Fri, Dec 08, 2023 18:54 EST
By Tiffany Frentzen, M.S. Ed., Seventh-Grade English Language Arts Teacher, Insight PA Cyber Charter School As the holiday season approaches, the hustle and bustle of festivities may momentarily distract us from the value of quiet moments spent with a good book. However, as a teacher with over 15 years of experience, the past three as a Seventh-Grade English Language Arts teacher with Insight PA Cyber Charter School , I firmly believe that fostering a love for reading in students is an essential gift we can give them. That's why I am excited to share five strategies to keep the reading spirit alive in your home, as well as my carefully curated list of captivating books that promise to keep young minds engaged and inspired over the holiday break. Create a reading nook: Gather all the pillows and blankets and find a place in the home where your child feels most comfortable. Establish family reading time: Reading as a family not only encourages reading but also fosters togetherness. Visit the library or a bookstore: Make a trip out of reading and allow your child to choose the books that make them excited to read. Incorporate technology: Embrace the digital and look for e-books and audiobooks. Share your love for reading: Do you remember the book that made you fall in love with reading? Share it with your child and be a reading role model. Books have the power to transport young minds to new worlds, spark creativity, and ignite a passion for learning. I hope sharing these strategies will help strike a balance between entertainment and education, making them ideal choices for the holiday season. Parents, I encourage you to explore these ideas and books with your children, whether independently or as part of a family activity. I believe these approaches will not only keep young minds engaged over the holidays but also instill a lasting love for reading. In a world filled with distractions, finding books that both entertain and educate can be a challenge. But fear not, because this holiday season, I've selected eight books that cater to different interests, ensuring a perfect match for every reader. "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson (Non-Fiction Verse, Grades 5-8) This powerful memoir, written in verse, takes young readers on a journey through the author's childhood, offering a glimpse into the Civil Rights Movement. It's a compelling and accessible introduction to historical events and personal experiences. "Restart" by Gordon Korman (Realistic Fiction, Grades 5-9) Gordon Korman's "Restart" is a thought-provoking novel that explores themes of friendship, identity, and second chances. This engaging story follows a boy who gets a fresh start after an incident, encouraging readers to reflect on the importance of empathy and personal growth. "The Do More Club" by Dana Kramaroff (Book in Verse, Grades 4-8) A Jewish boy's bravery and kindness are tested after an antisemitic attack on his middle school in this rousing novel in verse. Ever since twelve-year-old Josh Kline found an antisemitic note in his family's mailbox in third grade, he has felt uncomfortable about his Jewish identity "I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai - Young Readers Edition (Non-Fiction, Grades 6-12) Malala Yousafzai's inspiring story is presented in a young reader-friendly edition. This autobiography sheds light on the importance of education and the courage to stand up for one's beliefs, making it an empowering and educational read for children. "Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution by Sherri Winston" (Contemporary, Grades 3-5) Inspired by real stories of Black girls fighting dress codes that discriminate against their hair and culture, beloved author Sherri Winston introduces a memorable character who finds her way to speak up for what's right, no matter what it takes. "Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Realistic Fiction, Grades 4-8) Lynda Mullaly Hunt's "Fish in a Tree" tells the story of a girl with dyslexia who discovers her own unique strengths. This heartwarming and relatable tale promotes understanding and acceptance, making it a valuable read for students of all abilities. "Bugs Don't Hug" by Heather L. Montgomery (Contemporary, Grades K-3) Playful contrasts between human and insect behavior will captivate young readers as they listen to the read-aloud-friendly text and view the alternating cartoonlike spoofs on human living and detailed bug environments. In one picture, a bug hides its eyes and exclaims, "Where's Baby?" to two excited baby bugs. "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander (Verse Novel, Grades 4-8) "The Crossover" combines poetry and basketball in a way that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Kwame Alexander's novel explores family dynamics, friendship, and the challenges of adolescence through the lens of sports and verse. As a resident of Perkasie and an Insight PA teacher for the past three years, I understand the importance of encouraging reading during the holidays. These recommendations are not just entertaining; they are educational, making them ideal gifts that contribute to a child's cognitive growth. In the spirit of the season, let's embrace the magic that books bring into our lives and the lives of the young learners we nurture. Happy reading and Happy Holidays! ### Note To Editors: To obtain a hi-res photo of Tiffany click here: Tiffany Frentzen Tiffany Frentzen - Education Masters of Science Instructional Media , Wilkes University Bachelors of Science Special Education , Elementary Education , Gwynedd Mercy College Additional Certification - Middle Level English For more information about Insight PA Cyber Charter School, please visit insightpa.k12.com or call 1.844.269.9230. For media inquiries or interviews with Tiffany Frentzen, please contact Bob Schiers at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell at: 1.856.905.7851
Fri, Dec 08, 2023 06:52 EST
Thongs vs briefs - it's the ultimate debate! Australian TikTok creator Rachael recently sparked a debate that's got everyone talking, she couldn't wrap her head around the fact women wear thongs everyday. Taking to TikTok to reveal her findings that 16 out of 17 of her friends wear thongs everyday which quickly went viral, racking up over 3 million views and 6,000 comments. Lingerie experts Lounge reveal this is true! Their data reveals 90% of women prefer thongs over briefs - that's 9 in 10! So, if you think women don't find thongs comfortable, think again! Founder Mel Marsden shares why thongs are comfortable enough to wear everyday, "whether you wear thongs or briefs , it's completely personal preference and what you feel most comfortable wearing. We sell 2.4 thongs every minute - it's definitely a myth that women don't find them comfortable! Unlike traditional briefs thongs offer a smooth and seamless fit that are virtually invisible under tight clothing making them the perfect choice where you want no awkward outfit lines. Plus, choosing styles that are made from cotton or bamboo means they are super breathable so no irritation will occur leaving you feeling comfortable all day long."
