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Outdoor Leadership Certificate Program Celebrates First Graduate – VCU News

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Gillian Fitzgerald has always loved the outdoors and had a passion for education. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Fitzgerald works as a student for the university’s outdoor adventure program. This month, she becomes the first graduate of VCU’s Outdoor Leadership Certificate Program.

“I didn’t know you could do both at the same time until you came to VCU,” said Fitzgerald, who is majoring in English and majoring in environmental studies. “I hope to continue to grow as an outdoor educator through both recreational guiding and mentoring young people in an outdoor setting.

The Outdoor Leadership Certificate is the result of years of collaboration between VCU’s Outdoor Adventure Program and the Center for Environmental Studies. The Outdoor Leadership Certificate was officially approved and launched in fall 2021.

Students of any major can declare the certificate.

“We have everyone from business and engineering to sculpture and environmental studies taking the Outdoor Leadership Certificate courses,” said Karl Schmidt, Outdoor Adventure Program Coordinator. at the Division of Student Affairs, Recreation and Welfare. “That said, the Outdoor Adventure program was intentional in working with the Center for Environmental Studies to offer this certificate because we felt there would be a lot of natural cross-pollination since the subject complements each other so well.”

Students in the program complete 12 credits of core coursework – outdoor leadership, outdoor programming and event management, outdoor team building and facilitation, and wilderness first responder.

Students participate in a variety of field experiences as part of certain courses. (Courtesy of the Outdoor Adventure Program)

Students enter these classes with a wide variety of goals, outdoor experience levels and desired outcomes, Schmidt said.

“Some students are drawn to the outdoor adventure angle, others gravitate towards leadership development. The beauty of outdoor leadership as a field of study is the amount of direct and indirect transfer students receive as they progress professionally,” he said.

VCU junior Nicolas Lopez has acquired a broad base of skills through the Outdoor Leadership Certificate program.

“What’s taught applies to everything you do in life,” said Lopez, who is majoring in environmental leadership and historical archeology in University College’s Interdisciplinary Studies.

He hopes to turn the knowledge he has acquired into a career.

“This certification shows that you already have good knowledge in outdoor spaces. This can lead to a better starting salary or a starting position for future jobs. Even if you’re not entering the outdoor industry, all the skills learned in these courses can be applied to other careers and life in general,” he said.

Fitzgerald, the program’s first graduate, describes the classes as extremely rewarding.

“I had the opportunity to learn more about the hidden aspects of outdoor education, to meet a variety of people with different careers and backgrounds in outdoor leadership and to develop and practice my own leadership style among my peers,” she said.

Interested students can learn more about the certificate and apply here.

Africa: Literature from the Congo Basin Offers Ways to Address the Climate Crisis

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The African continent is only responsible for 2-3% of global carbon dioxide emissions from energy and industrial sources. But it is suffering alarmingly from the effects of the climate crisis, as reports from the UN and others show. On the positive side, Africa has enormous climate mitigation potential, in particular thanks to its tropical rainforests.

The Congo Basin rainforests in Central Africa are sometimes called the Earth’s second lungs (after the Amazon) because of their ability to store carbon. In addition to forest trees, the basin has the world’s largest tropical peatlands, discovered in 2017. Scientists estimate that these peatlands store carbon worth about 20 years’ worth of fossil fuel emissions from the United States. The Congo Basin is also rich in biodiversity and minerals.

As long as this strategically important and rich region is not destroyed, Africa can contribute to the fight against global climate change.

The rainforests and people of the Congo Basin face serious threats from global climate change and other human factors. Commercial logging, mining, extensive agriculture, infrastructure development, rapid urbanization, energy consumption and transnational wildlife poaching are among them.

Forgotten role of the humanities and social sciences

Academics and policy makers tend to regard the pure sciences as the only disciplines capable of offering solutions to ecological challenges. They sometimes overlook the role of the social sciences and humanities, including the arts and literature, in addressing climate change and environmental issues.

But that is changing, through emerging interdisciplinary fields, such as the environmental humanities. He uses sources such as literary and artistic texts. The field also borrows methods from disciplines such as communications, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, and anthropology.

My recent doctoral thesis (whose original abstract was published in French with the option of a Google translation into English) argues that literary texts and critical studies of these texts have a role to play in saving the basin of Congo.

Drawing on postcolonial ecocriticism and environmental literary activism, I examined a selection of novels, plays, and poems by writers from the Congo Basin.

Their lyrics portray or condemn climate and environmental concerns such as deforestation, youth climate activism, wildlife poaching, freshwater pollution, and unplanned urbanization. They also question practices such as environmental injustice and violations of the rights of local and indigenous populations. In short, literary texts portray climate and ecological issues in ways that make the issues more palpable and relatable.

I suggest that literature can serve as a call to climate action. It can indicate how individuals, communities and institutions are contributing to, mitigating or adapting to climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation. Literary texts are useful for environmental communication and have the ability to deal with complexity.

The research

The authors whose works I studied were:

Athanasius Nsambu Nsahlai, Ekpe Inyang, Gaston-Paul Effa, Patrice Nganang and Osée Colins Koagne from Cameroon,

Étienne Goyémidé from the Central African Republic,

Assitou Ndinga and Henri Djombo from Congo-Brazzaville,

To Koli Jean Bofane of Congo-Kinshasa or the Democratic Republic of Congo and

Nadia Origo from Gabon.

I analyzed how their texts represent and respond to the climatic and ecological issues of the Congo Basin.

For example, the novels Cheval-roi by Effa, Temps de chien by Nganang and The Buffalo Rider by Nsahlai depict human-animal relationships. The novels Congo Inc.: The Testament of Bismarck by Bofane, The Silence of the Forest by Goyémidé and The Merchants of Sustainable Development by Ndinga promote the indigenous knowledge systems and practices of the Babinga and Ekonda peoples. They challenge the harmful aspects of neoliberal capitalism, globalization and sustainable development. Pieces like Inyang’s Water Na Life and Djombo’s Le Mal de terre deal respectively with the pollution of fresh water and disorderly urbanization.

Literary texts can contribute to solving these problems in many ways. They can raise environmental awareness and drive climate communication on various environmental issues.

One of the environmental problems of the Congo Basin is deforestation and its consequences for both man and nature. In 2020, increasing rates of primary forest loss were reported in the Congo Basin, with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon topping the charts. This question is explored in plays such as The Hill Barbers by Ekpe Inyang and Le Cri de la forêt by Henri Djombo and Osée Koagne. The pieces identify the causes and suggest ways to curb deforestation.

Literature can also motivate people to fight climate change and amplify the work of activists. I argue that Congo Basin writers such as Inyang, Djombo, Koagne and Origo predicted the emergence of global youth climate activism. This activism is exemplified by Sweden’s Greta Thunberg, Uganda’s Vanessa Nakate and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Remy Zahiga, among others.

These authors write about young African characters, like the child volunteers in the play Les Bénévoles de Djombo, who fight against climate change and environmental crimes. Literature therefore provides both inspiration and a means of communication for youth climate activism in the Congo Basin and far beyond.

Celebrating the connection between man and nature

Literary texts also remind people of their relationship with the rest of nature, including animals, rivers and the earth. Novels like those by Nsahlai, Effa, and Nganang illustrate human-animal entanglements. Pieces such as Water Na Life and Le Mal de terre highlight the entanglements of man-water and man-earth. They show how poor governance and ignorance of human-nature connections lead to ecological problems.

Literary texts not only point out the violations of human rights and the rights of nature, but they also describe the consequences of these violations.

Literature can also help uncover false assumptions and myths.

One of them is the colonial and racist idea of ​​an Edenic Africa – the false image of an African nature devoid of any human presence. It is an idea that fuels green colonialism in Africa. And that underpins the much-contested model of fortress conservation in the Congo Basin. Keeping strongholds is about driving people out of their ancestral forests in the name of preserving nature.

If myths such as the Edenic Africa are identified and eliminated, conservationists can be more inclusive and respectful of local and indigenous peoples and their knowledge systems. Novels like Congo Inc. by Bofane, Le Silence de la forêt by Goyémidé and Les Marchands du développement durable by Ndinga are useful here. They highlight the knowledge and practices of the peoples who have inhabited the forests of the Congo Basin since time immemorial.

Go forward

The global climate and environmental crisis is not just a crisis of capitalism and industrialization. It is also a cultural crisis.

For this reason, cultural metaphors and philosophical ideas such as the separation of humans from nature should be rejected. These ideas have long promoted human domination and exploitation of nature and animals.

Through film, music, and literature, people have come to construct an image of themselves as different and superior to the rest of nature. But literature can also celebrate our entanglement with nature and draw inspiration from cultures like those of the Congo Basin.

Very significantly, literature offers ways to communicate about complex issues such as the current global climate emergency. Together with other academic disciplines and efforts – political, scientific and technological – literature can therefore help to protect the biodiversity and people of the Congo Basin.

Kenneth Toah Nsah, expert in comparative literature and environmental humanities, University of Aarhus

Family fun at the free festival in Fitzgerald’s Park this weekend

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Cork’s first ever ETB Youth Festival will roll into action in Cork City this Saturday 14th May in Fitzgerald Park.

Seó YouthFest will provide a platform for young people to showcase their talents. From musical performances, art and theater to sports and other activities.

The festival is free to the public and there’s something for the whole family, including information booths, food vans and opportunities to try out new sports and virtual reality challenges.

Cork Education and Training Council’s youth services development manager, Mick Finn, explained that ‘this event has been in the imagination for some time, but it’s only now when we come out of the Covid-19 restrictions, that it has been possible to organize it and we look forward to providing a platform for young people to show their talents.



The launch of the festival is the first of its kind in Leeside

The ETB officer also said that there is a full music, rap and DJ program planned and even an interesting artwork installation based on the situation in Ukraine.

There will be free entry to the Cork Public Museum for the public and guest appearances by musicians from the band to cap off this exciting day.

So if music, art and activities are your thing, stop by the park this weekend to enjoy a wonderful day of color and family fun.

Gold loan from banks, Nbfcs can help you overcome short term financial crisis

Most precious metals and jewelry are traditionally considered as good as cash, if not better. And among all of them, gold is considered to be the most sought-after and persistent de facto currency. Come rain or shine, the importance of gold does not fade.

And in case you get too attached to your gold jewelry, you can mortgage it for a loan offered at a modest interest rate – rather than sell it.

Interest rates charged on gold loans by NBFCs such as Muthoot Finance are different from those charged by commercial banks. Muthoot Finance, for example, charges a rate that starts from 12% per annum, while Manappuram Finance charges 9.9% and IIFL’s interest rate starts from 9.24%.

Why Gold Loan?

Pursuing a gold loan has some advantages over a personal loan. The first and most important is that the loan is available for a lower interest rate compared to other unsecured loans such as personal loans. Another reason is that it can be used by anyone and everyone.

“What sets gold loans apart is the fact that you don’t need a credit score to apply for these loans. Even a student can take out a loan if they don’t have proof. income, such as a payslip,” says Delhi-based chartered accountant and financial adviser Deepak Aggarwal.

Banks charge lower rates

Banks usually charge a slightly lower interest rate on gold loans. For example, HDFC Bank charges 9.9%, ICICI Bank charges an interest rate of 11% per annum and Canara Bank charges 7.65% while SBI charges 7.5% per annum.

Another difference that can be noticed between the two categories of institutions is the loan amount and processing fees that one has to pay.

Example: Muthoot Finance offers loans for an amount as low as 1,500 while the processing fee is between 0.25% and 1% of the loan amount. Similarly, Manappuram Finance offers loans from 1,000 and charges a negligible processing fee.

However, banks tend to charge higher processing fees and the loan amount is also higher at the same time.

For example, HDFC Bank offers a gold loan for an amount greater than 25,000 and levies a 1.5% processing fee, Axis Bank’s minimum lending threshold is 25,000, or 10,000 for ICICI Bank.

It should be noted that the banks’ gold loan portfolio increased by more than 89% year-on-year to reach 60,700 crores in FY21 and 70,900 crore in the first nine months of FY22, according to the India Ratings and Research report.

Additionally, the rating agency said NBFC gold loan auctions rose in April-December FY22 – the highest since FY14 when gold saw a higher price volatility.

However, it is essential to mention that a borrower can lose the jewelry if he does not repay the loan. And the value of the jewelry is usually much higher than the loan taken out. You can only get 75% of the value of the jewelry. Add to that the manufacturing costs.

So what you end up receiving would be far less than what you spend on your gold jewelry.

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EO-5: Interventionist Action Plan to Renovate the Nigerian Economy

Executive Order No. 5 (EO-5) is described as an interventionist plan, due to its bottom-up approach, in the sense that it will revamp the economy and achieve self-sustaining economic growth. Reports by BINTA SHAMA.

Following the fall in the price of crude oil and the subsequent decision of the current administration to diversify the economy and stimulate rapid industrialization, President Muhammadu Buhari issued 10 decrees in 2021 to accelerate the sustainable growth and development of the Nigeria.

EO-5 enacted to combat massive capital flight

One of this Executive Order, #005, includes; planning and execution of projects, promotion of Nigerian content in contracting and science as well as in engineering and technology which was specifically enacted to combat the massive flight of capital to import technology easily available locally.

The groundbreaking ordinance compels procuring entities to give preference to Nigerian companies in awarding contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007. It also mandates the engagement of Nigerian professionals in areas where their required expertise is available.

The Secretariat is housed in the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI), managed by the Strategy Implementation Office for Presidential Decree No. 5 (SITOPEO-5) and headed by a national coordinator.

The Secretariat’s mandate includes oversight of a Complaints/Appeals Committee which will receive administrative complaints and appeals from communities, stakeholders, professional bodies, contractors, manufacturers around project planning and execution from MDAs, promoting Nigerian content in contracts and science, engineering and technology. for remediation.

Most recently, SITOPEO-5 held a sensitization workshop for FMSTI staff on the full implementation of Presidential Decree No. 5 in Abuja.

EO-5: technological development policy, promote local content

In his opening speech, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, explained that the Order is more than another government initiative to promote local content; rather a technological development policy.

Onu, who described the order as a groundbreaking presidential executive order, said it was the ministry’s contribution to help and transform the nation to its “God-ordained level”.

Giving the context of the policy, Onu explained that Nigeria still depends on expatriates for the maintenance of its refineries as there was no policy allowing local professionals to follow foreigners and invariably become self-sufficient in the use of these technologies.

He argued that Nigeria needs to create the right environment using policy and legal framework to ensure that Nigerian professionals participate and acquire these technologies for national development.

The minister further expressed his confidence that the complaint/appeal procedure would deal with the various complaints in all sectors of the economy, although he commended the national coordinator of the implementation work office of the Executive Order Strategy #005 and his team for their hard work. , urging them to keep working hard until the nation’s goal is achieved, pointing out that Nigerians are tired of importing everything it uses.

EO-5: encourage indigenous youth to be at the center of socio-economic activities

Earlier, in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Monisola Udoh, reaffirmed that in February 2018, out of necessity, President Muhammadu Buhari signed Executive Order 5 in action for the promotion of planning and execution of projects, promotion of Nigerian content in contracts, science, engineering and technology for Nigerians and domestic and diaspora investors.

She reiterated that the ordinance is, indeed, necessary and that its full implementation must be pursued.

Taking the floor, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Decree No. 05 Strategy Implementation Work Office (SITOPEO-5) Engr. Ibiam Oguejiofor said the ordinance will encourage young Nigerians to be at the center of socio-economic activities.

While presenting his article on the “historical functionality of Executive Order No. 5 and its compliance”, Oguejiofor pointed out that under the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (NSTIP) in force, the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) will collaborate with relevant Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and organizations to promote the application of science, technology and innovation in all sectors of the Nigerian economy.

He added that the remediation of the order reinforces the opportunity to increase the quantum of value created in the Nigerian economy through increased Nigerian content in government procurement.

Oguejiofor further said that under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (2017-2020), the ministry is promoting the “Made in Nigeria Campaign” and will harness STI to boost national competitiveness, productivity and skills. economic activities in all sectors.

“Executive Order 5 provides the environment for the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to be a service department of the Federal Government to interact with all relevant agencies and organizations, synergizing and promoting the application of the results of science, technology and innovation in all sectors of Nigeria’s economy – industrial growth, metrology, human capital development, agriculture, health, environment, energy, banking and finance, communications, women and youth empowerment, job creation, tourism, trade, scientific acculturation, meteorology, natural resources, building construction, national security, nuclear science and technology, sports and recreation, diplomacy, transportation, etc., he added.

Listing the steps for legal implications and complaint/appeal guidelines for the College, Director, Legal Services, at the Department, Barr. Yv Odu-Thomas, stated that the public can submit complaints/appeals for relief in relation to violations of the Executive Order to SITOPEO-5 through the FMSTI if the defaulting MDA does not respond satisfactorily to the appeal of the complainant within 15 working days.

Highlighting a five-step procedure that must guide the interventionist office, she added that in the event of a criminal violation, SITOPEO-5 must submit a report to the council through the minister for review and transmission to the competent authorities for investigation. and other necessary. stock.

Speaking on the applicability of Executive Order 5 to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, a SITOPEO-5 Coordinator, Mr. Sunday Uyeh, asserted that full implementation of the Executive Order will undoubtedly support the achievement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise in June. 12 to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria recognizes its commitment to promoting domestic foreign investment, creating jobs and boosting the national economy.

“Furthermore, it is important to state that entrenching science, technology and innovation (STI) in daily life is essential to achieving the nation’s development goals in all sectors of the economy, especially in Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy (STISA) 2024, STISA 2063, SDG 2030 and Vision 2020,” he added.

Fast 15: Beckie Irvin – Let’s Talk Business and Politics

When Beckie Irvin is passionate about something, she wants to share it with everyone. This includes outdoor education. “It’s what founded my career and my passions,” she said.

Irvin became interested in outdoor pursuits, including mountain biking, rock climbing and kayaking, during a leadership development program at Texas Tech University’s Outdoor Pursuit Center.

A native of Hico, Texas, Irvin graduated from Texas Tech in 2017 with a degree in agricultural and applied economics.

Because of the climbing opportunities in northwest Arkansas, she came to the University of Arkansas for her Master of Education in Recreation and Sport Management, which she completed in 2019.

His teacher, Dr. Sarah Stokowski, influenced Irvin’s approach to marketing by emphasizing the intersection between social issues and marketing. Stokowski taught that “marketing, especially sports marketing, can be a tool to change the world” by giving athletes the platform to tell their personal stories.

Irvin’s dissertation was titled “The Women’s Perspective and Barriers to Entry to Mountain Biking.” After graduating, she co-founded the Grit MTB Festival for “trans people, women, non-binary people and all women cyclists” to give women and the gender community access to mountain biking and on an outdoor adventure. With a $260,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, she hired staff, including an executive director, and founded the nonprofit All Bikes Welcome. Irvin is Chairman of the Board.

Irvin joined 4Media Group as Head of Social Media Marketing in February 2021. She was responsible for $580,000 in social, digital and influencer campaigns. Eager to get back into outdoor tourism, she joined GoCamp in April as Marketing Manager. GoCamp is an Airbnb-inspired peer-to-peer platform where van owners can rent out their motorhomes.

Motivated by peer recognition and more of a doer, Irvin learned “that overthinking can be your enemy in startups.”

Irvin’s five-year goal is to lead a team as chief marketing officer. However, she thinks her primary focus is “intentional communication”, whether she’s mentoring or communicating with superiors or creating public records, Irvin wants to be intentional.

India: Jignesh Mevani proves to be a survivor of Gujarat politics

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Recently in India, Jignesh Mevani, Member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly (MLA) was arrested for a sarcastic tweet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, based on an FIR filed in Kokrajhar, Assam, by a Bharatiya leader Janata Party (BJP).

The BJP and its parent organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) do not take Congress leaders’ comments linking them to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi lightly. Rahul Gandhi is also facing a case for involving RSS in Gandhi’s murder in a court in Bhiwandi.

Mevani, an independent MP for Vadgam, Banskantha, was arrested at midnight in the town of Palanpur in northern Gujarat. Brought to Ahmedabad, he was flown to Guwahati and then taken to Khokrajar by road. Mevani’s 2250km journey was used to send a stern message.

However, in an election year, this is seen as a personal goal by the BJP as Mevani’s position on the pitch has been strengthened. His nine-day prison sentence and ensuing harassment will add to his solo efforts to emerge as a youth leader in Gujarat.

Mevani is committed to supporting Congress and is ready to fight for a Congressional ticket in the upcoming election.

Mevani, Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakor – three young leaders from the Dalit, Patel and Other Backward Class (OBC) caste respectively – had kept the pressure on the BJP in the 2017 elections. was attributed to the atmosphere created by these three young leaders.

Five years later, Hardik Patel and Thakor have lost heart.

Jignesh has retained his credibility as a fearless young leader, who refuses to budge in front of the BJP. But he too could soon hit the roadblock.

The BJP game plan

By taking action against Mevani, the BJP will be playing on the divide between the radical Mevani style of politics supported by Rahul Gandhi and the state congress leaders having to cajole all sorts of Gujarati voters. After being released on bail when Mevani arrived at Ahmedabad airport, no senior Congress leader was present. They joined him, later, in the procession in the region of Vadaj.

Mevani’s strength is that he works on real subjects. He gained political clout after leading a movement against the flogging of Dalits in Una, Gujarat. But, he built his real reputation by forcing the state government to allocate land to landless Dalits under the Agricultural Land Cap Act.

In thousands of cases, the allocation remained on paper but actual possession of the land was not given. Mevani, along with other activists, took the help of RTI and the courts to fight land cases for Dalits.

The other youth leader, Hardik Patel led the Patel agitation successfully but after joining Congress he lost even though he was made incumbent president. Appeasement of Patel beyond a point is shaky for Congress, which depends on the votes of tribals, Dalits, Muslims and the village poor. The state congressional leadership never liked Hardik because he’s a Patel.

What Prashant Kishor was able to observe with precision before joining the Congress, Hardik experienced it after joining the party. Congressional leaders have learned the art of undeclared non-cooperation to sabotage any newcomer. Hardik, for example, turned to the BJP.

Here he will be limited to a place-wonder where he will receive a ticket for the competition and will be invited to win it with the support of the party infrastructure.

Alpsh Thakore’s position is more pathetic than Hardik’s. He successfully led popular agitation against social evils. In 2017, he joined the Congress in the presence of Rahul Gandhi. Won the Siege of Radhanpur in North Gujarat. Came under pressure from BJP.

In 2019, he resigned from the seat and from Congress to join the BJP. Fought again from the same seat and lost by 3500 votes because there was silent opposition within the BJP. Fast forward to 2022, Hardik and Alpesh’s mettle has been effectively dulled.

street smart politician

Only Jignesh has proven his worth against all odds. He’s street smart but not a savvy politician. Patel and Thakor are better at making political judgments and dealing with senior leaders and the power of money. Jignesh is a combination of political, social and legal activism. He belongs to the Chamar community of Dalits.

Fortunately, his parents had stable jobs, so he never faced harsh adversities like many Chamar families. He was raised in a middle class neighborhood of Meghani Nagar in Ahmedabad and studied at the prestigious HK Arts College. He also has a law degree.

Mevani reads well, remembers hundreds of poems and ghazals and did brilliant research on the late poet “Gujarati Ghalib of Ghazal” Abbas Vasi, popular as Mareez.

However, in the upcoming elections, when he officially joins the Congress, the “established forces” of the BJP and Congress will soon brand him a mere Dalit leader.

A senior congressional official called him condescendingly: saat takano neta (leader of the 7% Dalits of Gujarat).

After the 2017 win, Jignesh spent a lot of time away from Gujarat where he tried to fill the void as Mayawati’s stature dwindled. But the political forces do not prefer exclusive Dalit and Muslim leaders at the national level. Mevani could face expected turmoil after joining Congress.

While talking about Mevani’s reach in the elections, a senior Congress leader said, “Mevani would be used in Dalit localities. Not outside of that.

This is Mevani’s dilemma. On the political terrain of Gujarat, dominated and controlled by the BJP, his radical views have few takers. Jignesh wants to be a national leader on the Congress platform, but his identity as a “Gujarat Dalit leader” would limit his partisan politics.

The fate of Patel, Thakor and Mevani explains why Prashant Kishor formed his own regional team.

Strike: ASUU branch threatens to sanction members for takeover

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The Universities Academic Staff Union has threatened to sanction members who comply with Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma’s directive to retake and present student results.

The punch learned that the school administration had asked department heads to present the newly released first batch of 2019/2020 results to their respective deans for National Youth Service Corps mobilization.

But in a circular obtained by our correspondent on Sunday, the president of ASUU, AAU Ekpoma, Dr. Cyril Onogbosele, asked union members not to comply with the university’s directive.

The circular was titled “Compilation, Submission, Presentation, Review and Approval/Approval of Student Results During ASUU Strike: Members of ASUU, AAU and Ekpoma Shall Not Comply”.

The circular read: “Comrades, the Union is aware of the directive or request from the university authority asking heads of departments to present the newly released 1st batch of results 2019/2020 and other results to their respective deans. for approval regarding mobilization for NYSC.

“For the avoidance of doubt, all academic activities are prohibited during the ASUU strike (including the ongoing nationwide strike).

“Therefore, no member of the Union shall comply with the University’s directive or request for the processing of student results in any form during the current strike. Doing so amounts to a violation of the union’s ongoing strike.

“The Union will not hesitate to appropriately sanction any Union member (non-officers, HODs, Deans, etc.) who breaks or violates the Union’s ongoing strike.

“Any Union member who does not know what to do with directives, requests or invitations from the University Administration during the current strike should contact the Union President.”

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KWC donates 131 beds and mattresses to local associations

Sinners Friends Photo

Kentucky Wesleyan College recently donated a total of 131 beds and mattresses to local nonprofits. They provided 80 to Friends of Sinners, 36 to Empowerment Academy and 15 to Boulware Mission.

Summer renovations to the KWC campus include new beds and mattresses at Peeples Hall, a student residence, and College management wanted to donate the old beds to local nonprofits.

“We’ve been looking to donate the beds and mattresses to people who need them, and we’re thrilled that these great organizations can put them to good use,” said Scott Kramer, vice president of facilities and executive initiatives.

Jordan Wilson, director of development at Friends of Sinners, expressed his thanks for the donation. Friends of Sinners is a Christ-centered residential substance recovery program.

“KWC has been a great help to us as we prepare to move into our new facility, and this is the first furniture we’ve received for the building,” he said.

The Boulware Mission also thanked KWC for the beds and mattresses. The Boulware Mission helps displaced people become self-sufficient through treatment, education and services.

“Our ultimate goal is to use beds from a newly renovated transitional wing within the next year,” said general manager Amy Pride.

The Empowerment Academy enables students to reach their educational potential by providing safe, long-term housing with access to basic necessities and life skills training.

“We were thrilled to receive all of the beds and mattresses needed for the homeless teenagers who will be housed in our new building on Ohio Avenue across from English Park,” said Rhonda Davis, chair of the board of trustees. Empowerment Academy. “We will provide a safe, supervised and nurturing environment for young people in Owensboro who need safe housing to complete their education. Thank you so much Kentucky Wesleyan for reaching out to organizations like ours where your blessings can be shared with others.

The story of Rwanda’s crested cranes – KT PRESS

Kabuga wetland where efforts have already begun to bring some habitats – gray crowned cranes to Umusambi village – Photo Plaisir Muzogeye

Environmental conservation in Rwanda is one of the stories that have been highlighted regionally and globally as a combination of individual and government efforts.

No wonder, this citizen-government-partner approach applied to the conservation of gray crowned cranes (commonly known as crested cranes), a majestic bird that is seen in Rwanda as “a symbol of wealth and longevity.”

Just over a decade ago, these birds were removed from their natural habitat and made into iconic pets in the gardens of hotels and private homes. The birds were nearly wiped out by poachers.

The destruction of their habitat for agriculture added to the pressure and in 2012 there were only 300 left in the wild and they were rapidly heading towards extinction.

rescue mission

The Rwanda crested crane species has experienced a remarkable recovery in Rwanda thanks to local veterinarian and conservationist Olivier Nsengimana.

Living in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Nsengimana had found it strange to hear cranes screeching from people‘s gardens, when the wild habitats were almost devoid of birds.

“I figured somebody had to do something about it,” he says. “Someone has to make a change.”

In 2014, the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA) founded by Nsengimana and the government launched an amnesty program encouraging owners to return their “pets” without fear of prosecution.

At Umusambi village, a crested crane sanctuary in Kigali run by RWCA, many pet crested cranes whose feathers were clipped or wings broken by their alleged owners to prevent them from escaping are being rehabilitated to be returned to their natural habitats.

Rehabilitated crested cranes that are healthy enough to be returned to the wild are taken to a specially designed quarantine facility.

During the quarantine period, the cranes undergo a complete physical examination and samples are taken and analyzed for different diseases.

At the facility, experts intervene and treat any cranes found to have a disease that could be harmful to their health when reintroduced, but could also pose a threat to other birds or animals in the state. wild.

Once the cranes are disease-free and the quarantine period is over, they are moved to the Akagera National Park rehabilitation site.

The program has seen 242 gray crowned cranes successfully rescued from captivity, Nsengimana says.

Of these, 166 healthy cranes have since been released into a rehabilitation site in Akagera National Park, near the Rwanda-Tanzania border, where they have learned to feed again in the wild.

The village of Umusambi has become part of the solution to ensure that these crested cranes have a permanent natural home and that Rwanda can achieve its goal of having no cranes in captivity.

51 additional cranes rescued from captivity who are either disabled or not healthy enough to return to the wild, are now enjoying a large wetland area and a naturally restored crane sanctuary in Umusambi village.

Promotion of ecotourism

The village also provides a unique ecotourism attraction in Kigali City, connecting people and nature, which continues to raise awareness of our work to protect Gray Crowned Cranes and save them from illegal trade.

The experiences of visitors to Umusambi village show that the crested crane remains a very exciting bird to see in its natural habitat instead of being held captive by one or two people.

“The village of Umusambi is a great experience. We loved walking along all the trails, seeing and learning about so many different birds in their natural habitats. It’s fantastic to have this available so close to the center of Kigali, write Caroline and Laurence Dews, visitors from the UK.

“Umusambi Village is outdoor education at its best. As a family, we were grateful to spend a day in the beautifully restored marshland, walking, bird watching and learning about the gray crowned cranes in Our children learned about the importance of the marsh ecosystem and planted a native tree that we look forward to visiting again in the years to come,” says Aila Malik from the United States.

More cranes preserved

There are up to 15 species of gray crowned cranes in the world.

Two subspecies are found primarily in Africa, with a wide distribution of the East African crested crane – found in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique , while the southern African species is mainly found in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

In 2017, the RWCA had 487 crested cranes in Rwanda, in 2018 it had increased to 459 cranes, in 2019 it reached 748, and in 2020 it had 881 cranes.

“We are now starting to collaborate with our neighboring countries to better monitor cranes crossing borders,” Nsengimana said.

Conservation experts say Grey-crowned cranes are still under threat in other parts of Africa and there is no “cut and paste” solution for all countries, but lessons can be learned from the success of Rwanda.

Portsmouth Athenaeum Standing Together exhibition on LGBTQ+ activism

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PORTSMOUTH – The timing of ‘Standing Together: Seacoast LGBTQ+ Social and Support Groups’ couldn’t be better, according to Tom Kaufhold, who curates the exhibition which opens June 3 at the Randall Gallery at the Portsmouth Athenaeum.

“We exist, we existed, we were part of the Seacoast,” said Kaufhold, founder of the Seacoast NH LGBT History Project. “It’s frustrating that people want to erase us.”

The aim of her group is to research, document and preserve the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, with a focus on Portsmouth.

Kaufhold said “Standing Together” builds on 2019’s “Seacoast LGBT History: 50 Years of Rainbow Reflections.”

This exhibition ended with a special event at the Athenaeum commemorating the life of Charlie Howard. The Portsmouth High School graduate was 23 when he was killed in an anti-gay attack in Bangor, Maine, thrown from a bridge in 1984 by three teenagers who ignored his cries he didn’t know not swim.

“He was one of a kind”:Portsmouth bench pays tribute to Charlie Howard, who was killed because he was gay

This photo shows Charlie Howard, right in the foreground, and Bob Lister, in the background wearing a tie, in the greenhouse at Portsmouth High School in the late 1970s.

Kaufhold and the History Project raised funds to create two memorial benches for Howard in Portsmouth, one in Commercial Alley and the other at Portsmouth High School.

The GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance/Gay Straight Alliance) student group helps organize the event at the high school. It is scheduled for June 1 at 4 p.m.

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The inauguration of the granite bench in the commercial alley will take place on July 11 at 6 p.m.

Bob Lister was a teacher when Howard was at Portsmouth High in the late 1970s.

NH Seacoast LGBT History Project founder Tom Kaufhold can be found in the Athenaeum Archive which has held items related to Seacoast's LGBTQ-plus community for decades.  He is the curator of the exhibition Standing Together, which opens at the Athenaeum in June.

“As a student, he always said, ‘Mr. Lister, this is who I am.

This quote is engraved on the school’s memorial bench.

Lister, who became superintendent of schools as well as an alderman and mayor of Portsmouth, described Howard as “a resilient and compassionate young man who had to turn the other cheek many times in the face of the intolerance around him”.

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“Charlie’s death was a tragedy, but I’m confident he opened up opportunities for other young people and even in death he is a role model,” Lister wrote in an email. “If Charlie were with us today he would use his leadership skills to get involved in the LGBT movement and be a friend to many.”

Kaufhold said LGBT activism in the Seacoast began in the 1970s and accelerated in the 1980s and 1990s.

A program for a concert by Women Singing Out, a choir that existed from 2000 to 2017 whose records are in the archives of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.

“Seacoast Outright, AIDS Response Seacoast, Seacoast Gay Men, Women Singing Out!” and Out and About are among local groups that initially formed as part of social movements across the United States to fight for LGBTQ+ rights, he said.

Over the past few years he has worked with the Athenaeum to archive materials related to the movement – photographs, posters, banners, buttons, brochures, T-shirts, newsletters, newspaper clippings.

The logo embroidered on a t-shirt for the Seacoast Gay Men, a group founded in 1979. T-shirts, banners, photos, posters, pins, brochures, flyers and other items can be found in Portsmouth Athenaeum Archives.

Hershey Hirschkop is executive director of Seacoast Outright, one of the groups contributing to the exhibit.

“Not only did LGBTQ identity not exist until recently, but finding yourself and finding community has always been a challenge,” she wrote in an email.

“That’s why exhibits like this are so important to all of us – our allies need to understand our struggles and celebrations; LGBTQ adults need to remember how far we’ve come (and how far we still have to go) and of our LGBTQ youth, in particular, need to see positive role models who have achieved spectacular success not despite who they are, but often because of it.”

Portsmouth Public Library Technical Services Supervisor Sarah Cornell is the liaison between the library and the Seacoast NH LGBT History Project.

A postcard advertising two Women Singing Out concerts in Portsmouth can be found in the Athenaeum Archive, which contains memorabilia from the history of the Seacoast LGBTQ+ community.

“The library has agreed to be the repository for audio-visual materials collected by the project, including CDs of Women Singing Out! and oral histories collected by Professor Holly Cashman of the University of New Hampshire,” Cornell said. “Special Collections staff and a UNH intern have inventoried numerous VHS and DVD tapes, and we are now deciding on the best storage options and how to make them available to researchers and the general public.”

The effort began in 2015.

“Just today I realized how many community partnerships have come to fruition since we started,” Cornell said. “Now it really feels like we’re on a roll, with interns, PPL Special Collections, the Athenaeum, Portsmouth 400 and all the organizations that have donated gear. It’s really quite amazing.”

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Kaufhold said that had always been his goal.

“We try to be part of the fabric of cultural institutions in Portsmouth,” he said.

The exhibition is free and will continue until July 15. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 9 Market Square.

On June 16 at 7 p.m., Kaufhold will give a brief history of the project and a tour of the exhibit with behind-the-scenes commentary.

Reservations are required as places are limited.

The Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square, is a non-profit library and museum founded in 1817. It is open by appointment, Tuesday to Saturday, 1-4pm. For more information or to schedule a visit or attend Kaufhold’s conference, call 603-431. -2538 or email [email protected]

Jacksonville and West Central Illinois Club News

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On a crisp, clear Tuesday morning that makes you wonder what season it is, 10 Rotarians and a guest speaker made their way to the meeting room at the Holiday Inn Express.

Participants were President Jane Becker, Don Pigg, Sonie Smith, Sarah Edmiston, Cindy Boehlke, Pat Pennell, Gordon Jumper, Brittany Nickel, Linda Meece, Sarah Robinson and Joe Lockman of Express Employment Professionals.

After sharing news and remarks about the weather while passing the Polio Plus pot, President Jane Becker rang the April 26 meeting at 6:58 a.m., followed by Sarah Edmiston leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Brittany Nickel leading the recitation of the Four-Way Test and Pat Pennell giving the invocation, thanking God for the mundane each day.

