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  What is the interest rate I will be expecting when taking out loans to a direct lender when I have bad credit? 

The lenders offer a range of rates of interest. They calculate their rates based on a range of variables, such as the type of loan you’re seeking and the length of your loan. A lot of lenders will accept the loan application but will charge higher rates of interest for those with poor credit. Personal loans may be charged an interest rate that can range from 6 percent or 36 percent, installments directly from lender.

Singers from SouthTexas

Free concert on the 23rd of October at the 1st BaptistChurch of Pleasanton 400N. Reed St. at 6p.m.

Food and Learn online parent trainings

The event is held by the Atascosa McMullenSpecial Educational Cooperative. The event will be held the 25th of October, on Monday 2012 at 12:15pm. The subject is “Special assessment for schools The things parents should be aware of. For more information, get in touch with BrendaNelson at [email protected].

Jourdanton, 1st BaptistChurch FoodPantry

Distribution on Friday the 29th of October, beginning around 8:15 a.m. till the time where the items are given away. 515 Zanderson Avenue., Jourdanton.

Peacefor thePieces social group

This group hosts events or gatherings and also meetings geared toward families of disabled individuals from the local area. They help to boost confidence and socialization among those disabled at the highest stage, from infants up to those over 25yrs old. Contact Laura at 830-570-278 for more information.

FamilyCollaboration Council by Connections in the Jourdanton

They would like to hear ideas regarding ways to improve services within the community. A virtual meeting has been scheduled for close of November. You can contact [email protected]

CowboysStock Exchange FallFestival

The 31st of October on a Sunday, from 6:30 p.m. There will be activities, including makeup contests, costume contests , and prizes Live entertainment, as well as prizes offered through Marlon Sharp. Check out the official announcement of this event.

The primary forms are available! They are designed for use by users

Merry The Main at Pleasanton between December 3 to 4. The forms for vendors, the Bicycle ParadeIlluminated Christmas NightParade, River Park Wonderland and Little MissMerry on MainPageant are available on www.merryonmain.org.

Merry the MainTalent Show will accept audition videos

Submit your 1minute video to [email protected] for the details for future contest. Be sure to include your first name as well as date of birth along with the type for your video (voice comedy voice, voice, etc. ).Age categories are 5-10, 11-17 , or those aged 18 and over. Deadline for submission of video is on the 7th of November.

WildBill Christmas CowboyGallop

SouthCentral Texas Community CouncilFundraiser

The cost for tickets to the raffle is $10 which is equal to three tickets. The prizes will include gift card baskets as well as other prizes. Tickets are available at 1220 Ave. Simmons in the Jourdanton. You can also contact 830-767-2019.

A fun family time within GeorgeFarms

595 Allee des Mobil-Homes , located in Poteet. It is accessible to the public on every Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 30th from 10a.m. until at least 6p.m. The cost of 12 dollars includes for unlimited rides in the hay and wine tastings and many other activities or $5 admission (does exclude the pumpkin but it includes hay rides, unlimited wine tasting, and much more).

CoastalBend College OpenHouse

1411Bensdale Road in the Pleasanton. The 21st of October, Thursday between 5p.m. between five p.m. to seven p.m. Go through the facilities, see the classrooms and get meet the staff and teachers. Participate in a mixer that includes a chamber. Bring a book that you have just purchased to donate for at the AtascosaCo Juvenile DetentionCenter.

SAP JAM October23

The event will begin at 12 noon in the Pleasanton SkatePark. It’s organized by SanAntonio / PleasantonPartners for Progress. Show off your skating skills. You could win a cash prizes in the form of skates are provided. Drinks and food are also offered. You can join the party to register by phone BobByrd at 210-896-5525 and provide your expertise.

PercyMedina Scholarship Fund PokerTournament

The 23rd of October take place in St.Andrew’s ChurchHall in the Pleasanton between 6 to 11p.m. The evening will include a dinner and dancing, and auction silent. This is an auction that is silent. Texas Hold’em Poker event ticket is $100 per person (including food and drinks). 1. The cash award for First Prize cash prize: 1,000USD gift card. 2nd prize cash prize cash prize 500USD gift card, and third prize: an award-winning gift card worth 250USD. Tickets for dinner cost $25. To reserve a table, call Priscilla at 210-639-2553, or phone Gabe at 512-995-994.

SaferPath domestic violence shelter provides a watchful eye

The 28th day the month of October on Thursday, beginning at the time between 6:30pm and 715 p.m. at the AtascosaCounty Courthouse. Find out more about local police officials and the inspirational story of an individual who survived in DomesticViolence AwarenessMonth.

Dia delos Muertos exhibition “Recuerdame”

Cafeteria is located in Cafeteria located in the Memorial Annex situated in Leming. The event is free and open in the public. Vernissage Wednesday on hte 27th of October from 6:30p.m. between 8p.m. until eight p.m. The event will continue through October 28-30 beginning at 10:30 a.m. until 3p.m. Everyone is invited. Go to this section on the website for further details.

Cleaning-up at SanYsidro cemetery on 30th of October

The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. Families and relatives at the cemetery are invited to participate. Lawn mowers and other tools are required. 

HalloweenTrick-or Treat at GeorgFarms

595 Allee des maisons mobiles in the Poteet on the Saturday of October. 30th of October, from 10a.m. to 6p.m. The cost for admission is $5. Children aged 2 and older are admitted for free. Bring your blanket or toy to enter at no cost. Costume contest and Halloween patch inside the Backyard Food and hay rides in the kitchen. There will be cash prizes, and much more.

PoteetFirst BaptistChurch , FallFestival

Saturday, 30th of October, 2013, 1305Amphion Rd. 5pm-8pm. Costume contest, games cart rides, as well as complimentary food and drinks until the all supplies are gone.

Halloween Trail in Pleasanton RiverPark

Sunday 31 October at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. It is run by PleasantonParks & Recreation. It’s an event that is free and includes food and Hay rides and games.

Cleansing of Dia delos MuertosCemetery

CharlotteCommunity Cemetery. Monday, r 1st of November, 4:00p.m. until 6:30p.m. Remember the lives of people who have passed on by donating food altars for time funeral services, and many other events. Bring a picture of someone you’ve been a part of. Everyone is asked to dress in disguise.

Noche delas Calaveras on 6th of November

MainStreet in downtown Pleasanton between 5 and 9p.m. Cultural festival that includes food and vendors of arts. Folklore performance and an altar competition, along with Catrina costume contest. Are you in search for sellers. If you’d like to know more about the process, contact 830-570-2782 , or 830-569-2163.

Meetings online for foster and adoption

It is run in conjunction with Belong. Meetings on November 6 in the evening, beginning with 6:30p.m. and on 13th of November at 10:00 a.m. Go to sjrcbelong.org to sign up.

the T1D annual 2nd WildBill PumpkinRace

Sunday, 7th of November GeorgeFarms 595Mobile HomeAlley in the Poteet. A fundraiser for diabetes Alert Dogs and StevieJayde Beddo. A fun 3K run, BBQ sales. Raffle of baked goods, sale of canning equipment Face painting, and lots more.

The 6th year for the The AtascosaCo.VeteransDay celebration.

Wednesday, 10th of November. Parade will begin at an estimated at 11:00a.m. at 1101Main St. in the Jourdanton. The line-up is scheduled to begin at 10:30am. Food and refreshments for Veterans and is available from the VeteransServices Bureau.

Atascosa Co. ThanksgivingDay

The event will take place on Thursday , 25th of November Jourdanton Community Centre. Jourdanton Community Centre 1101Campbell Ave.Free and hosted by Wayne Vaughn and Julie Hilberg. Anyone living in AtascosaCounty. The operating hours are the following times that are 12:00p.m. 1. p.m 2, 3, or 4. p.m. Take-out the pickup is available from 11:30 p.m. until 3.30 p.m. To book a table, make reservations, call 830-534-7083. Include the names of your guests and their preferred time. Maximum of 8 guests per table, or take-away reservations.

The Atascosa County Seniors’ Christmas Goal for Project 2021

This was known before as ACCEPT and has since shifted its attention to elderly individuals who need help. For those with any questions you can call (210-771-769).

FEATURED an event in Out&About, email Lifestyles editor LisaLuna at [email protected] or call our office at 830-569-6130.

Has anyone noticed the US military bombing Somalia?


“The United States is no longer at war”, proudly President Joe Biden declared at the United Nations General Assembly in late September 2022. It seems that America’s boots on the ground are the threshold for the United States to admit to being at war. An administration lawyer might agree, thanks to Harold Koh, who argued that the US-led NATO airstrikes in Libya in 2011 did not need congressional approval because there were no US troops there.

However, the implications of this narrow view of war are dangerous because they encourage Congress to ignore situations where US troops are not directly in the line of fire, such as US military deployments to aid a foreign army engaged in armed conflict. Such a limited understanding of war also misinterprets how wars are fought and the resulting solutions that are available today. The reality is that Ukraine’s large-scale conventional interstate conflict remains an anomaly. Armed conflict and mass violence in most States, arise in the context of an internal insurgency, civil war or online misinformation. Yet Democrats and Republicans continue to view drone strikes, punitive sanctions and humanitarian aid as the cure du jour.

Somalia is a case study where more war without congressional authorization seems to be Biden’s prescription for US policy, especially after the Somali government demand more US airstrikes to support its mobilization of clan militias against al-Shabab. With the American bombardment of Somalia just after the midterm elections, murder 17 al-Shabab militants and no civilians, the US military appears to act as the air force for a conglomerate of local security forces, giving it no real command, control or influence over – but legal guilt for – human rights violations by these forces. Once again, the executive is repeating the mistakes it just done in other theaters of war by thumbing the scales of an internal conflict without real public debate – although even former Pentagon lawyers, such as Sarah Harrison, have urged “a collective focus on reconciliation and an acknowledgment by all actors that al-Shabab will not be defeated militarily.”

The answer in Washington? Largely crickets – outside a few types of human rights and good governance who (fortunately!) tend to analyze every word of Pentagon press releases. The silent acquiescence to another war of choice by the US president in Somalia reflects Washington’s current priority to invest in foreign police states that do little to build an inclusive peace.


The US military has been involved militarily in Somalia for over 30 years. The United States support for the genocidal regime of Siad Barre during the tenure of President Ronald Reagan to CIA and the Pentagon inexplicable drone wars terrorize civilians Over the past few decades, the United States has long seen Somalia as a source of threats to be managed through tough security interventions and realpolitik. For just as long, Somalia continued to be under an international arms embargo that the UN Security Council voted to extend this week – albeit an edited version – despite the objections of the central Somali government which continued to rely heavily on clanism rather than building a united Somali identity. Although there have been various jolts of progress towards stability, nearly four decades of war have reinforcednot weakened, al-Shabab and other predatory and violent groups in the region.

The silent acquiescence to another war of choice by the US president in Somalia reflects Washington’s current priority to invest in foreign police states that do little to build an inclusive peace.

The Biden administration has mostly embraced more of the same in Somalia despite claims in the new national security strategy that non-military approaches would be a priority across the continent. After a much-appreciated pause in drone strikes that many have mistakenly celebrated as proof that Biden has ended an endless war, his administration issued operational guidelines on the use of force abroad. areas of declared armed conflict, such as Somalia, to mitigate civilian damage. Rather than reflecting an exhaustive examination of the failures of the secret drone wars of the United States, Biden orientation simply represents reintegration previous rules for undeclared war that Trump rejected.

In May 2022, the Biden administration reversed Trump’s lame military withdrawal from Somalia, dismiss american troops on a “nation-building mission”. Trump’s decision was obviously political, but Biden’s reversal is still curious, given that just six months ago the United States withdrew from Afghanistan. The controversial withdrawal was rooted in the president’s understanding that the US military cannot effectively build other nations at the barrel of a gun. In fact, he can exacerbate violence whether US aid makes it complicit in host government abuses – no matter how welcoming central government in power is.

Rather than sifting through ranged war chessthe complex realities of why al-Shabab and other violent groups rise to power, and its relationship to failing governance, corruption, climate change and human rights abuses, the president and his advisers have returned to an endless war in Somalia – although this new iteration has fewer rules, less transparency than before and little regard for long-term results. US policy in Somalia in 2022 is best described as a series of bandages decorated with bullets on a gaping wound.


Millions of Somalis – already caught between armed actors more interested in power than their safety – currently face starvation of drought years exacerbated by accelerating climate change and a war that shows no signs of abating. And again, it is US military intervention, with other international troops and humanitarian aid, that is the proposed solution, rather than a comprehensive strategy to work internationally to address political and long-term survival.

As many Fragile and Failed StatesSomalia is an example where the U.S. government can be most constructive and helpful to the most vulnerable by focusing on galvanize action to address key drivers of harm in Somalia. To do this, there must first be recognition – both within the US government and the international community – that foreign military intervention is unlikely to resolve the local drivers of conflict in Somalia. The intermittent success of counterinsurgency operations to clear areas of al-Shabab has prompted the group to return to horrible guerrilla tactics hurting civilians the most. Although these tactics may undermine popular support for the group, a central government that keep on going not being able to provide access to basic services and necessities like water in the areas he liberated will ensure the sustainability of these groups in the long term.

Ending the insurgency often requires address uncomfortable political realities and the implementation of a significant reform that redistribute Powerful. Unresolved injustices and societal inequalities breed intolerance, government perceptions illegitimacyand violence. When the government is unable to protect civilians from violence or provide basic services, people seek out and create alternative energy sources to meet these basic human needs. It’s survival, not allegiance to an ideology. Time and time again, no amount of military equipment, foreign troops, or political rhetoric about military progress on the ground will be create peace until there are societal power structures that meet basic human needs and are seen as sensitive and legit by those they serve.


When it comes to non-election political violence, American foreign policy is the definition of insanity: it does the same thing over and over again, hoping for a different and better outcome. From my personal experience with American policymakers in Washington over the past decade, it’s clear that those in power remain focused on better messages, not better policies. It leads to childish and often colonialist conversations about other countries and what the United States should do, missing this other people in the world have the agency and will continue to seek security for themselves and their loved ones, whatever the situation in which they find themselves. The only thing US policymakers can control is the US government’s response.

We know that police states do not keep the majority of people safe; they are designed for maintain the prevailing status quo – just look at the ongoing atrocities happening in the United States, Burma, Israel, The Philippines, Belarus, Egypt, Syriaand China to name a few. Investing in police states that ignore basic governance needs and human rights only foments more injustice, more inequality, more intolerance and more violence. As long as the US government remains more interested in funding security states and less interested in grassroots led, inclusive peacebuildingupsetting conflicts will rage climate change only doubles the harm done.

Kate Kizer is a nonresident senior security fellow at the Center for International Policy and a columnist at Inkstick.

Biden’s senior aide raises W. Bank’s threats against Iran and violence in meeting with visiting IDF chief


Visiting IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi discussed the threats posed by Iran as well as the fragile security situation in the West Bank during his meeting at the White House with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, the Biden administration said Monday.

The US minutes of the meeting contained several of the Biden administration’s inescapable talking points regarding its Middle East policy and none of the other lines represented new administration positions either.

Kohavi was in town for a five-day trip, meeting with senior US security officials to discuss coordination efforts against Iran. However, the Biden administration has also been keen to address the situation in the West Bank, fearing a breakdown in Palestinian Authority control amid the Israeli military’s ongoing crackdown on Palestinian terrorist activity and settler violence could further damage the already bleak prospects of a two-state solution. .

“The two men discussed the importance of taking steps to defuse the security situation in the West Bank, and Mr. Sullivan reiterated that a negotiated two-state solution remains the best path to achieving lasting peace,” said the White House.

An IDF statement on the meeting was not immediately available.

Last week, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr visited the region and urged Israeli security officials to take steps to bolster the PA as the There are growing fears it is on the verge of collapse, said an official familiar with the matter. The Times of Israel.

Israeli security forces deploy riot dispersal assets amid altercations between Israelis and Palestinians, as they proceed to Othniel’s tomb in the West Bank city of Hebron on November 19, 2022. (HAZEM BADER / AFP)

Amr said the United States expected Israel to move forward with previously promised projects to improve Palestinian livelihoods and strengthen the Palestinian economy, the official said.

Amr’s concern echoes that of Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar, who also warned Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu last week that the PA could collapse, leading to deteriorating security.

The American reading of Monday’s meeting between Sullivan and Kohavi said the two “underlined their shared resolve to address security challenges affecting the Middle East, including threats posed by Iran and its proxies.”

“Sullivan affirmed the President’s commitment to ensuring that Iran never acquires nuclear weapons,” the statement added.

US and Israel disagree on Iran, with Jerusalem opposing Biden administration’s attempts to revive Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers that have traded sanctions relief to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

But that disagreement has been less relevant lately, as nuclear talks have collapsed and the United States has preferred to focus on Iran’s ongoing civil protests against the regime.

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, left, awards the Legion of Merit to IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi on November 21, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Meanwhile, Israel has been pushing for the United States to prepare military contingency plans to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. US President Joe Biden has said he is ready to use military force if necessary, but always prefers to exhaust the diplomatic channel first.

Earlier on Monday, Kohavi met with US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, who presented his Israeli counterpart with the Legion Commander of Merit degree.

The Legion of Merit may be awarded by the U.S. Armed Forces to foreign military and political officials who “have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of exceptional service,” according to U.S. law. It is the sixth highest honor the United States can bestow on a US citizen.

Former IDF Chiefs of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi also received the Legion of Merit during their tenure as head of the IDF.

The official visit to Washington marked Kohavi’s final visit as chief of staff, with his term set to end on January 17.

Kohavi was also scheduled to meet with CIA Director William Burns and the head of US Central Command Michael Erik Kurilla, among other senior defense officials.

Emanuel Fabian contributed to this report

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Iran football team is silent during the national anthem in their first World Cup game


Iran’s national men’s soccer team refused to sing the country’s national anthem at the World Cup in Qatar on Monday, in an apparent act of defiance against their government, which has become the target of growing and inflammatory protests.

The squad lined up with their arms around their shoulders ahead of the opener against England, but instead of chanting the words, as is the tradition, the players looked impassive and stared straight ahead .

The England players, on the other hand, sang a verse from their national anthem.

The moment was not shown on state television in Iran.

The Iranian team enthusiastically sang the anthem at previous tournaments, including the World Cup in 2018 and the Asian Cup in 2020.

Football is close to a national obsession in Iran, as in other countries, but public opinion soured ahead of this year’s tournament. Across the country, team noticeboards were burned and people took to social media in support of England.

Earlier, Iran’s captain Ehsan Hajsafi acknowledged widespread discontent at home, becoming the latest public figure to back the protesters.

“We have to accept that the situation in our country is not good and our people are not happy, they are unhappy,” Hajsafi told a news conference. “We are here, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be their voice or that we shouldn’t respect them. Everything we have belongs to them.”

“We have to do our best and score goals and dedicate those goals to the Iranian people who feel hurt,” he added.

His statement follows Iran’s decision to punish a series of prominent Iranians who had publicly supported protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September, days after she was arrested by police for allegedly violates the country’s strict dress codes.

Well-known Iranian actors Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi have both been arrested, the official IRNA and government-aligned Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

Ghaziani posted a video to her Instagram account showing her without a head covering – an act of defiance often repeated by protesters and their supporters in recent weeks.

“Maybe this will be my last message. From now on, whatever happens to me, know that as always, I am with the Iranian people until my last breath,” Ghaziani wrote on Instagram on Saturday.

State-sanctioned news outlet IRNA said she “has in recent days supported riots and incited riots.”

Yahya Golmohammadi, head coach of Persepolis FC in Tehran, one of Iran’s most famous teams, has been summoned and questioned by authorities, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Golmohammadi was questioned at the Tehran prosecutor’s office and fined 20% of his salary for Instagram posts in which he said Iran’s national team should “be the voice of the people” and support the protests.

The news came as the continued protest movement and attempts by security forces to quell dissent led to further unrest over the weekend and into Monday.

Iranian security forces have restored order in Mahabad, Boukan and Piranshahr and “started arresting those who make the towns unsafe from Friday”, ISNA reported.

Unverified video on social media showed a convoy of military vehicles with heavily armed troops on Monday, allegedly in the western city of Mahabad, a predominantly Kurdish region. The sounds of heavy weapons could be heard in several other videos.

Human rights group Hengaw said gunfire and helicopters could be heard across Mahabad. The group posted footage of Mahabad on its Telegram channel on Sunday, adding the hashtag #IranRevolution2022, in which loud bangs could be heard.

Independent reporting is difficult, if not impossible, in Iran, and NBC News cannot confirm social media reports or claims by government or human rights groups.

Nour News, a media outlet owned by Iran’s National Security Council, published infrared images it said came from an Intelligence Ministry drone observing what it called “armed terrorists”.

Jalal Mahmoudzadeh, an Iranian member of parliament representing Mahabad, urged the police and armed forces to exercise restraint. “We expect security forces to protect people’s lives and property,” he said in a statement.

He said he wrote to the Supreme National Security Council asking security forces stationed in the city to “treat people with dignity and kindness so that the city can calm down.”

The protests and the resulting police crackdown have become increasingly violent. Iran’s human rights group, based in Norway, said at least 342 people, including 43 children and 26 women, have been killed so far as Iran thwarts a move seen as one of the greatest challenges of the Islamic Republic since its foundation in 1979.

DARPA Triage Challenge to promote the use of technology in medical response to mass casualty incidents


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a three-year competition focused on improving emergency medical response during military and civilian incidents with high casualties.

The DARPA Triage Challenge aims to spur innovation that can help medical staff prioritize and expedite care for MCI, the agency said Wednesday.

The $7 million challenge will be divided into Primary-Real-World Triage, Primary-Virtual Triage and Secondary Triage segments, each lasting 12 months. Some of the participants will be self-funded, others will be funded by DARPA, and all teams will be able to participate in one or more competitions.

The agency expects to see the use of technology that can help identify victims in need of the most urgent treatment and subsequently predict whether immediate life-saving interventions are needed. Competitors can use sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, algorithms and real-time data analytics.

“The DARPA Triage Challenge will bring together communities with expertise in emergency medical triage and response, tactical combat casualty care, trauma physiology, and a wide range of physiological signatures and sensor and instrument technologies. algorithms that will continue to deliver innovative technologies that support medical responders beyond the challenge,” said Jean-Paul Chrétien, Commander of the US Navy and DTC Program Manager.

European peace groups support efforts for non-military solutions in Ukraine


Members of Church and Peace, an ecumenical network of peace organizations in Europe that includes several Anabaptist organizations, reiterated their commitment to support a non-military end to the war in Ukraine at the organization’s international conference from 20 to October 23 in Crikvenica, Croatia.

Representatives from 13 European countries and four non-European countries called on churches and their members to do all they can to support the conclusion of an early ceasefire, allowing diplomatic negotiations to begin. Gathered in the Western Balkans and Southeast Europe, Christian and Muslim conference participants learned from local peacemakers about their experience of nonviolent action during the war 25 years earlier: military resistance seems plausible when looking at the war from the beginning, but looking at the war from the end shows the “military solution” is a disaster.

The conference approved on September 8 Statement of the World Council of Churches “War in Ukraine, Peace and Justice in the European Region”, which calls for greater investment by European governments and the entire international community in promoting peace and strengthening non-violent conflict resolution and of reconciliation.

Loans 101 | MaxLend Loans


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Borrowing money can seem like a difficult task. From late fees to interest rates, ready can be a complex but useful tool. But before jumping into borrowing money, it’s important to understand loans and how they work.

Before you start applying for a loan, ask yourself this question: what is a loan? A loan is a form of credit in which you receive money from another person or entity. In return, you agree to repay the money, usually with interest, in the future.

In most cases, the lender will add interest or other charges to your principal amount, which you will have to pay on top of the original amount. The amount of interest may vary depending on the lender and other factors, such as your credit score. Loans can be fixed term, where you receive the money in a lump sum and agree to repay the loan over a specified number of payments with a set end date. Or they can be open-ended, like a line of credit, where you can borrow, as needed, up to a specific credit limit, without having to reapply each time you withdraw money.

How many types of loans are there?

Loans are available for different purposes and can have a variety of features, from personal loans to secured loans and even loans for bad credit. Here are some common loan features:

Unsecured Loans

Unsecured loans are loans that are not secured by collateral. In other words, you don’t have to pledge anything of value as collateral for loan repayment. Interest rates can be based on your credit score and credit history. People with bad credit may still be able to get unsecured loans. Because those with poor credit scores are considered a higher credit risk, they may be charged higher interest rates for an unsecured loan. Failure to repay an unsecured loan could result in collection activity and reporting to credit bureaus, which could make it more difficult to take out a loan in the future.

Secured loans

Secured loans, also known as secured loans, require borrowers to provide some kind of collateral to secure the loan. Collateral is something of value that would be lost if the borrower defaulted. Secured loans can have lower interest rates than unsecured loans. However, when you choose a secured loan, if you do not repay all or part of the loan, you risk losing the property you have offered as collateral.

Personal loans

Many personal loans can also be unsecured, meaning you won’t have to provide collateral. When you apply for a personal loan, you decide how to use the funds, including emergency funds or home repairs. Before applying for a personal loan, review your budget to see how much you’re willing to pay for each installment.

Payday loans

Payday loans are short-term loans that can usually be taken out by people with low or bad credit. Borrowers will generally have to repay the loan in full with interest by their next payday. Be aware that, depending on the amount you borrow, it may be difficult to repay the loan with interest on your next payday and that you have enough left over to cover your regular expenses. If this happens, payday lenders may allow you to extend the term of the loan, but this usually means you will have to pay more fees.

Installment Loans – Alternative Payday Loans

Installment loans can be a great alternative to payday loans. Whereas installment loans are still short-term, you will generally have a longer repayment period than with a payday loan. This means that you repay the loan in smaller installments, spread over more time. This type of arrangement can allow you to cover your regular expenses while meeting your loan repayments. You won’t have to worry about paying off in full with interest by your next payday when you choose an alternative payday loan.

Loans for bad credit

People with bad credit may still be able to get a loan. Bad credit loans can be paid in fixed, regular installments, and borrowers may not have to provide collateral. Lenders may look at your income, credit history and other factors to make a decision. These factors can also help them determine your interest rate.

advance loans

A cash advance loan can be similar to payday loans and other short-term loans with a fast application process and quick funding for those approved. As with all loans, be aware of the fees and interest rates you will pay and the time you have to repay the money.

Cash loans

Cash loans are another way people refer to payday loans, alternative payday loans like installment loans, and any other low-value short-term loans with a fast application and funding process. Some lenders can provide the funds in cash, or you can have the funds deposited directly into your bank account.

How does the subscription of a loan work?

Getting a loan can include filling out an application, getting your credit history or other verified information, and prepares to repay the funds with accrued interest. Before you begin the process, it is important that you understand loans and how they work. You borrow funds from a lender, but the tricky part may be the repayment process. Keep the loan term, interest rate, and your budget in mind before taking out a loan.

Woman sues Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, claiming inmate raped her | Colombia News


LEXINGTON — The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is accused of placing a male inmate in the same holding cell as an inmate on suicide watch, where he then sexually assaulted her, according to a complaint filed with a state court.

The inmate, who was held on numerous violent charges, had been placed in the same cell as the inmate, who had been prescribed medication for mental illnesses and was on suicide watch where she had to be watched in permanence, the lawsuit says.

He remained in the cell for about an hour and a half, according to the trial, and during that time he raped her.

After the inmate reported the sexual assault, she faced criminal charges for ‘filing a false police report for a criminal offence’, which were later dismissed at a preliminary hearing, according to the court complaint .

The lawsuit was filed Nov. 7 against the sheriff’s department because it is responsible for the operation and security of the county’s 720-bed detention center.

Also named are Constable JR Belt, who is accused of placing the inmate in the cell, and Detective Michael J. Hart, who is accused of wrongfully arresting the inmate who reported the assault.

“I’ve never seen a situation like this,” said plaintiff attorney James B. Moore III of Georgetown-based law firm Evans Moore.

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Moore said he has worked on numerous sexual assault cases in correctional facilities. He said most of the cases involved either male inmates or an inmate and a corrections officer or staff member.

According to the lawsuit, the inmate, referred to as Jane Doe because she is a victim of sexual assault, was arrested for a non-violent offense on December 19, 2020.

The lawsuit claims that his history of mental illness and treatment for bipolar and schizophrenia are well documented and noted upon admission. It was recorded that she had previously been sexually abused, had been hospitalized in a behavioral health center and had been prescribed a number of mental health medications and mood stabilizers.

Two days later, she was placed on suicide watch and moved to an observation cell equipped with CCTV, according to the lawsuit.

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“She was on suicide watch, where she needs to be watched and observed all the time,” Moore said.

At approximately 1 a.m., an inmate, who had been held on multiple violent charges including first-degree assault and possession of a weapon in a violent crime, was moved to Observation Cell 3 – the same cell as the detainee, according to the trial. He was held there until 2:30 a.m. and then moved to Observation Cell 4, the trial said.

The woman reported that she had been raped and was taken to the prison medical office and then transferred to Lexington Medical Center for examination by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE, according to the lawsuit.

The day after the assault was reported, she was charged with filing a false police report, according to the lawsuit.

During the discovery of that lawsuit, Moore said, video footage from the cell’s surveillance camera was obtained by criminal defense attorney Aimee Zmroczek of the AJZ law firm in Colombia. She also represents the victim in this case.

“The sexual assault, which was recorded on the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office video recording monitor, shows that Ms. Doe appears to be conscious and unconscious,” according to the lawsuit.

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After the video evidence was obtained, the charge was dismissed in April 2021, Moore said.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department public information officer declined to comment, saying it is standard practice not to discuss any issues related to pending litigation.

The department did not respond to questions about protocols for placing inmates on suicide watch, or whether there are any circumstances in which a male and female inmate would be placed together.

Belt worked at the Lexington County Detention Center from May 2016 to September 2022, according to SC Criminal Justice Academy records. His leave was classified as routine separation and he is not currently working as a law enforcement officer in South Carolina, records show. He is still certified as a Class 2 Law Enforcement Officer.

Hart has been with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department since September 2011 and is still employed, according to academy records.

Zelenskyy calls Russia a ‘terrorist state’ – DW – 11/16/2022


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told G20 leaders on Wednesday there was a “terrorist state” among them, blaming Russia for a missile strike on Poland that killed two people.

Speaking via video link, Zelenskyy called the strike “a real statement made by Russia for the G20 summit”.

He addressed the G20 summit for the second time, but several leaders had already left the Indonesian island of Bali, which was hosting the gathering. Among them was Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who flew out on Tuesday evening.

Those who remained heard Zelensky say at the top: “There is a terrorist state among you, and we are defending ourselves against it. It is reality.

He also called for a “swift reaction” to the strike in Poland.

Poland said there was no clear evidence of who launched the missile, and US President Joe Biden said it was ‘unlikely’ it was fired from Russia, which has denied any involvement.

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Following the deaths in Poland, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has called for a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

“We were asking to close the sky, because the sky has no borders. Not for the uncontrolled missiles. Not for the threat they pose to our neighbors in the EU and NATO. The gloves are off. It’s time to win,” he wrote on Twitter.

Here are the other headlines from the war in Ukraine from Wednesday, November 16:

Russia says its strikes in Ukraine were no closer than 35 km from Poland

The Russian Defense Ministry said its strikes against Ukraine on Tuesday were no closer than 35 kilometers (22 miles) to the Polish border.

“High-precision strikes were carried out on targets only on the territory of Ukraine and at a distance of at least 35 kilometers from the Ukrainian-Polish border,” the spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Security said on Wednesday. Defense, Igor Konashenkov.

According to Konashenkov, the cause of the explosion in Poland was the Ukrainian S-300 air defense missile.

The NATO-member Polish president said earlier that Poland had no concrete evidence showing who fired a missile that hit a Polish grain facility about 6 kilometers (4 miles) inside the border with Ukraine and killed two people.

Biden and Sunak condemn ‘barbaric’ attacks on civilians in Ukraine

US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s targeting of Ukrainian civilians “barbaric” at a G20 summit in Bali.

“At a time when world leaders here in Bali seek to advance world peace, Putin is hitting civilian targets – children, women. I mean, it’s almost – my words, not yours – barbaric,” Biden said during a meeting with Sunak.

Britain’s prime minister, meeting Biden for the first time since taking office, said: “I agree with your words – barbaric.”

Russia fired waves of missiles, often at civilians, across Ukraine after it was expelled from the city of Kherson, which Moscow had occupied and illegally declared part of Russia following a so- saying “referendum”.

“It’s way above that,” Biden said. “Russia can and must stop the war.”

Biden told Sunak they were “on the same page when it comes to supporting the right of the Ukrainian people to be free from all Russian forces in their country.”

Sweden to send military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Sweden said it would provide Ukraine with military and humanitarian aid worth 343 million euros ($356 million) to help it cope with the coming winter.

Stockholm will provide military aid worth around three billion crowns, or 276 million euros ($287 million) plus an additional humanitarian aid of 720 million crowns (66 million euros, or $69 million). ), the government announced.

The military aid will include an air defense system and ammunition, but the government will not disclose which system or value due to “operational secrecy”.

Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said the aid package, Sweden’s ninth to Ukraine since the start of the war, was the largest yet.

Humanitarian aid will be channeled through the World Food Programme, World Bank funds and Ukraine’s Green Recovery Program, while military aid also includes winter supplies such as tents and clothes.

Part of the humanitarian aid will also go to Ukraine’s impoverished neighbour, Moldova, which has hosted large numbers of Ukrainian refugees and suffered the direct consequences of the war, including the interruption of electricity supplies in from Ukraine.

CIA chief visits Kyiv after warning Moscow

CIA Director William Burns met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and senior intelligence officials to brief them on his warning to Moscow against the use of nuclear weapons, a US official said.

Burns traveled to Kyiv on Tuesday, a day after holding talks in Ankara with Russian spy chief Sergei Naryshkin about the war and Moscow’s threat to use tactical nuclear weapons to defend its interests.

It was the highest face-to-face meeting between US and Russian officials since the start of the war, and Burns issued a strong warning to Naryshkin “about the consequences of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons and the risks of escalation towards strategic stability,” according to a statement from the White House.

Afterwards, Burns traveled to Ukraine to brief Zelensky and his Ukrainian counterparts on the talks with Naryshkin and to reiterate American support for the Kyiv war effort.

Burns was in Kyiv on a day when Russian forces launched a barrage of missiles hitting targets across Ukraine, including the capital. However, he was safe inside the US Embassy at the time and is now gone.

Reactors of two Ukrainian nuclear power plants closed after Russian strikes

Several reactors at two Ukrainian nuclear power plants automatically shut down following Russian missile strikes on Tuesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, adding that millions of people were left without power.

“As a result of the strikes, automation today disabled several nuclear units at two power plants – these are calculated consequences, and the enemy knew exactly what they were doing,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address.

Zelenskyy did not specify which power stations were affected, but said strikes hit the capital Kyiv as well as Lviv, Rivne and Volyn in the west, Kharkiv in the northeast, Kryvyi Rih and Poltava in the center, Odessa and Mikolaiv to the south and Zhytomyr. in the north.

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World leaders used the G20 statement to denounce Russia’s war in Ukraine, which dominated the Bali summit. They also expressed economic concerns, particularly for middle-income countries.

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King Charles leads Remembrance Day service for first time as British monarch


King Charles III led Remembrance Day commemorations in London on Sunday for the first time as a British monarch, laying a newly designed wreath after a two-minute silence at the Cenotaph war memorial.

The crown designers said it also pays homage to the racing colors used by both Queen Elizabeth II and her grandfather, King George VI.

Charles, who became king following the death of his Elizabeth in September, was joined by other senior members of the royal family, including his son and heir apparent Prince William. His wife and queen consort, Camilla, watched from the balcony of a nearby government building.

Britain’s King Charles III attends the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London, Sunday November 13, 2022. Toby Melville/AP

Chief of the Defense Staff Tony Radakin said the ceremony honoring British war dead had an “extra emotion” following the loss of the Queen.

“She represented duty and service, but also that dignity of this wartime generation and all that they sacrificed for our freedom,” he told the BBC.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, leaders of opposition political parties, senior ministers and religious representatives also laid wreaths at the ceremony in Whitehall, central London, which was lined by thousands of members of the audience.

The ceremony, which was also attended by seven former prime ministers, is expected to be followed by a parade attended by around 10,000 veterans of the Royal British Legion, representing 300 different armed forces and civilian organisations.

Buckingham Palace said the design of the king’s crown paid homage to the crown of his grandfather King George and his mother Elizabeth, with poppies mounted on an arrangement of black leaves and a ribbon bearing the colors of race of scarlet, purple and gold.

The chimes marking the start of the two-minute silence at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. ET) saw the permanent reconnection of the Big Ben bell in Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower, after it had been largely silenced for five years of repair.

Officials said this year’s service was dedicated both to fallen soldiers in past wars and to Ukrainians fighting the Russian invasion.

“We must never forget those who gave their lives to defend our values ​​and our great nation,” Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said.

“We will all also think of those brave Ukrainians who are fighting for their own survival to defend freedom and democracy for all, just as British and Commonwealth soldiers did in both world wars,” he said. declared.

US Rhodes Scholars Chosen to Begin Oxford Studies in 2023


WASHINGTON (AP) — A new group of Rhodes Scholars from the United States has been selected for the prestigious academic program in a selection process that took place online for the third consecutive year.

The class of 32 Scholars for 2023 was “elected entirely virtually, with candidates and selectors participating remotely, securely, and independently,” Rhodes Trust U.S. Secretary Elliot F. Gerson said in a statement early Sunday. “As successful as the process has been, we of course hope to return to in-person interviews and screening next year in cities across the country, as it has been done for over a century.”

Interviews for the 2021 and 2022 scholarships were conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The class of 2023 scholarships, comprising 16 women and 16 men, are expected to begin their studies at the University of Oxford in England in October in postgraduate studies in the social, humanities and biological and physical sciences, the trust said.

The American scholars, who are among the selected students from more than 60 countries, were reviewed by 16 independent district committees from a pool of more than 2,500 applications. Of these applicants, 840 were endorsed by 244 US colleges and universities.

After receiving endorsements from their schools, most district committees selected 14 or more applicants for online interviews. The committees met separately Nov. 10-12 via a virtual platform and promoted 235 finalists from 73 colleges and universities, including nine schools that had yet to have a student winner of the scholarship, although there was no there were no first-time winning institutions, the trust said. .

The financial expenses of scholarship recipients for two to three years of study – on average around $75,000 per year – are covered by the Rhodes Trust, a British charity set up to honor the legacy of Cecil Rhodes, founder of the mining company and manufacturing of De Beers diamonds.

The scholarships were established in 1902, with the inaugural class entering Oxford in 1903 and the first American Rhodes Scholars arriving in 1904, according to the US Secretary of the Trust’s website.

Welch 104th Veterans Day Parade continues despite the weather | New


WELCH — The 104th Welch Veterans Day Parade marched as scheduled Friday morning, despite the threat of heavy rain resulting in a lower than usual turnout.

The longest running Veterans Day Parade in the nation, the parade drew large congregants and honored veterans in a way that is special to McDowell County and residents.

The guest speaker for the post-parade ceremonies was Steve Mooney, director of operations for the State Department of Veterans Assistance.

Mooney is a Huntington native and is also a veteran, enlisting in 1991 in the West Virginia National Guard and serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mooney said military service has helped keep the country and citizens “safe and free,” and it has also honored military families who make sacrifices.

“At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns of the world fell silent,” he said of the end of World War I. This day was originally called Armistice Day until it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 after World War II. and the Korean War.

“Unfortunately World War I would not be the ‘war to end all wars,'” he said of an oft-used phrase about the war, which ended in 1918. .

Mooney said Veterans Day is set aside to honor those who put their lives on the line “for our freedom.”

“These men and women were ordinary people until they heard the call of duty and responded,” he said. “They left their families, their homes and their lives, not for the recognition or the glory, not for the honor we give them today. They fought for our country and to maintain our way of life.

Mooney also recalled a personal experience of losing a friend from that region on May 18, 2002 when enemy bullets rained down on a US convoy in Afghanistan.

“A soldier from this region died of a gunshot wound while serving in combat operations in Afghanistan. His name was Staff Sergeant. Gene Arden Vance Jr.,” Mooney said. “I was very honored to know Gene and to have worked with him for several years before 9/11 (2001). Gene paid the ultimate sacrifice a soldier can ever make.

Vance was a graduate of Oceana High School in Wyoming County and was killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom when his unit came under heavy fire while on patrol in eastern Afghanistan.

A member of the US Special Forces Airborne Army West Virginia National Guard Unit sent to hunt down Osama bin Laden, Vance, despite being seriously injured, saved the lives of two fellow Americans and 18 Afghan soldiers.

“He will always be remembered as a kind person with a smile on his face and a positive attitude,” Mooney said.

Mooney also said everyone should remember that returning veterans often experience stress and challenges in rehabilitating.

“Let’s not forget the internal injuries that veterans suffer on a daily basis,” he said, with 22 veterans taking their own lives every day. “Military service is not for the faint of heart.”

Most civilian jobs do not involve risk to “life and limb”, he said, adding that in civilian jobs people can quit when they want and live wherever they want, but that is not the case in the army.

“The challenges of transition, the stresses of military life and feelings of isolation all contribute to a suicide rate among veterans that is 50% higher than that of a non-military adult,” he said. he declares. “The stigma of seeking help needs to end.”

Mooney said it takes courage to seek help and “we need to be proactive and encourage veterans to seek help,” adding that homelessness is another issue among veterans.

“The best way to prevent veteran homelessness is to hire them,” he said.

Mooney said that when politicians want to cut the costs of military programs, “it’s up to us to remind them of the cost of being a veteran.”

“Veterans Day is not just a day for veterans,” he said. “It’s a day for Americans. It’s a day to remember why they fought and a day for us to begin our journey of protecting our freedom and the freedom of future generations.

Welch Mayor Harold McBride also spoke at the event.

“I can’t think of any place in the world I’d rather be on Veterans Day than Welch, West Virginia,” he said. “It’s unique, it’s special and no one can take that away. We’re very lucky to be here and we’ll always remember that.

Tom Hicks, state commander of the American Legion, attended the event.

“It was an honor and a privilege to be invited here today to participate in the 104th Veterans Day Parade in Welch,” he said.

Jan Williams, commander of American Legion Post 8, which is sponsoring the event, led the parade.

“It’s my freshman year,” she said of her new position at Station 8.

Not only that, she is also the first female commander of Post 8.

Williams said she raised her children in the county, was retired from McDowell County schools and, along with her husband, David, is an Air Force veteran.

She said they joined the American Legion on the 100th anniversary of that veterans organization (2019).

“We usually have to work the parade,” she said. “But it was great (to be in). It was an honor.

David Williams said he was born and raised in McDowell County and always comes to the parade.

“The only ones I missed was when I was on the service,” he said.

“We are very proud of the county and the city in which we live,” said Jan Williams. “We are proud to be veterans and to have served our country.”

Residents who attended the parade said they weren’t concerned about the weather, which ultimately brought only a few showers.

Brittany Bolden, a Panther native who now lives in Bluefield, said she’s attended at least 20 Welch shows, and loves her story and how it solidifies the community.

“It brings the community together,” she said, and it’s something everyone looks forward to, bringing people together from across the county.

Bolden’s daughter-in-law, Adalyn, 7, a student at Mountain Valley Elementary School, said she had attended the parade before.

“I’ve been there many times,” she said, and she always looks forward to it.

Her favorite part of the show? “Candy.”

