Open Position – Minecraft Inventions Wed, 23 Nov 2022 05:13:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Open Position – Minecraft Inventions 32 32 Martin Guptill released from New Zealand central contract Wed, 23 Nov 2022 04:03:57 +0000
Martin Guptill has become the latest New Zealand player to be released from his central contract after recently losing his place in both white ball teams.

Guptill was part of the T20 World Cup squad in Australia but did not play during the tournament with favorite Finn Allen at the top of the list and was ruled out completely for the current series against India.

He has not retired from international cricket and has said he wants to play again, but as with Trent Boult, he has been told preference will be given to those in the contracted setup.

“Playing for my country has been a huge honour, and I am grateful to everyone within Blackcaps and NZC for their support,” Guptill said. “But, equally, I’m realistic enough to understand the need to consider my options under the current circumstances.

“With this release, I am still available for New Zealand, I have the chance to explore other opportunities and I can also spend more time with my family, which is important.”

It is understood he could be part of a move to the BBL as a substitute player with at least two clubs looking for reinforcements ahead of the season.

“We understand Martin’s position,” said NZC chief executive David White. “He’s been a fantastic batsman for us for a long time, and we certainly don’t want to get in his way as he explores other opportunities.

“Martin has been a giant of the white ball game, a committed and highly respected member of the Blackcaps, and has earned the right to play out his career as he pleases. He leaves his contract with our best wishes.”

If that proves the end of Guptill’s international career, he will finish with 7346 carries at 41.73 in the ODI, which currently puts him third on New Zealand’s all-time list with their highest individual score in 237 not released, and 3531 in T20I where he sits. comfortably at the top. He played the last of his 47 Tests in 2016.

Guptill’s move follows that of Boult who gave up his central contract earlier this year. He too was in the T20 World Cup squad but was not chosen to face India. He has an upcoming contract with Melbourne Stars in the BBL before heading to ILT20 with MI Emirates.

Colin de Grandhomme also announced his retirement after being drafted by the Adelaide Strikers while Jimmy Neesham turned down a contract when offered the vacancy due to existing deals he had signed when he wasn’t. on the list.

“Players such as Martin, Trent and Colin, with long and successful international records, inevitably find themselves with alternative playing options at this stage of their careers, and we respect that,” he said. “It’s part of the natural ebb and flow of individual careers in team sport.”

Teams vying for star shortstops Sat, 19 Nov 2022 20:08:33 +0000

What is not so clear, however, is how much teams might be in the market for one of those expensive shortstops. Five? Ten? Twenty? If yes, which ones? This is a big deal for these players, because it’s all one big game of musical chairs. If you’re, say, Brandon Nimmo, and you’re the only big-name defensive center available, you have a few options to choose from. If you’re a shortstop, you not only have to find the right home, but also beat the other three stars.

Assuming you’re not going to convince one of those four to leave shortstop, then there are really two types of teams that might be interested.

OK, so: who are these teams?

The obvious answer is “the four teams that could lose one of the four stars”, and that’s certainly true. Last year, five-star infielders went to free agency in Trevor Story, Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Javier Báez, and each of them left their old homes for new clubs. It’s possible that one of the four teams will trade one star for another, but it won’t just be a four-way trade between these players and their former teams. More than one of them will end up entirely in new places.

So, other than the Red Sox, Twins, Braves and Dodgers… which teams are most likely to be interested?

To set the level, we can start by looking at what they have in the midfield, in terms of WAR projected for 2023.

If we exclude the teams that already seem pretty well settled in the middle (we’ll call this group the Rays, Rangers, Padres, Mets, Guardians, Astros and Blue Jays), and the teams that, for various competitive or financial reasons, are only ‘t seem likely to be involved in this foursome (say the Reds, Royals, Nationals, D-backs, A’s, Rockies, Pirates and Brewers) and of the fairly obvious four teams that might need to replace a starting superstar shortstop (Red Sox, Twins, Braves and Dodgers), we’re left with 11 additional potential contenders — who, along with our original four, make up half the sport.

Let’s order them, from the lowest projected median WAR in 2023 to most.

Eleven months ago, the Tigers gave Báez a six-year, $140 million deal to be their shortstop, but he struggled on both sides of the ball, posting a mere 93 OPS+ with metrics unimpressive defenses. Meanwhile, Detroit lost 96 games and ceded its front office, hiring Scott Harris as general manager. Báez isn’t going anywhere, obviously, but his ability to play second base opens the door for Harris to work on fixing one of the least impactful offenses in team history.

That said, as intriguing as it is to see Correa reunite with his former Houston manager AJ Hinch, it doesn’t appear that a second straight big-money shortstop is in Detroit’s immediate plans.

The Angels are in a weird place, with the likely change in ownership and the never-ending want-they-don’t-they with Shohei Ohtani, but they’ve already made a nice addition to their rotation in Tyler Anderson, and the truth is that their alignment was a bigger issue than their launch last year; only five teams scored fewer points. Only the Tigers had a weaker central defense in 2022, and it seems difficult to give David Fletcher another starting job after a .622 OPS the past two seasons.

