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The Real Madrid Foundation and Tinefish will open a school in the Buddhist monastery of Gangteng


NEW STORIES. 03/03/2022

The first project in Bhutan will host around 100 students.

the real Madrid Foundation has established a presence in Bhutan to host over one hundred miners who live and study in Gangteng Buddhist Monastery in the Phobjikha Valley, one of the most remote rural areas in the country, located over 3,000m above sea level. The project, carried out in collaboration with the charity Tintefish, aims to implement values-based football as a tool to promote educational leisure and physical well-being.

Participants in the socio-sports school are the youngest students of the monastery, aged 5 to 15 years. The majority of them were raised in families with limited resources that cannot afford the school fees of their children. Minors are offered food, accommodation and school support by the monastery and this provision should now include football based on the values ​​of the Real Madrid Foundation, based on the For a Real education: value and deporte (For a real education: values ​​and sport) which uses sport as an educational tool. This project sees the Foundation play its part in a unique and unprecedented project in Bhutan.

The Foundation’s local partner, Tintefish, has been supporting the monastery since 2019. In addition to socio-sports sessions, students will benefit from nutritional assistance, while participating in hygiene and lifestyle workshops and various educational and social activities.

3 exclusive courses used by millionaires to learn languages

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  • Learning a new language can be a difficult task.
  • One of the best ways to do this is to take an immersion abroad program.
  • Some programs offer luxury accommodation and activities in addition to language immersion.

Learning a language that you don’t have the opportunity to speak on a regular basis is a difficult task.

The process becomes more difficult in adulthood, when we have to add language study to an already busy workday.

To really master a language, you have to speak it. That’s why one of the best ways to learn a new language is to spend time living in a country where your target language is spoken.

While this may conjure up images of exchange trips offered in schools, there are actually many language travel programs available for adults these days.

Some of them are more like luxury vacations than language programs, offering you the chance to stay in exclusive accommodations and participate in activities such as wine tastings or horseback riding while practicing your target language.

1. Language & Luxury

Language & Luxuryas the name suggests, combines language learning with exclusive accommodations and experiences.

The languages ​​offered are Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian, with a variety of different destinations offered.

To learn French, you can visit Paris, Bordeaux, the Caribbean island of Martinique or Quebec, while Italian can be studied in Rome, Bologna or Siena in Tuscany.

Roma, Italy

Language & Luxury combines language learning with exclusive accommodations and experiences.

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You can also study German in Berlin or Portuguese in Lisbon or Porto.

Spanish learners have a particularly wide choice of options.

In Spain you can go to Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Malaga or San Sebastián. In Mexico, the options are Mexico City, Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende or Puerto Vallarta.


Spanish learners have a wide range of options to choose from with Language & Luxury.

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Each of the programs offers a tailor-made private trip offering you the opportunity to speak your target language while enjoying a unique vacation.

According to the website, the package includes your accommodation, a personal language tutor, cultural activities and airport transfers. Other optional additional services are available, such as a personal chef, cooking classes or wine tastings.

You receive 10 hours of private language lessons per week with your tutor, who also accompanies you during any cultural activities.

Prices vary according to the destination and the accommodation chosen.

In Paris, prices range from $2,695 per week to over $12,975 per week. The latter offers you a luxury apartment on the banks of the Seine.


Linguand focuses on providing language immersion experiences in the South of France.

Its luxury package offers you the opportunity to stay at Château St. Pierre de Serjac near the town of Béziers, southwest of Montpellier.

Surrounded by vineyards, you spend the mornings taking French lessons, while the afternoons are devoted to activities such as golf, catamaran excursions, horseback riding, spa treatments and wine tastings. oysters and wine.

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Lingualand offers language immersion experiences in the south of France.

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Prices start from $2,800 (€2,490).

3. Fluenz Immersion

Fluenz Immersion offers Spanish immersion experiences in Mexico and Spain.

In Mexico, you can stay in Oaxaca or Mexico City, while Barcelona is the only destination offered in Spain.

Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman, Oaxaca, Mexico

Fluenz Immersion offers Spanish immersion experiences in Mexico and Spain.

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The website says you get six days of intensive language training, cultural activities, luxurious accommodations, and Michelin-starred restaurants.

In Mexico City, you stay in a colonial mansion in the upscale district of Polanco. Prices start at $5,980, and that includes language lessons, accommodation, and additional activities like a visit to Frida Kahlo’s house.

You will also have a private driver to and from the airport, breakfasts and lunches prepared by a private chef, and a concierge service.

It even includes private lectures by some of the country’s leading cultural and literary figures.

International Open Call: 29th Annual Visual Arts Grants – Announcements

The Fundación Botín is pleased to announce its 29th Visual Arts Fellowships (2022), offering six scholarships for artists of all nationalities for a planned duration of nine months and a grant of 23,000 euros each.

Visual arts grants are intended to support the development of personal and research projects. Of the six scholarships, one will be reserved for an artist who Spaniard or resident in Spain (for at least five years immediately prior to the scholarship application), under the age of 30, who wishes to spend time abroad to pursue their work, studies or residence.

In addition to financial support, the scholarship program will showcase works created by selected artists in a collective exhibition at the Centro Botín, Routes, which celebrates its 27th edition this year. The works will be presented not only in the exhibition hall, but also in other spaces or formats better suited to making the artists’ research public, as may be the case with performances, participatory activities or video cycles, among others. At the end of the grant period, the Fundación Botín continues its commitment to artists by closely following their careers and, where appropriate, purchasing works for the Collection.

Artists interested in applying for a grant should make an initial application using the registration form available on the websites of Fundación Botín and Centro Botín, and submit the rest of the required documentation in hard copy by May 6. Each application received will be studied by a specially convened external jury of artists, curators and professionals, with different members each year. From July 18, the final decision of the jury will be made public on the two aforementioned sites.

Since their launch in 1993, the Visual Arts Grants have benefited over 200 creative talents by acting as a revitalization of contemporary art and by supporting contemporary artists wishing to develop a research project in the visual arts. A large number of Fundación Botín scholarship holders have already established themselves on the international art scene and are regularly present at important events. This year the The 59th Venice Biennale will present works by Pedro Neves Marques in the Portuguese pavilion, by Santiago Borja in the Mexican pavilion, and by Teresa Solar and June Crespo, both in the central exhibition. Leonor Serrano Rivas will have a personal exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, while the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid will host a selection of Carlos Bunga‘s work. Besides, Jorge Ribalta will have a retrospective at MAPFRE Foundation Madrid.

Itineraries XXVI
Until May 15, 2022

Routes is an annual exhibition showcasing the works of the eight artists selected through Fundación Botín’s latest open call for its visual arts grants. Through the works of Olga Balema, Eli Cortiñas, June Crespo, Mario Espliego, Antoni Hervàs, Salomé Lamas, Anna Moreno and Bruno Pacheco, the exhibition offers a unique insight into the latest debates taking place in the art world. The exhibited works weave a whole series of subtle sensitive connections with each other, formally and conceptually destroying the illusion of independence that has corroded our habitats, our vitality and our imagination.

Solan University signs MoU to promote research : The Tribune India


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Solan, March 1

Shoolini University, based in Solan, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain, to encourage exchange programs between the two universities.

The agreement aims to lay the foundations for mutual cooperation between the two universities, including the exchange of doctoral students and professors from the two institutions.

The two institutions will encourage more contact and collaboration between their professors and research members in order to lay a solid foundation for the development of training programs and joint research projects in addition to the exchange of teaching materials.

The Autonomous University of Madrid is a public university that combines quality teaching, intensive research and high placement with a strong social commitment and is a world benchmark in these areas, according to various global indicators. For the second consecutive year, UAM is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Chancellor Prof PK Khosla Prof Sourabh Kulshrestha, Dean of Research and Development and Dr Rozy Dhanta, Deputy Director of International Affairs were present at the signing ceremony. —

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The Youth Center comes back to life
When Paul Johnson was a young boy growing up in Aurora, he remembers how much it meant to him to have a place to go, something to do, at no cost. That place used to be the Youth Center, a once vibrant hangout for teenagers that has been closed for nearly two years.
That’s about to change, thanks in part to Johnson’s fond memories, as well as his decision to enlist other like-minded parents who want to bring the 12th Street facility back to life.
“I left for work one day and my son was sitting on the couch and when I got home from work he was still sitting on the couch,” Johnson explained. “He said there was nothing to do. I know all kids have that feeling, but it wasn’t my memory of being from Aurora.
Although he moved around a lot during his younger years, Johnson said he was lucky to have landed in Aurora in 2003, where he met a man who would inspire him then and now.

Hornets outlast hawks in another instant classic
Honorary Hampton coach Carson Klute described it perfectly after the game.
“That’s how Hampton and Giltner basketball games are supposed to be,” he said.
For the second time in less than two weeks, the Hawks and Hornets played 32 minutes and the game was decided on the final stroke.
This time, however, it was Hampton who had a chance to win. However, the ball still bounced in Giltner’s direction as the Hornets held on to defeat the Hawks 45-44 in the D2-3 sub-district final played Feb. 22 at Lawrence-Nelson.
“Hampton’s not supposed to beat Giltner by much and Giltner’s not supposed to beat Hampton by much,” Klute said. “That’s what this rivalry is all about. It goes back decades and you want to see some good matches between these two. I wish we were on the other end of them, but that’s the fun.

Exchange student shares his journey from Madrid to Giltner
Madrid, Spain is a bustling city in the heart of the country and the home of Pablo Gregori, who found himself far from home in the community of Giltner.
This 17-year-old student joined the home of Joel and Terra Hinrichs in search of new experiences and culture as an exchange student.
He explained that he wanted to join the program to experience something he couldn’t get at home and after signing up he had no idea where he would end up staying.
“It’s quite different because I come from a big city,” he says. “All the different things are very easy to adapt because everything is easy here, like school and home.”
Helping Gregori immerse himself in the local culture has been his participation in athletics. He joined the football and basketball team, with plans to compete on the track and field team this spring.

Trio targets National Merit Scholar program
Aurora High School’s senior trio of Caden Carlson, Elena Kuehner and Preston Ramaekers excelled in a number of areas during their high school career — although becoming a National Merit Scholar finalist is tops.
According to the program’s website, “The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic recognition and scholarship competition that began in 1955.”
Somewhere near 1.5 million high school students enter the program each year, attending schools across the United States, and the list is slowly being matched until only the scholarship recipients are left.
Those Huskies are almost there.

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Ex-United youngster backs Anthony Elanga to become ‘important player’


Anthony Elanga has had a dream start to 2022, finally establishing himself as a Manchester United first-team regular.

Ahead of the derby this weekend, it would actually be a surprise if Elanga wasn’t on the squad roster, which shows how far we’ve come.

Mipo Odubeko, his longtime friend and ex-teammate, who supported him to continue his success, left Manchester United’s academy in 2019 to try his luck at West Ham.

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Odubeko told the Irish Independent: “I went to school with Anthony, we played together. He’s a big boy and he deserves everything he has.

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“Not only is he a great footballer, but he’s also a fantastic person. He’s a great player, an important player and I think he will continue to be an important player for them in their future.

Elanga received huge praise from his United colleagues during his time with the first team for his humble and hard-working attitude as much as his success on the pitch, which culminated in an important goal at Atletico Madrid last night. last week in the Champions League.

The 19-year-old is set to be called up to Sweden’s senior international squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers for the first time after his recent comeback.

Odubeko left United in 2019

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Odubeko has fond memories at United and believes his time at the club has benefited him. He had been a regular for the Under-16s and played twice for the Under-18s, scoring once, before leaving.

Last season he scored a hat-trick for West Ham’s Under-23s in a win over United, a timely reminder of what he is capable of.

Odubeko said: “Man United was a big moment for me. I grew up there, there was a lot of education on and off the pitch. United are the biggest club in the world, I worked with great coaches, I had the chance to play with great players who continued their careers.

He is currently on loan at Ligue 1 side Doncaster Rovers alongside current United midfielder Ethan Galbraith. But with the team on the road to relegation, he has a tricky job to help the 23rd-ranked team turn the tide.

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Sporting KC II sign Tijani Fatah, Curtez Kellman, Cole McLagan and Dembakwi Yomba


Sporting Kansas City II today announced that the club has signed four players to professional MLS NEXT Pro contracts, pending league and American Football Federation approval: forward Tijani Fatah, midfielder fielder Curtez Kellman, defender Cole McLagan and forward Dembakwi Yomba.

Fatah, Kellman, McLagan and Yomba will join Sporting KC II for the team’s first season in MLS NEXT Pro, a new professional league starting the last weekend of March. With the roster change, Sporting KC II currently has 15 players under professional contract for the MLS NEXT Pro campaign.

Sporting KC II Composition as of February 28, 2022

  • Guardians (1): Ethan Bandre
  • Defenders (4): Joseph Addo Tetteh, Aljaz Dzankic, Spencer Glass, Cole McLagan
  • Midfielders (3): Collin Fernandez, Curtez Kellman, Jahon Rad
  • Forwards (7): Paul Atta Agyei, Bakary Bagayoko, Josh Coan, Tijani Fatah, Rauf Salifu, Julian Vazquez, Dembakwi Yomba

Fatah, 19, was born in Ghana, raised in the Bronx, New York, and comes to Kansas City after stints at New York City FC Academy and Metropolitan Oval Academy. He spent the early stages of 2022 as a trials rider with Sporting KC II, earning starts in preseason scrums against Indy Eleven on Feb. 19 and Chicago Fire II on Feb. 23.

Kellman, 23, is from Georgetown, Guyana, where he played for Georgetown FC and Western Tigers FC as a teenager. He then began his college career in the United States, spending the 2019 season in eastern Florida and the 2021 campaign in neighboring Daytona. Capable of playing in midfield and defense, Kellman earned his only senior cap for the Guyana men’s national team in a friendly against Indonesia on November 25, 2017.

McLagan, 25, was born and raised in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and played Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, where he was an all-state and all-region selection while serving as team captain. He also played club football for Sporting Blue Valley before embarking on a successful four-year college career at Furman University in South Carolina. McLagan started 54 of 67 appearances for the Paladins, totaling 19 goals and nine assists, and helped Furman win the 2018 Southern Conference title as an NCAA Tournament entrant. The right-back started his professional journey in 2021 with Greenville Triumph, where he recorded nine USL League One appearances.

Yomba, 25, is a widely traveled striker who developed as a youth at the Atletico Madrid Academy from 2014 to 2015. He turned professional as a teenager with Atletico Madrid C before to venture to the United States, where he made spells at Orlando City B (2016), Reno 1868 FC (2017-2018) and Oakland Roots SC (2019). While in Reno, Yomba notably featured for MLS affiliate San Jose Earthquakes in a friendly match against German side Eintracht Frankfurt on July 14, 2017. The attacking player recently represented KF Laci in the Albanian First Division and has started in the two pre-seasons of Sporting KC II. games this month.

Sporting KC II are entering their seventh season in club history under first-year head coach Benny Feilhaber and assistant coach Ike Opara. Feilhaber and Opara have played for Sporting at MLS level for the past decade and took charge of Sporting KC II in 2022, ushering in a new era in MLS NEXT Pro.

Sporting KC II will open the season at Colorado Rapids 2 on March 27 and debut at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas with a home opener on April 10 against Houston Dynamo 2. Fans can purchase tickets at SeatGeek. com at a later date and all MLS NEXT Pro matches will be streamed live on mlsnextpro.com.

Transaction: Sporting Kansas City II signs forward Tijani Fatah, midfielder Curtez Kellman, defender Cole McLagan and forward Dembakwi Yomba to professional MLS NEXT Pro contracts.

Tidjani Fatah
Position: Striker
Born: 07/17/2002 (19 years old)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 141 lbs.
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Place of birth: Accra, Ghana
Citizenship: Ghana

Curtez Kellman
Position: Midfielder
Born: 06/03/1998 (23 years old)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hometown: Georgetown, Guyana
Place of birth: Georgetown, Guyana
College: Daytona State, East Florida State
Citizenship: Guyana

Cole McLagan
Position: Defender
Date of birth: 8/11/1996 (25 years old)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170 lbs.
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Birthplace: Lee’s Summit, Missouri
College: Furman
Last club: Greenville Triumph (USL League One)
Citizenship: United States

Dembakwi Yomba
Position: Striker
Date of birth: 9/4/1996 (25 years old)
Size: 5-7
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Place of birth: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Last club: KF Laci (Albania)
Citizenship: Sierra Leone, United States

Pardee School students and alumni named Fulbright semi-finalists


Ximena Aragon (BA IR ’20), Tima Dasouki (BA IR ’22), Catherine Kreider (BA IR ’21), Andrew Reilly (BA Italian & Linguistics and IR ’22), Sylvia Stoyanova (BA IR ’22) and Miruna Visuian (BA IR ’22) has advanced to the final stage of the Fulbright US Student Program exam.

For the 2022 Fulbright cycle, Boston University received a record 66 applications from seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni. We are proud to say that six of 37 participants named Fulbright Semifinalists by the US National Selection Committee are members of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies community.

Aragon, a second-time Fulbright semi-finalist, currently works at the United Nations Foundation in DC Thanks to the master’s award from Fulbright’s IE School of Global and Public Affairs, she will pursue the Master’s in International Development. If awarded the prize, Ximena will return to study in Madrid as she did in her first year of study abroad and will have the opportunity to emerge fully into Spanish culture by serving as a cultural ambassador of United States.

Dasouki is an undergraduate majoring in International Relations and Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the Pardee School of Global Studies. She was recently awarded the Pickering Fellowship, where she will complete a two-year master’s program and serve as a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State. Tima is an alumnus of the Critical Language, Boren and Gilman scholarships for the study of Turkish. The Fulbright scholarship she was selected for is the English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey, with which she would teach English in Turkish classrooms while serving as a cultural ambassador for the United States.

Kreider works for an international charity, the Organization for World Peace, as a senior writer, climate change/environmental conflict advisor, and coordinator of the OWP Crisis Index. With a Fulbright scholarship, she hopes to complete a master’s degree in global development at the University of Copenhagen. Catherine plans to study the relationship between climate change and development. She plans to write her thesis on how sustainable development in countries vulnerable to climate change can address regional insecurities.

Reilly is a graduate in Italian, Linguistics and International Relations. Having studied Italian for nearly a decade, he would love to put his language and cross-cultural communication skills to good use while teaching English in Italy. Reily hopes the Fulbright scholarship will steer her toward a career with the State Department or in education.

Stoyanova is a senior specializing in international relations with a functional track of international economics, business and politics and a regional track of Europe. She spent a lot of time studying, doing internships and working abroad. Receiving a Fulbright will allow him to continue learning about new cultures while teaching others about his own American culture.

Visuian is a senior studying international relations with minors in religion and German. With the combined Fulbright scholarship in Austria, Miruna will participate in research at the University of Innsbruck and serve as a teacher at a local secondary school. Through her research, she hopes to analyze how the Austrian People’s Party reacted to the pressure of the 2015 migration crisis by studying the rhetorical divides between local and national levels.

The Fulbright US Student Program provides grants for individually designed research or arts projects, graduate programs, or English teaching assistantships in participating countries outside of the United States. Over the past ten years, Boston University students have enjoyed great success with the Fulbright program, with more than 60 students engaged in research, graduate studies, creative arts projects, and teaching in many of the 140+ Fulbright partner countries. It should be noted that BU was once again named Fulbright Scholars Top National Producer for 2021-2022. For more information on the Fulbright program, visit BU’s scholarships and fellowships website. View the full list of BU’s 2022 Fulbright Semi-Finalists online.

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Business schools compete with digital providers for a slice of corporate training


As she tilts her head to one side, crosses her arms defensively and raises her voice in irritation, ‘Lisa’ describes how she berated one of her team members before admitting her aggressive approach would likely backfire against her.

Her words are spoken by a real actor, but she is portrayed as an avatar, a symbol of how pioneering training companies deploying new technologies such as augmented reality are shaking up schools’ traditional face-to-face classroom format. of commerce providing training to managers.

“We’re in high demand,” says Mark Atkinson, chief executive of Mursion, a San Francisco-based company that offers artificial intelligence-based simulations. It allows sales managers, front desk staff and others to cost-effectively role-play online, without feeling embarrassed or held back in front of their colleagues. “It’s a unique component of learning that’s sorely lacking.

His company is among a growing number of providers that have thrived during Covid-19 amid signs of an upsurge in demand for training in different formats for growing numbers of employees.

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“The training industry is digitizing in important new ways,” says Josh Bersin, a seasoned industry consultant. “There’s a lot of innovation going on, and vendors are getting loads of money from venture capitalists.”

Technology-based new entrants have added new pressure on business schools, which were already facing an explosion of alternative vendors. A survey carried out last year for Carrington Crisp, an education consultancy, suggested that only a third of employers use them for executive and lifelong learning, with the rest turning to professional bodies , consulting firms and internal services.

Established academic institutions took a substantial financial hit early in the pandemic. The lockdown has limited travel and the ability for face-to-face sessions, and many corporate clients have restricted budgets and staff time as they refocus on adjusting to the disruption caused by the coronavirus.

This has created uncertainty even for prominent sites such as the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which had invested in a substantial new three-story facility to house its London campus but had to delay the opening of several months.

“We really had to accelerate online and hybrid formats in a short time,” says Mark Lewis, executive director of executive education at Booth. “Schools really had to be nimble, resilient and flexible. We have always faced competition, but the competition we are going to face now is for the present and long into the future.

The good news, he says, is that customers are coming back and revenue is rising again for both his school and many other respondents in a recent benchmarking survey conducted by trade association Unicon.

This reflects the findings of an inaugural annual survey of 363 learning leaders around the world conducted in 2021 by the FT with Unicon and other professional bodies, which is currently running again. It showed that more than a quarter of organizations planned to increase their budgets while only 17% planned cuts.

While learning has long been seen as strategic for supporting business development – ​​and sometimes for providing benefits to those in leadership positions – many respondents commented on how it was increasingly being used to attract and retain staff. This has become more important both for a restless cohort of millennial recruits and for older staff contemplating a change as part of the “big quit”.

In addition, the out of necessity shift to online education over the past two years has opened up the possibilities for cheaper and more democratic training accessible to more people at different levels within companies. It sparked interest as the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements added momentum to calls for greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Indeed, the FT survey highlighted this topic as one of the top-ranked areas of expertise sought by learning directors, alongside more traditional executive education topics, including leadership, change management and digital transformation.

But some suggest that accelerated breakthroughs in online education provide greater flexibility and convenience for students and lecturers, which is unlikely to reverse. There are indications that digital programs may even offer better quality and satisfaction among participants than in-person programs.

Silicon Valley Executive Education offers personalized “hybrid” online education that combines experienced business practitioners and academic professors from leading business schools such as Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UCLA in its programs. Its leader, Robert David, says the greatest interest is in “the three Rs” of resilient leadership, remote collaboration and ruthless prioritization.

Such growing “disintermediation” of faculty experts from their business schools could pose a threat. Another pressure comes from within, as schools balance the temptation of pricing versus volume in their online offerings.

Andrew Crisp, co-founder of Carrington Crisp, said one executive summed up his view: “Rather than spending $50,000 to send two people to a program at Harvard, we can now try to send 50 people at Harvard. [online] content for the same price. That seems to sum up a lot of the current market development,” he says.

Bersin says there is a strong growth in “micro-learning” and providers running a range of programs online. But he warns that to be effective, they must also be innovative and interactive, as libraries of training videos designed simply to be viewed passively are falling out of favor. He adds that “there is still a very big need for face to face. Things happen in a room when people talk to each other that never happen online.

Business schools are also adapting their pedagogy, both with virtual reality, simulations and with innovative face-to-face formats. At Edhec Business School in Lille, for example, executives from the Leadership Under Pressure unit of its Advanced Management program join military commanders aboard a French warship for 10 days of rigorous training.

Lee Newman, Dean of the Madrid-based IE Business School, says: “I don’t see business schools being pushed out of the whole value chain, but we need to look carefully in the mirror to identify our relative source of value. We have to disturb each other and double up.

CPAC focuses on cultural grievances and Trump


ORLANDO, Fla. — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shocked and angered much of the world. President Biden has announced a new Supreme Court nomination that is unlikely to receive any significant Republican support.

But at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual gathering of right-wing American politics, world-shaking news seemed oddly distant. Instead, the focus has been on cultural grievances, former President Donald J. Trump, and the widespread sense of victimhood that has replaced traditional conservative issues.

Like so many Republican officials who have remade themselves in his image, Mr. Trump, in a speech at the conference on Saturday night, sought to cast himself as a victim of assaults from Democrats and the media. He said they would leave him alone if he was not a threat to run for president again in 2024.

“If I said ‘I’m not going to show up,’ the persecution would stop immediately,” Trump said. “They would move on to the next victim.”

Mr. Trump enjoyed widespread support at the event: of those who responded, 85% said they would support him again for the Republican presidential nomination, and 97% said they approved his performance as president, according to a fictional survey of CPAC attendees. When asked who should be the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, 59% said Mr. Trump and 28% said Governor Ron DeSantis. from Florida – although Floridians made up 37% of CPAC attendees.

Eight months before the midterm elections, familiar Republican themes like lower taxes and tough foreign policy have given way to the idea that America is sliding back into a woke dystopia sparked by liberal elites. Even the GOP was more than a little suspicious.

Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, a grassroots pro-Trump group focused on millennial conservatives, denounced ‘the old Republican Party’ in his speech at the conference, known as CPAC and held in Orlando , in Florida, this year.

“Conservative leaders can learn something from our wonderful 45th President of the United States,” Kirk said. “I want our leaders to care more about you and our people than an abstract idea or an abstract number of GDP.”

Putting cultural harassment at the center of their midterm campaigns comes as Republicans find themselves divided on a host of issues that have generally united the party.

This week, as Russian President Vladimir V. Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine to near-universal condemnation from US allies, Mr. Trump on Saturday reiterated his assessment that Mr. Putin was “smart” to invade Ukraine. Ukraine at the cost of economic sanctions. , although he called the war a “catastrophic disaster”. His former adviser Steve Bannon praised Mr. Putin to be “anti-woke” – the very theme of the CPAC gathering.

That put them at odds with elected Republicans, especially congressional leaders, who denounced Mr. Putin’s actions, as did Democrats and Mr. Biden.

On Capitol Hill, Republican senators are debating whether to release an official political platform before the midterms. The lack of urgency was summed up in a statement by Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, who dismissed a question about what Republicans would do if they resumed Congress in 2022. “That’s a very good question “said Mr. McConnell. . “And I’ll let you know when we get it back.”

Instead of united politics, Republicans are hoping a bag of grievances will motivate voters unhappy with Mr. Biden’s administration. At CPAC, Republicans argued they were the real victims of Mr. Biden’s America, citing rising inflation, undocumented immigration at the Mexican border and liberal institutions pushing racial diversity in the country. employment and education.

Each speaker emphasized personal ties to Mr. Trump, however fake, while others embraced both his aggrieved tone and his patent hand gestures.

Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina praised what he called China’s efforts to instill “great patriotic and masculine values” in its youth through social media. At a Mexican restaurant inside the conference hotel, Rep. Billy Long of Missouri claimed he coined the phrase “Trump Train” in 2015. He said he still uses it as wireless internet password. And Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, the son of a Stanford and Yale-educated banker, sought to bond with alienated blue-collar workers who he believed were getting a raw deal.

“Rednecks and thugs get a lot of bad press these days,” Mr Hawley said.

Meanwhile, the hallways of the massive Orlando hotel hosting the event were filled with an array of Trump paraphernalia. There were two separate kiosks posing as Trump malls, a store selling Trump hammocks and, for $35 a pound, a five-volume set of every tweet Mr. Trump posted as president before Twitter prohibits it.

Speakers largely dismissed the war in Ukraine beyond blaming Mr. Biden, and on Friday few people mentioned Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Mr. Biden’s new pick for the Supreme Court.

John Schnatter, the pizza mogul who resigned as president of the Papa John’s franchise in 2018 after he used a racial slur in a comment about black people during a conference call, mingled with the crowd, saying he was one of those unfairly canceled. Senator Rick Scott of Florida warned against “all things woke, government-run.”

And former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination but took right-wing positions and became a conservative media darling, called the government a “secular theocracy” in because of its efforts to combat misinformation.

Eight miles from CPAC, an even angrier right-wing rally, the America First Political Action Conference, was held at another Orlando hotel with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia as the main attraction and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona appearing via video.

Commentator Nick Fuentes, leader of the group that hosted the conference, says Mr Putin had been compared to Hilter. He laughed and added, “They say it’s not a good thing.”

Mr. Fuentes, a white nationalist and Holocaust denier, leads what is known as the America First or “groyper” movement, which promotes a message that the nation is losing “its white core demographic.” Last month, Mr Fuentes was subpoenaed by congressional investigators looking into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

At CPAC and beyond, focusing on the negative can be both strategic and visceral. Polls show Republican voters have a more favorable opinion of Mr. Putin than from Mr. Biden, and a lesson from the backlash against the party holding the White House in the past four midterm elections is that intense distaste for an opposing party president is more than enough to propel landslide victories.

Just seven years ago, Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, told the CPAC crowd that “it’s okay to stand up against the bad things, but we have to start being for the things”.

Just as Mr. Trump removed the conservative Bush-style politics of the Republican Party, it was also removed from the annual CPAC rally.

Playing on feelings of resentment and alienation is a much safer bet for Republicans than advancing a political agenda when the party remains divided on taxes, foreign policy and how much to indulge in Mr. Trump’s lies on the 2020 elections.

“You can always cut taxes, you can always roll back regulations, you can always elect better people,” said Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. “But when freedom is lost and eroded, it’s so hard to get it back.”

At CPAC, there was no shortage of stories about the horrors of cultural and political cancellations — though speakers provided little evidence of actual suffering.

Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, after saying he would “never, ever apologize for standing in the way” of Mr. Biden’s Jan. 6 victory, said he and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio had been victims when they were kicked out of the House committee investigating the attack that day. on the United States Capitol in 2021.

“We were both canceled and kicked off the committee by Nancy Pelosi,” Mr Banks said.

Like others at CPAC who have claimed to have suffered the wounds of cancel culture, Mr. Banks has seen his profile and political standing only rise since the time he claimed to have been cancelled.

Leila Centner, founder of a Miami private school who last year told her teachers and staff that they would not be allowed to interact with students if they received a coronavirus vaccine, said the backlash once his anti-vaccine views made headlines.

“The media was all over me, it got ballistic,” she said.

But Ms Centner said the hubbub turned out to be a positive thing for her and her school. She told the CPAC audience that her student enrollment had increased and there was now a waiting list. She became a sought-after figure on conservative news networks, and she said in an interview that she now had a cohesive school community that shared her views on the pandemic and the country’s racial history.

“What all of this has done is it has actually made our community more aligned,” she said.

As conservative political incentives increasingly reward figures caught up in controversies that can allow them to be portrayed as victims, leading to more airtime on conservative cable TV, some veteran Republicans lament that there is little to be gained by focusing on politics.

Former Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, running for the Senate against a Trump-backed candidate, may not draw much attention, he said, when he touts his work record for alumni fighters during his three terms in Congress.

“Some of the new people who come into politics get 12 press officers and a politician,” Mr Walker said in an interview. “There’s a problem with that, right?”

Alain Feuer contributed report.

Rochester man pleads guilty to arson at St. Paul’s Stores, School


MINNEAPOLIS — A Rochester man has pleaded guilty to arson at several buildings in St. Paul.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday that the 35-year-old Jose Felan Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of arson involving incidents at two stores and a school.

Court records show that on May 28, 2020, Felan started fires at Goodwill, 7 Mile Sportswear and Gordon Parks High School on University Avenue in St. Paul.

Documents show he and his wife, a 23-year-old co-accused Mena Yousif, then fled to Texas and finally to Mexico. Records show the two were located and arrested by Mexican law enforcement for immigration violations on February 15, 2021, and surrendered to the United States.

Felan will be sentenced at a later date.

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WATCH: Here are America’s biggest HBCUs

More than 100 historically black colleges and universities are designated by the U.S. Department of Education as meeting the definition of a school “established before 1964, whose primary mission was, and is, the education of black Americans.”
StudySoup has compiled the 20 largest historically black colleges and universities in the nation, based on 2021 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Each HBCU on this list is a four-year institution, and schools are ranked by total student enrollment.

UGA national championship season captured in commemorative books


Forty-one years, 14,965 days and 359,150 hours. This is the time Georgia Bulldogs fans have been waiting for their team to capture the national championship once again. Who could ever forget the night the sky rained confetti, a golden trophy was lifted in triumph, and thousands of woof-woofs rang through the air?

The reporters who covered it all have compiled giveaway books that commemorate the triumphant game with photos, commentary, interviews and recaps from the entire season.

“Dominating Dawgs: Georgia’s Path to the 2021 National Championship” by writers from the Athens Banner-Herald and USA TODAY is a 160-page coffee table book.

Writers at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Bid “Top Dawgs: The Georgia Bulldogs’ Remarkable Road to the National Championship.” Both books are essential for anyone whose blood is red and black.

Continued:Don’t miss! Commemorate the UGA Football Championship with this hardcover collector’s book

Continued:Get your UGA National Championship posters and special editions at the Banner-Herald in Athens

Politics in Georgia is usually as red as the dirt in the state, but not in 2021. What happened? Greg Bluesteinlongtime political reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reflects on this question in “Inverted: How Georgia Turned Purple and Shattered the Republican Power Monopoly.” The author chronicles Georgia’s often brutal political battles from the early 2010s through the 2020 elections, and readers are treated to some juicy detail in the room. Key players like Kelly Loeffler, Stacey Abrams, Raphael Warnock and Brian Kemp jump off the page as they fight for control of the state. What’s next for Georgia? Bluestein lays down some predictions, making “Flipped” required reading for those who care about the political future of the Fishing State.

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Continued:By the Book: Money, class issues are the theme of Southern books

March’s top reads

What’s under the Mason-Dixon line? Most people think of sweet iced tea, Waffle Houses and swarms of no-see-ums, but what are the true elements that epitomize the South, now and in the past? Iman PerryProfessor of African American Studies at Princeton University, reflects on this question as she returns to her home state of Alabama and ponders the complexities and idiosyncrasies of the region.

In “From the South to America: A journey under the Mason-Dixon to understand the soul of a nation”, Perry argues that people who want to better understand the United States need to familiarize themselves with the history and culture of the South.

The book is packed with stories of artists, immigrants, heroes, opportunists, and his own ancestors, all of which add color, contrast, and complexity to what it means to be a Southerner. Perry’s keen eye, fresh ideas, and sensibility inspire readers to see the South, not in broad strokes, but with a more nuanced and informed perspective.

Girls-only getaways are meant to be all about libations, laughs, and letting go. But in Lea Konenthe novel “The Perfect Escape” an idyllic road trip takes a scary detour. Sam, Margaret, and Diane bond over their messy divorces and decide to hit the freeway and get out of their troubles. Instead, the women have car trouble and find themselves stranded in a small mountain town. When one of the three goes missing, the others wonder if someone is plotting to harm them.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Konen crafts a gripping, thrilling story that will demand your attention until the very last twist is revealed.

It’s 1946 and a postwar Bright Leaf, North Carolina, is thriving. The reason for prosperity? Abundant cash tobacco. Maddie Sykes, a seamstress, is busy serving the wives of powerful tobacco executives, but also wonders why health issues and misfortunes plague her wealthy clients. When she discovers evidence suggesting that tobacco products are dangerous, she is torn about sharing her knowledge.

“Tobacco Women” by Adele Myers relives a time when smoking was considered smart and fashionable, and no one knew about its health effects. Her novel is an authentic rendering of small Southern life in the 1940s as well as a gripping description of the power of female relationships. Perfect for Lisa Wingate fans.

Local book news

Barbara Seabornauthor of “The Monumental Legacy: The Rise and Fall of Hamburg, South Carolina” will appear at the Arts & Heritage Center in North Augusta at 1 p.m. on March 2. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged. Please email [email protected] to reserve a spot.

Georgian poet Jimmy Broccoliauthor of “My anxiety wants ice cream” and “Damaged” will headline a multi-author event at the Harlem Arts Center on March 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special guest is writer Augusta Catherine Zickraff who has performed in Madrid and Puerto Rico as a spoken word poet. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. And $5 from every sale of Broccoli’s “Damaged” will be donated to the Harlem Arts Council.

Do you have local literary news? Email it to [email protected] By the Book is published monthly.