Paisley, her 5-year-old sister, said she had been there before but was too young to remember, so it really is her first time.

But she wasted no time in saying what she was most looking forward to: “candy.”

Morgan Griffin said she recently moved to Welch from North Carolina and this was her first time attending the parade.

“I know this parade has been going on for a long time, but I was surprised they had it with the rain,” she said.

When told it was the 104th parade, Griffin’s reaction was, “That’s awesome.”

Griffin said her daughter, who is in third grade at Kimball Elementary, was in the parade and she loves seeing all the kids participating.

“She will be walking with her cheerleading squad,” she said.

Shane Collins, who recently returned to the area, said his entire family is from McDowell County and “it’s been a long time” since he attended the parade, but goes there often when he was growing.

Collins said his favorite thing was just “to see the community come together.”

Andrea Green, who is from McDowell County and her family owns an insurance business and a new laundry mat in Welch, said she has been coming to the parade for a long time.

“My dad is a veteran, so we made it a tradition to come to the parade,” she said.

Green said her favorite part of the parade was “seeing people I know.”

Her father, Charles David Brown, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam, said he was born in Iaeger and had attended the parade for many years.

“I like coming to see old friends,” he said.

Brown said he also appreciated the message.

“I am grateful that efforts are being made to honor those who have served,” he said, adding that it took 20 years after Vietnam before anyone thanked veterans for their service. “They say it now, but they didn’t then.”

Another family member, Joseph Green, 13, said he has been coming to the parade “since I was a baby”.

Green said he also enjoys seeing the people and the Concord University band, which performed the national anthem and other patriotic songs.

He’s a musician who plays the euphonium and says if he goes to Concord, he wants to be in the college band.

Concord University was named the parade’s best band; Mount View High School football team won Best Youth Group; Best vintage car went to Jimmy Osborne for a 1995 Chevy C-1500; the Welch Lions Club won the Commander’s Best Civic Group Award; and the Commander’s Trophy for Best in Parade went to Jimmy’s Hardware.

— Contact Charles Boothe at [email protected]

Latest Updates on the Russo-Ukrainian War – The Washington Post


Russian forces retreating from the west bank of the Dnieper, including the city of Kherson, damaged and destroyed communications and other infrastructure and looted some of the area’s museums, Ukrainian officials said Thursday. President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested in his late night address that Russian troops were also laying mines as they departed.

But even amid reports that some Russian troops were leaving, Ukrainian officials said a full withdrawal from the region would take much longer. “It’s not so easy to withdraw these troops from Kherson in a day or two. At least, [it will take] a week,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told Reuters. He said the retreat would free up troops on both sides to fight on other fronts – but this winter would likely slow the pace on the battlefield.

Here is the latest news on the war and its ripple effects around the world.

4. From our correspondents

Howitzers help Ukraine push on the southern front: Ukraine has used American-made high-mobility artillery rocket systems, or HIMARS launchers, to cut off Russian troops from their supply lines in the southern Kherson and Mykolaiv regions. He also used US-supplied howitzers to pound the Russian front line, allowing Ukrainian infantry to liberate a series of occupied towns as they pushed towards Kherson, report Michael E. Miller and Anastacia Galouchka of ‘Ukraine.

Even when the front line did not move, howitzers supplied by the United States aided the Ukrainians by preventing the Russians from having their own shorter-range artillery on the front. “I can’t say they changed the tide of the fight,” said Lt. Col. Maksym Bohachuk, 29, a history teacher who is now a battalion commander, “but they [the howitzers] accelerate our victory.

Here are five upcoming Latino events in the state

Free vaccination clinic at SCOW

WALLINGFORD — The Spanish Community of Wallingford is hosting an immunization clinic at 284 Washington St., in partnership with Griffin Hospital and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The walk-in clinic will take place on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The effort will resume on Wednesday, November 16 from 1 to 6 p.m. Booster, second dose and first dose injections will be available for anyone aged six. months and more. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian. No appointment is necessary and all shots are free.

Learn more about the event here: https://twitter.com/SCOW284/status/1590374441443545094?cxt=HHwWjMDSoZvIkpIsAAAA

Andean music concert

HARTFORD — Tertulia, a social group for Spanish-speaking professionals over 40 located in West Hartford, will host a free concert featuring two Andean music groups. Sol sin Fronteras and Cuatro Puntos will present Latin American rhythms and music at Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church St. Hartford, on Sunday, November 13 from 2:45-4:45 p.m.

According to its website, the group organizes cultural visits to museums, concerts and restaurants, dancing, singing or hiking.

Learn more about the event here: https://www.meetup.com/tertulias-en-espanol/events/289407810/

Performance by rising star Marcus Rodriguez

HARTFORD – Up-and-coming Latin American singer-songwriter Marcus Rodriguez will take the stage for his first live performance on his 21st birthday on Sunday, November 13 from 5-8 p.m. at Southern Kitchen & Bar in Black- Eyed Sally. Tickets start at $5. This event is open to all ages.

Learn more about the event here: https://www.union.com/event/marcus-rodriguez-first-live-show-experience-12882768

Book Discussion on Global Radicalism in the Age of the Mexican Revolution

HARTFORD — Trinity College’s Austin Arts Center is hosting a conversation with Christina Heatherton, Elting Associate Professor of American Studies and Human Rights at Trinity College, about her new book “Arise!” which deals with how militants establish solidarity in revolutionary Mexico. Heatherton will be joined by Daya Gore, Justin Akers, and A. Naomi Paik to discuss the book’s contributions to radical internationalist thought on Friday, November 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event will be open to the public and there will be a Zoom option for this event.

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La Suprema Court concert

NORWALK – Salsa band La Suprema Corte will perform at Bambu Night Club on Saturday November 19. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 11 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40 to $60 and you must be at least 21 years old to attend.

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Military briefing: How Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson is changing the war in Ukraine


Colorful billboards erected by Russian occupying forces in the Ukrainian city of Kherson boasted that it would be a Russian city “forever”. In reality, it lasted a little over eight months.

Under heavy bombardment from a Ukrainian counter-offensive that began on August 29, Russian troops at risk of being surrounded were ordered to withdraw from the city on Wednesday.

Their retreat marks a major victory for Kyiv in the battle for southeastern Ukraine, which robs Moscow of its greatest military achievement in the war and changes the reckoning for both sides as the conflict heads into winter.

Ukrainian and Western officials have speculated for weeks that a Russian the city’s withdrawal, strategic for its proximity to Crimea, was imminent and was quick to urge caution over the implications of Moscow’s withdrawal while downplaying any hopes that it might trigger a rapid advance.

But analysts said control of the city would expand Kyiv’s options to inflict greater damage on Russia’s diminished invasion targets and its ability to hold territory it still controls.

“Kherson is important to both sides,” a Western intelligence official said.

Even if Kherson is quickly evacuated, it is highly unlikely to trigger a rout of the Russian lines. By withdrawing from the city, which sits on the northwest (or right) bank of the Dnipro River near its Black Sea delta, Russia aims to strengthen its defenses across the river, where it is building defensive lines for weeks. , reinforced by natural defenses such as canals and wet, swampy soils.

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Thus, Western officials expect Ukraine to be able to retake the northwest bank of the Dnipro by the end of November, while Russia can hold the other side.

Speaking at an event in New York, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley estimated that Russia had up to 30,000 troops north of the Dnipro in that area. “It’s going to take them days and maybe even weeks to pull those forces south of that river,” he said.

Besides its symbolic value as the only provincial capital captured by Russia during its more than eight-month invasion, Kherson has major value as a strategic location from which Ukraine can recalibrate its counteroffensive.

The wider Kherson region connects mainland Ukraine with the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula, and the city lies about 100 km from the isthmus which provides Russia with a narrow land corridor to resupply its troops from its great bases there.

This would put three important routes that lie on the land bridge and a number of Russian logistics sites and ammunition depots within range of the Ukrainian-provided high-precision rocket system, threatening a critical supply route that fueled Russia’s war effort from the peninsula.

The province of Kherson on the right bank of the Dnipro River is “strategically important from a military point of view because it gives us control of the firepower of the Crimean roads used as supply lines by the Russians”, said said Serhiy Kuzan, adviser to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. . “It will be a very big blow to the Russian forces.”

This proximity to Crimea could also see Russia move more forces south to protect the approach to the annexed peninsula, territory from which President Vladimir Putin may never agree to withdraw: his most significant military conquest in the past. of his reign of more than two decades, Crimea is also home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Kherson, captured in March, “is the only target Russia has achieved of all its plans,” said Ben Wallace, Britain’s defense secretary. “And now they have given it up. Which must beg the question in the Kremlin: what was all this for, all these lost Russian lives?

Military analysts said how Russia pulls out will be key to Moscow’s longer-term prospects in southeastern Ukraine. A Ukrainian counteroffensive in northeastern Ukraine in September triggered a chaotic retreat, decimating Russian military lines and capabilities.

“If Russia can withdraw its units without incurring heavy casualties, it will likely be in a better position to maintain its existing front lines,” said Rob Lee, senior fellow at the US-based Foreign Policy Research Institute. “That is why [how] the withdrawal is made is critical.

Thursday’s development comes as the United States estimated that both sides had suffered heavy losses. Milley said more than 100,000 Russian soldiers had been killed and wounded in Ukraine, with Kyiv likely suffering similar losses.

Ukraine has informed its allies that it plans to advance slowly and carefully as its troops move to retake Kherson, according to a Western diplomat, wary of Russian troops who may remain in the city and the greater threat of the other side of the river. Ukrainian officials on Wednesday urged caution over the reality of the Russian withdrawal, fearing a trap.

While announcing the planned retreat, Sergei Surovikin, appointed commander of the Russian invasion force last month, claimed that Russia had in fact succeeded in repelling Ukrainian attacks and inflicting significant casualties on troops in Kyiv.

Surovikin said the withdrawal would “free up forces and equipment that will be used to carry out actions, including of an offensive nature, in other areas where the operation is being carried out.”

Russian commanders “clearly made the decision to withdraw behind the natural border [of the river]said Wallace. “A perfectly logical measure.”

Kuzan said that while Russia has “already bid farewell to the city of Kherson as an administrative center” after evacuating its non-military personnel and officials in recent weeks, it has simultaneously bolstered troop levels around the city and along the front lines on the western side of the Dnipro.

“Their best ground forces remained. But they have moved their artillery to the eastern side of the Dnipro river, from where they can reach the front lines,” Kuzan said.

Even if the conflict in southeastern Ukraine descends into a stalemate over the winter, as some Western officials have suggested, the recapture of Kherson will give Kyiv leverage as it pressures on Western governments to step up arms and ammunition deliveries, as well as financial support.

“It is encouraging to see how the brave Ukrainian forces are able to liberate more Ukrainian territory, the victories, the gains that the Ukrainian armed forces achieve belong to the brave and courageous Ukrainian soldiers,” NATO Secretary General said on Wednesday. , Jens Stoltenberg. “But of course the support they receive from the UK, NATO allies and partners is also essential… We will continue to support Ukraine.

Additional reporting by John Paul Rathbone in London and Max Seddon in Riga

Gonzales leads Bexar County prosecutor’s race in early vote totals


SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County District Attorney Joe D. Gonzales held a sizable lead in his re-election race, passing challenger Marc LaHood in early vote totals reported Tuesday night.

Gonzales won 57% of the early votes, compared to 43% for LaHood.

Voters decide whether Gonzales, the Democratic incumbent, deserves a second term or if he should be replaced by LaHood, a criminal defense attorney and a Republican.

Gonzales, 63, earned a reputation as the face of reform during his first term by launching a “citation and release” program for minor criminal offenses and expanding the county’s pretrial diversion program. He called for reforms to prevent non-violent defendants charged with minor offenses from remaining in jail awaiting trial if they could not post bail.

But Gonzales also took swipes at critics who accused him of being too soft on crime and blamed him for what they saw as low bail amounts that got some defendants out of jail.

LaHood, 44, has waged a “tough on crime” campaign and has won endorsements from local law enforcement groups including the San Antonio Police Association, the County Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar and the Bexar County Adult Probation Officers Association.

LaHood blamed Gonzales for an increase in crime and for the low morale and turnover of prosecutors in the district attorney’s office. From 2018 to 2021, murders in San Antonio increased by more than 50%, while violent crime overall jumped 13% over the same three-year period.

However, homicides have increased “in cities across the country and in jurisdictions of all types,” according to a July report from the Brennan Center for Justice. This report found that the pattern was about the same in Democratic-run cities as in Republican-run cities.

LaHood also strongly criticized President Joe Biden’s border policies, calling them a “disaster.” And he sought to work with law enforcement to crack down on illegal immigration and related crimes.

Gonzales focused on what he described as easy access to guns in Texas, saying it contributed to crime. In June, he said he thought everyone should focus on gun violence and support victims of crime.

Gonzales blamed pay and quality of life issues for the turnover of prosecutors in his office.

The two men also disagree on whether to enforce Texas’ new abortion law. Gonzales noted that he would not pursue charges against anyone who obtains or permits an abortion. But LaHood countered that district attorneys cannot decline to prosecute entire categories of crimes based on their personal beliefs.

Gonzales previously worked as a prosecutor in Bexar and Harris counties in the 1990s. He then worked as a criminal defense attorney in private practice for more than 20 years. He was first elected district attorney in 2018 and took office in January 2019. He has also worked as a magistrate and as a municipal judge.

LaHood has been a criminal defense attorney for 15 years, defending clients in state and federal cases, but has never served as a prosecutor. He has advocated for clients in more than 50 Texas counties, according to his campaign website.

Gonzales was born and raised on the West Side of San Antonio by a single mother, who worked night shifts at Kelly AFB to support her five children. A third-generation Mexican American, Gonzales grew up speaking English and Spanish. He earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from St. Mary’s University. He is married and has a daughter.

LaHood was born and raised in San Antonio. He is a graduate of Texas Military Institute, Trinity University and received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2007, according to his campaign website. He is married and the father of four children. He is a devout Catholic.

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Non-Prime Auto Loans Get Liquidity Through ACAR Trust’s $300M ABS Deal


American Credit Acceptance Receivables Trust, 2022-4, is preparing to securitize a pool of income from lower-grade retail installment loans, raising $300 million in the capital markets.

Notes issued under the deal, known as ACAR 2022-4, will benefit from an experienced sponsor and servicing agent, according to Moody’s Investor Service, which is one of the key strengths of agreement credit.

The list of transaction challenges is a little longer, however. For one, American Credit Acceptance, the sponsor, is unrated and a financially weak managing agent, Moody’s said.

“A financially weak servicer/sponsor may be less able to mitigate non-collateral risk on behalf of ABS bondholders,” the rating agency said. “Also, if maintenance has to be transferred to the backup repairer, performance may suffer.”

Unpreferred loan quality is another challenge for the ratings, the rating agency said. The pool has a non-zero weighted average (WA) FICO score of 541. Previous ACAR transactions issued in 2021 and early 2022 showed weaker performance compared to 2020 and pre-pandemic transactions. Early performance data on more recent deals had revealed higher cumulative net losses from more recent managed portfolio creation vintages, leading to higher expected losses for the ACAR 2022-4 deal, according to the rating agency.

Almost the entire loan pool, or 99%, finances used cars. Even that could leave the pool vulnerable to a reduction in salvage costs, if used car prices drop significantly.

To mitigate many of these risk factors, the ACAR 2022-4 ratings benefit from a reserve fund, overcollateralisation, subordination and excess margin. A cash reserve provides liquidity to the Notes.

Moody’s plans to assign ratings ranging from “Aaa” on the $105.7 million Class A Notes to “Baa2” on the $39.6 million Class D Notes. The legal final maturity of the notes extends from May 2026 to January 2030.



GAITHERSBURG, Md., November 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — DecisionPoint Corporation, a transformative systems and solutions integrator in the civilian defense and federal communities, has hired Thomas Sullivan as Director of Growth. With aggressive growth opportunities on DecisionPoint’s horizon, Sullivan will oversee business development for the company, capture the solution development and proposal operations team, and work as a core member of the direction of the business to support and drive strategic growth.

Sullivan brings more than 25 years of growth and public procurement experience to this position. Most recently, Sullivan spent two years as Chief Growth Officer for Tsymmetry, a leading provider of information technology (IT) and business services for the federal government. Sullivan is a successful business developer, capture manager, proposal manager, and program manager with DoD, federal civilian, and commercial experience. Sullivan excels at defining strategies, developing support plans, and building internal and external team partnerships to develop winning capture plans and customer-focused solution proposals. Sullivan planned, led and facilitated working sessions on solution visions, storyboards, detailed calling plans, pricing and pricing strategies.

Sullivan shared that his growth vision includes “Focusing on core customers, capturing business for all strategic opportunities, establishing and maintaining a blended and dynamic pipeline of opportunities, and working with all DecisionPoint personnel to establish a culture and state of spirit of business development as we expand business development activities from the growth team across DecisionPoint, we are all in this together.

CEO of Decision Point Brian Flood praised Sullivan’s abilities and leadership “Tom brings to DecisionPoint not only years of exceptional success as a growth executive, but also a fundamental understanding that performance excellence requires a true commitment to leadership, leading by effort, example and with compassion. I’m grateful to have Tom as a colleague.”

DecisionPoint Corporation, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and HUBZone certified company, is a proven integrator in the Defense and Federal civilian communities implementing transformative IT support services enabling government agencies to successfully respond to the requirements of their critical missions.

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Closing the barn door on “store now, decrypt later” attacks


The Biden administration’s new national security strategy and national defense strategy highlight how competitors are undermining the operational, logistical, and informational advantages of the U.S. military. The main technology risks facing the United States are the continued need to build national cyber resilience, such as the use of zero-trust architecture and quantum systems; creating secure technology supply chains that promote global interoperability and supplier diversity; and escalation risk management in cyber operations and information operations. Of these three strategic areas, increasing national cyber resilience is arguably the most critical, especially to defend against “store now, decrypt later” or SNDL attacks.

Opponents are launching SNDL attacks against the United States, exfiltrating and storing encrypted data today to decrypt it in the future using post-quantum cryptography (PQC) algorithms. PQC refers to a technological stage when advanced quantum computers reach “sufficient size and level of sophistication” and can break the classic public-key encryption methods that secure our communications and financial transactions over the Internet.

By their very name, SNDL attacks focus on long-playing and exploiting delays with the implementation of more advanced security protocols. Imagine this: even if Country A manages to switch 100% of its protocols to PQC algorithms in 2023, all of Country A’s data stolen in previous years during Country B’s SNDL campaign remains vulnerable. In other words, upgrading the barn door lock can help protect the horses still inside, but it won’t make the horses stolen.

Some scholars are skeptical of the likelihood of states developing cryptanalytically relevant quantum computers and criticize the so-called quantum hype as a “funding frenzy”. The White House’s Quantum Technologies Fact Sheet refutes this, however, noting that this technological milestone is achievable “at some point in the not-too-distant future.”

Additionally, the Biden administration’s May 2022 executive order and two national security memoranda on quantum computing describe post-quantum systems as “cryptanalytically relevant quantum computers,” meaning they could pose risks. important national, economic and cybersecurity issues in the United States by weakening the current public. key cryptography. The memorandum on promoting American leadership in the quantum field warns that PQC poses a significant security risk to cryptographic systems that protect critical infrastructure supervision and control systems, and also secure military and civilian communications.

Besides the United States, the European Union is also concerned about the risks of PQC. In October, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) published a report on the need to create cryptographic protocols and prepare for post-quantum resilient systems. ENISA explains that even if the transition to new quantum resistant cryptographic algorithms takes years, perhaps due to financial and technological obstacles, “we still have to anticipate this. [transition] and be prepared to face all possible consequences.

Preparation is an essential part of success. As Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the US President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber ​​and Emerging Technologies, announced during a panel at CSIS: “The process of deploying new encryption capable of self-defense against a potential quantum computer is not a year-long process. effort; it is a long effort.

Transitioning critical infrastructure to federally approved PQC standards is no small feat. Rather, it is a complex and delicate challenge that cuts across the public and private sectors. From a design thinking perspective, the main barriers to transitioning to PQC algorithms can be summarized into technical, cost, schedule, and programming risks. As an initial planning framework, policymakers should focus on these four considerations when engaging with stakeholders and building trust around upgrading vulnerable systems and infrastructure.

For example, under the auspices of the National Quantum Initiative program, policymakers could push industry to adopt, at a minimum, the first set of PQC algorithms developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology last summer. According to Susan M. Gordon, former Senior Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Adms. Mike Rogers and John Richardson, “Major global banks, telecoms, healthcare providers and other enterprises have already begun the transition to PQC,” reports Cyberscoop.

While it may not be technologically possible to bring stolen “horses” back to the barn, enhancing our locks with PQC algorithms is essential to defending against SNDL attacks and promoting national cyber resilience. .

Zhanna L. Malekos Smith is a Senior Partner at Strategic Technologies Program and the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and an assistant professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she is also a member of the Army Cyber ​​Institute and an affiliate professor at the Modern War Institute. Opinions expressed here are his own.

Future uses investigated for Port Royal SC Naval Hospital


Beaufort Naval Hospital in Port Royal.

Beaufort Naval Hospital in Port Royal.

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Local officials want a say in future uses of the 72-year-old Port Royal Naval Hospital if the Navy transfers its medical mission to new facilities currently underway in other locations, which seems likely.

Led by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and local governments, a task force has been formed to study potential new uses for the 127-acre hospital property. The chamber has also hired a defense expert to help with this effort.

In April, the Navy announced that it was beginning a study on the construction of a $150 million state-of-the-art medical clinic at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

This prompted local business and government leaders to convene the task force and hire the consultant to study future uses for the Naval Hospital, which an expert says is already underutilized.

Other army moves have also prompted local officials to get involved, said Zakary Payne, associate vice president of Matrix Design Group, the consultant hired by the chamber.

One is a second new clinic that is being considered at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, also located in Port Royal, Payne said.

And the Veterans Administration, Payne added, is buying land in northern Beaufort County where it could build a new clinic to serve Beaufort County veterans.

Currently, the Naval Hospital, which opened in 1949, provides general medical, surgical and emergency services to Marines at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, in addition to their people at and retired military personnel, a total of about 35,000 people.

Local elected officials want a seat at the table

The Navy’s medical mission in Beaufort County isn’t changing, noted Ian Scott, president and CEO of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, but “where they do it, where they execute that mission, is potentially changing. “.

The Navy did not say it planned to close the naval hospital.

With investments in new facilities, Scott said, “We have reason to start planning now to ensure we not only have a seat at the table, but can help steer the course for the future. .

If the property is found to be underutilized and deemed “surplus,” Scott said, the General Services Administration has a specific process to transfer ownership. Another federal agency would have the first crack on the property, he said, followed by local governments. It is possible that no transfer will be necessary if another military use is found for the property.

New facilities could mean the bulk of Naval Hospital operations will be handled elsewhere in the region for the next decade, Scott said. What is less clear is what will happen at the hospital in the future, and that is what the task force will address.

The task force — five voting members representing Port Royal, Beaufort, Beaufort County, the House and the House Military Enhancement Committee — will hold its first meeting later this month.

Members plan to provide recommendations on possible uses of the property to the Navy.

“We are facilitating a process for the community to identify the highest potential best use for the Naval Hospital that supports military missions in the region,” Scott said. “That’s the whole goal here.”

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Local officials are trying to be proactive about what happens next on the main property abutting busy Ribaut Road and the Beaufort River, Scott said.

“We have all of the stakeholders all rowing in the same direction on this,” said Neal Pugliese, chairman of the house Military Enhancement Committee, noting that local and state governments and the state Congressional delegation are all on board.

The navy is in the early stages of identifying what to do with the naval hospital grounds, Pugliese said.

The Navy has been receptive to local feedback, Pugliese said. A Navy spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Scott and Pugliese said potential “adaptive reuses” could be related to healthcare, education or cyber defense. If they provide employment opportunities for military spouses and support existing military missions, they said, they would likely be welcomed.

Similar criticisms occur elsewhere

What appears to be happening locally with military medical facilities is consistent with what is happening nationally, said Payne, the consultant.

A few years ago, the Department of Defense stopped providing health care to focus more on military readiness, Payne said. Part of the change is to provide outpatient care at outpatient surgical centers that are more accessible to the military while relying on non-military health care facilities for specialty and long-term care.

Scott views the investment in new medical facilities as a positive development. And influencing new use at the Naval Hospital, he said, is a business that would affect future generations.

It is so critical to the economy of this region to ensure the long-term success of all military missions,” Scott said.

A study 2022 According to the South Carolina Army Base Task Force, the military presence in Beaufort County accounts for approximately $2.2 billion in annual economic impact and 19,240 jobs. The economic impact of the hospital alone, he says, is $222 million a year.

Port Royal officials would like to see better access to the ruins of historic Fort Frederick which is located on the grounds of Beaufort Naval Hospital. Jonathan Dyer/The Beaufort Gazette

The Naval Hospital, one of the few military installations recognized as a full military complex rather than a tenant of a larger command, includes living quarters, a Navy exchange retail store, gas station and mini market, softball courts, swimming pool, lighted tennis and basketball courts, outdoor fitness trail, gym, fishing pier and children’s playground.

In 2009, a $261 million proposal to rebuild the hospital was removed from a list of military projects to receive federal stimulus funds.

The city of Port Royal has been anticipating the closure of the hospital for years. In the past, local officials have said they would like to see more access to the complex, which includes the waterfront and Fort Frederick, a British fort built in 1735 to protect the area.

No Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process is in place for the hospital. A BRAC, Scott noted, has not been authorized since 2005.

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Karl Puckett covers the town of Beaufort, the town of Port Royal and other communities north of the Broad River for The Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet. The Minnesota native has also worked at newspapers in his home state of Alaska, Wisconsin and Montana.

UVic News – University of Victoria


When Aliens Appeared Over Montana In The Hit 2016 Movie ArrivalCaroline Allen, a linguistics student at the University of Montana at the time, was thrilled. Only a linguist could save the day? Great Fiction.

Now a UVic grad with a master’s in linguistics, Allen might argue that the film’s premise isn’t so far-fetched: when the covidThe -19 pandemic arrived in Victoria and threatened to fracture its community, it was she who intervened.

“Caroline started working at the Sociolinguistics Research Laboratory in 2018 and very quickly established herself as a leader,” recalls Alexandra D’Arcy, director of the laboratory and associate dean for research in the humanities. “When the lab had to close during the pandemic, she actively fostered a sense of connection and belonging by hosting Zoom movie nights and trivia, which kept our team strong.”

Behind the scenes, Allen says the team helped her too. Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, ongoing border closures and strict quarantine rules have kept her isolated from close friends and family back home, making times difficult.

The pandemic has been difficult in many ways, but spending time with other people who care about what matters to you is just plain good for your soul. Being part of this research lab was the highlight of my experience at UVic. I do not want say ‘it helped me grow’ or ‘it broadened my mind’ or ‘it made me a better person…’ but… it made. That’s actually how I feel.

—Caroline Allen, UVic M.A. Linguistics graduate

It also helped that his team was working on a fun task. In the Kids Talk project, led by D’Arcy, the group tracked changes in the way children (ages three to eight) speak over a five-year period, as a way of understanding language change in ways more general.

How language changes

“We know that language changes over time, but we also know that people don’t usually change the way they speak after the age of 17, so the widely held assumption is that children drive language change forward. “, says Allen. “It’s been assumed for a long time, but it’s never been directly observed, so that’s what this project aims to do.”

Allen’s personal research, which she conducted for her master’s thesis, analyzed variations and changes in the English language within the passive voice, from the mid-19th century to the end of the 20th – a subject can -be more esoteric than that of the Kids Talk project, but no less exciting for her, nor potentially useful for understanding how language works in a social context.

“So saying ‘the ball has been hit’ against ‘the ball obtained hit”, for example. My research showed that people born in 1865 said “getting hit” only 3% of the time, while people born in 1995 said it 60% of the time. It’s possible that 100 years from now people will only say it that way, and that’s what they’ll think is the norm,” Allen says. “People often criticize or make assumptions about the way other groups speak, but studies show that language variation and change are very natural, human and inevitable processes, and that these biases are mostly rooted in racism. , classicism, sexism or xenophobia.”

The most often cited example in North America is the attitude of white people toward so-called African-American English, a dialect of English that has been stigmatized and politicized for centuries.

“How language is politicized and weaponized by people who use it as a tool to hoard power is a question I didn’t even know how to ask until I started my studies here,” Allen shares. “Language always changes over time and from group to group; it is the very nature of language. We shouldn’t need academic research to prove that different forms of human expression have value.

Immerse yourself in communities and cultures

For her part, Allen is very much in love with the people, the culture, the community and all the joys of being a person in a culture within a community. Her love of the language, she says, was shaped in part by her time in a small town in West Bengal, India, throughout her teens and early twenties, where she was immersed in and captivated by Bengali language. It’s clear, however, that his true love is music.

“I love choral singing. I have been singing in church choirs since I was 15. I like classical music… and opera. And folk music. I love to write songs…. And I’m learning the violin!Allen said with jerky enthusiasm, as if realizing her love for everyone for the first time. “In a nutshell, however, my passion is ‘vernacular’. That’s why I love both sociolinguistics and folk music. It’s a matter of language and music that comes from people.

It is precisely this love for people and their diverse expressions that has made the pandemic so difficult for Allen – a self-proclaimed extrovert whose warmth and empathetic connection to others can be felt in a crowded room – and who pushes people to join communities to practice them or build them when none already exist.

In addition to her work as Sociolinguistics Research Lab Manager, Kids Talk Project Manager and Music Director at Abbey Church, Allen has been heavily involved in “numerous lesbian community building initiatives” on and off campus while completing his degree. This included supporting a lesbian newsletter started by a friend who found a trove of old lesbian newsletters from the 1980s and 90s in the archives of UVic libraries, and a football team not competition that Allen and a few others created together.

“In response to the pandemic, my friends and I, like many people, lacked tangible ways to connect,” she recalls. “And, in general, that’s the case for a lot of queer people who live in isolation, so we wanted to start something that feels like us.”

Now that she’s finished college, Allen will return home to Washington to spend time with her family, connect with old friends, and see what premonitions of the future arise.

Despite her departure, it’s clear that Allen is just one of those people for whom there is no single ending point – just a long, wandering, joy-filled journey filled with new people she can’t wait to meet and discover new mysteries she can’t wait to discover.

“I feel like I did what I came here for. I am proud of my degree. I am proud of my thesis. I pursued my passions. I acquired many transferable skills in quantitative research and project management. What will I do next? I just want to enjoy this moment.

Laura Tucker honored by Roanoke College


A Salem native who spends a lot of time promoting the city of Salem through her civic and professional activities has been honored by Roanoke College.

Laura Tucker recently received the college’s Charles Brown Award at its annual Salem Appreciation Breakfast, which recognizes Salem residents who have made significant professional and civic contributions to the quality of life in the city.

The award, first presented in 1997, is named after Charles Brown, first dean of Roanoke College and former mayor of Salem.

Tucker’s public service history includes mentoring students and bringing the community together to celebrate fun and unique events and causes around the city.

Tucker, a Salem Water Department staff member and teaching assistant at Salem City Schools, volunteers for multiple civic initiatives.

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She mentors elementary school students through Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia, a nonprofit organization that works with community volunteers in a 17-county region. JA named Tucker its 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

When Salem marked its 215th birthday, Tucker co-founded a grassroots social media group called Salem215 that was dedicated to highlighting positive happenings in the city.

She also champions Roanoke College’s Toy Like Me program, a partnership of faculty, students and staff that modifies toys so children with disabilities and health conditions can see positive reflections of themselves.

TAP is looking for volunteers for a free tax clinic

Total Action for Progress’s free tax clinic provided tax preparation to 521 households last year, but the clinic may not be able to serve that many next tax season.

An e-mailed statement said TAP is in “an urgent need of volunteers for our free tax clinic”, adding “without volunteers, the clinic cannot operate”.

The weekly volunteer commitment is six hours per week for 10 weeks, and free online training is available.

The tax clinic is available to people with a household income of less than $58,000. Households helped by the clinic claimed $411,105 in earned income tax credit, according to the release.

Tuesday is the registration deadline to register as a volunteer. For more information, contact Teffany Henderson at [email protected].

The Miss Roanoke Valley pageant takes place on November 12

Isabella Jessee, Miss Roanoke Valley 2022, will relinquish her crown Nov. 12 at the Dumas Center, 108 First St. NW

Jessee of Roanoke is a 2022 graduate of Hollins University and EMT for Roanoke City Fire and Rescue. She finished second in the Miss Virginia pageant in June.

The Miss RV scholarship pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Virginia and Miss America pageants. Young girls from across the state will not only compete for the title of Miss RV, but also for Miss RV’s Outstanding Teen. A Teen N Training and several princesses will also be selected.

Outstanding Miss RV teenager Ayana Johnson of Suffolk will also give up her crown. She won the Miss VA Outstanding Teenage title at Roanoke in June.

Miss Roanoke Valley enjoys a network of support and resources to promote her personal community service platform during her year of service.

The contest starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $20 but are free for children under 6.

An essay on an award-winning D-Day local vet

In October 2018, Forest I. Jones and his brother interviewed William Dabney, an African-American soldier who was in the D-Day invasion but did not receive the Legion of Honor until 65 years later.

Two months later, Dabney, then 94, died. His death, however, did not stop Jones from detailing World War II and Dabney’s non-military experiences in an essay.

This essay – Mr. William G. Dabney: “I was not afraid of the D-Day invasion, but I didn’t think I would come out of it alive” – ​​earned Jones an honorable mention in the category essay or non-fiction article from Writer’s 91st Annual Digest Writing Contest.

Jones, a Salem educator and school administrator, was among nearly 500 winners from more than 2,800 submissions in May 2021.

Film to tell the story of the Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVa

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia has been around for about a quarter of a century and celebrates with the premiere of a film documenting its history on Tuesday, November 29.

“Impressions: 25 Years of Inspiration for Local Youth” is a joint project with Firefli, a Roanoke digital services company, and filmmaker Will Sellari. It will have two performances at the Grandin Theater.

The film features stories from current and former club members, parents, community partners and founding board members, featuring footage from BGCSWVA’s 11 clubs in Roanoke and Salem and Roanoke, Montgomery and Franklin.

Organizers call the event, which takes place on Giving Tuesday, the global giving day during the holiday season, “a unique twist on BGCSWVA’s biggest fundraiser of the year.”

CEO Michelle Davis, Chief Development Officer Emily Pinkerton and Chairman of the Board Scott Jenkins said in a press release that they believe taking this approach to the annual BGCSWVA fundraiser “gives the community the opportunity to engage more deeply in our organization, immerse themselves in our mission, and have fun.”

“We pull back the curtain on what happens behind the doors of the Boys & Girls Club every day and the stories are powerful. I don’t want you to miss it!” Pinkerton added.

Morning noon includes popcorn, drinks, and lunch; and the 6 p.m. event includes popcorn, drinks, and heavy appetizers.

Admission is free, but please RSVP to www.bgcswva.org/moments to secure a spot.

TAP announces the winner of the Cabell Brand Hope Award

Abby Verdillo Hamilton, CEO of United Way Roanoke Valley, is the recipient of the 2022 Cabell Brand Hope Award from Total Action for Progress.

The award, recognizing the legacy of TAP founder Brand, was presented at the kickoff of the organization’s “Bringing Hope Home” campaign in October.

Officials announced that $114,700 of the $300,000 goal had been raised. The campaign ends at the end of June 2023 and the funds will go to education, housing and financial services programs.

Verdillo Hamilton began her career at UW in 2002 and was promoted to CEO in 2020. She has been recognized for her collaborative spirit in engaging diverse audiences on community needs and issues.

Her efforts include helping coordinate local governments, health departments and nonprofit organizations to meet the most immediate needs of families during the pandemic. She also serves on core teams for publicly funded pilot projects and learning cohorts to explore innovative strategies to meet community needs.

Verdillo Hamilton is also part of a task force that works closely with UW national leadership. In May 2022, she received the Roanoke NAACP Citizen of the Year – Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of her contributions to the Roanoke Valley and beyond.

TAP also selected Miz Lexima as Customer of the Year 2022.

As one of more than 5,000 people served by TAP, Lexima was a client of TAP’s vocational training programs which she says laid the foundation for her nursing career.

Key DNA question as jury begins deliberations



QUESTION: Have prosecutors proven that 71-year-old Michael M. Sharpe attacked four women in their Hartford-area homes in June and July 1984?


DISPUTE: Does other evidence, including an inconsistent DNA result, raise a reasonable doubt?

“There is no reason to doubt the science of DNA that has been peer reviewed and tested,” prosecutor Robin Krawczyk said Tuesday during his closing argument before the jury in the Michael M. Sharpe, 71, charged with kidnapping in attacks on four women. in their homes in the Hartford area in 1984.

But in her closing argument before the Hartford Superior Court jury, public defender Dana Sanetti cited the title of a seminar from the professional resume of Elaine Pagliaro, a forensic expert who testified for the prosecution. “I have a DNA match. Why isn’t that enough?”

Sanetti said DNA was the only evidence prosecutors had about the identity of the attacker. And she argued that was not enough.

The jury was supposed to start deliberating today.

Patricia Loso, a retired DNA analyst, testified last week that there is less than a 1 in 7 billion chance that anyone other than Sharpe produced male DNA found at three of the scenes of crime – and less than 1 chance in 7.3 million in the fourth case.

Sanetti’s response: “A low probability is not an absence of probability.”

The defense attorney also called DNA statistics like those presented by Loso “a prediction. They cannot be tested.”

After the arguments, Senior Judge Frank M. D’Addabbo Jr.’s legal instructions to the jury took up most of the day in court.

Sharpe, who lived on Stage Harbor Road in Marlborough when he was arrested in 2020, was once principal of charter schools in Hartford and Bridgeport. Bridgeport fired him and his company after discovering that he had falsified his credentials and criminal record, as well as the criminal records of school aides.

Sharpe’s convictions relate to non-violent crimes, forgery in Connecticut in the mid-1980s and embezzlement in Oakland, Calif., for which he served time in prison.

The crimes Sharpe is now charged with occurred in June and July 1984 in Bloomfield, Middletown, Windsor and Rocky Hill. The four victims, who were then between the ages of 24 and 30, described multiple crimes committed by their attackers, including sexual assault, robbery and burglary.

But Sharpe only faces kidnapping charges because the legal deadlines for prosecuting the other crimes have expired.

Sanetti highlighted discrepancies in the identification evidence.

Michael Bourke, a DNA analyst at the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Windsor, testified Tuesday before closing arguments that the DNA on a mask found at the Windsor victim’s home could not have come from Sharpe.

The assailant blindfolded each victim. But there were reports that the victims felt what they thought were scars on his body, a possible appendectomy scar and scars on his back or upper shoulders.

Sanetti showed the jury photos of Sharpe’s upper body taken since his arrest showing no signs of scarring on his shoulders or back.

Sharpe has a scar on his chest. But Ann Marie Corneau, the mother of his child, testified that it came from a burn he suffered in 1986 or 1987, long after the crimes.

In his rebuttal, prosecutor John Fahey pointed to the intense emotions felt by the women, both during the attacks, when the attacker threatened their lives with a gun, and when they were repeatedly questioned by the following.

Fahey also said that Sharpe had scars on his abdomen in addition to the fire injury and that he had “stretch marks on both shoulders”.

For updates on Glastonbury and recent crime and court coverage in North Central Connecticut, follow Alex Wood on Twitter: @AlexWoodJI1, Facebook: Alex Wood and Instagram: @AlexWoodJI.

Different types of loans | MaxLend Loans



If you find yourself in a situation where you need to borrow from a lender, it is important to understand the different types of loans so you can determine which loan will meet your needs. There are several types of loans, such as unsecured personal loans, secured personal loans, fixed rate loans, debt consolidation loans, payday loans, alternative payday loans, etc. We will cover some of these different types of loans to help you better understand what types of loans are available and which may be right for you.

Unsecured Loans

To determine how much you can borrow, lenders who offer unsecured loans may use your credit score or other factors as a benchmark. People with good credit may end up with a lower interest rate than people with bad credit. However, some people with bad credit can still get unsecured loans.

Secured loans

With a secured loan, also known as a secured loan, you must offer some type of collateral to secure your loan. When you use collateral to take out a loan, you run the risk of losing the property you offered as collateral.

Payday loans

Payday loans are loans that are usually due in full with interest by your next payday. These cash loans must be repaid to the lender once you are paid for your work.

Alternative Payday Loans – Installment Loans

One option for an alternative to a payday loan is a short term installment loan. Installment loans may be more feasible than traditional payday loans because you can get a longer repayment term with an alternative payday loan. Unlike an installment loan, a traditional payday loan usually has to be repaid with interest on your next pay date.

Debt consolidation loans

You can use unsecured personal loans to help you consolidate your debts. To consolidate debt with a personal loan, you can apply for a loan for the amount you owe, use the loan to pay off your debts, and ultimately repay the loan.

Fixed rate loans

Most personal loans come with fixed interest rates, which means that the interest rate and the repayment rate will remain stable over time. These predictable payments make it easier to know and understand how much you owe on your loan each month during your repayment. Fixed rate loans may be easier to fit into a budget.

Mace Announces Co-Branding Partnership with F3 Defense to Provide Mobile Pepper Spray Deployment Systems for Commercial and Civilian Vehicles


CLEVELAND, OH /ACCESSWIRE/November 2, 2022/ Mace Security International (OTCQX:MACE), a globally recognized leader in personal security products, is pleased to announce a co-branding partnership with F3 Defense, a manufacturer and designer of mobile pepper spray deployment systems and recipient of the Maine 2022 Manufacturer of the Year Award. The agreement includes the offering of two new systems, the Mace Brand F3 Defense Passenger Protection System and the Mace Brand F3 Defense The Truck Stop™ Commercial Vehicle Protection System, which are designed for automobiles and trucks respectively and will be powered by Mace’s MAG 9 12. oz of pepper spray. “We are thrilled to partner with F3. F3 Founder Mike Mercer and his team have created a unique solution that will help keep commercial drivers, law enforcement and civilians safe in their vehicles,” said said Daniel Brass, director of sales at Mace. “Both systems are powered by Mace and Mace will be F3’s exclusive partner in the commercial and civilian markets for these products.” The systems will be sold exclusively by Mace to the retail and automotive markets, firearms distributors, trucking associations and the trucking segment.

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Kyrie Irving will not speak on Tuesday amid fallout from social media posts


Kyrie Irving has come under fire since posting a link to an anti-Semitic film to his 4.5 million Twitter followers last week.

NEW YORK (AP) – Kyrie Irving will no longer speak to reporters on Tuesday as the Brooklyn Nets decide how best to respond to the star guard’s fallout by posting a link to an anti-Semitic film on social media.

Irving defiantly defended himself and defended his right to post whatever he believed after the Nets’ game on Saturday, and general manager Sean Marks said the team didn’t want to cause any further ‘fuss’ by resuming. Irving’s word after playing on Tuesday.

“I think everyone knows he’s going to have to answer those questions at some point and he hasn’t shied away in the past,” Marks said. “But I think the last post-match meeting didn’t go well and we’re not trying to hide that, I think it’s something that needs to be addressed, but let’s address it in the right light. form and in the right way.”

Marks said the controversy surrounding Irving was not the catalyst for the team leaving coach Steve Nash on Tuesday. But it’s another headache for a team struggling on the pitch and keeping fans away. Some wore “Fight Antisemitism” shirts as they sat courtside during the Nets’ win over Indiana on Monday.

