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The Way We Were: Julie Babcock – The Resident Community News Group, Inc.


Julie Babcock with one of her award-winning stained glass windows

Some people have a way of reaching entire communities, generations of families. Some people have unwavering faith, innumerable talents, and boundless energy. Some people are just natural servants, givers of good in various ways. Julie Babcock (née Cheves) is one such person.

Julie Cheves, “Pronounced like cheese—Cheevz,” she said, was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital on Halloween in 1941. When she was a first grade at Venetia Elementary, her family , including a younger brother, moved to Gainesville for his father. work as a buying agent for the city. But she had an extended family that still lived in Jacksonville; thus, she spent a lot of time here, especially with her maternal grandmother, Julia “Belle” Jackson, on East Main. “I used to roller skate all around Springfield,” she said. Some of Babcock’s favorite pastimes growing up were skating and bicycling with his Jacksonville friends Joetta Hendry and John Wayne Shycove, in addition to writing poetry.

Bill and Julie Babcock, 2008
Bill and Julie Babcock, 2008

After graduating from college in education at the University of Florida (UF), Babcock landed her first teaching job at Cocoa High in Rockledge. It was there that she met her future husband, Bill Babcock, whose family was originally from Virginia. They were married in December 1964 at First Baptist Church in Gainesville and immediately moved to Virginia to work. The following year, they both attended graduate school at UF, while living with his parents nearby.

In the summer of 1966, the couple moved to Jacksonville not only because of Babcock’s warm affinity for the place, but also because she and her husband wanted their future children to be well educated and happy. they are brought up in a town not so small that they would want to leave and never come back except for a visit. It was a dynamic they had witnessed in the small Virginia town in which they lived. They wanted a hometown big enough for all future children to settle in and pursue a career. And this is where an ironic twist of fate would come to play in Babcock’s life.

In Jacksonville, Babcock landed a position with Jackson and her husband in Bolles. At the same time, she was instrumental in establishing the Lakewood-San Jose Junior Woman’s Club, which did not yet exist. She then served at the state level, leading junior clubs throughout Florida.

Julie Babcock in the Bolles typing room in the 1970s
Julie Babcock in the Bolles typing room in the 1970s

Babcock’s teaching career in Jacksonville began not only with a short stint with Jackson but also with Wolfson and Butler before giving birth to their son, Mark, in October 1970. Two years later, she began working at Bolles alongside her husband, a career that spanned the past 42 years for her, both touching generations of families.

Before Mr. Babcock retired in 2007, he had been head of the social studies department and was named president emeritus; for a time he was the director of student activities, even doing reunion skits. His wife had started out as a typing teacher at Bolles but, having a business background in her background, soon developed an original course for seniors, one the colleges viewed more favorably: Business Survey. Semester-long courses included accounting, business law, economics, and math.

Moving beyond typing and business classrooms, Babcock moved into a consultancy position. She attended the University of Jacksonville to earn her guidance counseling degrees, and for nearly eight years she counseled Bolles students heading to college, even taking groups on bus tours of the Southeast schools. From there, she held the title of Registrar, while teaching her Business Investigations class. Records and testing management came next, taking charge of standardized exams. For several years, she alternated as principal of the school and again as registrar. When she retired in 2014, Babcock was once again responsible for planning standardized tests.

Previously, Mr. and Mrs. Babcock lived in what was then called the San Jose Terrace Apartments on University Boulevard, across from where Albertson was. For more than a decade, the Babcock family of three have lived on the Bolles campus – the staff couple and their student son. At first, Mark had to go to public school because there was no primary school in Bolles at that time. But once he was old enough, Mark attended Bolles and graduated as a salutatorian in his class in 1988.

During school vacations, the Babcocks camped in the mountains of Dillard, Georgia and Franklin, North Carolina. As a young girl, Babcock had learned to camp from her parents; they started in a tent, then moved to an RV in the Pisgah National Forest. “Right now I prefer camping at a Holiday Inn,” Babcock said. She remembers a funny story which, at the time it happened, was not so funny. A bear had entered their cooler and ate every morsel of food but one. Bologna. His father swore never to eat bologna again.

Since 1979, Babcock has lived in the family home in San Jose, near Bolles, and near his Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, which is now 75 years old. Babcock has taken on many active roles there over the years – choir singer, deacon, Sunday school teacher, volunteer receptionist, librarian, and more. Faith is a fortress for her.

Julie Babcock, volunteer librarian at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, circa 2018
Julie Babcock, volunteer librarian at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, circa 2018

In addition to his career in Bolles and his involvement in the Baptist Church, Babcock has been and continues to be a contributor to the wider local community. She supported the Guild of the Jacksonville Symphony Association, which provided scholarships for musical education and contributed to the Instrument Zoo. She is past president and first vice president of the Southside Woman’s Club, having left the junior league at age 40. In 2020, the club placed a small free library at 1200 Oriental Gardens Road, stocked with books for adults and children. . Babcock painted it first, with brightly colored flowers, animals, and ornaments. “Especially during COVID it’s been well used,” she said of the box. The club currently works with students at Greenfield Elementary School in partnership with America’s Best, providing free eye exams and glasses, and Babcock has been instrumental in the cause.

Julie Babcock painting a small free library, 2020
Julie Babcock painting a small free library, 2020

Babcock’s creative side is vast, extending far beyond painting. Prior to the pandemic, she sang with the River City Women’s Chorus and plans to return when protocols permit. She occasionally posts her original prose on Facebook, which she started doing daily during the coronavirus lockdown in response to a photographer’s photo posts. Babcock replied to more than 275 messages from the photographer. “It was my way of keeping in touch with the world,” she said. Babcock also does stained glass and has participated in several art competitions. A passionate gardener, “I wade through the yard,” she says. She also knits and does cross stitch.

“I’m busy all the time,” Babcock said of herself. And she still likes to visit the mountains. Although she is 80, she is 60. “It comes from having spent my whole life with children, from having taught,” she said. When it’s time to rest, she does so with her rescue cat, which bears the same name as her grandmother: Belle.

Julie Babcock with her rescue cat, Belle
Julie Babcock with her rescue cat, Belle

In December 2012, days before their 48th wedding anniversary, Babcock’s husband died. Their son, Mark, calls her every week to check on her. “You couldn’t ask for more,” Babcock said of his son. He and his wife, Laura Bucher, a Jacksonville native who attended Episcopal School, now live in Madrid, Spain. And there’s the ironic twist to Babcock’s story. She visits them almost every year. She has three grandchildren by them – teenage twins who are still in high school and an older one who is attending university in Scotland.

Babcock is the only remaining relative in Jacksonville. In the more than five decades that she has lived here, she has witnessed many changes. “He got bigger. More traffic,” she said. One piece of advice she offered is this: “Be nice to everyone. And always be grateful for what you have.

By Mary Wander
Resident Community News

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! Murcia Today – Six Beagle puppies to be adopted following animal drug trial in Madrid


Publication date: 02/02/2022

The remaining 32 puppies will be sacrificed as part of a liver fibrosis drug study in Spain

Barcelona Science Park and the University of Barcelona sparked huge controversy last month when they announced that 38 Beagle puppies would be slaughtered in the name of medical research. The project will involve subjecting the dogs to drugs before sacrificing them and performing autopsies on their bodies to develop a new drug to treat liver fibrosis and myelofibrosis.

Now, a tiny minority have been granted a reprieve as researchers have confirmed that the first six puppies treated with the drug will not subsequently be killed, but will be given up for adoption. However, the remaining 32 dogs are not so lucky, as scientists claim in the second part of the study it will be ‘imperative’ to carry out autopsies to study the reaction of their tissues before a trial with people can be considered.

“These are diseases with increasing incidence – in Europe, liver fibrosis affects approximately 2.1% of the population and myelofibrosis, between one and nine inhabitants out of 100,000 – for which no data or effective treatment is currently available. “, argued the Science Park. . In addition, European regulations require that a toxicity study be carried out on two species of mammals before a drug is tested on humans, and only one of the two animals can be a rodent.

Six Beagle puppies to be adopted after animal drug trial in Madrid

The animal testing is due to be carried out at Vivotecnia’s headquarters in Madrid in March, but the plans have drawn huge protests from animal rights groups across Spain. Not to be discouraged, the leaders of the study “exhaustively” reviewed all the documentation related to the project “to guarantee strict compliance with the regulations at all times”.

“There are currently no known alternative methods to using these animals that can replace the methodology of this type of research,” the academics insisted.

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Foundation Participants in China Celebrate the Year of the Water Tiger


NEW STORIES. 02/01/2022

The institution runs several projects in the Asian country that cater to more than 500 minors.

the Real Madrid Foundation launched its first project in China in 2011 and has since sensitized more than 4,000 boys and girls to the positive values ​​promoted by sport according to the methodology of the Foundation “Por una educación Real: Valores y deporte” (For a real education: values and sports). The institution runs various projects in the country that support more than 500 children in social sports schools and clinics, which take place across the country in collaboration with Shanghai Veritas Culture & Development Co, the exclusive partner of the clinics organized in the country.

In social sports schools, run in collaboration with the China Youth Development Foundation in the cities of Jinzhai and Tong Liao, minors at risk of exclusion due to their socio-economic situation learn the positive values ​​of team sports by playing football . This season saw the Real Madrid Foundation and the China Youth Development Foundation are deploying a program conducted in a public primary school in Tong Liao, a city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, which is part of the extracurricular activities carried out by the Xincheng School with the support of Mengniu.

​The project is carried out in a predominantly agricultural and livestock region, with limited industrial development and where the majority of the population is of Mongolian origin. The children who attend Jinzhai School are from socio-economically disadvantaged homes and many of them come from mountainous rural areas and therefore during the school year they are placed in a boarding school.

Additionally, through last season’s agreement with Shanghai Veritas Culture & Development Co. It is hoped that children from all over China will be able to participate in nationwide clinics each year in an effort to provide Real Madrid FoundationThe methodology of values ​​education through sport and the clinical experience of high performance to a greater number of minors.

Do you want to be a female pilot? Aviate Academy is waiting for you!


Did you know that becoming a pilot seems out of reach for many people? According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 5.6% of pilots are women and 6% are people of color. Incredibly, obtaining a commercial pilot license in the United States can cost around $100,000. Becoming an airline pilot requires 1,500 flight hours, making these requirements a difficult commitment to fulfill.

Taking action, closing the gap and providing people with educational alternatives, United Airlines officially opened a flight academy – and 80% of students identified as women or people of color.

© United Aviation Academy

As the only major US airline to have a flight training school, United has officially opened the doors of the United Aviate Academy in a historic inaugural class of future pilots. The academy is part of the airline’s goal to hire at least 10,000 new pilots by 2030, or 5,000 former United pilots.

According to the educational institution, their unprecedented training program will dramatically expand access to a lucrative and rewarding career in aviation while meeting United’s world-class safety standards. United currently has around 12,000 drivers. United Boeing 787 and 777 captains can earn more than $350,000 a year. Additionally, United drivers receive one of the highest 401(k) matches in the country – 16% of base salary.

HOLA US! had the opportunity to visit the academy in Goodyear, Arizona and meet the CEO of United Scott Kirbyunited chief pilot Mary Ann Schafferas well as United Aviate Academy students and future pilots Jimena Perez Arroyo and Nathalie Villalpando.

According to Kirby and Schaffer, the academy is a great opportunity to diversify the field and help break down some of the barriers that Latino and Black communities face.

United Aviate Academy female pilots©United Aviate Academy female pilots

“One of the great things about UAA is that we can overcome the huge barriers to entry for women and people of color. It’s really about finding great people with drive, commitment and potential and give them the opportunity,” Kirby said. HELLO ! United States. “It gives me immense pride to think that what we are doing is making a difference. I often say we are going to build the biggest and best airline in aviation history. Yet even when I retire, I hope what people will say about me is that I made a difference in our diversity and sustainability efforts.

United Airlines CEO says corporate America talks about diversity without action; however, what he is doing is real and will have a positive impact on communities. “It’s real action. It’s going to make a difference not only in these people’s lives and in the lives of their families. These are people who I believe will give back to their communities, and that’s by giving people economic opportunities that we will achieve true equality in the country. These are economic opportunities. And that is what we are doing here today,” he said.

United Chief Pilot Mary Ann Schaffer said the program is a game-changer for the industry and she looks forward to the next generation of pilots. “It’s an exciting day. I’m so happy to be back here on campus to see the students who have already started, and I’m looking forward to the next class. I’ll be back and presenting the next lesson in February. This is a game-changer for the industry,” she said.

United Aviate Academy female pilots©United Aviate Academy female pilots

For some neighbors of Ukraine, “defending Europe” has another meaning


WARSAW — As the United States mounted warnings of a Russian attack and Western allies called for unity against aggression, the leaders of two NATO members bordering Ukraine headed for a rally in Madrid this weekend called ‘Defending Europe’.

But instead of tackling the Russian threat on Europe’s eastern border, the meeting attended by Polish and Hungarian prime ministers Mateusz Morawiecki and Viktor Orban focused on what populist leaders cite as their most pressing threats: immigration, demographic decline and the European Union crisis.

Even as the two NATO members rely on the alliance for their security, the urgency in Madrid of issues that have long driven them apart from the United States and the European Union has highlighted just how domestic political concerns remain at the forefront of their calculations.

The meeting, which brought together populist and mostly pro-Kremlin standard-bearers from across Europe, also underscored how these policies have clouded what the US sees as a clear case of intimidation by the Russia, a nuclear-armed autocracy, versus Ukraine, a vibrant, if very dysfunctional, democracy.

Mr. Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister, travels to Moscow on Tuesday to meet President Vladimir V. Putin. France’s far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, a staunch Kremlin supporter, was also present at the two-day conclave, as was Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, which has long called for an end to EU sanctions on Moscow for its 2014 annexation of Crimea and military incursions into eastern Ukraine.

A statement released after the Madrid rally made no mention of Ukraine, although it deplored “Russia’s aggressive actions on Europe’s eastern border”. Rather, he insists on the need to form a united front in favor of “family policies”, Christianity and the exclusion of immigrants. The European Union, according to the statement, has become “detached from reality”, leading to “demographic suicide”. ”

Poland is a country with a long and traumatic history of Russian aggression. His joining a rally focused on attacking the European Union in a time of crisis on its eastern border underlined how much the ruling party sees Brussels as a threat.

Poland regularly denounces Moscow and supports the presence on its territory of around 4,500 American troops and a US-led missile defense facility. But, enraged by EU criticism of its restrictions on judicial independence, LGBTQ rights and other issues, the ruling party has increasingly turned its fire on Brussels.

“Polish foreign policy has been completely subservient to domestic needs and is now about ending interference from the European Union,” said Roman Kuzniar, a professor at the University of Warsaw who advised the previous pro-European government. from his country.

While tiny Baltic states have sent arms to Ukraine and worked to forge a united front against Moscow, Poland, the largest and most militarily powerful country in the region, has “been very passive and has not nothing serious to say,” added Professor Kuzniar.

After weeks of procrastination, the Polish authorities announced on Monday that they would offer “defensive weapons” to Ukraine. Prime Minister Morawiecki, who is visiting the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Tuesday, expressed his “unwavering support” for Ukraine against “Russian neo-imperialism” which, he said, threatened to “destabilize” the European bloc.

Jacek Bartosiak, the founder of Strategy and Future, a research group, defended the government’s caution, saying Poland had too much at stake in Ukraine to risk hasty moves. Poland, he said, “is the most important piece of the puzzle in the game being played around Ukraine.”

The blurring of foreign policy with domestic policy mirrors a similar phenomenon in the United States, where the Republican right has challenged the Biden administration’s support for Ukraine and questioned whether Russia might be a more worthy cause.

Few Poles express sympathy for Russia. But there is also deep mistrust of Ukraine, the western part of which belonged to Poland before World War II, especially among nationalists who consider the massacre of tens of thousands of Poles to be genocide. by Ukrainian nationalists during the conflict.

“Anti-Ukrainian sentiment is the ABC of Polish nationalism,” said Marek Swierczynski, security expert at Politika Insight, a research group in Warsaw. “Everything in Poland these days has become so politicized,” he added, noting that law and justice have been reluctant to embrace Ukraine too closely because “part of their base might turn against against them”.

Hostility to Russia typically crosses political divides, but has been overshadowed by hostility to Brussels, the ruling party’s favorite pet peeve.

Jarosław Kaczyński, the head of law and justice and de facto leader of Poland, regularly rants against the European bloc, saying in December that it was becoming a German-led “Fourth Reich”, but said nothing publicly on the Ukrainian crisis.

Liberal critics of Mr Kaczynski note that his emphasis on defending traditional Christian values ​​against what he sees as decadent intrusions by the European Union is almost indistinguishable from the Kremlin’s favorite propaganda trope. .

But while siding with the Kremlin in Europe’s culture wars, Europe’s nationalist populists are bitterly divided over whether to reject or embrace Mr Putin, a rift that has hampered their efforts to make common cause. At the rally in Madrid, which followed a similar event in Warsaw in December, Mr. Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, insisted that a reference to Russian aggression be included in the final declaration. Ms Le Pen objected and issued her own statement which made no mention of Russia.

George Simion, the leader of a right-wing Romanian political party, called the meeting a ‘disaster’ because of divisions over Russia, which he sees as a threat blocking his own pet political cause, the union of Romania with neighboring Moldova, a territory seized by Moscow in 1940.

Poland’s high-profile presence at such a gathering has caused dismay among critics of law and justice, particularly opposition leader Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who has stressed the awareness of Ukraine and close relations with the European Union.

Denouncing the Madrid meeting as “anti-Ukrainian and pro-Putin”, Mr Tusk had urged the prime minister not to attend. Among the parties present was an Estonian far-right group whose leader campaigned for the elections with the anti-immigrant slogan: “If you are black, come back!”

Mr. Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, has a long history of dealing with Moscow and bickering with Kyiv, particularly over its policy towards ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine. Like Law and Justice in Poland, his Fidesz party has built its political brand around the fight with the European Union, from which the two countries have received billions of dollars in aid but which serves as an easy punching bag in national political battles. .

Facing a tough election in April, Mr Orban went further than any other European national leader in reaching out to Moscow and demonizing the European bloc.

His opponents urged him on Monday to cancel his Tuesday visit to see Mr Putin for talks over gas contracts and the expansion of a Russian nuclear project in Hungary.

Peter Marki-Zay, the flag bearer of an unusually united opposition camp in the April elections, said the trip to Moscow meant that “Hungary has betrayed its Western allies” and “betrayed the millennial dream of western integration country”.

Aside from the Baltic states, which have been unwavering in their support for Ukraine, Europe’s formerly communist eastern fringe has sent mixed messages, pledging loyalty to NATO, which now includes most of the former members of the defunct Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, but sometimes expressing distrust of Ukraine.

In the starkest break from NATO’s stance of solidarity with Ukraine, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, who joined the alliance in 2009 with Poland, said last week that Ukraine should never to be admitted to NATO, a point of view that Moscow warmly shares. In the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine, the president said: “Croatia must get away from it like fire.”

His comment, however, was driven less by the Ukraine crisis than by domestic political wrangling with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who belongs to a rival political party and has expressed strong support for Ukraine. The Prime Minister issued a statement this week noting that Ukraine deserves support as one of the first countries to recognize Croatia as an independent country after its separation from Yugoslavia during the early Balkan Wars. of the 1990s.

The history of past wars weighs heavily on governments in the region, where gratitude for past support collides with bitter memories of betrayal, often by the same people.

In Poland, Poles massacred by Ukrainian nationalists during World War II rival earlier memories of how Ukrainian soldiers helped Poland defeat invading Soviet troops in 1920 on the banks of the Vistula River near Warsaw.

“Our history is very difficult,” said Mr. Swierczynski, the Polish security expert.

Benjamin Novak contributed reporting from Budapest and Anatol Magdziarz from Warsaw.

Syracuse Abroad to Host 3rd Annual Abroad Summer Fair


Syracuse Abroad is ready to take students to new heights this summer with more than 20 unique programs abroad. In the summer of 2022, students can discover the vibrancy of dozens of cultures abroad through interactive and immersive learning experiences.

On February 1, students, faculty, and staff are invited to the 3rd Annual Summer Study Abroad Fair, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the atrium of the Schine Student Center (behind Dunkin’ Donuts ). Students will have the opportunity to meet international summer program advisors, faculty who will lead summer programs, and Syracuse Abroad summer program alumni. Visit Syracuse’s Upcoming Events Abroad page for more event information.

Summer 2022 programs

In summer 2022, Syracuse Abroad will launch a new customizable multi-city summer program, offering classes and internships in Florence and London. This blended summer session will allow students to choose the duration, location(s) and courses of their program according to their academic needs, interests and schedule. Students can spend between one week and eight weeks in either or both locations, with the option of taking culturally enriching classes or participating in an internship. In addition to academic programming, center activities at each location may include city tours, food tastings, and day trips to nearby towns.

Summer students in Madrid, 2021

Summer sessions will also take place in Madrid and Strasbourg, with a host of courses and programs offered in each location to satisfy any student’s interest. In Madrid, students will spend five weeks taking one or two courses, living with a host family or in a local hall of residence. Courses include Cross-Cultural Psychology PSY 400, Sexuality in Spain SOC/QSX/WGS 306/600, Sports Business BUA 300.2, and more. In Strasbourg, students will live with a French host family and take one or two courses including French for Diplomacy, Engineering Research Projects, Internships and Religion, Law and Human Rights in a comparative perspective. Students can connect virtually with staff in Florence, London and Madrid via Zoom on February 3. Learn more here.

In addition to the Syracuse Centers programs, students can participate in a variety of faculty-led programs and internships. Explore the fascinating history of sport in Australia, architectural design environments in Japan or political studies in the Middle East. Internships will be offered in 10 different locations including Uganda, Tel Aviv, Brussels and many more. See all summer programs.

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19 on all international travelers this summer, Syracuse Abroad has implemented extensive health and safety precautions and support measures for each Central Syracuse location. These comprehensive plans were developed in collaboration with campus experts and public health officials, in accordance with local regulations and resources. Review the COVID-19 center plans.

Summer Funding Opportunities

Syracuse University is committed to making the Syracuse experience abroad possible for all students. In partnership with ESE and Invest Syracuse, Syracuse Abroad is pleased to provide a variety of assistance options available to students participating in the 2022 summer programs, including the scholarships and aids listed below. Review summer funding opportunities.

Merit-based summer scholarships

Syracuse Abroad is also pleased to announce the return of merit-based scholarships for summer 2022 study abroad programs. Syracuse University undergraduate students with high academic achievement may apply for a limited number of $1,000 merit-based scholarships to participate in exciting, academically challenging, and innovative summer programs abroad. For more information and to find out how to apply for a merit scholarship, students can visit their OrangeAbroad application portal.

Need-based financial assistance

The Office of Financial Aid awards Study Abroad Scholarships (SAG) to undergraduate students, based on financial need, ranging from $250 to $2,000 for three credits and from $500 to $4,000 $ for six credits. Need is determined by information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the previous academic year and is available for all summer programs. Once accepted into a summer program, students will automatically be considered for these scholarships and alerted by the Office of Financial Aid if a scholarship has been awarded.

Enjoy the summer of 2022 and apply now. The deadline is February 10, 2022 and applications for summer programs are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information on summer programs, email International Summer Program Advisors Stephanie Ramin or Myles Chalue.

Couple behind Nomos RED create ultimate family home in Palm Desert


Today, the house that speaks an international language gives another boost to regional architecture while providing a foundation for the couple’s design-build growth.

With five projects underway and more in the planning stages, their next step will bring clubs modernist specimens filled with mid-century materials, but only where they are welcome. They recently got laid off from a job behind the doors when the HOA insisted on rounded corners, molded columns, a gable roof and smaller windows. Floor-to-ceiling glass? Verboten. “Even though they loved our design, they totally opposed it,” Castaneda says. “For this club, modern architecture is a trend. They prefer a conventional Mediterranean style to maintain their guidelines. In their world, function follows form,” so the business ended before it began.

A word of support on devoted beliefs came from Bueso-Inchausti’s architect father. She comes from a line of architects and developers in Spain, and the couple had interned during the summers at her practice. His advice: Never do anything you won’t be proud of. “It takes two to three years for a project to become a reality,” explains Castaneda. “He was saying that if, at the end of all this hard work, you’re not going to be proud and want to show it, then don’t bother doing it.”

Bueso-Inchausti takes a nostalgic look at the custom furniture they designed for the home and a favorite shaded seating area under a new wide overhang. “We try to balance what we think is best for the city with what we think is best,” she says. “It makes us proud while earning a living.” A very modern life.

Can I use student loans to rent?


Obtaining a higher education can be terribly expensive and in order to cover this initial cost in hopes that it will improve your future income, many American students take out student loans. These funds go directly to the school which she uses to pay tuition and all school-related costs first.

Any excess money will be returned to the borrower as reimbursement can be used to cover other expenses, including rent. Ideally, however, you want to incur as little debt as possible while you graduate, which means you will need to budget wisely for the use of the money that has been loaned to you.

How is the amount of your student loan determined?

When you apply for federal student financial aid, your institution’s financial aid office will determine the amount of financial aid you are eligible for. Eligibility to receive a federal student loan “depends on your expected family contribution, your year in school, your enrollment status, and the cost of attending the school you will attend.” according to the Ministry of Education.

The financial aid staff will use a formula to calculate the amount of need-based aid you may receive. This is determined by looking at the cost of attending school and then subtracting your expected family contribution.

The amount of financial assistance that those who apply for assistance but do not need it can receive is determined using the cost of participation less any financial aid already given, which includes aid from all sources, such as need-based aid and private scholarships, among others.

What expenses can funds from student loans be used to pay?

When determining the cost of participation, financial aid staff consider several factors, including tuition and fees, books, supplies, equipment, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses, as well as room and board in on-campus school accommodation or rent for off-campus accommodation. Additionally, other factors such as special needs disability, child care or other dependent care costs are included. Even “reasonable costs for eligible study abroad programs” are considered.

Federal student loans are decided for the entire academic year and must be renewed each year. The sooner you know where you are going to live will help you determine how much money you will need to cover your school attendance costs.

Once you have obtained a federal student loan, you should know that the funds are disbursed in at least two periodic packages. You will need to calculate your monthly budget to avoid needing additional financial assistance through private loans which may have higher interest rates and do not provide most of the benefits of federal loans.

How to Apply for a Federal Student Loan

In order to get the ball rolling, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as soon as possible during the previous academic year. When you have committed to attending college, you will want to submit your FAFSA as soon as possible to allow the federal government to review your case. FAFSA forms are available on October 1 each year and you will need to submit them by your state’s deadline.

In addition to calculating the school’s financial aid staff, the Ministry of Education will need to know your parents’ economic situation and your status as a dependent. If you need help filling out the form, the government’s Federal Student Aid website provides a guide.

Thakkar brings powerful change to Montgomery Township GOP


January 27, 2022

On January 27, 2022, the Montgomery Township Republican Organization unanimously elected Rosy Thakkar, longtime resident and dedicated community leader, as President. Thakkar becomes the first woman, the first South Asian American, and the first Sikh American to lead the Montgomery GOP.

Outgoing President and former Mayor Ed Trzaska congratulated Thakkar on his election. “Rosy has been a generous and hardworking member of our community for years, and I know her responsive and inclusive leadership style will serve our group and our township well,” Trzaska remarked. “I couldn’t think of anyone better suited for this position, and I can’t wait to see what Rosy will accomplish in this role. The future looks bright for the Montgomery Township Republican Party.

After acknowledging the many accomplishments of several local Republican leaders, including Trzaska, Mark Caliguire, Ted Maciag and Christine Madrid, Thakkar outlined his plan to “revive” and “revitalize” Montgomery’s Republican group and grow the organization “from of zero”. Thakkar continued, “My top priority is to give Republicans a real platform to organize and voice their concerns, while also engaging in heartfelt outreach to unaffiliated residents and Democrats, so that we can work together. to continue to improve the township we call home.

In her more than twenty years as a Skillman resident, Rosy Thakkar has been an active member of the community, including supporting the public school system, where her two children were enrolled in K-12. Thakkar served on the Montgomery Township Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) as well as the Montgomery Township Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA), and hosted a variety of notable community events, including the Back to School BBQ school dedicated to meeting special needs students.

Drawing on these experiences, Thakkar noted that “Montgomery Township wouldn’t be the incredible place it is today without the tireless and often thankless work of so many dedicated members of our community. Those who help maintain the high quality of our public education system; our all-volunteer EMS team; our police and fire departments, who stand the risk of protecting each and every one of us – they are the everyday heroes whose unwavering dedication drives this city forward and whose efforts our organization will strive to support.

Somerset County Republican Organization chairman Tim Howes also praised Thakkar. “Rosy Thakkar brings energy, common sense and a fresh perspective to the chair. She will build the party and continue the Montgomery RMS tradition of excellence.

As one of the first Sikh and South Asian American women to assume a leadership role in the Republican Party, Thakkar’s election has already begun to capture the attention of several key party leaders, including Jack Ciattarelli. , the party’s 2021 standard bearer: “Rosy Thakkar’s election as Montgomery Township’s Republican Town Chairperson is an exciting development for the local party, as well as the Somerset County Republican organization. I have looking forward to working with Rosy on candidate recruitment, fundraising and winning elections in the township, county and all other levels of government”

While noting that a lot of hard work awaited her, Thakkar said she was up for the challenge. “Above all, I want every resident to know that they will always have a chance to be heard by the Montgomery Township Republican Organization in the future. By listening sincerely to one another and always offering a seat at the table to anyone who seeks to get involved, we will work together to resolve any issues that come our way and maintain our city’s status as the one of the best places to live in the entire country.”

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New Mexico Legislative Session 2022: Education Bills to Watch


Since the 2022 New Mexico legislative session opened on January 18, lawmakers have introduced numerous bills aimed at improving education in New Mexico.

Some of the proposed laws address a statewide teacher shortage while others create new educational programs and opportunities for students. Some bills create new opportunities for New Mexicans to advance their education and train to meet the state’s labor needs.

Here are some education-related bills to watch for in New Mexico’s 55th Legislature:

Facing the shortage of educators

Lawmakers have introduced a number of bills aimed at addressing the shortage of educators across the state of New Mexico.

According to the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Evaluation and Policy Center, the number of teaching vacancies statewide nearly doubled from 571 in 2020 to 1,048 in 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a breakdown of those bills:

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham delivers her annual State of the State Address, January 18, 2022 via YouTube.

Increase the salary of certified teachers

Senate Bill 1 would increase the minimum teacher salary from $40,000 to $50,000 for Tier One teachers, from $50,000 to $60,000 for Tier Two teachers and from $60,000 to $70,000. $ for level three teachers.

The bill is associated with a general increase of 7% for all teachers in the state. Lawmakers said the increases would help New Mexico teacher salaries to be competitive with surrounding states and help school districts recruit and retain educators.

Teacher increases have been a key focus of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration.

“New Mexico educators deserve better pay – it’s as simple as that,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said when she announced plans for the increase Dec. 1.

As of January 28, the bill was passed unanimously by the Senate Education Committee and is currently before the Senate Finance Committee.

Teacher Residence Changes

House Bill 13 would expand the state’s teacher residency program to include senior students in a state-approved education program. The New Mexico Teachers’ Residency Program pairs students with expert teachers to co-teach in underprivileged districts.

Current teacher residency legislation focuses on alternative licensing, which allows university graduates outside the field of education to become teachers.

The bill would also increase allowances for residents from $20,000 per year to $35,000 per year. Representative Debra Sariñana (D-21) said the increased stipend would help support teachers through the program so they don’t have to find a second job when their residency ends.

On January 24, the House Education Committee passed the bill and it was sent to the House Appropriation and Finance Committee.

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Students participate in an interactive lesson in Amy Hollis' classroom at Carlsbad Early College High School during the first day of school.

Retired students returning to work

House Bill 73 would change the wording of the Education Retirement Act allowing more retired teachers to return to work without losing their retirement benefits.

Under the current legislature, retired teachers must wait a full year before being allowed to return to work. If passed, the bill would allow these educators to return to work after 90 days.

On January 25, the House Education Committee passed the bill and he was with the House Labor, Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs Committee on January 28.

Public school programs

Personal Finance Courses for Graduation and Personal Finance as a School Option

Senate Bill 177 would require high school students to take a personal finance course — formerly called a financial literacy course — to graduate from high school. If adopted as is, the new requirements will come into effect for students entering ninth grade in 2022.

The bipartisan bill was sponsored by Senator Shannon Pinto (D-3) and Senator Gay Kernan (R-42).

The bill was sent to the Senate Committee of Committees on January 26.

House Bill 130 would also allow high school students to take an elective personal finance course. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-16), Rep. Willie Madrid (D-53), Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-32), Rep. Anthony Allison (D-4) and the representative. Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R-44).

The bill was sent to the House Education Committee on January 24.

School Cybersecurity Program

House Bill 122 would allocate $45 million to develop a statewide network of educational technology infrastructure under the DEP. According to the bill, 87 school districts and 73 charter schools would participate in the program if passed.

The cybersecurity program would include cybersecurity assurance support, planning and management of cybersecurity projects, development of a response and recovery plan and quarterly reviews, strengthening of infrastructure, operations , cyberenvironment processes and systems, monitoring network activity, and training employees and students.

The bipartisan bill was sponsored by Rep. Willie Madrid (D-53), Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-38), Rep. Raymundo Lara (D-34), and Rep. Joy Garratt (D-29).

The bill was sent to the House Education Committee on January 24.

Fourth graders at Cottonwood Elementary commemorated the new STEM lab donated by Devon.

STEM School Pilot Program

House Bill 115 would allow the New Mexico Department of Public Education to create a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pilot project. The project was an eight-year study that would be used to create a curriculum support model for STEM teachers and students.

If adopted as proposed, the project would be administered in collaboration with New Mexico Highlands University and Western New Mexico University. The bill would create a fund and allocate $5 million to the program.

The bill was sent to the House Education Committee on January 21.

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Outdoor Learning Program Funding

Senate Bill 32 would create an outdoor learning program as part of DEP. The bill would allocate $500,000 to establish the program and hire an outdoor learning specialist. The funds would also be used to build outdoor classrooms.

Student experts who testified during the legislative session explained that an outdoor classroom would consist of a weather-protected outdoor space that could be used like any other classroom.

The bill was unanimously approved by the House Education Committee on January 26 and has been sent to the Senate Finance Committee.

Higher education and adult training

Adult Online Scholarship Act

House Bill 58 would create an online adult scholarship program under the New Mexico Department of Higher Education to meet some of the state’s most critical labor needs. . The bill would create an endowment fund that would distribute $2 million a year in scholarships under the program.

The program would also prioritize scholarships for students from rural areas, minority students, low-income students and students who are the first in the family to attend college.

The bill was sent to the House Education Committee on January 19.

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New Mexico State University Carlsbad's nursing program jumped from fifth to third place in the latest registernursing.com rankings.

Develop the nursing program at the College

Senate Bill 50 would allocate $15 million for Nursing Program Expansion Grants in response to a statewide nursing shortage.

According to the 2021 New Mexico Health Workforce Report from the University of New Mexico, the state needed 6,223 registered nurses.

The bill was sent to the House Labor, Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs Committee on January 19.

Claudia Silva is a reporter for UNM’s Local Reporting Fellowship. She can be reached at [email protected], by phone at 575-628-5506 or on Twitter @thewatchpup.

George A. Burnett will assume the presidency of the University of Phoenix, effective February 1, 2022 | Your money


PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 28, 2022–

George A. Burnett has been selected to lead the University of Phoenix as president, effective Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. Burnett will succeed Peter Cohen, who has served as president of the university since 2017. Cohen will become president emeritus, moving into an advisory role to the university’s board of trustees and senior management after nearly five years with the university.

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“I am delighted to have George succeed me at the helm of this great institution,” Cohen said. “He is the right leader at the right time in the continued evolution of the University of Phoenix as an institution highly focused and committed to helping working adults improve their careers and lives through education and development. developing the professional skills needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing workplace.”

Burnett joins the University of Phoenix at a pivotal time as the higher education landscape has changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is poised to evolve even more as the workplace also changes. and that employees and employers are at a crossroads, as evidenced by the Great Resignation among other indicators. As a mission-driven institution of higher learning, focused on its goal of helping working adults, primarily the first generation, gain higher education and job skills to help them enhance their careers and future , the University of Phoenix is ​​evolving and innovating to help its students succeed in this rapidly changing work and higher education environment.

A former college president, as well as a business leader, Burnett is well positioned to lead the university into the future: “I am thrilled to join the University of Phoenix at this important time in its history. I am so impressed by what the university has accomplished over the past 4.5 years under the leadership of President Cohen, and I am honored by the incredible dedication of employees and faculty to student success and the mission of the University I look forward to joining this essential mission to serve adult learners seeking to enhance their career and professional goals.

Most recently, Burnett served as executive vice president of Academic Partnerships, which supports online degree programs at public universities. He is also a former President and CEO of Northcentral University, a regionally accredited institution. Prior to joining Northcentral, Burnett was President and CEO of Alta Colleges. He was also Director of Marketing for Qwest Communications International and held several leadership positions at AT&T after beginning his career at D’Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles, a global advertising agency. He is also currently an observer on the board of Universidad Europea, based in Madrid. Burnett received his BA from Dartmouth College and returned to the Amos Tuck School in Dartmouth for his MBA.