The rotations were done by Don and Jane. Pat did her best to find acknowledgments for each member of the club and, as she has done all month, got a little surprise surprise. This time ended a famous quote. At previous meetings, there were even carols, very unusual for this Rotary club in Jacksonville. Then Sonie announced that 370 geraniums had been sold. Club members will pick them up at Turners on May 6 or 7 for delivery.

Joe Lockman took to the podium to introduce us to Express Employment. The club learned that the company had recently moved from Wall Street to the Lincoln Square Mall. A Jacksonville-area chamber of commerce on May 19 and a grand opening are planned in a few weeks at the new location. Lockman described the wide variety of jobs they do in the eight counties they cover, the process for placing potential employees, and the wide variety of companies they help fill positions for. Joe brought SWAG to share. After Joe answered several questions and received a round of applause, chairwoman Jane Becker ended the meeting at 7:42 a.m. and everyone rushed into the chilly morning.

As always, visitors and fellow Rotarians are welcome at next week’s meeting at 7:00 a.m. on May 3.


— Submitted by Sarah Edmiston

Jacksonville Sunrise Rotary Club

On a cloudy, gloomy Tuesday morning, nine Sunrise Rotarians and one midday Rotarian gathered in the meeting room of the Holiday Inn Express. Participants were President Jane Becker, Don Pigg, Jay Jamison, Sonie Smith, Sarah Edmiston, Pat Pennell, Brittany Nickel, Linda Meece, Sarah Robinson and Cathy Jo Littleton-Wahl. After touring and passing the Polio Plus jar, President Jane Becker rang the bell for the May 3 meeting at 7 a.m., followed by Jay leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Don leading the recitation of the four-way test, and Pat given the summons. The rotations were done by Jay, Jane, Brittany, Don, Sarah Edmiston and Sonie. Jane did a wonderful job of including everyone with many recognitions.

Afterwards, Jane announced that she and Cathy Jo had completed the grant report and submitted it. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Minnie Barr Park at 11 a.m. on May 23. Pat announced that three applications had been received. Jay proposed that the money raised through rotations and recognitions throughout the year be allocated to the three scholarships. Don seconded the motion. This happened.

Then Cathy Jo stepped onto the podium. She gave an informative program about RYLA and the youth exchange program, topics covered at RYLA, what is planned for the rejuvenated youth exchange program and stories of Cathy Jo hosting 11 incoming students over the years . We learned that in July, she will be the new president of the youth service. After a round of applause, President Jane ended the meeting at 7:49 a.m. and everyone left in the drizzle.

The next meeting will be on May 10 in the Holiday Inn meeting room. All visitors and visiting Rotarians are welcome.

— Submitted by Sarah Edmiston

— Compiled by Angela Bauer

Gold Lending vs. Other Loans: Is Gold Lending a Better and Easier Option?

Ideally, borrowing should be avoided unless it is necessary to acquire an asset that would enhance future income or save current expenses. Businesses also take out short-term loans to meet their working capital needs.

However, in an emergency, it may be necessary to take out loans to meet the unexpected increase in expenses, especially if there is no adequate emergency fund.

There are two types of loans: secured loans and unsecured loans. Obtaining a secured loan involves pledging an asset as collateral, which can be sold to recover dues if the borrower is unable to repay the principal and pay interest on it.

Due to the presence of underlying assets as collateral, secured loans are generally less expensive than unsecured loans. Borrowing to acquire assets generally falls into this category.

On the other hand, in the absence of any collateral assets that can be sold to recover the loan amount, financial institutions usually charge higher interest on unsecured loans, such as personal loans.

However, to reduce the interest on loans – not contracted for the purchase of assets – one can keep investments (for example, mutual funds, insurance, shares, etc.) or movable assets (for example, gold, jewellery, etc.) as collateral, which can be sold to recover the loan amount in the event of insolvency.

With the costs involved in securing idle gold, it is best to take out a gold loan, if necessary, to reduce the cost of borrowing as well as the cost of holding physical gold.

“You may be surprised to learn that 80% of Indian households have unused gold at home or in bank lockers! This gold can easily be economically mined to apply for a loan, compared to other types loans, said Nitin Misra, co-founder of indiagold.

“Think of it as someone who owns a nice 1 BHK beachfront apartment in Goa and then only uses it 1-2 months a year. Wouldn’t it be worth earning the rest of the year by putting it on Airbnb? Gold, as an asset, is similar in that sense,” he added.

Misra lists the benefits of taking out gold loans:

  • Gold loans come with low interest rates and the flexibility to pay interest as well as principal at the end of the loan term i.e. hassle free for EMIs.
  • It does not involve any processing fees or foreclosure fees. In addition, the renewal or extension of the loan is free and simple.
  • Gold loans can be obtained with minimal documentation, without strict terms and conditions such as proof of regular income or credit score.

“So in a country like India, where 83% of the workforce is self-employed, gold loans just make sense,” Misra said.

Osun government enrolls 30,000 youths in its health insurance scheme – The Sun Nigeria

From Lateef Dada, Osogbo

The Osun state government has ordered the immediate enrollment of 30,000 youths into its health insurance scheme.

This is just as Governor Adegboyega Oyetola ordered the start of recruitment of cadets from Batch 5 Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O’YES).

Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Azeez Olayemi Lawal, who revealed it during a press conference held at the Ministry of Information and Civic Guidance on Friday, said the initiative aims to ensure that the youth of Osun who make up a greater proportion of the state’s population are provided with accessible, affordable and youth-friendly quality health care.

Lawal said the initiative was to properly integrate young people into the program, especially those who are out of school, unemployed, physically or mentally disabled.

He revealed that beneficiaries of the scheme would be drawn from all 30 local government areas including Ife East regional office of the state in line with the Osun State youth policy scheme and strategies. of implementation.

“The efforts of the current administration to ensure that health care delivery is accessible and affordable for all citizens and residents of the state led to the establishment of the Osun Health Insurance Scheme (OHIS) . The benefits of the program are enormous as the people of Osun can now access quality healthcare without tears, with evidence of improved health.

“Nevertheless, young people, who constitute a larger proportion of the state’s population, some of whom are out of school, unemployed, physically or mentally disabled, are not yet fully integrated into the scheme.

“In order to solve this problem, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, who is a lover of youth, has ordered that 30,000 vulnerable young people from all local government areas in the state be enrolled in the Osun health insurance scheme. (OHIS).

“Enrollment of 30,000 vulnerable youth in all local governments across the state will be done as follows: distribution of Osun Health Insurance Scheme (OHIS) forms to vulnerable youth through local government chairs ; Capture and documentation of young vulnerable beneficiaries in each local government in the state by the Osun health insurance program team; The groundbreaking ceremony for 30,000 vulnerable youth in the Osun State Health Insurance Scheme (OHIS) will be presided over by the Governor, at a later date, he added.

He said the recruitment of potential candidates for O’YES Cadet Batch 5 will begin immediately.

He noted that around 62,000 cadets have gone through the program, saying that “it is a 2-year revolving volunteer program that strives to empower young people recruited from all 30 local governments and offices of state area, while the volunteers are divided into different specialized cadres such as like public sanitation, public works brigade, green gang, Osun sheriff corps, traffic marshals, paramedics Osun paramedics, sanitation czars and corps of teachers and volunteers are deployed to deliver productive services in the identified areas of socio-economic life in accordance with the objectives of the scheme.

“Let me clarify that O’YES itself is not about offering jobs to young people, but about empowering young participants to become self-sufficient and eventually become employers of labour. This is where the exit program comes in. The exit program empowers cadets by helping them become self-sufficient through the acquisition of relevant entrepreneurial and professional skills. Currently, the program offers approximately 74 exit programs for cadets to choose from.

“We can boldly say that the program has been successful in transforming the lives of former cadets through exit programs, as you can now find many former cadets who are doing well in different areas of endeavor, be it the Civil service, para-military service, private sector, etc. Similarly, many of our former cadets have started their own businesses.

“For example, the owners of AJ Gas in Ile-Ife and Alamar Multi-Purpose Nigeria Limited have gone through the scheme. Others have improved their level of education like Dr. Foluke Kehinde, Mrs. Deronke Egbedun who is now in Canada, etc. Politically, there are former O’YES cadets who are now Council Presidents, Secretaries of Government Councils, Advisors, Senior Special Assistants to the Governor, among others.

“In addition to this, O’YEs under the current administration has registered more successes including working with Osun Agency for Community and Social Development Project CSDA on PALM OIL PROCESSING PROJECT for some former O’yes cadets. The sum of N1,574,625.00 has been approved and presented by CSDA to six local government areas. For example, the OREDAPO Ifetedo vulnerable group in South Ife LGA, among others, included O’YES cadets who work in palm oil processing,” he added.

Columbus Blue Jackets donate $250,000 to build outdoor hockey rink in Whitehall

WHITEHALL, Ohio (WCMH) — An outdoor street hockey rink will soon be available in the city of Whitehall.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are providing Whitehall, Ohio with a $250,000 grant to build a community street hockey rink, the team announced in a press release Thursday. Construction will begin in early summer and the rink is expected to be completed in the fall.

“We are really excited to partner with the City of Whitehall on this project and what it will mean for families, especially children, who will have access to it, said Katie Matney, executive director of the Blue Jackets Foundation, in the press release. .

The grant will also be used to develop sports programs, such as Try Hockey for Free clinics, staff training and equipment in Whitehall, according to the statement.

Through this partnership, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation said it will work with the city to provide free educational resources to address STEM learning and academic success.

Matney applauded the foundation’s past work in bringing the Thomas Knox Memorial Roller Hockey Rink to Westerville in 2018 and touted the Whitehall Grant as a way to introduce more people to the game of hockey.

“Bringing a similar project to the Whitehall community allows us to continue to grow the game, while promoting fitness through play to young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity,” Matney said.

Pasadena Public Library Announces Principal Librarian Jane Gov Honored as 2022 Library Journal Mover and Shaker – Pasadena Now

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Jane Gov – Photo by Alfonso Huerta

Today library newspaper announced their Movers and Shakers for 2022, the people shaping the future of libraries. Pasadena Public Library Senior Librarian Jane Gov was honored as a 2022 Library Journal Mover and Shaker in the Community Builders category. Gov is Branch Manager at La Pintoresca Branch Library and Senior Librarian for Teen Services.

Jane Gov believes that “to truly understand what teenagers want, they need to be involved in the planning.” This is the foundation of the Teen Volunteer and Teen Advisory Board (TAB) programs, which enhance opportunities for teens to develop leadership skills and gain autonomy over aspects of their community. The aim of the programs is to be strategic in how the library uses the skills of volunteers and to support a team that not only advises and assists with library activities, but creates ideas and brings them to life.

TAB’s vision overlaps with that of the levelUP youth conference, first held in 2017, where the topics discussed were based on feedback from teenagers. These initially included college readiness, workforce development and life skills workshops – financial literacy, cooking and health. In recent years there has been a focus on mental health and trauma-informed care, community activism, social justice, sustainability and how to advocate using the media.

This year, TAB received a $74,500 grant, which will support goals such as establishing a citywide mental health narrative, keeping wellness education in the future, the distribution of wellness education kits for educators and youth workers for classes and groups of young people, and developing an online course for the city’s youth internship programs. The government is passionate about how these measures allow teens to “see public policy in action, how their ideas are interpreted and how the community responds to their needs. They can also see all the creative possibilities of realizing a vision. »

To learn more, visit https://www.libraryjournal.com/page/movers-and-shakers-2022. To learn more about the Pasadena Public Library, visit http://www.pasadenapubliclibrary.net.

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NYSC, Gowon and the imperatives of national development

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NYSC DG Major General Ibrahim Shuaibu receiving the salute from corps members

Nigeria, like most nation states in post-colonial Africa, urgently needs unity, cohesion and national integration. Much of this is due to the arbitrary demarcation of borders that divided people of the same history and descent while strongly uniting them with people of different historical and socio-cultural affinities as a country. This colonial interference created a potency for sustained mutual suspicion between nationalities in most postcolonial nation states.

In the case of Nigeria, this already shaky foundation was even more deeply and negatively affected by the civil war that lasted nearly three years. And to deal with this degeneration of our already fractured federation, the then head of state, General Yakubu Gowoni, in 1973 – three years after the civil war – decided to create the NYSC in order to foster and promote national unity and integration, reconcile and rebuild the nation.

It can therefore be said that the shaky foundations of our unity, coupled with the unfortunate event of the civil war; with its negative effects on our unity as a nation, necessitated the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps by Executive Order No. 24 of May 22, 1973, primarily with a view to encouraging and developing common bonds among the youth of Nigeria.

Since then, many Nigerians who have participated in the program and other critical observers can testify to the positive impacts and benefits the NYSC has brought in all spheres of our national life, especially in the faithful and dedicated fulfillment of its main mandate to promote unity, integration and national cohesion.

These positive impacts are evident in the level of friendship that has been cultivated across religious and cultural divides through the platform provided by the NYSC program. It is to the unparalleled credit of this program that intermarriage has been facilitated across Nigeria. Today, many eastern families have northern in-laws and western families have southern in-laws and vice versa.

NYSC’s contributions and accomplishments are also evident in the area of ​​community development projects. Many members of the corps have written their names indelibly in the hearts of many Nigerians in the communities where they have served through their positive impacts and selfless service. Many communities in Nigeria now have health facilities and other basic amenities, thanks to NYSC members who have served in these locations.

Simply put, the program has had a positive impact on almost every facet of our national life and more so on the members of the corps themselves who are generally launched into the next stage of life and equipped with the experiences necessary to excel in the career path they have chosen.

It is fitting at this point to salute the foresight and patriotic leadership of the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, who courageously designed and established the program as a major platform for unity and national integration. The focus on young people who embody the future of our nation shows the futuristic nature of the NYSC program. Today, the majority of Nigerians in various leadership positions are direct beneficiaries of the program and are living witnesses to the unifying power of the NYSC.

Speaking recently at the commissioning of NYSC television and radio stations in Abuja, General Gowon acknowledged that the program had fulfilled its core mandate and made a positive impact on the nation. In his words: “It is undeniable that the program has, over the nearly five decades of its existence, successfully harnessed the potential of our young graduates as role models in defining patriotism, credible and quality leadership as well as economic regeneration. Our nation will always remain grateful to General Yakubu Gowon for such a great legacy, even for generations to come.

Along the same lines, I would like to acknowledge the remarkable accomplishments of successive heads of the program, who, in reference to the core mandate of the NYSC, have each demonstrated excellent leadership within the limits of their job descriptions and resources at their disposal. The sustenance and continued relevance of the Plan are reasonably attributable to their respective contributions. The history of the Regime will always reserve a place of honor for all those who have served the nation in this capacity in the past.

Standing on the shoulders of his illustrious predecessors, the current CEO of the NYSC, Major General Ibrahim Shaiubu, has displayed ingenuity and outstanding leadership qualities that have exceeded all expected performance indices and have comparatively carried the program completely on another level of advancement in response to current realities and the dynamics of the 21st century.

He transformed the NYSC and repositioned it to fulfill its core mandate with an unparalleled drive for community and national integration. Among several other achievements, innovations and fine additions, it is imperative to highlight the recent inauguration of the NYSC Television and Radio Stations located at the NYSC National Executive Headquarters in Maitama, Abuja by its Founding Father, General Yakubu Gowon.

While commissioning the television and radio stations, General Gowon hailed the initiative and recognized the importance of the media, especially for effective dissemination of information and wider global reach, as well as for serve as a platform for driving the core mandate of national unity, cohesion and collective. prosperity for everyone.

It is important to reiterate that the NYSC remains more relevant today than ever. Nigeria, as a country, desperately needs national cohesion and unity, as was the case before and after the civil war. Agents of disunity and destabilization emerge daily from different parts of the country. NYSC’s modest achievements in promoting unity are under daily threat.

As such, this development instead calls for more funding and support for the Regime to intensify its efforts towards national unity and integration. This is even compelling because even the main mandate of the program is defined primarily to instill in young Nigerians the spirit of selfless service to the community and to emphasize the spirit of unity and brotherhood of all Nigerians irrespective of their origin. cultural or social. The history of our country since independence has clearly indicated the need for the unity of all our people and demonstrated the fact that no cultural or geographical entity can exist in isolation. This is the fact that I recognized earlier about almost all countries in post-colonial Africa as a result of the arbitrary creation of national borders without recourse to historical and ethnic ties.

…Solomon Semaka is the organizer of the Save Nigeria movement.

Lending EMIs set to rise for borrowers, FD investors will benefit

In a surprise press conference at 2pm today, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that policy rates had been raised. In line with the announcement, the RBI increased the repo rate by 40 basis points to 4.40% from 4% earlier. The last time the repo rate was cut was in May 2020 and it has remained unchanged ever since. The hike will take effect immediately. The cash reserve ratio (CRR) was increased by 50 basis points, which will put further upward pressure on interest rates. It looks like borrowers should prepare for an increasing EMI load and FD investors can expect better returns on new FDs.

Many signals indicate that this could be the start of a cycle of higher interest rates.

According to global indicators, US retail inflation rose 40 years ago to 8.5% in March. In addition, the Fed indicated a 50 basis point hike (100 basis points = 1%) in its next policy announcement.

Similarly, retail inflation in India, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), for March 2022 rose to 6.95%. In April’s monetary policy, the central bank said the main objective was to ensure inflation remained on target going forward, while supporting growth. The main mandate of the central bank is to manage retail price inflation and ensure that it remains within the 2-6% range.

With further possibilities for key rate hikes, here’s what’s likely to happen to FD rates now and what depositors should do. Plus, we also tell you what borrowers should also expect.

Short-term deposit rates may rise first
Whenever the interest rate cycle turns around from the bottom, it is usually short and medium-term interest rates that are likely to rise first. As for long-term interest rates, it will take a little longer for these rates to rise significantly.

Avoid locking in longer-term deposits at a lower rate
If you are planning to book an FD now or looking to renew your existing FD, it will be best to opt for a shorter term FD, say one year or less, so that your deposit is not locked in at a lower rate for a long time. Whenever the short and medium term rates increase, you can start increasing the duration of the FDs accordingly.

Impact on borrowers
If you’re thinking of taking out a loan, you’d better do it quickly, as interest rates on loans may soon rise.

This rise is bad news for existing borrowers as well as banks and other financial institutions who will soon start raising interest rates on loans, which in turn means that loan EMIs will also rise.

How your loan EMIs will be affected by the latest hike.

Loan amount (Rs) 30,00,000
Term (years) 20
Current interest rate (%) 6.8
Current EMI (Rs) 22,900
New interest rate (%) 7.2
New EMI (Rs) 23,620
Increase in EMI (Rs) 720

SBI term home loan interest rate for loan up to Rs 30 lakh for salaried male borrower. The interest rate is linked to the repo rate.

All loans will be impacted by the latest policy decision, whether it is a home loan, car loan or personal loan. Here’s a look at the impact of each loan and what an existing borrower and someone looking to take out a new loan can do.

How new borrowers will be affected

If you are a new borrower considering taking out a loan, you need to act quickly so that your loan is repaid at the lower prevailing rates.

This mainly matters for fixed rate loans like auto and personal loans where the EMI stays the same throughout the life of the loan. The entry point is therefore crucial. If you take out a loan at a time when the interest rate is low (like now), you can continue to profit from the rate for the life of the loan, even when the overall interest rate increases.

However, for home loan borrowers, the timing of taking out the loan does not really provide a significant portion as this rate hike may not result in a significant difference in interest payment and EMI payments as it is mainly variable rate loans. So even if you enter at a lower rate now, you will have to pay a higher rate later when the lender raises their interest rates.

Impact on existing borrowers
If you are an existing borrower of fixed rate loans such as a car loan or personal loan, the interest rate hike will have no impact on your loan and you can continue to pay your existing EMIs.

However, borrowers of existing home loans will be the most affected, as most home loans are variable rate, with any such increases being passed on to the borrower. All floating rate mortgages taken out after October 1, 2019 are linked to an external benchmark as per RBI’s mandate. As most banks have chosen the repo rate as an external benchmark, a rise in the repo rate will most likely result in higher loan interest rates. Banks are required to revise their benchmark-based external lending interest rates at least once every three months to align them with the external benchmark to which they are linked.

SBI term home loan interest rate for loan up to Rs 30 lakh for salaried male borrower. The interest rate is linked to the repo rate.

Whenever the home loan interest rate increases, the first thing most lenders do is increase the term of the loan rather than increasing the EMI amount. This is uneconomical for the long-term borrower, especially when dealing with a long-term loan such as a mortgage.

There may also be scenarios where the lender itself will not allow the borrower to increase the term of the loan. This happens when the borrower is over 60 years old. In this case, the lender will increase the amount of the EMI and keep the term unchanged.

What should a borrower do?
The longer you keep the term of your loan, the more interest you will end up paying. Since the latest repo rate hike is not substantial, if you can afford the higher EMI, it will help you keep interest charges low and close the loan sooner. However, if you find it difficult to pay the increase, you can consult your lender and ask them to increase the term (if possible).

If your loan is more than 5 years old, it will be a good idea for you to check the interest rate regime (i.e. BPLR, base rate, MCLR or external benchmark rate (EBR)) under which your loan has been sanctioned. If you haven’t transferred your loan to an external reference linked loan, chances are you’ll be paying a much higher interest rate than lenders charge on the new external reference linked home loan. If you are paying a higher rate, you can ask your existing lender to convert your loan to an EBR-linked loan for which you may have to pay a nominal conversion fee.

However, if your lender does not offer this facility or charges a higher rate even on an EBR-related home loan, you may consider switching your loan to a new lender. Being a variable rate loan, there is no penalty for changing. This means that the only factor you need to check is the new lender’s processing fees and fees and compare that with the interest benefit you would get from the switch. If the net profit sounds good to you, you can move on. Borrowers should consider a balance transfer when the interest rate reduction is 0.5% or more.

Sold-out international LGBTQ conference focuses on youth empowerment and human rights • Long Beach Post News

Protecting the rights and safety of these groups was the focus of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association conference, better known as ILGA World, at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, which started on Monday.

More than 600 human rights activists will gather this week to celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ communities and assess the struggles that remain to be overcome politically, culturally and systemically, according to organizers. Usually the conference seats 800 people, but due to ongoing COVID concerns, capacity has been reduced this year, a spokesperson said.

This conference, which is organized by the It Gets Better Project, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit whose mission is to uplift LGBTQ communities around the world, takes place once every two years, and for its conference sold out in 2022, the hosts wanted to focus its programming on the challenges facing LGBTQ youth.

Jessica Stern, the United States Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) People, and Special Envoy, smiles to applause during the World Conference of ILGA at the Westin Long Beach on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

ILGA is an international organization with 1,700 members in 160 countries and territories who support ILGA’s goals, and guests include United Nations and government officials, academics, donors and volunteers.

During the five-day conference, ILGA members will come together to report on the situation of LGBTQ people on the ground in their home country or territory, discuss the future of the global movement, and collectively chart means to advance equality in the world, according to the organizers. .

There will also be over 100 sessions focusing on topics such as youth empowerment, alliances between feminist and LGBTQ movements, transgender abuse, countering anti-gender rhetoric and anti-LGBTQ legislative movements, and social justice movements across continents.

This year also marked ILGA’s first global conference to be held in the United States since 2001. Although there are dozens of member organizations in the United States, the organization conducts most of its work in d ‘other countries.

An attendee poses for a photo during the ILGA World Conference at the Westin Long Beach on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

For example, during the pandemic, in Uganda in East Africa, police detained around 20 homeless LGBTQ youth on what advocates say were bogus charges of violating COVID-19 restrictions and tortured them. in prison, Human Rights Watch reported. In Mexico, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights reported in 2016 that 1,218 people identified as or perceived to be LGBTQ were murdered.

While US politicians tout this country’s position as the world’s largest economy and its achievements in gender equality, the US, according to organizers, still lags behind in many ways for the LGBTQ community. .

For example, while the United States Supreme Court made the landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage, some states still have outdated laws banning the practice on their books.

Attendees mingle during the ILGA World Conference at the Westin Long Beach on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

More recently, ILGA Worlds attendees said they were disappointed with Florida’s ‘don’t say gay’ bill, a controversial bill that limits when and how teachers and school staff can discuss gender. and sexual orientation in the classroom.

Fear of hateful violence also permeates the community.

A UCLA study shows that LGBT people are nearly four times more likely than non-LGBT people to be victims of violent crime, including rape, sexual assault, and aggravated or common assault.

Crimes targeting the LGBTQ community dropped in Long Beach from four in 2019 to two in 2020, according to a state attorney general database. Statewide, crimes involving sexual orientation rose from 233 to 205. However, those with a gender bias increased, driven by an increase in anti-transgender events from 29 in 2019 to 54 last year.

An audience, some of whom request media anonymity, listen to speakers during the ILGA World Conference at the Westin Long Beach on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

And about a year ago, residents and politicians were appalled by the burning of a rainbow-colored lifeguard tower in Long Beach, painted by lifeguards in honor of the month. of Pride, which was replaced that year.

A big concern for LGBTQ youth is homelessness, organizers say. Research shows that LGBTQ youth are significantly overrepresented in homeless populations compared to the general population.

Despite the obstacles, Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s envoy on youth, said dialogues with young people had improved as they championed causes such as supporting mental health and strengthening from the community.

“I would like to take this opportunity to salute and pay tribute to all the young activists who are stepping forward in pursuit of a better future despite considerable risk,” Wickramanayake said in a speech broadcast Monday morning.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia speaks during the ILGA World Conference at the Westin Long Beach on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, the city’s first openly gay mayor, also spoke about the city’s accomplishments, including its provision of same-sex health care benefits.

Attendees who cannot make it to Long Beach can now register to attend plenaries and some key sessions through an online platform, according to the conference website. The deadline to reserve a place is Wednesday, May 4 at 2:59 p.m.

To learn more about ILGA, visit www.ilga.org.

Regency makeover transforming food court into dining hall and outdoor plaza

Regency is transforming its food court into an outdoor plaza and dining hall. The food court’s last tenants moved out in April, and the area has been cordoned off for upcoming construction. (Pictures of Jack Jacobs)

As the first residential tenants move into Regency’s new apartment section, owners of the ever-evolving West End shopping center are turning their attention to the future of the nearby food court.

Regency owners Rebkee Co. and Thalhimer Realty Partners have cordoned off the mall’s food court in preparation for a renovation project that will replace the space with a new food court and outdoor plaza.

The existing food court would be split about 50-50 between the outdoor plaza and the food court, said Steve Bonniville, president of mall manager Broad Sky Management. The project would also include a new entrance and serve to better connect the mall to the apartments, which are just outside the food court.

“We’re constantly redeveloping things here and this is the next phase of that with our apartments coming fully online,” Bonniville said. “We needed a better look when marrying the mall to the apartments.

The plan calls for a third-party operator to run the new food hall on behalf of the mall, but Bonniville said an operator has not yet been selected.

Bonniville said the exact number of vendors who would be at the food hall is still being worked out. He said the future operator would determine the types of businesses that would be there.

Fultz & Singh Architects designs the space.

Regency’s latest effort in its transformation into a mixed-use development is a new food hall and outdoor plaza at the current location of the food court, which is near the new mall apartments.

The last of the food court’s former tenants moved out in late April. It remained to be determined how many food operators, if any, would return to be part of the food hall, Bonniville said Monday.

There is no timetable on when the project will be completed and the final cost of the project has not yet been determined, Bonniville said.

Residents of the mall’s 320-unit apartment complex – called Rise at Regency – began moving into their apartments in mid-April.

The mall’s interior access to the food court was cordoned off and the exterior entrance to the food court was fenced off on Monday.

The food court project is the latest piece of the ongoing effort to reinvent Regency as a mixed-use development. The mall has attracted new tenants like Surge Adventure Park and NOVA from Virginia Aquatics to fill the spaces of the major retailers that once had a presence in the mall.

Other recent additions include an outpost of Goddard School, a chain of early childhood education centers. The Sloop John B restaurant opened in Regency late last year.

The off-plots of the shopping center are also undergoing a transformation. Sheetz is set to open on the site of the building that once housed Tire America by Sears.

Pak youth team participate in HR committee session

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LAHORE: A delegation of young Pakistanis participated in the 15th session of the Human Rights (HR) Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. The objective of the session was to bring together the full diversity of the human rights community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions at the local, national, regional and international levels.

UN Global Youth Advocate, Chairman of Youth Revolution Clan and Head of Pakistan Youth Delegation, Rizwan Anwar represented Pakistan at the 15th session of the Human Rights Committee. In his speech, he referred to the “protection of human rights in an increasingly automated word: artificial intelligence, opportunities for human rights activists”.

He said Pakistani youth have great potential for social and positive transformation of society but are mostly neglected at all levels. International organizations must provide opportunities for young people in Pakistan, as youth participation is essential for the achievement of the SDGs at all levels.

The United Nations Secretary-General has called young people “torchbearers” of the development framework and we must all continue to work for strong and effective participation of young people and youth organizations in the development agenda, in particular to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal for the Sustainable Future.

Maha Jamil, Co-Chair of YRC and Director of KCLCD, Kinnaird College for Women, said in her speech that gender-balanced youth groups can be trained in social activism on artificial intelligence for social transformation and development sustainable.

The first Seychellois woman to run a Hilton-branded hotel in the Seychelles

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(Seychelles News Agency) – For the first time, a Seychellois woman, Doreen Valentin, has been promoted to the position of hotel manager of a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the Seychelles, the Allamanda Resort & Spa, from March 1, 2022.

SNA caught up with Valentin to find out more about his journey to the top of a 4-star hotel and what it means to become a Hilton-branded resort manager in Seychelles.

SNA: Tell us about yourself and how did your career start?

DV: I grew up in the Port Glaud neighborhood where I attended primary and secondary school. Following that, I went to the NYS (National Youth Service) like most children at the time and from there I went to Polytechnic where I studied secretarial studies for two years. My first choice was the tour guide because I loved talking and tourists, and the others teaching and healing.

I always wanted to find a job quickly to be able to help my parents because we were a poor family. My parents had eight children – four girls and four boys – and I was the third child. Seeing my parents struggle so much pushed me to find ways to help them.

By studying secretarial studies, I learned a lot about administrative work. Once my studies were completed, I was hired as secretary of the Ministry of Education in the secretariat section of Polytechnique. I worked there for about a year and then moved to the Department of Employment which was still located at Unity House at the time. I was a secretary in the workforce planning section.

SNA: How did you get into the tourism industry and what were your aspirations at the time?

DV: The idea of ​​working in a hotel was always there and I was constantly looking for available positions. I applied for a position as secretary in the human resources department of Le Méridien Barbarons and it was then that I joined the tourism sector.

At the time I was about 22 years old. At no time did I think I would be where I am today. The first day I started working for Le Méridien Barbarons, I left at 9pm. Leaving work late has never been a problem for me. After only a month of work, my boss went on leave, leaving me behind to take care of everything for him. He kind of threw me into the deep waters, but I got through. Throughout my career, I have kept the same state of mind.

SNA: When did you join the Hilton hotel chain and what positions have you held?

DV: I started working with Hilton on October 6, 2006 – it’s one of the dates I will remember. I started as a training coordinator after leaving my position as human resources manager at the Coco de Mer hotel in Praslin. I really wanted to develop my training skills and left my higher paying job to join Hilton, a chain that invested heavily in me in terms of training.

In 2010, I moved to Namibia for two years with my then general manager who was going to open a hotel in Windhoek. He wanted me to train his staff there. My husband joined me as it was a family package. The time I spent there, doing certain things for the first time, gave me a new perspective and provided me with valuable experiences.

From Namibia, I was sent to the Hilton Abu Dhabi, where I spent a year and a half, still in HR and training. It was a very nice experience and I would not have returned to the Seychelles if it weren’t for personal problems. Upon my return to Seychelles, I became the cluster training manager for the three Hilton hotels in Seychelles at the time – Labriz, Northolme and Allamanda. I did it alone with the help of secretaries. Hilton trained me as one of two master trainers in Africa, and because of that, I travel a lot, which I really enjoy.

In 2014, I did HR for Northolme and Allamanda until end of March 2017, after which I was promoted to resort manager for Doubletree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort and Spa. When Hilton was looking for someone to fill the job, I was always HR and everyone who applied had something missing, and I asked my GM if I could do the job, and after some thought, I got the job.

The surprise came at the end of February this year when the vice president in charge of all Hilton chains in Africa told me that he was promoting me to hotel manager. It was a real surprise because I did not expect it. For a second I doubted myself but said yes. The main difference between a Resort Manager and a Hotel Manager is that I am fully responsible for the hotel, although I have a Regional Manager who proves to me the support I need.





President Wavel Ramkalawan personally congratulated Doreen Valentin on her new promotion to Hotel Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles – Allamanda Resort and Spa. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

SNA: What does it mean to become the first Seychellois woman to be promoted to the position of hotel manager of a major chain like Hilton?

DV: I did not focus on becoming the first Seychellois woman to hold such a position. I focused on taking every available opportunity that came my way, allowing me to do better. I am happy as a Seychellois and I just hope that other fellow citizens will take up these international challenges.

I know it’s not easy, but if you’ve developed a career with them like I have over the past 15 years, you get noticed. Allamanda is a four star hotel while the other two Hilton hotels in Seychelles are five star, and I manage 68 staff and 30 rooms. I’ve been in this role for a little over a month now, and I have to say there are challenges, but it’s been a fun ride as I’m still learning. As long as you are willing to learn new things, everything becomes easier. I now need to develop my finance and business skills.

SNA: What advice do you have for young people aspiring to run a hotel in the Seychelles?

DV: There are other Seychellois who are on the right track. The first thing I will say is that you will get discouraged along the way, but don’t give up. Moving to another hotel means the new workplace won’t really know you and you’ll be set back in your career path.

Stick to your job and by persevering through tough times, your superiors notice you. They will see that you are not here for the title or just the salary but for a career. Learn as much as you can from your boss so that when he moves on, you can take his place.

SNA: Many Seychellois are discouraged when foreigners are employed in high-level positions in international hotel chains in Seychelles. Why do you think these big chains recruit more foreigners than Seychellois?

DV: I don’t know what happens in all hotels, but I think an investigation should be carried out by the ministry of employment or the ministry of tourism to see what is causing this.

When I look at my business, Hilton gives us training at all levels. For my part, I made sure to take all the opportunities I had, but I see fellow Seychellois not doing the same, and I think that’s a barrier.

Some people allow their social problems or challenges to become an obstacle to their career. Many might say it was easier for me because I don’t have kids. When you want something, no matter the circumstances, you find a way to achieve it.

Foreigners who come to Seychelles leave their families behind and it is a struggle for them too, but they want to progress and, as such, make the sacrifice. Some Seychellois are comfortable and feel stable in the position they occupy but complain when a foreigner occupies a position that could have become theirs.





Valentin manages a four-star hotel with 68 employees and 30 rooms. (Doreen Valentin) Photo license: All rights reserved

SNA: Listening to you, I have the feeling that you would like to see your fellow Seychellois progressing higher in their careers. Are you going to mentor someone?

DV: I will not open any association, but at the Allamanda, I do a lot. I receive students from the STA (Seychelles Tourism Academy) and Shannon College and work closely with the tourism and employment department. I’m already automatically mentoring a young woman from Shannon College.

A development association in the Seychelles recently approached me and I told them that I was ready to help as a member. Wherever I can make a difference in someone’s life, I will. I am also a mentor for Hilton online. In my last position, I was being mentored myself while I was mentoring someone else and it builds more skills.

SNA: How do you reconcile private and professional life?

DV: When I was still with my ex-husband, my job was never a problem. He met me in tourism because he also worked in the field. We spoke the same language and we never argued because I came home late from work. We managed our time well. When we had to work, we worked hard, but when the hotel was less busy, we took our annual leave and spent time together. It was not a problem for us.

Now that I am alone, I work but make sure to take time for my family and especially for myself. I love working in my garden because it is therapy for me. I am satisfied with the cleaning and sometimes I work in the hotel garden with my staff. I love to sing and I released a gospel song which airs on SBC. I also sing in my church choir. I love to travel even though I’m claustrophobic and don’t really like planes.

SNA: How do you see your future unfolding?

DV: To be honest, right now I’m not saying I’m aiming to become a general manager. I am still developing my skills. Many opportunities will arise in Seychelles in the near future. There is an awning [hotel] which will open in 2024 in Anse à La Mouche which will be managed by Hilton.

Another hotel will also soon open on Ile Platte, as well as an airport hotel. There are many opportunities in Seychelles and even more abroad. More so, as Hilton offers many different hotel categories, with many new hotels under the brand opening around the world, the opportunities are therefore endless. We’ll see what the future holds.

Farm Loan Forgiveness: Farmer Debt Is a Symptom, Not the Syndrome

By Pulkit Khatri

In recent years, agricultural loan forgiveness pledges have become a common feature of political party manifestos. The recently concluded parliamentary elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh were no different. Agricultural loan waivers are seen as an easy way to remedy the situation of struggling farmers. If waivers were such an effective solution, then why, in just a few years, are farmers again distressed and pushed to the point of needing another round of waivers? In addition, do the waivers have an impact on the quality of spending by implementing state governments? Or do they trigger inflation?

We explored these questions in our Nabard-funded study of farm loan waivers in Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, titled Farm Loan Waivers in India: Assessing Impact and Looking Ahead.

