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Rapid-Fire Dispatcher test event aims to fill the gap


(TNS) – Shortly after a recruiting event began Thursday for the local emergency dispatch center, the three attendees listened to heartbreaking audio of a decade-old 911 call.

A woman gives an address then shouts, “No, no! Please, no.”

A man picks up the phone and says to the 911 operator, “I just shot everyone.

Would-be dispatchers listened intently to the 2012 incident in Longmont, Colorado — which would become a murder-suicide — played in the recording. Each tried to retain as many details as possible about the early morning call, during which a disgruntled ex-boyfriend who had just been released from prison broke into the house of his former girlfriend’s sister. and shot and killed the sister’s wives and husband.

He then committed suicide while on the phone with the dispatcher.

Training coordinator Marshall Dean asked the job applicants what address the woman gave in the last moments of her life.

No one has it all figured out.

The call highlighted the realities of working at the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communications Center — realities Dean said he wanted to impress candidates.

“When someone is having the worst day of their life – when you compose [911] – where is he going ? It goes to the RECC,” he said.

The Regional Emergency Communications Center and the Santa Fe County Department of Human Resources held their first in a series of rapid hire events Thursday morning in downtown Santa Fe in an effort to staff approximately 30 jobs and to recruit interns. Last week, the center had a vacancy rate of 64.6%, compared to 67% last month.

Current and former employees cited several reasons for the ongoing shortages at the 911 center, including low pay, too much overtime and what was called a harsh management style by a former manager.

County commissioners recently passed an amendment to a collective bargaining agreement with center workers that raised wages and changed shift requirements.

Dean said the local 911 center isn’t the only one understaffed. The problem reflects a regional and national trend.

“If you look at Colorado, Arizona, Texas, they’re all running under 40 [percent] at half their normal strength,” he said.

As part of the county’s usual hiring process, applicants for dispatch jobs would participate in an orientation and dispatch mock test on the first day. Those selected to move forward will attend an interview at a later date, Dean said. At rapid hire events, job applicants go through all three parts of the process in a matter of hours.

Jonatan Welborn, 41, one of three attendees at Thursday’s event, said he moved to Santa Fe about three weeks ago after a job he had in Oregon” went south”.

A friend of his in Santa Fe who works in the health care industry received a notification from the county about the rapid hiring event and forwarded it to him. Her training and first 15 years of work were in social services, Welborn said. “I have something transferable – let’s see what happens.”

Another candidate, Joe Madrid, said he heard about the rapid hiring event in a news report and was alarmed by the high vacancy rate at the dispatch center.

“It’s like, ‘Oh no!’ “Said Madrid. “It sounded like something I needed to read, so I read it and said, ‘Oh, that sounds interesting.’

Madrid, 49, has worked in customer service and has a military background – two separate fields which he says have helped him hone his attention to detail and his ability to perform under pressure.

These skills were put to the test during his mock exam.

Candidates had two hours to take the CritiCall exam, a computer test made up of 11 modules assessing several skills, such as data entry, map reading, typing speed and the ability to remember numbers.

The program gives applicants an overall score, but Dean said the county is taking a more holistic approach to assessing applicants by looking at their scores in individual test areas.

“We don’t just focus on [overall] brand itself because everyone has strengths in one of those elements, as well as weaknesses in those elements,” he said. “…You could have an individual who maybe had a 79 [overall score], but they have 100 here, a 98 here, and two 80s. Why wouldn’t they qualify? They touch key areas of what is expected of them.”

A candidate will only be disqualified from appearing for an interview if their scores are low overall, Dean added.

Dean tracked the candidates’ progress through the test on his computer, a task that would later be administered by a human resources worker.

Thursday’s candidates were each interviewed virtually by a panel of call center executives, including interim manager Roberto Lujan, quality assurance specialist Glenda Ortiz and administrator Jennifer Horta.

Dean said he couldn’t confirm if any of them had been selected to train for dispatch jobs.

He runs an intensive eight-week training program for trainees, while new recruits with previous dispatch experience go through a shorter training process.

Dean has led four intern sessions so far this year, he said. By the second or third week, he can see trainees “shifting gears” in how they would handle hypothetical dispatch scenarios.

By the end of their training period, he said, they each work on 40 to 50 mock calls to prepare for critical public safety positions.

“It’s a tough and mentally tough position,” Dean said. “[The rapid-hire events give] this opportunity to realize the importance of work and what they will undertake in a career – and the impact they have.

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Elon University golfer reflects on winning amateur tournament


Elon University golfer and native of Madrid Juan Callejo Ropero felt nervous as he played on the last day of last weekend Madrid Men’s Amateur Championship. Winless since 2019, Callejo Ropero birdied the final hole, securing a two-stroke victory in his home tournament.

Callejo Ropero, who has suffered wrist injuries in the last three years that kept him out of the game, said the tournament will serve as a confidence booster going forward.

“It made me believe in myself because the last few years have been a bit difficult,” Callejo Ropero said. “Now I’m just confident in my game and I don’t care about technical stuff or other stuff that can take you away from focusing on the game. Winning just gives me more confidence to come to America and play a lot. better.

Callejo Ropero played two tournaments before the Madrid Amateur, finishing third and sixth. Although he passed out on the final day of both events, Callejo Ropero said the performances left him feeling hopeful ahead of the Madrid tournament, which is being played on a course he has practiced on several occasions.

“I knew this course and I was playing well, I just had to focus on every shot,” Callejo Ropero said. “I proved to myself that I could win any tournament.”

For Callejo Ropero, his golf game has improved thanks to recent improvements in his mental approach. He credits the changes in his attitude to the books he read on sports and golf psychology that helped him focus on the mistakes he makes on the course.

“These last few weeks, after doing all this mental work, I’ve been able to accept these bad things that are going to happen on the golf course and continue to try and focus on every shot and my routine that is yielding good results because I have the talent,” Callejo Ropero said.

The Madrid fan was Callejo Ropero’s final tournament in Spain this summer as he will return to Elon in August to begin preparing for his second season on the men’s golf team. He said he was delighted to join the team and continue to grow as a player.

“I just expect to improve from last season because we were all very young players and we are gaining a lot of experience very quickly.” said Callejo Ropero. “So we’re going to grow a lot as a team and we’re going to be able to get results and fight for every tournament.”

Stanley Frank Vasa – Nebraska City News Press


Stanley Frank Vasa 81 years old. Died July 17, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska Born July 27, 1940 in Ogallala, Nebraska to parents John and Marie (Sibal) Vasa.

Graduated from Sutherland High School in 1956, Chadron State College in 1959, University of Northern Colorado in 1962, and received his EdD at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1970 Married August 24, 1964 to Dona Jean (Hilferty) Vasa.

Taught at Madrid High School, Wilbur High School, and worked for the State of Nebraska to help establish educational service units before working as an assistant professor at UNL and then as an associate professor at the University of Wyoming. He returned to Lincoln to teach at the UNL for Teachers College in the Department of Special Education where he worked for over 40 years from 1974 until 2008 when he officially retired but continued to work for the university. Over the years, Stan has created numerous scholarships that have supported undergraduate and graduate students working under his direction and had a positive impact on their lives. He received the UNL Teachers College Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997. He was instrumental in developing the Para Project which has helped train thousands of paraeducators in Nebraska.

In retirement, he was active with the Gateway Sertoma Club, traveling, gardening, playing bridge and spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren, including all of their activities. That meant traveling to a lot of basketball games. And finally, experience what it’s like to have girls in your family with your granddaughters.

Survived by his sons Brad (Jo) Vasa of Nebraska City, Troy (Paula) Vasa of Dunedin, New Zealand and Matthew Vasa of Bothell, Washington.

Grandchildren, Stefan (Viktoryia), Jacob (Kayleigh), Noah, Charlie, Quinten, Isla and Millie Great-granddaughter Freya Sister Agnes Moritz Predeceased by his wife Dona, Siblings: John, James, Ben, George, Robert and Lucille.

Christian Burial Mass is at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ July 21 at 10 a.m. The Rosary is like Butherus, Maser and Love Funeral Home, July 20 at 7 p.m. visit to follow Memorial in lieu of flowers at: the fund of Stan & Dona scholarships and fellowships https://nufoundation.org/fund/01105990

Condolences can be sent to www.bmlfh.com Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home will make arrangements.

Lycoming College students take advantage of global opportunities | News, Sports, Jobs

At Lycoming College, students have a number of opportunities to expand the boundaries of their education with world travel. For summer 2022 and the upcoming fall semester, a total of 14 students have been awarded study abroad scholarships, three of whom have won nationally competitive scholarships, including Becky Wisdom ’24, Molly Jenkins ’23 and Dominick Philip ’24. All were made possible through the Office of Global Education at the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences.

“Many Lycoming students aspire to complete their education by studying in a foreign country where they can access research materials, subject matter experts, and cultures that may not be accessible in the United States. “, said Allison Holladay, associate director of global education at Lycoming College. “It is common to think that studying abroad is too expensive, but Lycoming is able to help students discover affordable options and, in many cases, obtain scholarships to travel and study abroad. foreign.”

A wide range of opportunities are available to Lycoming students through the Office of Global Education, such as faculty-led travel courses, field schools, interdisciplinary programs, immersion programs language and semester and summer study abroad programs. Scholarships available for students include merit, need, support for underrepresented students, etc.

In response to how global travel can be a transformative experience for students, Holladay said: “Study abroad experiences not only broaden a student’s education, but can also foster personal growth. Learning and growing through immersion in another country leads to an understanding of other cultures, which leads to greater global awareness and cultural sensitivities.

Wisdom received a study abroad scholarship from Phi Kappa Phi, which awards merit-based scholarships to students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher. She was also awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, for a combined total of $4,500, to study in the Republic of Cyprus this summer, where she will continue her studies in archeology with a focus on the classical Mediterranean.

Jenkins also received a $1,000 grant from Phi Kappa Phi. The financial support will help Jenkins with her Spanish and political science studies in Cuenca, Ecuador. She will study at Estudio Sampere, the oldest institute dedicated to the Spanish language, in the fall of 2022.

Philip received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the largest international academic support organization, to study in Munich this summer. He will continue his studies in German.

The following Lycoming College students have also received scholarships that will help support global education:

• Jeovannee Castillo – Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico (Fall 2022)

• Aubrey Chambers – Afterlife of Artifacts Program at Lycoming College in Nicosia, Cyprus (Summer 2022)

• Elisa DiNicola – Institute of International Studies in Florence, Italy (Summer 2022)

• Zachary Donoway – Estudio Sampere in Spain (summer 2022)

• Karla Garcia – Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, ​​Spain (autumn 2022)

• Shenia Herring – Center for Applied Linguistics in Besançon, France (summer 2022)

• Allison Kelly – Center for Applied Linguistics in Besançon, France (summer 2022)

• Mariah Rovenolt – Estudio Sampere in Madrid, Spain (summer 2022)

• Kiera Vinson – Center for Applied Linguistics in Besançon, France (summer 2022)

• Alicia Purcell – Estudio Sampere in Madrid, Spain (autumn 2022)

• Brandon Sherer – Bangor University in Bangor, Wales (Fall 2022)

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Meet the 2023 UC Santa Cruz Alumni Council

From left to right: John Madrid, Meredith Vivian Turner, Shelly Meron, Christy Martin, Judith Gutierrez, Sareil Brookins, Armando Flores, Gardenia Guerrero, Mario Enrique Galdamez, David B. Hansen, Annapoorna (Anna) Gururajan, Walter M. Joyce, Shonté Thomas, Claudine Lim, Jessica Lum, Moses Massenburg, Juliet Musso, Julia Silverman Schechter, Dom Siababa, Susan Tappero, Corinne Kappelle, Max Ortiz, Brian Turner, Kevin Volkan, April Yee.

UC Santa Cruz alumnus John Madrid (Oakes ’98, language studies) has contributed countless hours over his 20s as a former volunteer. His work through the alumni council has helped reconnect alumni to each other and to their university.

Now, as the new chairman of the UCSC Alumni Council, alongside seven newly appointed advisors, Madrid and his team will continue to foster meaningful relationships with other alumni and work to achieve their goals of building strength. engagement of UCSC alumni worldwide.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be the next Elders Council President,” Madrid said. “I am thrilled and grateful to be working with the Alumni Engagement Office and an incredibly talented and committed group of Alumni Advisors.”

Madrid previously served on the alumni council, the board of directors of the UCSC alumni association from 2007 to 2014, and joined the board in 2019. He most recently served as executive vice president. Madrid also chaired the Nominations Committee, served on the Scholarships Committee and the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion from 2010 to 2012..

Current Council of Elders Chair Meredith Vivian Turner will continue to serve on the Executive Committee assuming the role of Past Chair, while Madrid assumed the role of Chair from July 1.

“I am thrilled to see John as the next Chairman of the Board,” said Vivian Turner. “His many years of service on the board, combined with his thoughtful and balanced disposition, will serve the board and campus well as we work collectively to elevate the role and impact of alumni.”

Madrid said he loves giving back to the campus that has helped shape his life.

“I just had a great experience at UC Santa Cruz,” Madrid said. “I had an affinity with school and campus, and volunteering is really a way for me to give back to the university.”

Madrid graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1998 with a BA in Language Studies and returned to the Los Angeles area, where he grew up. After a few years, he found himself drawn to the Los Angeles Regional Chapter of UCSC, which hosted dozens of events in the Los Angeles area. He soon began volunteering with the chapter in 2002 and was elected treasurer of the LA chapter in 2004.

Since graduating from UCSC, Madrid has worked in information technology for several financial institutions in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Currently, Madrid serves as Assistant Vice President of Information Technology for American Business Bank.

“Santa Cruz is a very special place, and the people are special too,” Madrid said. “I connect with both the campus and the people, and this symbiotic relationship is what makes me want to volunteer. »

UC Santa Cruz is grateful for the leadership and support of past advisors. The voices of the elders make the difference. Meet your former advisors:

Newly elected councilors who began their volunteer service on July 1, 2022: Armand Flores (Stevenson ’15, politics); Gardenia Guerrero (Oakes ’21, sociology and LALS); Annapoorna (Anna) Gururajan (Oakes ’15, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology); Jessica Lum (Rachel Carson ’09, environmental studies and economics); Moses Massenburg (John R. Lewis ’11, Sociology); Shame Thomas (Rachel Carson ’99, politics); Kevin Volcan (Kresge ’81, biology).

Elected Councillors: Shelly Meron (Stevenson ’05, history and journalism); Christy Martin (Rachel Carson ’88, computer and information science); Judith Gutierrez (Rachel Carson ’18, politics); Meredith Vivian Turner (Rachel Carson ’09, story), Sareil Brookins (Stevenson ’19, psychology and critical race and ethnic studies); Mario Enrique Galdamez (Merrill ’06, politics and LALS); David B. Hansen (Oakes ’76, politics); Walter M. Joyce (Cowell ’67, literature); Corinne Kappelle (Kresge ’11, sociology and cinema and digital media); Claudine Lim (Cowell ’14, story); Jessica Lum (Rachel Carson ’09, environmental studies and economics); Juliette Musso (Cowell ’82, psychology); Max Ortis (Cowell ’09, politics); Julia Silverman Schechter (Stevenson ’83, politics); Dom Siababa (Merrill ’75, sociology); Susan Tappero (Ph.D. and MA mathematics); Brian Turner (Cowell ’04, legal studies); april yes (Oakes ’02, American Studies and Psychology).

If you would like to apply to serve on the alumni council in the future, please contact the UCSC Alumni Association.

UK and European Heatwave — Live Updates

An LED sign on a London street carries extreme heat, London, England on July 19. (Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance/Getty Images)

The UK will face searing temperatures on Tuesday that could shatter all-time extreme heat records, a day after parts of the country experienced their hottest night on record.

Temperatures on Monday reached 38.1 degrees Celsius (100.58 degrees Fahrenheit) at Santon Downham in eastern England, making it the third hottest day on record. Officials warned things would likely get worse.

Tuesday “should be even warmer,” Met Office CEO Penelope Endersby told the BBC, adding there was a better chance of reaching 40C.

“Even maybe above that, 41 is not out of place,” she said. “We even have 43s in the model, but hopefully it won’t be that high.”

A woman cools off in front of a large fan in Kings Cross underground station during the heatwave in London, England on July 19.
A woman cools off in front of a large fan in Kings Cross underground station during the heatwave in London, England on July 19. (Dinendra Haria/LNP/Shutterstock)

Earlier this month the Met Office said the extreme heat wave could put “people’s lives at risk”. In southern Europe, which is also experiencing a heat wave, more than 1,100 people have died in the exceptional heat.

The Met Office recently issued its first-ever red extreme heat warning for parts of the country, including London and Manchester, calling the alert a “very serious situation”.

“If people have vulnerable relatives or neighbours, now is the time to make sure they put in place appropriate measures to be able to cope with the heat, because if the forecast is as we think it will be in the red alert zone then people’s lives are at risk,” Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said.

Many Britons also experienced the country’s hottest night on record on Monday, the national weather agency said.

“The UK has tentatively recorded the highest daily minimum temperature on record. Temperatures did not fall below 25°C in places, surpassing the previous record high daily minimum of 23.9°C, recorded in Brighton on August 3, 1990,” the Met Office said. tweeted tuesday.

A bit of context: Commuters in the UK capital were urged not to use London’s transport network earlier this week except for “essential journeys”, amid a scorching heatwave across Western Europe.

“Due to the exceptionally hot weather expected next week, customers should only use London’s transport network for essential journeys,” said Andy Lord, chief operating officer of Transport for London (TfL).

Temporary speed restrictions will be introduced on London’s Tube and rail services “to keep everyone safe”, Lord added, urging travelers to “carry water at all times”.

Extremely hot temperatures can damage power lines and signaling equipment. TfL said it would try to keep services running smoothly and increase inspections to mitigate the impact of the extreme heat.

Regular track temperature checks will take place to prevent the tracks from bending or warping, TfL said in a statement. The network will also check the air conditioning units on the Tube network and the air cooling systems of the capital’s double-decker buses.

Motorists were also encouraged not to drive during the hottest parts of the day.

As fires rage across Europe, France arrests man for arson

LA TESTE-DE-BUCH, France (AP) — Investigators investigating the alleged deliberate ignition of what has become a raging wildfire in southwestern France have arrested a man for questioning, while firefighters and water bomber planes battled fierce blazes there and in other parts of Europe on Tuesday as they baked in extreme heat.

Smoke from a large forest fire fanned by strong winds blackened the skyline of the Greek capital on Tuesday. Firefighting planes hovered over the flames and dropped water on the slopes of Mount Penteli, 25 kilometers (16 miles) northeast of the city. Authorities ordered hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

Wildfires have also kept emergency teams busy in England, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

In the Gironde region of southwestern France, two massive fires feeding on dry pine forests have also forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and summer vacation spots since they broke out on July 12.

One of the fires, tearing through the woods south of Bordeaux, is believed to have been started deliberately. A motorist told investigators that before he pulled over and tried unsuccessfully to put out the flames, he saw a vehicle speeding away from where the fire had started, it said. the parquet floor of Bordeaux.

Criminal investigators found evidence pointing to possible arson, the prosecutor’s office said.

The 39-year-old man questioned on Tuesday lives in Gironde and was arrested on Monday afternoon, the office said. He was also questioned in 2012 on suspicion of starting a forest fire, but that investigation was dropped in 2014 due to lack of evidence, the prosecutor’s office added.

Ten water bomber planes and more than 2,000 firefighters worked day and night to contain this fire and another violent fire southwest of Bordeaux that police investigators were treating as accidental. The fires have burned more than 190 square kilometers (more than 70 square miles) of forest and vegetation, Gironde authorities said.

Thick clouds of smoke and the risk of flames spreading to buildings forced the evacuation of more than 39,000 people, including 16,000 on Monday, authorities said. A third, smaller blaze broke out Monday evening in the Médoc wine region north of Bordeaux, further taxing regional firefighting resources.

Swirling winds and extreme heat made it difficult to fight the fires. Record temperatures dropped along the Atlantic coast of France on Tuesday while other parts of the country and the continent continued to toast.

In Paris, the thermometer at the French capital’s oldest weather station – opened in 1873 – exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for just the third time. The 40.5 C (104.9 F) measured there on Tuesday by the Météo-France meteorological service was the second highest reading ever recorded by the monitoring station, topped only by a searing 42.6 C (108, 7 F) in July 2019.

The first time the station exceeded 40°C – reaching 40.4°C (104.7°F) – was in July 1947, Météo France said. After a gap of 72 years, the station has now exceeded 40°C twice in the space of just three years.

Those evacuated on Monday included 74 residents of a nursing home, authorities said. Another 80 care home residents were among 2,000 people who were evacuated on Tuesday from the last of more than half a dozen towns and cities ordered to evacuate, authorities said.

The approach of the flames also forced the emergency evacuation on Monday of 363 animals from a zoo in the maritime basin of Arcachon, south-west of Bordeaux, the Ministry for Ecological Transition announced on Tuesday. About 10 animals died from heat and stress, the ministry said.

Five campsites also caught fire in this area, famous for its oysters and its seaside resorts, said the Girondin authorities.

The double whammy of heat waves and droughts exacerbated by climate change is making forest fires more frequent, destructive and harder to fight. In Spain, the prime minister has linked wildfires that killed two people to global warming, saying on Monday that “climate change kills”.

The head of Spain’s civil protection and emergency agency, Leonardo Marcos González, noted on Tuesday that extreme heat and wildfires had hit the country three weeks earlier than usual this year and that many fires declared themselves at the same time.

“We are in the midst of the largest civil protection emergency ever recorded,” he told SER radio.

In a charred countryside near Barcelona, ​​Ricardo Serra and Julia Garrido found the rubble of their home on Tuesday. They had renovated it for the upcoming wedding of Garrido’s son.

“Everything was burned,” she said. “All our wedding clothes.”

In Portugal, cooling temperatures eased pressure on emergency crews, with just two major wildfires brought under control by around 800 firefighters on Tuesday. But warmer weather is forecast for Wednesday.

Authorities suspect a wildfire was behind the death of an octogenarian couple whose car left the road and overturned in a village in northern Portugal on Monday night. Their charred vehicle with two bodies inside was found after a fire engulfed the area. Officials suspect the couple died trying to flee the flames.

The pilot of a plane spilling water also died last week in Portugal when his plane crashed while fighting a forest fire.


Leicester reported from Pecq, France. Associated Press reporters Derek Gatopoulos in Athens, Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Emilio Morenatti in Barcelona and Raquel Redondo in Madrid contributed. Jade Le Deley also contributed from Paris.


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Originally from Lowell, former ambassador joins Fulbright Scholarship Board to invest in ‘next generation’


LOWELL — Lowell native and former U.S. Ambassador James Costos joined the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board last month, where he will oversee the prestigious academic program alongside 11 other representatives.

President Biden appointed Costos to the federal post to manage the Fulbright Program, an “educational and cultural exchange” network that connects students and professionals to international graduate and study programs, according to the Bureau’s website. American Educational and Cultural Affairs. There, Costos will manage the selection process and its potential program participants.

Costos served as ambassador to Spain and Andorra from 2013 to 2017, where he said he worked closely with students and professionals visiting Spain and making those trips. From the start, he said he understood the importance of supporting young students and feels “honoured” to now be part of the commission that provides these cultural resources and opportunities.

“It is a great privilege to continue the work I did while at the Embassy,” Costos said. “I’ve always wanted to spend a lot of time with the next generation of people coming up behind us, because they will be our future leaders, and we need to invest our time and resources in them.”

Spain and the United States have a number of common values, Costos said, one of the main ones being education. As Fulbright participants held high-level positions in business and government in Spain, Costos said he witnessed first-hand the impact of the program and “the excitement in the eyes of those who were accepted. “.

  • James Costos, the former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, receives an award from the Spanish Film Commission in Seville, Spain, for his work promoting cooperation between the U.S. and Spanish film and television industries in 2019. Costos , born in Lowell, is now a member of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, since last month. (Courtesy of James Costos)

  • Former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, James Costos, sits...

    Former US Ambassador to Spain and Andorra James Costos sits at his desk at the US Embassy in Madrid in 2015. Costos, a native of Lowell, recently joined the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the prestigious international Fulbright program. (Simon Watson/Courtesy James Costos)

  • Former US Ambassador to Spain and Andorra James Costos, left,...

    Former US Ambassador to Spain and Andorra James Costos, left, smiles with Harriet Fulbright, wife of the late former US Senator James Fulbright, at an event honoring the Fulbright program in Spain in October 2014. Nearly eight years later, Costos is now a member of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the program selection process (courtesy James Costos)

It wasn’t until a year into his tenure that Costos met Harriet Fulbright, the wife of the late James Fulbright who established the Fulbright program in the 1940s. It was at an event recognizing the purpose and success of the Fulbright program in Spain where Costos said Fulbright shared the intent behind her husband’s work.

“Senator Fulbright’s underlying idea was to create a sense of connection,” Costos said.

Within the scholarship committee, Costos is the main contact for applicants from 14 different countries in Europe and the Americas, including France, Lithuania, Colombia, Brazil and Canada.

Costos’ first official board meeting will be next week, when he flies to Washington, DC, and meets his new colleagues.

Although he travels across the states – between Los Angeles, New York and overseas in Spain – Costos fondly embraces his Lowell roots. The son of Greek immigrants, Costos said he learned the importance of civic engagement from an early age. He studied political science at UMass Lowell and was the first generation in his family to graduate from college.

Costos also remains a prominent supporter of Lowell’s Whistler House Museum of Art, which in 2017 awarded Costos the James McNeill Whistler Distinguished Art Award for his work promoting the Art in Embassies program, as well as the museum itself. .

Sara Bogosian, president and executive director of Whistler House, visited the Madrid Embassy in 2016 with Costos and saw the nearly 100 different works of art on display there, she said. Costos’ dedication to the arts makes him “deserving” of this new position, she said.

“He’s very smart, very innovative, very outgoing and friendly,” Bogosian said. “We were delighted to have had the opportunity to work with him.”

After his term as ambassador, Costos remained involved in the connection between Spain and the States, becoming president of Secuoya Studios, an international film and television organization based in Madrid, as well as a member of the board of directors of the American advisory investment bank PJT Partners.

He is also a board member of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group, and the Hispanic Society of America.

Deme Gys, senior director of development at UMass Lowell’s Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, met Costos through her husband, Ken, who grew up with the ambassador in the Belvidere neighborhood of Lowell. Costos received the University of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni Award in 2017, and being a “prominent alumnus”, he spoke to students about his accomplishments and even hosted students from the UMass to study abroad in Spain, Gys said.

Along with Costos, Gys, also of Greek descent, is working on a Hellenic Archives project, digitizing photographs and creating a global repository of Greek history. Gys said Costos is “incredibly kind” and dedicated to the welfare and success of students at Lowell and beyond.

“To see a Lowell kid become so established and represent Lowell but represent the United States as the United States Ambassador to Spain is something that we are very proud of as a university, and we want introducing former students like James to our students to say, ‘It’s possible,” Gys said. “That’s why we love him when he comes to speak to students, because it makes him real.”

From Mauritania to Pakistan, here’s how the world stays cool in the heatwave

For me on the NSW coast the average summer temperature is somewhere in the mid 30’s but can go into the 40’s. When it gets really hot there is no no outdoor dining – we will only go out to a restaurant where you can sit indoors with air conditioning.

You should leave the house completely closed with the curtains drawn to protect yourself from the heat. Usually people have air conditioning or ceiling fans – we all know it’s going to be hot, so at least we can be prepared.

If we really need to get out, we leave early so we don’t stay in the heat waiting for a bus or train. And if you have to drive somewhere, it’s best to park under a shady tree so at least the steering wheel is cool enough to touch when you get home.

Children are still in school, but many classrooms are air-conditioned and, if it is very hot, they can play in a room during lunchtime rather than going outside. When we go to the beach, we go there around 6:30 am and we return at 10 am. Or we can go there at 6 p.m. and come back when it’s dark.

Italy: Go swimming – but not in the fountains

Alvise Armellini, Rome

In Italy, struggling with a record drought in the north and where temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees this weekend in Rome, Milan and Bologna, those who can will escape to the seaside or the mountains. Those who can’t will mostly survive on air conditioning, which has spread to homes and offices in part thanks to generous government tax breaks.

Local councils are trying to help the elderly and other vulnerable groups: in Rome there are free pool passes for older people over 70, while at the hottest times of the day , volunteers are dispatched to the city center to distribute free bottles of water to residents. and tourists. At the same time, authorities are trying to crack down on people jumping into fountains to cool off: In the most recent incident, a 40-year-old man dressed down to his swimming trunks was caught twice in frolicking in the Trevi Fountain on Saturday night. In Venice, similar behavior is also frowned upon: a dip in one of its canals results in a fine of 350 euros, while a walk in beachwear or shirtless can cost 250 euros.

Spain: Ditch the long lunch break

James Badcock, Madrid

Spain has announced a special tax on the profits of large banks and energy companies

“We will not allow the suffering of the many to become the benefit of the few,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said in his state of the nation address on Tuesday. The leader of the socialist government announced a special tax on banks and on the excess profits of energy companies to finance social housing, scholarships and free train tickets.

“I am fully aware of the daily difficulties people face. I know that you are earning less and less on your salary, that your shopping basket is becoming more and more expensive,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said during his state of the nation address in parliament. The speech will last 1h25. Sánchez begins with a sober analysis of the economic situation, supplemented by detailed graphs, and comes to the conclusion that Spanish residents are not satisfied with the measures taken so far. At the end of the speech, there is a standing ovation and euphoric cheers from both ruling parties.


But unlike most other heads of government in Europe, Sánchez’s compassion is not just an empty phrase – the Spanish Prime Minister announces a package that has it all. The coalition of Socialists and Podemos is going further than any other government in this crisis to cushion the cost of inflation.

Special tax for energy companies and large banks

The Spanish government will not only introduce a special tax on excess profits in the energy sector, but will also impose a “temporary and extraordinary” tax on big banks. The left-wing minority government already approved a special excess profit tax for energy companies in October 2021, but it only applied until June 2022. The new taxes are expected to apply until the end of 2023, generating a total of 7 billion euros during this period, which will go directly to social spending.

The government wants to do everything it can to “ease the burden on the middle class and working people,” Sanchez says. With this money, the government plans to make train travel free in Spain for local and medium-distance trains between September 1 and December 31, build 50,000 social housing units in Madrid and increase grants by 100 euros. studies for a million students.


“The profits come out of the consumer’s pocket.”

The government justifies the bank tax by the benefits that higher interest rates will bring to financial institutions. When deputies from the right-wing Vox party objected, Sánchez read the profit figures of the country’s main banks. In the direction of the electricity companies, the Prime Minister underlined even more categorically:

“These profits that are supposed to fall from the sky, they don’t fall from the sky: they come from consumers’ pockets.”

And that’s where they’re supposed to go back. The Spanish government already capped gas prices in May, significantly reducing electricity bills. But this was not enough to stem the effects of inflation on the Spanish population.

“We will not allow the suffering of the many to become the benefit of the few. We will defend the people and put the economy and the state at the service of the social majority.

This work is authorized under the Creative Common License. Original source/author: Patricia Huber. Scoop.me. https://scoop.me/spain-energy-companies/

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Company D attempted to source an AK-47 from Russia for attacks in India: Approver | Bombay News


Mumbai: Gangsters Chhota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anis Ibrahim placed an order to buy 40 AK-47 rifles from a Russian intelligence agent, but the deal fell through after the agent was told the weapons would be used to carry out attacks in Mumbai and Kashmir, a close aide to Dawood’s nephew revealed in his statement to a Mumbai court on Thursday.

On Thursday, Danish resident Ahmed, 40, of Delhi, made a statement before a court appointed to try cases under the Maharashtra Organized Crime Control Act 1999 (MCOCA) in an extortion case against Anise. The Dane was also a defendant in the case, but has since turned approving and recorded his statement in court as a prosecution witness in the case.

Elaborating on his journey through the underworld, the Dane said in Dubai he started working with his older brother’s friend Kuldip Jaibalia, whose father was arrested for his involvement in drug trafficking for Dawood Ibrahim and Iqbal Mirchi.

“I got to know Noora Ibrahim, the younger brother of Dawood Ibrahim, Sohel – son of Noora, their Altaf manager through Kuldip. Sohel introduced me to his uncle, Anis Ibrahim, Dawood Ibrahim’s real brother,” he said, adding that since he didn’t have much to do at the time, he started working at part time for Anis.

Danish then began collecting money from hotel owners in Dubai on behalf of Anis.

As his older brother was pursuing medical studies in Russia, in 2003 the Dane then moved to Russia on a student visa. He quickly established himself as a diamond broker in Mosco and claimed to have worked with several established companies. He claimed that he used to export diamonds avoiding taxes.

Around 2008, the Dane said he contacted Noora Ibrahim, Sohel and Altaf after learning that the local government was seeking foreign funding for one of their lucrative construction projects in Smolensk.

He claimed that Anis and Noora had agreed to invest in the project. The deal, however, did not materialize.

The Delhi resident then found an Indian trader, who agreed to invest in the construction project, but backed down after some time. This angered Danish, who then filed complaints against the jeweler with the local immigration authorities and came into contact with a Russian intelligence agent, who persuaded Danish to work for him.

“I used to retrieve information about Indian businessmen and their account details and pass it to the Russian agent. In return for this information, he helped me illegally traffic diamonds since Russia. Said agent asked me to work for him in the supply of binoculars, body armor, weapons, etc.,” Danish said in his statement.

He said he used to travel by charter flights to Belgium, Dubai and other places, to meet potential customers and show them photos and videos of the products on offer. He claimed to have traveled to Uganda, Algeria, Venezuela and other countries on planes chartered by Russia to strike deals for the supply of the products. He said he would tape all meetings and give the recordings to his manager.

In 2009, after the death of Noora Ibrahim, Sohel approaches Danish, who then discusses with him the offer of Russian agents. Sohel passed this on to his uncle Anis.

“Afterwards, Altaf introduced me to Chhota Shakeel and Jabir Motiwala, who would be the general manager of the Dawood gang. Motiwala began to gather information from him regarding the supply of weapons and other items through of the Russian agent.

“After about 2 months, Chhota Shakeel gave me an order for the supply of about 40 pieces of AK-47 guns,” Danish said. He said that when he passed the order to the Russian agent, he asked for more information about Anis, Shakeel and all the gang members, as well as the purpose of buying the assault rifles .

“The Russian agent asked me to be in contact with them. I had a meeting with Anis Ibrahim, Sohel and Altaf. At this meeting, I learned that the weapons were going to be used in Mumbai and Kashmir,” he added.

The Russian agent refused to process the order after being informed of the rationale for the purchase of the weapons. “The Russian agent refused to supply the weapons on the grounds that India is friendly with Russia and we have a treaty with Russia that Russian weapons cannot be used for illegal purposes in India.”

He said Chhota Shakeel was angry with him over the failed deal, but was still friends with Sohel.

The 40-year-old added that in 2012 he went to Dubai with his Russian wife. This time Altaf introduced him to Abu Salem’s brother Kalam, gang manager D Ajju aka Ajju Rolex and his brother Haroon, a builder in Delhi.

Around this time, Shakeel tried to use Dane to extort Indian businessmen who had settled in Russia, but the plan was unsuccessful.

In 2014, Danish and Sohel met three agents from the US Drug Enforcement Agency, who posed as Colombians seeking to buy Russian weapons for a revolt. After he showed them the photos he had, they chose portable infrared missile launchers, Igla. When the deal was confirmed, in June 2014, Danish and Sohel traveled to Spain to pick up the advance and provide them with three samples.

Both were arrested on their way to meet the “three Colombians” in Spain and taken to Madrid, where they pleaded guilty and were extradited to the United States after spending a year and a half in prison in Madrid. The Dane was released from US prison in September 2018 and deported to India.


    Charul Shah is a senior reporter covering legal beat for Hindustan Times. She has spent over a decade in the industry covering criminal and judicial investigations in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.
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Sánchez finds new excuse to avoid Catalan talks – Atlantic Sentinel

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attend the NATO summit in Madrid on June 28 (NATO)

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has found a new excuse not to speak with Catalan leaders: they don’t want to speak with him.

Catalan lawmaker Gabriel Rufián, whose Republican left typically votes with Sánchez’s leftist government, asked the prime minister in Congress when negotiations he promised at the start of his term would resume. Sánchez argued that they could only continue if Together for Catalonia, the region’s second pro-independence party, joined the negotiating table.

But the reason Together pulled out was because Sánchez delayed negotiations for two and a half years.

Sánchez did not keep his word

Sánchez was elected in 2019 with the support of Catalan nationalists. His own socialists and left ally Podems (We Can) fell short of the majority that regional parties in the Basque Country, the Canary Islands and Catalonia were able to provide by 21 seats.

In exchange for their support, Sánchez promised to pardon the organizers of the 2017 Catalan independence referendum, who had been imprisoned for leading an attempted break with Spain, and to restore official dialogue between the governments. Catalan regional and Spanish national.

He kept his first promise, but the Catalan and Spanish ministers met only twice, and only to exchange demands and red lines. You could call it “dialogue”, but there were no negotiations.

First Sánchez blamed the coronavirus for the delay. Then Russia invaded Ukraine. Then energy prices rose. Then truckers went on strike, causing shortages in supermarkets. Each time Sánchez had a new excuse. Eventually Together for Catalonia, which governs the region in a coalition with the Republican left, gave up and walked away.

What are the negotiations about?

The negotiations aim to eliminate overlapping competences between Catalan and Spanish authorities, for example in healthcare and infrastructure.

Moreover, the Catalans want Spain to hand over to them fifty powers promised to them in the 2006 Autonomy Statute, which range from labor law to maritime salvage.

Sánchez delegated only one of these powers: the awarding of university scholarships.

He made no proposals to delegate powers beyond the statute of autonomy, such as giving Catalans the same fiscal autonomy as Basques or making the Catalan internal regime irrevocable.

The Spanish government deposed Catalan leaders after the controversial 2017 referendum and ruled the region from Madrid for six months. It was the first time since the restoration of Spanish democracy that a region lost its autonomy.

Sánchez refused to reform the outdated sedition law under which the organizers of the referendum could be convicted in 2019. (Most European countries have abolished sedition as a crime. Amnesty International and the Council of Europe have urged Spain to do the same, as it can be abused to criminalize dissent.)

Sánchez also refused to endorse a legal referendum on Catalan independence.

Others take the initiative

In the absence of action from the central government, other Spanish institutions more hostile to Catalan interests took the initiative: justice, its spies and the Treasury.

In November, the Supreme Court ordered that 25% of Catalan education be given in Castilian. The law simply states that Catalan schools must be bilingual. Most are by far, but a few schools teach exclusively in Catalan, leading to legal action that ended up in Spain’s highest court, which then invented a language quota.

In March, Spain’s Constitutional Court struck down a Catalan rent control law, which had been enacted during the pandemic to freeze, and in some cases lower, rents. Housing policy is one of the areas where Catalan and Spanish jurisdictions overlap, in which case the courts give precedence to Spanish law.

In April, Citizen Lab, a non-profit organization based at the University of Toronto, Canada, revealed that 65 prominent Catalans, including the region’s president and his members in the European Parliament, had been targeted or infected with a Israeli-made spyware that is sold only to governments. Although Spain’s National Intelligence Center has not confirmed all the allegations, its director has resigned.