For a team desperate to struggle in what could be its final season with Ohtani and Mike Trout together, there’s almost no better fit than one of the four-star shortstops. Whether or not the ownership transition allows for such a contract is another matter altogether.

We list them here because they are a contender with a weak mid-field, but they don’t seem to be a great fit either. Although Tim Anderson had yet another injury-shortened season – this time it was groin and finger injuries, after various ankle and hamstring issues over the years – and that he has only played 150 games once, it is unlikely that he will move up to second place, and either. one of the big four. Additionally, trades seem more likely than big free agent deals.

The defending National League champions had Jean Segura and Didi Gregorius as opening day midfielders in 2022, but Segura’s option was declined and Gregorius was released in August. Maybe Bryson Stott is in one position or the other, but clearly their 2023 shortstop or second baseman — or both — isn’t currently with the organization. It is essentially a baseball game similar to the Angels, except the Phillies have no such ownership or financial issues. Put it this way – if the Phillies don’t land one of the four, and the favorite at the moment seems to be Turner – it will be a surprising result.

After years in the desert, Baltimore has finally turned the corner in 2022, and the future is now, and general manager Mike Elias has made it clear that now is the time to take a few steps. The question, however, is where these moves should come from. A burgeoning team is perfectly positioned to add a long-term superstar in the most important position on the court, and there are plenty of connections in Houston between Elias and Correa. On the other hand, the Orioles need to start throwing more than anything else, and Jorge Mateo’s big glove is more than enough placeholder for prospects Gunnar Henderson and Jordan Westburg. There might not be a wrong answer here, but they could move on to other posts.

Seattle has already impacted the Teoscar Hernández trade, and it’s clear they aren’t done; earlier this month, general manager Jerry Dipoto indicated that an interim upgrade was needed. Now, at the same time, he’s also declared starter JP Crawford to be their shortstop, although we don’t really believe that’s set in stone as he’s been an average league bat over the past two past seasons, and defensive metrics rated him a negative in 2022. While he’s still a quality player, he hardly seems like a barrier to improvement, especially when second base is wide open now that the NHL’s tenure is over. ‘Adam Frazier in Seattle is over. It could be more likely a veteran second baseman like Kolten Wong is coming, though.

After a disappointing 81-81 season, the starless Giants are at a turning point, and it’s clear they’ll be on Aaron Judge as well as just about every other notable free agent. It’s true that Brandon Crawford is signed for one more year and has never played in another position, but it’s also true that he’s 36 and had a .652 OPS last year, which makes it hard to think they would let a long run pass. star for a 13th season at Crawford. On the other hand, a big goal here must be to improve on their terrible 2022 defense, and Crawford’s glove was always a plus. If that’s not the solution, it’s at least not the problem, and there are plenty of holes to fill in here.

No, the Marlins don’t usually hand out contracts like this, and to be honest, we don’t really expect them to walk away with any of those four. But despite all the talk about their excellent young pitcher, the weather is kind of at present to back them up with bats, and there’s a new front office structure as well as a new manager. While they’ll obviously let Jazz Chisholm Jr. grow as a second baseman, 33-year-old club favorite Miguel Rojas could easily back up all around the infield, rather than being the shortstop of departure, if an improvement were to occur. Again: This seems unlikely. But trading, say, Pablo López for a bat alone won’t solve that alignment problem.

If the Cubs want to make a splash to prove they’re coming back to competitive baseball, one of those shortstops — perhaps the best fit Correa — certainly would. Starting shortstop Nico Hoerner did a good job on both ends of the ball, but could adapt better to second base, which would free up Christopher Morel to continue playing everywhere. This would have move Nick Madrigal, who will only be 26 next season. Talented as he may be, he’s been injured several times in his short career and he posted just .588 OPS in his first season as a Cub. You’re not exactly giving up the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 draft, but you’re not letting that stop you from adding a Correa or a Turner either.

St. Louis needs a receiver to replace Yadier Molina, although that may be more likely via trade. They need pitchers, preferably beginners, who can miss bats. They have bigger needs, that’s the point, and they could just kick him off with various combinations of Tommy Edman (who can play either midfielder), Brendan Donovan, Paul DeJong and Nolan Gorman . But is it good enough? It wasn’t in 2022.

Edman and Donovan’s flexibility is key here, as they can be moved around as needed to accommodate imports, and the team has the leeway to do certain things, especially if they release DeJong, who has to 9 millions of dollars. Given their other needs and current options, they probably won’t get one of the shortstops, but the case is clearly there.

It always seems to come down to the Yankees, doesn’t it?

If they manage to retain Aaron Judge, they probably won’t too spend big on an inside midfielder, although they can certainly afford it. But we also know the other problem here, which is that last year they resisted the urge to get a top shortstop, in part because prospects Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe were almost ready. , and now they are both closer to a year. This may be the argument, but it is not, in our opinion, a reason to turn away from a star. With questions at both third base (Josh Donaldson is 36, after a disappointing year) and second base (Gleyber Torres has been good, not great, and approaching free agency), there’s plenty room for a free agent stud and the kids all fit in here.