“Look, it’s understandable. I completely empathize with what’s going on here,” Marks said. “I’m definitely not proud of the situation we’re in, you know?”

Irving, who deleted the Twitter post on Sunday, did not speak to the media after Monday’s game.

Marks said the organization is having discussions with the Anti-Defamation League to get advice on the best course of action with Irving. Irving will continue to play in the meantime, but won’t talk for at least one more game.

“At some point he will come here and do media again, but I think at this point we don’t want to cause more noise right now, more interaction with people,” Marks said. “Let it simmer and let…I guess let fresher spirits prevail. We have to go out and educate ourselves, educate the whole group and get direction, ask the experts, and one of them is definitely the ADL.

US Coast Guard controls Chinese fishing in Latin American waters


This summer, as China fired missiles into the sea off Taiwan to protest House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, a very different geopolitical clash was taking shape in another corner of the ocean. Peaceful.

Thousands of miles away, a heavily armed US Coast Guard sailed to a fleet of a few hundred Chinese squid fishing boats not far from the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Its mission: to inspect vessels for signs of illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing.

The boarding of ships on the high seas is a perfectly legal, if little used, tool available to any maritime power in the collective effort to protect the oceans’ threatened fish stocks.

But in this case, the Chinese captains of several fishing boats did something unexpected. Three ships sped up, one turning aggressively 90 degrees towards the Coast Guard Cutter James, forcing the US ship to take evasive action to avoid being rammed.

“For the most part, they wanted to avoid us,” said Coast Guard Lt. Hunter Stowes, the senior law enforcement officer on the James. “But we were able to maneuver effectively to be safe all the time.”

Yet the confrontation on the high seas represented a potentially dangerous breach of international maritime protocol, one the United States considers a troubling precedent since it occurred on the coast guard. first mission to fight against illegal fishing in the Eastern Pacific.

The Associated Press has pieced together never-before-reported details of the incident from the Coast Guard and six non-military U.S. officials who spoke about the operation in more detail but requested anonymity to avoid undermining a multilateral process aimed at to force China to sanction the ships. While diplomats in China accused the Americans of acting inappropriately, they did not provide their own detailed account.

The coast guard’s unprecedented trip was prompted by growing concern among activists and governments in Latin America over the activities of China’s deep-sea fishing fleet, the largest in the world. Since 2009, the number of Chinese-flagged vessels spotted fishing in the South Pacific, sometimes for months at a time, has increased eightfold, to 476 last year. Meanwhile, the size of its squid catch has fallen from 70,000 tonnes to 422,000 – a level of fishing that some scientists fear may be unsustainable even for a resilient species.

As revealed in a AP-Univision survey last year, the Chinese flotilla includes some of the worst offenders in the seafood industry, with long histories of labor abuses, illegal fishing and violations of maritime law. But they are drawn to the open ocean around the Americas – where the United States has long dominated – after depleting fish stocks closer to home and fueled by an increasingly fierce race between the two superpowers to secure diminishing access to the world’s natural resources.

The illegal fishing patrol, which ran for 10 days in August, was initially kept silent. The Coast Guard, more than a month later, released a brief statement celebrating the mission along with photos of two ships it successfully boarded. But he made no mention of the three who got away or offered any clues about the nationality of the ships — a stance the Coast Guard maintained in its conversations with the AP.

But the incident did not go unnoticed in China.

Within days, Beijing launched an official written protest, according to US officials. Additionally, the issue was raised when US Ambassador Nicholas Burns was summoned by China’s Foreign Ministry for an emergency meeting over President Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, one of the officials said.

China’s Foreign Ministry told the AP it has zero tolerance for illegal fishing and said it is the United States that flouts international standards by carrying out unauthorized inspections that do not follow protocols COVID, potentially putting the lives of seafarers at risk.

“The behavior of the United States is dangerous, opaque and unprofessional,” the Foreign Office said in a statement to the AP. “We demand that the US side stop its dangerous and misguided inspection activities.”

The Coast Guard disputes that claim, saying all boarding crew members, in addition to being vaccinated, wore masks, gloves and long sleeves.

The Biden administration also reported possible violations found on the two boats it inspected to the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization, or SPRFMO, a 16-member group — including China and the United States. United – tasked with ensuring sustainable fisheries in 53 million square kilometers of ocean.

One of the most serious charges relates to the Yong Hang 3, a refrigerated cargo ship used to transport fish to China so that smaller vessels can stay on the water longer. The vessel was among those that fled the Coast Guard patrol, disobeying direct orders to cooperate from maritime authorities in Panama, to which the vessel was flagged. To mask activities, some ships, especially reefers, often fly under other flags but are named, managed and moored in China.

Ultimately, if history is any guide, the Communist Chinese government is unlikely to punish a fleet of 3,000 deep-sea fishing vessels that it sees as an extension of its growing naval prowess and is promoting with generous state loans and fuel subsidies.

The Coast Guard patrol was meticulously planned, according to Lt. Stowes. United States warned fisheries officials more than a year ago that he intended to carry out boardings in the area and filed documents showing photos of the badges the crew would wear as well as the blue and white checkered flag the cutter would hoist. Five other countries, including Chile and New Zealand, have filed similar documents under rules allowing members fishing in the South Pacific to inspect each other’s vessels.

“Just being out there and doing the boardings really makes a statement,” Stowes said.

Inspections at sea are seen as an essential tool to verify that fishing vessels are complying with rules regarding the use of forced labour, gear dangerous to the environment and the targeting of endangered species such as sharks.

China has repeatedly blocked efforts to tighten inspection procedures in the South Pacific. The most recent obstruction came last year, when China argued that fishermen would be at risk if patrols at sea were allowed to carry firearms.

The rules passed unanimously in 2011 are guided by a 1995 United Nations treaty, known as the Fish Stocks Agreement, which allows inspectors to use limited force to stay safe.

In a sign of the possible escalation of geopolitical rivalry since the Pacific incident, an official told the AP that the State Department sent a stern diplomatic note reminding Beijing of its international obligations as well as the long record of the floats in distant waters when it comes to labor abuse and offences.

The Biden administration is also weighing whether it will seek to have the vessels blacklisted for illegal fishing and banned from returning to the South Pacific at an upcoming meeting in Ecuador of the fisheries management organization.


This story was supported by funding from the Walton Family Foundation. The AP is solely responsible for all content.


Goodman reported from Miami. Joe McDonald in Beijing contributed to this report.

New scholarships named after Andrew Young designed to help students pursue their college education


Former Ambassador Andrew Young, students and alumni, state lawmakers and civil rights leaders gathered on the steps of Atlanta University Center’s Woodruff Library on Friday to celebrate the creation of a new program scholarships for students of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Former Ambassador Andrew Young speaking at the Atlanta University Center (Credit: Rebecca Grapevine).

The new $5,000 Andrew Young HBCU Scholarships are designed to help students enrolled in HBCUs further their education.

Surrounded by students, Young described having to work many jobs to get to college as a young man – but eventually graduating.

“Now that won’t get you through the first two weeks,” he said, referring to the vastly increased cost of higher education today. Young said it was hard for young people — including his nine grandchildren — to afford college.

Education publisher McGraw Hill provided seed money for the scholarship fund.

“When we have that kind of support from a big company…we know it’s a good investment. It’s a good investment for them. And it’s definitely a good investment for us.

Atlanta HBCUs have helped make Atlanta a nationally recognized civil rights center with a strong business climate, Young said.

“It’s this college complex that created the brains that brought the companies here…that not only make Atlanta a great city, but I think even Georgia is a great nation now,” Young said. “That’s why business is growing, that’s why we have the busiest airport in the world.

Also in attendance were state representatives Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, and Mack Jackson, D-Sandersville, who helped spearhead the scholarship initiative.

The two lawmakers co-sponsored a resolution encouraging Georgia public schools to teach about the civil rights movement and in particular Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who attended Morehouse College. The resolution was unanimously approved by the Georgia House of Representatives earlier this year.

“I think everyone needs to hear… Dr. King’s words about peaceful resistance and non-violence are the best way to get there. I think that resonates,” Belton said.

The first group of scholarships will go to 10 students. Fellows will also complete a civil rights curriculum designed by the organization Good of All, a group that promotes universal human rights.

The fellowships are designed to advance the message of nonviolent social change of King, Young and other civil right leaders, said Matthew Daniels, founder of Good of All.

Daniels said a new generation of civil rights leaders is needed to fight hate and violence in American society.

“The only alternative we really have is to breed a new generation that can attack the good side – not defend against the bad,” Daniels said. “That’s why these young people are here.

Daniels noted that students who leave college often do so between first and second year due to lack of relatively small sums, around $5,000, the scholarship amount. The new scholarships are designed to help “bridge the gap”.

He and the other organizers anticipate that the scholarship program will grow each year.

“Inoculating hearts and minds against the poisonous ideologies of racism and violence we saw in Buffalo…. that’s why we’re offering this scholarship program,” Daniels said. “America needs these young people.”

This story is available through a partnership with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation.

The dangers of Iranian drones in Ukraine


The Russian army has attacked several Ukrainian cities with Iranian drones in recent weeks. The White House has confirmed that Iran has supplied Russia with dozens of drones and has more on the way – 2,400, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – and has operators deployed with the Russian military in Crimea. The use of Iranian drones in Ukraine has raised concerns about deepening Iranian-Russian ties and the maturity of Iran’s drone program. But for Iran, Ukraine serves as another battleground to test its drone fleet live against defensive systems provided by the United States and NATO.

Tehran has been firmly on the side of the Kremlin since the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This is partly due to the punitive sanctions regime that weighs heavily on both economies, and partly due to a common interest in weakening the United States and NATO. But the nature of Iran’s support changed when Tehran supplied drones and then began training Russian forces in their use. Reports of the deal surfaced in mid-summer, and by August Iranian drones were in Ukraine. The precise terms remain unclear, but Iranian drones offset Russian air force surveillance requirements and could fill rapidly depleting missile stocks. For Iran, the deal generates money or pays off a debt – but more importantly, puts its drones in another theater.

Drones already provide Iranian forces and regional proxies with critical capabilities, including aerial surveillance and short- and long-range strikes. Their small size makes them difficult to see on radar and they are hard to hit as they fly low and slow, exploiting a gap in defense systems. Some drones function as precision munitions like the Shahed-136, which has earned the nickname “kamikaze” drone. Although individual drones carry a relatively small payload, drone swarm technology, which the Iranian military introduced in late 2021, can combine their firepower. The mobile truck-mounted launchers of the Shahed-136 present detection challenges similar to those of the Iraqi Scud launchers in the first Gulf War. Additionally, Iran sources drone components from off-the-shelf engines and other dual-use technologies, complicating efforts to prevent parts sourcing. Indeed, Tehran has called drones “a main pillar of future wars” and asserted that they will play an increasingly important role in its military posture.

The advancement of the Iranian drone threat should come as no surprise. While Iranian military drills and reports can swell capabilities, Iranian drones have proven their worth in active conflict. Yemen’s Houthis began using Iranian-made drones in 2016. They used a short-range drone to target Patriot air defense systems in the country, disabling them before firing missiles at the scene. They have also used these drones for cross-border attacks on Saudi military and oil infrastructure. Iran has introduced longer-range designs which the Houthis have tested against Saudi targets, and the first known Shahed-136 surfaced in Yemen in September 2020. Houthi-launched drones and missiles probe air defenses Saudi Arabia, primarily Patriot air defense systems, to reveal vulnerabilities which they can then exploit. The performance of Iranian drones in the conflict in Yemen has almost certainly trickled down to future development rounds.

This feedback cycle makes Russia’s use of Iranian drone technology worrisome. The drones themselves are unlikely to lead to strategic changes in the war in Ukraine. The Russian military is attacking civilian targets and infrastructure with drones to break the will of the Ukrainian people, but these attacks appear to have only hardened Ukrainians further to Russian brutality. The Ukrainian army shoots down more than 70% of Shahed-136 drones, using anti-drone techniques developed on the fly. Defensive layers include radar to identify potential drone threats, patrolling fighter jets, ground-fired anti-aircraft missiles, and even machine gun fire. The United States and NATO have provided Ukraine with anti-drone systems, including the mobile VAMPIRE system, to help defend against Russian attacks.

While the United States and NATO will reap the benefits of the Ukrainian military’s experience, so will Iran. Iranians operating drones from Crimea have a front-row seat and can report which drone attacks have penetrated which defenses and where gaps may exist in defense systems. The next generation of Iranian drones will be that much harder to stop.

The variety of ways the Ukrainian military has thwarted Russian drone attacks speaks to the array of defenses at its disposal. But it also speaks to the ad hoc nature of the response, exposing vulnerabilities to increasingly sophisticated – and field-tested – Iranian technology and reveals an asymmetry in defense against the threat. Scrambling fighter jets to shoot down drones like the US did in September is not a sustainable response. Nor, as the Saudis have learned, fires million-dollar Patriot missiles.

The United States and NATO must commit to advancing their anti-drone capabilities and slowing Iran’s drone program. The DOD’s first steps in developing a strategy and the technologies to support it are positive, but still insufficient as modern warfare moves faster than defense procurement cycles. Congress could help. Funding military efforts to deal with this growing threat is one way. Another focuses on Iran’s drone supply network and those who operate the drones. Sanctioning entities within this network will make it more difficult for Iran to obtain the necessary components. The same goes for ensuring that the competent authorities to attack the production cycle through cyber or other means are in place.

The threat from Iranian drones is growing and it’s only a matter of time before the US military, not the Ukrainians, needs to defend against it.

Katherine Zimmerman is a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and an advisor to its Critical Threats Project. Follow her on Twitter @KatieZimmerman. Cleary Waldo, a master’s candidate in Georgetown University’s Security Studies program, contributed to this article.

Israeli environmental activism ahead of the elections


On Friday, the People’s Climate March was held in Tel Aviv, one of the many ways Israelis are demonstrating

Thousands of Israelis gathered outside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on Friday before marching through the coastal city to take part in the People’s Climate March 2022.

Organized by several environmental groups, the march has been held annually since 2015. In the first year it was held, 500 people showed up. Last year, organizers reported 10,000 attendees. And this year? 15,000.

Chen Kalifa LeviAn image captured by a drone showing the People’s Climate March, October 28, 2022, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

It has been described as “the largest, most urgent and most important march… organized in Israel.”

The CEO of one of the organizing groups, Elad Hochman of Green Course (Megama Yeruka in Hebrew), explained to i24NEWS the importance of such marches.

“One of the achievements and impact we had because of the march, after the march the then prime minister (Naftali Bennett) decided that he would go to the COP (conference on the climate) And not only that, he declared net zero emissions by 2050.”

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Adrian Dennis/POOL/AFPIsraeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrives for the UN Climate Summit COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland

“This year,” Hochman continued, “we’re doing the march four days before the election to show decision-makers and different parties, different politicians, that it’s essential.”

As Israel approaches its fifth election since 2019 and political parties step up their campaigns, those who tune in will find that issues such as climate change are rarely discussed.

There seems to be a lack of interest in environmental issues in the political arena. For example, only three major political parties out of about 13 responded comprehensively to a Green Course survey aimed at determining party positions on environmental, ecological and health issues.

“I think, unfortunately, our decision makers tend to think that (climate change) isn’t as urgent as security issues,” Hochman said. i24NEWS.

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“It affects all areas of our lives. Including the cost of living, for example, which is a very pressing social issue in Israel.” Polls have shown that the cost of living in the Jewish state is the most crucial issue for Israelis, with 44% of voters saying a party’s economic platform is the number one factor that will influence their choice of November, 1st.

Shanna Orlik, number 14 on the leftist Meretz party list, told i24NEWS during the climate march why she thinks environmental policies take a back seat in Israeli politics.

“I think it’s because of this view in Israel that the environment is a ‘left’ issue,” Orlik said. “It’s not for everyone. Only the privileged care, only the young care, and only Meretz cares. And that’s what we’re trying to fight, obviously.

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“They (right-wing parties) use the fact that there are security threats to say, ‘Oh…we have an opinion on this. Let’s just talk about security. But no right-wing party has even said anything about what they want to do (regarding the environment).”

i24NEWS contacted Israel’s two largest right-wing parties, Likud and Religious Zionism, for comment on their participation in the march, as well as their environmental platform, but did not receive a release.

The centrist Yesh Atid and centre-left Labor parties were also present, but it was not just for political participants.

An activist from the organization Plastic Free who goes by the name “Evi Art”, creates sculptures and other pieces focused on conservation and environmental activism.

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Simcha Pasko / i24NEWSA seagull made with discarded lighters by “Evi Art”, displayed during the People’s Climate March in Tel Aviv, Israel, October 28, 2022.

“I focus a lot on sculpting with waste. I collect at the beach and create things with it,” said Evi, a weather curator. i24NEWS. Sculptures displayed at the walk included a seagull made from discarded lighters and a large cigarette made from the butts of real cigarettes.

When asked why the environment is not addressed in Israeli politics, she replied: “In Israel, there are other priorities. Some of these priorities come before environmental and climate issues,” adding that this is not a problem unique to Israel.

“But I think things are starting to change. Not fast enough, unfortunately. And we really hope that will change this election.

In recent weeks, climate activism has been in the spotlight, albeit outside of the Jewish state.

In early October, two activists from the Just Stop Oil climate campaign threw soup at Vincent van Gogh’s famous ‘Sunflowers’ painting in protest against fossil fuels.

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Asked about this radical display and its impact on the environmental activism movement, Hochman said i24NEWS, “The action provoked more and more reactions concerning, ‘Is it legitimate to do this thing, and not other things?’ rather than the main problem.

He further explained the difference between disruption and destruction during a protest, stating that Green Course does not believe in harming anything of cultural significance.

“In Israel, we did a lot of things, including disrupting daily life, to make a point, to move these discussions forward. But it is very important for us to have a non-violent method.

And on Friday, no painting was damaged.

Instead, protesters chanted in Hebrew as they marched through the streets, holding up banners reading “There is no planet B” and “Save the planet for our grandchildren”. People from all walks of life representing dozens of organizations have come together to make their voices heard. .

Hochman concluded by addressing i24NEWS with an uplifting request: “Join an environmental group or a social group or an NGO that you believe in and support it or take action within it.

“You are not alone in this case. If you want to see change, other people will join you.

The case of the international crime of domicide


In the early morning of October 17, 2022, the city of Kyiv, Ukraine was awakened by a series of Russian drone strikes. This attack, resulting in loss of civilian life, destruction of homes and damage to basic infrastructure – which only compounded the loss of essential services in towns and villages – were just a glimpse into the larger context of injustice in the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine which has since resulted in an estimated 7,710,924 Ukrainians have been displaced from their homes.

The October 17 drone strikes were sentenced as war crimes, as they indeed are. The principle of distinction – a fundamental principle of international humanitarian law (IHL) – prohibits attacks directed against non-military objectives. The destruction of the home would thus constitute a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions (Fourth Geneva Convention, art. 147) and the Additional protocol (art. 85 (3) and (4)) as well as a war crime under several provisions of the Rome Statute (for example, art. 8(2)(a)(iv) and art. 8(2 )(b)(ii)).

However, it is also necessary to consider the destruction of housing beyond a link of armed conflict. In accordance with the Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living and on the right to non-discrimination in this context (prepared by the authors of this article in their respective capacities)the deliberate violation of the right to housing, whether in Ukraine, Yemen, Syria or Palestine, can also be more broadly characterized as “domicide”.

Etymologically rooted in Latin terms house (house and caedo (kill), the crime of domicide refers not only to the deliberate destruction of the physical structures of dwellings, but also to the systematic violation.

Although the legal concept may be new, the detrimental impact of conflict on housing rights is not new. From the scorched earth orders of the German Armed Forces in Eastern Europe to the American leveling of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, to the more recent ongoing conflict in Myanmar. resulting in tens of thousands of homes destroyed, history shows that homes were targeted as a means and method of warfare. The violation of the right to housing in times of conflict is therefore not only systemic but systematic; not merely incidental but intentional.

But that does not mean either that domicide is limited to the theater of war. Housing rights can also be exercised very effectively in times of peace using demolition orders, confiscation or expropriation measures, for example. So domicide continues to this day, in war as in law.

In many ways, domicide is not just about lex ferenda (future law) and is in fact already prohibited and punished as an international crime in the lex lata (law in force). In addition to war crimes, the destruction of housing, committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population and leading to displacement, can be qualified as a crime against humanity of deportation or forced transfer of population (Statute of Rome, s 7(1) (d); see The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey and Joshua Arap SangICC-01/09-01/11, Decision on the confirmation of charges, 23 January 2012, para. 245). When the violation of the right to housing is part of a system of discrimination or an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination of one racial group over another, it can also constitute crimes of persecution ( Rome Statute, arts 7(1)(h), 7(2)(g)) and apartheid, respectively (Rome Statute, arts 7(1)(j), 7(2)(h)) . Domicide may even fall under the residual category of “inhumane acts” (Rome Statute, Art. 7(1)(k)) where the violation of the right to housing is punished for the destruction of the home. in itself rather than the systematic discrimination that surrounds it or the displacement it has caused. Finally, the act of domicide can be punished as genocide when the destruction of housing is undertaken with the intention of destroying, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.

While the willful destruction of homes may already be prosecuted as a composite element of crimes against humanity, war crimes or the crime of genocide, consideration should be given to establishing domicide as a separate crime given the essential role of the institution of the home. Indeed, the interdependence, indivisibility and interdependence of human rights only show how the destruction of a house can trigger a domino effect that also compromises the enjoyment of other human rights, including the right to life; personal security; health; education; food; the water; sanitation; work; social Security; a clean, healthy and sustainable environment; protection against cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment; and child and family protection.

But domicide is also not related to the destruction of physical structures. Domicide is more than an intrusion on property rights, just as the destruction of houses is not only a violation of the right to adequate housing. A home embodies the fundamental right to live somewhere in safety, peace and dignity, and is essential for physiological and safety needs. A singular example of housing destruction can be a triggering event affecting a wide range of human rights. Depriving communities of access to livelihoods, water, sanitation, heat, energy or food per se can therefore also constitute the crime of domicide.

Notably, not all forms of property are equally protected under international law. While all non-military property generally already enjoys a level of protection in accordance with a civilian use logic under the IHL principle of distinction, buildings devoted to religion, education, art, scientific or charitable purposes, historical monuments, hospitals and places where the sick and injured are collected (“specially protected objects”) benefit from “reinforced protection”. What is initially qualified as “civilian” can lose its protected status when “by its nature, location, destination or use” it makes “an effective contribution to military action and whose total or partial destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances at the time, offers a definite military advantage” (Protocol I, art. 52(2)). Specially protected objectshowever, lose their immune status only in exceptional cases of unavoidable military necessity and only for the duration of that necessity.

Given the Maslowian needs that the house fulfills, there is no logical reason why it should not enjoy the same protections as places of worship or cultural heritage. The home is essential to the survival of any civilian population and must be equipped with reinforced protections such as specially protected objects.

By defining domicide as a crime in its own right, the international community would close protection gaps and move ever closer to ensuring that serious violations of economic, social and cultural rights, such as the right to housing appropriate, receive the same attention in the international criminal law community as any other gross violation of human rights. As with all international crimes, holding perpetrators of domicide to account will involve taking into account a complex web of factors, such as the deliberate destruction of homes, the rendering of homes uninhabitable, or any other systematic denial of housing in violation of international law.

Domicide must be investigated and prosecuted without discrimination, regardless of where it takes place and who is responsible for it. Time and time again, international justice mechanisms have been criticized for applying double standards or failing to deliver justice in a fully impartial manner. Indeed, the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine has been met with unprecedented international condemnation and efforts to investigate and prosecute, including by the International Criminal Court. As admirable and necessary as they are, it is undeniable that such actions are sorely lacking in other humanitarian crises, such as in Afghanistan or Palestine – both of which have cases pending before the International Criminal Court for years without any results. tangible.

Double standards do not win favor and leave international law vulnerable to the criticism that justice is not blind, that rule is subject to whim and that some are indeed more equal than others. If the international legal order is truly synonymous with the rule of law, then it must be applied consistentlylest we allow inconsistencies to turn into hypocrisies, leaving international standards respected only in small touches but undermined overall.

IMAGE: An apartment building that was destroyed by Russian occupation forces is pictured on October 24, 2022 in Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine. Ukraine’s intelligence chief said Russia was sending more troops to the city of Kherson and possibly preparing to defend it against a Ukrainian counteroffensive, although she had previously said Russian forces were leaving the city. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

New York governor’s race shouldn’t be so tight


Kathy Hochul suddenly found herself Governor of New York after Andrew Cuomo’s surprise resignation on August 10, 2021. Cuomo had become a national celebrity for his soothing, daily COVID lockdown spread, but suffered an equally meteoric fall from grace with the accumulation of allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Hochul, a moderate politician from upstate New York who had served for decades in relative obscurity, found herself in the national spotlight. His status as a scandal-free, hard-working, Great Lakes-accented upstate public servant stood in stark contrast to Cuomo’s hypermasculine and intimidating personality. She was also New York’s first female governor and said her inauguration marked a new era in Albany.

As a result, Hochul enjoyed decent approval ratings for his first few months in office. Yet the veneer of ethical patroness began to fade as Governor Hochul’s tenure continued.

Despite his rhetoric of a “new era of transparency”, journalists uncovered legal but ethically dubious practices, such as awarding multimillion-dollar state contracts to major donors, accepting donations from political appointees and a contract authorizing Delaware North, a food concession business where her husband is general counsel, to operate a food concession and visitor center at Niagara Falls State Park. Hochul Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigned in disgrace in April 2022 when federal prosecutors exposed his illegal campaign fundraising practices.

Additionally, rather than being a technocratic executive, Hochul was willing to make decisions based on political expediency against her own political beliefs. In a move that infuriated members of his own party, as members of the Senate and Democratic State Assembly strenuously defended their 2019 bail reforms (which included eliminating bail in cash for most misdemeanors and non-violent crimes), Hochul included bail reform reversals in its 2022 executive budget.

In his own words, in a New York Daily News co-authored with former Lieutenant Governor Benjamin, Hochul wrote, “Yet since the law was passed, we have seen a disturbing increase in shootings and homicides. The data, however, does not suggest that bail reform is the primary cause. . . . Blaming bail reform for the increase in violence that American cities are facing is unfair and unsupported by the data.

Yet despite this plea for reason and data, Hochul went on to argue for a rollback of bail reform, saying judges needed more discretion, especially in repeat offenders and weapons cases. illegal fire. Hochul used reformative language like “holistic approaches” and mental health care, but his main pivot was the acceptance of a punitive law and order approach to crime and violence.

By politicizing and fueling right-wing rhetoric on crime, public safety and the rollback of criminal justice reform, Hochul now finds himself in a different place. Current polls show Hochul leading the Republican nominee associated with Donald Trump, Lee Zeldin, by just seven points. In contrast, the months of June through August, immediately before and after Hochul’s primary victory, the governor secured an eighteen percentage point lead over the Republican challenger.

As a “deep blue” state, one of the few states to have a Democratic trifecta, Hochul should be comfortably ahead in this race. In the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden won 59-39 over Trump in New York, according to official results from the Board of Elections. So why has Kathy Hochul’s support dwindled?

Hochul’s recent TV ad for the general election, released Oct. 21, continues Hochul’s contradictory stance as a “reasonable candidate for law and order” by centering politicized right-wing fears made evident by accounts of right. The ad discusses the importance of getting home safely at night and riding the subway safely, centering the boogeyman of urban violence and fear. Yet Hochul has done almost no visible campaigning in New York, no mass events, very little visibility, and according to an unscientific review of my friends and neighbors (who are top three voters), no mail inviting voters to stand and vote on election day for Hochul.

New York City and surrounding areas are Democratic strongholds and its natural base. Failure to engage with this population appears to be a repeat of previous campaign mistakes, such as Hillary Clinton’s refusal to campaign in Wisconsin and Michigan. In the public events where Hochul shows up in New York City, these events focus on his support for more police on the streets and highlight his work on gun violence. She also aired TV ads comparing Zeldin to Trump.

The Hochul campaign provides no compelling reason for Democrats to run and vote on Election Day, as its campaign message is a defense against Republican talking points, as well as the tried-and-failed strategy of saying “Trump.” again and again. to discredit a Republican challenger. But you can’t get a Republican out of a Republican. Terry McAuliffe, despite his incumbent status, was unable to stave off Glenn Youngkin’s challenge by emphasizing his ties to Trump. In 2022, the effectiveness of using Trump to delegitimize New York Republicans is clearly not working either, despite Hochul spending his millions on such TV advertising.

Hochul needs a positive political vision that meets the needs of New Yorkers to defeat Zeldin’s fearmongering. An appeal to our many unmet needs – cuts to our education budgets, lack of investment in renewable energy, lack of universal health care coverage, economic insecurity, rising rents and a hole in protecting tenants, a looming recession – could change the discussion and bring voters to the polls. But for now, Hochul is repeating the mistakes of overconfident Democrats who have already suffered surprise losses.

October 26, 2022 Russia-Ukraine News


Poland plans to build “fortifications” along its border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, Krzysztof Sobolewski, general secretary of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

“We will have to reinforce our forces on this section of the border [with Kaliningrad]. In addition, we may consider building additional border fortifications similar to those currently in place along the Polish-Belarusian section of the border,” Sobolewski told state broadcaster Polskie Radio when asked about the possibility. that Russia is sending “refugees from Asia and Africa” ​​to Poland via Kaliningrad.

Sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave that was captured by Soviet troops from Nazi Germany in 1945 and became Soviet territory following the Potsdam Agreement.

It is the westernmost territory of Russia and the only part of the country surrounded by EU states.

In September, Russian state media TASS reported that Kaliningrad was adopting an “open skies” policy, to “expand the geography of flights from the region and attract new air carriers” from the Middle East and Asia. , prompting PiS politicians to return to nationalist discourse. points out that Moscow is potentially using migrants as a tool for “hybrid warfare”.

Previous migration crises in Poland: In 2021, Warsaw declared a state of emergency after tens of thousands of migrants attempted to use the Bruzgi-Kuznica border crossing to travel from Belarus to Poland.

The migrants – most of whom came from the Middle East and Asia – were stranded on the Belarusian side of the border for weeks, where they endured freezing weather and a lack of food and medical care.

Western leaders have accused President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime of fabricating the migrant crisis on the EU’s eastern border as retaliation for sanctions over human rights abuses.

Minsk has repeatedly denied the claims, instead blaming the West for the crossings and accusing it of mistreating migrants. Russia – which is Belarus’ biggest political and economic partner – has defended President Lukashenko’s handling of the border crisis at the time, while denying any involvement.

Laura Smith Sparkle, Antonia Mortensen and Anna Chernova contributed reporting.

How ‘Triangle of Sadness’, ‘White Lotus’, ‘The Menu’ confuse the rich


Ruben Östlund does not want to “eat the rich”. But he likes to make fun of them.

In “Triangle of Sadness” (now in theaters), the Swedish filmmaker takes the satire of wealth to sadistic extremes, with a crude 15-minute sequence set on a luxury yacht. Due to a combination of turbulent weather and poor seafood, well-to-do passengers gradually fell ill with explosive vomiting and diarrhea – falling down stairs and crashing into walls as they relieved themselves for storm.

“I had a goal that (the scene) should be taken so far that the audience at some point has to say, ‘Please save them, they’ve had enough! Don’t punish them anymore!'” says Östlund . “And then I even go 10 steps further.”

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‘Triangle’ is just one of many new movies and TV shows aimed at social discontent and the super rich that year. Returning series such as Bravo’s “Below Deck” and HBO’s “Succession” put the elite under the microscope, while Apple TV+ comedy “Loot” stars Maya Rudolph as a deaf billionaire who reinvents herself as a than a philanthropist.

Dark comedy “The Menu” (in theaters November 18) elevates foodie culture at a remote island restaurant, where arrogant diners unexpectedly become part of the evening meal. And HBO’s Emmy-winning “The White Lotus” returns Sunday (9 EDT/PDT) with more wealthy folks misbehaving on the holidays, swapping season one’s Hawaiian location for a quaint resort town. Sicilian.

“Lotus” again finds meaningless vacationers looking for a connection as murder looms on the horizon. The seven-episode Season 2 tackles the topics of power and toxic masculinity, and features an almost entirely new cast (except for Jennifer Coolidge and Jon Gries).

Theo James and Meghann Fahy Play Married Tourists in Italy in HBO Season 2

Mike White (HBO’s Enlightened) created, wrote and directed the series. He allows viewers to form their own opinions “about these characters and their attitudes, but it often subverts that expectation,” says Theo James, who plays brother financier Cam. “Wealth isn’t always black or white. These people are there and you are partly repelled by them, but then you see part of yourself in them.”

This searing type of social satire is nothing new: “The Exterminating Angel” (a 1962 film) and 1972’s “The Ruling Class” were send-offs of class dynamics. More recent examples include Jordan Peele’s “Us” and Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” which offer a biting commentary on privilege. But the comedy that confuses the upper class hits even harder in 2022, as the richest 10% of the world’s population now own 76% of the wealth, according to this year’s Global Inequality Report.

“These themes have been explored very well in the past, but today it really affects people’s mindsets,” says Dolly de Leon, a Filipino actress who plays a housekeeper-turned-actress in “Triangle.” . “The gap between rich and poor is widening. (Östlund) believes in an ideal society in which everyone should have equal opportunities, but that is not the case.”

Charlbi Dean, left, Dolly De Leon and Vicky Berlin in a scene from

“Triangle” follows a pair of models (Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean) who are sent on a free cruise, where they post selfies and rub shoulders with arms dealers and Russian oligarchs. Östlund, whose other satirical films include “Force Majeure” and “The Square”, was inspired to write the film after conversations with his partner, a fashion photographer. He was intrigued by the idea of ​​”beauty as currency” and wanted to explore how Instagram influencers can use their looks to climb the social ladder.

When you “don’t separate personal life and business, everything becomes a product that you sell,” says Östlund. Clothes, too, become a camouflage and “are so linked to hierarchies”. Fashion brands basically sell their product on (the concept of) herd behavior: we detect which social group we are connected to, and then we buy clothes in order to fit into that group. social group.”

Anya Taylor-Joy just wants a cheeseburger from director Mark Mylod

“Menu” similarly roasts a particular subset of the ultra-rich: the fine dining. The comedy follows Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy), a young woman who accompanies her foodie boyfriend (Nicholas Hoult) to an exclusive fine-dining restaurant where actors, critics, businessmen and baby boomers pay $1,250 a meal.

But as the night wears on, each sumptuous dish becomes more and more personal, as celebrity chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) blasts his wealthy clientele for financial fraud and the destruction of people’s lives. He also refuses to offer bread – once considered food for the lower classes – and instead serves them a meager plate of sauces.

“We were trying to go beyond the concept of entitlement, and rich people are a way to get there,” said co-writer Seth Reiss. With more platforms than ever to consume content, “it’s almost like people are skimming through it so fast they don’t enjoy it anymore. And imagine the content you put out is food – you put so much into it. of work and then they just eat it as fast as they can.”

The film has “tangential thematic similarities” to some of the other wealth satires being released, adds co-writer Will Tracy, although they wrote the first draft four years ago.

“It almost feels like it’s part of a wave, or we’re responding to (this trend),” Tracy says. “We weren’t, but it’s interesting to see the overlap. There’s something to be said for capitalism and this kind of cultural dissatisfaction: everyone is craving something more.”

Contributor: Marco della Cava

Wow! Here is a video of a DJI drone equipped with a machine gun!


Here is a video of a DJI drone (built for cameras) carrying a machine gun! This was done in Ukraine by people on the ground.

Ever since drones were made available to consumers, people have always wondered how long before people would equip these consumer and professional drones with real weapons. Although I know this is not the first time this has happened, there is video of a non-military drone flying with a machine gun.

Video of a DJI drone equipped with a machine gun

As the fighting continues in Ukraine, there continues to be consumer and non-military equipment suitable for combat. For example, consumer Garmin GPS devices are used to help coordinate targets, and Starlink’s Internet is used by military commanders to coordinate and stay in touch with their various troops and government officials when regular communication is interrupted.

DJI drones were also used to survey various areas and check for damage and enemy soldiers. On the Russian side, Iranian Shahed-136 drones are used to swarm areas and attack. But, these are drones built for this kind of purpose. On the Ukrainian side, a video came out showing Ukrainians equipping a DJI Matrix 600 professional drone. This particular drone is no longer produced but was built to carry cinema style cameras.

The DJI Matrix 600 drone

Apparently, according to Roman Kyrylyuk (a Ukrainian software engineer and military volunteer), they install a machine gun instead of the cinema camera on this DJI Matrice 600 and control it like a camera would be controlled. Watch this video:

Now I can’t find any video of the drone in flight with the pistol shot. I imagine it would take/took a lot of trial and error to balance so that the gimbal would work with the recoil of the machine gun. Guess it can’t be super accurate in its current form, but I know more about drones than machine guns, so I’ll leave that part to the weapons experts!

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Taichinh Bank offers fast and secure online loans in Vietnam and reiterates its commitment to providing monthly installment loans that only require an ID card


The bank is driven by a desire to make online loans quick, easy and accessible for Vietnamese with poor credit scores, who don’t have enough collateral.

Trying to get a loan from a bank can be difficult. The process involves making numerous inquiries, filling out forms, signing documents, providing guarantees, and much more. Even after meeting the requirements of these banks, there is no guarantee that the loan application will be approved. Quick loan programs, on the other hand, are shady and characterized by scams and fraud. Due to poor credit scores, lack of collateral, and poor loan history, many applicants are denied loans. This makes obtaining loans online a very difficult undertaking.

Taichinh Bank is a financial institution in Vietnam that offers quick and easy online loans to people who are not eligible to access loans through traditional banking platforms. The agency helps loan seekers find monthly payment loans onlyneed an identity card. Its loan offers are aimed at people with bad credit ratings who need urgent loans to solve financial problems of all kinds. Since its inception, Taichinh Bank online loan service has provided people with a unique way to search for information on reputable loan companies in Vietnam.

“People are struggling with different levels of needs and financial constraints,” explained Huy Nguyen, CEO of Taichinh Bank. “At Taichinh Bank, we want to help them find reputable companies that offer online loans without bank requirements. It is also important that the companies we recommend to Vietnamese are legitimate companies as the rate of scams continues to grow. Therefore, we carefully review each company before recommending them. If you’re over 18 and have an ID, we’ve got a plethora of recommendations to give you, and interestingly, you don’t need to have a good credit score because these loan services offer loans to people with bad credit.

The loan services offered by Taichinh Bank are known to offer monthly installments that only require an ID card and take care of bad debts. Regardless of the purpose of the loan or the applicant’s credit rating, Taichinh Bank can help people looking for a loan find companies that can provide the solutions they want. For more information, please visit https://taichinhbank.com.vn/.

About Taichinh Bank

Taichinh Bank was established with a mission to become one of the reputable financial loan information channels in Vietnam. It is not a banking or lending platform, but a search agency where people can find reputable lending products and companies for free.

Trying to get a loan from a bank can be difficult. The process involves making numerous inquiries, filling out forms, signing documents, providing guarantees, and much more. Even after meeting the requirements of these banks, there is no guarantee that the loan application will be approved. Quick loan programs, on the other hand, are shady and characterized by scams and fraud. Due to poor credit scores, lack of collateral, and poor loan history, many applicants are denied loans. This makes obtaining loans online a very difficult undertaking.

Taichinh Bank is a financial institution in Vietnam that offers quick and easy online loans to people who are not eligible to access loans through traditional banking platforms. The agency helps loan seekers find monthly payment loans only need an ID card. Its loan offers are aimed at people with bad credit ratings who need urgent loans to solve financial problems of all kinds. Since its inception, Taichinh Bank online loan service has provided people with a unique way to search for information on reputable loan companies in Vietnam.

“People are struggling with different levels of needs and financial constraints,” explained Huy Nguyen, CEO of Taichinh Bank. “At Taichinh Bank, we want to help them find reputable companies that offer online loans without bank requirements. It is also important that the companies we recommend to Vietnamese are legitimate companies as the rate of scams continues to grow. Therefore, we carefully review each company before recommending them. If you’re over 18 and have an ID, we’ve got a plethora of recommendations to give you, and interestingly, you don’t need to have a good credit score because these loan services offer loans to people with bad credit.

The loan services offered by Taichinh Bank are known to offer monthly installments that only require an ID card and take care of bad debts. Regardless of the purpose of the loan or the applicant’s credit rating, Taichinh Bank can help people looking for a loan find companies that can provide the solutions they want. For more information, please visit https://taichinhbank.com.vn/.

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OP-ED | Change the world, but not like this

A group called Bike Grid Now is stopping traffic in Chicago disguised as a crossing guard this year at an intersection in an effort to prevent people from making illegal turns to red following the death of a cyclist. Credit: Courtesy of Michelle Stenzel / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / Michelle Stenzel
Kerri Ana Provost

When young Just Stop Oil activists threw tomato soup at a glass-protected Van Gogh painting at the National Gallery in London earlier this month, they sparked a thousand debates over whether their tactics were productive or not. While some rhetoric is more effective than others, this is entirely irrelevant. Many of these tactical discussions were not coming from other climate activists, but rather from other actors.

Welcome to the bad faith argument, a waved red herring to distract us from the stench of the critic’s thinly veiled agenda.

They have many faces and take many forms. Their motto: “not like that”. You may hear this used in a sentence like “Younger generations need to take over, but not like this” or “I support Black Lives Matter, don’t get me wrong, but vandalism?” Not like this.” They rarely offer workable alternatives to what activists might do, and when they do, another bad-faith actor steps in to take their place.

During the pre-pandemic iteration of BLM, activists in Hartford blocked roads. People who had never expressed concern about congested roads interfering with emergency vehicles were suddenly upset that ambulances couldn’t get through. When the movement entered the mainstream in 2020, occasional property damage was used as a form of expression. Once again activists were told this was not the right path.

What about those who want to improve to access? After the death of a cyclist, Chicago street safety advocates acted as crossing guards, using the street legally and preventing motorists from running red lights. For their efforts, they had bottles thrown at them. Another time, the police turned off the marching signal. They were told that their efforts were useless.

Whenever children protest anything – inaction on the climate crisis, gun violence, oppression of transgender students – by leaving school, they are told they did something wrong. , that they should be in school and that there are better ways to make their opinions known.

The eternal suggestion? To write letters. Write opinion pieces.

I love to write, of course.

But is this the answer?

Recently, I was told to “shut up” and “do something”.

In this particular case, I asked the spokesperson what exactly he would propose. You can still hear the crickets.

Allison, a seminary student from Manchester, also experienced mixed messages about using her voice as a type of nonviolent action. When Wayzaro Walton of Hartford was threatened with deportation, Allison wrote a polite letter to the acting director of the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office asking for a show of compassion. She and others received no response, and calls to this manager’s office were blocked or redirected. So she sent a letter to the director’s home address. These days, it takes seconds to learn, via Google, where almost everyone lives.

This letter contained no harsh language. That didn’t stop Homeland Security from coming to Allison’s home and questioning her. Several others involved in this letter-writing campaign, but not all, received house calls from the Department of Homeland Security. In Connecticut, people simply using words have been silenced by those in power.

If using your words isn’t the way to make a difference, then what is? Some would suggest that you use the political process. To testify publicly, your choice is often to submit a letter or find time in the middle of a work day, which can be made trickier once you start factoring in travel time and custody of children. Virtual hearings expand who can participate in democracy, but they are newer and in some cases have been phased out. When residents asked for better accommodations, whether it was on-site childcare or Zoom meetings, they were met with the coldness of another version of “not like this”: we always did things any other way and you’re not even reasonable to think of asking.