In May, the Spanish Treasury announced that it had only spent 35% of its 2021 budget on Catalonia: 740 million euros out of 2 billion euros.

Catalans have been complaining for years that the central government is underspending in the region. Per capita, central government investment in Catalonia is the third lowest of the 17 regions. Previous Conservative governments have simply denied it. Sánchez blamed COVID-19 (again).

But the pandemic hasn’t stopped overspending at Madrid. The capital region received 1.3 billion euros in 2021. It received 2.1 billion euros.

It’s also a trend: Madrid-based central government agencies consistently spend more money in the region than Congress allocates.

Why Sánchez won’t negotiate

The real reason Sánchez won’t negotiate is probably because he knows concessions to the Catalans would be unpopular in other parts of Spain.

50% of Catalans believe that their region has too little autonomy. Only 35% are satisfied with the status quo. In the rest of Spain, the numbers are reversed: half think Catalonia has too much power. 38% would weaken or revoke home rule.

Anti-Catalan feelings are strongest in the south, the poorer half of Spain. Sánchez’s socialists have long had their base there, but, like social democrats elsewhere, they have lost working-class voters to the right.

In the June elections, support for the Socialists in Andalusia fell to a historic low of 24%. The Conservatives, who oppose all concessions to the Catalans, came out on top with 43%. The extreme right Voice (Voice), which would cancel Catalan autonomy, took 13.5%.

All Sánchez had to do for that was to pardon nine separatists who were convicted of crimes that are not crimes in other European countries and give Catalonia control of its own scholarships. Imagine the reaction if he wanted to, say, honor Spain’s sixteen-year promises.

Sánchez’s term expires in December 2023. National polls give him 23-25% support, down from 28% in 2019. The conservatives lead with 30%. They would need Voice form a right-wing government, which could only be worse for Catalonia.

But if the alternative, the Socialists, does not want to fix things, what democratic recourse is left to the Catalan nationalists, who represent half of the voters in their region?

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Mississippi River Basin Offers Habitats Unique to the Western Third of Kentucky


Editor’s note: This is the eighth and final article in a series describing the major river basins of Kentucky.

The Mississippi River at the confluence of the Ohio River in Cairo, Illinois. (Photo by USGS)

The Mississippi River is the second longest river in continental North America, flowing south for 2,340 miles from its source, Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota, to the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Mississippi Basin drains all or part of 32 US states between the Rockies and Appalachia, or 1,139,490 square miles. It borders or crosses the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

The Mississippi River forms the western boundary of Kentucky for 71 miles in four counties—Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman, and Fulton—from the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi at Cairo, Illinois south to New Madrid, Missouri.

Art Lander Jr. is outdoor editor for the Northern Kentucky Tribune. He is a native Kentuckian, a graduate of Western Kentucky University, and a hunter, fisherman, gardener, and nature enthusiast. He has worked as a newspaper columnist, magazine reporter, and author and is a former editor of Kentucky Afield Magazine, editor of the annual Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide and Kentucky Spring Hunting Guide, and co-editor of the Kentucky Newspaper Column. Afield Outdoors.

Ancient history

Native Americans were present along the Mississippi River in Kentucky for thousands of years, first as nomadic hunters and gatherers and later practicing agriculture in villages.

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, was the site of a Native American village occupied between 1100 and 1350 AD

Native people of the Mississippi culture built earthen mounds and permanent homes around a central plaza overlooking the Mississippi River. Today, this archaeological site includes mounds, museum exhibits, a walking trail, and a visitor center.

Open to the public since 1932, the museum exhibits excavated artifacts such as pottery and stone tools from the Mississippian and features artwork depicting their way of life and the archaeological history of Native American tribes in Kentucky.

For more information, visit parks.ky.gov.


There are three major tributaries of the Mississippi River in Kentucky – Mayfield Creek, Obion Creek, and Bayou de Chien.

Mayfield Creek originates in Calloway County, flows north through Graves County just east of Mayfield, then turns west through McCracken County. It forms the boundary between Ballard and Carlisle counties and joins the Mississippi River just south of Wickliffe.

Obion Creek originates in southern Graves County, flows northwest into Carlisle County, then turns sharply southwest through Hickman County to its confluence with the Mississippi River at north of Hickman, in Fulton County.

Bayou de Chien arises in southern Graves County, near the Tennessee line, and flows west into Fulton County, forming a network of wetlands, merging with Obion Creek and Little Mud Creek, north of Hickman.

Access to the river

For more information on towed boat launches on the Mississippi River in Kentucky, visit the KDFWR Waterways website.

Fish and wildlife

The confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi in western Kentucky is the culmination of the Mississippi Flyway, a bird flyway that generally follows the Mississippi, Missouri, and Lower Ohio rivers from their breeding grounds to the Canada and northern United States to their wintering grounds along the Gulf of Mexico and in Central and South America.

Mallards (Photo by USFWS)

About 40% of waterfowl and migratory shorebirds in North America use this route. The other main flyways are the Atlantic, Central and Pacific flyways.

More than 325 species of birds make the round trip each year along the Mississippi Flyway.

The abundant wetlands along the Mississippi River in Kentucky provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, fishing, waterfowl hunting and trapping for beaver, river otter and other furbearers .

The forested uplands support quality populations of white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and small mammals.

Reelfoot NWR

Reelfoot Lake in Fulton County, Kentucky and Lake County, Tennessee is a 27,000-acre, crescent-shaped natural lake lined with cypress trees.

The lake was formed by the New Madrid earthquake on December 16, 1811 and two aftershocks on January 23 and February 7, 1812. The land beneath the old Mississippi River, Bayou de Chien and Reelfoot River canals sank, filling with water flowing down the Mississippi River.

Image of Reelfoot Lake from US Fish and Wildlife Service; Click to enlarge the image)

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 in Tennessee. Additional land purchases expanded the refuge into Kentucky and its current area of ​​10,428.

The refuge and surrounding lake have been preserved as a sanctuary for migratory birds, providing important habitat for over 283 bird species, including the endangered lesser tern.

The sanctuary is an important wintering, migration and nesting area for waterfowl. There is also a large wintering population of bald eagles.

The sanctuary is also home to a variety of other wildlife, including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, furbearers, reptiles, and amphibians.

The lake also offers excellent fishing for bluegill, crappie, and other fish.

Wildlife recreation opportunities include a quota deer hunt, a 3.5 mile road trip, hikes through lowland hardwood forests with multiple lookout towers, and paddling in small boats (kayaks and canoes) through the calm waters of Reelfoot Lake.

For more information, visit www.fws.gov.

The Mississippi River Basin in Kentucky offers visitors the opportunity to explore wildlife habitats not found in the eastern two-thirds of the state and learn about an advanced Native American culture that thrived in the region, prior to European exploration.

In many ways, the area below the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers is unique in the state and well worth the long drive. It is one of the must-visit tourist destinations in the state.

Spanish ombudsman ‘concerned’ that majority of doctors refuse to perform abortions


The National Association for the Defense of the Right to Conscientious Objection of Biomedical Personnel (ANDOC) stressed in a statement to ACI Prensa that the constitutional function of the ombudsman is “to defend the fundamental rights and public freedoms of citizens by supervising the activity of the administrations”.

The association recalls that abortion “is not a fundamental right; it does not appear in our magna carta or in any universally recognized declaration of rights”, while the right to conscientious objection is included in the Spanish Constitution, “closely linked to the freedom of conscience and ideology recognized in article 16 and that all citizens have, that he must serve and protect.

“We believe that the mediator will also be willing to listen to objectors and health professionals in general and so many women who, for lack of means, are forced to have an abortion,” added ANDOC.

“We want to think that he is not acting at the request of (another) party, which is completely contrary to the high responsibility that his function entails,” the association said.

Abortion in Spain

The reality is that in Spain abortion has been considered a (non-fundamental) right since 2010 and is included in the list of public medical services.

However, since the adoption of the first abortion law in 1985, the vast majority of abortions – not only in Madrid but also nationally – are carried out by the private abortion industry. Between 2011 and 2020 alone, according to data from the Ministry of Health, between 84.5% and 96.6% of abortions were performed in private facilities each year, the vast majority of them in outpatient centers.

These figures are due to the fact that the vast majority of medical professionals exercise their right to conscientiously object to taking the life of an unborn human being.

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

EU wants North Macedonia in bloc

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia received a boost Thursday from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen over the country’s hopes of finally joining the European Union amid a dispute with Bulgaria.

“We want you in the EU,” von der Leyen said in the Macedonian language in a speech to the parliament of North Macedonia.

Von der Leyen has pledged his support for a French proposal that will pave the way for membership talks for the small Balkan country and eliminate Bulgaria’s objections.

“Bilateral issues, such as history issues, are not membership requirements,” von der Leyen told North Macedonia’s parliament. “There is no doubt that Macedonian is your language.”

She added that the “French proposal also respects your national identity” and said it was time for North Macedonia to move forward.

The difficulty of selling the French compromise proposal was evident as thousands of protesters outside the parliament building denounced the proposal as a betrayal. Even inside parliament, when most lawmakers stood respectfully and applauded von der Leyen, she was briefly interrupted by whistles and shouts.

The proposal, announced by French President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO summit in Madrid last month, contemplates concessions from both sides. North Macedonia’s government would pledge to change its constitution to recognize a Bulgarian minority, protect minority rights and ban hate speech, as demanded by Bulgaria, an EU member since 2007.

The ruling Social Democrats and Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski support the proposal as a reasonable compromise. The government believes that the agreement does not endanger national interests or identity and paves the way for the country’s accession to the EU.

“I said ‘yes’ because this European proposal is the best solution at the moment,” Kovacevski told lawmakers.

But the main centre-right opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE, and others disagree, saying the deal favors Bulgarian demands that challenge Bulgaria’s history, language, identity, culture and heritage of North Macedonia.

Legislator Dafina Stojanovska of VMRO-DPMNE angrily tore up the papers of the document and said that “no document you sign will have legitimacy until it receives the most important seal, which is the seal of the people”.

Political tensions in North Macedonia have increased over the past 10 days, with several violent overnight protests.

The debate on the French proposal began with seemingly irreconcilable differences between the ruling left-wing coalition and the centre-right opposition. Opposition lawmakers are obstructing the speeches of MPs from the ruling coalition, blowing loudly with whistles and trumpets.

Protesters sang a national anthem on Thursday and chanted “Never the North, always Macedonia!” also questioning the deal North Macedonia reached with Greece in July 2018, ending a decades-old dispute over the country’s name and helping to clear Greece’s objections to joining the North Macedonia in the EU and NATO.

Police said five people were arrested for throwing “solid objects” at the parliament building.

Macron stressed that the proposal does not call into question the official existence of a Macedonian language, but he noted that, like all agreements, it “is based on compromises and a balance”.

North Macedonia has been a candidate for EU membership for 17 years. The country has been given the green light to start accession negotiations in 2020, but no date has been set for the start of negotiations.

Bulgaria used its power as an EU member to block North Macedonia’s membership.

In Bulgaria, the centrist government of Prime Minister Kiril Petkov was overthrown in a vote of no confidence on June 22 when allies called Petkov’s drive to lift North Macedonia’s veto a “national betrayal”.

The parliamentary debate in North Macedonia is expected to last at least two days before the vote on the French proposal. But if the ruling coalition, which has a simple majority in parliament of 61 seats out of 120, can pass it, it faces a major obstacle with the revision of the constitution to officially recognize a Bulgarian minority. This requires a two-thirds majority, or 80 votes.

The VMRO-DPMNE coalition and a small left-wing party, with 46 seats between them, say they will never agree to change the constitution.

Spain taxes banks and energy companies to make trains free for 4 months

Spain free trains Pedro Sánchez

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. Photo: Eduardo Parra/Europa Press via Getty Images

New windfall taxes on banks and energy companies in Spain will be used to fund free train travel, increase scholarships for young people and build new homes.

Short and medium-distance trains will be free between September and December, an additional €100 will be given to one million scholarship holders in schools and universities, and 12,000 homes will be built in Madrid, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Tuesday.

The new measures aim to counter the impact of the cost of living crisis. Countries around the world are experiencing high inflation and rising energy and food prices, a situation exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

“I will give my all to defend the working class of this country,” Sánchez said.

Taxes should bring in 7 billion euros (around £5.9bn) in 2023-24 after Spain‘s inflation rate hit 10.2% in June – its highest level in 37 years. Shares for Spanish banks fell sharply as a result.

The trains for which travelers will be able to obtain free multi-trip tickets are those operated by Renfe, the Spanish public company. The new discount comes after a 50% discount was already applied in June to support commuters.

Although single tickets are not included in the discount, multi-trip tickets and train passes can be used by multiple people.

Ministry of Labor sources told the newspaper El País that they believe will lead to over 75 million free train journeys.

Nuvalent will present new preclinical data on NVL-655 and a poster on the ongoing ARROS-1 trial for NVL-520 at the annual meeting of the IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer 2022


Preclinical Activity of Selective ALK Inhibitor NVL-655 in a Model of Lorlatinib-Resistant NSCLC with a Compound Resistance Mutation Continues to Support the Potential for a First-Order Profile

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nuvalent, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUVL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on creating precisely targeted therapies for clinically proven kinase targets in cancer, announced today that it will present two posters for its parallel lead programs, NVL-655, a selective ALK inhibitor and NVL-520, a selective ROS1 inhibitor, at the IASLC 2022 World Conference on Lung Cancer Annual Meeting (WCLC) ongoing August 6-9, 2022 in Vienna, Austria. Posters will be archived on the Nuvalent website at www.nuvalent.com.

The first poster characterizes NVL-655 alongside other ALK inhibitors in a patient-derived model of lorlatinib-resistant ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with the resistance mutation to compound G1202R/T1151M appeared under treatment. NVL-655 has already demonstrated differentiation through broad preclinical activity on various ALK oncoproteins, resistance mutations and tumor types while maintaining high selectivity for ALK over TRKB. Nuvalent recently announced that the first patient received a dose of NVL-655 in the Phase 1/2 ALKOVE-1 study for patients with advanced ALK-positive NSCLC and other solid tumors.

An “Ongoing Trial” poster will also be presented with the background and design of the ongoing ARROS-1 Phase 1/2 study of NVL-520 for patients with advanced ROS1-positive NSCLC and other solid tumors. The multicenter, open label, dose escalation and expansion trial is currently evaluating NVL-520 as an oral monotherapy in the Phase 1 study. Nuvalent expects to share preliminary ARROS-1 dose escalation data in the second half of 2022.

The details for the electronic poster presentations are as follows:

Title: Preclinical Activity of NVL-655 in a Patient-Derived NSCLC Model with Lorlatinib-Resistant G1202R/T1151M ALK Mutation
Authors: H.Mizuta1L. Bigot1A. Tangpeerachaikul2SE Pelish2L. Friboulet1
Abstract number: EP08.02-020
Session category: Metastatic non-small cell lung cancer
Session title: Targeted molecular treatments
Session date and time: August 7, 2022, 9:45 a.m.6:00 PM CEST

1Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France; 2Nuvalent, Inc., Cambridge, MAUNITED STATES

Title: NVL-520, a highly selective ROS1 inhibitor, in patients with ROS1-positive advanced solid tumors: the ARROS-1 phase 1/2 study
Authors: A.Drillon1, SHI. Or2S.Gadgeel3Mr Johnson4A. Spira5G.Lopes6B. BessesevenE. Felip8AJ van der Wekken9A. CallestenMJ de Miguel11DR Camidge12Y.Elamine13S.Liu14J.Bauman15D. Haggstrom16G.Riley17SE Pelish17VW Zhu17JJ Lin18
Abstract number: EP08.02-041
Session category: Metastatic non-small cell lung cancer
Session title: Targeted molecular treatments
Session date and time: August 7, 2022, 9:45 a.m.6:00 PM CEST

1Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York/NY/UNITED STATES ,2University of California Irvine Medical Center, Orange/CA/UNITED STATES ,3Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Detroit/MI/UNITED STATES ,4Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Nashville/TN/UNITED STATES,5NEXT Oncology – Virginia Cancer Specialists, Fairfax/VA/UNITED STATES ,6Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Miami and the Miller School of Medicine, Miami/FL/UNITED STATES ,sevenGustave Roussy Institute, Villejuif Cedex/FR,8Vall d’ HospitalHebron, Barcelona/ES,9University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen,Groningen/NL,tenGregorio Marañón University Hospital, Madrid/ES,11 START Madrid-HM CIOCC, Madrid/ES,12University of Colorado Cancer Center, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora/CO/UNITED STATES ,13MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX/UNITED STATES ,14Georgetown University, washington d.c./UNITED STATES ,15Fox Chase Cancer Center, philadelphia cream/PA/USA,16Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health, Charlotte/NC/UNITED STATES ,17Nuvalent, Inc., Cambridge/Massachusetts/UNITED STATES ,18Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston/Massachusetts/UNITED STATES

About NVL-655

NVL-655 is a novel, selective brain-penetrating ALK inhibitor created to overcome the limitations seen with currently available ALK inhibitors. NVL-655 is designed to remain active in tumors that have developed resistance to first, second and third generation ALK inhibitors, including tumors with the solvent front mutation G1202R or compound mutations G1202R/L1196M (“GRLM”), G1202R/G1269A (“GRGA”) or G1202R/L1198F (“GRLF”). NVL-655 has been optimized for CNS penetrance to improve treatment options for patients with brain metastases. NVL-655 has been observed in preclinical studies to selectively inhibit wild-type ALK and its resistance variants over the structurally related tropomyosin receptor kinase (TRK) family to potentially avoid adverse effects. effects of TRK-related CNS seen with dual TRK/ALK inhibitors and drive longer lasting responses for patients. NVL-655 is currently being studied in the ALKOVE-1 study (NCT05384626), a Phase 1/2 first-in-man clinical trial for patients with ALK-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and other solid tumors.

About NVL-520

NVL-520 is a novel brain-penetrating selective ROS1 inhibitor designed to remain active in tumors that have developed resistance to currently available ROS1 inhibitors, including tumors with the prevalent G2032R resistance mutation and those with S1986Y resistance /F, L2026M or D2033N mutations. NVL-520 has been optimized for cerebral penetrance to potentially improve treatment options for patients with brain metastases. NVL-520 has been observed in preclinical studies to selectively inhibit wild-type ROS1 and its resistance variants over the structurally related tropomyosin receptor kinase (TRK) family to potentially avoid the adverse effects of TRK-related CNS observed with dual TRK/ROS1 inhibitors and drive longer lasting responses for patients. NVL-520 is currently being studied in the ARROS-1 study (NCT05118789), a first-in-man Phase 1/2 clinical trial for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and other solid tumors.

About Nuvalent

Nuvalent, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUVL) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on creating precisely targeted therapies for cancer patients, designed to overcome the limitations of existing therapies for clinically proven kinase targets. Leveraging deep expertise in chemistry and structure-based drug design, we are developing innovative small molecules that have the potential to overcome resistance, minimize adverse events, treat brain metastases and generate responses more durable. Nuvalent is advancing a robust pipeline with leading parallel programs in ROS1-positive and ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), as well as several discovery-stage research programs. We regularly post information that may be important to investors on our website at www.nuvalent.com. Follow us on twitter (@nuvalent) and LinkedIn.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, without limitation, implied and express statements regarding strategy, business plans and orientation of Nuvalent; the clinical development programs for NVL-520 and NVL-655 and their schedule; the potential clinical effect of NVL-520 and NVL-655; the design and recruitment of the ARROS-1 and ALKOVE-1 studies and their schedule; the potential of Nuvalent’s pipeline programs, including NVL-520 and NVL-655; Nuvalent’s research and development programs for the treatment of cancer; risks and uncertainties associated with drug development; and the distribution of capital. The words “may”, “could”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “should”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “aim”, “goal”, ” intends to”, “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “seek”, “predict”, “future”, “project”, “potential”, “continue”, “target”, or the negative of these terms and similar words or phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Drug development and commercialization involves a high degree of risk, and only a small number of research and development programs lead to commercialization of a product. You should not place undue reliance on these statements or the scientific data presented. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of important risks, uncertainties and factors that may cause actual events or results to differ. differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statement. the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including, without limitation: the risks that Nuvalent may not be able to fully enroll the ARROS-1 or ALKOVE-1 studies or that enrollment may take longer than expected; unexpected concerns that may arise from additional data, analysis or results obtained during clinical trials; the occurrence of adverse safety events; risks of unexpected costs, delays or other unforeseen obstacles; the risks that Nuvalent may not be able to offer drug candidates from its HER2 Exon 20 and ALK IXDN programs; the direct or indirect impact of COVID-19 or other global geopolitical circumstances on the timing and timing and anticipated results of Nuvalent’s clinical trials, strategy and future operations, including the ARROS-1 and ALKOVE studies -1; the timing and outcome of Nuvalent’s anticipated interactions with regulatory authorities; and obtaining, maintaining and protecting its intellectual property. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail in the section titled “Risk Factors” of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended. December 31, 2021, as well as any subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Further, any forward-looking statements represent Nuvalent’s views only as of the current date and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. Nuvalent expressly disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements.

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UEFA Champions League final review chairman presented ‘repressive’ fan card | UEFA


The Portuguese politician who chaired UEFA’s review of the chaos in the Champions League final has been criticized by supporters for his introduction of a controversial fan ID card aimed at tackling hooliganism . His department’s legal justification for the scheme included a reference to the Hillsborough disaster, which was also heavily criticized by supporters, as “in poor taste”.

The case of Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, who was the Portuguese education minister responsible for last season’s introduction of the “cartão do adepto”, a compulsory “fan card” which fans vehemently oppose, has raised further questions about his suitability to lead a review. UEFA insisted will be independent.

Further doubts about the review’s independence are raised by the appointment to assist Rodrigues of Kenny Scott, UEFA’s head of safety and security until last year. After his retirement, Scott, a highly respected former police officer from Strathclyde, continued to work in paid roles for UEFA as a matchday security guard, including the Nations League game between Sweden and Serbia on June 9. UEFA told the Guardian last month that another security expert, Steve Frosdick, who resigned in February, was “not suitable” for the independent review as he had previously worked for UEFA.

As well as the brutal conduct of the Paris riot police, a major focus of scrutiny will be UEFA’s planning and handling of the final at the Stade de France on May 28, including how the UEFA have come to blame Liverpool supporters for the chaos in two statements on the night, and why they have still not been recanted.

The Rodrigues supporter card has become a requirement for people in the parts of stadiums usually occupied by “ultra” vocal supporters. Aimed to tackle violence in the grounds and make it easier for fans to be banned, the map was widely boycotted, resulting in empty sections in the grounds, and opposed in a legal action funded by the crowd by Portugal’s national supporters’ association, APDA. It was largely scrapped last November after a few months, after a parliamentary vote against it.

In its response to the APDA’s legal action, the Department for Education justified designating particular areas of the stadiums to require a fan card by referring to the Hillsborough disaster. The ministry’s legal document gave an erroneous date for the 1989 disaster, saying: “Such isolation of areas is appropriate and necessary for security reasons, to avoid the occurrence of incidents resulting from overcrowding (see the tragedy of Hillsborough in 1986, where overcrowding in a stand resulted in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans).

Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, photographed in May 2021. Photograph: John Thys/AP

Martha Gens, the APDA chairwoman, said at the time it was ‘in bad taste’ to cite Hillsborough – where Liverpool supporters performed well but 97 were killed due to gross negligence of the police – to justify a measure aimed at “punishing and repressing” football fans. . She told the Guardian: “We found it appalling that the Ministry of Education, which runs sport in Portugal, referred to this disaster in its legal justification for a repressive policy. This showed that they lacked the necessary understanding of the relevant issues and they introduced a measure based on discrimination and the creation of ghettos inside the stadiums.

“When UEFA announced Rodrigues as review chairman, I couldn’t see how he was considered to have the expertise or the independence, or the understanding of the supporters, to take on such a role, especially since ‘it almost involved another disaster inflicted on Liverpool supporters.”

UEFA announced the review and appointed Rodrigues without consultation two days after the final, where thousands of Liverpool and Real Madrid fans were held for hours in static lines, gassed by riot police French and many were attacked by local thugs. UEFA publicly blamed ‘the late arrival of supporters’ for delaying kick-off, then issued a statement at the end of the match claiming the chaos had been caused by thousands of Liverpool fans having fake tickets . This has deeply offended supporters, who are pushing for a thorough and fully independent investigation.

Rodrigues previously worked closely in Portugal, including on the introduction of the fan card, with Tiago Craveiro, then chief executive of the Portuguese Football Federation, who in March this year became adviser to the UEFA president. , Aleksandr Ceferin. To questions raised on Rodrigues’ independence and suitability, UEFA said Rodrigues had the relevant expertise as he was the relevant minister when Portugal hosted the 2020 and 2021 Champions League finals which were displaced due to Covid. The first was played in an empty stadium; in the 2021 final between Chelsea and Manchester City, 16,500 fans were allowed to attend.

On July 1, Uefa announced that Scott and Frank Paauw, Amsterdam’s police chief, would be the “lead experts” on a panel with Rodrigues, dubbed an “independent group”. Five other experts and supporter representatives have been asked to ‘support the review’, although it is unclear how the process is expected to work.

Scott said that after leaving his full-time role at UEFA last March, he was retained on the UEFA list of security guards to work at individual matches, for which compensation is paid. He worked at Hampden Park for three of the European Championship matches last year, including Scotland’s 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic, and in Sweden’s game against Serbia on June 9 this year.

Action from the Sweden v Serbia game in June, where Kenny Scott worked as a security guard.
Action from the Sweden v Serbia game in June, where Kenny Scott worked as a security guard. Photo: Tt News Agency/Reuters

Scott said he could not comment on any aspect of the review or his independence, given his appointment.

In response to questions about how Scott could be considered independent, UEFA pointed out that he had been recommended by Liverpool and Real Madrid. That’s correct, although a Liverpool source said UEFA failed to inform the club that Scott had continued to work for UEFA.

Liverpool supporters’ trust, Spirit of Shankly (SOS), was also not told of Scott’s further work for UEFA, but had not recommended him for consideration anyway, in due to his former long-term managerial position at UEFA until last year. Joe Blott, chairman of SOS, said: “Any continued link to UEFA is a clear cause for concern and casts doubt on the independence of the investigation.

“We are also extremely concerned to find out that Tiago Brandão Rodrigues was the Portuguese Education Minister responsible for introducing the fan card. While fans in Portugal are best placed to understand all the implications, what concerns us the plus is that his government department referenced the Hillsborough tragedy in its justification for the scheme.It was insensitive and inappropriate.

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    “We urge UEFA to clarify the values ​​and ethics of the investigation, and how it can be considered independent.”

    In response to detailed questions from the Guardian about concerns surrounding the review, Rodrigues’ introduction of the fan card and Scott’s independence, UEFA said: “Mr Kenny Scott was proposed unsolicited by the two clubs and at no time did UEFA suggest his appointment.UEFA have previously indicated their intention not to comment further on the independent review until it reaches its conclusion. Rodrigues did not personally respond to questions from the Guardian.

    How an acclaimed cartoon shines a ‘crucial’ spotlight on Black American Sign Language | app

    LOS ANGELES — “Craig of the Creek” is set primarily in a wooded wilderness patch where children from the surrounding suburbs gather to play. But in its ongoing fourth season, the Cartoon Network series has increasingly expanded its stories beyond those boundaries with episodes that delve into the family life of its ever-expanding ensemble.

    In “The Champion’s Hike,” which premiered on Monday, the title character visits his friend Jackie before going to explore a waterfall. The scene features Jackie, who is deaf, signing Black American Sign Language with her father as he walks out of the house.

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    Adaptavist wants to add up to 800 jobs and invest more than $50 million.

    Hot on the heels of recent announcements from international IT company Globant and cryptocurrency startup Ripple, another international company has announced the opening of an office in Toronto.

    Adaptavist, a digital transformation company, announced last week that it had chosen Toronto as the location for its North American headquarters. The company said it will create up to 800 new jobs over the next five years and invest more than $50 million to help incubate new startups and drive public-private sector collaboration, including initiatives with non-profit organizations, and supporting academic and corporate R&D.

    Adaptavist provides enterprise software, solutions, and services across technology ecosystems including Atlassian, AWS, Slack, Cloudbees, and Gitlab. Founded in 2006 in London, the company has 13 offices around the world, including New York, Madrid and Kuala Lampur.

    Adaptavist’s new desktop and innovation center is part of the company’s multi-year strategic growth plans that include leadership from Atlassian as well as support for more diverse technology ecosystems, including Aha!, GitLab, and Slack.

    Teams in the Toronto office will focus on major transformation practices such as Agile, Cloud, DevOps, IT service management and work management, including, for example, being a major product development center for products such as ScriptRunner and Slack apps.

    Adaptavist’s new 16,000 square foot offices will provide a hybrid work environment for its growing employee base and serve as an innovation hub for business partners, community groups, academics and the arts. The building will have a space dedicated to presentations and exhibitions as well as spaces for skills-based training, which will be coordinated with partners from across the community.

    The first collaboration of Adaptavist North America’s new headquarters will be with Ascent Soccer, a non-profit organization operating in Canada and the United States, which empowers talented young boys and girls in Malawi and Uganda, Africa, to access education through scholarships in North America. schools and colleges. Adaptavist is committing $150,000 a year for the next two years, plus mentorship and digital support, to help co-founder and Toronto native Adrian Bradbury attract even more scholars to Ontario.

    “We are thrilled that Adaptavist, one of the world’s fastest growing software consultancies and Atlassian’s largest partner in Canada, is making Toronto its official North American home,” said John Tory, Mayor of Toronto. “Adaptavist has a long history of success in our city and country – they have been a great job creator, business and academic partner – and they are proof that our focus on technology and economic growth works. We look forward to an even more productive relationship in the future.

    Adaptavist opened an office in Toronto more than eight years ago. Harp Athwal, the company’s head of customer services and North American operations, called it one of the smartest decisions the company has ever made.

    “Toronto offers an enviable mix of culture, collaboration and support – the city is extremely welcoming to business and takes the promotion and development of talent seriously,” said Athwal. “Our company and this city have grown together as technology leaders, and we couldn’t be more excited to make Toronto our permanent home in North America.

    This mix of culture, collaboration and support could explain why a number of large companies have opened offices in Toronto in recent months.

    In the last year, besides Globant and Ripple, Walmart announced that it would open a technology center in Toronto; CRM management company Hubspot opened its first Canadian office, hiring more than 50 people; and US proptech company Alfred stepped in with US$75 million for hiring and acquisitions.

    Additionally, Swedish payments company Klarna opened a product development and technology center in Toronto, marking its first in North America, and announced plans to strengthen the technology center by hiring more than 500 engineers from here. 2025, alongside the opening of offices in Vancouver and Quebec.

    Adaptavist claims 40% annual revenue growth in 2021 and more than 13,000 customers representing more than half of the Fortune 500. Adaptavist has more than 500 employees.

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    ANALYSIS – Post-Madrid Turkish-American relations


    *The writer teaches Turkish history at Sabanci University in Istanbul. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate. in history from the same university.


    “For most of those who were once great are now little; and those who were once little were great in my time. Knowing then that human prosperity never remains long in one place…”

    Over the past decades, deep-rooted European attitudes towards Turkey, rooted in centuries of fear, chauvinism and condescension, have gradually brought NATO to the crisis experienced over the past two months regarding the membership of the Finland and Sweden. The inability of European politicians to self-criticize, identify double standards, and then implement the correct policies towards terrorist groups such as the PKK (and its alphabet soup offshoots), FETO , the DHKP-C and others, predictably and inevitably led to a time when their hypocrisy would be put right in front of their noses.

    In the end, an agreement was reached. Finland and Sweden have a lot of work to do if they want the Turkish parliament to ratify their membership, and Sweden alone has, according to official Turkish statements, 73 fugitives from justice that Turkey expects to extradite . The days when these corporations could pamper such groups with impunity are over.

    But without serious and fundamental reconsideration, without concerted self-examination of prejudices and core interests, NATO governments – particularly those of northern Europe and the western Atlantic coast – will continue to experience serious cognitive dissonances regarding the role, influence and power that Türkiye now commands not just within NATO, but across a wide swath of regions including the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkans, Central and South Asia. South West, the Caucasus, North Africa and the Horn of Africa.

    What about Memet Gezer?

    Whether US officials have truly grasped this reality remains an open question. Conversations between Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Joe Biden, by all accounts, have been fruitful and positive. And the day after the summit, the United States extradited Memet Gezer, implicated in the May 2013 truck bomb attack in Reyhanlı, to Turkey. The timing of Gezer’s extradition made him seem like some sort of quid pro quo, but only time will tell if that’s the case. The United States knows what everyone in Turkey wants to see when it comes to extraditions, so no one in Washington should fool themselves into thinking Gezer’s extradition will have some sort of big or long-term impact.

    F-16 and Senator Menendez

    Plans to sell F-16s to Türkiye dominated discussions after the Madrid summit. Over the past two months, as the crisis over Finnish and Swedish membership escalated, President Biden made several statements indicating that he supported the sale and that he could get the sale approved by the Congress. Immediately after the summit, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham was dispatched to Ankara and publicly declared his support for the sale.

    Those who follow Turkish-American relations under the Trump administration will recall that Graham tends to sway with the political breeze of the moment. Even though Graham is prominent as a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and has previously engaged in direct diplomacy with Ankara, he is no longer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    Ominously, the Biden administration’s positive comments on the sale of F-16s were met mostly by silence from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The only congressman from whom a comment would be expected is New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But Menendez entrenched himself in such a vehement anti-Turkish stance that during Senate hearings on Antony Blinken’s candidacy for secretary of state, he forced Blinken to essentially swear he would take no action. positive towards the Turkish government. Just two weeks ago, Menendez accused Turkey of aiding and abetting Russia through its actions regarding Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership. Even casual observers now understand such an attitude as extremist militancy.

    The current fervent political atmosphere in the United States – the result of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and continued gun violence – could provide an opportunity to quickly and quietly secure congressional approval for the sale of F-16s. Menendez’s Twitter feed, for example, has been dominated by US national controversies for the past two weeks, and his only tweet regarding Finland and Sweden’s membership bid was carefully neutral. This may bode well for the sale of the F-16, but Menendez has still not publicly voiced his support, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is the route through which the proposed sale must go to the Senate for approval. As recently as May, Menendez was still expressing aggressive opposition to the sale.

    The story arc

    Regardless of the outcome of the F-16, the multiple roles and powerful influence Türkiye has accrued since the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine appears to have finally presented the Biden administration with a reality it cannot avoid, deny, or ignore: it needs to deal more honestly with the Turkish state and its officials. Even the resentful sotto voce the New York Times has adopted in its Turkish coverage since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine betrays the concreteness of the situation.

    What they and we are witnessing is a historic change. The only pattern that historians have been able to define with certainty is that powers rise and fall, as Herodotus so clearly stated 2,500 years ago. The American global system – partly because of its own (and the United States’) shortcomings, partly because of the rise of other powers — is fragmenting, and other global players are accumulating new roles, powers, and influences. Whether US officials can approach this emerging reality rationally, objectively and calmly, with informed analysis and remain focused on the shared democratic interests of all NATO members, is a major drama that will unfold in coming years.

    **The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Anadolu Agency.​​​​​​​

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    Hundreds of thousands march in European Pride parades to stand up for LGBTIQ+ rights

    Thousands of people marched in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, on Saturday to demand equal rights for sexual and gender minorities as fears grow over a bill to ban discussion of homosexuality and gender transition in schools.
    Among the crowd, Catalin Enescu, 37, came with his wife and two young daughters, both dressed in rainbow-colored dresses.

    “It’s the first time I’ve taken part in a march like this, but it’s important to be there because the rights of LGBTQ people are no longer respected,” he said.


    Romania decriminalized homosexuality in 2001, but same-sex couples are still not allowed to marry or enter into civil partnerships.
    Activists are concerned about a bill, introduced by lawmakers from Romania’s Hungarian minority, to ban teaching materials dealing with homosexuality and gender transition in schools.
    Earlier this year, the Senate passed the bill, although it still has to be voted on by the lower house.

    The proposal is similar to legislation that came into effect last year in neighboring Hungary.

    A woman holding a bunch of colorful balloons walks between Romanian riot police after the gay pride parade in Bucharest, Romania

    There was a heavy police presence at the Pride Parade in Bucharest, Romania. Source: AAP / Vadim Ghirda/AP

    Organizers said 15,000 people turned out to demand equality at Bucharest Pride, under heavy police surveillance.

    It came after around 200 people, including several waving Orthodox Christian icons, responded earlier in the day to a call by the far-right Noua Dreapta party for a counter-protest.
    “The fact that Pride celebrations are getting bigger while right-wing groups are getting smaller is a positive sign,” said Tor-Hugne Olsen of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
    “But it’s hard to see many proposals in parliament that curtail LGBT rights and other sexual health issues.”
    Protester and University of Bucharest professor Oana Baluta said she feared what would happen if the bill were passed in the European country.

    “If passed, this bill – which is contrary to European Union standards – would be a serious blow to freedom of expression and the rights of LGBTQ people,” Prof Baluta said.

    A girl shoots bubbles during the gay pride parade in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, July 9, 2022.

    Thousands of people attended the gay pride march in the Romanian capital calling for equal rights for the LGBTIQ+ community. Source: AAP / Andreea Alexandru/AP

    “It would set a dangerous precedent because we would then risk being banned from the right to discuss abortion and sex education as well,” she said.

    Romania has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Europe. Abortions are legal, but access to them has become increasingly difficult.

    ‘Visibility, pride and resilience’: Hundreds of thousands march through Madrid

    Hundreds of thousands of people waved rainbow flags and danced to techno music during Madrid‘s Pride march on Saturday as the event returned after two years of Covid restrictions.
    Protesters in the Spanish capital gathered in the late afternoon behind a large banner with the slogan “visibility, pride and resilience”.

    Some attendees carried water guns and sprayed themselves to cool off in the scorching heat. Others went shirtless and danced to Brazilian and techno music.

    General view of the Madrid Pride Parade 2022, in Madrid, Spain, 09 July 2022.

    The protest marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday under the slogan “Facing Hate: Visibility, Pride and Resilience”. Source: AAP / EMILIO NARANJO/EPA

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    Several ministers from Spain’s leftist coalition government, including Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, joined them.

    “I missed it a lot, the vibe is great. You can see people really wanted to party after so long without ‘normal’ Pride,” said 38-year-old teacher Victor Romero Fernandez.
    City authorities said more than 600,000 people attended the event, which Spanish state broadcaster Televisión Española covered live for the first time.
    Civil servant Miguel Angel Alfonso, 44, enjoyed seeing crowded streets but said the event should focus more on demanding rights.

    “It’s become a big party, with floats turned into clubs and multinationals…it’s big business,” he said.

    People take part in the Madrid Pride Parade 2022, in Madrid, Spain, July 09, 2022.

    Hundreds of thousands of people turned out for the Pride parade in Madrid, the first time large-scale celebrations have returned since the pandemic. Source: AAP / LUCA PIERGIOVANNI/EPA

    Homosexuality was decriminalized in Spain in 1978, three years after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. The country has since legalized marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.