Public health researchers strive to craft a global response to outbreaks


Professor José Szapocznik and Dr Jorge Saavedra are working with world leaders to foster a global treaty that would guide nations on how to respond to outbreaks and prevent pandemics.

Four years ago, public health professor Josstar Szapocznik saw the need for a global coalition that could help contain outbreaks and prevent major pandemics.

Since then, Szapocznik’s goal has become much more prescient.

Just two months after Szapocznik spoke about the issue at the AIDS Health Care Foundation, the current COVID-19 pandemic began. Soon, Szapocznik and 20 other public health officials published an article in The Lancet Public Health, calling for a global framework and treaty that could help every nation prevent, prepare for, and respond to epidemics and pandemics more systematically. Countries that fail to comply could face fair and just penalties, while poorer countries could be helped to comply with funding. These methods of mutual insurance, according to Szapocznik, will help countries know that their peers are doing whatever is necessary to prevent epidemics from becoming pandemics.

“If we want to prevent pandemics, we need a different global governance architecture that has those functions,” explained Szapocznik, who is also chairman emeritus of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine. “And to have an effective mechanism, this body needs to monitor what’s happening in different countries and be able to independently verify the data.”

To that end, with support from the AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF), Szapocznik worked with Dr. Jorge Saavedra, executive director of the University‘s AHF Global Public Health Institute, and sought advice from the president of the Julio Frenk University, a renowned global audience. health expert, to form the panel of experts for a global convention on public health in early 2021. Now Szapocznik heads its secretariat, which includes Saavedra, and three University of Miami graduates from the program master’s degree in public health.

The panel’s work received a major boost in December, when in response to its advocacy and that of many other international groups, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it would establish a body to begin to negotiate such an agreement or treaty. And this week, an intergovernmental body of the WHO held its first meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to draft a convention or agreement to prevent pandemics. Meanwhile, the United States is calling on the WHO to strengthen its international health regulations by the end of May.

Szapocznik, along with a growing number of global public health experts, is working to make this agreement a reality. With many of the same goals as the Lancet article, the 10-member panel now meets monthly to advocate for a global treaty. It includes a range of global health experts, such as its chair, Barbara M. Stocking, former chief executive of OxFam Great Britain, recent outgoing president of Murray Edwards College at the University of Cambridge, as well as president of the Ebola 2015 named by WHO. independent committee; Laura Chinchilla, former President of Costa Rica and current Vice President of the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid; Jane Halton, former Secretary of Australia’s Department of Finance and Department of Health and former President of the World Health Assembly, which governs the WHO; John Dramani Mahama, former President of Ghana; and Professor Maha El Rabbat, who was Egypt’s first female Minister of Health and Population and is currently Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum.

As the third anniversary of the pandemic approaches, the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the world, spawning variants in its wake. Szapocznik points to a patchwork of policies on containing the virus, as well as access to vaccines that differs across the world, as issues. These varied responses have now caused nearly six million preventable deaths, he said; Moreover, the economies of many countries have been harmed, he added. Having a global treaty could help the world contain outbreaks — through transparency, coordination, global data monitoring, sharing knowledge about vaccine manufacturing and accountability, Szapocznik suggested.

“Equity is needed not only in the distribution of common goods, like vaccines and medicines, but in the financing needed to prepare poor countries to respond effectively in the event of an epidemic,” the public health professor said. “No country alone can prevent the impact of a pandemic because viruses know no borders.”

Another impetus for the treaty: while the WHO is a vital resource for providing scientific advice and supporting countries’ preparedness for pandemic prevention, it cannot both support nations and simultaneously hold them accountable for their actions, concluded Szapocznik.

Yet a treaty or agreement will not come without difficult negotiations. While countries like Chile and many European countries fully support the idea, with the United States closing in on it, others, like Brazil and China, have opposed such a move.

“Everyone is focused on self-help now, but no country will be able to fully rebound until we dramatically reduce transmission around the world to prevent the emergence of new, more harmful variants,” said Szapocznik. “Some countries don’t want to see the big picture, but we all need to cooperate if we want to prevent the next pandemic.”

Finalists Announced for Dean of Fine and Performing Arts | Nebraska today


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has named four finalists for the position of dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Selected through a nationwide search, applicants will visit campus between February 28 and March 10.

Applicants will participate in multi-day interviews with various college stakeholders. Public presentations, each at 3:30 p.m. in the Steinhart Room of the Lied Center for Performing Arts, will be offered in person and via Zoom.

The finalists, listed by date of public presentation, are:

1st of March – Andrew (Andy) Belser, director and professor in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona. Participate via Zoom.

March 4 – Kern Maass, dean of the College of Music and Media and professor of design at Loyola University in New Orleans. Participate via Zoom.

8 March – Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of art history at the University of Vermont. Participate via Zoom.

March 10 – Christopher Marks, acting dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and professor of music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Participate via Zoom.

Additional candidate information, including Zoom links for virtual public presentations, resumes, and candidate evaluation forms, is available on the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Dean’s Research website. .

The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts includes the School of Art, Art History and Design, Glenn Korff School of Music, Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film, Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, and Mary Riepma. Ross Media Arts Center. Affiliated units include the Lied Center for Performing Arts and the Sheldon Museum of Art.

The Dean is the academic and administrative director of the college and will direct the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations that support the college’s mission and vision. The Dean is the public voice of the College, developing its reputation nationally and internationally and within the profession. The Dean reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor and works with fellow Deans and Campus Leaders in collaboration, support and commitment to the university.

Andrew (Andy) Besler

  • Interviews: February 28 to March 1
  • Public presentation: 3:30 p.m., March 1

Belser is director and professor in the School of Theatre, Film and Television and directs arts and medical initiatives at the University of Arizona, teaching at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and performance. He recently launched the “Stories Travel” project, engaging young people from regional Latin and Indigenous communities in film, sound and performance projects to help them imagine their stories as important components of potential college study and beyond.

Prior to Arizona, Belser taught in the MFA program at Penn State University and was founding director of the Arts and Design Research Incubator where he mentored artists, designers and scientists in researching and creating targeted arts and science projects for additional funding. and presentation in national and international venues.

As the principal investigator of “I Lookout for Child Abuse,” funded by the National Institutes of Health, Belser has written and directed films to educate child care workers. He created film and theater projects for a National Science Foundation-funded project to raise awareness of environmental and social concerns related to gas drilling in Pennsylvania. He was named a Penn State Laureate for his creation and national tour of a multimedia installation exploring intergenerational interactions. He was the founding artistic director of “The Gravity Project”, a professional theater company, an international performance research center and a new work incubator. He has directed theatrical works ranging from reimagined classics to engineered works.

Belser holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Theater from Grove City College, a Master of Arts in Theater from Villanova, and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Virginia Tech.

Kern Maas

  • Interviews: March 3-4
  • Public presentation: 3:30 p.m., March 4

Maass is Dean of the College of Music and Media and Professor of Design at Loyola University in New Orleans. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in public and private universities.

In addition to the roles of indefinite dean and associate dean, his other leadership roles have focused on program development, community engagement, implementation of campus-wide strategies, enrollment growth, curriculum, policy, assessment, intellectual property, industry partnerships and accreditation. His portfolio of different leadership scenarios and situations, including helping lead an institution through adversity, has given him a unique perspective on how to position himself, create value, and leverage creative practices across multiple contexts.

Beyond higher education, he founded his own furniture design business, which led to the exposure of his work both nationally and internationally.

He currently serves on the board of trustees of the University of Holy Cross, was president of the Furniture Society, was a member of the board of trustees of the Bienenstock Furniture Library and was vice-president of the furniture section of the ‘Industrial Designers. America Company.

Maass’ passion is to solve problems and create organizational buy-in to “Design Thinking” by decoding, communicating and using the process in daily practice. His success stems from “leadership and learning by doing,” which allows this process to resonate with every level of the business he engages with.

Maass holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation and a Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design, both from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio

  • Interviews: March 7-8
  • Public presentation: 3:30 p.m., March 8

Di Dio is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of art history at the University of Vermont. She served as interim chair of the Departments of Art and Art History and Music, as well as Associate Dean of Arts and Faculty Affairs.

A dedicated advocate for the arts, Di Dio led the creation of a new School of the Arts to better unite and strengthen these programs and carried out significant fundraising and stewardship that resulted in new faculty, grants and scholarships. studies, facility renovations, new equipment purchases and substantial funding for internships. She has increased the diversity of the Arts faculty, programs, curricula, and teaching approaches through a successful Anti-Racism Curriculum Initiative. She has also provided support to faculty with mentorship programs, trainings and a series of talks to create a more inclusive and supportive climate for faculty and students.

Di Dio is a specialist in Italian and Iberian Renaissance sculpture and has published five books (including two more to be published in 2022) and dozens of articles and essays. She has received major research grants from Harvard University and the Kress Foundation, among others, and has lectured at universities and museums across Europe, the United States and Canada, including including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.

Di Dio is a dedicated teacher-researcher and mentor and has received her institution’s highest award for excellence in teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Mary Washington College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers University.

Christopher Marks

  • Interviews: March 9-10
  • Public presentation: 3:30 p.m., March 10

Marks is acting dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and professor of music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He served as associate dean of the college from 2015-2021, overseeing a varied portfolio including academic affairs, research, student affairs and faculty affairs, and also served as interim director of the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film and school. art, art history and design.

His accomplishments as Associate Dean include redesigning and administering the Hixson-Lied Faculty and Student Scholarship Program, managing three new undergraduate degrees to final approval, developing a curriculum manual and a new faculty manual, supporting and promoting research and creative faculty activity, facilitating promotion and tenure processes, and coordinating advisory boards students.

Marks joined the Nebraska faculty in 2006 and has taught organ, music theory, and baroque performance practice. Before coming to Nebraska, he taught organ and served as an academic organist for seven years at Syracuse University.

As a performer and researcher, he was particularly interested in American organ music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His recordings include a three-volume series of organ music by American composer Seth Bingham.

He holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Richmond, a Master of Music in Piano and Organ Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music.

Fast forward to 2022: Introducing our Scholars in CTE Alumni


A 2015 Presidential Executive Order expanded the Presidential Scholars Award to recognize students based on outstanding scholarship, demonstrated ability, and achievement in career and technical education (CTE) fields. February is CTE Month, and in the spirit of celebrating the unique and valuable opportunity that CTE provides, we caught up with some of the 2016-2018 CTE Presidential Scholars to learn more about where their educational journey led them.

What is the common theme? These impressive individuals are taking the world by storm with their civic-mindedness and clear-headed career trajectory. Many attribute their strong CTE experiences to high school. Let’s take a closer look!

Joseph Fujinami | Class of 2016 | Architecture and Digital Design | Home: Hawaii

Joseph Fujinami leaning and partially seated on the arm of a chair

Meet Jose: Joseph, a Japanese-American architect, graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Joseph has helped Chicago’s transportation network, studied informal settlements in Madrid, won an honor for a project regenerating contemporary Athens, and interned at international architecture firm BIG. Today, he is pursuing graduate studies in urban design at Princeton University.

“Today’s rapid advances in technology, coupled with the onslaught of the pandemic, continue to drive a growing demand for specialization and adaptability within our workforce…so that our analog skills are Truly in tune with our technology-driven society, one must look to the early foundations of professional and technical education, such a foundation can only serve to amplify one’s passions to accumulate even greater knowledge and commerce.

Kendra Spire | Class of 2016 | Dairy Science and Global Resource Systems | Home: Wisconsin

Kendra Spier and a man standing and speaking in front of a class/group of people

Meet Kendra: Kendra graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in dairy science and global resource systems. She was elected by the faculty to represent her college as the student marshal at the start. After completing internships at dairy genetics companies, Spier joined URUS, a world leader in dairy and cattle genetic tools, as Global Development Education Coordinator. She is also coordinator of the cooperative development program-GENEX, funded by USAID.

Dalton green | Class of 2017 | Agricultural education | Home: Georgia

Dalton Green teaching group of young students outdoors

Meet Dalton: Dalton assisted in an effort to enable elementary agricultural education (AgEd) programs across Georgia. While attending the University of Georgia, he worked on developing the AgEd program and served as collegiate president of Future Farmers of America. Since graduating, he has worked for Ag America Lending, as a board member of the Georgia Young Farmers Association, newsletter editor of the Georgia Hereford Association, board member of administration of the Tri-state Cattlemen’s Association and conservation consultant. Dalton is pursuing a master’s degree in AgEd. He and his wife raise registered Hereford cattle.

Alkenly Ortiz | Class of 2017 | Architecture and construction technology | Home: Massachusetts

portrait of Alkenly Ortiz

Meet Alkenly: Alkenly earned a BS in Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with minors in Building and Construction Technology and History of Art and Architecture. Since then, he has completed two internships in the development of housing units for veterans. Today, Alkenly is pursuing his master’s degree at Boston Architectural College as a full-time student and works full-time as an architectural designer at ICON Architecture where he was exposed to nonprofit institutional work and affordable housing in local neighborhoods.

Zackery Love | Class of 2018 | Public Health and Politics | Home: Alabama

portrait of Zackery Love

Meet Zack: At the University of Washington’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, Zack promotes health on its campus and serves as a leadership coach for FCCLA, a career and technical student organization. As a representative at the World Ministerial Conference in Sweden, he shared his ETC experiences internationally. Zack believes his CTE experience positively enhances his personal, academic and professional growth. He intends to pursue graduate studies in health policy and law and serve as a U.S. official working on health policy.

Veena Thamilselvan | Class of 2018 | Public Health and Social Policy | Home: Michigan

Veena Thamilselvan standing in front of a colorful wall with various murals

Meet Veena: At Johns Hopkins University, Veena is pursuing a major in public health and a minor in social policy. A study abroad program in Uganda inspired her to join the American Public Health Association (she is currently co-chair of the external relations committee). During the pandemic, she worked to develop a network to support isolated seniors. She works at Baltimore Connect which aims to connect community organizations across the city, weave together resources and promote collaborations. Next year, she is starting a master’s program in public health and hopes to work for Doctors Without Borders.

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Maria Nicanor named new director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has named Maria Nicanor its new Executive Director.

Nicanor is currently Executive Director of the Rice Design Alliance (RDA) at Rice University’s School of Architecture in Houston, and will officially assume her new role, beginning March 21.

As executive director of Cooper Hewitt, Nicanor will oversee 86 employees, an annual budget of more than $15 million, and a collection of approximately 215,000. She will also lead the museum’s innovative exhibition programming, which includes a recently launched digital exhibition and strong educational offerings and programs. This includes the annual National Design Awards, which honor the best in American design across a range of disciplines.

“Maria has an impressive passion for design and a deep understanding of the impact it has on our shared future,” Lonnie Bunch, secretary of the Smithsonian, said in a statement. “His vision and leadership will help Cooper Hewitt reach even more audiences across the country and around the world.”

Nicanor has had a long career as a curator of architecture, design and historian.

Since becoming Executive Director of RDA in 2017, she has led an overhaul of the organization’s branding, programming and audience engagement. Most recently, she led a full transition to digital programming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to leading fundraising, operations and finance for RDA. Under his leadership, his team broke a fundraising record in 50 years of history.

She hopes to bring her passions and experience to her impending new role as head of Cooper Hewitt.

“Joining the Smithsonian family and building on the past successes of Cooper Hewitt provides the opportunity to bring together the three most important pillars of my career: design and architecture, public service and museum work,” said Nicanor.

“We cannot ignore that this is a particularly complicated period for museums in general at the moment. Not just what we do, but how we do it, for whom and with whom, are key questions for design museums to consider,” she continued.

Prior to her current role at RDA, Nicanor spent over a decade working in art museums and foundations around the world, including the opening of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid as its inaugural director. She also spent three years as a curator in the design, architecture and digital department of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

She also held several positions during her eight-year stay at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, including Associate Curator of Architecture and Urbanism and Co-curator of the BMW Guggenheim Lab project.

Nicanor is originally from Spain, born in Barcelona and raised in Madrid. She holds a BA in History and Theory of Art and Architecture from the Autónoma University of Madrid and an MA in Museum and Curatorial Studies from New York University.

Cooper Hewitt celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Founded in 1897, the organization has been part of the Smithsonian since 1967. Known for being inclusive, innovative and experimental, the museum’s dynamic exhibits, educational programs, master’s program, publications and online resources serve to inspire, educate and empowering people through design.

Who was Giovanni Bootsini? How the 19th Century Musician Revolutionized Double Bass Playing Forever


Who was Giovanni Bootsini?

Bottesini was one of the most influential musicians of the 19th century and a master of his craft. His instrumental virtuosity and consummate musicality eclipsed the achievements of his fellow artists and fascinated all who heard him; critical accounts of his performances around the world abound in superlatives and he has been dubbed the ‘Paganini of the double bass. He is now remembered primarily for revolutionizing perceptions of the double bass as a solo instrument, but he was also a prolific composer and respected conductor. While the rest of the world focused solely on his extraordinary prowess on his instrument, Bootsini devoted considerable energy to pursuing these other two interests, sometimes turning down solo engagements to concentrate on them.

What is the date of birth of Giovanni Botini

Giovanni Bootsini was born into a family of musicians in Crema, near Milan, on December 22, 1821. His father Pietro, a clarinetist and composer, was influential in the musical community of Crema, his uncle was a violinist and his three siblings were also musicians. Said uncle, Carlo Cogliati, began to teach Bootsini the violin at the age of four, but in 1835 financial pressure compelled his father to encourage the young Giovanni to audition for one of the two scholarships then available at the Milan Conservatory – one for bassoon and the other for bass. After only four superficial lessons on the latter, he won the scholarship and his progress under the tutelage of Professor Luigi Rossi was extraordinarily rapid.

But in 1839, he left the Conservatoire three years earlier than usual, not because he had already mastered the double bass, but to devote himself to composition, to which he felt irresistibly drawn. However, he did not give up the double bass and, thanks to a grant from the Conservatoire and a loan from a relative, he bought the mythical instrument Testore which would become his life companion.

When Is Giovanni Bootsini starting to perform?

His first public recital in Crema, in 1840, led to engagements around Italy and also in Vienna, where he was favorably if sardonically reviewed. ‘Giovanni Bootsini of Milan played with distinction insofar as one might call the double bass a solo instrument’, wrote one reviewer. However, not everyone was so skeptical, and his engagement as principal double bass in the Italian Opera Company for a tour of Cuba in 1846/47 put him on the path to stardom. The convincing virtuosity and musicality of his solo performances during the intervals of opera performances and at musical evenings and benefit concerts endeared him to Cuban society and, subsequently, to audiences in the United States. , in Mexico and South America, where his solo performances were highly anticipated. often ensuring full houses for the operas themselves.

Unlike the current format of solo recitals, Bootsini shared the platform with other distinguished musicians, each performing a selection of celebratory pieces. Among those with whom he often performed were fellow countryman Alfredo Piatti, then London’s foremost cellist, as well as distinguished violinists such as Henryk Wieniawski, Heinrich Ernst and Joseph Joachim. Other stage partners included tenor Sims Reeves and soprano Catherine Hayes, two of the biggest opera stars of the time. This shared recital format suited Bootsini well, and he maintained it throughout his career.

For his first appearances in the United Kingdom, in 1849, he played only two pieces: his Introduction, theme and variations on the Carnival of Venice, and Fantasy on themes from La Sonnambula. He gave around three dozen performances across the UK, and everywhere he went audiences and critics alike were amazed. ‘There is a breadth and a color in his adagio playing that brings him closer to the character of a great musician than all the eccentricity of his manipulation”, wrote the Manchester weather in one of many rave reviews. “He draws from this strange instrument a voice in which there is language and poetry, which the least cultivated ear can understand and appreciate.

How often did Giovanni Bootsini perform?

Bootsini gave up to three concerts a day and was seduced by adulation, often writing to his friend Paolo Rotondo, the amateur cellist, with tales of his triumphs. This success precipitated an avalanche of invitations to perform at prestigious venues and events, including Buckingham Palace, before the Tsar at the Russian Imperial Palace, the opening of the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool and concerts by the Royal Philharmonic Society. in London. He also took to the stage as double bass soloist and conductor in the Covent Garden Promenade Concerts, the brainchild of conductor and impresario Louis Antoine Jullien and precursor to what eventually became the BBC Proms.

In his recent book The Paganini of the double bass: Bootsini in Britain, Chris West chronicles Bootsini’s performances in the presence of royalty and prestigious concert halls from London to less glamorous provincial towns. Bootsini’s touring itineraries provide an intriguing picture of the complex musical infrastructure that existed in the UK in the 19th century and the taste with which classical music was embraced across the country.

On his second visit to the UK in 1851/52, Bootsini performed again Venice Carnival and Fantastic Sonnambulistbut added the Gran Duo Concertante on themes from I Puritani for cello and double bass – to play with Piatti – and the Grand Duo Concertante for violin and double bass, which he performed with his pupil Camillo Sivori. This last piece, a work of extravagant virtuosity in which the protagonists vie for technical and musical supremacy, proved enduringly popular, both during Bootsini’s lifetime and afterwards.

How did Giovanni Bootsini influence the double bass?

Bootsini revolutionized the playing of the double bass and transformed the public’s perception of it as a solo instrument. Solo compositions for double bass previously exploited only its orchestral register; Bootsini, on the other hand, greatly extended the range of the instrument through extensive use of thumb position and the most unique feature associated with his music: harmonics. His innovations greatly improved the expressive possibilities and also allowed the instrument to play music written for other instruments.

Fortunately, its publisher Ricordi persuaded him to write a method for the double bass, ensuring that future generations would benefit from his extraordinary insight and wisdom. His Complete method for double bass was first published in 1872 and is in two parts: The Double Bass in the Orchestra and The double bass as a solo instrument. In a succinct preface, he sets out his guiding principles for developing the complete musician: ‘Truth for Science; Beauty for Art; Usefulness for the student.

How many pieces has Giovanni Bootsini composed for the double bass?

Bootsini also composed 48 works for the instrument, including three concertos, a duo concertante for double bass with violin, clarinet and cello, concertante works with two double basses, duets for two double basses, a set of virtuoso pieces with piano, some with alternative orchestral accompaniments and an assortment of transcriptions including Bach’s “Air on the G String”. However, his interest in composition – which has never wavered – goes beyond the double bass, and his overall production exceeds 250 works, including 14 operas, the devotional The Garden of Olivesa Requiem to commemorate the death of his brother Luigi and even more orchestral, vocal, instrumental and, in particular, chamber music. Of his eight string quartets, his Third (in D major) won the Basevi Prize in Florence, and he also wrote four string quintets: one with double bass, one with two cellos, and two with two violas. His quartets are living works – stylistically and structurally reminiscent Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, they demonstrate perfect mastery of form. The quintets, to which is added a single additional instrument, marvelously magnify his creative flair.

Was he also a conductor?

And then there is Bootsini the driver. In the popular imagination, his greatest triumph was that in December 1871 he conducted the creation of Verdi Aida in Cairo. But there’s a whole lot more to his accomplishments with the stick than that. He was an ardent defender of Italian music and, to be recognized as an artistic leader, he understood the need to establish his reputation as a conductor. He had a vast repertoire and held many prestigious management positions, notably in Paris (where he gave the French creations of Verdi Rigoletto and The traviata), Cairo, Aix-les-Bains, Palermo and Madrid.

1871 was also important for the critical success of his own comic opera in four acts, Ali Baba, in London. Creation on January 17 at the Lyceum Theater, with Bootsini himself on the podium, it had a series of 20 performances. ‘How the performance was followed by a steady fire of applause,’ reported the The telegraph of the day; ‘how the encores were called for, how the artists were called with loud cries before the curtains, and how Signor Bootsini received as many “ovations” as there are acts in his opera, one cannot say it at length. Enough so that no work has ever had a more demonstrative reception than Ali Baba.’

Alas, just as he was gifted with the bow, the staff and the pen, Bootsini was also careless with money. He earned and spent vast sums, indulged in a passion for gambling, gave generously to the poor, and maintained homes in Cairo and Italy. When he died of cirrhosis on July 7, 1889 – shortly after taking up the post of director of the Parma conservatory on the recommendation of his lifelong friend Giuseppe Verdi – he was practically penniless.

When did Giovanni Bootsini die?

Giovanni Bootsini died on July 7, 1889

How do we remember Giovanni Bootsini?

Bootsini’s legacy as a double bass player is unquestionably assured. His compositions dominate recital programs around the world and remain the standard by which all budding virtuosos are judged. Yet his accomplishments as a composer and conductor are yet to be fully appreciated. We hope that the celebration of its bicentenary will help to revive interest in the musical richness that is his heritage.

A key to getting back to normal is paid sick leave, say Democrats


Yet the United States remains one of 11 countries, and the only wealthy country, without federally paid sick leave. During the pandemic, most wealthy countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development have temporarily extended their sick leave to cover people in quarantine and the self-employed, and to exempt employers from paying for sick leave themselves.

In March 2020, the start of the pandemic, it was the first time the United States offered full paid leave. The program expired in December of the same year. It gave two weeks to workers who were sick or needed to look after someone who was, and 12 weeks to look after children whose schools were closed. Employers were fully reimbursed in the form of a payroll tax credit.

The furlough excluded more than half of workers in the private sector, including those in companies with more than 500 workers and many small businesses. Even so, there was evidence it slowed the spread of Covid. A study posted in Health Affairs compared new Covid cases in states that already had paid sick leave with those that had gained it thanks to the new law. After adjusting for factors such as testing and lockdowns, they estimated the new furlough prevented 15,000 cases a day at national scale. Another study, by Kaiser Family Foundationfound that paid sick leave increased vaccination rates.

“High-quality data clearly show that infection declines when workers have access to sick leave,” said Nicolas Ziebarth, an economist at Cornell who was one of the researchers in the first study. “It prevents contagious workers from coming to work.”

Democrats have long called for permanent paid leave for a variety of reasons, including illness, a new baby and family care. Initially, President Biden’s big social spending bill called for 12 weeks of furlough. But that plan didn’t get enough support in Congress, including from Republicans.

For now, Democrats have scaled back their ambitions to focus on a temporary program providing emergency Covid leave. They hope this smaller version is more likely to get Republican votes. The first round of Covid paid leave, in 2020, was passed under President Trump with bipartisan support.

The US Chamber of Commerce does not support adopting paid leave amid a crisis, said Marc Freedman, vice president for employment policy, and opposes the use of a measure funding to achieve this, rather than debate in Congress as a stand-alone policy. .

IELTS: how the pandemic has hit candidates


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test to check the English skills of non-native English speakers. The test is accepted as one of the main eligibility criteria for international students and people wishing to migrate from non-English speaking regions to other countries.

It started around 40 years ago and was designed by English experts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA.

Types of IELTS

IELTS is available in two formats: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

Academic IELTS

IELTS Academic has been developed for those seeking to study at university or college as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, or wishing to join or enter a professional institution. The organizing authorities boast that this test is accepted by nearly 11,000 organizations in more than 140 countries.

Educational institutions usually have a minimum score (on a scale of 1 to 10) that they require of international students when evaluating their applications for admission.

General IELTS training

This test is generally applicable to people trying to migrate to English-speaking countries from non-native English-speaking regions. It is also sometimes required for entry into secondary education, a college or a teacher training centre.

IELTS test sections

The IELTS test has four sections: Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. While the writing and reading sections are different from the academic and general tests, the speaking and listening tests are almost the same for both types of tests.

Changes due to Covid-19

Although there were no major changes in the content, structure, scoring or security of the test, there was a slight change in the speaking part of the exam. “Previously, the exam was always in person and the examiner used to discuss a topic with the student and mark them on it. However, sometimes a student’s speaking test is conducted through a video call. Video call timings are communicated to the student when the test location details are emailed to the student,” Parul Mittal, Director, International Placewell Consultants Pvt Ltd, told indianexpress.com.

“Additionally, the speaking test has quick questions where, during discussions, the examiner can ask quick questions and the student must answer them quickly,” Mittal added.

This is part of launching an online exam. This gave “students the option to take the test at home or wherever convenient. The new online test will be delivered through a specially designed platform with security features to ensure the integrity of the test,” Lucia Figar, President and CEO of The Global College, Madrid, Spain told indianexpress. com.

However, applicants should keep in mind that not all universities accept the IELTS indicator, which is the online or “home” version.


The Covid-19 pandemic has caused some setbacks for IELTS candidates and organizing authorities. However, the organizers did their best to find solutions. “The pandemic affected test takers for a brief period due to restricted movements and the temporary closure of testing centers. Given the importance of the test in an applicant’s study abroad process, we wanted to find a solution that would still allow them to take the test during the pandemic,” said Piyush Kumar, Regional Director (Asia du Sud), IDP Education at Indianexpress. .com. “We have launched the IELTS Indicator, an online test for study abroad applicants that could be taken from the comfort and safety of home during these trying times. The academic test was available for a limited time while the IELTS test was suspended in its standard formats due to COVID-19.

In India, many candidates relied on IELTS coaching courses, especially in the northern region of the country. However, as Covid-19 spread across the country and shut down all educational institutes and coaching centers, IELTS coaching tutorial also took a hit.

“The pandemic has certainly caused some hiccups in preparing students for IELTS. Before the pandemic, IELTS coaching centers had large groups of students and helped them prepare,” said Mittal of International Placewell. “However, with the lockdown, coaching has slowly moved online. Most IELTS coaches now give online group or individual lessons. The advantage is that it saves the student’s travel time. Additionally, students living in small towns can now be taught by IELTS coaches based in metropolitan cities without having to travel,” she added.

Panchkula IELTS trainer, Haryana told indianexpress.com on condition of anonymity that many of his students at his institute have returned to classes after a gradual reopening but their “skills have gotten worse”.

“You have to practice every day and that too in the presence of an expert. This is especially important for people who come from rural areas. However, with the Covid shutdown, many students lost this practice and it prevented some of my students from passing the exam this time. While some have been knocked out, some need more practice now,” he said.

Masks, a brake on learning: “Children of the pandemic find it more difficult to speak”


Nonverbal communication is the oldest form of human communication. Even before we learned to express ourselves with words, bodily expression was the main tool for conveying an emotion, an order or a warning. It was in fact a crucial cognitive process without which the transition to verbal language would not have been possible. Now, after two years of a pandemic in which masks have become the main face accessory, the effects it causes in the learning of the little ones interacting with a half-covered face.

From birth, a child begins to imitate the actions, gestures and even emotions he sees in others, through those who are baptized as mirror neurons by its discoverer, the Italian neurobiologist Giacomo Rizzolati, in 1996. What we have seen over the past two years is that the mask is an obstacle in this channel which extends between two people, in this case between a child and an adult, which involves the risk of delaying the learning or development of a language at a key age.

“We see that the children of the pandemic, those who are now two or three years old, they find it harder to start talking and, if before the development of the language was already consolidated at two years, now we see that it is delayed at three”, he explains to 20 minutes, Sylvie Perezprofessor at the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).

However, Pérez insists on not attributing everything solely to the pandemic, since it is a trend that professionals have already perceived since before the health crisis. “We have already started to see it because there are few discussions with the children, there is a lot of communication with screens and images, etc. And I think that a job that we could have done precisely , because we have already felt it, has broken, ”says the psychologist and also a teacher in a school.

the lost phrases

Joy, surprise, sadness, anger, fear… There are more than forty facial muscles that stimulate facial expressions. Expressions that now hide and often get lost behind a mask. “It prevents the child from seeing the other person’s mouth. Although they do not wear it, because if they are under six years old it is not necessary, they lack adult models. The normal thing is that they copy the movement of the lips or the tongue while speaking, and now they don’t see all that. So they copy the words from what they hear, but not from what they see,” says Pérez.

In addition, it must be taken into account that the youngest children have only seen the majority of adults with a mask and have no memory of a different context. “All the reference adult figures who are not the parents were seen with a mask. I saw how they even drew people wearing masks or when they showed a movie in class they told you in amazement that it was something old”Perez said.

“All reference adult figures who are not parents were seen with a mask”

This, ultimately, also hinders the work of the teachers themselves, who manage to adopt strategies that reduce this effect. “They don’t see the expressiveness of your face, they don’t listen to you as well, and they can’t read your lips to learn. If you’re angry or if you’re happy, they don’t notice it the same way. When they cry and you go to them, they only see the eyes. To tell stories, for example, many times we put on a transparent screen and take off our mask, because if they don’t, they don’t understand you the same way,” he says. 20 minutes Christina EarthPreschool teacher in a school in Madrid.

“Teachers also learned strategies, like vocalize more, speak more slowly, move around, pick up objects or use visual aids. I think at the beginning it was more difficult for them to understand us, ”explains Pérez, assuring that the little ones are starting to adapt.

A reversible problem

However, it is not something permanent or irreversible. “It’s salvageable. he has a solutionbut you have to be aware of it, ”explains educational psychologist Sylvie Pérez.

“Yes, it’s true that it’s something that especially harms those who already have a previous learning problem, but Nor is it necessary to convey the message that masks are bad or that this is a lost generation, Well, that’s not true,” he said. Quique Bassat, epidemiologist and coordinator of the working group on the reopening of the school of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics (AEP). The pediatrician recognizes that, especially for the youngest, it has been “an additional barrier” which “has not helped them at all”, so he defends that removing the mask “gradually” will help them return to normal.

“It’s recoverable, it has a solution, but you have to be aware of it”

Bassat advocates removing masks also inside classrooms, now that the pandemic situation is far from that of the first months. Moreover, it ensures that the case of the schools can be monitored and used as “starting point” for carrying out a “multi-level strategy” through which to remove “little by little” the masks.

A shield against teenagers’ lack of self-esteem

We should also not ignore the effects that using masks can have on older children. “We find that now that the masks can be removed in the yard, there are many children who do not take it off. As soon as we do a physical activity, or theater, or in short an outdoor activity in which the masks could be removed, there are many students who do not remove it”, explains teacher Sylvie Pérez.

According to him, many children, and especially adolescents with more social difficulties or who tend to isolate themselves, have turned to masks as a tool to protect against any insecurity. “It’s a bit like children who always wear a balaclava or a cap. The mask did not cease to be a barrier in relation to the environment which made them feel good”, highlighted.

Although this is an effect that likewise does not attract much attention, Pérez insists that it must be taken into account so that school psychologists and teachers can work on areas of reinforcement such as acceptance of one’s own image. “It’s about self-esteem and it gives you a sense of protection.; but not of health (there are also those who have been very aware of this aspect for having suffered difficult situations in their environment) but of refuge in their relationships with others”, he concludes.

Ferran Torres returns to face former club Valencia as Barcelona aim for top 4


Barcelona travel to Valencia in a Spanish league game wedged between their Europa League draw with Napoli. Xavi Hernández’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by the Italian side in their first leg of the qualifiers this week, when Barcelona wasted several scoring chances at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona need a win at the Mestalla stadium to restore their fourth place in the league after Atlético Madrid and Villarreal took the lead on Saturday. Barcelona defenders Gerard Pique and Dani Alves are both suspended for the game.

On Sunday, Ferran Torres and Ilaix Moriba will face their respective former teams. As they reunite with their former clubs, take a look at five people who have represented both Barcelona and Valencia.

David Villa

Few players manage to become legends at two different clubs, but that’s exactly what David Villa did at Valencia and Barcelona. The Asturian striker landed at Mestalla in 2005 aged 23 and netted 129 goals for the club over the next five seasons, becoming the club’s fifth-highest goalscorer in history.

He was long linked with a move away from Mestalla and eventually moved to Barcelona in 2010, the summer in which he played a starring role as Spain won the World Cup in South Africa. If success came to him fast and quickly at Valencia, it came even faster at Camp Nou where he won the LaLiga Santander title and the Champions League in his debut season.

Jordi Alba

Jordi Alba may have graduated from Valencia’s academy, but he actually started his footballing education at Barcelona. La Masia academy. After being released by the side in the Catalan capital, he moved to Cornellà and then Valencia, where he broke into the first team as one of the most promising wide players in world football.

After three very impressive seasons in the Valencia first team, during which he mastered the transition from left-winger to left-back, he was bought by Barcelona and has been flying down his left flank with great success ever since.

Paco Alcacer

Paco Alcácer played at Valencia before moving to Barcelona in 2016 and spending two seasons in Catalonia. Born in the suburbs of Valencia, Alcácer joined his boyhood club’s academy as a lad and rose through the ranks before making his first-team debut aged 17. He went on to score 43 times in 124 appearances, earning the club captaincy. , before joining Barcelona.

