Program – Midi Locator Wed, 11 May 2022 01:49:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Program – Midi Locator 32 32 cut to program to house homelessness advocates Wed, 11 May 2022 01:49:08 +0000

Smith asked Treasurer Tim Pallas about the cuts to the program at the Australian Social Services Council’s post-budget breakfast. He said that the government was dealing with homelessness in a substantial way.

“It’s a bit unfair to compare peak COVID response funding to what constitutes a continued need,” Pallas said.

Jenny Smith, chief executive of the Council to the Homeless, asked Treasurer Tim Pallas about the cuts.

The $75 million spent includes funding for an Indigenous homelessness access point to provide a culturally appropriate response to Indigenous homelessness needs and $24 million for new housing to helping Victorians who need help keeping their homes.

Smith said scrapping the program could end up costing the government more.

“We will see these people lose their homes without sufficient support and return to emergency rooms, hospital beds and jails in our community. [which are] much more expensive responses,” she said. “We won’t save money, we will end up spending it.”

Treasurer Tim Pallas said it was unfair to compare peak COVID response funding to what was an ongoing need.

Treasurer Tim Pallas said it was unfair to compare peak COVID response funding to what was an ongoing need. Credit:Joe Armao

One of the service providers in the From Homelessness to a Home program is Wintringham, the country’s largest provider for older homeless people in Australia.

Wintringham Managing Director and Founder Bryan Lipmann said From Homelessness to a Home was one of the most innovative and exciting programs he had been involved in.

“It’s a wonderful program because it’s the holy grail of homelessness, it connects support and housing and I don’t know of any other program that does that,” he said. “It is distressing to know that it is going to be reduced. People have, for the first time in some cases, a room of their own.


Lipmann said some problems are unsolvable, but homelessness is due to a combination of housing and support, which From Homelessness to a Home provides.

“It’s a wonderful program that shouldn’t be cut, it should be expanded, it’s global best practice,” he said.

The former St Andrew sleeper, 51, slept in his van in Melbourne before being accommodated in hotels under the scheme during the pandemic.

Andrew said he was constantly in fight or flight mode until he received support through the program.


“There’s a kind of hierarchy of needs you have when you’re homeless and the first hierarchy is a safe place to sleep, the second is food, then comes the power to turn on your phone, then comes the toilet, then comes, if you’re lucky, showers,” he said. “I only took a shower once a week.”

Nine months ago, Andrew was placed in a home for the first time under the program, an experience he says was very difficult at first.

“I used to be moved, so it didn’t really feel like the house belonged to me,” he said. “I felt like home was going to be taken away from me any moment. So it took a long time to get over that kind of feeling that I had.

Andrew said what made the difference were the support services where Wintringham staff visited him weekly and encouraged him to join a creative writing group, go bowling and go football.

“It made a huge difference,” he said. “I go out every day now, out of the house. I reconnect with society.

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Ascot launches 2022 exploration drilling program Mon, 09 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ascot Resources Ltd. (TSX: AOT; OTCQX: AOTVF) (“Ascot“or the”Company”) is pleased to announce that the 2022 exploration drilling program has commenced on its Premier Gold project (“PGP“or the”project”), located on Nisga’a Nation Treaty Lands in the prolific Golden Triangle of northwestern British Columbia. Spring snowmelt allowed drilling to begin almost a month earlier than last year.

The 2022 exploration drilling program will consist of approximately 18,000 meters and will be evenly split between exploration holes and fill holes. Exploration drilling will be largely focused on the Sebakwe and Day zones and infill drilling will focus exclusively on the Big Missouri deposit. Drilling will initially be done from surface, but is expected to move to underground drill stations as development allows access and will allow for shorter drill holes and more precise targeting. The Company experienced extraordinary delays in testing lab turnaround times last year, but turnaround times are expected to be much shorter this year as a new third-party testing lab is in the pipeline. installation in the city of Stewart. Ascot has signed a priority service contract with this new testing lab to allow for faster turnaround.

