Financial Assistance

first_imgToday’s service member is a highly trained individual. As a result, there is competition between military and private industry for quality personnel. Retention of such personnel can be directly related to the service member’s perception and satisfaction with the quality of life in the military. The military lifestyle certainly does create special and unique financial concerns, such as those related to frequent moves, deployments, separation from family members, and fluctuation in pay. Financial problems are a leading cause of personal stress and family dysfunction in all branches of the military.In recent years, a number of studies have been done which indicate the extent of the problem within the Navy and the types of issues that are causing particular concern. The major findings show that a large number of personnel are affected by personal financial management problems and the impact this has had on the Navy in terms of cost (roughly $172 million per year) and readiness (annual lost productivity of 891 man years – staffing for three destroyers).Military personnel enjoy job security and steady incomes. This often makes them special targets to a number of questionable business practices, sales techniques and credit offers. However, service members do have a responsibility to pay their just debts in a proper and timely fashion, and those that do not are deemed to be acting in an irresponsible manner. This is particularly true when their bad debts become the subject of official correspondence or when preoccupation with financial difficulties results in decreased job productivity. These situations can have a detrimental impact on military careers, such as disciplinary action, loss of security clearance, lower evaluations, denial of assignments and administrative or dishonorable discharges.These financial concerns and situations continue to support the Navy’s innovative approach to financial education and training, counseling and information and referral in the form of a comprehensive, long-range Personal Financial Management Program offered at the Fleet and Family Support Center.FFSC’s financial counselor offers several workshops dealing with financial preparedness; including Developing Your Spending Plan, Credit Management, Consumer Awareness, Car Buying Strategies, and The Basics of Retirement Planning. These are in addition to the Relocation Assistance Program workshops such as Smooth Move and Base/Spouse Indoctrination; which include sections dealing with finances. The counselor can assist you in preparing a personalized budget and design a spending plan to make your life easier. Make an appointment before you have problems. Learn how to make your quality of life better and your financial future brighter.Financial preparedness is of major importance to military families, not just during relocation, but year round. The China Lake Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) has a Financial Education Counselor whose primary focus is assisting the military member and their family in becoming financially sound.FFSC’s financial counselor offers several workshops dealing with financial preparedness; including Developing Your Spending Plan, Credit Management, Consumer Awareness, Car Buying Strategies, and The Basics of Retirement Planning. These are in addition to the Relocation Assistance Program workshops such as Smooth Move and Base/Spouse Indoctrination; which include sections dealing with finances. The counselor can assist you in preparing a personalized budget and design a spending plan to make your life easier. Make an appointment before you have problems. Learn how to make your quality of life better and your financial future brighter.last_img read more

Hadestown Celebrates Vinyl Album Release with a Signing Party

first_img Patrick Page View All (5) Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page greet fans. Amber Gray Reeve Carney View Comments Hadestown celebrated the vinyl release of its Grammy-nominated cast album with an event on December 12 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The cast and creatives were on hand to mingle with fans and sign copies of the album, as well as sing original holiday carols. Show creators—composer-lyricist Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin—were present, as well as the cast, including Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, and 2019 Tony winner André De Shields. Hadestown is a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus (played by Carney) and Eurydice (Noblezada), with a bluegrass score and a contemporary edge. See photos from the event below. The “Hadestown” cast sings an original holiday carol for attendees. Related Showscenter_img Hadestown Composer-lyricist Anaïs Mitchell, director Rachel Chavkin and star Reeve Carney are feeling the joy. Star Files from $69.00 Amber Gray, André De Shields and Eva Noblezada (Photos by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) André De Shields Eva Noblezadalast_img read more

