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Andy Murray has turned down offers of up to £1.5million to play in Saudi Arabia over human rights concerns as the tennis star’s rep insists he won’t is not interested in the “tempting sums of money” offered by the Gulf State

  • Andy Murray rejected big offers to play tennis matches in Saudi Arabia
  • Councilor Matt Gentry said human rights concerns influenced Murray’s decision
  • “I don’t think he’ll play there just because of what happened,” Gentry said.
  • Saudi Arabia has recently hosted football, Formula 1, boxing and golf events

Andy Murray has rejected the chance to play lucrative exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia due to concerns over human rights in the Gulf state.

Organizers have offered tennis stars including Murray up to £1.5m to play in Saudi Arabia, which has stepped up its pursuit of top sporting events in recent years.

However, the events have been heavily criticized by groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, for attempting to clean up the nation’s reputation on the international stage, a practice described as “sportswashing”.

Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia while women‘s rights also lag behind. Human Rights Watch also released a report last week on Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on criticism.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who had frequently criticized the state’s royal family, was brutally murdered at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul in 2018. The Biden administration released a declassified report last year. intelligence agencies concluding that Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman had “approved” of the operation.

Andy Murray has turned down the chance to win up to £1.5million to play in Saudi Arabia

Real Madrid's recent clash with Barcelona is one of many sporting events held in Saudi Arabia

Real Madrid’s recent clash with Barcelona is one of many sporting events held in Saudi Arabia

Murray has long been an advocate for gay rights and women’s rights and his representative Matt Gentry says the Scot has no interest in playing in Saudi Arabia because of the country’s human rights record .

“He refused stuff in Arabia; I don’t think he’ll play there just because of what happened,’ Gentry told the podcast. Sports Unlocked.

“If he is very attached to something, he will call it with pleasure. He is not afraid to express his opinion.

“They did a few exhibition matches where they paid exorbitant amounts of money to bring players there and he just wasn’t interested.”

“To show up and play a game, if you’re a former world No. 1 player, in the Middle East, you could potentially make $1-2 million.

Murray has shown support for gay rights and has been a strong advocate for the women's game

Murray has shown support for gay rights and has been a strong advocate for the women’s game

‘I don’t think he’ll play there just because of what happened,’ Murray’s rep says

“It’s for the top players, the big names in the world, and I think golf is pretty similar.”

Murray made his first ATP Tour final in over two years on Saturday after reaching the Sydney Tennis Classic showpiece, but the Scot was beaten in straight sets by Aslan Karatsev.

Saudi Arabia staged its first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix in December and has also hosted tennis, golf and boxing events, including Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.

The Spanish Super Cup involving Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid is currently taking place in the nation’s capital, Riyadh, while Barcelona faced Boca Juniors in a recent friendly last month.

Human rights groups criticized the Saudi state takeover of Newcastle United last year

Human rights groups criticized the Saudi state takeover of Newcastle United last year

Amnesty has urged players taking part in the Super Cup to use their platform to show their support for social causes in Saudi Arabia, although the tournament has so far passed without any notable protests from players.

Athletic Bilbao striker Raul Garcia was the only one to criticize the competition moving from Spain to Saudi Arabia, although he only expressed concerns about the competition being moved away from his home traditional and did not mention the Gulf State’s human rights record.

Human rights groups have also criticized the takeover of Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

Telemedicine expands access to surgical care https://webeclair.com/telemedicine-expands-access-to-surgical-care/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 00:05:50 +0000 https://webeclair.com/telemedicine-expands-access-to-surgical-care/

Key points to remember

  • Black patients may have relied on virtual visits as a critical healthcare access channel as the pandemic progressed.
  • Older age, lower education, and language other than English were associated with decreased video use.
  • Disparities persist in the use of video streaming during virtual visits among certain vulnerable groups.

CHICAGO (January 14, 2022): The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the landscape of healthcare delivery and altered the ways patients access healthcare. Digital literacy, access to technology, and the ability to communicate effectively with providers virtually have become critical indicators of the social determinants of health. Now, to add to our understanding, Boston-area researchers studied demographic disparities in the use of virtual versus in-person surgical consultation after the first COVID-19 public health emergency. Their findings appear in an article, among the first of its kind, published online by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

“The boom in telemedicine has drawn attention to the digital divide and highlighted the limited ability of vulnerable populations to access and use telemedicine,” said lead author Gezzer Ortega, MD. , MPH, Senior Faculty of Research and Innovation for Equitable Surgical Care, Center for Surgery and Public Health, and Adjunct Professor, Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value and Experience Center at Brigham and Women‘s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

While the number of Americans with high-speed Internet access is growing, more than 21 million Americans still do not have high-speed Internet access.1 Additionally, ownership of internet-enabled devices remains disproportionately low among low-income and older Americans.2 The researchers aimed to identify disparities between in-person surgical consultation and telemedicine within their own hospital system.

