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Australian army to withdraw Taipans in favor of Black Hawks

by Gareth Jennings

Australia will replace its MRH-90 Taipan helicopters (foreground) with new UH-60M Black Hawks, the country’s defense minister announced on December 10. (The Commonwealth of Australia)

The Australian military must prematurely withdraw its fleet of NHIndustries NH90 transport and assault helicopters (MRH-90 Taipan in national service) in favor of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk.

Defense Minister Peter Dutton’s announcement on December 10 will see the Australian Defense Force (ADF) replace its 41 Taipan with up to 40 Black Hawks.

“The performance of the MRH-90 Taipan has been a constant and well-documented concern for [the Department of] Defense, and there has been a significant effort at great cost to try to address those issues, ”Dutton said.

The Department of Defense (DoD) said, “The MRH-90 helicopter fleet did not meet contractual availability requirements and expected cost of ownership prior to its planned retirement from service in 2037. To support the development of Detailed options, the Australian government has requested information from the United States government on the UH-60M Black Hawk as an alternative platform to the MRH-90 Taipan. The options will still be subject to government consideration once all the relevant information is available. “

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The Stevanato group expands its headquarters

Pharmaceutical glass manufacturer Stevanato Group is to expand its head office.

He said the expansion of its headquarters in Piombino Dese, Italy would advance the operations and growth of the company.

The new 6,750 m2 facility should support the optimization of its industrial footprint, with around 2,500 m2 dedicated to increasing the production of high added value products.

In addition to hosting offices, the Italian analytical services site and R&D space, it is also expected to include new glass syringe forming lines intended to boost production of EZ-fill solutions, which are containment solutions. of pre-sterilized drugs that reduce the total cost. of ownership and time to market for pharmaceutical companies.

Franco Moro, CEO of the Stevanato group. “By further expanding our production capacities here at home with this new space, we hope to be able to meet capacity demands while our exciting projects in the United States and China are underway. “

Construction of the new building began in September 2021.

The company plans to install and validate new lines in the second quarter of 2022, and expects industrial production to begin between the end of the second quarter and the start of the third quarter of 2022.

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FIRST READING: ‘Gun-hardened’ Liberals Facilitate Gun Crime

Canada courageously joins Biden’s Olympic boycott which is not really a boycott

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Canada – along with Australia and the UK – officially signed the US diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics . The boycott does not prevent these countries from sending their athletes to Beijing. Rather, all it does is declare that politicians and other officials will not be accompanying the national teams. That’s why critics have argued that one of the only real effects of a diplomatic boycott is that it gives China fewer figures to worry about. “Canada should not go there”, David Mulroney, Ambassador of Canada to China from 2009 to 2012, recently told Maclean’s . “To participate in the Games while genocide is taking place is deeply reprehensible. “

The Bloc Québécois obtained approval on Tuesday to form a special parliamentary committee to investigate the smuggling of illegal firearms. Ironically, this will happen simultaneously with a liberal campaign to make it easier for criminals to smuggle guns . Specifically, a new invoice seeks to remove mandatory minimum sentences for a multitude of crimes committed with firearms, many of which are related to arms trafficking. As to why, the Liberals presented it as an attempt to remove “” systemic racism in Canada’s criminal justice system . “


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All of these crimes are subject to the loss of their mandatory minimum sentences, including second and third offenses in some cases.  This is probably where it should be mentioned that Toronto and Montreal, among others, are currently experiencing a dramatic increase in gun violence involving precisely this type of crime.
All of these crimes are subject to the loss of their mandatory minimum sentences, including second and third offenses in some cases. This is probably where it should be mentioned that Toronto and Montreal, among others, are currently experiencing a dramatic increase in gun violence involving precisely this type of crime. Photo from the Department of Justice Canada

Remember when Meghan Markle complained to Oprah Winfrey that the Queen “shot our safety? “? It turns out you were paying for this security from the start. Documents obtained by Radio-Canada confirmed that Prince Harry and his family have cost the Canadian taxpayer more than $ 330,000 in security expenses during their various visits to the country since 2017 . This includes the brief episode in early 2020 where Harry and Meaghan fled London to Victoria, British Columbia and for the first time announced their intention to leave the royal family. At the time, protecting the couple in British Columbia – something Canada was obligated to do since Harry and Meaghan were officially considered diplomats – was costing the federal treasury more than $ 1,000 a day. Contrary to Meaghan’s comments to Oprah, that security was taken away because once the couple were no longer members of the Royal Family, Canada’s obligations to surround them with Mounted Police officially ceased.


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Nathan Cullen, an assistant minister in the government of British Columbia Premier John Horgan, sent a stern letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki opposing some videos he has seen online claiming to show that mounted police treat activists who illegally blocked a Coastal GasLink labor camp last month. He forgot only one thing: the only reason the RCMP were there was to fill an order. issued by Cullen’s own government .

Canada barely made Forbes’ list of powerful women in the world . The 97 e place this year was occupied by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland . (Our 95 year old queen also made number 70).

The new Parti Québécois logo (left) is not only confusing, but it was allegedly plagiarized from the logo of a Kazakh consulting firm (right).  In an analysis, Quebec graphic designer Jean-François Proulx called the design
The new Parti Québécois logo (left) is not only confusing, but it was allegedly plagiarized from the logo of a Kazakh consulting firm (right). In an analysis, Quebec graphic designer Jean-François Proulx called the design “identical” to that of QazContract from Kazakhstan. Photo of the Parti Québécois / QazContract


The Bank of Canada no longer calls our more than doubled inflation rate ‘temporary’, but it has also decided to do nothing for a while. . A updated policy statement by the central bank admitted that inflation is likely to continue until 2022, well beyond their earlier predictions that this was all “temporary” or “transient.” The inflation rate currently stands at 4.7%, more than double the usual 2%.


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Meanwhile, the bank also said it would continue to keep interest rates low. rocky bottom 0.25 percent . In summary, your dollar has hemorrhagic value because the economy currently has too much money for too few goods, and there is virtually no incentive for people to withdraw their dollars from said economy as they put it in the spotlight. bank will currently earn them -4.5 percent. per year.

It’s probably just a coincidence that mortgage debt is skyrocketing in today’s era of cheap interest in Canada . Better Living Analysis found that mortgage debt has grown more than twice as fast as GDP over the past 10 years. If you add up Canada’s outstanding mortgage debt, that works out to 71% of GDP. As Better Dwelling observes, Canada’s economy increasingly resembles a “housing ponzi scheme”.


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It is that time of year again when the <a class=Canadian Army begins to shoot at the snow. Operation Palaci, held every winter at Rogers Pass in British Columbia, had artillery units bombarding the snowpack to prevent avalanches from hitting the Trans-Canada Highway.” class=”embedded-image__image lazyload” src=”″ srcset=”, 2x” height=”1363″ loading=”lazy” width=”2048″/>
It is that time of year again when the Canadian Army begins to shoot at the snow. Operation Palaci, held every winter at Rogers Pass in British Columbia, had artillery units bombarding the snowpack to prevent avalanches from hitting the Trans-Canada Highway. Photo of the Ministry of National Defense


Terry Glavin was never a big fan of former Ambassador to China Dominic Barton. Glavin writes: “If Barton is to be remembered for anything, it is that he played a key supporting role in the catastrophic lurch from Canada to China. He also unearths a factoid which in Barton’s final year as Managing Partner at McKinsey & Company, the company literally held a global retreat within walking distance of a Uyghur concentration camp .

Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promises to end the AIDS crisis, Canada does worse on HIV than any other G7 country , notes Sabrina Maddeaux. “Our number of new HIV cases increased by 25.3% between 2014 and 2020,” she wrote, noting that during the same period, HIV cases in the UK and the US United have fallen. As to why, Maddeaux says it’s due to the same thicket of bureaucratic incompetence that has repeatedly marred Canada’s response to COVID-19. The most obvious example is that While most countries of the world are now battling HIV with liberal access to take-home HIV tests, Canada has rigged it so that self-tests cannot even be bought at drugstores .

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Eighty Years Ago: Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor – Kills a Moose Jaw Sailor

A Japanese carrier-based strike force launched a surprise attack on the United States Navy and American bases in Hawaii at 8 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941.

Moose Jaw man killed aboard USS Arizona

Many residents of Moose Jaw traveled to Hawaii and visited the memorial to the fallen men aboard the USS Arizona. One of the men was US Navy Firefighter Second Class Roger J. Bergin of Moose Jaw.

He was the son of Frederick Austin Bergin and Marian Bickel Bergin and was born in 1916 in North Dakota. The family moved to Moose Jaw in 1918, but during the hard times of the 1930s, his father often traveled to Deepwater, North Dakota for work.

From American Naval Records, Roger is listed as Canadian and Hometown, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

Roger’s body has never been found. He is buried in the hull of the USS Arizona

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Roger Joseph Bergin, Second Class Firefighter # 3115165, United States Navy

Naval attacks

The British and US navies rarely announced naval losses at the time they were suffered. News of the losses took months to reach reports.

On Saturday, December 13, 1941, the Moose Jaw Times Herald carried an article in the Canadian Press, circulated via Reuters, on the naval losses according to a Japanese statement from Tokyo. The Japanese claimed to have sunk the 32,600-ton battleship Arizona at Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese also claimed responsibility for the sinking of the US battleships Oklahoma and West Virginia in the same action.

The issued statement also “… confirmed that a large British destroyer was sunk in the same battle in which the British battleship Prince of Wales and the Battle Cruiser Repulse were sent deep into Malaysia.

“A British torpedo boat, a gunboat and three merchant ships were reportedly destroyed Thursday in an attack on the British crown colony of Hong Kong.”

The Japanese navy was moving quickly to consolidate the captured territory.

Details of Moose Jaw man killed at Pearl Harbor

Information on the death of former Moose Jaw resident Roger Joseph Bergin did not appear in the Moose Jaw Times Herald until February 5, 1942, almost two months later. The story is as follows:

“Roger J. Bergin of City killed at Pearl Harbor

“AF Bergin notified by the Department of the United States Navy of the death of his son on December 7, 1941

“AF Bergin, of that town (Moose Jaw) received an official message from the Department of the Navy in Washington DC that his son, Roger Joseph Bergin, United States Navy Firefighter Second Class, was killed while ‘he was in service in the Pacific. region, December 7, 1941.

“Roger Bergin was born in the United States and arrived in Moose Jaw with his parents in 1917, when he was only one year old. He attended St. Agnes Separate School and completed high school near Detroit, Michigan, where he went to live with his grandfather seven years ago. He enlisted in the United States Navy on October 4, 1940.

“To mourn his loss, Roger Bergin leaves his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. AF Bergin, four brothers, Kenneth and Marvin with the Canadian Army overseas; Leroy and Frederick at the parental home there, a sister, Evelyn, resides in Ontario.

His brother Kenneth was captured by the Germans in 1944 and sent to a POW camp. He was freed by the Russians and returned to Great Britain via Odessa.

The 1940 Henderson Yearbook Roger J. Bergin’s father, AF Bergin, as a homeowner at 1224 Coteau Street West, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

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On May 15, 1945, the Globe and Mail newspaper printed the US Navy casualty list for December 7, 1941 and April 15, 1942. It included 3 Canadians:

Bergin, Roger Joseph, firefighter, second class; the father lives Momentum. Jawbone, Saskatchewan – Killed on December 7, 1941.

Ellis, Francis Arnold Jr., Journeyman Electrician, Third Class: Father lives in Winnipeg

Lang, Earl Willard, radioman, second class; the father lives Simpson, Saskatchewan

Petty Officer Second Class Earl Willard Lang, # 3286168 was born in Simpson, Saskatchewan and enlisted in Minnesota. He was declared missing and declared dead on December 8, 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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From pandemic to endemic: this is how we could get back to normal | US News

First of all, the bad news. With unpredictable epidemics still occurring around the world and variants like Omicron raising questions about the contagiousness of the virus, we are still in a pandemic.

The good news: While it’s difficult to predict the exact time, most scientists agree that the Covid-19 pandemic will end and the virus will become endemic. This means that the virus will probably never be completely eliminated, but as more people get vaccinated and become exposed to it, infections will eventually occur at a consistently low rate and fewer people will become seriously ill. An area with high vaccination and booster rates is likely to experience endemicity sooner than an area with lower rates.

What does this transition look like?

Concretely, there will be an announcement. The World Health Organization and local health agencies will officially declare the global pandemic over, a designation based on certain biological and statistical credentials: the contagiousness of the virus, the death rate and the power to overwhelm hospitals, for n ‘ to name a few.

In some places, like the United States and other wealthy countries with easy access to vaccines and antiviral treatments, endemicity could look a lot like the present day: people emerging from despair, diners crowding into rooms. restaurants and vaccination cards verified with decreasing rigor. But there could also be other, more profound societal changes.

To understand how daily life will change if Covid-19 becomes rampant, we can turn to history for a useful (albeit imperfect) guide.

A change in mentalities and behaviors

People generally respond to epidemics with fear and panic, both individually and as a society. According to Charles Kenny, director of the Center for Global Development and author of The Plague Cycle, these reactions reliably take shape in some now recognizable ways: closing borders, sequestering the sick and withdrawing from society.

Until the advent of modern medicine, all people could do was hope (and pray) that epidemics would go away on their own. When it became clear that a disease was inescapable – or endemic – societies often made strides to reframe disease as an integral part of life. This could also become the case with Covid-19.

Kenny’s book offers potential insight. In 17th century Japanese cities, attitudes to smallpox changed as the disease became endemic; by then, most people had been exposed as a child and subsequently recovered. Once people accept “that everyone is going to get smallpox,” Kenny says, they ritualized and normalized it as a milestone in childhood, making it a part of “the story of growing up.” .

It is too early to say how this process of normalization vis-à-vis the Covid will unfold. However, if infections become a normal part of the winter months, they may simply be absorbed into what is called cold and flu season. Much like smallpox in Japanese cities, this change will be reflected in the language and everyday expectations of people. Already, some are starting to use the term “Covid season”.

Effective medical interventions also make it easier for societies to come to terms with the idea of ​​coexisting with disease. “My parents were terrified [of polio]”says Nancy Tomes, professor of history at Stony Brook University and author of The Gospel of Germs.. Tomes, on the other hand, was part of “the generation that went to local high school and got the lump of sugar,” referring to a common dispensing method for an orally administered polio vaccine.

“We stopped worrying about polio after that,” Tomes says.

Although Covid remains widespread, the advent of effective vaccines has quickly changed the extent of its threat. In March, when only 9.2% of Americans were fully immunized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its social distancing guidelines to allow people with the immunity to congregate indoors. And on Thanksgiving, Joe Biden said the United States was “back” from pandemic hibernation – despite the nearly 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 still confirmed every day.

Finger pointing and misinformation

Unfortunately, history suggests that some negative behaviors related to the pandemic tend to persist after a disease becomes endemic or is eliminated. One of them is the disproportionate targeting of groups perceived as “outsiders” within mainstream society. When the pandemic subsides, Kenny says, the social restrictions that are likely to remain “are those that affect minority groups.”

Imposed in 1987, the xenophobic and homophobic travel ban imposed on HIV-positive people in the United States lasted 22 years. And today, people wrongly associated with Covid, such as those in Asia or Africa, are still harassed and excluded despite the full understanding that the coronavirus does not discern race.

A propensity for disinformation and conspiracy theories has also been associated with epidemics – “a shit show,” Tomes says, with a legacy “stretching back to every epidemic we have written records of.” Some of these falsehoods prove to be lasting. “There are still people who don’t believe that HIV causes AIDS,” she says.

During pandemics, groups of people also become susceptible to developing extreme opinions on topics that elicit strong opinions – like vaccination and personal freedom – that they did not initially have. Even after a pandemic is over, this phenomenon of “group polarization” can remain “in the background,” says Steven Taylor, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of The Psychology of Pandemics. . This polarization is likely to “wake up again when something similar happens” in the future.

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It is important to note that the return to normalcy will not occur uniformly across the world. Once people in rich countries become endemic, those in the south of the planet could continue to fight the coronavirus for a long time, as has been the case with a host of tropical diseases that have been all but forgotten in places like the United States.

Like all infectious diseases that have plagued the world before it, Sars-CoV-2 will hopefully fade into distant memory, for better or for worse. This oversight can bring relief, growth and recovery, but it could also leave us woefully unprepared for the next pandemic. The 1918 flu taught us that masking and social distancing can reduce deaths, Kenny says – a lesson we relearned too late in 2020.

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Mossad chief visits US as Iran nuclear talks stall

Mossad chief David Barnea was due to travel to Washington on Sunday to discuss Iran with senior officials in the Biden administration.

The trip comes days after renewed negotiations halted to reinstate the 2015 agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, with the United States saying the Iranians did not appear serious about concluding the move. ‘a deal.

The Haaretz daily reported that Barnea will seek to convince U.S. leaders not to seek an interim deal that does not see Iran revert to full compliance with the agreement, and will instead seek international support for tough sanctions against Tehran. .

The newspaper said the meetings were described as “extremely important”.

The espionage chief will stress that if an agreement with Iran is finally reached, Israel will not be bound by it and will continue its efforts to thwart the nuclear work of the Islamic Republic, according to the Ynet news site.

Barnea, who will act as Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s emissary, also reportedly intends to present Americans with new information on the Iranian program.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz will travel to the United States later in the week for talks which are also expected to focus on Iran.

Barnea’s trip follows his promise on Thursday that Iran will never acquire nuclear weapons. He also said that a bad deal between Tehran and the world powers would be “intolerable” for Israel.

The Iranian flag flies in front of the building of the International Center with the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2021 (AP Photo / Florian Schroetter, FILE)

On Saturday, a US official said Iran had moved away from all of its previous compromises on relaunching the 2015 nuclear pact and that this would not allow Iran to “slow down” international negotiations while simultaneously stepping up its negotiations. atomic activities.

“We cannot accept a situation in which Iran is stepping up its nuclear program and slowing down its nuclear diplomacy,” the senior US administration official said, echoing a recent warning from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Speaking to reporters after returning from Vienna, the official said Washington was not yet considering withdrawing from the indirect talks it resumed with Tehran last week in the Austrian capital, but hoped Iran would return. “with a serious attitude”.

In this week’s talks, the official said, Iran reneged on any compromises it had made in months of previous talks on relaunching the deal, while retaining the compromises made by it. others and looking for more.

Iran came to Vienna “with proposals that amounted to nonsense – any of the compromises Iran had offered here in the six rounds of talks pocketed all the compromises that others, and the United States in particular had done and then demanded more, “the senior official quoted by Reuters said.

He said it was not clear when talks would resume and that Washington was “preparing for a world in which there is no return to the JCPOA,” a reference to the agreement’s official name, the Plan. common global action.

He said more sanctions would likely come if Washington concluded that Iran had killed the negotiations.

The seventh round of nuclear talks ended on Friday after five days in Vienna, with delegations returning to their national capitals and due to return to Austria next week.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani leaves Coburg Palace, venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) meeting to revive the Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna on December 3 2021 (Joe Klamar / AFP)

Iran’s chief negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, said the talks were on hold “because the opposing side had to consult their capitals to provide a documented and reasonable response to these [Iranian] the proposals. ”He said negotiations would resume in the middle of next week.

Blinken said on Friday that the negotiations had been halted because “Iran does not appear seriously at the moment to do what is necessary to return to compliance.”

And European diplomats have expressed “disappointment and concern” after Iran submitted two draft proposals that appeared to cancel months of dialogue.

Iran suspended talks in June after the election of ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raisi.

The official argued on Saturday that the United States had shown patience in allowing a five-month break in the process, but meanwhile the Iranians “continued to step up their nuclear program in particularly provocative ways.”

When Tehran finally returned to the table on Monday, he said, it was “with proposals that amounted to any of the compromises Iran had offered in the six rounds of talks.”

He accused Iran of seeking to “pocket all the compromises that others – the United States in particular – had made, and then ask for more.”

The official said he believed countries close to Iran were also upset with Tehran’s positions during recent talks.

At this point, he said the United States will continue diplomatic efforts – but reaffirmed that it has “other tools” at hand if negotiations fail.

Coburg Palace, the site of Iranian nuclear talks, is pictured in Vienna on November 29, 2021 (Vladimir Simicek / AFP)

The landmark 2015 nuclear deal – initially between Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, and the United States – began to unravel in 2018 when the U.S. President then Donald Trump withdrew and reimposed the sanctions, prompting Iran to start overstepping the limits of its nuclear program. the next year.

US President Joe Biden has said he wants to re-enter the deal, and the US has indirectly participated in the talks this week.

Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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Global tax deal leaves billion-dollar loopholes, Reuters analysis finds

DUBLIN, Dec. 3 (Reuters) – Leaders of the world’s largest economies have hailed a recent agreement to revise global corporate tax rules as the key to enabling multinationals to pay their fair share of tax.

The October agreement established a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15% aimed at limiting profit transfers to low-tax jurisdictions like Ireland, where many large international companies have their European headquarters. “It will remove incentives to move jobs and profits overseas,” US President Joe Biden said in early October.

But some companies could still use Ireland to lower their tax bill even after the deal goes into effect, according to tax experts and a Reuters review of the companies’ returns.

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Indeed, the new agreement will not prevent companies from benefiting from a strategy widely implemented in recent years that reduces taxes over a period of up to a decade or more. Ireland’s relatively generous tax breaks allow multinationals in the country to sell intellectual property, such as patents and trademarks, from one branch to another in order to generate deductions that can be used to protect profits future tax.

Companies that have generated deductions to reduce their taxable income by more than $ 10 billion each in recent years through this tax reduction strategy include U.S. technology companies Adobe Inc (ADBE.O) and Oracle Corp (ORCL. N), according to company statements.

Enterprise software provider Oracle declined to comment, and Adobe, creator of software such as Acrobat pdf-maker, did not respond to requests for comment. Both companies said they were in compliance with relevant tax laws.

The agreement, negotiated by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is expected to enter into force in 2023. It has been signed by more than 130 jurisdictions, including Ireland.

The Irish Department of Finance has said Ireland’s tax treatment of intellectual property transactions is in line with that of other OECD countries.

In response to questions from Reuters, the OECD acknowledged that companies could continue to benefit from profit shifting strategies already in place, but that it expects companies to be unable to form such tax shields in the future. The approach typically relies on a business that also has a subsidiary in a country with a zero corporate tax rate, such as Bermuda, which allows the business to make the sale tax-free. By phasing out zero-tax jurisdictions for multinationals, the OECD expects the 15% global minimum tax to make the strategy more attractive.

“We are trying to design rules for the future,” said John Peterson, an OECD official.

Peterson added that the OECD cannot know for sure how individual country’s rules would interact with the global minimum tax. But he said the OECD is confident the abuse will be limited by requiring countries to calculate taxable income in accordance with accounting rules.

Tax experts say the impact of the deal remains uncertain as key details have yet to be agreed, including how to calculate the profit pot that needs to be taxed. Countries are currently debating waivers for certain tax breaks. In addition, jurisdictions could retain wide latitude in how they allow businesses to calculate taxable income, the specialists said.

“Where there is no accounting consistency there is room for play,” said Nicholas Gardner, tax partner at London law firm Ashurst.

The new rules are expected to be finalized next year and require legislative approval in some jurisdictions. This includes the United States, where several senior Republican politicians have expressed their opposition to the deal.

Malta is another country that allows multinationals to minimize taxes through intra-company sales of intellectual property. Malta’s finance ministry did not respond to requests for comment on its intellectual property tax breaks.


International pressure has forced Ireland in recent years to phase out one of the world’s best-known tax loopholes, known as the “Irish Double”. intellectual property, according to tax advisers, economists and business returns.

Since 2015, multinationals have transferred hundreds of billions of euros of intellectual property to Ireland, economists say. This has led to large annual tax deductions for foreign companies linked to so-called intangible assets – over 45 billion euros in 2019, up from less than 2.7 billion euros in 2014, according to administration data. Irish tax. The data does not disaggregate how much of these deductions were related to intellectual property transactions within a company.

“Virtually all multinationals have moved intellectual property,” said Christopher Sibley, senior statistician at Ireland’s Central Statistics Office.

Profits protected from tax by US-based corporations typically come from sales in Europe, Asia and Africa, according to tax practitioners and company returns. The US Treasury loses because the products and services sold are based on research conducted and investments made in the United States, according to academics.

The US Treasury declined to say whether US companies would continue to profit from pre-existing tax strategies or profit from futures.

Adobe reserves most of its sales to non-US customers through an Irish subsidiary based in a four-story building in an office park outside of Dublin, according to company documents.

In 2020, Adobe Systems Software Ireland Ltd purchased the intellectual property of another subsidiary which was both a company registered in Ireland and a resident of Bermuda for tax purposes. The implementation meant that no tax was due on the $ 11 billion in profits from the sale. Meanwhile, Irish tax resident Adobe Systems Software Ireland recorded an expense of $ 11 billion that could be used to offset income taxes over a period of around eight years as it is a asset that depreciates over time, according to the accounts of subsidiaries.

Adobe paid $ 197 million in taxes on $ 3.1 billion in reported profits in Ireland in 2020 and sales of $ 5.6 billion, according to accounts from its main Irish unit. This equates to an effective tax rate of around half of the current statutory corporate tax rate of 12.5% ​​in Ireland, thanks to the impact of capital allowances.

Other U.S. companies that have racked up multibillion-dollar tax deductions on sales of intellectual property to affiliates over the past three years include semiconductor maker Analog Devices Inc (ADI.O), the maker medical device company Stryker Corp (SYK.N) and the Cadence software group. Design Systems Inc (CDNS.O), show the public accounts of their Irish subsidiaries.

Analog Devices and Stryker said they comply with tax rules and regulations, but declined to answer questions about their specific tax provisions. Cadence declined to comment.

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November 27: Chapman has the right to reward vaccinated workers, Dundas in smoke and other letters

Chalk crime

Regarding the article entitled “Men guilty of hate crimes in synagogue avoid prison” (November 15): it went without comment that this case is probably the first time in Canada that the crime of mischief has been committed by drawing in the chalk.

I would have no doubts about the fairness of the prosecution of these young men if the hate messages had been painted in the synagogue parking lot. The paint would have been difficult and expensive to remove. The chalk can be removed with a few sweeps of the broom or, if left unchecked, it would be washed away in the next rain. A chalk drawing on a parking lot, whether it is a written message, a symbol or a hopscotch, does not interfere with the normal use of the property.

Whether the marked, written or drawn thing is offensive is not part of the definition of the offense. I have searched in vain for any binding legal authority in which the decision ratio was that marking property with chalk may constitute the crime of mischief within the meaning of s. 430 of the Criminal Code. If a lawyer or a police officer directly involved in this lawsuit can provide me with the report of such a case, I will gladly offer him lunch.

Andrew Bell, Stoney Creek

Non-essential hospitals?

While it might seem silly at first glance, making hospitals a non-essential service would mean that to enter you will need to have your COVID passport just like you have to show it to eat out or see a movie. Just think of the number of beds that would open up to sick people through no fault of their own. An added benefit may be that it would encourage fence keepers to “get the jab!” “

Paul John Phillips, Dundas

Vaccine rewards

Apparently the unvaccinated do not like the vaccinated to be rewarded! Rather than letting unvaccinated workers go, Chapman Ice Cream decided to give its vaccinated employees a raise of $ 1 per hour, which equates to the $ 40 it has to pay each week for rapid tests. for the unvaccinated. Have they let go of the unvaccinated? No! Did they force them to get vaccinated? No! So why can’t they reward those who have done their community duty to help end this pandemic? I guess it’s because they don’t focus all of their effort and attention on the unvaccinated. Want to be part of the increase? Get vaccinated or don’t complain!

Leorita Staresina, Hamilton

Say no to jets

If we were to buy the 88 fighter jets on offer, Canada would very likely be led by NATO to use them in conflicts that destabilize the poorest countries. Have you noticed that when two powerful countries disagree (for example, the United States, Russia or China), they end up going to war in a poor country to settle the dispute by proxy? And as Mark Hagar pointed out in The Spectator on November 22, it would be the largest military purchase ever made by Canada. The massive purchase far exceeds the tax dollars spent on climate issues, health care, Indigenous rights, affordable housing and other social issues. There should be a full investigation into the merits of these arms purchases.

Canada can certainly use its tax dollars for peaceful ideas such as high-profile talks and strong incentives for aid, as well as climate crisis mitigation and Canada’s own social needs. And if you are worried about the climate crisis, remember that the military’s huge greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to climate change but are not even allowed to be counted (due to US demands to exempt them during the Kyoto summit). As our national anthem sings, “Keep the Guard for You”. Tell your MP Filomena Tassi, the new Federal Minister of Procurement, that you do not support these purchases. We must not allow the powerful military-industrial complex and NATO to ruin our country and the planet.

Up in smoke

If affordable housing were pottery stores, the problem would be solved. In Dundas we have a grocery store but two cannabis retailers. Our priorities go up in smoke.

Robin Magder Pierce, Dundas

Military honors

Canadians are now realizing the ultimate goal that a national army should serve. Its primary focus should not be to blow up towns, kill people, and defeat our enemies, but to help with natural disasters, as British Columbia is finding out. The Canadian Armed Forces should take a well-deserved bow for stepping up so willingly to help the citizens of British Columbia. They have also helped other Canadians recently when the COVID-19 crisis was at its height. Pinning prestigious medals on these soldiers for their efforts would recognize their contribution to Canada.

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Meet the members of the ninety-nine

In 1929, a group of 99 female pilots (out of the 285 licensed female pilots in the United States) decided to form an organization for social, recruiting, and business purposes. Living in a society that limited the social and economic independence of women, these groups formed to provide women with mutual support in the aviation profession.

Thus were born the ninety-nine. The organization continues to exist today. This is the story of three of the many members.

Amelia Earhart

In addition to her record, Amelia Earhart helped form the Ninety-Nines (National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, SI 79-6354).

Earhart helped form the Ninety-Nine and was the organization’s first president. By 1929 Earhart was already making a name for himself. The year before, she had been the first woman to be a passenger on a transatlantic flight, a flight that caught her international attention. However, Earhart was only getting started.

In May 1932, she was the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo, the second person after Charles Lindbergh to cross it and the first person to cross the ocean by plane twice. In August, she became the first woman to fly solo across the United States.

Earhart continued to set records and gain attention. She has tirelessly lectured across the country on topics such as aviation and women’s issues and has written for Cosmopolitan and various other magazines. She wrote about her flights and her career in books 20 hours and 40 minutes (1928) and The pleasure of it (1933).

In 1937, Earhart’s life was tragically cut short when her plane went missing as she attempted to circumnavigate the world. Earhart’s disappearance remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century, and it often overshadows her legacy as a courageous and dedicated aviator and enduring inspiration.

Louise Thaden

Louise Thaden was a founding member of the Ninety-Nine. (National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution)

Record-breaking pilot Louise Thaden caught the attention of the United States in the late 1920s and 1930s.

A student in 1925 at the University of Arkansas, she had been interested in aviation long before learning to fly. In 1926, Thaden was working for the JHJ Turner Coal Co., but she spent so much time touring the Travel Air Factory that Turner introduced her to his friend Walter Beech, owner of Travel Air. Beech offered her a job with her distributor on the Pacific Coast, which she accepted. As part of her salary, Louise received flying lessons.

In 1929, she gained recognition as a competitive pilot when she became the first pilot to simultaneously hold the female altitude, endurance and speed records in light aircraft. In 1929, she won first place in the first annual Women’s Air Derby, from Santa Monica, Calif. To Cleveland, Ohio. Employed in 1930 as the director of public relations for Pittsburgh Aviation Industries and director of the women’s division of the Penn School of Aeronautics, she was instrumental in popularizing aviation while continuing to set new flight records. In 1935, fellow aviator Phoebe Omlie asked Thaden to join the National Air Marking Program as a field representative. Flying a Beech Staggerwing, Thaden won the Bendix Trophy in the 1936 Bendix Transcontinental Race, the first year women were allowed to compete against men. Later that year, she received the Women’s Harmon Trophy, an international award for Outstanding Aviator of the Year.

Thaden was a founding member of the Ninety-Nine, and in 1937 she became the National Secretary of the National Aeronautics Association. Thaden eventually returned to Beech Aircraft Corporation as a factory representative and demonstration pilot. His autobiography Wide and scared top was published in 1938, and she is also the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles on the promotion of aviation.

Ida Van Smith

In 1967 Ida Van Smith founded a series of flight training clubs for children to encourage their involvement in aviation and aerospace science.

Born in North Carolina, Smith graduated from Shaw University and received an MA from Queens College. She became a teacher in New York City public schools in the areas of history and special education.

In 1967, at the age of 50, she finally realized a personal dream of learning to fly. After obtaining her private pilot license and instructor rating, Smith founded the Ida Van Smith Flight Club in Long Island, New York. Student training was conducted in an FAA-funded aircraft simulator and an operational Cessna 172. Soon there were more than 20 clubs across the country, with members ranging in age from 13 to 19. As a result, thousands of children have been exposed to aviation and many have pursued careers in aviation. Smith also produced and hosted an aviation cable television show and taught an introductory aviation course at York College, City University of New York.

After retiring from teaching in 1977, Smith remained active in its namesake clubs. She was a member of the Black Wings of the Tuskegee Airman, the Negro Airman International and the Ninety-Nines. She has published or featured in numerous educational, aeronautical and historical journals. Smith has received numerous awards for his contribution to aviation and the education of young people. Smith died in 2003.

This content was migrated from a previous online exhibit, Women in Aviation and Space History, which shared the stories of women featured at the Museum in the early 2000s.

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On the eve of resumed talks with Iran, UN nuclear watchdog says “no progress” has been made

VIENNA, Austria (AFP) – The United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday there had been “no progress” in talks with Tehran over disputes over the oversight of Iran’s atomic program, just days before the resumption of talks on relaunching the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told a quarterly meeting of the agency’s board that the talks he held in Tehran on Tuesday were not “inconclusive”, although they are “constructive”.

Grossi had sought to tackle constraints on IAEA inspections earlier this year, outstanding questions regarding the presence of undeclared nuclear material at sites in Iran and the treatment of IAEA personnel in the country. .

“Basically … we haven’t been able to move forward,” Grossi told reporters, saying the lack of agreement came “despite my best efforts.”

Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told Iranian television that his team “tried until the last moment” but there is still work to be done.

Among other officials in Tehran, Grossi met Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi (left) meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in the capital Tehran on November 23, 2021 (Atta Kenare / AFP)

Amir-Abdollahian gave a positive gloss to the talks, telling the official news agency IRNA on Wednesday that a “joint statement” had been reached which would be released “as soon as possible”.

‘Dragging your feet’

Grossi’s visit preceded the scheduled resumption of negotiations between Tehran and world powers on Monday to revive the 2015 agreement that granted sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.

The United States said it was “disappointed” by the result of Grossi’s visit and said it was ready to negotiate in Vienna.

“But of course Iran’s failure to cooperate is a bad sign of its seriousness in successfully concluding our negotiations,” a US State Department spokesperson said.

The other members of the agreement – France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Iran – will participate indirectly in the United States.

The deal has gradually disintegrated since former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018.

The following year, Iran retaliated by starting to walk away from its commitments under the deal, also known as the JCPOA.

TV cameras outside the “Grand Hotel Vienna” where closed-door nuclear talks are taking place in Vienna, Austria, June 20, 2021. (Florian Schroetter / AP)

US negotiator for the JCPOA talks, Rob Malley, has warned that Washington will “stand idly by” if Iran delays progress in the talks.

“Yes [Iran] continues to do what it seems to be doing now, which is dragging its feet at the nuclear diplomatic table and picking up its pace on its nuclear program… we will have to react accordingly, ”Malley told the American television channel NPR.

At the IAEA Board of Governors meeting, the EU issued a joint statement saying it was “deeply concerned about the inconclusive outcome of the talks” with Grossi.

The Russian representative said he supported “Grossi’s intention to continue working with the Iranian side and called on Tehran to do the same.”

“Excessively invasive”

One of the stages of the deal came earlier this year when Iran began restricting some IAEA inspection activities.

Iran and the agency currently have a temporary agreement that gives the IAEA access to monitoring equipment at Iranian nuclear facilities.

Images of the Natanz nuclear power plant broadcast by Iranian state television, April 17, 2021 (Screenshot / Twitter)

However, the agency warned that the deal is not a lasting solution and Grossi said it was “close to … the point where I would not be able to guarantee continuity of knowledge” of the nuclear program. Iranian if it continued.

Grossi also said he had expressed his concerns to Tehran about the security checks of IAEA inspectors, which the agency described as “excessively invasive.”

He noted that the IAEA and Iran had a legal agreement “which aims to protect inspectors from intimidation, from the seizure of their property.”

“Our Iranian colleagues have put in place a number of measures which are simply incompatible” with this, he said.

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SF Police Videos Show Cops Shot Man With History Of Mental Illness And Charged With Knife

San Francisco Police on Wednesday released a body camera, building surveillance footage and 911 calls documenting two police officers shooting at a man who rushed at them with a knife inside a residential hotel in SoMa Friday.

The man, Ajmal Amani, 41, died of his injuries at San Francisco General Hospital.

Amani suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, had completed diversion and mental health treatment after past criminal charges and was living in a rented residential hotel room in town, according to his former lawyer, case manager and property manager. He came to the United States on a visa in 2014 after working for more than five years as an Afghan interpreter for US military special forces, said Deputy Public Defender Scott Grant, who represented Amani. His background was first reported by the San Francisco Standard.

Police identified the officers involved as John Quinlan, who fired four times with a firearm, and Danny De Leon Garcia, who fired three times with a long-range impact weapon, also known as ball gun.

“We recognize that our sworn duty as law enforcement officers imposes on us no more solemn obligation than to honor and respect the sanctity of human life,” said Police Chief Bill. Scott at a virtual town hall on Wednesday. “We also know that as police officers we are sometimes required to use force – sometimes including lethal force – in the performance of our duties.”

Scott said the police department was in contact with Amani’s family to offer their condolences. The district attorney’s office, the investigative services division of the police department, the internal affairs of the SFPD, the police accountability department and the forensic pathologist are investigating.

The incident began shortly after 8 a.m. Friday at the Covered Wagon hotel at 917 Folsom St. Amani was living in a rented room in town at the hotel, according to a private property manager who asked to remain anonymous.

As of April 2020, the Adult Probation Service has rented 22 rooms – less than a third of the hotel – for clients involved in the criminal justice system. Nonprofit Recovery Survival Network manages rooms and guests.

CCTV footage of the building, which does not capture audio, shows Amani walking down a hallway with a knife with a 6-inch blade in hand at around 8:04 am He appears to be screaming and gesturing at two building workers, l ‘one holding a broom between him and Amani as the employee steps back into an open door.

At 8:05 a.m., a building worker called 911 and told a dispatcher that a man was in the building with a knife. The caller said he would “not stay on the phone while the man has a knife in my face” before the line was disconnected. During a follow-up call to 911, Amani’s case manager told a dispatcher that Amani “was having a really bad episode” and mentioned that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Officers Quinlan and De Leon Garcia arrived at the hotel at 8:10 a.m. and spoke with the two employees, according to body camera footage. An employee said that Amani “came up to me” and faked her actions by holding a large knife over her head. The person told officers that Amani said, “I’m going to stab you right now, I’m going to kill you” and he was “very violent”.

The two officers entered the hallway and spotted Amani at the other end as he stooped around the corner. They called her name and said they wanted to talk to her, show body camera footage.

“Nobody wants to hurt you,” Quinlan said.

“Don’t talk to me, shut up,” Amani replied. “Leave the f- alone.” “

Officers held their guns holstered and ready, but pointed at the ground. After about a minute, at around 8:14 a.m., Amani came out of his room around the corner, knife in hand, and rushed down the hall to the officers, videos show. Quinlan yelled at him to stay back as they retreated. In less than five seconds, Amani had covered half the distance and the two officers fired their weapons. Amani fell to the ground, his legs moving as he made unintelligible sounds.

“Let me see your hands!” Quinlan yelled. “We want to help you, but we need to hear your voice, okay? “

Other officers have arrived. After more than two minutes, they walked over, obtained the knife, handcuffed Amani, and began providing medical treatment until paramedics arrived.

David Elliott Lewis, tenant advocate and member of the SFPD Crisis Response Team, which trains police in dealing with situations with people with mental illness, told The Chronicle that the incident was “extremely annoying”. Lewis asked Scott during the town hall’s public comment on why the officers appeared to fire lethal and non-lethal weapons at the same time and why it took so long to provide medical assistance.

Police explained that in the pairs of officers, one carries a long-range impact weapon and the other carries a gun to provide cover. Scott said he couldn’t judge from the videos whether the police fired at the exact same time. He also said officers are trained to make a plan before approaching a suspect.

Recovery Survival Network director Lou Gordon will stop releasing information on Tuesday. He said the organization has been providing services “for a very long time” and that “nothing like this has ever happened”.

Grant said he was “totally devastated” by the death of Amani, to whom he was “very close”. Grant said Amani “suffered incredible trauma both prior to her service due to the violence and while on duty, including seeing her comrades being killed and shot multiple times.”

In 2019, police arrested Amani for allegedly injuring a San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks ranger with a cutter. The ranger described Amani as being in a “clearly altered mental state,” Grant said, citing the preliminary hearing.

Amani was arrested on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and charges related to carjacking, court records show. Grant said a judge immediately dismissed the attempted murder charge.

A judge released Amani to residential treatment in April 2020 and ordered her a mental health diversion in June 2020. Amani remained in treatment until February 2021 and completed the diversion in August – the same week the Taliban took over. control of Kabul. Grant said Amani’s progress was “the most impressive I have ever seen in a client and his trauma was among the worst I have ever seen in a job where I have seen a lot.”

Mental health diversion requires a treatment plan when a person graduates. The Department of Public Health was unable to comment on any care that Amani received, if any, due to patient privacy laws. According to the Department of Health, more than one in five people – about 22% – incarcerated at some point in 2018 in the San Francisco County Jail has been diagnosed as critically ill mentally ill.

Police shot and killed another man who accused officers with a knife in October 2020, body camera footage showed. The number of shootings involving police officers, use of force incidents and gun pointing has declined in recent years, according to police data.

“It’s our goal not to have these incidents and to have better results,” Scott said.