Derek White, President and CEO, commented, “Given the heavy snowfall at the start of winter, we have been pleasantly surprised by the mild weather of the past few months and are delighted to start this season’s exploration drilling program earlier than last year. With the establishment of the new assay lab at Stewart, we look forward to receiving and communicating this year’s exploration results in a timely manner.The anticipated shorter assay turnaround times will also enable us to adapt our drilling plans more effectively as the exploration program progresses.

Exploration drilling will follow up on high priority targets in the Sebakwe and Day Zones – both of which were only discovered in 2021 and 2020, respectively. These areas are in close proximity to existing and planned underground infrastructure and represent the greatest potential for expansion of our resource and reserve base at PGP. Infill drilling will be focused on Big Missouri with a particular focus on stope definition drilling for the early stages of our mine plan and the ramp-up phase in 2023 and 2024.

Sebakwe area

At the end of the 2021 exploration drilling season, two holes were drilled from surface in the Sebakwe area. The first of these holes (P21-2385) intersected 36.17 g/t Au and 20.6 g/t Ag over 7.10 meters, including coarse visible gold, at a depth of 368.3 meters ( see the press release of December 15, 2021 for more details). The new gold intersections, in addition to the rare historical drilling, suggest the possible existence of a third arcuate structure similar to the Premier and Northern Light structures immediately to the south (see Figure 1). The high-grade intersections are located at a similar elevation to the Premier plant building and only 600 meters to the east.

Initially, a total of 10 holes for approximately 4,000 meters of drilling are planned from last year’s pad (see Figure 2). Holes are planned to exit around the high grade intersections of holes P21-2385 and P21-2386 and will target an area approximately 50 meters in strike length and 50 meters in vertical extent. Additional drilling will be planned if mineralization is consistently encountered.

Figure 1 – Overview of Sebakwe 2021 drilling

Figure 2 – Sebakwe 2022 drilling plan

Day area

The day zone has been expanded as part of the 2021 drill program (see press releases dated November 17, 2021 and January 13, 2022 for further details). The first hole, P21-2331, intersected high-grade gold mineralization 400 meters south of the previous year’s drill holes. Another drill hole, P21-2384, intersected 58.60 g/t Au and 24.8 g/t Ag over 1.90 meters at a depth of 35 meters in an area where Ascot is internally evaluating preliminary forms of workings for potential mining early in the life of the mine at Big Missouri. With only 32 drill holes so far, Ascot has already outlined a number of high grade zones over a known strike length of 550 metres, with open mineralization to the north and south. A total of 24 holes drilled from four surface pads comprising approximately 2,000 meters are planned in the day zone this year.

Qualified person

Lawrence Tsang, P.Geo., the company’s senior geologist, provides field management of the PGP exploration program. John Kiernan, P.Eng., the Company’s Chief Operating Officer is the Company’s Qualified Person (QP) as defined by NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this press release.

On behalf of the Board of Ascot Resources Ltd.
“Derek C. White”
President and CEO

For more information, contact:

David Stewart, P.Eng.
VP, Corporate Development and Shareholder Communications
778-725-1060 ext. 1024

About Ascot Resources Ltd.

Ascot is a junior Canadian exploration and development company focused on the restart of the former Premier gold mine, located on Nisga’a Nation Treaty Lands, in British Columbia’s prolific Golden Triangle. Ascot shares trade on the TSX under the symbol AOT. As Premier’s development progresses, the Company continues to successfully explore its properties for additional high-grade underground resources. Ascot is committed to the safe and responsible development of Premier in conjunction with Nisgan a’a nation, as set out in the Benefits Agreement.

For more information about the Company, please see the Company’s profile on SEDAR at or visit the Company’s website at, or for a virtual tour, visit www.vrify. com under Ascot Resources.