The study analyzed the budgets of the relevant state governments and the impact of agricultural loan exemptions on them. We conducted a survey of around 3,000 farmers in Punjab, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The study presents an analytical assessment of the survey responses. We analyzed secondary data to explain the financial and behavioral patterns of stakeholders such as state governments, bankers and farmers. Here we share some key findings.

Rather than being the immediate cause of distress, indebtedness appears as a symptom of a farmer’s economic or financial distress. Nearly 87-98% of respondents agreed that income and production issues were more important issues than debt. Income instability due to increased cultivation costs, crop/livestock damage or falling market prices emerged as the main reason for farmers’ distress in the three states. The high degree of threat to crops from stray livestock was yet another significant cause of concern for farmers in the tri-states. Problems related to climate and weather have caused much distress to farmers. Infrastructure problems mainly due to erratic power supply, marketing problems such as non-transparency of market transactions and over-reliance on middlemen, as well as lack of crop insurance or delay in receiving compensation were cited as important triggers of distress.

The inability to earn enough from farming puts a farmer in debt, and recurring losses and declining margins force him to default on his loan. A vicious circle of poverty, loss of income leading to debt, which leads to distress, which in turn triggers further debt and distress, continues unabated for a farmer. A farm loan waiver deals with the indebtedness of the farmer. However, with unresolved distress factors (like continued production losses, market price volatility, unstable incomes, etc.), the condition of farmers after loan waiver improves only for a short period. . Before long, the farmer is back in debt and pushed to the point where he needs new fundraising. Therefore, it appears that a farm loan waiver is proving to be a “jury-rigged expedient” – a quick fix that requires recurring application.

Between 72% and 85% of respondents in our survey agreed that loan waivers cause honest farmers to default on their agricultural loans. It was also found to increase the risk of deliberate failure by farmers. About 68-80% of respondents in the three states mentioned it. More than 90% of respondents in each of the three states pointed out that waivers only benefit a small percentage of the truly distressed farming population. Interestingly, little to no problem accessing new credit for a waiver recipient in the tri-states was reported.

According to the Nabard All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey 2016-17, only about 30.3% of farm households took loans from institutional sources and about 70% of farm households that did not take any loans from institutions have not enjoyed the benefits of any loan relief scheme. Through our survey, we have found that about 40% of small scale farmers in big difficulty in the three states of Punjab, Maharashtra and UP have not received benefits under agricultural loan relief . More than 90% of respondents in every state felt that loan waivers did not benefit all struggling farmers.

According to the RBI, a crop loan account becomes a non-performing asset (NPA) when the payment of interest (and principal) remains in arrears for two harvest seasons for short-term crops and one harvest season for short-term crops. long-term crops such as sugar cane. We have found that this definition imposes an additional repayment burden on farmers, forcing them to default. For example, in the event of a default (after two bad harvests), the farmer’s access to new credit stops and it cannot be resumed until all outstanding dues have been paid. In other words, if after two failed harvests (and this is how he presumably defaulted), a farmer wishes to restart his credit cycle, then from his third (presumably successful) harvest, he will have to clear slices of three harvest cycles. This is extremely difficult for a struggling farmer, especially when (i) the incomes themselves are low and fluctuating and the next income (from his fourth harvest) will only come after a gap of 4-6 months and ( ii) that he has to fend for his family who would have suffered a loss of income during the previous two crop cycles.

By addressing the issues built into the farm loan NPA definition, the government can actually increase the likelihood that the farmer will repay and will also be able to provide timely assistance to the truly distressed farmer.

Waivers provide immediate, short-term relief to farmers. But what is needed is a long-term solution to the structural problems facing farmers.

Therefore, policymakers must recognize indebtedness as a symptom of farmers’ distress and consider loan waivers as a temporary solution to this symptom. The government should develop alternative ways to targeted aid and support to farmers who are facing distress due to various factors.

The authors work for Arcus Policy Research, New Delhi.

Debate reveals irregularities in LGA empowerment funds

By Gadiosa Lamtey

Dar es Salaam. The inability of most local government authorities (LGAs) to disburse 10% of their budget in terms of special group loans has sparked debate among stakeholders.

Section 37A(1) of this Act requires all LGAs to set aside 10% of their budget for the financial empowerment of women, youth and persons with disabilities (PwD) groups at a ratio of 4:4:2.

But, a recent Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report 2020/21 revealed numerous irregularities in the management, disbursement and recovery of funds, which sparked debate among stakeholders.

The irregularities include the failure of 10 LGAs to disburse 6.68 billion shillings and the failure of 155 LGAs to recover 47.01 billion shillings in the 2020/21 financial year.

In other areas of concern, CAG Charles Kichere indicates in his report that five LGAs issued 178.61 million shillings to unqualified groups and 1.24 billion shillings were not transferred from the deposit account of eleven authorities to the WYPwD special account.

Giving his recommendations, Mr. Kichere said that non-collection of loans could deplete the revolving fund and that in order to achieve the purpose and sustainability of the fund, the previous recommendations of the CAG should be implemented.

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“Due diligence should be carried out before granting loans to special groups and more efforts should be made to recover outstanding loans from such groups, Mr. Kichere says in his report.

The CAG says that for the funds to serve the intended purpose of reducing poverty and promoting economic growth among the citizens of the groups, the loans disbursed must be recovered in accordance with the agreement.

He urged the Office of the President – Regional and Local Administrative Government (PO-Ralg) to put in place effective loan recovery measures through the involvement of loan servicing officers and to promote compliance with voluntary repayments in order to achieve fund sustainability.

Filing the Wajibu Institute of Public Accountability’s (Wapa) analysis of the CAG report on Friday, the institute’s board chair, Yona Kallagane, said the review found that the lack of a supervision resulted from poor management of the loans as well as the implementation of other projects.

He suggested that the PO-Ralg work with the regional secretariats to enforce the 2019 guidelines for the management of the WYPwD Empowerment Fund.

“This includes opening a special bank for collecting, depositing and disbursing funds. This would address the challenges in a meaningful way,” he said.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr. Festo Sanga (Makete, CCM) during the debate on the PO-Ralg budget said that the 10% loan did not benefit the targeted groups, but politicians and government employees were the main beneficiaries.

“More than 200 billion shillings have been disbursed since 2018 without benefiting young people. Unscrupulous officials and politicians have formed bogus groups which are used to siphon off council money, which is typically unfair,” he said.

Citing an example, he said the Dar es Salaam region disbursed a total of 52 billion shillings for empowerment loans to WYPwD in 2018/19, noting that 14 billion shillings were recovered and the rest went to ended up in the pockets of dishonest people.

According to him, a similar situation was recorded in the Tabora region where 5.7 billion shillings were issued to youths in the same financial year, but only 2 billion shillings were recovered.

“Minister Bashungwa [Innocent] should follow up on more than 200 billion shillings not recovered from beneficiaries to benefit loyal members of the group or could be channeled to finance the implementation of development projects such as road, water and schools” , did he declare.

Ms. Grace Tendega, Special Seats, Chadema said that the fund was disbursed to youths, women and disabled people without providing them with entrepreneurial training which is the cause of what is happening.

People with disabilities are forced to form groups to qualify for loans. Most of the time, this condition has prevented people in this group from getting loans and continuing the fight against poverty and economic empowerment,” she said.

For his part, the United Nations Association (UNA) project coordinator, Lucus Fedelis, said the lack of balance between income received by most councils and expenditure was the reason for the failure of the project. disbursement of funds for economic empowerment of special groups.

“Most of the councils located in the remote parts of the country have difficulties in terms of revenue collection, therefore, spend most of their revenue to finance recurring projects and the implementation of a few projects instead of distributing them to special groups,” he said.

On non-compliance with their loans, Mr Fedelis said the lack of financial literacy among members of most groups was another challenge as funds are instead channeled to other areas instead of the goal. foreseen. “Poor choice of implemented projects leads to failure of projects to become profitable, leading to loss and waste of secured funds,” he said.

“For example, agricultural projects that depend on the seasons and climate change as well as the lack of accurate market information have been other key factors for the failure of groups, especially young people,” he said. he adds.

Students celebrate the end of the outdoor education program

By Matthew Sims

A group of West Melbourne students celebrated the end of a 10-day outdoor education program, which saw them develop their life skills and give back to the local community.

A joint initiative of the Outdoor Education Foundation (OEF), Outdoor Education Group (OEG) and Victoria University, the “Together We Grow” program ran from April 19-28 and saw the 50 Pupils aged 14 to 16 travel to Eildon and Marysville before returning west.

Students marked the end of the program with a graduation ceremony at Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus on Thursday, April 28.

The program saw 22 students from Hume and Brimbank take part, while 21 students from Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong took part.

Participating schools included Sunshine College, Hester Hornbrook Academy, Mount St Joseph’s Girls College, Altona College, Elevation Secondary College, Hume Central Secondary College, Maribyrnong College and Footscray High School.

The program included a bushwalking and camping expedition in Eildon, a stay at a Marysville camp in cabins and a stay in Footscray.

While at Footscray, students participated in a range of community service activities in their area, including preparing meals for homeless charities through OzHarvest and planting local trees at Wyndham.

The group also spent time at Victoria University to learn more about possible career paths after graduating from high school.

Researchers at Victoria University have now begun an independent evaluation of the program based on an asset development framework.

University of Victoria psychology researcher and lecturer Dr Kara Dadswell said while she couldn’t determine what the assessment would reveal, the atmosphere at the graduation was “incredible”.

“I’m still buzzing,” she said.

“One of the mums came over and thanked the OEG reps and said ‘That boy is not my son’.”

Dr Dadswell said the aim now would be to look at all the data to assess how the program is going.

“We want to look at things that could be improved, she said.

Dr Dadswell said one of the focal points of the program was to develop life skills and build resilience in students.

The Outdoor Education Foundation is the charitable arm of the Outdoor Education Group, which is the largest provider of outdoor education for schoolchildren in Australia.

The foundation has provided camps and expeditions for over 1,000 Victorian students since its inception in 2018.

Social Worker, Senior – Integrated Youth Employment – Hennepin County

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++OPENING DATE :++ 04/28/22

++CLOSING DATE:++ 12/05/22 11:59 PM CET

++TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT:++ Full time

++LOCATION:++ Hennepin County, Minnesota

++DEPARTMENT:++ Human services and public health

++THE POSITION++

The Adult Behavioral Health area of ​​Human Services is seeking a Senior Youth Embedded Social Worker (SSW) to assist with early identification and intervention for youth and families with needs mental health, medical and addictions professionals who are involved in the criminal justice system. This Youth Embedded SSW will support and coordinate with various Hennepin County Police Departments and Police Embedded Social Workers. This position will work with a variety of people at various stages of change and need. There will be a direct response to agents requesting support in the community, tracking agent referrals, and coordinating resources and information for youth and their families as a short-term service provider.

Location and times:
This position is hybrid and will be performed both on-site at various Hennepin County Police Departments and remotely depending on the duties required. Although this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements, hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin. The work schedule will be Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

_New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 and December 31, 2024 will receive $500 for the cost of establishing consistent Internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment. _

About post type: This is a full-time paid position. This position is internally classified as Social Worker, Senior. Click on ++here++ to display the job classification specification.

As of September 1, 2021, all new job offers are conditional on the candidate being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully Vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series of vaccines approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency basis, or 14 days after receiving received an FDA-approved single-dose vaccine on a full or emergency basis. After a conditional job offer, the candidate must present proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office, or a personal digital vaccination record is sufficient “evidence.” The candidate must also certify that he is vaccinated by filling out a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered at the request of an applicant for medical or religious reasons, as required by applicable law.

In this position, you will:

  • Interview and complete an assessment for people with complex needs.
  • Prepare social history, complete and/or verify diagnostic information, work with individuals to develop goals and service plans, make referrals to community services, and connect individuals to current supports.
  • Assist with benefit forms and applications, service requests, determine eligibility and provide information on community resources.
  • Work closely with youth and families in the community, local law enforcement, probation officers, correctional staff, attorneys, community providers and others.
  • Document references received and all case communications using county systems.
  • Provide advice and support to 911 teammates, law enforcement, and dispatchers, including but not limited to case consultation, facilitation of task forces or meetings, or development of tools and resources.

Need to have:

  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, sociology or human services, and at least 27 terms of graduate work credits in the above areas, and three or more years of full-time supervised experience as a social worker.
    • Masters or higher degree in social work or a closely related field with an emphasis on course work in areas such as social work methods, human growth and behavior, and social principles or welfare.
    • Licensed as a Registered Social Worker by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
  • A valid driver’s license and daily access to reliable transportation for travel primarily within Hennepin County.

Nice to have:

  • Licensed or in the process of obtaining a license in one of the following fields:
    • Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LSGW), Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) ).
  • Live:
    • Serving people living with a mental health issue and/or substance use disorder.
    • Serving those involved in the criminal justice system.
    • Interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, including efforts to reduce disparities.
  • Knowledge of:
    • County and community resources for mental health, substance use disorders, social services and basic needs.
    • Principles of risk reduction.
    • Principles of Trauma-Informed Care.
    • Person centered thinking.
    • Social determinants of health.
    • And an understanding of racial disparities and the impact of these disparities on community development, social justice, restorative justice, socio-economic status, and the effects on the health and well-being of populations.
  • Ability to:
    • Works well in unpredictable and difficult situations requiring sensitivity, flexibility, resourcefulness and independent judgement.
    • Work well independently and as part of a team.
    • Demonstrate strong interpersonal, organizational and computer skills.

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates who pass a language assessment may be eligible for additional bilingual compensation and duties.

About the department:
Human Services offers a variety of services to individuals or families that meet basic needs or encourage client change around specific goals. We work with individuals as well as systems and communities to develop policies and advocate for the people we serve. The people we serve and our communities are connected. By helping one, we help the other.

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is Minnesota’s largest county government organization. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life of our residents and communities. All of our jobs align with one or more of our overriding goals – that the residents of Hennepin County are healthy, protected and safe, self-sufficient, assured of due process and mobile.

Our employees enjoy a combination of generous benefits and a positive work culture not found in other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits, and opportunities for growth. Learn more about ++www.hennepin.us/employees++.

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and reducing disparities is fundamental to providing excellent service to our community.

Your future. Made here.

This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.

This position may have access to systems or other documents containing HIPAA data.

Invitations to interview will be based on an assessment of education and experience. Final applicants may be required to pass a driver’s license check, drug test and/or background check.

Scratch Beneath the Surface of Goldman’s First Crypto Loan – Ledger Insights

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Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Goldman Sachs extended its first cash loan where the security provided was in the form of Bitcoin. A spokesperson said the novelty was structure and around-the-clock risk management.

This follows Goldman’s participation in its first over-the-counter (OTC) Bitcoin option trade last month.

Crypto-backed loans could be rather attractive for banks due to the high interest rate considering the risks. Rates range from 1% to 9% for retail users, depending on the amount of collateral provided.

Bank balance sheet and risk rules

A bank’s profitability depends on how well it can deploy its capital. Banks must comply with Basel rules regarding their capital and risk exposure, which can make holding cryptocurrencies unattractive. Although we dwell on this below, there is a broader perspective.

While getting involved in crypto has some impact on a bank’s balance sheet, it depends on the scale, which is likely to start out small. If there is belief in the future of the cryptocurrency industry, the bank needs to swallow the short-term (small) impact of the balance sheet and start building its expertise and market share.

The rules for crypto have not been finalized, but Basel’s current proposal is a 1250% risk weight for cryptocurrency exposures. This is the same risk weighting as an overdue securities payment.

When Goldman makes the cash loan, they don’t need to put the crypto on the balance sheet. They just treat the cash loan as an asset because the Bitcoin still belongs to the borrower. So one reading is that there is no Basel impact.

However, our reading of the Basel proposals is that these types of crypto-assets are not “eligible forms of collateral”. If this is correct (we asked for confirmation), the loan is treated as an unsecured loan, which has a higher capital requirement than a secured loan.

There are two other potential impacts of Basel. Sometimes banks have the right to sell or re-pledge the collateral, which often happens when the borrower provides securities as collateral.

If Goldman sells or pledges the Bitcoin collateral, it becomes a liability on Goldman’s balance sheet. The current Basel proposal applies the 1250% risk weight to any net long or short position, in this case a short position.

The second scenario is that if the borrower defaults, Bitcoin becomes one of Goldman’s assets, so they have a long position in Bitcoin. However, if Goldman had sold or pledged the Bitcoin and the borrower defaulted, Goldman’s position would be stable.

Banking risk exposures

Earlier this week at the Financial Times Crypto Summit, the CEOs of several major crypto companies weighed in on the risks for traditional institutions to get involved in cryptocurrency.

“Bitcoin is going to bring down a G-SIB (Global Systemically Important Bank) at some point because they don’t understand that the settlement risk is so different between Bitcoin and traditional assets,” said Caitlin Long, a Morgan Stanley veteran who now heads the Custodian Bank. The subject is further explored here.


Humans of New Haven: Lana Sicilia takes center stage

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Sylvan Lebrun, collaborating photographer

Last Thursday night, New Haven resident Lana Sicilia performed at a talent show at the New Haven Free Public Library, the first time she had performed in front of an audience since the pandemic began. Dressed in a floral coat and sundress, she delivered a short stand-up comedy set and sang a number of songs, including the Broadway song ‘Le Jazz Hot’, ‘Kiss the Girl’. from “The Little Mermaid” and the country hit “What Mattered Most.

As a child, Sicilia’s heart was always to entertain – she idolized daytime talk show hosts and did endless printouts of her favorite movie quotes. However, her passion was sidelined for years due to her mother’s persistent verbal abuse. To escape this family environment, she moved away after graduating from high school and ended up in a homeless shelter for a year and a half, an experience that later led her to a job at nonprofit when she found her home in Bridgeport in her early twenties.

After returning to New Haven just months before the pandemic hit, Sicilia, now 30, embarked on a process of “introspection” that led her to realize her identity as a transgender woman. and come to terms with past traumas. Since last week, she has also been able to rediscover her love for the stage.

“He was always in there, with nowhere to use him,” Sicilia said. “Imagine having all this energy, having all this drive and having nowhere to use it, not knowing how to access things, search, search, search… that’s always what I have to do, it’s is what I want to do and that’s what has always motivated me.

Sicilia has spent the past decade working for a number of homelessness service providers and advocacy groups. She is currently a member of the CLIP cohort of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a group of people who have lived experiences of homelessness and contribute to policy decisions.

She shared that she turned to non-profit work because of her own experiences of homelessness – Sicilia moved into a shelter in Fairfield aged eighteen after escaping a foster violent, where she lived for nearly a year and a half.

“Through my experience, through everything I learned from it, I learned so much from the people I was with. It inspired me to give back, Sicilia said. “I said, I I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but I’m going to help somehow, contribute somehow to make the system a bit better.”

Sicilia grew up just outside of New Haven in the town of Wallingford, raised by her grandparents. Her parents had lost custody and were in jail for what she discovered as an adult was a grand theft auto charge.

She remembered the stories her grandfather told her about his early memories in New Haven, his experiences in the Air Force, and his travels. “He always tried to speak to me in foreign languages ​​because he believed in being as aware and as worldly as possible, he raised me to understand all of that.”

After her grandparents died, around the age of 12 or 13, Sicilia’s mother regained custody. Sicilia lived with her mother and stepfather for the next five years in Rockville, Connecticut.

“Five years of living in an environment that was unexpected, but also filled not only with alcoholism at home and the struggles that come with it, but also with narcissism, secrets, screams,” Sicilia said. “The constant moving every year, every two years… not going to the doctor for five years.”

After years of thinking, Sicilia now believes her mother struggled with narcissistic personality disorder. During the pandemic, she began researching the characteristics of the disorder online, watching videos of the experiences of children growing up with a narcissistic parent — “everything I thought I understood and had already overcome all of a sudden came back to me, because now I had this perspective.

She shared that her mother constantly yelled and verbally “scolded” her, sometimes escalating into physical abuse. Her family had to move several times because her mother refused to pay the rent and Sicilia was not allowed to have her own driver’s license.

Upon graduating from high school in 2010, Sicilia said she had “ambition and drive, but no perspective”. A domestic violence incident with his stepfather had occurred earlier that year as his family and friends encouraged him to get away from his mother. After a brief stay with an elderly aunt and uncle, she ended up at the Operation Hope homeless shelter in Fairfield.

“I hadn’t even started to recover,” Sicilia said. “[The shelter] was better than where I had been and it was taking me to a better place, but because of my trauma and because of the freshness of everything, because of everything I had just been through, I was not able to accept kindness or advice.”

Without understanding how her reactions were influenced by past trauma, Sicilia said, she would become “verbally aggressive and argumentative” towards others, due to the anxiety of being reprimanded in return. She had “fallen back into [her] shell”, hiding his emotions and past experiences from others.

Despite these tense moments, Sicilia said her time at the shelter helped her progress towards independence, as she was eventually connected to a housing voucher. While she was in the process of finding a unit to use the voucher on, she returned to Rockville and stayed in a shelter for three months. There she began to come to terms with the experiences of her adolescence.

Eventually, Sicilia was able to move into her own apartment in Bridgeport, where she ended up living for seven and a half years, “six years longer than expected”. Once in a stable housing situation, Sicilia said, she was able to “begin to let go physically and emotionally.”

It was then that Sicilia began working with Bridge House, a group in Bridgeport offering support programs for people recovering from mental illness.

“I stayed in Bridgeport because it worked,” Sicilia said. “I had money in my pocket. I had savings, I had something to do every day, I had friends. … For the first time in many years, nobody was like standing over my shoulder, or nobody was waiting for me to make a mistake, or nobody was waiting, you know, to scold me.

However, after a few years, she began to experience underlying feelings of “stagnation”, compounded by continued verbal harassment from some neighbors. Sicilia suffered a protracted mental health crisis in 2016 that culminated in verbally and physically attacking a friend, “almost as if I was taking all that energy and all that aggression…and I had to pay the price socially.” , emotionally, mentally.”

After this incident, Sicilia became a “recluse” for about four months. She remembers watching the news every morning and being deeply disturbed by the events of 2017, from the crimes of Harvey Weinstein to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Shortly after, she starred in a political play about the Trump administration performed at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, which she had come across in an advertisement at a local library.

When Sicilia was young, she “always had this desperation, this desire to be in theatre, films or music”. She often got scolded for doing printouts of quotes from movies and TV shows, “but I would also make people laugh.”

Although she appreciated the chance to act again, she continued to struggle in Bridgeport, being tracked by her behavior and unable to understand the root causes. She held several jobs in her final years there — at a pizza place, as a receptionist, and with the nonprofit Public Allies Connecticut for youth empowerment.

Sicilia had always planned to return to New Haven. “I knew I wasn’t done with this field, there was this old teenage dream that I was going to come back,” she said. In early 2020, just months before the pandemic began to sweep the country, she made the move.

It was during the lockdown, however, that Sicilia finally had time to process her past and pursue her dreams for the future. “Lockdown has kind of made us all realize ourselves a lot better,” she said.

Accepting her mother’s abuse and narcissism, she cut off all contact with her mother “except for holidays and her birthday”. Sicilia also began to realize how the trauma had impacted her past behavior and relationships, as she realized how memories of verbal and physical abuse had resurfaced to shape her reactions to the others.

Although already bisexual before the pandemic, it is during these last two years that Sicilia has been able to accept her identity as a transgender woman.

“I started asking myself these questions because I thought there was something deeper going on here,” Sicilia said. “I had a few ‘aha’ moments. … I had to sort that out and go back and look back at my childhood and be like, ‘Oh wait a minute, that was it.’ I didn’t realize that was it.

Sicilia first came out as transgender in January this year. She will start hormone replacement therapy next month and has “already started shopping”.

Starting with last Thursday’s performance, Sicilia also hopes to recapture her lifelong love for entertainment and the arts. After the showcase, she felt stronger than ever that “this is what I still have to do…this is what has always driven me.” She found that in her years of volunteering and trying to contribute to others, she was “putting off so much.” [she] wanted to do.”

She plans to continue performing, start writing again, and create an online artist page.

“There’s this constant evolution, but I feel so much better,” Sicilia said. “I just turned 30 and I started thinking, where do I want to be, who do I want to be, what do I want to do? which made me realize that I had to separate myself from my mother again…as I become this new person, what do I want around me and who and so on.And so I feel no regrets so far. Everything feels good.

Lana Sicilia lives in the Edgewood neighborhood of New Haven. One day, she hopes to write her own memoir.




Sylvan Lebrun




Report by Sylvan Lebrun on the Town Hall. She previously covered nonprofits and social services in the New Haven area. She is a sophomore at Pauli Murray College majoring in English.

Go and Do: Celebrate all things tree at the Coffman Ranch Arbor Day Celebration near Carbondale

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Aspen Valley Land Trust Director of Philanthropy Jeff Davlyn and Coffman Ranch Director Brian Hightower work together to find a good spot for one of two apple trees that will be planted during the National Day celebration. the Saturday tree at Coffman Ranch.
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Arbor Day’s history dates back to the late 1800s in the arid, flat landscape that was then Nebraska Territory. When land-seeking pioneers began to move west and settle the Great Plains, they quickly realized that something important was missing: trees.

J. Sterling Morton, a Nebraska newspaper editor and tree enthusiast, suggested there should be a day dedicated to planting trees. The original celebration was set for April 10, 1872, and three years later Arbor Day was officially a legal holiday.

National Tree Day is now celebrated annually in all 50 states on the last Friday in April.



Aspen Valley Land Trust is partnering with Wilderness Workshop to celebrate 55 years of conservation and stewardship on Arbor Day this Saturday at the recently purchased Coffman Ranch in Carbondale.

“One of the great traditions when we (Aspen Valley Land Trust) were founded was an Arbor Day tree planting celebration in downtown Aspen, said Carly Bolliger, director of AVLT communications and engagement. “It’s kind of an ode to that.”



The free event will invite guests to help plant two apple trees and a ponderosa pine as part of the first stage of the Coffman Ranch restoration project.

“We try to honor and recognize the importance of local plants and trees and the relationship they have to this community and this region,” ranch manager Brian Hightower Coffman said. “We plant two types of trees that have very different purposes, but both have an important history here at Carbondale.”

The Aspen Valley Land Trust is working to preserve this 350-400 year old ponderosa pine on the Coffman Ranch near Carbondale.
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The ponderosa pines on the west end of the Coffman Ranch property date back several hundred years. A few even survived a fire in 2008 that swept across the valley floor just outside Carbondale along the Roaring Fork River.

AVLT acquired the 141-acre ranch in August 2021 from longtime ranchers Rex and Jo Coffman with a vision to make it an outdoor education location for local schools and nonprofits while protecting and improving riparian and wetland habitat and maintaining a historic cattle ranch.

Rex and Jo Coffman paint a portrait of the ranch they have lived and worked on since 1958.
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“We hope to take this opportunity to talk about the purchase of the land and let people know where we are and what is happening as we continue to work to create a healthier and safer community space than we will eventually be able to open to the public. “, said Bolliger.

AVLT is working with an arborist to develop the master plan and vision for Coffman Ranch in hopes of establishing an orchard as well as regenerating the beetle grove.

“Part of that will hopefully be some type of orchard; we would like to have fruit that would grow well here,” Bolliger said.

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In addition to helping plant trees, guests will be able to participate in a number of Arbor Day stewardship projects and activities at the ranch.

“Customers will learn how to measure a ponderosa just by looking at it and how to determine its age,” Bolliger said. “They will also learn about different poplar stands and different soil types and what is best for something like a working ranch.”

Attendees are encouraged to carpool or preferably bike to the ranch using the Rio Grande bike path, as parking is limited.

“Spring is an exciting time and especially this year because everyone is kind of excited and ready to get together,” Bolliger said. “This is just our kickoff for Wilderness Workshop and AVLT, as we both have pretty full event schedules for 2022.”

The event is open to the public but guests are asked to pre-register at http://www.avlt.org/arbor-day.

Visual reporter Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or [email protected]

On ‘Denim Day,’ UNH students call for an end to the epidemic of sexual violence

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‘Denim Day’ rallygoers at UNH on Wednesday. ARNIE ALPERT

By ARNIE ALPERT, Active with Activists

DURHAM—Speaking to several dozen students gathered on the Great Lawn at UNH in Durham, Kai Parlett asked his audience to consider New Hampshire kids dreaming of going to college for an education and to make friends.

“Imagine if college was about learning nuanced math, or how to write, or crazy, awesome science,” Parlett suggested.

Instead, students on campuses like UNH need to learn “which path is best lit at night, which fraternities you shouldn’t go to, and which faculty members are safe people and who’s going to tell you it’s safe.” is your fault”.

For Parlett, the lesson came quickly. Two weeks into her freshman year at UNH, she was drugged and raped at a campus party, and it wasn’t even the worst of her experience, she said. “Instead of supporting me,” the women’s and gender studies major explained, “this university made me feel like I was the one at fault.”

Parlett approved the publication of his name. Generally, InDepthNH.org does not publish the names of rape victims.

After protests last fall accusing the UNH administration of doing too little to establish a climate of safety on campus, Parlett joined other students in forming the Action Against Violence Committee. (SVAC), which hosted the UNH rally on Wednesday.

Campus programs, she said, are “too often focused on the choices made by abused people rather than the choices made by abusers.

“I don’t feel safe here and I don’t feel supported here,” Parlett said, adding, “I’m not sure the administration views this as a problem.”

The problem of sexual violence on campuses is not insignificant. According to a report prepared for the university by the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP), “In a single year at the University of New Hampshire, 17% of students (about 2,500 students) experience at least one violent incident interpersonal. sexual violence (SPI), ranging from sexual assault and harassment to harassment and violence in relationships.

The report from SHARPP, a draft sexual violence “prevention plan” released last November, says UNH’s experience is consistent with what is being reported across the country, which “sheds light on why higher education researchers and practitioners refer to sexual violence on campus as an ‘epidemic.’”

The problem is not new either; SHARPP itself grew out of grassroots student activism in the late 1970s. The agency now provides education, training, and support to the campus community. But the problem has not gone away.

Another speaker who volunteers with both SVAC and SHARPP described herself as “a human whose autonomy and choice were taken away not overnight but again and again over the months of processing the title. IX [a nondiscrimination law which applies to most institutions of higher learning] and court proceedings just to be told that the case could not be charged due to insufficient evidence, even though I had written proof from my abuser of his actions.

Changing the system was the focus of the UNH gathering, initiated by SVAC and co-sponsored by nine other organizations, including SHARPP. It was on “Denim Day”, an internationally observed event that marks an incident 30 years ago when an Italian judge dismissed charges against a rapist on the grounds that his victim was wearing tight jeans. Many of the rally attendees wore denim, which SVAC’s Brecken Harrigan says means “we will not tolerate victim blaming or sexual violence and to show our support for survivors.”

If there was one consistent message from all the speakers, it was “Get Involved”. To this end, co-sponsoring groups set up tables on the lawn where volunteers were available to talk about their group’s particular role. UNH Wildcats in Action is a relatively new advocacy group calling for mandatory courses dealing with sexual violence prevention and related topics. The UNH branch of the NH Youth Movement supports activism at the State House, including on topics such as reproductive choice. The Reproductive Freedom Fund had an office, as did the Women and Gender Studies Program and campus agencies that provide counseling services.

Within the amalgam of different groups and voices, the Sexual Violence Action Committee sees its role as making things happen. Unlike the programs that are inside the system, SVAC exists to pressure the system to change. “We’re here, we’re loud, we pay to be here,” Parlett told me. SVAC’s message to the university is, “We’re going to keep standing up until you stop ignoring us.” We hope to keep rising until you stop saying it’s okay because it’s not, we know it’s not.

For Hailey Kaliscik, who sat at the SVAC table, the goal of the group is to be proactive, to “notice what is happening on campus and be ready to talk about it”.

“We can cause some good mayhem,” Parlett said with a smile. “I think it’s necessary.”

It can work. Among the speakers at a rally billed as a “class walkout” was Mike Blackman, the dean of students, who looked quite comfortable taking the microphone at a rally of protest. Expressing his gratitude to student activists who pushed the administration to act more forcefully, Blackman said he finds it “amazing that we can come together as a community and really advocate for change together.”

The university has a plan, released last December, with 22 “concrete commitments” grouped under the categories of prevention, reporting, training and specific student safety concerns. For Blackman, who has only been dean of students for about a year, the plan marks a start. “I don’t think any of us can sit down and say the job is now done,” he said.

When I asked the dean if the problem of sexual violence had gotten worse, he said that UNH was “no different” from other campuses. “I wouldn’t say for sure if it’s getting better or worse, but I think we’re seeing a cultural shift and more attention.”

Erica Vazza, acting director of SHARPP, agreed. “Student activism is reborn,” she told me.

Kai Parlett says SVAC is considering making Denim Day an annual event on the UNH campus. On April 27, it will be interesting to look back and see if renewed activism and institutional focus made a difference.

Arnie Alpert

Arnie Alpert is a retired activist, organizer and community educator with a long history of involvement in movements for social and economic justice. Arnie writes an occasional column Active with activists for InDepthNH.org.

The SNIS instructs stakeholders on health coverage

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The National Health Insurance Scheme called on stakeholders to work together to achieve universal health coverage.

According to the NHIS, there is a need for stakeholders to address critical issues affecting the health insurance industry.

Speaking at the interactive stakeholder forum held recently in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos Area Office, Mr. Olufemi Akingbade, emphasized that the forum is a platform to provide updates on the main reforms and initiatives of the programme.

“It serves as a vehicle for disseminating information and a source of feedback from other key players in the health insurance ecosystem, Akingbade said.

In addition, a managing director and head of the standards and quality assurance department, Dr. Abraham Bethuel-Kasimu, said the group’s flagship social health insurance program, individual and family, will compulsorily cover all active members. of the National Youth Service Corps.

Labeled GIFSHIP-n, the program will provide a comprehensive benefits package that will cover emergency medical services and off-station care.

In her presentation, a senior officer of the implementation unit, Ms. Ibukun Olugbode, said that in line with its commitment to provide responsive service to its enrollees, a complaints mechanism has been instituted by the program.

She pointed out that this mechanism was available virtually, which would allow aggrieved stakeholders in Lagos to seek redress remotely.

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LPO Loan Commitments for Utah Hydrogen Storage Project

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The Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office on Tuesday made a conditional commitment to provide up to $504.4 million in loan guarantees for the massive Advanced Clean Energy Storage hub in Utah.

Why is this important: The project aims to develop 100 metric tons of green hydrogen per day, which would then be stored in two huge salt caverns, each capable of storing 150 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy. In short: gigantic, long-lasting energy storage.

The details: Conditional loan guarantees were was made for Advanced Clean Energy Storage I, Mitsubishi Power Americas, Magnum Development and Haddington Ventures.

  • The hub, announced in 2019, “is in the final stages of debt and equity closing,” Mitsubishi said.
  • Haddington Ventures – a financial adviser to the hub and an equity sponsor of Magnum Development – ​​is securing an additional $650 million through its equity syndication program.

Driving the news: The hub, if successful, will supply hydrogen to the renewed IPP project, an 840 megawatt (MW) combined cycle power plant being built by the Intermountain Power Agency.

  • The project developers hope the plant will operate on a 30%/70% mixture of hydrogen and natural gas from 2025, and switch to 100% hydrogen by 2045.

By the numbers: The project, if successful, promises to be hundreds of times larger than today’s largest energy storage projects in the United States.

  • Moss Landing in California has a capacity of 400 MW and can store 1,600 megawatt hours (MWh), according to data provided by American Clean Power.
  • The Manatee Energy Storage Center in Florida has storage capacity of 409 MW and can contain 900 MWh.
  • The Blythe and McCoy energy storage projects in California each have a capacity of 230 MW and can store 920 MWh.

Between the lines: By supporting the hydrogen hub, the DOE hopes to help drive down the cost of green hydrogen.

Yes and: The Biden administration’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed by President Biden in November, includes $8 billion for regional clean hydrogen centers.

What they say : The project provides a potential response to seasonal imbalances in renewable energy production. The Intermountain Power project, for example, typically has too much renewable energy in the spring – forcing grid operators to cut production – and too little other times of the year.

  • “Advanced Clean Energy Storage would convert this excess renewable energy into hydrogen which can be stored until needed, LPO Director Jigar Shah said in a statement. “This will help balance supply and demand seasonally and further stabilize the network.”

John Hope Bryant and Operation HOPE Celebrate 30 Years of Healing and Revitalization in Los Angeles with Community Bus Tour and Press Conference

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Operation HOPE President, Founder and CEO John Hope Bryant to join various community leaders for a bus tour on April 29 from 9am-12pm. Event to commemorate 30 years of hope, healing and revitalization in Los Angeles.

ATLANTE, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About April 29andOperation HOPE, the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to financial empowerment, will host a community bus tour and press conference to commemorate the 30and anniversary of the reconciliation and revitalization of Los Angeles.

Operation HOPE expands economic opportunity for all. (PRNewsfoto/Operation HOPE, Inc.)