Mallory Moench is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @mallorymoench

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DVIDS – News – Air Force welcomes Coalition VIRTUAL FLAG, the coalition’s first virtual air combat exercise

The 705th Combat Training Squadron, home of Air Combat Command’s Distributed Mission Operations Center, recently hosted one of the largest coalitions of DoD and joint virtual air combat exercises across eight time zones at Air Force Base Kirtland, New Mexico, October 24 to November 5.

Coalition VIRTUAL FLAG exercises led by the United States Air Force focus on major combat operations in a realistic theater against a close-to-peer threat in a dynamic training environment.

The CVFs are designed to establish and maintain joint and coalition partnerships between the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada by focusing on the planning, execution and debriefing of a multitude of sets of missions in the air, space, surface and cyber domains.

All units operate in a lively, virtual and constructive environment that allows combatants to prepare for war and then train to do so in a synthetic environment so that they can learn to be effective in combat. .

CVF 22-1 trained more than 344 participants, 200 joint fighters and 144 coalition fighters, and conducted more than 6,461 joint training events for 67 units using seven networks and 23 different systems connected at 29 sites across the world.

For the first time, DMOC integrated cyber effects and planning into CVF 22-1 training scenarios requiring defense against opposing forces cyber maneuvers. The groups were divided into Blue Cyber ​​Teams, made up of a British Cyber ​​Protection Team, reinforced by members of Canadian intelligence, merging cyber intelligence into the larger operational framework, and Red Cyber ​​Teams, made up of an opposing force of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. members running a team of enemy cyber operators attempting to disrupt operations.

While the cyber teams were physically located in Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, they worked in a virtual “lineup” of computers in the UK that took up a lot of bandwidth to run all the required cyber intrusion tools. The team was able to resolve these issues in the early days and achieve valuable e-learning goals.

DMOC is building a complete cyber cell in Kirtland and will continue to refine and include cybernetic learning objectives seamlessly in its simulation environment to fit into all other areas.

“The 705th CTS has developed its distributed mission operations capabilities over the decades and integrating a field like cyber is a challenge the squadron is delighted to meet,” said the US captain. Space Force Oliver Peery, Cyberspace Operations Flight Commander, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.
The roles of cyber operators will continue to grow in future exercises and will continue to progress towards true Joint Command and Control in all areas, or JADC2.

“I think the 705th Combat Training Squadron has something very unique to provide to the cyber fighter, integrating cyber into a realistic warfare exercise and not only forcing traditional operators to be more aware of the effects of cyber. on a battlefield environment, but for cyber to see how they can really support and directly integrate their offensive and defensive capabilities into the operational environment, ”said Peery.

The DMOC develops realistic and relevant training environments and scenarios for participants while allowing individual units to add elements so that they can achieve required training goals or certifications during CVF.

The US military used the CVF 22-1 to certify three air defense artillery fire control officers; ADAFCOs are the United States air defense representative at C2 nodes.

CVF 22-1 introduced participants to a contemporary multi-domain threat where exercise participants had to think through complex sets of problems.

“22 Wing offered personnel the opportunity to practice in a state-of-the-art command and control training center, working alongside other members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, from the Canadian Army, the United States Air Force and the United States. Marine Corps that formed the Control and Reporting Center, ”said Royal Canadian Air Force Maj. Shaun Hyland, Exercise and Event Management Coordinator, Royal Canadian Air Force Aerospace Warfare Center.

The DMOC exercise scenarios allow participating combatants to uncover sticking points in their plans and crews to resolve them, whether in mission planning or in real time during the period of vulnerability.

“Exercise Coalition VIRTUAL FLAG is the world’s first distributed synthetic training environment where colleagues from many countries can train for large-scale operational warfare,” said Graham Orme, Royal Air Force squadron leader. “Joint planning and execution allows participants to learn through shared expertise in multiple areas, from combat air to space and cyber. “

Orme continued: “The staff dedicated to the simulator allows the creation of tailor-made scenarios that push operators, test their skills and allow the development of new techniques and procedures. As such, exercise is a valuable part of the annual any strength training program.

DMOC-Space, Schriever Space Force Base, Colo., Sent real-time exercise data to Kirtland during CVF. The data transfer allowed the DMOC to forgo the issuance of a theoretical event that further strengthened the C2 of the joint forces and the coalition during the virtual large-force exercise.

In addition to missile warning data, the 392nd CTS, Schriever SFB, Colo., Also provided global positioning system data to DMOC to use its GPS environment generator for the first time in CVF. This allowed pilots using DMOC flight simulators to deploy precision weapons in a degraded environment by simulated GPS.

“CVF offers a unique opportunity to integrate the space realm into the tactical environment by using the virtual construction of the DMOC to determine best practices and ultimately learn how to maximize combat effectiveness,” said USSF Tina Bragdon , expert and planner in the space matter of the 705th CTS. .

Space capabilities bring more to combat than ever before, but we must ensure that we harness them to the best of our nation. Relevance on the battlefield does not derive from independence, but from interdependence and the successful fusion of capabilities.

“This exercise is the culmination of 18 months of training for our QSIC [Qualified Space Instructors Course] students, ”said Laura Ridley-Siddall, Royal Air Force squadron leader, Air and Space Warfare School officer commanding space training. “This year, for the first time, we used the fully simulated environment as the final assessment for our QSI students in the Space Service Officer position.”

When planning VIRTUAL FLAG exercises, the goal of DMOC is to incorporate new capabilities to continuously provide an environment in which the fighter can train with the forces with which he might expect to coordinate during ‘major combat operations.

“This is particularly poignant when running our coalition events as there are many assets that US operators have never had the opportunity to work with until CVF,” said Lt. Col. de USAF Michael Butler, 705th CTS director of operations. “While DMOC has traditionally included the space and cybernetic domains in our exercises, in CVF 22-1 we have focused on integrating the coalition’s space and cybernetic capabilities with great success. “

Butler continued, “We have built a solid foundation in CVF 22-1 and learned many lessons that will allow us to make our scenarios more robust and realistic for future exercises.”

CVF 22-1 provided a unique opportunity for joint forces of the USAF, USSF, United States, United States Marine Corps, US Navy and four partner nations of s ” train as part of a complex and integrated virtual-virtual constructive training exercise.

“Modern warfare is much more complex and dynamic than ever before, and victory demands the highest skill in planning and executing operational objectives smarter, faster, and more accurately than your adversary,” said Walt Marvin , US Space Force, 392nd CTS exercise planner. “We have to fight together effectively in a common environment, and most likely as a coalition of nations. “

The 705th CTS reports to the 505th Combat Training Group, Nellis AFB, Nevada, and the 505th Command and Control Wing, headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

“Coalition and joint partners interested in participating in future VF or CVF exercises should contact [email protected] to connect with DMOC,” said USAF Lt. Col. Lindsay Post, commander from 705th CTS, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at an Ocean Plastics event

MRS ANDERSEN: Thank you. I am very honored to welcome you, Secretary Blinken, to the United Nations in Nairobi. For almost 50 years – next year it will be 50 – we at the United Nations Environment Program have been proud to host in Kenya the only UN Headquarters located in the Global South, the nerve center of multilateral governance here for the environment.

Secretary Blinken, your presence here today is extremely important. Your presence here demonstrates that the United States wants to be part of the multilateral solutions that will keep environmental action moving. At UNEP, we have long enjoyed a strong partnership with the United States on environmental law, pollution reduction, promotion of the green economy, scientific leadership for the environment and , most recently, of course, in Glasgow on methane emissions.

Mr Secretary, we have just concluded the Climate COP in Glasgow, and if there is one clear conclusion, of course, for us and for the world, it is that we can keep 1.5 alive, we can make it happen. , but it’s gonna take us all to make it happen. And as we now rush to the United Nations Environment Assembly in February 2022 to be held here in this beautiful location, we must recognize that the work Member States are doing on plastic pollution has the potential to be a turning point. Meaningful action against pollution will force us out of our comfort zones, by engaging in numerous environmental agreements with business and finance, with cities, with civil society, with entrepreneurs and with people around the world. .

I am therefore very happy to welcome here the presence of the remarkable Kenyan entrepreneurs who are proof that the action is already underway, and our host country, Kenya, continues to focus on the transition to clean energy by 2030. , geothermal energy, wind power, solar home power, the successful ban on single-use plastic bags, green bonds, climate-resilient agriculture, and much more.

So, Mr. Secretary, UNEP will mark its 50th anniversary next year, and as we seek to work together to address a triple planetary crisis – the climate change crisis, the biodiversity crisis and the loss of nature, and the pollution and waste crisis – we have a real opportunity to rush towards environmental multilateralism that has an impact, a positive impact, on people’s lives. Because as the UN Secretary General has noted, success or failure is not an act of nature; it’s in our hands. Thank you, Mr. Secretary.

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, hello everyone, and Executive Director Andersen, thank you very much for your outstanding leadership on this issue, for the work of the entire United Nations Environment Program team within the only United Nations Headquarters in the United Nations. southern country, and what seat it is.

Inger and I were just in Glasgow for COP26, and UNEP was a key partner in rallying countries to take the bold and urgent action needed to keep warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius and avert climate catastrophe. To give just one example, the independent and rigorous data tracked by the UNEP International Methane Emissions Observatory will bring greater transparency to the efforts of more than 100 countries now, led by the European Union and the United States. who signed the Global Methane Pledge. This commitment commits to reducing global methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030. This is just one important example of action taken by the international community in Glasgow.

Many countries, including in Africa, have established more ambitious national action plans to reduce emissions, and many have made significant commitments to invest more in adaptation, especially in vulnerable countries through initiatives such as the Africa Adaptation Initiative and President Biden’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience, or PREPARE, as the acronym says.

Now back to methane, if the world’s major emitters of methane join us, including China, that would be like taking every ship out of the seas and every plane out of the skies in terms of emissions. At the same time, we still have a lot of work to do. As Inger pointed out at COP26, we must now stick to the commitments we made, and we must continue to push for greater commitments and more action on adaptation and mitigation, because no one is under the illusion that we have done enough yet, especially as the damage inflicted by the climate crisis continues to worsen, as the brutal drought here in Kenya very clearly shows.

So today we are stepping up and intensifying our efforts to tackle another pollutant that threatens our planet, plastic, by announcing US support for multilateral negotiations on a global deal to tackle plastic pollution in the oceans. By launching these negotiations at the United Nations Environmental Assembly in February 2022, our goal is to create a tool we can use to protect our oceans and all the life they support from the growing global harms of plastic pollution.

It is crucial that the agreement calls on countries to develop and implement strong national action plans to tackle this problem at its source. Many countries, climate and ocean advocates, private companies have supported this effort for some time. We are grateful for the serious work they have already put into this effort and look forward to working with them. The private sector in particular will need to do more to reduce plastic pollution and invest in innovation. We recognize that different actors will have different capacities to act, but every nation, every community, and indeed every individual has a role to play, and let me say a little about why.

It is estimated that we add between eight and fourteen million tonnes of plastic pollution to the ocean each year. That’s about one truckload dumped into the sea every minute of every day, and the rate is increasing rather than decreasing. Plastic can take decades to millions of years to break down. Meanwhile, the waste is transported everywhere from Antarctica to the Mariana Trench. Some of it is caught in massive swirling ocean currents. The largest, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, covers an area three times the size of France.

The negative effects of plastic pollution on marine life and humans are serious. Much of the plastic at sea is broken down into tiny pieces that marine animals eat. These microplastics can tear animals’ organs, clog their intestines, and make them look full, causing them to starve to death. And because plastics absorb toxins, when we eat seafood, we are not only consuming microplastics, but toxins as well. In addition, plastic pollution can harm artisanal fishing and discourage tourism in coastal areas.

As we know, our health, our survival is linked to the health of our oceans. We must do more to protect them. Supporting the development of this new deal is just one of the ways we are working to make it happen, but it comes above many others. At the 2019 Our Ocean conference, the United States announced more than 20 new commitments valued at over $ 1.2 billion to promote sustainable fishing, tackle marine debris and invest in marine science. In February, the United States will co-host the next Our Ocean conference with Palau, where we will focus on the link between oceans and climate change and the importance of healthy oceans for the survival of small island developing states. .

This connection is at the heart of the SALPIE initiative that President Biden launched in March to increase U.S. economic cooperation with island countries and territories. This overall goal has strong bipartisan support from the United States Congress, which passed the landmark 2020 Save Our Seas 2.0 legislation. As this legislation recognizes, innovation is crucial, and on this point the United States leads by force of our example, like the Plastics Innovation Challenge of the United States Department of Energy, which invests millions of dollars. dollars of research in national laboratories, universities, and industry to take giant leaps in areas such as the development of new recyclable plastics by design.

Many of the most promising innovations do not come from government or industry, but from individuals, including as we have just seen here in Kenya. Indeed, before speaking to you, I had the chance to meet a duo of very inspiring entrepreneurs. One of them was Nzambi Matee, an engineer who, as some of you may have heard, started a business that turns plastic waste into sustainable, affordable bricks that can be used to pave roads. Her company produces between 500 and a thousand bricks every day, recycling 500 kilos of plastic waste using machines she designed here in Nairobi. The company has created more than a hundred jobs.

The other day the (inaudible) co-founder of a social enterprise that employs women and young people in Mombasa to model a new form of waste management, organized informal workers, trained them to sort recyclable waste of other waste, and put that waste to productive and profitable use.

So we face the monumental challenge of protecting our oceans, but if we are ambitious in our global and local efforts, if we can combine the efforts of government and industry with those of communities and individuals, if we empower approaches innovations which we have seen with partners like Nzambi and (inaudible), I am convinced that we can overcome this challenge, we can meet it – we can meet it and we can meet it together.

So it’s wonderful to be here to see the amazing work that UNEP is doing here in Kenya, but also around the world. We have a lot of work to do, but we have very strong partners to do it. Thank you. (Applause.)

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A leading screen printing company opens its doors in Bonne Terre | Local company

An international Bourbon-based screen printing company is moving its final operations to the former Monterey Mushrooms factory on Benham Street in Bonne Terre, with an estimated 100 employees. He just started his first team a few days ago and will be adding more soon.

Paramount Apparel International Inc. (PAi), one of the leading screen printing companies in the United States, has contracts with Nike, Vanity Fair and Vans, among others, and employs approximately 500 workers in embroidery facilities, screen printing operations and warehouses located in Bourbon, Sullivan, Ellington, Winona and Farmington. The company is said to make 40 to 60 million impressions each year.

Human resources director Kelly Long said the company has a strong history in screen printing, especially headgear.

“We are an 85-year-old, fourth-generation family business from Missouri,” he said. “We keep everything in Missouri. “

The first week of operation of the Bonne Terre plant got off to a good start on Wednesday afternoon. Employees spent over a month traveling to PAi’s headquarters in Bourbon to learn how to operate the equipment.

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PAi has a dedicated Nike Team headwear division, and one of PAi’s largest divisions, Imperial Headwear – which it purchased in 2012 and moved to Winona from Aurora, Colorado – primarily serves as an industry leader. headgear in the world of golf.

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Long said that for the past four months or so, Paramount has been running a small embroidery business in Farmington and they were so happy with the results that they decided to expand into this area.

“We are currently in a growth phase. We were very, very happy with the welcome we had at Farmington, ”he said. “That’s what really made us consider moving some capacity there for screen printing as well, because of the people and the quality that we bring out of the area. “

Long said, operations have already started.

“They’ve done a remarkable amount of work in a very short period of time and they currently have production going on in the plant. They started on Monday, ”he said. “It was an incredibly quick turnaround. “

Brandon Lorenz is PAi’s vice president of operations, and said he is familiar with the area having worked for several years at SRG Global in Farmington. In fact, he said, a number of people he worked with before now work at the Bonne Terre factory.

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The first week of operation of the Bonne Terre plant got off to a good start on Wednesday afternoon. Employees spent over a month traveling to PAi’s headquarters in Bourbon to learn how to operate the equipment.

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“The good thing is that everyone was very excited to come and that they had the chance to learn their work,” he said. in Bourbon all the time.

“And it’s good for me to come back to this area as an employer too, because honestly, a lot of these people worked for me when I was at SRG Global. It’s a big work area, there are a lot of good people in it. Yes, that was one of the reasons I selfishly wanted to come here.

There are still vestiges of the canning operations of Monterey Mushrooms, which closed in the spring of 2019 after about 40 years. There’s a huge reservoir of vinegar, some shapes on the walls here and there, some old carpet. But PAi knocked down walls, painted, added equipment and made the old building at 2 Hazel Street and Benham Street its own.

“The team did a lot of work,” said Lorenz. “We took possession of this building barely five weeks ago. And he wasn’t in fantastic condition, he had been dormant for a while.

Lorenz reported four screen printing presses, two in each room, and said they plan to add a fifth.

“We started our first shift this week. Monday was actually our first day of production here, ”he said. “One of the interesting things was that we set up a few vans, we were actually driving people to our Bourbon headquarters and training. So the team that worked on this equipment learned about the equipment in the last five weeks before we moved here and started to go into production.

About 35 people are currently working this week on a shift. Lorenz said they plan to add a second shift over the next two weeks.

Paramount Apparel International Inc. started as Paramount Cap Manufacturing Co. in 1929 in St. Louis, but moved its operations to Bourbon in 1936. In 1990 it was reorganized as Paramount Apparel International Inc. and is operated by members of Rubenstein and Levinson. families.

Sarah Haas is the associate editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-518-3617 or [email protected]

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International transport and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss opens new warehouse in Atlanta

Global Freight Forwarder Expects Expansion to Help Customers Control Outbound Costs and Deliver Products Faster to the South East Region

Opening of the Gebrüder Weiss warehouse in Atlanta

Opening of the Gebrüder Weiss warehouse in Atlanta

Opening of the Gebrüder Weiss warehouse in Atlanta

ATLANTA, November 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Gebrüder Weiss, an international transportation and logistics company, is strengthening its existing footprint in the Southeast with the opening of a newly constructed 65,900 square foot warehouse near Atlanta, Georgia. This month, the new facility opens at Rockdale Technology Center, Building 100, 2430 Dogwood Drive SE in Conyers, Georgia. Around 20 new full-time employees are expected to join Gebrüder Weiss at this location in the coming months. The warehouse will provide businesses with storage, picking and packaging capabilities, major retailer compliance capabilities, e-commerce solutions, and value-added services such as kitting.

A new warehouse operation in Atlanta is a welcome announcement as the logistics industry continues to suffer from the impact of the pandemic. Gebrüder Weiss, a family business with over 500 years of history, remains committed to its growth strategy in the United States. Operations at new warehouse are already booming and increasing the operational capacities of the organization in the South East. The warehouse is designed with 22 dock doors, early-suppressing, rapid-response (ESFR) sprinklers, shelving, and bulk and small parts distribution areas.

“With transportation and shipping costs reaching unprecedented levels, providing customers with a new warehouse in the Southeast allows them to better control outbound costs and improve product delivery times,” said Mark McCullough, CEO of Gebrüder Weiss USA. “Customers can continue to use a single warehouse management system solution while enjoying an additional location in Atlanta. We can work with them to divide inventory and create efficiencies in their supply chain by being closer to customers and reducing lead times, ”he added. .

Gebrüder Weiss has a solid reputation for service excellence and financial strength as an independent, global logistics brand. The company will continue to offer a range of integrated business services, from order management to last mile distribution at its warehouse in Atlanta. With this latest expansion, Gebrüder Weiss goes one step further to provide customers with the confidence they need to stay in business during times of stress.

For more information about Gebrüder Weiss USA, its services, sites or employment opportunities, please visit

About Gebrüder Weiss

Gebrüder Weiss, a global freight forwarder primarily engaged in land, air and sea transport and logistics, is the world’s oldest transport company with a history of over 500 years. The family business employs more than 7,400 people worldwide and has 170 company-owned locations. The commercial presence in North America includes a head office in Chicago and offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Growing and evolving with the needs of its customers over its long history, Gebrüder Weiss is also a pioneer in sustainable business practices, having implemented a myriad of ecological, economic and social initiatives. The continued growth of the company illustrates the need for highly experienced global solution providers through an international network of supply chain experts. Custom solutions
with a single point of contact, provide customers with an exceptional service experience focused on reliable and cost-effective solutions.

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Emmert says NCAA reform efforts aren’t motivated by fear

The NCAA’s decision to restructure varsity sport is not driven by fear, but rather by a desire to seize an opportunity to tackle issues that have been developing for decades, the NCAA President said Monday, Mark Emmert,

“There is little that is discussed right now that has been discussed at least during the 10 years that I have been involved in the NCAA,” Emmert said in a brief press conference. “But yet at the same time, we’ve never had a time where we’ve had state lawmakers, congressional actors, courts, economic dynamics and even the pandemic all providing a very important catalyst for change. . “

Emmert’s words came after the NCAA’s online constitutional convention, in which the membership of more than 1,100 schools in its three divisions weighed in on the proposed scaled-down version of the association’s founding document .

Emmert called for constitutional convention over the summer, shortly after the United States Supreme Court dealt a potentially crippling blow to the NCAA. By upholding a lower court’s ruling in an antitrust case, the High Court has left the association vulnerable to prosecution whenever it enacts a new rule that impacts athletes.

The rewrite of the constitution is the first step towards decentralizing the governance of college sports and reducing the role of the NCAA.

“It has been a long time, 50 years, half a century, since there has been a thorough examination of what college sport is and how it works,” Emmert said. “The association’s inaction at this particular time would be very, very frowned upon and it should be, frankly. If you have so many changes going on, you had better be ready and willing and able to change.

The college athletic administrators who make up the constitution committee, including Georgetown President Jack DeGioia, who is the chairman of the NCAA Board of Governors, spent about four hours presenting the proposal to members and answering questions.

“I… thought it was a very successful first take, especially having never done anything like it in the history of the association,” said Emmert.

Last week, the NCAA unveiled an 18-page constitution proposal that more closely focuses the mission of America’s largest college sports organization while also providing each of its three divisions with a path to further govern themselves.

After two periods of feedback, the proposed constitution could be amended. The plan is for all members to vote on it at the NCAA convention in January in Indianapolis.

Then comes the hardest part. Leaders from each of the three NCAA divisions will be looking at the task of restructuring and reimagining how college sports should be run.

At the Division I level, where varsity sports have also become a multi-million dollar business for some schools, dramatic changes could occur. Everything from how revenues are shared, how schools and sports align, access to championship events and what is needed to be a Division I member will be on the table.

This includes what to do with major college football, which operates largely independently of the NCAA and rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars that are shared by 130 Bowl Subdivision schools. The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, a group of past and current college athletic administrators, recommended that FBS be completely separate from the NCAA.

DeGioia said the constitution committee has met with representatives from the Knight Commission, but these types of structural changes relate to the next phase of NCAA reform.

“We felt this was a Division I matter that needed to be dealt with by Division I management,” DeGioia said. “And what we hope to create is a framework where this can be dealt with most effectively at the Division I level.”

The Division I transformation committee was chosen, led by Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey and Ohio University Athletic Director Julie Cromer. The hope is that every division will have changes that can take effect by August 2022.

The new constitution continues to refer to college athletes as student-athletes, a term coined decades ago as the NCAA tried to make a clear distinction between its amateurs and paid professionals.

Emmert said there has been a significant discussion about removing the term from official NCAA use, but the athletes themselves have pushed to keep it.

“We were really, really passionate about this title,” former University of California, Pennsylvania volleyball player Madeleine McKenna said during the convention’s question-and-answer session with members.


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Virtual training exercise involving members of 22 Wing

Members of 22 Wing / CFB North Bay were recently helping combatants prepare for combat situations.

An international simulation exercise took place from October 24 to November 5.

Exercise Coalition Virtual Flag 22-1 was led by the US Air Force and included forces from Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

This was the fourth time the exercise had been conducted from 22 Wing.

Those involved in the virtual training had the opportunity to experience air, land, sea, space and cyber defense operations using simulations and virtual technology.

“Using simulations and virtual technology, aerospace controllers and aerospace control operators can exercise their wartime combat management skills with coalition partners on a scale that would not be practical otherwise,” explains the Colonel Mark Lachapelle, 22 Wing and Commander of the Canadian Air Defense Sector.

“22 Wing provided personnel with the opportunity to practice in a state-of-the-art command and control training center, working alongside other members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, from the Canadian Army, the United States Air Force and the United States. Marine Corps who made

the Control and Reporting Center, ”said Major Shaun Hyland, Exercise and Event Management Coordinator, Royal Canadian Air Force Aerospace Warfare Center.

Officials say Exercise Coalition Virtual Flag is the largest and most complex virtual exercise in which the RCAF participates, providing extensive training opportunities on various simulation systems for training purposes.

The training vignettes focus on the unit’s tactical objectives and the operational level.

(Photo submitted by Captain Dani Mansour. From October 24 to November 5, 2021, members of 22 Wing / Canadian Forces Base North Bay participated in Exercise COALITION VIRTUAL FLAG 22-1. Photo credit: Corporal Rob Ouellette, technician in imaging.)

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Canadian officials who met Ukrainian unit linked to Nazis feared exposure by media: documents

A year before the meeting, the Canadian Joint Task Force in Ukraine produced a briefing note on the Azov Battalion, acknowledging its links to Nazi ideology.

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Canadian officials who met with members of a Ukrainian battalion linked to the neo-Nazis did not denounce the unit, but rather feared the media would release details of the meeting, according to recently released documents.


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The Canadians met and were briefed by the leaders of the Azov Battalion in June 2018. The officers and diplomats did not object to the meeting and instead allowed themselves to be photographed with battalion officials despite previous warnings that the unit considered itself pro-Nazi. The Azov Battalion then used the photos for its online propaganda, noting that the Canadian delegation had expressed “hope for further fruitful cooperation.”

After a reporter asked the Canadian Forces about Azov’s social media posts, officers rushed to find an answer, according to documents obtained by the newspaper thanks to the Freedom of Information Act. .

Lt. Col. Fraser Auld, commander of the Canadian Joint Task Force Ukraine, warned that a news article could be published soon and could raise questions within the Canadian government about the reasons for such a meeting.


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A year before the meeting, the Canadian Joint Task Force in Ukraine produced a briefing note on the Azov Battalion, acknowledging its links to Nazi ideology. “Several members of Azov described themselves as Nazis,” Canadian officers warned in their 2017 briefing.

Bernie Farber, head of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, said the Canadians should have immediately left the Azov Battalion briefing. “Canadian Armed Forces personnel do not meet the Nazis; period, period, ”said Farber. “This is a horrible mistake that shouldn’t have been made.”

Farber said it was also troubling that the Azov unit could use the Canadians in propaganda attempts to legitimize its far-right ideology. In addition to his support for Nazi ideology, Azov members have been charged with war crimes and torture.


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A rally that reporters did not find out was an event in December 2018 in Ukraine attended by the Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant General. Jean-Marc Lanthier, according to the documents.

Members of the Azov Battalion were present, but, once again, instead of denouncing the battalion’s Nazi sympathies, the Department of National Defense and the Canadian Forces became concerned about the possibility that photos had been taken showing Canadian soldiers. with members of the Azov unit.

Chris Henderson, then Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Affairs, emailed more than 20 DND public relations officers, fearing photos could appear online. “Do we have a clear expression of CAF policy towards this group? He asked the Azov battalion. “It may or may not prompt questions, but we have to be prepared and not appear to be taken by surprise.”


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Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, policy director at the Center of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal, said Canada must ensure that its military personnel are in no way involved in far-right fascist militias in Ukraine. “It is worrying that, for the second time in a month, we have seen evidence of Canadian military officials engaging with Ukrainian neo-Nazi groups,” she added.

Kirzner-Roberts was referring to a recent report from an institute at George Washington University in the United States revealing that Centuria, a far-right group of Ukrainian soldiers linked to the Azov movement, boasted of having received training. Canada and other NATO countries. . University researchers followed Centuria’s social media accounts, documenting its Ukrainian military members making Nazi salutes, promoting white nationalism and praising members of Nazi SS units.


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In 2018, the US Congress banned the use of US funds to provide arms, training, and other assistance to the Azov Battalion because of its ties to the far right and neo-Nazis.

National Defense spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said the Canadian military was reviewing its policies on controlling the foreign troops it trains as well as the information revealed by the George Washington University report.

He previously noted that the 2018 meeting with members of the Azov Battalion was planned and organized by the Ukrainian authorities. Canadian military representatives had no prior knowledge of those who would be present, he added. Le Bouthillier stressed that it was the job of the Canadian Defense Attaché to assess the situation in the conflict zone. “Canada has not provided, will not provide and will not provide support to Azov and its affiliates,” said Le Bouthillier.


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In 2019, the Soufan Center, created by former FBI agent Ali Soufan, involved in several counterterrorism cases, warned of the connection between the Azov Battalion and white nationalists. “In Ukraine, the Azov Battalion recruited foreign fighters motivated by white supremacy and neo-Nazi beliefs, including many Westerners, to join its ranks and receive training, indoctrination and instruction in irregular warfare,” said The report.

The Azov battalion was previously incorporated into the Ukrainian army, at least in theory, the Sufan Center report notes. But the battalion maintained relations with members of the Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi terror network based in the United States, he added.


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Find it early and live Public service and social media campaign during Lung Cancer Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – LUNGevity, the nation’s leading lung cancer nonprofit, launches Lung Cancer Awareness Month with the launch of its Inspire for life: find it early and live public service campaign. This powerful campaign features the stories of lung cancer survivors diagnosed with stage I cancer, when it is most treatable, dramatically increasing their chances of survival. In fact, these survivors are leading normal lives.

Check out the interactive multi-channel press release here:

Inspire for life: find it early and live is tLUNGevity’s fifth annual campaign Inspire for life educational videos and series focused on social media. This article aims to educate people with a long history of smoking about whether they are eligible for low dose CT screening, which can detect their lung cancer at its earliest stage, when it is most treatable. and even curable. Patients who may have had surgery to remove their lung cancer when it was caught early due to screening share their stories and current active lifestyles.

The videos also explain why it is crucial to support research into new, non-invasive and universal early detection tests that will help discover all lung cancer in both smokers and non-smokers. Survivors shown who have been diagnosed due to unrelated circumstances help to convey that lung cancer should not be discovered by accident.

“Detecting lung cancer at an early stage, when it’s easiest to treat, can save lives,” says Andrea Ferris, President and CEO of the LUNGevity Foundation. “Today, only 18% of lung cancers are diagnosed at an early stage, and many patients are diagnosed when they have symptoms, when the cancer is most likely at a more advanced stage. Our goal with Inspire for life: find it early and live is to screen eligible patients and lobby to support new ways of early detection so that more lung cancer patients have a chance of a cure. “

The Inspire for life: find it early and live videos feature six lung cancer survivors who have been screened for lung cancer or whose cancer was discovered during screening for unrelated medical conditions. Also featured are two renowned medical experts who talk about the importance of early detection of lung cancer: Robert Winn, MD, director of the VCU Massey Cancer Center and member of the board of directors of LUNGevity, and Avrum Spira, MD, MSCI , Global Head of the Johnson & Johnson Lung Cancer Initiative, Professor of Medicine at Boston University, and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of LUNGevity.

The Inspire for life: find it early and live The campaign is funded in part by grants from AstraZeneca, Genentech, Bristol Myers Squibb, Regeneron and Sanofi Genzyme.

The campaign can be viewed at

About the LUNGevity Foundation

The LUNGevity Foundation is the leading national lung cancer organization focused on improving outcomes for people with lung cancer through research, education, policy initiatives and advocacy. support and engagement of patients, survivors and caregivers. LUNGevity seeks to have an immediate impact on the quality of life and survival of all those affected by the disease, while promoting health equity by addressing disparities across the continuum of care. LUNGevity works tirelessly to advance research into early detection and more effective treatments, provide information and educational tools to empower patients and their caregivers, promote impactful public policy initiatives and amplify patient voices through advocacy. research and engagement. The organization provides an active community for patients and survivors, as well as those who help them live longer and better lives.

Comprehensive resources include a medically-controlled, patient-centric website, a toll-free support hotline, the International Lung Cancer Survival Conference, and an easy-to-use guide. Search for clinical trials, among other tools. All of these programs aim to achieve our vision: a world where no one dies of lung cancer. The LUNGevity Foundation is proud to be a four star Charity Navigator organization.

Please visit to learn more.

About lung cancer in the United States

  • About 1 in 16 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.
  • More than 235,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year.
  • About 60-65% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are in people who have never smoked or who are former smokers.
  • Lung cancer takes more lives than the following three major cancers (colorectal, breast and prostate) combined.
  • Only 22% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive 5 years or more, BUT if it is caught before it spreads, the chances of survival at 5 years improve dramatically.

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Multiracial in Michigan: Checkboxes, Community, and Belonging in Troubled Times

Born to a black mother and Puerto Rican father, Monteze Morales, 44, loves being able to explore both of her cultural identities as an Afro-Latina woman. She often cooks authentic Puerto Rican dishes for her friends and family and uses her different backgrounds to better connect with her constituents as the County Commissioner of Kalamazoo.

But in a society where race plays a big role, it’s not always easy to embrace both sides of who you are.

“At the end of the day, the majority of what I’ve been through as a Métis individual is undiluted and that really puts a strain on you psychologically,” Morales said.

Before his family moved to Michigan at the age of 5, Morales grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She said the city was a “melting pot of identities and cultures” where it was engulfed in different ethnicities, cultures and languages.

When her family finally settled in Kalamazoo, it was a “culture shock” for Morales. Compared to the diverse environment she once experienced in Bridgeport, there was no community of Puerto Ricans, she said.

“Not having what I had, I moved away from my Hispanic culture and there was nothing really in town that offered that,” Morales said. “I didn’t really know I was mixed race until I moved to Kalamazoo.”

Morales is one of Michigan’s fastest growing demographic groups who identify with two or more races.

Data from the 2020 Census shows that the number of Michigan residents who identified as two or more races increased 176% since 2010 and 230% since 2000. However, the vast majority of Michigan residents still consider themselves to be one race.

The census recorded 635,315 people in 2020 who identified themselves as multiracial, representing 6% of Michigan’s population. This category included 230,319 people ten years ago, or 2% of the population.

In the past 10 years, 211,305 fewer people reported single-race in Michigan.

Related: Michigan is becoming more and more multiracial. See county changes in diversity from 2010 to 2020 –

Earl Lewis, professor of history, African American and African studies, and public policy at the University of Michigan, said the growing number of multiracial people in the 2020 census means the data is catching up with reality.

“In many ways, the current census data is catching up with human behavior that has gone unnoticed in previous censuses,” Lewis said.

According to the US Census Bureau, it is a challenge for them to adjust to how American society may view race and ethnicity differently than in the past.

The Bureau’s race and ethnicity research indicates that “in our diverse society, an increasing number of people find current racial and ethnic categories confused, or they wish to see their own specific group reflected on the census questionnaire.”

Since the first census in 1790, the Bureau has collected information on race / ethnicity. The census form changes to reflect changes in society and the way the Bureau classifies race and ethnicity.

The 2020 census year saw an improvement in the design of two separate questions (one for Hispanic and Latino origin and one for race) which has been a standard used since 1997.

The categories of race and ethnicity in the 2020 Census were:

  • Hispanic or Latino.
  • Single white non-Hispanic.
  • Black or African American single non Hispanic.
  • Native Americans and Alaskan natives only non-Hispanics.
  • Asian single non-Hispanic.
  • Native Hawaiian and other non-Hispanic Pacific Islander.
  • Another single non-Hispanic race.
  • Multiracial non-Hispanic.

What some might find an easy choice, Morales has said for years that she will tick and uncheck the boxes that categorize breed in the census.

“I felt like I didn’t identify with what the US census box was trying to put me in,” Morales said. “I usually put black and if it isn’t Latin or Hispanic and not black, I mark them both.”

At a fundamental level, race is a social construct, Lewis said. The breed groups together sets of people based on identifiable characteristics such as skin color or hair.

In America, we’ve been “socialized to think these categories mean something,” Lewis said.

“In the United States, these broader categories of race settled almost in accord with the founding of the nation,” Lewis said. “It has had a devastating effect for some and great benefits for others.”

This can lead to internal conflicts for people who identify with multiple races. Multiracial individuals have the choice of defining themselves based on how they want to navigate the world socially.

“They are part of understanding both the obligation of history and the burden of history on how they fit into society and how they will be viewed,” Lewis said.

However, the company will more than likely make this choice for you. Lewis calls this the “racial guessing game”.

“It’s when you watch someone walking down the street that is ambiguous, and before you realize you are trying to put them in boxes,” Lewis said.

Morales is proud of both of her origins, but due to her looks, she said people would ignore her Latina heritage or even her Spanish last name.

“A lot of people don’t know what Afro-Latina means,” Morales said. “So you get into that disconnect of conversations that ‘Oh, you’re just black’.”

21-year-old myrah beverly also knows what it’s like not to tick society’s boxes when it comes to race and ethnicity. She has a black father from Alabama and an Asian mother from Singapore.

“Either way, people the way they look or the way they grew up, they don’t fit the label,” Beverly said.

beverly said she was more tied to her Asian heritage, but used to be seen more as black compared to her sister, for example, who has a lighter complexion than her.

Myrah Beverly, a native of North Chicago, a political science student at Michigan State University, stands out among the green foliage on Friday, October 15, 2021 at the WJ Beal Botanical Garden on the MSU campus in Lansing. Beverly is the Outreach Chair for Mixed MSU, a student organization that supports multiracial and multiethnic people.Isaac Ritchey |

She said that for multiracial people, it’s hard to find where to fit in.

“They are not too black, not too white, not too Asian, not too native,” Beverly said. “Your identity is a bit denied. “

She said that growing up in north Chicago, she didn’t see herself as an ordinary black because race was not discussed in her family. She thought it was normal in society to have two parents from two different backgrounds.

But racial affiliation isn’t just biological – it’s the who, what, where, when, and how a person is raised that defines it.

Now a senior at Michigan State University, Beverly said she learned to switch to African American Vernacular English (AAVE) or ebonic as she got older, though that’s not how ‘she speaks naturally. She said she wanted to feel comfortable finding community with other black people.

Lewis said the need for community is part of the reason breed categorization remains prevalent. No one wants to be “without company,” he said.

“At some level, these categories make sense for sociological purposes and friendship groupings,” Lewis said. “On another level, they obscure the ways people interact. “

When Beverly is asked about her ethnicity, she will answer both. When asked about her race, she will answer Black because that is how the outside world sees her.

“It has good and bad,” Beverly said. “Good because you feel in community, bad because you have to pretend a bit. “

beverly performed an original spoken word titled “My People” at the Asian Pacific American Student Organization (APASO) Cultural Vogue at MSU in 2019.

In the poem, Beverly brings together her life experiences as Black and Asian: from me before, as if I wasn’t one of them too. I’m just their little doll. I’m just pretending.

Defining the breed is important because of the way it plays out in these daily social interactions as well as in the history of the United States, according to Lewis.

But race is not a conversation that all parents have with their children. For multiracial school-aged children, it may not be until they are surrounded by their peers or prepare for a standardized test that they are faced with “ticking a box” – literally and metaphorically.

“It can be confusing,” Morales said. “Children look at their parents like ‘What am I? And the parents may not have had this conversation, especially when you start to leave downtown. “

beverly learned the breed mostly from black comedians like Dave Chapelle, Bernie Mac, and Kat Williams. She thought racism was part of their comedic routine, not necessarily something that would affect her in real life.

“In my head when I was growing up, I was like ‘I’m Asian, this is never going to happen to me,’” Beverly said. “But I didn’t know it until it happened to me myself.”

Now that she’s older, Beverly doesn’t think her parents could have said or done anything to prepare her for the experiences that accompany her run because “racism is inevitable.”

There is room to become more aware of the experiences of different cultures when they are brought together in the same family.

Beverly said she was happy to see her Asian mother frequently advocating on social media for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Morales said her Puerto Rican grandmother taught her black grandmother to cook traditional Puerto Rican dishes. These were then passed on to her aunt ‘on the black side of the family who they can always enjoy at family reunions.

It is this cultural mix that allows people to be flexible in attributing and describing their own identity than in the past.

beverly is the outreach chair for a student-led organization at MSU called Mixed MSU. The organization educates and provides a safe space for multiracial, cultural or ethnic students of MSU.

“I think the community has to be served as well to have a space for that identity and be validated,” Beverly said.

Morales said she has faith in seeing how the new generation is handling their identity.

“They’re really strong in who they are and what they want to be, especially when it comes to race and gender identity,” Morales said.

For Morales, one of the most important lessons she has learned from being multiracial is to be authentic in all of her identity.

“I had conflicts on both sides, trying to fit in,” Morales said. “Now I’m right in the middle. “

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Owners confirm Philip Morris move to Stamford

STAMFORD – Tobacco giant Philip Morris International will open its new headquarters at the end of next year in the downtown Washington Boulevard complex previously occupied by UBS, the owners of the property said on Wednesday.

PMI has signed a 12-year lease for 71,484 square feet, covering all 11th and 12th floors, at 677 Washington, according to an announcement from commercial real estate company George Comfort & Sons, who is part of the property team. of the property. The signing of the lease and the planned move in late 2022 follows PMI’s announcement in June that it would move its main offices from 120 Park Ave. in midtown Manhattan to somewhere in Connecticut and create around 200 jobs. .

The selection of 677 Washington – which is just yards from Interstate 95 and the main Stamford Metro-North Railroad station – was widely anticipated after Governor Ned Lamont and U.S. Representative Jim Himes said last week that ‘they planned that PMI would move to this location.

“We are delighted to welcome these tenants to 677 Washington Blvd., and bring the complex closer to full occupancy,” George Comfort & Sons CEO and Chairman Peter Duncan said in a statement. “This property has long been viewed as a commercial centerpiece of downtown Stamford, and recent successful rental activity here proves that it is more attractive than ever to a range of businesses across various industries.”

A message left on Wednesday for PMI was not immediately returned.

The arrival of PMI, which sells brands of cigarettes such as Marlboro and smokeless tobacco products outside the United States, will bring the number of Connecticut-based Fortune 500 companies to 15. revenue of nearly $ 29 billion in 2020.

PMI does not sell or market tobacco products in the United States. Philip Morris USA – a subsidiary of the Altria group, from which PMI emerged in 2008 – dominates the cigarette market in the country. Marlboro is Philip Morris USA’s best-selling brand.