Study details

The study was a retrospective analysis within the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery of an academic medical center that took place between March 24-June 23, 2020 (Phase I) and June 24-December 31 2020 (phase II).

The dates for Phase I and Phase II were chosen based on Massachusetts State policies that affected the provision of elective surgical services, including outpatient consultation. On March 24, 2020, an emergency order was issued by the Governor of the State of Massachusetts, which ordered the closure of all businesses and organizations not providing essential COVID-19 services and issued a stay-at-home advisory home. On June 24, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health enacted reopening guidelines allowing the resumption of non-essential elective surgeries and in-person consultations.

The analysis covered 4,908 patients in the two phases. During Phase I, 347 in-person visits and 638 virtual visits were conducted. There were no significant differences in the use of virtual visits versus the use of in-person visits between demographic or insurance groups. Among patients using virtual visits, Latinx and Hispanic patients were less likely to have video visits versus audio-only visits than white patients.

During Phase II, 2,922 in-person visits and 1,001 virtual visits were made. No significant difference was observed between the types of insurance; however, black patients were more likely to have virtual visits than white patients. Among patients using virtual visits, race or ethnicity and type of insurance were not significant predictors of video use.

Main findings

  • During phase I, two-thirds of patients attended a surgical consultation via telemedicine visits. The majority of these patients were Caucasian and there were no statistically significant differences in the use of virtual visits between racial or ethnic groups.
  • Latinx and Hispanic patients were less likely to have video visits than white patients.
  • During Phase II, in-person visits increased. White patients remained the majority of patients seen via virtual visit, although black patients were 50% more likely to have virtual visits than white patients.
  • Older age, lower education, and language other than English were associated with decreased video use.

The study is limited by missing data on race, ethnicity and level of education, which ultimately reduced the sample size of the overall study. “Notably, our institution implemented systematic efforts to collect more patient demographic data early in the pandemic, which resulted in a decrease in the proportions of missing data on race, ethnicity and health level. education during Phase II,” said Dr. Ortega.

Additionally, the study did not include a qualitative analysis of the underlying factors of the differences between audio-only and video use for virtual tours. Future research should use qualitative methodology to analyze patient-, provider-, and system-level factors of visit modality preferences among underfunded general surgical patient populations.

There are a variety of barriers to accessing telemedicine care. Louis L. Nguyen, MD, MBA, MPH, co-author of the FACS study and vice president for digital health systems, suggests that internet access is chief among them. “Some underserved populations lack access to high-speed internet and this limits their access to many opportunities, including virtual healthcare,” he said.

This study provides preliminary evidence that virtual consultation can serve as a mechanism to increase access to surgical care among traditionally underresourced populations during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Health systems should implement policies to promote digital access and digital literacy in disadvantaged communities.

“It’s really interesting to sit here in January 2022 and analyze data on virtual care when about two years ago we hardly ever used virtual care,” said the co- Study author Ali Tavakkoli, MD, chief of the division of general and gastrointestinal surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “The first wave of COVID pushed us to set up this care pathway and format where we thought it would not be possible. Now the data, including this study, shows that it can be done, and it can be done safely. During the current wave of COVID where we’ve become heavily reliant on virtual tours again, it’s great to have this data to show how we’re doing with this format.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sVxUNuNyQU

The study co-authors are Chukwuma N. Eruchalu, BS; Regan W. Bergmark, MD, FACS; Douglas S. Smink, MD, MPH, FACS; David W. Bates, MD, MSc; Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS, all at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“FACS” means that a surgeon is a member of the American College of Surgeons.

There are no author disclosures to report.

Quote: Demographic disparity in the use of telemedicine for outpatient general surgical consultation during the COVID-19 pandemic: analysis of the initial public health emergency and second phase periods. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. DOI: 10.1097/XCS.0000000000000030.


1 Broadband Deployment Report 2019. Federal Communications Commission 2019; 44:1-331. Available at: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-44A1.pdf (.) Accessed January 10, 2022.

2 Demographics of mobile device ownership and adoption in the United States. Pew Research Center: Internet and Technology. Published June 12, 2019. Available at: https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/fact-sheet/mobile (.) Accessed January 10, 2022.

