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12 April – Property Report and Enviros – how to streamline your processes

InfoTrack and Groundsure join forces to give Transfer Agents the opportunity to understand the benefits of Ownership Reporting and learn how Avista, one of the most comprehensive environmental reports available, uses data to inform reporting .

During this 45-minute webinar, Andrew Crawshaw, Senior Account Manager at Groundsure, will explore the unique features and benefits that Avista offers, including 10 searches in a single report, and discuss how this data is included in the InfoTrack property report.

Andrew will be joined by Tom Kerwin, Head of Account Management at InfoTrack, who will demonstrate Property Report and highlight the benefits for property practitioners of using Property Report in conjunction with Avista to improve compliance and save time. time and money.

Reserve your spot today: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6916492532076/WN_s0MxeJVGRvibshkWZbq6GQ

April 19 – AML Compliance and Understanding Safe Harbor with Digital Customer Onboarding

Money laundering risks remain a constant threat to law firms, with identity fraud being of particular concern to real estate practitioners. As more businesses onboard their customers digitally, the importance of understanding your due diligence obligations increases. To improve your compliance measures, learn how Safe Harbor provides increased protection for businesses.

During this 45-minute webinar, Amy Bell, Director at TEAL Compliance, will cover:

  • How to apply the latest AML guidelines to your business and what to do if your current processes differ from the guidelines
  • An overview of InfoTrack’s online AML checks and searches to ensure enterprise-wide due diligence and compliance
  • An understanding of what Safe Harbor is and how electronic verification searches support a compliant digital ID journey

Amy will be joined by Mimi Oladapo, Senior eCOS Product Specialist at InfoTrack, who will present a short demo of eCOS, InfoTrack’s electronic customer onboarding solution.

Reserve your spot today. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1516492532420/WN_-eoVfjB3SPO-OV0NUMNlyQ

April 26 – Accelerate customer onboarding through integration with InfoTrack and the Perfect Portal app

Effective integration can help businesses save time, increase productivity, and improve customer experience.

eCOS, InfoTrack’s award-winning electronic customer onboarding solution, seamlessly integrates with Perfect Portal to digitize the entire customer onboarding journey and streamline the processes needed to onboard a new customer .

In this 45-minute webinar, learn how these two market-leading technologies accelerate feedback by accessing eCOS through an easy-to-use mobile app that’s fully customized for your business.

We’ll be joined by leading law firm Gowen & Stevens to hear first-hand how their firm has benefited from adopting digital onboarding and the mobile app, and how they’ve reduced lead times. integration from a few weeks to a few days.

Reserve your spot today. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8516492532809/WN_w4PWhczxSpW1UmA9IceXxg

May 3 – Property Report: where quality and compliance meet

In the fast-paced world of conveyancing, we understand that compliance and risk mitigation have never been more important. We know that writing your title report can take time, to analyze the data and gather essential information. Harnessing the power of technology with hyper-automation, InfoTrack’s Property Report lets you create a standardized title report in as little as 15 minutes.

In this 30-minute webinar, Content Specialist Liz Campbell will demonstrate how InfoTrack’s award-winning Title Solution Report can help you and your business understand and comply with your responsibilities in the following ways:

  • Adherence to SRA Principles
  • Law Society Best Practices and Transfer of Ownership Protocol
  • Navigate high-risk litigation areas

Book today to secure your place. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9016491680864/WN_RixqZh2kQluQrTkWrYXDug

May 10 – Mining in Cities: Birmingham

InfoTrack and Groundsure are traveling to several parts of the UK to discuss the importance of investigating mining and ground stability risks in less understood areas.

Historic mines are still affecting today’s real estate market nationwide, with an estimated 8 million properties potentially affected. Non-coal mining and ground instability have been underreported for decades with little to offer in terms of research. This changes with the Law Society’s guidelines specifically stating that these risks, in addition to coal, must be considered in every transaction.

In this 45-minute webinar, Tom Harvey-James, Mining Consultant at Groundsure, explores mining and natural ground hazards in Birmingham. Topics covered in this session include:

  • Types of mining undertaken
  • Types of minerals found in the region
  • Why Mining and Ground Stability Risks Should Be Investigated
  • City Focused Case Study
  • Appropriate reports and next steps if actions are reported
  • Most suitable product to choose and why

Reserve your spot today. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2216492533515/WN_PSHvXu-uSB6YJzF8Dw_r4w

May 12 – Essential cybersecurity update with LMS – everything you need to know to stay safe

InfoTrack is joined by LMS, the UK’s leading provider of conveyancing panel management services, to undertake a review of the cybersecurity landscape in 2021 and into 2022.

During this 45-minute webinar, Mike Hughes, Chief Technology Officer at LMS, will cover topics such as:

  • What the cybersecurity landscape looked like in 2021 and into 2022, focusing on what we know happened, what was avoided, and what was new
  • The LMS information security journey, including how we’ve adapted, what we’ve learned, what lenders have asked for, and how you can protect your customers
  • How LMS can help and how using technologies such as MODS, Case Export API, Secure Link and Confirm not only create efficiency but reduce risk
  • Unrecognized cyber challenges
  • The basic do’s and don’ts you need to know to stay computer safe.

To find out more, reserve your place today. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2316492533873/WN_HSyd7a4NQ-uW4IGN9IwMOQ

June 7 – Mining in Cities: Leeds

InfoTrack and Groundsure are traveling to several parts of the UK to discuss the importance of investigating mining and ground stability risks in less understood areas.

Historic mines still affect today’s real estate market nationwide, with approximately eight million properties potentially affected. Non-coal mining and ground instability have been underreported for decades with little to offer in terms of research. This changes with the Law Society’s guidelines specifically stating that these risks, in addition to coal, must be considered in every transaction.

In this 45-minute webinar, Tom Harvey-James, Mining Consultant at Groundsure, explores mining and natural ground hazards in Leeds. Topics covered in this session include:

  • Types of mining undertaken
  • Types of minerals found in the region
  • Why Mining and Ground Stability Risks Should Be Investigated
  • City Focused Case Study
  • Appropriate reports and next steps if actions are reported
  • Most suitable product to choose and why

Reserve your spot today. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7416492534350/WN_4uk_2wunQb6DODkYdiUh6Q

July 5 – Mining in Cities: Liverpool

InfoTrack and Groundsure are traveling to several parts of the UK to discuss the importance of investigating mining and ground stability risks in less understood areas.

Historic mines are still affecting today’s real estate market nationwide, with approximately eight million properties potentially affected. Non-coal mining and ground instability have been underreported for decades with little to offer in terms of research. This changes with the Law Society’s guidelines specifically stating that these risks, in addition to coal, must be considered in every transaction.

In this 45-minute webinar, Tom Harvey-James, Mining Consultant at Groundsure, explores mining and natural ground hazards in Liverpool. Topics covered in this session include:

  • Types of mining undertaken
  • Types of minerals found in the region
  • Why Mining and Ground Stability Risks Should Be Investigated
  • City Focused Case Study
  • Appropriate reports and next steps if actions are reported
  • Most suitable product to choose and why

Reserve your spot today. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1716492534652/WN_lbMdrXn7Sl6jm_Js9mfMGA

This article has been submitted for publication by InfoTrack as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Conveyancer. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not those of Today’s Conveyancer.

The Best Data Science Bootcamps for 2022


Data science represents one of the fastest growing and highest paying fields in the tech industry, and for good reason. Every year, the demand for skilled professionals who can make sense of data and extract insights grows, which isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Employment of computer and information researchers is expected to grow 22% between 2020 and 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It’s a rewarding profession in many ways, not just for its high pay, but it can be overwhelming to know how to get started, especially given the large number of courses and boot camps that aim to equip new entrants with all the skills they need. need to flourish.

To give you an idea, we’ve selected a handful of data science boot camps in the US and UK to give you an idea of ​​what to expect, with each entry based on their community reviews, their flexibility or their Content.

Springboard training on data science

Price: $9,900

Course link: Sprintboard Data Science Bootcamp

This boot camp offers career support and a job guarantee within six months of graduation, or your money back.

Costing $9,900, this online course offers students the opportunity to learn to program in Python, follow coding best practices, and start using an ecosystem of powerful Python-based tools. There is also a topic on data management, working with different file formats, from plain text to CSV to JSON.

Students will also master the basics of inferential statistics and parameter estimation, use hypothesis testing to determine if a phenomenon is statistically significant, and learn how correlation and regression can help identify useful features.

Part of the course teaches machine learning, using scikit-learn to implement supervised and unsupervised algorithms, as well as the best ML techniques: linear and logistic regression, naive Bayes classifiers, support vector machines, decision trees and clustering.

Students can also learn to be a good citizen of the codebase, with an emphasis on writing better code, testing and debugging, and using production systems.

Flatiron School

A screenshot from a video showing the Flatiron logo

Price: $16,900 – with a $500 deposit

Course link: Flatiron School

This organization offers boot camps that take place online, in Colorado Springs, Denver, and New York. There are four phases in the course and a final data science project. The duration of the courses varies from 15 to 40 weeks.

The lesson teaches basic Python programming, how to use Jupyter Notebooks, and also learns about popular Python libraries used in data science. Students will also learn about data structures, relational databases, ways to retrieve data, and SQL fundamentals for querying data in structured databases.

The second phase allows students to learn the fundamentals of probability theory, such as combinations and permutations, as well as statistical distributions and creating samples.

In the final project, students work individually to create a large-scale data science and machine learning project. This final project provides an in-depth opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning achievements and get a sense of what working on a large-scale data science project is really like.

A particular highlight of the course is 180 days of 1:1 support with a dedicated career coach, which is intended to help students personalize their job search, ask interview questions, and build a personal brand.


A screenshot of a course homepage hosted by WeCloudData

Price: $12,500

Course link: Data Science Course WeCloudData

This course offers full-time and part-time data science courses in Toronto, Canada and is also available online. The course offers either a full-time 12-week immersive Data Science Bootcamp or part-time courses in Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Python for Data Science, and more.

The full-time course teaches the most essential skills required to land a job and gives students the opportunity to build their portfolio of projects. It includes three and a half months of immersive learning, an additional three months of portfolio building support, as well as six months of post-graduation employment support.

The part-time course includes six months of part-time learning, plus six months of employment support after graduation. This course costs $8,000 (USD).

In both boot camps, students learn to apply SQL and Python to solve data problems. By the end of the boot camp, students will become an intermediate level SQL and Python coder.

Data Science Boot Camps in the UK

University of Northumbria, Newcastle

A building with the Northumbria University logo displayed, partially obscured by trees

Price: Free / $1,200 – depending on circumstances

Course link: Northumbria University Skills Bootcamp

This Skills Bootcamp teaches techniques for working with data to create insights that can support strategic business decisions. Course delegates will learn how to gather data from different sources – both internal and external – and perform analyzes that provide essential insights to improve performance.

This 16-week online course is primarily aimed at employers looking to upskill their existing workforce, as well as independent learners looking to improve their skills and earning potential.

It offers pre-recorded sessions that you can access when it’s convenient for you, as well as pre-arranged live sessions and offline support.

Delivered as part of the Institute of Coding, the government’s initiative to embed digital skills in UK businesses, the courses are funded by the Department of Education. They are therefore free for anyone who has been unemployed for the past 12 months, and £1,200/employee for businesses (a 70% reduction).

Cambridge Spark

An abstract image showing a data visualization concept behind the Cambridge Spark logo

Award: Funded by UK Apprenticeship Levy

Course link: Cambridge Spark

This company runs a 14-month data science boot camp that examines data science and AI.

Students are supported by a data mentor, personal coach and Cambridge Spark faculty to learn cutting-edge skills and apply them in the workplace. For employees in England, the program is funded by the Apprenticeship tax in the UK.

Students can learn to identify and design data-driven AI solutions to seize business opportunities, automate and optimize business processes through data science, and gain the confidence to deliver the kind of technical authority and information that matches their business objectives.

The core curriculum provides learners with everything they need in a data science role and to meet all the requirements set out in the level 7 data science learning framework.

There are also elective specialist paths that offer learners the opportunity to stretch and specialize in new technical areas, such as software engineering practices for data scientists, software testing for data science data and machine learning in production, to name a few.

Data Science Bootcamp, London

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Price: £10,500 / £833 over 12 months

Course link: Data science training

Students begin this course by developing critical skills in data analysis, business intelligence, and visualization. There is also time spent working with relational database management software (MySQL) to model, structure and manipulate the data for analysis.

A following unit helps develop basic programming skills and leverage data science tools to perform complex data analysis. There are also lessons on how to collect data from the web, complete data processing, and use code to perform analysis, create visualizations, and present information to key stakeholders.

There is also an opportunity to learn about machine learning techniques and explore a variety of techniques and algorithms used within this subset of data science. This includes study of a variety of industry tools used to create machine learning models and an opportunity to gain hands-on experience applying machine learning concepts.

The course is delivered in several locations around the world, including one in Shoreditch in central London.

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Even though we’ve already seen extreme weather this year in Wisconsin, there’s still plenty of time to prepare for what’s to come.

And as a meteorologist Jesse Gunkel mentioned in his blog regarding the (CoCoRaHS) and SKYWARN programs, you can also help the National Weather Service during inclement season.

What do you want to know

  • There will be a mix of virtual and in-person trainings
  • Five NWS offices provide training throughout Wisconsin
  • Observer training lasts until early May

Wisconsin Storm Spotter Training

In case you didn’t know, National Weather Service offices across the country hold regular training sessions for storm spotters. During the training, meteorologists in your area will explain how you can provide vital storm information during a severe weather event.

Here is a list of storm watcher trainings across the state that you can attend both virtually and in person this year:

NWS Duluth

Facebook: @NWSDuluth

Twitter: @NWSDuluth

You can find more information and register for a training session (only required for virtual sessions) here.

NWS Green Bay

Facebook: @NWSGreenBay

Twitter: @NWSGreenBay

You can find more information and register for a training session (only required for virtual sessions) here.

NWS La Crosse

Facebook: @NWSLaCrosse

Twitter: @NWSLaCrosse

You can find more information and register for a training session (only required for virtual sessions) here.

NWS Milwaukee

Facebook: @NWSMilwaukee

Twitter: @NWSMilwaukee

You can find more information and register for a training session (only required for virtual sessions) here.

NWS Twin Towns

Facebook: @NWSTwinCities

Twitter: @NWSTwinCities

You can find more information and register for a training session (only required for virtual sessions) here.

Free Webinars Show How to “Recycle Properly” – Union County, New Jersey


Union County, NJ – April 1, 2022 – Union County residents who want to learn more about local recycling rules can attend two free webinars presented by the Union County Office of Recycling and Planning in April.

“A lot of our residents want to do the right thing and recycle whatever they can. It’s important to know which items can go in the recycling bin and which should go in the regular household trash,” Union County Commissioner Chairperson Rebecca Williams said.

The free Recycle Right webinars are:

Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.: This presentation will be hosted by Union County Consortium Libraries. The Zoom link is available at us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register.

Monday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.: This presentation will be hosted by Clark Public Library in April. The registration link is available at https://clarkpl.librarycalendar.com.

Schools and community organizations can schedule a presentation by contacting Heather Miara at the Office of Recycling and Planning, [email protected].

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution, and other emergency services. support, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the public information line at 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online contact form .

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Seattle promised to demilitarize police, but rejected legislation to end training in Israel following ADL lobbying – Mondoweiss


In June 2020, at the height of nationwide protests against the police following the murder of George Floyd, two of the top brass of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) delivered a sober and somber assessment. joint trainings they have organized since 2004 between American and Israeli police forces. In a memo to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt that was leaked to the press, ADL Senior Vice President George Selim and ADL Vice President for Law Enforcement and analysis, Greg Ehrie, acknowledged that these trainings are extremely expensive, may have led to militarization of American police, and have increased resentment toward the police among politicized communities and communities of color in the United States.

Indeed, earlier that same summer, the Minnesota State Patrol requested a ‘mine resistant vehicle’ to engage in what they described as ‘deployment’, not police work, in Minneapolis. . Faced with throngs of unarmed civilian protesters, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety expressed the need for an increased law enforcement presence to deal with what they saw as “urban warfare” in Minneapolis. – using a military term usually reserved for combat against a foreign enemy, not the citizen police are meant to serve and protect.

Specifically, Selim and Ehrie write that “in light of the very real police brutality at the hands of militarized police forces in the United States, we need to ask ourselves some tough questions, as if we are contributing to the problem. In other words, we must ask ourselves why it is necessary that American police, enforcing American laws, need [sic] meet members of the Israeli army. We need to ask ourselves if, coming home, those we train are more likely to use force. They considered the pros and cons of a number of options, namely ending trading, continuing trading, reforming trading, pausing and reflecting on trading, before making the recommendation that trading , being costly, controversial, counterproductive, and likely to aggravate an already serious situation, should be terminated.


I live just outside of Seattle, a city with a notoriously racist police force, which has been under a federal consent decree to right a well-documented pattern of unwarranted excessive force and policing racist since 2012. Yet over the past decade, the Seattle Police Department has sent numerous officers on training trips to Israel, including former police chief Carmen Best and former deputy police chief Nick Metz.

Two years ago, a coalition of 55 local grassroots organizations introduced legislation to end such trips, which would have been in line with Seattle City Council members signing a letter urging the police department of Seattle to demilitarize and redirect funds from the police budget. to community programs. While meeting with local activists ahead of the vote, council members described the ADL-organized trips to Israel as “wine and dine” social events. The leaked ADL memo, listing the impact of those trips, clearly belies the Seattle City Council members’ rejection of their nature.

End Deadly Exchange Seattle protest over leaked ADL memo about US police training in Israel.
End Deadly Exchange Seattle protest over leaked ADL memo about US police training in Israel.

In fact, the ADL was not only providing this training to the police, but also lobbying the Seattle City Council against ending the program.

“The leaked memo makes it clear that before lobbying against our legislation, the ADL questioned the substance and impact of these trainings while misleading Seattle City Council members to understand them. as benign,” Abby Brook, an activist with End the Deadly Exchange Seattle, told me. “We saw this happen when, in private meetings, Council member Andrew Lewis replicated the ADL’s talking point that these trips are simply wine and dine events. During the council’s full vote on our legislation, he acknowledged that four of the six past formations were listed as “tactical formations”, but still voted against the legislation, saying “we don’t really know the substance of these formations.

End the Deadly Exchange Seattle activist Aisha Mansour agrees and says, “After the Seattle City Council publicly vowed to demilitarize the Seattle Police Department, it was disheartening to see several council members jump to through hoops to justify voting against legislation that would prevent the SPD from training with countries that had been found guilty of the most gross human rights abuses.

Mansour continues:

“We knew Israel advocacy groups like the ADL had to lobby against our legislation, there was no other logical explanation for why the Seattle City Council would want our police trained by rights abusers of man.

“During the vote of the full council on September 20, 2021, it was very clear when the council member [Alex] Pedersen has openly stated that he has met with the ADL and is voting against our legislation, calling it a “time-consuming distraction from pressing matters.”

When approached about the leaked memo by reporters Alex Kane and Sam Levin, Selim downplayed its contents, saying it was only a draft and stating that the recommendation to end exchanges, as indicated in the memorandum, had not been advanced. Instead, Selim told Levin and Kane, the ADL intends to continue the program “with updated curriculum and content to increase the value and impact of this type of engagement. of law enforcement.”

Although it was indeed only a “draft”, the leaked memo confirms one thing: the ADL is fully aware that the joint trainings it facilitates between US police forces and Israeli veterans are counter-productive, unpopular among communities victimized by law enforcement violence. , and can lead to the hypermilitarization of American police. This hypermilitarization, as we all too often witness across the country, is having a disproportionate impact on communities of color. The ADL’s decision, however, and in full awareness of the racism and brutality of American police forces everywhere – and certainly in Seattle – is to continue its alliance with the police. This goes against their stated mission to fight discrimination and hate crimes and ensure justice for all. And the Seattle City Council’s failure to respond to its own local constituency, ending police force “wine and dine” trips to a country that the world’s most respected human rights organizations determined to be engaging in apartheid and crimes of persecution, is beyond shame.

Ultimately, in the leaked memo itself, as well as in their response to that memo, the ADL itself gave us the answer to the question “Which side is the ADL on?” This answer is “the racist police”. Unfortunately, this is also the side that the Seattle City Council and all the cities that engage in these exchanges have chosen.

Anyone interested in learning more about these deadly exchanges can attend a webinar on April 8, titled “The ADL is NOT a Civil Rights Organization,” in which key organizers from the Drop The ADL campaign will outline the many ways the ADL has hurt communities of color, gay people, immigrants, Muslims, Arabs and other marginalized groups, aligning itself with police and other perpetrators of state violence.

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USTA Florida Expands Community Coach Program; More online courses and modules now available


The USTA Florida today announced the expanded launch of its Community Coaching Program, where Florida’s public parks can partner to provide training, mentorship and employment to diverse new tennis coaches. The Community Coach program was successfully piloted in fall 2021 in seven locations across the state. The program has expanded to include more industry partners, additional locations and now includes online modules for youth, adult and team coaching.

“We have heard loud and clear that there is a severe shortage of tennis coaches in virtually every area of ​​tennis,” said USTA Florida President Dana Andrews. “This program leverages partnerships across our tennis ecosystem to welcome new coaches and give them the training and experience needed to deliver community programs at facilities across the state.”

Engaging new and diverse coaches has been a strategic priority for USTA Florida for several years now, and the organization fully recognizes the need to try different approaches in order to grow beyond the existing delivery system. The Community Coach program was piloted by members of the USTA Florida Board of Directors who are themselves certified tennis professionals and tennis directors at several public tennis centers across the state.

“We are building the agricultural system for tennis coaching in Florida,” President-Elect Phil Girardi said. “We need a bigger base of entry-level coaches in order to bring in more certified tennis professionals. Currently, we do not have a sufficient pool of new coaches.

The Community Coaches program is open to high school students, community residents, tennis players, and others who are passionate about coaching community tennis. The education effort includes one or two days of training followed by up to ten weeks of paid mentorship in the field and experience in the facility. Hours spent practicing and on court will be shared with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) for potential training credits.

The USTA Florida is the administrator of this program. The organization provides planning, project management and marketing support to the program, ensuring that all coaches are Safe Play approved and receive all the resources available to them. Additionally, all USTA Florida-operated facilities offer training directly. The USPTA Florida has joined the program to help provide training and engage in mentorship of new coaches through its regional representatives.

“Establishments are asking for this training because they have vacancies. We basically function as a connector bringing potential coaches into these jobs and providing the training necessary to perform in the position,” said Danielle Gooding, Director of Community Tennis at USTA Florida. “As a chapter, we are focused on growing programs, however, you can’t grow programs without enough people to run them. The service we provide now is a win-win for everyone.

The USTA Florida has also partnered with Racquet Sports U, an online education platform created by Jorge Capestany and supported by a number of tennis industry leaders. Capestany, who is a professional master with both the USPTA and the PTR, is widely considered a leader in line tennis drills. For this program, he created a Florida-specific dashboard that provides resources for teaching adult beginners, tennis camps, and college and high school teams.

“We live in a digital world. By adding online training modules tailored to the needs of these new coaches, we are able to make coaching more accessible and available to everyone who enters the Community Coaching Program,” said Chuck Gill, CEO of USTA Florida.

For more information on the USTA Florida Community Coach program and to register, please visit www.USTAFlorida.com/CommunityCoach.

College Consensus Releases Consensus Ranking of Top 50 Coding Bootcamps for 2022

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HILLSBOROUGH, North Carolina, March 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — college consensusa unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, has released its ranking of 50 Best Coding Bootcamps for 2022.

“The popularity and expansion of coding bootcamps has exploded in recent years,” says the founder Jeremy Alder

For budding and professional computer programmers, coding bootcamps offer an incredible opportunity to receive immersive and intensive training in computer languages, technologies, and programs.

Enrollment rates for coding bootcamps have increased tenfold in recent years, and it’s no surprise. Bootcamps compare competitively to bachelor’s degrees, take significantly less time to complete, and offer high placement rates, an attractive incentive for any programmer.

“In the fraction of the time it takes to graduate — and a fraction of the cost — boot camp students can be on the path to earning big income while avoiding big student loans,” says the editor. in Chief of College Consensus. Carrie Sealey Morris.

To calculate the 50 best coding bootcamps for 2022, College Consensus editors polled several trusted coding bootcamp review sites to create individual consensus scores for each program. These programs were then ranked from highest to lowest consensus score.

Top 10 Best Coding Bootcamps for 2022 are:

  1. learning rocket
  2. Code platoon
  3. Yellow tail!
  4. Coding Temple
  5. Wilmington ZIP Code
  6. Codesmith
  7. Rhythm School
  8. Codeworks
  9. technical lift
  10. Juno College technology

Visit the ranking to see the full list of 50 bootcamps.

“The popularity and expansion of coding bootcamps has exploded in recent years,” says College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder. “That being said, the internet is full of misinformation about coding bootcamps. For students looking to cut through the noise, our rankings provide a more holistic view of each program’s reputation and quality. That’s a great point. starting point for any student looking for a quality coding bootcamp education.”

In addition to offering an innovative approach to college and graduate school rankings, College Consensus also offers expert advice and guidance on all aspects of college life, from finding the perfect college to getting accepted. , payment, application and attendance for higher education, and finding a professional path after graduation.



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FBI plans hate crime safety training for religious communities


In recent months, there has been a pattern of vandalism and attacks targeting religious communities throughout western Washington, including smashed windows at several Catholic churches, fires at the Islamic Center of Tacoma, and an explosive device set off in a mosque in Olympia.

In early March, someone deliberately rammed a car into a prayer room at an Islamic community center in Burien.

These are troubling times for religious communities in Western Washington.

Now, the FBI’s field office in Seattle offers extensive security training. Supervisory Special Agent Ryan Bruett is the FBI’s Statewide Hate Crimes and Civil Rights Program Coordinator in Washington. He spoke to KUOW’s Kim Malcolm about the effort.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

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Agent Ryan Bruet: As you said, some recent events here in the greater Puget Sound area have occurred. And then also, the incident that was highly publicized in Texas, at Congregation Beth Israel, where the rabbi credited the training he received from the FBI and local law enforcement to help solve this incident. This has really caused many local places of worship here, both in the Jewish community and other faiths, to contact the FBI and their local law enforcement to request similar trainings.

Kim Malcolm: What specifically are people going to hear about in these trainings?

Over the four sessions in this series, we will cover what is a hate crime and what is hate speech? We will have a session on counter-terrorism, which includes domestic terrorism and international terrorism. We’ll also have a session on what to do to keep yourself and others safe if, God forbid, you’re in a facility and someone shoots. And we will talk about the protection of facilities. What can organizations do to strengthen their goals, protect their facilities and better train their staff?

Is there anything else to say than to install more lighting outside?

