Home Blog Page 2

Q&A: Day Hochman-Vigil, House District 15 Candidate

House District 15 candidate Day Hochman-Vigil (Courtesy of Day Hochman-Vigil)

NAME: Hochman Vigil Day




RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Outgoing legislator for two terms; New Mexico lawyer for 10 years; experience interacting with international, federal, state and municipal government entities.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College ’07; Juris Doctor, University of New Mexico School of Law ’11; Master of Laws, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University ’16

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: anewdayformm.com

1. New Mexico relies heavily on the petroleum and natural gas industries to generate revenue to fund state programs, as evidenced by the recent oil boom and bust cycles. What steps should the Legislative Assembly take to diversify the state’s economy and revenue base?

New Mexico must continue to support viable industries such as renewable energy, STEM-based research and technology transfer, manufacturing, outdoor education, tourism, and others through continued investment in state grant programs, such as local economic development law funding, job training incentive program grants. and new programs such as the Opportunity Enterprise Act.

2. During the last ordinary legislative session, efforts were made unsuccessfully to facilitate the retention of certain defendants behind bars until trial. Should New Mexico law be changed to make it easier to hold individuals charged with violent offenses such as murder and first-degree child abuse behind bars until trial?

A more effective method to reduce violent crime would be to retool the remand algorithms used by judges to better predict factors that contribute to recidivism and determinations of dangerousness to the community. We must also support law enforcement recruitment and retention practices and fully fund pre-trial monitoring services to better track accused offenders awaiting trial.

3. What steps should the Legislature take to address crime and public safety as New Mexico faces one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation?

In addition to continuing to make unprecedented investments in law enforcement recruitment and retention, the state must also continue to work on the availability of mental and behavioral health resources to address cyclical and generational poverty, substance use disorders and the root causes of crime that contribute to the cycle of recidivism.

4. Given the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, do you support or oppose codifying abortion protections into state law? And do you support or oppose the adoption of abortion restrictions in New Mexico?

Currently, women’s reproductive health services are safe and available in the state of New Mexico. I would support statutory protections for reproductive health services. If statutory restrictions were proposed on these services, I would oppose them, as I believe that such extremely personal decisions are best left between the pregnant person, their family and their healthcare professional.

5. New Mexico has already implemented several gun control laws in recent years. Would you support or oppose legislation prohibiting or restricting the sale of AR-15 type semi-automatic weapons, such as increasing the age limit for the purchase of such weapons? And what about legislation that criminalizes failing to safely secure firearms around children?

As someone personally affected by gun violence, I support restrictions on purchases of semi-automatic weapons and large capacity magazines, including raising the age limit. While I generally support the concept of secure storage, my full support would depend on the specifics of the bill to ensure that constitutional due process rights are also preserved.

6. New Mexico’s state agency responsible for keeping children safe has recently come under scrutiny over transparency issues and its handling of high-profile child abuse cases. What changes would you support to improve the operations of the Child, Youth and Family Service?

In addition to mandating additional transparency and specific accountability measures such as the submission of benchmark data to track progress and the creation of an independent ombudsman office, employee retention and morale must be raised at CYFD to better assist the agency in achieving its mission and purpose. .

7. What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its gross receipts tax code?

New Mexico’s gross receipts tax code is overly complicated and vague. It also aggravates tax pyramiding and penalizes specific industries over others. It should be streamlined to eliminate dozens of impractical and inefficient exemptions and deductions to focus on a more streamlined and predictable approach to revenue generation statewide.

8. New Mexico is currently the only state that does not pay its legislators a salary, although legislators receive per diems and are eligible for a statutory pension. Do you support or oppose a salaried legislature and, if so, how much should legislators be paid?

Under the current model, legislators must balance the needs of their constituents with the support of their families, resulting in time constraints and conflicting interests. New Mexicans deserve better and should be represented by legislators who are paid based on the state’s median salary whose No. 1 priority can and will be the districts they represent.

9. What more, if anything, should the legislature do to respond to a court ruling that found that New Mexico does not provide sufficient education for all students, especially Native Americans and those who do not speak English as a first language?

While major investments have been made in education for at-risk populations following the Yazzie/Martinez case, the state still has work to do to improve education outcomes and the availability of critical infrastructure , such as human resources and culturally appropriate teaching and materials.

10. In recent years, New Mexico has steadily increased spending on early childhood programs, such as home visiting, preschool, and child care assistance, and created a new early childhood trust. Do you support or oppose the constitutional amendment proposed in the November ballot that would take more money out of the state’s permanent school fund to increase funding for early childhood services and K-education? 12?

I support the use of the Land Grant Permanent Fund after confirmation that the needs of New Mexico children will not be adequately met by the already established Early Years Trust Fund.

11. In order to address climate change and air quality issues, do you support or oppose legislation that limits greenhouse gas emissions and requires the state to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 ?

I support these measures because they are essential for New Mexico to meet the immediate needs of its diverse communities, including water and viable soil for outdoor preservation and agricultural needs.

12. Do you think any changes should be made to the emergency powers held by a governor during a pandemic or other time of crisis. If so, do you think these powers should be expanded or reduced and in what specific ways?

While I think the governor’s power to invoke and extend public health emergency law is warranted, especially in the case of sudden onset emergencies, I think it should also be subject to legislative oversight. in cases where New Mexicans can expect prolonged invocations of the law. .

13. Would you support a merit-based evaluation system to determine how the state spends its capital expenditure funding?

I would, if under legislative oversight with public input and with plans in place to ensure localized needs are always met statewide.

14. Do you believe former President Donald Trump’s claim that he was the rightful winner of the 2020 presidential election? (Yes or No answer only, please)


15. What changes, if any, would you support to New Mexico’s election laws?

New Mexico must continue to expand and preserve the franchise for all eligible populations. This means expanding same-day registration services, in-person voting centers, absentee voting without excuse, and voter education/outreach. We must also extend protections to election officials and election workers to ensure their safety throughout the electoral process.

Personal history

1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been subject to any state or federal tax liens?


2. Have you ever been involved in personal or commercial bankruptcy proceedings?


3. Have you ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of a DUI, misdemeanor, or felony in New Mexico or any other state? If yes, explain.


Sunny Day Real Estate, Bad Religion, Menzingers, 7Seconds, more


Riot Party 2022 the second day (Saturday 09/17) is a wrap. The day, which felt noticeably less crowded than day one, was headlined by the misfitswho played walk among us full. You can read our review of it here, and read reviews of other day two highlights, and many more photos from day two.

A stacked lineup means having to make tough calls, and on Saturday one of the toughest was facing Fear playing their 1982 hardcore classic The record for his 40th birthday and The Get Up Kids playing their 1997 emo classic four minute mile for his 25th. I gave in to my emo kid instincts and chose The children stand up. The Get Up Kids certainly aren’t kids anymore, but they were when they wrote this album — they were still in high school — and they recorded the album with Bob Weston of Shellac right here in Chicago. So it was both a complete homecoming for the record and a treat to hear them play songs they wrote half a lifetime ago with all the spirit (and same programming) that they had at the time. The Get Up Kids had made their most widely celebrated classic Something to write home in full at Riot Fest 2014, so it was cool to see them back at the festival to dig into their debut album, which is home to a lot of songs they don’t play as often. They started playing the entire album on tour in late August (along with Sparta, who played the first day of Riot Fest), and if there was any rust on those deeper cuts at any point, they had it completely rocked by the time they got to Riot Fest. They sounded good. After the album was finished, they played “Satellite” from their very good comeback album of 2019 Problemsfollowed by three fan favorites from Something to write home who had the crowd screaming with every word and ending the set on a very high note. For those in the NYC area, the four minute mile tour hits Irving Plaza (9/25) and House of Independents (9/28) later this month.

Fear weren’t the only classic ’80s hardcore band playing on day two of Riot Fest, and after The Get Up Kids, I went to see 7 secondswhich recently ended a three-year hiatus and is enjoying some resurgence thanks to a superb re-release of The crew and a recent tour with Circle Jerks. They played a lot of The crew, alongside other 80s classics and a few songs from their relatively more recent albums, and it all sounded great. Kevin Seconds’ melodic bark is still in top form, bassist Steve Youth runs the stage like crazy, Bobby Adams’ guitar playing is pure strength, and they currently have Sammy Siegler (Youth of Today, Judge, Rival Schools, etc.) on drums, and Sammy’s insane level of precision and stamina gives 7Seconds the unwavering spine these one-minute rippers need. Especially in a time where melodic hardcore is making (another) comeback, it’s great to have 7Seconds looking and sounding totally rejuvenated, and breathing new life into songs that never go out of style.

The next band I caught was another full album: The Menzingers Do On the impossible past for its 10th anniversary. As part of a music festival where several groups play forty year old songs it’s almost hard to believe The Menzingers are already at the point where they’re celebrating a milestone anniversary of a classic album, but they are and what a classic On the impossible past is really. They drew a really big crowd to the side stage of Rise, and as soon as they got on stage and walked into the album opener “Good Things”, the whole place was screaming every word, and that level of energy stayed for pretty much the entirety of the album. Again, in comparison to many other bands that played on Saturdays, On the impossible past always feels like a New album, his songs still sound as fresh as they did ten years ago, and The Menzingers have only gotten better at playing them. But at the same time, you could feel how these songs were like second nature both to the band and to a very large majority of the audience. It’s safe to say that the Menzingers got more consistent shouting from the crowd than any non-headliner I’ve seen all day. love for On the impossible past has just grown bigger and bigger every year since its release, and it’s remained a constant in modern punk or emo or whatever you want to call it. Seeing them perform in full for their 10th anniversary didn’t so much elicit nostalgia as it cemented how far this band has come, and the relatively recent songs they played after the album ended were a reminder that they were still carrying on. to move forward. The Menzingers also play AOIP in full at the Fest, then headlining with Touche Amore and Screaming Females. Go see them.

When it comes to bands that waver between nostalgia and lingering freshness, there’s perhaps not a single punk band that does it more gracefully than bad religion. For 40 consecutive years they have been at the forefront of punk. They’ve probably influenced every band that loves their punk with a little melody, and they’ve remained both ancestors and peers for generations of bands. And at Riot Fest, they played a set covering pretty much every era of that band, and it was like hit after hit and it got better as their set went on. As always, Bad Religion was an incredibly tight live band; Greg Graffin is one of the most imposing frontmen the genre has to offer, the band’s signature vocal harmonies soar as high as the records, bassist Jay Bentley has boundless energy and remains a pleasure to watch, new drummer Jamie Miller keeps their backbone strong, and guitarists Brian Baker and Mike Dimkich fit right in, and when given the chance, Brian seriously rocks. They loaded their setlist with fan favorites (“Los Angeles Is Burning”, “Epiphany”, “We’re Only Gonna Die”, “Suffer”, “Generator”, “21st Century Digital Boy”, “You”, “Sorrow,” “American Jesus,” and so many others), and it’s truly impressive to think of how many stone-cold classics have come out of so many different eras of bad religion. The band also haven’t forgotten where they come from – Jay shouted Fear like “what we grew up listening” and Greg told a story about the band’s very first gig in Chicago, which he said was for around 30 people at the Cubby Bear.

Right between Bad Religion and the Misfits on the Riot stage, the adjacent Roots stage hosted Gogol Bordello, which were a change of pace and a highlight. Every Gogol Bordello show is a ton of fun and has out-of-this-world levels of energy, and this one was no different, but because of the war in Ukraine, the band’s Ukrainian-born vocalist, Eugene Hutz, also made it a particularly powerful spectacle that relied as much on activism and celebration of Ukrainian culture as on sheer enjoyment. Eugene had also co-hosted a tribute to Ukraine on this same stage a few hours earlier with a local group of Ukrainian dancers, and he brought those dancers back on stage with him during Gogol’s set, which was hosted by d huge cheers from the crowd. Eugene also shouted out how the festival lineup celebrated so many initiators of punk and hardcore, then he did an acoustic cover of Agnostic Front’s “Victim In Pain” and changed the last line to turn the context into a Ukrainian folk punk protest song. Gogol celebrated human rights, punk history and the power of dance with all the passion you could ask for. They were a last minute addition after the Bauhaus unfortunately had to pull out, and what a great addition they were.

And speaking of tough conflicts, seeing the Misfits unfortunately meant missing out on the real estate sunny day meeting for me, but James Richards IV got pictures of them. Head here for the Misfits review, and head below for Riot Fest day two photos of James, including SDRE, all the bands mentioned above, Madball, GWAR, fear, no triggerand more…

Family of heartbroken siblings killed in Tallaght triple murder speak of heartache for first time


The family of tragic siblings Lisa, Christy and Chelsea reveal how they struggle to come to terms with their deaths

In a moving interview with the Sunday World, outside the home in Tallaght where tragic twins Christy and Chelsea Cawley (8) and their sister Lisa Cash (18) were killed last week, the first cousin of the brother Nan Cawley told us, “We can never ever forget them.

“Margaret, the children’s mother, wanted me to speak to you to thank everyone for the support since this happened,” she said.

“She wanted to say thank you to the schools, the guardians, the parish and all the members of the community for all that they have done for the family.”

When asked if there was anything the grief-stricken mother would most like people to remember about her eldest daughter Lisa, Nana replied, “She was just a lovely girl…she was. really.

“She was due to start working with the Tallaght Traveler Youth Service on the Monday morning after this happened.

“She had finished school, so this would have been her first real job.

“She was so excited about it.”

Nan also revealed the close relationship Lisa had with her now grieving mother.

“Lisa’s mom was her best friend…she had two other best friends, Mary and Natasha, but Lisa and her mom were so close.”

Nan then contacted the children’s mother by phone to ask if there was anything she would like to add.

“She said Lisa was about to take her theory test…I forgot about that,” Nan said.

“It was his first car in there in the driveway,” she added, pointing to a vehicle parked in front of the now empty family home.

“Lisa was like a happy 18-year-old girl, but she also loved Elvis…she and Chelsea both loved him.”

“She mostly cared about her family and friends.

“She had never given an ounce of trouble in her life.”

Talking about little Christy, Nan said her two biggest passions were cars and football.

“That’s why the little cars are there with the flowers,” she said.

“And his favorite team was Manchester Utd.

“Christy and Chelsea had just finished primary school and were starting second class in high school.

“So they had finished at St. Brigid’s and it was their first or second week at St. Aidan’s.”

Nan added that Christy and Chelsea loved school.

“They were always the first there…the first out the door,” she said sadly.

“They never missed a day.”

Although Christy hasn’t joined a local club yet, Nan said she’s probably just weeks away from doing so.

“I know there was a plan for him to start,” she said.

“I remember his mother talking about it.”

Nan said her own son Martin was Christy’s best friend.

“His favorite color was blue,” Martin told The Sunday World when his mum called him.

“And he loved his phone.”

Nan’s daughter, Isabella, came to the defense of Chelsea’s death.

“Her favorite color was pink,” Isabella said.

“And she loved Elvis and Harry Potter and Tom Holland (Spiderman).

“His favorite song was ‘Buttercup’.

“And she really loved gymnastics.

“She wanted to be a gymnast when she was growing up.”

When asked how the children’s mother is coping, Nan replied, “She’s not very good…as you’d expect, but we’re trying to get her through that.

“She has a ‘baby David’ nephew that Lisa, Chelsea and Christy thought the world about…they all think about him…so having him around helps.

“And as a family, we are constantly around her.

“She is with her mother and her family and her daughter Margaret and her son Mikey and they are all very close.”

At last week’s funeral mass, Mikey’s courage to sound the alarm and ask for help as the tragedy unfolded was praised by Father Paul O’Driscoll, parish priest for the traveling community and celebrating the funeral mass of the three brothers and sisters. “Mikey, your bravery and strength to raise the alarm, to seek help is an inspiration to courage and love.”

Describing the days following the tragedy, Nan said simply, “We are all devastated.

“He probably hasn’t reached his goal yet…he probably won’t be for a long time.

“The most important thing for us is that they are never forgotten.

“And we want them to remember them with good manners.”

Nan said the family held a ninth-day mass at Bohernabreena Cemetery, where the children were buried, yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.

“There will be mass and music and balloons released, she said.

“For their family, friends and neighbours, nothing will be like before.

“We will all miss them and we love them.

“We will never overcome them.

“There are no words to describe it…nothing can ever take away this pain.”

“So all we can now is remember them.”

The children’s older brother, Andy Cash (24), has been charged with the murder of his siblings.

He was taken into custody to appear again on October 6.

10 of our absolute favorite quotes from our youth forum in Ghana


At Global Citizen, youth voices are central to our mission to drive change and end extreme poverty now. The potential and power that young people hold to transform the lives of people and communities around the world is undeniable, but to do this young people must be empowered and their voices must be heard.

Africa is home to the largest youth population in the world, with around 60% of the continent’s inhabitants being under the age of 25. With the right tools, education, resources and encouragement, these young people represent a living solution to the problems plaguing the continent – ​​from hunger and unemployment to climate change and poor sanitation.

Young Africans are energetic, smart, dynamic, creative and enterprising, ready to help solve the biggest challenges facing Africa and the world right now.

That’s why we have a crucial mission with the 2022 Global Citizen Festival campaign to pressure world leaders, businesses and philanthropists to make commitments that will go a long way towards transforming the lives of young people, especially in Africa. .

Citizen of the world during a breakout session at the Youth Forum in Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

Global Citizen Festival: Accra builds on Global Citizen’s continued expansion of our pan-African movement, an ongoing rallying cry to take action for girls, for the planet and to create change. In the run up to the September 24 festival, we organized a youth forum in collaboration with the Office of the Chairperson of the Office of Youth Engagement Ghana.

The goal was to empower a generation of young workers to lead change. It was also an opportunity to better understand the issues that matter to young people in Ghana in the areas of climate change, empowerment of girls, systemic barriers that keep people in poverty and solutions that can help improve the lives of young people.

Let us transport ourselves to this illuminating day of September 8. We want to take this opportunity to share with you some of the most powerful words spoken at the forum, so that you too can be inspired by the potential of young Africans, and if you are a young person, you can be brought to act and lead a generation.

On the empowerment of girls and women

Aisha Addo of Power to Girls Foundation at the Global Citizen Youth Forum, Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

1. “You cannot empower young people without adults. Adults have lessons they can share too. — Aisha Addo, Power to Girls Foundation

Francis Okoe Armah at the Global Citizen Youth Forum, Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

2. “No matter what opportunities are given to girls, they will continue to fall back and that is in fact all of us, especially the boys, because we benefit from the system. It is my responsibility to use my power and my voice to speak out against the inequalities that girls face. — Francis Okoe Armah, Youth Development Practitioner

Vivian Fiscian at the Global Citizen Youth Forum, Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

3. “The only thing that can advance girls is education” – Vivian Fiscian, Gender and Social Inclusion Expert

Philip Kwesi Agyei at the Global Citizen Youth Forum, Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

4. “Women’s economic empowerment is one of the areas I will recommend for any policy priority because we believe that when women are truly empowered, they empower the entire nation.” — Philip Kwesi Agyei, Founder, Alliance for African Women Initiative

On ending the climate crisis

Josephine Agbeko at the Global Citizen Youth Forum, Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

5. “When we start taking action on climate crises and don’t do it in a contextualized way or in a way that puts humans at the center, we run the risk of taking climate action that still excludes people.” — Josephine Agbeko, Climate Action City Advisor for C40 Cities

Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo at the Global Citizen Youth Forum, Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

6. “To take climate change seriously, world leaders should actually deliver on their promises. We cannot fight climate change with empty words. We cannot fight climate change with some form of phantom colonialism. We can’t fight climate change by pushing others to act when you haven’t. — Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo, CEO of Plastic Punch

On removing the systemic barriers behind poverty

Lorretta Domfeh at the Global Citizen Youth Forum, Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

seven. “Every knowledge is important. It’s not just about technical knowledge, it’s not just about the expert. — Lorretta Domfeh, Program Manager, Junior Achievement Africa

Kelechi Victor Ofoegbu at the Global Citizen Youth Forum, Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

8. “There is no doubt that young people have the capacity to contribute to national development. Let’s continue to create more opportunities to make this possible at the highest level. — Kelechi Victor Ofoegbu, Co-Founder, Impact Hub Accra

Oladimeji Abdul-malik Edu at the Global Citizen Youth Forum, Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

9. “You can sit at the table and not know what to do. The best way to engage young people in conversations about policy development and policy prioritization is to provide them with hands-on experiences of how they can meaningfully contribute. — Oladimeji Abdul-malik Edu, Country Director of AIESEC Ghana

Dr Gamel Sankarl at the Global Citizen Youth Forum, Accra
Image: Prince Narnor/Qlimax Photography for Global Citizen

ten. “Whatever you have been called to do, you must know how to do it and do it very well. You should do this not for the purpose of getting a personal projection, but for the purpose of helping and impacting more lives. — Dr Gamel Sankarl, Lecturer, University College of Holistic Medicine and Technology

The Global Citizen Festival calls on world leaders, businesses and philanthropists to do more than they have ever done before to end extreme poverty NOW. Through our global campaign and with stages in two iconic locations – Central Park in New York and Black Star Square in Accra – we will bring together leaders, artists, activists and citizens from around the world on September 24 to deliver a political agenda ambitious program focused on empowering girls and women, taking climate action, breaking down systemic barriers and mobilizing activists and advocates. Wherever you are in the world, you can join the campaign and take action now by downloading the Global Citizen app.

The 26th Annual Appalachian Heritage Festival will feature a series of events, Writer-in-Residence Barbara Kingsolver | News, Sports, Jobs


From left, Appalachian Center for Studies and Communities Director Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Shepherd University President Mary JC Hendrix, and Shepherd University Foundation Executive Vice President Monica Lingenfelter hold the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Volume XIV: Marie Manila. Courtesy picture

SHEPHERDSTOWN – The 26th annual Appalachian Heritage Festival is almost ready to begin, with its packed schedule beginning next Friday and ending September 30.

Many aspects of the event series will build on the completed work begun with last year’s festival, Appalachian Writers’ Anthology, Volume XIV: Marie Manilla. The volume centers on the work of Marie Manilla, 2021 Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence and author of a book in West Virginia, and includes a variety of Manilla’s handpicked submissions to accompany her own writing.

“This 2022 volume features some of the nation’s finest poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, and photographers, including award-winning poet laureates and fiction writers,” said Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities. “The 257 pages of the book contain stories and poetry that touch the heart, will make you laugh and give you moments to meditate on literature centered on the themes and ideas of Marie Manilla’s work – that is- ie the themes of social justice, prejudice, self-disclosure and awakening and, most importantly, the complexity and challenges of being human.

Two specific events will focus directly on the volume: a special 5 p.m. reading of the volume at Four Seasons Books on September 24 and an official 7 p.m. unveiling on September 27, as part of “A Celebration of Appalachian Storytellers, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Volume XIV” in the auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education.

As the completion of this volume is celebrated at this year’s festival, another will begin, with the arrival of 2022 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence and One Book One West Virginia author Barbara Kingsolver. Having Kingsolver as writer-in-residence has been a long-held dream of Shurbutt, something that had not been possible until this year, due to the internationally acclaimed writer’s busy schedule.


“We’re thrilled to finally have Barbara Kingsolver as our Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence!” Shurbutt said.

All Appalachian Heritage Festival events are free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. The annual Anthology Photographic Art Exhibition in the Scarborough Library Reading Room is open throughout this month, during normal library hours, while all other events are more strictly outside. ‘hour.

September 23:

7 p.m. “Dark Waters” screening and discussion, Shepherd University Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium. The Shepherdstown Film Society will screen the award-winning film “Dark Waters” based on a true story about a West Virginia farmer and his attorney, who fight and win a legal battle with DuPont Corporation. A discussion moderated by Peter Vila, Associate Professor of Environmental and Physical Sciences, will follow.

September 24:


1am “Community sings”, Reynolds Hall, 109 N. King Street, Shepherdstown. Shared singing is an important part of traditional Appalachian culture. Join us for songs and learn a little more about the stories they tell.

12:30 p.m. “Contemporary Composition of Appalachia: A Conversation with Olivia Ellen Lloyd”, Reynolds Hall. Lloyd’s debut album was critically acclaimed and earned her recognition as one of the most important emerging voices in American music. Get a sneak peek into the process and mind of a songwriter, and hear some of the songs that inspire them.

2:00 p.m. Film screening “Those Who Came Before” followed by a discussion with filmmaker Lady D, Reynolds Hall. “Those Who Came Before” is a 45-minute documentary-style look at West Virginia’s black musical history and heritage, featuring interviews with artists, such as jazz musician Bob Thompson and poet Crystal Good.

3:30 p.m. “Fiddle and Banjo Music in West Virginia”, Reynolds Hall. Champion musicians from Clifftop, Vandalia and Galax Tessa Dillon, Cody Jordan and Jesse Pearson will share insight into West Virginia’s unique fiddle and banjo traditions.

7 p.m. “Showcase Concert – Women’s Voices in Appalachia”, Butcher Center Plaza. Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an outdoor concert featuring The State Birds, Lady D and Olivia Ellen Lloyd. In case of bad weather, the concert will move to the Frank Arts Center Theater.

September 26:

7 p.m. “Connected: Reflections on Ecology, Technology, and the Human Condition with Dr. Jeff Groff,” Auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Congressional History and Education Center at Shepherd University. Groff is the 2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Physical Sciences at Shepherd University.

September 27:

7 p.m. “A Celebration of Appalachian Storytellers, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Volume XIV,” Auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Congressional History and Education Center at Shepherd University.

September 28:

7 p.m. “Writing Life” with Barbara Kingsolver, Robert C. Byrd Center for History and Congressional Education Auditorium at Shepherd University. Kingsolver will discuss his work, the writing process, and his journey as an author and Appalachian.

September 29:

2 p.m. Writers’ Master Class with Barbara Kingsolver, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium.

7 p.m. “The challenges of the global village: Appalachia and the ties that bind” Scarborough Society Lecture and Keynote Speech, Frank Arts Center Theater at Shepherd University. Barbara Kingsolver will receive the Appalachian Heritage Writer’s Award, present the West Virginia Fiction Competition awards, and deliver the Scarborough Lecture. The event will be followed by a reception and a book signing.

September 30:

7 p.m. “Stories from the Heartland” with Storyteller Adam Booth, Robert C. Byrd Center for History and Congressional Education Auditorium at Shepherd University.

To join virtually, visit https://www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/kingsolver/schedule.

We are ready for defense — JAMB


On Thursday, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, Ishaq Oloyede, expressed concern over how many Nigerians blamed the organization for the 912,013 illegal admissions processed by tertiary institutions in the country.

He, however, said JAMB would not hesitate to prove his innocence and expose the people behind the nearly one million illegal admissions to graduate schools between 2017 and 2020.

It was then that the director general of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Mohammed Fadah, vowed that he would block further attempts by institutions to field unqualified people for the National Youth Service Corps. .

JAMB Registrar and Fadah said so during the opening ceremony of NYSC’s Batch ‘C’ 2022 Pre-Mobilization Workshop in Abuja, themed: “Stemming Enrollment Fraud in the Process of mobilization: It is time to act drastically to stop the threat.

Oloyede said, “All mobilization issues, rightly or wrongly, are kicked out of JAMB. We are ready to accept but we will not hesitate to prove our innocence. We will prove our innocence by exposing those who are really guilty.

“We have over 900 institutions producing applicants for admission with JAMB, but we have continued to take action in conjunction with the NYSC to ensure that the fakes among those who are mobilized are demobilized.

“One of the measures we have taken is to introduce the central admissions processing system, which takes in all genuine cases and exposes all bad ones.

“CAPS has made it clear that those who are evil have nowhere to hide and will continue to be exposed.

”We started CAPS in 2017, and some people thought it was a joke, but we released the list of people who were illegally admitted between 2017 and 2020.

“To date, only higher education institutions that initially denied guilt have confessed to illegally admitting nearly one million applicants between 2017 and 2021.

“Last year, Education Minister Alhaji Adamu Adamu finally granted amnesty and ordered that we try to rescue almost a million applicants who had been admitted illegally.

“If you take into account that the country admits around 600,000 applicants to higher education institutions every year, you will realize that almost a million illegal applicants are enough to destabilize the system.”

Therefore, he called on the institutions to ensure that they abide by the rules.

Oloyede said there were varying shades of malpractice in the unified graduate matriculation exam conducted by JAMB.

“If you’re talking about cheating in the exam hall and trying to change grades, go to southern Nigeria. However, if you are talking about manipulating the registration process before exams, go to Northern Nigeria,” he said.

Other issues identified by the JAMB Registrar that hamper the system include students attempting to compromise staff for mobilization; fraudsters defrauding applicants with false admissions; the delay of institutions in processing genuine admissions and the delegation of authority by institutions to less qualified persons which compromises their integrity.

The NYSC chief expressed concern about the declining quality of graduates presented for mobilization.

He said: “During the 2022 Batch ‘B’ Streams I and II Orientation Programs, our field officers detected a good number of potential Corps members, especially those claiming to be overseas trained, with a shocking inability to defend their alleged academic qualifications.

“A series of confessions have been extracted from them, and these will hopefully help us with further investigations.”

Earlier, NYSC (Corps Mobilization) Director Victoria Ango explained that part of the effort to contain the threat of fraudulent mobilization informed the choice of workshop theme.

Broadmark Realty Capital enters the mezzanine lending business


Broadmark real estate capital is expanding its product offering to include mezzanine loans to capture changing market conditions, Commercial Observer can first report.

The alternative lender recently made its first mezzanine investment with a 24-month, $10 million loan to NW Gilman Holdings‘ $57.2 acquisition of Town and country squarea 16-acre shopping center in Issaquah, Washington, east of Seattle. Brian Wardwho resumed as CEO of Broadmark in March, said the move was intended to position the company to seize opportunities for middle-market borrowers who will need more short-term debt options in a higher interest rate environment. students.

“Our view is that demand will increase as the broader market is disrupted,” Ward told CO. “We are establishing Broadmark as an opportunistic, fast-response vendor.”

CBREit is Dino Christophilis and Daniel Tibeau arranged the financing, which closed in 10 days.

Located on 1185 Gilman Boulevard Northwest near the new Costco corporate headquarters at Interstate 90, Town & Country Square is fully leased with a mix of tenants that includes hobby hall, 425 Fitness and Ritual Aid.

While around 70% of Broadmark’s portfolio is in the multi-family and residential sectors, Ward stressed that he was looking to secure loans for all types of properties nationwide, with Town & Country Square proving attractive. given its location coupled with strong sponsorship. Broadmark, which was founded in 2010, typically targets loans between $5 million and $75 million.

Broadmark also recently completed an acquisition loan of nearly $25 million to Free storage for purchasing a self-storage wallet across Georgia and Tennessee. The 95.6% occupied portfolio consists of eight properties representing 370,000 square feet of leasable space.

Both deals coincided with Broadmark’s Thursday unveiling of a new logo and updated website. Ward said he would like to expand significantly over the next two years beyond his $1.5 billion capital already invested since the lender was founded in 2010.

“We want to make a lasting statement as we plant our flag,” Ward said. “We want to be a national supplier.”

Andrew Coen can be reached at [email protected].

What does Saliu Mustapha’s drive for youth empowerment mean to Kwara?


What does Saliu Mustapha’s drive for youth empowerment mean to Kwara?

If the events of the past few years are to be believed, the citizens of Kwara can certainly see that Mallam Saliu Mustapha has a deep interest in the development of the state. While that might be an easy course to chart, months before an election year, the track record is pretty clear to anyone with enough insight.

To understand the intelligence and duration of the inclusiveness of Ilorin’s Turaki, one need look no further than his response to the outgoing Kwara Central representative in the Upper House, Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe, who described the primaries that produced Mallam Mustapha as the APC’s senatorial candidate as a “charade”. ”

He said, “We should avoid comments that do not unite the party and its members, regardless of our personal feelings. At all times, true leaders must exercise restraint in their outbursts.

His words speak volumes as someone committed to doing something productive rather than engaging in meaningless public exchanges that only heat up politics.

But the Turaki embodies more than pure inclusiveness. What residents of Kwara State can expect from Turaki is a government that values ​​youth empowerment and sports development, as well as championing and protecting the interests of Kwara Central in the Senate.

The Turaki indeed loves everyone. As a sports fan, Mallam Mustapha bought 3,000 Kwara sports fans a ticket to watch Kwara United take on MFM United on July 10. This gesture also included a victory bonus for the team which ultimately motivated them to win the game.

On Sunday, Saliu Mustapha rewarded the Kwara side with $1,500 for beating AS Douanes of the Republic of Niger 3-0 in their first game of the CAF Confederation Cup, he also pledged $10,000 additional $ for players if they qualify for the group stage.

Turaki captured his interest in sports perfectly when celebrating International Youth Day in August: “I continued to see sports as a major platform to foster peace and unity among young people.

This interest extends to youth empowerment programs. Because Mallam Mustapha finds youth to be instrumental in the growth of the country, he has created a program dedicated to advancing the cause of youth in Kwara State.

Mallam Mustapha has previously said that his office would make youth empowerment one of his key legislative agendas if elected.

Already, young people are the main beneficiaries of the annual aid offered to small and medium-sized entrepreneurs by the Saliu Mustapha Foundation.

As a Turaki of Ilorin, Mallam Mustapha shares a great love for the custom and culture of the Emirate of Ilorin. During the Ilorin Annual Durbar 2022, Turaki’s N15 million donation and Siena’s bus donation made the celebration worthy of the occasion and memorable for its people.

Still with the aim of meeting and sharing its political vision with young people, the Turaki of Ilorin engaged the Association of Online Media Practitioners of Kwara (ASKOMP) at its residence in Ilorin on Monday, July 12, 2022. During of the meeting, he promised to employ an inclusive representation that will greatly benefit the youth, women, widows and other members of his constituency, if elected – a promise born out of his love for the masses and the development of human capital in the region.

The meeting attended by young media owners and social media influencers saw the Turakis pledge to foster and harness the development of mining in Kwara State.

The humanitarian gestures of the Turaki are visible throughout the state. I couldn’t have a better opinion of him than I already do.

Such is his concern for development issues in Kwara State and his commitment to addressing them within and without the capacity of a Senator. But what endeared me to him, like many citizens of Kwara State, especially the state’s thriving youth community, was his deep and heartfelt love for youth empowerment.

“I believe that giving opportunities to young people will help maximize their contributions to the development of our dear country,” he said during the celebration of International Youth Day.

No wonder he was honored by the National Association of Nigerian Students for his outstanding contribution to the development of the education sector in Kwara during the 40th anniversary celebration of the student body at the top.

A true man of the people and quintessential lover of the masses with an incredible passion for education, Mallam Mustapha continues to prove such commitment with the annual Inter-School Mathematics Competition and Debate organized by his foundation and the thousands of students to which he pays WAEC, NECO and JAMB as is.

Mallam Mustapha is a rare pearl whose motto in life is “For God and country”. His humanitarian activities and focus on results-based governance mean that the people of Ilorin have struck gold…. A precious metal that they would like to have in the highest legislative body of the country.

Kabir Agaka, a youth advocate writes from Ilorin.

9 days news today

Kidnapped school children

Yauri FGC students, Kebbi
455 days 2 hours 23 minutes 6 seconds,

Baptist School Students, Kaduna
437 days 4 hours 4 minutes 31 seconds

Students from Tegina Islamiya, Niger (released)

Spent 88 days from May 30, 2021 to Aug 26, 2021

Report by: PRNigeria.com

Outdoor activity leader, 22, charged with causing the death of an ACS(I) student during a rope course in Safra Yishun


SINGAPORE — A 22-year-old man was charged on Thursday (September 15) with causing the death of a 15-year-old student at a Safra Yishun clubhouse adventure sports center last year.

Muhammad Nurul Hakim Mohamed Din was working as a dispatcher for the Canopy Sky Walk ropes course when the incident happened on February 3 last year, according to court documents.

Hakim faces a single charge of causing the death of Jethro Puah Xin Yang by a reckless act that does not constitute culpable homicide.

Jethro was studying at the time at the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) or ACS(I). He was attending a school camp program, run by outdoor adventure learning company Camelot, in Safra Yishun at the time.

Court documents showed that before Hakim sent Jethro on a ropes course, he allegedly failed to ensure that both leg straps of the safety harness Jethro was wearing were properly buckled and adjusted.

Jethro was then suspended in the loose harness after falling from the rope course, and his leg straps completely unbuckled.

The 4th secondary student died of “multi-organ failure following compression (of) the neck and traumatic asphyxia”.

Paramedics from the Singapore Civil Defense Force responded to a call at around 1.50pm that day, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and using an automated external defibrillator on him.

He was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Yishun where he died the following morning.

Following Jethro’s death, the Department of Education (MOE) announced the immediate suspension of outdoor activities involving high elements for all schools, pending the completion of investigations.

High-level activities involving students clearing an overhead obstacle course are usually organized as a form of outdoor education to instill confidence, toughness, and teamwork.

On Thursday, Hakim was offered bond of S$10,000. He will return to court on October 13.

If found guilty of causing death by a reckless act, he could be imprisoned for up to five years or fined, or punished with both.

Jethro’s parents told reporters at his wake that their only child was a loving son, an exemplary student and a caring friend.

He was class president and among the best in his class academically, even without tuition or pressure from his parents, they added.

In a statement following Thursday’s hearing, Mr. Delane Lim, honorary secretary of the Outdoor Learning and Adventure Education Association, said the community was deeply affected by the incident.

He added that since the beginning of this year, the association has been working closely with the Ministry of Education, Outward Bound Singapore and the outdoor education community to review and strengthen safety practices.

They will also collectively develop national outdoor adventure education (OAE) standards, Lim said.

“We continue to engage our industry and remind our OAE community of operators and practitioners of the need to be vigilant and ensure that the well-being and safety of our participants continues to be of paramount importance. and an overriding priority,” he added.

Meet the winners of the Brower Youth Award 2022


Raghav Kalyanaraman, 17 years old

Map, Texas
Restoring the North Texas Grasslands Ecosystem

For the past two years, high school student Raghav Kalyanaraman has worked with young volunteers to restore North Texas’ black prairie ecosystem. Less than 0.001% of the prairie tallgrass ecosystem has survived development and agricultural land conversion. But what remains supports more than 500 species of native plants and animals, mitigates soil erosion and absorbs water that feeds local aquifers.

Kalyanaraman led the restoration of 5 acres of this grassland at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, a process that involved clearing the land of non-native and overrepresented native species and planting native wildflowers and grasses. His team also mitigated soil erosion on trails in Blackland Prairie by installing 118 water bars, to divert water from trails and into vegetated areas, and built enclosures for turtle populations- native boxes in decline. Earlier this year, he founded the nonprofit organization Eagles For Environment to unite his community around grassland restoration work.

Lauren UC Ejiaga, 17 years old

New Orleans, Louisiana
Support education in Louisiana

When she was in eighth grade, Lauren UC Ejiaga created a science fair project about the impact of ozone depletion on Louisiana marsh grasses that won first prize in the competition national STEM, Broadcom masters. This victory made him realize that raising awareness of environmental issues is just as important as researching them. So she decided to start working to educate her peers.

As cohort leader for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Ejiaga founded several native plant restoration projects. She also founded an initiative to spark interest in STEM education and coastal protection among young people through a series of ongoing workshops called Conservation and Restoration Conjunction.

Ilana Cohen, 21 years old

Boston, MA
Organize the divestment of fossil fuels

In 2018, Ilana Cohen co-founded the New York chapter of the national youth climate justice coalition, Zero Hour, and organized one of the first national youth climate marches. As a freshman at Harvard University, she helped revive the Divest Harvard campaign, which won a historic victory last fall when the university pledged to give away its $53 billion endowment dollars to the fossil fuel industry.

Cohen has since co-founded Fossil Free Research, an international campaign uniting students, scholars and experts against the toxic influence of big oil company money on climate change research. The campaign aims to protect the academic freedom of researchers as their work ultimately influences climate discourse and policy. Already, Fossil Free Research has released an open letter signed by more than 740 academics endorsing its call, organized international direct action to hold major universities accountable, and formed a coalition to coordinate efforts on college campuses.

Save the date: Join us for the 2022 Brower Youth Awards celebration on October 18 at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA. To register, visit: broweryyouthawards.org.

Amara Ifeji, 20 years old

Bangor, Maine
Bringing new voices to the environmental movement

Amara Ifeji recognized early on that her passion for the environment was something that marginalized communities like hers often had little opportunity to explore. So in 2018, she began facilitating environmental learning opportunities for other students of color at her high school. Ifeji then became one of the directors of the Maine Environmental Changemakers Network, an intergenerational group of over 400 young people from diverse backgrounds advocating for a more just, inclusive and equitable environmental movement.

In 2021, Ifeji coordinated Maine’s first-ever Climate Education Summit focused on listening to youth’s vision for a climate-literate Maine. Ifeji helped create and implement a bill that funds over $2 million for climate education in the state.

Hamid Torabzadeh, 17 years old

Long Beach, California
Advancing Disaster Preparedness and Environmental Justice

Hamid Torabzadeh has worked to expand the role of youth and young adults in alleviating human suffering in the face of increasing climate and public health disasters.

