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CodeCombat presented at the 33rd Annual International Computer Science Olympiad


SAN FRANCISCO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – As the world’s most prestigious global coding competition for high school students, the International Computing Olympiad (IOI) used CodeCombat’s competitive game-based coding platform to challenge skills Programming from some of the world’s most powerful coders, in a single head-to-head coding competition.

“As a member of the programming team that developed the CodeCombat AI League, it is an absolute honor to have used it at this esteemed event,” said Valentin Briukhanov, the platform’s lead architect. Revolutionary esports form of CodeCombat. “It validates the game as a powerful learning tool and creative play platform. ”

The Competitor’s Code determined which champions to summon and how those champions entered into battle. The innovative AI battle simulator executed participants’ code against others to determine who programmed the best strategies and tactics to win. After a first round of classification, the top sixteen were given extra time to change the code before entering a one-on-one bracket-style tournament to crown a champion.

“Coding competitions or hackathons are not new,” said Nick Winter, CEO of CodeCombat, “but our drive to evolve the format has led us to develop the CodeCombat AI League, a unique esport that innovates in competitive coding. ”

Featuring some of the best programmers from around the world, the International Computing Olympiad (IOI) in partnership with CodeCombat and Caprikon Education hosted the tournament on June 23, 2021 and awarded prizes to the top four artists.

“Working closely with our partner Caprikon Education has opened up incredible opportunities like this,” said Bill Wang, Greater China and Asia manager for CodeCombat. “Being a part of the IOI event is an incredible platform to continue our shared mission of supporting accessible coding education. ”

CodeCombat continues to grow its presence in competitive coding. Recently partnered with AI Youth China, the regional coding competition brought together 66,336 participants, making it one of the largest code-based hackathons in China. And with the launch of the CodeCombat AI League earlier this year, Season 1 saw 16,775 contestants enter regular season competition and 5,240 take on the challenge of the Championship Finals.

About CodeCombat

Our products have helped over 20 million students enjoy learning computer science, teaching them to be critical, confident and creative learners.


About CodeCombat AI League

This esports innovation combines a competitive AI combat simulator with an engine for learning real Python and JavaScript. Each competitor programs a team of AI heroes in asynchronous or real-time head-to-head matches where their code powers combat strategies and tactics.


About the International Computer Science Olympiad

The International Computer Science Olympiad is one of the many International Science Olympiads held each year. Outstanding high school students from 87 countries participate in the prestigious algorithmic competition to hone their computer skills, such as problem analysis, algorithm and data structure design, programming and testing.

About Caprikon Education

World-class educational service provider and trusted partner of over 350 schools in Hong Kong, providing innovative school packages that promote technological learning in the school environment.

Why adopting the cloud doesn’t mean ditching your legacy technology



It is now widely accepted that cloud computing is not only the computing of the future, but is the most efficient computing at the moment in terms of easy deployment, flexibility and even cost.

The result is that most businesses over the past 5 years have moved to the cloud and are accessing all the applications they need through our public private clouds.

Forrester Research

The benefits of the cloud notwithstanding, it also leaves many businesses with many legacy applications that cannot be simply removed or terminated by many of them still play an important role in corporate or contact data reservoirs. that have not been migrated to the cloud.

Take the example of enterprise content management systems. According to the recent Forrester study Wave for content platforms The enterprise content management (ECM) market continues to evolve towards flexible and extensible cloud-centric platforms. While modern content platforms now dominate the vendor landscape, and customers continue a steady pace of migration to these platforms – away from aging on-premise repositories, we read in the wave, vendors with mature offerings have redesigned their platforms to take full advantage of cloud scalability.

On top of that, the research adds, new cloud providers continue to invest in advanced governance and automation capabilities. All vendors are embracing AI and ML to automate routine activities and creating design and development tools to help their customers deliver personalized user experiences and meet specific vertical requirements. In these circumstances, the future and use of existing applications is a key part of the digital transformation of many businesses.