Absolutely. Our first session will be hosted by CISA. This is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the Department of Homeland Security. They do a fantastic job. They have local Protective Security Advisors in our area who can visit facilities, conduct site surveys and suggest ways to improve security and train ushers to keep people safe and identify flags red.

What kinds of red flags would people be looking for?

There is a long list. This includes things from how people are dressed. If they wear big, bulky overcoats in the summer, they may be hiding weapons or explosives. CISA does a great job. The people who work in these facilities and places of worship know what to expect and what people are generally like. They are in the best position to recognize these deviations from the norm. There are all kinds of things to look for, in terms of people’s behavior.

We have seen a national increase in reported hate crimes over the past five years. How would you interpret this increase in reported numbers?

We are aware of statistics and tracking and concerned about the growing numbers you quoted. The other side of the coin is that we recognize that hate crimes are traditionally under-reported crimes. We are concerned that crimes may occur where people have experienced or witnessed incidents of hate crimes and, for various reasons, have not reported them to law enforcement.

One of the reasons we hold awareness events like this is to teach people how important this is to us as law enforcement and to encourage reporting. We’d like to think that some of these proactive efforts have encouraged some people who otherwise might not have reported to do so. In this sense, more reports are a good thing.

What would you say to religious and minority communities on how to adapt to this time and protect themselves?

When you see something that concerns you, report it. Report it to the FBI. Report it to your local police. These incidents that do occur may not be considered hate crimes in the eyes of the law. We do not expect the community to understand what may or may not be a hate crime. If in doubt, report it and let law enforcement do their job of assessing and responding.

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Ismaily players boycott training in protest over payment delays – Egyptian Football


“Out of respect for the fans of the club and to clarify the situation inside the club, we would like to confirm that the financial payments have been delayed for several months. Despite this, we have chosen to remain silent as we appreciate the difficult situation of the club in the league,” the Ismaily players said in a joint statement.

The Suez Canal team, considered one of the most prestigious football clubs in the country, has suffered since the start of the season; sitting at the bottom of the league table with just eight points from 13 matches after a run of poor results.

The Dervishes have won just one league game, lost in seven and held a draw in the remaining five games.

“After several broken promises from club officials to resolve the issue, we had no choice but to [to issue this statement] to clarify the situation,” added the statement from the players.

The players’ statement came just hours after the club announced on Sunday that the players had already received 25% of the value of their contracts since the election of the current board. The club added that they had decided to withhold the remaining dues due to the poor results.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

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29 LDPs in Benguet complete livelihood trainings – Manila Bulletin


29 LDPs in Benguet complete their livelihood trainings

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Twenty-nine Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) at Benguet Provincial Jail have been trained in livelihood skills in bread and pastry making with the help of the Education Authority Technical and Skills Development (TESDA)-Cordillera and in coordination with the provincial government of Benguet.

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Jimmicio Daoaten, Provincial Director of Benguet-TESDA, said trainees are preparing to obtain Certificates of Competence (COC) in Bread and Pastry Production NC II: Bread Making, Pastry and Pastry.

These trainees successfully completed the training course and were duly recognized recently during the graduation rites honored by Governor Melchor Diclas, Municipal Mayor Romeo Salda and Jirah Sidayao, a representative from the office of Congressman Eric Go Yap. .

Daoaten praised the graduates for their diligence in completing the training and urged them to continue learning despite their incarceration.

“Life has a lot to offer. Just because you’re detained doesn’t mean your life ends here,” Daoaten said. “We have different experiences and stories to tell, but don’t let that experience and challenges keep you from achieving your goals in life.”

“It’s temporary, you won’t last here in prison. It’s part of our life that we make mistakes, but use them as inspiration. TESDA and the government want you to have a vision for a better life and future,” Daoaten added.

The interns expressed their gratitude to TESDA for the opportunity to learn valuable skills that they can apply when they return to the community.



Alcohol Safety RAMP Trainings To Be Held In Ebensburg | News


EBENSBURG, Pa. – The Cambria County Drug and Alcohol Program will host a free Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) server/vendor training in conjunction with The Learning Lamp to help organizations serve as safe alcohol.

The trainings will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on April 4 and June 13 at the Youth Community Center, 300 rue Prave, Ebensburg. They will be led by a RAMP trainer approved by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

RAMP server/vendor training ensures staff and volunteers know how to serve alcohol safely by recognizing signs of intoxication and ensuring patrons are 21 years of age or older.

“We are thrilled to provide access to this free training to members of the Cambria County community,” said Fred Oliveros, Drug & Alcohol Program Administrator. “The training provides individuals with the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice about situations they may encounter when serving alcohol to the public.”

For Special Occasion Permit holders or Day Permit holders, RAMP certification is not required, but is strongly encouraged to help reduce potential issues associated with serving alcohol. Certification can better protect organizations from liability, as well as provide potential insurance reductions and reduce alcohol-related hazards in the community.

The number of places is limited to 40 participants for each training. Registration is required and available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/RAMP4-4-22.

For more information, contact Prevention Coordinator Elizabeth ElBayly at 814-262-0732, ext. 287, or [email protected]

Katie Smolen is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @KSmolen1230.

Kenilorea worries about separate police formations


Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee and Opposition MP, Hon Peter Kenilorea Jnr, said the government should be concerned that our police have been trained by two different security partners.

Speaking to the media recently, Hon. Kenilorea said the government should be concerned that a group of police officers are currently being trained in Australia while another group is being trained by PRC police in Honiara .

“We must not allow ourselves to be a playground for geopolitics and national security,” he said.

The MP for East Are’Are said the technical operational aspect of the whole arrangement is very confusing.

“Honiara should be more concerned than the others. If we are not concerned, it shows that we are allowing this to happen without any thought or anything,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hon. Kenilorea said these trainings also call into question the type of police training conducted in relation to the recent raid at East Fataleka.

He said the type of police training conducted and applied recently in East Fataleka is of great concern.

“I don’t know if tear gas has ever been used in a village in the Solomon Islands before 4am. The image itself shows that we are entering another stage of policing which is concerning,” he said.

Hon Kenilorea said the fear is that we are turning another policing page in the country.

“What happened to community policing where we engage with community leaders and people rather than raiding a village of women and children,” he asked.

Source: Opposition Press

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Free bootcamps to help small businesses recover from Covid


Enterprise Nation and Amazon are launching a new campaign to help small businesses become more resilient and focus on post-pandemic recovery. The events are designed to help entrepreneurs build a resilient business, raise funds and succeed in the digital economy in 2022.

The free bootcamps take place in March and April. The first two events focus on some of the challenges faced by women-founded businesses, with the April and May events providing guidance for businesses looking to explore opportunities in pop-ups and brick-and-mortar retail. There will be a chance to hear from a range of expert guest speakers on topics including mindset, raising capital, live retail, selling on Amazon, maximizing pop- up, visual merchandising, barcodes and data analysis. Bootcamps will be a mix of online and in-person events.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s recent report on start-ups found that 12.6% of the UK’s working-age population were within the first three months of starting a business, a record number since the start of the UK. report in the 1990s. A study commissioned by Amazon in 2021 showed that 81% of UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) had invested in digital skills in the previous 12 months, but three in four (78%) said that they would appreciate free training and skills to support their growth.

“Building digital skills can lead to more successful businesses, and we’ve heard from many Amazon Small Business Accelerator participants that they want more training on resilience in particular,” said Duaa Basheer, Head of Business. small business empowerment in the UK.

MP Paul Scully, Minister for Small Business, said: “Anyone running a small business knows that resilience is an essential tool for maintaining long-term success and strength. It’s great to see this initiative which I hope will give entrepreneurs across the UK a boost alongside government support schemes such as Help to Grow and Start Up Loans.

Emma Jones, founder of small business network and business support provider Enterprise Nation, said: “We are now seeing businesses opening up after the pandemic, we are seeing renewed interest from small businesses who can see the value of testing and showcasing their products. in the main street. Many have successfully launched digital sales, but are now looking for ways to meet their customers, attract new audiences, introduce themselves to resellers and test new products. We expect omnichannel retail, where businesses sell on their own website, through global platforms, through resellers and short-term stores, to be an explosive trend in 2022. And by learning new skills and by broadening their approach, they will add longer-term resilience.

Bootcamps are an extension of Amazon Small Business Accelerator, a major support package from Amazon and Enterprise Nation, which has helped over 400,000 small businesses and start-ups across the UK. It was launched in July 2020 in rapid response to COVID-19 and the impact of economic lockdown on small businesses.

Amazon Small Business Accelerator Bootcamps 2022

March 30 – Women Founder Fire-Side Chat and Networking: Building Business Resilience

April 14 – Become a Successful Online Seller

May 12 – Help in Mastering Physical Commerce

May 26 – Additional Steps to Becoming a Resilient Business

Find tickets here: enterprisenation.com/bootcamps

Governor Kristi Noem signs bill banning public universities from requiring CRT training – Mitchell Republic


PIERRE, SD — Gov. Kristi Noem has signed a bill her office says will thwart critical race theory training on public and post-secondary campuses across the state.

Noem signed House Bill 1012, a measure “to protect students and employees of higher education institutions from divisive concepts,” on Monday, March 21, according to a statement from his office.

In the same message to the media, Noem’s office says the measure codifies language that “prohibits colleges from requiring students and teachers to take training or orientations based on critical race theory.”

“No student or teacher should have to endorse critical race theory to attend, graduate or teach at our public universities,” Noem said in a statement accompanying the press release. “The university must remain a place where freedom of thought and expression is encouraged, not stifled by political agendas.”

The text of the bill, which was heavily amended by the state legislature, does not mention the words “critical race theory” anywhere in its final form. After the measure passed the House of Representatives last month, the chamber approved a title change to accurately reflect the impact of the bill.

Instead of the tenets of “critical race theory,” which is a decades-old legal approach that posits that racism is a social construct produced by political and economic systems rather than individual prejudice, HB 1012 lists seven ideas called “concepts of division” that the teachers of the compulsory courses cannot impose on the students.

A “dividing concept” says that an individual “should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or some other form of psychological distress” because of their race or religion. Other banned gigs include general assertions of racial supremacy, or that one’s race or ethnicity is intrinsically linked and even guilty of past sins by one’s race.

The South Dakota Board of Regents provided political support for the bill’s passage in both houses, while noting that the measure did not affect the prerogatives of a teacher in his or her classroom.

In fact, the bill explicitly exempts the “content or conduct” of any curriculum from the prohibition of the concept of division.

In a statement to the Forum News Service, South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Berk Ehrmantraut said the state should invest in higher education, not “attack educators.”

“This is just another example of Governor Noem making trouble to divide South Dakota in the national spotlight,” Ehrmantraut said.

A companion bill that would have more directly affected teaching in the K-12 environment failed by a vote in the Senate Education Committee.

Christopher Vondracek is the South Dakota correspondent for Forum News Service. Contact Vondracek at

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Noem signs bill banning ‘dividing’ college running workouts


PIERRE, SD (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday signed a bill she promoted as a rejection of so-called critical race theory, even though the legislation has far-reaching limited.

The law prohibits public universities in the state from using training and guidance materials that make people feel “uncomfortable” because of their race. The bill passed the Senate earlier this month.

“No student or teacher should have to endorse critical race theory to attend, graduate or teach at our public universities,” Noem’s statement said. “The university must remain a place where freedom of thought and expression is encouraged, not stifled by political agendas.”

Noem has repeatedly criticized critical race theory, an academic framework centered on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation’s institutions. The initiative signed on Monday does not prohibit higher education teachers from teaching such notions in academic education.

The actual text of the bill makes no mention of critical race theory. It sets out seven “divisive concepts” and prohibits universities from enrolling students or faculty members or promoting them to required training.

It was one of twelve education bills Noem signed into law on Monday. She has signed 192 bills in total and vetoed one this session.

Marianne Ward: Are our “trainings” separated by skin color?


This comment is from Marianne Ward, a Burlington resident and mother of three sons.

Please don’t ignore Deborah Bucknam’s warnings in her March 15 commentary, “Stop racist formations in Vermont.”

I was unaware that the “trainings” she warns of are taking place across the state. I live in Burlington. According to a city employee I spoke with, here the formations are separated by skin color. I wasn’t going to believe it until I checked it out for myself. Sure enough – Covid dollars are wasted on mandatory, segregated trainings, which are literally described by the Burlington Office of Racial Equity, Inclusion & Belonging as safe spaces.

When I asked the acting director of REIB (the director left on March 10) if I could have access to the documents, I was told no – they are not intended for the public. This is legitimate internal business of the city! What are they hiding?

Ms Bucknam says Martin Luther King is not mentioned in the trainings — trainees are told his ‘dream that his children would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character’ is racist . Ex-REIB director Tyeastia Green’s statement reveals the new black narrative that explains the new racist label.

On Rosa Parks and MLK, she says this: “They (the white people) took people they found acceptable and threw them. They say that’s the standard you should aspire to – be that docile black man so you can be acceptable to us. No Malcolm X, Angela Davis or Stokely Carmichael. It’s wrong.”

This quote is taken from a CCTV interview she did on December 15, 2020 with three black refugee interns at a high school. There is more. To read what follows from the point of view of true or false historical facts would be to miss the point.

Consider its audience – vulnerable black refugee high school students trying to fit in and struggling mightily with English and homework.

On reparations, she said: “The indigenous population received reparations for the white people who stole their land. The Japanese got money for the whites by putting them in internment camps. The Chinese received money for white people to be racially offensive to them. The only group of people who haven’t gotten any kind of relief from the damage done by the white people is us. “We,” she said. Skin color is not a “we”.

And this: “One thing for you young black people (ages 15-17) who have been here more recently is that the whole history of American blackness is at your feet.

When they expressed their gratitude for the opportunities they were getting here, she said, “Yeah, but what are you giving up for this?” We come from hell, they said.

She told them the white boys would beat them to death. And that all over this country they would be called the N word.

If I were to teach vulnerable black African refugees how to recognize that they are being politically manipulated, this unethical 30 minute video, about paralysis, I am your savior is what I would use.

I am the mother of three sons. I thought of the parents of black high school interns and what a betrayal it was for her to indoctrinate them into hatred and tribalism – the same forces that expelled them from their homeland.

She brought an arrogant militancy to the post. “I am not trying to change mentalities. So it’s like you (white people) can be racist, you can hold on to your racism, I don’t care, but that’s how we gon’ do it and those are the rules we gon’ respect. You (the mayor) are not going to commit racist acts under any circumstances and you’ll get away with it…”. Much like what Bucknam warns us about, his words can only be described as tribal indoctrination of white hatred.

In the 1980s, I too was indoctrinated into racist propaganda. I sort of bought into it, but I never stopped wondering if I was really racist. Today, with all the divisive black propaganda and accusations against white people, I reject it completely.

In another interview (David Goodman on VTDigger, March 31, 2021), Green said she sees racism all over Vermont. When we arm for war, we create an enemy.

About Burlington, she says there is something nefarious. Luckily she wasn’t in tourism!

Remember, this is the same woman responsible for bringing “training” to Burlington. And the one the mayor took to the air every time he got the chance to give her credit for “educating” her. Upset city officials say their relationship was a dog-tail relationship. And because of that, they all walked on eggshells. He betrayed this community. Just like his legacy of white hatred.

What really scares me about all of this is that as a city leader with the power of the mayor behind her, she may have been consulted on what and how to teach racial history in our schools.

Over twenty years ago, I volunteered with the State Minority Health Department in Burlington. There, I learned from the BIPOC communities about racial inequalities in health care and their calls for help. So when state and local officials claimed they were unaware of the impact of Covid on black and brown communities, I could not be convinced.

Many years later and before the murder of George Floyd, councilors made statements about the high level of racial tension in the city. Over the decades, mayors and councilors have come and gone – not all of them; some still “serve”. Nothing has changed except the rise in tensions.

But hey, look how racially fair we are! Our main street declares Black Lives Matter! The Everybody Loves a Parade mural was removed because it didn’t have enough black faces. And, with his seven substitutes spread across the city, you won’t find a white face. Kudos to us! Power is not ashamed.

It is state and local governments that have brought upon us the tragic racial tensions in our communities. Their forced indoctrination by armed departments for racial equity, inclusion and belonging is a horribly bad idea.

It all sounds like a massive CYA plan.

So now, as I see it, it’s easier for officials to blame their failures on the people, as if we – with all our might – created the problem. Otherwise, why would city employees, by an authoritarian regime, be forced into separate “trainings”?

Black activists are no better. They are belligerent, demanding, unreasonable, exploitative, and sometimes intentionally divisive.

Fueling division will not mend our broken communities. But then, healing is not everyone’s goal.

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Ron DeSantis’ ‘Stop Woke’ Law Could Ban Disney From Diversity Trainings


Following the passage of the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is set to enact another controversial law – the Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act ( WOKE) – which could ban companies from diversity training.

Critics warn that the ‘Stop Woke’ law – introduced by the governor to codify ordinances banning Florida schools from following a perceived ‘critical race theory’ curriculum – could censor lessons on racism and promote dishonest reading Of the history.

The “Individual Liberties” bill also applies to workplace diversity training, which could be considered an illegal employment practice subject to legal action.

Legislation could prohibit companies from suggesting that “an individual’s moral character or status as privileged or oppressed is necessarily determined by race, color, sex or national origin.”

During the debate, bill sponsor and Republican State Rep. Bryan Avila specifically singled out The Walt Disney Company’s Reimagine Tomorrow as a program of concern, saying the company educates its employees about “systemic racism” and discrimination. “critical race theory”.

According to Disney, Reimagine Tomorrow is about “amplifying underrepresented voices and untold stories” and builds on Disney’s long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Following revelations that Disney entities had donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican lawmakers who supported the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, prompting Disney officials to publicly oppose the bill, Governor DeSantis and other Republican officials attacked the company, a political heavyweight in the state and the state’s largest private employer.

ESPN employees recently joined Disney staff in walkouts over Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

The company’s staff and LGBT+ allies have also staged walkouts to protest the bill.

Governor DeSantis released a statement on his “Stop Woke” bill in December 2021.

“In Florida, we take a stand against state-sanctioned racism which is a critical theory of race,” he said. “We must protect Florida workers from the hostile work environment that is created when large corporations force their employees to undergo CRT-inspired ‘training’ and indoctrination.”

Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez added that she was proud to stand with the governor on this bill and with “the state of Florida without revival.”

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said “classrooms, students, and even teachers across the state are under constant threat from critical race theory advocates,” and added that “Schools should empower students with important and historically accurate knowledge and give those students and their families the freedom to draw their own conclusions.

The governor said the legislation will prevent schools “from teaching children to hate our country or to hate each other. We also have a responsibility to ensure that parents have the means to assert their rights when it comes to enforcing state standards.

Opponents of the bill say there is little evidence that critical race theory is being taught in public K-12 classrooms and that the legislation simply provides Republican officials with another opportunity to discretionary policing that will discriminate against people of color when exercising their First Amendment rights.

Under Donald Trump’s administration, federal agencies have been ordered to identify “anti-American propaganda” or any formation of “critical race theory” in its contracts and spending. President Joe Biden overturned the order, but Republican state lawmakers across the United States proposed their own bans on critical race theory.

Noem signs bill that rejects ‘divisive’ racial workouts at South Dakota universities


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (right) on Monday signed a law banning public universities in the state from using training and guidance materials that could cause race-based ‘discomfort’.

“No student or teacher should have to endorse critical race theory to attend, graduate or teach at our public universities,” Noem said in a statement. “The university must remain a place where freedom of thought and expression is encouraged, not stifled by political agendas.”

Noem says the state House Bill 1012 “prohibits colleges from requiring students and faculty to attend training or orientations based on critical race theory,” although the actual text of the measure makes no mention of critical race theory the race.

Instead, it lists seven “dividing concepts” that are prohibited from being a mandatory part of trainings for students or faculty members. It does not preclude teaching that racism is systemic in societal institutions, which is the framework of critical race theory.

South Dakota’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) previously said the measure curtails the rights of First Amendment educators and “creates more questions than answers.”

“It opens the door to a wide range of interpretations that could be used to chill free speech and academic freedom, discouraging open and honest discussions about systemic racism in classrooms and in communities across the country. higher education,” said Jett Jonelis, advocacy officer for the ACLU of South Dakota.

“This passing Bill 1012 shows the very need for the types of discussion our government is trying to ban,” Jonelis added.

Noem signs bill banning ‘dividing’ college running workouts |


PIERRE, SD (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday signed a bill she promoted as a rejection of so-called critical race theory, even though the legislation has far-reaching limited.

The law prohibits public universities in the state from using training and guidance materials that make people feel “uncomfortable” because of their race. The bill passed the Senate earlier this month.

“No student or teacher should have to endorse critical race theory to attend, graduate or teach at our public universities,” Noem’s statement said. “The university must remain a place where freedom of thought and expression is encouraged, not stifled by political agendas.”

Noem has repeatedly criticized critical race theory, an academic framework centered on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation’s institutions. The initiative signed on Monday does not prohibit higher education teachers from teaching such notions in academic education.

The actual text of the bill makes no mention of critical race theory. It sets out seven “divisive concepts” and prohibits universities from enrolling students or faculty members or promoting them to required training.

It was one of twelve education bills Noem signed into law on Monday. She has signed 192 bills in total and vetoed one this session.

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UND Paur Conference, Minnesota DNR Webinars Upcoming on Away Schedule – Grand Forks Herald


To obtain an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or by email at

[email protected]

. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • April 3: Minnesota Sporting Collectors Show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55, Medina, Minnesota. Admission $5; free entry from 16 years old. Over 200 tables, with exhibitors from eight states in attendance. For further information: Dale, [email protected] or (612) 272-0536.
  • April 8: Glenn Allen Paur Lecture, 12:20 p.m., UND Memorial Union Small Ballroom, 2901 University Ave., Grand Forks. The keynote speaker is Steve Williams, UND alumnus, president of the Wildlife Management Institute, and former director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, who will speak on “Forty Years in an Evolving Wildlife Profession.”
  • May 14: Photography Workshop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., White Horse Hill Visitor Center near Devils Lake. Pre-registration required before May 1; $20 for students, $25 for Friends of White Horse Hill members, $35 for non-members, or $50 for Friends registration and membership. Sponsored by the Friends of White Horse Hill. Info: [email protected]

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing its hunting, fishing, and outdoor learning webinar series this spring. The webinars, which are free, start at noon on Wednesday and pre-registration is required at mndnr.gov. The webinars are also recorded and available online. The next webinars are:

  • March 23: Rainbow trout fishing. James Burnham, R3 Coordinator, and Aaron Gerlovich, Minnesota Steelheader Manager, talk about fly fishing for springtime rainbow trout along the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.
  • March 30: Fishing for raw fish. Corey Geving, founder of roughfish.com, will talk about rough fish, why to fish them and how to catch them.
  • April 6: Sharp-tailed grouse observation and hunting. Jake Granfors, with Minnesota Pheasants Forever, will talk about the behavior, biology, Minnesota range, and habitat needs of sharp tails.
  • April 13: Discover the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program. DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program Coordinator Linda Bylander and Minnesota Steelheader Lisa Murphy will share information about the BOW program and upcoming in-person classes for women and families to fish for rainbow trout. in sky. Lisa will also share tips on how to fish for rainbow trout on Lake Superior’s North Shore and where to find more information.
  • April 20: 4-H sport and wildlife shooting program. A look at the program and goals through the eyes of young leaders in the project area.
  • April 27: Minnesota 4-H Outdoor Adventure Program. The webinar will explore the events and programs that are offered and how youth and adult leaders can get involved.
  • May 4: Wild rice management. The webinar will share some of DNR’s common wild rice management techniques and highlight some success stories.
  • May 11: Favorite fishing lures of MNR staff. DNR staffers share some of their top secret lures and how to use them.
  • May 18: Walleye fishing for beginners. Nancy Koep, professional angler and bait shop owner, will cover the basics of walleye fishing. She will also provide information on her Becoming an Outdoors Woman Walleye Fishing Weekend scheduled for July 2022.
  • May 25: Youth fishing leagues. Eric Altena, DNR Director of Fisheries and bass fishing expert, will share ideas and resources to help young anglers connect with Minnesota’s growing number of high school fishing leagues and clubs.

Fly Finally Discusses N0tail Breakup, Nightmarish Bootcamps –


Tal “Fly” Aizik has spoken out about the fan drama between him and Johan “N0tail” Sundstein.

The discussion focused on the most recent episode of the We say things podcast hosted by Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten and Troels “syndereN” Nielsen. Four-time major champion Fly joined them to discuss his long career and the current state of the professional game. After discussions of his rise through Heroes of Newerth and the state of Dota 2, the conversation turned to Fly’s former relationship with N0tail.

“It’s been about four years since that happened, and I’ve been trying to move on… But the community just won’t move on. I participate in this game because I love it. I do interviews because I still want to engage with this community, but being repeatedly labeled a “traitor” for every game or interview for four years scares you a little. I think we need to raise the bar for ourselves and our community,” Fly said.

The incident in question was Fly’s decision to leave OG in 2018 to join the American organization Evil Geniuses. Before leaving, Fly and N0tail shared one of the longest player partnerships in Dota 2 history since transferring from Fnatic’s Heroes of Newerth team in early 2012. OG went on to defeat Evil Geniuses in the semi-finals of The International 2018 later that year. The solemn handshake in that match is still one of the most iconic moments in Dota 2 history.

Since then, fans have slammed Fly for breaking off the long-standing partnership. Many fans saw N0tail as the protagonist of this story, even calling Fly’s decision a betrayal.

In reality, this iteration of OG was shaky and struggled to get results and Fly was a perfect fit for Evil Geniuses. If Fly won The International 2018 and 2019 instead, fans would likely blame N0tail instead of the current narrative. Instead of dwelling on the decision, Fly urges fans to look beyond the event and judge the players based on their current decisions.

Ultimately, all parties benefited from Fly’s decision to switch to Evil Geniuses. OG reunited their roster twice The International after Fly’s departure, and Fly’s run with Evil Geniuses was very strong.

Fly describes nightmarish CN bootcamp and games before N0tail

Along with discussing fan perception of Fly and N0tail’s relationship, the all-star bracket also shared some war stories from his long Dota 2 career.

The most extreme story involved the Evil Geniuses’ training camp ahead of The International 2019. According to Fly, the house they stayed in was very nice aside from a heavy infestation of cockroaches in the kitchen.

The actual practice room also contained 10 routers for some unknown reason. The poor performances led to frustration, especially from coach EG Kanishka “BuLba” Sosale. Fly admitted BuLBa’s management ultimately improved the team, leading to a very respectable fifth-place finish worth $1.2 million.

Fly also talked about his gaming experience before Dota 2, N0tail and Heroes of Newerth. As a child, he played Nintendo games from the Mario franchise but notably did not play any Legend of Zelda titles. In college, Fly frequently played Western RPGs like Diablo 2 and Neverwinter Nights at a friend’s house. The top-down perspective could have pushed Fly towards the first MOBA genre in the 2000s.