Fri, Dec 08, 2023 05:59 EST
Northumberland, UK - 8 h Dec 2023 - While the festive season brings joy and cheer for many, it can also be an overwhelming time for those who prefer a less commercialised, less traditional holiday experience. Recognising this sentiment, specialist tour operator Our Local Tour has embarked on a research mission to identify the least Christmassy destinations around the globe. After careful consideration of factors such as religious demographics, proximity to Christian countries, and winter climates, the top three contenders for the least Christmassy title emerged: Uzbekistan : With a predominantly Muslim population and a distinct cultural identity, Uzbekistan offers a refreshing escape from the trappings of Christmas cheer. Its vibrant Silk Road heritage, stunning architectural marvels, and captivating nomadic traditions provide a unique and immersive experience. Algeria: Nestled in North Africa, Algeria boasts a rich Islamic heritage. Its landscapes, ranging from the Sahara Desert to the majestic Atlas Mountains, offer breathtaking scenery and a chance to connect with the authentic spirit of Algeria's culture. Bhutan: Nestled in the Himalayas, Bhutan is a haven for those seeking tranquillity and spiritual rejuvenation. Its unique approach to happiness, known as Gross National Happiness, emphasizes environmental harmony, cultural preservation, and community well-being, offering a stark contrast to the commercialism of Christmas. "Our research has shown that many people are looking for alternatives to the traditional Christmas experience," said Aled Evans, founder of Our Local Tour. "These destinations offer a chance to escape the festive frenzy and immerse oneself in unique cultures and authentic traditions." Whether seeking serenity in Uzbekistan's ancient cities, exploring the Berber villages of Algeria, or embracing the spiritual richness of Bhutan, these destinations provide those wanting it a refreshing escape from the Christmas season. Our Local Tour invites those seeking a less-traditional holiday experience to consider these destinations and embark on a journey that celebrates diversity, cultural immersion, and the beauty of the world beyond the Christmas cheer. Our Local Tour is a tour operator, working with local travel specialists all over the world, offering unique and authentic travel experiences. At Our Local Tour our goal is to bring the most amazing responsible travel experiences the world over to our clients. We want our travellers to have a positive, engaging, and responsible travel experience, and we want to protect as many of the world's wonderful places, people and wildlife as we can from the effects of thoughtless tourism. Contact: email@example.com Tel: 0330 088 5894 Web : https://ourlocaltour.com
Thu, Dec 07, 2023 21:27 EST
Key Points: - WesternZagros Resources Ltd (WesternZagros) becomes the seventh International Oil Company to join the Association of the Petroleum Industry of Kurdistan. - WesternZagros joins fellow American APIKUR members, Hunt Oil and HKN Energy, which together represent over $5 billion of American investment by these companies in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). WesternZagros is a privately held American owned company with offices in Calgary, Canada, and in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It has invested over $1 billion in oil and gas exploration and production in Iraq's Kurdistan Region since 2005, achieving significant oil and gas discoveries. Collectively, APIKUR members produce more than 50 percent of all oil in Iraq's Kurdistan Region. WesternZagros holds two Production Sharing Contracts in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, outlining the framework for the exploration and production of both crude oil and natural gas. These agreements establish the fiscal parameters governing the development of oil and natural gas fields within the Kurdamir and Garmian Blocks, with separate contracts dedicated to each specific block. "APIKUR's voice is stronger with the addition of WesternZagros" said Myles B. Caggins III, APIKUR spokesman. "All APIKUR member companies share the same goal of resuming full oil production and exports for the benefit of stakeholders, employees, and the economy of Iraq." APIKUR members encourage all parties to reach a commercial resolution that preserves their contractual rights and enhances the future investment climate of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. ### About Us: APIKUR's objective and purpose is to promote the Kurdistan Region of Iraq as an attractive destination for international oil and gas companies, service providers and investors. In addition, APIKUR aims to advocate for and represent the common interests of its members, function as a joint and effective voice towards all relevant stakeholders whether in the KRI, or elsewhere, and provide a forum for its members to share appropriate public industry information and best practices. APIKUR is a Company Limited by Guarantee established under English Law. For more information, visit www.apikur.uk For media inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org Find APIKUR on Social Media: X: @apikur_oil
The Cultural Survival Bazaar Returns for its 47th Season of Celebrating Indigenous Arts and Cultures
Thu, Dec 07, 2023 14:42 EST
Indigenous Peoples' rights organization Cultural Survival is pleased to announce the return of its beloved holiday event, the Cultural Survival Bazaar , an annual festival of Indigenous arts and cultures, on December 14-17, 2023, at the Prudential Center in Boston. The Cultural Survival Bazaars have been an annual Boston area holiday tradition for decades. The first Bazaar was held in 1975 at Harvard University in an effort to educate the public about Indigenous Peoples and the issues they were facing. The Cultural Survival Bazaars provide an opportunity for the public to interact with Indigenous people and experience different worldviews. With a rich tapestry of arts and crafts from around the world, shoppers are sure to find something both unique and meaningful during this gift-giving season. When purchasing arts and crafts from Indigenous artists and cooperatives, shoppers contribute to supporting millennia-old traditions and lifeways of Indigenous communities around the world. Each year, the Bazaars generate close to $500,000 for Indigenous artists, performers, and projects benefiting Indigenous communities worldwide. With free admission, the greater Boston community is invited to enjoy the annual event honoring Indigenous talent and traditions through handmade art, demonstrations, music, and dance. Enjoy jewelry, clothing, accessories, housewares, paintings, sculptures, and more from Indigenous artists and cooperatives from over 20 countries. Some of the participating artists include wampum artist Hartman Deetz (Mashpee Wampanoag), wire artist Bernard Domingo (Shona) from Zimbabwe, pysanka (painted eggs) artist Ganna Nepyivoda (Hutsul) from Ukraine, cashmere artisan Akhtar Mir (Kashmiri), and textile artist Timoteo Ccarita (Quechua) from Peru. Participants will also be able to enjoy live music and cultural performances by renowned actor, teacher, performer, and artist Annowan Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag/ Pequot/ Narragansett); musician, composer, and master flutist Juan Lazaro Mandola (Quechua); fancy dancer Tia-Alexi Roberts (Narragansett); and the Andean folk band New Inca Son. Catch these performances every day. Please a detailed schedule here . "I view Indigenous art created within the 21st century as a weaving of the long threads of ancestral knowledge together with our present realities to tell unique stories of Indigenous continuance. Indigenous art is a reflection that culture is not static. Instead, both the individuals and communities within Indigenous cultures grow and change over time, while collectively determining what to carry forward and what to leave behind. The art you will see at the Cultural Survival Bazaar celebrates who these Indigenous artists are today," says Candyce Testa (Pequot), Cultural Survival Bazaar Events Manager. Enjoy an atmosphere that respects ancient craft and tradition while welcoming the opportunity to learn from and connect with Indigenous artists. This holiday season, shop Indigenous! High-resolution photos available upon request. Event Information: December 14-17, 2023 The Prudential Center Belvidere Arcade 800 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02199 December 14-16: 11am - 9pm December 17: 11am - 7pm Free Admission. Snow or Shine! Register for the event on eventbrite . Register to volunteer Bazaar Website ### About Cultural Survival Cultural Survival (CS) is an Indigenous-led NGO and U.S. registered non-profit that advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities' self-determination, cultures, and political resilience, since 1972. Based in Cambridge, MA, for over 50 years, Cultural Survival has partnered with Indigenous communities to advance Indigenous Peoples' rights and cultures worldwide. CS envisions a future that respects and honors Indigenous Peoples' inherent rights and dynamic cultures, deeply and richly interwoven in lands, languages, spiritual traditions, and artistic expression, rooted in self-determination and self-governance. The core of Cultural Survival's efforts rests on the principles of supporting, amplifying efforts, and raising awareness of self-determination for Indigenous communities. To learn more, visit www.cs.org