Related Article: Why The Cloud Should Be Your Default Setting

Legacy technology planning

Most organizations have complex technology ecosystems that need to be audited, documented, and unraveled just to start planning a move. Therefore, the move to the cloud is not something to be rushed. Organizations need to take the time to plan properly to understand the results of all of their systems, Daniel Herndon, director of cloud services in Long Beach, Calif. Laserfiche, mentionned.

Not all software is the same, and understanding the priority of your systems is a great starting point for planning the future of existing systems. “Moving all of an organization’s technology to the cloud will take time, and the timing of the migration will help determine the future of existing systems,” he said.

Understanding the product roadmap of your legacy technology could reveal the future path to cloud migration. The introduction of a future cloud service may be part of the timeline of the organization’s larger migration strategy. Your software vendor may also offer attractive discounts to keep them, which offsets the expense of maintaining internal resources.

It is also possible that some legacy technologies never migrate to the cloud. Some systems handle sensitive workloads that must remain in the corporate network or must support integrations with sensitive systems. In these cases, web APIs can be used to integrate these legacy systems with cloud-based systems. So even if the technology is not available or cannot be supported in the cloud, there are still options available that allow these technologies to remain a vital part of the enterprise technology ecosystem.

“Migrating to the cloud is not an all-or-nothing proposition. There are many factors that determine a company’s cloud migration planning, strategy, and execution, and the current and future capabilities of a legacy technology should all be considered when making end-of-life decisions. life regarding your legacy technologies, ”he added.

Planning for cloud migration

Will Milewski is Senior Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure and Operations at the Westlake, Ohio-based enterprise content service provider. Hyland Software. He specifies that the move to the cloud does not prevent the continued use of these applications. There are scenarios in which companies can choose to keep their legacy on-premises technology, including if those companies have many highly customized installations that would need to be re-implemented or ported to the cloud, presenting a myriad of challenges for the customer.

In addition, if a company wishes to have specific administration or access capabilities, these can also lead to staying with on-site solutions; in the cloud, companies would be linked by parameters to the hosted offer.

If a company has decided to move to the cloud but is still tied to existing contracts, they should express their desire to move from on-premises to the cloud to their ECM provider; this vendor likely has a program or options to rewrite their current contract to enable cloud-hosted solutions.

“For the vendor, meeting the needs of their customers – in this case moving to the cloud – is their top priority, and cloud-based solutions also allow an ECM vendor to ease the operational and administrative burden on their customers.” , did he declare.

When migrating from on-premises technology to cloud-based technology, businesses should actively participate in the process and partner with their vendor to ensure the smoothest transitions possible. Vendors will seek to identify any endpoints and third-party integrations that may be affected by the migration, and customers can facilitate this process by directing their vendor to all the processes and systems that are part of their business.

He added that there are significant risks if migrations are not executed correctly, but involving customers in the process can help achieve the best possible outcome.

If a business is in the initial stages of identifying a cloud provider, it should assess not only the provider’s platform and whether it meets their specific business needs, but also these key factors:

  • Supplier’s security history, including any breaches
  • The vendor’s ability to serve my applications from multiple locations, for example in a disaster recovery setting
  • Supplier auditing standards – what national and international standards they adhere to to ensure the level of performance you would get from your supplier.

The cloud as a state of mind

The cloud, however, is a mindset, not a place, Ugur Tigli, CTO in Palo Alto, Calif. MinIO, added. Cloud refers to RESTful APIs (AWS S3 to be precise), transparent scale, containerization and orchestration (Kubernetes), object storage and automation.

“If you adhere to the principles of the cloud, physical location becomes irrelevant. AWS, GCP, Azure, private cloud, Kubernetes distributions (RedHat OpenShift, VMware Tanzu), edge clouds they are all at stake. Choices are made based on performance, control and economy, ”a he declared.

Under these circumstances, how do you manage the move to a cloud-native content management system when existing technology and contracts are involved? The answer is to start with the storage component. Object storage is the primary cloud storage and as such is supported by most vendors on Forrester’s Wave.

The key to an enterprise cloud journey is to disaggregate the compute / application layer from the storage layer. In the context of the question. Its response is to ensure that technologies store their documents, files, videos and images on object storage. The app starts the bridge by selecting cloud native storage.