No more arrivals at 677 Washington

George Comfort & Sons also announced several other new leases on Wednesday at 677 Washington, a three-building complex that spans more than 12 acres. It consists of a 13-storey office tower, a seven-storey pavilion, and a three-storey commercial and “auxiliary” building.

XL Global Services, a provider of property and casualty insurance services, signed an 11-year lease for 21,879 square feet on the 10th floor. It plans to move from its Stamford location to 70 Seaview Ave. in the third quarter of 2022.

Investment firm General Atlantic, which decided to take part of the eighth floor earlier this year in a move from Greenwich, has expanded its planned presence to a total of 21,879 square feet. Another financial services company, Sandbrook Capital, has signed a 10-year lease for 4,995 square feet on the eighth floor and plans to take possession in the first quarter of 2022.

The resort is now 95 percent leased, according to George Comfort & Sons.

WWE, which is now headquartered on the East Side of Stamford at 1241 E. Main St., will be the largest tenant at 677 Washington.

In March 2019, WWE announced its decision to move its headquarters to 677 Washington and lease approximately 415,000 square feet for office space in the tower and a production facility in the pavilion.

The disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the relocation, but WWE officials said earlier this year that the company plans to begin its move in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Those additions, combined with arrivals over the past two years such as professional services firm KPMG and architectural firm Perkins Eastman, highlighted a dramatic recovery for 677 Washington. Three years ago, it had become the largest vacant office building in the city after international banking giant UBS in 2016 moved its local offices to a smaller space across the street at 600 Washington Blvd. ., amid major job losses.

While based at 677 Washington, UBS operated one of the world’s trading floors.

Manhattan-based George Comfort & Sons joined Beverly Hills, California-based AVG Partners as part of the property’s ownership team in early 2018, taking on operating and leasing responsibilities. George Comfort & Sons’ portfolio also includes two other office complexes in Stamford, High Ridge Park and Shippan Landing.

The owners team’s “repositioning program” also includes on-site plans for an apartment building of approximately 400 units and additional commercial use.

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Inside the fraying of American Zionism

“The assumptions that young Jews grew up with about Israel were shattered along with the assumptions that anti-Semitism was in the past and Jews becoming whites were shattered.”

In the years that followed 67, the Palestinian cause gradually gained ground on the world stage. Yet young baby boomers, Generation X and even those of us born in the 1980s, who were charmingly labeled “geriatric millennials,” grew up with an optimistic view of the peace process, especially so. more than, as Jews, we generally viewed it through an Israeli lens. There was peace with Egypt, then with Jordan. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn in 1993, before his martyrdom. (Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Israeli Jew two years later.) When the Israeli-Palestinian accord, the Oslo Accords, failed to achieve peace and Palestinian suicide bombers killed hundreds of civilians Israelis in buses and cafes during the Second Intifada in the early 2000s, the specter of terrorism was first anticipated and then coiled into 9/11, making Israelis righteous victims. This story was of course incomplete, but it offered narrative coherence to young minds hungry for her.

On the other hand, if you are 26 years old, you were not yet born when Oslo was signed and you only faintly remember the height of the Second Intifada. Your impression of Israel may well be that of an occupying power and a fortress protected by militarized barriers and the US-funded Iron Dome missile defense system – a powerful country which, in a war in Gaza in 2014 responded to the Hamas murder of three Israeli teenagers. and rocket attacks on Israeli towns with airstrikes and ground incursions that killed more than 2,000 Palestinians, many of them non-combatants. Israel for you is not personified by Rabin, or statesman Shimon Peres, or even reformed hawk Ariel Sharon, but by Netanyahu, who has not only presided over the building of new settlements in the West Bank, but sided with the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate on the issues. both religious and civil, tried to cripple liberal NGOs, engaged in racial demagoguery against Palestinians and made common cause with Republicans, including and especially Donald J. Trump.

The 26-year-old reportedly saw Republicans use a dogmatic pro-Israel stance as a political club, while the Democratic center of gravity on the subject, while still strongly pro-Israel, shifted to the left. Our 26-year-old has also seen the Israeli government explicitly embrace right-wing American evangelicals, who are staunch Zionists, while despising American Jews. Last May, Ron Dermer, Netanyahu’s longtime adviser and former Israeli ambassador to the United States, dismissed American Jews as “disproportionately among our detractors.”

Several academic studies over the past decade have researched Israel’s disengagement among young Jews. Instead, some have found passionate involvement, but on terms politically different from what the establishment might prefer. Dov Waxman, professor of Israel studies at UCLA, relied on data from Pew in a 2017 article that found that millennial Jews engage with Israel, even when they are young, so much than previous generations – they were simply more likely to question his actions and policies. . “In the past, the support was really unconditional, unequivocal,” Waxman told me. “Most American Jews today believe that it is quite possible to be pro-Israel and at the same time criticize many policies of the Israeli government, especially policies towards the Palestinians.

Isabelle’s freedman The Jewish Retreat Center is a bucolic kibbutz and summer camp located in the hills of northwest Connecticut, in a town aptly called Canaan. One August afternoon Leah Nussbaum, who signed the letter in the spring and is now in fifth and final year at the HUC New York campus, took a break from farming and met me on a gravel road. Nussbaum, who is 28, was one of 10 center farm fellows last summer. The comrades would wake up early each morning for prayer and meditation at 6 a.m., doing chores, taking agricultural and Judaism classes, and tending to the land throughout the day. They grew leeks, tangy blueberries, and juicy Sungold cherry tomatoes, all pollinated by the bees they kept. On Saturdays, they rested – although they still milked the goats, to ease the goats’ discomfort, and then gave the milk to neighbors who did not observe Shabbat. The ordinarily vegetarian Nussbaum had eaten a farm-raised chicken the night before I met them, after seeing the bird ritually killed kosher by a chochet. “There is a lot of intentionality,” Nussbaum said, “and it sounds Jewish – deliberately thinking about what you do.”

After weeding the potato plants and touring the center, which hosts holiday events and retreats for the Jewish institutional world, Nussbaum and I sat in Adirondack chairs in a tent and chatted for a while. Growing up, Nussbaum was settled in a welcoming Jewish community, a Boston-area Reformed congregation that was a refuge from the homophobia they experienced in public school, and supported their interest in interfaith work. HUC also agreed; in particular, Nussbaum praised his one-year program in Israel for exposing them to all kinds of Israelis and Palestinians.

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It’s the decade to cut emissions

As the sun rose in Glasgow, more than 20,000 people – delegates from individual nations, representatives of non-governmental organizations and activists – gathered in Scotland for the start of the United Nations climate conference. two weeks. Known as the Conference of the Parties or COP 26, it takes place from Monday November 1 to Friday November 12, 2021.

COP 26 will mainly focus on two things: (1) commitments on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and (2) financing and technology transfers from developed countries to developing countries, to help them cope with and adapt to climate change.

This year’s climate negotiations are important because, under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries must submit information to the UN detailing their plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although discussions on GHGs tend to focus on carbon dioxide (CO2), GHG emissions also include methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N20). The UN aggregates the commitments, called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and assesses the cumulative impact.

The Paris Agreement, which was adopted at COP 21 in Paris in 2015 and entered into force in 2016, stipulated that NDCs were to be reported every five years, with the intention of increasing commitments over time. time. The submission deadline was 2020, and 194 of 197 parties submitted their first NDCs.

The Paris Agreement also established a target to take action to limit the increase in average global temperature to well below 2.0 degrees Celsius and preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit), considered by many countries, especially countries in sub-Saharan Africa and low-lying islands. , be the limit. “1.5 to stay alive,” as the island nations say.

Unfortunately, the nations at the top have made little progress on these issues leading up to COP 26. According to the UN, the commitments made so far will not reduce emissions but will actually allow them to increase by 16%. The current commitments would result in a temperature increase of 2.7 degrees Celsius (4.9 degrees Fahrenheit).

Historically, developed countries (in the UN parlance), such as EU countries and the United States, are the biggest emitters. The EU initially pledged to reduce its GHG emissions by 40% by 2030 based on 1990 levels. In December 2020, it updated its pledges for a more ambitious 55% reduction. by 2030, based on 1990 levels. EU supply is in line with reduction targets recommended by most scientific bodies.

Overall, current commitments would reduce CO emissions2 emissions by only 7% by 2030. But the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program, for example, argues that GHGs must be reduced by 45% by 2030 based on 2010 levels, then reduced to net zero by 2050, in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) and d ” avoid irreversible climate change.

The United States has said it will reduce its GHG emissions by 50 to 52% by 2030—based on 2005 levels. While most countries use 1990 as a benchmark, the United States uses 2005, which means their commitments are actually lower. The current 50 to 52 percent of the United States appears to be close to the 55 percent of the EU, but is actually 13 to 14 percent under the 2005 baseline scenario. Accounting tricks will not solve the climate crisis. (Many states in the United States, such as California, Massachusetts, and Washington, use 1990 as a benchmark for emissions.)

Germany, on the other hand, has increased its cuts from 55% to 65% by 2030 based on 1990 levels. Yet although the amount appears large, to achieve this, Germany would have to phase out coal. by 2030, as will the major producing countries of China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Australia and Russia. UN Secretary General António Guterres has called for “no new coal by 2021”. And the president of the COP 26, Alok Sharma, demanded that the meeting of the UNO “entrust the coal to history”. The Powering Past Coal Alliance, a group of 137 countries, regions, cities and organizations working to accelerate the phase-out of coal-fired power plants, will do everything possible to ensure that COP 26 throws coal in the dustbin of history.

Developing countries, like China and India, have proposed cuts based on their economic growth. (Developing countries like China and India still remember historic inequalities in emissions production.) In 2020, China said it will aim to be net zero by 2060 and that its emissions would peak by 2035. Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend COP 26. In his stead, Chinese Climate Envoy Xie Zhenhua and Vice Minister Zhao Yingmin will lead the delegation and provide China’s commitment to the NDC.

In 2016, India proposed a reduction of 33 to 35 percent by 2030 based on 2005 levels and has yet to submit its 2020 NDC target. Indian Prime Minister Modi will attend COP 26.

Limiting methane emissions will also be discussed. Methane is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. In September, the US and the EU unveiled the Global Methane Pledge, which aims to reduce methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 based on 2020 levels. Already more than 35 countries have signed the Global Methane Pledge.

Ambitions have been lowered somewhat in recent weeks by the US President’s special climate envoy John Kerry. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be in attendance. That said, Biden and many other heads of state will be in attendance. COP 26 will be vital in putting pressure on world leaders to take action and reduce emissions.

AIn addition to emission reductions, finance is a key topic in the UN climate negotiations.

Developed countries have agreed to provide funding to developing countries to help them adapt to the impacts of the climate crisis, such as sea level rise and drought. One hundred billion dollars a year has been pledged to developing countries, a commitment that dates back to the 2009 climate conference in Copenhagen.

This amount is, however, much lower than the amounts claimed by negotiators from various groups of nations, such as the African Group, the Alliance of Small Island States, and the least developed countries and small island developing States, which have the least. contributed to and have already suffered the worst impacts of global warming. And since 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, developed countries have contributed less than $ 90 billion, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In 2018, the OECD, together with the UN and the World Bank released a report indicating that $ 6.9 trillion would be needed annually until 2020 to ensure the resilience of developing countries.

As key climate negotiators and NGOs discuss these issues in the negotiating rooms, activists will take to the streets throughout the week to advocate for climate justice. A wave of protests will take place during COP 26, possibly the largest in Scotland since those against the Iraq war in 2003. Yesterday, Extinction Rebellion’s Deep Water Rising actions highlighted how the burning of fossil fuels results in a sea ​​level rise. Friday, a march organized by young people, Fridays for Future, will take place. On Saturday, a Global Day of Action for Climate Justice will follow, with marches planned in Glasgow, London and around the world. And on Sunday, the People’s Summit for Climate Justice will launch a series of in-person and online workshops and events. This week, is also organizing a Global Week of Action. These actions in Glasgow and around the world will inspire COP 26 negotiators to set high ambitions and take action. Time is running out, because it is the decade to reduce emissions.

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Anita Anand Bets She Will Succeed Where A Lot Of Men Have Failed

In the weeks following the September 20 election, how many Liberal MPs, one wonders, got down on their knees at bedtime to offer this prayer to the Almighty:

“Dear Lord, I will do whatever you like, serve in any capacity you choose, but please, I beg you, don’t let him make me Minister of National Defense.”

Once a plum on the ministerial tree, classified in prestige with Finance and External Affairs (now foreign), Defense has experienced a miserable period. It has become Cabinet’s worst job, its major problems overtaking any cabinet minister trying to solve them. Defense is not only the crazy price when the Prime Minister shifts the portfolios, it is a landmine for any minister who dreams of one day being Prime Minister.

Last week, Justin Trudeau handed over the landmine to Anita Anand, a 54-year-old business lawyer from Oakville, who was first elected in 2019. She earned her “promotion” thanks to her performance in as Minister of Public Services and Supply. , in what capacity she was responsible for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines for Canada. She replaced Harjit Sajjan, who became the lightning rod of the opposition and moved on to international development.

Anand now faces the same assortment of issues that had frustrated Sajjan. The starting point is the absence of a clear mission or purpose for the Canadian Armed Forces, a mission that the men and women of the military, navy and air force can accept and be motivated to do. by, and that the public understands and supports.

For several decades after World War II, Canada was known for its international peacekeeping. Our “Blue Berets” have distinguished themselves for their service in Cyprus, Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, East Timor and Eritrea, among other global hot spots.

As the focus on peacekeeping operations fades, the Canadian Forces are asking themselves: is their primary objective to participate in relief missions in countries like Haiti, to support firefighters in British Columbia, patrolling Canada’s coasts and airlines, or cleaning up mess left in long-term care homes by incompetent managers and negligent provincial overseers?

Confusion or fragmentation of the mission is reflected in military procurement programs which are infamous for poor planning, stupid decision-making, endless delays, and huge cost overruns. Why, for heaven’s sake, did the Defense Department buy four rusty and obsolete diesel submarines from Britain? Destined for the scrapyard of the Royal Navy, they were of no use in Canada on the rare occasions when they were actually seaworthy.

The department paid $ 750 million for the four submarines. As one British MP exclaimed at the time, “Why were Canadians dumb enough to buy them?” … It’s either incompetence on the part of Canadians or simple MOD (Defense Department) salesmen here in Britain.

Then there is the saga of the “new” fighter planes. New, perhaps, in 1997, when the Liberal Chrétien government began the process of purchasing F-35 Lightning II “stealth” fighters from Lockheed Martin, based in the United States. Still fairly new in 2010 when the Harper Conservative government ordered 65 of the controversial F-35s. Not new in 2021 when after 24 years of review, reassessment and re-examination by three administrations, one cancellation and now a reopened competition – with no final decision yet in sight.

Not the least and most immediate, Anand should deal with firmness and determination with the issue that has stuck his nine immediate predecessors (all male) since 1998, when the issue first surfaced – sexual misconduct seen in all. army ranks. Somehow, it must address the pervasive culture of boys who will be boys and establish a credible and effective procedure for handling complaints and administering discipline, a procedure that all stakeholders can agree to. .

Trudeau is betting that a strong, capable woman can succeed where male ministers have failed. Anand is betting that the potential career reward is worth the risk she takes.

Cambridge resident Geoffrey Stevens is an author and former Ottawa columnist and editor of The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s. Her new book, “Flore! A Woman in a Men’s World, ”co-authored with the late Flora MacDonald, has just been released. His column appears on Mondays. He accepts comments at [email protected]

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Neo-Nazis sentenced to 9 years in prison for fomenting civil war

  • A Canadian neo-Nazi worked to recruit people for a white supremacist group called The Base in 2019.
  • Patrik Mathews and US Army veteran Brian Lemley Jr. were sentenced to 9 years in prison on Thursday.
  • Mathews and Lemley were arrested in January 2020 for conspiring to attack the Virginia State Capitol.

A Canadian neo-Nazi was one of two people sentenced to nine years in prison each for instigating civil war in the United States, the Associated press reported.

Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews and U.S. Army veteran Brian Lemley Jr. were sentenced Thursday.

NBC News reported that FBI agents arrested Mathews, Lemley and William Bilbrough, members of a neo-Nazi fringe group called The Base, days before a pro-gun rally in January 2020 in Virginia.

The FBI said at the time that they were under surveillance for months, NBC reported.

Surveillance equipment that was installed in their Delaware apartment recorded Mathews and Lemley discussing an attack on the Virginia State Capitol, the AP reported.

Mathews entered the United States without proper documents and was one of The Base’s top recruiters, The New York Times reported. He was fired from the Canadian military after learning he had ties to white supremacists.

According to Counter-extremism project, an organization that tracks far-right extremists, The Base strives to train its members to fight in a racial war and also encourages “the emergence of anarchy so that it can then impose order. chaos “.

Lemley has been charged with transporting and harboring aliens and conspiring to do so, among other charges. Mathews was charged with being an alien in possession of a gun and ammunition. They have both been charged with carrying a firearm to commit a crime.

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang decided to apply “terrorism enhancement” to Mathews and Lemeley’s charges to increase their jail sentence recommendation after finding that they planned to engage in terrorist activity, reported the ‘AP. Chuang said the recorded discussions were not just discussions among friends, but showed the accused’s willingness to kill people and attack the United States.

Law and criminality reported that lawyers for Mathews and Lemley requested a 33-month sentence, but prosecutors requested a 25-year sentence.

In a court file, attorneys for Mathews said recorded conversations only showed the two made “generally fleeting references to imaginary scenarios without any serious exploration of particular targets or planning operations,” the AP reported. .

Prosecutors called Mathews and Lemely “national terrorists,” the AP reported.

“In the hope of a civil war that would decimate racial and ethnic minorities and subjugate women, the defendants joined forces with each other and with others, studied violence, tested their weapon skills, stored ammunition and supplies, and planned to kill on a large scale in pursuit of their objectives, ”prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum in September, Law and Crime reported.

The AP reported that Mathews told the judge he regretted befriending “the wrong people”.

“I got involved with people who were extreme, very extreme and hateful to the point of acting,” he told the judge.

Lemely also told the judge he regretted his actions, the AP reported.

“The things I have said are horrible and do not reflect who I really am or who my family raised me to be,” Lemely said, according to the AP. “Murder has never been in my heart. Only foolish dreams of glory and bravery of war.”

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US and Indian soldiers met for simulated UN mission, counter-drone and high altitude training

The U.S. Army’s bilateral exercise in Alaska with the Indian Army, dubbed Yudh Abhyas, ended Friday after two weeks of cold-weather warfare training and a mock United Nations mission centered around a country torn between rival factions.

Approximately 350 Indian soldiers from the 7th Battalion of the Madras Regiment participated in the exercise alongside American paratroopers based in Alaska. Indian forces may have primarily originated in southern India, but they are working in the Himalayas, where Indian and Chinese forces have battled over border disputes in recent months.

“There are no mountains higher or farther than the Himalayas, and that kind of subject matter expertise will make our paratroopers much more capable in arctic warfare,” said Col. US Army Jody Shouse on Indian soldiers and the skills they brought to the exercise.

Shouse commands the 4th Infantry Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, which worked with Indian forces this year. The Indian unit – nicknamed “Shandaar Saath”, meaning “The Magnificent Seven” – was led by Indian Army Brigadier Parag Nangare.

The two commanders responded to questions posed by Army Times about the exercise, which took place October 15-29.

Yudh Abhyas has sought to improve interoperability between Indian and American soldiers to help them work better together in future contingencies across the Indo-Pacific region, according to the military.

The exercise has shown the two armies that they are “much stronger and more effective together,” Shouse said.

“Likewise,” Nangare noted. “We learned about the different technologies used by the US military in its combat deployments, in particular the exercises and equipment of counter improvised explosive devices and unmanned aerial counter systems. “

“When they are mixed, [this] allowed us to overcome problems that might otherwise seem overwhelming, ”added Shouse.

According to the two commanders, the exercise had two main components: field training and command post training.

Fieldwork was kinetic, with the culminating event being the capture of tactical objectives and the capture of a high-value target.

Field training also involved developing cold weather and high altitude skills in mountaineering and snow survival, medical evacuations and small arms shooting.

“There are certain particular conditions which are specific to high altitudes, in particular those which affect people and materials”, Nangare noted. “Firearms and other equipment face many maintenance issues. Range calibration is a challenge and vehicles also face issues both during operations and repairs. “

The command post training was based on a simulated United Nations mission in a country torn between rival factions. He introduced soldiers to the challenges of protecting civilian infrastructure and limiting the use of force to comply with UN mandates.

“Our staffs have focused on the human element,” said Shouse. “[They] focused on supporting local governments and community leaders in building these relationships and securing the area to enable aid organizations to deliver aid where it was needed.

The two leaders said they felt the exercise was a success, with soldiers from both armies learning important lessons from each other that they hope to bring back to the table next year.

US troops will travel to India for the next iteration of the exercise, Shouse said, noting that while the scope of training may change from year to year, the relationship between the two armies will continue to develop.

“The ongoing defense cooperation between India and the United States is strong and is getting stronger every day and every year,” Nangare said. “I am sure that in the future we will continue our strong partnership. “

“We [will] aim to return the warmth and hospitality that we experienced here in Alaska, ”added Nangare.

COVID-19 mitigation efforts were made throughout the event, including testing, social distancing, mask warrants, monitoring of medical personnel in the field, and disinfection of all areas used, military officials said.

Rachel is a Marine Corps veteran, Penn State alumnus, and a New York University master’s degree candidate for business and economics reports.

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Big names have their headquarters in the Bluegrass

By Lorie Hailey

Kevin Bazner is CEO of A&W Restaurants. Its head office is located on the Coldstream Research Campus in Lexington.

(KY. CENTRAL MARKET REVIEW) – Central Kentucky has a highly skilled workforce, a culture of innovation, and the infrastructure to support entrepreneurs and established businesses. Located at the crossroads of highways 75 and 64, the region is less than a day’s drive from two-thirds of the country’s population. Combined with the allure of horses and bourbon, it’s no wonder that the region is home to over 70 corporate headquarters from various industries that are essential to the country and the global business climate.

Here is an overview of some of the companies headquartered here:

A&W Restaurants

A&W Restaurants has more than 900 locations in the United States and Asia. The 102-year-old company has been headquartered in Lexington since it was acquired by its franchise associations 10 years ago. A&W has offices and a test kitchen located on the UK’s Coldstream research campus, and also operates three prototype restaurants in central Kentucky.

The pandemic has caused a major disruption in the restaurant industry, but A&W has seen great success in 2020, said Kevin Bazner, CEO of the company. In 2020, A&W saw a comparative increase in sales of 9% and its autonomous drive-thru model saw a 14% increase. A&W has also experienced nine consecutive years of positive growth, including near double-digit comparative sales growth over the past two years.

A&W continues to grow. In the first quarter of 2021, the company signed development agreements with two new operators and three current franchise partners engaged in additional locations. Its sales in the first quarter were up 22% from 2020, when comp sales increased by more than 20% from the first quarter of 2019.

About 400 people are employed at the headquarters of luxury mattress manufacturer Tempur Sealy International in Lexington.

Tempur Sealy

Tempur Sealy is also located in Coldstream. The company designs and manufactures premium bedding products, including the Tempur-Pedic and Sealy brands, which have been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 of the top-selling mattress brands in the United States, according to the listing. of Furniture Today’s Top 20 American Bedding Producers. .

In August 2021, Tempur Sealy completed the acquisition of Dreams, the UK’s leading specialist bed retailer. The acquisition of Dreams is expected to nearly double Tempur Sealy’s sales through its international segment and increase the company’s annualized global sales through its direct channel to over $ 1 billion.

Tempur Sealy has added four manufacturing plants in North America in the past year. Its fourth plant, announced in June 2021, will be a state-of-the-art plant in Crawfordsville, Indiana, slated to be the largest Tempur Sealy plant in the world.

Thoroughbred aeronautical maintenance

Thoroughbred aeronautical maintenance opened its new headquarters at Lexington Blue Grass Airport in August 2021. The new location consolidates TAM’s existing presence at the airport, where it has operated since 2018, when it acquired Mustang Aviation. TAM maintains and services all inbound and outbound commercial flights to Lexington, currently employing 18 people. Company executives expect the new operation to add 10 positions over the next 12 months, with an employment target of 65 full-time staff within three years. Jobs created by this project include aircraft technicians, sheet metal specialists, avionics and administrative positions. TAM recently partnered with Bluegrass Community and Technical College to capitalize on its apprenticeship program and create a local talent pool.

TAM has additional locations in Richmond and the Big Sandy Regional Airport in Martin County, which opened in 2017. TAM also has a facility at the Huntington Tri-State Airport in West Virginia and facilities on duty in Danville and Somerset.

Founded in 1988 as Thoroughbred Helicopters, TAM has grown to include aircraft maintenance, from small Cessna planes to business jets, and helicopter helicopters to an Airbus AS365 N3 medium utility helicopter. TAM provides installation, repair and inspection of avionics, aircraft painting, interiors, airframe repair and other services for government aircraft and law enforcement agencies , as well as for corporate and private aircraft.

In 2017, TAM was awarded two five-year contracts with the US Department of Agriculture to modernize and maintain two Airbus H120 utility helicopters, as well as contracts with many other federal, state and local government agencies in Kentucky and surrounding states. .


Lexmark celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021. The global imaging solutions company was formed from part of IBM’s operations in 1991 and today employs more than 1,600 people at its Lexington headquarters.

Gray Construction is a global company specializing in engineering, design, construction, smart manufacturing and equipment manufacturing.

Lexmark started out as a printing company and has evolved over the years to meet the needs of the industry. It now provides a full suite of cloud-based services to provide remote service management, print job management, document accounting and scan management functionality to ensure users are always able print and scan documents.

The company was recognized in 2021 by industry analysts as a global leader in print security.

“The adoption of cloud-based technologies and solutions continues to increase, with many CIOs taking a cloud-first approach,” said Brock Saladin, senior vice president and chief commercial officer of Lexmark. “The pandemic has accelerated this trend as cloud-based solutions provide an efficient, secure and cost-effective way to connect remote and hybrid workforce in post-pandemic business environments. “


Rubicon, a software platform that provides intelligent waste management and recycling solutions to businesses and governments around the world, opened its global headquarters in downtown Lexington in the summer of 2021. The location expands the company’s existing footprint in the state and joins the company’s other board of directors. in New York City, which remained in business throughout the last year as the majority of Rubicon’s workforce shifted to remote operations, a significant portion of which continues to be based in the region Metro Atlanta.

The Kentucky-based company helps customers run their businesses more efficiently by streamlining their waste management and recycling operations, and contributes to the growth of its major carrier partners, many of whom are small family businesses. By using technology to drive environmental innovation, Rubicon is helping transform businesses into more sustainable businesses and neighborhoods into greener, smarter places to live and work.

Rubicon officials said the company is positioning itself through its headquarters to expand its central role as a driver of economic opportunity in the state. Rubicon also intends to support research and manufacturing opportunities related to waste.

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Nicholasville, Ky., Alltech is a leading global biotechnology company with a mission to improve the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural nutrition and scientific innovation.


Irish biochemist Pearse Lyons saw an opportunity to apply his yeast fermentation expertise to the challenges of animal nutrition, and his dream came true when he founded Alltech in 1980 with just $ 10,000. The company, headquartered in Nicholasville, now has a team of more than 6,000 people around the world who share this vision to support and nourish the world’s plants, animals and humans. The company is now run by Mark Lyons, son of the late scientist.

Alltech strives to improve the quality of plants, feed and food through nutrition and scientific innovation, especially yeast technology. His team is committed to helping plants and animals reach their full potential while supporting growers through increased efficiency, profitability and sustainability.

In March 2021, Alltech launched a subsidiary called Acutia which focuses on human health. Alltech applies its 40 years of scientific innovation and nutrition experience to produce high-quality supplements that improve daily nutrition and improve long-term well-being.

“Acutia is a natural extension of our activity, allowing us to directly support people in their quest for better well-being. At a time when we are all deeply aware of the importance of our health, this launch is particularly significant, ”said Mark Lyons.

Some of the other companies headquartered in central Kentucky include:

  • The Allen Co., road construction and paving
  • Alliance Coal, coal mining services
  • Appalachian regional health, hospital system
  • Lubricants, automotive oils and chemicals Apollo
  • ArchVision, software development
  • Asphalt Institute, professional association of petroleum asphalt
  • Burkmann Industries, animal feed
  • Columbia Gas Kentucky, natural gas distribution
  • Corrisoft, electronic surveillance software
  • CSI Group, Consulting Services and Automation
  • Delta Natural Gas, natural gas
  • East Kentucky Power Cooperative, power generation
  • Fazoli’s Restaurant Group, catering franchise
  • Florida Tile, manufacture and distribution of porcelain / ceramic tiles
  • Friesian Horse Association of North America, equine association
  • Frogdice, video game creator
  • Wales, public safety equipment and uniforms
  • General Rubber and Plastics Co., industrial distribution
  • Global information systems, software development to track pipelines
  • Gray Construction, a design-build company
  • Heartland Automation, mobile robots and custom automation equipment
  • Innovative mattress solutions, mattress retailer
  • Intech Contracting, painting and repair of bridges
  • Kinetic Technologies, Equine and Companion Animal Health
  • Minova USA, mine roof stabilization
  • MosquitoMate, Mosquito control and prevention R&D
  • Mountain Enterprises, highway construction and paving
  • Nally & Gibson, asphalt and paving materials
  • Phoenix Transportation Services, Trucking
  • Rhino Resource Partners, coal
  • RJ Corman rail group, rail services
  • Self Refind, drug treatment clinics
  • SIS Holding Co., provider of technological solutions
  • United States Dressage Federation, non-profit equine association
  • The pony clubs of the United States, equine club
  • Valvoline, lubricants and automotive services
  • Vasco Ltd., logistics supply chain service
  • The Walker Co., road contractor, asphalt producer
  • Xact Communications, telecommunications
  • The Zenith Co., restaurateur

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US tech company NetApp to open global headquarters in Cork

US tech company NetApp will open its international headquarters in Cork, employing up to 500 people by 2025.

Recruitment will begin immediately and will take place in phases, with the company adding roles of engineers, business operations and finance.

The company, which employs 11,000 people worldwide, provides its customers with hybrid cloud data and data management services. It is looking to expand its operations internationally, a strategy the Irish office will help support. The exact location of the office is still under discussion, with a shortlist of five locations.

NetApp is headquartered in California, United States, with a network of offices around the world, including Australia, Russia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Germany. The Cork-based international headquarters will be responsible for supporting the growth of the business outside of the United States.

Business growth

“There are two major trends in the market, the cloud and digital transformation. NetApp’s strategy is to continue to grow our business and expand our international presence, as well as expand engineering talent, ”said Marc Montiel, NetApp’s vice president of business for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“For this reason, we have decided to establish our international headquarters in Ireland. We went through a long process to find the best location. When we looked at the different ecosystems we thought Ireland was the best for us.

Attractive factors were the level of graduates in the Irish labor market, as well as the presence of companies in the NetApp ecosystem in Ireland. Google, Microsoft, and Intel have all settled here, along with most of the top 10 software companies, some of which work with NetApp.

The company continued to strengthen its activities, even as the Covid-19 pandemic continued. This is due to the trend of digital transformation which has accelerated as businesses have been forced to find new ways to keep their businesses operational during the restrictive measures to try to slow the spread of the virus.

“We have benefited from the acceleration of the digital transformation that we have experienced during the recovery. For NetApp, this was an opportunity to show our customers that we can help them accelerate the transformation, ”said Mr. Montiel.

“Before Covid, some companies told us that it would take them years to go through this digital transformation, but because of Covid, they had to step up.

“If you look at NetApp over the last three or four quarters, we’ve had some really good numbers, very strong numbers. “

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Former Canadian Forces reservist Patrik Mathews sentenced to 9 years in prison

Patrik Mathews, the former Canadian Armed Forces reservist at the center of a violent plot to start a racial war in Virginia, was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by three years on probation.

Mathews, 28, of Beausejour, Man., Had previously pleaded guilty to weapons charges related to his role in a white supremacist plan to disrupt a gun rights rally in January 2020.

U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang handed down the sentence in a Maryland courtroom Thursday.

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Mathews came to his defense, claiming he had fallen into a bad crowd and expressing some measure of remorse – but he did not apologize, which the judge took note of.

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Chuang called it “irritating” for someone from another country to come to the United States thinking it is a place on the verge of collapse and that they could speed up this process.

The judge said the United States is teeming with law-abiding patriots and is not about to crumble, as some might think.

Chuang earlier this week accepted the prosecution’s request for “better terrorism,” which would have allowed a sentence of up to 25 years behind bars.

Prosecutors had argued that Mathews’ crimes were serious, but his motives were even more so.

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Former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews expected to be 25, US prosecutors say

Former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews expected to be 25, US prosecutors say

Since the arrest of Mathews and his co-accused, US Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr., in January 2020, the court has heard ample evidence that the couple spoke in harsh terms about the deaths of federal officials, the derailment of trains and the poisoning of the water supply as part of a violent and disruptive ploy to exploit political and social tensions and start a race war in the United States.

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At the center of the plot was a massive rally of gun rights activists in the state capital of Richmond, Va., Where the two – both members of the white supremacist group The Base – relied on clashes between police and tens of thousands of heavily armed protesters angry at the proposed gun control measures.

The two men pleaded guilty in June to charges of illegally transporting a firearm and obstructing justice. A third co-accused, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, pleaded guilty in December to helping Mathews enter the United States illegally. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Earlier this week, their lawyers did their best to dismiss the scheme, which they said was filled with hate and disturbing, as nothing more than the gossip and boast of a pair of deeply troubled and alienated young men. with twisted beliefs and an affinity for guns.

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However, Chuang said in a hearing Tuesday that their conversations, texting, and planning – much of it captured through FBI wiretaps, so-called spy warrants, and use undercover agents – understood more than just the “distant wishes, hopes and fantasies” of a pair of “wide-eyed neophytes.”

Rather, they were “specific, serious and calculating in the actions they intended to carry out,” the judge said.

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Mathews’ father Glen read a brief statement in open court today in which he described his son as a troubled soul with a good heart.

The father said his son had autism and had always been bullied, and at some point he took a wrong turn.

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Canadian reservist investigated for allegedly encouraging hate group – August 20, 2019

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Do you think giving attracts wealth? A lot of millionaires do. Here’s how to make it work for you

You are reading Entrepreneur United States, an international Entrepreneur Media franchise. This story originally appeared on MarketBeat

To some people, the idea that giving money attracts wealth seems like a lot of hokum, but others strongly believe that living a life of abundance can make you a millionaire.

Contributor – MarketBeat

When you give back, the argument is that this type of abundant act is flowing back to you. Not only do you feel great, but you also earn money with your freebies. In fact, wealth givers often say that before you can receive wealth in the first place, you must first learn how to sow goodness by giving.

It’s a hot topic ahead of Giving Tuesday on November 30. According to Giving Tuesday, Inc., the nonprofit behind the famous hashtag #GivingTuesday, 34.8 million Americans donated $ 2.47 billion to Giving Tuesday on December 1.

Let’s go over this seemingly incongruous concept: how to give your money away make you more money? We will find out.

Reasons Why Giving Your Money Attracts Wealth

Let’s take a look at the (admittedly unscientific) reasons why giving away money increases your prospects for wealth.

Reason 1: You adopt the principle of abundance against the principle of scarcity.

Scarcity vs. abundance means you stop seeing the world as a kid hoarding their Halloween candy. Instead of stuffing Halloween candy in every nook and cranny of your closet or believing that you’ll only get so much money before your allowance runs out (a la Mr. Scrooge), an abundance mindset takes on an abundance mentality. different approach – that there is a lot for Everyone.

Holding on to your money emphasizes the scarcity mentality, and wealth experts say it will hamper your ability to attract money.

Reason 2: It focuses your attention on what you want.

When you focus on attracting wealth, it can happen to you because you are creating momentum behind those thoughts. A negative mindset (like focusing on not having enough) can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead of focusing on the fact that you weren’t able to purchase the “extra” things you want, figure out how you will donate to charity once you have the money.

How to give and attract wealth

Now what? Easy – you pick a charity, figure out how much you will give, figure out how you plan to give, and increase your percentage each year.

Step 1: Choose a charity.

Do you want to increase the tithe in your church? Give to your alma mater? Allocate funds to eradicate childhood cancer? Whichever recipient you choose, identify them and make a commitment to them – or multiple charities, if you prefer.

You can use Charity Navigator to help you determine the right organizations. The site assigns trust metrics to nonprofits so you know which charities are accountable and transparent. Charity Navigator does not charge the organizations it evaluates so that it can keep its marks objective.

Step 2: Determine how much you will give.

You may want to choose a small amount to start with so you can donate larger amounts later. (Many wealth experts suggest working up to 10% of your income.)

Let’s say you earn $ 100,000 per year. You may want to start giving 1% of your salary, or $ 1,000 per year – just $ 20 per week.

You may find it easier to get into the habit of giving early in your career (or before you earn millions) and keep giving a higher percentage as you earn more.

Of course, the mindset is that the more you give the more you will receive, but that doesn’t mean that you are pushing your limits or giving so much that you have to leave your home.

Step 3: Determine how you plan to donate.

Next, determine how you plan to give – through regular donations or a lump sum throughout the year. Some organizations run campaigns throughout the year and some companies often offer a matching donation option.

You can also save all your effort for Giving Tuesday, donate through a donor advised fund, start a private or family foundation, join a donor circle, or donate items you own, like a car or clothes. Let’s take a look at some of these definitions:

  • Fund advised by donors: Donor-advised funds, also known as charitable giving accounts, offer less expensive and more easily accessible options than using a private foundation. The sponsoring institution manages your money once you have invested it.
  • Private or family foundation: Private or family foundations look like what they are: foundations that allow you to donate money based on your goals and preferences. The IRS imposes rules on private foundations, including how much you must donate each year. It is important to involve an attorney and an accountant in order to achieve the foundation’s goals and meet all IRS requirements.
  • Donation circle: Giving circles can involve community gatherings that come together to offer donations to specific charities or groups. Giving circles don’t just exist in your local community – you can find them state or nationwide.

Step 4: Increase your donation percentage each year.

Last year’s Giving Tuesday donations were 29% higher than in 2019, despite the pandemic, according to Giving Tuesday.

Just like increasing your retirement savings percentage, why not do the same for your philanthropic efforts? Increase your donations to the percentage that suits you best.

Step 5: What now? Watch my bank account grow?

Winston Churchill said (roughly paraphrased): “We earn our living with what we earn, but we earn our living with what we give.” (He also said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going,” also great advice.)

If this seems like the least “safe” way to embrace wealth, you are right. It’s not like putting X amount on the market and expecting a 10% return after 30 years of compounding. However, experiments have shown that people often take higher (read: higher paid) leadership positions after their known charitable acts.

Giving Attracts Wealth – Try it!

If someone else needs your money more, don’t hang on to it, give it away. Give and you will receive: just a month before #Giving Tuesday is a great reminder.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself richer because of it – in more ways than one.

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History: first non-sexist passport with “X” issued by the United States

DENVER – The United States issued its first passport with a gender designation “X”, marking an important milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who do not identify as male or female, and hopes to be able to offer the option more widely thereafter year, the State Department said Wednesday.

The department did not identify the recipient of the passport, but Dana Zzyym, an intersex activist from Fort Collins, Colorado, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that they received it. Since 2015, Zzyym, who prefers a gender-neutral pronoun, has been waging a legal battle with the State Department to obtain a passport that did not require Zzyym to lie about gender by choosing a man or a woman.

Zzyym (pronounced Zimm) picked up the UPS package with the passport after receiving an early morning text and phone call from their lawyer, Paul Castillo of Lambda Legal, stating that it had arrived. Zzyym had stayed up late to celebrate Intersex Awareness Day with two visiting activists.

While Zzyym, 63, said it was exciting to finally get the passport, the goal was to help the next generation of intersex people be recognized as full citizens with rights, rather than to travel the world, Zzyym said.

“I am not a problem. I am a human being. That’s the goal, ”said Zzyym, who has a tattoo on his arm that says,“ Never give up, ”a reminder of goals in life.

Zzyym was born with ambiguous physical sex characteristics, but was raised as a boy and underwent several surgeries that failed to make Zzyym appear fully masculine, according to court records. Zzyym served in the Navy as a male, but later identified as intersex while working and studying at Colorado State University. The State Department’s denial of Zzyym’s passport prevented Zzyym from attending two meetings of the Intersex International Organization.

Zzyym would love the chance to go to another advocacy conference once they resume after the pandemic or maybe go sea fishing in Costa Rica but, being on a fixed income, says a road trip to the Canada for fishing might be more feasible.

Advocates, who praised Zzyym’s work, said the US decision to join more than a dozen countries that allow a third-sex option would allow people to travel like themselves and possibly keep them safe.

“Intersex, non-binary and transgender people need identity documents that accurately reflect who we are, and having incompatible documents can create security and visibility issues,” said Mary Emily O ‘ GLAAD’s Hara, the tallest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in the world. and queer media organization (LGBTQ),

U.S. Special Diplomatic Envoy for LGBTQ Rights Jessica Stern said the ruling brings government documents into line with the “lived reality” that there is a wider range of human sexual characteristics than there is. the two previous designations reflect it.

“When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with more dignity and respect,” Stern said.

The State Department said in June it was preparing to add a third gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-compliant people, but that would take time due to necessary updates to its systems. computer science. In addition, a ministry official said the passport application and updating the system with the designation option “X” is still awaiting approval from the Office of Management and Budget, which approves all government forms. .

The department now allows applicants to choose their gender as male or female themselves, no longer requiring them to provide medical certification if their gender does not match that stated on their other identification documents.

Stern said his office plans to talk about the American experience with changing its interactions around the world and hopes that may help inspire other governments to offer the option.

“We see this as a way to assert and elevate the human rights of trans and intersex and gender nonconforming and nonbinary people everywhere,” she said.


PA diplomatic writer Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.

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Canada must ‘keep its promise’ to save remaining Afghans, say veterans – National

Veterans call on the government to rescue more Afghans who have helped the Canadian military as thousands remain stranded in the Taliban-ruled country.