Tennessee farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners invited to attend informational events and technical assistance for USDA's Discrimination Financial Assistance Program
Thu, Dec 07, 2023 13:08 EST
Application deadline is Jan. 13, 2024 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2023) - As part of ongoing outreach efforts to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Windsor Group LLC will host technical assistance workshops every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and other informational outreach events geared toward Tennessee farmers throughout December. Authorized by Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act, the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP) makes available $2.2 billion to producers who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to Jan. 1, 2021. These events will offer guidance on how to apply and how to access the support. "These in-person events are intended to help raise awareness about the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program and give eligible farmers and ranchers access to personalized assistance, free of charge," said Myles B. Caggins III, Eastern Region spokesman for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program and Windsor Group LLC. "Similar events are taking place to reach farmers and ranchers across the country, hosted by field representatives who are trained and ready to support a friendly and transparent application process." Event details are as follows: Application Technical Assistance (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) Dates: Dec. 7, 2023 | Dec. 12 - 14, 2023 | Dec. 19 -21 2023 | Dec. 26 - 28, 2023 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Benjamin Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111 Technical Assistance at the University of Tennessee Date: Dec. 11, 2023 Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: University of Tennessee (Martin Ripley Center), 214 Lakeview Road, Somerville, TN 38068 National Black Growers Council Meeting Date: Dec. 12, 2023 Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Hilton Hotel, 930 Ridge Lake Blvd, Memphis, TN 38120 Douglass-Haywood County Christmas in the Park Outreach Date: Dec. 16, 2023 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Location: County Line Flea Market, 16228 Hwy 51 S, Millington, TN 38053 County Line Country Flea Market Outreach Date: Dec. 16, 2023 Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Little Cooper Primary School 105-1-D Augusta Street N.E., Dawson, Tennessee 39842 Technical Assistance at The Douglass Community Center Date: Dec. 18, 2023 Time: 9:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Location: Douglass Community Center, 1037 Douglas Road, Stanton, TN 38069 Covington-Tipton County Chamber Christmas Open House Date: Dec. 21, 2023 Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Location: Chamber of Commerce, 106 W. Liberty Avenue, Covington, TN 38019 USDA announced the opening of the DFAP application process on Jul. 7, 2023. The deadline to apply for the program is Jan. 13, 2024. Every week, the DFAP team hosts a number of in-person and virtual events, in English and Spanish, that can be attended live and in some cases are recorded. To find an event that best fits your availability and needs, see the latest program event list here . Producers have the option to file applications online at 22007apply.gov, by mail, or by turning in applications at nearby brick-and-mortar offices. For more information about the DFAP, please visit 22007apply.gov . The program also offers a call center, 1-800-721-0970, which is open from 8 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. PT, seven days a week except for Federal holidays. The call center has English and Spanish-speaking agents. The program website offers an English- and Spanish-language application that can be downloaded or submitted electronically via an e-filing portal. Additionally, the site provides comprehensive information on obtaining in-person or virtual technical assistance, supplementary program resources, and detailed program guidelines. To implement the DFAP application process, USDA selected Windsor Group LLC to provide technical assistance and outreach in the eastern United States, in collaboration with community-based organizations. Other organizations are responsible for outreach in the western United States. More information about the program, including the organizations responsible for administration and outreach, can be found at 22007apply.gov .
Thu, Dec 07, 2023 12:34 EST
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Georgia farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners invited to attend technical assistance workshops for USDA's Discrimination Financial Assistance Program
Thu, Dec 07, 2023 12:00 EST
Application deadline is Jan. 13, 2024 FORT VALLEY, Ga. (Dec. 7, 2023) - As part of ongoing outreach efforts to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Windsor Group LLC will host technical assistance workshops geared toward Georgia farmers throughout December. Authorized by Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act, the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP) makes available $2.2 billion to producers who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to Jan. 1, 2021. These events will offer guidance on how to apply and how to access the support. "These in-person events are intended to help raise awareness about the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program and give eligible farmers and ranchers access to personalized assistance, free of charge," said Myles B. Caggins III, Eastern Region spokesman for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program and Windsor Group LLC. "Similar events are taking place to reach farmers and ranchers across the country, hosted by field representatives who are trained and ready to support a friendly and transparent application process." Event details are as follows: Technical Assistance Workshop Dates: Dec. 7, 2023 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: New Hope AME Church, 11960 Hwy 171 North, Louisville, Georgia 30434 DFAP Application Support Assistance with Southern Sky Center Date & Time: Dec. 7, 2023 (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) | Dec. 14, 2023 (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) | Dec. 21, 2023 (8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) Location: HH Woolard Community Center, 709 W. Wallace Street, Sylvester, Georgia 31791 Technical Assistance Workshop Date: Dec. 9, 2023 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: Walmart, 2801 Airport Thruway, Columbus, Georgia 31909 Technical Assistance Workshop Date: Dec. 12, 2023 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: Macedonia Baptist Church, 702 Arnold McKinney Drive, Waycross, Georgia 31501 Technical Assistance Workshop with AG Connection Date: Dec. 14, 2023 Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Little Cooper Primary School 105-1-D Augusta Street N.E., Dawson, Georgia 39842 Technical Assistance Workshop with AG Connection Date: Dec. 21, 2023 Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Ag Connection Cooperative Office, 1051 Augusta Street, Dawson, Georgia 39842 Technical Assistance Workshop Date: Dec. 21, 2023 | Dec. 27, 2023 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: St. Peter AME Church, 502 State University Drive, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030 Technical Assistance Workshop Date: Dec. 28, 2023 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: Mt. Olive AME Church, 527 W. 7th Street, Waynesboro, Georgia 30830 USDA announced the opening of the DFAP application process on Jul. 7, 2023. The deadline to apply for the program is Jan. 13, 2024. Every week, the DFAP team hosts a number of in-person and virtual events, in English and Spanish, that can be attended live and in some cases are recorded. To find an event that best fits your availability and needs, see the latest program event list here . Producers have the option to file applications online at 22007apply.gov, by mail, or by turning in applications at nearby brick-and-mortar offices. For more information about the DFAP, please visit 22007apply.gov . The program also offers a call center, 1-800-721-0970, which is open from 8 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. PT, seven days a week except for Federal holidays. The call center has English and Spanish-speaking agents. The program website offers an English- and Spanish-language application that can be downloaded or submitted electronically via an e-filing portal. Additionally, the site provides comprehensive information on obtaining in-person or virtual technical assistance, supplementary program resources, and detailed program guidelines. To implement the DFAP application process, USDA selected Windsor Group LLC to provide technical assistance and outreach in the eastern United States, in collaboration with community-based organizations. Other organizations are responsible for outreach in the western United States. More information about the program, including the organizations responsible for administration and outreach, can be found at 22007apply.gov .