The TSX has not reviewed and accepts no responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information

All statements and other information contained in this press release regarding anticipated future events may constitute forward-looking information under Canadian securities laws (“forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “plan”, “estimate”, “expect”, “target”, “outlook”, “on track”, and “intend” and statements that an event or result “may”, “will”, “should”, “might” or “could” occur or be achieved and other similar expressions. All statements other than statements of historical facts included herein are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the exploration of the Company’s properties and management’s outlook for the remainder of 2022. These statements involve known risks. and unknowns, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements, including risks associated with Ascot’s business; risks relating to the exploration and potential development of Ascot’s projects; business and economic conditions in the mining industry generally; fluctuations in commodity prices and currency exchange rates; uncertainties related to the interpretation of drilling results and the geology, continuity and grade of mineral deposits; the need for cooperation from government agencies and aboriginal groups in the exploration and development of properties and the issuance of required permits; the need to obtain additional financing to develop properties and the uncertainty as to the availability and terms of future financing; the possibility of delays in exploration or development programs and uncertainty as to the achievement of planned program milestones; uncertainty as to the timely availability of permits and other governmental approvals; risks associated with COVID-19, including adverse impacts on the global economy, construction schedule and personnel availability; and other risk factors as detailed from time to time in Ascot’s filings with Canadian securities regulators available on Ascot’s profile on SEDAR at, including the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 21, 2022 in the section titled “Risk Factors”. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made regarding: the estimated costs associated with the construction of the project; the expected timing of production from the project; the ability to maintain throughput and production levels at the Premier plant; the tax rate applicable to the Company; future commodity prices; the grade of resources and reserves; the ability to the Company to convert inferred resources to other categories; the Company’s ability to reduce mining dilution; the ability to reduce capital costs; and exploration plans. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s estimates and opinions as of the date the statements are made. Although Ascot believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements and/or information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements as Ascot can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Ascot undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

]]> Former Utah S Kamo’i Latu joins Wisconsin football program Sat, 07 May 2022 18:37:06 +0000

Needing more depth in the high school, Wisconsin’s football program already had three players transferred from other schools in the offseason to give their cornerback room a much-needed boost. Those players were Cedrick Dort of Kentucky, and Jay Shaw and Keontez Lewis, both of UCLA.

Now the safe position of the badger has also been given a much needed addition as this group is currently dealing with a few injuries – and if you play on the defensive side of the ball and are looking to transfer why wouldn’t you want to join La defense of Jim Leonhard?

Wisconsin Football recently learned that Kamo’i Latu, formerly of Utah and a recent visitor, will be committing to the program.

Latu is from Honolulu, Hawaii and is a former high school teammate of current Badger Nick Herbig. According to 247Sports, Latu is a former three-star recruit with offers also from USC, Washington and Nebraska, to name a few, fresh out of high school.

Latu is 6’0″ – 195lbs and saw his first playing experience in 2021 as a redshirt rookie. He was on the field for 174 defensive snaps, according to PFF ($$), recording one pressure and three saves.

On coverage, Latu was targeted six times and allowed 13.3 yards per catch on four receptions with a pair of pass breakups. He spent the bulk of his lined up shots as a free safety, but also took a few lined up shots both in the box and in the slot. Latu also had 96 special teams snaps.

Other safeties on Wisconsin’s football roster include Preston Zachman and Travian Blaylock; however, both are currently injured. The Badgers also have John Torchio, Hunter Wohler, Bryce Carey and Owen Arnett. Four-star safety Austin Brown will also join the program this summer.

Latu still has three years of eligibility.

UW must take action to restore composting program The Badger Herald Fri, 06 May 2022 01:23:00 +0000

Composting is recognized as one of the easiest ways to prevent food waste in today’s world. According to EPA Food Recovery Hierarchymore sustainable options exist – such as source reduction, feeding excess food to hungry people or animals, and converting to biofuels – but where these options are not possible, composting is the most sustainable way. effective in helping to reduce food waste and create fertile new soil.

This practice not only helps keep food waste out of a landfill – where the carbon will be wasted – but it also creates nutrient-rich soil ready for planting. This soil is often high in nitrogen and phosphorus, minimizing the need for additional fertilizers before planting. A 2015 EPA study suggests that national waste consists of 26.5% paper products, 7.5% wood, 7.6% yard waste and 16.4% scraps of food.. All of these products flow into landfills, year after year, releasing methane which may or may not be captured or used.