During Cohen’s nearly five-year tenure, the university has evolved to meet the changing needs and preferences of working adult learners, even during a historic pandemic. New competency-based curricula that recognize mature student work experience for credit, creating a shorter and more cost-effective path to graduation, have been introduced. So plan career assessments and career coaches to help students at the start and end of their higher education journey to prepare for possible career opportunities. Professional development courses are now part of the university’s offerings to working adults. And, the university has also increased its focus and provided more resources through student support teams, knowing that for the university’s adult learners – nearly 65% ​​of whom have dependents and more than 80 % are working – life intervenes and students need easily accessible support, guidance and flexibility. Under Cohen’s leadership, the university has also built a values-based culture with a highly engaged workforce and a goal-oriented orientation that is the foundation of its work to help students succeed.

About the University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix is ​​continually innovating to help working adults improve their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life ® help students more effectively pursue their professional and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.

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He is a doctor. He is an actor. It’s an Indie Heartthrob.


The actors have long been engaged in side projects: some use their free time to write books, while others even lead rock bands. But it’s fair to say that few comedians navigate a dual career quite like Anders Danielsen Lie, who currently stars as a persistent lover in both ‘Bergman Island’ and ‘The Worst Person in the World’ – a double independent film title that prompted a reviewer to double it “the next big arthouse ex-boyfriend” – while working full-time as a doctor in Oslo.

“It was overwhelming,” Lie, 43, told me in a recent video chat, and he wasn’t kidding: In early January, he was named Best Supporting Actor by the National Society of Film Critics even as he worked three days a week at a vaccination center in Oslo and two days a week as a general practitioner. “It seems a bit abstract because as an actor the most important part of making a movie is the actual shooting,” he said. “Then when the movie comes out, it’s kind of a surreal experience.”

Expect things to get even more surreal with the famous “The worst person in the worldfinally hits US theaters on February 4. In this romantic comedy-drama from director Joachim Trier, Renate Reinsve – who won Best Actress for the role at the Cannes Film Festival – plays 20-year-old Julie. something trying to figure out his future. For a time, she reconnects with Lie’s character, Aksel, an older, charismatic comic book artist, and embraces his sedentary life as her own. But even when they break up and Julie discovers new pursuits, she finds her bond with the rogue Aksel hard to shake.

Lie has already collaborated with Trier on the films “Reprise” (2008) and “Oslo, August 31” (2012), but “The worst person in the world” turned out to be a breakthrough: Already the Internet has made video tributes to his character, and the film struck a chord with an audience that prefers simple, human stakes to superhuman stakes. “It felt like we were doing something very local out of Oslo, and we were afraid that someone else in the world would understand,” Lie said. “But people on the other side of the planet can relate to it. That’s what’s so good about feature films, they bring people together.

Here are edited excerpts from our conversation.

With Aksel and Julie, it feels like the qualities that drew them to each other end up pulling them apart. How would you sum up their relationship?

He’s good at articulating his emotions and thoughts, and that’s probably something she wanted at an earlier stage in their relationship, but at this point she’s just annoyed by it. He’s a nice enough person, but he also tries, in a subtle way, to dominate her by using language as a tool, because that’s what he does well.

Is Aksel a “bad boyfriend”, as recent Vanity Fair article affirmed?

I don’t see him as a bad boyfriend at all, actually. She’s not bad; it is not bad; they are just human. They’re put in situations where they have to make tough choices and end up feeling like the worst people in the world, but it’s not really their fault. It’s life’s fault, in a way.

In the film, we see Julie oscillating between different identities, trying out new jobs, new passions. Do you act the same way at this age?

Personally, I thought my 20s and 30s were tough years because I spent so much time trying to figure out who I was and what to do. I still haven’t made that choice, but it doesn’t bother me that much anymore. I am quite happy to have two children and a wife. It may be as simple as that.

When you were younger, did you feel compelled to make an ultimate choice between acting and medicine?

This has been my ongoing identity crisis.

Maybe it’s just the bifurcated life you feel most suited to.

It’s definitely a bifurcated life, and sometimes it feels like an identity crisis because it’s just a lot of hustle and bustle that makes the timeline work. It’s difficult to reconcile these two professions, and sometimes I also wonder who I am. I try to think I’m something deeper than that: I’m not the doctor or the actor, I’m someone else, and those are just roles I step into.

Your mother is an actress. Has that affected the way you look at an actor’s life?

My mom isn’t the typical actress – she’s not a diva or anything like that. He’s a very ordinary person, and I think it’s important to have a foot in reality if you want to portray people on screen with confidence and credibility. But I grew up seeing what it’s like to be an actress and what it’s like to be a doctor, and I ended up being both! I should probably go to psychoanalysis or something.

Your father was a doctor. It almost split you in two, didn’t it?

Exactly. It may be an inherited disease.

Does one career inform the other?

Working as an actor has improved my communication skills as a doctor because acting is so much about listening to other actors and trying to establish good communication, often with people you don’t know very well, and that kinda reminds me of working as a doctor. I meet people, often for the first time, and they present me with a very private problem, and I need to get the right information to help them. It is a very delicate and difficult communication work, in fact.

You made your film debut at the age of 11 in a film called “Herman”. How did it happen?

My mom had worked with the director, so she knew he was looking for a boy my age, and she asked me if I was interested in auditioning. I didn’t really know what I had signed up for – I was 10 and it was like a game we were playing. I remember when the director wanted me to do the part, he came to our house with flowers and said, ‘Congratulations’, and I was scared because I realized, ‘Now I really have to play that role and deliver. For the first time, I felt this anguish of not doing a good job, exactly the same feeling that I can feel now in front of a shoot that really matters to me. I can be afraid of not being up to it.

After this movie, you didn’t work as an actor for 16 years.

“Herman” was an overwhelming experience. I felt like I was playing with explosives. I was dealing with emotions and manipulating my psyche in a pretty scary way.

Do you think feeling overwhelmed by this as a child might influence your decision to lead this bifurcated life? Acting can never completely overwhelm you now because you also have a completely different career at the same time.

You should be an analyst. I think you’re onto something here because I always thought it wouldn’t be good for me to work full time as an actor, especially when the roles are really dark and emotional. I often thought I had to find a psychologically sustainable way to work as an actor. I don’t know if I’m still there, but I’m starting to see how I can protect myself.

It’s interesting that you rejected it for so long, until Joachim Trier asked you to audition for “Reprise”. If that hadn’t happened, do you think you would ever have gone back to acting?

When I was asked to audition for Joachim’s first film, I had no intention of acting – I had a year left in medical school and had to other planes. But I’ve often wondered why I keep doing this, because I’m very neurotic as a person and if I perform on stage I get very, very nervous. It’s expensive for me to do it, and I often ask, “Why are you doing it if it’s so hard?”

So why are you doing it?

I think the process of creating fiction and the transgressive experience of stepping into that fictional character is something that fascinates me. It’s as if you’re discovering and amplifying potentials within yourself that you’re probably not able to explore in real life.

Have you ever done this “hang out in LA, meet Hollywood people” thing, or do you still keep it all at bay?

I’ve been to LA many times, but I have no naive illusions about what it’s like to be a movie actor. It’s important to me to be in this industry for the right reasons. I certainly have ambitions, but I hope they are more artistic and not professional ambitions.

I think those are good ambitions to have. I’ve seen European actors who have a great time like yours, and they cash in quickly to play the bad guy in an American comic book movie.

Maybe it would be a lot of fun to play this character! But I try to have a long-term perspective. I want to work with this for a long time, and I don’t want to be someone who appears for a year and then you never hear from this actor again. I want to build a long-term career.

After all that happened last year, did you feel more drawn to theater or medicine?

In an ideal world, I would like to continue doing both. Over the past five years or so, I think I’ve managed to find a balance that makes sense and doesn’t wear me out too much. But I do not know. I keep postponing this final choice.

If there hasn’t been a definitive choice so far, maybe there never will be.

You may be right. We will see.

HydraFacial, a BeautyHealth Company, Opens HFX Experience Center in New York | News


LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 27, 2022–

The BeautyHealth company “BeautyHealth” or the “Company”; (NASDAQ: SKIN), a global beauty and health category builder leading the charge with HydraFacial™, its flagship brand, today announced the opening of the HydraFacial HFX Experience Center in New York. The New York Experience Center is the 9th largest HFX location worldwide, others include Long Beach, Orlando, Chicago, Dallas, Tokyo, Shanghai, Madrid and Mexico City.

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Opening day at the HydraFacial HFX Experience Center in New York. (Photo: Hai Ngo)

HydraFacial HFX was launched in 2018 as the first immersive two-day educational experience designed to advance the skills of aesthetic professionals and help them develop client engagement techniques, hone protocol skills and grow their business, with a focus on sales skills, social media and marketing techniques. Additionally, these experience centers allow the brand to host consumer, supplier, HydraFacialist, press and influencer events throughout the year.

Education is an important area of ​​investment for HydraFacial,” said Ben Baum, Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer of HydraFacial. “We offer in-person, virtual, short-term and long-term training opportunities, providing an option for every BeautyHealth expert who strives to deliver a superior experience. HFX Experience Centers are an important part of our educational platform, and we’re thrilled to finally have one in New York.

HydraFacial HFX participants can expect to earn:

  • Increased customer retention by using HydraFacial as a beauty health essential
  • Trust in client consultations to effectively sell and personalize treatments
  • Concepts of menu strategy and creation
  • Knowledge of our outstanding industry partnerships
  • Expertise in combining HydraFacial with other treatments
  • A strategy to implement an action plan for business growth
  • Improved experience with HydraFacial boosters, products and modalities
  • A structure to accelerate revenue by positioning signature event memberships
  • Creative ideas on how to position HydraFacial Perk™ for best treatment results
  • Ability to leverage resources to increase profits

To register or learn more about HFX courses, visit connect.hydrafacial.com/hfx-franchise/

About Beauty Health Company

BeautyHealth is a category-building health and beauty company focused on bringing innovative products to market. Our flagship brand, HydraFacial, is a non-invasive, accessible beauty health platform and ecosystem with a powerful community of estheticians, consumers and partners, connecting medical and consumer retail to democratize and personalize solutions. skincare for the masses. HydraFacial uses a unique delivery system to cleanse, extract and hydrate with our patented hydradermabrasion technology and super serums made with nourishing ingredients, delivering immediate results and creating an instantly gratifying glow in just three steps and 30 minutes. HydraFacial® and Perk™ products are available in over 87 countries with over 19,000 delivery systems worldwide and millions of treatments performed each year. For more information, visit the brand on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or at HydraFacial.com. For our Investor Relations website, please visit https://investors.beautyhealth.com/.

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15-year-old Endrick becomes Brazilian football’s latest sensation



Playing in the final of an Under-21 tournament for Brazilian club Palmeiras, 15-year-old Endrick collected the ball behind the halfway line and started running towards goal.

He passed a few defenders with ease. A third knocks him down a few meters later, but Endrick gets up quickly after a roll on the ground and continues with the ball.

A fourth defender had to step in to help him, eventually stopping him from a heavy foul.

Endrick lay on the ground for a few moments, arms outstretched, as the crowd continued to cheer from the stands.

Endrick Felipe Moreira de Sousa is Brazil’s latest teenage sensation, the next promising star catching the eye of European football.

The talented striker had already scored a goal in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Santos in the Copa Sao Paulo final, Brazil’s most traditional youth competition, and won the best player and best player awards. goal – a beautiful bicycle shot from outside the box. in the quarter-finals.

This week, Endrick made the front page of Spanish sports daily Marca, receiving more prominence than tennis great Rafael Nadal after one of his Australian Open wins. The newspaper said Real Madrid are the favorites to try and sign him, although there have also been talks of Barcelona and other top clubs also wanting to join the race.

Endrick – who impresses with his solid runs, smart finishing and shrewd ability to get around opponents – doesn’t even have a pro contract yet. He will only be able to sign one in Brazil when he turns 16 in July. A move to Europe will only be allowed by FIFA at the age of 18.

His path could be similar to that taken by other recent promising Brazilian stars such as Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, who struck early deals with Madrid as teenagers and then crossed the Atlantic after turning 18. The Spanish central paid nearly 45 million euros. (US$50.3 million) for each player.

Endrick, who moved to Sao Paulo with his family just to try his luck with Palmeiras, is represented by the same people as Vinicius.

His rapid rise has prompted some Palmeiras fans to call for him to be included in the squad for the Club World Cup in February, but coach Abel Ferreira says it’s too early to tell. have in the main team. He said a “trip to Disneyland” would be more fitting for Endrick and his family at this time.

“There’s no rush. He’s only 15,” said Ferreira, the Portuguese coach who has led Palmeiras to back-to-back Copa Libertadores titles since arriving in 2020. will join the main team.”

Endrick said he agreed with the coach and didn’t want to skip too many steps.

“I want to focus on playing in the youth teams for now,” he said. “Hopefully I will evolve and have a whole new career ahead of me.”

European clubs are also full of hope.

Domestika raises $110M at a $1.3B valuation to expand its learning community for creative types – TechCrunch


The creative community is a ripe target for startups creating tools and services to serve their interests and needs as they transition from their traditionally offline practices to a digital present and future. In one of the latest developments, Domesticated – a popular site that creates and sells online video tutorials and courses covering a range of visual arts and related skills, creating a larger community around this content where members can also interact and learn from each other – raised $110 million in funding at a $1.3 billion valuation.

This Series D is led by long-time investor Zeev Ventures, with additional contributions from GSV and other anonymous private investors, and it has now raised approximately $200 million to date. Its current valuation of $1.3 billion is a huge boost from its last round, in October 2021, when Domestika closed a modest Series C of $20 million on a valuation of $350 million, according to PitchBook The data.

A lot goes into the logic behind these numbers. First, the size of the company today. Domestika currently offers over 2,000 courses, created by 1,300 creative professionals, and adds an average of 110 new courses each month, covering topics as diverse as crochet techniques, animal painting and editing for Instagram. . It has over 8 million members and they have collectively taken over 13 million courses.

“And those numbers are growing,” co-founder and CEO Julio G. Cotorruelo said in an interview, referring to the courses but also the company’s user community. “It’s starting to be a big number. On this scale, no one does as many creative courses as we do. The courses are produced by Domestika, but in collaboration with the teachers, “great professionals but perhaps not good at producing an online course”, Cotorruelo said. “So we do it together. Then, at the end of the day, teachers are also members of our community. The wheel never stops.

There are courses presented in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian, and in addition all courses have subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish and Dutch.

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Originally started in Madrid as a modest (= small) online community for creatives, then transplanted to the Bay Area (Berkeley, to be precise) when it decided to expand into learning in line, Domestika has been somewhat under the radar. This is largely, it seems, because he never made the effort to talk to the media very much or talk to many people except those in his target community – my interview with Cotorruelo , the company told me, was one of the first and only interviews he ever did.

(Its name, by the way, was thought of by its co-founder, Gabriel Suchowolski, as a reference not to domestic arts, but to feeling at home in the community. You are with your people, said Cotorruelo: home.” The other two co-founders of the company are Tomy Pelluz and David Duprez.)

Domestika has been around for years – it was founded in 2002 – but its focus and the attention it currently receives draws on a few areas that have proven particularly popular recently with users, and in turn, investors.

An important fact is how the community is organized around a common interest, in this case artistic and creative production. At a time when many are turning away from large, general-purpose social experiences in favor of smaller groups or groups based on specific interests, and in general more controlled environments where you are less likely to be harassed and perhaps less the target of malicious hackers looking for the biggest impact, Domestika’s goal stands out. (In this respect, even Facebook has been pushing the idea of ​​communities and groups, though I would say from my own experience that its more open DNA and sheer size make keeping those communities focused a daily chore for the administrators of these communities.)

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Another is the startup’s focus on online learning. Education has been one of the biggest categories in the tech industry over the past couple of years. Traditional education providers (schools, colleges, universities, but also nurseries, vocational training centers and really everywhere you could have gone for a course) are turning to remote collaboration services to continue teaching as the pandemic has made in-person classes impossible. But also, consumers – with much of their regular activities outside the home curtailed – have turned indoors, and self-improvement has become quite a big topic, driving record levels of traffic. in areas such as language learning, vocational training and more.

These two elements have played a significant role in Domestika’s growth and its appeal to investors.

It’s not the only company focused on creating services for the global community of creative professionals and enthusiasts. CreativeLive is another that focused on educational content specifically for this market segment. Others, like Superside, create tools to help its users connect to job opportunities and then manage those engagements and workflows through its platform. Much bigger players like Adobe have also created a strong platform by building tools and community services for creatives, and you can imagine how it could eventually create more content, both based on its own tools but also on more general skills, to keep these users engaged.

Domestika’s business model speaks of an interesting approach which has also contributed to its popularity.

Joining the Domestika community is free and users pay for the courses, and these fees account for almost all of Domestika’s revenue. (Note: some courses are free, too, tasters to get people interested in buying courses.) These courses are still sold a la carte, not on a monthly subscription.

“We don’t believe in an at-will model,” Cotorruelo said. “The nature of the commitment you make when you decide to take a course is different from entertainment.” The price is on average between $10 and $15 per course, and for this you have forever access to this video and the community attached to the course, which can review your work and give you feedback whenever you want. The system is sticky enough that two-thirds of Domestika’s 8 million users are active participants.

You can get certifications for some courses, but that kind of professional development isn’t really the point, he said. “It’s all about joy and creativity,” said Cotorruelo, who pointed out that people mostly pay and take classes on Domestika “because they like it. Of course, you might get a better job or earn more money from learning a new skill, but it’s mostly about joy.

And when it comes to jobs, recruiting and professional networking to land jobs is not something that Domestika has formally implemented as part of its platform, although sometimes it happens by chance. There are no plans to either, which contrasts with, say, LinkedIn, which not only provides educational videos, but has recently created exactly that kind of marketplace for freelancers.

“At a time when it has never been more vital for people to follow their passions and tap into their creativity, Domestika now has the ability to impact millions of other people around the world through its unique approach to creativity education,” said founding partner Oren Zeev. at Zeev Ventures, in a statement. “Julio and his team have done an outstanding job in achieving their vision of creating meaningful social learning experiences and bringing together curious minds from around the world. I’m thrilled to support the team as they continue to innovate and grow.

“GSV Ventures is so proud to align itself with the team at Domestika, who prove every day that learning should be social, joyful and beautiful,” added Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner of GSV Ventures. “Domestika is a game-changer in our approach to learning and creativity, enabling 8 million learners and over 1300 teachers around the world to pursue their creative passions. We are excited about their opportunities to continue to grow and scale globally.”

Yale University students barred from study abroad programs as Omicron cases rise globally


The Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) announced that it has canceled all study abroad programs taking place in the spring semester due to an increase in the Omicron variant COVID-19 .

As Yale’s independent student newspaper, reports the Yale Daily News, CIPE primarily coordinates scholarships and grants for students studying abroad, as Yale does not run its study abroad programs.

“Unfortunately, in accordance with Yale University’s international travel policy for Yale College students, we were unable to send students abroad for the spring semester,” CIPE’s director of studies abroad, Kelly McLaughlin, told the News.

CIPE made the decision because many students were already ready to leave and move abroad once course registration was largely complete. However, due to the spread of Omicron, Study Abroad Advisors informed their students in the December update that they are not permitted to take study abroad programs this spring.

Student Luna Garcia told Yale News she was scheduled to study in Madrid this spring, but during winter break she was notified of CIPE’s decision.

Garcia pointed out that the number of students participating in study abroad programs during the academic year is low, so the study abroad office could help the latter, but according to her, there is has a lack of information among staff regarding student advice on travel restrictions. However, Garcia noted that the study abroad office did everything possible given Yale’s travel restrictions.

The university has announced that students wishing to apply to Yale’s summer session programs abroad can do so until February 15, 2022.

For the spring 2022 semester, Yale University has required that all students, except those with approved medical exemptions, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a booster shot if they are eligible upon their return to campus. Meanwhile, those who are not eligible to receive booster shots at this time must do so within seven days of becoming eligible.

“In addition, the university requires that all faculty, executives and professionals, as well as postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees have obtained a booster injection by January 31, 2022 or within 7 days of their eligibility if they are not eligible. before January 31, 2022, “ notes Yale.

Yale requires all of its students, faculty, and staff to document their immunization status or recall if received in the COVID-19 Health and Safety Database. According to the university’s website, any students and employees who violate Yale’s vaccination rules may be “subject to progressive discipline.”

Currently, more than a thousand higher education institutions in the United States require COVID-19 vaccination for students and employees.

Hello Caesar! Meet the oldest radiology professor in Spain


“I decided, when I retired, SSD — shave, shower, get dressed — then go out, go do something,” he said. AuntMinnieEurope.com in an interview.

“Shave, shower, get dressed – then get out.” This philosophy has served Pedrosa well.

Many who cling to the opinions of the famous professor emeritus and former president of the Spanish Society of Medical Radiology (SERAM) are grateful that he still takes this approach.

Pedrosa, a veteran of over 600 radiology conferences and author/editor of landmark textbooks, actually “retired” in 2002 but continues to thrive and retain his popularity and esteem. He was still working when we met him earlier in January via Zoom: preparing a special conference for his students (“The silhouette sign revisited”) and a course on the mediastinum for the SERAM website.

Thoughts on the Pandemic and AI

He still has a lot to say on key professional issues, such as how training might change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and where new technologies might lead, and he’s very active online. The pandemic has taken a desperately heavy toll on Spain, especially at the start of 2020.

Pedrosa remains a prolific writer and computer user

Born just nine years before the death of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, Pedrosa remains a prolific writer, teacher, and computer user.

“COVID was such an explosion, it was terrible, there were a lot of deaths in the first months in Spain,” he said, adding that radiologists performed well under the circumstances, responding to the needs hospitals, as they were sent to care for first-wave emergency department patients.

Pedrosa wrote an editorial for the July/August 2020 issue of Radiology, titled “¿Estamos preparados? (Are we ready?).” In his editorial, he defends the “necessity” of clinical training prior to radiological training. He also weighed in on concerns that radiologists who hadn’t read chest X-rays for years might struggle with the complexity of interpreting early lesions.

“The difference between cases with pneumonia and without pneumonia is quite big in Covid, but you need someone who can tell you, ‘Yes, there is pneumonia here’, but it’s not easy”, did he declare. AuntminnieEurope.com. “Ground glass lesions are very difficult to see on a chest X-ray, sometimes you don’t see at all. I don’t think continuing education is well established and organized in Spain, it’s a failure.”

Hence its desire to ensure that radiologists regularly renew their skills. With the growing threat of COVID-19, Pedrosa was in Asturias, his northern region of birth, with his wife for six months from March to October 2020. But he kept in touch with other radiologists. He gave an online chest course, “15 hours with Pedrosa” at the Sociedad Veracruzana de Radiología (Mexico), and in September 2021 he gave a lecture on pneumonias at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of Venezuela.

Pedrosa still gives formal lectures to interns at San Carlos Hospital

Pedrosa still gives formal lectures to interns at San Carlos Hospital.

As a self-proclaimed optimist who has witnessed significant changes over the years in his profession, Pedrosa is hopeful about the future of radiology.

He is convinced that artificial intelligence (AI) will “enhance the role of radiologists”, although he modestly admits that it is “far beyond my ability to understand and learn”.

By standardizing the reading of chest X-rays, AI could within a few years make chest X-ray readings by non-expert radiologists as reliable as those by expert radiologists, he noted. But that will not replace them, he insists.

The early years

Pedrosa was a leading figure in the 1960s in establishing national training for radiologists in Spain at a time when ignorance of important issues such as radiation protection was lacking. He was a member of the education commission responsible for the implementation of the MIR program (1963-1970). This followed his return from the United States, a period of “discovery” for him, which included a residency in diagnostic radiology at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Young Cesar Pedrosa as a trainee in 1956

Young Cesar Pedrosa as a trainee in 1956.

“I went to the United States in 1958, almost 20 years before Franco’s death. It was a huge shock – the way of life, the politics – and it opened my mind a little bit”, a- he declared. I came back to Spain, probably in addition to being a radiologist, also being a democrat.”

From 1963, Pedrosa worked in Oviedo, alongside several US-trained colleagues.

“As early as the summer, we had written a manual on a formal training program for interns and residents, like in the United States with a rotational internship and formal training in specialties. We had a national offer in September. From 1965 our system was adopted by the majority of hospitals in Spain and this changed medical training forever,” he said.

He has since said that the MIR system still provides high quality specialist training, “warts and all”, but he observed how he suffered from “inertia”, lack of investment and laxity of accreditation of centers and hospitals “where residents are used as cheap labor.”

In the recent editorial, he said the radiology curriculum should adapt to a new era, not just new technologies, with more interactive learning, especially remote.

Pedrosa has, in a sense, seen it all before, experiencing convulsive developments in the specialty.

“The CT scan was a revolution – the chest was the answer to many problems.” The impact on education and disease diagnosis was “enormous”, he said, noting that in the mid-1970s he convinced a government minister to approve the installation of the one of the most expensive CT scanners at the University Hospital of Madrid, which was cash-strapped and not covered by the social security system. A year later, he met the minister again.

“His mother had a stroke and needed a CT scan,” he recalls. “I showed him our machine and asked him, ‘Do you remember our fight for this machine?’ “Yes, of course,” he replied. “Well,” I said, “none of the other machines offered in the tender are on the market today.”

Then there was the excitement of traveling to London to see the EMI scanner at Northwick Park Hospital and seeing an MRI machine for the first time at the Siemens company in Nuremberg. “He was put up in a wooden shack, they kept him there because of the iron and steel in the buildings and so on, they were a little worried about that.”

He cites two other key developments – with radiotherapy and diagnostics becoming two different medical specialties and the still incomplete shift to university chairs in diagnostics. And he hastens to add two more – the development of SERAM into a “well-known and serious company with scientific objectives in medical training and education” and the welcome development of “free access to information medical”.

Personal Highlights

As for his own achievements, Pedrosa is particularly proud of the two-volume textbook on diagnostic imaging which he wrote and edited in 1985 – a six-volume second edition appeared in 1991 and a compendium was also published. Among the other privileged moments, let us quote the presentation of the “Antoine Beclere” Medal of the International Society of Radiology.

Pedrosa, who was born in 1932, shortly before the Spanish Civil War, saw his country transform as democracy took hold after the death of dictator General Franco in 1975 – “when he died it was like a great outburst of joy”. he says.

Given that health systems everywhere face enormous pressures, he says the “mechanics” of the Spanish system and the availability of services such as vaccines have held up well.

He plans to celebrate his 90th birthday in February 2022 with family “if the pandemic allows us to find each other”, saying they are “always there when needed”.

One of his four sons, Ivan Pedrosa, followed him into medicine – he is a professor of radiology at the University of Texas – and he has a daughter and six grandchildren.

He has said in the past that passing on knowledge that has cost so much to learn is a “matter of generosity”.

What advice does he have for today’s radiology trainees?

“Medicine requires a lot of common sense (in Spain, they say, the least common of the senses). Use it,” he said. “My first teacher used to tell me, ‘The day you know more about medicine will be the day you finish your training.’ Don’t waste your time.”

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Casillas visits the Spanish Pavilion in Dubai 2020 on International Day of Education


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Roberto Carlos and Arbeloa also took part in the presentation of the educational platform Sport Values ​​​​Academy TV.

To mark the International Day of Education, Iker Casillasdeputy director general of the Real Madrid Foundation and Julio Gonzalez RoncoDirector General of the institution, were invited to the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to showcase the organization’s e-learning platform, Sports Values ​​Academy Television, which is the only platform in the world to offer educational content on sport and values.

The Madridista delegation, which also included club ambassadors Alvaro Arbeloa and robert carlos, was welcomed by Íñigo de Palacio, Spanish Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates; and the Executive Commissioner of the Spain Pavilion, Carmen Bueno. The presentation featured an address by David Esplá, Managing Partner at Interactvty, the platform’s technology partner, and Fabio Zuluaga, football business unit manager for the Middle East at adidas, the platform’s official sponsor.

Innovative platform
During his speech, Casillas noted that: “Linking sport to technology allows us to improve many more lives through our educational methodology on sports values”. Sport Values ​​Academy TV is the only sports and values ​​education content platform in the world and it sees the Real Madrid FoundationEducational content, workshops, courses and activities become available free of charge and simultaneously worldwide. The platform includes various content categories and sections for educators, gamers, and parents. This window on the world was recognized at the Top Developer Awards 2021 for the innovative and socially engaged nature of its content.

The delegation joined the real Madrid ambassadors by visiting the pavilion of Spain and signing his honor book. The Whites’ expedition also visited the Fly Emirates pavilion during their trip to Expo Dubai 2020.



CHICAGO, January 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — It was announced today that Lawrence Alexander has been named the new Associate Vice President of Customized and Faculty-Led Programs at IES Abroad, effective immediately. In this role, Alexander will lead all faculty-led programming efforts for IES Abroad, a global non-profit organization that offers top-notch study abroad and internship programs around the world.

“We are delighted to welcome Lauren to IES Abroad where her vast experience, skills and unwavering passion for international education will further position us as a provider of choice for universities seeking academically engaging and personalized programs. culturally immersive,” said Michel Adewumi, PhD, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Alexander brings to IES Abroad a wealth of experience in international education, study abroad, and faculty-led programming. She most recently held the position of Deputy Director of the Office of International Programs at brown university in Providence, Rhode Island. She also worked for over 11 years at International Studies Abroad (ISA), holding positions of increasing responsibility, including Associate Vice President, Custom Programs, and Associate Vice President, University Partnerships.

“My own study abroad experience has had a huge positive impact on my life and that is why I have dedicated my career to international education,” said Lawrence Alexander, Associate Vice President of Customized and Faculty-Led Programs. “I look forward to continuing my professional journey with IES Abroad and working closely with my new colleagues to provide enriching experiences for our students through personalized, faculty-led programs.”

Alexander was co-editor of “Education Abroad Operational Management: Strategies, Opportunities and Innovations”; has presented extensively at NAFSA, Education Abroad Forum, and Pennsylvania Council for International Education conferences; and acts as a qualified administrator of the intercultural development inventory and Madrid Chamber of Commerce certified translator.

Alexander received his Bachelor of Arts from rice university in English Literature and Spanish Language and Linguistics and her Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also spent a full academic year abroad at the Universitat de Barcelona.

About IES Abroad
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit university consortium of more than 500 leading American colleges and universities. IES Abroad offers top-notch study and internship abroad programs worldwide through IES Abroad, IES Internships, Customized and Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs at 85 locations around the world, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for more than 10,000 students each year. IES Abroad has more than 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studies on IES Abroad programs since its inception and offers more than $6 million in scholarships and aid. Learn more at www.IESabroad.org.




CHICAGO, January 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — It was announced today that Lawrence Alexander has been named the new Associate Vice President of Customized and Faculty-Led Programs at IES Abroad, effective immediately. In this role, Alexander will lead all faculty-led programming efforts for IES Abroad, a global non-profit organization that offers top-notch study abroad and internship programs around the world.

“We are delighted to welcome Lauren to IES Abroad where her vast experience, skills and unwavering passion for international education will further position us as a provider of choice for universities seeking academically engaging and personalized programs. culturally immersive,” said Michel Adewumi, PhD, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Alexander brings to IES Abroad a wealth of experience in international education, study abroad, and faculty-led programming. She most recently held the position of Deputy Director of the Office of International Programs at brown university in Providence, Rhode Island. She also worked for over 11 years at International Studies Abroad (ISA), holding positions of increasing responsibility, including Associate Vice President, Custom Programs, and Associate Vice President, University Partnerships.

“My own study abroad experience has had a huge positive impact on my life and that is why I have dedicated my career to international education,” said Lawrence Alexander, Associate Vice President of Customized and Faculty-Led Programs. “I look forward to continuing my professional journey with IES Abroad and working closely with my new colleagues to provide enriching experiences for our students through personalized, faculty-led programs.”

Alexander was co-editor of “Education Abroad Operational Management: Strategies, Opportunities and Innovations”; has presented extensively at NAFSA, Education Abroad Forum, and Pennsylvania Council for International Education conferences; and acts as a qualified administrator of the intercultural development inventory and Madrid Chamber of Commerce certified translator.

Alexander received his Bachelor of Arts from rice university in English Literature and Spanish Language and Linguistics and her Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also spent a full academic year abroad at the Universitat de Barcelona.

About IES Abroad

Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit university consortium of more than 500 leading American colleges and universities. IES Abroad offers top-notch study and internship abroad programs worldwide through IES Abroad, IES Internships, Customized and Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs at 85 locations around the world, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for more than 10,000 students each year. IES Abroad has more than 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studies on IES Abroad programs since its inception and offers more than $6 million in scholarships and aid. Learn more at www.IESabroad.org.

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How a nostalgic novel about the heartland of Spain joined the political fray


CAMPO DE CRIPTANA, Spain — In her first novel, “Feria,” Ana Iris Simón begins with a poignant admission: “I am jealous of the life my parents had at my age.

“Feria” is based on his childhood in the arid center of Spain, with parents postmen and grandparents farmers on one side, itinerant showmen on the other. Not much happens, but it’s intentional — she wants readers to appreciate her rural upbringing in Castilla-La Mancha, the region made famous by Cervantes’ classic “Don Quixote.”

Ms. Simón, 30, also intends, through her portrait of her family’s life, to express an ambivalence about what her generation has acquired — university studies, travel, consumer goods — as well as her feelings of anxiety, in particular in terms of employment. and the economy. Ms. Simón herself lost her job as a journalist working for Vice magazine while writing “Feria”.

The book struck a chord with readers, but it also became a lightning rod in the emotional political debate in Spain fueled by party fragmentation and polarization. Ms. Simón said her book had been interpreted as “challenging the dogmas of liberalism”, to an extent she had not anticipated.

Her parents had a home and were raising a 7-year-old daughter at the age when she was still trying to become a writer, Ms. Simón writes. “We, however, have no house, no children, no car. Our belongings are an iPhone and an Ikea bookcase. … But we convince ourselves that freedom means avoiding having children, a house and a car because who knows where we will live tomorrow.

Originally published at the end of 2020 by a small Spanish press, Circulo de Tiza, “Feria” has since been reprinted 13 times and sold nearly 50,000 hard copies. It is distributed this month in Latin America by another publisher, Alfaguara, as well as translated into German. (There are no plans for an English translation yet.)

In the book, Mrs. Simón describes her grandfather, José Vicente Simón, planting an almond tree on the outskirts of town, just to tend to it and watch it grow. On a visit to the area, the tree was thriving and Mr. Simón and other characters in the novel were as she described them.

When Mr. Simón, 85, learned that he would be photographed for this article, he asked for time to get a makeover and change of clothes. He soon returned with an identical-looking cardigan, except it was blue rather than brown. He had also changed his cap, for a thicker felt version.

“That’s how he is,” laughs her granddaughter. “He cares about little things that no one else really notices.”

One of his uncles, Pablo Rubio-Quintanilla, is a proud carpenter of his harmonigraph, an instrument that uses a pendulum to draw geometric shapes. Echoing his grandfather’s relationship with his tree, Mr. Rubio-Quintanilla explained that he built his harmony recorder just for the pleasure of watching it draw.

“I don’t believe things should have a value or a use, but they should be enjoyed,” he said during a visit to his studio. “The Harmonograph works by the law of gravity, and it seems magical that the designs never come out exactly the same.”

As a student, Ms Simón was an activist who joined a far-left protest movement in 2011 that occupied Puerta del Sol, a famous square in Madrid, to condemn political corruption and economic inequality, a few months only before the Occupy Wall Street movement followed suit. At New York.

Building on the success of her novel, Ms Simón took on a bigger role and she was recently invited by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, a socialist, to give a speech on how to revive the Spanish countryside. She also became a columnist for El País, the Spanish newspaper.

Ms Simón stressed that she remains very much to the left of Mr Sánchez’s policies and unhappy with his management of Spain, as well as opposed to a European Union which she accuses of having made Spain “the resort hotel of Europe”. She said she was stunned not only by the success of her book, but also by how ultra-nationalist and conservative audiences had embraced “Feria” as an ode to Spain’s traditional family values, even though it speaks separation from his parents and his gay brother. . Last June, the leader of Spain’s far-right Vox party, Santiago Abascal, grabbed a copy of “Feria” while addressing Congress.

“Some people have read my book as if it were the new ‘Mein Kampf’, and then write to me to say that they are disappointed to find that it neither has the strong political message that they were hoping for, nor the content they had heard about,” she said.

According to Pablo Simón, professor of politics at Carlos III University in Madrid (who is not related to the writer), “Feria” fueled the Spanish political debate because “even if it is about a novel and not a political treatise, the book finds that the current generation is worse off than previous ones, which is an easy claim for politicians to use, even if it is not necessarily based on facts.

He added: “Our parents may have had fewer ambitions and fewer uncertainties, but that doesn’t mean they were better off, and nostalgia also makes us forget the difficult and sordid aspects of Spain. of the 1970s and 1980s, including high drug consumption and unemployment in a very complicated industrial reconversion.

Having recently become a mother, Ms. Simón now lives with her son and partner, Hasel-Paris Álvarez, in Aranjuez, a town outside Madrid where her parents also live. While raising her child and writing for El País, Ms. Simón said, she had tried to shield her family from the toxic comments her book had sparked on social media, both right and left.

“We unfortunately live in a time where some people offend just for fun, even if it gets absurd, to the point where I was attacked as a red fascist,” she said.

Ms. Simón said she wrote “Feria” with limited ambitions, hearing it as a testament to a way of life she fears she will soon lose. She recalls her father warning her that “although no one else is reading this, at least we have plenty of cousins ​​who will buy the book”. Her grandparents met at a fair (“feria” in Spanish, which inspired the title of the book), after which, she writes, “they did only two things: have children and travel in Spain in the Sava minivan they bought”.

