From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., they’ll be offering a Cajun feast with crawfish, etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo, and more. The all-you-can-eat buffet is $30 per person, $15 for ages 6-10 and 75+. Reservations are encouraged by calling 316-265-7011.

1 million cups | September 21
Where: Groover Laboratories
1 Million Cups is a free weekly national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Every Wednesday morning at 8:45 a.m., one or two early-stage startups showcase their businesses to a diverse audience of peers, mentors, educators, and advisors.

Wine & Dine-Osaurus | September 22
Where: Research Station: Dinosaurs
Join us for live music, appetizers and drinks with the departed at our second annual Wine & Dine-osaur event! Enjoy an exclusive look at Field Station: Dinosaurs after hours as you wander – wine in hand – through the world of prehistoric predators and plant eaters.

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Flying High for Kids Hangar Party | September 23
Stearman Field Airport
Join us in a Stearman Field Rocking Aircraft Hangar to benefit from Exploration Place’s Opportunity Program for STEM education. The Hangar Party is hosted by Sue & Kenny Doonan, Pat & Leroy Thompson and Sierra Scott & Harrison Schenk.

Adult Skate Party | September 23
Carousel skate center
Join us for Adult Night every Friday! Must be 21 with valid ID. $10 cover (pads included). Beer and mixed drinks available. Check out our What to Expect feature here.

The Oak Ridge Boys: Porch Singing Tour | September 23
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Kansas Farmer’s Market | September 24
Where: Two locations: 21st & Ridge and Derby Market
Join us every Saturday from April to October. Featuring dozens of Kansas Grown! vendors, live music, food trucks, Troubles the Clown and more.

Shocker Softball Dinner and Auction | September 24
Where: Wichita State’s Aetna Multipurpose Facility

NHL Preseason Game: Arizona Coyotes vs. St. Louis Blues | September 24
Where: INTRUST Bank Arena
G1 Sports & Entertainment has announced that Wichita will host an NHL preseason game on September 24, 2022. The Arizona Coyotes and St. Louis Blues will face off at INTRUST Bank Arena in the first-ever game of the NHL in the city of Wichita.

Prairie Beer and Music Festival | September 24
Where: Hyde Park
After a 2 year hiatus, Prairieland is BACK! ~ Hosted by the Kansas Craft Brewers Guild ~ Come and enjoy unlimited samples of over 100 beers with over 40 breweries from Kansas and beyond, with LIVE music throughout the festival. This year, the festival will be held under the shade of old trees in Hyde Park.

Borders in Flight: McConnell Air Force Base Open House and Air Show | September 24
Where: McConnell Air Force Base
McConnell Air Force Base opens its doors to the public at the Frontiers in Flight Open House and Air Show, September 24-25, 2022! Come see how the McConnell team contributes to the Air Capital of the World as the true home of in-flight refueling. The base will be open to the public and the US Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform. Admission is completely FREE for the public!

Wild West Days | September 24-25
Where: Cowtown Old Town Museum
The largest gathering of historical re-enactors in the Old West in the region! Come see historical legends give presentations, shootouts, saloon girls, gambling, vendor shopping, beer garden and more! This is a fundraiser for Historic Wichita Cowtown, Inc., the non-profit organization that helps support the Old Cowtown Museum!

12th Annual Nationwide Concert | September 24
Where: Wichita Union Stockyard
Largest fundraiser for Wichita nonprofit Coming Together for a Cure, which helps people with muscular dystrophy and other rare diseases access stem cell therapy. Participants will enjoy: Live music, food trucks, garden games, dance floor, full bar, a silent auction and a raffle.

ICT Block Party | September 24
Where: Naftzger Park
Join us as we bring you back every day when an outside party was the best vibe!!!

Old Town Farm and Art Market | September 24
Where: Wichita Old Town
Open every Saturday, from April to December 17

Music and flowers | September 24
Where: botanical
Join us for our Tunes & Blooms event on the Great Lawn on September 24 from 6-11pm! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Join the fun race and enjoy a cornhole contest, kids cooking contest, photo ops with cartoons from Midian and Krazy Klowns, special guests, live music from Paramount and more ! Bring your own chair or blanket. Food and alcohol will be available for purchase.

40th Annual Artichoke Fish Fry! | September 24
Where: Artichoke
Artichoke’s 40th Annual Fish Fry is on! At 5 p.m. we will serve our delicious fish dinner and BFE music will start at 6 p.m.

Beer and Wine Festival with BBQ Smoke Off | September 24
Where: Mulvane Sports Complex
Join us for a fun-filled Saturday. We’ll have a smoke with prizes for Best Red Meat, Best White Meat, Best BBQ Sauce, Best Side Dish and Patty’s Favorite. General admission tickets include beer and wine tasting, open cornhole game, and live music.

Pride of Wichita | September 24-25
Where: II century
Vendors, exhibitors and fun for everyone.

Alabama with very special friends, the Beach Boys | September 25
Where: INTRUST Bank Arena

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Wichita pickle jam | September 29
Where: Chicken and pickle
The IMA Foundation prepares for its annual fundraising event, “Wichita Pickle Jam”, at Chicken N Pickle to benefit Wichita Children’s Home and other local non-profit organizations. On September 29, they will host an unforgettable day of doubles pickleball. Teams and participants will enjoy food, drinks, live music and intense pickleball competition! Pickle Jam will also feature a recreational cornhole tournament.

Greater Andover Days | September 30-October 2
Where: Andover, KS
Resilience. Strength. Community. Three words that the Andover community has been no stranger to over the past few months. In April, many members of the Andover community were impacted and affected by the tornado. Neighbors and surrounding communities continued to stand with Andover. We look forward to coming together to celebrate all the community has done over the past few months at Greater Andover Days this fall.

Skin Essentials 15th Anniversary Party | October 1st
Where: Skin Essentials
Help us celebrate 15 years of Clean Beauty! FREE mini spa treatments. Free small bites and delicious sips Custom Homecare Swag Bar Sale prices storewide!

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No, Jason Bourne is not the real CIA – Harvard Gazette

The work of the CIA is fast and very strong in the popular imagination. It involves high-speed chases, jumping out of planes or off tops of buildings, firefights, and building explosions. In fact, says former CIA officer Alex Finley, “Generally the rule is, if the gun goes out or something goes boom, something has gone horribly wrong in your operation.”

For decades, the agency has played a vital role in US foreign policy decisions, various conflicts and crises abroad, from the blockade of Berlin in 1948 to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. But his entire history and work, especially his successes, are rarely fully seen or clearly understood by the public. Part of that is the agency’s fault and part is simply the nature of the business, former officials and scholars said.

On the agency’s 75th anniversary, retired CIA directors, station chiefs and officers, along with academics and national security journalists gathered for a series of panel discussions to discuss the complex, but vitally important, task of organizing intelligence at a one-day event Friday at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge.

“The mission of the Central Intelligence Agency is to know the truth, not the small truth, not someone’s truth, but the truth of what is, not what you prefer; see beyond the horizon…and empower leaders to act before events dictate,” said Sue Gordon, who spent 27 years at the CIA and served as Senior Deputy Director of National Intelligence at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) from 2017. to 2019.

The agency has “a killer mission” and a very strong institutional culture that resembles a men’s basketball game. “When you’re playing basketball, if you don’t do anything with that goddamn ball, you don’t get it anymore,” Gordon told Paul Kolbe, director of the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project, which organized the event.

When it comes to today’s challenges, “I think information disorder is the biggest threat we face,” said Gordon, now the Intelligence Project’s principal investigator. At a time when information and disinformation are flowing faster than ever, the CIA must stay abreast of a rapidly changing technological landscape, especially at its higher echelons. “I think we have to improve.”

The CIA came into being after World War II when the United States undertook a major reorganization of the nation’s military and civilian intelligence apparatus. In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act, which created the Central Intelligence Agency to handle national security matters affecting foreign policy.

Over the years, most public perceptions of the CIA have come from spy novels and Hollywood blockbusters, like the Jason Bourne movies and Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” vehicle.

“Too often Hollywood puts spy shows in the action genre, and the problem is we end up with movies that are about assassinations, car chases and rogue agents,” John said. Sipher, a retired career clandestine CIA officer who now co-owns a production company that vets and develops intelligence-related material for film and television. While entertaining and cinematic, that’s not how things are actually done. “Spy stories are about the human factor, about betrayal, about trust, about flawed individuals in pressure situations, things like that – character-based stories.”

In real life, “If an operator is doing their job right, you’ll never know,” said former CIA officer Finley, author of a series of satirical books about a counterterrorism officer named Victor Caro who works for the CYA.

In pop culture, “the CIA is seen as either total badass, or completely evil and rogue, or some combination, as if they’re totally rogue and badass but in a good way,” he said. she declared.

These fictional depictions, of course, are completely unrealistic, but lifting the curtain on operations and information gathering would require greater transparency than the agency has always been willing — or able — to provide, panelists said. .

Some do a better job than others of succeeding in certain aspects of CIA life, but none are entirely successful, Sipher said.

“Argo,” which won the 2012 Best Picture Oscar, and “Charlie Wilson’s War” more accurately capture aspects of agency life. Other films and shows earning accolades include “Three Days of the Condor,” “The Bureau,” a French series, and, to a lesser extent, “The Americans.”

With so little visibility on the CIA, David Sanger, 1982, National Security Correspondent for The New York Times, interviewed a panel of intelligence historians on some of the agency’s most notable successes and failures.

Due to the inherent sensitivity of CIA operations and the need to protect sources and methods of intelligence gathering, as well as meet classification requirements under the law, the public may never know about some of the accomplishments. most outstanding or heroic officers of the agency, they said.

Michael Morell served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA between 2011 and 2013 and President George W. Bush’s presidential daily informant on September 11, 2001. He asked historians what metrics they use to assess the CIA’s successes. Nicholas Dujmovic, a clinical professor of intelligence at the Catholic University of America and a former CIA historian, said questions to ask would include, “Were American interests served by this? Were the objectives of the operation achieved or were the decision-makers supported? And also, very important, ‘Are the target people in the country involved? Were they helped in the short or long term? It will change your perspective on whether interfering in the 1948 Italian elections was a good thing to do or not, or restoring the shah to the throne in Iran.

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Canada commemorates monarch’s life with tributes and ceremony in Ottawa

Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s second longest-reigning monarch and Canada’s oldest sovereign, was laid to rest in a series of ornate ceremonies that took place from Westminster Abbey in London to St. -George at Windsor.

In Canada, a parade in honor of the Queen in Ottawa is underway and a commemorative ceremony will follow. Schools, parliaments and organizations across the country will pay tribute through moments of silence, tributes and education about the life and contributions of the monarch. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is in attendance, along with fierce NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre.

Canadians at the Queen’s funeral

Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, traveled to the United Kingdom on September 16 to attend the funeral. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also present, accompanied by Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

Canadian actress Sandra Oh also attended the funeral of the Queen, who was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in June.