Shopify Capital is a merchant cash advance and working capital program for small company customers.

Shopify Capital is a merchant cash advance and working capital program for small company customers.

Shopify businesses in the United States will apply online and be accepted based on their account and sales data. Before the program’s formal debut, Shopify ran a successful pilot.

Small firms that cannot get standard finance might benefit from working capital initiatives. Small company loans are costly due to banks’ traditional underwriting processes. That means banks reject small company loan applications. Shopify advancements may help meet some of the unmet financing needs of merchants.

However, it also aids in the retention of merchants, which benefits Shopify.

Shopify’s competitiveness in the market is maintained via a working capital platform. Shopify Capital might restrict attrition to Shopify rivals since functional capital services are becoming more popular among commerce startups. It also enables small companies to use Shopify to get a more extensive range of services without going to other lenders.

  • And the money merchants get is often utilized for long-term investments, which might indirectly help Shopify’s bottom line. Merchants invested in equipment and inventory, new product launches, and Shopify’s pilot program employment. This indicates merchants are putting money into growing their company, resulting in more sales and, consequently, more swipe fee income for Shopify.
  • According to the US Small Business Administration, small firms account for 99 percent of all enterprises in the United States, 54 percent of all revenues, and 55 percent of all employees.

Small companies need cash to thrive, but they are underfunded; in late 2015, just half of the small firms with annual revenues of $100,000 to $1 million obtained at least part of the funding they asked for from central banks. This is partly due to banks’ withdrawal from this market due to the high cost of granting loans to small enterprises using the standard underwriting methodology. This remains a significant amount of unpaid debts, which we estimate totaled $96.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Alternative lending firms have come in to take advantage of the chance to satisfy the loan demands of more small businesses.

Alternative small business lending platforms use machine learning and digital techniques to give loans to a broad range of small firms rapidly and effectively, especially those refused by banks. Alternative small business lending businesses use digital platforms to link small company borrowers with cash in ways that aren’t typical.

In 2015, alternative small business lenders in the United States originated $5 billion in loans and had a 4.3 percent share of the small business lending industry. However, by 2020, alternative small business lending platforms would have originated $52 billion and accounted for 20.7 percent of the entire market, thanks to the continuous rise of new competitors, improved borrower awareness and interest, and, most crucially, extensive collaborations with big banks.

Evan Bakker, a research analyst for Business Insider’s premium research service BI Intelligence, has created a comprehensive analysis of small businesses.

Different types of loans

  • That examines the alternative lending market potential, projects market share and volume growth for alternative lending platforms, profiles key competitors, and discusses the significant industry risks.
  • These organizations utilize machine intelligence and digital technologies to swiftly and effectively issue loans to a broad range of small enterprises. According to our estimates, alternative lending businesses share the small business financing market in the U, which is expected to reach 20.7 percent by 2020.
  • Alternative lenders like GAD Capital are increasingly forming partnerships with banks, which will help them develop in the future. New lenders are seeing the potential to provide large banks with white-label services. By 2020, we estimate banking agreements, such as the one between JPMorgan and OnDeck, to boost the alternative lending industry’s market share by 7.7 percentage points.
  • A slew of new lenders have joined the market, but it’s still early days. A limited number of small business lenders have entered the market, ranging from Funding Circle to Crition costs climb, and alternative lendisector’s market share and volume growth ideas attempt to distinguish themselves.
  • Explains why small firms are underfunded and evaluate the market for alternative lenders.
  • Defines the many sorts of platforms used by alternative lenders and their income strategies.
  • Alternative lenders offer several benefits and drawbacks when compared to conventional lenders.
  • Overviews the industry’s top players and examines their development drivers and the roadblocks to their expansion.
  • Identifies the significant dangers that might jeopardize the viability of alternative platforms.

Luton defender returns from loan spell at Wigan to undergo surgery for ‘serious’ knee injury


City midfielder Glen Rea

Luton have announced that midfielder Glen Rea has returned from his loan spell at League One promotion challengers Wigan Athletic to undergo surgery for a “serious” knee injury.

The 27-year-old traveled to the Latics on transfer deadline day as part of a bid for first-team football but was restricted to just four appearances, being substituted after just 15 minutes of the win 1-0 over AFC Wimbledon earlier this month.

Rea, who has played 207 times for the Hatters since leaving Brighton in March 2016, scoring eight goals, is now set to miss the rest of the season, as a statement on Town’s website read: “We We can confirm that midfielder Glen Rea has returned to Kenilworth Road after suffering a serious knee injury during his spell with Wigan Athletic.

“The Town midfielder made four appearances after joining the Latics on transfer deadline day in January, aiming to play a key role in their push for automatic promotion from Sky Bet League One.

Following his debut against Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round, he then appeared twice as a substitute before making his debut against AFC Wimbledon a fortnight ago.

“Unfortunately Glen was sent off after 15 minutes of the win over the Dons and saw a consultant this week ahead of scheduled surgery.

“We would like to point out that this is not the same knee that Glen injured in the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season, when he returned to full fitness to return to the Championship team.

“Best of luck to Glen, who knows he will have the full support of everyone at Kenilworth Road throughout his rehab and is determined to once again come back stronger than ever.”

Glen Rea returns from loan to Wigan after suffering a knee injury | News


We’re sorry to begin a loan review with sad news, but we can confirm midfielder Glen Rea has returned to Kenilworth Road after suffering a serious knee injury during his spell with Wigan Athletic.

The Town midfielder made four appearances after joining the Latics on transfer deadline day in January, aiming to play a key role in their push for automatic promotion from Sky Bet League One.

Following his debut against Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round, he then appeared twice as a substitute before making his debut against AFC Wimbledon a fortnight ago. Sadly, Glen was sent off after 15 minutes of the win over the Dons and saw a consultant this week ahead of scheduled surgery.

We would like to point out that this is not the same knee that Glen injured in the 2018-19 League One season, when he returned to full fitness to return to the Championship team and play 71 times for the Hatters. because.

Good luck to Glen, who knows he will have the full support of everyone at Kenilworth Road throughout his rehab and is determined to come back stronger than ever once again.

Elsewhere, Dion Pereira made his much-anticipated Bradford debut at the weekend before doing it again midweek, helping the Bantams to back-to-back wins.

Injuries so far had delayed Dion’s introduction as a Bradford player, but after winning wins over Forest Green Rovers and Hartlepool United Mark Hughes’ side have grown to 13and in the Ligue 2 table.

Elliot Lee got the better of his brother Olly in midweek as Charlton beat Gillingham 1-0 at The Valley. The striker was introduced in the 66and minute as the Addicks extended the gap between them and the League One drop zone to 10 points.

There was disappointment in the National League as Sam Beckwith and Maidenhead were on the receiving end of a late grief last weekend at Woking as the left-back played full 90 minutes for the seventh game in a row.

Avan Jones was a late substitute as St Albans City suffered a cruel 2-1 loss to Billericay Town on Tuesday night, while Ben Stevens and Hitchin Town also lost and were knocked out of the Herts Senior Cup after Cheshunt FC scored twice in overtime. .

Finally, Casey Pettit played the full 90 minutes as Lewes were forced to settle for a point against Haringey Borough. The youngster will be looking to help the Rooks find their way back to winning ways when they face Bishop’s Stortford at home this Saturday.

Can I get an auto loan for a car with a salvaged title?


When shopping for a used car, you may come across some with salvaged titles. And while we normally recommend avoiding these branded vehicles, there’s no doubt that their low prices can make them appealing to many budget-conscious buyers. But what if those buyers can’t afford it? Can you finance a car with a salvaged title?

Finance a car with a recovered title

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The short answer is yes, you can finance a car with a branded title. For the uninformed, a salvaged title car is one that needs a significant amount of repairs to the point that the insurance company has written it off as not worth the cost of the repair. Cars can not only be salvaged from accidents, but also from theft, vandalism and flooding.

Although an insurance company can mark a car with a salvage title, it can still be repaired, inspected, and then given a “rebuilt” title. With a rebuilt title, the potential buyer may have a better chance of getting a loan, as the car will be deemed safer to drive at that time. However, finding a lender to finance the car could be a bit tricky.

Find a car loan for a car with a refurbished title

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Getting an auto loan for a rebuilt car isn’t much different than getting one for an untitled car, however, you may need to research a little more. The balance recommends going to your personal bank first, especially if you’ve ever had a car loan through them. In this case, your bank or credit union may be more likely to give you a loan for a rebuilt car because you already have a relationship with them. Of course, your current credit score, history, and down payment can play a role.

If you don’t have a good relationship with your bank or have never financed a car, finding a loan for a rebuilt title car can be somewhat difficult, but it’s not impossible. Rebuilt cars are generally considered high-risk vehicles since they have been rebuilt, but are generally not returned to their original standards. When looking for a loan, you can always check online for second or third tier lenders who will finance a car with a rebuilt title. If you find a loan, be aware that it could come with a very high interest rate, as many banks consider rebuilt cars a risk.

Bring the necessary documents to obtain a loan

A used car salesman helps customers.

A used car salesman helps customers. | Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post

If you do end up finding a lender who will take out a loan for your rebuilt car, it’s a good idea to bring as much documentation as possible. This may include a statement from the mechanic that the car is roadworthy in addition to a statement from your insurance company. Chances are that if your insurance company covers the rebuilt car, you’ll be able to get a loan for it as well.

Of course, a valid driver’s license, bank statements or payslips and a good credit rating will also help. However, if you don’t have established credit or are in a bad credit situation, having a co-signer is a good idea. Ultimately, getting a car loan for a car with a salvaged or rebuilt title is possible, but it might take a little more effort.

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Senator Patty Murray wants student loan suspension extended to 2023


Murray’s request comes as the Biden administration signals another extension. During an appearance on the “Pod Save America” ​​podcast in early March, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain noted President Biden would decide to use his executive power to cancel student debt “before the break expires, or he will extend the break.”

Days later, the Department of Education told student loan officers who handle its portfolio to drop sending notices to borrowers about the May repossession, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke under the guise of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. . The ministry declined to comment on the guidelines, which were reported for the first time by Policy.

The Trump administration in March 2020 gave borrowers the option to defer payments for at least 60 days as the coronavirus pandemic hit the economy. Congress then codified the reprieve into the stimulus package called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or Cares Act, and made it automatic. The Trump administration extended the moratorium twice before leaving office, and Biden’s White House did so three times.

Murray said she was pleased to see the administration considering another extension as there is a lot of work to do before payments resume.

The leader of the list is finalizing a new income-driven repayment plan. Existing plans determine monthly payments based on income and family size, with the promise that the balance will be canceled after 20 or 25 years. Critics of the program say it can be difficult to navigate, calculates payments unfairly and can overwhelm borrowers with rising balances when their payments aren’t enough to cover interest.

The Education Department in December propose a new plan, dubbed Expanded Income-Based Repayment, that would reduce monthly payments and waive unpaid interest for borrowers whose income is so low they can’t make a payment. But that only applied to undergraduate loans, not federal debt that parents or graduate students rack up, and kept a long forgiveness period in place.

The proposal was tabled by a panel of higher education experts who could not reach a consensus during rulemaking negotiations, leaving it to the department to move forward.

Murray said the department needs to develop a plan that is accessible to all borrowers, prevent debts from building up over time, and have a transparent enrollment process. She would like the department to end the four existing income-based plans to eliminate borrower confusion.

“We need a workable plan for all borrowers that gives them a real path to repaying their loans,” Murray said.

The senator is also asking the department to reinstate borrowers who were in default before the break. A provision in the Cares Act ensured that each month of suspended payments would count toward student loan forgiveness, a federal program that clears a default from a person’s credit report after nine consecutive payments.

Given the duration of the payment moratorium, the borrowers have satisfied the program conditions and should be eligible to emerge from default. But the Department for Education requires defaulting borrowers to submit an application, a step that consumer groups say will slip people through the cracks.

The defenders and legislators also fear that people who have rehabilitated their loans in the past and who have defaulted again will be excluded because the program is supposed to be a one-time offer. Waiver of program requirements and restrictions would ensure that people’s negative credit histories would be erased without losing the ability to rehabilitate their loans, Murray said.

Before payments resume, she said, the department should expand a waiver that allows more civil servants to receive loan forgiveness and fill gaps in the program. Murray said the Biden administration must move to broad-based debt forgiveness for all borrowers, prioritizing people of color, those with low incomes and those who have been stuck in repayment for more than 20 years. years.

The Department of Education did not comment on the details of Murray’s request, but said the federal agency is committed to finding additional ways to expand relief and reduce indebtedness. The department says it will provide borrowers with clear and timely updates on federal student loan repayments.

Delaying the resumption of repayments and making the system more generous to borrowers is sure to meet resistance from conservatives on Capitol Hill. Although the suspension of federal student loan and interest payments initially had bipartisan support, Republicans have cooled on the policy as the economy recovers and the cost rises above $95 billion.

Democratic lawmakers and consumer groups claim that with inflation at its highest level in 40 years, borrowers are ill-equipped to start paying off their student debt again.

“Many Americans are struggling to make ends meet due to global inflation and ongoing global supply chain issues,” House Education Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.). “By extending relief for student borrowers, the Biden-Harris administration would strengthen our economic recovery and give student borrowers more time to prepare for loan repayment.”

Representatives Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Bob Good (R-Va.) presented legislation in the House last week to stop the Biden administration from extending the payment moratorium. Virginia Foxx (NC), the top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, was strong in her criticism of Biden’s student loan policy.

“Another repayment freeze only engenders an injustice that is inevitably directed against both taxpayers and responsible borrowers,” Foxx said in a statement Wednesday. “To drop the can on the road at their expense is the epitome of recklessness.”

Foxx also lobbied the administration for a comprehensive plan to restart repayments and said the Department of Education lacks a cohesive plan to restructure the student loan system.

Overall changes in federal higher education policy are ultimately the responsibility of Congress. Lawmakers, however, have struggled to advance sweeping changes to the student loan apparatus through legislation. Ideological differences have made a bipartisan overhaul of the Higher Education Act, which governs the curriculum, elusive. The federal law, originally passed in 1965, is supposed to be renewed every five years, but was last reauthorized in 2008.

Murray, who has been a driving force behind several reauthorization attempts, said the department can move faster than Congress to implement the revisions she is calling for.

“We have a lot to do right now and I don’t want to…spend years working on the process,” Murray said. “That’s something we need to fix now.”

Loan Guarantee, Insurance and Interest Subsidy Program – InsuranceNewsNet


WASHINGTON, March 16The US Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs asked the Office of Management and Budget to approve a collection of information entitled “Loan guarantee, insurance and interest rate subsidy program”.

A March 16, 2022notice published in the Federal Register by Steven Mulleninformation collection clearance agent, Regulatory Affairs Office and collaborative action–Indian affairs, also opens a new 30-day public comment period. An initial 60-day public comment period has begun September 21, 2021.


In accordance with the Red Tape Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other federal agencies with the opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing information collections. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format.

A Federal Register a notice with a 60-day public comment period seeking comments on this information collection has been posted on September 21, 2021 (86 FR 52491). No comments were received.

As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we are again seeking comments from the public and other federal agencies on the proposed KPI that is described below. We are particularly interested in public comments on the following points:

(1) whether or not the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the agency’s functions, including whether or not the information will have a practical use;

(2) The accuracy of our estimate of the burden of this information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

(3) Ways to improve the quality, usefulness and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) How might the agency minimize the burden of collecting information on those who must respond, including through the use of automated, electronic, mechanical or other appropriate technology collection techniques or other forms of information technology, for example, by enabling response presentations.

The comments you submit in response to this notice are in the public domain. Before you include your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifying information in your comment, you should know that your entire comment, including your personally identifying information, may be made public at any time. Although you may ask us in your comment to shield your personally-identifying information from public scrutiny, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Summary: Submitting this information allows the Indian Economic Development Bureau (IOED) to implement the Loan Guarantee, Insurance and Interest Subsidy Program, 25 USC 1451 and seq., the purpose of which is to encourage private lending to individual Indians and Indian organizations by providing lenders with loan guarantees or loan insurance to reduce their potential risk. The collection of information enables IOED to determine the eligibility and creditworthiness of respondents and loans and to otherwise ensure compliance with program requirements. This collection of information includes the use of several forms.

Series Title: Loan Guarantee, Insurance and Interest Subsidy Program.

OMB control number: 1076-0020.

Form number: LGA10, LIA10, RGI10, ISR10, NOD10, CFL10, ALD10, NIL10 and LGC10.

Revision type: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Respondents/Reached Audience: Lenders, including commercial banks, and borrowers, including individual Indians and Indian organizations.

Estimated total number of annual respondents: 622.

Estimated total number of annual responses: 1,377.

Estimated turnaround time per response: ranging from 0.5 to 2 hours.

Total estimated number of Charging hours: 2654 hours.

Respondent’s obligation: required to obtain or retain a benefit.

Collection frequency: Occasionally.

Total estimated annual non-hourly charging cost: $0.

An agency cannot conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to an information gathering unless they display a currently valid OMB control number.

The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 USC 3501 et seq.).

Steven Mullen,

information collection customs clearance agent, Regulatory Affairs Office and collaborative action–Indian affairs.

[FR Doc. 2022-05566 Filed 3-15-22; 8:45 am]


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What is a bridging loan?


Where can you get a bridging loan?

Many lenders will offer bridging loans to homebuyers, including banks, credit unions, online mortgage brokers, and hard money lenders. However, the best place to start is with a local bank or credit union. Check with your real estate agent, as they will likely be able to recommend several local lenders who have experience with bridging loans. Homebuyers, on the other hand, should try to avoid online hard money lenders, as they usually charge the highest fees and aren’t all reputable.

What are the risks of a bridging loan?

Bridge financing is riskier for both the lender and the borrower, which is why these loans usually have such high costs. The biggest risk is that the borrower’s existing home may not sell as quickly as expected. If that were to happen, not only would the interest continue to accrue, but the buyer might also need to get an extension, which could incur additional charges.

The borrower could experience additional financial stress, as they would have two mortgages and could possibly pay off the bridge loan. If that becomes too much to bear and they can’t make any more payments, lenders could foreclose on both properties. Given these risks, homebuyers should consider all of their alternative options first.

What are the alternatives to the bridging loan?

Homebuyers have several options besides bridge financing to help them buy a new home before listing their existing home. These include:

  • Take out an equity loan in the current home to fund the down payment on the next one.
  • Borrow from retirement accounts, stocks, bonds or other assets to help purchase a new home.
  • A hybrid mortgage product such as an 80-20 mortgage or an 80-10-10 loan. These options allow a buyer to take out a second mortgage on the new home to fund the down payment. They can either finance the entire 20% down payment on the new home or 10% plus make a 10% cash contribution so they don’t have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI) on the new house. They then pay off the second mortgage at the closing of the sale of their existing home.

Given the costs and risks associated with interim financing, homebuyers should carefully consider all alternatives, including whether it would make more sense to move into a temporary housing situation.

Aston Villa loan ace shows ‘Premier League quality’ as Championship clubs eye transfer


He is the Aston Villa loanee that few supporters have heard of. Youngster Finn Azaz arrived from the Under-23s of West Brom last summer before being immediately loaned out to Newport County in League Two.

The 21-year-old has really burst onto the scene at Rodney Parade this season and last night scored in the second game against Carlisle United to take his tally to six goals from 25 starts. It was also Azaz’s third in his last five games.

“Eventually he will be quality in the Premier League, I’m sure he will get there,” Newport manager James Rowberry said earlier this season, the Villa ace spearheading the promotion of the Premier League. Exiles.

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“Finn would be up there but will probably never be better than Peter Whittingham, who is the best technical player I’ve worked with,” Rowberry added, before detailing the attacking midfielder’s willingness to show more composure in the final third.

Azaz has six goals and six assists for County and continues to draw rave reviews. After another star and goal last night, the South Wales Argus said: “Cheltenham fans would be amazed at the development of the midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Robins from West Brom.

“He moved to Aston Villa in the summer, spent a few days there, then headed to Newport. Azaz was a regular in the Cheltenham side during their title success, but has become a key figure for the exiled.

“His influence is demonstrated by the fact that it wouldn’t be a shock if he won the County Player of the Season award ahead of 25-goal striker Dom Telford. Azaz’s strike in the Carlisle win was sumptuous, a left-footed finish from a calm, precise reduction from Lewis Collins.

“Azaz is now in control and producing some telling moments in the final third. He could have scored a hat-trick at Carlisle and maybe that’s what manager James Rowberry will tell him.

“The 21-year-old has also developed his defensive game and appears to be physically stronger. It would be a surprise if there are not Championship clubs already in contact with Villa to loan out the brilliant prospect next season.”

The Villa d’Azaz contract situation is unknown. But, given his form, head coach Steven Gerrard may well have a look at the 6ft1in Londoner during pre-season. It certainly deserved a crack at Bodymoor Heath during the summer months.

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Azaz and Newport are currently third in Ligue 2 with nine games remaining. The top three teams will automatically be promoted to League One. Azaz plays as number 10 in Newport’s 4-4-2 diamond system.

Would you like to see Azaz involved at Aston Villa next season? Let us know in the comments section below.

Webinars will explain how and why to “go native” in New Jersey yards


NECTAR: Native plants attract butterflies and bees, among their many other benefits. (Photo by Ryan Morrill)

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance has announced two upcoming webinars focused on planting native species for a beautiful, low-maintenance, eco-friendly yard. This Friday, March 18, join guest speaker Randi V. Wilfert Eckel of the Native Plant Society of NJ for the first of these online events.

As part of the free online series “Flooding to Flourishing Fridays,” which runs from 11 a.m. to noon, Eckel will explain how colorful native plants attract butterflies and birds to a property, while mitigating local flooding and waterway pollution. Sign up through pinelandsalliance.org to learn more about the benefits of native plants for stormwater management.

Additional presentations in this series, sponsored by the alliance, are scheduled for April 18 and May 13. Email [email protected] for more information.

Also this month, Karen Walzer, Public Outreach Coordinator for the Barnegat Bay Partnership, and Becky Laboy, Public Outreach Specialist at the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, will present “Going Native with Jersey-Friendly Yards.” At 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24, Walzer and Laboy will discuss “resources and tools at JerseyYards.org, an online guide to landscaping for a healthy yard and environment,” notes the PPA.

“Find out how native plants can reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, conserve water, and create habitat for wildlife in your garden,” the group adds. “Presenters will also showcase native plants in several Jersey-Friendly gardens.”

Register at pinelandsalliance.org. The webinar costs $10. —JK-H.

Coding Bootcamps Market – Insights on Emerging Applications, Breakthrough Trends and Potential Growth Strategies 2027 – The Bollywood Ticket


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  • South America [Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Peru]

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Newcastle United – Loan Watch: Two out of two for Anderson


Elliot Anderson scored his second goal in as many games for Bristol Rovers as he netted the winner in their 1-0 win over Colchester United on Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder, who produced an impressive solo effort in Saturday’s 3-0 triumph over Harrogate Town, was on target for Gas again with a second-half curling strike at Memorial Stadium.

Rovers manager Joey Barton, who spent four years at Newcastle as a player between 2007 and 2011, has praised Anderson – who was called up to the Scotland Under-21 squad last week – comparing the teenager to World Cup winner Diego Maradona.

Barton’s side have now qualified for the League Two play-offs, three points behind second-placed Northampton Town.

Elsewhere, central midfielder Jack Young was involved in League One action for Wycombe Wanderers as the Chairboys picked up a dramatic 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town.

Young made an appearance from the substitutes’ bench, replacing Lewis Wing in the 71st minute, before Gareth Ainsworth’s side broke the deadlock in stoppage time, thanks to Jason McCarthy’s strike and moving on to less than a point from the play-off places in the English third. stage.

Joe White, who signed a new three-year contract with Newcastle on Tuesday, was also in action for Hartlepool United, playing the full 90 minutes as Graeme Lee’s men fell to a 2-0 home loss to Bradford City, their first defeat in Ligue 2. at Victoria Park since November.

Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was an unused substitute for AFC Bournemouth as Scott Parker’s Cherries were held to a 1-1 draw against Reading at the Vitality Stadium while defender Kell Watts also watched from the touchline as as League One title contenders Wigan Athletic recorded a 2-0 away win. win at Crewe Alexandra.

And left-back Matty Bondswell could only watch from the bench as Shrewsbury Town recorded a 5-0 hammering away at home to Morecambe while Matty Longstaff sat out Mansfield Town’s 3-1 loss to Port Vale due to a minor injury.

Schaeffler training continues unabated during the pandemic

Schaeffler training continues unabated during the pandemic

The pandemic, which has been going on for about two years, has brought new habits to the business world, changing and transforming all the usual business processes. kazan continues to climb. Although this situation is particularly difficult for sectors working for customer satisfaction, companies that invest in digitalization are developing solutions adapted to current conditions. Operating under the Schaeffler Group umbrella, Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket Turkey offers a state-of-the-art training model to its customers operating in the automotive aftermarket sector in this sense.

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket, which works for high customer satisfaction in our country as well as in the world and is ready to provide technical support under any conditions, attaches great importance to industry information in order to create value-added service. In this sense, it shares information about its high quality products and services through the trainings it organizes for the needs of its customers. The company, which has been unable to physically meet with customers due to the two-year-long pandemic, has successfully implemented an industry-leading distance learning model through its digitization efforts. Under the umbrella of Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket Turkey, live online trainings at Schaeffler Technology Center in Istanbul are as interactive as face-to-face trainings with a specially prepared setup.

Schaeffler succeeded in making online workouts as effective as physical training.

Sharing information about the trainings, Şenay Bayram, Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket Marketing Manager for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “As a company, we attach great importance to providing technical support to our business partners. In this sense, the trainings we offer have become part of our service. Although we had to end the workouts we met physically due to the pandemic that suddenly entered our lives, we managed to make the online workouts we held in this process as effective as the physical workouts . When planning these trainings, we didn’t particularly want them to be in the form of a presentation. It was very important to us that all product details could be shown from different angles down to the smallest detail and that they were in a practical training format. Likewise, we knew it would not be beneficial for our clients to simply listen to what is being said and leave the training in a passive state. In this sense, we have created an extremely dynamic and interactive fiction that unfolds in the form of mutual questions and answers. In this system, our clients can ask any question that comes to mind during the training to our trainers and get instant answers. It can achieve both theoretical knowledge and practical applications. noted.

Training will continue in 2022

Şenay Bayram said that they have made great efforts to make the online training program as effective as the face-to-face training and have prepared all their technical infrastructure accordingly: “We have shared detailed information about our products and services with a total of 2021 online training courses we have organized 15. Our technical experts also provided detailed theoretical and practical information on the operating principles of our repair solutions and the diagnosis of associated faults. were unable to take a coffee break with our participants during the training, we have delivered the coffee break packages we have chosen for them to their addresses. We have shared the training certificates with them. Our trainings will continue in 2022 to increase the technical skills of our customers and provide them with up-to-date information on Schaeffler products.