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The University of Wisconsin created a composting program in 2008 by collecting food scraps from dining halls. These scraps were sent to West Madison Agricultural Research Station to convert. This program composted successfully for years, until loads began to become contaminated with silverware and other non-compostable materials, forcing the facility to send these loads to landfill. UW overcame these challenges by switching facilities and choosing to go through a anaerobic digestion plant Instead.

Contamination of compost loads is an ongoing concern when running a composting program, but the digester seems to alleviate most concerns. Fortunately, this digester made it possible to control the amount of contamination via a sorter called a deconditioner.

But that agreement ended on July 30, 2021 when the university’s contract was canceled with the biogas company, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of them offers have been sent through the university to other private composting facilities, but both were rejected, leaving school without the possibility of sending their remains. At the time of this publication, UW still has no plans to relaunch a composting program, only offering affected students a survey to fill.

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For a school with a world-renowned environmental science institute, not having a composting program comes as a surprise. We can do better.

Many universities across the country have refused to hire private companies to process their compost and have opted for self-run full-cycle composting programs. the University of Maine and Lincoln University in Nebraska have both chosen to install in-vessel composting systems on campus and have had great success in their programs. The UW could easily buy one of these ships with the help of a state grant, reaffirming its position as the top environmental science school.

Students can lobby the university to reintroduce a composting program by completing the survey on the Office of Sustainable Development website and by emailing administrators directly. By reimplementing compounding at UW, we can help maintain a more sustainable campus and help divert food waste on a large scale.

Krister Martensson ([email protected]) is a second-year student majoring in environmental science.

Bozeman leads Special Olympics Montana’s esports program Wed, 04 May 2022 06:24:02 +0000

BOZEMAN – With the rise of esports more than ever, it’s redefining what it means to be an athlete.

That’s why Bozeman High is leading the charge across Montana in giving Special Olympics athletes a passion for the game. an opportunity to compete.

“During the pandemic, Special Olympics had posted some things on Facebook that I saw that they were looking to start unified esports, so I immediately reached out and reached out to them to find out how we can get involved,” explained Bozeman program coordinator Joey Hancock. .

It was that call that led Bozeman High to become a pilot program for Special Olympics Montana, competing weekly this spring against teams across the country.

“Every week they would come and say ‘okay, now where’s the team we’re playing with this week? Where do they come from? “” Hancock laughed.

Since esports is a unified program, teams are made up of students with and without intellectual disabilities who compete in a game called Rocket League.

“It allowed us to explore all kinds of different possibilities when it came to different physical limitations,” explained Carl Poeschl, a professor at Bozeman High CTE. It’s really easier to adapt.

One example is programming video game controllers to meet the needs of athletes who might have hand impairments, something Ben Taylor was able to do for his older brother.

“He can’t use his left hand at all, so I have to find a way to make it so that only the right side of his controller can do all the actions that the full controller would do,” Taylor said. “It’s really impressive to see him do everything with one hand.

While one of the most favorite aspects of their weekly competition is the smack talk, the relationships that have continued to grow outside of the classroom. Is the real winner.

“I love all the stuff in the competition, but it’s really the piece that when you see what it does with all the stuff that brings it home and makes it – the impact is so much clearer then” , smiled Hancock. “It’s amazing what this is doing to promote inclusion in our schools.

At the end of the summer, Bozeman will participate in an exhibition at a coaching clinic for Special Olympics Montana in hopes that interest will continue to grow statewide.

Future Space Leaders 2022 grant program announced by Future Space Leaders Foundation Mon, 02 May 2022 05:35:27 +0000

the Future Space Leaders Foundation (FSLF) is pleased to announce the Future Leaders in Space Grant Program 2022.

Aimed at U.S. graduate students and young professionals pursuing careers related to space and satellites, the program will provide scholarships for participation in the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to be held in Paris, France, from September 18 to 22, 2022.

In addition to attending the IAC, scholars will also be involved in additional career development activities in Paris. These IAC-associated events include the Cross-cultural presentation workshopthe United Nations/International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Workshopthe Space Generation Congress hosted by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the Young Professionals Workshop.

These additional activities will require the presence of the beneficiaries in Paris, France, from September 13.