To date, Canadian military veterans have successfully extracted nearly 300 Afghans, but they have said more than 10,000 remain in limbo.

The slowness of the government and the personal accounts of those who remain in Kabul have left veterans like the Canadian Major-General retired. David Fraser feels disappointed.

“I am disappointed with the lack of speed in getting people out of Afghanistan safely,” said Fraser, a former commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan.

“We need to know what the plan is to get these people out of the country. “

Global News reporters visited three shelters in Kabul last week, which house Afghans who have helped Canada since August. There, reporters overheard former employees of the Canadian military during its operation in Kandahar. Residents described their flight to the capital in August after learning the government would resettle them.

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But as the Taliban seized the country on August 15, Western countries rushed to rescue at-risk Afghans and their own citizens before the United States fully withdrawn from the region on August 31.

Canada ended its special military operation on August 26 and successfully pulled 3,700 people out of the country in just under two weeks. But thousands have been left behind. The advice for those who stayed was to “stay put” while officials explored other options.

The government continued to force Canadians and others out of the country on Allied flights prior to the US withdrawal, but evacuation efforts have since slowed. Qatar managed to get some out of the country on flights after the United States withdrew.

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Fears for the future of women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan – October 15, 2021

With the resettlement process delayed and the threat of a humanitarian crisis, the Canadian nonprofit that runs the shelters, which house around 1,700 people, said it was short of money and should start closing shelters on November 5. .

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“These people are in this situation because they have supported Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, directly or indirectly to create a free and just society,” said Veteran Corey Shelson, an advocate for the evacuation of stranded Afghans.

“It is our responsibility to keep the promise we made to these people to bring them to Canada and give them the life we ​​all take for granted every day.”

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Sean Fraser, Canada’s new immigration minister, told reporters on Wednesday he would meet with his department to review details about how shelters work in Afghanistan, but his plan was to get as many people out as possible. as quickly as possible.

“If that means working with the groups that are on the ground today that put people in safe houses and bring them to transit points and get them out of Afghanistan, this is something I strongly support. interested in working with them, “he said.

“I’m looking forward to getting a little more information this afternoon so we can start to put the wheels in motion and put a plan in place to make it really happen.”

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Regarding this plan, Major-General. Fraser believes the government should explore ways to increase flight operations with international partners.

Afghanistan, being a landlocked country with mountainous regions, is a difficult country to get refugees out by land. Fraser said there were not only Taliban checkpoints but bandits patrolling some areas as well.

The country has several airports, for example in Kabul, Herat and Kandahar, which can be used as ports to exit refugees.

“Let’s avoid the humanitarian crisis by creating air options, even charters, to get them out and the international community can probably work together to do it more effectively,” Fraser said.

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What’s the next step for Afghan women?

What’s the next step for Afghan women? – October 9, 2021

Retired Canadian Major-General Denis Thompson, former commander of NATO Task Force Kandahar, told Global News that Canada may consider diplomatic missions to neighboring countries, in order to strike deals to relocate massively Afghans by air to their regions.

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Once the Afghans are safe, they can then be transferred to Canada.

“No one in the Canadian Armed Forces is going to fly in a hostile country, and no one is asking them to do so,” he said. “The best way to facilitate an airlift is to use contract air. “

Thompson noted that officials may have no choice but to speak to the Taliban.

“We do not recognize them, we are negotiating the safe departure of those who have supported Canada,” he said.

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As of Oct. 21, Canada had received 13,545 applications under its special immigration program for Afghans who assisted Canada, and had processed 9,460, according to the government site.

So far, 3,125 refugees have arrived in the country and 2,575 have settled in a community after the quarantine. Canada has increased its commitments to bring in 40,000 Afghans.

Taliban members and officials assured Global News in interviews that they would not retaliate against Afghans who worked for Canadian and international forces during the 20 years of conflict.

But many in Kabul remain skeptical as the Taliban continue to present to the world that this is a more moderate force.

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The United Nations said the Taliban had broken promises to let women continue their education and work, while the group’s foreign minister said they could not be expected to make any changes. overnight.

With that in mind, Major-General Fraser and Thompson said the government must act quickly to rescue more Afghans who have helped Canada.

“The big problem here is that there are still over 10,000 Afghans in Afghanistan. They are eligible for a program announced by the government, we have raised their expectations and we just have to act on it, ”said Thompson.

“It’s going to require a plan that the government organizes and shares in a transparent way with non-government groups who, quite frankly, have the same interest and don’t want to compromise any form of operational security. “

– With files from Stewart Bell, Jeff Semple and The Canadian Press

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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Rare details as homicide reported at the headquarters of famous bicycle maker NJ – NBC New York

New Jersey prosecutors confirm they are investigating a homicide Wednesday at an address linked to a prominent bicycle maker, although few details were given.

In a statement just before noon, Bergen County prosecutors said members of their Major Crime Unit and the Northvale Police Department responded to a Ludlow Avenue address around 8:30 a.m. after receiving a report that said someone had been found dead there.

Officers searched the building to ensure there was no continuing threat to the community, prosecutors said, and took a suspect into custody. No other person would have been involved. No details about the suspect or the victim were provided.

The address to which authorities on Ludlow Avenue responded is linked to Jamis Bicycles, an international bicycle manufacturer and distributor that sells to retailers in dozens of countries and hundreds of locations across the United States, many of which are local.

The prices of his bikes range from around $ 2,000 to $ 500. The company launched its first bike in 1979 and “has since built an unrivaled brand reputation for performance, value and style,” according to its website.

His bikes have since been used by professional athletes in international and US racing championships, among other high profile events.

Additional details on the case are expected to be released by investigators later Wednesday.

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Merck to share its Covid pill formula with poor countries

Merck has granted a royalty-free license for its promising Covid-19 pill to a United Nations-backed nonprofit in a deal that would allow the drug to be manufactured and sold cheaply in countries the poorest, where coronavirus vaccines are extremely short. supply.

The deal with the Medicines Patent Pool, an organization that works to make medical treatments and technologies accessible globally, will allow companies in 105 countries, mostly in Africa and Asia, to sublicense the formulation of the antiviral pill, called molnupiravir, and start making it. .

Merck reported this month that the drug had halved the rate of hospitalizations and deaths among patients at high risk of Covid in a large clinical trial. Rich countries, including the United States, have rushed to negotiate deals to buy the drug, locking up much of the supply even before it was approved by regulators and raising concerns that countries poor people are deprived of access to medicine, much as they have been to vaccines.

Treatment access advocates hailed the new deal, which was announced Wednesday morning, calling it an unusual step for a major Western pharmaceutical company.

“The Merck license is very good and meaningful protection for people living in countries where more than half of the world’s population lives,” said James Love, who heads Knowledge Ecology International, a non-profit research organization. “It will make a difference. “

Charles Gore, Director of the Medicines Patent Pool, said: “This is the first transparent public health license for a Covid drug, and very important, it is for something that could be used outside of hospitals, and which is potentially going to be very cheap. “

“This will hopefully make things a lot easier by preventing people from going to hospitals and preventing people from dying in low- and middle-income countries,” he said.

Mr Gore said more than 50 companies, from all parts of the developing world, have already approached the organization for a sublicense.

The deal with Merck, Gore said, is also a critically important precedent. “Hopefully this will trigger a landslide of people coming into the Medicines Patent Pool, wanting to license, because there is no doubt that access has been the problem,” he said. “From a scientific standpoint, the industry has done a really brilliant job – first providing the vaccines, and now providing the treatments. But the access side dropped everything. “

Pfizer also has a Covid antiviral pill in late stage trials, and Mr Gore said the company is in talks with the patent pool as well.

Molnupiravir was developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics of Miami, based on a molecule first studied at Emory University in Atlanta. All three organizations are parties to this agreement, which will not require any fees from any sublicensing company.

Merck has submitted its clinical trial data to the Food and Drug Administration to apply for emergency use authorization; a decision could be made in early December. Regulators in other countries that produce a version of molnupiravir will need to evaluate it. Some drugmakers will likely seek World Health Organization prequalification for their versions, so they can bypass regulatory steps country by country.

Stephen Saad, managing director of Aspen Pharmacare in South Africa, said his company plans to apply for a license to make molnupiravir and distribute it across Africa. He said he believed Aspen could make the drug for around $ 20 per course. The US government has an agreement to purchase 1.7 million courses of the drug, pending FDA clearance, an agreement that fixes the price at $ 712 per course.

Mr Gore said some in the field told him that a generic version of molnupiravir could be produced cost-effectively for as little as $ 8 per course.

As part of the licensing deal, Merck would continue to produce and sell the drug in wealthy countries and many middle-income countries at significantly higher prices.

Merck had already taken the initiative to allow eight major Indian drugmakers to produce generic versions of molnupiravir, pending clearance. But the company feared that production in a single region would not be sufficient to ensure rapid access to the drug in developing countries, said Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, Merck’s vice president for global policy.

The company has therefore also entered into talks with the patent pool, which has extensive experience working with a global network of drug manufacturers capable of meeting high quality standards, including those required for WHO prequalification. , she said.

“We knew we had to work faster, we had to do things that we had never done before, we had to be more efficient,” said Ms Krishnamoorthy.

The licenses Merck has issued to Indian generics manufacturers restrict sales to developing countries and exclude most middle-income countries, including China and Russia – the site of a current raging Covid epidemic – raising the possibility that the citizens of these countries, which often have weak health systems, will not have access to the drug.

The molnupiravir patent pool deal also excludes middle-income countries and most Latin American countries, Love said.

“What are you going to do for countries like Chile or Colombia, Thailand or Mexico? ” He asked. “They are not in the license.”

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judge to convict members of neo-Nazi group under terrorism law | Maryland News

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) – Two members of a neo-Nazi group intended to engage in terrorist activity before FBI agents arrested them ahead of a pro-gun rally in Virginia, a federal judge found on Monday.

US District Judge Theodore Chuang’s decision to apply “terrorism enhancement” to the men’s sentencing favors prosecutors’ recommendation that they both receive 25 years in prison.

Chuang has heard very different portraits of the two defendants as he prepares to convict them in separate hearings Thursday at the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md.

Prosecutors said Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews and U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr. were planning a massacre inspired by their white supremacist ideology. Defense attorneys say undercover FBI agent unsuccessfully tried to get the two “wounded veterans” to devise a plan of violence at a January 2020 gun rights rally on Capitol Hill from the State of Virginia to Richmond, Virginia.

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FBI agents arrested Lemley and Mathews and a third member of a white supremacist group called The Base. The group has been a major proponent of “accelerationism,” a fringe philosophy that advocates the use of mass violence to accelerate the collapse of society.

Lemley and Mathews pleaded guilty in June to gun charges. They have not been charged with any violent crime.

But the judge agreed to apply “terrorism enhancement” to their sentences, significantly increasing the jail terms recommended for Mathews and Lemley under federal sentencing guidelines.

“It doesn’t matter what the specific motivation was,” Chuang said. “But the idea that they intended to replace the US government is relevant to this improvement.”

Prosecutors called them national terrorists preparing for civil war, discussed how to get racist South Carolina mass killer Dylann Roof out of death row, and spoke of assassinating a Virginia lawmaker.

The court’s probation office calculated a range of sentencing guidelines of 33 to 41 months in both cases. Lemley’s attorney seeks a sentence consistent with these guidelines, while Mathews’s attorney seeks a 33-month prison sentence.

Chuang is not bound by any of these recommendations.

Defense attorneys said an undercover FBI agent who visited Lemley and Mathews in their Delaware apartment nine days before the rally attempted to cajole them into making a plan for Virginia. Defense attorneys said the pair decided instead to meet with other members of The Base in Michigan the weekend before the rally in Virginia.

Mathews and Lemley pleaded guilty to charges, including carrying a firearm illegally and obstructing justice, for destroying cell phones when FBI agents raided their apartment.

The third co-accused, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in December to helping Mathews illegally enter the United States from Canada in 2019.

The case against the three indicted men in Maryland was part of a larger investigation by The Base. In January 2020, authorities in Georgia and Wisconsin arrested four other men linked to the group.

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Today in history

Today is Monday, October 25, the 298th day of 2021. There are 67 days left in the year.

The highlight of today’s story:

On October 25, 1983, a United States-led force invaded Grenada on the orders of President Ronald Reagan, who said action was necessary to protect American citizens there.

To this date :

In 1760, the King of England George III succeeded his late grandfather, George II.

In 1854, the “Charge of the Light Brigade” took place during the Crimean War when an English brigade of more than 600 men charged the Russian army, suffering heavy losses.

In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown was tried in Charles Town, Virginia, for his failed raid on Harpers Ferry. (Brown was convicted and hanged.)

In 1881, artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain.

In 1910, “America the Beautiful”, with lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward, was first published.

In 1962, at a meeting of the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson II asked Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin to confirm or deny the existence of Soviet-built missile bases. in Cuba ; Stevenson then presented photographic evidence of the bases to the Council.

In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.

In 1982, the sitcom “Newhart”, starring Bob Newhart as a Vermont innkeeper, premiered on CBS.

In 1994, Susan Smith of Union, SC, claimed that a black car thief had left with her two young sons (Smith later confessed to drowning the children at John D. Long Lake and was convicted of murder) . Three defendants have been convicted in South Africa for the murder of Amy Biehl, an American exchange student. (In 1998, all three were granted amnesties by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.)

In 1999, golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota. Stewart was 42 years old.

In 2002, US Senator Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., Was killed in a plane crash in northern Minnesota along with his wife, daughter and five other people a week and a half before the election.

In 2014, the World Health Organization said more than 10,000 people had been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them had died as the epidemic continued to spread. Jack Bruce, 71, the bassist and singer of the 1960s power trio Cream, has died in London.

Ten years ago: ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Muatassim and former defense minister Abu Bakr Younis were buried at dawn in a secret location, five days after Gaddafi was killed by fighters revolutionary.

Five years ago: A federal judge in San Francisco approved a nearly $ 15 billion settlement, giving almost half a million Volkswagen owners and renters the choice of reselling their diesel-powered cars or get it repaired so they don’t cheat on emissions tests and spit out excess pollution. The Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series.

A year ago: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told CNN that “we are not going to control the pandemic” because it is a “contagious virus just like the flu”. Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power as utilities sought to reduce the risk of their equipment starting wildfires and the fire-weary state braced for another spell of dry and windy weather .

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Global corporate taxes are a good move – Twin Cities

Usually, international finagling between the rich and the corporate to minimize the payment of taxes, legally or illegally, is not visible to the naked eye.

Edouard Lotterman

Sometimes it is. On a trip to Switzerland, my wife and I went for lunch in the neighboring country of Liechtenstein. We started in Chur, a pleasant regional town in Switzerland in the Rhine Valley. An impulsive question from a hotel clerk told us that all we had to do to visit another country was drive 20 miles on the freeway, turn right at the big McDonald’s sign, cross the bridge, one on the left, one on the right and we would be in the heart of business in Vaduz, the small capital of Liechtenstein.

A neat town the size of Redwood Falls, its only notable difference from a Swiss market town was an area of ​​six or eight blocks on two streets cluttered with neat little office buildings adjoining others. Each had small brass plaques next to the doorbell, 20 in one case. These are the Liechtenstein “headquarters” of hundreds of international companies.

I had seen similar plaque-decorated buildings in Barbados on a much smaller scale. Still, I don’t think I’ll see any in Sioux Falls, although the South Dakota legislature is planning similar ventures.

All of this is linked to a recent positive development: the agreement between 130 countries to coordinate corporate taxation, including a minimum overall tax of 15%. This can reduce legal contortions, which benefits brass plate engravers.

Let’s step back a bit: the general problem is that the world has some 200 countries, each sovereign over laws considered best suited to meet the needs of the country, its citizens, and its residents. This can include earning a few million dollars or euros by writing laws that in turn save businesses in other countries billions in taxes. It’s a little different from Liberia and Panama which offer quasi-free regulatory registration of commercial vessels for a low price.

There are thousands of businesses, most of them incorporated, doing legitimate business in multiple countries. There are also thousands of rich people. Of course, they try to minimize the taxes owed. This may include juggling funds between countries to reduce the total taxes owed or paid.

This can be, and generally is, legal – at least within the limits of the law. This is called “tax avoidance” and is not much different from what accountants might tell us.

There is also “tax evasion” or fraud, in which the laws are broken. Sometimes it comes from otherwise legitimate companies. Other times it hides dirty money from government corruption, criminal activity, or simple personal crime.

The newly concluded global deal aims to reduce avoidance strategies of legal businesses, not crime, but the incentives and mechanisms of legal avoidance overlap with those of illegal acts.

For example, Medtronic of Minnesota has its “legal headquarters” in Dublin, Ireland, although its “operational headquarters” remains in Fridley. Johnson Controls is another large American company nominally headquartered in Ireland. And hundreds of other companies still legally based in this country have branches in Ireland. It’s part of the Celtic boom that propelled Ireland from poverty to prosperity.

Many may also have wholly owned subsidiaries in Liechtenstein, Panama, Bermuda, Bahamas, or similar havens. Often these have an innocuous name that gives no indication of the true owner. Transfers between branches of a business in multiple countries can transfer money so that little or no income taxes are paid.

In 2017, Google reportedly transferred $ 22 billion in revenue to a Dutch company which transferred it to an Irish company, but with a subsidiary in Bermuda. Bermuda has no income tax. The Bermuda entity can “lend” funds to Google’s head office in California, funds on which no US corporate tax has ever been paid. All the entities involved were 100% owned by Google and were under their sole control.

So how do you transfer money this way? Usually, this is thanks to an old dodge known as “transfer pricing” which was already common and legal when most multinational companies were in the manufacturing sector.

For years, my favorite surplus machinery outlet in South Minneapolis had dozens of metal pads marked “Back to Ford, Taubate BR.” Ford’s St. Paul Highland Park plant used four-cylinder engines produced at one of Ford’s Brazilian plants. Ford do Brasil is a separate chartered Brazilian company wholly owned by the Michigan-based parent company.

So when Ford-Brasil sells to the American Ford, the money has to change hands, but at what price per engine? There is no market price for these as is the case with the Cargill soybean trade, for example.

Set that transfer price high and it increases Ford’s profits in Brazil but reduces them in the United States. Ford as a whole has more income here and less in Brazil. Engine prices are low and Ford’s profits in Brazil are falling, but Ford’s in the United States are rising.

There are limits to this with physical products. An engine is not worth $ 1 million or $ 100. But with software or intellectual property or purely service-based businesses, the sky is the limit. What does one subsidiary charge to another for the design of an implanted medical device, but not the device itself? Writing advertisements and creating logos for hamburger packaging? Writing code for a search engine or a social network? Accounting and legal services?

For years, McDonald’s, using the “double Irish with a Dutch sandwich” scheme so beneficial to Google, shifted revenue from franchise fees to corporate overhead to cut taxes. Everything is legal, and business transfers between subsidiaries based in a myriad of locations will remain legal. Countries will retain control of their own tax laws, subject to the new provision that a multinational company will have to pay a 15% corporate income tax to a particular country. There will inevitably be hiccups, but “progress, not perfection” applies here.

The recent leak of the “Pandora Papers” revealed how South Dakota changed its laws governing trusts at the behest of the law firms specializing in this work, in order to make it a favorable location for their establishment in this state. As for Liechtenstein or Bermuda, there is nothing illegal about that. But in either case, such favorable rules can attract illegal as well as legal money. An American state or a sovereign nation can gain in economic activity and jobs, but society as a whole loses.

St. Paul’s economist and writer Edward Lotterman can be contacted at [email protected]

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Taxpayers Spent Up to $ 720,000 in Salaries for Military Leaders Sidelined by Sexual Misconduct Crisis

a man's silhouette: several senior military leaders have been placed on temporary leave or permanently removed from their posts due to the sexual misconduct crisis.

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Several senior military leaders have been placed on temporary leave or permanently removed from their posts due to the sexual misconduct crisis.

According to a CBC News analysis, taxpayers spent an estimated $ 639,000 to $ 720,900 in salaries for high-ranking military officers who were dismissed from their posts due to the sexual misconduct crisis in the military.

CBC News analyzed the salary scales for eight military commanders and the time that has elapsed since they were removed from their posts. Some of them are on paid leave, others are leaving the military and others have been assigned to other positions within the Canadian Forces.

While it is difficult to determine a figure given publicly available information, the analysis indicates that the federal government has spent approximately $ 639,000 to $ 720,000 on salaries for these individuals since they left their roles as leadership.


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The Ministry of National Defense says that all military personnel have the right to due process and are entitled to their pay during military police investigations. DND says Canadian law guarantees that a workplace cannot punish employees unless they have been proven guilty.

CBC’s analysis does not include people who have retired, who have been removed from their posts and placed in other positions, or who have used their vacation to cover all of their temporary leave.

Former Chief of Defense Staff Retired General Jonathan Vance is receiving his pension and awaiting criminal trial on one count of obstructing justice. Vance’s salary before his retirement in July 2020 was $ 260,600 to $ 306,500, according to to an order in council.

The salary figures and the number of officers under investigation reflect the scale of the misconduct crisis and its effects on the Canadian military, said Megan MacKenzie of Simon Fraser University.

“This number is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the cost, both financial, emotional and reputational, to the defense forces,” said MacKenzie, Simons Chair in International Law and Rights Security. humans.

“I think that signals that we really need leadership on this issue. We need civilian leaders. We need the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense to come and help solve this problem.”

MacKenzie said the real cost of the sexual misconduct crisis goes beyond wages. She said the military are taking medical leave or leaving the military altogether, as the military grapples with the effects on recruitment and the risk of prosecution.

Eleven high-ranking military officers have been temporarily or permanently removed from their leadership roles since February due to allegations of sexual misconduct or in response to the way they have handled complaints of sexual misconduct.

CBC News has a full list of cases here.

‘Case after case’

MacKenzie said she can’t think of another defense force in the world that has seen so many top leaders face allegations of sexual misconduct or be put on leave at the same time. She has been researching military culture for a decade and is leading an international study on military sexual misconduct in Canada, the United States and Australia.

In other countries, she said, high-profile scandals erupt and then die out after official reviews or policy changes.

“But what has happened in Canada is that you have case after case, several cases at the same time,” she said. “There is no recovery. There is no moment between scandals and you have this kind of growing wave of calls for serious action.”

MacKenzie said it was not unusual to put military members on paid leave while they were under investigation. The problem, she said, is that some of the investigations take “a very long time”, with soldiers stuck in their homes waiting to hear the outcome.

She said it was a common tactic for the military to try and wait for the public’s anger by putting members on paid leave.

“There are so many individuals under investigation, so these investigations need to be dealt with quickly,” she said.

Throughout the crisis, the military maintained that its police were conducting thorough investigations. DND said in a statement to media that as an institution founded on the rule of law, the Canadian Armed Forces “must ensure that all members are granted their basic rights to due process and to justice. procedural fairness ”.

Admiral McDonald’s case unsolved after nearly 8 months

Admiral Art McDonald has been the highest paid to date while on leave for almost eight months. He was removed from his post as Chief of the Defense Staff in February in link to an allegation of sexual misconduct.

CBC News estimates that McDonald’s has been paid between $ 149,000 and $ 176,000 since his suspension.

MacKenzie said she was surprised the government was not in a more rush to solve the McDonald’s case, given that he is still being paid while his old job is done by the acting chief of staff from the Defense, General Wayne Eyre. McDonald’s annual salary is $ 232,700 to $ 273,700, according to an order in council.

The position of Chief of the Defense Staff is an appointment by the Governor in Council, which means that the Prime Minister can remove the chief at any time. Lawyers for McDonald’s revealed in August that the military police investigation ended without charging him with anything. More than two months later, the federal government has not decided whether it will reinstate McDonald’s.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday commented on McDonald’s recent public attempts to get his old job back. Trudeau said McDonald’s comments were at odds with the government’s emphasis on putting victims first and that they will “be taken into account when we make a final decision on the permanent post of chief of staff. defense staff “.

The Prime Minister’s Office said it would not comment further when asked why it had not yet made a decision on McDonald’s future, or whether it was waiting for public attention to the crisis misconduct is reduced.

major-general. Dany Fortin’s lawyers, meanwhile, say he’s stuck at home earning a salary with no work to do. Quebec prosecutors indicted Fortin in August with one count of sexual assault; his criminal case is now making its way through the civilian justice system.

Fortin denies the allegation. He has launched a battle in federal courts to regain his former post as vaccine deployment chief, arguing that the federal government had become politically involved in the decision to sideline him.

He was assigned a new job, but his lawyers say he stayed at home without any assignments. CBC estimates he has collected between $ 81,000 and $ 95,000 since leaving his post with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

In March, the military also placed Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson on indefinite paid leave from his role as commander of military personnel following a CBC News report of an alleged sexual assault. A military police investigation is underway into an allegation that he raped a 19-year-old flight attendant on a Canadian Navy ship in 1991 while docked in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Edmundson denies the allegation and has been posted since May as a sustained member at the Transition Center in Ottawa. Since leaving his post as head of military personnel, he has been paid between $ 137,000 and $ 148,000, according to CBC News analysis.

Edmundson’s successor, Lieutenant-General. Steven Whelan, stepped down from his role last week in response to an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. The military also postponed the lieutenant general’s appointment last week. Trevor Cadieu as the next army commander for sexual misconduct.

Whelan and Cadieu are now on leave and their individual monthly wages are estimated to be between $ 20,683 and $ 22,392, depending on the publicly disclosed military pay rates.

DND says it has full confidence in broader leadership

CBC News asked DND what it was doing in response to the number of senior executives currently on leave. The department said military leaders are being trained to replace their superiors.

“As the justice system continues to function conscientiously, we have full confidence in our extended management team to continue to look after the defense of Canada,” said DND spokesperson Daniel Le Bouthillier.

Retired Captain Annalize Schamuhn, who was sexually assaulted by another soldier, said she viewed the number of reported sexual misconduct allegations as an encouraging sign. Schamuhn shared his story publicly, hoping that this would contribute to institutional change within the Canadian Armed Forces.

“I think the more stories and cases there are, the worse it looks like,” Schamuhn said. “But I take it as a sign that things are improving.

“The fact that people feel comfortable coming forward, I think, is a sign of progress.”

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Reviews | Top 10 Reasons to Fund the Canadian Army

10. Government inflated? Misplaced priorities? The military is by far the largest department in the Canadian government, employing the most numbers and purchasing the most equipment. The combined budget of the Department of National Defense (DND) and Veterans Affairs is $ 30 billion, or approximately 15 times Environment and Climate Change Canada. With 0.5 percent of the world’s population, Canada is responsible for 1.5% international military spending.

9. DND has the largest intelligence gathering capabilities in the country. In recent years he has spied Black lives matter, Don’t slow down anymore and peace activists.

8. The Canadian Forces (CF) are “hostileTo “LGTBQ members”, concluded former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps in 2015. Members suspected of being homosexual were systematically excluded from the CF until 1992. In the 1960s, military researchers and the funding played a role Central role with the aim of developing a “fruit machine” to detect homosexuals.

7. DND / CF has the the biggest Public relations (propaganda) machine in the country, employing hundreds of “public relations professionals” to influence public perception of the military. Last fall, the military, the Ottawa Citizen reported, established “a new organization who will use propaganda and other techniques to try to influence the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of Canadians. unflattering stories about the military were to be the target of phone calls to their bosses, letters to the editor and other “flacks” intended to undermine their credibility in the eyes of readers and their employers.

6. The CF has been a hotbed of white supremacy. For decades, institutional racism has been explicit and imposed from above with force wanting only those of “Pure European Descent and the White Race”. Although they represent 20% of the Canadian population, visible minorities today constitute 9.6 percent of CF. Not surprisingly, the CF has attracted many people with far-right beliefs.

5. The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) is a secret army within the military. The government is under no obligation to divulge information about their operations so that they can be deployed on controversial missions, and the public is not more aware of this. Canadian special forces have (probably) operated in Haiti, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Central African Republic, Congo, Peru, Iraq, Libya, Colombia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

4. The CF is the institutional embodiment of “toxic masculinity”. For example, it was not until 2000 that the submarine service was opened to women. In 2015, Deschamps found a “culture of misogyny ”in the CF“ hostile to women ”. Between April 1, 2016 and March 9 of this year, there were 581 sexual assault and 221 complaints of sexual harassment involving CF members.

3. Canadian warships regularly deploy around the world, from the Caribbean to the North Sea, from the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea. Recently, Canadian ships participated in “freedom of navigation” exercises conducted by warring United States in the South China Sea. They also waged war on Libya in 2011, aided the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and supported the 1998 bombing of that country. Threatening other countries to get our way has a long history. Canadian warships were dispatched force Costa Rica to negotiate with the Royal Bank in 1921, to protect British interests during the Mexican revolution and back a dictator slaughtering peasants in El Salvador in 1932.

2. The Canadian armed forces have a huge ecological footprint. They littered the landscape with tens of millions of bullets and shells as well as polluted dozens of lakes with ammunition. They continue to enlist animals in experiences and during the war. DND is by far the largest emitter of GHGs in the federal government. DND represented 59% percent of the federal government’s GHGs in 2019-2020. Incredibly, however, the military’s emissions are exempt from the government’s current GHG reduction targets.

1. The Canadian military has fought in nine wars, only one of which is morally justified.

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FM Global Promotes Johnson and Dempsey to EMEA Roles; Beazley Appoints Wilson Head of Open Market at Hiscox, London; Rokstone uses Pickard as D&F U / W property

This edition of International People Moves details the appointments at three insurers: FM Global, Beazley and Rokstone.

A summary of these new hires follows here.

FM Global promotes Johnson and Dempsey to senior EMEA positions

Commercial property insurer Global FM completed two high profile moves in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region – Philippe johnson and Christopher M. Dempsey.

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Johnson, senior vice president of FM Global, division manager EMEA and a 25-year veteran of the company, has been promoted and appointed the company’s senior director of learning, a new global role based in London, in UK.

He will be responsible for leading the development of the FM Global Academy, which is expanding globally its focus of providing a range of in-person and on-demand learning programs to meet the business and development needs of customers and employees. of the insurer.

Since joining FM Global in 1995 as a consulting engineer, Johnson has held a variety of leadership roles spanning customer service, engineering, business process improvement and operations. Prior to that, Johnson worked on the design of nuclear power plants and held project management positions in large infrastructure projects across Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, and has completed postgraduate studies at the Luxembourg School of Business.

Christopher M. Dempsey

Dempsey, senior vice president of operations, Chicago chief operating officer, who worked for the company for two decades, will assume Johnson’s role as senior vice president, division manager EMEA. Dempsey will be based in Luxembourg and will be responsible for operations and strategic direction across the EMEA region, including underwriting, customer service and engineering.

He joined FM Global in 2001 as a customer service consultant before becoming a senior consulting engineer, then taking on various engineering and underwriting management roles with increasing responsibilities, including a role of branch manager of operations at Boston.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering from Eastern Kentucky University in the United States.


Beazley appoints Wilson of Hiscox as head of Open Market – London

Beazley named Simon wilson as Head of Open Market for UK and Rest of the World (RoW). A seasoned and successful underwriter in Primary and Direct Surplus (D&F) products, Wilson will join Beazley in mid-January and be based at its London headquarters.

Simon wilson

Wilson comes to Beazley from Hiscox, where he has underwritten a large primary and surplus portfolio, spanning global territories such as real estate, mining, power generation and downstream energy. Previously, he was a Senior Technical Underwriter – Direct and Voluntary Ownership at CNA Hardy, where he managed a global portfolio encompassing core businesses and stopgaps as an established and respected market leader within Lloyd’s.

Wilson’s role will be to lead and manage the Open Market – UK / RoW teams, underwrite open market accounts within the real estate team and provide expert information on market issues. (Beazley’s free market activity is its real estate business).

“Simon is an experienced Lloyd’s-based underwriter with deep expertise and technical knowledge in primary and surplus D&F products,” commented Richard Montminy, Ownership Group Head at Beazley. “His appointment demonstrates our continued investment in the free market space, and we look forward to working with him to find progressive solutions to increasingly complex market demands. “


MGA Rokstone hires Pickard as D&F real estate underwriter

Rokstone, the international specialist re / insurance group MGA, part of the Aventum group, has announced the appointment of Jack pickard as a senior real estate underwriter.

Jack pickard

Pickard joins Rokstone as he expects to reach US $ 200 million from GWP in his direct and discretionary (D&F) real estate portfolio alone, after experiencing huge organic growth. Overall, Rokstone predicts he will write around US $ 750 million GWP across all lines this year.

Pickard joins the company from Geo Specialty, where he was a real estate underwriter for five years. Prior to that, he spent six years with The Channel Syndicate where he was an international real estate insurer. He maintains excellent, long-standing relationships with brokers and major capacity providers and has particular expertise in the Australian and Canadian direct and discretionary real estate (D&F) markets.

London specialist MGA Rokstone has offices in the UK, Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Rokstone currently underwrites US $ 600 million GWP in several specialty areas including marine, aviation, terrorism and political violence, D&F ownership, treaty ownership, construction and engineering, extended warranty and liability.

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Ukrainian army extremists brag about Canadian training: report

TORONTO – Report exploring far-right extremism in the Ukrainian military found neo-Nazis and supporters of far-right white nationalist groups boasted of having received training from Canada and others NATO countries, prompting the promise of a thorough review from the Department of National Defense.

The report, entitled “Far-right group has moved into Ukraine’s main western military training centerAnd published by the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University, details a group within the National Academy of the Ukrainian Army (NAA) known as the “Centuria of the military order ”or simply“ Centuria ”.

The group is led by people with ties to the internationally active far-right Azov movement, according to the report. The Azov movement attacked anti-fascist protests, city council meetings, media, art exhibitions, foreign students, LGBTQ2S + and Roma community.

A 2016 report published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights details the charges against the militia of the Azov movement known as the “Azov Battalion” of torture and other war crimes in the ensuing conflict after the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014. Ukrainian National Guard later took the Azov battalion in its ranks – where it is now known as the Azov Regiment.

“I discovered evidence that a far-right group of military, officer and cadet with a clearly defined international agenda and apparently dozens of members were able to operate in a prestigious military academy supported by the West in Ukraine, proselytizing academy cadets since 2018, ”said report author and Washington, DC-based investigative reporter Oleksiy Kuzmenko in a series of emails to Wednesday.

Kuzmenko said the Centuria Military Order has ties to the international Azov movement, which he describes as “a large far-right organization with thousands of members stretching from a highly skilled and politicized Azov regiment to the Ukrainian National Guard to a far-right political organization. National Corp. party

The report states that members of the Centuria Military Order are part of an “order of ‘European traditionalist’ military officers” that shares the goal of reshaping the Ukrainian military with right-wing ideologies and defending what it is. they call “the cultural and ethnic identity of European peoples.”

Evidence detailed in the report, including photos taken on social media and posts on messaging platforms, shows members of Centuria, as well as unaffiliated cadets and other NAA officers, performing Nazi salutes , professing their admiration for Hitler and other Nazi figures, and espousing open and violent anti-Semitic rhetoric. Centuria members have boasted online that they have received training from foreign military forces, including those of Canada, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom

The report states that the NAA denied that Centuria operated within the academy, despite the evidence presented. Kuzmenko said several photos and videos of suspected members were removed from various social media accounts and websites after Kuzmenko contacted the group for the report, including a propaganda video showing suspected Centuria members using weapons.

Kuzmenko detailed an example of his research on Twitter which shows the proximity of Ukrainian military extremists to the Canadian Armed Forces, where a man he describes as a “neo-Nazi opposite” graduated from a tactical medical program run by the Canadian Armed Forces and the United States military and is now training other cadets. The soldier, Kuzmenko says, appears on several social media posts holding Nazi flags and in others posing with Canadian instructors. has not independently verified Kuzmenko’s photos or claims.

Noting that the Ukrainian in question was wearing clothes that clearly showed his affiliations, Kuzmenko said that members of Centuria and other far-right groups in the military “are practically screaming who they are with the way they operate in the country. big day “.

Another Centuria member received officer training in 2020 at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in the UK, according to the report, and another attended the German Army Officers Academy in Dresden in 2019 .

“I think my report shows that despite the far-right’s lack of electoral success, it continues to strengthen its influence in Ukraine, especially in the military which appears to tolerate open far-right activity in its ranks,” Kuzmenko said by email. . “To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Ukraine is ruled by neo-Nazis, or that the Ukrainian military is dominated by the far right… what I’m saying is that there are strong indications that Ukraine is ignoring an obvious problem, as are its Western allies.

Kuzmenko said Ukraine’s Defense Ministry initially denied the allegations in detail in its report, but later announced an investigation after local and Russian media picked up on the story.

Several Ukrainian agencies did not respond to’s request for comment at the time of publication.

Christian Leuprecht, security analyst and professor at Royal Military College and Queens University and senior researcher at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, says Kuzmenko’s report should give Canada and its allies a ‘pause’ from their missions ongoing in Ukraine.

“It is ultimately up to Ukraine to control its own soldiers, but when it is not careful about getting soldiers who fundamentally do not match our values ​​and interests, it increases the risk that the allies will do everything. just their luggage, “Leuprecht said in a statement. telephone interview with Saturday.

Leuprecht said he believes Canadians will “expect more” from Ukraine, which has received an immense amount of resources, time and energy over the years from Canada.

“It’s a country that wants to join the EU and ultimately wants to join NATO, and when you openly and actively court and tolerate anti-democratic elements in the very institutions that [are] there to defend your way of life… it will raise questions in Canada if this mission is worth the candle, ”he said.


Canada has been present in Ukraine since 2015 as part of Operation UNIFIER, as support to the Ukrainian security forces – which includes military training, according to the website of the Ministry of National Defense.

Canada is part of a multinational joint commission that includes the United Kingdom, United States, Denmark, Poland, Sweden, Lithuania and Ukraine, and sends approximately 200 members of the Canadian Armed Forces to the country all six months and provides “non-lethal” supplies and equipment such as night vision goggles and medical kits.

According to the FAC, as of September 30, more than 30,000 Ukrainian Security Forces candidates had participated in the training since the start of the mission, with the FAC claiming to have provided training to 1,951 members of the Ukrainian National Guard.

The mission is scheduled to expire in March 2022, unless it is further extended by the federal government.


In an emailed statement to on Monday, the Canadian Armed Forces said they were “very concerned” by the results of the study.

“In light of these findings, DND will conduct a thorough review of the report, including to determine whether the current policies and procedures in place are strict enough to report and prevent the CAF from unintentionally assisting those whom it fundamentally opposes. opinions, ”the statement read. bed.

The statement says Canada relies on the Ukrainian Defense Ministry to control its members, but if Canadian soldiers suspect their Ukrainian counterparts or trainees have racist views, they are immediately fired.

“There is no burden of proof on the CAF to demonstrate this beyond a reasonable doubt,” the statement continued. “When Ukrainian military officers are selected to seize opportunities in Canada, it is imperative that members do not have values ​​contrary to those of their Canadian hosts in the Ukrainian government. “ contacted the Prime Minister’s Office and received an emailed statement Tuesday from a spokesperson for the Department of National Defense, who responded on behalf of the government that “the Minister is deeply concerned about these reports and he asked officials to look into this matter. Our government and the Canadian Armed Forces do not tolerate anti-Semitic, racist or hateful views.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called the report “alarming” in an emailed statement to on Tuesday, adding that the party planned to “examine the report in more depth in the coming weeks.” .

“Our armed forces should not train or support any far-right group in the world. The Liberals promised to make Canada’s commitment to democracy and human rights a central strategic priority of their new government. The new defense minister should examine this and put in place mechanisms to avoid any situation like this in the future, ”the statement said. has contacted Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, but has not received a response at the time of publication.

And while control of foreign soldiers rests with their home country, questions about responsibility and liability may arise for Canada in the long run, Leuprecht said.

“The government has always claimed to be values-driven… so that really puts Ukraine at odds with the larger agenda that the federal government claims to be leading… which then becomes a high political risk,” Leuprecht said. “Because if one of those more members or units commits war crimes or other types of violations of the law of armed conflict or international law – and it turns out that they were trained by Canadians – the government will have to provide some very difficult answers.

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Initially, surgeons attached a pig kidney to a human – and it worked

Surgeons in New York have successfully attached a kidney grown on a genetically engineered pig to a human patient and found the organ to be functioning normally, a scientific breakthrough that could one day produce a vast new supply of organs for them. critically ill patients.

Although many questions remain unanswered about the long-term consequences of the transplant, which involved a brain-dead patient followed for only 54 hours, experts in the field have said the procedure represents a milestone.

“We need to know more about organ longevity,” said Dr Dorry Segev, professor of transplant surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who was not involved in the research. Nonetheless, he said: “It’s a huge breakthrough. This is a big, big problem.

Researchers have long sought to grow organs in pigs suitable for transplantation into humans. A constant flow of organs – which could eventually include hearts, lungs and livers – would offer a lifeline to the more than 100,000 Americans currently on transplant waiting lists, including the 90,240 who need of a kidney. Twelve people on waiting lists die every day.

An even greater number of Americans with kidney failure – more than half a million – depend on grueling dialysis treatments to survive. Largely because of the scarcity of human organs, the vast majority of dialysis patients are not eligible for transplants, which are reserved for people most likely to thrive after the procedure.

The operation, performed at NYU Langone Health, was first reported by USA Today on Tuesday. The research has not yet been peer reviewed or published in a medical journal.

The transplanted kidney was obtained from a pig genetically engineered to grow an organ unlikely to be rejected by the human body. In a close approximation of an actual transplant procedure, the kidney was attached to a person who had suffered brain death and was kept on a ventilator.

The kidney, attached to the blood vessels in the upper leg outside the abdomen, began to function normally, producing urine and creatinine waste “almost immediately,” according to Dr. Robert Montgomery, director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute, which performed the procedure in September.

Although the organ has not been implanted in the body, problems with so-called xenotransplants – from animals like primates and pigs – usually occur at the interface of the human blood supply and organ, where human blood circulates through porcine vessels, the experts said.

The fact that the organ is working outside the body is a strong indication that it will work in the body, said Dr Montgomery.

“It was better than we expected, I think,” he said. “It looked like any transplant I have ever done from a living donor. Many kidneys of people who have died do not work right away and take days or weeks to start. It worked immediately.