Torabzadeh currently directs the American Red Cross Readyteens program in Los Angeles, which provides interactive programs to high school students in Los Angeles County and through national American Red Cross networks. The programs educate young people about disaster preparedness, response and recovery. readyteens trains young people in CPR/first aid, triage, emergency communications, etc., with a focus on “vulnerable communities” identified by the Red Cross where young people are most likely to cope to climate-related emergencies due to historical discrimination, geographic location, and socio-economic conditions.

Torabzadeh has helped the program reach more than 10,000 youth volunteers in the United States, train some 350 high school students in Los Angeles, and educate more than 1,000 households in Los Angeles County about fire and earthquake safety. .

Annika Weber, 18 years old

Seattle, Washington
Push for carbon neutrality

Annika Weber has been involved in environmental activism since she joined her school’s “green team” in third grade. In middle school, she helped set up an urban farm, and in high school, she was part of two youth-led climate justice organizations. But as burnout among young activists became widespread, Weber saw the need for a group that coordinated youth passion with adult experience for lasting, tangible results. So, in early 2021, she co-founded the North West School Carbon Neutral Task Force, a group of students, parents, and teachers who researched how her high school could become carbon neutral. 2030.

The task force surveyed the community, collected baseline data and prepared a report to present to the school administration last winter. Her school is now in the final process of adopting the task force recommendations and could soon be the first K-12 school in the nation to set a carbon neutral goal that does not use carbon offsets.

Laureates of the 103rd National Congress


On stage and in meetings, many awards were presented at the national convention to individuals, corporations, and even departments of the American Legion.

Distinguished Service Medal
Hon. David P. “Phil” Roe, MD

Patriot Award
Quincy, Massachusetts Sun

James V. Day “Good Guy” Award
Bob Ucker

National harmony competition
Joliet (Illinois) American Legion Band

National Color Guard Competitions
Bring forward/recover colors:
Port of Newport, Newport Beach, CA, 93.20
Newport Harbor, 92.85
Harrisburg Post 472, Houston, 88.15

National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Col. David R. Hines, Mechanicsville, Virginia.

National Firefighter of the Year
Lt. Ryan Winkler, Charlotte, Iowa

Fourth power
KHON2-TV, Honolulu/Pamela Young
Internet/New Media:
Associated Press/Kristin M. Hall, James LaPorta and Justin Pritchard
To print:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Katelyn Ferral and Natalie Brophy

spirit of service
sergeant. Katherine E. Chousa, Army National Guard
Marine Science Technician 3rd Class Mason C. Couch, Coast Guard
PFC Deanna Dixon, Army
sergeant. Christina M. Gilman, Marine Corps
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Annie Holder, Navy
Senior Airman Ariel L. Miranda, Air Force
SPC. 4 Antonio A. Oros, Space Force

National Recruiter of the Year
Patricia E. Liddell, Midland, Ga.

District Commander Race to the Top Award
John T. Bettencourt, Somerset, Mass.
William Dittebrand, Willoughby, Ohio
Steven N. Ervin, Mason, Ohio
Betsy A. Law, Kettering, Ohio
Kenneth Simon, Plentywood, Mt.

100% Department Award, Growth Culture Award
Porto Rico
District of Colombia
Rhode Island

Trophy of General Henri Gouraud
Ohio Department
Department of Puerto Rico

Department Commander of the Year
Antonio Arroyo, Department of Puerto Rico
Michael E. Downs, Alaska Department
David G. Singleton, Department of Rhode Island
Milo Vukovich, Department of Mexico (posthumous)

Second Century All-Time High Price
Department of Mexico

All target dates
Department of Puerto Rico

Ol Bodenhamer Trophy
Department of Puerto Rico

Consolidated Reporting Award
New Mexico

Veterans with Disabilities Outreach Program Employee of the Year
Geraldine Perry, Milwaukee

Michael Guty Awareness Award for Homeless Veterans
American Legion Family of New Jersey Housing Our Heroes Program

Veterans Employment Awards
5X5 Brewing Co., Mission, Texas, Small Employer Category
ShurMed EMS, San Antonio, Texas, Medium Employer Category

Outstanding Employer of Older Workers
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Johnson City, Tenn.

Outstanding Employment Service Local Office of the Year
Workforce Solutions/Permian Basin, Odessa, TX

Outstanding Employer for Improving the Lives of People with Disabilities
Grace after the fire, Houston

National Education Award
National Guard Youth Challenge Program

Daniel J. O’Connor Americanism Trophy
Virginia Department

Ralph T. O’Neil Trophy
South Carolina Department

Frank N. Belgrano Jr. Trophy
Missouri Department

CWF’s Garland Murphy Award
Pennsylvania Department

CWF Udie Grant Legacy Award
Pennsylvania Department

CWF Achievement Award
Alaska Department

CWF Achievement Award
Alaska Department

CWF Garland Murphy Award – Cavaliers
Florida Department

CWF Udie Grant Legacy Award – Cavaliers
Pennsylvania Department

Tufts community reacts to Biden administration’s student loan cancellation plan


Editor’s note: Trent Bunker was a former editor of the Daily. He did not contribute to the writing or editing of this article.

The White House announced Aug. 24 that it would forgive up to $20,000 in federal student debt for people with annual incomes below $125,000. The initiative will reduce debt for most borrowers by up to $10,000 and debt for Pell Grant recipients by up to $20,000.

The move is the Biden administration’s largest effort to ease the financial burden of college on students. In a fact sheet outlining the plan, the White House cited an increase in the cost of a college education and referenced a Department of Education analysis that finds the average undergraduate student is dropping out of college. university with $25,000 debt as deciding factors.

Jeffrey Zabel, an economics professor at Tufts University, said students who dropped out of college with loans are the target demographic for this policy, as nearly a third of student borrowers don’t have a degree. university, but still have debts to repay.

“[Debt forgiveness is] not necessarily [for] high-income loan holders graduating from four-year colleges, Zabel said. “In fact, the majority are people who haven’t even graduated from college or even a two-year program who have been duped by these for-profit educational institutions who have done a terrible job of educating them and have very high dropout rates.”

Zabel added that cutting state funding for public colleges also exacerbates the problem of high tuition fees. President Biden made this point in his speech announcing the debt cancellation program.

“A large student population attends large public schools, and states have systematically reduced the amount of funding they spend on public schools, and [that has] increase in tuition,” Zabel said.

“It’s just a band-aid, and it’s just a short-term fix,” Zabel said. “The longer-term solution is to fix the high costs of higher education, costs that have really taken off in the last 40 or 50 years.”

Mark Lannigan, chairman of the Tufts Democrats and elected member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, praised the debt cancellation program.

“I think there will be great economic benefits for people who can now afford to invest in a house, invest in a car, invest in a family… now that they’re not burdened with that loan debt. pretty oppressive student,” Lannigan, a senior, said.

Lannigan also noted the popularity of student debt forgiveness among voters.

“In terms of politics, I just think it’s one of the most popular things that [Biden] could have done,” Lannigan said. “Student debt forgiveness has extremely high approval ratings among voters.”

Recent Data for Progress and NPR-Ipsos polls showed that the majority of Americans support canceling student loans. Meanwhile, 59% of Americans worry that forgiving student loans will make inflation worse, CNBC reported in August.

Trent Bunker, vice president of Tufts Republicans, criticized the cost of the policy, citing a study by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania which estimated that the loan forgiveness program would cost between $469 billion and $519 billion. over a 10-year budget window.

“At the national level, the debt cancellation plan will harm future borrowers by further increasing tuition fees, adding to the suffocating national debt, imposing even greater inflation on the American public, and potentially exacerbating inequalities in income,” Bunker, a sophomore, said in an email to The Daily.

Bunker suggested that the accessibility of federal loans has contributed to the high cost of college education.

“Years of cheap government-backed loans have allowed universities to charge increasingly exorbitant prices at a rate above inflation,” Bunker said.

Bunker explains that some Americans will receive disproportionate benefits from student loan forgiveness, arguing that the policy will unfairly benefit wealthy students.

“The majority (62.23%) of the benefits of loan forgiveness will be reaped by those in the middle and top quintiles, while those in the bottom two quintiles will receive less due to different levels of college attendance,” Bunker wrote in a statement. E-mail. daily.

Zabel pushed back on a Republican talking point that politics unfairly benefits wealthy students.

“The Republicans are pushing this [the decision] It was totally unequal and it increases inequalities because it is really the rich who benefit from this forgiveness. … It just isn’t,” Zabel said. “When you really look at the numbers, a lot of people who get [relief] are minorities [and] lower income. »

NCDMB Tackles Unemployment with Training and Empowerment of 1,000 Nigerian Youths


By Jean Ikani

As part of efforts to stem the tide of youth unemployment in Nigeria, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Monday distributed starter kits, laptops, stores and at least N120,000 each to 1,000 young people in Cross Rivers State.

The beneficiaries, who were trained by the Council on GSM phone repairs, hardware and entrepreneurship development, came from all seven LGAs in Cross River South.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony at Marry Ekpeiken Conference Center, Channel Hotel Calabar, NCDMB Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote said mobile technology has become an indispensable tool in the era of the fourth industrial revolution.

Engineer Wabote pointed out that the telecommunications industry is one of the fastest growing in the country and contributes massively to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country.

“According to data from the Nigeria Communications Commission and the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s teledensity has increased from 1.89% in 2002 to 102.47% in 2021.

“Similarly, Nigeria’s total network subscription now stands at 195 million, while the number of Android phone users now stands at 56 million,” he noted.

The local content boss called on the trainees to use what they learn effectively, adding that their involvement in the program has the potential to increase the country’s GDP.

For his part, the Hon. Legor Idagbo, chairman of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Committee in the House of Representatives, noted that similar programs have already been organized in Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Jigawa and Yobe states.

Idagbo, representing the Federal Constituency of Bekwarra, Obudu and Obanliku of Cross River, facilitated the initiative, saying the selection of interns was random and apolitical depending on who applied.

While touting the benefits of the program for the trainees, he told them the ball was in their court, adding that they would only succeed by practicing what they had been taught.

“It’s the mindset you have that will make you successful; I want to challenge you to ensure that we see 50-60% success in this training,” he said.

Likewise, Governor Ben Ayade advised the beneficiaries to use the equipment they would receive to improve their lives while becoming entrepreneurs.

Represented by his deputy, Professor Ivara Esu, the governor called on the beneficiaries not to sell what has been given to them but to use it for their benefit and that of the state.

“Use well what you have received, do not sell them, they are for your good.

“The state gives you a three-year tax holiday, access to funds, different federal government initiatives, and protection from multiple taxation,” he said.

why it matters

It should be noted that Nigeria has the largest youth population in the world, with a median age of 18.1 years. About 70% of the population is under 30 and 42% is under 15. About 40% of young Nigerians are unemployed.

The size and youth of the population offer great potential to expand Nigeria’s capacity as a regional economic center of Africa and the world.

When engaged productively, a young and large population could be an economic asset, as population growth and economic development are correlated.

NCDMB’s latest move adds to a long and growing list of Council-initiated youth training/empowerment programs under the transformational leadership of Engr. Simbi Wabote.

These developments demonstrate the Council’s determination to create value in the country through viable and robust strategic development of capabilities and capabilities.

Hydroponics helps urban schools produce food year-round


Inside a 4,000 square foot greenhouse in West Baltimore in late June, untended basil plants were falling and going to seed. With the school closed, the farmers – students of the public charter school Green Street Academy – had given up their crops for the summer.

No matter: just after the 4th of July holidays, a group would be back in space for a five-week entrepreneurship program, during which they would be trained to deal with plants and technology and learn skills. in business. Since hydroponic farms don’t have to follow traditional growing seasons and speed up plant growth, the herbs would be back on track in no time.

“We need to consider growing food in urban settings. So how do you tap into and activate the underutilized space? »

The greenhouse, which was completed last year, is an example of a new wave of middle and high schools across the country embracing hydroponics. Technological advancements coupled with steady price declines make hydroponics an attractive interdisciplinary teaching tool, as well as a way to produce fresh, healthy food for cafeteria students and their wider communities.

In hydroponics, well-funded startups that grow vegetables on a mind-boggling scale using high-tech sensors and robots tend to get all the attention. These companies are making bold claims about the superiority of their systems on metrics like climate impact and resilience, even as unanswered questions about energy use, impacts on workers and small farms, health and profitability persist.

But hydroponic systems deserve the spotlight for another reason, said JJ Reidy, founder and CEO of a real estate design firm that helped build and raise money for the Green Street greenhouse. They can be plugged into a long list of places, including food banks, low-income housing estates and schools, where access to land and other factors make outdoor farming a challenge. And while the initial cost is significant, they can produce more food year-round in small spaces, which changes the calculation of value. “We need to consider growing food in urban environments, he said. “So how do you tap into and activate the underutilized space? »

In Michael Jochner’s case, that space is a high school parking lot just south of San Jose, California.

As director of nutrition for the Morgan Hill Unified School District, Jochner is responsible for meals for 8,400 students and he focuses on maximizing nutrition while minimizing the environmental impact of those meals. He didn’t like that lettuce from USDA Foods was sometimes so old it spoiled before his team could serve it, and he worried about the impact of agriculture on this disaster-stricken state. drought.

Morgan Hill Unified School District hydroponic cargo farm delivery. (Photo credit: Michael Jochner)

After a months-long process to convince the school board to fund the project, in October 2021 he set up his first cargo farm 30 feet from his production kitchen. The hydroponic vertical farm housed in a shipping container costs around $150,000, and Jochner calculated that it would take about 7.5 years to see a return on investment. He now produces 1,000 heads of lettuce every week, enough to cover 60-70% of the greens used in the district’s salad bars. It’s been so successful that Jochner is ready to grow more: A second freight farm is on the way to him, and he’s applying for a grant to build another 1,500 square foot hydroponic greenhouse to grow cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.

According to Freight Farms, a Boston-based startup that has so far raised around $26 million in funding, there are 16 K-12 schools across the country currently using the company’s technology, in addition to units. Freight Farm in several colleges and pantries.

Sexual health services for youth in the community during lockdown


When all schools and clinics were closed during the lockdown, a team of school nurses stepped in to help young people access sexual health services. This initiative won the Nursing in the Community category at the 2021 Nursing Times Awards


A team of school nurses ensured that access to sexual health services remained available for young people during the Covid-19 closures when schools and clinics closed. The team found creative, innovative and new ways to deliver the service by organizing telephone assessments and establishing meeting points in various locations.

Quote: Crouch V, Donovan M (2022) Sexual health benefit for community youth during lockdown. Nursing schedules [online]; 118:10.

Authors: Viv Crouch is head nurse for Clinic-in-a-Box; Maria Donovan is a school nurse and community public health nurse specialist; both at HCRG Care Group Bath and North East Somerset. At the time of this initiative, both were part of Virgin Care’s school nursing team.


In early March 2020, as schools and regular sexual health services were closed, young people struggled to access emergency contraception as well as any ongoing contraceptive treatment. Our team of nurses at Virgin Care were alerted to the issue through their health services by text and chat and discovered that the youngsters were in desperate need of emergency contraception and counselling. Our group had already implemented a Clinic-in-a-Box service in many secondary schools; This is an informal, free-access, mobile contraception and sexual health clinic provided in Bath and North East Somerset in school and non-school community settings, for individuals or groups.

The Clinic-in-a-Box program has operated in many secondary schools in Bath and North East Somerset over the past 15 years. Due to the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have changed the system to ensure lockdown restrictions were adhered to and young people could still receive care and support. The mobile project started at the end of March 2020 and continued throughout the pandemic; this was particularly relevant when schools had to be closed.

Clinic-in-a-Box concisely describes what we do: the device, the technology, the drugs and the material are transported in a container. Nursing staff:

  • Conduct visits to parking lots and hospital grounds;
  • Conduct a telephone assessment;
  • Give advice to young people in the neighborhood;
  • Provide contraception.

Service request

As a team of school nurses, we recognized that young people were still sexually active despite the confinement. However, access to sexual health services was extremely limited. School clinics were closed and some pharmacies were unable to offer emergency contraception after face-to-face consultation due to pandemic social distancing restrictions. As a result, many young people could not access the help they needed, so several of our sexual health nurses worked on the Clinic-in-a-Box project to meet those needs.

Our team knew that with a concerted effort, we could provide safe, accessible and confidential service. Much of our school nursing team was redeployed during the first lockdown, so with our depleted workforce a high priority was finding a way to deliver a service that met the needs of a vulnerable group. We were very aware that young people with unmet sexual health needs can easily develop increased anxiety, which can impact their mental and physical health.

the project’s objectives

Our main focus was to support young people with their sexual health needs during this difficult time, as there were no other sexual health services available to them. Our other objectives were to:

  • Effectively manage teenage pregnancies through pregnancy testing and offer treatment if needed;
  • Minimize the risk of sexually transmitted infections;
  • Sustain reduced conception rates for people under 18 by improving their access to contraception or hormonal emergency contraception;
  • Maintain communication with young people, so they know we are always available and can meet their needs.

Implementation and Collaboration

Communication was an important aspect of our project. We sent messages to young people who were already part of our workload via SMS. We also sent posters to pharmacies advertising our health chat service (a telephone service), which provided potential callers with our contact details. Some of our team members who were redeployed to the community still went the “extra mile” and responded to youth requests for help with their workload, arranging to meet them in a safe place or to refer them directly to a colleague.

From the start of the March 2020 lockdown, we began discussing ways to reach the young people in our workload. Those we have regular contact with know they can text their nurse if they need help, but we were concerned that pupils would not know what to do as schools were closed. It soon became clear – through the number of phone calls from young people unable to obtain emergency contraception – that young people were in trouble.

Virgin Care management supported our initiative. They encouraged us to meet young people in unconventional places, and the public health team in Bath and North East Somerset Council were aware of our need to think outside the box if we were to keep young people safe. We had to change the way we work to respond, especially to emergencies.

We wanted to be flexible in terms of location, time and travel so that we could reach as many young people in need as possible. Our team covered the whole of Bath and North East Somerset and we sometimes held clinics at youth clubs. Therefore, we worked closely with youth workers who still had contact with some young people. Thus, if a young person asked for emergency contraception, the worker contacted us. The help of the youth club facilitators was also essential in facilitating the accompaniment of the young people and helping us to find suitable places where we could meet, such as the car parks of the youth centers, coach parks, schools and hospital grounds.

“This passionate and enthusiastic team took care of their customers wherever and whenever needed; the effectiveness of this service demonstrates the importance of relationships, in all their forms”
(Judges’ Comments)


The biggest challenges our team faced were around privacy. Meeting young people in public spaces or in their homes to give them contraceptives or pregnancy tests posed significant challenges. Our team has been operating throughout the pandemic, which has increased social distancing challenges for our school nurses and young people in need of assistance. We knew the challenges they faced of not being able to meet their peer group, and their feelings of isolation, worry and panic would only be exacerbated with insufficient support for their physical and mental health.


Our recognition of important health issues for young people and the hard work to find a solution in unusual circumstances caught the attention of Bruce Laurence, who was then Director of Public Health at Bath and North East Somerset Council. When he heard about the length one of our colleagues had gone to, he wrote to us the following:

Paul Sheehan (curator) told me about your adventure “a bit more” in providing a desperate young woman with emergency hormonal contraception yesterday. An intervention that could have really changed your life. It’s so nice to hear things like that. I can’t say it’s surprising, because I know you and your colleagues often make stops to help people who need it most, but it’s very rewarding and I wanted to thank you.

Another response came from a sixth grader:

Just wanted to say thank you so much for your help today! It was amazing, very efficient and good service – I feel much, much better now, so thank you! 🙂

Our biggest achievement has been being able to go the extra mile to help young people feel safe and heard. As a team, we were more than happy to work outside the box to keep the youngsters safe and we were delighted that the youngsters trusted us enough to ask for help.

Future plans

We would like:

  • Building on the privileged relationship we have established with young people;
  • Be more flexible in our meeting places;
  • Encourage schools to be more open and responsive to sexual health.

Our desire is for schools to understand that when young people worry about their sexual health, it can also have consequences for their mental health and education.

Despite the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic, the students being in bubbles at the start of the school year, we managed to take stock via Microsoft Teams to advise young people and we managed to deliver contraception. It was a memorable journey, worth sharing with other practitioners, so we would like to take opportunities to share our project with a wider audience to encourage similar attitudes towards the sexual health needs of young people.

Key points

  • A sexual health service for young people during lockdown eased pressure on primary care staff, who were focused on Covid-19
  • Work to reduce teenage pregnancies continued at a time when many services were disrupted
  • A digital sexual health service has been sustainably integrated into the team’s service delivery
  • Young people’s anxiety was reduced knowing that the nursing team was easy to reach and quick to respond
  • An established care and support delivery program has been adapted to meet lockdown restrictions

Tips for a similar project

  • Make sure you have a management team on board with you
  • Understand the challenges that the communication team can raise
  • Establish a good relationship with other agencies
  • Ensure the support and enthusiasm of the whole team
  • Think outside the box to be innovative and flexible

MTN Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Project Delivers Results in Ghana



As part of efforts to reduce youth unemployment in the country; The MTN Ghana Foundation last year commissioned the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Project (YEEP) with the ultimate aim of equipping young people with employable skills.

The Youth Employment and Empowerment Project (YEEP) initiated by the MTN Ghana Foundation in partnership with Plan Ghana aimed to train and equip young men and women from Nsawam and Suhum of the Eastern Region in repairing mobile phones.

About 100 unemployed young people were also trained in mobile phone technology, basic customer service, initial repairs, repairing and rectifying mobile phone faults and how to maintain a safe and secure work environment. secure throughout their training period.

At the end of the training in Suhum and Nsawam, the beneficiaries received certificates of participation, start-up tools and kiosks to start working and improving their livelihoods.

MTN Foundation Economic Empowerment Advisor, Cynthia Mills, made the remark when she brought some MTN staff and the media into dialogue with beneficiaries to assess their progress, the progress they have made so far. now and the challenges they face.

That said, the pledge would allow them to expand the project to benefit other people in other regions.

According to her, equipping young people with entrepreneurial skills and jobs, especially for young women and girls fulfilling Goal 8 of the SDGs.

Awatey Derrick – is one of the beneficiaries of Suhum based in Eastern Ghana as a phone repairman who is doing very well. Currently, he has also started training other unemployed young people in the region. “I am extremely grateful to MTN Ghana for changing my life. I am saving a lot of money which I have now been able to rent. I am living a comfortable life now, he said.

Awatey Derrick
Awatey Derrick

Another beneficiary, Diana Ohene Ansah who was also trained in repairing and rectifying mobile phone faults has become economically independent since she is able to save money. Accordingly, she expressed her deep gratitude to MTN Ghana for the prompt response.

Rosemary Mensah
Rosemary Mensah

The MTN Ghana Foundation also visited Rosemary Mensah’s shop; a trader at the Nsawam market.

She has employed two young men who take care of the shop while she goes to the market.
“I do mobile phone repairs and mobile money. MTN has changed my life because I earn more money to support my younger siblings,” she said.

Diana Ohene Ansah
Diana Ohene Ansah

Louis Boateng, who resides in Nsawam, is another beneficiary, who is a trainer of trainees. Currently, he has trained about 11 people in Suhum and Nsawam is now independent. “Thanks to MTN, I have my own container and I can now take care of myself.

Things are going very well and I have a lot of people coming to see me to teach them as well,” rejoiced Louis Boateng.

Louis Boateng
Louis Boateng

Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh

Send your news to [email protected]
Follow Ghana News on Google New


SoFi: Buy before the federal student loan repayment suspension is lifted (NASDAQ: SOFI)


justin sullivan

Sofia (NASDAQ: SOFI) is my favorite cheap fintech stock to buy right now, as SoFi shares are trading just above key $5 support levels.

So much has changed since I posted my previous post about a potential SoFi short. squeeze during the Super Bowl.

SoFi shares are down 60% year-to-date and now is a good time to get in on the action just before the federal student loan repayment pause is lifted.

SOFI given by Y-Charts

In this article, I will provide updates on SoFi’s progress and why I think the stock is too cheap at these current prices.

SoFi Commercial Update

SoFi reached important milestones during its last Q2 2022 Results Update. The company surpassed the 4 million member mark with 4.3 million active accounts and achieved record revenue of $363 million (up 57% YoY). Revenue reached 6.6 million and management raised its full-year guidance for the remainder of 2022.

Q2 SoFI Membership Growth

SoFi Membership Growth (SoFi)

Net losses improved to $95 million as the company moves toward profitability. EPS was negative 12 cents per share (vs. -48 cents per share in Q2 2021).

SoFi generates revenue from two segments: lending products and financial services. While the financial services segment performed well (up 100% year-on-year to 5.4 million), SoFi struggled with the federal suspension of student loan repayments in terms of revenue.

Personal loans made up the bulk of revenue in the second quarter of 2022, while student loans received were hit hard.

Origin of the Q2 2022 SoFI loan

Origin of the loan for SoFi Q2 2022 (SoFi)

The company hit a record $2.5 billion in personal loans as Americans borrow money in droves to meet rising costs and inflation.

Student loan origination decreased by 52% due to the student loan moratorium.

Despite short-lived headwinds, SoFi remains a strong fintech company with a robust 2.0% APY on checking and savings accounts (nearly 66 times the national average).


SoFiAPY (SoFi)

Financial services revenue will continue to grow alongside membership growth, but the student loan segment is expected to recover next year after losing ground due to federal student loan repayment pauses.

Student Loan Repayment Pause Ends Soon

According to White Housethe student loan repayment pause will officially end on December 31, 2022.

US President Joe Biden has proposed a student loan forgiveness program of up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients and $10,000 for non-Pell Grant recipients.

This is good news for SoFi, as the company will start collecting revenue based on when the Department of Education starts processing these requests.

The bad news is that the US government needs to revive the print media and further dilute the US dollar and impose a greater burden on taxpayers to make this plan a success.

Justin Herbert deal details

SoFi signed NFL QB Justin Herbert from the LA Chargers to a 3-year sponsorship deal and offered him a stake in the business.

This is another positive sign for SoFi, as the company wants to target young adults traditionally overlooked by traditional banks.

Herbert is entering his 3rd year in the NFL and is one of the best young players in the league.

My bullish grip

SoFi will likely disrupt legacy banking in due course, so it’s a simple buy and hold for me.

The company has $707 million in cash and is already generating positive EBITDA. Growth has been slow and steady as more young professionals migrate from Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo to SoFi Money.

SoFi trades at a P/S ratio of 4.23, which is quite a bit more than its competitors.

Fintech stocks by price/sales ratio

Company P/S ratio
SoFi (SOFI) 4.23
PayPal (PYPL) 4.06
Block (SQ) 2.18
Beginner (UPST) 2.18

The entire fintech sector has been crushed and many of these stocks are on sale.

At less than $7 per share, I believe a lot of the risk has been mitigated.

There is clear long-term tech support near the $5 mark for SoFi and I think the company has held up well in such tough economic times.

Long-term SoFI support

$5 Long Term SoFi Support (TradingView)

Below $6 was a better entry point, but SoFi shares could soar if CPI inflation slows and investors pump funds back into the market.

I wouldn’t worry about SoFi shares being overvalued at more than $6, as much of the student loan repayment pause has been priced into the stock price.

Risk factors

I’m bullish on SoFi but there are several risk factors at play.

  • Member growth slows in the future
  • Federal student loan repayment pause extended indefinitely and SoFi struggles to grow student loan volume
  • SoFi announces market offering to raise funds and dilute shareholders
  • Traditional banks are offering a similar product offering with 2%+ APY to lure customers away from SoFi
  • SoFi’s short interest is around 15% and continues to grow as short sellers can continue to bet against the stock.

As long as SoFi is running, aspirations can relax for the time being.


If you’re big on SoFi stocks, my suggestion is to take a long-term view and forget about SoFi stocks for the next two years.

I hedge these cheap growth stocks under $10 because they remind me of Amazon (AMZN) and Netflix (NFLX) in their early days.

Disruption takes time and eventually people will flock to the best business product. SoFi offers a superior check and savings product with attractive returns, so investors just have to wait for the masses to join in.

Akbar Ali Khan: Life of Service, Voice of Conscience


Akbar Ali Khan (1944-2022) FILE PHOTO: PRABIR DAS


Akbar Ali Khan (1944-2022) FILE PHOTO: PRABIR DAS

Akbar Ali Khan’s death came as a sudden shock, although his health problems were severe and prolonged. Despite his frailties, he was undeterred in his public engagements, regularly speaking out on critical national issues, always calling a spade a spade, pushing the nation’s gaze to higher ground. Given his personal tragedies – the passing of Bhabi and his beloved daughter, as well as his multiple health complications – Akbar Bhai’s drive to be a fearless voice of conscience has been nothing short of heroic. He has gone through many careers: teacher, bureaucrat, freedom fighter, policy maker, writer, public intellectual. But there was a common thread in this long and eventful journey of life: a strong sense of integrity, a dedication to service and an openness to learning.

Akbar Bhai was a seeker of knowledge at heart, but not in isolated ivory towers. From his first book Discovery of Bangladesh to the many titles that followed, he was both meticulous in his scholarship and eager to connect with his readership. His unorthodox titles, his communicative language through which he explained complex economic issues in a way that both piqued and engaged a wide variety of readers, testify to his great success as an author. No wonder UPL and Prothoma continue to publish new editions of his books; the long line of interested readers keeps getting longer and longer. Nor was his writing career a post-retirement story. He was intellectually active throughout his career; two of his major titles – Discovery of Bangladesh and Porarthoporotar Orthoniti – were published while he was on active duty at the highest levels of government.

For all the latest news, follow the Daily Star’s Google News channel.

Akbar Bhai also exemplified the idea of ​​public service dedicated not just to his personal advancement, but to serving the public. He was quick to write dissenting memos when he could not accept direction from higher ups, no doubt because he believed that the true calling of a public servant is to offer honest and competent advice, not simply to pander to higher authorities or, worse, blindly acquiesce to their vested interests. But he also focused on finding effective solutions to development and administrative problems. He was a very successful financial secretary, then a cabinet secretary and, after his retirement, an acting executive director at the World Bank. I had the good fortune to meet him in Washington, DC, in his office at the World Bank in 2005. He was the natural choice to lead the Regulatory Reform Commission set up by the interim government in 2007 to streamline the red tape bureaucratic and obstructive mentalities. It was a loss for the nation when this body and the other government-business dialogue platform initiative – the Better Business Forum – were abandoned by the subsequent government.

Despite his personal dramas, Akbar Ali Khan never truly “retired” from his true calling of public service. As Bangladesh appears to have retreated from democratic norms, as concerns over governance have intensified, the need to speak ‘truth to power’ as Noam Chomsky famously put it has never been greater. Being a ‘voice of conscience’ is not an easy role to take on, given the growing shift towards an authoritarian mindset in Bangladesh. Akbar Ali Khan has been pretty fearless here too, part of an increasingly dying breed of public intellectuals. His time has come. Others must continue. Bangladesh’s promise must shine brightly. Farewell, Akbar Bhai.

Hossain Zillur Rahman is Executive Chairman of the Power and Participation Research Center (PPRC) and a former adviser to the Interim Government of Bangladesh.

Man arrested following a seizure of cocaine worth €60,000 in Tuam. – Connacht Grandstand – Galway City Grandstand:


The easing of Covid-19 restrictions – including lifting the moratorium on evictions and worsening housing crisis – has seen the Galway Simon Community support more people at risk and experiencing homelessness than ever before.

The charity saw a massive 26% increase last year in the number of households supported compared to 2020, according to its 2021 Annual Impact Report, launched this week by Minister of State Joe O’Brien .

Galway Simon Community CEO Karen Golden revealed she supported 814 unique households last year, including 246 families, with 563 children.

And as she welcomed the 364 new social housing units delivered in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon in 2021, she also warned that demand continues to far outstrip supply with 4,052 households on waiting lists for accommodation social.

She further pointed out that as rents continue to rise and more landlords leave the rental market, there are fewer properties available for rent.

All of this, she said, has been further compounded by the rising cost of living which has left many people who would never have seen themselves accessing homeless services, turning to Galway Simon for acquire help.

In total, she revealed, the charity supported 1,511 people through its homelessness prevention and housing services last year. The annual report also revealed that the number of young people aged 18 to 25 cared for in Simon’s services increased by 25% in 2021 compared to 2020.

“Our teams are stretched harder than ever, but we continue to do everything we can to support people for as long as they need us,” Ms Golden said.

“In 2021, we provided homeless supports and 4,745 nights in emergency beds. We established new Housing First rentals in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

“We have expanded our youth service residential places from eight to twelve, and have acquired our first properties to provide rentals to care leavers. More than 90% of those who accessed our city prevention service did not enter emergency accommodation. 37,084 meals were provided in our services, she added.

Minister O’Brien acknowledged that increasing homelessness “is a serious concern for the government and is being actively addressed.”

And he said increasing the supply of social housing and residential accommodation is key to eradicating homelessness.

“Currently, public investment of more than €4 billion a year in housing is aimed at increasing supply and the Housing for All plan is starting to take hold and make improvements,” he said.

Galway CEO Simon acknowledged the incredible support that has been provided by the charity’s funders, donors and supporters in 2021.

She also thanked all the volunteers who have made such an extraordinary contribution to the work of Galway Simon Community over the past year and who are an integral part of the community.

But she warned that teams at Galway Simon were deeply concerned about the winter ahead.

She called on the government to prioritize measures in the budget to mitigate the risks of food and energy poverty, and the risks of homelessness, this winter.

(Pictured: Galway Simon Community Karen Feeney and CEO Karen Golden with Minister of State for Community Development and Charities Joe O’Brien at the launch of the Galway Simon Community Annual Impact Report).

Longtime civil servant on Warner Center ward council arrested for child pornography – Daily News


Longtime Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council member Peter Fletcher resigned after he was arrested by police last week for possession of child pornography.

On September 1, police served a search warrant at Fletcher’s home in Woodland Hills and found evidence of child sexual abuse material on several electronic devices he owned, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. . He was booked and released later that day, according to inmate information on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s website.. His bail was set at $20,000.

LAPD detectives said they arrested Fletcher after receiving a tip online through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

LA Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who represents Council District 3, including Woodland Hills and Warner Center, released a statement on Fletcher’s arrest, saying, “I am shocked by these sickening allegations and urge Anyone with more information, or believing they were a victim, please contact law enforcement immediately.

According to the City Clerk’s Office, in 2019 Fletcher was elected by four votes to ward council. The Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council is made up of local elected officials who weigh in on the future of Warner Center, major West Valley developments, and other community issues.

Fletcher appears to have resigned from the board in recent days. He was listed on the neighborhood council’s website last Friday, then his photo was removed from the website. Empower LA, the city department that oversees neighborhood councils, said Tuesday that a person named Peter Fletcher served with the Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council “until recently.”

A formal notice was sent Wednesday by ward council vice president Dena Weiss announcing that Fletcher and another council member had resigned. The notice did not contain further details. The announcement noted that the board has several vacancies that need to be filled “in order to achieve quorums and continue to conduct community business.”

Several members of the Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council who saw the reservation photo released by the LAPD said that Fletcher served on their board of directors and that Fletcher’s wife, Joyce Fletcher, served as the chair of the board.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives said they arrested Peter Fletcher after receiving an online report through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which resulted in a search warrant at his home. Photo: LAPD

Peter Fletcher did not respond to efforts to reach him by the Los Angeles Daily News.

A spokesperson for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, known as Empower LA, told the Los Angeles Daily News on Tuesday that Peter Fletcher had resigned. Ann-Marie Holman, spokeswoman for Empower LA, said the department could not confirm he was arrested.

Board members told the Los Angeles Daily News that his arrest would affect the board and that Empower LA and the city attorney would be involved in helping the ward council decide what the next steps should be. .

Mihran Kaladjian, the ward council parliamentarian, said last Saturday that the council had “not yet met since this incident happened, but I just had a conversation with another (executive) member of the advice”.

Regular ward council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, so the next meeting would usually be next Wednesday, if scheduled.

Joyce Fletcher did not respond to inquiries from the Los Angeles Daily News. The information released by the Los Angeles Police Department about her husband’s arrest does not charge Joyce Fletcher with any crime, nor does it indicate that she was aware of the illegal activity that her husband was accused of. accused.

News of the arrest spread as the Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council faced internal unrest. At least two other members recently resigned.

Some council members cited complaints about the way the council is run by its chair Joyce Fletcher and by Peter Fletcher, who played a key role on the council. Some members said he manages the council’s social media accounts and Zoom conference calls.

Logan Fisher, who joined the board in February, told a Los Angeles Daily News reporter on Tuesday that several people had quit since Fisher joined in February. Fisher, 20, said he was not among the Fletchers’ critics. He praised Joyce Fletcher’s longstanding commitment to the board, saying, “She really cares about her community.” But he said the distractions caused by Peter Fletcher’s arrest would affect the council’s efforts to represent the community and that both Fletchers should step down.

“I think a lot of people are considering quitting, just because if they stay, a lot of people don’t want to be associated with the ward council at that time, myself included,” he said.

On Tuesday, Fisher, who chaired the neighborhood council’s youth advocacy committee and served on the council’s education committee, submitted his resignation to the council via email. He did not cite Peter Fletcher’s arrest by the LAPD, but said his need to pay more attention to school “is just too much to juggle being on the board.”

Fisher told the Daily News that one of the main reasons he joined the council was to promote greater civic engagement among young people in his community.

The Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council is part of a system of citywide advisory committees whose members review and weigh in on projects in their neighborhoods, receive funds for use in their areas, file official statements on the problems of the city and have five minutes. longer than expected for typical public comment – ​​to present statements at Los Angeles City Council and commission meetings. The city should consult with ward councils on the budget process.

Neighborhood councils operate independently of the city council. Blumenfield’s office said the adviser “respects their autonomy as an advisory body and does not become involved in their personnel decisions.”

Several people who sit on the neighborhood council told the LA Daily News that Joyce and Peter Fletcher have been involved with the neighborhood council for many years. A 2013 Empower LA newsletter indicated that Peter Fletcher had been on the board since at least 2013.

In a candidate statement during a 2012 campaign for a Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council seat, Fletcher described himself as a 20-year-old resident who owned a Woodland Hills business, Plan R Marketing. He has been active on the ward council as a “social media manager” for the council’s outreach committee and described his participation in council meetings and land use and mobility committee meetings. According to his campaign statement, he worked in corporate management at Sony Music for almost 30 years.

In a 2014 candidate statement, Fletcher wrote that he had served on the council for 18 months and that as a member of the community outreach committee he looked after the council’s website, Facebook social media accounts and Twitter. He said he “represented” the ward council at “VCC Concerts on the Green” for four years.

Prior to this week’s resignations, including Fletcher’s, at least two other people had also resigned in recent months from the Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council, citing complaints about how Joyce and Peter Fletcher conducted council meetings. Alex Farassati, who resigned in August, described the Fletchers as taking an “overbearing” approach.

He claimed the Fletchers had recently tried to thwart council members’ efforts to recommend cutting a pantry renovation project. Farassati wrote in his resignation that the council’s Planning, Land Use and Mobility Committee “properly disapproved” of the proposed project and instead approved an “amended and reduced version of the project application based on feedback from stakeholders”.

One of the stakeholders, Nancy McLean, a ward council member who later resigned, wrote to the city’s South End Planning Commission that some neighbors feared the proposed project would lead to “hundreds of cars queuing in the streets every week, and people coming to the neighborhood with their carts and strolling around at all hours. »

EU ministers back $5 billion loan to Ukraine, discuss long-term options


European Union flags fly outside the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/

Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

PRAGUE, September 9 (Reuters) – European Union finance ministers on Friday backed a 5 billion euro ($5 billion) loan to Ukraine to help it maintain its schools, hospitals and other operations necessary in its fight against the Russian invasion.

Meeting in Prague, the ministers also discussed longer-term options to help Ukraine finance its reconstruction in the future, as well as possible other options for granting short-term financing.

EU countries have provided continued support with financial and military aid to Ukraine as Kyiv seeks to reclaim land from Russia since it launched what Moscow calls a ‘special operation’ in February.

Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

The €5 billion loan agreed on Friday, which will be backed by guarantees from EU member states, is part of a €9 billion overall package announced in May.

The first billion euros was fully sent out in early August, while Czech Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura said upcoming meetings would decide how the remaining 3 billion euros in the package could be divided into loans or in grants.

“All member states have agreed on additional support for Ukraine, Stanjura said.

A report released Friday by the World Bank, the Ukrainian government and the European Commission calculated that the Russian invasion had caused more than $97 billion in direct damage to Ukraine through June 1, as the country’s reconstruction could cost close to $350 billion. Read more

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovski said the costs to help rebuild Ukraine would be immense as the war drags on into a seventh month.

“It is clear that Ukraine needs short-term financial assistance to keep the country running on a daily basis and to maintain essential services,” he said.