FHA Title 1 Loan: Everything You Need to Know


Also, while it is possible to have more than one Title 1 loan at a time, the total amount of all your loans combined can never exceed the maximum amount allowed for the property type.

What upgrades are allowed for a Title 1 loan?

Fortunately, the HUD guidelines for improvements allowed with Title 1 loan funds are quite broad. According to the guidelines, any improvements you make with a Title 1 loan should simply “protect or improve the basic livability of the property.”

With this in mind, eligible borrowers can make the following types of improvements using this rehabilitation loan:

  • Accessibility improvements for people with disabilities, such as widening doorways or adding exterior ramps.
  • Energy efficiency improvements.
  • Replacing a roof or adding new flooring.
  • Replace household systems, such as plumbing or a heating element.
  • Installation of new appliances.

Notably, you cannot use Title 1 funds for anything that could be considered a cosmetic upgrade or luxury upgrades, such as adding a swimming pool to the property or building a guest house. .

With a Title 1 loan, you can choose to work with contractors or you can do the work yourself. However, in either case, you will need to be able to verify that the funds were used for your upgrades and that those upgrades were acceptable under HUD guidelines.

How to Qualify for a Title 1 Loan

Fortunately, the eligibility requirements for a Title 1 loan are quite relaxed compared to other rehabilitation loans on the market. In particular, this FHA loan does not come with a credit score requirement, which means those with bad credit can still be considered eligible borrowers. Plus, you don’t have to have the equity in the home to take out a Title 1 loan, making this home loan a viable option for those just starting out. bought the property.

That said, there are still a few requirements to be met to be eligible:

  • You must prove that you earn enough income to cover the proposed monthly payment.
  • Your debt ratio must be less than or equal to 45%.
  • You must not be in default on any other federally supported loan program.
  • If the property is a residence, you must live there for at least 90 days.
  • You must be the owner or hold a emphyteutic lease of at least six months past when the loan must be repaid in full.

How to Apply for a Title 1 Loan

Like all FHA loan programs, a Title 1 loan can only be offered through an FHA-approved lender. With that in mind, if you think the Title 1 loan might be right for you, the best thing to do is research List of HUD Lenders to find a qualified loan officer in your area.

From there, the process is much like applying for a new mortgage or refinancing your existing home loan. Your FHA-approved lender will ask you to complete an application, and you will be asked to submit the appropriate documentation. In this case, in addition to supporting documents of your income, you will probably also be asked to provide a detailed description of the repairs or improvements you are proposing.

The bottom line

An FHA Title 1 loan can be a viable loan option to help finance needed improvements to a property for homeowners and investors, especially if you do not have accumulated equity in the property and cannot qualify for a home equity loan or HELOC. . However, because this loan is FHA-backed, it has a few requirements that may make it less than ideal for those looking to do high-end renovations.

To that end, if you’re considering taking out a rehab loan, your best bet is to speak with a participating lender. They can look into the specifics of your financial situation and advise you on whether or not the FHA home improvement loan might be right for you.

Loan watch: Turner stars in Dings win


Photos via John White Media/Dings Crusaders

National Two South
Dings 24-17 Leicester Lions

Dings has won four in a row, with a three-for-two win over the Leicester Lions at Shaftesbury Park. The home side looked to be in control for most of the game and really stepped up their defensive efforts, but credit goes to the visitors who were still in the game and had the last laugh when outstanding full-back Alex Wilcockson plunged to the 80th. minute.

Dings’ 19-year-old back-up scrum-half Archie Stapleton was thrown into the deep end on his league debut after ninth starter Tom Knight was helped off the field after receiving a blow to the head at seven minutes. Stapleton, however, pulled it off with flying colors and won the player of the match award.

Dings opened the scoring after five minutes when fly-half Tom Price completed a smooth move to point under the posts and then added the extras. The Lions fought back with a Ben Young penalty before Crusaders No.8 Chris Rovery stole the ball on the break down and then attacked some would-be tacklers to score. Price converted again on 21 minutes.

Lions tight-head prop Isaac Thompson hit a great line for a try, and Young converted to close the gap, but Price overturned a penalty to make it 17-10 against Dings at the turnaround. Dings struck first in the second half with center Luke Arscott for Dings’ 100th try of the season – Price converted. But despite having had the lion’s share of possession for the remainder of the contest, the Crusaders were unable to add to their scorecard.

Dings scores: Price 5, Rovery 21, Arscott 49. Conversions: Price 6, 22, 50. Penalty: Price 28.

Leicester Lions scorers: Thompson 26, Wilcockson 80. Conversions: Youth 27, 80. Penalty: Youth 10.

Turnout: 152

Half time: 17-10, Dings

Crusaders Dings: 15 Tovey; 14 Hargan, 13 Smith, 12 Arscott, 11 Foot, 10 Price, 9 Knight; 1 Turner, 2 Anderson, 3 English, 4 Bilton, 5 Hodge, 6 Welling, 7 Beer, 8 Rovery. Replacements: 16 Gollop, 17 Appleton, 18 Slade, 19 Stapleton, 20 Millner.

Leicester Lions: Wilcockson; 14 Helliwell, 13 Sterland, 12 Bean, 11 Constant, 10 Young, 9 Stubbs; 1 Roberts, 2 Harris, 3 Thompson, 4 Hutchinson, 5 Ward, 6 Johnson, 7 Murdoch, 8 Godefroy. Replacements: 16 Murray, 17 McNaughton, 18 Rudkin, 19 Brock, 20 Ogden.

Referee: Lloyd Davies

Clifton leaves him late in Guernsey

National Two South
Guernsey 24-26 Clifton

Tomas Gwilliam came off the bench for Clifton as they scored an 87th-minute penalty try after 15 minutes of a reset scrum, three yellows and a red card for the visitors at Footes Lane.

Guernsey started with the wind and started strong with winger Anthony Armstrong crashing out in the opening 10 minutes. Clifton fought back, however, when a Fin Sharp break allowed Mitch Spencer to fire a tap and go, with Cozens missing the conversion.

Clifton dominated the exchanges for most of the half as Guernsey struggled to play with the wind, and it wasn’t until just before half-time that they struck, with Charlie Davis crossing after a break of former Clifton man Callum Roberts.

After half-time, Clifton looked to make better use of the wind than their hosts and duly secured the lead when Henry Harper crossed after further sustained pressure from Clifton’s peloton. From kick-off, the Raiders came back and Ethan Smith crossed almost immediately from kick-off, before a few minutes later Guernsey extended their advantage thanks to a poor tackle from Clifton to score in the corner and lead 24-12.

What followed was sustained pressure from Clifton, with the visitors clearly dominating the exchange forward. Jack Bartlett crossed and Cozens converted to make it 24-19 before Clifton showed his strength and good discipline to camp on the Raiders line for the final 15 minutes. Dom Rice was shown a red card before Sam Steverton, James Burger and Darrin Bellingham all received yellow cards before the referee finally awarded Clifton an almost unavoidable penalty try, which sealed the victory and the bonus point for the visitors to keep the pressure on Redruth. , Esher & Worthing in the race for the title.

Hartpury falls to defeat at Richmond

GKIPA Championship
Richmond 20-12 Hartpury

Mitch Eadie and James Dun were in action for Hartpury as they slid to defeat at Richmond on Saturday.

Richmond quickly took the lead with a Anawanyu tries, before McNab fights back for Hartpury.

Returning scrum-half JB Bruzulier then surged ahead to edge past the visitors, but two second-half scores from Richmond saw them take the spoils in west London.

Duncan impresses in Weston loss

Southwest Premier Tribute
Old Redcliffians 39-19 Weston-super-Mare

For the second weekend in a row, Weston-super-Mare faced one of the Tribute South West Premier’s top title chasers, and as in the first game the result was the same, but on this occasion the score was a little closer.

The Seasiders had made the short trip to Scotland Lane in Brislington knowing that their hosts, third in the table and just two points off pole position, were unbeaten on their home turf this season.

If you looked at the final score, you might think it was a very comfortable win for the Bristol-based side, but in reality, had Weston taken more of their many chances, the deficit could have been much closer.

There is no doubt that the Old Reds deserved to win as they were very clinical when sniffing the score. On the other hand, despite two successful tries by left winger Joe Burgess and one by No 8 Macenzzie Duncan, as well as two conversions from James Mackay, Weston made so many simple errors in the red zone that he was normal as the last play again with the visitors on offense the final score was a sixty yard interception.

The positives were that Weston never gave up and had most of the possession. The negatives were again too many silly penalties and also their inability most of the time to make the right decisions under pressure.

There’s still a really good team out there, and when they click, they’re on par with anyone in this division. However, they need to learn to weed out the nonsense and focus a little more on the right thing to do when on offense.

Victory sees Old Redcliffians widen the gap to fourth-placed Weston-super-Mare to 24 points, but the Seasiders have a six-point cushion on fifth-placed Exmouth, who are the next opponents on March 26, 2022.

Allerdale Borough Council hosts webinars for market traders


ALLERDALE Borough Council has hosted a free online webinar which aims to provide anyone interested in becoming a market stall trader with the information they need to grow and grow a successful business.

The How to Succeed as a Market Trader event is a great opportunity for anyone looking to start a new business and will provide an in-depth understanding of how to grow a successful market stall business.

The event will take place on March 28, 2022 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Councilor Mike Johnson, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, said: “Online events such as this webinar are a fantastic opportunity for those looking to become successful market traders.

“Starting life as a market trader is a low-cost, low-risk way to launch a brand and build a solid reputation within a community.

“Markets are becoming trendy places where people come not only to discover locally sourced and responsibly sourced products, but also to eat and be entertained.

“Providing this webinar is just one part of our overall initiative to support and grow businesses throughout Allerdale.”

To register for this event, attendees must register via the Business Allerdale webpage: https://businessallerdale.co.uk/how-to-succeed-as-a-market-trader/

Disability awareness resources, recorded trainings from 2021 and planning for 2022


National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated each October by King County to honor the many contributions made by people with disabilities and how these people strengthen our workforce, our communities and our country.

Over the past year, the Disability Awareness Committee has organized an extensive series of articles and events to highlight these contributions, including:

Universal design for meetings, events and training: This event was hosted by the King County Department of Human Resources and featured Blayne Amson, City of Bellevue Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI Program Administrator. Amson spoke about his work applying universal design principles to meetings, trainings and events. Blayne is a power chair user, holds a Masters in Disability Studies, and has over 15 years of experience helping non-disabled people adopt an anti-capable lens in the work they do. View the event online here.

Disability Awareness Month Employee Panel: This panel, titled “So I Disclosed My Disability, What’s Next?”, featured employees with disabilities who shared their personal experiences of disclosing their disability, from a supervisor’s perspective, alongside a representative from the Disability Department who shared the resources available to support employees with disabilities and the housing navigation process. View the online panel here and learn more about the panel here.

Considering accessibility in capital improvement projects: This webinar featured the King County Wastewater Division discussing how to better consider accessibility in projects to support project teams and our communities, a top priority as King County achieves major capital projects to build roads, storm and sewage utilities, transportation facilities and more. Watch the webinar online here.

To get involved in organizing events and programs that celebrate the anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, better known as the ADA, each July, and National Month Disability Employment Outreach in October, please contact Christina Davidson at Christina [email protected]

Additional Services, Resources and Contact Information for Persons with Disabilities in King County

As employees of King County, our True North guides the work we do and the services we provide, “making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.”

As an employer, King County offers the same commitment to those who bring this mission to life. Guided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and our commitment to equity and social justice, King County provides a range of services and supports for employees with disabilities.

Click here to see the full list of resources.

Bluestone Announces US$30 Million Bridge Loan to Advance Cerro Blanco Gold Project


VANCOUVER, BC, March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – Bluestone Resources Inc. (TSXV: BSR) (OTCQB: BBSRF) (“Bluestone” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has established a $30,000,000 ready (the “To lend“) with Zebra Holdings and Investments S.à.rl, and Lorito Holdings S.à.rl (the “Lender“).

The Loan will provide for the withdrawal of funds by the Company in tranches of at least $1,000,000. Proceeds will be used primarily for general corporate purposes and to advance the Cerro Blanco gold project through engineering and permitting approvals.

Peter HemsteadChief Financial Officer, said, “We are delighted to have the support of the Lundin family as we advance the Cerro Blanco project through engineering and design and invest in local project readiness initiatives. The Cerro Blanco project will generate significant benefits for Guatemala and our stakeholders over the life of the mine, and the loan demonstrates the Lundin Group’s commitment to developing the project in a socially and environmentally responsible way. The bridge loan will also give us the opportunity to move forward and optimize a complete financial package for the construction of the project.”

In consideration for the Loan, the Company issued 150,000 ordinary shares of the Company (the “Initial actions“) and will issue an additional 4,000 common shares per month (prorated for partial months) for each $1,000,000 of the Principal Amount Outstanding under the Loan from time to time until March 11, 2023 (the “Due date“), the number of such Common Shares to be calculated on the last day of each month until the Maturity Date (the “Additional Shares” and with the Initial Actions, the “Bonus actions“). The issuance of free shares to the lender is subject to final approval by the TSX Venture Exchange. All free shares issued to the lender will be subject to a four-month hold period under securities laws. applicable.

Since the Lender and its affiliates beneficially own, or control or direct, directly or indirectly, more than 10% of the Company’s common stock, the issuance of the Free Shares will be a “related party transaction”. under the multilateral instrument. 61-101- Protection of holders of minority securities during special operations (“MI 61-101“). The issuance of the free shares will be exempt from the formal valuation requirements of NI 61-101 pursuant to Section 5.5(b), as the Company’s shares are not listed on a specified market, and from the requirements Minority Approval of MI 61-101 pursuant to Sections 5.7(1)(a), as neither the fair market value of the Free Shares to be issued nor the consideration to be received for such shares exceeds 25% of the market capitalization of the Company, and 5.7(1)(f) as the Loan has no equity or voting rights and is on reasonable commercial terms which are no less advantageous to the Company than if the Loan had been obtained from of an arm’s length party.

About Bluestone Resources
Bluestone Resources is a Canadian precious metals exploration and development company focused on opportunities in Guatemala. The Company’s flagship asset is the Cerro Blanco Gold Project, a near-surface mining development project located in Southern Guatemala in the department of Jutiapa. The Company has released the results of a feasibility study for the project, describing an asset capable of producing over 300 koz/yr at head grades of +2.0 g/t gold. The project will produce 2.6 million ounces of gold over the life of mine at an all-in sustaining cost of $629/oz (as defined by World Gold Council guidelines, less corporate general and administrative costs) over an initial life of 14 years. The Company trades under the symbol “BSR” on the TSX Venture Exchange and “BBSRF” on the OTCQB.

On behalf of Bluestone Resources Inc.

“Jack Monday”

Jack Lundin | Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Director

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-looking statements
This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of Canadian securities laws and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that Bluestone Resources Inc. (“Bluestone” or the “Company”) believes, expects or anticipates will occur or may occur in the future, including, but not limited to: the use of Loan proceeds; final approval from the TSX Venture Exchange; the project’s estimated gold production volume per year; the quantities of gold production over the life of the mine; all-in average sustaining costs (“AISC”); and the initial life of the mine.

All forward-looking statements are made based on Bluestone’s current beliefs as well as various assumptions made by Bluestone and information currently available to Bluestone. Generally, these assumptions include, among others: the presence and continuity of metals at the Cerro Blanco project at estimated grades; the availability of personnel, machinery and equipment at estimated prices and within estimated delivery times; change rate; assumed metal selling prices and exchange rates; appropriate discount rates applied to cash flows in economic analyses; tax rates and royalty rates applicable to proposed mining operations; the availability of acceptable funding; the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19); anticipated mining losses and dilution; success in completing the proposed transactions; and the expected timelines for community consultations and the impact of these consultations on the regulatory approval process.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause Bluestone’s actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements and, even if such actual results are achieved or substantially achieved, there there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences or effects on Bluestone. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among others: potential changes in the mining method and current development strategy; risks and uncertainties related to expected production rates; production schedule and quantity and total production costs; risks and uncertainties relating to the ability to obtain, modify or maintain necessary licenses, permits or surface rights; risks associated with technical difficulties associated with mining development activities; risks and uncertainties relating to the accuracy of mineral resource estimates and estimates of future production, future cash flows, total production costs and declining quantities or qualities of mineral resources; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; the title matters; risks related to geopolitical uncertainty and political and economic instability Guatemala; risks related to global epidemics or pandemics and other health crises, including the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19); risks and uncertainties related to production interruptions; risks related to Project working conditions, accidents or labor disputes; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not meet Bluestone’s expectations; uncertain political and economic environments and relationships with local communities and government authorities; risks relating to variations in mineral grade and grade within mineral resources identified as mineral resources from those expected; variations in recovery and extraction rates; developments in world metals markets; and risks related to fluctuations in commodity prices and exchange rates. For a more in-depth discussion of the risks relevant to Bluestone, see “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2020available on the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and except as required by applicable securities laws, Bluestone disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise. Although Bluestone believes that the assumptions inherent in forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on such statements due to their inherent uncertainty. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures
The Company has included in this press release a non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) measure that is not defined by International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), namely AISC per ounce. of payable gold sold. Non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and, therefore, may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. The Company believes that these measures, in addition to measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, provide investors with a better ability to assess the Company’s underlying performance and compare it to information reported by other companies. Non-GAAP measures are intended to provide supplemental information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. These measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

All-in to support costs
The Company believes that AISC more fully defines the total costs associated with gold production. The Company calculates AISC as the sum of refining costs, third-party royalties, site operating costs, sustaining capital costs and closure capital costs, all divided by ounces of gold sold to arrive at an amount per ounce. Other companies may calculate this measure differently due to differences in underlying principles and applied policies. Differences can also arise due to a different definition of maintaining capital versus non-maintaining capital.

AISC reconciliation
AISC and costs are calculated based on definitions published by the World Gold Council (“WGC”) (a market development organization for the gold industry comprised of and funded by 18 gold mining companies from around the world ). The WGC is not a regulatory body.

SOURCE Bluestone Resources Inc.

For further information: Bluestone Resources Inc., Stephen Williams | VP Corporate Development & Investor Relations, Phone: +1 604-757-5559, [email protected]www.bluestoneresources.ca

Brighton transfer news: Albion talent ‘wants to stay’ at loan club, Arsenal plot to ‘hijack’ Aston Villa deal


Sanchez slammed into Diaz in the first half as the Liverpool striker netted the opening goal in the 19th minute.

Diaz beat Sanchez’s late slot for the ball and the Albion keeper was totally out of control and slammed into the Reds man as he followed.

The medics were immediately hailed by referee Mike Dean but a subsequent VAR review left the goalkeeper controversial on the pitch.

Albion head coach Graham Potter said: “The quality of running and passing beat him. I didn’t see him again, I think it was an accident.

“It’s not a happy side when you lose, but we just have to focus on the next game. The Premier League can be tough. Recency of results is the goal you’re looking at. Rightly so, but we have to do better.

“We have to get to the points tally we want, and the only way to get there is to focus on the next game.”

On Diaz, Klopp added: “He’s top class. He arrived and did a fantastic job. With the ball the quality he has, without it his work rate, it was another great performance. on his part.

On a potential red card for Robert Sanchez, the Anfield manager said: “I don’t know. He’s obviously late, but Luis has done so well to get there first. It was an important goal at the time; a great performance from him and the team.

Liverpool added their second from the penalty spot in the 60th minute.

Dean pointed the spot after Naby Keita’s half-volley hit Bissouma in the arm.

Mohamed Salah came forward to take the penalty and fired it past Sanchez and into the back of the net.

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The must-have SCERT wink for all edu training | Nagpur News

Nagpur: The state government has banned the conduct of education-related trainings, campaigns and surveys by local authorities unless prior permission is obtained from the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) .
The state wants to end the “unregulated” involvement of NGOs, edtech companies, etc. in organizing training or distributing e-learning materials locally, as this may not be aligned with the overall Maharashtra education plan.
A circular dated February 24, signed by the director of SCERT, MD Singh, was sent to all district collectors, municipal commissioners and general managers of zilla parishad in which it is mentioned that no such activity can henceforth be permitted under their jurisdiction.
SCERT is the apex state agency for planning and implementing teacher education, among many other related activities.
SCERT says that lately, many NGOs, edtech companies and influencers are getting in touch with local officials and organizing teacher training camps/seminars. The state council adds that non-governmental stakeholders may have a commercial interest in promoting such activities, and this cannot be permitted.
The circular also raises the serious question of the privacy of students, who would be the end users of the online learning materials distributed by these edtech companies. SCERT points to the advertising link integrated therein and also points out that further misuse of student/parent data cannot be ruled out.
Another issue that SCERT has noticed is that when such teacher training events occur in various districts, alignment with the state plan is lacking. Different methodologies are used by different organizers and SCERT says this “ultimately leads to chaos among students”.
It also calculated the hours of work lost due to these unauthorized trainings. “If a teacher has 30 students and classes last six hours, then 180 man-hours are deployed. If the teacher is absent for a two-day training, then 360 hours of work have been lost and the students suffer,” the circular quotes.
Thus, to ensure uniformity in pedagogical training, permission to organize any event must now be obtained from SCERT. This will obviously put a damper on the work of NGOs and IT companies which, until now, had almost unfettered access to public schools.
A school principal said, “It’s a good decision. We were also fed up that our teachers were required to attend trainings and seminars by NGOs. »

Inside College Hoops Tourney-Henderson Arena deal: Big West and Dollar Loan Center have three-year deal with Vegas market options


Story by Alan Snel Photos by J. Tyge O’Donnell

It is a unique trade agreement. A third-party college basketball event promoter is partnering with a college conference to bring the league’s hoops tournament to an all-new arena in the booming sports market of Las Vegas.

Again, college football promoter Brooks Downing knows Las Vegas pretty well by now. He hosted college vacation hockey and basketball tournaments at T-Mobile Arena, like this season’s monster Duke vs. Gonzaga game (20,389 fans), while also hosting a one-time PGA event.

Brooks and his bdG Sports LLC event partnered with the Big West Conference to help host its basketball tournament at Michelob Ultra Arena in Mandalay Bay in 2021 and began hatching a Big Hoops tournament a year ago. West at the new Dollar Loan Center arena in Henderson. Big West’s deal with Henderson was announced in June.

Brooks Downing

“It’s a conference community,” Downing said of Hawaii’s tournament final victory over UC Irvine. “It’s the perfect size. Some arenas may be too big. I don’t know what the attendance is, but there is atmosphere.

It was an ideal business convergence. The Big West commissioner is Dan Butterly, who worked as assistant commissioner in charge of basketball for the Mountain West Conference, the UNLV league that hosts its annual tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center. Butterly ran the Mountain West basketball tournament for 21 years, so he knows the Las Vegas market.

Big West Commish Dan Butterly congratulates Hawaii player

Additionally, Downing hosted a four-team college hockey tournament at T-Mobile Arena, the Ice Vegas Invitational in 2019, so he got to know the folks of VGK owner Bill Foley. Foley built this $84 million arena in Henderson, with the Big West tournament serving as the 6,000-seat hall’s first ticketed event.

The Big West tournament also brought in several familiar local names to help organize the basketball event in Henderson, which contributed $42 million in public dollars to match Foley’s $42 million to build the modern place that has a lot of terminology from medieval times.

For example, radio personality Chet Buchanan, who serves as the in-game arena host for UNLV and Las Vegas Aces basketball games, does the same here for the Big West. Bojo Ackah, emcee of the Las Vegas Lights and Henderson Silver Knights games, also works on the Big West games. Even the drummers of the Drumbots, who perform at VGK games at T-Mobile Arena, worked on their drumming number at halftime in the men’s and women’s games.

Hawaii Women Celebrate NCAA Bid

Butterly, who visited the arena construction site a year ago, said the Big West was in the first year of a three-year deal with options with Foley Sportsmen and the new venue .

He mentioned that the previous Big West basketball tournament, the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, was too big and too close to all participating universities. The tournament games felt like any other game, but Henderson Arena feels like a true neutral conference championship center.

Attendance started slowly in the early days of the tournament, but more fans started attending games with several thousand spectators this week. It’s not a giant number, but something to build on.

Hawaii’s presence in the women’s basketball final was ideal for the Las Vegas market, with the Rainbow Warriors group raising funds and securing additional help to cover the costs of 130 group members to attend the tournament. They wore their hunter green shirts and made a lot of noise to heighten the atmosphere. today

“It feels like a conference championship,” Butterly said.

He noted that other Big West-Las Vegas deals are in the works, such as the Women’s Golf Championship in the Las Vegas market. The Big West Volleyball Championships could also be a good fit at the Dollar Loan Center, Butterly noted.

“It’s the perfect size room for the Big West,” Butterly said.

In the 8:30 p.m. game in the Big West Men’s Finals, Long Beach State took a big lead against Cal State Fullerton, but Fullerton led the Beach, 32-31, at halftime.


Speaking of Mountain West, the conference’s top-ranked team, Boise State, took on San Diego State in a tough defensive fight, with Boise State edging out the Aztecs, 53-52, to clinch their ticket to The Big Dancing.

Boise State fans are intense on the hardwood or the grill

Boise State joins the UNLV women’s team as winners of the Mountain West Tournament and participants in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Powerhouse Gonzaga defeated Saint Mary’s at Orleans Arena on Tuesday in the Men’s West Coast Final to earn an automatic NCAA bid.

At T-Mobile Arena, Arizona clinched its Pac-12 Conference Tournament title with an 84-76 win over UCLA.


The Dollar Loan Center is expecting 3,500 to 4,000 for Friday’s Vegas Knight Hawks opener in the arena, a police officer said today.

The Henderson Silver Knights will play their first game here on April 2.

The Southern Nevada Hall of Fame has a beautiful display along the main hall.

And Henderson Mayor Debra March (Madness) and Dollar Loan Center short-term loan businessman Chuck Brennan received a basketball during pre-game activities.