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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. His accomplishments significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and made him an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has over 84,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org (.)

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Networking group provides opportunities for women in the male-dominated CRE industry https://webeclair.com/networking-group-provides-opportunities-for-women-in-the-male-dominated-cre-industry/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 23:11:13 +0000 https://webeclair.com/networking-group-provides-opportunities-for-women-in-the-male-dominated-cre-industry/

Bbefore forming the West Michigan chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Women‘s Network (CREW), its founding members realized that most of their business leads came from networking with other women.

“We’ve had mostly good experiences (working in commercial real estate), but we were always left out of the conversation,” said Alison Dekok, CREW West Michigan board chair and head of global accounts at Haworth Inc. “Commercial real estate is a male-dominated industry.”

Alison Dekok and Doris Drain

Women make up just 36.7% of the commercial real estate sector, a percentage that “hasn’t changed much in the last 15 years”, according to a 2020 benchmarking study by the CREW Network, which surveyed nearly 3,000 industry professionals.

The fixed salary gap between women and men in 2020 remained wide at 10.2%, with a commission and bonus gap of 55.9%, according to the study.

Dekok said networking is essential for women working in commercial real estate.

“You need to tap into the expertise of this collective body of women and learn from their experiences and find opportunities for mentorship,” she said.

Having a network of other women in a range of industry positions has been a beneficial tool for CREW Network members to advance their careers and get advice, especially during the pandemic, Dekok said. In his role at Haworth, Dekok works with various global accounts and navigates complex real estate strategies and purchase agreements.

“CREW really opened up this network to me globally,” Dekok said. “A few years ago I used one of my connections through CREW and was led to a great opportunity that otherwise wouldn’t have existed.”

The West Michigan CREW Chapter has 44 members and celebrated its third anniversary in November 2021. The Chapter is part of a global organization that focuses on bringing women of different professions together in the commercial real estate industry. The global organization was founded in 1989 and has approximately 12,000 members across all of its chapters.

West Michigan CREW Board Vice Chair Doris Drain has been contacted by people because of her involvement with the organization. Drain is the Vice President of Commercial Loans at Grand Rapids Township United Bank of Michigan, where she has worked for 33 years.

“Even for a seasoned veteran like me, it’s always been a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about different roles in the industry,” Drain said. “It was fun to be on the pitch and help grow the organization.”

The CREW Network also has a foundation that annually awards 30 college scholarships to women pursuing careers in commercial real estate. Locally, officials from the organization have been doing outreach at local colleges and universities, Dekok said.

“We’re trying to break down barriers for women,” Drain said. “Part of that is creating awareness that these are great careers for women to pursue. More and more women are being encouraged to pursue careers in STEM, and that’s also what our foundation aims to do: to let young women working towards their degrees know that they have support and that it’s a viable career. . »

Throughout the pandemic, CREW management has been working to help members adapt to different ways of doing business through educational virtual events, Drain said.

“The pandemic has definitely had an impact on the group, and we’ve all had challenges in different ways,” Dekok said. “We saw a lot of colleagues lose their jobs, but many of them were able to connect and find new opportunities through the group.”

DEI focus

In addition to being male-dominated, the commercial real estate industry is also predominantly white. Of 2,930 industry professionals surveyed by CREW’s global network in early 2020, only 13% of respondents identified as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC). In the study, only 16% said that at least 25% of employees in their workplace are BIPOC.

The average fixed base salary in commercial real estate in 2020 was $112,290 for men and $100,802 for women, according to the benchmark 2020 CREW study. That 10.2% pay gap is widening for black, Asian, and Hispanic/Latin women: white women earned 90 cents for every dollar earned by men, black women earned 85 cents, Asian women earned 86 cents, and Hispanic/Latin women earned 80 cents.

The CREW Network has made a “tremendous effort” to welcome members from diverse backgrounds and industries into commercial real estate, Drain said.

“We need each other, we learn from each other and we all need to be part of it,” Drain said.

IMC acquires socially responsible marketplace Dough https://webeclair.com/imc-acquires-socially-responsible-marketplace-dough/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 03:13:14 +0000 https://webeclair.com/imc-acquires-socially-responsible-marketplace-dough/

After launching the highly anticipated Juniper online marketplace last week, International Market Centers yesterday announced the acquisition of Dough, an e-commerce platform supporting women-owned businesses. The purchase marks the first major step in a series of initiatives by the company designed to grow its brand community, and a new expansion strategy with values-based commerce in mind. It’s a goal that the co-founder and CEO of Dough vanessa bruce will participate in facilitation as she steps into the newly created role of Vice President of Social Impact for IMC, where she will report to Erica Deanpresident of the organization’s B2B e-commerce marketplace, Juniper.