Operation HOPE Hosts Bus Tour Commemorating 30th Anniversary of Los Angeles Uprising; Mayor and Rodney King family to attend

On April 29, 1992, in response to the acquittal of four white LAPD officers on trial for the brutal beating of African-American motorist Rodney King, Los Angeles saw four days of rioting and civil unrest. Thousands of fires raged for five days in a period of what would later be called the Los Angeles Riots. The day also marked the genesis of what would later become Operation HOPE, the organization that helped rebuild neighborhoods and foster economic growth.

In addition to civic and community leaders, participants include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Lora Kingdaughter of Rodney King and members of Latasha Harlins’ family. The event will be co-chaired by John Hope Bryant, President, Founder and CEO of Operation HOPE. Other partner organizations include the Los Angeles Urban League, Community Build, Inc., Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation, RISE Financial Pathway, Los Angeles Black Business Association, Faith and Community Empowerment (FACE), and Pacific Coast Regional Corp.

“Thirty years ago the world changed, and so did I. The Los Angeles Uprising crystallized my vision for what would later become Operation HOPE – a ship dedicated to the economic empowerment of all, especially those affected by the destruction of that day,” Bryant said. . “During this bus tour, we will join hands in recognizing its lasting impact and continue to chart a course to ensure we never repeat this ugly page in America’s history.”

The bus tour will depart from the Renaissance Center at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), 1968 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018 at 9:00 a.m. PST. Location stops include Normandy and Florence and Central Avenue, among others.

“My late father, Rodney King, has become synonymous with police brutality for some people. But our family remembers him as a human being, not a symbol,” said Lora King, CEO of the Rodney King Foundation. “He never pleaded for hate or violence and pleaded for peace as the city burned asking ‘Can we all get along? This is my father’s legacy and this community tour is a reminder that healing and unity are possible.”

Award-winning journalist Roland Martin will provide a live streaming experience through multiple platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. For more information, including a list of special guests, community partners and press conference speakers, please visit: OperationHope.org/LA92.

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Since 1992, Operation HOPE has moved America from civil rights to ‘silver rights’ with a mission to make free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved, disrupting poverty for millions of young and old. low- and middle-income adults across the country. Through its community improvement model, HOPE Inside, which received American Banker magazine’s 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million people and led more than $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities – turning check-cashing customers into bank customers, renters into landlords, small-business dreamers into small-business owners, minimum-wage workers into living-wage consumers, and victims of uncertain disasters into financially self-sufficient survivors. For more information: OperationHOPE.org. Follow the HOPE conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Grace Evans ’22 will go to Greenland to teach English on Fulbright

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One of the main things Grace Evans had in mind when she applied to the Fulbright program last fall was that she wanted to return to the Arctic.

Her willingness to travel was instilled by her mother, who Evans said was not able to travel much growing up, prompting her to encourage her daughter to visit faraway places and embark on “travels.” intensive,” like hiking in the Talkeetna Mountains in Alaska or living in the remote town of Ísafjörður, Iceland.

So she applied for an award to teach English in Greenland, in part to get a “foot in the door” of that part of the world.

The moment she learned she was a finalist in mid-March, a shocked Evans broke the news to a close friend who was with her at the time, Harriet Wright, who also accompanied Evans to Iceland.

“It was really special to be able to find out while she was with me, because that was a big reason I applied in the first place,” says Evans, who is a 22-year-old class member.

Wright’s eyes filled with tears of joy, before she sprang into action, announcing her friend’s success to nearby strangers.

After Evans was able to slow down Wright’s roll, she called her parents.

Evans said she had never taught English before. Still, she has teaching experience – much of it coming from outdoor education like being a kayak guide and ski instructor – but also occasionally helping teach Spanish at local colleges and working for non-profit organizations in science communication.

“I have quite a long history of teaching students and working with people, she says. “I love working with people, so that aspect really excites me.”

Fulbright scholars in Greenland to teach English, says Evans, are generally sought after for their knowledge as first language speakers to help with conversation practice, as teaching assistants.

Evans hopes it will be a two-way street and that she can learn Greenlandic while there.

Evans doesn’t yet know exactly where she’s headed, but regardless, she’s determined to make “local and international friends,” a skill she has a knack for given her self-proclaimed small-town upbringing. in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

“A big mission of Fulbright is also to be involved in the community, so it’s teaching, but also cultural exchange between Americans and the countries they are sent to,” she said. “I’m really excited to meet the community because in these very small, more challenging communities, it’s so important.”

Shots fired at a Dixie youth baseball game in North Charleston, South Carolina

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In New York State Rifles and Pistols Association vs. Bruen, the Supreme Court is weighing whether to strike down a 110-year-old New York state gun law on the grounds that restricting who can carry a concealed firearm in public is a violation of the rights of the New Yorkers’ Second Amendment. The Court established that the amendment conferred an individual right to bear arms in the home for self-defense with a 2008 ruling in Heller v. District of Columbia. He must now decide whether this right extends outside the home. Based on the pleadings in the case, it seems that Judge Samuel Alito has already made up his mind. He treated the question in question as an accepted premise. How, he asked, deny a concealed carry permit to someone who fears being assaulted on the subway “consistent with the fundamental right of self-defense, which is protected by the Second Amendment?”

The Second Amendment does not confer the individual right to bear arms in public. This notion is what the court’s conservatives are about to enshrine into law with this case. In contrast, there are 700 years of English and American case law behind the idea that local jurisdictions have the power to regulate guns in the public square, perhaps because humans realized somewhere along the way that to bad things happen when a lot of people are armed in Public. Generally speaking, you have more rights at home than in public, where your rights clash with those of others. In Alito’s vision for life in New York, various John Waynes would defend their subway cars, taking out bad guys and never passers-by, though in reality most people perform very poorly when using guns. fire in pressure situations, especially untrained civilians. If this state of affairs makes you feel less safe, you can get a gun. Your right to live as you see fit may have been violated, but now you have the freedom to live as others wish.

Gun theory is generally presented as the position of cold realism, but it does not survive long under the harsh conditions of real reality. Take this stunning footage from a Dixie Youth baseball game in North Charleston, South Carolina, which local station ABCNews 4 carried Monday:

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The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a third baseman with a gun. This is a reminder that there are times when you’re out in public and can’t have a hand on the gun strapped to your hip because you’re doing something else, like “playing baseball” or “being a kid. “. Perhaps a relative in the stands could have joined in the shootout, but again, there’s no indication that would provide any solution to the situation. The phenomenon of the good guy with a gun is a fantasy of the American mind that has nevertheless become the sum total of the responses of one of our two political parties to the problem of gun violence. The solution is always more guns, which appeals to gunmakers who want to sell more guns. They are ready to make a killing.

Meanwhile, the Democrats don’t have a viable solution either. States with more lax gun laws have higher rates of gun violence, and other countries with strict gun control regimes do much better than the United States. In 2020, 45,000 Americans died at gunpoint, the BBC reports, whether by homicide, suicide or accident. But the fact is, this country is awash with guns, 400 million of them, and the sheer scale of that has rendered most gun control proposals moot. It is, in simple terms, the country we made for ourselves. We voted for it, or at least let it fester, and the prospects for dismantling America’s gun culture – through widespread buy-back programs or otherwise – are virtually nil. We got ourselves a Wild West, and for many of us it seems to be very good and dandy. Perhaps we should embrace the inevitable judicial activism of Supreme Court conservatives and start adapting now. The new ritual when you leave your house is “phone-wallet-keys-handgun”. Leave the mask. It is a free country.

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OP-ED | LGBTQ youth are at risk across the country; Connecticut should be their shield

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Pride rally in Hartford. Credit: File photo of Doug Hardy
Susan Bigelow
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This year, all of a sudden, LGBTQ rights are pushed back to the one place where openness, inclusion, and acceptance do the most good: classrooms across the country. What are we going to do about it?

Being a queer kid has never been easy. Trust me, I know; growing up in the 80s and 90s as a kid who didn’t exactly conform to gender norms was no fun. For a while, however, things seemed to be looking up. Acceptance of LGBTQ people has steadily increased increased, and issues that were once extremely divisive, such as same-sex marriage, are favored by large majorities. More Gen Zers identify as queer than any other generation: 1 in 5 Gen Z adults report being LGBTQ. It’s not because they’re brainwashed or some other right-wing scum, but because it’s safer to explore sexuality and gender identity now than it ever has been, and that coming out is much, much less dangerous.

That doesn’t mean all is well though. the 2021 Trevor Project Survey of LGBTQ youth discovered that these children still experience a lot of stress because of who they are. Seventy-five percent said they had experienced discrimination based on their sexuality or gender identity; 70% said their mental health was “poor”; and 42% have seriously considered suicide, including more than half of trans children. The terrible rise of right-wing politics that targets young gay people has also taken its toll; A staggering and sobering 94% of respondents said the current policy had a negative impact on their mental health.

For the past few months, conservative governors and lawmakers have happily thrown gasoline on the bonfire. What started as a moral twist on trans kids in school sports quickly turned into broader attacks, like Florida’s new ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill that limits any form of people-mentioning. , families, or LGBTQ issues in classrooms through 3rd grade. , and an ugly and heartbreaking Texas law that requires families to allow their trans children to receive any type of gender-affirming medical care. investigation for child abuse.

Supposedly, these laws are meant to protect our children, but I don’t see how being able to talk about one family — but not another — helps anyone. And when it comes to young trans people getting medical care, that mostly takes the form of something called puberty blockers, which are safe and fully reversible.

Yes, despite what you may have heard from the right, puberty blockers are on the whole very safe, especially for short-term use. Puberty blockers do just that; they delay puberty and its effects. This can make the social transition much easier and can give children and their families leeway in determining what next steps, if any, they want to take. If they decide the transition isn’t working for them, they get off the blockers and puberty resumes as it would have.

For this, Texas wants to investigate and punish the families. Trans children could be separated from loving and supportive homes and thrown into the unknown dangers of the foster care system.

It’s getting worse. A Texas the teacher was recently fired by his district just for putting up Pride rainbow stickers. There’s a new invoice in Missouri that would ban gender-affirming medical care not just for teenagers, but for anyone up to age 25. And in Florida, the Department of Health has informed not only against medical transition, but social transition for trans youth.

The goal, it seems, is not to protect the children, but to force them back into the closet. I can’t help wondering if it’s cruelty that counts.

All of this is happening in other states, some very far away. What can a small northeastern state like Connecticut do?

Connecticut’s new abortion rights law would protect anyone who comes here for an abortion from another state, as well as the doctors who treat them, from that state’s anti-abortion laws. We can do something very similar for trans children and their families from across the states who come here. A cross-shield law would prohibit cooperation with outside law enforcement in seeking family information and prevent the arrest or extradition of families and providers.

New York is already considering such a law, and the same applies California. We can do the same. This would send a strong signal that Connecticut is safe.

We can do more, of course. We can welcome trans children and their families who leave these states, we can help them find housing and settle down. We can be our usual self-live-and-let-live.

And to those who want to persecute, harass and condemn homosexuals to silence, know this:

We are always here. We have always been here. We will be there in the days to come, and beyond. We will survive you.

You will not win.

New Student Loan Forgiveness: Who is Eligible?

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The White House is working to address and correct past failures with federal student loans.

Millions could be closer to student loan debt cancellation.

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You could get immediate debt cancellation

The Department of Education had reviewed federal student loan programs. They found that borrowers were incorrectly directed to forbearance. They plan to help those who have been affected in the past. The Department for Education will also make changes to ensure that students who take out loans in the future do not do the same. Learn more here.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) will make a one-time adjustment. It is estimated that the adjustment will result in immediate debt cancellation for thousands of borrowers.

Those who do not qualify for immediate cancellation will likely be moved closer to forgiveness. If you think you have been affected, contact the FSA ombudsman.

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Who is eligible?

If you’ve had difficulty repaying your student loans and have been asked for short-term forbearance, you’ll likely benefit from the latest debt relief plan.

Loan servicers are required to give federal student loan borrowers “clear and accurate information. This information is very important to have when faced with late payments.

The FSA review revealed that there are payment options that have been overlooked. One of them being the reimbursement based on income program (IDR). This program allows borrowers to avoid payment defaults by adjusting their monthly payment. Monthly payments are calculated based on income and family size. Your monthly payment could be $0.

If you opted out, your overall loan balance and monthly payments have increased. This is because interest accrued during forbearance. This could lead to more delinquency or even default.

IDR is different. Enrolling in an IDR program could have allowed you to stay in good standing while progressing towards debt cancellation.

If you have been affected by this policy to direct you to forbearances from your loan officer, there is help. You can file a complaint with the FSA Ombudsman and have your account reviewed at StudentAid.gov/feedback.

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Millions of students affected

More than 3.6 million student borrowers will be at least three years closer to canceling their debt. This estimate comes from the FSA based on enrollment in the IDR program with the new stock.

The FSA has also estimated that several thousand people with older loans will see immediate cancellation via IDR. Indeed, IDR promises loan forgiveness after 20 to 25 years of payment.

The Biden administration’s action will result in debt cancellation for another 40,000 student borrowers. This immediate cancellation of the debt will take place within the framework of the Public Service Loan Relief Program (PSLF). If you’ve made 120 qualifying payments, you could have the remaining debt forgiven. Payments must have been made on a repayment plan while working for a qualified employer.

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African leaders push young people to violence – Ernesto Yeboah

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Leader of the Economic Fighters League, Ernesto Yeboah ruffled some feathers on Sunday when he said violence cannot be ruled out of the question when looking at how Africa’s youth will liberate themselves and their continent.

Speaking via Zoom on the ‘Toyin Falola Interviews’ of acclaimed university professor Toyin Falola in a conversation co-hosted by Afia ‘Vim Lady’ Pokua, Nana Ansah Kwao IV and Dr Charles Prempeh, the leader ‘ calm, poised but unapologetic’ from the Nkrumahist movement answered some tough questions about how Africa’s youth can lead the continent to prosperity.

He said that while the Economic Fighters League continues to carry out advocacy activities such as capacity building for economic empowerment, recent interactions with local youths in various locations in Ghana revealed that youths have lost patience with their leaders and seek to be armed to bring about change.

Mr. Yeboah went on to explain how movements like the EFL prevent a descent into violence, presenting new alternatives for the reclamation of power for the people, in the interests of the people.

The Economic Fighters League has for years advocated the dismantling of the current system in Ghana, which they say has disenfranchised and impoverished people who are still trying to complete the process of liberation from colonial oppression.

Their campaign for a new constitution to replace the 1992 Constitution of the Republic aims to raise awareness that the current one does not serve the people; serving to protect the political elite and further disenfranchise Ghanaians.

Mr. Yeboah compared the Ghanaian Constitution to those of Nigeria, where the nationals are also demanding changes at the constitutional level.

When asked by the co-organizers whether EFL’s strategy includes exploring alternatives such as overhauling pre-colonial governance systems as well as mobilizing technology, Mr Yeboah said consistently brought the conversation back to the heart of the matter – youth without support or infrastructure on which to build a future, evidence of poor leadership by many African leaders.

Prof Toyin then highlighted some of the comments made about African youth by leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari, prompting Yeboah to issue a strong condemnation of the Nigerian President’s violent crackdown on activists (citing the Lekki massacre of activists # EndSARS), as well as its inaction to improve the poor state of the world’s most populous black nation.

On the allegation that young people in Africa are “nothing but drug dealers and prostitutes”, he pointed out that those making these claims are the ones who created the conditions that pushed African youth in this direction, saying, “You don’t blame the victims, you blame the perpetrators.

Asked again if he advocates violence as a way to liberate the continent, Yeboah replied: “You don’t put fire under a pot and then ask the pot: why are you hot?

The conversation was lively, with the tensions expected around the question of how to liberate and sustainably develop Africa. Many of Yeboah’s EFL members have made their own well-articulated submissions, revealing to viewers a movement that is not centered on one personality, but on collective, thoughtful thought.

Several members took issue with the idea that young people should not aggressively challenge their elders, a sentiment that Yeboah summed up succinctly towards the end of the interview, saying of Buhari: “A tree that orders the felling of young trees in the forest is not thinking about the future. »

Yeboah concluded his remarks by stating that the people of Africa should never forgive, nor forget what their leaders have done with the power they hold, stating that everyone should be held accountable for their actions.

“We need to build a new culture based on truth. If we can’t look ourselves in the face based on the truth, what future are we building?

Gogoi: Freedom of expression is vital but should not cross Lakshman Rekha

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Freedom of speech is a vital part of democracy, given that it does not cross the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ of public order and morality, says former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in Vadodara where he addressed the fifth Gujarat Chhatra Sansad on Saturday.

In an exclusive chat with The Indian Express, Gogoi aired his views on the action against individuals on social media posts following the arrest of Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani by Assam Police.

“I am not aware of the specific case of the MP from Gujarat, but the expression of opinions – now on social media – is an essential part of a healthy democracy, as long as it does not cross the Lakshman Rekha of public order and morality, whether against an individual or an institution. If opinion is in line (of public order), it should not be restricted…” Gogoi said.

Adding that such an opinion must be based on facts and information in good faith, the former CJI said: “If it is an opinion not based on facts and disturbs public order and transgresses morality or creates public distrust of the institution, constituting a threat to the national interest, action must be taken. Nothing can be greater than the national interest.

Gogoi also said that the current generation of young people in the country are blessed with the power of social media. “It is a powerful tool, but it can be misused, which is unfortunate…Young people today, who wish to enter public life or politics, must be aware that they can only be successful if they ‘they work hard and base their journey on facts. This is because it is very easy to spread false information…”

Dwelling on the activism stemming from the delay in this justice system, Gogoi said, “Delays in the justice system make 50% of court consumers happy…cases, it is the litigant who asks for speedy elimination. This therefore only represents 50% of customers… But more seriously, waiting for business is not a difficult problem. It takes a dedicated approach to separate large, living cases from those that are small causes…”

Stating that the approach worked at the High Court in Guahati, Gogoi said: “During the pre-Covid period, we had about three crore cases pending in the courts…after Covid19 it’s about five crore… A majority of this number will be road penalty cases… So, one needs to identify the really large cases, which would only be a few lakhs…”

The former CJI added that although India has 26,000 judges, increasing the number of judges would still not solve the problem of waiting.

During an interactive session at Chhatra Sansad, Gogoi spoke about an unusual press conference in January 2018 with Justice J Chelameshwar, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Madan Lokur at the Chelameswar residence in New Delhi to air their grievances on the then Chief Justice. The operating style of Dipak Misra.

Responding to a question, Gogoi said, “It was a very unusual occurrence. Judges do not normally meet the press formally. I hope that the press conference we organized in January 2018 will be the last… There were a lot of institutional questions to settle. We decided that the country should know what it was. I do not expect such an event in the future…”

When asked about dealing with “emotions” during the historic Ram Janmabhoomi judgment handed down in 2019, Gogoi said, “Emotions don’t come as judgments due to years of training and discipline. I became a judge in 2001 and Ram Janmabhoomi’s judgment came on the eve of my retirement in 2019. Nineteen years is long enough to be a professional…”

Gogoi, however, declined to answer questions about the NRC citing a “conflict of interest”, but accepted a comment that people in the northeastern states have suffered. “I left my home state of Assam in 2010 to go to Punjab and returned to my home state in 2019… There is a feeling (of discrimination) that needs to be dispelled by making growth inclusive,” he said.

Celebrate Arbor Day by Visiting These Ventura Botanical Gardens

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This week, as the nation celebrates the 150th Arbor Day (April 29), the National Arbor Day Foundation reminds us that the annual event is not just about planting trees. It is also about planting in us an appreciation and care for our natural resources.

Since its beginnings in 1872, Arbor Day has been all about taking personal responsibility for caring for nature, including the duty to “respect, restore and protect it,” according to a fundraising letter from foundation funds sent to me.

This means, for example, valuing trees to provide clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and beauty to cherish. Trees protect our watersheds and remove air pollutants, including carbon dioxide that warms the climate.

To value trees and plants in this way, you must first learn about nature, and several public gardens in Ventura County provide opportunities to do so. They include the Ventura Botanical Gardens, the Conejo Valley Botanical Garden, Taft Gardens and Nature Preserve near Ojai, and World Gardens in Thousand Oaks.

Visiting these gardens is a great way to celebrate National Arbor Day and gain knowledge and appreciation for nature.

The Ventura Botanical Gardens, which stretch from Grant Park to Ventura City Hall, began in 2005 and lost many of their mature plantings in the 2017 Thomas Fire, so its specimens are young.

However, what the site lacks in stately plantings and shade, it more than makes up for with its impressive views. Almost the entire site offers a panorama of crashing waves on a wide coastline and the Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands.

A slide presentation on its website lists the “key values ​​of a botanical garden” which include a commitment to “integrate educational opportunities”, “provide habitat for a wide diversity of plants and animals” and ” promote environmentally sustainable development”.

Incoming students from California Lutheran University spread mulch in the Ventura Botanical Gardens as a community service in September 2019.

Derrick Wilson, chairman of the garden’s board of directors, highlighted the educational value of the organization’s new collection of native volcanic substrates. It replicates the terrain of western Ventura County, including endangered plants found only in our county. Garden staff will collect plant specimens and seeds, record plant responses to changing climate and soil conditions, and provide information on using plants to conserve water in extreme drought.

The volcanic collection adds to the garden’s current display of native flora from the five Mediterranean climates of the world. The array of drought-tolerant species shows visitors how they can conserve water in their own gardens.

Taft Gardens, in the hills above Lake Casitas, also features plants grown in Mediterranean climates like ours, including an African section, cactus garden and native plant area.

Managed by the Conservation Endowment Fund, Taft Gardens’ mission includes educating the public about ‘environmental heritage’, preserving endangered resources and ‘exploring the relationship of humans to their environment’.

Taft Gardens is looking for volunteers to make interpretive panels for visitors on self-guided tours, according to Alexandra Nicklin, general manager of the gardens,

Conejo Valley Botanical Garden, at 400 W. Gainsborough Rd. in Thousand Oaks, has an interpretive nature trail and guides who run school tours. Visitors see compost in various stages of production at a nursery that propagates native and Mediterranean plants, which have been sold alongside food plants and herbs at events held in its Kids’ Adventure Garden.

Gardens of the World, across Thousand Oaks Boulevard from the Civic Arts Plaza, offers a different kind of education. Its creators, Ed and Lynn Hogan, owned a travel agency and dedicated the garden to cultural rather than botanical education.

The gardens feature mission-style architecture, exterior murals with historical renderings of the California mission system, and plants from the California missions to provide directions for a regular procession of elementary school field trips. Mission plants include rosemary, aloe, guava, oranges, lemons, and olives.

Vegetable gardens also provide the opportunity to enjoy trees and other plantings. The 24th Annual Camarillo Garden Tour, benefiting the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, will take place May 1 from noon to 4 p.m. For a $25 donation, visitors can visit four residential gardens.

You can also recognize National Arbor Day without going outside. The National Arbor Day Foundation and Kimberly-Clark, the maker of Huggies and Kleenex, promise to plant two trees for every Instagram, Twitter or Facebook post with the #ArborDay hashtag. The organizations say they will plant up to 150,000 trees.

David Goldstein, environmental resources analyst with the Ventura County Public Works Agency, can be reached at (805) 658-4312 or [email protected]

Don’t campaign for politicians, African China urges artists

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Popular Singer Chinagorom Onuoha, aka African China, has called on his fellow artists to stop campaigning for politicians because they kill their fans this way.

In an interview with Sunday spoon, the Mister President The singer said: “Artists shouldn’t campaign for politicians. If they do this they are helping politicians kill their fans who love them.

The singer, who recently posted a video of himself apologizing to the National Youth Service Corps for using his uniform in one of his words. According to him, he only wanted to send a message about the alarming unemployment rate and the precariousness that is costing the lives of young graduates across the country.

On what inspired his new song titled, Photocopy, he said: “He was inspired by the drama of our politicians as they desperately seek power. They all want to have their piece of the national pie.

Onuoha said the change in the music industry from its inception till now has been positive as things are looking up and Nigerian artists have continued to win. The Grammys.

The singer also attributed the success he achieved in the music industry to contentment and hard work. He added: “The secret is simple. Be content with what you have and keep working hard.

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COLUMBUS CREW ADDS NOAH FUSON ON SHORT-TERM LOAN FROM COLUMBUS CREW 2

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COLUMBUS–Columbus Crew announced today that they have added Columbus Crew 2 striker Noah Fuson [FOO-son] to the first team on a short-term loan deal. Fuson is available for selection for the Crew game against Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park tonight, Saturday April 23. [8:30 p.m. ET / Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports App (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan, 971thefan.com (English); ColumbusCrew.com (Spanish)]. Under MLS rules, the short-term deal allows clubs to sign players on loan from their affiliate MLS NEXT Pro for the MLS, US Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, Canadian Championship and exhibition matches.

On February 18, 2022, Fuson joined Crew 2 after recently representing Forward Madison FC of USL League One. From 2020 to 2021, during his time at Madison, Fuson made 33 appearances and scored three goals.

This year in MLS NEXT Pro action, Fuson made four appearances (three starts) and scored the first goal in Crew 2 history, a 72nd-minute count in a 1-0 win over Chicago Fire FC II April 3.

Columbus-area fans are invited to Away Days at the Pub at Lower.com Field to watch the Crew-Sporting KC game with other fans tonight. The Pub is open to the general public and doors open at 7:30 p.m. ET. Discounted food and drink will be available for purchase, with TVs tuned to the game.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust offers two volunteer orientation sessions

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CAMDEN and BELFAST – Do you like going out and meeting new people? Do you want to know more about the ecology of this region? Coastal Mountains Land Trust is looking for new volunteers to help with a wide range of projects including trail work, helping to organize public events, preserve monitoring, invasive plant control, office mailings and supporting outdoor education in local schools through its new Learning Landscapes program.

“Coastal Mountains Land Trust has always been an organization run by voluntary efforts,” said Ian Stewart, executive director, in a press release. “The success of our stewardship and community programs depends on the involvement of local people on the ground and at every one of our events.”

For those wishing to find out more, the Land Trust is holding two orientation sessions: Thursday, May 19, 6-7pm, at the Land Trust office at 101 Mount Battie Street in Camden; and Thursday, May 26, 6-7 p.m., at the Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast.

As there is currently no postal address for the Head of Tide reserve, to get there from Belfast, take Main Street West and turn immediately right onto Waldo Avenue. After 2.5 km turn right onto Doak Road. The parking lot is on the right immediately after Doak’s Machine Shop.

At each session, Land Trust staff will provide an overview of the Land Trust’s conservation programs as well as a summary of the volunteer positions the Land Trust is looking to fill. Please register to attend by emailing [email protected] or calling the office at 236-7091.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve the land for the benefit of the natural and human communities of West Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust has protected over 10,000 acres, providing 50 miles of trails for public recreation.

Seven things to know about the history of Earth Day

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The inaugural celebration

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970.

Celebrations were held across the United States, with the two largest gatherings located in New York and Washington, D.C.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 20 million people participated in early Earth Day events across the country. Today, nearly a billion people celebrate Earth Day around the world.

Founding Father of Earth Day

The first Earth Day was led by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.

A former Governor of Badger State, Nelson had a long history of promoting conservation efforts in his home state and across the country. The senator has had a number of accomplishments, such as banning DDT and preserving the Appalachian Trail.

Nelson and his Senate staff enlisted the help of law student Denis Hayes to serve as the national coordinator of Earth Day efforts.

The power of student activism

Young people made the first Earth Day possible.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Nelson and Hayes recognized the energy of student-led anti-war activism and wanted to infuse that energy with what was a relatively new environmental consciousness in the general public.

Nelson and Hayes sought to harness this environmentally focused youth energy to help advance environmental priorities in national politics.

The first Earth Day celebration played a significant role in gaining support for environmental legislation, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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Why April 22

The focus on making Earth Day a grassroots youth-led movement helped influence the decision to hold the first Earth Day.

According to the US Senate, Nelson’s team thought the ideal time for students would be the week of April 19-25, and they determined that students were more likely to be on campus on Wednesdays.

Combined with the greater chance of favorable spring weather conditions, Nelson’s team identified Wednesday, April 22 as the date of Earth Day in the United States.

Driving environmental policy

The first Earth Day celebration played a significant role in gaining support for environmental legislation, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

The legislation included the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act, which Congress passed in 1970 and 1973, respectively.

Creation of the APE

In the months following the first Earth Day, increased pressure for environmental legislation led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the EPA, President Nixon announced his intention to found the EPA in July 1970, and the organization was officially created in December 1970.

A long history of preservation

The EPA and Earth Day initiatives were part of a long history of conversational efforts in the United States

In “The Evolution of the Conservation Movement” collection, the Library of Congress documents the American conservation movement beginning more than 120 years before the first Earth Day. Some of the earliest efforts to protect the environment included the designation of national parks.

In the months following the first Earth Day, increased pressure for environmental legislation led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In the months following the first Earth Day, increased pressure for environmental legislation led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Realtor Receives Sir Ahmadu Bello Award, NYC Hall of Fame

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Delta Mega-Trend’s Managing Director, Prince Sam Ogrih, has received the Sir Ahmadu Bello Sardauna Sokoto Platinum Leadership Award from the Northern Youth Council (NYC).

He was also inducted into the Northern Youth Council Hall of Fame as Garkuwan Matassan Arewa – Youth Shield.

The award was presented to Prince Ogrih during a courtesy visit by the leadership of the association, led by the Vice President, Hon. Haruna Kwanem, who represented the President, Dr Isah Abubakar.

Kwanem, who praised his contribution to creating jobs and wealth in Nigeria, said, “The award is in recognition of your immense contributions to determined leadership and empowerment of young people.”

He also noted that “with the growing number of unemployed youth across Nigeria, your mission to create wealth for the youth of the country is quite commendable.

Ogrih, who led the group on a tour from Plantation City to Warri, Delta State, told the visiting delegation that “my vision is to build the largest gated community in Africa, and I believe in the inherent ability of our youth to help bring this vision to fruition.

Speaking about the company’s beginnings, Ogrih said, “Delta Mega-Trend, which carries out property development and civil engineering work, started in 2009 to address the housing and infrastructure deficit in the country. .

“With offices in Delta, Lagos, Abuja and Houston-Texas, the company has earned a reputation for combining excellence and profitability for discerning real estate investors,” he noted.

New Tain campus appears to be the greenest in the Highlands

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Marquette and Negaunee students will debate Thursday morning

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Students from Negaunee Public Schools and Marquette High School will come together to prove
that they are neither apathetic nor disengaged in the political process.

The fourth annual Tom Baldini Marquette County Soapbox Challenge will be held at Kaufman Auditorium, 611 North Front Street, Thursday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. The youth-led civic engagement event invites students to speak out on issues affecting them and their communities.

The Tom Baldini Soapbox Challenge will honor the legacy of Tom Baldini, a former Marquette area public school educator and longtime area politician and public servant who made an impact at the local, state and national level. Mr. Baldini has dedicated his life to promoting civic activism, solving problems and making his community a better place. The dual purpose of this Soapbox Challenge is to honor his legacy and to engage and empower the next generation of community leaders.

Students will have the opportunity to take a stand by answering the question: “What is the most pressing issue facing young people today, why is it important and what needs to be done about it?”

In order to qualify for the Tom Baldini Soapbox Showcase, nine finalists were selected from 400 contestants who researched, composed and delivered original speeches in the classrooms of Tiffany Nicholas, Aaron Lancour, Kris O’Connor and Blythe Raikko. For Thursday’s event, the judges will be a dedicated group of community leaders who will evaluate the content, presentation and style of the students’ original speeches lasting approximately 2-3 minutes.

This unique and powerful event aims to shed light on issues such as foster care reform, education
Reform, fix the two-party system, respect the flag and cell phone addiction. Speeches include
powerful combinations of passion, research and personal stories about themselves and their loved ones.
Performing in the beautiful Kaufman Auditorium is a unique opportunity for students to experience
reaching out to large audiences and making their voices heard beyond their classrooms.

The public is invited to attend.

Salford Council ensured youth mental health services are protected after contract award

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The contract for council-funded child and adolescent mental health services in Salford has been awarded to Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) for a further 12 months. Salford City Council’s Public Tenders Committee has agreed to give the contract to MFT worth £378,871.

The meeting today (20 April) heard that the contract will last until 31 March 2023. Work also needs to be completed to integrate MFT CAMHS contracts and children’s mental health budgets with Salford CCG and to facilitate alignment with new GM Integrated Care System contracts.

The town’s deputy councilor to the mayor, John Merry, was concerned about Salford’s current specific services falling under the MFT branch and demanded assurances that they would not be cut.

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Emily Edwards, the officer briefing advisers, said: ‘This has been a point of discussion and concern. Salford are already involved with MFT so what we need to do is create a relationship with Salford City Council as an associate which is already in place with GCC. Of all the services right now, it’s the least likely to suffer cuts. I am convinced that CAMHS is protected.

Funding from the town hall will be used to:

  • Emerge – which is a 17-year-old service (£75,000)
  • Youth Justice Service (£43,871)
  • STARLAC – CAMHS for Children in Care (£190,000)

There will also be £70,000 for the Route 29 service which has now been approved for recurring funding and one which Merry County feared would be cut.

“Currently, all targeted contracts that have been ordered in addition to the CCG-funded base contracts have been treated as ‘Addendums’ to the GM CAMHS specification which covers all ten local services,” a report states. “It is envisaged that these riders will be modified in the single MFT contract once it is established.

“The Children’s Services Leadership Team supported the request with the Procurement Committee and noted the need to ensure that services commissioned by Salford City Council are ‘protected’ when lined up on the CCG CAMHS contracts and that they transition to the new GM ICB agreements.”

Councilor Bill Hinds, Chairman of the Purchasing Commission, raised the issue of social value and stated its importance to the council at this time and asked if it had deteriorated. Salford CAMHS signed a Social Value Pledge a few years ago with a pledge to ‘provide more opportunities for involvement/volunteering for young people and parents/caregivers living in Salford’, and to ‘help ensure that more Salfordians say they have good well-being by increasing our reach”.

“Case studies on participation and engagement are regularly reported in CAMHS quarterly reports, along with experiential case studies and feedback from children, young people, parents/guardians and professionals they work with “, says a report. “Art and creativity are regularly used as vehicles to engage young people and help them express their feelings, views and ideas.

“CAMHS also regularly involves young people in service reviews and improvements, such as making offices and receptions more welcoming, and in staff recruitment and open days.”

Ms Edwards informed councilors that there had not been a review of this for two years and assured the board that this would be resumed. This was satisfactory enough for the consultants to agree to award the contract.

Metro Mining (ASX:MMI) Reinstates $5M Short-Term Bridge Loan – The Market Herald

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  • Metro Mining (ASX:MMI) reinstates short-term bridge loan with Greenstone Resources and Lambhill
  • The unsecured loan is $5 million with a term of 6 months at a rate of 14%
  • The loan was established in January 2022 but not used at the time
  • Metro Mining has reinstated the loan now due to the impacts of the Ukrainian conflict on fuel prices and transportation
  • Metro Mining shares were 3.6 cents at the start of trading

Bauxite miner and explorer Metro Mining (MMI) reinstated and used a short-term bridge loan with Greenstone Resources and Lambhill.

The $5 million loan is based on the same terms available in January 2022.

The loan was established but was not used at the time. Greenstone Resources and Lambhill are related parties.

Metro Mining said it decided to reinstate the loan due to the conflict in Ukraine and its impacts on fuel prices, freight rate volatility, the strengthening Australian dollar and the continued impacts of COVID-19.

The unsecured loan has a duration of 6 months at a rate of 14%.

Simon Wensley, CEO and Managing Director of Metro Mining, said: “Having completed the 2021 production season in February 2022 and generated the cash needed to optimally sustain through the rainy season due to unforeseen external uncertainties, Metro requested the new setting up the bridge with Greenstone and Lambhill to help with working capital management.

Metro’s main assets are in the Cape York region of Queensland, including the Bauxite Hills mine.

Metro Mining shares were down 3.6 cents early today.

Presidency 2023: Nigerian youth will not regret supporting Tinubu’s ambition – Council boss Presidency 2023: Nigerian youth will not regret supporting Tinubu’s ambition – Council boss

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tinubu is one of the contenders for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket for the 2023 elections.

He said as a young man in 1999 when Tinubu took over as head of state, he didn’t need anyone to convince him that the former governor remained passionate about youth development.

“In the last 20 years I was younger and knew what Lagos was like and how the state had grown from being a state with the highest crimes in all of Africa to being the first largest economy in all of Africa. ‘Africa.

“Lagos State, driven by people-oriented policies and ideologies, and the Asiwaju Tinubu who started the ball rolling for the state can do it for Nigeria.

Tinubu is renowned for its talent hunts in all critical sectors of the economy as well as youth development and empowerment.

“It is always driven by the desires and aspirations of young people. I am one of millions of living witnesses to the passionate development of the young people of Tinubu,” Abiola said.

According to him, no one can deny the fact that the administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari has tried, but the nation needs an experienced person like Tinubu to consolidate the achievements of the current administration.

Abola said: “As we yearn for more, we need someone who can really bring out that zeal through good politics and put round pegs in a round hole to move the nation forward.

“With what Tinubu has done for Lagos, he can make Nigeria the first largest economy in the world. If it can happen in Lagos, it can happen in Nigeria.