65 without bogey takes Kenny to the top in Mazatlán Thu, 17 Nov 2022 03:54:49 +0000

MAZATLÁN, Mexico — After a first round that provided a tie at nine for the lead, American Declan Kenny broke away from the field by shooting a bogey-free 65 in the second round of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Third Qualifying Tournament for the 2022- 23 season. Going to 12 under 132, while registering just one bogey over 36 holes, Kenny finished the day two strokes ahead of Mexican Jorge Villar and fellow American Daniel Hudson, who tied for second at 10 under.

Villar, who charged from a tie for 19th, caught fire to post a tournament low of 8 under 64. His eight-under, bogey-free performance turned him into the best of 18 Mexicans on the land at Estrella del Mar Country Club. Behind the par-four leader, Americans Jake Hendrix and Ollie Osborne join second-best Mexican Salvador Rocha in a tie for fourth at 8 under.

“I was good,” said the 24-year-old leader. “I was just trying to stay patient, made a few putts and really tried to stick to what I know how to do. I didn’t try to hit shots that I’m not good with and just controlled my ball flight really well, which was important in the back nine, with the wind.

Opening the day with birdies on 2 and 4, Kenny set up a streak of four straight birdies, starting at No. 9. “I hit a good tee shot on 9, 10, 11, which you Prepares pretty well for the birdie. You don’t really need to hit the best second shot as long as the tee shot is good. And then on the 12th I went about 20 feet for my only long putt of the day,” said the Dallas, Texas native, who added another birdie at No. 15.

On a Mexican Pacific Coast course that is wide and sometimes forgiving, wind can be a factor late in the day. The back nine, with its final holes playing in strong sea winds, can be quite challenging on the stretch.

“Honestly, I focused a lot on my breathing,” Kenny said of playing in windy conditions. “I haven’t had the best time mentally the past few months, so I focused on my breathing and stayed patient with where I was at.”

After a full season on PGA TOUR Canada, where he lost in the playoffs in his first of nine starts and finished 31st in the Fortinet Cup standings, Villar was outstanding on Wednesday. “I’m pretty happy because [the course] played hard, with the wind blowing pretty hard after my fifth hole,” said the Puebla native who started with a birdie on the first.

After birdies on 6 and 7 to go around at 3 under for the day, the former Lynn University, who turned pro in 2021, birdied five in a six-hole stretch, starting with the No. 11. “I played smart with all the wind we had. I didn’t get greedy after landing a few birdies, so I kept finding lanes and trying to do what I had to do,” the 24-year-old added.

Does Phytage Labs Ear Ringing Relief Scam People? Sat, 12 Nov 2022 08:06:10 +0000

Studies suggest that tinnitus is around 32% in the United States. So, it goes without saying that the problem is quite common. Basically, tinnitus occurs for underlying reasons. For example, it can happen for an ear problem, problems in the circulatory system, or it can simply be due to age.

Considering the number of people affected by this hearing health problem, Phytage Labs decided to develop a formula. It claims to fix all the underlying issues that cause tinnitus. And with this in-depth Tinnitus 911 review, you can find out if the formula really works or if it’s just another scam.

What is Tinnitus Relief 911?
At its core, Tinnitus 911 is a dietary supplement that aims to alleviate the symptoms of ringing ear problem. It can supposedly eliminate all the underlying causes of the problem with the help of unique minerals, herbs and vitamins.

According to the manufacturer, Phytage Labs, all supplements with the 911 suffix are natural therapies for different ailments. So, the manufacturer is basically suggesting that the Tinnitus 911 formula is completely natural. Do not worry; you will soon know whether it is true or not.

Claimed Benefits of Tinnitus 911
Phytage Labs is quite confident with its formula. That’s why they make some pretty bold statements about it. Looked:

Reduces noise sensitivity
The supplement contains three specific herbs that will help reduce anxiety, cut out distorting sound signals in the ear, and calm the central nervous system. When there is a severe case of tinnitus, Hawthorne berry extract, olive extract, and hibiscus can reduce noise sensitivity around the ears.

Improves heart health
According to Phytage Labs, some of the ingredients in the formula support overall health. For example, Hawthorne berry extract is said to improve blood circulation and the general condition of the heart. On the other hand, hibiscus is said to maintain high blood pressure.

Supports blood vessels
When you have tinnitus, there may be changes in the way blood flows through your body. This includes your ears. This change in blood flow may be due to the damage that has occurred in the blood vessels for inflammation. Other things can also contribute to this change.
However, Titanus 911 claims to help blood vessels stay healthy. Some of the ingredients, such as green tea and hibiscus, will improve blood circulation, potentially reducing the risk of Titanus.