Bruce’s time with Dough could serve as an indicator of where IMC hopes to go. In 2018, she and co-founder Anna Palm Tree established the platform to circumvent the barriers that women face on the path to entrepreneurship, especially when it comes to building capital. At the time, they found that only 2.5% of venture capital funds went to women-owned businesses and that women generally faced faster repayment periods and higher interest rates. high on average small business loans. When the couple dug in, they found an opportunity to solve the problem: they founded Dough as a discovery platform to enable consumers to discover women-owned brands and to encourage retailers and wholesalers to source their shelves in the same way. (That decision was reinforced by a series of 2018 studies that found that 80% of women control consumer spending, while 90% would go out of their way to buy women-owned businesses.) After launching a weekly newsletter to spread the word about the team’s favorite companies, they received such an influx of new seller applications that the brand could be strategic in organizing its diverse range of brands. It quickly became part of Dough’s standards that more than half of the site’s vendors were women of color; Additionally, 70% of its products are made in the USA, 75% are not sold on Amazon, 60% are handmade, and 65% are eco-friendly.

Among the more than 1,000 women-owned businesses on the site, categories span home decor, health and wellness products, apparel, accessories, skincare, and food and beverage. Fan-favorite products include Modern Theory candles, Zuhaza home decor, and Becalia Botanicals skincare, which Bruce will focus on bringing into the B2B arena via JuniperMarket.com and physical presence. IMC in Atlanta, High Point, North Carolina and Las Vegas. .

A recent launch in itself, Juniper Marketplace debuted on January 6 with over 1,500 brands and 3 million SKUs of home, gift and lifestyle items available exclusively to retail agencies. An extension of the company’s JuniperCommerce suite of tools for sales automation, the e-commerce platform was created to reflect the omnichannel approach implemented in IMC’s physical marketplaces, a move that brings the organization of a sector which is rapidly becoming digital. The purchase of Dough marks the first of several strategic acquisitions to roll out over the coming year, all of which are designed to evolve IMC as a more social shopping resource.

Bruce’s focus after the Juniper acquisition, she says, will remain on championing women-owned, values-based businesses on the platform, primarily ensuring sellers have access to relationships with shoppers and that the platform continues to partner with emerging brands and builds the technology to support them. “At the end of the day, it’s really about having more impact,” says Bruce. “We were talking to IMC and the Juniper team about it, and [realized that with the acquisition] we can make a profit while impacting communities that typically don’t have access to the capital, connections, and relationships that other businesses have.

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After Biden admin gives taxpayers green light for Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, Ernst leads colleagues in call for transparency and accountability – Press releases https://webeclair.com/after-biden-admin-gives-taxpayers-green-light-for-taliban-controlled-afghanistan-ernst-leads-colleagues-in-call-for-transparency-and-accountability-press-releases/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:03:40 +0000 https://webeclair.com/after-biden-admin-gives-taxpayers-green-light-for-taliban-controlled-afghanistan-ernst-leads-colleagues-in-call-for-transparency-and-accountability-press-releases/
WASHINGTON — After the Biden administration gave the green light to taxpayer dollars earmarked to support humanitarian aid and other expansive forms of aid to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan — like money earmarked for the country’s ‘endangered species research’ – US Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, leads 15 of his colleagues to demand a full account of the money that the administration authorizes to pass through the Taliban network and Haqqani.

VIDEO: Ernst calls for a full accounting of US taxpayer money the Biden administration is allowing to flow through the Taliban.
In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, Ernst and his colleagues write: “We are writing to express our serious concerns regarding the recent announcement by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regarding the issuance of General Licenses (GLs) authorizing the flow of US taxpayers’ money through the Taliban. and the Haqqani network. While we agree that widespread starvation and the denial of the rights of Afghan women and girls are immediate problems to be addressed with humanitarian aid and assistance, OFAC’s sweeping authorization risks passing too much US taxpayer money by the Taliban or the Haqqani Network to fund an excessive and unfortunate program, or unnecessary list of services such as activities in support of the rule of law by the Taliban, educational exchanges in a country that now devalues ​​the education of women and girls, and research on endangered species.