West Midlands fostering agency "significantly improves outcomes" according to 'Outstanding' Ofsted report
Thu, Dec 07, 2023 06:23 EST
A West Midlands-based fostering agency is celebrating after receiving an 'Outstanding' judgement following an official inspection from Ofsted. Supporting children and young people across the West Midlands, the latest result is a huge achievement for FCA Midlands which achieved 'Outstanding' in all areas. The Ofsted report commended the agency on understanding how to support positive experiences and progression for children and young people, taking into account how well children and young people are helped and protected, as well the effectiveness of leaders and managers. The fostering agency, FCA Midlands, was commended for its "highly effective services and consistently exceeding the standards of good." and for its contribution to significantly improving outcomes and positive experiences for the individuals under its care. The Ofsted report read: "Warm, welcoming and knowledgeable managers recruit, assess, prepare and train foster parents effectively. This means that carers are well equipped to parent children and to provide children with stable and nurturing homes. "The support provided to foster parents and children is available through a wide range of initiatives and interventions that overlap seamlessly in practice and an ethos of and commitment to promoting equality, diversity, inclusion and participation, including responding to children's and foster parents' voices, runs throughout practice." Ofsted continued: "The breadth and effectiveness of the agency's work are directly attributable to the quality of leadership and management of the service and the highly committed staff team. "Leaders and managers are innovative and inspirational. Effective monitoring means that there is a constant focus on the development of the service, staff well-being, support to foster families and quality of care and outcomes for the children." Kate Taylor, registered manager at FCA Midlands, said: "I'm extremely proud of the incredible work FCA Midlands is doing to support our children and fostering families. "I'm delighted with our Outstanding outcome and that Ofsted acknowledges children in our care "make significant progress and flourish." At the time of the inspection, there were 181 children living in 126 fostering households in this area. Alison Mear, foster parent with FCA Midlands, said: "There is always a bit of apprehension when approached by Ofsted, but I found it a welcoming and encouraging experience. It gave us an opportunity to share the fantastic work FCA has done to keep our children and young people safe and happy. "I feel proud that we could share our activities, how children's confidence has grown and the support within our family and community." There are currently more than 80,000 children in care throughout the year, and that number is growing. It is estimated that an additional 3000 foster carers will need to be recruited year on year, for the next three years to accommodate the influx of children coming into care. To enquire about becoming a foster parent with FCA, or if you would like more information you can contact the team here: https://www.thefca.co.uk/enquiry/ or call 0800 023 4561. ENDS Foster Care Associates | https://www.thefca.co.uk/regions/west-midlands/ Established for more almost 30 years, Foster Care Associates is one of the UK's largest fostering agencies with branches nationwide. Since its inception in 1994, FCA has built a strong reputation for excellence and is hoping that more foster parents will join its ever-growing team in 2023. The agency provides wrap-around support for foster parents, and a committed team of professionals for the children and young people that they support. To find out more about the company or this release, please contact Faye Tomkotowicz at email@example.com
Thu, Dec 07, 2023 04:53 EST
Last week, at a launch event involving Xiaomi's Smart Living concept, Emaar finally revealed Dubai's first 3D printed villa, which was previously delayed due to COVID-19. The 202 m2 (2,175 SF) villa with an integrated car park, 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms , represents one of the most stunning examples of what 3D printing can do for architectural design and the housing market. Click here to explore a video tour of the house.
Wed, Dec 06, 2023 11:50 EST
Sora Finance , an easy-to-use decision-support software that helps wealth managers and financial advisors visualize, analyze, and act to optimize the liabilities side of their clients' balance sheets, today announced a new white paper that shows advisors how liability management provides significant benefits when added to a professional suite of comprehensive wealth management and financial advisory services. According to the paper, today's clients need and expect financial advisors to look beyond the assets side of their balance sheet to help them optimize their liabilities. Historically, advisors have been hindered by a lack of access to timely and reliable liability data for their clients. Written by John O'Connell, founder of The Oasis Group , a leading provider of hands-on consulting and advisory services for wealth management and financial technology firms, and Joel Bruckenstein, president of Technology Tools for Today (T3), the industry's leading conference on technology as it directly relates to practice management and building a profitable business, the new paper - "Unlocking Growth Opportunities: The Case for Liability Management in High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth Client Portfolios" - is hot off the press and available now. "Liability optimization is the practice of making sure that your client's liabilities are always deployed in the most efficient and effective way," said Bruckenstein, who is also a CFP® and formerly practiced as a financial advisor. "It is not about helping to get people out of debt. Virtually all wealthy people have debt. It's one of the ways they structure their finances." "THE WHY" BEHIND LIABILITY MANAGEMENT The new paper, being released today, explores the "why" behind liability management, while also taking a more detailed look at essential elements of the practice which ensures current debt is always optimized and new debt is taken out on the most favorable terms to the client. Other core elements include the complexities of accessing and managing liability data, debt assessments, use of SBLs (securities-based-lending) and SBLOCs (securities-based-lines-of-credit), as well as how wealth management firms can leverage liability management to drive growth. "High net worth individuals expect their wealth management team to offer liability management capabilities,' said O'Connell. "This is particularly important for entrepreneurial clients who understand the value of liabilities on their balance sheet. Wealth managers have a huge opportunity to grow their HNW client base by engaging in liability management conversations." "Almost 100% of my HNW and UHNW clients have debt. They use debt to optimally structure their financial lives. It's a core component of how they grow their net worth over time," said Tushar Kumar of Twin Peaks Wealth Advisors , a wealth management firm based in California that specializes in serving clients working in the tech sector. "The Sora platform gives us great information and strong lending options, fueling meaningful conversations as we work to ensure that the client's liability situation is always optimized for their unique situation and goals." Financial services for HNW clients typically include investment management and tax advice as well as help with trusts and estates and access to hedge funds and private equity firms. Liability management - a practice that looks at what clients currently owe (mortgages, college loans, credit cards, business and auto loans, for example) - has not, however, been as widely adopted by advisors. "Liability planning is an essential tool in wealth management, especially for high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients," said Chip Roame, Founder and Managing Partner of Tiburon Strategic Advisors and the Tiburon CEO Summits . "The innovative approaches taken by startups like Sora are leading the way in transforming how financial advisors approach