Spruce Peak at Stowe completes Village Center, part of its $500 million project

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Spruce Peak at Stowe has completed of its highly anticipated $90-million-dollar Village Center development, which the resort says is revolutionizing the Northeast ski experience. The resort development, an estimated $500-million-dollar project, began in 2003 with Stowe Mountain Lodge, the Mountain Cabins and a 21,000 square-foot spa. As of this 2016/2017 winter season, Spruce Peak at Stowe presents a luxurious alpine village with a new 20,000 square-foot Alpine Clubhouse with Club Residences, 30,000 square-foot Adventure Center and boutique shops that are centered around a 10,000-square-foot ice skating rink.”When we began this project, we envisioned creating the East’s answer to Deer Valley, Aspen or Beaver Creek,” said Spruce Peak at Stowe’s Vice President & Director of Real Estate, Sam Gaines. “We knew in order to create this community, we would need to develop world-class facilities and amenities that infuse the community with a sense of luxury not yet seen in this area of Vermont.”Club House. Photos courtesty Spruce Peak at Stowe.The Alpine Clubhouse and Club Residences features 19 luxury resort club homes, a private dining facility and a ski club for Spruce Peak residents and local members. The facility was concepted by architectural firm Bull Stockwell Allen with the vision of allowing the dynamic glass and wood interior to punctuate the relationship to Stowe’s majestic outdoor environment. For the interior of the Clubhouse, Brayton Hughes Design Studio paid homage to the early ski lodge as well as New England architectural traditions. The Clubhouse incorporates region al touches such as Douglas fir for the central stairways, granite and soapstone, and plaid carpets and fabrics contrasted with cowhides to reference Vermont’s agrarian traditions. It is the only facility of its kind to offer underground slope-side parking, affording members trek-free, hassle-free access to the mountain. The Alpine Clubhouse overlooks the skating rink, which has hosted performances by Olympic skaters such as Boston-based Nancy Kerrigan.The newly opened Adventure Center, a multi-season activity center, houses the famed Stowe Children’s Ski and Ride school with dedicated learn-to-ski area located right outside its doors. The facility also encompasses a movie screening area, casual dining facility and Stowe Rocks-a climbing gym that replicates some of the local rock formations. Famed artist Geoff McFetridge, former art director of the famous underground Beastie Boys magazine, Grand Royal, created a large-scale mural within the Adventure Center using caric atures of animals to reference the local points of interest. Stowe Mountain Resort’s incredible terrain has made it an east coast favorite for almost 100 years and with over $10 million in recent snowmaking improvements to supplement over 300 inches of annual natural snow, the East’s most iconic ski resort has never provided a better experience. Now, in addition to the ski experience, Spruce Peak at Stowe’s new luxury amenities make it a true four season luxury destination. The resort’s new features and luxury real estate add to the existing 21,000 square-foot spa and pool, a 450-seat performance center, a 36-hole golf course, and of course access to Stowe Mountain Lodge, which contains the most sought after ski-in/ski-out hotel lodging in the east. While these base amenities set Spruce Peak apart from other communities, the famous slopes of Mt. Mansfield remain at the resort’s core, offering fun and challenging trails for every level of experience.At the center of Sp ruce Peak’s development philosophy is sustainability and the environment. Spruce Peak at Stowe is a member of the Audubon International Sustainable Communities Program. Due to that prestigious designation, Spruce Peak became the first mountain resort in the nation to earn the Audubon International Green Community Award. The Village Center is heated and cooled by one of the largest private geothermal systems, comprised of 100 wells under the ski slopes.”Spruce Peak is unlike most mountain resort enclaves in that it has very limited real estate opportunities available for second home owners,” said Gaines. “However, the few developments that exist in the village are in very high demand as evidenced by the $42MM record-sale of all 19 Club Residences.”Locker RoomThis fall, Spruce Peak will break ground on 18 four-bedroom Village Townhomes, 2,100-square-foot triplex units with direct access to the slopes, 18-hole golf course, and Village Center. Homes range from $1.5 – $2.2 mil lion dollars. Spruce Peak Realty, the exclusive developer sales and marketing agency is accepting reservations now for unit selection, which is scheduled to take place later this fall.Spruce Peak at Stowe is a 2-hour drive from Montreal, a 3-hour drive from Boston and a 45-minute flight from the New York area via Tradewind Aviation’s Northeast shuttle service.About Spruce Peak Spruce Peak at Stowe is a four season, slope-side affluent community located within Stowe Mountain Resort, at the base of Spruce Peak and Mt. Mansfield in Vermont. The luxury alpine community is the only resort in the Northeast with ski-in/ski-out residences, a 21,000 square-foot spa, a 450-seat performance center, an award-winning Bob Cupp-designed golf course, and 30,000 square-foot Adventure Center with rock-climbing walls and a world-class children’s Ski and Ride School. Spruce Peak at Stowe is located at the bas e of the tallest mountain in Vermont, and is surrounded by 2,000 acres of preserved wildlife habitat. Spruce Peak at Stowe is a member of the Audubon International Sustainable Communities Program. Due to that prestigious designation, Spruce Peak became the first mountain resort in the nation to earn the Audubon International Green Community Award.For more information, visit www.sprucepeak.com(link is external).About Stowe Mountain ResortStowe is an internationally renowned year-round destination. Stowe Mountain Resort, with majestic Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, is filled with activities for every season; golf, tennis, hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, world-class dining, shopping, spa and more. Stowe’s historic village combined with Vermont’s most spectacular landscape creates quintessential New England getaways.Source: STOWE, VT – (Marketwired – October 13, 2016) – Spruce Peak at Stowelast_img read more

