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Rise in oral cancer drugs signals deeper financial toxicity issues for patients


The rise in popularity of oral cancer therapy has introduced issues of access and insurance coverage that oncology nurses did not have to deal with before, according to expert speakers at the 2022 Oncology Nurse Society Bridge. However, there are many resources available to nurses, and a key first step is to ask patients how they are doing financially.

“Even though you may not have all the answers right away when you talk to the patient, don’t hesitate to discuss it. [about] their finances,” said Mary Anderson, BSN, RN, OCN, oral oncolysis nurse navigator at the Norton Cancer Institute.

Anderson has presented alongside Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW; and Nora Hansen, CPhT, in a presentation entitled “Managing Oral Cancer Therapies: What Are Your Tools?” The team highlighted the extent of the financial toxicities problem, best practices for assessing financial toxicity, and resources to help nurses connect their patients to the care they need.

When assessing patients for the first time, oncology nurses are encouraged to ask the following questions:

  1. What is your support system?
  2. Where are they located?
  3. Can you go to the pharmacy to pick up your medication?
  4. Can you have medicines delivered to your home?

Other key questions include asking the patient to describe their insurance plan, highlight any other expenses that they fear may arise during their cancer care (i.e. transportation, parking, childcare children, loss of income), if he fears losing his job. , whether they have had difficulty obtaining a prescription in the past, whether their disbursements are in line with their expectations, and whether they are concerned about financial toxicity affecting their quality of life.

“I start by making sure people understand that I’m not trying to be intrusive or overstep my boundaries by asking really personal and private questions that we just aren’t trying to. [normally talk about]“, said Anderson. “I always say; ‘I know it’s personal. I know a lot of people don’t want to talk about it. But knowing this information will help me help you. And it’s all between the two of us.

“We validate that it’s uncomfortable,” she added. “We also validate that it’s hard to ask for help and also give them permission at all times to say, ‘You know what, I don’t want to answer that question. “”

Unfortunately, medical debt is the number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States.1 Since 2010, spending on cancer care has increased by approximately $175 billion. It is expected to continue growing and reach $246 billion by 2030.2 Additionally, the average outlay per patient has increased from $1,800 to $2,900 per month since 2010.

“We have a major crisis when it comes to medical debt in this country,” added Bach, an oncology social worker at OncoLink. “It has a lot to do with how cancer [treatment] has changed a lot in terms of oral oncolytics.

“What is available to patients and how they access it is very different from what it was when I started as an oncology social worker in 2000,” she added. “[In 2000,] almost [every patient] was admitted for all of his treatments for several days, he was covered by his [insurance]and there were very few oral medications available.

Presenters noted that solutions to help patients are also unfortunately limited: assistance from co-payment foundations is limited to certain conditions, procedures and availabilities. In private oncology practices, which are often the only geographic option available to patients, charity care is generally not offered.

Additionally, the United States has historically not regulated drug prices or had a drug price denial system and a diagnosis of cancer does not equate to automatic approval for disability. Paid family leave varies by state, but is generally limited, which means job loss (and the resulting loss of health insurance) is a reality that many Americans with cancer face.

“Our solutions are limited,” Bach said. “I often feel like my hands are tied. It is very frustrating and also very painful morally.

Due to these rising costs, it is not uncommon for patients to delay or forgo treatments due to their financial burden. However, it is documented in the literature that financial toxicity is often linked to poorer outcomes.3

Financial difficulties often extend to survival as well; 54% of survivors are between the ages of 18 and 64, with 42% reporting experiencing financial hardship after diagnosis. Debt is more prevalent among populations under the age of 64, as well as in black communities.

Previously, the problem in the United States was that most patients were uninsured. However, in 2022 the problem has become that patients are underinsured.

Speakers noted that it can be difficult for patients and nurses to understand the difference between Medicare A, B, and D. They highlighted the general difference between the plans as part of their presentation:

  • Medicare Part A is hospital insurance and is often premium free;
  • Medicare Part B is outpatient medicine and patients must enroll and pay a monthly premium;
  • Medicare Part D is voluntary prescription drug coverage, patient pays premium and coinsurance (deductible and up to 25%);
  • Medicare Part C is known as the “benefit plan”; it is offered by private insurance plans under contract with Medicare, it covers the same services as Medicare A, B and some drug coverage, and patients choose their provider and plan, such as HMO;
  • Patients may also qualify for Medicare supplements, which provide optional additional coverage for coinsurance and deductibles.

Insured patients are responsible for paying a premium, deductible, copayment, coinsurance, but may overlook additional items that are not covered. These may include cancer-related needs or services, such as wigs, supplements, lymphedema clothing, certain durable medical equipment, private assistance, and indirect costs, including transportation, parking, healthcare. children/elderly, loss of income/salary and caregiving. This represents a heavy financial burden for many, the speakers agreed.

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, I expected to alleviate some of the financial toxicity patients face by capping the amount a patient is expected to pay per year and lowering premium prices .4 Additionally, the law introduced the concept of drug price denial, which could have monumental consequences for patients, according to Bach. However, despite the law’s approval, many of the benefits are many years away.

In the meantime, nurses need to know that while they play a crucial role in helping patients access the resources they need, they are part of a team of players who can help patients navigate the world of healthcare. ‘insurance. Other professionals who may be involved include private brokers, social workers, financial navigators/lawyers, state health insurance assistance program (SHIAPS) counselors, ACA navigation assistance, private brokers. Because there are so many people invested in helping patients help, nurses should not feel alone or intimidated to start the conversation: they are not expected to solve the problem, but they can help improve the situation.

Experts also recommend that oncology nurses take advantage of online resources, such as the ONS Oral Cancer Therapy Toolkit or OncoLink.org.

Some other resources to consider:





Cancer Insurance Checklist

ONS Financial Toxicity Contact Card

ONS Guidelines™ to support patient adherence to oral cancer medications

Cancer and careers

Cancer triage

ACCC Financial Advocacy Tool

Cancer Support Community Financial Navigation


  1. Gordon D. 50% of Americans now have medical debt; a new chronic disease for millions of people. Forbes. October 13, 2021. Accessed September 26, 2022. https://bit.ly/3DU7fEg
  2. Abrams HR, Durbin S, Huang CX, et al. Financial toxicity in cancer care: origins, impact and solutions. Transl Behav Med. 2021;11(11):2043-2054. doi:10.1093/tbm/ibab091
  3. Yabroff KR, Han X, Song W, et al. Association of medical financial hardship and mortality among cancer survivors in the United States. J Natl Cancer Institute. 2022;114(6):863-870. doi:10.1093/jnci/djac044
  4. Fact Sheet: Cut Inflation Act Supports Workers and Families. Press release. The White House. August 19, 2022. Accessed September 26, 2022. https://bit.ly/3xUu2fi

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KPMG junior auditor ‘should have questioned’ director’s instructions, court hears


Tuesday, September 27, 2022 5:30 p.m.

KPMG junior auditor ‘should have questioned’ director’s instructions, court hears

A 25-year-old junior KPMG auditor, who copied meeting minutes into a document as part of a scheme to deceive the UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC), “should have questioned instructions from his manager, a disciplinary tribunal heard.

Junior accountant Pratik Paw, who was asked by his superiors to falsify documents during an FRC inspection of KPMG’s Carillion audit, ‘acted without the integrity required of an accountant and became party to the deliberate deception audit quality review (AQR),” the FRC tribunal said.

The court said instructions to copy meeting minutes into an old document ‘would have raised questions in anyone’s mind’ as it dismissed the junior accountant’s claims that he had simply followed the instructions from his manager “without thinking”.

The disciplinary court said Paw was ‘a smart man’ who should have questioned his superiors, as he claimed there was ‘no other conceivable reason’ for backdating the minutes of the meeting other than misrepresenting them to the FRC as contemporary notes.

Paw avoided a fine in July after the FRC previously recommended that the junior auditor be fined £50,000 for his role in deceiving the watchdog during his 2017 inspection of the audit by KPMG of collapsed construction giant Carillion.

The junior auditor – who was not yet qualified as an accountant – was instead severely reprimanded as the FRC said that if he had not acted dishonestly, he had acted without integrity.

The court noted that the “ambitious” junior accountant initially volunteered to help review KPMG’s Carillion audit, before being tasked with copying meeting notes by his manager Alistair Wright.

The findings come after KPMG was fined a record £14.4m and ordered to pay £3.95m in costs for efforts to deceive the FRC.

The FRC also fined former KPMG partner Peter Meehan and three of the other Big Four accountancy firm executives – Alistair Wright, Richard Kitchen and Adam Bennett – £45,000, £30,000 and £40,000 each.

The court noted that the FRC became aware of the misconduct after KPMG reported itself to the watchdog, as it said the allegations may never have come to light were it not for the decision of the accounting firm to declare itself.

“We believe that it was only because KPMG made these reports to the FRC that these allegations came to light,” the court said.

Shuklaphanta National Park attracts wildlife enthusiasts


Shuklaphanta National Park, home to swamp deer, is a major tourist attraction in the far western region of Nepal.

Shuklaphanta National Park was originally a game reserve in 1969.

Although it is the smallest national park among those in the Tarai region of the country, it has a distinct identity and plays an important role in wildlife conservation.

The huge grasslands provide suitable habitats for marsh deer which can be seen in abundance in the park.

Of the 305 square kilometer area of ​​the park, grasslands occupy 55 square kilometres.

According to a recent census, the park is home to 2,314 swamp deer, including 858 adult females and 262 adult males. The marsh deer population has remained stable since 2014.

Many towers, up to three stories high, have been built so that visitors can watch the swamp deer.

However, according to park data, only about 3,000 tourists visit the park every year.

The grasslands where the wildlife of the national park can be seen are located 18 kilometers southwest of Majgaun, the gateway to the national park. Visitors can take a jeep to get there.

Apart from marsh deer, the park is also home to tigers, blue bulls (Boselaphus tragocamelus), and peacocks, among others.

According to the recent tiger census, the park has 36 tigers. There were 19 tigers in the park four years ago.

Additionally, the park has become famous among wildlife enthusiasts for studying rhinos in recent years. Four years ago, five rhinos were transferred to Shuklaphanta from Chitwan National Park. A census carried out two years ago revealed 16 rhinos in the park.

The park already had 10 rhinos before the five joined Chitwan.

The Blackbucks are another national park attraction. The Hirapur area of ​​the park has been set aside for the conservation of blackbucks, which number 203. Forty-two blackbucks were brought into the park from Banke and Bardiya districts between 2012 and 2015.

Apart from the grasslands, the park also has a Sal forest, wetlands and half a dozen lakes. The park is also considered a major destination for bird watchers as 450 species of birds can be found in the park.

It is also home to 56 species of mammals.

After a one-hour flight from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi, another 50 km journey takes you to Mahendranagar. Traveling on the road from Kathmandu to Mahendranagar takes 18 to 22 hours.

Auto rickshaws or other vehicles can be borrowed to reach the park gate from Mahendranagar. Mornings and evenings are considered the best time to visit the park.

How to Become a Data Entry Specialist


Many organizations need a huge volume of data to be organized and stored digitally. This is where data entry specialists come in. Data entry professionals are responsible for converting data into digital format to ensure smooth and efficient processing of information.

In this article, we have covered all aspects of the career path to help you learn more about the job. We’ll take a look.

Why choose a career in data entry?

Data entry is not a new career field and has been around for a long time. However, as business requirements for data digitization increase, so does the demand for the position. The boom in the gig economy and the increasing outsourcing of back office jobs by companies has contributed to the increase in job opportunities in the data entry industry.

Data entry professionals work in the administrative department of organizations and have little to no customer-facing situations, making them one of the best career options for introverts. In addition to the freedom to work independently, you can choose your working hours by opting for full-time, part-time or freelance positions. This allows you to work in-house for the organization or from the comfort of your home.

Moreover, entering the data entry industry is not difficult and does not require you to have high qualifications or extensive training. Despite this, being a data entry specialist opens doors for you to work in various industries including healthcare, IT, banking and finance, logistics, and more.

What does a data entry specialist do?

As mentioned earlier, data entry specialists are responsible for entering data in digital form into a database or record using applications. Moreover, the piece is not limited to simple data entry. The job also involves converting raw input data into valuable information using various methods including calculations, sorting, etc.

Here are the responsibilities of a data entry specialist:

  • Gather information to enter.
  • Ensure data accuracy.
  • Organize and maintain data in documents or spreadsheets.
  • Keep data up-to-date and error-free.
  • Maintain a backup of data.
  • Creation of reports based on collected data for information analysis.
  • Ensure data integrity and security.

Also, your responsibilities depend on the organization you work for. Large-scale organizations may require you to handle simple data entry operations, leaving the rest of the tasks like gathering information and creating reports for the team.

On the other hand, working for startups and mid-tier organizations can require working on all operations, from gathering information to entering data and creating insights analytics.

Data Entry Specialist Salary

As a data entry specialist, you can be compensated in different ways depending on the nature of your job. If you are a full-time data entry specialist, you receive a fixed monthly salary. On the other hand, if you choose to work part-time or freelance, you can get paid by the word, by the words you type per minute, or by the hours you invest in a particular project, depending on your client.

According to Payscale, the average salary for a data entry specialist is around $40,157 per year or $15.92 per hour. Additionally, most organizations pay based on typing speed and accuracy. The higher your data entry speed and accuracy, the more you get paid.

How to Get a Data Entry Specialist Job

Being a data entry specialist comes with many benefits, including the freedom to work wherever you want and flexible working hours. Moreover, the job is a great career choice to earn a decent amount of money and is less stressful than other careers today due to its lower complexity.

If this sounds like a career path you aspire to, here are some tips to help you get a job as a data entry specialist:

1. Pursue an education

Generally, the job does not require you to have higher qualifications. Most employers are looking for a high school diploma or equivalent for the position. Some larger organizations, however, may prefer applicants with at least a bachelor’s degree.

2. Improve your typing skills

As a data entry specialist, you are required to enter data into a computer as part of your role. You need good typing speed with attention to detail and accuracy. Try these best sites to learn or practice faster touch typing on computers. It would be best if you can achieve a typing speed of at least 35 words per minute for the post.

Additionally, you can improve your written communication skills to succeed in the industry. Practice grammar with the best English grammar apps to improve your language skills.

3. Gain Expertise in Microsoft Excel

As a data entry professional, you will spend most of your time storing data in spreadsheets and documents. Most employers are looking for candidates who are proficient in Microsoft Excel. Online courses make it easy for you to learn the skills needed for any job. We’ve rounded up some free Excel training sites and courses to help you become a spreadsheet master.

Additionally, honing your Microsoft Office skills will help you advance in your professional role in the industry. Here are some tutorials, videos, and online courses to help you learn Microsoft Office.

4. Get an internship or part-time job for industry experience

Finally, gain hands-on experience as a data entry specialist by applying for jobs and internships. You can apply for part-time jobs or freelance gigs while you pursue your education. Here are some best job search websites that you can apply for data entry jobs, either full-time or part-time.

Also, it is important to note that the data entry industry is full of employment scams. It is essential to research the company you are applying for and make sure it is a real employer.

Discover a new career path as a data entry specialist

There are many benefits to being a data entry specialist, and it’s an easy career path to pursue. You can choose to work as a full-time or career option, depending on your schedule flexibility.

While you focus on your studies or your chosen career, earn extra income by pursuing a part-time data entry job. Improve your typing skills and improve your skills with online courses to increase your earning potential in the industry.

FAIR 2022 conference to explore scaling


Hybrid in-person and virtual event on September 27-28 in Washington, DC, and online

Media pass: To access FAIRCON22 event sessions in person or online, contact Luke Bader, Director, membership and programs, FAIR Institute, [email protected]; or Eskenzi PR: Avery MacGregor, [email protected], 978.290.2970; or Cathy Morley Foster, [email protected], 925.708.7893.

RESTON, Va., Sept. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — What: As the financial stakes of cybersecurity rise, FAIR Institute, the nonprofit professional organization advancing risk measurement and management, is stepping up its efforts to help businesses and organizations protect their most valuable assets. invaluable with its FAIR 2022 conference (FAIRCON22). The annual event, whose theme this year is “Scale: Taking Risk Management to the Next Level”, will bring together thought leaders in the field of cyber and operational risk management to discuss FAIR™ best practices. information risk) in order to develop increased value and alignment with business objectives.

When: This premier global risk management conference will be held in person at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC, and virtually on Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28. follow-up panels and expert case study sessions.

Who: Open to risk management professionals and offers introductory and advanced sessions.

  • Speakers: Jack Jones, President, FAIR Institute; Mark Tomallo, senior vice president, CISO, Victoria’s Secret; Mary Elizabeth Faulkner, CISO, Thrivent Financial; Jeff Norem, Deputy CISO, Freddie Mac; Matthew Tolbert, Senior Cybersecurity, Oversight and Regulatory Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; and James Lam, director of public and private boards; Director certified by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and D100 winner; ERM consultant, author and speaker; and Derek Johnson Senior Reporter, SC Media; among others.
  • In person and virtual“This year, we are delighted to once again welcome participants in person and to virtual events for FAIRCON22. The conference focuses on “scale”, demonstrating how to take the latest developments in quantitative risk management to the next level to effectively address the growing and costly challenges of cybersecurity,” said Nick Sanna, President of the FAIR Institute. “We bring together the world’s best experts and practitioners to share their experience and expertise. We can connect organizations with our partners and sponsors to help develop risk management programs. Training sessions are offered to help organizations advance cyber and operational risk needs. Participants can also earn CPE certification and credits.”

FAIRCON22 Highlights: Featured events, full schedule: https://www.fairinstitute.org/faircon22-agenda

  • main speech: Trusting risk-based decisionsJack Jones, President, FAIR Institute
  • Opening speech: How Risk economics can help us win the battle in cyberspaceLarry Clinton, Chairman, Internet Security Alliance (ISA).
  • C-level panel: CISO of Highmark Health, Victoria’s Secret, Freddie Mac and Thrivent Financial on Driving Culture Change – From a Compliance Approach to a Risk-Based Approach to Cybersecurity
  • Case study: Cisco, Refining the “R” in CRM at Scale
  • Cat by the fire: What the SEC’s revised guidance on cyber risk disclosures means for youKristy Littman, Former Chief Enforcement Officer – Cyber ​​Unit, SEC
  • Case studies: Netflix, Equinix, Expedia and Dropbox
  • Opening speech: Omar Khawaja, CISO, Highmark Health : Justifying the Business Value of Cybersecurity with Highmark Health and the BOSITE Framework
  • Last word: Jack Jones, President, FAIR Institute; Derek Johnson, Senior Reporter, SC Media

Membership of The FAIR Institute is free and members are entitled to discounted tickets to FAIRCON22. To register for the event, visit: https://www.fairinstitute.org/2022-fair-conference

Sponsors include RiskLens, Technical Advisor; IBM, Protiviti, RiskRecon and Archer, advisers to the institute; and Black Kite, LogicGate, The Open Group and Cyenthia Institute; Conference sponsors.

About the FAIR Institute

The FAIR Institute is a non-profit, expert organization led by chief information risk officers, CISOs, and business leaders, created to develop and share standard FAIR-based risk management practices. Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR™) is the only international standard analysis model for information security and operational risk. FAIR helps organizations quantify and manage risk from a business perspective and enables cost-effective decision making. To learn more and get involved, visit: www.fairinstitute.org.

FAIR Institute educational partners include Arizona University, Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University, Ferris State University, George Mason University, Harvard University, Macquarie University, Pepperdine University , San Jose State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Marymount University, Georgetown University, Georgia Southern University, Catholic University of America, University of Tampa, University of Toronto, Virginia Tech, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Wisconsin, Webster University, Seattle Pacific University, Glasgow Caledonian University and Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar (UASB).


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Todd Chrisley faces another defamation lawsuit from Georgia tax investigator


Chrisley knows best Star Todd Chrisley is facing a defamation lawsuit over podcast comments against a tax investigator, named Amy Doherty-Heinze. The lawsuit was filed Thursday (September 22) by Amy, claiming that Chrisley had “falsely and maliciously” accused her of criminal misconduct while investigating her tax evasion trial.

Todd defamed Amy on ‘Chrisley Confessions’

Georgia Department of Revenue investigator Amy Doherty-Heinze has sued Todd Chrisley for libel over defamatory remarks he made on his popular podcast, “Chrisley Confession.” According to the lawsuit filed Thursday, September 22, Amy claims the ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ star accused her of criminal misconduct while investigating his infamous tax evasion lawsuit. She also prayed in front of the judge to prosecute the 53-year-old reality star in her place.

Amy’s lawsuit says that in his podcast episode (September 2021), Todd “maliciously and falsely” accused her of criminal misconduct. While mentioning her name twice, Savannah Chrisley’s father Todd called for her to be prosecuted for corruption and dishonesty.

Not only that, but Todd also used Amy’s name and “led a campaign against her to get her fired.” If you’re not aware, another defamation lawsuit filed against Chrisley by the same investigator has been ongoing for a year. Meanwhile, Todd and his wife Julie sued Amy in 2019 for “abuse of power” in their tax evasion case.

Todd and Julie’s tax evasion case…

In June 2022, Todd and his wife, Julie Chrisley were convicted of “bank fraud and tax evasion”. They were originally indicted in August 2019 and February 2022 on said charges. The couple filed a joint motion for a new trial accusing the witness of lying during “their spring trial”.

FYI, in September 2019, the couple already settled charges of evading nearly $2 million in Georgia state taxes. Following an agreement, the duo pledged to pay $150,000 to the authorities. However, they pleaded “not guilty” to federal tax evasion charges.

For your information, another scandal occurred when Todd’s eldest daughter, Lindsie Chrisley, filed a police report in 2019, accusing Todd and Julie’s eldest child, Chase, of “wanting her to lie. about the incident,” and threatening to post an alleged sex tape of her. Todd ended the allegations, calling them “shameful and heartbreaking”.

During the trial, the prosecution argued that Julie and Todd submitted false documents when they requested multiple loads. In fact, Julie used doctored credit reports and bank statements to be able to own rent in California. Well, greed got the best of them. Todd was convicted of “conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and tax evasion.” Julie, however, was found guilty of the same charges, including additional charges of wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

Read more about the tax evasion verdict…

The couple face up to 30 years in prison following the final hearing which took place on June 7, 2022. The two along with their accountant, Peter Tarantino, were found guilty by the jury of a number of misdemeanors taxes, including conspiracy to defraud the IRS. US Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan released a statement reading:

“The jury has found that Todd and Julie Chrisley engaged in multiple fraud schemes over several years and that their accountant, Peter Tarantino, filed false corporate tax returns on their behalf. This office and our partner agencies will continue to investigate. vigorously and prosecute white collar criminals who flout the law.

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Atlanta, Keri Farley said after the verdict, “As today’s outcome shows, when you lie, cheat and steal, justice is blind to your fame, fortune and position. In the end, driven by greed, the guilty verdict of all charges for these three defendants proves once again that financial crimes do not pay. Todd and Julie got what they deserved, but yeah, there’s a long battle ahead.

S Jaishankar hails India’s growth in US


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, addressing the special event in New York on Saturday, said colonialism in the 20th century had made India one of the poorest nations. However, at present, the country is the fifth largest economy in the world and considers itself a developed country by 2047. He added that the development of the country is inseparable from the rest of the world.

During the special event “[email protected]: Showcasing India UN Partnership in Action”, the Minister of External Affairs also highlighted India’s development journey and its contributions to South-South cooperation.

“In the 18th century, India accounted for a quarter of the world’s GDP. In the mid-20th, colonialism made us one of the poorest nations in the world. This was our state when we became the founding member of the United Nations,” the minister said.

Highlighting the fifth largest economy, Jaishankar said that today India stands before the UN “proudly as the fifth largest economy in the world” and continues to rise as the “democracy the strongest, the most enthusiastic and certainly the most argumentative”.

Apart from this, the minister also talked about India’s progress in digital public infrastructure and mentioned that it is designed in such a way that no one “is left behind”.

“In recent days, digital technology has succeeded in expanding our food safety net to 800 million Indians. Over $300 billion in benefits have been distributed digitally and 400 million people receive food on a regular basis,” said said Jaishankar.

“India today projects itself as a developed country by 2047, on the occasion of 100 years of our independence. We dream of digitizing our most remote villages and landing on the moon,” he said. -he adds.

Taking note of how the world has been affected by the Covid pandemic, the minister said India had administered over two billion vaccinations.

“During Covid Pademic, we responded with vaccines in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, etc.,” he said.

The minister said that “India’s fundamental belief is that its own development is inseparable from that of the rest of the world”.

“Without a doubt, our progressive growth has also benefited from our interface with the United Nations. India was the founding member of the UN and as we mark 75 years of freedom, we are also celebrating 75 years of our partnership with the United Nations,” he said. .

He said that “India’s multifaceted partnership with the UN is significantly reflected in the field of peacekeeping.”

Regarding India’s commitment to UN peacekeeping missions, Jaishankar said that “we have over the years contributed more than a quarter of a million people to this effort, more than any other country”.

He referred to India’s initiatives, including the International Solar Alliance and the Disaster Resilient Infrastructure Coalition.

(With ANI inputs)

Forbes Senior Contributor Daphne Ewing-Chow writes about food systems and sustainability in the Caribbean


Decades before she became an award-winning Caribbean journalist and senior Forbes contributor, Daphne Ewing-Chow, like many little girls, loved playing with Barbie dolls.

She and her sister, Ady, snuggled up in the modest but cozy playroom of their home in Christ Church, Barbados, and created imaginary lives for their dolls. Not surprisingly, when crafting a career for plastic figures, Ewing-Chow would always choose journalism.

“I’ll make them little newspapers,” she said to herself. “Journalism has always been part of me, in one way or another.”

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Daphne Ewing-Chow was born in Puerto Rico to Eastern European parents, Joseph and Judy Burgida. Her father, a Romanian Holocaust survivor, and her Hungarian mother who was several years her junior, moved the family to Barbados when she was three. From then on, Barbados would be their home.

Now a successful journalist and food systems expert, Ewing-Chow has spent most of his career advocating for the Caribbean and its people.

Passionate about the environment, her journey as a writer began as a hobby. She wrote articles on topical issues and submitted them to global and regional publications. These pieces would lead her to a position as communications officer for a project on climate change and fisheries in the Caribbean at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Barbados.

Eventually, Ewing-Chow landed what would become a longtime position as a writer at Forbes. His thought-provoking column in the renowned publication focuses on food systems and the environment.

Although writing for Forbes is a major win for any journalist, Ewing-Chow’s professional portfolio transcends his journalistic endeavors. His career is multi-pronged and filled with many other notable achievements of global significance.

For example, in 2020, she was a judge for the Rockefeller Foundation’s $2 million Food System Vision Prize. She was a judge for the $3 million Zayed Prize for Sustainability in the United Arab Emirates in 2019 and 2021. And, also in 2021, she received awards from the Caribbean Development Bank, the Pan American Organization for Health and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union for his contributions to journalism.

Ewing-Chow has spoken at events for the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. She has also interviewed world leaders, celebrities and some of the biggest names in food systems and the environment, including renowned English primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall.

In addition to his journalism, Ewing-Chow currently works in strategic communications for a number of global NGOs. She is a communications specialist at the Caribbean Cluster Office of the World Food Program and travels the world on assignments, telling the stories of marginalized people struggling with food insecurity, as well as the people and organizations working to create change.

“These people and organizations see me as an expert and a specialist, as opposed to someone who reports on these issues,” she says proudly. “That means everything to me, because that’s definitely my goal and my passion.”

Ewing-Chow believes his dedication to social and environmental issues began in Barbados.

Ewing-Chow believes his dedication to social and environmental issues began in Barbados.

The picturesque island she’s called home since she was little is located between the calm Caribbean Sea and the stormy, stormy Atlantic Ocean. It is little; very small. Zoom in too far on Google Maps and the whole island ceases to exist. Amid golden beaches and tight-knit communities, Ewing-Chow, his parents, and his sister added to their clan.

“With no blood relatives, the Bajans have become our family,” she shares. “I grew up in the homes of the most beautiful and wonderful people, many of whom had strong opinions about things going on in the world and in our community.”

And, despite her young age, she has always been attentive.

Their thoughts set Ewing-Chow on a path. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and African studies. She then earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University with a specialization in development and international economic policy.

For a time, however, Ewing-Chow put aside the little girl within her who yearned to write and explore the many issues affecting her region. She followed another career path: finance. Admittedly, this did not fulfill her personally or professionally.

“I was missing something,” she recalls.

She would find that missing piece among her Caribbean people, writing and advocating on food and environmental issues around the world. She found it in journalism and advocacy.

“The Caribbean will always be my first love. It will always be the region that will touch me the most,” says Daphne Ewing-Chow with conviction. “I will always feel compelled to serve.”

Watsonville Hospital Officials Discuss Future Plans – Santa Cruz Sentinel


WATSONVILLE – The sprint is over, but the marathon has only just begun.

That’s the mindset of Pajaro Valley Health Care District Board Member Jasmine Nájera, who has been the official owner of Watsonville Community Hospital for more than three weeks now.

The acquisition, announced Aug. 31, capped an eight-month dash that began shortly after the hospital’s former owners filed for bankruptcy in the winter of 2021. The effort included expedited legislation from the state and “the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Santa Cruz County,” according to district officials, who raised $65.5 million from more than 450 donors to complete the purchase.

But when the district took possession of the hospital on September 1, it set its sights on a new, equally critical challenge: keeping the hospital open and financially viable.

Last month, a district financial consultant said the hospital lost $22 million in the year before bankruptcy and is expected to lose $23 million this year.

Pajaro Valley Health Care District Board Member Jasmine Nájera stands outside Watsonville Community Hospital on September 1, 2022, the day the district officially took possession of the hospital. (PK Hattis – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Nájera told the Sentinel last week. “None of us think ‘oh great, the hard work is done.'”

So where will the hard work take place, now and in the future of the hospital? The Sentinel spoke to Nájera and other hospital officials to find out.

Early actions

Since the hospital is now considered a new business, one of the first areas of focus for hospital management is the renegotiation of all supplier contracts.

Watsonville Hospital CEO Steven Salyer told the Sentinel that his staff will reform more than 650 contracts in the first 60 to 90 days of ownership, which he sees as a significant opportunity to strengthen the hospital’s finances. ‘hospital.

“This organization, for a very long time, was paid at the 25th percentile or less compared to other organizations around us or within the state,” Salyer said, sharing that his team’s goal is to receive median payout totals for each location. suppliers.

If the effort is successful, Salyer said it could bring in an additional $11 million a year in revenue, adding that the renegotiation process “looks very positive.”

However, the hospital also serves many elderly and low-income county residents who rely on Medi-Care and Medi-Cal insurance, which has fixed reimbursement rates often significantly lower than commercial payer levels. According to a statement from the health district, approximately 50% of the hospital’s patients rely on Medi-Cal and 30% on Medi-Care.

“That’s not going to change, it’s the community we serve,” Nájera said, acknowledging both the challenge and highlighting the critical equity role the hospital plays in the county.

She and Salyer said they believe there are other significant revenue strategies to build on, namely expanding the hospital’s range of services. Salyer said the hospital will commission a catheterization lab for cardiac treatment in 2023 and is in discussions to bring a 21-bed psychiatric unit to the hospital.

“It would be a major victory for the county,” said Salyer. “This suite of services is needed across the state and (could) excite many healthcare partners.”

Santa Cruz County spokesman Jason Hoppin also confirmed that raising revenue for the hospital through tax avenues is not currently being considered.

“While hospital districts have the power to raise revenue to support hospital operations, there are no plans at this time to implement a tax,” Hoppin told the Sentinel. “If a solution were to be considered in the future, it will be a conversation between the PVHCD Board of Directors, Watsonville Community Hospital and constituents of the Pajaro Valley.”

Strategic plans

As the district health care board worked with a consultant to develop a business plan that was implemented from day one, Salyer said he expressed a desire to form a new strategic planning committee to reconfigure the plan now that the hospital board and staff can formally collaborate.

Salyer said he was engaged in many initiatives already in place, but “as a new company, we’re going to take that process back to create a unified plan that the board agrees with, management agrees with. okay, the vendors that work here, and I’ve even asked for front-line staff to be involved in the strategic planning process.

In early August, the council announced it would move many part-time nursing positions to full-time status in a bid to reduce costs and the number of traveling nurses, who can have up to three times the full-time employee rate. , according to Salyer.

The decision sparked a flurry of negative comments from the nursing unit, many of whom had worked at the hospital for decades, saying the move would increase burnout among staff who need time off to heal. recover from the physical and emotional demands of the job.

“One of the most important things for us is to really take care of our staff and make sure they feel supported,” Nájera said of the strategic planning process, which is expected to begin in October. “We are very aware that there are quite a few nurses who are really upset with some of the decisions that have had to be made. But we want to keep that dialogue open and create forums and town halls where we can get that input and have good two-way dialogues.

Besides rebuilding staff morale, other strategic plan priorities mentioned by Salyer include investing in local partnerships, such as school districts and philanthropic organizations, as well as a focus on quality of care.

“We will be one of the best hospitals within 100 miles when it comes to quality,” Salyer said. “With everything we’ve been through, all the turmoil… our goal is to build stability, boost staff morale and really make doctors feel like this is the best place for them to bring their patients to work. »

Nájera also expressed optimism for the future, where the hospital goes beyond financial stability and emerges as one of the premier healthcare facilities in the region.

“We deserve it here,” she said. “This is a hospital that serves so many valuable and essential workers and really, we want to make people want to come here.”

Kadenia Javis: the accountant goes beyond taxes


The founder of Javis Financial Services, Kadenia Javis, pursues her goal of educating the average person on relevant financial matters.

Kadenia Javis has always believed in educating her community about reducing her tax liability and is also an advocate for financial literacy. This is the main reason why she founded Javis Financial Services, a company that helps individuals and businesses with their tax problems and questions throughout the year.

At Javis, Kadenia brings with her a wealth of education and experience gained over decades. She earned her BS degree from Limestone College and earned her MBA degree from Strayer University (Magna Cum Laude). His professional experience in banking and finance includes working in the public and private sectors with municipal, state and federal governments. In addition to being a former IRS employee, she holds the title of Authorized Electronic Provider, Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP), and Electronic Return Initiator (ERO) with the Internal Revenue Service.

In 2014 Kadenia launched his non-profit “FBLA Jr. Scholarship Foundation” now known as “POWER UP Your Financial IQ!” to employ interns and introduce them to the many facets of business etiquette and provide one-on-one on-the-job training. The organization also awards scholarships each year to high school graduates to help them with essentials other than tuition and books.

Kadenia’s goal of simplifying finance and accounting for non-financial professionals has earned it accolades from various walks of life. His accounting firm received Columbia’s Neighborhood Award hosted by KISS FM 103.1, The Best Financial Consultants 2021, The Best Accounting Firm 2020, and The Best Tax Consultants 2019 by the Columbia Award Program. She was also named in the inaugural class of SC Black Pages Top 40 under 40, Economic Empowerment Award-National Coalition of Black Woman, Top Woman of Influence, Columbia’s Trailblazer Woman, Midlands Woman On The Move, among others.

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Ready to go beyond speed – CORSAIR announces compatibility for Nvidia 40-series graphics cards


MILPITAS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CORSAIR® (NASDAQ: CRSR), a global leader in enthusiast components for gamers, creators, and PC builders, today announced expanded compatibility of its PC component lineup with Nvidia’s new 40-series graphics cards, including the groundbreaking RTX 4090. From power supplies capable of driving the world’s most powerful gaming systems, to sleek, high-performance gaming cases, and a wide range of cooling options and accessories, CORSAIR offers the hardware to power , housing and cooling the world’s most powerful graphics cards – as they were meant to be.