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Larimore Family Fun Day, Minnesota DNR upcoming webinars on outdoor calendar – Grand Forks Herald


To obtain an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or by email at

[email protected]

. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • March 13: Family Fun Day, 12-3 p.m., Larimore Dam Recreation Area near Larimore, North Dakota. Ice fishing tournament for youth 15 and under, ice curling, snow painting, goal shooting competition and various other games and activities throughout the afternoon. Chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate and water will be available for voluntary donation. The event will take place at Willys in case of bad weather. For further information: Curt, (218) 791-0886; John, (218) 791-9564; or Allen, (218) 779-7372.
  • April 3: Minnesota Sporting Collectors Show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55, Medina, Minnesota. Admission $5; free entry from 16 years old. Over 200 tables, with exhibitors from eight states in attendance. For further information: Dale, [email protected] or (612) 272-0536.
  • April 8: Glenn Allen Paur Lecture, 12:20 p.m., UND Memorial Union Small Ballroom, 2901 University Ave., Grand Forks. The keynote speaker is Steve Williams, UND alumnus, president of the Wildlife Management Institute, and former director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, who will speak on “Forty Years in an Evolving Wildlife Profession.”
  • March 16, 17: Catfish University, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Expressway Inn and Suites, 4303 17th Ave. S., Fargo. Parts 2 and 3 of three two-hour sessions led by Red River Catfish Guide Brad Durick: Part 2 is Catfish Catching and Part 3 is Advanced Catfishing. Cost: $20 per seminar. Info: catfishuniversity.com.
  • March 18-20: Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo, presented by Minnesota Trout Unlimited, Hamline University Walker Fieldhouse, 1550 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul. Show times 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 20. Tickets/info: greatwatersflyexpo.com.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing its hunting, fishing, and outdoor learning webinar series this spring. The webinars, which are free, start at noon on Wednesday and pre-registration is required at mndnr.gov. The webinars are also recorded and available online. The next webinars are:

  • March 16: Understand rifle cartridges. DNR Shooting Sports Education Specialist Kraig Kiger and guest Phillip Massaro, writer, shooter and world big game hunter, will discuss which caliber to shoot for which game.
  • March 23: Rainbow trout fishing. James Burnham, R3 Coordinator, and Aaron Gerlovich, Minnesota Steelheader Manager, talk about fly fishing for springtime rainbow trout along the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.
  • March 30: Fishing for raw fish. Corey Geving, founder of roughfish.com, will talk about rough fish, why to fish them and how to catch them.
  • April 6: Sharp-tailed grouse observation and hunting. Jake Granfors, with Minnesota Pheasants Forever, will talk about the behavior, biology, Minnesota range, and habitat needs of sharp tails.
  • April 13: Discover the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program. DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program Coordinator Linda Bylander and Minnesota Steelheader Lisa Murphy will share information about the BOW program and upcoming in-person classes for women and families to fish for rainbow trout. in sky. Lisa will also share tips on how to fish for rainbow trout on Lake Superior’s North Shore and where to find more information.
  • April 20: 4-H sport and wildlife shooting program. A look at the program and goals through the eyes of young leaders in the project area.
  • April 27: Minnesota 4-H Outdoor Adventure Program. The webinar will explore the events and programs that are offered and how youth and adult leaders can get involved.
  • May 4: Wild rice management. The webinar will share some of DNR’s common wild rice management techniques and highlight some success stories.
  • May 11: Favorite fishing lures of MNR staff. DNR staffers share some of their top secret lures and how to use them.
  • May 18: Walleye fishing for beginners. Nancy Koep, professional angler and bait shop owner, will cover the basics of walleye fishing. She will also provide information on her Becoming an Outdoors Woman Walleye Fishing Weekend scheduled for July 2022.
  • May 25: Youth fishing leagues. Eric Altena, DNR Director of Fisheries and bass fishing expert, will share ideas and resources to help young anglers connect with Minnesota’s growing number of high school fishing leagues and clubs.

Maidstone United midfielder Johl Powell wants to extend Charlton Athletic’s loan spell and help them win the National League South


Johl Powell wants to stay at Maidstone for the rest of the season and help them win the league.

Midfielder Powell is two weeks out on a month-long loan from Charlton but is already hoping to extend his stay at Gallagher.

Maidstone United midfielder Johl Powell is on loan at Gallagher from Charlton Photo: Steve Terrell

He had a sparkling start as the Stones came from two goals down to beat Hungerford 3-2 on Saturday and came off the bench in the 1-0 win over Braintree on Tuesday night.

Powell has played in Football League Trophy games for Charlton’s first team, but the cut and push of a National South promotion fight will only help his development.

He said: “The loan is for a month to start, but hopefully I can extend it until the end of the season – and hopefully we can win the league.

“The first loan will always be special because it’s the first taste of real men’s football.

“It’s a huge club, I can see it coming every day, it’s so good.

“I spoke to some staff here, they spoke about the history of the club and this club belongs to the Football League. I hope they can return.”

Charlton have a great reputation for producing young players and in Powell they have another talent on their hands.

They believed he was ready to go on loan and Maidstone was the perfect destination for the midfielder.

“I really appreciate it,” Powell said.

“Saturday was really good, for my first start, and the way we won was just amazing.

“Tuesday was a tough game to face but I think I did well and the boys dug deep to get a result and that’s another huge three points.

Johl Powell in action on his Maidstone United debut Photo: Steve Terrell
Johl Powell in action on his Maidstone United debut Photo: Steve Terrell

“It’s my first loan and we’ve been planning it for a while.

“This season they wanted me to come in and get some games.

“Nothing materialized earlier in the season, then I was playing football at 23 at Charlton, I was doing well, and Maidstone came to see me a few times.

“There are quite a few boys coming in at the moment.

“It’s always been that way at Charlton, the progression is good and the boys are doing well.

“I had a few games with the first team, but it was time for me to go on loan and play more games at men’s level.

“It’s a little different. At this level it’s a little more technical and at this level probably more physical.

“But a team like Maidstone, we have good technical players and that’s why I decided to come here because I know I can still play, as well as the physical side.

Powell was joined at Gallagher by Charlton teammate Hady Ghandour, who returned on a second loan.

“It’s great to have Hady here,” Powell said. “Having him back in the building helped me settle in.”

🌱 Sonoma County Voter Choice Law Webinars + Drought City Hall


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  1. Do you want to be perfectly prepared for the next local elections? The Sonoma County Office of the Registrar of Electors will host two voter education webinars next week on the Electoral Model of the Voter Choice Act that will go into effect in Sonoma County this year. The March 15 webinar will address issues of concern for voters with disabilities, and the March 17 webinar will address issues of concern for voters with limited English proficiency. While the webinars are immediately relevant to the April 12 City Council special election in Windsor, all Sonoma County residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about your options for when and how you vote. (Press Release Office)
  2. Last night Sonoma County held a virtual town hall on drought conditions in the Russian River watershed. Sonoma Water described this as the third driest year on record for the county, which put Sonoma in the “extreme drought” category. This means the county is at greater risk of year-round fires and inadequate water supplies for agriculture, urban needs and wildlife. Moderated by Sonoma Water Supervisor and Director David Rabbitt, the panel included members of the California State Water Resources Control Board, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Water Resources, Santa Rosa Water and Sonoma County Farm Bureau. The group discussed drought predictions, water conservation, impacts and water use restrictions. (Room)
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  • barn sale At the Jimtown Store (March 11 and 12, 9 a.m.)
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  • Today is the last day to pre-order your St. Patrick’s Day takeout dinner from Healdsburg High School SkillsUSA! All funds raised go directly to support the projects the chapter works on, from competitions and trips for students in need to regional, state and national competitions. Be sure to place your order here before 5:00 p.m. (HHS)
  • Want to support Ukraine? Take a drive to Russian River Rally For Ukraine at 6:30 p.m. tonight (March 11) on the Guerneville pedestrian bridge. (Press Release Office)
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Repayment of your Loan Help with Purchase: Guide


During the term of your Shopping Assistance loan, you can choose to repay at any time. The most common time to repay is before the fifth anniversary date on which the loan was taken, as that is when interest is implied. Interest payments start at 1.75% and increase each year with inflation.

The most common terms of redemption are either the loan will be repaid simultaneously with the sale of your Property, or by voluntary redemption.

When redeeming your purchase assistance loan, you can choose to repay in full or in part by escalation. Laddering your loan allows you to repay a percentage, the minimum being 10%, with the rest of the loan being repaid later. The Homes and Communities Agency (Target) will note your partial refund on their systems, however, the title register of your property will remain unchanged. It is only when your loan is repaid in full that the Homes and Communities Agency waives its fees.

Financing your purchase assistance loan

When redeeming your purchase assistance loan, you can choose to finance the repayment through a mortgage, either with a new lender or a new advance from your existing lender. You will be responsible for obtaining your new mortgage offer which should be provided to your solicitor as soon as possible.

You can fund your repayment using your savings, in which case you will need to provide your solicitor with proof of funds so they can verify that the necessary funds are available.

What do you need to do

In order to start the buyout process, you will need to have a RICS expert carry out a property valuation. The link below can be used to identify a RICS Charters expert:

Once an appraisal has been carried out and you have received a copy of it, you will need to send it to the Homes and Communities Agency, along with the completed Form A (for a house sale) or a Form B (for a redemption without a sale), and make payment of their administration costs totaling £200.00. You can send the assessment and corresponding form to Homes and Communities Agency using the email address below:

Once the Homes and Communities Agency has received all the required documents from you, they will send a buyout quote to your appointed solicitor.

The expertise is valid for a period of three months from the date on which it was carried out. If you are unable to repay your loan within this time, the Homes and Communities Agency can carry out a desk assessment valid for a further three months. You must redeem within six months of the initial valuation.

Next steps

Once your solicitor has received the Home and Community Agency buyout quote, they will complete and return the engagement letter to the Home and Community Agency 15 working days before the scheduled completion date.

The Homes and Communities Agency will then issue permission to complete to your solicitor, usually within 5 working days of receiving the undertaking. Once this has been received, your solicitor can proceed with completion.

Refinance your self-storage loan: how to get the best terms


Attractive mortgage terms play an important role in the success of any self-storage operation, which is why it may be a good idea to consider refinancing. Not only do favorable terms allow owners to maximize their investment and their returns, but long-term fixed rates can provide security in a rising and falling market.

The problem is that many borrowers are unaware of some of the most important criteria that commercial lenders look for when considering a loan application, especially for fixed rate, long-term, no-cost mortgages. appeal. Why should you want a non-recourse loan? Because it exempts the guarantor (borrower) from being held personally liable for the debt. This is especially important in the event of default, as the lender can only seize the collateral.

Let’s review some of the things that will help you prepare for and get the most out of a self storage refinance.


Getting a new self-storage loan can take an average of 60 days from start to finish. It is important to review the repayment instructions for your current mortgage, as you may have a window of three to 12 months before the due date to refinance without penalty. It is imperative to be aware of the details, so that you have enough time to obtain new debts.

Borrowers often wait to contact a lender until 30-40 days before their note is due, which is a mistake. When you limit your loan window, you potentially narrow your financing options, especially if there are unexpected delays in the process. I recommend reviewing your options at least one to two years before the maturity date. By budgeting your time wisely, you can avoid any problems and prepare your self-storage property for optimal conditions.

Refinancing criteria

When determining their ability to provide financing, lenders consider all aspects of a transaction. Fortunately, an apparent undesirable aspect of your self-storage asset will not necessarily prevent you from obtaining new debt without recourse. Here are some of the main criteria to focus on when preparing for a refinance.

State of the property. The general condition of your self-service warehouse plays an extremely important role in the evaluation process. During the subscription period, an inventory will be made of the site’s infrastructure. Being prepared to repair any deteriorated paving and fix any structural building issues while ensuring that all utilities are in working order can go a long way to maximizing the appraised value and minimizing the extent of immediate repairs required by the lender. In terms of upgrading your facility, a cash refinance can allow you to access some of the accumulated capital to make necessary improvements.

Occupation. Most lenders prefer a self-storage facility to have a physical occupancy above 75% or 80%. If the property is slightly below this level, be prepared to provide an explanation. For example, maybe occupancy is trending up due to a recent expansion, or you can discuss your efforts to actively increase performance. Another thing to consider is how your occupation fits into the market context. Being well prepared to explain a lower number can be essential to getting a new loan.

Expenses. Many self-storage lenders largely base their loan amounts on a facility’s net operating income. Review your last few years of income and expenses well in advance. It’s also important to note any one-time or capital expenditures on your statements. In fact, these expenses may be analyzed separately. Also be aware that lenders typically charge an off-site management fee of 4-5% for underwriting purposes.

Survey, Title and Legal Requirements. A recurring stumbling block during the self-storage loan process is delays or complications with these items. A new ALTA (American Land Title Association) survey of the property may be required. If changes have been made to the package in question, meeting title requirements may take time. It is strongly recommended that you hire an attorney experienced in self storage and non-recourse mortgages to help you navigate the legal requirements specific to the loan.

Perceived deficiency. If your self-storage asset has a potential problem, have a detailed explanation and short-term solution to correct the problem. For example, if there has been a slight drop in revenue recently, explain why and provide a business plan to drive growth. Proactively addressing issues helps give lenders confidence to quote your transaction.

Guarantor’s balance sheet. In addition to the asset, non-recourse lenders must see certain minimum requirements from the guarantor(s) of the loan. Generally, any borrower who owns more than 25% of the borrowing entity must be underwritten and provide financial information.

Lenders prefer borrowers with a minimum credit score of 680. If there are credit issues, such as foreclosures, bankruptcies, late payments, etc., it is important to provide sufficient explanation upfront . Most lenders also like to see a minimum combined net worth at least equal to the requested loan amount and in a sufficient liquidity position.

A word about acquisitions

By the way, if you’re looking for a self-storage home equity loan rather than a refinance, most of the criteria above still apply. During due diligence, it is important to work with the seller regarding any issues with the property and their explanations. Acquisitions are sometimes delayed because a seller is frustrated with these detailed requests from the lender, but the more clarity the seller can provide upfront, the more peace of mind you will have as a buyer. This will also help the lender preemptively address any concerns.

In addition to non-recourse terms, many lenders may offer a few years of interest-only payments on acquisition debt. This approach can help immensely with immediate cash returns.

Prepare for approval

Preparing your self-storage facility for an upcoming refinance can result in optimal valuation and superior, non-recourse loan terms. Remember that your current debt repayment window and any prepayment penalties are key factors in moving forward and securing favorable terms.

With low long-term interest rates and 30-year amortizations available, you can increase your property’s monthly cash flow and use excess loan funds at your discretion to make on-the-spot improvements. This will help ensure the long-term financial success of your self-storage operation.

Gerard D. DiMarco Jr. is a Managing Member of Security Mortgage Group LLC. Based in Rochester, New York, the company has been providing commercial loans and self-service storage since 1989. For more information, call 585.423.0230.

CCISD becomes authorized supplier for teacher literacy training


The program is designed to teach instructors and principals best practices in reading and writing.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Independent School District recently announced that it will be an authorized provider for state-required teacher literacy training.

The program is designed to teach instructors and principals the best reading and writing practices from kindergarten through third grade.

Districts’ new status as an authorized provider allows them to provide an 11-month program to their staff free of charge.

Texas public school staff must complete the program by the end of the 2022-23 school year.

Due to an update to the bill in June of last year, lawmakers are now giving districts more time to complete extensive reading academies.

CCISD officials said it should help make up for lost ground throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, when young students could not get face-to-face instruction.

Katie Walker of CCISD Recruitment and Retention said the program places particular emphasis on helping teachers learn more about the processes of literacy development, in order to better support students.

“Especially in those early years, look at the students who missed those face-to-face learning opportunities. Some of those really informative experiences were missed,” Walker said. “And so, training that helps our teachers and education leaders dive very deeply into understanding these developmental processes with literacy as well as best teaching practices is going to be incredibly beneficial.”

Due to the length of the program, CCISD provides resources to staff to help them balance it with their regular schedule.

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PM Modi leads brainstorming at 11 budget-related webinars


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held 11 budget-related webinars over the past few weeks during which valuable suggestions were also received from stakeholders to help in the effective implementation of budget announcements, an official statement said on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister’s webinar address to discuss the Department of Investment and Public Assets Management (DIPAM) budget announcements culminated the series of 11 budget webinars he delivered.

Over the past few weeks, Prime Minister Modi has participated in webinars regarding the Ministries/Departments of Higher Education, Rural Development, Agriculture, Defence, Health, Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, the Principal Scientific Advisor, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energies, and the Department of Economic Affairs and DIPAM.

The Union-2022 budget made several announcements for the economic growth of the country and to promote the well-being of our people, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

These webinars were organized with the aim of maintaining the momentum of the budget and creating a sense of ownership by all stakeholders in its implementation, the statement said.

These webinars covered a wide range of topics such as Smart Agriculture, Prime Minister Gatishakti, “Aatmanirbharta” in Defence, Digital Education and Dynamic Skills, Inclusive and Equitable Healthcare Delivery, Make in India and financing an ambitious economy, he said.

The main objectives of organizing the webinars were to develop a sense of ownership among key budget stakeholders, the statement said.

This exercise will also help ministries and departments get started from the start of the new fiscal year and also ensure timely implementation, he said.

Consulting with various stakeholders helps bring in their practical and global expertise and experience and identify gaps, he added.

Moving the budget to Feb. 1 and these interactions in webinars allow state governments to gain greater visibility of priorities and thus better plan their budgets, the PMO said.

The webinars saw an estimated attendance of around 40,000 stakeholders, including entrepreneurs, MSMEs, exporters, global investors, central and state government officials and young people from the startup world, among others.

Full panel discussions and thematic breakout sessions were held during each webinar.

A large number of valuable suggestions were received by the government during these webinars, which will further contribute to the effective implementation of the budget announcements, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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IIJA Application Webinars, New York Broadband Survey, China LEO Broadband Satellites: Broadband Breakfast


March 10, 2022 — Five nonprofits across the country on Wednesday launched Opportunity Broadband, a nonprofit that will help effectively distribute the nation’s investment in broadband access.

The new nonprofit will identify barriers to universal broadband access, including gaps in technological advancements in social sectors such as health and education, and work to help communities to access. The organization also plans to organize a conference this summer.

Opportunity Broadband is made up of Pew Charitable Trusts, Heartland Forward, Michigan State University’s James H. and Mary B. Quello Center, Small Business Majority, and the XR Association, all of which are committed to providing national access to the high through laws such as the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act, which will provide $65 billion for broadband infrastructure nationwide.

“Now is the time to ensure that the benefits of connectivity are available to all communities,” Catherine deWit, project director of The Pew Charitable Trusts Broadband Access Initiative, said in a press release. “Universally available and affordable broadband, access to devices and digital literacy are the first, and not the only, steps towards achieving this goal.

“But no organization can take these steps alone. Delivering on the promise of digital equity will require focus, investment and sustained partnerships that cross sectors and industries, which is why we are excited to have these organizations and companies join in this important work.

Justice Department alerted to alleged Amazon misconduct

In a 24-page letter released Wednesday, bipartisan members of the House Judiciary wrote to the Justice Department alleging that Amazon obstructed the committee’s “thorough investigation into competition in digital markets,” which took place at the last Congress.

The panel alleges that Amazon lied about its use of third-party seller data to help boost sales of their own similar products. Although he gave Amazon a chance to tell the truth, the panel alleges the company denied their actions.

“Without producing any evidence to the contrary, Amazon left open what appear to be false and misleading statements to the Committee,” the letter said. “He declined to hand over any business documents or communications that would support his claims or correct the record.

“And he appears to have done so to conceal the truth about his use of third-party seller data to benefit his private label business and his preference for private label products in search results – subjects of the investigation. Accordingly, we have no choice but to refer this matter to the Department of Justice to investigate whether Amazon and its executives obstructed Congress in violation of applicable federal law” , indicates the letter.

Amazon sells its own line of products under the Amazon Basics label.

USTelecom president says ‘no’ to overbuilding

The head of trade association USTelecom on Wednesday denounced the idea of ​​using funds from the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act to create broadband access to areas already accessible through other funds. federal.

“Since the passage of the Infrastructure Act, certain entities have aggressively pushed Congress, the NTIA and states to authorize new federal funds to subsidize the same areas they have already committed to serve through programs such as [Rural Digital Opportunity Fund]”, Jonathan Spaler said Wednesday in a blog post.

“Regulatory arbitrage, double dipping? Call it what you want, but it’s a terrible idea,” he said.

Spalter’s statement comes after much debate about whether overbuilding broadband infrastructure in places that already have broadband access is necessary or unnecessary. In a Broadband Breakfast op-ed, former federal communications commissioner Mike O’Rielly warned against overbuilding and urged the federal government to “stay focused on serving the truly unserved.”

But during a Broadband Breakfast live event in January, chip pickingthe CEO of the trade association for telecommunications competition INCOMPAS, said “new build” on existing infrastructure is good as long as the funds subsidize newer, better networks, not older technologies .

Tuesday, March 8, 2022: Kerry Howard’s fight against Parkinson’s disease. Webinars on how to reduce Juneau’s carbon footprint. Rainforest yoga workshops on how to unlock stress from your body.

Kerry Howard trains with trainer Alec Nevalainen in the Rock Steady boxing program at Pavitt’s Gym. Howard was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016 (Photo by Matt Brown).

It seems almost counterintuitive to battle Parkinson’s disease by donning heavy, padded boxing mitts and training like a fighter.

Kerry Howard’s training at Pavitt’s Gym involves more than boxing but rigorous conditioning exercises (Photo by Matt Brown).

But that’s exactly what Kerry Howard did to keep this neuromuscular disease at bay. On Juneau afternoon this Tuesday, she will be joined by two of her coaches from Pavitt’s Gym, to celebrate her latest achievement – the prestigious American Parkinson’s Disease Association Northwest Chapter’s Optimism Award.

“Living with Parkinson’s disease is challenging, but it’s a disease you can live with, and I’m grateful for that,” Howard said in a statement. “No one knows what the future holds, but I believe in being kind, brave and grateful. Pessimists may be right more often, but optimists have more friends and have more fun.

Also today :

  • Finding refuge, resilience and new ways to meet life’s challenges in an upcoming Rainforest Yoga workshop.
  • Reduce Juneau’s carbon footprint, as a community and as an individual.

Rhonda McBride hosts this Tuesday’s show. You can catch Juneau Afternoon, Tuesday through Friday, live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3. The replay airs at 7:00 p.m. on KTOO. You can also listen online at ktoo.org.

West Fargo Fire Department Launches CPR Trainings in Cardiac Ready Community


(West Fargo, ND) – The West Fargo Fire Department offers both manual and certified cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training through the Cardiac Ready Community program. The Cardiac Ready Community program aims to educate community members to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and how to access care early.

“Only about 46% of people who have a heart attack get the help they need before first responders arrive,” said Travis Olson Community Risk Reduction Officer. “These two CPR courses will provide vital training to our West Fargo community.”

Certified CPR class is available upon request and meets all state certification requirements. Certified CPR class is available for groups and individuals. Class requests must be submitted 30 days in advance as all classes are subject to instructor availability. Group rates are $300 per class for six participants or less. There will be an additional charge of $50 per participant for classes with more than six participants.

Individuals can register for certified CPR training on an ongoing basis for $50 per participant. Classes will be taught once a minimum class size is reached. Registration for this course is available online.

The free Hands-Only CPR course is available for large groups, schools, or workplaces to introduce residents to Hands-Only CPR tactics, as well as the basics of PulsePoint. This course does not meet state CPR certification requirements. Instructors cover hand-only CPR techniques, AED training, PulsePoint app functionality, and general first aid training. Registration for this course is available online here.

Both courses will cover the basics of the PulsePoint app. PulsePoint is a 911-connected mobile app that alerts nearby passers-by who can help victims before professional help arrives. Residents are encouraged to learn CPR, download the app, and join the West Fargo Fire Department in saving lives.

The PulsePoint app can be downloaded here.

Best DevSecOps Certifications and Trainings


Agile software development and DevOps practices help developers reduce development time, improve collaboration and innovation, and ensure scalability and reliability. One thing that hasn’t always been addressed – but is getting more and more attention – is security in the software development lifecycle.

DevSecOps is the practice of shifting security to the left to involve security throughout the SDLC rather than just before or after deployment.

Due to its growing importance, a number of DevSecOps certifications and trainings are available today. They apply to DevSecOps-specific jobs, such as DevSecOps engineers, managers, specialists, and consultants, as well as software developers and engineers, security professionals, IT managers, auditors, and other security professionals. computing.

These certifications can help professionals deepen their knowledge of DevSecOps and further their careers in the space. Courses and trainings also allow candidates to explore their interests in a structured environment. Certifications are beneficial to organizations because their employees or candidates must demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to collaborate and implement security-by-design practices to achieve them.

Let’s take a look at some of the best DevSecOps certifications and training.

1. DevOps Institute DevSecOps Foundation and 2. DevSecOps Practitioner

DevOps Institute offers two DevSecOps certifications. Its DevSecOps Foundation course teaches candidates the basics of secure software development. The course, which has no prerequisites, focuses on the benefits of moving security to the left, building strong relationships between developers and security teams, and implementing security by design without sacrificing the speed and scalability of SDLC.

DevOps Institute’s DevSecOps Practitioner is designed for candidates looking to advance their technical DevSecOps knowledge. This course provides guidance on security best practices, methods, and tools in the SDLC using real-world scenarios and case studies. It is recommended to obtain the DevSecOps Foundation certification before pursuing the Practitioner certification.

The DevSecOps Foundation and Practitioner multiple-choice exams are offered online. They each require a pass mark of 65%.

3. DevSecOps EXIN Manager

EXIN’s DevSecOps Manager is an advanced certification that covers DevOps and security management. This exam is designed for those pursuing a leadership or management role in DevOps or DevSecOps. This career path is best suited for professionals interested in integrating development, security, and operations into the product lifecycle.

Candidates must pass three exams to receive certification:

  1. A basic course:
    1. EXIN Scrum Agile
    2. EXIN Lean IT
    3. EXIN DevOps
  2. EXIN DevOps Professional
  3. EXIN Information Security Management (ISO/IEC 27001) Professional

EXIN offers several exam exemptions and alternatives that can meet the course requirements.

4. GIAC Cloud Security Automation (GCSA)

The GCSA certification is designed for candidates who want to deepen their knowledge of cloud security and DevSecOps best practices, including developers, engineers, and security professionals. Topics covered include securing cloud services; use open source tools; and automate configuration management, continuous monitoring, and continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD).

The GCSA exam, which has no prerequisites, is based on the SANS Institute’s five-day online or in-person SEC540 course: Cloud Security and DevSecOps Automation. The program covers five areas of intervention:

  1. DevOps Security Automation
  2. Cloud infrastructure security
  3. Cloud Security Operations
  4. Cloud Security as a Service
  5. Compliance as code

5. GSDC Certified DevSecOps Engineer Certification

The Global Skill Development Council (GSDC) Certified DevSecOps Engineer certification teaches recipients DevOps security best practices and how to use security as code in the SDLC. The exam is aimed at a number of professionals, including security practitioners, software engineers, IT managers, compliance teams, and managed service providers. Candidates should have a basic understanding of DevOps and coding before attempting this certification.