Download the application on this direct link…

2021 Grant Winners

Shayne Hume
  • Shayna Hume holds a Ph.D. student studying Martian entry, descent, and landing at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2020, she completed her Masters in Aerospace Engineering and Masters in Engineering Management from CU. Previously, she interned as a Matthew Isakowitz Fellow at the Aerospace Corporation, and before that at NASA Goddard, Lockheed Martin Space, and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. At the same time, she supports the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program, volunteers with the Space Generation Advisory Council to study the logistics of lunar colonization and runs the SGAC Mentorship Program, and strives to understand space exploration from point of view of human colonization through its work as an analogue. Astronaut.
Josh Ingersoll
  • Josh Ingersoll is currently a Satellite Regulatory Engineer for Amazon’s Kuiper Project, where he focuses on space security and spectrum allocation. In the evenings, Josh conducts research for the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University under the direction of Dr. Scott Pace. This work will lead to a Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy and a Master of Business Administration in STEM Management. His research focuses on the development of regulatory frameworks for non-geostationary operators (NGSOs) that enable commercial development while protecting the common good of low Earth orbit. Outside of his professional and academic pursuits, Josh is a recruiter for the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program and a member of Georgia Tech Aerospace’s Mentor in Residence program. He also enjoys teaching space lessons to primary school students via the Skype a Scientist platform. Josh received his MSc and BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Molly MacEachen
  • Molly MacEachen is a research associate for the Space & Sustainability Initiative (SSI) at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder, where she provides project management, coordinates RA and volunteer work, and plays a critical role in central research team operations. She recently graduated magna cum laude from CU Boulder with a dual degree in business and sociology. While at CU, Molly’s research on sustainable innovation, corporate social responsibility, and industry-society interactions has been funded by several grants and fellowships and presented at conferences around the world. In addition to her research, Molly is a consultant for the United Nations Global Compact, where she focuses more broadly on the topic of corporate sustainability reporting. Ultimately, his work centers on the impact of the private sector on the world, specifically focusing on training the next generation of leaders to be responsible and sustainable. Molly will share her perspective as a plenary session panelist, “Social Responsibility in Space: How the Next Generation is Leading the Charge” at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2021.
Ufuoma Ovienmhada
  • Ufuoma Ovienmhada is a PhD candidate in aeronautics and astronautics at the Space Enabled Research Group of the MIT Media Lab. In his research, Ufuoma investigates the applications of Earth Observation (EO) technologies for the sustainable management of socio-ecological systems. His paper at the IAC discusses the creation of EO-powered data tools for the management of an invasive plant species in West Africa. Ufuoma completed an internship at Planet Labs and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she researched EO applications for the study of urbanization and methane sensing, respectively. Before coming to MIT, she graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She also holds a master’s degree from MIT in Media Arts and Sciences.
Simon Shuham
  • Simon Shuham is a senior sales engineer at Ursa Major Technologies, a Colorado-based rocket engine manufacturer. Before joining Ursa Major, Simon was a propulsion engineer at Blue Origin and worked on the design, integration, assembly and testing of BE-3U and BE-4 engines. Prior to Blue Origin, Simon worked at United Launch Alliance as a propulsion engineer, developing fluid systems and components for Atlas, Delta and Vulcan launch vehicles. Simon is a 20-week recipient of 20s in Aviation and remains involved with various youth professional development organizations including SGAC, SEDS, AIAA, Zed Factor Fellowship and Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Simon graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.
Andrew Swackhamer
  • Andrew Swackhamer is a research assistant at CU Boulder’s Space and Sustainability Initiative, where he studies how the recent increase in commercial space actors has affected the space environment, how taking safe and sustainable measures will affect space business models and s there is the potential for autonomy of commercial actors instead of or in addition to legally binding regulation. Currently a student in CU’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, Andrew organizes and facilitates two of SSI’s four working groups, focusing on orbital debris and right-of-way scenarios involving conjunctions between two active satellites. In addition to his work with SSI, he was the project lead for the CU Boulder team that finished second in the 2020 SEDS-SSPI competition: Taking Out the Bins, where they researched and detailed the myriad of political, business and technology involved. to adequately address the growing congestion of near-Earth space. At IAC 2021, Andrew will share his experiences working in space sustainability at the Next Generation Social Responsibility Plenary.
Anna Volker
  • Anna Voelker (they/them) joined the Aspen Science Center as the new Executive Director in June 2021. Anna is also the Founder and Executive Director of the SciAccess Initiative, an international program dedicated to advancing inclusion people with disabilities in STEM. Through SciAccess, they lead many scientific inclusion initiatives, including an annual conference kicked off by their receipt of the $100,000 President’s Award from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2018. Anna is currently hosting the 2021 SciAccess Conference , which will take place virtually on May 12-13, 2021. Alongside former Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, Anna is Mission Project Manager: AstroAccess, a new SciAccess project that aims to pave the way for space explorers with disabilities. Mission: AstroAccess, in partnership with many non-profit organizations, will send a crew of disabled researchers on a ZERO-G parabolic flight later this year. Anna specializes in raising awareness of accessible science for diverse learners and has worked extensively with blind and visually impaired students using 3D printing and data sonification. Anna is passionate about making STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) accessible to everyone, as detailed in their TEDx Talk 2017. As a student at OSU, Anna designed her own major to pursue this passion and earned a Bachelor of Science in Science Communication and Accessibility, with a minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics. In May 2021, Anna hosted a NASA live event where astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) answered questions from students with disabilities. It was the first ISS event to feature American Sign Language in over a decade. Anna was named a Brooke Owens Fellow in 2018 and previously worked at NASA Kennedy, NASA Goddard, OSU Department of Astronomy, OSU Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Space Telescope Science Institute , to the Office of Astronomy for Development of the International Astronomical Union and the Aerospace Society.
US EB-5 Investor Immigration Program Faces Serious Challenge Sat, 30 Apr 2022 14:11:37 +0000