“When Tinubu’s experience meets the innovation of young minds, Nigeria will be good for it. Asiwaju Tinubu knows how to drive security and the economy with young minds. Young Nigerians will certainly not regret supporting him. .

Sonoma County Ag + Open Space District is accepting applications for projects

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Ag+ Open Space is preparing to launch the 2022 Matching Grants Program to provide up to $4 million in funding to public agencies and nonprofits for the protection of vibrant open spaces within communities across County. Sonoma for local agriculture, recreation and natural resource restoration. The application period for this competitive funding round is April 21 to July 1, 2022. Interested applicants are encouraged to join Ag+ Open Space for a virtual informational workshop on April 21, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“Ag+ Open Space’s mission, which was created by local voters, should benefit everyone who calls Sonoma County home. The Matching Grants Program is a creative and collaborative way to help local agencies and community organizations create the parks, trails and gathering spaces that best support the health and happiness of our residents,” said James Gore, chairman of the Sonoma County Board of Directors. Supervisors and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ag + Open Space. “These community projects are just one of the ways we are working to make access to natural and open spaces more accessible and equitable.”

This unique program takes place every two years and to date has committed nearly $40 million to diverse and innovative projects across our county. Often these matching grant projects transform communities, providing places to find solitude, hold public gatherings, exercise, grow local foods, and experience and learn about the importance of natural resources and agriculture. .

Notable past projects

City of Windsor Green – In partnership with the City of Windsor, the Matching Grants program supported the protection and enhancement of Windsor Town Green, which is a central gathering place where residents and visitors enjoy picnics, concerts, outdoor movies and plays, a farmers market and Suite.

Meadowlark Field – The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and the City of Santa Rosa used matching grant funds for the restoration of riparian and upland areas at Meadowlark Field in the center of the Laguna de Santa Rosa – one of the watersheds reviews of our county, wildlife habitats and a popular destination for county residents and tourists.

Steamboat Landing Park – The Town of Petaluma, with funding from the Matching Grants Program, purchased 10 acres of the McNear Peninsula to create a park along the Petaluma River. The project created new public access and included habitat restoration. Today, the park hosts community events and offers environmental education through Friends of the Petaluma River.

Colgan Creek Restoration – The City of Santa Rosa received a matching grant to restore a 1.3-mile section of Colgan Creek in southwest Santa Rosa. When complete, the restoration project will include a new neighborhood park and a walking and cycling path along the creek.

Sonoma Garden Park – Sonoma Garden Park is a 6-acre garden-based public park owned by the City of Sonoma and managed by the Sonoma Ecology Center. As with every matching grant project, we protected the park with a conservation easement and also supported the development of a barn, greenhouses, gardens and trails on the property. The park directly connects visitors to farming, composting, and gardening practices through community events, field trips, workshops, and more.

In 2020, Ag+ Open Space pledged $5.8 million for six countywide projects that will add 145 acres of new and improved parklands, trail additions, and several new access points to existing local parks. These include a new 36-acre park in Healdsburg, a 20-acre park on currently fallow open space adjacent to Steamer Landing Park, and a major 75-acre extension to Crane Creek Regional Park. The funds will also be used to install Santa Rosa’s first all-weather sports fields at A Place to Play, expand Keizer Park in Windsor by two acres and build a vital trail connection to Bodega Bay.

“The Matching Grants program creates new open spaces or enhances existing ones to provide opportunities to experience nature and the outdoors where people live,” said Jen Kuszmar, Ag Open Spaces Acquisition Manager. +. “Located in cities and communities, these projects help maintain community character, preserve and celebrate cultures, and support physical and mental health. We also know that land conservation is integral to resilience and adaptability to climate change, and these projects bring this work to the heart of our communities.

For more information on the Matching Grants program and this year’s application round, please visit: www.SonomaOpenSpace.org/MGP.

MARSHAWN LYNCH AND MACKLEMORE JOIN THE SEATTLE KRAKEN INVESTOR GROUP

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“We are fortunate to have an incredibly strong group of investors who have guided the franchise over the past four years,” Holloway said. “We are now adding two local heroes who share our values ​​and desires to give back to this great city and continue to make hockey a sport for everyone.”

GRAMMY Award-winning rapper and Seattle resident, Macklemore is a strong advocate for the arts and Seattle community. He has consistently used his platform to advance racial and social justice issues. He is the co-founder of The Residency, a hip-hop and youth development program that has become one of the main opportunities for aspiring young artists in the area. In 2021, Macklemore launched Bogey Boys, a golf apparel and lifestyle brand, with a pop-up store in University Village, Seattle.

“I have so much love for our city. Seattle the teams we support bring our community together and unite people. In many ways, our franchises defined my childhood until today. We represent our teams like no other city, Macklemore said. “Witnessing the energy around the Kraken in our inaugural season blew my mind. Selling a whole first year in a brand new arena is already setting the tone for the legacy that is being created. I’m just grateful to be part of history and grateful to usher in a new generation of sports fans and the memories that will be made. I was a sneaky nosebleed kid who made it to the owners suite…and we’re just getting started.”

All-Pro running back and Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch is known for its impact in the community by Seattle and his hometown of Oakland, California. Using his platform for the benefit and service of underprivileged youth, including his Fam 1st Family Foundation, earned him a 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year nomination. He owns and operates Beast Mode® brand and clothing line in addition to countless business ventures.

Marshawn Lynch said: “On God, I’ve been part of a lot of things, but it’s something I never imagined – as a young hyena I always dreamed of playing in a professional team, but owning one is something special. As I look back on some of my accomplishments – I retired before I was 30 and am now a professional club owner at the age of 35 – I will keep counting my blessings… being part of the Seattle Kraken is something big for me, it gives me another shot at getting a ring after helping bring the first NFL to town. was going somewhere, no Seattle, I’m here! Rise!!!!”

As an investor in Kraken, Marshawn will participate in the team’s “Hockey is for Everyone” campaign and work with the team to plan events focused on youth and community activism. Macklemore will work with the team and the arena to produce musical events that serve the community and engage fans. Additionally, he will partner with the team for an annual Bogey Boys and Seattle Kraken Golf Tournament. The team has focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in hockey since its inception.

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City announces new community gun violence prevention initiative

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New Haven has launched a new gun violence prevention program aimed at helping formerly incarcerated adults who are at risk of being victims or perpetrators of gun violence.

On April 14, Mayor Justin Elicker, joined by Community Services Administrator Mehul Dalal and Acting Community Resilience Department Director Carlos Sosa-Lombardo, along with a coalition of community, city, state and federal partners, announced the first phase of new armed violence. prevention initiative by the New Haven Office of Violence Prevention. The initiative, titled ‘PRESS: Reintegration, Engagement, Security and Support Programme’, aims to provide case management support to people returning from incarceration with a current or previous conviction of a crime related to firearms, as well as to gangs or group members who are identified as being more at risk of being involved with firearms. But several local activists argued the initiative was just a band-aid to a problem that stemmed from a lack of social support.

“The theme of the day is working together to solve the challenges our community faces.” Elicker said at the press conference. “This program is very much about what we see, often every week and today the challenges we see are that a smaller group of people are involved in significant problem behaviors.”

In recent years, the city has seen an increase in cases of gun violence.

Twenty-five homicides took place in 2021 – the highest record in 10 years. 347 confirmed shots were fired that year, nearly one a day on average and a 27% increase from the 2020 tally. 274 confirmed shots in 2020 was 81% higher than 151 in 2019. Seventy shots were fired this year, with 20 non-fatal shootings and two homicides, according to Connecticut Against Gun Violence executive director Jeremy Stein.

“It’s a public health crisis.” Stein said. “Despite these numbers, we applaud the City of New Haven for recognizing that something else needs to be done in addition to traditional policing.”

The PRESS initiative is led by the Department of Community Resilience and partners with the U.S. District Attorney’s Office of Connecticut (Project Safe Neighborhoods), Connecticut State Department of Correction (DOC), Connecticut Court Support Services Division (Adult Probation Services), at the New Haven Police Department, New Haven Health Department, Yale New Haven Hospital, Project MORE, Connecticut Violence Intervention Program (CT VIP), and Project Longevity.

The city has held nine public listening sessions, the most recent taking place last Thursday night, to hear from communities most affected by gun violence.

The goals of the initiative are twofold: to reduce shooting incidents by fostering collaboration between partners and violence prevention initiatives, and to “coordinate service delivery for those at high risk of being perpetrators or shooting victims,” according to Elicker.

According to Sosa-Lombardo, the first phase of the program began three weeks ago.

In the first phase, staff from probation, parole, the New Haven Police Department, and the Department of Corrections work together to create a list of recently incarcerated people who may be involved in gun violence. The list will then be distributed to Project MORE, Project Longevity or CT VIP. These groups will work with other service agencies across the city to provide mental health treatment, treatment for substance abuse disorders, housing support, job opportunities and other resources.

At the same time, a database will make it possible to monitor operations and better understand their effectiveness. The New Haven Health Department will lead the tracking and analysis of data to create reports for the program.

“PRESS fills the gap in the post-incarceration safety net,” Sosa-Lombardo said.

According to a press release issued Thursday by Director of Communications Len Speiller, in Phase II of the initiative, the State Department of Corrections will conduct case management with individuals convicted of crimes involving firearms before their release from prison.

In Phase III, he said, an Office of Violence Prevention coordinator will be hired by the city and law enforcement training on social network analysis will take place. Speiller wrote in the release that this training aims to “improve data-driven services and operations.”

The PRESS program will also serve armed offenders on probation and parolees by improving their support for social services and increasing access to prosocial activities.

“With this whole systems approach, we put people at the center, we scale up social services, while law enforcement can focus on targeted deterrence and law enforcement.” said Sosa-Lombardo.

NHPD Deputy Chief Karl Jacobson noted that years ago they tried to match recently released people at the police station with officers, which is not the right approach because “when you get out of jail, the last thing you want to do is go to the police station and meet the police. Jacobson said involving non-police officers in this program is the “right approach.”

New Haven currently has a series of programs that aim to help those at risk of gun violence. Youth Connect focuses on youth at high risk of being involved in violence, Project Longevity works to reduce gang violence by supporting members, and Project MORE provides reintegration services such as housing, mental health services, substance abuse treatment services, employment, clothing and others. basic needs.

Asked about the difference between PRESS and existing programs such as Project Longevity and Project Safe Neighborhoods, Sosa-Lombardo said that while Project Longevity helps gang members in the form of calls and conferences, PRESS allows the forces of the order to “dip into existing networks” at Project MORE and CT VIP with case managers, street outreach and peer support specialists.

A number of local activists called the new initiative disappointing in its reliance on law enforcement and its failure to engage in community efforts to prevent gun violence in the city.

Manuel Camacho, youth president of the anti-violence group Ice the Beef and a student at James Hillhouse High School, noted that his organization was not contacted once during the initiative’s planning process, despite a strong activist presence. in the city for over a decade on this issue.

While Camacho applauded the initiative’s intentions to support the reintegration of formerly incarcerated people into the community, he wondered if the priority of “collaboration” would truly be met. He cautioned against a scenario in which the program simply becomes a monopoly between City Hall and statewide organizations like [CT Against Gun Violence] and CT VIP, urging the city to engage a wide variety of groups with experience doing fieldwork in the community.

Like Camacho, Barbara Fair, a social worker and activist with Stop Solitary CT, had not been consulted in the initiative’s planning process and did not know of anyone else who would. She pointed out that the program was the “same old suspects, same old programs” – working with the Department of Corrections, Project Longevity and the police department instead of community groups.

“I was disappointed, as I usually am when these so-called programs come together, because [PRESS] has not focused on addressing the root causes of crime and violence, which are primarily poverty or lack of opportunity, mental illness, addiction, homelessness,” Fair said. “It’s always discouraging to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result.”

Fair told the News that instead of just focusing on rehabilitation after incarceration, the city should also invest in preventing young people from going through the prison system in the first place, as well as addressing injustice and prejudice. races in the criminal justice system. Additionally, Fair said, existing probation and parole programs don’t help residents feel supported, but “instead, they feel controlled.”

During the press conference, Jacobson provided a brief update on the shooting incident which took place outside Reggie Mayo Nursery School on Goffe Street on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Jacobson, 23 shots were fired in total. The three individuals who are suspects and who have been apprehended are all known to the NHPD, and two of them are minors.

“That’s exactly the type of individual that can be supported and retained by this type of program,” Jacobson said. “Someone we know as someone who has a history of engaging in problematic behaviors, whom we want to work on to help prevent future incidents of violence.”

Referencing the same incident, Camacho stressed the importance of initiatives, like those similar to Ice the Beef, that focus on prevention programs and support for young people.

Like Fair, Camacho said PRESS doesn’t seem to be addressing the root causes of the issue at hand. Instead, he argued for an approach that cuts the cycle of violence before incarceration.

“Imagine if it could have been different, if these three teenagers weren’t on the streets but instead in a program that helped foster their passions, dreams and aspirations in life,” Camacho said. “If we have those things, we can really do the job. Often these entities simply overlook this, this simple factor.

The City of New Haven is using US Federal Bailout (ARP) dollars to fund the initiative.




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Report by Sylvan Lebrun on the Town Hall. She previously covered nonprofits and social services in the New Haven area. She is a sophomore at Pauli Murray College majoring in English.

Key State Policy Priorities and Strategies to Drive Economic Recovery

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Investing in health, education and other social amenities is one of the priorities the government has invested in to bolster economic recovery. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

In his budget statement for the financial year 2022-23, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani said the state aims to improve economic recovery and impact livelihoods by focusing on several key areas. These include:

Security

The government aims to provide a secure environment to protect citizens, their property and create a conducive business environment that attracts investors to the country. The state intends to increase revenue allocation to both the National Police and the Ministry of Defense to ensure sustainable security systems.

Investing in security will create a conducive business environment for local and foreign investors. This is essential, especially in the run-up to the August 9 elections.

Development of critical infrastructures

Road, rail, water and energy are the main infrastructure sectors that the state is seeking to improve during the fiscal year. These are essential to economic development since they facilitate the movement of people, goods and services and support industrial development. They also reduce the cost of doing business, improve the quality of life of citizens and the competitiveness of Kenya.

The state is also considering more public-private partnerships.

Transformation of key economic sectors

CS Yatani stressed the desire to accelerate agricultural productivity, support manufacturing, improve environmental conservation and water supply, strengthen the recovery of the tourism sector and improve the use and proper land management. Agriculture and manufacturing are among the big four and tackling these key sectors will lead to increased economic productivity.

Expand access to quality social services

Investing in health, education and other social amenities is one of the priorities the government has invested in to bolster economic recovery. The education sector received 544.4 billion shillings to support programs such as free primary and secondary education, teacher recruitment, NHIF coverage for students and teacher training.

The health sector received 146.8 billion shillings to provide universal health coverage, purchase of vaccines, free maternity care and medical equipment.

Young people, women and people with disabilities

The role of young people and women is essential in economic recovery. The government has significantly increased the allocation of revenue to the National Youth Service, the Kenya Youth Empowerment and Opportunity Project, the Youth Business Development Fund and the Employment and Education Fund. youth enterprise.

The author is a senior tax advisor at EY. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of EY.

A dozen private loan companies indicted in a fraud case

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Bangalore: A dozen private loan companies accused of cheating

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A dozen private companies have been indicted for cheating by the cybercrime police.
  • Companies are said to be run by Chinese nationals or companies to trick innocent people into providing instant loans through mobile apps.
  • 10 files were filed and 59 companies were designated as suspects.

bangalore: A dozen private companies have been indicted for cheating by cybercriminality police. Companies are said to be run by Chinese nationals or companies to trick innocent people into providing instant loans through mobile apps.

The complaint was filed by a person named Jayakumar. He is Deputy Registrar of Companies. The case was registered on Wednesday, reported The era of India.

10 cases were recorded by the cybercrime unit between February 28 and April 13. Officials from the Registrar of Companies and the Department of Corporate Affairs filed the complaints. A police officer said that in the 10 cases, 59 companies were designated as suspicious. Chinese nationals or companies would run these companies, showing locals as directors. In many cases, the locals were unaware that they were the directors of the companies.

Suspicious companies that have been named include, Tesupa Pvt LtdZong Pvt Ltd, Pesolo Private LtdMosli Pvt Ltd, Pakola Pvt Ltd, Loscoop Pvt Ltd, Taptica Pvt LtdGooko Pvt Ltd, Menasi Pvt Ltd, Starmex Pvt LtdJolichi Pvt Ltd and Yoomi Ecommerce Allias Adview Technology Pvt Ltd.

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These companies would provide instant short-term loans through mobile apps and then charge customers huge processing fees and exorbitant interest, Jayakumar told police. They also reportedly resort to unethical methods to recover their loans, such as threats and harassment.

The preliminary investigation revealed that these companies were using employee documents without the knowledge of the employees, to appoint them as directors. They also hired staff to operate illegal businesses.

Several people working for these companies were interviewed. The investigation is ongoing.

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Participate in spring migration monitoring at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton welcomes families, nature lovers and birdwatchers to the mountain for spring migration monitoring, Raptorthon fundraising and weekend education programs.

“The story of Hawk Mountain is a story of hope – from shooting ranges to sanctuary,” said Jamie Dawson, director of education, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. “By learning about the history and current work of Hawk Mountain, I hope visitors will be able to know that each individual’s actions can truly make a positive difference – to raptor conservation and beyond.”

The 2,500-acre sanctuary is the world’s premier refuge for birds of prey. Open to the public year-round, entry fees and memberships support the non-profit organization’s raptor conservation mission and local and global research, training and education programs.

What makes Hawk Mountain a great place to visit is the “beautiful sanctuary with great views; great hiking trails; fun, diverse and stimulating educational programs; live raptors; and incredible conservation science projects in action,” said Dawson.

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Hawk Mountain Raptors’ signature live raptor program Up Close! will take place every Saturday and Sunday. (File Photo – Lisa Mitchell, MediaNews Group)

When visiting the Migration Sanctuary, visitors are invited to participate in Spring Weekend programs held every Saturday and Sunday throughout the countdown.

Hawk Mountain’s live raptor program, Raptors Up Close!, sponsored by M&T Bank, takes place in the ADA-accessible outdoor amphitheater.

The Name That Raptor program at Laurelwood Niche teaches birders to identify factors such as silhouettes, behavior and markings, and as they travel back in time to the sanctuary’s founding in 1934 with the History program of Hawk Mountain.

This spring, the Sanctuary hosted interns from Costa Rica, Argentina, Spain, and Italy, as well as local interns from Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.

“​Our international interns are back!” said Dawson. “We did not welcome international interns in 2020-2021 due to the pandemic.”

International interns who study long-distance migration patterns offer discussions of their work and allow hands-on sampling of the tools used in the field during the trapping and tracking program located near South Lookout.

Raptorthon

The Hawk Migration Association of North America is hosting the Raptorthon 2022 fundraiser on Earth Day, April 22.

The sanctuary’s director of conservation science, Dr. Laurie Goodrich, and spring conservation interns will scan the skies for returning migrating raptors.

Fundraiser participants can pledge per bird, make a lump sum donation, or join the association on the mountain. The Hawk Mountain Counting for Conservation team will be at the North Lookout and South Lookout from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“By supporting Hawk Mountain, you are supporting local environmental stewardship, raptor conservation science, education, and other organizations around the world that are also working hard to protect raptors,” Dawson said. .

spring migration

During the Spring Migration Count through May 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., staff, interns and volunteers will be perched at the North Lookout to help visitors discover and identify raptors, including Broad-banded Hawks. wings, redtails, ospreys, bald eagles and Suite.

The sanctuary has been monitoring the spring migration of raptors since the 1960s and reports an average of about 1,000 raptors each 45-day season. Typical one-day peak counts can reach over 100 birds in mid to late April, especially on days with southerly winds and cloud cover. Daily counts are posted throughout the season at hawkmountain.org/count.

“Our migration count is extremely important for raptor conservation because, as the oldest raptor migration count in the world (since 1934), it provides long-term data on population trends of raptor species,” Dawson said. “Without our long-term migration count data, we wouldn’t know the baseline populations of these raptors.”

Dawson explained that without knowing normal population levels, they wouldn’t know when populations begin to decline.

“And why should we care about the health of raptor populations? Well, raptors are top predators, so they play an important role in our ecosystem — keeping nature in balance,” Dawson said. “As top predators, raptors are also bio-indicators, which means that if there is a healthy population of raptors, it implies that the whole ecosystem is healthy because it can support top predators. Conversely, if populations of top predators start to decline, that’s a big warning sign that something is wrong with the ecosystem.

Since 2000, International Conservation Science interns have helped conduct the daily count at the North Lookout, learning migration counting techniques from experienced Sanctuary volunteers and staff.

Dawson hopes a visit to Hawk Mountain will provide “inspiration to take action for raptor conservation” as well as “wonderful memories in nature enjoying the beautiful sanctuary.”

Those wishing to hike to the North Lookout and enjoy the views and migrating raptors should wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a walk over rocky terrain.

The nearby South Lookout may be preferable for those with young children or mobility issues and can be reached using a 900-foot-long ADA-accessible Silhouette Trail with benches.

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View from the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary South Lookout, which may be preferable for those with young children or mobility issues and can be reached using a 900-foot-long ADA-accessible Silhouette Trail with benches. (Lisa Mitchell – MediaNews Group)

Trail fees apply to non-members and cost $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 6-12. Tickets can be purchased at hawkmountain.ticketleap.com. Members are admitted free year-round and memberships can be purchased online or at the Visitor Center.

More information about the programs and when they take place can be found at hawkmountain.org/weekendprograms.

To learn more about Hawk Mountain, call 610-756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org.

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A group of young people organizes a “Day of service” | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

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The Elias Cady Society, Children of the American Revolution (CAR), held a “Day of Service” in Holly on Sunday, April 3 for two hours at Oakhill Cemetery where Elias Cady is buried.

Elias Cady Society, CAR cleaned headstones, raked leaves and collected sticks from the Cady family headstone area. Attendees included six members, four guests, and four Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) from Oakland and Genesee County. DAR chapters represented included Flint-area Genesee Chapter, Clarkston’s Sashabaw Plains Chapter, and Waterford’s Lydia Barnes Potter Chapter.

Elias Cady, a Revolutionary War veteran, was born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 7, 1756. He died March 31, 1853 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Holly.

The main idea of ​​Service Day is to celebrate the Founders Day of the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution on April 5, 1895. The National Society is the oldest youth organization in the United States of America.

Linda Royse, Senior President of the Elias Cady Society, said, “We wanted to honor our Revolutionary War veteran, Elias Cady, and his family buried in Oakhill Cemetery. The kids had fun helping each other out and learning or teaching a new skill to our members.

The Cady family stone had not been cleaned for a long time. Royse said they also placed a new marker on the tombstone of Elias Cady from Daughters of the American Revolution, as he is an approved patriot.

The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, founded in 1895, is our nation’s oldest patriotic youth organization. Membership is open to descendants of Patriots of the American Revolution. If you want to learn more about the Elias Cady Society, CAR, find them on Facebook or visit nscar.org or carmichigan.org. Royse can be reached at [email protected] or (248) 403-3106.

Global Loan Management Software Market 2022: Key Countries, Forecasts and Key Vendor Analysis

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Grant supports workforce development for black youth

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Source: School of Public Health

Enrique Neblett, professor of health behavior and health education at the School of Public Health.

The School of Public Health is working with Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based civil rights and social service organization, to investigate factors that affect how black youth participate in and benefit from hand development programs -work.

Enrique Neblett, a professor of health behavior and health education, will lead the project, which is funded by a $650,000 Institutional Challenge Grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and Doris Duke Charitable. Foundation.

Challenge grants encourage academic research institutes, schools, and centers to expand existing research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations to reduce inequities in youth outcomes.

Although workforce development programs may be a viable option to meet the employment needs of young people during the transition to adulthood, current evidence suggests that the benefits of these programs are greater for white participants than for black participants.

The project aims to understand and address how the burden of stress and mental health of Black youth affects participation and outcomes in workforce development programs through community-based participatory research.

“The partnership between (the School of) Public Health and Focus: HOPE will have a positive ripple effect on the economic and mental health of Detroit’s youth and create institutional change that increases the respect and value of health practice partnerships. research,” Neblett said. .

Recipients take steps to improve an institutional infrastructure to support and reward community-based research and build the capacity of partner organizations to use research in their practice. To support the institutional change portion of the grant, the university and its partners:

  • Provide seed funding to the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center to support early-career faculty who engage in youth-focused partnership work.
  • Provide services, including consultation and professional development workshops on building research practice partnerships and community-based youth-focused participatory research for faculty interested in building their skills in public engagement research.
  • Collaborate with the UM Faculty Senate Advisory Committee on Academic Affairs to convene a task force dedicated to addressing institutional barriers and developing institutional strategies to support community-based research.
  • Organize a conference at the university to present the work of research practice partnerships.

On the practice side, the grant will advance Focus: HOPE’s access, interpretation and use of research through infrastructure support and research training and capacity building. for staff. Neblett says Focus: HOPE will strengthen the School of Public Health’s ability to partner effectively and equitably with nonprofit organizations.

“In addition to addressing inequities among young people, our goal is to create change that replaces practices and policies that negatively impact research-practice partnerships with structural investments to support collaborative, equitable, and community-based research. mutually beneficial,” he said.

“We are excited about the lasting impact our partnership will have on not only institutional change, but also community change.”

Jasah Larsosa

Jasahn M. Larsosa, founding director of advocacy, equity and community empowerment for Focus: HOPE and co-principal investigator of the project, said that researching the benefits of promoting mental well-being by reducing Cognitive load and unnecessary hassle in workforce programs is essential for young people’s future.

“At a time when work preferences are changing, the pandemic has forced organizations and employers to drastically relax requirements and conditions. This research-practice partnership will provide us with the data needed to pursue these improvements,” said Larsosa.

In addition to Neblett, Barbara Israel and Chris Coombe, a professor and research associate, respectively, in health behavior and health education, will collaborate on the project, along with the Center of Academic Innovation and the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center.

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Schools and nurseries – Scottish Greens

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Emerging from the huge impact of a pandemic that has only deepened Glasgow’s inequalities, the Scottish Greens believe in an education that nurtures young people’s development and supports their resilience. In government, the Scottish Greens are ensuring increased staffing in our schools, giving teachers the time, stability and support they need to focus on their pupils and to deliver the inclusive and inspiring education that all Glasgow children need and deserve. We will never compromise to ensure the right support is available for all of our children and young people.

Meet the needs of each learner

We’re going:

  • Place the well-being of young people at the heart of the educational recovery. Children need to be ready to learn and supported to learn in the way that best meets their needs.
  • Work with our MSPs to continue to increase the number of teachers and learning support staff, so that we can reduce class sizes, so that young people are supported to learn and grow as individuals.
  • Advocate for continuous assessment based on teacher judgment as our preferred way to assess learner progress. We will support parents and guardians who wish to withdraw their children from standardized testing.
  • Ensure that every child or young person with additional support needs who would benefit from a coordinated support plan receives one, and require that all staff assigned to support people with additional needs have the appropriate training to do so effectively .
  • Make counseling accessible to all young people by establishing a right of access to school-based counseling provided by qualified mental health practitioners.
  • Support pupils at risk of falling behind and support the alternative offer for those for whom the ordinary offer does not work, in order to reduce exclusions.
  • To provide every elementary school student with regular opportunities to learn and grow through the expressive arts such as music, drama, visual arts, and dance, both as a participant and as a member of the audience.

Quality early childhood education

We’re going:

  • Work towards better early education for children by improving the qualifications, salaries and conditions of early childhood staff.
  • Support the expansion of free childcare hours and make the current offer more flexible to help parents in shift work or irregular employment to be able to use them.
  • Ensure that early learning is primarily play-based and provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor learning, small group learning, and access to local community resources such as parks and libraries
  • Pursue professional development around the creation of “gender-friendly” nurseries and strive to bring more men into the profession of early childhood education and childcare.

Schools that reflect local communities

We’re going:

  • Plan enough schools and childcare centers in areas where the population will increase and ensure that buildings are high quality flexible spaces, built to last and focused on environmental sustainability. Deliver a new primary school to support the growing residential population in the city center.
  • Continue to support the principle of local schools for local children. Examine catchment areas, including the potential for overlapping catchments, and consider what more we can do to encourage locally representative schools.
  • Foster stronger links between schools and local communities and make school facilities available to the community.
  • Increase support in schools for children from marginalized groups, including refugees and asylum seekers and LGBTI+ youth
  • Address the under-representation of racial and ethnic diversity in school staff and ensure appropriate support for teachers with disabilities.

Schools as inspiring and safe spaces for all

We’re going:

  • Review processes for measuring, reporting and addressing racist and LGBT+ bullying, sexual harassment and other abuse in schools to enable people to come forward and take a consistent zero-tolerance approach.
  • Ensure consent is taught as an essential part of sex and relationship education and make all schools LGBT+ inclusive, building on the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign.
  • Ensure that the educational and social opportunities available at school are accessible to young people who are new to Glasgow
  • Ensure classrooms are Covid secure and properly ventilated and heated.

Reduce the cost of the school day

We’re going:

  • Implement a school uniform policy in Glasgow that addresses affordability, accessibility, environmental impact and does not discriminate on the basis of a protected characteristic. We will support uniform banks and reuse or rental/hire services, ensure access to warm jackets and outerwear, and keep under review the adequacy of school clothing subsidies.
  • Maintain and promote free instrumental music lessons, primary school swimming lessons, Bikeability training and subsidized outdoor and nature-based education offered by the Blairvadach Outdoor Centre.
  • Continue to support holiday food and activity programs.
  • Ensure that the experiences offered to children and youth are diverse and reflect everyone in the school community, and are not dependent on parental income or the fundraising capacity of schools.
  • Expand Family Income Maximization Teams attached to schools and nurseries, helping low-income households access the social security benefits to which they are entitled.

Support the growth of Gàidhlig Medium Education (GME)

We’re going:

  • Provide additional school and manpower capacity to meet the growing demand for Gàidhlig Middle Education (GME), by committing to a fifth GME primary school and a larger or additional secondary school, and lifting the ceiling of 140 P1 places as soon as possible.
  • Invest in outreach capacity to support families so they can fully support children with the school curriculum.
  • Maintain a GME working group with parent representatives on an ongoing basis.

Acting for the climate in schools and nurseries

We’re going:

  • Aim to reduce car journeys to school by more than 50%, with all schools supported to develop a sustainable travel plan. All primary schools will have measures in place to slow or reduce traffic around schools, and we will support pedestrian and cycle buses.
  • Reduce plastic and food waste and increase recycling opportunities in schools.
  • Create food culture spaces in schools and connect students to food justice and sustainability issues. We will develop an action plan to reduce food-related emissions and promote local, ethical, organic and plant-based food in schools.
  • Ensure that career advice has a strong focus on supporting a just transition to a low-carbon economy and works towards just transition apprenticeships and traineeships.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and Congressional Representative to the United Nations, delivered a speech Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly Plenary Meeting on the Commemoration the abolition of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

Lee is one of the few members of Congress to have delivered a speech on behalf of the United States in the General Assembly. A full video and transcript of his remarks can be found below.

Full Notes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5_jHrzj7Ec

“Good morning. Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Mr. Secretary General.

“Mr. Mr. President, I have the unique honor to address you on this important occasion as a member of Congress and one of the United States Congressional Delegates to the United Nations General Assembly This year.

As we commemorate the abolition of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, reflect on the profound words of Frederick Douglass, self-emancipated slave, abolitionist, orator, world leader and diplomat.

“The abolition of slavery”, he said, “has been the deepest desire and the greatest work of my life.” These words remind us of the victims and descendants of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

“The transatlantic slave trade forced millions of people from their homes, families, societies and countries, and subjected them to exploitation and dehumanization, creating a global enterprise of unprecedented wealth for Western nations and fueling the global economy. Chattel slavery remains an immoral and indelible stain on the history of the United States, the Western Hemisphere, and the collective chronicle of our inhumanity.

“We recognize the myriad atrocities of slavery and continue to struggle against the racial, ethnic, gender, economic, social and political hierarchies it created. And yes, we must honor the victims of slavery by dismantling its institutional vestiges, such as racism, discrimination, economic inequality, marginalization and systematic underdevelopment.

“The United States must address the multidimensional legacy of slavery with an unprecedented commitment to racial equity, justice, and inclusion within our borders and in all of our world affairs.

“We have demonstrated our national commitment through a whole-of-government approach to addressing systemic inequalities. Today, United States President Joseph R. Biden will sign the Emmett Till Antilynching Act of 2022, recently passed by the United States Congress.

“It has been over 120 years since Congress first attempted to criminalize the horrific act of lynching and yes, today it will finally become a federal hate crime.

“Members of the House and Senate have supported legislation that recognizes and addresses the remnants of our racialized past resulting from the institution of chattel slavery.

“Legislation like H. Con. Res. 19, urging the creation of a US Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation; HR 40, a Commission to Study and Develop Remedial Proposals for African Americans; and HR 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act are all examples of how Congress grapples with the need for systemic change and reparations.

“And last year, President Biden signed the law into law, making June 19 – that is, June 19 – a national holiday. It was on this day in 1865 that Union soldiers arrived in Texas to announce that black people were free. It was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This announcement was made in Galveston, Texas, which is the home of my grandfather and my great-grandmother.

“Now on the world stage, we have championed the establishment of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent and supported the International Mechanism of Independent Experts to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement. .

“And I, personally, fought for our part in the movement to establish the magnificent permanent memorial to honor the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade right here in a prominent place at the Nations And I had the honor of witnessing the creation of the International Decade for People of African Descent.

“Despite these promising efforts, much work remains to be done to achieve full equity in the United States and around the world. And so, we must seize this momentous opportunity as a clarion call and a dynamic call to engage and to move forward.

“Thanks very much.”

Breckenridge ski resort co-founder Trygve Berge turns 90

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Breckenridge ski resort co-founder Trygve stands in Breckenridge with the slopes in the background on Friday April 1. Berge ran the ski school and co-founded Ullr Fest.
Ashley Low / For the Daily News Summit

The legendary legacy of Trygve Berge spans 60 years of Breckenridge Ski Resort and more. He’s an Olympian who met Sophia Loren, survived a plane crash, and started Ullr Fest.

The trailblazer turns 90 this month, and the Breckenridge Visitor Center and Breckenridge Ski Resort are hosting a reception for him at the Riverwalk Center to celebrate Monday, April 11. There will be photos and videos showcasing her life, her cake and more.

Berge deserved recognition and celebration.



He is a man of resilience. Berge broke his femur several times and walked away from train, plane and automobile accidents. Originally from Voss, Norway, Berge grew up during the Nazi occupation of her home. Bombs fall from the sky, potatoes are confiscated from the family farm and ski gatherings are banned. The experience naturally shaped him to cherish every day.

His passion for skiing led Berge on his way to becoming a Norwegian downhill champion in 1954 and competing in the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina, Italy.



Berge came to the United States after the Olympics and lived in Aspen Highlands with skiing icon Stein Eriksen in 1958. There he met Bill Rounds, who offered Berge a job in the lumber yard at his family in Breckenridge. Soon after, Berge ended up co-founding the station with Rounds and fellow Norwegian Olympian Sigurd Rockne.

Breckenridge Ski Resort co-founder Trygve Berge wipes snow from a plaque that details the resort’s history in Breckenridge, Friday April 1. The ski area celebrates its 60th season and Berge turns 90 this month.
Ashley Low / For the Daily News Summit

Breckenridge opened on December 16, 1961. Berge cut the slopes and became the ski school principal known for his thrill-seeking somersaults, bumps, and flips. In the summer, he mountaineered and worked as a stonemason all over town.

Although Berge didn’t think the station would be as popular as it is today, he said he would lay the groundwork much the same way he and the others did at the era. Breckenridge has become his home, and can be seen at local establishments like The Crown, Fatty’s Pizzeria and Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon.

He is also a man of balance. The Colorado Ski Hall of Famer prefers the sport to something like snowboarding, for example, because of how it can glide down the slope without shifting weight significantly to one side or the other. Skiing has been a passion of Berge over the years because a race is never the same experience twice as conditions and equipment change.

“The feeling is different,” Berge said. “…I think skiing is the best sport you can do.”

After winters of skiing virtually every day, he opts for quality over quantity and good weather, doing perhaps only 30-40 days a season now. He never really followed ski days when he was younger and prefers to ski in company rather than chasing records.

An early postcard from Breckenridge shows ski school principal Trygve Berge doing a flip on Peak 8.
John A. Topolnicki Sr. Photographic Collection/Courtesy of Breckenridge Heritage Alliance

“My record is how long I can live and be fit,” Berge said.

Berge’s advice for longevity is moderation. He knows it’s easy to get carried away at a resort, but said he’s not a big drinker. It strives to achieve a balance between rest and physical and psychological exercise.

“I always make sure to rest and eat well, and I’ve never been sick,” Berge said. “I don’t even have a doctor.

Socializing is also essential for Berge.

“Having good friends and taking care of each other is really important, he said.