Jane’s Trust grants $80,000 to CVOEO to support financial empowerment for new Americans

first_imgVermont Business Magazine So how does a program like Financial Futures get from interpreted financial capability classes on site to the “Financial Empowerment for New Americans Project?” Start by building on a grant-funded project in 2015/16 through the Refugee Targeted Assistance Program with the goal of developing the financial capability of refugees and asylum seekers, then add staff participation in IDEO’s Human-Centered Design course, then strengthen existing and forge new partnerships.Then add funding support from Jane’s Trust in the amount of $80,000 to bring on an Americorps*VISTA and a project manager, provide training for Community Ambassadors who will lead classes in year two, and a Financial Wellness Day with activities for the whole family.Jan Demers, Executive Director of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) says, “In these uncertain times for our New American neighbors, we’re grateful for this funding support, and we’re committed to continuing to scale up our services to ensure that all Vermonters have opportunities for bright financial futures.”With the strong collaborative support of partners, CVOEO’s Financial Empowerment for New Americans Project will reach 150 New American neighbors through interpreted classes and individual coaching meetings; a Financial Wellness Day, reaching 100 New Americans; and a new service of financial house parties to reach 100 Somali women (the result of a four-month long Human-Centered Design workshop with Financial Futures staff participating) Check out this cartoon(link is external).)Those partners include the Burlington School District Parent University who will organize financial workshops at Parent U., refer community ambassadors, recruit hosts for Bhutanese house parties, and recognize participants at their annual graduation. In addition, the Vermont Family Network (VFN) will refer community ambassadors as well, and recruit hosts from the Somali community. The Islamic Society of Vermont will host a Friday Jummah meet and greet with mosque members and partners, hosting financial capability classes on site, and also refer community ambassadors and recruit hosts from the Somali Community. The City of Winooski will host and provide marketing and outreach for the second annual Financial Wellness Day and host on-site community classes that day.As one partner, Pam McCarthy, CEO/President of the Vermont Family Network (VFN), says, “Moving from a model of being participants in a class to becoming the hosts and facilitators of financial education is sure to make a positive difference, and aligns with VFN’s commitment to empowerment and peer-to-peer learning.”Kate Larose, Financial Futures Program director says “The clients that CVOEO serves are at the heart of all that we do. For that reason it is only fitting to imagine what success will look like two years from now from a client’s perspective:”My name is Ashikiro and I arrived in Vermont in 2008. Sometimes it seems like yesterday when I was back in the camp in Kenya. Other days it seems like a lifetime ago. My first year here was wonderful and confusing. In addition to learning another new culture and language, I also had to learn a completely new financial system—everything from getting a bank account to paying bills. I heard that CVOEO had financial classes, but I never felt comfortable going, and the bus would take an hour. So when I heard they were looking for women interested in hosting a party, I signed up. I invited five of my friends and we decided we wanted to learn more about buying a car, especially since many loans here charge interest that we cannot pay. The party was fun. I learned new things and I earned money towards my savings goal for hosting at my apartment. My friends were able to start saving too. Three parties later I am closer to buying my car and I was invited to become a community ambassador. Less than 10 years ago I was learning all of this for the first time. Now I will be the one teaching other Somali women. People tell their friends, “Oh, you have a money question? Ask Ashikiro.”Innovation in this project takes several forms: moving from the concept of classes to parties that are responsive to what attendees want to learn and provide built-in opportunities for saving towards goals, a multi-generational approach through the family-friendly Financial Wellness Day with hands-on learning for all ages, and working with those who are already trusted and respected members of the community.About CVOEOThe Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1965 to carry out the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in Vermont’s Northwest Counties of Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle. It is one of five Community Action Agencies in Vermont.We bridge gaps and build futures. That is, we provide individuals and families with the basic needs of food, fuel and housing support in times of crisis, and we help them acquire the necessary education, financial skills and assets to build a stable future in which they thrive.CVOEO provides vital services to over eleven thousand households (over 25,000 individuals) every year. Our three Coordinated Statewide Housing Services (the Fair Housing Project, the Mobile Home Program, and Vermont Tenants) serve residents statewide. The agency employs a dedicated staff of approximately 145 employees and engages more than 1,100 volunteers annually, working out of approximately 18 locations in addition to Head Start classrooms throughout the Champlain Valley region.Source: www.cvoeo.org 7.12.2017(link is external)last_img read more