What if you were even more immersed in the democratic process? Josh Michtom, a Hartford councilman, said majority members of council berated him for “not being polite enough to the police chief during a budget hearing.” Tone police jokes write themselves.

As they say, “direct action gets the goods,” and that’s what gets lost in all the fuss about which tactics have the most impact. And although it is possible to argue that correlation is not causation, the methods of protest did not prevent or get closer to the desired results. The Chicago activists who were told protesting was not working, have since seen streets physically redesigned to be safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Hartford woman threatened with deportation had her case dropped. After Phoebe Plummer splashed soup in the museum, she asked “Are you more concerned about protecting a painting or protecting our planet and people?” It has forced climate laggards to defend themselves. When people dare to make progressive demands in unpopular ways, we see shifts in thought and behavior, and we should be prepared to recognize it, even when our reaction is to roll back someone’s choice of nonviolent action. a.

The alleged assassination in Nablus could signal a major shift in Israeli policy in the West Bank


The early Sunday morning death of a senior operative of a loosely organized Palestinian terror group known as the Lion’s Den in an explosion in the West Bank city of Nablus would be an almost unprecedented move by Israel, if indeed it were to the cause of the murder.

Tamer Kilani, a member of the upstart organization – which has claimed near-night attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians during a crackdown on Nablus – was killed around 1.30am when an explosive device attached to a motorbike detonated in the old city of Nablus, according to the group and the Palestinian media.

In a statement, Lion’s Den claimed that Israeli forces planted the bomb, with footage showing the moment of the explosion and another clip purporting to show an Israeli “collaborator” placing the motorcycle bomb in the area.

The Israel Defense Forces had no comment on the explosion and Kilani’s death, but a defense official provided military reporters with details about the man killed.

Kilani, previously imprisoned in Israel, was directly involved in sending a Palestinian to attempt a “large scale” attack in Tel Aviv last month, among several other shootings in the Nablus area.

The killing, if Israel was behind it, would mark a sea change in Israeli policy towards its counter-terrorism operations in the West Bank.

In recent years, Israeli forces have shot and killed Palestinians identified by the defense establishment as “ticking time bombs”. That is to say terrorists who would have been on their way to commit an attack or plan an imminent one.

Israeli officials say forces first try to arrest these Palestinians, but these operations, often deep in Palestinian towns, usually result in fierce firefights between sides, with the wanted men killed.

The Israeli military has previously targeted members of Lion’s Den with similar methods. In one such case, members of the group believed to be on their way to carry out an attack on an Israeli settlement near Nablus were ambushed by Israeli troops. One member of the group was killed in the ensuing shootout.

In the past, mainly during the second Intifada in the early 2000s, Israel used attack helicopters in the West Bank against Palestinian targets, but only in special circumstances and not automatically.

Military chief Aviv Kohavi recently gave the go-ahead for the use of armed drones in operations in the West Bank, if needed, although since approval in early September they have yet to be used.

The unusual bombing in Nablus recalls assassinations of Iranian scientists that have been attributed to Israel, such as the 2010 murder of Masoud Ali Mohammadi, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was allegedly killed when a remote-controlled bomb attached to a motorcycle was parked outside. his home in Tehran.

As with the assassinations attributed to Israel in Iran, Israeli officials neither confirm nor deny their involvement in the Nablus bombing.

Members of Lion’s Den are seen in Nablus in an image released by the armed faction on September 3, 2022. (Courtesy; Used pursuant to Clause 27a of the Copyright Act)

The only suspected similar bombing in the West Bank was in 2002, when Raed al-Karmi, a Tanzim commander accused of several deadly attacks and planning more, was killed in an explosion attributed to Israel near his residence in the city of Tulkarem.

Tensions in the Nablus area have escalated in recent weeks, with the Israeli army cordoning off the Palestinian city to clamp down on Lion’s Den.

Lion’s Den has claimed responsibility for the majority of shootings in the Nablus area since its establishment in August by members of various terror groups, including those previously affiliated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, among others .

An Israeli soldier was killed in an attack by the group and a second person was slightly injured in another attack on civilian vehicles. Other attacks were ineffective, but videos of the shootings uploaded to social media helped her gain huge popularity on the Palestinian street in a short time.

A counterterrorism offensive launched earlier this year and focused on the northern West Bank has resulted in more than 2,000 arrests in near-night raids. It also killed more than 120 Palestinians, many – but not all – in attacks or in clashes with security forces.

Israeli security forces fan out on the roof of a Palestinian home during a search in Salem near the West Bank city of Nablus, following a shooting claimed by the Lion’s Den faction, October 2, 2022. ( AP/Majdi Mohammed)

The operation was launched following a series of Palestinian attacks that killed 19 people earlier this year. Another Israeli was killed in an alleged attack last month, and four soldiers were killed in the West Bank in attacks and during arrest operations.

Lion’s Den has been in Israel’s crosshairs during the recent upsurge in shootings in the Nablus area, most of which the group claimed responsibility for.

During a special security assessment held last week, Prime Minister Yair Lapid and senior defense officials discussed further action that could potentially be taken against the group, if the attacks persist.

He did not say what potential measures against Lion’s Den were discussed or approved at the meeting, but it may have included Sunday’s bombing, if Israel was indeed behind it.

Lion’s Den, meanwhile, has threatened a “painful response” to the killing, and generally pledged to continue its attacks, which it sees as a struggle against Israel’s presence in the Nablus area.

That presence doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, with defense officials pledging to maintain the lockdown of Nablus, now in its 12th day, and to continue action against the group, which has been branded by Israel of “terrorist squad”.

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Opinion of the Peacebuilding Commission to the Security Council on the Great Lakes (26 October 2022) – Democratic Republic of the Congo



The Peacebuilding Commission recognizes the potential of the Great Lakes region to bring about lasting peace, security and development and welcomes the achievements of the countries of the region and the guarantor institutions regarding the Framework Agreement for Peace , security and cooperation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region (“the Framework”) as detailed in the latest report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the Framework.

The Commission notes with concern, however, recent developments in the Great Lakes region that threaten stability, lasting peace and development, including the persistence of violent incidents perpetrated by non-State armed groups, the increase in hate speech and discrimination, increased food insecurity and continued displacement with devastating humanitarian consequences. Furthermore, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the adverse effects of climate change have hampered socio-economic progress, leading to additional strains on social cohesion and peacebuilding efforts, thereby exacerbating instability. and negatively affecting the development of the region.

Based on its continued commitment to peacebuilding in the Great Lakes region, the Commission wishes to share the following points:

  1. The Commission welcomes the continuation of dialogue efforts and the strengthening of political and diplomatic relations between the leaders of the region and the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes, stresses the need to continue and intensify these efforts , and reiterates its commitment to mobilize support for the implementation of the United Nations Strategy for Peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention and Resolution in the Great Lakes Region.

  2. The Commission commends regional political and diplomatic efforts, including through the EAC-led Nairobi Process and the ongoing mediation by the Angolan President, to promote dialogue and build confidence in the resolution of the crisis. The Commission calls for better coordination between these political processes in the region. In this regard, the Commission stresses the importance of supporting dialogue efforts at national and regional levels and emphasizes continued engagement with relevant stakeholders, including civil society and traditional leaders, who can contribute significantly to advancing social cohesion and peacebuilding at local, national and regional levels. levels.

  3. The Commission welcomes the operationalization of the Contact and Coordination Group (CCG) and its engagement strategy and stresses the importance of amplifying collective efforts to strengthen regional and cross-border collaborations in order to tackle the causes root causes and factors of conflict, to reduce the threat of violence and eradicate the negative effects of armed forces in the region in an integrated and coordinated manner, including through demobilization, disarmament, repatriation and reintegration programs and other non-military measures.

  4. The Commission welcomes the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region to increase international support for the implementation of the recommendations of the 2021 Khartoum workshop on natural resources and stresses the need to promote sustainable and transparent natural resource management in the Great Lakes region as part of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

  5. The Commission welcomes the ongoing economic and trade initiatives between the countries of the region and further encourages the countries to create a political and social environment conducive to the promotion of sustainable economic development, which will bring the whole region the prosperity necessary for the consolidation of peace. .

  6. The Commission emphasizes that inclusiveness is key to advancing local, national and regional peacebuilding goals to ensure long-term sustainable peace and encourages the continuation of ongoing efforts to strengthen the role of women in political and peace processes and structures at local, national and regional levels. levels. The Commission further encourages the adoption and implementation of National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security, in line with Security Council Resolution 1325, and stands ready to support these efforts.

  7. The Commission also stresses the importance of youth inclusion and notes the need to intensify national and regional efforts to include youth in political processes and socio-economic development. It further urges the adoption and implementation of national action plans on youth, peace and security across the region, in line with Security Council resolution 2250 (2015) as well as the African Union Ten-Year Implementation Plan for the Continental Framework on Youth, Peace and Security (2020-2029) and expresses its willingness to support these efforts.

  8. The Commission stresses the importance of partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations, in particular the African Union, the International Conference on the Great Lakes and the East African Community, as well as with international financial institutions and regional as well as with the private sector. In this regard, the Commission expresses its continued support to the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes in his multi-stakeholder engagements, including with international and regional financial institutions, emphasizing strategic alignment and coherence with the Strategy for Nations for peacebuilding, conflict prevention and resolution in the Great Lakes region and stresses the need for the Special Envoy to undertake a comprehensive mapping exercise on stabilization efforts in eastern DRC and in the wider region, to ensure such strategic alignment.

  9. The Commission notes the active portfolio of the Peacebuilding Fund of over $37 million in the Great Lakes region in support of national, cross-border and regional peacebuilding initiatives, and stresses the importance of ‘a strategic and coherent approach by the United Nations, the Government of the DRC, international financial institutions and other multilateral and bilateral partners to the mobilization and use of resources to ensure that the conditions are in place for a responsible withdrawal and of MONUSCO and to perpetuate the achievements of the consolidation of peace. The Commission stresses the critical importance of continuing credible investments in PBF to support the reintegration of ex-combatants through community-based approaches; build trust at the cross-community level; and empower young people and women to participate in economic, social and political life at local and national levels. In this regard, the Commission reiterates its call to ensure innovative, adequate, predictable, flexible and sustainable financing for peacebuilding, and encourages greater donor commitment to support peacebuilding initiatives focused on impact, including by agencies, funds and programs in the countries of the Great Lakes Region.

The Commission, while adhering to its mandate, will continue to support the implementation of the UN Regional Strategy Action Plan, including by advocating for international support for the UN Office’s critical peacebuilding initiatives. special envoy in collaboration with the countries of the region and in coordination with the United Nations system.

legislation prohibiting boycott of Israel: ACLU


Top US court to reconsider legislation banning boycott of Israel: ACLU

  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appealed to the Supreme Court.
  • It’s about overturning an Arkansas state law that punishes companies that boycott Israel.
  • The organization protects the right to freedom of expression.

A leading US civil rights organization has asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s decision upholding an Arkansas state law that punishes businesses that boycott Israel.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), alleging that the Court of Appeals judgment violates the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees the right to free speech, filed a petition on Thursday asking the most high court to take up the case.

In their filing, ACLU attorneys said that when a state targets certain boycotts for punitive sanctions, as Arkansas did in this case, it violates both the underlying prohibition of the first amendment on content and point of view discrimination and freedom to boycott.

The appeals court ruled in favor of the law in June, saying boycotts do not qualify as “expressive conduct” protected by the First Amendment but rather as economic activity.

The bill is inspired by similar regulations passed by a number of US states to stifle the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to encourage Israel to stop mistreating Palestinians through non-violent means.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are two rights organizations that have likened Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to apartheid.

The Arkansas Times, a Little Rock newspaper, filed a lawsuit against the state in 2018 after it refused to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel in exchange for an advertising contract with a public university. That’s when the Arkansas affair began.

The law provides for a 20% fee reduction for contractors who do not sign the undertaking.

A three-judge appeals panel blocked the law in 2021 after a federal trial court denied the request on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment.

A full appeals court overturned the panel’s judgment in June, essentially bringing the law back to life.

In the American legal system, the Supreme Court serves as the last line of defense and review. The decision of the appeals court will stand if the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case.

Three of the Supreme Court’s nine justices were chosen by former President Donald Trump, a staunch supporter of Israel, giving the court a conservative majority.

Rights activists have warned that anti-boycott regulations are being used to stifle boycotts of other industries, such as the fossil fuel trade, and to push for unconstitutional silence in defense of Palestinian rights.

The June ruling upholding the anti-BDS law in Arkansas “misinterprets” legal precedent, according to Brain Hauss, a senior ACLU attorney, and removes protection from freedoms that Americans have enjoyed for millennia.

Hauss said in a statement Thursday that the ruling “worse still, affirms the government’s right to arbitrarily ban boycotts that reflect sentiments with which the government disagrees.”

“The Supreme Court should hear this case to reaffirm that the First Amendment protects the freedom to engage in boycotts of politically charged products.”
The advocacy group Americans for Peace Now (APN), which identifies as pro-Israel and pro-peace, also urged the Supreme Court to review the decision.

If the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, AFN President Hadar Susskind said in a statement that it “could have enormous consequences in the United States and beyond.”

“We hope the Court will deliberate on the issue and determine that states do not have the power to restrict the free speech rights of individuals, groups and businesses. You can be for or against the boycott of Israel or the occupation, but you cannot impose your point of view on others or penalize them for adopting it.

Boycotts against Israel and all areas occupied by Israel are frequently prohibited by anti-BDS legislation. Following Ben & Jerry’s decision to cease operations in the Palestinian West Bank, many US states threatened sanctions against the ice cream maker last year.

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Families are the first SEL teachers of students. Here’s how to engage them (Opinion)


We know that students need the support of schools and their families to deal with academic and mental health challenges. We have seen time and time again that children’s academic learning cannot be separated from their social and emotional lives. In the wake of the pandemic school disruptions, it is more important than ever for families and educators to come together and form meaningful partnerships that support the social, emotional and academic development of children.

Parents and other caregivers are children’s first teachers, from whom they begin to learn essential social and emotional skills like respect, empathy and perseverance. Substantial research demonstrates the positive impacts of parental engagement on children’s academic achievement and social-emotional development. When family members model social-emotional skills through their parenting practices, they help reinforce what children learn in school. When surrounded by positive socio-emotional support, students are much more likely to develop important skills that lead to improved peer relationships and social skills.

But creating this kind of positive environment does not happen by accident, it requires an intentional partnership between schools, families and communities. And by investing in these multi-directional partnerships, schools have the opportunity to learn from families who are the experts in their children’s lives.

The majority of parents already support social-emotional learning for their children. By partnering with them, schools can continue to build on this support while learning strategies families are already using to teach SEL and leveraging this expertise to foster more inclusive school environments. And when families feel valued as partners with the school, they can also learn to support and build on school-wide SEL practices at home. In fact, decades of research suggest that evidence-based SEL programs are most effective when they extend into young people’s family lives.

Partnerships between schools and parents are not always easy, and SEL researchers and educators know that families are much more likely to form partnerships with schools when school norms, values, and cultural representations reflect their own experiences. For this reason, it is important that schools promote a welcoming and culturally appropriate environment in order to authentically engage families in promoting student SEL. In our work at CASEL (where I serve as Director of Research-Practice Partnerships), we have partnered with schools, districts, researchers, and community organizations to study innovative family engagement practices that embody the principles of social and emotional learning.

We’ve found four research-based actions that make it easier for school leaders and staff to build authentic school-family partnerships.

  1. Cultivate trusting relationships between educators and families. School staff should begin each school year by soliciting input about family priorities, concerns, interests, knowledge, and resources. This creates an opportunity to build trust between families and schools. For example, the Michigan chapter of community dropout prevention organization Community in Schools conducts an annual needs and asset inventory soliciting input from family and community, which schools then use to inform policies such as early/late pick-up times and enrichment programs.
  2. Building the confidence and skills of staff and caregivers. When school and district leaders reconsider existing structures and policies that guide school improvement efforts, they can more effectively include families in decision-making processes. Remember that schools can be a place of learning for everybody. Consider investing in opportunities for parents to develop their own skills, as well as educators seeking to learn more about partnering with diverse populations, including through culturally appropriate teaching practices and parent recognition as assets and “knowledge funds”. For example, a public high school in Chicago offered a group of parents the opportunity to participate in CASEL’s SEL Dialogue Series for Caregiver-School Partnerships.a 10-session training designed to help caregivers learn and practice social-emotional skills.
  3. Reposition family roles from viewers to collaborators. Educators and parents need to feel connected as partners and stewards of student education. In doing so, they are able to determine common goals and outcomes for their students while planning and strategizing as equal partners. These connections are not limited only to parents and educators, but also to families. Families who see themselves as sources of knowledge and collaborators can create spaces of empowerment where they can coordinate and implement the change they want to see for their children.
  4. Involve families in interpreting data and proposing solutions. Traditionally, we see families’ voices captured in surveys or through traditional means of collecting parent feedback, such as town halls, PTA meetings, and parent-teacher conferences. Involving families in reviewing data can foster greater agency, trust, and communication, leading to equitable school improvements. Parents can identify inconsistencies in what and how data is collected about them or their children’s cultural understanding, provide context, and offer solutions that can create more supportive and nurturing schools. For example, the Minneapolis District’s Participatory Parent Assessment Program pairs a group of “parent researchers” with educators to improve their children’s learning. Parents have access to district data and receive training on collecting and evaluating culturally relevant data. Parents identify a research question and plan how to collect and analyze data to solve the problem. Then, the parent group advises stakeholders at the school and district level on how best to make the data accessible to other parents and community members.

Speakers and attendees at the recent CASEL 2022 Annual Summit– which centered on the understanding that school-family partnerships are integral to a child’s success – confirmed what we know: we are all stronger when we work together for our children. With parents overwhelmingly supportive of SEL, educators should seize the moment to build these partnerships to ensure children are set up to succeed. When families and educators work together, we can help students succeed in meeting any challenge in school and in life.

Israel moves closer to air defense aid for Ukraine

An Iron Dome anti-missile system seen near Israel’s border with Lebanon. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) – Israel on Wednesday offered to help Ukrainians develop alerts for civilian victims of airstrikes, signaling a relaxation of its non-military response policy after Kyiv called for countermeasures against drones of Iranian manufacture used by Russia.

Despite condemning the Russian invasion, Israel has limited its aid to Ukraine to humanitarian aid, citing a desire for continued cooperation with Moscow over its war-ravaged neighbor Syria and concerns for well-being. of Russia’s large Jewish community.

On Tuesday, Ukraine stepped up calls for Israeli help after reporting several Russian strikes using Iranian Shahed-136 suicide drones. Israel, an enemy of Iran, has developed methods to detect and bring them down.

Iran denies supplying drones to Russia, while the Kremlin has not commented.

Israel has asked Ukraine “to share information on its air defense alert needs,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz told EU ambassadors. “Once we have this information, we will be able to help develop a civilian early warning system that will save lives.”

Asked to respond, Ukrainian Ambassador Yevgen Kornichuk told Reuters the proposed system “is no longer relevant”. He declined to comment further pending further discussions with Israel.

The Russian Embassy in Israel declined to comment.

Along with interceptors that can shoot down incoming aerial threats, Israel has a network of high-tech radars that trigger sirens or cellphone alerts to warn citizens to take cover.

Similar early warning technologies could be offered to Ukraine, an Israeli Defense Ministry spokesperson said.

“It is Israel’s policy to support Ukraine through humanitarian aid and the delivery of vital defensive equipment,” Gantz told EU ambassadors.

Israel, however, would not deliver weapons systems to Ukraine “due to various operational considerations”.

Does prepaying a loan hurt your credit? | Personal loans and advice


Paying off your debts is a worthy goal, especially if it can help you improve your financial situation or free up money to spend in other areas. But while it may help your budget, are there any downsides to paying off a loan? Does prepaying a loan hurt your credit?

It’s important to know that paying off a loan early doesn’t affect your credit any differently than paying it back on time. But it’s true that paying off a loan can affect your credit score for better or worse, depending on your overall credit profile.

Even if there is a short-term negative impact on your credit, the benefits of paying off your debt can be worth it. Here’s what you need to know about what happens to your credit score when you pay off a loan.

How paying off a loan affects your credit

Your credit score is made up of several different factors, which are analyzed to give you and lenders insight into your overall credit health. In some cases, it is possible to see a drop in your credit score after repaying a loan. It’s not due to a conspiracy to keep you in debt.

Remember that credit scores are designed to predict risk, specifically the risk that a potential borrower will not repay a debt. Although credit scoring models are far from perfect, they still depend on consumer behavior.

In particular, when you repay a loan, the lender closes the account. This causes several things:

  • The payment history of the account has less influence. If you have always made your payments on time, this positive information will remain on your credit reports for 10 years. But for credit scoring purposes, timely payments on open credit accounts have more of an impact on your credit score than a positive payment history on a closed account.
  • You have less debt. The amount of debt you owe is the second most influential factor in FICO credit score, so paying down debt, in general, can have a positive impact on your score.
  • The loan no longer helps your story length. The length of your credit history includes how long your credit accounts have been open and the average age of your accounts. When you pay off a loan, FICO will still include the age of the account when it was closed, but it won’t age, so to speak, with the rest of your open accounts.
  • This gives the scoring models less information to work with. Your credit score gives a picture of how you have managed your debts in the past and in the present. Once you have repaid a loan, there are no new data points from that account for the credit score models to use in their calculations. In fact, FICO said having installment loans with low balances relative to their original amounts is considered less risky than having no installment loans at all.

How much will my credit score drop after paying off a loan?

Because credit reporting models are so complex, it’s impossible to say exactly how prepaying a loan will affect your credit score. In general, however, it helps to practice good credit behaviors.

By looking at the factors that go into your credit score, you’ll generally see less of a negative impact after paying off a loan if:

  • You have a long credit history.
  • You have always made your payments on time.
  • It’s not your only installment loan.
  • You have a good mix of different types of credit accounts.

Even though the decline is mainly due to the newly closed loan account, the impact is usually temporary and continuing to build good credit habits is much more important to establishing and maintaining a high credit score.

“Paying off debt is the fastest way to truly improve your financial situation,” says Dean Kaplan, president of The Kaplan Group, a commercial collection agency. “That’s more important than avoiding a small, temporary drop in a computer-generated credit score.”

Is it wise to repay a loan early?

Can a loan be repaid early? Absolutely, but it is important to consider both the pros and cons of early debt repayment and if you can do more with your money in another area of ​​your financial life.

“Paying down debt means you have more money to invest and grow,” says Jay Zigmont, Certified Financial Planner and Founder of Childfree Wealth.

It can also reduce your debt to income ratio, which can make it easier to get approved for a mortgage and other types of debt. Whether or not you need that cash flow for something else, it can give you some peace of mind.

But here are a few situations where it might not make sense to pay off a debt faster:

  • The interest rate is low. If you have a mortgage with an interest rate of 3.5%, paying off that debt early will generate plenty of extra cash flow that you can spend on other financial goals. But if you instead invest the extra money you plan to invest in the loan for retirement, you could end up with a long-term return of 7% or more, which will give you more value than the savings of potential interest on debt repayment. faster.
  • You don’t have an emergency fund. It’s best to avoid rushing your debt repayments if you don’t have enough savings to prepare for financial emergencies. After all, if you’re spending all of your extra income paying off your car loan and the vehicle breaks down, you can’t ask the lender to pay back the extra payments to take care of the repairs.
  • There is a prepayment penalty. Some loans may come with a prepayment penalty which is triggered if you repay the loan before a certain deadline. These penalties are not common, but you should always review your loan agreements carefully to make sure there are no surprises.
  • You plan to borrow again soon. Paying off a loan can help lower your debt-to-equity ratio, but if it also temporarily lowers your credit score, it might be worth keeping the loan if your DTI is low enough as it is. “If you’re planning to borrow soon, you might not want to completely pay off a long-term account that has a good credit history, because that helps boost your score,” Kaplan says.

In many cases, however, the impact on your credit score isn’t huge, especially in the long run. “If you see a drop after paying off a debt, just ignore it,” Zigmont says. “Keeping up debt isn’t worth it. Start focusing on your net value and use it as a measure of your progress.”

In all of this, the important thing is that you take the time to consider the different ways you can use your money to improve your financial situation, research the pros and cons of each option, and determine the best path for you. .

There is a country that keeps Putin’s desperate bombing campaign alive


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Vladimir Putin has run out of missiles and is looking to Iran for solutions. As Monday’s attack on Kyiv with drones supplied by Iran shows, Russia’s stockpiles of advanced systems are running out. Tehran provided hundreds of drones over the summer, but reports of The Washington Post says the new shipments will include ballistic missiles with a range of between 200 and 450 miles.

It’s no mystery why Russia is short of missiles: Last week, Russia launched a massive salvo of missiles and drones against civilians across Ukraine. Some estimates say Putin spent as much as $700 million on the strikes, which hit everything from city parks to energy infrastructure, even as Russia’s production of missiles and other weapons is struggling under sanctions Western.

Like drones, Iran has invested in its missile program for decades in the face of heavy sanctions. According to the US Defense Intelligence Agency‘s 2019 report on the Iranian military, Iran “possesses the largest missile force in the Middle East, with a substantial inventory of short-range ballistic missiles (CRBMs), ballistic missiles short-range (SRBM) and medium – range ballistic missiles (MRBM) that can strike targets… up to 2,000 kilometers from Iran’s borders.

Iranian missiles will bolster Russia’s options, but help is also on the way to Ukraine. Last Tuesday, the Biden administration announced it would be rushing deliveries of advanced air defense systems to Ukraine. France, Germany and the United Kingdom have also promised anti-aircraft systems.

Putin accused of plotting another ‘large-scale offensive’ in Kremlin flight

The United States and others have sent Ukraine many types of air defenses, but for now President Biden is prioritizing the delivery of the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, known primarily as the NASAMS name. Unlike shoulder-mounted missiles like the stinger or older Soviet-era missiles, the NASAMS system is advanced enough for important missions like defending the White House and the Pentagon. The NASAMS will certainly help defend Ukrainian airspace against Russian planes and missiles, but simply sending a few more NASAMS will not be enough to prevent attacks on civilian centers across the country from happening again.

There are two challenges in defending Ukraine against missile and drone attacks. On the one hand, Ukraine will have to cover the extent of its front line as well as its civilian population if it wants to intercept every Russian missile or drone. Russia’s potential avenues of attack, including the border with Belarus and the southern coast, span hundreds of kilometres. Defending the entire area would require a large number of systems like the NASAMS to reasonably catch whatever Russia puts in the sky.

The other problem is that Russian attacks tend to use more than one missile or drone at a time, which means that Ukraine not only needs enough air defenses to cover a large area, but also enough of defenses in one place to shoot down a preponderance of missiles or drones before they reach their targets. To make matters worse, Ukraine currently suffers from a shortage of air defense systems and will continue to do so even after the arrival of NASAMS.

Ukrainian forces are faced with a difficult choice: scatter air defenses to partially protect everyone or concentrate air defenses to fully defend the front line and urban areas such as Kyiv. Given Putin’s willingness to attack civilian targets outside major cities, it would be difficult for Ukraine to anticipate where Russia will target next with enough time to move its defenses.

Russian drones supplied by Iran are an added complication. News that Russia was buying Iranian drones leaked over the summer, and since then Russia has launched attacks on military and civilian targets. The specific model of drone used in the attacks, the Shahed-136, poses a challenge because it is extraordinarily long range and much cheaper than a missile, with estimates as low as $20,000 to $30,000 per unit. The drones are one-way attacks and can therefore only be used once, but the Ukrainian government has since claimed that Iran has sent more than 2,000 of them to the Russian military. Although 2,000 is an exaggeration, a few hundred such drones and the prospect of future deliveries make them a serious threat to Ukraine in the short term.

Iranian drones are not as dangerous as a missile on an individual basis, but they can be launched in large numbers and degrade Ukraine’s air defenses over time. A system like NASAMS is perfectly capable of shooting down a missile or two, but shooting down groups of cheap drones several times a month could start to deplete their limited missile stocks and make it harder to focus on fighting Russian missiles. and larger and more efficient Iranians. . Although Iranian drones have not been used before against countries that specifically use NASAMS, countries like Saudi Arabia often face shortages of anti-aircraft missiles defending their airspace against Iranian-made drones.

Other air defenses better suited to destroying drones are unevenly on the way. France announced that it would send Crotale air defense systems, but did not specify when or how many. The United States announced several months ago that they would send systems like the VAMPIRE. However, these are not expected to arrive for several months and as the VAMPIRE is a new system, it is not clear that they can be transported to Ukraine as quickly as systems like NASAMS.

Iran’s support for Putin will certainly help hit Ukraine, but there is a limit to what Iran can provide. Like Western aid to Ukraine, Iran may be unwilling to empty its warehouses at a time of acute global tension. Tehran has large stockpiles of missiles and drones, but these are essential to Iran’s deterrent posture and its efforts to provide proxies and partners in the region. Once aid to Russia begins to threaten Iran’s most immediate priorities, we may well see deliveries to Russia slow down or consist of older platforms.

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2022 Electoral Guide: Woodlands Township Candidates


Please note that Hello Woodlands is a unbiased and non-partisan source of information that endorses or supports only one party or candidate. Hello Woodlands does not accept or receive publicity or funding from any candidate, party or group.

Hello Woodlands gave the opportunity to candidates to run for the Woodlands Township Board of Directors to complete an interview with exactly the same seven (7) questions:

  1. Share your experience. What initially brought you to The Woodlands?
  2. Why do you like living (and working, if applicable) at The Woodlands?
  3. How have you served and/or how do you currently serve and contribute to our community?
  4. What motivates you to run for the Woodlands Township Board of Directors?
  5. What are the 5 things you want voters to know about you (staff, points, viewpoints, experience, etc.)?
  6. If elected, what would be your top 3 priorities as the Township Board of Directors? How would you work to influence/shape the future of The Woodlands?
  7. Do you have any other words or messages you would like to share with The Woodlands community?

Candidates also had the opportunity to submit up to three photos, websites and links to social media pages with the answers to the questionnaire.

Each position serves a two-year term, is an unpaid volunteer position, and is elected by voters from Woodlands Township in Montgomery County and Harris County. The election is scheduled for November 8, 2022. Voters must be registered to vote in The Woodlands election.


The following are the candidates for four (4) at-large positions on the Woodlands Township Board of Directors in the November 2022 election. Positions are designated as 1, 2, 3, and 4. Candidates are listed according to determined voting order.

Please click on each of the candidate names to see the answers to our seven (7) question interview, if provided. Candidates in order of ballot:

Position #1:

Position #2:

Position #3:

Position #4:


To vote in Woodlands Township elections, you must be a registered voter in your residents’ county and a resident of Woodlands Township.


  • October 11, 2022 – Last day to register to vote
  • October 24, 2022 – First day of early voting by personal appearance
  • November 4, 2022 – Last day of early voting by personal appearance
  • November 8, 2022 – Election day

For more information, visit the Montgomery County Elections website here and the Harris County Elections website here.

Early voting locations in The Woodlands area:

  • South County Community Center at 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands 77380
  • George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library at 8125 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands 77382
  • Lone Star College Creekside (Room 116) at 8747 West New Harmony Trail, Tomball, TX 77375
  • See more in Montgomery County here and Harris County here

To view your assigned poll for Early Voting and Election Day on November 8, 2022:

  • Click here for Montgomery County
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The State of Texas requires all voters to present an approved form of photo ID at the polls. Learn more at https://www.votetexas.gov/voting/need-id.html

Approved photo IDs include Texas Driver’s License, Texas Voter ID Certificate, Texas Personal Identification Card, Texas Concealed Handgun License, I.D. United States military service, United States citizenship certificate, and United States passport.

For more information, please visit the Texas Secretary of State’s Vote Texas website.

For more information about local voting in the 2022 election, visit elections.mctx.org (Montgomery County) or harrisvotes.com (Harris County).

We look forward to seeing you at the polls!

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Consumers Duped By Illegal Car Title Loans Eligible For Restitution: AG Shapiro | New


Harrisburg, Pa. — Two out-of-state businesses will have to compensate Pennsylvania consumers who were scammed, according to the AP Attorney General’s Office.

Josh Shapiro has announced a settlement with Kevin Williams and Mark Williams, owners of Dominion Management of Delaware, and Florida-based Approved Financial.

Dominion Management of Delaware operated as CashPoint, a now defunct auto title lending business. CashPoint made thousands of illegal loans to borrowers in Pennsylvania at annual interest rates exceeding 200%.

As a result of this settlement, Kevin Williams and Mark Williams will repay more than $1.5 million in illegal interest charges to consumers who fell victim to their scheme, according to a press release.

These refunds are in addition to the $3.2 million in debt forgiveness the victims have already received following an October 2021 court order. Shapiro originally filed suit against the defendants in 2018 and 2020.

Shapiro entered into a similar settlement with Florida-based auto title lender Approved Financial for alleged violations of Pennsylvania usury laws and unfair and deceptive business practices, according to the press release.

Under the terms of the AVC, Approved Financial will cancel all outstanding loans to Pennsylvania consumers. The company will also reimburse consumers in Pennsylvania for all fees and interest they paid, resulting in nearly 200 consumers receiving refunds totaling $21,500.

“Because they were based in Delaware and Florida, these defendants believed they could evade Pennsylvania laws,” Shapiro said. “But I don’t care where you are, if you’re exploiting consumers in Pennsylvania, you’re going to hear from my office. Today’s settlements hold CashPoint and Approved Financial accountable and warn other bad actors.

Title loans are high cost installment loans that require the borrower to pledge a vehicle title. Because title loans are extremely expensive, consumers typically turn to title lenders when they are most vulnerable, such as after losing a job or facing major medical bills. Under Pennsylvania’s usury and racketeering laws, title lending is effectively prohibited because title lenders typically charge interest rates well above the Commonwealth’s 6-24% annual interest limit, according to the Attorney General.

Under the CashPoint settlement, Mark Williams and Kevin Williams are prohibited from participating in, owning, or knowingly working for any company that extends credit to residents of Pennsylvania, for a period of seven years after making their last payment in the framework of the regulations.

The CashPoint settlement was filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by Deputy Director of Consumer Financial Protection Nicholas Smyth.

The approved financial settlement was filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia by Senior Deputy Attorney General Debra Warring. The TitleMax litigation was handled by Senior Deputy Attorneys General Claudia Tesoro and Sean Kirkpatrick and Deputy Attorney General Alexander Korn.

Consumers who believe they have been taken advantage of by a similar car title lender can file a consumer complaint on line or contact the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-800-441-2555 or emailing [email protected]

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We recommend Danilo Lacayo for the 182nd Criminal District Court


Editor’s Note: Murders and other violent crimes have increased across the country amid the pandemic, but in Harris County the trend seemed all the more painful as we acknowledged some of the contributing factors but we couldn’t seem to solve them. Beyond the backlog dating back to Harvey that delayed trials, there were criminal court judges and magistrates whose lenient bail decisions for repeat violent offenders put our community at risk.

While the Texas Constitution requires judges to set bail for nearly all criminal offenses, including murder, it is up to judges to determine the appropriate amount and increase or revoke it if defendants violate terms or are charged with another crime. This has not always happened.

All of this weighed heavily on our recommendations for Harris County criminal district courts.

In addition to bond decisions, we assessed typical factors: experience, temperament, fairness, work ethic, and file compensation strategies. To read more district court recommendations, visit our endorsement page.

It’s not just his balanced background as a prosecutor and public defender that makes Danilo “Danny” Lacayo a respected criminal judge.

It was his experience growing up in southwest Houston, trying to stay out of trouble while attending law and justice high school, planning to join the Drug Enforcement Agency.

“I saw a lot of things. I’ve been robbed, I’ve seen aggravated robberies, I’ve seen beatings. I saw drug dealings,” he told the editorial board. “I stayed away from that.

Instead, he turned to the idea that his Nicaraguan-born parents had instilled in him, that he was their “voice” when he interpreted for them in English, and that he could be the voice of many others around the world. He studied at the University of Houston Law Center and practiced civil law for a few years before feeling called to public office.

On the bench, Lacayo, 45, says he understands the families on the defense side, and on the prosecution side.

The Democrat wants voters to understand that he took responsibility for bail decisions seriously, regardless of party. His ability to balance due process and the rights of defendants with a pragmatic approach to breaches of duty is among the reasons we believe Lacayo deserves a second term on the bench.

“My bail conditions are very standard in many of these cases: no new law violations, no weapons, and depending on whether the crime is alcohol related or not, I might make certain conditions related to alcohol,” Lacayo told the Editorial Board.

Yet one of Lacayo’s decisions gave us serious pause: He granted a personal recognizance to a man with multiple prior felony convictions who was later charged with beating and raping a 16-year-old girl under the threat of a weapon. Lacayo’s explanation: The man was arrested for a non-violent offense – possession of weapons and drugs – and if it was a violent offense, the judge would not have granted relationship bail public without bail.

These are the types of tough decisions that are easy to criticize in hindsight. Lacayo’s other strengths give us confidence, including maintaining an efficient record. Its one-year resolution rate is 111%, the eighth highest among the 23 district courts. He received solid marks from his colleagues in the Houston Bar Association poll, with most respondents rating him “excellent” or “very good” overall.

Republican challenger Robert Jackson, 59, is impartial and says his run against Lacayo is not an indictment of the judge’s performance but of the system as a whole. He is an Army veteran and former military police officer who spent 25 years with the Houston Police Department, retiring as a lieutenant. Jackson served as an associate judge in the city’s municipal court system, but he lacks the necessary criminal law experience.

Lacayo performed well in the 182nd and earned another opportunity to serve the people.

Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III at the 25th Anniversary Service Women’s Memorial Ceremony (as prepared)


Well, hello. It’s great to be with you all.

Phyllis, thank you for that warm introduction. And I want to congratulate you and your team for making today such a special occasion.

And I’m grateful to the amazing women in the military who shared their stories with all of us today. You are a hard act to follow.

And I would also like to thank my colleague and good friend, Secretary Denis McDonough, for his moving words. Denis and I work together to fulfill our nation’s sacred promise to always care for our service members, their families and our veterans.

We are honored to have so many veterans with us today, including Lt. Cecile Cover, who entered service nearly 80 years ago during World War II.

Lieutenant Cover, thank you for your service and for paving the way for future generations of women in uniform. Let’s give him a round of applause.

You know, this site used to be a retaining wall that was in dire need of repair.

But for the past two and a half decades, it’s been the centerpiece of visitors as they step into Arlington’s hallowed grounds. It has helped reinforce the progress made by women in our armed forces. And it is a proud tribute to the bravery, strength and sacrifice of every woman who has served our country.

I would therefore like to thank the person who made this memorial a reality: Brigadier General Wilma Vaught. In the Air Force, she was the first woman to hold almost every job she had.

And after retiring, General Vaught agreed to join the board of a new foundation that would honor women in the military. And the way General Vaught tells it, she missed a meeting… and found out that she had in fact been elected president.

It was through her sheer determination that we were granted this magnificent memorial, the first of its kind to honor all American women who served. And that’s why it’s sometimes affectionately called “the house that Wilma built.” So let’s applaud General Vaught.

And I’m glad we have ROTC cadets from General Vaught’s alma mater at the University of Illinois who are here today carrying on his legacy.

Now, in the 25 years since the dedication of this memorial, there have been many more “firsts” for women in the US military.

In 2005 Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester became the first woman to be awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in combat.

In 2008, Army General Ann Dunwoody made history by becoming the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star general. And we’ve since had the first four-star women in the Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard as well.

In just a few short years, we have gone from lifting the last restrictions on women serving in combat to being the first woman to lead a platoon of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment into combat.

We have now had three women to lead combatant commands, including General Jackie Van Ovost, who currently heads TRANSCOM, and General Laura Richardson, who commands SOUTHCOM.

And last week, Colonel Nicole Mann became the first female Marine to lead a NASA spaceflight.

Women have also broken down barriers in civil service.

Today, the Secretary for the Armed Forces, Christine Wormuth, is the first woman in this position.

And my right-hand man, Dr. Kathleen Hicks, is the first woman confirmed by the Senate to serve as Under Secretary of Defense.

The ranks, titles and appointments of these exceptional patriots do not just add to the “firsts” of history. They are the best leaders for so many of our most vital jobs.

It’s quite simple: our military needs the best fighters in all areas, from the seas to cyberspace. We need the best credible combat force and the best leaders ready to win across the full spectrum of conflict.

If we were to limit these jobs to men only – who, by the way, make up less than half
of the American population – we wouldn’t always get the best. And that’s just math.

So to ensure that the United States continues to have the best fighting force in the world, we must tap into the power of all of our people.

Now, a lot has changed for women in the US military over the past few decades. But even with the progress we have made, there is still much to do.

Getting rid of exclusions for women’s service was only a minimum. We still have a lot of work to do to eliminate prejudice in our ranks and to eradicate sexual harassment and sexual assault in the United States military.

It is not enough that women are allowed to serve. We need an army where all of our troops can reach their full potential and defend our country with everything they have. An army where raising your family and serving your country are compatible, for both men and women in uniform. And an army where everyone can bring the full range of their talents, creativity and strength to the mission of defending this exceptional nation.

This is how we will build on the legacy of more than three million women who, since the earliest days of our nation’s founding, have stepped up to serve. This is how we will be smarter, more innovative and more effective than any potential adversary. This is how we will continue to stand ready to defend the nation.

You know, one of the greatest gifts of this memorial is how it gives voice to the stories of these women.

Women like the then Chief Yeoman, Loretta Perfectus Walsh. In 1917, she was the first woman to officially enlist in any branch of our military.

Now she needed to make some changes to the men’s uniform, but she paved the way. And that trail still points the way forward, as we saw two years ago when JoAnne Bass became the first woman to serve as Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. She is now the highest ranking female enlisted in any military service.

And this memorial also honors women like Colonel Mary Hallaren, who served in World War II. You know, she was barely five feet tall. So, to pass the height requirement during enlistment, she stood on her tiptoes. The recruiter even asked him what the army could do with someone so small. She replied,

“You don’t need to be six feet tall to have a working brain.”

And this memorial honors women like Lt. Col. Charity Adams. During World War II, she commanded the Six Triple Eight Central Postal Directory Battalion. It was the first and only African-American female unit to deploy overseas during World War II.

Colonel Adams later said she hadn’t thought of going down in history.

She just knew that, given the opportunity and the training, she could do the job as well as anyone else.

And we honor women like Lt. Jonita Bonham, who served in Korea. She was an Air Force nurse working on a C-54 that had been converted into a flying emergency room.

One day the C-54 crashed into the sea. And Lieutenant Bonham was trapped in the submerged plane. But she made her way to the surface and swam through the choppy waters
hold on to the rope of a lifeboat. Although she was seriously injured, she guided 17 other survivors to the raft.

A year after the accident, when asked how she survived that day, she simply replied that
it hadn’t occurred to her to die – so she didn’t.

You know, I graduated from West Point in 1975 and spent over four decades in the military. Over the years I have had the privilege of serving with more and more women at all levels. And there is no doubt that our armed forces have gotten better and better, with even greater emphasis on standards and excellence.

Because patriotism has no gender.

Nor does courage.

Men and women hear the same call to serve our great country.

And American women have always, always responded.