The recently announced Nvidia RTX 4090 promises a huge leap forward in performance, and the good news for PC enthusiasts is that CORSAIR’s existing power supply lineup is already fully compatible with the new Nvidia 40 series. the RTX 4090 uses a new 12+4 pin 12VHPWR power connector, all cards will come with an 8 pin PCI-e to 12VHPWR power adapter. There’s no need to wait for future PSUs to support Intel’s new ATX 3.0 standard and CORSAIR’s PSUs already provide the reliability and quality components needed to support the higher power requirements of the next generation of PC hardware. Whether it’s an RM1000 that’s seen many releases or an all-new HX1500i, you can count on your CORSAIR PSU to power your graphics cards into the future.

Additionally, customers can now order official CORSAIR 12VHPWR 600W cables compatible with all CORSAIR Type 4 PSUs, connecting directly to the PSU via existing PSU side connectors for unhindered power directly for your new graphics card – no PCIe adapter required. With sense wires configured to 600W, your graphics card will know it’s capable of pulling its maximum power load*.

For those looking to jump-start this next generation of PC hardware with an all-new build, CORSAIR offers an incredible lineup of multi-award-winning, industry-leading PC components around which to build your next PC. Whether it’s a case to house your build in style with abundant cooling like the superb iCUE 5000T RGB, a CPU cooler to envy like the H150i ELITE LCD, or state-of-the-art high-performance DDR5 memory, CORSAIR has the hardware to complete your build and push its performance to the max.

For those considering stock as a starting point, CORSAIR is also readying a full line of Hydro X Series XG7 full-conversion water blocks for the new Nvidia 40-series graphics cards. Nickel-plated copper contact plates, high-density cooling fins and a full-coverage aluminum backplate helps harness every drop of performance from Nvidia’s new performance powerhouses, while a clear acrylic top plate and integrated RGB lighting powered by iCUE software up the styling stakes. Available in early November for Founders Edition RTX 4090 cards, the Hydro X XG7 series water blocks unlock the full potential of Nvidia’s best when combined with a complete CORSAIR Hydro X water cooling kit such as the XH305i RGB PRO.

Availability and compatibility

The official CORSAIR 12VHPWR 600W power cable is available to order immediately from the CORSAIR online store. Orders will be shipped from September 29.

To check if your PSU is compatible with the CORSAIR 12VHPWR 600W power cable, please visit https://www.corsair.com/12vhpwr

*600W load requires 1200W or greater CORSAIR power supply. A 450W load requires 1000W or more. A 300W load requires 750W or more.


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Why Being a Specialist Can Hurt Your Career Success


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For a very long time, we have been told to maximize our professional usefulness. We should concentrate our efforts on becoming really good at one thing.

In short, specialization reigned. With few exceptions, the most sought-after professionals in their fields were those who were the best at what they did. The best engineers are the ones who got the jobs at Apple and Tesla. The best quants were those who got the jobs at Renaissance and SAC. The best chefs have worked at Noma and Per Se. This maxim held true in most areas, and so people were encouraged to become really good in one area at the expense of all others. In fact, a specialization in specialization took place. You were no longer an engineer, you were a DevOps engineer. You were no longer a chef, you were a pastry chef. And any time spent not perfecting this area of ​​expertise was wasted time.

Related: Is Focusing on a Specific Niche Really That Important?

And while historically these people were well paid, lately that doesn’t always seem to be the case. In fact, these days classifying your talents into a specialty can actually hamper your path to associated acclaim, accolades, and monetary bounties. Why is that? Neither Steve Jobs nor Elon Musk were the best engineers in their organizations. They weren’t the best managers either. Or the best designers. Or really the best at anything. However, they have developed a high level of expertise in multiple, often very disparate areas of knowledge. There are few people like Steve Jobs, who was a gifted designer, a product visionary, an incredible judge of talent, and an inspiring (if challenging) manager all rolled into one.

Strangely, our education system and our cultural fabric often encourage people to get really good at one thing at the expense of everything else. Meanwhile, studies suggest that it is those who embrace a diversity of interests who achieve the greatest feats in entrepreneurship, science and the arts. This practice, known as skill stacking, emphasizes that it is much more unusual to be in the top 10% at several extremely disparate skills than the top 1% at a single skill. The more dissimilar the skills, the less likely you are to find people who reflect the same combination of expertise. It can make an individual not only unique in terms of what they can do, but they are also more likely to view problems and situations with a unique perspective. While most entrepreneurs in the IT space approached it from an engineering background, Jobs approached it from both an engineering and design perspective. In turn, he was able to build something that those with a narrower technical frame of reference were simply not equipped to do.

Therefore, the prescription for any budding entrepreneur who moves the world is a simple two-pronged process that first embraces the diversity of existing interests, then goes further to cultivate new interests with intentionality.

Related: Why Being an Expert in Your Field Isn’t Enough in Today’s Fast-Changing Workplace

Embrace your diverse interests

Too often, when speaking with budding entrepreneurs, they unashamedly admit that they also have hobbies that don’t seem to have any direct application to the business they’re building. They are quick to reassure me that they rarely visit these hobbies, in brief moments off from the all-consuming effort of building their business. It’s hard not to grimace when you hear this banal chorus. Although not always immediately apparent, it is often these exact interests that help inform the core of what makes their product different and special. A fintech entrepreneur with a passing interest in human behavioral psychology is almost certainly likely to see it inform their product vision in a key way to set themselves apart from competitors. Diverse interests do not prevent success. Instead, they are often a key reason for success.

Commit to learning something new

Almost everyone has a hobby that they’ve put off for a long time because they “just don’t have enough time.” Between our businesses, our friends, our family, and all the other obligations we can squeeze in, there are never enough hours in the day. entrepreneur under the constant barrage of propaganda from the hustle culture, the idea of ​​spending five hours of their week learning something unrelated to their business may seem criminal. Every entrepreneur should disabuse himself of this notion and commit to a minimum of five hours per week invest in something they have wanted to do but have long put off. At worst, these investments will give the mind a well-deserved respite from the work of building a business. At best, one will learn things and have eureka moments that inform what builds and, with almost surprising frequency, eventually lead to key differentiators.

As entrepreneurs, we all have the ambition to build life-changing businesses. But truly innovative and original ideas are hard to come by. Many smart people put their energy into trying to find the next big thing. Someone who has spent every moment studying finance is not as likely to think of anything completely different than the tens of thousands of others who have done much the same thing. But suppose that same person spent time in finance alongside interpretive dance, social psychology, and architecture. In this case, they are much more likely to have a point of view shared by few, if any, others. These other aspects of their lives will inevitably impact their approach to building a fintech.

So the next time you feel guilty about reading a psychology treatise or signing up for an interpretive dance class, know that these things aren’t distractions, but may very well be the way to make your dreams come true. of an entrepreneur.

GFG Securities Acts as Exclusive M&A Investment Banking Advisor for the Sale of Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta Hotel


Leon Perez led the team at GFG Securities, representing the seller.

GFG Securities, a Miami-based real estate investment banking firm, today announced that it has acted as exclusive and lead strategic M&A advisor for the sale of Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta Hotel, a luxury beachfront 229 key, in one of the most stable lodging markets.

GFG Securities provided sell-side advisory services and procured the buyer on behalf of the seller.

The Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta Hotel has 6,600 square feet of flexible event space, including five on-site restaurants, five bars, a state-of-the-art spa, fitness center, tennis courts, water sports facilities and a children’s club. In addition, the hotel offers a wide range of leisure activities.

“We are delighted with our client’s outcome, having achieved a key strategic objective for them. This reflects the confidence in GFG Securities and the team’s extensive experience and excellent execution.” said Eduardo and Mauricio Gruener, co-founders and co-CEOs of GFG Securities.

“GFG Securities was able to add value to a transaction that required financial acumen, dedication and negotiation skills to achieve a close that will benefit both buyer and seller in a form that positions both groups on a better stage for the future,” said Leon Perez, Partner at GFG Securities.

Leon Perez led the team at GFG Securities, representing the seller.

About GFG Securities, LLC

GFG Securities, LLC (“GFG Securities”) is a boutique real estate investment banking firm that assists private companies with domestic and international investment banking services, including equity and debt raising, mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory services. Based in Miami, Florida, GFG Securities has acted as sole and lead consultant on fundraising and equity transactions exceeding $1.4 billion, with average transaction values ​​between 20 and 500 million US dollars. Visit http://www.gfgsecurities.com for company information.

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ICAI will ban failing accountants in the case of front companies with ties to China

New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is setting up a separate unit to expeditiously settle cases against Chartered Accountants (CAs) involved in setting up front companies in the country in collaboration with Chinese entities.

The ICAI said those found guilty could face a lifetime ban and other action.

ICAI, the umbrella body of Chartered Accountants and the umbrella body of Company Secretaries, ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India), have together received about 400 complaints in this regard and necessary action has been taken.

It is alleged that Chartered Accountants (CAs) and Corporate Secretaries (CS) facilitated the formation of Chinese front companies in various cities across the country without following the rules.

ICAI President Debashish Mitra told a press conference that half of the 400 numbers could be CAs and that the institute has issued show cause notices to all affected members.

Explanations were requested from the members regarding the alleged violation of the Companies Act with respect to the formation of various Chinese companies and their subsidiaries.

Mitra said the alleged violations relate to matters relating to the incorporation of the respective companies and the proper verification of registered addresses.

“The CA signed the papers without verifying the registered address. The address is not correct and it is negligence.

Mitra said that on the face of it, a detailed investigation has been carried out against some of the members. These cases typically take a year, but the ICAI expects the cases to be resolved by the end of this year.

“We are creating a separate cell to deal with these issues. The government gave us no official deadline. But given the indications we have received, we will settle the cases by the end of the year.

Source: navbharattimes.indiatimes.com

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Return of salad bar receives enthusiastic response and promotes healthier choices – Inklings News


At lunchtime, Staples High School students can be seen charging down the hall with one goal: to fill their growling stomachs with a plethora of nutritious food options found in the Staples cafeteria.

Starting again this year, students and teachers can satisfy their hunger with a healthier option provided by the new permanent salad bar. The new bar offers two kinds of lettuce, two protein options and a variety of vegetables, all thanks to a relaxation of covid restrictions in the cafeteria.

Students seem to have had positive experiences with this new lunch option. The ability to cook your own meal and choose the amount and type of toppings is unlike almost any other Staples cafeteria option.“The salad bar allows me to choose healthier options for lunch,” Tessa Cassell told ’24. “I enjoy the variety of vegetables and toppings that Staples offers.”

“I like to have a salad with lots of toppings before a game because it gives me energy but not laziness,” Strandell said. ”

— Franca Strandell ’23

For the student-athletes, the salad bar was an opportunity to make healthy choices while refueling for an upcoming game or practice. Staples Girls football player Franca Strandell ’23 found this lunch choice to be the perfect balance.

“I like to have a salad with lots of toppings before a game because it gives me energy but not laziness,” Strandell said.

Students and faculty members can choose from many toppings at the salad bar: grilled chicken, baked beans, cabbage, shredded carrots, peppers, onions, tomatoes, pasta salad, croutons, and cheese cubes are shown.
(Photo by Talia Moskowitz ’24)

Prior to this school year, the salad bar had been closed and replaced with a more covid-friendly option: prepackaged salads.

“Now that we’re allowed to go back to some of our pre-covid standards, we wanted to bring back a regular build-your-own salad bar,” explained chef and restaurant manager Ben Leahey.

Salad lovers can also look forward to the upcoming fall and winter months, as topping options will vary depending on what foods are in season.

“There will be sweet potato and butternut squash throughout the year, and we’ll continue to refresh it every few weeks or so,” Leahy said. “Both teachers and students were very enthusiastic about it. ”

The COP and the private sector: how industry leaders can use the climate conference – Climate change


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The 27th edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6 to 18, 2022. The international climate gathering, which is the latest in a series that began in 1995, is best known for its multinational track record and negotiations on climate actions aimed at curbing climate change. These summits resulted in important environmental agreements, including the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

What is less discussed about COP forums is that they also provide an opportunity for private companies around the world to come together and discuss climate plans with government and industry stakeholders. To achieve the ambitious goals set by the leaders of the conference, the contribution of private organizations is not only requested, it is required. Participating in the COP can allow industry leaders to announce and promote innovative technologies and projects, learn about international policy changes in real time and offer their input to help decision makers in their work. .

This year, the COP will organize a series of private sector days, which will be complemented by side events organized by various NGOs, think tanks, industry groups and other organisations. Below, we’ll highlight a few of these gatherings and the opportunities they provide for companies in a variety of industries.

Private Sector Days – November 9-17

COP27 will host a series of themed days designed to engage members of the international business community and work with them to find solutions to climate change. The presidency of the conference, which this year is held by the Egyptian government, recognized the importance of engaging with all stakeholders in the implementation of the bold objectives of the Paris Agreement and any political decisions taken. in Sharm el-Sheikh. This year’s themes include finance, science, youth and future generations, decarbonization, adaptation and agriculture, gender, water, science and civil society, energy, biodiversity and solutions. Different ministries of the Egyptian government are responsible for planning events on their respective theme days; these departments also work with several private sector organizations on events and activities.

Below are summaries of some of the session details. Please click here for a full description of these and information on the rest of the sessions offered.

November 9, Finance Day – This day is designed to focus on financial incentives that drive climate change policy. The discussion will focus on the financial constraints of shifting to more environmentally sustainable business models and examine how policy makers can incentivize these changes.

November 11, Decarbonization Day – Aims to facilitate discussion on approaches and policies, as well as showcase technologies to help accelerate the energy transition to a low-carbon economy.

November 12, Adaptation and Agriculture Day –Discussions on the wide range of topics related to adaptation and resilience, especially in this time of heightened food insecurity and severe climate events.

November 14, Water Day – Participants will participate in discussions on issues related to the sustainable management of water resources. Topics will include water scarcity, drought, cross-border cooperation and improving early warning systems.

November 15, Energy Day – The participants of this day will mainly discuss the transition to green energy. Particular attention will be paid to the use of alternative energy sources, including green hydrogen, as well as the creation and maintenance of a greener electricity network.

November 17, Solutions Day – A higher-level day, these sessions will look at multi-pronged approaches to complex issues, including designing greener cities, more sustainable transport structures, environmentally conscious national budgets, and more. They will explore how solutions such as public-private partnerships and startup engagement have proven successful in the past and how to apply that success on a larger scale.

Side events

Several private organizations, media and think tanks are also planning to organize side events on the sidelines of the high-level days of the COP as well as during the thematic days. Brownstein works closely with many of these organizations to identify opportunities for customers to participate in panels and discussions as well as showcase their products in many of the nations pavilions.

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Do you need life insurance?


Almost everyone knows that death and taxes are inevitable. For both of these reasons, you may need life insurance. Like a Swiss army knife, life insurance can do a lot. There are several reasons why you might consider buying life insurance…

You love someone: You can use life insurance to create an estate. Here, you want the people who mean a lot to you, like your spouse and children, to be financially secure if you’re not there to make it happen. The purpose of life insurance in this situation is to act as a financial safety net.

You owe someone: Because of the guaranteed death benefit, life insurance can be very helpful when it comes to paying off debts and settling taxes owed. For example, above a certain level of wealth, inheritance tax comes into play and life insurance is often used so that the family does not have to exhaust the estate.

“Successful and wealthy people often turn to life insurance to cover property taxes,” says Vince Annable, CEO and Founder of VFO Advisory Group and co-author of Your High Performance Virtual Family Office: Maximizing Your Financial and Personal Life. “For just about everyone, and especially the very wealthy, well-structured life insurance can be a cost-effective solution to estate taxes. Additionally, people can pay for their life insurance in a variety of ways, including using pre-tax dollars.

You have a strategic need for life insurance: There are several powerful uses for life insurance in business situations. Many entrepreneurs can take advantage of life insurance to pay for executive benefits or dramatically increase the amount of money they have in retirement. You may find that buying life insurance for essential business purposes, for example, to provide the funds needed to replace a key employee or to buy out a partner’s heir, makes sense.

“There are a wide variety of ways to use life insurance to achieve personal goals,” says PJ DiNuzzo, founder and principal consultant of DiNuzzo Middle-Market Family Office and author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, The DiNuzzo Middle-Market Family Office™ Breakthrough: Creating Strategic Tax, Risky Cash Flow, and Lifestyle Options for Successful Private Business Owners and Affluent Families. “For example, you can use life insurance to directly create greater personal wealth by leveraging a policy’s investment account. Additionally, some people find life insurance to be a very effective way to support causes close to their hearts.

Take a decision: These three motivations can be, and often are, interrelated. Most financial concerns do not exist in a vacuum. Although there are many reasons to buy life insurance, you need to be very clear about your reasons. While you determine that buying life insurance is worthwhile, you still need to decide on the right amount of life insurance and structure it properly based on your goals.

“Too often, life insurance is oversold, causing people to buy the wrong policies as well as an excessive amount,” says Homer Smith, founder of Konvergent Wealth Partners and co-author of Optimizing Clients’ Financial Lives: Harness the Power of an Accounting Firm’s Elite Wealth Management Practice. “What’s important is that each person makes sure they get the best possible outcome, which means getting the right amount of life insurance in the best possible way. For most people, the only way to be sure they’re getting the right amount of life insurance, using the best policies for their schedules, and not paying too much is to s rely on the professionals they trust most, which are usually their accountants and lawyers.

According to Justin Breen, the engine of exclusive network BrEpic and co-author of Superior results: Maximize the value of your high-performance family office, just like the super-rich, “In addition to being advised by professionals, you should always know what you are buying. You want to make sure you understand the different options available. This includes possible alternatives to purchasing life insurance. Getting involved and asserting yourself is often a necessity. This will help you make informed decisions.

RUSS ALAN PRINCE is executive director of Private Wealth magazine (pw-mag.com) and chief content officer for High-Net-Worth Genius (hnwgenius.com). He consults family offices, quick-and-rich entrepreneurs and selected professionals.

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How to watch Bloodlands season 2 online from anywhere


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James Nesbitt returns as troubled DCI cop Tom Brannick. Teasing the plot, the BBC said: “The body of an accountant is found on the shores of Strangford Lough. Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) and Niamh McGovern (Charlene McKenna) are assigned to the case.

“The Accountant is woven into the tapestry of Tom’s turbulent past, and now Tom must find out who the killer is and where the Accountant had been hiding his gold all these years.”

Joining the cast is Victoria Smurfit (marcella, Once upon a time) as Olivia, the widow at the heart of the case whose intentions are far from clear.

Star James Nesbitt said: “I couldn’t be happier to welcome Victoria to the cast, having first worked with her over 20 years ago! I can’t wait for the public to see what comes next. follow for the cunning and complex Tom Brannick.”

Filming for the drama ‘Irish Noir’ took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the BBC hopes it will match the popularity of the first series.

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Motor show in memory of South Cumbrian enthusiast Mark Dempster

Mark Dempster

A motor meet in memory of a South Cumbrian enthusiast will take place next weekend.

Friends and family of Mark Dempster, who died in July after a short battle with cancer, organized the event in his memory and said they had done everything possible for motoring and motorsport fans and to make sure his name lives on.

The Mark Dempster Memorial Car Meet takes place on Saturday September 24 at the Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow, near Ulverston and 80 cars are expected to take part in the charity fundraiser.

Organizer and friend Edward Mudd said: “Mark was a good friend who helped me get my daughter-in-law into the rally and encouraged her to follow her passion. He was a fantastic person who loved coming to my house for coffee and chatting about cars or his daughter Sophie and his future plans with his fiancée Lianne.

Mark, from Barrow, was a retired policeman and rally driver. A supporter of local charities, including the local homeless shelter, and a volunteer for St. John Ambulance, he had two wishes – to marry Lianne, which service staff Mark was caring for managed to arrange with just 24 hours notice and continue his charity work by raising funds through a car show.

Marc and Lianne

Organizers collected cars for the day’s show, but they also held a charity raffle to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Furness General Hospital’s New Ward, where Mark was treated.

Local businesses stepped up to support the cause with amazing prizes from across the county. West Point Woods on Walney Island offered a two-night stay in glamping pods, Keith Edwards Motor Services offered a voucher for a free MOT as well as family admission vouchers to the Lakeland Motor Museum, Beatrix Potter, South Lakes Animal Park, Haverthwaite & Lakeside Railroad and Lakes Aquarium.

Other prizes include meal vouchers to spend at local restaurants including The Manor House in Oxen Park and Cafe Ambio, plus Barrow Raiders gave away two pairs of tickets to their Oktoberfest event in Craven Park.

Furness Brick & Tile Co in Askam sponsored the cost of printing the raffle tickets and Barrow Grafixsigns printed the promotional material for the event.

There will also be other motorsport memorabilia prizes on offer on the day, including a passenger rally experience alongside a top national rally driver and other signature merchandise.

Edward added: “I just want to make him proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. I would like to personally thank everyone who donated raffle prizes, ticket printing and everyone who came to join us with cars at this great event.

There are 27 prizes currently to date and raffle tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased for £2.50 via PayPal by emailing [email protected]

People are encouraged to visit the show, admire the vehicles and chat with their owners from 10 a.m.

Senegal’s president appoints former economy official as prime minister


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DAKAR, September 17 (Reuters) – Senegalese President Macky Sall returned to the post of prime minister on Saturday, appointing a former economy minister to the post two months after tense legislative elections in which Sall’s ruling coalition lost its comfortable majority.

Amadou Ba, a 61-year-old tax expert who also served as foreign minister, has been named prime minister of the West African country, according to a statement from the presidency.

Ba’s appointment restores the post of prime minister to the West African country after it was abolished in April 2019.

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“Big priorities the president has set include improving household purchasing power, controlling inflation, security, housing, job training, employment and entrepreneurship,” Ba said. on national television after meeting Sall on Saturday.

Late Sunday, the president appointed a new government that included 38 ministers. The main ministers of the previous government, notably those of defence, interior, foreign affairs and finance, have been retained.

A notable change was Oulimata Sarr, regional director of UN Women, who was appointed minister of economy and planning.

Earlier this week, Senegalese security forces were called in to secure a voting process in parliament and restrain rowdy opposition parliamentarians who tried to disrupt the election of a new speaker of the National Assembly. The assembly met for the first time since the July elections.

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Sall came to power in 2012 after overthrowing longtime President Abdoulaye Wade. He was re-elected in 2019 on promises of large-scale infrastructure expansion as the country is set to start producing oil and natural gas next year.

Much of his second term was marred by economic hardship – resulting in part from the COVID-19 pandemic and the global fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Political tensions boiled over over Sall’s refusal to publicly rule out a bid for a third presidential term in 2024.

Violent protests erupted in Senegal last year when Ousmane Sonko, Sall’s main opponent who came third in the 2019 presidential election, was arrested on charges of rape, which he denied.

Sonko was freed, but many protesters saw his arrest as an attempt by Sall to eliminate a top rival and fight his way to a third term.

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As Manteca begins to prepare for a fourth year of drought, city leaders will have to raise fees on new homes to be built primarily in the southwest part of town to protect against flooding.

This reflects the reality that parts of Manteca – as well as all of Lathrop – are at the epicenter of California’s ongoing cycle of drought and flooding.

A 19% jump in existing single-family home fees from $3,169 to $3,770 will be factored into the price of new homes when they are sold.

The $3,770 fee will also be applied to all new homes built in the future in Lathrop that are not in the River Islands community which already has 200-year flood protection. Charges will also apply to the Weston Ranch portion of Stockton and some rural areas generally west of Airport Way and north of Lathrop.

The fee is just one way to raise money to provide state-mandated 200-year flood protection.

The fee adjustment is before City Council at its meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Without enhanced flood protection in place, the state will freeze all development in the flood zone, including the addition of existing homes as well as commercial and industrial buildings.

It would also pave the way for mandatory — and costly — federal flood insurance for anyone buying a home using a federally guaranteed mortgage.

The initial fee of $3,169 was adopted in 2018 based on a linkage study conducted on the preliminary sketch of the necessary flood protection works.

This study valued the flood improvement works at $176.5 million.

The latest study done this year puts the cost based on a more refined project at $270.7 million.

Of the $270.7 million, $88.61 million is collected at the building permit stage for future development in the floodplain. The remainder of the cost will be covered by diverting a portion of future property tax increases from development in the affected area and possibly from a tax benefit zone that has yet to be established.

Manteca has 1,712 acres in the floodplain, Lathrop 2,195, Stockton 458, and unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County 561. The same fee applies to all affected land in the three cities and the rural area.

Manteca also hijacks part of the future

increase in property taxes to finance flood works

The 5,157 homes plus 11 million square feet of business parks and retail space that Manteca hopes to build on the 200-year-old floodplain will have the city’s general fund awash with cash.

At least that’s the conclusion of the consultant who analyzed the diversion of future property tax revenue from the city’s general fund to help cover the cost of the bonds to build $230 million in weather protection upgrades. floods to protect against a flood that has a 1 in 200 chance of occurring in a given year.

The analysis — conducted on behalf of the San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency — is part of verifying one of three funding streams needed to implement state-mandated protection from here 2028.

It’s to divert up to 20% of any additional property tax increases that would go to the city in the affected area to help pay off the bonds over a 30-year period.

Manteca — just like other California cities — receives only a fraction of every dollar homeowners and others pay in property taxes. The rest goes to 10 other agencies, including schools at 51%, followed in decreasing installments by San Joaquin County and Delta College, among others.

The ribbon that Manteca receives varies from 7 to 14% depending on the year the property was – or is – annexed to the city. The drop in the percentage that cities receive from property taxes has been mandated by counties across the state that allow land to be annexed to municipalities.

In the case of Manteca, the financial consultant of SJAFCA used models qualified as “conservative”.

The consultant determined when every home and every square foot of retail and business parks the city can fit along much of the Airport Way corridor and a wide swath of southwest Manteca:

*Up to 20% of the city’s property tax share could be diverted to pay off bonds necessary for flood protection work.

*At the same time, Manteca could maintain the current level of municipal staffing, such as the number of workers, including the police/population ratio, as well as the current conditions of streets, parks and other general fund expenditures .

* End up with an “extra” $14.2 million a year in the general fund from the affected area’s property taxes after the money was diverted to repay bonds and spent to maintain the current level of services.

The property tax that would be diverted would represent up to 20% of the additional annual base.

If 2023 becomes the base year, the affected cities — Lathrop, Stockton and Manteca — as well as San Joaquin County — would retain 100% of their pre-2023 property tax cut.

After these 20% increases, whether from new construction, the maximum annual 2% increase in property assessment allowed under Proposition 13 for homes and the like that have not sold, and the readjustment to market value when homes sell would go to the flood agency to pay off the bonds.

The largest gain in long-term property valuation would come from the resale of homes. Typically, Americans sell their homes on average every eight years according to the National Association of Realtors. In California, the churn rate is closer to five years.

South Manteca is now seeing examples of homes that sold new for $450,000 15 years ago and bought for $1.1 million or more. Thus, the property assessment on which the property taxes are based is readjusted upwards to reflect the new market value.

The Enhanced Infrastructure Funding District (EIFD) that the Property Tax Diversion will fund is one of three funding mechanisms needed for what could end up being a 100% locally funded flood control project.
Development fees are already in place for new builds. In areas of Manteca that are within the 200-year flood zone, this fee is:

*$3,770 per single family home.

*$1,095 per unit for multi-family constructions such as apartment complexes.

*$1,713 per 1,000 feet of trade.

*$1,113 per 1,000 feet of industrial parks (commercial parks).

Upon construction of new construction, the affected area in Manteca is expected to generate $26.9 million to fund the flood control project.

A third funding tool is a proposed tax overlay district that would be a new tax on all properties in the Mossdale Tract.

Areas outside of the Mossdale Tract in the Tri-Cities will not be affected by flood-related development charges, the diversion of additional property tax increases, or the new tax that an assessment district would impose. in superposition.

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Missouri auditor candidates vie for independence from partisan influence • Missouri Independent


The Republican trying to secure the only statewide post currently held by Democrats pledged on Friday to show no partisan patronage, while his opponents said only they could provide the independence needed in the office.

State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, former State Rep. Alan Green, and accountant John Hartwig Jr. met in their first and possibly only campaign debate at Missouri’s annual convention. Press Association.

Fitzpatrick, a Republican and former chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee, said he would not back down when audit findings show problems at agencies run by his fellow Republicans.

“Anyone who has covered state government during my tenure knows I have no problem upsetting the apple basket,” Fitzpatrick told the assembled editors and editors.

Green, a Democrat who represented Florissant for seven years in the Missouri House, said Fitzpatrick’s election would make him wonder “who’s keeping the chicken coop?” This is an office that should be independent and whoever holds this position monitors our dollars and ensures that every dollar is spent appropriately.

Hartwig, a libertarian who has not held public office, said his pledge to serve only one term if elected would free him from any attempt to soften the audit’s findings.

“I can impartially audit anyone, whether it’s a Republican or a Democrat,” Hartwig said.

The auditor is the only constitutional officer on this year’s poll. The election is not held in the same year, other officers are selected to reduce the influence of partisanship on the outcome. In the past 50 years, five of the eight auditors have won their first election running on the ticket of the major party opposing the party that held the governorship.

Nicole Galloway, the current listener and Democrat, decided do not seek a new mandate in June 2021 after losing the 2020 gubernatorial election to Republican Governor Mike Parson.

The constitutional qualifications to be a state auditor allow anyone at least 30 years of age, a U.S. citizen for 15 years, and a resident of Missouri for 10 years to hold that position. But because of the accounting functions of the office, many of those who show up are certified public accountants.

Only Hartwig has this qualification this year. Green, who also served as a state agency director, heading the Office of Equal Opportunity under Gov. Jay Nixon, and worked in the Department of Human Services, said his experience understanding budget issues of the state makes him qualified to lead the office.

Fitzpatrick said the CPA qualification is not necessary because the office has many accountants for day-to-day audit work.

“What the auditor’s office needs is a leader,” Fitzpatrick said. “I know my way around state government.”

Interviewed by a panel of reporters, Fitzpatrick, Green and Hartwig reached agreement in a number of areas.

They all said they would keep the scoring system for national and local agency audits adopted by the late Tom Schweich after becoming an auditor in 2010. Those ratings — Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor — are a “good system, a fair system,” Green said, his opponents echoing those words.

They also said they would support legislation giving the auditor greater powers to enforce the state’s Sunshine law.

“I would like that to happen because very often the information is not released to the public because it is not shared,” Green said.

None of the three said they had any specific changes to make to the office, saying they wanted to wait until they were an auditor and see how it works now.

Fitzpatrick noted that the office is licensed to have 160 employees and currently has about 115 to 120. If vacancies are needed, he will push to hire, he said. Otherwise, he will ask lawmakers to reduce the number of authorized employees.

The candidates disagreed on some policy issues, however, including whether to support Amendment 3, which would legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in Missouri.

Green said he supported the measure and Hartwig declined to respond because the auditor’s job is not to make policy. Fitzpatrick said he opposes it, not because he’s against legal marijuana, but because it clutters the Missouri Constitution.

“Marijuana issues belong in the statutes,” Fitzpatrick said. “And I don’t like a government-mandated monopoly,” referring to provisions that automatically grant licenses to grow and sell recreational marijuana to companies serving the medical market.

Candidates were also asked about their future ambitions. Of the 10 auditors elected or appointed because of a vacancy since 1970, five have run for governor.

Green and Fitzpatrick did not answer the question directly, saying they would wait and make a decision when an opportunity presents itself. Hartwig made it clear that he only wanted one term.

“It’s the best way to solve the problem of chronic politicians,” he said.

New York Fashion Week saw Web3 enthusiasts, ‘Love Island’ stars

  • During New York Fashion Week, blockchain gaming company ChainGuardians launched its first “phygital” clothing line.
  • Using AR and VR, guests could “try on” and interact with the garments before they hit the runway.
  • Web3 enthusiasts and “Love Island” stars Ekin Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti attended the event.

Around cocktails and bespoke water bottles, Web3 enthusiasts mingle with fashion designers. NFT artists and owners chatted while impeccably dressed influencers took photos nearby. Somewhere Beyond the Crowd, ‘Love Island’ Season 8 Winners prepared for the events of the night.

The unlikely mix of people were brought together earlier this week for a New York Fashion Week show that mixed real fashion with Web 3 couture. Among the brands on display were e-commerce store Oh Polly and gaming company blockchain ChainGuardians, who came together to highlight the emergence of augmented reality in fashion.

Overlooking Manhattan from 3 World Trade Center, ChainGuardians gave attendees a first look at its Phygital Meta Street Wear Collection, a clothing line that can be worn both IRL and in the Metaverse.

“(Phygital) is where the future is,” ChainGuardians co-founder and CEO Emma Liu told Insider. “We believe that products that accompany digital experiences are what people will expect in the future.”

Prior to the show, ChainGuardians had a virtual reality area where guests could don headsets to view and “touch” virtual versions of the garments, which would then be seen on human models on the catwalk.

Nearby was an augmented reality installation where attendees could virtually “try on” colorful streetwear. And, of course, there were physical t-shirts — which came with a chip that could be scanned to give the owner an NFT — that attendees could take home.

Part of the collection’s goal, according to Liu, is to engage “non-crypto” people — those unfamiliar with Web3 — as well as women.

Metaverse strategists have said that women face higher barriers to entry when trying to break into Web3. Liu hopes physical clothing will act as a way to engage and activate more women in the metaverse.

“When you wear your t-shirt, your metaverse avatar will wear the same,” Liu said. “These are opportunities that we can bring women into the space and make it easy to understand – starting with fashion.”

Toubani Resources Inc. Hires Investor Relations Consultant


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TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Toubani Resources Inc (TSX-V: TRE, OTC: AGGFF, FRA: 3A61) (“TRE“or the”Company”) announces that, subject to obtaining final approval from the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV“), it retained Jane Morgan Management Pty Ltd. (the “Consultant“), an Australian consultancy firm, to provide investor and media relations services on a non-exclusive basis (the “Consulting Agreement”). The purpose of the advisory agreement is to raise awareness of the company within the global investment community.

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Danny Callow, Chairman and CEO of Toubani Resources Inc, comments:
“We are delighted to have Jane Morgan Management on board who brings impressive experience in investor relations activities in Australia and the Far East. As we transition to a dual listing on the ASX, a partnership with a company of the caliber of Jane Morgan Management is essential in helping us communicate our very exciting story to a wider audience.We look forward to the networking and marketing opportunities that Jane Morgan Management will create and believe this is a another positive step in the strategic direction of our company.

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The consultant has been hired at a rate of CA$7,500 per month for an initial period of three months, after which the rate will be reviewed. The Consulting Agreement is for an initial term of three months which thereafter will automatically extend month-to-month, unless earlier terminated at any time by either party with 30 days written notice. Neither the Consultant nor any of its directors, officers or employees have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the Company or its securities, nor any right or intention to acquire such interest.

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Please contact Daniyal Baizak at the email address listed below or the phone number provided if you have any questions about the Consulting Agreement.

About Toubani Resources Inc.

Toubani Resources is a TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V: TRE) listed exploration and development company focused on building Africa’s next mid-tier gold producer. The company has a highly experienced board and management team with a proven track record in the African mining sector operating mines from development to production.

Toubani Resource’s main asset is the Kobada project in southern Mali, which is at an advanced stage of development having completed a definitive feasibility study in 2021. For more information on Toubani Resources, visit our website at www.toubaniresources.com.

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Danny Callow
President and CEO
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Daniel Baizak
Vice President, Corporate Development
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This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements regarding the completion of the consulting agreement, the receipt of regulatory approvals, the estimated completion time of the consulting agreement, the estimated duration of the consultation agreement, the expansion of mineral resources and reserves and the Company’s drilling and exploration plans. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is planned”, “budget”, “expects”, “estimates”, “plans”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of these words and expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results “could”, “could”, “would”, “could” or “will be taken”, “will occur” or “will be carried out”. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of AGG to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to: receipt of necessary approvals from the TSX-V and Canadian regulatory authorities; general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; future prices of mineral prices; accidents, labor disputes and shortages; infrastructure and supplies available; the COVID-19 pandemic and other mining industry risks. Although AGG has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. . There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. AGG does not undertake to update forward-looking information except in accordance with applicable securities laws.