People’s United Bank acquires Vend Lease

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,Vermont Business Magazine People’s United Bank(link is external), NA, a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), has acquired Vend Lease Company(link is external), a nationwide provider of equipment financing to suppliers and vendors primarily in the hospitality industry. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Vend Lease will become a division of the bank’s operating subsidiary, LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.”We are pleased to welcome Vend Lease to People’s United Bank,” said Jack Barnes, Chairman and CEO of People’s United Financial. “They share our client-centric approach, have a highly specialized skill-set, and a recognized brand in the markets they serve. The strength of our combined expertise will provide for an exceptional client experience, foster positive growth and be a valuable addition to our growing equipment finance business.””With People’s United and LEAF, we are confident in our ability to accelerate growth from expanded sales resources, strong marketing capabilities and sophisticated technology automation,” said Michael Paszkiewicz, President of Vend Lease. “Leveraging the bank’s expertise in equipment leasing and access to capital will allow us to better serve our clients.”Established in 1979, Vend Lease will maintain their existing brand and operate under LEAF, a $1 billionequipment finance company. Since its founding in 2002, LEAF has financed over $6 billion for more than 250,000 customers nationwide. People’s United’s combined equipment finance units have over $4 billion of assets and rank as the 16th largest bank-owned equipment finance entity in the U.S.”Our goal is to create a deep network of specialty finance experts who understand the evolving equipment finance industry, to generate an environment that drives growth. The addition of Vend Lease will help us achieve that goal,” said Crit DeMent, Chairman & CEO of LEAF.Keefe, Bruyette & Woods served as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to People’s United.CrestMount Advisors served as financial advisor and Baker Donelson served as legal counsel to Vend Lease.About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank(link is external), N.A. is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with approximately $45 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of nearly 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.About LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, with offices in Moberly, MO and Orange, CA. From the server room to the office to the factory floor, wherever customers need equipment, we make it affordable. Trusted by nearly 250,000 companies of all sizes across the U.S., LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., with the expanded strength of People’s United Bank, offers customized financing that helps customers solve real problems. When businesses need financing, or need to offer financing – they achieve more with LEAF. Learn more at www.LEAFnow.com(link is external).About Vend Lease CompanyFounded in 1979 and headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Vend Lease is a premier financial services company that provides nationwide equipment leasing services across many industries, focusing in the hospitality sector. With a commitment to helping its customers obtain the equipment they need to grow their business, Vend Lease strives to satisfy customers beyond expectations with a focus on integrity, professionalism and quality. For more information on Vend Lease, please visit www.VendLease.net(link is external).SOURCE People’s United Bank www.peoples.com(link is external)last_img read more