    But the national LGBTIQ+ federation, FELGTBI+, said it was important to give “visibility” to the community, decrying growing “hate speech” in a statement ahead of the march.
    FELGTBI+ added that such discourse “undermines the foundations of social harmony, jeopardizing the gains made so far”.
    The federation has also backed a bill, which will be debated in parliament this summer, which would allow someone to change their name and gender on identity documents at their request from the age of 16.

    If passed, the legislation would make Spain one of the few countries to allow gender self-determination.

    EU and US urge North Macedonia to go ahead with EU candidacy

    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Union and U.S. leaders are urging North Macedonia’s parliament to accept a French proposal that will bring the small Balkan country closer to EU membership and overcome objections from Bulgaria.

    “At this critical moment in European history, marked by Russia’s unjustifiable aggression against Ukraine, advancing Albania and North Macedonia on the path to the EU is essential to strengthen cohesion and the resilience of the entire European continent,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a joint statement on Saturday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

    “We welcome a compromise proposal that takes into account the interests and concerns of North Macedonia and Bulgaria on the basis of mutual respect, trust and understanding. The sovereign decision of the Parliament of North Macedonia will be important moving forward,” they said.

    “The European Union and the United States are committed to closer cooperation in the Western Balkans. Ensuring stability and prosperity and making their European and Euro-Atlantic future a reality remains our common goal,” they added.

    North Macedonia has been a candidate for EU membership for 17 years. The country has been given the green light to start accession negotiations in 2020, but no date has been set for the start of negotiations.

    Bulgaria used its power as an EU member to block North Macedonia’s membership.

    Political tensions in North Macedonia have risen with violent overnight protests since French President Emmanuel Macron announced at the NATO summit in Madrid that he believed a “compromise solution” had been found.

    Macron’s proposal contemplates concessions on both sides. The government in Skopje would pledge to change its constitution to recognize a Bulgarian minority, protect minority rights and ban hate speech, as demanded by Bulgaria, an EU member since 2007.

    The French leader stressed that the proposal did not call into question the official existence of a Macedonian language, but he noted that, like all agreements, it “is based on compromises and on a balance”.

    In North Macedonia, President Stevo Pendarovski and Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski’s government backed the proposal as a reasonable compromise. Accepting it “will neither be a historic triumph, as one side would call it, nor a historic failure or debacle, as those on the other side say,” Pendarovski said.

    The government stressed that the proposal did not endanger national interests or identity. But the main centre-right opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE, and others disagree, saying the deal favors Bulgarian demands that challenge Bulgaria’s history, language, identity, culture and heritage of North Macedonia.

    In Bulgaria, the centrist government of Prime Minister Kiril Petkov was overthrown in a vote of no confidence on June 22. A junior ruling partner left the fragile four-party coalition, describing Petkov’s drive to lift North Macedonia’s veto as a “national betrayal”.

    Bulgaria has accepted the French proposal, which now requires the support of the North Macedonian parliament. A plenary session has not yet been scheduled.

    Meten Holding Group Ltd. to the

    Shenzhen, China, May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Meten Holding Group Ltd. (“Meten Holding Group” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: METX), an omnichannel training company headquartered in China providing workplace and language training services and actively developing metaverse, blockchain and cryptocurrency mining businesses, today announced that the company plans to launch a Chinese language teaching program as foreign language (the “Program”) globally in early June 2022.

    The teaching of Chinese as a foreign language is an in-depth and interdisciplinary research topic, including basic theoretical research and applied language teaching. The program aims to better promote the learning and development of teaching the Chinese language as a foreign language and to make distinctive contributions to the promotion of the Chinese language in the countries along the “Belt and the Road”, in particular Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam in South East AsiaWATER, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia in West Asiaand Serbia, Poland, Czech Republic, Croatia in the center and Eastern Europeetc

    The Company intends to use an online platform with a light business model to build a global e-learning platform with the aim of realizing the localization and growth of education services. By combining professional education experience with AI technology, the company aims to provide personalized services to meet the unique learning needs of students. To achieve the scale growth of educational services, the company plans to integrate and leverage foreign teacher resources and collaboration channels that have been deeply cultivated for the English language training market for many years and to adopt a low-cost, high-penetration model to promote Chinese. training programs.

    The market for teaching Chinese as a foreign language is entering a new phase of rapid growth as demand remains strong. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the popularity of Chinese language education remains strong around the world. According to official data from the PRC’s Ministry of Education, the global demand for Chinese language education has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the number of students at the Confucius Institute at the University of Madrid in Spain increased by 20%. According to the Center for Language Education and Cooperation (“CLEC”), excluding native Chinese speakers, 1 in 31 people worldwide have learned and used Chinese. Integrated into the national education system, more than 25 million overseas people are learning Chinese, and a total of nearly 200 million people have learned and used Chinese, according to Mr. Wenbin Wangthe spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. In the first half of 2021, around 180,000 applicants around the world took the Chinese language tests, such as Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi or Chinese Proficiency Test (“HSK”), HSK Speaking Test (“HSKK”), Business Chinese Test (“BCT”)), and Youth Chinese Test (“YCT”), an increase of nearly 50% over the same period last year. According to an article published by The Paper, a Chinese digital newspaper, the size of the overseas Chinese language teaching market is expected to exceed 100 billion RMB (approximately $14.7 billion) in the future.

    Mr. Jason ZhaoChairman of Meten Holding Group, said, “The popularity of the Chinese language is increasing globally, and many foreigners are choosing Chinese as their second language; thus, the size of the international Chinese education market is increasing significantly. However, it is also a very fragmented market. with a limited number of professionals and vocational training institutions. The main goal of our Chinese instructors is to cultivate students’ abilities to practice and communicate in Chinese on our online learning platform. We believe that students can use Chinese professionally in various industries and professional fields, such as business. As an industry pioneer, we will continue to work on teaching Chinese language curricula as as a foreign language and on the online education platform to meet current market needs.

    About Meten Holding Group Ltd.

    Meten Holding Group Ltd., formerly known as Meten EdtechX Education Group Ltd., is an omnichannel education company headquartered in China offering language and workplace training services. In addition to its training services, Meten Holding Group is actively developing metaverse, blockchain and cryptocurrency mining businesses to align with its future business development strategy. Meten Holding Group is committed to developing blockchain-related business in North America, including mining cryptocurrency, building mining farms, and operating a mining pool and data center. Meten Holding Group is actively exploring metaverse business such as Metaverse professional training courses with its competitive advantages and technology.

    For more information, please visit: https://investor.metenedu-edtechx.com.

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    “I had to do everything very well just to prove that I know what I’m doing” – Canadian Lara Wong stands out in the world of flamenco

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    Two decades ago, Lara Wong heard the music that would change her life.

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    She was 11 years old and growing up in Vancouver when her piano teacher assigned her Danza Española No. 5 by Enrique Granados. Despite its simplicity and brevity, the Spanish composer’s dramatic and robustly paced piece is brimming with emotions ranging from melancholy to elation.

    “I fell in love with it and kept playing that track on repeat. I asked for more of that music,” Wong recalled.

    Now 32, Wong is resolutely pursuing an artistic path inspired by this piece, although her instrument of choice is now the flute rather than the piano.

    For more than half of his life, Wong immersed himself deeply in Spanish music and in particular flamenco, the pulsating folk sound of southern Spain. As a teenager, Wong learned to speak Spanish and took lessons in singing, dancing, and even flamenco clapping. A few years ago she moved to Madrid to immerse herself in the modern Spanish flamenco scene.

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    Last year, Wong’s dedication paid off when she became the first woman and the first non-Spanish to win the prestigious instrumental flamenco competition at the Festival Cante de las Minas in the event’s 60-year history. .

    “What I really love about flamenco is the rhythm, the raw emotions and the power…the fact that you can express anything and you have to let go and give it your all,” says Wong, who will bring his trio to Queen St. Fare Wednesday as part of her Canadian tour.

    Wong began his musical studies at McGill University, studying classical repertoire for the flute. But she says she had a complicated relationship with what was canonical for her instrument. Playing Mozart on the flute and “bird stuff in an orchestra” just didn’t do it for her.

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    Wong says that when she was playing classical repertoire, her teachers would tell her, “No, that’s too much. You have to control the emotions.

    “For flamenco, it’s never too much,” she says.

    Preferring “darker and more serious” music, she opted for jazz studies at McGill because it was closer to flamenco and world music, which made her heart sing.

    The music Wong plays calls for her to produce “a much dirtier sound, a windier tone,” on the flute, she says. “I use the lower range a lot more and a lot more percussive licks. It’s just more rhythmic.

    While flamenco is historically music for guitarists, singers and dancers, it has expanded to involve other instrumentalists. Wong says Spanish flautist and saxophonist Jorge Pardo, who for decades has played modern flamenco and jazz with everyone from guitar legend Paco De Lucia to keyboard great Chick Corea, is “a huge reference.”

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    After graduating from college, Wong spent a few years as a nomad, dividing his time between Canada, Spain and Mexico, combining music work with employment in restaurants and hotels. But to take it to the next level professionally, Wong moved a few years ago to Madrid.

    “I decided to be in one place to develop my career properly,” says Wong. Madrid, she says, is not only the capital of Spain but also “the capital of flamenco jazz…. I met all the musicians I dreamed of playing with, flamenco jazz musicians I had listened to all my life.

    It also helps that Madrid is a very multicultural city, where “the musicians are very open, and it’s not just Spaniards who play flamenco,” says Wong.

    As a non-Spanish and of Asian descent, and also a woman, Wong stands out on the flamenco scene.

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    “Flamenco is like a lot of traditional music. People are very protective about it,” Wong says. “In Spain, in (the southernmost region of) Andalucia, they think people from Madrid can’t play flamenco because they’re not from there. There are a lot of prejudices in general.

    “As a foreign musician and someone who doesn’t often play traditional flamenco, it was hard for people to take me seriously. As an Asian artist, you really stand out. It made me feel like I had to do everything really well just to prove that I know what I’m doing. Most of the time people encouraged me to play, but I felt like a circus monkey.

    When Wong and his trio competed at the Cante de las Minas festival last year, the other finalist chosen from five semi-finalists was a 14-year-old pianist of Roma ancestry. Wong expected to lose.

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    “I used to do a lot of competitions when I was a kid and there was always a five-year-old kid who would come and beat everyone,” she says. “I had in mind that this kid was going to win because kids always win.”

    But Wong prevailed, winning €6,000 and a trophy.

    Her victory prompted her to complete her first recording, Rosa de los Vientos, which she released in February of this year.

    While touring Canada, Wong found that even flamenco newcomers warmed to his music.

    “They really like it. They say they’ve never heard anything like it,” she says. “It’s a very unique combination of music, just a very unique sounding project.”

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    The week Boris Johnson lost his grip on power | Boris Johnson

    On Thursday, Boris Johnson returned from the NATO summit in Madrid after spending several days with world leaders. At the previous G7 in Bavaria, speaking loud enough for the camera to pick up, he joked, “Can we get naked? in a supposed response to an old cliché of Vladimir Putin topless.

    At NATO, he had at least tried to think long-term, publicly promising to raise defense spending to 2.5% of GDP by 2030. Yet his term as prime minister ended a week later. – at the time, the only military comment he would make was to compare himself to a Japanese soldier who had refused to surrender for 29 years after World War II. The joke was remarkably fair.

    The remarkable disintegration of his premiership began the moment he left NATO photocalls behind. Chris Pincher resigned as deputy chief whip the evening of Johnson’s return, after allegations that Pincher groped two men at the Carlton Club in Westminster. The story was bad enough, but what followed was a disastrous series of evasions, half-truths – and even the feeling that Johnson thought it was all a joke.

    Last Friday, Downing Street first said the Prime Minister was unaware of any allegations against Pincher when he promoted him in February, then hours later that he was unaware of no “specific” allegation.

    Yet even that proved to be inaccurate as new complaints about Pincher emerged. Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings, who had long awaited the chance to deliver the final blow, suggested that Johnson knew this all along and had called his colleague “Pincher by name, by nature”.

    More damning evidence was to follow. On Tuesday morning, a former senior Foreign Office official, Simon McDonald, said there had been a similar incident involving Pincher when he was a junior Foreign Office minister in 2019, and that Johnson had been ” informed in person of the initiation and outcome of the investigation”.

    Jason Groves, the political editor of the pro-Tory Daily Mail, began today’s briefing for lobby reporters by asking the Prime Minister’s spokesman: “Will you tell the truth?” – prompting a somewhat embarrassed official to reply that they provided “the information I had at every meeting”.

    Johnson visited the tearooms in an attempt to save the day. But as Tory MP Gary Sambrook revealed to Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Johnson sought to blame everyone but the author.

    According to Sambrook, Johnson said, “There were seven MPs at the Carlton Club last week, and one of them should have tried to step in to stop Chris drinking so much.”

    Sambrook was cheered as he called on him to step down, but by then it was already clear that Johnson’s premiership was at an endgame – even though Johnson was the last to see it.

    The night before, Sajid Javid and then Rishi Sunak had resigned, issuing similar statements nine minutes apart that focused squarely on the Johnson character issue.

    “The British people rightly expect the integrity of their government,” Javid wrote in a statement released at 6:02 p.m.

    Sunak wrote, “The public expects government to be run properly, competently and earnestly.” The statements appeared coordinated even though both sides denied it.

    The resignations of mostly junior ministers continued at an extraordinary pace on Wednesday, the first coming as new chancellor Nadhim Zahawi made a morning media tour, and continued to Welsh secretary Simon Hart at 10.33pm. By midnight, the final number of starts was over 40.

    It had been an easy day for Keir Starmer. At Prime Minister’s Questions, the Labor leader read the account of one victim of Pincher – “he slowly lowered his hand in front of my groin” – in the deliberate style of a prosecutor. Then he asked Johnson why the former whip was promoted in the first place.

    From teatime, ministers began to converge on Downing Street, mostly to demand Johnson’s head, and a handful to encourage him to stay. The Prime Minister saw them individually. Even Priti Patel, the normally staunch home secretary, said she thought he couldn’t go on.

    Johnson, after taking the temperature of his more senior colleagues, was expected to conclude that the game was over, as Margaret Thatcher had done a generation before. There was even an early evening phone call scheduled with the Queen. But, remarkably, Johnson concluded for a while that he could keep fighting.

    In a final show of frustration and relenting in his waning power, he sacked Michael Gove from the cabinet while Gove’s children and ex-wife Sarah Vine watched Love Island. According to Vine, a Daily Mail columnist, Gove told her: “The Prime Minister phoned me a few minutes ago and said it was time for me to take a step back. I said respectfully, “Prime Minister, if anyone has to back down, it’s you.”

    Downing Street said Gove had to leave because ‘you can’t have a snake that’s not with you on one of the big points’. That night, The Sun was told Tory rebels would have to “dip their hands in blood” if they wanted to oust a prime minister who won the December 2019 election.

    One night’s sleep and the fightback was over, though some couldn’t wait. Michelle Donelan resigned as education secretary shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday after around 36 hours in the job. She told Johnson it was the only way to “force your hand”. If she had waited until a math lesson, she might have changed her mind.

    As more and more resignation letters landed on the Downing Street doormat, officials stopped taking calls from reporters on Thursday morning, prompting the immediate suspicion that it was finally over.

    Johnson apparently got up at 6 a.m. to write a resignation speech, in which he would blame “herd instinct” for his departure rather than any particular misjudgment – ​​on Pincher, the holidays or propriety.

    It fell to the BBC’s new political editor, Chris Mason, to tell the nation, taking a phone call from Downing Street live on Radio 4 shortly after 9am.

    Returning to the microphone, with a guest kindly dismissed, a cool Freemason said simply, “The Prime Minister has agreed to step down.

    Travel diary from Spain for the U17 World Cup

    After arriving at 1:30 a.m. on July 2, I knew I wasn’t going to the first game.

    Sometimes when you go to another country you quickly learn that they operate on a different logic. After an hour of waiting at baggage claim with about 40 people and not seeing any of our bags, we learned that they were sending bags from other countries to another part of the airport (thanks to the friendly Canadian who tipped us (hope you won your race!)

    Then comes the biggest and most terrifying challenge – to travel the roads of Europe. If you’ve never been there, the roads of Europe are a lawless, unforgiving and dynamic obstacle course with cars and pedestrians testing you at every crosswalk and turn.

    I quickly learn on the way to the gym that Spaniards love rides and it’s a good thing I used one every day in high school.

    I finally arrive at the gym at 2:30 p.m. local time in the same sweat-soaked clothes I’ve been wearing for the past 18 hours, and as I graduate, three college trainers drop by for lunch. between matches. and thank you for asking me to join you.

    An interesting thing about international scouting is that all the walls between coaches are broken down. Everyone mixes, eats together and hangs out together. In the US, you won’t often catch coaches from different schools together, just like when they go international.

    We had forgotten the siesta. We took a right and all the restaurants were closed so we turned around and finally found an open place.

    We sit down and encounter a language barrier as the waitress didn’t speak English. I caught a breath of inspiration thinking back to a previous trip to Spain when other coaches used google translate to communicate with the locals so I do the same and order something I still don’t know what it was, the coach directly opposite gets shrimp, one gets steak and another plays it safe and just gets fries.

    It’s the first time we’ve met two of these coaches, so we get to know each other, find out how we all got to where we are in our careers, learn about each other’s real lives at home and how much those stinky fries with whatever sauce they came out with was.

    At 3:45 we go back inside and watch France take on Serbia, then immediately get back in the rental car and drive an hour to check in at the hotel, then head straight back to the gym at 10 minutes from Marbella for the final. two games of the evening.

    At 7:15, I arrive at the second gymnasium to catch up on the second half of Mali and Slovenia.

    After the game is over, about three coaches and I come out and have a snack. I had a cake that looked like something Little Debbie would make, but my excitement quickly turned to disappointment with my first bite.

    We sat outside on the patio for the next 30 minutes, chopping it all off and discussing the exciting life events ahead for some.

    At 8:30 we head back inside to catch USA beating Lebanon in their opener 120-44 and I quickly grab a handful of post-game interviews and proceed to dinner at 11:00.

    Two coaches and I drop our cars off and head to a local restaurant a few minutes away on Uber – this time the waitress speaks English.

    I ask her for her recommendation and she immediately says that their Indian food is very good. Surprised by his answer but pushed by my love of Indian cuisine thanks to my wife, I immediately answer that I would like the chicken tikka masala.

    The others I am with order steaks as well as entrees for the table which included fried brie cheese with a truly amazing raspberry sauce and a bottle of local Spanish wine for the table.

    We talk about the state of coaching and their current and past experiences. What it’s like to work at the upper level compared to the mid and low level, with both agreeing that working at the mid and low level has been their most enjoyable years to date.

    Salaries didn’t matter to these two being from power conference schools. They just enjoyed being able to focus on coaching and seemed to suggest that with ascension the focus was shifting away from coaching and more into controlling chaos, especially in NIL’s time.

    They take out the food and the waiter was right, the chicken tikka masala was delicious but my friends learn that they cook their beef by a difference of two temperatures here – both coming out with basically a rare steak.

    Then we learned a second valuable lesson: don’t ask to send food back to Spain. They take it personally and our waitress’ mood quickly turned the rest of the meal upside down.

    We finish a second bottle and a small dessert before returning at 1:00 am, ending an extremely long first day.

    Is increased defense spending by the West even necessary?

    A French friend of mine was one of the last conscripts serving in the 1980s in West Germany. Their only conflicts were with the Germans or other Western armies, usually over women. After an argument, a French commander had to be dissuaded from sending a tank down the local high street to show his rival who was boss.

    Something of that time will return with the remilitarization of the West. “We are facing the most serious security situation in decades,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the alliance summit in Madrid last week. He promised an almost eightfold expansion of forces on full alert to 300,000, although some NATO members said they had no idea where he got that number. Member countries are also increasing their defense spending: 2% of GDP “is increasingly seen as a floor, not a ceiling”, he said. But as I wandered around the Madrid summit, I wondered: even given Vladimir Putin’s malevolence, do we need to militarise? shall we? And how would remilitarization change our societies?

    Do we need it? Russia’s military spending in 2021 reached $66 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. But even then, the United States was spending $801 billion a year and other NATO members about $363 billion. If half of US spending had nothing to do with Europe, then NATO would still be spending around 10 times more than the Russian military in the region, notes Dan Plesch of SOAS, University of London. If the United States abandoned Europe after 2024, the other NATO states would spend more than six times as much as Russia.

    “The military argument [for higher spending] is: Finally, you allow me to buy gifts! “And every day Putin exhausts his army against a non-NATO country, burning its assets like a start-up run by narcissists, making NATO more immune to conventional attack.” NATO fights Russia to the last Ukrainian,” says Amit Gupta, recently retired from the US Air War College. So what is the Western military argument for higher spending? Gupta replies, “The military argument is: finally you allow me to buy goodies!

    How generously are we going to spend? Western European countries far from the front may tire of sending arms and troops to poorer and sparsely populated Eastern Europe. And as Gupta notes, the aging continent prefers butter to guns. Spain’s far-left minister Ione Belarra said: “Spain needs guaranteed income, more doctors, more teachers, not more weapons.”

    Americans also have bigger concerns than Ukraine. The most telling thing about Joe Biden’s press conference at the NATO summit was the questions: the White House press wanted to know more about abortion and the effect of war on oil prices. In the United States, Google searches for “Ukraine” have dropped 96% since the start of the war.

    Americans have also learned that their spending on wars is self-perpetuating. Veterans have high rates of disability and receive publicly funded health care for life. Here is a replica of the “war on terror”: from 2001 to 2020, the inflation-adjusted budget of the Department of Veterans Affairs nearly quadrupled to over $240 billion, more than three times the total military budget of Russia.

    In short, we may not need or want to remilitarize. Nevertheless, we will, at least a little. There are growing threats outside of Russia, from China to the Sahel. The terrorist-industrial complex also needs to be nurtured.

    How will remilitarization change our societies? Plesch says: “The worst case scenario is that we fall into an involuntary world war. In the best-case scenario, we never store and use the weapons, but use our scarce resources to use them.

    Remilitarization will have countless side effects. The warrior caste will regain its status; few politicians can deny funds to medal-winning officers. In fact, American military officers have sometimes unsuccessfully pleaded with Congress to cut their budgets.

    Thus, the executives of arms companies and soldiers in peacetime will live well. When I gave seminars to officers at a US military base years ago, I marveled at their socialist paradise. Officers spent a quarter of their careers in education and enjoyed free health care, subsidized child care and early pensions. More poorer people will join the army for security and social mobility.

    Other effects will be scary. When you train people to be fighters, they can become more disciplined or more violent, or both. And to borrow Robert Kagan’s metaphor: once governments buy military hammers, many problems will start to look like nails. Thus, more countries may be tempted by American-style wars of choice, which are almost unwinnable against adversaries waging wars of survival. The new military hammers could also be used on social issues, such as in America’s disastrous “war on drugs.” Welcome to the new Cold War, even if it’s a best-case scenario.

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    Megan Rapinoe’s fortune detailed as she becomes first footballer to receive presidential medal | Soccer | sport

    On Thursday, Meghan Rapinoe will become the first footballer to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor an American civilian can receive. Adding this to his list of accomplishments and huge net worth, Express.co.uk looks back on his incredible career so far.

    California-born Rapinoe is well known for her prowess on the pitch and her equally powerful activism outside of the stadiums.

    Early in her professional career, Rapinoe was traded from Philadelphia Independence to MagicJack for $100,000 (£83,000), four times the average female player salary in the league.

    Her long list of accomplishments would continually increase her paycheck over time and in 2019 she was part of the World Cup winning women’s team.

    The team won a collective $4m (£3.3m), with members earning a bonus of $90,000 (£74,000) for reaching the quarter-finals.

    Rapinoe’s football stardom has earned her an estimated total net worth of $4.2m (£3.5m) according to Forbes, putting her just outside their list of the 10 highest paid female athletes.

    Now 37, she will be the first footballer to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    READ MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo Pushed Out Of Manchester United By Two Players

    She has championed LGBTQ+ rights, racial equality and equal pay, hoping to change the football landscape for the better.

    She is expected to receive the medal from President Joe Biden at the White House later this week.

    The Medal of Freedom recognizes individuals who have made incredible contributions to societal endeavors such as world peace.

    She reportedly received a personal call from President Biden to inform him of the news.

    Rapinoe has since commented, “I am honored and truly honored to have been chosen for this award by President Biden and feel as inspired and motivated as ever to continue this long history of fighting for the freedoms of all. To quote Emma Lazarus: “Until we are all free, we are not free. » »

    Rapinoe is one of seven children and her interest in football began with her older brother Brian, mesmerized watching him play when she was just three years old.

    However, Brian, like many in the area where they grew up, would soon find himself captivated by the world of drugs.

    Rapinoe and her twin sister Rachael used football as a means of escape from drug addiction.

    She quickly moved from school to regional teams, to enter college on a full scholarship to play for the Portland Pilots alongside Rachael.

    In 2006, she found herself as one of the top scorers in the country, but her season took an unfortunate turn and ACL injuries plagued her for the next two years, receiving a medical hardship waiver for her issues. .

    With her waiver of medical difficulties, she could have stayed one more season in college, but decided to enter the women’s pro soccer draft instead.

    At that time, she had a career-high 88 points, with 30 goals and 28 assists, despite only playing 60 games.



    Soon, Rapinoe found herself traded from Philadelphia Independence to MagicJack for four times the average league player salary.

    Rapinoe had become a bona fide sports star, her mere presence now drawing fans to stadiums whenever she played.

    She joined the Seattle Sounders Women in the summer of 2012, and the team sold out all but one of its home games, four times the average attendance for the closest team.

    Later that same year, she would become the first and only player, regardless of gender, to score an Olimpico at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    Her achievements would continue to pile up and she went on to sign with French Olympique Lyonnais for $14,000 (£11,000) a month and made her Champions League debut soon after in 2013.

    In 2019, Rapinoe appeared in her third World Cup and helped USA advance to the quarter-finals where she would be named Player of the Match.

    In the final World Cup game, at 34, she became the oldest woman to score in a World Cup final.

    Off the court, Rapinoe broke records and boundaries, becoming one half of the first same-sex couple on the cover of ESPN’s The Body Issue in 2018 with partner Sue Bird.

    At the 2015 World Cup, she stood in solemn silence during the national anthem and has been involved in the women’s team equal pay suit since 2016.

    She found herself in media headlines again when she knelt during the national anthem at an international game in 2016, showing solidarity with NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

    President Karis: Prime Minister’s comments on NATO are “useless” | New

    The president also called for progress in coalition talks between the reformists, the center and the social democrats (SDE), not for the first time in recent days.

    Appearing Monday morning on the Vikerraadio program “Välistund”, the president denounced the Prime Minister’s statements in an article in the British daily Financial Times published online on Wednesday June 22, in which she said that the emergency plans of the NATO for Estonia were under Russian occupation for six months (180 days) before being liberated would, given Ukraine’s recent experience, be more than enough for the physical destruction of the Old Town of Tallinn and the flooding of the three Baltic states.

    President Karis told interviewer Indrek Kiisler that: “If you ask me if I would have published such a story, I certainly would not have done so, because I am not in favor of the idea that we are trying to solve the problems via the media, when we knew that these documents were already more or less formalized”, referring to a declaration of the Ministry of Defense made on June 23 according to which the information that Kallas had given to journalists is accessible to the public and are not classified.

    “While reading [NATO Secretary General] Jens Stoltenberg’s comment the next day in the same newspaper, it was clear he was a little disturbed by the comments. Attempts to settle things should still be done around the table of bilateral and multilateral meetings. I think most of what Estonia and the eastern flank countries wanted was already in the documents,” the president added.

    As the ongoing coalition negotiations between Kallas’s party, Reform, Isamaa and SDE, now entering their fourth week with no sign of a deal in sight, and Reform in power as a minority administration, do not constitute a security threat at present, this could change, in the future, continued the president.

    “At the moment it’s not a security threat, but of course that can change. We have a government, but we certainly don’t have a well-functioning government, and I think it’s important that there is one, because these problems that the government already has to deal with today to solve them as soon as possible – whether it is inflation or heating prices, whether we will have an LNG terminal, etc. – this are things that should be happening now. I understand that officials are doing their job, but clear political decisions are needed here and they need to be being negotiated right now,” the president said.

    Public perception was that the situation was already a security risk, Karis added.

    “Public discontent that we don’t have a government together is already a security risk in some sense,” he said.

    That said, there is no risk of an outbreak of physical war for Estonia in the near future, the president said, and Estonia is currently more protected than Finland and Sweden, which are not enter the ratification phase of their application for NATO membership.

    In addition, the complete severance of relations between Russia and the West is also not the right decision, the president continued, and should not occur at the level of state leadership.

    This makes it necessary to maintain an Estonian embassy in Moscow, he added.

    “As long as it is possible .. it should be. This is also one of the reasons why I accepted the credentials of the new Russian ambassador here, so that there is no situation where our ambassador would be called away from [Moscow]. Information can certainly be gathered, and that work continues. It’s another channel to capture a bit of what’s going on, even gauging people’s moods,” the president continued.

    “We inevitably need help from the big states,” he said.

    “The wish was for there to be larger defense forces here on the eastern flank, which NATO would guarantee, and I think we got that framework. It is also important that NATO statements indicate now clear where this threat to Europe is coming from,” the president continued.

    The President also noted that while it has appeared necessary recently to stress Estonia’s need for additional NATO forces and additional funding for the EDF, this must be weighed against the fact that any firm statement on the subject of the threat of war will certainly harm foreign investment in Estonia.

    Ultimately, Estonia remains a safe place to do business, and Russia is not strong enough militarily to pose the threat of invasion as things stand, he continued. .

    The current security situation in Europe requires countries to see a slight decrease in economic living standards, he continued, while at the same time a ceasefire in Ukraine is not a viable outcome – because if such a truce turns into another frozen conflict like in 2014, it would pose an even greater threat to the security of Europe.

    The effects of sanctions need to be monitored more closely for their effects; sanctions that are not effective should be dropped, while what works and what does not work should be considered before launching new rounds of sanctions, he said.

    Regarding the ongoing coalition talks and potential new ministers, the president said the ideal candidate needed both expertise in their field and political experience.

    The prime minister’s remarks, in which she said Estonia would be “wiped off the map” if existing NATO plans were to be followed in the event of a Russian invasion, were published in the FT on June 22, at the beginning of the summer holidays in Estonia.

    The Prime Minister made dozens of appearances in foreign media, especially in quality publications in English, French and German, even before the February 24 invasion and was well received, for example, in the United Kingdom , where she recently received the annual Think Tank Award.

    President Karis recently called for progress, or at least clarity, on the virtually stalled coalition talks on Friday, asking for an update by Sunday.

    Updates on the talks have appeared in the media virtually every working day since they began on June 13, although no progress was reported on Monday on what was said over the weekend – namely that an agreement had so far only been reached on an increase in income tax – free allowance at the same level as the monthly minimum wage.

    The Prime Minister refused to accept the resignation of Education Minister Liina Kersna at the end of last week. Had she done so, there would have been only six serving government ministers out of the 14 originally appointed to the current administration in January 2021. Reform ministers have been the only ones in office since the prime minister sacked ministers of the Center Party on June 3. .

    The official line from the Ministry of Defense regarding last week’s Madrid summit is that Estonia got most of what it asked for, including the creation of a division-sized unit, composed of both EDF personnel, NATO personnel based in the country and rapid response personnel NATO personnel arriving from outside Estonia, mainly from the United Kingdom

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    We take a break at the Amor de Dios flamenco center in Madrid: NPR


    And finally today, you know that we couldn’t leave Madrid without having a little fun. So we want to tell you about a really special experience we had during our stay here.


    MARTIN: If you recognize this rhythm, you will know that I am talking about the famous art of flamenco. And – try not to be jealous – we got to watch and even learn a bit at Madrid‘s legendary flamenco school, Amor De Dios. The studio is a cultural icon in Spain and dancers from all over the world take classes there.

    CARMEN RIVAS: (Non-English language spoken).

    MARTIN: This is Carmen Rivas, also known as Carmen la Talegona, a renowned flamenco dancer and teacher here. We were lucky enough to join Carmen and her students as they rehearsed one last time before their class’ graduation presentation later this week.

    RIVAS: (non-English language spoken).

    MARTIN: Let me say that was a lot to take in, so we thought it would be fun to debrief as a group. For this I am joined by the ALL THINGS CONSIDERED team here in Madrid – Miguel Macias, Tinbete Ermyas and Kira Wakeam. Kira, Tinbete, Miguel, hello.


    KIRA WAKEAM, BY LINE: Hello, Michel.

    MIGUEL MACIAS, BYLINE: Hello, Michel.

    MARTIN: So, Miguel, I’ll start with you. You are from Spain and you organized our visit to the studio. Could you tell us a bit more about why seeing a course like this is so special?

    MACIAS: Well, first of all, we entered this class because a good friend of mine, my best friend in Spain, is a student. So that was special access that we had. And even when you see flamenco, you sit in a room. And it’s beautiful, and it’s wonderful. It’s an emotional experience, but it’s very refined. In this case, we walked into this hot classroom – it was a hot day. They were students preparing their showcase, their final showcase, as you said before. The emotions were so strong. They were very focused. They were very focused. And you could see the actual process of editing the show, understanding how the stages are created.


    UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: (Non-English language spoken).

    MACIAS: You might also see errors, which you don’t usually see on a professional show. So that’s what made it so unique and such a special experience.

    MARTIN: What stood out to you? What do you think is the thing that touched you the most?

    MACIAS: Growing up in southern Spain, flamenco was everywhere. But in my house, in fact, my parents didn’t really play flamenco. Fun fact about me – I got into flamenco when I emigrated to the United States. At some point in my life I started buying all kinds of flamenco towns. I have quite a collection. So it became a very personal way for me to connect with my homeland, which I think often happens to migrants. So when the teacher started singing – which she wasn’t supposed to, because they have a professional band for their performance, but in this case they weren’t there; they couldn’t be there. The teacher started singing, and for me, I felt so (inaudible), so emotional. It’s just like – I choked.

    UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: (Singing in a language other than English).

    MACIAS: It really touched me how everything happened in such a pure and artistic way in front of us.

    MARTIN: Tinbete, and you? Was it the first time you saw flamenco?

    ERMYAS: Yes, it was the first time I saw flamenco. And I should start by saying that I didn’t know much about it before going to this studio. I mean, I use the flamenco emoji a lot in group chats, for example, because I’m fabulous. But I didn’t know much about it as an art form. I didn’t know much about it as a cultural practice. And one of the things that I noticed when we were in the studio watching the dancers practice was just how visual the story is. You see it on the face. You see it in the eyes.

    And another thing that struck me was, I mean, when you walk in, there’s these beautiful images of, like – I mean, people who were at the top of this craft. And they wear different kinds of uniforms and outfits. And you can say that the students – I mean, there’s really this energy that they’re part of something bigger than themselves. They’re into this really intense, really powerful art form that’s very much tied to Spanish culture. And you can – kind of feel like they’re trying to be part of a tradition that’s not just bigger than themselves, but really part of this culture in this country.


    MARTIN: Kira, you were able to get closer to Carmen and the students because you were recording all the time. So what stood out to you?

    WAKEAM: So yeah – very, very close to the students, they were very nice and let me get close to them while they were dancing. And you know, Michel, that I am a fashion lover, a clothes lover. So, one of the first things that struck me was these amazing skirts, these traditional skirts that students wore called Bata de Cola, which directly translates to a tail coat. And those are kind of the long, heavy skirts that you’ve seen on flamenco dancers flowing and moving as they dance. And Carmen actually told us that not just anyone can wear them.

    RIVAS: (non-English language spoken).

    WAKEAM: You can’t just put on a Bata de Cola. You have to learn it. And, really, you can tell because there’s so much skill involved when they kick their feet up and turn around and wag their tails like a fish. And it’s really amazing to see them and to move with them. And it was so amazing to watch.

    MARTIN: Okay, Kira, tell the truth. Did you want one?

    WAKEAM: Of course. You know it (laughs).

    MACIAS: OK, Michel, it’s your turn. I saw you very attentive on Friday. What made this experience so special for you?

    MARTIN: Well, first of all, I had my own flamenco lesson with Carmen.

    RIVAS: (non-English language spoken).

    MARTIN: Yes. It’s definitely not easy, although I knew that because, you know, I love dancing. I used to, you know, study dance like a lot of little girls, but I actually studied different forms of dance all through college and actually, you know, for a few years after . And I’ve seen it many times, but I’ve never been so close to it. And it wasn’t until I saw the repeat that I kind of realized that one of the things I love about it is how it incorporates so many art forms from whole world. I mean, it’s – you know, you see a kind of emotion from opera, like, Tinbete, you were saying, the emotion you have in the history of opera. But you see, like, the precision that you see in classical dances from other traditions, like, you know, Hindu classical dance or Indian classical finger and eye dance. Every part of the body does something important.

    But, you know, I have to say, it reminded me of our own step and tap…


    MARTIN: …Because you have this kind of fierce percussion, rhythm. Everything comes from you, from your body, from the hands, from the tap. And it was, you know, very comfortable if you’ve ever seen a step show in a – especially an HBCU step show. Then you will see what I say. It’s just like – it must be very tight. And I asked Carmen about it. I asked him because it was – even though it was very classic, it was very contemporary. So I asked Carmen what kind of dance inspired her.

    RIVAS: (non-English language spoken).

    MARTIN: And she said that apart from flamenco masters, she’s inspired by African dance, hip-hop, tap dancing. Each type of dance influenced his choreography. And she told us that flamenco is gaining popularity all over the world.

    RIVAS: (non-English language spoken).

    WAKEAM: Michel, I thought that was very interesting too, because Carmen said that because of things like YouTube and Instagram, more and more people have access to flamenco in a way that they don’t. didn’t really have before. And funnily enough, I have a friend in DC who dances flamenco. And when I told her about our experience, she told me she knew Carmen because she followed her on social media.

    MARTIN: So we can follow along and hopefully get more lessons. It was awesome. Well, thank you all for sharing your thoughts, for joining me on this journey. It was Kira Wakeam, Tinbete Ermyas and Miguel Macias. Miguel, special thanks to you for arranging this wonderful tour. We were all part of the ALL THINGS CONSIDERED team here in Madrid. Farewell.

    WAKEAM: Goodbye.

    ERMYAS: Goodbye.

    MACIAS: Goodbye.