Accounting firm Matlock merges with Buxton Chartered Accountants


Matlock-based accounting firm Malcolm J Harris Ltd has merged with Buxton Chartered Accountants, SMH BullockWoodburn, enabling the firm to offer an increased level of service to its clients as part of the wider SMH group based in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

The business now operates from the SMH BullockWoodburn office on Hardwick Square North in Buxton.

Ross Jordan, Partner at SMH BullockWoodburn, said: “The merger is a great opportunity for both companies. It provides long-term security and higher value-added services to Malcolm J Harris customers and enables further growth of SMH BullockWoodburn within the SMH Group.

“Clients of Malcolm J Harris will now benefit from a full range of services they previously did not have access to, including our personal financial services, such as retirement and investment advice, and assistance with wills and probate and inheritance tax planning – all accessible through our Buxton office by the most qualified and specialist staff possible.

“Having recently been appointed Director and Partner of SMH BullockWoodburn, I am actively looking to grow the business, and the merger with Malcolm J Harris Ltd is a great start. We would like to welcome all staff and customers of the SMH family.

Malcolm Harris, on behalf of Malcolm J Harris Ltd, adds: “We have always provided our customers with personal, proactive and personalized service to meet their needs and requirements. However, for a small business, the burden of increased administration, regulation and anti-money laundering, and impending tax law changes, combined with our pension plans, means that we need a bigger partner to continue to provide the excellent level of service that we have. always proud to offer our customers.

“I’m sure SMH Group is the right partner for us and I’m very happy to introduce Ross and his team to our customers in Buxton.

“My wife, Jill and I will remain as consultants to ensure continuity for our clients and introduce them to the team members who will work with them across all specialist departments within the SMH Group.

“SMH Group has the expertise to continue to provide the highest quality service to our customers, as well as to introduce their full service offering, which means they will be able to access all their financial needs under one roof. . I am convinced that the merger will benefit all of our customers.

The addition of Malcolm J Harris Ltd to the SMH Group is the 6th merger to take place since 2018, and the first to join SMH BullockWoodburn since they joined the SMH Group in 2018.

Yoga enthusiasts question Lululemon’s ties to polluting coal factories


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Protest planned at Vancouver headquarters, but company says it is working to phase out all direct coal use

Lululemon, the yoga and fitness clothing brand, finds itself in a difficult position.

The Canadian retailer’s (LULU) sustainability website and its impact report updated this week include dates and targets for reducing its emissions and promote a business “deeply connected to ourselves, the to each other and to our planet”. But it has agitated some yoga enthusiasts because the mostly Asian factories that make its leggings, sports bras and hoodies often rely on dirty coal to power their sewing machines.

Stand.Earth, an activist group, has helped organize protests at select Lululemon stores, but Saturday will take its march, and what it hopes will be a big demonstration by yoga enthusiasts, to Lululemon’s Vancouver headquarters. .

In addition, some 1,000 yoga teachers and students in 28 countries – some of whom act as Lululemon brand ambassadors – have so far signed an open letter asking the retailer to source from factories using renewable energies (ICLN).

“Burning coal to make ‘Hotty Hot’ hoodies and high-waisted pants is unacceptable,” a yoga instructor said in the open letter.

Coal – whose historical use to power power grids has largely given way to natural gas, wind and solar in many countries – still sees its demand rise and fall based on the comparable costs of others sources of energy and political will. It remains a popular option in China, India and elsewhere.

Coal accounted for more than 40% of overall growth in global CO2 emissions in 2021, according to data from the International Energy Agency, as rising demand has strained the power grid. Energy pressure from Russia as part of its invasion of Ukraine has also pushed more coal into the mix in Asia and parts of Europe, which are struggling to get enough natural gas and are not fully converted. in alternative energy.

Environmental groups believe the private sector can do more, and not soon enough.

“Companies and businesses have a vital role to play in our transition from fossil fuels and in protecting our health and future from the impacts of climate change. But while the urgency is clear, Lululemon continues to rely on heavily polluting coal-fired manufacturing plants to produce its products,” Stand.Earth said in a statement in June, when it launched a protest at a Chicago Lululemon store.

“The solution is for Lululemon to publicly commit to phasing out coal and moving to 100% clean, renewable energy in its supply chain by 2030. Despite record growth and high profit margins, and unlike other major sportswear and fashion brands like Mammut, Kering, and H&M, all of which have committed to powering their supply chain with 100% renewable energy,” Lululemon fell behind, accused the band.

A company spokesperson told MarketWatch in a statement that Lululemon remains “focused on helping to create a sustainable apparel industry and addressing the serious implications of climate change through goals and strategies that include a rapid transition to renewable energy and energy efficiency”.

The company said last year it met its goal of sourcing 100% renewable electricity to power all owned-and-operated facilities, and exceeded its 60% target with an absolute reduction of 82%. Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions at all owned and operated facilities. facilities operated. Scope 1 emissions are those that a company creates directly in its operations, while Scope 2 covers the impact of the energy it uses. .

The retailer and other businesses are facing increasing pressure to improve control over the tougher Scope 3 emissions, which cover supplier impact on customers. Emissions, or pollution generated when burning oil and gas, are the main cause of global warming. This warming, in turn, raises sea levels and worsens severe weather, costing lives and economic well-being.

“We know the majority of the impact is on Scope 3 GHG emissions, including industry supply chains, and we are committed to continuing to innovate throughout the supply chain and are actively working with industry partners to be part of the solution,” Lululemon said. the spokesperson said, listing the groups he has joined, such as the United Nations Fashion Charter for Climate Action and the Fashion Climate Fund run by the Institute for Impact. clothing.

The company said it was part of working groups “engaging with selected suppliers to phase out all direct use of coal, among other initiatives that drive the transition to renewable energy,” but it did not set. timetable for ending its coal affiliation.

“They really stand out with a huge disconnect between what they say they enjoy and what they do,” said Laura Kelly, campaigns manager at Action Speaks Louder, which organizes the campaign alongside the UK-based Stand.Earth. North America, to the Guardian. .

“Nearly half of the energy that powers Lululemon factories comes from coal,” Kelly said. “But you’d be hard-pressed to find a company that says it’s more ethical.”

-Rachel Koning Beals


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Guide Announces Enhanced Greenhouse Partnership and Concierge Trial Program


Guide named Customer-Preferred Partner by Greenhouse and announces Guide Concierge, a free trial experience

SAN FRANCISCO, September 14, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Guide, the leading candidate experience platform, announces recognition by recruitment software company Greenhouse as a preferred partner for clients. Today, the company also launched Guide Concierge, a free 30-day trial program exclusively for Greenhouse customers that includes one-on-one setup assistance from a Candidate Experience Specialist.

Guide joins an exclusive group of the most valuable partner integrations most chosen by existing Greenhouse customers. Guide’s integration with Greenhouse, now combined with a free trial and personalized expert support, allows talent teams to quickly improve their candidate experience with minimal setup time and risk.

“We want to provide our candidates with a white glove experience, and Guide understands the real issues facing interview coordinators. They’ve designed a solution that reduces the manual lifting of logistics and auditing, while enabling a truly unique candidate experience,” said Darla Downing, Head of Talent Operations at Netlify.

“Guide is thrilled to be part of Greenhouse Hiring Cloud and to be recognized as a preferred partner by customers. This shows that organizations are seeing a direct business impact by investing in the candidate experience,” says Troy Sultan, CEO. “Greenhouse clients are at the forefront of talent acquisition. In today’s hiring environment, we are seeing a strong trend for talent teams to prioritize the candidate experience as a de facto part of their their toolset and get ahead in the talent wars accordingly.”

Guide’s clients benefit from increased candidate engagement, higher offer acceptance rates, and improved recruiter effectiveness. Greenhouse clients can request an overview and free trial of Guide’s candidate experience platform here.

About Guide:

Guide is a new way to eliminate bid declines and win hires over the competition. With Guide, talent teams send candidates a single hub to access everything they need during the interview process, from preparation materials to links, schedules, status updates, branding and more so, which drives increased engagement, higher success rates, and reduced hiring costs.

Based in San Francisco, Guide powers the candidate experience for top talent teams at companies like One Medical, Gitlab, MongoDB, Roblox, MURAL, Reddit and more.

About the greenhouse

The greenhouse is the hiring software company. We help companies become great at hiring with our powerful hiring approach, comprehensive suite of software and services, Hiring Maturity™ methodology, and extensive partner ecosystem – so companies can hire for the ‘coming.

Headquartered in New York with offices in San Francisco, Denver and Dublin, Greenhouse has more than 700 employees worldwide serving more than 7,000 customers. Some of the smartest and most successful companies like HubSpot, Buzzfeed, JD Power, Booking.com, Scout24 and The Knot Worldwide use the Greenhouse recruitment software platform to improve all aspects of recruitment, helping them attract top talent. .

© 2022, Greenhouse Software, Inc. All rights reserved. “Greenhouse Hiring Maturity”, “Talent Makers” and the G logo are registered trademarks of Greenhouse Software, Inc.

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James Donaldson | Obituaries | record eagle


James Bruce Donaldson, 93, of Lake Leelanau, died suddenly on Wednesday August 10, 2022 at his home. Bruce was planning to celebrate his 100th birthday and, given his tenacious and determined character, his family and friends expected no less. The sudden loss of a loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, colleague and friend is felt by many.
Bruce was born on February 15, 1929 in Washington, DC, the son of James and Kathleen Donaldson. He attended Huron High in Huron, Ohio before receiving a scholarship to Fenn Collage in Cleveland, Ohio, earning a degree in chemical engineering in 1951.
From there he took a job with Goodyear Tire & Rubber in Akron, Ohio and continued with the company until 1975. His work at Goodyear took him to India where he served as Chief Technology Officer and had the honor of working briefly alongside Mother Teresa. It was during this time that her only child Kim was born.
After his tenure at Goodyear, Bruce moved north and purchased the Busy Bee Lumber Yard in Greilickville, Michigan, which he ran until it was sold in 1993. Around this time, he started his advice; JBD Management served as financial advisor and business consultant for Shugart Builders until his retirement in 2007.
On February 14, 2009, he married his longtime partner, Jane (Trezise) Donaldson, in an intimate ceremony at their home.
Those who knew and loved Bruce well knew that there was no place on earth that made him happier and more contented than his house on the hill (except a trip to Grand Cayman from time to time). A voracious reader, he spent many happy days reading quietly and “walking” around the yard to check on the progress of his many trees and plants. It was well known that Bruce was perfectly content with his own and his wife’s company and needed little socializing.
He was constantly and adamant himself, making room in his quiet life for those he loved to share a stiff drink, a cup of strong coffee, or a good round of gin rummy. His keen sense of humor and optimistic nature made him an interesting conversationalist, and his keen business acumen a source of wisdom and advice that will be forever missed.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Jane; his daughter, Kim (Richard) Balke; his stepdaughters, Sarah (Matt) Peschel, Katherine (Julian) Feick; his grandchildren, David Fear, Dana Fear; step-grandchildren, Beau Peschel, Linden Peschel, Evelyn Feick, Edith Feick; his great-grandchildren, Reece Fear, Allison Fear, Cielle Fort, Leland Fort, Vida Fort; niece, Patty Hughes; and his friends, Dennis (Erika)Fergurson and Fred Schlegal.
His parents predeceased him; one brother, James R. Donaldson; special parent, Rex Hughes; and special friend, Steve Galla.
A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at the Donaldsons’ home on September 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please share your memories and condolences with Bruce’s family at www.martinson.info
Arrangements are with Martinson Funeral Home and Leelanau Cremation Services.

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A troubling trail of malpractice settlements


There are doctors who just shouldn’t practice

I can’t be the only one who’s read the front-page Spotlight series on Dr. Yvon Baribeau (“A Famous Surgeon, A Trail Of Secrets And Death,” Sept. 7; “A Crisis Of Conscience, With Lives At stake ,” September 8) and thought of the 2021 docudrama “Dr. Death,” which told the true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a Dallas neurosurgeon serving a life sentence following injuries to more than 30 patients and the death of two.

Contrast that with Catholic Medical Center CEO Alex Walker’s appalling statement that he would “absolutely” rehire Baribeau if his skills were up to date. It seems that the bottom line – profit – is the primary consideration.

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Patients and families need to feel comfortable with physician errors

I read with interest the story of the New Hampshire doctor who “settled 21 medical malpractice claims related to his work” at the Catholic Medical Center, “including 14 in which he is accused of having contributed to the death of a patient”. Patients and families need to feel comfortable with the mistakes of their own physicians.

Recently, the life of a loved one was dramatically shortened due to what I consider malpractice. Am I angry? You bet. Will my loved one file a complaint? Probably not. Why? Because he says his doctor is “a nice guy.”

This attitude must stop. Would you accept this kind of error from your accountant, your lawyer, your mechanic or your plumber?

Why do we tolerate physician errors and let them go unreported?

J. Hallisey

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The author is a primary care nurse practitioner.

Howard Dixon, a man of abundant interests, remembered for his enthusiasm for trivia and people


Every Tuesday night before his death, Howard Dixon would join his ever-growing trivia team at Crystal VFW Post 494, commission his signature Johnnie Walker Black, and strategize for the night’s competition.

Friends and family say Dixon, a retired accountant-turned-realtor in Minneapolis, has become a fan of those nights. His knowledge of presidential history and 60s television has helped his “Jersey Kids” trivia team consistently achieve high scores in competitions.

But those close to him believe Dixon was actually a fanatic about people – a source of openness and curiosity in which he invested for much of his life.

“Almost everyone he met became friends,” said Melissa Croft, one of Dixon’s close friends. “He was always down if you wanted to get together, get out of the house or talk about something; he was always available.”

Dixon died September 1 at age 75 from complications of a brain tumor. People who were close to him feel that Dixon’s impact will go far beyond his years in influencing others.

Dixon, a native of Millville, NJ, moved to Minnesota after serving in the military, but has remained close to family and friends in his home state. Howard’s son, Thomas Dixon, said they often visited his home state, making memories.

“My dad and I used to go get subs and cheesesteaks and pizzas and stuff. It was just a lot of fun,” Thomas Dixon said. “In my opinion, he’s one of the greatest guys to ever walk the planet.”

Howard’s other son, Jonathan Dixon, has fond memories of his father working to support his family and playing piano tunes such as “I Could Have Danced All Night” from the musical “My Fair lady”.

The piano and musical theater were among Howard’s lifelong passions, but Jonathan said it was his character who became a role model for those around him.

“Connecting with people was so important to him. No matter how many people he knew, he always had time for everyone,” said Jonathan Dixon. “It seemed like he figured things out relatively early.”

Howard’s life took a turn for the better when he logged onto an AOL chat room in the late 1990s. That’s how he met Jerry Foss, his life partner who, according to those close to him , had a huge impact on everyone around him.

Foss pushed Howard to become more social and left a void in Dixon’s life when he died of brain cancer in 2017. Howard was devastated, but he began to pour energy into a new career at Edina Realty, travel and leisure. It was around this time that Howard became close with his niece Ruthie Dixon, also from New Jersey, and the two bonded over trivial parties.

“He couldn’t stay in the house anymore, it was too sad for him,” Ruthie Dixon said. “It was just the two of us [at trivia] the first week. … We came in third place the first time around, and it was pretty exhilarating. “

They won a $10 gift certificate and quickly became regulars as Jersey Kids. Their group quickly grew to more than a dozen members, but Ruthie says the people were what drew her and Howard each week.

“He liked the conversation,” she said. “He really enjoyed getting to know people and connecting with them.”

Howard cultivated this openness to people during his time with Jerry, and Ruthie thinks others can learn to do the same. Family and friends gathered on September 6 for their first trivial evening without Howard, acknowledging him with a moment of silence.

Jersey Kids took first place.

Dixon is survived by his family and countless friends. Services took place.

Power Rental Market Expected to Show Steady Growth by 2027 | CAGR: ~6%


NOIDA, India, September 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — According to a new report published by UnivDatos Markets Insights, the Electricity rental market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 6% from 2021 to 2027. The analysis was segmented into application (continuous load, emergency load and peak load); Equipment (generators, transformers, load banks and others); Rated power (up to 50 kW, 51 kW to 500 kW, 501 kW to 2500 kW and above 2500 kW); Region/Country.


The report has been aggregated by collecting informative data from various dynamics such as market drivers, restraints, and opportunities. This innovative report uses multiple analyzes to get a more accurate view of the power rental market in the global context. This report offers a detailed analysis of the latest industry developments and trending factors influencing market growth. Additionally, this statistical market research repository examines and estimates the global power rental market at regional and country level.

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Market overview

The global power rental market is expected to witness a CAGR of around 7% during the forecast period (2021-2027).

Rising investments in power transmission and distribution networks coupled with the increasing increase and modernization of transmission and distribution networks across the globe is expected to boost the market. Electricity rental refers to the possibility of temporarily renting electrical equipment to supply energy to all industries. It provides functional electrical equipment as well as various scalable components, which are installed in power plants. It also offers businesses reliability, flexibility, speed and cost-effectiveness to deal with brief power shortages. Power rental services aim to stabilize utility power grids and provide supplemental power to industries and support communities. For this reason, it finds wide application in the construction, mining, oil and gas industries.

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Impact of COVID-19

Industry growth has experienced some stress and negative impact due to COVID-19. The sudden outbreak of COVID-19 has sent shockwaves through all industries, including mining. Encouragingly, major miners have shown resilience during the pandemic through proper risk management to reduce infection risks that could have potentially compromised operations. Now more than ever, mining companies must play a critical role in protecting the health of employees and partners, supporting local economies, and becoming goal-oriented, adaptable and resilient organizations..

The global Power Rental Market report is studied thoroughly with several aspects which would help the stakeholders to make their decisions more carefully.

  • Based on the application, the market is categorized into continuous charging, standby charging, and peak charging. Among them, in 2020, continuous charging category dominated the market. This is mainly due to the growing need for continuous power supply in remote locations such as mining, construction, oil and gas operations, ships, etc. where network access is not present. Here, the installed equipment acts as a primary power supply equipment such as using generators as a primary power source. In addition, the increase in population and rate of urbanization, coupled with the growing demand for electricity, has resulted in the expansion of mainline power generation capacity.

  • Based on equipment, the market is categorized into generators, transformers, load banks, and others. Among them, the generator category accounts for a major market share in 2020. The robust expansion of infrastructure, along with the growing importance of standby power solutions and emergency preparedness among users end products, should drive the growth of the category. The category of generators is further divided into diesel, natural gas, and other fuel types. The diesel-powered units are expected to see a consistent rate of deployment thanks to their ability to provide weather-independent, scalable and flexible operations. These systems offer round-the-clock power availability and low upfront costs, which should further support the growth of the generator category. However, strict emission control standards may hamper the sales of these systems during the forecast period.

  • Based on power rating, the market is categorized into Up to 50 kW, 51 kW – 500 kW, 501 kW – 2500 kW and Above 2500 kW. During the forecast period, the 501-2,000 KW category is expected to witness significant growth in the global power rental market owing to its wider applicability, driven by the increasing demand for backup power in the commercial spaces such as hotels, telecommunication towers and educational institutions. population growth and rapid urbanization have increased the demand for a constant supply of electricity. Demand for power rental systems will be driven by the lack of additional infrastructure requirements and declining installation costs, as well as the growing urgency to maintain continuous business operations.

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Geographical segmentation of the power rental market includes:

  • North America (United States, Canadaand Rest of North America)

  • Europe (Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spainand the rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (China, India, Australia, Japanand the rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Rest of the world

For a better understanding of the market adoption of the Power Rental industry, the market is analyzed based on its global presence in countries such as North America (WE, CanadaRest of North America); Europe (GermanyUK, France, Italy, Spainand the rest of Europe); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, AustraliaRest of Asia Pacific); and the rest of the world. Asia Pacific holds the extensive market share mainly because the region is witnessing some of the biggest expansions of T&D owing to the rapidly increasing demand in countries such as India and China. Furthermore, the demand for power rental systems is increasing in the region owing to their cost effectiveness as they require low installation costs and negligible maintenance, while providing uninterrupted and reliable power supply.

Key players targeting the market include

  • Caterpillar inc.

  • Cummins inc.

  • Aggreko SA

  • Ashtead Group plc

  • United Rentals Inc.

  • Atlas Copco AB

  • Herc Rental Inc.

  • Generac Management Inc.

  • Wacker Neuson SE

  • Kohler Co.

Competitive landscape

The degree of competition among the leading companies has been worked out by analyzing several key leading players operating in the global context. The specialized team of research analysts sheds light on various traits such as global market competition, market share, latest industry advancements, innovative product launches, partnerships, mergers or acquisitions by leading companies in the Electricity rental market. Major players have been analyzed using different research methodologies to get competitive insights in the market.

Key questions answered through this analytical market research report include:

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  • What factors are influencing the power rental market during the forecast period?

  • What are the Challenges, Threats and Risks in Electric Rental market?

  • What factors are driving and restraining the Electric Rental Market?

  • Which are the demanding regions of the Electricity Leasing Market globally?

  • How big will the market be in the coming years?

  • What are the crucial market acquisition strategies and policies applied by companies?

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Underworld Figure Negotiates $3.4M Real Estate Deal Despite $67M Tax Debt


“As usual, he [Karas] said, ‘I’m just going to find a puppet to take on him and I’m going to channel my money’ from the Bulla interest he had, and make the deal happen,” Charter told the court last month.

“I was a 12.5% ​​shareholder of the Bulla tip and Tom had a financial interest in the Bulla tip and still has it. And I was aware of the revenue streams from that tip which are in the millions and millions he told the court.

Charter’s evidence raises questions about whether Karas’ bankruptcy trustee and the ATO are aware of his alleged involvement in the tip.

When contacted by ageKaras denied having a financial interest in the tip.

Karas, who did not testify in a four-day trial last month, confirmed he discussed buying the Fitzroy home with the Charters, but said he was negotiating on behalf of a friend who would fund the deal and lease the property. to Karas and his wife.

He accused the Charter brothers of wanting to terminate the sale contract because the value of the property had recently increased to around $4 million.


Gulabovski confirmed in court that he was not involved in the negotiations for the property, but agreed with Karas to purchase the property on behalf of his company, while structuring the loan agreements.

He said he was aware of Karas’ bankruptcy when the deal was made.

Karas, who was declared bankrupt in 2015, owes the tax authorities nearly $67 million, according to a May 2020 Pitcher Partners creditor report, after battling with authorities for more than a decade over the source. of his wealth.

“[Tom Karas] is a person of primary interest for the joint special project being carried out between the ATO’s Serious Non-Compliance Section and the Victoria Police Purana Task Force investigating those who may be involved in or benefit from the crime scene organized from Melbourne,” said ATO officer George Khouri. in a 2011 affidavit filed in the Supreme Court. Mr. Karas was never charged with any crime in connection with these allegations.

ATO investigators also discovered that the Greek identity card of Christos Karaglanis, a truck driver and seasonal olive picker from a small town in the far east of Greece, had been reported stolen from the European police agency Interpol.

According to the ATO, Mr. Karas, a cousin of Mr. Karaglanis, allegedly used his identity to make multimillion-dollar loans and investments in real estate and stock markets in an attempt to launder money from the company. dope.

“Karas’ tax liability stems in part from the fact that he received, but did not disclose, proceeds from the use of a false identity,” Mr. Kouri said in the affidavit.

Supreme Court Justice James Gorton is expected to rule in the coming months on the dispute.

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Does remote work contribute to higher inflation?


Many different factors have contributed to skyrocketing inflation this year. Soaring gasoline prices, numerous stimulus measures over the past two years, and pent-up demand as a result of the pandemic are just some of the major issues to report. Inflation has driven bond yields higher and forced the Federal Reserve to aggressively raise interest rates, two factors that have rattled the market this year.

But now a lesser-known inflation culprit has surfaced: remote work. That’s right, everyone who now chooses to work from home could actually drive up prices, at least according to black rock CEO Larry Fink. Could Fink be right? We’ll take a look.

Productivity is down this year

If you work at a desk or spend most of your work on your computer, chances are you started working from home during the pandemic, a trend that has likely carried over to this day. today.

According to a study by leading consulting firm McKinsey earlier this year, 58% of Americans work from home at least one day a week, while 35% of respondents in the study said they have the option to work remotely all week. . Bosses might claim that work is always done quickly and efficiently, and most workers seem to appreciate the flexibility.

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But this year’s economic data would paint a very different picture. Non-farm productivity declined year over year by 4.1% in the second quarter and 7.4% in the first quarter. These declines are among the largest on record.

Non-farm productivity examines the output of non-farm workers for the number of hours worked. So let’s say you have an accountant who does tax returns. In a year, this accountant could work 40 hours a week and file 20 tax returns a week on average. But if the following year, this accountant works 40 hours and completes only 18 tax returns on average per week, his productivity has declined. This is a very simplistic example, but should demonstrate the general idea.

How could lower productivity contribute to inflation?

Well, we know that there has been wage inflation this year due to the tight labor market and high levels of inflation, which has increased the cost of living. If a business needs to pay its employees more and they produce less, that business may need to raise prices to cover the increased labor costs.

On the one hand, the combination of higher wages and a tight labor market may have given workers a sense of security. After all, if hiring is difficult and wages are higher, not only will an employee feel like they have more job security, but they may be less worried about being bumped from their job. current, because there are so many other jobs. This could lead to lower productivity if the worker feels they don’t need to work as hard to keep their job or earn more money elsewhere.

On the other hand, the Economic Policy Institute claims that between 1979 and 2019, while net productivity increased by almost 60%, workers’ compensation only increased by around 16%. Also, wage inflation this year still hasn’t kept pace with rising inflation, so maybe compensation is just catching up with productivity right now.

The verdict

Due to conflicting economic data, it’s really hard to say right now if remote work is a driver of inflation. For example, gross domestic product fell in the first two quarters of 2022, indicating a technical recession. If consumption is down, this can certainly have a more negative impact on production.

Jason Furman, professor of economics at Harvard, also pointed out Market that companies have spent a lot of time trying to improve employee morale, especially as mental health has become an increasingly important issue since the start of the pandemic. This may have inadvertently reduced productivity.

Ultimately, I think it’s too early to make a statement one way or the other, or what the situation would be like if more people worked in the office. More people returning to the office could create more demand at the pump due to increased travel, and more people in the office could lead to higher restaurant and bar prices as people go out more. I think there are a lot of advantages to working in the office and remotely.

While remote work may lead to some higher inflation, it doesn’t seem to me to be the main culprit, at least with the data currently available.

Retro Computer Meetup Draws Enthusiasts to Albuquerque


ALBUQUERQUE, NM – There were dozens of old computers at the Quelab Maker Space, Apple and PC, and these machines really paint the picture of advancing technology. But, these computers also brought together a crowd of people with a passion for vintage technology.

The ABQ Retro Computers public meeting is a step back in time.

“We’re coming together to kind of share our passion for fixing these old computers and putting them in place so everyone can use them,” said Kyle Jones, co-founder of ABQ Retro Computers.

Machines from the 90s, 80s and even the 70s.

“They don’t make them anymore and most of them have ended up in the trash at this point, so as much awareness as possible, maybe someone can save them from the trash, and that may end up being reused instead of just rotting,” Jones said.

And if you’re thinking of surfing the modern web, you’re out of luck, there’s not even dial-up access on these computers.

“It’s true that it’s hard to find a use for any of these machines, so this gives us the opportunity to use them, unbox them and play with them,” Jones said.

But it’s their simplicity that fuels Jones’ passion.

“I’ve never been able to open a modern cell phone, but with one you can remove four screws from that opening, it’s usually pretty clear. What’s wrong with it? them, their components can be replaced and things like that are much more user-friendly,” he said.

Jones says some of these computers can take several months to restore. However, he’s come across computers that have been sitting out for over a decade turning on just by plugging them in.

The next public meeting will take place in March.

CEO Spotlight: Chris Tsounis – Co-Founder and Managing Partner of JNBC


He belongs to the new generation of entrepreneurs in Greece, succeeding thanks to a business structure he created to reach 3 million euros in annual turnover in five years, compared to 50,000 euros when he started out. At a time, Chris Tsounis is one of Greece’s best-known YouTubers. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, he started running his own YouTube channel to talk about the two things that excited him the most: business and investing.

The channel was unexpectedly successful and was followed by content production platform “Financial Greeks” with a corresponding YouTube channel. Financial Greeks was an attempt to unite all Greek financial influencers under one channel. Nowadays has become one of the largest digital marketing networks in Europe. Mr. Tsounis’ goal is to establish the ‘Financial Europeans’ brand as the premier financial influencer network in Europe.

If you want to know more about Chris Tsounis and his business endeavors, continue reading the interview with CEOWORLD magazine:

Q: JNBC was founded in 2018 to provide consulting services. How did the company manage to expand its activities to such an extent that it now has 4 companies under its “umbrella”?

Chris Tsounis: JNBC was founded at a pivotal time in my career. I had already created several companies before and wanted to bring everything together. JNBC was to become a holding company from day one. We focused on providing certain services until we were big enough to create separate entities.

1st came WeCommerce, our e-commerce agency. With this entity, we focused on development, management and advertising services for e-commerce platforms. Today, the company operates a number of highly successful e-commerce platforms in various B2C and B2B markets.

Almost a year later, I used our e-commerce experience to launch a new online store, anystore.gr. Thus ANYSTORE PRIVATE COMPANY was born and became the commercial department of JNBC. The main activities of the company are wholesale and retail trade through the online store www.anystore.gr. In June 2021, www.sofabox.gr was created, the company’s second online store with linen, decoration and furnishing products.

Shoppingway came third as another electronic store operator and currently manages the online stores www.mycasa.gr and www.spitimarkt.gr. www.mycasa.gr is the biggest online store for decoration and home equipment in Greece. www.spitimarkt.gr focuses on furniture, offering high quality at affordable prices.

Finally, the crown jewel of JNBC is Financial Greeks (currently Financial Europeans), a company which, in its early days, focused on content creation services, management of YouTube channels and other social media as well as the management of online advertising space in Greece and other European countries.

Thus, currently, the main activities of JNBC are the management of subsidiaries, the management of royalties and consulting services.

I believe it was the natural course of things. If you want to evolve, you have to get out of your comfort zone. The current state of JNBC is the snowball effect that has happened since I intended to scale my business. This structure has allowed us to go from €50,000 to €3,000,000 in annual turnover in just 5 years.

We are so happy with our growth!

Q: Financial Greeks is the best known of your companies because of the videos you upload to YouTube. What was the trigger for your collaboration with YouTube?

Chris Tsounis: In March 2020, at the very beginning of the Covid pandemic and the start of global lockdowns, I decided to use my free time to create my YouTube channel. My businesses were closed and I found the opportunity to start a side project to talk about the two things that excited me the most: business and investing. Outside of Greece investment channels and financial influence were starting to explode and I thought there was a lack of a Greek Youtube channel on these issues. So I jumped the gun and started.

To be honest, I never thought it would get this big so fast.

A year and a half later, a new channel was created: Financial Greeks. It was an attempt to unite all Greek financial influencers under one channel. What started as a common roof of financial influence has grown into one of the largest digital marketing networks in Europe.

Q: What did you study? Would you consider selling Quizdom as a career milestone?

Chris Tsounis: My bachelor’s degree is in Technology Management – Business Administration and Management. I did my Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship but never graduated as I dropped out to pursue my career as an entrepreneur. At that time, I was scaling yourse.gr, which was my first entrepreneurial venture.

When I got involved in Quizdom, I already had many years of entrepreneurial experience. Triantafullos Xylouris, in 2017, suggested I take the CEO position at Quizdom. We had worked together in the past, but I was more of an outside consultant than a team member. It was a big step forward in my career, because all of a sudden I had a fully dedicated team to work with and budgets were skyrocketing. The transactions then amounted to thousands of euros.

Quizdom was an interesting experience and shaped me into the entrepreneur I am today. It was my first big hit! I would like to believe that I have actively contributed to the transformation of the platform into a unified global application in 5 countries.

Q: Can you tell us how Financial Greeks works, how it has grown today and what are your future plans?

Chris Tsounis: Simply put, we are a network of financial influencers. We tackle the hardest part every creator faces. Funding. In general, we cover both the needs of the creator and the sponsor. The sponsor pays to be promoted by the creator. We take care of everything. Transaction flow, payments, quality of deliverables, conversion rate, etc. We can now create a content creator from scratch. Find the right name, channel, content, sponsors, build their public image, social media, everything. Generally speaking, as Greek financiers, it is our duty to help new creators under our umbrella, to monetize their channel in the most efficient way. At the same time, we help financial brands to penetrate all the European markets in which we are present: Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, etc.

Our plan is to establish the “Financial Europeans” brand as the leading financial influencer network in Europe.

Q: You have just published a new book. Can you tell us more about the title and content? How many books have you published so far?

Chris Tsounis: The book is called “Τα 4 βήματα του πλούτου” which translates to “The 4 Stages of Wealth”. This is my only post to date.

The book is a simple and comprehensive guide on how to get your personal finances in order: from writing down your own expenses to start saving money and investing.

The topic of how an individual can achieve financial freedom is scattered throughout the book and even the most difficult concepts are explained with simple language and plenty of examples so that even a child can understand them. And one very important thing! The book does not promise riches in the months or even years to come. The book proposes a long and steady process, which will last a decade or more.

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Friday footnotes: where are the audit jobs; Big hires from BDO; A new concert for PwC Alum | 9.9.22


Supply and demand

New York leads in projected growth in auditor and accountant jobs: Weekly stats [CFO] Projections on four job categories—accountants and auditors; credit analysts; financial managers; and financial and investment analysts, financial risk specialists, finance specialists and everyone in between – reveal that despite a global shift in workflow and flexibility, the most populous and economically productive states continue to open the way by welcoming the financial support staff of tomorrow. Although New York, Texas and California led the number of jobs offered for the roles analyzed, Florida was the only state to make the top five for each of the four positions examined.

Accounting department had banner year at annual Meet the Firms event [St. Cloud State TODAY] A RECORD. Who says interest in accounting is down these days! Admittedly, it was 176 people.

On the other side of the pond

Accountants are in high demand as average incomes reach nearly €120,000 [The Irish Times] A survey by industry group Chartered Accountants Ireland in conjunction with accountancy firm Barden shows that the average salary demanded by these professionals rose by €7,000 or 6% to €119,270 last year. The figure includes salary, car allowances and bonuses, and underlines what Chartered Accountants Ireland has described as a ‘continuation of strong earnings prospects for chartered accountants’.

BDO bolsters audit practice with 600 new interns following damning criticism from watchdog [City A.M.] Accountancy firm BDO has hired 600 new interns, including 400 at its audit firm, after the UK accountancy watchdog criticized the challenger firm for the “unacceptable” quality of its audits.

Big 4

Deloitte updates audit committee guidance to respond to changing risk landscape and regulatory environment [PR Newswire] Deloitte today launched an enhanced, digitized version of its “Audit Committee Guide”. Last published in 2018, Deloitte’s “Audit Committee Guide” provides a first-hand overview of the latest requirements and an explanation of the evolving roles and responsibilities of audit committee members, in particular in emerging areas such as environmental, social and governance issues, including cyber security. Although the guide focuses on the requirements of US-based public companies, much of the content can be leveraged by those who serve on non-public company audit committees. Each section of the “Audit Committee Guide” also includes questions that committees can consider asking to promote constructive dialogue on a variety of topics.