Cycle Show 2012 photos – part 3

first_imgFrom yesterday’s Cycle Show 2012, both Campagnolo and Ribble had impressive stands. Campy had its EPS on show, whilst Ribble wheeled out its Ultra triathlon/TT bike… Related www.cycleshow.co.uklast_img

Talented 2021 recruiting class has Gophers optimistic about football program’s future

first_imgTalented 2021 recruiting class has Gophers optimistic about football program’s futureMinnesota’s 2021 recruiting class currently ranks in the top 10 nationally.Kamaan RichardsGophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck talks to reporters after the game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota took the bowl game with a 31-24 win over the Auburn Tigers. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily) Nick JungheimMay 7, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers football reached a level of success in 2019 that the program had not experienced in generations. Minnesota had the best season since 1904, ended the season ranked in the AP Top 10 for the first time since 1962 and capped the year with its first New Year’s Day Bowl victory in 59 years.Throughout the offseason, head coach P.J. Fleck and his staff have worked hard to make sure the Gophers will not have to wait decades before they reach those heights again. Over the past few weeks, they have taken an important step towards bolstering Minnesota’s future, signing multiple highly regarded recruits.“It’s hard to win 10-plus games, and it’s not going to happen every year,” Fleck said. “But when you can show the evidence that it is going to happen at some point while you are in school, you are going to have a year like that, I think [recruits] really get excited about that.”According to 247Sports’ rankings, the Gophers’ 2021 class is among college football’s best, currently sitting at No. 7 in the nation, third in the Big Ten behind Ohio State and Iowa. As of this time, Minnesota is ranked ahead of multiple traditional powerhouse programs, including Notre Dame, Michigan and defending National Champions, LSU.Since late March, the team has added four to its 2021 class. Each of those four players rank among the program’s top-25 highest rated recruits since 247Sports established its rankings. “For us, it has been a very successful April,” Fleck said. “It is remarkable what our staff is accomplishing.”The highest rated of the Gophers’ 2021 recruits is Avante Dickerson, a cornerback from Omaha, Nebraska, Dickerson is rated as the No. 92 overall player nationally. Along with Dickerson is cornerback Steven Ortiz, also a four-star recruit out of Goodyear, Arizona.On the offensive side of the ball, the Gophers have added talent as well, receiving a commitment from quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis. The native of Antioch, Illinois, is ranked as the 11th dual-threat passer in his class. Minnesota has added another four-star recruit from Fleck’s home state of Illinois in Sam Jackson of Naperville, Illinois. Jackson is a high school quarterback, but the Gophers recruited him as an athlete and will likely try to move him to a different position.For Fleck, having four-star talent on the roster is a luxury he has not had previously in his head coaching career. His reputation is somebody who develops talent other programs overlooked. Before coming to Minnesota, Fleck led Western Michigan to a 13-1 season and a Cotton Bowl appearance. That team featured Corey Davis, a two-star wide receiver recruit who went on to become the fifth overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.“When you look at when we were at Western Michigan, what was the difference?” Fleck said. “Yeah we got better as coaches but it was the players. We got better players, the players grew up… At Minnesota you are going to see that trend as well.”In all, Minnesota landed 11 recruits during the spring signing period. This year, recruiting has come with the added challenge of the NCAA putting a moratorium on in-person and on-campus recruiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Fleck and his staff have remained proactive in their recruiting efforts.“Our coaches are doing a great job creatively right now in the virtual market,” Fleck said. “Being able to find ways to be just a little bit different and finding ways to do more and do it better for longer. They are working really hard right now.”The teams’ successful NFL Draft  helped promote Minnesota. Although most recruits committed prior to the event, it was already evident that Minnesota would see an increase in players selected in 2020. That turned out to be the case, as teams selected five Gophers for the first time since 1990.Drafted players such as safety Antoine Winfield Jr. and wide receiver Tyler Johnson predated Fleck at Minnesota, however they remain testaments to his coaching ability. Under Fleck, Winfield became Minnesota’s first unanimous All-American since 2005 and Johnson set school records in several major receiving categories.In all, last year’s Gophers team had four four-star recruits total, linebacker Carter Coughlin, linemen Daniel Faalele and Curtis Dunlap, and wide receiver Rashod Bateman. With that same number of four-star recruits joining the team as one class in 2021, it is clear to see why Fleck is convinced that the 11-2 campaign in 2019 was no fluke.last_img read more