Last year, 39,717 residents of the United States received organ transplants, the majority of them – 23,401 – receiving kidneys, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, a nonprofit that coordinates the country’s organ procurement efforts.

Genetically modified pigs “could potentially be a sustainable and renewable source of organs – the sun and the wind of organ availability,” said Dr Montgomery.

Reactions to the news among transplant experts ranged from cautious optimism to wild outpouring, though all agreed that the procedure represented a sea change. The prospect of raising pigs to harvest their organs for humans is sure to raise questions about animal welfare and exploitation, although around 100 million pigs are already killed in the United States each. year to feed.

While some surgeons have speculated that it may be a few months before kidneys from genetically modified pigs are transplanted into living humans, others have said there is still a lot of work to be done. .

“This is truly a leading edge translational surgery and transplant that is on the verge of being able to be done in living humans,” said Dr Amy Friedman, former transplant surgeon and chief medical officer of LiveOnNY, the organ procurement organization for the greater New York City area.

The group was involved in the selection and identification of the brain dead patient receiving the experimental procedure. The patient was a registered organ donor, and because the organs were not suitable for transplantation, the patient’s family agreed to allow research to test the experimental transplant procedure.

Dr Friedman said she is also considering using hearts, livers and other organs grown in pigs. “It’s really mind-boggling to think of how many transplants we could offer,” she said, adding: “You have to raise the pigs, of course.”

Other experts were more reserved, saying they wanted to see if the results were reproducible and review the data collected by NYU Langone.

“There is no doubt that this is a feat, in that it is difficult to do and you have to overcome a lot of obstacles,” said Dr. Jay A. Fishman, Associate Director from the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center.

“Whether this particular study advances the field will depend on what data they’ve collected and shared, or whether it’s a step just to show they can do it,” said Dr. Fishman. He urged humility “about what we know”.

There are still many hurdles to overcome before organs from genetically modified pigs can be used on living humans, said Dr David Klassen, chief medical officer of the United Network for Organ Sharing.

While he called the surgery a “watershed moment,” he warned that long-term organ rejection occurs even when the donor’s kidney is well adapted and “even when you are not trying to cross the barriers of the organs. species “.

The kidney has functions in addition to removing toxins from the blood. And there are concerns about pig viruses infecting recipients, said Dr Klassen: “It’s a complicated area, and to imagine that we know all the things that are going to happen and all the problems that are going to arise is naive.

Xenotransplantation, the process of grafting or transplanting organs or tissues between different species, has a long history. Efforts to use animal blood and skin in humans date back hundreds of years.

In the 1960s, kidneys from chimpanzees were transplanted into a small number of human patients. Most died soon after; the longest lifespan of a patient was nine months. In 1983, a baboon heart was transplanted into a baby girl known as Baby Faye. She died 20 days later.

Pigs offered advantages over primates for organ harvesting: they are easier to rear, mature faster, and reach adult human size in six months. Pig heart valves are commonly transplanted into humans and some diabetic patients have received pig pancreas cells. Pig skin has also been used as a temporary graft for burn patients.

The combination of two new technologies – gene editing and cloning – has produced genetically modified pork organs. Pig hearts and kidneys have been successfully transplanted into monkeys and baboons, but safety concerns have prevented their use in humans.

“So far, the field has been stuck at the preclinical primate stage, as moving from a primate to a living human is seen as a big leap,” Dr. Montgomery said.

The kidney used in the new procedure was obtained by removing a pig gene that encodes a sugar molecule that elicits an aggressive human rejection response. Pork has been genetically modified by Revivicor and approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as a source of human therapy.

Dr Montgomery and his team also transplanted the pig’s thymus, a gland involved in the immune system, in an attempt to prevent immune reactions to the kidney.

After attaching the kidney to the blood vessels in the upper leg, surgeons covered it with a protective shield so that they could observe it and take tissue samples during the 54-hour study period. . Urine and creatinine levels were normal, Dr Montgomery and colleagues found, and no sign of rejection was detected for more than two days of observation.

“There did not appear to be any incompatibility between the pig kidney and the human that would render it inoperative,” said Dr Montgomery. “There was no immediate rejection of the kidney.”

Long-term prospects are still unknown, he admitted. But “it allowed us to answer a very important question: is there something going to happen when we go from a primate to a human that is going to be disastrous? “

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Brother International Corporation Collaborates With Disney To Celebrate The Release Of Disney’s Encanto With Embroidery Designs, Sewing, Embroidery And Craft Accessories, And Giveaways For The Movie Premiere

Sewing, embroidery and crafting accessories and embroidery designs include Disney Encanto iBroidery digital embroidery designs, Embroidery Thread Pack and Disney Encanto three-piece faceplates for customizing sewing and sewing machines. embroider brother

Posted: October 19, 2021 at 8:10 am MDT|Update: 1 hour ago

BRIDGEWATER, NJ, October 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – In Honor of Disney’s Early Release Encanto, Brother International announced a range of Disney’s Encanto– themed accessories and designs to inspire artisans, manufacturers and sewers. Sewing, embroidery, quilting, and crafts enthusiasts can get inspiration from Disney’s Encantoemphasis on the importance of family and creating together ahead of the film’s theatrical release on November 24, 2021. As part of Disney Encanto and Brother, Brother is also holding a raffle to give one lucky fan tickets to the film’s premiere in Los Angeles, California.

Brother USA’s Disney Encanto-themed accessories and designs inspire artisans, manufacturers and dressmakers to create together.

“In collaboration with Disney to celebrate Disney’s Encanto film, we are excited to announce sewing, embroidery and craft accessories to encourage consumers to create at home and celebrate the history inspired by Colombia, ”said Shannon Sullivan, Vice President, Home Appliances Division, Brother International Corporation. “The filmmakers and costume designers brought the inspired creations to life through the clothes of the characters, and with this line of sewing, embroidery and craft accessories, we are proud to continue to offer products and designs. inspired by cultural touchstones. The importance of family, creativity and magic are a natural link for this collaboration between Disney and Brother. “

from disney Encanto sewing, embroidery and craft accessories will be available from November at and at select retailers nationwide.

Brother Sewing, Embroidery & Crafting Accessories:
Genuine Brother Accessories are the perfect complement to Brother machines, from various weights of fabric stabilizers to multi-piece threading kits. Whether your passion is sewing, embroidery or quilting, Brother has an assortment of accessories and patterns to help unleash your imagination with the magic of Disney. Encanto, for Disney enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts. For your next home decorating project, Christmas gifts, or stylish homemade clothing, choose Genuine Brother Accessories.

For the combined sewing and embroidery range:

  • from disney Encanto IBroidery digital embroidery designs: Ten Disney Encanto embroidery files will be available for purchase through Brother’s with unique designs and characters to bring the movie to life through your latest craft projects.
  • Brother disney Encanto Kit of 12 embroidery threads (ETPENCTO12): Create beautiful embroidered projects with Brother Disney’s Encanto Kit of 12 embroidery threads. When it’s time to make the ordinary extraordinary, the vibrant and beautiful Brother Disney’s Encanto The 12 Piece Embroidery Thread Kit is perfect for adding an eye-catching splash of color to home decor designs or even your next recycling garment project! These premium quality, durable 100% polyester threads work on a variety of different fabrics and have been specially designed and tested for Brother embroidery machines. With over 600 yards per spool, the 12 Piece Embroidery Thread Kit is ideal for starting any fun and colorful embroidery project and features twelve stunning colors including: Seacrest, Wisteria Violet, Peacock Blue, Violet, Noisette, Lime Green , Deep Rose, Harvest Gold, Khaki, Reddish Brown, Pumpkin and Brownstone.
  • Brother 3-pc Disney’s Encanto Facades (SAENCANTOPF): These vivid facades are decorated with bright floral undertones and feature fun and vibrant images of assorted birds and wildlife sneaking in and out of colors. Give your Brother embroidery machine an eye-catching makeover with Disney’s 3-Piece Encanto Facade kit and get ready to meet the Madrigals when Disney’s Encanto spear. The disney Encanto The faceplates are compatible with Disney Innov-ís NS1750D, SE625, SE600, LB5000, LB7000 and LB5000M / S combination sewing and embroidery machines.

Live the magic contest* and Family Magic Contest:
In addition to the release of Brother Disney’s Encanto sewing, embroidery and craft accessories, Brother is throwing a raffle to give one lucky fan and guest tickets to attend Disney’s Encanto World premiere in Los Angeles, CA departure Tuesday, October 19, 2021. In addition to the raffle, follow social media for more contests ** for even more chances of winning Brother Disney and Disney’s licensed products Encanto accessories. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. To learn more and participate, visit Brother’s social media pages via Instagram or Facebook at @BrotherSews and @BrotherCraftsUSA.

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“Walt Disney Animation Studios”Encanto“tells the story of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a bustling city, in a wonderful and charming place called a Encanto. The magic of Encanto blessed every child in the family with a unique gift ranging from super strength to the power to heal — every child except one, Mirabel (voice of Stephanie Béatriz). But when she discovers that the magic that surrounds the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, may well be the last hope of her exceptional family. Released on November 24, 2021, the movie features all-new songs from the Emmy®, GRAMMY® and Tony Award® winners Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton, “” Moana “) and is produced by Byron howard (“Zootopia”, “Tangled”) and Jared bush (co-director “Zootopia”), co-directed by Charise castro smith (writer “The death of Eva sofia valdez“), and produced by Clark spencer and Yvett Merino; Bush and Castro Smith are the film’s writers.

Brother International Corporation has earned its reputation as a leading supplier of innovative products for home sewing and craft enthusiasts. Through a growing network of sewing machine dealers and retail outlets nationwide, Brother offers a full line of home sewing machines, from basic sewing and embroidery machines to high-end machines. Brother also offers a full line of electronic cutting machines and accessories. The company is known for its high-quality, state-of-the-art machinery and accessories, offering ease of use and flexibility at affordable prices. Brother International Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries Ltd. With global sales approaching $ 6 billion, this global manufacturer was founded over 100 years ago. Brother offers a diverse product line that includes fax machines, multi-function center machines, P-touch labeling systems, and color and monochrome laser printers for the home, office and industry. Bridgewater, New Jersey is Brother’s corporate headquarters in the Americas. It has fully integrated sales, marketing, manufacturing, and research and development capabilities located in the United States. In addition to its head office, Brother has facilities in California, Illinois and Tennessee, as well as subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Mexico. For more information visit

* No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Film premiere competition open at California residents who live within a 50 mile radius of Los Angeles, California. Must be 18 years or older. The contest ends on 10/27/21. Limit of one entry per person. Official rules available on home / couture-embroidery / series / encanto / sweepstakes.
** No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of United States and Porto Rico. Must be 18 years or older. The contest ends on 11/14/21. Limit of one entry per person. Official rules available on home / couture-embroidery / series / encanto / sweepstakes.

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I am a fashion editor and am blown away by these eco-friendly heels

This fancy shoe brand is committed to saving the planet and our feet from the throbbing pain

Rachel richardson

As for the heels, we have a lot options, but it’s actually very rare to find a fancy shoe brand that boldly makes lots of promises up front – and actually delivers. Well, that’s precisely what Ma’am Shoes did, and I’m so here for it. The new Los Angeles-based brand made its debut by declaring that women no longer have to choose between style and comfort, and went one step further by using sustainable materials to source locally and produce their very cute and colorful line of quality sandals, heels and ankle boots (coming soon).

Jennifer chan

Jennifer chan


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Buy now: $ 300;

My interest immediately piqued when I browsed the site for more details and I was pleasantly surprised to find that Ma’am was more than just cute suede shoes. The eco-conscious line makes it known that they are created by women for women, and their mission is to make the world a better place. Understandably, there are strong feelings of empowerment and equality for women on their minimalist packaging, and upon closer inspection, I found that Ma’am even partnered with nonprofits. like United States of Women and I Am a Voter to give back and make an impact where it matters. If there was a shoe election in the fashion world, I would definitely vote for Ma’am Shoes.

So when the brand offered to send me a pair of their cute Ruth heels, I took them out for a walk to see how they performed. I wore them for brunch followed by a walk around town afterwards, and I felt cool, confident, and totally at ease. The (very) manageable heel height made for an enjoyable day without any complaints, and it turned out that the Ma’am team tested different heel heights, widths, insoles, outsoles and fabrications for finding the perfect equation to keep consumers comfortable on their feet to “walk the walk”. I like this.

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Jennifer chan


“At Ma’am, we reject the idea that the bigger the better and that women need throbbing feet to be powerful,” the website proclaims. Music to my ears. The older I get, the more I realize that more reasonable heel heights are better for my joints (did I really just say that?) On your precious feet.

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Jennifer chan


This particular style comes in four fun colors, and the soft petal pink hue I chose was a good start from the typical beige and neutral hues I usually gravitate towards in the fall. At $ 300, these shoes don’t come cheap, but the quality and brand history are well worth it, if you ask me.

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And later this month, Ma’am is expanding its line to offer ankle boots in a rich ink indigo hue with a cool cylindrical heel. As if they weren’t tempting enough, for every pair of Shirley Boots sold, $ 10 will be donated to Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization that provides diapers, clothing and more to children living in poverty.

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In short, Ma’am Shoes makes the difference in more than one way.

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Spokane teenager helps found refugee outreach program Youth Brining Immigrants Together

When immigrants and refugees arrive in Spokane, they often struggle to make connections in their new community. This can be especially true for young people, who find themselves in a school system that they do not understand, speaking a language that is foreign to them.

Neharika Sharma, junior at Gonzaga Prep, and a group of teens around the world hope to ease this struggle by connecting recent immigrants with local residents through a new nonprofit they have founded called Youth Bringing Immigrants Together (YBIT).

Students from the United States and Ukraine have been invited to participate in a training camp organized by Global Youth Entrepreneurs. There, Sharma teamed up with Larry Huang, a Taiwanese immigrant living in Vancouver, Washington, Daria Malevka from France and Barbara Potochevska from Ukraine.

Soon they realized that they all had something in common: a family experience with immigration. This inspired them to create a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting local residents with immigrants and refugees to ease their transition.

YBIT has been selected as the winner of the non-profit Global Youth Entrepreneur competition. This competition attracts hundreds of applicants from all over the world.

Students in the United States and Ukraine were matched in groups of four to compete for a $ 1,000 grant and the opportunity to receive financial advice from Nike CFO Mehran Nikko and former Microsoft vice president Dan’l Lewin.

This is how Sharma, Huang, Malevka and Potochevska connected. Using their shared family experience with immigration, they introduced a non-profit organization that matches locals with immigrants and refugees to ease their transition.

“We had to create business presentations, financial and business plans within a week, and it was overwhelming with the jet lag,” because two of the founders lived in Ukraine, Sharma said.

“Some of us didn’t have enough time to sleep because the competition was going on,” Potochevska added.

Sharma said the group didn’t know the financial side of doing business, so when they got $ 1,000 they didn’t know how to use it. As a result, Nike’s CFO and Microsoft’s vice president told YBIT how to set up a non-profit organization, register it with the government, and distribute the funds properly.

Shortly after YBIT won the grant, COVID-19 took the world by storm. However, this roadblock benefited the building of their non-profit organization. This saved the group a lot of money as they have built a positive reputation through social media.

Sharma’s parents immigrated from India to Spokane. She is a junior at Gonzaga Prep and enjoys participating in musical theater and Indian classical dance. She said the process took her family about 13 years to immigrate to the United States. Understanding how difficult and trying this process is for so many people, Sharma sought to make this transition easier, especially for families.

When she first started working with YBIT, Sharma was surprised to find that unlike her, most immigrants quickly abandon their culture to assimilate into American life.

“If I had left my culture behind,” she said, “half of my life would have been gone.

She said she tries to prevent this assimilation by posting topics on Instagram that mentees can discuss with their mentors. One week, she asked mentees to share a recipe from their culture with their mentors. With this program, Sharma hopes to encourage teens to embrace their uniqueness.

Huang immigrated to Vancouver from Taiwan at the age of 3. Huang said that because his family spoke Mandarin Chinese, he struggled to overcome the language barrier. His school enrolled him in ESL, which made it difficult for him to adapt to an unfamiliar environment.

“Coping with the language barrier was difficult for me. So I signed up for this innovation boot camp (Global Youth Enterprises) and met the YBIT team and from there I discovered this common story in this field, ”said Huang.

The team decided that the nonprofit would target teens desperate to find a home in the community.

“With the stress and responsibilities that adults have to take on, it’s easy for teens to feel lost in the equation,” Huang said.

Afghan families who fled their homes continue to arrive in Spokane as the Taliban gain traction following the US withdrawal. Sharma said YBIT is “absolutely” looking for opportunities to help Afghan refugees.

When an immigrant family files their documents, they learn about resources designed to facilitate their transition. YBIT presents documents from immigration agencies as a resource for young people. This advertisement is the reason YBIT hosts operations in over 55 countries.

“The language barrier is the most difficult barrier facing immigrants and refugees,” said Jackson Lino, director of youth programs at World Relief.

The four co-founders echoed Lino’s statement, saying easing the language barrier is YBIT’s top priority. Meeting a mentor each week allows mentees to learn the language of their new home and provides teens with a unique opportunity to experience phrases, slang and nuances of the language they are learning.

Ahmed Hassan participated in the YBIT Refugee Mentor / Mentor Program. Hassan recently moved from Saudi Arabia to Ukraine to study at university and is no stranger to moving countries. He was born in Germany and has also lived in Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

He said the YBIT team had it set up with a friend and they instantly hooked up.

“We shared a lot of cultural knowledge and acquired a good amount of new things,” Hassan said. “We both knew different languages ​​as well, so we also practiced this together. “

In this mentorship, Hassan said he found a place to share his experience and realized that the YBIT participants “were one family with the same goals.”

After completing his mentorship, Hassan was invited to remain a volunteer.

“We do our best to give young people all the support they need and to help them get involved in any new environment they find themselves in,” he said.

In order to facilitate communication, mentors must be at least bilingual. Huang is the leader of the Chinese language, Sharma the Hindi leader, Malevka the French and Potochevska the Ukrainian.

In addition to language proficiency, YBIT is looking for likeable, kind and enthusiastic teens about learning about another culture.

Potochevska lives in central Ukraine and plans to study at Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv in the fall. She understands the challenges of immigration because she saw her brother immigrate to Australia. She said the process was “really stressful” for everyone involved.

“For migrants, it’s a big cultural difference,” she said. “For me alone, communicating with Americans is sometimes difficult for me, and sometimes I just don’t understand (their) mentality.

YBIT is delighted to welcome a new group of mentees and mentors for the 2021-22 school year. Their mentee application form is open to refugee and immigrant youth. Applications to become a mentor are closed, but teens are encouraged to contact YBIT to find out how they can be of assistance. Visit YBIT online at

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World Health Organization honors the late Henrietta Lacks for his contributions to scientific research

Lacks, a black woman, suffered from cervical cancer while being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951. A surgeon removed cells from her cervix without her consent during a procedure and this sample allowed a doctor at the hospital to create the first human cell line to reproduce outside the body.

The cell line, now known as HeLa cells, allowed scientists to experiment and create life-saving drugs, including the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, and genetic mapping, and helped advance the cancer and AIDS research.

Lacks, 31, died the same year from cancer, but her influence in the field of medical science continued, earning her the WHO Director-General’s Award.

“By honoring Henrietta Lacks, WHO recognizes the importance of addressing past scientific injustices and advancing racial equity in health and science,” said Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement. “It is also an opportunity to recognize women – especially women of color – who have made incredible but often invisible contributions to medical science.”

Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other members of Lack’s family attended the awards ceremony at the WHO Geneva office. His 87-year-old son, Lawrence Lacks, Sr., accepted the award on his behalf.

“We are moved to receive this historic recognition from my mother, Henrietta Lacks – honoring who she was as a remarkable woman and the lasting impact of her HeLa cells. My mother’s once-hidden contributions are now rightly honored for their global impact, “Lawrence Lacks said in a statement.

“My mother was a pioneer in life, giving back to her community, helping others live better lives and caring for others,” he added. “In death, she continues to help the world. Her legacy lives on in us and we thank you for saying her name – Henrietta Lacks.”

Family sues biotech company for non-consensual use of its cells

At the time of the Lacks procedure, taking cells from people without their consent was not against the protocols.

Earlier this month, the Lacks family filed a lawsuit against Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. for unfair enrichment resulting from the non-consensual use and profit of its tissue sample and cell line.

The lawsuit alleges that Thermo Fisher Scientific knowingly profits from the “unlawful conduct” of Johns Hopkins physicians and that its “ill-gotten gains belong by right to Ms. Lacks’ estate.”

He argues that the company “made a conscious choice to sell and mass produce the living tissues of Henrietta Lacks, a black woman, grandmother, and community leader, although the company knows that Ms. Lacks’ tissues have left her behind. been taken without his consent. by doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a racially unfair medical system. “

While the origin of HeLa cells was unclear for years, Lacks’ story became widely known in the 21st century. It was the subject of a bestselling book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, which was released in 2010, and a subsequent film of the same name starring Oprah Winfrey. The United States House of Representatives has recognized his non-consensual contribution to cancer research, and John Hopkins hosts a series of annual conferences on his impact on medicine.

The lawsuit claims that with this broad recognition, there is no way for Thermo Fisher Scientific to say that it did not know the history of its products containing HeLa cells and points to a page on the website of the ‘company which recognizes that the cells were taken without Lacks’ consent. According to the lawsuit, there are at least 12 products marketed by Thermo Fisher that include the HeLa cell line.

Thermo Fisher Scientific generates annual sales of approximately $ 35 billion, according to its website. CNN has contacted the company for comment.

CNN’s Taylor Romine contributed to this report.

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Women’s Sports Foundation Celebrates Inspirational Athletes, Girls and Sport Leaders at Annual Women in Sport Tribute

Allyson Felix, Jordan Larson, Kim Ng, Naomi Osaka and Larry Scott honored with Foundation Signature Awards

Posted: October 13, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. CDT|Update: 4 hours ago

NEW YORK, October 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Tonight, the Women’s Sports Foundation celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of athletes and leaders in women’s sport at their annual salute. Recognized as the biggest evening in women’s sport, the event paid tribute to athletes and executives who made history. Allyson Felix, Jordan larson, Kim Ng, Naomi Osaka and Larry scott – in a national broadcast on Yahoo Sports, preceded by an exclusive reception for donors and supporters of the New-York Historical Society. The salute was presented by WSF Athleta partners, espnW, Gatorade, NBC Sports Group and Yahoo Sports.

The biggest evening in women’s sport! WFTU annual tribute to women in sport.

In a year in which the first female coaches won Super Bowl rings, a former WNBA player became part-owner of the franchise and Team United States women in Tokyo By winning 58% and 60% of the team’s Olympic and Paralympic medals, respectively, there is much to celebrate. The power, impact and popularity of women’s sports and athletes continue to grow – with athletes serving as inspiration and role models, motivating the next generation of young girls to #KeepPlaying. WSF research has shown that participation in sport offers many lifelong benefits, including health and wellness, goal setting and mastery, discipline, self-confidence and leadership skills. While the Salute invites everyone to revel in the celebration, it also serves to remind people of the continued need for equitable access, inclusion and opportunities in sport for girls and women, and he mobilizes everyone to take measures to support the Foundation in its mission.

“The Women’s Sports Foundation is an ally, an advocate and a catalyst for girls and women to reach their highest potential in sport and life,” said Billie Jean King, founder of the WSF. “I am inspired by this incredible group of award winners and proud to recognize their record breaking and earth-shattering accomplishments, and encouraged by girls around the world who are boldly breaking new ground.”

The Foundation’s coveted prizes and this year’s winners included:

Sportswoman of the Year Award – presented to an athlete (in individual sport and team sport) who has shown outstanding athletic performance in the past 12 months.

  • Individual sport, Allyson Felix (Athletics) – World record holder, 18-time World Championship medalist, 11-time Olympic medalist and America’s most decorated track and field athlete in history.
  • Team sport, Jordan larson (Volleyball) – Triple Olympic medalist and captain of history United States Women’s volleyball team.

Wilma Rudolph Courage Price – presented to a female athlete or a team that shows extraordinary courage in its sports performance, demonstrates its ability to overcome adversity, makes a significant contribution to sport and serves as a role model.

  • Naomi Osaka – Four-time Grand Slam champion, social justice activist and mental health advocate

Billie Jean King Leadership Award featured with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative – recognizes an individual or group who demonstrates exceptional leadership and contributes significantly to the advancement of women through achievement in sport and the workplace.

  • Kim Ng – General Manager (GM) of the Miami Marlins, the highest ranked woman in Major League Baseball and the first female general manager of all professional male sports teams in the North American major leagues.

Equality Champion Award – recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates an unwavering commitment to gender equality and the advancement of women and girls in sport.

  • Larry scott – Former Commissioner of the Pac 12 conference, former CEO of the WTA Tour

More information on the winners and their awards can be found here.

The evening’s festivities were a hybrid of virtual and in-person celebration. In addition to the award winners, the Salute show featured programs such as the recently launched Power of She Fund: Child Care Grant, with Athleta, which supports mom-athletes; and the community-based girls’ group The Cycle Effect, which empowers girls through mountain biking and mentoring. The WSF also announced its next president-elect, three-time Olympian and director of player development for the New Jersey Devils, Meghan Duggan, who will take charge of January 2022 the current president, member of the World Rugby Hall of Famer and mixed martial arts athlete Phaidra Knight. Champion athletes participating in the New-York Historical Society event included: Grete Eliassen, Aja Evans, Rachel Garcia, Jessica long, Tatiana mcfadden, Maggie Steffens and more.

“I look forward to the Salute every year to applaud and shine the much-deserved spotlight on everyone’s commitment and accomplishments,” said Phaidra Knight, President of the WSF. “At all levels of sport, women continue to excel and make history. The courage, power and determination displayed throughout the year by women in sport is exactly what the next generation of girls need to see to inspire their own limitless possibilities.

A replay of the WSF Annual Salute, produced by Springtime Media, can be found here. More information about the event can be found here.

About the Women’s Sports Foundation
The Women’s Sports Foundation exists to empower girls and women to reach their potential in sport and in life. We are an ally, an advocate and a catalyst. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, we strengthen and expand opportunities for participation and leadership through research, advocacy, community programs and a wide variety of collaborative partnerships. The Women’s Sports Foundation has positively shaped the lives of millions of young people, student-athletes, elite athletes and coaches. We are building a future where every girl and woman can #KeepPlaying and enjoy the lifelong benefits of participating in sport. All the girls. All the women. All sportsÃ’. To learn more about the Women’s Sports Foundation, please visit

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Jonathan Katz urges Elon community and nation to learn from history

Zemari Ahmadi was killed by a US drone strike in Afghanistan in August this year. Ahmadi, along with nine other members of his family, drove a vehicle that the United States mistakenly took for use by a branch of the Islamic State called ISIS-K.

According to author and journalist Johnathan Katz, this type of unapologetic brutality is not uncommon in countries around the world, including the United States. Liberal Arts Forum initiative, Katz spoke at Elon University on October 11 about the consequences of what he called the imperialist mentality and the danger of a desensitized nation.

Katz kicked off his lecture by highlighting the injustice against Ahmadi and his family. Not only were they civilians, but seven of the ten people killed in the strike were children. It was only after the United States received a backlash for the strike that the Pentagon admitted to any sort of wrongdoing. Ahmadi’s remaining family have still not received compensation or reparations, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Drawing on that concept, Katz gave a history lesson on the US occupation of Afghanistan and Haiti for nearly 20 years, as well as the Capitol Riot on January 6. Katz said these three instances can be used to examine and define America’s current economic, political and militaristic climate.

“These three places and their histories and their histories are actually very, very intertwined in a way that I think is instructive in understanding them individually, us as a country and people and understanding growth differently than we do, Americans, can take in the future, ”Katz said.

Katz was the only full-time US journalist in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake and Associated Press correspondent in Haiti from 2007 to 2011. He later revealed the story that United Nations soldiers likely caused cholera outbreak after earthquake that killed thousands. Katz has reported in more than a dozen countries and territories.

In 2011 he was awarded the Medill Medill for Courage in Journalism and in 2019 was National Fellow in New America. Katz also previously headed the Media & Journalism Initiative at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, and still contributes frequently to the New York Times and other publications.

Katz is currently writing a book, “Gangsters of Capitalism”, on General Smedley Butler and the legacy of the American Empire. Its release is scheduled for January 18, 2022.

At the event, Katz described in depth the reasoning reported by America behind the occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934 and Afghanistan from 2001 to 2021. He also explained the motivations that did not been reported.

“If the reason we went to Afghanistan was to root out Osama bin Laden and destroy the Taliban government that offered him refuge, then this mission should have ended in 2011,” Katz said. “But the mission of war … continued for another decade, and that’s because [the U.S. government had] these other ideals.

From Katz’s perspective, the world’s superpowers have wreaked havoc on Third World countries under the guise of providing aid, education and “civilization.” Katz said that after millions of deaths, entire regions stripped of their resources, and the will of stronger, foreign nations being applied to the colonized, world powers want to forget the past and pretend every country is starting from the same. starting line.

Professor Linda Dunn, who teaches in Peace and Conflict Studies at Elon University, has been a member of a peace organization located in Alamance County for over 40 years. The group, which started as Peacemakers of Alamance County, has now grown into a chapter of Peace Action. Peace action is a national organization that focuses on efforts such as war, the nuclear threat, poverty, climate change and terrorism.

Dunn attended the conference to get Katz’s advice on how best to educate the masses on how people can be conscious and active citizens.

According to Dunn, the Alamance chapter of Action pour la paix has largely focused on educating people about the current state of the country and how it has become, which includes anchoring institutional racism and funding for the American military might. With concepts and ideals brought to the forefront of American minds in light of events such as the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the riot on the Capitol, Dunn said she believed it was more practical than ever to ‘educate the public.

“I have a lot of hope right now,” Dunn said. “I really believe that you young people are more and more aware of all of these issues – of how institutional racism and all of that stuff relates to this military abuse, and our mindset of spending so much money. money for war. “

Considering that Haiti was the first country in the world to abolish slavery and gain independence in 1804Katz said the nation takes great pride in holding its own identity and its own success. About a century after gaining independence, US troops occupied Haiti under the pretext of restore stability in the Caribbean.

According to Katz, during the 20 years of American occupation of Haiti, American troops reestablished slavery, overthrew the Haitian Parliament and emptied the country of its resources for American profit. Now, as the leader of the modern world, the United States still refuses to provide reparations or acknowledge that Haiti’s current state of suffering is its fault, Katz said.

Not only did Katz draw the same correlation from the US occupation of Afghanistan, but he also pointed to the Capitol insurgency earlier this year as a byproduct of the Americans’ response to US military might. Katz pointed out that not only is the United States responsible for the horrors of colonization, political instability and poverty, but the imposition of its strength and will always occurs – regardless of the consequences on human lives.

“I think the first thing we need to do is stop and look at ourselves in the mirror and look at our history,” Katz said. “This kind of awareness has come home in a major way, and Americans are not sure what to do with it – and so some Americans are looking to America first.”

Although this is not a new concept, Katz explained the effect of “brutalizing” a country like the United States, where people are becoming increasingly numb to destruction, to violence. death and poverty left in other countries by their own nation.

“It’s the fault line that exists in America right now, and there certainly is the fault line in a lot of individual Americans with ‘which way are we going to go,’” Katz said. “Are we going to be brutalized or are we going to stop at realizing ourselves?” “

In the wake of more people learning and sympathizing with the damage inflicted on less developed countries by global superpowers, Katz warned that without proper remedies, these war-torn countries would fall into more corrupt and hostile systems. In the case of reparations, Katz said there must be an acknowledgment of what has been stripped and stolen that has put developing countries at a disadvantage from the start.

“It’s the kind of thing that can allow you to take those experiences, hold onto that story and turn it into something more productive instead of just doubling and tripling the brutality,” Katz said.

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Rick Jones obituary | TV for children

Actor Rick Jones, who died at age 84 from cancer, rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s as a children’s television host – most notably on Play School and Fingerbobs – when his musical talents took hold. been discovered by the BBC. He later became the frontman of country rock band Meal Ticket.

In 1964, he sang and strummed the guitar at the Royal Court Theater, London, in Spoon River, a stage performance based on poems by Edgar Lee Masters about the people of a small town in Illinois. Donald Sutherland and Betsy Blair starred, and although Jones was initially annoyed that he couldn’t show off his acting and verse reading skills, he began to enjoy singing American folk songs in front of theaters. attic.

One evening, producer Joy Whitby, who was preparing a new under-five TV show, Play School, went backstage to ask her to join the show. Although he viewed the BBC as “a notoriously stingy payer,” he saw the opportunity for financial stability for his family, especially with repeated episodes daily, doubling his fees.

Jones spent a decade (1964-1973) as the host of the weekday morning show, known for its “home” windows opening up the outside world to its young viewers. He sang, told stories, and dressed for 447 episodes – with only Carol Chell, Brian Cant, Julie Stevens, Chloe Ashcroft, Johnny Ball, and Sarah Long appearing in more.

He single-handedly made a huge impression on this audience as the presenter of the 1972 series Fingerbobs. Released in the Watch with Mother Lunchtime Slot Machine, Fingerbobs was designed by Michael and Joanne Cole and featured the adventures of Fingermouse and his friends, including Scampi the Fish, Gulliver the Seagull and Flash the Turtle.

One of 13 episodes of Fingerbobs, the 1972 series presented by Rick Jones, who used his gloved hands to create characters including Fingermouse, Scampi the Fish and Gulliver the Seagull

Under the guise of “Yoffy,” Jones used his gloved hands to create these and other animals like paper finger puppets, also performing songs about them – and his own character: “Yoffy holds up a finger and a mouse is there / Puts his hands together and a seagull takes to the air / Yoffy raises a finger and a lobster soars / Yoffy folds another and a turtle head appears.

Jones lost weight while filming the shows, which only lasted 13 episodes but were repeated for 12 years. “It was such a hard job to squeeze under tables with your fingers in the buttocks of little animals,” he told Garry Vaux, author of Legends of Kids TV (2009). “We finally designed a system of slings on the runners so I could sneak madly in there desperately trying to remember which character to stick which entrance to which tail.”

He was fired by the BBC when an overzealous fan, perhaps influenced by his hippie look – sparse locks, beard and bald head – mailed him two cannabis spliffs to the company’s address, well that Jones suggested that drugs were part of the culture. at the time, adding that the BBC studios were also then a hotbed of illicit sex.

Then he focused on music with country rock band Meal Ticket. He played keyboards, alternated as lead singer with Willy Finlayson and, along with Dave Pierce, wrote many of the band’s songs while they performed on the London pub circuit and released the Code of the Road albums ( 1977), Three Times a Day (1977) and to go (1978).

The BBC commissioned Jones and Pierce to write You’d Better Believe It, Babe, which Meal Ticket interpreted as the theme of the award-winning fantastic time travel The Flipside of Dominick Hide (1980) and its sequel, Another Flip for Dominick ( 1982).

Jones was born to British parents, Agnes (née Hannon) and Frederick Jones, in London, Ontario; his parents had moved to Canada and his father served in the Canadian Army. Leaving London Central High School, he began his professional life as a forester and nickel miner.

Moving to Britain in 1957, Jones trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London, where Terence Stamp was a friend and contemporary, then performed for three years with the Library Theater repertoire company. of Manchester (1959-62). During a hiatus in 1961 he toured the United States with Theater Outlook in productions including Coriolanus and later made his London West End debut in Fiorello (Piccadilly theater, 1962).

One of his first television appearances came as Mercutio in an ITV adaptation of Romeo and Juliet starring Jane Asher. As a resident folk singer at the Pickwick Club in London, which was popular with celebrities, he has previously performed to the Beatles.

On television, Jones also sang in Jackanory in 1966 and appeared singing and presenting in Whoosh! (1968) and editions of Play Away between 1972 and 1974, as well as episodes of The Saint (1967) and Dr Finlay’s Casebook (1969).

His vocal work included character dubbing in the French children’s series Belle et Sébastien (1967-68), about a boy and his dog, as well as foreign porn films, and he wrote the English theme song for another program. produced in France, Aeronauts (1967-70).

Jones moved to the United States in 1981, when his musical Captain Crash vs the Zzorg Women Chapters 5 and 6 – written with Pierce and others – was staged at Richmond’s, a theater in Los Angeles. Later, with Roger Penycate, he developed the musical Laughing Daughter, based on songs from Meal Ticket, and performed at the Black Box Theater, Silver Spring, Maryland, in 2009.

Her 1960 marriage to Min (Marina) Ayles ended in divorce. He married Valerie Neale in 1986 and they recorded an album, Life Drawing, together in 2008. He is survived by Valerie and the daughters of his first marriage, Leaflyn and Chrysta.

Rick (Frederick Joseph) Jones, actor and musician, born February 7, 1937; passed away on October 7, 2021

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Read the book by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “People of color: a memory” a few months ago i read other black history books.

The next title and author of the book is “My slavery and my freedom” by Frederick Douglass, written in 1855. The first chapter makes him live as a little boy, and those years are those when his life was happy. Although he was born into a family of slaves, he still did not feel these terrible factors. He lived with his grandparents and didn’t feel like anyone owned him.

He was born in an agricultural country in eastern Maryland called Tuckahoe. The best feature was the Choptank River that ran through the area.

He tells us about the family he was born into: “Family trees do not flourish among slaves” (p. 30). They usually did not keep family records, so it is not certain what year he was born, but he believes it was 1817. When the slave family had a baby, the slave owners did not note the date of birth for them.

The family member he has fond memories of is his grandmother, Betsy Baily. She caught shad and herring in fishnets, and when the time was right, she planted sweet potatoes for people.

Her grandparents lived in a cabin built of clay, wood and straw. Her grandmother looked after her grandchildren while their mothers (her five daughters) were hired to work remotely. Her mother’s name was Harriet.

He writes that living with his grandmother and grandfather gave him the experience of not feeling like a slave when he was a little boy.

Eventually he learned that his grandparents did not own the hut they lived in, but “Old master” made. That’s what her grandmother used to say. He also began to realize that one day he would no longer live with his grandparents.

He was always worried and sad when he thought about when he would be separated from his grandmother. He was sad now even when she was gone for a short time.

Towards the end of this chapter, he writes that the white boy in the family has more problems than he does. The slave boy goes wild. The owner’s boy – the white boy – has rules to follow, such as using your knife and fork correctly. The slave boy is free from these rules of behavior.

The end of this chapter is a powerful read, for you know that this 7 or 8 year old slave boy will soon no longer feel that freedom.

Chapter II begins with a description of the slave-owning family, which came from Wales to Maryland, and in a few pages we read that Frederick was taken 12 miles to their plantation. When he realizes that he will no longer be with his grandmother, he falls to the ground and cries.

The appendix to the book contains excerpts from speeches Douglass gave throughout his life. He died in 1895.

Here is my first note on “Give me wings: how a choir of former slaves conquered the world”, by Kathy Lowinger, circa 2015: “This book is like an encyclopedia! It’s only 144 pages long, but it’s a complete book, written by a Jewish Canadian. Her family came to Canada from Hungary when she was very young.

One of the book’s many historical stories tells how the Fisk Jubilee Singers started in Tennessee in 1861 with hard times. In two years, they became very well known by performing in the United States, England, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. In the recent book by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “The Black Church”, he writes about the Jubilee Singers.

On a second overseas trip, they performed in England again, as well as Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

They made enough money to save Fisk University, which was about to close for lack of funds.

However, while they traveled by train and boat and stayed in hotels, their wish to be treated fairly like white people was often not honored. These situations got better as they became more famous.

When the Jubilee Singers performed in Hartford, Connecticut, the state governor was in attendance, as was Mark Twain. He was a Jubilee fan and wrote “I think these gentlemen and ladies make eloquent music – and what’s nicely done, they reproduce the real melody of the plantations, and are the only people I’ve ever heard of doing this on a public platform.” (p.97).

The book features many songs written by black people, giving the history of who wrote it and the lyrics. These songs include “Republic battle anthem” “Come down to Moses” and “Rock low, Sweet Chariot.”

Each chapter of this book contains many illustrations. On page 127, readers see the poster for THE ORIGINAL FISK UNIVERSITY JUBILEE SINGERS ORGANIZED OCTOBER 1871.

The next book is “Black girl well read: finding our stories, discovering ourselves”, Edited by Glory Edim, c 2018. There are 22 selections of black writers. I started in the book while reading “Zora and I” by Marita Golden, who has taught writing at numerous universities.

One of the awards she received was for her novel “After”; this award was presented by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. This author co-founded The Zora Neale Hurston / Richard Wright Foundation. These writers have both written about black life in the South – rural areas and small towns.

Marita Golden tells us that Zora’s writings “Offer the world a people who are a symphony, not a disturbing minor key” (p.55). Zora’s father told her about Frederick Douglass before she was old enough to hear about him at school.

We read that for a long time Zora’s writings weren’t well known. The first book she read was “Their eyes looked at God”, and then she read all of her books. Her last paragraph is a thank you to Zora for all the inspiration she has given to black people.

The Hurston book that we have on our shelves is “Traces of dust on the road.”

You can search the history of black subjects on the Plum Creek library system and find many authors and titles, and there is also a wide selection on the Overdrive and Hoopla library digital platforms.

For more information, visit or call 507-537-7003.

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San Francisco housing complex gives victims of domestic violence a fresh start

Tucked away on her Chesterfield sofa, her power wheelchair close at hand, Rosemary Dyer examined the glittering peacock figures she had purchased on her first solo trip to San Francisco’s Chinatown after her release from prison, and admired the bright tablecloth with silk flowers in her new living room.

Dyer, an effervescent woman with a mischievous sense of humor, brought these and other prized possessions to Home Free, a new transitional apartment complex in San Francisco. It was designed for women who have been jailed for killing their abusive partner or being at a crime scene coerced by an abusive spouse or boyfriend. Dyer was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole in 1988 for the shooting death in 1985 of her eight-year-old husband, who abused and tortured her, at a time when expert testimony related to domestic violence and its effects were not permitted. in court in most states.

The insidious villainy that defined her life included being repeatedly beaten and sodomized with a loaded handgun. Her husband had dug a grave in the backyard, saying he intended to bury her alive.