But her book covers many other topics, from feminism to the importance of the Catholic Church in rural Spain. She also talks about the economic decline of Castilla-La Mancha, a region she describes as “a lot of sun and a lot of wind and the sky and the orange plain that are endless”.

And despite her nostalgia, Ms Simón also shares bittersweet memories of how “I was ashamed that Campo de Criptana appeared on my ID card”, so that she falsely claimed Madrid as her birthplace. As for Spain’s identity as a nation, she wrote that “there is nothing more Spanish than wondering what Spain is.”

St. Catherine High defends Walker Cup title with 1-0 win over Kingston Technical


Milan boss Stefano Pioli believes failing to beat Inter in their next Serie A game will end their title chances and leave them fighting for a Champions League spot at the end of the season. square.

The Rossoneri ended the weekend four points behind leaders Inter having played one game more after a 0-0 draw with Juventus at the San Siro.

It was the first goalless draw between the two Italian top-flight giants since December 2007.

Milan face their neighbors on February 5, with Pioli suggesting anything less than a win would be fatal to their Scudetto hopes.

“We knew the games against Juventus and Inter would say a lot about our future,” he told DAZN.

“If we don’t beat Inter, our campaign will be very similar to last season, when we won at the end to move up to second and risk losing the Champions League places.

“We have our way of playing and have to realize that if we want to achieve something extraordinary again, we have to give it our all. I saw many individual performances of a very high level today.

“We had the right performance for our circumstances and the opposition, but we lacked precision in the penalty area.

“We tried to be dangerous and limited Juventus to no chance. I don’t think it was a tactical problem, because we had players in the box, but we got the last ball wrong.

“The state of the pitch didn’t help either, because we had a few bad first touches, we had to make extra touches to get it under control and that slowed us down.”

Indeed, the withdrawal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first half through injury was caused by the state of the field, confirmed Pioli.

“Ibra felt pain in his Achilles tendon,” he added. “He blamed the pitch, which was very tough, so hopefully he can recover in the next few days.”

Milan’s Pierre Kalulu was part of a defense that didn’t allow Juve a single shot on target and the 21-year-old wants to see an improvement in attack.

“It’s a positive stat for everyone in the team and not just for us defenders,” he told Milan TV. “We did well and have to continue like this.

“It’s an important game for us and for the fans. Compared to tonight, we have to do better up front if we want to bring home the three points.”

Harvey G. Stack, leading rare coin dealer, dies at 93


“I had been working practically every moment I wasn’t in school,” he wrote. in a story for the company.

The company created in the 19th century by his great-grandfather Maurice embarked on numismatics on an ancillary basis, buying and selling collector’s coins and currencies in addition to its primary foreign exchange function. It then diversified into the trade of antiques and rare stamps.

In 1935, after converting the business into a rare coin dealership, Morton and Joseph Stack held their first public auction. In 1953, Stack’s moved to a gallery on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. (It now sits on 38th Street and has galleries in other cities.)

In 2011, Stack’s merged with Bowers & Merena to create Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

Mr. Stack was the president of the Guild of Professional Numismatists for two years from 1989. In 1993, he received the Founder’s Award, the guild’s highest honour.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife, Harriet (Spellman) Stack; his daughter, Suzanne; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He lived on Long Island.

The Stack Gallery was considered an inviting global club by many coin dealers and collectors. But Mr. Stack hasn’t been shy about promoting the company’s financial success.

“There are people who sell gold and silver bars, rolls and bags of coins, who call themselves coin dealers, and some of them are probably making over 100 million dollars a year,” he told The New York Times in 1984. “When you say ‘rare coin dealers’ and talk about companies that sell both directly and at auction, we’re the biggest dealer in parts in the United States.

He distinguished numismatists, whom he assiduously courted, and investors.

“If a collector and an investor were to abandon a sinking ship, the collector would take with them the rarest and most aesthetically pleasing pieces, regardless of their market value,” he said. told the Times in 1977. “The investor would try to take as many coins as possible, starting with the most valuable.”

The original shock of the Center Pompidou


The future begins on Monday January 31, 1977. At the intersection of rue Beaubourg and rue du Renard, in Paris, along the most rugged edge of the Marais, it takes the form of a large multi-purpose public building new –multimedia library, film library, library, museum—made of tempered glass and cast iron. Measuring one hundred and forty-nine feet high, the building greatly exceeded the general height limit of around sixty feet – established during the reign of Napoleon III in the 19th century, by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann – which still gives the center of Paris her implacable charming conformity. It looked like something between an oil refinery and the deck of a container ship. It is the Center Pompidou, inaugurated that day by the President of the French Republic, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and named after his late precursor in this function, Georges Pompidou. This previous president had, by joining an exceptionally open design competition in 1971 with more than six hundred entries from forty-nine countries, had the building designed by a small group of men who, by the traditionally geriatric standards of architects, were terribly young then. They were engineers Edmund (Ted) Happold and Peter Rice (who, together with Ove Arup, had recently participated in the realization of the Sydney Opera House by Danish architect Jørn Utzon), as well as designers Gianfranco Franchini and John Young, and, most famously, Renzo Piano and his senior design partner Richard Rogers, who died in December 2021, aged eighty-eight.

During the ceremony to announce the results of the July 1971 competition, Pompidou wore a presidential suit and tie, but the other men looked like the Beatles on the cover of “Abbey Road”: the Genoese piano sported the bushy beard and the tweed. et-corduroy uniform of an Oxbridge intellectual; shaggy Anglo-Italian Rogers, much like George Harrison on this London pedestrian crossing, wore head-to-toe workman’s denim in the style of a British railway worker. A prominent design critic of the time compared the building precisely to the Beatles’ yellow submarine from the 1968 film of the same name: a strange vessel – colorful, powerfully cheerful, menacingly charismatic – surfacing in the heart of a unsuspecting town. “When President Pompidou looked at the drawings,” Rogers recalled, “all he said was”It will make you scream.‘ ” (“It’s going to make some noise.”)

What made the Center Pompidou such an embodiment of the future was the effort of its creators to translate agony and ecstasy, tactical spontaneity, the immediacy of urban street protests, student actions and d other countercultural spatial practices of his time—Paris, Vietnam, Civil Rights, Earth Day, and the Bomb—in the built environment. The Center Pompidou partially did this by burying half of itself underground and giving half of its territory to a new public square that slopes slightly towards the facade, just as a theater floor slopes towards from his stage – a tilt that allowed a crowd in the square to see each other. As for the backdrop of the square, the objectives were to allow a large urban building to become as lively as the greenery of a village during a fair, or as a street during a popular occupation; literally accelerate and mobilize such a building using high technology; to apply structural steel frames and movie screens and scrolling street signs and other mechanical marvels, from construction cranes to the bright lights seen in Times Square; and to combine and deploy such devices in the heart of cities. All of these moving, shiny parts could both harvest and catalyze the energy of people on the streets.

The competition’s winning entry featured adjustable floors and illuminated interactive panels on which to display architectural-scale text, such as the cryptic fragment of a famous concept drawing, “ANIMATION FILM PRODUCTION FOR COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY…” or, more prosaically, in another drawing, “CAROLINE, GO TO KANSAS CITY IMMEDIATELY YOUR FRIEND LINDA HAS BEEN CUT OFF. All that was in the air at the time. The Montreal Expo, in 1967, and the Expo of Osaka, in 1970, featured geodesic domes, adjoining Pop-art multi-screen cinematic projection spectacles, bold supergraphs and tumescent pneumatics that expressed an unlikely confluence of space-age technical acumen, Parisian barricade-making , and Swinging London’s ambitious sex appeal Piano’s independent plan for the Italian industrial pavilion at the Osaka Expo, an expandable tent in a delicate steel frame, prompted Ro gers to suggest that the two team up for the Pompidou. A direct precedent for their entry into the competition was the 1961 Fun Palace, an unbuilt project legendary among Anglophile and utopian designers, developed by visionary architect Cedric Price, with the patronage of theater director Joan Littlewood and, later , the collaboration of cyberneticist and psychologist Gordon Pask. Price, a hulking maverick who taught at the Architectural Association in London while Rogers was a student there, built almost nothing except an epic birdcage at London Zoo, but was influential in the closed habitat that was the trans of the middle of the 20th century. -Atlantic architecture scene, almost everything.

Price and Littlewood’s name for the Fun Palace evoked London’s historic Crystal Palace, the popular success of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which brought together all the machinery and marvels of the British Empire, plus some great pre-existing elms on its Hyde Park site, under a vast glass and iron enclosure, a kit structure of parts later unbuilt and rebuilt far south of the River Thames, before it burned down in 1936. The Fun Palace was designed to go even faster. It was to be a sort of life-size Erector Set or Tinker Toy, a habitable magic box of machines and screens that could be continually undone and remade by its users for entertainment, expression, education and action. social – a new kind of commons. crossed with a circus – realizing Littlewood’s theatrical project of blurring antiquated distinctions between actors and audience. It would have been what Price called “anti-building”. Construction sites, all the scaffolding, cranes and trucks, tend to be more interesting places than the buildings they eventually give way: the Fun Palace solved that problem by being designed to be forever unfinished. And, like a garden, it would invite and require constant maintenance.

Other significant influences on the design of the Center Pompidou were the psychedelic and technological visions of Archigram, an informal supergroup of British architects who in the 1960s and 70s published a periodic “architectural telegram” featuring vivid representations walkable cities and wearable cybernetic devices. These are sensational sublimations of the war machines their designers experienced as children during World War II. It was at the Center Pompidou that something of all that future – with complicated help from state power – finally came down to Earth, on a grand scale and for real. In the early years, more people went there than to go up to the Eiffel Tower. Designed for five thousand visitors a day, at the turn of the 21st century, the building has hosted five times that amount and has seen around two hundred and fifty million people since its opening. Early visitors were, perhaps in a particularly French way, thrilled to be scandalized and scandalized to be delighted. A critic for The world called the new building “a kind of architectural King Kong”.

But you could say that this particular future of 1977, just like this great ape, didn’t last long. Before the building opened, the influential British-American design critic Reyner Banham struck a preemptively elegiac note, observing that “Pompidou’s . . . transparency and color seem even more faithful today to the vanished aspirations of the “60s”. “Seen against the dim light of the winter sun in the fresh snow of the last day of 1976, the west facade shone with those ‘explosions of fire, ice and light’ which we were invited to observe with our ‘third eyes of the soul’ a psychedelic decade earlier,” he wrote. Between the administrations of the liberal Pompidou and the austere d’Estaing, the construction budget for the building was cut. More moving floors. What was left was a very big idea. The building was conceptually upside down: its entire steel structure was an exoskeleton, which not only meant vast, flexible, hangar-like free spans for the interiors, but also a kind of structural legibility and systematic transparency that served as a case study, if only by visual allegory – for how a better society, political machines and all, might work. Huge ducts and pipes – blue for air conditioning, red for escalators and elevators, green for water, yellow for electricity – all meander across the surface of the building with the mesmerizing pretty ugly beauty of a car engine without its hood.

A setback in the building’s history was the decision, at the turn of the millennium, to begin charging people to ride the iconic monumental escalator that zigzags like a glass caterpillar sideways to a terrace of spectacular observation above. Having a ticket separated the building space from the city space, turning citizens into consumers. Far from the dream of the Fun Palace still under construction, the Center Pompidou will be completely closed between 2023 and 2027 for restoration and asbestos removal. The jury that selected Rogers and Piano’s design included not only pioneering modern architects Jean Prouvé, Oscar Niemeyer and Jørn Utzon, but also the powerful American socialite, curator and designer Philip Johnson, whose lifelong specialty was assimilation of successive avant-garde aesthetics. in cultural and institutional establishments. And despite all the small “d” democratic vibes of the People’s Palace that bears his name, it was Georges Pompidou who, as President Charles de Gaulle’s Prime Minister, did much to bring the Parisian student movements to an anticlimactic conclusion. which were the most important of 1968. expression.

A generation older than these students, Rogers had been a well-connected Florentine refugee from fascism whose fortuitous ancestry brought him to England in 1938. at the Architectural Association in London and Yale University – under tutelage of American brutalist hero Paul Rudolph – gave him a creative outlet and professional identity free from both his then undiagnosed dyslexia and his status as an insider-outsider within Britain’s fragile, nativist class system.

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Sasha and Malia Obama walk the streets of LA separately


Sasha and malia obama are really settling into their new life in Los Angeles.

Former president barack obamaa and former first lady by Michelle Obama girls both live on the west coast – and it looks like they love it.

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Their eldest child, Malia, 23, reportedly landed a job on the writing team of a new Amazon project in Donald Glover. She was pictured in Los Angeles wearing a bright yellow sweater and cut green cargoes while taking a smoke break outside and looking at her phone.

According to reports from Daily Mail, after apparently looking at scripts in a cafe, Malia met a photographer friend who took her picture.

His younger sister Sasha, 20, was also named in Los Angeles, although the couple were not together. The student was seen wearing an eclectic outfit as he strolled outside, layering overalls over a sleeveless top and tie-dye patchwork zip-up sweater.

Sasha and Malia Obama walk the streets of LA separately©Grosby Group

While Sasha was enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2019, a source said Daily Mail that she transferred to another school in Los Angeles. Rumors have been circulating on social media that she is now a student at the University of Southern California, which appears to be highlighted in these photos as she walks past a man wearing a USC shirt.

Since their father finished his term as president and left the White House in 2017, Sasha and Malia have mostly kept out of the spotlight and maintained a normal life.

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Nigerian alumni of Cuban education recount their experiences and denounce the American blockade


Five Nigerian alumni of the Cuban education system have highlighted the lessons their home country can learn from the interactive and hands-on mode of learning in the Caribbean country.

Among those alumni are four sportsmen and a doctor who have all returned home and recounted their experiences, shared lessons and spoken out against US sanctions against Cuba.

They spoke to PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja on Friday during a panel discussion held at Cuban Embassy in Nigeria.

Aliyu Makpha, from Nasarawa State, who now works as a sports administrator in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, studied under the bilateral exchange program between Nigeria and Cuba.

He studied physical education and health at International Sports School in Cuba. Makpha noted that learning Spanish, a prerequisite for studying in Cuba, was not difficult. He said speaking the Hausa language was a plus because, like Hausa, Spanish is written the same way it is spoken.

“I did my primary and secondary education here in Nigeria; I was about to go to college when the scholarship came. I went to Cuba under a bilateral education agreement to study health physical education and sports.

“The two countries are different in terms of cultural background and system of government, so we should expect that difference in education – the difference is there.

“Due to Cuba’s communist ideology, education in the country is free,” Makpha said.

“I’m not saying the Nigerian education system is bad, but I think we can certainly borrow some things from the Cuban system.

“Speaking of sports, which is my profession, we can borrow a lot from Cuba to improve our physical and health education program, because you know that Cuba is one of the best sports countries in the world. Nigeria can become the best from Africa and the world.

Mr Makpha said the Federal Sports Ministry was looking to diversify its sporting focus.

Amina Amanchi from Plateau State also studied at the International School of Physical Education and Sports in Havana and now works in the Ministry of Youth and Sports. She credited her athletic skills with paving the way for her to get to Cuba.

Nigerian Alumni with Mr. Pavel Bauzá-Fusté, Deputy Ambassador of Cuba to Nigeria

“I used to run, that’s why my father suggested it to me when they were looking for people to go on the stock market in Cuba.”

She also commented on the derogatory ways in which people who study physical education are approached.

“Studying physical education in Nigeria is a bit discriminatory, I hear they call them jumpologists. But in Cuba, it’s the opposite; sport is an integral part of their education. I was happy and proud when I went to study in Cuba.

Speaking of the hospitality she received as a student in Cuba, Ms. Amanchi said, “Of all the countries I have visited in the world, Cuba has shown me the most acceptance and friendliness. . They give you the team spirit you need for everything. I have never experienced racism, wherever you are from, Cuba is right at home.

“The Nigerian education system can learn to be more interactive and less informative like in Cuba,” Ms. Amanchi said.

The group noted that there are no strikes to disrupt learning in Cuba, even when teachers are unpaid.

“Teachers are dedicated to their work; They don’t mind whether they get paid or not, but the passion for imparting knowledge is a major driver for members of this group. They advised Nigeria to learn from them.

Juliet Iyen arrived in Cuba on a scholarship from the federal government. In Cuba, the stars aligned in her favor as she received a Cuban scholarship to study up to a doctorate.

Ms. Iyen shared how her studies in Cuba taught her to be a one-stop-shop for education and sporting needs. She now works as a physiotherapist in Nigeria.

For Ms. Iyen, she did not choose Cuba, Cuba chose her.

“I don’t come from a wealthy family. My dad saw an ad about the scholarship in the newspaper and decided we would get the form, I applied and was chosen. I didn’t really choose Cuba but when the scholarship came I had to go to Cuba,” Ms. Iyen said.


According to Ms. Iyen, the Nigerian education system is not really bad. But according to her, Nigerians do not love their country enough to see it flourish, unlike Cubans who derive optimal satisfaction from as little as seeing their flag being hoisted for one reason or another.

She also lamented the effect of the US blockade on Cuba and the difficulty for students to access products from other places.

She called for the lifting of sanctions imposed by America on Cuba, adding that the world is deprived of the benefits it could derive from Cuba due to the blockade.

Emmanuel Anih, who now works at the Cuban Embassy in Nigeria, told PREMIUM TIMES that the blockade is affecting Nigerian students studying and those seeking to study in Cuba.

“For example, when we were in Cuba, it was difficult to send money directly to Cuba. He had to be sent to Canada, to the United States, to France before he arrived in Cuba. So far, you cannot transfer directly to Cuba; people who want to travel to Cuba for medical reasons also find it difficult.

He added that for students already in Cuba, the blockade makes it difficult for parents to pay their children’s tuition or send money for their upkeep.

Moreover, “there are things that people in other parts of the world can benefit from that the blockade does not allow them”.

Vera Adugwo studied medicine in Cuba. She works as a house officer at the National Hospital in Abuja.

Unlike others who went to Cuba through a scholarship program, Ms. Adugwo was sponsored by her family.

“I chose Cuba because I think their health profession is really good and you learned a lot; you end up being a very good doctor. Medicine in Cuba gives you a lot of practical knowledge.

For Ms. Adugwo, Cuba is a second home as she grew up in Cuba before moving.

“I felt it was a familiar place to return to as I grew up there. My dad sponsored me. We met a Cuban-trained doctor in Madrid who gave my dad some clues about how Cuba is a great place to study medicine and the privileges that come with being trained in Cuba.

According to Ms. Adugwo, studying medicine in Cuba is quite affordable compared to the United States, if one is not on a scholarship.

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Arbeloa presents the clinics of the Real Madrid Foundation in Porto Montenegro


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Some 400 participants are ready to take advantage of the experience, which is offered in collaboration with Be Free Football and The Spanish Way.

The amphitheater of Real Madrid City hosted the online presentation of the Real Madrid Foundation clinics to be held in the future in the Bay of Kotor (Montenegro) in collaboration with the city of Porto Montenegro, Be Free Football and The Spanish Way. The event was attended by the General Manager of the Real Madrid Foundation, Julio Gonzalez Ronco, and ambassador of Real Madrid, Alvaro Arbeloa, while Ignacio Sánchez, CEO of The Spanish Way; Zlatko Maric, CEO and founder of Be Free Football; and David Margarson, managing director of Porto Montenegro, attended remotely.

the Real Madrid FoundationBe Free Football’s partnership through The Spanish Way is now five years old and although the upcoming camps will not represent the first such events to be held in Montenegro, it is the first time they will be hosted in the city. exclusive to Porto Montenegro. in the Bay of Kotor. The clinics offer boys and girls who already play football the opportunity to experience the Foundationits values ​​and its methodology for building skills.

Funds and scholarships
Funds raised through the clinics are used for project management and FoundationSocio-sports projects and programs are aimed at socially disadvantaged minors. In addition, on this occasion, a scholarship program is set up for clinics.

Arbeloa again expressed its support for the Foundation‘s clinics and said that “a true measure of our success is when a partner is eager to repeat the experience we offer them”, referring to the fact that Montenegro has already hosted Real Madrid Foundation clinics. During this time, Maric pointed out that Montenegro is a country renowned for its athletes and champions and congratulated the club’s football team on their recent success in the Spanish Super Cup. For her part, Margarson spoke of the ideal nature of the city’s sporting facilities and tourist and local infrastructure that sees the area attracting such numbers of visitors during the summer months, with local authorities eager to provide all visitors “the best experience”.

Clinic dates
The clinics will run from July 25 to September 2 for six intense weeks during which more than 400 participants aged 6 to 17 will attend 90-minute slots. Creation of Be Free Football and The Spanish Way Real Madrid Foundation partners and have successfully organized clinics in the Mediterranean region over the past five seasons, attended by over 2,000 participants.

Ricardo Bofill, architect of otherworldly buildings, dies at 82


Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish architect behind some of the most amazing buildings in the world, died in a hospital in Barcelona on Friday. He was 82 years old.

The cause was Covid-19, his son Pablo said.

Among Mr. Bofill’s best-known works are social housing projects, mostly built in France in the 1980s, with largely oversized classical elements, which have been both derided as kitsch and hailed by critics as the long-awaited middle ground between historicism and modernity.

He began his career with a series of small projects in Spain that followed geometric rules to sometimes mind-boggling extremes. La Muralla Roja, designed in 1968 and completed in 1973, in the coastal town of Calpe, reimagined the North African casbah as a bright pink assemblage of walls and stairs as if arranged by MC Escher.

Another housing project from the same period, Walden 7, outside Barcelona, ​​consists of 22 towers grouped around five courtyards, their exterior facades painted an earthy ocher and their courtyard facades a dark aqua .

But it was more than simple aesthetic exploration that motivated Mr. Bofill. His goal, his son Pablo said in an interview, was “to demonstrate that at a modest cost you can build social housing where every floor is different, where people don’t have to walk down endless hallways, and where different populations can be part of a community”.

By the 1980s Mr. Bofill had begun to use historical details as surface decoration – a hallmark of the style known as postmodernism. And for much of that decade, it served him well.

In 1985 the Museum of Modern Art in New York held an exhibition of his work, including color photographs of a number of housing projects in and around Paris. The first built, Les Arcades du Lac, was a gargantuan version of a 17th-century formal garden, with apartment buildings replacing the hedges.

Another, known as Les Espaces d’Abraxas, reinvented and repurposed classic elements in unsettling, otherworldly combinations; it features vast columns made not of stone but of reflective glass. This project has often been described as a kind of “Versailles for the people”. But its jarring juxtapositions made it dystopian – and it served as the perfect backdrop for Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film ‘Brazil’ and the last of the ‘Hunger Games’ films.

Paul Goldberger, the New York Times architecture critic at the time, wrote in 1985 that it was Mr. Bofill’s gift “to be able to unite the French instinct for monumentality, which had been dormant since he era when the Beaux-Arts ruled French architecture, with the country’s more current leanings towards populism.

Mr. Goldberger visited four Bofill projects which he called “collectively, the most significant body of architectural works built in Paris in a generation”. He was particularly interested in The Scales of the Baroque, a 300-unit development in the crumbling 14th arrondissement, classically detailed and organized around tightly composed public spaces. He described it as important to Paris as the Center Pompidou.

But the influence of the project proved to be limited. Postmodernism was short-lived and Mr. Bofill returned to more conventionally modern work.

“When post-modernism became accepted and popular in the United States and around the world, it also became a style,” Bofill told Vladimir Belogolovsky in a 2016 interview for the ArchDaily website. “And over time, it became ironic and even vulgar. I was no longer interested. »

Ricardo Bofill Levi was born into a prominent Catalan family in Barcelona on December 5, 1939, a few months after the end of the Spanish Civil War. His father, Emilio Bofill, was an architect and developer. His mother, Maria Levi, was a Venetian who became a patron of the arts in Barcelona.

Ricardo developed an interest in architecture when his father took him to visit building sites. But when he considered a career in architecture, he felt both inspired and inhibited. Having grown up under the dictator Francisco Franco, he explained in an essay in 1989, “you dream of freedom and great travels. I left as soon as I could. »

This happened after he became a student – and student activist – at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona. During an anti-Franco demonstration in 1958, he was arrested and expelled from school.

He moved to Geneva to continue his training as an architect. While there, he told Mr. Belogolovsky: “My real passion ignited when I discovered the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto. I was linked to organic architecture, to buildings that integrated with nature.

In 1960 he designed a summer house for a relative on the island of Ibiza, a modest stucco building that seemed close to nature.

He founded his company, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, in Barcelona in 1963. In 1975 the company – and Mr. Bofill – moved to La Fábrica, a 32,000 square foot former cement factory outside of Barcelona, ​​which he spent decades turning into a habitable ruin.

Five years earlier he had proposed a housing project for Madrid called the City in Space, an infinitely expandable structure with turrets and battlements and, in some renderings, a crazy quilt of colorful patterns.

According to Pablo Bofill, the project led the mayor of Madrid, an ally of Franco, to tell Mr Bofill that he would never build in Spain again. Mr. Bofill decided to start a new life in Paris, where he won the commission to replace the markets called Les Halles. His project was already under construction when the mayor of this city, Jacques Chirac, fired him from the project.

However, by 1985, his innovative social housing had made Mr. Bofill a star of the French architectural scene. But over the years, the projects outside of Paris have become symbols of violence and misery, and there has been a movement to demolish the Espaces d’Abraxas. However, the locals held back the wrecking ball.

In an interview with Le Monde in 2014, Mr Bofill said: “My experience in France is partly successful and partly unsuccessful. He succeeded, he says, by introducing new styles and new methods of construction. But, he added, it “failed because when you’re young you’re very utopian, you think you’re going to change the city, and in the end nothing happened.”

Besides his son Pablo and another son, Ricardo Emilio, who together run the Bofill studio, the survivors include four grandchildren and Mr. Bofill’s longtime partner, industrial designer Marta de Vilallonga. Mr Bofill never married, but he already had three longtime partners, said Pablo Bofill.

Mr. Bofill has completed three buildings in the United States: the columned Shepard School of Music at Rice University in Houston and two office towers in Chicago. His company’s work also included offices for Shiseido in Tokyo, university buildings for the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco, and a W Hotel in Barcelona.

In an unexpected twist, Mr Bofill’s old buildings have found new fans in the 21st century. HBO’s sci-fi series “Westworld” was filmed in part at La Fábrica, and Korean TV’s juggernaut “Squid Game” featured sets that closely resembled La Muralla Roja.

These and other Bofill buildings became familiar Instagram backdrops – or, in the words of Spanish architect and educator Manuel Clavel Rojo, “His buildings became pop icons at the very end of his career. “.

Birth, age, family, education, career, retirement, awards, net worth and more


Biography of Sania Mirza: Tennis star Sania Mirza has announced her retirement from professional tennis after the current 2022 season as her body wears down. The announcement came after her first-round loss in women’s doubles at the Australian Open on January 19, 2022. However, she made it clear that the decision was not triggered by the first-round loss.

Here’s what Sania Mirza said in the post-match press conference.

“I decided it will be my last season. I take it week by week. I don’t know if I can last the season, but I want it.

There are lots of reasons for this. It’s not as simple as “Okay, I’m not going to play”. I feel like my recovery is taking longer, I feel like since my son is three, I’m putting him at risk by traveling so much with him, that’s something I have to take into account. My body is wearing out. My knee was really hurting today and I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost, but I think it takes time to recover as I get older.

Also for me to find that motivation every day to go out, the energy is no longer the same. Right now it’s there but there are days when I don’t feel like doing it. I’ve always said I’ll play until I enjoy this grind, the process and not just win, but you have to enjoy the process and I’m not sure I enjoy it more. I take enough advantage of it to play this season. I worked very hard to come back, get back in shape, lose weight and try to set a good example for mothers, new mothers to pursue their dreams as much as they can. Beyond this season, I don’t feel my body doing it.

I play at a good level. The first week in Adelaide, we (her and Kichenok) beat the top 10, 20 players. I play at a decent level. I was pretty sure it was my last season if I finished it. I’m sure I won’t be coming back to Melbourne to play the Australian Open again.

I have great memories here, in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. It was a great trip. I’m not looking forward to June or July, I’m literally going week to week, with my body, with a virus, there’s so much uncertainty. Every time I play I feel like I have a chance to win, that’s why I’m here. It’s not because of today’s disappointment. Just the way my body is. I’m not sure I can finish the season. I want to play a full season, I’m still (ranked) 50-60 in the world, I feel like I have the level to play.

As an athlete, I feel like I can go far in tournaments. But I have a little meniscus problem in my right knee, I woke up with pain in my wrist a few days ago. There is nothing wrong with that. At 35, I wake up with a few things that I don’t know where they came from. I want to finish the season, try to play until the US Open, that’s my goal. But I still have to take it week by week.”

Biography of Sania Mirza

Birth November 15, 1986
Age 35 years
Height 5 feet 8 inches

Nasr School, Hyderabad

St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad


Imran Mirza (father)

Naseema (Mother)

Job Tennis player
Husband Shoaib Malik
Children Izhaan Mirza Malik
Net value $25 million (approx.)
instagram @mirzasaniar
Twitter @MirzaSania

Padma Shri

Padma Bhushan

Biography of Sania Mirza: birth, family and upbringing

Sania Mirza was born on November 15, 1986 in Mumbai to Imran Mirza and Naseema. Her father was a sports journalist while her mother worked in a printing company.

After she was born, her family moved to Hyderabad where she and her younger sister, Anam Mirza, were raised. Anam is married to cricketer Mohammad Asaduddin, the son of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin.

Mirza is an alumnus of Nasr School and St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai.

Sania Mirza Career

Sania Mirza started playing tennis when she was six years old. She was coached by her father and won 10 singles titles and 13 doubles titles as a junior player, including the 2003 Wimbledon Championships and the 2003 Afro-Asian Games.

She won her first WTA doubles title at the 2004 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open, becoming the first-ever Indian woman to achieve the feat. That year, she won six ITF singles titles. Due to her phenomenal performance in the 2005 season, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year.

Mirza was seeded at the 2006 Australian Open, becoming the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam event. She won the Banglore Open doubles title. In December 2006, she won three medals at the Asian Games in Doha: gold in mixed doubles and silver in women’s singles and team.

In the 2007 summer hard court season, she was at her career best and finished eighth in the 2007 US Open Series rankings and her best singles ranking of world No. 27. She won four doubles titles in 2007.

Throughout 2008, Mirza was plagued with a host of wrist injuries, forcing him to withdraw from several matches, including the US Grand Slam and the French Open.

She won her first Australian Open Grand Slam doubles title at the 2009 Australian Open and her first Premier Mandatory title at Indian Wells in 2011. The same year she won the doubles title of the Family Circle Cup.

His excellent performance at the Fed Cup in Shenzhen with Isha Lakhani helped India qualify for Group I of the Asia/Oceania zone of the Fed Cup in 2013.

In 2013, she won the Dubai Championships doubles title with Mattek-Sands. Mirza teamed up with different players in 2013 and won five WTA titles. She won the 2014 Portuguese Open doubles title and finished second in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with Black.

The duo recorded three consecutive quarter-finals at the following clay-court tournaments, namely Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia and French Open, but failed to win any of the titles.

At the 2014 US Open, she played mixed doubles in the US Open duet with Bruno Soares and became the 2014 US Open mixed doubles champion. In the same year, she won a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. She also won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles tournament with Prarthana Thombare. Black and Mirza won their biggest title together at the WTA Finals. It is the heaviest defeat in the history of the doubles final.

Over the years, she has won and lost many matches and reached a career high in 2015. She became the first Indian to be ranked world No. 1 in the WTA doubles rankings. She took maternity leave in 2018 and made a winning comeback in 2020. She and Nadiia Kichenok won the Hobart International in January 2020. Mirza announced her retirement in 2022 as her body is wearing out.

Sania Mirza’s husband

Sani Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik got married on April 12, 2010 in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony at the Taj Krishna hotel in Hyderabad, India. Their wedding reception was held in Sialkot, Pakistan. She received Rs. 6.1 million as Mahr, a custom in Muslim marriages.

As their marriage drew attention online, Mirza became India’s most searched tennis player and sportswoman in 2010, according to Google Trends.

Son of Sania Mirza

The couple announced their first pregnancy on social media on April 23, 2018 and gave birth to Izhaan Mirza Malik in October 2018 and named him Izhaan Mirza Malik.

Sania Mirza Awards and Recognitions

1- Arjuna Prize in 2004

2- WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2005

3- Padma Shri in 2006

4- Brand Ambassador of Telangana in 2014

5- Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in 2015

6- The list of 100 inspiring women of the BBC in 2015

7- Padma Bhushan in 2016

8- NRI of the year in 2016

9- The 100 most influential people in the world according to Time Magazine in 2016

10- UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

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André Leon Talley, fashion legend and former creative director of Vogue, dies at 73


Andre Leon Talley, fashion icon and former longtime creative director of Vogue, has died aged 73, after battling an unknown illness.

An inspiration to many designers, writers and everyone involved in the fashion world, Talley paved the way for many and had an undeniable impact in the industry, known as a trailblazer, arrived in New York in 1974, quickly surrounding himself and collaborating with emblematic characters, such as Andy Warhol and Karl Lagerfeld.

Talley joined Vogue in 1983 as the magazine’s fashion information director, finding success as creative director and Anna Wintouris the right hand. He would later move to Paris in 1995, later in his career being awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, honoring his contribution to the fashion world.


During one of his interviews in 2017, he talked about his experience in the fashion industry; “I worked behind the scenes. I did it in soft tones, and I was persistent and tenacious…I always took on a very calm role. I didn’t scream and scream and scream… That was the best strategy, because that was the world I moved into. After all, it was Vogue, honey.

He would also describe his success in Paris with a message shared on social media; “To be in the august and impeccable body of the Knights: Diana Vreeland, Tina Turner, James Baldwin, Rudolph Nureyev and for a black man educated in the public schools of Durham, North Carolina, I thank my French teacher, the late Cynthia P Smith, who enveloped me in French: the language, the culture, the style, the history and the literature.

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Diane von Furstenberg and Andre Leon Talley

Many of his friends are now sharing moving tributes remembering his life and successful career, including the designer Diana of Furstenberg who wrote “We will miss you”.

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LaLiga and AZF launch an MBA in sports and entertainment


Doha: LaLiga Business School, Department of Education of LaLiga, is collaborating with the Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) to launch a sports and entertainment MBA to be taught in the country from February.

The development is part of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2019 between the two organisations. The institutions have joined forces on various projects and will now set up this Sports and Entertainment MBA, in which the study of new marketing, the transformation of digital and technological breakthroughs, media and entertainment, innovation and entrepreneurship will help prepare future leaders in sport and entertainment. the entertainment industry for Qatar, the rest of the MENA region and beyond.

LaLiga Executive Director Óscar Mayo said: “For LaLiga, education is a key pillar of its philosophy as an institution. We are very happy to have the opportunity to continue to share the expertise of LaLiga in the Middle East, in this case in Qatar. We also want to learn from our partner, Aspire Zone Foundation. This MBA reaffirms LaLiga’s commitment to professionalizing the sports sector and, in line with our slogan, “This is not football”. This is La Liga’, it puts us at the forefront of all leagues, not only in sporting terms but also in terms of educational standards.
For his part, AZF CEO, Mohammed Khalifa Al Suwaidi said, “The Aspire Zone Foundation is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in sports innovation and performance. As a global leader, we’ve partnered with the world’s most esteemed organizations to help us achieve our goals. Hence our partnership with LaLiga. We are proud to partner with LaLiga to demonstrate the superiority of our integrated services model as we continue to be inspired by the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

The first term of this new MBA will run from February 2022 to November 2022, with in-person classes held in Doha and monthly webinars. Additionally, this course will include the kinds of educational tours that have become a highlight of LaLiga Business School’s programs, with five-day trips to London and Madrid already planned.

AZF officials are delighted to draw on the expertise of LaLiga Business School, which was established in 2018 as part of LaLiga’s mission to help professionalize the sports industry through theoretical courses and practice. It was a great success, with the students enjoying the fact that the content was developed by professionals and directors who currently work in LaLiga, clubs, leagues or federations and live the sports industry on a daily basis.

The reputation of LaLiga Business School and its methodology continues to grow, in part thanks to the MoUs concluded with renowned institutions such as the CBF Academy of the Brazilian Football Federation or the Malaysian Football League and with prestigious universities such as the Australian University of Canberra, the Egyptian University ESLSCA or the University of Columbia in the United States.

Already, LaLiga Business School alumni have worked in prestigious and respected organisations, ranging from clubs such as Atlético de Madrid, Real Betis, Levante UD, RCD Mallorca, Cádiz CF or Santos FC to companies like YouFirst Sports, Kosmos or MICSports. to leagues such as Liga MX or even LaLiga itself.

Qatar MBA students can receive their own tailored, high-quality education, which will enable graduates to pursue their own careers in football or other areas of the growing sports and entertainment industry.

Omicron denounces the inflexibility of European public hospitals


STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A World Health Organization official warned last week of a “closing window of opportunity” for European countries to prevent their health systems from being compromised. overwhelmed as the omicron variant produces near-vertical growth in coronavirus infections.

In France, Britain and Spain, countries with relatively strong national health programs, this window may already be closed.

The director of an intensive care unit in a Strasbourg hospital refuses patients. A surgeon at a London hospital describes a critical delay in the diagnosis of cancer in a man. Spain sees its determination to prevent a system collapse tested as omicron keeps medical staff from working.