At Camp Nou, he managed a very useful minutes-to-goal ratio of one strike every 153 minutes and helped his team win back-to-back Copa del Rey titles and a LaLiga Santander championship.

Gaïzka Mendieta

Retired Spain international Gaizka Mendieta made a name for himself at Valencia, representing the east coast club from 1992-2001, including winning the 1999 Copa del Rey and scoring one of the tournament’s best goals in the final against Atlético de Madrid.

From there, the Basque-born player became the most expensive Spanish player of all time when he joined Italian side Lazio before returning to La Liga with Barcelona on loan.

Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes made his way to the Premier League via Valencia and Barcelona. The Portuguese midfielder moved from Benfica to Valencia in the summer of 2014 and enjoyed two impressive seasons with Los Che.

After winning Euro 2016 with Portugal, he signed for Barcelona later in July and spent two years at Camp Nou, winning four trophies before heading to the Premier League.

Ronald Koeman (as coach)

The former Barcelona manager is a club institution, having starred in Johan Cruyff Dream Team in the early 1990s and scored the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final. After retiring at the turn of the century, he was long touted as a future Barcelona manager, but it was with Valencia that he made his first foray into La Liga management.

Koman took over at Mestalla in 2007 with the club in institutional turmoil, but still led the team to the 2008 Copa del Rey title in his only season at the club. Twelve years later, the Dutchman finally took charge of Barcelona, ​​once again leading the club to a Copa del Rey title in his first season in the role.

Sacyl opens the door to medical students in Ukraine


Sacyl has decided to offer students from Castilla y León who are studying in the medical universities of Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to return to the Community to be able to continue their studies until the resolution of the conflict with Russia. Sacyl has already contacted the two faculties of medicine, Salamanca and Valladolid, whose rectorates have agreed to collaborate to prevent these young people from seeing their training paralyzed.

At the moment, the number of students who could take this step is unknown, since the process has just begun, according to sources Ical of the Ministry of Health, whose training department has already contacted the consulates in order to find out how many the young people of the Community study in these countries and what would be the necessary requirements to be able to homologate this training. In addition, it has launched a message on its social media profiles to reach potential stakeholders, who can contact those responsible for the program by email [email protected]

The University of Salamanca and the University of Valladolid are working on the most appropriate formula so that the homologation certification does not remain in limbo. To do this, they will analyze on a case-by-case basis the study plans of the universities of origin, as well as the subjects that these students have studied, they even envisage being able to articulate a program to use an Erasmus, with a “circumstantial character for something exceptional, ”explains to Ical the dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Valladolid, José María Fidel Fernández Gómez.

“This is a very special situation, for which you have to choose the best system. An Erasmus-type program would be completely legal and would allow these students to be welcomed because of a glassy situation of which we do not know where it will lead us”, explains the dean, who welcomes this initiative to help “co -nationals”. to avoid problems in their training.

Although there are no closed dates for the “welcoming” of students, Fernández Gómez is convinced that decisions will be made quickly and that students will be able to be in the Community in a few days, in March, since the second semester has already started and thus avoid missing the training. days.

Regarding the availability of places, he adds that in theoretical education there are no problems of space, since there will not be too many students and “where two eat, three eat”, and in the case of internships, Sacyl has promised to put all the means they can be trained.

study in ukraine

The more than high cut-off marks (13,121 out of 14 in the case of medicine at UVa and 12,952 at Usal), the high demand for these studies by students in Spain, as well as their educational quality, mean that many Castilla y León students find themselves without a place and have to go to other communities, to private universities and, also, to other European countries, in the case of Ukraine and those three Baltic countries where “nothing is given to them”.

Its universities have a “very high quality” education and allow them to develop a career in English, which Fernández Gómez considers “great value and which gives students a future more open to the world”. Of course, this is training that “isn’t cheap”.

“The training they receive is very good; they are universities with a certain military aspect; very organized. They don’t give them anything for free and they train them very well, which is what we all want: well-trained doctors. Some will stay, some won’t; but it opens many doors for them, in Spain, where they can pass the MIR, and in other countries like the United States, where the test is very demanding, but they have the advantage of having studied six in English”, concludes Ical, Dean of the Faculty of Grape Medicine.

Consequences of single district

Currently, less than a third of the first year students of the medical degree at the University of Salamanca (Usal) are from Castilla y León, a percentage much lower than the 67.7% of the same degree of the public establishment of Valladolid (Uva).

At the Faculty of Salamanca, only 31.7% are students from the Community. This is the lowest figure for years. Castilian and Leonese students occupy 57 of the 180 places in the first year. The percentage of Community students in recent years at Usal was around 50%. The past, for example, was 41.8% while in 2019-20 it was 49%. According to enrollment data from the University of Salamanca, one would have to go back to the 2013-2014 and 2011-2012 academic years to find so few students from the university districts of Castilla y León, with 35.4 and 36.6 respectively. %.

On the contrary, the high rate of enrollment of students from the Community this year in the first medical course at UVa is surprising. The 67.7% of students in one of the provinces of Castilla y León is well above the average of 50% in recent years. Out of a total of 192 places offered in this course, 130 are occupied by young people who have completed their Baccalaureate studies in the Community. They are followed, by far, by the 21 Andalusian students, who represent 10.9%. The list is completed by Madrid (seven); Cantabria, Catalonia and Galicia (six, in each case) and Valencia (five), among others.

Sánchez delivers Catalonia ‘minimum living income’ and government thinks transfer ‘rare’


The Generalitat and the Government have made progress in transfers to Catalonia, for the management of scholarships and minimum living income or infrastructure historically requested, but they disagreed on the scope, which the government considered measures “timidwhile the Central Executive describes them as “historic”.

The Bilateral State-Generalitat Commission met this Friday at the Palau de la Generalitat, seat of the Catalan government in Barcelona, ​​with the Minister of the Presidency, Laura Vilagra, and the Minister of Territorial Policy and Government Spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, at the head of the two delegations.

The Catalan delegation also had other ministers such as digital policies and the vice-president of the government, Jordi Puigneró, or the economy, James Giron, as well as the government delegate in Madrid, Ester Capella.

On behalf of the Government, the Secretaries of State Alfredo González (Territorial Policy), Héctor Fernando Izquierdo (Relations with the Courts) and Xavier Flores (Infrastructure), as well as the Government Delegate in Catalonia, Maria Eugènia Gay, participated with Rodríguez . others.

The meeting made it possible to put some preliminary agreements on track, such as the one relating to the future transfer to Catalonia of the Minimum Vital Incomea non-contributory benefit that works alongside the guaranteed citizenship income offered by the Generalitat, whose intention is to move towards an integrated management of the two benefits.

The creation of three technical notebooks was also agreed to transfer the management of scholarships for students, for school insurance and for the economic modules of the judicial bodies.

The Generalitat will also recover the forest estates of Arnui, El Vilar and Montsià, but above all two infrastructures that have historically been in demand: the meteorological observatory of the Home Tutorial and the Xerta-La Sènia irrigation canal; in addition to seven wastewater treatment plants and a civil registry building in Barcelona.

Likewise, the transfer of the B-23 motorway and an investment of 20 million euros by the government have been agreed, which will allow the creation of a bus lane to access Barcelona; but instead it was not possible to close the change of ownership for the B-30 and work will continue to reach this agreement later.

But despite these agreements, the press conferences that followed showed the differences between the two executives as to their scope.

From the Catalan government it was considered that “progress has been made in the relevant issues, as minimum living incomebut timid progress has been made on other important files”, declared the Minister of the Presidency.

We need tangible and broader results. Trust is based on results“, said Vilagrà, who however celebrated the unblocking of the “historic claims” of Catalonia.

More critical, however, was the Catalan vice-president, Jordi Puigneró (JxCat), who went further than Vilagrà (ERC) in the harshness of the results of the meeting: “There has been little progress, insignificant and too slow. If this is the painting in which the PSOE puts the main emphasisit is obvious that this is not enough,” he said.

Puigneró warned that “there is a risk that this type of meeting will end up being only bilateral photos“, regretting that only” commissions and working groups “are agreed. “I have the impression that transfers circulate in Cercanías: very slowly and very late,” he quipped.

For the Catalan vice-president, this meeting is “proof that Catalonia is still not a priority for the OSP governmentE”, and he estimated that if so, he would go to the management of Cercanías -which he put on the table in the meeting-, the airport or the “transfers that have l ‘look good’.

On the other hand, the Government’s assessment is diametrically opposed, qualifying the agreements as “historic, important and very positive for Catalonia“said Isabel Rodríguez.

“It is not a perception, it is a verifiable fact. We have achieved a breakthrough in competence that has not happened for more than a decade, ”said the minister and spokesperson for the executive of Pedro Sanchezvisibly satisfied.

Rodríguez wanted to especially thank “Vilagrà and all his team” for the work carried out “over the past six months” and stressed that she had also “spoken in the same terms, in historic agreement”, but avoided d evaluate Puigneró’s criticism: “Perceptions are one thing, which I respect, and the VP can have his, and reality is another.“.

In any case, the Minister celebrated the “resumption of dialogue, normality and affection, as well as progresswhich were highlighted in the bilateral. “We are living a particularly important moment,” she condemned.

Melania Trump’s charity offer is rejected, a decision she calls “political”


WASHINGTON — An Oklahoma school specializing in teaching advanced computer skills has rejected a donation offered by Melania Trump, who said Friday that “politics got in the way of my mission to support children.”

Ms Trump revealed the conflict with the school in a statement defending her charitable fundraising efforts since leaving the White House, which she says focus on supporting foster children.

Mrs. Trump did not name the school she said rejected her donation, noting only that it was “a Silicon Valley-based school of computer science with a campus in Oklahoma.”

That fits the description of an organization known as the Holberton School, a San Francisco-based education company with more than 30 schools worldwide specializing in computer training as an alternative to traditional college for young people. students who wish to become software engineers. It opened a location in Tulsa, Okla., in 2020.

Julien Barbier, the general manager of Holberton, confirmed on Friday that Mrs. Trump had tried to donate money to the Tulsa school.

“We were approached about a scholarship by his team but we never came to an agreement on the logistics of the scholarship,” he said, declining to discuss the matter further.

Ms Trump said she had offered to make the donation anonymously, with the money intended to support scholarships. She said she had signed an agreement detailing the expected contribution when the school decided to reject it, which she said was part of an effort to “cancel me”.

“It was made clear to me that the school board staged a politically motivated decision,” Ms. Trump said in her statement, which was posted on her website on Friday. “Obviously I was disappointed but not surprised. This is not the first time that politics has stood in the way of my mission to support children.

She added that this was at least the second time her efforts to support a charitable cause were rejected, saying a “business partner turned down the opportunity to further our shared philanthropic goals surrounding my visit to Africa”, which has took place in 2018. She provided no further details.

Since December, Mrs. Trump has accelerated her efforts to raise or earn money – for herself and for charitable causes – by hosting an online auction last month to sell a white hat she had worn at the White House during a visit by the French president in 2018, as part of what she called the Head of State’s collection.

She also recently announced plans to host what she called an “exclusive high tea” she calls Tulips & Topiaries, selling tickets up to $50,000 for “VIP table sponsors.” The money raised at the event, which is to be held in Naples, Florida, in April, would be at least partly donated to a cause that supports children in foster care or leaving foster care. , said Mrs. Trump.

The money, she told The New York Times in a statement this month, would be used “to provide children in the foster community with the opportunity to obtain entry-level jobs in the technology”, resembling the mission of the Holberton School.

But the planned event in Florida has prompted questions from officials investigating whether Mrs. Trump has complied with state law. Florida requires anyone soliciting charitable donations to register with the state, and officials could not find a registration filed in Mrs Trump’s name or the programs she said she was collecting for. funds, called Be Best and Fostering the Future.

In Friday’s statement, Mrs. Trump said she had no plans to start her own formal nonprofit, registered with Florida or the federal government.

Instead, she said, the money raised from the April event would go to Gen Justice, an existing nonprofit also known as Generation Justice that uses legal action to try to improve the foster care system in the United States. Ms Trump also said she worked with a conservative nonprofit called the Bradley Impact Fund, which screened the foster-related charities she intended to support. Both organizations are registered in Florida to collect charitable donations.

A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees charitable giving in the state, declined to comment on the investigation Friday.

“As the investigation is still ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time,” agency spokeswoman Erin M. Moffet said Friday.

Mrs. Trump, in a series of public statements, said she followed all state rules.

“The media has created a narrative in which I try to act illegally or unethically,” his statement said on Friday. “This portrayal is simply false and negatively affects the children I hope to support. Those who attack my initiatives and create the appearance of impropriety are literally dream killers. They have quashed children’s hopes and dreams by trying to cancel me.

Mrs Trump’s money-making efforts have only intensified in recent weeks as she announced a partnership with Parler, the conservative social media site, to use the platform to promote her sales in line.

She disclosed on Talk This Week a plan to sell what she calls the POTUS TRUMP NFT Collectionwho features a virtual work of art known as a non-fungible token, or NFT, on USAmemorabilia.com, a website she is creating.

A total of 10,000 NFTs will be sold for $50 each or possibly more, and will feature “iconic moments from President Trump’s administration, such as the 4th of July visit to Mount Rushmore and Christmas at the White House.” The sales will take place with cryptocurrency, Ms. Trump said, similar to the previous auction.

She did not say where the NFT footage would come from, but a former aide asked in a tweet if it was appropriate to sell photographs of White House events.

“Trump selling PEOPLE’s House archives?!!” writes Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to Mrs. Trump, who fell out with the family after a row over spending during Mr. Trump’s inauguration. “Is it legal? »

When asked if the NFT images Mrs. Trump will be selling are based on photographs taken by federal government employees, Mrs. Trump’s office said in a statement that “all images are copyright free and are within the domain of public”. It’s an apparent reference to a long-standing federal policy that the government’s “creative works” are not protected by copyright law, suggesting that she believes she has the right to use them and benefit from them.

Her statement did not mention whether the money raised from the sales would support her charitable efforts or would simply be raised by Mrs Trump and her business partners. Mrs. Trump also indicated that images of the virtual artwork she is selling – with names like Air Force One Platinum, First Lady Platinum and Mount Rushmore Platinum – would not be released publicly before being sold.

“Collectors will appreciate an element of surprise, as each NFT’s artwork is not revealed until after purchase,” the ad reads. “Of course, collectors can make multiple purchases to own the entire POTUS Trump collection.”

North Kansas City school honors slain Independence officer


SMITHVILLE, Mo. — A slain Independence Police officer will be honored Friday night.

Blaize Madrid-Evans will be inducted into the Smithville School District’s Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at halftime of the college basketball game.

The 22-year-old was shot and killed while responding to a call on September 15. He died just two months after graduating from the police academy.

He grew up in upstate Kansas City and graduated from Smithville High School in 2018. In high school, Madrid-Evans was an active member in outreach and service projects. After high school, he joined American Medical Response where he worked as an emergency responder for two years.

Madrid-Evans was an organ donor and donated a kidney to a fellow Springfield officer who was crippled in the line of duty.

The Smithville Education Foundation says Madrid-Evans exemplifies the Wall of Fame program. It recognizes and honors district graduates who inspire future generations.

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How a trip to Madrid revealed football history much closer to home


MADRID, Spain – When my flight took off for Madrid, I was expecting to visit my family and gather content for a “European football vs. American football” story.

I couldn’t have imagined what I would find.

A piece of home

The first task to accomplish? Gathering of stories.

With the help of fabulous colleagues, we discovered a campus of Saint Louis University in Madrid, which is home to international students and American students looking to gain experience abroad. This is where we met David Aldeano.

“I’m the football coach for Saint Louis University here in Madrid,” coach Aldeano said.

In a conversation that started in English and ended in Spanish, Coach Aldeano and I discussed a handful of different topics related to school, city culture and, of course, football. .

“Guys start at three or four here,” coach Aldeano said. “There is a [very intense] football culture here in Madrid.

He’s not wrong.

With academy systems scattered across the country, Spain is starting to produce some of the best talent in the world at a very young age. Barcelona, ​​a fixture in world football, currently have a 17-year-old Spanish midfielder named Pablo Martin Paez Gavira, or simply Gavi.

Football with SLU-Madrid

After a few minutes of interrupted conversation in English, Coach Aldeano and I switched to a conversation in Spanish, a more comfortable situation for him (and I did my best).

At this point, we’ve discussed the ins and outs of football at SLU’s Madrid campus.

Reality? Most athletes participate in the college club football system, with scheduled games and practices featuring competition from the surrounding area.

No scholarships. No contract. Just fun.

There is, however, an opportunity for some of Coach Aldeano’s top talent to play with more competitive competition.

Coach Aldeano explained how he sent four of his best athletes to compete with lower level Spanish clubs.

One such athlete is his club’s team captain, Fernando Monserrate.

European footballer

Monserrate was born in the city of Murcia, in southern Spain, before spending his “high school years” in England.

Football was part of Monserrate’s life from an early age, but he didn’t really start taking it seriously until just before his teenage years.

Soon this became an important part of his life, competing for academy programs in England before returning to Spain for university. In Spain, he started playing both for the SLU club team and for a professional club in Madrid.

“It kept things interesting,” Monserrate said. “For us, we had a very good team because luckily we had just a few players who had played at a high level in the past.”

But now he has put his sites on a different team.

The American dream

Last January, Monserrate booked a one-way ticket to St. Louis, MO, for its first semester at the main campus of St. Louis University.

Although school is certainly a priority, the Spanish footballer plans to try out for Billikens men’s soccer team this spring. He has already been in contact with head coach Kevin Kalish.

“It’s very competitive,” said coach Kalish. “Eventually we will take 20 to 30 children from the list.”

Just under 10 of those athletes have scholarships, giving Monserrate the opportunity to fill one of the other 10-20 spots. He believes his experience in Spanish and English football can be a great asset for the Billikens.

“The physical, I got used to it a lot in England… and then I learned a lot, tactically in Spain,” said Monserrate. “I think the United States is just one of those countries that does it a little bit differently.”

The NCAA allows 48-hour trials, a stark contrast to the weeks-long trials Monserrate said he endured overseas. Monserrate expects to have his trial next month once he recovers from a leg injury he suffered in one of his last away games.

Until then, the Spaniard will look to continue acclimatizing to life in his new home.

I’m settling in well. My classes are really cool. The campus here is amazing. It’s definitely a different world from Madrid,” Monserrate said. “I’m excited to start and start. The kind of real work starts now and we’ll see how it goes.

Taliban delegation meets EU and Persian Gulf officials in Qatar


MADRID, February 17 (Royals Blue) –

A delegation of the Taliban movement led by its acting foreign minister, Amir Jan Muttaqi, met this Wednesday with representatives of the European Union and the countries of the Persian Gulf in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Thus, between the talks it held, the delegation asked the European representatives this Wednesday to “relaunch the suspended educational process and cooperate in the field of Internet services so that Afghan students have access to online courses”, as report the Taliban. Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

On the other hand, the delegation discussed “the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, higher education, development” with senior Qatari officials, as well as “humanitarian aid and the granting of scholarships to Afghan students”, according to a communicated.

Regarding the talks that the delegation had this week with representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council, described as “positive” by both parties, the delegation called on the international community “to extend development assistance, in more than humanitarian aid, to positively change the country’s economic situation,” according to a press release.


“We underscore Afghanistan’s obligations in terms of human rights, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and express our deep concern over recent arbitrary arrests and intimidation,” the Ambassador said. European Union in Afghanistan, Andreas von Brandt.

Thus, he stressed that the delegation is committed to “opening school and university education to students”, both for girls and boys, as well as “respecting the Constitution and the laws in force and not adapt the constitution only in a consultative process with all sections of the population”. society.

In addition, the EU Ambassador to Afghanistan also indicated that the delegation will be responsible for “implementing women’s rights, including the right to inheritance”.

For his part, the European Union’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, indicated on his official Twitter profile that the European side is concerned “about the enforced disappearances and illegal detentions, and the ill-treatment inflicted to women by the police during peaceful demonstrations”.

“The EU reaffirmed the importance of unhindered access to humanitarian aid through NGOs and UN partners and respect for international humanitarian law,” he said, adding that in Afghanistan, there was “a lack of political representation and a systematic denial of the rights of women and minorities”.

“The EU remains committed to the people of Afghanistan and is providing €500 million in aid through the UN and NGOs focusing on food, health, protection, education and livelihoods . The two delegations agreed to continue the dialogue through physical and virtual meetings,” he said.


The delegation’s trip comes after US President Joe Biden released some $3,500 million in crippled Central Bank assets to facilitate humanitarian aid in Central Asian countries.

Biden’s executive order involves the United States first assuming partial “protection”, as described in the White House memo, of the approximately $7,000 million (6,100 million euros) in crippled assets of the Central Bank of the United States.

Of these, 3,500 million will go to humanitarian aid and the other half to a fund for the ongoing litigation of victims of terrorism in the United States, in particular the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Regarding this humanitarian aid, the Taliban Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday on its official Twitter profile that “it is totally unacceptable” that the money is in the name of humanitarian aid.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Johnson explained that President Biden’s speech on distributing the money was misinterpreted in the media and that a mechanism was being worked out. elaboration that would probably provide some of the money to the Central Bank of Afghanistan for their support,” he said.

Indeed, the Central Bank of Afghanistan has already recalled that these funds are necessary “to implement monetary policy, facilitate international trade and stabilize the financial sector” and that “the real owners of these reserves are the citizens of Afghanistan”. .

Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur denies being investigated for buying fake Covid-19 vaccination results


Alex de Minaur has categorically denied being investigated as part of a wider police investigation into an illegal fraud ring in Spain which sold fake Covid-19 passports.

Australia’s No.1 male tennis player appears on a list of suspected buyers but says he was connected ‘simply because I was a patient’ at the same Madrid hospital that Spanish police are investigating.

Players had to be vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption to play at the Australian Open in January, with the ATP confirming this week that only one male player in the top 100 was unvaccinated.

That player is world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who lost a legal battle to stay in Australia and compete in the Melbourne Grand Slam.

La Paz University Hospital, where de Minaur said he received his second dose of vaccination, is under intense scrutiny as part of Operation Jenner, which aims to uncover the organization behind the Covid plot .

Camera iconAlex de Minaur denies being investigated for buying fake Covid-19 vaccine results. Michael Klein Credit: News Corp Australia

The 23-year-old is one of many high-profile people, including actors, musicians, businessmen and athletes, linked to the situation – but not all have been named after him.

The police arrested 11 people accused of “forgery and use of forgery”, according to AFP, among the 2,200 who potentially illegally obtained Covid passes.

The ongoing investigation revealed that the group selling the fraudulent Covid results and passports was based in France.

The network reportedly offered several options to customers, including fake PCR results and Covid passes, as well as forged documents stating they were fully vaccinated at varying cost.

Spanish media organization Telemadrid first named de Minaur, who moved to Alicante when not competing in tournaments.

de Minaur refuted the allegations in a statement posted on social media.

“I wanted to write a quick message here to avoid any misunderstanding regarding a report in the Spanish media regarding my vaccination certificate,” de Minaur said.

“I received my first dose of the vaccine in London last summer, and the second at La Paz Hospital in Madrid.

“News came out today that the hospital is being investigated for providing falsified Covid certificates to some of its patients.

“I want it to be 100% clear that I received my second injection, that I have a completely valid, accurate and truthful vaccination record. Everyone around me, including my family, is fully vaccinated.

“I am in no way ‘under investigation’ as suggested and my name is linked to this story simply because I was a patient in the hospital (as thousands of others were).”

de Minaur contracted the virus in the middle of last year and subsequently withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics.

Age before app revolt galvanizes Europe’s older savers


MADRID: Aggravated by tricky financial applications, retired urologist Carlos San Juan got more than he bargained for when he launched a campaign for friendlier service from Spanish banks.

The 78-year-old launched a revolt dubbed “I’m old, not an idiot” online in late December and by mid-February had more than 640,000 signatures, forcing a change of course.

Now, Madrid has given Spanish banks until the end of the month to meet the needs of the elderly, with services such as withdrawing cash from ATMs or being able to operate remotely.

“I ask them to treat their customers with whom they make money with humanity and courtesy, regardless of age,” San Juan told Reuters.

Among the more than 9 million people over the age of 65 in Spain, who make up almost 20% of the total population, many have struggled to manage their finances since bank branches began to disappear from the main street.

The problems lay bare the disconnect between seeking profit through mass layoffs and meeting the needs of a section of the population struggling with cheaper channels.

San Juan says urgent measures such as face-to-face customer service during office hours were high on the agenda, before embarking on financial education.

Although the number of branches has more than halved since the 2008 financial crisis, Spain still has one of the densest banking networks in the world, with just over 45.5 outlets per 100 000 adults.

“It’s not a problem of a lack of branches, it’s that the banks are not helping (the) elderly people properly,” said Patricia Suarez, head of the Spanish consumer association Asufin.

The San Juan campaign has now spread to Germany, where almost 30% of the 83 million people are 60 or older.

Nicola Roehricht from the German National Association of Organizations of Older People is on a similar mission.

Roehricht travels the country, speaking to policymakers at conferences and seniors in their homes about the importance of making cyberspace more inclusive.

“We tell seniors, ‘Ask the banks to help you with your banking transactions.’ You shouldn’t be ashamed of having a smartphone and not knowing how it works. You have to introduce yourself and say, ‘I don’t understand not your weird English expressions. So help me,” she said.


While traditional banks in Spain, like Caixabank, have cut thousands of jobs to cope with ultra-low interest rates, those with a purely digital approach have been better able to weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spanish and Portuguese unit of Dutch bank ING said this week it had increased its return on equity (ROE) to 12% at the end of 2021, from 7.4% a year ago. This compares to an average ratio of 6.9% in the Spanish banking sector.

The ING unit said its cost of managing deposits, loans and investment products was around a third lower than the Spanish average, as it has only 1,400 employees in the Iberian Peninsula.

In digitally lagging Italy, older people can still find all the help they need at a branch, but as banks close outlets, trouble looms, union leader says FABI, Lando Maria Sileoni.

Italy’s biggest bank Intesa Sanpaolo, which plans to cut 22% of its branches over the next four years, has entered into a partnership to provide basic services such as bill payment at 45,000 cafes and tobacco kiosks.

And in Britain, the government is planning legislation to ensure the digital banking campaign doesn’t leave older people adrift.


In Spain, the president of the banking association AEB, Jose Maria Roldan, recently thanked San Juan for highlighting a “much more complex and more permanent problem than we thought”.

Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri, president of Spain’s largest bank by national assets, said a quarter of Caixabank customers over 70 used remote channels, compared to 85% in their 30s.

A draft document seen by Reuters from Joint Voluntary Proposals shows Spanish banks plan to expand OTC services, dedicate staff to interacting with older people and make apps more user-friendly.

Other top Spanish bankers, including BBVA chairman Carlos Torres, say tech exclusion doesn’t just affect older people, but is a matter of “digital skills”.

Santander, BBVA, Sabadell and small lender Abanca have recently announced that they will extend or have already extended cashier services in their networks.

But none plan to hire additional staff, which Asufin and Comisiones Obreras, the sector’s largest Spanish union, say could increase the workload of overstretched employees.

Antonio Luque Delgado, a bank worker for more than 25 years, said hiring would be key to solving this problem, especially after banks have cut 100,000 jobs since the financial crisis.

“When you force a 70-year-old to download an app, you know it won’t work. You know the customer will be back in the office the next day because they forgot the password, because they entered wrong,” Luque said.

For San Juan, the battle for inclusion has only just begun.

“This is not the end. Good causes fail due to fatigue, we will continue,” he said.

(Reporting by Jesús Aguado; additional reporting by Tom Sims in Frankfurt, Valentina Za in Milan and Iain Whiters in London; editing by Alexander Smith)

Trail Cam captures an intense mating conversation between Bobcats


Bobcats can be found in all contagious states in the United States except Delaware. I don’t know what they have against Delaware. But hey, I guess Delaware isn’t for everyone. California and Georgia have the largest populations of bobcats.

In Kentucky, where I live, you rarely see bobcats. You will sometimes see them scurrying down the road or up the shores and cliffs of lakes when boating. For the most part, they are very shy, elusive, and primarily nocturnal.

Get a better view of the Bobcats

With the growing popularity of trail-cams, we are able to observe their behavior more than ever before. I belong to a Facebook group dedicated to trail-cam videos. It was on this page that I saw this incredible video.

The video not only lets us hear the sounds the bobcats make as they court, but you also see their incredibly awkward body movements. You don’t know if they will fight or get along.

A bit the same tension between human couple. We all know that putting on makeup makes things more fun. MDR.

Unique Look at the Bobcat Mating Ritual

The Facebook page that originally posted the video, Center for Biological Diversitydescribed like this,

Vakentine’s Day, bobcat style: Communication is key. In this video, two bobcats negotiate a date via head howls, rapid tail twitches, and awkward pauses. The female is the gray cat and the male is the red (red) cat.

Thanks to Robyn Sloan for sharing these images with us!


I think this video is amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the slightest sound emitted by the bobcat. Robyn Sloan took some amazing footage with her trail camera. She has several other awesome videos of many different animals from her test camera, HERE.

What happens when mating begins?

According to Wildlife Rescue League,

During mating, the male bites the female’s neck, and since the female may change her mind, the male ends up with split ears. The noises continue until mating is complete. Males will seek out other females, but females will not tolerate males once the babies are born.

When is Bobcat mating season?

the National Zoo and Smithsonian Institute of Conservation Biology said,

They mark their specific territories to minimize confrontations with other bobcats. Bobcat mating season is mainly in winter, although mating can take place from November to August. Gestation lasts about 60 to 70 days, with an average of 62 days, and there are usually two to four kittens per litter.

Find more interesting facts about the Bobcats, HERE.

WATCH: Stunning photos of animals from around the world

From grazing Tibetan antelope to migrating monarch butterflies, these 50 photos of wildlife from around the world capture the stunning grace of the animal kingdom. The upcoming gallery expands sequentially from air to land to water and focuses on birds, land mammals, aquatic life and insects as they work in pairs or groups, or sometimes alone .

SEE: 15 animals you can’t own in Evansville

I got the idea after seeing a article by michelle heart with our sister station Townsquare Media, 107.9 Lite-FM in Boise, Idaho. She had discovered several animals that residents of this town could not own based on town codes she had found online, which got me thinking about whether Evansville had similar regulations. Obviously they did or this article wouldn’t exist. Chapter 14, Article 3, Sections 42 and 43 lists a long list of exotic pets that you can get into trouble with if local authorities find out. You can see the whole list at the city website. These are the 15 that I found the most interesting.

WATCH: 30 fascinating facts about sleep in the animal kingdom

UNM’s theater program presents original plays at sold-out Linnell Festival


The University of New Mexico Theater Program kicked off its spring performance lineup with this semester’s Linnell Festival of New Plays in which three original plays, created by students from the Master of Fine Arts program in playwriting -arts, were performed by undergraduate students at the X Experimental theater from February 9 to 13.

Every performance at the festival sold out even with guaranteed increased capacity for both nights of “The Eccentrics”.

“When you’re working on a piece with the same group of people for a while, it’s easy to focus on anything that needs improvement, and so the moment you put it in front of an audience and they see it with fresh eyes, you kind of rediscover it with them,” said Amy Yourd, author of “Remain in Light.”

“Remain in Light” is a Talking Heads-infused sci-fi comedy-drama about five aliens who party aboard a dodgy spacecraft while working on a mission for a space exploration project led by the mysterious ” management”. Yourd used the piece to explore the dynamic between young people united by the struggles of capitalism.

“I just discovered so much about how these characters existed when portrayed by actors,” Yourd said. “It really transformed the game so much and I learned a lot watching them go through that process.”

“The Eccentrics,” written by Steve Blacksmith, is a musical comedy set in 1999 about three young neurodivergents in a band called Jane’s Conviction. The band perform Christianized versions of popular rock songs to try to secure their place as their church’s house band amid fears of the coming rapture with the new millennium.

Growing up in the evangelical community in the 90s, it was important for Blacksmith to represent neurodiversity within a community that often did not accept them at the time.

Curtis Madden, a film student at UNM, starred in Penelope Hawkins’ “The Blood Vessel,” an absurdist satire of the wealthy that follows Madame Cart Blanc and her servant Libby as Madame invites in a host of other treacherous wealthy characters aboard a ship for a dinner turned deadly.

Madden didn’t find out about the auditions until the day, but was incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to perform after a year-long hiatus from acting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was so ready to get back to playing and I would have done anything, because being out there in front of people is what I love to be, and I wanted to be there again,” Madden said.

Hawkins said the experience of seeing his text performed and brought to life by the band was “like magic”. She is especially grateful to director Juli Hendren for her ability to direct distinct, stylized movements that brought a whole new layer of meaning to the text.

“The movement and the words – everything was in motion. It feels like you’re at sea with it, and it was powerful. I was really impressed with the way the actors…turned around and snagged things, and I just couldn’t believe she was able to provide them with a safe space to do that,” Hawkins said.

Yourd was very involved in the rehearsal process, attending every rehearsal and reshaping the play in response to the cast and director Leonard Madrid‘s interpretations of her character. Aside from a few meetings with cast members about proper portrayal, Blacksmith only saw one rehearsal of the show before opening night.

“Director Ray Rey Griego has said he really loves acting, he really loves bringing actors out and seeing where they go with their characters…and letting them make creative choices,” UNM film student Michael Madrigal and actor in “The Eccentrics,” said.

According to Madden, the rehearsal process was quite tight, especially since he contracted COVID-19 during the process and had to miss two weeks of rehearsal by a month.

“It was the shortest rehearsal process I’ve ever been through with a margin of months…and yet, it still went well and I felt ready by the time we opened, and the level of trust that the director put in all of us was really something I had never experienced before,” Madden said.

Overall, festival attendees were satisfied with the reception from the public. Madrigal, whose character interacts heavily with the audience in the play, said finally performing in front of large audiences made the show more “smooth” for their engagement.

“The actors were having a great time, and there was this really good sense of give and take between the audience – giving them the laugh and giving us to laugh, and that’s what a live theatrical experience is. supposed to be pretty much in my opinion,” Hawkins said.

Zara Roy is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @zarazzledazzle

Kylian Mbappé’s dream city


Wilfrid and Fayza Mbappé look at Kylian grow in Bondy. They saw every step he took from his run between his home and the Léo-Lagrance pitch, 200 meters away, to his move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Although these pitches are now artificial surfaces, when Kylian Mbappe was a youngster, they were dirt fields, and his neighbors say he spent hours in those fields every day, and there’s probably nowhere else he spent more time than there , before taking his first steps with Association Deportiva Bondy.

His family ties with the club and the city are strong. His father played there at the amateur level and was also a coach. His mother played handball for the same club in the 1990s, and it was Fayza who took Kylian there for the first time at only four years old. He stayed there until he was 14, when he left for monaco.

MbappeThe world was small. He played football, he went to school and he lived in a small neighborhood. He spent his days playing football in the street, and Kylian always held out a friendly hand to everyone he met.

“He didn’t hang out with his friends much,” said a childhood friend taylor at the Parisian. “His life was school, home and sleep. He knew he would get through this.

“He was determined to succeed, to get out of the neighborhood. It’s normal that he comes here now sometimes. He knows the street, the people, he made it here and it’s his home.”

Everyone in Bondy says the same thing, both on Mbappe and the region.

“We were trained by his father for several years,” said Rayan Yanga, another childhood friend of Mbappe. “His life revolved around his home, his school and football. The pitch was his favorite place and where he went the most.

“We played there and Kylian must have scored a thousand goals there. He lived on the land and could see it from his window. He was there every day and in the summer he trained there alone with his father.”

Bondy always follows Mbappe‘s life, with everyone taking an interest in it. This interest will sharply increase when he joins real Madrid.

“His parents always insisted on education,” said Mbappeis the former guardian Yannick Saint-Aubert. “Because it was difficult for him not to lose focus with football.”

next week with PSG against Real MadridBondy will be watching closely. Kylian will play, dreaming of turning a dream into reality. If he leaves PSG or not, Bondy doesn’t care, because he’ll never turn his back on where he came from.

Mbappé fresco in Bondy

Mbappé fresco in BondyNGEL RIVER

This week in COVID-19: Tufts and Boston-area colleges ease restrictions


As COVID-19 infection rates begin to drop in Massachusetts, Tufts and other Boston-area universities have eased restrictions on academic and social activities. These policy changes follow change public health guidelines and growing institutional efforts to restore normalcy to college campuses.