“We must also look beyond the immediate needs, as the long-term costs of rebuilding Ukraine are likely to continue to rise as long as the war continues.”

The EU executive is already examining legal obstacles to using confiscated Russian assets to help cover the costs of rebuilding Ukraine, while ministers discussed other long-term financing options, without providing details.

Stanjura said ministers were also looking at other options for shorter-term funding that might be needed beyond the €9 billion package already disbursed in stages.

($1 = 0.9954 euros)

Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

Reporting by Jason Hovet; Editing by Alexander Smith and Jonathan Oatis

Our standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Jane Goodall recalls her pioneering journey to activism in the San Diego Zoo podcast


Before becoming the world’s foremost chimpanzee expert and global conservation activist, Jane Goodall was an animal-loving little girl with a dream most people laughed at.

After reading a book about Tarzan when she was 10, Goodall decided she wanted to “grow up, go to Africa, live with wild animals and write books about them.”

While most people saw it as an impossible dream, especially for a girl – “girls don’t do that kind of stuff”, she said – her mother was supportive and encouraged her to find a way . So when a school friend invited Goodall to visit her family in Kenya, she jumped at the chance by taking a boat trip that took almost a month from England to Africa. . She was 23 years old.

Now 88, Goodall talks about her life on the latest episode of “Amazing Wildlife,” a San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance podcast that explores different animal species in half-hour segments. This week’s episode, available Friday, features a conversation between San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance CEO Paul Baribault and Goodall, who first met about 10 years ago.

Hosted by zoo employees Rick Schwartz and Ebone Monet, the podcasts are a production of iHeartRadio and the zoo’s parent organization, and can be downloaded from the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts or other podcast platforms. Since its launch last November, “Amazing Wildlife” has been downloaded more than 250,000 times, according to iHeartRadio.

In their interview, Baribault takes Goodall on how she came to travel to Africa and study chimpanzees, and how she later became an activist. Introducing Goodall, who was in the UK for the recording, Baribault speaks of his admiration for the conservation leader.

“Jane has been a huge inspiration to me, my family and someone I’ve had the incredible honor of being able to call a close friend for over a decade,” he says in the podcast. In 2021, Baribault became president of the Jane Goodall Institute, an organization founded in 1977 that is involved in community-centered conservation, research, advocacy, and youth empowerment.

On her first visit to Kenya in 1957, Goodall says, she met famed paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey, who ran a natural history museum there. He became her mentor and helped her start studying chimpanzees in the wild in Gombe, Tanzania. Because authorities feared she was alone there, her “incredible mother” stayed with her at the camp for the first four months, she told Baribault.

Leakey chose her for the chimpanzee research, she says, because she hadn’t yet gone to college and he wanted “a mind clear of the very reductionist thinking” of scientists. But after two years, he encouraged her to pursue a doctorate in ethology, the scientific study of animal behavior, at the University of Cambridge.

Leakey wanted her work to be taken seriously by other scientists, she says in the podcast, so she would no longer be seen as a “(National) Geographic cover girl.”

Goodall’s observations of chimpanzee intelligence, social dynamics and their use of tools – she noticed that they stuck blades of stiff grass into termite holes to extract termites – were groundbreaking and changed the way understanding of the world of animal intelligence and emotions.

After studying chimpanzees for decades, Goodall’s life took a major turn after he attended a 1986 conference in Chicago where speakers spoke about the problem of deforestation. She remembers being shocked to learn how the chimpanzee population was sinking and the forest habitat was being destroyed.

“I went to that conference as a scientist and left as an activist. I just knew I had to do something, she tells Baribault in the podcast.

Goodall says she is inspired by the work people around the world are doing to try to save the planet from destruction, as well as her institute’s “roots and shoots” program that helps young people become actors in the world. change. Protecting the planet, she says, must become more important than short-term benefits. Goodall launched her own podcast in December 2020 called “Jane Goodall Hopecast”.

“We have to try to slow climate change, we have to slow biodiversity loss, we have to reduce poverty because the poor will destroy the environment just to live,” she says. “We need to understand that the health of the planet and the animals of the planet and the humans of the planet are all interdependent – and if one part of that equation is sick, it’s going to harm everything else.”

Honoring achievements to keep children safe


The Andrews Labor Government celebrates the exceptional efforts and dedication of Victorians who keep children safe and families strong.

As part of Child Protection Week, Minister for Child Protection and Family Services, Colin Brooks, has announced the winners of this year’s Victorian Protecting Children Awards.

The annual awards recognize child protection workers, foster parents, permanent carers and parents and the community sector, as well as government and academic organizations who demonstrate excellence in working with children , young people and families.

The winners come from all parts of Melbourne and regional Victoria and include dedicated foster families, community-controlled Indigenous organisations, a COVID-19 response team and a youth advisory group.

Now in its 19th year, the awards in 11 categories are dedicated to respected and inspirational child welfare leader Robin Dennis Clark (1936-2001).

The awards also recognize excellence in child protection practice through individual and team awards and the Chief Practitioner Award.

The winners of the Victorian Protecting Children Awards 2022 are:

  • Robin Clark – Deb Tsorbaris Leadership Award, Center of Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
  • Robin Clark Making A Difference Award – COVID-19 Emergency Response for Child and Young People (CERCY), MacKillop Family Services and Ability Assist
  • Minister’s Award for Innovation in Child Protection – Emma Toone, Berry Street
  • Chief Practitioner Award – Natasha Sergeant, Eastern Division, Department of Families, Equity and Housing
  • Career Award – Toni and Paul Gauntlet, MacKillop Family Services
  • Engaging Kids in School Award – VACCA Education Team, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
  • Keeping At Risk Young People Safe Award – Emily Nester, Berry Street
  • CREATE Award for Positive Impacts – Kellie Addicoat, MacKillop Family Services
  • Child and Youth Empowerment Award – Commission for Children and Youth – Ministerial Youth Advisory Group (MYAG)
  • Leaving a Legacy Award – Gerard Jones
  • Walda Blow Award for Indigenous Children and Young People – Melbourne North East Region Indigenous Family Decision Makers, Department of Families, Equity and Housing

As Minister of Child Protection and Family Services, Colin Brooks said

“These awards recognize Victorian organizations, workers, carers and community members across the state’s child and family service system – all of whom make Victoria a better and more safe place to live.”

“I am proud to celebrate these outstanding Victorians who keep children safe and families strong every day and would like to thank all of this year’s winners, finalists and entrants for the crucial work they do.”

/Public release. This material from the original organization/authors may be ad hoc in nature, edited for clarity, style and length. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author or authors. See in full here.

Payday Loan Scams Hit the Most Financially Vulnerable


InvestigateTV – Payday loans are high-cost, short-term loans that are often a quick way for people to get cash before their next paycheck. Unfortunately, payday loan scams have cost consumers nearly $500,000 this year.

Josh Planos with the Better Business Bureau said the scam occurs when bad actors pose as representatives of legal payday loan companies.

Planos explained that scammers will offer fake payday loans or trick customers into thinking they still owe money on a debt even after the debt is paid.

These scams typically cost victims an average of $1,000 per person and their frequency is increasing.

Planos reported that the BBB saw a 27% increase in payday loan scams from 2019 to 2021.

Senior Counsel Mark Glassman with the Federal Trade Commission said the rise in payday loan scams means borrowers need to stay on high alert.

Glassman noted that the scams target people who, in many cases, are already economically vulnerable.

Experts said one way to avoid falling victim is to skip the payday loan and instead try to work with your creditors to make payment arrangements.

If you need help with creditors, USA.gov and Consumer.gov both offer free resources on deal with debt and manage debt.

4 UK schools that offer an exceptional education


There is no “best” education or one-size-fits-all approach. Every child can thrive and succeed on their own when paired with a school program that works best for them. It could mean holistic, teacher-centered, student centeredor even a activity centered study programme.

However, there is no denying that an exceptional education is what makes a good school. Whatever the academic course offered, a good school is the one who nurtures his students and encourages them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Although outstanding grades are a good marker of success, it is far more important for a school to prepare students for life outside of academia.

We know it can be quite difficult to find the perfect school for your child. Making a choice is difficult when there are thousands of schools to choose from, especially when considering post-secondary education. If you want to entrust them to an institution that prepare them for college As well as fostering a sense of responsibility in them, you might want to consider these four UK schools:

Shaftesbury School is where nature and academic rigor meet to produce well-rounded students who then succeed in life. Source: Shaftesbury School

Shaftesbury School

Nestled amongst the green hills of Dorset, Shaftesbury School is one of the few state boarding schools in the UK where families only pay for the boarding element – tuition fees are entirely covered by the State. Shaftesbury School is where you will have a quintessentially English boarding experience, but also a excellent education. The large-scale course paired with great exam results led many of its students to graduate and then attend the Russell Group and other leading universities.

Located less than an hour from the famous Jurassic Coast, Shaftesbury School’s boarding house – Barton Hill House – is a home for many students who strive to be the best they can be. What makes this boarding school unique is that children do not have to start their boarding school early, they can start when they feel comfortable. Whether the child decides to stay for the whole seven years or just part of it, they make lifelong friends at Shaftesbury School.

But Shaftesbury School has more than meets the eye – it’s one of 10 schools in the country to house a future classroom. The school, in its aim to develop the individuality of each child, has partnered with leading technology companies to provide an innovative and inspiring approach to learning. Imagine this: no rows of desks and 10 large writable surfaces – inspired by revolutionary workspaces like Google and Lush cosmetics. This one-of-a-kind space encourages students to unleash their creativity by fusing technology with education.

Discover Shaftesbury School website or learn more about the 124-year-old Barton Hill House here.

Westholme School

The best part of studying at Westholme School is the individualized curriculum. Source: Westholme School, Facebook

Westholme School

To Westholme School, education is a lifelong journey. His approach to teaching is unique and holisticoutdoor education, clubs and extracurricular activities reinforce Westholme’s core values ​​of character, teamwork, problem solving, leadership and resilience. Experience is at the forefront of Westholme ethos. The school believes that the only way for students to be whole is to allow them to find their talents and explore their passions while achieving academic success.

In primary school, a broad but balanced curriculum challenges the students of Westholme. Although it closely follows the national curriculum, Westholme adapts its program to the needs of each child in a stimulating but friendly environment. Learning doesn’t stop in the classroom for Primary school students – depending on the age of the child, they must complete their homework in 20 to 40 minutes each evening. During these periods, students read, learn spelling and tables.

Responsibility starts early at Westholme. Clubs are not run solely by staff members, but also by students themselves. Activities take place every week and range from drama to maths, music to engineering, art to sport and of course, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Westholme students are encouraged to think beyond their limits and enjoy challenging themselves and working as a team.

Click on here to learn more about Westholme School and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, instagramand LinkedIn.

The King's School, Canterbury

This historically rich school in Canterbury, Kent is where you will get a traditional education, but also plenty of extracurricular activities to indulge in. Source: The King’s School, Canterbury Facebook

The King’s School, Canterbury

When it comes to an institution for history buffs, there is no better school than The King’s School, Canterbury. The school – often described as the “the oldest‘ in England – is located within the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, a World Heritage Site, and all the buildings are a mix of old (14th century) and the new. Such a setting naturally creates a tight-knit and warm community for students to become spiritually aware, historically informed, and grateful for aesthetic beauty.

If traditional education is what works best, consider The King’s School, Canterbury instead. His program is based on strong academic roots as much emphasis is placed on the best of traditional independent school education, such as academic excellence. However, the school’s program is further enhanced by a benevolent pastoral care team, a tutorial system and various after school programs. Expect not to stick to tradition though, as new topics are constantly added alongside new teaching techniques.

All students receive formal and structured lessons pedagogical supportwell stocked libraryand ICT facilities to supplement their learning outside the classroom. Students are also offered many career advice throughout their time at King’s School, Canterbury, and almost all of them go to university – immediately or after a gap year.

Click on here to find out more about The King’s School, Canterbury and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, instagramand LinkedIn.

Marymount International School

There are no limits to what graduates of Marymount International School London can achieve. Source: Marymount International School

Marymount International School

What distinguishes students from Marymount International School London other than the others? At this Catholic school for girls, which also welcomes students from all religions and none, there are no limits to what students can achieve. Girls at Marymount London are bold, independent leaders and innovators, thanks to the school’s holistic approach International Baccalaureate (IB).

The distinctive character of Marymount London lies in the fusion of its RSCM (Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary) and IB philosophy, enabling girls to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically. This IB-RSHM alchemy — which resonates in its classrooms and boarding life – is powerful. He turns girls into agents of their own upbringing, as evidenced by his roster of former scholars, communicators, risk takers, and principled learners who possess a strong sense of self.

A thoughtful curiosity about the world underpins the school’s academic and extracurricular activities. Both the IB Middle Years and Diploma programs require students to use their gifts and talents to serve others, which is in line with the school’s mission to develop students who are firm in faith, full of spirit. hope, rooted in love and one in service. .

The IB’s emphasis on reflective and self-regulated practice, combined with a boarding school environment that fosters the development of courage, resourcefulness and resilience, empowers girls at Marymount to become agents of change in our world.

In an increasingly polarized world, Marymount girls are equipped and committed to building respectful cross-cultural connections. No nationality is dominant at Marymount London. The girls thrive in a strong, tight-knit community of 250 students between the from 11 to 18 years old coming from over 40 countries.

Each girl is encouraged to embrace her own culture and is heard for exactly who she is, which fosters empathetic communication between different linguistic and cultural traditions. To learn more about Marymount London’s holistic approach, Click here.

*Some of the institutions featured in this article are business partners of Study International

CODEPINK Speakers Bureau


We are never as well informed individually as together. Please check out our team of speakers covering all of our campaign issues and more.

Anne Wright

Areas of expertise:
– Call to disarm
– Ukraine
– War is not green

Ann Wright is a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve who retired as a colonel and a former U.S. diplomat who resigned in March 2003 to oppose the war in Iraq. She served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. In December 2001, she was part of the small team that reopened the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is co-author of the book “Dissent: Voices of Conscience”.

Contact: [email protected]


Koohan Paik Mander

Areas of expertise:
war is not green
– Call to disarm

Koohan Paik-Mander is a board member of World BEYOND War. She is also a board member of the Global Network Against Space Nuclear Weapons and Energy, a member of the CODEPINK “China is not our enemy” working group, and a member of the project’s advisory committee. Global Just Transition from Foreign Policy in Focus. . She was previously campaign director for the Asia-Pacific program of the International Forum on Globalization. She is co-author of The Superferry Chronicles: Hawaii’s Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism and the Desecration of the Earth, and has written on Asia-Pacific militarism for The Nation, The Progressive, Foreign Policy in Focus and other publications.

Contact: [email protected]


Danaka Katovitch

Areas of expertise:
Saudi Arabia and Yemen
– Palestine
– Call to disarm
– Divest
– Ground drones

Danaka earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from DePaul University in November 2020. Since 2018, she has worked to end US involvement in the war in Yemen. At CODEPINK, she works on youth outreach as a facilitator of the Peace Collective, CODEPINK’s youth cohort that focuses on anti-imperialist education and divestment.

Contact: [email protected]


Jodie Evans

Areas of expertise:
– Feminist foreign policy
– Local Economy of Peace

Jodie is co-founder and board member of CODEPINK and has been an activist for peace, the environment, women’s rights and social justice for fifty years. She has traveled extensively to war zones to promote and learn peaceful conflict resolution. She works locally for governments, universities, churches and pension funds to disengage from war and to cultivate local economies of peace by engaging with those who have felt the violence of the war economy locally and who have the vision of the future that humanity and the planet need.

Contact: [email protected]


Medea Benjamin

Areas of expertise
– Iran
– Latin America
– Ukraine

Medea is a co-founder of CODEPINK and the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange. She has been an anti-war activist for several decades and is the author of various books, including Drone Warfare and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection. In 2012, Medea received the Peace Prize from the US Peace Memorial Foundation; she is also the recipient of the 2014 Gandhi Peace Prize and the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Contact: [email protected]


Nancy L. Mancias

Areas of expertise:
– Divest
– Ground drones
– War is not green

Nancy has worked for over 15 years in the non-profit sector, focusing on social services, social justice and theatre. She is CODEPINK’s coordinator for its War if Not Green campaign and a PhD candidate in anthropology and social change at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Nancy holds an MBA from Dominican University in California and a BA in Drama from San Francisco State University.

Contact: [email protected]


Shea Rainbow

Areas of expertise:
– Cut the Pentagon
– Divest
– Ground drones
– War is not green

Shea Leibow (they/she) lives in Chicago, coordinates the Divest from the War Machine campaign and has worked for CODEPINK since the summer of 2021. Shea is originally from Seattle, WA and has a BA in Environmental Science and Policy and Gender Studies .

Contact: [email protected]

Marcy Winograd

Areas of expertise:
– Call to disarm
– Cut the Pentagon
– Ukraine

Marcy is a longtime anti-war activist and served as the 2020 DNC delegate to Bernie Sanders and co-chairs the Progressive Democrats of America Foreign Policy Team. A member of Veterans for Peace’s Climate Crisis and Militarism project, Marcy’s activism began in high school when she marched against the Vietnam War and later joined the defense team of Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. A retired English and government teacher, Marcy blogs about militarism and foreign policy.

Contact: [email protected]

Olivia DiNucci

Areas of expertise:
– Cut the Pentagon
– War is not green

Olivia’s experience includes years of work in social and climate justice organizing and education in parts of the United States and the Global South with the School for International Training. She also worked as an organizer with RootsAction after returning to the United States to work on the Bernie 2020 campaign. She is currently based in Washington, DC, and directs Cut The Pentagon, one of CODEPINK’s global campaigns.

Contact: [email protected]

NYC to decorate SGF with a “medal of service”


The Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC) has revealed that it will present the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, with one of its highest honors on Friday, September 9, 2022 in Abuja to mark his 66th birthday. .

The President of the Congress, the only youth coordination body housed in the office of the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Youth and Student Affairs, Comrade Blessing Akinlosotu, said in a statement that he signed in Abuja on Monday.

“We have the honor and privilege to inform His Excellency the SGF that the Nigerian Youth under the NYC umbrella has recognized his outstanding service to the Fatherland and his commendable support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and our own boss, Dr. Nasir Saidu Adhama, whose Presidential Youth Empowerment Program (P-YES) is under his direct supervision,” he said.

He said: “Boss Mustapha’s outstanding leadership in the rollback of COVID-19 as well as his strong personality in this administration has earned him the respect of all.”

“The Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC) has therefore recognized His Excellency, SGF, Boss Mustapha for a Distinguished Service Medal on the occasion of his successful 66th birthday.”

Providing details of the organization, Akinlosotu said, “NYC with a strong national structure has chapters in several states of the federation that are actively engaged in voluntary activities and programs with the public and private sectors, as well as the international community to promote sustainable youth development in Nigeria.

“We want to take the occasion of Boss Mustapha’s 66th birthday to wish him more successful years of service and encourage him to do more for the youth of Nigeria, and this Distinguished Service Award symbolizes that.”

BBB Study: Predatory payday loan companies, fraudsters thrive on unequal laws and stolen data | Company


As consumers have lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to payday loans and other short-term solutions, with an increase in solutions in line. This has not only allowed predatory lenders to thrive – many borrowers still face exorbitant interest rates and opaque fees – but has also created a fertile environment for scam artists, according to a new in-depth study from the Better Business Bureau. (BBB).

Payday loan laws are managed from state to state among the 32 states in which they are available, and a complex web of regulations makes the impact of the industry in the United States and Canada difficult to understand. follow. The BBB study, however, finds a common thread in the triple-digit interest rates that many of these loans carry – camouflaged by interest compounded weekly or monthly, rather than annually, as well as significant rollover fees.

From 2019 to July 2022, BBB received nearly 3,000 customer complaints about payday loan companies, with a disputed dollar amount of nearly $3 million. In addition, over 117,000 complaints have been filed against debt collection companies at BBB. Complainants often said they felt ill-informed about the terms of their loans. Many fall into what consumer advocates call a “debt trap” of racking up interest and fees that can force customers to pay double the amount originally borrowed. A St. Louis, Missouri woman recently told BBB that over the course of her $300 loan, she paid over $1,200 and still owed an additional $1,500.

The scammers haven’t missed an opportunity to take advantage of consumers either, with BBB Scam Tracker receiving over 7,000 reports of loan and debt collection scams representing around $4.1 million in losses.

Posing as payday loan companies and debt collectors, scammers use stolen information to trick consumers into handing over banking information and cash. In one case, BBB discovered that hackers had stolen and released detailed personal and financial data for more than 200,000 consumers. News reports indicate that this is not an isolated incident.

A woman from Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin said she recently received a phone call from a supposed debt collector saying legal action was pending against her over overdue payday loan debt . Fearing legal trouble, she eventually sent the scammer $500 and her credit card information. Over the course of several months, her card was topped up until she canceled it.

Regulators at the federal level have passed tougher laws to combat predatory lending, but those regulations have been rolled back in recent years, leaving states to set their own rules on interest rate caps and other aspects of lending. on salary. More than a dozen states introduced legislation last year to regulate payday loans, but the landscape of legally operating payday lenders remains inconsistent across states.

Currently, payday loans are not allowed in 18 states, according to Pew Chartiable Trust. In addition, the Military Loans Act sets a rate of 36% on certain payday loans. When it comes to fraudulent behavior, law enforcement is limited in what they can do to prosecute payday loan scams. Some legal payday lenders have attempted to prevent scams by educating consumers about the ways in which they will or will not contact borrowers.

The BBB study advises consumers to thoroughly research all their borrowing options – as well as the terms and conditions of a payday loan – before signing anything to take out a short-term loan. The study also includes recommendations for regulators:

  • Cap consumer loans at 36%
  • Educate more people about no-cost extended repayment plans
  • Require lenders to test whether consumers can repay their loans
  • Require Zelle, Venmo, and other payment services to offer refunds for fraud

Back to school movement hits Falkland – Vernon Morning Star


Back to school has a special vibe in Falkland.

A group of people from the community got together just before the start of the school year and painted an exterior traffic lane at Falkland Elementary School.

“I’m always amazed at how much our little school can accomplish by working together,” said grateful school principal Shelly Cull.

“These courses are good for our students and are designed to support our outdoor learning initiative and provide opportunities for self-regulation.”

School District 83 Healthy Schools Coordinator Laura Payment said the pathway is part of the School Physical Activity and Literacy Project, which helps students become more physically active and build life skills. physical literacy.

“The goal is for students to develop their skills, confidence and motivation to be active for life, Payment said.

Cull added that she is sure the trails will be a big hit with students and will also be well used during recess and lunch breaks.

“I am delighted to see the reactions of our students as they return to school on Wednesday, September 7,” she said.

Payment will soon be back at school to show students and staff how to incorporate these pathways into the teaching day and beyond.

The project is being piloted in a diverse subset of school districts and schools in British Columbia, including schools in School District 83 this year and next school year.

[email protected]

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

backtoschoolColumbia Regional District Shuswap

Nominations for the Ignite Youth Awards are open


A disruptive youth organization, Ignite Youth Organization has opened nominations for the third edition of its annual awards.

The announcement was made today on the International Day of Charity which takes place annually on September 5 to recognize acts of volunteerism and philanthropy.

The Ignite Youth Awards aim to honor and celebrate the achievements of socially responsible young people, aged 13-35, who have made significant positive contributions to society through a range of activities.

Interested persons can introduce themselves.

Applications must be received no later than Sunday, October 9, 2022. Experts and mentors will oversee the application selection process and narrow the field to a few young individuals or youth organizations in each category. The winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday, December 10 in Jubilee Hall at the Celebration Center.

To nominate an individual visit: www.igniteyouthawards.com/nominate

The application deadline is Sunday, October 9, 2022.

The final selection of shortlisted nominees for each category will be made by a panel of judges. The criteria the judges will use will be based on the answers provided in the nomination form. Finalists will be notified by email and will be posted on the Ignite Youth social media pages. The finalists will be announced on Monday, October 17.

In each category, there will be two winners. One of the winners will be selected by the judges. The second winner will be chosen through a People‘s Choice Awards contest, with the winner being the contestant whose post receives the most likes on the Ignite Youth Instagram page. The deadline for the People’s Choice Awards is Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

Finalists will be contacted by email and invited to an awards ceremony. All nominees will receive certificates.

The categories are;

Humanitarian Award: The Humanitarian Award honors young people who have worked hard to make their community a better place.

Technology Innovation Award: The Innovator Award recognizes young people who have demonstrated competence in ICT fields and harnessed the potential of technology for social impact.

Frontline Hero Award: This honors young people (such as aid workers, nurses and teachers) who have gone beyond the “call of duty” to save and educate lives.

The price of education: recognizes young people who have helped other children and young people to access academic opportunities.

The price of creativity: honors young people who have successfully turned their creativity into business and who offer personal expression through the visual or performing arts, as well as those who foster the voices of other young people through their abilities, media and forms of digital art.

Role Model Award: Young people who are great leaders, mentors, peer counselors or have a positive influence on others.

Climate Activism Award: This award recognizes student achievement in environmental advocacy programs and climate change initiatives.

The Phoenix Award: honors young people who, like a phoenix, soar with renewed life and show great determination and endurance as they overcome enormous adversities in life. They may be young people who have succeeded despite their disability, recovered from the setbacks of teenage pregnancy, excelled academically despite obstacles, overcome violence, or helped their family or community face difficult circumstances, and who have used their experience to help others in similar situations. .

Entrepreneurship Award: This award recognizes a young person who, despite everything, makes progress in the entrepreneurial sector and demonstrates exceptional business acumen, skills and resilience.

Girls Empowerment Award: This award recognizes outstanding and innovative contributions by young people to advance the empowerment of girls and women.

Mental Health Award: This award recognizes those who have made significant and innovative contributions to the advancement of mental well-being in society.

sports reward: This award celebrates children who make outstanding achievements in sport while simultaneously making a positive impact on their community through sport.

Journalism Award: This award honors young people who have used their reporting skills to tell stories and report on social issues.

The Social Innovation Prize: honors young people whose innovations, startups and businesses have had a significant and measurable impact on some of the world’s most critical issues.

Young Influencer: This award is given to a young man or woman who uses their large social media following and online presence to set new trends, be creative and set the pace for innovation.

Teenage Changemaker Award: This award recognizes and honors teenagers who are deeply committed to making a positive difference in the world, now and in the future.

Children’s Rights Award: This award recognizes young people who have made exceptional efforts to uphold children’s rights as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Youth Involvement Promotion Award: This award honors individuals or organizations that enable meaningful youth engagement, participation in political and governance work, and action for the SDGs.

This year the rewards are much bigger and better. Hip-hop prodigy Voltz JT is expected to grace the ceremony.

Former Mutual 1

Plainfield Fire Department gets a youthful infusion


Published: 04/09/2022 12:36:24

Modified: 04/09/2022 12:32:36

PLAINFIELD — Two young men, Nate Woolridge and Roscoe Weeks, joined the city’s fire department, becoming regular firefighters last month at the age of 18.

“Bringing them both in now as regular firefighters…is a huge plus,” Fire Chief David Alvord said.

Alvord said Plainfield no longer has as many younger members as it once did and very few choose to get involved in the fire service. However, Woolridge and Weeks chose to participate in the department’s junior firefighter program, which is aimed at 14 to 17 year olds.

“They’re included wherever we can do things with them,” Alvord said.

Alvord said Woolridge and Weeks had expressed interest in Basic 6 training, a highly recommended training for new firefighters, which the chief said is unusual. Because they were underage when held in Plainfield this year, Alvord signed waivers for them both to participate.

Woolridge lives on his family’s farm in Plainfield, and he said it’s not fair for another person to help them with a fire if he is unwilling to work for his community.

He also described firefighting as a “good way to give back to the community”.

As part of her Basic 6 training, Woolridge had to go into a burning building.

“It was pretty fun,” he said.

Along with becoming a regular firefighter, Woolridge also became an Eagle Scout last month, and his Eagle Scout service project involved planting 15 trees around town.

Weeks said he chose to become a regular firefighter “to help people.”

“I love the training, getting to know everything on the truck and learning how to use it properly,” he said.

He also said he enjoyed the hands-on aspect of the Basic 6 training the most.

Weeks currently works as a union operator at Peckham Industries in Springfield, while Woolridge works on her parents’ farm and plans to go to college. The two intend to remain Plainfield firefighters.

Bera Dunau can be reached at [email protected]

Empowering Underserved Youth in Yolo County


The health, safety and well-being of children has always been important to Empower Yolo, and with the inclusion of a new youth program, we can expand our reach to serve vulnerable young people in our community.

The Youth Empowerment Program is a new program at Empower Yolo, which provides advocacy and support services to unserved/underserved child and youth victims of crime, specifically supporting victims of rural crime and young people in foster care.

“This program serves to help children meet their physical, emotional, spiritual and financial needs after victimization,” says Celina Alveraz, associate director of Empower Yolo. “Meeting the needs of child and young victims is much more difficult when their access to services is complicated by factors such as age, race, ethnicity, geographic isolation, language barriers, cultural intolerance, disability, lack of knowledge of the criminal justice system and their rights and/or lack of appropriate social support. To that end, the Youth Empowerment Program was created to reduce barriers to agency so children can receive supports to grow, empower themselves, and heal from abuse,” says Alveraz. .

The youth empowerment program has many positive goals. It will provide ongoing investment to strengthen community relationships, promote social norms that protect against adversity, connect youth with caring adults and activities, and increase social-emotional learning.

The program has also expanded victim services to rural communities such as Knights Landing, Winters and Esparto. The aim of the program is to identify affected young people, build trusting relationships and provide systems navigation, advocacy and support to unserved/underserved child victims of abuse.

Empower Yolo funded a full-time youth advocate who is dedicated to providing services to youth in rural communities to reduce the barriers that many rural survivors face. “The goals of the youth empowerment program are to increase access to advocacy, therapy and support services for unserved/underserved victims of crime/abuse with a goal to serve at least 60 foster and rural youth in Yolo County, says Ariel Graham, Empower Yolo Youth Advocate.

“I am very excited about this program and to be in this role to help give options, resources and hope to the children we work with; to be part of this program and partner with other agencies to help empower children is amazing. Now these children no longer have to look back or upside down for help, they can look straight ahead and know they have support and see there is a light at the end of the day. tunnel for them,” says Graham.

These unserved young people have special needs that may be different from other children in our community,”Rural youth lack downtown access to resources and transportation to reach support organizations to achieve their goals. While language barriers play a role, our young adoptees lack knowledge about their criminal justice, personal and/or educational rights and must navigate their transition to adulthood while healing from past trauma,” Graham said. .

Empower Yolo provides services to help meet the needs of young people in this program. Specific services include crisis intervention, peer counselling, advocacy, counseling and individual therapy. “Empower Yolo helps young people meet their needs by offering advocacy alongside resources and referrals to support agencies; holding weekly life skills groups, maintaining confidentiality to build trust and communication, case management to change the disconnect between families and community resources,” says Graham.

In addition to offering one-on-one advocacy, this summer Graham facilitated life skills groups for rural youth as part of the Empower Yolo Knights Landing after-school summer program. Some topics included learning about nutrition, loving and healthy relationships, healthy boundaries, creating vision boards to visualize new futures, and expression through art and painting.

Through the youth empowerment program, community partnerships are strengthened. The program partners with Yolo CASA to fund an attorney supervisor who will support young adoptees in Yolo County. The partnership has strengthened Empower Yolo’s relationship with Yolo CASA. Yolo CASA’s mission is to advocate for abused and neglected children in the care system by ensuring their voices are heard and their needs are met through our CASA volunteers. Yolo CASA and Empower Yolo both strive to be survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive, which has been a natural partnership in serving unserved/underserved victims of crime/abuse.

“When we were approached by Empower Yolo to collaborate on this grant, serving children and youth victims of crime, we jumped at the chance,” said Tracy L. Fauver, Executive Director of Yolo County CASA. . “Empower Yolo is a partner we always enjoy working with and admire for their important work in the community. Whenever we have partnered in training efforts or through community collaborations, such as the Child Abuse Prevention Council or Resilient Yolo, we have learned and benefited from the experience.

“We share a common set of values ​​and continually work toward the same goal: to serve families and children with the utmost dignity and compassion to help them thrive. The Youth Empowerment Program allows us to partner more closely than ever to achieve this goal. »

Additionally, the youth empowerment program has increased partnerships in rural communities by partnering with RISE, Inc., law enforcement, Yolo Food Bank, the towns of Woodland, Winters and Esparto, to Office of Education school districts, Yolo County Library and many others to bridge the gap between families and support services.

Community members can support this program in a variety of ways. “The community can help the youth we serve by making programs like this more accessible, addressing local issues and challenges like housing and transportation, and increasing peer mentorship with collaborations to maintain safe and healthy relationships,” says Graham. Referrals can be made by schools, law enforcement, foster parents, social workers, counselors, family members or young people themselves and can be sent directly to Ariel Graham at [email protected].

With community support and local partnerships, we can ensure the success of this program and continue to expand our reach to serve and empower unserved youth in our community.

For more information about Empower Yolo and a full list of services, please visit us at: empoweryolo.org.

— Natalia Baltazar is Empower Yolo’s Director of Development and Community Relations.

Venus Williams strives to make outdoor activities inclusive


Owhether through his powerful presence on the tennis court or his efforts to create pathways for underrepresented youth in the sport, Venus Williams has been a strong advocate for promoting inclusivity. The seven-time Grand Slam champion has teamed up with Clif Bar & Company and the Outdoor Afro association to diversify outdoor activities, Advertising week reported.

Nature-based activities can serve as vehicles for healing. Research shows that spending time outdoors can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Despite the transformative benefits, outdoor recreational activities are often inaccessible to BIPOC communities due to systemic racism and Williams is determined to change the narrative.

Through this initiative, Clif Bar & Company will support organizations such as Outdoor Afro, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the black community through outdoor education, recreation and conservation, and the National Park Service in conducting a range of outdoor activities for communities of color through September. . Williams, who was featured in one of the energy food and drink brand’s recent ads, says breaking down barriers is imperative.

“It was really so much fun meeting everyone from Outdoor Afro,” she shared. “It was about the experience of being outside. It was about the experience of connection. It was about the experience of letting nature take its course, so to speak, in a healing way, in a joyful way. It was nice even for me to enjoy this moment and be so focused when I’m outside, in fact, enjoying it.

This isn’t the first time the tennis legend has teamed up with Clif Bar & Company. She has partnered with the brand to support the Harlem Junior Tennis Education Program by helping to fund their initiatives that sit at the intersection of education and sports. “I’m very motivated to support talented young people who need help to pursue opportunities in life,” Williams said when discussing the partnership. “I love what HJTEP represents in terms of creating pathways for young people using tennis as a catalyst.”


Family first! Photos of Venus and Serena Williams through the years that are 100% #BlackGirlMagic

Her GOATness!: A photo album of 25-year-old Serena Williams at the US Open

19 pictures

Harry and Meghan Markle applaud the youth activism movement


Harry and Meghan Markle applaud youth activism movement for creating a safer internet

  • As parents of two young children in California, Harry and Meghan expressed their thanks to the young defenders
  • In addition, they thanked the public servants who listened to them and acted in favor of a measure that
  • If passed, it would make the internet safer for children.

The full statement is provided below:

At Archewell, we believe the Internet is one of the most important tools for people around the world to build community, stand together for good, and create economic opportunity. And as we’ve advocated for a number of years, we also believe the internet should be a better, safer and healthier place, especially for families.

Read also

Despite being provoked, Mandela’s grandson wouldn’t criticize Meghan Markle

Nelson Mandela’s grandson refrained from condemning Meghan Markle. In response to her…

Today, we salute the incredible young people in California and across the country who believe the same and have taken it upon themselves to demand that the tech industry better protect children in the design of social media platforms.

The recent Design It For Us campaign helped raise awareness of a historic new policy – ​​the California Age-Appropriate Design Code – which, when finalized, will help ensure that all children in our state are safer when they are online. We are so encouraged to see the next generation rising up, speaking out and pushing for a better digital environment for themselves and their peers. We are also encouraged to see our public leaders actively responding to the reality and extent of harm online.

Archewell is committed to advancing this cause alongside young people and advocates like the 5Rights Foundation – a charity focused on imagining a better digital future – which recently teamed up with Prince Harry to hear directly from young people on what they want to see world leaders do to address their online safety concerns.

Read also

Mariah Carey defends herself when she called diva Meghan Markle

Meghan launched her Spotify podcast named Archetypes. Sarina Williams was her first…

On social networks, the safety and well-being of young people must be a priority above all else. Children and teens need to be able to reach their full potential, both online and offline, and parents need to be confident in the knowledge that their children are safe. It is time that our online spaces and the way they are designed reflect this belief.

As parents of two young children in California, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex express their deepest gratitude to these young advocates, their supporters and all the leaders who listened and acted. Your tireless dedication will help make the Internet a safer and more hopeful place.

‘She’s been so resilient,’ says child rape survivor as daughter earns top grade in Leaving Cert Applied – The Irish Times


A student who struggled in mainstream education and found out her mother was a child rape survivor celebrated a 100% distinction mark on Friday in her Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) exams ).

Jesslyn Campion (17) from Limerick, was beaming with joy after receiving top marks in all areas after completing her secondary education through the Limerick Youth Service (LYS).

Ms Campion, who is pursuing a career in animation, said she hopes her story will give hope to others who find themselves unsuited to mainstream education that they don’t have to sacrifice college projects or professionals.

“There are options, and the majority of students don’t even realize there are other routes (to education), there’s Youthreach, youth services and even the ACL [Leaving Cert Applied]that I didn’t know when I was in high school,” Ms. Campion said.

“I feel so happy, and this morning I was so excited to not just see my results, but to see all my classmates and how they did, and they all did really well too.”

“About two years ago when I started in youth service my confidence was low and I didn’t even think I would get to where I am today or even finish the ACL but all the staff and the teachers gave us so much confidence and really encouraged us.

“I’m going to start at LCFE (Limerick College of Further Education) taking a course in Animation and Game Design, which I’ve been passionate about for a few years.”

Learn more Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert: No cliff edge grade drop next year, says Foley

Irish Times Leaving Cert results 2022 helpdesk

Five takeaways from Leaving Cert 2022

Father hails Alanna Idris Quinn’s Leaving Cert results months after she lost sight in her eye in high-profile attack in Dublin

Jesslyn’s mother, Leona O’Callaghan, who is a well-known advocate for the rights of victims of sex crimes and a survivor of child rape, said she was extremely “proud” of her daughter.

The mother and daughter supported each other through adversity, including when Ms O’Callaghan waived her right to anonymity in 2018 after a man raped her 13-year-old Patrick ‘Whacker “O’Dea of ​​Pike Avenue, Limerick, was imprisoned for 17 years.

“Jess was in an amazing school but she felt she didn’t fit in and she just stopped functioning, she felt she couldn’t keep up with the pressure of regular school and it was a really low time for her,” Ms O. ‘Callaghan explained.

“I encouraged her to consider other options and she joined the Limerick Youth Center. They were amazing and gave her confidence.”

“She’s incredibly smart, but she’s had a very difficult time over the past few years with the very public trial involving her mother, which obviously would have taken a toll on her.”

“I’m so proud of her that she’s been so resilient to stick through it all, to be so strong and determined, she’s phenomenal and I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

White House slams Republican critics of student loan forgiveness


Caroline Purser | The image bank | Getty Images

The Biden administration is hitting back at Republicans who plan to challenge President Joe Biden’s historic decision to cancel student debt for tens of millions of Americans in court.

A White House spokesman, Abdullah Hasan, accused the GOP of double standards that punish the middle class.

“Let’s be clear about what they would be trying to do here: the same people who voted for a $2 trillion tax giveaway for the rich and got hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own loan debt forgiven. to small businesses would try to keep millions of working middle-class Americans in mountains of debt,” Hasan told CNBC.

News of a potential challenge to entitlement to Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, which would forgive up to $20,000 for millions of borrowers, comes as no surprise. Even before the president made his announcement, some Republicans were scrambling to shut down a debt cancellation effort.

Learn more about personal finance:
Here’s how to fight inflation with Labor Day deals
50% of employers expect job cuts, survey finds
Americans spend $314 a month on impulse purchases

Now, GOP attorneys general from states including Arizona, Missouri and Texas, along with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and those linked to the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, are considering their options to try to block the president’s plan.

This is sure to worry the tens of millions of Americans celebrating debt cancellation last week. A lengthy legal challenge would threaten to throw into limbo the debt fate of an estimated 43 million people for the foreseeable future.

The issue could go all the way to the Supreme Court.

Establishing “quality” for a lawsuit may not be easy

No legal action has yet been taken, and in a recent interview, Cruz recognized the challenges of bringing one. “As a general rule, simply being a taxpayer is not enough for the courts to find that you have standing to challenge an expenditure of funds, he said during an appearance on “The Liz Wheeler Show. “.

“You have to find someone who was wronged by the spending of funds,” Cruz said.