Reduces stress and anxiety
People with tinnitus suffer from a lot of anxiety and stress. This condition naturally improves the levels of both of these problems. A constant noise coming from somewhere can make you lose your mind if you have tinnitus. Combined with stress and anxiety, getting a good night’s sleep can seem next to impossible for you.
Along with the active ingredients, Tinnitus 911 can also help you in this regard. It will keep you calm and free from stress over little things. By doing so, the supplement can even solve your sleep schedule problem.

Protects your overall hearing health
The ingredients in Tinnitus 911 claim to protect your hearing health. They are full of anti-inflammatory properties, which allows them to reduce inflammation in the inner ear. These elements are also said to be able to protect the delicate structures of the ear from future damage.

What are the ingredients of Tinnitus 911?
According to Phytage Laboratories, Tinnitus 911 combines a total of twelve natural ingredients. These are all-natural ingredients, which include minerals, herbal extracts, and vitamins. To give you a better idea of ​​the supplements, let us give you an idea of ​​the main ingredients in the formula:

Vitamin B12
One of the most important components of the formula is the vitamin B complex. This vitamin plays a crucial role in different bodily functions. And it is essential for the proper functioning of blood vessels and the neurological system.
Additionally, studies suggest that people with vitamin B12 deficiency are most likely to experience tinnitus.

Folic acid
In folic acid you will find another component of the vitamin B complex. This ingredient plays a vital role in maintaining healthy blood vessels. It also does a good job of making sure the neurological system is working properly.
Various studies have shown that folic acid can alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus. It does this by hindering the changes the condition makes in the auditory nerves.

berry hawthorn
This ingredient dates back hundreds of years. It has been very effective in maintaining heart health and improving blood circulation in the body. The fruit also holds the ability to reduce inflammation and improve overall blood flow. Both of these factors can help people with tinnitus.
Historically, hawthorn fruit has been used to treat stress and anxiety. So, in the formula, this ingredient can break the cycle of tinnitus and stress, which can significantly improve the overall state of hearing health.

Green tea extract
Green tea extract is one of the most scientifically proven elements that supplements are based on. Green tea, on its own, is a well-known drink that can provide different health benefits.
This ingredient is rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent cell damage. Green tea extract also has the ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body and improve blood circulation.

It’s age-old herbal skincare that people have relied on for ages. Hibiscus has been shown to be effective for different medical conditions and diseases. Studies have shown that the element has many anti-inflammatory effects. Researchers have also found that the ingredient can potentially promote blood circulation.

Olive leaf extract
Olive and leaf oil are known to be rich in antioxidants. Also, olive leaves are proven to be rich in oleuropein, which is one of the most powerful antioxidant molecules. Studies have shown that this chemical has many beneficial traits, such as antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory traits.

Garlic extract
This natural ingredient has been used medicinally since ancient times. People rely on him to treat different medical issues. And studies have found evidence that garlic can relieve tinnitus symptoms.

Does Tinnitus 911 work?
Apart from the ingredients we discussed above, the supplement contains other active elements. This includes vitamin C, B6 and buchu leaves. All of the ingredients have their own effects in helping tinnitus. And together they can surely make Tinnitus 911 very effective against tinnitus.

How does Tinnitus 911 work?
Phytage Labs did not directly disclose the working mechanism of Tinnitus 911. However, from the ingredients, we can assume that the supplement mainly targets inflammation and improves blood circulation.
These, combined with other benefits the ingredients may offer, Tinnitus 911 helps relieve tinnitus symptoms and may help you achieve other health and wellness goals.

How to take Tinnitus 911?
Tinnitus 911 comes in capsule form. And to ingest the formula, you just need to take one capsule twice a day. You must take the formula for at least 90 days to experience the benefits. However, according to Phytage Labs, the supplement can start showing noticeable effects within 7 days.

Last words
So for this Tinnitus 911 review, you can say that Phytage Labs is here to help tinnitus sufferers with their breakthrough formula. Moreover, the fact that the supplement has no adverse side effects makes it worth it.
However, if you are on medication or have any medical conditions, you should consult the doctor before taking it.
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Faculty Assembly Approves Short-Term Intergovernmental Work Assignment Policy | University time Fri, 04 Nov 2022 17:38:09 +0000


At its November 2 meeting, the Faculty Assembly approved a policy establishing requirements for faculty working on temporary assignments with government or other academic institutions and a resolution on advocacy and the importance of academic freedom in Pitt.

The Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) provides requirements that faculty and staff, as well as their supervisors, must follow when participating in the Intergovernmental Personnel Mobility Scheme. The program provides for the temporary assignment of personnel between federal, state and local governments, colleges and universities, and other eligible organizations.

Approved by the Senate Research Committee in October, the policy is intended to accommodate faculty members working with or recruited by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other government entities and universities for periods typically between two and four years.

“The idea is that they can share their knowledge with the NIH as part of their position, and they can also learn and then bring information and their new understanding back to the university,” said Melanie Scott, co-chair. of the research committee. “It was considered beneficial to both the government institution and the academic institution, and that is why this policy was put in place.”