Home Free – where Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020 Dyer’s Switch is proudly hung on the wall – was created by Five Keys Schools and Programs, a statewide nonprofit that provides education, training professional, therapeutic programs and housing for inmates and new releases. The five-bedroom, two-bedroom apartment complex is the result of years of advocacy by survivors of intimate partner violence and the organizations that work with them. Their efforts have enabled women like Dyer to secure their release by pardon or by retroactively presenting evidence of their abuse to the state parole board or the courts.

“The fact that women who have suffered unspeakable violence against them have not been allowed to provide evidence of the abuse is the epitome of injustice,” said Sunny Schwartz, founder of Five Keys. “We are committed to creating a vibrant, dignified and safe home, a place that says ‘you are worth it.’ “

Previous transitional housing options for women were largely limited to those dealing with substance abuse. Home Free, on Treasure Island, a former naval base in the San Francisco Bay area, was forged during the pandemic last year with a tight start-up budget of $ 750,000, including staff. The once grimy apartments have been renovated with the help of nearly 100 volunteers – architects and landscapers, flooring and cabinet installers, plumbers, transporters, electricians and urban construction apprentices. They all gathered on this somewhat bizarre island originally built for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition.

Interior design students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco dedicated a semester to the project, joining mini-charettes on Zoom with Irving A. Gonzales of G7 Architects. They also reflected with the women, whose desires included full-length mirrors (they had been denied in prison to monitor their form for years).

“We wanted color! said Dyer, who visited the construction site while still in temporary accommodation. She and others had a particular aversion to gray, a shade associated with bunks and metal prison lockers.

A 69-year-old cancer survivor with congestive heart failure, Dyer has been using a wheelchair since she injured her hip in prison. A huge pirate flag – a nod to the Treasure Island theme – greets visitors as they arrive. Her accessible apartment adjoins a patio where she grows pots of tomatoes and radishes.

The landscape itself was designed by Hyunch Sung of the Mithun firm, who chose 10 different tree species. (Because the soil on Treasure Island is contaminated with industrial chemicals, the trees are planted in brightly colored containers.) Sung said she approached her work there as if designing for high-end clients. . “The idea of ​​beauty is underestimated for disadvantaged communities,” she said.

Nilda Palacios, 38, who lives upstairs, said it was “emotionally moving” to join the resort. She grew up with a history of abuse: she was assaulted as a child by an uncle and a stepfather, then raped at the age of 15 by a high school teacher. The teacher’s stressful ordeal made her dependent on drugs and alcohol (“I was trying to sleep my life,” she says). Palacios became distraught and suicidal. When a beggar cornered her one day, she said, she thought he was planning to attack her and “went on a rampage”, strangling her. She was convicted of second degree murder. Incarcerated for 17 years, she benefited from therapists in prison who helped her understand “how the depth of my crime relates to my story,” she said. “I confused someone who was not a threat for someone who was.”

Palacios was paroled. She benefited from a broader vision for Home Free, which now welcomes women like her, whose crimes were directly linked to their abuse.

Upon moving in, she was “shocked” at the prospect of a private room after years of sharing an 8 x 10 foot cell and cramming all her things into a six cubic foot box, with, as one inmate put it, current. , “your panties against noodles and peanut butter.”

“No way, is this my room?” Palacios recalled. “It felt like a real house to me.”

The idea for Home Free arose during a conversation between Schwartz, its founder, and the state treasurer of California, Fiona Ma, then the deputy of the state. Ma’s legislation, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012, allowed women who had experienced domestic violence and been convicted of violent crimes related to their abuse the opportunity to have their cases heard again using Women’s Syndrome. beaten (as it was called then) as a defense. The law also gave them the right to present evidence of abuse by intimate partners during the parole process. It applied to persons convicted before August 1996.

The number of Rosemary Dyers still behind bars is unknown. About 12,000 women are currently incarcerated for homicide nationwide, said Debbie Mukamal, executive director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center at Stanford Law School and director of the Regilla Project, a three-year effort to study the frequency with which women in the United States are jailed for killing their attackers. Small studies, including one in Canada, suggest that 65% of women serving a life sentence for the murder of their intimate partner had been assaulted by them before the offense. The link between abuse and violent crime was highlighted by grim statistics in a 1999 US Department of Justice report showing that a quarter to a third of incarcerated women had been abused as minors and only a quarter to almost a half in adulthood.

Despite increased public awareness, “there are still a large number of criminal lawyers who do not understand how intimate partner violence creates the context for a crime,” said Leigh Goodmark, director of the gender-based violence clinic at the University of Maryland School of Law.

In New York State, the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, enacted in 2019, was put to the test in the high-profile case of Nicole Addimando, a young mother of two in Poughkeepsie who shot and killed her baby friend and his father. children in 2017 after years of heartbreaking abuse (the case is dramatically captured in the documentary film “And So I Stayed.”)

Sentenced to 19 years in life for second degree murder, Addimando was entitled to a subsequent hearing under the law, where her allegations of abuse could be factored into a reduced sentence. The county court judge dismissed the allegations, saying she “had been given the opportunity to leave her attacker safely.” In July, the appeals division of the state Supreme Court overturned the decision, reducing the length of Ms. Addimando’s detention to 7.5 years.

For Kate Mogulescu, associate professor at Brooklyn Law School and director of its Survivors Justice Project, the case illustrates “the impossible burdens we place on survivors to prove their victimization.” Women are scrutinized by the courts in a very different way than men, she added. “With women, they are a bad mother, or promiscuous. The tropes are trotted on women and the punishments reflect this. However, so far 16 women have been punished in New York.

By far the most common reason that women who have been abused by intimate partners end up in prison are accomplice laws, in which a victim is forced to be at the scene of an abuser’s violence, like driving the getaway car, said Colby Lenz, co-founder of Survived and Punished, a national rights organization.

This was the case with Tammy Cooper Garvin, a victim of sex trafficking at the age of 14 and jailed for 28 years for being in the car while her pimp murdered a client. Her sentence was commuted and she was hired by Home Free as a residential coordinator.

Another advocate – and a guiding force behind the founding of Home Free – is another survivor named Brenda Clubine, who started a weekly support group at the California Institution for Women. Some 72 women quickly joined. Dyer was one of the original members, but until Clubine encouraged her, she was so terrified of life that she could barely speak.

Clubine herself had suffered years of abuse, including broken bones and stab wounds, by her husband, a former police detective. She hit her head with a bottle of wine and he died of blunt trauma. She served 26 years of a 16 life sentence. Her fierce retelling of the stories of the women in the prison group – which she sent to state lawmakers and governors – led to public hearings and the 2009 documentary “Sin by Silence,” which in turn inspired California laws.

Clubine’s close friendship with Dyer continued and is essential to Dyer’s rebounding confidence. At Home Free, Dyer now delights in making homemade noodles with chicken from his grandmother’s recipe. Clubine, his BFF, found that a safe and strengthening place for his “sisters” was long overdue. “I can’t say how full my heart feels that he’s available to them now,” she said.

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Vaccines, Child Care, Canadian Thanksgiving: Your Weekend Briefing

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Here are the best stories of the week and a glimpse into the future.

1. Moderna’s vaccine appears to be the world’s best defense against Covid. Poor countries struggle to get it.

Moderna sells almost all of its Covid vaccine – the only product it sells – to rich countries, generating billions in profits. About a million doses went to countries the World Bank classifies as low-income, compared to 8.4 million Pfizer doses and about 25 million Johnson & Johnson single-injection doses.

Most middle-income countries that have deals with Moderna have not received any doses. Thailand and Colombia pay a premium. The Biden administration has pressured the company to make its vaccine, which was developed with support from the US government, more widely available.

The development of Covid vaccines means that more effective influenza vaccines could emerge, using the same technology. In the meantime, public experts say it is very important to get the flu shot this year to avoid “twindemia”.

2. As Congress debates President Biden’s $ 3.5 trillion social policy bill, we took a close look at one key element: child care.

The bill would cap families’ spending on child care at 7% of their income, offer large subsidies to day care centers and force centers to increase salaries in the hope of improving the quality of teachers. The grants “would be the biggest investment in the history of child care,” said one expert.

Democrats describe the problem as a fundamental market failure – it simply costs more to provide care than many families can afford. Republicans say the plan is unaffordable and smacks of socialism. As Democrats consider slashing the bill to $ 2 trillion, a proposal to limit programs to the poor has reignited debate about the government itself.

3. Most abortions in Texas are banned again after a federal appeals panel reinstated the restrictive law.

The decision came two days after a lower court blocked the law in a case brought by the Biden administration. Many vendors expected the Conservative Fifth Circuit to side with Texas. The panel called on the administration to respond by Tuesday. While at least six Texas clinics had started performing the procedure beyond the limits of the new law over the past week, most of the state’s roughly two dozen providers had chosen not to. .

4. Taiwan is at the heart of the American-Chinese tensions, with the potential to ignite military conflict and reshape the regional order.

China’s growing military might made it possible to conquer Taiwan. The island’s readiness has wilted; China sent 56 fighter jets to test its besieged air defenses on Monday. The United States has seen its military dominance in Asia erode.

Few people believe that a war is inevitable. The economic and diplomatic aftershocks would be astounding for China. But China is now acting with growing confidence, in part because many officials, including Xi, believe US power has faltered.

American failures with the Covid-19 pandemic and its political upheavals have reinforced these views. In war games since at least 2018, American “blue” teams have repeatedly lost to a “red” team representing a hypothetical Chinese force.

5. Is Big Tech the Next Big Tobacco?

The testimony of a Facebook whistleblower last week generated an unusual bipartisan agreement that it was time for regulations to put the brakes on the tech industry. But if what’s facing Big Tech is anything like what happened to Big Tobacco in the 1990s, what lies ahead will likely be a multi-year struggle.

Lawmakers are weighing proposals, such as creating a new federal agency dedicated to overseeing the industry or overhauling laws so companies can be held accountable for amplifying damaging rhetoric. But the industry has built the largest army of lobbyists in Washington.

Our tech reporter also watched on how two recent high-profile implosions – those of Ozy Media and Theranos – are a reminder of how risky the bet of start-ups is and how often companies distort the truth.

6. Erika Girardi has become famous for her lavish lifestyle. Then her husband’s law firm was accused of embezzling millions of dollars. What has happened since is drama made for television.

Girardi, an actor in “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, is married to Tom Girardi, who helped win the lawsuit that made Erin Brockovich famous. He is accused of robbing vulnerable customers – including victims and relatives of those killed in the Lion Air plane crash in 2018 in Indonesia – to support their extravagant tastes. She, too, has been cited in half a dozen civil lawsuits and seems to be enjoying the attention.

7. How can you make up for 52 years of lost time in 11 days?

After years of battling cancer, Sam Anthony was running out of time. Before he died this summer, he found the courage to post a letter he had long been afraid to send, to a man he had never met: his biological father. A colleague from the National Archives helped find him.

Sam’s father, Craig Allen, had lost all hope of finding his son. After receiving the letter, father and son spent Sam’s last days together. “It was a combination of the saddest moments of my life, but also the proudest,” Craig said.

8. Phoebe Robinson is a comic, but a better description could be the boss.

Over the past few years, Robinson has grown from a pushy stand-up to a mini-mogul with a staff, a production company, a publishing imprint, TV deals, and even an intro to leadership she wrote. after noting the lack of views of black women. in business books. She writes, “Where’s ‘Lean In’ for us? “

In other news from the entertainment empire, what happens when Balenciaga collaborates with “The Simpsons” to present its latest collection? Springfield meets Paris in a delicious 10-minute episode.

9. If you are frustrated with trying to grow figs in a cold climate, you are not alone.

Our gardening expert, Margaret Roach, spoke to another expert about how to make your tree fruitful. The simple way to grow figs is in a pot, and that requires proper size and proper protection. A sunny location during the outdoor growing season and good drainage is also necessary.

Ahead of Canadian Thanksgiving tomorrow, our correspondent wrote a tribute to a different fruit tree: the McIntosh apple. The crunchy, tangy apple was discovered by John McIntosh in 1811, just south of Ottawa. If you feast on tomorrow, here are 11 delicious last minute recipes.

Have a fruitful week.

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Tensions persist between the legacy of Columbus and the natives

Monday’s federal holiday dedicated to Christopher Columbus highlights the lingering rift between those who view the Explorer as a representative of Italian-American history and others horrified by an annual tribute that ignores the indigenous peoples whose lives and culture were forever changed by colonialism.

Spurred on by national calls for racial fairness, communities across the United States have taken a closer look at Columbus’ legacy in recent years – by associating or replacing it with Indigenous Peoples Day.

On Friday, President Joe Biden issued the first presidential proclamation of “Indigenous Peoples Day,” the most important impetus to date in efforts to refocus the federal holiday celebrating Columbus.

But activists, including members of Native American tribes, said the end of the official Columbus name vacation was blocked by politicians and organizations focusing on Italian-American heritage.

“The opposition tried to portray Columbus as a benevolent man, in the same way that white supremacists painted Robert E. Lee,” said Les Begay, a member of the Diné nation and co-founder of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Coalition of Illinois, referring to the Civil War general who led the Confederate Army.

The arrival of Columbus began centuries of exploration and colonization by European nations, bringing violence, disease and other suffering to indigenous peoples already living in the Western Hemisphere.

“Failure to honor indigenous peoples on this day continues to erase our history, our contributions and the fact that we were the original inhabitants of this country,” Begay said.

Across the country, the tension, over the two public holidays, has been playing out since the early 1990s. Debates over monuments and statues of the Italian explorer are treading on similar ground, as in Philadelphia where the city has placed a box on a statue of Columbus last year following the murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis policeman. Protesters opposing racial injustice and police brutality against people of color rallied for months in the summer of 2020.

Philadelphia attorney George Bochetto, who fought against Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration to uncover the statue, said on Saturday many viewed the efforts to remove it as an attack on Italian-American heritage.

Kenney previously signed an executive order changing the city’s annual Columbus Day celebration to Indigenous Peoples Day. Monday will be the city’s first public holiday under the new name.

“We have a mayor who is doing all he can to attack the Italian-American community, including canceling his parade, removing statues, changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day by decree,” said Bochetto .

Kenney’s spokesperson Kevin Lessard said the statue should remain wrapped “in the best interest and public safety of all Philadelphians.”

In 2016, Lincoln, Nebraska joined other cities in adding Indigenous Peoples Day to the calendar on the same date as Columbus Day. Monday’s events will focus on the most recent addition, including the unveiling of a statue in honor of the first Native American physician, Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte.

Some believe that a split day causes even more harm. Activists are planning a small protest outside the Robert V. Denney Federal Building, calling for an outright end to the holidays on behalf of Columbus at all levels of government.

“It is patently absurd to honor indigenous peoples and the man who tortured and murdered their ancestors,” said Jackson Meredith, an organizer. “As far as we are concerned, we will continue to protest until Columbus Day is abolished.”

In New York City, the annual Columbus Day Parade returns after a one-year in-person absence attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. The parade is touted by some as the biggest Columbus Day celebration in the world.

In May, Italian-American activists complained after the Board of Education removed Columbus Day from the New York City school calendar, replacing it with “Indigenous Peoples Day”. Following the outcry, schools changed the designation to: “Italian Heritage Day / Indigenous Peoples Day”.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he supports the compromise.

“We must honor this day as a day to recognize the contributions of all Italian Americans, so of course the day should not have been changed arbitrarily,” said de Blasio.

The annual Columbus Day Parade in Chicago also returns on Monday after the pandemic forced the event to be canceled in 2020 which draws 20,000 people. It’s a vivid reminder of the ongoing fight for three statues of Columbus, still in storage by the city after protesters targeted them in the summer of 2020.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot in July 2020 ordered the statues to be removed and said the protests endangered protesters and police.

She then created a committee to examine the city’s monuments, including the fate of the monuments of Columbus. No plan has been publicly announced, but the Joint Italian-American Civic Committee planning the Columbus Day parade this summer has sued the city’s park district, demanding it be restored.

Ron Onesti, the organization’s chairman, said the parade usually attracts protesters and expects that on Monday as well. He sees the holidays, parade, and statues as a celebration of the contributions of Italian Americans to the United States, not just to Columbus.

“The result I am looking for is (for) our traditions to be respected and conversations to continue,” Onesti said on Saturday. “Each plaque that accompanies a statue indicates that it recognizes the contributions of the Italian community. So people have to figure out why it’s there, and then let’s sit down and figure out where to go from here.

In 2017, Illinois designated the last Monday in September as Indigenous Peoples Day, but maintained Columbus Day as the second Monday in October. A proposal to replace Columbus Day tabled this year has not received any action.

Chicago public schools in 2020 voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, sparking outrage from several aldermen and Italian-American groups. The city’s public holiday calendar still lists Columbus Day.

Begay, the advocate for Indigenous Peoples Day, said the organization decided to focus on changing Columbus Day in Cook County first, hoping it would be an easier route than convincing officials state or Chicago. But so far, members of the county’s board of directors have not sided with the proposal.

“Why are more than 500 years still forgotten? Said Bégay. “Why don’t we have this one day to recognize these horrific atrocities committed against native people? “


Associated Press Reporter Lawrence Neumeister in New York contributed to this report.

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Newport D-Day veteran Lyndon Sheedy’s medals have gone home

The last wish of a decorated Newport D-Day veteran has been granted – after his medals were returned to Wales from his home in Canada.

Lyndon Sheedy, CStJ, CD, ADC from Crindau had a decorated career in the Armed Forces and regularly returned from his home in Canada to Newport and France to pay his respects on D-Day.

Lyndon Sheedy in his South Wales Borderers uniform

Mr Sheedy passed away at the age of 96 on August 14, 2020 and wanted his medals returned to the Royal Regiment of Wales Museum in Brecon – formerly the South Wales Borderers Museum.

On September 30, 2021, his sister Joan Reynolds – herself a veteran who served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) attached to the Royal Artillery on anti-aircraft guns – and Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken were awarded his military and civilian medals. and awards as well as two photos to the museum’s curator, Amanda Rosewarne. They were joined by Mrs. Reynolds’ friends Ivan and Sue Beatty.

South Wales Argus: Lord Lieutenant for Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken and Joan Reynolds MBE presenting Royal Regiment of Wales Museum curator Amanda Rosemarme with Lyndon Sheedy medalsLord Lieutenant for Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken and Joan Reynolds MBE presenting Royal Regiment of Wales museum curator Amanda Rosemarme with Lyndon Sheedy medals

Mr. Sheedy was born in Crindau on July 31, 1924 and he joined the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers in 1942 and was assigned to A Company to secure the residence of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

On D-Day – June 6, 1944 – he was posted to Normandy with the 2nd Battalion and the Gloucesters and Essex regiments. At 7:30 am, he landed on the ‘Gold’ beach in Normandy. He was then injured and returned home for treatment.

He then served with the 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers in Cyprus, Gaza and Palestine during the uprising. He also served in Sudan and Eritrea.

South Wales Argus: Lord Lieutenant for Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitkin and Joan Reynolds with medals and photographs of Lyndon Sheedy at the Royal Regiment of Wales MuseumLord Lieutenant for Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitkin and Joan Reynolds with the medals and photographs of Lyndon Sheedy at the Royal Regiment of Wales Museum

Mr. Sheedy spent the last period of his career in the British Army as a permanent staff instructor at the Brecon Regimental Depot. He left the British Army in 1952 with the rank of sergeant.

In 1953, he enlisted in the Canadian Army as a corporal and was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Guard Battalion. The following year, he was promoted to sergeant. In 1956, he was posted to NATO, West Germany, as a platoon commander and, upon his return to Canada, he performed field garrison and ceremonial guard duties on the Parliament Hill.


He was promoted to warrant officer in 1965 and served as a company quartermaster. He then returned to NATO in West Germany to the brigade headquarters where he served as an administrative adjutant.

Mr. Sheedy returned to Canada at Bordon, Ontario, and served as the Senior Warrant Officer in the Infantry Basic Training Division. In 1972, he transferred to the Combat Arms School as an instructor, then to the Mechanized Commando where he was a platoon warrant officer.

In 1974, he was appointed lieutenant and requested leave from the Canadian Forces. As a civilian, he was later employed by the United States Embassy in the Department of State Administration on General Services. His role was to coordinate and oversee the placement of staff during presidential visits, the Secretary of State and other VIPs.

South Wales Argus: Lyndon Sheedy in his Order of St. John uniformLyndon Sheedy in his Order of St. John uniform

He was awarded the United States Government Medal of Citation for his outstanding performance and upon his retirement in July 1989 he was awarded a Certificate for Dedicated Service to the Government of the United States of America by the United States Ambassador in Canada, Edward N. Ney.

After his retirement, Mr. Sheedy devoted his time to the community, spending 17 years with the Order of St. John – where he was described as personifying the principles of the Order and was recognized as a “rare person who has shown leadership and determination extremely well. of the highest level. ‘

South Wales Argus: Lyndon Sheedy's medalsLyndon Sheedy’s medals

Mr. Sheedy has received a number of accolades from various organizations and nations for his service. He was awarded the French National Order of the Legion of Honor – the highest national order in France. It was presented to him by the French Ambassador to Canada at the French Embassy in Ottawa.

He also received a medal from the mayor of Caen in France – a place he visited every year. This presentation was made in her house in Newport by Madame Marie Lambert-Prou.

He was elevated to the rank of Officer and then Commanding Officer in 1983 during ceremonies at Christchurch Cathedral in Ottawa. In July 1991, he was appointed aide-de-camp to the Governor General.

South Wales Argus: Lyndon Sheedy's military and civilian medalsLyndon Sheedy Military and Civilian Medals

For 32 years, he took care of his wife Jean who suffered from MS. He also took care of another lady who lived in the same apartment complex for 11 years.

Mr. Sheedy not only had a long and exceptional career in the military and government, but he was also an author and artist. He painted landscapes and wrote about his life and experiences in his book Under five flags, the Odyssey of a soldier.

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Boeing headquarters in Chicago in limbo as priorities shift

A pedestrian walks past the Boeing World Headquarters office building in Chicago on April 26, 2006.

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Twenty years ago, just days before the 9/11 attacks on the United States crippled the aerospace industry, Boeing Co moved its headquarters from its historic Seattle manufacturing center to an elegant skyscraper in Chicago downtown.

The move was at the heart of Boeing’s plan to forge a new identity as a diverse global juggernaut, removing top executives from day-to-day operations in distant business units and closer to Wall Street and its major customers.

Two decades later, amid another industry crisis, Boeing’s corporate hub is in limbo.

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A new generation of primarily coastal-based senior managers are dealing with industrial certification and safety issues across its key divisions and the lingering fallout from the 737 Max and coronavirus crises. At the same time, the tax incentives offered to Boeing by Chicago and Illinois run out at the end of the year.

Once a symbol of a new Boeing, the vision of a corporate epicenter rising above its building blocks is at odds with the imperative to reclaim engineering dominance and mend customer relationships. and federal regulators.

General manager Dave Calhoun, for example, spent the start of the year at the Boeing plant in South Carolina dealing with production-related flaws that hampered the program, people familiar with the matter said.

Other senior executives, like new CFO Brian West, are also based primarily on the east coast of the United States and silence has settled on the exclusive but functional top floor, although the pandemic has also been a major factor. , people said.

“It’s a ghost town,” added one of the people.

The corporate headquarters – a 36-story, $ 200 million riverside skyscraper – stands at the crossroads of a cost-cutting campaign that has seen Boeing part with real estate, including its corporate headquarters in commercial planes in Seattle.

Several people close to the company say cost cuts and a more practical corporate culture have raised questions about Boeing’s long-term future in the city, and in turn about the general direction Boeing has taken. ‘intention to take as he tries to regain his pace.

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Boeing, however, insists that major operations are still taking place there and rejects any suggestion that the giant could leave its base in the Midwest. “Chicago is strategically important to Boeing’s US and global operations,” a spokesperson said.

“As with other companies, we have adapted to hybrid ways of working in the midst of the global pandemic to engage with our employees, customers and other stakeholders.”

Boeing and its employees have invested nearly $ 50 million to support Chicago communities in recent years, Boeing said.

Despite the new focus, others warn leaving town would risk a local firestorm and stay away from Boeing’s immediate priorities amid a host of industrial and regulatory issues.


Boeing left its Seattle home after 85 years after merging in 1997 with St. Louis-based rival McDonnell Douglas – a move that angered mechanics and core engineers.

Boeing was looking for a post-merger headquarters in a neutral location separate from these existing divisional power centers.

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But some critics saw Boeing’s move in Chicago as a symbol of a company that valued short-term profits and shareholder returns rather than long-term dominance of engineering – a repeated accusation after the 737 crashes. Max who killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019.

“It started as a way to signal that they would make future investments regardless of any inherited loyalty,” said Richard Aboulafia, analyst at Teal Group. “For some, it has just become a way of indicating that they will not make any future investments.”


Chicago, Cook County and Illinois have given Boeing more than $ 60 million in tax and other incentives over 20 years to move. Those credits have expired or will expire at the end of the year, although Boeing will receive funds for 2021 next year, the spokesperson said.

The incentives, which were temporarily swept aside by a trade feud with Airbus in Europe over mutual claims of unfair support, forced Boeing to keep 500 full-time employees in the office.

Boeing reported 513 full-time employees in Chicago for 2020, a city spokesperson said.

Boeing also employs thousands of people in Chicago and the Metro East region in southern Illinois near St. Louis, a state spokesperson said.

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But last year’s analysis by the Better Government Association, which reviews Illinois state rulings, found that Boeing had not hit the 500-employee mark in at least four years.

“The figures reported by the company to the state and the city differ, have never been audited and in some years have not met the public target,” he said.

The indirect impact of Boeing employees in the Chicago area had been valued at $ 4.3 billion over 20 years, Pam McDonough, former director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, said in an article. on LinkedIn last year.

“These big projects are complicated and strategic, but translate into huge financial and civic benefits. “

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Canada does not accept China’s request to join Pacific Rim trade deal

OTTAWA – Canada is giving China a cold shoulder over its interest in joining an 11-country trade bloc in the Pacific region that is seen as an important gateway to diversifying Canadian trade with d other Asian countries.

A spokesperson for International Trade Minister Mary Ng said Canada recognizes China’s desire to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but has yet to had discussions with the People’s Republic on this matter.

“We are aware of China’s interest,” Ng spokesman Chris Zhou said in an email response to questions.

“All decisions are made by consensus, and any country that joins the CPTPP must adhere to the high-quality rules and ambitious market access commitments of the CPTPP.”

Canada’s language on China’s potential accession to the pact reflects the stance taken by new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after taking office on Monday.

Trade analysts say Canada should vigorously oppose China’s entry into the trade pact which also includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

They say the safe return to Canada of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor gives the federal government more leeway to verbally oppose China’s entry into the pact. The two Canadian men were arrested in apparent retaliation for the December 2018 arrest of Chinese high-tech leader Meng Wanzhou under a US extradition warrant.

Meng returned to China last month, just hours after the United States withdrew its extradition request and a British Columbia court terminated legal proceedings against her. This paved the way for the immediate release of Kovrig and Spavor who were repatriated to Canada at the exact moment of Meng’s departure.

“Canada has no reason to do China a favor. Their appalling behavior towards Canada over the past two years, including belligerent and belligerent criticism of Canada Ǫ provides all the justifications for a cold, if not frosty, Canadian response to China’s request to the CPTPP, ”said Lawrence Herman, international trade lawyer and former Canadian diplomat.

Canada may be much smaller than China, but its membership in the larger CPTPP allows it to use its “leverage and influence” to counter “China’s aggressiveness,” Herman said.

Meredith Lilly, Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, said Canada need not necessarily endorse or reject China’s candidacy, because the he trade agreement already contains firm rules regarding criteria for new members.

“China is currently not meeting the standards or ambition set by the accession process to join the CPTPP, and China is expected to undertake a series of reforms to be taken seriously in areas such as state-owned enterprises, subsidies national, labor and human rights. and supply, ”Lilly said.

“I think it would be a mistake for CPTPP members to dilute the deal to accommodate any new members.”

Guy Saint-Jacques, former Canadian ambassador to China, said China failed to honor commitments it made two decades ago when it joined the World Trade Organization.

“Knowing how difficult it remains for foreign companies to operate in China compared to Chinese companies that want to operate here,” Saint-Jacques said, “we need to base our approach much more on reciprocity.”

China applied to join the CPTPP in mid-September, and Taiwan followed suit with its own candidacy a week later. The move angered China, which opposes Taiwan’s involvement in all international arenas because it views the island as a separatist province.

China has stepped up military intimidation against Taiwan in recent days, flying more than 50 fighter jets to the island on Monday.

Saint-Jacques and Lilly said Canada should endorse Taiwan as a member of the CPTPP.

“Of course China is going to go mad, but you know China is not ready,” Saint-Jacques said.

“Once appointed, Canada’s next trade minister should publicly recognize Taiwan’s candidacy, sending an early signal that Canada will give its full attention to Taiwan’s candidacy,” said Lilly.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also affirmed Canada’s solidarity with its two biggest CPTPP partners in recent days.

He spoke on the phone Monday with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison. “The two leaders discussed the close cooperation between Canada and Australia to strengthen global trade and uphold human rights as well as the rules-based international order,” said an excerpt from the office. by Trudeau published Tuesday.

And on Monday, his office released a statement congratulating Kishida.

“Our extensive trade and investment ties, underpinned by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, contribute greatly to our economic security,” said Trudeau.

“Together, we will advance our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific and take ambitious action in the fight against climate change.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 5, 2021.

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Salt Lake City Olympic Bid delegation to visit IOC Headquarters in November

The Salt Lake City Olympic Bid Committee has planned to send a small delegation to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in November to advocate for the hosting of the Winter Games in 2030 or 2034.

Park City, Utah hosted the venues for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games (Wikipedia)

Following a meeting of the Salt Lake City-Utah Games Committee (SLC-UCG) board of directors on Tuesday, President and CEO Fraser Bullock said bid chair Catherine Raney Norman and a small delegation from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) accompany him to Lausanne, Switzerland, for two days the week of November 29 to discuss the United States’ proposal to host their first Olympic Games. winter since the Utah capital last hosted the event in 2002.

Bullock downplayed the importance of the scheduled meeting, an important opportunity in the new IOC dialogue-based bid process, due to the timing.

“This visit with the IOC is fabulous but I recognize that it is only a step in the process, that their main objective is Beijing [2022 Winter Olympics], and this activity will resume after Beijing ”, he declared. when asked after the meeting.

Salt Lake City is one of four other regions that have expressed interest in hosting future Winter Games, including Sapporo in Japan, Pyrenees-Barcelona in Spain, Vancouver in Canada and Ukraine. Bullock said the IOC has been fair with the process behind the scenes and expects these nominations to have similar meetings in the near future.

“We really enjoy the process as it is now, we engage with the USOPC very frequently and they are really a partner,” Bullock said.

“Now we are going as partners together at the IOC to express our common interest in future Games, that we are ready, our bid is in very good shape and that we can host a fabulous Games.”

SLC-UCG has solidified the organizational and governance plans and work has started on the important bid package, a document that contains the essential plan for hosting a possible Games in Utah. With consistent public support between 80 and 90 percent, strong government partnerships, and the most needed sites built and already in use, the bid believes it is in excellent shape.

“We’re ready,” Raney-Norman told reporters empathetically.

The only remaining obstacle to the bid is the decision to host in 2030 or 2034. Bullock said he has been in contact with Los Angeles 2028 Summer Games president Casey Wasserman to discuss the Games. consecutive in the same domestic market. might look like and what are the challenges. LA’s sponsorship rights extend until the end of 2028, which would reduce Salt Lake City’s potential with its pre-Games window of just 18 months.

Bullock said he was focusing on “how can we potentially collaborate with them… but in any case not detracting from hosting the Games but improving them, and how can we be a partner with them in that scenario? “.

Waiting until 2034 was seen as problematic as the Salt Lake City sites in 2002 continue to age and may require more expensive renovations four years later.

Bullock gave no indication of what year the bid is currently heading, but assured the public would be notified ahead of the IOC’s selection of a preferred candidate for the 2030 Games.

“As soon as a decision is taken for 2030 or 2034, we will of course announce it, because that puts us firmly on the path to dialogue,” he said.

Earlier this year, as part of the IOC’s new bid process, Brisbane, Australia was suddenly named the preferred candidate for the 2032 Summer Games, taking rival bids and many stakeholders by surprise. IOC members voted to approve the host choice in July.

“With the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games we know who the candidates are, the IOC has been very open with us that there are discussions so that we don’t see anything that might surprise us or surprise the public, ”Bullock said.

Asked by On the timing of the decision of the target year and the IOC’s nomination of its preferred candidate, he added: “I think it will be more methodical, that we will vote in favor of a particular year between us. and the USOPC; forward this to the IOC; which becomes public; then we continue our journey.

There is no set timetable for the election of the host city in 2030 or 2034. Beijing is expected to host the Winter Games in February and Milan-Cortina in Italy will host the event in 2026.

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Army vet allegedly plotted assassination to start race war

A former US Army soldier and former Canadian Armed Forces reservist who allegedly plotted the assassination of a Virginia lawmaker and conspired to release racist mass murderer Dylann Roof could face decades in prison. The pair are awaiting jail time after pleading guilty to multiple gun charges, according to the Associated press.

U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr., 35, and former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews, 29, face a sentencing hearing on Oct. 28, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. A third co-accused, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, 21, was sentenced to five years in prison in December after helping Mathews illegally enter the United States.

The three men are members of the violent white supremacist group “The Base”, which is trying to recruit military veterans as infantrymen for a planned racial war which it hopes will lead to the collapse of society, Task & Purpose reported. in October 2020. The group is looking for members with military experience in order to have an army of self-defense soldiers ready to take power in the expected chaos, experts said.

The FBI said Lemley, Mathews and Bilbrough were working to set this chaos in motion, the Associated Press reported. The FBI set up a camera and microphone in Mathews and Lemley’s Delaware apartment and overheard them discussing plans to attack a gun rights rally in Richmond, Va., Destroy rail and power lines and assassinate a Virginia lawmaker, according to the Associated Press.

The Base is a white supremacist group that allegedly tried to recruit members with military experience. (Photo courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League.)

Although the lawmaker was not named on the prosecutor’s court file, the politician has been described as the speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, the AP reported. A Jewish woman named Eileen Filler-Corn took over the post on January 8, 2020. Prosecutors wrote that Mathews hoped the president’s murder would lead to stricter gun control laws and then a backlash to those. laws, according to the AP.

“It is extremely disturbing and it should disturb all Americans,” Filler-Corn told the AP. “This model of using violence to intimidate the leaders and symbols of our democracy undermines the core values ​​of our democracy itself.”

Lemley’s attorney, Ned Smock, described his client as a veteran of the Iraq War and a former cavalry scout who “got lost during a difficult time in his life”, and that despite his discussions with Mathews , the couple never engaged in actual violence, the AP reported.

Instead, the counts Lemley pleaded guilty to were: “conspiracy to transport certain aliens, to transport certain aliens, to dispose of a firearm and ammunition to an illegal alien, and to transport a firearm and ammunition in interstate commerce with the intent of committing a crime. crime; and Delaware’s accusations of harboring certain strangers, aiding and abetting a stranger in possession of a firearm and obstructing justice ”, according to The version.

The “alien” in question was Mathews, whom Lemley and Bilbrough worked together to help enter the United States illegally in November 2019. Lemley also had an illegal unregistered “machine gun”, according to a Department of Justice press release, although it does not specify the type of firearm involved. Lemley and Mathews were also charged with intent to obstruct justice because they destroyed their cell phones before the FBI could recover them, the department wrote.

The AP reported that Lemley and Mathews were hopeful that Roof’s release from his maximum security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, would also gain notoriety for The Base. White supremacist Roof killed nine African Americans during a Bible study at their church in South Carolina on June 17, 2015 in hopes of start a race war.

“The base would be known as the guys who broke Dylann Roof,” Mathews said, according to the AP.

Prior to bringing Mathews to the United States, Lemley and Bilbrough also attended a training camp hosted by base members in Georgia August 4-4, 2019, which included tactical training and weapons drills at fire, according to the Justice Department. The pair went to another base training camp in a different state later this month. In November 2019, Lemley and Bilbrough reportedly purchased around 1,550 rounds of 5.56 ammunition in Georgia, prosecutors said. In December, Mathews and Lemley also built a rifle from various weapon parts, and in January 2020 Lemley purchased another 1,500 5.56mm and 6.5mm rounds, which match two rifles he and Mathews owned.

“I might go to jail as soon as I find the propaganda in my cell phone,” Lemley told Mathews in January 2020, prosecutors said.

Lemley and Mathews each face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for their gun charges and 20 years for obstructing justice. Lemley faces an additional 15 years for bringing Mathews into the country illegally and giving him a gun, while Mathews faces an additional 20 years for “being an alien in possession of a gun and ammunition”, prosecutors say . Although the actual sentences for federal crimes are generally less than the maximum sentence, they noted.

Lemley and Mathews are just the last members of The Base to be arrested. Six other members of the group were arrested in 2020 for violent crimes, including a conspiracy to commit murder, and a seventh member was arrested in 2020 for allegedly vandalizing a synagogue. The Base is promoting itself as a group of survivors who defend the “European race” of society, which has been infected with Jewish values, Joanna Mendelson, associate director of the Center on Extremism, told Task & Purpose last year. of the Anti-Defamation League. Mendelson told the AP in June that The Base fainted amid the arrest of its members, but that doesn’t mean its former members are any less dangerous.

“We are talking about adherents who are deeply rooted in an ideology,” Mendelson told the AP. “They often direct their deeply held beliefs to other neo-Nazi organizations.”

The base is one of many extremist groups looking to recruit ex-combatants and servicemen into its ranks. There are also the “Boogaloo Boys”, a group of anti-government far-right extremists who seek to start a second civil war by murdering, among other things, police officers; and the “Oath Keepers”, another far-right anti-government group that claims tens of thousands of police and military, current and former, in its ranks, Southern Poverty Law Center.

Federal prosecutors have stressed their commitment to arrest extremists before they have a chance to harm the rest of society.

“Detecting, disrupting and deterring the threat of domestic terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms is a top priority for this office,” said United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, David C. Weiss in June. . “When extremists like the accused Mathews and Lemley take action to advance their crooked agenda and commit gun-related offenses, obstruct justice and illegally transport aliens, law enforcement will respond swiftly and decisively. . “

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Global Stent Market Report 2021-2028

Pune, India, Oct 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The global stents market is expected to experience healthy growth owing to the increasing prevalence of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Key market insights were shared by Fortune Business Insights in its report titled “Stent market size, global share and trend by type (coronary stent, stent, ureteral stent, esophageal stent), by product (dual therapy stents, bioresorbable vascular scaffolds, biotech stents), by material (non-degradable, degradable), by design (coil , helical spiral), by end user (hospitals, specialized clinics) and geographic forecasts until 2026 ”. The report offers a comprehensive analysis of the market and provides key insights into the major factors that will influence the market.

A stent is a small tube, made of plastic or metal. which is placed in a clamped coronary artery to keep it open. It is used in a procedure called angioplasty, which is performed to open blocked arteries and restore blood flow. A stent is placed in the affected artery immediately after angioplasty to keep it open. The tube is coated with medication so that it lasts a long time and prevents the blocked artery from closing.

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Faster recovery rates to boost the market

Stent treatments for coronary heart disease have been proven to have a faster recovery rate than conventional coronary bypass procedures. This bodes well for the global stent market as it will increase the rate of stent adoption. Additionally, stenting treatments are much less invasive than bypass grafts, which can help patients transition to such procedures more easily. In addition to this, there is an increasing prevalence of coronary heart disease. For example, recent figures revealed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that 735,000 Americans are diagnosed with heart disease. This is expected to significantly increase the size of the global stents market during the forecast period.

Multiple benefits to encourage adoption

The global stent market is expected to increase as the growing awareness of the many benefits of stenting will increase adoption rates. For example, stenting can reduce conditions associated with heart disease such as chest pain and fatigue. Plus, stenting even improves kidney function. Thus, the procedure is known to dramatically improve the lives of patients, which bodes well for the global stent market.

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High cost of stents may hamper market growth

Coronary stents cost 6 times more in the United States than in Europe, according to a 2018 study published in Health Affairs. Thus, the high cost of the treatment is expected to negatively impact the global stent market as a large part of the population might not be able to afford the treatment.

In addition, stenting carries some risks. For example, after the procedure is completed and the stent is placed, scar tissue may form inside the stent which would require another surgery. A person can also have an allergic reaction to the stent, which may again require medical attention. These factors may hamper the growth of the global stents market.

North America will occupy a leading position in the market

Among the regions, North America is expected to hold dominance and share of the global stents market during the forecast period. This is due to the growing number of heart disease patients and the presence of important market players investing in the research and development of innovative products. Asia-Pacific is also expected to significantly contribute to the expansion of the global stent market due to the increasing incidence of heart disease and the development of affordable stent treatments, especially in India.

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Competition in the global stent market is expected to intensify as market players seek to gain a competitive advantage through increased investments in research and the launch of innovative products. For example, in 2017, US-based Elixir Medical Corporation launched Desolve Absorbable Stent, along with the drug-eluting metal stent Dynamix, to continue its innovations in adaptive remodeling.

Some of the major players in the global stent market as identified by Fortune Business Insights include Boston Scientific Corporation, Terumo Corporation, Cardinal Health, Abbott, BD, Biosensors International Group, and a few others.


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Pakistani generals use offshore accounts to get rich

New Delhi (IANS): The window into the personal finances of individual Pakistani generals is particularly rare and provides insight into how senior military officers – known in Pakistan as the “establishment” – are using the offshore system to get rich. quietly while preserving, until now, the image of the army as a bulwark against civil corruption.

The revelations are part of the Pandora Papers, a new global investigation into the dark offshore financial system that allows multinational corporations, the rich, famous and powerful to avoid taxes and otherwise protect their wealth. The investigation is based on more than 11.9 million confidential files from 14 offshore service companies disclosed to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and shared with 150 news agencies around the world.

The Pandora Papers investigation exposes the civilian government and military leaders who have hidden vast amounts of wealth in a country plagued by widespread poverty and tax evasion.

One of the legacies of colonial rule is the wealth of the military. The combined commercial holdings of the military make up Pakistan’s largest conglomerate, and it controls 12% of the country’s land. Most land holdings are owned by current or former rulers.