liabilities. Its cutting-edge technology and insightful strategies are empowering financial advisors to offer more comprehensive and effective financial solutions." TECHNOLOGY CHANGES THE GAME "Innovative tech that drives better client conversations is table stakes," added fintech veteran Bruckenstein. "Clients expect their advisors to have the best tech stack available, including technology that helps them assess and strategically manage their liabilities." "Advancements in technology, like Sora's platform, enable independent financial advisors and registered investment advisors (RIAs) to compete with the big Wall Street brokerage firms and wirehouses more effectively by providing RIAs and supporting financial services firms such as national wealth management firms and independent broker/dealer groups with superior data, analytics, recommendations, and robust lending options," noted Rohit Agarwal, Co-CEO of Sora. "Managing liabilities effectively is an essential part of a good financial plan. Debt must be managed carefully and responsibly. Knowing the interest rate you're paying, the terms, and the duration of any loans is required to properly manage the liabilities side of one's balance sheet," said Siddhartha Oza, Co-CEO of Sora. Bruckenstein, O'Connell, Agarwal, and Oza will all be present at the upcoming T3 Conference , being held January 22-25, 2024 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. ACCESS THE PAPER NOW Readers of the paper will gain a comprehensive overview of the power of liability management to help advisors increase their clients' net worth and demonstrate their commitment to their clients' overall financial well-being, not just investment performance. Unlocking Growth Opportunities: The Case for Liability Management in High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth Client Portfolios , is available as a free download here: https://www.sorafinance.com/white-paper
Wed, Dec 06, 2023 11:03 EST
Joshua W. Gallo has rejoined the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC as Of Counsel in the firm's Southpointe office. He joins the firm's Energy & Natural Resources Department and will focus his practice on energy and mineral title law. "I am excited to be rejoining Steptoe & Johnson," said Gallo. "I am truly honored to have the opportunity to again work at such a prestigious, nationally ranked firm alongside such exceptional attorneys." Gallo brings his real-world experience as a former oil and gas landman to his legal practice which includes drafting complex division order title opinions, drilling title opinions and performing large-scale due diligence projects for Appalachian Basin oil and gas clients. He also has previous experience working for the United States Senate and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. "We are happy to welcome Josh back to the firm," said Steptoe & Johnson CEO Christopher L. Slaughter. "Our energy clients across the country will benefit greatly from his background as a former landman and experience counseling clients on transactions and complex title projects." Gallo earned his law degree from Duquesne University Kline School of Law and his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Wed, Dec 06, 2023 09:27 EST
"Marketing Artificial Intelligence: AI, Marketing, and the Future of Business" by Paul Roetzer and Mike Kaput. For Immediate Release: December 6, 2023 Contact: Amy Gwiazdowski, firstname.lastname@example.org 2023 Leonard L. Berry Marketing Book Award Presented to Nancy Harhut The Book-"Using Behavioral Science in Marketing: Drive Customer Action and Loyalty by Prompting Instinctive Responses"-illustrates the application of behavioral principles to marketing Chicago, IL - The AMA Foundation (AMAF) is thrilled to recognize "Using Behavioral Science in Marketing: Drive Customer Action and Loyalty by Prompting Instinctive Responses" by Nancy Harhut as the 2023 Leonard L. Berry Marketing Book Award recipient. This award recognizes books published in recent years whose innovative ideas have had significant impact on marketing and related fields. The 2023 Berry Book Selection Committee called "Using Behavioral Science in Marketing" engaging, well-researched, and actionable -"It's a book I could imagine pointing to lots of people starting out in marketing and advertising because it has foundational concepts that will help them to avoid making common mistakes and to get quickly ahead. And it's not just for people starting out, it serves as a good reminder for people who have worked in the business for years." "Using Behavioral Science in Marketing" shows how to apply behavioral science principles in key areas of marketing, including marketing communications, email, direct mail and ad campaigns, social media marketing and sales funnel conversion strategies. The book also reveals how to increase consumer involvement and engagement, convey exclusivity and desirability, and prompt customer action and loyalty with scientifically proven principles such as autonomy bias, storytelling, and the Von Restorff effect. Featuring common mistakes to avoid and key takeaways at the end of each chapter, it's also accompanied by downloadable checklists and an interactive template to use in practice. In a highly competitive space, where even an incremental advantage can result in significant uplifts, this is a crucial resource to create stand out and successful marketing-especially for marketers in highly regulated or highly competitive environments. Author Nancy Harhut is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at HBT Marketing. Her specialty is blending best-of-breed creative with behavioral science to prompt response. She and her teams have won over 200 international and national awards for marketing effectiveness. Along the way, she's helped generate $68 million in incremental revenue for Nationwide, establish seven controls for the GM Card, and create one of H&R Block's most successful campaigns. Recognized for her work in B2C, B2B, and nonprofit, Nancy's been named one of the 10 Most Fascinating People in B2B Marketing, a Social Top 50 Email Marketing Leader, and a Top 40 Digital Strategist. A frequent speaker at marketing conferences, she's shared her passion with audiences in London, Sydney, Moscow, Madrid, Stockholm, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Dubai, and all over the US, including several return engagements at SXSW. Prior to cofounding HBT Marketing, Nancy held senior creative management positions with agencies within the IPG and Publicis networks. She resides in Newton, MA. Finalists for this award include "Brand Storytelling: Put Customers at the Heart of Your Brand Story" by Miri Rodriguez and "Marketing Artificial Intelligence: AI, Marketing, and the Future of Business" by Paul Roetzer and Mike Kaput. This award will be honored with a special session with Nancy and finalists, Miri Rodriguez , Paul Roetzer , and Mike Kaput during the Virtual AMA Winter Academic Conference on February 20th and presented in-person at the 2024 AMA Winter Academic Conference in St. Pete Beach, FL, February 23-25, 2024. For more information about this award or to submit a nomination for the 2024 award, visit https://www.ama.org/the-leonard-l-berry-marketing-book-award . ###
Charles Schwab Foundation Commits To Five-Year Platinum Level Partnership with The BLX Internship Program
Wed, Dec 06, 2023 08:48 EST