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    A flamethrower used to set fire to a Pan-African flag flying on a pole in Florida

    TOKYO: Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman’s long search ended on Friday when he found a treasured guitar in Tokyo 45 years after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel.
    “My girlfriend is right there,” said Bachman, 78, a former member of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, as the Gretsch guitar on which he wrote “American Woman” and other hits was handed to him. given by a Japanese musician who had bought it in a store in Tokyo in 2014 without knowing its history.
    He said all guitars are special, but the orange 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins he bought as a teenager was exceptional. He worked several jobs to save money in order to buy the $400 guitar, his first purchase of an expensive instrument, he said.
    “It’s been my whole life. It was my hammer and a tool to write songs, make music and earn money,” Bachman told AP before the handover at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.
    When it was robbed at the Toronto hotel in 1977, “I cried for three days. It was part of me,” he said. “It was very, very upsetting.” He ended up buying about 300 guitars in failed attempts to replace them, he said.
    Bachman has spoken about the missing guitar frequently in interviews and radio shows, and most recently on YouTube programs he performed on with his son, Tal.
    In 2020, a Canadian fan who heard the guitar’s story searched the internet and successfully located it in Tokyo within two weeks.
    Fan William Long used a small speck in the guitar’s wood grain visible in old images as a “digital fingerprint” and tracked the instrument to a vintage guitar shop site in Tokyo. Further research led him to a YouTube video showing the instrument played by a Japanese musician, TAKESHI, in December 2019.
    After hearing from Long, Bachman immediately contacted TAKESHI and recognized the guitar in a video chat they had.
    “I was crying,” Bachman said. “The guitar almost spoke to me on the video, like, ‘Hey, I’m coming home.'”
    TAKESHI agreed to give it to Bachman in exchange for one that looked a lot like him. So Bachman searched and found the guitar’s “sister” — made in the same week, with a similar serial number, without modifications or repairs.
    “Finding my guitar was a miracle, finding his twin sister was another miracle,” Bachman said.
    TAKESHI said he decided to return the guitar because as a guitarist he could imagine how much Bachman missed it.
    “I owned it and only played it for eight years and I’m extremely sad to give it back now. But it’s been feeling sad for 46 years, and it’s time someone else was sad” , TAKESHI said, “I felt sorry for this caption.”
    He said he felt great after returning the guitar to its rightful owner, but it might take time for him to love his new Gretsch as much as this one.
    “It’s a guitar, and it has a soul. So even though he has the same form, I can’t say for sure if I can like a substitute the same way I liked this one,” he said. “There’s no doubt that Randy thought of me and searched hard (to replace him), so I will gradually develop a fondness for him, but that may take time.”
    Bachman said he and TAKESHI are now like brothers who own guitars that are “twin sisters.” They participate in a guitar documentary on which they plan to perform a song together, “Lost and Found”.
    They also performed several songs during Friday’s rebate, including “American Woman.”
    Bachman said he would lock the guitar in his house so he would never lose it again. “I will never take him out of my house again,” he said.

    Army Veteran Daniel Munoz Named Electric Light Parade Grand Marshal

    LAS CRUCES – Retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Daniel Munoz is the Grand Marshal for this year’s Fourth of July Electric Light Parade.

    “Patriotic Spirit and American Dreams” is the theme for the 2022 parade, which will take place Sunday evening along parts of Solano Drive and Hadley Ave.

    Munoz was born in Albuquerque but grew up in Hatch, where he graduated from Hatch Valley High in the top three of his class, a city news release said.

    According to the statement, Munoz joined the military and served with the 82nd Airborne and 1st Ranger Battalion on five combat tours, two to Iraq and three to Afghanistan. He also won over 20 US Army awards and honors during this time.

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    Munoz said he was happy when he received the email from the Las Cruces Department of Parks and Recreation letting him know he would be this year’s grand marshal.

    “I was really excited. I’m honored to represent Las Cruces,” he said.

    Munoz joined the military in 2000 and served for 15 years until his medical retirement due to a skydiving accident that left him with a torn ACL and ruptured meniscus. He has since fully recovered. Still, he left the army earlier than he wanted.

    “I was disappointed because I would have liked to stay as long as possible,” Munoz said.

    After retiring, Munoz returned to school in 2015 and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from American Military University. He said he decided to go into psychology because he wanted to be able to counsel and help other veterans.

    After briefly working at a mental health institute, Muñoz joined the Veteran’s Fire Corp Crew with Conservation Corps New Mexico and later became a wildland firefighter and served three seasons, including one season with the Silver City Hotshots. He said being a firefighter reminded him of the military, as the structure was similar.

    “I loved the adrenaline of getting on the fire, it was kind of a springboard for me,” he said.

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    Munoz plans to get his master’s degree in psychology so he can further help veterans and their transition from the military to civilian life. He considered continuing as a firefighter, but said furthering his education seemed like the right path.

    Her future goals are to raise her children, the youngest being 5 years old and about to start primary school.

    The Electric Light Parade begins at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3 at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid Ave., and heads south on Solano, then east on Hadley before ending at the Maag Softball Complex.

    Munoz will be on the first float, leading the parade.

    Annya Loya is a general reporter and can be reached at [email protected] or @annyaloya on Twitter.

    Scotland will hold an independence referendum in 2023. Will Catalonia follow?

    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has proposed holding an independence referendum in October 2023, with some politicians in Spain’s autonomous region of Catalonia saying it could boost them in their own quest for self-determination.
    Ms Sturgeon said on Tuesday that her Scottish National Party (SNP) was planning to hold a vote, asking the question: ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’
    She also sent a personal email to more than 100,000 SNP workers, which also said: ‘The referendum campaign starts here’.
    To legally hold a referendum, the Scottish Parliament would need permission from the UK Supreme Court, which Ms Sturgeon has requested. Alternatively, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could authorize it himself under Section 30 of Scots Law, which was used by David Cameron to authorize Scotland’s independence referendum in 2014.
    Ms Sturgeon said the people of Scotland ‘must have the right to choose’.

    “It is then entirely up to the people of Scotland to decide that choice,” Ms Sturgeon said.

    “But just trying to block democracy, as Unionist politicians do, just because they fear the verdict of the Scottish people, that’s not democratic, that’s not acceptable and that’s not sustainable.”
    “Scottish democracy cannot be a prisoner of Boris Johnson or any other British Prime Minister.”

    A spokesman for Mr Johnson said the government would consider Ms Sturgeon’s proposal but the UK should focus on ‘building a stronger economy‘.

    Who wants independence, and who doesn’t?

    Scotland has a divided population and has for centuries. Religion, independence and football, strongly linked, contribute to this fracture.
    Scots who want to stay in the UK – also known as “unionists” – support the British Crown and want Scotland to remain part of the UK.

    In Scotland, the main opposition to the SNP and its quest for Scottish sovereignty is the Scottish Conservative Party, led by Douglas Ross.


    He, like Mr Johnson, argues the economy is Scotland’s “real” priority at the moment, not another referendum.
    “Nicola Sturgeon is doing it again. His eye is off the ball again,” Mr Ross said.
    “The real priorities of the Scottish people are on the back burner.
    “She will use government time and resources to advance her plan to dismantle the country.
    “We will not participate in a fake poll.”
    Scots who want independence believe that Scotland is a minority nation dominated by the UK and should rule in its own right.
    Glasgow resident Dom McCearney told SBS News that the younger generation felt particularly disconnected from British politics.
    “I think a lot of Scots, especially young Scots, feel disconnected from Westminster politics,” Mr McCearney said.
    “The Conservatives haven’t had a majority in Scotland for decades, but we continue to have Tory governments imposed on us.

    “There’s also a feeling that Scotland is politically different, leaning a bit more to the left than the average voter in the rest of the UK.”

    A crowd of football supporters inside a stadium, displaying the Union Jack.

    Rangers fans often display the Union Jack at games as a sign of support for the Crown. Credit: Kirk O’Rourke/PA

    According to The Mirror’s analysis of voting records between 1983 and 2015, Glasgow – Scotland’s most populous city – is also the UK’s most left-wing city.

    If Scottish independence is not based on a question of religion, the country is known for its historical violence between its Catholic and Protestant populations.
    The footballing rivalry between Glasgow’s Celtic FC, traditionally associated with the Catholic Church, and Glasgow Rangers FC, traditionally associated with the Protestant religion, is a better illustration of this.

    Rangers fans usually wear the Union Jack to show their support for the Crown and their unity with England.

    What happened last time, and will this time be different?

    In 2014 Scotland held an unsuccessful independence referendum with 55.3% (2,001,926) voting against independence, answering ‘no’ and 44.7% voting for independence, answering ‘yes’ .
    But ‘yes’ voters – who often fly flags with the word ‘yes’ – have continued to rally for independence since the referendum, especially after the UK’s exit from Europe (Brexit).
    In the last referendum, the majority of Scots wanted to stay in the European Union (EU) and voting for independence would have potentially meant a Scottish exit from the bloc.
    Some have criticized the BBC for what they say is biased coverage of the independence movement and the referendum, saying the British outlet has fueled fears around independence, particularly in the context of EU membership .
    Two years later, Brexit arrived. While the UK voted to leave the EU 52% to 48%, Scotland voted to stay 62% to 38%.

    The SNP says that if Scotland succeeds in gaining independence, it will try to negotiate with the EU to bring the country back into the bloc.

    A protester wearing blue and a European Union t-shirt holds a placard outside the Scottish Parliament.

    Supporters of the Yes for EU campaign group outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh to protest against Brexit. Credit: Andrew Milligan/AP

    What is the link with Catalonia?

    The Scottish independence movement and the movement in Catalonia share similarities in their efforts for self-determination, although with some key differences. This includes the fact that the UK previously allowed Scotland to vote and that Spain does not want to leave the EU.

    During independence demonstrations in both countries, the Catalan pro-independence flag is often flown alongside the Scottish flag, as a sign of solidarity.

    Demonstrators waving flags march down the street.

    Pro-Catalan independence protesters march through Edinburgh’s west to the offices of the European Commission. Credit: Ken Jack/Corbis via Getty Images

    Similar to Scotland, Catalonia was its own country before seeing its sovereignty taken by a monarchy.

    Catalonia’s independence gained traction after Spain’s central courts in 2010 rejected the region’s call to reform its statute of autonomy, which is the agreement of the division of power it shares with Madrid.
    As Spain does not operate under a federal system, Catalonia wanted certain powers over how it governs issues such as its language, taxes and judicial system. Former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero agreed to the reforms, but they were later ruled unconstitutional by Spain’s Constitutional Court.
    The decision left many Catalans feeling dominated by Spain’s central courts, regardless of the government in power, and led to a regional coalition government, led by Carles Puigdemont, to hold a referendum on October 1, 2017.
    Spain, then led by Mariano Rajoy, declared the referendum illegal before it was held and sent thousands of national police to prevent the vote from taking place.

    On election day, Spanish police raided schools where voting was taking place and forcibly prevented civilians from voting. Human rights groups such as Amnesty International have condemned their actions as examples of police brutality.

    A sea of ​​protesters marching through the streets of Catalonia, waving flags and placards.

    Catalan pro-independence protesters march during a demonstration in Barcelona. Source: PA / Emilio Morenatti/AP

    Five years later, the Catalan government still claims to want to organize a new referendum.

    Aleix Sarri, international leader of one of the pro-independence parties in the forming coalition, Junts, told SBS News that Scotland’s recent announcement will also spur the Catalan government to push for another referendum.
    “Scotland is leading the way for a new wave of self-determination in Europe and will show again that borders are best decided by the ballot box and not by wars, state treaties or marriages centuries ago,” Mr. Sarri said.
    “Scotland will again be a mirror of Catalonia’s push for independence and Spain’s repressive tactics.
    “[Ms] Sturgeon will not risk prison or exile for organizing a referendum, underlining the democratic depth of the UK compared to Spain which puts the unity of the state above democracy and rights of man.”

    The Spanish Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan political and social figures to nine to thirteen years in prison for their participation in the referendum.

    The imprisonment, based on crimes of “sedition”, has been condemned by organizations such as Amnesty International, the World Organization Against Torture and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

    After the unauthorized referendum, former Catalan government leader Carles Puigdemont fled Spain to Belgium, where he still lives in exile and continues to campaign for Catalan self-determination.

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    DUBAI: A moving and inspiring speech given by a Lebanese student at a graduation ceremony at the American University of Beirut, in which he paid tribute to his “poor and hard-working” parents and the sacrifices they made made to ensure he gets an education, is going viral on social media.
    Elie El-Khawand, a 21-year-old electrical and computer engineering student, was among those who graduated from the university on June 11. He was chosen to deliver the keynote address after responding to an email from AUB authorities inviting students to apply for the honor.
    “My belief was that a word from the heart would reach a wider audience,” El-Khawand told Arab News on Thursday when asked what motivated him to deliver the speech.
    His heartwarming words and genuine feelings impressed and moved the thousands in attendance at the graduation ceremony and over the past few days the video of the speech, originally shared by other graduates and their friends and families, has gone viral. started going viral on social media. platforms.
    In his speech, El-Khawand spoke about his parents’ hard and difficult journey and their struggles to raise him and provide him with a quality education.
    He began by saying that he would not give in to the financial crisis currently affecting Lebanon and that he was “following my heart and aiming for the stars”.
    He told the crowd, “I want to share with you who I really am. Eleven years after their marriage, a janitor and his housekeeper, who had lost all hope of having children, welcomed their first newborn son.
    “This baby, me, brought them joy…” he said, and was forced to pause for several seconds as the audience erupted in cheers and applause, before continuing: “… and ignited their sense of purpose – or so they told me.”
    Speaking with obvious pride, El-Khawand said, “From dawn to dusk, my mother carried me with her broom and mop as she cleaned the houses in the neighborhood. My father worked as a janitor at a reputable school nearby, which I entered and continued my education for free.
    He recounted how, growing up, he became aware of his family’s situation in life, but that despite the fact that his parents were poor, they “could give him an abundance of love and comfort”.
    Speaking to other students from a similar social background, El-Khawand added, “You never know how the dots will end up connecting. Have the confidence to follow your heart and never be afraid to take the first step.
    To illustrate his point, he revealed the challenge he faced when he realized he might not be able to afford college as his family often struggled to pay for daily necessities.
    “I enrolled in AUB with a totally unclear payment plan,” he said, but added that he eventually “got decent financial aid and scholarships from AUB. I won the 30,000 A List contest and worked as a part-time tutor.
    Asked by Arab News how proud he was of his parents as he watched them from the podium as he delivered his speech, El-Khawand said: “I’m not going to lie, I didn’t find them in the crowd. ”
    As for the incredible reception his heartfelt words received on the day and as they spread online, he admitted he hadn’t expected such an emotional and positive response from public.
    “To be honest, not to this extent,” he said. “I was amazed by the thousands of posts and comments, especially those that made it clear to me that they needed to hear the words of my speech.”
    One of those who shared video footage of El-Khawand’s speech was Lebanese media personality Ricardo Karam, whose post on Twitter received more than 7,000 likes and was retweeted more than 1,100 times. Al Jazeera TV and other regional and local TV stations and news outlets also reported on the speech and aired parts of it.

    EUROPE/SPAIN: Father José María Calderón: “The missionary spirit of Spanish Catholics is immense”

    EUROPE/SPAIN: Father José María Calderón: “The missionary spirit of Spanish Catholics is immense”

    Madrid (Agenzia Fides) – The activity report of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Spain for the year 2021 was presented yesterday at a press conference.
    Among the speakers: the director of the Spanish EMP, Father José María Calderón, Sister Roberta Tremarelli, general secretary of the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood and the missionary Luis Carlos Rilova IEME (Spanish Institute of Foreign Missions), who came Zimbabwe to testify how PMS assistance supports church presence and evangelism.
    “The collections in the parishes on the days reserved are the strength of the PMS”, explained Father José María Calderón. In 2021, the Pontifical Mission Societies collected 17,977,193 euros in Spain, thanks to the three annual campaigns that are organized: Domund, World Mission Day (72% of the total), Day dedicated to Missionary Childhood and Vocations native.
    Last year, the Spanish PMS supported about 2,600 projects related to Missionary Childhood: “I take this opportunity to thank all the faithful and Spanish children who have contributed to helping children in mission countries”, commented Sister Roberta Tremarelli.
    A place was also given to the testimony of the missionary Luis Carlos Rilova, 12 years old in Zimbabwe, precisely in the diocese of Hwange. There, in addition to being a priest of 23 communities, he requested and managed the aid offered by the Holy See to mission territories, through the Pontifical Mission Societies. Father Rilova explained how substantial this aid to his missionary work was, not only to meet ordinary expenses, but also to launch very demanding projects such as the construction of new chapels and parishes, the production of evangelization material and the support for the pastoral centers of the diocese. “Africans do not only receive, explains Father Rilova, they also collaborate in many ways. And this collaboration is expressed in the manual work in the construction of the buildings, but also in the collaboration in the missionary days that are celebrated there. For example, some children’s groups help farmers remove weeds, and what they get in return they offer in the collections of Missionary Childhood.”
    The generosity of the Spanish people with regard to missionary activities is accompanied by an important awareness-raising work that the PMS constantly carry out.
    On the one hand, awareness is promoted by missionary activities in the dioceses (in 2021, 44 conferences and round tables, 12 exhibitions; 286 school visits), on the other hand, missionary training open to all is offered thanks to collaboration with San Dámaso University in Madrid, San Vicente Ferrer University in Valencia and the Faculty of Theology in Northern Spain. Prayer for the missions is fundamental. “We ask all monasteries of contemplative life to pray once a month for missionaries and evangelization”, explained José María Calderón, who also highlighted the initiative of “sick missionaries”, who offer their sufferings for the assignment. The work carried out by the Spanish PMS through the media is also very important, with three magazines, five radio programs, a television program and a strong presence on social networks.
    Finally, the number of Spanish missionaries in the world was mentioned, which today amounts to approximately 10,382, of which 54% are women. They are mainly men and women religious and priests, but there are also 662 lay people. 67% are in America and the country that receives the most Spanish missionaries is Peru. (EG) (Agenzia Fides 01/07/2022)

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    The High Jewelery installation of Cartier Beauties of the World in Madrid


    Francois Goizé / Cartier

    This month, Cartier unveiled its latest Beautés du Monde high jewelry collection in Madrid, where its roots run deep – the house was commissioned as official jewelry supplier to the Spanish royal family in 1904 and hosted its first exhibition. local to the Hotel Ritz Madrid in 1922.

    One hundred years later, Cartier returns to the city in great shape, taking over the former British Embassy to stage a remarkable installation. Designed by WS Bryant and Luis Blanco-Soler to mimic a bullring, the brutalist monument was built in 1966 and had lain unused since 2009. It was ripe for re-imagining in the capable hands of Spanish artist Jaime Hayon, who was brought in to design the interiors of the showrooms and private viewing rooms from scratch.

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    Inside the Cartier installation at the former British Embassy in Madrid, designed by Jaime Hayon.

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    The space had to be “beautiful, but cool,” says Hayon, who out of necessity cared as much about logistics as aesthetics: cabling had to be concealed under the floor to allow for the highest level of IT security; runners had to be able to go back and forth during appointments with multimillion-dollar coins in hand; and, of course, the jewelry had to be effectively lit and highlighted. Repeating arch patterns in different colors guide visitors through the installation, allowing for a sense of discovery as well as an emotional connection to the pieces on display.

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    New introductions to the high jewelry collection.

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    The former British Embassy in Madrid has been transformed by Jaime Hayon.

    Courtesy of Cartier

    But it goes without saying that all of this was in the service of gemstones. Jacqueline Karachi, Creative Director of Cartier Fine Jewelry, describes herself as “a perfect master of Cartier”, having designed for the house for more than 25 years. Her sense of color and her ability to synthesize abstract ideas into a suite of high jewelry is an ongoing process of transmission and education, as she works with her team of 12 designers to continually evolve the codes of the house. “I never say that I don’t like [a design]; I’m just saying it could be ‘more Cartier’ if you add such-and-such a detail,” Karachi says. “It’s just a matter of knowing the Cartier vocabulary.”

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    The space was designed to facilitate a dialogue with the pieces but not to overwhelm them.

    Francois Goize / Cartier

    It takes two full years, not to mention a lot carats – to craft the pieces on display, from ideation and material sourcing to execution. “For this collection, we wanted it to feel like a cabinet of curiosities in that you find inspiration from everywhere,” says Karachi. “Sometimes it comes from the stone, sometimes from the color, sometimes it’s where [the stone] just. You can have your own interpretation and you are invited to embark on your own journey. At Cartier, it turns out that all roads lead to beauty.

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    A bull market | North Bay Gem


    North Bay’s Jaimee Bull takes gold in Spain in pro waterskiing event

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    Jaimee Bull continues to ride the wave of success.

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    Bull won the first major event of the professional waterskiing season last weekend at an event in Spain, the Botaski ProAm in Madrid.

    “It was the first leg of the European tour,” she said via email from the UK.

    “I am in England this week training before flying to Italy this weekend for a competition followed by an event next week in Greece. After Greece I am returning to the United States to represent Canada at the World Games in Atlanta.

    Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the water ski season has been full of wins for the Chippewa High School graduate. Bull has won seven times, crowned by victories at the World Championships and the US Masters.

    How can she approach this season after last year’s incredible results? Bull says it’s simple. You don’t think about last year.

    “Last year was an incredible year and many great events took place.

    “This year there are no world championships because they only take place every two years, so there are fewer big titles. I hope to place well throughout the season and win at the Pro Tour title again this year. I would also like to break the Canadian national record in the women’s open slalom. It’s a new year with new goals, so I’m trying not to compare this year and last year.

    A star on the water and in the classroom, Bull was the outstanding mechanical engineering graduate of 2022 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

    She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering.

    Bull has a difficult balance between water and school, but when asked about it, it was something she was ready for.

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    “I get asked this question a lot and I think it comes down to prioritization, time management and dedication. When I ski and go to school, I allow myself to prioritize what needs the most time. attention every day to achieve my goals in both cases.

    If the results on the water remain good, Bull says she will continue to compete. She is used to life on the road without a family and thinks she has adapted to this way of life.

    “Being away from my family is hard, but I’ve been doing it for many years. I think it’s very important to find a strong group of people that you can develop close relationships with when your family can’t be there.

    In a recent interview, Bull noted that her greatest pleasure was waterskiing with her family at her home in Trout Lake. The Nugget asked if that surpasses winning a world title.

    “They are two very different emotions and scenarios so (they) cannot be compared. Skiing home with my family is great because we can spend time together on the water where it all started and where I learned to love being on the water. Without the time spent on the water with my family, a world record would never have been achieved.

    Temptations and Questions with Harrel Holmes Jr – Twin Cities Arts Reader

    Harrell Holmes Jr., Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Jalen Harris, Marcus Paul James and James T. Lane in the National Touring Company of Ain’t too proudopening tonight at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Emilio Madrid.

    The Broadway Touring Musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations opens tonight at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. This musical jukebox is the last show of the 2021-2022 season Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin season, from June 28 to July 10.

    The title It’s not too much Proud comes from the name of the single “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by the eponymous Motown vocal group in 1966. This song is a plea for a second chance from a lover heading for the door – a powerful plea, he turned out, sent to the top of the Billboard R&B charts in eight different weeks. On the story side, It’s not too much Proud the musical follows the normal beats of a jukebox band: early history, pivotal moments, a big pivot…and many, many glorious songs.

    One of the stars of Ain’t too proud is Harrel Holmes Jr., a native of Saginaw, Michigan, who slips smoothly into the skin of Melvin Franklin, the legendary bassist of the Temptations. A veteran of star search, american idol, and more, Holmes grew up with the Motown sound all around him. Something must have gotten stuck: Between AMDA participation and casting Ain’t too proudhe received a Motown Fellowship and won a Stevie Wonder Fellowship.

    Holmes spoke with Arts Reader’s Basil Considine about life on the road and more.

    Singer, actor and dancer triple threat Harrell Holmes Jr.

    In addition to your AMDA training, you studied music production at Full Sail University. Does this aspect of your training come back in your activities on stage or off stage during the tour?

    AMDA [The American Musical and Dramatic Academy] was my very first introduction to musical theatre, so I definitely used some of that training in preparation for this tour. The Full Sail line-up focused more on behind-the-scenes music production, so it doesn’t apply to this particular role.

    Touring life is often global. What do you do for fun when you have down time?

    I like to relax and play my PS5. Also, going to the gym or running outside is relaxing and allows me to see the city where we play. I also like to play Spades with my teammates.

    What was the audition/casting process for you with this series?

    It was extremely intense and difficult. I started in September 2019 in Los Angeles. Then I moved on to encores which took place a few weeks later in New York – which was also my first time there. I went through an intensive week of dancing, acting and singing in which cuts were made every day.

    I moved on to the final reminders that were due to take place in March 2020, when unfortunately COVID shut down the country. Like many around the world, this year has been full of uncertainty and mental obstacles for all of us – but I’m staying prepared and training as much as I can. Fast forward to May 2021: I came back to New York to see the creative team and the producers again. I received the last call in June telling me that I had obtained the role.

    It was nearly a two-year process in total.

    The Temptations were at the heart of the musical entertainment juggernaut Motown, appearing in real life and on TV with some of the biggest names in entertainment – like The Supremes. Photo by Emilio Madrid.

    How did you first encounter the music of The Temptations? What was your reaction ?

    I saw the 1998 Temptations miniseries when I was 7 and was heavily inspired. I thought it was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I wanted to wear a costume every day and sing their songs.

    In the fall of my 3rd year, I performed for the first time and sang “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”. From there I started my own group called The little temptations. This started my interpretive journey. I haven’t left the stage since.

    What are some of your favorite songs from The Temptations?

    I love classic hits like ‘My Girl’, ‘Just My Imagination’, ‘Cloud Nine’ and ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’. I’m so lucky to be able to perform these songs every night!

    As I get older, I have a great appreciation for the In a sweet atmosphere scrapbook and For lovers onlywhich were standard albums that The Temptations remade.

    For fans who only knew them from radio and records, it may come as a surprise to learn that The Temptations had some clever choreography and dance moves to go along with their elegant vocals. The National Tourism Company of Ain’t too proud. Photo by Emilio Madrid.

    What is a favorite moment for this show and why?

    I love our Act II overture which is “I Can’t Get Next To You”. It’s a transition period for Time, with Dennis Edwards as the new singer replacing David Ruffin. The scenography, choreography and costumes take the energy of the show to another level. And you hear each of the Times take the lead in song.

    About five years ago in your Instagram feed, you posted a football image emblazoned with the text “University of San Diego”. As a USD alum, I’m curious what’s the story behind this shoot?

    It was a commercial I shot with NFL legend Drew Brees. It was a public service announcement to recognize heatstroke in teenage footballers, so it was fun to play ball again for a day.

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    Conecta Fiction & Entertainment 2022: 12 takeaways

    Fully on location last week for the first time since 2019, Spain’s Conecta Fiction & Entertainment, its first major TV event, carried over much of the winning formula from its early pre-pandemic editions: A spectacular setting in Spain, here the august historic city of Toledo; TV project pitches; an intense conference component; wonderful networking opportunities, most notably the opportunity to spend quality time with movement and agitation industry personalities from Spain and Latin America.

    “I love being here and it’s healthy, especially for networking. I’m learning a lot, it’s like going to school,” enthused Manuel Marti from Fremantle to Toledo. Most participants would agree with him.

    But, compared to 2019, the industry has moved on and is now rocked by greater turbulence. Then, 12 takeaways on a robust and intense 6th Conecta Fiction, from June 21 to 24:

    Conecta Fiction: bigger than ever…

    This year’s edition was the largest ever, with 728 delegates, Conecta Fiction director Géraldine Gonard announced on Friday. This exceeds Pamplona’s 692 in 2019. No wonder. Global content spending has nearly doubled in a decade, up 94% from $123 billion in 2012 to around $235 billion in 2022, according to research presented Thursday by Hannah Walsh of Ampere Analysis at CF&E. Part – but only part – of this growth is due to spending on streaming content. Driven by competition, it quadrupled from $10 billion in 2017 to $40 billion in 2022, Walsh said.

    … And expanding its range

    It has also expanded its range, launching Format, Docu-Drama and High-End pitching sessions, and welcoming projects from all over Europe and just beyond, such as the winner of the Co-Pro series from Lebanon “Status Quo”, CF&E’s first Arab world title. “The Co-Pro titles were Spanish, Argentinian, maybe Chilean. This year they came from Ukraine, Italy, Uruguay, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Lebanon and Finland Marti said, “The perimeter is now much wider, a global television panorama. It’s positive.”

    Disney dazzles: “Santa Evita”

    Conecta Fiction’s most glamorous event was a gala premiere on June 22 with stars in tow of the pilot episode of “Santa Evita,” a banner title from Star Plus, the streaming service one year of the Walt Disney Company in Latin America. Produced by Salma Hayek Pinault and co-directed by Rodrigo García (“Nine Lives”), the Star Plus Productions series is shot with a cinematic twist and laced with a modern genre sensibility. It shows Eva Perón as she has rarely been seen before: dead, her embalmed corpse sequestered by the Argentine military regime, and men who still love, vilify and fear her figure in equal measure.

    VIS, Banijay, Beta Up the Ante In Spain

    The big news from CF&E has been the fact that energetic American players and European super indies have stepped up their presence in Spain.

    Paramount’s international studio VIS has moved the waves by announcing an exclusive first-look deal with Madrid and Los Angeles-based Morena Films (“Champions,” “Below Zero”). Beta Fiction Spain has announced its first Spanish production, “Dolores”, a portrait of working-class champion La Pasionaria. “There has always been a strong connection on the feature film side between Spain, Mexico and Hollywood. We would love to establish that on the television side as well,” announced Lars Blomgren at Banijay, who just came from acquire Alex de la Iglesia’s Pokeepsie Films.

    Spain: a global platform leader

    Again, this surge is hardly a surprise. By far, Spain has more movies (3) and series (5) in Netflix’s non-English speaking Global Top 10 most watched than any other country in the world, Korea (2) included. Even from June 13-19, led by “Intimacy,” the world’s most-watched non-English-language TV show on Netflix, hours watched on the top 10 Spanish shows and movies reached triple those of any other country. Between 2018 and 2021, Castilian Spanish titles became the most coveted non-English language content for US SVOD operators, beating out Japanese and far ahead of Hindi, French and Chinese, according to Omdia’s Maria Rua Aguete . Even without “Money Heist”, Spain is still rocking.

    Next Generation Female Writers Energize Conecta Fiction

    Widely praised for its sharp writing, “Intimacy,” a political/gender abuse melodrama thriller, was written by Verónica Fernández (“Velvet Collection”) and Laura Sarmiento Pallarés (“Crematorium”). Today, next-generation female writers are making an impact, driving more cutting-edge projects at Conecta Fiction. Written by Leticia Dolera (“Perfect Life”) and Almudena Monzú (“Picadero”), “Puberty” weighed in as one of the most interrogative high-end dramas, challenging sexual taboos. Spaniard Leire Albinarrate won two awards for ‘A Wicked Life’, set in 1901 Madrid, which ‘pushes the boundaries of period dramas’, she said. Variety, incorporating “the never-before-seen perspectives of outcast, queer, and disabled characters”.

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    There was a good buzz about “From 6 to 8 PM” in Italy, an erotic comedy-drama from “Gomorrah” and “My Brilliant Friend” producer Fandango, written by the latter’s scribe, Francesco Piccoli. Written by Eduardo Sacheri, co-writer of ‘The Secret In Their Eyes’, the religious thriller Fabula-Fremantle was the biggest game deal at CF&E. Showcased to selected companies, the pilot of “Our Women’s Lives” – an anthology series on gender-based violence from BTF Media Chile, directed by “The Suspended Mourning” creator Hernan Caffiero, also made headlines. It is co-written and directed by Bárbara Barrera Morales, another emerging talent of the new generation.

    Toledo: cinema and television center

    Toledo is a tourist magnet, just 40 minutes by train south of Madrid, a city with a huge Gothic cathedral and Alcazar fortress, tangled alleys and the feeling of always summing up the grandeur of a Spain older. However, the city is now aiming to become a modern film-TV center as well, with its government and film commission holding meetings with 30 major international film-TV companies at Conecta Fiction, said Ana Isabel Fernández, Castilla’s chief executive. -La Mancha. Tourism, Trade and Crafts. Spain has a lot going for it these days as a big filming location, Gonard said, citing competitive incentives, flexible labor regulations and in-demand key tech talent.

    Industry uncertainty

    Yet CF&T also took place at a time of growing industry headwinds, which inevitably impacted conference discussions. One is the growing uncertainty about what broadcast platforms, and indeed Europe’s free-to-air networks, really want. “Part of our success, when we’ve had it, comes from listening to the other side [of commissioners]“said Ramón Campos, from Bambú, who has produced with most platforms. “Now you can’t do audience analysis. We work blind. I have no idea what Netflix or Amazon or Apple are looking for,” the “Velvet” and “Cable Girls” creator added, pointing out that many of Netflix’s top 10 hits today are free-to-air series.

    Spain is divided over its cinema-television future

    On June 23, after multiple street demonstrations by protesting producers, the Spanish Senate approved a bill requiring Spanish streamers to invest 3.5% of their annual revenue in the production of independent Spanish producers. Now the real arguments can begin. Major Spanish producers want a regulatory revolution in cinema and television proposed by the Spanish government: return of rights to productions made with streamers after five years; an increase from 25% to 45% of the current Spanish tax shelter for independent producers. Other producers, however, want to ensure that the 3.5% is not covered by the platforms’ already regular producer partners. The Spanish government will try to find some sort of compromise, a tough call.

    Two mantras: attract talent, retain intellectual property

    The two main challenges for the unscripted content industry are attracting and retaining talent and retaining intellectual property, Banijay’s James Townley told a CF&E panel. These two concerns proved Conecta’s mantras. Only accelerated training can help solve the talent battle. The Toledo producers, however, had higher hopes for the IP. “Things are often solved by the market itself. The post-pandemic economic landscape has caused a small increase in streaming subscriber growth, so if streamers have to fill in a certain number of hours per year and have to do it with less money, the obvious outcome will be co-production” , Marti said.

    Fabulous Fabulous

    As Netflix unveiled “El Conde,” the next director of “Spencer,” Pablo Larrain, a Pinochet vampire flick, Fabula and Fremantle brought “Santa Maria” to CF&E and dropped Starzplay’s “The Shelter” and Pantaya Pablo Fendrik, the first major Latin American film. sci-fi show. All in the same week. Most large producers in Latin America are partly dependent on the provision of services, observed Manuel Martí of Fremantle at CF&E. With offices in Chile, Mexico and the United States, Fremantle and Pantaya production alliances, and production titles of the caliber of “Spencer”, Fabula has become Latin America’s leading center for film and television talent thanks to a pure-play production – a tremendous achievement.

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    Never again in a Spoliarium


    Sstumbled upon his bloodied loincloth, a dead gladiator is dragged by the right arm by a bloodied orderly into the spoliarium (slaughterhouse) of the Roman Colosseum. The gladiator had lost in the spectator sport where two fighters fought”sinusoidal mission(until death) for the entertainment of the Emperor and the obsequious, mocking and bloodthirsty public who had jostled and bribed for bleacher seats in the four-story Colosseum which had a capacity of 50,000 people.

    Dead or nearly dead, the losing gladiator was officially to die at the thumbs down decision”back of the font— of the Emperor. And so, the loser lost his life and all his possessions. Two Colosseum attendants are seen taking out the armor, weapons and clothing of the vanquished – all to be handed over to the victorious Gladiator. “Please don’t take it all,” the man in the white tunic seems to be saying to those carrying the spoils of the fight. He was the coach-coach, the lanista of the fallen warrior, who would then need to set up the logistics for his next gladiator trainee. On the right is a woman in blue, mourning the loss of her loved one, the fallen warrior. Behind her is an old man, seemingly searching for scraps of food or abandoned things, or possibly suffering from dementia, looking for his dead son. In the gallery box on the left side of the spoliariuma crowd with various expressions of sadistic voyeurism observes the events.

    It’s like stepping into the spoliarium of 4e-6e century AD, when dramatic gladiatorial contests ingrained in the minds of the people the awesome power of the Roman Empire and the absolute power of the emperors over life and human rights. Our take on how it was in Roman times comes from the great Filipino artist Juan Luna. Spoliariumwhich I have just described.

    Painted for eight months in 1884, it won first prize at the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain in 1886. Juan Luna, then 27 years old, was with the group of young Filipino intelligentsia who studied and lived in Spain, soaking up the atmosphere of European liberal thought. José Protasio Rizal, then 24, an intellectual writer and polymath, was in Madrid with Juan Luna and the group of young enlightened Filipino nationalists active in the late Spanish colonial period of the Philippines.

    “At a gathering of Filipino expats in Madrid, José Rizal enthusiastically toasted the triumphs of his two compatriots, the other being Félix Hidalgo who won a silver medal, calling it “new proof of racial equality “” (Guerrero, Leon (1974 ). The First Filipino: A Biography of José Rizal (PDF) (5e ed.). Manila: National Historical Commission. p. 112).

    In his congratulatory speech, Rizal said, “Luna Spoliarium with its bloody carcasses of slave gladiators dragged from the arena where they had entertained their Roman oppressors with their lives… stripped to satisfy the obscene scorn of their Roman persecutors, their honor embodied the essence of our social, moral and political life: humanity under severe trial, unredeemed humanity, reason and idealism in open struggle against prejudice, fanaticism and injustice” (Ibid. p. 114).

    “Rizal was inspired to etch his own mark to bring glory to his country by writing his ‘Spoliarium‘ since the beginning of this year 1884 ‘he had toyed with the idea of ​​a book’ because he saw and described the painting as ‘the tumult of the crowd, the cries of the slaves, the metallic clanking of the armor of the dead, the sobs of orphans, whispered prayers…’. Rizal’s book would be called Noli Me Tangere“the Latin echo of Spoliarium‘” (Ibid., pp. 119-120, 122).

    Graciano Lopez-Jaena, contemporary and co-nationalist of Juan Luna and José Rizal declared: “For me, if there is something great, something sublime, in the Spoliarium, is that behind the canvas, behind the painted characters… floats the living image of the Filipino people sighing their misfortune. Because… the Philippines is nothing more than a real Spoliarium with all its horrors” (quoted by critic Butch Dalisay, philstar.com, July 17, 2006).

    The gloomy chiaroscuro of dark shadows shocked by the impressionistic touches of light on the painting’s main figures elicits a dark mood of loss and helplessness, perhaps even instigating a hidden guilt of uncertain complicity in the strong message of oppression in society. In the shadows are various blurred faces, not even looking at the dead gladiator, thinking their own thoughts. Some art critics might say it was Juan Luna’s demo of the end of century (French: “fin de siècle”) artistic climate of sophistication, escapism, extreme aestheticism, world-weariness and fashionable despair. But no.

    The discreet but noticeable red, white and blue (the colors of the Philippine flag) triangulated in the painting of the Spoliarium clearly call for patriotism and the defense of peoples’ freedoms. Possibly because Juan Luna was identified with José Rizal’s group of expatriate propagandists in Madrid, it was mothballed after a three-year exhibition at the Museo del Arte Moderno in Barcelona where it was then stored until that the museum is burned and looted during Spain. Civil war in 1937. The badly damaged Spoliarium remained in Spain for another 20 years until Generalissimo Francisco Franco returned the partially restored painting to the Philippines in January 1958.

    The Spoliarium was unveiled and displayed in the Hall of Flags of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the current Ministry of Justice building on Padre Faura St. in Manila) in December 1962. One might wonder why it was not trumpeted much , but perhaps the Vietnam War that started in 1961 and raged until 1975 occupied much of the mind of the world, including the Philippines at the time. Even before the end of the Vietnam War, Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr. declared martial law in the country in 1972, to last until 1986, when Marcos was ousted in the people power revolution of the EDSA of February 25, 1986. The message of the Spoliarium did not quite correspond to martial law.

    After painstaking repair and cleaning by restoration artists over some 40 years, the huge oil on canvas painting, measuring 9.05 meters by 5.59 meters (framed), now hangs from floor to ceiling in the main gallery on the first floor of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Manila. It is the first work of art that greets visitors as soon as they enter the museum.