The policy clarifies things like qualifications, cost sharing, responsibilities to Pitt departments and supervisors, and making arrangements and assignments for students. It allows the University to keep the faculty member’s employment open so that they can return to the position – or the most similar position still available – once their external assignment is over.

“And it happens quite frequently,” noted Scott, who said the administration typically tracks 10 to 15 such assignments across the University each academic year. “And more if you consider (Veterans Administration), that this policy doesn’t really take into account” due to complex eligibility requirements and coverage by other policies, she noted. “So this policy basically outlines the requirements that must be met for an individual to be eligible for how a faculty (or staff) member…can set up their information to present to a supervisor.”

This then helps the supervisor understand what their position is and how they can handle leaving the position vacant and making plans for the faculty member to return at a specific time.

Pitt’s policy is based on intergovernmental personnel laws passed by other academic institutions “and has been somewhat modified for specific things that happen at Pitt or the way things work here,” Scott noted. .

Calling the adoption of the policy “a measure of University maturation,” Carey Balaban, a professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, recalled when such inter-agency working agreements were put in place on a case-by-case basis. per case.

“Having been familiar with (that experience), I think it’s pretty well handled by politics,” he said, praising the thoroughness of the Frequently Asked Questions section. “It will further facilitate this type of activity, and the fact that the faculty are asking about these opportunities is really something that we should be proud of, is really a measure of our maturation as a research institution.”

Responding to a question, Scott asserted that there would be a conflict of interest if someone on a temporary assignment with the NIH or a similar agency received or applied for a grant related to their permanent position at Pitt.

The policy asks staff or faculty member working with another entity to submit a plan outlining what will happen with their grants, “who will support these grants, who will support their teaching responsibilities and work with the supervisor and department chair to try to come up with a plan to make it work.

The policy, she added, “essentially asks a set of questions (and) sets up the idea that people should consider these points in their planning so that things go more smoothly than in the past. “.

Voted on by the Faculty Assembly, the policy passed with 40 votes in favor, zero “no” votes and five abstentions.

Academic Freedom Policy

The Faculty Assembly also passed a resolution to increase the visibility and inclusiveness of Pitt’s academic freedom policy and related statements. Described as a “call to action,” the document forwarded by the Tenure and Academic Freedom Committee, which approved the resolution on June 1, asks the Faculty Assembly to recommend that the administration and University Board of Directors:

1. Better articulate academic freedom as a fundamental value of the University.

2. Develop specific policies and procedures on academic freedom as it applies to all scholars and the actions necessary to maintain it.

3. Continue to protect academic freedom against all threats, whether internal or external.

The first item initially stated that academic freedom should be included in Pitt’s mission statement, but after some discussion it was changed to “better articulate academic freedom.” The third bullet point has also been amended to state that the University will “continue to” protect academic freedom against all threats, internal and external, which it has already been obligated to do.

The initial resolution emerged out of concerns about the visibility of Pitt’s 2003 Statement on Academic Freedom, which Provost Ann Cudd reaffirmed and the Faculty Assembly endorsed in April.

Abbot de Vallejo, a faculty member at the School of Medicine, defended the new resolution after studying the visibility of academic freedom policies at other universities. Rejecting a call to table the resolution to dig deeper into the placement of the mission statement, De Vallejo agreed to tweak some of the language.

“No one is against academic freedom,” he said. “What we’re saying is we want it to be a lot more visible. In fact, I did a Google search myself, and the only thing you can find about academic freedom mentioned is in the front page of the board and the 2003 provost statement.

The resolution borrows language and ideas from other institutions, including Johns Hopkins University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Kris Kanthak, vice president of the Faculty Assembly, commented on a recent statement from CMU regarding its report and the visibility of its academic freedom policy.

“And they have six recommendations they’re making that I think make a lot of sense,” she said. “They articulate academic freedom and freedom of expression as core university values, which I think we can all agree on. Even if we can’t agree on the mission statement.

“The tactic we took,” Carey Balaban said, “was important to move the issue forward, less important for us to discuss where it should be.”

The resolution was adopted with 32 votes in favour, zero votes against and two abstentions.

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ADP Employment Report October 2022 Wed, 02 Nov 2022 12:15:10 +0000

Private payroll growth remained strong in October while worker compensation also rose, particularly in the leisure and hospitality industry, according to a report released Wednesday by payroll processing firm ADP. .

Companies added 239,000 positions for the month, ahead of the Dow Jones estimate of 195,000 and better than the downgraded 192,000 in September. Wages rose 7.7% on an annual basis, down 0.1 percentage point from the previous month.

Job gains were particularly strong in the key leisure and hospitality sector, which added 210,000 jobs while wage growth accelerated by 11.2%. The industry, which includes hotels, restaurants, bars and related businesses, is seen as an indicator as it has taken the hardest Covid and is still below pre-pandemic levels.

All of the employment growth came from service-related industries, which added 247,000 jobs, while goods-producing sectors lost 8,000 jobs, mostly due to a loss of 20,000 manufacturing jobs. Trade, transport and public services increased by 84,000.