BLX Will Soon Close Application Window for Financial Planning Firms Interested in Hosting a 2024 Summer Intern The BLX Internship Program (BLX), a 501c(3) organization that provides an entry point to the financial planning profession for Black and Latinx individuals to increase diversity in the industry, announced that Schwab Advisor Services in partnership with the Charles Schwab Foundation (Schwab) has announced a five-year commitment to the BLX program at the platinum partnership level. The agreement gives the foundation the opportunity to provide educational materials, software licensing, and educational webinars for the BLX community. "Attracting diverse talent that brings a range of perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds that reflect the people and the world around us is essential," said Bernie Clark, Head of Schwab Advisor Services . " The BLX Internship Program is an access point that provides an opportunity for meaningful experience for future financial professionals that will shape the future of the RIA industry." "We are thrilled to announce this partnership with such an industry pillar," said Chloe Moore, firm owner of Financial Staples and co-founder of the BLX Internship Program. With this five-year commitment, we will have the financial resources to provide even more value to our interns through educational opportunities, scholarships for certifications, and scholarships to conferences." APPLICATION WINDOW FOR INTERNS AND FIRMS ABOUT TO CLOSE BLX's application window for the 2024 summer internship program opened on October 1, 2023, and runs until December 31, 2023. BLX co-founders Luis Rosa and Shawn Tydlaska have created two compelling videos urging fellow financial planners and investment advisory firms to get involved. For financial planning firms, BLX provides a pool of qualified and diverse candidates, screened to guarantee a quality matchmaking process specific to the firm's needs. With the talent shortage still a concern for many financial advisory firms, and given the industry's ever-increasing commitment to creating a more diverse workplace, the time is now to get involved. Firms interested in participating in the internship program can learn more here: https://www.blxinternship.org/for-firms . "With the BLX Internship Program, you will get access to a diverse pool of highly qualified and hungry candidates," said Shawn Tydlaska, firm owner of Ballast Point Financial Planning and co-founder of the BLX Internship Program. "This is a great way to develop your talent pipeline, because you get to test drive your new team member for the summer to see if they are a good fit for your firm and clients." Aspiring Black and Latinx interns who participate in the program get a first-hand, behind-the-curtain view into what working in the financial planning profession is all about. Internships also provide an opportunity to develop interns' soft skills, hone their financial skills, and grow their network of high-achieving professionals. Those interested in applying for an internship can learn more here: https://www.blxinternship.org/for-interns . Webinar Series CONTINUES BLX is hosting a series of webinars throughout the month of December. Webinars will provide information to both aspiring financial planners as well as firms that want to host interns. By attending a webinar, interns will glean important info about the program and learn how to powerfully and authentically position themselves as well. Firms will learn about the program and how the matching process works. Interested parties can find out more and register here: https://www.blxinternship.org/events . Diversity In Action™ Podcast, Season 2 BLX also announced that the second season of their podcast is airing during the application window, which ends December 31, 2023. The Diversity In Action™ series highlights both past interns who share their experiences as well as industry leaders who are making demonstrable strides to make the profession more diverse. Episodes are typically released on Tuesdays and can be found on all major podcast platforms. ABOUT BLX INTERNSHIP PROGRAM In the wake of George Floyd's death, and in the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement, the BLX Internship Program was created by four financial planners who had a vision to change the complexion of the financial planning profession. The goal is to place aspiring Black and Latinx financial planners with meaningful paid summer internships and to help make the demographics of the financial planning and investment advisory profession more closely match the demographics of the USA. This program is open to both college students and career changers. Learn more about the BLX Internship Program at BLXInternship.org . Follow BLX on LinkedIn , Instagram , and X .
Wed, Dec 06, 2023 08:48 EST
WINTER EXPERIENCE: ALL THE LATEST WAYS OF TRAVELLING AROUND ITALY AND EUROPE Click on the link https://we.tl/t-ME6jbwOtYd for a Video Press Kit of the event with statements from the speakers at the conference New links to ski resorts and tourist destinations in the mountains, more travel solutions seamlessly integrated with train, bus and air connections, and tailor-made promotions for families and young people: these are just some of the new features of the Winter Experience 2023 from the Passenger Hub of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiano Group , made up of Trenitalia , Busitalia , Ferrovie del Sud Est and FS Treni Turistici Italiani . The Winter Experience offer kicks off from December 10 th , with the addition of brand new solutions geared towards developing an increasingly comprehensive, efficient and sustainable approach to mobility. All in all, there are 24,000 national train and bus connections running every day, as well as 13,000 daily connections in and around Europe . We have improved the cross-border offer between Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, with Intercity, Intercity Notte, Eurocity and Euronight offering passengers around 170 connections a day . What's more, Friday December 15 th heralds the arrival of Espresso Cadore , a new overnight train that will link Rome with Cortina d'Ampezzo : this marks the first foray of FS Treni Turistici Italiani , a new company within the FS Group created with the mission of offering rail services designed specifically for high-quality, sustainable tourism with a focus on rediscovering all the delights that Italy has to offer . The new releases for the winter season were presented in Milan by Luigi Corradi, CEO and Managing Director of Trenitalia . Interview transcripts: Luigi Corradi, CEO of Trenitalia "The Winter Experience is everything rolled into one: tourism, but also business. We plan to continue supporting companies whose staff need to travel for business, namely with a whole host of offers giving them the opportunity to take the train at the lowest possible cost. Plus, of course, tourism, which is crucial. So what does the Winter Experience mean? It means creating offers that, for example, ferry more people into mountain resorts by train. Until just a few years ago, the idea of getting on a train for a ski outing, bringing your skis, boots and equipment with you was perhaps not unthinkable, but certainly very challenging indeed. Today, however, the world is changing: many people have asked us for a way to reach ski resorts such as Cortina, Calalzo, San Candido, Bardonecchia and Sauze d'Oulx by train, so you will see the offer grow considerably due to this demand, too". Pietro Diamantini, Trenitalia's High-Speed Business Unit Director "This year, with super fast trains, we are constantly reducing the journey time between Rome and Milan - currently 2 hours and 50 minutes - consequently also shortening the duration of the Naples-Turin route, which forms the main thoroughfare of the High-Speed line. We have increased the connections between Rome and Milan - currently sitting at one hundred - as well as bolstering the North-South connection running between Turin and Naples. Once again this year, we confirm that we will be using Frecciarossa trains for overnight journeys during the Christmas period, in light of their great success last year. So we will be rolling these out again not just for Christmas, but also for Easter. An excellent offer for everyone, with promotions making journeys easy to plan, as well as more affordable". Luigi Cantamessa, CEO of Treni Turistici Italiani "Treni Turistici Italiani is a fully-fledged start-up within the Passenger Hub and the FS Group. The inaugural journey is scheduled for December 15 th , on a relatively short route: Rome-Cortina d'Ampezzo . It will depart at 9.40pm, but passengers will be able to board 40 minutes before departure. This will allow them time to get comfortable in the sleeper car or the couchette car, enjoy dinner in the dining car, or have a drink at the bar, which will be open all night. In the morning, breakfast will be served in the dining car or delivered directly to the sleepers. The train will arrive in Calalzo at 8am, and each FS TTI carriage will be assigned its own coach. In just 45 minutes, departing directly from Calalzo station (which is the end of the line), passengers will be transported right into the heart of spectacular Cortina d'Ampezzo".