    Before the COVID pandemic restrictions, crowds lined up to see the impressive Spoliarium, even to have photos taken next to it, almost as if we were there, like a place photographed for its massiveness. I went there, it’s done. Seen this, seen that. Is that all there is to see Spoliarium and to be part of that impersonal crowd in which Juan Luna painted, the spectators of the lethal sport-spectator, not quite looking at the fallen gladiator and not feeling the meaning of his death?

    The Spoliarium Hall was once the session hall of the House of Representatives, site of the 1934 Constitutional Convention. It was the first time that Filipinos under American rule were allowed to write a basic law that would guide them toward self-reliance and independence. Of the 202 delegates to the 1934 Constitutional Convention, three became Presidents of the Philippines, namely José Laurel, Manuel Roxas and Elpidio Quirino.

    The same venue was previously used for the inauguration of former Presidents Manuel L. Quezon in 1935, José P. Laurel in 1943, and Manuel Roxas in 1946, when it was then known as the Legislative Building.

    On June 30, 2022, Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. will be inaugurated as 17e President of the Philippines — at the National Museum of Fine Arts, in the irresistible aura of Spoliarium.

    Amelia HC Ylagan is a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines.

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    Eighth edition of the Copa Alma Europa


    NEW STORIES. 06/25/2022

    It will be held in Madrid in collaboration with the UEFA Foundation for Children.

    The Real Madrid Foundation organizes the eighth edition of the Copa Alma and, after a two-year break due to the pandemic, it will be held in Madrid. Eighty students from socio-sports schools in Spain, Romania, Portugal, Hungary, Bulgaria and Morocco will benefit from a multicultural experience over several days of sport and values ​​while sharing their passion: football as a common language.

    This edition will be organized in collaboration with the UEFA Foundation for Children. New will be the launch of the Copa Alma channel on the Sports Values ​​Academy interactive TV platform, which will feature videos including challenges such as Flying Goals or a Grand Prix and alternative sports such as roundnet or futsal, whether participants will have seen. then put into practice in the field. In addition, on the day of the closing, the matches will be broadcast live and interviews with the participants will be posted online.

    In football games, the focus will be on moral values ​​through initiatives such as the selection of a values ​​MVP. After each match, the teams will discuss which player from the opposing team is most representative of the value they focused on during the working day. There will also be a third cooling-off period to determine the opposing team’s value score, and the ‘White Card’ program will be implemented, which recognizes good attitudes from players participating in the competition.

    The event will be led by the technical directors of the socio-sports schools in order to ensure the proper transmission of Real Madrid Foundationthe work philosophy of , based on the methodology ‘Por una Educación Real: valores y deporte’ (“For a real education: values ​​and sport”). In addition to playing football, the participants will take part in different activities, including a visit to Madrid and a musical show between the participants.

    EXCLUSIVE: Father of slain hero who fought off London Bridge terrorists with a skateboard opens his heart to the application of holiness

    The proud father of a Spanish terror victim in London has told how his son’s bravery deserves sainthood.

    Describing him as “a colossus, a really strong man”, he said his son Ignacio had grown up to be a caring, caring man with a “heart of gold”.

    In a moving interview from his home in Madrid, former engineer Joaquin Echevarria Alonso, 73, confirmed how the family formally submitted a request for his sainthood to the Archbishop of Madrid.

    “The Catholic Church recommended that we create an association to start the canonization process and they have now accepted the request,” he said.

    “We’re just starting the process now, but we really hope that to become a saint you have to be well known and Ignacio is definitely that, which is a good head start.”

    He added that it was a very happy coincidence that on July 12, 2017, just a month after his death, the Vatican opened a new process to apply for sainthood for “people who have lost their lives in the name of others, which obviously included Ignacio’s death.

    Ignacio Echevarria as a young boy with his family. Image: The Olive Press

    “It may also happen that the devil’s advocate decides not to grant him canonization, but we really hope not.

    “He was a very down-to-earth person, so I think if he is canonized it will be really amazing for us and he will become a very good natural role model for society.

    “He will make the perfect saint because he died saving the lives of others and put his life in danger to help a policeman fight off some terrorists with explosives.

    “Although he saw a number of policemen running away from the fight, he decided to join in and put his life in danger.”

    The 39-year-old banker was one of eight people killed in the attack which took place on the night of June 3, 2017. He was stabbed in the back as he swung his skateboard towards the terrorists and was was declared dead at the scene.

    “Ignacio never imagined he would be canonized…and I’m sure he would be much happier alive.”

    He continued, “I am pursuing his canonization because I want real role models for society, not just for athletes.

    “We can’t resurrect him, so we want to at least make his death useful.

    “Ignacio was a person who always cared for people and when he saw someone abusing someone else, he always stood up for the victim.”

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    Ignacio Echevarria with his skateboard. Image: The Olive Press

    “In fact, he told us a few days before his death that if he had been skateboarding the day a police officer died near Westminster a few weeks before, he would have stepped in and saved him.

    “He said he often skateboarded near there and the policeman would have been alive.”

    Much of his humility came from his upbringing in local comprehensive schools around Galicia.

    He had moved to London to work at HSBC bank after losing a banking job in Madrid.

    It was a good job investigating money laundering and he was enjoying his city life.

    “He was having the best year of his life. He loved her.

    “He moved there partly for the language and also because his sister, Isabel, lived there for many years and had children there.”

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    Ignacio Echevarria with his family. Image: The Olive Press

    He continued, “We were actually supposed to have a big family reunion with him and his sister and my nephews and nieces four days after he died.”

    On the shock of her death, he said it had been an agonizing wait.

    “When Ignacio died, it took British police more than three days to find out who he was.

    “The Spanish ambassador in London first told me that my son had been killed by the police, but I told him that I was convinced that they had not killed him.”

    “If my son had been killed by the police, I would have supported the police because we must support the West against terrorism.

    “If anyone is to blame, it’s the terrorists, not the British people or the police.”

    He added: ‘I didn’t want to attend the trials as I have faith in the UK system and UK justice.


    The Arts Connection – Voices of the Monterey Bay


    By Dennis Taylor

    A favorite childhood memory, says Juan Sánchez, stands alongside his father’s piano, singing a Spanish-language version of the wistful “If I Were a Rich Man” from the iconic Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof “.

    Life was good for young Juan, who grew up in Spain, in a family whose whole story had its own soundtrack.

    His great-great-grandfather was organist at the Cathedral of Granada in Spain. His great-grandfather was a composer who played 17 instruments and his great-uncles were professional musicians. His grandmother and father were pianists. His father played by ear – no need for sheet music.

    “I was a kid who sang and danced, and I also wrote really shitty poetry for my grandmother,” Sánchez recalled recently, laughing at the memory. “Every time the company came, someone would say, ‘Juan, come here and recite poetry! “”

    “My mother called me ‘El niño de los buenos días, buenas tardes, y buenas noches’ – the good morning, good afternoon and good evening boy. I was the show kid, very outgoing. I would talk to a lamppost.

    Unsurprisingly, he grew up in music, touring the United States, Canada and Spain as an occasional singer, guitarist and violinist, recording his own albums and composing songs.

    And, oh, what would he do today, if he was a rich man…

    Find your vocation

    Helping other people’s children awaken to a new passion is how Sánchez, married father of three musical and creative children, enriches his own life. He spends much of his time these days in a converted locker room attached to a gymnasium at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Seaside, which is now home to the nonprofit multicultural arts organization he founded. in 2015.

    Palenke Arts is where he and his volunteer instructors teach several artistic disciplines – currently 13 classes in all – to 225 students, more than half of whom are between the ages of 6 and 12.

    Sánchez was one of four locals honored last week as “champions of the arts” at a gala sponsored by the Monterey County Arts Council. He was quick to share credit with “hundreds of people who said, ‘We believe in Palenke Arts’, (including) our teaching artists, volunteers, students and their families, guest artists and performers , the members of our board of directors and, of course, the donors.

    Like Sánchez, who moved to the United States at the age of 18 almost 40 years ago, the vast majority of students at Palenke come from immigrant families, a factor that has made the project a labor of love. from the start.

    “It’s really draining, emotionally, mentally and physically, but when you see the positive results start to multiply, it’s exhilarating and exciting,” he said.

    He understands the challenges they faced. “All immigrants have endured indignities,” he said. He feels blessed by his own journey, which took him to the Complutense University of Madrid in the 1980s, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Philology (written and oral communication skills for job success). . Then it was off to UCLA, where he earned a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics in 1991.

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    While his wife, Mayola Rodríguez, was pursuing her master’s degree at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Sánchez taught a service-learning course in Prunedale.

    “I would challenge my students to become socially conscious community participants, and encouraged them to look to the arts as an answer,” he said. “I would say, ‘What are you going to do to make your community a better place?

    “At some point I realized I hadn’t done that level of work in my own life. That’s when I started asking questions and connecting with people. to finally create this Palenke project.

    At Seaside, he saw great potential and a dire need in an ethnically diverse community.

    “Touring as a professional musician gave me a glimpse into the artistic wasteland of the Seaside community, in terms of infrastructure,” he said. “What is there to do here at 7:30 p.m. when many families have just returned from work? Unless you want to go to Target or Panera, there isn’t much.

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    After looking for common elements in successful programs, Sánchez settled on the following points for Palenke Arts:

    • Create a friendly and inviting environment;
    • Surround students with authentic professionals, people who make a living from their art;
    • Find a comfortable space, close to your place of residence;
    • Provide snacks.

    “We haven’t hit all of those targets yet, but we’re really trying to create that kind of experience for everyone,” he said.

    Sánchez also cut expenses as a potential roadblock for students. The cost of the program ($100 per year for Seaside families, $400 for others) is waived, no questions asked, if a family says they need a scholarship. Students of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School of the Arts also attend for free, a benefit for which the school provides Palenke Arts with its permanent space.

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    Palenke comes from the Spanish word “palenque”, a platform or arena used for different forms of entertainment, surrounded by seats for spectators supported by poles or stakes.

    Children have a wide variety of options at Palenke, including visual arts taught by painter Paul Richmond of Open Ground Studios, folkloric ballet led by dance teacher/choreographer Patty Cruz, a jazz workshop with saxophonist Paul Contos from the Monterey Jazz Festival Education Program and a bilingual course. youth choir directed by Seaside High River theater teacher Navaille and Sánchez himself.

    The program also includes beginner biolin taught by “Molly’s Revenge” violinist John Weed, a beginner guitar class led by Flaco El Jandro, individual piano by Eric Rowe, Afro-Caribbean percussion with professional percussionists Javier Muñiz and David Ríos, the beginner trumpet led by Monterey Jazz. Festival-goer Felix Díaz-Contreras. Palenke also offers hip hop dance with Eddie Standifer, Mexican folk dance with Esdras Rosas and Belém Mata and Palenke Poppers/hip hop dance directed by Quianna Summerhill.

    Attendance has been robust even during the pandemic, when families in Palenke enthusiastically endured classes and outdoor performances in freezing weather.

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    “We are very proud to have been able to organize five different outdoor events for the community this year, all free of charge,” said Sanchez.

    But its greatest rewards, he said, are those magical moments when students fall in love with an art form through their experiences at Palenke.

    “I see them go into this trance, when they are transported elsewhere; they are not of this world,” he said. “I’m thinking, ‘Wow, this kid’s art isn’t going to be in a museum, but I’m watching his life transform in real time.’ And it doesn’t just happen year after year, I see it week after week.

    Despite grants from the California Arts Council and the Packard Foundation, support from the City of Seaside, and the generosity of multiple donors, the future of Palenke Arts remains precarious.

    Driving a slow bus

    “It’s like being the driver of a very slow and methodical bus,” said Sanchez, a former CSUMB professor who only a few months ago became a full-time member of the organization he founded. “Some get on the bus, some get off. There are a million stops and the bus is not as fast as I would like.

    “We are looking to expand our circle of supporters as our goal is to create a truly vibrant multicultural arts hub in the heart of Seaside that will benefit the entire peninsula,” he said. “The work continues, and that’s how we can move forward.”

    Additional information is available online at palenkearts.com.

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    Men’s tennis adds Transfer Ata


    CONWAY, South Carolina – Coastal Carolina Men’s Tennis Head Coach Chris Powers announced the addition of the transfer Ryūya Ata (Fukuoka, Japan/Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

    “Ryuya played at his previous school’s No. 1 flight and I think he will have an immediate impact on the program,” Powers said. “He’s talented in singles and doubles and his style of play will flourish at CCU. I’m really excited to have this group back on the court this fall.”

    A 2020-21 Southland All-Conference singles and doubles selection, Ata arrives in Coastal Carolina after playing three seasons for the Islanders at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.

    The five-time honored Southland Player of the Week posted a 12-16 singles record while playing mostly in the first two flights and a 22-11 doubles record over the past three years for the Islanders.

    Last year in 2021-22, he went 4-7 on aggregate in singles while playing the No. 1 flight and led the team in doubles wins with an 11-3 record on aggregate, including including a 4-0 record in Vol. 1. 1 vol. He has won in each of the last four doubles matches of the year with Borja Delgado, including the deciding point in the UIW regular season final to help the team win the season championship. 2022 Southland Conference regular.

    While earning all-conference honors in singles and doubles in 2020-21, he notched an 8-8 singles record mostly in flight #2. He also posted an 11-7 record in doubles with eight of those first overall wins, including a 4-0 conference record.

    He is a former teammate of the current Chanticleer Carlos Berna Ruiz.

    The transfer will join fellow transfers Maj Tomac (Ljubljana, Slovenia/Jacksonville State), Jesus Garcia (Moralzarzal, Madrid, Spain/Lee University) and Lucas Wayenburg (Velaux, France/Mercer), as well as local high school product Rivers Cahill (Conway, SC / Myrtle Beach HS) as part of the 2022 signing class.

    For complete Coastal Carolina men’s tennis coverage, follow the Chants on social media @CoastalMTennis (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUsports (Instagram), or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at www.GoCCUsports.com.

    French Interior Minister fake ticket number for UEFA Champions League – The New Indian Express


    By AFP

    PARIS: A senior UEFA official said on Tuesday he did not believe French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin’s claims about the number of counterfeit tickets in circulation during the chaotic scenes ahead of the Champions League final in last month between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

    After the 28 May match, Darmanin claimed that between 30,000 and 40,000 Liverpool supporters came to Paris without tickets or with fake tickets.

    The minister claimed that this was the cause of the problems as the police funneled thousands of fans through tight checkpoints and left them standing in underpasses around the stadium or at locked stadium gates, resulting in delayed kick-off by more than 30 minutes.

    Martin Kallen, chief executive of UEFA Events, which is in charge of the body’s commercial events, told a hearing at the French Senate, which is investigating the incidents, that the figure was much lower.

    “We know there were approximately 2,600 tickets taken from the turnstiles that were fake,” Kellen said.

    “But a lot of tickets haven’t arrived at the turnstiles… How many? We don’t know, we can’t really check.

    “We don’t think that’s the number mentioned in France, which was more or less 30,000 to 40,000,” he added.

    Keller said other factors had caused the problems at the Stade de France, in a chaos that saw French police use tear gas at close range, even against children.

    “It wasn’t just the paper tickets that created chaos outside the gates,” he said.

    “The reasons are many: a transport strike, a bad reaction from the stewards, the police, there were criminals and an extremely large flow of people in front of the stadium without tickets or with fake tickets,” he said. he adds.

    – “A major disaster averted” –

    A Liverpool fan told the Senate committee he was caught in “chaotic” scenes as French police sprayed tear gas at wheelchair-bound supporters.

    Ted Morris, chairman of the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association, described how he and his wife were pushed by stewards and sprayed with tear gas.

    He said Liverpool supporters lifted a person in a wheelchair over the gates to safety.

    He said: “She was lifted by Liverpool fans above the gates because the stewards refused to open the gates for her. Once outside she was sprayed with tear gas as she stood went to the station.”

    Morris added: “A major disaster was averted. No power could come to the aid of the disabled supporters.”

    He said Liverpool supporters were furious at claims by the French interior minister that the problems were not caused by inadequate policing, but because the club’s supporters had tens of thousands of counterfeit tickets.

    He said: “With my wife, we love France and Paris, but you, Mr Darmanin, you lied and I ask you to withdraw your accusation. And if you have the decency to do so, I hope you have the decency to resign. “

    Joe Blott, chairman of the Spirit of Shankly supporters group, told the hearing that with France set to host the Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics within the next two years, only a “survey fully independent and transparent” would restore people’s trust. “in France’s ability to organize world sporting events”.

    UEFA has launched its own investigation, overseen by a former Portuguese education and sport minister, which Kellen says will present its findings in September.

    “We thought the investigation would take at least two to three months,” Kallen said.

    Real Madrid won the final 1-0 to become European champions for the 14th time.

    Ricky Gervais’ partner Jane Fallon wows Loose Women viewers with her ‘ageless’ look


    Comedian Ricky Gervais has been with his girlfriend Jane Fallon for 40 years. They met when they were college students

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    Loose Women viewers couldn’t forget Ricky Gervais’ partner Jane Fallon as she showed off her youthful complexion on Tuesday’s show.

    The 61-year-old appeared on the panel looking stunning in a yellow and black patterned shirt and light makeup that highlighted her very smooth face.

    Her hair was also slicked back into a neat bun, showing off her complexion, prompting some fans of the show to say Jane looked “ageless”.

    Jane was on the panel to discuss her new novel and revealed why online dating was her chosen topic.

    “I’ve always been fascinated by it because it’s like a different universe for me. I can’t really imagine it. I’ve never done it, obviously,” she said.

    “And a lot of my friends were doing it and I was just fascinated.”

    Jane was promoting her new book


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    Fans were in awe of her stunning appearance


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    Fans were too distracted by her beauty to focus on the show and took to Twitter to compliment her.

    “Check out this gorgeous woman on @loosewomen @JaneFallon #LooseWomen,” one user commented.

    Another said: “Jane Fallon looks good for 61! #LooseWomen.”

    “Nice interview with @JaneFallon – fell very well! #LooseWomen“, posted India Willoughby.

    Ricky and Jane, who are the same age, met when they were both students at University College London in the 80s.

    Ricky and Jane have been together since 1982 (pictured last year)



    The two chose not to marry (photo 2016)


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    Earlier this year, Ricky admitted he wanted to die before Jane.

    He was on The One Show discussing his series, After Life, when the subject turned to his wife.

    Alex says to him, “So you say you were inspired to write it [After Life] thinking about your wife Jane and what it would be like to lose her.

    “So that means you’ve grown to like him a little more?”

    Ricky replied that he still liked it and said that was actually where the idea came from.

    Ricky Gervais and Jane in the 80s



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    He said: “The first thought I had was what if you lost everything. You could do whatever you want and it wouldn’t matter.”

    The comedian continued, “I had to think, ‘well, what loses everything?’ and to me, it’s your soul mate, your life partner, so that’s where it comes from.

    Ricky admitted it would be terrible if he lost his partner and confessed, “I want to go first, which is selfish but I do.”

    The couple have been together for decades but will not marry.

    Ricky previously told The Times: “We are married for all intents and purposes, everything is shared and in fact our fake marriage has lasted longer than the real one.

    “But it’s no use having a real ceremony before the eyes of God because there is no God.”

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    Spanish reforms “impossible” without funding


    Spain has unveiled plans to further reduce the proportion of academics who can be employed on temporary contracts, but critics have warned that a lack of funding is making reforms “impossible”.

    While an overhaul of the country’s universities law was already planned to reduce the proportion of teaching and research staff who can be employed on temporary contracts from 40% to 20%, the staff of the minister of universities Joan Subirats has now told local media that the limit would be lowered to 8 percent.

    “I was very surprised by this last change because even 20% were very aggressive,” said Maria del Carmen Pérez Esparrells, a professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid who studies the financing of higher education. Times Higher Education. “Eight percent is crazy – it’s like a revolution in terms of temporary contracts for academic staff.”

    Spain‘s reliance on temporary staff dates back to the early 2010s, when Mariano Rajoy’s centre-right government sought to cut staffing costs by not replacing departing professors, said the Professor Perez Esparrells.

    Teaching gaps have been filled by ‘associate lecturers’, a post for non-academic experts and which typically involves teaching up to six hours a week, at a cost to a university of around 12,000 € (£10,245) per year.

    Professor Pérez Esparrells said promoting the proposed share of associates to permanent positions would increase the national university wage bill by around 5%, a cost borne by universities, which obtain most of their budgets from regional governments. . “It’s impossible at the moment; university governments are trying to reduce electricity costs, gas costs, many current costs,” she said, adding that regional governments “couldn’t fund [reforms] in that amount.

    Luis Sanz-Menéndez, a research professor at the Institute for Public Goods and Policies, which is part of Spain’s National Research Council, said moving to permanent contracts without funding would be a “serious problem”.

    But outside of unfunded costs, many temporary staff lack the research experience to qualify for higher permanent positions, Professor Pérez Esparrells said. A study found that in 2021, of more than 25,000 lecturer contract holders, only 46% had the required doctorate.

    Professor Sanz-Menéndez said universities needed tailored transition plans to recruit the best permanent candidates, as there had been “numerous cases of misuse” of associate lecturer contracts and making bad permanent candidates could cause “long-term damage” and “block the access of new candidates”. Talent”.

    Igor Ahedo, director of the department of political science and administration at the University of the Basque Country, said the best way to ease the transition to stable work was to address the dismal state of regional funding.

    The bill would also require regions to spend 1% of national gross domestic product on universities, a leap for regions such as the Balearic Islands, which spend just 0.23% of GDP.

    “In some autonomous regions, it is ridiculous and conditioned by the interest of certain political formations to devalue public education as a means of giving an advantage to private universities,” Professor Ahedo said.

    The bill, due to be tabled this month, is expected to come into force early next year.

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    Kirk Hammett’s Reason For Not Listening To ‘Lulu’ Is Quite Touching

    LuluMetallica’s album in 2011 with The Velvet Undergroundis Lou Reed. The collaboration effort has received mixed criticism from criticism and a negative response from Metallica fans when it appeared.

    But the initial reception is not the reason why Metallica’s main guitarist now hesitates to run the disc.

    No, it’s more out of sentimental reverence for the material and for the album’s lead singer, Reed. The late rocker, who died in 2013, did not only manage The Velvet Underground, but was a stimulating solo artist. And several years ago David Bowie, another late rock icon, wrote Reed a letter praising Lulu.

    It was a recommendation Hammett won’t soon forget.

    “It is one of the greatest compliments I have ever received as a musician and artist,” said Metallica member. NME in an interview last week (June 17). “It was an incredible honor working with Lou Reed, and I loved the Lulu album.”

    Guitarists James Hetfield (L) and Kirk Hammett of American band Metallica perform on the Helviti stage at the Heavy Metal Rock Festival Copenhell in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 15, 2022

    Hammett lives with Metallica’s James Hetfield. (Torben Christensen, Getty Images)

    Hammett continues, “I remember Lou sharing with me this letter that David Bowie sent to Lou. It was written on paper, and it was such a glowing and grueling assessment of the Lulu album.”

    He adds, “When Lou showed it to me, it made me cry, bro! Because I might be a heavy metal guy, but Lou Reed and David Bowie made tons of great music that made me feel good. ‘have inspired a lot over the years. ” course of my life.”

    Lulu Because it brings me back to that time. Thinking about working with Lou and soaking up his atmosphere. It’s become a very emotional album for me, and I’m scared to listen to it!”

    On Lulu, Metallica provides musical muscular support with 10 lyrical obtuse parts written and interpreted by Reed on vocals. It’s only single, “The View,” emerged in September 2011.

    Drummer Lars Ulrich (R) and guitarist Kirk Hammett of American band Metallica perform on the Helviti stage at the Heavy Metal Rock Festival Copenhell in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 15, 2022.

    Hammett lives with Lars Ulrich de Metallica. (Torben Christensen, Getty Images)

    Portals, just in time for Record Store Day. That month, he suggested he intends to keep working on solo material.

    Metallica, together over 40 years, are currently touring the world. See their remaining dates for 2022 below the video. Several new documentaries about the band are rolling out now. Last year, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said it was “far too early” to talk about a new Metallica album, although the band had apparently been working on one.

    Lou Reed + Metallica, “The View”

    Metallica 2022 Tour Dates

    June 22 – Prague, Czech Republic, @ Prague Rocks
    June 24 – Hockenheim, Germany @ Download Fest
    June 26 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest

    July 1 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
    July 3 – Bilbao, Spain @ Rock Day
    July 6 – Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool
    July 8 – Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Alive
    July 28-31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
    August 11 – Buffalo, NY @ Highmark Stadium
    Aug. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park

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    Giving Back in Southern Arizona | Company

    Arizona Daily Star

    Pima Federal Credit Union: Pima Federal awarded $10,000 in scholarships to five high school graduates. The $2,000 scholarships are to be used to help offset the cost of college expenses. The winning students are: Portia Cooper, Rosie Geisler, Jessica Madrid, Andrew Pegnam and Addison Sanora.

    Rotary Club Valle Verde of Green Valley: The club awarded $6,000 in scholarships to three Sahuarita High School graduates. The $2,000 prizes went to Abigail Pannell, Makayla Hammerquist and Adam Villalobos. Valle Verde Rotary is part of Rotary International, an international service organization whose purpose is to bring together business leaders and professionals to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and advance goodwill and the peace.

    Transportation Builders in Arizona: ATB is accepting donations for its fourth annual “Support the Troops” event through June 24. Donated items will be delivered to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The collection is held in honor of Robert William Jones, Jr., a 21-year-old from Tucson who gave his life serving in Kosovo, and others who lost their lives in service. Community members can donate money to purchase items, including hygiene items, snacks and activities to pass the time, for troops who are deployed and those returning from deployment. For more information, visit facebook.com/movingoureconomy.

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    News in brief for the Costa de Almeria region


    TRAINING COURSES: Nine future Guardia Civil lieutenants will spend a month in Almeria Photo credit: Ministerio de Política Territorial

    Work on the field NINE future Guardia Civil lieutenants who are studying at the Officers’ Academy in Aranjuez (Madrid) have been assigned to the province of Almeria where they will spend the next month. Young officers are currently completing their training in different areas, assigned to specialized units and sections in different regions of Spain.

    To go up FORBES magazine has ranked the University of Almeria ninth in its annual ranking of the top 25 Spanish universities, two places higher than last year. First place went to the University of Santiago de Compostela in A Coruña (Galicia), followed by the Pontifical University of Comillas (Madrid) and the University of Navarre (Pamplona).

    Keep away The ENVIRONMENTALIST group Serbal has called on residents and visitors to Roquetas to avoid certain areas of the Ribera de la Algaida wetlands, which are fed by spring rains. Waterfowl, which nest directly on the ground, are now breeding there and Serbal has asked the public to keep a low profile until July.

    Movie recording The provincial council of the Diputacion will provide grants allowing municipalities with less than 10,000 inhabitants to produce documentaries on local history, culture, art and customs. One produced, the 20-minute videos, which will appear on town hall websites and social media pages, may also be added to the Diputacion archives.

    Restocked The 16 GARRUCHA rescuers, coordinated by the local civil protection branch, are now present on the town’s beaches. The sections most affected by the spring storms and which suffered from erosion were also completed with 8,000 cubic meters of sand provided by the Costas Coastal Authority.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this article, don’t forget to come back and check the Euro Weekly News website for all your up to date local and international news and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram .

    St. Lawrence County School Districts Could Return to Healthcare Consortium | Education


    MASSENA — Some school districts that left the St. Lawrence-Lewis Medicare Consortium are considering returning to the plan, according to Massena Central School Superintendent Patrick H. Brady.

    Mr. Brady, the district’s representative on the consortium, briefed the Massena School Board on the plan Thursday evening. He said plan administrators last met in May.

    He said Locey & Cahill LLC, the plan’s consultant, is working on revisions to entry and exit procedures for plan participants.

    “That would be part of our cooperative agreement that keeps that plan going with the school districts, and then it would come back to you as individual boards,” Brady said.

    The Canton, Edwards-Knox, Ogdensburg, Madrid-Waddington, Heuvelton and Morristown school districts had opted out of the plan. Morristown sent its notification by April 30, 2021, so it could leave the plan by July 1, 2022.

    That leaves 12 participating districts and the St. Lawrence-Lewis Cooperative Educational Services Board in the consortium.

    “We’ve seen some schools leave the plan, but now you’re starting to see some of those schools thinking about coming back to the plan. So, we want to see what are the conditions for entering the plan? What are the conditions if you want to leave the scheme? said Mr. Brady.

    The plan includes workers’ compensation and health insurance.

    Workers’ compensation, Mr Brady said, “shows the first nine months of the plan were approximately 16.6% below budgeted levels.”

    “We’re still seeing the effect of COVID where you had fewer claims when people weren’t all working in schools,” he said. “We now have a healthy net income of $254,378,” so the compensation plan “is doing pretty well.”

    The health insurance plan is under budget this year.

    “This is largely due to a few factors. We asked Morristown to leave the plan. We have had a reduction in enrollment over the past 18 months as well as the slow conversion of some districts to lower premium riders. We are about 12% under budget on expenses for paid medical claims and about 3% under budget on drug expenses,” Brady said. “Part of that is really the ongoing effects of the pandemic, as people haven’t sought medical services as much unless they have COVID. And, if you were in the hospital, you’re probably on the Medicare side of COVID, which wouldn’t have impacted that plan as much as it did on Medicare.

    He said Locey and Cahill issued a request for proposals for a Medicare Advantage plan. The request was sent to six insurance companies, and four responded.

    “Right now, Locey and Cahill, our trustee, are reviewing this information. They should come to the next meeting with recommendations to the board of directors about reviewing a Medicare Advantage plan under our Excellus plan. We should see that analysis next time,” Brady said.

    Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield assumed health insurance administration for the plan effective January 1, 2020. This function was performed by St. Lawrence-Lewis Cooperative Educational Services Board staff working in the administrative offices of BOCES for more than 30 years. years.

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    Muss, Hogs plan European getaway

    FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team is one of six SEC teams playing overseas this summer.

    The Razorbacks will complete an 11-day trip to Spain and Italy from August 6-16 and play four exhibition games.

    NCAA rules also allow teams to have 10 practices on campus before leaving the country.

    According to national reporter Jeff Goodman, the other SEC teams on tour are Kentucky (Bahamas Aug. 8-14), Auburn (Israel July 31-Aug. 10), Alabama (Spain and France Aug. 5-14 ), Ole Miss (Bahamas from July 30 to August 4) and Vanderbilt (France and Italy from August 6 to 15).

    This will be the third time Arkansas coach Eric Musselman has accompanied a team on a summer tour overseas. He was an assistant coach with Arizona State in 2013 when the Sun Devils played in China and head coach of Nevada when the Wolf Pack played in Costa Rica in 2017.

    “The 10 workouts leading up to the trip will really benefit us,” Musselman said. “But the games will also be very beneficial.

    “It’s good for everyone to have some chemistry on the pitch. It’s really good for coaches to be able to play different rotations and look at different combinations. Both offensively and defensively.

    “It forces you to have a lot more going on knowing schematically that you have four games to come. So I think that’s really good for a lot of different reasons.”

    Having extra practices and games as well as traveling overseas together are especially beneficial for an Arkansas team that has 11 newcomers.

    The Razorbacks have only two returning scholarship players in junior guard Davonte Davis and senior forward Kamani Johnson.

    There are six freshmen joining the team and five transfers.

    Freshmen include three McDonald’s All-Americans – Anthony Black, Nick Smith and Jordan Walsh – as well as Barry Dunning, Derrian Ford and Joseph Pinion.

    Transfer additions are Trevon Brazile (Missouri), Ricky Council (Wichita State), Jalen Graham (Arizona State) and twins Makhi and Makhel Mitchell (Rhode Island).

    All players are now on campus training. Black joined the Razorbacks on Thursday after helping Team USA win gold at the FIBA ​​Americas Under-18 Championship in Tijuana, Mexico.

    “I think it’s going to be fun knowing that we’re going to play basketball overseas and build chemistry,” Davis said. “I think it will help the team a lot off the pitch to know that we are going to be together for quite a long time away from the facilities here.

    “I think it will help us bond more, on and off the pitch.”

    The Razorbacks will play their first three exhibition games in Spain, including Valencia on August 9 and Madrid on August 11-12. The fourth game will take place in Lake Como, Italy on August 14.

    Arkansas previously toured overseas in the summers of 2012 (Italy) and 2016 (Spain) when Mike Anderson was the Razorbacks coach.

    Anderson is taking his team from St. John’s on tour in the Dominican Republic this summer.

    Among the Razorbacks’ non-conference opponents going on summer tour, according to the list compiled by Goodman, are Baylor (Canada July 3-10) and Oklahoma (Bahamas July 30-August 6). Ohio State, a possible opponent of Arkansas at the Maui Invitational, will tour the Bahamas from August 4-9.

    The board said its Wichita State team was scheduled to go on an overseas tour last summer, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    “I would say it will help us bond a lot,” Council said of the Razorbacks tour. “But I honestly feel like we’re already close.”

    Musselman said the players have already been together three times at his house. They also have activities planned outside of basketball, like going boxing today.

    “We’re trying to do a lot of things on the bonding side,” Musselman said. “Unique non-basketball activities now that we’re all together.

    “But definitely getting on a plane, traveling that far [to Europe]knowing that basketball once on the trip will be very, very limited [helps bring the team closer]. Practice time will be limited, or non-existent. There will be games.

    “I think this team has become very close in a very short time, especially considering that there are only two comebacks.

    “I think the 11 new guys – even though Anthony has just arrived here – have done a great job of bonding on their own, away from the coaching staff.”

    Euro Hogs

    Arkansas men’s basketball team summer tour itinerary, according to a UA press release:

    Leaving Fayetteville on August 6 and arriving in Valencia, Spain on August 7

    MATCH 1 on August 9 in Valencia

    Bus to Madrid, Spain on August 10

    MATCH 2 on August 11 in Madrid

    MATCH 3 on August 12 in Madrid

    Fly to Milan, Italy on August 13

    MATCH 4 August 14 at Lake Como, Italy

    Return to Fayetteville on August 16

    Arkansas men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman spoke to the media on Friday about the team’s European tour in August, among other topics. Musselman wore an Arkansas baseball jersey to support the baseball team and plans to attend today’s College World Series game against Stanford in Omaha, Neb. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Andy Shupe)

    SIGGRAPH 2022 Reveals Unique, Experiential Innovations in Emerging Technologies and Immersive Pavilion Programs


    From optical systems using linear polarizers to tactile sensations in virtual reality, SIGGRAPH previews highlights of content to be featured in Vancouver

    CHICAGO, June 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SIGGRAPH 2022 is upping the ante with 26 research projects selected from more than 100 submissions from 27 countries under its Emerging Technologies and Immersive Pavilion programs this summer. The chosen projects cover breakthroughs in the evolution of technology in many subfields of computer graphics and interactive techniques. The 49th Annual Conference will take place August 8-11 in person, with on-demand talks from scholars available virtually July 25-October 31, 2022.

    “ReQTable: square table screen that provides double-sided in-air images to each of the 4 users” © 2022 Mizuki Takenawa, Tomoyo Kikuchi, Yuchi Yahagi, Shogo Fukushima, Takeshi Naemura, University of Tokyo

    Breakthroughs in the evolution of technology cross many subfields of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

    “I’m excited to share the 2022 program, which showcases the latest innovations in computer graphics and interactive techniques through some really exciting use case scenarios,” shared Mk Haley, President of SIGGRAPH 2022 Emerging Technologies. “This year, the installations will take attendees through experiences that celebrate sensation, accessibility, virtual displays, and even electrical muscle stimulation, to name a few. The SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies program continues to uncover the next generation of contributors from around the world.”

    Highlights of the Emerging Technologies program will be featured in Vancouver to understand:

    Corrugated cover: dynamic liquid distribution for multiple tactile feedbacks using a rewired piping system

    Contributors: Ping Hsuan Han, Yu-Yen Chen, Wu-Ting Stove, Hui-Wen Hsu, Jin Rong Jiang, Wen Jun WuNational Taipei University of Technology

    Perceiving multiple tactile sensations in virtual reality is one of the keys to enabling a captivating and immersive experience. This article introduces Waving Blanket, which is the result of their goal to provide multiple stimulations in a single technique to reduce the effort of integrating haptic devices.

    ReQTable: square table screen that provides double-sided in-air images to each of the four users

    Contributors: Mizuki Takenawa, Tomoyo Kikuchi, Yuchi Yahagi, Shogo Fukushima, Takeshi NaemuraThe University of Tokyo

    This article offered an optical system displaying double-sided aerial images to each of our four users. In this study, they proposed methods to suppress unwanted light (stray light) using a linear polarizer and VCFs.

    Electrical Head Actuation Demonstration: Allowing Interactive Systems to Directly Manipulate Head Orientation

    Contributors: Yudai Tanaka, Shan Yuan Teng, June Nishida, pedro lopes, University of Chicago

    This research demonstrates a new interface concept where interactive systems directly manipulate the orientation of the user’s head through two applications: finding visual targets in mixed reality while the system guides their point of view; a VR rollercoaster where the user’s head nods as the ride speeds up.

    Induction of the sense of embodiment for people with reduced lower body mobility and sensation with partial visuomotor stimulation

    Contributors: Hyuckjin Jang, Taehei Kim, Seo Young Oh, Jeongmi Lee, Sunghee Lee, Sang Ho YoonKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

    In this research, they demonstrate a partial visuomotor technique based on tracking upper body movements to induce a sense of embodiment (SoE) for people with reduced lower body mobility and sensation (PRLMS). Following the methods, they found the potential positive effect of partial visuomotor on SoE in PRLMS asynchronous VR experiment.

    “For 2022, the Immersive Pavilion will highlight research that shows exciting and new use cases for working in the metaverse, immersive gameplay, live virtual reality performance, and exploratory use cases of augmented hardware in covering several aspects of virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality,” said SIGGRAPH 2022 Immersive Pavilion Chair Derek Ham. “It’s exciting to see how technologies are pushing boundaries to help advance the way we communicate, create and learn.”

    Highlights of the Immersive Pavilion 2022 include:

    Review of My trip: Seamless interaction in virtuality and reality with digital fabrication and sensory feedback

    Contributors: Miguel Ying Jie So, Ching Lui, Yvone Tsai Chen, Zin Yin Lim, Ping Hsuan HanNational Taipei University of Technology

    This research explores the possibilities of integrating seamless interactions in virtuality and reality. They allow the choices users make in the virtual world to be transmitted to the real world, improving the connection between reality and the virtual world.

    Mixed reality collaboration for complementary working styles

    Contributors: Keru Wang, Zhu Wang, Karl Rosenberg, Zhenyi He, Dong Woo Yoo, Un Joo Christophe, Ken PerlinNYU Future Reality Lab / Courant Institute

    This project combines immersive VR, multitouch AR, real-time volumetric capture, multi-scale robot-operated tangible interfaces, spatial audio, and live coding in service of a human-centric way of collaborating. Bring your own unique talents and preferences to solve these complex problems together in a shared mixed reality world.

    Crazy departures

    Contributors: Isjtar Vandebroeck, Eric JorisCREW

    This nomadic connectionless VR experience combines socially intelligent avatars, a live actor and impressive environments to deliver technology developed under the PRESENT EU Horizon 2020 research project. This one-on-one performance builds on the crowd animation and simulation technology developed by Inria and Cubic Motion (Epic Games).