Five members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), specifically the RCMP Musical Ride, led the procession. It is a troop of officers who perform exercises on horseback to music. The inclusion is representative of Queen Elizabeth’s affection for the RCMP. The Musical Ride has given eight of its horses to Queen Elizabeth. The first was a Burmese from the RCMP ranch in Saskatchewan in 1969.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Royal Canadian Mounted Police during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Members of the public can pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 23 hours a day from 5:00 p.m. on September 18, 2022 until 6:30 a.m. on September 19, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland in September. 8, 2022, and is succeeded by his eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Marko Djurica – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The federal government has also made September 19 a federal holidaywhile Ontario and Quebec opted to declare the holiday provincial, which also sparked discussion as to why the decision was made by the Government of Canada.

While many Canadians have expressed sadness over the Queen’s death, others have referenced the colonialist legacy of the British Empire and wonder about the future of the monarchy.

Follow our live blog as Canadians coast to coast and in London commemorate the Queen’s life throughout the day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DelBrenna’s grandfather started the business in 1947.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apollo’s Music Café & Comedy Club will be back in October

The Apollo will kick off the Apollo Comedy Club and Apollo Music Café shows starting Thursday, October 6. at 9 p.m. EST. Shows begin at 10:00 PM EST. Tickets start at $26.50. For more information, visit

The Apollo Comedy Club celebrates the theater’s rich comedic roots with today’s top emerging talent. Presented in partnership with the legendary Bob Sumner (producer of Def Comedy Jam, creator of Laff Mobb on Aspire). The October 6 lineup includes Saya Meads, Kenney Woo, Dylan Tucker and (host) Derrick Eason.

The Apollo Music Café introduces independent artists to a unique audience. Featuring diverse performances across a myriad of genres (R&B, hip hop, soul, jazz, pop, funk, and rock), the series features artists from the indie music scene who are impacting the way music is heard and experienced. . For October, the soulful sounds of George Lovett (October 7) and vocal powerhouse Stout (October 8) will perform in front of a live audience.

The Apollo Music Café and Comedy Club are part of “The Next Movement”, Apollo’s fall 2022 season.



Thursday October 6: Comedians Dylan Tucker, Saya Meads & Kenney Woo; hosted by Derrick Eason

Friday, October 7: George Lovett

Saturday, October 8: Stout


Thursday, November 10: Actors Apple Brown Betty, Anthony Oakes and Rio Paris; hosted by Timmy Hall

Friday, November 11: Grace Gibson

Saturday, November 12: Jade Novah


Thursday, December 1: Comedians Mason Victor King, Lisha Perkins & Comedian Roy; hosted by Brad Lowery

Friday, December 2: Lawrence Flowers & Intercession

Saturday, December 3: David Michael Wyatt


The Apollo is wheelchair accessible throughout the building and offers assistive listening devices. For more information on accessibility or to request special assistance, please visit or contact the Apollo Box Office at [email protected] or (212) 531-5305.


The legendary Apollo Theater, the soul of American culture, plays a vital role in nurturing emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, New York City and the world.

With music at its heart, Apollo’s programming spans dance, theatre, spoken word and more. This includes the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the hit Bruno Mars Live concert at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; and the annual Africa Now! Festival. The not-for-profit Apollo Theater is a performing arts presenter, curator and collaborator that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and music works organized around a core set of initiatives that celebrate and extend Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including Women of the World (WOW) as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.

Since the introduction of the first Amateur Night competitions in 1934, the Apollo has served as a proving ground for new artists working in a variety of art forms and ushered in many new musical genres including jazz, swing , bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary artists who launched their careers at the Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, HER, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly and Miri Ben. Ari; and Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information on the Apollo, visit

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Welcome aboard, Captain Plew! NavalX has a new director > United States Navy > News-Stories

The ceremony welcomed the new director of NavalX, Captain Casey Plew, who took the reins from Captain Benjamin Van Buskirk. Vice Admiral Frank Morley, Principal Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN RDA), and Rear Admiral Lorin Selby, Chief of Naval Research, attended the event.

“NavalX is a valuable component of ONR that inspires and empowers the naval workforce to rapidly deliver high-impact capabilities across the Department of Defense. [DoD], connecting them with stakeholders in the acquisition ecosystem and leveraging the innovation pipeline,” said Selby. “These stakeholders include the Naval Research and Development Establishment, the Department of the Navy [DoN] and partners from industry and academia.

“It is a pleasure for me to welcome Captain Plew and say thank you and well done to Captain Van Buskirk,” he continued. “Captain. Van Buskirk has done an outstanding job of expanding the capabilities and increasing the influence of NavalX, which has proven to be a disruptive force for good within ONR and the DoN as a whole.

NavalX serves the US Navy and Marine Corps as an innovation and agility cell, supporting and connecting initiatives across the DoD. The organization allows collaboration; accelerates the pace of discovery, learning and experimentation; and promotes the naval workforce’s capacity for innovation and agility. It gives Sailors, Marines and DoN civilians valuable tools, training and resources to solve problems and translate ideas into practical solutions.

This allows naval organizations like the ONR to better meet the needs of warfighters by connecting people who promote innovative ideas with experts who can experiment with those ideas, invest in them, or help turn them into something tangible for the Navy and Marine Corps.

One of NavalX’s most important ways to do this is through its Tech Bridge network, which spans 18 national and international locations. The network is designed to bridge the gap between the DoN and emerging entities such as startups, small businesses, universities, non-profit organizations and private capital that have not traditionally been part of the development process and military acquisition.

“Captain. Van Buskirk has done an outstanding job of transitioning NavalX from a start-up environment to an established organization with codified processes and procedures for innovation,” Plew said. “I look forward to building on the valuable work he has done using these processes to strengthen innovation partnerships, source breakthrough ideas and technologies, integrate them into acquisition requirements, and ultimately deliver them. as abilities to fighters.”

Prior to assuming the Director role, Plew was at NavalX supporting the transition and combining the efforts of the ASN RDA Agility Cell with the efforts of the ONR Technology Acceleration Cell. Prior to that, he served as Commanding Officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Virginia.

Plew holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the US Naval War College, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Naval Postgraduate School.

He succeeds Van Buskirk, a naval aviator with extensive experience in technological innovation.

During his tenure as head of NavalX, Van Buskirk oversaw impressive growth, including expanding the Tech Bridge network to 18 locations. Most recently, the London Tech Bridge celebrated its grand opening in June.

Van Buskirk also led the transition of NavalX from a small independent organization under the ASN RDA to an entity under the command structure of the ONR. Although still small and under the ASN RDA, Van Buskirk said being part of the ONR gives NavalX a budget, the ability to hire staff and access to legal and contractual services from the ONR. .

“Captain. Plew is the perfect person to scale NavalX and expand its capabilities in the world of acquisition,” said Van Buskirk. “He has two decades of experience as an acquisition professional, has been a resource sponsor, has overseen large budgets and served as a warfare center commander. He brings valuable perspective that will help NavalX take it to the next level. »

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Eritrea calls for army mobilization as fighting in Ethiopia resumes

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Eritrea is mobilizing armed forces due to a resurgence of conflict in northern Ethiopia, the Canadian government said on Saturday, raising fears of an escalation in fighting in a war that has already displaced millions of people and triggered a humanitarian catastrophe across northern Ethiopia.

“Local authorities have issued a general call for the mobilization of armed forces in response to the conflict in northern #Ethiopia,” said a Canadian travel advisory tweet.

The Canadian government has urged its citizens in Eritrea to limit their travel and monitor local media. It was not clear from the statement whether Canada believed Eritrea was mobilizing forces for offensive or defensive purposes.

Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel and Ethiopian government spokesman Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“Guards at UN embassies, compounds and residences had expressed fears of being removed from their posts due to widespread conscription,” a diplomat from the Horn of Africa told Reuters.

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An Eritrean exile told Reuters that two of his family members in Eritrea said the government was sending citizens under the age of 60 to fight and authorities warned that deserters would have their homes confiscated.

Reuters could not independently verify his account.

Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, said in a tweet on Saturday that Eritrea was calling up “sixty-year-old reservists” to fight.

Eritrea sent troops to Tigray to support the Ethiopian army after fighting broke out between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF in November 2020.

Eritrean and Ethiopian officials denied reports on the Eritrean presence in Tigray until March https://www.Reuters. com/article/us -ethiopia-conflict-idUSKBN2BI0ML 2021, despite numerous accounts of gang rapes and massacres of civilians by Eritrean troops. Eritrea has denied the accusations by residents and human rights groups.

Conflict resumed around Tigray last month after a roughly five-month ceasefire collapsed. Both sides blamed each other for the renewed violence.

Eritrea and Ethiopia fought a border war from 1998 to 2000. At the time, the Ethiopian government was dominated by the TPLF. Eritrea and the TPLF remain sworn enemies.

In 2018, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power and signed a peace accord with Eritrea – an act that won him the Nobel Peace Prize. But relations between Abiy and the TPLF deteriorated rapidly.

Abiy’s government accuses the TPLF of trying to reassert Tigrayan dominance over Ethiopia, while the TPLF accuses Abiy of over-centralizing power and oppressing Tigrayans.

Each side rejects the other’s narrative.

(Reporting by Nairobi Newsroom; editing by Clelia Oziel)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

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Ben Flanner, pioneer of urban agriculture, will showcase his latest rooftop farm at CitiesAlive 2022

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is pleased to announce that Ben Flanner, co-founder and CEO of Brooklyn Grange, will speak about the new food production green roof at the Javits Center during livingcitiesin Philadelphia at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel from Sunday 16 to 19 October. Brooklyn Grange is one of New York’s premier rooftop farming businesses.

Ben Flanner is a leader in rooftop farming. His breakthrough model adapted green roof technology to grow vegetables, leading to several new rooftop farms in New York City, providing cities with green jobs and a new way to access fresh produce.

Mr. Flanner and Brooklyn Grange manage the new farm at the Javits Center, a larger-than-life convention center in New York City. The Javits Center has a 200,000 square foot roof which includes a working farm and orchids that produce over 40,000 pounds of produce each year. This rooftop takes advantage of the large building, has an integrated water management system, amenity spaces, and produces a wide variety of fresh, local produce that it uses in its kitchens.

Mr. Flanner will speak about the project on October 17 at livingcities on how the Javits Center implemented green infrastructure in unconventional ways, alongside Jacqueline Tran, director of energy and sustainability at the Javits Center, and Dustin R. Partridge, Ph.D., director conservation and science.

Rejoin Green roofs for healthy cities at Cities Alive 2022, a multidisciplinary conference focused on innovative green roof designs, breakthrough policies, new research, and the best products and services in the green infrastructure industry. This year, the conference focuses on water management in a changing climate.

Remember to book your conference hotel rooms before they sell out! The conference is awaiting approval of 11.5 continuing education credits for ASLA, AIA, BOMI, IIBEC, and GRP.

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Green roofs for healthy cities is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association that has been working to grow the green roof and wall industry throughout North America since 1999. Our mission is to grow and protect the market raising awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs, green walls and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence. We offer The Living Architecture Monitor, free online magazine. We also provide The Academy of Living Architectureanother online resource dedicated to providing you with the best and most up-to-date professional training information on design, installation and maintenance practices.

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Otter Creek Historical Society raises funds to secure history

OTERVILLE — Hamilton Elementary School in Otterville claimed to be the first free integrated elementary school in the state and possibly the country.

Today, the Otter Creek Historical Society tries to preserve the school, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, and its history.

“We’re trying to fix it up so it can be used for baby showers and similar events,” company president Sonny Ranken said. “We just take one project at a time.”