They continue, Moreover, OFAC does not describe control mechanisms to ensure that the funds do not end up in Taliban coffers. As these licenses stand, the broad administrative latitude and unclear enforcement mechanisms risk seeing the US taxpayer fund the world’s most dangerous foreign terrorist organization.

The senators continue, “We call on this administration to keep its promise not to lift financial sanctions against the Taliban unless they change their government policies, deny safe haven to terrorists, and guarantee the basic human rights of Afghan women and girls. Obviously, they did not fulfill these conditions.

In the letter, the senators request detailed responses to the following information by February 11, 2022:
  1. A listing of the total funds provided by the United States to each OFAC-issued GL related to humanitarian assistance, other support, and trade with Afghanistan.
  2. The total amount and percentage of funds collected by the Taliban and Haqqani network in the form of a tax, fee or import duty.
  3. The total funding for humanitarian assistance the United States has sent to Afghanistan since August 31, 2021.

Ottawa extends CEBA loan repayment deadline by one year https://webeclair.com/ottawa-extends-ceba-loan-repayment-deadline-by-one-year/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 20:46:12 +0000 https://webeclair.com/ottawa-extends-ceba-loan-repayment-deadline-by-one-year/

The extension had been a key demand from business groups, as many small businesses in hard-hit sectors feared they would not be able to repay loans on time.CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/Reuters

The federal government is giving small businesses an extra year to repay their loans from the Canada Emergency Business Account, one of the most widely used business supports during the pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference Wednesday that businesses now have until Dec. 31, 2023 to repay loans without accruing interest and to qualify for partial loan forgiveness. The previous repayment deadline was December 31, 2022, to avail these loan benefits.

The CEBA program was announced in April 2020 to provide $40,000 emergency loans to eligible small businesses, of which $10,000 is repayable if repaid on time. The limit was later increased to $60,000 and the forgivable portion was adjusted to $20,000. Nearly 900,000 businesses have received loans, with a total value of more than $49 billion.

In a press release, the government said that all loans not repaid by the new deadline of December 31, 2023 will be converted into two-year term loans with 5% interest from January 1, 2024. The loans will be fully due by December 31, 2025.

“Extending it to 2023 will give businesses that flexibility to manage their cash flow,” said Small Business and Economic Development Minister Mary Ng, who was also at the announcement.

The extension had been a key demand from business groups, as many small businesses in hard-hit sectors feared they would not be able to repay loans on time.

Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said the announcement was good news. CFIB also lobbied the government to cancel a greater share of CEBA loans and provide more credit through the program.

“It will be a critical relief for business owners who were really stressed about this,” Kelly said.

Alla Drigola Birk, director of small business policy for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said government supports are still needed in many sectors as the pandemic drags on into a third year.

“We need to be lucid about the impacts of this ongoing fifth wave and the very real threat of a third consecutive tourist season being lost,” Ms Drigola Birk said.

The Chamber of Commerce and CFIB are asking the government to extend the repayment deadline by one year, until December 31, 2024.

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada and Restaurants Canada also welcomed the extension.

Export Development Canada, the crown corporation that administers the CEBA program on behalf of the federal government, declined to tell The Globe and Mail in December how many companies had already repaid the loan, but suggested that very few would do so until as the deadline approaches.

The extension of the deadline will also apply to loans made through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, which was a program similar to CEBA administered by Canada’s regional development agencies.

A recent report from the Auditor General of Canada said the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund has largely met its goals of supporting hard-hit businesses.

The audit also said the government expected that between 25% and 42% of loans made through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund would never be repaid. The program had a total budget of over $2 billion.

In Mumbai alone, over 2,000 home sales were recorded in the first 12 days of January https://webeclair.com/in-mumbai-alone-over-2000-home-sales-were-recorded-in-the-first-12-days-of-january/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:27:24 +0000 https://webeclair.com/in-mumbai-alone-over-2000-home-sales-were-recorded-in-the-first-12-days-of-january/

Mumbai: Over 2,000 house registrations were registered in the first 12 days of January, according to data available from the Maharashtra Government Registration and Stamps Department, generating revenue of Rs 121.49 crore from the duty stamp.

Shravan Hardikar, Inspector General of Revenue (IGR), whose office is in Pune, attributes the driving factor to the growing demand for housing, especially among low, middle and high income groups. “With Covid there is a growing demand for safer homes and this is reflected in the increase in registration data,” he said.

Additionally, he said, with improved network availability in all of their registries, the problems faced by home buyers and developers in the home registration process have diminished.