“That’s a very high number given the maturity of the economic recovery, but hiring hasn’t been widespread,” said ADP chief economist Nela Richardson. “Goods producers, which are interest rate sensitive, are pulling back and job changers are imposing weaker wage gains. Although we are seeing early signs of Fed-induced demand destruction, this only affects certain sectors of the labor market.”

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates in an effort to calm inflation, which is approaching its highest level in more than 40 years. A key focus is the historically tight job market, where job openings outnumber available workers by a margin of nearly 2 to 1.

While the main ADP figure was strong, the details looked weaker.

Along with declines in construction jobs, information (-17,000), professional and business services (-14,000) and financial activities (-10,000) also posted losses.

Depending on company size, companies with between 50 and 249 employees made virtually all of the gains, adding 241,000.

The ADP report comes two days before the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most closely watched nonfarm payrolls tally. This report is expected to show growth of 205,000, down from 263,000 in September.

Interregional Innovation Investment Instrument (I3): first project launched Fri, 28 Oct 2022 12:42:35 +0000

The European Innovation Council and the SME Executive Agency (EISMEA) have signed the first-ever project (DIGIT-PRE) funded under the Interregional Innovation Investment Instrument (I3).

Magnus Wallengren, project coordinator, said:

The objective of DIGIT-PRE is to launch a sustainable European value network that generates value through interconnected activities while helping companies (health and digital transformation) to be competitive and sustainable. We specifically focus on digital consumer-facing solutions (from TRL6 upwards) for remote prevention, prediction and care in a post-COVID world.

Its main objectives are:

1. Build a portfolio of demand-driven solutions to digitize remote prevention, prediction and care in health and care ecosystems.

2. Build capacity in less developed regions to participate in the DIGIT-PRE value network.

3. Obtain additional investments to support market acceleration or residual investment needs in shared priority areas of smart specialization (S3).

4. Accelerate innovation by providing access to large-scale demonstration living labs and testbeds for solution validation and scaling.

5. Go international to improve access to global supply and value chains.

These objectives will be achieved through 6 work packages that reposition assets and network segments as needed. These include

  • pool core competencies, build a common brand and ensure governance with integrity
  • preparing investments with demand-driven challenges generated by open innovation spaces and a portfolio of corresponding support services,
  • investment selection via an open call for companies with products/services at TRL6,
  • personalized support to bring products/services to TRL9,
  • optimize buy-in and sustainability at the value network level (aligned with other EU programs) alongside competitive and sustainable sub-projects with value cases to inform market activity
  • a living process of knowledge sharing that adapts to changing needs and opportunities with our target groups.

Project partners

The consortium with its partners covers 4 developed regions, 3 transition regions and 3 less developed regions.

  • ISAB INNOVATION SKANE ABSweden (coordinator)
  • HCP Health Cluster Portugal – Associacao do Polo de Competitividade da SaudePortugal

Background information

The Interregional Innovation Investment Instrument (I3) is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and represents an opportunity to support investments by companies that bring innovation to market at technology readiness levels (TRL 6-9) and to reshape the EU interregional value chains. The I3 instrument is an opportunity for the less developed/outermost/transition regions of the EU to catch up with the more developed ones.

It has two strands of appeal:

  • Stream 1 focuses on investing in cross-regional innovation projects in EU regions
  • Component 2a focuses on strengthening the capacity of regional innovation ecosystems in less developed regions to participate in global value chains.

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Analysis: Iran crackdown could bolster Raisi’s credentials for top job Tue, 25 Oct 2022 12:36:00 +0000
  • The application of the hijab is part of the attempt to strengthen the Islamic Republic
  • Khamenei has final say on policies, Raisi seen bidding
  • Raisi believes in tougher social restrictions – pro-reform official

DUBAI, Oct 25 (Reuters) – By tightening restrictions on women’s rights, President Ebrahim Raisi has bolstered his hardline credentials and possibly his chances of becoming Iran’s supreme leader, even at the cost of sparking protests mass and driving a wedge between many Iranians and the ruling elite, three analysts and a pro-reform official said.

A year after Raisi’s election marked the end of what many Iranians remember as a more pragmatic and tolerant era, his government’s stricter enforcement of wearing the hijab in the weeks before Mahsa’s death Amini’s detention on September 16 reflected a complete reassertion of hardline influence.

Now, as tens of thousands of protesters call for the downfall of the Islamic Republic in response to Amini’s death, hardliners appear to be stepping up their efforts, backing their ally Raisi’s use of force. against the protests, even though politics rests firmly in the hands of the Supreme Leader. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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The backdrop is what analysts and insiders close to Iranian policymakers see as Khamenei, 83,’s determination to shore up the pillars of the Islamic Republic he has led since the death of its founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. , in 1989.

Raisi, a staunch defender of Iran’s system of clerical rule, is widely seen by ordinary Iranians, foreign experts and clerical insiders as a candidate to succeed Khamenei, even though he has not publicly declared that ambition. The supreme leader has not endorsed a successor and others are also pictured, including Khamenei’s son Mojtaba.