Opened in 1836, the school was built from the will of Dr. Silas Hamilton to provide a place for a former slave named George Washington to attend school.

Hamilton was originally from Vermont, but he and his family traveled south and bought a plantation in hopes of showing Southerners that they should treat their slaves like human beings, Ranken said.

“He thought he would have a plantation where he would treat slaves humanely,” Ranken said.

After this failed venture, Hamilton traveled north and freed all of his slaves.

“He ended up having 28 slaves who he then freed in Ohio,” Ranken said.

Only three remained with him – an elderly couple who had worked in his household and a young boy who was essentially an orphan.

On a trip back to Vermont to visit his mother, Hamilton heard a child crying, only to find George Washington alone and in tears after his mother was sold.

Hamilton bought the boy for $100 and began raising him, intending to teach him medical work and send him to do missionary work in Africa.

But Hamilton died when Washington was only 10 years old, his education incomplete.

Instead, Hamilton left $4,000 in his will to complete the task — $2,000 to build a school and $2,000 to hire a teacher, said historical society member Jean Marshall.

“He wanted a place where George could be educated,” Marshall said.

And Washington did.

“George had a wonderful voice and was in the choir,” Marshall said. “He was well liked by everyone in the community…he worked for local farmers and saved all the money he made. He eventually bought his own farm. He was the first black man to buy lands in Illinois.”

When he died, Washington left money to build a monument in Hamilton’s honor, Ranken said, calling it the earliest known memorial left by a former slave to his former master. Washington also was buried next to Hamilton, another probable first.

“He was considered family,” Ranken said.

The rest of Washington’s money went into a fund to provide scholarships for “Americans of African descent.” This fund remains active and is governed by a council in the county of Jersey.

Although the original school building was demolished and rebuilt in the 1870s, the rebuilt school used the original stonework and its floor plan was similar to the school’s floor plan. ‘origin.

This second building served as a school until 1971, when it was closed.

The property on which the school building sits also houses the Hamilton memorial and the original school bell. Hamilton and Washington’s burial site is across the street.

Ranken attended the school before it closed, he said.

Marshall’s husband and children also attended school there, she said.

“We’re very possessive of this school,” Marshall said. “We had so much fun at this school; it was like a community center. When it closed, we were very upset.

Now the company is working to restore the building, including replacing the roof, waterproofing the basement and repairing electrical wiring. The group is still looking to repaint the windows, do some touch-ups, and get internet capabilities into the building.

To raise money for the building, the society will hold its 39th annual Hamilton Elementary School Festival – featuring vendors, activities, tours and entertainment – from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 24 and from noon to 4 p.m. September 25 on the school grounds at 107 E. Main St. A paranormal tour with paranormal group Just Say Boo is also scheduled for September 24.

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How did BTS fans shut down a Canadian pop-up store?

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Fans once again proved their devotion to 21st century global superstars BTS eventually selling a pop store focused on selling BTS merchandise. This isn’t the first time that BTS fans, known as ARMY, have completely sold out an item, from bracelets to cars, BTS’s approval and demand is so high that it seems almost impossible to keep up. As a welcome misfortune, that’s precisely what happened to a Canadian pop-up store in Toronto.

Toronto-based Irish journalist Mae Silvestre, who also happens to be an ARMY, shared the news of the Canadian store’s temporary hiatus “The BTS Pop-up: Space of BTS” on DailyHive, stating that “it’s not just concert tickets that BTS is likely to sell out – apparently, they can sell out a whole store.”. According to the source, the pop-up store opened on August 31, making notorious headlines on the internet due to massive fan queues across Toronto trying to get their hands on all the BTS merchandise they have. could.

The Sukoshi Mart announced the news of its temporary closure notice on Instagram, as the store ran out of stock, just two weeks after the store’s official opening date. The store is also set to reopen on December 31, fully restocked and with new concepts aimed at finally supporting the demand for BTS merchandise.

While this may be the first time an entire store has closed due to completely depleting inventory, it’s certainly not a foreign concept for BTS fans around the world to sell at. just about anything. Of official merchandising created by the members themselves on brand-endorsed products like Samsung phones and Louis Vuitton bags, BTS fans try to get just about anything with the so-called “golden touch” from the members . About two years ago, after BTS collaborated with famous South Korean brand Hyundai, the approved model for the Palisade SUV received an overwhelming number of orders, which made it difficult for Hyundai to follow the request for the car.

In a joke among fans, Jungkook has proven to be a particularly big figure when it comes to using his own “golden touch”, even selling fabric softener, toothpaste and the famous digestive drink, Kombucha after having drunk it live. The youngest member of BTS is also famous for often using small independent brands in his daily life, as was the case for f8kechemicalcluba small clothing brand that saw an instant surge in demand and followers on Instagram after Jungkook wore one of its full sets during a live.

This only serves as a lesson to any entrepreneur or brand partnering with BTS – don’t underestimate the power of BTS fans, and more specifically, the extent of their influence in the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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US wants to build artillery shells as it supplies them to Ukraine

  • The US Army is looking for companies capable of manufacturing up to 12,000 155mm artillery shells per month.
  • The army investigation comes as the United States supplies Ukraine with weapons, including some 800,000 155mm shells.
  • The scale of the arms supply effort has raised concerns about the state of US stockpiles.

With US ammunition stocks depleted by deliveries to Ukraine, the US military is looking for new manufacturers of 155mm howitzers.

The military recently issued a market research to identify US and Canadian companies capable of manufacturing up to 12,000 M795 155mm high-explosive rounds per month.

The M795 is the standard round for Army and Navy 155mm howitzers and would be the primary ammunition for all US-designed 155mm howitzers sent to Ukraine, which already uses M777 towed 155mm guns sent by the United States and Canada.

The United States sent 126 M777 guns and more than 800,000 strokes of 155 mm ammunition to Ukraine from the beginning of September. Today, the Pentagon fears that US ammunition stocks are reaching dangerously low levels.

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A Ukrainian serviceman rounds an M777 howitzer in the Kharkiv region on July 28.

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Meanwhile, as the Russo-Ukrainian war becomes a rival artillery struggle – which has become the dominant lethal weapon on the Ukrainian battlefield – Kyiv is certain to demand more shells. Ukrainian forces were already firing 6,000 shells per day in June, Ukrainian officials said at the time.

This is a good reason for the US Army to increase its production of 155mm ammunition.

The Army Combat Ammunition Systems Project Manager is currently conducting market research “to identify potential sources in the United States and Canada that can Load, Assemble, and Package (LAP) and deliver the High Explosive Projectile (HE ) M795 155mm”.

Among the requirements for potential manufacturers is to demonstrate “existing production capacity, planned monthly production and delivery capacity of 12,000 projectiles per month, maximum monthly production capacity and whether they have manufactured this item or similar items in the past,” according to the Army investigation. .

Ukrainian troops fire an M777 howitzer in Kharkiv

Ukrainian troops fire an M777 in the Kharkiv region on July 28.

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The government would provide “metal projectile parts, rotary band covers, wooden pallets, lifting plugs, additional charges of IMX-101 explosives and TNT/PBXN-9”. However, the entrepreneur should obtain “TNT in bulk” himself.

It is unclear how many shells the Pentagon aims to produce.

In 2021, the Army wanted to cut funding for the production of 155 mm shells which had been approved by Congress. Lawmakers recently approved $600 million in defense production emergency law expenditures to expand the United States’ shell and missile production capability, including “modernized and expanded large-caliber shell forging capabilities”. However, expanding ammunition production capacity can take a year or more.

The Army’s Joint Ordnance Command would not say whether the market survey was aimed at increasing shell production or simply identifying new manufacturers.

“Market research is used to identify potential sources for the identified item and may be used to fulfill a number of service requirements,” spokeswoman Justine Barati told Insider.

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A Ukrainian soldier prepares M795 shells in the Kharkiv region on July 28.

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The M795 is an unguided shell first deployed in 1999. It weighs 103 pounds and is 33 inches long and has an attached fuze.

The high-fragmentation steel projectile is armed with 23.8 pounds of TNT or IMX-101, an explosive less prone to accidental detonation.

The M795 has a kill radius of approximately 55 meters, although fragments can inflict damage beyond this distance. It can be “employed against personnel, trucks, electronic surveillance and target acquisition devices, supply points, command and control and communications (C3) facilities, and mechanized and armored forces “, according to the American defense firm. General dynamics.

The M795 has a range of about 14 miles, longer than the 1950s M107 rounds it replaced, but still considerably shorter than Russian weapons such as the BM-30 multiple rocket launchers, which have a 45 mile range.

Ukrainian troops fire an M777 howitzer

Ukrainian troops fire an M777 at the front line in the Kharkiv region on July 21.

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The range disparity is especially important in the Ukrainian War, where the side with the longer-range artillery can destroy enemy guns while remaining safely out of range of retaliatory fire.

The United States also sent GPS-guided 155mm M982 Excalibur rounds to Ukraine. Excalibur shells have a range of 25 miles and can strike a few meters from their targets.

GPS-guided shells are much more expensive, each costing around $100,000, making the M795 much cheaper more economical for the rate at which Ukraine fires its artillery. (The Pentagon also plans to spend nearly $100 million to replenish its stocks of Excalibur.)

The United States is not alone in having an ammunition problem. Canada shipped 155mm shells to Ukraine and is now ask south korea to replenish their stocks.

Michael Peck is a defense writer whose work has appeared in Forbes, Defense News, Foreign Policy magazine and other publications. He holds a master’s degree in political science. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Atlanta Nonprofit Silence the Shame to Host Suicide Awareness Summit

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – A local nonprofit is gearing up to host a summit to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.

Silence the Shame Inc. is hosting its 2nd Annual My Life is a Gift Suicide Awareness Summit on September 14th. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to officials, the summit will include a fireside chat with rapper, singer and songwriter, Monaleo, to celebrate her recovery from suicide and mental illness. Silence the Shame leaders will also host roundtables with young adults, family members and behavioral health specialists to address current risk factors associated with suicide and mental crises and offer healthy support strategies. This segment will feature Tamu Lewis of the Lee Thompson Young Foundation.

Shanti Das, legendary music executive and Atlanta native, founded Silence the Shame and hopes the summit and future events will help raise not only awareness for suicide prevention and suicide support, but help others ask for help. help when needed. Das has contributed to the careers of several Atlanta musicians, including rap legends OutKast, TLC and Toni Braxton.

“We are so excited to bring this important conversation to the Atlanta community and share it nationally,” said Shanti Das, founder of Silence the Shame organization. “Silence the Shame works to eliminate the stigma associated with suicide and normalize conversations about mental health. Join us for this immersive summit to learn from the experts about suicide prevention supports for youth and young adults. »

Das told CBS46 News that she wishes she could have a positive impact on the greater Atlanta community by letting those who are struggling know that they are not alone and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Das says she is dedicated to helping eliminate mental health stigma, reduce health disparities, and improve suicide rates among vulnerable populations.

RELATED: A personal look at suicide and the latest prevention efforts in Georgia

According to the latest data from the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death among Georgians between the ages of 10 and 34.

In July, HB 1013 came into effect.

“They’ve been demoralized for a while, working in a system that’s the latest death in the country,” he said. “They see an opportunity for change and hope, and I think that will change the system itself,” Chris Johnson, director of communications for the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, told CBS46 News.