The US EB-5 Regional Center program has suffered many setbacks in recent years. The confidence of foreign investors in the program has been shaken by a series of events. For one thing, renewals of the EB-5 Regional Center program were decoupled from the normal Congressional budgeting process, making it more difficult to renew the program. The Covid-19 has made it very difficult to raise capital and the processing of files has been slowed down during the pandemic. President Trump raised the minimum investment to $900,000. Then the Behring case came to undo the regulatory changes made under Trump. Finally, and most importantly, Congress authorized the Regional Center program to end on June 30, 2021. For nine months, the EB-5 Regional Center program has wandered no man’s land in search of a resurrection. . Finally, on March 15, 2022, Congress passed the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022, setting May 15, 2022 as the new date when the regional center program could become operational again.

A surprise new shape

In a series of new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) recently released, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced a new policy regarding the Regional Center’s EB-5 program. The position taken does not sit well with many representatives of the immigration investor community. It states, “Entities seeking designation as a Regional Center are required to file Form I-956, Request for Regional Center Designation. USCIS will post this new form, including form instructions, along with additional information regarding the filing process by May 14, 2022.” The regional center program was scheduled to begin operating May 15, 2022. law enforcement with this new step is not a welcome development.

A redesignation is necessary

The problem is compounded by the fact that USCIS believes that previously designated regional centers are unable to retain their designation without filing the new Form I-956. They argue that the 2022 Reform and Integrity Act EB-5 repealed the former Regional Centers program, thereby requiring previously designated Regional Centers to reapply for designation. The position taken delays individuals seeking immigrant investor status from filing for Form I-526 as a foreign entrepreneur after May 14, 2022, as the regional center must first file the I-956 to get approval, then submit a project application and receive a receipt number to be eligible to help investors file their green cards.

Grandfathered I-526s can be processed

Fortunately, not all foreign investors are delayed by this surprise USCIS ruling. the USCIS is processing Regional Center-related Form I-526s filed on or before June 30, 2021, which is the day the previous Regional Center program ended. Although the repeal of the former Immigrant Investor Program requires previously designated Regional Centers to reapply for designation if they wish to continue participation, the need to reapply does not impact on petitions that were pending prior to March 15, 2022. new legislation, processing is carried out in accordance with the eligibility requirements applicable at the time such petitions were filed.