Indeed, the first hurdle for those hoping to take legal action against Biden’s plan will be finding a suitable plaintiff, said Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe. It would probably have to be someone who could argue that student loan forgiveness is causing them “personal injury,” and that may not be easy.

“Such an injury is necessary to establish what the courts call ‘standing,'” Tribe said. “No individual, company or state is manifestly harmed as private lenders would have been if, for example, their student loans had been cancelled.”

The White House, along with its announcement, published a 25-page note by the US Department of Justice, arguing that debt forgiveness is “appropriate” under the Heroes Act of 2003, which grants the president broad powers to review student loan programs. This law was passed shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and allowed the executive to cancel student loans in the event of a national emergency. The Trump administration declared the Covid-19 pandemic a national emergency in March 2020.

Opponents trying to block the pardon will likely argue that the Heroes Act doesn’t give the president the power to write off student debt in the broad way he’s trying to do, said higher education expert Mark Kantrowitz. .

What a legal challenge means for borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education said its loan forgiveness application would be available by October or earlier, and Kantrowitz said borrowers shouldn’t change their plans just yet.

“Borrowers should apologize and be cautiously optimistic,” he said.

That said, he advised that it would be wise not to make big financial changes expecting to see student loan balances decline in the short term.

“Even if a legal challenge fails to block the president’s plan, it will likely cause delays in implementing the loan forgiveness,” Kantrowitz said during an appearance on CNBC’s Twitter Spaces on Friday.

Denis Zakaria joins Chelsea on loan with £30m option to buy


Chelsea has announcement another signing to cap off the summer transfer window with the late acquisition of Denis Zakaria on loan.

Thomas Tuchel needed a midfielder as injuries had reduced his options. At the start of the season, he had a surplus of central midfielders, but as the deadline approached, he only had two experienced players fit in those places. This new signing will add much-needed short-term depth.

Chelsea sign Denis Zakaria

Midfield reinforcements

While the Blues were desperate to sign a player on deadline day, that doesn’t mean they’ve snapped up a former player. The Swiss international is an acclaimed midfielder who can relieve injury-prone N’Golo Kante.

Read more: Premier League Predictions

The 25-year-old has been described as a “midfield monsterand makes comparisons to Patrick Viera.

High level experience

Despite being in his mid-20s, Zakaria has been playing in one of Europe’s top leagues since 2017. After impressing in his home country for Young Boys, he was snapped up by German side Borussia Mönchengladbach . He was a regular in the Bundesliga, making 146 appearances for the club before moving to Juventus in January 2022.

Read more: Journalist issues huge transfer update as Chelsea Eye Up Spending Deadline

After just six months in Serie A, the former Servette academy graduate is heading to the Premier League, potentially on a permanent basis. Although the initial agreement is for a loan, fabrice romano reported that there is a £30million option to buy which could come with a five-year contract.

It was a very smart deal for the Blues as they get immediate cover for their midfield issues without committing a lot of cash. Also, if the Swiss midfielder ends up playing very well, they will have found their next star midfielder, but if he doesn’t, they can send him back to Italy.

St. Lawrence College Appoints New Board Chair


St. Lawrence College (SLC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Abram Benedict as the new Chair of its Board of Governors for a one-year term commencing September 1, 2022. Joining the SLC Board of Governors as of 2017, Abram Benedict has served as vice-president since September 2020. He will assume the role of council chair on September 1 to lead the council through the 2022-23 academic year, succeeding Roger Richard, whose term on the council s ended in August after six years of dedicated service.

Abram Benedict is currently the Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. As Grand Chief, Abram leads a vibrant 12-member council that governs the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is a progressive First Nations community that straddles the borders of Ontario, Quebec and New York State and offers a wide variety of services to its more than 10,000 members. A lifelong resident of Akwesasne and passionate about youth empowerment and community capacity building, Abram serves as a Governor of St. Lawrence College and is currently a member of the Aboriginal Circle of the Chairman of the Parole Board of Canada. Abram’s excellent community leadership and political experience has enabled him to lead a community government, meet the needs of his people, raise the positive profile of his community and improve relations between the second largest community of the Akwesasne First Nations in Canada and the governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec and local municipalities.

“We look forward to working with Chief Benedict as the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees and we know from his time on the Board that he is very committed to helping our students and our colleges succeed,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of SLC. “His experience and community leadership will be a great advantage in leading the College as we enter year four of the priorities set out in our strategic plan, SLC in Five.

Two local universities make Campus Pride “Best of the Best” list


Children’s National Hospital has become the target of threatening phone calls, emails and social media posts after a widely read far-right Twitter account known as Libs of TikTok posted an incorrect report claiming that the hospital regularly performs hysterectomies on transgender patients under the age of 18. .

Libs of TikTok founder Chaya Raichik included in her Aug. 25 post audio recordings of two telephone operators at Children’s National Hospital who the hospital says falsely claimed that a trans boy as young that 16 years old would be eligible for a hysterectomy.

“We do not and have never provided gender-affirming surgery to anyone under the age of 18,” according to an email the hospital’s media office sent to The Washington Blade. “In fact, in DC, you cannot perform a hysterectomy on a minor without a court order,” the statement read.

“We do not provide hormone therapy to children before the onset of puberty,” the statement continued. “Care is individualized for each patent and always involves families making decisions in coordination with a team of highly trained pediatricians, he says.

“None of the people secretly registered by this activist group are providing care to our patients,” the statement said. “The information in the recording is not accurate. To reiterate, we do not and have never performed gender-affirming hysterectomies on underage girls,” he says.

The statement added: “Since the spread of false information on Twitter, we have been the target of a large number of hostile phone calls, messages and emails on social media.”

The Washington Post reported that the harassment suffered by the hospital included social media posts suggesting it was bombed and its doctors put in a shredder.

According to the National Children’s Hospital statement; “Children’s National Hospital is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all and to serving our LGBTQ+ patients and families in all of their care.”

Harassing threats, calls and emails were made to Boston Children’s Hospital earlier this month over what the hospital says are similar false claims on social media that it performed hysterectomies on young transgender people. under 18 years old.

Libs of TikTok, which often promoted “groomer” talk that falsely linked teachers and LGBTQ parents to pedophilia, began making a variety of false claims about Boston Children’s Hospital. One allegation included the lie that the hospital offered gender-affirming hysterectomies to children under 18.

Reporter Martha Bebinger of Boston’s NPR news station WBUR noted that the campaign began last week with criticism of a video posted on the hospital’s website about hysterectomies. Several conservative social media accounts shared posts about the video on Twitter. The hospital performs hysterectomies on patients 18 and older, but not on children, as some posts claim.

“We condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms and reject the false narratives on which they are based,” Boston Children’s Hospital said in a statement. “We are working with law enforcement to protect our clinicians, staff, patients, families and the wider Boston Children’s Hospital community and hold violators accountable,” the statement added.

For more than two years, Brooklyn real estate agent and fanatical follower of far-right extremist ideology, Chaya Raichik, has been wreaking havoc through her “Libs of Tik Tok” social media accounts, attacking LGBTQ+ people in with particular emphasis on spreading lies and propaganda. on transgender people.

When Raichik attacked Boston Children’s Hospital, spreading lies and falsehoods about the healthcare facility’s treatment of trans youth. His “call to arms” was later joined by conservative journalist and anti-LGBTQ activist Christopher Rufo and The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, a vocal anti-trans pundit.

The resulting chaos, including death threats against clinicians and staff at Boston Children’s Hospital, was acknowledged by a Boston Police Department spokesperson who told the Blade that officials had tightened security to increase the hospital’s efforts to protect its staff and that an investigation had been launched.

The US Department of Justice has also launched an investigation into the threats, according to an announcement by US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Rachael Rollins.

In a lengthy statement released by GLAAD, the organization wrote:

“Libs of TikTok is synonymous with the malicious targeting of LGBTQ organizations, individuals and allies by posting lies, misinformation and blatant hatred,” a GLAAD spokesperson said. “Meta and Twitter continue to profit from accounts like Libs of TikTok as doctors and staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and other transgender healthcare providers receive death threats and harassment. hate. These companies are complicit in hosting content that expresses malicious lies and incites anti-LGBTQ hatred. This is the latest in a long line of egregious inaction from content platforms that directly leads to the recent increase in real-world violence and harassment faced by LGBTQ people.

Young people disrupt National Youth Service hearings


The national youth service public hearing held in Bulawayo yesterday ended prematurely after violence broke out.

The Parliamentary Sports, Arts and Culture Portfolio Committee is traveling the country to seek public opinions after receiving a petition from the National Association of Youth Organizations (NAYO) last year in May.

The chairman of the committee who is also the legislator of Zanu-PF Vungu, Cde Omega Sibanda had to stop the proceedings after one of the participants, Mr. Eric Gono was beaten by unruly youths. A woman who chose not to be named was intimidated after speaking her mind.

“According to Parliament’s rules, a public hearing cannot take place after violence has broken out. I therefore formally close this hearing because people do not want to get along and respect each other. Whoever wants to add their opinion will do so in writing to the Clerk of Parliament,” Cde Sibanda said.

He had to escort the woman and Mr. Gono out of the building using the back door to protect them from the rowdy youths.

Cde Sibanda could not be reached for further comment yesterday.

Mr Gono had shared his opinion on the reintroduction of the National Youth Service, which probably angered young people.

Speaking after being rescued from the rowdy youths, Mr Gono said he did not understand why the youths were angry with him but everyone has the right to express their opinion in a public hearing.

“They are all my brothers and sisters. It’s a shame that they decided to be violent when we are all trying to build our country. It will not be easy to build our country if the future leaders have such a hot temper and intimidate those who want to share their opinions,” he said.

One of the young people who attended the meeting, Mr. Tanaka Dube, said it was shocking that young people fail to communicate peacefully on issues that concern them when given the opportunity.

He said: “We are the same young people who cry foul when Parliament does not give us the opportunity to express our opinions. Now we have had the opportunity and instead of sharing ideas we are fighting” , did he declare.

Teaching underage drinking through drama


THE PROBLEM of underage drinking is tackled through theatre, workshops, online promotions and games, as well as essay writing and video making competitions as part of the second edition of Smashed, a program that aims to educate young people and change attitudes towards alcohol consumption among minors.

Smashed is a global alcohol education and attitude change program delivered in the Philippines by the PETA-Plus Program, a companion business development unit of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA).

Originally developed by Collingwood Learning in the UK in 2009, Smashed is backed by drinks company Diageo. It uses a drama-based learning approach to teach about the harms and consequences of underage drinking, beginning with an interactive drama that follows the lives of three young people and how underage drinking minors affects their lives. Workshops are then held to help viewers understand the facts, causes and consequences of underage drinking.

“Because young people identify with the characters and the script, it’s like turning a mirror on these young people and on their own lives. So what they can do is think about the decision of these characters in this scenario,” Chris Simes, managing director of Collingwood Learning, said in an August 19 online press release.

“Our big priority is around choices, decision-making, information and personal responsibility,” he said. Students are guided through workshops on how to make independent choices around alcohol. “What we’re trying to do is give young people a rehearsal for real life. So that when real life happens, they can make the right choices to protect themselves, their friends and secure their future,” Mr. Simes said.

The international program has reached more than one million young people in 30 countries.

The Filipino project started in September 2021 and went live via a website (online.smashedproject.org). The main target of the Filipino project is Filipino adolescents and aims to “harness critical thinking through informed choice”.

“This is a real departure from the usual approach to alcohol education in schools and makes it impossible to forget the risks of underage drinking. We understand that “Due to the pandemic, teachers and students are still adjusting to the current normal. But we want to help advance learning by providing high-quality educational resources to use, despite the pandemic,” said Ms. Simes in a statement.

Last year, the program started in cities in the National Capital Region (NCR), such as Manila, Quezon City and Pasig City. Smashed PH has collaborated with the Ministry of Education – Youth Training Division in hopes of expanding to other cities nationwide. The initial deployment was able to reach 120 schools or approximately 18,000 students and 675 educators. The program proceeded with an impact report showing that 93% of young people who participated confirmed a change in attitude.

Smashed Philippines worked with consultants from the Department of Education to create a curriculum map that Smashed can be integrated into, as students in grades 5-12 already have an alcohol education element in their curriculum .

As Smashed Philippines works with PETA-Plus, the arts and theater education expertise of its educators and facilitators is shared through activities and programs such as a songwriting workshop, competitions and a creative module for children. teachers.

“It was a very interactive learning platform that allows us to think about the social and emotional causes of underage drinking and how it impacts our lives when exposed early,” said Berna Joy Corpuz , an 11th grade student, from Anao High School in Tarlac City. program in a statement. “It provides us with a safe space and cultivates a culture of support system for young people like us to make an empowered choice that will benefit our future.”

This year, Smashed Philippines programming will take place online and with live performances.

“As someone in the arts and creative industry, I believe this project is not only a great step forward in promoting alcohol education and youth empowerment, but also in promoting applied theater and theater in education as effective teaching tools in the Philippines. It’s great to be part of this global initiative,” said Gold Villar-Lim, theater actress and project leader Smashed Philippines.

Smashed Online uses an interactive drama following three friends Jella, Miko and PJ who struggle with alcohol abuse and the consequences of underage drinking. The characters are played by Gillian Vicencio, Carlos Dala and Luis Ruiz respectively.

The Smashed team will be traveling from school to school to deliver the workshops on the website in person for schools in the NCR and online for areas outside of the NCR. This will be followed by a series of webinars on alcohol education for teachers and young people which will take place in September and December this year, and in February 2023. Four partner schools will also take part in a theater performance in live education from Smashed – Prevention of underage drinking.

Smashed Philippines will implement online web sessions, assemblies, alignment meetings for coordinators and an end-of-year evaluation to strengthen partnerships with existing networks and engage with more institutions. Online promotions and mini-games will be launched on digital platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. An online essay writing and video making competition for young people will be launched next year.

The Smashed live component from the Philippines will be focus on prevention, which will take the form of a workshop for 40 to 50 students, from the four PETA-Plus partner schools.

The team is currently working on partnerships with the Ministry of Education’s Youth Information Division and its Schools Division offices in Manila, San Juan, Caloocan, Makati and Quezon City.

From 17,700 young people, Smashed Philippines aims to enroll 40,000 students in its second year.

For all inquiries about the Smashed PH program, visit www.facebook.com/PETAPlus/, email [email protected], or contact Julia at 0999-995-7962. To explore the project online, visit https://online.smashedproject.org/. – PLANS

The Complex Nature of Nigeria Beyond Tinubu, Buhari – PDP Deputy Youth Leader


Deputy National Youth Leader of the People’s Democratic Party, Timothy Osadolor, explains why Nigerians should vote for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in this interview with EL-AMEEN IBRAHIMin Abuja

How does the PDP resolve the dispute within the party?

I wouldn’t really know what you mean when you say litigation. If you are talking about political activities within the party, I will relate to that because it is only when a political party is alive that there are people who have different aspirations. Some want to run for this, some for that, and some even for what’s not available, but the truth and reality is that only one person can be president at a time. A senatorial constituency can only have one senator at a time. At a time, only one person can be governor of a state at a time. Even when there are more people competing for that position, ultimately there is only one person who will be elected.

So in the process of all these controversies and elections and solicitations of interests, people who are not seasoned politicians will think that these are disputes, but they are all internal workings of the party.

PDP Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike have reportedly met in London to iron out their differences? What agreement did they reach?

You have seen the pictures of two brothers or two adults and other aged party statesmen; this is a welcome development. What else would you like to happen at the party? We all want unity in the party. Wike is a party stakeholder, and Atiku Abubakar is the party’s presidential flag bearer and is running in all 36 states, including Rivers, in the elections.

So if Wike and Atiku are seen together, he’s doing what he’s known for. Atiku is popularly known as the unifier. So he is trying to unify all governors and states to get the gains he needs. This is why it is called the unifier.

How do you intend to engage young people to work for the victory of the party in 2023?

The truth is that since 1999, the PDP has shown its ability to be one of the most youth-friendly parties in this country. Remember that it was only under the PDP that we had Dimeji Bankole as Speaker of the House of Representatives and also Patricia Etteh, as part of her gender-friendly nature, in the same House of Representatives. Several young people have served in the House of Representatives; some in their late thirties, under this PDP platform. The plan has always been there; the implementation may have been flawed one way or the other along the line. I believe that under the current National Working Committee headed by Senator Iyorchia Ayu; I believe that young people and women are the face of this party.

Don’t you think that the Labor Party gives more opportunities to young people than your party?

According to the statistics of the nomination forms for the houses of assembly, senate and presidency, more than 45% of those who bought them are young people. This is a significant improvement over what we had before.

So, I think it’s commendable and something that can be improved. You see, because you are a young person sitting at home, the power will not come your way.

Therefore, I encourage all young Nigerians to become active and participate more in the political process. And most importantly, register with a party like the PDP that has its interests at heart and is enshrined in principle in the constitution and party conventions.

How do you plan to galvanize youth participation in the 2023 general elections?

Just recently, the Office of the National Youth Leader of the PDP, with the support of the NWC, organized an ongoing three-day voter card awareness tour and we then rolled it out to state chapters.

As we speak, some state chapters and youth wings are directing this process to local governments and polling stations. It is part of the effort to rally the party and raise awareness among young people who are still undecided. It’s one thing to be a social media activist, and another to be part of the political process.

So we’re trying to say, “Leave activism, be part of the process. Get your PVC and speak through your votes. Because it’s the only way to hear your voice, not what you write on Mark Zuckerberg’s page. No votes will be taken and counted by INEC on Facebook or Instagram. Therefore, young people should direct their efforts in this direction.

What gives you confidence that the PDP will win with Bola Tinubu, Musa Kwankwaso and Peter Obi in the race?

We all know the truth; when you talk about the failures of the government of Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of the party; who brought him to power? A vote for Tinubu is a vote for the continued suffering and impoverishment of Nigerians.

If Buhari could do it in seven years, imagine another four years with Tinubu, the master “Agbado” and “Eko”. Nigerians cannot sleep in this banana state. So are you saying that those who cannot make ‘garri’ and ‘Eko’ cannot survive in Nigeria as Tinubu postulates?

The complex nature of this environment is beyond Buhari and Tinubu’s mental abilities.

With all due respect to Tinubu, his best days and years are truly behind him.

What do you think of the support Obi seems to enjoy among young people?

The Obi movement is just a passing fad. Omoyele (African Action Congress presidential candidate) Sowore wielded more power in 2019; in the end, he only got 34,000 or 36,000 votes. I tell you for free: if Obi gets 100,000 votes, let him go and celebrate. Obi is just a distraction. If I am Obi and I want to be a nationalist, Obi knows his master, and he has circulated in several publications that Atiku Abubakar is his boss. If Atiku Abubakar is his boss mentally, age-wise and administratively, why not support your boss and support Nigeria?

In your opinion, what should be done to remedy the insecurity in the country?

I tell people that Nigerians are the most docile people on earth. With all due respect to all Nigerians, the kind of insecurity and ignorance shown by the APC government of Division General President Muhammadu Buhari would land people in prison in other healthier climes.

Even in places like China and Japan, people were reportedly summarily executed. It is clear that the level of insecurity has degenerated in this country. Even though Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) and I are sitting here, a bomb may go off, and I can assure you that until the end of this world, nothing will happen to the perpetrators. Perpetrators of heinous crimes committed in this country are seen on television with video and sometimes live recording, such as during the release of other criminals from Kuje medium security prison.

If a maximum security prison like Kuje can be attacked, I wonder what will happen to you and me who don’t have private guards at home. The other day was the Abuja-Kaduna train, where more than 50 people were kidnapped. Some are still in captivity. The other day the terrorists were saying that if we offended them further they would capture the President and Governor of Kaduna State; isn’t that ridiculous? It’s heartbreaking.

It is terrible, and that is why all Nigerians in good conscience should remember that we once had peace. I had previously traveled from Zamfara to Okeri-borikoko in this country with no problem. The only party that guarantees this apart from the army is the PDP. It’s time, but it’s time for us to go home and go back to the clinic.

Would you say Nigeria is a bankrupt nation?

Nigeria is not yet a completely failed nation like Somalia, but if you take stock of failed nations, Nigeria should be at the top of the list. In the past eight months, isn’t it worrying that one dollar equals nearly 700 naira? If we are not a people without history, don’t you think that what is happening now, even our fathers, did not have to face all this? There were first-, second-, and third-time champions. What were the reasons? “Bad governance, they quoted. But there are no more men and women of goodwill who can say no to impunity because we have been intimidated by the policies of this nepotist government and that is shameful. However, we will never tolerate dictatorship.

What advice do you have for the president?

President Buhari should write his name in gold. He still has time to redeem himself, even now to resign honorably and return home. He admitted he failed, he has no idea. He admitted that he no longer had the energy or passion for this work. Apologize.

Canada’s passport, airport and immigration delays are improving: task force


The federal task force created to reduce service delays says that after spending the summer dealing with the significant lineups and wait times Canadians face at airports, passport offices and those who are waiting for immigration applications to be processed, the situation is starting to improve, but “we are not out of the woods yet.

“There is a lot of work to be done and in some cases we are falling short of the pre-pandemic level of service that Canadians expect and deserve,” said the task force co-chair, the minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations, Marc Miller, at a press conference. conference on Monday.

Providing an update on the progress made so far, the government touted improvements including:

  • hire more than 700 new employees for passport offices;
  • reduce call center wait times for passports;
  • introduce more passport “collection and sorting services”;
  • hiring 1,800 additional security screening officers at airports;
  • reduce flight delays, cancellations and baggage problems; and
  • the hiring of 1,250 new employees to tackle the backlog and speed up the processing of immigration applications.

Miller acknowledged that the situation experienced by Canadians this spring and early summer “should never have happened” and that in some areas the federal Liberals have been “slow to respond.”

Assessing what has caused this crisis in service delivery, the co-chair of the task force, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth Marci Ien, said on Monday that it was the result of a demand that far exceeds the federal government’s ability to respond. This is a situation that other countries are also experiencing, she added.

Ien cited an “unprecedented” increase in the number of Canadians traveling; the impact of having to adapt to international travel restrictions and border closures; and reduced government-wide treatment capacity during the pandemic as aggravating factors. However, Miller said the government is not looking to blame others — whether it’s the airlines or other unprecedented global events like the war in Ukraine that are weighing on demands for government services — because “much of the responsibility rested on our shoulders”.

“There is a lot of work to do, and look inside and see how we can put this machinery of government back in place and move to a service standard. And then looking long-term at what we need to do to fix the problem, whether it’s old systems that haven’t been updated in decades, whether it’s more people” , Miller said.

He added that these approaches were taken over the summer to speed up fixes so people get their passports faster, but questioned whether this was the most effective way to provide a more systemic solution and to break down the “silos” of government.

Monday’s press conference was held alongside Cabinet Ministers who have responsibility for tackling long queues at airports as well as passport and immigration offices: the Minister of Family, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, who is responsible for Service Canada; Transport Minister Omar Alghabra; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser; and Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino.

In turn, pointing to statistics intended to indicate how the situation is developing, ministers said they would continue to work to further improve Canadians’ access to these key government services.

“We know the wait is too long, and in many cases we need to address this and deliver the standard of service that our customers – future students, workers, permanent residents and citizens of Canada – have come to expect, said the Immigration Department. minister about the backlog in these files, promising additional measures to help in the coming months.

Asked when Canadians can expect passport processing times to return to pre-pandemic levels, Gould said those who planned to travel within 45 days and who go to a passport office will receive their passport within 10 days, barring specific security or other complications. She said the challenges remain more with the mail-in application system, often because those submissions don’t have a specific upcoming travel date.

“We are making significant progress and hope to return to more normal service standards this fall,” Gould said.

In late June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of this task force – a committee of 10 cabinet ministers – recognizing the “unacceptable” wait times and delays Canadians are experiencing with passport applications. and immigration.

The Prime Minister tasked the group with reviewing service delivery, identifying gaps and areas for improvement, and making recommendations to improve the quality and efficiency of government services.

The task force has met 10 times since its inception and says it has made changes along the way, but will also make recommendations to the Prime Minister through the Cabinet.

“That’s inevitably what will result in all kinds of improvements Canadians deserve,” Miller said.

Garment factory to create 2,000 direct jobs – Kwara gov


Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said over the weekend that the state’s garment factory will be inaugurated this year with start-up capacity to hire 2,000 direct workers.

Speaking to dozens of APC youths, progressive social media influencers and some online news publishers on Saturday, the governor said the idea was to make Kwara a hub for the production of clothing, which could then benefit from the United States’ African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and other economic benefits.

The governor added that other projects of the administration such as Visual Arts Center, Adeta Yebumot Road, Ilesha Gwanara and Osi-Obbo-Aiyegunle Road, General Tunde Idiagbon Bridge, among others, will also be inaugurated in the fourth quarter. of the year.

He said the N27.2 billion bond that the administration has taken is deployed for what it is supposed to be, adding that the private bond is governed by very strict rules that protect the public interest. and prohibit any form of mismanagement.

The governor said the delay in issuing bonds last year and inflation trends have both affected the pace of projects, although the challenges are being overcome.

Governor AbdulRazaq, however, said the administration has completed several projects and implemented many programs with great impacts across the state, adding that he hardly believes that commissioning or flagging projects is synonymous with good governance, as some Nigerians may seem to believe.

“The administration has had a huge impact on people‘s lives in various sectors like health, water, social safety nets, business support, education, gender inclusion and women’s empowerment. youth, and rural urban development,” said AbdulRazaq.

He said the administration was building 39 digital literacy centers in Kwara State in partnership with UBEC – apart from the innovation center which he said would also be inaugurated later this year.

AbdulRazaq also said that current officials are making huge sacrifices in the service of the state as the era of flamboyance is over due to the need to rebuild the state and channel resources towards a greater good.

The Governor commended the participants for their support, criticism and fair representation and understanding over the years.

Participants included some members of the Kwara Online Publishers Association of Nigeria; Kwara APC New Media Team; Kwara Reconstructors; and many other freelancers.

The governor said the administration will continue to have constructive exchanges of ideas with the Kwarans on various platforms.

California: The fight against drought has a new tool: The restrictor


Calabasas, California

Pretty cloudless blue skies over perfectly manicured lawns represent an ugly reality for California’s Las Virgenes Municipal Water District as it grapples with the historic mega-drought ravaging the American West .

Despite the lack of measurable rain for months, the carpet of lush green grass likely means homeowners aren’t getting the message about the urgent need for water conservation, or are ignoring warnings.

But now the water district has found a way to attract customers’ attention. When the customer service representatives work in the various districts, they monitor any violations of the water restriction. And for repeat offenders, authorities are trying something new: adding water restrictors to the pipes, which drastically reduces the home’s water supply.

The district covers some of the most desirable real estate in Southern California, Northwest Hollywood and Beverly Hills, including areas along the Ventura Freeway.

Las Virgenes imports all of its water from the State Water Project, which channels runoff from the northern Sierra Nevada mountains to southern California. However, by the end of winter, snowfall was only 4% of normal, imposing unprecedented restrictions. Las Virgenes is only getting 5% of its requested water supplies this year.

“We need to supplement the water we get from the State Water Project,” said Mike McNutt, public affairs and communications manager for Las Virgenes, who added that the district draws water from its Las Virgenes Reservoir, its hideout. for emergency needs, just south of Thousand Oaks.

At present, McNutt has confirmed that it is 72% full; at full capacity, that’s a six-month supply. “We had to take significant steps to reduce water usage to ensure long-term water reliability, which means switching to fall and winter,” McNutt noted.

Almost all of California is in severe drought or worse (the three highest designations), according to the latest US Drought Monitor. Several years of severely insufficient rain and snow punctuated a 20-year mega-drought, scientists say, fueled by hotter, drier conditions brought on by climate change.

In light of the shortage and prolonged drought, Las Virgenes has forced residents to cut their outdoor watering in half, as mandated by an unprecedented order from its distributor, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Outdoor irrigation accounts for 70% of most customers’ water use, according to the water district, so reducing irrigation can have a huge impact on conservation.

“They’re only allowed to water outside one day a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, depending on whether your address ends in an odd or even number,” McNutt explained. On top of that, each set of sprinklers can only run for eight minutes. “It maybe helps to keep some of the grass alive if people want to keep having lawns, but they’re brown.”

CNN accompanied Cason Gilmer, senior customer service representative on the grounds of Las Virgenes, as he searched for wasted water. As he and his team roam the coverage area, they keep an eye out for water where it shouldn’t be — on sidewalks and on streets in gutters — or outdoor irrigation when it should be shut off.

“When it’s in our face and the sprinklers go off at noon Wednesday, it’s an easy target for us,” said Gilmer, who noted that most customers now seem to be doing their part. “This street in particular was very, very green two months ago.”

Along the route, the number of houses with vibrant green grass outnumbered brown lawns. Some lawns have been replaced with grass and others have been painted green.

If someone from the water district finds water wasted, they can leave a door tag to let the homeowner know they are out of compliance and what they should do. They also send letters. The water district also imposes fines on aggressors, resulting in charges that can reach thousands of dollars depending on the extent of the violation.

But the affluent haven of Calabasas, inside the Water District territory, is home to many deep-pocketed A-listers. Some of those household names – celebrities, musicians and athletes – used far more water than they should have, according to recent data.

People like Kevin Hart, Dwyane Wade and, according to the Los Angeles Times, Kourtney Kardashian, as well as her sister Kim.

None responded to CNN’s request for comment. However, in a statement to The Times, Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, said they had “taken drastic measures to reduce water usage in accordance with new city guidelines and are have done since we moved into our house”.

Las Virgenes said all of those celebrities are now in good standing.

“These specific celebrities have worked closely with the district. They want to do the right thing…in order to achieve a much more efficient level of water use, McNutt said.

A disastrous mega-flood is coming to California, experts say, and it could be the costliest natural disaster in history

With so many wealthy residents, Las Virgenes has learned that some customers react more to the loss of water than to the loss of money.

“We’re trying to educate the public and educate the public about the drought, but a lot of people are throwing away the direct mail. They ignore it,” said Gilmer, who created a simple but effective way to grab users’ attention one gallon at a time. “I call it a bit of a last resort.”

The water restrictor is a thin circle of food grade stainless steel with a small hole in the middle, which fits directly into the offending customer’s water meter, which technicians can usually access directly from the street since the meters are the property of the district.

“This particular restrictor will give you about a gallon per minute. Normally, a three-quarter inch meter is 25 to 30 gallons per minute. So at 25 to 30 gallons per minute you can run your dishwasher and run your sink and have someone in the shower and maybe even have your irrigation running and nobody knows the difference,” a explained Gilmer. “With the restrictor in…your sink is working fine. Your shower is working fine. Your watering will not work. It simply will not supply the requested amount of water.

Gilmer even tried it at home to see what it was like to have his water restricted.

“The most important thing is that you can’t do two things at the same time. So if I was in the shower and my wife was trying to do the dishes, my shower was over. I just got out,” Gilmer said with a slight smile. “My wife demanded that I take it off after a day and a half.”

California drought could cut state’s hydropower in half this summer

When a customer uses four times more than 150% of their water allowance, they will be queuing to have the flow restrictor installed. Las Virgenes says about 1,600 connections, or just over 7% of its customer base, fall into this category.

“It’s not meant to be punitive,” McNutt said. “It’s meant to tell people…this drought is incredibly bad and what we need you to do is do your part.”

McNutt added that Las Virgenes is leading by example in California because it “uses these rate-restricting devices for conservation purposes.”

“We’re kind of leading this charge to advance how we can get people to stop using so much water as climate change advances.”

Company Diary: Olympia Snowe’s leadership program continues to grow


The Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute kicked off its eighth year with a donors reception on August 2 at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth featuring a panel discussion with alumni and advisors.

“We now have 596 graduates from our program, girls who have completed the Values, Voice and Vision program,” said program founder Olympia Snowe, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995. and in the United States Senate from 1995 to 2013. “We are on track to have 160 girls graduating from the program each year, thanks to all of you. We are growing by leaps and bounds, and expanding the universe of women leaders for Maine and beyond.

Individual tickets cost $500 each and the event sold out with just over 200 attendees.

The 10 alumni at the reception included keynote speaker Amara Ifeji, a 20-year-old Bangor High School graduate and rising junior at Northeastern University. “Being part of this institute has been central to my leadership journey, said Ifeji, linking the Values, Voice and Vision program to his accomplishments. For her work in environmental science and activism, National Geographic last year chose her as one of 24 Young World Explorers. Ifeji is studying politics, philosophy, and economics at Northeastern and works full-time as the youth director of engagement and policy with the Maine Environmental Education Association.

“I’m surrounded by so much inspiration,” said Lillian Ranco, a 2022 graduate of Westbrook High School, who headed to Colby College to study government with an emphasis on economics. “Olympia has blazed its own trail and created this platform to share with all of us.”

Another 2022 Colby College graduate, Lora LaRochelle from Bath, said: “I wasn’t confident when I started the program and I didn’t talk about things that were close to my heart. But if I want to see change, maybe I should be. Interested in the applications of biostatistics, she plans to study mathematics and statistics.

Olympia’s inaugural class of leaders in Androscoggin County – where Snowe grew up – graduated from high school in 2018 and are now graduating from four-year colleges, and 32 of those 45 women chose to stay in Maine for their education. Today, girls from 36 partner schools in all 16 Maine counties are invited to the institute, which offers a curriculum equivalent to a college business leadership course spread over three years. The institute is supported by more than 20 advisors, all women, and a national network of business and community leaders.

Theresa McCarthy, who interned for Olympia Snowe in the 1980s, retired from the federal government in 2018 and is Olympia’s chief adviser in Bangor. “I appreciate the young people coming in,” she said. “And mentorships are the gateway to success.”

Being an Olympian Lead Counselor is a three-year commitment, following the same cohort of girls from sophomore through 12th grade. “We watch these young women develop and grow before our eyes,” said Kathleen Welter, vice president of human resources at Woodard & Curran. “These young women learn what is important to them very early in their lives.

“This program has given the girls the chance to use their voices and make connections,” said Kolleen Dougherty, an anesthesiologist at Spectrum Healthcare Partners and lead advisor at Olympia. “It’s so inspiring to meet young women with big aspirations.”

Participants say that the confidence gained by these young women is having an impact on their schools. “We all need strong leaders,” said Nicole Drew, a resource person at Leavitt Area High School in Turner. “And they don’t have to be the ones with the biggest voices.”

Amy Paradysz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Scarborough. She can be reached at [email protected]

Use the form below to reset your password. After you submit your account email, we’ll send you an email with a reset code.

” Previous

Next ”

Juvenile waterfowl seasons are changing | Community


FRANKFURT — Waterfowl hunting opportunities for young people will undergo significant changes starting this year. Veterans and active duty military will also benefit from special waterfowl hunting days starting this fall.

Current changes in state regulations include:

Youth-only waterfowl hunting days are now statewide. Areas have been deleted.

Youth Waterfowl Days are now the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 19, 2022) and the second Saturday in February (February 11, 2023).

Veterans and active duty military now have special hunting dates on the Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 20, 2022) and the second Sunday in February (February 12, 2023).

“These changes were made in an effort to provide a better experience for our young hunters and to recognize the important service provided by our veterans and serving military members,” said John Brunjes, Bird Program Coordinator. migratory for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Previously, the department set aside a weekend in November for young hunters in the Eastern Duck Zone of Kentucky and a weekend in February exclusively for young hunters in the Western Duck Zone of the state.

“Historically, few ducks have migrated to central and eastern Kentucky in early November, so participation rates for young hunters have been low due to limited duck numbers,” Brunjes explained. “February also often features harsh winter conditions and closures of public hunting areas in western Kentucky due to flooding.”

He continued, “By allowing young people to hunt anywhere in the state during these special waterfowl days, they are not putting all their eggs in one basket. They can choose the date that suits them best or hunt both days. They can hunt where waterfowl are best or when the weather is nicer. This gives hunters more flexibility.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows states to have two hunting days for young hunters and two hunting days for veterans during special waterfowl seasons. These special waterfowl days are in addition to the 60 days of duck hunting allowed in the Mississippi Flyway, the geographic region whose waterfowl regulatory framework is established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with interagency input. which includes the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

Special hunting days for veterans/active duty military were recently established by the US Congress. Kentucky will take full advantage of these days to honor the nation’s military. Special waterfowl seasons will now be available for veterans in most Mississippi Flyway states. Kentucky’s special waterfowl days will be similar to Arkansas’ special seasons.

Attendees of Military Waterfowl Days must have a valid Kentucky Hunting License and Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit, unless exempt from permit, as well as the Federal Duck Seal .

Hunters eligible to participate in Veterans/Active Duty Military Special Waterfowl Hunting Days include those on active duty in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces are also eligible. Under federal rule, members of the National Guard and reservists are only eligible if they are on active duty.

Veterans/Active Duty Military must provide proof of this status in the field; please see the Kentucky Hunting Guide for Waterfowl 2022-23 or go online for fw.ky.gov and search under the keywords “Waterfowl Hunting Regulations” for acceptable IDs.

Young hunters must be under the age of 16 on the day of the hunt.

Short or long term personal loan: how to choose the right one


Our goal at Credible Operations, Inc., NMLS Number 1681276, hereafter referred to as “Credible”, is to give you the tools and confidence you need to improve your finances. Although we promote the products of our partner lenders who pay us for our services, all opinions are our own.

You need to borrow money, but you don’t know which repayment term to choose for your personal loan? Learn more about short and long personal loan terms. (Shutterstock)

Personal loans have repayment terms that typically range from 12 to 60 months, or even longer. But short-term personal loans are also available, with terms ranging from a few weeks to 12 months.

A longer loan term results in lower monthly payments, but higher interest charges. If you’re looking to save on interest, you might prefer a short-term loan, even if the repayment schedule is a bit aggressive.

Here is more information on short and long personal loan terms when deciding which is best for your situation.

Credible, it’s easy to compare personal loan rates and different loan terms from various lenders, all in one place.

Advantages of short term loans

Personal loans with shorter durations have several advantages to consider, including:

  • Reduced interest costs — Because you pay it back quickly, interest charges are lower on a short-term loan.
  • Clear your debts faster — If your goal is to pay off a loan as quickly as possible, a shorter term will help you achieve that.
  • Small loan amounts available — If you don’t need a large sum of money, a short-term personal loan can help you avoid borrowing more than you need.

Disadvantages of short-term loans

Short-term loans can also have a few disadvantages that you should keep in mind:

  • Higher interest rates — Short-term loans tend to carry higher interest rates than long-term loans. It may be a good idea to do the math to make sure that a short-term loan is actually cheaper than a long-term loan with a lower interest rate.
  • Expensive fees — Short-term loans can come with high fees that can add to the total cost of your loan, such as origination fees for loan processing and late payment fees.
  • Only offers a short-term solution — A short-term loan cannot provide long-term financial support and is only designed to cover immediate cash flow problems.

Advantages of long-term loans

Long-term loans have several advantages, including:

  • Larger loan amounts — With long-term personal loans (especially with repayment terms of five years or more), it’s usually easier to get larger loan amounts than you can get with short-term personal loans.
  • Credit creation potential — If you pay off all your personal loans on time, it can improve your credit score. A long-term personal loan gives you more time to make regular payments.
  • Smaller monthly payments — Since repayment is spread over several months or years with a long-term personal loan, your monthly payment amount will likely be smaller and more manageable than a short-term loan.

If you are looking for a loan with flexible repayment terms, Credible allows you to view your prequalified personal loan rateswithout affecting your credit score.

Disadvantages of long-term loans

Before taking out a longer-term loan, keep these potential downsides in mind:

What loan repayment term is right for you?

Not sure if a short-term loan or a long-term loan is right for you? It can be difficult to make that call, but looking at the numbers can help make the decision easier. The first thing you’ll want to consider is how the term of the personal loan will affect your monthly payment amount and the amount of interest you’ll pay over the life of the loan.

For example, let’s say you take out a loan for $5,000 with an interest rate of 11%. Here’s how the term of your loan can affect the amount of interest you’ll pay:

  • Duration of the two-year loan: Your monthly payment would be $233 and you would pay $593 in interest.
  • Five-year loan term: Your monthly payment would only be $109, but you would pay a total of $1,523 in interest, almost $1,000 more than you would pay with the short-term loan.

These potential savings are significant, but only if you can afford the monthly loan payments in the short term. You can use Credible personal loan calculator to get a better idea of ​​the personal loan term that might be right for you.

It can help to shop for short and long term personal loans with different lenders before making a decision. Personal lenders offer different loan amounts, interest rates, fees, and repayment terms, so comparison shopping can help ensure you’re getting the best loan and repayment terms for your financial needs.

If you’re ready to apply for a personal loan, Credible makes it quick and easy compare personal loan rates to find the one that suits your needs.

Entergy partners with YEP to support youth in East New Orleans


News Center > Entergy Partners with YEP to Support East New Orleans Youth

For immediate release


On August 13, Entergy Corp. announced a commitment of $500,000 over the next 3 years to help fund the opening of the New Orleans East Opportunity Center. The center is the latest initiative of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) to provide education, support services and enrichment activities to young people in New Orleans.