To register for in-person or virtual participation, click here.

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Durham Museum pays tribute to John Hope Franklin with History Grove

John Hope Franklin is remembered not only for his groundbreaking historical studies focusing on the black experience in America, but also for his love of plants, especially orchids, one of which is named after him. So it’s fitting that when the Durham History Museum wanted to honor Franklin, it did so by naming a “History Grove” in his honor.

Located in the gardens on the edge of Durham’s Central Park, the grove was dedicated on Sunday in front of more than 50 friends and Durham residents. Franklin joins 14 other Durham notables in having a historic grove named after them.

The museum partners with local organizations to establish small groves of native trees and plants to honor individuals, families and others who have played a significant role in creating our unique community. Each grove contains seats where visitors can pause and reflect, and each site has a marker naming the winner.

A plaque highlighting Franklin’s accomplishments was placed in the garden last spring, but was dedicated last Sunday. Speakers including representatives from the History Museum, NC Central University and Duke.

“Dr. Franklin was originally from Oklahoma, but Durham is where he and his beloved wife Aurelia call home,” said Stelfanie Williams, vice president of Durham and regional affairs. “Dr. Franklin loved nature and cultivated an extensive collection of orchids, even having one named for him and Aurelia. It is therefore very appropriate to be here among the plants and flowers of this Central Park community space. With this, we honor his memory.

Franklin, who died in 2009, was the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History and for seven years served as Professor of Legal History at Duke Law School. As a scholar, John Hope Franklin was perhaps best known for his seminal study “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans” (1947).

Among his many accomplishments, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995, in recognition of his lifelong work as a teacher and historian of modern racial barriers. President Bill Clinton appointed him Chairman of the Presidential Race Initiative Advisory Council (1997-1999). In 2002, he received the Gold Medal in History, the highest honor awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2006, he was awarded the John W. Kluge Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity Award by the United States Library of Congress.

To find out more about the History Grove, see the Durham History Museum website.

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TIFF 2022 Reviews: Bones of Crows, The Wearing Jar

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crows bones

Inspired by real facts, Mary Clement‘ second fiction feature film, crows bonesfollows Aline (played at different ages by summer testawich, grace doveand Carla Rae), an Indigenous woman born in the 1920s who is viciously torn from her loving family by the Canadian government as part of the residential school system. There, she and her siblings are kept in a constant state of malnutrition and suffering at the hands of the nuns and priests who run the school, a place meant to strip them of all culture and language. As Aline would later say, the only thing they learned was “an education in relentless cruelty”.

Later in life, Aline enlisted in the Canadian Army, where during World War II, she was actually valued for her command of the scream. But while Aline may later have a family and a home, the trauma of her past reverberates through her life, and she becomes perpetually worried that any joy she hoards will be taken away from her, as will all that was good in her life. life was too. a kid.

crows bones tells an absolutely essential story, something that as a Canadian I can tell you they don’t teach you in school, where we’re fed silenced versions of our own history. It’s not easy to watch, and it shouldn’t be. Clements very accurately shows the horrors of oppression in this country. Yet essential as it is, the film’s non-linear storytelling doesn’t flow as well as it should, and a subplot involving Aline’s sister is underdeveloped.

crows bones is due out in an expanded 5-part miniseries next year and with everything this movie has to (and should) convey, I think the long-form will suit it much better.

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The oath jar

The sequel to the 2014 festival favorite Wet buttocksdirector lindsay mackay take us The oath jara film that tells the story of Carey and Simon, a married couple navigating the early stages of pregnancy. On the surface, the pair share an affable and cheerful relationship full of quick wit and jokes. But sometimes it’s the things left unsaid that shock us the most. It’s not the swear words, it’s the secrets.

The Swearing Jar has one of the best opening sequences I’ve seen in a while – it’s surprising and hilarious, at least if you’re a fan of swear words. In fact, the script of Kate Hewlett really weaves great moments of laughter into some of the film’s most serious scenes. The cast, including Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Patrick J. Adams (Combinations), Douglas Smith (Big little lies, the alienist) and legend Kathleen Turner seems game enough to play humor in though it’s no surprise that Turner can still steal a scene.

Mackay uses a unique approach to narrative storytelling here. It’s hard to go into detail without significant spoilers, but there’s mystery and intrigue to unravel in this storyline and it’s pretty well done. At least for the first two acts of this film. I was absolutely enthralled and loved this film – a firm 4/5 rating – but once it got to the final act, it unfortunately became long, too long and pointless. The method of storytelling that until then was so clever, only brings out one last remarkable detail for so long that it creates great frustration. It’s an unfortunate final act that ultimately results in such a wonderfully promising film.

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Use of Wagner Group in Ukraine depletes Russian mercenary force

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

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

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

Wagner Group in Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Connecticut NIMBYs on Train Noise – Another Perspective

A few weeks ago I wrote a column about the NIMBYs…the “not in my backyard” crowd that moves to a house near train tracks, airport or highway and then complains about the noise .

I received a very thoughtful response from a reader that I’d like to share, in edited form, to give us all a different perspective on this issue of housing versus transportation:

“I write this as someone who lives 500ft from the Waterbury (train) branch, who regularly gets blasted by the train whistle. The situation is not as simple as someone moved next to the train and then complained about it. Sometimes people decide to live somewhere based on what they can afford.

I moved from Queens, NY to Connecticut in 1988 and spent the next 11 years renting rooms from private individuals because that was all I could afford at the time. Some houses were on quiet streets. One was 500 feet from the Merritt Parkway, which was a steady woosh, but bearable, as it was almost like white noise.

The worst situation on the freeway was when I lived in Fairfield, 250 feet from I-95. This house is near the approach to the rest area, and the truckers downshift with the resulting engine roar. The rent for a room in the house was $250 a month in 1993, but as low as it was I couldn’t stand the noise anymore and eight months later moved to a house in Stratford which was 1,000 feet from Route 8, a bit noisy due to concrete pavement at the time, but much quieter than living near I-95.

I bought my condo (in Milford) in 1999 because it was what I could afford at the time, and I still live here because moving to a larger unit (hopefully somewhere quieter ) is out of my price range. When I bought it I was vaguely aware that the train tracks were nearby, but that was not a factor in my purchase.

My living room faces the train and I can see it passing in the winter when the leaves have fallen from the trees. My room is shielded from direct view of the train as it faces a different direction and another building adjoining mine is between my room and the train, but the noise is still very loud.

Prior to recent schedule changes, the last train ran at 1:30 a.m. and the first in the morning ran at 4:30 a.m. With the new trains on the schedule, these times are now at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. My complex receives two whistles because we are between two level crossings.

While one could argue that people knew the train (or highway) was there when we bought (or leased), I can also argue that the railroad needs to recognize that a neighborhood has grown up around him and should do his best to be a good neighbor.

Sincerely, Tom, Milford

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Power’s Title Rivals Qualifying Wrestling

Josef Newgarden’s season could have been summed up by missing the entry of the most spectacular corner of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

The No. 2 Hitachi Penske Chevrolet team driver was on the first qualifying lap Saturday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca when he cut a deterrent left-side curb as he approached the famous “corkscrew” and sped down the hill. With his car wedged against the track, he was literally stuck.

Newgarden’s mistake forced him to accept the 25th starting position for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (2:40 p.m. ET, NBC; 3 p.m. ET, Telemundo Deportes on Universo and INDYCAR Radio Network), clearly not the he favorite place to erase his 20-point deficit for Team Penske’s Will Power, the series points leader who will start on pole.

By winning the NTT P1 award, Power effectively extended his series lead to 21 points over Newgarden and Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon. Power can secure the title by finishing third or better no matter what the other contenders do.

“I just made a mistake; it’s such a shame,” Newgarden said. “Yeah, it’s a disappointment. It’s a hassle for everyone. »

This track offers trouble at nearly every corner, which is something Newgarden has to hope for with many drivers ahead of him. Passing 24 cars to take the lead will otherwise be a challenge in a routine head-to-head battle. However, he said he thought he had “the fastest car on the course”.

“It’s not over, but it’s not ideal what just happened here,” Newgarden said. “So that’s what it is.”

Dixon is in much the same situation, although he will start higher up the field (13th). He and fellow title contenders Scott McLaughlin and Marcus Ericsson were in the same qualifying group as Newgarden, and they lost valuable time on the track as the AMR safety team went to the corkscrew to help the car blocked.

Dixon said he couldn’t get enough of a gap behind rookie Kyle Kirkwood (#14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet of AJ Foyt Racing) to make a difference. He finished the session 0.0866 seconds behind Ericsson for the final transfer spot.

“Maybe I should have held back a bit more, (but) I thought he was going to go,” said No. 9 PNC Bank rider Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Kirkwood. “There was such a big gap to 15 (Graham Rahal) ahead of him, but ultimately you’re talking less than a tenth (of a second) that we missed it, which is frustrating.”

McLaughlin (#3 XPEL Team Penske Chevrolet) and Ericsson (#8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) made it through to round two, but that’s all they could do. They will start eighth and 10th respectively in the 26-car field. Both must win the race to have a chance at the championship. Ericsson is effectively 40 points from the lead, McLaughlin 42.

Now the quartet chasing Power must be hoping that tire degradation will play a big role in the 95-lap race and the peloton will be knocked down. Unless I’m mistaken, this is probably their best bet.

“It’s all up to the game as we’ve seen in many races,” Dixon said. “I think this year is going to be different for Monterey.”

Chase title marks

Much attention has been given to Dixon attempting to take the bottom rung of the ladder with a record seventh series championship, but Newgarden can take a big step as well.

Another championship would give Newgarden three for his career. Only seven drivers in history have that many, and only five drivers have more.

The three series champions include Louis Meyer (1928, 1929, 1933), Ted Horn (1946, 1947, 1948), Jimmy Bryan (1954, 1956, 1957), Rick Mears (1979, 1981, 1982), Al Unser ( 1970, 1983, 1985), Bobby Rahal (1986, 1987, 1992) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002, 2006).

The quadruple winners are Mario Andretti (1965, 1966, 1969, 1984), Sébastien Bourdais (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and Dario Franchitti (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).

AJ Foyt holds the record with seven season titles (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1975, 1979). Dixon won his championships in 2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020.

Newgarden is one of 14 drivers with two season titles, which means Power could become No. 15.

Malukas and Lundgaard to settle rookie title

If series officials tally up any points on Saturday night, which they don’t, David Malukas would replace Christian Lundgaard for the rookie of the year award.

Malukas qualified seventh, narrowly missing out on what would have been his third-place Firestone Fast Six of the season. Lundgaard qualified 16th. In the race, the difference between these final positions is 12 points in favor of Malukas. Lundgaard leads by just five points.

Malukas’ qualifying effort in moto two was slowed by Ericsson’s spin in the corkscrew, giving him just one lap to deliver a quality lap. The driver of Dale Coyne Racing’s #18 Honda HMD with HMD said he wanted to get as much advantage as possible over Lundgaard, but didn’t want to risk a mistake that would leave him 12th.

“Let’s take it easy, let’s start the round,” Malukas said of the final lap of round two. “I think on our side we will try to have the best possible race. He is definitely (close). I was pushing really hard. We have that little gap, but the tire (degradation) is a huge issue here. Strategy is going to play a big role here.