New Online Regional Center Program

That said, it is clear that the success or failure of the new EB-5 Regional Center program is at stake here. Some have asked if the new Form I-956 can be processed on an expedited basis. The fear is that if these applications are not processed within a month or two, foreign investors’ confidence in the regional center’s program will be shaken to the point where the program will be abandoned. Why wait to see how long the United States will take to open its foreign investor immigration program when other countries offer these same foreign investors excellent alternatives?

The only hope is that USCIS pulls together and prioritizes these applications to open the new regional center program and get it working as it should as soon as possible.

RCSD: Canine therapy program in schools Thu, 28 Apr 2022 22:13:17 +0000

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – Two schools in the Rochester City School District are using therapy dogs for students, and school board teams say it works wonders for mental health.

On Thursday, a few different classes at the School of the Arts received special visits from the four-legged friends.

Sherry Vandermallie-Nash is a gym teacher at SOTA. She helped launch the program before the pandemic hit, putting it on hiatus for two years.

“Not only did it put a break on the dogs being able to come in and join the kids, live with us, but it also put a break on the training classes, so the dogs couldn’t bring in new ones. teams because they don’t have the essential training to qualify to be a training dog,” she said.

Now the program is operational again. With the goal of eventually reaching more schools across the district.

Vandermallie-Nash says the effect on students’ socio-emotional well-being is profound.

“Kids in the building who don’t know me, I’m ‘dog lady.’ They say, ‘Miss, miss, are the dogs here today?’” she said.

“One of the most important things is to open up, it’s funny how open you can be when you’re sitting there petting a dog, there’s this comfort zone,” Vandermallie said. -Nash.

One of her favorite moments with the dogs involves the music and she describes the first time Aidan Killigrew pulled out a harmonic, serenading their beagle.

The two instantly connected.

“Kacie ended up resting her head on my hand,” Killigrew said. “Dogs can give you a kind of icebreaker if two people love dogs, people can share experiences with their own dogs.”

Dogs bring a unique experience for everyone: whether it’s in the classroom, in the hallways, or even the daily announcements

“If we don’t provide the support, they won’t get it. Our kids need it and they need it from us,” Vandermallie-Nash said. Dogs undergo a 10-part test in order to be allowed into schools to serve as certified therapy dogs.

Therapy Dogs International has over 90 teams here in the Rochester area.

Governor Newsom Highlights Universal College Savings Program During San Francisco Kindergarten-to-College Program $11 Million Deposit Celebration Tue, 26 Apr 2022 22:34:16 +0000
San Francisco’s Kindergarten to College program, created by then-Mayor Newsom, deposited $11 million for nearly 50,000 public school students

Governor Newsom’s Universal College Savings Account Program will open an account for every Californian born after July 1, 2022 and students who need the most support will be eligible for deposits over $1,500

SAN FRANCISCO — Today, Governor Gavin Newsom joined a class of first graders from Bryant Elementary School as they deposited the $11 millionth into kindergarten through college savings accounts , highlighting the success of this program and how the administration has expanded this concept across the state.

San Francisco’s Kindergarten to College (K2C) program, founded in 2011 by San Francisco Mayor Newsom and Treasurer José Cisneros, automatically opens a savings account with $50 of public funds for each child entering kindergarten in San Francisco public schools, putting students on a path to college on their first day of school. There are nearly 50,000 K2C participants who, to date, have saved $11 million for post-secondary education.

Last year, Governor Newsom made history by creating the nation’s largest statewide college savings account program, providing at least $500 to every eligible low-income student in California. Research has shown that when kids have a college savings account in their name — even with less than $500 — they’re three times more likely to go to college and four times more likely to graduate.

“College savings accounts are transformative opportunities for millions of children to succeed in college,” Governor Newsom said. “The program we created here in San Francisco has invested $11 million in the future of thousands of children, and we’re delivering on that promise of success across the state – by creating a universal savings account program university so that every California student can be ready for college.”