“Raisi truly believes in the Supreme Leader’s revolutionary agenda. He is a hard-liner who believes in stricter social and political limitations,” a pro-reform official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. due to political sensitivities.

“I don’t know if he has personal ambitions to become the next supreme leader, but whether or not he succeeds the leader, let me point out that Raisi himself is an anti-Western cleric who does not believe in a freer society.”

Reuters could not reach officials from Raisi and Khamenei’s offices for comment.

A protege of Khamenei, Raisi was elected president in June 2021 in a tightly managed race that brought all branches of the state under tight control after years of more pragmatic rule under former President Hassan Rouhani.

Raisi enjoys the trust of the elite Revolutionary Guards, an uncompromising military force used by the state to violently crush political unrest over decades, and seen by Iranians as an influential voice in determining succession in Khamenei.

Appointed by Khamenei as the head of the judiciary in 2019, Raisi was placed under US sanctions a few months later for his role he allegedly played in the executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. Iran has never acknowledged the murders. Asked about the deaths at a press conference in June 2021, Raisi replied that a judge or prosecutor who stood up for people’s safety should be commended.


A Raisi order in July that authorities must enforce Iran’s ‘hijab and chastity law’ led to more restrictions, such as banning women from entering certain banks, government offices and certain forms of public transport.

Then in Tehran, on September 13, the morality police arrested Amini – an Iranian Kurd – for “inappropriate dress”. Three days later, she died in a hospital in the capital after falling into a coma. Referring to the day Amini collapsed in police custody, the coroner said she briefly regained consciousness but “cardiopulmonary resuscitation was ineffective in the critical first minute, resulting in brain damage”.

The family deny that the 22-year-old had any heart problems.

Women ripped off and burned headscarves during protests sparked by her death, one of the boldest popular uprisings since the 1979 revolution and a symbolic blow against the Islamic Republic, which has sought to impose conservative dress codes on women in public.

“While succession is still in the background of Iranian politics, I see the increased attention to hijab, which began in earnest this summer, more as a reflection of the unification of hard-line power,” said Henry Rome of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. thinking group.

The intensification of enforcement under Raisi marked a break not only with the Rouhani era, but also with the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was known as a hardliner on many issues but resisted strict imposition. dress codes.

“Khamenei is preparing. He wants to leave a legacy, and his legacy should be a strengthening of the Islamic Republic, which translates into a hardening of its inner fabric,” said Cornelius Adebahr of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

While the protests prompted questions about hijab enforcement policy from some officials – Khamenei’s adviser Ali Larijani notably asked whether the police should enforce the headscarf – hardliners were inflexible.

Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards, accused protesters of creating ‘hideous scenes’ in the name of women’s rights, saying protesters saw ‘freedom in nakedness and shamelessness women”.

The guards should have a say in the succession, with the next supreme leader more dependent on their support in the face of anti-government dissent, said Kasra Aarabi, head of the Iran program at the Tony Blair Institute.


The guards are also likely to play a major role if Iran decides on a full crackdown on the unrest, in which more than 200 people have already been killed, rights groups say.

But the succession has complicated leaders’ thinking about the severity of the crackdown, since the start of the unrest coincided with rumors about Khamenei’s fragile health, three analysts and an official told Reuters in September.

The establishment – a dual system of clerical authority and an elected president and parliament – has preoccupied itself with succession-related maneuvers even as it weighs in on security policy.

Some insiders fear using more force could expose divisions within its ranks while fueling more unrest, something it can ill afford at such a sensitive time, analysts and the official said in September.

Raisi himself encountered the wrath of protesters during a visit to a university in Tehran this month, where female students chanted “Raisi get lost” and “Mullahs get lost”.

Echoing Khamenei, Raisi repeatedly sought to blame the West for the unrest, accusing US President Joe Biden of sowing “chaos, terror and destruction”, and citing Khomeini’s description of the US as “the great satan”.

Under Raisi’s watch, months of indirect talks between Iran and the United States in Vienna over the rescue of a 2015 nuclear deal have stalled. Both sides say political decisions are needed from Tehran and Washington to address the remaining issues.

Sanctions against Iranian oil continued to weigh on the Iranian economy, pushing the currency to record highs.

Meir Javedanfar, a lecturer on Iran at Reichman University in Israel, said: “Raisi takes such an extreme stance on women’s rights because he knows that’s what Khamenei wants.

“Following Khamenei’s stance on women’s issues would keep him in the race to replace Khamenei.”

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Additional reporting by Michael Georgy in Dubai and Tom Perry in Beirut; Written by Tom Perry, edited by William Maclean

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Abilis is hiring! Job fair scheduled for Thursday, November 3 Fri, 21 Oct 2022 20:57:00 +0000

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The job fair on Thursday, November 3, is of from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and is open to visits without an appointment. Interviews will take place on site at The Therapy Center at Abilis at 1150 Summer Street, Stamford, Connecticut. For more information, call 203-531-1880.