Plan to share green light from EY leaders [Wall Street Journal] Ernst & Young executives on Thursday kicked off a month-long plan to split its consulting and auditing businesses in a sweeping move that will generate windfalls for the firm’s partners and could disrupt the economic model of accounting firms. “This is something that will change the industry,” said Carmine Di Sibio, President and Global CEO of EY, in an interview.

The Take: Ernst & Young Breakup Could Shake Up Innovation As Well As Auditing [SAP News] “From a customer perspective, this will eliminate any type of conflict of interest,” said Evan Schultz, SAP global vice president of services and financial services ecosystem and partner ecosystem success. “And that could potentially lead to some sort of revival of the audit market, where you have pure audit firms that can focus entirely on that one activity. That would be helpful from a client perspective, especially if you think about integrated reporting.”

KPMG: 78% of American adults will socialize with friends in the metaverse [VentureBeat] People may not know what the Metaverse has in store for them beyond games, but the vast majority of American adults are ready to dive into it, according to a KPMG survey. Whether or not they agree on what it is, the Metaverse has captured the imagination of Americans. KPMG said about 78% of American adults said in a survey they see value in immersive interactions such as socializing with friends and family, while 76% say they see value in training. on the job in the Metaverse. Additionally, 59% of American adults say they expect the Metaverse to have a significant impact on their lives over the next 12 months, and an additional 48% report a significant impact over the next 5 years.

Mergers of accounting firms

Carr Riggs & Ingram merge into Atlanta-area company [INSIDE Public Accounting] Carr Riggs & Ingram LLC (CRI) (CRI) (FY21 net income of $382.3 million) acquired Brown Nelms & Co. PC of Peachtree City, Georgia.

Other things

FreshBooks taps ex-PwC as new CFO [CFO Dive] FreshBooks, a cloud-based accounting software company, has named Wayne Jackson as chief financial officer effective Sept. 6, the company announced. Jackson was previously CFO of digital payments company Cantaloupe, Inc.

Accountants should be leaders on pay equity [Accounting Today Opinion] Susan S. Coffey, CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and Going Concern favorite, writes, “I strongly believe that the accounting profession needs to show leadership on pay equity, at the both as an advisor to clients and employers and as the implementer of equitable policies. within our offices. Our business cards are objectivity, integrity and transparency, so we should be the first to raise the red flag if pay practices are not aligned with gender, race or ethnicity. Lack of pay equity hurts business performance, recruitment and retention, and increases risk — in short, it’s bad business and we shouldn’t tolerate it. That’s why I found it so disturbing – infuriating, really – to read a recent Wall Street Journal article that used federal data to show that the median salary of men exceeded that of women three years after graduation. in nearly three-quarters of undergraduate and graduate programs. , representing a range of fields of study. An attached chart of career categories showed a distinct early pay gap between women and men for accounting and related services. Disparities like these are indefensible, and we cannot allow them to linger.

Confirmation of the conviction for accounting fraud of a manager of a freight company [Bloomberg Law] Prosecutors presented enough evidence of former Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. chief financial officer Peter Armbruster’s knowledge of accounting misstatements to support a jury verdict convicting him of four counts of accounting and stock fraud , the Seventh Circuit said Wednesday.

Accountant at party realizes too late that the person who asked him about his job was just being polite [Babylon Bee] It is SATIRE.

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Kill the Devil Cocktail | Passionate about wine


Erin Williams for Pegu Club; adapted from Modern classic cocktailsby Robert Simonson (Ten Speed ​​Press)

Named after a slang term for rum, this drink from the now-shuttered Pegu Club centers funky farming and crowns it with a rum-filled “water lily” filling that’s too tough and fiery. Sure, it looks cool, but the caramelized essential oils also add to the aroma and flavor of the cocktail.

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2 ounces of rhum agricole (Williams recommends La Favorite)

½ ounce of green Chartreuse

¼ ounce rich Demerara syrup (Demerara sugar 3:1 to hot water)

3 dashes of Angostura bitters

1 lime

5 drops of overproof rum


Slice a disk of lime zest the size of a poker chip. Re – move the marrow. Flip the lime disc over so the rind side is down, then shape the inside of the disc into a shallow cup. Put aside.

Combine rum, Chartreuse, syrup and bitters in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Place the lime disk, marrow side down, on a teaspoon and gently lower it onto the surface of the cocktail. Using a pipette, place 5 drops of overproof rum in the lime disc. Light the overproof rum with a match. Let the flame go out before you take your first sip (especially if you have a mustache).

Posted on September 9, 2022

Impact investing prepares its revolution


More than a million species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates are endangered, many within decades. The problem is no less acute in Australia than overseas, according to the 2000 pages 2021 State of the Environment Report which was recently released for parliamentary review.

It found that Australia has one of the highest rates of species decline among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Worse still, we are losing more mammal species than any other continent.

Natural capital

Just as net zero commitments have created opportunities for investing in climate change, commitments to end deforestation by 2030 from more than 120 countries (covering 95% of the world’s forests) will require campaign for investments in “natural capital”.

Investing in regenerative agriculture is an avenue for impact investors who want to fight climate change and protect biodiversity. This involves funding agricultural practices that rejuvenate the soil where crops are grown, potentially leading to positive environmental and financial outcomes.

These come in the form of ecological restoration, potentially valuable carbon credits and premium priced vegetables. The product is so sought after that farmers can make valuable purchase deals for it. That is to say that the product is already sold before it has even been cultivated.

While still a small and immature area of ​​investing, we anticipate that many more natural asset investing strategies of this type will become available in the years to come – watch this space.

The benefits of social housing

Social housing targets the underserved and vulnerable people in society. Many lives have been changed immeasurably by safe and secure housing, providing escape from domestic violence and homelessness or providing facilities to meet physical and mental well-being needs.

But there is a massive shortage of social housing in Australia, which includes aged care, affordable housing and specialist accommodation for people with disabilities. These are all relatively new sectors of the Australian property and infrastructure market – particularly specialist disability accommodation which has only been investable for a few years.

In addition to investing in an important cause, specialized disability accommodations can provide investors with inflation-linked, government-backed income that helps significantly reduce credit risk. Even investors who are not explicitly looking for the social or environmental benefits of their investments may be attracted by the high single-digit returns and low correlation to traditional assets that specialized disability accommodations can offer.

We went into this area in depth last year in an article we published on specialized accommodation for people with disabilities.

Another common theme in impact investing is focused on empowering women and girls under the banner of gender investing. More than a billion women in the world do not have access to credit or a standard bank account. Microfinance loans have contributed to the growth of some successful businesses run by women. These businesses are often as basic as selling vegetables in a small market.

Another strategy has been the use of social impact bonds to fund programs that reunite families (especially mothers and children). Again, this is not philanthropy; the investments have been structured to fund these causes which can offer market rate returns.

Investors fund these programs upfront, with state governments paying only for positive results. This represents savings for them compared to financing foster families. So, it can be a win/win/win situation for the government, the investors and the families together.

The table above summarizes the four main impact investing themes mentioned above, which we have aligned with the investment strategies that are currently the most prevalent vehicles for achieving these impacts in private markets.

Doctrine of continued concealment adopted by the Second Circuit


The Second Circuit recently joined the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits in adopting the “continuing concealment” doctrine for Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings where denial of discharge is sought pursuant to 11 USC § 727 (a)(2)(ONE). Section 727(a)(2)(A) bars Chapter 7 debtors from discharging their debts where the debtor is shown to have concealed assets “within one year before the date of the filing of the petition” and “with the intent to obstruct, delay, or defraud a creditor. Under the doctrine of continuing concealment, first approved by the Second Circuit in Gasson c. Premier Capital, LLC43 F.4th 37 (2d. Cir. 2022), a debtor can still be convicted of intentionally concealing assets under section 727(a)(2)(A) when the concealment began earlier “as long as the debtor has authorized the assets to remain hidden during the critical year” and maintained “inappropriate subjective intent during the year preceding the bankruptcy”.[1] This decision clarifies the applicability of the doctrine of continued concealment in § 727(a)(2)(A) for Second Circuit bankruptcy courts, some of which were already following the doctrine as set forth in other circuits,[2] and this has important implications for creditors and debtors as they seek to challenge the enforceability of debts in the Second Circuit in the future.

gasson involved a debtor-appellant named Anthony Gasson, an independent financial consultant who began facing financial difficulties in the mid-1990s after personally guaranteeing the debts of three bankrupt companies. Gasson eventually became liable for the companies’ debts, resulting in the entry of three judgments against him for a combined total of nearly $600,000. Amid his financial turmoil but before the judgments were handed down, Gasson and his wife attempted to “get a fresh start” by establishing a consulting business known as Soroban Inc. (“Soroban”).[3] Gasson used Soroban to continue providing his financial advisory services, although the company was in principle owned by his wife, who also served as chair of Soroban’s board. Gasson’s wife, however, had little or no involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business and continued to work as a full-time nurse during the relevant period. Gasson, on the other hand, retained control of the company’s operations and finances and was its only employee. In 2009, Soroban reported annual revenue in excess of $200,000, the majority of which allegedly came from Gasson’s consulting services.

In 2011, creditor-respondent Premier Capital LLC (“Premier”) had acquired the judgments against Gasson, and it began seeking to recover them. On September 27, 2012, however, Gasson filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York, seeking discharge from his personal debts. Gasson did not signal his interest in Soroban in his bankruptcy timeline or in his response to the prime minister’s subpoena served on him just four months before his petition was filed. Accordingly, Premier commenced adversarial proceedings against Gasson in the bankruptcy case arguing, among others, that Gasson’s debts should not be discharged pursuant to 11 USC § 727(a)(2)(A) because he concealed his interest in Soroban with the intent to embarrass his creditors. Following a trial, the bankruptcy court ruled that section 727(a)(2)(A) applied to the discharge from the bar in Gasson’s case because although Soroban was trained in 2001, Gasson’s efforts to conceal his interest in Soroban from creditors had persisted into the year before his bankruptcy filing was opened. Gasson appealed the bankruptcy court’s denial of the discharge order to the District Court, which upheld, and then to the Second Circuit arguing, among othersthat the bankruptcy court erred in applying the theory of continued concealment to the facts of the case.

The Second Circuit began its review in gasson upholding the findings of the bankruptcy court that Gasson had a proprietary interest in Soroban and that he concealed that interest with the intent to embarrass his creditors. Turning to the question of whether Gasson’s concealment conduct fell within the relevant one-year period, the Court recognized that other circuits follow the doctrine of continuing concealment in this context, and it then formally adopted the articulation of the Third Circuit doctrine set forth in Rosen v. Bezner, 996 F. 2d 1527, 1531 (3d Cir. 1993) as Second Circuit law. According to this articulation of the doctrine, “a concealment will be found during the year preceding the bankruptcy even if the initial act of concealment took place before this period of one year as long as the debtor allowed the property to remain concealed within the critical year,” and provided that “the party opposing the discharge must still prove abusive subjective intent within the year prior to the bankruptcy.”[4] Turning to Gasson’s case, the Court concluded that the standard had been met in light of the facts on the record which established that “[Gasson]the manner in which its financial affairs have been conducted has persisted in the year preceding [his] bankruptcy filing”. [5] This included Gasson’s failure to declare his interest in Soroban in his response to the Prime Minister’s subpoena or in his schedules filed in the bankruptcy.

Looking forward, gasson establishes that Chapter 7 debtors who have a history of concealing real estate interests with the intention of obstructing, defrauding or delaying their creditors will find it more difficult to rely on the one-year statute of limitations at § 727(a)(2)(A) to defend against a creditor who opposes discharge in the Second Circuit. Although some lower Second Circuit bankruptcy courts have already followed the doctrine of continued concealment, gassonThe formal adoption of the doctrine as Circuit law strengthens the ability of creditors to rely on it when objecting to the discharge pursuant to § 727(a)(2)(A).


[1]Gasson c. Premier Cap., LLC43 F.4e 37, 45 (2nd Cir. 2022) (quoting Rosen v. Bezner996 F.2d 1527, 1531, 1533 (3rd Cir. 1993).

[2]See, for example., Flushing Savings Bank, FSB v. Vidro (In re Vidro), 497 BR 678, 690 (Bankr. EDNY 2013); Pereira v. Gardner (In re Gardner)384 BR 654, 663 (Bankr. SDNY 2008); Nate B. & Francis Spingold Found., Inc. v. Halperin (In re Halperin)215 BR 321, 331 (Bankr. EDNY 1997); Congress Talcott Corp. vs. Sicari (In re Sicari), 187 BR 861, 871-80 (Bankr. SDNY 1994).

[3]Gasson, 43 F.4e at 39-40.

[4]Identifier. at 1533.

[5]Identifier. (quoting Premier cap. LLC v. gasson (In re Gasson)no. 12-23703, 2018 WL 6603737, at *16-17 (Bankr. SDNY Dec. 13, 2018)).

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St. Pete’s Cellar Masters Named One of America’s Top Wine Shops


Cellar Masters has been one of our favorite low-key spots in St. Petersburg since it opened in 2020, and now the wine and bottle store is garnering national praise. Wine Enthusiast magazine, one of the nation’s most popular wine publications, has named Cellar Masters one of America’s top wine merchants.

The magazine recently published the list, broken down by region, giving Cellar Masters the top spot among the top wine merchants in the South. The authors say the magazine spoke to wine, beverage and food industry professionals to find the best spots among the more than 40,000 wine merchants in the United States.

Cellar Masters is one of the few remaining places in St. Pete that, despite its popularity, still manages to feel like it’s flying under the radar. The combination wine bar and bottle store is a great destination for a bottle to take home or to hang out and try something new. The staff are exceptionally welcoming, guiding first-timers and veterans alike to excellent and unique selections.

Cellar Masters is a favorite St. Pete haunt

Wine Enthusiast received a Cellar Masters recommendation from Nate Siegel, co-founder of Willa’s, Tampa’s famous French-American fusion restaurant. Like us, Siegel expressed his appreciation not only for Cellar Masters’ selection, but also for the laid-back atmosphere and friendly bar experience.

“[Cellar Masters] is run by the super fun and smart team of Ryan Ruggs and Kory Lynn, who are accessible to share their wines, all of which are minimal intervention, very affordable, almost all French and definitely delicious,” Siegel told Wine Enthusiast. “The vibe of the bar is like your uncle’s basement in 1970s Iowa, with hip-hop music playing on the speakers. There’s no food, but every first Monday they host a pop-up, usually with a taco truck in the back, which is a favorite with friends in the industry.

Cellar Masters is located at 1005 1st Avenue North. The wine and bottle shop is open Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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New PM installs close allies in top cabinet positions


Kwasi Kwarteng was named Chancellor of the Exchequer on Tuesday night as Liz Truss installed her close allies in senior government posts and weeded out supporters of her leadership rival Rishi Sunak.

Britain’s new prime minister has rewarded his supporters with high-profile cabinet roles and brushed off harsh criticism in a sweeping reshuffle, much of which was leaked before he arrived in Downing Street.

Kwarteng, who served as business secretary in Boris Johnson’s government, shares Truss’s free-market economic outlook and reformist zeal. He was chosen to oversee the response to the energy and cost of living crises.

Thérèse Coffey, one of Truss’s closest friends and allies in politics, was appointed Health Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister. She served as Work and Pensions Secretary for most of Johnson’s time in government and chaired the new prime minister’s leadership campaign.

James Cleverly, a former Foreign Secretary and briefly Education Secretary, was promoted to Foreign Secretary. Suella Braverman, who opposed Truss for the conservative leadership, was promoted to secretary inside her former job as attorney general.

Truss has yet to offer senior Sunak supporters a major cabinet post, with allies suggesting she will only go to those in junior ministerial ranks who have not backed her campaign.

Wendy Morton, who helped rally support from MPs during Truss’s leadership campaign, has been named chief party management whip. Jacob Rees-Mogg has been promoted from minister for Brexit opportunities to business secretary, responsible for energy policy.

Brandon Lewis, another key Truss backer, becomes Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, while Simon Clarke has been given the role of Cabinet Leveling Secretary. Chloe Smith, the Minister for Disability, takes charge of the work and pensions file,

Kemi Badenoch, who opposed Truss for the leadership, was appointed to the cabinet for the first time as trade secretary. Penny Mordaunt, who also stood for the competition, returned to the cabinet as leader of the House of Commons. Nadhim Zahawi, who briefly served as Chancellor, was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for Equality.

Jake Berry was given the role of chairman of the Conservative party, while Ben Wallace, secretary of defense, remained in office as one of the few survivors of the Johnson cabinet. Alok Sharma was also retained as President of COP26. Lord Nicholas True has been appointed Leader of the House of Lords.

Truss spent his early hours in Downing Street sacking many prominent Sunak supporters, including former Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Environment Secretary George Eustice. Johnny Mercer, Minister for Veterans Affairs, also announced he would be leaving government and hinted that he might quit politics.

Truss also appointed his team of senior Downing Street political advisers, with veteran Conservative Party strategist Mark Fullbrook, who led his leadership campaign, as chief of staff.

The new prime minister has brought trusted allies into government to fill political advisory roles. Ruth Porter, chief executive of consultancy FGS Global, will be deputy chief of staff for Number 10 while Iain Carter, a former Conservative Party research director, will be in charge of strategy.

Truss will upend Number 10’s communication operation by splitting the lead role. Adam Jones, his media adviser to the Foreign Office and leadership campaign, will serve as political director of communications, while Simon McGee, a senior civil servant, will take on the role of director of government communications.

Jason Stein, who groomed Truss for the proceedings during the contest, will serve as a special adviser, along with Jamie Hope, who will leave the Foreign Office to become its policy director. Sophie Jarvis, a longtime confidant of Truss, will serve as his political secretary.

Matt Sinclair, a director at Deloitte and former head of lobby group TaxPayers’ Alliance, will serve as Truss’ chief economic adviser. John Bew, who served as Johnson’s senior foreign affairs aide, will stay on – one of the few aides to be retained from Johnson’s Downing Street.

Kwasi Kwarteng

Chancellor of the Exchequer

The MP for the seat of Spelthorne, Surrey, has recently converted to the importance of state intervention, first as energy minister and then as business secretary, overseeing a big part of the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy. In 2012, Kwarteng co-wrote with Truss a pamphlet called “Britannia Unchained,” espousing the primacy of free markets and the power of capitalism.

As business secretary, he drew up plans to reform oversight of the big four auditors, which had been held up by Downing Street. The son of Ghanaian parents, he earned a scholarship to Eton College and studied classics and history at Cambridge University. He was the first black Conservative MP to head a ministry.

Therese Coffey

Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of Health

Coffey, a longtime Truss ally, has been a Westminster figurehead since being elected in the coastal constituency of Suffolk in eastern England in 2010.

Coffey’s first high-level cabinet post was Secretary for Work and Pensions under the Johnson administration, having held junior government posts, such as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to the environment between 2015 and 2019.

james shrewdly

Foreign Secretary

Elected to Parliament in 2015, Cleverly has held junior ministerial posts, including Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, and Minister for Europe and North America. An avid Brexiter, Cleverly also served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

He got his first job with the cabinet in the summer of 2022, as education secretary. He supported Truss throughout the leadership race, praising his “bold and optimistic plan for the economy”.

Suella Braverman

house secretary

Since entering parliament in 2015, Braverman has aligned herself with the eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party, chairing the European Research Group. Under Theresa May, she served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Exiting the European Union, but resigned following proposals to introduce a backstop at the Northern Irish border.

In 2020 she became the second woman to be appointed Attorney General of England and Wales. She was ousted in the second leg of the leadership contest.

Jacob Rees Mogg

business secretary

After playing a key role in May’s defenestration by the ERG group of Eurosceptic MPs, Rees-Mogg rose to cabinet status under Boris Johnson. His impeccably courteous, quasi-Victorian manner belies a set of steely right-wing beliefs on issues ranging from trans rights to the economy.

As business secretary, he will have to carry out market-friendly reforms and cut red tape. His nomination could cast doubt on the UK’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. He has previously argued that voters don’t want ‘windmills’ and that the humanity should focus on adapting to climate change instead of trying to stop it.

Kemi Badenoch

commercial secretary

The 42-year-old is a newcomer to Westminster, having been elected to her Essex seat from Saffron Walden in 2017. Badenoch is seen as a rising star in the party after serving in junior ministerial posts in the Equalities Office and in the Department of Education.

In July, Badenoch was one of more than 40 ministers to resign from government in protest at Johnson’s handling of misconduct allegations. Although she was eliminated in the fourth round of the leadership race, Badenoch’s advocacy of free markets and her tough stance on so-called culture war issues, such as gender politics, made her popular among the right of the conservative base.

Chloe Smith

secretary for work and pensions

Smith – who, like the new Prime Minister, represents a seat from Norfolk – is a new face in the cabinet having previously held a series of junior ministerial posts, including Minister for the Constitution, Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Economic Secretary of the Treasury.

A former management consultant, she first entered parliament in a by-election in 2009. Described by friends as “quiet” and “diligent”, Smith’s early career took a hit when she struggled to answer Jeremy Paxman’s aggressive fuel duty questions on Newsnight.

EFCC again arrests Speaker, Clerk and Accountant of Ogun Assembly


For the second time in four days, officers from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested the Speaker of the Ogun State Legislative Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, for fraudulent activities.

PREMIUM TIMES reports that officers arrested Mr Oluomo around 9am last Thursday at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

The speaker was, however, released late on Friday evening but asked to return on Monday.

When the speaker returned to the EFCC office on Monday, he was detained.

A source said Mr Oluomo and two other suspects were in EFCC custody at 9:43 p.m.

The speaker and his media assistant, Abdulgafar Adeleye, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesman, also did not return phone calls.

Monday, the the anti-corruption agency filed an 11-count charge against Mr. Oluomo and the Clerk of the House, Adedeji Adeyemo, and the Accountant, Oludayo Samuel.

A fourth suspect, Adeyanju-Nimota Amoke, who is believed to be the House’s former accountant, remains at large.

The head of the EFFC Legal Oversight Unit in Lagos, Rotimi Oyedepo, filed the charges against the speaker and the three other defendants in the Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Multiple sources both at the assembly and at the EFCC told the newspaper that the speaker had declined several invitations extended to him by the EFCC.

The suspects could be arraigned in court on Tuesday.

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Who is Will? Great British Bake Off 2021 contestant and DIY enthusiast


Whether you’re a baking enthusiast or not, the UK has been under the spell of The Great British Bake Off for over 10 years now – and it’s about to fall under its spell again.

Channel 4’s hit show is back next week, with 12 new bakers all entering the tent and pulling out all the stops to impress judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood with their cakes, pies, breads and more.

Season 13 will once again see Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding return as hosts, overseeing proceedings and vetting contestants. One baker hoping to stand out among the crowd is Will, a former charity director with a background in architecture and a love of DIY. But what treats will he bake for the judges and what is his history with baking?

Here’s everything you need to know about Will ahead of his Bake Off debut.

Who is Will?

Will be Channel 4

Age: 45

Of: London

Use: Former association director

Will now lives in London but grew up outside Bristol and went to Liverpool University. A father, he lives with his wife and three children, as well as their cat named Tiggy.

Will was previously a charity director and has a background in architecture. He now spends his time with his children, practicing crafts and carpentry or cooking new dishes.

He first became passionate about baking at the age of 2, when he transformed his mother’s pastry scraps into jam pies. His favorite flavors are salted caramel and paprika, and he once made an anatomically correct model of his own heart out of cookies. He said: “It took forever, but it looked gorgeous and tasted great. At the time, I thought it was the craziest thing I’d ever done!”

When does The Great British Bake Off 2022 start?

The new season of The Great British Bake Off starts on Tuesday September 13 at 8pm on Channel 4, so there’s not long to wait now. New episodes will be broadcast every Tuesday and can also be viewed in catch-up on All 4.

Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will be back once again to judge all of the contestants’ creations, while Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding will be on hand to host.

The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 and All 4 on Tuesday September 13 at 8pm. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV guide or visit our hub for more entertainment news.

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Latitude Finance fined $1.55 million for spam violation

Latitude Finance fined $1.55 million for spam violation

Latitude Finance Australia (Latitude) has paid a $1.55 million infringement notice to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for over 3 million breaches of the Anti-Spam Act 2003.

An ACMA investigation found that Latitude incorrectly characterized commercial emails and text messages as “informational only” messages. These messages, sent to existing cardholders, promoted Latitude products, including credit cards, such as 28° Global, Go Mastercard, Gem Visa and CreditLine, mobile apps and rewards programs.

Due to the characterization error, Latitude sent more than 3 million commercial emails and text messages without an unsubscribe feature between June 2021 and March 2022. These messages also continued to be sent to customers who had already attempted to unsubscribe.

ACMA President Nerida O’Loughlin said companies need to accurately characterize their messages and respect the choices their customers make about whether they want to receive them.

“Companies cannot promote their products and services to customers under the guise of simply providing them with factual information. Customers must be able to withdraw their consent and no longer receive commercial messages. This choice must be implemented within five days,” O’Loughlin said.

“Latitude failed on both counts. It also failed to make changes to its practices even after we repeatedly alerted it that it might have compliance issues.

“These rules have been in effect since 2003, so there’s simply no excuse for Latitude – or any other company – not to have compliant practices.”

In addition to the fine paid, the ACMA also agreed to a three-year global commitment enforceable by Latitude’s courts requiring it to appoint an independent consultant to review its compliance with anti-spam rules and make improvements if necessary. Latitude must also train its staff and report to the ACMA.

“We will actively monitor Latitude’s compliance and the commitments it has made to the ACMA,” O’Loughlin said.

“We know Australians want companies to stop contacting them when they ask them to. That’s why the ACMA is focusing on companies that don’t follow up on these requests as a 2022-2023 compliance priority. .

Over the past 18 months, companies have paid nearly $5 million in penalties for violating spam and telemarketing laws. The ACMA also accepted 12 binding undertakings and issued five formal warnings. Repeat offenders can face court-imposed penalties of up to $1.11 million a day.

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Spackman Media Group Artist Wi Ha-jun’s Drama LITTLE WOMEN Ranked No. 1 in Ratings | Taiwan News

  • With Spackman Media Group artist Wi Ha-jun, LITTLE WOMANwhich premiered on weekends, ranked #1 for the same timeslot with an average viewership of 7.7% with a national high of 9.0%
  • Filmed in Korea and Singapore, LITTLE WOMAN, titled by Wi Ha-jun of Spackman Media Group, airing on tvN and Netflix
  • Previously, Wi Ha-jun starred in the original Korean series, CATALMAR GAME (2021)the #1 show in over 90 countries including the US and Korea on Netflix

SINGAPORE – Media outreach – September 5, 2022 Spackman Entertainment Group Limited (there “Band“), a leading Korean entertainment production group founded in 2011 by media and technology investor Charles Spackman, would like to announce that LITTLE WOMANtitled by Wi Ha-jun of MSteam Entertainment Co., Ltd. (“MSteam“), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group’s associated company, Spackman Media Group Limited (“Spackman Media Group“), number 1 premieres in the ratings.

LITTLE WOMAN, which was released over the weekend, ranked No. 1 for the same time slot with an average viewership of 7.7% with a high of 9.0% nationwide according to Nielson Korea, a research company on the audience.

Filmed in Korea and Singapore, LITTLE WOMAN, with Spackman Media Group’s Wi Ha-jun, airing on tvN and Netflix. It is based on the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott and tells the story of three poor sisters who meet an elite-trained financial consultant (played by Wi Ha-jun of Spackman Media Group) and their face- head-to-head against one of Korea’s richest and most powerful families. Kim Goeun from THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH (2020), THE SHINING GOD ALONE – GOBLIN (2016-2017) and TRAP CHEESE (2016) plays the other main role in the drama K.

LITTLE WOMAN features iconic Singapore landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands and The Fullerton Hotel. The tvN K drama is directed by Kim Hee-won and produced by Studio Dragon.

In February 2022, Wi Ha-jun of Spackman Media Group was chosen as the South Korean ambassador for Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer, and in January 2022 he was named ambassador for his hometown, Korea’s Wando-gun. from South. Wi Ha-jun has been selected as an ambassador for the American premium casual brand BEENTRILL and posted a beauty photo shoot with YSL Beauty in December 2021.

Previously, Wi Ha-jun starred in the original Korean series, CATALMAR GAME (2021), the #1 show in over 90 countries including the US and Korea on Netflix. Thanks to his role as Hwang Jun-ho, a policeman from CATALMAR GAME (2021)Wi Ha-jun has become an internationally recognized actor.

Wi Ha-jun also starred in a very popular K-drama BAD AND CRAZY (2021)which reached No. 1 in the ratings for its timeslot for consecutive weekends after its release on December 17, 2021. Additionally, it headlined the Korean crime thriller MIDNIGHT (2021), which received the Best Feature Award at the 13th UK Grimmfest Film Festival.

In addition to Wi Ha-jun, MSteam also represents iconic Korean actress Son Ye-jin, who starred in a hit romantic drama CRASH LANDING ON YOU (2020) and Best Actress Lee Min-jung, who won the Excellence Award at the 2020 APAN Star Awards.

Hashtag: #SpackmanEntertainmentGroup

About Spackman Entertainment Group Limited

Spackman Entertainment Group Limited (“SEGL“or the”Company“), and with its subsidiaries, (the “Band“), is one of the leading entertainment production groups in Korea. SEGL is principally engaged in the independent development, production, presentation and financing of motion pictures in Korea.

The company was founded in 2011 by renowned media and technology investor, Charles Spackman, who served as the company’s Executive Chairman until 2017. For the past two decades, Mr. Charles Spackman has been a powerhouse in the Korean entertainment industry beginning in the early 2000s with the pioneering success of Sidus Pictures, the largest film production company at the time and the first to list in Korea. Mr. Spackman is also the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the global investment firm Spackman Group. For more information, please visit and .

Since its establishment, SEGL has produced more than 30 major motion pictures, including a number of the highest-grossing and award-winning films in Korea, namely #LIVING (2020), CRAZY ROMANCE (2019), DEFAULT (2018), MASTER (2016), THE PRIESTS (2015), SNOWDROPS (2013), COLD EYES (2013) and ALL ABOUT MY WIFE (2012).

Our films are distributed and released theatrically in Korea and overseas markets, as well as for subsequent post-theatrical worldwide release in other forms of media, including online streaming, cable television, broadcast television, IPTV, video on demand and home video. /DVDs, etc. Generally, we release our films in a major theatrical exhibition first in Korea, then in overseas and ancillary markets.

The Group also invests in and produces Korean television dramas. In addition to our content business, we also hold interests in entertainment-related companies and film funds that can financially and strategically complement our existing core businesses. SEGL is listed on the Catalist of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited under the symbol 40E.

Production labels

SEGL owns Novus Mediacorp Co., Ltd. (“Novus Mediacorp“), investor, broadcaster and/or post-theater distributor for a total of 79 films (58 Korean and 21 foreign) including ROSE OF TREASON, THE OUTLAWS and SECRETLY, A LOTwhich was one of the biggest box office hits of 2013 starring Kim Soo-hyun from MY LOVE OF THE STARSas good as FRIEND 2: THE GREAT LEGACY. In 2012, Novus Mediacorp was also the distributor of post-theatrical rights ALL ABOUT MY WIFE, a highly lucrative romantic comedy produced by Zip Cinema. In 2018, THE OUTLAWSco-presented by Novus Mediacorp, broke the all-time highest video-on-demand record (“VOD“) Sales records in Korea. For more information, please visit

The Company holds a 100% interest in Simplex Films Limited (“Single-sided films“) which is an early stage film production company. Simplex Films’ first film, JESTERS: THE GAME CHANGERS (2019), was released in Korea on August 21, 2019. Simplex Films has several film line-ups including HURRICANE BROTHERS (working title).

The Company holds a 100% interest in Take Pictures Pte. ltd. (“Take photos“) who produced STONE JUMP (2020) and THE BOX (2021), and will publish THE GUEST in 2022 provisionally, and A MAN OF REASONwith previous job title GUARDIAN, in the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023 in Korea.

The Company holds a 100% interest in Greenlight Content Limited (“Green light content“) whose main activity consists of investing in fiction and films, as well as providing consultancy services for the production of Korean content. Thanks to the acquisition of Greenlight Content, the first fiction co-produced by the Group, MY SECRET TERRIUS, starring Korean star So Ji Sub, reached No. 1 in the drama ratings for its timeslot and recorded double-digit ratings for its highest ratings. Greenlight Content was one of the main investors of MY SECRET TERRIUS.

The Company holds a 20% stake in The Makers Studio Co. Ltd., which plans to produce and broadcast four upcoming films, the first of which will be GHOST ISLAND OF GLAMORa comedy horror movie.

Talent Representation

The Company holds a 43.88% effective interest in Spackman Media Group Limited (“SMGL“). SMGL, a company incorporated in Hong Kong, together with its subsidiaries, is collectively one of the largest entertainment talent agencies in Korea in terms of the number of artists under management, including some of the biggest names in the industry. Korean entertainment industry SMGL operates its talent management business through renowned agencies such as MSteam Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Son Ye-jin, Wi Ha-jun, Lee Min-jung, Ko Sung-hee ), SBD Entertainment Inc. (Son Suk-ku, Han Ji-hyun, Lee Cho-hee, Park Keun-rok), UAA&CO Inc. (Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Hye-ri, Kim Ji-young, Wang Ji- won), Play Content Co., Ltd. (Kang Min-ji, Hwang-hwi) and Kook Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Baek Si-won, Shin Ji-woong). Korea, SMGL represents and guides the professional careers of a roster of award-winning actors/actresses in the practice areas of film, television, commercial endorsements and branded entertainment SMGL takes part i of its unparalleled portfolio o artists as a platform to develop, produce, finance and own the highest quality entertainment content projects, including motion pictures, variety shows and television series. This platform also creates and derives opportunities for SMGL to make strategic investments in early-stage companies that can collaborate with SMGL artists. SMGL is an associated company of the Company. For more information, please visit

The Company holds a 100% interest in Constellation Agency Pte. ltd. (“Constellation Agency“). Constellation Agency, owner of The P Factory Co., Ltd. (“The factory P“) and Platform Media Group Co., Ltd. (“PMG“), is primarily involved in the overseas agency business for Korean artists venturing into the overseas market. The P Factory is an innovative marketing solutions provider specializing in the production of event and branded content PMG is a talent management agency that represents and manages the careers of major artists in film, television, commercial endorsements and branded entertainment.

Strategic companies

The Company also operates a coffee shop, Upper West, in Seoul’s Gangnam district and owns a professional photography studio, noon pictures Co., Ltd.

For more details, please visit

New luxury and pop sales taxes and more Canadian accounting news


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TORONTO, September 4, 2022 – The past week has seen the introduction of two new sales taxes – one national, one provincial – and significant kickbacks from retailers. Nationally, the Select Luxury Items Tax Act took effect on September 1, driving up the price of luxury cars, planes and boats. If you plan to buy a Beamer or a Benz or the nautical or air equivalents, expect to pay 10% of the total taxable amount or 20% of the amount above the price threshold, whichever is lower.

In a CBC interview, Don Drummond called the tax a “loaded approach” that could spawn “cottage industries” around people who try to circumvent it. And indeed, in 2017, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists arrested both Appleby, a Bermuda-based law firm, and the Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young for some clever tax avoidance strategies for wealthy plane owners.

And in Newfoundland and Labrador, anyone drinking sugary drinks (soda, iced tea, energy drinks) will pay 20 cents more per pop per liter… of pop. According to the National Post, Newfoundlanders consume the sweetest drinks in the country and drink the least water. Small business owners and bottlers are unconvinced, according to the CBC, by the confusion surrounding the tax.

While one tax is national and the other provincial, the national tax has received much more attention, with Sun Media calling the luxury tax another example of “class warfare”, when the same argument could be advanced against the sugar tax. And now, on to the rest of last week’s news in Canadian accounting.