“There are a lot of patients we can’t admit, and it’s the non-COVID patients who are the collateral victims of all of this,” said Dr. Julie Helms, who heads the intensive care unit at the University Hospital of Strasbourg, in the far east of France.

Two years into the pandemic, with the exceptionally contagious omicron impacting public services of all kinds, the effect of the variant on medical facilities has many reassessments of the resilience of public health systems that are considered essential to provide equal care.

The problem, experts say, is that few health systems have built up enough flexibility to handle a crisis like the coronavirus before it emerged, while repeated infection spikes have kept the rest too preoccupied to implement changes. during the long emergency.

Hospital admissions per capita are currently as high in France, Italy and Spain as they were last spring, when all three countries had lockdowns or other restrictive measures in place. The hospitalization rate for people with COVID-19 in England for the week ending January 9 was slightly higher than it was in early February 2021, before most residents were vaccinated.

This time, there is no confinement. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a population health research organization based at the University of Washington, predicts that more than half of people in the WHO Europe 53 country region will be infected with omicron within two months.

This includes doctors, nurses and technicians in public hospitals.

Around 15% of the 13,000 staff in the Strasbourg hospital system were discharged this week. In some hospitals, the employee absenteeism rate is 20%. Schedules are established and reset to fill gaps; non-critical patients must wait.

The 26 intensive care beds at the French public hospital are almost all occupied by unvaccinated patients, people “who refuse care, who refuse the medicine or who ask for medicines that have no effectiveness”, Helms said. .

She refused 12 admission requests at the start of the week and 10 on Wednesday evening.

“When you have three patients for a single bed, we try to take the one with the best chance of benefiting,” Helms said.

In Britain, as in France, the omicron is causing cracks in the healthcare system, even though the variant appears to cause milder disease than its predecessors. The British government this month assigned military personnel, including doctors, to replace hospitals in London, adding to the ranks of military personnel who already help administer vaccines and run ambulances.

At the Royal Free Hospital in London, Dr Leye Ajayi described a patient who faced delays in his initial diagnosis of cancer.

“Unfortunately, when we finally saw the patient, his cancer had already spread,” Ajayi told Sky News. “So we are dealing with a young patient in his 50s who, perhaps if we had seen him a year ago, could have offered curative surgery. We are now talking about palliative care.

Almost 13,000 patients in England have been forced to wait on stretchers for more than 12 hours before a hospital bed is opened, according to figures released last week by the National Health Service.

Britain has a backlog of around 5.9 million people awaiting cancer screening, scheduled surgery and other scheduled care. Some experts estimate that this figure could double in the next three years.

“We need to focus on why performance has continued to drop and struggle for years and find solutions to drive short- and long-term improvement,” said Dr. Tim Cooksley, President of the Society for Acute Medicine.

It is crucial to have the capacity to host a thrust, and it is precisely this thrust capacity that many Europeans were surprised to learn their country lacked. The people in a position to turn the tide were the same ones who faced the crisis on a daily basis.

In the midst of the first wave, in April 2020, the WHO European office published practical guidance for health systems to create slack in their systems for new outbreaks, including identifying a staff temporary health.

“Despite the fact that countries believed they were prepared for a pandemic that might arise, they were not. So it’s about building the ship as it sails,” said Dr David Heymann, who previously headed the infectious diseases department of the World Health Organization.

But France had cut hospital beds – as well as doctors and nurses – for years before the pandemic. Rebuilding it in a few months proved too difficult when the current wave infected hospital staff by the hundreds every day. Even allowing symptomatic COVID-19 positive health workers to report to work was not enough.

The UK NHS Confederation, a membership organization for sponsors and providers, says the public health service entered the pandemic with a shortage of 100,000 health workers that has only gotten worse.

The first wave of the pandemic pushed the Spanish healthcare system to its limits. Hospitals improvised ways to treat more patients by installing intensive care units in operating rooms, gymnasiums and libraries. The public witnessed, appalled, pensioners dying in nursing homes without ever being taken to public hospitals which were already well over capacity.

After that, the Spanish government vowed not to let such a collapse happen again. Working with regional health departments, it has designed what officials call “elasticity plans” to deal with sudden changes in service demands, particularly in ICUs.

The idea is that hospitals have the equipment and, in theory, the staff, to increase capacity as needed. But critics of the government’s health policy say they have for years warned of a shortage of hospital staff, a key factor in the difficulty of providing care in the current surge.

“The key element is flexibility, having flexible buildings that can expand, having flexible staff in terms of accepting the transfer of tasks, having flexibility in terms of sharing the loads of a regional structure”, said Dr. Martin McKee, professor of public health. at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Ultimately, however, McLee said, “A bed is a piece of furniture. What matters is the staff around it,” McKee said.

Helms, the resuscitator from Strasbourg, knows this only too well. His unit can accommodate 30 beds. But it only has enough staff to care for patients in the 26 currently occupied beds, a situation that is unlikely to change soon after the omicron fire in the area.

In the same hospital’s infectious disease unit, frantic planners are borrowing staff from elsewhere in the facility, even if it means non-COVID-19 patients receive less care.

“We are still in the midst of a complex epidemic that is changing every day. It is difficult to imagine what needs to be built for the future for other epidemics, but we will have to think about the system for organizing care, ”said Dr Nicolas Lefebvre, who heads the disease unit. infections at Strasbourg hospital. hospital.

He said Europe is ready to handle isolated outbreaks as in the past, but the pandemic has revealed weakened foundations across health systems, even those considered among the best in the world.

Frederic Valletoux, president of the French Hospital Federation, said policymakers at the national level are now fully aware of the problem. For 2022, the federation has asked for more resources from the nursing staff in place.

“The difficulty of our system is to make things happen, especially when you are in the heart of the crisis,” Valletoux said.


Danica Kirka in London; Maria Cheng in Toronto; and Aritz Parra in Madrid contributed to this report.


Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic

NNY students on Dean’s List at SUNY Potsdam | Education


NNY students on Dean’s List at SUNY Potsdam

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


Hailey Bushaw, art studio

Brasher Falls

Jacob Anderson, chemistry

Keely Fetterley, Community Health

Shane Rose, voice communication


Zachary Barker, story

Mallory Marks, Child and Early Childhood Education


Jesse Cunningham, graphic design and new media

Hannah Stevenson, Business Administration


Josh Rogers, Business Administration


Austin Getman, Business Administration


Evan Klindt, IT


Willow Frizzell, biology


Shelbie Alguire, biology

Noah Forsythe, verbal communication

Andrew Lawton, exploratory/undeclared

Daniel Leslie, Psychology


Sarah Campbell, Business Administration

Dylan Finley, Business Administration

Tori Laparr, childhood/early childhood


Jacob Hatch, physics


Samantha Newtown, Psychology


Trista Ashley, Psychology


Koby Jordan, psychology


Victoria Boliver, childhood/early childhood


Cheyenne Planty, sociology

Olivia Rubin, psychology

Andrew Sior, Arts Management

Mackenzie Spicer, psychology


Breanne Allen, feminist and gender studies

Jessica Amo, psychology

Zoe Brothers, art studio

Mara Brown, art studio

Megan Fregoe, theater

Gideon Jaggers, childhood/early childhood education

Cheyenne Lanning, graphic design and new media

Amanda Morris, Childhood and Early Childhood Education

Riham Saoui, biology

Makayla Szarka, verbal communication

natural bridge

Abigail Swanson, music education


Cassandre Arno, psychology

Samuel Sprague, IT


Jacqueline Butler, exploratory/undeclared

Anneke Chudzinski, anthropology


Eli Bullock, Business Administration

Legacy Fisher, sociology

Ellie Foster, exploratory/undeclared

Julia Lemieux, story

Courtney Loffler, Environmental Studies

Grace Mills, Child and Early Childhood Education

Kristian Perry, Childhood/Early Childhood Education

Megan Perry, Criminal Justice Studies

Jada West, exploratory/undeclared


Brittany Jaquith, Literature/Writing

philadelphia cream

Louis Barreto-Nieves, history

Pierrepont Manor

Anna Charlebois, story


Cris Cordwell, sociology

Joey Lashomb, music education

Adam Parker, voice communication

Rose Sammons, Music Company

Robert Woods, archaeological studies


Ethen White, Business Administration

St. Regis Falls

Clara Hartson, story


Emma Pemberton, psychology


Haley Bowman, Psychology


Conor O’Neil, biology

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Violin, cello, viola lessons available at Angwin | Lifestyles


The nonprofit Paulin Center for the Arts at Angwin is accepting applications to its string studios for violin, cello, and viola lessons for musicians of all ages and levels of experience.

PCA has been providing art lessons at Upvalley since 1984. Rates are $39 per 30 minute lesson (45 and 60 minute lessons also available). Limited scholarships are available on a need-based system.

Lessons are private, in-person and one-on-one with experienced and highly qualified instructors. Instruments are available for rental for a small fee. Contact the office for registration information: [email protected] or 707-965-6201.

Dr. Rachelle Berthelsen Davis, an advanced violin and viola teacher, holds music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University at Bloomington, and Pacific Union College (PUC). She was concertmaster at Carnegie Hall and currently conducts the orchestra and teaches at PUC. As a soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician, Berthelsen Davis has toured the world and enjoys practicing and teaching improvisation in a variety of styles.

Rocío López Sánchez, a cello teacher, is originally from Madrid, Spain, and holds degrees and artist certificates in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as four music schools in Spain. She has participated in master classes and music festivals across Europe, teaching and performing in England, Germany, Spain and France, as well as with Juilliard and Ying Quartets.

Anna Washburn, violin and viola teacher, graduated from Boston University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She performs regularly with several ensembles, including Agave, a baroque chamber group, whose latest album, “American Originals,” was nominated for a GRAMMY (results to be announced later this month). Washburn has appeared on stage with Sting, Chicago, John Vanderslice, Third Eye Blind, and hip-hop/opera group Ensemble Mik Nawooj, among others.

The Paulin Center for the Arts is based in Paulin Hall on the PUC campus.

John Darcey Obituary (2022) – Hartford, CT

John Milton Darcey died on January 9, 2022. Known to all as “Jack”, the only child of John and Mary Darcey, he was born in Winsted, CT on January 2, 1936. Jack grew up in Winsted, where he developed many lifelong friendships. He graduated from the Gilbert School there, after which he earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, Hartford, a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University, and took courses for a doctorate at New York University. He loved languages ​​and taught Latin, Russian and Spanish in Baltimore before returning to CT in 1958 and starting teaching at Conard HS. His heart was filled with love for all things Spanish and he spent many school holidays in Spain over the years. His reputation for “leading the charge” in promoting language learning led to him being appointed supervisor of the foreign language department at West Hartford Public Schools. In this role, he created a direct exchange with schools in Madrid. While on hiatus due to COVID, this two-year exchange has continued to the present day, and over the years hundreds of West Hartford students and Spanish students have passed several weeks during each of the two summers to improve their language skills and learn about each other’s culture. while living with a host family. In recognition of Jack’s many initiatives to promote the study of Spanish language and culture in the United States, he was made a Knight of the Court of Spain by the former monarch, King Juan Carlos I. Very active professionally, he has served on the boards of numerous foreign language organizations, including the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ​​and the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ​​and chaired the latter’s conference. . In November 2020, he was recognized by the National Early Language Learning Network as a Founder and Supporter. At the state level, he was chairman of the CT COLT (CT Council of Language Teachers), was one of the founders of the COLT Poetry Contest, and chaired the COLT Language Directors Group. He has mentored many beginning language teachers and encouraged students at all levels to consider language teaching as a career. Jack inherited a love of politics and after his retirement from West Hartford Public Schools he became an active member of the West Hartford Democratic Committee and served on the Board of Education, including two terms as Chairman advice. Not feeling quite “done” with teaching, Jack began a second teaching career at the University of Connecticut, where he taught beginner and intermediate level Spanish at the West Hartford branch for 15 more years. At home, her lively, bilingual Boxers were always by her side with her beloved flower garden in view just outside. Jack had an inquisitive mind and was a loyal and faithful friend. Always an accomplished host, he organized and prepared elegant dinner parties, especially during the Christmas holidays. He leaves many caring friends, here and in Spain, among them Sergio Vega, his tireless companion and caregiver during his last years. His friends are grateful for the care provided to Jack over the past year by Elvia Ulerio and Gladys Salcedo of Hartford Health Care Independence at Home and by the team at Masonicare, especially his RN Case Manager, Denise DeMarino and Mike Cobalt, his social worker. Friends will gather this spring to celebrate Jack’s life. For online condolences, please visit www.ahernsfuneralhome.com.

Published by Hartford Courant on January 16, 2022.

The change of Omicron in Europe: pandemic or endemic?


LONDON – In Britain, France, Spain and other countries in Europe, politicians and some public health experts are advocating a new approach to the coronavirus pandemic that is both bold and resigned: that illness is becoming an inescapable part of daily life.

Governments are seizing a moment when their populations have seen less severe disease and, in some cases, a drop in new daily cases after weeks of record growth. And they are moving their mitigation policies out of the state of emergency.

In Spain, for example, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said last week that citizens “should learn to live with it, as we do with many other viruses,” and said the country should adjust the national approach to align more closely with how it handles flu outbreaks. Olivier Veran, the French Minister of Health, recently declared that France’s high level of infection and strong vaccination rate could “maybe” mean this would be the last wave.

The change comes even as the World Health Organization this week warned against treating the virus as seasonal flu, saying it was too early to make that call. Much of the disease remains unknown, the WHO said. And an increase in cases caused by the Omicron variant continues to hit the continent, while the population of much of the world remains vulnerable due to a widespread lack of vaccination, and other variants are still likely to arise. .

Still, proponents of the “learning to live with” approach point out that the latest surge in cases is different from the early days of the virus in several important ways, including a widely vaccinated population in parts of Europe, particularly in West, and a much lower hospitalization rate.

The sentiment is evident in the shift in policies the UK government has adopted since the start of this year, a radical departure from the “war footing” the country’s health service preached in December.

Changes include shorter isolation periods and the elimination of pre-departure tests for people traveling to England – largely because Omicron was already so widespread that testing had a limited effect on its spread.

There have been concrete signs that Britain could be turning a corner. There were 99,652 new cases reported on Friday, a notable drop from the 178,250 cases reported on the same day last week.

“It can’t be an emergency forever,” Graham Medley, professor of infectious disease modeling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told BBC Radio 4 this week. He added that the end of the pandemic would likely occur in phases rather than appearing as “an active time” when it can be declared over.

Amid this shift, messages to the public have varied, often in confusing ways. The advice may be all over the map, with some politicians declaring the last surge over and others advocating a gradual return to normal – while many experts express caution over all the unknowns and the potential for new variants.

Peter English, a retired consultant in communicable disease control, said for many public health experts and scientists in Britain the debate had moved away from lockdowns towards common sense mitigation measures. Most are now encouraging measures such as mandatory masking in public places and legislation on ventilation standards.

“There had been a row over zero Covid and the attempt to eradicate the virus through restrictions,” he said. “I think we lost that argument. I think by letting it spread to the extent that it has, it will be very, very difficult to put the genie back in the bottle.

From that perspective, he said, “we’re going to have to live with the fact that it’s endemic.” But, he added, “endemic does not mean not serious”, and he urged caution against the idea of ​​simply “learning to live with it” without mitigation measures in place.

One of the biggest concerns in England has been the intense pressure the virus is putting on the National Health Service, or NHS But some of the immediate concerns that UK hospitals could be overwhelmed with patients during this latest wave have started to subside.

Matthew Taylor, the head of the NHS Confederation, a membership organization for hospital leaders, said on Wednesday that ‘unless things change unexpectedly, we are close to the national peak of Covid patients in hospital “.

In Spain, a new surveillance system is being created to take effect once the current surge in cases subsides, and the country has also recently eased its isolation rules. But Madrid‘s push for Omicron to be treated more like the flu has been criticized by some doctors and professional associations, as well as the European Medicines Agency, who say the virus is still behaving like a pandemic.

In France, infections are still trending upwards, with nearly 300,000 new coronavirus cases reported per day this week, almost six times more than a month ago. But President Emmanuel Macron, who faces a presidential election in April, opted to keep minimal restrictions in place and instead focused on urging the French to get vaccinated.

Mr Macron’s government has rejected accusations that it has backed down from reducing the number of cases, including in schools, which on Thursday faced widespread strikes by teachers concerned about classroom safety.

Mr Véran, the French health minister, who tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, said authorities were closely monitoring UK data to determine whether France was nearing its own peak.

Germany is several weeks behind some of its European neighbors in dealing with a rise in infections. It reported 80,430 new cases on Tuesday, breaking a record set in November. But independent scientific experts have refrained from advising the government to impose further restrictions despite widespread agreement that the number of infections will continue to rise.

Christian Drosten, the country’s most famous virologist, noted that Germany would most likely eventually switch to treating the virus as endemic.

“Let’s put it this way: we shouldn’t open the door completely,” he said in a podcast interview last week. “But in some areas, we have to open the door a bit to the virus.”

Italy is also grappling with some of the highest daily infection rates since the start of the pandemic. But in recent weeks it has tightened restrictions, making vaccinations compulsory for those aged 50 and over, including requiring a health pass to use public transport.

A spokesman for Italy’s health ministry said the country was “still in a delicate phase” and recent daily increases in cases continued to put pressure on intensive care units. Italian scientists tended to agree that it is too early to declare the situation endemic, although the time had come “to start thinking about the new normal” of coexisting with the virus, said Fabrizio Pregliasco, virologist at the University of Milan.

This kind of caution is evident among a wide range of health professionals and researchers across Europe, some of whom published a plea this week in the British Medical Journal for better coordination in the approach to the pandemic. They argued that there remained an urgent need to “reduce infections to avoid overwhelming health systems and protect public life and the economy“..”

“Even under the most optimistic assumptions,” they wrote, “let Omicron run unfettered risks, potentially devastating consequences.”

In England, hospitalizations are still very high in some areas, especially in the northeast, and illness among healthcare workers continues to strain the system.

England must take a ‘thoughtful and managed approach’ to the pandemic, ‘while considering what our new normal will look like’, said Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, the staff organization of English health.

But, she added, it was clear the country had begun to develop a way of life through several waves of the virus. With much uncertainty still to come, she said it would be wrong to view this moment as an inflection point.

“Rather than being a 100-meter straight line sprint to the Covid finish line,” she explained, “it’s more of a longer-term cross-country race on all kinds of different terrain before you get to that destination.”

Elizabeth Povoledo contributed reporting from Rome, Christopher F. Schuetze from Berlin and Aurelien Breeden from Paris. Raphael Minder also contributed to the report.

English Sunday League teams can sign Real Madrid icon Roberto Carlos for a five


Sunday League teams have the opportunity to sign Real Madrid and Brazil legend Roberto Carlos for just five cents thanks to new competition.

eBay Dream Transfer will give a Sunday League side the choice of signing Carlos or former England and Chelsea striker Eni Aluko on a one-game deal.

With an entry fee of just £5 required to enter the draw, an amateur team could sign a World Cup winner for less than the cost of a pint.

100% of the raffle entry fee will be donated to the education and social inclusion charity Football Beyond Borders.

Roberto Carlos will join a Sunday League team for just five

The work of the organization is to use football to change the lives of young people.

Participation in the draw is open to all FA-registered Sunday League teams, with the winning team to be announced on January 28.

Regarding its partnership with eBay for the raffle, Football Beyond Borders said: “We are proud to harness the community power of eBay to support Football Beyond Borders by donating all funds raised during the raffle.

“They share our passion for the beautiful game and exist to change the lives of young people using their own, making that passion for football a catalyst for success in the classroom.”

Which former professional footballer would you want in your Sunday League squad? Let us know in the comments section below.

Roberto Carlos came
Roberto Carlos won the Champions League during his time at Real Madrid

Participants have the choice between two former international footballers to sign for a single match.

Carlos is a three-time Champions League winner and was part of the Brazil squad that won the World Cup in 2002.

The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan left-back is now 48, retired in 2016 and still works for Los Blancos as a marketing director.

During his career, Carlos has won 21 major trophies, with titles won in Spain, Turkey and his native Brazil.

Eni Aluko
Ex-Chelsea striker Eni Aluko’s services are also available for the teams

As for Aluko, she earned over 100 caps for England and won league titles in England and Italy, as well as spells playing in the United States.

The former Chelsea and Juventus striker has scored over 100 career goals, including one on her professional debut aged just 14.

Having retired in 2020, the 34-year-old is now the sporting director of Angel City FC, a new NWSL expansion team based in Los Angeles.

Banco Santander SA: launches the fourth edition of the Erasmus Santander scholarship program


The institution has dedicated more than 5.5 million euros to this program, which has already benefited more than 10,000 Spanish university students, with particular attention to those students who need it most.

Earlier in the day, the president of Banco Santander and Universia, Ana Botín, chaired a virtual meeting of the board of directors of Universia Spain, with the directors and rectors of Spanish universities.

“We are at a decisive moment for the future of our society and this forces us to take decisions; that the crisis serves us all – Spain, Europe, Universities and companies – as a catalyst for sustainable growth in Europe. digital era”, Botin said.

During the board meeting, the president announced that the next international meeting of Universia rectors will be held in Valencia in 2023.

Madrid, January 12, 2022
Ana Botin,
Chairman of Banco Santander and Universia, chaired the meeting of the Board of Directors of Universia Spain this morning. The directors and rectors of Spanish universities discussed in depth the concerns and needs of the university community and proposed projects to promote and improve higher education. The President was virtually accompanied by the Secretary General of Universities, Jose Manuel Pingarron, and the president of Crue Universidades Españolas (the Conference of University Rectors), Jose Carlos Gomez Villamandos, among others.

The meeting took stock of the main milestones achieved in 2021 and the fundamental challenges we face today, including the precarious labor market situation, especially for younger workers.

For Ms. Botín, in the current scenario, universities have an important role to play in three main areas: adapting the supply of talent to the demands of companies; the promotion of a technological culture in universities; and the promotion of research and its transfer to the business sector, which is the key to generating ideas that can materialize in future projects that create wealth and jobs.

“Universities, together with institutions and the business sector, must lead the research and technological revolution that Spain and Europe need. And this leadership and collaboration with business must aim to develop the talents that allow them to be competitive. “We are at a decisive moment for the future of our society and this forces us to take decisions; that the crisis serves us all – Spain, Europe, Universities and companies – as a catalyst for sustainable growth in Europe. digital era”, she stated.

Ana Botín reiterated the benefits of greater coordination between institutions, universities and companies, as well as Santander’s commitment to higher education, to which it has allocated more than 2,000 million euros over the 25 years, helping more than 630,000 students, professionals, entrepreneurs and SMEs.

She also took the opportunity to announce that the next International Meeting of Rectors of Universia will be held in Valencia next year, following the one held in Salamanca in 2018 with the participation of 600 rectors from 26 countries, representing 10 million students from all over the world. For three days, the city will become the world capital of higher education, discussing the main challenges facing universities.

Europe is slowly starting to consider treating COVID like the flu


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Spain is calling for COVID-19 to be treated as an endemic disease, like the flu, becoming the first major European country to explicitly suggest people live with it.

The idea has gradually gained ground and could prompt a reassessment of government strategies to fight the virus. UK Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi told the BBC on Sunday that the UK was “on the path to transition from pandemic to endemic”.

Falling hospitalization and death rates for the omicron variant despite record infections have prompted Spain‘s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to offer the tantalizing prospect of a Europe that goes beyond pandemic-style restrictions on normal life.

“We need to assess the course of COVID from a pandemic to an endemic disease,” Sanchez said in a radio interview on Monday, adding that European governments may need to assess the disease with parameters different from those used until now.

In places like France, Germany, Italy and Romania – which all have the highest average daily case levels in the entire pandemic – it may be a bit early for such discussions. In addition, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that at present, more than half of Europeans are on the verge of contracting the omicron variant within the next two months.

But as governments strive to keep schools open and economies functioning as normally as possible, a drop in hospitalizations may prompt reconsideration of strategies.

For now, France and Germany continue to tighten restrictions, especially on unvaccinated. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to make the life of the unvaccinated as difficult as possible, and is seeking to set up a vaccine pass to access bars and restaurants, or even to travel by train.

The Netherlands has maintained one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, with restaurants and bars closed. In Italy, the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi has made vaccines compulsory for people over 50.

“Most of the problems we have today come from the fact that there are people who are not vaccinated,” Draghi said at a press conference in Rome on Monday.

But while vaccinations have been essential in keeping most people with omicron out of hospital, injections have been less effective in stopping the spread of the variant. This leaves politicians trying to figure out how to contain the spread, especially as vocal groups in their countries increasingly oppose limits on restaurants, bars and other activities.

Despite one of the highest COVID rates in Europe, Ireland will maintain a voluntary vaccination system, according to Prime Minister Micheal Martin. The Belgian government wants to give people a “free choice”, said Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Many countries are shortening quarantine periods as they try to keep essential services operational. The latest is the Czech Republic, which, since Tuesday, has forced HIV-positive people to self-isolate for five days, up from two weeks previously.

Travel restrictions have also shown their limits. The UK was the first country to ban flights from southern Africa, where the omicron was first identified. Yet it was the first place in Europe to experience an omicron wave. Likewise, France has exceeded the UK case rate despite limits on travel from Britain.

The Spanish government has been working on a new surveillance approach in recent weeks, and Health Minister Carolina Darias has raised the issue with her European counterparts, Sanchez said.

The effort came as Spain reported nearly 692,000 new cases in the past seven days, with 13.4% of hospital beds used for COVID patients, according to data from the Ministry of Health. This compares to 13.8% a year earlier, when the number of recorded weekly cases was just over 115,000.

If European countries manage to ease restrictions in the coming weeks, last year’s experiences will remain a cautionary tale. Denmark removed all COVID restrictions last fall, while the Netherlands dropped all masking requirements. Both countries currently have some of the highest case rates in Europe and have reimposed restrictions.

Official visit of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to Romania and Spain

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi appreciates Romania’s support for Pakistan within the EU, especially for GSP+ status. – Twitter/@SMQreshiPTI
  • Foreign ministers review the full range of bilateral relations.
  • Discussions focus on exploring opportunities to deepen engagement in different sectors of trade and commerce, investment, defence, education, labor, science and technology and Culture.
  • President Batet thanks the Shah for Pakistan’s assistance in evacuating people of concern from Afghanistan.

BUCHAREST: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi paid an official visit to Romania from January 9 to 10, 2022, at the invitation of Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu.

During the bilateral talks, the two foreign ministers reviewed the full range of bilateral relations. Discussions were held on exploring opportunities to further deepen engagement in different sectors, including trade and commerce, investment, defence, education, labour, science and technology and culture.

The two countries agreed to hold the next round of bilateral political consultations in Islamabad and to revive the Joint Economic Commission.

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– Twitter/@SMQreshiPTI

Qureshi appreciated Romania’s support for Pakistan within the European Union (EU), especially for GSP+ status.

Exchanging views on regional issues, the Foreign Minister briefed his Romanian counterpart on Pakistan’s efforts for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and the continued human rights abuses in Israeli-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. India (IOJK).

Pakistan and Romania signed two memorandums of understanding during the visit relating to the awarding of scholarships to Pakistani students by the Politehnica University of Bucharest; and Cooperation between the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).

The Foreign Minister also visited Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca and reiterated Pakistan’s will to build a broad and substantial relationship with Romania.

He thanked the Romanian government for announcing the donation of 500,000 doses of the COVID vaccine to Pakistan.

Prime Minister Ciuca appreciated Pakistan’s facilitation in the evacuation of Romanian nationals from Afghanistan.

During the meeting with the Romanian Minister of Economy, both sides appreciated the increase in bilateral trade despite COVID and discussed ways to further strengthen economic ties.

Aurescu took to his official Twitter account and wrote, “Glad to welcome FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi today for in-depth policy consultations, including following up on valuable recent contacts. We discussed prospects and concrete ways to advance our political dialogue, economic ties, sectoral cooperation and interpersonal relations.

Earlier, Qureshi inaugurated the “Pakistan Cultural & Trade Exhibition Center” at the Pakistan Embassy in Bucharest. The Center will serve as a venue for a permanent exhibition of Pakistani export items and for holding cultural events aimed at promoting tourism and the sweet image of the country.

Addressing the Pakistani community in Romania, Qureshi highlighted the measures taken by the government to ensure the welfare of the Pakistani diaspora.

Pakistan and Romania maintain close and friendly ties. The two sides have similar views on important regional and global issues and have traditionally cooperated in various international forums.

Qureshi meets the President of the Spanish Congress of Deputies

MADRID: FM Qureshi called the President of the Congress of Deputies of Spain Meritxell Batet and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Spain in various fields.

Stressing the importance of parliamentary exchanges, the Minister of Foreign Affairs invited Spanish parliamentarians to visit Pakistan, which would contribute to consolidating the areas of ongoing cooperation.

Batet agreed with Shah that the threat of COVID-19 should be addressed through global cooperation through judicious distribution of vaccines and providing fiscal space for developing countries to invest in the health and health sectors. revive their economies.

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The President of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Ms. Meritxell Batet, welcomed Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi upon his arrival at the Spanish Parliament on January 11, 2022. — PID

President Batet thanked Shah for Pakistan’s assistance in evacuating people of concern from Afghanistan. Both parties expressed converging views on the need to retain qualified human resources in Afghanistan to manage the functioning of various state and social institutions.

Highlighting the recent 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (OIC-CFM) hosted by Pakistan on 19th December 2021, to address the urgent humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister reiterated the need for an interim government to be established in Afghanistan by the international community.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with the President and members of the Spanish Foreign Relations Commission in Madrid on January 11, 2022. — PID
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with the President and members of the Spanish Foreign Relations Commission in Madrid on January 11, 2022. — PID

He appreciated the interest of the EU and the donation of 20 million euros from Spain for humanitarian support to the Afghan people. The commitment of the Spanish government to play a supportive role in ensuring education for children, especially Afghan women and girls, was very commendable.

Batet accepted Shah’s invitation to lead a parliamentary delegation to Pakistan in the near future.

This visit was undertaken with a view to enhancing Pakistan’s engagement with members of the European Union, in particular by improving economic interface and sharing Pakistan’s perspective on important regional issues.

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How Mo Salah became the new king of football


For Salah, it’s more than money. It’s a matter of recognition. “The problem is, when you ask for something and they show you that they can give you something,” he said, they should, “because they appreciate what you’ve done for the club. . I’ve been here since my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me. But with the administration, they have [been] recounted the situation. It is in their hands.

If Liverpool are unwilling to meet their salary demands – quite possible, given the reluctance of the FSG to pay superstars’ salaries to Liverpool and the Red Sox – few clubs in world football could. Barcelona are notoriously broke. Real Madrid are apparently targeting French striker Kylian Mbappé. There is Paris Saint-Germain, with their unlimited funding backed by Qatar, but otherwise the only real contenders are the two clubs Manchester or Chelsea, and a move to either of them would set the status of Salah as a Liverpool legend. (I have to admit here that I’ve been a Liverpool fan for 20 years. Yes, I asked him to stay. No, that didn’t help.)

Salah knows his own worth and his next deal could be his last chance to make a lot of money. There’s also the Salah brand to consider: it has sponsorship deals with Adidas, Oppo, Uber, and Pepsi, each paying generously for its image. (MBC, the Arab TV channel, reportedly paid Salah $ 650,000 to interview him that day at town hall.)

He is 29 years old now. Conventional wisdom says soccer players peak at around 30, although recent advancements in sports science are changing that: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for example, still scores for AC Milan at 40. “There isn’t. than Zlatan, ”says Salah. “[Cristiano] Ronaldo is 36 years old, [Karim] Benzema, 34 years old. All the best players of the moment, [Robert] Lewandowski, Messi, all are 34, 35. ”At home, Salah has built his own recovery room, including a cryotherapy bath and hyperbaric chamber, things you would normally only find in a training center or center. advanced processing. “I have everything at home. It’s a hospital, ”says Salah.

“He’s like a sponge for information. He has a relentless thirst to be better, ”says Klopp. “He’s never satisfied. He is so attentive to what is asked of him for what helps the team. But besides that, his commitment to individual improvement is remarkable. Whether it’s the fitness and conditioning trainers or the nutritionist or whoever, he looks for those little margins everywhere. “

Salah rarely speaks in public and never in politics. You think this is partly self-preservation: Salah’s visibility in Egypt and the Middle East means that anything he says or does in politics is immediately relevant internationally. In the Middle East and online, coverage of him can sometimes come close to moral police: When Salah posted a photo of his family celebrating Christmas on Instagram, it led to a torrent of abuse. But the controversy is a distraction, and so he tried to remove that from his life as well. He doesn’t go out to party and doesn’t play video games often, preferring to stay home with his children instead. “People really change with fame and money, so I’m just trying not to do the same, to stay steady,” he says. This too is deliberate, an investment to ensure that he can reach his maximum potential and stay there as long as possible.

Tank top, $ 890, by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Pants, $ 695, by Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

Tottenham confident to sign Adama Traore, Barca want Christensen from Chelsea, Haaland


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Tottenham are said to be “confident to seal” Adama Traore’s transfer signing this month.

Wolves winger Traore, 25, has been linked with a move to north London for months.

Now, the Athletic reports that “it is certain that a deal can be made” for Traore before the end of the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho completed his medical before his loan transfer to Aston Villa in style after taking a private jet to France.

The Brazilian star, 29, agreed to reunite with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard in the Midlands on a short-term contract last week.

The disgraced Barcelona star took a private jet to France with his wife Aine and friend Juan Vasconcellos.

However, Newcastle are not having much luck in the transfer market as their transfer offer for Sven Botman is turned off, according to reports.

Lille consider Botman, 21, “untouchable” and will open talks on an improved contract this summer, although his current contract does not expire until the end of the 2024-25 season.

And finally, Barcelona have reportedly declared themselves out of the race for Arsenal transfer target Renato Sanches.

El Nacional claim that the Lille midfielder is ready for a new adventure this summer.

But Barcelona boss Xavi is not convinced Sanches has the right attributes to be successful in Spain.

How a Simple Booklet Can Help Friends and Family Make a Better Life


Volunteers from the National Church of Scientology of Spain share “The Way to Happiness” with those who live and visit Madrid’s literary quarter.

Using this booklet can increase your chances of happiness.

Using this booklet can increase your chances of happiness.

Volunteers encourage others to pass on copies of the booklet.

Volunteers encourage others to pass on copies of the booklet.

Share “The Way to Happiness” with friends and visitors.

MADRID, CALIFORNIA, SPAIN, January 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ – Volunteers from the National Church of Scientology of Spain share “The Way to Happiness” with friends and visitors to their neighborhood, the beautiful and historic neighborhood literary in Madrid. The region is known not only for its culture but also for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

In Madrid, as in cities around the world, the past 21 months of COVID have created challenges requiring new skills and solutions. It’s one of the reasons Church of Scientology volunteers turn to The Way to Happiness, a common sense guide to living better. If you know something is working, you naturally want to share it with others, say volunteers who use the booklet to “point the way to a safer, happier life.”

This common sense, non-religious moral code, written by author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, contains 21 precepts or principles that, if used, can increase one’s chances of happiness. Completely non-religious, its 21 precepts can be used by anyone regardless of race, culture or creed to promote kindness, honesty, and basic life skills.

But there is also another aspect which is particularly relevant in Spain. The economic crisis from 2008 to 2014 had already shaken the labor market. Then came the pandemic, and according to a September 2021 article in El Pais, a report presented by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found that the rate of young Spaniards between the ages of 18 and 24 who are not employed, neither in education or training is 19.9% ​​- the second highest in the EU after Italy.

Survival depends on many factors. To help meet even these kinds of challenges and give people an edge, not only The Way to Happiness features a code of conduct that can boost interpersonal relationships and self-confidence, the booklet also has an entire section to help gain new skills and be able to apply them competently.

A free online course in 17 languages ​​covering each of the 21 precepts is available on The Way to Happiness website, www.thewaytohappiness.org, which includes the text of the booklet, the feature film The Way to Happiness book-on-film and 21 public service announcements illustrating each of the precepts of the booklet.

Immensely popular since its first publication, the book is distributed in 115 languages ​​in 186 nations. It holds a Guinness World Record as the most translated non-religious book.

The Church of Scientology and its members are proud to share the tools for a happier life contained in The Way to Happiness.

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IT News Online – Prime Numbers DAO, a scholarship-based utility NFT project, announces the presale of its native “$ PRNT” token.


Prime Numbers DAO, Prime DAO, NFT Project, and GameFi Project’s XDC Network designed to provide scholarship opportunities for students, is currently hosting a pre-sale of its native “$ prnt” token.

MADRID, SPAIN / ACCESSWIRE / January 10, 2022 / Prime numbers, a DAO with unique use cases, is currently in the middle of its presale on the XDC network, with the intention of moving forward in its quest to provide scholarship opportunities to students around the world through the sale of NFT. Prime numbers are a one-of-a-kind ecosystem that seamlessly combines blockchain games and NFTs. Each NFT prime number is generative and is a unique function of the inputs used.

The main objective of the Prime Numbers project is to help financially struggling students around the world who are having difficulty paying their tuition fees. When a prime NFT number is sold, half of the proceeds go to the student fund and the other half to token holders. Additionally, using the NFT royalty standard, 2.5% of each resale will go to PRNT holders and an additional 2.5% to DAO PrimeNumbers.