“We are proud to help grow this powerful project to support families in New Orleans East for years to come,” said Deanna Rodriguez, President and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “The Youth Empowerment Project continues to impact so many young people in our region, and this project is just another step in continuing our partnership to bring education and mentorship to the next generation.”

YEP’s primary goal is to empower young people to improve their lives and the lives of others. For the past 18 years, YEP has done this by engaging young people between the ages of 7 and 24 through community education (YEP Educates), mentoring (YEP Mentors), job readiness (YEP Works) and enrichment programs (YEP Enriches).

As a nonprofit, community-based organization, YEP continues to develop programs in response to unmet community needs that align with its mission. Currently, YEP provides service in five locations, including Central City New Orleans, Mid-City New Orleans, Algiers, St. Charles Parish, and most recently New Orleans East.

“When businesses and nonprofits come together to make a difference in our community, the answer is YEP!” said District E Council Member Oliver Thomas. Orleans East are grateful to Entergy and Youth Empowerment Project for this center and support.”

The New Orleans East Opportunity Center, launched in partnership with Educators for Quality Alternatives (EQA), is located at 12000 Hayne Boulevard (formerly Frances Gaudet Elementary School). Many current YEP participants reside in East New Orleans. The goal of this center is to remove barriers to success and ensure that programming is accessible to as many young people as possible.

“It has been a long-standing goal of YEP to provide services to residents of New Orleans East,” said Jerome Jupiter, COO of YEP, who is leading the expansion of the new site. “Through Entergy, YEP can quickly and intentionally develop programs that are both mission-aligned and responsive to expressed community needs. YEP looks forward to being in East New Orleans helping residents improve their life and that of others.

“I am grateful to YEP for expanding to East New Orleans,” said Dawn Hebert, chair of the East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Board. “YEP’s experienced and dedicated staff will enhance the lives of the citizens of East New Orleans and ensure that all participants benefit from the programs offered here.”

The new East New Orleans project will offer in- and out-of-school programs where youth and families can access quality education, wellness services, training job readiness and enrichment programs. Since YEP programs are all offered free of charge to participants, YEP relies on the generous support of local businesses, individuals and foundations to maintain these essential services.

“Entergy has always been at the forefront of impactful enterprise investing,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “This multi-year support from YEP and New Orleans East continues this tradition by adding value to an area of ​​our city that often lacks investment. I am grateful that Entergy has answered the call of the NOLA Coalition by making this important investment in the future of our city.

About Entergy New Orleans

Entergy New Orleans, LLC provides electricity to more than 207,000 customers and natural gas to more than 108,000 customers in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company active in the generation, transmission and retail distribution of electricity. Entergy provides electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest utility scale power generation fleets in the United States with approximately 30,000 megawatts of power generation capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.

About the YEP

Founded in 2004, the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) provides individuals with community-based education, mentorship, job readiness and enrichment programs to help them develop skills and strengthen bonds with family and the community. YEP engages more than 800 people ages 7 and older each year from across the Greater New Orleans area. YEP’s primary goal is to empower young people to improve their lives and the lives of others. For more information, visit youthempowermentproject.org and follow @YEPNOLA on social media.

North Country Projects Earn Millions in Funding | New


Projects in the north of the country will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding through the Northern Border Regional Commission.

News of the funds came on Wednesday when it was announced that twelve projects across the upstate and upstate New York will share $5.8 million in federal funding through the commission. .

In a press release, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said the funding represents the commission’s largest annual investment in New York to date, thanks to an increase in funding they were able to obtain for the commission in the appropriations for the 2022 financial year. bill passed in March.


Projects based in the north of the country that will receive funding include:

• $285,600 for the North Country Chamber of Commerce. The project will develop a comprehensive welding training program to train 50 people and prepare them to enter the job market as welders. Upon completion, trainees will have the skills required to obtain welding work in any North Country manufacturing operation. This pool of qualified welders will help meet the short-term and long-term labor needs of our fabricators during this labor shortage. The training will take place at the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College.

• $853,440 for the Town of Schroon. The project will improve sewage transportation to local businesses and residences on Main Street along Schroon Lake. This includes replacing an existing vitrified earth sewer to support existing businesses and jobs and future economic growth, protect natural resources and ensure SPDES permit compliance.

• $303,960 for the Adirondack Mountain Club. The project will allow the Adirondack Mountain Club to renovate the former Cascade Cross-Country Ski Center to help visitors and residents connect with the many and varied natural assets of the Adirondacks. The funding will make the 200-acre property accessible to the public for skiing and other outdoor activities, as well as expand capacity by adding a world-class tourism education and information center that is fully accessible year-round. .

• $350,000 for historic Saranac Lake. The project will rehabilitate the historic Trudeau Building in Saranac Lake to create an accessible downtown history museum campus that will create jobs and spur economic development in the Northern Adirondacks.

• $675,452 for Paul Smith College. The project will improve wastewater and potable water services at Paul Smith College by replacing over 1,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines to improve waste transmission to the wastewater treatment plant and 11,325 linear feet of drinking water distribution pipes. These improvements are necessary to maintain the health and well-being of the University community and support increased enrollment and revenue, job retention and creation, and meet the needs of the North Country community.


“From Plattsburgh to Canton and beyond, I am proud to help make this job-creating federal investment of $5.8 million through the Northern Boundary Regional Commission possible. This funding will improve North Country infrastructure, train workers for in-demand careers, increase tourism, and help breathe new life into our main streets to accelerate the economic revitalization of Upstate New York, said Schumer said in the statement.

Gillibrand added that the funding “will help upstate communities rebuild infrastructure, provide essential job training in in-demand fields, and revitalize our tourism industry.”

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) also applauded the funding, noting her support for the commission.

“I will continue to advocate for funding for the Northern Boundary Regional Commission which has greatly benefited our communities in the north of the country,” Stefanik said in a press release.

However, although Stefanik noted her efforts to have commission funding included in the appropriations bill, she voted against the bill in March.

Same-sex marriage bill still ‘incredibly important’ to Biden


Marsha P. Johnson – a towering figure in the Stonewall Rebellion – would have celebrated her 77e birthday this week. Johnson was an outspoken advocate for gay and trans rights, and the ‘P’ in her name stood for ‘Don’t care’ – her response when asked about her gender.

In honor of the late activist’s birthday, The Blade sat down with Elle Moxley, founder of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, to discuss how Johnson’s legacy lives on.

BLADE: When and why did you found the Marsha P. Johnson Institute?

SHE MOXLEY: The Marsha P. Johnson Institute was started in 2019, and my founding of the organization was in response to the constant reported murders of black trans women across the country. I spent many years working as an organizer and activist, and saw that there was a gap in social justice spaces – in terms of the solutions that were being generated in response to these killings, but also to the systemic and structural violence that existed around black trans people and the black people period.

The organization was named in honor of Marsha P. Johnson to affirm the movement that Marsha led and to create a space where today’s movement had a place to live, without neglecting the history of so many. others who preceded him.

BLADE: Can you tell me about the spirit of Marsha P. Johnson that you see in the Institute?

MOXLEY: The fight for fairness is something we see as an evolution of Marsha’s belief in equality, and we recognize that Marsha was very visible in a movement that didn’t always reflect faces that looked like hers, in terms of what we understand of LGBTQ rights or LGBTQ people. Knowing that black trans people exist outside of our deaths and outside of our murders is really where we see the evolution of our work at the Institute, but that evolution wouldn’t even be possible if Marsha hadn’t made visible in the front line of her. activism. It is in this respect that we see ourselves as a mirror of a model she created for the movement, and we have certainly held the torch and carried it forward.

BLADE: The Institute’s Starship Artists Fellowships are about to begin. What are your hopes for the new program?

MOXLEY: With all of our new programming, we really hope that we are changing the culture of global societies – that we are not just making black trans people visible, but we are making all of the humanity in our existence visible. The Artists Fellowship was created to honor the visionaries that exist in the black trans community. There is a black trans renaissance that is definitely underway, and we want to continue to support that function of the movement. A lot of people assume that the movement is literally about protesting – and that’s certainly a big part of it – but there are other ways to resist as well as practice your joy. We really want it to reflect that black trans people are joyful – we have joy and killing isn’t the only thing we expect. Our community of artists creates a space for artists to imagine a bigger picture, a bigger world, for future black trans people.

I’m an artist myself, so that was a big part of that as well. Activism is something that black trans people often have to choose to survive, and we’re mad and angry at our situation, but we’re actually people who have other dreams and desires outside of just fighting for our lives. Marsha P. Johnson again served as an incredible role model for the movement – ​​her participation in street art and theater groups is a reflection of the joy so many people find outside of their activism.

BLADE: In honor of Black Philanthropy Month and Black August, are there any under-researched or under-reported freedom fighters and causes that people should be more aware of?

MOXLEY: Just a few weeks ago we lost one of the most important freedom fighters and political prisoners of our time – Albert Woodfox, who was held in solitary confinement for 44 years, the longest detention in isolation from the history of the United States. I would say that Black August is always an opportunity for people to understand the structural inadequacies that exist not only in prisons, but in the world. These are real people who are housed in prisons, and I say real people because the atrocities of life often happen to people who are in cages. I think Black Philanthropy Month creates space for more investment to happen in organizations that are leading the fight against apartheid and segregation that certainly exist in America.

To celebrate the freedom fighters of our time, we elevate the black trans freedom fighters who have given their lives to the movement, who have given their lives for others. And that happens inside and outside of prisons – those inside prisons always stand up for the members of the communities they believe in, and we are so grateful to those people.

BLADE: It seems that most of the recent news on reproductive rights and transgender rights has been dismal. Are there any bright spots on your radar, in terms of legislative progress on these issues?

MOXLEY: Every time a human right is interrupted or taken away, it is so negative for so many people who are looking for legislation that gives them hope. I will say that I just had hope for the future of democracy and our humanity. I think there are so many activists who have been activated to drive more generative resolutions around legislation, especially when you think that piecemeal legislation is actually the thing that is being abolished. It’s the beautiful juxtaposition of what happens when we lose a law — the thing with laws is that they can go away and they can always come back.

If we lean towards the positive, we have the opportunity to create more than what we originally started. And that’s what gives me so much hope — we can create more fundamental legislation that takes into account the human rights of everyone, not just one specific type. With reproductive justice at the center of so many of our policy conversations, we are seeing an expansion of what reproductive justice means and to whom reproductive justice applies. And that’s what gives me a lot of hope, that now we can report on more than trans men’s abortions, that we can think about the reproductive rights of black trans women and non-binary people in a way that we ‘ve never been able to consider before.

Sare Gubu Basirou youth provides free medical services to over 400 people


Of the 477 patients, 182 are male and 297 female, spanning both adults and under-fives.

The day’s free medical service was provided by health workers.

The event began with sensitization on health-related issues before conducting screenings in various areas such as blood pressure, diabetes, malaria, among others.

The exercise was financed by the monthly contribution of the aforementioned associations and other individual donations.

In an interview with The Point on the sidelines of the event, Muhammed S. Bah, President of SGSA, said the drill was aimed at providing accessible medical services to residents and satellite communities.

“The health structure in the area (Diabugu Health Center) is very far from our village and our population has difficulty accessing it due to the poor state of the roads. Therefore, we consider it necessary to provide free medical services to our people.” he said.

Bah said that “sometimes if people went to the health facility” they would not get the needed medicines, adding that during the free services during the day, the patients were given good medicines.

“We realized that health is the most important thing in life. And a sick person can’t do anything. So, we consider it necessary to initiate this program,” he said.

Also taking the floor, Mahamadou Lamin Bah, imam of Sare Gubu Basirou, congratulated the young people of the village for this initiative.

He urged the village youth to keep the momentum going, saying the elders fully support their initiative.

“I call on the government to support the organizers to ensure the sustainability of the program because they are doing a great job.” he said.

Tijan Bah, president of SAGYDA, a grassroots organization that aims to bring development to the doorsteps of the community, said free medical services are part of the youth policy of giving back to the community.

He spoke of their plans to make the initiative sustainable as well as to expand the village’s weekly health facility to a standard facility offering 24-hour health service.

Ousman D. Bah, treasurer of the SGSA, also expressed similar sentiments.

He said that their monthly contribution is the main source of funding for the association.

“Monthly contributions are not enough to implement our annual programs, so we need financial support from the government and development partners. he said.

For his part, Saidou M. Bah, a nurse who participated in the exercise, described the activity as a success.

He said that during their medical examination, they came across many cases such as urinary tract infections, malaria, hypertension, diabetes, etc.

Hascol nears loan restructuring – Business


KARACHI: Hascol Petroleum Ltd said on Wednesday its board had approved a plan to rehabilitate the company through restructuring and debt settlement.

The oil marketing company has been in financial difficulty since 2018. Its revenues have plummeted, losses have risen and loans have soared, sending its share price plummeting from over Rs 300 four years ago to less than Rs 7 each now.

The oil marketing company told its shareholders that its board of directors had also approved the draft of a letter which will be sent to all creditors, banks and financial institutions conveying the rehabilitation plan prepared by the management. The letter will also contain the process the company intends to follow through a plan of arrangement to be presented to the High Court of Sindh.

The scheme will be subject to creditor and shareholder approval as well as court sanction, he added.

At the end of 2021, the company said it was close to concluding negotiations with its bankers to deal with its “heavy burden of accumulated debt”.

The restructuring effort is focused on replacing expensive short-term debt with affordable long-term debt as well as new equity.

Its net loss amounted to 7.57 billion rupees for the calendar year 2021 compared to a net loss of 23.54 billion rupees in 2020. The company also discovered last year “inaccurate entries in its accounts 2019” and then restated its results from 2018 to 2020.

Regulatory actions against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa company for unauthorized storage and sale of petroleum products damaged its reputation last year. The company has also drawn unfavorable attention from investors after a series of abrupt resignations by auditors as well as members of its board and senior management emerged last year.

As part of its financial recovery plan, the company is trying to convince banks to “partially convert their outstanding debt into equity” in order to reduce its “onerous debt service obligations”.

In addition, management is looking for a “significant reduction” in its operating costs, a reconquest of its market share, the sale of non-strategic assets, a strengthening of working capital and the raising of additional equity to reduce the indebtedness.

The main shareholder of the company is Vitol Group, which increased its stake from 25 to 40% in 2020.

The company has not released its detailed financial accounts for 2021. Its short-term borrowings alone stood at 33 billion rupees in 2020, down 10.7% from the previous year. According to the notes attached to the 2020 financial statements, these short-term loans from different banks were at interest rates ranging from the one-month Karachi interbank offered rate (Kibor) plus 1.5pc up to Kibor plus 20pc .

In a separate statement released earlier this week, Hascol Petroleum Ltd said the company recorded a positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of Rs 1.35 billion in 2021 compared to a negative EBITDA of Rs 11, Rs 7 billion a year ago – a feat which the oil trader attributed to credit support to Vitol amid “unavailability of bank capital lines”.

“The company’s board and management are very hopeful that over the coming months Hascol Petroleum Ltd will be on a solid footing for years to come,” he added.

Posted in Dawn, August 25, 2022

Bretforton village school receives glowing report from Ofsted


A primary school in Worcestershire received a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted in all areas in its first inspection result.

Inspectors praised the Bretforton Village School for its sense of community, student behavior and support from parents and guardians.

An Ofsted spokesperson said: “Strong and stable leadership has been successful in improving the quality of education across the school.

“Step by step, the leaders developed a common vision for the school, based on clear values.

“They set high expectations for student behavior and conduct.”

“Students enjoy learning and the subjects they study. The curriculum defines the knowledge and skills that students will acquire.”

Inspectors found that although some subjects were more developed than others, leaders were constantly reviewing and revising the school’s curriculum.

Ofsted found that staff thought about how to teach the lessons in the most engaging way and that it was almost always “useful and interesting”.

A spokesperson added: “They adapt instructions and tasks so that students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) succeed and progress.

“Staff show a deep understanding of students with additional needs.

“Similarly, students are considerate and supportive of their peers who need extra help. Classrooms are inclusive places.”

READ MORE: Ofsted finds Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s Smiley’s Creche inadequate

Ofsted has suggested improvements for the school regarding its curriculum and some subject-specific knowledge.

Kevin Riley, Head of School at Bretforton Village School, said: “Everyone has worked tirelessly over the past few years to improve all aspects of the school, and I am delighted that this is reflected in these good grades for quality of education, behavior and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and our early childhood offering.

“We have proven that we are capable of providing quality education to children in our village and beyond.

READ MORE: Ofsted tells Worcestershire nursery it needs improvement

“We are especially pleased that they highlighted the children’s excellent behavior and positive attitudes towards learning, as well as our continued commitment to outdoor education and environmental work.

“As the only school in the region to have won seven Evo Green Flag awards, we believe our efforts in this area have been rightly recognized.

“Going forward, we will continue to refine our curriculum and provide an even wider range of opportunities for our children, as part of Bengworth Multi-academy Trust.”

Indigenous Press YOLTEOTL opens in September


by Patheresa Wells

YOLTEOTL Press, a traditional native arts and printmaking studio, will open in Ballard in early September. The press is the brainchild of Ixtlixochitl Salinas-White Hawk, an Indigenous artist, community advocate and matriarch. Located at BallardWorks at 2856 NW Market Street, the Press will not only be a space to showcase and create Indigenous art, but also a place to share culture across generations.

Salinas-White Hawk comes from a line of Aboriginal artists. His father is a muralist trained in Mexico City during the era of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Still, although she has art in her home, she said growing up here in Seattle, she couldn’t find people like her. She couldn’t find a place to cultivate or connect to art outside of her home. Salinas-White Hawk said this lack of representation caused him to lose himself, causing him to drop out of high school. So when she had her own children, she told them she would open an art studio.

“I always look at my children and I look at other people’s children. I look at people who need a place to create, that healing, who need that family. Especially as Indigenous artists, everything we create is really art, she said.

The press will be a place of traditional art and printmaking but also a place where ancestral knowledge rubs shoulders with contemporary styles. The name of the press was very intentional. For his people, the Mexika Tenochca, different types of artists have different spiritual responsibilities and the word YOLTEOTL for visual artists. She said, “YOLTEOTL is the expression of [the] Creator [that] lives in my heart.

And Salinas-White Hawk believes that this expression of a creator who lives in the heart is something that belongs to everyone. Her dream of opening a space where an artist’s creative spirit can be nurtured stems from her belief that “art itself is part of everyday life.”

Ixtlixochitl Salinas-White Hawk, an Indigenous printmaker, will open YOLTEOTL Press in early September. The studio will be a home for Indengous art, printmaking and community development. (Photo courtesy of Ixtlixochitl Salinas-White Hawk)

As an Indigenous woman, she considers herself a matriarch, which she says comes with responsibilities that some might consider activism. But for her, the word matriarch is more appropriate than militant because its “roots are much older than the word itself”. Her responsibilities to the community are present in her art, her traditional medicine work and her desire to have a place where people can gather.

“I want to be able to run workshops, I want to be able to make all of these things available to the community, especially for indigenous, black and POC youth,” she said. Even the location of the studio in Ballard is crucial to her as she said that while indigenous people are everywhere, they are often invisible. She said they are erased from the history books, mainstream media and data, despite being the inhabitants of the earth. “And so one of the endeavors that I’ve been working on with so many other native people in the city is being able to be present in many spaces.”

The vision of YOLTEOTL Press, according to Salinas-White Hawk, is a place where Indigenous people can make their voices heard. Where her native parents can know there is a home for them, a community space where they can care for each other. She wants to extend an invitation to participate in the vision.

The matriarch planted seeds so she could nurture others the way she needed as a young artist. She hopes others will join her in providing resources, connecting, and helping build the space. When Salinas-White Hawk passes on the knowledge of her art to her children, she says it’s about nurturing a generational, inherited and cultural seed. A seed present in each of us. This creativity where life becomes art.

YOLTEOTL Press aims to capture this transition from life to art. For Salinas-White Hawk, “It captures the emotion, and it captures the perception and life of an Indigenous woman in Seattle, in an urban city, in Ballard of all places.”

YOLTEOTL Press will open in early September. Follow their Instagram for more details on the grand opening.

Well Patheresa is a queer poet, writer, and storyteller who lives in SeaTac, Washington. Born to a black mother and a Persian father, her experiences as a multicultural child shaped her desire to defend and amplify her community. She is currently attending Highline College in Des Moines. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.

📸 Featured Image: ‘We lift each other up’, printed by Ixtlixochitl Salinas-White Hawk. Relief, linoleum print on Amatl (tree bark) paper.

Before you move on to the next story …
Please consider that the article you just read was made possible by the generous financial support of donors and sponsors. The Emerald is a BIPOC-led nonprofit news outlet with the mission of offering a wider lens of our region’s most diverse, least affluent, and woefully under-reported communities. Please consider making a one-time gift or, better yet, joining our Rainmaker Family by becoming a monthly donor. Your support will help provide fair pay for our journalists and enable them to continue writing the important stories that offer relevant news, information, and analysis. Support the Emerald!

Hele-On Bus Offers Safe Places Program for Distressed Hawaii Island Youth


The Hele-On bus on the island of Hawaii helps children and young adults get to safe places or help them with trouble through a new partnership with the National Safe Place Network.

Hawaii County’s Mass Transit is just the latest transit partner to get involved.

“Young people are in trouble, they’re going to one of the Hele-On buses for treatment, say they need a safe place,” said County Transit Administrator John Andoh. ‘Hawaii. “The driver will contact the dispatcher or the dispatcher will contact a social services agency or the district attorney’s office – they have a runaway youth program.”

Help will come for children and young adults who voluntarily ask for it. The program, which trains drivers to also spot young people in distress, should not disturb other users, since help will arrive along the bus route.

“They, in turn, will meet the young people somewhere along the road and connect them with the resources they need,” Andoh said.

With the suspension of Hele-On bus fares for the next two years, Andoh hopes this will further encourage people to seek help.

“I think kids kind of get pulled in when they run away to get on the bus and go anywhere,” Andoh said.

The nonprofit National Safe Place Network has been around since the 1980s, providing outreach and prevention services to young people. There are over 22,000 safe places across the country.

“The Safe Place Network model is based on the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, and the more we can connect our children to our village resources and support our families, the better the outcomes for young people” , said Judith Clark, executive director of the Hawaiʻi Youth Services Network.

Clark said the creation of this program in the state began nearly a decade ago.

“In 2013, at the Children and Youth Summit, they heard about a new report that had come out about the disproportionate contact of minors with the juvenile justice system,” Clark said.

The young people involved said they needed physical places.

“They said we needed safe places to go before we got in trouble with the law for things like running away from home or skipping school,” Clark recalled.

So Clark presented state legislators with the Safe Places model. She is an informal advisor to Hele-On’s own program and sits on the National Safe Places Advisory Board.

Clark said it’s similar to the state’s Youth Safe Places pilot project that passed the state Legislature this year.

“I took the opportunity to share the national Safe Place model with the Keiki Caucus members and community resource members who participate,” Clark said. “This is the first time that there was a bill to establish the pilot project of safe places for young people. And similar bills were introduced every year until about 2019.

A program like this is important to the state’s continuum of care for children.

“We hope this is the first step to implementing the Safe Place program across our state,” Clark said.

To get the word out to children, the program has connected with nonprofits and added decals to buses advertising the anonymous service.

Big week ahead as Biden decides on student loan forgiveness and student loan suspension extension – Key Details


It’s going to be a big week for millions of student borrowers as President Biden is set to make major decisions on student loan suspensions and large-scale student loan forgiveness.

Here’s what we know.

Student loan break expected to end in 9 days

Federal student loan repayments have been suspended for most borrowers for more than two years, along with accrued interest and collection efforts. The payment break applies to federal student loans held by the government. The suspension, originally enacted by the CARES Act nearly two and a half years ago, was meant to provide a relatively brief six-month break. But President Trump and then President Biden issued a number of short-term extensions. The break is now in its 29th month.

The most recent extension of Biden’s student loan suspension ends Aug. 31, just over a week away. No previous extension to the break has ever been issued so close to the end date. But given that the Department of Education has ordered its loan officers not to send billing notices to borrowers, the signs point to another extension.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said Biden would make an announcement on the student loan suspension within a week. “We know August 31 is a date that a lot of people are waiting to hear from,” he said in an interview on NBC on Sunday. “We talk about it daily, and I can tell you the American people will hear it by next week.”

Biden said he will decide whether to cancel the student loan by August 31

The student loan pause isn’t the only major student loan decision on Biden’s plate. Biden also said he would make a final decision on enacting a broad student loan forgiveness by Aug. 31 as well.

Advocates for borrowers and progressives in Congress have been urging Biden for nearly two years to use executive action and write off large-scale student loan debt “with the stroke of a pen.” But Biden has so far resisted that campaign, opposing large amounts of federal student loan forgiveness and expressing skepticism that he has sufficient legal authority to act unilaterally.

In recent months, however, Biden’s stance appears to have softened once it became clear that Congress would not pass a sweeping student loan forgiveness bill. The Biden administration has hinted at several clues that the president is seriously considering some form of large-scale student loan forgiveness initiative, including the use of legal arguments in recent court filings suggesting officials are approving a legal theory that existing federal law permits at least some level of studenthood. debt cancellation. Meanwhile, the Department of Education would have already put in place an administrative system to implement the mass cancellation of student loans if Biden decides to continue.

Biden may decide on other student loan cancellation and relief initiatives

While the most important items Biden is evaluating are student loan suspension and large-scale student loan forgiveness, Biden must also decide how to proceed with other federal student loan relief initiatives:

  • The PSLF Limited Waiver is an initiative that temporarily relaxes rules to extend relief through the Civil Service Loan Waiver Scheme. Lawyers pushed Biden to extend the initiative, which is currently set to end on October 31.
  • The IDR Account Adjustment is an initiative designed to provide retroactive credit over the duration of student loan forgiveness for borrowers under federal income-tested repayment plans. The Department of Education has not marketed this initiative as much as it has focused on the limited PSLF waiver, but officials could complete this initiative by January. Borrower advocates are also pushing for an extension of this program.
  • A new income-focused repayment plan is also being considered, which could offer borrowers lower monthly payments once the student loan break ends. The Department of Education released a proposal for a new income-based plan last year, but it was widely criticized for its complicated formula and strict eligibility rules that excluded college borrowers and Parent PLUS borrowers.

Further Reading on Student Loans

The Biden administration approved $32 billion in student loan forgiveness, and more — Here’s how to apply

Who qualifies for nearly $4 billion in automatic student loan forgiveness under new Biden initiative

Settlement providing $6 billion in student loan forgiveness removes hurdle: 5 key takeaways

If You’ve Been To These Schools, You May Qualify For Student Loan Forgiveness: Here’s What To Do

Champoetry recommends investing in poetry


Champoetry in partnership with the Tekki-Fii recently hosted electrifying, satisfying and uplifting summer poetry events. The Words of Wonder featured various iconic poets such as Omar ‘Champion’ Cham, Jainaba Touray, Cherno Gaye and Bintou Sanneh from July 16 to August 13, 2022.

The project was implemented in the halls of Kanifing, Banjul, Prochial and Gambia College and in the auditorium of the University of The Gambia (UTG).

Omar ‘Champion’ Cham, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Champoetry, said young people have great potential and therefore the notion of traveling for greener pastures is just a myth.

“We can all get here and therefore encourage every young poet to take the mic and speak their mind, because that’s where it all started for everyone. Live your dream and use your voice to make a difference. This is a collective commitment to empower poetry in The Gambia and beyond,” he said.

Isatou Jallow, a representative of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) under the Tekki-Fii programme, noted that young people have great potential and therefore should not waste their lives.

She added that the Tekki-Fii program has proven that young people can all succeed here through their various interventions.
Alagie Jarju, Executive Director of the National Youth Council said: “If you had asked me 10 years ago that young people would pay for transport to travel miles just to listen to poetry, I would have denied it. It’s a shift in the art industry and poetry is definitely making waves. Hear the message, spread the message, inspire your fellow youth and make a change.
Performances under the slogan “We can all do it here” featured plays, lyrics, music and more.

The Mighty Stars performed on illegal migration, addressing the challenges and opportunities available to fulfill the Tekki-Fii slogan – “we can all do it”.
The summer poetry event targeted youth, women, children, people with disabilities and other relevant stakeholders.
The event created a space for intergenerational conversations and fostered interactions between different age groups.

The aim was to enable poets in The Gambia to spark conversations about irregular migration, youth unemployment and to amplify information about the opportunities available by using influential poets to get the message across.

Back to nature: why employers send staff on environmental retreats


Waking up in the cool of the morning in a wood near Reading, in the south of England, with the first rays of dawn passing through his bivouac and a stiff neck in his neck, Steve Waygood could be forgiven for thinking he registered on the wrong course.

But this is raw “learning by doing”: an increasingly popular practice used by companies to connect their workforce to the real substance of their environmental policies.

As head of responsible investing at British insurer Aviva, Waygood is already more involved than most. Eco-friendly hat or not, he still sees the value in ditching his costume for a few days and heading out into nature. “If we forget to savor the world, he says, quoting the famous American children’s writer EB White, “what reason have we to save it?

Exasperated corporate environmental departments may well be asking the same question. Despite all the rhetoric about corporate sustainability and ESG in recent years, not much seems to stick.

According to a recent global survey conducted by the British communication agency Kite Insights, the majority [56 per cent] of workers are unable to explain their own company’s climate commitments, despite an overwhelming propensity [77 per cent] to act on the issue.

So could abandoning the classroom and heading for the hills potentially close this ominous disconnect?

Andres Roberts has no doubts. Founder of the Bio-Leadership Project, a UK nature-inspired advisory and scholarship network, he is a seasoned leader of training experiences for organizations including the Barbican Centre, food retailer Better Food and cosmetics group Natura. He’s also the man behind Waygood’s night slumber in the woods — part of a weekend retreat geared toward, in Roberts’ own words, “reviving our ability to see the big picture.”

By conventional training standards, his methods are unorthodox, ranging from playing and chatting around a campfire to journaling and (literally) brainstorming in the blue sky. Building on a core belief that being in nature is the best way to learn about nature, Roberts recently helped design a bespoke training program for the European division of the American outdoor clothing brand. air, Patagonia.

A participant in the Bio-Leadership Project’s natural event source program in Cara, Scotland

Held in a forest outside the Dutch city of Utrecht, the “Earth University”, as Patagonia dubs it, aims to encourage employees to connect with the company’s stated mission to somewhat ambitious pledge to “save our home planet”. Describing it as “the company’s own forestry school,” Evelyn Doyle, Patagonia’s people and culture manager, insists that the external framework is at the heart of the initiative’s effectiveness.

“Whether it’s sunny or wintry, we’re in the environment we’re talking about,” she says. “It’s about bringing people back to nature so they can learn not from PowerPoint presentations but from the ecosystem around them.”

Patagonia Business District Manager Anne-Marie Robles was only too happy to leave the formal classroom. Part of Earth University’s first cohort, she describes stepping out into the forest as “walking into a green-screen room.”

Gone was the usual training paraphernalia of stuffy rooms and whiteboard scribbles, replaced instead by the wind on his skin and the earth beneath his feet.

For three days it was a break from sketching strategy on whiteboards and instead it was the sight of trees and the feel of the wind in his hair.

“It sounds very esoteric and hippie, but I actually found it to be a really liberating environment to approach subjects from a completely different perspective,” she recalls.

Pukka Herbs, a Bristol-based herbal tea and supplement brand, has struck a very similar deal with The Eden Project, an eco-education charity based in the South West of England. During a two-night stay, groups of 10 staff at a time undertake a range of structured and unstructured activities, from solo nature walks to private tours of the charity’s famous inland rainforests. .

The overarching goal is that attendees have the time and space to consider the company’s values ​​on both the “individual level” and the “Pukka level,” says Suzy Stollery, the brand’s human resources director. . “All of these activities combined gradually take you from head to heart. So it’s not so much a cognitive process as an embodied process, where you really feel things,” she says.

Emma Colwill testifies to the impact of stepping out of a conventional learning environment. As Director of Global Business Development at Pukka, her daily focus is on creating new markets.

But after a few days at the Eden Project (she’s been there a total of three times), she felt able to “step back” and “see things for what they are.”

“Each time I have been struck by how the experience of nature as a classroom has allowed me to tap into my inner wisdom – therefore my conscious and unconscious self – which can be very useful in a professional context,” she said.

The most enthusiastic adopters of classroom nature training tend to come from the more progressive end of the business spectrum (the values ​​of “truth”, “respect”, “clarity” and “courage” of Pukka, for example, derive from ancient wisdom traditions).

But those hardest hit by capitalism are also dipping their toes into it. Among them is Europe’s biggest lender HSBC, which has a long-standing training partnership with the charity Earthwatch.

To date, the UK-based bank has taken over 15,000 employees through the scheme, which started as an off-site for those with direct environmental responsibilities, but is now open to staff from any function.

This shift shows a growing realization that achieving bold corporate sustainability goals cannot be the work of a specialist environmental team, but rather requires global buy-in.

Success here, in turn, relies on shifting employee mindsets from “what? » from environmental responsibility to « why? says John Ward-Zinski, Business Development Manager for Earthwatch Europe. “‘Why is this important?’ “Why does our organization spend so much time on this stuff?” ‘Why should I care?’ Getting employees to start asking these questions is how to move beyond the checkboxes that are still so common in many companies,” he says.

But packing employees in with their hiking boots and wet weather gear requires extra effort from everyone, employer and employee. So, is it really worth it?

George Ferns, lecturer in organizational studies and sustainability at Cardiff University, insists yes. Employees with a connection to nature demonstrate a greater sense of purpose, he says, as well as a greater willingness to execute on their employer’s environmental plans. Still, nature-based training is not without its challenges, he concedes. An immediate concern is maintaining initial employee engagement. A week or two back at the grindstone and memories of the smell of honeysuckle and birdsong can quickly fade.

“The hope is that the lessons learned from these experiences will trickle down to people’s day-to-day operational lives, but the effect often fades as people continue their work,” says Ferns.

Encouraging participants to write down their main thoughts or come up with clear resolutions can help sustain a course’s positive results, he suggests.

Some companies are also looking to integrate nature-based learning features into their office environments. Pukka, for example, now has a dedicated, technology-free “retreat space” in its main office, where employees can head to a moment of quiet reflection, for example, or a yoga session.

A bigger challenge, arguably, is the very real possibility of culture clash. As business-friendly as these alternative training providers try to be, their world is one of protecting the planet, not achieving goals or switching products. In this regard, attendees can expect many invitations to “be present”, as well as many discussions on “interconnectedness”, “regenerative thinking” and other similar ecological concepts.

Pam Horton, manager of leadership programs at The Eden Project, admits some participants may find the experience uncomfortable, especially at first.

However, if people can be patient and avoid having to turn off their phones or even hug a tree, the effects can be profound.

“We have a lot of people who come to us who have never really stopped and immersed themselves in nature. [but] when they do, the effects can be really massive,” says Horton.

Even so, to the hardened city dweller unaccustomed to the outdoors, the thought of a campsite or even an evening walk in a dark wood can still seem daunting.

Aviva’s Waygood is therefore cautious about companies forcing employees to participate, but its strong advice remains that everyone should try it at least once. The only exception are diehard cynics. Not only will they get nothing out of the experience, he suggests, “they’ll ruin it for everyone.”

As for him, he’s already in touch with the team at The Bio-Leadership Project about future weekends – although possibly in a motorhome next time.

Darya Dugina: Car bomb kills daughter of ‘spirit guide’ of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine – Russian media


The Russian Investigative Committee said it believed someone planned and ordered the explosion of the car that killed Darya Dugina, based on evidence already collected from the explosion. “Given the data already obtained, the investigation believes that the crime was pre-planned and was of an orderly nature,” the commission of inquiry said in a statement on Sunday.

Dugina died at the scene after “an explosive device, believed to be installed in the Toyota Land Cruiser, detonated on a public road and the car burst into flames” around 9 p.m. local time on Saturday, near the village of Bolshiye Vyazemy, according to the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee, as reported by Russian state news agency TASS.

Dugina’s father is a Russian author and ideologue, credited with being the architect or “spirit guide” of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He is believed to have significant influence over Russian President Vladimir Putin and has been described as “Putin’s mastermind” by Foreign Affairs Review.
Dugin and his daughter were sanctioned by the United States. The UK sanctioned Dugina in July to be “a frequent and high-profile contributor of misinformation regarding Ukraine and the Russian invasion of Ukraine on various online platforms,” ​​he wrote.

Videos of the explosion showed a burning vehicle on the side of the road and shattered car parts strewn around the area. Unverified video appears to show Dugin at the scene.

A friend of Dugina’s told TASS he believed Dugina’s father was the real target of the blast – or possibly both – because the car belonged to Alexander.

“It’s his father’s car,” Krasnov told TASS. “Dasha (Darya) is driving another car, but she drove her car today, and Alexander left separately,” Andrei Krasnov, leader of the Russky Gorizont (Russian Horizon) social movement and a personal acquaintance of the city, told TASS. Dugina’s family.

A Russian Foreign Ministry official suggested that Ukrainian state structures were responsible for the explosion, a claim that Ukrainian authorities have denied.

Dugina died at the scene after the explosion, according to investigators.

“If the Ukrainian trace is confirmed … then we should talk about the policy of state terrorism implemented by the Kyiv regime,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. in a Telegram article. “There have been many facts accumulated over the years: from political calls for violence to leadership and the involvement of Ukrainian state structures in the crimes,” she said.

Ukraine on Sunday vigorously denied any involvement in the car explosion. “Ukraine definitely has nothing to do with this because we are not a criminal state, like the Russian Federation is, and more so, we are not a terrorist state,” said Mykhailo Podoliak, Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic. Ukraine, said in an interview with Ukrainian television.

“The flames engulfed him completely”

When Dugina “turned onto the Mozhaiskoye highway near the village of Bolshiye Vyazemi, there was an explosion, the car immediately caught fire,” Krasnov told TASS.

“The flames engulfed her completely. She lost control because she was driving at high speed and flew across the road,” Krasnov added, as quoted by TASS.

In the meantime, forensic experts, investigators and explosives engineering experts are inspecting the scene.

Dugina, the daughter, was born in 1992 and studied philosophy at Moscow State University, according to TASS.

In March 2022, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Dugina for her contribution to an article on the United World International (UWI) website suggesting that Ukraine would “perish” if admitted. to NATO. Dugina was the editor of UWI.

She claimed in a recent interview with the Russian news channel, 1RNK, that the atrocities that occurred during the Russian occupation of the Ukrainian town of Bucha were American propaganda, chosen because of its phonological similarity to ” butcher,” a word she links to the United States. President Joe Biden called Putin a “butcher” on March 29.

Alexander Dugin and his daughter were sanctioned by the United States.
CNN visited the scene of mass graves in Bucha in April after Russian forces withdrew, revealing to the world the horrors of their occupation. Images of bodies littering the streets of Bucha have sparked international condemnation and investigations into possible Russian war crimes. Several eyewitnesses and images have linked many of the atrocities to Russian soldiers.

His father was also sanctioned by the United States in 2015 for being responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability or sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The US Treasury Department also said that Alexander Dugin was a leader of the Eurasian Youth Union, which actively recruited people with military and combat experience to fight on behalf of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and said it had a secret presence in Ukraine.

In a 2017 interview with CNN, Dugin pointed out many similarities between his ideas and those of former US President Donald Trump. He called Trump’s inauguration speech “like I was going to write it myself.”

He also said that Putin was an inspiration to Trump, “kind of an example to challenge the status quo, to challenge conventional wisdom, to challenge all these totalitarian principles of globalists and ultra-liberals.”

CNN’s Alex Stambaugh contributed to this report.

How JAN and Union Bank Support Nigerian Girls’ Leadership and Empowerment Programs


A non-profit organization, Junior Achievement of Nigeria (JAN) and Union Bank have dedicated a significant part of their sustainability mission to ensuring that young girls and women in Nigeria have unlimited opportunities to thrive in society. .

The two organizations have, for eight years, forged a strategic partnership to advance JAN’s Leadership Empowerment Development (LEAD) camp intervention program, a long-standing initiative to inspire and empower young people. girls to become high-performing women leaders.

The latest edition of LEAD Camp – the 8th collaboration between JAN and Union Bank – held recently in Lagos saw the participation of over 300 girls.

The week-long event was used to provide guidance and improve girls’ skills in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, technology, coding, career development, health and business. general well-being, sexual and reproductive health, creative arts and entertainment.

During the program, the girls learned and received mentorship from some outstanding women in the private and public sectors across the globe – courtesy of Junior Achievement of Nigeria’s association with its global counterpart, Junior Achievement Worldwide ( JAW).

The program, now in its 21st year, has played a significant role in the development and career advancement of more than 1,000 girls in Nigeria, nurturing influential alumni such as Nkechi Eze-Balogun, founder by Asoebi Bella; Oduolayinka Osunloye, Youth Advisor at IREX; Oyin Olugbile-Adewale, founder of Parisian Consult; among others.