BC auditor general criticizes provincial surplus

It must have been a slow news week because BC Auditor General Michael Pickup got a lot of coverage for questioning a provincial government surplus…because it was too low. Pickup has had a 10-year battle with the province over how it does its accounting and, of course, British Columbia is unusual in its deviations from Canadian public sector accounting standards. (Alberta, Ontario and Quebec all follow generally accepted accounting principles, as do many smaller provinces.)

Pickup says the $1.3 billion surplus announced by the government should have been about six times larger. Opposition critics allege the province is bolstering its record while ignoring much-needed social services.

And speaking of public sector accounting standards, the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) is seeking your input in determining priorities for projects it should undertake with its remaining resources. They released a consultation document outlining future projects that PSAB might consider.

CRA class action lawsuit launched over 2020 hack

Canadian Lawyer magazine reported last week that a class action lawsuit has been certified by the Federal Court of Canada against the Canada Revenue Agency for its data breach. Canadian accountants may remember the two cyberattacks that caused headaches about locked accounts and lost hours trying to contact the CRA.

The National Post also covered the class action lawsuit, led by Rice Harbut Elliott LLP, and reported the CRA’s response: “No organization is immune to cyber incidents or fraudulent activity. That’s why the CRA has robust systems and tools to quickly monitor, detect, investigate and neutralize potential threats. As scammers adapt their practices, so does the CRA. We regularly adjust and improve our security measures in response to this constantly changing threat environment and ongoing intrusion attempts.

CPA PD podcast platform secures $5 million in funding

Betakit, the Canadian startup news platform, announced this week that LumiQ plans to expand its PD podcast platform into the United States. LumiQ was formerly known as Luminari and was launched in 2016 as a sort of career management and online job site for Canadian accountants. (Full disclosure: Canadian Accountant and Luminari discussed cross-promotional activities when Canadian Accountant launched in 2017.) Its professional development courses on venture capital investing were popular with CPAs.

LumiQ has “pivoted” to a podcast platform that provides mandatory professional development opportunities (“compliance learning”) to more than 200,000 chartered professional accountants in Canada. Its financing of $5 million, apparently coming from private investors, will be used to fund its subscription growth strategy south of the border.

Quick Hits: Articles of Interest

CRA doesn’t have to tell people how to run their business, judge in corporate tax case says (Financial Post)
Most doctors took a financial hit in first year of COVID, but top earners did very well (CBC)
Taxes and spending: The fight against carbon pricing heads east (Globe and Mail)
Friday footnotes: EY Split lags; A consulting firm defrauds clients; Student loan forgiveness and taxes (continuity)

By Canadian accounting staff.

Enthusiastic youngster opens inclusive center for children with disabilities in Akmola region


NUR-SULTAN – Determined, strong-willed and determined. This is how the personality of Dinara Naumova can be described. Her story proves that a diagnosis of cerebral palsy does not define her life, but rather can become a powerful motivator.

Dinara Naumova. Photo credit: the-village-kz.com

Childhood, the role and education of a grandmother

Naumova, 24, was born in the village of Kabanbai Batyr in the Akmola region. Her parents were not ready to raise a child, so the girl was brought up by her grandmother and lived in a three-year-old village at the end of the ninth grade.

“My grandmother was totally invested in my treatment and education. She is a great person for me because she learned all the sources of information to help me. She went to all the doctors and found a great teacher, Alibek Abdrakhmanov, who was examining me some time ago and with whom I am still in contact,” Naumova said in an interview with The Astana Times.

Naumova had to learn from home, and her favorite subject was chemistry. For this reason, she entered the college of technology and commerce to study oil and gas processing after graduating from ninth grade.

Naumova with her grandmother. Photo credit: manshuq.com

“I took exams, went to college and lived in a dormitory [I still used to be on two crutches]. At that time, I was engaged in social projects. I was a member of the youth committee, took part in various events and worked with young people,” Naumova added.

After graduating from college, she continued her education at a university because Naumova believes higher education is important. She managed to move forward with her project and social activity through distance learning.

From idea to reality in six years

According to her, she was around 18 when she first thought of opening the inclusion center in her village.

“I spoke to the mothers of the children in the village, who had no financial possibility of treatment, transport to go to the rehabilitation centers or the child was not able to move. At one point I asked myself: what can I do for this village and for these people? How can I help them? Naumova said.

In 2017, she became a participant in the Menin Armanym (My Dream) national competition with her project proposal for a sports and health center in the village of Kabanbai Batyr. Although she didn’t earn enough points to go to the final round, she decided not to give up.

Naumova took part in the Menin Armanym (My Dream) competition for the second time and won third place. Photo credit: the-village-kz.com

A year later, Naumova applied again and finally took third place among 10,000 participants. However, the difficulties did not end after his project’s investor refused to provide funding because he saw no prospects.

After six years of hard work, she managed to launch her project. The main sponsor was the Qamqorlyq Qory public fund and Naumova also invested the three million tenge (US$6,450,000) she won from the Tauelsizdik urpaktary (independence generation) presidential grant in 2021.

About the inclusion center and future plans

Currently, 98 people with disabilities live in the village and 17 of them are children under the age of 18. In total, the population of the village is 10,000 people.

The center is located in the House of Culture and its territory reaches 98 square meters. It has been running for two months and exists on subscriptions, purchased by people who come to train in the gym. The gym is now used by 30 people, and 10 children come to benefit from physiotherapy.

Naumova with Aktobe Region akim (governor) Yeraly Tugzhanov at the opening ceremony of her center in the village. Photo credit: Dinara Naumova

“When we provide free services to children with mental and physical disabilities, it is my initiative, it is the pain I have experienced. I always represent the child and would like to do everything possible. If it helps me a times, it can help them,” Naumova said.

The center now faces challenges. Naumova makes no profit from her farm, but she is convinced that it is better to continue working. She believes in the future of her project.

One of the rooms in the center of Naumova. Photo credit: Artem Chursinov

Speaking of the future, Naumova says she plans to expand the range of services in the center and scale the project.

Besides her work at the center, she is the President of the Association for the Development of an Inclusive Society, a member of the Presidential Council for Youth Policy and a member of the Public Council of the Ministry of Information and Social Development.

Governor Newsom announces appointments 9.2.22

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Avyark “Avy” Mallik, 36, of San Francisco, has been appointed general counsel with the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. He has served as Director of Fintech Policy for the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee since 2021, where he served as Senior Counsel from 2019 to 2021. He served as Assistant Attorney General for the Consumer Protection Division from the Maryland Attorney’s Office. General from 2018 to 2019. Mallik served as Director of the Foreclosure Prevention Program and Foreclosure Prevention Staff Counsel at Civil Justice from 2013 to 2018. He earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $191,844. Mallik is a Democrat. Monisha Avery, 61, of Sacramento, has been named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Avery has served as Deputy Director of the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Center for Data Insights and Innovation since 2020. She held several positions in the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Office of Patient Advocate from 2015-2020, including Director Deputy and Acting Director. Avery was Federal Legislative Coordinator at the California Department of Social Services from 2009 to 2015, Project Manager from 2005 to 2009, and Associate Social Services Consultant and Government Program Analyst from 1999 to 2005. Avery was a social worker at Lilliput Children’s Services from 1990 to 1995 and at Marshall Hospital from 1995 to 1998. She was a Victim and Witness Services attorney in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office from 1998 to 1999. Avery received a Masters of Social Work from California State University, Sacramento. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $143,724. Avery is a Democrat.

Brian R. Wong, 50, of Elk Grove, has been appointed under secretary for innovation and technology at the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Wong has served as Chief Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer at the Office of Systems Integration since 2020. He served as Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director at the California Department of Human Services from 2017 to 2020. Wong has held several positions at the California Department of Motor Vehicles. from 2007 to 2017, including IT Modernization Project Manager, Solutions and Framework, Network and Communications Section Head, Network Manager and Network Security Engineer. Wong was a network security engineer with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board from 2006 to 2007. He was a senior network support engineer at Oracle Corporation from 2001 to 2006. Wong is a member of the Association of Asia-Pacific government employees. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $176,700. Wong is a Democrat.

Youngstown School Board Hires Schiraldi as Treasurer


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown School Board announced this week the appointment of Bryan Schiraldi as the new Schools Treasurer for the City of Youngstown.

Schiraldi will take office on September 8. Sandra Huddleston, who served as Acting Treasurer, will now transition to Assistant Treasurer.

Schiraldi spent more than six years in finance, previously serving as Lowellville School District Treasurer. Prior to that, he was a credit analyst at Farmers National Bank of Canfield and worked as an accountant for the Zidian Group. Additionally, Schiraldi was an associate accountant at Packer Thomas.

“I am thrilled to be part of the YCSD family,” said Schiraldi. I look forward to working closely with the Board of Trustees and Superintendent Jennings to serve our District in the best financial way while keeping our scholars at the center of our decision-making. It’s an amazing effort that I’m honored to be a part of.

Schiraldi earned a full honors scholarship from Youngstown State University with a degree in accounting. He later earned an MBA from YSU and took classes at Findlay University to earn his treasurer’s license.

Copyright 2022 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

Satellite startup lets enthusiasts send their software code into orbit


Bassam Alfeeli and Nada AlShammari are business partners of Orbital Space, a start-up that offers students and technology enthusiasts the opportunity to develop and test software code on satellites in space, via their ground station at Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Convergence of arts and sciences in space

After completing his engineering studies in the United States, Bassam returned to Dubai and witnessed the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency. This inspired him to pursue his long-awaited dream of participating in space missions, and he created Orbital Space with Nada. Nada is an educator and she believes that the convergence of arts and sciences will work together to innovate in the space sector.

For their first mission in space, the two combined their experiences and developed a unique concept. “We decided to create competitions, and it was open to all students who wanted to propose a scientific experiment that was going to be sent into space,” Bassam told Euronews.

The E. coli study was the starting point

They decided on a project that proposed to study the behavior of a genetically modified E. coli bacterium in space. They worked with the students for a year and eventually sent the payload to the International Space Station. “This experience has been really wonderful for the students and a successful starting point for us to think about what else is possible,” Nada said.

In 2021, Orbital Space sent a CubeSat, a miniature square-shaped satellite, into space. Later, they built a ground station at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus where they receive signals from this satellite. “The ground station allows students to develop, propose and submit software code to the satellite,” Nada explains.

With the support of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and the Dubai Silicon Oasis, Orbital Space is now planning its next interactions with space. “Our next missions will be to the moon,” Bassam added.

John Fahlvik Latest addition to SkySparc’s global FIS practice

Stockholm, Sweden, September 02, 2022 — (PR.com) — Based in Gothenburg, Fahlvik will lead a consulting team that is driving strategic initiatives including cash digitization and data analytics projects across a number of first class companies.

Project leader and manager with extensive technical knowledge and 10 years of experience in financial industry technology, Fahlvik has experience in a wide range of businesses. At Volvo Cars, he led an agile team across Treasury, Trade Finance and Insurance and was responsible for budget, roadmap and prioritization for FIS Quantum. He was the project manager for several system implementations and enhancement projects, including Quantum upgrades.

Prior to joining Volvo Cars, he was Head of Back Office at Brummer & Partners, with overall responsibility for budget, staff and deliveries to the firm’s hedge fund clients.

“John is an experienced treasury specialist and we are delighted that he has decided to join our growing team. The knowledge he can share with our consultants will be invaluable in helping to grow our FIS practice,” said Dennis Masich, FIS practice manager.

“I look forward to working at SkySparc, a company I knew well at Volvo Cars. This is a new phase in my career and I look forward to applying my knowledge to a range of strategic projects for clients,” says John Fahlvik.

Joby Aviation, Vertical Aerospace, More 3 Stocks More


September 1, 2022 – TheNewswire – Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are growing in popularity. Customers and investors are looking for cleaner and more environmentally friendly means of transport in the future.

Urban air mobility offers the solution because these electric planes have the ability to take off and land in small spaces, are relatively cheaper to operate, and allow consumers to avoid congested ground traffic. The best factor is that eVTOL aircraft are battery operated, making them carbon neutral.

Morgan Stanley analysts have suggested that the eVTOL market could be valued at over $1 trillion by 2040 and up to $9 trillion by 2050. The company also said that eVTOL can serve a wide range of markets, from passenger travel to military applications. to the transport of goods.

Here are five eVTOL companies to watch in 2022:

1. Joby Aviation ($JOBY)
Joby Aviation is a California-based transportation company developing an all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, which it intends to operate in fast, quiet, and convenient service in cities around the world.

The company recently announced an extension to its existing contract with the US Air Force’s Agility Prime program which increases the potential value of the contract by more than $45 million. The contract also expands the company’s defense partnerships to include the US Marine Corps, which will participate in government-led flight testing and use case exploration.

Joby’s engagement with government partners will reinforce the company’s primary goal of launching a commercial passenger service by providing access to testing facilities, first operational experience for government customers and partial compensation for research costs. and development of society.

Joby Aviation shares trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol JOBY.

2. Eve Holding ($EVEX)
With over 50 years of aerospace experience, Eve Holding takes a holistic approach to advancing the urban air mobility ecosystem. The company has an advanced eVTOL project, a comprehensive global service and support network, and a unique air traffic management solution.

Eve Holding plans to conduct its first North American simulation of urban air mobility using helicopters powered by Blade Air Mobility (NASDAQ listing: BLDE), replacing an eVTOL. The company aims to study the operations, ground services, passenger journeys and needs of eVTOL operators, creating more accessible and faster connections through downtown Chicago. The company will conduct its Chicago UAM simulation over a three-week period, beginning with ground testing and passenger flights.

Shares of Eve Holding trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol EVEX.

3. Vertical Aerospace ($EVTL)
Vertical Aerospace was founded in 2016 by Stephen Fitzpatrickr. Over the past five years, the company has been focused on building the most experienced and experienced team in the eVTOL industry.

Vertical Aerospace recently announced a partnership with Babcock International to explore new applications for the company’s VX4 eVTOL aircraft. Babcock has over thirty-five years of EMS experience, flying thousands of missions each year around the world. The new partnership will examine the possibilities of using the VX4 in vital services such as accident management and emergency transport between hospitals.

The VX4 aircraft has also proven itself in passenger markets with established customers such as Virgin Atlantic, Avolon, Bristow and Iberojet.

Vertical Aerospace shares trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol EVTL.

4. Archer Aviation ($ACHR)
Archer Aviation, based in Santa Clara, Calif., designs and develops eVTOLs for use in strategic urban air mobility networks. Archer’s goal is to move people around the world’s cities quickly, safely, sustainably and cost-effectively.

The company recently announced the successful completion of its “critical azimuth” flight tests, marking the completion of the second of three key phases of flight testing. The purpose of these tests is to validate the crosswind capabilities of Archer’s eVTOL aircraft configuration and flight control systems. The company has now managed to fly Maker at increasing speeds of up to 15 knots in various directions and attitudes.

Archer Aviation shares trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol ACHR.

5. Lilium ($LILM)
Lilium is accelerating the decarbonization of air transport with planned launch networks announced in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The company says its Lilium Jet offers peak capacity, low noise and high performance with zero operating emissions.

The company recently selected Diehl Aviationa leading supplier of cabin interiors and systems to the aviation industry, to collaborate on the design and development of Lilium’s jet cabin, as well as to act as an integrator and manufacturer of interior components .

LIlium shares trade on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol LILM.

Investors agree that eVTOL, whether used for consumers or freight, could be the future of the aviation industry. Below are additional eVTOL actions to watch out for:

  • Ehang (NASDAQ) listing: HE)

  • Blade Air Mobility (NASDAQ listing: BLDE)

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Harry Adam Shumate – OBX today


Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Harry Adam Shumate, 95, of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, died Sunday August 28, 2022 at his home.

A native of Bath County, Virginia, he was born August 10, 1927 to the late Julia Helmick Shumate and the late Kenton Fisher Shumate.

Harry served his country honorably during the Korean War with the United States Army from 1950 to 1953. He graduated from William and Mary College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting/law. He spent his career as a Chartered Accountant, Tax Accountant and Auditor with Wausau Insurance. For two years he served as National President of the National Society of Insurance Auditors. He was also the Commanding Officer of American Legion Post 233 Varina and a member of Ft. Raleigh American Legion Post 26 Nags Head.

In addition to his parents, Harry was predeceased by his wife, Betty Lou Quidley Shumate, his sister, Mabel Neff, his niece, Paula Midock and Rita Midgett, his aunt.

He is survived by three sisters-in-law, Joan Keys of Weslaco, TX, Darlene Smith of Pine Knoll Shores, NC, and Vivian Simpson of Suffolk, VA., Many nieces and nephews, and best friends forever, Jon and Vicky Halferty of Roanoke, Virginia. Harry will be greatly missed by his loving and constant companion, SheckiShu.

A memorial ceremony will take place at a later date.

Memorials can be returned to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

To plant a tree in Harry’s memory or send flowers to the family, please visit www.TwifordFH.com/send-flowers.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is helping the family make arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

Short-term stake in Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLX) drops 13.5%


Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLX – Get Rating) was the beneficiary of a sharp drop in short-term interest in August. As of August 15, there was short interest totaling 1,800,000 shares, down 13.5% from the July 31 total of 2,080,000 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 267,900 shares, the short interest ratio is currently 6.7 days. Approximately 1.6% of the company’s shares are sold short.

Analysts set new price targets

A number of stock analysts have weighed in on the stock recently. HC Wainwright lowered its price target on Enthusiast Gaming shares from $8.00 to $6.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a Tuesday, August 16 research report. B. Riley lowered his price target on Enthusiast Gaming shares from C$11.50 to C$7.25 in a Tuesday, July 19 research report. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada raised its price target on Enthusiast Gaming shares from C$7.00 to C$8.00 in a Tuesday, May 17 research report.

Hedge funds weigh on gaming enthusiasts

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently increased or reduced their stakes in the company. The Swiss National Bank increased its position in Enthusiast Gaming by 9.0% in the 4th quarter. The Swiss National Bank now owns 209,500 shares of the company valued at $614,000 after purchasing an additional 17,300 shares during the period. TD Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings of Enthusiast Gaming shares by 26.6% in the fourth quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 110,615 shares of the company valued at $326,000 after purchasing an additional 23,245 shares last quarter. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. increased its holdings of Enthusiast Gaming shares by 48.6% in Q4. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. now owns 20,780 shares of the company valued at $61,000 after buying an additional 6,800 shares in the last quarter. Difesa Capital Management LP acquired a new stake in the shares of Enthusiast Gaming in the 4th quarter at a value of $545,000. Finally, Powell Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new equity stake in Enthusiast Gaming in Q2 worth $32,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors hold 12.73% of the company’s shares.

Passionate gaming stock down 1.5%

EGLX stock traded down $0.02 at midday Tuesday, hitting $1.32. The company’s shares had a trading volume of 350,283 shares, compared to an average volume of 432,189. The company has a quick ratio of 1.00, a current ratio of 1.00 and a leverage ratio of 0, 03. Enthusiast Gaming has a 52-week low of $1.27 and a 52-week high of $4.77. The company has a market capitalization of $198.33 million, a P/E ratio of -4.26 and a beta of -0.32. The company has a 50-day simple moving average of $1.81 and a 200-day simple moving average of $2.20.

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Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc engages in media, content, entertainment and esports businesses in the United States, Canada and internationally. The Company operates an online network of approximately 100 gaming-related websites; owns and operates Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, a video game exhibition; provides management and support services to players involved in professional gaming; owns and manages esports teams for various games including Call of Duty, Madden NFL, Fortnite, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros., Rocket League and Valorant; and produces and schedules around 30 shows weekly on AVOD and OTT channels, and represents around 500 gaming influencers on YouTube and Twitch.

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The market for tillers will reach $1.7 billion by 2027. The market is driven by the increasing adoption of urban gardening and the growth of sustainable cities


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Global Garden Tiller Market was valued at USD 1.2 Billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 1.7 Billion by 2027.

Chicago, Aug. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to the latest research report from Arizton, the garden tiller market is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 5% during the period 2022-2027. Gasoline tiller accounted for a share of around 60% in 2021 and is expected to dominate the global tiller market in the coming years. The adoption of these products is high even though the cost is high compared to other tillers.

Scope of the Garden Tillers Market Report

Report attributes



$1.7 billion


$1.2 billion


2 million units

CAGR (2022-2027)

About 5%






Product type, fuel type, end user, distribution channel and geography


North America, APAC, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa


United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Australia, Japan, India, Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa

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The demand for garden tillers has been concentrated in developed countries, such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Nordic countries. However, developing Asian countries like China and India are seeing a high adoption of gardening equipment for lawn care. Tillers can be used in small areas, such as flower beds. However, for larger gardens, a tiller is better for keeping plants healthier and much less labor intensive. Garden tillers are expected to be driven by the expansion of sustainable cities, urban gardening, the growing acceptance of IoT, and the evolution of cordless tillers. The growing consumption of smart tillers is expected to drive the growth of the garden tillers market.

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  • In 2020, the United Kingdom, which has more than 2,200 golf courses, represents one of the most extensive golf courses in Europe. Therefore, soaring no. golf courses across the country is expected to support the market demand for tillers.

  • In 2021, the United States had captured the top spot in hotel construction projects and plans underway with a total number of 4,814 projects. Moreover, China ranks second in hotel construction with around 4,000 hotel projects underway. This factor has boosted the demand for the tiller market in the United States and China.

  • The Chinese government is focusing on implementing green projects. These projects emphasize the promotion and use of environmentally friendly solutions, such as the development of green buildings, the creation of parks and gardens and the planting of trees to make the landscape greener. These upcoming plans are expected to propel the growth of the garden tillers market over the forecast period.

  • In 2021, the global landscaping industry grew by approximately 5% compared to 2020. Florida, California and New York are the main market for landscaping services in the United States. It will positively attract the growth of the garden tiller segment in the North American region.

  • The commercial sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.25% by volume from 2021 to 2027 and dominate the global tillers market. The boom in commercial construction activities, including large parks, office spaces and gardens in developed countries (Europe and the United States) and emerging countries (India and China), is likely to have an impact positive on the adoption of tillers in the commercial segment.

  • In Europe, the number of hotel construction projects has seen a growth of 4-6% year-on-year in 2021. Therefore, such an expansion offers substantial growth opportunities for the tiller in the European market. .

Garden Tiller Market Trends and Drivers

Garden tillers are likely to be driven by the expansion of sustainable cities, urban gardening and the development of the landscaping industry. The global garden tiller market uses tillers in various end-user industries, such as commercial and residential. Due to an increase in green coverage in cities and growth in urban gardening globally, the market for tillers is expected to witness healthy growth during the forecast period. Garden equipment manufacturers strive to meet consumer needs by providing high-quality products that incorporate the latest technologies, such as robotic tillers, IoT-installed smart garden tillers, and more. The advent of the tiller and the adoption of the IoT are expected to have a significant impact on the business.

Market players are focusing on developing innovative products and investing in R&D initiatives to expand their product portfolios. Although established players dominate the market, there are huge growth opportunities for new entrants who manufacture low-cost products to target developing end markets. The rapidly changing market scenario with emphasis on improving aesthetics by minimizing maintenance costs is expected to provide growth opportunities for vendors.

Main suppliers

  • Yanmar Co.,Ltd

  • Honda Motor Company

  • Husqvarna Group

  • BAT products


Other Important Suppliers

  • AL-KO

  • Makita Corporation

  • Emak Group

  • Technology industries

  • Stanley Black & Decker

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  • Cub Cadet

  • SUMEC Corp Group.

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  • Texas

  • Vergemax

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  • Generac Power Systems

  • Bad Boy Clippers

  • snow joe

  • STIGA Group


  • The Toro Company

Market segmentation

type of product

  • front tooth

  • rear tooth

  • Cultivators

  • mid-tooth

Fuel type

  • Gasoline

  • Cordless Electric

  • Wired electric

Final user

Distribution channel


  • North America

  • APAC

  • Europe

    • UK

    • Germany

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

  • Latin America

  • Middle East and Africa

    • Saudi Arabia

    • United Arab Emirates

    • South Africa

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James Gibson, DC city planner and adviser to Barry, dies at 88


James O. Gibson, an urban planner who was among the first generation of black professionals to rise to power in Washington, serving as senior adviser to Mayor Marion Barry and guiding the opening of the district’s first convention center in the era modern, died August 18. 4 in an assisted living facility in Rockville, Md. He was 88 years old.

The cause was complications from dementia, said his son, Carl Gibson.

Early in his career, Mr. Gibson served as Executive Secretary of the Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP, community development and social services consultant, and leader of a social science group, Planners for Equal Opportunity, which called for urban renewal efforts to be more responsive to the housing and employment needs of communities of color.

He came to Washington in 1966 with the now-defunct Potomac Institute, a Washington nonprofit agency that worked on policies promoting racial justice and equality. As an executive partner of the organization for 13 years, he led projects focusing on urban policy, municipal planning and affirmative action.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, he spent a year on the National Capital District Planning Commission, as an appointee of President Lyndon B. Johnson; chaired the D.C. Bicentennial Commission before resigning in 1975 after accusing Mayor Walter E. Washington’s administration and local business leaders of inadequately funding planning efforts; and was a longtime funder and chairman of the Harambee House Hotel, a short-lived, minority-owned showcase hotel in the city.

Throughout, he was a confidant of Barry, a civil rights activist and city council member who became mayor in 1979. He advised Barry on housing and economic development, with the middle class in mind. “I’m a diamond in the rough,” Barry told The Washington Post at the time, “and Jim is working to heal me.”

In 1979 Barry appointed Mr. Gibson Deputy City Administrator for Planning, putting him in charge of the new Office of Planning and Development. During Mr. Gibson’s nearly three-year tenure, Washington opened its first massive convention center, a nearly 800,000 square foot, $100 million facility at the corner of 10th and H NW streets built to spur the economy of the city by filling hotel rooms and creating jobs. It was demolished in 2004, a year after the 2.3 million square foot Walter E. Washington Convention Center opened a few blocks away.

After leaving city government, Mr. Gibson remained involved in the artistic, educational and financial welfare of the district through senior positions in foundations and institutes and on committees.

He spent two years as president of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, was director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Equal Opportunity Program, was a senior associate at the Urban Institute, and was a senior fellow at the Center for the Study. of social policy. From 1995 to 2000, he served as director of DC Agenda, a group of business and civic leaders working to revitalize the District during the DC Financial Control Board era as the city emerged from insolvency.

In 2011, the nonprofit group Partners for Livable Communities presented Mr. Gibson with an award, citing “his leading advocacy on urban revitalization, community development and race relations, with more than three decades on issues ranging from civil rights to economic opportunities”.

James Oliver Gibson was born in Atlanta on April 1, 1934 to a butler and a housewife. Educated in private and Catholic schools, he graduated in 1956 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Then, with the rank of Sergeant, he served in the Army Education Counseling Program while stationed in West Germany.

His wife of 45 years, Kathryn DeFrantz, deceased in 2009, and their daughter, Tanya Gibson-Clark, deceased in 2016. In addition to her son, from Queens, survivors include a daughter, Julia Gibson Howard of Washington; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Former Egg Company accountant admits $6.8 million embezzlement scheme


By Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS)

The owner of Katie’s Kandy in Pittsburgh admitted in federal court last week that he stole nearly $7 million from Hillandale Farms, a national egg marketer based in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Weston, 58, of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money and tax evasion and became a federal felon.

Weston, a former Hillandale Farms accountant, engaged in the scheme with his late secretary and accountant – known in court records only as the VP – to steal $6.8 million from the company, then the launder through various businesses they controlled to buy luxury cars, real estate, dinners, trips, clothes and the like.

Weston had been charged in 2021. VP died in 2019.

Prosecutors said Weston, alone or through his company, Cougar Holdings, purchased five high-end cars, including an Aston Martin convertible, and a condo at Gateway Towers. He also used the stolen money to operate several car washes and Katie’s Kandy stores he owned.

VP used the money to buy a 1933 Ford Model 40 Coupe, a three-wheeler, a pontoon boat, and a wave runner. She also racked up thousands of dollars in credit card expenses and took trips across the United States.

Weston also lied on his tax returns. Between 2013 and 2018, he either failed to file a return or filed false returns in which he failed to account for stolen income. Regarding count 5 of the indictment, misrepresentation of income, he admitted to underreporting $566,000 in stolen income.

During those years, the IRS Criminal Division determined he owed nearly $1.2 million in taxes, which included money stolen from Hillandale.

U.S. District Judge W. Scott Hardy set the sentence for January.


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Renaissance Fair Brings Medieval History Buffs to Aroostook County


LIMESTONE, Maine – Albert Michaud Memorial Park in Limestone transformed into one of Europe’s premier markets over the weekend when the annual Limestone Renaissance Fair returned to Aroostook County.

First launched in 2019, the event aims to attract summer visitors while providing people with a fun way to experience life in Europe from the medieval period to the European Renaissance.

The Limestone event came after the Maine Renaissance Faire was held in July in Acton for the first time in 15 years. The Renaissance Faire in Aroostook County draws hundreds of people from across the county and other parts of the state.

The two-day event featured archery, sword fight re-enactments and more than 20 vendors, musicians and protesters dressed in costumes inspired by the “Under the Enchanted Kingdom” theme.

Caribou’s Christine and Johnny Akridge sold medieval-inspired artwork at the Limestone Renaissance Faire on Saturday. Credit: Melissa Lizotte / Republican Aroostook

While northern Maine may not be the first place people associate with medieval and Renaissance history, organizers were pleasantly surprised at the consistent turnout throughout the weekend.

“It’s great to see so many people in fancy dress,” said Karralena Castaway, secretary of the Limestone Development Authority and president of the nonprofit organization Twins Riverwood. “It’s a fun way for people to learn and experience these times.”

Those who stopped by on Saturday afternoon watched a live improvised version of Dungeons & Dragons featuring folks from Shiretown Gaming in Houlton, and a performance of “Much Ado About Nothing” from the Fairfield-based Recycled Shakespeare Company.

Twins Riverwood consists of nearly 50 members from across Aroostook County who hold classes and participate in re-enactments and other events that educate people about the European Middle Ages.

But this year’s Renaissance Faire drew people from beyond Twins Riverwood who were eager to step back in time for a while.

Friends Julia Sherman from Almost Isle and Shani Hardgrove from Fort Fairfield came dressed in medieval costumes and enjoyed seeing the vendors and demonstrations, which included woodworking, a blacksmith shop and arts and crafts.

Left to right, Littleton’s Jacob Ouellette (left) and Joseph Novelli take part in a live version of Dungeons & Dragons during the Limestone Renaissance Faire. Littleton’s Jacob Ouellette (left) and Littleton’s John Gaug take part in a live version of the Dungeons and Dragons tabletop game at the Limestone Renaissance Fair. Credit: Melissa Lizotte / Republican Aroostook

“I’ve always been fascinated by the mystical parts of history,” Sherman said. “I love how this event is something you wouldn’t normally see here.”

The Fair also became a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Caribou’s first seller Christine Akridge, who sold acrylics, spray paint and glassware inspired by Shakespeare’s literature, the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game and other 1400 era themes.

With an enthusiastic turnout, Akridge, wearing an elf-inspired dress, said she would definitely return to the Renaissance Faire next year.

“I love any excuse to be in costume,” Akridge said.

Michelle Levy’s review of financial advice paves the way for banks’ return to wealth


“Banks are likely to use ‘free’ advice as a loss leader to attract potential customers into their ecosystem.”

The practice of financial institutions selling their own managed funds or insurance products under the guise of financial advice was criticized by the Hayne Royal Commission and its elimination was a key driver for the introduction of the best interest obligation of fiduciary type.

The concept of “good advice” could be particularly tricky in assessing the environmental, social and governance (ESG) merits or otherwise of a particular investment, Dr. Humphery-Jenner said. His comments come as debate has raged among superannuation trustees since Treasurer Jim Chalmers called on them to support social and environmental causes last week.

But the academic added that he agreed with the premise that “financial advice rules can be unnecessarily complex” and that “the amount of regulation increases costs”. He also noted Ms Levy’s caveat that it might be appropriate for the best interests obligation to remain in place for certain forms of complex advice or where a commission is paid.

The document presented 12 proposals revising 20 years of law reform, after concluding that the regulations had created a “significant obstacle” for ordinary workers to receive advice.

Its centerpiece was to replace existing obligations, including the duty to act in the best interests of clients introduced by the Labor Party in 2012, with an overriding duty to “give good advice”.

The move was criticized by consumer groups and financial advisers in a joint statement. “We have serious concerns,” said CHOICE chief executive Alan Kirkland. “If the government removes the best interests obligation, as this report proposes, we will be back to the bad old days.

“The review’s proposals to weaken consumer protections will fuel a revival of vertical integration, making it easier for big banks and super funds to use their data to sell products to existing customers.”

Financial Counseling Australia CEO Fiona Guthrie lamented that the best interests obligation is consumers’ “only bulwark” against bad advice, while Gerard Brody of the Consumer Action Law Center said Australia should not “no turning back” on the principles of consumer protection.

“Reduce costs for consumers”

But industry representatives said incentivizing new forms of digital and affordable advice would have many benefits for consumers – only 10% of whom currently receive professional advice.

“Encouraging more financial advice providers into the market is what will reduce costs for consumers,” said Financial Services Council chief executive Blake Briggs. “The industry should welcome a regulatory framework that encourages all participants to provide good quality advice.”

The FSC has been one of the strongest proponents of cutting regulatory bureaucracy and improving consumer access to advice. It is understood that only a handful of its members – retail fund managers, super funds and life insurers – still provide advice to consumers since the royal commission.

The big four retail banks have closed or sold most of their financial advisory businesses since 2018, as part of their broader exit from the wealth management sector.

FSC CEO Blake Briggs said the new entrants would reduce financial advice costs.

But Commonwealth Bank chief executive Matt Comyn has indicated Australia’s biggest bank would be willing to provide forms of digital advice if regulations were relaxed, telling the Australian Financial Review Banking Summit in May that the Australia would ‘regret’ wealth sector reform.

AMP Counseling Director Matt Lawler said the report indicated he was encouraged by proposals to simplify counseling processes and use technology to provide counseling to more people.

“The consultation paper acknowledges what we and many in the financial advice profession have been saying for some time, that excessive regulation has had a serious impact on the ability of advisers and licensees to deliver a service accessible and affordable to Australians,” he said. .

Financial advisers themselves were split on the proposal, with many celebrating the removal of red tape on social media, but others worried that a return to harmful practices could damage the sector’s still shaky reputation.

“Consumer Protection Basis”

Association of Independently Owned Financial Professionals director Peter Johnston, which lobbies on behalf of smaller wealth management firms not aligned with banks or fund managers, said product providers should not be encouraged to provide advice.

“[The proposals are] not in the best interests of consumers and create a pathway for institutions to re-enter the market with conflicting digital and/or vertically integrated advice,” Johnston wrote to members on Monday.

He argued against the conclusion that super funds should be able to provide advice to members paid by collective members, arguing that this amounts to charging a “no-service fee”.

Phillipa Hunt, director of Artemis Financial Services and a trained psychologist, said the proposals would also improve the mental health of some practitioners.

A survey conducted by Ms Hunt and business broker Steve Prendeville earlier this year revealed widespread poor mental health among peers in the consulting industry.

“The stress created by this level of waste compliance has caused companies to hire staff just to chase customer forms and signatures,” Ms. Hunt said.

Ashurst partner Hong-Viet Nguyen says a duty of “good advice” could be beneficial.

Ashurst partner Hong-Viet Nguyen, a specialist in financial regulation, said a “good advice” requirement could have benefits in theory. “If designed appropriately, [it] should reduce the regulatory costs of financial advisors and help reduce the cost of financial advice to consumers,” said Ms. Nguyen. “However, with any reform, the devil will be in the details.”

If removed, it could create regulatory inconsistency given that mortgage brokers became subject to a best interests obligation following the royal commission, she added.