So I want to challenge everyone to not just leave here inspired by the stories we’ve heard, but to write new chapters in this great American story. Create more opportunities for women at all levels of our military. Accompany those who are starting their journey. To break down stubborn barriers for the women who wear the fabric of our nation. And to strengthen our common will to move towards even greater security and true equality.

In a few moments Coast Guard Seaman Allyson Smith will ring the bell in front of me.

In 1944, it was the bell of a ship named after the original Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, better known as SPAR. And ever since, the sound of that bell has honored the servicewomen who have gone before us.

Today may it ring in another 25 years of remembrance and reflection here at this special memorial.

May it ring to deepen our desire to serve.

May the inspiring stories told here resonate throughout our country.

And may the bravery of all who served in uniform resonate forever in the heart of a grateful country.


Fraud: Arrests made following a joint Gardaí and Interpol operation


Gardaí and Interpol conducted a joint investigation into the sending of fraudulent e-mails and money laundering.

The crackdown, in 14 countries on four continents, targets a group known as the “Black Axe” and other related West African organized crime groups.

Gardaí said on Friday nine premises were raided in Dublin and Clare; several arrests were made.

Eleven people were arrested and detained under organized crime legislation, and 23 people were arrested for the purpose of being charged.

There were also 62 money laundering charges and three organized crime offences.

Arrests on charges were made by local districts including Tallaght, Tralee, Portlaoise, Navan, Limerick, Cork and Waterford.

Operation Jackal

Led by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB), this period of action began in mid-August.

Operation Jackal marks the first time that Interpol has coordinated a global operation specifically against Black Axe, which it says is “rapidly becoming a major security threat around the world”.

Black Ax and similar groups are responsible for the majority of financial cyber scams around the world, as well as many other serious crimes.

In South Africa alone, two suspects arrested a fortnight ago were wanted for online scams that snatched 1.8 million dollars (1.85 million euros) from the victims.

Whitening across Ireland

This investigation began with a request for assistance from an EU country in early 2020, after €1.1 million was stolen in an email fraud and laundered through Asia .

The fake emails came from Ireland.

Electronic devices seized during the investigation indicated, for the first time, that this criminal organization operated from Ireland and did not just launder here.

To date, investigations can link more than 40 million euros to theft and money laundering.

silver mules

Gardaí claims that the bank accounts used to launder this money belong to Irish residents, who are recruited as money mules by so-called “mule herders”.

Financial mules are recruited through social networks or through friends.

It can also see young people with drug debt paying off their debts by allowing their accounts to be used.

According to Gardaí, financial mules are also found in other EU countries and flown to Ireland, where they are given false documents to open accounts and then hand over the accounts to the recruiter.

Italian, British, Portuguese, Maltese, Dutch and Belgian IDs have been identified as being used in this way.

Many documents are fake, but genuine documents have also been recovered.

“Big increases”

Gardaí says 13 different people from a specific country flew to Ireland between 2018 and 2020 and opened accounts through which more than €2 million were laundered.

New trends also involve Irish people being flown to other EU countries, being given false documents and being asked to open accounts which are then used to launder funds.

The number of Irish online bank accounts used to launder the proceeds of fraud in Eastern and Central Europe has also “increased dramatically”, adds Gardaí.

An ongoing investigation linked to Operation Jackal, called Operation Skein, has arrested 195 people for money laundering offenses and 69 people under organized crime laws to date – with 135 people charged.

Main image: A Garda Síochána holds an event detailing law enforcement activities as part of Operation Jackal. Photo by: Facebook/An Garda Síochána

Multnomah County District Attorney Announces New Immigration Policy | News Radio 1190 KEX

Multnomah County District Attorney Announces New Immigration Policy |  News Radio 1190 KEX

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt and community stakeholders announced an immigration reform policy enacted by the district attorney’s office that promises sweeping reforms.

The policy was developed through a year-long process that engaged prosecutors with immigration attorneys, practitioners, defense attorneys, academics and community advocates in a unique collaborative policy development within the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

“Before these reforms, non-citizens charged with a crime could be returned to their home country and banned for life from returning for non-violent offenses, while a naturalized U.S. citizen charged with the same crime could not receive only a few months probation from a judge,” said prosecutor Mike Schmidt.

“In these circumstances, deportation does absolutely nothing to make us safer. Instead, it has the potential to break up families, jeopardize household incomes and spread generational inequality. These results make us less sure,” continued DA Schmidt.

Among the reforms proposed by the policy is to ensure that assistant district attorneys explicitly consider immigration consequences at all phases of a criminal prosecution, including arraignment, plea bargaining and conviction, in order to achieve an immigration-neutral case resolution to the extent possible. This will not provide non-citizens with more lenient sentences, but rather avoid the imposition of the additional consequence of deportation where consistent with public safety and the safety of the victim.

“We believe prosecutors should be involved in the real impact of their decisions, including how they affect a person’s immigration status,” said Erin McKee, co-director, Immigrant Rights Project, Oregon Justice Resource Center. across Oregon with immigration legal advice for their clients’ cases, we sometimes hear that an attorney doesn’t want to know anything about the client’s immigration status, let alone consider a safer plea in matters of immigration. It is not in the interests of justice. encouraged to see Multnomah County taking a different approach and urges other counties to follow their example.

He says the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will not provide information to ICE for immigration enforcement purposes without a court order requiring them to do so, and will not cooperate. otherwise with ICE in any investigation or enforcement of federal immigration law. This addresses common concerns of victims or witnesses of crime who are also immigrants about reporting crimes and participating in criminal investigations and sends a message that all members of our community deserve justice.

Tony Defalco, Executive Director of Latino Network, said: “If the punishment for a crime for one person is a fine or community service and for another person it is separation from their family, then we are not promoting justice and we are not serving our community by keeping Oregon families together. This milestone from the District Attorney’s Office ensures that we are one step closer to real fair justice in Multnomah County and hopefully we can see other counties in Oregon adopt similar policies as well.

Source: Multnomah County Attorney

Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine


Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was “making every effort to provide critical products” to countries affected by recent price volatility, during a speech at a summit in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

“Other regional associations face many acute problems, including increased volatility in world prices for energy resources, food, fertilizers, raw materials and other important goods,” Putin said during his address. at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures. in Asia (CICA) in the Kazakh capital Astana.

“This leads to a deterioration in the quality of life in both developed and developing countries. Moreover, there is a real threat of famine and widespread social upheaval, especially in the poorest countries.

“Russia, for its part, is making every effort to provide essential products to countries in need. We call for the removal of all artificial and illegitimate obstacles to restoring the normal functioning of global supply chains in order to address pressing food security challenges,” Putin said.

The Russian leader did not refer to the war in Ukraine in his remarks. However, he again criticized NATO for “the failure of its policy”, referring to its role in Afghanistan.

“After more than 20 years of military presence of the United States and NATO [in Afghanistan]the failure of their policies, has not been able to independently resolve issues related to terrorist threats,” Putin said.

Putin said that together with other Asian countries, Russia seeks to form an “equal and indivisible security system based on the universally recognized principles of international law of the Charter of the United Nations”.

A bit of context: Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February pushed up prices for energy and other commodities.

In the case of wheat, prices then fell sharply after hitting a record high in March, as investors cheered a UN-brokered deal with Turkey to restart grain exports from major Ukrainian ports.

However, natural gas prices rose further as Russia gambled with supplying Europe through key pipelines and heat waves drove up electricity consumption, the economic impact of the war in Ukraine still making itself felt around the world.

Inside the ring: Hunter Biden’s associate linked to the PLA


Associate of Hunter Biden linked to PLA

Chinese billionaire Ye Jianming, who has been linked to large cash payments to President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and the Biden family, worked for a unit of the People’s Liberation Army involved in military operations. secret influence against the United States.

Mr. Ye, former chairman of the defunct CEFC China Energy Co. Ltd., has been detained in China on corruption charges since 2018.

Documents and emails obtained from young Mr Biden’s laptop provide details of payments from Mr Ye and his company to the Biden family. The activities would be subject to a federal investigation.

Two studies of Chinese influence operations identified Mr. Ye as part of a special PLA information warfare unit called “Base 311”. The unit is engaged in what Beijing calls the “three wars” – public opinion warfare, psychological warfare and legal warfare.

Young Mr Biden, who worked for a US investment firm, met Mr Ye and CEFC executive director Jianjun Zang in December 2015, and two years later was offered 10 million dollars a year to hold “presentations”, according to emails in Hunter Biden’s laptop was left in a Delaware computer repair shop.

The deal included a gift to Hunter Biden of a 3-carat diamond worth $80,000, according to a document.

According to the publication “Chinese Influence Operations – A Machiavellian Moment”, by Paul Charon and Jean-Baptiste Jeangene Vilmer, Mr Ye founded a front used by Base 311 called the Huaxing Training Center in Fujian, near the Chinese coast in facing Taiwan. The authors are at the Strategic Research Institute of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.

The Huaxing training center was established by a Chinese think tank called the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC), funded by Mr. Ye’s oil conglomerate, CEFC China Energy Co. Ltd.

The think tank “has been identified as a political warfare platform, affiliated with the former Department of General Policy. His ties to the PLA and the Party have been well documented,” the authors state.

Base 311, which operates behind a facade of several civilian companies, is now part of the PLA’s Strategic Support Force, which conducts information warfare, cyber and military operations in space.

Mark Stokes, a former Air Force military attaché in China, also reported on Mr. Ye’s ties to the Chinese military in his study of Unit 61398 of the General Staff Department of China. the PL. He described the Chinese Energy Fund Committee as a “platform of political warfare of the PLA…and [part of] the [Chinese Communist Party’s] system of propaganda and ideology.

In the 2015 report, Mr Stokes also disclosed that the China Energy Fund committee and Mr Ye were linked to a PLA front group known as the Shanghai Association for International Friendly Contact, which he called ” major influence operations platform based in Shanghai”. ”

“CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming also served as Deputy Secretary General of SAIFC in 2005,” said Stokes, who currently works for the Project 2049 Institute, a think tank.

Base 311 has been in charge of political warfare operations since 2011 and is linked to Chinese efforts to interfere in Taiwan’s 2018 elections.

“It also emerged that Base 311 is conducting research on the information environment in the United States,” wrote Mr. Charon and Mr. Jeangene Vilmer. “Affiliated researchers have published reports on the United States, including the potential effects of laws passed to combat propaganda, the role of social media in American political life, such as their impact on political polarization, etc.

Mr. Ye has also influenced the Czech Republic’s government policies towards China after being hired in 2015 as an adviser to President Milos Zeman. Prior to Mr Zeman’s election, the Czech government criticized Chinese human rights abuses and backed the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader.

“Under President Zeman, the Czech foreign minister apologized for the previous government’s meetings with the Dalai Lama, and President Zeman told Beijing he hadn’t come to ‘teach economics markets or human rights'”, reports the 2018 annual report of the United States Congress. -China Economic and Security Review Commission said.

Mr. Zeman has also supported some of Beijing’s most high-profile initiatives and was the only Western leader to attend China’s Grand Military Parade in 2015. He also praised China’s Belt and Road Initiative. “, calling it “the most fascinating project in modern history”. says the report.

The Chinese doctrine of “effective control” in times of war and crisis

A new study from the Air Force China Aerospace Studies Institute indicates that China’s military concept of “effective control” now guides military leaders‘ thinking about war and crises. Deterring conflict with China will require a thorough understanding of how the concept of effective control will be used by the People’s Liberation Army in a war, the study concludes.

For the PLA, effective control is used in times of peace as well as in times of crisis and war.

“In peacetime, China’s ability to ‘establish a position’ will continue to grow as China increases its capabilities and expands its national interests outward,” the report said. “China will also be able to shape its strategic environment through increasingly diverse means, including economic influence, political influence, control of media discourse, security cooperation, infrastructure building military, military deterrence, cyber and intelligence operations, and psychological and legal warfare”.

The PLA uses military activities and influence operations specifically in the campaign to regain control of Taiwan. The approach is described as “attacking with the pen and readying the sword”.

Large-scale naval, air and military exercises around Taiwan aim to prepare the PLA for war while undermining what Beijing sees as pro-independence activities and growing ties between Taipei and the United States.

The report warns that despite similarities to Western military approaches to managing escalation, China’s strategy is “dangerously opportunistic”, calling for “seizing opportunities” and “taking advantage of crises”.

The report’s authors warn that “this is potentially dangerous and at odds with the goal of preventing escalation: if China miscalculates, its opportunism can lead to conflicts spiraling out of control.”

China’s massive military buildup is part of the doctrine of effective control, even as preparation for conflict has alarmed other states and triggered multiple international crises, according to the report.

The PLA’s doctrine for controlling conflicts – beyond crisis control – is described in the report as “very cautious”.

The approach also calls on China to avoid war as much as possible, to be fully prepared and assured of victory before entering a war, and to “take the initiative and minimize both the cost and the duration of war when war is inevitable,” the report concludes.

China is also preparing for a “computerized” war in the future. This requires that conflicts be fought in multiple domains, in coordination with non-military forces and using information technology in all domains.

“The computerized nature of local wars greatly increases both the importance and the range of ways to effectively control the war situation in favor of China, while disrupting the enemy’s control of the war situation through strikes multidomains of critical nodes,” the report said.

The concept is part of the PLA’s authoritative publication The Science of Military Strategy.

2008 satellite downing considered a threat by China and Russia

The 2008 US military operation to shoot down a plummeting satellite with a missile is seen by China and Russia as a sign of US weaponization of space, according to a report released this week by the Rand think tank Corp.

Beijing and Moscow have developed many space attack capabilities and lead the United States in the development of space weapons.

Operation Burnt Frost, staged in 2008, involved a specially modified SM-3 missile interceptor fired from the USS Lake Erie to destroy a non-functional satellite tumbling towards Earth with a 1,000 pound cargo of dangerous propellant that was to survive the fall. . SM-3 blew up the satellite and booster without creating space debris.

But the operation was seen as a cautionary tale in Beijing and Moscow. “Operation Burnt Frost is widely seen in China as another example of America’s weaponization of space and, more specifically, as demonstrating a kinetic counterspace capability,” the report said.

Chinese military writings did not discuss the operation extensively.

The shooting reinforced China’s prospect that US missile defenses could be used for offensive attacks.

A year earlier, China carried out the infamous anti-satellite missile test that left tens of thousands of pieces of debris floating in space after destroying a weather satellite.

Russia has described Operation Burnt Frost as an example of American aggressiveness and a desire to weaponize space. A state media report in 2008 claimed the operation was an excuse to test anti-satellite weapons.

Russian accounts of the operation have faded since 2008 and been replaced by propaganda from Moscow claiming threats posed by the X-37B spaceplane and the creation of the US Space Force, which Russia opposes .

Contact Bill Gertz on Twitter @BillGertz.

Tulsi Gabbard quits Democratic Party, cites ‘revival’ and hostility to ‘people of faith’ – Catholic World Report

Tulsi Gabbard speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, August 2019. /CJ Hanevy/Shutterstock

Washington, DC Newsroom, October 11, 2022 / 3:00 p.m. (CNA).

Former Hawaii congresswoman and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard announced on Tuesday that she is quitting the Democratic Party, citing a long list of reasons, including her hostility toward “people of faith.”

“Any political party that tries to erase the presence of God from all facets of public life and that is hostile towards those who choose to worship God cannot be trusted to protect our inalienable God-given rights enshrined in the Constitution, and therefore should not be in power,” Gabbard said in a 30-minute YouTube video explaining his decision.

Gabbard did not say whether she would join the Republican Party, but she launched a litany of condemnations against President Biden and Democrats, largely focusing on the party’s violation of free speech and freedom of religion. .

Gabbard defends pro-life activists and religious freedom

In his post, Gabbard recounted recent Justice Department arrests and indictments of pro-life activists such as Catholic father-of-seven Mark Houck, saying security agencies have been “weaponized” against Americans.

“Seven of these 11 pro-life protesters face 11 years in prison and $250,000 fines,” she said. “They didn’t use physical force, they weren’t dangerous.”

Gabbard’s defense of pro-lifers contradicts his voting record. While a congressman from 2013 to 2021, Gabbard consistently voted against pro-life measures and received a 90% rating from national pro-abortion organization NARAL Pro-Choice America.

In the 2020 presidential race, she campaigned saying it would codify Roe v. Wade with some restrictions.

“I support the codification of Roe v. Wade, while ensuring that in the third trimester, abortion is not an option unless the life or serious health consequences of the woman are are in danger,” she said. said in a debate in 2019.

Gabbard contrasted the Biden administration’s treatment of pro-lifers with the way it treated pro-abortion activists after Roe v. Wade this summer.

“The Biden administration stood idly by and did absolutely nothing as activists demonstrated outside the homes of Supreme Court justices at all hours of the day and night, in clear violation of federal law,” Gabbard said.

“Go back and look again. How did the Biden administration deal with these pro-life, nonviolent protesters? she says.

Gabbard also condemned Vice President Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren for “proclaiming the Supreme Court to be illegitimate, simply because they disagreed with its rulings.”

Gabbard cites the Democratic Party’s ‘awakening’

“I can no longer stay in today’s Democratic Party which is now under the total control of an elitist cabal of cowardly awakening warmongers who are dividing us by racializing every issue and stoking anti-racism. white,” Gabbard said. Explain.

On the issue of religion, Gabbard accused Democrats of being “unfriendly to believers” and said Democratic leaders are “actively trying to undermine our religious freedom.”

“High-level Democratic leaders openly mock and discriminate against believers, especially Christians,” said Gabbard – who was the first Hindu member of Congress.

Giving examples, she referenced Senator Harris’s remarks that Brian Buescher’s membership in the Knights of Columbus barred him from serving as a federal judge.

She also mentioned California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s attack on Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett for her devout Catholic faith.

“The Democratic Party of today has forgotten that freedom of religion does not mean freedom of religion,” Gabbard added, recalling the party’s decision to omit the words “under God” from the oath of allegiance during the its 2020 convention.

Gabbard also discussed the party’s embrace of “critical race theory,” efforts to defund the police amid rising crime, and “self-identified Marxists” leading the Black Lives Matter movement.

She pointed to Democrats’ silence after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot refused to be interviewed by white reporters because of their “overwhelming whiteness and masculinity.”

“Modern segregation in schools is promoted,” she said, speaking of critical race theory proponents such as Robin DiAngelo. “They embrace these people and their ideology.”

“The Democrats have reduced each of us as children of God to the color of our skin, using identity politics to separate us,” Gabbard said, adding, “They’ve become the racists they claim to hate.” .

Gabbard has exposed Democrats for teaching gender ideology to children and pushing access to sexually explicit content in schools.

“Biden’s Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security have focused their new National Terrorist Unit on parents who vocally oppose radical curricula and explicit sexual content taught to their children in public schools,” a- she declared.

Gabbard railed against the party for “rejecting the objective truth and reality that women exist”, calling it “anti-woman”.

“They can’t even define a woman anymore and they demand that we replace words like ‘mother’ with ‘person who gives birth,'” Gabbard said.

Condemning transgender men playing on women’s sports teams, she said the Biden administration’s proposed changes to Title IX will be “absolutely [take] opportunities for millions of women.

The viral video since is the first episode of Gabbard’s new podcast, The Tulsi Gabbard Show.

Gabbard’s team did not immediately respond to CNA’s request for comment on Tuesday.

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Preventing Crisis from Turning into Catastrophe: How the DOD Protects the Homeland


The McCourt School of Public Policy National Defense Policy Initiative (NDPI) hosted Juliette Kayem, Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), for a moderated discussion on how the Department of Defense (DOD) interacts with heads of state in times of crisis. Professor Kayyem, a former deputy secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, pointed to the difficulties of solving disasters and the immense pressure facing current and future change-makers.

McCourt School students in conversation with Juliette Kayyem

In his bestseller security momand more recently in the devil never sleeps, Kayyem described the obstacles faced by DOD officials when deployed in crisis situations, including communication gaps between civilian and military personnel and varying military support requirements. Every crisis, from pandemics and cyberattacks to domestic terrorism, extremism and climate disasters, presents unique challenges to supporting citizens and civil society.

“When bad things happen, there will be a lot of pressure on the military to fix whatever public policy can’t fix,” Kayyem said.

“Our whole disaster management structure was basically formed and designed around the idea that disasters are random and rare, that they are unpredictable, that we cannot know they are coming,” she said. declared. “It creates a notion of crisis as being in some way a surprise.”

Regarding disaster prevention, Kayyem pointed to “training and planning” as two crucial focus areas for defense specialists, along with greater collaboration between local, state and federal officials.

“This topic is extremely important as we see an increase in the intensity of natural disasters and new emerging and complex man-made threats to our country,” said Ryan Tire (MPM’23), NDPI Outreach Coordinator. . “Our initiative is committed to being at the forefront of these discussions and bringing subject matter experts like Juliette to the top of the hill to inspire conversation and critical thinking among our peers.”

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Kanye West’s anti-Semitic tweet asks Musk, Texas law


Rapper Ye, formerly Kanye West, sent an Instagram post on Friday suggesting fellow musician Sean “Diddy” Combs was controlled by the Jewish people – a common anti-Semitic trope. Within hours, Instagram had deleted the post and locked her account.

This sent Ye to Twitter, where he was publicly hosted by Elon Musk, which may soon take over the business. Within hours, however, Ye had posted a separate anti-Semitic tweet saying he would go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.” Twitter, like Instagram, was quick to block the post and lock down his account.

But a conservative-led movement to rein in what some see as the Silicon Valley giants’ “censorship” is poised to change their approach to such decisions. Between a growing number of state laws that seek to restrict content moderation and Elon Musk’s determination to relax Twitter’s policies, posts like Ye’s may soon become more prevalent online.

A law passed by Texas last year, which could become a model for other Republican-run states if upheld by the courts, prohibits major online platforms from censoring users or limiting their posts based on political opinions they express. Legal experts told the Washington Post that such laws would make it much more risky for social media companies such as Meta, which owns Instagram, and Twitter to moderate even overtly anti-Semitic posts such as Ye’s.

And Musk said one of his goals for Twitter, should he strike a $44 billion deal to buy the company and take it private, was to provide a forum for legal talk of all kinds. “If citizens want something banned, then pass a law to do so, otherwise it should be allowed,” he said. tweeted in May.

By that standard, Ye’s tweet would likely be valid, at least in the United States, where hate speech is not against the law. “It’s a despicable tweet, but there’s no question it’s protected by the First Amendment,” said Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute.

Twitter and Instagram remove Kanye West’s anti-Semitic posts and freeze accounts

Offensive posts are of course nothing new on social media. But the biggest platforms, including Meta, Twitter, Google’s YouTube and ByteDance’s TikTok, have become much more active in recent years in crafting and enforcing rules that restrict posts deemed threatening or hateful towards other users. or groups of people. These efforts have at times drawn backlash from prominent conservatives, from former President Donald Trump to Texas Governor Greg Abbott to Musk, who say tech companies have gone too far in suppressing conservative voices. .

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton did not respond to a request for comment on whether Twitter or Instagram would be required to post posts like Ye’s if Texas law takes effect.

Musk did not respond to a request for comment on Ye’s tweet or if he would clear him as the owner of Twitter. When Ye resurfaced on Twitter criticizing Instagram for locking his account, Musk had replied, “Welcome to Twitter, my friend!” Musk replied again Monday night, tweeting that he had spoken to Ye and “expressed my concerns about his recent tweet, which I think he took to heart.”

Texas law says social media companies can’t “censor a user” based on their “viewpoint” — language that legal experts say could be construed as barring them from deleting anti-Semitic tweets. The measure includes an exception, however, if the material “directly incites criminal activity or consists of specific threats of violence directed at a person or group” based on characteristics such as race or religion.

It’s unclear whether Ye’s tweet would meet the criteria for material that can be taken down under the law, academics said. Deleting his Instagram post would likely be even harder to justify, as it was less overtly threatening.

Instagram and Twitter declined to say which specific rules Ye’s posts violated, a rare omission for a high-profile case.

Tech companies are trying to respond to Texas social media law

The platforms split in their response after Trump posted in response to a wave of racial justice protests, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter restricted the tweet under its rules against the “glorification of violence”, while Facebook held firm and left the remarks airborne. Neither company said the remarks violated their rules against threats of violence or incitement, despite calls from civil rights groups to ban it on those grounds.

Uncertainty about whether a vague but threatening anti-Semitic message would be protected by Texas law could prompt platforms to play it safe and leave it, fearing legal repercussions if they take it down. Legal experts have warned that the dynamic could have a chilling effect on companies’ moderation efforts and lead to a proliferation of hate speech.

Technology trade groups representing Twitter and other social media companies are challenging the Texas law’s constitutionality in part on these grounds.

Florida, meanwhile, has asked the Supreme Court to consider whether states can regulate the content moderation practices of tech companies, after its own law barring them from censoring political candidates or the media was largely struck down. by a court of appeal as unconstitutional. Many other states have similar laws in the works, pending the outcome of legal battles over Texas and Florida laws.

“It illustrates the incredible difficulty of knowing what you’re supposed to do as a platform operating in Texas or Florida,” said Daphne Keller, who directs Stanford University’s platform regulation program. forms. “Certainly the safest thing to do is leave it on, and that may be what the law really requires.”

Russian strikes on Ukrainian cities are an implicit nuclear threat


A wave of explosions hit major cities in Ukraine this morning. Rocket attacks were reported in the capital, Kyiv, as well as in Lviv, Dnipro and several other cities. Many of the targeted areas are in the center and west of the country, which had been quiet for months after fighting shifted east. Numerous deaths and injuries have been reported by the Ukrainian authorities.

The attacks come after the Kerch bridge linking Russia and occupied Crimea – a symbol of the annexation of the peninsula closely linked to Vladimir Putin personally – was partially destroyed on Sunday 9 October. Kyiv has not officially claimed responsibility for the explosion, which was reportedly caused by a truck bomb, although Ukrainian officials have said anonymously that the explosion was their fault and Ukraine Post has announced that it will issue a stamp commemorating the occasion.

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Russia had already hit a building in Zaporizhzhia on Sunday evening following the explosion of a bridge, which killed at least 17 people.

The myriad of attacks on cities across the country on Monday – apparently mostly against civilian targets such as playgrounds and universities – underscores Russia’s willingness to retaliate by hitting non-military targets, even if it suffered consistent battlefield defeats in recent weeks, as the Ukrainian counter-offensives continue to advance. Ukrainian forces have taken over thousands of square kilometers of territory, mainly in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions.

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Russian leaders have come under increasing criticism in recent days. Hardliners such as Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov criticized Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, blaming him earlier this month for Russia’s recent defeats and calling for tougher action against Ukrainian targets. The attacks on Ukrainian cities are a response to calls for further escalation by Kremlin figures.

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Attacks on civilian targets in peaceful towns will strengthen, not weaken, Ukrainian resolve. But they can be presented by Moscow as just retaliation for the attack on the Kerch Bridge, even though the bridge is probably considered a military target because it was used to supply Russian forces fighting in southern Ukraine. Meanwhile, many of the Ukrainian targets hit this morning, including parks, were purely civilian in nature. Surveillance video appears to show the Glass Bridge, a pedestrian walkway in central Kyiv, hit by a rocket. Symbolically, the bridge – without any military value – is located a few meters from a Soviet-era arch built to commemorate the “reunification” of the Russian and Ukrainian peoples.

But above all, the attacks carry with them an implicit nuclear threat, according historian Sergey Radchenko. Moscow shows it has the ability to target Ukrainian cities with missiles. There is no guarantee that the next cannot carry a nuclear warhead, the message to Ukraine and the West says.

Soldier killed in East Jerusalem shooting identified as 18-year-old Noa Lazar

The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday identified the soldier killed in the deadly East Jerusalem attack as Sgt. Noa Lazar, 18 years old.

The army said Lazar, from the Bat Hefer community in northern Israel, was a member of the Erez Battalion of the military police. Lazar, a corporal, was posthumously promoted to sergeant after his death.

Lazar and a civilian guard were hit when a gunman opened fire during a shootout at the Shuafat checkpoint in East Jerusalem on Saturday evening.

Both men were rushed to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment after the attack, police and doctors said.

Lazar was pronounced dead in hospital, the IDF said, announcing her death hours after the attack after her family was notified.

The Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem said Sunday morning that the guard was operated on overnight by neurosurgeons and remains in serious condition on a ventilator.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid and President Isaac Herzog issued statements mourning Lazar’s death and promising to apprehend the attacker.

“With heartbreak I heard the news of (his) death,” Lapid said. “On my behalf and on behalf of the Government of Israel, I extend my condolences to his family and friends. There are no words to ease their great loss.

“We will not remain silent and know no rest until we bring justice to the depraved terrorist,” he said.

“Sending condolences to the bereaved family of IDF soldier, Sgt. Noa Lazar, for whom the joy of the holiday has turned into terrible grief and prays for the recovery of those injured in the shooting in Jerusalem,” Herzog said.

“No despicable terrorist will break our spirit. We will fight terrorism and continue to build our lives and celebrate our holidays. We trust the IDF and the security forces,” he said.

The Palestinian gunman apparently arrived on foot and fired on security forces at the checkpoint around 9 p.m. before fleeing to the nearby refugee camp.

Two Border Police officers were lightly injured by shrapnel in the shooting.

Israeli security forces at the scene of a shooting at a checkpoint outside the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem on October 8, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Security forces raided the Shuafat refugee camp after the attack in search of the shooter and two other suspects. Special forces units and a helicopter participated in the manhunt. Jerusalem District Police Commander Doron Turgeman said the identities of three suspects were known to police.

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, who arrived at the scene alongside senior police officials, said security forces “will get hold of the attacker, alive or dead”. Barlev said the shooter was a 22-year-old resident of Shuafat.

Police said three other alleged accomplices had been arrested. The suspects were in their 20s and from Shuafat and Anata in the West Bank, and Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem.

Three family members of the alleged shooter were also detained in Shuafat, Army Radio reported.

A man suspected of driving the shooter has surrendered to police and is believed not to have been an accomplice.

The driver claimed he was taking the shooter to Modi’in when the assailant exited the vehicle at the checkpoint and fired at least seven rounds, before his gun jammed.

The Gaza-based terror group Hamas said it ‘blessed the heroic operation’, calling the shooting a ‘reaction to the incursions into al-Aqsa and the occupation’s aggression today against Jenin’ . Earlier Saturday, two Palestinians were killed in an IDF-led arrest operation in Jenin, a city in the West Bank.

“These operations carry a message that the revolt of our people is ongoing and will not subside and that the operations, shootings and gunshots of our revolting youth will haunt the occupiers and herds of settlers everywhere in response to their crimes and their incursions. in Al-Aqsa Mosque,” ​​Hamas said, but did not explicitly claim responsibility for the attack.

Photos from the scene of the shooting showed blood smeared on a section of cobblestones and sidewalks next to a guard post, as police sealed off the area with red tape and collected evidence.

The scene of a shooting at a checkpoint outside the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, October 8, 2022. (Flash90)

Festive fireworks were reported in Shuafat after the shooting.

The incident comes as the military and police are on heightened alert in Jerusalem and the West Bank during the Jewish holiday season. The Prime Minister’s Office said that over Shabbat, Lapid conducted a security assessment ahead of the start of the Sukkot holiday on Sunday evening “with a focus on the deployment of forces to Jerusalem and Mount of the Temple, as well as elsewhere in the country”.

Tensions were already high due to an ongoing counter-terrorism campaign in the West Bank that has seen more than 100 Palestinians killed and more than 2,000 arrested in night raids, in which Israeli troops have regularly come under fire . Most of those killed were armed men or participants in violent clashes, but some were unarmed civilians.

The operation was launched after a series of attacks that killed 19 people between mid-March and early May.

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The ADNEC group unveils the agenda of the ISNR Talks program


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Seif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, ADNEC Group has unveiled the exciting program for the all-new ISNR talks, which took place held during the seventh edition of the International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR) Abu Dhabi.

Taking place October 10-12, ISNR Abu Dhabi, organized by ADNEC in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters, provides a unique networking platform connecting regional government agencies with security solution providers around the world. The event will bring together the national community and the cybersecurity community to accelerate public-private collaboration for a safer connected world.

As a key part of the event agenda, ISNR Talks offers three forums over the three days of the event, free to all attendees. International experts and thought leaders will offer fresh perspectives and insight into the most inspiring case studies, with keynotes and engaging panel discussions. Over three impactful days, ISNR Talks sessions will shed light on the future of policing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.

On the first day, participants will benefit from key learnings from the Forum on the Future of Policing. It will include an opening session on “The Future of Policing: Embracing Innovation for Crime Prevention Now and in the Future”, a panel discussion on “Smart Cities: Securing the Future: Innovations and New Techniques Transforming Policing in Changing Communities”, and a case study on “Challenges and Opportunities of Harnessing Technology for Better Crime Prevention”. In addition, topics such as “Integrated Multi-Agency Training and Collaboration for Better Oversight”, “Preventing Crime with Technology-Enabled Community Policing”, “Analyzing the Enhanced Skillset Required for Sustaining Order in the 21st Century” and “Social Media Policing: Who Should Be Held Accountable for User Comments and How Should Individuals and Organizations Be Held Accountable?”

Focusing on artificial intelligence, day two will feature two keynotes, “Highlighting the Impact of AI and Machine Learning on Homeland Security” and “Policing the Metaverse – Challenges and Opportunities”. Speakers will share their insights through an “Embracing Digitization in Homeland Security for Better Information and Intelligence Sharing” case study. In addition, panelists will discuss topics such as “The Future of Threat Management – Smart and Intelligent Technologies”, “Fighting the Digital Battle: Maintaining Security, Data Sovereignty and Scalability in Systems Could” , “Ensuring reliable, unbiased and non-discriminatory data for AI learning and decision-making” and “Predictive policing – Separating fact from fiction”.

The final day will see interesting discussions on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. Topics such as “Building Multi-Party Security Mechanisms in Critical Infrastructure”, “Analyzing the Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Securing Supply Chains”, “Robot-Assisted Autonomous Techniques to Mitigate Evolving Threats” and “Using robotics, UGVs and electric vehicles for emergency response” will be explored. Participants may also have the chance to attend panel discussions on “Cybersecurity and Business Continuity: Defending National Assets and Mitigating Possible Threats through Better Cross-Border Collaboration and Intelligence Sharing” and “Doing More with less: Addressing the Resource Challenge with Technology in Infrastructure Protection”. in addition to a keynote on “Smart cities and new threats presented with integrated systems”.

ISNR Abu Dhabi will showcase a wide range of technologies in the areas of digital forensics, anti-malware and anti-spam and anti-virus, human factors, governance, compliance, business continuity, disaster response accidents, identity and access management and application security. The exhibition will also highlight the latest developments in Internet of Things (IoT) security, cloud security, mobile phone security, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare protection, network security, data security, managed security services (MSS) and encryption.


AFL-CIO backs Missouri amendment to legalize marijuana


JEFFERSON CITY — The Campaign to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use announced support from the state’s largest labor organization on Thursday.

The Missouri AFL-CIO supports Amendment 3, Legal Missouri 2022 said in a press release.

“Legalizing marijuana for adults in Missouri, while automatically removing past, non-violent marijuana-related offenses, is a huge step forward for criminal justice reform in Missouri,” said Jacob Hummel, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, in a statement.

Jacob Hummel, President of the AFL-CIO of Missouri

Hummel, a former St. Louis state senator, touted expected ‘significant revenue’ for state coffers as well as freeing up law enforcement ‘to focus on tackling serious crime and violent” in the union’s endorsement.

“We urge the people of Missouri to support this common sense proposal to make Missouri the 20th state to legalize marijuana for adult use,” Hummel said.

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Stephen Webber, political director for the AFL-CIO of Missouri, said the union’s executive board recommended approval of Amendment 3 at the union’s statewide convention in August.

Convention delegates then voted to approve the plan, he said.

The AFL-CIO is just the latest organization to make its position known on Amendment 3.

The St. Louis area chapters of the NAACP, the Missouri Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the ACLU of Missouri supported the amendment.

The Missouri Democratic Party and Missouri Libertarian Party remain neutral.

And, the Missouri Attorneys Association and the state’s four Roman Catholic bishops are among the opponents of the plan.

The program gives current medical marijuana companies access to full recreational licenses before others, which has drawn opposition from legalization advocates who want a more open cannabis market.

Amendment 3 would legalize the possession of 3 ounces of marijuana for people 21 and older.

The state would tax retail purchases at 6%, with the revenue generated going first to administer the program and then to process write-offs for past marijuana offenses.

State public advocates, nonprofits, and agencies working on drug treatment, as well as the Missouri Veterans Affairs Commission and “allied state agencies,” would receive the remaining money, according to the amendment.

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Consumer Alert: Rochester Area Businesses Offering High Interest Loans. Is the interest rate on your loan 189%?

ROCHESTER, NY — This consumer alert concerns a serious matter that we want you to consider.

Would you take out a loan if you knew the interest rate was 189%? For most of us, the answer is a resounding no. But I learned that these types of loans are offered here in Rochester. You might think it’s illegal.

After all, New York is a state that has a number of consumer protection laws in place. And loans are no exception. New York caps the interest rate on small installment loans at 25%. So companies are doing what consumer advocates call bank lease loans with rates as high as 189%.

The National Consumer Law Center is one of many consumer advocacy groups calling rent-a-bank loans predatory. It was one of several consumer advocacy organizations that recently sent letters to businesses across the country urging them to “stop offering loans through predatory lenders.” Easy financing and Transportation Alliance Bank (TAB Bank).

Easypay Finance transfers its loans through an out-of-state bank called Transportation Alliance Bank (TAB) of Utah, which is not subject to our state’s lending limits. It then offers its financing services to auto repair shops in our region. But consumer advocates say these loans are often extortionate with interest rates as high as 189%.

Let’s say you’re driving and your car stops. You learn you’ve blown a head gasket, a repair that will cost you $2,000. You deposit $500 and the auto repair shop offers you a loan for the remaining $1,500 to be paid over 12 months.

But the Consumer Law Center maintains that Easypay does not disclose that the loan is at an interest rate of 189%. At this rate, your loan repayments are approximately $293. By the time you pay for this repair, you will have paid interest of $2,016. And the total cost would be around $3,516, more than double the original loan amount.

While businesses across the country received the letters months ago, according to Easypay’s website, the loans are still being used by thousands of businesses, including auto repair shops in the Rochester area. . The site presents 34 auto repair companies in our region that use Easypay financing. All are under Monro inc. umbrella: Monro Auto Service, Mister Tire and Tire Choice Auto Service.

Monro Inc sent us the following statement:

Monro is committed to providing quality service and competitive pricing to its customers. We emphasize trust, honesty and security in all of our interactions. We understand that vehicle maintenance and repairs are necessary, yet sometimes unexpected, expenses for many households. We offer our customers a variety of payment options so they can decide which option is right for them. In addition to accepting personal payments, we offer several financing options, including Easy Pay.

Easypay executives responded to me promptly. A spokesperson disputes the claim that their lending practices are predatory and they say it is often the only option available to many.

“Many Americans are being left behind by the traditional banking and credit system. EasyPay facilitates financing options to ensure that these consumers have a reliable and secure choice to access otherwise unavailable credit for urgent needs and discretionary purposes. Through a transparent process, we offer a range of credit levels based on the borrower’s credit profile, with an interest repayment program designed to encourage repayment. Our products are offered to eligible consumers in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. – EasyPay financing

While consumer advocates say Rent-a-Bank loans are friendlier than payday loans, they insist there are better options for those with no credit or bad credit. credit. CNBC, The bank rateand nerdwallet all have a number of suggestions.

Kathy Ireland expands her licensing empire in a fashion line with HSN


Kathy Ireland has proven to have the magic touch in everything she does. At 30, after a career as a model – she appeared on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover three times in 1989, 1992 and 1994 – she was aging out of that profession and looking for something more enduring and personally fulfilling.

So in 1993, she traded the glamor of modeling for something eminently practical and not what would be considered glamorous. She designed a range of performance socks with her partner John Moretz, owner of the Gold Toe brand which is now part of Gildan. These socks are still doing well after selling over 100 million pairs and Moretz remains an adviser.

Despite an early foray into fashion with Kmart, he took a back seat to furnishings after Warren Buffett told him fashion was changing, but home remained safer. Today, the house brings in around 40% of Kathy Ireland’s worldwide earnings – lowercase letters to distinguish the business from her person – in a business that now spans entertainment, weddings and resorts, l insurance, real estate, telehealth and fintech.

Fashion brings in only around 8% of revenue, but now it’s fashion’s turn to call on the magic of Kathy Ireland, and she’s getting pretty close. She will appear on Qurate’s HSN TV shopping platform on October 6 at 9 p.m. to showcase her first-ever outerwear line developed with partner Bagatelle International. And it will be his first appearance in an environment where all his talents will shine, not the least of which is his sincerity.

“Beautiful people come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. Our designs will cater to that,” she shared with me. HSN has been at the forefront of inclusive sizing with on-air models who actually look like real women, not idealized walking models. HSN is the perfect partner for Ireland as it aims to help women of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages achieve their beauty.

“Our boss is busy moms, so we listen carefully, listen to our customers and develop products and services that will meet their needs,” she said, adding, “HSN is the premier platform for sharing the story around this line.to the women we serve all over America.

Ireland is a big win for HSN as the success of a home shopping brand depends on the chemistry between presenter and audience. And she’s sure to connect with HSN viewers and bring more.

Very early on, she discovered that public appearances did not allow her to speak directly to her clients. On the contrary, public appearances brought hordes of men with well-leafed copies of Sports Illustrated to dedicate. On television, she will be able to speak directly to the women she hopes to serve.

Her debut show will feature six styles of outerwear, all at affordable prices ranging from $129 for a faux leather top to $189 for a wool trench coat that comes in different color palettes and prints. The collection will be exclusive to HSN for 30 days and then available to other retail partners, including Macy’s, online retailer BHFO.com and direct-to-consumer website kiWW.

Chances are Ireland’s first appearance on HSN will sell out quickly, but it will be ready with plenty of other fashion offerings to keep up the momentum of HSN’s fashion presentations. Apparel was Qurate’s only growth category last year, up 10% across QVC
and HSN Channels at $1.3 billion, and it was the second largest category after home at $3.3 billion.

Waiting in the wings is more from Bagatelle, which has the license for denim and special occasion wear with the same emphasis on inclusivity and quality. Others include Amerex for a swimwear line closely tied to Ireland’s image, lkeddi Enterprises with sportswear, pantsuits and day dresses, and longtime partner PPI Apparel. Group, presents underwear, shapewear and sleepwear.

Ireland has big plans for fashion, with the goal of it accounting for 20% of kiWW’s revenue within 24 months.

What on the outside may look like a celebrity tapping their name on something to get royalties is quite different for Ireland and its team, which now numbers more than 100 staff.

“The way we approach licensing is different than many other companies,” Ireland explained. “As a result, our company has a strange shape because we do things in a different way. Everything we do is pretty much unprecedented.

“It’s really shocking to read licensing agreements for other companies that are more concerned with royalty payments than doing the right thing for the people making the products and how the products get to market. My prayer is that there are more brands whose passion is to improve the human condition than simply to obtain an economic return. This is how I define success,” she continued.

Ireland is a committed Christian who runs her business guided by her deeply held Judeo-Christian values. But it doesn’t beat the Bible over anybody’s head; rather, she quietly lives her principles of doing good to all.

“When I was a child, we took trips to Tijuana, where I saw firsthand the exploitation of people. My father worked with Cesar Chavez, who fought for migrant farm workers. As a result , we weren’t allowed to eat grapes at home,” she joked.