The Pandora Papers reveal that in 2007, the wife of General Shafaat Ullah Shah, then a leading Pakistani generals and former aide to President Pervez Musharraf, purchased a $ 1.2 million apartment in London with a discreet offshore transaction.

In one of the many offshore operations involving military leaders and their families, a luxury London apartment has been transferred from the son of a famous Indian director to the wife of a three-star general. The general told the ICIJ that the purchase of the property had been disclosed and appropriate; his wife did not answer.

Ownership was transferred to General Shah’s wife by an offshore company owned by Akbar Asif, a wealthy businessman who has opened restaurants in London and Dubai. Asif is the son of Indian director K. Asif.

Asif’s sister, Heena Kausar, is the widow of Iqbal Mirchi, a senior official at prominent organized crime group D-company. Mirchi was at the time under sanction as a drug dealer by the United States. Before his death in 2013, Mirchi was one of the most wanted men in India.

Young Asif met Musharraf at the Dorchester Hotel in London to request a waiver of Pakistan’s 40-year ban on Indian films to allow the release of one of his father’s most acclaimed films. . Musharraf granted the exception and later lifted the ban.

Leaked documents show Asif owned a multi-million dollar real estate portfolio through a network of offshore companies.

One of these companies, called Talah Ltd. and registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), was used to transfer the London apartment to Shafaat Shah’s wife. Talah bought an apartment near the Canary Wharf financial district in 2006. The following year Asif transferred ownership of the business to Fariha Shah.

Shah said his wife had never met Asif and had only met him once, while he was Musharaff’s assistant, when Asif briefly pressured the president for his film. father “in the corridors of the Dorchester hotel while he had accompanied the hairdresser, who had come to cut Mrs. Musharraf’s hair”.

The ICIJ has revealed that information on the private wealth of top military officers and their families is extremely scarce; journalists who wrote about the military in Pakistan have been jailed, tortured and killed.

The Pandora Papers also reveal that Raja Nadir Pervez, a retired army lieutenant colonel and former government minister, owned International Finance & Equipment Ltd, a company registered in the BVI. In the leaked files, the company is involved in machinery and related activities in India, Thailand, Russia and China. Records show that in 2003, Pervez transferred his shares in the company to a trust that controls several offshore companies.

One of the beneficiaries of the trust is a British arms dealer. According to UK court documents, one of the trust’s other companies helped negotiate arms sales from Belgian manufacturer FN Herstal SA to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, an Indian state-owned defense company.

While he owned International Finance & Equipment, Pervez also held several senior positions in the Pakistani government. He was elected to the National Assembly in 1985 and then joined Imran Khan’s party. Pervez did not respond to questions from reporters.

Another influential former military leader who appears in the leaked documents is Major General Nusrat Naeem, former ISI Counterintelligence Director General. He owned a BVI company, Afghan Oil & Gas Ltd, which was registered in 2009, shortly after his retirement. He said the company was started by a friend and he was not using it for any financial transactions.

Islamabad police then charged Naeem with fraud relating to the attempted purchase of a steel plant for $ 1.7 million. The case was closed.

The Pandora Papers also shed light on notable offshore holdings of close relatives of three senior military officials.

Umar and Ahad Khattak, sons of former Pakistani Air Force chief Abbas Khattak, in 2010 registered a BVI company to invest what the documents call “family business profits” in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real estate.

The Khattaks did not respond to questions from journalists.

In an example of intergenerational wealth transfer, Shahnaz Sajjad Ahmad inherited a fortune from his father, a retired lieutenant general, through an offshore trust that owns two London apartments, bought in 1997 and 2011 in Knightsbridge, a few no Harrods. She, in turn, created a trust for her daughters in 2003 in Guernsey, the Channel’s tax haven. His father was a favorite of Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan, the country’s first military dictator (1958-1969). After his father retired from the military, he founded one of Pakistan’s largest business conglomerates. Ayub Khan’s son then married the family and sits on the boards of several companies in the group.

Shahnaz did not respond to requests for comment from the ICIJ.

Taken together, the results paint a portrait of an irresponsible military elite with vast personal and family assets abroad.

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DVIDS – News – CFHA 2021 closes, senior executives deliver closing remarks

The African Land Forces Symposium 2021 concluded at the 7th Army Training Command Headquarters in Grafenwoehr, Germany on September 24, 2021.

The US Army’s task force for Southern Europe, Africa had coordinated with 7th ATC to welcome senior leaders from across the African continent, allied and partner countries, US servicemen, officers from country-specific liaison and other representatives.

General Christopher G. Cavoli, US Army Commander for Europe and Africa, addressed attendees at the event’s final meeting.

“The first step in real assistance is to ask the person, or the country, that we are trying to help, what we can do to help. This is often the step we skip and (this symposium) was a good reminder, ”Cavoli said. .

Cavoli stressed the importance of bringing countries together at events such as CFHA, as it provides an opportunity to find common solutions to similar challenges and issues facing countries around the world.

“The life of a soldier is similar, regardless of his country of origin,” Cavoli said. “If we examine our conversations over the past two days, we find that we have more in common with our partners and allies than we realize.”

CFHA 2021 offered African and European leaders the opportunity to view US military training centers at 7th ATC training facilities in Grafenwoehr and at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

Leaders were able to see the variety of training centers and facilities at the two sites, as well as network and foster relationships with leaders of African countries as well as other allied partners.

The U.S. Army for Europe and Africa remains committed to supporting its African partners to foster relationships, promote regional security and stability, and strengthen our national defense and security interests in the region.

Based in Vicenza, Italy, SETAF-AF supports the US military’s campaign goals in 53 African countries. The skilled, dedicated and highly trained soldiers and civilians of SETAF-AF protect and promote the national security interests of the United States, while supporting African partners who share our security objectives. The command joins forces with the African land forces; directs and supports the activities of US Army personnel serving in Africa; conducts security cooperation activities; conducts joint and multinational exercises; protects United States personnel and facilities; ensures the readiness of the US military to respond to crises; and works alongside our joint and international partners to address common security concerns in Africa.

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A Year of Service for All: The Key to Rebuilding the Fabric of Our Nation

As our nation moves away from the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and Congress moves closer to requiring women to register for selective serviceI can’t help but think of the 13 soldiers who died on August 26 in Kabul. How they were linked in service to the nation. How they answered the call at such a young age – five of them were only 20 when they died. How they represent a cross-section of America – cities, men and women, different ethnicities, serving side by side on behalf of our great nation.

I can’t help but think about how divided our country has become. We live in individual Americas bubbles – physically and culturally, in person and online. The contrasts between our Americas were highlighted for me recently, during our first family vacation since the pandemic. We were in the Great Basin, on the border of Nevada and Utah, a decidedly rural area, different in every conceivable way from the dense New York suburbs that I call my home. Our motorhome broke down on a washed out gravel road in the middle of a dusty field, and a few good souls came to help us. Through my military service and that of my husband, we instantly forged a connection, a shared humanity, because they helped us out of the gap.

Having been fortunate enough to visit a few national parks on our trip, I remembered the excellent work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. 1930s engineering and the blood, sweat and tears of a representative sample of Americans created the Angel’s Landing Trail in Zion, among many others. What is my generation’s lasting gift to Americans a century from now, I wondered? What will our Angel’s Landings be?

Taking all of these thoughts – our fallen servicemen, our divided country, our aging infrastructure – together, it seems to me that maybe, for so many reasons, it’s time to broaden the conversation of the women signing up for the project – to all 18-25 year olds serving our nation to some extent.

I feel very lucky to be born into a family that values ​​service before oneself. My maternal grandparents both served in World War II and my parents both moved thousands of miles from home to work in the Navajo Nation. These values ​​are, in large part, what drove me to go to West Point and serve in the military.

The irony is that now, over a decade after my military service, living squarely in an unrepresentative slice of America, I realize that my time in uniform has given me far more than I have ever had. never given – and I also realized that national service can be the key to mending the tattered fabric of our national narrative. As our country has become more and more divided, what I appreciate most is that through my service I was able to experience all from America. Like those 13 brave servicemen, I too was side by side with a cross-section of America. I have lived in places very different from where I grew up, be it rural Missouri, the metropolis of Oahu, a German village, or a large base in Iraq. These experiences help me understand, appreciate, respect and love the diverse perspectives of the countless parts of America that exist in our fractured country – and allow me not only to coexist, but to connect and thrive in places. away from where I now call home.

I feel that encouraging more national service or, better yet, making it compulsory, is the most important solution we have to one of the most fundamental challenges we face: fixing the divisions in our country and fundamentally strengthen the fabric that binds all of us together. This fall, as Congress discusses including all women in selective service, let’s take it a step further and start discussing how to include all 18-25 year olds in a national service program.

Service can take many forms, such as joining the military or AmeriCorps, working at a nonprofit, joining a parks system, or teaching at an underserved school. What matters most is not only that the service helps strengthen our country and its citizens, but that it is designed for young Americans to work closely with teammates with significantly different lived experiences, serve in places different from where they come from, do more important work and accomplish difficult feats.

As we work on policy changes to make service mandatory, there are steps we can take now to make service feel mandatory and celebrated. What if recruiters asked about service experience during interviews? What if it was included in college applications? What if there was a way to give diplomas and certifications at the end, who would then help people find future employment? Measures like these can start now to give more credibility to such an important activity.

Imagine a country in which all 18-25 year olds spend a lot of time alongside other Americans who come from very different parts of the country and serve in parts of the country very different from where they grew up. Imagine not only the positive impact this can have on our country’s infrastructure – our 21st Century Angel Landing – but also the impact it will have on every individual. “Other Americas” will no longer feel like foreigners, and we will appreciate the values ​​that unite us all as Americans, which are greater than any political party, demographic, or city big or small in our great country. These experiences will leave an indelible mark on every person who serves, and as a group, it will strengthen our country in ways we sorely need.

Elizabeth Young McNally is Executive Vice President of Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative of Eric and Wendy Schmidt, former partner and global leader of McKinsey Academy, and veteran of service in Iraq in the US military. Liz was also named president of the visiting council of the US Military Academy. A Rhodes and Truman scholar, she began her career as a military police officer in the United States Army. She and her husband John are raising their three school-aged children outside of New York City and taking every opportunity to introduce them to and serve the diversity that makes up our nation.

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Narrator of ISIS videos sent to US to face terrorism charge

Although Mr. Khalifa played down his contributions to the Islamic State in the interview, prosecutors and the FBI made it clear that he was a “prominent figure” within the Islamic State’s media unit, who ‘he joined in April 2014. An FBI agent described him as “essential” due to his fluency in Arabic and English and said he was in charge of the “media section in English ”Islamic State, according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutors said he helped translate and narrate about 15 videos created and distributed by Islamic State. According to prosecutors, two of the most “influential and extremely violent” propaganda videos were titled “Flames of War: Fighting Has Just Begun” and “Flames of War II: Until the Final Hour”. The first was distributed in September 2014 and the second in November 2017.

According to court documents, Mr. Khalifa was not only a propagandist but engaged in fighting. In the days leading up to his capture by the Syrian Democratic Forces, he threw “grenades at opposing fighters,” prosecutors said.

FBI agents interviewed Mr. Khalifa in March 2019, just months after his capture. He said he was motivated to travel to Syria after watching Syrian government videos and listening to lectures from Anwar al-Awlaki, the main voice of Al Qaeda in English, who was killed for years. early in a drone strike.

In an August 2013 email obtained by the FBI, Mr. Khalifa revealed to a close relative that he had gone to Syria, and not Egypt, as the relative had been led to believe, to fight. “I came here to join the Mujahedin who are fighting Bashar and the Syrian army,” he wrote.

The FBI said Mr. Khalifa flew to Turkey and then used a smuggler to enter Syria. He joined a battalion led by Omar al-Shishani, a Georgian activist. He received military training and participated in fighting against Syrian government forces in the Aleppo countryside. Around November 2013, he joined the Islamic State, pledging allegiance to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. While a member of the Islamic State, he was known as “Abu Ridwan al-Kanadi” and “Abu Muthanna al-Muhajir,” the FBI said.

Mr. Khalifa believed he would be sent to an Islamic State training camp, but instead he was recruited to join the media unit. The FBI said Mr. Khalifa’s recruitment into the media unit would mark a period of nearly five years in which he would become “a leading figure in the operations of creating and distributing English propaganda in the United States.” Islamic State ”.

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Curry County is a busy place now

Cities show a lot of activity this year

Road construction ushering in a new era for this section – a lot of work is currently underway

Although the fishing season is over at Rogue River and the weather is fast approaching when the road conditions stop, there is a lot of activity in Curry County and the towns are all showing prosperity.

Several improvements are underway at Gold Beach. The new brick bank building and the brick store of the Macleay Estate company make the place look quite prominent in the commercial section. The county has passed plans for a much needed courthouse addition.

The hotel is crowded most of the time and with the increase in travel during the summer months it becomes apparent that there must be plenty of good accommodations during this season to take care of those who pass by. This will be especially true when the coastal road is completed.

Throughout the county there is a lot of activity. There are various road construction camps and many large gravel trucks are encountered on the roads. Trucks carrying cedar poles and logs are also very present.

Evening school to help the military

The Knights of Columbus can open a branch here

Hands-on courses for young men are offered – ex-soldiers receive free instruction

The Knights of Columbus is doing a survey of the bay to make sure there is land here for one of the night schools the organization is establishing in various parts of the country. Adrian Ward, who has long been in charge of expanding Knights of Columbus schools and similar work, left for Portland yesterday after speaking with JG Vasey and other members of the local order board about the matter. .

The extension of the work is now for the benefit of veterans. In addition to rehabilitating sick and injured men, the Knights of Columbus offers special practical work classes for ex-soldiers. This instruction is free for all former servicemen who have honorable discharges.

However, evening schools, generally run three evenings a week, are open to anyone who wishes to avail themselves of the instruction, with reasonable tuition fees being charged to others than former servicemen.

Mr. Vasey will be making further reports on the need or demand for such work here, and if the field warrants it, the school will likely be up and running before long.

Harry M’Keown is the first with the ducks

First hunter to reduce his limit of 25 today

The first hunters mostly obtained teal ducks – many go to various places

Harry J. McKeown was the first Marshfield duck hunter to come back with his limit of 25 this morning. He and Claude Nasburg, WJ Conrad, AE Adelsperger, IR Tower and John D. Goss set out on the trail near the confluence of Catching Inlet and Coos River early this morning. They got 68 of them in a few hours, mostly teals. The rest of the party made it to Beale Lake to hunt tonight and to spend Sunday, with Mr. McKeown heading back to town.

All over Coos Bay and the sand dunes there were hunters this morning. The rising sun was casting its rays on the sportsmen in khaki attire and it was a sad awakening for the feathered visitors who had flocked around the bay for several weeks.

The constant shooting woke up most of the people of Marshfield and North Bend at 6 a.m.

The “fair” season expects 400,000 hunters

PORTLAND (UPI) – Almost a quarter of Oregon’s people have purchased hunting licenses, according to the State Gaming Commission, and most of them are getting ready for opening day of the deer season on Saturday.

The outlook is promising.

The weather has been favorable, with humid conditions mid-week helping end fears of wildfire danger. But a few cool nights are in prospect in the camps, especially in eastern Oregon.

Milt Guymon, a Game Commission hunting expert, said hunters can seek a fair season.

“We have the game – some populations up from last year, some down, but in quantity to make it a tough season. Individual success will largely depend on the skill and persistence of the hunter, ”said Guymon.

The commission indicates that around 400,000 hunting licenses have been sold.

Coos Bay port strikes costly

An inactive dock hurts the economy

The tide that moved out to sea this summer through the Coos Bay Channel did not support the usual rich cargo of timber products that made the Port of Coos Bay the largest timber shipping port in work in the world.

Piles of shavings on the waterfront and piles of stored lumber and logs can translate into dollar and penny losses suffered by industries on the south coast since the longshoreman strike began three months ago. .

An estimated $ 21,270,000 in shipments of logs and chips that did not make it to the Coos Bay docks is a price tag attached to the stocks that dot the Bay Area and other production sites. .

The dollar volume of lumber and related products not shipped by boat is approximately $ 13 million. However, a “very large” amount of lumber and plywood, etc., is shipped to markets by rail and truck, so the loss in dollar volume of product shipped does not quite match the figure. of $ 13 million.

Local invention has international appeal

A poorly versatile electrical part led a man from Coos Bay to create his own solution to a puzzling problem. In the process, he became an inventor and an entrepreneur.

Larry Bozdeck was an electrical engineer and contractor working in California about eight years ago when he encountered a problem with the design of electrical conduit boxes.

The accepted duct box design limited versatility, he found. After much thought, research, and deliberation, Bozdeck drilled a hole where he needed to place a conduit, fixed it securely for him to pass the inspection, and came up with an idea that opened his life to challenges. opportunities he had never considered before.

Since restriction was the problem, Bozdeck set out to design a more versatile duct system. Its design has been patented in the United States and abroad. He found investors and a manufacturing plant overseas. He learned to market, distribute, ship and store.

His idea grew into an international company, Versalet International, based in Hayward, California, which markets and distributes the Versalet universal duct system.

The system, said Bozdeck, is an innovative concept in electrical and fiber optic design, which allows more than 50 different configurations, saving time and money compared to conventional systems.

Oregon Coast on America’s Must-See List

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some travelers seek out famous and sightseeing spots, while others think outside the box. Many on both sides are turning their attention to America as they think about traveling in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

A long-planned special issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine will soon go on sale, showcasing America’s 50 “places of a lifetime” to visit.

The Oregon coast is on this list.

Oregon’s rugged coastline is ranked # 1 in the “unrelated country” category.

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Fashion mogul Peter Nygard agrees to be extradited on charges of sex crimes involving minors in United States

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Peter Nygard, the former executive of his multinational women’s fashion company Nygard International, has agreed to be extradited to the United States to face charges of sex trafficking of underage women and girls and racketeering for over 25 years. years, a Canadian government lawyer said in a court hearing on Friday.


Nygard, who denies the charges, could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

Since his arrest by Canadian authorities last year at the request of the United States under the two countries’ extradition treaty, the 80-year-old fashion mogul has been held in jail outside of Winnipeg, where he failed in his attempts to be released on bail.

American prosecutors to say Nygard has hosted “pampering parties” at several locations across the United States, including its properties in Marina del Rey, California, and the Bahamas.

He allegedly used the resources of his company, Nygard International Partnership, to control victims through threats, false promises of career advancement, surveillance and physical isolation.

Nygard also faces allegations dating back to 1995 of targeting underprivileged women and girls from underprivileged backgrounds in his scheme which involved sexual assault through illegal drugs without the knowledge of the victims.

Earlier this week, Toronto police issued an arrest warrant for Nygard for alleged sexual assault between 1987 and 2005, with six counts of sexual assault and three counts of forcible confinement, according to the Toronto Star.

What to watch out for

The Minister of Justice of Canada must decide whether to transfer Nygard to the United States, noted Scott Farlinger, attorney general of Canada, representing the US government.

Key context

Nygard resigned as chairman of Nygard International, a multinational women’s fashion company he founded in 1967, in February 2020. This came after US law enforcement officials raided the city. Nygard International headquarters in Manhattan as part of an investigation into allegations of sex trafficking. Nygard International filed for bankruptcy in Canada and the United States a month after the raid. Bankruptcy filings in Canada show that Nygard’s company had C $ 150 million more in liabilities than in assets, the New York Times reported. The company had approximately 170 stores in North America and an additional 6,000 stores in department stores and employed more than 1,400 people when it filed for bankruptcy.

Surprising fact

Nygard would have promotes his stories of hedonism and stem cell injections, and Washington post said he portrayed himself as a playboy often seen with women younger than himself at Oscar viewing parties in Beverly Hills. Nygard was born in Finland and raised in Manitoba, Winnipeg. He was ranked 80th richest Canadian in 2009 with a net worth of $ 817 million, according to Canadian business magazine.

Further reading

How a neighbors’ feud in Heaven started an international rape case (New York Times)

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard charged with alleged sex trafficking (Forbes)

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10 in-demand jobs of the decade that don’t require a bachelor’s degree

A college degree can put you on the fast track to success in today’s job market by increasing your earning potential and your access to different work opportunities – but higher education is a costly investment that continues to grow. be inaccessible to many.

Over the past 10 years, college costs have increased by about 25%, according to a CNBC Make It analysis of College Board data. Along with these rising costs, student debt has skyrocketed; Americans currently owe over $ 1.73 trillion in student loans.

According to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a range of jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree in several industries that are expected to be in high demand over the next 10 years.

Many of these jobs require a high school diploma, an associate’s degree, or a non-degree post-secondary scholarship. A non-degree post-secondary scholarship is a course typically taken in less than two years that teaches you the specific skills or knowledge needed for a job. Community colleges often offer these programs, which can include EMT certificates or library technician training, as two examples, Bureau of Labor statistics division chief Michael Wolf told CNBC Make It.

“It’s a bit of a mishmash,” Wolf says of the job classification. “It’s hard to find a common explanation as to why they are all popular… there are specific reasons why each is in demand, and will continue to be in demand over the next ten years.”

However, three trends are driving the growth of almost every job: increased demand for sustainable energy, an aging population and a renewed interest in personal care during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wind turbine maintenance technicians and solar PV panel installers are expected to be among the fastest growing jobs of the decade due to the climate change emergency and the resulting demand for sustainable energy.

Occupational therapy assistants, physiotherapy assistants, orderlies and physiotherapist assistants will become essential roles as more baby boomers retire and depend on these services. In a recent analysis, the University of Southern California notes that health care costs for this group are expected to be high, as this generation “lives longer, but experiences higher rates of obesity, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and hypertension ”.

Wolf specifies that physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapist assistants have separate and distinct roles: assistants are actively involved in providing patient care, while assistants are not involved in providing care, but rather focus on providing care. administrative tasks such as setting up equipment and completing office documents.

After dealing with the exhaustion and isolation induced by the pandemic over the past 18 months, people are investing more in personal services like massages and self-enrichment classes, resulting in increased demand massage therapists and teachers. “People are realizing that focusing and maintaining their personal care is important not only for their mental state, but also for their overall well-being,” said Vicki Salemi, career expert at Monster.

If you are interested in pursuing one of these careers, Salemi recommends that you read job descriptions to identify the skills recruiters are looking for, and read professional publications or blogs for up-to-date industry information. It also helps to have related work experience, she adds, whether through an online certification course, a work-study program at your local community college, or volunteering. in a non-profit organization. “Even if you don’t have any work experience, you can train yourself or follow someone in the field,” says Salemi. “Not only will you gain valuable skills, but you will also be able to meet contacts and references for that next job.”

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Neo-Nazis discussed assassination and prison break

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Maryland recommend 25-year prison sentences for two members of the neo-Nazi group, calling them national terrorists who have prepared for a civil war, discussed how to break the racist mass killer Dylann Roof on death row and spoke of the assassination of a Virginia lawmaker.

Former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews and U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr. are set to be sentenced on October 28 after pleading guilty to gun charges in June. They have been jailed since their arrest in January 2020 in a Delaware apartment where the FBI had installed a CCTV camera and microphone.

Surveillance equipment captured them talking about planning an attack at a gun rights rally at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond, the destruction of railroad tracks and power lines, and of how Mathews “briefly considered” trying to assassinate a Virginia lawmaker, prosecutors wrote in a court file Thursday.

After Mathews found the home address of the president of the Virginia House of Delegates on the internet, he and Lemley “pondered” an attack on the president’s route to work, as they concluded he There was probably not a good location for snipers near the lawmaker’s home. , prosecutors said.

“In Mathews’ view, the president’s murder” would likely speed up their gun control program, “which, in turn, Mathews hoped, would provoke a backlash,” prosecutors wrote.

But they ultimately put the idea aside, waiting to see if lawmakers in Virginia pass gun control law, prosecutors said. Eileen Filler-Corn, who is Jewish, was sworn in as a speaker on January 8, 2020, but prosecutors do not name her in their court records.

“In the hope of a civil war that would decimate racial and ethnic minorities and subjugate women, the defendants joined forces with each other and with others, studied violence, tested their weapon skills, stored ammunition and supplies and planned to kill on a large scale in pursuit of them. of their goals, ”prosecutors wrote.

Filler-Corn said in a statement he was told on Thursday that the two men had discussed his target.

“It is extremely disturbing and it should disturb all Americans,” she said. “This model of using violence to intimidate the leaders and symbols of our democracy undermines the core values ​​of our democracy itself.”

Defense attorney Ned Smock said Lemley, who served in Iraq during his time in the military, “strayed during a difficult time in his life” and took responsibility for non-violent crimes that he committed. Smock said prosecutors focused on things Lemley and Mathews discussed in private instead of the crimes they were charged with.

“But these are just words. Mr. Lemley never engaged in violence, he did not intend to take any violent action and he did not take any action to commit any of the acts mentioned in these tapes, ”said Smock Friday in a statement to The Associated Press.

Smock said he is seeking a two-year and nine-month jail sentence for Lemley. That would be at the lower end of the sentencing guidelines calculated by the court’s probation service. The upper end of the calculation for Lemley is three years and five months, according to Smock.

Mathews and Lemley Jr. were charged with a third base member. The group has been a major proponent of “accelerationism,” a fringe philosophy that advocates the use of mass violence to accelerate the collapse of society.

The third co-accused, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in December to helping Mathews illegally enter the United States from Canada in 2019.

The FBI also overheard Lemley and Mathews talk about trying to free Roof, who was sentenced to death for killing nine members of a black church congregation in South Carolina in 2015. They discussed the number of people. it would take to break into the maximum security prison. in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Roof is being held, how many guards are believed to be present and how a shooting would unfold, prosecutors said.

“Can you imagine Dylann Roof escaped from prison?” Mathews said, according to prosecutors. “The base would be known as the guys who blew up Dylann Roof.”

Defense lawyers filed their sentencing notes under seal on Thursday. Mathews lawyer Joseph Balter said the note to his case contained confidential personal information, including health records. Balter did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment on Friday.

Mathews and Lemley pleaded guilty to charges, including carrying a gun illegally and obstructing justice, for destroying cell phones when FBI agents raided their apartment.

Mathews pleaded guilty to four counts for a combined total of 50 years in prison. Lemley pleaded guilty to seven counts carrying a maximum of 70 years.

None of the defendants have faced terrorism-related charges, but prosecutors are calling for an alleged improvement in terrorism upon sentencing that could lead to a significant increase in the prison sentence if U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang agrees to apply it.

The case against the three indicted men in Maryland was part of a larger investigation by The Base. In January 2020, authorities in Georgia and Wisconsin arrested four other men linked to the group.

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Ukraine boldly goes where no NATO member has dared to go

Ukrainian Special Forces last month carried out a daring operation in Kabul to rescue 19 Afghan refugees, including translators, including one who worked for Canada’s leading newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and another who served in the military. Canadian, as well as their families. . They arrived in Kiev on August 29.

This rescue was coordinated by the Ukrainian army, the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and The Globe and Mail. Mark MacKinnon, the Globe and Mail’s senior international correspondent, not only revealed the story, but was instrumental in coordinating the rescue, CTV News reported.

“It was an incredible rescue,” MacKinnon told CTV. “We have tried many different rescue groups; we had some plans with the Canadian army to get them into the Kabul airport that didn’t work. We had a plan with the US State Department that gave us advice on how to get them in, but it fell apart after the suicide bombings last week.

Mr MacKinnon said his contacts with the Ukrainian president’s office and other diplomatic channels had been concluded and the bailout had been worked out.

“They said, ‘Tell your guys to get in some vehicles, take pictures of the license plates of those cars and send those pictures to the Ukrainian army,” “he said. “They told the cars to drive near the airport.”

Mr McKinnon reported that the rescue of the translators was carried out in the early morning of August 27 in Kabul, a day after the last Canadian evacuation plane left Afghanistan, and hours after the suicide bombing in the one of the doors of Hamid Karzai International. airport, which killed at least 170 Afghans trying to flee the country, as well as 13 US soldiers. Following the attack, claimed by the local affiliate of the so-called Islamic State, the United States said only foreign nationals – and no longer Afghans who have visas – would be allowed into the airport.

Despite this restriction, as well as the growing risks to coalition forces ahead of the planned withdrawal of the last US forces on August 31, Ukrainian troops marched into the city of Kabul to escort two minibuses – carrying translators to their destinations. of Canada and Their families; 19 people in all – on the airfield.

The soldiers had photographs of the license plates of the minibuses, and they surrounded and escorted the vehicles the last 600 meters to the airport.

Another person who played a key role was Roman Waschuk, the former Canadian Ambassador to Kiev who assisted the operation by putting the Globe and Mail in touch with a senior official in Mr. Zelenskyy’s office. He told The Globe and Mail that the Ukrainians accepted the rescue mission in large part thanks to the support their country received from Canada during its own seven-year war with Russian-backed forces in the Donbass.

“This courageous Ukrainian special forces operation demonstrates the strong friendship and long-standing ties between Canada and Ukraine,” said Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. “Ukrainian forces have acted boldly, courageously and fearlessly. In the terrible circumstances of Afghanistan, Ukraine has shown its support for Canada, and we are grateful to them.

In particular, the evacuees said they were stunned that Ukrainian troops took risks to save them, unlike Canadian and American forces.

“Everyone was surprised. I tried last month to get someone to get us. We asked Americans, Canadians, Qataris, everyone – and no solution. They were afraid to go out, ”said Jawed Haqmal, a 33-year-old father of four who worked for two years with the Canadian Special Forces in Kandahar. “Ukrainian soldiers were angels to us. They did an exceptional job. They have a big heart.

And that is the key lesson to be learned from this daring operation. Members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces acted swiftly, courageously and precisely. This contrasts with the failed rescue operations of the Canadian and US governments.

Yet US President Joe Biden had the nerve to tell Zelenskyy that Ukraine is far from ready to join NATO. If military precision and professionalism is any indication, then Ukraine is more than ready. And the way forward is through the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP). MAP is a NATO advisory, assistance and practical support program tailored to the individual needs of countries wishing to join the alliance. The countries participating in the MAP submit individual annual national programs on their preparations for possible future membership. These submissions cover political, economic, defense, resources, security and legal aspects.

In a telephone interview on April 6 with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Zelenskyy stressed that the most pressing issue in NATO relations for Ukraine was admission to the MAP. Yet Ukraine still remains outside the program.

Not only did Ukraine participate in more joint NATO exercises than any non-NATO member, but it boldly engaged with a rescue operation that involved going where no member of the l NATO dared not go. It is certain that in recent years Ukraine has more than satisfactorily demonstrated its rapidly growing military prowess, its reliability as a future partner and its steadfast commitment to the common goals and objectives of the alliance of NATO, and these successes justify entry into the MAP without further excuses or delays.

Marco Levytsky can be contacted at [email protected]

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Leading Computing Center Marks Two Decades of Powerful Discovery

AUSTIN, Texas – Twenty years ago, a handful of computer experts with a Cray computing cluster began building the Texas Advanced Computing Center, or TACC, at the University of Texas at Austin in a research organization that today hui is at the pinnacle of university intensive computing.

On September 30, the center and its oldest partners – the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Dell Technologies – celebrated this milestone with remarks on the growing importance of advanced computing and the role of TACC in scientific and technical discoveries.

“Two decades ago, UT made a big bet on TACC and supercomputing. It’s an investment that has paid off, ”said Jay Hartzell, president of UT Austin. “And, given the proliferation of data science, AI, and machine learning across fields and across society, there is no limit to the impact of TACC over the years. Next 20 years. “

Throughout its history, TACC has fueled many notable discoveries, helped society, and enabled new approaches to answer humanity’s oldest questions.

  • Astronomers used TACC systems to analyze the data and confirm the very first image of a black hole from the Event Horizon telescope.
  • The TACC has devoted more than 30% of its IT resources to supporting more than 50 COVID-19 research teams, which has led to the first atomistic model of SARS-CoV-2 and the daily pandemic predictions that continue to guide people. national, local and national political decisions.
  • The TACC supercomputers have confirmed the first observation of gravitational waves by detectors of the Observatory of gravitational waves by laser interferometer (LIGO). The discovery opened a new window on the universe and led to a Nobel Prize in physics in 2017.
  • Physicists calculated the behavior of ‘magic angle’ twisted graphene using TACC systems and came up with a theory that a decade later led to superconducting materials that could enable quantum computing and electrical transmission. more efficient.

Since June 2001, the center has grown from a dozen employees to nearly 200, with emerging expertise in data science and artificial intelligence, life sciences, science gateways and STEM education.

The center now operates two of the most powerful university supercomputers in the United States: Frontera, 10th fastest in the world; and Stampede2, currently 35th – and over a dozen advanced computer systems in total. Tens of thousands of academics and students from across the United States use TACC’s supercomputers each year to advance all fields of science, from astronomy to zoology, and from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale.

“TACC’s growth has been remarkable and is a testament to the people who work here and the organizations that have supported us, including UT Austin, UT System, the National Science Foundation, the O’Donnell Foundation and Dell Technologies – our longest and longest. consistent champions, ”said Dan Stanzione, executive director of TACC and associate vice president for research at UT Austin.

Over time, TACC has become a critical contributor to emergencies, producing urgent storm surge simulations for hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and guiding first responders after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“TACC’s resources have been of extraordinary service to science, ranging from its resource contribution to the COVID-19 HPC consortium, to its cultivation of new talent through the Frontera Computational Science Fellowships,” said Margaret Martonosi, Deputy Director of the NSF for Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

Support for the TACC has broadened in recent years to include federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as well as the State of Texas, the city of Austin, Microsoft and even Tito’s Vodka.

Throughout its history, the center has established close partnerships with technology companies, including Dell Technologies, to design systems and develop tools for the academic research community.

“At Dell Technologies, we are extremely proud to stand alongside UT and TACC as we continue to set the bar for high performance computing,” said Michael Dell, President and CEO of Dell Technologies.

The IT community has grown tremendously over the past two decades, encompassing entire new disciplines, from digital humanities to computational oncology and deep learning.

“Supercomputing has become essential to research in all areas of science, engineering and medicine,” said Dan Jaffe, vice president of research at UT Austin. “TACC has not only dramatically increased its computational capabilities, but also as a research partner and partner to the many researchers around the world who use it. I can’t wait to see what upcoming improvements to the machines and the TACC ecosystem bring in terms of new discoveries and even more impactful contributions to society. “

The center celebrated its anniversary with remarks from Hartzell, Jaffe, Dell, Martonosi and Stanzione.

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Growth and change of COVID-19 until 2030

The main players in the passenger car aftermarket are Denso Corporation, Robert Bosch Gmbh, Continental AG, 3M Company and Delphi Automotive PLC. The global passenger car aftermarket is expected to grow by $ 230.

New York, September 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – announces the publication of the report “Passenger Cars After Market Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Growth And Change To 2030” –
$ 17 billion in 2020 to $ 247.49 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5%. The growth is primarily driven by businesses resuming operations and adjusting to the new normal while recovering from the impact of COVID-19, which previously led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, the remote work and closure of business activities which resulted in operational challenges. The market is expected to reach $ 289.37 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 4%.

The passenger car secondary market includes sales of spare parts and services for passenger cars. accessories.

The market includes sales of tires, batteries, brake parts, filters, lights and electronic components.

The passenger car aftermarket covered in this report is segmented by type into tires, battery, brake parts, filters, body parts, lighting, wheels, exhaust components, turbochargers, etc. It is also segmented by distribution channel into retailers (OEMs, repair shops), wholesalers and distributors and by certifications into original parts, certified parts, non-certified parts.

The regions covered in this report are Asia Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Middle East & Africa.

Many companies offer extended warranties to third parties on vehicle parts or services, which in turn hinders the growth of independent service providers. Extended warranties are given on a vehicle part / service to increase the life of a vehicle, which leads to free service or discounts. towards the consumer.

Since all warranty repairs are performed only by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers), the aftermarket sales and service market, generated primarily by dealer service centers, suffers a loss. According to the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) in California, for all light vehicles, extended warranties have not had an effect on independent repair shops.

The passenger car aftermarket uses 3D printing technology, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), to manufacture high-quality, out-of-the-box auto parts using 3D printers capable of printing into metals and alloys. 3D printing works by creating a virtual 2D object in software and building the 3D frame using the printer. The use of 3D printing in the production of auto parts increases efficiency and raises the production standards of companies. Companies (original equipment manufacturers) like General Motors, BMW, Ford and Porsche have already started to invest in this trend.

In 2018, Tenneco acquired Federal-Mogul for $ 5.4 billion from Carl Icahn. The purchase included a cash payment of $ 800 million and 29.5 million shares of Tenneco, including non-voting shares. Federal-Mogul Corporation was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, United States. It is a company that develops, manufactures and supplies products for automotive, commercial, aerospace, marine, rail and all-terrain vehicles. Federal Mogul holds a strong position in the manufacture and supply of various auto parts all over the world. The acquisition benefited Tonneco with an increase in its automotive parts portfolio in the global automotive aftermarket. With this acquisition, Tonneco plans to provide technical solutions that meet fuel economy, power output and pollution requirements for diesel, gasoline and electrified vehicles.

Increasing the average lifespan of a car is one of the main drivers of the passenger car aftermarket as it leads to an increase in regular consumer maintenance and scheduled vehicle maintenance. Car life describes the maximum life span in terms of mileage and time.

Changing wheels, batteries, spark plugs, air filters play an important role in extending the life of a vehicle. According to the 2019 IHS Automotive Survey, the typical car on the road in the United States is 11.8 years old. On top of that, based on a USA Today article, the number of vintage vehicles on the road totals up to 278 million in 2019.

The industry is regulated by several regulations governed by multiple international and national agencies. One example of such a regulatory body is the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). lamps, reflective devices and associated lighting equipment for passenger cars as well as other multi-purpose passenger vehicles. As defined in the CFR, the purpose of section 571 is to establish regulatory standards relating to lighting equipment in vehicles to be followed by motor vehicles, including passenger cars. The standards also specify the points where equipment such as headlights must be mounted in vehicles so as to make them easily visible on public roads both in daylight and in the dark or in other driving conditions. reduced visibility, thus reducing traffic accidents, fatalities and injuries.

The countries covered in the market report are Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States.
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The “rare earth elements”, also called rare earth metals or rare earth oxides, or lanthanides are a set of 17 soft white heavy metals.

The uses, applications and demand for rare earth elements have grown over the years. Globally, most rare earth elements are used for catalysts and magnets in traditional and low carbon technologies. Other important uses of rare earth elements are applicable to the production of alloys, glass and high performance electronics, such as for petroleum refining and diesel additives. Rare earth elements in this category are used in hybrid and electric vehicle engines, wind turbine generators, hard drives, portable electronics, cell phones, microphones, speakers, etc.

This is another area, which also falls under clean and environmentally friendly energy, in which the United States and China are playing an important game.

At a summit between the United States, Japan, India and Australia held not long ago, the strengthening of cooperation on rare earth elements between the four countries is become a key topic. The United States has always hoped to reduce its dependence on rare earths and minerals from other countries. But the U.S. government’s review of major mineral and rare earth supply chains indicates that even with sweeping changes, it will still take at least a decade for the United States to become self-sufficient.

Indeed, over the past three years, the US administration’s attention to rare earth issues has increased. Rare earth elements have become a key test for some American politicians to prove that “China threatens the security of the United States”, and have also become a major motivation for the White House to reformulate its rare earth policy. Indeed, over-politicizing the rare earth issue and even linking it to national security will do more harm than good to both the People’s Republic of China and the United States itself.

First, the United States does not have a clear understanding of the current state of the rare earth mining industry. Currently, the vast majority of rare earth products are made in China, and this is because China’s low-cost mining has led to the closure of rare earth mines in other countries. Therefore, the pattern of rare earth elements as a chain of gradually developing processing industries in China is not the result of China’s monopoly, nor of rare earth mining in the People’s Republic of China.

Currently, China’s rare earth reserves have grown from over 70% of global production to around 30%, making China the world’s largest importer of rare earth elements. In fact, many countries have rare earth mines, and the rare earth reserves outside of China can be used by anyone for hundreds of years.

From today’s perspective, the advantage that Chinese industry derives from rare earth elements is gradually shifting from the scale of extraction to that of processing. The processing of rare earths is crucial for China, as most of the major patents in the production of rare earths are still controlled by Western countries.

First, future global competition focuses on the capacity and capacity for technological innovation. The key way to improve Chinese industry through the possession of rare earth elements lies in technological innovation, rather than expanding the market share of rare earth mining and processing.

Although China has tightened its control over the rare earth industry in recent years, this has not been done simply through an export ban, but mainly through better environmental protection and technological processing requirements. to promote the improvement of the industry. While these measures have boosted the prices of rare earth products, they are far from threatening US national security.

Second, the actions of the United States have increased their financial burden. During President Trump’s administration, the White House tied the supply of rare earth elements to national security and joined with Australia and other countries in calling for product exclusion Chinese rare earths in the defense sector.

Nevertheless, since the human and environmental costs of rare earth mines in Western countries are much higher than those of developing countries, it is absolutely unlikely that the minerals they extract will be competitive in the market, and Western governments will pay. for that.

Just for the imaginary Chinese threat, the US Department of Defense is investing huge amounts of capital, which will further increase the burden on citizens due to the country’s high budget deficit.

In addition, the rare earth processing industry almost no longer exists in the United States. Rare earth elements extracted

it must be transported to China for processing. This so-called “getting rid of addiction to Chinese rare earth elements” is actually a self-delusion. If the United States wants to rebuild its entire chain of rare earth processing plants, it will not survive relying solely on the arms industry (as in the case of Afghanistan in 2001-2021) , unless the US administration convinces Congress that it can use taxpayer dollars to subsidize military installations around the world indefinitely.

Before Congress decides on any step in an industry, entrepreneurs rarely venture to invest in building dedicated rare earth element factories, as in this case. Therefore, the White House’s expectation of “ten years of self-sufficiency” is in fact an overly optimistic and unrealistic assessment.

Until China fully implements its ban on rare earth exports, it will be difficult for the United States to rebuild its rare earth industry. It was President Trump’s hope to bring manufacturing back to the United States through the imposition of tariffs and tariffs.