    In Search of the Plastic Image: A Media Archeology of Scan Processing Living with Olfactory Dysfunction: A Multisensory Virtual Reality Experience

    Contributors: Yuting WangZiqing Li, BroadAR

    This project is an immersive multi-sensory VR experience that explores the daily struggles of people with invisible disabilities, such as smell dysfunction. Using new motion capture techniques, real-time olfactory mapping, animations and 360º videos, “Living with Olfactory Dysfunction” puts the audience in the shoes of someone with an olfactory disorder. smell.

    Madrid Black

    Contributors: Jacques Castillo, Luc Gibard, Jack ShawNo ghost; Antoine CayrolAtlas V

    Join Lola, a disenchanted young woman who arrives in Madrid empty his uncle’s apartment from which he is separated after he was pronounced dead, to immerse himself in an interactive VR experience inspired by film noir. These 45-minute mystery adventures unfold in two acts in this VR movie

    Made in brooklyn Games

    Contributors: Hessvacio Hassan, Alicia Marisal, Made in brooklyn Games; Manny MarquezAnimation JustChop; Niko Korolog, Niko Korolog Music; Olga AndreevaXantara

    The Museum Multiverse experience encompasses an abandoned and sealed museum, a microcosm of society’s diminished view of minority artists and history’s selective amnesia towards the contributions of people of color during this immersive experience. The hope is to rectify the injustice of the under-representation these artists receive in mainstream popular culture and to give a voice to the unknown and the forgotten.

    Access to the SIGGRAPH 2022 Emerging Technologies and Immersive Pavilion programming is available at various registration levels. Learn more and register for the conference at s2022.SIGGRAPH.org/register.

    About ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, and SIGGRAPH 2022

    MCA, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, bringing together educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address challenges in the field. ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group within ACM that serves as an interdisciplinary community for members in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The SIGGRAPH conference is the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2022, the 49th annual conference hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH, will run as a hybrid event, with live events August 8-11 at the Vancouver Contention Center and virtual content available July 25-October 31. Click here for news from the conference and its partners.



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    Las Cruces native, recent NYU graduate, seeks hometown support for debut album fundraiser


    By Mike Cook

    Las Cruces native Orlando Madrid hopes his hometown will help him with his fundraising campaign for GoFundMe’s debut album.

    Madrid needs to raise an additional $4,000 to take its debut album “to the next stage of mixing, mastering, production and release,” Madrid said.

    You can contribute to the campaign at https://gofund.me/3d4c68b6 until Friday August 5th.

    The album, titled “From This Moment Forward,” features Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter Michael Rodriguez.

    Madrid, 31, recently earned an artist degree from New York University and was hired as an adjunct professor at NYU, he said. His class at NYU included Taylor Swift, who received an honorary doctorate from NYU and was part of the May 18, 2022 graduation with Madrid at Yankee Stadium.

    Madrid earned a BFA in Music Education from the University of New Mexico and an MA in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

    “Starting in eighth grade at Picacho Middle School under the guidance of Tony Montaño, I began my formal musical training and fell in love with the saxophone,” Madrid said. He graduated from Mayfield High School.

    Visit www.facebook.com/orlando.madrid.9 and www.instagram.com.

    Galleries continue to erase female artists from their blockbuster exhibitions

    The National Gallery recently announced its summer 2023 exhibition, After Impressionism, saying the exhibition will celebrate the “mighty achievements of Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gaugin and Rodin”, among others. The social media response to that announcement was largely, “where are the women?”

    Some on Twitter offered suggestions of women who should be included in the exhibit, including Suzanne Valadon, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter and Sonia Delaunay, to name a few. National Gallery tweeted the same text to several of these responses: “We have announced a small number of confirmed loans at the exhibition. This includes Camille Claudel’s Imploration. We’ll be sharing more loans, including major works by female artists, closer to opening.

    Although it remains to be seen what these works will be, it is clear that they are not considered an integral part of the exhibition, or of significant public appeal, by the gallery. If they were, they would have been mentioned prominently in the press release.

    This was accompanied by an image of Cézanne’s Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), which depicts a group of naked women. Clearly in 2022, the easiest way for a woman to climb the walls of the National Gallery is still to be naked.

    L’Implorante by Camille Claudel has been cited as a piece that the National Gallery plans to exhibit in its summer 2023 exhibition.
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    The National Gallery is something of an exception among world museums in its continued failure to expand the stories it tells through its collection and exhibitions. But her focus on extremely well-known white male artists demonstrates what she sees as innovative and important – and therefore what she doesn’t.

    When women have been blockbusters

    The expectation that “hit” shows are about big name artists is a vicious cycle – artists can’t become household names if they aren’t included in big shows. The lack of women in historical studies of traditional art has led to the belief that there were simply not many, if any, significant female artists working in Europe at this time, which is entirely untrue – as the ‘ pointed out the backlash on Twitter. Yet museums still seem unable to get them back into the canon.

    The idea that only known names sell tickets has also been debunked many times over the past decade. The best example is the 2018 exhibition of works by Swedish artist Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the first major retrospective of the artist’s works in the United States – and the first time that most people attending at the exhibition have seen her or heard of her. The exhibit became the museum’s most-visited exhibit.

    The National Portrait Gallery’s 2019-2020 exhibition Pre-Raphelite Sisters and the Museo del Prado de Madrid‘s 2020-21 exhibition Uninvited Guests: Episodes on Women, Ideology and the Visual Arts in Spain (1833-1931) have both highlighted women in traditionally male artistic movements and periods.

    Both have faced some criticism, largely arguing that the Conservatives have not gone far enough to center the work actually done by women, rather than simply representing them. Both exhibits, however, represent steps toward imagining new methods for disrupting traditional narratives of art history.

    Still terribly under-represented in permanent collections

    In the fall and winter of 2020, the National Gallery hosted its first exhibition featuring a female artist. It was a retrospective of the works of the remarkable Renaissance artist Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the few women whose work is held in the gallery’s permanent collection.

    Women artists are woefully underrepresented in the permanent collections of major museums around the world – these are the works of art that belong to museums and hang on walls all year round, not just in special exhibitions.

    The pregnant woman holds the baby, the upper half exposed.
    Self-portrait on the occasion of the 6th birthday of Paula Modersohn-Becker, a post-Impressionist artist.

    The National Gallery, which has a collection of over 2,000 works, has only 24 works by women, representing only eight female artists. Although this ratio is remarkably bad, the National Gallery is not alone in having a profound imbalance.

    Arts publications Artnet and the arts podcast In Other Words teamed up in 2019 to analyze the representation of women in US museum collections. They found that between 2008 and 2018, only 14% of works in museum exhibitions were made by women and only 11% of museum acquisitions were works by women. These acquisitions and exhibitions are strongly oriented towards modern and contemporary art.

    Women artists working before 1900 are much less represented in museum collections. In some cases, their works are in smaller museums or in private collections, and in others they are untraceable or lost. This makes it harder to include their work in exhibitions as it can be harder to find.

    Yet despite the fact that women’s labor has been less reliably preserved throughout history, much of it still exists. The museums that hide behind the excuse of the “lack” of women’s work perpetuate a lie that has been denied by countless feminist art historians since Linda Nochlin’s famous 1971 essay, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

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    Electric Prisms by Sonia Delaunay.

    Writing in 2015, art historian Griselda Pollock explained that women artists are “there in black and white” in the records of exhibitions and sales in the 19th century. “This is the first evidence. It cannot be contradicted. But it has always been ignored by 20th century art historians and 21st century museum curators.

    The National Gallery’s continued reliance on outdated art history is a failure in its duty as guardian of the British public’s art collection. Museums, especially those like the National Gallery that receive significant public funding, have a responsibility to accurately communicate the history and relevance of the objects they hold. They must also continue to innovate and respond to cultural changes.

    A museum whose collection is less than 1% female is hardly representative of a country whose population is 50% female. Nor is it representative of a history of art which, while not yet offering equal opportunities to men and women, has certainly fostered an abundance of pioneering artists.

    One hundred years of vitamin D debates | science and technology

    A woman sunbathes in Madrid Rio Park.KIKE PARA

    Summer is here and many people can’t wait to start “taking vitamin D”, which is more popular than ever, even though it’s not really a vitamin or even a single substance. , but rather from a hormonal system that we absorb from the Sun. Research and public interest in vitamin D deficiency have grown over the past 10 years. “They [health care providers] asking for blood tests for vitamin D levels for no reason. When they learn that a patient has low levels of vitamin D, they prescribe treatment and even more blood tests,” said Ricardo González, family doctor and director of the San Fermín health center in Madrid. “A lot of people call it the ‘sunshine vitamin’ and want to check vitamin D levels as part of other routine blood tests. But few people want to take vitamin supplements when their levels are low. Vitamin D level tests should only be done for people with risk factors, and they should only take supplements if necessary,” he said.

    August 1, 2022 will mark 100 years since biochemists Elmer McCollum and Marguerite Davis published a study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry who reported their discovery of vitamins A and B, and another substance “that helps build calcium”. They would ultimately give this new substance a name – vitamin D – a misnomer since vitamins are defined as essential compounds that our bodies cannot synthesize. However, the skin photochemically produces vitamin D when ultraviolet B (UV-B) rays irradiate a precursor of cholesterol in our body.

    This system is now known to be essential for bone health and calcium and phosphate metabolism. Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide health problem mainly caused by insufficient exposure to the sun, which provides more than 90% of the vitamin D that our body needs. This deficiency is estimated to affect over a billion people, especially the elderly, and some are calling it a pandemic. The remaining 10% of the vitamin D that our body needs is obtained by consuming fatty fish such as tuna, salmon or mackerel and, to a lesser extent, eggs and mushrooms. Recently, genetically modified tomatoes have been engineered to increase their vitamin D content.

    “If we had lived centuries ago, we would all have adequate levels of vitamin D. But since we are no longer daytime creatures, and because we wear clothes and don’t do much outdoor exercise, it’s almost impossible to get all the vitamin D we have. need the sun. We have to get it through our diet,” said Esteban Jódar, an endocrinologist at Quirónsalud University Hospital in Madrid and professor at European University. To get enough sun without risking premature skin aging or melanoma, Jódar recommends “15 minutes of outdoor exercise in the morning and 15 in the afternoon with bare arms and legs.” However, in Spain and other countries north of the 35th parallel, the amount of UV-B radiation synthesized by the skin decreases in winter and spring. The diet can compensate for this deficiency if staple foods such as bread, milk and dairy products are fortified with vitamin D as they are in Nordic countries. But in other countries where these foods are not fortified, “we see a paradox that, despite having more sun, [vitamin D] the levels are lower than in the Nordic countries,” Jódar said.

    When Carmen Madrigal, a pediatrician at the Doctor Morante health center in Santander (Spain), checks vitamin D levels in children, she says, “they are usually fair. But if they live in apartments and cities, they will have little sunlight, especially in winter, since many of their extracurricular activities take place indoors. Unlike some of her colleagues, she doesn’t recommend giving up sunscreen for children because “it doesn’t seem very smart. But it’s hard to know for sure if you’re doing the right thing,” she said.

    As with many aspects of biomedicine, there are few certainties about vitamin D, some areas of consensus, and much debate among experts. José Manuel Quesada, a retired endocrinologist and researcher at the Maimónides Biomedical Research Institute in Cordoba (Spain), has dedicated his life to this area of ​​study. “What do we mean when we say vitamin D?” he asks, rhetorically. He says this ambiguous term encompasses several compounds that form the vitamin D endocrine system, similar to that of other steroid hormones. A compound consists of two nutrients – cholecalciferol or vitamin D3. This is what our skin synthesizes from UV-B, and what we also get from certain foods. The other is ergocalciferol or vitamin D2, which is found in certain plants, yeasts and fungi. These produce a prohormone called calcifediol (25 hydroxyvitamin D3) – the compound measured by blood tests – and calcitriol or active hormone, the final link in the system.

    Although there are still some disagreements, experts have established a normal range for calcifediol levels: between 30 and 70 ng/ml. Levels below 20 ng/ml indicate deficiency and levels below 10 ng/ml indicate deficiency. Jódar, who is a member of the mineral and bone metabolism group of the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (Sociedad Española de Endocrinología y Nutrición – SEEN), says the supplements should only be taken by people with lower levels. at 30 ng/ml and who have risk factors, such as elderly institutionalized patients, pregnant and lactating women and people suffering from obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases. Healthy people should only take supplements if they have levels below 20 ng/ml. In studies mainly conducted in wealthy countries, 88% of the population has some level of vitamin D insufficiency and almost 7% has a severe deficiency. SEEN found that in Spain, 80% of adults under 65, 100% of adults over 65 and 40% of minors have vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml.

    Although minor deficiencies do not produce symptoms, lack of vitamin D is associated with multiple pathologies, such as autoimmune disorders, infectious and cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. It can lead to osteoporosis and, in extreme cases, produce severe softening of the bones called rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults, two rare phenomena in Spain. If so many people suffer from vitamin D deficiencies, why has this not led to epidemics of these diseases? From the point of view of primary care, Ricardo González affirms that “the deficit indicated by the analytical data does not correspond to the clinical picture”. Madrigal agrees. “We don’t see rickets anymore, which was common when my father was alive,” the retired pediatrician said. In 2016, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study titled “Vitamin D Deficiency: Is There Really a Pandemic?” in which several American specialists have argued that setting the minimum normal level of vitamin D at 20 ng/ml encompasses many healthy people. The study also concluded that too many drug tests are being done and supplements are being prescribed unnecessarily. The study authors believe that a more appropriate minimum normal level would be 12.5 ng/ml, which would encompass less than 6% of their compatriots.

    SEEN does not recommend dosing calcifediol in people without risk factors, nor does it advocate routine supplementation with pharmacological preparations in adults under 50 to improve bone health. There is no evidence to support the use of supplements to achieve benefits when other medical conditions are present. “There are very few high-quality studies of cases in which the administration of vitamin D has been successful in alleviating a condition. Most of the studies that do exist have been poorly designed,” Jódar said. over the past 100 years have been poorly designed,” confirms Quesada. He claims that vitamin D has been studied as if it were a drug, not a nutrient, and that the trials are done with people who have normal levels of vitamin D, so administering more vitamin D will not improve anything.

    Research on vitamin supplementation has yielded mixed results. In 1980, a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggested that vitamin D supplements may protect against colon cancer after finding that mortality was higher in places with less natural light, such as large cities and rural areas at high latitudes. Another study recently published in Nutrientsspeculated that “numerous experimental studies in cultured cells and animal models have described a wide range of anti-cancer effects”, but added the caveat that “clinical trials have provided limited support for this hypothesis”.

    A 2019 study published in the NEJM concluded that the supplements did not decrease the incidence of invasive cancers or cardiovascular events. Other research published in The BMJ medical professional journal found a protective effect against acute respiratory infections, especially in people with significant [vitamin D] deficits. Quesada studied its effect on coronavirus infections and concluded that low levels of calcifediol are associated with increased risk of COVID-19 infection, severity and mortality. But the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the United Kingdom say that taking vitamin D alone to prevent or treat COVID-19 is not justified. . However, a recent systematic review in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism determined that vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of hip fracture, although “high-risk individuals, such as the elderly, institutionalized patients, and people with low vitamin D levels, may benefit the most.” more”.

    Given all the uncertainties and conflicting research, Quesada believes we should follow the Nordic example and supplement staple foods with vitamin D for the general population, the same way iodine is added. with salt to help the proper functioning of the thyroid. “While all of this research is ongoing to determine if having good levels of calcifediol prevents cancer, cardiovascular disease or falls, let’s get the general population to adequate levels of vitamin D,” said said Quesada.

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    Khan Academy Plans to Increase Use of PHL Learning Platform


    MADRID, Spain — Online learning service Khan Academy is in talks with a philanthropist in the United States to advance efforts in the Philippines, its founder said.

    “I just met a philanthropist in New York. She is Filipino by birth and she is very interested in accelerating Filipino efforts,” Khan Academy founder Sal Khan told reporters at the recent South Summit 2022, a global business summit in Madrid co- organized by IE University.

    “She was saying that the Philippines is systematically taught in English, especially at the secondary level, and that it is very close to the American system fundamentally,” he added.

    The Khan Academy, which launched in 2005, offers free online learning materials for all ages, including hands-on exercises and instructional videos. It covers, among others, mathematics, science, computer science, history, art history and economics.

    According to Mr. Khan, the resources are localized and translated into more than 36 languages,

    Supported by individual contributions, the organization advocates for “free, world-class education for everyone, anywhere”.

    Khan Academy is not yet widely used in the Philippines, according to Khan.

    North America accounts for 50% of the Academy’s 20-30 million monthly users. It has a significant number of users in Brazil and India, Khan said.

    To accelerate its efforts in the Philippines, Khan Academy will likely need $2 million a year, he noted.

    “The $2 million is our baseline. With $2 million a year, we could then get a team in the Philippines to start localizing the content. We could start hiring people to start working with the government, start getting into schools and start training teachers. »

    He also welcomed the entry of Starlink Internet Services Philippines, Inc., a subsidiary of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of Elon Musk, on the local scene, which is expected to fill connectivity gaps in unserved and underserved areas of the country.

    “I think everyone now, especially with the pandemic, understands that it’s important — that just being connected to the world is important,” he said.

    “If you can just provide these kids with devices and reasonable internet access, you’re basically giving them a lifeline, you’re at least giving them a safety net education that might be better in some cases than what they got. access.”

    Mr Khan also said the pandemic had caused a substantial increase in the typical number of users on the platform.

    “Normally, we had about 25 to 30 million minutes of learning per day. This rose to 85 million minutes of learning per day in the first week of the pandemic. So a lot of people lived on that kind of resource.

    “I think it’s good that we had Zoom and Khan Academy and all those resources, but I think because it happened so fast, it was, I mean, it was a lot worse if we didn’t. didn’t have all of these resources online, but we didn’t have time to think about them and so a lot of people probably didn’t have optimal experiences being on a video conference all day or whatever they use to learn,” he added.

    He stressed the need to prepare for the next emergency.

    “Let’s make sure there’s a safety net, and you know it’s not just during a pandemic that we need a safety net. We need a safety net when we have refugees. Let’s look at what is happening in Ukraine right now and see how these children are learning. — Arjay L. Balinbin

    Incfile Announces Spring Grants and Scholarship Winners | app

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    The Packard convertible wins the prize at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

    A 1948 Packard Cabriolet Victoria by Vignale was chosen as this year’s Best in Show at the 26th edition Greenwich Concours d’Eleganceheld recently at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park overlooking Greenwich Harbour.

    The car, with bodywork by Italian coachbuilder Vignale, was exhibited by the Marano Collection of Garwood, NJ

    The 2022 event in Greenwich marked a return to the event’s traditional June dates – following a COVID-19 hiatus – while establishing more of the weekend’s focus on celebrating motoring culture on Saturdays and respect for the tradition of competitions on Sunday. The event was organized by Hagerty, a Michigan-based company which strives to save driving and motoring culture for future generations.

    “We believe there’s a ‘language’ to running a concours – the cars, the setting, the people – and there’s no better time and place to do it than on a Sunday. spring along Greenwich Harbor with fellow car enthusiasts,” said McKeel Hagerty. , CEO of Hagerty. “The Packard selected as the best of the show embodies that spirit of that language – a spirit that the judges recognized after significant deliberation. A very special thank you to all of the entrants, their teams, and the winners.

    As for the winning car, Packard lacked the financial muscle of its competitors. To add flair to its lineup and boost stagnant sales, Packard ordered seven concept cars, including the one-of-a-kind Victoria cabriolet that was on display.

    While construction began in 1938, the car was hidden away during World War II and work was completed in 1948. The aluminum body is mounted on a 1939 pre-war Packard 120 chassis and is powered by a 120 horsepower, 282 cubic inch straight engine. eight.

    To reinforce its European heritage, the gauges are marked in kilometers and the taillights are from Fiat. The hood, however, opens from both sides, just like a typical 1948 Packard. post-war.

    The classic car was one of many cars on display at this year’s competition, which included Alvis, Aston Martin DB, Cadillac Eldorado, Chrysler “Letter Cars”, Rolling Bones Hot Rods, Powered by America, Vignale bodied cars and a class of vintage vans.

    Saturday’s Cars & Community presented by Griot’s Garage featured three seminars as well as Concours exhibits from Lemons and RADwood. On Sunday, national and international brands were celebrated at the 26th annual Concours d’Elegance.

    Founded in 1996, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance is a premier three-day motoring event featuring rallies, luxury shopping, rides and drives, new vehicle experiences and seminars.

    Greenwich student wins Fulbright scholarship

    Amanda Brea, a student at Greenwich, has been granted one of the most prestigious academic opportunities available.

    Brea, who attended public schools in Greenwich, recently graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. She has just been named a Fulbright scholar and is going to continue her studies in Spain.

    The Fulbright Program is considered one of the most prestigious academic programs in the world with heads of state, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, and leaders in business, science, and the arts.

    According to Brea’s mother, town resident Maria Brea, “It’s not just a testament to her hard work, but also to the education she received in the Greenwich public school system.”

    Brea attended Old Greenwich Primary School, Eastern Middle School and Greenwich Secondary School before going to university, from which she graduated on May 13 Summa Cum Laude and was named on the Huntington 100 list of the best students in the Northeastern University community.

    She earned two bachelor’s degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Theater with a concentration in Performance Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

    Brea spent a six-week summer session in Pamplona, ​​Valencia and Madrid, Spain, taking culture and language classes. She was also scheduled for a Spring 2020 semester abroad at Carlos III University in Madrid which had to be cut short after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In the Fulbright program, Brea will travel to the Canary Islands from September 2022 to June 2023 as an English teaching assistant working with elementary school students.

    Brea said she will also work there as part of long-term community service and hopes her project “will focus on empowering women and girls in the host community to develop their skills in public speaking, empathetic listening, collaboration and leadership through improv and theater workshops”. .

    “I hope to work with children, teens or adult women who don’t have access to the arts due to academic or financial barriers, and empower them to find their voice,” she said.

    Brea credited the instruction she received at the Greenwich Performing Arts Center owned by Michelle Marceau.

    “I grew up at the studio, taking lessons there from the age of 7,” Brea said. “My eventual role as a teacher and director of their summer program was instrumental in providing me with the teaching experience and exposure to working with children of all ages and backgrounds. It prepared me for my role as a Fulbright Scholar. I recognize that Ms. Marceau is one of the best teachers and mentors I have ever had. She inspired me to pursue this dream opportunity through her encouragement and unwavering support.

    French government defends police rampage against Liverpool fans in Champions League final


    On May 28, the Stade de France in the northern suburbs of Paris hosted the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. Fans endured what a Liverpool supporters magazine called “five hours of hell” as they were assaulted by police before the game.

    Prior to the match, Liverpool supporters, including children, pensioners and disabled people, were gassed and beaten by police outside the stadium. A video viewed over 9 million times shows a French cop spraying fans standing peacefully behind a fence.

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    Another video showing fans desperately climbing fences and jumping over barriers to avoid suffocation has received over 4.5 million views.

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    Kick-off for the final, watched on television by an estimated 400 million people worldwide, was delayed by 35 minutes. Even with the delay, thousands of Liverpool fans with tickets only entered the stadium at half-time. Fans were also assaulted after the match as they left the Stade de France.

    The police rampage against football fans exposed before a global audience the brutality and brutality of the French police and the government of President Emmanuel Macron. The government responded by smearing Liverpool supporters and defending police brutality.

    The extent of the cover-up became clear on June 9, when Erwan Le Prévost, director of the French Football Federation, told BFM-TV that CCTV footage from security cameras around the Stade de France had been removed and were probably unrecoverable. He said the tapes were automatically destroyed after seven days because they had not been requested for review by the police or any other authority. Yet civil liberties lawyer Théo Leclerc said The Express“The police did not need the public prosecutor to requisition the images.”

    The police obviously did not request the security camera footage, as it would have shown what other camera footage showed: a blatant police assault on peaceful supporters. It also exposes all the lies Macron government officials have used to excuse and justify the police rampage.

    On Monday May 30, the French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, denounced a “massive, industrial and organized scam of counterfeit tickets”, saying that “30,000 to 40,000 supporters found themselves at the Stade de France either without tickets, either with forged tickets”, before turning in to imply that it was only a problem with the English fans.

    Darmanin continued by thanking “all the police who, by their calm, avoided a tragedy”. On June 1, Darmanin told the French Senate that the responsibility for the violence lay with the city of Liverpool: “It is clear – all the notes from the security services say so – that the people of Liverpool pose problems of public order” .

    Darmanin’s comments echoed those made by British officials in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, blaming “armored mobs” for the deaths of 97 Liverpool fans. In fact, they were crushed to death due to a blatant police error in handling the crowd movement at Sheffield’s Hillsborough Stadium.

    In the days following the May 28 final, errors were reported in the stadium’s digitized ticketing system, and the estimated number of counterfeit tickets was reduced to 2,589. Yet on June 10, the French minister for Sports admitted that 2,700 real tickets were never activated. Beyond Darmanin’s claim, there is no evidence to suggest that Liverpool fans tried to get to the final with fraudulent tickets.

    Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson has expressed his disbelief at the allegation of ticket fraud by Liverpool supporters, telling Sky Sports: “Obviously my tickets were [supplied] through the club, and somehow someone told a friend of ours that he had a fake ticket, which I can assure you was definitely not the case. Robertson added that a number of relatives of Liverpool players have been caught up in the violence: “Almost all of our families have been affected.”

    There is no clear evidence that Liverpool fans were even acting disorderly, let alone criminal, when approaching the stadium. Former Irish manager Brian Kerr, who attended the final, told extra.ie: “The Liverpool fans were perfect in their demeanor”, while the French police “looked like they were ready to to fight”.

    French police appear to have heavily targeted Liverpool supporters, including the players’ families and friends. Moreover, although Liverpool and Madrid supporters had ticket problems in roughly equal numbers, Liverpool supporters suffered disproportionately. According to Darmanin, only 50% of Liverpool fans were seated at the Stade de France at 9 p.m., the scheduled kick-off time, compared to 97% of Madrid supporters. This raises the question of whether the French authorities deliberately tried to interfere with the atmosphere and the outcome of the match.

    Either way, the crackdown at the Stade de France is yet another reminder of the class violence inflicted by Macron’s police.

    Former Liverpool player and pundit Jamie Carragher summed up the feelings of many Liverpool fans by tweeting: “Liars @GDarmanin @AOC1978 [the account of French Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra] @UEFA video evidence proves how corrupt you all are. Margaret Thatcher and Norman Bettison again.”

    A Liverpool fan named Peter, who attended the final, told sofoot.com: “As a Liverpool fan, Hillsborough is always on my mind. We were afraid it would happen again. I experienced this tragedy when I was in my twenties. … This Saturday at the Stade de France, I saw the same police incompetence as at Hillsborough. Miraculously, it didn’t have the same consequences.

    Peter added: “You know, I’ve been to France several times. But now I don’t want to go back. I no longer feel safe there, and especially not in Paris.

    In previous decades, heads might have rolled in the police force as part of the reaction of the French capitalist government to such an embarrassing event on an international level. This did not reflect democratic sentiments, but the cold self-interest of the capitalist class. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 9.7% of France’s GDP came from tourism. Additionally, within the next two years, France will host both the 2023 Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Olympics.

    Today, however, Macron depends almost entirely on inciting fascist forces in the police to suppress working-class opposition. In his second term, Macron, the ‘president of the rich’, is plotting new and deep cuts in pensions and unemployment insurance, higher university tuition fees and the impoverishment of the working class by global inflation. . For this reason, French officials have chosen to redouble their efforts to support police repression at the Stade de France.

    On June 10, the Paris police chief, Didier Lallement, told a commission of inquiry into the event that the management of the final was “a failure because the image of the country was damaged”. He said he was “sorry” for the use of tear gas. Nonetheless, Lallement, who is infamous in France for telling a protesting ‘yellow vest’ worker that she was ‘on the other side’, went on to brazenly defend the assault on the Stade de France, saying that there was “no other way” to make people back down. than firing tear gas barrages at them.

    The savage police repression at the Stade de France is a warning to workers, in France and internationally: Macron and all the financial aristocracy, knowing they are isolated and hated, will stop at nothing to defend their class power.

    Las Crucen is working on releasing his debut album, “From This Moment Forward”


    LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces’ Orlando Madrid has been working as a professional jazz musician in New York City for about a year, which is certainly no small feat. Between playing, studying and teaching music, he’s had his hands full, but now he’s focused on producing his debut album.

    Madrid, 31, became interested in music at a young age. He started playing the saxophone and played throughout middle school and high school in the city. He then left for UNM in Albuquerque where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in music education. It was just the beginning for him.

    Madrid packed his bags and traveled to New York where he earned his master’s degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, a highly regarded music school.

    Last month, Madrid earned an artist degree from New York University, which is an individualized degree for a prestigious program. Turns out, artist of the semester Taylor Swift also earned an honorary fine arts degree from East Coast School and spoke to the class of 2022 at Yankee Stadium. He worked as an assistant graduate instructor while at the school, teaching in the department’s jazz studies program.

    Singer Taylor Swift greets graduating students during the New York University Class of 2022 commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium in New York City on May 18, 2022. Swift, who received an honorary doctorate of fine arts , is the first speaker.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP)

    With school out – at least for now – Madrid are switching gears and working on their debut album, ‘From This Moment Forward’.

    “My goal in making this album is the culmination of my personal, educational and professional experiences,” Madrid wrote on the GoFundMe site where he is raising funds to be able to produce the album.

    He explained that the tracks were recorded in mid-May at NYU’s James F. Dolan Recording Studio with eight tracks, all original Madrid compositions. Featured musicians include Robert Papacica on guitar, Arnie Sainz on piano, Marshal Herridge on bass, Jonas Esser on drums and Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter Michael Rodriguez. Rodriguez, highly regarded in the industry, has toured with masters such as Chick Corea, Charlie Haden and Herbie Hancock.

    Orlando Madrid, a jazz saxophonist from Las Cruces, recently graduated as an artist from New York University in May 2022 and is currently working on producing his first album of original compositions.

    As of June 10, $1,982 has been donated to GoFundMe. Madrid hopes to raise a total of $6,000 for mixing, mastering, production, album art and release expenses. Fundraising will end on August 12.

    The album “reflects my passion for jazz and is truly a snapshot of my playing at that point in my career. I’ve worked all my life to record my first album as a leader, and the time has finally come,” Madrid said.

    The musician mentioned that he was previously part of a campaign to release an album while at Eastman. The ‘Affinity’ group failed to release their album, but Madrid said they plan to send a free copy of their new album to everyone who has donated to this first campaign.

    “My music is the most personal expression of myself and my life experiences so far. I have always enjoyed making music with other people while growing as an artist,” said said Madrid.

    Donations to help Madrid produce their album can be made online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/from-this-day-forward-debut-album-2022. People can also follow Madrid on Instagram at www.instagram.com/omadrid23.

    Leah Romero is the Trending Reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah on Twitter.

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    We need leaders, not bosses – An interview with Guillermo Cisneros, Advantere School Of Management


    Guillermo Cisneros from Advantere

    What do Northwestern Kellogg, Yale SOM and Toronto Rotman have in common? They all identify themselves as management schools and not as business schools. A superficial difference, some would say. After all, Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?”

    In this case, however, the name signifies a radical overhaul of the goals and approach to management education at Advantere School of Management, a Madrid-based newcomer to the international business and higher education scene. .

    Guillermo Cisneros is the Dean of Advantere, bringing with him more than three decades of leadership experience at Berklee College of Music, Babson College, ESADE Business School and more than 15 years of service to the European Foundation for management development (EFMD).

    “Today, more than ever, leadership is not just about business,” he says. “Business is a unique part of what managers and leaders do – a stage in their career. We are not looking to train more business leaders but to create challenge managers; those who can handle uncertainty, take risks and lead with determination.

    A transformative approach to management training

    Launched in the heart of Madrid’s business district, Advantere was created through the partnership of three prestigious Jesuit-founded institutions: the Pontifical University of Comillas and the University of Deusto in Spain, and Georgetown University in the United States. United.

    Why did three universities with over five centuries of collective teaching experience decide it was time to start another school?

    “Business schools were once a radical invention,” says Guillermo Cisneros. “Many have moved away from the conventional education system in response to the skyrocketing managerial needs caused by the second industrial revolution. But that happened more than a century ago. Since then, business schools have become a staple of the educational culture and it is not incorrect to say that the revolutions have been difficult to find.

    “In these fixed organizations, incremental innovation is the only way forward, taking small incremental steps over the years. Long-established institutions generally do not handle rapid leaps in advancement well.

    But Cisneros points to an increasingly volatile world that is the shape of things to come. “A slow rate of progress is only acceptable if the surrounding environment develops at the same rate – otherwise we risk using yesterday’s solutions to try to solve tomorrow’s problems.”

    Cisneros believes the position at Advantere gives him the opportunity to start with “a blank canvas” that older organizations don’t have. Their teaching practices and course content will be informed by the expertise of the founding institutions but will not be limited by deep-rooted traditions. “The idea is to go further in our impact on society through management education,” he explains, “by helping our students to be agents of change by working to create solutions to societal challenges”.

    The school welcomes its first cohort of students in October 2022, offering a choice of four master’s programs in international management, marketing, finance and talent management. However, interdisciplinary mixing will be common, integrating faculty and students from different programs to create versatile graduates.

    Advantere School of Management in Madrid, Spain

    Create change agents

    At the heart of Advantere’s mission are three principles: the desire to transform the way management is taught, to create a tangible positive impact on society, and to develop students not only academically, but also personal and spiritual level. Cisneros believes these goals will create an alumni network of “resolvers” and “challenge managers,” as he calls them. But what exactly does he mean by these terms?

    “Resolvers will be highly technologically competent, but above all be empathetic and committed to creating a fairer and more sustainable world,” Cisneros said. “They will be able to reinvent themselves professionally as many times as necessary – taking on roles as executives, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, social activists and more.

    “Becoming a challenge manager means embracing discomfort and accepting uncertainty as a natural thing in life, focusing on positive impacts, not just personal results, and on collaboration rather than individualism.”

    Of course, he acknowledges that the move towards sustainability, diversity and equity has become mainstream in business schools, which have sought to move away from the profit-centric style of business that was once the norm.

    However, he says, the educational innovations implemented at Advantere will provide a new perspective on solving global problems, equipping graduates with the creative thinking skills needed to develop new solutions to new problems, enabling them to better influence policymakers. positive changes around the world.

    Cisneros delves into his love of music to demonstrate how Advantere’s teaching methods differ from the traditional approach.

    “In classical music, education students learn to perfectly recreate what composers who died decades or centuries ago created,” he says. “This is how future managers are traditionally trained in business schools – to apply rules, models and recipes, to recreate successful practices.

    “In modern music education, students have, of course, strong technical training and preparation, but the goal and the method is to learn how to create new compositions that did not exist before.

    “Virgin, Tesla, Apple, Google and countless other organizations are transforming the world today precisely by acting outside the established rules, by going beyond what is conventionally taught in business schools. Create, not repeat “, he adds.

    Although Cisneros still views the classical approach with respect, he argues that there is much to be gained from embracing the modern style of management education. Advantere is not alone in its commitment to creating leaders who will strive for a more sustainable future, but rather than pave old roads, it believes the way forward is to embrace the philosophy that ” the paths are made by walking”.

    Promote a leadership style that creates purpose

    A spirit of collaboration was integral to the launch of Advantere and will continue to be part of the school’s philosophy in the future, Cisneros said. Stakeholders, educators, corporate partners, and students will all work together as co-creators to shape the course structure of master’s programs.

    To reflect how important student participation is in shaping pedagogy at Advantere, each successful candidate in the first cohort of 2022 will be credited as a co-founder of the institution on their degree when they graduate.

    “Students must collaborate and work together in the learning process, part of which is working with organizations of all kinds to complete challenging projects,” Cisneros explains. “Our academics work collaboratively – we don’t have departments, which limits the integration of the learning experience.”

    Although Advantere’s parent institutions have their origins in a Jesuit order, Cisneros says the school is fully open to people of all faiths. “It’s not about sharing faith, it’s about sharing values ​​about how we relate to ourselves, to others, and to the world,” he adds.

    Crucial to the success of leaders, Advantere seeks to create a deep sense of purpose and an ability to inspire purpose in the people around them. “Leaders must have purpose and create purpose for others,” he says.

    “It’s easy to tell a boss from a leader. When you work for a boss, you work for him and his personal goals; When you work for a leader, you, they and everyone else feel that you are working for something bigger than yourself.


    Artist Rashid Johnson: ‘I still wanted to know more, I wasn’t ready’

    “I’m just going to go ask them to turn that music off,” says artist Rashid Johnson, as we stroll through his new exhibit. “I find it a bit distracting.” It wanders away through the vast spaces of Hauser & Wirth’s galleries in Menorca, which opened last year in the converted outbuildings of a historic naval hospital on the small island of Illa del Rei in the port of Mahon.

    But he comes right back, smiling. “There were only the children,” he says – that is, a large group of schoolchildren eager to take part in a drawing session in the nearby education space. And anyway, they were playing his song: “Sodade”, a haunting ballad of nostalgia and nostalgia by the Cape Verdean Cesária Évora, from which the American artist took the title of his show.

    “Some things travel outside of their origin stories,” Johnson says when I ask him what the word and song mean to him. “It means a touch of sadness, a touch of melancholy – but maybe even the desire for something you’ve never even had.” It seems appropriate for this island, a place once remote from travels, conquests, migrations.

    “Although this exhibition is not meant to be sad, exactly, I have come to feel that a melancholic space is almost the space between joy and tragedy, and I feel like when I was doing this work, that’s where I was.”

    Seascape from Rashid Johnson ‘Little Country’ (2022) © Photo: Stephanie Powell

    When we talk about Keats’ “Ode to Melancholy”, Johnson immediately mentions the poets who were important to him and how he was brought up with poetry – his mother is a poet, as is his sister: “For critical engagement and for discussion of the human condition, poetry is truly the ultimate bridge to explanation.

    Johnson, 45, uses this language naturally and lightly. Very tall, relaxed, with a warm voice, he moves easily from informal to an almost academic language. We turn to the large canvases around the galleries: in blues and whites, sweeping lines in seemingly repeating patterns of crescent curves.

    “I see a lot of boats? I venture.

    “I consider them as boats, as vehicles, as representations of the autonomy, of the freedom of the individual. Each of them feels as if they should have their own occupation. Give agency to independent thought.

    They are worked in multiple layers of oil paint, built up and then removed to reveal undercoats: a deceptively simple surface revealing rich depths. They sometimes feel stormy, sometimes more peaceful, an uplifting feeling with only a touch of foreboding. In coloring as well as theme, they evoke water. When I suggest that a shadowy island in the Mediterranean seems a long way from his native Illinois and his adopted home in New York, Johnson is quick to draw parallels.

    A man on a stepladder working on a painting hanging on a wall

    The artist with his seascape ‘Angola’ (2022) © Courtesy the artist/Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Daniel Schäfer

    An abstract painting in a square frame hangs on the wall

    One of Johnson’s “Bruise” paintings in the exhibition © Courtesy of the artist/Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

    “I have spent more time in recent years near water [he now has a home in Long Island]and it’s interesting that this work is happening here” — he waves a hand at the sea just beyond the gallery windows — “but also I grew up so close to Lake Michigan, which is this huge expanse, like a sea: with my friends we spent days and nights there – I smoked my first joint there, I had my first kiss there – it was really the backdrop of my childhood.