“At Kathy Ireland Worldwide, we believed in giving back and doing good long before ESG [environmental, social and governance] was on everyone’s radar,” she continued.

His humanitarian and human rights work is legendary. She spoke at the United Nations for human rights. UCLA recognized her as one of the top ten advocates for women’s health in the nation, and she is a major donor and ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Additionally, last year she was honored with the International Religious Freedom Award. The list is lengthened increasingly.

“There is so much good to do, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. We see the needs that are so much bigger than us, and yet we see the opportunities that are bigger than that. The way we approach it is by giving back. We have seen how we can make a difference,” she said.

She is also proficient in for-profit and non-profit partnerships. For example, Ireland sits on the board of telehealth medicine Let’s Talk Interactive (LTI). Initially, they focused on supporting Kathy Ireland Recovery Centers offering outpatient addiction treatment regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. And now they are bringing telehealth services to parts of the country and the world where professional and affordable medical treatment is most needed.

His humanitarian efforts are fueled by the success of his business empire. And in this she has been singularly successful.

Global license named kiWW the 19th most powerful licensed brand and it is the only woman-led company in its top 20 list. And his is the only sole proprietorship there too.

And as a final footnote to Ireland’s trading prowess, she appeared more often on the cover of Forbes that on Sports Illustrated.

Will I lose my other benefits? The potential impact of a water contamination claim at Camp Lejeune


It has been just two months since the historic Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022 (PACT Act) was signed into law by President Joe Biden on August 10, 2022. Based on a ubiquitous television ad, we all know now that the PACT Act encompasses the Camp Lejeune Justice Act 2022 (Justice Act). The Justice Act allows certain individuals who were exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune to sue the United States to financially recover their injuries. Specifically, the Justice Act states that individuals who were at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 for 30 days or more (consecutive and non-consecutive days) are eligible to sue. This includes veterans, family members, non-military workers (civilian contractors), and anyone else (in utero) who was exposed to contaminated water between the dates listed.

What is not so obvious – and what we hope to clarify here – is whether and how filing a complaint under the Justice Act may impact the continued receipt of other government benefits. .

The relevant provision of the Justice Act reads as follows:

(2) Health and disability benefits related to water exposure – Any compensation awarded to an individual or a legal representative of an individual under this section shall be offset by the amount of any compensation for disability, payment or benefit granted to the individual, or legal representative–

(A) sub-

(i) any program under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs;

(ii) the Medicare program under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 USC 1395 et seq.); Where

(iii) the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 USC 1396 et seq.); and

(B) under medical care or disability related to water exposure at Camp Lejeune.

PACT Act § 804(e)(2).

Let’s unbox this. At its core, the provision is designed to prevent double-dipping, that is, allowing a person to recover twice for the same injury. Thus, when involved, the provision will serve to reduce or offset any possible monetary reward by the sum of government benefits already received for related health or disability conditions. What it does not do is prohibit or prevent any Exposed Person (or their legal representative) from taking legal action in the first instance. It also does not compromise the continued receipt of related government benefits. In fact, several things must be true for the disposition to be triggered. First, this provision only applies if a person has previously received government benefits in connection with health care or disability related to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Second, the provision only applies to health and disability benefits received under Medicaid or Medicare programs or other programs administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Finally, this provision only applies when an award is rendered. This assumes that a Justice Act lawsuit has been filed and successful.

So, for example, if you are a veteran and are currently receiving VA benefits for tinnitus resulting from repeated exposure to battle sounds, such as gunfire, machinery, armored vehicles and planes, the compensation will probably not apply to you. However, if you have developed bladder cancer as a result of your exposure to contaminated Camp Lejeune water during the relevant period and you are already receiving VA benefits for this condition, any recovery under the Justice Act would be reduced by compensation, payments or benefits related to bladder cancer, but not those related to tinnitus.

What’s the bottom line?

Even if you receive government benefits for a medical condition or disability that is regarding contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you can still file a claim under the Justice Act. If you ultimately get damages as a result of your claim under the Justice Act, the award will simply be reduced or offset by the amount of benefits you have already received.

Because the Justice Act is so new and no monetary rewards have yet been issued, the precise mechanics of how compensation works remains to be seen. However, rest assured that you are still eligible to file a claim.

If you or a family member were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune during the affected period and would like to explore your legal options, please consider Ward and Smith. We are a deeply rooted law firm in Eastern North Carolina with offices in every location of a staffed federal courthouse in the mandated jurisdiction and venue of all actions brought under the law of justice: the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. We offer free consultations or, for the tech-savvy, you can use our no-obligation chatbot to instantly see if you’re eligible for representation.

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Mahatma Gandhi, the peacemaker – The Hindu


Gandhi viewed the problem of peace as an ethical rather than a political issue.

Gandhi viewed the problem of peace as an ethical rather than a political issue.

Mahatma Gandhi was mindful that world peace is not possible without the spiritual growth of mankind. So far, the 22 years of the 21st century have not been peaceful. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine poses the greatest threat to world peace since the end of the Cold War. Many believe that mankind will never achieve peace. But we all know that peace is the result of a long process of compassionate dialogue and tireless caring across cultural, religious and political boundaries.

Gandhi viewed the issue of peace as an ethical rather than a political issue. For him, the important thing was to be on the side of the righteous. In a letter published in Harijan on December 9, 1939, he wrote: “Moral influence would be used on the side of peace… My nonviolence recognizes different kinds of violence—defensive and offensive.” It is true that in the long run the difference disappears, but the initial merit persists. A non-violent person is bound, when the occasion arises, to say which side is right. So, I wished the Abyssinians, Spaniards, Czechs, Chinese and Poles success, although in each case I wished they could have offered non-violent resistance… But who am I? I have no strength except what God gives me. I have no authority over my compatriots except purely morally. If God considers me a pure instrument for the propagation of non-violence… He will… show me the way…”

A peace strategy

This letter explains a lot about Gandhi’s psychology as a moral wartime leader. It also clearly shows that he was a man of peace, who, beyond the violent values ​​of his time, could fight for non-violence and dialogue between nations. Based on this assumption, it appears that the most appropriate way to interpret Gandhi’s endorsement of violence over cowardice is to view him as a coherent thinker of peace. It would therefore be wrong to say that there were gradual changes in his views on war and peace.

If it is accepted that Gandhi always had a strategy of peace even when he wrote about violence rather than cowardice, one can establish a continuity between his writings on war and peace at different stages of his struggle. Gandhi wrote: “I believe that where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence… But I believe that non-violence is infinitely superior to violence, forgiveness is more manly than punishment… But… forgiveness only when there is the power to punish…. A mouse hardly forgives a cat when it allows itself to be torn to pieces by it. I therefore appreciate the sentiment of those who call for the condemn punishment of General Dyer and his ilk. They would tear him to pieces if they could. But I don’t believe that India is a helpless creature. Only I want to use India’s strength and my strength for a better purpose. That said, Gandhi never dissociated non-violence from violence, neither in reality nor as major concepts of his political philosophy. Therefore, one can understand his position, when he asserted that an action “can take on the appearance of violence” and yet be “absolutely non-violent in the highest sense”.

Many famous critics of Gandhi’s nonviolence have pointed out the powerlessness of Gandhi’s nonviolence in the face of totalitarian regimes. Hannah Arendt said, “If Gandhi’s immensely powerful and successful strategy of nonviolent resistance had encountered a different enemy – Stalin’s Russia, Hitler’s Germany, even pre-war Japan, instead of England – the result would not have been decolonization, but slaughter and subjugation. .” However, unlike Arendt, Gandhi believed that without a concrete ethical foundation, politics could not function in a democratic and non-violent way.

The political task

Thus, for Gandhi, the essential task of politics was to bring about moral progress. While Hitler believed in eliminating morality from politics, for Gandhi it was very important that the moral legitimacy of nonviolence be a peacemaking strategy. This is why Gandhi is impossible to classify in terms of conventional categories of peace studies and conflict resolution. Gandhi remains an original thinker on peacebuilding and also an astute peacebuilder.

From Gandhi’s perspective, non-violence is an ontological truth that stems from the unity and interdependence of humanity and life. While violence damages and undermines all forms of life, non-violence uplifts all. Gandhi therefore advocated an awareness of the essential unity of humanity, and this awareness required a critical self-examination and a shift from self-centeredness to a “shared humanity”. This “shared humanity” cannot exist today if it is not aware of its own shortcomings. It must strive to eliminate its own imperfections, in order to be able to foster a pluralistic peace. Needless to say, in an age of increasing “globalization of selfishness”, there is an urgent need to read and put into practice Gandhi’s social and political philosophy in order to re-evaluate the concept of peace.

October 1, 2022 Russia-Ukraine News

(Tom Goldstone/CNN)

A Russian Orthodox cathedral on New York’s Upper East Side appears to have been defaced with red paint on Friday night, the same day the Russian consulate building about six blocks away was spray-painted red .

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday declared the annexation of four regions of Ukraine.

An eyewitness told CNN he saw a person wearing a face mask splatter red paint on the steps of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral late Friday night.

The act of vandalism was confirmed to CNN by Father Nicodème, spokesperson for the cathedral.

Remnants of paint could be seen on Saturday morning after the eyewitness observed a woman working to clean it.

“We sincerely do not understand these individuals who allow themselves acts of vandalism in relation to our cathedral. We pray for them,” Nicodemus said in a statement to CNN. “We want them to realize that the Russian Orthodox Church in the United States conducts important spiritual and peacemaking activities here, and we are open to everyone, regardless of nationality and political beliefs.”

The NYPD said it was not aware of or investigating this incident.

Police previously told CNN they were investigating the red graffiti on the Russian consulate building as a “possible incident of bias.” There were no updates in this survey.

It is the third case of vandalism since the start of the year where the cathedral has been covered in paint or written with “insulting” inscriptions, Nicodemus said.

In addition, “insulting” calls and emails have also been received by the cathedral, he said. Some have included direct threats against clergy and parishioners.

St. Nicholas Cathedral is “obligated to forward such messages to the police”, Nicodemus said. “We are grateful to New York City law enforcement for their prompt response to our messages and their continued support.”

Half of the church’s parishioners are Ukrainians, and it continues to be their main house of prayer, he added.

The church said that since February its parishioners have been actively involved in raising financial and humanitarian aid for victims of the war in Ukraine.

Hackers would like you to join their LinkedIn network — beware of these phishing attacks


Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center, or MSTIC (pronounced mystical) for short, warns that a North Korean military hacking group is using fake social media accounts, particularly on LinkedIn, to trick individuals using fake email offers. job to spread vicious open source malware.

The militarized hacking team uses trojanized open source apps and LinkedIn recruiting to bait tech industry employees, according to MSTIC, and the threat has been relentless. Microsoft threat team shared via blog post (opens in a new tab) that the group has been using PuTTY, KiTTY, TightVNC, Sumatra PDF Reader and the muPDF/Subliminal Recording software installer for these attacks since late April.

Who are they targeting

The hacker group has targeted employees across multiple industries, including media, defense and aerospace, in the US, UK, India and Russia. The group is believed to be behind the infamous Sony breach in 2014.

Known as Lazarus, the outfit is tracked by Microsoft as ZINC. On joining MSTIC, Mandiant threat analysts from Google Cloud noticed that the group is targeting spear phishing in the technology and media sectors using fraudulent job postings last July and using WhatsApp to share a Trojan .

How it’s made

In Microsoft’s blog post, the MSTIC team said, “Microsoft researchers have observed spear phishing as ZINC players’ primary tactic, but it has also been observed using strategic compromises on websites and social engineering on social networks to achieve their goals.

The MSTIC team goes on to say, “ZINC targets employees of companies it attempts to infiltrate and seeks to coerce these individuals into installing seemingly benign programs or opening weaponized documents containing malicious macros. Targeted attacks have also been carried out against security researchers on Twitter. and LinkedIn.”

Fraudulent recruiter profile

(Image credit: Microsoft)

By creating fake accounts on LinkedIn, hackers engaged in data theft, hacked accounts and crypto exchanges, and tore networks apart. For its part, LinkedIn’s Threat Defense team, owned by Microsoft, removed all fake accounts it found.

Using messages tailored to specific industries, the hacker group targeted tech support professionals and engineers who worked for media and IT companies located in the UK, India and the US. . US authorities issued a warning, alerting European businesses to what was happening.

It used to be that LinkedIn seemed like a very safe, business-like social media platform for job hunting and networking, but in today’s world, where there are subscription services for hackers , there are few safe spaces on the Internet, and we must always be vigilant. Keeping up with the latest threats is a great first step, and make sure you’re using one of the best antivirus apps to stay safe online.

Going through: ZDNet

Rocket strike on civilian convoy kills at least 25 in Zaporizhzhia


ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine – A wave of suspected Russian missile strikes killed at least 25 Ukrainians on Thursday as they waited to deliver aid and collect relatives from an area Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved to annex in violation of international law.

In Avtorynok, an old car market on the southern outskirts of Zaporizhzhia, the regional capital, a group of civilians had waited all night to cross into Russian-held territory. The wider Zaporizhzhia region is one of four where Russia has orchestrated referendums in an attempt to legitimize annexation, but only part of the region is under Russian military control.

In interviews with Washington Post reporters on Thursday, the civilians described the reason for their trip. Some were medics, crossing battle lines to perform life-saving surgeries in hospitals that Russian forces failed to adequately restock. Others were ordinary civilians trying to rescue loved ones too old or infirm to make the journey themselves.

In Zaporizhzhia, Russia controlled a referendum but not hearts or minds

“What choice do I have? He is from my family,” said one man, Serhiy, as he waited to join the convoy, asking that his surname not be used for fear of his safety. Serhiy said he understood the danger but saw no other option.

Many residents of occupied Ukrainian territory who stayed at home after the invasion and takeover by Russian forces have finally decided to flee in recent days, following Putin’s announcement of his annexation plans.

Early Friday, as the convoy waited to depart, three missiles slammed into the ground around the vehicles, eyewitnesses at the scene said.

It was unclear which bodies lay under the blankets and tarpaulins that assembled security forces and medics used to wrap the dead.

Some of the victims fell next to their cars or into the bushes where they had rushed to safety.

Hours after the attack, several shell-shocked survivors were still there, lost. When one of them received a phone call, he would pick up and simply say, “I’m here. I’m alive,” then hung up.

In violation of international law, Putin will sign the annexation of Ukrainian regions

At least 25 people were killed in the strikes, officials said.

In local hospitals, operating theater surgeons were battling to save the lives and limbs of at least 15 other victims of the missile attack.

Ukrainian officials said the missiles appeared to have been fired from an S-300 surface-to-air system.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has in recent days accused Russia of firing missiles at civilian infrastructure and other non-military targets. Zelensky denounced the longer-range strikes as an act of cowardice after the disorderly retreat of Russian soldiers from the northeast Kharkiv region.

AMLO calls for peace in Ukraine, but no more soldiers in Mexico


On the night of September 15, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) presided over the traditional independence ceremony from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City. After two years of COVID restrictions that had left the central square, or Zocalostrangely sorry for the two previous editions, this year nibble – the cry that reenacts revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo’s call for independence from the bell tower of the city of Dolores Hidalgo in 1810 – was packed with a crowd of one hundred and forty thousand people enjoying a concert by the iconic , multiple Grammy-winning band Los Tigres del Norte. In addition to the standard list of ¡Long live! (“Long Live…”) for the National Hero Hall of Fame, the President ostensibly pulled out the script to add three ¡Mueras! to the list of proclamations: “Death to corruption! Death to classism! Death to racism!

The following day, on the occasion of the annual civil-military parade, AMLO devoted his entire speech to foreign affairs. In front of a remarkable assemblage of guests – which included the former presidents of Uruguay and Bolivia, José Mujica and Evo Morales, respectively; father and brother of Julian Assange; the daughter of Che Guevara; and the family of labor organizer and farmworker advocate Cesar Chavez (the family of Martin Luther King III had attended the ceremony the night before) – the president presented a plan for an international peace commission intervene immediately in the Ukrainian conflict with the aim of bringing everyone to the negotiating table.

While condemning the invasion itself, he did not spare his criticism of those whose action, and inaction, allowed the situation to reach its current state.

Interest groups in positions of power in governments and the economy have gone to great lengths to pursue policies against armed conflict. And once that mistake was made, instead of putting things right, they chose to dig deeper. . . . This is how the Russian war against Ukraine came about, as well as the subsequent adoption of sanctions and the massive shipment of arms to the invaded country, actions which brought an additional dose of irrationality to the ongoing conflict.

Sanctions and arms shipments, he added, “have only worsened the conflict; produce greater suffering for victims, their families and refugees; and exacerbate the food and energy shortages that have spurred global inflation, phenomena that together harm the vast majority of the world’s people.

Drawing on its mid-pandemic criticism of the United Nations as a “wallflower” in the face of global crises, AMLO noted that the organization had remained inactive, ineffective and “reduced to a purely ornamental role”. Worse still, he noted, has been the conduct of major powers who, “explicitly or silently, have positioned themselves solely to serve their hegemonic interests. Thus, one cannot avoid the suspicion that, however perverse or unbelievable it may seem, this war, like many others, is fueled by the interests of the arms industry.

The speech was significant in that it set out a decidedly progressive position on the conflict, a position shared by the vast majority of non-aligned nations and countries of the South. And by avoiding flashy rhetoric in favor of a sober analysis of the political and economic interests that benefit from prolonging the war, AMLO avoided the reflexive tar of his plan as a “Russian plot” (which did not prevent some conspirators experts And one advise President Volodymyr Zelensky to try). While leaders on the Anglophone left struggled to find similar clarity on the issue, it served as a potentially instructive moment.

The president’s timely analysis of military operations in Ukraine comes at a time of fierce debate over the role of the military in the country. On September 9, AMLO signed into law a bill that places the National Guard – the militarized police force created in the first months of his administration in 2019 – under the operational and administrative control of the Secretary of Defense.

This decision is important not only because of the nature of the institution itself, but also because the Ministry of National Defense in Mexico has traditionally been led, not by a civilian, but by an active duty military officer. Meanwhile, Congress is currently debating a constitutional amendment, tabled by the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) but backed by the government, that would extend the armed forces’ involvement in internal security matters from 2024. , when it is currently scheduled. expire, until 2028.

From a purely political point of view, the proposals represent a masterstroke that split the opposition Va por México coalition in two. On the one hand, they sparked a predictable display of wailing from the National Action Party (PAN) which, after bloodying the country through Felipe Calderón’s misguided and fatally compromised war on drugs, is now attempting fancifully to rebrand themselves as opponents of “militarization”.

But that did not stop their PRI partners from defecting to vote for the constitutional amendment, at least in the lower house, nor did it stop a number of opposition governors from s oppose their own parties in Congress by coming out in favor of it.

As the proponents of the proposals repeatedly point out, the new law does not integrate the National Guard into the army, as is often incorrectly reported, but establishes it as a separate institution within the Ministry of Defense, with its own code, command structure and limitations: for example, the use of proportional force and the prohibition on the use of military grade weapons.

While the vast majority of the original members of the guard were “borrowed” from the army, the latter will eventually be entirely made up of recruits trained exclusively in the maintenance of order and capable of fully taking charge of internal security issues. This will allow the army to be reduced by almost half. Indeed, despite the uproar from organizations such as the European Parliament over the militarized police in Mexico, several of its member states maintain very similar structures, including France (National Gendarmerie), Spain (Guardia Civil) and Italy (Carabinieri).

That said, there is something deeply troubling about Mexico’s center-left pushing for the consolidation and expansion of the military’s role in homeland security after taking to the streets in previous administrations to protest it. Yes, AMLO’s philosophy is fundamentally different as it seeks to tackle the root causes of violence – poverty, corruption, injustice, inequality – instead of trying to contain social unrest through Brute force.

Yes, his approach to the armed forces is different from his predecessors Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto, who each attempted to legislate to suppress individual freedoms and effectively create states of exception. Yes, homicides are down – somewhat (and non-violent crimes are down again).

But for a president who has repeatedly said you can’t fight fire with fire, his administration has bolstered the nation’s firepower with budget increases, construction contracts and control or custody of strategic areas, such as ports and customs, PEMEX facilities, the Maya train in the Yucatán Peninsula, and the transisthmic industrial corridor linking the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Despite protests from AMLO that he changed his mind about using the military in light of the security problem he inherited, a WikiLeaks cable reveals that as early as his first presidential campaign in 2006, he had considered giving “more power and authority to the military to counter – narcotics operations. Not only was the military the least corrupt of Mexican agencies, he argued, but strengthening its authority would clip the wings of the attorney general’s office, which he considered “too corrupt to run the war.” fight against narcotics”.

However, jumping to the conclusion that AMLO is simply in the “pocket” of the military would be a mistake. In the past few months alone, the president inaugurated a truth commission to investigate crimes committed by the military during the 1970s dirty war against dissidents. The commission will have unprecedented access to military archives and facilities, including infamous former detention and torture centers such as Campo Militar, or military field, No. 1 in Mexico City.

Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of the forty-three students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in 2015, the government recently announced the arrest of General José Rodríguez Pérez, then commander of the 27th battalion in the town of Iguala, Guerrero, where the crimes took place (former Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam was also arrested in August and remains in custody). Warrants also exist for twenty other members of the army. While this is far from sufficient, it hardly suggests an army acting with the near total impunity of the past.

The question of public safety in Mexico is one that resists easy answers. Organized crime has amassed an array of weapons – the vast majority imported from the United States – that far exceeds anything standard police forces are capable of handling. The capture or assassination of cartel leaders led to a “balkanization” into smaller, more fluid, and harder to apprehend groups.

Cartels, for their part, have diversified into lucrative secondary markets, such as extortion, cyberattacks and export crops such as limes and avocados. The results of social programs will only be visible in the medium and long term, and only if they are sustained; it is naive to believe that areas where the only options available to young people for decades have been cartels, migration or starvation jobs will be overturned overnight by the offer of scholarships, apprenticeships or programs conservation.

The debate over drug legalization is nowhere to be found on the political radar; indeed, the MORENA-dominated Congress was unable to even pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana, as required by a Supreme Court ruling. Meanwhile, the general public, long accustomed to oversights, abuse, violence and bribery-seeking from police forces at all levels, is hardly as alarmed by the use of armed forces for homeland security that elites living in comfortable communities might appreciate. be: according to a survey, 80% of respondents were “very” or “rather” in favor of the measure. If a referendum were held on the issue, as the president has proposed, he would likely win hands down.

This gives AMLO some breathing room. But it also creates the danger, as he enters the fifth year of his six-year term, that the current situation will become increasingly normalized. For his calls for peace to be fully heard on the world stage, López Obrador must find a path, however narrow and thorny, to greater peace at home.

General Catalyst investments in Europe: listed


General Catalyst, one of those American VCs with names like Airbnb, Canva, Classpass, Instacart, Snap and Stripe in its portfolio, opened a office in London last December to raise the stakes on its European agreements.

And up to the bet he has.

General Catalyst has invested in 17 European startups since opening its London office late last year (two of which remain unannounced), write checks from $500,000 up to $100 million and beyond in later stages. Its latest investment, announced today, concerns the Swedish start-up Doccla.

Seven of its announced investments are in UK-based startups, two in Germany and two in Barcelona.

Here we describe the agreements publicly announced by General Catalyst.

General Catalyst’s European Startups


  • Sector: health technology
  • Based: 2019
  • HQ: London
  • Last raise: £15m Series A (September)
  • Investors: General Catalyst

General Catalyst’s latest investment is Swedish startup Doccla. Its technology, which is used by the UK’s National Health Service, helps clinical staff monitor patients remotely. It says these “virtual wards” are helping to free up hospital beds by getting hospitalized patients out faster and helping other patients avoid going to the hospital altogether because they can be monitored from home. With the new Series A funding, it plans to expand into more markets in Europe.


  • Sector: HRtech
  • Based: 2018
  • HQ: Hamburg
  • Last raise: $35 million Series B (September)
  • Investors: General Catalyst led Series B, with participation from other venture capital firms such as Visionaries Club, Frontline Ventures and Web Summit Fund.

Let’s talk timing – Localyze, a SaaS platform that helps employers manage the hiring and relocation of international talent, launched just before the pandemic and is currently growing at a rapid pace. He claims his revenue has increased sixfold since raising a Series A of $12 million in mid-2021.


  • Sector: health technology
  • Based: 2021
  • HQ: London
  • Last reminder: £6.1m seed (July)
  • Investors: General Catalyst led the final round, an extension of a selection round that closed in January, led by Kindred

Lottie helps families find and compare care homes across the UK and creates digital tools for care providers, which she sells to big companies as a benefit for their employees with caring responsibilities. The founders, Will and Chris Donnelly, are brothers.


  • Sector: Edtech
  • Based: 2016
  • HQ: London
  • Last reminder: $220 million Series D (June)
  • Investors: Lightspeed (another US VC with an office in Europe) co-led Series D with General Catalyst

Famous for being founded by Euan Blair, the son of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Multiverse connects companies with young people looking for an apprenticeship. In its latest raise, it reached a valuation of $1.7 billion and announced plans to expand its presence in the United States.


  • Sector: Food Technology
  • Based: 2021
  • HQ: helsinki
  • Last reminder: €4.9 million seed (June)
  • Investors: The seed was led by General Catalyst, with participation from Lifeline Ventures.

Another Finnish startup, Huvva is setting up delivery-only kitchens that bring together several existing restaurant brands under one roof, to boost the cuisines offered on take-out apps. It plans to expand further into Central Europe and hire around 100 people with its seed funding.

Therapeutic Charm

  • Sector: biotechnologies
  • Based: 2021
  • HQ: London
  • Last reminder: $50 million Series A (June)
  • Investors: The final round was led by F-Prime Capital and OrbiMed. General Catalyst, Khosla Ventures, Braavos, Axial and Grep VC also participated.

Charm Therapeutics discovers and develops drugs to target “hard-to-treat targets” that play a role in cancer treatment. Its technology is able to create 3D models of proteins and use them to determine the best way to bind small molecules to their targets.


  • Sector: future of work
  • Based: 2019
  • HQ: Berlin
  • Last raise: $10 million Series A (May)
  • Investors: Series A was led by General Catalyst, with HV Capital and Y Combinator also involved.

Part of a growing cohort of startups helping non-administrative employees find jobs, PowerUs is a career platform that connects tradespeople and technical professionals (like electricians and mechanics) with employers looking talent like them.


  • Sector: Logistics
  • Based: 2020
  • HQ: London
  • Last reminder: £8million seed (April)
  • Investors: Creandum led the inning. Entrance Capital and General Catalyst (both existing investors) also invested.

Founded by a group of Monzo alumni during the pandemic, logistics startup Packfleet first raised from General Catalyst in a £1m pre-seed round in 2021. He says his technology helps customers easily track and reschedule their deliveries — and helps businesses deliver a more enjoyable customer experience.


  • Sector: SaaS
  • Based: 2008
  • HQ: Geneva
  • Last reminder: $412 million (April)
  • Investors: General Catalyst and Advent International co-led the most recent round. Insight Partners and Permira were also there

Reaching a juicy $4.7 billion valuation in its last raise, SonarSource helps developers keep code clean and secure, while adhering to industry best practices when first written. He says it’s used by over 300,000 organizations and 5 million developers worldwide.


  • Sector: E-commerce
  • Based: 2015
  • HQ: Leiden
  • Last raise: $50 million Series B (March)
  • Investors: Series B was led by Atomico, with General Catalyst also investing for the first time. Existing funders Inkef and Airbridge Equity Partners also got involved.

Retailers no longer sell only in their own physical stores or online; many also make their products available through third-party marketplaces, like Amazon and Zalando. ChannelEngine is a platform that helps them manage those sales – keeping track of things like inventory and prices.


  • Sector: E-commerce
  • Based: 2017
  • HQ: Helsinki
  • Last raise: 6 M€ seed (March)
  • Investors: General Catalyst and Peak, an Amsterdam-based fund, led the round. D4 Ventures, Illusian Capital, Fabric Ventures, IPR VC and FJ Labs also joined

Finnish startup Blidz is on a mission to bring social group buying – a huge phenomenon in China – to Europe. The idea is that consumers can get big discounts on its app by sharing the items they want to buy on social media or with their friends. When Sifted spoke with CEO Lasse Diercks in March, he said there were around 2 million items to buy on the Blidz app — and the discounts could reach 95%.


  • Sector: Travel
  • Based: 2015
  • HQ: Barcelona
  • Last reminder: $115 million extension to its $160 million Series D (January)
  • Investors: The Series D extension was led by General Catalyst (a new investor) and existing backer Kinnevik

One of Spain’s few unicorns, business travel platform TravelPerk has weathered the Covid storm and increased its customer base by 80% in the worst year ever for business travel. It has now made several acquisitions and recently strengthened its management team by announcing a new chief financial officer, Roy Hefer, and a director of human resources, Sally Sourbron.


  • Sector: Crypto
  • Based: 2020
  • HQ: London

Sovryn is a crypto platform that helps people buy, sell, and trade bitcoins. It also allows them to lend their crypto assets – and borrow against them. His community voted to accept General Catalyst’s investment in May.

bird buddy

  • Sector: Consumer
  • Based: 2020
  • HQ: Slovenia
  • Last reminder: $8.5 million seed round (December 2021)
  • Investors: VC backed and General Catalyst led the round

The company behind “the world’s first smart bird feeder”, Bird Buddy, collected its seeds from General Catalyst’s US partner Niko Bonatsos late last year. Birdwatching has taken off massively during the pandemic, with bird feeder sales surging in the United States.


  • Sector: SaaS
  • Based: 2016
  • HQ: Prague and London
  • Last raise: $100 million Series A (October 2021)
  • Investors: General Catalyst led Series A (at the time, the largest ever in Eastern Europe), along with other venture capitalists LocalGlobe and Seedcamp

Rossum, a robotic process automation startup, helps businesses complete transactions faster by making the document sharing process faster, digital and less bureaucratic. It is used by large companies like Bosch, Siemens, EY and Adyen to exchange and process items such as invoices, financial statements and customs declarations.

Amy Lewin is editor-in-chief of Sifted and co-host of The subdued podcastand writes Turn up, a weekly newsletter on VC. She tweets from @amyrlewin

Strange bedfellows call on CFPB to enact broader participation rule for personal loans


The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) have filed a joint petition with the CFPB that urges the Bureau to engage in developing rules to define the biggest players in the personal loan market. In February 2022, the CFPB established a new procedure for members of the public to submit petitions for rulemaking (including changes to or repeals of existing rules). The petition has been registered by the CFPB. Under the new CFPB procedure, registered requests will receive a final response from the CFPB. (The ABC previously sent a letter in October 2021 to incoming director Chopra in which it urged the CFPB to adopt a broader participation rule for fintech consumer lenders.)

In their petition, CRL and CBA describe the consumer credit market as consisting of five segments: mortgages (including home equity loans and HELOCs), credit cards, auto loans, students and “other personal loans“. They describe the category of “other personal loans” as encompassing three types of loans which may be secured (other than by real estate interest) or unsecured: short-term installment loans (generally lasting from three months to year), longer-term loans and revolving lines of credit. Secured loans in this category include loans intended to finance the purchase of durable goods (such as a household appliance or mobile home) and loans backed by security over an existing asset of the borrower (such as a vehicle).

CRL and CBA note that in 2015, the Bureau announced in its regulatory agenda that it planned to develop a proposed rule to define large non-bank participants in the personal loan market, including installment loans. consumer and vehicle title loans, and reported in its Spring 2017 Regulatory Agenda report that it was working on such a rule. However, as they also note, the Bureau under former acting director Mulvaney reclassified rulemaking as inactive in its spring 2018 regulatory agenda and has not spoken on the matter since.

Reasons set out in the petition why the Bureau should resume rulemaking for larger participants include:

  • A rapidly growing personal installment loan market, particularly as a result of changes in state law that effectively ban payday loans;
  • A significant portion of consumers who use other personal loans, especially consumers who obtain such loans from non-bank institutions, tend to be economically vulnerable consumers who cannot obtain credit through credit cards or HELOCs. , have exhausted their available credit or have incurred such debt that they need to refinance a credit card or HELOC;
  • Substantial growth in fintech targeting the subprime market and offering loans that consumers are struggling to repay;
  • The current regulatory regime creates an uneven playing field with CFPB-supervised banks and a significant risk that consumer protection issues affecting vulnerable consumers will go undetected; and
  • Risk-based supervision, because of the need for firm-specific findings, is not an adequate substitute for a higher participation rule in a market with a substantial number of significant participants.

In their petition, CRL and CBA recommend that the personal loan market be defined as follows:

Creation or management of closed or open lines of credit payable in installments and provided to consumers for personal, family, or household purposes other than loans secured by real estate, loans for post-secondary education as defined in 12 CFR 1090.106 (a), or automobile purchase or refinance loans as defined in 12 CFR 1090.108(a).

Regarding their recommendation that the Bureau cover both closed installment loans and open lines of credit, CRL and CBA state that “there is an ongoing debate as to whether [buy-now-pay-later (BNPL)] the loans are fixed principal loans or variable principal lines of credit” and state that “[g]Consolidating closed and open loans in the definition of a single market for personal loans will avoid potential inconsistencies with regard to the supervision of the Office and avoid potential uncertainties with regard to the coverage of BNPL loans.

Regarding their recommendation that the market be defined to cover both the origination and servicing of personal loans, CRL and CBA point to bank/fintech partnerships. Calling “questionable” the assertion that the bank in such partnerships is the true lender, they argue that it is clear that the non-bank partner is a covered person providing a consumer financial product or service in its role as loan manager. According to CRL and CBA, defining the market to cover services and origination “will ensure that these noncustodial fintechs, if large enough to meet the higher participation threshold, are subject to Bureau oversight at least relates to its service activities, including its billing activities, collection and provision of data to consumer reporting agencies. »

In August 2022, eight national trade groups filed a petition with the CFPB that urged the Bureau to engage in developing rules to define the largest participants in the data aggregation services market.

Ukrainian Armed Forces hit five enemy command posts with missiles


Ukrainian missile and artillery units hit five enemy command posts, up to 15 enemy manpower and equipment reinforcement areas, two air defense positions and three ammunition depots.

This is stated in the report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at 6:00 p.m., September 27, posted on Facebook.

As noted, Russian troops continue to focus their efforts on holding territories, trying to completely capture the Donetsk region, as well as disrupt the actions of the Defense Forces in some directions. The aggressor fires at the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine along the line of contact, conducts aerial reconnaissance and tries to reestablish lost positions in certain areas.

The enemy continues to destroy civilian infrastructure and residential buildings. There is still a threat of airstrikes and missile strikes throughout Ukraine.

During the day, the enemy launched two missile strikes and six air strikes, more than 20 MLRS attacks against military and civilian targets, violating the norms of international humanitarian law, the laws and customs of war.

More than 15 settlements, including Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Ochakiv, Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Poltavka and Marinka, were damaged by enemy fire.

In the Volyn and Polissia directions, the situation has not changed significantly.

In other directions, the enemy opened fire from tanks, mortars and tube artillery.

In the direction of Siversky: in the areas of the settlements of Huta-Studenetska, Mykhaylove, Sosnivka and Starosillia of the Chernihiv region, Prokhody and Nova Huta of the Sumy region.

In the direction of Slobozhansky: in the areas of the settlements of Veterynarne, Udy, Vovchansk, Hoptivka and Strilecha.

In the direction of Kramatorsk: Holubi Ozera, Siversk, Verkhniokamyanske, Dvorichne, Dronivka, Zakitne and Minkivka.

In the direction of Bakhmut: Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vesela Dolyna, Soledar, Yakovlivka, New York and Rozdolivka.

In the direction of Avdiivka: Avdiivka, Berdychi, Opytne, Vodiane, Krasnohorivka, Marinka and Novomykhailivka.

In the direction of Novopavlivka: Yehorivka, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Bohoyavlenka and Pavlivka.

More than 20 settlements, including Novosilka, Stepnohirsk, Shevchenko, Novopil, Vremivka, Poltavka and Uspenivka, came under fire in the direction of Zaporizhzhia.

In the southern direction of Buh, more than 35 settlements along the line of contact were hit by tanks, mortars and artillery guns.

To carry out reconnaissance, adjust fire and attack civilian infrastructure, the enemy carried out more than 50 drone sorties, in particular the Iranian-made Shahed-136.

To replenish the units, the military-political leadership of the Russian Federation is trying to organize the forced mobilization of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territories.

During the day, Ukrainian troops repelled enemy attacks near Soledar, Mayorsk, Kurdiumivka, Zaitseve, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vyimka, Spirne, Pervomaiske and Kamyanka.

To support the actions of the ground groups, the Air Force of the Ukrainian Defense Forces launched 10 strikes. Seven enemy military manpower and equipment staging areas and three anti-aircraft missile system positions were confirmed to have been damaged. In addition, air defense units destroyed one Su-25 aircraft and five drones of various types.

Missile and artillery units hit five enemy command posts, up to 15 enemy manpower and equipment reinforcement areas, two air defense positions and three ammunition depots.


Student group, Bumpers College, creates Arkansas Junior MANRRS, will mentor K-12 students


Karli Yarber

Bumpers College and the U of A hosted the Arkansas Lighthouse Summer Enrichment Academy last summer, and many of the seventh and eighth graders who participated are now members of the first chapter of Arkansas Junior MANRRS and will interact with and will be supervised by students in U of the MANRRS RSO of A.

The U of A Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Allied Sciences and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences have successfully partnered with Arkansas Lighthouse Charter Schools to create an Arkansas Junior MANRRS Chapter.

Students from the U of A chapter, an official student organization registered at the university, will partner with the junior club and serve as mentors for the younger group, which includes K-12 students.

The junior chapter is one of 19 across the country. The MANRRS Junior Program is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics, or STEAM. The goal is to encourage students in grades 7 to 12 to attend university and pursue studies in agriculture, natural resources and environmental sciences.

The goal of the U of A MANRRS, Bumpers College, and Arkansas Junior MANRRS partnership is to provide an opportunity to augment historically underrepresented K-12 students with direct exposure to a land-grant university and a mentoring through the U of A’s MANRRS, improving diversity in underrepresented fields of agriculture and related sciences by dispelling agriculture “myths” and exposing underrepresented K-12 students Grade 12 to important “soft skills,” applied research, and opportunities to present at regional and national conferences.

“The overall goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing studies in agricultural fields and to expand the community of diverse Arkansas agricultural leaders to foster broader representation and mentors for future students,” said Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley, professor of human development. and Family Sciences, and U of A Club Advisor. “Our partnership between Junior MANRRS and U of A MANRRS is playing a key role in expanding Arkansas State’s research capabilities agriculture and in support of its land-grant mission.”

Wendell Scales, Deputy Director of Innovation at ALCS, is the Junior Club’s lead advisor.

“The creation of the state’s first junior MANRRS is a monumental step forward as we develop an innovative pathway for our scholars,” Scales said. “I thank Dr. Deacue Fields, Dr. Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley, Katie Dilley, Terrius Bruce and Ian A. Smith. They have supported our vision and understand that mentorship plays an equally important role in shaping our future leaders. “

Many members of the Arkansas Junior Chapter attended an Arkansas Lighthouse Summer Enrichment Academy hosted by Bumpers College this summer. A group of seventh and eighth graders from ALCS Jacksonville and Pine Bluff spent three days on campus receiving hands-on learning experiences, exposure to technical and scientific operations and procedures related to agriculture, and to environmental humanities, social networking, an introduction to the college’s majors and career opportunities and possibilities, an introduction to campus life and traditions, and a white coat closing ceremony.

The U of A’s MANRRS chapter, which is one of 60 nationally, is housed at Bumpers College but is open to all college students. The aim of the group is to provide academic support, networking opportunities and career development. Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley, professor of human development and family sciences, is the club’s advisor.

“Establishing a MANRRS program for juniors in Arkansas has been a top priority for Bumpers College,” said Katie Dilley, undergraduate recruitment coordinator for the college. “This is an incredible opportunity for historically underrepresented K-12 students to have first-hand learning experiences with agriculture and related sciences, and to network with the vast community of MANRRS, where students will be mentored by people like them who are working to make a stronger, more diverse future in their career fields.Bumpers College programs have a global impact in the industries most critical to life, and these students now have a front-row seat to learning about these programs long before they head off to college or their careers.

Scales, Mosley and Dilley led the effort to establish the junior group, which is the first in Arkansas.

About Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in businesses associated with food, family, environment, agriculture, sustainability and quality of life. human life; and who will be first-choice candidates for employers looking for leaders, innovators, decision makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named after Dale Bumpers, a former governor of Arkansas and longtime U.S. senator who propelled the state into national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

Turkey vows to defend its interests against Greece amid tensions – Action News Jax


ANKARA, Turkey — (AP) — Turkey summoned Greece’s ambassador on Monday to protest the alleged deployment of dozens of American-made armored vehicles to Greek islands that Ankara says should remain demilitarized in accordance with international treaties.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, warned that Turkey would not hesitate to defend its rights and interests against Greece.

Turkish media published aerial footage on Sunday which it said showed Greece’s deployment of armored vehicles on the Aegean islands of Samos and Lesbos, heightening tensions between the two NATO countries which have a history of rivalry. Turkish officials say the deployment violates the islands’ non-military status under international law.

Turkish officials summoned Greek Ambassador Christodoulos Lazaris to the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. He said Turkey had also lodged a protest with Washington, but did not provide details.

Erdogan accused Greece of engaging in provocative acts against Turkey.

“We will not fail to defend the rights and interests of our country against Greece using all means at our disposal, if necessary,” Erdogan said after a cabinet meeting.

Turkey and Greece have decades-old disputes over a range of issues, including territorial claims in the Aegean Sea and disputes over airspace there. Disputes have brought them to the brink of war three times in the past half-century.

Tensions erupted in 2020 over exploratory drilling rights in areas of the Mediterranean Sea – where Greece and Cyprus claim exclusive economic zones – leading to a naval standoff.

More recently, Turkey accused Greece of violating international agreements by militarizing the Aegean islands. He also accused Greek surface-to-air missiles of locking onto Turkish F-16 fighter jets carrying out a reconnaissance mission in international airspace – a charge Greece has denied.

Athens says it must defend the islands – many of which lie near the Turkish coast – against a potential Turkish attack.

A Greek government official told The Associated Press that Greece “fully respects” its international obligations, adding that the Greek ambassador told his interlocutors that “Greece is not the country that threatens its neighbor with war or which gathers a large landing force on its coast as Turkey has done.

The official added that Turkey “continues to violate Greece’s sovereignty with its continued violations of its airspace and overflights of Greek territory.” The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly to the media, made the remarks on condition of anonymity.

According to Turkish media, security officials said 23 of the armored vehicles were sent to Lesbos and 18 others to Samos.

Meanwhile, Greek authorities have said a six-year-old migration agreement between Turkey and the European Union remains in place despite a growing dispute between the two neighbors over the treatment of refugees.

Notis Mitarachi, the minister for migration affairs, said Greece would continue to abide by the 2016 deal that allows it to return most migrants traveling illegally from neighboring Turkey.

“It is clear that for those coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Turkey is a safe country,” Mitarachi said. “Unfortunately, smugglers continue to ‘sell tickets’ to people from these countries.”

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, Erdogan last week accused Greece of committing “crimes against humanity” by carrying out potentially deadly deportations of migrants traveling from the Turkish mainland to neighboring Greek islands.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the claims “absurd”, accusing Turkey of “weaponizing” migration to exert political pressure on Greece and other European countries.


Derek Gatopoulos reported from Athens, Greece.