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Missouri AG sent five requests for MSU emails and records • Missouri Independent Wed, 19 Oct 2022 11:01:01 +0000

Jon Turner does not hesitate to share his opinion.

An associate professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, Turner’s personal social media is usually filled with articles he shares about education or his research goal of four-day school weeks.

But sometimes Turner dives into politics, especially after Attorney General Eric Schmitt begins prosecuting, subpoenaing and investigating public schools.

In April, after Schmitt launched a platform for parents to report the “diverse” curriculum at their student’s school, Turner mused on Twitter that Schmitt was known as a moderate in the US legislature. ‘State.

“…now, as ATTORNEY GENERAL, he is so ANTI-TEACHING that I simply cannot understand the flip-flop,” wrote Turner, a former school administrator and teacher for 25 years. “I’m working to ensure that this dangerous and hateful political jellyfish is never elected to anything again.”

A few days after that tweet, Missouri State University (MSU) received a letter from the attorney general’s office requesting all of Turner’s emails over the previous three months.

Contacted about Turner’s email request last week by The Independent, Chris Nuelle, a spokesman for Schmitt, said it was “part of an investigative process that we have undertaken that examined educational practices and policies in our state. ”

Turner says her research — which focuses on the challenges facing rural schools and the four-day school week — isn’t something the attorney general’s office would concern itself with.

“I have no idea if Eric Schmitt even knows who I am,” Turner said.

As he pondered further, Turner said he had come to believe demand for his emails had been spurred by his public criticism of Schmitt, who is running as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.

“I perceived it as a shot through my bow to say, ‘Hey mate, we’re watching you. And you’re on our radar. And so I took it as a factor of attempted intimidation,” Turner said. “But I will say it probably had the exact opposite effect and I was probably even more outspoken in my concerns about the Attorney General’s politicization of his position.”

Turner’s email request was just one of five open case requests Schmitt’s office has sent to Missouri State University since the start of the year, according to records obtained. by The Independent under the Sunshine Law.

The requests filed in late March and April targeted faculty emails and documents related to a “Facing Racism Institute” training for Springfield Public Schools and communications with the district; emails from an administrator containing keywords associated with the Missouri School Boards Association, as well as correspondence with members of the Nixa School Board; and documents related to a Department of Homeland Security grant awarded to the university which aims to protect against radicalization towards white supremacy.

An MSU spokeswoman said the university had no comment on the attorney general’s requests.

Requests to MSU came months before two much-criticized open-record requests sent by Schmitt’s office at the University of Missouri — one for faculty emails related to a fact-checking journalism course and another targeting a research program that helps teachers implement social-emotional learning in their classrooms.

Schmitt’s Education Lawsuits

Some of the requests appear to dovetail with ongoing lawsuits that the attorney general’s office is pursuing, although Nuelle declined to comment on the scope of the requests.

In two requests focused on the ‘Facing Racism Institute’, Justin Smith, Schmitt’s chief of staff, requested a litany of documents, including emails, training materials and a ‘debriefing document’ following a training that the institute facilitated for Springfield Public Schools in 2019. .

Schmitt sued Springfield Public Schools last year alleging that the district failed to turn over records related to the training.

A Springfield Public Schools spokesperson declined to comment, citing ongoing litigation.

Asked about the bureau’s request for documents related to the Department of Homeland Security grant, Nuelle referenced at Springfield News-Leader an ongoing federal lawsuit against the Biden administration and social media companies alleging collusion to censor certain topics.

Requests for additional recordings that requested emails to Turner and Brent Dunn, Missouri State University’s vice president for academic advancement, were later revised to include certain keywords, such as “Missouri School Board Association” — another entity that Schmitt’s office sued for alleged violations of the Sunshine Act.

On Monday, a Boone County Circuit Court judge granted the association’s motion to dismiss the case. A separate but similar lawsuit filed against the Missouri School Boards’ Association by a conservative Georgia nonprofit was also fired at the end of August.

Dunn’s email request also specifically requested any correspondence between March and early April between six current and former members of the Nixa School Board. Dunn, who also sits on the Nixa School Board, declined to comment and said communications related to his school board duties are now handled by the Nixa Public Schools system.

The key words Schmitt’s office used in its revised application were confusing, Turner said, because the only listed organization he remains involved with is the Missouri Association of Rural Education.

And that search term was also eventually removed due to the volume of records it was producing. The remaining records — which included keywords such as Missouri School Board Association and Missouri National Education Association — returned less than 100 results on a preliminary search.

Turner said that after his emails were provided to Schmitt’s office, he never heard from the request again. He wonders if Schmitt’s office did anything with his emails after receiving them.

In his three decades as an educator, Turner said he always believed that every elected official — regardless of party — was an ally for public education and saw it as a public good.

But in recent years, he said he felt politicians were only interested in their next office.

“And that’s the part that’s the most disappointing and amazing to me,” he said. “I just can’t imagine how we got here.”