Lundgaard acknowledged that he left last week’s test “a bit confused” and was still getting used to the various Firestone Firehawk compounds.

“We put the (alternative) tires on (here), and we went slower,” he said. “We just don’t seem to be using the maximum with (them).”

Last races together for some

The end of any racing season always ends team relationships. One of the big names in this series is Alexander Rossi who is racing in his final race with Andretti Autosport.

After seven seasons, eight race wins, a win in the 2016 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, seven poles and two top-three finishes, Rossi will face Michael Andretti’s organization for the final time on Sunday. He will join Arrow McLaren SP for the 2023 season and beyond.

“Obviously we knew it was coming, but yeah, it’s going to be a sad day on Sunday for a lot of reasons,” Rossi said. “I’ve been with this team since the start of my INDYCAR career, and I know a lot of these (crew members) on a personal level, I know their families and we hang out away from the tracks.

“It’ll be a little weird to have that ‘Thank you, see you soon’ type dynamic, but it’s all part of life, and I’ll come away with more good memories than bad, and I really appreciate the whole organization. of Andretti Autosport over the past seven years.

Rossi said living in Indianapolis, like him and most of the crew, will allow many of their friendships to continue.

“Every time a change happens, it’s weird, but on the other side, there’s the excitement of new horizons and new opportunities, and I’m looking forward to that at the same time,” a- he declared.

Rossi will start third in the #27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda. He will be looking for his second race victory of the season.

More in motion

Sunday will also be Kyle Kirkwood’s last race at AJ Foyt Racing as he fills the seat vacated by Rossi in 2023. Kirkwood spent one season with the team and will start 17th in the season finale.

It remains to be seen whether Alex Palou (No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) and Felix Rosenqvist (No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet) will return to their current rides depending on how Palou’s future is resolved. And then there is Colton Herta, the Andretti Autosport driver who is wanted by Scuderia AlphaTauri in Formula 1.

Herta has won the last two races of the series at this track from pole but will start 18th in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda after going off course in Turn 4 of qualifying.

“We just struggled all weekend,” Herta said. “I definitely made a mistake there, and that kind of held back our progress. We’ll have to try and find something for the race to try and tame that car because it seems like everyone is really struggling there. If we could find just a little, I think that would propel us a whole lot.

Jimmie Johnson told reporters that his sponsor, Carvana, would back him up again in 2023, but he didn’t say what his schedule would be. Johnson will start 23rd in the #48 Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.


  • As the NBC broadcast team noted, this might be the happiest front row in the show’s history. Alongside Power, who took his career-record 68th pole, rookie Callum Ilott (No. 77 Chevrolet Juncos Hollinger) clinched his best starting spot. It was Ilott’s first time reaching the Firestone Fast Six. Ilott said it was humiliating as a small one-car team driver to “fight with the big boys.”
  • Chevrolet celebrated its constructors’ championship on Saturday. He has won 11 of 16 races this season – 10 with Team Penske, the other with Arrow McLaren SP. Chevrolet has won seven of those titles since 2012. Three of its drivers are in contention for the championship on Sunday.
  • This is the fourth NTT INDYCAR SERIES race of the season for Simona De Silvestro. At the wheel of the Chevrolet Paretta Autosport n°16, she will start 26th. She and the team welcomed Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphries, a Canadian-American who won the monobob at the Beijing Winter Olympics earlier in the year, to the track on Saturday.
  • Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES action begins with a 30-minute practice at noon ET. NBC’s broadcast of the 95-lap race begins at 2:40 p.m. with the green flag expected at 3:30 p.m. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. on Telemundo Deportes on Universo and the INDYCAR radio network.
  • Sting Ray Robb took his first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires win on Saturday in dominant fashion, crossing the finish line 11.0674 seconds ahead of Andretti Autosport teammate Christian Rasmussen. Linus Lundqvist has taken the green flag to officially clinch the series title and earn an incentive package to compete in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES next season. He finished sixth in Saturday’s race. The final race of the season is Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
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The 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group passes through Bobcaygeon, Buckhorn and Peterborough en route to Ottawa

The nine motorized dinghies carrying 50 members of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Lock 31 in Buckhorn on September 9, 2022, during the fourth day of their 13-day journey from Parry Sound to Ottawa. Composed primarily of Aboriginal people, the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group supports both Canadian Armed Forces national security and public safety operations in Northern Ontario. (Photo: 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group / Facebook)

If you noticed nine large motorized canoes filled with 50 men and women in red outfits rolling down the Trent-Severn Waterway from Bobcaygeon to Peterborough on Friday (September 9), you were seeing the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group on a historic voyage from Parry Sound to Ottawa.

Many people in southern Ontario are unfamiliar with the Canadian Rangers, a sub-component of the Canadian Army Reserve which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

Established in 1947, the Canadian Rangers — primarily First Nations people living and serving in their communities — work in remote, isolated and coastal regions of Canada. There are five Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups in Canada, with the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group covering the remote coastal and interior regions of Northern Ontario.

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The 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group consists of 27 individual patrols covering an area of ​​Northern Ontario nearly as large as the size of France and Germany combined. The region is home to over 50,000 people living in 49 First Nations communities, many of whom do not have year-round road access.

“A lot of the places we operate in northern Ontario are only accessible by water, so that makes perfect sense,” says Major Charles Ohlke, referring to the trip to Ottawa, which is also a training exercise in which the Rangers will be trained. safe boating and first aid.

The motto of the Canadian Rangers is “Vigilans”, which means “The Watchers”, reflecting their role in supporting Canadian Armed Forces national security and public safety operations. The 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group is Canada’s military presence in Northern Ontario.

Two of nine motorized canoes from the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group head for the Trent Canal in Peterborough on September 9, 2022, during day four of a 13-day voyage from Parry Sound to Ottawa.  (Photo: Mireille Delisle Oldham)
Two of nine motorized canoes from the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group head for the Trent Canal in Peterborough on September 9, 2022, during day four of a 13-day trip from Parry Sound to Ottawa. (Photo: Mireille Delisle Oldham)

So far in 2022, members of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group have participated in 10 ground search and rescue missions and rescued 13 people, including two truck drivers stuck on an ice road, an injured snowmobiler from the Attawapiskat First Nation and two young hunters who were stranded about 100 kilometers from their communities after their all-terrain vehicles broke down.

The 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group expedition left Parry Sound on 5 September, crossing Georgian Bay to enter the Trent-Severn Waterway at Port Severn.

They passed through Buckhorn, Peterborough and Rice Lake on Friday, which was the fourth day of their trip.

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On Saturday, they will travel from Rice Lake to Healey Falls, then to Campbellford and Frankford on Sunday. After arriving in Trenton on day seven, they will cross Lake Ontario to Kingston, then head north through the Rideau Canal to Ottawa, ending their 13-day journey in Ottawa on September 17.

“This exercise is not just an event to recognize our 75 years of service to Canada,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Shane McArthur, Commander of 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

“It’s also an opportunity for Canadians to interact with the Canadian Rangers and learn about what we do in Ontario and the Canadian Armed Forces.

The route of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group's journey from Parry Sound to Ottawa.  (Map: 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group)
The route of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group’s journey from Parry Sound to Ottawa. (Map: 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group)
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Karambir Kang talks about the 26/11 Mumbai attack at the UN Convention on Victims of Terrorism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Haiti should raise living wage for garment workers: Solidarity Center

Garment workers in Haiti would have to be paid four times their current wage just to keep pace with the cost of living, according to a new study from the Solidarity Center. The study determined that, based on the current minimum wage ($781 per month), workers spend nearly one-third (31.39%) of their take-home pay on transportation to and from work and a modest lunch to support their work.

The Solidarity Center, a non-profit organization, released a report titled “The High Cost of Low Wages in Haiti: A Living Wage Estimate for Garment Workers in Port-au-Prince.” The report builds on two previous Living Wage studies that the Solidarity Center published in 2014 and 2019 and an unpublished 2011 Living Wage report which demonstrates that the daily minimum wage for garment workers is well lower than the estimated cost of living, including in 2019, when inflation was 18.7 percent. The latest data for May 2022 shows Haiti’s inflation rate at 27.8%.

Haitian garment workers would have to be paid four times their current wage just to keep pace with the cost of living, according to a study by the Solidarity Center. The study determined that based on the current minimum wage ($781 per month), workers spend approximately 31.39% of their take-home pay on transportation to and from work and lunch to support their work.

The Solidarity Center estimated the basic cost of living for a garment worker in Port-au-Prince at 90,928.51 gourdes (about $791.08) per month. The report found that based on the standard 48-hour workweek, workers need to earn at least 2,989.43 gourdes (about $26.01 a day) to support themselves and their families. The cost of living in Haiti is more than four times the minimum wage. The cost of living in the Caribbean country has risen 44.04% since the Solidarity Center last assessed in 2019. The minimum wage has risen 63.1% since the Solidarity Center last assessed in 2019 due to advocacy union using living wage studies. Based on the current minimum wage, workers spend almost a third (31.39%) of their take home pay on transportation to and from work and a modest lunch to support their work.

The report recommends that the Haitian government ensure that workers earn a living wage. The political establishment should raise the minimum wage to a living wage (estimated at 2,989.43 gourdes per day) and allow workers to choose their representatives and have a voice in the tripartite Higher Wage Council (CSS). The regular functioning of the CSS as prescribed by Haitian law must be ensured. Workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining must be fully respected, so that workers are empowered to negotiate wage increases and better working conditions with employers.

“Employers must respect labor law and fundamental labor rights, in particular freedom of association and collective bargaining. Apparel brands sourcing from Haiti should require employers to respect freedom of association and collective bargaining, commercially penalize employers who violate these rights and commercially reward employers who sign collective agreements with independent unions,” the report states.

The Haitian government should ensure that employers properly compensate workers in accordance with the law, including the correct payment of OFATMA (Office of Insurance Against Workers’ Compensation, Sickness and Maternity) and pension contributions . Clothing brands should closely monitor compliance with legally required contributions to national health and pension funds and commercially penalize employers who do not guarantee full contributions to these funds.

The Haitian government should improve OFATMA services and the quality of care to minimize the cost of private health care for garment workers.

Employers or the government should subsidize work-related expenses, including transportation and lunch. Clothing brands should increase the prices they pay to suppliers to share the cost of subsidies.

Clothing brands sourcing from Haiti should pledge not to reduce orders but rather to increase what they pay for the products if the government raises the minimum wage to a living wage. Employers should standardize and set reasonable production quotas that allow workers to earn a premium above minimum wage when they reach established quotas. These supplements should not require workers to work overtime or work at a pace that is detrimental to their health and safety.

In addition to a living wage contributing to the dignity of work and the well-being of individuals, families and communities, it also has the potential to create a positive multiplier effect, leading to a reduction in poverty and dependency. help ; weakening of the push factors that contribute to unsafe migration; and stronger participation in the formal economy and democratic processes.

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Miami-Dade School Board Rejects October Declaration of LGBTQ History Month

Leaders of Florida’s largest school system have rejected a resolution to declare October LGBTQ History Month, another sign the state continues to swing right as Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis pushes to suppress discussions of sexual orientation in the classroom.