At Tufts, the frequency of testing was recently reduced from every other day to twice a week for all students. Unlike Harvard University, which now allows students who test positive to self-quarantine in their own dorms, Tufts continues to isolate people who test positive for COVID-19 in The Mods.

Tufts is also running spring semester abroad programs in Madrid, Paris, London and several other cities after relaunching the programs last fall. While classes and excursions remain in-person, one change in Tufts and non-Tufts study abroad programs is the change in living options. Students now have the choice of living in dormitories rather than with host families.

The university reported 19 cases on Friday and 135 in the previous week, with an average of 19.29 positive cases per day. This marks a slight increase in the average number of cases compared to the previous week. Still, cases remain significantly lower than they were at the peak of the omicron surge, when Tufts reported 245 cases from Jan. 18 to Jan. 24.

The number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts also continues to decline. The Commonwealth reported 2,913 new cases on Thursday, down from 7,066 the previous week. Massachusetts reached its highest peak since the start of the pandemic with more than 60,000 cases on January 10.

Fox Chapel Area teacher’s love of travel lives on in scholarship


Conroy Guyer, an English teacher in the Fox Chapel Area, traveled so often after retirement that he earned enough air miles to fly free on the supersonic Concorde from Paris to New York.

Guyer, who died in 2021, wanted to ensure his passion for exploration continued.

He bequeathed money to AFS USA for scholarships to travel abroad. The fund is specifically for students who are struggling financially and otherwise would not be able to travel the world.

“He really wanted to reach out to students who weren’t academically great and give them a chance to achieve something,” said longtime friend Tom Bajorek, who was responsible for designing the scholarship program.

Applications for a two-week trip to Spain this summer are open through Feb. 28 through Fox Chapel Area High School’s Counseling and Quest offices.

No Spanish language experience is required, but students will have classes in the morning to facilitate assimilation. Afternoon excursions will visit historical and cultural sites.

Bajorek met Guyer, a longtime Greensburg resident, nearly two decades ago and recalled his love for teaching, travel and conversation.

“He often traveled to New York, California, Europe and Australia,” Bajorek said. “He always wanted to share his love of travel with others, which is why the scholarship at AFS is so relevant.”

An avid theatergoer, Guyer loved the symphony and the Civic Light Opera, but avoided giving hoity-toity perceptions.

“He was a well-known patron of some of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh, but he always wore his baseball cap,” Bajorek said.

“Conroy and I were theater and dining buddies and would chat for hours over dinner, martinis and wine about the play or musical event we had just seen, or politics or life in general. One of the recurring topics was students and people who had difficulty achieving their life goals due to a lack of finances, status, or experience.

“He had a soft spot for students who didn’t necessarily do well academically, but had talent or a passion for something they wanted to pursue.”

Carol Huff, an AFS volunteer, said Guyer was a beloved teacher from 1965 to 1997 who always made time to talk with students.

He was known to wear cleats to give ample notice when walking the halls on smoking patrol, she said.

“He was a great storyteller and was kind to his students,” Huff said.

Her generosity will allow students to apply for a two-week adventure in Valladolid, a historic town north of Madrid.

Participants will explore palaces, castles and Roman ruins and practice talking at the table with a host family while tasting local cuisine.

“They will gain unique insight into contemporary global issues by volunteering with refugee children in the region,” Huff said.

Special excursions will be made to Salamanca to visit a 12th century cathedral and to the legendary Roman aqueduct of Segovia to see the Alcazar Palace. A visit to Madrid’s version of Times Square, Puerta del Sol, is also a highlight of the program.

“This is a unique opportunity to improve or start your second language skills, build lasting friendships and give back to the community,” Huff said.

For more details visit afsusa.org/programs/spain-global-prep.

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .

NSU tops latest ‘Webometrics Ranking of World Universities’


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February 13, 2022 10:29:52 PM

The first private university in Bangladesh, North South University (NSU) was ranked number one in the latest ‘Webometrics Ranking of World Universities – 2022’ among all private universities in Bangladesh and ranked fourth in the combined list of all universities public and private. universities in Bangladesh, says a press release.

The data comes from a report by Webometrics, a Madrid-based education and research organization located in the Spanish capital.

The organization published information on the ranking in its latest edition of January 2022.

Webometrics conducted this research activity with 31,000 ranked higher education institutions in more than 200 countries around the world.

Webometrics takes into account the teaching methods of each university, the impact of scientific research, the innovation and expansion of new technologies, the economic relevance and the social, cultural and environmental impact in the creation of this ranking .

Also, North South University has been ranked in the latest ‘QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2022’, becoming the only private university in Bangladesh to secure a place in this list of top 500 global institutions. NSU earned a 301-500 rank on the list.

NSU has been ranked in the latest ‘QS World University Rankings – Asia 2022’. North-South University has proudly held its undisputed place as the No.1 private university in Bangladesh and achieved a rank of 215.

NSU continues to consolidate its position as a leader in higher education in Bangladesh, the statement added.

Queen Letizia is a dream in an elegant floral midi dress in Madrid


Hollie Brotherton

If we could take a peek inside someone’s dress collection, it would be hard to find anyone higher on our list than Queen Letizia of Spain. From the fitted scarlet number she wore in January at the pale pink dress during her recent tour of Swedenthe 49-year-old royal is never wrong.

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Most recently, during a visit to Quironsalud University Hospital in Madrid, the mother-of-two stepped out in an elegant floral midi by Massimo Dutti. Featuring long dolman sleeves and a pussy-bow collar, she teamed it perfectly with camel Carolina Herrera suede heels and gold hoop earrings.


Queen Letizia looked stunning in Massimo Dutti in Madrid

Released in the 2019 collection, the midi dress is unsurprisingly sold out, but if you want to emulate its style, we’ve found a few lookalikes available to shop online now.

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With its balloon sleeves and midi length, this floral dress from Mango not only has a similar print, but also a matching silhouette. It has a flattering side slit and costs just £35.99.

Mango floral dress

Printed balloon sleeve dress, £35.99, Mango


Queen Letizia’s Massimo Dutti midi may be sold out, but the Spanish brand offers plenty of elegant dresses with simple and sophisticated cuts. We love this chain print midi dress paired with a leather belt to cinch you in at the waist.


Chain print shirt dress, £149.99, Massimo Dutti


Rixo’s printed dresses are iconic and this silk jacquard midi has batwing sleeves and a beautiful floral pattern, making it a great look-alike for Letizia.

Rixo floral dress

Rixo Stevie floral-print silk jacquard midi dress, £173, The Outnet


Complete the look with a similar, equally coveted shoe – the Christian Louboutin Kate 85 Suede Pumps in Beige.

Louboutin pumps

Christian Louboutin Kate 85 suede pumps, £545, Net-a-Porter


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NNY students on President’s list at Clarkson University | Education


NNY students on the President’s List at Clarkson University

The following students from upstate New York have been named to the President’s List for the fall semester at Clarkson University Potsdam.


Mark A. Fairchild, Psychology

Alexandria Bay

Colby David Herrington, biomolecular science

Black River

Eric Jiang, Aeronautical Engineering

Jakob Samuel Millich, financial information and analysis


Micheal Vittorio Caracciolo, Computer Engineering

Drake Allen Shorette, Applied Mathematics and Statistics


Nathan Allyn Morris, Computer Engineering


Jonathan P. Lehmann, Engineering and Management


Emily Elizabeth Locke, biomolecular science


Catherine Julia Monaghan, biology

Summer L. Scovil, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Natalie Ann Warner, environmental science and policy


Brynn J. Farley, Mechanical Engineering

Dylan T. Farr, Environmental Engineering

Raigan N. Morenz, Computer Engineering/Electrical Engineering

Elaina Mae Porter, environmental science and policy


Eliza Camille Hadlock, financial information and analysis

Hannawa Falls

Morgan David Busch, Computer Science/Mathematics

Elijah Francis Schechter, psychology


Garrett Austin Willard, Chemical Engineering


Lexis Jade Huiatt, biology


Skylar Rose Schmitt, biology

Alex Patrick Thomas, civil engineering


Nelson Bruce Dane, computer genius

Derek N. Pelkey, Electrical Engineering


Gavin Hunter Prevatt, Chemical Engineering


Logan C. Flynn, Global Supply Chain Management

Mercedes Lee Osgood, biology


Sydney Marie Jarvis, Biomolecular Sciences/Psychology


Conor Miller-Lynch, IT


Alexa Angeline McKee, biology


Emma Rose Bloom, civil engineering


Seth D. Anderson, Civil Engineering

Brandon Z. Bahr, biology

Noah Gordon Bohl, environmental science and policy

Rhiannon E. Clements, biology

Saanvi Dhaniyala, IT

Mary E. Donnelly, Biomolecular Science

Sarah Ann Kearney, Global Supply Chain Management

Sina Charlotte Lufkin, Humanities

Yacob Melman, engineering studies

Cameron M. Palmer, Computer Engineering

Maurice Péploski, physics

Romano Sergi, financial information and analysis

Zach Woods, Mechanical Engineering

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Ashley Marie Pyrda, Chemical Engineering


Maria Elizabeth Allen, biology


Vy T. Huynh, Aeronautical Engineering

Julia Rita Lavarnway, financial information and analysis


Paytan Douglas, communications

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Petition against the use of beagles Spanish drug trials collect 1.3 million signatures

The petition against the use of beagles in Spanish drug trials collects 1.3 million signatures. image: cruelty free international

Nearly 1.3 million signatures have been collected by a petition against the use of beagles in Spanish drug trials

An online petition against the use of beagles in experimentation by Vivotecnia laboratories in Madrid commissioned by the University of Barcelona (UB) has garnered around 1,300,000 signatures.

This initiative, which began a month ago, was the idea of ​​Ruben Garcia and Cristina Espinach, who together, on Thursday February 10, symbolically “delivered” the results of their change.org campaign to the facilities of the Science Park of Barcelona.

As the couple explained to the media, in a “symbolic” act, these signatures were delivered “by telepathy”, since no one from the laboratories or the UB wanted to receive them.

“Everyone turned a deaf ear, including this Thursday, the project managers, who did not want to receive us, or even confirm the receipt of signatures”, lamented Espinaca, while acknowledging the incredible number of signatories on their petition.

He added that he will only be satisfied when all dogs are freed from pharmaceutical experiments, for which, he pointed out, most puppies will eventually die.

“I found out about this case around Christmas and it didn’t let me sleep. I thought I had to do something. We called all the administrations with no response, we no longer know which door to go to, ”explained Espinaca.

Espinaca, motivated by the animalist cause, registered the petition on change.org without knowing that Ruben Garcia had also done the same a few hours earlier. After realizing this, they decided to join forces, which allowed them to collect 1,290,000 signatures around the world in just three weeks.

Although Espinach is aware that in certain circumstances animal testing is legal, she defends that “there are alternatives” with which the drug in question could be studied, for liver fibrosis.

“On top of that, it’s an experience at UB that we all pay for. The prestige of UB is at stake. I don’t know how it can lend itself to that, ”she denounced.

Given the controversy generated, the University of Barcelona reported on February 2 that, according to European regulations, before testing any treatment in humans, it is mandatory to carry out a toxicity study on two species of mammals, and it is imperative that one of the two not be a species of rodent.

This is why it is necessary to carry out the treatment with another type of animal – in this case, “beagle” dogs – to find out if it could then be tested on humans.

The Barcelona Science Park does not have a laboratory for this type of experimentation, which is why it launched a call for tenders for this part of the study, which was awarded to the Madrid-based company Vivotecnia.

Next March, the project will be carried out at Vivotecnia’s headquarters in Madrid, and in the first part of the study, the drug will be administered to six dogs, which UB has agreed to put up for adoption at the end of the study. .

However, they recognize that in the second part of the study “it will be imperative to carry out a study of the tissues of 32 dogs, by autopsy”.

“Currently, there is no known alternative method to the use of these animals that can replace the methodology of this type of research”, underlined the scientists of the Park and the university.

They pointed out that the Confederation of Scientific Societies of Spain recognizes that the use of animals is “a necessary practice to advance the study of treatments, surgical techniques or vaccines”, as reported 20minutes.es.


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The education platform Alterschool.travel closes a financing round of 1.7 million euros


Spain: Online education platform Alterschool.travel has closed a €1.7 million funding round to accelerate its growth and improve the level of professionalism in the vacation rental industry.

The round was led by investors Eneko Knöor and current Alterhome founders, brothers Patricia and Chema González, with bank participation in the form of Santander, BBVA and Bankia, and a number of anonymous minority investors and of company employees.

The training school, which is the brainchild of Chema and Patricia González – co-founders of the Madrid-based property management company Alterhome – specializes in training professionals in the tourism and short-term rental sectors to capitalize on travel demand.

Alterschool.travel began operating with a face-to-face format, but has since grown into a 100% online education program, incorporating master’s degrees taught by industry leaders from companies such as Airbnb, Booking.com, Vacasa and Homes & Villas by Marriott. International.

It currently offers three masters, launched to the public last July:

  • Emprendetur Tech – 15-minute sessions led by top executives helping professionals build their own rental business and be profitable
  • Vacation Rental Growth – designed to teach students how to improve a tourist apartment business through the implementation of technology
  • Revenue for Pros – set up to train professionals and non-professionals in variable management of hotel and apartment revenue, changing rates based on occupancy and passenger flow to optimize costs and expenses The establishments

Last year Alterschool.travel was named official school of the Spanish Federation of Tourist Accommodation [FEVITUR] for which it carries out training programs in Spain.

Chema González said: “Having an investor with such experience in the digital world, like Eneko Knöor, represents enormous satisfaction and an additional commitment for the entire Alterschool.travel team.

Next Thursday [17 February]Alterschool.travel will also unveil a new training program dedicated to teaching industry professionals how to become successful property managers and helping them learn from those who have already achieved it.

The final course will consist of 15-minute online classes, as well as personal tutorials, weekly live classes, webinars, and networking opportunities with students and guest speakers.

González continued, “We teach the fastest way to have a robust vacation rental business, knowing every area, and the tools to do it.”

Jefferson City lawmaker pushes for Stars and Stripes region


A Jefferson City lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would designate parts of southeast Missouri as a historic region.

Because he is the chairman of the House Veterans Committee, supporters of the legislation approached Representative Dave Griffith, a Republican, with the wording of the bill, which was proposed in the House about three years ago.

House Bill 1562 specifies the area of ​​southeastern Missouri which includes the southern county area of ​​St. Louis County and the counties of Jefferson, Franklin, Crawford, Dent, Shannon, Oregon, Ste. Genevieve, Washington, St. Francois, Madison, Iron, Perry, Wayne, Reynolds, Bollinger, Scott, Mississippi, Stoddard, Ripley, Butler, Carter, New Madrid, Pemiscot and Dunklin would be designated as the “Stars and Stripes Historic Region of Missouri “. “, according to the summary of the invoice.

If passed, the Department of Transport would place appropriate markings and information signs in designated areas. The costs of such a designation would be paid for by private donations.

The Stars and Stripes is a military journal that reports on matters of concern to members of the United States military and their communities. It focuses on forces serving outside the United States.

It has been published intermittently since November 9, 1861, when Union soldiers camped at Bloomfield, Missouri (in Stoddard County) and used a local newspaper office to print their experiences.

The publication, Griffith said Tuesday during a hearing before the Veterans Affairs Committee, ceased publication in 1919 but resumed during World War II. It closed again, but was published from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean War; from 1965 to 1973 during the Vietnam War; and began publishing again for the Gulf War in 1991. He has published regularly since.

“Those of us who served know that Stars and Stripes was a connection to home,” Griffith said. “When the mail call didn’t come in, you could go to the PX (Post Exchange) and find out what was going on back home.”

The publication has long since left Bloomfield.

However, the newspaper’s legacy is rooted in the region, Griffith said.

Jim Martin, president of the Stars and Stripes Museum and Library in Bloomfield, said the journal, which is independent but funded by the US Department of Defense, is printed at 14 locations around the world.

“What this region and its concept means to me and the leadership of Stars and Stripes, in the library, is an effort to truly communicate our mission, which is to commemorate and celebrate commitment, service and courageous citizenship” , did he declare. “Does that mean military service? No. We need to communicate to our next generations the importance of commitment everywhere – in our communities, in our schools, in our organizations.”

The area has significant military history, Martin said. As a second lieutenant, Ulysses S. Grant received an assignment to Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis. There he met and married Julia Dent.

He received other postings and traveled west during the Mexican-American War, but frustrated with military life, quit and moved to the couple’s home in White Haven (part of Grant’s Farm in the Saint -Louis). He then moved to Illinois.

When the Civil War broke out, Grant led a company of volunteers from Illinois, but quickly recovered and received his first commission as a general in Iron County.

He fought to keep the Confederates out of Cape Girardeau to protect a flank, Martin said.

There were conflicts with Native Americans.

“You have a terrific memorial for our Vietnam veterans in Perryville (in Perry County), which is almost an exact replica of our Vietnam wall in Washington, DC,” Martin said. “Up to the misprints that occurred on the original Vietnam wall.”

It sits on 47 acres.

Too few people know, the Stars and Stripes Museum, the Native American burial mounds of New Madrid County and the early settlements of Ste. Geneviève, New Madrid and Cape Girardeau.

The first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi River and north of New Orleans – St. Vincent’s Seminary and College in Cape Girardeau, closed in 1979. However, the state purchased the property and used it as the site for the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

“What we’re seeing is a grassroots effort,” Martin said. “We wanted to get involved because we are passionate… about the history and heritage of the whole region.”

He said organizers of the effort to reach the historic Stars and Stripes region were an opportunity to provide a tourism-based economic boost to the counties.

“Let me tell you, you have economically struggling counties, to put it mildly,” Martin said. “This is an opportunity for us to start working together in a concerted way, for a long-term end.”

HB 1562: Historic Region Designation


Representative Dave Griffith

A new look for ‘Ulysses’


MADRID — James Joyce once said he hoped his groundbreaking and famous novel ‘Ulysses’ would “keep teachers busy for ages arguing over what I meant.”

Since its publication 100 years ago, almost every line has certainly continued to intrigue its readers. There was also some debate about whether the book could be illustrated and which artist could take it over. Now, a new edition of “Ulysses” presents the work in a new light.

Planned to commemorate the centenary of the publication of “Ulysses” by Sylvia Beach in Paris, this new edition contains more than 300 images by Eduardo Arroyo, a famous Spanish painter and graphic designer who died of cancer in 2018. Fascinated by “Ulysses” , Arroyo said in a 1991 essay that imagining the illustrations kept him alive when he was hospitalized in the late 1980s with peritonitis, an inflammation of the abdominal lining.

This new “Ulysses” edition was published late last month in Spanish and English, by Galaxia Gutenberg, a Spanish publisher based in Barcelona, ​​and Other Press, an independent publisher in New York. The book’s release — more than three decades after Arroyo produced his images — was long delayed due to copyright disputes.

Arroyo had originally hoped his drawings, watercolors and collages might be published as a new “Ulysses” in 1991, to mark the 50th anniversary of Joyce’s death. But Joyce’s estate objected to the idea of ​​an illustrated edition. Without this approval, Arroyo initially had to limit himself to printing his images in a book based on Joyce’s work, written by Spanish author Julían Ríos.

Arroyo was able to revive his “Ulysses” project only a decade ago, after the novel entered the public domain and Joyce’s heirs could no longer stop him from using the original text. Stephen Joyce, the author’s grandson and last direct descendant, died in 2020.

Joan Tarrida, the publisher of Galaxia Gutenberg, said in an interview that it’s not clear why Stephen Joyce had opposed an illustrated edition, since his grandfather had sought to convince two of the most famous artists of his time to produce illustrations for his novel.

Joyce was turned down by Pablo Picasso – probably on the advice of his friend Gertrude Stein, who was not a fan of Joyce, according to Tarrida. He doesn’t fare much better with Henri Matisse, who is more interested in illustrating “The Odyssey” and its ancient Greek heroes than in “Ulysses”, whose structure recalls that of the epic poem of ‘Homer.

Yet after an American judge in 1933 lifted a ban on the import of “Ulysses”, which had been censored on the grounds of obscenity, Matisse accepted an offer of $5,000 from George Macy, an American publisher, for incorporate some of his “Odyssey” prints into an illustrated, limited, deluxe edition of “Ulysses”. In 2019, a copy of Macy’s edition was sold to auction by Christie’s for $13,750.

Meanwhile, signed copies of Beach’s 1922 edition “Ulysses” were among the Very expensive Twentieth-century first-edition books have sold for over $400,000. The new edition costs $75.

Until his death, Arroyo worked on the draft of the book with Tarrida, who had also previously published some of Arroyo’s writings. Other Press joined the project after Judith Gurewich, its editor, accidentally came across some of Arroyo’s cartoons during a visit to Tarrida’s office in 2018.

While waiting for it, “I saw all these outstanding paintings and drawings scattered around the room, and I fell in love with them,” she said in a phone interview.

After completing his “Ulysses” pictures, Arroyo wrote an essay in 1991 to explain his fascination with the novel, as well as the difficulty he had in turning Joyce’s words into pictures, leaving him worried at one point that ” Odysseus” “would end”. what peritonitis had not reached.

He added: “At various times I almost threw in the towel, only to finally free myself from such an important undertaking forever.”

Tarrida said readers might treat Arroyo’s work as “a parallel reading” to Joyce’s words. Gurewich said she would recommend even first-time readers of ‘Ulysses’ to admire Arroyo’s vibrant watercolors and evocative drawings and then try to tie them to a specific passage in the novel, rather than reading first. the text.

“You can look at an illustration and then find on the page what Arroyo chose to illustrate,” she said. “If you’re intimidated by ‘Ulysses’ – like me – it’s a really fun way to reconstruct the book.”

Just as Joyce used an array of styles to write ‘Ulysses’, Arroyo deployed an array of techniques to portray the author’s characters as they wind their way through Dublin, from collage on paper to ink and brush. ‘watercolor.

Some of Arroyo’s black-and-white illustrations are printed in the margins of the book’s pages, while others are double-page spread paintings whose bright colors recall the Pop Art that inspired him. He also filled his version of “Ulysses” with eclectic imagery of shoes and hats, bulls and bats, as well as sexually explicit depictions of scenes that angered censors a century ago.

Megan Quigley, an assistant professor of English who teaches in Villanova University’s Irish Studies program, said she welcomes the release of an illustrated “Ulysses.”

“I tell my students to find anything they can that will help us understand Joyce’s main novel – literature or music mentioned, historical references, later novelists influenced by Joyce (like Sally Rooney), maps , graphics, ancient minds that fought and argued. and written about Joyce in everything from academic articles to blogs and fanfics,” she said in an email. “Joyce’s universe is for the obsessive reader who will find all the clues to make their way through the novel.”

She added: “I’m happy to throw my hat in to support an edition of ‘Ulysses’ with pictures.”

Marin IJ Readers Forum February 10, 2022 – Marin Independent Journal

Business programs are an integral part of Marin’s education

Citizens of Marin owe a big thank you to the Barbara and Charles Goodman Foundation for contributing $50,000 to Marin County Schools for Trades Education (“Marin Schools Get $50,000 Training Grant in the trades”, January 22).

In a county where most parents think their children should go to a top-notch college, the education of those with talents for the trades has been neglected. The significance of this hole in our education system has become evident during the pandemic. Trying to get a carpenter, plumber, electrician or any other trades professional is tough right now.

San Rafael High School had a buzzing auto shop. It has been replaced by a magnificent building for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There is no car workshop there. Yet, without this auto shop, our daughter might not have survived her Peace Corps service. Knowing how to operate his motorcycle has been a lifesaver.

Students with the talent sought by the trades must have the same educational opportunities as those who wish to pursue a college education. We need them.

—Gladys C. Gilliland, San Rafael

California rail project expected to align with airlines

I see Governor Gavin Newsom wants to give more money to the high-speed rail project (“Governor Newsom Doubles Funding for High-Speed ​​Rail, Pledges $4.2 Billion to Complete Central Valley Segment,” 14 January). The ill-conceived plan ignores the realities of transportation in California.

We already have airports. These facilities offer parking, shuttles, taxis, ticketing, security, maintenance, baggage, traffic control, transfer points and terminals, among others. The rail system should be reconfigured to go from airport to airport across the state.

More importantly, airlines should be given the opportunity to bid for the management of the operation. We could reduce jet pollution and not turn our backs on airline management to manage it effectively.

This is a chance for Newsom to stop a bureaucratic nightmare and change the top-down direction of the state with real, innovative and honest leadership.

— John Carapiet, Belvedere

Petaluma pump could supply desalinated water

There is a pump station on the outskirts of the west side of Petaluma on Kastania Road. It sends water to the North Marin Water District to the Stafford Reservoir in Novato, as well as to reservoirs in the Marin Municipal Water District. The Petaluma River runs under the freeway near the station.

I think a barge in the Petaluma River could eventually supply desalinated water to the pump to distribute to the various districts, and then the reservoirs could be filled as needed. Barges could also fill tankers and other modes of transport to provide much-needed water for remote ranches, vineyards and coastal elk.

MMWD and NMWD officials should coordinate and find a workable solution. The Marin water municipalities cannot depend on other agencies to solve their problem.

Once again Governor Gavin Newsom has a huge funding surplus. With modern desalination technology being used around the world, it’s a wonder our water districts haven’t used this process.

– John C. Baseheart, Novato

The new term “Latinx” is linguistically awkward

I object to the use of “Latinx” in place of Latino or Latina.

As a former Marin resident who follows local news, I noticed the term in a recent quote from an IJ article. Besides being difficult to pronounce, it seems useless in a language like English, which is already almost completely genderless. A few remaining vestiges like the waiter-waitress, actor-actress distinction are quickly removed.

In contrast, in Latin countries like Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal and the whole of Latin America where Romance languages ​​are widely spoken, everything has a gender. All articles, definite and indefinite, and all nouns are feminine or masculine.

Even adjectives and verbs must “agree”. This is purely a matter of convention. The word planet, for example, is masculine in Spanish and Italian, feminine in French.

— John Kress, Tlatlauquitepec (Mexico)

Adyen Announces New Tech Hubs in Chicago and Madrid | News


AMSTERDAM, February 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Adyen (AMS: ADYEN), the global payment platform of choice for many of the world’s largest enterprises, today announced the opening of new technology hubs in Chicago and Madrid. This decision demonstrates the company’s long-term investment in its technology teams to continue building a global platform that meets the needs of its customers.

“We are excited to expand our technology presence in these cities,” said Alexander Matthey, CTO at Adyen. “We are committed to continuing to invest in Adyen’s growth ambitions, and this decision is an important step in that direction. We have big plans to continue building the world’s most customer-centric payments platform, and our technical teams are at the heart of this.”

Chicago and Madrid were strategic choices for the company, adding two new technology hubs to its list of more than 25 offices worldwide. This expansion will allow Adyen to grow the global footprint of its technology organizations, bringing technical resources even closer to its merchants and allow Adyen to tap into diverse talent pools that will offer new sources of innovation. Emphasis will be placed on hiring back-end software engineers, front-end software engineers, data scientists, infrastructure engineers, and other engineering and operational roles for the two hubs.

“We look forward to hiring in these two cities as we expand the team around the world,” said Brooke Nayden, Global Head of Human Resources at Adyen. “Chicago and Madrid are attractive cities in which to expand given both the growing tech scenes and the talent pool of technical universities. We strive for a diverse workforce, and adding people and perspectives from these two cities helps us achieve that goal.”

For more information on open roles, please see Adyen’s career page here.

About Adyen

Adyen (AMS: ADYEN) is the payment platform of choice for many large global enterprises, providing a modern end-to-end infrastructure connecting directly to Visa, Mastercard and the payment methods preferred by consumers around the world. Adyen offers seamless payments across online, mobile and in-store channels. With offices around the world, Adyen serves customers such as Facebook, Uber, Spotify, Casper, Bonobos and L’Oréal.. The opening of these technology hubs highlights Adyen’s continued growth in different countries around the world.

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Suffolk student studies in Spain for second semester – The Suffolk Journal


During her first year on the Suffolk University campus in Madrid, Maile Petersen dealt with culture shock, world travel and found herself embracing discomfort and new adventures.

From the moment she stepped onto the small Suffolk campus in the heart of Spain, Petersen said she felt like she belonged.

“I love Suffolk Madrid. Every day I couldn’t imagine being at a different university,” said Petersen, a student from Spain.

Petersen first discovered Suffolk during her first year of high school and was immediately drawn when she discovered the Madrid campus.

“Instantly, I was like, ‘I need to be there,'” she said. “This is where I wanted to be. I’ve always wanted to travel, but most of all I wanted a place where I could practice my Spanish.”

Petersen’s family is Mexican and many members speak Spanish, but his mother chose to teach him English growing up. However, Petersen said she fondly remembers hearing Spanish wherever she was and yearning to understand.

“I have always been surrounded by language. My mom was watching TV, on Saturday mornings she was putting on some music and I really wanted to understand,” she said.

Petersen began learning Spanish in seventh grade and considers his family and culture his inspiration to continue his language education. She added that she wanted to feel more connected to her loved ones through Spanish.

“I’ve always been so jealous. I would hear [my mom] talking to my grandmother on the phone, my grandmother was talking to me, and I always wanted to know and I wanted that part of my culture that I missed, I wanted to be able to talk to everyone,” Petersen said.

In Madrid, Petersen said she was forced to use her Spanish on a daily basis, pushing her completely out of her comfort zone.

“I never used my Spanish [before Madrid], even in my own house, I was always nervous talking with my mom,” Petersen said. “I was so scared and ashamed of my Spanish, but when I got here I was like, ‘I have to do this’.”

While Suffolk Madrid has allowed Petersen to deepen her Spanish skills, she added that the bustling city and campus are full of opportunities for any student. Petersen said that every day she is surrounded by like-minded people and finds herself having new experiences she never thought she would have after growing up in a small community.

After moving to Madrid, Petersen said she immediately noticed a change in her lifestyle and mindset.

“Getting out of your comfort zone is something that I’ve really noticed, which is a big change from high school, because you’re with new people, different culture, different language, everything is different, so you fit in and I think it’s just beautiful,” she said.

She noted the difference between meal times and the number of Spaniards staying up late at night, which she didn’t expect to embrace as much as she did.

After being here for a few months I can’t imagine going back, I love how a meal isn’t rushed here and I’ve spent hours outside enjoying my time and just taking it all in and staying up later to eat makes me want the day to have more hours,” Petersen said.

Although Petersen admitted that the anxiety and culture shock of living abroad affected her, she continues to maintain a positive attitude. Going with the flow, she said, was key to immersing herself in Spain.

“I really try to fit in, I fake it until I get it right and it seems to have worked,” Petersen said. “This is honestly my best advice: to immerse yourself in a new country [do] I don’t stick to the routine, I enjoy the new culture of Spain and other European countries and learn firsthand so many amazing things that I could never have imagined.

Like many students who find themselves studying abroad in Europe, Petersen was able to travel across the continent with relative ease. From the Netherlands and France to Morocco and Italy, her ambition has taken her across countries and continents.

“I love the ability to travel, [which] I never got to have it when I was growing up,” Petersen said. She added that she found travel to be extremely accessible to students and was amazed at how many new places were within reach.

Petersen will be back in Boston for her second year, but said she has mixed feelings about returning home after spending a year in Madrid.

“It’s going to be very difficult to leave, just because every day here I learn something new, I meet someone new. [I] having the ability to see so much more than I feel like I saw where I came from,” she said.

Petersen said that although she has embraced the European lifestyle, she will always carry the values ​​of her home culture with her wherever she goes.

I will never forget my roots and always carry my culture with pride, but I take it all in with an open heart and mind,” Petersen said.

Gerard, Greaser named to Hogan Awards Watch List


The University of North Carolina Ryan Gerard and Austin Oiler are two of 30 players named to the watch list for the 2022 Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank. The Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, Friends of Golf and Golf Coaches Association of America today announced the 30-man roster.

The Ben Hogan Award recognizes the top male college golfer in NCAA, NAIA, or NJCAA Division I, II, or III based on all college, amateur, and professional events over the past 12 months. Three of the top four players in the Official World Golf Rankings—No. No. 1 Jon Rahm (2015, 2016), No. 3 Viktor Hovland (2019) and No. 4 Patrick Cantlay (2012) – are past recipients of the honor, while No. 2 Collin Morikawa (2018, 2019) was twice a finalist.

Carolina is one of seven schools with multiple players on the watch list. UNC joins Arizona State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and Wake Forest with two players, while Oklahoma State has three.

Gerard, a fifth-year senior, from Raleigh, North Carolina, leads Carolina in rushing average this season at 69.87, which is on track to become the second-lowest single-season average in history. from the UNC. It is ranked 12and in the country (Golfweek). He won the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke in September, was sixth at The Blessings Collegiate Invitational and seventh at Olympia Fields.

Greaser, a junior from Vandalia, Ohio, is ranked No. 23 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. He won the Olympia Fields Fighting Illini Invitational last September, playing 54and hole for the win, finished fourth at the Williams Cup and tied for ninth at The Blessings. Greaser is averaging 70.33 strokes per round, leads UNC with 12 under par and nine in the 60s. He was a 2021 United States Amateur runner-up and will compete at the 2022 Masters and US Open.

Greaser and Gerard rank first and third, respectively, in UNC’s career hitting average. Greaser shot 71.37 in 67 rounds; Gerard 71.80 in 137.

The list of 10 semi-finalists for this year’s Hogan Prize, which could include people not on the watch list, will be named on April 15. This group will be reduced to three finalists on May 5. The finalists will attend a black-tie dinner on May 23. at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where the winner will be crowned.

The Ben Hogan Award selection committee is made up of 32 leaders in college, amateur and professional golf.

Since 2002, the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has awarded more than $825,000 in scholarships to more than 30 universities. For more information on the Ben Hogan Award from PNC Bank, visit TheBenHoganAward.org and follow @BenHoganAward on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

2022 Watchlist Candidates

Ludvig Aberg, Texas Tech, Junior, Eslov, Sweden
Sam Bennett, Texas A&M, Senior, Madisonville, Texas
Michael Brennan, Wake Forest, sophomore, Leesburg, Virginia.
Jacob Bridgeman, Clemson, Senior, Inman, South Carolina
JM Butler, Auburn, sophomore, Louisville, Ky.
Eugenio Chacarra, Oklahoma State, Senior, Madrid, Spain
Pierceson Coody, Texas, Senior, Plano, Texas
Adrien Dumont from Chassart, Illinois, Junior, Villers la Ville, Belgium
Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, Arkansas, Junior, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Alex Fitzpatrick, Wake Forest, Senior, Sheffield, England
Nick Gabrelcik, North Florida, sophomore, Trinity, Florida.
Ryan GerardNorth Carolina, Senior, Raleigh, North Carolina

Chris Gotterup, Oklahoma, Senior, Little Silver, NJ
Austin OilerNorth Carolina, Junior, Vandalia, Ohio

Cole Hammer, Texas, Senior, Houston, Texas
Joe Highsmith, Pepperdine, Senior, Lakewood, Wash.
Walker Lee, Texas A&M, Senior, Houston, Texas
Nick Lyerly, UNCG, Senior, Salisbury, NC
Palmer Jackson, Notre Dame, Junior, Murrysville, Penn.
Bo Jin, Oklahoma State, Sophomore, Beijing, China
RJ Manke, Washington, Senior, Lakewood, Wash.
Logan McAllister, Oklahoma, Senior, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Trent Phillips, Georgia, Senior, Inman, SC
James Piot, Michigan State, senior, Canton, Michigan
David Puig, Arizona State, Junior, La Garriga, Spain
Cameron Sisk, Arizona State, Senior, San Diego, CA.
Brian Stark, Oklahoma State, Junior, Kingsburg, CA.
Jackson Suber, Ole Miss, Senior, Tampa, Florida.
Michael Thorbjornsen, Stanford, sophomore, Wellesley, Mass.
Karl Vilips, Stanford, second year, Perth, Western Australia

! Murcia Today – Reservation of beach space prohibited in San Javier and other new rules for La Manga beaches

Publication date: 08/02/2022

Beach parties, loud music and fires will all be punished with fines in the municipality of Murcia

San Javier City Council has issued a series of new rules to ensure bathers show consideration when using any of its many beaches, including La Manga and La Ribera. The biggest change, published in the Official Journal of the Region of Murcia (BORM) on Monday February 7, is that bathers will no longer be allowed to reserve a space on the sand with towels, deckchairs or umbrellas, without being there. themselves.