“We have introduced e-registration to speed up the registration process, but this is not the driver for increasing registrations at the moment. We are improving this system. Also, this e-registration platform does not is currently not available to all builders/developers,” he explained.

From March 2020 to date, 3,000 registrations have been made through the online registration platform. Currently, only large developers, with more than 50 buildings in their project, can take advantage of the facility and currently 150 projects are registered online. Besides, MHADA, CIDCO, SRA and other housing agencies are also on this electronic registration system.

Across Maharashtra, over 44,000 houses have been registered and Rs 533.93 crore collected in stamp duty.

Currently, the Maharashtra government charges a stamp duty of 5%, with a 1% discount on this rate for women buyers.

In December 2021, the highest record of documents – 3,31,460 – was registered across the state, mopping up Rs 3,790.05 crore in revenue.

The real estate sector places high hopes on the part of the government in the next Union budget. According to Manju Yagnik, Vice President of Nahar Group and Senior Vice President of NAREDCO, “With a contribution of over 7% to India’s GDP, the real estate sector is one of the most important pillars of the economy. . During the pandemic, the residential sector has seen tremendous growth in terms of actual home buying as an asset class.

“The lowest mortgage rates, as well as the reduction of stamp duties have led to phenomenal momentum. Continued government support given the onset of the pandemic has ensured good sales volumes in the residential space and we expect continued support in the next budget as well as a full recovery of the sector. We expect this waiver on the GST front, both for properties under construction and for raw materials, viz. steel and cement prices strengthened. Apart from this, strengthening existing financing systems for affordable and rental housing to provide liquidity to real estate projects that need urgent support will benefit. The real estate sector could also experience more stability with a low-cost credit ecosystem, thanks to the categorization of loans to the priority sector of real estate loans,” she said.

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Posted: Wednesday January 12th 2022, 10:57 PM IST ]]> USWNT US Soccer USMNT CBA Trial World Cup Prize Match – Sportico.com https://webeclair.com/uswnt-us-soccer-usmnt-cba-trial-world-cup-prize-match-sportico-com/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:47:19 +0000 https://webeclair.com/uswnt-us-soccer-usmnt-cba-trial-world-cup-prize-match-sportico-com/

In what is expected to be a pivotal year for both national football teams, US Soccer says it is making progress in collective bargaining with the women‘s team, but it has yet to be the case with the men.

“We were encouraged by the constructive nature of our recent CBA negotiations with the Women’s National Team,” US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone wrote in an open letter to FA fans on Tuesday. “These discussions have greatly benefited from the constant and active participation of the players at the bargaining table.

Representatives from US Soccer and WNT have met frequently, including several collective bargaining sessions this month and five more scheduled over the coming weeks, and have agreed to extend the existing CBA until March. .

But there has been little formal movement towards male CBA. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us in our negotiations with representatives of the men’s national team,” said Parlow Cone’s letter.

“At the moment, in terms of individually scheduled meetings, we don’t have any at the moment,” said Will Wilson, CEO of US Soccer, during a press call.

Wilson and Parlow Cone said representatives of the men’s teams were present at the women’s ABC’s negotiations. “We hope this trend continues,” Wilson said.

US Soccer offered identical contracts to the women’s and men’s associations last fall, offering to field the two teams under a single CBA with the same World Cup cash prize. Although there was a very first joint meeting in November with the two unions, the two players’ associations chose to negotiate separately.

“Although we did not receive a commitment from any of the unions to move forward with a single compensation structure, we were encouraged that they are ready to join us in the discussions. on this possibility as we continue to negotiate separate collective agreements with each at this time, ”the letter said, adding that US Soccer will not accept any CBAs that do not include the World Cup price match.

However, Parlow Cone said during the press call that the goal of an equal price, as well as a commitment to equality on issues such as revenue sharing, does not mean there is will have identical CBAs. “Will there be any differences in the contract? Yes, she said.

Collective agreements are being negotiated during a crucial time for American football. The men are vying for a spot at the 2022 World Cup after disastrously failing to qualify for the 2018 event. The women’s squad is starting to rebuild itself as an aging golden generation of stars, like Carli Lloyd, begins to walk away from the game.

Beyond that, a group of players are pursuing legal action against US Soccer over allegations of wage discrimination in the past, with a hearing scheduled for March. “US Soccer remains committed to resolving this matter out of court for the long-term benefit of the sport at all levels,” said Parlow Cone’s letter. “We would be happy to take a seat so we can focus on working together to chart a more positive and collaborative way forward.”