JAN’s Executive Director, Foluso Gbadamosi, said in her address, “The LEAD camp aims to demonstrate that regardless of their socio-economic status, background or career path, young girls and women can succeed with the right advice, the mindset, the skills and the network, and we will continue to inspire them and provide them with a world of possibilities to thrive.

According to Gbadamosi, this explains why the United Nations (UN), in its efforts towards a sustainable world in 2030, dedicates Goal 5 of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieving gender equality. and empowerment of all women and girls.

Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, Head of Brand and Marketing at Union Bank, said, “This partnership reinforces our commitment to promoting gender equality and our goal to support girls. We are proud to see the impact of the program on young girls across the country, and we salute the efforts of the JAN team who work tirelessly to impact them.

According to Ekezie-Ekaidem, for African countries that are determined to achieve the UN gender parity goal in less than a decade, JAN and Union Bank have laid out a plan worthy of emulation. She added that this portends hope that the dream of a gender equal world may indeed become a reality in the near future.

Program partners agreed that the success of initiatives such as LEAD Camp is a vital indicator of the progress that Africa and Nigeria can achieve if more public and private organizations, independent societal bodies and individuals are turned into the future play similar active roles in ensuring that women and girls enjoy an equal playing field in society.

Gender inequality poses a major threat to economic, social and global development. Gender discrimination is considered to have a huge impact on the ability of nations to achieve economic growth, while its psychological effects – low self-esteem, stress and trauma – on those affected make it one of the most critical challenges in the world to overcome.

While progress towards establishing a world of equal rights and opportunities for all genders is still slow and a big hurdle for many nations, achieving gender parity should take center stage in global efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

According to a UN Women report, in 2020 the number of employed women decreased by 54 million. This is despite the fact that they, compared to their male counterparts, have fewer opportunities to land well-paid jobs. It is therefore not surprising that they are also generally at a greater risk of falling into poverty, as evidenced by the statistics that almost 60% of women work in the informal economy and that approximately 435 million women and girls around the world live in extreme poverty.

To this end, LEAD camp partners believe that providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and will also benefit societies and humanity as a whole.

Fortunately, in Nigeria, deliberate efforts to reduce gender inequalities for societal and national growth have been initiated by well-meaning organizations like JAN, Union Bank and others, with a focus on education, empowerment and liberation of women and girls.


We will use O lu’le, emi lo kan, eleyi from Tinubu for politics – Obasanjo

Former President of NIGERIA Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said that All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has introduced a new vocabulary into the political discourse of the country….

Oyo d’Obas council backs Makinde’s bid for second term

Oyo State Governor ‘Seyi Makinde’s second term bid received a massive boost on Friday as the state’s Obas Council declared its support for the governor, saying the good work done by administration statewide is expected to continue beyond 2023.…..

5 software apps you need to master to be effective in the corporate world

There are new software applications that individuals in the corporate world are expected to master because the world is changing daily, and the skills required for people interested in or working in the corporate world have also evolved. These software applications have been developed to help make working in the corporate world easier, more efficient and more effective…

How to Minimize Disagreements When Planning a Wedding

A lot of effort goes into planning a wedding. From the choice of event centers, to the choice of clothes for the bride and groom, to choosing a color for the guests, deciding on the meals to be served for the day, etc.…

Need a personal loan ? You might want to sign one ASAP


Image source: Getty Images

Lock in that loan before borrowing rates start to skyrocket.

Key points

  • One of the advantages of personal loans is that they come with fixed interest rates.
  • But those rates could soon spike, so if you need a loan, you better act fast.

When you need money, it’s usually a good idea to borrow in a way that gives you predictable monthly payments. In most cases, this means avoiding credit card debt, as credit card interest can be both expensive and variable.

Even HELOCs (home equity lines of credit) can be dangerous from a borrowing perspective. While they are certainly flexible, they also come with variable interest rates, which makes them harder to repay.

Personal loans, on the other hand, offer the advantage of fixed interest rates. So when you take out a personal loan, you don’t have to worry about your monthly payments increasing over time. It could make managing your loan easier and help you avoid a world of stress.

But if you’re going to take out a personal loan and take advantage of a borrowing option with a fixed interest rate, you might want to do it fast. There’s reason to believe that personal loans are about to get more expensive, so the sooner you act, the less risk you have of ending up with a rate that just isn’t affordable.

Borrowing rates increase overall

Inflation has wreaked havoc on consumers for months. And now the Federal Reserve is doing what it can to break this cycle.

Specifically, the Fed is implementing interest rate hikes in an effort to make borrowing more expensive. The logic is that if it becomes too expensive to finance purchases or go into debt, consumers will start spending less. And once they do, the demand for goods will not exceed the available supply as it is now, allowing inflation levels to subside.

Now, to be clear, the Fed does not directly set consumer borrowing rates. Instead, it oversees the federal funds rate, which is what banks charge each other for short-term borrowing. But when it becomes more expensive for banks to borrow, they tend to pass those costs on to consumers. And so it’s fair to say that the Fed is indirectly raising consumer borrowing rates and making loans more expensive.

That’s why it’s important to act quickly if you’re interested in a personal loan. If you wait a month or two, you could end up with a higher interest rate on that debt — and higher monthly payments to go along with it.

Is the personal loan your best bet?

If you own a home in which you have equity, you may get a lower interest rate on a home equity loan than a personal loan. And like personal loans, home equity loans offer the advantage of fixed interest rates and predictable monthly payments.

But if you don’t own a home or don’t have any equity to tap into, a personal loan could be a good way to borrow, especially if you have a solid credit score. Don’t put off this request for too long, because if you do, you might end up unhappy with the monthly payments you’re stuck with.

The Ascent’s Best Personal Loans for 2022

Our team of independent experts have pored over the fine print to find the select personal loans that offer competitive rates and low fees. Start by reviewing The Ascent’s best personal loans for 2022.

Reaching a summit, little by little | News, Sports, Jobs


A group of people return to the new home of Little Peaks Preschool and Early Years Center in Keene on Tuesday after exploring Dart Creek, which runs behind the center. (Business Photo – Lauren Yates)

KEENE — The crackle of little feet echoed through the new home of Little Peaks Preschool and Early Childhood Center for the first time last Tuesday, the first notes of music that will soon fill the building for 50 weeks of each year.

The new center was all bone on Tuesday — the exterior walls were up, and the interior rooms and roof were bounded by two-by-fours — but for future, present, and past Little Peaks students, the building was already a playground. Several children ran through the building as a group of about 30 toured the new center during an open house led by Little Peaks executive director Reid Jewett Smith.

As she walked through the rooms of Little Peaks with her youngest daughter strapped to her back, Jewett Smith verbally painted the picture of what the finished center will look like. The “heart” of the building will be her kitchen, she said, thanks to the vision of Little Peaks co-founder and kindergarten director Katherine Brown. While the commercial kitchen will be separated from the “warm”– a friendly dining area that will have low tables for children, Little Peaks students will have access to a dishwashing station and they can help with basic kitchen prep work like mixing pasta. Jewett Smith hopes activities like these could encourage students from an early age to cook and clean up after themselves.

In the center left wing, there will be two baby-toddler rooms. Each room can accommodate up to four babies up to 18 months and four toddlers up to 3 years old, for a total of eight babies and eight toddlers. There will also be a potty training area in this center wing.

The center’s right wing will have room for up to 16 preschoolers ages 3-5. A second room in the right wing is what Jewett Smith called the “multipurpose and multisensory room” reserved for messy art projects, wall climbing and indoor tricycling in the winter. But the room also gives Little Peaks an opportunity to grow when needed; Jewett Smith said the room could serve as a “overflow” area for children of all ages.

For Jewett Smith, the main focus of the new Little Peaks property is its outdoor space. She said the children will spend the majority of their days outdoors as part of the center’s nature-based program. There will be two playgrounds behind the center – one for toddlers and another for preschoolers – as well as a pollinator garden, a vegetable garden for the students to tend to, and trails back to the Dart Creek, which runs along the rear of the center property.

Jewett Smith said she wanted to build a lean-to next to the creek as an outdoor classroom space, and she hopes one day students will explore the creek both when it’s frozen and when it’s babbling. That hope turned into a promising reality on Tuesday as a few children eagerly returned to the creek and started jumping in the rocks.

“The more time I spend here, the clearer it becomes to me that we have so many exciting opportunities for outdoor classrooms and outdoor education there,” Jewett Smith told the tour group on Tuesday.

Little Peaks purchased the land, located opposite Keene Town Hall, from the Essex County Housing Assistance Program, which still owns the adjoining land. HAPEC is considering the idea of ​​developing up to six housing units on this land, and HAPEC board member Marcy Neville told a meeting of Keene Town Council earlier this month that the program planned to hold open meetings and possibly do surveys to see what the community wants. If a new housing project sees the light of day there, the neighboring Little Peaks and HAPEC properties would meet two needs identified in the city’s 2021 strategic plan: more child care services and more affordable housing for the community.

When Little Peaks – which was founded about 30 years ago – opens its doors, it will grow from its current operation of three hours a day, fall through spring, serving eight children, to a full-time licensed daycare that operates 50 weeks a year. Jewett Smith hopes the new center will open next summer.

A small town after all

Little Peaks teachers Peg Wilson and Anita Sayers strolled the grounds of the new center on Tuesday with smiles on their faces. Sayers has been involved with Little Peaks since the beginning, and she’s not the only one who keeps coming back. She said the general contractor for the new center, who volunteered her time on the project for a year and a half, had a daughter in Little Peaks when it opened. Several other people in the community offered pro bono services to help build the center – the project lawyers, accountants, architect, landscaper and Little Peaks board of directors – often because they had children who frequented Little Peaks.

Now Sayers said she’s starting to see children passing through Little Peaks whose parents attended the school.

“It’s a small town after all” Wilson sang while laughing.

Sara Posdzich said her daughter had just graduated from Little Peaks and her son would start at the new center next year. Posdzich approached the teachers and formed a “tight” group with other Little Peaks parents, and she believes the new center will make the community “it’s better this way.”

“It’s good that the community really wants to invest in these little lives that will continue the community later”, she says.

The rapid progress of the new center is largely thanks to community donors. Two locals provided seed funding of $750,000 – which has now grown to $1.4 million – to launch the centre’s capital project, and part-time Keene Valley resident Annette Merle-Smith, provided $500,000 to start an endowment fund to ensure families of all incomes can send their children to the center. Jewett Smith hopes Little Peaks can build the endowment fund up to $3 million, which would be used to subsidize tuition for low-income families to give children of all socio-economic positions access to same academic foundations.

Thanks to the donations, Jewett Smith said the building will be solar-powered and have electric vehicle charging stations, a healthy food program that sources ingredients from local farms, and a building filled with all-natural, chemical-free, plastic design elements. -free and safe for children.

The times are changing

When asked how they got involved with Little Peaks, Wilson and Sayers both pointed to Katherine Brown, the center’s preschool director. Brown was one of the founders of Little Peaks about 30 years ago, and Jewett Smith called Brown the “North Star” of Little Peaks’ environmentally responsible programming in the new center.

Brown said when she moved to Keene with her 3-year-old in the early 1990s, she couldn’t find a preschool. She decided to get together with a group of parents who also needed childcare, and Little Peaks was born.

Brown said the center started with half-day operations two days a week, and it was working for people at the time. But over time, she said, more and more families needed stronger child care. She said the new Little Peaks center is an exciting project “growth” of this change.

Sayers also noted this change, saying that around the time Little Peaks started, there were more parents who had jobs they could leave for a few years to care for their children. These days, she says, there are more couples who both have jobs — sometimes multiple jobs — and they need a center that can watch their children through an entire working day.

Angela Smith, whose son Beckham graduated from Little Peaks last year, said she had to quit her job this summer to care for Beckham since Little Peaks, in its current capacity, is not operating for the months of summer. She also noted that the past two years have been particularly difficult as she has had to juggle work and caring for Beckham throughout the coronavirus pandemic. She thinks the new Little Peaks center will help solve these difficulties for other parents.

“It is necessary for the community, but also for the mental health of the parents”, she says. “Little Peaks is an amazing program, but half a day is a struggle – working and doing half a day and socializing them (kids).”

Brown said her 3-year-old is now 32, but after years of teaching K-6 in public schools, she returned to Little Peaks as a teacher five years ago. She is excited about the center “continuity of care” model, which will allow children to stay with a teacher for a few years at a time as they move through Little Peaks. Brown said she is passionate about early childhood education and that children are what make the experience meaningful to her.

“What keeps me coming back are families and children, she says. “They make it fun. If you feel grumpy in the morning, you go to school and they cheer you up.

Today’s breaking news and more to your inbox

Action against employees with links to terrorism will continue: LG Sinha


‘New Delhi should only talk to J&K people, especially young people

The people of the valley want to recover from past troubles and prosper with the Indians in the future

No J&K political leader is in jail or detained

In addition, Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims have also suffered greatly from terrorism.

Statehood would be granted to J&K at the appropriate time’

Srinagar, August 19: Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha said on Friday that no innocent government employees had been fired and action had only been taken against those with links to terrorism.

He said: “Those fired were involved in anti-national activities. We have concrete evidence against these people. They have been openly involved in assisting terrorists and have been involved in anti-national activities.

“The J&K administration did not harm any innocent government employees and only those found to be involved in terrorist activities or supporting terrorists were fired,” LG Sinha said.

He warned: “Those involved in a plot against the country or assisting terrorists will not be spared,” adding: “Actions against employees with ties to terrorism will continue.”

LG Sinha said this in an interview with BBC News Hindi.

Responding to a question about PDP Chairman Mehbooba Mufti’s frequent support for dialogue with Pakistan, Lt. Governor Sinha said, “That’s his (Mehbooba) opinion. But I am fully convinced that there is no need to talk with Pakistan. No dialogue with Pakistan is necessary and it will not yield any results. There are young people in particular and J&K people in general who should be trusted and whom New Delhi should talk to. The young people of J&K want to be part of the change that is happening all over the country”. So said LG Sinha in an interview with BBC News Hindi.

“The talks with Pakistan will yield no results as I believe there is no need to hold confabulations with the neighboring country,” LG Sinha said.

Commenting on the stone scrapings and hartals (strikes), the LG Sinha said J&K residents are fed up with past circumstances as Kashmir has seen most days of the year closed for all activities. “Businesses, transport, educational institutions, etc. remained closed for 100 days a year. People were fed up with these situations,” he said.

He added that the people of J&K want to recover from past troubles and want to prosper with the people of India in the future.

He also added that a handful of people are playing into the hands of the neighboring country and trying to destabilize peace in the region. “The handful of elements deceive the body of journalists with their false narrative and attempt to stir up trouble at J&K,” the LG added.

Regarding detentions after the repeal of Sections 370 and 35 (A), the LG maintained that no political leader in Jammu and Kashmir has been arrested so far. “I tell you in a responsible way and I record it that no political leader of J&K is detained or in prison”, he declared and added; “However, the elements that threaten the peace and security of the nation may have been arrested and kept in prison.”

Asked about the continued detention of Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the LG said he was not arrested after the repeal of Section 370 nor detained under the Public Security Act (PSA). The LG said that keeping his family’s past in consideration, the security arrangements to his left and right were kept for his safety measure.

“The Mirwaiz was not detained. Keeping in mind the assassination of his father, the security in his environment has been tightened to ensure his safety. We don’t want any trouble. On our side, he is neither detained nor kept under PSA. He should decide for himself what he wants to do,” the lieutenant governor said.

Regarding the recent spate of targeted killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley, the LG said that every community in J&K was affected by terrorism, whether it was Kashmiri Pandits or Kashmiri Muslims. “It is a fact that few Kashmiri pundits have been deliberately killed in the recent past, but at the same time, we have to admit that there are also other faiths that have been targeted by terrorists,” he said. he said and added, “Muslims in Kashmir have also suffered badly because of terrorism”.

He said there was no need to see the actions of terrorists through the prism of religion. The LG also said that in the past three years not a single innocent man has been shot by security forces at J&K.

Asked about the assembly elections, the LG said Home Secretary Amit Shah of the Parliamen’s Prosecution had clarified that the elections would no doubt be held at J&K after following proper procedures. “The SM specified that first demarcation, then elections and finally statehood to J&K would be granted,” he said.

“Our country runs on the constitution. The electoral lists were drawn up six or seven years ago. The drafting of the ER has been resumed. They were 11 years old at the time, have reached 17 or 18 and now have the right to vote. I think the election commission will call the polls when the time is right,” the LG said.

He also said, “Let the timing come, J&K statehood will be granted accordingly.”

Asked about the detention of human rights activist Khurram Parvez, the LG said those who use HR politics and activism for terrorism at the behest of the ISI and who identify targets for them will not remain not go unpunished.

“The NIA filed an indictment against seven defendants in the LeT case under no. 30/2020. Khuram Parvez is the first defendant in the case. If he is an HR advocate, then God protect us from these HR activists,” the LG said.

“The NIA has footage and other evidence against him, including interviews with terrorists. Yet, if they felt bad, we have a justice system they should go to,” the LG added.

BSN seeks support for Corps Member Essay Competition – The Sun Nigeria


The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) is seeking support for its National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member essay contest aimed at engendering national cohesion and youth development.

BSN Executive Secretary, Rev. Samuel Sanusi made the call for support on the sidelines of the 11th NYSC National Essay Competition, Awards and Symposium held in Lagos on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the contest themed: “Reshaping the Nigerian System for Sustainable Development” aims to steer patriotism among the youth.

Sanusi, who spoke about the benefits of the program, called for support from businesses and governments to ensure the program is open to participants of all faiths and transcends the current generation.

“A sponsorship of the concept that tends to galvanize the ingenuity of young people towards national ideals will fit into a progressive society that we all aspire to.

“These finalists can receive a scholarship for higher degrees in institutions of higher education to help them broaden their horizons on managerial and political articulation, which will benefit the country.

“Business and government can support sponsorship of the annual program to help it move beyond the NYSC threshold to include college students and co-opt them into the platform that offers solutions to national challenges in the instead of sitting on the fence.

“The program is inclined to develop leaders who can, through collaboration with others, dismantle the structures of ethnic sentiment for the common good,” he said.

The Executive Secretary lamented the involvement of young people in social vices and organized crimes, saying that young people were full of latent energies waiting to be positively harnessed without which their potential would be misused to the detriment of society.

NAN reports that BSN is an interdenominational Christian non-profit organization that translates the Bible into Nigerian languages ​​and raises funds for Bible works, among other functions.

The BSN has translated the complete Bible into 26 Nigerian languages, while translation revision is underway in 10 Nigerian languages ​​to make the Bible easier to understand. (NOPE)

How Repo Rate Hikes Affect Home Loan Borrowers – Forbes Advisor INDIA


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has hiked the repo rate by 140 basis points (bps) to 5.4% so far this year, taking interest rates slightly above pre-Covid levels . The repo rate is the rate at which commercial banks borrow money from the RBI to meet their short-term fund requirements. Thus, with the increase in the cost of borrowing for banks, most banking entities have passed on close to 50 bo to 80 basis points of rate increases to customers of all product lines.

In its monetary policy statement, RBI said it decided to raise its key interest rates to contain inflationary pressures and maintain macroeconomic stability. The rate hike was in line with continued growth momentum in FY23 at 7.2% and did not lead to a significant slowdown in investment demand or job creation. This is despite forecasts that inflation is likely to remain above the upper 6% tolerance range for much of this year.

How banks reacted to repo rate hikes

The Covid-19 pandemic has lowered the demand for home loans as people focus more on their basic needs and have less disposable income to cover their monthly equivalent payments (EMI). Those who already had outstanding loans received a moratorium to ease the pressure. But as the economy recovered from the peak of the pandemic, a low interest rate regime boosted housing affordability and revived demand for home loans.

But since May, most lending institutions have rapidly increased their marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) to compensate for their lost revenue. Housing finance companies (HFCs) have raised their prime rate (PLR). The net effect for the borrower is higher rates and the need to prepare for further hikes in the coming months given the rising trajectory of global interest rates and inflation high due to geopolitical tensions.

Accordingly, all lenders, including home loan providers who borrow funds from the central bank or other banks or regularly borrow from the debt market in the case of NBFCs/HFCs, should raise their interest rates. loan depending on the upward movement of costs.

Rates 100 to 150 basis points higher are unlikely to have a negative impact on homebuyer sentiment, especially in the small ticket segment.

A rise in rates beyond 150 basis points will likely lead to weaker demand from new borrowers. That said, it remains to be seen how the homebuyer’s outlook has evolved during the pandemic. Most of us know that consumer preferences have shifted dramatically across industries due to COVID-19, and a similar trend has also been seen in real estate.

Home ownership is high on the priority list of Indians, and housing demand has shifted from compact homes in metropolitan areas to larger homes in the outskirts. Thus, despite higher interest rates, demand for housing from small owners should remain robust.

How Consumers Responded to Repo Rate Hikes

There is no standard impact on borrowers in the real estate sector, as the influencing factors of a rise in interest rates differ between categories.

Although small borrowers are less affected by rate hikes, it could cause problems for those who have taken out large loans and opted for floating interest rates on their loans. There is undoubtedly a specific reason for the immediate impact on borrowers with a floating rate, as it is mandated to be tied to a benchmark such as the repo rate. And the subsequent effect on the repo-linked lending rate (RLLR), such as the floating rate, is seen in a quarter of the change in the benchmark.

Investment home buyers tend to opt for higher loan amounts than independent home buyers and affordable home buyers. Indeed, they plan to use these properties as an investment vehicle or even to rent them out if there is no possibility of selling them at higher prices in the future.

Since investment home buyers have a larger loan amount, they are naturally more affected by rate increases in a variable interest option. As a result, they will have to pay more on the interest component of their loans as lenders raise interest rates triggered by rising RBI repo rates.

As is clear from the explanation of rate differentials, the buyer of an independent affordable home with a lower loan amount is less likely to be affected by rising rates.

What should consumers do when taking out a home loan?

Fixed rate home loans

Borrowers of fixed-rate mortgages are unaffected by interest rate increases because current interest rates are locked in for part or all of the term of their loans. Therefore, if you have taken out a fixed rate loan, there will be no impact on your monthly EMIs or repayment amount at this time.

Borrowing rates have increased, as have deposit rates. So the smart ones who opted for a fixed interest rate option for more certainty have managed to avoid the risk now. They can try to save and take better advantage of these savings to deal with continued inflationary pressure.

Affordable Home Loans

However, there are two notions in the context of the rates chosen by buyers of affordable homes.

Some small borrowers with low disposable income and less aware of financial markets tend to jump at the low interest rate opportunity. These borrowers benefit in the short term from the low interest rate of a floating option. But the rate hike by RBI, as seen recently, has a direct and negative impact on their financial stability as they pay much more interest after the move.

This is a result of lenders reacting quickly to rising repo rates by increasing their MCLR/PLR.

Borrowers who have a better understanding of how markets work and who have the convenience of income tend to opt for fixed rather than floating rate loans. This is even if the fixed option interest rates are higher than the contemporaneous floating rate in a low interest rate regime.

The logic stems from their low appetite for risk coupled with fluctuating interest rates over periods ranging from one to five years, depending on the individual needs and financial situation of the applicants. Rates may vary depending on prevailing market conditions when taking out mortgages on their properties. But fixed interest rates are still safe, and borrowers can effectively budget their future payments accordingly.

Variable rate mortgages

The disadvantage of a variable rate option is that it makes loans unnecessarily large at a later stage when the borrower is paying much more interest than the principal repayment. Assuming that most variable rate borrowers are the most vulnerable part of society, we can conclude that they are in a position where they cannot bear the brunt of rising rates.


According to RBI data, home loans account for around 65% of all outstanding bank loans in the country. Most of these borrowers opt for variable rate loans which are affected by interest rate increases. Regardless of which category a borrower falls into, the ideal approach to avoiding defaults is to budget for expenses well in advance. Planning involves things like:

  • Check interest rate options;
  • Optimize other spending to accommodate uncertainties (such as rate hikes);
  • Ensure a safety net (such as an emergency fund with disciplined savings in a safe lane); and
  • On top of everything, repay loans as soon as possible by staying ahead of schedule.

The era of low interest rates seems to be over and better financial planning for its future will ensure that it has a limited impact on rising interest rates. The silver lining is that you will possess an asset that will also appreciate.

Far Rockaway organizations provided funding for community programs and events – QNS.com


Twenty-three Far Rockaway nonprofits have been announced as recipients of Edgemere Community Development Grants, which will fund community events and programs on the peninsula.

The Arker Companies, a New York real estate development focused primarily on affordable housing, in partnership with the Far Rockaway Arverne Nonprofit Coalition (FRANC), on August 16, announced the first round of a series of grants to local nonprofits on the peninsula. In May, the company and FRANC opened Edgemere Commons, which will bring 2,000 affordable housing units to the peninsula.

“We are proud to work closely with FRANC and local community leaders to support 23 nonprofits who will use these funds to create events and programs for the Rockaway community,” said Alex Arker, director of The Arker. Companies. “The revitalization of Edgemere and the development of Edgemere Commons is not just about affordable housing, it is also about eradicating a food desert, creating retail space and empowering the community.”

According to Manny Silva, Executive Director of FRANC, the unique partnership between FRANC, The Arker Companies and nonprofits across the Rockaways is an example of the number of community players who can come together to impact a community of different ways.

“These funds will increase food accessibility, health access and create new community events for our children, and we are excited to continue distributing these grants over the next decade,” Silva said.

With support from the New York City Fund, FRANC will disburse the grants over the next decade to support organizations in the surrounding community.

The nine organizations that received grants of $5,000 are:

  • Far Rock Greek Council
  • FarRock Strong Incorporated,
  • Queens Royal Priest Hood Inc.
  • Edgemere Community Civic Association
  • defenders of queens
  • Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation
  • Edgemere Farm
  • Rockaway Ravens Youth Sports Inc.
  • Beach 41 Street Houses Residents Council

The 14 organizations that received grants of $2,500 are:

  • Rok Nation LLC Dance Team
  • The TRUE Church
  • Swim Strong Foundation
  • Collective Laru Beya Inc.
  • Brooklyn and Queens Catholic charities
  • Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center
  • 100 Precise Community Council Inc.
  • The campaign against hunger
  • Ann Crowley Fosteris Trainers and Instructors Fitness To You
  • Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
  • Rockaway Film Festival Inc.
  • East River Development Alliance
  • Arverne Church of God Inc.
  • Rockaway Roz Inc.

Divided into two rounds, the first tranche of grant recipients includes applicants in three broad categories: Workforce Development, Youth Development, and/or Community Development. Eight community and nonprofit leaders rated the applications based on a rubric, and those scores were compiled and averaged to determine who would receive grants.

Lugarry Vernon, executive director of Far Rock Strong, said the grant will allow them to purchase uniforms, basketballs and hire referees to run basketball clinics and tournaments, organize outings and travels and continue to help hundreds of Rockaway students be their best. they can be both on and off the field.

“Bringing kids together for organized activities like basketball can help provide positive outlets that build a stronger community and a future for our kids,” Vernon said.

The grant program delivers on the commitments made by the development team behind Edgemere Commons.

In May 2022, The Arker Companies and Slate Property Group broke ground on the first building of the $100 million mixed-use affordable housing development which will ultimately provide more than 2,000 affordable housing units, retail, community spaces, medical facilities and outdoor public spaces for Far Rockaway Residents.

Tishman Speyer, which acquired the remaining 10 buildings in 2021, will complete the project and support FRANC with the remaining tranches of community grants.

“From providing young New Yorkers with after-school activities to supporting families with essential health resources, the 23 organizations receiving grants today will help Rockaway residents thrive,” said said David Schwartz, co-founder and director of Slate Property Group. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support a historically underserved community with the housing and economic opportunity that Far Rockaway deserves as we complete the first phase of Edgemere Commons.”

Vanessa Seis of Edgemere Farm said she is committed to continuing education and access to food in the community, as well as providing a safe space where all are welcome and encouraged to learn. and grow together.

“We are extremely grateful to partner with FRANC and The Arker Companies for this grant, which will help support the continuation of free cultural and educational programming on the farm, including musical performances and educational workshops and classes for children,” Seis said.

Advisor Selvena Brooks-Powers commended Arker Companies for its “continued commitment to the Edgemere community.”

Powers is encouraging more organizations to apply for the second round of the Edgemere Commons Community Grants program.

“As the city works to address the housing crisis, it’s equally important to make sure we’re not just developing housing, but building communities,” Brooks-Powers said. “The Edgemere Commons Community Grants are an example of how property developers can invest in local communities, strengthening our local groups working to fill the gaps.”

Queens Borough chairman Donovan Richards said he was “deeply grateful” to the companies Arker and FRANC for their commitment to the community.

“Edgemere Commons is about true community development, and today’s announcement of a grant for nearly two dozen critical community organizations is another reason why Edgemere Commons holds such promise for Rockaway,” Richards said. “From empowering youth to preventing violence to addressing food insecurity, the nonprofits that receive these grants are well positioned to use this funding to help build brighter futures for young people. residents of Far Rockaway.”

The next round of grant applications will open on September 1 and organizations can visit www.francnyc.org/grantapplication for more information.

Going out is not the refuge it seems for some marginalized young people


Going out can mean different things to different people. Raised in a family of nature lovers, Selena Lopez-Ortiz found this to be true within her own home. His parents grew up farming the farmlands of their ranching community in Mexico, descending from families that Lopez-Ortiz describes as being “rooted in nature” for generations. Her father took care to pass that legacy on to Lopez-Ortiz and her sisters.

“He was always the one who exposed us to nature — going fishing, riding horses and all that,” she says. “He was a big fan of being outdoors, and that’s part of what made me fall in love with nature.”

Now in Gustine, Calif., the family is forging different paths outdoors. In high school, the sisters began considering summer programs with Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC), a nonprofit organization that makes outdoor education accessible to students by offering affordable, fully equipped in the Sierra Nevada. Their parents supported this interest but had little time for outdoor recreation. Lopez-Ortiz says it was because her parents spent their time working outdoors. “My father worked every day, without breaks except twice a month.”

Lopez-Ortiz’s mother worked in a nearby sweet potato field and her father irrigated surrounding farms. Combined with the sisters’ evolving interests in the natural world, this meant that the family tradition of engaging with the outdoors continued in multiple forms under the same roof.

Gustine may seem externally connected in a simple way. The city is surrounded by fields and orchards and is less than an hour’s drive from five state parks. An additional two hours’ drive can take you to Big Sur, Yosemite, or the beaches of the Pacific Coast Highway. Based solely on map images, Gustine would seem centered on a constellation of iconic outdoor destinations, all of which live in our cultural imagination as places to go when we want to relax, explore, and #getoutthere. However, many of its neighboring fields and orchards are privately owned and maintained by farm laborers living nearby. This means that Gustine’s closest access points outdoors are often workplaces.

Alexis Angulo, a former Gustine CRA who now sits on the organization’s Young Professionals Council, says the economic realities of the region may outweigh the apparent simplicity of the map. Like Lopez-Ortiz, Angulo and her family lived next to parks and coastlines while rarely interacting with them.

“Before coming to the ARC…I had never hiked, I had never climbed. These experiences were alien to me, says Angulo. “Part of the reason why these experiences [were] so foreign is that they are so expensive to continue. You need a lot of expensive equipment, and it’s not affordable. Even going to a park and paying a $30 entry fee – for someone on a low income, that was not feasible.

Jesus Alejandre leads ARC’s youth programs in the Central Valley and believes there are a few key elements that can shape a community’s relationship to its landscape. As a local leader in Gustine who graduated from the ARC high school program, he has personal knowledge of the context of his work.

Should The Body Shop mobilize voters?


August 17, 2022

On International Youth Day (August 12), The Body Shop launched a youth voter engagement and registration campaign across its stores and website in the United States ahead of the mid-elections. November term.

Consumers can check their registration status, register to vote, and learn more about the importance of voting midterm in 2022.

This effort builds on the May launch of Body Shop’s “Being seen. Be heard», in partnership with the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Youth. Body Shop said younger voters in the United States typically participate in elections at 20-30% lower rates than older voters.

The new in-store voting campaign comes as surveys continue to show that young adults want companies to take a stand on the issues. Body Shop has spoken out strongly on issues in the past, including reproductive health care.

“Over the past few years, we have been deeply inspired by how young people have made their political voices heard by protesting directly, lobbying their representatives and championing causes online,” said Hilary Lloyd, vice-president. President of Marketing and Corporate Responsibility for Body Shop North America. , in a statement. “Now we’re proud to help amplify their voices at the ballot box.”

In 1990, the launch of the The “Rock the Vote” campaign pushed for encourage young Americans to vote, although “get the vote” campaigns typically focus on presidential elections.

November’s midterm elections, however, are receiving more attention than usual, similar to the buildup before the 2018 midterms, according to a recent Gallup poll taken in June. The economy, gun politics and abortion have proven to be key issues this year.

In 2018, 411 companies joined the “It’s time to vote», pledging to facilitate the vote of their employees. The campaign was led by Patagonia, Walmart, Levi Strauss, PayPal and Tyson Foods. Some consumer-oriented election campaigns have also been launched. Hot issues at the time included the Trump administration’s planned cuts to Utah’s national monuments, exiting the Paris climate accord, overhauling immigration policies and gun control. .

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Does Body’s Shop voter engagement and registration campaign make sense for the cosmetics chain as well as many other retailers? Is it more important for retailers, especially those targeting young adults, to support efforts to “get out of the vote,” given the politically charged environment?


“I don’t know if it makes sense for other retailers, but it’s on brand for The Body Shop.”

“…younger generations, in particular, will be the first to call when their favorite influencer ‘sells out’, pushing a product or message to make money or fit in.”

“Given the importance of our next two elections, it makes perfect sense for Body Shop to speak out, and speaking out strengthens the brand.”


Media scrutiny is healthy for democracy – Obaseki


Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State said media involvement in government policies and plans is key to democracy dividends.

The governor also said such a partnership would help the government deliver more of its manifestos to the people.

The Special Advisor on Media Projects and Communications Strategy to the Governor, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this Wednesday during the start of the Government Projects media tour of the state’s three Senate districts.

He said the administration embraced the idea of ​​a media tour to give reporters first-hand information about its activities.

According to him, “journalists are there to inform the public; and it is important that they visit some of the completed projects and those in progress in order to have an in-depth knowledge of the information they deliver to the public”.

He thanked the President of the Union of Nigerian Journalists (NUJ) in the state, Mr. Festus Alekhen, for coming up with such an initiative.

Earlier, the NUJ president said, “We want to mark the eyes, not affect. We have heard of government activities, but today we believe it is appropriate that we also see for ourselves.

Projects visited include: National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Camp in Okada, Ovia North East, Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, Ovia South West, University of Benin, Ovia North East, Government Science and Technological College, Egor, College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi, Ovia Sud-Ouest among others.

Related Content You May Like

August 17, 2022 – Lending Rate Slide – Forbes Advisor


Editorial Note: We earn a commission on partner links on Forbes Advisor. Commissions do not affect the opinions or ratings of our editors.

Refinanced student loan rates fell last week. Despite the rise, if you want to refinance your student loans, you can still get a relatively low rate.

According to Credible.com, from August 8-13, the average fixed interest rate on a 10-year refinance loan was 5.46%. It was 3.99% on a five-year variable rate loan. This is for borrowers with a credit score of 720 or higher who have prequalified in Credible.com’s student loan marketplace.

Related: Best student loan refinance lenders

Fixed rate loans

Last week, the average fixed rate on 10-year refinance loans fell from 0.29% to 5.46%. The previous week, the average was 5.75%.

Fixed interest rates will not fluctuate over the term of a borrower’s loan. This allows borrowers refinancing now to lock in a significantly lower rate than they would have received this time last year. At this time last year, the average fixed rate on a 10-year refinance loan was 3.46%, or 2.00% lower than the current rate.

Let’s say you refinanced $20,000 in student loans at today’s average fixed rate. You’d pay about $217 a month and about $5,999 in total interest over 10 years, according to Forbes Advisor’s student loan calculator.

Variable rate loans

Last week, five-year variable refinance student loan rates rose to 3.99% from 2.79% the previous week.

Unlike fixed rates, variable interest rates fluctuate over the life of a loan depending on market conditions and the index to which they are linked. Many refinance lenders recalculate rates monthly for borrowers with variable rate loans, but they usually limit the rate height, to 18%, for example.

Refinancing an existing $20,000 loan to a five-year loan at an interest rate of 3.99% would yield a monthly payment of approximately $368. A borrower would pay $2,094 in total interest over the life of the loan. But the rate in this example is variable and it can go up or down each month.

Related: Should You Refinance Student Loans?

Student Loan Refinance Rate Comparison

Refinancing a student loan at the lowest possible interest rate is one of the best ways to reduce the amount of interest you’ll pay over the life of the loan.

You may find that variable rate loans start out cheaper than fixed rate loans. But because they are variable, they have the potential to increase in the future.

Fortunately, you can reduce your risk by paying off your new refinance loan quickly, or at least as quickly as possible. Start by choosing a short loan term but with a manageable payment. Then pay extra whenever you can. This can hedge your risk against possible rate hikes.

When considering your options, compare rates from multiple student loan refinance lenders to ensure you don’t miss out on possible savings. Determine if you qualify for additional interest rate reductions, possibly by choosing automatic payments or having an existing financial account with a lender.

When should you refinance student loans?

Lenders generally require you to graduate before refinancing. While it’s possible to find a lender without this requirement, in most cases you’ll want to wait to refinance after you graduate.

Keep in mind that you’ll need a good or excellent credit score to get the lowest interest rates.

Using a co-signer is an option for those who do not have sufficient credit or income to qualify for a refinance loan. Alternatively, you can wait until your credit and income are stronger. If you decide to use a co-signer, make sure they know they will be responsible for payments if you can’t for some reason. The loan will also show up on their credit report.

It is important to make sure that you will save enough money when refinancing. While many borrowers with strong credit ratings could benefit from refinancing at today’s interest rates, those with weaker credit will not benefit from the lowest rates available.

Do the math to see if refinancing will benefit your situation. Shop around for rates, then calculate what you could save.

Refinancing Student Loans: What Else to Consider

When you refinance federal student loans to private student loans, keep in mind that you will lose many federal loan benefits, such as income-oriented repayment plans and generous deferment and forbearance options.

You may not need these programs if you have a stable income and plan to pay off your loan quickly. But make sure you won’t need these programs if you plan to refinance federal student loans.

If you need the benefits of these programs, you can refinance only your private loans or only a portion of your federal loans.

Youth organization tasks political parties with outreach programs

A non-governmental organization, Lugard Youth Development and Empowerment Initiative (LYDEI), has called on the country’s political parties to organize programs that will create an enabling environment for the holding of violence-free elections in 2023.

LYDEI Executive Director, Mr. Okwutepa Aminu Oseni made the call on Tuesday during a one-day event to celebrate International Youth Day 2022 in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.

He said calling on political parties to be proactive ahead of the 2023 general elections has become imperative to curb the relentless electoral violence that has often hampered the conduct of elections in the country.

“I advise political parties, youth leaders to organize programs and activities for young people in their political parties in order to stop hate speech and fake news on social networks and to promote a campaign based on problems promoting their candidate ahead of the 2023 general election,” he said.

Speaking on the theme of the celebration, “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages, Setting an Agenda for Youth and Women‘s Political Participation”, the Executive Director said that the synergy of youth creativity, technological innovation in the 21st century and the experience of the older generation would enhance the peace and stability of the nation’s democratic journey if harnessed well.

He charged the older generation of politicians in the country with the need to show measurable commitment to ensure that the voice of young people is heard in the governance of the country.

“The importance of this gathering cannot be overemphasized because of the role that young people play in our electoral process in Nigeria. This program is designed for us to learn from the older generation, reflect, share ideas on how we can improve our political participation before the 2023 general elections,” he said.

Related Content You May Like

Highlights from Rockwall ISD Board Meeting August 15 – Blue Ribbon News


ROCKWALL, TX (August 16, 2022) The following is a press release from Rockwall ISD summarizing Monday evening’s RISD board meeting (8/15/2022).


The Board of Trustees recognized Mentors for the 2022 Extended School Year. The ESY Mentorship Program began in 2018. This summer, 17 middle and high school students volunteered to support and work with their peers with disabilities. These mentors contributed a total of 517 hours.

Region 10 Representative

The Board of Trustees has approved endorsement of a representative from Region 10 for the position of Texas Association of School Boards Board of Trustees.

Board Representative on Rockwall ISD Finance and Budget Committee

Rockwall ISD has and continues to emphasize financial transparency and a commitment to sound fiscal management. To help provide consultative direction and transparency, the board established the District Finance and Budget Committee as a subcommittee of the board. The Board has appointed Trustee Amy Hilton to serve on the Committee. Generally, the committee will meet regularly with members of the administrative team to review and hear information regarding district finances, budget information, legislative updates, etc.