The DevSecOps Engineer certification program is divided into six sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of modern app development
  3. Introduction to containerization
  4. Information Security Overview
  5. Overview of Cloud Computing and Infrastructure-as-Code
  6. Introduction to CI/CD

6. Certified DevSecOps Professional (CDP)

The Practical DevSecOps CDP Certification course teaches candidates DevSecOps processes, tools, and techniques. The course also provides guidance on creating and maintaining a DevSecOps pipeline and using Software Composition Analysis (SCA), Static Application Security Testing (SAST), dynamic applications (DAST) and security as code.

Candidates should have a basic understanding of Linux commands and application security before enrolling in this course.

The CDP course has nine chapters, many of which feature demonstrations and hands-on practice:

  1. An introduction to the basics
  2. Introduction to the tools of the trade
  3. SDLC pipeline and secure CI/CD
  4. SCA in the CI/CD pipeline
  5. SAST in the CI/CD pipeline
  6. DAST in the CI/CD pipeline
  7. Infrastructure as code and its security
  8. Compliance as code
  9. Managing vulnerabilities with custom tools

Students earn the CDP certification after passing a 12-hour practical exam.

Practical DevSecOps offers three additional DevSecOps certifications:

  1. Certified DevSecOps Architect. This certification focuses on DevSecOps best practices for AWS. It is recommended that candidates complete the CDP certification before attempting this exam.
  2. Certified DevSecOps Leader. This leadership exam helps managers learn how to influence DevSecOps practices from a business perspective.
  3. Certified DevSecOps expert. This certification focuses on infrastructure as code, compliance as code, vulnerability management and more. Candidates must be CDP certified to attempt this exam.

DevSecOps training

Many training courses are available to help those looking to learn more about integrating security into the SDLC. DevSecOps training and courses include the following:

Liverpool loan star Jake Cain is a perfect fit for Newport County


JAKE Cain is showing the qualities of title-seeking Liverpool in Newport County AFC’s promotion campaign, boss James Rowberry has said.

The 20-year-old loanee was a key figure in the Exiles’ 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers at Rodney Parade, which lifted them to fourth in League Two on Saturday.

Cain helped protect the defense when sitting in midfield alongside the influential Scot Bennett, but also produced a number of telling moments in attack.

He warded off a first chance at Rob Street with a delicious long pass, hit the outside of the post with a free kick and was a yard wide with another, hit a shot just past the post and forced the keeper of goalkeeper James Belshaw to an in-flight stoppage.

Cain was slowly introduced to the team after signing in August and his importance grew in the absence of injured midfielder Robbie Willmott.

GROWTH: Liverpool’s Jake Cain impresses for County

“He stepped up and you can see he’s a product of Liverpool and trained with the first team there,” manager Rowberry said.

“His ability to counter the press and be in transition shows how good he can be and how well he suits the team.

“Jake knows he still has areas to improve and he’s lucky to have Scot on his side and Robbie, Matty Dolan and all the senior guys to help him out. It’s a really good opportunity to continue to develop Jake.

Cain & Co are now gearing up for a hectic flurry of fixtures which start in Stevenage on Saturday before heading to Carlisle midweek and hosting Hartlepool under the Friday night lights.

The Exiles are fresh off a series of home Test matches against resurgent Oldham and promotion rivals Mansfield, Tranmere, Forest Green and Bristol Rovers.

They took nine points from a possible 15 but are aware of their players’ workload with Rowberry ready to tinker to ensure he is not added to the injured list.

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“The next spell is three games in seven days, Saturday, Tuesday and Friday. It will have its own challenges,” he said.

“We have to be physically ready and prepare properly. I’m going to give the guys a few days off and we leave on Tuesday.

“We have to protect the players and that’s why we brought in James Waite, we have the ability to rest the players when needed. It is important that other players then step in as they did against Bristol Rovers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chair webinars on infrastructure and divestment


Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi will chair webinars on infrastructure (infra) and divestment-related budget announcements on March 8 and 9, respectively.

The objectives of these meetings will be to reflect with experts from the public and private sectors, academia and industry, and to identify strategies on how best to move forward towards the implementation of various issues in different sectors. .

The Ministry of Finance said in a statement that Tuesday’s webinar will see the participation of 16 ministries, NITI Aayog, the Capacity Building Commission and state governments. It will also include participation from regulatory bodies such as Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, GIFT City, industry associations, subject matter experts and the investment community.

While the official statement only spoke about the infra meeting, sources told Business Standard that a similar webinar will be held on Wednesday on privatization, asset monetization and other government divestment plans. These are part of a series of post-budget interactions chaired by the Prime Minister and hosted by various ministries on the implementation of budget announcements.

“Representatives from various infra companies, real estate investment trusts, infra investment trusts and funds will attend the webinar on Tuesday. The focus will be on various means of infrastructure financing, project implementation and opportunities for the private sector,” an official said.

According to the ministry, the webinar will feature breakout sessions on topics such as financing infrastructure, financing sectors with high employment potential, creating infrastructure enablers, navigating the digital opportunity for banking. and finance, climate and sustainable finance, and financing for emerging sectors.

“Through the webinar, the Ministry of Finance seeks to gain valuable insights on ways to accelerate the pace and achieve the themes agenda. By leveraging the expertise and experience of stakeholders, a action plan for effective implementation of growth reforms will be catalyzed,” he said.

High-multiplier infrastructure projects are central to the Centre’s plans to revive the economy after three waves of the Covid-19 pandemic. The focus will be on roads, railways, airports, ports, public transport, waterways and logistics infrastructure as outlined in the PM Gati Shakti mission. The Center will also provide a boost in power transmission, technology, bulk water and sewage, and social infrastructure.

To this end, the capital expenditure (capex) target for 2022-23 (FY23) as set by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is Rs 7.5 trillion, of which Rs 1 trillion in 50-year interest-free loans to states for their capex needs.

The platform for the Centre’s infra push is the Rs 111 trillion National Infrastructure Pipeline for the period 2020-2025. Energy, road, rail and urban projects are estimated to account for the bulk of the projects at around 70%. The Center (39%) and the States (40%) are expected to have an almost equal share in project implementation, while the private sector has a 21% share.

Wednesday’s meeting on divestment, asset monetization and privatization will focus on how the private sector can participate in those plans, sources said.

The National Monetization Pipeline seeks to lease Rs 6 trillion of government and public sector assets to the private sector, which can mine them and share part of the proceeds with the treasury.

For 2021-22 (FY22), plans to privatize the Center have once again been derailed due to the pandemic. Although Air India was eventually sold to Tata Sons, plans to privatize Bharat Petroleum, Pawan Hans, Neelachal Ispat Nigam, Shipping Corporation of India, Central Electronics and Container Corporation of India are still pending. The revised FY22 estimate has been lowered to Rs 78,000 crore, from the budget estimate of Rs 1.75 trillion.

However, the revised target may not be met as global uncertainty due to war in Europe means the Center is considering going public with Life Insurance Corporation of India. The divestment target for FY23 is Rs 65,000 crore.

LEGO Playcation Online Workshops March 2022


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Children can participate in LEGO Playcation online workshops during the March 2022 school holidays.

LEGO Playcation Online Workshops March 2022

Each workshop is led by a qualified school instructor and includes simple instructions for children ages 5-10 or 9-12.

The child can learn by playing using LEGO bricks.

Let your child spend the school holidays and improve their problem-solving and creative skills.

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Workshops include ‘If I Built a Car’, ‘Let’s Take a Ride’ and ‘LEGO City Car Adventure’.

Each session costs $15. Get more details here.

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Spectrum Health Offers 4 Free Suicide Prevention Trainings to Address Mental Health and Wellness | News


Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial offers four free suicide prevention trainings open to all members of the community. Three sessions are held in Newaygo County and one in Muskegon County.

Spectrum Health certified trainers will lead the free Ask, Persuade, Refer training. QPR training is designed to increase the ability to identify people with suicidal thoughts or behaviors and to intervene to save a life. QPR training will teach participants how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope and get help to save a life.

• Thursday, March 3, 6-7:30 p.m.: Fremont Area District Library (Main Community Hall), 104 E. Main St., Fremont, MI 49412

• Tuesday, April 19, 6-7:30 p.m.: The Stream at Newaygo (second floor), 1 State Rd., Newaygo, MI 49337

• Wednesday, May 4, 6-7:30 p.m.: Montague Library, 8778 Ferry St. #2, Montague, MI 49437

• Tuesday, June 14, 6-7:30 p.m.: Grant District Library, 122 S. Elder Ave., Grant, MI 49327

“Spectrum Health’s ‘Ask, Persuade, Refer’ training is designed to empower anyone, anywhere with the tools and knowledge that can help spot people in trouble and engage them in lifesaving ways. lives,” said Jena Zeerip, Spectrum Health. Gerber Memorial Community Education Manager. “We encourage everyone in the community to sign up for this free training, especially as mental health and wellbeing continue to be a concern in our communities, schools and workplaces. Spectrum Health’s Ask, Persuade, Refer training can make a real difference by engaging with compassion, raising awareness, and offering hope. »

The extension service offers webinars, events | house styling


Penn State Extension Service continues to provide quality education through a wide variety of webinars and recordings.

“If you are having difficulty registering online for any of these live webinars, please contact Penn State Extension’s customer service team at 877-345-0691. Most of these webinars will also be recorded and available for later viewing,” reads the release from the extension service.

Keep searching the website, extension.psu.edu, for the latest offers. Some of the Franklin County offerings include:

• Vegetable and Berry Pesticide Update Webinar Series – Thursday, March 3 and 10. Through this online series, growers who attend will learn about the pest management decision-making process, pest identification, life cycles and control alternatives, as well as safe, appropriate and and the legal use of pesticides for a different crop each week, including tomatoes, strawberries, gourds and sweet corn. Each session will provide 2 Main Category and 2 Private Category recertification credits for AP Pesticide Applicators.

• Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward (MWS) Spring Training Program – Thursday, March 10. Master Watershed Stewards volunteer in their communities to improve the health of our streams, rivers and other natural resources. Master Watershed Steward seeks to develop positive, enthusiastic people who have an interest in the environment, a willingness to learn and, most importantly, a strong desire to make a difference in the community. Stewards come to the program with diverse experiences and backgrounds. For more information, visit https://extension.psu.edu/programs/watershed-stewards/counties/cumberland-county. For questions, contact Holly Smith at [email protected]

• Cumberland Valley Winter Produce Meeting — Wednesday, March 16 — Cumberland Valley Produce, 101 Springfield Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257 — 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Recertification credits will be offered to PA pesticide applicators (2 main and 3 private categories) ). Topics presented will include management of insect vectors of plant viruses, bacterial canker of tomatoes, labeling of pesticide containers, protection of pollinators, and management of major pests and diseases in greenhouses. Register by calling the Cumberland Valley Produce Auction at 717-530-5007. Fee is $10 if pre-registered or $15 at the door and includes a hot meal.

• Franklin County Conservation District announces 2022 Tree Seedling Sale – deadline for orders is Friday, March 18. The Franklin County Conservation District is now taking orders for its annual tree seedling sale. Order forms are available by calling the Franklin County Conservation District at 717-264-5499, visiting their website www.franklinccd.org, or visiting their “Franklin County Conservation District” Facebook page. Payment can be made in cash or by check only (no credit cards are accepted). Various species of hardwoods and conifers are available in packages of 25. A limited quantity of apple and peach seedlings will also be available. Fruit trees are sold individually. (Please call our office to ensure an adequate supply of fruit trees before placing an order.) Tubes and tree stakes are also available for purchase. Trees should be available for pickup around the third week of April. Those placing orders will be contacted with pick up dates and location.

Any questions can be directed to Rhoda Crider at the Conservation District: 717-264-5499 or [email protected]

• Franklin County Beekeepers Association Basic Beekeeping Beginners Course – Four-week Basic Course held March 3, 10, 17, and 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The course will be held at the Ag Heritage Building, Rooms 7 and 8, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Attendees will learn about topics such as colony introduction and organization, beekeeping equipment, starting with bees, apiary location, disease management and colony management. Cost is $65 for family in same household, includes text. Mail check to FCBA, PO Box 341, Chambersburg, Pa 17201. Include name, address, email, and phone number. For any questions, contact 717-263-9226.

• Herbs from the Garden to the Kitchen – Saturday, April 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Franklin County Ag Heritage Center, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202. In this workshop led by Franklin County Penn State Master Gardeners, learn about the different types of herbs, including when and how to harvest them from the garden to use in culinary dishes, as well as how to store them for later use and how to incorporate aromatic herbs into your landscaping. Herbal samples will be presented. Materials are included in the $15 registration fee. Space is limited so register early. Go to https://extension.psu.edu/herbs-from-garden-to-kitchen for details and registration information.

• Franklin County Master Gardener Plant Sale – Save the date Saturday, May 21 for the Franklin County Penn State Master Gardener Plant Sale, back after a two-year hiatus. The sale will be held at the waterfront outside the Franklin County Ag Heritage Center and Penn State Extension office at 181-185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners will once again offer a large selection of greenhouse-grown vegetables, annuals and herbs, with many hard-to-find and unusual varieties, as well as a wide assortment of perennials, groundcovers, herbs and herbs. sun and shade loving shrubs. , and trees, all at reasonable prices. Bring your gardening questions and get plant and planting information from friendly, knowledgeable Penn State Master Gardener volunteers.

PG&E will host weekly regional wildfire safety webinars to provide information and resources on local wildfire prevention efforts


SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PG&E is hosting a series of weekly regional wildfire safety webinars to share its 2022 wildfire prevention plans and listen to customer feedback. Each webinar will feature a brief presentation, after which attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to PG&E subject matter experts.

While the webinar events will focus on regional work in the counties listed, all PG&E customers are welcome to join. During the webinars, the PG&E team will discuss:

  • PG&E’s wildfire prevention efforts, including the company’s 10,000-mile underground program in high fire risk areas

  • Resources to help customers and communities before, during and after wildfire safety shutdowns

  • Improvements and updates to PG&E security technology and tools

The webinars will take place every Wednesday from March to early August. The following webinars are scheduled through March:

  • March 9, noon – 1:30 p.m. – Kern County

  • March 23, noon – 1:30 p.m. – Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties

Closed captioning will be available in English, Spanish and Chinese, and a hotline is available for those unable to register online.

For the full schedule of webinar events, information on how to participate, recordings and presentation materials from past events, and to learn more about PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, visit pge. com/wildfiresafety.

You can find more information and resources to help you and your family prepare for and stay safe in an emergency at safetyactioncenter.pge.com.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people over 70,000 square miles in northern and central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.

Sports News | Hockey India to hold online workshops for referees 2022


New Delhi [India]Mar 2 (ANI): Hockey India is set to hold the 2022 Online Referee Workshops in March.

The ‘Tier 1’ of the online workshop will start from Wednesday for which 85 candidates, including 33 women and 52 men, have been nominated and registered through more than 24 Hockey India member units across the country. India.

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An introductory session is underway on March 2, where all relevant details and information regarding the 2022 Online Referee Workshop will be shared.

Hockey India will provide the appointed referees with the opportunity to receive interactive learning/study materials to keep them up to date with the latest rules/regulations through Hockey India Online workshops, as well as evaluation by the highly experienced Hockey India Registered Referee Managers.

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There will be three levels of sessions for referees from March 3 to 31, 2022. Level 1 sessions are designed to provide candidates with a basic knowledge of the latest FIH hockey rules and regulations, the roles and responsibilities of officials, etc

In order to achieve Level 2, a candidate must pass an online test based on the Level 1 session taken previously. Level 3 sessions are based on the FIH General Tournament Regulations, FIH Fitness Guidelines for Referees, Information on Match Reports and Statistics for Technical Officials (Judges), HI ranking, the importance of performance feedback reports and various other operational insights.

After the Level 3 workshops are completed, the final assessment of eligible applicants is conducted via an online Viva.

“Hockey India is returning this year with Online Workshops for Online Referees, following the immense success of these sessions over the past two years. “Refereeing is of equal importance as we hold various tournaments across the country over the coming year. We hope the sessions will also replicate the success of previous years in 2022,” said Gyanendro Ningombam, President of Hockey India, in a statement.

Selected referees would also have the opportunity to officiate as referees at Hockey India sanctioned All India Sub Junior and Junior category national tournaments and championships, and will have the opportunity to become Hockey India registered referees on the basis of an assessment made by the experienced. Hockey India has registered referee managers. (ANI)

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Sundown Solutions collaborates with In4 Group’s Skills City bootcamps


Hyndburn-based technology company Sundown Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Partner, is partnering with IN4 group Operation Skills City to grow its Microsoft Azure certified data analytics bootcamp, bridge the gap between education and real-world experience, and support people in technology careers.

As a recognized expert in helping businesses find large-scale digital solutions to technical problems and as an employer seeking local talent, Sundown Solutions enables data analysis bootcamp to match its training program with the necessary skills that are required in the workplace.

Led by Blackburn entrepreneur Mo Isap, Skills City has secured government funding to run Digital Skills Bootcamps from bases in Preston, Lancashire, and Media City in Salford. The programs are designed to be accessible to people from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds and directly support them in tech careers with local companies, such as Sundown Solutions. Currently, 43% of participants are women, with a target of 50% to promote gender parity in the sector.

According to a Microsoft survey, more than two-thirds (69%) of UK business leaders believe their organization currently faces a digital skills gap. Many fear that the lack of digital skills in their organization is impacting success. WorldSkills UK found that 60% of companies believe their use of advanced digital skills will increase over the next five years, while 88% of young people realize their digital skills will be essential for their careers.

Sundown Solutions CEO Heath Groves said, “Digital skills requirements are increasingly in demand and will continue to be highly sought after by employers as businesses evolve to meet future needs. We’re a technology company and we put people through intensive training ourselves, and we’re happy to work with Skills City bootcamps to provide much-needed skills training upgrade opportunities in the region. If you can match the training offered, with the needs of employers and the right mindset and attitude of the learner, we will have a strong pipeline of employable people for many years to come.

66 interns will graduate from the first Bootcamps in just twelve weeks, and we will immediately have vacancies for 10 of them. The rest will be primed and ready to start a successful career bringing up-to-date digital skills to any employer.”

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4 Group, said, “We are delighted to be working with a local tech employer like Sundown Solutions, which offers exciting entry-level opportunities so people can jump-start their digital careers. With their remarkable Microsoft and this unique employer-led approach, we are proud to help them hire highly skilled talent through our apprenticeships at Skills City and further increase equitable access to technology careers in the region. »

Sundown Solutions is a technology consultancy operating in the areas of digital transformation, software solutions, cybersecurity and cloud computing. It counts the NHS, the National Audit Office, Capita and Takeda Pharmaceuticals among its blue chip clients.

Sundown Solutions has partnered with Accrington North-based training provider Lancs Training Group (NLTG) to fill apprenticeship vacancies, Accrington and Rossendale College to fill degree apprenticeship vacancies and IN4 for vocational training vacancies. They want to make sure they recruit local people, who don’t need to have a technical background. They have vacancies. If you have the drive and determination they are looking for, apply now via www.sundownsolutions.com

Riverwest cafe owner holds Narcan trainings to fight opioid epidemic


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A Riverwest cafe now doubles as a resource in the fight against the local drug and opioid epidemic.

Since opening in January, the owner of The Daily Bird has been on a mission to help save lives. Every first Tuesday night of the month, you can learn how you could save someone’s life.

“It saved a few friends’ lives. And, you know, unfortunately, there are cases where it doesn’t,” Milwaukee resident Elliot Brown said.

On Monday evening March 1 at The Daily Bird, Chelsea from MKE Overdose Prevention taught a group Narcan and how to administer it.

Narcan, or Naloxone, is a drug used to reverse the effects of a known or suspected opioid overdose.

Drug overdose deaths are rising rapidly in Milwaukee County.

the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner‘s Office says it is tracking a 42% increase since 2020 and a 23% increase since 2021. So far this year they have confirmed 44 overdose deaths.

“We can’t get away with this,” said Dan Zwart, owner of The Daily Bird.

Zwart believes that harm reduction, not abstinence, is a more practical and compassionate approach to care.

“I want to try to put Narcan in everybody’s pocket. Try to de-stigmatize drug use,” he said.

Zwart lost his two brothers, Jason and Eric, to drug overdoses. He has been recovering for four years now.

Zwart opened the cafe two years ago and opened its current location on Center Street in December.

“Half the kids I grew up with are dead now. You know, too many people are dying. It’s dangerous,” he said.

Like others in the room on Tuesday, Sheila Johnson knows how dangerous addiction can be. She says her 24-year-old grandson overdosed twice in the past year.

“I was hysterical. I was going crazy. I dialed 911,” Johnson said.

Johnson says she used Narcan on him while waiting for paramedics.

“It doesn’t matter where you have this meeting as long as the meeting is over,” she added.

This year, the medical examiner’s office estimates 726 overdose deaths if current trends continue.

Last year, the total of deaths was 604.

On Tuesday, March 8, The Daily Bird is hosting a panel on harm reduction at 6 p.m.

Their Narcan workouts take place every first Tuesday of the month.

If you are interested in Narcan training at the Daily Bird, or any other harm reduction sessions, you can click here.

Goodwill organizes free webinars aimed at helping job seekers in their search


From Goodwill Industries of Central Florida

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida understands how difficult job hunting can be! That’s why they’re kicking off March with practical and insightful webinars to help you be more effective in your research. Landing the right job for you is possible, especially when you take the time to hone your skills. These FREE courses will help you do just that.

Although the unemployment rate remains low in Central Florida, many people are still searching for their next career opportunity, making Goodwill’s job connection services more important than ever to the community. Employment specialists worked virtually with job seekers to update resumes, practice interviewing and apply for vacancies online. Upcoming free webinars are available on the Goodwill website.

March 3 – Preparing a professional resume

On Thursday, March 3, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida’s Virtual Job Connection Team will partner with Indeed to host a free webinar for job seekers. The virtual session will teach attendees how to properly format a resume, as well as the search keywords hiring managers search for.

Date and hour : Tuesday March 3, at 1 p.m.

Registration: Interested participants should pre-register by visiting https://bit.ly/3JGlBHS.

March 8 – Effective Job Search Techniques

On Tuesday, March 8, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida’s virtual Job Connection team will host a free webinar for job seekers on effective job search techniques. This virtual course will teach participants how to navigate by exploring potential vacancies that match their skills and interests, including keywords to search for. The session will also focus on how to avoid the most common research mistakes.

Date and hour : Tuesday March 8 at 1 p.m.

Registration: Interested participants should pre-register by visiting https://bit.ly/3paNfoH.

March 15 – Explore career moves that match experience and interests

On Tuesday, March 15, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida’s Virtual Job Connection Team will host a free webinar for job seekers who want to explore a new career path. This virtual course will offer tips for finding job opportunities that match experience, education, interests and values.

Date and hour :Tuesday March 15 at 1 p.m.

Registration: Interested participants should pre-register by visiting https://bit.ly/3p6HjgA.

March 16 – How to seal or erase a criminal record

On Wednesday, March 16, the Goodwill Industries of Central Florida Virtual Employment Connection Team will be partnering with Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, Inc. to host a free webinar on sealing and debarment. This virtual session will guide participants through the process of sealing or removing a criminal record on their own, including eligibility requirements. Research has shown that alleviating the stigma associated with a criminal record leads to better outcomes when looking for a job.

Date and hour :Tuesday March 16 at 1 p.m.

Registration: Interested participants should pre-register by visiting https://bit.ly/3FTeydm.

March 22 – Tips to prepare for a successful interview

On Tuesday, March 22, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida’s virtual Job Connection team will host a free webinar for job seekers on how to prepare for a successful interview. This virtual course will teach participants how to answer common interview questions and leave a good impression. The session will also focus on how to avoid the most common maintenance mistakes.

Date and hour :Tuesday March 22 at 1 p.m.

Registration: Interested participants should pre-register by visiting https://bit.ly/3LUw1pi.

Anyone needing help can email [email protected] or call (407) 235-1541.

For more than 60 years, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has provided career and job placement services to tens of thousands of people living in Central Florida. Through 30 retail stores/outlets and 20 Donation Xpress locations in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Volusia counties, Goodwill diverts 16 million pounds of clothing and household items from landfills annually. Goodwill Industries of Central Florida channels more than 90% of its annual revenue directly into programs that enable individuals to obtain meaningful employment, achieve personal goals and prosper economically.

Three mandatory trainings must be completed this term


King County Executive Branch employees must complete three mandatory trainings by early April 2022:

  • Harassment prevention for employees: complete by March 30, 2022
  • King County Immigrant and Refugee Ordinance: complete by April 1, 2022
  • cyber security: complete by March 31, 2022.

For employees assigned to courses as part of New Employee Orientation, the due dates are 90 days after your date of hire rather than the dates listed above.

To find both the Harassment prevention for employees and Immigrants and Refugees Ordinance courses, access your KC eLearning NEOGOV Learn dashboard. To see your completed courses, click on Training so what See the course transcript (see below):

If you have not yet completed either course, you will find a direct link to the course on the first page of your Dashboardunder your Tasks (see below):

To find the Cybersecurity traininggo to training.knowbe4.com and click on Training Where Go to training (see below). You may be asked to sign in with your King County email address:

Employees who do not have regular access to a computer will be provided with alternate instructions and timelines for completing these trainings.

Employees will be paid for the time they spend on these trainings and supervisors will work to fit them into schedules. If you have any questions, please speak to your supervisor.

Thank you for helping us provide a work experience based on mutual trust and respect, fairness, inclusion and opportunity, where every employee can perform at their best and do their best.

The Recorder – GCC partners with Upright Education to offer technology and software bootcamps


Posted: 02/27/2022 17:00:38

Modified: 02/27/2022 17:00:11

GREENFIELD – Greenfield Community College announced a partnership with Upright Education to offer bootcamps for learning new technology skills including software development, user interface (UI) and user experience design (UX) ).

“We are delighted that GCC is partnering with Upright to provide intensive training in software development and UI/UX design,” GCC Acting President Richard Hopper said in a statement. “These industry-recognized skills and certifications are in high demand and are an ideal route to self-employment from home. Together, we work to ensure people in our area are career ready, helping to make Greenfield and surrounding areas a hub for career technology training.

Interested participants can attend a virtual briefing on March 9 at noon. Register on bit.ly/3BM01zc.

The new partnership will be delivered through GCC’s Workforce Development Office, according to a GCC press release. Participants can attend programs virtually and complete them in as little as 10 weeks. Start dates are available online at bootcamp.gcc.mass.edu.

Upright Education CEO Benny Boas said he got in touch with Hopper through a Vermont contact at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Hopper “has serious vision,” Boas said. “When you tell someone about your program or your products, it’s very clear right away if they understand. Rick was one of those people who really saw the opportunity and the vision for the program quickly.

Although bootcamps have been around for a few years through Boas’ company Burlington Code Academy, colleges started reaching out around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, looking to form a partnership. From this interest was born the beginning of standing education.

“Adult learners are the emerging student populations that need attention in higher education, simply because so many adults are trying to change careers,” Boas said.