The aim of the measure is to prevent people from taking up a lot of space on busy beaches while they leave for other activities.

If beach cleaning crews come across these items unattended, they are authorized to remove them to clear the space and hand them over to the local police station. Also, people are no longer allowed to mark off patches of beach for their own use with sand walls or makeshift fences of any kind.

The new regulations are an extension of the rules established in 2014, and the text reminds holidaymakers and locals that the beach is for everyone, and therefore racket and ball games that get in the way of others are strictly prohibited. Rowdy beach parties and excessively loud music can be subject to a fine of up to 3,000 euros, and all fires, except San Juan celebrations approved by the city council, are prohibited.
Due to the deterioration of the Mar Menor, penalties will be imposed on anyone caught using soap or shampoo in the sea or beach showers, and lunch boxes or utensils kitchenware cannot be washed in footbaths.

According to the regulations, “camping of any kind or duration” is prohibited without “the express authorization of the competent authority”.

Finally, dogs are not allowed on any of San Javier’s beaches, with the exception of guide dogs.

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The skeleton of Abditosaurus kuehnei is the most complete titanosaur fossil discovered to date in Europe


Researchers from the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), the Conca Dellà Museum (MCD), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) and the NOVA University of Lisbon (UNL) have described the new species of titanosaur dinosaur Abditosaurus kuehnei remains excavated at the site of Orcau-1, in the southern Pyrenees (Catalonia, Spain). The 70.5 million year old semi-articulated skeleton is the most complete specimen of this group of herbivorous dinosaurs discovered so far in Europe. What’s more, Abditosaurus is the largest species of titanosaur found in the Ibero-Armorican Island – an ancient region comprising today’s Iberian Peninsula and southern France – representing a senescent individual estimated at 17.5 meters in length with a body mass of 14,000 kg.

The size of this giant is one of the most surprising facts for researchers. “Late Cretaceous titanosaurs from Europe tend to be small to medium-sized due to their evolution in island conditions,” explained Bernat Vila, a paleontologist at ICP who is leading the research. In the Upper Cretaceous (between 83 and 66 million years ago), Europe was a vast archipelago made up of dozens of islands. Species that have evolved there tend to be relatively small or even dwarf compared to their relatives living in vast landmasses, mainly due to the limitation of food resources in the islands. “This is a recurring phenomenon in the history of life on Earth, we have several examples around the world in the fossil record of this evolutionary trend. This is why we were amazed by the large dimensions of this specimen” , Vila said.

Fieldwork conducted over several decades unearthed 53 skeletal elements of the specimen. These include several teeth, vertebrae, ribs and limb, scapular and pelvic bones, as well as a semi-articulated fragment of the neck formed by 12 cervical vertebrae. “We were very lucky, it is unusual to find such complete specimens in the Pyrenees due to its turbulent geological history”, explains Àngel Galobart, ICP researcher and director of the Conca Dellà museum (Isona, Catalonia).

The excavation of the pass in 2014 was a technical challenge. Once prepared for extraction, the cervix was encased in a large block of polyurethane foam, becoming one of the largest sheaths ever discovered in Europe.

The history of the research that led to the description of the new species dates back to 1954, when the German paleontologist Walter Kühne collected the first remains and sent them to Madrid. The site fell into oblivion until 1986, when other remains began to be excavated until a great storm forced the cancellation of the excavations. Subsequently, fieldwork at the site again fell into oblivion until an ICP paleontologist resumed systematic excavations at Orcau-1. The story of this discovery was featured in the 2017 documentary “The Last Giant in Europe”. The generic name Abditosaurus means ‘forgotten reptile’ and the specific epithet kuehnei is a tribute to its discoverer.

A migrating dinosaur

In their article published in Nature ecology and evolutionthe researchers conclude that Abditosaurus belongs to a group of saltasaur titanosaurs from South America and Africa, different from the rest of the European titanosaurs which are characterized by a smaller size. These authors hypothesize that the Abditosaurus the lineage reached the Ibero-Armorican island taking advantage of a global drop in sea level that reactivated ancient migration routes between Africa and Europe.

“Other evidence supports the migration hypothesis,” says Albert Sellés, ICP paleontologist and co-author of the paper. “At the same site, we found eggshells of dinosaur species known to have inhabited Gondwana, the southernmost continent.”

This new discovery is a major advance in understanding the evolution of sauropod dinosaurs during the late Cretaceous and brings a new perspective to the phylogenetic and paleobiogeographic puzzle of sauropods during the last 15 million years before their extinction.

Besides Vila, Sellés and Galobart, Novella Razzolini (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and Conca Dellà Museum), Miguel Moreno (Museu de Lurinhã and NOVA University of Lisbon), Iñaki Canudo (Aragosaurus-IUCA Group, University of Zaragoza) and Alejandro Gil (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) participated in this study.

“During the Jurassic and Cretaceous, the Iberian Peninsula was the connecting point between Eurasia, Africa and North America. Studying how Abditosaurus relates to the fauna of these continents helps us to understand when there were links between them and when they became isolated”, explains Miguel Moreno, researcher at the Museu de Lurinhã and the NOVA University of Lisbon who carried out the paleobiogeographic study.

The great herbivores of the Cretaceous

Titanosaurs are a group of sauropod dinosaurs that become highly diverse and abundant in Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems. All were quadrupedal and phytophagous. Titanosaurs had a small, pointed skull, with small nail-like teeth used to uproot vegetation. Their body was robust, with forelimbs shorter than hindlimbs and a long neck and tail. Some species sported skin covered in bony plates called osteoderms that may have served as a protective shield or calcium store.

Paleontological sites in the Catalan Pyrenees have provided exceptional dinosaur fossils over the past century. The research is particularly important because its fossil record includes the last vertebrate faunas, including non-avian dinosaurs, that lived in Europe just before the global extinction that took place 66 million years ago.

On the PCI: The Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) is a CERCA center (Centres de Recerca de Catalunya, Generalitat de Catalunya) attached to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and dedicated to research in paleontology of vertebrates and humans at most high international level, as well as the conservation and dissemination of Catalan paleontological heritage. It is constituted as a public foundation with a board of directors made up of the Government of Catalonia and the UAB.

Cost of living: longer price rise is “worrying”, says Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe


The rising cost of living is “worrying” and “clearly taking longer to dissipate”, the finance minister said.

Culminating at an event in Madrid in his capacity as chairman of the 19-member Eurogroup, Paschal Donohoe said the EU “must remain vigilant and responsive” to inflation.

“The effect of rising prices on growth and on the purchasing power of those we represent and serve is, of course, something of concern,” Donohoe told a co-hosted conference. by the Spanish think tank, Real Instituto Elcano, and the Institute of International and European Affairs.

“And moreover, the factors that have influenced these prices are clearly taking longer to dissipate than expected. So in the meantime, we must remain vigilant and reactive.

Last week, the European Central Bank (ECB) hinted that it could raise interest rates this year in an attempt to rein in rising prices, after eurozone inflation hit 5.1% in January.

ECB President Christine Lagarde said bank governors would return to the issue in March once new inflation projections were ready.

Spain‘s Economy Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Nadia Calviño, who spoke at Monday’s event alongside Donohoe, said energy prices were the “most worrying” and that the ECB has called it fair.

“My view on the ECB is that it is very aware of the risk of acting too quickly or too strongly, and therefore having a negative impact on growth and job creation.

“That’s my reading of their actions so far, and also their public statements.

“And I think that is indeed the right monetary policy to ensure the recovery strengthens, given the fact that the economic fundamentals in Europe are very different from those on the other side of the Atlantic. And right now, our priority should be growth and job creation.

Irish inflation hit 5% last month, according to Eurostat, after hitting a 21-year high of 5.7% in December (5.5% according to the Irish consumer price index).

The government is now considering cost cuts in health, energy, transport and education to ease pressures on citizens.

“I know for so many people across Europe right now, who have just gone through the trauma of maybe getting a job, maybe keeping a business open, now having to deal with the change in the price of the level life is another challenge on top of two years of many challenges,” Mr. Donohoe said.

“We really understand the challenge this represents for citizens and for our recovery and that is why, at the budgetary level, we have all taken measures to support citizens with this increase in the cost of energy, in particular.

“To the European Union [level] we are working together to see what we can do to better meet these challenges in the future.

Why Matt Damon Shilling for Crypto?

The cryptocurrency industry’s marketing efforts focus on young people, especially young men. Surveys have shown that approximately 40% of all American males between the ages of 18 and 29 have invested, traded, or used some form of cryptocurrency. Last year, Crypto.com bought the naming rights to the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings for $700 million; the former Staples Center is now Crypto.com Arena. The company has signed sponsorship deals with professional UFC fighters and prestigious French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain. Crypto.com is going hard after the guys.

Damon offers a special kind of appeal to this demographic. His star power is based on brain and brawn; he can recite magniloquent phrases while looking like he could fillet an enemy, Jason Bourne style, armed only with a Bic pen. In the ad, his words are high-placed — all about history and bravery — but they amount to a macho taunt: If you’re a real man, you’ll buy crypto.

The gloom of this terrain is surprising. For the past few weeks, watching sports TV — where the Crypto.com spot airs repeatedly, alongside ads for other crypto platforms and an onslaught of ads for sports gaming apps — I I couldn’t help but feel that the culture has taken a sinister turn: that we’ve sanctioned an economy in which tech start-ups compete, in the open, to lure in the vulnerable with get-rich-quick schemes. Yet what’s most disturbing about the ad is the pitch it doesn’t make. Traditionally, an advertisement offers an affirmative case for its product, a vision of the fulfillment that will come if you wear those jeans or drive that truck. This announcement does not disturb. It shows a brief glimpse of a young couple closing their eyes in a nightclub – an insinuation, I suppose, that crypto has sex appeal. But the announcement builds inexorably towards that final shot of Mars, where Matt Damon’s astronaut was ditched in a blockbuster movie and where Elon Musk, the world’s second-richest man and a crypto enthusiast, says that he plans to build a colony to survive the end of civilization on Earth.

We live in troubled times. Young people, in particular, can feel like they are looking overboard, economically and existentially. The message of this advertisement for them seems to be that the social pact is broken, that the old ideals of security and good living are no longer relevant. What’s left are moonshots, big swings, high-stakes bets. You could place a long bet or take a flyer on Dogecoin. Maybe one day you’ll hitch a ride on Elon Musk’s shuttle to the red planet. The ad delivers on the promise of ‘fortune’, but what it really sells is the danger, the dark and desperate thrills of precariousness itself – because, after all, what do we have other? You could call it truth in advertising.

Source photographs: Theo Wargo/Getty Images; YouTube screenshots.

Texas Tech Selected to Participate in Prestigious European Union Research Project | KLBK | KAMC


LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from Texas Tech University:

Texas Tech University is one of four institutions nationwide selected to participate in a global research project funded by the European Union (EU). Entitled “FAILURE: Reversing the Genealogies of Unsuccess, 16th-19th centurys” (REVFAIL), the two-year project aims to facilitate the mobility of professors and students in the humanities across Europe and the Americas.

“We are delighted to collaborate with these prestigious institutions of higher education in Europe, Latin America and the United States on this project of academic exchange and exchange of researchers in the humanities,” said Aliza Wong, professor of history and acting dean of Texas Tech’s Honors College. . “Being accepted as one of the member institutions is a great honor and recognition of Texas Tech’s commitment to being a global partner in education, research, outreach and engagement. Honors College is excited to lead this initiative, and we invite Texas Tech faculty across campus to join us in this endeavor.

Last spring, Wong and Stefano D’Amico, a history professor at Texas Tech’s College of Arts & Sciences, wrote a letter to Horizon Europe, the EU’s main funding program for research and innovation, formerly known as Marie Curie – Research and Innovation. Staff Exchange, affirming Texas Tech’s willingness to participate in REVFAIL. In January, Texas Tech was officially invited to join the consortium of 15 member institutions.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with exceptional humanists and recognition of Texas Tech’s global reputation,” D’Amico said. “Along with my colleagues at the Humanities Center and the humanities departments at Texas Tech, we hope to have many lively conversations not only about this failed project, but about other processes of inquiry and understanding in the sciences. human.”

Within Horizon Europe is the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme, which funds doctoral and postdoctoral training for researchers with a focus on cross-border mobility. This international mobility is at the heart of REVFAIL, which aims to explore the nuanced concept of failure and its relationship to marginalization through interdisciplinary discourse, knowledge transfer and collaboration.

“I am incredibly excited about this opportunity for Texas Tech scholars to host and engage with humanities scholars from across the EU and Latin America,” said Joseph Heppert, Vice President for Research and innovation at the Office of Research and Innovation. “International scientific cooperation enriches our understanding of the diverse perspectives reflected in the experiences of our entire human family. Given the challenges we see unfolding in the world today, I can think of few activities more valuable than this. Kudos to Aliza and the entire team for bringing this vision to life.

For periods of one to two months, Texas Tech will host humanities researchers from member institutions in Europe and Latin America. Supported by the MSCA program, these international scholars will collaborate with Texas Tech faculty for the duration of their stay.

“Being selected as a member of this consortium elevates Texas Tech’s ability to engage with international scholars, both here and abroad,” said Ronald Hendrick, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “It recognizes our ability to be a global partner in education, research and outreach with some of the best and brightest.”

REVFAIL is coordinated by the Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS), housed within the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM).

“It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Texas Tech as a member institution of this EU grant,” said Antonio Alvarez-Ossorio Alvariño, professor at UAM and director of MIAS. “We look forward to future collaborations with Texas Tech and view this humanities research exchange as the beginning of a productive and meaningful scientific exchange.”

Here are the institutions that have been selected to participate in REVFAIL:

  • Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
  • Casa de Velazquez, Spain
  • Circle of Bellas Artes, Spain
  • NOVA University of Lisboa, Portugal
  • ​School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, France
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • Federal Fluminense University, Brazil
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  • Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Tulane University, USA
  • Brown University, USA
  • Texas Tech University, USA

(Texas Tech University press release)

Malta and Spain discuss common challenges


Malta and Spain held talks on the common challenges facing the two Mediterranean EU Member States when Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo and Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain, José Manuel Albares met in Madrid.

The two ministers reaffirmed the excellent bilateral relationship between the two countries and shared words of appreciation for the work and cooperation during the COVID19 pandemic. Ministers Bartolo and Albares held talks on immigration, climate, energy and the future of the European Union. The potential for developing relations between the two countries was also discussed – through work in the fields of culture, arts, education, tourism and internationalization. of Spanish companies in Malta and Spain. Minister Albares has been invited for an official visit to Malta by Minister Bartolo.

The meeting took place within the framework of a working visit to Madrid, Spain, by the Embassy of Malta in Spain. Events focusing on the Latin America and Caribbean region and Spanish companies interested in Malta were held, respectively.

The Maltese delegation was led by the Maltese Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Evarist Bartolo, who was accompanied by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Christopher Cutajar.

Latin America and Caribbean Region

The Latin America and Caribbean region offers great potential and maintains important links with Europe. Malta’s recently published foreign policy strategy recognizes this by identifying the objective of strengthening relations between Malta and the region. The countries that make up this region have a strong diplomatic presence in Madrid, given the common history and the deep political, commercial and cultural ties between the region and Spain. Madrid thus provides a platform to complement Malta’s work in this regard.

The Embassy of Malta in Spain, under the leadership of Ambassador Daniel Azzopardi, organized an event entitled “Discover Malta: a meeting point between the European Union and the Mediterranean” to which all the ambassadors of the Latin America and Caribbean region have been invited. The aim of the event, which was attended by 21 countries, was to present Malta in more detail to eminent diplomats, focusing on Malta’s foreign policy, trade and tourism. An encouraging level of interest in Malta has been registered and discussions will continue in more detail at bilateral level.


The Maltese Embassy has partnered with the Madrid Chamber of Commerce for an event to which companies based in Spain and interested in Malta have been invited. The meeting took place at the prestigious Palacio Santonothas and brought together more than 70 companies in person, and more, virtually.

Lionel Messi ‘unhappy’ with life in Paris as Barcelona legend misses his former home

Lionel Messi’s departure from boyhood club Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain shook the footballing world last summer, and the player is struggling to adjust to life in France.

The Argentine was forced out of Barca due to financial difficulties meaning he couldn’t afford to renew his contract, despite the player offering to take a huge pay cut to stay at the club .

PSG were the 34-year-old’s chance to prove he’s one of the best, but he’s yet to shine the Ligue 1 spotlight with one goal and five assists in 12 appearances.

El Confidential revealed that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is struggling with the language barrier, the weather in Paris and also away from his former home.

Lionel Messi struggled to ignite Ligue 1

Messi and his family currently reside in Paris close to international teammates Angel di Maria and Leandro Paredes.

But the family no longer has a personal football pitch, swimming pool, extensive gardens and panoramic views, which Messi would struggle with.

Recently, the forward got a taste of home as he returned to Barcelona for a short dose of his old life.

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Messi is said to be missing at Barcelona and hasn't adapted to life in Paris
Messi is said to be missing at Barcelona and hasn’t adapted to life in Paris

The report goes on to say that Messi was very professional about his transfer but was shocked by how physical and intense Ligue 1 matches are on a weekly basis, something Messi was only really used to when he was playing in the Champions League.

A player of the footballing legend’s ability should be able to cope with the elite of French football and his string of injuries hasn’t helped his ongoing litter, although he is disappointing.

But despite his poor form on the pitch, Barca boss Xavi obviously still holds his former team-mate in high regard as he asked Messi for his opinion on whether to try and sign 18-year-old Xavi Simons. at the end of the season.

The Dutchman was once from Barcelona but joined PSG after receiving a lucrative offer, which hasn’t been renewed since. However, Messi has told his former club not to pursue the midfielder, according to El Nacional, as he lacks humility and thinks he is better than him.

It’s serious? Adal Ramones announces that he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Spain


Madrid.- On Thursday, February 3, the actor and host Adal Ramones reported being infected with the omicron variant of Covid-19 during his trip to Madrid, Spainwhere he was to record a film produced by Morena Films.

Through posts on his verified Instagram account, “adalramones”, the leader of the former program “Otro Rollo” added that the film will be shot until March, April and part of May, so its contagion only affected certain meetings, physical rehearsals and social activities in the European country.

“I came very happy from Mexico to participate in the film, we will do it until March, April and part of May. So I have the Covid, here in Madrid, and I have not been out. I come to go to the first date with Morena Films and with the director Paco Caballero and some of the staff, they are super warm. They treated me in an incredible way,” he said. Adal Ramones in front of the camera with a mask.

The Mexican explained that he will spend a few more days in confinement to make sure he won’t spread the infectious disease to his colleagues when he joins the face-to-face activities in Madrid.

In another video posted by Adal Ramones On the same social network, we saw him dancing happily in his room to celebrate that he was vaccinated in time and that the Covid-19 did not cause him major health problems.

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The Real Madrid Foundation opens a third socio-sports school in Romania


NEW STORIES. 02/03/2022

The project, carried out in collaboration with the FDP Foundation and the UEFA Foundation for Children, will take care of vulnerable minors in Bucharest.

the Real Madrid Foundation launched a third socio-sports football school in Bucharest (Romania) in collaboration with the Association FDP-Protagonists of Education and the support of the UEFA Foundation for Children. The objective of the program is to meet the needs of minors from families facing socio-economic difficulties in a country where the school dropout rate is high and where minors have a high risk of living in poverty and suffering from ‘social exclusion.

The project was launched with a group of 25 children from the isolated district of Teuil Doamnei and their number will increase throughout the season. This new school takes place alongside Real Madrid Foundation projects supported by the UEFA Foundation for Children across Europe and sees the Real Madrid Foundation grow and consolidate its presence in the city, where it has been since 2012.

Children’s homes
The minors called to attend the new school come from two children’s homes (Pinocchio and Floare de Campla). The initiative aims to target school dropouts in an area where social conflicts and the lack of educational and leisure infrastructure are major problems.

The socio-sports school is part of a holistic offer which will see these minors benefit from school support, socio-health support and socio-cultural activities in addition to educational football sessions in order to promote skills allowing them to socialize in a constructive way to continue their studies.

The values ​​of team sports
The values ​​of team sports are, among others, motivation, camaraderie, healthy lifestyles and responsible self-esteem. These are acquired throughout the Real Madrid Foundationand represent a catalyst for bringing about social change in communities and improving the quality of life of participants.

Business News | A firm of citizenship experts explains what is behind the exodus of millionaires in India

New Delhi [India], February 3 (ANI/NewsSee): In recent years, an increasing number of Indians have renounced their citizenship. Government officials said more than 100,000 Indians renounced their citizenship in the first nine months of 2021 and more than 600,000 Indians renounced their citizenship in the past five years.

Reports also indicate that many of those renouncing their Indian citizenship are wealthy individuals. Currently, India tops Morgan Stanley’s “Exodus in the World” list, reporting that around 35,000 wealthy Indian entrepreneurs left between 2014 and 2020.

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Although the reason why a large number of Indians renounce their citizenship has not been stated by the authorities, in 2018 the Ministry of Home Affairs revised for the first time the form of declaration of renunciation of citizenship in order to to include a column on “circumstances/reasons why the applicant intends to acquire foreign citizenship and renounce Indian citizenship”.

“Majority of Indians, especially those who wish to do business internationally, renounce their citizenship or leave their country because of the privileges they obtain by virtue of citizenship of other countries, especially those who have strong global mobility options that prioritize safety, security, cleanliness and a healthy environment,” says Paul Singh. in assisting second citizenship applicants with solutions through citizenship by investment.

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Whereas in the past citizenship was limited to countries with which individuals had a connection, it has become increasingly common to invest in a country’s economy in return for citizenship. These initiatives, known as citizenship-by-investment programs, are present in more than a dozen countries around the world and have become a trusted route to second citizenship.

“Canada, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore have long been hotspots for professional non-resident Indians (NRIs),” Singh said. “But these countries either have lengthy residency or citizenship processes or high investment thresholds that put limits on people who are short on time.”

One nation that is gaining popularity as a second citizenship option for Indians, Singh says, is the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The country is located in the Lesser Antilles in the Eastern Caribbean region and is a member of the British Commonwealth. Its stable political climate has allowed it to remain a member of various regional and international organizations, including the United Nations. Moreover, in terms of population and geographic extent, the Federation is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas.

Saint Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment program was founded in 1984 and is the oldest in the world. It is globally recognized and respected and has its legal basis in the country’s Constitution. Through the second citizenship program of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the government is focused on facilitating smooth foreign direct investment in real estate projects and funds for national growth.

In 2021, the Financial Times’ PWM magazine named St. Kitts and Nevis as the best CBI programs in the world. The report points out: “Saint Kitts and Nevis is again at the top of the citizenship timeline pillar under its accelerated application process, which offers citizenship to qualified applicants within a maximum in certain circumstances, as little as 45 days. For applicants unwilling to pay a premium, the standard St. Kitts and Nevis route has an average processing time of three months.”

Those who pass the necessary due diligence checks can contribute to the country’s government fund and be exempted from bureaucratic delays at the borders of nearly 75% of the world, a highly beneficial feat for traders and entrepreneurs interested in growing their business in hubs. economies like Europe. , Asia and Africa. The Eastern Caribbean regional currency is also pegged to the US dollar, making St. Kitts and Nevis an attractive second citizenship option.

“Imagine having true global mobility where it’s jumping on a plane to a meeting in Germany, spending a romantic weekend in Paris and visiting your child at boarding school in London… The second citizenship is an indispensable tool,” Singh said.

Additionally, applicants are not required to take any language tests or even travel to St. Kitts and Nevis during or after their short citizenship process. The program also offers a global contribution for families, guaranteeing children more opportunities to choose the best international schools for a better future.

“Holding alternative citizenship, once considered a luxury, has become a necessity for those who want to look beyond the borders of their home country. This is especially true for wealthy Indians with a more global outlook, who know firsthand how citizenship can act as an obstacle to living the life you desire,” Singh added.

Additional benefits of Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship include:

-Transferable citizenship with lifetime validity-Full residency status, including the right to live and work-Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship program allows for a second passport without the need to renounce any existing citizenship-No residency requirement before or after second citizenship is granted-A stable and easy investment opportunity in a democratic country-Opportunities to work and live in various Caribbean countries-No need to travel or reside for whether your citizenship by investment application is pending or received-Asset management and protection by means of trusts and offshore companies-Excellent air connections to various major countries around the world-Lifestyle benefits include a pleasant climate and a preserved natural environment-Tropical climate characterized by refreshing trade winds

CS Global Partners specializes in citizenship solutions for high net worth individuals. Based in London, UK, the company is made up of a team of experts who have helped countless people and their families find their perfect second citizenship.

The firm offers personalized advice to clients and ensures that each step of the application process runs smoothly. CS Global Partners ensures that its clients receive effective and efficient service of the highest quality through one-on-one interactions with legal professionals. Their established professional working relationships with real estate developers, bankers and all relevant citizenship by investment units contribute to the exceptional quality of service they provide to their clientele.

Through second citizenship in countries like St. Kitts and Nevis, successful clients increase their wealth, gain security, and provide their children with a brighter future filled with unlimited opportunity.

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Japan’s border policy keeps thousands of foreigners in limbo


TOKYO — More than a year ago, Sebastian Bressa finished his paperwork to become a language teacher in Tokyo and planned to quit his job in Sydney. His life has been in limbo ever since.

Japan has kept its door closed to most foreigners during the pandemic, and the 26-year-old Australian is among hundreds of thousands who have been refused entry to study, work or see family.

Japan has become one of the most difficult countries to access in the world and some compare it to the locked country, or “sakoku”, policy of the xenophobic warlords who ruled Japan from the 17th to the 19th century. Current border rules allow only Japanese nationals and permanent foreign residents, and have drawn anger from overseas students and scholars who say the measures are unfair, unscientific and force talented visitors to travel to other countries . Critics say the rules also hurt Japan’s international profile and national interest.

About half a million foreigners – including academics, researchers and others in highly skilled jobs and 150,000 foreign students – have been affected, according to various statistics.

“I think the hardest thing for me was that wakefulness,” Bressa said. He was unable to commit to long-term projects with his family, friends or even at work. “I can’t plan that far into the future, I just don’t know where I will be in the next month or two.”

Frustrated students gathered near Japanese diplomatic compounds around the world to protest.

In Barcelona, ​​Spain’s second-largest city, Laura Vieta stood outside the Japanese consulate last week, holding up a sign that read ‘Stop Japan’s travel ban’.

“I quit my job because I was thinking of going to Japan in September,” said Vieta, 25, who wants to study Japanese at a private school for six months or more. “As you can see, I’m still here.

Japan plans to keep border measures in place until the end of February as it faces a record rise in cases in Tokyo and other major cities. Makoto Shimoaraiso, a Cabinet official working on Japan’s COVID-19 response, said the situation was painful but he asked for patience, noting much higher infection levels overseas.

Japan recently decided to let nearly 400 students in, but many more, including those on scholarships sponsored by foreign governments, are still unable to enter.

A letter to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, signed by hundreds of Japanese scholars and experts and submitted last month as part of a petition, called for the relaxation of border controls to allow educators, students and scholars to continue their studies and work in Japan. He said many had already dropped out of school in Japan, choosing to focus elsewhere, such as South Korea.

“They become bridges between Japan and other societies. They are future policymakers, business leaders, and teachers. They are the foundation of the U.S.-Japan alliance and other international relationships that support national interests. fundamentals of Japan,” the letter reads. “The shutdown harms Japan’s national interests and international relations.”

Japan is not alone in imposing strict border controls, but the policy is drawing criticism from Kishida’s ruling party and the business community.

Taro Kono, an outspoken lawmaker who studied at Georgetown University and served as foreign and defense minister, urged the government to “reopen the country so that students and others awaiting ‘an entry can have a future perspective and make plans’.

Masakazu Tokura, head of Japan’s powerful Keidanren trade organization, recently said the border measures were “unrealistic” and disruptive to business. He called for a quick end to “the locked country situation”.

On Thursday, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, the European Business Council in Japan and the International Bankers Association of Japan, in a joint statement, said the entry ban “has imposed real economic and human costs and croissants”. They urged the government to “quickly adopt a science-based entry policy” to accept vaccinated business travellers, students, teachers and separated family members.

However, border controls enjoy broad public support. Many Japanese people tend to think that problems like the pandemic come from outside their island nation.

Tightening border controls quickly after overseas omicron outbreaks began may have been unavoidable, said Mitsuru Fukuda, professor of crisis management at Nihon University, but the decision to only exclude strangers seems to be aimed at rallying public support. With careful preventive measures, Japan could allow foreign visitors as many other countries do, he said.

“Crisis management is about protecting people’s daily lives and happiness, and people shouldn’t have to compromise their freedom and human rights in exchange for their lives,” Fukuda said.

Japan’s coronavirus cases plunged as delta-variant infections declined in the fall, and Kishida said closing the border to most foreign travelers in late November helped delay the latest spike in infections. . He argues that it is better to overreact than to do too little, too late.

He was likely taking a lesson from his predecessor, Yoshihide Suga, who stepped down after just a year in office, in part because of his administration’s perceived poor handling of the pandemic.

Japan has just started giving boosters, but only 3.5% of the population have received them, and the medical system has not been sufficiently prepared for the latest huge wave of cases, leaving many sick with COVID- 19 to isolate at home.

Border closures have not prevented omicron from entering US military bases, where Japan has no jurisdiction, including troops flying directly into the country without observing Japanese quarantine requirements. They weren’t tested for weeks, until Tokyo asked them to.

Clusters of cases among US troops quickly spread to nearby communities, including those in Okinawa, home to the majority of the 50,000 US troops in Japan, beginning in late December. Infections at US bases topped 6,000 last month.

On Wednesday, Japan reported nearly 95,000 new confirmed cases, a record, and Tokyo’s cases topped 20,000 for the first time. Some pandemic restrictions are now in effect across much of Japan, including Tokyo and other major cities like Osaka and Kyoto, for the first time since September.

Phillip Lipscy, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto in Canada who is part of the petition campaign, said he was refused entry despite his Japanese roots and dedication to studying Japan .

“I grew up in Japan. I am a native speaker of the language, my mother is Japanese and she lives in Tokyo. But under the current policy, I cannot enter Japan because of the color of my passport. “, Lipscy said in an online meeting.

With the outlook uncertain, many people are changing studies or careers, he said.

“These are fateful decisions with long-term consequences,” he said. “Closing the borders is depriving Japan of a generation of admirers, friends and allies.”


This story corrects the name of the Japanese university to Nihon University.


Associated Press reporters Chisato Tanaka in Tokyo, Hernán Muñoz in Barcelona, ​​Spain, and Aritz Parra in Madrid contributed to this report.

Tennessee state senator expelled from office following conviction


The Tennessee State Senate on Wednesday voted to impeach a female senator over her conviction on federal wire fraud charges, the first time the chamber has removed a female senator since at least the Civil War.

Senator Katrina Robinson, 41, who was convicted of wire fraud involving federal grants, was removed from the legislature after a 27-5 vote. The count followed party lines, with 27 Republicans voting for the expulsion and five Democrats voting against, and split over arguments over whether the Senate should continue to let Ms Robinson’s trial proceed. A Democrat was absent for the vote, said Eddie Weeks, the legislative librarian.

“While the ejection of a senator for the first time in history was not something we wanted to see, it was necessary action,” Senate President and Republican Randy McNally said in a statement. communicated after the vote.

Ms Robinson has always denied any wrongdoing, said Brandon Puttbrese, a spokesperson. In an interview on Wednesday, Ms Robinson, who is black, denounced the vote, calling it racist.

“I think today’s vote was an attack on black voting, black political power,” she said. “I think it’s misogynistic. I think it was racist.”

Ahead of the vote, Sen. Sara Kyle, a Democrat, urged lawmakers to vote against the eviction and “let the legal process unfold.”

Mr McNally, who is also Tennessee’s lieutenant governor, said in his statement that lawmakers had given Ms Robinson time to pursue legal motions in court and had given her “full consideration and due process”, but that his actions and refusal to step down made the vote “inevitable”.

Ms. Robinson, a registered nurse and founder of the Healthcare Institute, a for-profit college, was elected in 2018 to represent Shelby County’s 33rd District.

She was accused in 2020 of stealing more than $600,000 in federal grants and using them to pay for campaign events and personal expenses, including her wedding, honeymoon and subsequent divorce, the reports said. federal prosecutors in a complaint at the time.

The complaint says the Institute of Health received more than $2.2 million in federal grants, from 2015 to 2019, on the condition that the money be used to train nursing assistants to care for geriatric patients and provide scholarships. of study as needed for the program.

An investigation into the funds began in 2016 after an anonymous complaint to the Department of Health and Human Services accused Ms Robinson of using $550 of the grant to buy a Louis Vuitton handbag, according to the affidavit.

A judge acquitted Ms Robinson of 15 counts against her and a jury last year found her guilty of four counts of wire fraud, involving around $3,400. Last month, a judge acquitted Ms Robinson of two such charges.

His next court hearing will be in March, according to his spokesperson.

A 2019 advisory issued by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III said the state constitution gives the Senate and House of Representatives the power to expel a member for “disorderly behavior.”

Mr. Weeks, the Legislative Librarian, said in an email that there had been two failed or withdrawn attempts to expel senators in the late 19th century: In 1890 there was a motion, eventually withdrawn, to expel Senator Edward Frazier Mynatt; and in 1882 there was a resolution to remove Senator William Kindred Barrett, which was eventually censured and reprimanded.

But Mr. Weeks said the Tennessee State Senate has not expelled a lawmaker since at least the Civil War.

The most recent impeachment of a state legislator was in 2016, when a state representative was accused of sexual misconduct and expelled from the Tennessee House of Representatives in a special session.

The Way We Were: Julie Babcock – The Resident Community News Group, Inc.


Julie Babcock with one of her award-winning stained glass windows

Some people have a way of reaching entire communities, generations of families. Some people have unwavering faith, innumerable talents, and boundless energy. Some people are just natural servants, givers of good in various ways. Julie Babcock (née Cheves) is one such person.

Julie Cheves, “Pronounced like cheese—Cheevz,” she said, was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital on Halloween in 1941. When she was a first grade at Venetia Elementary, her family , including a younger brother, moved to Gainesville for his father. work as a buying agent for the city. But she had an extended family that still lived in Jacksonville; thus, she spent a lot of time here, especially with her maternal grandmother, Julia “Belle” Jackson, on East Main. “I used to roller skate all around Springfield,” she said. Some of Babcock’s favorite pastimes growing up were skating and bicycling with his Jacksonville friends Joetta Hendry and John Wayne Shycove, in addition to writing poetry.

Bill and Julie Babcock, 2008
Bill and Julie Babcock, 2008

After graduating from college in education at the University of Florida (UF), Babcock landed her first teaching job at Cocoa High in Rockledge. It was there that she met her future husband, Bill Babcock, whose family was originally from Virginia. They were married in December 1964 at First Baptist Church in Gainesville and immediately moved to Virginia to work. The following year, they both attended graduate school at UF, while living with his parents nearby.

In the summer of 1966, the couple moved to Jacksonville not only because of Babcock’s warm affinity for the place, but also because she and her husband wanted their future children to be well educated and happy. they are brought up in a town not so small that they would want to leave and never come back except for a visit. It was a dynamic they had witnessed in the small Virginia town in which they lived. They wanted a hometown big enough for all future children to settle in and pursue a career. And this is where an ironic twist of fate would come to play in Babcock’s life.

In Jacksonville, Babcock landed a position with Jackson and her husband in Bolles. At the same time, she was instrumental in establishing the Lakewood-San Jose Junior Woman’s Club, which did not yet exist. She then served at the state level, leading junior clubs throughout Florida.

Julie Babcock in the Bolles typing room in the 1970s
Julie Babcock in the Bolles typing room in the 1970s

Babcock’s teaching career in Jacksonville began not only with a short stint with Jackson but also with Wolfson and Butler before giving birth to their son, Mark, in October 1970. Two years later, she began working at Bolles alongside her husband, a career that spanned the past 42 years for her, both touching generations of families.

Before Mr. Babcock retired in 2007, he had been head of the social studies department and was named president emeritus; for a time he was the director of student activities, even doing reunion skits. His wife had started out as a typing teacher at Bolles but, having a business background in her background, soon developed an original course for seniors, one the colleges viewed more favorably: Business Survey. Semester-long courses included accounting, business law, economics, and math.