One of his compatriots is Gene Dayton, who has known Berge for about 50 years. Dayton is responsible for establishing Summit’s Nordic scene and his family still runs the Breckenridge Nordic Center. He also helped found the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

Although they are 11 years younger and focusing on another skiing concentration, the couple still meet for coffee and breakfast. The friendship also passed on to their children. Dayton said he had always admired the icon and that Berge always took the time to listen to him.

He also greatly admires Berge’s tenacity. A story he told involves that Berge recently made a fireplace for a friend from Dayton. According to the friend, Berge tripped while carrying a large rock and his head went through the drywall. Berge pulled his head out of the hole and – bleeding in several places – put dislocated fingers back in place.

“He picked up the rock and put it down very calmly where he was going and didn’t miss a beat,” Dayton said. “He’s a tireless and incredible worker. It’s an ethic you rarely see in the world today.

For Berge’s birthday, Dayton will give her the music. He plans to perform traditional accordion tunes at the Riverwalk Center during the party. Dayton, whose son Matt competed in the Olympics, also hopes to play the Olympic theme on the alphorn to mark Berge’s accomplishments.

Greg Gutzki, another local and longtime friend, will be speaking at the event. Technical director of the International Snow Sculpting Championship, Gutzki met Berge in the 1970s while working at the Holiday Inn in Frisco. He said Berge had a good upbeat attitude and was a kind and kind gentleman.

Gutzki remained in hotel management for years, but he also ran High Country Coatings, an industrial paint company that had him paint towers, chairs and ski lift terminals in the area. He also did general contracting and would hire Berge to do masonry.

He called Berge an artist not only with stone, but also with skis.

Trygve Berge is seen teaching mambo March 25 at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Sarah McLear/Breckenridge Ski Resort

Just a few weeks ago, Gutzki and his friends received lessons from Berge on how to do the “mambo”, a technique which requires skiers to keep their shoulders pointed downhill while the legs pivot . Gutzki repeated an anecdote that Berge could ski with a $50 bill between his legs and he would still be there at the bottom of the trail.

“Watching him ski is like he’s skiing through the air,” Gutzki said. “It’s so smooth, it’s poetry.”

Berge said he goes where the fun is. If people want to follow in his footsteps and join him on the slopes, a champagne toast will be held at the Vista Haus on Monday at 3:30 p.m., then people can walk down Four O’Clock to the Riverwalk for what’s next. of the celebration. Doors open at 4 p.m. and RSVPs are encouraged online to keep the occasion small.

“It’s an honor to be able to pay tribute to him,” Gutzki said.

NerdzFactory NYSC Internship Program 2022 for Nigerians

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Applications are open for the NerdzFactory NYSC Internship Program 2022. The internship program seeks to identify some of Nigeria’s brightest young minds and develop them into leaders in technology, human capital and social space.

Interns will work with the organization as selected PPAs while taking on interesting projects and learning more about the world of work. Outstanding NerdzFactory interns have the opportunity to be retained after their year of service.

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  • Human ressources: Will have the opportunity to manage people, shape the culture of the organization, manage performance and manage talent for the organization. From drafting employment contracts to reviewing company policy to conducting public meetings. You will have the opportunity to develop the human operations of the company.
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2023: I will prioritize effective representation, says Okai after meeting Dekina PDP delegates

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  • An aspirant to the House of Representatives in Kogi, Comrade Austin Okai, has stepped up his efforts to meet with PDP stakeholders in the state
  • Okai wants to represent the federal constituency of Dekina/Bassa in the lower house of the National Assembly
  • According to him, he would attract development projects and foster youth empowerment in the state if elected

Kogi – Comrade Austin Okai, one of the leading candidates for the Federal Constituency of Dekina/Bassa of Kogi State in the House of Representatives before 2023, has assured his constituents of effective representation if they receive the mandate in 2023 .

Legit.ng reports that Okai, who is running on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), made the promise on Saturday, April 9, during a meeting with party delegates from the federal constituency of Dekina/Bassa, held in Ologba, in the Dekina local government area of ​​the state.

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Comrade Austin Okai addressing party delegates in Ologba, Dekina local government area of ​​the state. Austin Okai.
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He said he would hold quarterly town halls to ensure popular views and community needs are documented and followed up to ensure positive action.

Speaking while addressing reporters after a declaration meeting with delegates, Okai expressed his gratitude to party stakeholders for their encouragement and support, noting that “Put people first” will continue to be his slogan.

The House of Representatives hopeful who hails from Emewe Opada in Emewe ward of Dekina local government council area said if given the opportunity to serve he would passionately represent the interests of good people. people from the local government area of ​​Dekina/Bassa, promising that “he wouldn’t let them down.”

He said his mission “is to give tremendous representation to the good people of Dekina/Bassa in the National Assembly with a view to attracting development projects and promoting youth empowerment, reducing crime and ensuring adequate human and capital development in the constituency”.

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Okai instructed the delegates to think about the general election and the candidate with the powers to attract development to the constituency.

The House of Reps contender added:

“If I get the seat, we will do great things. People will see drastic changes in the Dekina/Bassa federal constituency.

“I will bring my youthful energy and new ideas to change things for the good of all. It will not be business as usual, I assure you.”

I am ready to be your servant if elected, Okai tells Bassa PDP delegates

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Okai said he would be the voice of his constituents if he was mandated to represent them.

It has been reported that Okai is a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform in the North Central state.

The leading House of Representatives contender also revealed that it would not be business as usual especially for the good people of the Bassa Local Government Area if he takes up the legislative seat on their behalf.

Source: Legit.ng

Outdoor calendar | Sports | theadvocate.com

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MONDAY

RED STICK FLY ANGLERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Room 204, Adult Education Building, Broadmoor Methodist, 10230 Mollylea, Baton Rouge. Website: rsff.org.

THURSDAY

JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church Gymnasium, Denham Springs. Call Jim Breaux (225) 772-3026.

FRIDAY

FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS SERIES: 7pm-midnight, LA Express landing, Jarreau. Fee of $40/boat, max 2 anglers. Weekly event until September 9. Call Storm Randall (225) 937-0489.

HUNTING SEASONS

TURKEY: Zone A: until May 1st. Zone B: until April 24. Zone C: until April 17.

AT THE CORNER

APRIL 17 — EASTER

APRIL 20—LA. SHRIMP TASK FORCE MEETING: 10:00 a.m. Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma.

APRIL 22—TIGER CHAPTER/DU CRAWFISH BOIL: 6 p.m., Parker Ag Coliseum, LSU. Student tickets $25, singles $50, couples $80, tables $500 and $1,300. Website: dutigers.com. Email: [email protected]

APRIL 22-24—SPRING WARM WATER FLY FISHING: Lake Concordia, Ferriday. A Red Stick Fly Fishers event. Call Emmitt Simmons (225) 335-4596. Email: [email protected]

APRIL 23—NRA BASIC PISTOL/CCEALED CARRY COURSE: 8:30 a.m. Indoor Gun Range, Southwest Mississippi Gun Club, McComb, Mississippi. Qualifies for Louisiana Concealed Carry Permit. Personal pistols/ammunition 60 rounds. Loan of .22 pistols available. Single action revolvers are prohibited. Fees $65. Pre-registration suggested. Email: [email protected]

APRIL 24—SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB GAME: 7:30 a.m., squad; 8 a.m. on the beach, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, St. Landry Road, Gonzales. NRA Match Rifle or Service Rifle, 200 yard/50 round match range. Fees $12 members, $15 non-members, $5 juniors. $15 annual membership in club and civilian marksmanship program (allows purchases from CMP). Also on April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, October 23 and November 27. Email Rick Mol: [email protected]

APRIL 24—LA. DUCKS UNLIMITED CLAY REGIONAL SPORTS TOURNAMENT: 8:00 a.m., Covey Rise Lodge, Singing Waterfall Road, Husser. Entry fee $150/single, $500/4 shot team, $1,500 4 shot mallard team. Bonus stations. Lunch included. Limit of 30 teams. Website: ducksunlimited.myeventcenter.com

APRIL 24—BASS HIGH SCHOOL CENTRAL OPENING: Norfolk Lake, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Website: bassmaster.com

LDWF UPDATES

-Tunica Hills closed to the public on April 10, April 16-17, and April 23-24 for turkey season.

-Elmer’s Island Wildlife Sanctuary is open.

-Closed: Roads and Trails (Richard Yancey WMA), Wax Lake Outlet Campground (Atchafalaya Delta WMA); fishing/launch docks at the Island Road water control structure and at the northeast corner of Wonder Lake (Pointe-aux-Chênes FMZ; three other docks and Island remain open ); Hope Canal Road boat launch (Maurepas Swamp WMA); a section of East Road on Bayou Wauksha (Thistlethwaite WMA); Launch of Deer Park oxbow (Concordia Parish); and Woodworth Rifle Range (Rapids Parish).

-Hunter education course. Website: wlf.louisiana.gov/page/hunter-education.

FISH/SHRIMP

SHRIMP: Opening of outer waters/Calliou Boca west to Marsh Island. All coastal waters in the state are closed with the exception of open double shelf waters in the Breton/Chandeleur Straits.

RECREATIONAL SEASONS OPEN: snappers, blackfin snappers, queens and silks, among other species of snappers and all groupers, including red grouper, except goliath and nassau groupers in state/federal waters.

CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, Gray Triggerfish and Greater Amberjack. Commercial king mackerel (hook and line; gillnet) in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Commercial catch of large inshore sharks (inshore major groups and hammerheads) closed.

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Black Girl Hockey Club prepares to make its mark in Toronto – TheLeafsNation

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The Black Girl Hockey Club is making its way to the city, with the help of fans like MLSE, they’re ready to take Toronto by storm.

Founded in October 2018, the Black Girl Hockey Club, or BGHC for short, is a grassroots non-profit organization that champions black women in hockey. The end goal is to see hockey become more inclusive for black women first, but also for their friends, families and people who support them. Founder and Executive Director Renee Hess created the Black Girl Hockey Club to open up a strong community and solidify space for black female hockey fans.

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BGHC’s mission, “is to inspire and sustain the passion for the game of hockey within the black community, especially with our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends.”

This is a group where their activism is embedded in all aspects of their work. As it stands, the NHL is pushing a narrative pretty hard that claims hockey is for everyone. Many fans, especially BIPOC individuals, know that is not the case. The last year has seen a huge increase in issues related to race and racism in the sport at all levels, and it continues to increase. That’s where BGHC comes in with an initiative they launched about a year and a half ago called the Get Uncomfortable campaign.

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This weekend is full of exciting things that many BIPOC fans and BGHC volunteers can participate in. Four of the five events this week were coordinated by MLSE. Although many of these events are closed, Leafs fans still have the opportunity to meet in Maple Leafs Square before the game against Buffalo on April 12. If you want to join BGHC at the game, you can buy tickets here https://bit.ly/3qWRTHE

It is a step towards this organization which spreads its name all over the world. They are already well advanced with scholarship applications and recipients in Europe, Canada, the United States and even one in Kenya! In this round, thanks to the generous donations of its supporters, BGHC had the chance to award seven prizes. Dayton O’Donoghue, emerging community leader and member of the NHL Youth Advisory Council, from Toronto, is the winner of a $5,000 hockey scholarship from the Winter 2021 round of the Black Girl Hockey Club Scholarships . Keep an eye on her and her hockey future.

You can continue to support BGHC by donating, signing up to their newsletter and following them on social media. You can access their website here. Also keep an eye out for Renee Hess’ upcoming book ICE QUEENS: On Race, Community, and Black Women in Hockey.

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Emmanuel Attah: Qatar 2022 disaster caused by overreliance on foreign-based players

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A former Super Eagles coordinator, Mr Emmanuel Danjuma Attah, says Nigeria’s overreliance on foreign players was what robbed the country of the ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In this interview with Sports Trust, the former FCT FA Chairman and Director of the General Service Department of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) said that to prevent such a disaster from happening again, home players need to be included in the Super Eagles.

HHow disappointed are you that the Super Eagles did not qualify for the 2022 World Cup?

It is a very big disappointment that Nigeria is not part of the 2022 World Cup. If I had been told that Ghana would end the Super Eagles bid for the World Cup, I would have said that this would not be possible. The Black Stars aren’t what they used to be. Maybe we were cheated by their poor outing at AFCON 2021. After the 0-0 draw in Kumasi, I thought the Eagles would finish the job in Abuja to make the Nigerians happy but it didn’t happen. product.

Would you say the Super Eagles were confident enough against Ghana in Abuja?

From my experience in football and the years I was Super Eagles coordinator, I can tell from the body language of the players whether they are excited or not. Before the match in Abuja, the body language of the players was not encouraging. When the Eagles came out, I told someone sitting next to me that I didn’t like the boys’ body language. The only player who looked confident and spirited was Victor Osimhen and he showed that on the pitch. The rest played like nothing was at stake. They were completely nonchalant in their approach. I don’t know what happened, but I suspect a lot of things went wrong before the game.

Do you agree with a former international, Garba Lawal, who said the biggest losers from World Cup defeat are the Super Eagles players?

I agree with him because some players don’t know what the World Cup is and what they missed. The World Cup is not something you watch on TV. When you watch it on TV, you won’t get the real feeling. It is when you are physically there as a player, official or spectator that you will understand what it is all about. It’s a totally different world. I am sorry to say that some of the players who missed this opportunity to go to Qatar might not have another chance. I pray that God grants some of them another opportunity. Apart from the money they lost, their market value is also negatively affected.

Do you think Oyibo players have been educated on the existing football rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana?

I am sure you are referring to those players who changed their allegiance from their adopted country to Nigeria. I don’t think they were lectured properly. I believe if some of these players had been told the story of the rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana, I am sure they would have died on this pitch to beat the Black Stars. This new generation of players must be well oriented. They must be made to understand that Nigeria cannot afford to lose a few matches. It is not enough to convince players to come and play for Nigeria.

What would you say is the way forward?

The coaches have been asked to step down but is that the solution? I do not think so. We have to look within. We have to go back to the days of the late Clemence Westerhof and the late Stephen Keshi. It is urgent for us to develop our players at home. Until we do that, we will continue to suffer at the hands of overseas-based players. The overreliance on overseas players is what denied us a ticket to Qatar 2022. Most of these players are not engaged because they don’t know much about this country. Keshi has built his Super Eagles squad around local players. Even overseas-based players struggled to make the team. In fact, during the AFCON 2013 qualifiers, he performed 95% of his matches with mostly home players. It was only in the last qualifier against Liberia that foreign-based players dominated. Interestingly, he won AFCON 2013 in South Africa.

Do you think the current NFF will have the patience to do what Keshi has been encouraged to do?

They should rethink because developing native players takes time and patience. It also requires adequate funding from the football federation. You see, any coach who is not patient or works under pressure will always jump on any type of foreign-based player. So I want to reiterate that we need to build Super Eagles around homegrown players. Keshi was frustrated in his early days with the homegrown players, but when he calmed down he made the best of it. It was a local player, Sunday Mba, who scored the goal that won the AFCON 2013 title for Nigeria.

But some Nigerians feel that homegrown players are usually not up to the job when given the chance…

I don’t think that’s a fair assessment of local actors. You can’t bring local players together for two or three days and expect them to win against Mexico or Paraguay. They must have enough time to stay together and develop this understanding. It takes time, energy and resources to build a great team.

Would you say there are still quality players in the NPFL who can do better than the overseas-based Eagles?

No one can convince me that we don’t have quality players left in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). What we lack is the ability to identify the actors. We should select players based on merit. These missions must be entrusted to sincere, incorruptible and patriotic coaches, ready to do a thorough job. Don’t forget that great players like Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amunike, Jay-Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, Garba Lawal and a host of others have dropped out of the local league. In the last Super 4 in Abuja, I saw so many talented players who can play for Super Eagles. I don’t want Nigerians to confuse league management with national players. The two are not the same.

What do you think of the continued clamor from football fans for the NFF chairman and his board members to step down?

Football is like the opium of the Nigerian masses. They don’t want to lose and when they are angry they can react in any way. Most of them are still struggling to put the loss behind them. They are not happy that their team is not at the World Cup, so they can demand the resignation of anyone. For obvious reasons, I do not wish to say more about the failure of the Super Eagles and the reactions of Nigerian football fans.

Cabinet decision on fortified rice in line with efforts to improve nutrition levels: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the Cabinet decision on fortified rice is in line with the government’s efforts to improve nutrition levels and promote the well-being of Nari Shakti (empowering women) as well as Yuva Shakti (empowering young people). “Cabinet’s decision on fortified rice is in line with our efforts to improve nutrition levels and support the well-being of our Nari Shakti as well as Yuva Shakti,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has today given its approval for the procurement of fortified rice under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), services Integrated Child Development Programs (ICDS), Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman-PM POSHAN (Former Midday Meal Scheme (MDM) and Other Government of India Social Welfare Schemes (OWS) in all states and territories of India Union (UT) by 2024 in a phased manner The full cost of rice fortification (approximately Rs 2,700 crore per annum) would be borne by the Government of India under a food subsidy until its implementation fully implemented until June 2024, according to government data.

Three phases are envisaged for the full implementation of the initiative. Phase I includes coverage of ICDS and PM POSHAN across India by March 2022 which is being implemented. Phase II includes Phase I above plus TPDS and OWS in all aspirational and high stunting burden districts (291 districts in total) by March 2023. Phase III includes Phase II above and covers the remaining districts of the country by March 2024. As part of vigorous implementation efforts, the Department of Food and Public Distribution has coordinated all ecosystem-related activities with all relevant stakeholders such as State/UT Government, Line Ministries/Departments, Development Partners, Industries, Research Institutions, etc. The FCI and state agencies are already engaged in the procurement of fortified rice and so far nearly 88.65 LMT of fortified rice have been procured for supply and distribution.

The Prime Minister of India, in his speech on the 75th Independence Day (15th August 2021), made an announcement on rice fortification to provide nutrition to every poor person in the country to overcome malnutrition and lack of essential nutrients in women, children, nursing mothers, etc., as this poses major obstacles to their development. Previously, the centralized pilot program on “Rice Fortification and Distribution through a Public Distribution System” was implemented for a period of three years from 2019-20. Eleven (11) States – Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand have successfully distributed the fortified rice in their identified districts (one district per state) in the under the pilot program. (ANI)

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Climate Change, Entertainment, and Student Loan Debt: EHS Weekly Readings Today

We try to think about spring and all the wonders the season has in store for us. It’s hard when it’s 40 degrees Fahrenheit and there’s so much evil, evil and ugliness in the world.

Difficult problems unfortunately do not yield easy answers or clear consensus. There’s a lot of trial and error and probably heightened emotions as well. But we try to remember as much as anyone else that behind those words is passion and the desire to know more.

We like to think that climate change and college tuition affordability have more in common than division, and we hope new ideas will help unite us. The prospect of a better world for ourselves and our posterity is something we strongly support, and we hope to see progress towards it in the not too distant future. In the meantime, we seek to inject more joy and laughter into our lives.

We hope these stories inspire you as much as they inspire us for better days and a new perspective on the present.

(Climate) change is coming

Two new reports released this week help quantify climate change, but understanding them is another matter.

After a slight delay, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has also published a reporthis third in less than eight months. (Read more about the previous IPCC report here.) The report warns that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the limit agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement, will require greenhouse gas emissions to peak before 2025. Methane should also be reduced by about a third.

“It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C,” IPCC Working Group III Co-Chair Jim Skea said in a statement accompanying the report. “Without immediate and deep emission reductions across all sectors, this will be impossible.”

Monday, the The White House said that by the end of the century, climate change could cost the US federal government about $2 trillion a year. In addition, the government could spend an additional $25 billion to $128 billion each year on related expenses, such as coastal disaster relief, flood insurance, health insurance and flooding at federal facilities, according to an analysis of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which administers the federal budget. This is the first time in its history that the OMB has formally factored climate change risks into the federal budget.

These reports call for immediate changes to mitigate the effects of climate change. They are also timely and could help President Joe Biden. Last week he released his proposed budget for the financial year 2023, which included $44.9 billion in new funding for climate change, clean energy, clean transportation and environmental justice programs. It’s going to take a lot more money, cooperation and coordination to limit global warming, but it’s at least another step in that direction.

Instructions for more fun

This guide, released in late December 2021, came at a time when the omicron variant was tearing the country apart. But the advice is timeless, especially given the state of world affairs.

Over the years, we’ve heard statistics about how few people laugh every day, especially compared to babies and children. We didn’t think much of them until a rare moment when a laugh broke out. It felt good to laugh, both in that brief moment and for the rest of the day; it’s as if this little laugh had completely changed our outlook.

The author of this how-to article, Catherine Price, spent 5 years doing fun research for her upcoming book, The power of pleasure: how to feel alive again. She explains that having fun is not just a matter of laughing. In fact, she thinks there’s a formula she describes as real fun, like “when we experience the confluence of three psychological states: playfulness, connection, and flow.”

“Play, connection, and flow have been shown to improve people’s mood and mental health when experienced alone,” Price writes. “But when people experience all three of these states at once – in other words, when they’re really having fun – the effects they report are almost magical. When people are really having fun, they report feeling focused. present, without anxiety or self-criticism, they laugh and feel connected, both to others and to their authentic selves.

Price offers four simple steps that can help you channel more pleasure. We won’t spoil the fun – pun intended – by sharing them here. But what we can say is that it’s a bit like losing weight: we pretty much know what we have to do. Whether we choose to listen or seek alternatives or workarounds like diet pills and shakes is another matter. Both endeavors take quite a bit of effort, but we try to remind ourselves that we are worth it. After all, we only have one life. Why not live it to the fullest and, dare we say, the most fun.

Read the full guide here.

Student loan repayments delayed again

At the start of the pandemic, Congress quickly drafted and President Donald Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which offered numerous short-term measures to support a nation facing an unprecedented health crisis. One provision has been further extended: the suspension of government-backed student loan repayments.

As of March 2020, monthly payments and interest have been suspended, giving millions of Americans some respite. That forbearance period was set to expire next month, and we’ve already seen some publications churning out compelling stories about what forbearance has meant to millions of Americans. (The White House announced earlier this week that it had been extended for a seventh time, through Aug. 31; there are already calls from members of Congress and other advocates to extend the pause until the end. of 2022 and even 2023.)

Here is an anecdote representative of a reality that many face: Anthony Portesy is a 35-year-old lawyer in Long Island, New York, whose student loan payments amount to more than $700 a month. Since his loans were put on hold, he’s been able to pay off his $1,500 in credit card debt, max out his Roth IRA, and start saving for a house. “I can start thinking about getting married and starting a family,” he told Bloomberg. “It made me feel like a more productive member of society.”

There are a lot of strong feelings about college, tuition, and student loans. We won’t go into these, but we want to highlight the important role it plays in the US economy and in the minds of approximately 43 million Americans.

Student loan debt has skyrocketed in the United States from $200 billion in 2003 to over $1.6 trillion in 2021. In other words, student loan debt is higher than auto loans, credit cards and home equity debt, according to the US Federal Reserve. Before the pandemic, one in five adults with student loans were in arrears, and delinquency rates will likely rise as the forbearance period ends.

This is an evolving situation, and one that is complicated by high inflation, shortages of semiconductor chips and rising house prices. Millennials are between the ages of 23 and 38, a time in their lives when many would move into their first apartment, buy cars, buy a house, get married or start a family. This student loan debt can also prevent them from reaching these important milestones, which has repercussions for the rest of the population.

Read the Bloomberg article here.

Unique project sees Amberley School create imaginative outdoor space for pupils

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The innovative, sculptural structure and play area was fully funded by the school’s supportive parent-teacher association and led by award-winning Slindon-based artists Mark and Rebecca Ford, Two Circles Design.

Two Circles Design works across education and art to create beautiful, unique structures from natural materials and draws inspiration from ancient traditions and techniques of willow craftsmanship and wood conservation.

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The project, which involved the whole school, was launched in July last year when Mark and Rebecca discussed organic architecture with the pupils at the assembly. Each class had time to generate design ideas based on natural forms, such as seeds, nests or the microscopic world, and participated in design workshops led by the Two Circles couple.

Pupils from Amberley School celebrate the opening of The Seedling

The student-led school council and eco-council considered the various ideas and produced an integrated final design, which resulted in a buildable structure with a winding grass roof, planted with spring bulbs.

The children came up with a long list of imaginative names for the structure, with ‘The Seedling’ voted as the winning choice.

Mark Ford explained: “It’s really important for young designers to discover that something in their imagination can be translated into a real three-dimensional building.

“This freestanding structure is constructed from locally sourced hazel and birch poles and clad in individually crafted leaf/feather shaped wooden shingles. It has a curved seating area allowing a whole class to take lessons outdoors.

Mark Ford cuts the ribbon at Amberley School

He added, “I really enjoyed working with Amberley School on this unique project.”

Ms Lizzie Martin, Executive Director of the Federation of Arun Villages, of which Amberley C of E Primary School is a member, said: “The wonderful contribution of the Friends of Amberley School Association funded the design and The Seedling facility, which adds to our a beautiful natural area, a dedicated forest school area and extensive grounds to give the school the best outdoor learning facility in Sussex.

“The Seedling will provide a unique teaching and learning space for children, as well as space to inspire creative play, teamwork and the building of friendships.”

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University police respond to messages from Yik Yak threatening student protesters

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University police are responding to messages from Yik Yak threatening violence against students protesting a campus speech by Allen West, a former Republican congressman and former chairman of the Texas Republican Party, the university said in a statement. declaration.

The UPD had no reason to believe the threats were “specific” or “achievable”, University Police Chief Chris Bartolomei said.

The UPD had an “enhanced presence” during West’s speech and contacted the FBI’s hate crimes unit for help in investigating a threat.

Spectrum reporters counted at least 10 law enforcement officials present during West’s speech at 145 Student Union.

“We are taking the situation seriously and are implementing additional measures and precautions to protect the campus community,” Bartolomei said in the statement. “Safety is always our primary concern.”

All messages from Yik Yak are anonymous. It is not known at this time who posted these messages, although they were probably from a group five mile radius from UB’s North Campus, where students could view the publications.

West was invited to deliver his speech, titled “America Is Not Racist,” by Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative youth activism organization recognized as a Special Interest Club by the Student Association. Dozens of students protested West’s speech earlier Thursday by marching through the Academic Spine with signs reading “Racism is real” and “Black voices matter.” The protests culminated on the fifth floor of Capen Hall, where students demanded to meet UB President Satish Tripathi.

Dozens of students also protested West during his speech. They invaded the area outside SU 145 and surrounded the gates, while chanting slogans like “No justice, no peace” and “Racism is real”.

University administrators have stood by their decision to allow the YAF to invite West to speak at UB, saying SA-sponsored clubs can ‘invite speakers of their choice’ as long as they follow the guidelines of the UB. university and state laws.

“As a university, we want to make it very clear that we take very seriously our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming place for all UB students at all times,” Dean of Students Barbara Ricotta said in a statement. communicated. “We remain committed to upholding UB’s core values ​​of diversity, inclusion, and mutual respect throughout our university.”

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Becky Burke, newly hired women's basketball head coach at UB.
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The award-winning GRoW home, which moved to North Campus in 2020.
Prices at The Elli, compared to commons prices at Wegmans on Alberta Drive and Walmart Supercenter on Sheridan Drive.

United Way Women’s Leadership Group accepting grant applications | Center County Gazette

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STATE COLLEGE – The Center County United Way Women’s Leadership Group is accepting grant applications from local 501(c)3 organizations to support new or expanding programs or initiatives that focus on long-term impact to improve the lives of women and children in Center County.

Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on May 20 and should be sent electronically as attachments. Eligibility, guidelines and grant application are available at www.ccunitedway.org/womens-leadership or by contacting Leanne Lenz at (814) 238-8283.

WLG members will review applications, select recipients, and determine the amount of funding recipient organizations will receive. Local 501(c)3 organizations do not need to be United Way partner agencies to apply.

Organizations receiving the grants will be required to report on results after program implementation.

They will also be invited to make a presentation to the Women’s Leadership Group on the implementation of the program and its impact.

Past recipients include ACRES, The Arc of Center County, Center County Youth Service Bureau, Center Safe, Discovery Space, Eagle Ambassadors, Mid-State Literacy Council, Park Forest Preschool, and Penns Valley Emergency Medical Services.

More information on past grants can be found on the website listed above.

WLG members are women who donate to Center County United Way’s general campaign at the executive level and who have agreed to make an additional contribution to fund the WLG grant program. New members are always welcome.

Increased funding for victims of domestic violence in Samoa

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The Samoan government has given $279,940 to the Samoa Victims Support Group (SVSG) – the largest grant for an NGO in Samoa.

SVSG Board Chair Georgina Lui and Finance Minister Mulipola Anarosa Molioo sign Samoa’s largest NGO grant
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The group’s chair, Georgina Lui, said the grant was strong recognition of the work the NGO has done to eliminate violence among Samoan families.

In the past, SVSG received funds from other organizations, but Lui said that with the grant given directly by the government, they could do much more.

“Fortunately for us, it’s a broad-spectrum grant,” she said.

“Thirty percent will go to the Campus of Hope to provide food and medical assistance to our various shelters that we have here. Fifteen percent of that will go to our welfare programs.

“Twenty percent of that will go to our men’s rights programs and our youth empowerment programs. And five percent of that grant will go to the council, so we’re going to be targeting victims of abuse.

“Hopefully when we have the next funding if we are successful we will increase counseling service providers through SVSG because we want to integrate people and children who have been through the shelter already and are still suffering from trauma but are going back to live with the communities, Lui said.

However, lockdown restrictions for the past two weeks have forced the SVSG shelter to close.

“Before we could even accept anyone into a shelter, we had to test them and at the moment we cannot accept anyone because we don’t have anyone to do the tests,” Lui said.

“So our shelter is closed at the moment and will continue to be until we get past level two I think.”

The Samoan government has stated that 46% of women in Samoa experience some kind of violence from their partner.

This was reaffirmed when the Prime Minister of Samoa, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, said there had been an increase in cases of domestic violence and gender-based violence during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Hon.  Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, Prime Minister of Samoa

Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Prime Minister of Samoa
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However, Lui said the numbers could be reduced.

“We have been fortunate in recent years to have the CSR program and that has alleviated a lot of financial worries for many families here because we have income from overseas, so those burdens have been kind of eased.

“So, and alongside better education, I think we can see a reduction in domestic violence numbers.”

Looking ahead, Lui said the grant was the start of a positive relationship with the government.

“We are really grateful to the government for that and I think the partnership with the government is the start and we hope we can continue to get funding from them and continue to run the programs especially the advice and outreach.”

Wigan Warriors’ Jack Bibby finds new club on short-term loan

Whitehaven RL have announced the signing of Jack Bibby from Wigan Warriors on an initial two-week loan deal and will step straight into Jonty Gorley’s plans for the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup play-off against Sheffield Eagles this weekend.

A young England international Bibby has been at the Wigan club since the under-15s and captained the academy team on his first-team debut for the Warriors in their pre-season encounter against Newcastle Thunder earlier in 2022. He also has first-team experience as he had. a 2 game spell at Oldham on loan last season scoring a try.

Haven head coach Jonty Gorley said: “We have Jack on a two-week loan deal. It comes with lots of Darrel Goulding covers from Wigan. He’s a good young front-row striker with a lot of size and talent, who does well in reserve. Jack came through the Wigan youth system and captained the academy.

“So hopefully this arrangement will give Jack the opportunity to show what he can do by stepping up the competition from the reserves.

“With the injuries we have at the moment, I would like to thank Wigan for helping us out.”

Director Ashley Kilpatrick said: “We start with a huge thank you to Wigan Warriors, in particular Darrell Goulding and Matty Peet, who have agreed to let Jack join us for the next 2 weeks when we need this help due to our ongoing injury crisis.

“Jack is a mainstay in the Wigan system, he’s been here since he was under 15 and has managed them at academy level, he’s also an England youth international.”

“I can’t wait to see Jack play for us, he’s a tough and aggressive lad, he also has a very good level of skill with the ball in hand.”


“Every track tells a story”

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Richard Carstensen holds a heron skull near the Juneau Seawalk. April 4, 2022. (Stremple, KTOO)

“Oh-ho, look at this,” naturalist Richard Carstensen tells his friend and colleague Steve Merli.

Men crouch under the high tide just off the downtown Juneau Seawalk trail. They study part of a cream colored skull with a long beak. Carstensen measures it with the length of his hand, then gently pulls it out of the damp earth.

“Christmas Jesus!” Merli whispers. “Incredible.”

“It could be a heron, it could be a sandhill crane,” says Carstensen, “And I’m trying to rule out the sandhill crane.”

Both men were among the founding members of Discovery Southeast, a non-profit outdoor education organization for youth and families. This summer, the organization will team up with experienced trackers to lead a certification course for adults.

Wilderness trackers read signs in the natural world to find and identify animals. It is useful for hunting, conservation and photography. But it’s not enough to find an animal, a paw print or a bone, they say. It’s understanding the context. For example, Carstensen can see signs that somewhere along the road from the bird to the skeleton, this heron was a meal.

Richard Carstensen and Steve Merli assess the tide at Juneau’s Seawalk. (Strimple/KTOO)

It doesn’t appear that this beach in downtown Juneau is a tracking hotspot — while they’re examining the skull, a plane flies overhead and evening traffic zooms by. Still, they spotted a dozen goats on the side of a nearby mountain, found the breastbone of a seagull, and identified the skull they found as that of a heron.

Merli says it’s all about observing and letting curiosity guide you.

“Everything is a track, and every track tells a story,” he said. “We can just look at everything around us. There are all kinds of signs here.

The track and sign route will likely be a little more off the beaten track.

This is an intensive 2 day workshop that will teach students to think like Merli and Carstensen – to identify footprints and understand how wildlife interacts with the landscape.

Former Juneauite Kevin O’Malley will lead the workshop at his wilderness school near Seattle. He says the ecology of Southeast Alaska is exciting for trackers because of the large animals like bears and mountain goats. Six people around the world have already signed up. A few are Juneau locals, and one plans to come from as far away as Central Asia, he said.

Marcus Reynerson of Tracker Certification North America will teach the course. He is one of only ten evaluators who can certify new trackers for the program. He says this is the first time his organization has offered tracker certification in Alaska.

“Really, wildlife tracking is basically just pattern recognition,” he said. “And humans kind of evolved to read patterns.”

A tracker certification can be useful for certain jobs, such as naturalist or resource management positions. It is also a way of measuring personal growth, like the belt system in karate. Reynerson is like a black belt in field ecology.

He says tracking is just another lens through which to view the living world.

“There’s this kind of very ancient aspect, it’s in our bones, it’s in our DNA, it’s in our humanity, where we just do it. And so when you turn that lens on reading signs and animal tracks, you can really tap into a rich history.

There will be a test with up to 60 questions ranging from simple to complex. Reynerson says not to sweat too much. Ultimately, your interpretation of the natural world is always up to you.

To learn more about the program or to register, visit the South Sound Nature School website.

City Alders Approve New Yale Contribution Plan, Express Apprehension for Future

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Although the Board of Alders voted unanimously in favor of the new agreement between Yale and the city, some reservations shared about the future of the relationship between the city dresses.


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The Board of Alders voted late Monday to grant final approval to a historic new agreement between Yale and New Haven, which will increase the University’s voluntary contribution by $52 million over the next six years.

The change comes after years of activism by local unions and community organizations, which demanded that Yale contribute more to its hometown. Along with the increased contribution, the deal includes provisions for a new Yale-funded Inclusive Growth Center, the conversion of part of the High Street into a pedestrian walkway, and a commitment by Yale to offset all revenue of the city lost on buildings withdrawn from the tax roll.

The new six-year agreement between Yale and the New Haven city government was first announced at a press conference last November. Just three weeks after a favorable vote by the finance committee, the entire alders board has now unanimously approved the deal. Five alders spoke in favor of the deal at the meeting, although almost all said it was just a first step – and an uphill battle.

“The city can use the money, so I’m happy for the money and grateful to the people who made this possible,” said Anna Festa, a Ward 10 alder. rolling and dealing like that, and that at the end of the day, we always had to give something up… I feel like our hands are tied when it comes to these type of negotiations. take it or leave it. “

In his address to the board, Festa raised concerns about “gaps” and unanswered questions in the deal as it currently stands. She shared that she was troubled by a lack of clarity regarding what will happen after the fixed term of the agreement ends, “because we still need the money after six years.”

Festa warned against returning Yale’s voluntary contribution to what it called the “pins” currently given to the city each year – $13 million out of a $42.3 billion endowment. That figure increases by $10 million for the first five years and just $2 million for the sixth, and the compensation policy ends after six years, both of which concern Festa.

In response to complaints about Yale’s voluntary contribution, University officials pointed out that Yale’s voluntary payments were already greater than those of its peer institutions prior to this new ideal.

Other alders spoke of the importance of continued activism and collaboration to ensure that Yale continues to contribute to the city beyond the six-year scope of the pledge.

“[This new deal]in my opinion, is a down payment, said Sarah Miller, an alder from Ward 14. “We need more money from the University to keep the city running, and I am committed to working with the community to keep pushing until we get what we need.”

Jeanette Morrison, an alder from Ward 22, whose neighborhood includes both Yale properties and permanent Dixwell residents, shared that, despite its flaws, this deal is central to her purpose as city leader of “bridge the gap between this city and the university”.