    Watery Venice also comes up in conversation: Johnson has just been there with his wife, Iranian-American artist Sheree Hovsepian, who was exhibiting in the Biennale’s main exhibition. They have a 10 year old son. His own family, he says, always supported him: his father was an artist, even though he had other jobs. “They were comfortable having an artist in the family.”

    These new works are much quieter than Johnson’s work that I know – the artist is famous for his sculptural use of an almost delirious array of materials, from ceramic tiles and mosaics to shea butter and processes of arcane painting. Yet here he is putting oil paint on canvas and, in another room of the living room, making bronze casts. “Yes, he laughs, I’m more used to materials that don’t have that long history: it’s like joining another club.”

    But he wants to tell me that although he studied photography and used it a lot in his practice, he was above all a painter. He grew up, however, in a 1990s art community where “all the smart kids were studying new media – it was performance, installation, film and video, the rest. It was cheap to install something or perform something. A lot of artists of color at that time were interested in these new media, partly because they didn’t have this whole canonical history so framed by Western constructs – it felt like we could affect the discourse here.

    “It was being part of the pioneer groups, exploring new languages ​​and creating new modalities. So I kind of came to it that way. And I continued to think of my work in the non-support-specific compliance space.

    In another part of the gallery stand four large dark bronze vessels, like life-size canoes, squat and roughly hewn, cast from clay originals. They are in fact functional hearths, with charred logs in their slatted bedsteads – “they function as much as pyres as they do sculptures,” he says, referring to funeral rituals. I wonder about the “found” objects embedded in the surfaces, an astonishing detail of the tanning work: a book, the key to his old studio, a wristwatch.

    Two canoe-shaped vessels in the middle of a room
    Installation view ‘Sodade’ at Hauser & Wirth Menorca © Courtesy the artist/Hauser & Wirth

    “Well, I call them ‘wanted’ objects — they’re intentionally brought to the works. It’s a handful of a Community Band radio – it was quite fascinating, almost an early form of the Internet. It’s a tribute to his father, who worked in CB radio, as well as the network of truckers who used the system — another form of transportation featured on this show about travel, travel, travel.

    “Carrying your voice, reaching out into space. And what was so interesting to me about CB radio was that you developed a ‘nickname’, you could create an identity, some of your characteristics were erased – like race and other characteristics – so you had this different sense of autonomy.

    There are oyster shells embedded in these surfaces, an homage, he says, to Zora Neale Hurston’s book How does it feel to be colored and his great phrase: “I am not tragically colored. . . I’m too busy sharpening my oyster knife. “I loved her sense of self and how well she understood herself,” he says.

    These are among his few obvious allusions to his African-American heritage. Johnson is often described as a “post-black” artist – a phrase coined by Studio Museum Harlem director Thelma Golden, who included Johnson in a major exhibition, freestyle, in 2001. He was only 24 years old; he describes it as “a huge turning point”. But despite the accolades and opportunities that followed, Johnson coldly turned his back on instant market success and returned to graduate school in Chicago. He credits the caliber of the other performers in the show for his realization that “I had even more than I wanted to know, to work in a more experienced, complex and thorough way. I was not ready.

    As for the post-black phrase itself – which has been defined as “the art of black experience that tries to dispel the idea that race matters” – he says: “It has been hijacked and it is complicated – people positioned me as such – sometimes I embraced certain aspects of it, other times I had problems with it. I understand the way it was intended and I don’t dismiss it – but rarely will you find an artist described as minimalist describing themselves as such. I don’t want to be called anything other than an artist, or by my name.

    In a third section of the show are Johnson’s series of Hematoma paintings, which he started in 2021. He says the title refers to “a space between blunt trauma, as we have experienced it, and healing and where we are going.” Powerful grids of dark lines, solid and strong, are filled with repetitive, almost anguished patterns, often in blood red: the eyes of an anxious man, part of an organism beset by turmoil and stress. No peace here – until their tones subside, in another series, in white on white, a more ghostly but more abstract version, Abandonment paintings.

    Despite their emotional punch, the Hematoma the paintings are “some of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done in my life”, he says. “They were cathartic, not straightforward – but every time I did them I felt alive and discharged.”

    Squares with blue or black looped doodles
    Another of Johnson’s “Bruise” paintings, which he describes as cathartic
    Squares with looping white squiggles
    One of the artist’s ‘Surrender’ paintings © Courtesy the artist/Hauser & Wirth (2)

    The entire exhibition of 14 paintings and the four sculptures was made in the past 18 months, and none have been shown before. Johnson was already familiar with the setting, as Iwan and Manuela Wirth had consulted with him and some of their other top artists when planning the project. These new works, he says, have given him the opportunity to “lean into” feelings and ideas he was already immersed in, but he relishes their connection to the place. He describes it as a “graduation on a theme”. A work from the same series will be presented at Art Basel next week.

    As we say goodbye, Johnson leaves for Madrid, on his way back to New York. He plans to visit the Reina Sofia Museum, to see Picasso’s “Guernica”. “It’s fascinating to see how pain like this lives and endures – a great work of art can pivot where it lives, rather than being tied to where it was born.” I think I know what he’s talking about.

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    Incorporating well-being and happiness into business education is key to shaping ‘resilient’ executives


    By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter

    Madrid, Spain – Business school curricula should include a curriculum to help future business leaders improve their health, well-being and happiness to better prepare them for the complex challenges they will face in the world of the company, said an expert.

    “Body (health), mind (well-being) and soul (purpose or happiness)” are the three areas business schools can work on to help students improve their “performance for life” , Lisa Bevill, academic director of the IE University Center for Health, Wellbeing and Happiness, told reporters at the 2022 South Summit held in Madrid, Spain, June 8-10. .

    “So, on the body, we talk about vitality. It has a lot to do with our physical health, our movements, our sleep, our nutrition, our movements. Mind has to do with mindfulness, mindfulness and how we set up study habits, recognizing the interconnectedness between body and mind,” she added.

    The soul is about its purpose, she noted. “Our contribution, what matters to us and the relationships we develop. Of course, all of these are interconnected in terms of overall emotional well-being and who we are.

    On what makes these areas relevant to business, she said, “If we think about entrepreneurs, it usually feels like you just have to work hard, go all the way, and be determined. Of course, this is all important, but if you neglect your health, your health is going to stop you, especially if you don’t proactively address it sooner.

    A recent study by management consulting firm McKinsey & Company found that toxic behavior, a byproduct of stress, is a leading cause of burnout.

    This can lead to “expensive organizational issues such as attrition,” McKinsey said in its report.

    “Unprecedented levels of employee turnover, a global phenomenon we call high attrition, are making these costs more visible. Hidden costs for employers also include absenteeism, lower engagement and lower productivity,” he added.

    Therefore, business schools should help cultivate the well-being of their students, Ms. Bevill noted.

    “By cultivating well-being, we can cultivate greater resilience. We focus a lot on positive emotions as a way to cultivate well-being, and through the abundance of positive emotions, we create better connections. Through these connections, we can have greater creativity. We tap into our cognitive functioning,” she said.

    “When we are unhealthy, we run based on fears, threats, or emotions, which decreases our cognitive functioning, our ability to connect with others, and our ability to think long-term,” he said. -she adds.

    “Caring for our health and building our emotional well-being through positive emotions builds our resilience, allowing us to weather disappointments and come back after challenges; and for entrepreneurship, it is essential.

    The South Summit 2022 is co-organized by IE University. It celebrated 10 years as the main global meeting point for players in the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.

    On May 17, South Summit announced the 100 finalists from over 3,000 entries for its 10th annual Startup Competition. According to IE University, 70% of applications came from 114 countries.

    Half of the finalists come from Spain, mainly from Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. The other half come from 29 different countries, including the UK, US, Germany, Israel, Switzerland and Brazil.

    Software and cybersecurity projects make up the majority of this year’s finalists, including Appentra Solutions, Centraleyes, BizAway, Citibeats and Opticks Security.

    Team Jordan awards $7,000 in scholarships to senior Culpeper graduates | Health


    Team Jordan, a local suicide prevention coalition, recently awarded eight scholarships to senior high school graduates from Culpeper County and Eastern View.

    Scholarship recipients were selected based on answers to essay questions related to reaching out to others who need help and approaches that could be used to provide that help.

    From CCHS, the winners were Emmaline Bowler, $1,000; Rachel Dillon, $1,000; Meagan Fay, $1,000; Devon Richardson, $1,000; and Tania Elizabeth Gallegos Madrid, $500.

    From EVHS, the scholarship recipients were Markus Luckinbill, $1,000; Robert Somerville, $1,000; and Fernanda Escudero, $500.

    A total of $7,000 has been awarded this year, made possible by generous donors who contribute to the nonprofit’s efforts, according to a statement from Chef Chris Jenkins, President of Team Jordan. This is the seventh year that Team Jordan has awarded scholarships to local students.

    “Our belief is that spreading knowledge and generating discussion leads to the expansion of our team and equates to having more people looking for others who may need help,” Jenkins said in the release. . “Like every year that Team Jordan awards scholarships, it’s not just the students who win: the whole community wins.”

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    Most Americans expect inflation to get worse, Post-Schar School poll shows

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    According to a poll by The Washington Post and George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, most Americans expect inflation to worsen over the next year and are adjusting their spending habits. in response to rising prices.

    Inflation, near 40-year highs, has driven up the cost of just about everything, including essentials like gas, groceries and housing. Overall prices have increased by 8.3% over the past year.

    World Bank warns global economy could suffer 1970s-style stagflation

    Families feel the pinch. Nearly 9 in 10 Americans say they have started looking for cheaper goods, and about three-quarters are cutting dining and entertainment, or postponing planned purchases, according to the Post-Schar poll conducted in late April and early May. .

    The findings come as inflation takes center stage as the main economic and political hurdle for the Biden administration. After months of viewing price increases as a short-term shock, the Federal Reserve recently began raising interest rates in hopes of cooling the economy enough to temper inflation. Even so, two-thirds of Americans (66%) expect inflation to get worse in the coming year, while 21% expect it to get better and 12% think that it will remain the same, according to the poll.

    “We’re cutting back on everything — and I mean everything,” said Bethany Davis, who lives with her boyfriend in Barbourville, Ky. “Gas, meat, bread, everything is expensive as hell. One moment you think you can afford to buy something, and then you go to the store and it’s like, ‘No, I can’t have that anymore either.’ ”

    Davis, 20, has stopped eating meat, cut back on showers and laundry and rationed trips to the store to save gas. She and her boyfriend are down to one, maybe two meals a day which often consist of white bread, Velveeta cheese and $1 bags of rice, she said.

    After more than a year of steadily rising prices, many Americans are beginning to rethink their spending habits to account for inflation. Around 6 in 10 people say they drive less, minimize their electricity use and save less, while around half say they try to buy products before prices rise, the survey found. And just under 3 in 10 say they have taken a second job or worked more hours due to inflation.

    The poll results could also be a harbinger of the trajectory of inflation in the months to come. As more and more Americans change their behavior on the assumption that inflation will get worse, these actions can drive up inflation, leading to a cycle that is hard to break. Indeed, some 52% of Americans surveyed said they purchased products before prices rose.

    “People’s inflation expectations are rising,” said John Taylor, a Stanford University economist and former Treasury Department official in the George W. Bush administration. “What worries me is that if people say, ‘Inflation is going up, let’s buy now’, that’s going to increase inflation even more.”

    Inflation-related lifestyle changes are more common among Americans who say rising prices are a “major financial stress” for their household. Nearly 8 in 10 people in this group say they save less and more than 4 in 10 say they have taken on extra work.

    The poll found that 57% of Americans say they have just enough money to maintain their standard of living, while 20% say they are financially behind and 23% say they are progressing. Yet two-thirds say they are optimistic about their family’s financial situation.

    “We’ve all noticed that prices have gone up over the past year,” said Antonio Doblas-Madrid, an economics professor at Michigan State University. “People are watching this and expecting it to continue, which can be a worrying sign.”

    More than a third of Americans say recent price increases have been a major financial stress on their households, with concerns peaking among low-income households: “vs. 31% of those with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 and 17% of those with an income of $100,000 or more.

    Adults under 50 and women were also more likely to report higher financial stress due to inflation than older adults and men.

    “Inflation is a regressive tax: it’s very costly for the poor,” Doblas-Madrid said, adding that one of the biggest determining factors is often whether someone owns or rents their home. “If you’re a tenant, rents go up when inflation rises, but if you’re a landlord, your property starts to appreciate.”

    Housing – which makes up the biggest chunk of most household budgets – has been a particular source of strain for many families. Home prices have risen 21% over the past year, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index, while asking rents have risen 15% nationally, according to data from Redfin.

    About 1 in 4 Americans in the Post-Schar School poll say it would be easy to afford to rent a home in their current neighborhood if they had to move. But a majority of 74% say it would be either “quite difficult” or “very difficult” to relocate to their neighborhood.

    Meanwhile, almost half of renters report major financial stress due to inflation, compared to 30% of owners.

    Tosha Jankosky pays $1,356 a month for a two-bedroom apartment she shares with her teenage sons in Noblesville, Ind. The 41-year-old office manager earns $23 an hour – the best salary of her career – but says she still feels like she is losing ground financially.

    She recently ditched her cable subscription, cut back on grocery shopping, and put off buying furniture such as bed frames and a sofa. Yet, she says, it is becoming increasingly difficult to pay basic expenses.

    “I should be able to live on my own,” she said. But “I’m getting ready to pay rent and it’s going to take every penny I’ve earned.”

    Gasoline prices – which are reaching record highs at nearly $5 a gallon – are another source of stress. Most drivers – 64% of them – take fewer trips to get groceries to save gas, while 34% say they drive slower and just over 2 in 10 have carpooled or worked at home because of gas prices.

    Meanwhile, more than 4 in 10 drivers say they only partially filled their car’s gas tank, a figure that rises to 61% of drivers with incomes under $50,000, the survey found. .

    Americans blame several factors for rising gas prices: 72% blame companies trying to boost profits and 69% blame Russia’s actions against Ukraine, while 58% each blame President Biden and pandemic disruptions.

    Back in Kentucky, Davis says gas has become such a burden that she and her boyfriend recently filled a few extra plastic jugs with fuel when gas prices temporarily dipped below 4.50. $ per gallon. She and her boyfriend both work at Dollar General and bring home $300 a week, including $80 for gas in their old pickup truck.

    High gas prices, she said, not only squeeze her budget, but also limit job opportunities in her small town. The best paying jobs are in the factories on the outskirts of the city, about 80 kilometers away.

    Davis’ boyfriend recently quit his $10-an-hour job at a cookie factory after the 80-minute daily commute became untenable. His job at Dollar General is closer to home but only pays $9.25 an hour.

    “When you live in the middle of nowhere and gas prices keep going up, it affects everything,” Davis said. “The fight only gets harder.”

    Beyond changing driving habits, economists say rising prices — and changing consumer behavior — are likely to have bigger ripple effects on big life decisions, such as where to live and get married or have children.

    Almost daily, Jayden Collins and his wife talk about starting a family, then check their savings account to see if they can afford it.

    Inflation is a persistent obstacle, said Collins, a nursing student in Logan, Utah. Monthly rent and utilities are up about 50% from last year to $1,100. He makes $17 an hour working in a warehouse during the school year, but he and his wife are looking for weekend jobs to make ends meet.

    “Right after we got married, I was like, ‘Let’s go out. It’s like a date every night,’ the 22-year-old said. “Now we’re like, ‘Man, this happened. turned out to be much more expensive than I thought.’ ”

    Inflation drives up prices at gas stations and grocery stores. Experts explain what causes inflation and how long it could last. (Video: Sarah Hashemi, Hadley Green/The Washington Post)

    This leads to almost nightly discussions about their financial future, he said. Family members and friends around them are pregnant or have young children, leading him to wonder how long he and his wife will have to wait before having children of their own.

    “We really want to get there,” he said. “My wife says, ‘So how can we improve our spending?’ This is one of the main things we talk about. At least once a week we say, “What did we spend money on that we couldn’t have spent?” ”

    The Post-Schar poll was conducted from April 21 to May 12 among a random national sample of 1,055 adults, who completed an online or paper questionnaire. The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points overall and among the sample of 978 motorists.

    The 10th South Summit in Madrid will bring a $200 billion investment portfolio for startups

    The 10th edition of South Summit hosted at La Nave in Madrid, Spain, focuses on reinventing businesses across the globe, with a heightened focus on bringing innovative ideas into business. The three-day summit which started on June 8 is co-hosted by IE University and has the participation of more than 500 startups working on innovation in FinTech, EdTech, GreenTech, GovTech and FoodTech, creating an ecosystem entrepreneurial in Europe, America. , the United Kingdom, Africa and Asia. The event will also bring together key players in the innovation ecosystem (startups, companies, investors and institutions).


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    With investors from all regions of the world, this will represent almost $200 billion in investments, provided by approximately 200 funds, 75% of the investments will come from international investors. This will be the highest investment portfolio in South Summit’s 10-year history, up 33% from last year.

    Organizers say this is the largest investment portfolio in South Summit’s 10-year history, 33% higher than in 2021, with investors able to meet startups seeking funding.

    “These figures demonstrate the potential that South Summit has had in these 10 years to foster an entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem attractive to investors, both Spanish and international,” says María Benjumea, Founder and CEO of South Summit.

    Diego del Alcázar Benjumea, CEO of IE University, highlighted the popularity of South Summit over the years and the growing interaction between companies. “The Summit’s ongoing effort has helped founders with brilliant ideas come together and build a better business world,” Benjumea said.

    Nadia Calviño, First Deputy Prime Minister of Spain since July 2021 and Minister of Economy, called for the need to take a fresh look at sustainability by businesses and entrepreneurs to redevelop an enabling environment in the post world. -Covid. “Young entrepreneurs now need to focus more on sustainability because the world has changed post-Covid,” Calvino said.

    The event was also attended by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth and José Luis Martínez-Almeida – Mayor of Madrid. “The business world is in transition and innovative ideas will help change the world for the better. Innovative ideas can transform without exploiting nature and restoring it for the future,” Mariya said.

    Community Foundation Announces Recipients of Children’s Clubs and Joseph K. Julo Memorial Scholarships | New

    The Atchison Area Community Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Clubs for Kids and Joseph K. Julo Memorial Scholarships.

    Katherine Harris (AHS, Highland Community College), Blair Taylor (MH-MA, University of Missouri — Kansas City), James Madden (MH-MA, Carlos III University of Madrid), Maci Behrens (ACCHS, Kansas State University), Madilynne Bruce (AHS, William Woods University) and Christine Parks (AHS, Benedictine College/Bellus Academy) will each receive a $1,000 scholarship from Clubs for Kids to pursue their higher education goals.

    Ashton Jolly (ACCHS, Iowa State University), Alice McConnell Curry (MH-MA, Saint Louis University), and Sydney Snowden (MH-MA, Emporia State University) will each receive a $2,000 Joseph K. Julo Memorial Scholarship.

    “Thanks to the continued support of many local business owners, volunteers and donors, the Clubs for Kids Foundation is honored and grateful to continue the legacy of the organization’s founder, Joe Julo,” said Joe Julo’s nephew Mike Julo. and current board member. of administrators. “We believe providing scholarships to Atchison area youth is the best investment we can make in the future of our community and providing these resources through the great game of golf is precisely what Joe had l intention when he created this organization.”

    The Clubs for Kids Foundation was established in 2007 through the vision of former local businessman Joseph K. Julo. In 2008, the Foundation launched a scholarship program for eligible students in grades 10 through 12 at high schools in Atchison County. Including 2022, Clubs for Kids awarded 141 scholarships to Atchison County students totaling $133,500. The foundation funds these programs through the annual “Clubs for Kids” golf tournament as well as donated funds.

    In 2019, the Atchison Area Community Foundation was established to enrich the lives of our community members through philanthropy. We are a source of funding for local non-profit associations and public entities. We are committed to growing philanthropy and connecting the people who care about us with causes that matter.

    CHS Students Receive State Seal of Biliteracy

    Source: Coronado Unified School District

    Coronado High School’s English and World Languages ​​Departments will present 42 students with the California State Biliteracy Seal (SSB) this year. The SSB recognizes high school graduates who have achieved a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages ​​in addition to English.

    “This is an incredible achievement that students should consider highlighting in their future applications, including those for college, graduate school, and job applications. This designation may be prominent on a student’s resume for life. We are thrilled to recognize this year’s recipients at the board meeting,” said Maylen Rafuls, CHS French and Spanish teacher and World Languages ​​TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment).

    In addition to a gold seal affixed to their degrees, SSB recipients will receive certificates at the June 9 board meeting during the public session that begins at 4 p.m.

    “We look forward to honoring the students, and also to having Claudia Gallant (former CUSD Director of Learning) be part of the celebration,” said English-speaking TOSA Julia Braga. “Claudia is the one who brought the SSB to the CHS during the 2015-2016 school year.”

    Gallant shared, “SSB was a really big deal for our district and me. Being bilingual/illiterate is one of the most important skills a person can have. Talking to someone in their own language builds a lot of bridges that this world really needs.

    Some items required to demonstrate proficiency in English and a second language include: completion of four years of ELA courses, passing a state assessment, passing an AP test, and demonstrating oral competence.

    “English and language departments around the world are working to ensure students understand the opportunity in their first year and plan early to achieve SSB. A big help in this area is the excellent poster designed by CHS graphic design student Nadia Reyes. We will also recognize her at the meeting,” Rafuls said.

    “Students can earn the SSB for every language they speak in addition to English. This year we have a few students who earned the SEAL for French and Spanish,” Rafuls said.

    CUSD recently received a $2.3 million World Languages ​​Grant from the Department of Defense that will expand opportunities for elementary school language instruction, preparing students for further language learning. when they get to high school. The grant, along with the expanded opportunities for access to high school language instruction created through the 4×4 Ringer program, ties directly to the district’s long-range plan goal of expanding global language in the district. .

    This year’s Biliteracy Seal recipients are:

    Andrea Fuentes Woodbridge, Andrea Ruiz de Castilla, Aidan Sardiello, Ana de la Lama, Audrey Moore, Avery Nelson, Carolina Lebrija, Caroline G. Chestnut, Chelsea Odom, Diego Lopez, Dominique Langevin, Emma Borgie, Fernando Morales, Haley Hildebrand, Hania Ramos, Ila Pecus, Isabeau Jones, Isabella Aguilar, Isabella Hodges, Jake McLaughlin, Juan Pablo Rojo, Julia Sutter, Kameron Tessier, Luis Madrid Safa, Manuel Waisbord, Maria Hernandez, Marianne Akre, Marina Luna Quintana, Mira Sofia Valdez, Natalia Quiroz , Natalie Sawi, Nina Pierce, Noah Morris, Pablo Fuentes Woodbridge, Rose Cuthbert, Samuel Zoehrer, Sarah Acuff, Siomara Sanchez, Sloane Walsh, Sofia Gross-Hauter, Syrak Nemer, Xavier Cortes.

    For more information or questions about the Biliteracy Seal, please contact: Ms. Julia Braga, English Language TOSA ([email protected]), or Ms. Maylén Rafuls, World Languages ​​TOSA ([email protected]).

    Source: Coronado Unified School District

    Britain’s most wanted woman flies to UK after losing extradition bid


    Ritain’s ‘most wanted’ woman will be returned to the UK in the coming days after losing her fight against extradition.

    University graduate Sarah Panitzke had asked Spanish judges to reject an extradition request to the UK, which would have seen her serve an eight-year prison sentence for a multimillion-dollar VAT fraud of books pronounced in his absence by a London court in 2013.

    She had claimed the right to be able to serve her sentence in Spain given her close ties with her “adopted homeland”.

    But the judges dismissed her appeal and the 48-year-old fraudster, arrested in February in a Catalan village after nine years on the run, is now living her last days in a prison near Madrid before being repatriated to Britain. to begin his prison term.

    The two months she has spent behind bars since being arrested by an elite Spanish anti-fugitive unit as she walked her dogs near her hideout, seven years after escaping a first police attempt to catch her with a wig and an emergency backpack, will be taken out of the time she has to serve.

    Panitzke’s high-profile arrest on February 27 made headlines in Spain and the UK, as she was the only woman on the National Crime Agency’s most wanted list.

    The Yorkshire-born property developer’s daughter told Civil Guard officers detaining her that she felt ‘hurt’ at being compared to men linked to some of the UK’s most horrific violent crimes after his detention.

    On Tuesday it emerged that she had been living for seven years before her arrest with a fake Italian ID in the name of Antonietta Argiulo, although Maria Antonietta’s name was reportedly scrawled on a postbox outside the apartment where she locked herself.

    His refuge was a three-bed cottage on the outskirts of the small town of Santa Barbara in the province of Tarragona south of Barcelona.

    Defense lawyers fought her extradition to the UK on the grounds that she had close ties to Spain having lived in the country since the mid-1990s and married a local man 17 years ago.

    They said her husband had a life expectancy of just 10 years due to a liver transplant and would not be able to visit her in the UK if she was extradited.

    Lawyers also alleged that the crimes with which Panitzke was charged – and later convicted – would have been passed under Spanish law in legal arguments rejected by a Madrid court on appeal.

    A date for her return, which is expected to involve British police traveling to Spain to take her into custody on a plane at Madrid’s Barajas airport, has yet to be set.

    A well-placed judicial source said on Tuesday afternoon: ‘Sarah’s extradition has not yet taken place but it will take place in a few days.

    Panitzke was sentenced in her absence to eight years in prison in August 2013 for laundering £1billion in a massive mobile phone VAT fraud after she disappeared during her trial at Kingston Crown Court.

    The Spanish-speaking and Catalan brunette, who attended the prestigious fee-paying St Peter’s School in York before studying Spanish at university, vanished into thin air during a money laundering trial in May 2013.

    She was convicted in her absence for laundering money through businesses in Spain, Andorra and Dubai for a criminal group that bought mobile phones overseas without VAT and resold them in the UK .

    Panitzke was recruited into notorious tax criminal Geoffrey Johnson’s fraud ring located across the UK after meeting an acquaintance.

    She remained the only member of the 18-person gang on the run because Chief Johnson was arrested in Dubai in 2017 and subsequently sentenced to 24 years in prison.

    The leader of the elite Civil Guard team tasked with leading the operation to nab Panitzke, called the Civil Guard’s Central Operational Unit Fugitives Task Force, said after the arrest: ” Sarah told us in the car on the way to Barcelona after her arrest that it hurt her a lot that her photo ID was included alongside all the men linked to violent and despicable crimes on the list of people wanted by the National Crime Agency.

    “She also claimed that she had wanted to surrender but never found the right opportunity. “She said she felt she had already had her day as she had been living in near total isolation for several years, cut off from family and friends.

    “Her father died while she was on the run and she did not attend his funeral. “We asked Sarah why she never came to visit and she told us that while she was alive he had made it clear that he would rather not see her than see her in prison.

    “She also complained that she could only buy cheap gin for her gin and tonic when her money was running out and not the more expensive gin she had always enjoyed.

    “It was a case of, ‘I had a good life and now the life I lead is pitiful.'”

    Neighbors in Santa Barbara said she would go swimming in the apartment building’s community pool during quiet lunch hours, but lived a very low-key life and rarely invited anyone over to her house.

    One of the officers involved in his arrest was an undercover police officer who, seven years earlier, had inadvertently raised his suspicions as he walked past his former hideout to examine him more closely and try to confirm his identity. She ended up on the run with a wig and an emergency backpack and remained on the run for another seven years.

    Spanish police said after her detention that she appeared to continue to protest her innocence despite her arrest, telling officers accompanying her on the car ride to Barcelona to be fingerprinted where she opened up after years of silence: “She said the ringleader was the one who was guilty of everything and had done nothing wrong and was not to blame.

    “She called him the ‘fat bastard’ who got her into all this. It’s a story we’re used to hearing when we arrest people on the run.

    “There was a moment when she got a little emotional, but there wasn’t a flood of tears. I think it was more a matter of relief after going so long without speaking to anyone and having suddenly saw a lot of people focusing on her.

    The fraudster’s mother, 77-year-old widow Pauline Panitzke, reacted to news of her daughter’s arrest at her home in the sleepy village of Market Weighton, east Yorks, saying: ‘At least , I know she is safe and healthy.”

    International Schiller University opens new campus in Paris – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News

    Madrid – Located in the heart of Paris, at 55 avenue Hoche in the 8th arrondissement, a few minutes walk from the Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, next to the Champs Elysées, the new Paris campus of the International Schiller University comes of opened its doors. Marta Muñiz, CEO of Schiller, and Claire Bourgeois, Campus Director, recently welcomed students, graduates and guests to Paris to experience the new facilities.

    This new campus benefits from direct access to public transport and is surrounded by shops and restaurants, making it an ideal place to immerse yourself in the atmosphere, culture and history of the city of Paris.

    The new campus is the result of months of work by different teams to adapt the space and furnishings to the needs of Schiller’s methodology and academic model, in which experiential learning and active student participation take precedence. To this end, state-of-the-art learning spaces have been designed and equipped with the latest digital technologies, which adapt the classrooms to the type of class and size required.

    The campus has three floors that combine classrooms with common areas for work and relaxation. It also has a library and a separate study room.

    Marta Muñiz said, “We have applied all of our academic expertise to the design of this new campus, creating the perfect space for experiential learning for our students. The result makes it the perfect place to study one of our programs and gain an immersive experience in the culture, history and atmosphere of the city of Paris. It joins our campuses in Madrid, Heidelberg and Tampa, Florida to provide students with an unparalleled international learning experience.

    The Paris campus of Schiller International University offers bachelor’s degrees in international relations and diplomacy, international business, computational and applied mathematics, business analysis, international marketing, and computer science. It also offers Masters degrees in International Business, Masters in Business Administration, International Relations and Diplomacy, Data Analytics, Global Trade, and Finance and Sustainability.

    Schiller, America’s Global University

    Schiller, The Global American University, founded in 1964, offers a truly international educational experience based on an experiential learning methodology. Through its four campuses in Madrid, Heidelberg, Paris and Tampa (Florida), students learn immersed in different international scenarios, acquire knowledge and skills based on reality, work with companies in real cases and increase their overall employability. by designing their personalized educational path. . Students have access to a double degree (American and European) and the possibility of participating in training experiences at universities such as the London School of Economics (LSE) or Cambridge, thanks to Schiller’s agreements with the most innovative institutions in the field of higher education. Schiller currently has a network of over 20,000 alumni from 130 nationalities.

    Ready to celebrate hope again

    The 61st session of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is expected to be a business meeting with a small (almost) side celebration. I pray that in 2025 we can return to a mighty celebration of God’s work, with some side business.

    What kind of hope?

    Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California October 7, 2009. It’s a beautiful Wednesday night, as are most Southern California nights. The Los Angeles Dodgers take on the St. Louis Cardinals and 56,000 people, mostly in blue, chant, sing and cheer their beloved Dodgers to victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. I was one of those 56,000 fans. It was the first playoff baseball game I attended. I will never forget the energy, electricity and excitement of that night. The Dodgers won and we left this stadium with a collective hope – which was ultimately dashed – that the end of these playoffs would result in a World Series championship.

    There is power in being part of a great community. This community is one of the lures of the sports fandom. Whether it’s baseball at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, cricket at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India, or watching Real Madrid football club at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain , people long to come together and celebrate.

    The church, while different in focus, is similar in experience – except the people of the Church of God have far more to celebrate than the fans at a sporting event. They can celebrate God’s guaranteed and ultimate victory. It’s a celebration of hope — not the futile hope that sporting events give us, but the eternal hope in the soon coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

    “They kept me in the church”

    I was recently reminded of the value of great celebrations of hope over breakfast with another church member. “Chad,” he told me, “I went to my first General Conference session in 1985 when I was a kid, and I’ve been to every session since.” And then he made this startling statement: “Those early sessions kept me in the church.” I had never heard of anyone crediting the General Conference session—which some view as just a business meeting or a waste of money—for “keeping them in the church.”

    As I walked home reflecting on his words, I remembered key moments in my life. On the campus of Andrews University in the fall of 2003, I was a seminary student tasked with organizing an event that would excite young people and sign up to participate in Jesus’ ministries. The result was the inaugural Andrews University Ministry Fair – a two-day event designed to showcase more than 100 ministries from the Berrien Springs community, North American Division, Pioneer Memorial Church and from Andrews University.

    From very young to very old, thousands of people filled the ministry booths set up in various areas of the Pioneer Memorial Church over the two days. The following week, during the ministry fair debriefing, I remember campus chaplain Tim Nixon saying, “It had the energy and enthusiasm of a General Conference session.” Having never attended a session, I had no context for his comment, but I knew what happened there on the campus of Andrews University. Young and old walked through these ministry stalls, inspired by the impact of Jesus working through the Seventh-day Adventist Church in their community, on their campus, in their local church and around the world, and they registered en masse to say, “Here am I, Lord, send me.”

    Jump two years later to July 2005. I was in St. Louis, Missouri, for my first session of General Conference. Suddenly I had a context for Chaplain Nixon’s words. I was only supposed to be at this session for the first two days, but I was so moved to watch the church go about its “business”, mingling with people from all over the world in the exhibit area, eating at the cafeteria with a stranger, who were as excited as I was to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, that I called my wife, Christina, and said, “Can you you fly to St. Louis? I do not want to leave. I looked for another room and my wife joined me; then, this Saturday (Sabbath), we worshiped with tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    As we collectively sang Wayne Hooper’s classic, “We Have This Hope,” tears streamed down my cheeks of joy and thanksgiving. This collective celebration reminded me of the privilege of being part of a movement created to share hope with the world. I did not cry as a fan at a sporting event with futile hope but as a fan and follower of the King of Kings, who saved my life and gave me eternal hope. This moment among all these people reminded me of this gift of Jesus, and I will never forget this experience.

    This year, I am returning to St. Louis for my third session of General Conference. I anticipate it will feel a little more like business and a little less like a rally than the previous two sessions I attended. I hope that on the Sabbath, even though fewer of us will sing, I will still be moved when we sing the promise of Jesus’ soon return. I will recommit to serve in the movement established by Jesus to tell the world that he is coming.

    But at this session, I will also be a little sad. Sad for Adventists far from St. Louis, Missouri, who save all they can year after year to travel and just to experience once in a lifetime what it is to be part of a global church. I will be sad for the missionaries who look forward to their five-year stay for a worldwide celebration of their efforts, a celebration of the harvest that Jesus has brought through them. I will be sad for the many pastors working in small communities who need hope. GC Session reminds them that God sees and values ​​their service, unnoticed by many. I will be sad for pastors and administrators who need the experience of the celebration crowd to humble them as they realize the movement is more important than any individual. And I will be sad for the young people who need to experience what my friend experienced in 1985: “This is the church of God, and I dedicate my life to the service of Jesus.

    I hope I will only be sad for one session. So I invite you to hope with me that only the second coming of Jesus will prevent our 62nd session of the General Conference in 2025 from being a celebratory gathering of the people of God, with some business on the sidelines, rather than a session of business with a little celebration on the side.

    Chad Stuart is Senior Pastor of the Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Maryland, USA.

    Robert E. McGreevy, 60, of Winthrop

    Robert E. McGreevy, 60, of Winthrop, NY, died Thursday, June 2 after a nine-year battle with terminal cancer.(Source: Funeral Home)

    WINTHROP, New York (WWNY) – Robert E. McGreevy, 60, of Winthrop, NY, died Thursday, June 2 after a nine-year battle with terminal cancer. Rob died at home, surrounded by his loving family, while in hospice care. Arrangements are in the care of Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop. As per his wishes, there will be no call hours. To celebrate Rob’s life, friends and family are invited to attend a Military Honors Ceremony to be held at Veteran’s Park Walk in Brasher Falls, NY on June 9 at 6 p.m. The family invites guests to gather and share memories at the Daniel L. Crowley American Legion Post 514 in Winthrop after the ceremony.

    Robert was born in Nelsonville, OH on June 9, 1961, the son of Joseph M. and Roberta J. (Hakes) McGreevy of Crooksville, OH. He graduated from Miller High School in Corning, OH and upon graduation joined the United States Air Force in 1979.

    Robert married Mary Ann Stickney on July 1, 1983 in Brasher Falls, NY. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and two sons, Mitchel, of Winthrop, and Michael “Alex” and Ashley Adcock, of Kenai, AK. Additionally, Rob is survived by his siblings: Tim (Carol) McGreevy, Circleville, OH, Marc (Teresa) McGreevy, Kathy (Roger) Barhorst and Rich (Jean) McGreevy, all of Sidney, OH; Monica (Stickney) Brothers, Winthrop, NY and Russell (Mary) Stickney, Norwood, NY. Rob loved and was especially proud of his nieces and nephews and also had several special “sons” and “daughters” whom he considered part of his family. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Roberta, and his brother Bruce.

    During his 20-year military career, Rob served at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC, Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, AK, and Griffiss AFB, Rome, NY, with other temporary assignments and assignments in Germany, Honduras and in the Middle East. After retiring from the military in 1999, Rob worked in construction for Higley Builders and part-time for the Fused Solutions call center for a few years. In 2002, Rob started his own computer business, Mac’s PCs, in Potsdam, NY. After beating his first battle with cancer in 2003, he continued to operate his IT business, and in 2007 he accepted a position at Madrid‘s Waddington Central School as a microcomputer specialist, where his ability sharing his talents in robotics and computer programming with the students was the highlight of his work day. He retired in 2020 due to complications from his second cycle of kidney cancer, but he missed students and his colleagues daily and never stopped thinking about projects they could do together.

    Rob loved his dog, Sami, enjoyed his Kubota tractors, and spent much of his time doing projects around the house. He was a very talented man and completely transformed the double-wide family home with his building skills. He was motivated and always had a plan for tomorrow that would keep him motivated. His spirit and his determination were noticed by many, his doctors, his friends, his acquaintances and his family. He flipped very low a few times and bounced back, much to the surprise of his medical team, many times over the years.

    The McGreevy family would like to thank the medical team at UVM who have supported Rob’s care for the past nine years, Hospice and Palliative Care of St Lawrence Valley (Missy, Barb and Donna for on-site care) , and our many friends, family, customers and colleagues for your support.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Rob’s memory be made to Madrid Waddington Central School, c/o Robert McGreevy IT Scholarship Fund, PO Box 67, Madrid, NY 13660 or Hospice and Palliative Care of St Lawrence County, 6805 US 11, Potsdam, NY 13676

    Copyright 2022 WWNY. All rights reserved.

    Champions League sponsors ‘demand answers from UEFA’ in final chaos

    UEFA under pressure from multi-million pound sponsors like Heineken and PlayStation as they ‘demand answers’ over Champions League final chaos after VIPs ‘were gassed and targeted by gangs violent” with the fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid

    UEFA’s multimillion-pound sponsors are ‘demanding answers’ after their VIP guests were caught up in the chaos that overshadowed the Champions League final in Paris.

    Corporate guests such as Just Eat, Heineken and PlayStation were reportedly caught up in scary and dangerous scenes with Liverpool and Real Madrid fans outside the Stade de France.

    The Daily Mirror reports that these attendees were gassed by French police and forced to run the gauntlet of local youths bent on assaulting and robbing fans as they tried to get back into VIP coaches.

    The newspaper says UEFA has received a host of complaints from companies paying millions to sponsor the Champions League. This could lead companies to withdraw their financial support.