Students who are not eligible for a scholarship will secure a student loan by providing valuable NFT as collateral, which investors will fund in the hope that the charge will default, allowing them to claim the rare NFT. This way, a student who has significant net worth in NFT will achieve a high grade without selling NFTs.

Prime NFTs would be powered by the XDC network, a blockchain known for its high power, low transaction costs, and speed.

Additionally, prime number DAO would be supported by its utility token, $ PRNT. Prime numbers would perform a more active user form of DAO governance, with $ PRNT token holders having a say in DAO’s day-to-day operations. DAO members can also wager $ PRNT to earn fantastic rewards. Additionally, $ PRNT would be the in-game token for the upcoming Prime Numbers DAO game, which would occur much later in 2022. Finally, DAO members who hold $ PRNT are also eligible for the Prime Numbers NFT lottery, which their allows you to have a Prime NFT number for free.

The $ PRNT presale is currently live, and information can be found here https://medium.com/@PrimeNumbersFi/primenumbers-pre-sale-f719fd4bdb7e, allowing the public to invest in such a promising project at this early stage. The presale offers 300,000 tokens with no vesting period. Also, during this private sale, $ PRNT can only be purchased with XDC tokens ranging from 38 to 45 XDC. This presale would help Prime Number improve education and provide free scholarships to students. $ PRNT also provides a lot of utility to its token holders, and with 2022 being the year of DAOs with utility, Prime numbers seem like a good investment opportunity.

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Margo: Live the local vida | Opinion


Levi sits in the back seat of the car on the way home from school, happily counting to 100 in Spanish, rolling his “R” like a champ.

Then he said, “Mom, guess what? Today we had pozole for a hot lunch! It emphasizes the end of the word “o-LAY!” as if he had just spent a year in Mexico, not locked in the pan with two pugs and his crazy parents.

When I told everyone we were going to move to Basalt a long time ago, people would always say – a little breathlessly in a whisper, “But when you and Ryan have kids, where will you send them? at school?”

As if this quaint little mountain town was on the wrong side of the tracks (although to be fair, in the late 1800s when Basalt was known as “Aspen Junction” it was one of the only towns with tracks, period). They reassured me that I could just enroll my privileged future white child (ren) at a private school like Aspen Country Day (guys: I’m not literally a princess – I was just playing!) Aspen Community School.

In fact, a lot of people have behaved as if moving down the valley would somehow ruin our lives. An Aspen alumnus told me, “You’ll never ski again, ever,” as if I was moving to Kansas and not half an hour later.

In the years that followed – when we spent enough money to buy a Range Rover while trying to get pregnant – I drove to Basalt Elementary School every day, dreaming of a future involving the child I was in. wanted so desperately. I wondered what could possibly go wrong with this school, located in the shadow of Basalt Mountain with its threatening broad sides that always reminded me of a whale emerging from the depths for a breath of fresh air, where a field of sunflowers blooms every fall and the history of the mining era lives on in the Fryingpan coke ovens and old cabins of the old Arbaney farmhouse.

What I was able to deduce from the whispered cries of worried parents about Downvalley’s public schools was that they were weighed down by our non-English speaking immigrant population and the quality of education suffered.

These are the same people who took to the streets of Aspen for the Black Lives Matter protests after George Floyd was murdered by a Minnesota cop in May 2020. Listen, I’m all for social justice and the right to manifest, but maybe we should look at the social inequalities here in our own backyard and think about why so many of us (whether we admit it or not) choose to part ways with half our population – you know, the minority which is actually the growing majority?

Which brings me back to Basalt Elementary School. Since 1994, BES has offered its own “two-way immersion” program in both languages ​​for Kindergarten to Grade 4 students, with 50% of instruction in English and 50% in Spanish.

I’m so proud of our little school for recognizing this as a path of integration – a seemingly progressive concept, especially when it was first implemented 28 years ago. This approach allows native Spanish speakers to learn English while retaining Spanish, while native English speakers learn and experience what it means to learn a new language. According to the school’s website, the objectives of the program are to promote literacy and bilingualism, intercultural ties and good academic results for all. This program is a choice for parents and BES students and may not be suitable for everyone.

Perhaps Spanish doesn’t have the glamor of the Lycée François d’Immersion Française on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, but it’s far more convenient when you consider not only how many Spanish-speaking countries there are in the world, but how many speaker Spaniards live here in our valley.

Watching my son explode practically every day with new knowledge of Spanish, I am blown away not only by his seemingly innate ability to learn a second language at such a young age, but also by how it has accelerated his intellectual and social development. . I love it when he talks to me about his friends who speak English and Spanish out of pride, out of bragging rights. I also love talking to Spanish speaking mothers who tell me how embarrassed their US-born children were to speak Spanish – until they started BES.

I have also started speaking Spanish more often (I am not fluent but competent thanks to a high school exchange in Madrid and a brother who has been living in Costa Rica for 17 years), and I can see how Spanish speakers appreciate it when I do. I stopped worrying so much about whether or not I can understand everything they say, and instead focused on my desire to share mutual understanding. It makes me happy to make this connection. What makes me even happier is the opportunity that was given to Levi to learn more about empathy, inclusiveness and intercultural connections from an early age – now there is something about it. easy to translate.

Ali Margo is a local blogger, snowboard enthusiast and sexy yogi whose column airs every Monday. Send your love to him at [email protected]

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Two decades later, the euro cannot shake its reputation as a price engine


PARIS: Europeans have been living with euro banknotes and coins for 20 years now, but many still point to the single currency for secretly pushing consumer prices up, despite much evidence to the contrary.

“The euro is a disaster, it’s catastrophic,” said Maria Napolitano, a 65-year-old Italian living in Frankfurt.

“With 100 deutschmarks, you could fill your shopping cart. Now, 100 euros is not enough to fill two bags.

This is an impression shared by many across the eurozone, from Paris to Rome, from Madrid to Athens.

Victor Irun, a 53-year-old teacher from Madrid, said that for Spaniards the changeover was “like stepping into a club for the rich without wearing the right clothes.

“You felt like we weren’t ready yet,” he said. AFP. “It was as if we were living in Spain, but paying with French or Dutch money.”

Some Germans even invented a new nickname for the single currency, “teuro”, a play on the German word for dear, “teuer”.

Perception and data

In a 2006 study, university professor Hans Wolfgang Brachinger compiled an index of “perceived” inflation among Germans, which measured a “felt” increase in consumer prices of seven percent between 2001 and 2002, against about two percent normally.

In reality, however, official statistics have shown no recovery in inflation in Europe’s largest economy.

“There was a very strong feeling in several countries that prices had gone up, and yet official statistics told us the opposite,” said Giovanni Mastrobuoni, professor of economics at the University of Turin.

In a detailed study on the matter, he tracked the prices of different everyday commodities in the euro area, from fruits, vegetables and bread to drinks and restaurant meals, and found that the prices of some inexpensive commodities had increased. actually increased due to the change to the euro.

And as retailers tended to round up rather than down when converting the price into the single currency, it was hardly surprising that people took notice and felt cheated.

“The things that you consume very often, the food, the coffee, things that don’t cost that much. Over time, they would shape your perceptions as these are the most frequent transactions, ”Mastrobuoni said.

In France, the average price of a simple coffee in a bar fell from 1.19 euros to 1.22 euros between late 2001 and early 2002, according to the National Statistical Office, INSEE.

Headline inflation is not affected

According to Mastrobuoni, the phenomenon is even more marked in countries where the distribution sectors are less concentrated, as small retailers are more free to increase their prices.

The European Commission calculates that the real increase linked to the introduction of the euro is between 0.1 and 0.3 percent.

However, headline inflation was hardly affected as the prices of high-end products did not rise and in some cases even fell due to improved productivity.

For the 12 countries that adopted the euro from the very beginning, the average annual inflation rate was 2.3 percent in 2001 and 2002, according to the EU’s statistical agency Eurostat.

However, the picture varied from country to country.

In Spain, inflation was 2.8 percent in 2001 and 3.6 percent in 2002, while most other countries recorded constant inflation or, in the case of Belgium, Germany , Luxembourg and the Netherlands, slower inflation.

Pierre Jaillet, researcher at the Jacques Delors and Iris institutes in France, said that consumer profiles played an important role in making them feel a gap between the evolution of real and perceived prices.

“The average basket of consumer price inflation matches the average budget of an average urban worker,” Jaillet said.

The less well-off tend to spend more of their income on food, so they will be in a greater rush, he argued, noting that consumers generally remembered the price increases, but not the cuts. of price.

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Liverpool and Manchester City question Wonderkid with 165 goals in 169 games

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According to Yahoo Esportes, Liverpool and Manchester City have contacted Palmeiras over the signing of 15-year-old prodigy Endrick.

What is the story?

Well, Liverpool and Manchester City have apparently made their choice for a striker who could turn out to be one of the best on the planet.

Yahoo Esportes believe Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Manchester United have made inquiries about Endrick as well.

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The 15-year-old is nothing short of a sensation in Brazil right now, having scored 165 goals in 169 games for the Palmeiras youth ranks.

Therefore, it’s no surprise to see some of the biggest clubs on the planet sniffing – he could easily become the next Neymar, in our opinion.

Endrick marked his São Paulo Junior Cup debut with two goals in a 6-1 win over Assu, where he played alongside players six years older than himself.

The teenager’s father, Douglas, also gave up his job to help Endrick focus on his football career, so rich is his potential.

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As he has not yet reached the age of 16, Endrick does not really have a professional contract.

However, if Liverpool and Manchester City are to sign him before he signs one, they will have to pay compensation equivalent to 200 times the amount Palmeiras spent on scholarships, education, training, health and housing. Endrick.

Exciting for Liverpool and Manchester City

Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are clearly keeping an eye on the next generation, for the future of their respective clubs.

Manchester City recently signed Brazilian sensation Kayky, while Liverpool signed Harvey Elliott from Fulham and Kaide Gordon from Derby.

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Obviously, the Reds and Citizens are staying on top of the next big things in football, which could pay off in a few years.

Judging by his wholly phenomenal scoring record for Palmeiras, Endrick could well become a potential Ballon d’Or winner.

Keep an eye out for this saga, as Liverpool and Manchester City will surely want to capture the prodigy before he is worth millions.

In other news, Ally McCoist slammed three Tottenham players after losing to Chelsea

Iván Redondo, Sánchez’s former chief of staff, sets up political consulting firm – CVBJ


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The one who was chief of staff of the presidency of the government of Pedro Sánchez until last July, Iván Redondo, has created his own consulting firm, focused on advising managers in the development of communication campaigns.

As stated in the Official Journal of the Trade Register (BORME), The company is called Redondo y Asociados Consultores Políticos y de Estrategia, whose only “support” directors are himself and his partner, Sandra Rudy, with a capital of 3,000 euros.

the The purpose of the new company is to advise, advise and design the strategy of managers and dashboards in their professional field, including “coaching”, image consulting, strategic advice and the development of communication campaigns, as well as communication, advertising and public relations services.

From April 2009, Redondo founded its first limited company, called Redondo y Asociados Consultores Políticos y de Comunicación Limited Partnership, according to the Commercial Register, although it is known as the public affairs firm Redondo & Asociados.

It was in September 2017 that Pedro Sánchez, who had not yet arrived at Moncloa – he would do so in May of the following year -, hired him as an advisor, having however already worked for him during the primaries of PSOE, which Sánchez won in May of the same year.

Until this moment, Iván Redondo was known for his role of adviser to the former president of the Junta de Extremadura Juan Antonio Monago, as well as for his collaboration with the “popular” Xavier García-Albiol, when the then candidate for mayor of Badalona launched a controversial election campaign in 2007 in which he promised to “clean” Badalona of irregular immigrants.

Role in the government of Sánchez

Diploma in Human Sciences and Communication from the University of Deusto, He is specialized in economic information from the Complutense University of Madrid and leading election campaigns for George Washington University.

Before founding Redondo & Asociados, in Madrid, an office from which he advised large companies, companies, employers, associations, as well as various candidates, presidents and governments, tHe worked as a communications consultant in Llorente and Cuenca and was a communications advisor to the office of the President of the National Union of Nurses (SATSE).

In your first term, Pedro Sánchez appointed him Director of the Office of the Presidency, and also secretary of the National Security Council, and in January 2020, after the formation of the United We Can coalition government, he further expanded his duties.

So, Sanchez land responsible for assuming under his command all assistance services to the president, such as national, institutional and international affairs, communication with citizens, the secretary general of the presidency, the general directorate of economic affairs, the department of national security and the various units of analysis.

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Covid 19: Spanish health authorities agree quarantines for classrooms with five or more positive cases | Society

A child about to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in Ourense, Spain.Rosa Veiga (Europa Press)

Spain’s central and regional health authorities agreed on Friday that entire classrooms would no longer be quarantined in preschool and elementary education if there are fewer than five positive cases of coronavirus in a “bubble group,” a system designed to keep children in stable groups and avoid contact with other classes.

“In an effort to preserve in-person education, group-wide quarantines will only be recommended when there are five or more cases of active infections in the classroom, or more than 20% of students are affected, in a period equal to or less than more than seven days, ”the ministry said in a statement. “If there are four cases or less than 20% of the students, these would be considered sporadic cases and quarantine would not be recommended.”

Until now, entire classrooms have been sent home when a case is detected, as all members of a bubble group are considered close contacts. In the last week of the December semester, 1.3% of classes were in quarantine – the worst figure since schools reopened in September 2020 following a nationwide lockdown and closure for months of all educational centers.

On December 31, the Madrid region announced that it was ending full classroom quarantines in preschool and elementary education, regardless of the number of infected students in a classroom.

As some regional officials recently launched the idea of ​​a return to distance education due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, teachers ‘unions and parents’ associations had supported in-person learning and joined forces. expressed concern about the difficulties many working parents face when their children are sent home for isolation.

Some regions – which are in charge of their own coronavirus containment measures – had already taken a similar step even before today’s joint meeting of health officials. On December 31, the Madrid region announced that it was ending full classroom quarantines in preschool and elementary education, regardless of the number of infected students in a classroom. Andalusia made a similar decision on Monday, but left the final decision in the hands of general practitioners and school nurses.

Health Minister Carolina Darias on Tuesday asked regional governments to wait for Wednesday’s joint meeting before taking unilateral decisions.

In high school, vocational training and baccalaureate programs, classrooms have never been seen as bubble groups and only infected students, as well as those sitting closest to them, are isolated. . In all cases, infections among the population over 12 years of age have significantly decreased as 90.8% of students in these programs have already been vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health estimates that by early February, around 70% of children aged five to 11, who started getting vaccinated on December 15, will have at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This is expected to bring transmission levels down, as children are the only age group that remains largely unvaccinated in Spain.

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Pakistan: Salesians in Quetta and Lahore support Afghan refugees – Pakistan


Humanitarian aid distributed as education and other ongoing supports continue

The Salesian community of Quetta, Pakistan, provided shelter and basic necessities to Afghan refugees with the support of the Salesian Missions Office in Madrid. More than 100 refugees, mostly children, received tents, blankets, food and medicine. The Christian community of Quetta felt proud to be able to help people of other religions in a spirit of brotherhood.

This initiative was launched due to the extremely cold weather in the region. The Salesians also work to provide continuous support, including the education of children and medical and psychological assistance.

During the second week of December, Don Bosco Lahore distributed humanitarian aid to 200 Afghan refugee families in Peshwar. This activity was carried out with the collaboration and coordination of local authorities, police and municipal administration, which facilitated the distribution. This effort was supported by the Salesian Missions Office in Madrid, the Salesian Missions in the United States, Don Bosco Switzerland and the Salesians in Berlin.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), nearly 700,000 Afghans have been internally displaced by the conflict this year, with some 3.5 million people uprooted in total across the country. Iran and Pakistan together host nearly 90 percent of all Afghan refugees in the world and have done so for more than four decades.

The Salesian centers in Quetta and Lahore offer quality education and an innovative teaching style. More than 1,000 pupils from disadvantaged families attend Salesian schools. The Salesians began providing education in Pakistan in 1998, and today their centers are considered to be one of the best in the country.

“We try to provide quality and innovative education,” said Father Gabriel Cruz, Salesian missionary from Mexico who has worked in Lahore for three years. “The Pakistani education system focuses on memorization and reproduction as we try to awaken the skills of the students.”

Salesian schools offer economic benefits, scholarships and accommodation to students from the poorest families so that education is not only accessible but also an incentive for parents to send their children to school. Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in South Asia at less than 50 percent. Although the country’s constitution recognizes free and compulsory education between the ages of 5 and 16, the rule is often not followed in rural areas for those over 13.

According to the World Bank, 31.3% of people living in Pakistan live below the poverty line. Gender plays a role in poverty in the country. Pakistan has traditional gender roles that define a woman’s place in the home, not in the workplace. As a result, access to education is difficult for girls and society’s investments are lower. There are few opportunities for women and girls in the country outside of traditional roles. This is evidenced by the disparities in education, including the literacy rate.

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Cardinal Francisco Álvarez Martínez has died at the age of 96


After a long period of illness, Cardinal Francisco Álvarez Martínez, Archbishop Emeritus of Toledo, Spain, died at the age of 96 in a hospital in Madrid on the morning of January 5.

By the editor of Vatican News

Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves of Toledo and Primate of Spain announced on January 5 the death of Cardinal Francisco Álvarez Martínez, Archbishop Emeritus of Toledo, in a statement addressed to the priests, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Toledo.

Cardinal Álvarez died on Wednesday morning at 6:45 a.m. in a Madrid hospital after a long illness.

In the declaration, Archbishop Cerro Chaves invited the faithful of the Archdiocese of Toledo, “to raise their prayers to the Lord so that the hope which encouraged Father Francisco throughout his life may be filled with this fullness. of life ”, while“ we entrust his soul to the Father of mercy and God of all consolation, with the certainty that the promises of the Lord will be fulfilled in all who love him.

With the death of Cardinal Álvarez Martínez, the College of Cardinals now consists of 214 cardinals of which 120 are electors and 94 are non-electors.

Biography of Cardinal Álvarez Martínez

Cardinal Francisco Álvarez Martínez was born on July 14, 1925 in Santa Eulalia de Ferroñes Llanera, Spain.

He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Oviedo on June 11, 1950 and obtained a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of Comillas, Madrid. He was personal secretary to Archbishop Lauzurica y Torralba and carried out parish work in the district of Corredoría. He was then Chancellor and Secretary of the Archdiocesan Curia and was also chaplain of university students of the Teresian Institute.

On April 13, 1973, he was appointed bishop of Tarazona and received episcopal ordination on June 3.

He was appointed Bishop of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño on December 20, 1976 and was transferred to Orihuela-Alicante on May 12, 1989. He was promoted Archbishop of Toledo on June 23, 1995, and was a member of the Standing Commission and the Executive Committee of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.

His retirement took place on October 24, 2002. He participated in the conclave of April 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Saint John Paul II during the consistory of February 21, 2001, with the title of Sr. Maria “Regina Pacis” in Monte Verde (Saint Mary ‘Queen of Peace’ in Monte Verde).

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Verizon-sponsored La Liga FIFA Esports Challenge scores 4.6 million views


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More than 6,300 American fans took part in last year’s inaugural La Liga All-Star Gaming Challenge, according to new data shared by the Spanish soccer league. La Liga has partnered with Verizon to host the FIFA Esports Tournament in an effort to engage with the Hispanic-American gaming community.

The esports tournament platform Boom.TV hosted the gaming challenge, which had 4.6 million video views and 190 million impressions across 6.4 million minutes of content streamed. Players were able to stream and play FIFA against La Liga players such as Luis Suárez, João Félix, Sergiño Dest, Diego Lainez and Hector Herrera, as well as USWNT star Allie Long.

The event began in May with online showcases held for fans based in San Diego, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Chicago, Miami, New York and Los Angeles. It ended in October with eight players invited to a final at La Liga headquarters in Madrid. Fans also received VIP tickets to an Atlético de Madrid vs Real Betis match, a visit to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the opportunity to meet former La Liga players.

“Verizon, in partnership with LaLiga, has harnessed the power of gaming within the Hispanic community and brought together fans who share a love for the FIFA video game,” said Mark Chang, director of sponsorship and partners at Verizon, in a statement.

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Yakima District Attorney Says He Will Fight To Maintain Drive Law


Yakima County District Attorney Joe Brusic said he and other state attorneys were bracing for a battle in the next legislative session.

Brusic says he and other prosecutors won’t be silent in next session

When the session begins on January 10, Brusic will join Rep. Gina Mosbrucker in speaking out against a new bill that would reduce murder sentences resulting from drive-by shootings in Washington state. This is House Bill 1692 and it would eliminate shootouts as an aggravating factor in a first degree murder case. The bill would also apply retroactively and provide for the setting aside of previous convictions for aggravated first degree murder and the new conviction for first degree murder without the associated aggravating factor sentence.

Brusic says law has been used in Yakima at least 5 times

The measure was tabled on Friday, December 23 for introduction in the 2022 legislative session.One of the bill’s Democratic sponsors, Representative Tarra Simmons, said the aggravating factor for the drive-by shootings did not been used only once since its enactment in 1995. It also maintains that the law primarily targeted young gangs who were young and black. . But Yakima County District Attorney Joe Brusic says that’s just not true. He says the law has been used as an aggravating factor at least 5 times in Yakima and probably more times in other parts of the state.

Brusic says law was used against criminals in Yakima

Brusic also says the aggravating factor was used against criminal gangs who were mostly Hispanic and not young black gang members.
Brusic says state prosecutors fear losing this aggravating factor in shootout cases and plan to denounce the decision to remove it in the next legislative session.

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Discover 20 Ways America Has Changed Since September 11

For those of us who lived through September 11, the events of the day will forever be etched in our minds, a terrible tragedy that we cannot and will not forget. Now, two decades later, Stacker looks back on the events of September 11 and many ways the world has changed since then. Using information from news reports, government sources, and research centers, this is a list of 20 aspects of American life that have been forever changed by the events of that day. From language and air travel to our handling of immigration and foreign policy, read on to see how life in America was affected by 9/11.

WATCH: 50 Vital Speeches on Civil Rights

Many speakers have made lifelong human rights commitments, but one tried to silence an activist pushing for the right to vote, before later signing major human rights legislation. civil rights. Many fought for freedom for more than one oppressed group.

Read on for 50 essential speeches on civil rights.

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What is intermediate vision? How does this affect the daily life of the elderly? – CVBJ


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We tend to hear our elders talk about good or bad that they see “up close” or “far away”, but very little of theirs. “Intermediate vision”, despite the fact that, according to experts, they use it more and more every day.

In fact, the importance of this type of vision has been particularly evident since the onset of the pandemic, when more time has been devoted to use all kinds of screens, cook or use private transport.

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In fact, experts already call it “functional vision” because of its preponderant role in the autonomy and quality of life of the elderly.

This is reflected in the survey “Vision and Daily Activities of Elderly Spaniards”, developed by the Chair of Value Generation and Vision Health at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

According to her, 36.9% of daily activities carried out by those over 60 are already carried out in “intermediate vision”: activities so necessary for personal autonomy such as washing, eating or driving.

For this analysis, the findings of which were presented to the Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of Madrid, 35 daily activities were previously identified that people over 60 typically perform in a normal week, with the aim of analyze the use that this segment of the population makes of the different types of vision: close (less than 40 cm), intermediate (between 40 and 90 cm) and distant (more than 90 cm).

Among the 36.9% of activities for which “intermediate vision” is required, there are essential daily tasks such as using cutlery, cooking, washing while looking in the rearview mirror, using the computer or looking at the mirrors. of the car. auto.

These are activities that, overall, more respondents say they do every week, up to 68.2% of them.

On the other hand, 64.8% of the participants in the survey state that they periodically practice activities for which near vision is necessary, associated, for the most part, with leisure activities, such as reading books or newspapers or practicing leisure activities. .

Finally, 56.8% say they exercise activities involving the use of their vision from afar, mainly related to the outdoors, such as reading advertisements or signs in the street or practicing outdoor activities or soft sports. .

The great value of functional vision

According to the doctor Alfonso Arias, director of the Value Generation and Visual Health Chair at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, professor of ophthalmology in this same center and president of the Ophthalmological Society of Madrid, “results such as those of the survey make us talk about the ophthalmologists about the functional vision to designate the intermediate vision, since it is what allows the functionality to the elderly, that is to say the personal autonomy for the development of their daily life.

The doctor Angel Gil, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Rey Juan Carlos University, also comments that “there are many homes in which older people live alone and vision difficulties can contribute to their dependency. When there is a loss of autonomy, it is usually associated with isolation, staying home and not doing certain tasks. This reduces the quality of life and, in turn, produces significant psychological damage“.

Main activities that the intermediate vision allows to achieve

Of the 10 activities that emerge from the survey as the most frequent in the population over 60, six are carried out in functional or intermediate vision. “The use of this has increased even during the coronavirus pandemic, due to certain habits associated with it, such as the increasing use of tablets and computers or the greater time that the elderly have spent and are spending. at home, with consequent activities such as cooking more, ”explains Dr Arias.

Among the activities most practiced by the elderly and the type of vision they should use, the following stand out:

Check the mobile: close-up view Check the clock; near vision Looking in the rearview mirror of the car: intermediate vision Watching television: far vision Using cutlery to eat or separating food: intermediate Seeing obstacles such as stairs, sidewalks or stones: far Using the computer office: intermediate vision Cooking: intermediate Using a laptop: intermediate Cutting, chopping or cleaning food: intermediate viewing

“For this reason, intermediate vision care has a direct impact on the well-being of older people. For example, a strong relationship has been observed between visual problems, home activities and the frequency of falls and fractures, ”concludes Dr Gil.

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Economy 2021: a disruptive year for the global economy


Madrid: (The Conversation) In the last quarter of 2020, we published in The Conversation Spain Welcome to the era of disorder.

In it, Professor Jorge Hernando Cu ado, University of Nebrija, described some of the events that were to bring instability to the world order and the world economy.

It is clear that indeed chaos has been present on many levels during the year that now ends.

Energy and price

Spain started frigid 2021 because of storm Filomena. The unusual drop in temperatures caused an increase in energy demand which led to a sharp increase in electricity prices. At the time, it seemed somewhat circumstantial.

So, at the beginning of last year and because of the snow, we started to talk about one of the recurring themes of 2021: the prices of electricity.

Researchers Escamilla, S nchez Mart nez and Tilocca, from the University of Seville, explained to us in Why does the price of electricity change so much in Spain? the factors that act on the Spanish energy market to set electricity prices.

Then, in the middle of the year, the government made changes to the calculation of the electricity bill that Professor Jos Luis Sancha, of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, explained to us in the electricity bill on the free market. : do you overcharge my merchant?

And, in Myths around the price of electricity: should renewables be the only bet? Professor Jos Guillermo S nchez Le n (USAL) analyzed the management of the electricity market and the factors that could help (or not) to lower prices.

Gas is one of the main sources of energy for the production of electricity and this year many factors have influenced the rise in its prices.

Some go beyond economics and get involved in geopolitical reasons, as explained by Professor Luis Velasco, from the University of Malaga, in his article Geopolitics in the boiler: what about gas in Europe? .

Over the months, the cyclical imbalance seems more structural: what a year ago was paid at 39.51 / MWh is now paid at 358.06 / MWh.

Debt and inflation

The rising trend in global debt and the return of inflation after years of price suppression were other threats to the global economy at the end of 2020.

Today we know that global debt has reached levels never seen before. According to the latest update of the IMF database, in 2020 it reached 256% of world GDP (226 trillion dollars). And growing.

In line with this fact, in their article Public debt, odious debt and coronavirus: History lessons, the professors of economic history of the ULPGC Daniel Castillo Hidalgo and Sergio Ferri Solbes review some moments of history at the during which the public debt played an important role. weight.

At the end of the summer, Professor Francisco del Olmo Garc a from the University of Alcal explained how, during the new academic year, the development of prices should be carefully monitored: The fact that the rate d Inflation is positive is not so worrisome as the speed at which it is reaching relatively high levels, he stressed. The truth is that in October and November they saw an annual increase of more than 5%, while in February of this year the percentage was 0%.

Reversing inflation, Professor Rub n Garrido-Yserte (UAH) analyzed in Storm clouds on the horizon: prices rise 5.5% in the Spanish economic outlook, after the announcement by the INE of the price increase in October. Since June 2008, similar figures have not been observed (it was then 5%).

These increases coincide with changes in the monetary strategy of the European Central Bank. Mar a Nieves Garc a Santos (IE University) explains in The European Central Bank’s new monetary policy will allow periods of inflation which, together with the new inflation target of 2% in the medium term, there may be temporary differences temporary.

This would help stabilize the inflation expectations of economic agents, an essential element for the proper functioning of financial markets.

Other lessons learned

This year, we discovered the importance of well-functioning supply chains to the good performance of the global economy.

Between March 23 and 29, the grounding of a mega-ship kept the Suez Canal closed, causing supply chains to paralyze and oil to rise.

From there, we learned about the enormous economic weight of the invisible shipping industry: a hyper-concentrated and therefore powerful sector, which displaces 80% of world trade.

In Transport by sea, key element of the global logistics crisis, professors Rafael Villa and Tom’s Mart n (UCJC) explained the reasons for the logistics crisis and the characteristics of the sector.

On December 19, 2020, a bitcoin was worth 23,874.50 euros USD, on January 8 a bitcoin was already worth 40,675.80 USD and on December 19, 2021, 46,683.80 USD (on November 8 it reached the price record of 67 582.60).

This shows us the extreme volatility (for the most diverse causes) of crypto-currencies, which are also extremely attractive to young people and must be regulated as soon as possible.

Labor and social rights

In 2021, we also talked about labor rights and social protection. What has been accomplished and what remains to be accomplished.


Emilio Jos Gonz lez Gonz lez (Comillas), Mar a Gema Quintero (UC3M), Gayle Allard (IE University) and Santos Miguel Ruesga (UAM) analyzed the Spanish pension system and its shortcomings, the importance of social dialogue for its reform, slowing down spending with options such as extending the retirement age, all in order to guarantee citizens economic sufficiency in their old age.

The interprofessional minimum wage.

The SMI ends the year at 965 euros, after the Council of Ministers approved an increase of 15 euros at the end of September. Roberto Fern ndez (University of Len) and Marta Fern ndez (University of Vigo) explain the improvements brought by this increase, which seems rare, to the most vulnerable workers.

The minimum living income.

Spain closes 2021 after approving the Living Minimum Income Law, which began at the end of May 2020 as Royal Decree-Law 20/2020.

In May of this year, Professor Nuria Reche Tello (Miguel Hern ndez University) analyzed the effects of the application of this measure after one year of its implementation.

For his part, Professor Henar lvarez (University of Le n) analyzed the reasons that made it necessary to apply it as a tool in the fight against poverty in Spain.

By defending its approval in Congress, the government indicates that “in this way, the regulation concludes the parliamentary process, certifying the legal certainty of the regulation”.

And Professor Mar a Garrote (UCM) talks about this right in his article Legal security: what is it and what is it for?

What remains to be done

We have also achieved what remains to be done to make work worthy in Spain.

Professor Bel n Alonso-Olea (UNED) tells us about domestic employment, a sector that tends to be precarious and overwhelmed and in which one of the most vulnerable working groups seems to be working: migrant women.

Spain has not yet acceded to ILO Convention 189 for decent work in domestic employment, which proposes that working conditions should not be less favorable than those applied to other workers. This would finally give them access to unemployment benefits.

And also, we were waiting to tell how the dialogue between the government, the employers’ association and the unions for labor reform ended (Vanessa Izquierdo, University of Nebrija). Stories that will continue the year we are about to start. (The conversation)

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HUGH MacDONALD: A tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson at 80


It was and is built by Clyde, formed into a specific shape recognizable by any Scotsman of that age. The wonder of Sir Alex Ferguson at 80 is not his obvious individuality or the spectacular success he spawned, but his adherence to the principles, emotions and duties that were part of his father, grandfather, of a culture that embraced Govan but had a hold on a wider Scotland.

Its success was also mainly formed in Scotland. The dozens of trophies at Manchester United have added considerable luster to his profile. But he was already big in football. Two European trophies in Aberdeen? Sacking of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid? Shifting the internal balance of power from Glasgow to Aberdeen?

By extolling the virtues of Jock Stein in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail On the 50th anniversary of Celtic’s Lisbon triumph, Ferguson defined genius as the ability to do something memorable that has never been done before and can never be done again. The glory years in Aberdeen fit neatly into this category.

Football world pays tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson after turning 80 on Friday

His upbringing as a working-class Glaswegian gave him dynamism, but invested him with an anger that is no stranger to those who have been brought up in the same way.

This fury was best directed against injustice, but was a weapon intended for those who “took a liberty”, whether the victims were innocent or not. The past is here deliberate. Ferguson has softened in his anger, especially after the illness that nearly turned out to be fatal in 2018. But other attributes have, on the other hand, hardened.

It is difficult, if not absurd and presumptuous, to offer judgment or just glimpse into a man. It is, however, natural to form an opinion even on the briefest encounters.

There may be glimpses that open your eyes to a deeper truth. They can be encompassed by reference to three categories.

Taken to books

In a eulogy to Jimmy Reid at Govan Old Parish Church in 2010, Ferguson spoke about the future union leader walking through the Fifty Pitches while reading a book, while carrying a bag full of other people on his way to the library.

This did not produce contempt in the young Ferguson, whose football game he had interrupted, but respect. The image of the powerful and focused football man is valid. But there is also reading.

Ferguson respects education with the fever of those who are deprived of the opportunity to pursue it formally. He looks for it in travel and conversation, but most often finds it in books. He largely avoids fiction, preferring biography and history.

He can be considered an expert on the Civil War, various presidents and the John F. Kennedy shooting. He gladly gives books as gifts.

Sir Alex has enormous respect for education and often gives books as gifts

Sir Alex has enormous respect for education and often gives books as gifts

A conversation with Walter Smith once ended with him saying, “I won’t talk to you for a while.”

‘Why not?’

“Sir Alex (and he always called him Sir Alex, at least to me) sent me a great biography of Abraham Lincoln. I don’t know if I should read it or climb it.

Ferguson’s pursuit of knowledge and his competitiveness make him a powerful opponent in impromptu quizzes. But this seemingly insignificant quest has a deeper meaning. He wants to know. He wants to know more.

These could be the names of the 12 angry men. It may be the precise influence of battleships in Civil War battles. These may include details on the effectiveness of rest periods for elite athletes. Everything must be known.

The Don far from Pittodria

Ferguson’s influence in football cannot be overstated. His accomplishments challenged the imperatives of modern football. Money is everything? United defeated Chelsea and Manchester City when their budgets were bigger.

Is the modern footballer unmanageable? Ferguson was a careful shepherd of wandering egos. He coached Eric Cantona, bringing United a dramatic breakthrough to lasting success. He managed Cristiano Ronaldo for the benefit of the player and the club. He rejected those he thought were beyond his influence: Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy.

“His biggest trait for me as a manager was his ability to make a decision,” said Smith, a friend and colleague. “He made the big decisions and never – ever – looked back.”

Ferguson had no difficulty dealing with big stars including Cristiano Ronaldo

Ferguson had no difficulty dealing with big stars including Cristiano Ronaldo

He was also the epitome of that necessary and fragile football ingredient: the ability to make players want to play for you. He grasped a truth from Niccolo Machiavelli, a truth that has been intentionally distorted to fit current commercial and political practice.

Machiavelli, the 16th century diplomat and philosopher, did not say that it is better to be feared than to be loved. He said it was better to be loved and feared at the same time. It is only when this ideal is not possible that Machiavelli suggested that fear is a more reliable means of inspiring discipline than love.

It is mischievous but true to say that it fits with one of the maxims of Stein, Ferguson’s hero and mentor.

Stein’s approach to locker room policy was simple: “The secret to a good manager is to keep the six players who hate you away from the five undecided.”

Ferguson is still heartily hated by some of his old counts, but is respected by most and loved by a large constituency. Even the strong-willed and self-reliant Van Nistelrooy phoned his former manager long after his move to Real Madrid to apologize for his attitude which led to the split.

And that seamlessly leads us to the Fergie instrument of power, influence, and friendship … the phone.

It’s Alex here

The last most visible recipient of Ferguson’s appeal was Dick Campbell. The Arbroath manager told a radio station Ferguson phoned him to congratulate him on his team’s success. In 2007, however, Ferguson also called Campbell, right after being sacked by Partick Thistle. A Fergie call isn’t just for Christmas.

He assumes his role of mentor. He also likes gossip. He recalled in this Sportsmail interview that Stein called him most weekends. “He knew everything, Jock,” he said. He insisted on doing it.

Ferguson is also in touch with modern football. He knows the stakes. He knows many personalities and is open to those he does not know.

Shaun Maloney, now the manager of Hibs, has recounted on these pages how he met Jason, Ferguson’s son, on a train. The two struck up a conversation, with Maloney mentioning that he wanted to meet Ferguson Sr. He didn’t think much would happen after he gave his email.

Instead, he was invited to Ferguson’s lodge at Old Trafford for a game and allowed plenty of time to talk football.

Likewise, an international footballer who has become a coach recently expressed a desire to speak to Ferguson via email. He picked up the phone one day with these words ringing in his ears: “It’s Alex here.”

The above is not intended to portray Ferguson as a saint. He knows he’s not. He expressed remorse for past actions, especially the lack of time given to his children when they were growing up. Again, he conformed to the experience and regrets of the West of Scotland man of a certain age.

He also knows that he has fought too many fights and caused too many injuries. It remains unforgivable to certain players, to many men of the press.