Wed, Dec 06, 2023 07:59 EST
The Beatles Story at the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool will be launching a recreation of the famous ' John & Yoko Bed In' to support local charity KIND on Friday 8 th December, inviting visitors to drop off donations of pyjamas to provide warmth and comfort to local children in need this Christmas. KIND Liverpool is a local charity that supports disadvantaged children and families across Liverpool and Merseyside. The 'Bed In and Be Kind This Christmas' appeal aims to collect donations of new pyjamas for children of all ages to ensure that they have warm and comfortable sleepwear during the festive season, to be included in Christmas hampers along with gifts and food donations. The Beatles Story staff will be taking it in turns to participate in a 24-hour revival of John & Yoko's famous Bed In at The Royal Albert Dock's Fab4 Café from Saturday 9 th to Monday 11 th December, and visitors are invited to take selfies with the bed ( kindly supplied by Holiday Inn Express Liverpool) and drop off donations of new pyjamas in all sizes, from newborn to 16 years old, before the 18th December. "Every pair of pyjamas that we receive will make a difference in supporting disadvantaged children in our community," said The Beatles Story's General Manager, Mary Chadwick. "We are delighted to support KIND this year and with the help of donations from our visitors we can make this Christmas a happy one for disadvantaged families across Liverpool City Region." In addition, KIND Liverpool is also accepting donations of toys and food to be included in Christmas hampers distributed amongst children and families in the community who are struggling at this special time of year. For more information on the Christmas appeal or to send cash donations visit kind.org.uk
Wed, Dec 06, 2023 06:46 EST
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attended COP28 on 1 and 2 December 2023. The President of Brazil participated in the opening ceremony of the conference, along with the President of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, King Charles III of the United Kingdom, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres. The English translation of President Lula's statement can be found here . "The choice of these four leaders to speak at the opening ceremony of COP28 reflects the relevant role played by Brazil, leading by example in the combat of climate change and in environmental preservation," stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Ambassador Mauro Vieira. President Lula also delivered Brazil's statement at the High-Level Segment for Heads of State and Government of COP 28, where he presented the proposal "Mission 1.5". He said that Brazil had already adjusted its NDC and committed to reducing emissions by 48% by 2025 and 53% by 2030, as well as achieving climate neutrality by 2050. President Lula underscored Brazil's success in reducing deforestation by almost 50% in the first 10 months of 2023 and highlighted the fact that the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities is non-negotiable. "It is unacceptable that the promise of 100 billion dollars a year made by the developed countries will not come to fruition while, in 2021, military spending reached 2.2 trillion dollars", he stated. The President of Brazil also spoke at the G77 Summit held at COP28. He explained that developing countries are the most affected by climate change and are being doubly punished, since the costs of the developed world's transition are being transferred to the Global South. "Protectionist barriers and unilateral measures imposed by rich countries under the pretext of sustainability lay bare the hypocrisy of free trade rhetoric," he stated. President Lula noted that "climate and environmental financing cannot reproduce the exclusionary logic" of the World Bank and the IMF and said that "on the GEF Council, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador are obliged to share a single seat, while several developed countries occupy their own seat." As he was invited to take the floor in the high-level event "Forests: Protecting Nature for the Climate, Lives and Subsistence", President Lula handed over the microphone to the Minister for Environment and Climate, Marina Silva. "Many COPs were held -28 of them - before forests could come and speak for themselves. And I couldn't talk about forests if there is a person from the forest in my government," he said. While there was a prepared speech for the President, he suggested that Minister Marina Silva should speak "from her heart". The transcript of their joint participation in the event can be found here . At the margins of COP28, President Lula also held bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister of Spain, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the European Commission, the President of Cuba, the President of the French Republic and the Chairperson of the African Union.