    UEFA have announced an independent review of the chaotic events in Paris which will be led by Portugal’s former education minister, Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues.

    Liverpool and Real Madrid fans were tear gassed by police and nearly crushed outside the Stade de France ahead of the Champions League final – VIP guests from UEFA sponsors are also said to have been caught up in the chaos .

    Champions League sponsors, who pay millions to UEFA, demand answers after their corporate guests were caught up in chaos before and after the final

    Champions League sponsors, who pay millions to UEFA, demand answers after their corporate guests were caught up in chaos before and after the final

    UEFA has

    UEFA have “sincerely” apologized to all fans affected by the chaotic events at the end of last month and an independent investigation has been launched.

    It came as a Mail on Sunday special investigation revealed how the complete breakdown of public order outside the stadium before and after the final nearly claimed lives.

    Experts say Liverpool fans caught in crushing conditions as they queued inside only avoided serious injury, or worse, because of the memory of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, in which 97 of their fans died, caused them to exercise patience and restraint.

    A massive computer outage contributed to the chaos, contradicting accounts from police and the French government, who sought to blame the scenes on thousands of Liverpool fans with counterfeit tickets.

    French police fired tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters outside the stadium

    French police fired tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters outside the stadium

    French authorities tried to blame the chaos on Liverpool fans with counterfeit tickets

    French authorities tried to blame the chaos on Liverpool fans with counterfeit tickets

    Liverpool and Real fans have been subjected to brutal violence from roving gangs of young Parisians, causing a major political problem for President Emmanuel Macron with the Olympics just two years away.

    Gangs – some armed with iron bars – assaulted and assaulted fans despite the heavy police presence, while some scaled barriers and fences to enter the game.

    Police tactics of ushering fans into a narrow hallway created a death trap and could have led to serial deaths within minutes.


    Famous TV writer urges Rockford students to embrace and respect diversity

    ROCKFORD — Almost 40 years after graduating from Keith Country Day School, critically acclaimed television writer Shawn Ryan still remembers the disappointment he felt when English teacher Marie Johnson told him given a B-minus on a try during Ryan’s freshman year.

    “When I told her about the note, she told me she thought I was capable of doing a lot better than what I delivered on the page,” Ryan said. “I will be eternally grateful to her because she taught me to push myself beyond what I thought I was capable of.”

    Ryan, the Los Angeles-based author of such shows including “The Shield,” “SWAT” and “Timeless,” was the keynote speaker at Keith’s 49th Annual Kickoff Friday at Rockford University.

    He urged senior graduates to engage with people with different political and philosophical views.

    “Personally, I can’t think of anything more boring than being in a room with 10 people who think exactly like me,” Ryan said. “Don’t allow yourself to exist in a silo of ignorance and conformity of thought. State your point of view and challenge the things you vehemently disagree with, but always remember the other person’s humanity.

    After:Writer, Producer and Keith Alumnus Creates Ryan Family Scholarship

    Ryan and his family support the school through the Ryan Family Theater, which allows students to showcase their talents, and the Ryan Family Scholarships, which provide free tuition to six middle and high school students each year for the entire the length of their stay in Keith.

    “I’m not here to tell you that the next stage of your life will be easy,” Ryan told Keith’s graduates. “There will be times when you will be tempted to give up on your dreams. Believe it or not, those times are a gift because they provide an opportunity to learn what you are truly made of. At those times, if you really look deep, you will find a courage and a conviction that you did not know you were capable of.

    Keith County Day School enrollment is approximately 200 K-12 students.

    This year’s class of seven graduates won $2.8 million in merit-based scholarships to support their continuing education.

    Daniel Garcia Laya is an exchange student from Madrid, Spain, and spent his final year studying at Keith.

    “It was the best year of my life,” said Garcia Laya. “I enjoyed the time spent with my friends and teachers. It was completely different from where I came from. »

    Garcia Laya plans to study international business and finance at the International University of Madrid.

    After:Keith celebrates his 50th birthday with Foreign Languages ​​Department Chair Sherrilyn Martin

    Friday’s graduation was especially meaningful for Keith’s teachers and administrators, including the school’s co-principal, Charo Chaney.

    “What gives me hope in these difficult times is you, the class of 2022,” Chaney told the seniors gathered on stage. “You are the most persistent, focused (and) tenacious group of individuals I have ever encountered, and then I am reminded of the possibilities of what our future holds.”

    Ken DeCoster: [email protected]; @DeCosterKen

    ‘We are delighted’: Castellanos signs for Manchester City Women from Atlético | Manchester City Women

    Gareth Taylor’s highly anticipated rebuild from Manchester City Women began with the signing of Venezuela international Deyna Castellanos from Atlético Madrid.

    The 23-year-old striker is expected to be the first of several summer signings on the Etihad campus and will officially join Taylor’s squad on July 1. Castellanos is currently coming through City’s revolving door with an impressive CV. In just over two seasons in Spain, a player who will wear the No.10 shirt in Manchester has scored 26 goals in 71 appearances, while at international level she captains her country and has 12 goals in 25 games.

    Her early playing years were spent in the United States where, while attending Florida State University, she shone for her team, the Seminoles. In 2017, when Castellanos was 18, she was shortlisted for Fifa’s Women’s Player of the Year award alongside Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens.

    Taylor, who said goodbye to some key City players including England’s Lucy Bronze and her Bayern Munich international team-mate Georgia Stanway in the summer, is delighted to have acquired the striker. “We are delighted to have Deyna on board,” he said. “She’s a player we’ve looked up to for a long time. She’s an incredibly exciting talent who has a real thirst and desire to succeed.”

    Castellanos seemed equally enthusiastic. “Looking around all the facilities here is just amazing,” she said. “I believe this club will help me improve as a player and I hope I can also improve Manchester City. The team’s style of football was very appealing to me and I feel that I can fit in very well here, while being challenged to develop and grow.

    The coming weeks are set to see a significant changing of the guard on the Etihad campus where, in addition to Bronze and Stanway, others leaving Taylor’s squad include Scotswoman Caroline Weir, England’s Jill Scott and the retired English goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.

    South Summit Madrid: $200 billion investment portfolio and over 200 funds – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News

    Madrid: South Summit, co-organized by IE Universitythe flagship meeting of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, will be held at Madrid between June 8 and June 10and will have nearly $200 billion in investments, provided by some 200 funds, 75% of which are international.

    It’s the the largest investment portfolio in South Summit’s 10-year history, 33% more than in 2021, with investors able to meet startups looking for financing.

    Looking back, the number of investors attending the South Summit over the past decade has increased eightfold, a growth that has gone hand in hand with the ability to attract investment from startups across Spain, including the compound annual rate increased by 48% between 2012 and 2021according to the PwC report “The socio-economic contribution of the South Summit in Spain”.

    “These figures demonstrate the potential that South Summit has had in these 10 years to foster an entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem attractive to investors, both Spanish and international”, said María Benjumea, founder of South Summit, to add: more than half of investments in Spanish startups went to South Summit finalist projectsit is therefore important to continue to promote this interconnection between entrepreneurial talents and investors, in order to generate the best opportunities.

    The South Summit has also helped make Madrid an attractive destination for startups, as highlighted in the PwC report. Madrid currently concentrates the largest volume of investment in Spainovertaking Barcelona for the first time.

    The capital is already one of the main European hubs, with a ecosystem of 3,000 startups employing 40,000 peopleand is the second European city in terms of the number of IPOs.

    This edition of the South Summit is co-organized by IE University, with the support of BBVA, Mutua Madrileña, AstraZeneca, Endesa, Wayra – Telefónica Innovation, Google for Startups and Sabadell BStartups as global partners.

    Lisa Salters returns to NBA Finals, after re-signing with ESPN

    If you’re reading this column, you’re probably familiar with Lisa Salters, given her work over the past 10 seasons on “Monday Night Football.” Although several game-by-game and analyst changes, Salters has been the constant on the air since 2012 on ESPN’s most prominent gaming property.

    While Salters has earned accolades for his work on “Monday Night Football,” “Outside The Lines,” and various E-60 projects, basketball is actually his biggest sporting passion. salters played basketball at Penn State University for two seasons, and has been part of NBA coverage on ESPN and ABC since 2005. Her role on NBA television has traditionally ended after the second round of the playoffs, while Doris Burke served as a sideline reporter for coverage by ESPN/ABC of the Conference Finals and NBA Finals.

    That changes this year. Salters has the primary mission of being the on-court reporter for the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics. The series will air exclusively on ABC, beginning with Game 1 tonight at 9 p.m. ET (all NBA Finals games will air on ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN app and Game 1 will include an alternate ESPN2 presentation called “NBA Finals: Celebrating 75.”

    Salters was previously on-court reporter for the 2006 NBA Finals, filling in for Michelle Tafoya (who was on maternity leave) for the Heat-Mavericks Finals. She returns to this assignment 16 years later.

    “I’d like to think that was the time I took, that I waited patiently backstage behind Doris Burke and now it’s my turn,” Salters said. “That’s the easiest way I can say. The wait wasn’t as excruciating because I was doing Monday Night Football. When you’re assigned to the biggest platform and the biggest stage in the business, you can certainly whine about what you don’t have, but it’s pretty hard to ignore the fact that I can do “Monday Night Football” every year and that I last 10 years. Back in 2005, when I was asked to sit on the sidelines for our NBA coverage, I was ecstatic about it and loved every second of it.

    The role comes at a very good time professionally. Salters has just re-signed with ESPN for four years. She’s not contractually assigned to any property – she works on the principle of giving management no reason to make changes – but it would be very surprising not to see her on ‘Monday Night Football’ for years considering of the new stand. Salters said she has never met Troy Aikman and has interacted with Joe Buck in person once or twice through his wife Michelle Buck-Beisner, who works as a reporter at ESPN. Buck and Aikman reached out to Salters during Fox’s move to ESPN to begin the chemistry research process.

    “I think over the summer we’ll be spending time together,” Salters said. “These guys are so professional, awesome and cool that they contacted me right away. These two guys got my number and told me how excited they were to be on the Monday Night crew and to work with me, which meant a lot. I have no doubt there will be instant camaraderie and chemistry.

    When a company wants to make major changes to its advertising teams, these changes are usually general. So that’s saying something that ESPN has kept Salters in this position thanks to several play-by-play changes (Mike Tirico, Joe Tessitore, Sean McDonough and Buck) and analysts (Jon Gruden, Booger McFarland, Jason Witten, Brian Griese , Louis Riddick and Aikman).

    “It didn’t escape me,” Salters said. “I’m extremely grateful and thankful that they didn’t feel the need to make a change. I know sometimes changes are made just for the sake of change. I get it. I feel like I don’t I gave them reasons. Quite the opposite. I gave them reasons to keep me and I like to think that they believe they have the best person in this position. As long as they believe that, I must continue to live this, that’s why I can’t send it by mail.

    I consider this to be the most important podcast I’ve done in a long time. The Sports Media Podcast Episode 210 features writer John Woodrow Cox, a corporate reporter for The Washington Post who has focused on the impact of gun violence on children. Cox is also the author of a book on the subject, “Children Under Fire: An American Crisis”. In this podcast, Cox talks about his reporting on child victims of gun violence; what school shootings do to the children who survive them; how to interview children who experience trauma; what solutions might work; should the media show what bullets do to bodies; why the good guys with guns have consistently failed to stop the bad guys with guns intent on murdering school children; and the effect on journalists reporting on gun violence.

    You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, etc.

    Some big Premier League changes on the announcements side: Telemundo Deportes announced on Wednesday that Carlota Vizmanos will be the network’s main host for Premier League coverage, including pre- and post-match “La Liga” shows. First: Extra” and “3er Tiempo.” As for NBC coverage, Peter Drury will replace Arlo White as lead Premier League announcer.

    ESPN said the Celtics’ victory over the Heat in Game 7 on Sunday averaged 9.875 million viewers, the most-watched conference finals game on ESPN in four years, according to Nielsen. The series averaged 6.978 million viewers, a 40% increase from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. You can thank a great game – and seven games – as well as out-of-home viewing.

    Episode 211 of the Sports Media podcast features two guests. The first is Chad Finn, the sports media writer and general columnist for the Boston Globe. He is followed by Louise Radnofsky, sports journalist at the Wall Street Journal. His article, “Testing Positive in Zero-Covid China,” spoke of being isolated as part of aggressive policies in China during the Olympics. In this podcast, Finn and Deitsch discuss how we see the popularity of a Celtics-Warriors NBA Finals; what historical trends mean for this series; whether ESPN has found the right person for its NBA studio programming; Greg Olsen is officially named the NFL’s No. 1 analyst by Fox; NESN’s new direct-to-consumer product for the Red Sox and Bruins and more. Radnofsky discussed his post about the positive tests 19 hours after arriving in Beijing on Feb. 4 to cover figure skating at the 2022 Olympics; being part of Chinese policies that call for centralized isolation; how she and the Journal navigated her positive test; his reporting on the detention of Britney Griner in Russia; the public campaign to defend Griner; the challenge of reporting Griner’s situation; the future of American gymnastics; and the earning potential of college gymnasts.

    You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, etc.

    CBS Sports’ coverage of the Champions League Final was the most-watched UEFA Champions League Final in history for English-language coverage in the United States. On Tuesday, I delved into how CBS’ Champions League coverage handled the delayed kick-off and chaos outside the stadium before the game.

    F1’s viewership continues to grow. ESPN said its coverage of races between ESPN’s networks and ABC averaged 1.4 million viewers this year, well up from the average of 948,000 in the first seven races of the 2021 season and up 45% from the 2021 all-season average of 949,000.

    (Top photo: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Sports Digest: UMaine women lose point guard to Europe


    Starting guard Alba Orois has decided to leave the University of Maine women’s basketball team to pursue professional basketball opportunities in Europe, the school announced Wednesday.

    Orois, a native of Spain, averaged 9.9 points per game and led the America East with 5.8 assists per game, earning third-team all-conference honors.

    Also on Wednesday, UMaine signed Anna Soler, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Barcelona. Soler spent last season at Eastern Wyoming College and will have three years of eligibility with the Black Bears.

    Soler started all 30 games last season for Eastern Wyoming, averaging 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 37, 9% over a 3 point range.

    BOSTON COLLEGE: Boston College has hired former Miami athletic director Blake James to succeed Patrick Kraft as Eagles TD. Blake is a former AD from the University of Maine.

    James held the post at Miami from 2013-21, overseeing 18 varsity sports. During his tenure, the Hurricanes built new indoor facilities for football, baseball, and golf, and upgraded those for men’s and women’s basketball.

    Kraft left British Columbia to take up the AD position at Penn State.

    MEN’S BASKETBALL: Justin Lewis has decided to stay in the NBA Draft rather than return to Marquette for the 2022-23 season.

    The 6-foot-7 forward posted a social media message on Wednesday saying “Thank you Marquette,” which marked the NCAA’s deadline for players who entered the draft to withdraw from consideration and maintain their eligibility. at University.

    • Iowa State coach TJ Otzelberger received a contract extension and a $500,000 raise after leading the Cyclones to the NCAA Sweet 16 and the third-best turnover in college basketball history major.

    Otzelberger’s contract has been extended for one year, until June 2027, and his compensation package is increased from $1.5 million to $2 million per year.

    Iowa State had been a unanimous choice to finish last in the Big 12. The Cyclones finished seventh and were ranked 8th in the Associated Press Top 25.


    DEATH: Professional golfer Bart Bryant, who once beat Tiger Woods by six strokes to collect the biggest payday of his career, was killed when a truck slammed into his SUV while he was stopped in a line of vehicles on a road from central Florida for a construction crew, authorities said.

    Bryant, 59, a three-time PGA Tour winner, was unresponsive when Polk City rescuers found him on Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to hospital where he died. His wife, Donna, 49, was also in the vehicle and was taken to hospital with minor injuries, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in an emailed statement.


    MANCHESTER CITY: Benjamin Mendy will stand trial on eight counts of rape after being charged with an additional offence.

    The latest rape allegation concerns a new complainant and could only be reported for the first time after reporting restrictions were lifted at a hearing at Chester Crown Court.

    The World Cup-winning French defender pleaded not guilty last month except for the latest charge, to which he has yet to plead guilty.

    Mendy, 27, also denies one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape.

    All of the offenses allegedly took place at his home between October 2018 and August of last year, when he was suspended by the city.

    He is due to stand trial on July 25 with co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, who has also pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. Matturie denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault.

    Both defendants are out on bail.

    REAL MADRID: Gareth Bale has confirmed he is leaving Real Madrid, saying he is happy to have fulfilled his dream of playing with the Spanish powerhouse.

    Bale, 32, whose contract expires at the end of this month, joined Madrid from Tottenham in 2013. He played on loan with the English club in 2020-21.

    AWARD: Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is in the running to win the English Football Player of the Year award for the third consecutive season.

    De Bruyne was on a six-man shortlist for the award, alongside Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

    De Bruyne won the prestigious player-voted award in 2020 and ’21. Van Dijk and Salah have won it in previous years.

    The shortlist for the Women’s Player of the Year award included Chelsea duo Pernille Harder and Sam Kerr, Arsenal duo Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little and Manchester City’s Alex Greenwood and Lauren Hemp.

    MANCHESTER UNITED : Paul Pogba joined Manchester United for a world record fee. He will leave the English club for nothing.

    United have said the French midfielder will leave Old Trafford at the end of the month when his contract expires. Another midfielder, Jesse Lingard, will also leave when his last contract expires on June 30, United have said.

    AC MILAN: Less than two weeks after celebrating AC Milan’s league title win with thousands of fans, Gerry Cardinale is set to become the legendary Serie A club’s new owner.

    Cardinale is the founder and managing partner of US investment firm RedBird Capital Partners, which has signed a preliminary deal to buy Milan for 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion).

    Milan said RedBird should complete the purchase of fellow American Elliott Management by September at the latest.

    BELGIUM: Anderlecht, Belgium’s most successful club, have hired Felice Mazzu as their new coach to replace Vincent Kompany.

    Anderlecht won the last of their 34 Belgian league titles in 2017 and are hoping to get back to the top with Mazzu, who has been signed by local Brussels rivals Union Saint-Gilloise.

    WESTERN HAM: Defender Kurt Zouma has been banned from keeping cats for five years and ordered to perform 180 hours of community service as punishment for kicking and slapping his pet cat during a filmed abuse.


    INDYCAR: Callum Illot will miss the Detroit Grand Prix due to a broken hand suffered in an accident during the Indianapolis 500. Juncos Hollinger Racing replaced him with Santino Ferrucci to race in Detroit this weekend.

    Illot was an early crash at Indy and finished 32nd; Ferrucci was 10th on Sunday.

    • Rookie Kyle Kirkwood will replace Alexander Rossi next season at Andretti Autosport, the team that developed the Floridian but had no vacant seat for him when Kirkwood was ready for the major leagues.

    Kirkwood has won at every level of the IndyCar ladder system and was last year’s Indy Lights champion. But Michael Andretti had a full lineup this year, so Kirkwood signed a one-year deal to drive for AJ Foyt Racing.

    Rossi is expected to announce he has signed a contract with Arrow McLaren SP before this season has even started, leaving the No.27 seat open for Andretti to bring back his prized young driver for 2023.


    BELMONT: Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike has arrived at Belmont Park for the latest jewel in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing.

    The track reported that the long-time Derby winner arrived around 1 a.m. to begin preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 11. The colt was shipped by van from Kentucky.

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    Global Experiential Learning Spotlight: Aicha Ly

    Tell us a bit about your experience with Experiential Global Learning. To begin with, why did you choose a virtual program in Madrid?

    I chose the program I did for various reasons. First, they deal with issues relating to poverty, gender inequality, environmentalism and international relations (linked to Mozambique and the United States from Spain). Second, it’s virtual, which allows me to have international experience while enjoying making memories and connections nationally in my last semester of college. Third, my supervisors and I mostly speak Spanish, which is great practice.

    I’m the president of the Human Rights Club at Eastern CT State University. Being also a major in political science and a minor in modern languages, who wants to pursue a career in international relations, this program was a perfect fit for me. I’m also used to Spanish from the Caribbean and Mexico, so Spanish from Spain has been an interesting change for me that I’m learning from. While the Spanish spoken anywhere is generally the same, Spaniards use terms such as “vosotros” that are unique to them.

    Of course, each country also has a unique culture, and I don’t really know many Spaniards. So, it has been a great learning experience that enhances my global citizenship and broadens both my connections and my perspective.

    What did you take away from the experience?

    From this experience, I gained more international connections and perspectives. I gained more interpersonal skills and improved my foreign language and improvisation skills.

    What unique global experiential learning opportunities have you encountered during your virtual study?

    A unique opportunity for global experiential learning that I have encountered during this time is being able to connect with a global organization while staying in the United States.

    What do you think is your most memorable moment of the trip?

    I think my most memorable moment was my first meeting with my supervisors. They have truly created a welcoming atmosphere and showcased all the projects they have instilled in Mozambique which have actually led to positive and lasting changes that empower people in their rural way of life while respecting and improving the environment. They also set the stage to give me a lot of autonomy which allowed us to work together to figure out how I could be most helpful while having a fun and rewarding experience that fits my skills and my job. time. Working with Azada Verde is exciting because I feel like I’m part of an organization that is really doing its part to change the world for the better, starting with Africa.

    How has global experiential learning helped you understand and appreciate your program’s field of study?

    Experiential Global Learning has helped me understand and appreciate my program’s field of study by truly showing me how interdisciplinary and diverse international relations are.

    Is there any advice you would give to future students entering a program or those who are just starting to think about an experience?

    Two big tips I would give to other students are:

    1.) Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your supervisors and/or partners are there to give you answers or point you in the right direction to get them so you can get the most out of your program experience.

    2.) Find ways to immerse yourself in other cultures, not just in the work you do. This is even possible in virtual programs. Talk to people you work with from other countries about their culture while sharing your own. Try to speak primarily in their language(s).

    Odilo raises $64 million as its white-label e-learning library has 8,500 customers and 170 million users

    Online learning – whether as a supplement to physical media or live lessons; or the main or even the only medium used – is now an indelible part of the educational experience; and now a Spanish startup that has built a platform to help bring online learning to more places is announcing a round of growth funding to further expand its business.

    Odilo, a Madrid-based startup that built a white-label platform used by businesses or organizations to create their own personalized e-learning offerings in a B2B2C model, raised €60 million ($64 million). of dollars). London-based investor Bregal Milestone led the round with participation from previous backers Swanlaab and CDTI. Odilo does not disclose its valuation, but it has been around since 2012 and raised less than $30 million before.

    You may not know the name “Odilo”. Rodrigo Rodriguez, the founder and CEO, described Odilo to me as a “Netflix” for education because of its large catalog — the company has so far amassed a catalog of 3.9 million items, including some 3 million books but also podcasts, full courses and other materials, from 6,300 publishers in 43 languages ​​– and the fact that people are tapping into that content on demand, using what you want.

    Unlike Netflix, however, it operates as a tag service, so you may never see the Odilo branding. Still, it is possible that you have used one of the educational portals it powers. Odilo has so far accumulated 8,500 customers in 52 countries, covering some 170 million users in total, the list including government agencies, libraries and educational organizations like MIT, but also large enterprise customers such as Google. and Vodafone.

    Rodriguez said the new funding will be used to continue to grow this catalog as well as expand deeper into more markets, particularly North America and the African continent.

    The company was born out of two important technology trends.

    The first is the rise of e-learning, which in its broadest view – which can include both academic learning as well as vocational training and everything in between – was estimated to be around $315 billion. in 2021 and will increase at a CAGR. 20% for the next six years according to the researchers. This whole trend, of course, was accelerated by Covid-19, when schools and other in-person learning experiences were closed, but it was already significant even before the pandemic, and given the economy of virtual experiences. , it is likely to remain in place .

    The second is the rise of “headless” systems: services designed as extensible platforms, where customers have the ability to use a variety of APIs and other tools to create their own personalized experiences. These are very common in other areas of technology that are otherwise very complex to build from scratch – eCommerce backends (e.g. Shopify or Commercetools), content management systems (e.g. Contentful ) – and now Odilo is effectively using that same model and applying it to e-learning.

    (And for emphasis, there are others who are also pursuing the idea of ​​creating platforms that allow others to create customizable libraries of e-learning: Perlego in London has described itself as a “Spotify (online learning platform pursuing something similar and also raising funds to build that; Odilo’s scale is very impressive in this respect, though.)

    I noticed that Google is one of Odilo’s customers: the company, one of the undisputed global technology giants, has taken a big step forward in education thanks to products like its Google Collaborative Multimedia Classroom; his search for Google Scholar academic documents; YouTube of course; its main search engine and much more. He uses Odilo to create training and education libraries for his employees, Rogriduez told me, but had he ever approached Odilo to create a more consumer-oriented offering?

    No, that’s the short answer he gave me, but he noted that he’s been talking to some really big tech companies, who want to look at this kind of product but maybe don’t want to invest in building it they -selves – not at least at first – – to explore this very idea.

    That, plus the large existing market, are two reasons why investors have been willing to invest, even at a time when raising funds is getting a little trickier for startups.

    “Odilo is an innovative player in the fast-growing educational content market, with an impressive product range, an extensive catalog of content and a top-notch digital infrastructure,” said Francesco Canessa, director of Bregal Milestone, in a press release. . “There is significant scope for internationalization and scaling of the platform – two levers of value creation where Bregal Milestone has significant expertise. As a leader in its field with a strong and loyal customer base and an unique, ODILO is exactly the type of company we are looking for, and we are excited about the prospects for growth to come as we work together.”

    Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation Recipients Share Stories of Resilience and Gratitude | Good for Santa Barbara

    The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara celebrated the 2,139 Santa Barbara County students who received scholarships totaling more than $7.7 million at its annual awards dinner last week.

    It was held in person for the first time in two years at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

    The dinner followed the South County Awards Ceremony which took place at the Courthouse Sunken Garden.

    Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s largest community-based provider of college scholarships, cumulatively awarding more than $140 million to 60,000 county students since its founding in 1962.

    Saray Adan-Salvador is one such student.

    A senior at Santa Barbara High School, Adan-Salvador is the first in her family to attend college. Her parents, who met at Santa Barbara High, had her during their ninth grade, eventually causing them to drop out of school because juggling a newborn and class proved too difficult. They both worked several low-paying, labor-intensive jobs to support their growing families, as they later welcomed two more children.

    When Adan-Salvador was in seventh grade, his father was expelled for domestic violence, and that’s when his mother turned to drugs. As his addiction grew, Adan-Salvador’s mother lost her job, her home and her children.

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    From left, Jamie Steidl, Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation Board Member Rachael Steidl, Judy Milam, Patty Palmer and Neil Cutcliffe were among the supporters at Wednesday’s awards dinner . (Photo by Isaac Hernandez)

    At 15, Adan-Salvador became the guardian of her two younger siblings. As they shuttled between family members, Adan-Salvador found a job that provided clothes and food and made sure his brother and sister always had Christmas and birthday presents.

    While facing extraordinary challenges, Adan-Salvador flourished academically.

    “My story is one of resilience, courage and gratitude,” Adan-Salvador told the crowd of nearly 200 supporters. “Despite witnessing domestic violence and substance abuse, my story is hopeful.”

    In the future, Adan-Salvador hopes to help other immigrant families. At Chico State, she plans to study language pathology to learn how to help children like her brother who has difficulty speaking.

    “None of this would be possible without the Scholarship Foundation,” said Adan-Salvador. “There’s no way I could go to college without their help.”

    Andrew Tabbert also shared his personal story as well as his gratitude to the Scholarship Foundation and the Rotary Club. He plans to study environmental engineering at UC Berkeley, his dream school, but his path to college has been one of adversity.

    Tabbert shared the challenges he endured as a child, having seen two parents addicted to methamphetamine. Both parents worked in grocery stores, living paycheck to paycheck to care for Tabbert and his two brothers. His father spent time in prison for dealing drugs when Tabbert was 9, and that’s when Tabbert said he focused on “the one thing I was good at: the school”. He thrived academically and would graduate from Dos Pueblos High School with honors.

    While Tabbert said he was thrilled to be accepted to Berkeley, he later learned he had not received any financial aid. Knowing his parents couldn’t afford the tuition, Tabbert did what he always does in the face of adversity. He swung into action, working extra shifts and seeking scholarship opportunities.

    “I am forever grateful to the Scholarship Foundation,” he said. “These funds are helping me break the pattern in our family and follow my own path.”

    “Our work at the foundation tends to have an abstract quality for much of the year, although meeting the students and hearing their stories brings it all home,” said board chair Matt Rowe. . “Each is a poignant reminder that we are engaged in extraordinary work. After all, what could be more fundamental to fostering the health and development of our children than improving access to education?

    Rowe paid tribute to her predecessor, former Board Chair Christie Glanville, and thanked President and CEO Barbara Robertson for her steadfast leadership, keeping the organization active and making grants during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Board member Jim Knight spoke on behalf of past recipients Kira and Marissa Levy, who were unable to attend the conference but expressed their gratitude in writing. Thanks to flexible scholarship funds, the money the girls received helped pay for textbooks, school supplies and gas, and even allowed them to study in Madrid.

    True to its name, the Scholarship Foundation provides local students with scholarships to attend college and professional schools at undergraduate and graduate level. The organization also provides financial aid counseling services to tens of thousands of people through workshops and office appointments.

    Click here for more information on the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation.

    – Ann Pieramici is a contributing writer for Noozhawk. She can be reached at [email protected].

    Name removal | Rotary Club Scholarships – Santa Cruz Sentinel

    The Rotary Club of Santa Cruz recently awarded $76,000 in scholarships to support area students. To be considered, students had to go through an application and interview process and were selected based on a variety of academic and community factors. Scholarships were awarded to 19 new applicants and 18 returning recipients.

    This year’s first scholarship recipients and the colleges they have chosen include:

    • Santa Cruz High School: Ibeth Avalos Coss, Cabrillo College; Julian Kamos, Long Beach State; Bailey Manoff, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Julia Moore, Long Beach State: Michael North, University of Pennsylvania; Maria Vasquez-Vargas, University of San Francisco.

    • Port secondary school: Jackeline Barrientos-Navarro, UCLA; Itzel Bastidas, UC Berkeley; Ava Carney, UC Berkeley; Daniel Espinoza, UCLA; Neva Lunine, University of Berkeley; Marissa Meagheang, Stanford; Morgyn Michelson, UCLA; Javier Mojica-Hernandez, UC Santa Cruz; Keyri Ortega-Cruz, UC Santa Cruz; Zulma Ramírez-Ortega, UCLA; Amaya Supanich-McCord, Willamette.

    • Delta High School: Vivian Ruiz, Cabrillo College.

    • Santa Cruz University: Caroline Bahn, UCSC.

    The Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Scholarship Program was established 38 years ago. The club has awarded over $1 million to over 760 local students.


    The following local students were honored for their academic achievements:

    • Kiana Gilbert, of Felton, has been named to the honor roll for the 2022 spring semester at the University of Mississippi in University, Mississippi.

    • Tyler Edwards, of Scotts Valley, has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2022 spring semester at Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville, Illinois.

    • Melinda Brown, of Ben Lomond, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico.

    Karen Miga honored

    Karen Miga, an assistant professor of biomolecular engineering at UC Santa Cruz, has been named one of the 100 most influential people of 2022 by TIME. The announcement was made on May 23.

    The TIME100 list is chosen by the editors of TIME.

    Miga and colleagues Adam Phillippy, Evan Eichler and Michael Schatz led an international team of scientists — the Telomere-to-Telomere Consortium — to complete the first uninterrupted sequence of the human genome, according to a UCSC press release. Parts of the human genome are now available to study for the first time, allowing researchers to better understand genetic diseases, human diversity and evolution, the statement continued.

    Miga joins some big names on the annual list. Others on TIME most influential: Oprah Winfrey, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Mary J. Blige and Emmett Schelling.

    Herbelin joins the alliance

    The Central California Alliance for Health announced Dr. Maurice Herbelin as the alliance’s chief medical officer on Monday. The role was previously held by Dr. Dale Bishop.

    Herbelin brings more than two decades of healthcare experience to the role, including population health and value-based models of care, according to a statement from the alliance. Most recently, Herbelin served as Chief Medical Officer for Optum Market Performance Partnerships at UnitedHealth Group.

    Herbelin received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California. He participated in the Fulbright Scholar Program and studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Herbelin holds an Executive MBA from California State University, Sacramento.

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    Stade de France score and latest updates

    OWelcome to live coverage of the 2022 Champions League final, the 67th overall since its inauguration as the European Cup, and the third between Real Madrid and Liverpool, the first time two clubs have met three times in the final of the continent’s premier club competition.

    Liverpool begin their quest for a seventh title, which would lift them above Bayern Munich in third place to join Milan tied for second, while Real Madrid are aiming for a 14th, double the number won by the Rossoneri that would take their winning record to 21 percent. What about a record. Since 1956 they have reportedly won more than a fifth of all finals, essentially European champions around once every five years since the start of the competition.

    Speaking of seventh triumphs, it was, you will recall, in the City of Lights that Liverpool delayed Real Madrid from winning their seventh for another 17 years when Barney Rubble aka Alan Kennedy controlled the throw-in of the late Ray Kennedy, bustling towards the box and beating that unstoppable lifter past Agustín in 1981.

    Real Madrid got their revenge in Kyiv 37 years later by ‘virtue’ of Sergio Ramos’ injury to Mohamed Salah, two Loris Karius handling errors which may or may not be the result of a concussion – and if it was Liverpool should have replaced him – and a truly stunning goal, arguably the best in the history of the final, from Gareth Bale who starts tonight on the bench as he did in Ukraine four years ago .

    It is the first time since 1998, when they reached the final under Jupp Heynckes, having finished fourth in La Liga and with an openly riotous dressing room, that Real have started as underdogs. It’s easy to see why. Liverpool, with their stellar forward three, whichever of the five he chooses, moving in fascinating patterns, play-making full-backs, one with his marauding runs, the other with the widest passing range , a world-class keeper and center-half plus the great Fabinho, are worthy favourites. They are tougher than they were in 2018, wiser and have more talent in three areas: midfield, alongside Virgil van Dijk (as Dejan Lovren played in Kyiv) and between the sticks.

    Dad goes viral after pulling son out of school for CL final

    A liverpool pub owner who traveled to Paris with his son for Saturday night Champions League final with real Madrid went viral for the bold way he informed the boy’s school that the student would not be attending some classes this week.

    Tage Herstad, owner of popular Merseyside venue Taggy’s Bar, left for the French capital on Thursday with his son William and a group of pals.

    Their decision to make it a weekend in Paris inevitably meant that William would have to miss at least two days of school to make the trip – not that his dad was in the least bit bothered when asked to. explain why his son had not come. for registration on Thursday morning.

    Invited by the school to respond to an SMS with the reason for his son’s absence, William’s father did not hide anything.

    “That’s right,” Tage’s response began.

    “He’s on his way to Paris with his dad and his dad’s really bad buddies, to watch the treble chase after the Reds in another CL [Champions League] final.

    “I hope he brings home big ears No.7. #partytime #yolo #roflmao,” he wrote in reference to the Champions League trophy. Saturday’s victory will see Liverpool crowned as Europe’s elite club for the seventh time in their history.

    MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates with the Champions League trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid , Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

    Along with his confirmation of the reason for William’s absence, his father cheekily included a photo of the group of travelers preparing to board the ferry to France.

    Tage’s decision to allow his son out of school has certainly drawn his fair share of praise on Twitter, with many saying a trip to Paris is worth far more to the young man than the two days he he would otherwise have gone to school.

    “A few days off from school in exchange for a lifetime memory of an experience with his dad,” one supportive comment explained.

    “Not all education happens in the classroom,” agreed another.

    “At the time, they were called ‘important family commitments’,” said a third.

    Salah with the CL trophy
    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – MAY 29: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with the Champions League trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Azerbaijan Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

    After realizing the situation had exploded on Twitter, Tage tweeted again to insist: “It really doesn’t matter. This is his third UCL final, and hopefully not the last. He’s the holy grail of club football, and I want him there with me.”

    The Herstad family therefore certainly hopes that this weekend’s trip to the final will not be the last. However, authorities may well be keeping a close eye on William’s presence in the future after a Twitter user claimed he had already reported Tage to authorities about the matter.

    They wrote: “With a heavy heart, I reported your family to the police for absenteeism. We need to bring #SELFRESPECT back to our schools.

    Jordan Henderson lifts the Champions League (2019)
    MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool lifts the Champions League trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain . (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

    For that, Tag replied: “Do what you feel you have to do to make your life better mate. Fall in love and work to bring #self-respect to your own head”.

    It remains to be seen if any formal action will be taken against the family.

    Education, of course, is an essential part of any child’s development. That said, the opportunities to attend such an important event for your club on foreign soil as a family are rare for the most part.

    We’ll let you draw your own conclusion as to which side of this argument you fall on.

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    Is the KAABOO Festival coming back to Del Mar, moving or is it over? The lawsuit against the San Diego Padres could decide | app

    SAN DIEGO — The dormant KAABOO music festival saga has taken a new turn, with lawsuits in San Diego and Delaware pitting the event’s new owners — whose identities seem shrouded in mystery — against the San Diego Padres. .

    The latest twist comes three years after KAABOO concluded its five-year run at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in 2019.

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    ‘When I start cracking your glass jaws, none of you will like it’

    Anthony Joshua is known for being calm and respectful, even in the face of brash opponents, but that shouldn’t be mistaken for child’s play – as a group of university students recently discovered.

    As reported by The Sun, the two-time heavyweight champion was passing through Loughborough University, where he moved his training camp ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, having spent his entire career at Sheffield.

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    Joshua changed his head coach to Angel Fernandez and moved his training camp to Loughborough

    Joshua can be seen confronting the students in their residence halls after being heckled

    The sun

    Joshua can be seen confronting the students in their residence halls after being heckled

    At that point, a group of drunken students began shouting abuse at Joshua from what they thought was the safety of their residence halls.

    Joshua took issue with the heckling, which involved them telling him they were dodging a Tyson Fury fight, and decided to confront the students and he didn’t mince words.

    The British boxing star is said to have gone to their flat to speak to their hecklers, with Joshua saying: “Don’t forget you’re talking, because when I bring people here and I’m starting to crack your glass jaws, none of you will like it.

    “When your jaws start to break and people start kicking you out of this college, none of you are going to like it.

    “Watch your mouths because you don’t know who you’re talking to sometimes. I know, look, all this public eye bulls***, I’m not into any of this.

    In the video, the students can be seen standing awkwardly in silence, much less brazen than a few minutes earlier when they shouted at ‘AJ’.

    Responding to the reports, Fury – the WBC heavyweight champion – wrote on Twitter: “I have this effect on the best of them.”

    Joshua is currently in training camp for his rematch with Usyk, which is set to take place on July 23 in the Middle East.

    In the first fight, Joshua was masterfully knocked out by the Ukrainian who won via unanimous decision to win the unified WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles.

    After the fight, “AJ” was widely criticized for his game plan of trying to have a technical boxing match with one of the best technical boxers of this generation.

    Joshua insists he is “back to basics” for the rematch and will be looking for the knockout.

    Joshua was beaten in his first fight with Usyk, but he hopes to right his wrongs in the rematch

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    Joshua was beaten in his first fight with Usyk, but he hopes to right his wrongs in the rematch