But he’s too imposing a figure to dismiss with references to hairdryers or incontinent anger. Of course, to appreciate greatness you have to see the flaws, but there is a deep and personal story that deserves a more rigorous investigation.

Ferguson was formed by strengths that I recognize. He was told he had to do his best, he was told that there was a better future if he looked for it through work, he was told that he could only be successful by mobilizing efforts of others in a common cause.

Manchester United fans unfurl a banner wishing Ferguson a happy birthday on Thursday night

Manchester United fans unfurl a banner wishing Ferguson a happy birthday on Thursday night

Much of this was articulated by the words and actions of his father. The rest existed nebulously in the atmosphere of working-class life in the fifties and sixties.

He’s a peer of the realm, a candidate for the greatest manager of all time and wealthy, perhaps beyond his dreams. But he has never escaped Govan, nor does he seek to tear himself away from his grip.

Once, standing in a SECC room after one of these “audience with” events, I saw him laugh, laugh, and joke with a group of his contemporaries. These were the “Govan Crew”, those we met for the first time after World War II, some of whom accompanied them on vacation into a new millennium. It’s a powerful mojo, I thought.

Over the years, amid Ferguson’s routine and heartfelt denunciations, I have heard more testimonies, all offered freely.

Hugh McIlvanney, a friend and contributor to the best of a glut of largely commendable Ferguson biographies, once told me, “What you must remember about Alex is that he’s a good man.” . Hugh, also volcanic and outrageously gifted, was a powerful witness and was not accustomed to bow to greatness, perceived or not.

Another unwanted reference was given to me at a party a few years ago. A doctor who specializes in palliative care approached me and said, “I heard you know Alex Ferguson?

‘Only lightly,’ I answered honestly.

“Well, I just wanted to tell you he’s a man of substance. “

No further comment or explanation was given. We kindly fell into the chatter.

Echoes of McIlvanney and the Good Doctor – and, by God, I learned later how good she was in spiritual terms – come easily, uninvited to me.

They speak of a truth about Ferguson. It is more than it seems. He is more than the good and the bad. He is more than the trinkets he has collected along the way, more than the burdens he has accumulated through his faults.

He is, at least in this, a personality that this West of Scotland character can recognize and identify with in his fragility and desire to be the best he can be.

Ferguson’s best is unassailable in some areas. Its worst is inherently inherent in many of us. The first can inspire, the second can console.

It has been invigorating, exciting, scary, educational and intriguing to see his rise, to know him even slightly.

Perhaps his biggest lesson is the power of endurance. In sunny days of glittering silverware, in desperate storms of failure and self-reproach, the ship built by Clyde has traveled.

It’s always like that. Happy birthday, Alexander Chapman Ferguson, a son of Govan.

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Annual review of the Real Madrid Foundation


NEW STORIES. 12/31/2021

62,000 people benefited from its activities in 80 countries throughout 2021.

the Real Madrid Foundation carried out activities in 80 countries during the year 2021, serving 62,000 participants in social and sports education, integration and development cooperation projects. The Real Madrid Foundation helped more than 40,000 girls, boys and young people in social projects outside Spain last season, who received sports education in values, nutritional support, health care and regular training in 72 countries, while taking into account the sanitary restrictions imposed in each country.

185 clinics, campuses and football programs were organized for 9,000 children in 16 countries, as well as 3 types of summer camps in Spain and a clinic in Real Madrid City. Our commitment to digitalization has enabled us to continue to train 1,000 coaches, educators and project staff online, thanks to the launch of the omnichannel Sports Values ​​Academy TV platform, using the organization’s unique and pioneering methodology: For a REAL education: Values ​​and sport.

In our country
More than 8,000 people have benefited from the different activities in Spain, including social sports schools integrating football and basketball, inclusive sport and adapted sport for people with different abilities, in addition to projects in the centers of youth. There has also been a partial resumption of work in prisons, as well as programs for the unemployed, the elderly and the homeless, as well as other disadvantaged groups supported by the organization.

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2021 Ventilators Medical Devices Pipeline Product Landscape Report – ResearchAndMarkets.com


DUBLIN – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The report “Ventilators – Medical Devices Pipeline Product Landscape, 2021” has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

This report provides comprehensive product information of the Ventilators pipeline with comparative analysis of products at different stages of development and information on ongoing clinical trials.

A ventilator is an artificial respiratory support device that helps respiratory patients or those with breathing problems breathe or inhale oxygen into their lungs and exhale carbon dioxide.

Note: Some sections of the report may be deleted or modified depending on the availability and relevance of the data to the type of equipment.


  • Extensive fan coverage under development

  • The report reviews the details of the main products in the pipeline, including product description, license and collaboration details, and other development activities.

  • The report reviews the major players involved in the development of ventilators and lists all their pipeline projects.

  • Coverage of pipeline products according to various stages of development from early development stage to approved / issued stage

  • Report provides key clinical trial data on ongoing trials specific to pipeline products

  • Recent developments in the segment / industry

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  • Develop market entry and market expansion strategies

  • Effectively plan mergers and acquisitions by identifying key players with the most promising pipeline

  • In-depth analysis of the current stage of product development, territory and estimated launch date

Main topics covered:

1 Table of contents

2 Presentation

3 products in development

3.1 Fans – Pipeline Products by Development Stage

3.2 Fans – Pipeline Products by Segment

3.3 Fans – Pipeline products by territory

3.4 Fans – Regulatory pipeline products

3.5 Fans – Pipeline Products by Estimated Approval Date

4 Fans – Pipeline products under development by companies

4.1 Ventilators Companies – Pipeline Products by Development Stage

4.2 Fans – Pipeline Products by Development Stage

5 Fan Companies and Product Overview

6 Fans – Recent developments

7 Annex

Companies mentioned

  • ABM respiratory care

  • Aerobiosys innovations Pvt Ltd

  • AgVa Healthcare Pvt Ltd

  • Indian Institute of Medical Sciences

  • ArcelorMittal India Pvt Ltd

  • Armadilla Ltd

  • Ashok Leyland Ltd

  • Babcock International Group Plc

  • Baxter Academy for Technology and Science

  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev

  • Bessel SARL

  • Bhagwati Products Ltd.

  • Cambridge Consultants Ltd.

  • Carlos III University of Madrid

  • Certus Critical Care Inc

  • Cionic Inc

  • ConzumeX Industries Pvt Ltd

  • CorVent Medical Inc

  • Cubic society

  • Don Bosco Technical College

  • Dragerwerk AG & Co KGaA

  • Dyson Ltd

  • Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources

  • European Organization for Nuclear Research

  • Première Vague Technologies Inc

  • N2itrogen SL gas

  • GE Healthcare

  • Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Gilero SARL

  • Griffith University

  • Hamilton Medical AG

  • Imperial College London

  • Inali Foundation

  • Indian Institute of Science

  • And many other companies!

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Report emerges of Cristiano Ronaldo offering himself to Barcelona, ​​but there’s a catch


As five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be finding life increasingly difficult at Old Trafford, shocking reports have emerged suggesting he offered himself to Barcelona. The 36-year-old, who played for Real Madrid from 2009 to 2018, could be heading to big rivals Los Blancos if that information is correct.

However, due to the contents of the report, it seems obvious that speculation about his move to Camp Nou is nothing more than a joke.

Reports reveal Cristiano Ronaldo could move to Barcelona

According to a report on the front pages of Catalonia’s most important sports media, Mundo Deportivo, Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be uncomfortable at Manchester United and has contacted Barcelona head coach Xavi via Gerard Piqué. The report also adds that his agent Jorge Mendes is already negotiating with Barca club president Joan Laporta.

However, since the story was published on Día de los Santos Inocentes – the Day of the Innocent Saints, which equates to April Fool’s Day in Spain, such rumors are powerful for the course.

The report released by Mundo Deportivo states: “It may be the bomb of the winter market and the signing of the century. Cristiano Ronaldo has volunteered at Barca to sign in this winter market because he knows they are looking for a goalscorer. The Portuguese contacted Xavi a few days ago, thanks to Gerard Pique. And in the last hours, Jorge Mendes has already got to work with Joan Laporta to study the viability of the operation. The Portuguese agent’s relationship with the Barça president and with Mateu Alemany may be the key to the outcome of a signing that more than one at the club saw as a joke “(translated from Spanish).

However, the most hilarious claim in the report is that Ronaldo is reportedly living in the house of Lionel Messi, who is willing to rent out his accommodation in Gavà, on condition that the 36-year-old does not take any of his seven Ballon d’Ors. The Argentine legend won his seventh Ballon d’Or earlier this year, beating Robert Lewandowski for the prestigious individual honor.

Things to Think About When Taking a Bad Credit Loans

Things to Think About When Taking a Bad Credit Loans


Personal loans offered by lenders for those with poor credit usually require an average credit score of at least 620 according to FICO an analytical firm. In addition, the debt-to-income ratio can be measured as the amount that is the sum of what you owe as well as the amount you earn every month, should be carefully maintained as well. Bridge official website

The majority of lenders favor applicants with a stable and predictable income to ensure that loans are timely. Some lenders prefer to set the annual income limits for the borrower. However other lenders could decide to set a cap without taking into consideration other elements, such as the work you do or earnings as well as your capacity to repay the loan.

Certain lenders will also look at the credit score of your previous lenders along with the credit score history. If you have bad credit that is unable to meet the criteria alone There are lenders that allow you to add a co-signer. This way, you will be able to benefit from the co-signers credit rating and salary that could aid you to bargain with the lending institution.

Interest Rates Available

This is perhaps the most crucial factor to take into consideration when searching for an institution to provide a low credit loan. This is due to the fact that companies offer higher interest rates for loans that don’t require a good credit score than loans that require a credit score. Therefore that if you apply for loans from any of the websites mentioned above, you will need to pay more for interest.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to pay astronomical interest rates, but rather that you will have to pay higher rates than normal. This means that you must compare the interest rates of different loan companies before making a decision. Keep in mind that If you have a high credit score, you’ll be required to pay less interest on the loan.

Terms and Conditions

The loan contract will be accessible to you after your loan with bad credit was accepted. It will contain all of the details and terms, along with details on the amount and The Annual Percentage Rate.

It is important to read the conditions carefully prior to signing them in order to ensure they are acceptable and suitable for you. It is also important to ensure that you’re financially capable of making the required payments.

Additional Charges

Fines, fees, and other charges for loans are common to people who have low credit scores. Checks that are late in repayment, loans that are returned by banks, and other occurrences could result in these penalty fees too. In addition, those who do not have sufficient cash available to pay for prepayments could be charged.

Processing fees may be charged and are usually disclosed by the lender prior to the time of the borrowing. It is important to remember that these charges can be a significant portion of the amount of loan and are an important aspect to take into consideration when deciding to take out loans from these lenders.

In addition, the cost could be billed separately or as a part of the loan which must be paid back. These fees vary for all lenders, so you’ll need to compare charges from different lenders before making a choice. The cost of late payments could be as high as 10% of the balance of your loan per month, so you should make every payment on time as you can.


As the borrower, you must check if there are savings funds or other assets that you are able to sell to help you out from a natural disaster.

Central government and Spanish regions to meet next week to discuss return to school in January | Society


Spain’s central government and regions will decide next week whether to revise health protocols in schools across the country, which are slated to reopen on January 10. Next Tuesday there will be a meeting of the Ministries of Health, Education and Universities, as well as the regional heads of education. , to analyze the return to class. According to executive sources, there are currently no plans to delay the return of students to class or change current protocols, which include mandatory masks for those over six. The dizzying rise in coronavirus cases, however, means that changes could still be made to prevention measures.

The central government estimates that, despite the increase in cases recorded in the last weeks of the first academic semester, the overall impact on schools will remain low. Most of the cases were seen in elementary schools, where students had not yet been vaccinated. However, the campaign has now shifted to this group and yesterday 25% of children aged five to 11 had received their first dose of the vaccine.

“The educational model of face-to-face teaching has been successful and is the model of the Spanish government, because classrooms are safe spaces,” Health Minister Carolina Darias said this week.

So far, only the Madrid area has said it is considering home schooling for older students. Regional Prime Minister Isabel Díaz Ayuso said the decision would be taken “a few days in advance”. Catalan health chief Carmen Cabezas has said she supports the opening of schools “normally” on January 10, a position that was also taken by her Balearic counterpart, Patricia Gómez.

The regional prime ministers of Castile and León, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura also defended a normal return to school, while the head of health in Murcia, Juan José Pedreño, said that “l ‘Status of epidemiological data’ should be reviewed before a decision is made. Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and La Rioja all foresee a normal return to school without major changes.

The NGO Save the Children has called for the closure of schools due to coronavirus infections to be completely ruled out or at least “as a last resort”. The Madrid Regional Platform for Public Schools, which brings together the main teachers’ unions and other organizations in the education community, also called for the new mandate to start “safely and in person”.

The end of the first semester of the 2021-22 school year ended with major issues in elementary schools. A record number of coronavirus outbreaks was recorded in December: 463. During the last week of classes, 5,433 groups were sent home for isolation, or 1.3% of the total.

High schools fared much better, given that teens have mostly been vaccinated, experts say. According to the protocols in place, close contacts of positive cases do not have to isolate themselves, meaning that fewer classes had to be confined among these older students. That said, infections have increased rapidly in the 12 to 19 age group, with the incidence rising to 1,250 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days on Tuesday, compared to a national average of 1,360.

Epidemiologists believe that the immunity offered by vaccines against infection begins to decline in adolescents, although protection against serious illness is maintained. This, combined with the spread of the more contagious omicron strain of the virus, means the situation for high school students could be more complicated this coming semester.

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MURDER IN MADRID: NJ-Born Tycoon poisoned, stolen from hotel room, authorities say


A New Jersey-born yacht company mogul has been robbed and killed by men he invited them to his luxury hotel room in Madrid, authorities have said.

Investigators initially believed that José Rosado, 43, died of natural causes after combining drugs and alcohol.

The charges on his credit card took them in a different direction, however.

Madrid authorities on Monday arrested two men accused of killing Rosado with a lethal dose of ecstasy in a robbery at the luxury Westin Palace Hotel on October 29, and then shopping with his AmEx card.

One of the defendants, from Morocco, had 17 previous arrests on his file. The other, a Romanian, had nine, authorities said. Both are charged with murder, robbery and fraud, they said.

Born in Newark, Rosado grew up in Puerto Rico. After graduating from college there, he moved to Argentina for postgraduate studies at the University of Buenos Aires. He has also lived in Vigo, Spain, London and most recently Miami with his 13-year-old partner Nicholas Young.

Rosado operated Spain’s largest private shipbuilding and yacht building company, Hijos de J. Barreras, before retiring last year. He had “started a new business at the time of his death after a distinguished career as an executive in the navy, energy and banking,” according to his obituary.

The obituary touted Rosado’s “joie de vivre” and “passion to explore the world”, while recalling him as “daring, confident and courageous, with a sharp wit and an uncanny ability to develop the deepest relationships. .

“He was kind and affectionate, and although he had no children, he was especially loved as ‘Tio Jose’ by the many children in his life,” the obituary reads.

A hotel security video would show Rosado and a couple of men returning to the Westin on that fateful October night. His body was found in his room the next day after Young, unable to reach him, contacted staff at the hotel built by Spanish King Alfonso XIII in 1912.

Rosado was likely killed in an attempt at “chemical submission” after inviting his killers to his bedroom for sex, authorities in Madrid have said. The Moroccan accused in this case had been involved in “similar events”, the authorities said.

DNA recovered from the scene led to the arrests this week, they said.

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Immigrants welcome Afghan refugees, inspired by their own travels


Tram Pham cries as he remembers how difficult life was in the beginning in the United States. But she also remembers the joy she felt as a 22-year-old Vietnamese refugee when a nurse spoke to her in her native language and guided her through a medical examination required of newcomers.

Almost three decades later, Pham hopes to offer that reassurance as a registered nurse at the same clinic in San Jose, Calif., Who has cared for her family. The Tuberculosis and Refugee Clinic at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is screening Afghan people who began seeking asylum in the United States after US troops withdrew from the country in August. Pham speaks neither Farsi nor Pashto. But it can soothe patients who are stressed by a job they can’t find or rent owed. The other day, she held the hand of an older Afghan woman as she cried out her fears.

“I can see patients from all over the world come in. I see, you know, Vietnamese patients. I see a lot of refugee patients, ”she said. ” I see myself. The Tuberculosis and Refugee Clinic joins a vast network of charities and government organizations tasked with implementing President Joe Biden’s plan to displace nearly 100,000 people from Afghanistan by September 2022. Close 48,000 Afghans have already left US military bases and settled in new communities, the US State Department said in an email, including more than 4,000 in California.

The operation was hampered by the need to expand rapidly after major cuts to refugee programs under President Donald Trump. But the response from the community has been overwhelming and enthusiastic, said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, one of the nine national resettlement agencies. “We know that relocation is not a process of several weeks or months. Success takes years of effort. And so this is where it is really important to have a strong bond with the community,” Vignarajah said. The association, which operates in at least two dozen states, has resettled about 6,000 newly arrived Afghans since the summer, including 1,400 in northern Virginia, 350 in Texas, 275 in Washington and Oregon, and 25 in Fargo, North Dakota. The state of Oklahoma received about half of the 1,800 people it was supposed to expect, said Carly Akard, spokesperson for Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City. Akard said that in their rush to escape, many refugees arrived without identification. “They fled and had nothing,” she said. In San José, the clinic is scrambling to hire more people and reassign staff for the more than 800 people expected in the county through September. Not only is the number a big increase from the 100 people assessed by the clinic in the last fiscal year, it is uncertain when they will arrive, health center director Nelda David said. But David said that wouldn’t stop the staff of about three dozen from rolling out the welcome mat at the clinic, founded four decades ago specifically to help Southeast Asians after the Vietnam War. Most nurses, assistants and other staff are immigrants or former refugees themselves and understand the shock of starting over in a new country. Medical interpreter Jahannaz Afshar greets Farsi speakers at the front door even before they check in for their first visit. In a windowless office, she explains what to expect during at least four visits as part of a comprehensive health assessment, which includes updating vaccinations and checking for infectious diseases. A medical examination is required of all refugees. But Afshar, who left Iran in 2004, also explains cultural differences, such as America’s preference for personal space and gossip. She will teach newcomers how to take the bus or use the public library, and reassure them that in the United States, people help without expecting to receive anything in return. Most of the staff are bilingual and come from several countries, including China, Myanmar, Sierra Leone and Mexico, said Mylene Madrid, who coordinates the refugee health assessment program. But the staff can help even without speaking the same language. An Afghan woman was tense and nervous when she arrived the other day for her first medical examination. At the end of the hour-long visit, however, she was making jokes and sharing photos with public health assistant Nikie Phung, who had fled Vietnam decades earlier with her family. Another newcomer from Afghanistan came through the clinic complaining of chest pain but was so anxious that she couldn’t say more about her symptoms. Pham, the nurse, asked her if she could hold his hand. They sat down while the woman sobbed, and then finally talked about the stress of having her whole family living in a cramped hotel room. By then his pains were gone. Pham noticed that the daughter and the woman’s son-in-law were upbeat and more comfortable speaking English. She took the girl aside. “Would you please spend some time with your mother?” she asked him. “Talk to him more.” Staff members have gone out of their way to connect patients to jobs, provide empty apartments and tap into the wider community for rent and other relief. They stocked up on baby diapers and handed out Thanksgiving gift baskets. During a routine visit, a patient mentioned that he needed car repairs for the job. Within weeks, the clinic had raised $ 2,000 to donate to her.

“Your heart is different,” says Jaspinder Mann, an assistant nurse manager from India, of the desire to help immigrants. Afshar says she cannot imagine what the refugees are going through. The former clothing designer and her husband were not running away from conflicts and shootings when they chose to leave Iran. And yet, she too struggled at first.

“And that’s one of the things that I always share,” she said. “That even though it is going to be difficult, later on you are going to be happy because… you are going to learn so much and you are going to grow so much.” At the clinic, she jumps on the phone to arrange an eye exam for Mohammad Attaie, 50, a radio technician who fled Afghanistan’s capital Kabul this summer with his wife, Deena, a journalist, and their girl. Sana, 10, loves her new school in San José, but the couple worry about finding work even though they don’t speak the language.

Yet seeing people like Afshar and Pham gives them confidence. “They are successful. They work here. Their language skills are good. I hope that in less than a year I can stand up,” Deena Attaie said, speaking in Farsi.

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Covid: The perfect storm of the sixth coronavirus wave in Spain: Omicron spreads over Christmas, with few restrictions in place and waning immunity | Society


Coronavirus infections are everywhere in Spain right now: no school, office, group of friends or family is safe from a case close to them. “Everyone knows someone who has caught the Covid in recent days,” explains physicist and expert in computational biology, Clara Prats. The sixth wave of the pandemic hits Spain and breaks all records. Hospitals across the country are holding up well, however.

On Thursday, for example, the highest number of infections in a day was reported: nearly 73,000. The incidence over 14 days, meanwhile, rose to 911 cases per 100,000 population. This is also a record for Spain, even compared to the very high levels seen in the third wave.

So what is the particularity of this new wave of viruses? First and foremost, there are conditions that amount to a perfect storm: There are few restrictions in place, the immunity offered by Covid-19 vaccines wanes, and a new variant, the more contagious omicron, is spreading rapidly.

In just a matter of weeks, the world was turned upside down again, with widespread infections, closed borders and severe restrictions introduced in parts of Europe. In Spain, primary care centers are on the verge of being overwhelmed, there is a lack of supply of home antigen testing in pharmacies across the country and hospitals – far from crowded – are holding their breath in the face of rising admissions. The next few days will be crucial to calibrate the severity of this wave, experts warn.

According to Prats, the sixth wave is actually “two waves in one”. “There was a start with the delta variant, which got complicated with the omicron,” she explains, referring to the two strains of the coronavirus that are circulating widely. “In the fall, the curve gradually climbed, as if it were in slow motion and with a margin of reaction. But suddenly omicron comes along and changes everything overnight. It first arrived in Madrid, then in Catalonia and it started to spread. Once you hit 40% omicron, infections increase.

According to the latest report from the central health ministry, based on preliminary data from December 6 to 12, 47% of the samples analyzed were omicron. The new strain builds up on what has been dominant until now: delta. In fact, some areas are already reporting higher numbers, such as Madrid, where the strain accounts for 80% of cases.

In the field, health centers are struggling to cope with queues of patients waiting outside, and staff are on the verge of burnout. Patients are desperate for antigen testing to confirm if they have an infection, or eagerly awaiting a call from contract tracers. Or they just stay home to see what’s going on.

There is a feeling of “widespread chaos” in the streets, in the words of epidemiologist Mario Fontán. “There is chaos because people need their symptoms to be confirmed in order to be eligible for medical leave,” he explained several days ago. “A feeling of greater chaos was created compared to the severity required by the clinical picture. But this snowball that is growing right now is a few weeks old.

Vaccines still work very well against serious illnesses, but protection against infection wanes after six months

Tomàs Pumarola, responsible for microbiology at Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona

One of the first things to spur the resurgence of the virus was the easing of restrictions. When the epidemiological curve started to climb in early November, there were hardly any restrictions in place other than the masks inside. Now, six weeks later and with an incidence 18 times higher than then, the so-called ‘Covid passport’ is used to gain access to certain spaces, while the government has reintroduced mandatory masks outside – a measure of dubious effectiveness according to connoisseurs. Only seven of the 17 regions opt for more severe measures, such as limits on opening hours and capacity, and in the case of Catalonia, also a curfew and limits on social gatherings.

In addition, the protection offered by Covid-19 vaccines decreases over time. A study by the Ministry of Health shows, for example, that their effectiveness against infection and symptomatic infection in 50-59 year olds gradually decreases: it is greater than 90% in those vaccinated in September and falls to 69% in those vaccinated. in April. For the 40-49 age group, the efficiency is 80% among those vaccinated in September, but it drops to 35% for those vaccinated in June.

Tomàs Pumarola, head of the microbiology department at Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona, ​​insists that vaccines “still work very well against serious illnesses, but protection against infections decreases after six months”.

This is why the Spanish government is speeding up the administration of booster doses, focusing on vulnerable groups such as those with weakened immune systems and the elderly – 86% of those over 70 have already received their third injection, while that for those over 40, the figure is 45%.

Third dose

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced last week that anyone vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines would receive a third dose six months after the second. The central government wants to see 80% of those over 60 vaccinated before the end of the year, and all over 40 by early March.

This drop in vaccine protection, combined with the current season of strong social interaction and movement due to the national holidays of December 6 and 8 and the Christmas holidays, ended up fanning the flames of a fire that began with delta and spread thanks to omicron.

Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, pharmacoepidemiology researcher at the University of Oxford, points out several characteristics of this wave. “If you think of the sixth wave with delta, the key to progress depended on vaccination and restrictions in different countries,” he explains. “Here in the UK, for example, masks weren’t used in summer, even indoors, whereas they were in Spain.” This difference, coupled with a higher vaccination coverage rate in Spain, resulted in 20 times higher incidences in the UK during the autumn. “However, if we focus on the sixth wave with omicron, the key is that it has a greater ability to infect people who have been vaccinated than delta, but like the majority of infections in people who have been vaccinated, the percentage hospital admissions is much lower than in previous waves.

Omicron has homogenized the situation across Europe – and in a bad way. José Martínez Olmos, professor at the Andalusian School of Public Health, explains that “before omicron, what made [Spain] different from other countries was the best vaccination coverage and a greater tendency to be outdoors due to the climate, but now with this variant the infections are the same. There are no borders, ”he says.

A less violent wave?

The only positive outlook can be found in preliminary studies from South Africa, Scotland and England, which indicate this wave is less severe. In fact, in South Africa, where the new strain was first identified, the curve appears to flatten after four weeks of rising and in fact starting to drop, according to the Our World in Data website.

But the impact of this wave could still be “devastating”, say the experts. A flood of new infections will mean – in absolute terms, but not as a percentage – more hospitalizations and stress on the healthcare system. “A small percentage of a very large number is still a large number in terms of impact on the population,” warns Prieto-Alhambra. “If nothing is done, even if omicron is half as severe as delta, we will be in a catastrophic scenario. This would double the peak of previous waves.

In Spain, at the beginning of February 2021, in the middle of the third wave, there were more than 30,000 Covid-19 patients in hospitals. In intensive care units (ICU), there were more than 4,800. At present, there are far fewer: 7,924 patients, including 1,515 in intensive care, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health. Hospitals are not yet suffering from other waves. But the outlook is not good, according to Toni Trilla, head of epidemiology at Clínic hospital. “Over time, the health care system was under sustained stress and overwhelming, difficult-to-manage work in the primary health care system. “

Experts also criticize the lack of communication from the authorities during this sixth wave. Elena Vanessa Martínez, president of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology, complains that “we haven’t learned anything. We had to strengthen the primary health system and the public health infrastructure, as they were essential as the first shield against the virus, and this was not done. People feel that restrictions are unnecessary, and that testing is enough. And people are looking for tests because they see them as their salvation, because there are no other measures. “

Bad communication

Magda Campins, head of epidemiology at Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona, ​​agrees. “Communication from politicians and public health is very bad,” she said. “Until recently, they said there would be no restrictions, and when you put that message out, people are trusting it.”

There are still many unknowns on the evolution of this new wave, and especially on its severity. The coming days will be decisive, experts insist, as will the restrictions taken to contain the infections. Relying on vaccination alone, they warn that this will not be possible, although they add that the administration of the third doses should be accelerated.

Since the summer, explains Prieto-Alhambra, “Spain has fallen into complacency and third doses are coming more slowly than in the United Kingdom, which has already given a booster to 54% of its population over 12. year”. Speeding up these injections was another of the strategic approaches announced last week by Prime Minister Sánchez in an attempt to slow this sixth wave.

All in all, the race against Covid-19 is far from over. “This virus is capable of changing dramatically, whether slowly or with big strides,” says Pumarola. “With the measures we put in place, we ourselves force it to change constantly. The H3N2 influenza virus caused a pandemic in 1965 and to this day it causes tension when it returns. Well, that’s what’s going to happen with Covid. “

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How to create the perfect vision board


Actress Erykah Badu once said, “Write it on real paper, with a real pencil, and watch the shit come true,” an overt quote that resonated with many people, especially those who believe in the law of attraction.

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word “manifest” as something which is “clear or obvious to the eye or to the mind”. But if we want something deeper and more meaningful, we can describe manifestation as the beautiful practice of thinking with aspiration to turn those thoughts into reality.

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The beautiful practice of thinking with aspiration to turn these thoughts into reality

Manifesting or visualizing is personal to each individual. At the same time, some prefer to declare that what they aspire to have or to be has already been done; others prefer to attract them by creating a vision board, which is a collage manifesting purpose with inspiring words and images.

How to Create the Perfect Vision Board to Attract Amazing Things in 2022© Hola

Attracting the positive things that your mind and heart desire is effortless. There is no magic potion; you don’t have to spell or kill others. You just have to define your intentions, be clear with what you want and never ask to have someone else’s life but create a tailor-made future.

How does a vision board work?

Cutting and pasting pictures on a piece of paper and calling it a vision board isn’t enough if you don’t feel and embody it.

What are the essential steps to create a vision board?

Define your goals

What areas do you want to focus on? Family, relationships, career, education, fitness, wellness, finances.

Find inspiration

There are people who might inspire you because they seem to have the perfect life and career. But remember, appearances can be deceiving. If you aspire to have a beautiful intimate relationship, never choose images of celebrities or people who have had eventful love lives. Instead, look for photos with people who seem happy and in love, and you don’t know who they are. Always include positive quotes and affirmations that speak to you.

Map your table

Once you have all of your images and quotes, tape them to cardboard or whatever multipurpose paper you prefer. Another great idea is to create a digital vision board; you can have the collage on your computer, cell phone, iPad or any device.

If you choose the digital option, we suggest you use Canva. An online graphic design platform, perfect for any visual content. The app can also be downloaded to your phone or tablet and is free.

Let your vision board do its job!

Smile at your visualization board and consider it the most expensive piece of jewelry you own. Remember, these are your goals and worthy of respect. Place your special vision board in a special place and save your digital collage on any personal device you prefer.

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristina Vazquez, a Roma teenager who grew up in a slum in Madrid, never imagined playing the violin.

But today, she is the first violinist in an inventive orchestra bringing together twenty other disadvantaged young people, using instruments made from recycled materials.

Its violin is made from colorful soda cans, while a double bass has a skateboard for its body and the drums are made from plastic barrels.

The project, called “Music of Recycling”, aims to breathe new life into discarded waste while also benefiting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“I’m really happy because it has changed my life a lot,” said Vazquez, 18, with shining eyes.

She hesitantly joined the orchestra at the age of 12 when it was part of the curriculum at her school in the southern district of Vallecas, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Madrid.

Today, she teaches the younger members of the group.

The project is led by Spanish environmental group Ecoembes and is inspired by Paraguay’s Cateura Orchestra, made up of musicians from a slum who play instruments made from materials found in a landfill. OSCAR DEL POZO AFP

“The orchestra really opened up to the world for me … I had never even been to central Madrid,” she said.

“I don’t know if I will become a professional musician … but I want to continue teaching young children.

“It fills you with pride when a young girl comes up to you and says, ‘When I grow up I want to be like you.’ “

Luis Miguel Munoz, 18, credits the orchestra with keeping it on track in a neighborhood like Vallecas, which has a high school dropout rate.

“Instead of meeting friends, I preferred to listen to music, play it, and little by little it became a way of life,” he said.

After Ecoembes invited the Cateura orchestra to perform in Madrid in 2014, the group decided to found their own similar ensemble in the same year.
After Ecoembes invited the Cateura orchestra to perform in Madrid in 2014, the group decided to found their own similar ensemble in the same year. OSCAR DEL POZO AFP

Belonging to an orchestra is like “being in a family, and doing what pleases us the most,” said bleached blonde Munoz, who sports a goatee.

Music “allowed me to escape the problems of life,” said Munoz, who sees himself becoming a professional flamenco percussionist.

The project is led by the Spanish environmental group Ecoembes and is inspired by the Paraguayan orchestra Cateura, made up of musicians from a slum who play instruments made from materials found in a landfill.

After Ecoembes invited the Cateura orchestra to perform in Madrid in 2014, the group decided to found their own similar ensemble that same year, said Víctor Gil, director of Music of Recycling.

“Why not here? We have social and economic problems,” said the Argentine.

Career springboard

The ensemble gave their first gig four months later and “the kids couldn’t play more than four notes,” said Gil, who plays bass made from a skateboard.

Now, after playing in towns across Spain, “we already have four boys studying on scholarships at music schools and public conservatories,” he added.

The ensemble gave its first concert just four months after its formation
The ensemble gave its first concert just four months after its formation OSCAR DEL POZO AFP

Unfortunately, the pandemic temporarily interrupted performance. A concert scheduled for last Thursday in Madrid was canceled at the last minute due to the surge in Covid-19 infections in Spain.

During this time, more than 100 children attend music lessons given by members of the orchestra as part of the project.

Instruments are created by luthier Fernando Soler, a third generation instrument maker, from discarded cans, wooden boxes, cutlery and instrument parts.

He said he tries to make the instruments as close to their “normal” shape as possible so that children will not have difficulty playing with ordinary equipment in the future.

Instruments are created by luthier Fernando Soler, a third generation instrument maker, from discarded cans, wooden boxes, cutlery and instrument parts.
Instruments are created by luthier Fernando Soler, a third generation instrument maker, from discarded cans, wooden boxes, cutlery and instrument parts. OSCAR DEL POZO AFP

Soler hopes to soon be able to restart its instrument manufacturing workshops, suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. He says his dream is to see one of his students become “the recycling luthier of the future”.

Spanish orchestra makes music from recycled waste – Expat Guide to Spain


Cristina Vazquez, a Roma teenager who grew up in a slum in Madrid, never imagined playing the violin.

But today, she is the first violinist in an inventive orchestra bringing together twenty other disadvantaged young people, using instruments made from recycled materials.

Its violin is made from colorful soda cans, while a double bass has a skateboard for its body and the drums are made from plastic barrels.

The project, called “Music of Recycling”, aims to breathe new life into discarded waste while also benefiting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“I’m really happy because it has changed my life a lot,” said Vazquez, 18, with shining eyes.

She hesitantly joined the orchestra at the age of 12 when it was part of the curriculum at her school in the southern district of Vallecas, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Madrid.

Today she teaches the younger members of the group.

“The orchestra really opened up to the world for me… I had never even been to central Madrid,” she said.

“I don’t know if I will become a professional musician… but I want to continue giving lessons to young children.

“It fills you with pride when a young girl comes up to you and says, ‘When I grow up I want to be like you.’ “

Luis Miguel Munoz, 18, credits the orchestra with keeping it on track in an area like Vallecas, which has a high school dropout rate.

“Instead of meeting friends, I preferred to listen to music, play it, and little by little it became a way of life,” he said.

Belonging to an orchestra is like “being in a family, and doing what pleases us the most,” said blond-white Munoz, who sports a goatee.

Music “allowed me to escape the problems of life,” said Munoz, who sees himself becoming a professional flamenco percussionist.

The project is led by the Spanish environmental group Ecoembes and is inspired by the Paraguayan orchestra Cateura, made up of musicians from a slum who play instruments made from materials found in a landfill.

After Ecoembes invited the Cateura orchestra to perform in Madrid in 2014, the group decided to found their own similar ensemble that same year, said Víctor Gil, director of Music of Recycling.

“Why not here? We have social and economic problems,” said the Argentinian.

– Career springboard –

The ensemble gave their first gig just four months later and “the kids couldn’t play more than four notes,” said Gil, who plays bass made from a skateboard.

Now, after playing in towns across Spain, “we already have four boys studying on scholarships at music schools and public conservatories,” he added.

Unfortunately, the pandemic temporarily interrupted performance. A concert scheduled for last Thursday in Madrid was canceled at the last minute due to the surge in Covid-19 infections in Spain.

During this time, more than 100 children attend music lessons given by members of the orchestra as part of the project.

Instruments are created by luthier Fernando Soler, a third generation instrument maker, from discarded cans, wooden boxes, cutlery and instrument parts.

He said he tries to make the instruments as close to their “normal” shape as possible so that children will not have difficulty playing with ordinary equipment in the future.

Soler hopes to soon be able to restart its instrument manufacturing workshops, suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. He says his dream is to see one of his students become “the recycling luthier of the future”.

At grandmother’s or not? Omicron turns vacation plans upside down


Dave Fravel and his wife invited several relatives to their Cape Cod home for Christmas to share food, gifts and the togetherness they craved during the lonely days of the pandemic. They were also eagerly awaiting a vacation sightseeing trip to New York.

But the coronavirus has ruined all of those plans. With the increase in cases in their state of Massachusetts and the super-infectious variant of the omicron circling the world, they feared spreading the virus even before Fravel’s 18-year-old son Colin fell. with COVID-19.

Rich England has been there before. In the summer, as the delta variant increased, he said no to Christmas holidays with his parents and sister’s family in London and Scotland. But he, his wife and 2-year-old daughter are keeping plans for a four-day trip from their home in Alexandria, Va., To Miami on December 31.

“The safest thing to do would be to say ‘OMG we have to cancel’,” he said. “But there are a lot of letters in the Greek alphabet – there will be variations after omicron. You can’t just answer every variation by closing.”

For the second year in a row, the ever-evolving virus presents would-be revelers with a difficult choice: cancel gatherings and vacation trips, or find ways to move forward safely. Many health experts are begging people not to let their guard down.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, put it bluntly this week when he said “a canceled event is better than a canceled life”.