“I am a 54-year-old, longtime resident, and there has always been the unspoken rule that Yale individuals and townspeople should not get involved with each other,” he said. Morrison said. “So to see something like this happen, to see that the University sees the importance of the city, sees the importance of these residents…To have this money given to the city to keep our city growing is definitely a step in the right direction.”

Ward 25 alderman Adam Marchand updated the committee on community feedback on the March 14 finance committee meeting on the new agreement. Marchand said the public wants clear communication from the city and the University to ensure the “proper implementation” of the four components of the agreement.

Overall, Marchand said, residents sought endorsement of the pledge, which they viewed as “hard-earned progress” by community activists. However, at the heart of the conversation was the “considerable need for additional future support and investment in the community by New Haven’s most important institutional partner”.

“As Yale’s endowment has reached unimaginable levels — over $40 billion right now — our city’s youth are in crisis,” New Haven Rising organizer Marika Phillips said in her speech to the committee last month. “We’re going to need Yale to raise their voluntary salary a lot more.”

Regarding the proposed Center for Inclusive Growth, Festa noted that the finance committee has yet to receive a “draft” of the plans. She stressed that Alder Council members and other city leaders should be included in the decision-making process for the new center.

Kerwin Charles, dean of the School of Management, will chair the new center, which Yale will establish with an additional funding base of $5 million. University President Peter Salovey said in November that the center’s programming will be designed to guide “the issues and challenges of urban centers like the city of New Haven in the present day,” encouraging collaboration between Yale students and faculty and members of the New Haven community.

Another crucial part of the deal is the conversion of the block of High Street between Elm and Chapel Streets, which passes through Old Campus, into a pedestrian walkway. These renovations will be funded by Yale, but the street will remain under city ownership as a public space.

Festa reminded the council that the city would lose revenue from 30 metered parking spaces as a result of this conversion, arguing that it would also increase the difficulty of finding parking spaces downtown.

Festa clarified that despite her concerns, she supported approving the plan immediately.
Yale’s tax-exempt properties in New Haven were recently valued at $4.2 billion.




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Report by Sylvan Lebrun on the Town Hall. She previously covered nonprofits and social services in the New Haven area. She is a sophomore at Pauli Murray College majoring in English.

LETTER: Children and young people adviser ‘deeply concerned’ about government’s proposed changes

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“The changes are of particular concern in how they will affect the availability and quality of services and supports offered to students, potentially increasing inequalities between students”

Guelph/EloraFergusReceived the following letter to the editor today…..

Dear Editor:

For 26 years, I worked as a child and youth counselor with the Upper Grand District School Board. I am currently president of the PSSP union. This group includes speech-language pathologists, communication disorders assistants, board-certified behavior analysts, child and adolescent counselors, psychological associates, and social workers.

I am deeply concerned about the government’s proposed changes to the provision of specialized school-based health and rehabilitation services to students in our schools. The changes are of particular concern in how they will affect the availability and quality of services and supports offered to students, potentially increasing inequalities between students.

Policy Program Note 81 – Provision of School Health Support Services (PPM 81) outlines expectations and responsibilities for services such as speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and applied behavior analysis . Many students require these supports to meet their individual needs.

Thus, while the draft PPM 81 revision articulates the importance of these services to students, it does not fully recognize the essential roles that school board staff currently fulfill in the provision of these services.

As a mental health educator, I strongly believe that these types of school-based rehabilitation services for school-aged children should be provided by staff employed by the school board. In many parts of Ontario, especially in rural and remote areas, services such as Applied Behavior Analysis, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Language Pathology are often scarce and unavailable. The changes proposed by the government will increase barriers to school-based rehabilitation services. It is simply unacceptable.

Schools currently provide these services in our buildings during the school day in consultation with school staff. School-based employees understand the flow of a school, are already in schools, have relationships with students, parents and staff. Schools have little or no space to support the delivery of outside services and support waiting lists are sure to spiral out of control.

I urge Education Minister Stephen Lecce and the Ford government to consider the well-being and success of students in their decision-making. The consequences of the changes they propose will be far-reaching and harmful in the extreme. These changes amount to cuts that will cause hardship and loss of income for our students, and they will significantly diminish the quality of Ontario’s education system.

Tracey Mackie Vlietstra
PSSP UGDSB D18

Launch of the UOG Island Sustainability Conference | News

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The University of Guam Island Sustainability Conference kicked off Tuesday with the theme “Harnessing the Wind in Our Sales for a Sustainable Horizon in 2030.”

The conference, which runs until Friday, will cover topics including sustainable development, green economy, food security, energy transitions, climate change, affordable housing and youth empowerment.

Sessions include a presentation on a UOG research project on sustainable agriculture, food and natural resources and a presentation by the Micronesian Climate Change Alliance on environmental justice.

“We are addressing issues such as climate change, food security and waste management,” said conference co-chair Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, adding that reducing waste was a key issue for her administration.

“We’re building on the momentum of all the progress we’ve made over the past few years,” said Austin Shelton, director of the Center for Island Sustainability and Sea Grant program at the University of Guam.

Conference co-chair and UOG President Thomas Krise said the conference aims to help the island implement the 17 United Nations Sustainability Goals in a locally and culturally effective way.

He said the goals Guam can follow from the UN guidelines are protecting Guam’s coral reefs, restoring watersheds, carrying out island beautification projects and reducing waste.

Keynote speaker Suzanne Vares-Lum, president of the East-West Center in Hawaii, which promotes better understanding and relationships between the peoples of the United States and countries in the Asia-Pacific region, said a key issue to focus on is climate change.

“We have established many partnerships, and one of the main ones is to focus on climate change in Guam which we have been working on with UOG, Vares-Lum said.

She said she has seen the effects of climate change in the Pacific region first hand from being a native of Hawaii. Coral bleaching, for example, has made it harder for anglers to find fish.

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Launching an outdoor learning resource for schools

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A RESOURCE to help teachers learn outdoors has been launched by the School Authority.

Led by Pam Lowry, Director of Killylea PS in County Armagh, six videos describe the route, activities and benefits of outdoor learning.

The teacher professional learning resource also includes 16 shorter video clips, which offer a virtual tour of the school‘s outdoor educational areas and highlight some of the activities children participate in.

Ms Lowry said she hoped the learning resource would “benefit schools in Northern Ireland on their outdoor learning journey”.

“Our staff have fully embraced outdoor learning as they see the benefits for students in terms of mental health and wellbeing and the development of resilience, problem solving, teamwork, communication and social skills,” she said.

“Our parents fully support outdoor learning because they can see the fun it brings while their children are actively involved in their learning.”

EA President Barry Mulholland said, “The launch of this new outdoor educational resource is a great example of the School Authority and school leaders working together to share their innovative teaching practices with the rest. of the education sector to improve the educational experiences of our children. and young people.

“I would like to thank Principal Pam Lowry, the teaching staff and the children of Killylea Primary School for working with us to create this valuable learning resource.”

242 young people from UP, inducted into the BSF

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242 young people from UP, inducted into the BSF

Srinagar, April 4 (UNI) 242 new recruits from Uttar Pradesh were inducted into the Border Security Force in a colorful swoon parade on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday. The pass out parade and attestation ceremony for the recruits was held at the Subsidiary Training Center, BSF, Humhama, a Force spokesperson said. Chief Executive Officer, BSF Pankaj Kumar Singh was the chief guest on the occasion and he urged the recruits to serve the nation with courage and enthusiasm. The main guest was hosted by Raja Babu Singh, IG BSF, Frontier Kashmir and STC Kashmir. Addressing the recruits, DG BSF wholeheartedly appreciated the excellent display of self-confidence, skill and coordination that was the highlight of the parade. He applauded the recruits for choosing BSF as a career option and urged them to serve the nation with courage and enthusiasm. In his remarks, DG BSF commended IG, BSF Kashmir and the teaching teams for their successful efforts in achieving the goals of training the raw young villagers, as well as well-trained Seema Prahari in giving them confidence and transforming them into Disciplined jawans. He blessed the recruits with a bright future in their life and service. The guest of honor awarded medals to recruits who achieved outstanding results in various indoor and outdoor subjects. ADG BSF (Western Command) Chandigarh, PV Rama Sastry, Senior Border Security Force Officers, other sister agencies, parents and family members of trainees who attended felt proud of this memorable parade that they will cherish for a long time. During 44 weeks of training, recruits gradually acquired skills in the handling of different types of weapons, shooting techniques, law, management of border management exercises. “Apart from this, thanks to the hard work of the coaches of STC BSF, Kashmir, their physical efficiency has also increased. As a result, they are now physically, mentally and professionally prepared to serve the nation in peace and war, the spokesperson said. UNI MJR SY 1351

I avoided the money ritual, smoked Indian hemp, waited 15 years to break even – Actor Lateef Adedimeji

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Nollywood actor Lateef Adedimeji has told how he avoided the money ritual, resisted smoking Indian hemp and waited 15 years to rise to fame as a comedian.

The actor made this known on Sunday while speaking on the topic “Youth Empowerment” during the NTA Channel 10 Ramadan conference.

The 36-year-old actor and Islamic preacher advised young people not to give up on God in their quest for success.

The actor, who spoke in Yoruba, said young people who are content with a ritual of money will suffer without remedy.

Adedimeji said, “So many able-bodied youngsters like me are now opting for the money ritual. What is the Money Ritual? Only a fool will not work and will want to get rich. Some so-called father somewhere tells you to mix this and that to make money. If you do, you will suffer and there will be no one to deliver you.

“I would have indulged in non-printing things if it weren’t for my understanding. I only gained this notoriety that I have today after 15 years in my industry.

“At that time, I had people that we were wrestling with together that God lifted up before me. If my understanding was superficial I would have approached them and asked them to show me the way, take me to the catapult that lifted them up but I went back to my Islamic mentor then to complain that my prayers didn’t had not been granted. but he told me that the doors would open at the right time.

Adedimeji recalled how he was paid 1,000 Naira for a lead role in a Nollywood movie in Kwara State after 10 days there, adding that everything changed today because he was on God’s side.

“I remembered the day when they wanted to teach me how to smoke Indian hemp and I was told that my brain would become very light after taking the substance and would be able to assimilate movie lines better but I refused,” he said.

The celebrity said he avoided critics who told him not to post Islamic verses on his social media handles, adding that he had since received numerous brand mentions.

“For every young person like me, stay true to Allah and you will achieve whatever you want to achieve in life,” he added.

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SoFi Stock: Probable Extension of Student Loan Moratorium (NASDAQ:SOFI)

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Introduction and Thesis

In my previous article, I was bullish on SoFi (NASDAQ: SOFI). I saw huge opportunities being created for the company in the financial sector, which led me to believe that SoFi was a buy. At the time, I believed that SoFi had the potential to disrupt the banking industry by creating a financial super app, a single platform that satisfies all users’ financial demands. SoFi has everything from multiple loan products to financial services products, including credit card and brokerage services. SoFi even had Galileo, a business-to-business product that builds financial infrastructure. The cross-selling of its products and the execution of the management team to conquer the market seemed to create a powerful trend, especially after the approval of its new bank charter. However, while I believe all of these long-term trends are continuing, I am revising my rating on SoFi to an expectation of a purchase. I think investors should keep SoFi instead of buying the dip. The company is in great shape, but the political risks beyond SoFi control is too big. I think it’s extremely likely that the Biden administration will extend the student loan moratorium which is set to resume on May 1. Because SoFi is exposed to these student loan products and has issued guidance assuming student loan will resume on May 1st, I see this possibility as a negative catalyst for the business in the coming months. The effect of suspending student loans throughout 2022 will be detrimental, and for that reason, I believe SoFi is an expectation. I believe investors can initiate a position or average down on SoFi at a better price in the future.

Extension of the moratorium on student loans

When the pandemic started, the pandemic affected many Americans under the Trump administration, leading to the start of the student loan moratorium. Then, because the pandemic continued to challenge Americans, the Biden administration extended the student loan moratorium until May 2022. However, I think it is extremely likely that the Biden administration will extend the moratorium again. student loan payment.

In March, the Department of Education instructed the companies that federal student loans department not send notices to borrowers that their payments would resume in May. I believe this is a precursor to the announcement of an extended moratorium on student loans. Here’s why:

Later in 2022, midterm elections will take place. Unfortunately for Democrats and the Biden administration, the president’s approval rating is all time low. If the President cannot reverse this current trend, it is extremely likely that the Democrats will lose the majority in the Senate and possibly the House, and the Republican-controlled Congress or Senate will roll back key President Biden programs that the Republicans disagree. with. Therefore, for Democrats and President Biden, maintaining a majority in the Senate is paramount.

Unfortunately for SoFi, the student loan moratorium is extremely popular among voters, especially Democratic voters. According to Forbes, about 50% of Americans support extending the student loan moratorium, compared to only about 33% of Americans (27% were unsure). Therefore, ending the student loan moratorium will be extremely unpopular among voters, further reducing President Biden’s approval rating, which will put additional pressure on the upcoming midterm elections. Knowing this, on April 2, Democrats in the House and Senate sent a letter to President Biden asking for an extension of the student loan moratorium. Given these facts and President Biden’s political situation, I think it is likely that the student loan moratorium will be extended at least until the midterm elections.

Perform on SoFi

SoFi has a diversified business, so the extension of the student loan moratorium will not cripple business. However, this will hurt the margins and growth rate of the business.

In Q4 2021 Earnings Report, SoFi guided revenue growth of around 55% in 2022 along with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 11%. This guidance was given pending a student loan moratorium ending in May.

[SoFi’s] Management assumes that the moratorium on federal student loan repayments expires as currently contemplated on May 1, 2022 and that student loan refinance volume normalizes to pre-Covid levels

Therefore, if the break is prolonged, SoFi will have to adjust its forecast downwards, which could put pressure on the share price.

For the whole year 2021, student loans accounted for about 34% of total loans granted. This level is significantly lower than in 2020, when approximately 50.8% of total loans disbursed came from student loans. SoFi today is more diverse; however, in 2021 loans still accounted for approximately 75.6% of total revenue. Additionally, Lending Products had a contribution margin of approximately 52.3% compared to the Technology Platforms segment which had a contribution margin of 33% and the Financials segment with a negative contribution margin. Therefore, the lack of growth in the student loan segment will not only put pressure on the company’s growth rate, but will also put pressure on its overall margins. These negative catalysts are outside of SoFi is in control, but I think it’s wise for investors to be cautious going forward.

Risks for the thesis

Political actions can often be unpredictable. There are many moving parts involved in every act. It may be unwise to delay buying and wait for certain political actions as opportunities may disappear. In addition, the expectation of an extension of the student loan moratorium may already be built into The low SoFi stock price. As shown in the graph below, SoFi’s share price has seen a dramatic drop over the past few months. Therefore, the announcement of an extension of the student loan moratorium may not have a detrimental effect on the stock price.

SoFi Technologies Stock Trend
Data by YCharts

[Chart created by author using YCharts from Seeking Alpha]

Despite these risks for the thesis, I will continue to hold SoFi stock with no average drop in my stocks. I think it’s best to be careful.

Summary

SoFi is a company with solid fundamentals. SoFi aims to create a super financial application where a single The SoFi platform can meet all the financial needs of consumers. With a banking charter and a financial infrastructure platform, Galileo, SoFi’s long-term future looks bright. However, I expect trouble in the short term. For political reasons, I think it is highly likely that the student loan moratorium will be extended. This will negatively affect SoFi’s growth rate and operating margins led the management team to cut the company’s 2022 guidance. Therefore, I think it is better for investors to keep their SoFi positions instead of buying more.

How they voted, April 3

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MUNICIPAL COUNCILS

ESCONDIDO

The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday and approved its 2021 Housing Component Annual Progress Report, and gave final approval to an ordinance amending the city code to provide for city council elections. by districts. The board then interviewed potential members for city boards and commissions, including the library board and planning commission. Decisions on appointees will be made at a future meeting.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

CARDIFF

Cardiff School District Council met behind closed doors on Thursday to discuss a dispute.

DEL MAR

The Del Mar Union School District met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss a dispute.

FALLBROOK

The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District board met behind closed doors Monday to discuss staffing. In open session, council heard a presentation on its outdoor education program. The board reviewed its annual audit for 2020-21 and approved a 5% increase in the associate superintendent and assistant superintendent pay scale.

SAN DIEGUITO

The San Dieguito Union School District Board of Trustees met behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss litigation, personnel and labor negotiations. In open session, the council held a public hearing on whether to reconfirm its choice of the final Map 8 administration area. The council passed the map last month, 3-2, despite a warning from the county superintendent that the map revamped the voting limits, rather than just adjusting them to the latest population figures. The map is also controversial because it changes the boundaries so that three of the five administrators are no longer in the areas they were elected to represent. Several speakers asked the board to reverse its earlier decision to choose map 8. The board voted 3 to 2 to renew and ratify the map.

CENTER VALLEY

The Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District met Thursday for a board governance workshop, followed by a closed session to discuss labor negotiations.

Captain Nova Review – But Why Tho? A community of geeks

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Most kids I know these days are acutely aware of how little time we have left to reverse climate change before their future is irreversibly jeopardized. We don’t need a Gen X team to tell them: we have to act now or else. That is why Captain Nova, a Dutch-language Netflix Original directed by Maurice Trouwborst and written by Trouwborst and Lotte Tabbers baffles me. It’s a family film about a time traveler who returns to her youth to stop a single act of corporate greed that is single-handedly destroying the planet some 20 years later. Sadly, however, the film is neither exciting nor poignant and almost feels like a step backwards in climate advocacy and education.

The film begins on an exciting note. Nova (Kika van de Vijver) is on a secret mission, but she and her AI ADD veer slightly off course, crash, and find themselves with no choice but to trust the first child they meet, Nas. From a sci-fi perspective, this whole intro was very cool. The time travel is very well shot and when Nova emerges she is taken back to her 12 year old age in 2025. ADD is a passable sidekick, giving good one-liners here and there without being annoying, but never really getting into the domain of attachment.

The middle act is also pretty decent. The authorities are after Nas and Nova and the mountain suspense is fun as the mystery surrounding Nova’s secret mission ensues. Everything begins to fall apart as the authorities quickly realize there must be some kind of time travel involved. Removing that layer of suspense quickly diminished my interest in that side of the plot. With authorities more interested in helping solve the problem while the children are still on the run, Captain Nova quickly turns into my favorite trope of antagonism as a result of miscommunication.

Deteriorating my enjoyment is how completely absent the action sequences are. Again, there’s a bit of sci-fi to Nova’s weaponry that leads to some decent gags, but her utter stoicism as a character and lack of dynamism in the action drives it all. Nas is a cute kid, and I see where they were going with Nova’s tough shell. I even see the connection between them. I just wish they had a little more opportunity to show their personality, especially Nova.

Likewise, if the action matched the outlandish plot, the film might have been better balanced. As it stands, there’s one thrilling action sequence, and the rest just don’t bring much to the table. It’s a shame, because in many ways the plot feels like it would fit just fine among the over-the-top children’s action films of my own youth, à la spy on kids Where Agent Cody Banks. Clearly what makes these types of cheesy plots work so well is a cast that sells it and a script to go along with it, and Captain Nova doesn’t really bring either.

Perhaps the disappointment would also be lessened if Captain Nova had not staked his plot on a subject as heavy and important as the climatic catastrophe. Its lackluster plot leaves me feeling as dismal as ever about the future of the planet, not just because it lacks heart as a movie, but because it approaches its activism in a totally wrong way. Saving the future does not depend on anything realistic or reflected in our reality. If the plot had been about almost literally something else, it might not have seemed like such a big deal, but it looks like Captain Nova chooses this subject in order to take stock of the protection of the earth, so it is fair to judge its effectiveness.

To leave me with the impression that the only solution he offers to prevent our planet from becoming like theirs is to time travel and change a person’s heart is not exactly inspiring. It just left me feeling as sad as ever. And if individual guilt and solitary dissent aren’t the two lessons I was to take away from the film, then you can hardly blame me, since that’s the only solution the film offers from start to finish. I know it’s just a kids movie, but kids are smart and they’re well aware of the climate threat, so talking to them, or the adults watching too, with this oversimplified plot just doesn’t feel right. not good.

There are endearing qualities to Captain Nova. It’s not a bad movie outright. But it’s disappointing, with a lack of dynamism or message in the end. His early acts are filled with glimmers of hope and intrigue, they just spit at the end.

Captain Nova is streaming now on Netflix.

Captain Nova

6/10

TL;DR

There are endearing qualities to Captain Nova. It’s not a bad movie outright. But it’s disappointing, with a lack of dynamism or message in the end. His early acts are filled with glimmers of hope and intrigue, they just spit at the end.

Maya Gold Foundation’s 2022 Youth Ambassadors depart for Nepal

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The 2022 Youth Ambassadors travel to Nepal.

On Thursday, March 31, eight Hudson Valley “Youth Ambassadors” boarded a charter bus in New Paltz bound for JFK Airport. The group, part of the Maya Gold Foundation’s “Heart of Gold Adventures” initiative, traveled to Nepal to participate in a variety of service, cross-cultural and educational programs. Many teenagers have organized fundraising events to support their participation and all are bringing donations for their visit to Ganesh Primary and Secondary School in the suburbs of Kathmandu and Tinkanaya School in the countryside of Benighat . The teenagers will visit both schools during the two-week trip.

The goal of Heart of Gold Adventures is to provide teens with an educational experience that includes cultural awareness and appreciation, service to others, and experiential learning in a foreign culture, so they can gain a better knowledge of themselves and of the world. The Youth Ambassadors will work alongside leaders and youth from the Himalayan Children’s Charities (HCC) and the Sisterhood of Survivors Network (SASANE), two Nepalese NGOs that support youth through a variety of programs. The Youth Ambassadors will also participate in lectures given by professors from Kathmandu University and Central Mahatma Gandhi University, visit the US Embassy in Kathmandu and attend local craft workshops. They will visit several UNESCO World Heritage sites, attend a Dharma conference at a local Buddhist monastery, learn about indigenous Newari culture, complete renovations to a rural school, and visit a Tibetan refugee camp to learn learn more about the occupation of Tibet and the culture of the diaspora. .

The Youth Ambassadors will report on their journey via daily posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on the Maya Gold Foundation social media pages (@mayagoldfoundation). All are encouraged to follow their journey and interact through online comments. Upon their return to the Hudson Valley, each teen will share their experiences through one-on-one community presentations May 22 and 26 at the Elting Library in New Paltz.

For more information contact [email protected]

Empowerment and encouragement is the need of the hour for our new age revolutionaries

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I’m sure we all must have read inspiring stories about great and young martyrs like Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad and Rajguru in school history books, or at least had a glimpse of the lives of these revolutionaries , who fought for India’s freedom, in several Indian films.

These revolutionaries, born and raised amid the massive political turmoil, imperialism, deprivation and injustice of colonial-era India, learned at a young age that freedom and salvation could not be achieved only by fearlessly facing, fighting and, if necessary, sacrificing.

Although 75 years have passed since India gained independence and 72 years since the adoption of our Constitution, we still live in the midst of a similar type of “trouble”, “imperialism” and “injustice” which these revolutionaries have witnessed more than once. one century ago.

We are part of the generation that is witnessing a war, which has not only created an environment of panic, bleakness and unpredictability around us, but also makes us question the credibility and strength of the institutions and values ​​that formed the building blocks of the world order. Intolerance, for everything and everyone around us, has manifested itself in the increasing incidence of riots, communal violence, discrimination and inequality.

Attacks, whether old forms, involving terror and weapons, or new forms of cyber attacks and social attacks, nevertheless pose dangerous threats to people’s lives and privacy and compromise government systems. Climate change, which is more alarming than ever, as the recent IPCC report reaffirmed and if large-scale action is not taken sooner, we could end up causing irreversible damage to the Earth.

And, of course, a pandemic, which not only claimed the lives of millions of people around the world, shook economies and upended the systems and functions of the world, but also left an unforgettable scar in all our lives so that we are going through our own personal challenges in these unprecedented times.

But in the midst of all these challenges, the youth of our generation have shown resilience, power and strength. Whether it’s activism to fight wrongs, stand strong for their beliefs, or voice their opinions on different platforms until they are heard, young people have the power to become the ‘revolutionaries’ of these struggles we are in. faced today. We live in a time where we can influence people’s thoughts through a 60-second video, raise awareness with a touch on the screen, and evolve our opinions in 280-character sentences.

Therefore, I believe that youth empowerment is a need and an urgency, to overcome the challenges we face today and will face in the years to come. Children and young people should be encouraged not only to be educated, but also to have the capacity to form an opinion and to fight for it without fear. They need to be supported and guided to pursue their passion, develop relevant skills, and channel their energies in the right direction.

There are many challenges to be faced when there is a whole system to change and it is a struggle against societal norms and orders. But we must remember that the voices and struggles of many young people, who are constantly suppressed today through “laws” in order to protect the “national interest”, are one of the most important reasons why we have the privilege of living in an independent country.

(The author holds a BSc in Microbiology and Biochemistry and is a UPSC aspirant)

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Published on: Saturday 02 April 2022, 07:00 IST

Humboldt council discusses $150,000 loan to golf club for event center

Humboldt Golf Club is proposing to modify and expand its existing tent facility at a cost of $513,000.

HUMBOLDT — The City of Humboldt has entered into discussions regarding a $150,000 short-term loan, repayable over five years, to help the Humboldt Golf Club construct an event center located on the golf course.

Humboldt Golf Club is proposing to modify and expand its existing tent facility at a cost of $513,000.

Michael Behiel, the mayor of Humboldt, said the golf club has asked the city to potentially issue a short-term loan to help with initial funding for the facility.

“They are planning to build an event center with approximately 400 seats on the golf course property and this would allow for more events to be held, from golf tournaments to gatherings, to the ability to serve large quantities. of people for banquets and the like,” Behiel said.

“The loan agreement is in the interest of both parties because it will save them money by borrowing from the bank and it will generate revenue for the city at a higher rate than what we actually earn on the loan. money we have in the bank at the moment.”

Following its presentation to council on March 28, council is required to provide a ten-day public notice.

At an upcoming special public meeting of council on April 11, the administration will present the borrowing by-law to council for the issuance of a five-year agreement with the golf club.

If passed, the golf club would have interest of 2.45% compounded monthly.

Behiel said other charities will be able to access the event center at a discounted rate.

“There’s been talk of using it as a temporary performing arts theater for arts committees and stuff like that to allow for plays or productions for seating capacity.”

Volunteers from local schools help build new outdoor classrooms

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Compass Academy Charter School volunteers recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new outdoor learning environment adjacent to its main building in Vineland.

The area will be designed to ‘get kids outside more, expand how they can learn and improve their health’.

When completed, the project will include outdoor classrooms, a children’s garden, reading stations, a walking path and several nature centers.

The team kicked off the first phase of construction right after the groundbreaking ceremony on March 26. Nearly 40 teachers, administrators, parents, high school students and council members installed parking guides, cleared large areas of debris, pulled vines, raked and weeded, laid slate for trails and rehabilitated picnic tables.

“A team of teachers wrote the grant for the project,” said Compass science teacher Dawn Payne. “Some of us were almost in tears after so much was accomplished by so many great volunteers on our first day.”

The Compass Academy Charter School Education Foundation funded the project. The initial grant of $5,000 is the first granted by the new organization. Members of the Foundation and donors took part in the work.

“We are thrilled with this ambitious and cooperative endeavor and look forward to seeing this outdoor classroom fully utilized by Compass Academy students, said foundation vice president Nancy Ward.

The next working group will take place on April 30.

Compass Academy Charter School, located at 23 W. Chestnut St, is a free public school with approximately 180 K-5 students in Vineland, Millville, and Pittsgrove. For more information, call 856-899-5570 or visit compassacademycharter.org.

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Vora to conduct research in India as a Fulbright Scholar | News

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After a two-year wait, Siddhi Vora, a 2017 graduate of Daviess County High School, will leave today (April 1) for India to begin a research project awarded to her on a Fulbright US scholarship Student Program.

Delays due to the pandemic slowed the process for the Fulbright scholar to begin her research on youth activism in Mumbai, India’s most populous city. But she can’t wait to get started.

Vora was born in India and she said it had been two years since she had visited the country, where much of her family still lives.

She is excited to return and live there for nine months while doing meaningful research, she said.

“Fulbright is about cultural exchange and promoting mutual understanding,” she said, “and this will be a great way to do that.”

According to us.fulbrightonline.org, the Fulbright US Student Program provides scholarships for students to study abroad in an environment that “facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on a one-to-one basis in the classroom, in the field, at the home and in routine tasks allowing the recipient to gain an appreciation for the views and beliefs of others, their way of doing things and their way of thinking.

Fellowships are awarded for a variety of educational and research projects.

Through her research, Vora hopes to understand what motivates young people to pursue activism and how this is specifically influenced by the position they hold in Mumbai.

“Mumbai would be the equivalent of New York here,” she said. “It’s not the capital, but it’s an economic and cultural capital. So in my proposal, I argue that your situation is going to be different living in Mumbai than living in a small town or village.

She hopes to better understand how living in Mumbai might affect how young people pursue activism.

Vora graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2021 with a degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a minor in History and South Asian Studies. She said her research project was a perfect fit with her studies.

Most of Vora’s family members pursued careers in medicine, science, or other STEM fields, and she felt grateful to her family for supporting her in her exploration and pursuit in different avenues. of university studies.

“If at 18 I had learned that I would have a degree in gender studies and that I was going to India to live for just under a year, I think that would have blown my mind,” she said. declared. “It’s not something I expected for myself, and I’m very grateful to have this opportunity and the support of my family.”

Macey Higdon, a 2017 DCHS graduate, was also named a 2021 Fulbright Scholar. She is pursuing a two-year master’s degree at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. His field of study is the biology of physical activity with a concentration in biomechanics.

The 2021 University of Louisville graduate said her role as a Fulbright recipient will be to “engage with my community, so I plan to participate in Circle of Friends, a community organization set up to address loneliness. in the elderly”.

Herbert L. Freeman Obituary – Akron Beacon Journal

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Herbert L. Freeman, was born in Moatsville, WV on Valentine’s Day 1929. Herb’s early years were spent on the family farm with twelve siblings. In his youth he was an avid baseball player and later became a huge fan of all things “baseball”. Herb served two years in the US Army and during that time he married the love of his life, Ruth Phillips. They were married on Easter Sunday 1953. After his service, he and Ruth moved to Ohio where he was employed at the Ford stamping plant in Walton Hills and later started a family. He and Ruth knew Christ at their home church, the Akron Baptist Temple, where they attended for many years. After his retirement, Ruth provided him with a long list of “things to do”, which took up a lot of his time! He also thoroughly enjoyed visiting friends in Ohio and his many trips to West Virginia. As a Christian man, he was a good husband, a good father, a good provider and a good grandfather. And he loved babies! Herb could charm a baby like no one else!

Herb is predeceased by his parents, Coda and Hazel Freeman; wife, Ruth E. Freeman; siblings, Ramon Freeman, Paul Freeman, Robert Freeman, Doris Streets, Betty Frey, Colleen Frey, Tommy Freeman, Juanita Freeman, Anna Lou Shaw and Kenneth Freeman. He is survived by his sons, Mike (Karen) Freeman and Mylon (Lisa) Freeman; grandchildren, Mikey (Alicia) Freeman, Whitney (Jonathan) Erickson, Cody Freeman and Chloe Freeman; grandchildren, Harper, Olive and Yuri; siblings, George Freeman, Richard Freeman and Sammy Freeman; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Liberty Residence in Wadsworth and Barberton ManorCare (Promedica) for their excellent care and kindness. Herb believed in giving locally; at his church, the Salvation Army and the First Glance Student Center. Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 190 S. Maple Street, Akron, OH 44302 or First Glance Student Center, 943 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, OH, 44314.

Friends may call Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., Akron on Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. Service will follow immediately at 4 p.m. Calling times and interment will follow in Belington, WV.

Posted on March 31, 2022

Posted in Akron Beacon Journal

Community Financial: Modest loan growth to keep income above pre-pandemic level (TCFC)

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Community Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: NASDAQ: TCFC) is one of the few banks initially affected by the rise in interest rates. The company’s liabilities are more sensitive to rate variations than current assets; therefore, the margin will likely be decline in the twelve months following a rate hike. In addition to the margin contraction, the normalization of provisions will likely weigh on earnings this year. On the other hand, loan growth will likely improve year over year due to favorable economic factors, which in turn will support the bottom line. Overall, I expect The Community Financial to report earnings of $4.29 per share in 2022, down 4% year over year. Despite the drop, incomes will likely remain much higher than the pre-pandemic level. The year-end target price suggests a decent upside from the current market price. Based on the expected total return, I’m adopting a buy rating on the Community Financial Corporation.

Better loan growth likely

After a 1.5% decline in the loan portfolio in the first nine months of 2021, loan growth accelerated in the last quarter of the year. The portfolio grew by 4.4% (annualized) in the last quarter. Part of the decline in lending early last year was attributable to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan forgiveness. Outstanding PPP loans increased from $110.3 million at the end of December 2020 to $27.3 million at the end of December 2021, as mentioned in Filing 10-K. As outstanding PPP loans were only 1.7% of total loans at the end of December 2021, the remaining forgiveness will put limited pressure on the size of the loan portfolio going forward.

In addition, economic conditions will support an acceleration in loan growth this year. The Community Financial Corporation operates primarily in Maryland with some presence in Virginia. Maryland has yet to fully recover from the pandemic as the state unemployment rate was at a high of 5.0% in February 2022. Furthermore, the latest available data reveals that the state’s economy grew only 1.8% in the third quarter of 2021, below average 2.3% nationally, according to official sources.

Given these factors, I expect loan growth in 2022 to be better than last year, but still at the lower end of the historical loan growth range. I expect loan growth of 5.7% in 2022. Meanwhile, I expect other balance sheet items to grow mostly in line with loans. The following table shows my balance sheet estimates.

EX17 EX18 FY19 FY20 FY21 FY22E
Financial situation
Net loans 1,141 1,337 1,445 1,594 1,587 1,678
Net loan growth 5.7% 17.2% 8.1% 10.3% (0.5)% 5.7%
Other productive assets 170 230 220 271 535 566
Deposits 1,106 1,430 1,512 1,746 2,056 2,174
Loans and sub-debts 178 90 80 59 44 46
Common equity 110 154 181 198 208 229
Book value per share ($) 23.8 27.8 32.6 33.6 36.0 39.6
Tangible BVPS ($) 23.8 25.4 30.3 31.5 33.9 37.5

Source: SEC Filings, Author’s Estimates

(In millions of dollars, unless otherwise indicated)

Margin likely to contract this year

The Community Financial Corporation’s loan portfolio is relatively insensitive to interest rate variations. Indeed, commercial real estate loans, CRE, are the majority, i.e. 70.66% of total loans. These loans have an initial fixed rate term generally between three and ten years, as mentioned in the 10-K file. Therefore, most of the loan portfolio will not be affected by an increase in interest rates this year.

At the same time, liabilities are quite sensitive to rate variations. Transaction deposits, including savings, demand deposits and money market deposits, accounted for 62% of total deposits at the end of 2021. These transaction deposits will be revalued shortly after each rate hike.

In my view, the revaluation of liabilities will most likely outweigh the revaluation of assets. Management’s interest rate sensitivity analysis also shows that Community Financial’s balance sheet is sensitive to liabilities in a rising interest rate environment. A 200 basis point increase in interest rates can decrease net interest income by 1.54% year-over-year, based on management’s sensitivity analysis presented in File 10-K.

Interest Rate Sensitivity Community Financial Corporation

Filing 10-K 2021

Given these factors, I expect the margin to remain broadly flat in the first half and decline two basis points in the second half of 2022.

Normalization of provision expenses on cards

Due to the substantial improvement in asset quality in 2021, the Community Financial Corporation released part of its loan loss reserves last year. Non-performing loans fell from 1.21% of total loans at end-December 2020 to 0.48% of total loans at end-December 2021.

For 2022, I expect mid-single-digit loan growth to require additional provisioning for expected loan losses. Additionally, I do not expect any further significant write-offs of provisions as the level of the provision has now fallen to a relatively comfortable level relative to credit risk. Provisions represented 1.17% of total loans at the end of December 2021, while non-performing loans represented 0.48% of total loans at the end of December 2021, according to details given in the 10-K filing.

Overall, I expect provisions, net of reversals, to return to normal levels this year. I expect provision charges to be around 0.21% of total loans in 2022, which is the same as the average ratio of position charges to total loans over the past five years.

Earnings are expected to fall 4% year-over-year

Earnings will likely fall this year as loan growth cannot compensate for margin compression and provision normalization. In addition, non-interest expenses will likely increase due to inflationary pressures and efforts to grow the loan portfolio. Overall, I expect The Community Financial to report earnings of $4.29 per share in 2022, down 4% year over year. Despite the decline, profits this year will likely be much higher than the pre-pandemic level. The following table shows my income statement estimates.