Meanwhile, Parlow Cone is being challenged for the presidency of US Soccer by former President Carlos Cordeiro, who resigned his post under fire from critics in 2020 after an outcry over sexist language in the legal files of US Soccer in the USWNT case.

The election takes place at US Soccer’s annual general meeting in Atlanta on March 5. Parlow Cone declined to comment on Cordeiro’s candidacy but said, “I think I’m the right person to lead US Soccer right now. We have a lot of momentum. “

The legal hearing and the possibility of a Cordeiro restoration could have an impact on the dynamics of the CBA talks, although Wilson has said the upcoming elections have no bearing on the negotiations.

In past negotiations, players have chosen to use separate unions, which in turn have chosen to negotiate separately. This unrelated negotiation with US Soccer produced different systems of remuneration and compensation. USWNT players are guaranteed higher floors, but at the cost of lower bonuses, while USMNT players can earn lucrative bonuses but without guarantees.

This has at times resulted in great disparities, with men’s national teams winning more than women despite far worse performances in major competitions, an issue that prompted USWNT’s lawsuit against US Soccer.

More recently, US Soccer pointed out that this double frame benefited the players during the 2020 period when the games of both teams were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. USWNT players received their salary and benefits while male players, without guarantees, were not paid.

US Soccer says it wants the same system for both, and a system that equalizes the FIFA World Cup prize for both teams.

The USWNT and USMNT can continue to play without agreeing to new collective agreements. The men are playing with an expired CBA since 2018, with no labor disputes or related interruptions. USMNT and US Soccer have relied on the principle of the status quo in labor law. It dictates that the terms of an expired collective agreement remain in effect until a new agreement is reached or a stalemate occurs in negotiations.

If US Soccer and the women’s team were to come to an agreement on a new collective agreement, the agreement would not, by itself, change the USWNT players’ litigation over allegations of past and current wage discrimination. American football prevailed at the trial court level in 2020. The case is currently under review by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and oral argument is scheduled for March 7 in Pasadena. , in California.

Parlow Cone acknowledged that the ongoing litigation represents “a problem, not only for American football but for our sport in general”, adding that the case “has contributed to a lot of negative things happening and being said”. Parlow Cone further pointed out that although there is an “overlap” in the two situations, the lawsuit is brought by a group (players) different from the group (union) negotiating a new collective agreement.

A new ACA would deal with future compensation, but not allegations related to past compensation (and, potentially, the monetary damages that accompany it). Still, if the two sides can find common ground on a working agreement, they might better see a path to a settlement in their dispute as well. In both cases, the payer would be the same: US Soccer.

Seattle coding boot camp is changing lives and growing thanks to $ 10 million grant from Melinda French Gates – KIRO 7 news Seattle https://webeclair.com/seattle-coding-boot-camp-is-changing-lives-and-growing-thanks-to-10-million-grant-from-melinda-french-gates-kiro-7-news-seattle/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 01:11:00 +0000 https://webeclair.com/seattle-coding-boot-camp-is-changing-lives-and-growing-thanks-to-10-million-grant-from-melinda-french-gates-kiro-7-news-seattle/

A growing computer coding academy in Seattle aims to transform the tech industry by training various software engineers. And in the process, it transforms the lives of students as well.

Haben Foto was just one of them just a few years ago.

Foto grew up in Eritrea, living in big tents as his parents fought for Eritrean independence from Ethiopia.

“We have to hide from war planes that would bombard the camps,” she said. “Education was at the forefront of what they fought for, education and health.”

When she was nine, they moved to the capital, Asmara.

“At that point, were you exposed to the idea of ​​coding and technology? KIRO 7 reporter Linzi Sheldon asked.

“Oh my God no !” said Foto, laughing. “No, I think the first time I saw a computer was in high school in the late 90s.”

Foto studied English literature and education, encouraged by his mother.

“She always pushed me to be— [she told me that] you have to go to the only university we had, ”she said. “I’ve always had that in my head. That I must be somebody.

This prompted her and her husband to come to the United States for higher education and opportunities. Then she heard about a computer coding boot camp.

“I heard about Ada from a friend who worked with me at the Red Cross,” she said.

Ada Developers Academy started in Seattle in 2013 to encourage more women in the tech industry. This year, dozens of students will sit in in-person and virtual classrooms and take six months of classes followed by an additional five-month internship. But it’s not that easy to get into it.

“It’s pretty rigorous, the application process,” Sheldon said.

“Oh yes!” Photo okay.

“They ask a lot of you,” said Sheldon.