This provides the option that the business needs in the future. With an S3-compatible object store, the company can migrate the application layer to the cloud (public, private, hybrid) or swap it entirely. The impact is minimized because the “thing” that counts is already on the “cloud” that the application that interfaces with it will catch up.

“Companies that have purchased content management systems need only follow this example: it offers the ‘tomorrow’ option they want with the performance they demand today,” he said. he declares. “They can keep their contracts until they expire or their vendor provides a cloud-native front-end to couple with the back-end. “

Spoilers out, smooth lines in


Complete presentation of the Honda Civic

First, and most important: Yes, there will be a shifter Civic Hatchback, and not just in entry-level models. Three-pedal enthusiasts will be able to get a six-speed manual transmission with the base 2.0-liter engine or the 1.5-liter hot-rod turbo, the latter in the premium Sport Touring trim.

With that elephant out of the way, we can talk more about the changes to the new car compared to the sudden old 10th-gen Honda Civic Hatchback. What first struck us about the Civic 2022 hatch was how smooth and simple the rear is. The twin fins that adorned the old model are gone, and the change makes all the visual difference, emphasizing the sleek, coupe-like profile of the new car.

The styling changes aren’t limited to the Civic’s rump. Honda also changed the panel that connects the hood and the grille, with an inverted slant angle that contrasts nicely with the Civic sedan’s Accord-style vertical panel. The grille itself has a unique honeycomb pattern. Chair designers take note: this car is a great overall lesson on how to differentiate from similar vehicles with minimal part changes.

The newly unadorned hatch – the actual hatch door, that is – is resin (don’t call it “plastic”, although it does – the folks at Honda get mad), which allows a lighter hatch using very thin hinges with a larger opening. This is especially important for this car, as Honda believes a lot of Civic hatchback buyers will use it to haul goods rather than people.

Honda didn’t have precise cargo measurements for us, but said we can expect a slightly smaller cargo measurement than the old car but still the best in class. Folding down the back seats produces a cargo chasm that reminds us of the Death Star landing deck – Chewie could land the drunken Millennium Falcon there blind and with one paw tied in its shoulder strap. Better bring chocks, as the seats don’t fold completely flat.

Up front, the interior of the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is about the same as the sedan, and that’s a good thing. We love the cute honeycomb pattern that hides the air vents and we are impressed with the quality of the fitting. Metal trim on the air conditioning knobs and window switches are the kind of high-end touch that makes you forget the Civic is an entry-level car. And if you forgot, the Civic is Honda’s entry-level car now that the Fit is dead.

Honda will offer the 2022 Civic Hatchback in four trim levels. The LX and Sport models will be equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 158 horsepower. The 2.0-liter is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission in the former and offered with a six-speed stick or CVT in the latter. By upgrading to the EX-L or Sport Touring, you get the 1.5-liter turbo engine that produces 180 horsepower. The EX-L comes with an automatic transmission while the Sport Touring can be fitted with a stick.

Honda has talked about a sportier driving experience in the 2022 Civic Hatchback, but we expect the difference between this and the sedan to be minimal. That said, hatchback models have a more aggressive tire and benefit from a more rigid body structure than sedans. Regarding specific chassis and suspension changes, our Honda contacts in the US had not received any clarification from Team Japan. Even if the changes are small, we are fine with it; the new Civic sedan is already a small car that drives well.

One more detail: the new Civic Hatchback will be assembled in Greensberg, Indiana, in the same factory as the Civic sedan. We’re all in favor of more cars for the US market being built in the US, and that also gives Honda a better ability to change its model mix to suit the most popular body style.

Overall, we think the new 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is a nice car with ideas way above its entry-level station. But one wonders how the tamer look will go with the young people the trap door is supposed to appeal to. It’s the old Civic Hatchback’s resemblance to the bloodied Civic Type R that made it a hit with kids, and kids are essential to the Civic: if you didn’t know, this is the vehicle’s most sold among new new vehicles for the first time. -car buyers.