After a noisy six-hour meeting on Wednesday, the Miami-Dade school board voted 8 to 1 to block a measure that affirmed the county’s commitment to keeping all students safe — including those who identify as gay , lesbian, transgender or non-binary – and recognized LGBTQ History Month as “an effective way to educate and call to action our community to work together to fight prejudice and discrimination”.

The resolution would also ask the Superintendent of Schools to explore the possibility of providing Grade 12 teachers with resources to educate students about the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage as well as the precedent legal basis of anti-discrimination laws. Lower grade teachers would be free to reiterate “respect and support for LGBTQ students.”

The school board’s vote against the measure, which comes just a year after the body approved a similar resolution by a 7-1 vote, highlights the rapidly changing political landscape in Florida as conservative groups in parental rights advocates have mobilized to erase any discussion of topics such as gender and racial inequality in school.

This year, DeSantis and the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature enacted a new law that prohibits schools from teaching students in kindergarten through third grade about topics involving sexual orientation or gender identity. Lessons for older grades must now be “age-appropriate,” a vague term that is causing widespread confusion across the state about what teachers can say in class or whether they can even post identifying signs their classrooms as “safe spaces” for students who may feel intimidated.

Florida teachers rush to redo lessons as DeSantis laws go into effect

A school system lawyer told council members he did not believe the proposed resolution conflicted with the Parental Rights in Education Act. But several school board members still cited the new ordinance, which critics dubbed the “don’t say gay” law, as justification for their decision to rescind their previous support for LGBTQ History Month.

Ahead of the vote, dozens of parents and community members crammed into the meeting room, including some men aligned with the far-right extremist group the Proud Boys.

“We’re sitting around talking about recognizing LGBTQ History Month. What exactly does this mean? What will be celebrated? … What will be represented in our corridors? asked Christi Fraga, a board member who opposed the resolution. “If we are going to allow teachers to decide what can be taught in the classroom during this time, that concerns me.”

The board’s decision outraged Democratic lawmakers and gay rights activists, who accused leaders of the nation’s fourth-largest school system of cutting South Florida’s own ties to the national gay rights movement.

In the 1970s, gay rights activists in Miami feuded with Anita Bryant, a religious conservative who used South Florida to launch her nationwide campaign against anti-discrimination ordinances. Then, in the 1980s, during the AIDS epidemic, gay people flocked to Miami Beach and helped make it a global destination for tourism and entertainment.

“I’m horrified, but I’m not surprised given the turn Florida has taken under Governor DeSantis,” said Michael Rajner, 51, a South Florida gay rights activist. “He seemed to turn the Sunshine State into a fascist state and take us back to the dark ages.”

DeSantis’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the vote.

Equality Florida, a gay rights group, also decried the school board’s decision.

“Tonight’s vote is further evidence of the chilling effect of Florida’s discriminatory Don’t Say LGBTQ law and the toxic anti-LGBTQ environment fostered by Governor DeSantis,” said Joe Saunders, political director of Equality Florida, in a written statement. .

Rajner said he fears the school board’s decision could further stifle discussion in the classroom of LGBTQ people – wondering, for example, whether teachers who bring up Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will be allowed to note that he is the first openly gay law firm in the country. member.

“LGBT youth should have a role model, the same way Barack and Michelle Obama gave hope to so many young black people,” he said.

But Anthony Verdugo, executive director of the Miami-based Christian Family Coalition, a conservative political advocacy group, said Wednesday’s vote shows how conservative parents now oppose the teaching of issues in schools that don’t are not directly related to “reading”. , writing and arithmetic.

“Schools are there for education, not for indoctrination,” Verdugo said, repeating debunked theories that children choose their sexual orientation based on their exposure to LGBTQ issues. “We celebrate the content of people’s character, not their sexual preference or gender identity.”

Verdugo added that he still supports other school district designations, such as Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month.

“These are notable and morally neutral questions,” he said. “Issues of sex and sexual activity, these are not morally neutral.”

Verdugo noted that Wednesday’s victory follows the success of the conservatives last month in winning two seats on the Miami-Dade school board, which he said will secure a new conservative majority when the new board is elected in November. He believes the outcome of that election also caused the current board to reject the resolution.

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“I don’t think the margin would have been great, and last night parents, students and citizens showed up in force,” said Verdugo, who also downplayed the Proud Boys’ presence. “Individuals and groups have the right to speak out, whatever issue drives them.”

At one point during the meeting, some of the parents in the audience began yelling at Andrea S. Pita Mendez, a 17-year-old high school student who serves on the council as a nonvoting student councilor.

After saying she represents “the voice of 340,000 students,” Mendez began to push back against council members’ claim that their clients are district parents.

“They’re not. It’s the students,” Mendez said. “The parents aren’t because they don’t sit eight hours a day.”

As Mendez spoke, some audience members moaned and yelled at her, causing her to briefly interrupt her remarks.

When the outburst subsided, Mendez again pleaded for the board to support the resolution.

“You’re not in these hallways every day. We are,” said Mendez, who is also president of her student government association. “And our students told me that they support this article. Students are allowed to make up their own minds about the information they learn.

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Joyce May MacKay November 20, 1922 August 17, 2022, Obituaries, Obituaries, Obituaries

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear glorious mother, Joyce May MacKay, on Wednesday August 17th at her home in central Ohio, just 3 months shy of her 100th birthday.
She was Ohio’s oldest resident when she died. Joyce was in the British Army and her husband, Bruce, in the Canadian Army during World War II and married in England. She served her country well and became a war bride. This Christian woman was very special and a real lady. She shared her love of cooking, giving, caring and sharing all her life.
She is survived by her sons Robert (Betty), John, Neville (David), her grandson Kevin, her great-grandchildren Riley, Oshia and Oshua and her two great-great-grandchildren Lakin and Haven. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Bruce and second son Tom.
She had great love and devotion to her family and friends and loved all of God’s creations, especially her love for flowers. She graciously donated her remains to Medical Science and wishes to be remembered by spreading and giving the flowers to her neighbors and friends in her memory.
Donations can also be made to the Upper Middle Ohio Fire Department or a charity of your choice. Final arrangements will be announced at another time.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Joyce May MacKay November 20, 1922 August 17, 2022..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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140 years of Princeton history

Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower won a landslide victory with nearly 55% of the popular vote in the 1952 presidential election, still a pittance compared to the 73% majority he won in the Daily Princetonian’s presidential poll .

Against the backdrop of the Red Scare of the 1950s, the use of the word “communist” in the “Prince” peaked during that decade, leading some articles to even speculate about the existence of a secret communist cell on the campus.

Our analysis of this decade also revealed a disproportionate use of terms such as “prayer”, “worship” and “episcopal”, often included in the Religious Notice section of the article. Although the requirement for the University chapel did not end until 1964, the “prince” sparked much discussion on the subject throughout the 1950s, including a poll in 1951 which found that 75 % of undergraduates surveyed viewed mandatory attendance at religious services as “unfavorable.”

The decade also saw major changes on Prospect Avenue. In 1949, Alfred de Jonge ’49 pointed out in a letter to the editor that while 81.3% of all eligible feuds were accepted into a dining club after a round of feuds, only 32.1% of Jewish feuds eligible had been accepted. The following feuding season, more than three-quarters of the sophomore class pledged not to join a dining club unless everyone bickering could get an offer.

As a result of this protest, the interclub committee was able to maintain a “100%” match rate until 1958, when 23 sophomores, more than half of whom were Jewish, did not receive of offer. The resulting scandal, which was the subject of a national outcry, was known as the “Dirty Bicker” of 1958.

A major vernacular shift also took place during the Eisenhower years. Although the word “frosh” was first mentioned in the “Prince” much earlier in the 20th century, its use exploded in the 1950s, alongside “soph”.

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One brother found dead while the other was on the run; Canadian police searching for a suspect

Investigators gather outside the scene of a stabbing in Weldon, Saskatchewan (September 4, 2022)

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One of the suspects in the stabbing deaths of 10 people in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan has been found dead and his injuries were not self-inflicted, police said on Monday as they continued the search for a second suspect.
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said Damien Sanderson, 31, was found dead and they believe his brother, Myles Sanderson, 30, was injured and on the run.

While Damien’s body was found near the stabbing sites, they believe Myles is in Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan.

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Her body was found outside in a heavily grassed area near a house that was being examined. We can confirm that he has visible injuries. These injuries do not appear to be self-inflicted at this point,” said Assistant Commissioner to RCMP Commander Rhonda Blackmore.

The discovery of the body came on the second day of a massive manhunt for the couple, who are suspected of carrying out a series of stabbings in an indigenous community and a nearby town, which also left 18 injured . These are the deadliest attacks in the country’s history.

Authorities said some of the victims were targeted and others appeared to have been randomly selected from James Smith’s Cree Nation and the Saskatchewan town of Weldon. They gave no motive for the crimes, but a senior Aboriginal leader suggested that drugs were somehow involved.

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Although they believe Myles is in Regina, about 335 kilometers (210 miles) south of where the stabbings took place, authorities have issued alerts across Canada’s three vast prairie provinces , which also includes Manitoba and Alberta, and contacted US border officials.

With one suspect still at large, fear gripped working-class rural communities in Saskatchewan, surrounded by farmland terrorized by crime. A witness who said he lost family members described seeing people with bloody wounds scattered throughout the native reservation.

No one in this town will ever sleep again. They are going to be terrified to open their door, said Ruby Works, who also lost a loved one and lives in Weldon, which has around 200 residents and is home to many pensioners.

As Labor Day weekend drew to a close on Monday, police urged Saskatchewan residents returning from trips to check for suspicious activity around their homes before entering.

Arrest warrants were issued for the pair of suspects and both men had faced at least one count each of murder and attempted murder. Further charges were expected.

Police gave few details about the men. Last May, Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers released a wanted list that included Myles Sanderson, writing that he was unlawfully at large.

As the manhunt continued, police also issued a province-wide alert for suspects in a shooting at Witchekan Lake First Nation.

Officials said the shooting was not believed to be related to the stabbings, but such alerts are unusual and the fact that a second occurred when authorities were already scouring Saskatchewan for the stabbing suspects was outstanding.

The stabbing was one of the deadliest massacres in Canada, where such crimes are less common than in the United States. The deadliest gun rampage in Canadian history occurred in 2020, when a man disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires across New Brunswick province. -Scotland, killing 22 people. In 2019, a man used a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto.

Lethal mass stabbings are rarer than mass shootings, but have occurred around the world. In 2014, 29 people were slashed and stabbed to death at a train station in the city of Kunming in southwest China.

In 2016, a massive knife attack at a facility for the mentally disabled in Sagamihara, Japan, left 19 people dead. A year later, three men kill eight people in a vehicle and attack with a knife at London Bridge.

Canadian police received their first call about a stabbing at 5:40 a.m. Sunday, and within minutes heard of several more. In total, dead or injured people were found at 13 different locations on the sparsely populated reservation and in the city, Blackmore said. The James Smith Cree Nation is approximately 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Weldon.

She could not provide a motive, but the leader of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations suggested the stabbings could be drug-related.

This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities, and we call on all authorities to follow the direction of Chiefs and Councils and their members to create safer and healthier communities for our people,” said Chief Bobby Cameron.

As the manhunt spread, Regina Police Chief Evan Bray urged anyone with information to come forward.