“Once, if you go all the way, then it’s like half the battle is won,” Foto said.

“Just to get in!” Sheldon said.

“Just to get in,” Foto said, “because a lot of people want it.”

It took several years, two kids, and a few beginner coding lessons from a friend on Facebook for Foto to finally study and apply.

“I did it the first time – and yes! Foto said laughing.

“Our admission percentages hover between 15% and 20%, so it’s quite competitive to get in, which only meets the need and really the reason for our growth,” said Lauren Sato, CEO of Ada Developers Academy.

Sato explains that the tuition is free and funded by many local partners, including big names like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Students can get zero rate loans for their living expenses.

“We’re looking for people who really need this opportunity, who don’t necessarily have the means to go back to school,” Sato said. “We prioritize serving the Black, Native, Latin, Native Alaskan and Pacific Islander communities because we know these are the most underrepresented groups in tech… and now we truly are women. and a broad genre. So anyone who doesn’t identify as cis[gender] men can apply to Ada.

They’re tackling a big problem: According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 25% of tech jobs are held by women. Of this group, 7% are Asian women, 3% are black women, and 2% are Hispanic women.

Sato says Ada creates a sustainable community where students learn to learn new skills quickly, speak out against injustices in the workplace, and stand up for themselves.

“The average entering salary for an Ada student is around $ 45,000 and the average salary, the starting salary when he graduates is around $ 117,000,” Sato said. “So they’re seeing a really dramatic increase, which then might cause them not to negotiate as hard because it’s such a drastic change from where they came from.”

In July, the academy caught the eye of Melinda French Gates and her investment firm, Pivotal Ventures. He gave them $ 10 million. With this funding, they are expanding to Atlanta this year; Washington, DC, in 2023; and three more markets after that.

To be sure, however, the academy is not easy.

“I remember the first week being… exhausted beyond measure,” Foto said.

She remembers suffering from impostor syndrome and the academy offering childcare services when the pandemic resulted in prolonged school closures.

It was all worth it, she said. All the support, she said, meant the world. Foto got an internship at Microsoft and started working there as a software engineer last February.

“Are you proud of yourself?” Sheldon asked.

“I do!” she said. “So much!”

She said she felt proud of the financial stability she can provide for her family, the future she can plan for, and what she can do for others.

“I come from a community where you help your people a lot,” she said, “and now I can do it.”

UPDATE-2 Linn Cty residents taken to hospital after home invasion https://webeclair.com/update-2-linn-cty-residents-taken-to-hospital-after-home-invasion/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:00:59 +0000 https://webeclair.com/update-2-linn-cty-residents-taken-to-hospital-after-home-invasion/ [UPDATE JANUARY 10, 4 PM]

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two injured in the Sunday night home invasion, and a description of the man who allegedly committed the crime has also been provided.

The two people who were injured on Sunday night are Sandra and Joseph Henderson, both 72, of Coggon. Joseph remains hospitalized for the moment.

Authorities are looking for a white man of average build, measuring approximately 6 feet to 6 feet three inches. He allegedly told the victims that he was a law enforcement officer. “He left the scene in a 4-door sedan. The make and model of the vehicle are not known, but it was light in color.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says, “appears to be an isolated incident, specifically aimed at victims and we have no reason to believe the public is otherwise at risk.”

Anyone who was on Maple Way between 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening are asked to contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at (319) 892-6250.

[ORIGINAL STORY January 10, 9 AM] Two people were injured in a home invasion in Linn County on Sunday night.

According to a press release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, someone knocked on the front door of a house in the 1800 block of Maple Way in Coggon just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday night. There were two people inside the house at the time.

1800 Block from Maple Way to Coggon, Google Maps

When the door was opened, a man showed a gun and forced his way inside. He then demanded money and also physically assaulted the two people inside. After the assault, the man fled.

The two residents of the house were taken to a local hospital for treatment for their injuries. Information on their conditions was not disclosed.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the home invasion. No description of the suspect has been released.

If someone you don’t know comes to your door, law enforcement offers these tips:

  • Check your lock (s)
  • Check the peephole or camera
  • Talk to the person through the door
  • If they say they need help, tell them you are calling the police for them. Then make that call.
  • If you are a woman at home alone, tell her that your husband or father is working on something at home and cannot come to the door.
  • If you have a dog, let him talk.
  • Have a two-way intercom speaker system
  • Have a security camera or CCTV
  • Have an alarm system
  • Involve your neighborhood in neighborhood watch

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