Dark Triad traits and entitlement linked to both authoritarian political correctness and white nationalist beliefs

first_imgShare Email Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterestcenter_img People with “dark” personality characteristics, such as psychopathy, as well as people with a greater sense of entitlement are more likely to be adherents of White Identitarianism or politically correct authoritarianism, according to new research that appears in the journal Heliyon. The findings suggest that those on the far-left and those on the far-right share some common personality dispositions.“I became interested in the topic during my undergraduate degree. In the social psychology courses I took, it was clear that there were things you were ‘allowed’ to say and things you were not,” said study author Jordan Moss, a medical student at Sydney Medical School.“For instance, the blank-slate hypothesis was maintained, and any comments appreciating the genetic contribution to individual or group differences were met with incredible resistance. At the time, I became aware of Jordan Peterson in his opposition to Bill C-16, and examples of ‘controversial’ speakers getting ‘cancelled’ at university campuses were becoming more frequent.” “Since then, the influence of ‘cancel culture’ has grown to a point where traditional, center left voters appear to feel as if they need to distinguish themselves from those on the extreme, politically correct left. These ideas have real political and societal consequences, and despite their commentary in the media, there was absolutely no data on the psychological traits that contributed to them. This absence of data, the political influence, and societal prevalence motivated the paper,” Moss said.In the study, 511 U.S. residents completed an online survey that collected demographic information and included assessments of Dark Triad traits, entitlement, political correctness, and White identitarian beliefs.The researchers found that those who scored higher on measures of psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism and entitlement tended to display more attitudes consistent with political correctness authoritarianism and White Identitarianism, but not political correctness liberalism. In other words, participants who agreed with statements like “I honestly feel I’m just more deserving than others” and “Payback needs to be quick and nasty” were more likely to embrace coercive tactics to achieve social equality or embrace beliefs associated with white nationalism.“The data indicates that from a Dark Triad perspective, authoritarian political correctness (advocates of cancel culture) have a similar psychological disposition as the extreme, White Identitarian right. While not contributing to their political orientation in the same way that the Big 5 personality traits do, ‘dark’ personality profiles appear to motivate the particular strategies that people use to achieve their ideological goals,” Moss told PsyPost.“Specifically, people high in trait psychopathy may be more likely to use aggressive methods in pursuit of their ideal. This supports the ‘horseshoe hypothesis’ of politics: though there are real differences that distinguish the average left and right voter, as one moves further from the center, these differences decrease and the similarities of the extreme left and extreme right voter increase.”“Secondly, the data provides evidence of a clear distinction between liberal and authoritarian political correctness. While political correctness authoritarianism was predicted by Dark Triad traits and entitlement, political correctness liberalism was not. This suggests that the cancel culture rhetoric typical of the so-called ‘regressive left’ does not represent the liberal propensity to care about disadvantaged groups,” Moss explained.For example, those who scored high on the measure of political correctness liberalism agreed with statements such as “There are no biologically based differences in personality, talent, and ability to reason, between racial groups” and “Lack of protestor resistance does not mean consent to intimate behavior, nor does silence mean consent.”Those who scored high on the measure of political correctness authoritarianism, on the other hand, agreed with statements such as “It is wrong to criticize the status and rights of women under Islam because it is racist and disrespectful of multiculturalism” and “When a charge of sexual assault is brought forth, the alleged perpetrator should have to prove his or her innocence.”“While this study provides evidence that authoritarian attitudes can be found on the political left and right, it does not report the prevalence of these attitudes. Further, political correctness appears to be disproportionately advocated by younger generations. Such analysis was out of the scope of the paper and would be incredibly useful,” Moss added.“I think it is important to note that although differentiating political correctness into authoritarian and liberal subgroups is useful and supported by the data, it does not deny their collaboration. Specifically, political commentators have observed that cancel culture appears to have a disproportionate political influence. It is possible that the compassionate guise of political correctness authoritarianism compels politically correct liberals and traditional liberals to forward the political correctness authoritarianism agenda.”The study, “The Dark Triad traits predict authoritarian political correctness and alt-right attitudes“, was authored by Jordan Moss and Peter J.O’Connor.(Photo credit: Thomas Hawk) Share on Facebooklast_img read more