Bray said they had received credible information that they were in Regina and he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that following a very aggressive investigation police believed they were still in the town.

Elected leaders from the three communities that make up the James Smith Cree Nation have declared a local state of emergency.

Chakastaypasin chief Calvin Sanderson, who is apparently unrelated to the suspects, said everyone was affected by the tragic events.

They were our parents, our friends,” Sanderson said of the victims. It’s pretty awful.

Among the 10 killed was Lana Head, who is the former girlfriend of Michael Brett Burns and the mother of their two daughters.

“It’s crazy how prison, drugs and alcohol can destroy many lives,” Burns told the Indigenous Peoples Television Network. I am hurt for all this loss.

Burns then posted on Facebook that there were dead and injured all over the reservation, making it look like “a war zone”.

The look in their eyes could not express the pain and suffering of all who were assaulted, he posted.

Weldon residents identified one of the dead as Wes Petterson, a retired widower who made coffee every morning at the senior citizens’ centre. He enjoyed gardening, picking berries, canning and making jam and cakes, recall William Works, 47, and his mother, Sharon Works, 64.

He would give you the shirt off his back if he could, said William Works, describing his neighbor as a kind old man and his community first.

Sharon Works was baffled: I don’t understand why they would target someone like him anyway, because he was just a poor helpless little man, 100 pounds drenched. And he could barely breathe because he had asthma and emphysema and everyone cared about him because he was like that. He cared about everyone. And they cared about him.

The couple said there was virtually no crime in the rural town except for the occasional speeding ticket. They always left the door open until the night of the massacre.

Even when I go into town, I don’t lock my door, said Sharon Works. But now I have to find the key to my house. I never used to lock the doors and no one here until this happened.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the flag above the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa would be flown at half-mast to honor the victims.

Unfortunately, in recent years, such tragedies have become all too common. Saskatchewanians and Canadians will do what we always do in difficult and anxious times, we will be there for each other,” Trudeau said.

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

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

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

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

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

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

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

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

(All photos: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

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City Life Org – New-York Historical Society sheds contemporary light on a defining chapter of American history in The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming exhibit

Alexander McQueen, 1969 -2010. Evening dress (detail), of the In Memory of Elizabeth How, Salem, 1692, Ready-to-wear collection, fall/winter 2007. Velvet, glass pearls and satin. Peabody Essex Museum, gift from anonymous donors in London Friends of the Peabody Essex Museum, 2011.44.1. Photo by Bob Packert

On view from October 7, 2022 to January 22, 2023

In an episode that has resonated in American culture from colonial times until today, more than 200 residents of Salem, Massachusetts, were accused of witchcraft in 1692-1693. The trials led to the execution of 20 people, mostly women, and the death in prison of at least five others. The last of the defendants, Elizabeth Johnson Jr., was officially cleared in July 2022.

This fall, the New York Historical Society is re-examining this defining moment in American history and considering from a contemporary perspective how mass hysteria can lead to fatal injustice in exposure. The Salem Witch Trials: Calculation and Recovery. On view from October 7, 2022 to January 22, 2023 at the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery, this traveling exhibition is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, and is coordinated at the New-York Historical by its Center for Women’s History, which uncovers the lives and legacies of the women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience.

“Countless scholars and authors, from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Arthur Miller, have preserved the memory and significance of the Salem witch trials, but this critical turning point in American history has never been seen as it is in The Salem Witch Trials: Account and Recovery,said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of New-York Historical. “We are proud to present this extraordinary exhibit through our Women’s History Center, illustrating the Center’s mission to rethink familiar chapters of the past and deepen our understanding of them. We hope our visitors leave with a new perspective on these terrible events over 300 years ago and what they still mean to us today.

“The Salem Witch Trials have become rhetorical shorthand in contemporary discourse, but the actual historical events are often overlooked,” said Dan Lipcan, Ann C. Pingree director of PEM at the Phillips Library, along with curator Paula Richter and Associate Curator Lydia Gordon. “When we designed this exhibit, we wanted to provide a framework for a modern-day audience to understand what this chapter in history meant for the development of this country and what it says about the potential for each of us. We want visitors to feel the ongoing impact of the Salem Witch Trials, to think about what they say about race and gender, and to think about how they themselves might react at times similar widespread injustice.

The exhibition opens with historical artifacts, rare documents and contemporary narratives, which include testimonies of dreams, ghosts and visions. The handwritten letters and petitions of innocence of the defendants reflect the human toll. Contextual materials such as furniture and other everyday objects help situate the Salem witch trials within the European tradition of witch hunts, which dates back to the 14th century, while suggesting the crucial ways in which this episode diverged. Rare documents from the collection of the New-York Historical, including one of the earliest written accounts of the 1693 trial, are also on display.

The exhibit also features two salvaged projects by contemporary artists who are descendants of the accused, including a dress and accompanying photographs from fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2007 collection, In memory of Elizabeth How, 1692. In creating this collection, based on research into the designer’s ancestor – one of the first women to be convicted and hanged as a witch – McQueen has extracted historic symbols of witchcraft, paganism, religious persecution and Magic. Documents show how Elizabeth How was charged and ultimately convicted in July 1692, adding to the gravity of the creator’s spectacle. Another section presents the series of photographer Frances F. Denny Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America in which powerful portraits challenge the traditional notion of witchcraft by celebrating the spectrum of identities and spiritual practices found in communities of people who identify as witches today. In addition to the photographs, a special sound component allows visitors to listen to the voices of these modern-day witches.

The exhibit concludes with an exhibit that connects the Salem witch trials to modern life by inviting visitors to reflect on the role they believe they play in times of injustice. It also features an immersive experience based on the New-York Historical tarot card collection that invites viewers to imagine what recovery from witchcraft might mean.

The Salem Witch Trials: Calculation and Recovery is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts. This exhibit was co-curated by Dan Lipcan, Ann C. Pingree Director of the Phillips Library; Paula Richter, curator; and Lydia Gordon; Associate curator. At the New-York Historical, it was coordinated by Anna Danziger Halperin, Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History and Public History, Center for Women’s History.

On October 24, a curator’s gallery tour, led by Anna Danziger Halperin of New-York Historical, provides an overview of the exhibits. Private group tours can also be arranged throughout the exhibition. Additional programs will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks.

Families can explore The Salem Witch Trials: Calculation and Recovery and its central question – in times of injustice, what role can you play? – with an exhibition guide, costumed interpretation, storytelling, programs in Spanish and a Halloween celebration. Living history programs offer families the opportunity to learn from modern practitioners and make connections between their experiences and those of the falsely accused in 1692. In October, Hablemos, our free bilingual Spanish/English program, explores the stories and traditions of witches. and witchcraft in the Spanish-speaking world. On Sunday, October 30, the Halloween Family Party includes both modern traditions such as scary stories and candy eating, while offering families a chance to reframe and reflect on their understanding of witches. Families can also consider how false accusations and injustice can have a huge impact on people’s lives, both in the past and today. Additional details will be added to the family program schedule.

The Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery exhibits are made possible by Joyce B. Cowin and the New York Historical Women’s History Council. Exhibits at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

About the New York Historical Society
Discover 400 years of history through groundbreaking exhibits, immersive films, and thought-provoking conversations between renowned historians and public figures at the New-York Historical Society, New York’s premier museum. A great destination for history since 1804, the Patricia D. Klingenstein Museum and Library conveys the stories of the diverse populations of the city and country, expanding our understanding of who we are as Americans and how we have become. Always up to the challenge of bringing little or unknown stories to light, New-York Historical will soon inaugurate a new annex housing its Academy for American Democracy as well as the American LGBTQ+ Museum. These latest efforts to help shape the future by documenting the past join New York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum and Women’s History Center. Digital exhibitions, applications and our For the ages podcast allow visitors from around the world to dive deeper into the story. Connect with us at or @nyhistory on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, YouTube and Tumblr.

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Canadian Army investigates after soldier parachuted over Petawawa while drinking beer

“It is important to note that the Code of Service Discipline still applies to retired members for breaches that occurred during their service.”

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The Canadian Army is investigating after a video was posted on social media showing a soldier parachuting over Petawawa while drinking a beer.

The video shows a bearded Canadian soldier strapped to his parachute and slowly descending over a large body of water. He then holds a can of beer, opens it and begins to drink. The soldier then says, “The government…” and shakes his head before the video ends.

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The video began circulating on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok on Friday and was also posted by Task and Purpose, a US website covering military and veterans affairs. The Task and Goal Twitter post was titled “This Canadian Skydiver is Living His Best Life.”

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National Defense spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said Saturday the soldier was from the Quebec-based Royal 22e Régiment and the video was taken during recent parachute training at Garrison Petawawa. “A unit investigation has been launched,” added Le Bouthillier.

The soldier in the video is no longer serving, having left the Canadian Forces on September 1, Le Bouthillier added. At this point, the military is not making his name public.

“The soldier’s conduct is completely inappropriate, dangerous and not in accordance with Canadian Army safety static line parachute procedures.” said Le Bouthillier.

Social media comments focused on the soldier’s choice of beer (Miller Lite), which a number of people suggested was less than adequate, as well as questions about whether he would be disciplined for his actions.

Le Bouthillier stressed that discipline was an option. “It is important to note that the code of service discipline still applies to retired members for breaches that occurred during their service,” he said.

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Iran strengthens its civil defense and anti-aircraft readiness

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

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

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

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

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

US-Iranian tensions

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

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

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

A dozen Baha’i supporters arrested

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

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

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

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

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Finding jobs for women, a primary goal of the non-profit Capital District WERC

“We’ve served over 10,000 women to date, and we’re still growing,” said Miller Guthier, who joined the organization as training coordinator in 1996 and is currently its director. executive. “What we do changes the lives of women and their families.

WERC helps women from all walks of life and in all situations with one thing in common: the need to find a job. This could be after a loss of financial support due to separation or divorce, or a spouse’s loss of employment after a layoff, disability or death. Women in these situations, says Miller Guthier, often lack the confidence or knowledge of how to market themselves to potential employers and navigate the application process.

“We never know who is going to walk through our door, so we try to have any type of opportunity available to meet not only their level of experience, but also their goals for what will make them happy and successful in a job. “, she said. .

WERC provides hundreds of free services, including resume reviews, cover letter writing, job search assistance, interview preparation and more. Some women leave and find a job after a visit to WERC, while others use the services for months before landing a job. Many stay in touch with the organization for ongoing mentorship and support. Although WERC is not a staffing agency, Miller Guthier says it provides employers with access to motivated, work-ready candidates with valuable skills and work experience.

The average age of the women served is between 35 and 55, and many seek part-time or full-time employment in a wide variety of sectors: private companies, New York State government, organizations non-profit or places with a completely remote or hybrid network. work model to reconcile family life and new work.

“Even if someone may have the skills or the education, that doesn’t mean they know how to find a job in today’s market,” said Miller Guthier, noting that 40% of women using WERC services have went to college. “We can teach them how to use new tools like Indeed or LinkedIn that didn’t exist when they last looked for a job.”

As a not-for-profit organization, the community support WERC receives allows its programming to evolve. Miller Guthier shared some new developments, including a grant that will help purchase new computers for local training centers, the establishment of a mentorship program starting this fall, and four community-wide public events. planned for 2023.