Regulatory consultant Brett Walker, a former investigator for ASIC’s predecessor, the Australian Securities Commission, said scrapping the best interest requirement would be “too high a price” for affordable financial advice.

“Best interests are the foundation of consumer protection,” Walker said. “By all means remove the tote bag of best interest requirements within the safe harbor… But let the best interest duty be the advice quality test”.

‘Safe, compliant and affordable’

Craig Keary, Asia-Pacific head of digital advice provider Ignition Advice, said he was “confident” that software advice provided by financial institutions could be “safe, compliant and affordable” for consumers.

“We have argued ourselves that financial institutions, including super funds, are logical and trusted entities to provide retirement advice to their members, especially given the complexity of the retirement system,” said Mr Keary.

Mercer associate Tim Jenkins, who authored the Actuaries Institute’s submission to the Levy Review, said bolstering “intra-fund advice” with super funds would be in the interests of members.

“The funds will be able to provide information and advice in a cost-effective and accessible way without the burden of existing personal advice legislation,” he said.

Financial Services Minister Stephen Jones said financial advice regulation as it stood “didn’t suit anyone”, but any changes had to “strike the right balance” between cutting red tape and protecting consumers.

The Treasury will consult on the proposals until September 23. The Levy Review is due to make its final recommendations by December 16.

Social security and you: the family maximum does not apply to couples | Economic news


I frequently get questions from prospective retirees who have heard of a “family maximum” that applies to Social Security benefits, and they are concerned that this rule will reduce the benefits due to them as a couple.

So here’s the message of this column: The family maximum rules don’t apply to a husband and wife who receive Social Security benefits alone. These maximum rules only come into play when children are involved. This usually means cases involving children receiving benefits on behalf of a deceased parent. Or it may mean limiting benefits to the families of someone who receives Social Security disability benefits. But it can also occasionally apply to retirees who still have minor children at home. When this happens, it is often because a retiree has had an adult child who has been disabled since birth.

But again, the focus of today’s column is the scenario of a husband and wife with no underage or disabled adult children at home.

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Q: I’m waiting until I’m 70 to take my Social Security so I’ll get 132% of my Social Security benefit. Then my wife, who has been a housewife all her life, will file on my file and she will receive 50% of my benefits. So combined, we’ll get 182% of my Social Security benefits. Our accountant said that would be a problem because Social Security rules set the family maximum between 150% and 188% of my benefit rate. The actual percentage depends on factors that I don’t quite understand. The accountant sent me this clipping of what he said was the Social Security settlement.


“The family maximum formula for Old Age and Survivors’ Insurance (AVS) benefits is based on the beneficiary’s primary insurance amount (PIA). The PIA is the basic amount of a beneficiary’s Social Security benefit before adjustments for retirement age, income, and other factors. SSA calculates the family maximum using a formula. Ultimately, this formula yields a maximum for each family that is between 150% and 188% of the Worker’s Basic Social Security Benefit, or PIA.

A: Do not worry. You’ll notice that the section of the rule book your accountant sent you refers to a “primary insurance amount,” which is basically your full rate amount at retirement age. This amount can never exceed a rate of 100%. You will get a higher monthly benefit amount (up to 32% more) because you are delaying filing for Social Security until age 70. But your PIA stays at that 100% rate.

Your wife will receive a rate of 50%. Thus, the maximum that a dependent husband and wife can obtain in Basic Combined Benefits (PIA) is 150%. (His AIP rate of 100% and spousal rate of 50%.) And that 150% rate does not exceed the lowest family maximum rate (which is 150%).

If you have a question about Social Security, Tom Margenau has a book with all the answers. It is called “Social security: simple and intelligent”. You can find the book at creators.com/books. Or look for it on Amazon or other book outlets. To learn more about him and to read past columns and view articles by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.

KCCI announces Korean culinary challenge for cooking enthusiasts


In a bid to celebrate the growing popularity of Korean cuisine in the country, the Korean Cultural Center India (KCCI) has announced the All India Korean food Cooking contest.

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K-food lovers can participate by signing up and uploading their video of cooking a Korean dish — using an authentic recipe or an innovative fusion — until September 11.

The competition is organized by KCCI in association with Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management (BCIHMCT).

According to the organizers, five videos selected from the two categories – professional and non-professional – will make it to the final round based on the number of likes and views until September 30.

korean food has become a rising star of Hallyu (Korean cultural wave) content in India. Media news and market index show that Indians are now interested in Korean cuisine beyond their first love for K-Pop or K-drama.

“We present this K-Food Festival, a gift package for K-food lovers as our response to people’s love and demand,” Hwang Il Yong, director of KCCI, said in a statement.

In the final, which will take place on October 21, participants will present authentic Korean fusion or progressive Korean cuisine which will be judged by chefs from South Korea.

Apart from the cooking competition, there will also be a three-day festival with different cuisines from October 19 to 21 by BCIHMCT on their campus with the participation of other institutes as well.

“October 21 will be a special and exclusive day because ‘K food festival‘ with a special workshop on Korean cuisine by national-level Korean chefs who will be invited from Korea,” the organizers said.

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DVIDS – News – Women’s Equality Day program focuses on empowerment


The Federal Defense Community and the Federal Women’s Program celebrated Women’s Equality Day with a virtual celebration on August 17 at the Defense Supply Center Columbus with keynote speaker Rebecca Beck, Director of Standards accounts and reports for Defense Finance and Accounting.

Beck, a longtime member of the Senior Executive Service and former deputy director of DFAS-Columbus, spoke on the day’s theme, “Women Empower Women.”

Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Penny Copp gave a keynote speech thanking everyone involved in planning this year’s celebration.

DLA Land and Sea Resolve Specialist Lisa Griffin performed the national anthem and DLA Land and Sea Acquisition Specialist Amy Rich served as the event’s emcee.

Beck’s presentation highlighted the accomplishments of several women who have made lasting contributions despite challenges and adversity due to their gender and their place in a male-dominated society.

“They fought political, economic, social, cultural and civil inequalities to give us the right to develop our full potential and had significant impacts on the world as we know it today,” she said. .

The women profiled included Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and Madam CJ Walker, among others. Tubman was credited with freeing dozens of slaves and guiding them through the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. During the war, Tubman was a scout and spy for the Union Army. She was the first woman to lead a military expedition that freed 700 slaves. Tubman later became an outspoken campaigner for women’s suffrage. Anthony, was a prominent figure in the women’s suffrage movement and Madame Walker started a beauty products business for African American women, becoming the first self-made millionaire and paving the way for others to pursue entrepreneurship.

Beck pointed out that women have also been responsible for several firsts in addition to lifetime achievements.

“These are women who have broken down barriers, who have broken the proverbial glass and who have paved the way for us.”

Women such as:

The famous physicist and scientist Marie Curie, the first woman to win two Nobel Peace Prizes in two different scientific disciplines: one jointly with two others for physics and the other alone for chemistry in the early 1900s;
Amelia Earhart, became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932;
Althea Gibson, in 1956, became the first African-American woman to win the French Open;
Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first female Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990;
Sandra Day O’Connor was named the first female justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1981;
Madeleine Albright was named the first female Secretary of State in 1997; and
Kamala Harris, the first woman elected vice president of the United States
Other trailblazing women mentioned include Maya Angelou for her role in uplifting women’s voices in poetry; Dolores Huerta who helped found United Farmworkers of America and raised the bar advocating for farmworker rights; Rosa Parks who challenged racial segregation by not giving up her seat on a bus to a white person; Julia Child who became TV’s first celebrity chef and Mother Teresa for her humanitarian efforts in Calcutta.

All of these women shared a common bond, they stood up and told their stories to allow other women to carry the torch and line up behind them.

“This is an impressive list of women and it only scratches the surface of what women can do to accomplish with the right attitude, drive and network,” she said.

Beck challenged the virtual audience to empower the women in their lives.

“A strong community of women is empowered because together we are stronger,” she said.

“You don’t have to be on the top women’s list to be a leader and empower other women. But you have to make it a dedicated and conscious effort,” she added.

She said it’s important for all women to tell their story, especially if they are successful career women.

“You have to understand that people look up to you and look up to you, hold you in high regard, and sometimes you feel like you’re unapproachable, like you were born successful. Of course, you weren’t. You have worked hard to get where you are today. So tell your story, with its ups and downs, talk about your wins but share your losses and share your mistakes,” she said. “When they see that the road you’ve been on is a lot like the road they’re on, they’ll start to believe they have the power to set goals and achieve their goals.”

Beck said everyone has a responsibility to stand up for women and report injustice when they see it.

“When you see discrimination or an unequal playing field, call them out,” she said. “Sometimes a redesign is needed and sometimes someone has to open their eyes before they can see the unconscious biases they are creating.”

She concluded her remarks with a bit of advice to the virtual audience on sharing opportunities and building their network.

“We need to work together to promote each other,” she said. “Encourage other women to raise their hands for new opportunities, apply for promotions, seek training, seek mentors and take on new challenges. Give them a boost when it’s time to step out from the nest.

Beck herself is an example of empowering and empowering others. She grew up in Whitehall, on the outskirts of Defense Supply Center Columbus, attended Whitehall Yearling High School and Ohio State University.

Beck said a friend referred her to her first position with DLA as a GS-4 Accounting Technician in the then DLA Financial Center, which later became DFAS. Since then, she has had many opportunities to seek out mentors who have helped her get to where she is today by examining her potential and sharing opportunities that they believe would be a perfect fit for her.

“I didn’t raise my hand,” she said. “I was the one where someone came up to me and said, ‘Hey, we got this opportunity, and we think you’re the right person for the job. You have to take this into account.

Beck said another key to empowerment is having a strong network.

“There is strength in numbers, especially emotional strength,” she said. “The more we work together and support each other, the more we will be heard. Your age, your role, your experience, none of that matters, we have to support each other.

Natasha Porter, Chief of the Land and Sea Research Review and Analysis Division, offered advice on the difference between coaching, mentoring and sponsorship in her closing remarks.

According to the National Constitution Center, Women’s Equality Day is officially observed each year on August 26 to mark the day the 19th Constitutional Amendment giving women the right to vote was certified by U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. in 1920.

The process of ratification of the amendment by the required 36 states took more than a year. By mid-1920, 35 states had voted to ratify the amendment, four had refused to even consider the resolution, and the rest had rejected the amendment in its entirety, with the exception of Tennessee. On August 18, Tennessee Legislator Harry T. Burn voted to ensure ratification of the 19th Amendment.

In 1971, Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) championed a bill in the U.S. Congress to designate August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” This bill was passed in 1973.

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Fund 17, Propeller and Thrive Announce Financial Wellness Collaborative for Small Business Owners (Sponsored) – Mid-City Messenger


Fund 17, Helix and Thriving in New Orleans announce the creation of the Financial Wellness Collaborative, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.

This free program is designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners strengthen their overall financial health through a series of workshops and one-on-one support in areas such as loan origination and financial statements, accounting Quickbooks, business tax returns and credit ratings collection.

This collaboration between the three entrepreneur support organizations represents a holistic approach to preparing more BIPOC entrepreneurs to access capital. Working with JPMorgan Chase and our local Community Development Financial Institution lenders, the collaboration targets specific needs and opportunities to prepare small businesses to approach lenders and access capital. By leveraging each organization’s respective work to support small businesses in New Orleans, the collaboration is able to create a synergistic offering.

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“The road back is long for local small businesses hard hit by the pandemic. To recover, grow and thrive, access to capital is essential,” said Jarrett Woods, senior business consultant at Chase in New Orleans. “Chase is honored to be part of this collaboration with Propeller, Fund 17 and Thrive. Together, we will empower business owners to take control of the future. »

Free workshops and tailored one-on-one assistance are scheduled to begin in August 2022 and run through the first half of 2023 with focus areas including credit score enhancement, certifications, financial and management accounting, Quickbooks, tax preparation and loan application assistance. Each topic will also include one-on-one technical assistance available to workshop participants. Participation is first come, first served.

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“We are excited about this ecosystem-wide collaboration with our partners Fund 17 and Thrive New Orleans. We know that the inability to access capital can often be caused by many underlying factors that are also critical to the health of the business,” said Patrick Hernandez, senior manager of access to capital at Propeller.

Fund 17’s Executive Director, Veranisha Thompson, said: “Fund 17 has witnessed the need for a program like this through previous work supporting business and capital readiness and looks forward to the considerable impact it will have.

“We are stronger together, and we have a successful partnership with Fund 17 and Propeller to bring more resources to our small business community,” said Chuck Morse, Executive Director of Thrive New Orleans.

Get notified of future Thrive workshops at:

Receive notice of future Fund 17 workshops starting in October 2022: www.fund17.org

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Fund 17 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides inclusive business support and capital to New Orleans entrepreneurs.

Propeller is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps entrepreneurs grow their nonprofits and small businesses to address social and environmental disparities in New Orleans.

Thrive New Orleans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering marginalized neighbors and leaders to move from survival to prosperity. They achieve this through affordable housing, job creation and training, small business development and support, and education and wellness programs.

To learn more about this collaboration and Propeller, visit gopropeller.org

The accountant uses her financial skills in the service of the hospital


Emma Grosman

Ventura County native Emma Grossman has found a way to use her interest in finance to serve the most vulnerable people in her community.

The 33-year-old Oxnard resident, who began her career in audit and tax for national CPA firms in Los Angeles, is now chief financial officer of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Hospital Camarillo of St. John’s.

“I always had a taste in me to think of others before myself,” she said, adding that her mother, father, sister, grandfather and uncle are all doctors. “What drew me to St. John’s and away from the traditional business environment was being able to really make a difference in our community and in the lives of our patients.

The transition was successful, according to the West Ventura County Business Alliance, which this month named her Young Professional of the Year.

As CFO, Grossman leads the company’s financial reporting efforts while managing resources and people, the latter of which is one of his favorite parts of the job.

“The most rewarding part is mentoring #1 – watching individuals grow and develop to be successful,” she said. “The other thing for me is hearing the stories of the patients. It’s what keeps us going after long days.

Barry Wolfman, president and CEO of St. John’s, said Grossman exceeded all expectations.

“While the pandemic has presented some of the greatest challenges to health care and society, Emma has handled it with grace,” he said. “At a time when resources were not plentiful, she and her team constantly went above and beyond to ensure that the hospital and the community were more than equipped to handle a surge in patients.”

He describes Grossman as a born leader who prioritizes kindness.

“As a native of Ventura County, Emma approaches every project and initiative with a common goal: to care for the community,” he said.

Grossman, who grew up in Westlake Village, became a chartered accountant in 2014 after earning her bachelor’s degree in business studies from Drew University in New Jersey and her master’s degree in accounting from USC.

She began her healthcare career as a comptroller at Los Robles Regional Medical Center, but realized she had higher ambitions.

“I decided my career goal was really to be a CFO,” Grossman said. “I strive to muster enough business acumen to be that trusted advisor in a company . . . and I felt the CFO role was dynamic and really pushed the boundaries.

Still, she found her job in the healthcare industry fulfilling, which is why she was thrilled when she learned of a position opening in St. John’s in late 2020.

Grossman, who was recognized Aug. 18 at the business alliance’s annual Oxnard Community and Business Awards, said she was honored to be just nominated.

“I was incredibly humbled, considering there are so many talented professionals, especially in Oxnard, under the age of 40, who are doing tremendous things for our community,” she said. . “I try to leave every place and every person I’ve interacted with hopefully a little better.”

The CFO’s advice to other young professionals?

“Work hard, be patient, and relentlessly pursue your goals,” Grossman said.

These MMA enthusiasts turned Web3 entrepreneurs launch their dream NFT with a mind-blowing utility!


LA VEGAS, August 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The MRI Fight Club is a collection of 4,444 unique Marshall Inu NFTs for crypto and MMA enthusiasts around the world on the Ethereum blockchain. This project is more than a collection of digital art; it’s the key to the growing Marshall Inu ecosystem!

Each NFT is made up of a unique combination of 519 traits. This includes the background of the image, clothing, eyes, glasses, mouth, fur, belts and hats. Some are 1/1s in tribute to martial artists and fighters who support and defend Marshall Inu. All “Fight Club” NFTs are unique, but some are rarer than others!

Owning an NFT Fight Club provides game-changing benefits and exclusive access to the holder. These include passive income, perpetual entries into a no-loss lottery for loyal holders who can have chances to win UFC tickets, win a trip to meet and greet fighters, and even earn entry to events. exclusives such as the Marshall Mansion experience.

Marshall Mansion events are expected to coincide with major UFC cards, and holders of three or more “Fight Club” NFTs can earn participation through a raffle. Winners will be transported to the mansion by limo and will be able to spend two luxurious nights there to party, mingle with MMA superstars, eat and drink and, of course, attend UFC fight night! The next Mansion event will take place in October to align with UFC280; Oliveria against Makhachev! It’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend!

About Marshall Inu:

Marshall Inu was designed to help MMA fighters succeed with an additional source of income. As a passionate group of MMA enthusiasts, the Marshall Inu team is on a mission to merge the worlds of MMA and meme parts to do something good with the Marshall Inu community. Marshall Inu has sponsored and donated over 500 MMA fighters, and donated over $5 million to fighters, trainers, gyms and grassroots fight federations on five continents to date!

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UBS sells its alternative investment platform


UBS unloads a fund platform for alternative investments on iCapital. But the Swiss bank continues to hold a strategic stake in the buyer.

UBS is selling the management and operation of its UBS Fund Advisor platform for alternative investments to iCaptial. The platform, known as Alpha Keys Funds, represents more than $7 billion in client assets, according to a press release.

The transaction notably includes feeder funds in the areas of private equity, hedge funds and real estate investment. UBS Financial Advisors will continue to advise high net worth and ultra high net worth clients who hold such funds in their portfolios. It would also offer solutions to better meet each client’s financial needs and goals.

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Founded in 2013, iCapital presents itself as the first global fintech platform promoting access to alternative investments for the asset and wealth management industry. Because iCapital’s solutions automate and digitize the entire private markets investment lifecycle, they eliminate many manual and paper-based transaction processes.

Strategic investment by UBS

In 2017, UBS took a stake in iCapital and entered into a strategic partnership to distribute new feeder funds that provide private market assets to clients. At the time, UBS also integrated iCapital’s proprietary technology into its private funds business to automate its alternative investment offerings. The New York company has also had a presence in Zurich since 2018.

In 2021, the strategic partnership was expanded to further digitize the offering for UBS advisors. At the same time, information and analysis of clients’ investments in the private market must be improved on UBS’s international sites.

In an interview with finenews.com in May, CEO of iCaptial Lawrence Calcano says that UBS, for example, “doesn’t need our help finding managers or due diligence managers. But we can build their alternative investment infrastructure, power it with our technology, and grow their alternative ecosystem.”

Kandi Bedroom Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Women’s Empowerment


ATLANTA, Aug. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bedroom Kandi, the award-winning pleasure and beauty products company for independent female sales consultants, today announces the return of the annual Bedroom Kandi Convention, the industry’s premier event for fostering women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment from August 26-28, 2022. The conference resumes in-person for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic, while offering a virtual attendee option to expand access to its thousands of direct sales consultants. The 2022 conference marks the company’s 10th anniversary with notable recent highlights, including winning its fourth XBiz Home Party Company of the Year award, the launch of new beauty and wellness products, and promotions of key personnel demonstrating successful execution of strategic initiatives.

“This movement may have started with my entrepreneurial dream of creating beautiful, high-quality, affordable pleasure and wellness products, but I quickly realized how many people weren’t given the opportunity to make it. access, as well as feel comfortable enough to explore them I saw the need for the support, which became the vision for this Bedroom Kandi – consultants can provide the guidance needed, while changing their own lives and their communities by being able to build independent businesses with a truly flexible model,” said Kandi Burruss, Founder of Bedroom Kandi. prohibitive. This systemic issue is why Bedroom Kandi’s goal is to provide anyone with the opportunity to bet on themselves and their desire to improve their lives through our proven entrepreneur program.”

The annual convention will feature influencer speeches from renowned entrepreneur, Dr. Lynn Richardson, as well as the Grammy Award-winning songwriter, star of the The Real Housewives of Atlanta from Bravo TV and Bedroom Kandi Founder, Kandi Burruss, discussing how income independence has the power to change lives and communities by rethinking how to reverse socio-economic inequalities.

Keynotes from Bedroom Kandi’s Executive Director, Rita Silva-Grondin, will explore how the company is uniquely handling supply chain disruptions by expanding partnerships with designer-based small-batch manufacturing to help abroad and expand its supplier networks to improve supply chain resilience and business performance. Panel discussions and follow-up sessions led by industry experts and leaders will explore the essentials for success as an entrepreneur, including revealing emerging trends in marketing and direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales. , best practices for CBD products and payment processing, as well as immersive trainings on beauty and intimate product lines.

To maximize consultant productivity and efficiency for success, the company recently promoted its 2019 Top Sales Representative, Kasha Johnson, from the home-based consultant organization to the Bedroom Kandi corporate team, who leads the training and development function in the field. Building on previous roles responsible for driving community engagement in government, non-profit and private companies, Ms. Johnson brings nearly a decade of experience as a network marketing consultant and also a coach. accredited in clinical sexuality. Kandi celebrates his move to head office by saying, “There are few people who have such deep knowledge and intense passion, who are able to translate it into education in such an entertaining way. It facilitates the desire to get to work.

Bedroom Kandi is widely recognized as an industry leader and champion of change. This has long been demonstrated through continued investment in sales-enhancing technology platforms and prioritizing body-safe, wellness-centric ingredients and materials in our intimate product lines – “It wasn’t an industry-wide consideration 10 years ago, but we’ve been consistent in this product philosophy since day one,” said Bedroom Kandi General Manager Rita Silva- Grondin.” In celebrating the 10th anniversary of Bedroom Kandi, we are reaffirming our fundamental belief that pleasure and well-being are for all. On this mission by evolving our multi-level supplier strategy, bringing in creators of products and dedicated collaborators to help ensure uninterrupted customer experiences and greater supply chain resilience with locally made products, cont instrumental in facilitating Bedroom Kandi’s next decade of success.

About the Kandi Room:

Bedroom Kandi’s mission is to de-stigmatize intimacy and self-love, promote sexual wellness and education, while empowering entrepreneurs to succeed in their independent businesses. Bedroom Kandi was founded in 2011 by award-winning singer-songwriter, Bravo TV’s Real Housewife of Atlanta and entrepreneur Kandi Burruss, in collaboration with intimate product developers Brian and Suki Dunham. The Home Party division was launched in 2012 with a mission to enable others to earn flexibly in The Business of Pleasure™.

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LTBA urges CEC to strike its observation from the order


ISLAMABAD, August 23: The Lahore Tax Bar Association (LTBA) has deplored the attempt by PTI lawyers to shift the blame onto the auditors for any wrongdoing found in the PTI foreign funding case and urged the Chief Electoral Commissioner (CEC) to erase his observations. of the ECP command.

In a letter dated August 20 to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, LTBA President Akhter Mahmood Mian wrote: “It is deplorable to use this kind of profession for one’s own motives without heed and without measuring the loss to be borne by such a noble profession. In these circumstances, we pray that the statements of observation and confidence of the PTI attorneys are please deleted or expunged from the ECP order.

The letter states that transferring wrongdoing to the auditor “another state profession is slandered, disgraced or unnecessarily criticized by the general public.”

“The misdeeds or misdeeds of the management of an organization which would benefit from it, cannot be put on the shoulders of the auditors and cannot be brought into disrepute. The Learned Lawyers (PTI) were not justified in using the auditors’ credentials for their own purposes,” the letter states.

The President of the LTBA also reproduced a related portion of the order to support his claim and wrote: “…Thanks to this observation of the electoral commission, even it is the argument of counsel for the respondent on which he relied and took shelter from the firm of certified public accountants and describes that the respondent’s auditors are rated QCR by the ICAP, because on the basis of this list, he there are only 120 firms out of 691 firms (These 120 firms include large, medium and small firms and sole proprietorships as well) and the auditors fall into State Bank Category A in which there is no there are only 14 cabinets”.

Mahmood Mian said that the arguments put forward by the lawyer were based on this impression, this fact and this reason that the audit was carried out by such a company which carried out this type of references and background, therefore these accounts were correct, therefore, this procedure began. on Akbar’s complaint Sher Babar should be closed because there was no error in these accounts, but the honorable electoral commission said in this order that there were also many undeclared accounts or hidden funds and prohibited funds.

However, the President of the LTBA clarified that this representation was not intended to become a party to this case or to advocate to any political party or other person who may have been affected by financial wrongdoing of any kind. whatever, but rather to defend our accounting profession which primarily has the legitimate authority, source, technology and ability to perform the auditing service.

“That this order/report of the Electoral Commission which contains observations on the firm of chartered accountants namely Munif Ziauddin & Co Chartered Accountants and finally the order be adopted that there are prohibited funds and concealed accounts, left the impression and a strong opinion in the general public that the audit is not conducted properly by the auditors and that they have been negligent in their duties and that the auditors are rated QCR by ICAP.

Fingers raised on the QCR rated firm, the QCR process and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan which is a public body established by the Chartered Accountants Ordinance 1961 as the Federal Government is heavily represented on the Council of ICAP as government candidates.

The federal government exercises such strict control over the powers of the ICAP Board that the Board cannot change or frame its regulations until prior government approval is sought,” he noted.

“The audit is not conducted for the government or semi-government department, regulators, financial institutions, creditors or potential investors, but rather to report the members or appointing authority of any company, business or non-profit organization.

The company, business or any organization may provide its copy to any department because the said financial statement accompanied by the report of the auditors is the property of the said company, business or organization.

The recipient of the financial statements appended to the auditors’ report has no authority or lawful right to examine, analyze or audit the financial statements and to prove that these financial statements are false or incorrect and that the audit does not ‘is not carried out by the auditors to his satisfaction and the auditors are held responsible or held responsible for bad reputation,’ he wrote in the letter.

He said the auditors have not prepared the accounts nor are they legally authorized to make the necessary disclosures in the accounts and to decide on the accounting policies on the basis of which the accounts are finalized.

Accounting assumptions and estimates are also selected and adopted by management itself. The auditors express an opinion on the financial statements prepared by management.

The auditors do not issue the certificate that the accounts are correct, but the auditors express an opinion that the accounts give a true and fair view… Based on the statement issued by the management, the auditors publish the report of the auditors as required per International Standard on Auditing 580.

“Although the auditors have received management’s written representation that management has discharged its responsibility for the preparation of the financial statements and the completeness of the information provided to the auditors, the auditors have performed the audit and were satisfied with the financial statements provided for Audit.

The auditors designed the audit programs taking into account the risk of error, error or misstatement. With these audit procedures, including compliance and substance, the audit work is complete. While updating and completing the audit International Standard on Auditing, ICAP technical guidelines, disclosures required under the Companies Act 2017 or other relevant laws governing the relevant companies are kept in mind,” he noted.

“That wrongdoing or wrongdoing by the management of an organization, who might benefit from it, cannot be placed on the shoulders of the auditors and cannot be brought into disrepute. The eminent lawyers were not justified in using the powers of the auditors for their own ends and for their confidence, because the auditors practicing as active members of ICAP are equal and enjoy equal status when performing their professional services.

If a practicing accountant is criticized or slandered, the entire profession is put at risk in the eyes of the general public and the person and organization seeking the services of accountants nationally or international.

It can be reported that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan is a member of the International Federation of Accountants and fully complies with all the standards and regulations of IFAC.

In conclusion, Mahmood Mian said that it is deplorable to use this kind of profession for one’s own motives without caring and without measuring the loss to be borne by such a noble profession. In these circumstances, it is requested that the attorney’s statements of observation and confidence may be deleted or erased from the order.

Ribble Gravel AL Enthusiast SRAM Rival 1x Review – Gravel Bikes – Bikes


Ribble’s naming conventions are pretty self-explanatory, so you know what you’re getting with the Gravel AL. This £1,999 build is spec’d with a 1X SRAM Rival groupset (Shimano 105 equivalent), Mavic Allroad 650b wheels and chunky WTB Sendero tyres.

There are a range of other groupset configurations available with the Gravel AL, including SRAM Apex 1X (£1699), Shimano GRX RX400 (£1699), Shimano GRX RX600 (£1999) and Shimano GRX RX800 (2 £399), with electronic groups also offered when you upgrade to the carbon fiber Gravel SL models.

For larger budgets, titanium Gravel Ti versions are also offered, as well as additional support with the Gravel AL e electric gravel bike.

Ribble Gravel AL Enthusiast SRAM Rival 1x frame details

Even with wide 47mm tires there is plenty of clearance.
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At first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking the Gravel AL for a carbon bike, thanks to the incredibly smooth welds between its frame tubes and the nice shape around the head tube.

It’s only when you cast your eyes towards the base that a signature alloy weld is visible, unlike some other bikes in the economy alloy category.

Up front, a super thick carbon fork offers tons of space around the supplied 47mm wide tires, which bodes very well for clearing mud during the winter months. Each fork blade is adorned with three mounts, so you can load up cages to carry kit or water if you fancy a few days (or months) on the trails.

Only one color is offered, with the British Racing Green finish, with matt and glossy areas, which turns heads.

However, if you fancy something unique, Ribble also offers a custom color scheme. For the price of £299 you can order your dream painting.

This is easily configurable via the brand’s online design platform, where you can choose the color of the frame and decals, as well as gloss, matte or glitter finishes. Having had a few bikes privately repainted over the years, this seems like a pretty decent value.

Ribble Gravel AL Enthusiast Geometry SRAM Rival 1x

The geometry is fairly typical of a modern gravel bike, with this size XS measuring up to a 1036mm wheelbase and 70.5-degree head tube angle.

The Gravel AL comes in a fantastic range of sizes, from XXS (for riders from 152cm/5ft) to XL (for riders up to 194cm/6ft 4in).

There’s a decent level of tire clearance on offer, with up to 47mm for the 650b tires and 45mm for the 700c; the Gravel AL can take both wheel sizes.

Ribble Gravel AL Enthusiast SRAM Rival 1x Specifications

You’ll get an impressive spec for the price.
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The SRAM Rival 1x build kit offers a fairly generous gear range in a simple, easy-to-use format with the 42t chainring and 11-42t cassette. Hydraulic disc brakes are also essential for tackling the toughest stuff.

Unsurprisingly, the mid-range Gravel AL comes equipped with a finishing kit from Ribble’s in-house component brand, LEVEL, with an alloy seatpost, Gravel Riser stem and handlebars, which provide 100% lift. 20mm, as well as a generous 16 degree flare on the drops.

Mavic Allroad 650b wheels are spec’d and shod with chunky 47mm WTB Sendero tires. With a tread closer to cross-country mountain bike tires, these unlock an exciting level of capability with the Ribble Gravel AL on more challenging terrain.

Ribble Gravel AL Enthusiast SRAM Rival 1x riding impressions

The 20mm rise on the bar helps with stability.
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Lively, capable and great to ride: the Gravel AL certainly impressed in testing. Although the big Senderos aren’t the fastest gravel bike tires on the road, they come into their own once you hit more technical gravel and singletrack.

Likewise, if you find you’re spending more time on smoother, paved trails, it wouldn’t be an ordeal to swap them out for the less aggressive 650b tires.

Fit was the one area where I felt the Gravel AL could be improved. At 165cm, I fell to the middle of the XS size, and although the frame size was snug, the reach was long. I slammed the saddle forward to offset the extended seatpost a bit, but from the center of the top of the handlebars to the position of the cowl, the path is really quite long.

Women tend to have proportionately longer legs and shorter torsos than men.

Women’s gravel and road bikes tend to solve this problem, either with specific geometry to reduce reach or with a slightly different choice of components, but in this case you may need to take matters into your own hands. with this unisex model.

The option of a short-reach handlebar and alloy seatpost online at no extra cost through Ribble’s bike customizer would make this offer much more appealing to many female riders.

The fat WTB Sendero tires are the most comfortable off-road.
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I found the saddle to be very comfortable though, despite being a unisex model rather than one of the best women’s bike saddles. There are five different saddles to choose from in the customizer at no extra cost, including some women’s models.

The SRAM Rival shifting was smooth and consistent (adjusted cable-to-bar tension, which is expected of a new bike), and the powerful hydraulic brakes gave me control on descents and rougher terrain .

While the gearing was adequate for most Dartmoor tarmac hills, a smaller 40- or 38-tooth chainring would be useful for spinning looser dirt climbs, especially when loaded for the bike.

The component choices largely make sense. Although the bars were a bit too wide for me at 42cm, the 20mm rise was a delight. For shorter riders, this gives additional front tire clearance for a bar bag.

If you prefer a zero height bar you can opt for this at no extra cost in Ribble’s customization options, although unfortunately 42cm is the only width available for all frame sizes.

At just 10.3kg, the Ribble Gravel AL is quite light, even with the big WTB Sendero tires.

It’s huge fun to drive and great value for money.
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The Ribble Gravel AL was great fun to ride and a bike I would be really proud to own.

The value you get at this price is truly impressive. While I would need to spend a little more to optimize the fit, key construction elements like the quality SRAM Rival drivetrain and Mavic Allroad wheelset can’t be overlooked.

The fat 650b tire setup is pleasingly more aggressive than what you see on most gravel bikes, although I’m sure the build would be just as fun on tarmac and lighter gravel with a 700c tire setup, 40mm.

I love the matt and gloss British Racing Green paint, but if that’s not your cup of tea, for £299 you can choose your dream paint.

2022 40 Under 40: Andrew Quinn


One word to describe you: Curious

Foster mother: NYU and Columbia University

Fun fact about yourself: I was a Maryland state champion in extemporaneous speaking in high school.

Andrew Quinn joined LA Metro in 2015 as Senior Environmental Specialist and has continually helped improve the agency as he rose through the ranks. He was promoted to Senior Manager in 2019, then served as Acting Senior Manager in 2021. During his time in the Environmental Compliance and Sustainability department, Quinn worked on many successful projects to further sustainability efforts. of the agency. Quinn planned and managed the expansion of LA Metro’s electric vehicle charger program from 20 to 100 chargers, including piloting the electrification of LA Metro’s non-revenue fleet. He mentored staff in learning new technical, financial and legal skills, and conducted training sessions for staff to develop a better understanding of zero-emission bus technologies, project delivery methods, financial analysis and contract structuring. In addition to the electric vehicle charging program, he developed a triple bottom line analysis tool currently used on projects and worked on the sustainable capital program.

Since assuming his current role as Assistant General Manager of LA Metro’s Office of Strategic Innovation, he has been instrumental in several projects. He led value-for-money analysis for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor light rail project; supported the development of the Sepulveda Pre-Development Agreement (PDA); and oversaw the development of early work delivery methods and public-private partnerships for the Santa Ana West Branch Light Rail Transit Project. He then led the partnerships team in preparing business cases for the Sepulveda, West Santa Ana Branch and Zero Emission Bus projects and in coordinating LA Metro’s involvement in the Inglewood Transit Connector automated shuttle project. .

Most notably, Quinn was instrumental in the development of the Sepulveda PDA, a first-of-its-kind competitive PDA involving two private sector teams to design heavy rail and monorail solutions for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. Teams compete to be selected by LA Metro as the locally preferred alternative and opportunity to build, finance, operate and maintain the transit line. His work has focused on developing the scope of work and its relationship to the CEQA/NEPA environmental processes and value for money assessment process, PDA assessment criteria and PDA compensation structure. During the active procurement process, he worked collaboratively to receive feedback from PDA Proponents and revise the PDA RFP and PDA Agreement to ultimately attract four proposals. He currently leads the financial workflow and value for money analysis to meet the requirements of the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act and to recommend the best delivery method for the project.

He actively engages businesses in structured market soundings to receive feedback on proposed projects and LA Metro contract terms to develop commercially attractive and competitive projects that meet LA Metro’s goals and objectives. Andrew has led several market sounding efforts engaging major construction, engineering and investment firms to share lessons learned, market insights and soliciting their feedback on projects under development. These market sounding efforts helped Metro develop a project strategy, solicitation and contractual framework, and informed the Agency of industry best practices.