Governor Highlights Statewide College Savings Program at San Francisco K2C Program Celebration

Last year, Governor Newsom spearheaded the creation of two new college savings account programs for Californians across the state, including a universal college savings account program for future generations in the state. :

  • Universal College Savings Accounts for Californians born after July 1, 2022. All newborns born in California after July 1, 2022 will have accounts opened for them – universally. This will include a basic deposit of $25, with up to an additional $75 in incentives for registering an online account, etc. Once low-income children in this cohort reach first grade in public school, the intention is to make basic and additional deposits into these accounts. , eliminating the need to create new accounts for first-year students each year.
  • More than $1,500 for students who need it most. In July, public school students in 2021-22 school years 1-12 will have accounts opened in their names based on the following criteria: low-income students will receive a base deposit of $500, with additional deposits of $500 each for homeless and foster youth, for a total amount of up to $1,500 (ie one low-income homeless foster youth). Each year thereafter, all eligible public school first graders will be opened accounts under the same criteria. The first set of accounts is expected to be opened for about 3.5 million students this year, with about 300,000 students each year thereafter.

All families participating in the CalKIDS program will be encouraged to open and link their own ScholarShare 529 college savings account to maximize their savings. As the CalKIDS program unfolds, the state encourages assistance from public and private leaders to market this program to families in all 58 counties. The accounts will be tax-efficient, enable investment growth potential for young participants, and provide capital preservation to accommodate high school students who will soon be withdrawing funds. The program will be accessible regardless of immigration status.

San Francisco’s K2C program was the first universal children’s savings account program in the country and this week celebrates its 10and anniversary in 2021 with the release of a new video and a new report. This program has been replicated across the country, with 123 active college savings account programs reaching more than 1.2 million children in 39 states, including municipal programs in Oakland, Los Angeles and New York, and statewide programs in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Maine.

“We started K2C so that every student in our public schools knows they have a future worth saving,” said San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros. “More important than the money itself, $11 million in savings represents millions of conversations our families have with their children about going to college.”


Army program connects soldiers to civilian career opportunities Sun, 24 Apr 2022 14:42:22 +0000

In the army, Ulrich Nkou Sembe worked as an operating theater specialist. When he got his first civilian job after leaving military life, he continued to do the same in the private sector.

This smooth transition is courtesy of the US Army’s PaYS program, which stands for Partnership for Youth Success. The program has been in existence for more than 20 years and is a recruiting tool that provides up to five job interviews upon separation from the military with partner companies committed to hiring former service men and women.

“I liked the uniform,” said Nkou Sembe, who is still in the army reserve. “And I love my job. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. »

In addition to his work as a surgical technologist at HCA Healthcare in Texas, Nkou Sembe is also studying biology at Houston Community College. He plans to go to medical school and hopes to one day become a flight surgeon or field surgeon in the military.

“That’s the goal,” he said.

And the PaYS program helped him find a good job quickly, enabling him to pursue his dreams.

“We have stood the test of time over the years when it comes to helping transitioning soldiers,” said Antonio Johnson, PaYS Program Manager.

Today, there are dozens of nonprofit organizations, as well as programs within the services, that help transitioning military members. But the Army program has been around for a long time and has a track record of success. There are currently 966 PaYS partners, 782,860 jobs available and 275,974 PaYS soldiers.

PaYS started in 2000 and began as a way to help with recruitment. The Army helps soldiers learn valuable skills that will translate into civilian employment, even helping them get training and certification if needed. Nkou Sembe said he obtained his certification as a certified surgical technologist through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assistance to work in army operating rooms, for example.

PaYS partners, including companies like General Motors, USAA, Cintas and Century 21, interview service members and about 60% of them receive job offers, Johnson said.

Recruits can choose to enroll in the program upon enlistment and choose a qualified career path in the military to help them with future job prospects. The military trains recruits in a number of different fields that translate into civilian employment, Johnson said, meaning it’s a win-win situation for employers and the military.

Many young people see the military as a stepping stone to their future career, and PaYS is contributing to this plan.

“The Army has made it a priority to help transitioning soldiers,” Johnson said. “The more they manage to transfer, the better. Nobody wants unemployed veterans.

“It’s the philosophy of the soldier for life. We take care of each other for life.