Summer School Update

In June, July and August, Rockwall ISD staff served 1,399 students: 695 elementary students and 704 high school students. These student groups include bilingual students, ESL students, special education students, and general education students. The summer school aims to identify and address students’ specific learning gaps and prepare them for the 2022-2023 school year.

STAAR 2022 Update and District “A” Responsibility Rating

District leadership has provided a performance summary for the Spring 2022 STAAR assessment for Rockwall ISD grades 3-11 students. Today, the district announced an “A” accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency, the third year for the highest rating. Superintendent Dr. John Villarreal thanked teachers, staff, students and families for their hard work in achieving the state’s highest grade.

Update of construction projects

As a rapidly growing school district, Rockwall ISD is constantly evolving as the district continues to grow and add more students and staff. The Operations Department supports the District by providing assessment, evaluation, and improvement of District facilities to create the best possible learning environment for our students and staff.

The Operations Department has been and currently manages numerous building projects to help facilitate the district’s goal of providing authentic and innovative learning environments. These many projects include, but are not limited to:

  • 9eGrade Centre(s) – North and South
  • RHHS Multipurpose Tennis Facility
  • Wilkerson-Sanders Turf Replacement
  • Interior renovation of the aquatic center
  • Farm Facility Fire Alarm Replacement
  • Cullins-Lake Pointe Furnishing Replacement
  • Interior Paint – Amy Parks-Heath, Cullins-Lake Pointe, Aquatic
  • Site paving projects – Amy Parks-Heath, Cullins-Lake Pointe
  • Fine Arts Projects – Stage Curtains for RHS & RHHS Performing Arts Centers and Middle Schools
  • Fine Art Projects – RHS and RHHS Piano Lab Equipment Replacements
  • College #4
  • Amanda Rochell Elementary School Replacement School
  • Cain & Williams MS additions and renovations

Favorable results from selling bonds with lower interest cost Summary

The Administration priced the Rockwall ISD Unlimited School Building Bonds Transaction, Series 2022a on June 23, 2022. The following is a summary of the results of this transaction:

*Series 2022a bonds are priced with a net premium that will result in a deposit of $115,000,000 into the RISD project fund on July 20, 2022.

  • Rockwall ISD maintained its excellent underlying Aa2 (Moody’s) and AA (S&P) ratings in addition to Aaa/AAA Permanent School Fund (PSF) collateral ratings.
  • The projections used for the December Board meeting presentation were based on a 4.68% TIC. The final TIC for the 2022a series was 4.3521%, resulting in a decrease of $10,091,118 in interest expense from the original projections.

Board Approves Completion of Consulting Services Project

The Board of Directors has approved the implementation of the following 2021 bond projects:

  • college stage curtains,
  • Replacement of the agricultural facility fire alarm, and
  • Billie Stevenson Replacement of the elementary PA system.

Council approves services for outdoor learning center

The Board of Directors has approved the consultancy services and method of project delivery/contract award for the Rockwall ISD Outdoor Learning Center project.

Board Approves Competitive Sealed Proposal for RHHS Multi-Purpose Tennis Building

The Board has approved the award of a $1,391,026.09 contract to RA Ramos for the Rockwall-Heath High School Multi-Purpose Tennis Building.

Board approves 2022 tax rate for fiscal year 2022-23

The Board of Directors approved the 2022 tax rate for the 2022-2023 fiscal year as follows:

Council approves district’s wealth equalization plan for 2022-23

The Board has approved the Option 3 Wealth Equalization Plan for the Purchase of Attendance Credits (Netting Chapter 48 Funding) with the Texas Education Agency.

Board Approves Delegation of Contracting Authority to Superintendent for Chapter 49 Statute

The Board of Trustees approved the delegation of contractual authority to require the School District under Texas Education Code (TEC) §11.511(c)(4) to the Superintendent to purchase attendance credits for net against Chapter 48 funding.

Board Approves Guaranteed Intermediate Maximum Price #2 (Steel Set) for Rockwall High School and Rockwall-Heath High School Grade Nine Centers

Board Approved Intermediate Guaranteed Maximum Price (IGMP) #2 (Steel Set) for Rockwall High School and Rockwall-Heath High School Grade Nine Center Projects in the amount of $15,031,994.00 .

Board approves EIC policy (LOCAL)

The Board approved the removal of language from the EIC (LOCAL) policy that applied to the class of 2022 and earlier.

Council approves DEC policy (LOCAL)

The Board of Directors has approved the bereavement leave policy for employees in the DEC (LOCAL) policy.

House Bill 3 Teacher Incentive Allocation Update

District leadership provided the board with an update regarding the Local Designation System for Teacher Incentive Allocation (TIA) approved in the 86th Legislative Session as part of Bill 3.

The TIA was created to recognize effective teachers at three different levels: Recognized, Exemplary, and Master. These teacher designations generate additional teacher-focused funding for districts to reward top-performing teachers.

Press release submitted by Rockwall ISD, edited for publication in Blue Ribbon News.

Our print edition delivers free to approximately 17,500 homes and businesses throughout Rockwall County, TX. Click on the image to view. To share your good news and events, email [email protected]

Subscribe to our email newsletter here.

Advertising: 214-342-8000 or [email protected]

BRN Media is a multi-platform creative agency offering comprehensive advertising and marketing, social media management, and website development services throughout Rockwall County and the Dallas area.

Why Anjali Appadurai is running a ‘crazy and bold’ campaign to be BC’s next premier


It took a 13-hour moonlit road trip for Anjali Appadurai to decide whether to run for premier of British Columbia.

The 32-year-old climate justice activist was returning home to Vancouver after a few days of meeting with Indigenous leaders and activists on Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia, and her phone was on fire. Word had spread that she was considering running for prime minister. Dozens of friends and allies from across the province – youth advocates, Indigenous leaders, disillusioned NDP members and others – called to convince her to run.

“In my mind, I wasn’t going to do it. But to see the hope that I could run was really, really powerful,” she said in an interview with Canadian National Observer before officially launching his campaign on Monday. “I realized that even though I don’t want to do this, even though it’s going to be really difficult, I have to step in and answer the call.”

His decision turned the election of a replacement for current B.C. Premier John Horgan from a sleepy single-candidate race into a ‘dividing’ race poised to focus on change climate and economic inequalities.

Appadurai has repeatedly been in the spotlight for her climate activism, starting with a thunderous speech to delegates at the 2011 United Nations climate conference. She has since worked for West Coast Environmental Law, the Sierra Club BC and the Climate Emergency Unit. She was also the NDP candidate in the 2021 federal election for the riding of Vancouver Granville, losing by just around 400 votes – one of the tightest races in the country.

His leadership challenger, former BC Attorney General and Housing Minister David Eby, is running on a platform that promises to maintain the BC NDP’s current approach to progressive change on issues like climate change and the housing crisis. While that consistency has won Eby the support of most current NDP MPs and senior NDP brass, Appadurai said for many B.C. residents, the approach falls flat.

It promises a more radical platform where tackling climate change and prioritizing the public good over private interests would be the organizing framework for BC’s economic and social policies. It’s an approach she says can address the province’s greatest challenges — climate change, the housing and drug crises, or systemic racism, for example — and ensure that residents of British Columbia Britons have the basics of a “good life”, she said.

Although climate change plays a key role in her platform, she stressed that she seeks to do more than reduce carbon emissions or implement tougher environmental policies. Its goal is to create a government that redistributes power and money from corporations and private interests to key public services.

His decision to run against Eby drew criticism. Some party members, other activists and pundits called his campaign “bold” and “unwinnable”, citing his lack of political experience and Eby’s institutional backing.

Eby welcomed Appadurai to the race in a statement, saying “the race is an opportunity for a healthy exchange of ideas and a chance for (NDP) members to have their voices heard through the electoral process.”

“In my mind, I wasn’t going to do it. But to see the hope sparked by the possibility of me running was really, really powerful,” Anjali Appadurai said in an interview with Canada’s National Observer before kicking off. officially his campaign.

These are all valid criticisms, she said, but she believes she has the ability to bring together experts from different backgrounds and fields to develop more radical and transformative policies.

“It’s divisive because we’re doing something that feels crazy and bold and incredibly inconvenient for the scheme of things,” she said. “(But) to deal with the climate emergency, you have to go into emergency mode – and it’s an unpleasant place.”

Venture capital investment in youth mental health startups has skyrocketed 1,376% over the past 4 years. Why it’s not too late to join the fray


As the youth mental health crisis deepens, money is flowing to providers offering to meet burgeoning needs.

Venture capital investment in youth mental health and well-being grew 1,376% in just four years, reaching $871 million in 2021, from $59 million in 2018. is according to a new report of Redwood City, Calif.-based Telosity, a fund from investment services advisory firm Vinaj Ventures, which focuses on mental health startups.

Despite increased investment, there are still shortages of youth mental health professionals and services in general. The terms point to an additional opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to build businesses that can help young people.

The report cites that clinical depression among 12 to 17 year olds increased by 52% between 2005 and 2007. Even more, one in six young people aged 6 to 17 suffer from some type of mental illness. There has been a need for adolescent mental health services for years, says Telosity founder and CEO Anish Srivastava, but “the pandemic has definitely exacerbated this problem.”

The pandemic has also helped spur an evolution in mental wellness treatments. Many opportunities for growth lie in thinking about individuals more holistically, as well as sleep, nutrition, fitness and wellness as a whole, adds Srivastava.

Namely, the youth mental health market is expected to reach $26 billion by 2027, according to the report, which tracks more than 850 mental health startups.

According to data from Telosity, two areas that garnered the most investment over the past two years were clinician access and better online experiences. Meanwhile, unlicensed support services and wellness and personal care are less crowded markets.

Of course, space startups face a number of challenges, from insurance reimbursement to patient retention and high costs associated with customer acquisition. And there are also a number of legal and regulatory considerations to juggle. When working with minors, for example, contractors should be aware of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which is a law intended to protect the privacy of children under the age of 13.

Srivastava adds that the most successful startups in the youth mental health industry are those that can demonstrate the effectiveness of their product or service to make the case for their solution. In other words, have the data to support your claim. “One of the things we try to filter is who [companies] have very clear results and can show either clinical effectiveness and can provide evidence that their solution actually works instead of being theoretical and offering a solution that they believe will work, says- he.

How to get an emergency loan with bad credit


Our goal at Credible Operations, Inc., NMLS Number 1681276, hereafter referred to as “Credible”, is to give you the tools and confidence you need to improve your finances. Although we promote the products of our partner lenders who pay us for our services, all opinions are our own.

If you have a low credit score and need to borrow money for an unexpected expense, it is possible to find an emergency bad credit loan. (Shutterstock)

Once in a while, you may face an urgent or unexpected expense, such as a car repair or a medical procedure. With an emergency loan, you can get the money you need to cover expenses quickly, even if you have bad credit.

Here’s what you need to know about emergency loans with bad credit, what you can use the loan funds for, and some types of emergency loans you should avoid.

Where to get an emergency loan

You can get an emergency loan from multiple places, including online lenders, banks, and credit unions.

Online lenders

You can apply for an emergency loan and receive the funds online through an online lender without ever setting foot in a physical location. Depending on the lender, you may be able to prequalify and verify your loan offers online without affecting your credit.

If you find a loan offer that meets your needs, you can complete a formal application in minutes. Once you’re approved, you can receive your funds by direct deposit the same day, within 24 hours, or within a few business days.

Credible, it’s easy to compare personal loan rates from various lenders, and it will not affect your credit score.


Many types of banks – including large national banks and smaller community banks – offer emergency loans to their customers. You may be able to apply online or in person at a local branch. If you are approved, you will likely receive your funds within a few business days or a week, although funding may take longer in some cases.

Although banks sometimes offer larger emergency loans than other lenders, they also tend to have stricter requirements to qualify. You may also need to be an existing customer or meet certain income and credit criteria.

credit unions

Credit unions are non-profit organizations that generally have a local presence. Compared to banks, credit unions tend to offer lower rates on all types of products, including emergency loans. They are also known for their more personalized service. The caveat, however, is that you must meet certain membership requirements and join a credit union if you want to take advantage of any of its offers.

How to get an emergency loan with bad credit

You generally need good to excellent credit to qualify for a personal loan, so if your credit is weak, it may be more difficult to qualify. But some lenders specialize in loans for bad creditso it is still possible to get an emergency loan even if you have bad credit or no credit history.

You can also apply for an emergency loan from a co-signer to increase your chances of approval or get a lower interest rate. Remember that a co-signer will be legally responsible for the loan if you cannot make your payments.

Follow these steps to apply for an emergency loan:

  1. Shop around and compare lenders. Do research and compare several emergency lenders. Consider their interest rates, repayment terms, fees, and eligibility requirements.
  2. Choose your emergency loan. Once you have compared lenders, choose the loan option that best suits your particular situation.
  3. Fill out an application. Complete the official application online or in person. Be prepared to share basic financial information and submit documents, such as your government-issued ID, tax returns, and pay stubs.
  4. Get your funds. If you are approved, the lender will distribute your money, usually by direct deposit. Funding time can be same day or next business day after approval, depending on the lender.

Head to Credible for quick and easy compare personal loan rates from various lenders, all in one place.

What can emergency loans be used for?

An emergency loan is flexible, meaning you can use the funds for almost any type of emergency expense, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • dental costs
  • Unscheduled car repairs
  • Urgent home renovations or repairs
  • Emergency veterinary care
  • Unforeseen moving costs
  • Rent or mortgage payments to avoid foreclosure
  • Funeral and burial expenses

As is the case with traditional personal loans, you cannot use emergency loan funds for tuition, a down payment on a home, gambling, or illegal activities.

How to compare emergency lenders

Here are several important factors to keep in mind when evaluating your lender’s options for emergency loans:

  • Eligibility criteria – Most lenders require good credit, verifiable income, and a low debt-to-income ratio. But some may consider factors other than your credit score.
  • Loan amounts — In most cases, you can borrow as little as $600 up to $100,000 with a Personal loan. Make sure you only borrow what you need.
  • Interest rate – Loans for bad credit tend to have higher interest rates to offset the lender’s risk of lending you money.
  • Repayment Terms – Repayment terms generally range from one to seven years, depending on the lender. Although choosing a longer term may result in a lower monthly payment, a shorter term will keep your interest charges as low as possible.
  • It’s time to finance — If you are approved, you can expect to receive your funds anywhere from the same or next business day after your approval, up to a week (and sometimes longer).

Even if you have bad credit, it is possible to get approved for a personal loan. Credible, it’s easy to view your prequalified personal loan rates so you can find a loan that best suits your needs.

Types of emergency loans to avoid

If you’re facing an emergency, you might be tempted to take out other types of risky loans that can do more harm than good. You should avoid these types of emergency loans whenever possible:

  • Payday loans — These are small, short-term loans designed to hold you over until your next payday. You will repay them when you receive your paycheck, usually within two to four weeks. Although payday loans do not require a credit check, they come with fees equivalent to exorbitant interest rates that can significantly increase the overall cost of your emergency.
  • Securities lending — Title loans are secured loans that give you fast cash in exchange for title to your car. If you don’t repay your loan as agreed, the lender can repossess your vehicle.
  • Pawnbrokers — With pawnbrokers, you secure a valuable item, such as a diamond ring or a guitar, in exchange for cash. Like payday loans, pawnbrokers are notorious for their extremely high fees and interest rates. And if you don’t repay your loan as agreed, the pawnbroker can sell your item.

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma emphasizes youth empowerment


SHILONG: On Monday, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma, emphasized empowerment of youth in the state and country for India’s overall development.

“70% of our population is under 35 years old. What an asset! Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma said.

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma said that unemployment is one of the biggest problems plaguing the state and the country.

He said it is the duty of entrepreneurs to be job creators for young people.

“People are looking for government jobs. But it is not possible for the government to create jobs for all,” said Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma.

Read also : Prime Minister Modi hits out at political rivals during Independence Day speech

He added, “It is the duty of entrepreneurs to become job creators and engage the youth of the state and the country.”

“Many programs have been undertaken by the Meghalaya government to train the youths of the state in different skills so that they can be engaged in different jobs,” said Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma.

Ahead of his speech, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma hoisted the national flag in Shillong to mark 75 years of Indian independence.

Northeast Now is a multi-app based hyper-regional bilingual news portal. Email us at: [email protected] More by NE NOW NEWS

‘Discarded’: Bay director frustrated with construction delays


Black mold was discovered in the school’s staff room and all but two existing classrooms in 2017. Photo/Supplied

A principal from Kawerau said his school had been “set aside” four years after most of the school buildings were demolished due to a discovery of black mold.

Rachel Chater from Kawerau Putauaki School described the delays in

Exploring a “Khadi mindset” in India’s 75th year of independence


To imbibe a “Khadi mindset” is to recognize the potential of fabric, and by association everyday fashion, which not only reinforces our personal style, but also our deeply rooted identity. If Gandhi were alive today, he would be as popular with Millennials and Gen Z as he was with young people of his day. From the protests led by Dr Martin Luther King in the 1960s to the current Extinction Rebellion rallies, it was Gandhi’s “khadi mindset” that inspired people as they walk arm in arm for inclusivity, diversity, fair wages, gender-rights, etc. On our television screens, we see clothes in the colors of the rainbow, slogans on T-shirts announcing political, economic and social convictions, engraved as much in the minds as on the bodies. Scratch beneath the surface, and this urban grassroots activism and nonviolent protest is imbued with a deep empathy for the marginalized. And Gandhi was the dynamic promoter of activism and the ultimate beacon of compassion.

Today, we must go beyond metaphors and symbolism, and lucidly recognize that by what we buy, wear, support, we are able to affirm certain truisms: that there is a huge difference between dignity labor and inhuman labor; and there is a profound difference between wealth and money – the inability to distinguish between the two being what Alan Watts has called “civilization’s peculiar and perhaps fatal fallacy”. Our passage on earth is marked by our quest for a perfect mixture: the joy of work and the bliss of leisure, ideals which we must wish for others as we wish for ourselves. This “khadi mindset” is about being able to recognize that hard work, passion, and creative intent should serve the many, not just the few. It is the economy’s conversion of “labour” power into “human” power. Our sacred quest must be to make visible the invisible hands that create.

Stylized by Anaita Shroff Adajania and Ria Kamat. Photographed by: Vikram Kushwah.

A Khadi State of Mind is our totemic ideological richness inherited from the struggles of the past. Therefore, it is imperative to resuscitate this attitude in a world plagued by ‘bigger is better’, ‘faster and faster’ and ‘more and more’ to the detriment of those who are without voice in our fashion supply chain. It is, in a word, a call to Sarvodaya or well-being for all, something Gandhi experienced.

On the 75th anniversary of India’s freedom, this is a plea to challenge the jaded distortions of power that have ruined our precious land; a plea to fight against the economic imbalances in our industry that ruin families and agricultural land. It is a Gandhian call to action for an eco-consciousness and an economy of benevolence.

Read also :

Khadi’s age-old and iconic Indian craftsmanship gets a makeover

Why khadi is one of the most sustainable fabrics to consider right now

How khadi went from a fabric of rebellion to a canvas for designers

Arsenal’s best youngster signs new contract and confirms loan reports

Brooke Norton-Cuffy signing her new contract with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

As David Ornstein reported earlier this week, Arsenal have now confirmed that Brooke Norton-Cuffy has signed a new contract with the club.

The Arsenal defender was expected to enter the final 12 months of his contract but has now put pen to paper on a new deal which will secure his future with the Gunners.

This obviously gives Arsenal some short-term flexibility to loan the youngster out for this year, and Norton-Cuffy has confirmed reports that a loan is likely – ideally in the Championship.

“Yeah, looks like it’s another loan move,” Norton-Cuffy confirmed. “Hopefully I go to a Championship side and we’ll see what the Championship has to offer.”

Norton-Cuffy enjoyed a very solid first loan spell in senior football last season, joining Lincoln City in League One. He made 17 appearances in a few months with the team and received plenty of praise.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy celebrating her goal for Lincoln City (Photo via Norton-Cuffy on Instagram)
Brooke Norton-Cuffy celebrating her goal for Lincoln City (Photo via Norton-Cuffy on Instagram)

A step towards the Championship seems like the next logical step, especially as there isn’t much of an opening in the first team for the upcoming campaign.

Takehiro Tomiyasu returns from injury to find he has new competition in the form of Ben White at right-back, with Cedric Soares still at the club and Ainsley Maitland-Niles for cover.

Even in the youth team, Norton-Cuffy competes with Reuell Walters, although Walters mainly played Arsenal’s centre-back in pre-season.

The 18-year-old will eventually get his opportunities if he continues to develop like he has done so far. A new contract and a good loan will allow him to continue his progress in the meantime.

QNET promotes entrepreneurial opportunities for young Nigerians – The Sun Nigeria


By Chinenye Anuforo

As part of this year’s International Youth Day celebrations, global e-commerce and direct selling leader QNET has brought together young Nigerians to harness the potential of entrepreneurship to promote socio-economic growth. economic.

The IYD is celebrated every August 12e bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and empowering them to make positive contributions to their communities and nations.

This year’s theme is “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”.

According to the United Nations, the choice of theme is to fight ageism and build bridges between generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Underscoring the importance of International Youth Day, Mr. Biram Fall, QNET Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “The potential of young people as partners in today’s global society cannot be overrated and I commend the youth of Nigeria for their dedication and perseverance to succeed despite everything. At QNET, we understand that the world must harness the full potential of all generations and call on young Nigerians to focus on their entrepreneurial skills and embrace direct selling as a bridge to achieve sustainable growth and development.

The direct selling model involves selling products directly to customers outside of traditional stores and relies on word of mouth promotion from existing users. Results from the latest Direct Selling Report from the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) show that global direct sales grew 2.3% year-on-year, from US$175.3 billion in 2019 to US$179.3 billion in 2020. The direct selling industry demonstrated continued strength in 2021 with a 3.0% increase in global sales over the previous year, valued at approximately US$186.1 trillion of dollars. This shows that while the Covid-19 pandemic has charted a different and difficult course for many industries over the past two years, direct selling continues to thrive amid the contraction in economic activity.

“Nigeria has one of the largest youth populations in the world and the potential of this pool of young emerging talent must be harnessed for the country’s economic growth. E-commerce drives the economy by increasing productivity and encouraging innovation, making youth participation in global e-commerce critical to post-Covid economic growth. Direct selling can be an additional source of income for those pursuing their passion, or even a full-time career for entrepreneurial spirits, depending on what the person is looking for. At QNET, we want to empower young people to leverage their technological prowess, strong connection to the community, and strong sense of social responsibility to generate a sustainable source of income outside of traditional career paths that are less flexible with the direct selling,” added Mr. Tomber.

Through various initiatives and investments, QNET has strengthened its commitment to empowering young people with the skills to seize employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. One such program is his social impact initiative, Rhythms, which over the years has spearheaded development initiatives and youth empowerment projects through sustainable community and enterprise programs. . Since its inception, the program has seen the transformation of communities and helped build the capacity of young people and the marginalized in priority areas such as education, gender equality and community development. It is on this bedrock that QNET is building its influence to bring about change in other areas of critical importance.

Earlier this year, the company launched the pilot phase of its flagship financial literacy program, “FinGreen”, designed to develop healthy financial habits through education and training in young adults. FinGreen addresses common financial barriers faced by young entrepreneurs looking to participate in the global e-commerce boom and aims to educate these young people on financial risk awareness in an increasingly knowledge-based and digital world. .

QNET offers young people who want to enter the direct selling industry and become Independent Brand Representatives the freedom to run their own business through its e-commerce portal and mobile app. The platform provides users with the tools they need to conduct their business seamlessly, wherever they are.

Nature, unplugged | Journal-news | journal-news.net


Ben Shattuck, author of Six Walks In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, recounts his experience summiting Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and compares it to what Thoreau wrote when he witnessed the summit of the mountain in the middle of the 1800. “It was vast. Titanic, such as man never inhabits… It is more alone than you can imagine. Shattuck’s experience was a little different. He was not “lonely anymore”; instead, he was surrounded by people unable or unwilling to experience the vastness of nature. He saw a man upset because he had no cell service, two people on FaceTime, and another playing music on his phone for everyone to hear. So much for the “man” never inhabiting the site. When we are plugged into our devices, we cannot simultaneously be plugged into nature. It requires our full attention.

Although few of us hike the Appalachian Trail, we can still enjoy nature’s bounty in our own community. But to do that, we need to disconnect from technology. GPS can get us to the site we want to explore, but it won’t help us enjoy the wonders of that site. Being connected means we eliminate the sights and sounds of nature. We miss the rustle of its leaves, the songs of its birds, the harmonies created by the creatures of the woods. The symphony of nature awaits us when we disconnect.

The healing power of nature also awaits us when we disconnect. Being in nature can restore our minds, bodies, hearts and souls. Spending as little as 30 minutes in a natural setting can lower our blood pressure, calm a child’s temper tantrums, heal a broken heart. According to an article in Andres R. Edwards’ Yes ​​Magazine, Why 30 Minutes of Nature a Day Is So Good for Your Health, “The statistics on the health benefits for children of being in nature are remarkable… Outdoor activities improve physical fitness, increase vitamin D levels and improve distance vision; being in nature reduces ADHD symptoms; schools with outdoor education programs help students achieve perform better on standardized tests and improve their critical thinking skills. Adults also benefit, “studies show that being in nature will speed up the process of restoring health, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cancer, while lifting people’s spirits…”. However, to receive these natural remedies, we need to be aware of our surroundings. When we are plugged into our devices, we are disconnected. One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I wouldn’t see him again? (Rachel Carson)

In 1982, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries coined a term translated into English to mean “forest bathing”. Forest bathing (no water needed unless it is raining) simply asks us to connect with the natural world through our five senses: touch (beware, know what is toxic), taste (see touch), smell, sight and hearing. A forest is not a requirement for forest bathing. Any natural setting will do, such as a park or even your garden. Being in nature doesn’t require a 10 mile hike or a strenuous climb. However, it requires our full attention to what is there when we are there.

Including a daily or weekly walk in our routine will introduce us to the changing seasons and the beauty that each brings. We will experience sights and sounds that may be foreign to our ears but signal a connection to our inner nature as part of the natural world. If we can, we should find a place to sit for a while so we can watch the real world in all its glory, The world that’s on our devices isn’t natural, isn’t real, isn’t something we can touch; but it is something that creates a gap between us and nature. Once we begin to connect with the natural world, we might want to become active in a conservation group to help protect what is still there before it is gone. Because as we connect more with nature, we will begin to realize how lost it is.

We don’t need to buy a lot of gear to walk in nature. We don’t need to climb mountains or cross streams to experience nature. But we have to unplug to enjoy what nature has to offer. Because if we don’t take the time to experience nature, to witness its beauty and majesty, from the smallest creature to the tallest mountain, what happens when it’s paved for a parking lot, a big-box store, or another fast-food restaurant, and we’ll never see her again? “You can’t save what you don’t like, and you can’t love what you don’t know.” (Jacques Cousteau) Knowing nature, learning to love nature. Please save nature.

— Ginnie R. Maurer lives in Falling Waters and can be reached at [email protected]

SVSEF’s Rick Kapala Wins US Ski and Snowboard’s Service to Youth Award | Recreation


Longtime Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation leader and new Director of Sport Development, Rick Kapala, was honored for his long service to youth with the US Ski & Snowboard Russell Wilder Award. The honor recognizes the outstanding efforts of an individual or organization that focuses on the interests of American youth in skiing or snowboarding.

The award is the second oldest in US Ski & Snowboard, dating back to 1955. The Park City-based organization Youth Sports Alliance has also been recognized for its work in the field.

Kapala steps down from his longtime role as head of the SVSEF cross-country program this year. He has been recognized for his work in developing Sun Valley into one of the top cross country clubs in America. Announcing the award, US Ski & Snowboard said Kapala has long been recognized not only for providing opportunities for young people to become elite athletes, but also for creating an environment focused on being good citizens and good people.

You must beware! Google Play Store lending app scams thrive; 29 Fraudulent Loan Apps Still Available


A week after Pedro Figueroa borrowed 10,000 pesos ($500) from Jose Cash, a popular Mexican loan app, the deluge of online abuse began.

A week after Pedro Figueroa borrowed 10,000 pesos ($500) from Jose Cash, a popular Mexican loan app, the deluge of online abuse began. A flurry of WhatsApp messages swamped his phone, threatening damage – to him and his reputation – if he didn’t pay.

Figueroa had borrowed the money to get him out of a tough time, but was soon caught up in a cycle of debt and extortion as the app sent increasingly threatening messages, including a threat to send a doctored image to all his contacts calling him a pedophile.

To pay off her debt and escape the stress, Figueroa, 34, turned to other digital apps to borrow more money and, within three months, racked up $75,000 in debt across 27 apps.

All this pushes him to contemplate suicide.

“I fell into a deep hole of anxiety over these apps,” Figueroa, an IT specialist, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, using a pseudonym for fear of further reprisals.

Figueroa is one of more than 2,230 people who fell prey to fraud loan applications in Mexico between June 2021 and January 2022, according to data compiled by the Citizen Council for Justice and Security, a Mexico City-based advocacy group.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation found 29 lending apps with millions of downloads in the Google Play Store that have been reported to authorities for extortion, fraud, violation of Mexican privacy law and abusive financial practices.

“We take this issue very seriously and are committed to providing a secure platform for billions of Android users. We have already implemented measures against more than a dozen apps and will continue to investigate,” a Google spokesperson wrote to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The explosion of predatory loan apps in Mexico is part of a global trend that authorities are struggling to contain.

A Reuters investigation last year found dozens of loan apps in India that violated Google’s own policies against short-term loans.

Investigators in Kenya last year launched an investigation into possible data privacy breaches by mobile lenders, while regulators in the Philippines flagged dozens of mobile lending apps as violating local laws. .


Figueroa downloaded Jose Cash in late March, lured by the app’s promise of a quick loan without a credit check.

The app has over 1 million downloads and a 4.8 out of 5 rating on Google Play Store.

“What attracted me was his ranking and the number of downloads. He also had an attractive message saying that he would lend you up to $20,000 in less than five minutes,” Figueroa said.

Like most of the apps reviewed for this article, Jose Cash has thousands of similar five-star reviews written in broken Spanish, all praising the app’s interest rates and speed of approval.

The moment Figueroa downloaded the app, he inadvertently agreed to give her access to his contact list, call history, camera, location, SMS messages, phone accounts. social media and browsing history.

To register for a loan, he also provided personal information – full name, address, photo of his national ID card and bank account number.

The app also contained information about the phone, including IMEI number, year, model, and WiFi connection.

“It was not clear to me then how my information would be used,” Figueroa said.

The 29 apps reviewed for this article all collect sensitive information that experts say goes beyond what federal law allows.

Most lending apps contain a similar line in privacy policies — all invalid even if the user agrees to share their data, said Dafne Mendez, founder of advisory group Privacy Watchers. “Why do lending apps need access to a user’s contact list or photos? It’s not really necessary for their purpose,” she said. “What they are doing is abusive, illegal and not permitted under any circumstances by law.”

Jose Cash did not respond to requests for comment.

Representatives of two apps investigated for this article denied any wrongdoing and said lending apps possibly linked to crimes had used their companies’ logos and names to impersonate them.


A mixture of economic crisis, financial exclusion and easy internet access has pushed thousands of Mexicans into illegal microcredit applications, a trend that has only been exacerbated by COVID-19.

“During and after the pandemic, there has been an absence of economic activity which has created difficult conditions for people,” said Salvador Guerrero, president of the Citizen Security and Justice Council, a society organization Civil Society which provides free legal services to victims of crime in Mexico.

“These created the conditions for the illegal crime market.”

According to the official 2021 survey on financial inclusion, 42% of adults in Mexico do not use any financial services, while more than half of them work in the informal sector and therefore cannot access formal credit. .

On the other hand, 84 million Mexicans have internet access and 96% use a smartphone, according to the data.

Figueroa had his loan request for 10,000 pesos approved in five minutes on Jose Cash. The fine print said the money was to be repaid in seven days with an annual interest rate of 360%.

Of the 10,000 Figueroa requested, he received 5,500 pesos.

At the end of the week, he was hassled to repay the full amount. He received through WhatsAppan image of his face mounted on a poster that read “Wanted for raping a minor”, which was sent to his contacts and on social media.

He also received images of dismembered bodies which made him fear for his wife and children, while a friend of his received a graphic rape video with threats against his family.

“Panic, fear and shame washed over me. I reached a point where I started thinking about suicide, I wanted to stop everything,” Figueroa said.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation reviewed screenshots of photos sent to other borrowers, in which their faces were changed to graphic images with text claiming they were paedophiles, sex workers or wanted criminals.

Besides extortion and fraud, such aggressive tactics to recover money violate several Mexican laws against digital harassment and defamation, according to Mendez.


Lending apps in Mexico operate in a legal vacuum where they can offer loans without registering like regular financial institutions, said Eduardo Apaez, a banking and finance lawyer and former Mexican financial regulator.

CONDUSEF, Mexico’s consumer credit regulator, has received more than 700 reports of doxxing – slandering an individual online – related to loan applications since January, but is powerless to act.

“We have no jurisdiction or authority. We can only act on complaints against authorized financial services,” said Oscar Rosado, president of CONDUSEF.

The Citizen Council for Justice and Safety helped victims file more than 170 reports to local police and released a list of 130 loan applications it said used doxxing, extortion, fraud and other crimes.

None of these cases have been resolved.

At least 29 of these applications are still available in the Google Play Storediscovered the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Jose Cash was no longer visible – but the same product had appeared under a different name with the same unique Google App ID, privacy policy and contact: SuenoCredy.

Warnings about the apps have been mounting, and fast — from the inundated cyberpolice of several Mexican states and even the country’s president.

But in vain.

“There are no names, no addresses. They also use VPNs which make it difficult to track,” Mendez said. “We have wonderful privacy laws and institutions, but how can we prosecute crime if we don’t even have a name?”

The Fountain Theater brings together cops and teenagers


The children work with the police to create drama at the Fountain Theater in the show ‘Walking the Beat’. (photo by Theo Perkins)

“Walking the Beat,” Fountain Theatre’s innovative community development program that sees cops and teenagers working together to create theater, presents “Flicker.” Seven teens from Hollywood High School, Hawthorne High School, and Orthopedic Hospital Medical High School, with support from the Bresee Youth Center, joined in a transformative group process with four officers representing the Los Angeles school and the Los Angeles Police Department. UCLA to generate ideas, stories and experiences for nine weeks. “Flicker” is a compilation of their writings, conversations and improvisations – all exploring what it means and what it takes to keep us and our communities safe.

Performances, with lighting design by Alison Brummer, sound design by Marc Antonio Pritchett and video design by Adler Lefleur, will take place on the outdoor stage of the Fountain Theatre.

Now in its third year at the fountain, “Walking the Beat” uses the performing arts as a vehicle for youth empowerment and community building, providing life-changing experiences for underserved youth and police officers. Founded by the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble and led by Executive and Artistic Director Theo Perkins, this year’s program offers students the opportunity to work hands-on with host and program director Angela Kariotis, acclaimed artist Kristina Wong, drama therapists Adam Stevens and Danielle Levenas, and mindfulness and yoga coach Tina LeMar.

Supporters of “Walking the Beat” include Warner Media/AT&T, Mary Jo and David Volk, LA County Probation Department, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Allison Thomas. the Phillips-Gerla family, the East Hollywood borough council and Deborah Irmas.

Performances will be Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 14 at 8 p.m. at the Fountain Theater Outdoor Stage, 5060 Fountain Ave.

For more information, visit FountainTheatre.com or call (323) 663-1525.

The second phase of Melrose Playground is ready for the return of children


The playground at Melrose School, above and left, after the completion of the second phase in June. A separate, smaller play area for younger students will be built when enough money has been raised.

When the pupils return to the local primary school in September, they will be welcomed with new equipment on the playground.

The second phase of the Melrose School Playground was installed in June, complete with slides and swings, to replace the structure that has stood on the grounds since the building opened in 1991. The first two phases of the playground are for children in the upper Melrose classes, while the replacement of the separate playground for younger pupils will take place in the third phase. Christina Smith, a parent who sits on the playground committee, said the second phase added climbing elements to the main structure installed in April 2020.

“We added parts to large structures, she said. “They will have the monkey bars, the climbing bars and the connecting bridges.”

Plans to rebuild the playground began in 2018 as the age and condition of the equipment made it difficult to maintain custodial staff.

“A lot of things were at the point where they needed to be removed, not replaced,” Smith said. “It became clear that we needed to upgrade to newer and safer equipment.”

A committee of parents and teachers was created, and after spending 2019 devising plans and raising funds, the first phase came to life just as the coronavirus hit in March 2020. While the first phase has installed as planned, the coronavirus pandemic forced a delay of the second phase.

Since settling in, Melrose principal Beth Roman said it has become “a center of communication,” where children can socialize outside of the classroom. Students in the first three years have two recesses per day, while students in the third and fourth years have one.

“We use it in so many different ways,” Roman said. “At Jamestown, one of the main focuses is outdoor education and how we can really provide that for our children. This playground is really the hub of it.

Smith said the decision to work in phases was due to cost, and so far the project has been entirely funded by fundraising.

“It was decided early on that it wouldn’t be in the school’s budget,” she said. “Maintenance is done within the school budget, and the old playground has been maintained by the budget, but the new equipment will all be externally funded.”

Raise the stakes

Funds were raised through golf tournaments, raffles, lemonade stands and clothing drives. The students also donated their carnival proceeds to a penny toward the playground, and a Venmo account was created so donations could be directly deposited. Donors can also purchase bricks for a footbridge that will be installed.

The materials cost $60,000 for the first two phases. The third and final phase will cost $65,000 and the group aims to raise $50,000. Smith said the plan is for the remaining $15,000 to be topped up with grants.

The installation of the playground was carried out by the public works department and district maintenance staff, so there were no labor costs.

“That’s really what made this project possible,” Smith said. “If we didn’t have that capability internally, I think we wouldn’t have installed phase one yet.”

The new playground uses the entire existing footprint of the old equipment. Equipment that has not reached the end of its useful life, such as a climbing frame, funnel ball, basketball hoops and the swing set, will remain, and new equipment has been designed around these structures. Woodchip surfaces and basketball flooring are also familiar remnants.

Since the project was done in phases, parts of the original equipment remained intact during the installation of the new equipment so that the students would not be left without a playground during construction. The playground for early childhood students remained intact until the final phase could begin.

The playground was designed by ME O’Brien and Sons Inc. of Massachusetts and manufactured by Landscape Structures in Minnesota. These are the same two companies that created the equipment for the community playground which opened next to the North Road Library in 2018. The committee was told which equipment lasts the longest, is the easier to maintain and encourages play.

“As much as learning happens in school, it happens on the playground,” Smith said. “There are really all kinds of meeting spaces, climbers and activities. Places where children can play alone and in groups.

Size Matters

The main structure is an outdoor play set with more than one way to access it, including stairs and climbers, allowing teachers to walk through the structure. Smith said the biggest difference between structures for older and younger children is size. The one already installed is 4-6 feet off the ground, while the proposed structure for younger students will be 2-4 feet off the ground. Aside from the height, the two sets of equipment are similar, and younger children can play on the equipment intended for older students. The space under the structure is designed as meeting places to encourage children to use their imagination.

“Preschool is designed to be able to have lemonade stands and bakeries and things like that,” Smith said.

According to Roman, the older students have already started using their imaginations with their new equipment.

“They love it,” Roman said. “They make their own games on it. You can go out anytime and they’ve created something totally different with everyone together.”

The children took part in choosing the equipment for the playground. Former principal Carrie Werner worked with teachers to ask students what they wanted. Children drew pictures and were quizzed over lunch to determine the most popular equipment.

There were members of the Melrose playground committee, including Smith, who also served on the committee involved in the planning of the community playground. This helped members remember to include different equipment than what was already installed at the corner of North Road and Valley Street.

“We were part of the process to make sure we were delivering things that were great for schools and didn’t replicate as much as what was in the city playground,” she said. “The community playground is designed for a much older population.”

Smith said Werner, who is her sister, was kept updated on the construction of the new playground, which began while she was still manager of Melrose.

“She visits us in the summer, so we came to show her the progress,” Smith said. “She’s excited. She wants it to happen. »

The committee is planning further fundraising through 2022 to fund the final phase. Members also seek grants from the local PTO, the Jamestown Education Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Van Beuren Charitable Foundation.

“The number is big for a small community, and we’re already so grateful for what’s been given,” Smith said.

Maryland Legal Aid honors 98-year-old Baltimore native for decades of service and activism in her community


By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer,
Report for America Corps Member,
[email protected]

When Baltimore native Gwendolyn Johnson was a little girl, the only thing she knew was that she wanted to be able to help people.

Her mother had abandoned her when she was six months old and another family took her in.

“The family I lived with was always a helping family, and I was brought up that way. If someone needs something, you help them, you help a person [who has] less than you,” Johnson said.

The 98-year-old grew up in Cherry Hill in South Baltimore, and the neighborhood became the breeding ground for her life of activism and service.