“We had a wife who ran a restaurant with her husband, but didn’t believe she had marketable skills,” Miller Guthier said. “On speaking with her, we discovered that she was responsible for all order and supplier management, staff training and customer service – all extremely important functions and roles. we brought this to light, she got a job and was promoted to supervisor within three months.

In-person training is beginning to resume at the organization’s two locations in Albany and Troy, and the addition of virtual programming has helped expand the organization’s ability to serve as many women as possible. WERC is also connected to 12 New York State Displaced Housewives programs, which provide similar resources to women across the state.

“During the pandemic, it became even more apparent that our women needed a place to find support and realize that they weren’t alone in their job search,” she said. . “Social media and distance learning have really changed things.”

Miller Guthier says her team is continuing its outreach efforts with the goal of creating new partnerships with local employers and other resources so women can easily access everything they need, and not duplicate efforts between local agencies.

“I’m proud to make this an agency and a community organization,” said Miller Guthier. “We have kept our doors open during times of difficulty, and the community has shown us that they are on board; we need to be there to help women and be there as long as the need remains.

The 2nd Annual Merrill Links to Leadership Charity Golf Tournament

  • What: Beginner’s Gold Tournament and Clinic to Benefit WERC
  • When: Monday September 12
  • Where: Albany Country Club, 300 Wormer Road, Voorheesville
  • How much: $185. Proceeds go to WERC

Getting to Know WERC

  • What: WERC Zoom, a session for volunteers, community partners and employers interested in getting involved Capital District WERC
  • When: 1-2 p.m. September 15

WERC Constellation Building Event: Shining Brighter Together

  • When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., October 18
  • Where: Hilton Garden Hostel, Troy
  • Tickets: $65

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Reviews | Naming commission suggests changes to West Point


The agency that Congress created in 2020 to clear the names of Confederate generals from U.S. military assets and recommend alternatives continues to advance its long-awaited mission. The Naming Commission, as it is concisely called, is to submit a final report to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin by October 1. The first installment, submitted Aug. 8, recommended new names for nine Army installations, proposing the first women and people of color to be recognized.

The second episode, focusing on the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, was released on Monday. Once again, the commission did not hesitate. Of West Point, the commission noted, “His history in the service of the defense of the United States makes him particularly incongruous for Confederate commemoration” – that is, recognizing “the men who fought against the States United States of America and whose cause sought to destroy the nation as we know it.” As the report noted, denying the Confederate place of honor was the practice of the institution for more than 60 years. after the Civil War, until, influenced by a nationwide movement—among whites—to romanticize the “lost cause,” West Point awarded honors to alumni who wore gray.

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The commission essentially calls for restoring the previous approach. It recommends that West Point remove barracks, streets, a gate, monument and other symbols bearing the name or likeness of figures such as Robert E. Lee and PGT Beauregard, with the name change entrusted to the academy itself. The commission recommended that the Naval Academy rename two buildings and a street that currently honor a Confederate naval officer and a Confederate civilian official. The commission correctly refused to alter the neutral memorials of the two institutions which simply mention the Confederate service of graduates on lists combined with the majority who defended the Union.

In one notable case, the commission has pushed the boundaries of its mandate, which is to consider “the commemoration of the Confederate States of America or anyone who has voluntarily served” with the Confederacy. Strictly speaking, this would not include the Ku Klux Klan, which emerged as a terrorist organization after the Civil War. And yet, since 1965, a small bas-relief depicting an armed, hooded figure and the words “Ku Klux Klan” has been visible on an 11-foot-tall bronze triptych dedicated to veterans of World War II and the Korea, at the entrance to Bartlett Hall at West Point. The Klansman is one of dozens of similarly sized historical figures carved into the middle of a large painting, titled “History of the United States of America”, which depicts several Confederate generals – but also Indigenous leader Tecumseh, feminist Susan B. Anthony and abolitionists John Brown and William Lloyd Garrison.

The commission recommended removing the Confederate figures from the triptych, but lacked the legal authority to do more than draw public attention to the depiction of the Klan, whose original intent is ambiguous. The sculptor who made it acknowledged at the time that the KKK was “criminal”, but this context is not explicit on the work. West Point, which credibly says it doesn’t condone racism, should address this issue thoughtfully, but on the same timeline the commission suggested for the removal of Confederate iconography — “without delay.”

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Appointment of Judge Hilary Charlesworth to the International Court of Justice

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

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

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

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

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Land 400 Phase 3: cutting of the foot to adapt to the shoe

The recent Strategist position and partner Strategic overview The article by ASPI’s Director of Defence, Strategy and National Security, Michael Shoebridge, again takes aim at Australia’s acquisition of an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

I strongly disagree with the argument that the number of IFVs should be reduced significantly from the planned 450 to allow for the acquisition of other abilities.

Shoebridge argues that a “part” of the Australian Defense Force should recruit, train, structure and equip to perform an increasing disaster relief role, thereby “protecting” combat elements from being tasked with doing so.

He says that because climate change will lead to an increasing demand for ADF to play a role in national and regional disaster relief, and to avoid having to divert people and systems designed to war to deal with civilian crises, Defense should have the resources to recruit, train, structure and equip part of the ADF for a growing role in disaster relief.

Shoebridge also says that Australia is unlikely to need to wage a full-scale attrition war with a land power such as Russia and is unlikely to renew battles in Iraq, which means that strategic defense review can re-examine wisdom. to buy 450 IFV.

And he says the Australian Army simply cannot deploy, maintain and sustain over 700 heavy armored vehicles in our region nor should the ADF be structured to fight major ground battles on the Korean Peninsula or at the Indo-Pakistan border.

My comments on the issues raised about climate change will be brief and specific. Although Shoebridge doesn’t say which service should do it, it’s likely that, given its ability to put boots on the ground and fill a vast array of roles that air and naval forces cannot, the “part” of the ADF that would do this is the army.

I would argue that this notion implies that the military should be sacrificed on the altar of climate change to allow other services to continue the real work of war and fails to understand the vital tool of statecraft that is the ‘army. I think it also illustrates a lack of understanding of the key roles the military plays in establishing and maintaining collective security in our region with allies and partners and the essential and unique contribution it makes to the Australia’s military strategy.

There is an implication in the Shoebridge pieces that the military is modernizing its armor capability to conduct large-scale attrition land warfare. This is an error. The army is not structured or equipped to fight the armed forces of a great power like Russia. Unlike the American, British and Canadian armies, Australia has never undertaken exercises such as REFORGE Where BATUS to reproduce the fights in the European steppe. The army and its armored capability, which is to include IFVs, main battle tanks and combat reconnaissance vehicles, are structured, equipped and trained to operate in Australia’s main operating environment as part of the country’s military strategy.

The army chief, Lieutenant-General Simon Stuart, said in a recent speech it had to be very clear that not providing the protection offered by 21st century combined arms combat systems would reduce the probability of mission success and ultimately cost a higher price – or leave the ADF without an option.

“The combined arms combat system that protects our soldiers today is based on a 60-year-old armored personnel carrier,” Stuart said. “We can and we must do better, and we have a plan to do that.”

To suggest that Australia should drastically reduce the number of IFVs the military seeks because 700 heavy armored vehicles cannot be deployed overseas is misleading. In general terms, 700 vehicles make up the total of all armor in Australia’s inventory – 450 IFVs, 211 combat reconnaissance vehicles and 75 main battle tanks. As it was clear Speak clearly by defense analyst and historian Leo Purdy, the goal of acquiring 450 vehicles is to adequately equip task forces, training elements, and sustainment stocks. As discussed in a recent issue of Defense Technology Review, deploying 450 or 700 vehicles at sea makes no sense in the context of how the military generates, deploys and maintains capability. Similarly, no armed force on the planet would deploy 100% of its military capability abroad, including all of its operational, training and sustainment stocks. To suggest that Australia could do so is misleading.

Shoebridge says “the dream number of 450 IFVs is almost certainly unaffordable even for the existing $18-27 billion budget” and argues that cuts in this megaproject could allow funds to be used for other capacities. It does not explain why the IFV program is unaffordable. Given that this is a live tender and subject to short term government decision, I find it hard to believe Defense would elevate a draft to Cabinet without the internal checks and balances needed by various committees, as well as other external agencies, do occur.

I would strongly disagree with any suggestion that in all possibilities of future war, conflict and crisis, military, or more specifically land power, is less useful and less necessary than sea and air power and can therefore be deprived of capacity, function and funding.

As Professor Michael Evans said Speak clearly in more detail, the ability to predict future warfare is extremely elusive. War with China is possible, as is war on the Korean Peninsula, but Australia’s involvement is not predestined. Similarly, a civil war or insurrection engendered by a dictator’s coup; the failure of a state in our region due to economic, religious, ethnic or social tensions; or the occupation and subjugation of a neighbor by a hostile power are also possibilities.

It would be a mistake to dismiss the requirement for credible, deployable and sustainable combined arms land power, which includes armour, on the assumption that future warfare will only require naval and air power.

Reducing the number of IFVs would not only be imperfect but dangerous. To do so would undermine Australia’s stated defense policy by reducing its ability to engage with regional allies and partners and would unbalance the execution of its military strategy. This is clearly dangerous for Australian soldiers who would be condemned to fight a 21st century threat with 20th century means. This is not an argument that should be taken seriously.

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California decides to ban new oil wells within 3,200 feet of homes

Oil wells and pump jacks near housing developments in the town of Signal Hill, Los Angeles County, California.

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California lawmakers sent a bill to the governor on Wednesday that would impose a statewide buffer zone to separate homes, schools, hospitals and other populated areas from new oil and gas wells.

Senate Bill 1137 would prohibit the California Geologic Energy Management Division from approving a new oil well within 3,200 feet of residential neighborhoods, but would not prohibit existing wells in those areas.

The legislation is part of a larger climate package that Governor Gavin Newsom has endorsed in recent weeks. The decision comes after similar efforts to ban fracking and establish a buffer zone failed in a state committee vote last year.

California is the seventh-largest oil-producing state in the United States, but has no regulations on the distance between active oil wells and populated areas. More than 2 million people live within 700 yards of an operational oil and gas well and another 5 million, or 14% of California’s population, live within 1 mile, according to an analysis by the association at non-profit FracTracker Alliance.

Research shows that residents who live near drilling sites are at higher risk for premature births, asthma, respiratory disease and cancer. Oil drilling has disproportionately harmed black and Latino residents in major oil fields such as Los Angeles County and Kern County.

“The passage of this monumental bill is a tribute to the tireless frontline communities who have fought for their lives against fossil fuel polluters for years,” said Hollin Kretzmann, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity of the Climate Law Institute, in a press release.

“California still has work to do on climate and environmental justice, but these protections are a big step toward a healthier, safer and more sustainable future,” Kretzmann said.

Other oil-producing states like Colorado, Pennsylvania and Texas have already implemented various forms of buffer zones between communities and oil wells. California’s new restrictions will likely take a few years to take effect.

The buffer zone bill was part of a larger series of climate measures approved by the California legislature this week.

State lawmakers approved legislation to establish a goal of 90 percent clean electricity by 2035 and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Lawmakers also approved measures aimed at expediting carbon capture and storage permits and voted to expand operations at Diablo Canyon, the state’s last remaining operating nuclear power plant.

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