Moving beyond typing and business classrooms, Babcock moved into a consultancy position. She attended the University of Jacksonville to earn her guidance counseling degrees, and for nearly eight years she counseled Bolles students heading to college, even taking groups on bus tours of the Southeast schools. From there, she held the title of Registrar, while teaching her Business Investigations class. Records and testing management came next, taking charge of standardized exams. For several years, she alternated as principal of the school and again as registrar. When she retired in 2014, Babcock was once again responsible for planning standardized tests.

Previously, Mr. and Mrs. Babcock lived in what was then called the San Jose Terrace Apartments on University Boulevard, across from where Albertson was. For more than a decade, the Babcock family of three have lived on the Bolles campus – the staff couple and their student son. At first, Mark had to go to public school because there was no primary school in Bolles at that time. But once he was old enough, Mark attended Bolles and graduated as a salutatorian in his class in 1988.

During school vacations, the Babcocks camped in the mountains of Dillard, Georgia and Franklin, North Carolina. As a young girl, Babcock had learned to camp from her parents; they started in a tent, then moved to an RV in the Pisgah National Forest. “Right now I prefer camping at a Holiday Inn,” Babcock said. She remembers a funny story which, at the time it happened, was not so funny. A bear had entered their cooler and ate every morsel of food but one. Bologna. His father swore never to eat bologna again.

Since 1979, Babcock has lived in the family home in San Jose, near Bolles, and near his Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, which is now 75 years old. Babcock has taken on many active roles there over the years – choir singer, deacon, Sunday school teacher, volunteer receptionist, librarian, and more. Faith is a fortress for her.

Julie Babcock, volunteer librarian at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, circa 2018
Julie Babcock, volunteer librarian at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, circa 2018

In addition to his career in Bolles and his involvement in the Baptist Church, Babcock has been and continues to be a contributor to the wider local community. She supported the Guild of the Jacksonville Symphony Association, which provided scholarships for musical education and contributed to the Instrument Zoo. She is past president and first vice president of the Southside Woman’s Club, having left the junior league at age 40. In 2020, the club placed a small free library at 1200 Oriental Gardens Road, stocked with books for adults and children. . Babcock painted it first, with brightly colored flowers, animals, and ornaments. “Especially during COVID it’s been well used,” she said of the box. The club currently works with students at Greenfield Elementary School in partnership with America’s Best, providing free eye exams and glasses, and Babcock has been instrumental in the cause.

Julie Babcock painting a small free library, 2020
Julie Babcock painting a small free library, 2020

Babcock’s creative side is vast, extending far beyond painting. Prior to the pandemic, she sang with the River City Women’s Chorus and plans to return when protocols permit. She occasionally posts her original prose on Facebook, which she started doing daily during the coronavirus lockdown in response to a photographer’s photo posts. Babcock replied to more than 275 messages from the photographer. “It was my way of keeping in touch with the world,” she said. Babcock also does stained glass and has participated in several art competitions. A passionate gardener, “I wade through the yard,” she says. She also knits and does cross stitch.

“I’m busy all the time,” Babcock said of herself. And she still likes to visit the mountains. Although she is 80, she is 60. “It comes from having spent my whole life with children, from having taught,” she said. When it’s time to rest, she does so with her rescue cat, which bears the same name as her grandmother: Belle.

Julie Babcock with her rescue cat, Belle
Julie Babcock with her rescue cat, Belle

In December 2012, days before their 48th wedding anniversary, Babcock’s husband died. Their son, Mark, calls her every week to check on her. “You couldn’t ask for more,” Babcock said of his son. He and his wife, Laura Bucher, a Jacksonville native who attended Episcopal School, now live in Madrid, Spain. And there’s the ironic twist to Babcock’s story. She visits them almost every year. She has three grandchildren by them – teenage twins who are still in high school and an older one who is attending university in Scotland.

Babcock is the only remaining relative in Jacksonville. In the more than five decades that she has lived here, she has witnessed many changes. “He got bigger. More traffic,” she said. One piece of advice she offered is this: “Be nice to everyone. And always be grateful for what you have.

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! Murcia Today – Six Beagle puppies to be adopted following animal drug trial in Madrid


Publication date: 02/02/2022

The remaining 32 puppies will be sacrificed as part of a liver fibrosis drug study in Spain

Barcelona Science Park and the University of Barcelona sparked huge controversy last month when they announced that 38 Beagle puppies would be slaughtered in the name of medical research. The project will involve subjecting the dogs to drugs before sacrificing them and performing autopsies on their bodies to develop a new drug to treat liver fibrosis and myelofibrosis.

Now, a tiny minority have been granted a reprieve as researchers have confirmed that the first six puppies treated with the drug will not subsequently be killed, but will be given up for adoption. However, the remaining 32 dogs are not so lucky, as scientists claim in the second part of the study it will be ‘imperative’ to carry out autopsies to study the reaction of their tissues before a trial with people can be considered.

“These are diseases with increasing incidence – in Europe, liver fibrosis affects approximately 2.1% of the population and myelofibrosis, between one and nine inhabitants out of 100,000 – for which no data or effective treatment is currently available. “, argued the Science Park. . In addition, European regulations require that a toxicity study be carried out on two species of mammals before a drug is tested on humans, and only one of the two animals can be a rodent.

Six Beagle puppies to be adopted after animal drug trial in Madrid

The animal testing is due to be carried out at Vivotecnia’s headquarters in Madrid in March, but the plans have drawn huge protests from animal rights groups across Spain. Not to be discouraged, the leaders of the study “exhaustively” reviewed all the documentation related to the project “to guarantee strict compliance with the regulations at all times”.

“There are currently no known alternative methods to using these animals that can replace the methodology of this type of research,” the academics insisted.

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Foundation Participants in China Celebrate the Year of the Water Tiger


NEW STORIES. 02/01/2022

The institution runs several projects in the Asian country that cater to more than 500 minors.

the Real Madrid Foundation launched its first project in China in 2011 and has since sensitized more than 4,000 boys and girls to the positive values ​​promoted by sport according to the methodology of the Foundation “Por una educación Real: Valores y deporte” (For a real education: values and sports). The institution runs various projects in the country that support more than 500 children in social sports schools and clinics, which take place across the country in collaboration with Shanghai Veritas Culture & Development Co, the exclusive partner of the clinics organized in the country.

In social sports schools, run in collaboration with the China Youth Development Foundation in the cities of Jinzhai and Tong Liao, minors at risk of exclusion due to their socio-economic situation learn the positive values ​​of team sports by playing football . This season saw the Real Madrid Foundation and the China Youth Development Foundation are deploying a program conducted in a public primary school in Tong Liao, a city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, which is part of the extracurricular activities carried out by the Xincheng School with the support of Mengniu.

​The project is carried out in a predominantly agricultural and livestock region, with limited industrial development and where the majority of the population is of Mongolian origin. The children who attend Jinzhai School are from socio-economically disadvantaged homes and many of them come from mountainous rural areas and therefore during the school year they are placed in a boarding school.

Additionally, through last season’s agreement with Shanghai Veritas Culture & Development Co. It is hoped that children from all over China will be able to participate in nationwide clinics each year in an effort to provide Real Madrid FoundationThe methodology of values ​​education through sport and the clinical experience of high performance to a greater number of minors.

Do you want to be a female pilot? Aviate Academy is waiting for you!


Did you know that becoming a pilot seems out of reach for many people? According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 5.6% of pilots are women and 6% are people of color. Incredibly, obtaining a commercial pilot license in the United States can cost around $100,000. Becoming an airline pilot requires 1,500 flight hours, making these requirements a difficult commitment to fulfill.

Taking action, closing the gap and providing people with educational alternatives, United Airlines officially opened a flight academy – and 80% of students identified as women or people of color.

© United Aviation Academy

As the only major US airline to have a flight training school, United has officially opened the doors of the United Aviate Academy in a historic inaugural class of future pilots. The academy is part of the airline’s goal to hire at least 10,000 new pilots by 2030, or 5,000 former United pilots.

According to the educational institution, their unprecedented training program will dramatically expand access to a lucrative and rewarding career in aviation while meeting United’s world-class safety standards. United currently has around 12,000 drivers. United Boeing 787 and 777 captains can earn more than $350,000 a year. Additionally, United drivers receive one of the highest 401(k) matches in the country – 16% of base salary.

HOLA US! had the opportunity to visit the academy in Goodyear, Arizona and meet the CEO of United Scott Kirbyunited chief pilot Mary Ann Schafferas well as United Aviate Academy students and future pilots Jimena Perez Arroyo and Nathalie Villalpando.

According to Kirby and Schaffer, the academy is a great opportunity to diversify the field and help break down some of the barriers that Latino and Black communities face.

United Aviate Academy female pilots©United Aviate Academy female pilots

“One of the great things about UAA is that we can overcome the huge barriers to entry for women and people of color. It’s really about finding great people with drive, commitment and potential and give them the opportunity,” Kirby said. HELLO ! United States. “It gives me immense pride to think that what we are doing is making a difference. I often say we are going to build the biggest and best airline in aviation history. Yet even when I retire, I hope what people will say about me is that I made a difference in our diversity and sustainability efforts.

United Airlines CEO says corporate America talks about diversity without action; however, what he is doing is real and will have a positive impact on communities. “It’s real action. It’s going to make a difference not only in these people’s lives and in the lives of their families. These are people who I believe will give back to their communities, and that’s by giving people economic opportunities that we will achieve true equality in the country. These are economic opportunities. And that is what we are doing here today,” he said.

United Chief Pilot Mary Ann Schaffer said the program is a game-changer for the industry and she looks forward to the next generation of pilots. “It’s an exciting day. I’m so happy to be back here on campus to see the students who have already started, and I’m looking forward to the next class. I’ll be back and presenting the next lesson in February. This is a game-changer for the industry,” she said.

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For some neighbors of Ukraine, “defending Europe” has another meaning


WARSAW — As the United States mounted warnings of a Russian attack and Western allies called for unity against aggression, the leaders of two NATO members bordering Ukraine headed for a rally in Madrid this weekend called ‘Defending Europe’.

But instead of tackling the Russian threat on Europe’s eastern border, the meeting attended by Polish and Hungarian prime ministers Mateusz Morawiecki and Viktor Orban focused on what populist leaders cite as their most pressing threats: immigration, demographic decline and the European Union crisis.

Even as the two NATO members rely on the alliance for their security, the urgency in Madrid of issues that have long driven them apart from the United States and the European Union has highlighted just how domestic political concerns remain at the forefront of their calculations.

The meeting, which brought together populist and mostly pro-Kremlin standard-bearers from across Europe, also underscored how these policies have clouded what the US sees as a clear case of intimidation by the Russia, a nuclear-armed autocracy, versus Ukraine, a vibrant, if very dysfunctional, democracy.

Mr. Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister, travels to Moscow on Tuesday to meet President Vladimir V. Putin. France’s far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, a staunch Kremlin supporter, was also present at the two-day conclave, as was Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, which has long called for an end to EU sanctions on Moscow for its 2014 annexation of Crimea and military incursions into eastern Ukraine.

A statement released after the Madrid rally made no mention of Ukraine, although it deplored “Russia’s aggressive actions on Europe’s eastern border”. Rather, he insists on the need to form a united front in favor of “family policies”, Christianity and the exclusion of immigrants. The European Union, according to the statement, has become “detached from reality”, leading to “demographic suicide”. ”

Poland is a country with a long and traumatic history of Russian aggression. His joining a rally focused on attacking the European Union in a time of crisis on its eastern border underlined how much the ruling party sees Brussels as a threat.

Poland regularly denounces Moscow and supports the presence on its territory of around 4,500 American troops and a US-led missile defense facility. But, enraged by EU criticism of its restrictions on judicial independence, LGBTQ rights and other issues, the ruling party has increasingly turned its fire on Brussels.

“Polish foreign policy has been completely subservient to domestic needs and is now about ending interference from the European Union,” said Roman Kuzniar, a professor at the University of Warsaw who advised the previous pro-European government. from his country.

While tiny Baltic states have sent arms to Ukraine and worked to forge a united front against Moscow, Poland, the largest and most militarily powerful country in the region, has “been very passive and has not nothing serious to say,” added Professor Kuzniar.

After weeks of procrastination, the Polish authorities announced on Monday that they would offer “defensive weapons” to Ukraine. Prime Minister Morawiecki, who is visiting the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Tuesday, expressed his “unwavering support” for Ukraine against “Russian neo-imperialism” which, he said, threatened to “destabilize” the European bloc.

Jacek Bartosiak, the founder of Strategy and Future, a research group, defended the government’s caution, saying Poland had too much at stake in Ukraine to risk hasty moves. Poland, he said, “is the most important piece of the puzzle in the game being played around Ukraine.”

The blurring of foreign policy with domestic policy mirrors a similar phenomenon in the United States, where the Republican right has challenged the Biden administration’s support for Ukraine and questioned whether Russia might be a more worthy cause.

Few Poles express sympathy for Russia. But there is also deep mistrust of Ukraine, the western part of which belonged to Poland before World War II, especially among nationalists who consider the massacre of tens of thousands of Poles to be genocide. by Ukrainian nationalists during the conflict.

“Anti-Ukrainian sentiment is the ABC of Polish nationalism,” said Marek Swierczynski, security expert at Politika Insight, a research group in Warsaw. “Everything in Poland these days has become so politicized,” he added, noting that law and justice have been reluctant to embrace Ukraine too closely because “part of their base might turn against against them”.

Hostility to Russia typically crosses political divides, but has been overshadowed by hostility to Brussels, the ruling party’s favorite pet peeve.

Jarosław Kaczyński, the head of law and justice and de facto leader of Poland, regularly rants against the European bloc, saying in December that it was becoming a German-led “Fourth Reich”, but said nothing publicly on the Ukrainian crisis.

Liberal critics of Mr Kaczynski note that his emphasis on defending traditional Christian values ​​against what he sees as decadent intrusions by the European Union is almost indistinguishable from the Kremlin’s favorite propaganda trope. .

But while siding with the Kremlin in Europe’s culture wars, Europe’s nationalist populists are bitterly divided over whether to reject or embrace Mr Putin, a rift that has hampered their efforts to make common cause. At the rally in Madrid, which followed a similar event in Warsaw in December, Mr. Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, insisted that a reference to Russian aggression be included in the final declaration. Ms Le Pen objected and issued her own statement which made no mention of Russia.

George Simion, the leader of a right-wing Romanian political party, called the meeting a ‘disaster’ because of divisions over Russia, which he sees as a threat blocking his own pet political cause, the union of Romania with neighboring Moldova, a territory seized by Moscow in 1940.

Poland’s high-profile presence at such a gathering has caused dismay among critics of law and justice, particularly opposition leader Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who has stressed the awareness of Ukraine and close relations with the European Union.

Denouncing the Madrid meeting as “anti-Ukrainian and pro-Putin”, Mr Tusk had urged the prime minister not to attend. Among the parties present was an Estonian far-right group whose leader campaigned for the elections with the anti-immigrant slogan: “If you are black, come back!”

Mr. Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, has a long history of dealing with Moscow and bickering with Kyiv, particularly over its policy towards ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine. Like Law and Justice in Poland, his Fidesz party has built its political brand around the fight with the European Union, from which the two countries have received billions of dollars in aid but which serves as an easy punching bag in national political battles. .

Facing a tough election in April, Mr Orban went further than any other European national leader in reaching out to Moscow and demonizing the European bloc.

His opponents urged him on Monday to cancel his Tuesday visit to see Mr Putin for talks over gas contracts and the expansion of a Russian nuclear project in Hungary.

Peter Marki-Zay, the flag bearer of an unusually united opposition camp in the April elections, said the trip to Moscow meant that “Hungary has betrayed its Western allies” and “betrayed the millennial dream of western integration country”.

Aside from the Baltic states, which have been unwavering in their support for Ukraine, Europe’s formerly communist eastern fringe has sent mixed messages, pledging loyalty to NATO, which now includes most of the former members of the defunct Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, but sometimes expressing distrust of Ukraine.

In the starkest break from NATO’s stance of solidarity with Ukraine, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, who joined the alliance in 2009 with Poland, said last week that Ukraine should never to be admitted to NATO, a point of view that Moscow warmly shares. In the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine, the president said: “Croatia must get away from it like fire.”

His comment, however, was driven less by the Ukraine crisis than by domestic political wrangling with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who belongs to a rival political party and has expressed strong support for Ukraine. The Prime Minister issued a statement this week noting that Ukraine deserves support as one of the first countries to recognize Croatia as an independent country after its separation from Yugoslavia during the early Balkan Wars. of the 1990s.

The history of past wars weighs heavily on governments in the region, where gratitude for past support collides with bitter memories of betrayal, often by the same people.

In Poland, Poles massacred by Ukrainian nationalists during World War II rival earlier memories of how Ukrainian soldiers helped Poland defeat invading Soviet troops in 1920 on the banks of the Vistula River near Warsaw.

“Our history is very difficult,” said Mr. Swierczynski, the Polish security expert.

Benjamin Novak contributed reporting from Budapest and Anatol Magdziarz from Warsaw.

Syracuse Abroad to Host 3rd Annual Abroad Summer Fair


Syracuse Abroad is ready to take students to new heights this summer with more than 20 unique programs abroad. In the summer of 2022, students can discover the vibrancy of dozens of cultures abroad through interactive and immersive learning experiences.

On February 1, students, faculty, and staff are invited to the 3rd Annual Summer Study Abroad Fair, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the atrium of the Schine Student Center (behind Dunkin’ Donuts ). Students will have the opportunity to meet international summer program advisors, faculty who will lead summer programs, and Syracuse Abroad summer program alumni. Visit Syracuse’s Upcoming Events Abroad page for more event information.

Summer 2022 programs

In summer 2022, Syracuse Abroad will launch a new customizable multi-city summer program, offering classes and internships in Florence and London. This blended summer session will allow students to choose the duration, location(s) and courses of their program according to their academic needs, interests and schedule. Students can spend between one week and eight weeks in either or both locations, with the option of taking culturally enriching classes or participating in an internship. In addition to academic programming, center activities at each location may include city tours, food tastings, and day trips to nearby towns.

Summer students in Madrid, 2021

Summer sessions will also take place in Madrid and Strasbourg, with a host of courses and programs offered in each location to satisfy any student’s interest. In Madrid, students will spend five weeks taking one or two courses, living with a host family or in a local hall of residence. Courses include Cross-Cultural Psychology PSY 400, Sexuality in Spain SOC/QSX/WGS 306/600, Sports Business BUA 300.2, and more. In Strasbourg, students will live with a French host family and take one or two courses including French for Diplomacy, Engineering Research Projects, Internships and Religion, Law and Human Rights in a comparative perspective. Students can connect virtually with staff in Florence, London and Madrid via Zoom on February 3. Learn more here.

In addition to the Syracuse Centers programs, students can participate in a variety of faculty-led programs and internships. Explore the fascinating history of sport in Australia, architectural design environments in Japan or political studies in the Middle East. Internships will be offered in 10 different locations including Uganda, Tel Aviv, Brussels and many more. See all summer programs.

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19 on all international travelers this summer, Syracuse Abroad has implemented extensive health and safety precautions and support measures for each Central Syracuse location. These comprehensive plans were developed in collaboration with campus experts and public health officials, in accordance with local regulations and resources. Review the COVID-19 center plans.

Summer Funding Opportunities

Syracuse University is committed to making the Syracuse experience abroad possible for all students. In partnership with ESE and Invest Syracuse, Syracuse Abroad is pleased to provide a variety of assistance options available to students participating in the 2022 summer programs, including the scholarships and aids listed below. Review summer funding opportunities.

Merit-based summer scholarships

Syracuse Abroad is also pleased to announce the return of merit-based scholarships for summer 2022 study abroad programs. Syracuse University undergraduate students with high academic achievement may apply for a limited number of $1,000 merit-based scholarships to participate in exciting, academically challenging, and innovative summer programs abroad. For more information and to find out how to apply for a merit scholarship, students can visit their OrangeAbroad application portal.

Need-based financial assistance

The Office of Financial Aid awards Study Abroad Scholarships (SAG) to undergraduate students, based on financial need, ranging from $250 to $2,000 for three credits and from $500 to $4,000 $ for six credits. Need is determined by information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the previous academic year and is available for all summer programs. Once accepted into a summer program, students will automatically be considered for these scholarships and alerted by the Office of Financial Aid if a scholarship has been awarded.

Enjoy the summer of 2022 and apply now. The deadline is February 10, 2022 and applications for summer programs are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information on summer programs, email International Summer Program Advisors Stephanie Ramin or Myles Chalue.

Couple behind Nomos RED create ultimate family home in Palm Desert

Today, the house that speaks an international language gives another boost to regional architecture while providing a foundation for the couple’s design-build growth.

With five projects underway and more in the planning stages, their next step will bring clubs modernist specimens filled with mid-century materials, but only where they are welcome. They recently got laid off from a job behind the doors when the HOA insisted on rounded corners, molded columns, a gable roof and smaller windows. Floor-to-ceiling glass? Verboten. “Even though they loved our design, they totally opposed it,” Castaneda says. “For this club, modern architecture is a trend. They prefer a conventional Mediterranean style to maintain their guidelines. In their world, function follows form,” so the business ended before it began.

A word of support on devoted beliefs came from Bueso-Inchausti’s architect father. She comes from a line of architects and developers in Spain, and the couple had interned during the summers at her practice. His advice: Never do anything you won’t be proud of. “It takes two to three years for a project to become a reality,” explains Castaneda. “He was saying that if, at the end of all this hard work, you’re not going to be proud and want to show it, then don’t bother doing it.”

Bueso-Inchausti takes a nostalgic look at the custom furniture they designed for the home and a favorite shaded seating area under a new wide overhang. “We try to balance what we think is best for the city with what we think is best,” she says. “It makes us proud while earning a living.” A very modern life.

Can I use student loans to rent?


Obtaining a higher education can be terribly expensive and in order to cover this initial cost in hopes that it will improve your future income, many American students take out student loans. These funds go directly to the school which she uses to pay tuition and all school-related costs first.

Any excess money will be returned to the borrower as reimbursement can be used to cover other expenses, including rent. Ideally, however, you want to incur as little debt as possible while you graduate, which means you will need to budget wisely for the use of the money that has been loaned to you.

How is the amount of your student loan determined?

When you apply for federal student financial aid, your institution’s financial aid office will determine the amount of financial aid you are eligible for. Eligibility to receive a federal student loan “depends on your expected family contribution, your year in school, your enrollment status, and the cost of attending the school you will attend.” according to the Ministry of Education.

The financial aid staff will use a formula to calculate the amount of need-based aid you may receive. This is determined by looking at the cost of attending school and then subtracting your expected family contribution.

The amount of financial assistance that those who apply for assistance but do not need it can receive is determined using the cost of participation less any financial aid already given, which includes aid from all sources, such as need-based aid and private scholarships, among others.

What expenses can funds from student loans be used to pay?

When determining the cost of participation, financial aid staff consider several factors, including tuition and fees, books, supplies, equipment, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses, as well as room and board in on-campus school accommodation or rent for off-campus accommodation. Additionally, other factors such as special needs disability, child care or other dependent care costs are included. Even “reasonable costs for eligible study abroad programs” are considered.

Federal student loans are decided for the entire academic year and must be renewed each year. The sooner you know where you are going to live will help you determine how much money you will need to cover your school attendance costs.

Once you have obtained a federal student loan, you should know that the funds are disbursed in at least two periodic packages. You will need to calculate your monthly budget to avoid needing additional financial assistance through private loans which may have higher interest rates and do not provide most of the benefits of federal loans.

How to Apply for a Federal Student Loan

In order to get the ball rolling, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as soon as possible during the previous academic year. When you have committed to attending college, you will want to submit your FAFSA as soon as possible to allow the federal government to review your case. FAFSA forms are available on October 1 each year and you will need to submit them by your state’s deadline.

In addition to calculating the school’s financial aid staff, the Ministry of Education will need to know your parents’ economic situation and your status as a dependent. If you need help filling out the form, the government’s Federal Student Aid website provides a guide.

Thakkar brings powerful change to Montgomery Township GOP


January 27, 2022

On January 27, 2022, the Montgomery Township Republican Organization unanimously elected Rosy Thakkar, longtime resident and dedicated community leader, as President. Thakkar becomes the first woman, the first South Asian American, and the first Sikh American to lead the Montgomery GOP.

Outgoing President and former Mayor Ed Trzaska congratulated Thakkar on his election. “Rosy has been a generous and hardworking member of our community for years, and I know her responsive and inclusive leadership style will serve our group and our township well,” Trzaska remarked. “I couldn’t think of anyone better suited for this position, and I can’t wait to see what Rosy will accomplish in this role. The future looks bright for the Montgomery Township Republican Party.

After acknowledging the many accomplishments of several local Republican leaders, including Trzaska, Mark Caliguire, Ted Maciag and Christine Madrid, Thakkar outlined his plan to “revive” and “revitalize” Montgomery’s Republican group and grow the organization “from of zero”. Thakkar continued, “My top priority is to give Republicans a real platform to organize and voice their concerns, while also engaging in heartfelt outreach to unaffiliated residents and Democrats, so that we can work together. to continue to improve the township we call home.

In her more than twenty years as a Skillman resident, Rosy Thakkar has been an active member of the community, including supporting the public school system, where her two children were enrolled in K-12. Thakkar served on the Montgomery Township Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) as well as the Montgomery Township Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA), and hosted a variety of notable community events, including the Back to School BBQ school dedicated to meeting special needs students.

Drawing on these experiences, Thakkar noted that “Montgomery Township wouldn’t be the incredible place it is today without the tireless and often thankless work of so many dedicated members of our community. Those who help maintain the high quality of our public education system; our all-volunteer EMS team; our police and fire departments, who stand the risk of protecting each and every one of us – they are the everyday heroes whose unwavering dedication drives this city forward and whose efforts our organization will strive to support.

Somerset County Republican Organization chairman Tim Howes also praised Thakkar. “Rosy Thakkar brings energy, common sense and a fresh perspective to the chair. She will build the party and continue the Montgomery RMS tradition of excellence.

As one of the first Sikh and South Asian American women to assume a leadership role in the Republican Party, Thakkar’s election has already begun to capture the attention of several key party leaders, including Jack Ciattarelli. , the party’s 2021 standard bearer: “Rosy Thakkar’s election as Montgomery Township’s Republican Town Chairperson is an exciting development for the local party, as well as the Somerset County Republican organization. I have looking forward to working with Rosy on candidate recruitment, fundraising and winning elections in the township, county and all other levels of government”

While noting that a lot of hard work awaited her, Thakkar said she was up for the challenge. “Above all, I want every resident to know that they will always have a chance to be heard by the Montgomery Township Republican Organization in the future. By listening sincerely to one another and always offering a seat at the table to anyone who seeks to get involved, we will work together to resolve any issues that come our way and maintain our city’s status as the one of the best places to live in the entire country.”

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New Mexico Legislative Session 2022: Education Bills to Watch


Since the 2022 New Mexico legislative session opened on January 18, lawmakers have introduced numerous bills aimed at improving education in New Mexico.

Some of the proposed laws address a statewide teacher shortage while others create new educational programs and opportunities for students. Some bills create new opportunities for New Mexicans to advance their education and train to meet the state’s labor needs.

Here are some education-related bills to watch for in New Mexico’s 55th Legislature:

Facing the shortage of educators

Lawmakers have introduced a number of bills aimed at addressing the shortage of educators across the state of New Mexico.

According to the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Evaluation and Policy Center, the number of teaching vacancies statewide nearly doubled from 571 in 2020 to 1,048 in 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a breakdown of those bills:

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham delivers her annual State of the State Address, January 18, 2022 via YouTube.

Increase the salary of certified teachers

Senate Bill 1 would increase the minimum teacher salary from $40,000 to $50,000 for Tier One teachers, from $50,000 to $60,000 for Tier Two teachers and from $60,000 to $70,000. $ for level three teachers.

The bill is associated with a general increase of 7% for all teachers in the state. Lawmakers said the increases would help New Mexico teacher salaries to be competitive with surrounding states and help school districts recruit and retain educators.

Teacher increases have been a key focus of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration.

“New Mexico educators deserve better pay – it’s as simple as that,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said when she announced plans for the increase Dec. 1.

As of January 28, the bill was passed unanimously by the Senate Education Committee and is currently before the Senate Finance Committee.

Teacher Residence Changes

House Bill 13 would expand the state’s teacher residency program to include senior students in a state-approved education program. The New Mexico Teachers’ Residency Program pairs students with expert teachers to co-teach in underprivileged districts.

Current teacher residency legislation focuses on alternative licensing, which allows university graduates outside the field of education to become teachers.

The bill would also increase allowances for residents from $20,000 per year to $35,000 per year. Representative Debra Sariñana (D-21) said the increased stipend would help support teachers through the program so they don’t have to find a second job when their residency ends.

On January 24, the House Education Committee passed the bill and it was sent to the House Appropriation and Finance Committee.

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Students participate in an interactive lesson in Amy Hollis' classroom at Carlsbad Early College High School during the first day of school.

Retired students returning to work

House Bill 73 would change the wording of the Education Retirement Act allowing more retired teachers to return to work without losing their retirement benefits.

Under the current legislature, retired teachers must wait a full year before being allowed to return to work. If passed, the bill would allow these educators to return to work after 90 days.

On January 25, the House Education Committee passed the bill and he was with the House Labor, Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs Committee on January 28.

Public school programs

Personal Finance Courses for Graduation and Personal Finance as a School Option

Senate Bill 177 would require high school students to take a personal finance course — formerly called a financial literacy course — to graduate from high school. If adopted as is, the new requirements will come into effect for students entering ninth grade in 2022.

The bipartisan bill was sponsored by Senator Shannon Pinto (D-3) and Senator Gay Kernan (R-42).

The bill was sent to the Senate Committee of Committees on January 26.

House Bill 130 would also allow high school students to take an elective personal finance course. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-16), Rep. Willie Madrid (D-53), Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-32), Rep. Anthony Allison (D-4) and the representative. Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R-44).

The bill was sent to the House Education Committee on January 24.

School Cybersecurity Program

House Bill 122 would allocate $45 million to develop a statewide network of educational technology infrastructure under the DEP. According to the bill, 87 school districts and 73 charter schools would participate in the program if passed.

The cybersecurity program would include cybersecurity assurance support, planning and management of cybersecurity projects, development of a response and recovery plan and quarterly reviews, strengthening of infrastructure, operations , cyberenvironment processes and systems, monitoring network activity, and training employees and students.

The bipartisan bill was sponsored by Rep. Willie Madrid (D-53), Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-38), Rep. Raymundo Lara (D-34), and Rep. Joy Garratt (D-29).

The bill was sent to the House Education Committee on January 24.

Fourth graders at Cottonwood Elementary commemorated the new STEM lab donated by Devon.

STEM School Pilot Program

House Bill 115 would allow the New Mexico Department of Public Education to create a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pilot project. The project was an eight-year study that would be used to create a curriculum support model for STEM teachers and students.

If adopted as proposed, the project would be administered in collaboration with New Mexico Highlands University and Western New Mexico University. The bill would create a fund and allocate $5 million to the program.

The bill was sent to the House Education Committee on January 21.

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Outdoor Learning Program Funding

Senate Bill 32 would create an outdoor learning program as part of DEP. The bill would allocate $500,000 to establish the program and hire an outdoor learning specialist. The funds would also be used to build outdoor classrooms.

Student experts who testified during the legislative session explained that an outdoor classroom would consist of a weather-protected outdoor space that could be used like any other classroom.

The bill was unanimously approved by the House Education Committee on January 26 and has been sent to the Senate Finance Committee.

Higher education and adult training

Adult Online Scholarship Act

House Bill 58 would create an online adult scholarship program under the New Mexico Department of Higher Education to meet some of the state’s most critical labor needs. . The bill would create an endowment fund that would distribute $2 million a year in scholarships under the program.

The program would also prioritize scholarships for students from rural areas, minority students, low-income students and students who are the first in the family to attend college.

The bill was sent to the House Education Committee on January 19.

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New Mexico State University Carlsbad's nursing program jumped from fifth to third place in the latest registernursing.com rankings.

Develop the nursing program at the College

Senate Bill 50 would allocate $15 million for Nursing Program Expansion Grants in response to a statewide nursing shortage.

According to the 2021 New Mexico Health Workforce Report from the University of New Mexico, the state needed 6,223 registered nurses.

The bill was sent to the House Labor, Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs Committee on January 19.

Claudia Silva is a reporter for UNM’s Local Reporting Fellowship. She can be reached at [email protected], by phone at 575-628-5506 or on Twitter @thewatchpup.

George A. Burnett will assume the presidency of the University of Phoenix, effective February 1, 2022 | Your money


PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 28, 2022–

George A. Burnett has been selected to lead the University of Phoenix as president, effective Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. Burnett will succeed Peter Cohen, who has served as president of the university since 2017. Cohen will become president emeritus, moving into an advisory role to the university’s board of trustees and senior management after nearly five years with the university.

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“I am delighted to have George succeed me at the helm of this great institution,” Cohen said. “He is the right leader at the right time in the continued evolution of the University of Phoenix as an institution highly focused and committed to helping working adults improve their careers and lives through education and development. developing the professional skills needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing workplace.”

Burnett joins the University of Phoenix at a pivotal time as the higher education landscape has changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is poised to evolve even more as the workplace also changes. and that employees and employers are at a crossroads, as evidenced by the Great Resignation among other indicators. As a mission-driven institution of higher learning, focused on its goal of helping working adults, primarily the first generation, gain higher education and job skills to help them enhance their careers and future , the University of Phoenix is ​​evolving and innovating to help its students succeed in this rapidly changing work and higher education environment.

A former college president, as well as a business leader, Burnett is well positioned to lead the university into the future: “I am thrilled to join the University of Phoenix at this important time in its history. I am so impressed by what the university has accomplished over the past 4.5 years under the leadership of President Cohen, and I am honored by the incredible dedication of employees and faculty to student success and the mission of the University I look forward to joining this essential mission to serve adult learners seeking to enhance their career and professional goals.

Most recently, Burnett served as executive vice president of Academic Partnerships, which supports online degree programs at public universities. He is also a former President and CEO of Northcentral University, a regionally accredited institution. Prior to joining Northcentral, Burnett was President and CEO of Alta Colleges. He was also Director of Marketing for Qwest Communications International and held several leadership positions at AT&T after beginning his career at D’Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles, a global advertising agency. He is also currently an observer on the board of Universidad Europea, based in Madrid. Burnett received his BA from Dartmouth College and returned to the Amos Tuck School in Dartmouth for his MBA.

During Cohen’s nearly five-year tenure, the university has evolved to meet the changing needs and preferences of working adult learners, even during a historic pandemic. New competency-based curricula that recognize mature student work experience for credit, creating a shorter and more cost-effective path to graduation, have been introduced. So plan career assessments and career coaches to help students at the start and end of their higher education journey to prepare for possible career opportunities. Professional development courses are now part of the university’s offerings to working adults. And, the university has also increased its focus and provided more resources through student support teams, knowing that for the university’s adult learners – nearly 65% ​​of whom have dependents and more than 80 % are working – life intervenes and students need easily accessible support, guidance and flexibility. Under Cohen’s leadership, the university has also built a values-based culture with a highly engaged workforce and a goal-oriented orientation that is the foundation of its work to help students succeed.

About the University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix is ​​continually innovating to help working adults improve their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life ® help students more effectively pursue their professional and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.

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He is a doctor. He is an actor. It’s an Indie Heartthrob.

The actors have long been engaged in side projects: some use their free time to write books, while others even lead rock bands. But it’s fair to say that few comedians navigate a dual career quite like Anders Danielsen Lie, who currently stars as a persistent lover in both ‘Bergman Island’ and ‘The Worst Person in the World’ – a double independent film title that prompted a reviewer to double it “the next big arthouse ex-boyfriend” – while working full-time as a doctor in Oslo.

“It was overwhelming,” Lie, 43, told me in a recent video chat, and he wasn’t kidding: In early January, he was named Best Supporting Actor by the National Society of Film Critics even as he worked three days a week at a vaccination center in Oslo and two days a week as a general practitioner. “It seems a bit abstract because as an actor the most important part of making a movie is the actual shooting,” he said. “Then when the movie comes out, it’s kind of a surreal experience.”

Expect things to get even more surreal with the famous “The worst person in the worldfinally hits US theaters on February 4. In this romantic comedy-drama from director Joachim Trier, Renate Reinsve – who won Best Actress for the role at the Cannes Film Festival – plays 20-year-old Julie. something trying to figure out his future. For a time, she reconnects with Lie’s character, Aksel, an older, charismatic comic book artist, and embraces his sedentary life as her own. But even when they break up and Julie discovers new pursuits, she finds her bond with the rogue Aksel hard to shake.