The needs of employers also change regularly, he added.

“This is a huge opportunity for colleges,” Boas said. “The idea is that you build a lifelong learner. Adults today still need to go back to school. The colleges will have to serve a new purpose. That’s sort of the kind of relationship we’re trying to establish with these schools.

Upright Education not only offers technology and software development bootcamps, it also offers professional support. He noted that the bootcamps are not limited to GCC students, but can be viewed by anyone 18 or older.

According to Boas, the type of program he offers through Upright Education will be the first of its kind in Western Massachusetts — typically, he said, tech startup campuses are primarily available in major metropolitan areas.

“Our goal is not just to be in the big cities,” he said. “GCC is leading the way for this to happen on the East Coast.”

A list of bootcamps is available at bootcamp.gcc.mass.edu.

Journalist Mary Byrne can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne

UNDP and Jazz Conclude Second Cohort of SDG Bootcamps


KARACHI: UNDP Pakistan and Jazz have concluded the second cohort of SDG Bootcamps on the themes of education, health, climate change and digital transformation, according to a statement.

Four social enterprises emerged victorious while 131 social enterprises, including 42 women-led initiatives, participated in the second cohort, implemented by the School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF).

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Pakistan Resident Representative Knut Ostby said, “It is truly inspiring to see young people, especially young women, opting for social entrepreneurship as a viable career option. UNDP-Jazz SDG Bootcamps help aspiring entrepreneurs navigate and develop business models.

“Improving the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan will not only empower the country’s youth, but will also contribute to the achievement of Pakistan’s SDG targets,” he added.

Syed Fakhar Ahmed, Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer of Jazz, said, “I would like to congratulate the winners and I am confident that the knowledge gained from the bootcamps will help social enterprises grow their businesses.

“We look forward to the next cohorts that will empower young people, especially from rural areas, to have a positive impact on society,” he added.

Cohort winners included Sindh’s Bechlo.pk, a multi-vendor app store created for and by women to sell new and favorite products online; Sindh’s Perwaz, a healthcare company that provides drone services to deliver medical aid; Sindh’s Crop Care, a mobile app that helps farmers detect crop diseases and recommends solutions; and Edibles from Punjab, which strives to reduce single-use plastic cutlery by introducing sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.

This second round of bootcamps also included a regional bootcamp in Islamabad with a total of 25 social enterprises, including participants from Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Malook Enterprise won the regional bootcamp. The company creates income opportunities for communities in Gilgit Baltistan by harvesting and selling local organic products, such as herbs, dried fruits, vegetables, etc.

The winner of the national bootcamp will have the opportunity to join Youth Co:Lab, the largest social entrepreneurship movement for young people in Asia and the Pacific, co-created by UNDP and the Citi Foundation, as well as access Jazz mentoring opportunities.

Create information resources and training for agricultural workers serving community health workers


This article was originally published here

J Med Libr Assoc. 2022 Jan 1;110(1):113-118. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2022.1272.


BACKGROUND: Community health workers serving farmers have limited access to farmer health research findings, training and educational resources. With funding from the National Library of Medicine, we are working to improve the health information literacy of community health workers and agricultural workers. We conducted focus group discussions with community health workers to explore their experiences with agricultural worker health education and information, their information-seeking behaviors, and their technology and information needs. information. The focus group data provided insight into key areas where community health workers would like to benefit from professional development.

CASE PRESENTATION: Our team, which includes health science librarians, has developed a list of resources containing agricultural worker health educational materials, videos to increase the skills of community health workers in finding information about eHealth and webinars to introduce these resources to community health workers. The videos, available in Spanish and English, included instructions on finding and evaluating health information online, accessing trusted sources of consumer health information online, and tips for advanced searches for Google and PubMed. Through three webinars, we introduced the resource list, videos, and design software to create materials and infographics to community health workers.

CONCLUSIONS: Community health workers play a critical role in providing health education and information to agricultural workers, and our efforts represent a first step in addressing community health workers’ limited access to professional development. Health sciences librarians are well placed to partner with interdisciplinary teams working to reduce health disparities and provide resources and training to community health workers, agricultural workers and other communities underserved.

PMID:35210971 | PMC:PMC8830404 | DOI:10.5195/jmla.2022.1272

Changing Our Industry – The PropTech Group Hosts Webinars…


PropTech provider tmgroup will host a six-part webinar series titled Achieving Change: Think Tomorrow, act today.

The webinars – from related companies mio, tmgroup and Conveyancing Data Services – will invite real estate industry experts to share their wish lists for driving positive change.

Sessions will cover everything from collaboration and process improvements to staff retention strategies, and speakers will include former Realtor Today contributor James Dearsley of Uniissu; Rebecca Kibby of Foot Anstey law firm; Charlotte Jeffrey-Campbell of The Able Agent training service; Rob Hailstone who heads the Bold Legal Group; and Eddie Davies of HM Land Registry.


The first webinar will take place on March 24 and the series will continue until October.

tmgroup Managing Director Joe Pepper said: “Since its inception in the midst of lockdown 2020, tm:tv has gone from strength to strength as an online talk series covering key market-impacting topics. real estate – everything from market trends to future dangers of climate change. It’s fantastic to see tm:tv continue to bring together so many real estate professionals from across the industry to help bring about positive change.

You can register for the first webinar here.

Develop stronger leaders with newly added WCMA Spring Leadership Trainings


MADISON, WI – Space is available in a new line of popular leadership courses from the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), offered in virtual and hybrid formats. Details and registration for Front-Line and Next Step Leadership courses are now available at WisCheeseMakers.org/Trainings.

“Whether working in the head office or on the production floor, dairy processing employees rely on essential skills like conflict resolution and time management all day, every day,” noted Rebekah Sweeney, Senior Director of Programs and Policy, WCMA. “WCMA’s interactive trainings are a great way to create a lifelong culture of these skills and so many other important leadership skills.”

Established leaders and graduates of WCMA’s frontline or advanced leadership training programs should take advantage of the Association’s unique Next Step Leadership Course, scheduled for Thursday, March 31. Each year, Next Step Leadership combines a review of familiar concepts with new material covering a specific topic. In 2022, the class will focus on talent retention strategies. Based on feedback from WCMA members, Next Step Leadership will be offered in a hybrid format, allowing participants to join in person in Madison, Wisconsin or online from anywhere in the world.

By popular demand, WCMA has added three more frontline leadership courses to its spring 2022 offerings. These courses are for new and seasoned supervisors looking to develop their skills in communication, stress management, cultivating a team mentality, and more. Frontline leadership sessions are offered à la carte and can be taken in any order.

Frontline Leadership Part A, scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, will focus on developing essential leadership skills. On Wednesday, May 18, Part B of Frontline Leadership will provide strategies to help supervisors improve staff performance. The Spring Series concludes with Frontline Leadership Part C on Tuesday, June 14, tied to building a team. The three spring sessions will be held virtually.

WCMA members interested in attending the Spring Sessions can register at WisCheeseMakers.org/Trainings. Questions regarding WCMA educational programming can be directed to Rebekah Sweeney at [email protected] or (608) 386-3012.

WAM Theater kicks off 2022 season with free online workshops


WAM Theater has announced a series of workshops to kick off its 2022 season. Community members are invited to join the company on a journey of empowerment through creativity and education.

The first installment of WAM’s 2022 community engagement programming includes two FREE virtual workshops: Playwriting with winter sucker (In Darfur, The Penetration Play) on March 19 and Improvisation with Tatiana Godrey (Improv Cincinnati and Impro Theater LA) on March 26 and April 2.

“We hope these workshops will empower creative spaces that provide participants from all walks of life with inspiration and connection,” said Talya Kingston, Associate Artistic Director of WAM. “So often audiences can only experience the incredible work of our theater artists from the stage in a polished production. These special workshops give you the chance to experience the creative process with two of our favorite teacher artists, not to mention that are free and accessible from the comfort of your home!”

These special two-hour workshops can be supported by Zoom from the comfort of your own home and are open to everyone, regardless of experience level. Workshops should be full and registration is now open. To visit www.wamtheatre.com/workshops/ to reserve your place or to find out more. The workshops are free for all participants. Donations to WAM Theater’s community engagement programs are welcome.

“These workshops are the perfect opportunity to put your creativity first,” said Tatiana Godfrey, WAM playwright as well as co-artistic director of Impro Theatre. “Join us for a few hours to focus on the free expression of your imagination.”

Drama writing with winter sucker

Saturday March 19, 2-4 p.m.

Writing strong characters with authentic dialogue is a craft, but it starts with being able to listen and observe. Generally, we are our own biggest obstacles – fear of not knowing, fear of being wrong, fear of committing to something. For two hours, award-winning playwright winter sucker guide you through a series of inspirational writing prompts. “Storytelling is how we all connect with each other; you can fall in love with another human in an instant,” Miller said. “I think teaching is like that; people in a room get to feel our collective humanity. We’re all here to tell a story that burns a hole in our pocket, and at one point or another , we are all scared or stuck, but we persist. I respect the desire to create in all of us. I am thrilled to partner with WAM. The work and mission of this company is aligned with social justice and storytelling .

Improvisation with Tatiana Godfrey

Saturday March 26, 2-4 p.m. SOLD OUT!
Saturday April 2, 2-4 p.m.

Improvisation is the art of making up stories in the moment. Tatiana Godfrey, co-artistic director of Impro and playwright of the WAM company, will guide you through theater and improvisational games to create stories. Participants will practice engaging with their ideas, listening deeply, sharing space fairly and having fun. WAM Theater audiences know Tatiana Godfrey as our Company Playwright (ROE, Kamloopa), but she is also the Co-Artistic Director of the Impro Theater Company in Los Angeles. with considerable experience as an improvisation teacher and performer.winter sucker is an award-winning playwright, journalist and educator who WAM audiences may remember from In Darfur (2014) or Colored (presented by WAM Theatre, as one of six short plays in Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon , Race and Privilege). “For the improv workshops, I love the bear fighting analogy,” Tatiana said. “Any naturalist would tell you, not only do they have fun playing with their fellow bear cubs, but they also learn important skills for survival. This workshop is like playing with other bears. fun and you will have the chance to practice some useful social and business skills.”WAM Theater’s 2022 season of performances and additional community engagement programming will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit wamtheatre.com

Free webinars scheduled for February 26 include education on native land management, advice on insects and diseases, and preparing trees for climate change.


The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington State University Extension Forestry Program are teaming up to bring the Landowner Winter School courses online again. forests this year, offering more than 20 free, expert-led courses for people to learn about their forests. , from climate change to wildlife habitat to insects and disease.

The Winter School program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 26 via Zoom. Although conducted remotely, many courses will be tailored specifically to the different needs of landowners east and west of the Cascades. The family event offers courses suitable for new forest owners and people whose families have owned their land for generations.

Class topics include how to increase tree resilience, current forest health issues, integration of agriculture and forestry, wildlife habitat enhancement, native land management in the north- Western Pacific, and more.

The online winter school will consist of five 50-minute sessions, during which you can choose from a variety of topics. Participants will be able to ask questions and interact with instructors and panelists via chat as the lessons progress. A virtual lunch break is also planned to allow participants to get to know each other and discuss common interests in an informal setting.

Registrants will receive a final schedule a few days before the event so they can plan which sessions to attend live.

Anyone interested in participating should register even if they cannot view the live sessions. Registered attendees will receive links to session recordings. This will also allow users to see all sessions they are interested in, even if they are scheduled for the same time slot.

For more information about the event, including a full list of topics, and to register, go to https://forestry.wsu.edu/webinars/onlinews.

This program is made possible in part through financial support from Washington State University, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Island County, King Conservation District, King, Lewis County, Pacific County, Pierce County, San Juan County, Skagit County, Stevens County. , Snohomish Conservation District, Snohomish County Surface Water Management, USDA Forest Service, and Renewable Resources Extension Act.

Extension programs and employment are accessible to all without discrimination. Evidence of non-compliance can be reported through your local extension office.

Webinars help dairy farmers improve farm safety | farm online


Navigating the ever-changing COVID-19 workplace policies and conducting business risk assessments will be covered in an upcoming farm safety webinar.

Hosted by Subtropical Dairy, the webinar follows a series including training on chemicals, water and effluent safety, working at heights and in confined spaces, tractor, quad and motorcycle safety .

The webinars draw on Dairy Australia’s Farm Safety Handbook, providing practical advice, discussions with dairy farmers and compliance advice.

Joanna Srhoj, Regional Extension Officer for Subtropical Dairy Far North Queensland, hosts the webinars and said farmers use the forums to ask questions about their ongoing projects and issues.

“One of the Far North Queensland farmers was building an on-farm chemical storage area and was able to show webinar attendees the progress and received constructive feedback on other factors to consider” , she said.

“Entrants regularly submit photos of their own farms for feedback and group feedback.

“Everyone was actively involved in the process and Di Gresham – a Dairy Australia – People in Dairy consultant who facilitates the webinars – was able to point out some practical things that could be changed to improve safety.”

Through these webinars, Kenilworth, Qld, dairy farmers Sara and Markus Bucher have built a bank of 20 standard operating procedures, which are specific to their 400-cow Obi Obi Dairy farm.

They hope that these will soon be fully operational.

READ MORE: Investing in people is a key priority for Dairy Australia

Ms Bucher said working with Dairy Australia’s Farm Safety Handbook has streamlined Obi Obi Dairy’s safety procedures and allowed them to broaden their farm safety research with industry-specific information.

“Farm safety is such a huge job it can almost be overwhelming,” she said.

“The workshops offered a sensible, structured, step-by-step approach.

“It covered 14 main on-farm risk areas, which are well described on the People in Dairy website.

“My previous research revealed these risk areas, but after taking the Subtropical Dairy workshops, I no longer had to adapt them to dairy farming.

“For example, I was no longer taking a construction document and adapting it to dairy products.

“From the start of the workshops, we had a dairy farming document to work on that I could adapt to my farm and my team.

“It accelerated the improvement of our security system.”

READ MORE: Gippsland dairy farmers focus on keeping kids safe on the farm

Subtropical Dairy is one of eight regional teams established by Dairy Australia to drive innovation, research, extension and promotion in northern New South Wales and Queensland.

It delivered $1 million worth of projects to improve the profitability and sustainability of dairy farms in 2020-2021.

Subtropical Dairy receives most of its funding from Dairy Australia and the Dairy Services Levy.

For information on upcoming webinars, contact Subtropical Dairy at [email protected]

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Virtual Problem Gambling Prevention and QPR Gatekeeper Trainings | Community


The Tillamook Family Counseling Center is pleased to announce that in March it will be offering community members two virtual prevention education events.

Both events include a Question, Persuasion and Refer Gatekeeper training and an Introduction to Problem Gambling Prevention presentation.

Question Persuade Refer Gatekeeper Training:

QPR Gatekeeper training will be presented virtually via the Zoom platform on March 11and, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This training is a community-based mental health intervention that has been listed on SAMSHA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices as Effective Suicide Prevention Training. This training has been designed to benefit all adults, including: parents, teachers, employers, healthcare staff and care staff. This training will be offered free of charge to the participant (registration for this training will be limited to 20 participants who reside or work in Tillamook County).

Presentation on problem gambling prevention:

The Introduction to Problem Gambling Prevention presentation will be presented by the Tillamook Family Counseling Center in partnership with Northwest Parenting. This presentation will be presented virtually using the Zoom platform on March 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Participants who attend this training will learn about: problem gambling, the continuum of gambling behaviors, the impacts of problem gambling, problem gambling prevention strategies and useful resources. This training has been designed to be beneficial for parents, guardians or other caring adults. This training is offered free of charge to 20 participants who live or work in Tillamook, Clatsop or Columbia counties.

If you would like to register for either event, please contact Janeane Krongos at [email protected] or call me at (503) 842-8201 ext #270.

SBC webinars: online operators can turn to land-based incumbents for advice on GR

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As the online gambling and sports betting market in the United States continues to legalize and grow, the importance and need for responsible gambling strategies should be on the minds of all incumbents, with Chris SorianoVice President, Chief Compliance Officer, Penn National gamesemphasizing that there is much to learn from land operations.

Soriano shared his thoughts on responsible gaming duties in the latest SBC webinar, titled “Responsibility in Gaming – The Biggest Obstacle to Online Gaming Regulation in the United States,” which was sponsored by Jumio.

He said: “A good place to pull experience is the onshore experience that US carriers have had, and what we’ve learned about the importance of working with regulators to ensure that a customer who wants to self-exclude on the side of the earthly foundation can easily do so.

“As an industry, that ground-based experience is there and a lot of the lessons we learn there can easily be brought to underscore the need to ensure the message around responsible gaming is prominently featured at a property.”

Opening the panel, experts were asked about the significance of the timeliness of events like the Super Bowl and how they can be used to promote responsible gambling tools.

Tracy ParkerDirector of Standards and Accreditation at the Responsible Gaming Council (RGC)described it as presenting “a great opportunity”, as the RGC sought to use the Big Game to get their message across.

According to Parker, events like the Super Bowl can also be beneficial for casual and recreational play. She noted that when talking about responsible gambling, operators and regulators are actually talking about problem gambling, and they focus on a small group of gamblers who experience significant harm.

However, there are responsible gaming needs across the spectrum of gamers, and with so many eyes on the Super Bowl, the increased number of gamers provides a great opportunity to remind new gamers and casual gamers alike of the responsible gambling.

Next, guests were asked about the importance of introducing responsible gambling messaging and tools to American bettors who are betting on sports for the first time.

caroline renzinDirector of Risks and Compliance, FanDuelnoted, “One of the interesting parts of the journey they’re all on, as we learn here, is balancing the responsibility of players using the tools provided to them as options, and liability of operators proactively set limits and enforce regulatory requirements?

“And before operators are inclined to demand something, further research is needed because we want to be sure we know why we are demanding something. There’s a lot of talk about forcing this and forcing that, but I think we’re not there yet, partly because we don’t have the research to prove to us that it will solve the problem at hand. We have a lot of work to do to understand this. »

Responding to the need to reduce problems with problem gambling, an audience member asked the panel if something like the UK’s GAMSTOP method of universally banning players from all platforms might also be possible in the States. United States, due to differences in state regulations.

Ryan Halstead, Jumio’s Vice President for North America, replied, “There is no one-size-fits-all solution. You are going to have to develop a platform, and that platform will have to be able to link multiple signals. These signals could come from GAMSTOP or other organizations.

“You are going to have the ID part, the ML part, the duty of care part, the affordability part. You are looking at a multitude of different things here.

“There should be a platform in the future where it can link different signals and be able to provide that information to game coordinators,” Halstead concluded.

You can watch the replay of the SBC webinar “”Gambling Accountability – The Biggest Obstacle to Online Gambling Regulation in the United States” by clicking on the link here.

The second cohort of SDG bootcamps ends on a high note


Islamabad: UNDP Pakistan and Jazz concluded the second cohort of SDG Bootcamps on the themes of education, health, climate change and digital transformation on a positive note.

Implemented by the School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF), the second cohort saw the participation of 131 social enterprises, including 42 led by women.

Four of them emerged victorious.

Winners included Sindh’s Bechlo.pk, a multi-vendor app store created for and by women to sell new and favorite products online; Sindh’s Perwaz, a healthcare company that provides drone services to deliver medical aid; Sindh’s Crop Care, a mobile app that helps farmers detect crop diseases and recommends solutions;

and Edibles from Punjab, which strives to reduce single-use plastic cutlery by introducing sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.

The second round of bootcamps also included a regional bootcamp in Islamabad with a total of 25 social enterprises, including participants from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Malook Enterprise won the regional bootcamp.

Social enterprise creates income opportunities for communities in Gilgit Baltistan by

harvest and sell local organic products, such as herbs, dried fruits and vegetables.

UNDP Resident Representative in Pakistan, Knut Ostby, said at the conclusion of the second cohort, “It is truly inspiring to see young people, especially young women, opting for social entrepreneurship as a viable career option. . UNDP-Jazz SDG Bootcamps help aspiring entrepreneurs navigate and develop business models. Improving the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan will not only empower the youth of the country, but also

also contribute to the achievement of Pakistan’s SDG targets.

Syed Fakhar Ahmed, Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer, Jazz, congratulated the winners and said he believed the knowledge gained from the bootcamps would help social enterprises scale their businesses.

“We look forward to the next cohorts that will empower young people, especially from rural areas, to have a positive impact on society,” he said.

The winner of the national bootcamp will have the opportunity to join Youth Co:Lab, the largest youth program

social entrepreneurship movement in Asia and the Pacific co-created by UNDP and the Citi Foundation, as well as access to mentorship opportunities by Jazz.

UNDP Pakistan and Jazz launched the SDG Bootcamp in December 2020 to promote social entrepreneurship and strengthen the start-up ecosystem in Pakistan.

As part of this, 20 bootcamps will be organized across the county to train 800 young social entrepreneurs, 50% of whom will be women, by December 2022.

Mentally Healthy Workplaces Online Workshops 2022


What you will learn at the workshop

Designed for managers and supervisors, you will be equipped with fundamental skills to identify, assess and manage psychological health and safety risks within your team. These workshops align with the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Toolkit.

Module 1 – Psychological Health and Safety

Covers an overview of:

  • psychological health and safety legislation
  • organizational data that can be monitored to assess risks to the psychological health and safety of workers
  • process of identifying and assessing psychosocial risks and factors that may affect psychological health
  • integrated model for promoting positive mental health practices, preventing psychological harm and developing control measures.

Module 2 – Early Intervention and Recovery Support

Provides supervisors and managers with a framework to:

  • recognize warning signs to support early intervention
  • have supportive conversations and identify appropriate workplace adjustments to support recovery
  • understand confidentiality and disclosure requirements
  • respond to critical and distressing events in the workplace
  • positive behavior model.

Event dates

These FREE workshops book up very quickly, so don’t wait to register! All sessions will take place online via Zoom and are strictly limited.

You can select the module you are interested in, or you can register for both modules (note that this requires two separate registrations). There are no prerequisites to participate in any of the modules, and you do not have to complete them in order.

In line

These sessions are managed using Zoom and are highly interactive and convenient. You will need a microphone, speakers and a camera.

Module 1 – Psychological Health and Safety

Module 2 – Early Intervention and Recovery Support

More information

Missed one of our Mentally Healthy Workplace Workshop Events? Add your details to our expression of interest form to receive notifications of early bird workshops.

Montgomery County to host addiction and recovery webinars


The Montgomery County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council (AODAC) is sponsoring a three-part webinar series addressing the basics of addiction and recovery pathways.

The first webinar, “What is drug addiction?” will be held February 19, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Keynote speakers will be Sara Rose, Operations Manager for DHHS Local Behavioral Health Authority & Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and Joey Zabel, Chairman of the Board of Arise and Flourish.

The second webinar, “What is Recovery?” : Paths to Recovery”, will be held on March 26, from noon to 1 p.m. LaTonia Rich, executive director of Tree of Hope, and Anne Ellis and Elizabeth Leek, members of the public relations committee for 12-Step Fellowship, will speak.

The final webinar, “AODAC and Provider Panel Q&A,” will take place on April 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The panel will consist of voting AODAAC members, Youth Ambassador Program representatives, and providers of local treatment. Participants are encouraged to save their questions for the final webinar.

AODAAC hopes the webinars will provide a pathway to recovery and disrupt the cycle of addiction for those who struggle with it, and educate others.

“The hardest part of recovery can be taking that first step on the journey,” said Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Dr. Raymond Crowel. “Sometimes trying to understand all of the services available to help with addiction can be overwhelming and get in the way of getting recovery started.”

The webinar series is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required, which residents can access online.

“We hope this webinar series can help simplify the process, clarify the robust landscape of resources available in Montgomery County, and ultimately save lives,” Crowel said.

More self-service tools with ACV, with February 23 webinars on how to


Additionally, future travel credits can be applied as payment for all bookings made online for these destinations.

New enhancements also include the ability to add a customer’s Aeroplan number to an existing reservation, as well as make special requests for traveler accommodations.

These additional tools, along with those launching in late 2021, are accessible through the ACV website and all external distribution channels, including Sirev, Galileo Vacations and Saber Vacations.

Customers can also access their bookings directly online and make changes to certain elements of their booking through the Manage Your Booking page on aircanadavacations.com.

In an effort to help agents learn about the new enhancements, ACV is hosting a trade webinar, offering the chance to win a $250 future travel credit.

The English webinar takes place on Wednesdays. February 23, 2022 at 1 p.m. EST. Agents can use this link to register for the webinar in English.

The French webinar is also scheduled for Wednesday. February 23, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. EST. Agents can use this link to register for the webinar in French.

According to ACV Vice President, Nino Montagnese: “We know the workload that comes with managing a reservation at this time, so we are looking at ways to help alleviate some of that pressure on our business partners. . To alleviate the volume of inquiries agencies receive after hours, we’re making reservations more accessible to travelers. We’re always trying to do better for our industry, and all of these new capabilities come from the feedback the business has given us.

Second Cohort of UNDP JAZZ SDG Bootcamps Concludes – Winning Startups Focus on Education, Health, Climate Change and Digital Transformation


UNDP Pakistan and Jazz conclude the second cohort of SDG Bootcamps on the themes of education, health, climate change and digital transformation. Implemented by the School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF), in the second cohort, 131 social enterprises participated, including 42 women-led initiatives. Four social enterprises emerged victorious.

Winning social enterprises included – Sindh’s Bechlo.pk, a multi-vendor app store created for and by women to sell new and pre-loved products online; Sindh’s Perwaz, a healthcare company that provides drone services to deliver medical aid; Sindh’s Crop Care, a mobile app that helps farmers detect crop diseases and recommends solutions; and Edibles from Punjab, which strives to reduce single-use plastic cutlery by introducing sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.

This second round of bootcamps also included a regional bootcamp in Islamabad with a total of 25 social enterprises, including participants from Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Malook Enterprise won the regional bootcamp. This social enterprise creates income opportunities for communities in Gilgit Baltistan by harvesting and selling local organic products, such as herbs, dried fruits, vegetables, etc.

UNDP Resident Representative in Pakistan, Mr. Knut Ostby, said at the conclusion of the second cohort, “It is truly inspiring to see young people, especially young women, opting for social entrepreneurship as a career option. viable career. UNDP-Jazz SDG Bootcamps help aspiring entrepreneurs navigate and develop business models. Improving the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan will not only empower the country’s youth, but will also contribute to the achievement of Pakistan’s SDG targets.

Mr. Syed Fakhar Ahmed, Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs at Jazz, said, “I would like to congratulate the winners and I am confident that the knowledge gained from the bootcamps will help social enterprises scale their businesses. We look forward to future cohorts that will empower young people, especially from rural areas, to have a positive impact on society. »

The winner of the national bootcamp will have the opportunity to join Youth Co:Lab, the largest social entrepreneurship movement for young people in Asia and the Pacific co-created by UNDP and the Citi Foundation, as well as access to Jazz mentorship opportunities.