CM and Dy CM pledge to act against pro-Pakistani slogans raised at PFI protest in Pune


Leaders of all political lines have spoken out strongly against a video which allegedly showed objectionable slogans during a protest march organized by supporters of the Indian Popular Front (PFI) in Pune on Friday.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said such slogans would not be tolerated in the state, while Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also Home Minister, said those who engage in such slogans “will not be spared”.

A video surfaced on social media on Saturday where protesters shouted slogans supporting neighboring Pakistan. The video also showed the protesters holding up the slogan as they were herded into a police vehicle. Hindustan Times was unable to independently verify the video.

In a tweet on Saturday, Shinde condemned the pro-Pakistan slogan and said they were raised by “anti-social elements”. “The police machinery will take the appropriate measures against them. Such slogans will not be tolerated in the country of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” he said.

“If anyone brandishes a ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogan in Maharashtra or India, then that person will not be spared and action will be taken against them. We will find them wherever they are and take action against them,” Fadnavis said.

Maharashtra Congress leader Nana Patole has called for the organization to be banned. “We are in favor of peace in the state and in the country and such activities will not be tolerated. The Center should ban these organizations under the UAPA, but at the same time, it should check whether there are any attempts to drive a wedge between Hindus and Muslims for politics.

The PFI staged a protest outside the Pune District Collector’s Office to denounce the recent nationwide raids by central, federal and state agencies on Thursday and the arrest of more than 100 members and people associated with the social group.

“We have received videos, we will investigate and verify them completely and take action accordingly,” said Sagar Patil, DCP Zone II, Pune.

Bundgarden police arrested 41 people and recorded a charge against 65 for staging Friday’s unrest without permission. The charges of unlawful assembly and blocking of roads were also added, an official said.

Pratap Mankar, senior police inspector at Bundgarden police station, said: “We didn’t give permission to demonstrate; therefore, we have booked nearly 65-70 protesters under unlawful assembly sections and the Bund Garden Police are investigating the matter further. ”

Bundgarden Police have registered an FIR under Sections 341 (punishment for unreasonable coercion), 141 (unlawful assembly), 142 (being a member of an unlawful assembly), 143 (punishment for anyone who participates in an unlawful assembly), 145 (joining or continuing unlawful assembly), 147 (punishment for rioting), 149 (the offense may be committed by any member of an unlawful assembly), 188 (Disobeying an order duly issued by an official) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 135 of the Bombay Police Act.

The PFI, created in 2006, is not a banned organization. Its members maintain that the organization works for the empowerment of marginalized sections of India.

Operational information as of 24.09.2022 | odessa-journal.com


The two hundred and thirteenth (213) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a full-scale Russian military invasion continues.

The enemy continues to focus its efforts on attempts to fully occupy the Donetsk region and retain captured territories, as well as disrupt the active actions of the Defense Forces in some areas. Firing at the positions of our troops along the line of contact conduct aerial reconnaissance and attempt to restore lost positions in certain directions.

The enemy continues to cynically attack civilian infrastructure and civilian homes. There remains the threat that the enemy will launch air strikes and missiles on the whole of Ukrainian territory.

The occupiers launched 5 missiles and 12 airstrikes, launched more than 9 MLRS attacks against military and civilian objects on the territory of our country, violating the norms of international humanitarian law, laws and customs of war.

More than 20 settlements were damaged by enemy fire. In particular, Bakhmut, Mykolayivka, Kalynivka, Mykolayiv, Sukhy Stavok, Pivdenne, Mali Shcherbaky.

The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly.

In other directions, the enemy inflicted fire damage from tanks, mortars and cannon artillery, namely:

  • in the direction of Siversk – in the areas of the settlements of Huta-Studenetska and Mykhailove of the Chernihiv region and Pavlivka, Stukalivka, Seredyna-Buda, Myropilske, Krasnopillya, Mezenivka and Slavhorod of the Sumy region;
  • in the direction of Slobozhansk – in the areas of the settlements of Hoptivka, Strilecha, Ivashky, Oleksandrivka, Podoly, Kupyansk and Horokhuvatka;
  • in the direction of Kramatorsk – Pryshyb, Yarova, Ozerne, Dibrova, Raihorodok and Siversk;
  • in the direction Bakhmut – Soledar, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vesela Dolyna, Odradivka, Zaitseve, Yakovlivka, New York, Verkhnyokamianske, Bilohorivka and Rozdolivka;
  • in the direction of Avdiyivka – Avdiyivka, Berdychi, Pervomaiske, Karlivka, Vodyane, Maryinka and Novomykhailivka.

More than 25 settlements were shelled in the Novopavlivsk and Zaporizhzhya directions. Among them are Vuhledar, Novoukrainka, Novosilka, Novopil, Bilohirya, Orihiv, Temyrivka and Vremivka.

More than 40 settlements along the line of contact were affected by fire in the southern direction of Buh. To conduct reconnaissance, adjust fire and launch strikes on objects of civilian infrastructure, the enemy made more than 60 drone flights.

Partial mobilization measures are underway on the territory of the Russian Federation. Due to the low motivation and willingness of Russian citizens to participate in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, representatives of military commissariats began to go door to door with the immediate delivery of summonses to men of legal age conscription in the populated areas of the Krasnodar Territory from the first hours of the announced mobilization. Police checkpoints are set up on the main roads to control the movement of the male population. The mobilized personnel, after a short training in training centers, should be sent to replenish the military units that suffered numerous losses during the war on the territory of Ukraine.

During the current day, units of the Defense Forces repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of Petropavlivka, Vyimka, Bakhmutske, Zaitseve, Opytne, Odradivka, Nevelske and Novomykhailivka.

To support the actions of the ground groups, the Air Force of the Defense Forces carried out 19 strikes. It was confirmed that 14 areas of concentration of enemy manpower and military equipment and 5 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems were hit.

In addition, our air defense units destroyed 4 aircraft (Su-25, two Su-30 and one Su-34), 5 drones and one cruise missile from the invaders.

Missile troops and artillery, in particular, hit 4 command and control points, more than 10 areas of concentration of enemy manpower and equipment, 3 air defense positions and 4 ammunition depots . Enemy losses are refined.

Glory to Ukraine!

Iran steps up crackdown on protests despite internet blackout


Freed activists pictures on September 23, of what appeared to be direct police fire on Iranian protesters, who expressed their anger over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of vice police.

In a video, police forces were heard behind a loudspeaker warning protesters that they would only fire seconds before doing so. Iranian authorities have not commented on the reports, but have previously denied any involvement in the killings, blaming “infiltrators, saboteurs and terrorists”.

While an official death toll has yet to be announced, the Human rights in Iran the organization had at least 50 dead as of September 23, including many juveniles.

“We will hold our ground in the streets until the total liberation of our country,” said Salim Haghighi in an interview with Voice of America less than a day after her 16-year-old son, Milan, was killed in the northwest town of Oshnavieh.

On the eighth day During the protests, demonstrators chanted slogans against Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, clashing with riot police and plainclothes Basij forces in the conservative cities of Mashhad and Qom, as well as in Karaj, Tabriz, Ardebil, Rasht, Varamin and Sanandaj.

The capital Tehran was particularly tense, with gunfire heard in the affluent district of Saadatabad, as security forces rushed to disperse crowds. Several other neighborhoodsincluding Tehransar, Narmak, Sadeghiyeh and Sattarkhan witnessed similar scenes of shootings and huge fires in blocked streets, while video showed long lines of riot police on bicycles completely filling the central square of Vali- Asr to attack the demonstrators.

The rallies took place despite severe government-mandated internet disruptions intended to block communication and the transfer of video files. Iranians therefore found it difficult to connect, especially with such popular services as Instagram and WhatsApp. a lot too accused META, the company that owns the two platforms, to bow to pressure from the Iranian government. The company denied the allegations.

Tougher repression expected

As President Ebrahim Raisi Returning from his visit to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Iranian authorities appeared to be under less pressure in their dealings with protesters.

“If anyone has a fair word to say, it will be heard, but rioting and jeopardizing public safety will not be tolerated,” he said during a live televised speech to his arrived in Tehran.

Separately, the Islamic Republic Armythe Ministry of Intelligence as well as Friday prayer leaders issued strong statements about serious action against protesters.

The Iranians also shared online the screenshot generic messages from their phones, sent by the Ministry of Intelligence, warning against attending rallies.

In addition to hundreds of arrests at protest sites confirmed by authorities, overnight raids on homes have also been reported, with many political activists gathered in several provinces.

And in another plan to curb protests, authorities at least six universities in Tehran announced that classes will be held online only for the next ten days.

Growing solidarity

Global campaigns to highlight Mahsa’s case and support the protesters continued to gather pace, with a Twitter hashtag under its Persian name reaching almost 48 million references.

Other international personalities have joined the campaign, from the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the eminent British author JK Rowling. And gestures of support have spread across borders. Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtascurrently imprisoned by the Turkish government, shaved his head in support of the protesters.

State-Organized Gatherings

The state-funded broadcaster and hard-core media widely reported on what they described as “spontaneous” counter-rallies by government loyalists. In a live broadcast, however, a live shot crowds suddenly zoomed out, to accidentally show nearly empty space around the attendees. Another video released also appeared to show banners from a rally held three years ago.

Activists have long argued that the government is organizing such rallies with big budgets and media campaigns, while refusing to issue permits for protests planned by opponents. Under the Iranian Constitutionpeaceful demonstrations, even without a permit, are allowed if the participants do not carry weapons and do not act against Islamic rules.

State media coverage of recent protests has also been criticized for bias. Several video reports have emerged in recent days alleging protesters attacked ambulances and buses. Protesters, on the other hand, had previously warned against such a narrative, and published videos showing security forces using non-military vehicles as a cover.

How much does Ukraine get from transatlantic military aid?) – Defense Security Monitor


Consider a country in the far east of Europe that once shared a wider border with the former Soviet Union.

This country emerged from the dissolution of the USSR as an independent state, but still linked to Russia by its history and its centralized Moscow-oriented infrastructure.

The newly independent nation has a developing economy, a high degree of corruption and political instability, and ethnic tensions within its borders. It is associated with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development and is a member of the Council of Europe.

He fought against Russian interference and influence campaigns designed to sow public discord and distrust of democratic elections, resulting in a nonviolent protest movement – a “color revolution” that resulted in a change of power.

Its reformist leaders have sought closer ties with the United States and Europe, alternately hoping for membership in the NATO Alliance or the European Union, while its political opponents have generally favored more balanced ties. with Moscow.

Finally, he saw the Russian forces enter his de jure sovereign territory – ostensibly to support a beleaguered minority.

The country in question is Georgia.

But if you read this and guessed Ukraine, you’d be right too.

The difference, however, is the intensity, duration and objectives of Russia’s military interference operations in each country.

The Georgia War occurred in August 2008 and lasted twelve days. Long-simmering ethnic tensions in the tiny former Soviet oblast of South Ossetia erupted, prompting a brief Russian military intervention by air, land and sea that spilled over into undisputed Georgian territory. It ended with the official recognition by Moscow of the independence of South Ossetia and an ethnic cleansing of Georgians from South Ossetian territory.

Despite Georgia’s deepening ties with the United States and its support for US-led combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Washington – bound by two foreign military operations and an impending presidential election – has not not done much to help the Georgian government. He even refused requests for delivery of anti-tank and air defense weapons.

Europeans have been even more lackluster in their support for Georgia, choosing instead to largely blame Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili for provoking Russia into war. Backlash against Russia for its intervention in Georgia was nil and then French President Nicolas Sarkozy brokered a ceasefire largely favorable to Russian interests (which was also violated by Russia without consequence) .

It was at this time that the dice for subsequent Russian behavior in the region were cast.

Fast forward to February 24, 2022, when Russia launched its “special operation” military invasion of Ukraine and the reaction from NATO and European Union members is the opposite.

Having already undertaken a stealth military operation in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, which resulted in its occupation and official absorption by Moscow, as well as its support for destabilizing activities of Russian ethnic minority populations in Donetsk and Luhansk (collectively called the Donbass), Russia’s intentions towards Ukraine at large were hardly secret.

Nor is Moscow’s capacity for aggression in its former Soviet satellite, which suffered greatly from a campaign of terror and starvation (the Holodomor) orchestrated in the early 1930s by Josef Stalin and other Soviet leaders in Moscow.

The run-up to the invasion and the totality of Russia’s goals – as articulated by its President Vladimir Putin – have compelled Western leaders to collectively denounce Moscow’s actions and begin to take stock of their own past willingness to ignore Russian aggression along its former Soviet periphery in Eastern Europe.

Once the invasion began, Germany undertook an introspective look at how it had indirectly aided Russia and embraced a post-Cold War mindset that left its military unable to contribute substantially to directed operations. by the EU or NATO. Finland and Sweden – both members of the European Union but nominally non-aligned militarily – have begun to explore the possibility of joining the NATO Alliance.

The United States has led the way in its support for Ukraine and the initially beleaguered government of its President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, by sending steady streams of munitions, anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, drones and other equipment matched with financial commitments exceeding the annual defense budgets of most European NATO members.

Washington has also pushed its Central and Eastern European NATO partners to send their old Soviet-era equipment to Ukraine to support Ukrainian resistance efforts and facilitate the absorption of such equipment into the military ranks.

Bringing in surplus defense items along with key new capabilities such as Stinger anti-aircraft systems, Javelin anti-armour systems, Switchblade stray munitions, M777 lightweight howitzer and artillery rocket systems M142 high-mobility (HIMARS) aircraft helped Ukrainian forces halt Russian advances. and further enabled them to launch successful counter-offensives.

But the most telling aspect of all the transatlantic support for Ukraine is the level of military/security financial aid to Kyiv.

Since the early days of the Russian invasion, more and more funding has flowed east, ensuring that the Ukrainian government is capitalized and its military operations are secured.

The United States alone has provided at least $15.1 billion in military and security aid to Kyiv since February 24, with the United Kingdom providing another $2.6 billion.

When combined, the total contribution of these two countries represents the fifth highest defense figure in Europe for 2022.

In other words, the $17.7 billion in military and security aid received by Ukraine this year would put its defense budget behind those of Britain, Germany, France and Italy.

This is a remarkable figure considering that the defense budget allocated to the Ukrainian military by its government was just under $4.4 billion last year.

And that’s not the whole total.

Others across Europe and NATO – including EU institutions (to the tune of $2.5 billion) – are also helping the Ukrainian cause.

Poland gave $1.8 billion, Germany $1.2 billion, Canada just under $1 billion, Denmark about $300 million, France about $250 million, Latvia about $220 million and Norway at least $210 million. Countless others also provided financial aid and military equipment.

Not including all other contributions from across Europe, the total on the back of the envelope comes to over $25 billion in military and security funding for Ukraine, which when pegged into the budget landscape of the defense of Europe, would henceforth bring it to the fourth largest topline figure for this year.

Seen from afar – and without any general background information or historical context – the change in transatlantic attitude towards aid to a non-EU, non-NATO country caught in the crosshairs of 2008 Russia to 2022 is undeniable, even remarkable.

No longer fearful of diplomatic fallout with Moscow, forced to remove self-imposed blinders by a desire for peace and reliable energy supplies, the countries of Europe have woken up to a new strategic reality on their continent – one closer to their borders than that short, more distant conflict across the Black Sea in Georgia that today seems so distant.

North Carolina universities used taxpayer funds to track student social media posts | State


Hawkish Fed interest rate hike raises recession risks


As expected, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced a third consecutive three-quarters percent interest rate hike on Wednesday. Rising interest rates will increase borrowing costs for businesses and home buyers. This could potentially slow economic growth and employment. And that could push the United States into a recession.

Last year, Powell called inflation “transitional,” but the Federal Reserve has struggled to bring it down to manageable levels. Russia’s war in Ukraine has sent global energy and food grain prices skyrocketing. Gas prices have since fallen and global supply chain issues have eased. But rising labor costs due to a highly competitive labor market remain a major driver of high inflation.

The two main tasks of the Fed are to control inflation and to enable full employment. In a statement today, the Fed’s monetary policy governing body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), called job growth “robust” and stressed that it was “strongly determined to bring inflation back to its target of 2%”.

Recession risks rise as soft landing looks elusive

The price to pay to bring inflation back to that 2% target could be a recession.

In a study published last week, the World Bank said that a global recession could be in store for 2023 as central banks raise interest rates “with a degree of synchronicity not seen in the past five decades.”

The Federal Reserve and other central banks use interest rates as leverage to cool or stimulate economic activity. Rising inflation is a sign of an overheated economy. Raising interest rates can slow economic growth to more manageable levels that allow price stability. Central banks can also raise interest rates – one of their expansionary tools – to help a struggling economy regain momentum.

Governor Jerome H. Powell testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. In May 2022, the Fed announced the largest interest rate hike in 20 years. (Image credit: Federal Reserve)

According to the World Bank, central banks may need to raise interest rates by another 2% to bring inflation back to target. Powell signaled that further increases may be on the way.

Although a recession is far from certain, certain sectors, including housing, will continue to be affected. In August, sales of existing homes fell for the seventh consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors. In August, sales fell nearly 20% from a year earlier. The average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is now above 6%.

Can Powell retire a Captain Sully?

Powell’s challenge is to use the tools at his disposal to drive down interest rates without triggering a recession, ensuring a “soft landing” for the economy.

But there is a lag in the time it takes for interest rate changes to have an impact on the overall economy. So it’s a bit like shooting in the dark. By raising interest rates, it could overcorrect and drag the country unnecessarily into a recession. But if he is not vigilant enough, inflation could become a longer-term challenge and the United States could find itself locked in a period of stagflation like in the 1970s.

Shanghai Siba Culture Media Group announces the


Shanghai, China, Sept. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shanghai Siba Culture Media Group, which renamed Meta48 Holdings Ltd in June, represents the world’s largest girl idol group, SNH48 Group, the company is reinvents and reinvents the future of entertainment to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

As Meta48 Holdings Ltd., the Chinese company is focusing on Web 3.0 and XR Internet while developing an open metaverse for users; the goal is the development of idols. The virtual hub provides a platform and growth system for real and virtual idols and idol groups. The new social metaverse will facilitate interaction between entertainment, fashion, lifestyle and consumer categories.

The media group intends to combine its original business values ​​with the goals of the digital metaverse as part of its reorganization and rebranding. From fan entertainment to visual entertainment and new brand consumption, the Shanghai Siba’s integration of longstanding values ​​will remain unchanged as it crosses this new digital frontier.

Meta48 believes in becoming a globally innovative business group that combines an appreciation for technology with content creation based on entertainment and social interaction. Its intended meta-universe represents real value for users and provides a connective and interactive environment for all who participate in its creation process.

SNH48, the popular girl group represented by Siba, considers itself the first O2O group to work on the concept of “the process is the product”. With increasingly immersive trends permeating the Chinese entertainment industry, the adoption of Web 3.0 and Internet XR has enabled an era of incredible engagement and change. With the creation of Meta48, fan participation will usher in a transition to greater consumer co-creation, as real-world visuals interact with a virtual and real-world XR-based experience. For example, Seine River, a user-built unit of this company, will move from creating content with users to creating assets and value with them on Meta48.

As Meta48 presents an immersive and interactive social platform, it will present co-creation opportunities for idol cultivation among fans of this community. Major assets will include virtual landscapes, virtual theaters and real estate.

The current system’s offline theater development model is based on engagement and physical proximity. When reflected in the metaverse model of Meta48, the system will provide a new immersive experience for users through daily virtual theater performances and large-scale concerts. The platform would also enable handshake meetings, sporting events, fashion events and other virtual interaction programs for fans of the Meta48 Virtual Theater. These experiences will be powered by idols and avatars via XR and VR technology.

Connectivity has become simple and systematic through the integration of the existing theatrical model with the growing systems of the metaverse and their associated technologies. This digital revamp also presents an exceptional opportunity for digital citizens and virtual idols to be part of a culture platform that promises exciting industry growth and transformation.

The Meta48 platform will be built around various digital and virtual assets as well as a trading mechanism designed to make assets more accessible to users. The integrated market will provide a direct trading system for these assets. This space, enabled by a Web 3.0 framework, will also encourage users to integrate personal digital collections, which can be created and exploited in the virtual market.

To achieve the goals of rebranding as Meta48, a complete virtual universe will include virtual cities and various social features and attractions for users. In this way, Meta48 has taken over the reins of redefining China’s entertainment industry for a new digital age, which includes ever-increasing interactivity through technology.

About Shanghai Siba Culture Media Group

The Shanghai Siba Culture Media Group is a major player in the Chinese entertainment industry that is currently transitioning to an open and immersive social metaverse. By renaming its holding company to Meta48, it caters to developing idols while offering virtual missions, assets, and items through Web 3.0 and XR Internet.

Meta48 Website | SNH48 Group website


ICU Weekly Insight, September 20, 2022: Cash hryvnia weakens again – Kyiv Post


Bonds: Weak activity on the bond market

Despite the increase in borrowings at the primary auction, activity on the secondary bond market remains weak, particularly in the military bond segment.

At the auction last Tuesday (September 13), the Ministry of Finance sold a new 1.5-year bond issue for Hr 166 million ($4.5 million). This amount is quite large compared to previous auctions, but very low to cover budgetary needs or even roll over ongoing debt repayments. Since the beginning of the year, the volume of local currency debt that the government has been unable to refinance has exceeded 88 billion HR ($2.4 billion). That excludes National Bank lending, which rose by 15 billion hrs ($0.4 billion) to 315 billion hrs ($8.6 billion) last week.

Currency-denominated bonds helped attract more funds last week, especially euro-denominated bonds with a put option. In total, the state budget received 1.43 billion Hr (39 million dollars), of which the equivalent of 1.25 billion Hr in euros (33.9 million EUR). See details in the auction review.

Larger borrowings did not improve secondary market activity. Total trading volume with Hr bonds fell to Hr2bn ($55m) due to reduced activity with ordinary (non-military) bonds to Hr1.9bn ($52m) , while activity with the good military remained at the usual level of Hr 120 million ($3.3 million).

ICU view: The Ministry of Finance continues to rely more on assistance from international partners and loans from the NBU, attracting small amounts in local currency and a little more in hard currency in the domestic bond market. Low interest rates on military bills do not contribute to secondary market activity where individuals and foreign investors are the main players. Individuals continue to buy mainly military bills in small quantities, while foreigners are interested in ordinary (non-military) instruments that have not been offered for more than six months. The choice of instruments for foreigners is shrinking, as old issues are gradually redeemed and new issues from the Ministry of Finance include only military bonds. At the same time, foreigners may find it beneficial to purchase new securities maturing soon after April 1, 2023, when they can repatriate the funds received (under current NBU regulations).

Bonds: investors hail the military successes of the Ukrainian army

Investors positively assessed the Ukrainian army’s successful counter-offensive actions and Eurobond prices rose.

Over the past week, Eurobond prices have risen substantially by 2‒4 cents to 23‒28 cents on the dollar and VRIs by almost three cents to 33 cents on the dollar of notional value. At the same time, Ukrainian Eurobond spreads tightened significantly against the benchmark by 200 to 500 basis points. This happened due to both a decline in Ukrainian bond yields and an increase in US Treasury yields.

ICU view: Price moves show investors are pricing battleground news positively, but prices haven’t even reached the levels of mid-August when Ukraine completed its Eurobond restructuring and sentiment bearishness in global markets had not yet intensified. The low interest rate for emerging market debt is not contributing to further price growth. The successes of the Ukrainian army in liberating the territories occupied by Russia have increased the optimism of investors, but at the moment they are convinced that the war can go on for a long time and should not be expected payments on Eurobonds in the near future.

FX: Hryvnia exchange rate weakens again

Last week, the hryvnia weakened again despite the NBU’s efforts to reduce the cash deficit.

After several auctions for the sale of cash in hard currency, the exchange rate of the hryvnia against the US dollar in major retail banks weakened from 39.3-40.3 Hr/US$ to 39.4-40.4 Hr/US$. Therefore, the NBU had to announce an auction for the sale of 100 million dollars and 100 million euros for today.

The interbank market has not experienced any major changes. Demand for hard currency from bank customers far exceeds supply, and the NBU sold about $0.5 billion through interventions last week.

ICU view: The shortage of hard currency liquidity remains a key factor in the weakening of the hryvnia. Contrary to our expectations, the NBU supply of hard currency cash to banks in previous weeks did not help to stabilize the hryvnia exchange rate. The NBU will therefore offer more FX liquidity this week, as it believes that the current exchange rate is too high. But strong demand for hard currency will continue to put pressure on the hryvnia’s exchange rate, and is unlikely to allow it to strengthen even a little in the near future.

Economy: The government submits the draft 2023 budget to Parliament

Last week, the Ukrainian government submitted to parliament a draft budget for 2023, a budget deficit estimated at 20% of GDP.

The document forecasts a state budget deficit equal to its projected revenues at Hr280 billion ($30.3 billion at the government’s projected Hr/USD year-average exchange rate). This represents about 20% of 2023F GDP according to government estimates. The deficit is expected to be covered by net external borrowing of $35.5 billion, while net local debt repayment will be $5.3 billion. The officials further noted that the government does not plan to rely on direct funding from the NBU next year.

ICU view: The submitted document should be treated as reflecting the government’s best-case scenario, whereby Ukraine’s international partners are ready to provide as much funding as the government has foreseen in the document. This scenario seems optimistic, in our opinion, and we believe that foreign financial assistance from IFIs and foreign governments is going to be significantly lower. We therefore expect the actual composition of fiscal funding sources to be different, with the NBU still playing an important role in closing the fiscal gap, even though the volumes of government debt purchases by the NBU will more than halve compared to compared to 2022 (expected 500 billion hours).

RESEARCH TEAM: Vitaliy Vavryshchuk, Alexander Martynenko, Taras Kotovych.

See the full report here.

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Witnesses: Airstrike in Myanmar kills 13, including 7 children


BANGKOK — Government helicopters attacked a school and a village in north-central Myanmar, killing at least 13 people including seven children, a school administrator and an aid worker said on Monday.

Civilian casualties often occur in military government attacks on pro-democracy insurgents and their allies. However, the number of children killed in last Friday’s airstrike in Tabayin township, Sagaing region, appears to be the highest since the military took over in February last year. , overthrowing the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military takeover sparked mass nonviolent protests across the country. The military and police responded with deadly force, leading to the spread of armed resistance in towns and countryside. The fighting has been particularly fierce in Sagaing, where the army has launched several offensives, in some cases burning down villages, which have displaced more than half a million people, according to a report published by UNICEF this month. .

Friday’s attack occurred in the village of Let Yet Kone in Tabayin, also known as Depayin, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city.

School administrator Mar Mar said she was trying to get students to safe hiding places in ground floor classrooms when two of the four Mi-35 helicopters hovered north from the village began to attack, firing machine guns and heavier weapons at the school, which is in the compound of the village’s Buddhist monastery.

Mar Mar works at the school with 20 volunteers who teach 240 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. She has been hiding in the village with her three children since fleeing for protection to avoid government repression after taking part in a civil disobedience movement against the military takeover last year. She uses the pseudonym Mar Mar to protect herself and her relatives from the military.

She said she did not expect any problems since the plane had already flown over the village without any incident.

“Since the students had done nothing wrong, I never thought they would be brutally shot down by machine guns,” Mar Mar told The Associated Press by phone Monday.

By the time she, students and teachers were able to take refuge in the classrooms, a teacher and a 7-year-old student had already been shot in the neck and head and Mar Mar had to use clothes to try to stand. the bleeding.

“They kept firing into the compound from the air for an hour,” Mar Mar said. “They didn’t stop for even a minute. All we could do at that time was chant Buddhist mantras.

When the air attack stopped, about 80 soldiers entered the monastery compound, firing their guns at the buildings.

The soldiers then ordered everyone in the compound out of the buildings. Mar Mar said he saw about 30 students with wounds on their backs, thighs, faces and other body parts. Some students had lost limbs.

“The kids told me their friends were dying,” she said. “I also heard a student shout, ‘It hurts so much. I can not stand it anymore. Please kill me.’ That voice still rings in my ears,” Mar Mar said.

She said at least six students were killed in the school and a 13-year-old boy working in a fishery in a nearby village was also shot and killed. At least six adults were also killed in the airstrike in other parts of the village, she said. The bodies of the dead children were carried away by the soldiers.

More than 20 people, including nine injured children and three teachers, were also taken away by the soldiers, she said. Two of those captured were accused of belonging to the anti-government People’s Defense Forces, the armed wing of the resistance to the army.

Security forces also set fire to a house in the village, causing residents to flee.

A Tabayin volunteer helping displaced people who asked not to be identified for fear of government reprisals said the bodies of the dead children were cremated by soldiers in nearby Ye U township.

“I am now talking about this to the international community because I want redress for our children,” Mar Mar said. “Instead of humanitarian aid, what we really need is real democracy and human rights.”

Myanmar Now, an online news service, and other independent Myanmar media also reported on the attack and the death of the students.

A day after the attack, the official Myanma Alinn newspaper reported that security forces went to check on the village after receiving reports that members of the People’s Defense Forces were hiding there.

The report states that members of the People’s Defense Forces and their allies from the Kachin Independence Army, a rebellious ethnic group, hid inside houses and the monastery and began shooting at the forces of security, causing deaths and injuries among the inhabitants of the village. He said the injured had been taken to hospitals, but did not mention the situation of the students.

According to the Thailand-based Political Prisoners Assistance Association, which monitors human rights in Myanmar, at least 2,298 civilians have been killed by security forces since the military took over last year. last.

The UN has documented 260 attacks on schools and education personnel since the coup, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said in June.

Airstrike in Myanmar kills 13, including 7 children


BANGKOK – Government helicopters attacked a school and a village in north-central Myanmar, killing at least 13 people including seven children, a school administrator and an aid worker said on Monday.

Civilian casualties often occur in military government attacks on pro-democracy insurgents and their allies. However, the number of children killed in last Friday’s airstrike in Tabayin township, Sagaing region, appears to be the highest since the military took over in February last year. , overthrowing the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military takeover sparked mass nonviolent protests across the country. The military and police responded with deadly force, leading to the spread of armed resistance in towns and countryside. The fighting has been particularly fierce in Sagaing, where the army has launched several offensives, in some cases burning down villages, which have displaced more than half a million people, according to a report published by UNICEF this month. .

Friday’s attack occurred in the village of Let Yet Kone in Tabayin, also known as Depayin, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city.

School administrator Mar Mar said she was trying to get students to safe hiding places in ground floor classrooms when two of the four Mi-35 helicopters hovered north from the village began to attack, firing machine guns and heavier weapons at the school, which is located in the compound of the village’s Buddhist monastery.

Mar Mar works at the school with 20 volunteers who teach 240 students from kindergarten to grade 8. She has been hiding in the village with her three children since fleeing for safety to avoid government repression after taking part in a civil disobedience movement against the military takeover last year. She uses the pseudonym Mar Mar to protect herself and her relatives from the military.

She said she did not expect any problems since the plane had already flown over the village without any incident.

“Since the students had done nothing wrong, I never thought they would be brutally shot down by machine guns,” Mar Mar told The Associated Press by phone Monday.

By the time she, students and teachers were able to take refuge in the classrooms, a teacher and a 7-year-old student had already been shot in the neck and head and Mar Mar had to use clothes to try to stand. the bleeding.

“They kept shooting into the compound from the air for an hour,” Mar Mar said. “They didn’t stop for even a minute. All we could do at that time was sing Buddhist mantras.”

When the air attack stopped, about 80 soldiers entered the monastery compound, firing their guns at the buildings.

The soldiers then ordered everyone in the compound out of the buildings. Mar Mar said he saw about 30 students with wounds on their backs, thighs, faces and other body parts. Some students had lost limbs.

“The kids told me their friends were dying,” she said. “I also heard a student shouting, ‘It hurts so much. I can’t take it anymore. Kill me, please.’ That voice still rings in my ears,” Mar Mar said.

She said at least six students were killed in the school and a 13-year-old boy working in a fishery in a nearby village was also shot and killed. At least six adults were also killed in the airstrike in other parts of the village, she said. The bodies of the dead children were carried away by the soldiers.

More than 20 people, including nine injured children and three teachers, were also taken away by the soldiers, she said. Two of those captured were accused of belonging to the anti-government People’s Defense Forces, the armed wing of the resistance to the army.

Security forces also set fire to a house in the village, causing residents to flee.

A Tabayin volunteer helping displaced people who asked not to be identified for fear of government reprisals said the bodies of the dead children were cremated by soldiers in nearby Ye U township.

“I am now speaking to the international community about this because I want our children to get redress,” Mar Mar said. “Instead of humanitarian aid, what we really need is real democracy. and human rights.”

Myanmar Now, an online news service, and other independent Myanmar media also reported on the attack and the death of the students.

A day after the attack, the official Myanma Alinn newspaper reported that security forces went to check on the village after receiving reports that members of the People’s Defense Forces were hiding there.

The report states that members of the People’s Defense Forces and their allies from the Kachin Independence Army, a rebellious ethnic group, hid inside houses and the monastery and began shooting at the forces of security, causing deaths and injuries among the inhabitants of the village. He said the injured had been taken to hospitals, but did not mention the situation of the students.

According to the Thailand-based Political Prisoners Assistance Association, which monitors human rights in Myanmar, at least 2,298 civilians have been killed by security forces since the military took over last year. last.

The UN has documented 260 attacks on schools and education personnel since the coup, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said in June.

National conservative groups pour money into local school board races


The American Principles Project endorsed four local candidates, making them champions of parental rights in what turned out to be a “test case” for Schilling’s group, which is usually active in congressional races.

The American Principles Project wasn’t the only out-of-state group to pour money this summer into ads focused on school board races. What were traditionally grassroots contests are now the latest targets for a handful of national conservative groups with backing from a GOP megadonor seeking to shape how potentially difficult discussions about race and gender identity happen – or don’t happen – in classrooms across the country.

The money, attack ads and mobilization efforts in school board races – from some groups with no geographic ties to local candidates – underscore how education has become one of the top issues the Conservatives are increasingly directing their resources into the 2022 election cycle and beyond. While many parents have been motivated to become more involved in their child’s education during the pandemic, the way students are educated about race and sexuality is now prompting conservatives to become more involved in school boards. , which can have a significant influence on curriculum development in some states.

In one of the starkest examples, the New York-based PAC 1776 Project has endorsed more than 100 school board nominees in states like Florida, Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania this year — and invested a lot of money. money to help them get elected. With financial backing from a group linked to megadonor and GOP billionaire Richard Uihlein, Project 1776 PAC is putting money behind candidates who oppose critical race theory.

“I was trying to target Republicans who would normally vote midterm, but not necessarily in the primary, and encourage them to vote for conservative school board members,” said Ryan Girdusky, founder of Project 1776 PAC, in a statement. interview about PAC efforts in Florida. “It was a shit job.”

Critical Race Theory is an analytical framework originally developed by jurists examining how race and racism have become entrenched in American law and institutions since slavery and Jim Crow. But the term has quickly become a catch-all phrase among conservatives critical of how racial and social issues are taught in the K-12 education system. Most public school officials across the country say they don’t teach the theory, even in districts where lawmakers seek to ban it.

In Florida, GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis and state conservatives — and Democrats to some extent — have contributed thousands of dollars in campaign donations and offered midterm political endorsements to help score points. seats on school boards. But these clashes have also been shaped by ads produced by political committees with a variety of different backers, from environmental companies at Big Sugar to billionaire megadonors like Uihlein.

The 1776 PAC, which asks anyone who visits its website to report local cases of critical race theory in schools, endorsed 49 applicants in Florida across 21 counties — more than even DeSantis. Of those endorsements, 19 of the nominees were endorsed by both the Republican governor and the PAC. 1776 spent about $400,000 combined on mailings, text messages and other election messages throughout Florida, Girdusky said.

While Florida schools don’t teach critical race theory, state curators led by DeSantis are combing through education for any trace of “woke” content, which they see as an instruction on concepts such as “white privilege”.

1776 mailed for its endorsed candidates, including Bridget Ziegler in Sarasota County, who is married to Florida’s Republican Party vice chairman and was endorsed by DeSantis.

One of the band’s advertisements for Ziegler said Election Day was a chance to “keep Florida schools free”. There’s a photo of DeSantis giving a thumbs-up, declaring that Ziegler will encourage parent involvement, stop critical race theory, remove pornographic materials from libraries and eliminate discussions of transgender people in classrooms .

Some conservatives have pushed for restrictions on transgender students, including athletes, and say the children are too young to discuss gender identity. Democrats and some school officials, however, have fought against such measures, including the Florida law that bars teachers from directing classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, known to opponents. under the name “Don’t Say Gay”.

Ziegler was one of 35 1776-endorsed candidates who won their elections last month.

Since the group’s “resounding victories” in Florida, the group has attracted the attention of popular conservatives. including Ben Shapiro and more than 300 candidates for the new school boards have would have asked for mentions.

“I’m very aware of PAC’s image and reputation,” Girdusky said. “I don’t want it to sound like we support any Republican.”

1776 is supported by a variety of donors, including dozens of individual contributions from across the country. He also received a $900,000 donation from Restoration PAC, largely funded by megadonor Uihlein, in late March, according to FEC filings. This donation represented approximately 35% of the 1776 donations from 2021-2022. Restoration has donated nearly $8.3 million to various political committees over the past two years, including anti-abortion group Women Speak Out and Election Integrity PAC, both linked to Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America .

Similarly, Uihlein’s Restoration PAC has donated $3.2 million to the Arlington-based super PAC American Principals Project since 2020, including $500,000 in late June and $750,000 in May, according to FEC filings.

And in yet another link, 1776 and APP used the Logan Circle Group, a Washington-based public relations firm, to help produce their ads. Logan Circle Group in 2021 threatened to sue journalists on behalf of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) Who reported that former President Donald Trump was distancing himself from the Republican lawmaker following the federal investigation into whether Gaetz had sex with a 17-year-old and the had paid for it.

In some cases in Florida, mailings or TV shows have targeted candidates through political committees located far away in the state.

A Tallahassee-based political committee — Education for All — paid for an ad that took aim at Sarah Fortney, a Polk County incumbent who was endorsed by local Democrats this election cycle, as reported by the Lakeland Ledger.

This PAC, according to campaign finance records, secured significant donations from Big Sugar among other sources in 2022, including $225,000 from United States Sugar Corp. and $50,000 from Florida Crystals Corporation. The two Florida-based sugar companies are politically active but not known to fund education-related issues or candidates.

Elsewhere in the Sunshine State, a Jensen Beach, Florida PAC, Leadership for Florida’s Future, ran ads against a Democratic-backed school board candidate in Alachua County, which is hundreds of miles away. .

The ad accused the nominee, Diyonne McGraw, of being “untrustworthy” and claimed she “lied under oath” while opposing an outgoing board member named and approved by DeSantis. The sender cited news reports about an employee of a McGraw-owned group home accused of abusing a disabled person.

“We just can’t trust Diyonne McGraw with our kids,” the ad read.

Leadership for Florida’s Future received a major donation in 2022: $110,000 from Mosaic, a phosphate mining company that has long donated to politicians on both sides of the spectrum, from Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Hillary Clinton. The PAC also received $3,500 from a committee of State Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay).

Despite the negative announcement, McGraw won his race in Alachua as one of three Democratic-endorsed candidates to win out of four.

“It was no small victory,” said Carlee Simon, the former superintendent of Alachua schools who now leads a Democrat-linked education PAC. “It was a controversial decision on the part of the community that this is where we are going.”

Raising awareness of kickboxing through cinema | Local features


Professional kickboxer Devon Darryl Ramkallawan has produced a film to raise awareness of the sport. Ramkallawan, who has been involved in kickboxing for over a decade, merged his passion for filmmaking and kickboxing to produce a film titled Luke, The Thai Boxer to challenge and explore attitudes towards the sport.

Luke, The Thai Boxer is a 25 minute film starring Luke Soogrim. It tells the story of the importance of martial arts and debunks the narrative that martial arts is a violent sport. The film premiered on September 10 and was also streamed on YouTube and https://www.challengegym.org/film.

At the age of 16, fresh out of school, Ramkallawan began his career as a fitness instructor. At 18, he began to study Muay Thai and kickboxing. At 21, Ramkallawan opened the Challenge Gym, with the slogan “Are you up for the challenge?” The kickboxer recently spoke to Kitcharee about his passion for filmmaking and kickboxing and the driving force behind his latest film. “By fusing my passions for writing, fighting and acting, I believe this is the best tool for me to raise awareness.”

All of Ramkallawan’s 20s have dedicated themselves to competing in the sports of kickboxing and Muay Thai, representing Trinidad and Tobago for ten years.

In 2015, at age 30, he left the ring and focused on teaching and promoting the sport. He also promoted five shows featuring kickboxing and Muay Thai fights. In 2020 he decided to return to the ring, but the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible. In 2022, Ramkallawan decides to focus on his film.

The 37-year-old, who is also an author, added: “This is a story that will raise awareness of a key importance in martial arts. It will destroy a myth that many still believe. It will explain and demonstrate how the Muay Thai skills can not only protect you, but also promote non-violence,” Ramkallawan said.

Ramkallawan said the film is driven by real events. “Many think martial arts are violent, but this film shows why it’s not. The character arc will inspire many to embrace such discipline. And best of all, even if the story is a fiction, the lessons and development are real. This is a story that many can relate to. I know this because I took real life experiences and placed them in the film. Therefore, this film is motivated by real events.

He added: “It will also demonstrate the power of love and clean thinking. It will encourage people to give love instead of hate. It will show how martial arts should be taught, how a true trainer should be, and how a student should develop. I’m sure viewers will shake their heads as they discover the truth displayed on screen,” he said.

Target young people

Ramkallawan said the film was aimed at young people. “It’s not my first film, but it’s my longest to date, screened for 25 minutes. It targets the young people of our country and all those who seek to better themselves. Anyone who has felt a loss and is looking for a positive place to live. It will benefit those who struggle with anger and easily succumb to hatred. It will show them the power to give love and be non-violent.

He added: “This film is dear to me because of the message. There are two messages to be taken from this – that is, violence and non-violence, and the second is the value of having of love and positivity rather than hate and negativity in the mind and heart. These messages will teach the positive effect of love on the body, mind and people around you” , said Ramkallawan.

The film, Ramkallawan said, can shape viewers’ minds. “I know it’s a fact because it shapes my life. I’ve seen a lot of positive benefits from the morals I live by. I want to share them and I think there’s no better medium,” he said.

Ramkallawan expressed satisfaction with the support given to the film. He has plans for future film projects but will largely focus on promoting the sport. “I’m also working on a script for my book, Wingless Angel, The Forbidden Deed, which I plan to pitch to a Hollywood producer when kickboxing and Muay Thai competition resumes. As for my return to the ring, it seems unlikely, but you never know because I am up for the challenge,” he said.

Luke, the Thai boxer – a summary

When Luke’s gang initiation goes awry, he steals $20 and a torn card with the words “Thai Boxing” written on it. He is considered a failure, he is beaten and left for dead. After surviving, his aunt searches for the words and finds the Challenge Gym where Luke is enrolled. His training takes him from weak to strong, until his former gang discovers his survival and progress. During an exhibition with another gymnasium, the gang leader attacks him. His trainer comes to his aid, and they run away.

Luke has grown so strong that he forgives the gang. He wants the best for them but worries about what he should do if they attack him again. His trainer advised him to remain non-violent and only use defensive techniques designed to reflect the attacker’s aggression and hatred back onto himself. When the inevitable happens, Luke digs deep within himself to find the courage to obey his trainer.