Lie has already collaborated with Trier on the films “Reprise” (2008) and “Oslo, August 31” (2012), but “The worst person in the world” turned out to be a breakthrough: Already the Internet has made video tributes to his character, and the film struck a chord with an audience that prefers simple, human stakes to superhuman stakes. “It felt like we were doing something very local out of Oslo, and we were afraid that someone else in the world would understand,” Lie said. “But people on the other side of the planet can relate to it. That’s what’s so good about feature films, they bring people together.

Here are edited excerpts from our conversation.

With Aksel and Julie, it feels like the qualities that drew them to each other end up pulling them apart. How would you sum up their relationship?

He’s good at articulating his emotions and thoughts, and that’s probably something she wanted at an earlier stage in their relationship, but at this point she’s just annoyed by it. He’s a nice enough person, but he also tries, in a subtle way, to dominate her by using language as a tool, because that’s what he does well.

Is Aksel a “bad boyfriend”, as recent Vanity Fair article affirmed?

I don’t see him as a bad boyfriend at all, actually. She’s not bad; it is not bad; they are just human. They’re put in situations where they have to make tough choices and end up feeling like the worst people in the world, but it’s not really their fault. It’s life’s fault, in a way.

In the film, we see Julie oscillating between different identities, trying out new jobs, new passions. Do you act the same way at this age?

Personally, I thought my 20s and 30s were tough years because I spent so much time trying to figure out who I was and what to do. I still haven’t made that choice, but it doesn’t bother me that much anymore. I am quite happy to have two children and a wife. It may be as simple as that.

When you were younger, did you feel compelled to make an ultimate choice between acting and medicine?

This has been my ongoing identity crisis.

Maybe it’s just the bifurcated life you feel most suited to.

It’s definitely a bifurcated life, and sometimes it feels like an identity crisis because it’s just a lot of hustle and bustle that makes the timeline work. It’s difficult to reconcile these two professions, and sometimes I also wonder who I am. I try to think I’m something deeper than that: I’m not the doctor or the actor, I’m someone else, and those are just roles I step into.

Your mother is an actress. Has that affected the way you look at an actor’s life?

My mom isn’t the typical actress – she’s not a diva or anything like that. He’s a very ordinary person, and I think it’s important to have a foot in reality if you want to portray people on screen with confidence and credibility. But I grew up seeing what it’s like to be an actress and what it’s like to be a doctor, and I ended up being both! I should probably go to psychoanalysis or something.

Your father was a doctor. It almost split you in two, didn’t it?

Exactly. It may be an inherited disease.

Does one career inform the other?

Working as an actor has improved my communication skills as a doctor because acting is so much about listening to other actors and trying to establish good communication, often with people you don’t know very well, and that kinda reminds me of working as a doctor. I meet people, often for the first time, and they present me with a very private problem, and I need to get the right information to help them. It is a very delicate and difficult communication work, in fact.

You made your film debut at the age of 11 in a film called “Herman”. How did it happen?

My mom had worked with the director, so she knew he was looking for a boy my age, and she asked me if I was interested in auditioning. I didn’t really know what I had signed up for – I was 10 and it was like a game we were playing. I remember when the director wanted me to do the part, he came to our house with flowers and said, ‘Congratulations’, and I was scared because I realized, ‘Now I really have to play that role and deliver. For the first time, I felt this anguish of not doing a good job, exactly the same feeling that I can feel now in front of a shoot that really matters to me. I can be afraid of not being up to it.

After this movie, you didn’t work as an actor for 16 years.

“Herman” was an overwhelming experience. I felt like I was playing with explosives. I was dealing with emotions and manipulating my psyche in a pretty scary way.

Do you think feeling overwhelmed by this as a child might influence your decision to lead this bifurcated life? Acting can never completely overwhelm you now because you also have a completely different career at the same time.

You should be an analyst. I think you’re onto something here because I always thought it wouldn’t be good for me to work full time as an actor, especially when the roles are really dark and emotional. I often thought I had to find a psychologically sustainable way to work as an actor. I don’t know if I’m still there, but I’m starting to see how I can protect myself.

It’s interesting that you rejected it for so long, until Joachim Trier asked you to audition for “Reprise”. If that hadn’t happened, do you think you would ever have gone back to acting?

When I was asked to audition for Joachim’s first film, I had no intention of acting – I had a year left in medical school and had to other planes. But I’ve often wondered why I keep doing this, because I’m very neurotic as a person and if I perform on stage I get very, very nervous. It’s expensive for me to do it, and I often ask, “Why are you doing it if it’s so hard?”

So why are you doing it?

I think the process of creating fiction and the transgressive experience of stepping into that fictional character is something that fascinates me. It’s as if you’re discovering and amplifying potentials within yourself that you’re probably not able to explore in real life.

Have you ever done this “hang out in LA, meet Hollywood people” thing, or do you still keep it all at bay?

I’ve been to LA many times, but I have no naive illusions about what it’s like to be a movie actor. It’s important to me to be in this industry for the right reasons. I certainly have ambitions, but I hope they are more artistic and not professional ambitions.

I think those are good ambitions to have. I’ve seen European actors who have a great time like yours, and they cash in quickly to play the bad guy in an American comic book movie.

Maybe it would be a lot of fun to play this character! But I try to have a long-term perspective. I want to work with this for a long time, and I don’t want to be someone who appears for a year and then you never hear from this actor again. I want to build a long-term career.

After all that happened last year, did you feel more drawn to theater or medicine?

In an ideal world, I would like to continue doing both. Over the past five years or so, I think I’ve managed to find a balance that makes sense and doesn’t wear me out too much. But I do not know. I keep postponing this final choice.

If there hasn’t been a definitive choice so far, maybe there never will be.

You may be right. We will see.

HydraFacial, a BeautyHealth Company, Opens HFX Experience Center in New York | News


LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 27, 2022–

The BeautyHealth company “BeautyHealth” or the “Company”; (NASDAQ: SKIN), a global beauty and health category builder leading the charge with HydraFacial™, its flagship brand, today announced the opening of the HydraFacial HFX Experience Center in New York. The New York Experience Center is the 9th largest HFX location worldwide, others include Long Beach, Orlando, Chicago, Dallas, Tokyo, Shanghai, Madrid and Mexico City.

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Opening day at the HydraFacial HFX Experience Center in New York. (Photo: Hai Ngo)

HydraFacial HFX was launched in 2018 as the first immersive two-day educational experience designed to advance the skills of aesthetic professionals and help them develop client engagement techniques, hone protocol skills and grow their business, with a focus on sales skills, social media and marketing techniques. Additionally, these experience centers allow the brand to host consumer, supplier, HydraFacialist, press and influencer events throughout the year.

Education is an important area of ​​investment for HydraFacial,” said Ben Baum, Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer of HydraFacial. “We offer in-person, virtual, short-term and long-term training opportunities, providing an option for every BeautyHealth expert who strives to deliver a superior experience. HFX Experience Centers are an important part of our educational platform, and we’re thrilled to finally have one in New York.

HydraFacial HFX participants can expect to earn:

  • Increased customer retention by using HydraFacial as a beauty health essential
  • Trust in client consultations to effectively sell and personalize treatments
  • Concepts of menu strategy and creation
  • Knowledge of our outstanding industry partnerships
  • Expertise in combining HydraFacial with other treatments
  • A strategy to implement an action plan for business growth
  • Improved experience with HydraFacial boosters, products and modalities
  • A structure to accelerate revenue by positioning signature event memberships
  • Creative ideas on how to position HydraFacial Perk™ for best treatment results
  • Ability to leverage resources to increase profits

To register or learn more about HFX courses, visit connect.hydrafacial.com/hfx-franchise/

About Beauty Health Company

BeautyHealth is a category-building health and beauty company focused on bringing innovative products to market. Our flagship brand, HydraFacial, is a non-invasive, accessible beauty health platform and ecosystem with a powerful community of estheticians, consumers and partners, connecting medical and consumer retail to democratize and personalize solutions. skincare for the masses. HydraFacial uses a unique delivery system to cleanse, extract and hydrate with our patented hydradermabrasion technology and super serums made with nourishing ingredients, delivering immediate results and creating an instantly gratifying glow in just three steps and 30 minutes. HydraFacial® and Perk™ products are available in over 87 countries with over 19,000 delivery systems worldwide and millions of treatments performed each year. For more information, visit the brand on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or at HydraFacial.com. For our Investor Relations website, please visit https://investors.beautyhealth.com/.

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15-year-old Endrick becomes Brazilian football’s latest sensation


Playing in the final of an Under-21 tournament for Brazilian club Palmeiras, 15-year-old Endrick collected the ball behind the halfway line and started running towards goal.

He passed a few defenders with ease. A third knocks him down a few meters later, but Endrick gets up quickly after a roll on the ground and continues with the ball.

A fourth defender had to step in to help him, eventually stopping him from a heavy foul.

Endrick lay on the ground for a few moments, arms outstretched, as the crowd continued to cheer from the stands.

Endrick Felipe Moreira de Sousa is Brazil’s latest teenage sensation, the next promising star catching the eye of European football.

The talented striker had already scored a goal in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Santos in the Copa Sao Paulo final, Brazil’s most traditional youth competition, and won the best player and best player awards. goal – a beautiful bicycle shot from outside the box. in the quarter-finals.

This week, Endrick made the front page of Spanish sports daily Marca, receiving more prominence than tennis great Rafael Nadal after one of his Australian Open wins. The newspaper said Real Madrid are the favorites to try and sign him, although there have also been talks of Barcelona and other top clubs also wanting to join the race.

Endrick – who impresses with his solid runs, smart finishing and shrewd ability to get around opponents – doesn’t even have a pro contract yet. He will only be able to sign one in Brazil when he turns 16 in July. A move to Europe will only be allowed by FIFA at the age of 18.

His path could be similar to that taken by other recent promising Brazilian stars such as Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, who struck early deals with Madrid as teenagers and then crossed the Atlantic after turning 18. The Spanish central paid nearly 45 million euros. (US$50.3 million) for each player.

Endrick, who moved to Sao Paulo with his family just to try his luck with Palmeiras, is represented by the same people as Vinicius.

His rapid rise has prompted some Palmeiras fans to call for him to be included in the squad for the Club World Cup in February, but coach Abel Ferreira says it’s too early to tell. have in the main team. He said a “trip to Disneyland” would be more fitting for Endrick and his family at this time.

“There’s no rush. He’s only 15,” said Ferreira, the Portuguese coach who has led Palmeiras to back-to-back Copa Libertadores titles since arriving in 2020. will join the main team.”

Endrick said he agreed with the coach and didn’t want to skip too many steps.

“I want to focus on playing in the youth teams for now,” he said. “Hopefully I will evolve and have a whole new career ahead of me.”

European clubs are also full of hope.

Domestika raises $110M at a $1.3B valuation to expand its learning community for creative types – TechCrunch

The creative community is a ripe target for startups creating tools and services to serve their interests and needs as they transition from their traditionally offline practices to a digital present and future. In one of the latest developments, Domesticated – a popular site that creates and sells online video tutorials and courses covering a range of visual arts and related skills, creating a larger community around this content where members can also interact and learn from each other – raised $110 million in funding at a $1.3 billion valuation.

This Series D is led by long-time investor Zeev Ventures, with additional contributions from GSV and other anonymous private investors, and it has now raised approximately $200 million to date. Its current valuation of $1.3 billion is a huge boost from its last round, in October 2021, when Domestika closed a modest Series C of $20 million on a valuation of $350 million, according to PitchBook The data.

A lot goes into the logic behind these numbers. First, the size of the company today. Domestika currently offers over 2,000 courses, created by 1,300 creative professionals, and adds an average of 110 new courses each month, covering topics as diverse as crochet techniques, animal painting and editing for Instagram. . It has over 8 million members and they have collectively taken over 13 million courses.

“And those numbers are growing,” co-founder and CEO Julio G. Cotorruelo said in an interview, referring to the courses but also the company’s user community. “It’s starting to be a big number. On this scale, no one does as many creative courses as we do. The courses are produced by Domestika, but in collaboration with the teachers, “great professionals but perhaps not good at producing an online course”, Cotorruelo said. “So we do it together. Then, at the end of the day, teachers are also members of our community. The wheel never stops.

There are courses presented in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian, and in addition all courses have subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish and Dutch.

home Sweet Home

Originally started in Madrid as a modest (= small) online community for creatives, then transplanted to the Bay Area (Berkeley, to be precise) when it decided to expand into learning in line, Domestika has been somewhat under the radar. This is largely, it seems, because he never made the effort to talk to the media very much or talk to many people except those in his target community – my interview with Cotorruelo , the company told me, was one of the first and only interviews he ever did.

(Its name, by the way, was thought of by its co-founder, Gabriel Suchowolski, as a reference not to domestic arts, but to feeling at home in the community. You are with your people, said Cotorruelo: home.” The other two co-founders of the company are Tomy Pelluz and David Duprez.)

Domestika has been around for years – it was founded in 2002 – but its focus and the attention it currently receives draws on a few areas that have proven particularly popular recently with users, and in turn, investors.

An important fact is how the community is organized around a common interest, in this case artistic and creative production. At a time when many are turning away from large, general-purpose social experiences in favor of smaller groups or groups based on specific interests, and in general more controlled environments where you are less likely to be harassed and perhaps less the target of malicious hackers looking for the biggest impact, Domestika’s goal stands out. (In this respect, even Facebook has been pushing the idea of ​​communities and groups, though I would say from my own experience that its more open DNA and sheer size make keeping those communities focused a daily chore for the administrators of these communities.)

Picture credits: Domesticated

Another is the startup’s focus on online learning. Education has been one of the biggest categories in the tech industry over the past couple of years. Traditional education providers (schools, colleges, universities, but also nurseries, vocational training centers and really everywhere you could have gone for a course) are turning to remote collaboration services to continue teaching as the pandemic has made in-person classes impossible. But also, consumers – with much of their regular activities outside the home curtailed – have turned indoors, and self-improvement has become quite a big topic, driving record levels of traffic. in areas such as language learning, vocational training and more.

These two elements have played a significant role in Domestika’s growth and its appeal to investors.

It’s not the only company focused on creating services for the global community of creative professionals and enthusiasts. CreativeLive is another that focused on educational content specifically for this market segment. Others, like Superside, create tools to help its users connect to job opportunities and then manage those engagements and workflows through its platform. Much bigger players like Adobe have also created a strong platform by building tools and community services for creatives, and you can imagine how it could eventually create more content, both based on its own tools but also on more general skills, to keep these users engaged.

Domestika’s business model speaks of an interesting approach which has also contributed to its popularity.

Joining the Domestika community is free and users pay for the courses, and these fees account for almost all of Domestika’s revenue. (Note: some courses are free, too, tasters to get people interested in buying courses.) These courses are still sold a la carte, not on a monthly subscription.

“We don’t believe in an at-will model,” Cotorruelo said. “The nature of the commitment you make when you decide to take a course is different from entertainment.” The price is on average between $10 and $15 per course, and for this you have forever access to this video and the community attached to the course, which can review your work and give you feedback whenever you want. The system is sticky enough that two-thirds of Domestika’s 8 million users are active participants.

You can get certifications for some courses, but that kind of professional development isn’t really the point, he said. “It’s all about joy and creativity,” said Cotorruelo, who pointed out that people mostly pay and take classes on Domestika “because they like it. Of course, you might get a better job or earn more money from learning a new skill, but it’s mostly about joy.

And when it comes to jobs, recruiting and professional networking to land jobs is not something that Domestika has formally implemented as part of its platform, although sometimes it happens by chance. There are no plans to either, which contrasts with, say, LinkedIn, which not only provides educational videos, but has recently created exactly that kind of marketplace for freelancers.

“At a time when it has never been more vital for people to follow their passions and tap into their creativity, Domestika now has the ability to impact millions of other people around the world through its unique approach to creativity education,” said founding partner Oren Zeev. at Zeev Ventures, in a statement. “Julio and his team have done an outstanding job in achieving their vision of creating meaningful social learning experiences and bringing together curious minds from around the world. I’m thrilled to support the team as they continue to innovate and grow.

“GSV Ventures is so proud to align itself with the team at Domestika, who prove every day that learning should be social, joyful and beautiful,” added Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner of GSV Ventures. “Domestika is a game-changer in our approach to learning and creativity, enabling 8 million learners and over 1300 teachers around the world to pursue their creative passions. We are excited about their opportunities to continue to grow and scale globally.”

Yale University students barred from study abroad programs as Omicron cases rise globally


The Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) announced that it has canceled all study abroad programs taking place in the spring semester due to an increase in the Omicron variant COVID-19 .

As Yale’s independent student newspaper, reports the Yale Daily News, CIPE primarily coordinates scholarships and grants for students studying abroad, as Yale does not run its study abroad programs.

“Unfortunately, in accordance with Yale University’s international travel policy for Yale College students, we were unable to send students abroad for the spring semester,” CIPE’s director of studies abroad, Kelly McLaughlin, told the News.

CIPE made the decision because many students were already ready to leave and move abroad once course registration was largely complete. However, due to the spread of Omicron, Study Abroad Advisors informed their students in the December update that they are not permitted to take study abroad programs this spring.

Student Luna Garcia told Yale News she was scheduled to study in Madrid this spring, but during winter break she was notified of CIPE’s decision.

Garcia pointed out that the number of students participating in study abroad programs during the academic year is low, so the study abroad office could help the latter, but according to her, there is has a lack of information among staff regarding student advice on travel restrictions. However, Garcia noted that the study abroad office did everything possible given Yale’s travel restrictions.

The university has announced that students wishing to apply to Yale’s summer session programs abroad can do so until February 15, 2022.

For the spring 2022 semester, Yale University has required that all students, except those with approved medical exemptions, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a booster shot if they are eligible upon their return to campus. Meanwhile, those who are not eligible to receive booster shots at this time must do so within seven days of becoming eligible.

“In addition, the university requires that all faculty, executives and professionals, as well as postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees have obtained a booster injection by January 31, 2022 or within 7 days of their eligibility if they are not eligible. before January 31, 2022, “ notes Yale.

Yale requires all of its students, faculty, and staff to document their immunization status or recall if received in the COVID-19 Health and Safety Database. According to the university’s website, any students and employees who violate Yale’s vaccination rules may be “subject to progressive discipline.”

Currently, more than a thousand higher education institutions in the United States require COVID-19 vaccination for students and employees.

Hello Caesar! Meet the oldest radiology professor in Spain


“I decided, when I retired, SSD — shave, shower, get dressed — then go out, go do something,” he said. AuntMinnieEurope.com in an interview.

“Shave, shower, get dressed – then get out.” This philosophy has served Pedrosa well.

Many who cling to the opinions of the famous professor emeritus and former president of the Spanish Society of Medical Radiology (SERAM) are grateful that he still takes this approach.

Pedrosa, a veteran of over 600 radiology conferences and author/editor of landmark textbooks, actually “retired” in 2002 but continues to thrive and retain his popularity and esteem. He was still working when we met him earlier in January via Zoom: preparing a special conference for his students (“The silhouette sign revisited”) and a course on the mediastinum for the SERAM website.

Thoughts on the Pandemic and AI

He still has a lot to say on key professional issues, such as how training might change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and where new technologies might lead, and he’s very active online. The pandemic has taken a desperately heavy toll on Spain, especially at the start of 2020.

Pedrosa remains a prolific writer and computer user

Born just nine years before the death of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, Pedrosa remains a prolific writer, teacher, and computer user.

“COVID was such an explosion, it was terrible, there were a lot of deaths in the first months in Spain,” he said, adding that radiologists performed well under the circumstances, responding to the needs hospitals, as they were sent to care for first-wave emergency department patients.

Pedrosa wrote an editorial for the July/August 2020 issue of Radiology, titled “¿Estamos preparados? (Are we ready?).” In his editorial, he defends the “necessity” of clinical training prior to radiological training. He also weighed in on concerns that radiologists who hadn’t read chest X-rays for years might struggle with the complexity of interpreting early lesions.

“The difference between cases with pneumonia and without pneumonia is quite big in Covid, but you need someone who can tell you, ‘Yes, there is pneumonia here’, but it’s not easy”, did he declare. AuntminnieEurope.com. “Ground glass lesions are very difficult to see on a chest X-ray, sometimes you don’t see at all. I don’t think continuing education is well established and organized in Spain, it’s a failure.”

Hence its desire to ensure that radiologists regularly renew their skills. With the growing threat of COVID-19, Pedrosa was in Asturias, his northern region of birth, with his wife for six months from March to October 2020. But he kept in touch with other radiologists. He gave an online chest course, “15 hours with Pedrosa” at the Sociedad Veracruzana de Radiología (Mexico), and in September 2021 he gave a lecture on pneumonias at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of Venezuela.

Pedrosa still gives formal lectures to interns at San Carlos Hospital

Pedrosa still gives formal lectures to interns at San Carlos Hospital.

As a self-proclaimed optimist who has witnessed significant changes over the years in his profession, Pedrosa is hopeful about the future of radiology.

He is convinced that artificial intelligence (AI) will “enhance the role of radiologists”, although he modestly admits that it is “far beyond my ability to understand and learn”.

By standardizing the reading of chest X-rays, AI could within a few years make chest X-ray readings by non-expert radiologists as reliable as those by expert radiologists, he noted. But that will not replace them, he insists.

The early years

Pedrosa was a leading figure in the 1960s in establishing national training for radiologists in Spain at a time when ignorance of important issues such as radiation protection was lacking. He was a member of the education commission responsible for the implementation of the MIR program (1963-1970). This followed his return from the United States, a period of “discovery” for him, which included a residency in diagnostic radiology at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Young Cesar Pedrosa as a trainee in 1956

Young Cesar Pedrosa as a trainee in 1956.

“I went to the United States in 1958, almost 20 years before Franco’s death. It was a huge shock – the way of life, the politics – and it opened my mind a little bit”, a- he declared. I came back to Spain, probably in addition to being a radiologist, also being a democrat.”

From 1963, Pedrosa worked in Oviedo, alongside several US-trained colleagues.

“As early as the summer, we had written a manual on a formal training program for interns and residents, like in the United States with a rotational internship and formal training in specialties. We had a national offer in September. From 1965 our system was adopted by the majority of hospitals in Spain and this changed medical training forever,” he said.

He has since said that the MIR system still provides high quality specialist training, “warts and all”, but he observed how he suffered from “inertia”, lack of investment and laxity of accreditation of centers and hospitals “where residents are used as cheap labor.”

In the recent editorial, he said the radiology curriculum should adapt to a new era, not just new technologies, with more interactive learning, especially remote.

Pedrosa has, in a sense, seen it all before, experiencing convulsive developments in the specialty.

“The CT scan was a revolution – the chest was the answer to many problems.” The impact on education and disease diagnosis was “enormous”, he said, noting that in the mid-1970s he convinced a government minister to approve the installation of the one of the most expensive CT scanners at the University Hospital of Madrid, which was cash-strapped and not covered by the social security system. A year later, he met the minister again.

“His mother had a stroke and needed a CT scan,” he recalls. “I showed him our machine and asked him, ‘Do you remember our fight for this machine?’ “Yes, of course,” he replied. “Well,” I said, “none of the other machines offered in the tender are on the market today.”

Then there was the excitement of traveling to London to see the EMI scanner at Northwick Park Hospital and seeing an MRI machine for the first time at the Siemens company in Nuremberg. “He was put up in a wooden shack, they kept him there because of the iron and steel in the buildings and so on, they were a little worried about that.”

He cites two other key developments – with radiotherapy and diagnostics becoming two different medical specialties and the still incomplete shift to university chairs in diagnostics. And he hastens to add two more – the development of SERAM into a “well-known and serious company with scientific objectives in medical training and education” and the welcome development of “free access to information medical”.

Personal Highlights

As for his own achievements, Pedrosa is particularly proud of the two-volume textbook on diagnostic imaging which he wrote and edited in 1985 – a six-volume second edition appeared in 1991 and a compendium was also published. Among the other privileged moments, let us quote the presentation of the “Antoine Beclere” Medal of the International Society of Radiology.

Pedrosa, who was born in 1932, shortly before the Spanish Civil War, saw his country transform as democracy took hold after the death of dictator General Franco in 1975 – “when he died it was like a great outburst of joy”. he says.

Given that health systems everywhere face enormous pressures, he says the “mechanics” of the Spanish system and the availability of services such as vaccines have held up well.

He plans to celebrate his 90th birthday in February 2022 with family “if the pandemic allows us to find each other”, saying they are “always there when needed”.

One of his four sons, Ivan Pedrosa, followed him into medicine – he is a professor of radiology at the University of Texas – and he has a daughter and six grandchildren.

He has said in the past that passing on knowledge that has cost so much to learn is a “matter of generosity”.

What advice does he have for today’s radiology trainees?

“Medicine requires a lot of common sense (in Spain, they say, the least common of the senses). Use it,” he said. “My first teacher used to tell me, ‘The day you know more about medicine will be the day you finish your training.’ Don’t waste your time.”

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Casillas visits the Spanish Pavilion in Dubai 2020 on International Day of Education


NEW STORIES. 01/24/2022

Roberto Carlos and Arbeloa also took part in the presentation of the educational platform Sport Values ​​​​Academy TV.

To mark the International Day of Education, Iker Casillasdeputy director general of the Real Madrid Foundation and Julio Gonzalez RoncoDirector General of the institution, were invited to the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to showcase the organization’s e-learning platform, Sports Values ​​Academy Television, which is the only platform in the world to offer educational content on sport and values.

The Madridista delegation, which also included club ambassadors Alvaro Arbeloa and robert carlos, was welcomed by Íñigo de Palacio, Spanish Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates; and the Executive Commissioner of the Spain Pavilion, Carmen Bueno. The presentation featured an address by David Esplá, Managing Partner at Interactvty, the platform’s technology partner, and Fabio Zuluaga, football business unit manager for the Middle East at adidas, the platform’s official sponsor.

Innovative platform
During his speech, Casillas noted that: “Linking sport to technology allows us to improve many more lives through our educational methodology on sports values”. Sport Values ​​Academy TV is the only sports and values ​​education content platform in the world and it sees the Real Madrid FoundationEducational content, workshops, courses and activities become available free of charge and simultaneously worldwide. The platform includes various content categories and sections for educators, gamers, and parents. This window on the world was recognized at the Top Developer Awards 2021 for the innovative and socially engaged nature of its content.

The delegation joined the real Madrid ambassadors by visiting the pavilion of Spain and signing his honor book. The Whites’ expedition also visited the Fly Emirates pavilion during their trip to Expo Dubai 2020.



CHICAGO, January 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — It was announced today that Lawrence Alexander has been named the new Associate Vice President of Customized and Faculty-Led Programs at IES Abroad, effective immediately. In this role, Alexander will lead all faculty-led programming efforts for IES Abroad, a global non-profit organization that offers top-notch study abroad and internship programs around the world.

“We are delighted to welcome Lauren to IES Abroad where her vast experience, skills and unwavering passion for international education will further position us as a provider of choice for universities seeking academically engaging and personalized programs. culturally immersive,” said Michel Adewumi, PhD, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Alexander brings to IES Abroad a wealth of experience in international education, study abroad, and faculty-led programming. She most recently held the position of Deputy Director of the Office of International Programs at brown university in Providence, Rhode Island. She also worked for over 11 years at International Studies Abroad (ISA), holding positions of increasing responsibility, including Associate Vice President, Custom Programs, and Associate Vice President, University Partnerships.

“My own study abroad experience has had a huge positive impact on my life and that is why I have dedicated my career to international education,” said Lawrence Alexander, Associate Vice President of Customized and Faculty-Led Programs. “I look forward to continuing my professional journey with IES Abroad and working closely with my new colleagues to provide enriching experiences for our students through personalized, faculty-led programs.”

Alexander was co-editor of “Education Abroad Operational Management: Strategies, Opportunities and Innovations”; has presented extensively at NAFSA, Education Abroad Forum, and Pennsylvania Council for International Education conferences; and acts as a qualified administrator of the intercultural development inventory and Madrid Chamber of Commerce certified translator.

Alexander received his Bachelor of Arts from rice university in English Literature and Spanish Language and Linguistics and her Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also spent a full academic year abroad at the Universitat de Barcelona.

About IES Abroad
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit university consortium of more than 500 leading American colleges and universities. IES Abroad offers top-notch study and internship abroad programs worldwide through IES Abroad, IES Internships, Customized and Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs at 85 locations around the world, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for more than 10,000 students each year. IES Abroad has more than 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studies on IES Abroad programs since its inception and offers more than $6 million in scholarships and aid. Learn more at www.IESabroad.org.




CHICAGO, January 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — It was announced today that Lawrence Alexander has been named the new Associate Vice President of Customized and Faculty-Led Programs at IES Abroad, effective immediately. In this role, Alexander will lead all faculty-led programming efforts for IES Abroad, a global non-profit organization that offers top-notch study abroad and internship programs around the world.

“We are delighted to welcome Lauren to IES Abroad where her vast experience, skills and unwavering passion for international education will further position us as a provider of choice for universities seeking academically engaging and personalized programs. culturally immersive,” said Michel Adewumi, PhD, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Alexander brings to IES Abroad a wealth of experience in international education, study abroad, and faculty-led programming. She most recently held the position of Deputy Director of the Office of International Programs at brown university in Providence, Rhode Island. She also worked for over 11 years at International Studies Abroad (ISA), holding positions of increasing responsibility, including Associate Vice President, Custom Programs, and Associate Vice President, University Partnerships.

“My own study abroad experience has had a huge positive impact on my life and that is why I have dedicated my career to international education,” said Lawrence Alexander, Associate Vice President of Customized and Faculty-Led Programs. “I look forward to continuing my professional journey with IES Abroad and working closely with my new colleagues to provide enriching experiences for our students through personalized, faculty-led programs.”

Alexander was co-editor of “Education Abroad Operational Management: Strategies, Opportunities and Innovations”; has presented extensively at NAFSA, Education Abroad Forum, and Pennsylvania Council for International Education conferences; and acts as a qualified administrator of the intercultural development inventory and Madrid Chamber of Commerce certified translator.

Alexander received his Bachelor of Arts from rice university in English Literature and Spanish Language and Linguistics and her Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also spent a full academic year abroad at the Universitat de Barcelona.

About IES Abroad

Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit university consortium of more than 500 leading American colleges and universities. IES Abroad offers top-notch study and internship abroad programs worldwide through IES Abroad, IES Internships, Customized and Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs at 85 locations around the world, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for more than 10,000 students each year. IES Abroad has more than 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studies on IES Abroad programs since its inception and offers more than $6 million in scholarships and aid. Learn more at www.IESabroad.org.

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How a nostalgic novel about the heartland of Spain joined the political fray


CAMPO DE CRIPTANA, Spain — In her first novel, “Feria,” Ana Iris Simón begins with a poignant admission: “I am jealous of the life my parents had at my age.

“Feria” is based on his childhood in the arid center of Spain, with parents postmen and grandparents farmers on one side, itinerant showmen on the other. Not much happens, but it’s intentional — she wants readers to appreciate her rural upbringing in Castilla-La Mancha, the region made famous by Cervantes’ classic “Don Quixote.”

Ms. Simón, 30, also intends, through her portrait of her family’s life, to express an ambivalence about what her generation has acquired — university studies, travel, consumer goods — as well as her feelings of anxiety, in particular in terms of employment. and the economy. Ms. Simón herself lost her job as a journalist working for Vice magazine while writing “Feria”.

The book struck a chord with readers, but it also became a lightning rod in the emotional political debate in Spain fueled by party fragmentation and polarization. Ms. Simón said her book had been interpreted as “challenging the dogmas of liberalism”, to an extent she had not anticipated.

Her parents had a home and were raising a 7-year-old daughter at the age when she was still trying to become a writer, Ms. Simón writes. “We, however, have no house, no children, no car. Our belongings are an iPhone and an Ikea bookcase. … But we convince ourselves that freedom means avoiding having children, a house and a car because who knows where we will live tomorrow.

Originally published at the end of 2020 by a small Spanish press, Circulo de Tiza, “Feria” has since been reprinted 13 times and sold nearly 50,000 hard copies. It is distributed this month in Latin America by another publisher, Alfaguara, as well as translated into German. (There are no plans for an English translation yet.)

In the book, Mrs. Simón describes her grandfather, José Vicente Simón, planting an almond tree on the outskirts of town, just to tend to it and watch it grow. On a visit to the area, the tree was thriving and Mr. Simón and other characters in the novel were as she described them.

When Mr. Simón, 85, learned that he would be photographed for this article, he asked for time to get a makeover and change of clothes. He soon returned with an identical-looking cardigan, except it was blue rather than brown. He had also changed his cap, for a thicker felt version.

“That’s how he is,” laughs her granddaughter. “He cares about little things that no one else really notices.”

One of his uncles, Pablo Rubio-Quintanilla, is a proud carpenter of his harmonigraph, an instrument that uses a pendulum to draw geometric shapes. Echoing his grandfather’s relationship with his tree, Mr. Rubio-Quintanilla explained that he built his harmony recorder just for the pleasure of watching it draw.

“I don’t believe things should have a value or a use, but they should be enjoyed,” he said during a visit to his studio. “The Harmonograph works by the law of gravity, and it seems magical that the designs never come out exactly the same.”

As a student, Ms Simón was an activist who joined a far-left protest movement in 2011 that occupied Puerta del Sol, a famous square in Madrid, to condemn political corruption and economic inequality, a few months only before the Occupy Wall Street movement followed suit. At New York.

Building on the success of her novel, Ms Simón took on a bigger role and she was recently invited by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, a socialist, to give a speech on how to revive the Spanish countryside. She also became a columnist for El País, the Spanish newspaper.

Ms Simón stressed that she remains very much to the left of Mr Sánchez’s policies and unhappy with his management of Spain, as well as opposed to a European Union which she accuses of having made Spain “the resort hotel of Europe”. She said she was stunned not only by the success of her book, but also by how ultra-nationalist and conservative audiences had embraced “Feria” as an ode to Spain’s traditional family values, even though it speaks separation from his parents and his gay brother. . Last June, the leader of Spain’s far-right Vox party, Santiago Abascal, grabbed a copy of “Feria” while addressing Congress.

“Some people have read my book as if it were the new ‘Mein Kampf’, and then write to me to say that they are disappointed to find that it neither has the strong political message that they were hoping for, nor the content they had heard about,” she said.

According to Pablo Simón, professor of politics at Carlos III University in Madrid (who is not related to the writer), “Feria” fueled the Spanish political debate because “even if it is about a novel and not a political treatise, the book finds that the current generation is worse off than previous ones, which is an easy claim for politicians to use, even if it is not necessarily based on facts.

He added: “Our parents may have had fewer ambitions and fewer uncertainties, but that doesn’t mean they were better off, and nostalgia also makes us forget the difficult and sordid aspects of Spain. of the 1970s and 1980s, including high drug consumption and unemployment in a very complicated industrial reconversion.

Having recently become a mother, Ms. Simón now lives with her son and partner, Hasel-Paris Álvarez, in Aranjuez, a town outside Madrid where her parents also live. While raising her child and writing for El País, Ms. Simón said, she had tried to shield her family from the toxic comments her book had sparked on social media, both right and left.

“We unfortunately live in a time where some people offend just for fun, even if it gets absurd, to the point where I was attacked as a red fascist,” she said.

Ms. Simón said she wrote “Feria” with limited ambitions, hearing it as a testament to a way of life she fears she will soon lose. She recalls her father warning her that “although no one else is reading this, at least we have plenty of cousins ​​who will buy the book”. Her grandparents met at a fair (“feria” in Spanish, which inspired the title of the book), after which, she writes, “they did only two things: have children and travel in Spain in the Sava minivan they bought”.

But her book covers many other topics, from feminism to the importance of the Catholic Church in rural Spain. She also talks about the economic decline of Castilla-La Mancha, a region she describes as “a lot of sun and a lot of wind and the sky and the orange plain that are endless”.

And despite her nostalgia, Ms Simón also shares bittersweet memories of how “I was ashamed that Campo de Criptana appeared on my ID card”, so that she falsely claimed Madrid as her birthplace. As for Spain’s identity as a nation, she wrote that “there is nothing more Spanish than wondering what Spain is.”