It supports the development of the California Infrastructure Delivery Coalition (CALInfra), a nonprofit organization focused on educating and informing state and local governments and transit agencies about the different forms of project delivery and advocates for authority to allow them to use whatever form of project delivery they deem most appropriate to achieve their goals and objectives. He also speaks at several conferences and works with peers from other agencies such as Maryland DOT, New Jersey Transit and Canada Infrastructure Bank to share best practices on project delivery methods and how they can help improve the provision of public transport services.

What do you like most about your job?

Working on so many different aspects of the business. Leading LA Metro’s partnerships team, I work with engineers, architects, construction managers, contractors, attorneys, investors, financial, asset and purchasing managers, operators, lane inspectors, politicians, residents, etc. perspective.

What is the hardest part of your job?

I enjoy collaborating and learning from people with very different perspectives and expertise, but reaching consensus on a single issue or project can be difficult. Invariably, almost all solutions have a cost. Even if the net benefits outweigh the costs, one aspect of the project may suffer and the person or team responsible for that part of the project may find it difficult to accept the overall solution. Finding that balance between multiple perspectives and interests to achieve the best results for a project, the agency and the region is a process that requires patience, perseverance and open-mindedness.

What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?

Being part of the team that developed Sepulveda’s pre-development agreement. First of all, people were a pleasure to work with. And figuring out how to structure the procurement and contract to ensure innovative competition, protect the interests of LA Metro and taxpayers, and enable a collaborative environment between LA Metro and its contractors was an incredibly fascinating puzzle to piece together. Working now on implementation with LA Metro staff, PDA teams and our technical, environmental, outreach, financial and legal advisors is also very rewarding. It is a constant learning process. Key idea so far: A contract is one of the most powerful tools for internal organizational change.

Best tips/tricks/best practices to share in your area of ​​expertise?

Start by asking yourself the questions: what are the results I want to achieve? What is the process to get there? Then, focus on the process and recognize and accept what you can’t (and shouldn’t!) control.

Adolfo and Andres Rodriguez with A/R Financial Group, interviewed on the Influential Entrepreneurs podcast discussing tax mitigation for retirement


Adolfo and Andres Rodriguez discuss their approach to helping clients create a savings plan that makes sense for a successful future.

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Rodriguez says, “We have extensive experience and knowledge of the products we offer, as well as the expertise to use these products to provide maximum benefit and protection to our customers. Our commitment and our desire are to establish a trusting and lasting relationship with our customers. This commitment has served us well over the years. We take pride in knowing that our clients keep coming back to us for advice. We strive to build meaningful and rewarding relationships with our clients.

Building wealth is an important financial goal for many people. But it’s not always easy to do so in a tax-efficient way. One strategy that can be used to build wealth in a tax-efficient way is to use permanent life insurance. This type of insurance provides a death benefit that can be used to help build wealth while providing certain tax benefits. This strategy can be a great way to build wealth in a tax-efficient way. Working with a finance professional is key to making sure they are right for the situation.

Learn more: http://adolforetirement.com/

About Adolfo and Andrés Rodriguez

Adolfo Rodriguez became Managing Partner of A/R Financial Group in 2005. With over 20 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, Adolfo Rodriguez has always focused on the unique needs and objectives of the community of pre-retirees and retirees. Adolfo Rodriguez and his team serve a select group of families to help them build and maintain the retirement lifestyle they have worked so hard for and deserve.

Adolfo Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Houston Clear Lake and holds the following designations: Registered Financial Consultant (RFC), National Social Security Advisor (NSSA). He is a member of the National Financial Planning Association and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Adolfo Rodriguez created the “GRIP”, a proprietary system that produces guaranteed retirement income, and author of the book “My Retirement Rescue”. Adolfo is currently president of Houston’s nonprofit Casa Cuba. Adolfo is a member of the San Jacinto College Advisory Committee Board of Trustees. Adolfo is a speaker for SOFA, a nonprofit Society of Financial Awareness. He is also a co-founder of Bio Energetic, with two pain management clinics in Las Vegas, Nevada, San Antonio, and opening one in Houston in 2022. Adolfo Rodriguez has been featured on numerous networks as an expert in social security and retirement.

Adolfo Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1966, and his parents were able to leave the communist island for a better life in 1968. Adolfo’s family was transplanted to Texas, where they lived their entire lives. Adolfo grew up in Pasadena from the age of 12 and has been here ever since. Adolfo learned from his father the value of hard work, honesty and integrity. His father opened and operated his own business, and Adolfo inherited the business after his father’s death in 2016. Adolfo manages the accounting part of his father’s business while other family members manage the day-to-day business operations.

Adolfo Rodriguez married his wife Denise Rodriguez in 1992 and has two children, son Andres and daughter Alexa. Alexa is a graduate of the University of Houston and will teach and coach at her old high school Andres, after playing basketball at the University of Kansas on an athletic scholarship, joined the company as a junior adviser . Adolfo is a Shriner and enjoys volunteering at hospitals located in Galveston. Adolfo is proud to be a Shriner and the work they do in the community. Adolfo enjoys spending time with his children and his wife; they love to travel and do multiple outdoor activities in the great state of Texas. Adolfo and his wife Denise have their family roots in Texas, and Texas is their home.

Andres Rodriguez completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Houston Clear Lake. In 2021, Andrés became a Junior Partner with over 5 years of industry experience. Her goal is to create a personalized plan for each client based on their current financial situation and future retirement goals. In addition to his personal insurance licenses, Rodriguez continues his studies in order to obtain other licenses to better serve his clients.

Ever since he was little, Andres Rodriguez has lived in the Pasadena area. Growing up, Andres learned about the financial industry by watching his father (current managing partner) lead and grow AR Financial Group into what it is today. During this time, he learned the importance of hard work, which eventually led him to play college basketball. The goal of his hard work is now to help his customers on a daily basis. Learn the process to ensure clients can achieve their financial goals consistently. Andres loves Texas and has no desire to leave this great state.

Andres loves dogs and enjoys spending time with his two adult German Shepherds “Lady and Ryan”. Andres enjoys swapping stories with other dog owners, he is always amazed at how different dogs can be depending on breed. He would like to be a breeder as a hobby later in life.

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ZZLL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, INC: Changes in Chartered Accountant, Financial Statements, and Supporting Documentation (Form 8-K)


Item 4.01 Changes in Certifying Accountant of Declarant.

Former registered independent accounting firm

On August 15, 2022, ZZLL Information Technology, Inc. (the “Company”) has received notice of resignation from its independent chartered accountant, WWC,
professional corporation (“WWC”), effective immediately.

WWC was hired by us on June 10, 2020 and rendered reports on the financial statements of the Company for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2021. For years ended December 31, 2020 and 2021 and until August 15, 2022, the date of resignation, WWC has not provided any adverse opinion or reservation on our financial statements nor has it disagreed with the Company since their engagement on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or scope or of audit procedure, except that both of these reports contained an explanatory paragraph stating that there was substantial doubt as to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern, disagreements which, if not resolved to the satisfaction of WWC, would have caused WWC to refer to the subject of the disagreement. as part of the audit of the Company’s financial statements. None of the reportable events described in Rule SK Section 304(a)(1)(v)(A)-(D) occurred in the period from WWC’s engagement to the date of resignation.

We provided WWC with a copy of this report prior to its filing with the
Security and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and requested that it provide our company with a letter addressed to the SECOND indicating whether it agrees with the above statements. WWC indicated that it sent the letter contained in exhibit 16.1 attached to the SECONDwhich is incorporated herein by reference.

New independent accounting firm

On August 16, 2022the Company has engaged HHC (“HHC”) as our independent registered public accounting firm for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2022. The decision to engage HHC as a registered independent public accounting firm has been approved by the Company’s Board of Directors.

Over the past two years and up to the date of this report, we have not consulted HHC regarding any of the following:

        1.  the application of accounting principles to any specified transaction,
            either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might
            be rendered on our financial statements;

        2.  the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company's
            financial statements by HHC, in either case where written or oral
            advice provided by HHC would be an important factor considered by the
            Company in reaching a decision as to any accounting, auditing or
            financial reporting issues; or

        3.  any matter that was either the subject of a disagreement (as defined
            in paragraph (a)(1)(iv) of Item 304 of Regulation S-K and the related
            instructions thereto) or a reportable event (as described in paragraph
            (a)(1)(v) of Item 304 of Regulation S-K).

Item 9.01. Financial statements and supporting documents

Exhibit                                   Description
16.1        Letter from WWC, PC on Change in Certifying Accountant.
104       Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


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Local vinyl record collectors with a passion for this hobby


Fourth Annual Vinyl Sale and Record Swap Set for Vankleek Hill on September 10

“Vinyl never really went away,” insists avid record collector Rob Carr. Photo submitted

Local vinyl lovers will have the chance to add to their collections – and pass on some of their extras – when Beau’s Brewery presents the fourth annual Vankleek Hill Vinyl Sale and Swap at the Windsor Tavern on September 10th.

Organizers hope local collectors will show up with their duplicates and other items to trade at the swap. It’s also a great way for enthusiasts to meet and talk about a hobby that’s growing in popularity by leaps and bounds every year – nearly 30 years after vinyl records were left to die.

“Vinyl has never really gone away,” insists Rob Carr, who is organizing the event, with sponsorship from local brewery Beau’s.

Carr went from being a normal audiophile to avid vinyl collector in the early 1990s, when he lived near Finnegan’s Market in Hudson, Quebec. There he discovered a virtual treasure trove of old vinyl records sold as a result of the growing popularity of compact discs (CDs).

“I would go to the flea market on Saturday mornings and there would be one or two guys selling records,” Carr recalls. “At that time they were a dollar apiece and they were in amazing shape.”

“I started bringing home between 20 and 40 vinyl records every Saturday.”

As her enthusiasm for collecting vinyl grew, Carr continued to expand her space for the hobby. The Vankleek Hill resident now owns over 4,000 albums – a number he says is quite reasonable for avid vinyl collectors.

“It’s not really much – I know people who are a lot crazier than me,” laughs Carr. “I know a guy in Hudson who has over 15,000.”

The value of vinyl albums can vary widely depending on a number of factors, including rarity, condition, and featured artist. Some albums are worth next to nothing, while others can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. The most popular are vintage rock albums, which are collected not only by those who listened to the music when it was first released, but also by younger generations who have developed a love for classic rock.

“Young kids got into collecting and they love our classic rock,” says Carr. “All the standard stuff, like Led Zepplin, The Doors, Pink Floyd, won’t sit on a shelf for a second – here we go.”

“All these young people are buying this stuff like crazy.”

The popularity of classic rock records among young people is a bit of an annoyance to the older generation, Carr says, but he’s learned to accept the bad with the good.

“Because young people are so into it, they’ve jacked up prices and driven some of us out of the market. But we’re glad the demand is there, because it continues the love of vinyl.

The biggest surprise for the enthusiastic collector is the popularity of vintage punk records.

“Never in my life would I have thought punk records were worth anything, but now they’re among the most expensive because they’ve been produced in such small quantities.”

Condition is also very important when it comes to value, although for novice collectors and those less picky, condition is not as critical.

“I have quite a few records that aren’t necessarily in great condition, but if I got them for 50 cents or a dollar, I didn’t care,” enthuses Carr. “But if they’re not in good condition, a real collector won’t want them.”

Vinyl exchanges like the one in Vankleek Hill on September 10 are a great place to meet other vinyl collectors. Photo submitted

Vinyl exchanges are a great place to meet other vinyl collectors and provide a great opportunity to find records in excellent condition that might be of a genre that one collector prefers over another.

“You can take 10 rabid record collectors, put them together in the same room, and they have nothing in common when it comes to musical tastes,” Carr notes. “Someone may be a metal fan, another likes folk rock or jazz. There are plenty of trading opportunities. »

For vinyl lovers, digital music on a computer or compact disc will never replace vinyl, which Carr says offers much better sound quality.

“We don’t like digital, because digital isn’t real,” he explains. “Analog is the only way to reproduce the waveform correctly.”

The vinyl sale and swap meet at the Windsor Tavern on Sept. 10 will run from noon to 4 p.m. and Carr says he and many other local collectors can’t wait.

“For us vinyl people, the pursuit is almost more exciting than the discovery. You can’t resist – you see a box of 100 discs and you have to go through them, even though you think there’s nothing in there.

Rob Carr’s vinyl record collection has over 4,000 albums. Photo submitted

Planners – Brainerd Dispatch | News, weather, sports from Brainerd and Baxter


Morrison County Board of Commissioners

Meets at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23

Government Center, Little Falls

1. Call to order by the President




4.1 Awards of Excellence


5.1 Approve county council minutes 7.26

5.2 Approval of mandates

5.3 Approve the July cash report

5.4 Approve an exempt license for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church to hold bingo

5.5 Approving a New Big Johnson’s Market Tobacco License

5.6 Approve resignation of county auditor/treasurer







Meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23

501 Laurel St. Council Chambers, Brainerd

The public is invited to attend this meeting in person.

Assist by phone: 1-844-992-4726; Meeting passcode: 2493 829 3138. The meeting is also televised on CTC Cable Channel 8 and streamed live on YouTube: www.youtube.com/CityOfBrainerdMN

1. Call to order – 4 p.m.

2. Roll call

3. Oath of Allegiance

4. Approval of the agenda

5. Consent Schedule

NOTICE TO PUBLIC – All matters listed are considered routine by the Board and will all be carried by one (1) motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless just cause is demonstrated prior to the time the Board votes on the motion.

A. Approval of the minutes

Minutes of May 24, 2022 and June 28, 2022

B. Approval of disbursements

August 2022

C. Financial reports

July 2022 financial report

6. Unfinished Business

A. Mississippi Landing Trailhead Park Construction Update

B. Approve amendment no. 2 to the MLT Park WSB contract

C. Recommend park projects for use of ARPA funds

7. New Business

A. Approve the retirement of Administrative Specialist Kimberly Finch

8. Public forum

Time allotted to citizens to bring to the attention of the

Council’s attention. Deadlines may be imposed.

9. Board member reports

10. Staff reports

August Department Reports

11. Adjourn

Meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24

Large library meeting room

The finance committee meets before the board meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Brainerd Public Library Board Agenda

1. Call to order

2. Roll Call/Introductions

3. Approve the agenda

4. Approve the minutes of the meeting of July 26, 2022

5. President’s report

6. Librarian’s report

7. Finance Committee Report

8. Buildings and Grounds Committee Report

9. Steering committee report

10. Report of the KRL representative

11. Friends of the Library Report

12. Open forum

13. Unfinished Business

14. New Business

a. Mast adjustment

15. Adjourn

Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board of Commissioners

Meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24

Brainerd Town Hall Council Chamber and Conference Via WebEx

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Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of July 27



a. Submission of the preliminary budget of the general fund 2023 with the city of Brainerd


a. Financial report

b. HCV report

vs. Housing management report

D. Report on rehabilitation programs

e. Executive Director’s Report


9. NEXT MEETING: Wed. September 28


Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners

Meets at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23

County Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, Historic Courthouse, Brainerd


1. 9 a.m. Call to order and oath of allegiance

2. Open forum

3. Proclamation of recovery month

3.1. Proclamation of September 2022 as Recovery Month in Crow Wing County

4. Review and approve minutes

4.1. 08/09/22 Regular County Council Meeting Minutes

4.2. Minutes of the special meeting of the board of directors of 08/16/22

5. Review and approve the agenda

6. Consent Program

6.1. Invoices

6.2. Personal actions

6.3. OSC Operational Improvement Grant Program

6.4. Exempt Gaming Permit – Mule Deer Foundation

6.5. 2022 Temporary 3.2% malt liquor license

6.6. 2022 Budget Amendment – Purchase of a Land Services Van

6.7. Allowances

6.8. Request for final payment, contract no. 22008, CP 18-200-121 and 18-300-34


7.1. Minnesota Inter-County Association (MICA) Update

8. Land Services

8.1. Knife River/Borg Environmental Assessment Worksheet Decision

9. County Engineer

9.1. Professional Services Contract for the Crosslake Pedestrian and Intersection Improvement Project

10. County Sheriff

11. County Attorney

11.1. Raceway update

12. County Administrator

12.1. Senior Management Team Report

12.2. Hold a public hearing to consider revising the Short-Term Rental License Ordinance

12.3. Resolution concerning the administration of elections

12.4. Tender for Broadband in the Town of Jenkins, Township of Jenkins and Township of Ideal

13. Additional Business

14. Adjournment

Crow Wing County Budget Committee

Meets at 9 a.m. Thursday, August 25


1. 2023 Operations Budget Update

2. Capital Improvement Projects Fund 2023 Budget Update

3. Additional business

Crow Wing County Committee Meeting Schedule

The following list includes Crow Wing County meetings that may be attended by one or more members of Crow Wing County Council:

Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, County Council Meeting, Historic Courthouse, County Council Chambers/Teams (218-302-1725, 944049791#)

Meeting at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 24, Benefits Committee, Historic Courthouse, County Administrator’s Conference Room

Meeting at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 24, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Citizens Advisory Council, Crosby Town Hall

Meets 9 a.m. Thursday, August 25, Special Budget Committee Meeting, Historic Courthouse, County Council Chambers/Teams (218-302-1725, 137555292#)

Meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, August 25, Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment, Historic Courthouse, County Board Room/Teams (call 218-824-1010 for link)

Meets 6 p.m. Thursday, August 25, Region Five Development Commission Board, Sourcewell, Staples/Zoom (call 218-894-3233 for link)

NDVR welcomes Deborah McGonigle to the advisory board


NDVR (pronounced “effort”), a company pioneering a new category of wealth optimization for high net worth investors, today announced that Deborah McGonigle has joined its growing advisory board. Former Chief Customer Officer of Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Personal Insurance Division and former Chief Marketing Officer of its Commercial Insurance Division, McGonigle has done extensive work developing and executing strategies that deliver exceptional customer experiences.

NDVR builds sophisticated and personalized portfolios for high net worth clients that are designed to deliver Construction Alpha™. Construction Alpha describes the overall performance improvements expected from investment alpha, cost savings, and tax efficiency. Together, these elements can offer clients a better chance of getting better results.

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The NDVR team is made up of quantitative PhDs, financial services veterans and technology innovators. They have built an investment platform powered by state-of-the-art technology. NDVR clients easily access the platform via digital tools, with advice available from dedicated financial advisors at their convenience. All made available at a remarkable price.

“NDVR’s innovative approach to wealth optimization is reshaping affluent clients’ expectations of their wealth management needs. By combining sophisticated digital interfaces, experienced financial advisors and advanced quantitative investment strategies, affluent investors no longer need to wonder if they could do more with their wealth,” said McGonigle. “I look forward to contributing to this work and collaborating with the other members of the advisory board to help NDVR deliver experiences that delight their customers.”

“Debbie has a passion for serving customers, as evidenced by the customer-centric culture she has helped develop and the transformative impact she has had in delivering exceptional experiences,” said Michael Simon, Founder and CEO of NDVR. “Her relentless client focus throughout her career applies directly to the client experience we are creating at NDVR and the important role she will play in our efforts to fundamentally transform the wealth management industry.

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McGonigle brings more than two decades of customer experience and marketing leadership to NDVR’s advisory board. In addition to serving as chief client officer for Liberty Mutual’s personal insurance division and chief marketing officer for Liberty’s commercial insurance division, she has served as senior marketing manager for other divisions of the company. McGonigle began her career at Liberty Mutual Insurance as an internal strategy consultant. She holds an MBA from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and a BA in Economics and Accounting from College of the Holy Cross.

McGonigle joins Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., former Assistant Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve, former CEO of TIAA and former adviser to Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, on the advisory board. Other members will be announced later.

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Best entry-level finance jobs for 2022


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Finance is a popular university major because it can lead to an exciting and lucrative career in a number of different types of jobs. Finance majors learn banking, economics, and financial markets, in addition to general business studies. They can also learn communications and psychology, as many careers in finance include a sales component, which makes these skills very important.

As a finance major, you can expect to take courses in micro and macroeconomics, accounting, calculus, and statistics. You can also take more specific courses on topics such as finance case studies, mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, econometrics, investment, and international banking. Marketing and management courses may also be required.

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Once you have that finance degree under your belt, it’s time to get out there and find a job. Here are some entry-level jobs your finance degree can qualify you for.

Financial Analyst

Financial analysts help individuals and businesses make financial decisions in pursuit of increased profits. They can do this by collecting and organizing data, analyzing historical results, generating financial models, and making recommendations and forecasts. Financial analysts can work at investment banks, financial planning firms, private equity firms, or corporations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the expected growth rate for financial analyst jobs is average, and is expected to be 6% between 2020 and 2030. In May 2021, the median annual salary was $81,410 for a financial analyst, but entry-level positions would probably pay less.

investment banking analyst

Investment banks help their commercial clients raise capital and evaluate investment opportunities. Investment banking analysts review and analyze data, generate reports, and make recommendations and presentations.

Investment banking analyst is an entry-level job that can lead to a career as an investment banker. Investment bankers work with companies and organizations to help them raise capital, often with an initial public offering, which is when a company issues shares for the first time, or through mergers or acquisitions of other companies. Investment bankers use their background in finance to model complex financial scenarios to analyze investment opportunities for their clients, but they must also have the ability to negotiate and close deals.

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The career outlook and median salary of an investment banking analyst is similar to that of a financial analyst, as Bureau of Labor Statistics data does not distinguish between the two positions.

Accountant or Auditor

An accountant prepares financial records for individuals and businesses, and an auditor reviews them. These can include income statements, balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, profit and loss statements and more.

The median annual salary for an accountant or auditor in 2021 was $77,250, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand for accountants is expected to increase by 7% between 2020 and 2030, which is average for all occupations.

To advance in an accounting or auditing career, you can become a Certified Public Accountant, a title that requires you to have work experience at a major auditing firm and pass an exam.

Personal Financial Advisor

A personal financial advisor helps individuals manage their money and plan long-term financial goals. They can help plan a child’s education, for example, or plan a comfortable retirement.

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Personal financial advisers may charge a fee for their services or earn a commission on the investment and protection products they sell, such as stocks, bonds and insurance. They may work for a company that has other finance professionals and administrative staff, or they may have their own firm.

Personal financial advisers who wish to sell securities and insurance will need to be licensed to do so. The Series 7 Securities License, issued by FINRA, which requires you to pass an exam, is required to sell stocks, bonds and mutual funds. For advisors who also want to sell insurance and annuities, state-specific insurance licenses are also required.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for personal financial advisors is expected to grow somewhat slower than average, with 5% growth projected from 2020 to 2030. The median salary for a personal financial advisor was $94,170 in 2021, although junior advisors will earn less.


An actuary analyzes the economic impact of uncertainty and risk. Actuaries are employed by insurance companies to help them determine how much to charge for their policies, based on the likelihood of claims.

An actuary can earn associate certification from the Society of Actuaries by taking several specific courses and passing a comprehensive exam. Other credentials actuaries can earn include Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

The median annual salary for an actuary in 2021 was $105,900, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Starting salaries for entry-level actuaries will obviously be lower. The field is growing and is expected to grow by 24% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than average.

Trader in securities or commodities

A securities trader or commodities trader buys and sells stocks, bonds and mutual funds – in the case of a securities trader – or commodities – in the case of a raw materials.

Securities traders seek out stocks of individual companies, corporate and municipal bonds, and mutual funds, and buy or sell them based on how the trader determines they will perform in the future . They determine the risk associated with buying, holding or selling a given position and act accordingly. A securities trader must have a Series 7 license, administered by FINRA.

Commodity traders do the same, but for commodities like wheat, soybeans, gold, and pork belly. Commodity traders often trade “futures”, which are contracts that give an investor the right to buy or sell a set amount of that commodity at a future date. This involves a careful assessment of the expected performance of the product up to that date. A commodity trader must have a Series 3 license, administered by FINRA, and be licensed by the National Futures Association.

The median annual salary for traders in securities or commodities in 2021 was $62,910, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The expected growth for this position is a little slower than average and is expected to be around 4% from 2020 to 2030. An entry-level position as a securities or commodities trader can often lead to higher positions in brokerage firms or investment banks.

Final take

A career in finance can be rewarding, both financially and in terms of job satisfaction. Finding the perfect entry-level job to start your career path is the first step.

Finance Jobs FAQ

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    • There are many entry-level positions in finance, and many finance companies will hire recent college graduates who don’t have industry experience. Be prepared, however, to study for and pass a licensing exam, in the case of securities or commodities trading, to work toward certification, such as a Certified Financial Planner, and to learn on the job.
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    • For most careers in finance, you should have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in finance, but other business disciplines can work as well. You can then research companies likely to hire for entry-level financial positions, such as investment banks, insurance companies, brokerage houses, or financial planning firms. You may need certifications for some entry-level positions, but you must first get hired, as most certifications require you to be sponsored by an employer in order to pass the appropriate test.
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The best budget cameras for photo enthusiasts

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There are many reasons to get into photography and this World Photography Day is a great opportunity to finally get a camera. For starters, you might want to get an affordable camera. There are plenty of budget cameras that still offer excellent value for money. Here are some of the best budget cameras to get this World Photography Day.

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5. Canon EOS M50 Mark II | The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is one of the most affordable mirrorless cameras on the market. Features: APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm), 24 MP Medium CMOS High Resolution 4K @ 23 fps UHD Medium Auto, 100-25600 (expandable to 51200) Touchscreen ISO: 1M dots. The EOS M50 Mark II comes with a built-in flash, an external flash, a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000s, fast connectivity with Wifi, NFC, Bluetooth and Hdmi. Pricing for the Canon EOS M50 Mark II starts at Rs 57,890. (Image: Shutterstock)

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4.Panasonic Lumix FZ80/FZ82 | The Lumix FZ80 is one of the most affordable bridge cameras and a solid choice with a great zoom range. Features: 1/2.3 inch CMOS, 18.1 MP sensor with 20-200 mm lens and 3 inch touch screen with 1,040,000 dots. The Panasonic has a starting price of Rs 50,110.00. (Image: Shutterstock)

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3.Nikon D3500 | The Nikon D3400 is a popular DSLR, which offers excellent value for money compared to mirrorless cameras. It remains the best budget camera for beginners. Features: 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 3 inch display with 921K. Support for continuous shooting with support for 1080p and 5fps recording. Nikon D5600 pricing starts from Rs 36,250 (Image: Shutterstock)

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2. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV | Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is another perfect compact mirrorless camera for beginners. It has impressive built-in image stabilization that delivers consistently compelling footage using the kit lens. Features: A 0.3 MP mirrorless sensor, a 3-inch tilting touchscreen with 1,037,000 dots. 15 fps shooting with 4K support. Pricing for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV starts at Rs 76,228.00 (Image: Youtube)

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1. Canon EOS 200D II | The EOS 200D II is Canon’s lightest DSLR with an impressive 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor. The camera comes with Canon’s DIGIC 8 processor and plenty of features make it easy for beginners. Features: 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF. DIGIC 8 processor with 3,975 selectable focus positions (Live View) and EV -4 focus limit. It also has eye detection. Pricing for the Canon EOS 200D II starts at Rs 60,950. (Image: Shutterstock)

The threat of the climate crisis for banks


In May 2022, the Bank of England published the results of its first-ever climate stress test, which aimed to explore the financial risks posed by the climate crisis and the transition to net zero for Britain’s largest banks and insurers and the broader financial system.

The Biennial Climate Exploratory Scenario (CBES) has described two types of risks associated with the climate crisis: those that arise during the transition from a carbon-intensive economy to a net-zero economy, called transition risks, and those that arise from higher global temperatures if they are insufficient. measures are taken, called physical risks. The CBES then tested the companies under three potential scenarios, one where early action on the climate crisis is taken, one where late action is taken and another where no action is taken at all.

The report found that while UK banks and insurers are making “good progress in some aspects of their climate risk management”, they still need to do much more “to understand and manage their exposure to climate risk”. He noted that climate risks “are likely to create a drag on the profitability of banks and insurers, especially if they are unable to manage these risks effectively” with losses of up to 10-15% , which could be passed on to customers. And that “the policy path of early action has the highest probability of success in terms of limiting climate change”, while acting late “would leave governments at greater risk of policy coordination failure”.

Oscar Warwick Thompson, Head of Policy and Communications at the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), supports the need for early action by banks and investors in the energy transition to minimize climate risks. “The recent progress report from the Committee on Climate Change indicates that we are behind in terms of net zero. Acting with pace, ambition and scale will reduce the risk of stranded assets [from carbon-intensive industries] and future losses on companies’ balance sheets for investors and their clients’ portfolios,” he says.

Warwick Thompson also warns of transition risks for financial firms related to consumer expectations when it comes to a company’s trajectory to net zero. “They are less likely to use a company’s products and services if they are not seen in action,” he says. The changing regulatory and political environment is another key transition risk. “As this becomes clearer and more robust as we move towards net zero in 2050, those who have not adequately responded to or considered the impacts of these regulations on their portfolios run the risk that investments become less valuable over time,” he says. .

“It’s always about being a frontrunner or a laggard,” says Dr Daniel Tischer, senior lecturer at Sheffield University Management School and specialist in green finance. “If you divest early you should be fine, but if you leave it until the very end and you’re the last bank in town, everything you’re trying to sell is worthless.”

Tischer says there is great diversity and staggered positions among fund managers in terms of their approach to disengaging from carbon-intensive industries, but warns there will always be those who seek to profit from the chaos. “There are a lot of people with common sense, but there are also a lot of people with other motivations,” he says. “Destabilizing creates profit, so in that sense you can see how people are playing with the narrative for their own gain.”

Before Russia invaded Ukraine, Tischer thinks many banks and financial players were on the right track. “They were trying to do the right thing by investing in and supporting companies that positioned themselves away from the polluting practices of the industry,” he says, citing the example of Allianz Insurance, which was heard on this land. But he fears the energy security crisis has set things back.

“With regard to the UK, we are currently seeing more investment in the extraction of gas from the North Sea to reduce the impact of the windfall tax. This is a very problematic approach, and absolutely the wrong incentive to give to companies. It sends a signal that fossil fuels are not dead and breathes new life into the market,” he says. “Why didn’t we encourage [energy firms] obtain a short-term tax reduction for 10 billion euros invested in renewable energies? BP’s CEO has made it clear that he wants to invest in renewable energy.

Warwick Thompson believes banks and investors can still play a crucial role in steering oil and gas majors toward positive climate action in the future. “The profits made by some of these companies have been quite substantial given the rise in oil and gas prices,” he says. “So, [we would advocate] use these huge balance sheets as an opportunity to move to a more sustainable model in the future. And when oil and gas majors seek to raise money in the bond market, investors can use their stewardship to pressure oil and gas companies, in effect to make their own public policy.

The UK is ahead of the game when it comes to green finance, so banks and financial institutions are well positioned to take advantage of the energy transition. “We have been a global leader in sustainable finance for a number of years and this is largely due to the promotion of an advanced world-class regulatory framework,” says Warwick Thompson. “In 2019, we were one of the first to legislate to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 and the first in the G20 to set up the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures) for bigger companies.” The TCFD means that companies are required by law to include climate risks in their annual report.

But he warns that much of that progress is now at risk due to delays in key pieces of sustainable finance legislation, including on transparency and SDRs, the sustainable disclosure requirements for companies and financial institutions.

“There is a feeling that the government wanted to minimize the regulatory burden on business,” he says, “but for investors, more regulation gives a better idea of ​​what is going on in business and better disclosure incentivizes investors. capital to flow into these enterprises”.

Whoever the next Prime Minister is hopefully will reaffirm the UK’s role as a sustainable leader in green finance and net zero.

As Tischer says: “The the narrative should be much clearer: “This is a threat, but also a great opportunity for us.”

Rachel Baillache and Rupen Shah appointed to UK Sport board


Rachel Baillache

Appointed member of the Board of Directors (Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee) from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2026.

Rachel is a sports enthusiast in general. She is currently the Senior Independent Director of the LTA, where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. She is also the sponsor of the LTA Board of Directors for Inclusion and Diversity. Rachel is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Somerset County Cricket Club, where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. She is president of the mental health charity [email protected]

Rachel was a partner at KPMG for over twenty years, where she served as an audit partner and for eight years, until her retirement, she was also a member of the Global Executive of KPMG International as Global Head of People , performance and culture and as the executive responsible for global communications. She has worked extensively abroad, living in continental Europe, Asia and Africa. She is a Chartered Accountant and was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Roupen Shah

Appointed director from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2026.

Growing up just around the corner from Wembley Stadium, it was almost impossible for Rupen not to be inspired by elite sport from an early age. Whether it was an international home game in England or the FA Cup final, the excitement generated in the region cemented his passion and enthusiasm for it. Rupen is now a powerful advocate for sport and believes in the transformative effect it can have on people’s lives and on society.

A graduate as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, Rupen spent several years working strategically with high profile clients and also completed a secondment in India. He then became chief financial officer of the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity set up by the government, the FA and the Premier League. Rupen combines substantial expertise in business, charity and public finance with a real understanding of the challenges participants face when engaging and competing in sport.

Alongside his professional journey, Rupen developed a long-standing relationship with Arsenal FC over more than a decade, which included several volunteer and part-time roles. This has seen him deliver local community programs, coach clinics in 14 countries and coach elite players in the Academy, many of whom have now and will become Lionesses.

Rupen now enjoys mentoring the next generation of talented sports enthusiasts, spending time with his family and traveling the world. He also continues his charitable work to address inequality through administrator roles in sport and beyond, including Women In Sport and The Legal Education Foundation.

Remuneration and Governance Code

This role is remunerated at £218 per day. These appointments were made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code for Public Appointments. The appointment process is governed by the Public Appointments Commissioner. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee within the past five years must be disclosed. This is defined to include holding office, speaking in public, making a recordable donation, or standing for election. Rachel Baillache and Rupen Shah reported no activity.

HC Wainwright cuts Passionate Game price target (NASDAQ:EGLX) to $6.00


Gaming Enthusiast (NASDAQ:EGLX – Get A Rating) saw its price target lowered by HC Wainwright stock research analysts from $8.00 to $6.00 in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, Stock Target Advisor reports. The company currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. HC Wainwright’s price target would indicate a potential upside of 206.12% from the current stock price.

Several other equity research analysts have also recently weighed in on EGLX. B. Riley lowered his price target on Enthusiast Gaming from CA$11.50 to CA$7.25 in a Tuesday, July 19 report. Royal Bank of Canada raised its target price on Enthusiast Gaming from CA$7.00 to CA$8.00 in a Tuesday, May 17 report.

Price performance for gaming enthusiasts

Shares of NASDAQ EGLX opened at $1.96 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $294.49 million, a P/E ratio of -6.32 and a beta of -0.32. The company has a quick ratio of 0.75, a current ratio of 0.75 and a debt ratio of 0.04. The stock’s 50-day simple moving average is $1.96 and its two-hundred-day simple moving average is $2.28. Enthusiast Gaming has a twelve month minimum of $1.55 and a twelve month maximum of $5.07.