EX17 EX18 FY19 FY20 FY21 FY22E
income statement
Net interest income 43 51 54 61 66 70
Allowance for loan losses 1 1 2 11 1 4
Non-interest income 4 4 6 8 8 9
Non-interest charges 30 38 36 38 39 42
Net income – Common Sh. 7 11 15 16 26 25
BPA – Diluted ($) 1.56 2.02 2.75 2.74 4.47 4.29

Source: SEC filings, earnings releases, author’s estimates

(In millions of dollars, unless otherwise indicated)

Actual earnings may differ materially from estimates due to risks and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the timing and magnitude of interest rate increases.

A decent expected total return warrants a buy rating

Community Financial Corporation offers a dividend yield of 1.7% at the current quarterly dividend rate of $0.175 per share. Earnings and dividend estimates suggest a payout ratio of 16% for 2022, which is close to the five-year average of 19%. Therefore, I do not expect another increase in the level of dividends this year.

I use historical price/book tangible (“P/TB”) and price-earnings (“P/E”) multiples to value The Community Financial. The stock has traded at an average P/TB ratio of 1.06 in the past, as shown below.

EX18 FY19 FY20 FY21 Average
T. Book value per share ($) 25.4 30.3 31.5 33.9
Average market price ($) 34.7 31.6 24.8 34.8
Historical P/TB 1.37x 1.04x 0.79x 1.03x 1.06x
Source: Company Financials, Yahoo Finance, Author’s Estimates

Multiplying the average P/TB multiple by the expected tangible book value per share of $37.5 yields a price target of $39.6 for the end of 2022. This price target implies a decline of 1.4% compared to the closing price on March 29. The following table shows the sensitivity of the target price to the P/TB ratio.

Multiple P/TB 0.86x 0.96x 1.06x 1.16x 1.26x
TBVPS – Dec 2022 ($) 37.5 37.5 37.5 37.5 37.5
Target price ($) 32.1 35.9 39.6 43.4 47.1
Market price ($) 40.2 40.2 40.2 40.2 40.2
Up/(down) (20.1)% (10.7)% (1.4)% 7.9% 17.3%
Source: Author’s estimates

The stock has traded at an average P/E ratio of around 11.4x in the past, as shown below.

EX18 FY19 FY20 FY21 Average
Earnings per share ($) 2.02 2.75 2.74 4.47
Average market price ($) 34.7 31.6 24.8 34.8
Historical PER 17.2x 11.5x 9.1x 7.8x 11.4x
Source: Company Financials, Yahoo Finance, Author’s Estimates

Multiplying the average P/E multiple by the expected earnings per share of $4.29 yields a price target of $48.8 for the end of 2022. This price target implies a 21.5% upside from at the closing price on March 29. The following table shows the sensitivity of the target price to the P/E ratio.

Multiple P/E 9.4x 10.4x 11.4x 12.4x 13.4x
EPS 2022 ($) 4.29 4.29 4.29 4.29 4.29
Target price ($) 40.2 44.5 48.8 53.1 57.4
Market price ($) 40.2 40.2 40.2 40.2 40.2
Up/(down) 0.1% 10.8% 21.5% 32.2% 42.8%
Source: Author’s estimates

An equal weighting of the target prices from the two valuation methods gives a target price of $44.2, implying a 10.0% upside from the current market price. Adding the forward dividend yield gives an expected total return of 11.8%. Therefore, I adopt a buy rating on the Community Financial Corporation.

ACT awards over $150,000 – Austin Weekly News

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Austin’s Quality of Life Plan, called Austin Forward. Together (AFT)is a set of goals created by and for the community designed to respond to 23 strategies with 84 actions in total in 7 areas between 2019 and 2024: community narrative, education, housing, youth empowerment, economic development, public safety and civic engagement .

Today, there are over 45 dedicated volunteer members in seven working groups, one for each area. In partnership with ACT, these working groups have engaged over 70 unique organizations as implementing partners and together have initiated over 40% of the plan’s total actions to date!

One of the many ways ACT helps catalyze local development is by attracting investment to the Austin community as a whole. To this end, ACT has secured funding from several sources who wish to support BACK.

In 2018, ACT’s ability to apply community-driven solutions to foster economic opportunity resulted in a $1 million Vital Communities grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Part of this investment was used to support the necessary infrastructure and the rest was allocated to core ACT members implementing the activities of the plan.

We are proud to announce that these nine organizations have been selected for this latest funding round, for which total funds of $150,131 will be distributed.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The goal of the Economic Development Task Force is to create economic revitalization in Austin and through Austin. We will support new and existing local businesses, entrepreneurs and the workforce; improving our trade corridors; and attract new investment to build a stronger and more vibrant local economy.

FUNDED ACTION: Develop and support local resources such as bootcamps and apprenticeships in high-demand economic sectors.

$12,500 will support new moms‘ job training and employment readiness program that includes career planning and coaching on critical life and parenting topics for unemployed young women ages 16-24 in Austin, many of whom are homeless or have dropped out of school. The program has been in place since 1996 and over the past 5 years has placed 378 young mothers in permanent employment, 57% of whom have kept a job for more than 12 months and 70% have increased their level of education during their registration.

$16,891 will be allocated to Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) for their Young Manufacturers Association Career Path Services program which provides ten weeks of technical training and career development for Austin residents ages 18-29 to begin paid careers in high-demand manufacturing . Participants also receive training in professionalism, job interview coordination and placement, job retention supports and on-the-job coaching.

FUNDED ACTION: Build a new manufacturing training center in Austin

$14,000 will help Jane Addams Resource Society (JARC) continue their manufacturing training program. JARC’s training in welding and computer numerical controls means that more residents, many of whom are involved in the justice system or live with housing insecurity, can increase their ability to provide for their families and invest in their community.

PUBLIC SECURITY

The goal of the Public Safety Task Force is to collaborate and create programs that increase feelings of safety, community and quality of life to build a healthy and resilient neighborhood.

FUNDED ACTION: Increase restorative justice activities in the community.

$22,500 will allow BUILD Inc. to make more restorative justice (RJ) activities available to Austin. Creating a greater sense of community among residents will mitigate conflict, address injustice and trauma, deter crime and violence, and generate resident acceptance of restorative justice, a philosophy that focuses on righting wrongs with a value placed on empathy, learning, collaboration, mediation, and the ability to have courageous conversations. The funds will also help recruit and train youth, residents and community partners as community restorative justice ambassadors/champions and circle keepers.

FUNDED ACTION: Engage and connect neighbors.

$16,500 will allow the Chicago Institute for Nonviolence and Hope Community Church to expand their public safety work. The funds will help train residents in the principles and steps of nonviolence to better prepare them for peacekeeping activities and build relationships with street workers and high-risk people, encouraging a greater greater intergenerational social cohesion and helping to break the cycle of violence.

EDUCATION

The Education Task Force’s goal is for our local education system and partners to provide the services, opportunities, and support needed to help all of our students stay on track, enrich their education, and meet their their needs, from early childhood to high school, including employment and career. preperation.

FUNDED ACTION: Improve the early learning environment in Austin by helping providers become credentialed and prepare more deeply for child development.

$20,000 will help Austin Child Care Provider Network providing academic support to ten early childhood professionals as they pursue higher education to become eligible for child care credentials.

COMMUNITY STORY

The goal of the Community Narrative Task Force is to revitalize the image and spirit of Austin by promoting assets such as our historic dwellings, creating a healthy community, and creating a stronger environment for the arts and the local culture.

FUNDED ACTION: Create a sense of belonging to the community through activities such as the creation and maintenance of community gardens.

$16,740 will fund South Austin Neighborhood Association (SANA)the Veterans’ Peace Garden; monthly meetings of the Austin Veterans Community Organization; the farm-to-table summer program; and the Austin Garden Collective. SANA helps create and sustain environments that promote health and well-being through events that engage residents in safe green spaces.

FUNDED ACTION: Bridging the gap between residents’ experiences and how they are reflected in the media.

$16,000 will support the expansion of the Austin Has the Mic (AHTM) training program, a collaboration between Westside Health Authority and BUILD. AHTM will teach 20 Austin youth the basics of broadcasting, videography, photography and journalism to cultivate strong relationships and amplify resident voices through multiple mass media platforms. The program empowers youth to run social media campaigns that include a weekly podcast to promote and discuss issues such as social injustice in Austin.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

The goal of the Youth Empowerment Task Force is for Austin to have healthier, more engaged young people who are able to reach their full potential.

FUNDED ACTION: Create pathways for youth interactions with mentors and role models.

$15,000 will support staffing for Services St. Joseph Youth Mentoring Program at St. Angela Catholic School, which provides a safe mentoring environment to teach youth the life-saving, social, and emotional skills needed to deal with trauma, resolve conflict peacefully, and maintain positive behaviors. Additionally, successful Austin professionals are invited as guest speakers to inspire young people.

Stanford’s climbing team finds meaning in sport

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Short cheers and shouts erupt from members of Stanford’s climbing team as they maneuver around centimeter-wide holds at the climbing wall at the Outdoor Education and Recreation Center of Arrillaga (AOERC). Plumes of white permeate the air as climbers rub their hands with sweat-absorbing chalk powder.

Bouldering, sport climbing and trad (traditional) climbing are the forms most practiced by Stanford’s club sports team, which has about 50 members. Expertise levels range from newcomers to cult-favorite reality TV contestants American ninja warrior, such as a seventh-grade doctorate. student Hunter Swan.

Founded about ten years ago, the Stanford club team is relatively new. The team enjoyed success in collegiate competition, winning the national championship in the two years before the pandemic.

For some team members, the climbing community has been home since childhood.

Leila DeSchepper ’24 said she “started rocking at a friend’s birthday party when [she] was eight, I loved it and stuck with it. Iso Nairn ’23 started at age nine, after her uncle took her to a climbing gym where she was spotted by a member of staff.

Each practice is “pretty open,” DeSchepper said, with team members developing individualized training plans to follow in fortnightly practice sessions.

To vary the routes of ascent, the plastic holds move around the fearsome towers, generating new routes and complexities for teammates to overcome. On the weekends, climbers like Nairn like to venture to outdoor locations like Yosemite and Mickey’s Beach.

Other Stanford climbers, such as Wren Cooperrider ’23 MS ’24 and Emmett Hough ’22, have started climbing harder during the pandemic. “It’s a good way for me to spend time outdoors. It’s also a physical challenge, which I enjoy, said Cooperrider.

Similarly, Hough took up the sport because it satisfied his “athletic and adrenaline” needs. When gyms closed during the height of the pandemic, preventing Hough from practicing his main sport, gymnastics, Hough turned to outdoor rock climbing, where he could “translate skills such as flexibility, strength and body control.

But for some team members, climbing isn’t just about sweating — it’s also about inspiration and purpose.

Take for example 24-year-old crimping and dyno enthusiast Krystal Gomez, who started rock climbing in high school and later “co-founded the very first high school rock climbing club in New York.” Discerning a barrier to entry for marginalized groups to enter the “empowering” sport, she made it “a duty to bring other female climbers into the community”.

“Stanford, in particular, is a very welcoming environment, but outdoor climbing has a bro-y culture,” Nairn said, adding that while men and women may seem to have equal eminence at levels of escalating higher, “there are always inequalities.”

The sport has maintained a strong hold on Stanford culture since the 1940s and 1950s. activity now prohibited on campus.

Following Stanford’s decision in 2019 to remove the climbing wall from the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation, the team is now advocating for a new exterior wall at a location yet to be determined.

As the climbers wrap up their late night workout, they head to the grass outside for some basic training. Although traces of chalk powder may fade, the memories forged by climbing together are indelible.

Mass incarceration is a huge problem in America. Architect Deanna Van Buren wants to change that.

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Deanna Van Buren was drawn to architecture even before she heard the term. As the only black family living in a white Virginia neighborhood, she often found herself playing alone — spending many hours in her basement building cities out of refrigerator boxes and Tinkertoys.

The young Van Buren would become an architect who designed luxury shopping malls, high-end office buildings and even an acclaimed video game. But throughout her career and her life, she felt increasingly called to use her talents to create real change in the world around her.

Today Van Buren, 49, is an architect-artist-activist who creates spaces in the spirit of restorative justice. She works to end mass incarceration by designing physical environments that support programs to address the underlying causes, whether they be poverty, racism, lack of access to education, the lack of role models or the criminal justice system itself.

Where the American criminal justice system is developed around prison and other punishments as deterrents, restorative justice seeks to mend the tear in the relationships between those affected by crime by understanding the needs of victims and holding the accused accountable in a way that meets those needs. .

The purpose of Van Buren Restorative Justice Spaces is twofold: to create a space for community members to come together, learn and support each other so that people do not enter criminal justice in the first place. . And if a crime is committed, everyone involved can be encouraged to come together at the center in the spirit of reconciliation.

In 2019, Restore Oakland became America’s first center dedicated to restorative justice and restorative economics.Courtesy of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

“From an architect’s perspective, the built environment really impacts us,” Van Buren told Know Your Value in an interview. “We have manifested our values, which include structural racism, in the architecture around us. It is important to us to create spaces that promote well-being and are built in an equitable way.

Van Buren is one of the leading activists seeking to deconstruct the punitive system and develop a new one around restorative justice – around people coming together, talking and trying to work towards reconciliation – through her company Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, which she co-founded with developer Kyle Rawlins. Community spaces designed by DJDS include Restore Oakland, which in 2019 became the first US center dedicated to restorative justice and the restorative economy.

Restore Oakland has become a community center, welcoming people with its brightly colored exterior. Inside, the center offers community members all kinds of resources in intentionally designed spaces: sun-drenched rooms where community groups and clubs can scribble plans on chalkboard-painted walls. Comfy chairs line the hallway where friends might bump into each other. Conference tables where an executive can provide business skills training or interview tips to local job seekers. Intimate, comfortable and private spaces where victims of crime and the accused can come together to talk and heal.

Inside Restore Oakland, which provides community members with all kinds of resources in intentionally designed spaces.
Inside Restore Oakland, which provides community members with all kinds of resources in intentionally designed spaces.Emily Hagopian / Emily Hagopian Photography

The current US criminal justice system has led to mass incarceration — especially of blacks and Latinos, Van Buren said. According to a 2021 report by The Sentencing Project, black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly five times the rate of white Americans, while for Latinos it’s 1.3 times. Nationally, one in 81 black adults in the United States is currently in state prison. In 12 states, more than half of the prison population is black.

“The message I got as a youngster was that the criminal justice system is not for you. My dad would say as we walked past the courthouse, ‘You never want to be there. It’s not just for black people,” Van Buren said. “So when I heard about restorative justice, it was like, wait a fucking minute. That’s what justice is: that repair and that healing.

Beyond Restore Oakland, Van Buren helped lead the design of the Near Westside Peacemaking Center in Syracuse, New York, including Native American peacemaking processes and inmate feedback within the framework. Other projects include spaces designed for community programs through nonprofits Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth and Writer’sCorps, as well as workshops in prisons nationwide and a toolkit for reimagining institutional spaces. like jails.

Van Buren detailed his vision two years before founding DJDS in a 2017 TED talk that went viral, inviting people to imagine a world without prisons. It was not a path she could have foreseen as a child, when restorative justice was not a term, let alone a concept. But looking back on her career, she can connect the dots.

Van Buren to the San Francisco County Jail for a community engagement process for a mobile safe house.
Van Buren to the San Francisco County Jail for a community engagement process for a mobile safe house.Courtesy of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

There was no “lightbulb moment” when Van Buren decided she would use her architectural skills to be an activist, she explained. It was more like the slow burn of being a black person moving across the United States and later the world at large. As a child, when she wasn’t working with her Tinkertoys in this white Virginia neighborhood, she visited a family that lived in the black communities of Queens and Raleigh.

“I grew up with many multiple cultural class backgrounds and was often isolated, Van Buren said. “When you’re not indoctrinated into tribal socialization, you tend to start thinking outside of it.”

It was a good education, as Van Buren felt isolated throughout her career as an architect – beginning with her studies at the University of Virginia and graduate school at Columbia University in New York. York. She was usually the only black student or one of the few, and received little support from professors.

“Especially in graduate school, I was questioning the work we were doing there,” Van Buren said. “Why are we trying to design things in China? I have no cultural background for this; we’re close to Harlem and I see huge and glaring disparities there. The questioning of how we practice was met, ‘You are at the wrong school.’

Deanna Van Buren is an architect-artist-activist who creates spaces in the spirit of restorative justice.
Deanna Van Buren is an architect-artist-activist who creates spaces in the spirit of restorative justice.Skandia Shafer

She moved on and became a designer with Eric R. Kuhne & Associates, who then moved her to London and sent her around the world to work on projects such as luxury shopping malls. She enjoyed the work, which included “beginning to deprogram” from American conditioning as well as a collegial and respectful rapport. But after that she moved to work in Australia – where she found racism and discrimination rampant, but felt she was personally treated with outsized respect for being American. Throughout, Van Buren was often the only woman in the room, or the only black person, or the only person or color, or all of the above.

She returned to the United States in 2005 and continued to work for several American companies, but her time abroad had solidified the questions she was asking in graduate school. Why are we moving people when we could be building on another site instead? Why don’t we solicit feedback from community members before designing? What could architects do to change inequalities in the built environment?

A response began to form in 2006, when she attended a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church in West Oakland. Activists Angela and Fania Davis spoke of “restorative justice,” the first time Van Buren heard the term. She thought of her aunt Bertha, who told her as a child: “God doesn’t want you to bury your gifts in the sand. All of this led her here and to found DJDS.

As for other women who want to do more activism work in their lives or careers, Van Buren said they don’t necessarily need to work for years on the side in order to start their own businesses.

“What’s key is to always dedicate time to doing something you’re passionate about, whether that’s volunteering or helping build a community,” Van Buren said. “Ask yourself, what am I doing to feed my soul? Small things can have an impact, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Church leaders and young people hold prayer rally against violence in New Orleans

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In New Orleans, the Metropolitan Crime Commission reports that homicides are up 49% from the same time last year. March saw an unusual spike with 24 homicides as of March 28. This is the second highest total in a month since the MCC began collecting crime data on a monthly basis in 2019. The city has not seen such high homicides in a month. since 2020 when July ended with 25 murders. This month last year there were 43 homicides compared to 64 so far this year. On Monday, Victory Church met with members of the community for a Cry Out Against Crime in response to all the latest crimes in New Orleans, including last Monday when 73-year-old Linda Frickey was dragged to death during a a carjacking a block away from where this meeting was held. WDSU interviewed exclusively the organizers who held the prayer service. “That carjacking for me at least. It was like the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was so awful and awful. It really painted a picture of how serious this problem is,” said Terrance Jones of Victory Church. Many young people joined in the prayer. The event took place outside of Dynamic Performance Training. The center works specifically with teenagers, in training for the sport. Like Malachi Preciado. Preciado is a senior at Warren Easton. After the training, he attended the prayer meeting. “Just seeing things like that. A group of people coming together to talk about God. There’s so much going on in the city, it’s amazing,” Preciado said. Robby Green, owner of Dynamic Performance Training in Mid-City, said, “We don’t need this violence in our city. Especially from our young people. Adults in our community need to take ownership of this ownership, this responsibility and this concern to stand up. to share their words and wisdom to guide young people. The president said we have more than 250 fewer officers on the streets than in 2019. “As the number of police officers goes down, we see crime going up. It’s not just something that started in 2022. since 2020,” said Goyeneche. The MCC President believes that new initiatives such as the Proactive Policing Unit will help reduce crime.

In New Orleans, the Metropolitan Crime Commission reports that homicides are up 49% from the same time last year.

March saw an unusual spike with 24 homicides as of March 28.

This is the second highest total in a month since the MCC began collecting crime data on a monthly basis in 2019.

The city hasn’t seen homicides this high in a month since 2020, when July ended with 25 murders.

This month last year there were 43 homicides compared to 64 so far this year.

On Monday, Victory Church met with members of the community for a Cry Out Against Crime in response to all the latest crimes in New Orleans, including last Monday when 73-year-old Linda Frickey was dragged to death during a a carjacking a block away from where this meeting was held.

WDSU interviewed exclusively the organizers who held the prayer service.

“That carjacking for me at least. It was like the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was so awful and awful. It really painted a picture of how serious this problem is,” said Terrance Jones of Victory Church.

Many young people joined in the prayer. The event took place outside of Dynamic Performance Training. The center works specifically with teenagers, in training for the sport. Like Malachi Preciado. Preciado is a senior at Warren Easton. After the training, he attended the prayer meeting.

“Just seeing things like that. A group of people coming together to talk about God. There’s so much going on in the city, it’s amazing,” Preciado said.

Robby Green, owner of Dynamic Performance Training in Mid-City, said, “We don’t need this violence in our city. Especially from our young people. Adults in our community need to take ownership of this ownership, this responsibility and this concern to stand up. to share their words and wisdom to guide young people.”

Rafael Goyeneche, chairman of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, said the NOPD’s lack of manpower continues to be a huge crime problem in the city.

The president said we had over 250 fewer officers on the streets than in 2019.

“As the number of police officers goes down, we see crime going up. It’s not just something that started in 2022. It’s been going on since 2020,” Goyeneche said.

The MCC President believes that new initiatives such as the Proactive Policing Unit will help reduce crime.

Personal loan rates rise, but remain lower than same time last year

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The latest personal loan interest rate trends from Credible Marketplace, updated weekly. (iStock)

Borrowers with a good credit application personal loans in the last seven days pre-qualified for slightly higher rates for 3-year and 5-year fixed rates than in the previous seven days.

For borrowers with credit scores of 720 or higher who used the Credible Marketplace to select a lender between March 21 and March 27:

  • Rates on 3-year fixed rate loans averaged 10.51%, down from 10.30% the previous seven days and from 11.67% a year ago.
  • Rates on 5-year fixed rate loans averaged 13.00%, down from 12.75% the previous seven days and from 13.39% a year ago.

Personal loans have become a popular means of consolidate and pay off credit card debt and other loans. They can also be used to cover unexpected expenses like medical billstake care of a major purchase or finance home improvement projects.

3-year and 5-year fixed personal loan rates have increased slightly over the past seven days. Rates for 3-year terms only increased by a slight 0.21%, and rates for 5-year terms increased by 0.25%. Despite these increases, personal loan rates are lower than they were a year ago and lower than typical credit card APRs. Borrowers can enjoy interest savings with a 3 or 5 year personal loan now.

Whether a personal loan is right for you often depends on several factors, including the rate you may qualify for. Comparing several lenders and their rates could help you get the best possible personal loan for your needs.

It’s always a good idea to comparison store on sites like Credible to understand how much you qualify for and choose the best option for you.

Here are the latest personal loan interest rate trends from the Credible Marketplace, updated monthly.

Personal Loan Weekly Rate Trends

The table above shows the average prequalified rates for borrowers with credit scores of 720 or higher who used the Credible Marketplace to select a lender.

For the month of February 2022:

  • 3-year personal loan rates averaged 10.52%, down from 11.09% in January.
  • 5-year personal loan rates averaged 12.99%, down from 13.40% in January.

Personal loan rates vary widely depending on credit rating and length of loan. If you’re curious about what kind of personal loan rates you might qualify for, you can use an online tool like Credible to compare the options of different private lenders. Checking your rates will not affect your credit score.

All Credible Marketplace lenders offer fixed rate loans at competitive rates. Since lenders use different methods to assess borrowers, it’s a good idea to ask for personal loan rates from multiple lenders so you can compare your options.

Current personal loan rates by credit score

In February, the average prequalified rate retained by borrowers was:

  • 8.32% for borrowers with credit scores of 780 or higher choosing a 3-year loan
  • 29.42% for borrowers with credit scores below 600 choosing a 5-year loan

Depending on factors such as your credit score, the type of personal loan you are looking for, and the repayment term of the loan, the interest rate may differ.

As the chart above shows, a good credit rating can mean a lower interest rate, and rates tend to be higher on loans with fixed interest rates and longer repayment terms.

How to get a lower interest rate

Many factors influence the interest rate a lender can offer you for a personal loan. But there are steps you can take to increase your chances of getting a lower interest rate. Here are some tactics to try.

Increase credit score

Generally, people with higher credit scores qualify for lower interest rates. Steps that can help you improve your credit score over time include:

  • Pay your bills on time. Payment history is the most important factor in your credit score. Pay all your bills on time for the amount owed.
  • Check your credit report. Check your credit file to make sure there are no errors. If you find any errors, dispute them with the credit bureau.
  • Reduce your credit utilization rate. Paying off credit card debt can improve this important credit score factor.
  • Avoid opening new credit accounts. Apply for and open only the credit accounts you really need. Too many serious inquiries on your credit report in a short time could lower your credit score.

Choose a shorter loan term

Personal loan repayment terms can vary from one to several years. Typically, shorter terms come with lower interest rates because the lender’s money is at risk for a shorter period.

If your financial situation allows it, applying for a shorter term could help you get a lower interest rate. Keep in mind that the shorter term doesn’t just benefit the lender: by choosing a shorter repayment term, you’ll pay less interest over the life of the loan.

Get a co-signer

You may be familiar with the concept of a co-signer if you have student loans. If your credit isn’t good enough to qualify for the best personal loan interest rates, find a co-signer with good credit could help you get a lower interest rate.

Remember that if you are unable to repay the loan, your co-signer will have to repay it. And co-signing a loan could also affect their credit score.

Compare rates from different lenders

Before applying for a personal loan, it’s a good idea to shop around and compare offers from several different lenders to get the lowest rates. Online lenders generally offer the most competitive rates and can be quicker to disburse your loan than a physical establishment.

But don’t worry, comparing rates and terms doesn’t have to be a tedious process.

Credible is easy. Simply enter the amount you wish to borrow and you can compare multiple lenders to choose the one that suits you best.

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Boosting manufacturing growth through timely interventions

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Ever since Nigeria became independent, achieving economic development through rapid industrialization has been elusive, and this has been the primary goal of the various administrations in the country.

Manufacturing has generally been described and accepted as a catalyst for economic growth and development all over the world. Industrialization is widely seen as an essential tool for accelerating economic growth and development.

However, the unfavorable macroeconomic environment in Nigeria has constrained the performance of the manufacturing sector. In particular, with the triadic rates: high and rising inflation rate, double-digit lending rate and unfavorable exchange rate. The regulatory environment is severe and induces high operating costs in the economy. There is also an infrastructure deficit that businesses face.

Due to the high cost business environment, the manufacturing sector has consistently suffered from low cost competitiveness as a plethora of close substitutes for Nigerian manufactured goods are officially imported into the country while others are brought into the country. smuggling across land borders.

In order to appease the high cost manufacturing environment and improve the competitiveness of Nigerian manufactured goods, financing at a liberal (single digit) lending rate has become essential. This explains why the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has created several development finance windows with “single digit” interest rates to support genuine productive enterprises, including manufacturing.

Over the years, the apex bank has been able to carry out several intervention programs to revive the country’s economy. There were interventions in agriculture, energy, manufacturing and SMEs.

Some of the interventions for access to finance are; Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI); CBN-BOI Industrial Facility (CBIF); Textile Sector Intervention Facility (TSIF); Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF); RSSF using Differentiated Cash Reserve Ratio (RSSF-DCRR); Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Fund (MSMEDF); Agribusiness/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Program (AGSMEIS); Youth Empowerment Development Program (YEDP); Non-Oil Export Stimulation Facility (NESF); Export Development Facility (EDF); Small and Medium Enterprise Credit Guarantee Scheme (SMECGS); N1.1 trillion response fund; among others.

In the CBN’s statement of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting held on March 21, 2022, the Committee noted that although the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) remained above the benchmark from 50 index points in February 2022, it moderated slightly to 50.1 index points from 51.4 index points in January 2022. This sustained positive performance of the manufacturing PMI reflects the resilience of the economy in the face of the persistent headwinds to the recovery.

Furthermore, in the statement, between January and February 2022, the apex bank disbursed the sum of N428.31 billion under the N1 trillion Real Sector Facility to 37 additional projects in the sectors manufacturing, agriculture and services. Cumulative disbursements under the Real Sector Facility currently stand at N1.75 trillion, disbursed for 368 projects across the country. Under the 100% Production and Productivity (PPP) policy, the Bank disbursed N29.51 billion for 31 projects, including 16 in manufacturing, 13 in agriculture and two in health care.

As part of its efforts to support health sector resilience, the Bank has also disbursed N8.50 billion for 6 health care projects under the Health Sector Intervention Facility (HSIF ), bringing cumulative disbursements to N116.72 billion for 124 projects, comprising of 31 pharmaceuticals, 56 hospitals and 37 other services. A further tranche of N14.7 million was disbursed to five researchers under the Health Sector Research and Development (HSRD) grant.

The CBN said its intervention programs have helped boost growth and boost GDP. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele said the central bank, as a development finance institution, has a responsibility to support the economy, especially in difficult times.

“We reiterate that the CBN remains a central bank focused on development finance and that it is normal for a developing economy to deploy the tools of development finance through interventions to support the growth of the economy,” Emefiele explained.

Further, speaking on several CBN interventions made available to critical sectors of the economy, particularly the manufacturing sector at the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Annual Dinner in 2021, the Governor of the CBN said Apex Bank had created 1 trillion naira. loan facility to boost local manufacturing and production in critical sectors; including 53 major industrial projects.

“Other CBN interventions in the manufacturing sector included a N100 billion intervention fund (which was later increased to N200 billion) for pharmaceutical manufacturing companies and healthcare professionals to expand and build the capacity of health facilities.

“Interventions also included the N50 billion stimulus fund for the textile industry and the N10 billion intervention fund to the Kano state government to revive industries in the state, a- he declared.

According to Emefiele, our interventions, particularly in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, have contributed significantly to encouraging continued improvements in growth in these two key sectors of our economy. Today, we also saw increased efforts by our local manufacturing companies to engage in backward integration efforts. Secondly, a visit to any large retail chain will reveal an increasing number of high quality products made in Nigeria compared to imported products, which helps to increase domestic production, create jobs and wealth in our country. If these intervention efforts had not been led by the monetary and fiscal authorities, our economy would have been in a sorry state.

“We must take deliberate steps to diversify the base of the Nigerian economy. As a true African giant, we must roll up our sleeves and do all we can to stop the incidence of importing anything and everything. Proactive measures by private sector stakeholders in collaboration with government to support the growth of sectors such as manufacturing, ICT and infrastructure will strengthen our ability to face the challenges of COVID-19 and stimulate the growth of our economy.

Furthermore, operators in the Nigerian manufacturing sector commended the interventions of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the real sector and pushed for better access to infrastructure and foreign exchange to make the interventions more effective.

The Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Fidelis Ayebae, recently noted that the intervention has come with a soothing balm as there is no way we are going to be profitable by borrowing between 25 and 30 % with commercial banks. .

He said: “The window that CBN has given is nine months for people to access this fund. I accessed it as managing director and promoter of Fidson Healthcare Plc and I’m sure over time everyone who applied will have access to it as the fund is real and CBN is indeed keen to help Nigerian industry to contribute their quota to nation building.

During the commissioning ceremony of the 3M/MT cement plant by the BUA Group in Sokoto, the chairman of BUA Cement Plc, Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu, said: “The support of the Central Bank of Nigeria in the establishment of this gigantic project also deserves to be mentioned. .

“So far, we have invested over $1 billion over the past four years and we urge CBN to continue supporting industries like ours that use locally sourced raw materials to add value. because, as mentioned earlier, these industries could save the country billions of dollars a year and also ensure that the products are readily available across the country.

Meanwhile, stakeholders said, “Without a doubt, development funds are key to boosting investment in manufacturing and, by extension, production. This is because the development fund’s single-digit interest rate stands in stark contrast to the more than 25% rate applied to commercial bank loans. The different funding windows of the CBN are commendable but the poor implementation hinders the achievement of the noble goals of these funds.

Break the habit with Youth Crew

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Nearly 100 local youth kicked off for a good cause Saturday afternoon at the Great Bend Sports Complex as the Central Kansas Partnership Youth Team held its first “Let’s Kick the Habit” kickball tournament.

The youth-led effort was planned and organized by members of Youth Crew, a task force of around 10 students in grades six to 12 from Hoisington and Great Bend, to help educate young people about the risks of “vaping” for mental health. or inhaling electronic smokeless tobacco products.

Under sunny spring skies, ten teams of 10-12 middle and high school students battled it out for top honors at the Sports Complex, while upbeat music suited to a beautiful spring day provided a rousing soundtrack for the event. . The competition was separated into middle school and high school divisions.

In addition to Youth Crew, representatives from the #ZeroReasonsWhy Suicide Prevention, Rise Up Central Kansas working groups on drug and alcohol prevention, the Center for Counseling and the Kansas Children’s Service League were also represented at the event of the day. Luna the Therapy Dog also toured during the day’s festivities.

Marissa Woodmansee, director of juvenile services for the 20th Judicial District, was pleased with both the weather for the event and the turnout for the first-year event.

The day’s action wasn’t just on the pitch, however. Giant lawn games such as Jenga and Connect Four were available for young contestants waiting for their chance to compete.

How the tournament was born

Katelyn Sigler, who leads the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Grant Program with the Barton County Health Department, said the effort began with the receipt of a $300 mini-grant from the through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The grant was specifically aimed at promoting awareness of the mental health effects of vaping among young people.

The Youth Crew student leadership team decided that a kickball tournament would be a good way to promote this awareness in the community. From there, Sigler said the effort to organize and promote the tournament was entirely student-led and had been in the works for about four months. Members of the youth team did everything from designing promotional flyers, to producing vaping education materials, to planning a venue for the tournament.

The mini-grant helped fund educational materials, medals, flyers, and social media promotion.

In addition, several entities have contributed to the effort. The City of Great Bend donated time to use the Sports Complex and the Great Bend Recreation Commission donated staff supervision in accordance with the Sports Complex Facility Use Policies. $428 also allowed the group to hang flyers in schools to promote the event. KDHE donated T-shirts for the event with grant funds from CDRR.

Sigler and Woodmansee recognized the generosity of local entities in allowing use of the grounds, and as the inaugural event on the newly grassed sports complex grounds, Sigler said the goal was to be the best possible stewards of the newly renovated facilities. Thus, each team was accompanied by an adult sponsor.

Although the event was only open to youth in grades 6 through 12 this year, due to positive feedback, the tournament may be open to adults in the future, Woodmansee said.

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Woodmansee said Youth Crew is a youth-led initiative that gives students a voice to promote healthy habits in themselves, in their homes and in their communities.

It also gives them a voice on larger issues such as vaping, said Woodmanee, which is a growing issue among young people as young as sixth grade.

While one of the main goals of the tournament is to educate young people, Woodmansee said the group hopes it will also be an opportunity to reach out and engage parents on the issue.

“If parents are aware (of the issue), then they can have these honest conversations with their kids, Woodmansee said.

The tournament is also part of a larger Youth Crew goal to promote youth community activism. Previous activities, for example, have included service projects for the City of Great Bend and Boxes of Love with United Way of Central Kansas.

“(We want) to give them that opportunity to give back, which they might not otherwise have,” Woodmansee said.

Beyond just giving students a voice, they also hope to give them a way to build their confidence.

“Some of the kids don’t have the confidence to speak up and talk about what they think needs to change in their community,” Sigler said. “This group kind of comes back saying, you can talk about anything here and we’re here to help you make changes.”

“We know kids are always going to be exposed (to vaping), but if we can help one, put them in a positive, pro-social environment, it will be worth it,” Woodmansee said.

To help the group grow, Barton County Juvenile Services recently hired a dedicated Drug-Free Communities Coordinator, Tyler Morton.

As the group grows, they are planning more outreach events in the near future, with the goal of having promotional activity every month.

Today’s tournament winners were unavailable at press time.

NYSC hails House of Representatives for efforts on trust fund bill

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National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Director General Maj. Gen. Shuabu Ibrahim commended leaders and members of the House of Representatives for their efforts and support under the trust fund bill NYSC special.

The DG who spoke at the swearing-in ceremony for the 2022 Orientation Course Batch A, Stream II at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ise Orun/Emure-Ekiti, also hailed the support from stakeholders at the public hearing held recently.

A total of 1,793 corps members were deployed to Ekiti State Orientation Camp for the State and Lagos.

Represented by Ekiti State Coordinator, Ms. Mary Chikezie, he explained that the bill, when finally passed, would help transform the agenda to address the infrastructure deficit.

“I consider it appropriate to take this opportunity to thank the House of Representatives for the progress made thus far in the legislative processes on the bill to establish the NYSC Trust Fund, he said.

“I would also like to thank Nigerians for their continued support for the proposed trust fund, particularly as demonstrated overwhelmingly during the public hearing conducted by the House Committee on Youth on the matter.

“I wish once again to appeal to the competent authorities to provide the necessary means for the updating of the Fund. This will certainly improve the smooth functioning of the Scheme, in particular by meeting the infrastructure challenge. skills development and entrepreneurship aimed at empowering Corps members to be self-employed and create wealth.

He advised members of the corps to abide by the law and remained committed to the program, saying all efforts should be focused on promoting unity and peace in the country.

Ibrahim argued that there is a need for corps members to adopt entrepreneurial skills to improve their livelihoods, adding that white-collar jobs are no longer available in society.

“At this point, I would like to remind you that white collar jobs are not readily available. Therefore, I encourage you to take advantage of the self-employment opportunities offered by our Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Program (SAED).You must choose from all skill areas and make yourself available for training, which starts from orientation camp.From our side, management will continue to work with relevant stakeholders for the success of the program “, did he declare.