But pandemic fatigue is real. And while travel restrictions in some places have forced cancellations, many governments have been reluctant to order more lockdowns, increasingly leaving the decisions on who to see and where to go in the hands of individuals.

The mystery surrounding the omicron complicates matters. Scientists now know that it spreads quickly, perhaps up to three times faster than the delta variant. It also appears to be better at evading vaccines, although boosters do boost protection, especially against hospitalization and death. But a crucial question remains: does omicron cause less severe disease than delta? Some research suggests it does, but the studies are preliminary.

Even though it’s milder, omicron could still overwhelm hospitals due to the large number of infections. This makes it difficult to know how far to lower the dial during the holiday season.

In the United States, infections average around 149,000 per day, and authorities announced this week that omicron has dethroned the delta as the dominant variant. In Britain, where an omicron-fueled surge is seen as a harbinger for many other European countries, daily cases topped 100,000 for the first time on Tuesday. France, Spain and Italy are also experiencing peaks of infection.

Fravel and his wife, Sue Malomo, who are both software developers and have six children between them, are concerned about omicron and delta. Fravel, 51, said they canceled their trip to New York City because “the thought of being in these big crowds didn’t seem to make a lot of sense.”

The fact of having a lot of people at home either. Typically 20-25 people filter between New Years Eve and Christmas Day. But this year, only the children will come and not all at the same time.

“Right now, the plan is for everyone to kind of stay in smaller circles or do FaceTime,” Fravel said.

England, an energy lobbyist, has also weighed its options – and decided a trip can be taken. He and his wife have both received boosters, which reassures him, despite his daughter being too young for the vaccine.

“We chose Miami in part because we could eat out exclusively and then spend time at the beach and the pool,” he said. But even he is still covering up: Tuesday night, they were “80/20”.

Julieta Aranguren, originally from Colombia, has already started her journey. The 18-year-old was on a layover in Madrid on Wednesday on her way to Dubai, where she planned to spend time with loved ones. She spent thousands of dollars on flights and hotels – booked nine months ago – so she said she wasn’t considering canceling.

But she still faces the unknown. His group plans to go shopping, dine out and visit the Dubai World Expo, so “it wouldn’t be fun at all if there were more restrictions,” Aranguren said.

It is still not clear which route most people will take. Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline, lowered its passenger forecast for December from 11 million to 10 million, chief executive Michael O’Leary told The Guardian last week.

Several airlines in the United States remain quite optimistic.

For the period December 17 to January 3, Delta Air Lines plans to carry around 8 million people, more than double the holiday season last year, but below 9.3 million passengers in 2019. American Airlines plans about 5,000 daily flights between December 19 and January 1, compared to 3,700 at the same time last year. But there were many more – 6,300 – during the 2019 vacation.

Both airlines noted that international travel was the most affected by the omicron variant.

This rings true for Alex Wong. The Toronto-based freelance journalist and radio producer canceled a flight to New York City in mid-December that would have been his first trip since the start of the pandemic. He feared he would be stuck in quarantine upon his return, which would leave him unable to see his family during the holidays.

“I feel like I made the right decision and feel better every day,” he said in a text message. He receives a reminder on Wednesday and sees his parents, who live nearby, this weekend.

This is the kind of balanced calculation that many experts recommend.

Matthew Binnicker, director of clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said people should consider taking a rapid test for COVID-19 on the day of a rally or, better yet, a more accurate PCR test 24 hours in advance. But experts warn that testing is not a firewall against infection.

“It’s a good idea to kind of rethink big travel plans or get together in big groups,” he said.

Small groups of less than 10 people can gather safely if they make sure everyone is vaccinated, wear masks indoors, and encourage those most vulnerable to serious illnesses to stay at home. Other experts suggest opening windows to improve ventilation and staying outdoors as much as possible.

“For me, the holidays are a time to think about others. It often comes through gifts, charitable donations or volunteering,” said Binnicker. “But this year, there is another great way to think about others, and that is to take precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the flu.”


Associated Press editors Mae Anderson in Nashville, Tennessee, Aritz Parra in Madrid, Emily Schultheis in Vienna, and Kelvin Chan in London contributed to this report.


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Secret pages of history: CIA Cold War Radio Nacional de España broadcasts in Ukraine – KyivPost


The origins of Ukrainian CIA and Radio Nacional de España (RNE) broadcasts in Ukraine date back to March 1956: there were discussions between the ZP / UHVR (Foreign Representation of the Supreme Liberation Council of Ukraine) and the CIA regarding “support for the political momentum to lead in organizing a global campaign to elevate nationalism as an ideology opposed to the Soviet brand of totalitarian communism.” Ukrainian nationalist exile Mykola Lebed in New York was in contact with Radio Madrid and received twelve of his radio scripts for his comments. In March 1956, Lebed told his CIA contact at a meeting in New York:

These broadcasts follow the general theme of Ukrainian national liberation and avoid chauvinistic attacks against Russian nationals. However, their content is somewhat weak as far as a critical discussion of the shortcomings of the Soviet system. Exposing the problem of the Ukrainian population in relation to the regime requires careful study and a continuous flow of information which, at present, is lacking in “Radio Nacional”. The Ukrainian group of writers and publishers in Madrid consists, for the most part, of young people who have been educated by the Jesuits at the University of Madrid.

Lebed also said that the Ukrainian editors of Radio Madrid’s broadcasts are keen to establish contact with ZP / UHVR and want to use their talent and resources to improve their broadcasts.

In August 1956, steps were taken for Prolog Associates in New York to gradually resume Ukrainian broadcasts from Radio Nacional de España. The leader of the Ukrainian group producing the scripts for Radio Nacional, Bohdan Tsymbalist, has established the link with Prolog Associates and offered to take over the management of Prolog Associates. By the end of 1956, RNE’s Ukrainian office was producing daily “live” broadcasts to Ukraine. Prolog sent Tsymbalist $ 50 per month and provided him with script material and Ukrainian music records.

On April 15, 1957, the CIA decided to reduce ZP / UHVR support in fiscal year 1958, due to “the general reduction in the budget”. The reasoning was:

The Ukrainian emigrants who originally represented the underground resistance movement in the USSR could no longer justify these claims. The current activities of Prolog Associates as a group fall into two categories; namely, the propaganda directed against the Ukrainian population in the USSR and the political activities within the circles of Ukrainian emigrants in the free world. In the first category could be included the following elements: Ideological orientation and technical support for Radio Madrid.

In October 1957, the Prolog representative in Madrid brought a copy of the Prologue Magazine for the attention of a Radio Nacional executive, who is very interested in it and uses his influence to have the article “Asian Renaissance” by Lev Shankowsky published in the National radio bulletin in Spanish. This bulletin has been distributed to Spanish ministers and members of the General Staff and others. Radio Nacional’s “Arab office” translated the same article into Arabic and used it for its broadcasts in “Arab” nations. The editor of the RNE Chinese Desk was also interested and had the article translated into Chinese. Lebanese and Moroccan program directors have also expressed interest in using the article for their shows.

On October 14, 1957, at Prolog’s New York office, Lebed informed his CIA official that he was in correspondence with one of the members of the ABN (Anti-Communist Bloc of Nations) mission in Formosa regarding broadcasts. transmitted to the Soviet Union. Union via the Nationalist Radio Network. The ABN representative asked for help in obtaining appropriate publicity material. Lebed accepted the request that the group send copies of their radio scripts. He received a letter from ABN enclosing the last two radio scripts in Ukrainian. He told his officer in charge that he would have the radio scripts translated and give them to him.

Lebed met his CIA contact at Prolog’s New York office in November 1957 and told him that he had received information from Poland indicating that the Ukrainian shows on Radio Nacional were the best Ukrainian-language shows in the world. West. A Ukrainian named Buchinsky (first name unknown), prepared two religious programs in Ukrainian per week. Radio Nacional paid the Ukrainian section about 1000 pesos per month (about $ 25) but this was not enough to cover the expenses.

In April 1958, Lebed told his CIA contact that his representative in Spain, Bohdan Tsymbalist, who was also head of the Ukrainian section of Radio Nacional, would immigrate to the United States in the near future, if he did not want to lose his right. to emigrate. One possible alternative was a trip to the United States for at least two weeks, which would give him the opportunity to return to Spain and emigrate at a later date. Lebed had planned to discuss this issue with him during the premiere’s trip to Europe later this month.

Lebed spent six days in Madrid in July 1958. Two days after his arrival, the director of Radio Nacional was replaced by Gomez, considered pro-German and anti-American. Tsymbalist told Lebed that Gomez’s adviser was a Yugoslav whose wife was Russian and worked in the Madrid area. It was unclear what changes would take place now that Gomez has taken over. Tsymbalist hoped Ukrainian broadcasts continued and told Lebed this would keep him informed of developments.

In an internal CIA report from March 1959 on the costs of daily 15-minute broadcasts on Radio Nacional, the total annual cost was $ 600 for “a person located in Madrid, who directs the writing of the script and does the writing. announcement “.

In November 1958, there was some doubt about Radio Nacional’s broadcasts to Ukraine:

Regarding Radio Madrid, the SR Division currently intends to send a case manager to have local contact with all the assets that we have put on the ground in Madrid. The question asked was whether we know enough about the people we are subsidizing and in particular whether we have read the scripts of Radio Madrid and can we draw a conclusion as to the quality of the propaganda production.

The renewal of the AERODYNAMIC project for fiscal year 1960, approved in March 1960, contained these comments on clandestine broadcasts:

Radio MADRID. Two 15-minute Ukrainian-language programs were broadcast daily on Radio Nacional de España in Madrid. Information received in correspondence and via tourists traveling to Poland indicates that the broadcasts there are beard and the comments have been favorable. The content of these broadcasts is controlled via AECASSOWARY-2. Some radio scripts are provided by AECASSOWARY staff in New York and two of their contacts in Madrid, who produce the actual broadcasts.

AECASSOWARY was the CIA cryptonym for ZPUHVR. AECASSOWARY-2 was the cryptonym for Mykola Lebed.

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How to train managers for the challenges of tomorrow?


If you want to make real change in an industry, is it better to change course or start from scratch? In the case of the electric vehicle market, as Cathie Wood, founder and CEO of investment management firm Ark Invest, argued that GM and Ford just don’t have the DNA for the electric vehicle market and will be overwhelmed by others. from Tesla.

Elon Musk’s electric vehicle and clean energy company certainly doesn’t have the accumulated baggage of a century of Detroit-based production, and that could explain why Tesla’s market cap is higher than that of GM, Ford. , VW and Toyota together. With electric truck maker Rivian now the largest US company in terms of market value with no revenue, the disruptors seem to have the upper hand.

What about introducing the change in business education? It is a challenge that Guillermo Cisneros, dean of the new Advantere School of Management in Madrid, is eager to meet.

“We will create solutions to the challenges facing business and society not by clinging to the case study of the past, but by thinking of solutions that no one else is thinking of. Business schools need to recognize that companies do not hire their graduates for what they know, but for what they can do with what they know.

Cisneros sees the leaders of most companies as risk managers. “They avoid setbacks, they manage risks, the goal is not to lose. It is very important in organizations, but it is not enough. he argues that entrepreneurs, innovators and agents of change are managers of uncertainty. “The focus is on what to win, how to add value and create new solutions. True leaders are managers of uncertainty, facing day-to-day ambiguity and uncertainty and reducing it for others.

It’s a risk-taking perspective that echoes, albeit more eloquently, the belief of Space X founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who says, “There is a huge prejudice against taking risks. . Everyone is trying to optimize their ass coverage. “

Cisneros’ thinking is based on years of experience. In addition to launching a new campus and courses for one of Europe’s leading business schools, he was also vice president of global initiatives at Berklee College of Music, Boston, in charge of all international programs. and the launch of its first international campus.

The analogy that the Dean of Advantere draws between music schools and business schools is therefore relevant. “Traditional business schools are classical music, always good music, but classical. Advantere is rock and roll, jazz or hip-hop. In classical music education, students learn to recreate, perform, and perfectly reproduce what composers decades and centuries ago created. In modern music education, students have a solid technical background and preparation, but the goal is to learn to create things – ideas, compositions that were not there before. “

And that’s the key message to Advantere School of Management. They learn by design, face new challenges, and create new solutions never thought of before – a new model of business education to challenge the old way of doing things.

For Guillermo Cisneros, management is not just a business affair. “Business is only part of what managers do. That’s why we don’t want to be seen as just a business school. We are committed to a better world, where issues such as sustainability and social justice are accessible to all. More than a business school, we train challengers.

Founded by two prestigious Spanish universities, the Pontifical University of Comillas and the University of Deusto, and with Georgetown University as a strategic academic partner, Advantere relies on these stakeholders as well as on business partners, educators and students to make the business a disruptive co-creation project.

“If you analyze the companies and organizations that are transforming their industries, they are not following the classic rules,” explains Cisneros. “Companies like Amazon and Tesla are changing the rules, creating new rules. So at Advantere we want students to play a key role in defining what the institution is, creating new rules for what it should be.

He recognizes that co-creation is not for everyone, but sees it as a fundamental sign of strength in an organization. “Giving a role and a voice to your ‘customers’ is the most effective way to innovate and always move in the right direction. You have clear goals and purpose, you know what you want to be, but you’re smart enough to know that you don’t have all the answers and that the future is being written with others.

The Madrid-based school is launching four master’s programs in management, finance, marketing, and talent management that will start in October 2022, and Guillermo Cisneros says they’re not looking for the typical business student. “At Advantere, we are not looking to train more business leaders, but to create Challenge Managers. Those who can handle uncertainty, take risks, and lead with determination. We want to welcome what we call “resolvers“, and our admissions process is designed to identify such individuals.”

With a wide range of scholarships and financial support programs, provided by both the Society of Jesus and the founding universities, the school hopes to attract students from all over the world with diverse backgrounds who share the common goal of making l ‘incredible possible.

“If you want to have an impact, if you want to add value, you’re a re-solution,” Cisneros insists, “and we want you on board. “

Gardeazábal: myth and literary art


León María Lozano is the central character of ‘Cóndores no entran todos los días’, one of the most important novels of the Spanish-speaking literary world of the 20th century, which has given rise to multiple analyzes of the political violence of life. daily life of a community.

The literary work was published in 1971 and bears the stamp of one of the literary geniuses of the Spanish-speaking world: Gustavo Álvarez Gardeazábal, who oscillated between journalism, literature and politics to unmask the double standards of a society that does not face the problems in which it is immersed: the corruption of politicians and sectors of the Catholic Church, homosexuality, the mafias which corrupt society and a long list of problems which, not because they are hidden , are part of the daily dynamic.

‘Cóndores no entran todos los días’ has the magic of telling what happens in a city, but it represents the contradictions of the human condition. And it is, ultimately, an x-ray of the history of years of barbarism due to disputes that divided families and clothed them in mourning due to the fanaticism promoted by political bosses.

In an interview with AL DÍA, Gardeazábal, 75, recounts the details of the first edition, what followed and how the tragedy prevented its translation into English, which is about to be achieved. The novel was adapted for cinema in one of the most important events of Colombian and Latin American cinema.

In Colombia, a country that has gone through a diverse range of violence, Gardeazábal is considered a national conscience. Gardeazábal’s literary stature rivals the influence he has with his daily opinions on what is happening in his country.

He continues to provoke public opinion with his positions opposed to the formality of a society that uses double standards to oscillate between legality and illegality.

Among other things, the value of this Colombian writer, born in Tuluá, in the heart of the department of Valle del Cauca – whose capital is Cali – lies in the validity of his most famous work, “Cóndores no entran todos los días” , settled in a small town where the most atrocious revenge of political rivalries occurs at the end of the decade of the 40s of the 20th century.

The novel was published when Gardeazábal was 25 years old and had already ventured into literature with several writings, in which he already showed a way of approaching human tragedies and this connection between what is really happening and what society wants to cover.

The Condors story focuses not only on what happened, in real life, with the bipartisan struggle in Tuluá, but also on what León María Lozano, a conservative leader, did as he was appointed. like a “Pájaro”, that is, a member of an armed squad which assassinated its liberal rivals. He became a protagonist on April 9, 1948, when liberal leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán was assassinated in Bogotá, a crime that signified the rise of political violence.

AL DÍA met Gardeazábal at his farm, in the heart of the Valle del Cauca, to talk about the origins of ‘Cóndores’, its importance and the details of his literary career.

When did you decide to write “Condors”?

This is the result of having lived in Tuluá in the midst of violence, but also because I studied literature. I graduated in Literature with a thesis comparing novels of violence published in Colombia until 1968 and novels of the Mexican Revolution, as my thesis supervisor was Professor Walter Langford, life dean of the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana. He was an expert on Mexican Revolutionary novels and donated the books to the Universidad del Valle. I have read these 252 novels and the 56 others that had been published in Colombia so far. And I went to live in Pasto (southwestern Colombia), because if I hadn’t lived there, I wouldn’t have written it. The distance was sufficient. If now it is far, then the distance was even greater.

What was the reaction to the novel’s release?

The reaction was definitely the opposite. One, that of those who were still alive and who appeared in the novel, because they felt they were part of it. And just as I am responsible for the myth of León María Lozano, the myth slapped me when I was a child. At school they started telling me how León María, with a stick of dynamite in one hand and a cigarette in the other, had stopped the crowd of April 9, 1948. At that time, it was a public myth. and many people were recounting what they had witnessed.

What was the mark left by the “Condors”?

He ended up becoming an icon of the Colombian novel and as such references go from Poland to Japan, and it has not been translated into Japanese or Polish. And professors from universities in England, Belgium, the United States, Mexico and Chile continue to write to me. During the 50th anniversary celebration in Colombia, I realized that it is part of the national heritage and that people love it. There is the feeling that we had fifty years ago for María (Jorge Isaacs) and La Vorágine (José Eustasio Rivera).

What is the relevance of the “Condors” in Colombia today?

It is still quite valid. The country has changed, but the essence with which Colombia acts and judges remains the same.

On the border between history and literature, Condors is a reference in this period of violence in Colombia.

The more the days go by and despite the editorial problems, the more teachers make it read to high school students. This is why pirated editions abounded and now they don’t even print them anymore. They send kids the link where they can read the hacked whole. Someone asked me how many editions were able to come out. I managed to buy 107 from the pirates I saw there, until I blew it up. But they still come out.

And what happened to the legal editions?

There were many of them and had many adventures. Ten years ago, I lost my editor at Panamericana because he tried to renew my contract by changing the title of the novel. He made it a condition. I replied, “I will not renew. If you have no business acumen, I have nothing to do with this publishing house. How is it possible that a brand sold for forty years is thrown out the window. And secondly, it seems very rude to me that a novel read in all schools will change its title for fanciful satisfaction ”. I was so angry that I looked for the rector of the Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana (UNAULA) and the editor and I said to them: “I give you all the rights by public deed until I have no more news from those fucking editors. “

Why was “Condors” not translated earlier?

The funny thing is that it could only be translated for the first time in English. They haven’t tried before because they told me it was too difficult. And the other because those who tried it had a tragic fate. Enrico Cicogna first translated ‘Dabeiba’ for La Feltrinelli. When he saw the success, he said to me: “Let’s translate ‘Condors'”. He started, but he went to Somalia for 15 days. He contracted the Ebola virus, which was not called Ebola at the time, and he killed it. So much for the Italian translation. Then a lady Campa, who had heard from Cicogna, from the University of Pisa, told me to allow the translation, started to do it and I never heard from her again. In Austria they wanted to do a translation into German a few years ago, they had already translated ‘El Divino’. They chose a man who came to see me. After a while, he didn’t send me anything more. One day, a mutual friend who lives in Austria wrote to me: “He is dead and I will try to collect the texts for the translation”. It was not possible because it was quite messy and translated a piece here and another there. Finally, Jonathan Tittler, my biographer from Cornell University, decided two years ago that he was going to do the translation to accompany the fiftieth anniversary celebration. He started it, but he had Covid. He finished it six months ago and a contract was signed with a company. But there was a bankruptcy of publishers in the United States, including the one that was going to publish “Condors”. I had lost hope and a month ago he wrote to me telling me that the contract had been made in part payment to a small publisher in Texas: Atmosphere Press. Now, at the end of November, it has been signed. In English it will be called ‘Condor Dies’. It is possible that this is a reality.

You have not stopped digging into the daily life of crucial issues for conservative society.

It was difficult for me to be calm. When I combined literary exercise with journalism in ‘La Luciérnaga’ (hit radio show), the problem was worse. I ended up building a little house here next to this one for the police escort. But the other thing is the emptiness a provincial feels when he knows that what he does is valued first and foremost as a provincial rather than as a work of art. I was not accepted by literary critics in Bogota. And it was worse when I published, before “Condors”, three stories in the magazine Mundo Nuevo, in Paris, without leaving the Valle del Cauca. Instead of exalting me, they sentenced me to hell. That’s why I dedicated ‘Cóndores no entran todos los días’ to the last director of Mundo Nuevo magazine, the Argentinian Horacio Daniel Rodríguez. I dedicated the novel to him because it was he who opened the doors of this world to me.

What was the way to get the novel out?

Once again the perfect storm. I started my literary career by participating in short story contests in Spain as I was a subscriber and received La estafeta literaria de Madrid. I won several. In one of these competitions, in La Felguera, I was a finalist with Pilar Narvión, who was the Parisian correspondent of Diario Pueblo de Madrid. She had excellent relations with the intellectual world. When she won the award and I finished second, I humbly wrote to her and a correspondence relationship began as I was about to graduate from the Universidad del Valle in Literature. When the Manacor Prize was awarded, I made a bet and asked them to inform Pilar Narvión of the outcome of the prize. The Condors Prize was awarded in August. She immediately wrote to me and said: “give me permission, I’ll take care of everything, because you have to take advantage of it; a prize awarded by Miguel Ángel Asturias is not very easy ”. And in less than a month, she had the novel in her hands and had already given it to Josep Vergés, the owner of Editorial Destino and Destino magazine. The Catalan told him: “I will publish it immediately, it is a fabulous novel, of the great category”. One Hundred Years of Solitude had already been published in 1967, that is, we were worth an egg. One hundred years of loneliness was a gigantic wall for the whole generation. In February 1972, ‘Cóndores’ was already on sale. That is to say that Pilar Narvión was the great manager of the project.

Is the universality of the novel given by the relationship between violence, threat and fear?

In the parish resides a large part of the universality of the text. Being able to bring the parish to art has been the success of those who have succeeded, it is when the novels are reduced to a small world. Why has “Ulysses” become important, even though no one understands it? Because it took a district in Dublin, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Dublin, like the others. The rest is the result of my reading. I studied Greek tragedy in depth, just as my characters are treated psychologically in the parish with minimal distinctive elements: the asthma of Leon Maria, the legs in a dish of hot water, the bravery of Pedro Alvarado. I learned by deeply studying Thomas Mann and reading Russian writers, especially Dostoyevsky, with pleasure and depth. They are the masters of psychological characters. I am the fruit of all my reading.

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Madrid Nuevo Norte contributes 15.2 billion euros to national GDP and creates 350,000 jobs – CVBJ


Urban project in the capital

Updated Tuesday, December 21, 2021 – 3:45 PM

These actions will also generate tax revenue of 5,868 million euros for public administrations, according to a study by the Autonomous University presented on Tuesday.

Reconstruction of the Madrid Nuevo Norte project.

Urban regeneration works north of Madrid, which include the Madrid Nuevo Norte action and others directly related such as the renovation of the Madrid Chamartn-Clara Campoamor station, the remodeling of the main crossroads in the north of the city and the of the last section of Paseo de la Castellana, will have an impact of 15.2 billion euros on the national economy, equivalent to 1.3% of current GDP, and 12,000 million in the Community of Madrid (5.2% of regional GDP).

These actions will also generate tax revenue of 5.868 million euros for public administrations and will result in the creation of 348,064 jobs, 201,576 jobs during the 25 years of project implementation, to which will be added 146,488 additional jobs when the office and commercial spaces are operational.

These are some of the data that emerge from the study Socio-economic Impacts of Madrid Nuevo Norteconducted by the Autonomous University, through its Institute for Economic Forecasting Lawrence R. Klein, which was presented this Tuesday by its director, the professor of applied economics, Julin Prez, at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the College of Economists of Madrid. (CEMAD), to explain the strategic contribution of this project to the country’s economy.

An act which was presented by the dean of CEMAD, Amelia Prez Zabaleta, and which had the presence of the Minister of Environment, Housing and Agriculture of the Community of Madrid, Paloma Martn, who assured that “the scale of this development, its potential for transforming the city and its attractiveness as an economic and financial center will enable us to play in the league of the large metropolitan areas of the world”.

The study shows that this great urban action not only profoundly transforms the city of Madrid with new infrastructure, public facilities, green spaces, housing, mobility improvements and the largest area of ​​economic activity in southern Europe , but also the investments necessary to achieve this will be a very relevant boost for the country’s economy, with a significant ripple effect and a very positive contribution to GDP, job creation and the collection of taxes.

Investment of 25,197 million

In total, it is estimated that the investment to mobilize all urban actions over the next 25 years will amount to 25,197 million euros, of which 11,069 million will be allocated to the urban transformation works, including the purchase of land, of which approximately 14,128 million will come from real estate transactions.

The data on investment in projects, taken from the financial report that accompanies the specific modification file of the General Urban Plan of Madrid with the detailed planning of Madrid Nuevo Norte, definitively approved by the Community of Madrid in July 2020, details that, of the 11,069 million euros needed to deal with the projects, 9,256 will come from private initiative, while 1,813 will correspond to public investment, which the State will have to face, hand in hand with the public company Adif, the City Council and the Community of Madrid.

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Many parents keep their children at home due to coronavirus spike in Spanish schools | Society


Spanish schools will end the current semester this week in the most complicated situation since reopening in September 2020. This month broke all records in terms of coronavirus outbreaks among students, and they mainly focused on younger children rather than being split between different ages. Thanks to the widespread vaccination of adolescents in Spain, high schools are more resistant to this sixth wave of the pandemic. Immunization of children aged 5 to 12 is only just beginning in the country.

Given the situation, many parents decided not to send their children to school, starting their vacations early in an effort to avoid infections or locking down an entire cluster of bubbles – which would mean skipping the holidays. Christmas in isolation at home. In some schools, the principals themselves have called on parents to keep their children at home for the last days of the semester.

The largest federation of student family associations, Ceapa, warned that such a decision would have adverse consequences for children from an educational point of view, as well as problems for parents in terms of balance. between work responsibilities and childcare. The main teachers’ union, CCOO, has called for the reintroduction of measures that were in place during the previous school year – namely smaller class sizes and additional teaching staff – to be reintroduced.

The necessary approach, according to epidemiologist and pediatrician Quique Bassat, consists in “scrupulously following the rules and prevention measures which have worked very well in schools and which have been relaxed in recent months”. Indeed, the vaccination of children under 12 will take at least two months to have a significant impact in schools. The cumulative incidence among those under 11 remains the highest of all age groups, with 777 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days, against a national average of 609.

Until this month, the record number of coronavirus outbreaks in schools was seen in the first week of February, when there were 413 with a total of 2,570 associated cases. These were mainly in the secondary education system, according to data from the Ministry of Health. During the second week of December, there were 463 outbreaks with 2,968 cases, and this time the vast majority were detected in elementary schools.

Given the surge in cases and the semester nearly over, many families have decided not to bring their children.

Fran Lires, President of the Association of Elementary School Directors of Galicia

The number of outbreaks fell to 334 on December 17, with 1,979 associated cases, but the number of isolated students continued to rise. Eight of Spain’s regions said at the end of the week they had more than 1% of their students confined, while seven days before, only six regions had done so.

The data at the start of this week is even worse. Catalonia, which publishes daily information on the impact of Covid-19, said the number of students in quarantine rose from 25,050 a week ago to 60,125 on Monday, and that quarantines affected 4% of students.

The main indicator used so far to get an idea of ​​the effect of the pandemic in schools, that of confined classrooms, is no longer of much use. Indeed, some Spanish regions have changed the way they count these locked groups.

In Catalonia, for example, where schools are going through a particularly difficult period, the number of classes in quarantine is very low (0.33%). But that’s because a group isn’t considered confined – even though all students isolate themselves at home – when their teacher is still in school, which staff have been able to do so far if they do. is vaccinated and if it is negative.

“These weeks are the most complicated so far,” explains Fran Lires, president of the Association of Elementary School Directors of Galicia. “Considering the peak of cases and the semester almost over, many families have decided not to bring [their children]. In and around my school the figure was around 40% [absences]. “

Parents’ attitudes vary greatly from region to region and from school to school. The president of the directors of elementary schools of Aragon, Enrique Civera, says that the week started normally in his school “The children came as always and the same ones used the canteen,” he explains.

In Valencia, the president of the association of school directors, Joaquina Barba, also says that absenteeism before Christmas was negligible. “There were cases, but nothing excessive, there was no rush,” she explains.

We thought: “What if he’s infected for three days at school and we can’t go to his grandparents”

Sonia, mother of a child in primary school

At the school of Jorge Delgao, president of elementary school directors in Andalusia, around 15% of the pupils were absent on Monday, but for various reasons. “A number of things came together,” he explains. “There are children who isolate themselves because they have tested positive or are close contacts. Others were vaccinated and the parents preferred to leave them at home after a minor reaction. And then a small percentage didn’t come because they said, “Since there are two or three days left, we’re not going to take the risk.” “

In Madrid, meanwhile, a feeling of “chaos” in the health system, according to Isabel Galvín, CCOO’s education manager in Madrid, has prompted many families to keep their children at home. This feeling is caused by an increase in cases and difficulty in contacting the healthcare system to report symptoms.

This is the case of Sonia, mother of a child in primary school. “We thought, ‘What if he’s infected for three days at school and we can’t go to his grandparents, who live in another town, for Christmas? It’s a shame, but we can keep him at home, because we can work from home and we have someone looking after him, so that’s what we did. With all the infections that occur, it would be easy for the child to catch it. Or have someone in his class do it. If that happened, we would all have to self-isolate for 10 days. “

In the case of the Palacio Valdés public primary school in Madrid, the director sent a letter to the families, explains Carlos García, president of the parents’ association. In view of the increase in cases, the letter reads: “We ask you to consider the convenience or not of bringing the children to school”.

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Top 10 OTT releases of the year


As the world recovered from the circumstances caused by the covid-19 virus, art and films have managed to create their own space even during difficult times. Due to the inaccessibility of movie theaters, big big budget projects have been shown on OTT platforms, which has shot its audience to the highest in 2021. We present to you the top 10 OTT releases of this year ……

10. Emily in Paris (season 2)

A Parisian fantasy series with Lily J Collins, which did not fail to impress viewers. It was what fans called a complete package with a unique approach to feminism and female independence. A career-motivated woman who lands a job opportunity abroad takes us with her on her journey of self-discovery. The show gives us the perfect taste of “slice of life”. It is called precisely with the feel-good genre.

9. Cinderella

Beginning singer and renowned pop star Camilla Cabello as an actress, it was deemed to be a musical worth eyeing on the screen. Although the audience attracted was niche, it was considered a children’s favorite, as the fairy tale takes a turn on some of the most beloved characters in the history of fiction and fairy tales and how the perception around them has changed over time.

8. Shershaah

This film has succeeded in arousing all the patriotic feelings that inhabit the Indian audience. The film revolves around the life of Indian Army Captain Vikram Batra, who received the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest bravery award for his actions during the Kargil War in 1999. Starring With actor Siddharth Malhotra in a dual role, the film takes us on a sentimental journey, familiarizing us with the sacrifice a young man made for his mother nation and also providing the historical context most faithfully without much respect.

7. Shadow and bone

Contradicting the notion and perception of fantasy shows that fail to make a mark, a shadow and a bone pierced through the skin in the hearts of any fiction-loving viewer. The story revolves around a sinister witch who forces a plot against a young soldier after revealing a magical power that could unite the world. From the stunt choreography and vivid cinematography, to the CGI effects and the very engaging storyline, everything keeps viewers spellbound.

6. Sex education (season 3)

The production house marketing strategy worked for a reason, a norm-breaking show that created a revolution in itself. After 2 successful seasons, this season has managed to convince and please its viewers with its out of the box concept. After the story of a young sex therapist, who tackles everyday situations where prejudices regarding gender roles, norms, inequalities and also sexual identities are disguised and how he deals with the current state of sex education in high school is both informative and entertaining. .

5. Stranger Things (season 4)

It’s not uncommon for this show to be included in the best show listings over all these years. A mega-hit returned with another hit, as usual making its mark and coming out as one of the biggest hits of various age groups over the past decade, if a perfect mix of sci-fi and thriller exists, so stranger things are going on. The story revolves around how Eleven and his friends manage to tame and fight the upside down beasts, losing or winning too much to be simply quantified. A dynamic plot that satisfies viewers in every way it can, this show manages to leave audiences with a part of itself every time someone watches it.

4. Hawk eye

One of the biggest and most awe-inspiring films released on the OTT platform this year, Marvel multiverse fans were nothing short of elated. Following the story of one of the world’s favorite avengers, Hawkeye or Clint Barton, he takes us on his journey through the aftermath of war. A perfect combination of action and adventure with breathtaking stunt choreography and CGI, the series takes wonder to the max.

3. Money theft

A show that has proven that good stories can break the language barrier, taking place in Madrid, a professor recruits 8 people by naming them behind their respective cities to collect a huge sum of money forcing them to enter the Royal Mint from Spain. It is said to be one of the most magnificent and freshest avant-garde crime dramas of the decade. Its interesting twists and dynamic characters managed to keep the audience hooked and interested until the end.

2. Bridgerton (season 2)

Based on the novels by Julia Quinn set in the competitive world of the City of London during the Regency era during the season when debutantes are presented at court. It was something about the show’s demeanor and vibe that caught everyone’s attention even though it’s a period drama – the heavy language, the form of expression, everything made the series worth watching. Critics say the show’s aesthetic storyline doesn’t eclipse its vibrant characters.

1. Squid game

This show is a real game-changer when it comes to crime and thriller. Like Money Heist, the language didn’t seem like a barrier, the volume of the story and the way the character progression unfolds are so unique and different in their own way, it’s no surprise this show has become the most popular international web series. in 2021. The way the story was portrayed was flawless and the actors really breathed and lived the games.

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Two other NHL teams closed

NO DATE (AP) – More than a quarter of NHL teams have been closed at least over the weekend due to the pandemic. The Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators have become the latest to suspend all activities due to several positive COVID-19 test results among players.

A total of 44 games have been postponed this season for coronavirus-related reasons after Tuesday’s Seattle game against Arizona joined the roster.

More than 15% of the league’s players are on antivirus protocol.

The spread of the delta and omicron variants across North America led the NHL to postpone all cross-border games over the Christmas holidays and made Olympic participation unlikely.


Several asymptomatic NFL players tested positive

CHICAGO (AP) – Several asymptomatic and vaccinated NFL players tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day of “targeted” testing, a person familiar with the results told The Associated Press on Monday.

A total of 43 players have been placed on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, the most in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity due to privacy concerns, did not say how many players are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated.

Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce and Lions quarterback Jared Goff are among the players who have landed on the reserve roster. Players who test positive must self-quarantine until they are allowed to return. Under revised NFL protocols that went into effect Monday, asymptomatic and vaccinated players can return in less than 10 days.

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai has cleared COVID-19 protocols and will call games against the Minnesota Vikings tonight. The Bears had 14 players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Monday afternoon.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

–The Denver Broncos’ playoff hopes are likely to rest in Drew Lock’s hands, at least for a week. Starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was released from the hospital Monday morning and entered the NFL concussion protocol. Coach Vic Fangio has said it is “highly unlikely” that Bridgewater will play against the Las Vegas Raiders next weekend and he ruled out giving the start to third thread Brett Rypien, although Lock has had three relief appearances this season. Fangio says he’s convinced that with a week of practice Lock can bring the Broncos back to the winning column.

–Tampa Bay wide receiver Chris Godwin has an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee and will be out for the remainder of the season. Godwin was injured early in the second quarter in a 9-0 loss to New Orleans on Sunday night, taking a hard blow directly to the knee of Saints cornerback PJ Williams. The tackle knocked Godwin down in the air and the catcher was momentarily on the ground before being helped up and off the field on his own. He was later seen running around the Buccaneers sideline, but did not return to the game.

–New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones won’t be playing again this season. Coach Joe Judge said Monday Jones was shut down due to a sprained neck that had sidelined him for the past three weeks. The team’s medical staff have reviewed Jones’ medical tests over the past 24 hours and have determined that it would be best if he did not play in the team’s last three games. Doctors said Jones needed rest to recover from his injury. Surgery is not an option at this stage. Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm will start Sunday against Philadelphia.

– Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator and interim head coach Darrell Bevell is stepping down from his call-in duties for the remainder of the season. Bevell will delegate this role to Quarterback Coach / Passing Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for the remaining three games. Schottenheimer will call the games starting at the New York Jets on Sunday. The Jaguars have scored just seven touchdowns in their last eight games, including three in the fourth quarter with a double-digit delay. Bevell says the move will allow him “to take on more of the role of head coach I’m asked to do.”


Lawrence Taylor accused of failing to declare his new address

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor faces felony charges in South Florida after failing to report a change of address as required because of his status as a registered sex offender.

Court records show Taylor was jailed in Broward County Jail Thursday on two counts of failing to alert authorities of a change of address. He surrendered after Pembroke Pines Police informed him of an active arrest warrant. Taylor was released shortly after booking on $ 500 bond.