About Devon Darryl Ramkallawan

Devon Darryl Ramkallawan is a Certified Personal Trainer in Kickboxing (Second Degree Black Belt), Muay Thai (Tenth Khan) and Personal Fitness Instructor. He is an author and is also involved in acting, screenwriting and video editing. As an author, he writes under the pen name Devon DR.

Hispanic leaders Jaime Garcia and Jane Barbosa honored by city for contributions to Elgin – Chicago Tribune


Two Hispanic leaders, Jaime Garcia and the late Jane Barbosa, received prestigious honors from Elgin City Council for their decades of leadership and contributions to the Latino community.

Proclamations honoring Garcia, one of the founders of the Centro de Informacion, and Barbosa, a Latino community activist who died in June 2021, were read at this week’s council meeting. The honors come during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Mayor David Kaptain also presented Garcia with a key to the city.

“They are very rarely distributed,” said the mayor. “It’s one of the few things a mayor can do. I can think of no one more deserving who has changed the face of the city for the better. Congratulations.”

Garcia helped co-found Centro in 1972. He has served as a board member, volunteer, and most recently as chief executive. He retired in June.

Centro was launched to help Spanish-speaking residents with translation, immigration and other issues, Kaptain said. It started as a part-time nonprofit that grew into an agency with three locations, 16 paid staff and a $1 million budget, the mayor said.

“Centro is still Kane County’s premier Hispanic social service agency,” Kaptain said.

Garcia served 15 years as executive director, helping shape and grow the organization and helping thousands of people, he said.

“He opened doors in this field for many, many people and gave them the basics they needed to become citizens of the United States,” Kaptain said.

Garcia said he was just one of many who made Centro what it is.

“I just want to say that I was just a catalyst. There are so, many other people who have contributed to the Centro de Informacion over its 50 years,” he said. “I was just one of many workers.”

Garcia was 9 when his family moved to the United States, so he understands what “it means to come to a different country, to learn to speak a different language, to learn a different culture,” he said. he declares. “Therefore, I felt that a calling as an adult was to be a spark, a catalyst, and to be able to make this country, this city a better place to live.”

Kaptain has also declared September 16 as Juanita “Jane” Barbosa Day. He asked Elginites to remember Barbosa for “his lifelong kindness, prolific volunteerism, and passionate commitment to politics, history, education, and social causes in the Latin American community.”

Barbosa was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 2 years old. Her family moved to Elgin in 1957, where she attended the former St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from St. Edward Central Catholic High School.

She had a long career at Elgin Community College as a recruiter and Minority Affairs Coordinator. She also founded the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), then became a real estate agent.

Barbosa created ECC’s Hispanic Heritage Month breakfast, dedicated to him this year.

She created a space where Latinos felt empowered, the mayor said.

“Jane will be remembered for her countless volunteer hours in the community of Elgin,” said Kaptain.

Melissa Barbosa Guzman, Barbosa’s daughter, thanked the city for the honor.

“It’s a great recognition. It’s a very special day for us,” Guzman said. “My mother, as you know, was very fond of Elgin. As proud as she was of her roots and her home country of Mexico, she was very proud of Elgin. It was his house.

Councilwoman Rose Martinez said she remembers visiting Puerto Rico and meeting a group of people attending a family reunion. When they found out she was from Elgin, “The first thing they asked was ‘Do you know Jane Barbosa?'” she said.

Gloria Casas is a freelance journalist for The Courier-News.

US Calls on Eritrea to Stop Fueling Conflict in Ethiopia | The journalist


He says there is no military solution to this conflict

The US State Department called on “Eritrea and others to stop fueling” the conflict in Ethiopia and urged Eritrea to withdraw its forces from Ethiopia’s borders. The department accused Eritrea of ​​increasing tensions across the Horn of Africa region.

The United States also called on “the Ethiopian government and Tigray regional authorities to immediately cease their military offensives and seek a negotiated settlement through peace talks under the auspices of the African Union.”

During a press briefing on September 15, 2022, Ned Price, spokesperson for the US State Department, said Ethiopia should seek a non-military solution to the conflict.

“We are increasingly concerned about the increasing military activity in northern Ethiopia. We strongly condemn the resumption of hostilities. There is no military solution to this conflict. These actions are inconsistent with the declared willingness of the Ethiopian government and Tigray regional authorities to enter into talks,” Price said.

US special envoy to the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer, who is in Ethiopia this week and canceled his scheduled press briefing on Friday, is also taking a similar stance to ensure a peaceful resolution to the third wave of war that has picked up in Ethiopia. on August 24, 2022.

The special envoy is said to be making efforts to bring the warring parties to the table, while Olusegun Obasanjo, the AU’s designated official to broker peace in Ethiopia, has remained silent since the outbreak of the third wave of war.

The envoy completes two weeks in the Horn region.

“He remained actively engaged with the Ethiopian government, with regional authorities in Tigray, with the African Union and with international partners to seek to advance a major effort to bring peace. He met on 12 September with the High Representative from AU, Obasanjo,” Price said.

On September 16, 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa also said Hammer held productive meetings with Ethiopian government officials, civil society representatives, the African Union, and international partners.

Moussa Faki, the AUC chairman, who extended Obasanjo’s term on September 10, 2022 to continue engaging with warring parties in Ethiopia, also met with Hammer the next day. On the other hand, the UN Security Council, which was to discuss the situation in Ethiopia, has been postponed.

The five-month ceasefire and humanitarian assistance in Tigray was shattered when the third wave of war broke out on August 24, 2022. The ongoing AU-led peace initiative is in a deadlock, which the special envoy is trying to reactivate.

The Tigray regional government, which refuted the peace negotiations led by the AU before the last war, also issued a statement on September 11, 2022, agreeing to negotiate under the aegis of the AU.

Still, reaching a ceasefire deal and resuming peace talks remains far-fetched, deepening the humanitarian crisis as Eritrean forces would be drawn into the war and regionalizing the conflict.

“These actions aggravate the humanitarian situation at a time of severe drought and food insecurity,” Price said.

He called on the Ethiopian government, the Tigrayan authorities and all parties to allow the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid.

“Humanitarian aid should not be used for military purposes, it should be used to save lives. And we urge the parties to stop fighting and begin talks under the auspices of the AU as soon as possible. Peace must have a chance. Too many people have died and too many others are suffering,” he added.

Why recalling progressive prosecutors is a bad idea – Whittier Daily News


Guess which California counties had some of the highest homicide rates last year? Kern, Tulare and Kings counties – all located in the Central Valley – were among the main culprits. So, naturally, we’d expect a movement to recall its district attorneys for being soft on crime, right?

Bad. While Chesa Boudin was recently recalled to San Francisco and George Gascon just escaped a recall in Los Angeles, none of the county prosecutors won by Donald Trump in 2020 have been recalled – even as their homicides topped the state.

How can this be?

I study the so-called progressive lawsuits, a phenomenon that has occurred in many states in recent years. From big cities like Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston to more rural areas like Alamosa, Colorado, a burgeoning movement has swept the country.

What unites these prosecutors is a sense that the criminal justice system has been overly punitive, often with racially disproportionate effects, and that “getting smarter about crime” can save taxpayers money. while simultaneously tackling crime.

Some of the initiatives most associated with progressive prosecutors are cashless bail for non-violent offenses, the decriminalization of certain victimless crimes, such as driving without a license, and felony finding for youth, first-time offenders and drug addicts. All of these steps are part of evidence-based practice in criminal justice policy.

In some ways, the progressive prosecution could just as well be called libertarian, since one of its goals is to limit the power of the state by employing incarceration only where it is needed. However, prosecutors associated with the movement are often viewed as liberal, whether because they are former defense attorneys, run as Democrats, or accept campaign funds from liberal sources.

Even those who have been career prosecutors or former police officers are labeled “left-wing” or “activists”. As a result, it is easy for some to accuse them of being “soft on crime” or blame them for lawlessness when the crime rate rises.

However, the recent increase in crime is largely due to an increase in homicide – a type of crime that is hardly affected by more progressive approaches to prosecution. On the contrary, the data shows a relationship between increased access to guns and increased murders – a change that owes in many ways to conservative resistance to gun control. In fact, property crimes hit an all-time low in 2020 shortly after many progressive prosecutors took office. As tempted as prosecutors may be to take credit for the drop, many know the change likely reflects the effects of the pandemic quarantine when people were stuck at home.

The reality is that many factors affect the crime rate outside of prosecution policy. The FBI lists more than 13 factors, including economic conditions, population density, and cultural and religious characteristics. Prosecutors come in 10th position, behind police presence and strategy, and equal to judicial, correctional and probationary policies.

So what’s behind the decision to hold prosecutors accountable for rising crime rates and champion recall campaigns in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles? The predominant answer is political. In their early victories, progressive prosecutors have often opposed and defeated existing power structures, and those opponents do not go away easily. In some cases, the opposition includes police unions, who don’t like having a new prosecutor scrutinize their actions and who clearly have an interest in drawing attention to another entity if crime increases.

But, there is a bigger factor behind it all. For years, public punitiveness has been expected to be tied to fear of crime; the more voters believe they can be victimized, according to the hypothesis, the more likely they are to vote for harsher criminal penalties, such as mandatory minimum sentences and “three strikes and you’re out” measures. Yet research tells us that support for greater punitiveness actually stems from the public’s assessment of social conditions, particularly their concerns about declining social ties and consensus, and their fears of a greater social diversity. Simply put, if you look around you and see a society that no longer reflects your values ​​and yourself, if you think society is ‘falling apart’, you are more likely to support repression. “others” to enforce an order that reflects your morals.

Looking at the situations in San Francisco and Los Angeles, it’s easy to see why the public would go wild for greater punitiveness. The pandemic alone has shattered social bonds and consensus, if only on the value of science, and the growing spread of homelessness in cities would cause many to worry about social conditions.

“Things are out of control,” concluded some of the audience. No wonder they want to “repress” accordingly. The fact that any subsequent crackdown would likely come against the marginalized — especially people of color — only accentuates the historic willingness of some to ignore the discriminatory tradition of the criminal justice system.

So when you hear politicians or activists calling for a prosecutor’s recall, ask yourself what’s really going on. Is the problem a crime or a broader social discontent? Is the problem something prosecutors can control, or are there other factors, people or functions that have a more powerful influence? What are the activists’ motives, and who stands to benefit if the prosecutor is removed from office? Finally, will greater punitiveness really solve the problem or are we simply returning to an era of increased criminalization that ignores the trail of racial disparities in its wake?

It’s a complicated business. You must be the jury.

Jon Gould is Dean of the School of Social Ecology and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Transforming Criminal Justice: An Evidence-based Reform program.

Ukrainian leader woos allies as Russia hits hometown


KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy worked Thursday to add political momentum to Ukraine’s recent military gains against Russia, as missile strikes that caused flooding near his hometown demonstrated the Moscow’s determination to regain battlefield advantage.

A week after a Ukrainian counteroffensive prompted Russian troops to withdraw from a northeastern region, Zelenskyy met with European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen on her third wartime visit. in Kyiv. Von der Leyen publicly expressed the wholehearted support of the 27-nation bloc and wore an outfit in Ukraine’s national colors.

“It is absolutely vital and necessary to support Ukraine with the military equipment it needs to defend itself. And they have proven that they are capable of doing this, if they are well equipped,” he said. she declared.

Underlining the scale of the nearly 7 months of fighting, air raid sirens sounded repeatedly in the Ukrainian capital during von der Leyen’s meeting with Zelenskyy, showing the fear and damage that Russian troops could still inflict .

Ukrainian officials said Russian missile strikes on a checkpoint near Kryvyi Rih, Zelenskyy’s birthplace and central Ukraine’s largest city, raged through some streets. More than 100 houses flooded.

Russian military bloggers accused the attack of aiming to flood downstream areas where Ukrainian forces have been making inroads as part of their counteroffensive. Ukraine’s local government chief later reported a second attack on the dam and said emergency crews were working to prevent more water from escaping.

The first attack so close to its roots angered Zelenskyy, who said the strikes had no military value.

“In fact, hitting hundreds of thousands of ordinary civilians is another reason Russia will lose,” he said.

But the president, who said Ukrainian forces had retaken nearly 400 Russian-occupied settlements in less than a week, remained in good spirits and shrugged off a traffic accident he was in after a visit to the battlefield early Thursday.

On a day when the political optics stood out, the UN General Assembly said it would vote on whether to make a procedural exception that would allow Zelenskyy to deliver a pre-recorded speech at a leaders’ meeting. world next week.

The document proposed for today’s vote would prompt the 193 members to express concern that leaders of ‘peace-loving sovereign states’ cannot participate in person ‘for reasons beyond their control due to foreign invasion, aggression, military hostilities which do not permit safe departure from and return to their country, or the need to discharge their duties and functions of national defense and security.”

In Washington, a volunteer Ukrainian doctor who was captured in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol in Ukraine told US lawmakers on Thursday he comforted other detainees during his three months of captivity in Russia, rocking them as men, women and child prisoners succumbed to torture and untreated wounds.

Ukrainian Yuliia Paievska, who was arrested by pro-Russian forces in March and held in changing locations in Russia’s allied territory in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, spoke to Commission lawmakers on the Security and Cooperation in Europe, better known as the Helsinki Commission.

Paievska, giving her most detailed public account of her time in captivity, described “prisoners in cells screaming for weeks, then dying from torture without any medical aid”. She continued, “So in this torment of hell, the only things they feel before death are abuse and more beatings.”

As Zelenskyy courted his allies with optimism over the events of the past week, Russian President Vladimir Putin met one-on-one with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a regional security summit in Uzbekistan.

Xi’s government, which said it had a “boundless” friendship with Moscow before the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, declined to criticize Russia’s military actions. At the start of their talks on Thursday, Putin thanked Xi and said he was ready to discuss China’s unspecified “concerns” over Ukraine.

“We highly appreciate the balanced position of our Chinese friends on the Ukrainian crisis,” Putin said, facing Xi around a long table.

Putin’s official meeting with Xi on the sidelines of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a security alliance created to counteract US influence, contrasted with Zelensky’s warm meeting with the chairman of the executive board. of the European Union.

On Thursday, the European Parliament completed the long process of approving a €5 billion preferential loan to Ukraine, a key part of a €9 billion aid package to offset the cost of the war.

Zelenskyy said more help cannot come quickly enough. He insisted that the West must impose more sanctions on the Kremlin and provide more weapons to its frontline soldiers.

Zelenskyy said the only way to keep Ukrainians safe is to “lock in the skies” over the country with air defense systems supplied by Western allies.

Germany, the economic powerhouse of the EU, announced on Thursday that it would send two additional MARS II multiple rocket launcher systems to Ukraine, along with 50 DINGO armored vehicles.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was pressuring Chancellor Olaf Scholz to decide to supply advanced tanks to Ukraine soon, as her counter-offensive gained ground.

“In the decisive phase that Ukraine is currently going through, I also do not believe that this is a decision that can be delayed for long,” Baerbock said.

Having little to repay his Western partners, Zelenskyy said von der Leyen’s name would be engraved on a plaque in a square near the Ukrainian parliament called “Walk of the Brave”.

“Here are the names of those leaders from Europe and the world who supported our state and stood with us against aggression,” he said.

In this photo provided by Ukraine’s emergency services, workers repair the structure after strikes damaged the dam and a nearby pumping station in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Ukrainian officials speak of A Russian missile attack on September 14 hit a reservoir dam near Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, causing flooding in parts of the city. (Ukrainian Emergency Service via AP Photo)


Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Alexandr Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)


A Ukrainian serviceman sits in a tank, in the recently recaptured area of ​​Izium, Ukraine, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)


Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greets Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Sergey Guneev , Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via PA)


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during a joint press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen greet each other in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)


Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while addressing Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Alexandr Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)


Ukrainian paratroopers drive the vehicle displaying the Ukrainian flag on the pantone bridge crossing the Siverskiy-Donets river in the recently recaptured region of Izium, Ukraine, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)


Destroyed and damaged houses after a Russian attack on a civilian neighborhood in the recently recaptured area of ​​Izium, Ukraine, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Did movies and TV get Gen Z wrong?


Bodies Bodies Bodies attempts a precarious balance between empathy and mockery, leaning more often towards the latter in widely generalized observations of a hip generation where buzzwords like “gaslighting”, “triggering” and “unhinged” are reeled off with laughter . The film alludes to Gen Z interactions but fails to unpack the full extent of a hyperconnected climate. At the start, there’s a burst of festive champagne, followed by Alice’s (Rachel Sennott) exclamation, “That was so crazy! I can’t believe I didn’t film that.” Alice may be closest to a stereotypical Gen Z archetype that has emerged on screen so far – an oblivious, titled, self-absorbed podcaster – but there’s not much to it. deepen this state of mind.

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In another new film capturing Gen Z’s relationship with social media, Quinn Shephard’s 2022 black comedy Not Okay takes the subject of performative activism to new heights as young woman Danni (Zoey Deutch) hungry for the influencer lifestyle, finds herself wrapped in a lie about being a survivor of a terrorist attack. As Bousfiha says: “[Gen Z] movies tend to be highly stylized, with eye-catching and memorable lines tailor-made to go viral. “Afterwards, they age like milk, and Not Okay is a great example of that. In the scenes of Danni coming to terms with the fact that there are people behind trending hashtags, the film is neither realistic enough to be a portrait of Generation Z nor sharp enough to be a satire. Culture writer Iana Murray shares Bousfiha’s sentiment that Not Okay manages to be “nearly outdated in a time when clichés and authenticity are what’s most important.” important” in, and “relatable” stars like Emma Chamberlain are the It Girls of the moment. But if [Not Okay] had been released, say, a year or two ago, maybe it would have felt more true to life.”

A common theme running through these movies is the decentralization of Hollywood’s white male hero, another cinematic recalibration of Gen Z; women of color take on important lead roles and take on more of the stories. Hollywood’s investment in Gen Z is creating space for today’s diverse youth in a world that doesn’t seem ready to welcome them. “A glimpse of their racially and ethnically diverse distributions tells us as much… [they] work as the perfect match with their dark and satirical take on contemporary thinking about sexuality, celebrity and violence,” says Dr Christopher Holliday, Lecturer in Liberal Arts and Visual Cultures Education at King’s College London. However, he adds: “The desire of some marginalized identities to ‘make visible’ is an imperative that can mistakenly equate visibility with progress, which in turn raises questions about an individual’s burden of representing the collective. and, therefore, who can – and should – hold the power to speak on behalf of a particular identity or social group.”

As Dr. Holliday mentions, the voices that craft these stories are also a point of contention; the age gap between the creators and their Gen Z characters means there is an immediate lived disparity. Not being part of this generation himself, Sam Levinson created the closest thing to a Gen Z-defining project: Euphoria. The teen drama’s melodramatic treatment of high school kids follows 17-year-old Rue (Zendaya) navigating love and addiction, and embodies the Gen Z aesthetic, which Tham says is “the prevalent visual cues of the neon, bright colors, dance floors and dark nights”. The show’s highly stylized, Instagram-worthy look – steeped in dark depths below the surface – plays on the instability and chaotic narrative nature of Gen Z media.

Xi-Putin meeting highlights power disparity between China and Russia


In February, just weeks before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Beijing and said there were ‘no limits’ to their bilateral relationship. .

But the meeting between the two men at a regional security forum this week in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, clearly shows two things. First, there are, in fact, limits to their partnership. And, second, bilateral relations are becoming increasingly unequal as Putin’s reliance on Beijing grows.

China and Russia: from the absence of limits to “questions and concerns”

Beijing is indeed one of Moscow’s closest partners. Both countries have a common interest in challenging US power and dividing the US-led bloc of Western nations.

China and Russia oppose the West’s democracy promotion campaigns and its ability, due to US dominance of the global financial system, to punish nations with economic sanctions. Beijing and Moscow consider these geostrategic tools as challenges, even threats to the survival of their regimes.

Along with New Delhi, Beijing has provided essential economic and diplomatic support to Moscow since the invasion of Ukraine. China and India did not support United Nations resolutions against Russia this spring. They also increased oil imports from Russia, helping Moscow bear the brunt of international sanctions.

Yet Putin’s meeting with Xi at this week’s meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization shows that all is not well between the two powers. On Thursday, Putin said he understood Beijing’s “questions and concerns” about the war in Ukraine.

How the Russian War in Ukraine is Harming China

Neither Putin nor Xi has explicitly stated what those issues or concerns are. But the Moscow war changed the geopolitical landscape to the detriment of Beijing.

To begin with, it consolidated Europe as a geopolitical player and strengthened the transatlantic partnership with America. Western countries are accelerating their efforts to reduce their dependence on China and Russia for energy and rare earths.

Going forward, the growing possibility that Russia will indeed be defeated in the war against Ukraine may allow Western countries to focus more on China. And in the view of some observers, Western weaponry and intelligence support for Ukraine can provide a model that can help Taiwan deter or defend against a Chinese invasion.

Both China and Russia are authoritarian actors seeking to reshape the global balance of power. But they behave differently as geopolitical actors. Moscow acts like a bull in a china shop. And while Beijing’s diplomatic language is increasingly blustery, with its so-called Wolf Warrior diplomacy, it operates with much more patience and, for now, prefers to use non-military tools of influence.

To some extent, these behavioral dissimilarities are a function of differences between Chinese and Russian strategic cultures. But a more tangible driver is the economy: China is the world’s biggest trading nation, a manufacturing superpower and an emerging leader in cutting-edge technologies. The Russian economy has few strengths outside of the energy sector and specialized manufacturing industries.

Russia will rely more on China

Beijing has also benefited from Moscow’s losses since the start of the Ukrainian war. China is now Russia’s largest trading partner, eclipsing Europe. Russia is also keen to conduct this trade in Chinese yuan, which would boost Beijing’s efforts to internationalize its currency. Russian commodity exports also boost yuan-denominated bonds.

Moscow is also keen, if not desperately, to push forward a new pipeline deal that would bring gas from Western Siberia to China via Mongolia. The Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline, as it is called, would greatly help Russia offset its lost gas sales to Europe.

Presidents Xi and Putin attend the signing of a 30-year, $400 billion gas deal on May 21, 2014. (Image credit: Russian Presidency)

There are also signs that a beleaguered Russia could lose influence in its backyard to China. In meetings this week at the SCO with Central Asian leaders, China stressed a common interest in protecting its sovereignty. This language is not new. But it has taken on renewed importance given Russia’s unilateral invasion of a neighbor. To be clear, China is not a benign actor: the diplomatic and economic pressure it exerts on weaker countries has also been a form of interference.

Like Russia, China sees Central Asia as its backyard. For Beijing, the region is also a gateway to Europe. It used Xinjiang’s rail connectivity through Kazakhstan and Russia to send goods to Europe. And he is now exploring ways to circumvent Russia, with the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway.

While Putin may survive his costly war in Ukraine, Russian influence in its periphery has been hit hard. And its “ally” China could end up being a net beneficiary in the long run.

Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman on criminal justice. Penalty reform or crime severity?


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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (left) and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (left) and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Many of the recent attacks in the turbulent U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania have involved criminal justice.

Throughout his campaign, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has underscored his belief that the US justice system is “ruthless and vindictive” and in need of reform, and proudly defended his record of aggressively pushing for clemency while leading the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. Famous television doctor Mehmet Oz claimed in advertisements and press statements that Fetterman wanted to free criminals from prison and would make Pennsylvania less safe.

The differences between the candidates also extend to other areas of criminal justice and public safety, including how bail should be handled and the accessibility of firearms.

Here’s how Oz and Fetterman compare on a few key areas of criminal justice policy.

Are Penalties in Pennsylvania Too Harsh?

One of Fetterman’s longstanding complaints about Pennsylvania law is that first- and second-degree non-capital murder convictions automatically carry a life sentence. Any life sentence is also automatically life without parole – a law that made the Commonwealth an exception.

This legal arrangement is particularly controversial in the case of second degree murder, which does not necessarily involve killing another person. It simply requires a person to be involved in a crime in which someone dies.

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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman speaks at a press conference on moving the clemency application process online to improve access to criminal justice and reduce the wait for years, at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., on Monday, April 4. 2022.

Fetterman has repeatedly called for more nuance in sentencing laws and held up his work on the Clemency Board as an example of the policies he would pursue federally from the Senate. The council can grant pardons – in which a person already released has their record forgiven – and commutations, which reduce the length of a prison sentence. Since Fetterman took over in 2019, both have grown significantly.

Along with sentencing reviews, Fetterman has advocated for changes to make the criminal justice system fairer — Pennsylvania, for example, is the only state that doesn’t fund public defense of the poor — and says he supports ” effective diversion programs for non-violent offenders.”

He says he also wants to “ensure that serious crimes receive tough penalties.”

A campaign spokesperson said that as a senator, Fetterman would specifically support criminal justice legislation like the blocked George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to “build more trust between police and the communities they serve, and to extend accountability and transparency in policing”. He added, Fetterman doesn’t think nonviolent marijuana charges should come with a jail sentence.

Oz used Fetterman’s support for sentencing reform, and his use of the Pardon Board to commute sentences, as a central part of his advertisements attacking Fetterman. His campaign has been particularly focused on highlighting Lee and Dennis Horton, brothers who were convicted of second degree murder in the early 1990s, had their sentences commuted unanimously in 2021 and now work for the Fetterman’s campaign.

The Horton brothers were arrested after being pulled over with a longtime friend, armed with a gun, in their car. All three were convicted of an armed robbery in which a man was shot and killed. The Hortons refused plea bargains and attempted to argue in court that they were innocent. After their sentencing, the Hortons maintained their innocence throughout their nearly three decades in prison, saying they simply got the friend back.

Mehmet Oz, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, meets an attendee during a visit to a car show in Carlisle, Pennsylvania May 14, 2022.

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Mehmet Oz, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, meets an attendee during a visit to a car show in Carlisle, Pennsylvania May 14, 2022.

In recent months, the Oz campaign has called for Fetterman’s campaign to fire the Hortons, saying in a written statement that Fetterman “consistently puts murderers and other criminals ahead of communities in Pennsylvania.”

Fetterman’s campaign spokesperson wrote in an email that on the matter, “all Dr. Oz and his team are doing is a crass scare campaign. It’s time for Dr. Oz to respond s ‘he thinks the wrongly convicted should die in prison.

The Oz campaign did not return a request for comment for this story.

Much of Oz’s other rhetoric about criminal justice has been similar. He also frequently says that Fetterman wants to free “a third of Pennsylvania’s prison population” and that those who will be freed would be “dangerous criminals”. Oz refers to a video in which Fetterman, during an online event, mentioned a comment by former Secretary of State for Corrections John Wetzel.

“He said something remarkable that I agree with,” Fetterman said during the panel. “He said we could cut our prison population by a third and not make anyone in Pennsylvania any less safe.”

Fetterman — and Wetzel — said reducing prison populations can save money, and Fetterman specifically pushed to reduce those populations by releasing elderly or sick inmates and reviewing questionable convictions.

Fetterman wants ‘common sense’ gun laws, Oz says they’re authoritarian

On firearms, the two candidates are closer to each other. Both emphasize their familiarity with guns – Fetterman notes on his website that “I own guns and have been around guns all my life.” Oz also says that “his father taught him to hunt when he was 12-13 and he taught his son to shoot before he was in school”.

But Fetterman has a few caveats that he says would be common sense. They include universal background checks, red flag laws — which are primarily aimed at keeping guns away from people in crisis who could harm themselves or others — and “more proactive efforts to get illegal guns off our streets.” .

Oz has expressed general opposition to all laws that make it harder to own guns, noting in particular on his website that he opposes red flag laws and “liberal gun grabs.” .

Oz, the site says “believes that every law-abiding American citizen should be allowed to buy the weapon of their desire”, and adds that the Second Amendment is not about hunting, but about “protecting ourselves”.

On policing, Fetterman and Oz are somewhat similar

Fetterman often points to his record as chief law enforcement officer in Braddock, the small town where he was mayor, and specifically notes a period of more than five years in which Braddock, who was known for his crime, did not had no firearm deaths.

“John’s entire political career began because of gun violence. When two of his students were shot and killed, he ran for mayor to end the violence,” a campaign staffer wrote in response to questions from WHYY. “Dr. Oz lives in a mansion on a hill, what does he know about crime fighting?”

Oz criticized Fetterman for apparent spikes in violence during Fetterman’s tenure as mayor. The campaign cited FBI data exclusively from the Braddock Police Department – ​​which last year had fewer than 10 part-time officers and no full-time officers – although police in surrounding municipalities are also responding to incidents in the area. borough. There are also long-standing concerns about the accuracy of Allegheny County municipalities reporting crime statistics to the state police.

But on the fundamental issue of defunding the police, both candidates are saying essentially the same thing. Oz says he doesn’t want to cut funding for the police, presenting the stance as a repudiation of “radicals and the far left.”

Fetterman also says he wants to make sure “law enforcement has the resources to do their job. He says he will also “prioritize oversight, accountability and violence prevention.”

DVIDS – News – 200th conducts training on displaced civilians


JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY- The 200th Military Police Command hosted a two-day workshop called the Civilian Displaced Operations Training Event (DCOTE) at the end of August. The workshop was a logical and necessary follow-up to the highly successful Detainee Operations Training (DOTE) event that took place in the summer of 2021.
This workshop, like DOTE before it, focused on the increased role military police personnel should play in future conflicts, but this time helping to manage the anticipated large numbers of civilians who would be displaced by the conflict. in large-scale combat.
Joining in the planning and execution of this training event were leaders from the 353rd Civil Affairs Command. The workshop brought together many seasoned minds on the topic of dislocated civilians. Also present were staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Thus, for two days, the soldiers and their commanders were able to learn from different points of view on the displaced civilians.
Maj. Gen. John F. Hussey, hosting his last major event as commanding general of the 200th Military Police Command, welcomed everyone to the event and used a concept he had learned from a “Naval General to explain why this formation was necessary. “3 Block War. On block 1, you are in the middle of a war. On block 2, you have your peacekeeping operations. On Block 3 you have humanitarian care,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Rodney Faulk, commanding general of the 99th Readiness Division and one of the distinguished guests at the workshop, followed Hussey’s welcome charge to attendees, saying logistics were critical to the smooth running of a basecamp. “Know what you need. Know what you will need,” he said.
The next briefing after the welcomes was given by a military police captain and a senior civil affairs professional, setting out doctrinal guidelines for dislocated civilian operations. Capt. Carlos Valencia, training developer at the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, in his memoir, laid out the 9 different types of displaced civilians, while elaborating on doctrinal guidance from the perspective of the military police. The best-known categories are evacuees, refugees, migrants and war victims. Lesser-known categories are displaced persons, internally displaced persons, returnees, stateless persons and resettled persons.
After Captain Valencia’s briefing, Major General Hussey praised the importance of doctrine, but added another important factor necessary for success. “Doctrinal knowledge is good, but you need strategic foresight in running these camps,” Hussey said.
Next, Mr. Al de Veyra, Deputy Supervisor of the US Army Civil Affairs Doctrine Division, spoke about doctrine from a civil affairs perspective. He stressed the importance of considering all the facets necessary to carry out a dislocated civilian operation. “You have to be like a wedding planner when you do that,” he said to laughter from the audience. Asked about the wedding planner’s remark after his memoir, de Veyra pointed out to think about everything that goes on in operations.
A training event like this would not be complete without mentioning legal considerations. Lt. Col. Robert DiStefano, chief of international law at the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, provided definitions of the most well-known terms associated with displaced civilians. He then explained the legal protections available to displaced persons under the Geneva Convention and international law in general. This briefing undoubtedly shed light on the importance of doing things the right way legally.
The next speaker of the day was retired Lt. Gen. Ricky L. Waddell, whose last military assignment in the Army Reserve was commanding the 76th Operational Response Command in Salt Lake City, Utah. He discussed the strategic impact of displaced civilians and talked about planning for the massive numbers of people displaced during the conflict. He said more than six million people had been displaced during the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Many of these people, he said, fled to neighboring NATO countries in the region. He also spoke of soldiers doing the right thing while serving. “Not knowing what to do, people do what they know.”
Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Paul Baker and Maggie Dudgeon, then took to the podium to speak to the soldiers present about their role, acting as neutral observers who insist and promote knowledge and respect for international humanitarian law. Hussey likened the ICRC to a “staff-assisted visit,” where they go to an area of ​​military operations, observe operations, and advise unit leaders. The segment also included a brief from a representative of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Lt. Col. Tyler Waterhouse.
The withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in the summer of 2021 and the subsequent evacuation and resettlement of Afghan citizens to the United States as part of Operation Allies Welcome was the subject of the closing event of the day one as a panel discussed the mission from inception to execution. The panelists described how they became involved in the different phases of the mission, either in Europe or in the American places where the Afghan refugees were temporarily housed before being sent to various permanent places in the United States. Maj. James Balutowski, chief of operations for the 200th Military Police Command Headquarters, was on his way to another mission in Wisconsin when he received a call to go to Fort McCoy. “Shift. General Hussey knew that I had been stationed at Fort McCoy before and asked if I could help provide him with information, as a request for the 200th Force would be coming soon. At Maj. Gen. Hussey’s request, I ended up staying at Fort McCoy as a command liaison and assisting in the protection cell with security planning for our guests,” he said. -he declares.
On the second and final day of the conference, another panel, which included panelists from the day before, conducted a case study on Operation Allies Welcome. Col. Caroline Pogge, 353rd Civil Affairs Command Chief of Staff and DCOTE partner planner, led this case study. At the end of the event, she explained why her command had been heavily involved in the planning of the practice event. “It is important to share our experience and help units identify their partners at start-up. »
The final speaker for the event was National Defense University Professor Dr. Sean McFate, renowned author and expert on international security. Professor McFate spoke to attendees about future warfare and how countries continue to wage war in less conventional ways. “Conventional warfare, we like to think of state versus state, military versus military, that type of warfare has almost fallen to zero.” He cited numerous examples using the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the Israeli Hezbollah conflict to explain why the war is getting more underhanded, alluding to the title of his presentation (The Underhanded War).
The DCOTE ended with Maj. Gen. Hussey thanking all the speakers and soldiers who planned the event. He again emphasized why this training was planned and why it will always be vital in the future. “As I walk into the former Generals Retirement Home, you take what you’ve learned from here, for it will be your turn to oversee a camp one day.”

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Ukrainian military claims to have shot down Iranian drone used by Russia


NAIROBI: The capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region was hit by an airstrike on Tuesday, hospital officials and Tigrayan rebels said.

The reported strike on Mekele came just days after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) said it was ready for a ceasefire and talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government after nearly two years of war.

“AbiyAhmed’s drones targeted the Adi Haki campus of Mekelle University,” TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda said on Twitter.

Another TPLF spokesperson, Kindeya Gebrehiwot, also said on Twitter that Mekele University had been “bombed”, causing injuries and property damage, which was still being assessed.

“This is happening after the Tigray government set up a negotiating team and declared itself ready for peace talks,” he said.

Kibrom Gebreselassie, a senior official at Ayder Hospital in Tigray, also said on Twitter that there was “an early morning drone attack” on Mekele.

“An injured patient has arrived in Ayder. The total number of victims is not yet known,” he said.

AFP was unable to independently verify the claims. Access to northern Ethiopia is severely restricted and Tigray has suffered a communications blackout for more than a year.

There was no immediate comment from government officials.

Tigray has been hit by several airstrikes since fighting resumed in late August between government forces and their allies and TPLF rebels in northern Ethiopia.

The return to combat shattered a March truce that had halted the worst of the bloodshed and dashed hopes of a peaceful resolution to a war that began nearly two years ago.

The new offensives have also drawn in Eritrean troops and halted aid deliveries to Tigray, where the UN says a lack of food, fuel and medicine is causing a humanitarian disaster.

Both sides accused the other of firing first, and fighting spread from southern Tigray to other fronts further north and west.

On Sunday, the TPLF said it was ready for a ceasefire and would accept an African Union-led peace process, removing an obstacle to negotiations with Abiy’s government.

The TPLF said a negotiating team including Getachew and General Tsadkan Gebretensae, a former Ethiopian army chief now in Tigray’s central military command, was “ready to deploy without delay”.

The international community – including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, AU Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken – has urged the warring parties to seize the moment of peace .

Addis Ababa has yet to officially comment on the opening.

The Ethiopian government has previously said it is ready for unconditional talks “anytime, anywhere”, brokered by the AU, which is headquartered in Addis Ababa.

Countless civilians have been killed since war broke out in Africa’s second most populous country, and grave violations of civilian rights by all sides have been documented.

In March, the UN said at least 304 civilians had been killed in the previous three months in airstrikes “apparently carried out by the Ethiopian Air Force”.

The UN human rights office has documented aerial bombardments and drone strikes on refugee camps, a hotel and a market, and warned that disproportionate attacks on non-military targets could amount to crimes of war.

The government has accused the TPLF of staging civilian deaths in airstrikes to manufacture outrage, and insists it only targets military sites.

Abiy, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, sent troops to Tigray in November 2020 to overthrow the TPLF in response to what he said were attacks by the region’s former ruling party on refugee camps. the federal army.

But the TPLF retook most of Tigray in a surprise return in June 2021.

It then spread to neighboring Afar and Amhara regions before the fighting reached a stalemate.

Ukraine. More than 14,000 victims so far, but “actual numbers are likely higher”


Nearly 5,800 people have been killed in the conflict in Ukraine and the situation of prisoners of war in Russian-controlled areas is “worrying”, the head of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission of the United States said on Friday. UN in the country.

Matilda Bogner was presenting some of the findings of her latest report to reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The conflict is now in its seventh month and his team has confirmed 14,059 civilian casualties so far, with 5,767 people killed and 8,292 injured.

“As we have said many times, we know the real numbers are probably much higher,” she added.

Listening to victims

Ms Bogner was talking about the city of Odessa, in southern Ukraine. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission has been present in the country since 2014, following the outbreak of fighting in the east between government forces and separatists.

Its latest report will be published on September 27.

Other discoveries reveal at least 416 proven victims of arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances in the territories occupied by Russia or in areas under its control. Sixteen were found dead, while 166 were released.

Meanwhile, 51 arbitrary arrests and 30 other cases that may amount to enforced disappearance have been perpetrated by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies.

Status of prisoners of war

The Mission also documented a series of violations against prisoners of war. While personnel were granted unimpeded access to places of internment and detention located on Ukrainian-controlled territory, Russia did not allow access to prisoners of war held on its territory or in a territory under occupation.

“This is all the more worrying as we have documented that prisoners of war in the power of the Russian Federation and detained by the armed forces of the Russian Federation or by affiliated armed groups have suffered torture and ill-treatment, and in some places of detention, the lack of adequate food, water, health care and sanitation,” Ms. Bogner said.

They were also informed about the disastrous sanitary situation of the penal colony of Olenivka, located to the east.

Many Ukrainian prisoners of war are believed to be suffering from hepatitis A, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases there. Moreover, many have not been allowed to contact their relatives, depriving their families of the right to know what happened to them.

Call to Russia

“We have also followed the cases of several pregnant POWs interned in places controlled by the Russian armed forces and affiliated armed groups. We urge the Russian Federation, as the detaining power, to consider the immediate release of these women for humanitarian reasons,” Ms. Bogner said.

The Mission has also documented cases of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of war in government-controlled territories, usually during their capture, during initial interrogations or during transport to internment camps.

“Our mission was able to visit a Ukrainian POW camp. We note, however, that most prisoners of war continue to be held in penitentiary establishments, in violation of the rule that prisoners of war will not be interned in solitary confinement.”

Crimea concerns

Ms Bogner also mentioned the “significant deterioration” of the situation in Crimea, occupied by Russia since 2014.

She cited restrictions on the exercise of fundamental freedoms, torture and ill-treatment, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests, violations of the right to a fair trial, as well as the lack of accountability for these human rights violations. .

The Mission is concerned that patterns of human rights violations documented there can be repeated in territory newly occupied by Russia.

“In Crimea, the Russian Federation continues to suppress freedom of expression by enforcing vague and ill-defined legislation, penalizing real or perceived criticism of the Russian Federation and its armed forces,” she said.

“Since March, we have documented the prosecution of 89 people in Crimea for – and I quote – ‘public actions aimed at discrediting the armed forces of the Russian Federation’”.

Reprisals, arrests, intimidation

Meanwhile, teachers who refused to endorse what Russia called its “special military operation” in Ukraine are facing reprisals and sanctions. Human rights activists have been arrested and prosecuted for their work, and defense lawyers intimidated.

“We have documented arbitrary arrests and torture of individuals apprehended in the Russian-occupied Kherson region and transferred to Crimea,” Ms. Bogner said.

“In addition, men crossing the administrative border between mainland Ukraine and Crimea were subjected to so-called “screening” by the Russian Federal Security Service at checkpoints. According to credible information received by our Mission, this exposes them to the risk of enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest, torture and ill-treatment.

Declaration commitment

She added that Crimean Tatars continue to face intimidation and harassment, police raids and house searches, and prosecutions for terrorism and extremism-related offenses in proceedings that “are often below human rights standards”.

In addition, detainees belonging to this ethnic group continue to be deported to remote areas of the Russian Federation to serve their sentences.

Ms. Bogner said the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission will continue to document and report the facts on the ground, including the voices of victims.

“We consider this to be an essential element in trying to prevent further violations and to hold people accountable for violations already committed.

How much does a Black Hawk helicopter cost?


Blackhawk military helicopters are the best known models to the public. In this article, we will see “How much does a Black Hawk helicopter cost?” and other relevant information.

So, if you are interested in this topic, stick around till the end for a full understanding! In short, though, a Black Hawk costs between $5.9 million and $10.2 million, depending on the specific variant.

By comparison, an Apache helicopter costs between $60 million and $130 million.

First, a little about the Black Hawk UH models

The Black Hawk UH series is manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft for the US military. The first was the UH-60A, which was introduced in 1979 to replace the Army’s Black Hawk helicopter – Bell UH-1 Iroquois.

Black Hawks served in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Grenada, Iraq, Panama and Somalia.

Here is the complete list of all variant models of this Black Hawk UH series:

  • The Black Hawk YUH-60A
  • The UH-60A Black Hawk
  • The UH-60C Black Hawk
  • The Black Hawk UH-60V
  • The UH-60M Black Hawk
  • The UH-60M Black Hawk upgrade
  • The EH-60a Black Hawk
  • The YEH-60B Black Hawk
  • The Black Hawk -60C
  • The Black Hawk EUH-60L
  • The EH-60L Black Hawk
  • The UH-60Q Black Hawk
  • The HH-60L Black Hawk
  • The HH-60M Black Hawk
  • The HH-60U Black Hawk
  • The HH-60W Jolly Green II Black Hawk
  • The MH-60a Black Hawk
  • The MH-60k Black Hawk
  • The MH-60L Black Hawk
  • The DAP Black Hawk MH-60L
  • The MH-60M Black Hawk
  • The MH-60 Black Hawk stealth helicopter
  • The UH-60A Rascal Black Hawk
  • The optional piloted Black Hawk
  • The VH-60D Night Hawk
  • The White Falcon VH-60n
  • The VH-60m Black Hawk
  • The UH-60J Black Hawk
  • The Black Hawk UH-60JA
  • The Arpia AH-60L
  • The BattleHawk AH-60L
  • The UH-60P Black Hawk
  • The S-70A Black Hawk
  • The S-70i Black Hawk
  • The s-70M Black Hawk

We’ll take a closer look at the UH-60L Black Hawk, HH-60G Pave Hawk, HH-60M Black Hawk, UH-60J Black Hawk, and S-70i Black Hawk in the next section.

The Price of a Blackhawk Helicopter