Third, the weakening of mutual trust in Sino-US cooperation can easily lead to strategic misjudgments. In the current complex international economic and political situation, China and the United States are both competitors and partners. The competition between China and the United States is not a fight to the death between opponents who cannot stand each other, but requires healthy competition and cooperation on the basis of mutual trust. For a long time, competition between the two countries will mainly focus on economic and technological sectors, especially high-tech sectors, which will determine the future of both countries and also the whole world.

Some politicians and interest groups in the United States have been spreading the generic “Chinese threat theory” for their own interests. The “rare earth threat theory” in particular obviously bears the shadow of the US military industrial group and mine owners.

When policies are subjected to interest groups, if the proliferation of conspiracy theories and threats is not contained, they will weaken mutual trust in cooperation between countries, and even increase the risk of miscalculation. strategic between the two great powers. This is detrimental to peaceful global development.

China must also be direct and not immerse itself in the context of low-priced rare earth raw materials and / or monopoly reserves of these minerals. The objective pursued by the People’s Republic of China is to transform a country of rare earth extraction into a country of transformation and production of rare earths. This has been happening since large sums of funding have been invested in rare earth science and technology – projects that are moving forward.

In short, the US policy of rare earth independence is wishful thinking and has no practical significance to the United States itself.

Regardless of what others may think, as long as the People’s Republic of China continues to adhere to pragmatic policy in the rare earth industry, and maintains open cooperation on development concepts – oriented towards innovation and l ‘continuous improvement of the scientific and technological level of the rare earth industry – it can become a strong pillar of national development, but it will also present itself as a business card that shows the level of its industrial technology, as well as its political credit at an international level.

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Fay Jones School Hosts ‘500 Years and Counts’ During Hispanic Heritage Month

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Clockwise from top left: Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla, Edna Ledesma, Juan Luis Burke, Gabriel Díaz Montemayor, James Rojas and Danielle Zoe Rivera.

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design will host the “500 Years and Counting” online panel discussion from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, via Zoom.

The “500 Years and Over” roundtable will explore Hispanic heritage and agency in the built environment of the United States in the context of the year 2021 and the 500 years since the first European conquest of the American continent: the fall of Aztec Tenochtitlan to the Spaniards and their native allies.

Registration for the conversation is available on Zoom.

Several additional events are being held on the University of Alberta campus in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15. Find more details on campus events on the University of A’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website. .

Gabriel Díaz Montemayor, ASLA, is the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Fay Jones School. He hosted the October 13 event, inviting five panelists who are experts in Latin / Hispanic architectural, urban planning and landscape forms to participate.

“This year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month is special because it coincides with the 500th anniversary of the fall of Aztec Tenochtitlan – in 1521 and in what is now Mexico City – to the Spanish conquistadors and their native allies.” , said Díaz Montemayor. “Five centuries of a new culture in the making, both European and indigenous to the Americas. A new built environment, being a cultural environment, has been forming ever since. Add to this the imprint and the continuous transformation of the built environment by Hispanics in a different culture also expressed in the built environment, the Anglo-American. “

Díaz Montemayor said that according to the recently released 2020 U.S. Census results, Arkansas’ Hispanic population made up 8.5 percent of the state’s total population. In 2010, this same population represented 6.4% of the state’s total population. Over the past 10 years, Arkansas’ Hispanic population has grown by 38.1%. Nationally, the Hispanic population growth rate was 23% from 2010 to 2020.

“So in Arkansas, the presence of the Hispanic population is increasing at a rate close to double that of our country,” he said. “We see all of the profound, significant and beneficial impacts of the Hispanic population in our built environment – from the construction industry, the food industry, to restaurants, to urban art and to the revitalization of neighborhoods, Main streets and urban neighborhoods thanks to the demonstrated entrepreneurship of Hispanics, which is above the average American population. “

Nayelli Garcia, an architectural student and representative of the National Organization of Minority Architectural Students (NOMAS) chapter at Fay Jones School, will join Díaz Montemayor in moderating the October 13 conversation.

The panellists’ expertise includes historical colonial structures and the transfer of technology from Europe to the Americas, the history and theory of architecture and town planning in the Americas and their links to Europe, the cultural landscapes of immigrant populations with a focus on business and entrepreneurship, environmental justice and climate equity affecting low-income communities, and how Latinos are transforming public spaces, streets and the environment built.

“This round table includes a wide range of leading expertise in architecture – both contemporary and historical – in urban planning and landscapes, with an emphasis on social and environmental justice and participatory processes,” he said. he declares. “I certainly look forward to seeing the breadth and depth of our guests discussing the legacy and agency of Hispanics in the built environment of the United States.”

The panelists for this conversation are:

  • Benjamin Ibarra-Seville, Associate Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, Master of Advanced Studies Program Director and Masters of Science in Historic Preservation Program Coordinator at the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an architect who graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and holds a degree in conservation and restoration of built heritage from the program of excellence of the Carolina Foundation and the University of Alcalá de Henares, in Spain. Ibarra-Sevilla’s expertise involves case studies of ancient masonry techniques, stereotomy, descriptive geometry, and architectural geometry illuminated by form-resistant structures. His most recent research focuses on the transmission of building technology from Europe to the Americas, exploring the constructive and geometric analysis of 16th century rib vaults in Mexico. His work in masonry, geometry and stereotomy has received awards in Mexico and the United States and has been featured in various forums and journals in Europe, Latin America and North America. His most recent book, Mixtec stonecutting art, published by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, has received numerous awards, and its exhibition of the same name has been traveling for two years to eight cities in Mexico and the United States. He has participated in the development of aid to World Heritage cities such as Zanzibar in Tanzania, Baku in Azerbaijan and the Batanes Islands in the Philippines.
  • Edna Ledesma, Assistant Professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The body of his research, teaching and mentoring focuses on understanding the development of the smart, green and fair city of the 21st century, in particular the cultural landscapes of immigrant populations, micro-economies and their development of a new understanding of the town square. One of her recent publications is the book chapter “Shaping Success: Exploring the Evolution of Latino Business on US-Mexico Border States”, which is co-authored with Cristina Cruz and included in Advancing Latin American entrepreneurship: a new national economic imperative, edited by Marlene Orozco, Alfonso Morales, Michael J. Pisani and Jerry I. Porras (Purdue University Press).
  • Juan Luis Burke, assistant professor of architecture and architectural history and theory at the University of Maryland-College Park, where he teaches architectural studio and history and theory classes at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Burke was originally trained as an architect with a specialization in the preservation of built heritage in his native Mexico. During the first part of his career, he collaborated in the preservation of important monuments in the city of Puebla de los Ángeles, Mexico. He has practiced architecture in Mexico, the United States, and Sweden, in projects that include historical preservation, museum design, school design and private residences. He completed his master’s and doctoral studies in the history and theory of architecture at McGill University, earning his doctorate. in 2017. His academic interests revolve around the history and theory of architecture and town planning from early modern times to modern periods in Mexico and Latin America, as well as his links with Europe , in particular Spain and Italy. He has published a number of articles, articles and chapters edited in Spanish and English, dealing with questions of the reception of architectural and urban theory in Viceregal Mexico. He is the author of a book on the history of architecture and urban history of Puebla during the viceroyal period, Architecture and town planning in Viceregal Mexico: Puebla de los Ángeles, 16th-18th centuries (Routledge, 2021).
  • Danielle Zoe Rivera, Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning Department at the University of California at Berkeley. Rivera leads the Just Environments Lab, which seeks to center social justice and equity concerns in discussions about the future of our environment. His work focuses on environmental planning, urban design and community development. Within these spaces, she focuses on issues of environmental justice and climate equity affecting low-income communities. His current work draws on community-based research and design methods to identify and address environmental injustices affecting low-income communities in South Texas, the Bay Area, and Puerto Rico. She has conducted previous research in Southeast Michigan, the Philadelphia area, and the Denver area. She holds a doctorate in urban planning from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Pennsylvania State University.
  • James rojas, who for 30 years has observed, researched and documented the ways Latinos are transforming the streets to meet their non-motorized mobility needs. He has become one of the few nationally recognized experts on this subject and has written and lectured extensively on how culture and immigration are transforming the spatial mobility patterns of Americans. He is the founder of the Latino Urban Forum, an advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness of the planning and design issues facing low-income Latinos. Rojas has lectured and facilitated workshops at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Cornell University, and the University of California at Berkeley, as well as other schools and public forums. His lectures help Latinos clear any doubts they have about city planning or transportation.

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Evening briefing: Freeland keeps cabinet concerts

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It was said today that Parliament would return before the end of the fall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also said his cabinet will be sworn in next month. As to who will attend, all we know at this point is that Chrystia Freeland will remain Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. The cabinet will have an equal number of women and men around the table, what Trudeau has called a “basic starting point”, and there will also be an “appropriate regional distribution”.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, who will remain Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

In his first full press conference since last Monday’s federal election, Trudeau said the government’s top priorities are to: continue to sign child care agreements with the provinces; the introduction of 10 days of paid sick leave in federally regulated workplaces; make housing more affordable; work on indigenous reconciliation; and fight against climate change.

It comes like Members of Parliament arrive on the Hill and begin their orientation, and Kevin Vuong is preparing to sit in the House as an independent.

Now that the federal election is over, negotiations to bring Ontario into Ottawa’s child care plan can resume – and sources on both sides say they are headed in the right direction. Charlie Pinkerton has more.

In response to a reporter’s question, Trudeau said he would decide whether or not to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from Canada’s telecommunications network in the coming weeks. He has largely dodged the case for the two and a half years that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been detained in China. Aidan Chamandy has more.

Meanwhile, at the United Nations General Assembly, the two recently released detainees were at the center of a verbal fight between Canada and China today. Foreign Minister Marc Garneau told officials around the world that Canada is applying both Canadian and international law in response to the US request for extradition of Huawei leader Meng Wanzhou, while the two Michaels were paying a “heavy price” for Canada’s commitment to the rule of law. “We continue to oppose the way these two citizens were treated,” he said, adding that Canada “will never forget this experience.” More information on this in Global News.

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On COVID-19, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommend that seniors in long-term care homes, retirement homes and assisted living facilities receive vaccine boosters. Given their day-to-day interactions with staff and other residents, their age, and other pre-existing underlying medical conditions, this is a population that is at increased risk for serious illness from the virus. NACI cited the time that has elapsed since this population received their initial injections, as well as the weakening of the immune response that can occur with age when recommending going beyond the two doses. regular.

In Quebec, Minister of Health Christian Dubé announced that public health officials in the province recommend that people in these care settings receive a third dose. CBC News reports.

Still in Quebec, major-general. Fortin was in court today to demand his reinstatement as head of federal vaccine deployment. As CBC News reports, the government says that role no longer exists.

Process Nerd: Do the Greens even need an interim leader?

Comings and goings: lawyer McMillan adds communications staff

Net Zero: Industry Groups Oppose Federal Clean Fuel Standard

The Sprout: Ontario farm charged after deadly COVID outbreak

In other titles:

Elizabeth May has been proposed as potential interim leader of the struggling Green Party (CP)
Canadians Unhappy But Not Angry With Federal Election Result: Poll (CP)
Science Table Says Ontario’s 4th Wave Has ‘Flattened’ And Releases ‘A Wide Range’ Of Case Projections (Global)
Albertans die from COVID-19 at more than three times the average Canadian rate (SRC)
BC data shows dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases among school-aged children (Global)
Travelers to Prince Edward Island will be tested for COVID-19 at its borders starting Thursday (CP)
A “potential anomaly” with the ballot boxes leads to a recount in the riding of Châteauguay — Lacolle (CP)
Don’t Stop Federal COVID-19 Benefits, Companies Say As Expiration Approaches (Global)


South of the border, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, today warned that Al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan could threaten the United States in as little as 12 months. In an appearance before Congress to answer questions about last month’s withdrawal, he said the Taliban, which now controls Afghanistan, is still a terrorist organization with links to al Qaeda.

General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Photo: Matthew Moeller, US Army)

As the Associated Press reports, he called the 20-year war in Afghanistan a “strategic failure” and said his preference would have been to keep several thousand troops in the country to prevent a collapse of the Afghan government and subsequent takeover by the Taliban. In his testimony, the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin admitted that the collapse of the Afghan army that international troops had spent two decades bringing about “Took us all by surprise”.

Meanwhile, Milley also defended his decision during the last days of Donald Trump’s presidency to call on China to reassure officials that the former president was not going to attack.

“Rebuild better, blah blah blah. Green economy, blah blah blah. Net zero by 2050, blah blah blah. At conference in Milan today, sacred words and inaction, she also urged people not to give up hope, saying change is “not only possible, but urgently needed”.

In other international titles:

US government will run out of cash by Oct. 18, treasury secretary says (CNN)
WHO horrified by sexual exploitation by aid workers in DR Congo (BBC)
Dutch police arrest politician over alleged plot to assassinate prime minister (BBC)
‘Capital Gazette’ gunman sentenced to several life sentences, plus 345 years (NPR)
PM Haiti: Elections, referendum scheduled for next year (PA)
Greece, France tout European defense autonomy with warship deal (Al Jazeera)
Sudan: five members of the security forces killed in a raid on an ISIL cell (Al Jazeera)

In Notice:

Andrew Fleming: Trudeau wins a minority with a majority in British Columbia
James Cohen: This government must work with other parties to end snow washing

The kicker:

Photo: @ Kyr0Nagib / Twitter

Michael Kovrig has been a very busy man since his return to Canadian soil. Since the weekend, he has had his hair cut, a COVID-19 vaccine, and urged others to do so as well. As the National Post reports, he also discovered he was a bit of a celebrity.

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$ 100 million in donations to transform UAB medical school – News

Record donation of $ 95 million from Heersink to advance strategic growth and biomedical innovation.

Dr Marnix E. Heersink and wife, Mary HeersinkIn recognition of a transformational lead gift of $ 95 million from longtime University of Alabama at Birmingham supporter Marnix E. Heersink, MD, the UAB School of Medicine will now be named UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine.

The record-breaking donation is the largest philanthropic commitment in the history of the university and will name the UAB Marnix E. Heersink Faculty of Medicine, as well as the creation and name of the Marnix E. Heersink Institute for Biomedical Innovation and Mary Heersink Institute for Global Health. The donation will provide support with both endowment and direct funds for key initiatives of the School of Medicine.

Renowned eye surgeon, innovator and entrepreneur Heersink wants this donation to inspire and catalyze additional philanthropic contributions that support high impact recruitments, programs and research at the Faculty of Medicine. UAB will bolster this philanthropic support with a generous $ 5 million contribution from Triton Health Systems, bringing total support to the school to $ 100 million.

UAB Senior Vice President of Medicine and Dean of Medicine Selwyn Vickers, MD, FACS, says the Heersink gift and others he inspires will set the future direction of the medical school.

“On behalf of the School of Medicine and all of the people we serve across Alabama, the nation and the world – now and in the years to come – I sincerely thank Dr. Heersink,” said Vickers. “This act of immense generosity reflects his sense of service and the breadth of our shared ambition to make the UAB School of Medicine a world leader in biomedical discovery and innovation, medical training and patient care. patients. It is a powerful affirmation of the limitless potential of our school and reinforces what we have always known: that UAB is truly a world class institution.

In just five years, the UAB School of Medicine has increased its National Institutes of Health research portfolio by $ 100 million, making it one of eight schools across the country to do so. This growth catapulted the NIH ranking for the School of Medicine from No.31 in 2014 to No.21 among all schools and the top 10 for public medical schools. In addition, 12 departments ranked among the top 20.

Vickers says the generous pledge was a strategic decision by Heersink to invest in a medical school with a rapidly growing trajectory and increasing opportunities for transformative impact in scientific discovery, education, and clinical care. Additionally, this donation will support the school’s strategic growth and help recruit and retain the brightest scientists and physicians in priority areas such as precision medicine and pharmacogenomics, pulmonology, oncology, neurology. , disparities in health, immunology and others through endowed chairs and chairs – subject to subsequent approval by occupants proposed by the University of Alabama system board.

The pledge also aims to establish and name a unique new biomedical institute and associated support fund – the Marnix E. Heersink Institute of Biomedical Innovation and the Marnix E. Heersink Institute for Biomedical Innovation Endowed Support Fund – as well as the name of the conference center of the Marnix E. Heersink Institute for Biomedical Innovation. The institute will focus on entrepreneurial healthcare innovation initiatives that promote and facilitate healthcare and socio-economic transformation. The institute’s primary location will be at UAB, with a significant physical presence in Dothan, Alabama, the hometown of the Heersink family.

Heersink says UAB’s history of notable achievement and aggressive pursuit of excellence motivated him to partner with the school to advance their shared priorities. He attributes his affinity for the school to a set of qualities that he embodies which he calls the three Es: excellence, expansive and all-encompassing.

“I have seen that in everything they do, the school strives for excellence, strives to expand its reach and values ​​collaboration and encompasses diverse backgrounds, voices and talents,” Heersink said. “This donation will build on the school’s tremendous momentum and strengthen its ability to innovate and achieve the three Es (excellence, expansive, global) in a very strategic way. I look forward to an ongoing partnership to support his life changing work. Mary and I are very grateful for the wonderful education UAB has given our family and we now look forward to UAB’s increased presence in our hometown of Dothan.

Naming the medical school has been a priority for Vickers and UAB President Ray L. Watts, MD; they point out that a donation of this magnitude confirms and strengthens the school’s worldwide reputation in a very powerful and public way.

“Having the Heersink name on the school is a powerful testament to its competitiveness among the best academic medical centers in the world, which is indeed the result of our focus on the three Es: excellence, expansive and all-encompassing.” , said Watts. “Dr. Heersink’s transformative support is essential to building our brand awareness and impact globally, and his humility and commitment to making the world a better place is inspiring. We will work diligently every day to honor his trust and trust. . “

Learn more about UAB Marnix E. Heersink Faculty of Medicine here.

Heersink says UAB and the School of Medicine have been instrumental in his family’s life. He and his wife, Mary Parks Heersink, have been married for 43 years and have six children: ophthalmologists Mila, a graduate of UAB medical school, and Sebastian, a graduate of MIT and Georgetown Medical School; Bayne, a dentist who graduated from the UAB School of Dentistry, including a two-year UAB prosthodontic fellowship; Damion, a US certified patent attorney who is currently training to be an intern at the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans; and twins Christiaan and Marius – both attended the Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP) and obtained a combined MD / MBA degree from UAB and are in residency in ophthalmology and family medicine respectively. The Heersinks’ daughter-in-law, Juanita Titrud Heersink, MD, was Ms. UAB in 2003, graduated from UAB Medical School and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at UAB.

The Heersinks are well-known philanthropists in Alabama and beyond, having made significant donations from their personal funds and through their family foundation. Previous donations and pledges to UAB include those aimed at renovating the atrium of Volker Hall at the School of Medicine and establishing the Heersink Family Active Learning Resource Center at Volker Hall, the Heersink Family Endowed Glaucoma Fellowship and the Heersink Family Foundation Scholarship Endowment in Optometry, among others.

The $ 95 million pledge also aims to establish and appoint the Mary Heersink Institute for Global Health and the Mary Heersink Institute for Global Health Endowed Support Fund, dedicated to the development and implementation of educational and mentoring programs as well. so many experience opportunities for interns and academics in global health.

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees formally accepted the $ 95 million donation at its special meeting on September 28 and unanimously approved the UAB nomination Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine, Marnix E. Heersink Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Mary Heersink Institute for Global Health and other entities described in the grant agreement.

“We are proud that UAB has played an important role in the life of the Heersink family and has chosen to help advance the transformative trajectory of the School of Medicine,” said the Chancellor of the System. UA, Finis St. John. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the University of Alabama system, and everyone we serve, I thank the Heersinks for their record-breaking donation, which will further strengthen our system-wide commitment to the excellence in teaching, research and service, and will expand our positive impact. in Alabama and beyond.

Dr Heersink is a cataract and laser refraction surgeon and co-owner and president of Eye Center South in Dothan, a practice he and John Fortin, MD, opened in 1980 and now has 12 offices in Alabama, in Florida and Georgia. Heersink and his family opened Health Center South, a 140,000 square foot state-of-the-art medical complex for physicians of all specialties in Dothan. Heersink is also the owner or agent of numerous other companies, including real estate companies and manufacturing entities in the United States and abroad. He is a member and member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the International College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is certified by the American Board of Eye Surgeons. Its professional memberships also include the Houston County Medical Society, the Alabama State Medical Association, the American Intraocular Implant Society, and the American Medical Association. He has a particular interest and training in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of cataracts as well as laser vision correction. Heersink is also the founder of the Eye Education Foundation, which organizes continuing education seminars every year in which physicians share their knowledge, experience and ideas. The seminary, accredited in many states, is in its 33rd year.

Mary Heersink sits on the UAB Medical School Visiting Council. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Masters Program in Global Health, a joint initiative of McMaster University in Canada, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, University of Manipal in India and University Thomassat in Thailand. After her 11-year-old son Damion nearly died from E. coli in the early 1990s, she wrote the book: “E. coli 0157: The True Story of a Mother’s Battle Against a Killer Microbe,” and has become a strong advocate for federal oversight and regulation. . She co-founded and serves on the board of directors of STOP Foodborne Illness, a national food safety organization. She also sits or has served on the boards of many nonprofit and civic organizations in the Dothan area, including the Girls Clubs of Dothan, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Houston Academy and Landmark Park.

An event will be planned at UAB to officially recognize and celebrate Heersinks and this transformational gift.

“The importance of this record-breaking donation to the Medical School, UAB, and the University of Alabama system cannot be overstated,” Watts said. “We look forward to celebrating the Heersinks, their generosity and the significant advances in research, medical education and healthcare that we will make together. “Heersink.3Heersink family

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#AM_Equality: September 28, 2021 – CRH

REPORT FINDS 2.3 MILLION LGBTQ + LATINX ADULTS IN AMERICA: A new report from the Williams Institute has found that of the 11.3 million LGBTQ + adults living in America, at least 2.3 million are Latinx. In addition, the report examined statistics relating to mental health, access to health care and economic characteristics. Williams Institute.

POLICE SERVICES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES CALL FOR LGBTQ + TRAINING: “Not only can training help the LGBTQ community, but it can also help police departments do their jobs better, especially those who are really invested in community policing,” said Christy Mallory, legal director for the Williams Institute of UCLA Law School. “These trainings can really help get to a place where LGBTQ communities feel comfortable working with law enforcement and really empower the police to do their jobs better and safer.” More NBC News.

🩺 GOP BILL WOULD FUND RESEARCH IN HEALTH CARE FOR YOUNG TRANSGENDERS: Last week, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill that would end public funding for health care research for transgender youth. Specifically, the legislation “would prohibit the use of federal funds for gender transition among minors”. More American Independent.

FROM HOLLYWOOD TO CAPITOL HILL, HERE ARE 12 LGBTQ + LATINX TRAILBLAZERS: In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cynthia Silva (@ItsCynthiaSilva) compiled a list of 12 LGBTQ + Latinx pioneers. More NBC News.


“BLACK TRANS WOMEN LIKE ME DIE IN TEXAS DUE TO POLITICAL GAMES”: In a comment by Diamond Stylz (@DiamondStylz), she writes: “I urge all allies and LGB people to join me in holding lawmakers to account and denouncing dangerous rhetoric as a violent threat. We must implore them to reject harmful anti-transgender laws and focus on promoting strong non-discrimination policies like the equality law and investing in the programs our communities need to thrive. More Lawyer.

✈️ CALIFORNIA BANS STATE-FUNDED TRAVEL TO OHIO DUE TO ANTI-LGBTQ + ACT: The California Attorney General on Friday announced that California would restrict state-funded travel to Ohio due to Ohio passing the “Medical Practitioner Conscience” clause in June, which has been dubbed ” allowed to discriminate ”. More Cleveland scene.

🌈 THE NEW MINNEAPOLIS NONPROFIT LAUNCHES AN LGBTQ + MENTORING PROGRAM, ONE OF NOTHING IN THE UNITED STATES: A new Minneapolis-based nonprofit called Queerspace Collective (@QueerspaceC) fills a critical void in LGBTQ + mentoring programs. The program hopes to expand nationwide in the coming years. More StarTribune.

ALABAMA ASBL OBTAINED A GRANT TO HELP DOCUMENT LGBTQ + HISTORY IN THE SOUTH: The Invisible Histories Project, a nonprofit that documents the history of LGBTQ + people in the South, received a $ 600,000 grant to document the history of LGBTQ + in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and the Panhandle of Florida. More AL.

CHARLESTON PRIDE’S REAL RAINBOW ROW TOUR EXPLORES THE LGBTQ + HISTORY OF THE CITY SUNDAY: As part of Charleston Pride Week, the tour will take attendees through the city’s historic neighborhoods as they tell the often-overlooked stories of Charleston’s LGBTQ + community. More Charleston City Paper.


NON-BINARY CHARACTERS LIKE ‘GONZO-RELLA’ ENLIGHTEN CHILDREN’S TELEVISION AND ENCOURAGE SELF-ACCEPTANCE: For children whose gender expression may not correspond to preconceived notions of boy or girl, it may be important to see themselves reflected on the screen. More CNN.

TIKTOK’S ELDERQUEER DESIGNERS BRING LGBTQ + HISTORY TO LIFE: A community of older LGBTQ + TikTokers are sharing their life experiences with a younger generation looking for mentorship. More them.


🗳️ TWO TRANSGENDER WOMEN WIN SEATS IN THE NEXT GERMAN PARLIAMENT: Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik made history yesterday by winning seats in the German Parliament in the Bundestag. More The New York Times and Reuters.


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Will Sikh Officer Lt Sukhbir Toor Win Against US Marine Corps?

In stark contrast: how the military in the UK, Australia and Canada are adjusting to religious freedom

Compared to the United States, military manuals in countries like Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom have clear and distinct guidelines that take into account the religious concerns of their troops.

In the Army Dress Manual of the Australian Army, it is clearly mentioned in Chapter 2 that for “a member of the Australian Army, male or female, who adheres to the Sikh religion”, “the hair and beard may remain not cut. “,” Five other symbolic requirements of the Sikh religion, …

Chapter 2, Section 3, Clause 14 to 21 of the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions, which includes rules specifically for Sikh members of the Canadian Armed Forces, prescribes the same guidelines as those mentioned above in the Dressing Manual. Australian Army army outfit. .

Finally, Chapter 2, Section 3, Clause 0238 of the UK’s BR81 Royal Navy and Royal Marines Uniform Regulations also prescribes the same rules regarding uncut hair and beard, symbolic requirements of the Sikh religion and the turban.

The United States, on the other hand, does not make any special directives for Sikhs in the military, Code 774 clearly states that the secretary has the power to prevent an American Sikh serviceman from freely exercising his religious rights which he are also available outside. the military.

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New Life Village near Tampa offers new homes for foster children, new purpose for seniors

As the only intergenerational residential model in the state of Florida to do what they do, New Life Village in Palm River, just east of Tampa, is working to reduce the number of children in foster care. ‘welcome for over a year.

Founded in 2012, New Life Village is helping solve two of the issues plaguing the Tampa Bay area: affordable housing and a foster care crisis.

With their mission being to provide a “supportive environment, within an intergenerational community for children in need of a safe, stable and permanent family experience”, the association’s leadership works on their 12-acre campus which is currently about 1/3 developed.

Earlier in September, the construction of two new buildings that will house 16 families in about a year, increasing the village from around 100 to 170. The new buildings will add to the 32 already existing townhouses, plus a community garden. , paddling pool, swimming pool, playground and football field. Plans further are preliminary, but now include a multi-purpose program building and one-bedroom living spaces for the elderly.

“The community and its program are focused on healing children,” says Mariah Hayden, Executive Director of New Life Village. “We help them overcome their trauma and gain coping mechanisms.”

Seniors living in the Village are all 55 and over and are here for an intentional retirement. They serve as surrogate grandparents, guardians and mentors.

“It’s basically the village elders in the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’” says Hayden.

Being in New Life Village, she explains, prevents these abandoned, abused and neglected children, who usually do not live with their birth parents, from entering the foster care system. This creates a safe place where they can call “home” with their foster family without being stigmatized for being adopted.

The program also works to address the negative outcomes associated with foster care systems, such as low education / graduation rates, homelessness, teenage pregnancy, incarceration, mental health problems and unemployment.

In a survey collected from residents in June 2020, 88% of children had improved their grades since moving in, 100% of children thought they were an important part of the village family, 99% of seniors thought they were leading a determined and meaningful life-in-the-Village project, and 91% of caregivers were convinced that the Village’s family environment was safe. Breaking the cycle of many of the main issues in the foster care system, New Life Village has a positive impact on a variety of issues associated with traditional foster care: a lack of support from loved ones. caregivers, a shortage of foster parents, the impact of trauma and the lack of affordable housing.

“The longer children are placed in foster care, the more they have a physical likelihood of very negative and traumatic outcomes,” says Hayden.

The average household change per child is around three placements per year. Whenever this happens, this child not only loses a sense of family and stability, but is again traumatized by thinking that no one wants them and that he has nowhere to go.

“Children have a need and seniors have a need. Children and the elderly provide for everyone’s needs, so it’s a beautiful yin and yang relationship that provides psychological and health outcomes for both groups.

Of course, there are going to be problems that arise from mixing the generations. “If we go to our grandparents, no matter who we are, no matter how old we are, there’s a good chance they won’t understand some aspect of our life,” says Hayden. “You have the standard and expectations of each generation, and each generation looks at the other generation through that lens. “

From phone etiquette to good manners and work ethics, kids today hold very different values ​​than their elders, she says.

“Our elders come from a generation where you stayed married all your life, you chose a career and it was your career your entire life. The older generation is really attached to the idea that you start a job and move up the ranks. You stay a long time, you respect your elders no matter what, and that’s what the job looks like to them. The younger generation is completely on the other side of that spectrum, ”says Hayden.

The challenges caused by technological innovations and changes in the workplace will never go away.

“Our grandparents had the same problems with their grandparents and so on. … It’s just that things change and that will always be represented in the generations.

What is unique is how a versatile pace of life is based on societal manners.

“Our generation, and I in particular, are still going a million kilometers an hour. I’m still multitasking and do 25 things at a time. It is a blessing and a curse. They are [seniors] not like that, so when they come to the clubhouse and we see them in the community, they stop, take a break and have intentional, very present conversations with you, ”says Hayden. “It’s such a great way to remember to be there, to listen to people and to talk. … It shows us that we have to slow down and be present with each other because life is short.

Living in this type of community is also good for older people, giving them purpose and keeping them healthy and active while participating in the various activities offered by New Life Village. It is not a new concept; the United States is just late. For years, Europe has designed similar communities by incorporating assisted living facilities with college students, bringing in the elderly to daycare centers, etc.

To better understand the need, consider these statistics listed on the New Life Village website:

  • Florida is 3rd in the United States, behind California and Texas with 22,781 foster children;
  • Hillsborough County is # 1 and Pinellas County # 2 in Florida for the number of children in foster care;
  • Since January 2020:
    – 2,366 children were in foster care in Hillsborough County
    – 2,484 children were in foster care in Pinellas and Pasco counties

By going to the Take Action tab on the New Life Village website, you can help them take it one step closer to the end of their construction campaign or make a donation. For example, $ 25 per month allows a senior to participate in their on-site wellness program year-round, allowing them to choose from weekly yoga classes, tai chi classes, trips to the theater, etc.

Being a part of this community has given Hayden the chance to watch these children grow, grow stronger, heal, and gain confidence in who they are.

“From a holistic perspective, it’s just great because it provides a holistic healing context for the elderly and families of children,” says Hayden.

It’s a beautiful blend of culture and perspectives that come with time and age, together in one safe place. In a house.

For more information, see their website, Facebook page, and watch their story on CBN.

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Tool announces 2022 U.S. tour dates

Tool will be leaving for a major tour of the United States next year.

The 30-plus date tour kicks off January 10 in Eugene, Oregon and ends March 20 in Cleveland, Ohio. The group will stop in Philly for a WMMR Presents on February 20.

Drummer Danny Carey said in a statement, “It is with great pleasure that I announce our return to the road. The past 18 months have tried to say the least, but great trials come great lessons and great rewards. We are really looking forward to sharing them with you.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 1 at 10 a.m. local time, with Tool Army members eligible for a special presale starting Wednesday, September 29 at 10 a.m. local time. For a link to on-sale information AND a chance to win tickets before they go on sale, visit WMMR Presents: TOOL.

Tool – 2022 US Tour Dates

January 10 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
January 11 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
January 13 – Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center
January 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
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Canadians, Chinese return home in prisoner exchange

China, the United States and Canada have concluded a high-stakes prisoner swap with happy homecoming for two Canadians detained by China and for an executive from Chinese global communications giant Huawei Technologies accused of fraud, potentially putting end to a three-year feud that involved all three of the countries.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugged diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor on the tarmac after they touched down in Calgary early Saturday. The men were arrested in China in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies and daughter of the company founder, in connection with a US extradition request.

Many countries have called China’s action a “hostage policy,” while China has accused Ottawa of arbitrary detention. The two Canadians were jailed for over 1,000 days.

“It’s fantastic to be back in Canada and I’m extremely grateful to everyone who worked hard to bring us both home,” said the visibly slimmer Kovrig after a government plane Canadian landed in Toronto and was greeted by his wife and sister. .

“I feel fantastic,” Kovrig said.

Meng’s return to China later Saturday was broadcast live on state television, highlighting how Beijing has linked his case to Chinese nationalism and its rise as a global economic and political powerhouse.

Wearing a red dress to match the color of the Chinese flag, Meng thanked the ruling Communist Party and its leader, Xi Jinping, for supporting her for more than 1,000 days under house arrest in Vancouver, where she has two multi-million dollar mansions.

“I have finally returned to the warm embrace of the homeland,” Meng said. “As an ordinary Chinese citizen going through this difficult time, I have always felt the warmth and concern of the party, the nation and the people.”

The chain of events involving the world powers brought an abrupt end to the legal and geopolitical feuds that disrupted relations between Washington, Beijing and Ottawa. The three-way deal allowed China and Canada to each bring home their own detained citizens as the United States completed a criminal case against Meng who, for months, was mired in an extradition battle.

“These two men went through an incredibly difficult ordeal. Over the past 1,000 days they have shown strength, perseverance and grace and we are all inspired by them, ”Trudeau said of the two Canadians.

The first activity took place on Friday afternoon when Meng, 49, reached a deal with federal prosecutors calling for the fraud charges against her to be dropped next year and allowing her to return to China immediately. As part of the deal, known as the Deferred Prosecution Agreement, she accepted responsibility for distorting the company’s business relationship in Iran.

The deal came as President Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi sought to ease signs of public tension – even as the world’s two dominant economies disagree on issues as diverse as cybersecurity, climate change, human rights and trade and tariffs. Biden said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week that he did not intend to start a “new cold war,” while Xi told world leaders that disputes between the countries “must be treated through dialogue and cooperation”.

“The US government joins the international community in welcoming the decision of the authorities of the People’s Republic of China to release Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig after more than two and a half years in arbitrary detention. We are pleased that they are returning home to Canada, ”US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said in a statement.

As part of the deal with Meng, the Justice Department agreed to dismiss fraud charges against her in December 2022 – exactly four years after her arrest – on condition that she meets certain conditions, including not challenging any government factual allegations. The Justice Department also agreed to drop her request for Meng’s extradition to the United States, which she had vigorously contested.

After appearing by videoconference for her hearing in New York, Meng made a brief appearance in Vancouver court, where she was released on bail living in a multi-million dollar mansion while the two Canadians were held in cells. Chinese prison where the lights were on. 24 hours a day.

Outside the courtroom, Meng thanked the Canadian government for upholding the rule of law, expressed his gratitude to the Canadian people and apologized “for the inconvenience.”

“Over the past three years my life has been turned upside down,” she said. “It was a disruptive time for me as a mother, wife and business leader. But I believe every cloud has a silver lining. It was truly an invaluable experience in my life. I will never forget all the good wishes I received.

Soon after, Meng left on an Air China flight to Shenzhen, China, where Huawei’s headquarters are located.

Huawei is the world’s largest supplier of network equipment for telephone and Internet companies. It has been a symbol of China’s progress to become a global technological powerhouse – and a subject of US security and law enforcement concerns. Some analysts say Chinese companies have flouted international rules and standards and stolen the technology.

The case against Meng stems from a January 2019 indictment by the Trump administration’s Justice Department that accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and using a Hong Kong shell company called Skycom to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions. The indictment also accused Meng herself of committing fraud by misleading HSBC bank about the company’s business dealings in Iran.

The indictment came amid a broader Trump administration crackdown on Huawei over concerns from the U.S. government that the company’s products could facilitate Chinese espionage. The administration cut off Huawei’s access to U.S. components and technology, including Google Music and other smartphone services, and subsequently banned vendors around the world from using U.S. technology to produce components for Huawei.

The Biden White House, meanwhile, has maintained a hard line on Huawei and other Chinese companies whose technology is believed to pose national security risks. Huawei has repeatedly denied claims by the US government and safety concerns with its products.

Former Canadian Ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques, the former boss of Kovrig, said he was delighted that the two Canadians were at home.

“Obviously, the Chinese were so eager to get Meng back that they dropped all claims that the two Michael’s had been arrested for good reason. They must recognize that their reputation has been seriously tarnished, ”said Saint-Jacques. “There are grunts within the Chinese Communist Party, people say, ‘Which way are we going, Xi Jinping? We are creating too many enemies. Why are we enemies of countries like Canada and Australia? “

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Huawei executive returns as China frees Canadians

SHENZHEN, China – The Chinese government eagerly awaited the return of a top executive from global communications giant Huawei Technologies on Saturday following what amounted to a high-stakes prisoner swap with Canada and the United States

Meng Wanzhou, 49, chief financial officer of Huawei and daughter of the company founder, has reached a deal with U.S. federal prosecutors that asked for the fraud charges against her to be quashed next year. As part of the deal, known as the Deferred Prosecution Agreement, she accepted responsibility for distorting the company’s business relationship in Iran.

On the same day, two Canadian citizens detained by Beijing were released and flown back to Canada.

Meng was due to arrive at the southern tech hub of Shenzhen, where Huawei is based, on Saturday evening.

Her imminent return was a major topic on the Chinese internet and in the midday news program of the public broadcaster CCTV, presenter Tian Liang claiming that Meng was returning home thanks to “the Chinese government’s unremitting efforts.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reposted on social media a report about Meng’s departure from Canada, adding “Welcome home.”

In an emailed statement, Huawei said it looked forward to Meng’s return and “will continue to defend against the allegations.”

The company also sent a statement from Meng’s attorney, William W. Taylor III, claiming that Meng had “not pleaded guilty and we expect the indictment to be dismissed with prejudice after fourteen months. “.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor were arrested in China in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng in connection with a US extradition request. China charged them with endangering national security and sentenced Kovrig to 11 years in prison, although their arrests were widely seen as Beijing’s attempt to gain the upper hand in the Meng case.

“These two men have gone through an incredibly difficult ordeal. Over the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance and grace and we are all inspired by it,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

The case had caused a huge rift in Sino-Canadian relations, with Beijing regularly launching swords against the Canadian legal system and banning some imports from the country. In addition, two Canadians convicted in separate drug cases in China were sentenced to death in 2019. A third, Robert Schellenberg, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, which was brutally increased to the death penalty after the arrest of Meng. It was not immediately clear whether these prisoners could be granted a reprieve.

In Shenzhen, 20-year-old job seeker at Huawei headquarters repeated the government’s view that Meng’s arrest was motivated by politics and rivalry with the United States over technology and global influence .

“I think (this) had to stop the development of Huawei in the world,” said the man, who only gave his last name, Wang, as is often the case with Chinese speaking to foreign media. “This is a very important reason – no one wants other countries to have better technology than themselves.”

The frenzied chain of events involving the world powers has brought an abrupt end to the legal and geopolitical feuds that, over the past three years, have disrupted relations between Washington, Beijing and Ottawa.

Huawei is the world’s largest supplier of network equipment for telephone and internet companies and a symbol of China’s progress to become a global technological powerhouse that has received massive support from the government. It has also been the subject of security and law enforcement concerns in the United States, with officials and analysts claiming that it and other Chinese companies flouted international rules and standards and stole documents. technologies and vital personal information.

The case against Meng stems from a January 2019 indictment by the Justice Department of the administration of former President Donald Trump. He accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and using a Hong Kong shell company called Skycom to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions. The indictment also accused Meng herself of committing fraud by misleading HSBC bank about the company’s business dealings in Iran.

The indictment came amid a broader Trump administration crackdown on Huawei over concerns from the US government that the company’s products could facilitate Chinese espionage. The administration cut off Huawei’s access to U.S. components and technology, including Google Music and other smartphone services, and subsequently banned vendors around the world from using U.S. technology to produce components for Huawei.

President Joe Biden, meanwhile, has maintained a hard line on Huawei and other Chinese companies whose technology is considered to pose national security risks.

Huawei has repeatedly denied claims by the US government and safety concerns with its products.

As part of the deal with Meng, which was leaked in federal court in Brooklyn, the Justice Department agreed to dismiss fraud charges against her in December 2022 – exactly four years after her arrest – on condition that it comply with certain conditions, including not contesting any of the government’s factual allegations. The Justice Department also agreed to drop her request for Meng’s extradition to the United States, which she had vigorously contested, ending a process that prosecutors say could have persisted for months. .

After appearing by videoconference for her hearing in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Meng appeared briefly in court in Vancouver, where she had been released on bail living in a multi-million dollar mansion while the two Canadians were detained. in Chinese prison cells where the lights were on 24 hours a day.

Outside the courtroom, Meng thanked the Canadian government for upholding the rule of law, expressed his gratitude to the Canadian people and apologized “for the inconvenience.”

“Over the past three years my life has been turned upside down,” she said. “It was a disruptive time for me as a mother, wife and business owner. But I believe every cloud has a silver lining. It was truly an invaluable experience in my life. I will never forget all the good wishes. that I received. “

A video was also posted online in China of Meng speaking at Vancouver International Airport, saying; “Thank you motherland, thank you to the people of the motherland. You have been my greatest pillar of support.”

Soon after, Meng left on an Air China flight to Shenzhen.


Associated Press editors Eric Tucker in Washington, Rob Gillies in Toronto, Jim Mustain in New York, and Jim Morris in Vancouver, Canada, contributed to this report.

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