Enthusiast Gaming (NASDAQ:EGLX – Get Rating) last reported quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 16. The company reported ($0.06) EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.13) by $0.07. The company posted revenue of $37.24 million for the quarter, versus analyst estimates of $44.53 million. Enthusiast Gaming had a negative return on equity of 19.98% and a negative net margin of 26.65%. As a group, equity analysts expect Enthusiast Gaming to post -0.26 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds weigh on gaming enthusiasts

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have been buying and selling stocks recently. Virtu Financial LLC bought a new position in Enthusiast Gaming during the second quarter worth $36,000. Credit Suisse AG increased its position in Enthusiast Gaming shares by 182.3% in the second quarter. Credit Suisse AG now owns 511,496 shares of the company valued at $1,304,000 after acquiring an additional 330,310 shares last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of Enthusiast Gaming by 22.8% in the second quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 498,099 shares of the company valued at $1,087,000 after acquiring an additional 92,585 shares last quarter. The Swiss National Bank increased its holdings of Enthusiast Gaming shares by 15.4% in the second quarter. The Swiss National Bank now owns 258,900 shares of the company worth $512,000 after buying 34,500 more shares in the last quarter. Finally, Powell Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in Enthusiast Gaming stock during the second quarter worth approximately $32,000. 19.05% of the shares are currently held by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc engages in media, content, entertainment and esports businesses in the United States, Canada and internationally. The Company operates an online network of approximately 100 gaming-related websites; owns and operates Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, a video game exhibition; provides management and support services to players involved in professional gaming; owns and manages esports teams for various games including Call of Duty, Madden NFL, Fortnite, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros., Rocket League and Valorant; and produces and schedules around 30 shows weekly on AVOD and OTT channels, and represents around 500 gaming influencers on YouTube and Twitch.

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Akumin fires CFO in line with transformation plan


Diving Brief:

  • Akumin Inc., an outpatient diagnostic imaging services company, fired its chief financial officer William Larkin, effective Aug. 12 as as part of a two-pronged business transformation program, the company announced on Friday.
  • David Kretschmer is a world-renowned transformation specialist and will serve as the company’s interim chief financial officer effective August 12. The CFO has been a key player in other business transformations within the healthcare industry and sits on the board of SHACU, a special purpose acquisition company focused on healthcare, according to his LinkedIn account
  • The company, based in Plantation, Fla., is selling certain accounts receivable from its subsidiaries to a third-party buyer for about $30 million.

Overview of the dive:

Larkin was fired just before his first birthday at the oncology and radiology solutions provider. Prior to Akumin, Larkin served as CFO at a number of organizations including Alliance Healthcare Services what akumin acquired in September Southwest Dealer Services, Wildcat Discovery Technologies and Westport, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Akumin reported a net loss of $26.1 million on August 9, compared to a net loss of $6.9 million in the same period last year. according to an SEC filing. Attributing the shock to its acquisition of Alliance, the company also reported a 175.6% increase in revenue compared to the same period last year.

The acquisition allowed Akumin to operate in 46 states, with more than 1,000 hospitals and health system customers, 154 independent outpatient radiology centers and 34 radiotherapy centers.

Prior to assuming the interim role of CFO, Kretschmer led transformations for other companies in the healthcare industry. In addition to his new role, Kretschmer is a portfolio manager at Finite. He also served as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Transformations at Surgery Partners Inc., and Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President of Treasury and Corporate Strategy at Anthem Inc. for 26 years.

“The sale of certain accounts receivable has significantly improved our company’s liquidity through an immediate cash injection of approximately $30 million and a reduction in our days of outstanding sales of our accounts receivable,” the CEO said. Riad Zine said in the August 12 press release.

The program’s initiatives focus on operations, growth and capital, according to the release. The company’s goals for the program are patient access and experience, customer and partner engagement, financial stability and employee well-being, according to the press release.

NRx Pharmaceuticals (NRXP) Provides Business Update, Reports Second Quarter, and Focuses on Reactivating and Advancing the Psychiatric Franchise


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NRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRXP), (“NRx Pharmaceuticals” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2022 and provided an update. commercial and clinical day.

“In our second quarter, we reactivated clinical development for our psychiatric franchise around our lead compound, NRX-101. NRX-101 has received Breakthrough Therapy designation and special protocol approval for bipolar depression. severe bipolar depression with acute suicidal ideation and behavior (ASIB) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said Stephen Willard, chief executive officer of the company. “We anticipate that the severe bipolar depression study with acute suicidal behavior (ASIB) will begin in late 2022 or early 2023.

During this quarter, we began enrollment in our Phase 2 trial of NRX-101 in patients with bipolar depression and subacute suicidal ideation and behavior (SSIB),” Willard said. “The purpose of this trial is to extend our potential indication of bipolar depression in patients with acute suicidal tendencies to the significantly larger population of patients with bipolar depression and subacute suicidal tendencies, who are treated in an outpatient setting. We are evaluating the adequacy of the protocol to support treatment approval of the larger SSIB population. We anticipate reading data from this trial by the end of the year or early in the first quarter of next year.”

“We expect to publish commercial-stage material of NRX-101 in the coming weeks. This material will be used in our Phase 2b/3 trial of NRX-101 for severe bipolar depression in patients presenting with suicidal ideation and behavior. (ASIB) under the special protocol agreement of the FDA, which we expect to start in the fourth quarter,” said Mr. Willard.

Many medications approved for bipolar depression have warning labels for an increased risk of suicide. To our knowledge, NRX-101 is the only oral antidepressant in the bipolar segment that targets active suicidal patients, which is usually an exclusion criterion in clinical studies for depression and PTSD. Data from the Phase 2 STABIL-B1 trial of NRX-101 demonstrated a significant reduction in depression and suicidal tendencies compared to standard treatment in acute suicidal patients who were first stabilized with ketamine. We have published non-clinical results demonstrating that, unlike ketamine, both components of NRX-101 did not show addictive potential and are not neurotoxic (i.e. they do not cause brain cell death in tests required by the FDA).2

In the second quarter, we repatriated manufacturing of the NRX-101 drug supply to North Carolina and we are currently manufacturing clinical supplies for P3 under the commercial readiness program.

Our psychiatry franchise is built on a solid foundation of scientific and intellectual property with 47 issued patents and 43 pending applications worldwide. Our goal is to address this major unmet medical need for which the only currently approved treatment is electroconvulsive therapy. It is estimated that 50% of people with bipolar disorder attempt suicide in their lifetime. We believe NRX-101 is a potentially life-saving drug that could change the treatment paradigm for people with bipolar depression who also experience suicidal tendencies. »

We plan to evaluate options for ZYESAMI® in COVID-19 respiratory failure and other lung disorders once we receive the full NIH dataset late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter. and that we will have done our own analysis.

Although we are not funding additional clinical trials of ZYESAMI® at this time, we have completed manufacturing of Phase 3/Commercial ZYESAMI®. We also received independent assessment of chest x-ray data from a sub-study that included a subset of approximately 80 patients who survived to day 10 in our Phase 2b/3 study of ZYESAMI®. The substudy showed a statistically significant improvement in chest X-rays using the RALES score in patients with COVID-19 respiratory failure, compared to worsening in patients treated with placebo (P<.05 this="" exploratory="" data="" will="" further="" guide="" our="" assessment="" of="" future="" options="" for="" zyesami="" wp_automatic_readability="18">

Major Business and Clinical Highlights

  • Announcing new leadership with the appointment of Stephen Willard, JD, as CEO and member of the board of directors, and Seth Van Voorhees, PhD, MBA, as chief financial officer
  • Company repositioned to focus on psychiatric franchise and our drug NRX-101 designated as breakthrough therapy for bipolar depression in suicidal patients. NRX-101 has additionally received special protocol clearance from the FDA
  • Repatriation of NRX-101 manufacturing to a leading North Carolina-based manufacturer, completion of technology transfer and manufacturing of first batch of Phase 3/commercial NRX-101 capsules
  • Launch of a phase 2b trial of NRX-101 in patients with bipolar depression and subacute suicidality (SSIB); 10 planned clinical sites are activated and actively recruiting patients, with a key data readout scheduled for the end of Q4 22/Q1 23
  • Received independent evaluation of chest x-rays from a subset of patients who survived through day 10 of the ZYESAMI® intravenous trial. First-line analysis shows a statistically significant change from baseline to Day 10 in the RALES score (i.e., improvement in ZYESAMI®-treated patients and worsening in placebo-treated patients). Ongoing data analysis continues.

Financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022

  • Research and development expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2022 totaled $3.0 million, compared to $4.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. The decrease of $1.7 million is mainly related to a decrease in clinical trial and development costs related to ZYESAMI®.
  • General and administrative expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2022 totaled $6.6 million, compared to $12.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. The decrease of $5.8 million is primarily related to a decrease in stock-based compensation and expenses, partially offset by an increase in higher insurance costs.
  • Other income for the quarter ended June 30, 2022 totaled $2.6 million, compared to $17.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. The decrease of $14.4 million is mainly related to a decline in the fair value of certain Substitute Warrants and the Supported Warrant Offering pursuant to the Merger Agreement due to the decline in share prices.
  • Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2022 was $7.0 million compared to a net loss of $0.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021.

Financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2022

  • Research and development expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2022 totaled $8.4 million, compared to $7.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021. The $0.9 million increase is mainly related to an increase in regulatory and process development expenses.
  • General and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2022 totaled $16.9 million, compared to $14.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021. The increase of $2.3 million is mainly related to an increase in legal, professional and insurance costs. partially offset by lower consultant fees and stock-based compensation expense.
  • Other income for the six months ended June 30, 2022 totaled $4.9 million, compared to $17.1 million for the recently restated six months ended June 30, 2021. The decrease of $12.2 million is primarily related to a decrease in the fair value of certain substitute warrants and placement warrants assumed under the merger agreement due to the decline in share prices.
  • Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2022 was $20.4 million compared to a net loss of $25.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021.
  • As of June 30, 2022, cash was $24.5 million, compared to $27.6 million as of December 31, 2021. We believe we have sufficient funds and, if necessary, the ability to reduce expenses, to support operations until August 2023. The Company may also seek to reduce certain expenses if necessary to reduce cash consumption in support of operations.

Conference call and webcast details

Investors and the general public are invited to listen to a live audio webcast of the conference call, which can be accessed five minutes prior to the start of the call by dialing (844) 826-3033 (US), (412) 317-5185 (International) Conference ID: 10170239, or via webcast link NRx Pharmaceuticals Second Quarter 2022 Earnings Call. A replay will be available on the NRx Pharmaceuticals website for thirty days following the call to www.nrxpharma.com.

Pay Scale up to Rs 3.40 Lac PM, Check How to Apply, Eligibility Details


MRPL Recruitment 2022: Salary Scale up to Rs 3.40 Lac PM, Check How to Apply, Eligibility Details

Mangalore Refineries & Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL) Recruitment 2022: The Public Enterprise Selection Board (PSEB) has invited online applications from eligible experienced officers for the post of Director (Finance) of Mangalore Refineries & Petrochemicals Limited. Officers who deem they have met the eligibility criteria for the Notified Post Manager (Finance) selection may apply online. Online registration involves both application and upload of scanned documents including signature, signed photographs, DAR, Vigilance Clearance, Annual Performance Appraisal Reports of previous 03 years, self-attested documents, work experience listing major performance areas/duties/responsibilities handled in the past. The deadline for applicants to apply online is 26 September 2022 (26.09.2022).

To note: Eligible candidates should apply through the appropriate channel issued by the Dispatching Authority and their respective Head of Department.

Application method: online and offline.

I) Complete the online application form only against the Job Description (JD) on the Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) website and after the completion of the online registration/application process, submit the online only OR ii) Complete the online application form only against the Job Description. Take the hard copy of the application and send it along with the self-attested documents, including other essential testimonials (placed in an envelope overwritten “Application for the position of Director (Finance), addressed to the Secretary of the selection of public companies, as mandated in the PESB recruitment announcement via Speed ​​Post / Registered Post Offline.

Selection: Selection for the position of Director (Finance) of Mangalore Refineries & Petrochemicals Limited will be based on a personal/oral interview with other selection criteria involved.

Check Details Below on Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemical Recruitment 2022

Eligibility As of 19.04.2022

Name of central public sector enterprise: Mangalore Ltd Refineries and Petrochemicals

Name of Designated Position: Director (Finance): 01 Vacant position

Wage scale: Rs.1.80 Lac to Rs. 3.40 Lac (IDA)

Age limit for retirement pension: 60 years.

For internal candidates: Minimum 45 years and maximum 02 years of residual service on the date of appearance of the vacancies (i.e. 19.04.2022) with reference to the date of the retirement pension.

For the others: Minimum 45 years and maximum 03 years of residual service on the date of appearance of the vacant positions (i.e. 19.04.2022) with reference to the date of the retirement pension.

Education Qualification:

A. Core Public Sector Enterprises: Eligible Salary Scale detailed below:

i) Before 01.01.1992: Rs.7250 to Rs. 8250 (IDA)

ii) After 01.01.1992: Rs.9500 to Rs.11500 (IDA)

iii) Post 01.01.1997: Rs 20,500 to Rs 26,500 (IDA)

iv) After 01.01.2007: Rs.51,300 to Rs. 73,000 (IDA)

v) After 01.01.2017: Rs.120,000 to Rs. 280,000 (IDA)

vi) Post pre-revised 01.01.1996: Rs.18400 to Rs.22400 (CDA)

vii) After 01.01.2006: Rs. Rs.37400 to Rs.67000 Plus GP 10000 (CDA)

viii) After 01.01.2016: Rs. 144200 to Rs.218200 (Level 14) CDA

1. Candidate must be a Chartered Accountant or Cost Accountant or have completed a full-time MBA/PGDM course majoring in finance with a good academic record at a duly recognized university/institution. *Preference would be given to the Chartered Accountant.

2. Accounts Officers of Organized Group “A” [i.e. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Indian Defence Accounts Service, Indian Railway Accounts Service, Indian Civil Accounts Service, Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, and Indian Cost Accounts Service] working in the appropriate level remain exempt from these educational qualifications.

3. In addition, candidates from the Central Government / Union Armed Forces / All Indian Services are also exempt from degrees with relevant experience.

Desired degree: For candidates from Organized Group “A”/Central Government/Union Armed Forces/All India Services Accounting Services, Chartered Accountant/Cost Accountant/MBA/PGDM will be a desirable educational qualification.

Professional experience: i) The candidate should have a minimum of five years cumulative experience at a senior level within the last 10 years in the area of ​​corporate financial management/corporate accounts in any reputable organization. ii) Candidates for Organized Group “A” accounting services must have a minimum of five years of cumulative experience at a senior level within the last ten years in the area of ​​corporate financial management/corporate accounts. iii) ‘The candidate’s relevant experience for Central Government / Union Armed Forces / All Indian Services candidates would include at least seven years cumulative experience at a senior level within the last ten years in the field of corporate financial management / corporate accounts.

b.i) Central Government / All Indian Service candidates must be in a Joint Secretary position in the Government of India or have an equivalent pay scale as of the date of application submission.

ii) Applicants from the Union Armed Forces must be serving as a Major General in the Army or an equivalent rank in the Indian Navy/Indian Air Force as of the date of application submission.

VS Applicants from State Public Sector/Private Sector Enterprises must be working at council level or the minimum position level immediately below council level on the date of application submission.

Condition of Immediate Integration for State Officers: Central Government Officers including those of the Union Armed Forces and All India Services will only be eligible for consideration on an immediate absorption basis.

Term of Appointment: After selection, the incumbent’s appointment will remain for five years from the date of joining or until the date of retirement or until further government orders, whichever comes first.

How to Apply for Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemical Recruitment 2022

I) Apply online

ii) Visit the Public Enterprise Selection Committee web link: www.pesb.gov.in

I) Complete the online application form only against the Job Description (JD) on the Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) website https://pesb.gov.in/ and after completion of the application process. ‘online registration/application, transfer it online only OR ii) Complete the online application form only against the job description. Take the printout of the application and send the clubbed application along with the self-attested documents including other essential testimonials (put in a super-written envelope “Application for the post of Director (Finance) at Mangalore Refineries & Petrochemicals Limited” addressed to the Secretary of the Public Enterprise Selection Committee as listed in the PESB Recruitment Advertisement via Speed ​​Post/Registered Post Offline addressed to Smt Kimbuong Kipgen, Secretary, Public Enterprises Selection Committee, Public Enterprises Bhawan, Block No. 14, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003.

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Google plans to add new features for gaming enthusiasts to its search engine/digital information world


If you’re a gaming enthusiast and you turn to Google for help finding the best selection, well, there’s more good news in store for you.

The search engine giant has new features in the works that could revolutionize searches for games.

Consider adding a new result that also allows launch on Cloud Gaming. And on the face of it, you’d be confused as to why it wasn’t applied earlier, because that’s how seamless it looks right now.

So what’s the big news and what can gamers expect? Well, the platform hopes to include a new feature in its search bar whenever a search related to a video game is performed. This would involve a “Play” button that allows launch on whichever cloud gaming service best suits your preferences.

Yes, these features come in the form of buttons for launching games on different services such as Xbox, Amazon Luna, Google Stadia, and Nvidia GeForce.

A user named Bryant Chapel is quite amazed after being the first to discover the feature on the Twitter application.

He says users would be required to log into each service through search results. If not, hit the play button to send you straight to another page to sign up so you can continue.

Currently, the new features are not yet used by the majority in search results. And that means Google is most likely doing specific tests for selective users. Therefore, those who managed to catch a glimpse of button functionality in the past may not see it again now. And that’s another clue to how the platform is changing access on an active basis.

Read next: Google fined over $42 million for misleading consumers about their location data settings

Why is the Reserve Bank of Australia exploring digital currency options? | Australian economy


Last week, the Reserve Bank of Australia announced a year-long research project with the Digital Finance Cooperative Research Center to explore “use cases” for a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Here’s what happens.

What is a CBDC and how is it different from cryptocurrency?

Banknotes are a physical form of currency that we exchange for goods and services. And we are doing more and more digital transactions, whether using credit cards or smartphones. ATM use has fallen by around a third in three years, according to the RBA.

Now the RBA and its counterparts around the world are exploring new forms of digital currency that central banks themselves could issue. The research will examine CBDC uses for commercial banks – the wholesale market – and a retail version that the public may one day use.

Cryptocurrencies, on the other hand, are decentralized, unlike “fiat currencies” produced and regulated by governments. Bitcoin and Ethereum are among the leading digital currencies that rely on cryptography to secure transactions.

To curb crypto price volatility, stablecoins have been created to mimic “fiat currencies” by anchoring value to assets such as the US dollar. The failure of TerraUSD and other stablecoins reflects the infancy of the sector. CBDCs could fill the void.

“A fully realized central bank digital currency has the promise of bringing regulatory certainty and the power of digital assets to a place that is coupled with the trust and faith we have in the money issued by the Reserve Bank. today,” said Michael Bacina, a partner at Piper Alderman and a financial technology specialist.

Why is the RBA involved?

Partly exploratory. “I don’t think it’s inevitable” for the bank to issue CBDCs, says RBA Deputy Governor Michele Bullock.

“In terms of the day-to-day payments that affect you and [me] and our friends and family, we don’t know exactly what it is,” she said. “We have tickets. We have many, many alternatives to digital cash [including] fast payments now.

“I think we just have to keep our toes in and not be on the forefront of bleeding.”

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The focus will be less on the technology itself, and more on the design principles of decentralizing these currencies, while maintaining privacy standards that the public can accept.

“Do you put limits on the amount of money people can have in there? Does the central bank issue it directly, or [as] we do it with banknotes issue CBDCs through existing banks,” says Bullock. “I don’t think anyone has come to full consensus.”

Is there an appetite?

If a report by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on investor behavior released Thursday is any guide, the digital currency market is growing rapidly.

Its survey of 1,053 investors found that cryptocurrencies were second only to Australian stocks in terms of the most common assets held, at 73% and 44%.

In terms of holding value, cryptos were also on par with residential investment properties.

An ASIC survey of 1,053 retail investors found that their cryptocurrency holdings were on par with residents’ housing investments, with only their Australian equity holdings being larger. pic.twitter.com/uF7e4iJtgk

— Peter Hannam (@p_hannam) August 11, 2022

What are the researchers saying?

Andreas Furche, managing director of the Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre, notes the RBA’s continued caution.

“It’s not something that’s done,” says Furche. “It’s not yet clear whether, from the RBA’s perspective, this is going to be suitable or useful or not.”

The trial will be “closed” and will only participate in registered parties. However, it will be open in another direction: “We don’t have a preconceived result.

“Those of us who build or discuss or deliver infrastructure are not necessarily the innovators who build new types of market infrastructure, business models or anything on that infrastructure,” Furche said. “If we just make this assessment based on what we can think of ourselves, we’re not going anywhere.”

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He says the rise of stablecoins indicates that there is an opportunity to cater to people’s interest in digital currencies without being exposed to as much volatility.

“Despite the name, [stablecoins] are often still fraught with risk because they are not necessarily 100% backed,” he says. CBDCs, based on a national currency, are an “ultimate stablecoin”.

What are market players saying?

Chloe White, an independent consultant and former Treasury representative on the Council of Financial Regulators reviewing cryptos, says blockchain and the ecosystems built around it will continue to function and grow whether or not governments issue CBDCs.

“What we’re seeing happening in the cryptocurrency markets right now mirrors very much what we’re seeing in the traditional system,” White says. “You have a so-called real economy where people trade goods…and then you have a financial layer wrapped around it” with derivatives, insurance, etc.

There may even be national security reasons for having CBDCs and not missing out on emerging technologies and new ways of doing business.

“China, in particular, seems quite determined to want to take advantage of this technology in some way,” she says. “And there’s hardly a corner of the world that you can point to that has influence and economic power that isn’t addressing these issues in one way or another.”

Bacina says the world of fintech is changing faster than the internet at its genesis. “It’s the same thing that we couldn’t predict Netflix and we couldn’t predict Amazon next day delivery when the internet was invented and deployed.

“There are no wires to lay, and this physical infrastructure to connect – it’s already there.

“We’re talking about the ability to automate things like bank guarantees and other slow manual processes that currently drive up compliance costs.”

As for who could benefit from the RBA and Digital Finance Cooperative Research Center study, Bacina says participants can learn as much as institutions.

“It’s a six or seven lane street,” he said. Interest will focus on “in-depth analysis of system contracts, regulatory interfaces – this type of analysis doesn’t happen very often”.

The diatribe | Chattanooga Times Free Press


Well, the candidates, remove your signs from our roads. We are tired of all of them.

When the The FBI investigated Hillary, the Republicans shouted, “Lock her up.” Now that Trump is under investigation, they’re screaming, “Fund the FBI.”

How much mom-and-pop shops and other small business owners think retail theft is a “victimless crime”?

You can call it what you want, Joe, but the [Congressional] The budget office says there is no reduction in inflation. Another round. Another day. Another lie.

Founding fathers founded our country on slavery, white supremacy and male superiority. Everything must be deleted and forgotten.

The partner The news report that most electric cars would not qualify for the Inflation Reduction Act tax credit is a delicious irony.

Ford said he immediately increased the price of his F-150 electric pickups by $2,500. With a base price of $46,974, how can we take the push towards electric vehicles seriously?

It would be interesting if Paul Pelosi received his DUI citation while driving his wife, Nancy, through Singapore on her recent visit there.

How can a person is so ruthless, so full of lies, and people are always for them?

I have not seen every Biden sticker on a car for a while. Imagine that those suction cups came loose pretty quickly.

will see real inflation once China invades Taiwan. Why? Because the blockade will have to take place in the South China Sea.

Conservatives always want life to be like it was 200 years ago, but then they wouldn’t have their AK-47s.

Governor of Georgia wannabe Stacey Abrams says the state budget surplus should be used to help Georgians. What does she think Kemp’s tax cuts have done?

Thanks for your “rant” on the burn pit bill, Jon Stewart, because he finally got the bill passed.

If the Supreme Court declares abortion issue a state rights issue, let states hold referendums to settle issue state by state.

Why can’t you DC handles the illegals that Texas gets in a day? Oh, I forgot, not in my garden. And now they need the federal police. Prime.

You can not complaining about gas prices if you also exceed the speed limit while driving.

Vote Chuck Fleischmann, aka “Chucky the Doll,” quit because he’s just a Trump drone/clone.

Mayor Kelly advocates affordable housing, except he doesn’t seem to want affordable housing in his Fort Wood backyard with Central Avenue and Fourth Street apartments.

Well, I Guess it’s time to rename our county Wamplton County. Look out, Chuck Fleischmann, Marsha Blackburn – there’s a Wamp in your future.

History of TFP says research shows the Internet program boosts parent involvement, but he doesn’t say whether grades or test scores have improved. Have they?

Chattanooga Unit Group only the last to want the rules changed if the results don’t match their worldview. Growing up.

It seems it doesn’t matter which side of the political aisle Sabrena Smedley is on. She makes herself the ward of the taxpayers forever.

Mayor Coppinger, When does your position as a financial consultant/advisor start at Lookouts and at what salary scale? Were waiting.

Weston Wamp could be the searing force of fresh air this county needs. Time passes; the next generation of leaders is here. Go with it.

Welcome to “Wampanooga!

The city one The new violence roadmap essentially uses government money to raise children. Why not empower parents? New idea never realized before.

Sheehan appointed to Bankshares – Farmville board


Sheehan appointed to Bankshares board

Posted at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022

Kevin E. Sheehan has been appointed to the boards of BCC Bankshares Inc. and the Bank of Charlotte County. His initial term will begin July 18 and expire at the company’s annual meeting in January 2023, when he will be up for election by shareholders.

Sheehan is the president and owner of Kevin Sheehan, CPA, PC at Farmville. Sheehan operates his firm, which has been heavily involved in small and medium business accounting since 1996.

Sheehan is a Certified Public Accountant who received his Masters in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Commerce/Economics from Randolph Macon College.

Sheehan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and is active in numerous youth and civic organizations in the Farmville/Prince Edward community.

Sheehan lives in Farmville with his wife, Melanie Marks.

Dabney TP Gilliam Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, said, “We are extremely pleased and privileged to have Kevin Sheehan join our Boards of Directors. He brings his strong accounting and financial background to the Board of Directors and his close ties to the communities we serve will benefit our entire organization.

Auto Enthusiasts Pay Over $200,000 for Customizable Condos for Their Cars – Indianapolis Business Journal


A condo owned by Millennium Sounds owner Bill Lehman includes space for his 2020 Corvette C8 and two racing simulators. (Photo courtesy of Bill Lehman)

Jay Farmer had a problem, and it led to a solution that has become a community for car enthusiasts in central Indiana.

Fifteen years ago, Farmer decided he wanted to build a garage in his Florida home. He envisioned it as a place where he could build a collection of cars and hang out.

But Farmer quickly ran into problems and errors. Worst of all, when he finally finished the garage, he realized it was a lonely place.

Jay Farmer

“I found out I was on my own,” said Farmer, who now lives in Carmel and describes himself as a semi-retired real estate developer.

The desire to connect with other enthusiasts of all things wheeled and powered led to the establishment of Motor District Garage Condos near the intersection of State Road 32 and Ditch Road in Westfield.

Motor District opened its first two buildings a year ago, and plans call for a total of 13. Two are currently under construction. The 26 completed condos have been sold and 14 others are nearing completion.

Farmer described a condo with a garage as an urban shack, second office, and lounging space where people can store cars, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and RVs. He said Motor District will eventually have 150 condo units, averaging 1,000 to 3,000 square feet on the ground floor, plus loft options. The $40 million development will eventually include approximately 180,000 square feet of ground floor space, including retail and an event plaza.

Farmer said California-based Superformance, which designs, develops and sells classic car replicas, plans to open a location on the southeast corner of the Motor District. The complex sits on 12 acres in the planned unit development of Springmill Trails, which includes residential, mixed-use and commercial projects.

Motor District condos cost between $200,000 and $500,000 and are the first of their kind in Indiana. Although condos with garages are still a relatively new concept, they have proven themselves across the country.

Farmer cited Minnesota-based AutoMotorPlex, which has two locations in suburban Minneapolis, as inspiration for what he wants to do in the Motor District. “In many markets it was really successful and very popular, and there was nothing like it in the Indianapolis area,” he said. “And I thought with our racing car heritage here, it would be a good fit.”

Standard Motor District units typically include 20 to 22 foot ceilings, a mezzanine, underfloor heating, a 14 foot by 18 foot garage door, outdoor surveillance and a fire sprinkler system.

“One of the things I’ve learned is how difficult it can be when you don’t have all the utilities to your building where you need them,” Farmer said. “And, so, we’ve made it easy for people to do what they want to do in unity.”

The way people customize garage condos in Motor District runs the gamut from simple to elaborate.

While some stick to a simple build, Farmer said, others have gone all out with kitchens, bars, a game room, TVs, a sound system, sofas and a dining area. .

Garages are not technically required to be used for car storage. Some people store their hunting and fishing gear in a garage, while others may have a carpentry shop. The only restriction is that Motor District is not zoned residential, so Farmer said people are asked not to live in their garages.

“Some people spend more on constructions than on the garage,” he said. “People build the units to meet their specific needs.”

Customization of condos at Motor District runs the gamut, from simple to elaborate. (IBJ Photo/Eric Learned)


Location was crucial to Farmer when he started thinking about the Motor District in 2017. He wanted a location in Hamilton County, due to its higher-income demographics, and said Westfield “turned out be the perfect place”.

“On our side of Indianapolis to Fishers through Zionsville and well north of where we are, with US 31 being so easy with no red lights going up and down, it’s good access to the population we are targeting,” he said.

To start Motor District, Farmer teamed up with motor racing veteran and team owner Eric Bachelart and Travis May, principal of Westfield-based William Tres Development LLC. (Bachelart has since left Motor District to focus on running his Conquest Racing team.)

Despite pandemic-related delays that doubled costs — the 2019 price estimate for Motor District was $20 million — Farmer and his group began construction in January 2021.

They also started at a time of heightened competition for vehicle-focused communities in central Indiana, where passion for automobiles has been part of the region’s soul since the invention of the motor. internal combustion.

Indianapolis resident Mike Simmons opened Silo Auto Club & Conservancy in 2019 in downtown Indianapolis, and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal hopes to expand his car-related operations which now include events, sales vehicles and car storage as he plans his move from Brownsburg to Zionsville’s Creekside Business Park.

And about 30 miles west of Indianapolis, The Club at Putnam Park has been open for more than a decade. The club facility includes a track, club events and rental garages.

Bruno Silikowski

At Westfield, Farmer consulted with AutoMotorPlex founder Bruno Silikowski, who he says provided advice and access to intellectual property throughout the planning process. Silikowski operates a 200,000 square foot garage condo community in Chanhassen, Minnesota and a 250,000 square foot community in Medina, Minnesota.

“We were able to really streamline our project and avoid a lot of mistakes by learning from what they did,” Farmer said.

The most important thing, Silikowski told IBJ, is giving people what they want.

“The majority of people who join us have a passion to start. They have the resources, but most of them don’t have the time, so we make it easy for them,” he said.

Farmer said Motor District’s ownership model appeals to people because they can design their garage condos to suit their needs. He added that garages have increased in value over time, so people can save money on their purchase if their circumstances change and they need to move.

“We have buyers who are very successful business people, but we also have our regular buyers who have a car or two, maybe a 70s muscle car that won’t win any awards, but that’s their pride. and their joy,” said the farmer. “Everyone fits around a common interest in really anything that has a drive.”

A community

Bill Lehman

Bill Lehman was one of the first to buy a condo in the Motor District after May pitched the idea to him about two years ago.

Lehman, owner of Indianapolis-based audio-visual system retailer Millennium Sounds, said he spent about six months customizing his garage. A friend created a 3D rendering to arrange the space exactly as he wanted.

Lehman uses his 1,500 square foot garage condo as office space and a home for his 2020 Corvette C8 and two racing simulators, which sit on the ground floor.

The mezzanine has a kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, dishwasher, sink, stove and a 21-foot black walnut counter. There is a full bathroom with a walk-in shower.

“I would consider myself a car enthusiast, and so the car enthusiast part intrigued me,” Lehman said. “And then we’re actually using the space for work, so I’m going to go in there and work like an extended office.”

Lehman also held a fundraiser at his apartment in April for the nonprofit Firefly Children & Family Alliance. The event featured IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan, who raced against people in Lehman’s racing simulators.

Lehman said “being around a lot of other automotive guys” intrigued him and he developed friendships at the Motor District. “We met people we already knew, but they bought a garage there, so we have more in common and we talk and communicate more now because we have a common interest,” he said. “We also had current customers who bought garages.”

Building that sense of community is something Farmer and Silikowski emphasized, which sets their car condo communities apart from just being places to store vehicles.

John Leonard

“Golfers, where are they going? says Silikowski. “They go to the country club. Where are the pilots going? Where are they hanging out? They hang around in the sheds. This is where car enthusiasts go.

John Leonard, who does marketing and promotions for Motor District and organizes the annual Artomobilia show in Carmel, echoed that sentiment. In addition to charity events, Motor District also hosts a version of cars and coffee called the Mocha District, car shows and road rallies.

“You bring together a group of like-minded guys who all have a common interest,” he said. “And rather than having a garage on your own property where it’s just you and your cars, you have the added benefit of being surrounded by a bunch of like-minded guys.”•

Friday’s Daily Pulse – Florida Trend


Unemployment claims fall in Florida for third straight week

First-time jobless claims in Florida fell for a third straight week. The US Department of Labor released a report on Thursday estimating that 5,656 initial claims were filed in Florida in the week ending August 6, compared to a revised number of 6,140 claims in the week that s ended July 30. nationwide unemployment claims rose by 14,000 to 262,000. [Source: News Service of Florida]

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NASA Selects Two UCF Scientists to Lead Robotic Exploration Mission to the Moon

NASA has selected two planetary scientists from the University of Central Florida – Kerri Donaldson Hanna and Adrienne Dove – to lead a robotic mission in 2026 to explore a mysterious section of the moon known as the Gruithuisen Domes. While the rounded lunar mountains have never been visited up close, flyby data from previous missions suggest they formed from volcanic eruptions of silicic lava. If so, the rock could provide important resources for future lunar explorations. [Source: Florida Trend]

Florida Citizens surpasses one million insurance policies

Florida residual market insurer Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has now surpassed more than one million policies, the first time it has been at this level of portfolio exposure, in terms of policy count, since 2013. Florida citizens added an average of 32,000 new fonts. to its wallets every month through 2021. The guess rate has risen in recent weeks as citizens now seem poised to eclipse the predictions they provided earlier this year. More information on Reinsurance News and Artemis.

Florida state law enforcement officers get pay raise but no bonus check this year

Florida state law enforcement officers won’t see $1,000 bonus checks this year, but they are getting a pay raise — the first in years. These bonus checks would have been the second round of federally funded first responder bonuses received by state police. In 2021, local and state first responders received bonuses of the same amount. However, this year state law enforcement is excluded. [Source: WTSP]


> In the air? Records Reveal City’s Attempts to Land Amazon Air at Tallahassee Airport
Project Alpha and its $450 million economic impact have sparked rumors that Amazon Air could circle Tallahassee International Airport. Another company, North American Aerospace Industries, was later revealed as the mystery firm – one that could generate more than 900 new jobs for the capital as the North Carolina-based plane parts recycler expands its operations in the US market. But, for more than a year, Tallahassee has been struggling to strike a deal with Amazon Air.

› Broward District asks voters to double tax rate to boost teacher pay and school safety
Broward voters need to know whether they want to raise their property taxes over the next four years to fund increases for teachers, hire more school safety personnel and bolster mental health programs at Broward public schools or pass on this proposition, given higher prices at the pump. and in the supermarket aisle.

› Walmart’s drone delivery could land in at least two central Florida cities
Another Central Florida city is on the radar to land Walmart’s new drone delivery service of Hamburger Helper and other groceries. A two-story tower for drone delivery is proposed for a Walmart’s parking lot at 904 Cypress Parkway in Kissimmee, according to an Osceola County pre-application meeting request. A three-story drone delivery tower at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 433 S. Avalon Park Blvd. in eastern Orange County is also offered.

› Lights, Camera, Bay? Recent Movies Bring Millions to Tampa Bay
The beaches, suburbs, downtowns and businesses of Tampa Bay are all coming to the big screen. Since September 11, filmmakers have chosen this territory as the setting for their films on Lifetime and Hallmark. Each of the films is produced in partnership with Visit St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission.

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