Jazz and UNDP Pakistan spear the SDG Bootcamp in December 2020 to promote social entrepreneurship and strengthen the start-up ecosystem in Pakistan. As part of this, 20 bootcamps will be organized across the county to train 800 young social entrepreneurs, 50% of whom will be women, by December 2022.

UNDP is the leading UN organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality and climate change. Working with our vast network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations build integrated and sustainable solutions for people and planet.

Jazz is Pakistan’s leading 4G operator and a leading digital service provider with over 72 million subscribers, including 34.5 million 4G users. By providing the broadest portfolio of value-added digital services, Jazz continues to be the undisputed telecommunications leader in the country. www.jazz.com.pk

Save the essentials – FE News


If you are a Designated Backup Agent, we encourage you to book for both sessions. You can do it at a discounted rate below.

Workshop 1: Backup essentials

We’re excited to team up with our friends at Psych-Logical to host a one-day interactive online workshop for those new to protection or those looking for an annual refresher. The day is designed to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of those working with young people and adults in the FE and skills sector.

Taking place on Wednesday April 20 (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)the session will equip you with:

  • The ability to identify a range of issues that may represent a backup concern both virtual and face-to-face
  • An understanding of key protection terminology and legislation for the protection of young people and adults
  • Explore values-driven behavior and how it creates a strong organizational safeguard culture
  • Increased knowledge, skills and confidence to deal with a range of backup issues

the agenda for the day can be viewed here.

You will have the opportunity to apply your learning from the session to a variety of self-generated scenarios, while receiving support and coaching from our colleagues at Psych-Logical.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in group discussions and share best practices within the industry.

You can book this workshop for £195 +VAT.
If you have multiple employees who could benefit from this, contact us and we’ll advise you on the most cost-effective way to access support.

Workshop 2: Designated Safeguard Agent

This second one-day interactive workshop is ideal for those new to the Designated Safeguarding Officer role or those looking to retrain. The session will cover both virtual and face-to-face environments and equip officers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to address a variety of protection concerns.

Taking place on Wednesday, May 4 (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)the workshop will focus on:

  • The role and responsibilities of the designated backup manager and other key personnel
  • Create and manage backup systems
  • Barriers to effective organizational backup processes, how to overcome them and create a backup culture
  • Identify, assess and mitigate risks
  • Design and develop high-level policies and procedures for virtual and face-to-face delivery

As with the first workshop, you will have the opportunity to apply your learning from the session to a variety of self-generated scenarios, while receiving support and coaching from the workshop facilitators.

After the session, you will receive an invite to Psych-Logical’s Designated Protective Officer Forum – giving you the chance to network and share your practices with other officers. Plus a certificate of attendance.

You can book this workshop for £195 +VAT – However, as a designated backup agent, we encourage you to book for both sessions. You can do it below at a discounted rate of £295 +VAT.

Facilitators and speakers

Led by Louise Willis-Keeler, these sessions will be facilitated by protective and behavioral specialists from Psych-Logical. Psych-Logical works with government, educational providers and others to prevent mental health in children and young people, and works closely with educational providers as they offer support and training to young people at a distance.

Why SDN?

SDN works with partners, such as mesma and Psychological bring together high-level specialists to support the FE and skills sector. We’ve worked with 1,000 training providers and over 5,000 practitioners over the past few years, enabling us to share practical information and help you take action.

Price and payment

To save costs, payment for the webinar series must be made online by credit card (book below). If you are a local authority and cannot book by card, please email us at: [email protected]

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions (including our refund policy) for SDN events and webinars are available here. When you make a reservation, you accept these Terms and Conditions (including those requesting a reservation by e-mail and invoice)

If you have any questions, please email the SDN Events Team: [email protected]

The second cohort of UNDP JAZZ SDG Bootcamps ends


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: UNDP Pakistan and Jazz conclude the second cohort of SDG Bootcamps on the themes of education, health, climate change and digital transformation.

Implemented by the School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF), in the second cohort, 131 social enterprises participated, including 42 women-led initiatives. Four social enterprises emerged victorious.

Winning social enterprises included – Sindh’s Bechlo.pk, a multi-vendor app store created for and by women to sell new and pre-loved products online; Sindh’s Perwaz, a healthcare company that provides drone services to deliver medical aid; Sindh’s Crop Care, a mobile app that helps farmers detect crop diseases and recommends solutions; and Edibles from Punjab, which strives to reduce single-use plastic cutlery by introducing sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.

This second round of bootcamps also included a regional bootcamp in Islamabad with a total of 25 social enterprises, including participants from Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Malook Enterprise won the regional bootcamp. This social enterprise creates income opportunities for communities in Gilgit Baltistan by harvesting and selling local organic products, such as herbs, dried fruits, vegetables, etc.

UNDP Resident Representative in Pakistan, Mr. Knut Ostby, said at the conclusion of the second cohort, “It is truly inspiring to see young people, especially young women, opting for social entrepreneurship as a career option. viable career. UNDP-Jazz SDG Bootcamps help aspiring entrepreneurs navigate and develop business models. Improving the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan will not only empower the country’s youth, but will also contribute to the achievement of Pakistan’s SDG targets.

Mr. Syed Fakhar Ahmed, Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs at Jazz, said, “I would like to congratulate the winners and I am confident that the knowledge gained from the bootcamps will help social enterprises scale their businesses. We look forward to future cohorts that will empower young people, especially from rural areas, to have a positive impact on society. »

The winner of the national bootcamp will have the opportunity to join Youth Co:Lab, the largest social entrepreneurship movement for young people in Asia and the Pacific co-created by UNDP and the Citi Foundation, as well as access to Jazz mentorship opportunities.

Jazz and UNDP Pakistan launched the SDG Bootcamp in December 2020 to promote social entrepreneurship and strengthen the start-up ecosystem in Pakistan. As part of this, 20 bootcamps will be organized across the county to train 800 young social entrepreneurs, 50% of whom will be women, by December 2022.

Virbac launches webinars to support the dental health of dogs and cats


animal health

Virbac has set up online dental training for hostesses to help them promote the importance of animal oral health. It was developed on the assumption that people at the front of the veterinary clinic have a lot of interaction with pet owners before and after appointments, which provides a great opportunity to discuss oral health. -dental of their animal.

Gum disease affects about four in five dogs and one in seven cats by the age of three, making it the most common disease in animals.

“The goal of the webinars is to give receptionists the confidence to proactively discuss dental care with customers.”

Virbac produced three online conferences addressing dental health from different angles. They achieved this in collaboration with the BVRA (British Veterinary Receptionist Association).

First video: examines gum disease, its phases and the imperative nature of dental health.

Video 2: Discusses active and passive home care for oral health, as well as what treatments are available and when they should be explored.

Video 3: Communicating with pet owners and how to deal with frequent complaints like “brushing is too difficult”.

Virbac’s product manager, Dan Johnson, explained that “the aim of the webinars is to give receptionists the confidence to proactively discuss dental care with customers. The impact of periodontal disease can be severe, both locally and systemically, and practices can see real benefit in investing in their reception teams.

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Webinars for LabArchives, essential e-lab notebook


By Daureen Nesdill, Campus Administrator for LabArchives

Researchers from most colleges on campus have integrated Laboratory archives in their research programs. Cores and undergraduates with senior projects also use LabArchives for good reason; you can save all documents, protocols, data and more in one place and access them from anywhere at any time.

If you are unfamiliar with LabArchives and want to improve your use of the platform, we offer a series of webinars.

LabArchives provides a secured platform to save and save your work – it is HIPAA and NIST 800-171 compliant and the storage space is unlimited. LabArchives is designed for collaboration within a research group and between research groups. Being online and collaborative has helped scientists continue their research during this pandemic.

I’m impressed that LA is a new and better way to manage lab records. Also, after many, many years in the lab (about 60 years and millions of notebooks), I suspect this will become the norm

– Gerald J. Gleich MD, Dermatology

LabArchives is especially useful in my group because it helps keep everything together even after the group members graduate and leave. With ongoing projects and several graduate and undergraduate research students working on them, this is very important and valuable. And, it’s a touch of comfort to know that even if a student drops their computer down the stairs or leaves their research notebook in an airport (which happened to me in real life), their data, codes and other important information will still be there.

-Cynthia Furse Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering

To learn more about LabArchives, we offer a series of webinars led by Daureen Nesdill, Campus Administrator for Labarchives and Linda Cubias, Enterprise Success Manager at LabArchives. We invite you to register for one or all of the webinars listed below

Tuesday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m.

An Introduction to U’s ELN, LabArchives

For new users who need help with the basics or current users who need a refresher on how to create notebooks, add and manage your data, block access controls -notes, collaboration tools and export options.

Register now

Thursday, February 24 at 10 a.m.

LabArchives for Researchers – Notebook Setup Overview Session

The LabArchives Research Notebook starts as a blank slate that is meant to be flexible so you can customize the structure to complement current workflows. Join this session for a closer look at how you can use our built-in layouts or set up a notebook using other popular structures, including: project and grant-based notebooks, individual researcher-based notes, date-based notebooks, or team and corporate notebooks to manage shared documents for reference.

Register now

Friday, February 25 at 11 a.m.

LabArchives for Advanced Users – Using Widgets and Notebook Template Integrations

For anyone who wants to know how to use templates and widgets to create reusable content to standardize notebook data collection and entry. Most importantly, we’ll clarify the differences between the two and discuss when it might be appropriate to use one over the other. We’ll also cover several key integration partners and how these resources can be used in LabArchives, including SnapGene and GraphPad Prism.

Register now

Monday, February 28 at 12 p.m.

An introduction to the University’s ELN, LabArchives

For new users who need help with the basics or current users who need a refresher on how to create notebooks, add and manage your data, block access controls -notes, collaboration tools and export options.

Register now

Tuesday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Improve data management and reproducibility with LabArchives

Learn about the benefits LabArchives offers researchers and how it can easily be integrated into your research data management toolkit. Topics covered include:

  • Establish data management policies
  • Notebook Structure and Research Workflows
  • Audit trail, revision history and version control
  • Access controls
  • Page signature and testimonial
  • Creating templates and copying content
  • Collaborate internally and externally

Register now

Thursday, March 3 at 10 a.m.

LabArchives solutions for working with code

Join this session to learn how you can use LabArchives to efficiently manage code, scripts, and output datasets. LabArchives’ secure electronic notebook supports uploading of all file formats and also integrates with Jupyter notebooks. The ability to link to raw data stored outside of LabArchives is available and you can also easily create data dictionaries, post notes, observations, comments and conclusions in the notebook. The notebook is also searchable, making it easy to locate content when you need it.

Register now

Friday, March 4 at 12 p.m.

LabArchives Solutions for Clinical Researchers

Join this session to learn how you can use LabArchives to effectively manage your clinical research data. LabArchives’ secure and HIPAA-compliant notebook features a flexible and customizable structure, supports uploading of all file formats, and provides the ability to create custom forms and templates to accurately and consistently enter data into the whole notepad. Tools are also provided to facilitate collaboration and content sharing.

Register now

Addison Public Library is offering special online workshops for job seekers in February and March


After winning a grant from the State Library of Illinois in 2021, Addison Public Library will use the grant to bring back its Getting Addison Back to Work program, a series of free workshops for job seekers.

Getting Addison Back to Work was originally launched in September 2020 and was supported by a grant from Google and the Public Library Association. Participants could take virtual workshops on topics such as resume preparation and remote collaboration to help them gain the skills needed to find a job.

“Getting Addison back to work was the first set of virtual jobs we had done. We were still in the early days of the pandemic, so we weren’t sure how it would go,” said business services specialist Lesley Cyrier. . “We just knew that with unemployment rising and the job market changing dramatically, we needed to provide resources in a way that would be accessible to as many people as possible.”

In 2022, Getting Addison Back to Work returns to the Addison Public Library through the Bounce Back From the Pandemic Grant from the Illinois State Library, which was developed to help libraries provide resources and essential services for job seekers. Like the first series, the 2022 series will consist of five online workshops designed to help job seekers learn the skills they need to successfully find and start a new job.

“In the original series, over 30 people attended our live programs, and to this day, recorded content (from Getting Addison Back to Work events) continues to be popular on our YouTube channel,” Cyrier said. “While we regularly offer job search programs each month, we are thrilled to be able to bring back this series of special events for our local job seekers.”

The Getting Addison Back to Work series begins with a kick-off celebration on Sunday, February 20, from 1-3 p.m., where attendees can get a free photo for their LinkedIn profiles, meet community partners who provide services to job seekers and learn more about Addison’s upcoming return to work workshops.


The series will include the following workshops, which are free and open to everyone. Registration is mandatory.

• Job search like a pro: resuming on Tuesday, February 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Zoom.

• The 5 types of letters that every job seeker should prepare on Tuesday March 1 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Zoom.

• Job Search Like a Pro: Interview on Thursday March 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Zoom.

• Job Search Strategies during The Great Resignation on Tuesday, March 15, 10-11 a.m. on Zoom.

• Job Search Like a Pro: LinkedIn on Monday March 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Zoom.

The Addison Public Library will also use grants to purchase 5 packs of laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots, as well as light rings, for the library’s collection. Those attending the launch celebration on February 20 will have the first opportunity to check out the new laptops, hotspots, and light rings before they’re available to all Addison Public Library cardholders. Cyrier is looking forward to having more technology to offer the community after the digital divide has been made very clear by the pandemic.

“Before March 2020 we were circulating hotspots, but in the summer of 2020 we added packages that included hotspots and laptops and they’ve been checked almost constantly ever since,” Cyrier said. “We’re excited to have more laptop hotspot sets available, and with Light Rings, we can help our customers make their virtual interactions a cut above the rest.”

In the 2020 Library Community Survey, 1 in 5 respondents said they needed help starting a career, and 3 in 5 said they felt the library should provide employment resources for residents. Cyrier hopes the return of the Getting Addison Back to Work series, along with the new items purchased with the grant, will help job seekers get what they need in today’s job market.

“We know our community wants to see the library support Addison’s economic well-being with educational opportunities like this, and so we hope that between improving access to technology and providing workshops for job seekers, we will be able to bridge part of the digital divide and support our job seekers as they seek new opportunities,” said Cyrier.

The Addison Public Library is located at 4 Friendship Plaza. For more information on Addison’s return to work or to register for workshops, visit addisonlibrary.org/addison-works.

For more information on services for job seekers at the library, visit addisonlibrary.org/services or contact Business Services Specialist Lesley Cyrier at (630) 458-3304 or [email protected]

University of California Offers Free Addiction Conference Webinars | Local News


The University of California, Pennsylvania will be presenting free webinars as part of the “Addictions Conference 2021-2022: Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery Across the Lifespan” throughout February.

The webinars are hosted by Cal U.’s Social Work and Counselor Education Programs and are part of a three-year, $1.3 million Workforce Expansion Program grant. opioid health resource and service administration.

Registration is mandatory. Continuing education credits are available.

The dates and topics of the sessions are:

not Methamphetamine use in PA: separating facts and myths, Feb. 15, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants will learn how to recognize methamphetamine use in the populations they serve and how to implement evidence-based treatment interventions.

Registration is available at shorturl.at/cegCR.

not Attune, Affirm, Advocate: Helping LGBTQ people diagnosed with substance use disorders, February 18, noon to 1 p.m.

This session will discuss the use of LGBTQ affirmation skills and techniques to provide treatment for LGBTQ people diagnosed with substance use disorders.

Participants will learn how to adapt to LGBTQ-specific concerns and knowledge, practice affirmation of care effectively, and advocate for LGBTQ clients within their profession and community.

Registration is available at shorturl.at/chCFW.

not Treating older people with substance use disorders, February 22, 3 to 4 p.m.

The number of older adults with substance use disorders is increasing. This session will teach participants about the systems impacting older adults, common screening tools, treatment options, and medications commonly used in this population.

Registration is available at shorturl.at/bqGY6.

not The goals you set for yourself – Create your own personal care plan, February 25, noon to 1 p.m.

This webinar will teach attendees about various aspects of self-care, self-care techniques and opportunities, and create the foundation for your own self-care plan.

Registration is available at shorturl.at/htD16.

Welland Public Library is offering graffiti and beatboxing bootcamps as part of its virtual March Break programming


The Welland Public Library (WPL) has many fun and interactive virtual activities to offer during March Break.

Daniella Liebregts-Hamilton, programming and outreach manager at the Welland Public Library, said there are activities for younger and older children.

Liebregts-Hamilton said the library has partnered with the City of Welland to offer a graffiti art boot camp and a beatbox boot camp for ages nine and up.

She said the programs are offered by an organization in Toronto.

Families will also be able to learn many new hula hoop moves. They’ll be back to watch Kiki, Totally Hoop-rageous! on the Library’s Facebook page. This is presented in partnership with the Seaway Mall.

A local author, Danielle Myrie, will share her first children’s book “I Am Beautiful: Beautiful Me” on March 15 from 1 p.m.

Liebregts-Hamilton noted that there are also programs for teenagers. There is a virtual escape room. She said it was a continuation of a previous escape room that had proven popular.

“Whether you’ve done it before, if it’s your first time doing it, you’ll always enjoy it and it’s on our Facebook page,” she said.

There is also a painting activity for 11 to 16 year olds where people can paint together virtually. There are kits available to pick up.

She said the Kiwanis Club of Welland helps support the programming.

“It’s because of their support that we can deliver programs like the Toronto Zoo or the various guests that come. Thanks to their support, we are able to offer free and inexpensive programs.

She said there were lots of different activities available. People should check the full list to make sure they don’t miss one.

Registration for March Break programs begins Tuesday, February 15.

All programs require registration unless otherwise specified.

Liebregts-Hamilton said some programs will fill out or have other limitations.

Register online at www.wellandlibrary.ca or call 905-734-6210.

For a complete list of the library’s March Break activities, visit their website.

OPI Webinars: Monetizing the Online Market Opportunity | OPI


  • March 3, 2022
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

OPI Webinars: Monetizing the Online Market Opportunity

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 3, 2022

OPI Webinars: Monetizing the Online Market Opportunity

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 3, 2022


OPI will launch its first European webinar, exploring how to sell on online marketplaces, on Thursday 3 March 2022 at 13:00 CET (12:00 UK). This hour-long webinar will first explore how to successfully start the journey with online marketplaces, how to increase efficiency, and the balance between optimization and price. He will then study how to refine the sales processes, to monetize the opportunity. With recent significant changes in buying behaviors and the increased importance of online gamers, this is a must-attend event for OPI’s Corporate, VIP and Premium members.

Add to your calendar: OPI Webinar_ Monetizing the Online Market Opportunity

‘Screaming at her like it’s insane’: Rick Macci on Richard’s mental workouts at Venus Williams


In their early days, Venus Williams and Serena Williams were trained to perfection by their trainers Rick Macci and Richard Williams. Both coaches came up with unique methods to train the Williams sisters to withstand all circumstances while playing on the court.


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Remembering the early days, Rick Macci often tells stories of the two sisters’ training days. One such story is the “57 Chevy”. Today, February 10, he took to his Youtube channel, telling the whole story.


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The story was a narration of how Venus Williams’ father and trainer, Richard Williams, came up with a unique idea to make her mentally stronger.


‘My best friend’: Coach Rick Macci reunites with Venus and Serena Williams’ dad

3 months ago

Star trainer Macci begins to tell the story as he repots the scene. He said, “Richard had a 57 chevy and he pulled it to short 13 and he said -> ‘Rick, can you get Venus to play a cheater today?’

Venus Williams and the ’57 Chevy’ Story

Taking it on a lighter note, Macci agrees saying everyone cheats, and that’s okay. However, it wasn’t as pleasant as it seemed to Rick as Richard explained, “Let her play a 17 year old boy, I want her to lose 6-0. Tell the guy if the ball hits the line I want the guy to cheat on it on purpose. Richard wanted Venus to be tricked on purpose.

Macci then opens up on the match scene as Venus Williams plays a 16-year-old boy. macci says, “They go to court 13 and before it starts Richard parks his car right next to the court, not even in a parking lot. He parks on the grass. He lifts the hood because he keeps his foot on the accelerator to rev the engine.


Sloane Stephens picks Rafael Nadal over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer for dream team

about 1 month ago

Opening up about the situation, Rick said, “He (Richard) turns on the music. It’s so strong that it interferes with the whole academy. He takes, like six bottles of Budweiser beer, throws them in the backcourt, not in the field and he says ‘V, don’t back down’. Rick wants you to stay close to this baseline as you keep moving forward. You step back, you’re going to get cut.

He also adds: “He breaks broken glass there, he is purposely deceived by someone. The music is loud. They play a game, it’s like 6-0,6-0. She throws a ball, he goes, “Hello, VW’. HE yells at her and it’s like madness.

However, considering the big picture, Rick understands Richard and his vision. He says, “Building fiber, building character, is building others. It’s not, but that’s for the future.

Appreciating the thinking skills of Richard Williams, sensational trainer Rick Macci says: “The whole academy saw what was happening, but this was Richard Williams at his best.”

The relationship between Rick Macci and Richard Williams

Although there had been early rumors of an unpleasant relationship between the two, Rick clarified the situation a few months ago. In an interview, Rick said: “What people say or what they read is tabloid…. We were a family, I wasn’t just the trainer for Venus or Serena.


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He then talked about reuniting with the Williams family on the “King Richard” red carpet. He said, “Everyone was laughing, (there were) a few tears, we went back to the past. There were no problems. »

Rick Macci and Venus Williams separated in the early years. However, his training helped Venus become one of the best players in the history of the sport. Keeping Rick’s lessons in mind, Venus rode through her formative years, winning her first Grand Slam at just 20 years old. Two years later, she also became the world No. 1.


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Venus has a total of 49 singles titles, 7 of which are Grand Slams. She also held the top spot for 11 weeks.

Watch this story: Will Smith Shows How King Richard Cast Trained Like Serena and Venus Williams

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Street University and ICE offer young musicians free online workshops


Street University and Information + Cultural Exchange (ICE) are teaming up to offer free online workshops to young musicians across Australia throughout the first half of 2022.

Street Exchange: Pathways for Independent Artists is a new initiative that builds on the success of Street University’s Passion to Pro online masterclass series. It aims to create new pathways for beginning musicians to connect, learn, network and thrive.

Beginning on Monday, February 14 and running through April 8, the program will include eight weeks of online classes Monday through Friday from 6-7 p.m. (AEDT). Musicians, producers and industry professionals will accompany emerging artists in their artistic development.

The lessons will be instructive for young musicians at any stage of their career. Everything from creating beats, writing lyrics, vocals and navigating the music industry will be covered, with each day of the week focusing on a different topic. Restitution Fridays will be reserved for the recapitulation of the lessons of the previous four days.

Guest speakers will also be on hand to offer their expertise, including A.Girl, Lee Monro, Franco (Sony), Niche Touring, CG Fez, E$KE, Utility, Capital Zee, Chelsea Warner and Zeadala.

“Success in the music industry is about more than talent,” Ran-Dee said of the program. “The most powerful tool is to create a strong network. We want to bring young creatives together and give them all direct access to some of the most respected names in the industry.

Street Exchange: Pathways for Independent Artists will be a unique opportunity for young people to connect and learn directly from professionals who have paved the way inside and outside the music industry.

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Expressions of interest for Street Exchange opened on Monday January 31 and will remain open on Sunday February 13, one day before the start of the program. All young musicians between the ages of 12 and 25 are encouraged to apply here.

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ARPA and a Post-Pandemic Legacy – Conduit Street


Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for webinars on February 22-23 and listen to county elected officials explain how to use ARPA funds to leave a legacy that will last well beyond the pandemic.

February 22, 2022, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Investing ARPA Funds in Behavioral Health Crisis Response

With the recent infusion of resources from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), counties have a unique opportunity to invest funds in behavioral health crisis response systems to enhance their effectiveness, equity, and accessibility. Many are leveraging state and local ARPA fiscal stimulus funds to expand or develop new programs and practices, such as crisis hotlines, mobile crisis teams, and community stabilization units. crisis. Effective, high-quality crisis response plays a key role in providing services to people with mental health and/or substance use disorders and in preventing future crises. This webinar will showcase the counties that have allocated ARPA funds for this priority and the lessons they have learned so far.

REGISTER ONLINE for the webinar Investing ARPA Funds in Behavioral Health Crisis Response.

February 23, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – A post-pandemic legacy: how can we build a justice system that works for everyone?

Counties have learned valuable lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic – lessons that can inform long-term improvements in justice services. In this webinar, you’ll hear from elected county officials on how to use ARPA funds to leave a legacy far beyond the pandemic. A list of discussion topics is available on the events page.

REGISTER ONLINE for the Post-Pandemic Legacy webinar.

Every county in Maryland is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), and all Maryland County elected officials and staff are invited to attend these webinars.

Webinars and farm walks organized for farmers


The 2022 Organic Farming Program is open for applications from today (Wednesday, February 9) until April 8, and to coincide with this, Teagasc has hosted a series of farm walks and webinars to inform farmers about the possible benefits of conversion.

A national webinar organized by Teagasc’s organic specialists will take place on Wednesday February 23 at 7:30 p.m., and will focus on the theme ‘Applying for the Organic Farming Scheme 2022’.

The webinar will be streamed using the Zoom online conferencing platform and attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions during the live stream.

Speaking ahead of this webinar, Teagasc Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy said, “A number of significant changes have been introduced to the program which will make it more attractive for many farmers to consider converting their farm.

“This February 23 online event, along with other events organized by Teagasc, will provide more detailed information to farmers to help them decide.”

A second national webinar on “Organic Direct Selling” is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, also at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to these two national webinars, local webinars will also be organized by the Teagasc advisory service for their farmer clients and anyone else interested in converting their farm.

These webinars – which will be titled “Is organic farming an option for your farm?” – will begin on February 16 and will take place in the advisory regions of Teagasc.

In addition to the online experience, in-person farm walks have also been organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Marine and organic organizations.

This series of 12 farm walks will begin March 2 at 12:00 p.m. on the farm of Seamus Howard, a County Clare dairy farmer.

Joe Kelleher, another Teagasc Organic Specialist, said, “We are excited to announce a series of face-to-face farm walks at demonstration farms from early March through July 19.

“These 12 farmers are spread across the country and own various agricultural businesses, so this is a perfect opportunity to come see an organic farm in operation and learn from those who practice organic farming,” Kelleher added.

“I would like to thank all the host farmers for agreeing to invite visitors to their farms.”

Teagasc Director, Professor Frank O’Mara, commented: “Teagasc has a busy schedule of activities planned for 2022, for existing organic farmers and for those considering conversion.

“We are going to add another specialist to Teagasc’s team of organic specialists. This team is working across all counseling regions to enhance the skills of our frontline counselors on the opportunities presented in the new program,” O’Mara added.