CARICOM, Mexico strengthen diplomatic relations

first_img CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda Oct 9, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… New Haitian Ambassador to CARICOM accredited Aug 29, 2020 You may be interested in… Sep 16, 2020 The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Mexican States on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen decades-old ties. Relations between the two parties, which was formalized in 1974 with the Agreement establishing the CARICOM-Mexico Joint Commission, was reinforced on 30 October 2019 with the accreditation of His Excellency Jose Omar Hurtado Contreras, new Ambassador of Mexico to CARICOM. In his remarks during a brief ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that the Agreement has been the framework through which Mexico has supported regional development in a number of areas. CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its 58th… Oct 6, 2020 Mexico has strengthened capacity by offering training courses to CARICOM nationals in agriculture, transportation, disaster management, education, climate change, trade and investment, and tourism. CARICOM Member States have benefitted from Mexico’s Infrastructure Fund for MesoAmerican and Caribbean Countries which has financed the building and restoring of roads, bridges and health facilities, as well as building capacity in utilities. Noting that this support has been highly appreciated, he lauded Mexico’s generous assistance to the countries that were devastated by hurricanes in recent times. “Your ready response was another indication of the solidarity we share,” Secretary-General LaRocque said. He told the new Ambassador that CARICOM is looking forward to Mexico’s continuing advocacy of the concerns of Small Island and Low-Lying Coastal Developing States (SIDs) in the international area on issues including access to concessional financing for development needs. “CARICOM greatly appreciates Mexico’s understanding of the challenges facing our Member States.  We welcome Mexico’s willingness to advocate on issues of utmost importance to us and other SIDS, and to reflect CARICOM’s concerns at the level of the G20, the OECD, the World Bank and the IMF,” Secretary-General LaRocque said. The newly accredited envoy said international cooperation, particularly towards Latin America and the Caribbean, occupies “an important place” in his country’s foreign policy. “…there is much interest in developing the links between Mexico and CARICOM, in areas such as institutional strengthening, public health, climate change, security and organized crime,” Ambassador Contreras stated. Reaffirming that his country is “open to exploring issues in which our experience can help the welfare of CARICOM member countries,” he said Mexico’s objective is to “contribute to the development of sister countries, enhance regional integration, competitiveness and even development.” The CARICOM Secretary-General noted that common interest between the two parties have been reflected both at the regional and hemispheric levels in the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Organisation of American States (OAS). “Ambassador, the value that your country places on multilateralism, respect for international law and international cooperation is well known.  The Caribbean Community shares the importance your country places on the fundamental international principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of states, non-intervention and prohibition of the threat or use of force,” Ambassador LaRocque told the new Mexican envoy. In that regard, he referenced the establishment of the Montevideo Mechanism in which Mexico played a key role in collaboration with Uruguay and the CARICOM good offices group. “Promoting and facilitating a peaceful internal resolution to the crisis in Venezuela in accordance with the constitution of the country, the rule of law and democracy remains the desired objective of the Mechanism,” the CARICOM Secretary-General stated. CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 CARICOM values close, friendly relations with Mexico – President-elect toldThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) expressed deep appreciation for Mexico’s longstanding readiness to collaborate, as it extended congratulations to President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on his landslide victory in the country’s 1 July 2018 Presidential elections. “CARICOM attaches great value to the close and friendly relationship that it has forged with…July 13, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM and Mexico agree to strengthen ties in disaster risk management; other critical areasCARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management. The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM…October 26, 2017In “General”No Plan B for Climate ChangeClimate Change and sustainable development “are vital issues for the planet” according to Belgian Ambassador Guy Sevrin. “There is no plan B for Climate Change,” the Ambassador said in his remarks as he presented his credentials as his country’s Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Wednesday to Secretary-General Ambassador…October 7, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 81 New Cases, Total Now At 26,842 With Zero New Deaths And 14,470 Patients Recovered