Wed, Dec 06, 2023 06:45 EST
Car tracker and alert system Carlock has unveiled its latest weapon against car theft: the bluetooth Vibration Sensor add-on, a groundbreaking advancement for the already acclaimed CarLock car security system. CarLock's tracker and alarm lets users easily track any car - through smart alerts via a mobile app. Users are immediately notified whenever an unusual movement is detected, the engine is started or if the vehicle is leaving a specific area. The new Vibration Sensor add-on brings an additional layer of security for winter. It will alert users of any unusual vibrations in a specific area of the car, such as those caused by someone trying to break into a vehicle, instantly. Small and easy to fix, the sensor brings an even greater degree of targeted protection to a CarLock protected vehicle and allows users to take immediate action before a thief can gain access. The company's co-founder and CEO, Matej Peršolja, says that the add-on was created after listening to valuable feedback from clients, who wanted a product that would be even more precise, detailed, and accurate when notifying them of an attempted break-in before the vehicle is even moved. He said, "The Vibration Sensor is a remarkable addition to the CarLock ecosystem. It offers even greater peace of mind thanks to its ability to detect abnormal vibrations within a 20-foot bluetooth radius of any vehicle with the CarLock device installed. Users will receive real-time alerts about suspicious vibrations in or around their car on their smartphone through the CarLock app, giving complete confidence in the security of any vehicle. With data showing that attempted car thefts increase by 25% during the winter months, there's never been a better time to take additional preventative measures." Discreet, easy to install, and working seamlessly with both, the OBD CarLock tracker and the Basic CarLock tracker, Vibration Sensor is the ideal solution to safeguard valuable possessions and the vehicle itself. It's triggered if a vibration is detected in a specific area, such as any unauthorised attempt to open the boot or a door. Bringing even greater value and usefulness, the Vibration Sensor can additionally be mounted on an object close to the car, such as an eBike, and will still trigger a notification if a vibration is detected. To find out more, visit: https://www.carlock.co/ordervibrationsensor/ or watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ2hn7q7olA
Wed, Dec 06, 2023 06:42 EST
SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published a summary of revisions to legislation covering persistent organic pollutants (POP) in Great Britain (Scotland, Wales and England). Following Brexit, the UK government retained Regulation (EU) 2019/1021, as amended by the Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 and the Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022 (UK Statutory Instruments (S.I.) 2020/1358 and 2022/1293). In 2023, they issued two pieces of legislation to revise their rules: The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (UK S.I. 2023/729) The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2023 (UK S.I. 2023/1217) The former permits until December 3, 2025, the manufacture, placing onto the market and use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds in textiles for oil- and water-repellence for the protection of workers from dangerous liquids. The latter adds perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds and their unintentional trace contaminant (UTC) values. SGS publishes SafeGuardS to help stakeholders stay informed about regulatory changes that may impact their business. SafeGuardS 159.23 provides an effect summary of the UK revisions and includes a table with highlights of UK S.I. 2023/1217. Stakeholders are advised to review SGS's original SafeGuardS 159.23 for more information. SGS Chemical Testing SGS offers a comprehensive range of testing services to help manufacturers and suppliers ensure their products are safe and comply with national and international regulations concerning harmful chemicals. In the end, it's only trusted because it's tested. Learn more about SGS Chemical Testing Services . SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full UK Revises Legislation on POP Chemicals for Great Britain SafeGuardS. Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox. For further information contact: Dr. HingWo Tsang Global Information and Innovation Manager Tel: (+852) 2774 7420 Email: email@example.com Website: www.sgs.com/cp LinkedIn: SGS Connectivity & Products
On Indigenous Peoples' Day at COP 28, another historic milestone in the fight for indigenous rights in Brazil
Wed, Dec 06, 2023 06:41 EST
On December 5 th , when COP28 had its Indigenous People' Day, the Delegation of Brazil - under the leadership of the Minister of Indigenous Peoples, Sonia Guajajara - met for the first time during the conference with representatives of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and indigenous state entities that are present in Dubai. The fact that Minister Guajajara assumed the leadership of the Delegation three days ago represents a widening of the space held by indigenous peoples in multilateral debates on the impact of global climate. Yesterday, Minister Guajajara participated in a march by Brazilian indigenous peoples and in a press conference of the Delegation of Brazil to COP28, along with the Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change, João Paulo Capobianco; Brazil's chief negotiator at COP28 and Secretary of Climate, Energy and Environment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador André Corrêa do Lago; and with the National Secretary for Climate Change, Ana Toni. The Minister spoke about the importance of understanding and recognizing the role of indigenous peoples and territories in the process of combating climate change, and of taking on the mission of addressing "global issues for the life of our planet and for the life of humanity." "We are here bringing the voice of indigenous peoples so that we can also be included as part of the solution to contain this climate crisis," she said. "So, I am very proud to be here today as an indigenous person, as a Minister and also as the head of the Brazilian delegation." The morning's indigenous march culminated in the event "Indigenous Territories: security for the planet, and home for those who protect it", jointly convened by the Ministry of Indigenous People and the National Indigenous Peoples Foundation (FUNAI) at the Brazilian Pavilion, during which the minister pointed out the evolution of the indigenous presence at the COPs, highlighting that it was the Paris Agreement, in 2015, that recognized the knowledge of indigenous peoples as scientific knowledge. "We are much more present in this space. The Indigenous Caucus was created, and the COP today provides a platform for the global participation of indigenous peoples," she said. "And in 2023, we are here with the largest indigenous delegation ever in the history of the COP; the largest indigenous delegation for Brazil - and the largest indigenous delegation in the world," Minister Guajajara said, referring to the presence of more than 300 indigenous people from various countries. "This is an achievement: we have to celebrate it!", she said. At the national launch event of the Caucus for the Planet, Minister Guajajara met with congresspersons Benedita da Silva (PT-RJ), Duda Salabert (PDT-MG), Dilvanda Faro (PT-PA), and Célia Xakriabá (PSOL-MG), responsible for the initiative to convene parliamentarians from around the world to engage in the fight against climate change. At the opening, the minister led an indigenous chant holding a maraca, and reiterated that, after thirteen years participating in COPs, she understood that more progress was still needed. "We need to move forward with practical guidelines, with national implementations to protect the lives of those who are protecting biodiversity," she said, pointing out that it will only be possible to guarantee the continuity of life on the planet if there is a change in the economic model in the world. During the meeting with representatives of the Platform of Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples (LCIPP), including Anita Tzec, Director of the Program for Indigenous Peoples and Conservation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Ramiro Batzin, Coordinator of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity, Minister Sonia Guajajara was presented with a proposal for the next meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean platform, next year, to be held in Brazil. The Ministry of Indigenous Peoples received the proposal positively and indicated that it would consult with other relevant entities of the Brazilian government, such as the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Environment and Climate Change. The platform was established during COP21 and serves as a platform for the exchange of experiences and the sharing of the best social and environmental practices of indigenous peoples and traditional communities within the framework of the COPs. During her participation in the event "Women implementing climate justice solutions to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis", which brought together indigenous women and representatives of global organizations to discuss strategies for climate justice, protection of forests and biodiversity, divestment from fossil fuels, and protection of women defenders of the environment, Minister Guajajara welcomed the fact that women are gaining more and more space in decision-making. She noted that they have taken on these responsibilities due to the role of caregivers that has historically been assigned to them; a role that is not natural, but cultural. "The condition of vulnerability to which we have historically been subjected has made us acquire a perspective of communion and not of competition, a perspective of survival in scarcity, a logic totally contrary to the predatory occupation of nature," said the Minister, stressing that the commitment to gender equality in the debates to implement climate justice solutions must be shared by all countries. For any follow-up queries regarding Minister Sonia Guajajara's participation in COP28, please contact the Press Office of the Ministry for the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (firstname.lastname@example.org).