Taylor’s attorney says Taylor has complied with all rules and regulations regarding his legal status over the past decade.


Baylor remains No. 1 in the AP Top 25; Arizona moves up to 6th place

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Defending national champion Baylor retained his first place in the Associated Press’s men’s college basketball poll, not without ceding Arizona a No.1 vote, while the six undefeated remaining continued their ascent.

Duke remained at No.2 after ending a two week hiatus with three easy wins. Purdue finished third as Gonzaga and UCLA flip-flopped, with the Bruins completing the top five while on a COVID-19 break. Arizona jumped two spots to No.6. Providence and Wisconsin entered the AP’s Top 25 while UConn and Arkansas dropped out.


Kentucky-Louisville Men’s Game # 20 Postponed by COVID (CORRECT RANKING)

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – This week’s men’s basketball showdown between the Kentucky No.20 and rival Louisville in Lexington has been postponed due to several positive COVID-19 tests in the Cardinals’ schedule. Louisville interim athletic director Josh Heird said in a statement that activities related to the team have been suspended indefinitely.

The Bluegrass Rivalry Showdown that was slated for Wednesday between the school 80 miles apart has been played every year since the 1982-83 season.

The Kentucky Sports Department is looking for a replacement game for the Wildcats on Wednesday or Thursday at Rupp Arena.


State of North Carolina put on probation by NCAA following investigation

NO DATE (AP) – The North Carolina state men’s basketball program has been placed on probation for one year for NCAA recruiting violations following an independent investigation.

It was the first decision issued by the Independent Accountability Resolution Process, which was created from proposals by the commission headed by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2018 to reform basketball. academic as part of the federal investigation into corruption in sport.

On Monday, the independent resolution committee announced that it had cut scholarships and imposed penalties for violations committed by a former Wolfpack head coach and assistant for violations related to recruiting single player Dennis Smith Jr.


UConn drops top 10 female AP for first time in 16 years

NO DATE (AP) – UConn’s 16-year top 10 record has ended. The Huskies dropped four spots to place 11th in the Associated Press’s poll of women’s college basketball a day after losing to Louisville.

UConn had been ranked in the top 10 teams in the poll for 313 straight weeks dating back to March 2005, when the team was also 11th. No.10 Baylor now has the longest active streak, with 136 consecutive weeks.

South Carolina remained the unanimous top pick, receiving all 29 first-place votes from a national media panel. The Gamecocks will face No.2 Stanford on Tuesday in the second 1v2 matchup this season.


MLB sued by 4 former affiliates for minor league cuts

NEW YORK (AP) – Four minor league teams that lost their major league memberships before the 2021 season have filed an antitrust complaint against Major League Baseball.

The parent companies of the Staten Island Yankees, Tri-City Valley Cats, Norwich Sea Unicorns and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan accusing the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. They called on a law firm that represented the players’ unions.

The MLB ended the professional baseball deal that governed relations between majors and minors at the end of 2020. Affiliates were reduced from a low of 160 to 120.


Bob Melvin adds Matt Williams and Bryan Price to Padres staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) – New San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin has hired former third baseman and All-Star manager Matt Williams and former manager Bryan Price to complete his coaching staff.

Williams, best known for his 10 seasons with NL West rival the San Francisco Giants, will coach the third baseman. Price, a former manager of the Cincinnati Reds, will be the main technical staff adviser.

Melvin was hired on October 28 to replace the fired Jayce Tingler. Pitching coach Ruben Niebla was hired by general manager AJ Preller days before the announcement of Melvin’s hiring.


Peng Shuai denies being assaulted

BEIJING (AP) – Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has denied saying she was sexually assaulted, despite a social media post attributed to her in November that accused a former senior Communist Party official of the ‘forcing them to have sex.

Lianhe Zaobao newspaper published a video of Peng which she said was taken in Shanghai on Sunday, in which she says she mainly stayed at her home in Beijing but was free to come and go as she pleased. .

Peng disappeared after the charge against former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli briefly appeared on Chinese social media before being quickly withdrawn. Screenshots of the post were shared widely, raising widespread concern for Peng’s safety.


Nadal says he tested positive

MADRID (AP) – Rafael Nadal has said he tested positive for coronavirus after participating in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Nadal writes on Twitter that the positive result comes from a PCR test he performed after arriving in Spain. Nadal says he goes through “unpleasant moments” but hopes to improve “little by little”. He is in segregation at home and everyone who has come in contact with him has been notified of his positive result. Nadal said he had been tested every other day while he was away and all results came back negative. Nadal says he will now need to be flexible with his playing schedule.

Everton have more power amid Super League fiasco, says Dr Dan


We are delighted to welcome the expert in football finance Dr Daniel Plumley as an exclusive columnist. Each week he will give his take on the main talking points at Everton...

Everton were one of the few Premier League clubs to profit from the entire European Super League fiasco.

This is according to Dr Dan Plumley, who claims it strengthened the Toffees’ position in the English football hierarchy.

The Premier League’s ‘big six’, which included Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, had teamed up with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

However, plans to start this separatist league did not materialize amid massive protests from fans of these clubs.

This saw all six Premier League clubs announce their withdrawals one after another.

Discussing this situation, Dr Dan, the Sheffield Hallam University expert, told Goodison News, “One argument is about the Super League fiasco that the Big Six have lost influence, but the other side is that clubs like Everton have been willing to push back further.

“It has strengthened their position in some ways.

“They [big six] still have a lot of influence, but there is now a real chance for a change if the Fan Led Review comes into play and if we have independent regulation.

Everton were one of the most prominent voices to oppose the Super League in April 2021.

They issued a statement attacking the six clubs for “acting entirely in their own best interests” and “tarnishing the reputation” of the English football pyramid.

In other Everton news, super-rich club want to sign ace ‘Phenomenal’ Toffees and have been watching him for some time

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Lord Rogers of Riverside, visionary who became one of the greatest architects of his time – obituary


In 2006, the Richard Rogers partnership received the Stirling Prize for Terminal 4 at Barajas Airport in Madrid, and in 2007 Rogers received the Pritzker Prize, the “Nobel Prize” for architecture. The quote noted that he had “revolutionized museums, transforming what had once been elite monuments into popular places of social and cultural exchange, woven into the heart of the city.”

The following year saw the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5, the culmination of a two-decade process that included the longest public inquiry in British history. In 2009, the Stirling Prize was won again for Maggie’s Center at Charing Cross Hospital, one of several drop-in centers for people with cancer.

Rogers returned to town after winning the design commission for a new building at 122 Leadenhall Street. Opened in 2014, it became known as the ‘Cheesegrater’ after city planning director Peter Rees saw a model and, he recalls, “told Richard Rogers I could imagine. his wife uses it to grate Parmesan cheese ”.

Rogers himself lived in a typical early 19th century house in Chelsea, with a noble interior influenced by Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre in Paris. Her love of family life was reflected in the open plan layout, with apartments for her mother and eldest child on the lower floors.

Rogers admitted to having a fondness for Meccano and once built a Lego model of the Center Pompidou. He loved children and encouraged his employees to bring theirs to the office.

Richard Rogers, who retired in September 2020, was knighted in 1991 and elevated to the peerage in 1996. In 2006, he was made a companion of honor. He first married, in 1960, Su Brumwell. They had three sons. He married secondly, in 1973, Ruth Elias, who runs the River Café restaurant in London; her husband redesigned an old oil storage facility to house her. They had a son and a son who died before him.

Lord Rogers of Riverside, born July 25, 1933, died December 18, 2021

Rising La Liga stars: Rodri Sanchez


Real Betis have seen several very talented players graduate from their academies over the years and the most recent is Rodri Sánchez, the 21-year-old midfielder who made his senior debut in November 2020.

Rodri joined Real Betis academy in 2016 and he did so with an unprecedented football education already behind him.

It was quite a blow for Betis, given that they had already spent time in the youth squads of Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid, RCD Espanyol, FC Barcelona and RC Deportivo, some of the best academies in the country.

Born and raised in Talayuela, in the large but sparsely populated autonomous community of Extremadura in southwestern Spain, Rodri had to travel in search of his first football opportunities.

His quality stood out enough for him to secure a place at CD Canillas, a foster club to Real Madrid, and he regularly made the four-hour round trip to prove what he could do at the club. capital city.

This then led Rodri to integrate the academies of Atleti, Espanyol, Barca and Depor, never spending more than a season at the same institution.

While some might have viewed this as disrupting his development, Rodri took the opposite approach and seized the chance to learn different skills and styles from as many of the country’s top youth coaches as possible.

Looking for a finishing school in 2016, where he could spend the crucial final years of his youth career, Rodri has garnered a lot of interest from Premier League sides.

But he and his family considered that the project offered to him by Real Betis, a club known for their quality youngsters, was too good to be refused and he signed with the Verdiblancos.

It only took two years for Rodri to break through for the first time, making his first appearance for the senior squad in a 4-0 friendly victory over Merida AD in the summer of 2018.

He trained with the first team once the season started, making his competitive debut on November 7 against Barcelona, ​​for the dying minutes of a 5-2 defeat at Camp Nou.

Despite competing in the Camp Nou spotlight on Saturday, Rodri made another trip across the country in order to play the full 90 minutes for Real Betis’ B team the next day, starting and ending a 1-1 draw against Yeclano Deportivo in Murcia. , 400 km. It illustrated Rodri’s commitment and desire to seize whatever opportunities presented themselves.

Over the next few weeks and months he seized every other chance offered by first-team coach Manuel Pellegrini and has since become a regular in the starting XI.

He has already made more than 30 appearances for the first team and has even scored a few goals: one in the Copa del Rey against Real Sporting and another in the Europa League against Ferencváros.

This goal in Budapest was scored far from Talayuela, in Extremadura. But Rodri has shown that it doesn’t matter where a football journey begins.

What matters is the talent displayed along the way and he has certainly proven to be worth it by working in some of the best academies in Spanish football.

As Real Betis keep getting stronger, competing both at the top of La Liga Santander and in Europe, keep an eye out for Rodri as a star of the future.

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Rising COVID-19 cases give impression of 2020 through late 2021 – NBC4 Washington


US officials on Friday stepped up calls on unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated against the new omicron variant that has contributed to record infections in New York City and threatened to wipe out a second holiday season in Europe .

Although the schedule is about to change, Friday had a distinct feel to 2020: NFL games have been postponed due to COVID-19 infections. The Rockettes Christmas show has been canceled for the season. European governments have imposed a series of restrictions that have halted ground travel and seen travelers hold themselves low.

Much remains unknown about the omicron, but officials warn that it appears to be more transmissible than the delta variant, which has already put pressure on hospitals around the world. The uncertainty alone was enough for many to change their plans.

In the United States, President Joe Biden’s administration has resisted tightening restrictions, but also sketched dire scenarios for the unvaccinated in a plea for hesitant Americans to get vaccinated.

“For the unvaccinated, you envision a winter of serious illness and death, for yourselves, your families and the hospitals that you could soon overwhelm,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff said on Friday. Zients, echoing the president’s own comments earlier this week.

The new variant is already in “full force” in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, with new cases hitting a one-day high of more than 8,300 on Thursday. But the new hospitalizations and deaths – so far – are well below their spring 2020 peak and even where they were around the same time last year, according to city data.

The coronavirus has also disrupted sport in the United States again. The NFL announced on Friday that three games would be postponed from the weekend to next week due to outbreaks. The league did not say whether the cases were from the omicron variant.

The Radio City Rockettes canceled four performances scheduled for Friday due to groundbreaking cases of COVID-19 in production, and plans for upcoming shows were still being assessed. The popular vacation program typically has four shows a day in December at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.

Dr Stanley Weiss, professor of epidemiology at Rutgers University, said officials needed to respond more quickly, citing a desire to redefine fully vaccinated to include booster shots, for example.

“Everyone wants us to be done with this pandemic, but in order to get out of this we cannot ignore the realities of what is happening and what is needed,” Weiss said.

Denmark has decided to shut down theaters, concert halls, amusement parks and museums in response to cases of the virus. In Spain, friends and classmates canceled the traditional end-of-year dinners.

Scotland and Wales on Friday pledged millions of pounds for businesses hit in Britain’s latest wave of infections, a move that put pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to he does the same in England.

Treasury Chief Rishi Sunak spoke to representatives of companies who have asked for more support, denouncing a “stealth lockdown” in which government officials recommend people reduce socialization as much as possible without formally enforcing the rules strict closures.

Britain has reported a record number of infections three days in a row this week, the last Friday with more than 93,000 cases.

Businesses ranging from vacation providers to pubs and theaters have seen a wave of cancellations as customers decided to avoid the revelry for now rather than risk getting infected and missing family celebrations later.

Even British Christmas pantos – beloved and boisterous holiday shows – are under threat. The Belgrade Theater in Coventry, western England, had to repay 180,000 pounds ($ 240,000) in ticket sales after customers decided not to attend the shows. He was also forced to cancel 12 performances of “Beauty and the Beast” because half of the cast tested positive.

“There has been a real gash in trust,” executive director Joanna Reid told the BBC.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday that financial support for businesses must come from the central government because it has the borrowing power to finance the scale of the aid needed.

“Business is already bleeding, every 24 hours counts,” Sturgeon said at a briefing in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh. “There’s no time to lose.”

The already besieged travel and tourism industry is particularly badly hit.

Eurostar, which operates trains across the Channel, sold tickets to France on Friday before new rules restricting travel to and from Britain came into effect. Long queues meandered around the parking lot for the Eurotunnel, which runs through the tunnel that drivers use to cross the water.

Ryanair originally planned to carry around 11 million passengers in December, but that number has fallen to 10 million, chief executive Michael O’Leary told The Guardian. Europe’s largest airline will also cut around 10% of its capacity in January.

Amanda Wheelock, 29, a graduate student at the University of Michigan, canceled a trip to France with her partner as cases increased there. While the push isn’t necessarily due to omicron, uncertainty over the new variant and a new requirement that all U.S. travelers must test negative before returning to the U.S. has raised concerns that the trip not be more stressful than fun. .

Instead, she travels to the Anchorage, Alaska area to see friends.

A new CDC study has found that vaccines offer more protection against COVID-19 than antibodies from a previous infection. Researchers found that adults who had recently recovered from COVID-19 but had not been vaccinated were more than 5 times more likely to catch the coronavirus than adults who had been vaccinated and had never had the virus. COVID-19.

“A vacation with a lot of stress is probably not a great vacation,” said Wheelock, originally from Arvada, Colo.

Advantage Travel Group, which represents around 350 travel agents in the UK, said its business fell 40% in mid-December compared to the previous month. These numbers, including flights, cruise bookings and package holidays, add to the current slump in the travel industry, which had already seen its activity drop by two-thirds since the start of the pandemic, a said CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said.

“Our members are dealing with clients who are really nervous about traveling now,” she said.

Many travel and hospitality professionals hoped they had left the worst behind, nearly two years after a pandemic devastated these industries. They saw this holiday season as a chance to reclaim some of what had been lost – until omicron throws a veil reminiscent of the early days of the crisis.

Richard Stevens estimates he lost 4,000 pounds ($ 5,300) in reservations at his rental ski chalet in the French Alps after the announcement of new, stricter travel rules for people coming from Britain.

He lost his first reservation when a guest called to say the restrictions would not allow anyone to come to France without a compelling reason, Stevens said. “And the compelling reason does not include going on vacation.”

Celebrity chef Michel Roux and other restaurateurs have invested heavily in redesigning their places to address safety concerns – and hoped to reap some of the benefits.

Returning to a state of enormous uncertainty for a second consecutive Christmas is “like a kick in the stomach,” said Roux, who owns a destination restaurant in London.

Jorge Riera, who runs a traditional Spanish restaurant in central Madrid, said it doesn’t matter that the authorities didn’t impose specific restrictions and, at most, only issued recommendations.

“Most of our clients prioritize the well-being of loved ones over spending a fun evening with colleagues,” said Riera.

In the last week alone, cancellations have occurred for about half of the placeholder, sometimes on the same day of the event, the official said.

“People are afraid of the virus again,” he said.


Associated Press editors Kelvin Chan and Danica Kirka in London; Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington, Mae Anderson in New York, Aritz Parra in Madrid, Barry Hatton in Lisbon and Sylvia Hui in London contributed to this report.


Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic.

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MCC Receives Haas Fellowship | Business


For the sixth time, Meridian Community College’s Precision Machining and Manufacturing program has received a scholarship from the Gene Haas Foundation.

The $ 30,000 grant is intended for support scholarships and student competition teams for students enrolled in the MCC Precision Machining and Manufacturing program.

“The Gene Haas Foundation scholarships are critical to the program and the advanced manufacturing sector in Mississippi,” said Brian Warren, president of MCC’s Industrial Technology division and instructor of the Engineering Technology program. precision machining.

Warren noted that many students in the program are just above the income threshold to qualify for federal financial aid or have already exhausted their Pell scholarship in another degree program or college.

The Associate of Precision Machining Engineering (MST) technology is designed to teach the basic skills required for machinists, advanced machining procedures, CNC programming and, in addition, the university courses required to obtain the AAS diploma.

MST students receive instruction in lathe and milling operations, CNC programming, print reading, applied mathematics, precision measurement, CNC operation, assisted design and manufacturing by computer, assembly engineering, process control and production management.

At the end of the program, students receive the NIMS and Titans of CNC certifications.

Gene Haas is the owner of Haas Automation, Inc., a billion dollar company and America’s leading manufacturer of computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools. Sixteen years after starting his business, he founded the Gene Haas Foundation.

Haas’ commitment to the importance of manufacturing in the United States prompted him to develop his personal foundation and lead his board of trustees to focus on teaching manufacturing in the form of scholarships for training. CNC machinist. More than 4,000 charities (501 C 3) and schools have received funds totaling more than $ 50 million from the Gene Haas Foundation.

The main objective of the Foundation is to develop skills in the machining industry by offering scholarships for CNC machine technology and engineering programs based on CNC machining.

Warren said that in addition to providing financial support, GHF and Haas Automation provide tremendous support to students in the program to help them be successful. “Students can learn from top Haas Automation engineers through a series of YouTube trainings, meet NASCAR drivers who virtually drive for Stewart-Haas Racing on race days, and local Haas Factory Outlet representatives come to the center to work ahead – one-on-one with students and providing students with leads to potential employment after graduation, ”he added.

The Real Madrid Foundation participates in “World Majlis: The Winning Match” at Expo 2020 Dubai


NEW STORIES. 12/17/2021

The relationship between play and learning was at the center of the debate.

The Real Madrid FoundationAdrián Silla, Head of Basketball R&D Training, attended The Winning Game conference, which is part of the World Majlis events program at Expo 2020 Dubai. Managers and key players gathered to discuss and exchange views on the possibilities of integrating play as an educational tool and ensuring success both inside and outside the classroom.

The flag of Spain at Expo 2020 Dubai, which opened on October 10, organizes Knowledge and Learning Week and received technical experts and coordinators from the Real Madrid Foundation‘s Training Area, as a world benchmark for educational sport in values.

The World Majlis: The Winning Match roundtable was moderated by Dr Mansoor Al Awar, with the presence of the co-founders of ValPat Steam Channel, Valeria Corrales and Patricia Meredia; the founder of Indigital, Mikaela Jade; the writer Charles Pappas; the best chess player in history, Judit Polgar; the curator of chess in the Spanish pavilion, Leontxo García; and the Director of Programs and Exhibitions of the Archives and Libraries Group of the Singapore National Library Board, Raneetha Rajaratnam.

More than 8,000 daily visitors to the Spanish pavilion were also able to discover the Real Madrid Foundation ”the omnichannel eLearning platform, Sports Values ​​Academy TV, the first and only edutainment channel on values ​​and sport which recently received the Top Developer Awards.
Last season, more than 5,000 people were trained with the Sport Values ​​Academy through conferences, workshops, courses, training days on education, sport, values, neurodidactics and emotional intelligence, as well as other specialized content of the unique methodology of the Real Madrid Foundation, For a REAL Education: Values ​​and Sport.

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Justice Reign – :::… The Tide News Online :::…


Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike is now taking another turn in history as he continues commissioning and launching projects in several parts of the state. The process has already started with the commissioning of the Rumuola flyby last Thursday by the former governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
The GRA Flyover was also put into service last Saturday. A state government statement said the Ezimgbu road would be commissioned today, December 13, 2021; with another commissioning of the Tombia road extension scheduled for tomorrow, December 14, 2021. The Governor will also commission the Safe Home, Borikiri, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, December 15; while on Thursday, December 16, 2021, it will be the turn of Odokwu’s internal roads.
In addition, Governor Wike would maintain the launch of key infrastructure projects with the Chokocho-Igbodo road scheduled for Monday, December 20, 2021; Oyigbo-Okoloma Route on Wednesday, December 22, 2021; and the Magistrates’ Court complex, Port Harcourt on Thursday 23 December 2021.
Recall that in January of this year, Rivers State was in turmoil for about three weeks as prominent Nigerian citizens joined Wike to commission or report projects in 11 local government areas across the state. They included the Abonnema bypass in the Akuku-Toru local government area; Bolo internal roads in Ogu / Bolo local government area; Isiodu Road in the Emohua local government area; Internal roads of Isiokpo Phase 2 in the local government area of ​​Ikwerre; and the Aluu-Rumuekini road in the Obio / Akpor local government area.
Others were the Mother-Child Hospital, the Real Madrid Academy, the 16.6 kilometer two-car Saakpenwa / Bori highway in the Khana local government area, the Sime-Nonwa-Kira road in the Tai local government area, among a host of other projects. Several others were also put into service last March. This remarkable development, which takes place at a time when most of the world’s leaders have used COVID-19 as a good faith excuse for non-performance, will remain legendary.
All completed projects are milestones that support significant developments. They stand out and have continued to earn the credit of the Wike administration from well-meaning Nigerians and state residents. The flyovers, above all, are an additional aesthetic to the Garden City and its surroundings, and their unveiling accentuates another dream realized by the government. The flight over Rumuola, in particular, would eliminate a long struggle against the severe traffic jams for which the region is infamous.
Undoubtedly, the projects would re-establish activities in the inert localities. To claim that the entire population of Rivers State is doing better with these projects is to specify the essentials, as they would go a long way in promoting their socio-economic well-being. Indeed, walking in such splendid structures evokes a thought of euphoria and fulfillment in the subconscious of the inhabitants of Rivers.
As is typical of the Wike administration, personalities from several parts of the country are usually invited to commission projects within the state. Therefore, as the state began to see an avalanche of actions, it began welcoming several other Nigerians to be part of the ceremony, with effect from last Thursday.
Indeed, The Tide is extremely pleased with the state governor’s unhindered initiative. We recount how the broken walls of development and fellowship were reorganized under Wike’s first term with sector performance and services provided by strategic government institutions that remained effective under his leadership in his second term without any relapses.
Anyone in the state can attest that construction of strategic road projects and airlifts has progressed despite Nigeria’s budget crisis. We ask for the understanding and cooperation of all the people of Rivers who desire the good governance provided by Wike, and urge them to remember the inglorious past when the State was on its knees from where the Governor took it to chart a new path.
Clearly, the government is sparing no effort to improve Rivers State. To say that Wike is rapidly transforming the state’s landscape with its gigantic stages of development is to say the tangible. In a limited amount of time, the governor has whirled the entire state into a huge construction site that in every way substantial development projects are either underway or have been finalized.
We join all well-meaning people in Rivers State and Nigeria, business organizations and individuals in saluting and exalting the Governor in this auspicious celebration of commissioning and project initiation. Projects on the ground so far indicate an unprecedented transformation of the state, making it a preferred haven for investors. This gesture is proof of His Excellency’s determination to leave Rivers State better than he has met him.
Interestingly, as the unveiling of new projects executed by the current administration continues, Governor Wike is celebrating his birthday today.
Without question, the projects are a worthy birthday present for the people of Rivers. There can be no better way to mark this auspicious moment than by unveiling a litany of key people-focused projects and reporting others. We join the well-meaning people of Rivers and Nigerians in wishing the Governor a happy birthday.

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Donald Hudler obituary (1934 – 2021) – Charlotte, North Carolina

Donald wiley hudler
July 20, 1934 – December 9, 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina – Don Hudler has spent his life helping people achieve the American Dream, the part that included a great American automobile. A child of Detroit, he rose through the ranks of General Motors when GM was king. At the start of his career, he sold us the power and prestige of the Cadillacs. Years later, he became president of Saturn, GM’s daring new compact car.
Donald Wiley Hudler passed away on December 9, 2021. Until the day of his death at the age of 87, he was, as his wife put it so simply and powerfully, “a real car guy”.
Don was born in Detroit on July 20, 1934, with his twin brother, Ron, son of Fred and Myrtle Hudler. The dye was poured early. His father worked for GM, moving the family to Ohio during World War II when he was assigned to oversee a factory that made military vehicles. Don and Ron attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where Don did track and field and belonged to Sigma Phi Epsilon. The brothers shared a Cadillac on campus, although their friends believed each had their own because no one could tell the Hudler boys apart. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1956, Don started working for GM.
In a 43-year career, nothing has stopped him.
He has held several key positions at GM, starting with Cadillac, including that of National Director of Merchandising and Marketing. He spent three years in Madrid, Spain, as Regional Marketing Director in charge of Belgium, France, Italy and Spain. When GM created the Saturn Corp. in 1985 for the compact car market, Don sculpted the company’s marketing effort which emphasized value, reliability and customer service. He was president of Saturn from 1995 to 1999. In many ways he became the face of innovation for the world’s largest automaker. Six-foot-four, with long silver hair and an air of quiet confidence, he was the man for the job. Don was also vice president of GM.
He wasn’t in the accolades, just the accomplishments. He said, “Clever peacocks don’t fan their feathers until they’re on top of the hill.” No wonder his colleagues considered him a game changer. Don was also known for his hard work, fairness and generosity.
Even his personal life has been enriched by GM. Dannielle Colliver worked at an advertising agency in Detroit that managed the Cadillac account. This is how she met Don. Dannielle then became Director of Advertising for Chevrolet. They married in 1993 and moved to Charlotte in 1999 after her retirement from GM. Don pursued his automotive interests by owning Saturn dealers in Dallas and Houston and later Cadillac and Hyundai dealers in Houston.
Don is survived by his wife, Dannielle Colliver-Hudler, and stepdaughter, Victoria (Robyn) Colliver, both of Charlotte.
A private memorial service is planned.
Donations in his honor can be made to the Scholarship Fund at Ohio Wesleyan University, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 (www.owu.edu/give). Half of the funds will go to female students. While at GM, he helped promote scholarships as well as blood drives and organ transplant programs. He has also served on the boards of Coachmen Industries, Saab and Compaq Corp.
The family are grateful for the care and kindness shown by everyone at Sharon Towers, where Don was a patient at the health center.
Don Hudler was a man of substance, a leader in a big American industry during those glory years when your dad (or mom) pulling into the driveway with a new GM car was the stuff of dreams come true.
He was also a man of style. Don has found the time to indulge his love of travel. Before his illness, he would sit on the patio of their house in Charlotte, cigar in one hand, glass of wine in the other, their Cadillac in the garage. Life was good.
Arrangements are made at the Kenneth W. Poe Funeral and Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on December 19, 2021.

Royal Academy of Music launches Elton John Global Exchange Program


The Royal Academy of Music in London has announced a new program that will promote global mobility and international collaboration between deserving and talented young musicians.

The program, developed by the Academy and approved by Elton john, will be operational in September 2022 and will allow students from twelve conservatories around the world to participate in educational exchanges with the Academy. These will vary in length from a week of intensive project-based work to, in exceptional cases, a full year of study.

Confirmed exchange institutions include the Juilliard School (New York), the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Sibelius Academy of the Helsinki University of the Arts, the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, Hanns Eisler Academy, Berlin, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich, Reina Sofía School of Music (Madrid) , Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Music and Graduate School of Music.

Academy Director Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE said: “In a rapidly changing global landscape, conservatories must evolve to meet future needs and create new opportunities for young artists. At the heart of this is the free exchange of ideas regardless of international borders – which is why we have put together this network from a selection of the best music schools in the world.

“All of them have long been friends of the Royal Academy of Music, so reconnecting with each of these institutions has been deeply encouraging. Because everyone is committed to broadening the horizons of our future generation of musicians, the prospect of sharing our work and our culture through exchanges and individual projects is fascinating.

“Elton John, himself a former student of the Academy, has provided remarkable assistance to our international student body over the years and is deeply committed to ensuring that young musicians are able to collaborate, innovate and develop as artists in the wider environment. We are extremely grateful to him for lending his name to this project and for offering our support. ‘

“Elton John was the Academy’s most generous alumni donor, in recognition of his being appointed a Member of the Court of Regents’ Benefactors, along with her husband David Furnish, in a ceremony in January 2022 The global exchange program will primarily be supported by new income from an existing fund created by Elton to provide scholarships to exceptionally talented musicians in several genres. The scope of the donation has been broadened to meet the growing need for an international educational forum and exchange.

Elton John said in a statement, “My passion is to help nurture the next generation of global artists. Music can and should transcend borders, and I am delighted to support a program that provides tangible high-level opportunities to talented young musicians from many different countries.

Up to 20 participants per year from the Academy and its partner conservatories will benefit from short and collaborative projects, of a single semester or a full year of schooling in their host establishment.

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Thousands of people oppose Vox and repeal of LGTBI laws in Madrid – CVBJ


12/15/2021 at 22:54 CET


Some 2,000 people gathered on Wednesday in the Puerta del Sol by Madrid to protest against Autonomous Equality Act that Vox proposed and which will probably be rejected tomorrow at the Regional Assembly.

The protest was called by the Madrid collective LGTBI under the motto “Not a step back”and had the support of concentrations in other cities, called by the State Federation of this movement (Felgtb).

The Vox proposal includes the repeal of the law on gender identity and expression and comprehensive protection against LGTBIphobia, both approved in 2016 with the government of Cristina Cifuentes, replacing it with a text without specific reference to discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity, subsuming them into generic discrimination on “any other personal circumstances”.

Also omit the express prohibition of conversion therapy and surgical interventions in minors with both sexual characteristics, aspects which are the subject of a veto by the regulations currently in force.

PP abstention

the PP has already announced that he will abstain in the vote to take into account the Vox initiative, thus condemning it to end its parliamentary career, and the regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, ruled out a possible repeal of the two regional laws that the party of Santiago Abascal wishes to suppress, although it opened the door to its modification.

But that was not an obstacle to the celebration of the demonstration, in which some 2,000 people participated, according to the government delegation, who filled the Puerta del Sol with rainbow flags and various badges representing the LGTBI collective.

they sang slogans against Vox (“Abascal is a criminal”) but also against Ayusocalling for his resignation and claiming that “this is happening because of a front government”.

As Cogam expressed in the protest manifesto, it is a “law of final inequality”which would mean “a retreat of human rights” towards “a society in which LGTBI people had only two possibilities to live: hidden or persecuted”.

“The goal, let’s be clear, is wipe us out of public lifeput us in the closet and make us live as more than 40 years ago, with fear, without recognition and without rights (…) asked to strengthen “education against LGTBIphobia” and to urgently deal with a trans law state “that does not leave non-binary trans people out.”

Representatives of the PSOE, United We Can and More Madrid

Representatives of the PSOE, United We Can and more Madridwho unanimously censured the law proposed by Vox and, above all, the position of the PP, accusing it of “putting itself in profile” with a “cowardly” abstention.

In support of the Madrid demonstration, dozens of people concentrated in Barcelonaconvened by the LGTBIcat platform and the Observatory Against Homophobia in the Parliament Street superblock with Earl Borrell.

The Felgtb had called this afternoon for mobilizations in other cities such as La Coruña, Gijón, Seville, Malaga, Huelva, Murcia and Palencia, and had also asked the LGTBI International Organization (ILGA) to send a letter to the president of the PP, Pablo Casado, already president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.

In this letter, the international organization asks you to protect LGTBI rights in the Community of Madrid and to vote against the Vox initiative.

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Sir Elton John Global Exchange Program


The Royal Academy of Music in London has announced a new program that will promote global mobility and international collaboration between deserving and talented young musicians.

The program, developed by the Academy and approved by Sir Elton John, will be operational in September 2022 and will allow students from twelve of the best conservatories in the world to participate in educational exchanges with the Academy. These will vary in duration from an intensive work week per project to, in exceptional cases, a full year of study.

Over 200 years, the Academy has a long history of international collaboration, and some of its closest partner conservatories are among the list of organizations participating in the program.

Confirmed trading institutions include:

Sydney Conservatory of Music

The Juilliard School (New York),

National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris

Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Sibelius Academy of the Helsinki University of the Arts

Mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Hanns Eisler Academy, Berlin

Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich

Reina Sofía School of Music (Madrid)

The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Music and Graduate School of Music

The global exchange program will be primarily supported by new income from an existing fund established by Sir Elton to provide scholarships to exceptionally talented musicians across multiple genres. The scope of the donation has been broadened to meet the growing need for an international educational forum and exchange. Up to 20 participants per year from the Academy and its partner conservatories will benefit from short and collaborative projects, a single semester or a full year of schooling in their host institution.

School Principal and Dean of the Sydney Conservatory of Music, Anna Reid, said: “The Con is delighted to have been selected to join this prestigious program which creates a new and unique opportunity for our students; an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from the best conservatories around the world.

Sir Elton, an alumnus of the Academy, has helped the international student body over the years and is deeply committed to ensuring that young musicians are able to collaborate, innovate and grow as artists in the wider environment.

Australian Open 2022: Queensland teenager Olivia Gadecki set to miss Grand Slam after refusing COVID-19 vaccine


Teenage sensation Olivia Gadecki is set to miss the entire Australian tennis summer after choosing not to get the shot.

Barely a month after making his Fed Cup debut for Australia, Gadecki has rocked tennis circles with his position which conflicts with government regulations that require all players to be fully vaccinated to compete in the Open d ‘Australia January 17-30.

It is understood that Tennis Australia has been working for weeks to try to convince Gadecki to change his mind.

But the 19-year-old is believed not to budge despite being a contender for a wildcard Open worth $ 100,000 – or more if she gets past the first round.

Mentioned this year by esteemed women’s coach David Taylor, Gadecki had a phenomenal breakout season in 2021 that even caught the attention and admiration of world No.1 Ash Barty.

Unranked at the start of the year, Gadecki rose to 237th in the world after a season of 50 wins, two titles and four finals on lower-tier WTA circuits.

The Queenslander hasn’t looked back since a resounding victory over 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin at the Phillip Island Trophy in Melbourne Park in February.

Olivia Gadecki (right) was a shoo-in to win a wildcard at the Australian Open. Credit: Getty

“Second professional match in history. It is quite a surprising thing. It’s a pretty good story, ”Taylor recently told AAP from its European base in Liechtenstein.

“She had no ranking, zero, on February 1 and here she is already in the top 250 – it’s unheard of.

“In her very first pro game, she lost to the world number 60 in three sets, the second game defeated Kenin, and then in her very first pro event at $ 25,000, she reached the final in Madrid.

“She’s going to be good. This girl will be good, I think.

So good that Barty took a bang, assisting and mentoring.

“Ash really helped her,” Taylor said.

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Young Australian star Olivia Gadecki will be missing at least $ 100,000. Credit: PAA

“Forget about doing things for a picture or whatever, Barty puts a serious emphasis on this girl – weekly contact, watch her games online even when she was playing at Wimby (Wimbledon).

“A guy uploaded a photo of Ash looking at her online on an ITF website.

“The hits with her almost always in Brisbane. Like even at Roland Garros when Olivia got a wildcard in qualifying, Ash hit with her on Philippe Chatrier (center court).

“It’s just amazing what Ash did for this girl. She usually stays for herself, Ash, but for Olivia, God, she’s been so supportive and a true mentor. That’s good.”

But unless there is a late change of mind, Australian fans won’t be able to see the emerging talent play this summer.

It is also unclear whether Gadecki’s decision not to get the vaccine will affect her scholarships with Tennis Australia, although it is likely that TA will continue to support her from a distance.

Juventus have one less problem to fear as Luis Suarez citizenship case dropped


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The Uruguayan striker had traveled to Italy to sign with Juventus and speed up an Italian citizen test. Suarez would end up signing with Atletico Madrid.

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© Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty ImagesLuis Suarez

Juventus finally has some good news, off the pitch, like the case against the club and the Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez was dropped by the Italian FA due to lack of evidence. In a statement, the FIGC said: “not enough evidence to prove that there has been relevant illegal conduct within the reach of the federal sports system”.

The case caught the attention of the Italian FA when Suarez arrived in Italy to sign with Juventus in September 2020, At the time, the Barcelona forward was looking for a new club after then manager Ronald Koeman made it clear that Suarez was not in his plans. Suarez took the Italian citizenship test at the University for Foreigners of Perugia; Suarez passed the test with the aim of rushing the Italian citizenship papers so that the striker does not occupy a place of non-European player.

What led to the investigation was a suspicion of preferential treatment and accusations that the striker had been given the questions in advance with a view to taking the test and signing with Juventus as soon as possible.

Juventus cleared of Luis Suarez’s Italian citizenship test case

Juventus would not admit any wrongdoing, but the Italian FA opened an investigation which blocked the transfer and Suarez ended up signing with Atletico Madrid. There, Suarez would win the LaLiga title with the Madrid club.

For Juventus, this is good news as the club are still under investigation for changing player transfer values ​​in order to comply with financial fair play rules. If found guilty, the Turin club could be sent to Serie B. Juventus were relegated for their involvement in the Calciopoli scandal in 2006.

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