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 81 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 29 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces zero new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 22 new cases in Bernalillo County9 new cases in Chaves County1 new case in Colfax County5 new cases in Doña Ana County3 new cases in Lea County15 new cases in Luna County1 new case in Otero County3 new cases in Sandoval County11 new cases in Santa Fe County11 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional FacilityThe Department of Health reported zero deaths today in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 remains at 823.One case previously reported as a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility has since been determined to be a case in Otero County and has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 26,842 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 6,077Catron County: 11Chaves County: 956Cibola County: 403Colfax County: 24Curry County: 724De Baca County: 2Doña Ana County: 3,031Eddy County: 625Grant County: 99Guadalupe County: 32Harding County: 2Hidalgo County: 98Lea County: 1,264Lincoln County: 177Los Alamos County: 29Luna County: 372McKinley County: 4,266Mora County: 7Otero County: 240Quay County: 69Rio Arriba County: 374Roosevelt County: 230Sandoval County: 1,292San Juan County: 3,233San Miguel County: 91Santa Fe County: 909Sierra County: 39Socorro County: 78Taos County: 124Torrance County: 64Union County: 31Valencia County: 532County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 324Otero County Prison Facility: 281Otero County Processing Center: 163Torrance County Detention Facility: 44The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 31Lea County Correctional Facility: 15Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 472Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4As of today, there are 60 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 14,470 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities:Adobe Assisted Living in Las CrucesAlbuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueAristocrat Assisted Living in Las CrucesAvamere at Roswell in RoswellBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBelen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in BelenBloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in BloomfieldBrookdale Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Maria Health Care Center in RoswellDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in HobbsFort Bayard Medical Center in Santa ClaraGood Life Senior Living in LovingtonGood Samaritan Society Las CrucesGood Samaritan Society SocorroHarmony Residential Care in Rio RanchoHeartfelt Manor in RoswellHeritage Assisted Living in Las CrucesLakeview Christian Home in CarlsbadLas Palomas Center in AlbuquerqueLifeSpire Assisted Living in AlbuquerqueLovington Healthcare in LovingtonMescalero Care Center in MescaleroMission Arch Center in RoswellNew Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or ConsequencesPacifica Senior Living in Santa FePalmilla Senior Living in AlbuquerquePrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupThe Rehab Center of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueRetirement Ranches in ClovisThe Rio at Las Estancias in AlbuquerqueSagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las CrucesSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSan Juan Center in FarmingtonSilver City Care Center in Silver CitySunny Day Assisted Living in GallupSunset Villa Nursing Home in RoswellVillage Retirement Community in RoswellWelbrook Senior Living Las CrucesWheatfields Senior Living in ClovisThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes; andPatients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.last_img read more