St. Catherine High defends Walker Cup title with 1-0 win over Kingston Technical


Milan boss Stefano Pioli believes failing to beat Inter in their next Serie A game will end their title chances and leave them fighting for a Champions League spot at the end of the season. square.

The Rossoneri ended the weekend four points behind leaders Inter having played one game more after a 0-0 draw with Juventus at the San Siro.

It was the first goalless draw between the two Italian top-flight giants since December 2007.

Milan face their neighbors on February 5, with Pioli suggesting anything less than a win would be fatal to their Scudetto hopes.

“We knew the games against Juventus and Inter would say a lot about our future,” he told DAZN.

“If we don’t beat Inter, our campaign will be very similar to last season, when we won at the end to move up to second and risk losing the Champions League places.

“We have our way of playing and have to realize that if we want to achieve something extraordinary again, we have to give it our all. I saw many individual performances of a very high level today.

“We had the right performance for our circumstances and the opposition, but we lacked precision in the penalty area.

“We tried to be dangerous and limited Juventus to no chance. I don’t think it was a tactical problem, because we had players in the box, but we got the last ball wrong.

“The state of the pitch didn’t help either, because we had a few bad first touches, we had to make extra touches to get it under control and that slowed us down.”

Indeed, the withdrawal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first half through injury was caused by the state of the field, confirmed Pioli.

“Ibra felt pain in his Achilles tendon,” he added. “He blamed the pitch, which was very tough, so hopefully he can recover in the next few days.”

Milan’s Pierre Kalulu was part of a defense that didn’t allow Juve a single shot on target and the 21-year-old wants to see an improvement in attack.

“It’s a positive stat for everyone in the team and not just for us defenders,” he told Milan TV. “We did well and have to continue like this.

“It’s an important game for us and for the fans. Compared to tonight, we have to do better up front if we want to bring home the three points.”

Harvey G. Stack, leading rare coin dealer, dies at 93

“I had been working practically every moment I wasn’t in school,” he wrote. in a story for the company.

The company created in the 19th century by his great-grandfather Maurice embarked on numismatics on an ancillary basis, buying and selling collector’s coins and currencies in addition to its primary foreign exchange function. It then diversified into the trade of antiques and rare stamps.

In 1935, after converting the business into a rare coin dealership, Morton and Joseph Stack held their first public auction. In 1953, Stack’s moved to a gallery on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. (It now sits on 38th Street and has galleries in other cities.)

In 2011, Stack’s merged with Bowers & Merena to create Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

Mr. Stack was the president of the Guild of Professional Numismatists for two years from 1989. In 1993, he received the Founder’s Award, the guild’s highest honour.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife, Harriet (Spellman) Stack; his daughter, Suzanne; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He lived on Long Island.

The Stack Gallery was considered an inviting global club by many coin dealers and collectors. But Mr. Stack hasn’t been shy about promoting the company’s financial success.

“There are people who sell gold and silver bars, rolls and bags of coins, who call themselves coin dealers, and some of them are probably making over 100 million dollars a year,” he told The New York Times in 1984. “When you say ‘rare coin dealers’ and talk about companies that sell both directly and at auction, we’re the biggest dealer in parts in the United States.

He distinguished numismatists, whom he assiduously courted, and investors.

“If a collector and an investor were to abandon a sinking ship, the collector would take with them the rarest and most aesthetically pleasing pieces, regardless of their market value,” he said. told the Times in 1977. “The investor would try to take as many coins as possible, starting with the most valuable.”

The original shock of the Center Pompidou

The future begins on Monday January 31, 1977. At the intersection of rue Beaubourg and rue du Renard, in Paris, along the most rugged edge of the Marais, it takes the form of a large multi-purpose public building new –multimedia library, film library, library, museum—made of tempered glass and cast iron. Measuring one hundred and forty-nine feet high, the building greatly exceeded the general height limit of around sixty feet – established during the reign of Napoleon III in the 19th century, by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann – which still gives the center of Paris her implacable charming conformity. It looked like something between an oil refinery and the deck of a container ship. It is the Center Pompidou, inaugurated that day by the President of the French Republic, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and named after his late precursor in this function, Georges Pompidou. This previous president had, by joining an exceptionally open design competition in 1971 with more than six hundred entries from forty-nine countries, had the building designed by a small group of men who, by the traditionally geriatric standards of architects, were terribly young then. They were engineers Edmund (Ted) Happold and Peter Rice (who, together with Ove Arup, had recently participated in the realization of the Sydney Opera House by Danish architect Jørn Utzon), as well as designers Gianfranco Franchini and John Young, and, most famously, Renzo Piano and his senior design partner Richard Rogers, who died in December 2021, aged eighty-eight.

During the ceremony to announce the results of the July 1971 competition, Pompidou wore a presidential suit and tie, but the other men looked like the Beatles on the cover of “Abbey Road”: the Genoese piano sported the bushy beard and the tweed. et-corduroy uniform of an Oxbridge intellectual; shaggy Anglo-Italian Rogers, much like George Harrison on this London pedestrian crossing, wore head-to-toe workman’s denim in the style of a British railway worker. A prominent design critic of the time compared the building precisely to the Beatles’ yellow submarine from the 1968 film of the same name: a strange vessel – colorful, powerfully cheerful, menacingly charismatic – surfacing in the heart of a unsuspecting town. “When President Pompidou looked at the drawings,” Rogers recalled, “all he said was”It will make you scream.‘ ” (“It’s going to make some noise.”)

What made the Center Pompidou such an embodiment of the future was the effort of its creators to translate agony and ecstasy, tactical spontaneity, the immediacy of urban street protests, student actions and d other countercultural spatial practices of his time—Paris, Vietnam, Civil Rights, Earth Day, and the Bomb—in the built environment. The Center Pompidou partially did this by burying half of itself underground and giving half of its territory to a new public square that slopes slightly towards the facade, just as a theater floor slopes towards from his stage – a tilt that allowed a crowd in the square to see each other. As for the backdrop of the square, the objectives were to allow a large urban building to become as lively as the greenery of a village during a fair, or as a street during a popular occupation; literally accelerate and mobilize such a building using high technology; to apply structural steel frames and movie screens and scrolling street signs and other mechanical marvels, from construction cranes to the bright lights seen in Times Square; and to combine and deploy such devices in the heart of cities. All of these moving, shiny parts could both harvest and catalyze the energy of people on the streets.

The competition’s winning entry featured adjustable floors and illuminated interactive panels on which to display architectural-scale text, such as the cryptic fragment of a famous concept drawing, “ANIMATION FILM PRODUCTION FOR COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY…” or, more prosaically, in another drawing, “CAROLINE, GO TO KANSAS CITY IMMEDIATELY YOUR FRIEND LINDA HAS BEEN CUT OFF. All that was in the air at the time. The Montreal Expo, in 1967, and the Expo of Osaka, in 1970, featured geodesic domes, adjoining Pop-art multi-screen cinematic projection spectacles, bold supergraphs and tumescent pneumatics that expressed an unlikely confluence of space-age technical acumen, Parisian barricade-making , and Swinging London’s ambitious sex appeal Piano’s independent plan for the Italian industrial pavilion at the Osaka Expo, an expandable tent in a delicate steel frame, prompted Ro gers to suggest that the two team up for the Pompidou. A direct precedent for their entry into the competition was the 1961 Fun Palace, an unbuilt project legendary among Anglophile and utopian designers, developed by visionary architect Cedric Price, with the patronage of theater director Joan Littlewood and, later , the collaboration of cyberneticist and psychologist Gordon Pask. Price, a hulking maverick who taught at the Architectural Association in London while Rogers was a student there, built almost nothing except an epic birdcage at London Zoo, but was influential in the closed habitat that was the trans of the middle of the 20th century. -Atlantic architecture scene, almost everything.

Price and Littlewood’s name for the Fun Palace evoked London’s historic Crystal Palace, the popular success of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which brought together all the machinery and marvels of the British Empire, plus some great pre-existing elms on its Hyde Park site, under a vast glass and iron enclosure, a kit structure of parts later unbuilt and rebuilt far south of the River Thames, before it burned down in 1936. The Fun Palace was designed to go even faster. It was to be a sort of life-size Erector Set or Tinker Toy, a habitable magic box of machines and screens that could be continually undone and remade by its users for entertainment, expression, education and action. social – a new kind of commons. crossed with a circus – realizing Littlewood’s theatrical project of blurring antiquated distinctions between actors and audience. It would have been what Price called “anti-building”. Construction sites, all the scaffolding, cranes and trucks, tend to be more interesting places than the buildings they eventually give way: the Fun Palace solved that problem by being designed to be forever unfinished. And, like a garden, it would invite and require constant maintenance.

Other significant influences on the design of the Center Pompidou were the psychedelic and technological visions of Archigram, an informal supergroup of British architects who in the 1960s and 70s published a periodic “architectural telegram” featuring vivid representations walkable cities and wearable cybernetic devices. These are sensational sublimations of the war machines their designers experienced as children during World War II. It was at the Center Pompidou that something of all that future – with complicated help from state power – finally came down to Earth, on a grand scale and for real. In the early years, more people went there than to go up to the Eiffel Tower. Designed for five thousand visitors a day, at the turn of the 21st century, the building has hosted five times that amount and has seen around two hundred and fifty million people since its opening. Early visitors were, perhaps in a particularly French way, thrilled to be scandalized and scandalized to be delighted. A critic for The world called the new building “a kind of architectural King Kong”.

But you could say that this particular future of 1977, just like this great ape, didn’t last long. Before the building opened, the influential British-American design critic Reyner Banham struck a preemptively elegiac note, observing that “Pompidou’s . . . transparency and color seem even more faithful today to the vanished aspirations of the “60s”. “Seen against the dim light of the winter sun in the fresh snow of the last day of 1976, the west facade shone with those ‘explosions of fire, ice and light’ which we were invited to observe with our ‘third eyes of the soul’ a psychedelic decade earlier,” he wrote. Between the administrations of the liberal Pompidou and the austere d’Estaing, the construction budget for the building was cut. More moving floors. What was left was a very big idea. The building was conceptually upside down: its entire steel structure was an exoskeleton, which not only meant vast, flexible, hangar-like free spans for the interiors, but also a kind of structural legibility and systematic transparency that served as a case study, if only by visual allegory – for how a better society, political machines and all, might work. Huge ducts and pipes – blue for air conditioning, red for escalators and elevators, green for water, yellow for electricity – all meander across the surface of the building with the mesmerizing pretty ugly beauty of a car engine without its hood.

A setback in the building’s history was the decision, at the turn of the millennium, to begin charging people to ride the iconic monumental escalator that zigzags like a glass caterpillar sideways to a terrace of spectacular observation above. Having a ticket separated the building space from the city space, turning citizens into consumers. Far from the dream of the Fun Palace still under construction, the Center Pompidou will be completely closed between 2023 and 2027 for restoration and asbestos removal. The jury that selected Rogers and Piano’s design included not only pioneering modern architects Jean Prouvé, Oscar Niemeyer and Jørn Utzon, but also the powerful American socialite, curator and designer Philip Johnson, whose lifelong specialty was assimilation of successive avant-garde aesthetics. in cultural and institutional establishments. And despite all the small “d” democratic vibes of the People’s Palace that bears his name, it was Georges Pompidou who, as President Charles de Gaulle’s Prime Minister, did much to bring the Parisian student movements to an anticlimactic conclusion. which were the most important of 1968. expression.

A generation older than these students, Rogers had been a well-connected Florentine refugee from fascism whose fortuitous ancestry brought him to England in 1938. at the Architectural Association in London and Yale University – under tutelage of American brutalist hero Paul Rudolph – gave him a creative outlet and professional identity free from both his then undiagnosed dyslexia and his status as an insider-outsider within Britain’s fragile, nativist class system.

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Sasha and Malia Obama walk the streets of LA separately


Sasha and malia obama are really settling into their new life in Los Angeles.

Former president barack obamaa and former first lady by Michelle Obama girls both live on the west coast – and it looks like they love it.

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Their eldest child, Malia, 23, reportedly landed a job on the writing team of a new Amazon project in Donald Glover. She was pictured in Los Angeles wearing a bright yellow sweater and cut green cargoes while taking a smoke break outside and looking at her phone.

According to reports from Daily Mail, after apparently looking at scripts in a cafe, Malia met a photographer friend who took her picture.

His younger sister Sasha, 20, was also named in Los Angeles, although the couple were not together. The student was seen wearing an eclectic outfit as he strolled outside, layering overalls over a sleeveless top and tie-dye patchwork zip-up sweater.

Sasha and Malia Obama walk the streets of LA separately©Grosby Group

While Sasha was enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2019, a source said Daily Mail that she transferred to another school in Los Angeles. Rumors have been circulating on social media that she is now a student at the University of Southern California, which appears to be highlighted in these photos as she walks past a man wearing a USC shirt.

Since their father finished his term as president and left the White House in 2017, Sasha and Malia have mostly kept out of the spotlight and maintained a normal life.

Sasha and Malia Obama walk the streets of LA separately©Grosby Group

Nigerian alumni of Cuban education recount their experiences and denounce the American blockade


Five Nigerian alumni of the Cuban education system have highlighted the lessons their home country can learn from the interactive and hands-on mode of learning in the Caribbean country.

Among those alumni are four sportsmen and a doctor who have all returned home and recounted their experiences, shared lessons and spoken out against US sanctions against Cuba.

They spoke to PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja on Friday during a panel discussion held at Cuban Embassy in Nigeria.

Aliyu Makpha, from Nasarawa State, who now works as a sports administrator in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, studied under the bilateral exchange program between Nigeria and Cuba.

He studied physical education and health at International Sports School in Cuba. Makpha noted that learning Spanish, a prerequisite for studying in Cuba, was not difficult. He said speaking the Hausa language was a plus because, like Hausa, Spanish is written the same way it is spoken.

“I did my primary and secondary education here in Nigeria; I was about to go to college when the scholarship came. I went to Cuba under a bilateral education agreement to study health physical education and sports.

“The two countries are different in terms of cultural background and system of government, so we should expect that difference in education – the difference is there.

“Due to Cuba’s communist ideology, education in the country is free,” Makpha said.

“I’m not saying the Nigerian education system is bad, but I think we can certainly borrow some things from the Cuban system.

“Speaking of sports, which is my profession, we can borrow a lot from Cuba to improve our physical and health education program, because you know that Cuba is one of the best sports countries in the world. Nigeria can become the best from Africa and the world.

Mr Makpha said the Federal Sports Ministry was looking to diversify its sporting focus.

Amina Amanchi from Plateau State also studied at the International School of Physical Education and Sports in Havana and now works in the Ministry of Youth and Sports. She credited her athletic skills with paving the way for her to get to Cuba.

Nigerian Alumni with Mr. Pavel Bauzá-Fusté, Deputy Ambassador of Cuba to Nigeria

“I used to run, that’s why my father suggested it to me when they were looking for people to go on the stock market in Cuba.”

She also commented on the derogatory ways in which people who study physical education are approached.

“Studying physical education in Nigeria is a bit discriminatory, I hear they call them jumpologists. But in Cuba, it’s the opposite; sport is an integral part of their education. I was happy and proud when I went to study in Cuba.

Speaking of the hospitality she received as a student in Cuba, Ms. Amanchi said, “Of all the countries I have visited in the world, Cuba has shown me the most acceptance and friendliness. . They give you the team spirit you need for everything. I have never experienced racism, wherever you are from, Cuba is right at home.

“The Nigerian education system can learn to be more interactive and less informative like in Cuba,” Ms. Amanchi said.

The group noted that there are no strikes to disrupt learning in Cuba, even when teachers are unpaid.

“Teachers are dedicated to their work; They don’t mind whether they get paid or not, but the passion for imparting knowledge is a major driver for members of this group. They advised Nigeria to learn from them.

Juliet Iyen arrived in Cuba on a scholarship from the federal government. In Cuba, the stars aligned in her favor as she received a Cuban scholarship to study up to a doctorate.

Ms. Iyen shared how her studies in Cuba taught her to be a one-stop-shop for education and sporting needs. She now works as a physiotherapist in Nigeria.

For Ms. Iyen, she did not choose Cuba, Cuba chose her.

“I don’t come from a wealthy family. My dad saw an ad about the scholarship in the newspaper and decided we would get the form, I applied and was chosen. I didn’t really choose Cuba but when the scholarship came I had to go to Cuba,” Ms. Iyen said.


According to Ms. Iyen, the Nigerian education system is not really bad. But according to her, Nigerians do not love their country enough to see it flourish, unlike Cubans who derive optimal satisfaction from as little as seeing their flag being hoisted for one reason or another.

She also lamented the effect of the US blockade on Cuba and the difficulty for students to access products from other places.

She called for the lifting of sanctions imposed by America on Cuba, adding that the world is deprived of the benefits it could derive from Cuba due to the blockade.

Emmanuel Anih, who now works at the Cuban Embassy in Nigeria, told PREMIUM TIMES that the blockade is affecting Nigerian students studying and those seeking to study in Cuba.

“For example, when we were in Cuba, it was difficult to send money directly to Cuba. He had to be sent to Canada, to the United States, to France before he arrived in Cuba. So far, you cannot transfer directly to Cuba; people who want to travel to Cuba for medical reasons also find it difficult.

He added that for students already in Cuba, the blockade makes it difficult for parents to pay their children’s tuition or send money for their upkeep.

Moreover, “there are things that people in other parts of the world can benefit from that the blockade does not allow them”.

Vera Adugwo studied medicine in Cuba. She works as a house officer at the National Hospital in Abuja.

Unlike others who went to Cuba through a scholarship program, Ms. Adugwo was sponsored by her family.

“I chose Cuba because I think their health profession is really good and you learned a lot; you end up being a very good doctor. Medicine in Cuba gives you a lot of practical knowledge.

For Ms. Adugwo, Cuba is a second home as she grew up in Cuba before moving.

“I felt it was a familiar place to return to as I grew up there. My dad sponsored me. We met a Cuban-trained doctor in Madrid who gave my dad some clues about how Cuba is a great place to study medicine and the privileges that come with being trained in Cuba.

According to Ms. Adugwo, studying medicine in Cuba is quite affordable compared to the United States, if one is not on a scholarship.

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Arbeloa presents the clinics of the Real Madrid Foundation in Porto Montenegro


NEW STORIES. 01/20/2022

Some 400 participants are ready to take advantage of the experience, which is offered in collaboration with Be Free Football and The Spanish Way.

The amphitheater of Real Madrid City hosted the online presentation of the Real Madrid Foundation clinics to be held in the future in the Bay of Kotor (Montenegro) in collaboration with the city of Porto Montenegro, Be Free Football and The Spanish Way. The event was attended by the General Manager of the Real Madrid Foundation, Julio Gonzalez Ronco, and ambassador of Real Madrid, Alvaro Arbeloa, while Ignacio Sánchez, CEO of The Spanish Way; Zlatko Maric, CEO and founder of Be Free Football; and David Margarson, managing director of Porto Montenegro, attended remotely.

the Real Madrid FoundationBe Free Football’s partnership through The Spanish Way is now five years old and although the upcoming camps will not represent the first such events to be held in Montenegro, it is the first time they will be hosted in the city. exclusive to Porto Montenegro. in the Bay of Kotor. The clinics offer boys and girls who already play football the opportunity to experience the Foundationits values ​​and its methodology for building skills.

Funds and scholarships
Funds raised through the clinics are used for project management and FoundationSocio-sports projects and programs are aimed at socially disadvantaged minors. In addition, on this occasion, a scholarship program is set up for clinics.

Arbeloa again expressed its support for the Foundation‘s clinics and said that “a true measure of our success is when a partner is eager to repeat the experience we offer them”, referring to the fact that Montenegro has already hosted Real Madrid Foundation clinics. During this time, Maric pointed out that Montenegro is a country renowned for its athletes and champions and congratulated the club’s football team on their recent success in the Spanish Super Cup. For her part, Margarson spoke of the ideal nature of the city’s sporting facilities and tourist and local infrastructure that sees the area attracting such numbers of visitors during the summer months, with local authorities eager to provide all visitors “the best experience”.

Clinic dates
The clinics will run from July 25 to September 2 for six intense weeks during which more than 400 participants aged 6 to 17 will attend 90-minute slots. Creation of Be Free Football and The Spanish Way Real Madrid Foundation partners and have successfully organized clinics in the Mediterranean region over the past five seasons, attended by over 2,000 participants.

Ricardo Bofill, architect of otherworldly buildings, dies at 82


Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish architect behind some of the most amazing buildings in the world, died in a hospital in Barcelona on Friday. He was 82 years old.

The cause was Covid-19, his son Pablo said.

Among Mr. Bofill’s best-known works are social housing projects, mostly built in France in the 1980s, with largely oversized classical elements, which have been both derided as kitsch and hailed by critics as the long-awaited middle ground between historicism and modernity.

He began his career with a series of small projects in Spain that followed geometric rules to sometimes mind-boggling extremes. La Muralla Roja, designed in 1968 and completed in 1973, in the coastal town of Calpe, reimagined the North African casbah as a bright pink assemblage of walls and stairs as if arranged by MC Escher.

Another housing project from the same period, Walden 7, outside Barcelona, ​​consists of 22 towers grouped around five courtyards, their exterior facades painted an earthy ocher and their courtyard facades a dark aqua .

But it was more than simple aesthetic exploration that motivated Mr. Bofill. His goal, his son Pablo said in an interview, was “to demonstrate that at a modest cost you can build social housing where every floor is different, where people don’t have to walk down endless hallways, and where different populations can be part of a community”.

By the 1980s Mr. Bofill had begun to use historical details as surface decoration – a hallmark of the style known as postmodernism. And for much of that decade, it served him well.

In 1985 the Museum of Modern Art in New York held an exhibition of his work, including color photographs of a number of housing projects in and around Paris. The first built, Les Arcades du Lac, was a gargantuan version of a 17th-century formal garden, with apartment buildings replacing the hedges.

Another, known as Les Espaces d’Abraxas, reinvented and repurposed classic elements in unsettling, otherworldly combinations; it features vast columns made not of stone but of reflective glass. This project has often been described as a kind of “Versailles for the people”. But its jarring juxtapositions made it dystopian – and it served as the perfect backdrop for Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film ‘Brazil’ and the last of the ‘Hunger Games’ films.

Paul Goldberger, the New York Times architecture critic at the time, wrote in 1985 that it was Mr. Bofill’s gift “to be able to unite the French instinct for monumentality, which had been dormant since he era when the Beaux-Arts ruled French architecture, with the country’s more current leanings towards populism.

Mr. Goldberger visited four Bofill projects which he called “collectively, the most significant body of architectural works built in Paris in a generation”. He was particularly interested in The Scales of the Baroque, a 300-unit development in the crumbling 14th arrondissement, classically detailed and organized around tightly composed public spaces. He described it as important to Paris as the Center Pompidou.

But the influence of the project proved to be limited. Postmodernism was short-lived and Mr. Bofill returned to more conventionally modern work.

“When post-modernism became accepted and popular in the United States and around the world, it also became a style,” Bofill told Vladimir Belogolovsky in a 2016 interview for the ArchDaily website. “And over time, it became ironic and even vulgar. I was no longer interested. »

Ricardo Bofill Levi was born into a prominent Catalan family in Barcelona on December 5, 1939, a few months after the end of the Spanish Civil War. His father, Emilio Bofill, was an architect and developer. His mother, Maria Levi, was a Venetian who became a patron of the arts in Barcelona.

Ricardo developed an interest in architecture when his father took him to visit building sites. But when he considered a career in architecture, he felt both inspired and inhibited. Having grown up under the dictator Francisco Franco, he explained in an essay in 1989, “you dream of freedom and great travels. I left as soon as I could. »

This happened after he became a student – and student activist – at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona. During an anti-Franco demonstration in 1958, he was arrested and expelled from school.

He moved to Geneva to continue his training as an architect. While there, he told Mr. Belogolovsky: “My real passion ignited when I discovered the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto. I was linked to organic architecture, to buildings that integrated with nature.

In 1960 he designed a summer house for a relative on the island of Ibiza, a modest stucco building that seemed close to nature.

He founded his company, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, in Barcelona in 1963. In 1975 the company – and Mr. Bofill – moved to La Fábrica, a 32,000 square foot former cement factory outside of Barcelona, ​​which he spent decades turning into a habitable ruin.

Five years earlier he had proposed a housing project for Madrid called the City in Space, an infinitely expandable structure with turrets and battlements and, in some renderings, a crazy quilt of colorful patterns.

According to Pablo Bofill, the project led the mayor of Madrid, an ally of Franco, to tell Mr Bofill that he would never build in Spain again. Mr. Bofill decided to start a new life in Paris, where he won the commission to replace the markets called Les Halles. His project was already under construction when the mayor of this city, Jacques Chirac, fired him from the project.

However, by 1985, his innovative social housing had made Mr. Bofill a star of the French architectural scene. But over the years, the projects outside of Paris have become symbols of violence and misery, and there has been a movement to demolish the Espaces d’Abraxas. However, the locals held back the wrecking ball.

In an interview with Le Monde in 2014, Mr Bofill said: “My experience in France is partly successful and partly unsuccessful. He succeeded, he says, by introducing new styles and new methods of construction. But, he added, it “failed because when you’re young you’re very utopian, you think you’re going to change the city, and in the end nothing happened.”

Besides his son Pablo and another son, Ricardo Emilio, who together run the Bofill studio, the survivors include four grandchildren and Mr. Bofill’s longtime partner, industrial designer Marta de Vilallonga. Mr Bofill never married, but he already had three longtime partners, said Pablo Bofill.

Mr. Bofill has completed three buildings in the United States: the columned Shepard School of Music at Rice University in Houston and two office towers in Chicago. His company’s work also included offices for Shiseido in Tokyo, university buildings for the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco, and a W Hotel in Barcelona.

In an unexpected twist, Mr Bofill’s old buildings have found new fans in the 21st century. HBO’s sci-fi series “Westworld” was filmed in part at La Fábrica, and Korean TV’s juggernaut “Squid Game” featured sets that closely resembled La Muralla Roja.

These and other Bofill buildings became familiar Instagram backdrops – or, in the words of Spanish architect and educator Manuel Clavel Rojo, “His buildings became pop icons at the very end of his career. “.

Birth, age, family, education, career, retirement, awards, net worth and more


Biography of Sania Mirza: Tennis star Sania Mirza has announced her retirement from professional tennis after the current 2022 season as her body wears down. The announcement came after her first-round loss in women’s doubles at the Australian Open on January 19, 2022. However, she made it clear that the decision was not triggered by the first-round loss.

Here’s what Sania Mirza said in the post-match press conference.

“I decided it will be my last season. I take it week by week. I don’t know if I can last the season, but I want it.

There are lots of reasons for this. It’s not as simple as “Okay, I’m not going to play”. I feel like my recovery is taking longer, I feel like since my son is three, I’m putting him at risk by traveling so much with him, that’s something I have to take into account. My body is wearing out. My knee was really hurting today and I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost, but I think it takes time to recover as I get older.

Also for me to find that motivation every day to go out, the energy is no longer the same. Right now it’s there but there are days when I don’t feel like doing it. I’ve always said I’ll play until I enjoy this grind, the process and not just win, but you have to enjoy the process and I’m not sure I enjoy it more. I take enough advantage of it to play this season. I worked very hard to come back, get back in shape, lose weight and try to set a good example for mothers, new mothers to pursue their dreams as much as they can. Beyond this season, I don’t feel my body doing it.

I play at a good level. The first week in Adelaide, we (her and Kichenok) beat the top 10, 20 players. I play at a decent level. I was pretty sure it was my last season if I finished it. I’m sure I won’t be coming back to Melbourne to play the Australian Open again.

I have great memories here, in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. It was a great trip. I’m not looking forward to June or July, I’m literally going week to week, with my body, with a virus, there’s so much uncertainty. Every time I play I feel like I have a chance to win, that’s why I’m here. It’s not because of today’s disappointment. Just the way my body is. I’m not sure I can finish the season. I want to play a full season, I’m still (ranked) 50-60 in the world, I feel like I have the level to play.

As an athlete, I feel like I can go far in tournaments. But I have a little meniscus problem in my right knee, I woke up with pain in my wrist a few days ago. There is nothing wrong with that. At 35, I wake up with a few things that I don’t know where they came from. I want to finish the season, try to play until the US Open, that’s my goal. But I still have to take it week by week.”

Biography of Sania Mirza

Birth November 15, 1986
Age 35 years
Height 5 feet 8 inches

Nasr School, Hyderabad

St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad


Imran Mirza (father)

Naseema (Mother)

Job Tennis player
Husband Shoaib Malik
Children Izhaan Mirza Malik
Net value $25 million (approx.)
instagram @mirzasaniar
Twitter @MirzaSania

Padma Shri

Padma Bhushan

Biography of Sania Mirza: birth, family and upbringing

Sania Mirza was born on November 15, 1986 in Mumbai to Imran Mirza and Naseema. Her father was a sports journalist while her mother worked in a printing company.

After she was born, her family moved to Hyderabad where she and her younger sister, Anam Mirza, were raised. Anam is married to cricketer Mohammad Asaduddin, the son of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin.

Mirza is an alumnus of Nasr School and St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai.

Sania Mirza Career

Sania Mirza started playing tennis when she was six years old. She was coached by her father and won 10 singles titles and 13 doubles titles as a junior player, including the 2003 Wimbledon Championships and the 2003 Afro-Asian Games.

She won her first WTA doubles title at the 2004 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open, becoming the first-ever Indian woman to achieve the feat. That year, she won six ITF singles titles. Due to her phenomenal performance in the 2005 season, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year.

Mirza was seeded at the 2006 Australian Open, becoming the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam event. She won the Banglore Open doubles title. In December 2006, she won three medals at the Asian Games in Doha: gold in mixed doubles and silver in women’s singles and team.

In the 2007 summer hard court season, she was at her career best and finished eighth in the 2007 US Open Series rankings and her best singles ranking of world No. 27. She won four doubles titles in 2007.

Throughout 2008, Mirza was plagued with a host of wrist injuries, forcing him to withdraw from several matches, including the US Grand Slam and the French Open.

She won her first Australian Open Grand Slam doubles title at the 2009 Australian Open and her first Premier Mandatory title at Indian Wells in 2011. The same year she won the doubles title of the Family Circle Cup.

His excellent performance at the Fed Cup in Shenzhen with Isha Lakhani helped India qualify for Group I of the Asia/Oceania zone of the Fed Cup in 2013.

In 2013, she won the Dubai Championships doubles title with Mattek-Sands. Mirza teamed up with different players in 2013 and won five WTA titles. She won the 2014 Portuguese Open doubles title and finished second in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with Black.

The duo recorded three consecutive quarter-finals at the following clay-court tournaments, namely Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia and French Open, but failed to win any of the titles.

At the 2014 US Open, she played mixed doubles in the US Open duet with Bruno Soares and became the 2014 US Open mixed doubles champion. In the same year, she won a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. She also won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles tournament with Prarthana Thombare. Black and Mirza won their biggest title together at the WTA Finals. It is the heaviest defeat in the history of the doubles final.

Over the years, she has won and lost many matches and reached a career high in 2015. She became the first Indian to be ranked world No. 1 in the WTA doubles rankings. She took maternity leave in 2018 and made a winning comeback in 2020. She and Nadiia Kichenok won the Hobart International in January 2020. Mirza announced her retirement in 2022 as her body is wearing out.

Sania Mirza’s husband

Sani Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik got married on April 12, 2010 in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony at the Taj Krishna hotel in Hyderabad, India. Their wedding reception was held in Sialkot, Pakistan. She received Rs. 6.1 million as Mahr, a custom in Muslim marriages.

As their marriage drew attention online, Mirza became India’s most searched tennis player and sportswoman in 2010, according to Google Trends.

Son of Sania Mirza

The couple announced their first pregnancy on social media on April 23, 2018 and gave birth to Izhaan Mirza Malik in October 2018 and named him Izhaan Mirza Malik.

Sania Mirza Awards and Recognitions

1- Arjuna Prize in 2004

2- WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2005

3- Padma Shri in 2006

4- Brand Ambassador of Telangana in 2014

5- Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in 2015

6- The list of 100 inspiring women of the BBC in 2015

7- Padma Bhushan in 2016

8- NRI of the year in 2016

9- The 100 most influential people in the world according to Time Magazine in 2016

10- UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

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André Leon Talley, fashion legend and former creative director of Vogue, dies at 73

Andre Leon Talley, fashion icon and former longtime creative director of Vogue, has died aged 73, after battling an unknown illness.

An inspiration to many designers, writers and everyone involved in the fashion world, Talley paved the way for many and had an undeniable impact in the industry, known as a trailblazer, arrived in New York in 1974, quickly surrounding himself and collaborating with emblematic characters, such as Andy Warhol and Karl Lagerfeld.

Talley joined Vogue in 1983 as the magazine’s fashion information director, finding success as creative director and Anna Wintouris the right hand. He would later move to Paris in 1995, later in his career being awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, honoring his contribution to the fashion world.


During one of his interviews in 2017, he talked about his experience in the fashion industry; “I worked behind the scenes. I did it in soft tones, and I was persistent and tenacious…I always took on a very calm role. I didn’t scream and scream and scream… That was the best strategy, because that was the world I moved into. After all, it was Vogue, honey.

He would also describe his success in Paris with a message shared on social media; “To be in the august and impeccable body of the Knights: Diana Vreeland, Tina Turner, James Baldwin, Rudolph Nureyev and for a black man educated in the public schools of Durham, North Carolina, I thank my French teacher, the late Cynthia P Smith, who enveloped me in French: the language, the culture, the style, the history and the literature.

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Diane von Furstenberg and Andre Leon Talley

Many of his friends are now sharing moving tributes remembering his life and successful career, including the designer Diana of Furstenberg who wrote “We will miss you”.

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LaLiga and AZF launch an MBA in sports and entertainment


Doha: LaLiga Business School, Department of Education of LaLiga, is collaborating with the Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) to launch a sports and entertainment MBA to be taught in the country from February.

The development is part of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2019 between the two organisations. The institutions have joined forces on various projects and will now set up this Sports and Entertainment MBA, in which the study of new marketing, the transformation of digital and technological breakthroughs, media and entertainment, innovation and entrepreneurship will help prepare future leaders in sport and entertainment. the entertainment industry for Qatar, the rest of the MENA region and beyond.

LaLiga Executive Director Óscar Mayo said: “For LaLiga, education is a key pillar of its philosophy as an institution. We are very happy to have the opportunity to continue to share the expertise of LaLiga in the Middle East, in this case in Qatar. We also want to learn from our partner, Aspire Zone Foundation. This MBA reaffirms LaLiga’s commitment to professionalizing the sports sector and, in line with our slogan, “This is not football”. This is La Liga’, it puts us at the forefront of all leagues, not only in sporting terms but also in terms of educational standards.
For his part, AZF CEO, Mohammed Khalifa Al Suwaidi said, “The Aspire Zone Foundation is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in sports innovation and performance. As a global leader, we’ve partnered with the world’s most esteemed organizations to help us achieve our goals. Hence our partnership with LaLiga. We are proud to partner with LaLiga to demonstrate the superiority of our integrated services model as we continue to be inspired by the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

The first term of this new MBA will run from February 2022 to November 2022, with in-person classes held in Doha and monthly webinars. Additionally, this course will include the kinds of educational tours that have become a highlight of LaLiga Business School’s programs, with five-day trips to London and Madrid already planned.

AZF officials are delighted to draw on the expertise of LaLiga Business School, which was established in 2018 as part of LaLiga’s mission to help professionalize the sports industry through theoretical courses and practice. It was a great success, with the students enjoying the fact that the content was developed by professionals and directors who currently work in LaLiga, clubs, leagues or federations and live the sports industry on a daily basis.

The reputation of LaLiga Business School and its methodology continues to grow, in part thanks to the MoUs concluded with renowned institutions such as the CBF Academy of the Brazilian Football Federation or the Malaysian Football League and with prestigious universities such as the Australian University of Canberra, the Egyptian University ESLSCA or the University of Columbia in the United States.

Already, LaLiga Business School alumni have worked in prestigious and respected organisations, ranging from clubs such as Atlético de Madrid, Real Betis, Levante UD, RCD Mallorca, Cádiz CF or Santos FC to companies like YouFirst Sports, Kosmos or MICSports. to leagues such as Liga MX or even LaLiga itself.

Qatar MBA students can receive their own tailored, high-quality education, which will enable graduates to pursue their own careers in football or other areas of the growing sports and entertainment industry.