She began representing Cherry Hill on the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee, a position she held for 20 years. Voting has always been important to Johnson and she has consistently encouraged community members to participate in elections.

She said she told them that as American citizens they had a responsibility to vote, and she continued her advocacy for the vote until today.

While serving on the committee, former Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer enlisted Johnson’s help in launching the Eating Together In Baltimore program, which brings seniors together to promote health, reduce social isolation and provide nutritious meals.

Johnson continued to oversee the program for several years after its inception.

In Cherry Hill, Johnson has also become the go-to person for young people looking for summer jobs. She believed downtime could lead young people to become involved in crime or use substances, so she worked with the Baltimore City Council and former Senator Barbara Mikulski to connect young people to summer jobs.

During her career, Johnson discovered Maryland Legal Aid (MLA), a Baltimore-based organization dedicated to protecting the basic needs and rights of Marylanders, especially as they navigate the legal system. It provides free, high-quality legal services to low-income individuals and families statewide.

She eventually decided to join the MLA Board of Directors and eventually became Vice Chairman of the Board, which she recently left after more than 50 years of service.

“I would be in the neighborhoods, and people would be talking on the buses, and I would be like, ‘You need legal help,'” Johnson said. “I would send them over there and say, ‘You tell them what your problem is, and Maryland Legal Aid will help you. “”

Recently, MLA presented Johnson with a Certificate of Appreciation for his decades of service to the organization and the community at large. She said receiving the honor made her feel good and reassured her that she had done something worthwhile with her life.

Johnson hopes she will remember her pledge to never turn her back on those who ask for help.

Help us continue to tell OUR story and join the AFRO family as a member – subscribers are now members! Rejoin here!

How to Check NYSC Exemption Certificate


How to Check NYSC Exemption Certificate – Have you been exempted from the NYSC program? Then you must have obtained your NYSC exemption certificate. The NYSC Exemption Certificate or Letter of Exemption may be used in place of the NYSC Clearance Certificate. So this is an important document for every Nigerian graduate who did not attend the NYSC program. There have recently been complaints of corps members having a fake NYSC exemption certificate. Having a fake NYSC certificate can land you in several problems, including jail time for forgery.Nigeria Information Guide

Also Read: How to Write a NYSC Application Letter with Samples

So what then? You need to verify your NYSC exemption certificate. It is very important that you check if your NYSC certificate is genuine before using it to apply for jobs. It is better for you to find out that your certificate is fake and do what is necessary to obtain the original, than for your employer to check and confirm that it is not genuine. You not only risk losing your job, but also being persecuted for counterfeiting. That’s why in today’s article, I’m going to show you how to check if your NYSC exemption certificate is original.WAEC Result

Also Read: How to Dress for NYSC Secretariat

How to Check Your NYSC Exemption Certificate

There are two methods you can use to check if the NYSC certificate issued to you is original, and that is online and offline certificate verification method. Note that only NYSC Clearance Certificates, NYSC Exemption Certificate and Exclusion Letters. If you want to verify the authenticity of any of these certificates, follow the instructions below:

Read also : How to get to NYSC Camp Iyana Ipaja

How to Verify Your NYSC Exemption Certificate Using the Online Verification Method

Follow the instructions below to use the online verification method to verify the authenticity of your certificate:LEG Form

  1. Visit the Official NYSC Certificate Verification Portal via https://verify.nysc.org.ng
  2. Click on “Proceed to verification” to begin the procedure
  3. Enter your correct NYSC email address and passwordRecruitment
  4. If you forgot your NYSC password, click the “Forgot Password” link belowHow to get to NYSC Camp Iyana Ipaja
  5. If you are a new user, simply click on the “register” link below to register on the NYSC portal
  6. After entering your email address and password, click “login” to verify your certificate

Note: You will be required to pay a sum of two thousand naira (N2,000) just to verify your NYSC certificate.

Also Read: How to Check Your NYSC Appeal Letter

How to Verify Your NYSC Exemption Certificate Using the Offline Verification Method

Follow the instructions below to use the offline verification method to verify the authenticity of your certificate:How to activate NIN on Mtn, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile

  1. Write a request letter for verification of your NYSC certificate number to NYSC.
  2. The letter of application should be addressed to “Director General, National Youth Service Corps, Headquarters, Plot 416, Tigris Crescent, Maitama, Abuja”. And submitted to NYSC headquarters.
  3. Make sure your application letter is marked “Attention: Director (Corporate Certification)”
  4. Attach a photocopy of the NYSC certificate you wish to verify.
  5. If you want to verify multiple certificates, be sure to serially number them with a pen and attach photocopies of the NYSC certificate to the letter.LEG Result
  6. The application letter should be submitted to the NYSC General Manager Registry located at 6e NYSC headquarters floor (Yakubu Gowon House)
  7. Remember to include your contact address, telephone number and email address in your application letter.

Read also : How to Use NYSC Biometric Capture Client

Note: The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC can only verify the NYSC Exemption Letter, Clearance Certificate, and NYSC Exclusion Letter.

Check and confirm: How much is the dollar in naira today Pounds in naira today

This post may be useful to someone else, please share it on Facebook, Whatsapp, Telegram and Twitter. There are buttons below for that (easy to use too)!

Copyright warning!

The contents of this website may not be republished, reproduced, redistributed, in whole or in part, without proper permission or acknowledgment.

Appropriate acknowledgment includes, but is not limited to (a) A BACK TO ARTICLE LINK in the case of republication in online media, (b) proper referencing in the case of use in research , magazine, brochure or for academic purposes.

All content is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1996 (DMCA).

We publish all content with good intentions. If you own this content and believe that your copyrights have been violated or infringed, please contact us at [[email protected]] lodge a complaint and we will immediately take the necessary measures.

🤑 Start making money from home today!

👉 Get the voucher for FREE TIPS and guides on how to make money from home today. Click here to start


👍 Advertise your business here!

With over 1 million unique users per month across all channels, we have a large audience to present your products and services to you. Simply contact us via 👉 [email protected].

🤑 Earn money now!

👉 Earn money by writing for us. Apply for Freelance Writing Jobs in Nigeria.

👉 Earn Money as InfoGuideNigeria Advertising Agents, find out more here


Las Vegas nonprofit nominated for Nobel Prize


Yeah… THAT Nobel Prize. In a recent press releaseJA in the world announced that it was nominated for the 2022 Nobel Prize of Peace. This prestigious honor is usually given to an individual rather than an organization, making it an even greater achievement. JA in the world is one of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations serving young people. The organization prepares young people for employment and entrepreneurship and has been doing so for over 100 years. Each year, the network, made up of more than 590,000 volunteers and teachers, serves more than 10 million students in more than 100 countries. In response to the Nobel Prize nomination, JA Worldwide CEO Asheesh Advani said, “Peace is only possible when young people in all countries and regions have economic empowerment. JA Worldwide is honored to receive this nomination and will continue its work to empower all young people with the skills and mindset to build thriving communities. Our greatest hope for solving the world’s most complex problems lies in the young people of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Southern Nevada Junior Achievement is a member of the JA Global Network and works locally with our children here in Clark County. In their press release, the CEO and President Michele Jackson also commented on the nomination. “In most parts of the world, the reality is that young people don’t have the tools to pursue their future in a smarter way. It’s also true everywhere Nevadaespecially in our low-income neighborhoods, where children struggle to overcome the daily challenges of their lives, often to meet their basic food, clothing and housing needs. junior achievement the programs are a game-changer and simply need to be provided to equip young people with the knowledge to break the cycle of poverty.

The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo in November. Good luck to our local JASNV. We are proud of you !

–Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

Follow us! Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Top 5 things that make us smile

Come find out that the average person will encounter 11 things and/or situations a day that will actually make them smile! Did you know ? If you think about it, it’s amazing, 11 things that will at least make you smile and for this moment, make you feel good!

Considering what’s going on in the world today, wouldn’t it be great if that was all it takes to be a better person? Think if you could do 20 or even 50 things and/or situations you found yourself in that made you smile!

Now we’re talking about simple things like hanging out with an old friend. How many times have you come across a friend shopping, dining or just running errands and seeing that person make you smile.

Another example would be eating your favorite meal! Know I know these are huge deals when you think about it, but imagine the smile on your face when you sit down to your favorite pizza, your steak or just a juicy cheeseburger, the smile you have when you know it doesn’t get better than this!

Other things that are on the list that just make us smile… surprises, spending time outdoors, even listening to your favorite song can knock that frown down! Although the article was published by Digital SWNSa publication from England, I have no doubt that this would apply not only to us in the United States, but to everyone, no matter where you might call home.

The article happens to list 30 things that can make us smile, but let’s cut to the chase…do you want to know what are the 5 things that make us smile? Of course you do! So do yourself a favor, scroll down and check it out…in fact, share this post and put a smile on someone else’s face!

Outdoor electrical equipment helps weather a storm or power outage


Be prepared and keep safety in mind, says the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — It’s important to have the right outdoor power equipment on hand all year round, says the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which advises home and business owners businesses to familiarize themselves with safe operating procedures and anticipate before bad weather or a power outage disrupts life.

“It’s important to be prepared all year round as any season can be stormy season. We are seeing more and more people investing in portable and whole house generators and having other outdoor power equipment such as chainsaws and water pumps to mitigate damage from downed trees and water damage and flooding,” says Kris KiserPresident and CEO of OPEI, an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility vehicles and personal transportation and golf carts.

He notes that outdoor power equipment is becoming faster, lighter, more efficient and more technologically advanced. “There is a power source for every need, including battery/electric, propane, solar and gasoline, he says, noting that each has maintenance and maintenance requirements. different maintenance. “Always read and follow the manufacturer’s manual.”

To prepare for inclement weather, identify the necessary equipment. Chainsaws or pole saws can prune branches and shrubs before a storm and manage clearing. Trimmers, pruners, and chainsaws can also clear combustible materials around your home, making it less vulnerable to wildfires.

A portable generator will power major appliances and recharge cell phones when utilities are down. A whole-house generator can keep lights and appliances on and running. Before an outage, plan where the generator will be installed (never in a house or garage, and always away from your house and any air intakes) and determine how to secure it if necessary. Purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector as well. Get outdoor extension cords for portable generators and consider adding an approved generator cover for rainy weather.

Water pumps can help evacuate water and mud from basements and homes. Make sure you know how to operate the pump. Never pump substances for which your equipment is not designed. Be careful not to overheat and follow all safety precautions.

A utility-type vehicle can quickly transport people and supplies in an emergency. Keep the vehicle stable and drive slowly. Do not turn mid-hill or on a slope. Consider taking a safety course.

Always read the instructions provided by the manufacturers of outdoor electrical equipment and be sure to follow all of the manufacturer’s safety and usage recommendations before you need them, without waiting for an emergency. Practice using the equipment. If possible, save a digital copy of the owner’s manual to your computer, so that you can easily refer to it in the future.

Make sure you have the right fuel on hand and charge the batteries before a breakdown. Gas-powered equipment uses E10 fuel or less and most manufacturers recommend adding a fuel stabilizer. Fuel that is more than 30 days old can go out of phase and cause operational problems, so it’s important to buy fuel just before a storm. Store fuel safely and use only an approved fuel container.

One of the most important things operators can do for safety is pay attention to energy levels and health. Preparing for bad weather, a power outage and cleaning up after a storm can be overwhelming. Do not use electrical equipment when you are tired or overtired. Drink plenty of water and take regular breaks. Always use safety equipment like chaps, gloves, goggles or hearing protection.

About OPEI
OPEI is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transportation vehicles and golf carts . OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry and a recognized standards development organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI owns Equip Exposition, the international landscape, outdoor living and equipment exposition, and administers the TurfMutt Foundation, which runs the environmental education program, TurfMutt. OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments in Canadian provinces.

Media contacts
Friend NeibergerFour Leaf PR on behalf of OPEI, 703-887-4877, [email protected]
Debbi Mayster, PR Four Leaf on behalf of OPEI, 240-988-6243, [email protected]

SOURCE Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)

STEAM Education Across Borders: Canadian Indigenous Youth Visit Silicon Valley Using a Telepresence Robot


Indigesteam coach (at home, Left Ohmni) and Siksika First Nation teacher and student (on-Nation class, right Ohmni) at the Inventures conference in Calgary, 2022

We realized that Ohmni telepresence robots would allow us to interact with the nation’s youth to grow our robotics clubs and mentoring activities in a way that had never been tried before.

— Deanna Burgart, President of IndigeSTEAM and “Indigeneer”

SAN JOSE, CA, USA, August 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — What: IndigeSTEAM Companywith partners Pantala Technologies and OhmniLabs, offers a one-of-a-kind telepresence educational experience for First Nations youth. Urban and nationwide indigenous youth will visit OhmniLabs state-of-the-art 3D printing farm in Silicon Valley via Ohmni’s telepresence robots without traveling the distance.

Where: Summer STEAM Camp for Indigenous Youth at the University of Calgary

When: August 9, 2022

Who: IndigeSTEAM Company, Pantala Technologies, OhmniLabs, Telus, Insight Enterprises Canada


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time (MDT): Setting: Classroom Coaching via Ohmni Robots, Location: University of Calgary Main Campus: TRB Portable Classrooms outside Math Sci, Parking Lot 22 of 32 Ave NW, University of Calgary Maps

1:00 p.m. MDT: Young people learn to drive Ohmni robots

1:30 p.m. MDT: Visit to the OhmniLabs printing farm (Remote driving in San Francisco via robots)

2:15 p.m. MDT: Young people choreograph and design costumes

3:00 p.m. MDT: Robot Flash Mob! Location: University of Calgary, ICT building open area, ground floor.

On August 9, IndigeSTEAM STEAM summer camp youth will “travel” from Canada to Silicon Valley to visit OhmniLabs 3D printing farm. Using Ohmni telepresence robots for their visit, students will experience the growing field of additive manufacturing, learning first-hand from experts. “We are excited to welcome IndigeSTEAM students to our manufacturing facility. Remote learning has never been easier, says Tra Vu, COO of OhmniLabs.

Before and especially during the pandemic, IndigeSTEAM Society, an organization that develops Indigenous-led and culturally relevant STEM/STEAM programs for youth, has witnessed immense challenges in supporting its mentoring and coaching activities in First Nations. Nations of Alberta. COVID restrictions not only severely restricted travel to and from reservations, but also the availability of volunteer mentors who could visit reservations. Missed education and training opportunities have further compounded the dire situation of Indigenous youth, who are already grossly underrepresented in STEM education and careers.

Pantala Technologies has partnered with IndigeSTEAM to bring Ohmni telepresence robots to First Nations to help IndigeSTEAM improve access to education and expand its coaching and mentoring reach.

“We had successful robot trials at Siksika High School during the summer of 2021 and found it to be much better than the online conference. We realized that the Ohmni Telepresence robots would allow us to interact with the young people of Nation to develop our robotics clubs and our mentoring activities in a way that had never been tried before. We are extremely keen to work with this technology to expand our STEM outreach program, and engage and connect Indigenous youth across Canada and beyond,” said Deanna Burgart, President of IndigeSTEAM and “Indigeneer”.

Pantala Technologies, Canadian partner of OhmniLabs, introduces the Ohmni telepresence robot to help educational institutions create unique classrooms and social interactions. Using the robots, mentors can visit a classroom, interact directly with young people and watch what they are doing. Moreover, students and teachers can control the robot in a special place for face-to-face conversations, move from room to room and look around freely. Both uses allow participants to be present as if they were there in person, while saving time and travel costs.

“I was the mentor visiting Siksika in the summer of 2021. The class dynamic was great! With this Ohmni technology, we really can be in two places at once! says IndigeSTEAM/Ohmni mentor Wendy Hutchins.

“We feel privileged to introduce this advanced robotic platform to Canada that can help make education accessible and inclusive, especially for our First Nations,” said Sanah Jowhari, CEO of Pantala Technologies. “Through our partnership with organizations like IndigeSTEAM, we are just beginning to explore the value of telepresence robots for Indigenous communities and so far we have been very impressed with the acceptance of this technology as a new way to learning about the exchange between Aboriginal youth, their role models and other non-Aboriginal members of the community. Ohmni Robot has been deployed in educational institutions and communities around the world.

After successfully deploying several Ohmnis to the Siksika Nation earlier this year, IndigeSTEAM now plans to expand the reach and results of its programming via telepresence robots to other First Nations with new funding from the Telus grant. for Indigenous communities and Insight Canada.

About IndigeSTEAM:
IndigeSTEAM’s mission is to provide Indigenous-led and culturally appropriate STEM/STEAM programs to support a better future for Indigenous youth in STEM. We do this with spaces that are ethical and respectful of Indigenous culture and ways of knowing. We engage Indigenous STEM role models and train non-Indigenous and Indigenous STEM professionals on how best to work with Indigenous youth and youth in general. We also provide Indigenous STEM professionals with networking and support that recognizes their need to walk in two worlds. IndigeSTEAM Society is a non-profit society founded in 2018 combining 3 programs for youth programming, mentor support and community engagement. Website: www.indigesteam.ca

About Pantala Technologies:
At Pantala Technologies, our mission is to bring you transformative technologies that change lives. We distribute and integrate unique service robotic platforms that are inclusive by design and have proven impact worldwide. Our solutions are designed, tested and validated by industry experts and solve pressing problems in global communities. Website: www.pantalatech.com

About OhmniLabs:
Founded in 2015 by robotics experts Jared Go, Tingxi Tan, and serial entrepreneur Thuc Vu, OhmniLabs, Inc. is a Silicon Valley robotics company that produces large-scale service robots. With more than 3,000 robots deployed worldwide in 50 countries, OhmniLabs has made a name for itself by creating a unique on-demand robot manufacturing model that allows it to design, engineer and manufacture robots customized to the needs of customers at unparalleled speed. The company produces all robots in the United States using proprietary 3D printing processes and has an extensive portfolio of modular accessories that open up a world of possibilities. OhmniLabs telepresence and UV-C disinfection robots are used daily by businesses, healthcare professionals, schools and major sports teams around the world.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Sanah Jowhari
Co-Founder, CEO, Pantala Technologies
[email protected]

Deanna Burgart
President, IndigeSTEAM Company
[email protected]

[email protected]
(650) 420-6468

Laura Guy
write to us here
Visit us on social media:

UAE’s Khalifa Fund signs $30m financial deal to support SMEs in Kenya


The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) and the Kenyan Ministry of Treasury and Planning have signed a Dhs 110 million ($30 million) funding agreement to support the Kenyan Youth Enterprise Development Fund.

Alia Al Mazrouei, CEO of KFED, said the funding agreement, which embodies the close ties of friendship between the UAE and Kenya, aims to support the Kenyan government’s efforts in economic development, promote innovation and innovative projects, to create employment opportunities for young people, in addition, to unleash their potential, develop their skills and give them the means to contribute to the construction of a sustainable and stable national economy.

“We aim to support the efforts of the Kenyan government to achieve economic development by strengthening the SME sector and spreading the culture of entrepreneurship among the youth and the empowerment of women,” she added.

Under the agreement, she continued, more than 3,000 projects, 40 percent of which will be allocated to women, will be funded and are expected to generate nearly 13,000 job opportunities for Kenyan youths.

Ukur Yatani expressed his thanks and gratitude to the UAE for this important support, which will enable many segments of society, including women and young people, to contribute positively to building the economic future of their country, praising the solid relations that unite the two friendly countries.

He explained that such agreements will have a positive impact, helping to advance development in rural areas, support the initiation of projects, create employment opportunities in the future and ensure overall growth to reduce poverty. poverty.

In recent news, KFED has partnered with Abacus, a business management solutions company, making it KFED’s latest e-Empower partner. The e-Empower initiative was initially launched in September 2020 with the aim of helping entrepreneurs in Abu Dhabi go through the full digitalization of their businesses and help their overall ability to thrive in the digital economy.

Read: Abacus joins Khalifa Fund Abu Dhabi as an e-Empower partner

Edmond’s students needed help, so we built a pantry.


While researching a meaningful Eagle Scout project, I discovered through Deanna Boston, CEO of the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, the need for a food pantry to serve homeless public school students in Edmond. Edmund. I was excited about this project because it meets a growing need in my community.

I sat down with Andrea Wheeler, Edmond Public Schools Educational Services Coordinator, to discuss how best to use the money provided by the Edmond Public Schools Foundation and the city’s Community Development Block Grant of Edmond to provide services to children in need. We developed a plan to build an exterior freestanding structure on the grounds of Ida Freeman Elementary School and interior shelving in the Edmond Public Schools Administration Building. I had limited carpentry skills, so I enlisted the help of a family friend who is a carpenter and Eagle Scout, Richard Patterson.

After speaking in front of the Edmond Public Schools Foundation Board and getting Wheeler’s help in getting Edmond Public Schools endorsement, I found a plan online and started ordering and pricing equipment. I organized a group of my scout troop and, under Patterson’s supervision, we began construction.

It was a tough project, and we learned how to waterproof the outdoor pantry and shingle roof. We put slits in the doors and in the back to allow air to circulate and keep the pantry cool. I also learned how to contact and work with departments in our schools and with community partners to achieve a common goal. This opportunity has been a blessing for me to be able to help schools and the community in this way.

At the outdoor pantry people can take what they need and leave something if they can. The indoor pantry of the Edmond Public Schools administration building will be used for storage, as well as distribution to school students and families in need. Student Ambassadors from the Edmond Public Schools Foundation held a food drive to initially stock the pantries.

It was a wonderful experience. I learned that many students in our schools are homeless and need help. I also learned that there are many wonderful people working to improve the lives of our community. I am grateful to those who volunteered to help me, Scout Troop 386, Patterson, Edmond Public Schools Foundation and its student ambassadors, Wheeler and Edmond Public Schools.

I hope the community will continue to support the pantry. If you are interested in donating, email Andrea Wheeler at [email protected] or drop by the outdoor pantry.

Adam Easton is an Eagle Scout candidate for Troop 386 in Edmond.

Is college worth the cost? 85% of Gen Z student borrowers would have done something different | Company


Rising tuition fees, rising student loan interest rates, and the rising cost of living in the United States have caused prospective students to question the value of a college degree.

Many students regret the amount of student debt they incurred for their studies. in a Bankrate survey of student loan debt, 69% of respondents said they would have done something different with their student loans.

However, there are strategies to reduce the overall cost of attendance – and when carefully planned, the investment in a college education can be well worth it.

Thirty-six percent of Americans surveyed have taken out student loans. Of these, 23% of Gen Z respondents and 22% of Millennials would have attended a less expensive school in hindsight.

Key Student Loan Statistics

—In the first quarter of 2022, Americans owed about $1.75 trillion in student loan debt.

—Graduates with a bachelor’s degree who borrowed for their studies have an average of $28,400 in student debt.

—In 2019-20, 55% of bachelor’s degree holders obtained a student loan.

—The published average cost of attendance in 2021-22 was $27,330 for in-state undergraduates at public four-year universities and $55,800 for undergraduates at private universities in four years.

—The projected average starting salary for a class of bachelor’s graduates in 2022 ranges from $50,681 for humanities majors to $75,900 for computer science majors.

Student Loan Debt vs Income

Federal Reserve data shows that total student loan debt in the United States has increased by nearly 66% over the past decade, although the College Board has found that students generally borrow less from federal loans than previously. In 2010-2011, for example, undergraduate students who took direct unsubsidized or subsidized loans borrowed an average of $7,500. In 2020-21, they borrowed an average of $6,470.

Student loans can be expensive, which is why it’s essential to find ways to reduce education costs before going into debt. Attending an in-state school versus an out-of-state school, for example, can save students an average of $16,820 per year, according to the College Board. In Bankrate’s Student Debt Survey, 17% of borrowers said that if they had had the opportunity to make different decisions in hindsight, they would have attended a less expensive school; 23% would have asked for more scholarships and 20% would have worked more during their studies. These percentages are much higher for Gen Z students.

Even with the rising costs of a college education, the returns could very well be worth it. In the same Bankrate survey, 59% of graduates who have or had student loan debt said their higher education unlocked a career and earning potential they otherwise wouldn’t have had. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms this, with bachelor’s degree holders earning $525 more in median weekly income than workers with only a high school diploma:


Median weekly earnings for high school graduates: $809

Median weekly earnings for associate degree holders: $963

Median weekly earnings of bachelor’s degree holders: $1,334

Median weekly earnings of master’s degree graduates: $1,574

major college ROI

Each college major has a different lifetime value — also known as a return on investment (ROI) — based on the median salary graduates earn versus the cost of their program and the average amount of debt needed to get the degree. diploma.

While return on investment shouldn’t be the only factor in choosing a major, it should be considered when calculating the long-term value of an education. In the Bankrate survey, 19% of respondents said that in retrospect, they would have chosen another degree because of their student debt. That number jumps to 23% for Gen Z respondents.

Is college worth it?

Despite rising costs, there are multiple benefits to attending college, including potential increased earnings, broader career opportunities, and increased job security.

Some of the greatest benefits of a college education include:

—Best Earnings: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time employees with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $525 more per week than those with a high school diploma, or $27,300 per week. year.

—Career Opportunities: Attending college gives you the skills to succeed in a wide range of careers and fields of study. Employers also highly value a university degree; in fact, 87% of employers said in an Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) survey that earning a degree was definitely or probably worth it.

—Skills: Students attending college have a unique opportunity to learn skills unrelated to their major or field of study. Most schools offer clubs and organizations that focus on valuable career development skills. For example, students who want to develop public speaking skills can join an organization like Toastmasters. The college also equips students with soft skills such as time management and organization.

—Experience: Simply earning a degree can prepare students for what a professional career might look like. Additionally, many degree programs require students to complete a summer internship in their field of study in order to graduate. This not only provides invaluable work experience, but also opens the door to future job opportunities.

Alternatives to college

A college education is not the right choice for everyone and is not necessary for all career fields. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives if a traditional degree isn’t in the cards.

Business School

Trade school, unlike traditional college education, focuses on training students in a specific skill. Commercial work covers a wide range of careers, including electrician work, plumbing work, nursing, and culinary arts.

On average, a trade school costs less than a traditional college degree and doesn’t last as long, so students don’t have to delay entering the workforce. For this reason, it could be a good choice for students who know exactly what field they want to enter and want to save time and money to get there.


An apprenticeship allows students to take on-the-job training while receiving classroom instruction. These programs typically last between one and six years. Apprenticeships are paid and must be registered with the US Department of Labor or a state apprenticeship agency.

There are thousands of careers that offer apprenticeship programs, and some programs even allow students to earn college credit if they later want to pursue a degree program. One of the main advantages is that apprenticeships are remunerated and often lead to full-time employment.

Coding boot camp

A coding boot camp is a short-term program that equips students with the skills needed to enter a career in IT. These programs usually last a few months and cost several thousand dollars, but they can often help with job placement. Plus, these programs are an easy way to network with other professionals and are much cheaper than a four-year or even two-year computer science degree.

The bottom line

College is worth it for many people, given the experience, job security, and salary potential that come with a degree. However, students should always be aware of their costs; With student loan debt that often lasts for a decade or more, it’s prudent to choose an affordable school and cut expenses as much as possible. Before you go into debt, run the numbers using a student loan calculator to get a better idea of ​​what your repayment will look like after college and how that compares to your potential starting salary.

(Visit Bankrate online at bankrate.com.)

©2022 Bankrate.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

The Florida Board of Medicine decides to ban


TALLAHASSEE – Amid an outcry from the LGBTQ community and harsh criticism from a host of doctors and medical professionals, the Florida Board of Medicine A plan on Friday would ban doctors from providing treatments such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy to transgender people under the age of 18.

Friday’s decision came after the Florida Department of Health last month filed a motion asking the Medical Board to initiate a rule-making process on the contentious issue. The Board of Medicine also argued that the State Agency for Health Care Administration plans to block the Medicaid program from covering such treatments for gender dysphoria in adolescents and adults.

Trans children:Candidate for Santa Rosa School Board: Doctors who help trans kids ‘should be hanging’ from a tree

Six years after Pulse:Six years after Pulse, the LGBTQ community fights for a “better world”

As his political presence on the national stage continues to soar, Governor Ron DeSantis is among Republican leaders across the country targeting transgender treatment for young people. The governor, who is seeking re-election in November, argues that children are prematurely allowed to undergo treatments that can have lasting harmful effects.

But many medical professionals — including many medical companies — are denouncing the actions taken by the DeSantis administration, saying the state’s claims are contrary to established standards.

People on both sides of the issue crowded into Friday’s medical board meeting in Broward County, with supporters of the Department of Health’s proposal wearing “Let Kids Be Kids” decals. Opponents held a rally ahead of the meeting and pleaded with the council to reject the petition.

Addressing the board, Health Ministry Secretary Joseph Ladapo acknowledged the “strong feelings about the issue” in the room.

But Ladapo, who is the state’s surgeon general, argued that current standards of care are a “substantial deviation” from the “level of evidence and data surrounding this issue.”

“It’s very clear that…effectiveness is completely uncertain,” explained Ladapo, who said his views on the subject had “evolved.” “I mean, maybe it’s effective, but the scientific studies that have come out today don’t support it. … Could that change in the future? It’s possible. I think it’s It’s highly unlikely given what I’ve reviewed, but it is possible.

Quentin Van Meter, a pediatric endocrinologist who served as an expert for the state on the matter, warned the council that a growing number of children are seeking puberty blockers or other medical interventions.

“That’s what we’re dealing with. We’re dealing with a monumental epidemic of growing proportions,” said Van Meter, who is an outspoken critic of transgender treatment for young people. “This is a giant experiment on American children.”

Van Meter also said that Sweden, Finland and the UK have stopped treatment for young transgender people because “they have found that there is far more harm than benefit in allowing these children to receive any type of treatment. ‘medical intervention”. According to Van Meter, approximately 127,000 children across the United States receive gender-affirming treatment.

But Michael Haller, professor and chief of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Florida, disputed Van Meter’s comments, saying fewer children were receiving gender-affirming hormones or other therapies than the public didn’t. ‘was led to believe and that the numbers do not increase. .

Haller and other doctors have also argued that standards of care for trans youth were developed by professional medical societies after years of vigorous scientific debate.

Questioning Haller, board chair David Diamond noted that other countries have changed their approaches to treating gender dysphoria, which the federal government clinically defines as “significant distress a person may experience when the sex or gender assigned at birth is not the same as their identity”. .”

“Do you have any idea what the scientific basis may be, why they changed their opinions, or is it your opinion that it was not a scientific decision but rather based on other factors?” asked the diamond.

“I think it’s impossible to completely separate political decision-making from science,” Haller said.

Diamond, an oncologist, pointed to breast cancer treatments adopted in the 1990s that were later found to be harmful.

“At the end of the day, just because you think something works doesn’t mean it works,” the board chairman said. “The point is…we need to constantly evaluate what we’re doing and have the ability to say that maybe what we’re doing is wrong. Maybe our beliefs are wrong. Maybe we can listen to the other person on the other side or accept the newer data and potentially make our position a little better, a little more refined, to better seek out the truth.”

Diamond asked Haller and her UF colleague, Kristin Dayton, if they thought the board should adopt guidelines or rules for gender dysphoria.

Dayton, a pediatric endocrinologist specializing in gender dysphoria, said such a plan would be “redundant” because standards of care already exist. But Haller has indicated he doesn’t trust the state to push forward his own plan.

“If the redundancy was such that it was consistent with general practice and data, then I think that would be adequate. But clearly that’s not the state’s intention,” Heller said. “They have provided you with a recommendation for a rule that is contrary to what almost all reasonable providers of gender-affirming care and gender-based care in general would say is the standard of care.”

If the guidelines are finalized, Florida would be the only state in the nation where a medical board has banned transgender treatments for teens, according to Yale School of Medicine professor Meredithe McNamara.

A handful of other states have passed laws blocking treatment, but McNamara, who specializes in adolescent medicine, told the News Service of Florida this week that she had “never heard of” a medical board. State prohibiting such care.

“Standards for health care do not come from states, do not come from governments. They come from clinical research that is reviewed, approved and discussed in competent expert groups and published and widely disseminated and adopted by people around the world. around the world,” she said. .

Many Friday attendees urged the board to accept the health department’s petition, but Kaleb Hobson-Garcia said he made the seven-hour drive from Tallahassee to share his experiences with the panel.

“I wasn’t always the 20-year-old man you see standing in front of you. … I used to be an 11-year-old kid who just changed his name to Kaleb,” he said. he declares.

Hobson-Garcia, 20, said he and his parents saw a doctor for a year before starting medical treatment. He said he started taking puberty blockers at 12, hormone suppressants at 13 and had “superior surgery” at 14. and 18 for “bottom” surgery or removal of the penis.

“The medical treatment I received as a miner was essential for me to come out of my depression and become the happy, healthy person I am today,” Hobson-Garcia said. “My identity is not an epidemic. We cannot bear to lose the progress towards a happier, healthier future for all Floridians.”

Kevin Cairns, an interventional pain specialist who serves as vice-chairman of the board, was the only board member to vote against granting the Department of Health petition to start the rule-making process.

Ernie Sauve was among those who asked the council to go ahead with the plan. As someone who is fluent in Spanish, Sauve said he “could identify” as a Spaniard, but that doesn’t make him Spanish.

“In my time, women were women. Let children be children. … Let’s get back to reason, common sense and truth,” he said.

Campaign for Working Families – NBC10 Philadelphia


Campaign for Working Families (CWF) is a recipient of a 2022 Project Innovation grant of $50,000 from NBC10, Telemundo62 and Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation. This funding will go towards their program for advancing equity through youth empowerment and community engagement.

CWF was established in 2003 with the goal of helping working families in the Greater Philadelphia area climb the economic ladder. For nearly two decades, they have been committed to helping families and individuals achieve economic empowerment by providing free tax preparation, resource building, and asset development. This support and guidance enables low-income households to plan for a financially secure future. Last year, they made 28,000 federal declarations and this year, they are close to 24,000 declarations. They receive a huge volume of tax returns but have a small staff, so they had about 600-700 volunteers who go through IRS-certified training. Their goal is to get $50 million in refunds for the community. They partner with other organizations like Philabundance and the IRS Tax Advocacy Division to make sure people can get the help they need and are aware of all the benefits they have the right. Some of these benefits include SNAP, LIHEAP, credit counseling, property tax refunds, and services for seniors.

Their services to understand:

  • Preparing taxes and building up free assets
  • Mobile tax operation
  • Assisted self-preparation of taxes
  • Financial services and savings products
  • Advocacy and organization
  • Community workshops.

Click on here to schedule a free appointment today.

Their program to advance equity through youth empowerment and community engagement began in partnership with Martin Luther King High School. They worked with these students for four consecutive years, training them to manage a tax site outside the school. Currently they work with Lincoln High School and continue to train students to do taxes. The training period is from October to January and all students become IRS certified. Students also have all their work checked for quality by an experienced member of staff. Students leave with customer service skills, digital technology skills, knowledge of tax law, and are able to bring this knowledge to their family and community, as well as to their future careers. Last year, 37 students participated and hope to double that amount this year.

During the pandemic, CWF had to prevent the broadcast of programs inside schools; As a result, they moved to a virtual platform where community members could drop off their documents and be contacted once feedback was made, and also offered the option to upload all of their documents directly to the virtual platform themselves.

With funding from this Innovation Project Grant, CWF will once again be able to operate these taxation sites inside high schools, and also expand to other high schools, kick-starting this program and strengthening its impact in the community. This grant will also allow them to allocate scholarships to students from now on, which will give them more motivation to get involved.

Republicans offer alternative to Biden’s student loan forgiveness plans


This audio is generated automatically. Please let us know if you have any comments.

Diving brief:

  • Republican lawmakers published Thursday a legislative proposal to rework federal student loan policies, presenting it as an alternative to the Biden administration’s plans, which they deemed costly and regressive.
  • The bill would be ease the kinds of repayment plans the U.S. Department of Education might offer, eliminate the beleaguered civil service loan forgiveness program, and prevent the Secretary of Education from issuing regulations that would cost the federal government. The legislation is known as the Responsible Education Assistance through Loan (REAL) Reforms Act.
  • It would scrap a loan program for graduate students and end a practice known as interest capitalization, which inflates borrowers’ debt by adding unpaid interest to the principal amount of a loan. The bill would also allow federal Pell Grants to apply to short-term programs with a minimum of 150 hours over eight weeks.

Overview of the dive:

President Joe Biden has moved to revamp several elements of the federal student loan system, including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness, or PSLF, which forgives workers’ loan debt in areas like nursing and government. after a decade of qualifying payments. He also pledged to revise income-tested repayment plans, in which borrowers’ monthly installments are determined based on their income, typically over a 20-25 year period.

Both of these programs have drawn criticism.

Only a tiny fraction of borrowers eligible for the PSLF have benefited from debt cancellation over the duration of the program, created in 2007. The Biden administration temporarily backed out some PSLF requirements last year, providing flexibility to borrowers that expires at the end of October. The waiver makes more payments eligible for the PSLF than they otherwise would have been.

The Department of Education also said loan servicers have moved borrowers away from income-oriented and forbearance plans, which temporarily allow no or small monthly payments, but generally do not allow borrowers to progress towards repaying their loans or reaching debt cancellation thresholds.

The Department recently delayed the release of a draft regulation on income-contingent plans.

Republicans were quick to condemn the administration’s efforts, as well as its repeated pause extensions on monthly loan payments begun due to the coronavirus pandemic. They also blasted reports that Biden was considering widespread loan write-offs. More recently, Biden reflected using executive action to cancel $10,000 of debt per borrower.

The GOP bill would prevent the Secretary of Education from issuing what Republicans have described as “unlawful waivers of loan forgiveness programs. It is led by Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, a senior member of the House Education and Labor Committee, along with Representatives Elise Stefanik of New York and Jim Banks of Indiana.

This would simplify the number of repayment plans to just two – a standard decade-long option and an income-based option.

The bill would also significantly limit loan options for graduate students.

It would set loan limits for them, so they couldn’t withdraw more than $25,000 a year, or no more than $100,000 for the duration of their study program. The legislation would also remove Graduate PLUS loans, which allow graduate students to borrow up to their tuition.

Colleges would have the ability to lower borrowing limits based on student specialization or other circumstances, to protect against unaffordable debt.

And the proposal would try to ensure that tuition and fees do not exceed the increased income students get from enrolling in certain programs, another way to protect them from mountainous debt.

Democrats and progressive groups denounced the bill.

Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia, chairman of the House Education Committee, said in a statement that the plan “would make student loans more expensive to obtain and harder to repay,” contrary to the system’s intention. federal loan. He pointed to the provisions concerning the abolition of the PSLF and income-based schemes.

And the Institute for College Access and Success said the bill would make the student loan crisis worse.

“It would make student loans more expensive, restrict access to education for students from low-income backgrounds, and extend federal funding to programs that provide a low return on investment,” said TICAS President, Sameer Gadkaree, in a statement. “As the country emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, we need forward-thinking policies that will make post-secondary opportunities more accessible and equitable.”

Bristol County Agricultural High School


Project description

The redesign of the Bristol County Agricultural High School campus reflects the school’s strong ties to the natural environment and a unique curriculum rooted in science and environmental education. A strategic expansion from 450 to 640 students required new construction, additions and renovations to connect the school’s seven vocational technical education (CTE) programs – agricultural mechanics/diesel technology, animal science, arboriculture, environment, floriculture, landscaping and contracting, and natural resource management – with traditional academics.

The new campus is designed as a place of discovery where the new buildings feature a wide range of highly sustainable building systems, including massive timber frames, solar panels, green roofs, compost toilets and other measures. water conservation. With a focus on hands-on learning experiences and a commitment to reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions and water consumption, Bristol Aggie achieves distinct sustainability goals developed for each building through close collaboration with students, educators and community members: the new Center for Science and the Environment (CSE) is a living learning lab comprised of flexible classrooms and tech lab spaces designed to achieve the LEED Gold certification; the new Dairy Barn is ready for net-zero energy consumption; the renovation of Gilbert Hall, a university building, is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification; and the Student Commons showcases its solid wood frame as a low-carbon, high-performance building alternative.

To reinforce the hands-on skills-based learning educational model, every aspect of the Bristol Aggie campus is designed as an educational tool. A one-of-a-kind indoor climbing structure allows arboriculture students to practice tree-climbing skills year-round, while a natural history museum curated by CSE students occupies a hallway to encourage students from different programs interact with the exhibits as they pass by. In the new all-electric dairy barn, advanced robotic milking technology regulates the production schedule, and an observation lab allows students to easily monitor herd health and production levels.

Set on 220 acres of working farmland which slopes gently down to the River Dighton, Bristol Aggie has a strong connection to its natural surroundings. The design of the campus reinforces this link, making evident the close links between the school and the landscape through the campus which is crossed by a public road. A new pedestrian column safely connects the campus and its many buildings with outdoor amphitheater-style seating used for meals, meetings and informal events; a grassy communal area for gathering and socializing; and rooftop and outdoor academic spaces that support project-based learning and promote environmental stewardship.