Honda says the 2022 Civic Hatchback will go on sale later this year. We’ll get a more specific timeline and specs closer to the on-sale date and, of course, a first drive.

This seems good! More details?

Shuren: Time to rethink the regulatory framework for FDA devices


Rethinking the regulatory framework for medical devices has been on the mind of Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD, director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), particularly at the in light of the lessons learned by the agency. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When he became director of CDRH in 2009, Shuren said the medical device industry was in a different place. “Innovators were bringing their technologies overseas, primarily because of increased review times and the lack of predictability and transparency in the FDA’s pre-market review process.” , he recently told AdvaMed President and CEO Scott Whitaker of the MedTech POV Podcast. Since then, CDRH’s goal has been to give patients in the United States access to “high-quality, safe and effective” devices while “advancing medical device innovation and ensuring patients rapid access to devices of importance to public health ”.

Although there was an innovation ten years ago, “In the last five years or so, I have never seen things accelerate so quickly. This is the trajectory we are on, and I expect the increasing pace of innovation, certainly for emerging science, to continue, ”said Shuren.

He noted that the FDA must be ready for this innovation. “I think we have to think of a different kind of FDA if we are to be well prepared to deal with the kinds of emerging science that we are seeing today,” he said. “It’s not just about having the enabling technologies that we can use. It will even amount to rethinking the regulatory paradigms that we apply to more modern technologies. “

It starts by looking at how the FDA regulates medical devices, according to Shuren. “The framework we use today was designed over 40 years ago. It was literally developed with my grandmother’s technology in mind, not for the things we see today, ”he said.

Regulatory flexibility beyond COVID-19

A big lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic is regulatory flexibility, Shuren said. The FDA was able to use emergency use authorization authorities after a public health emergency was declared, allowing the agency to quickly adapt to changing circumstances. In addition, the FDA was in close contact with the sponsors, engaging with them early on and often in a pre-emergency use authorization process where “developers could interact with the center’s experts in real time through through emails and phone calls; they could provide data for review on an ongoing basis.

“Because of this regulatory flexibility and commitment, the development review and authorization of the devices has happened much faster than would otherwise happen under a standard review,” he said. declared.

This type of flexibility and communication between the CDRH and the sponsors should be in place when there is no emergency. While it would require a change in the law, it would be a “game changer,” Shuren explained. “As we look to the future, we should consider how to make the level of regulatory flexibility we had with COVID a routine practice by having the ability to adapt the regulatory paradigm of evidence required for a marketing authorization. complete market to the technology and its use. in the cheapest way, he said, adding that any new process would still meet the current US standard of “reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness.”

Some sponsors appear to prefer the current regulatory environment to the environment that existed before the pandemic, Shuren said; he sees this as a possible future. “Some companies have told me that they never want to go back to the situation without COVID. For us, this is something we need to talk about. We want to have that kind of commitment, ”he said.

Shuren sees “big threats” in the future when it comes to innovation. “We need to think about how this engine of innovation in the United States remains supercharged. If we can really make… this time of development, evaluation and beyond much shorter and much more predictable, you’re going to invest more in medical technology. It’s really going to keep the engine running, ”he said.

Objectives for MDUFA V

Commenting on the upcoming Medical Device User Fee Modification Program (MDUFA V), Shuren said the MDUFA reauthorization is an opportunity to address engagement and work with developers, “to have the ability to stay at the forefront of science, but also to understand what developers are doing with their technology. (RELATED: MDUFA V: Industry wants fine-tuning as FDA seeks to expand, Regulatory guidance October 27, 2020).

“MDUFA V could be where we have this dialogue and see if… rather than going back to the pre-pandemic engagement, do we want to go back to a new kind of engagement that is informed by what we’ve been through during the pandemic, ”he said. mentionned.

Whitaker and Shuren agreed on the need for a bipartisan effort to re-authorize MDUFA through Congress to foster innovation for patients. “Having that spirit of collaboration and having a dialogue could maybe get us to where, through MDUFA, we have the ability to have a whole different kind of ongoing dialogue and collaboration,” said Shuren.


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Ellsworth Police Journal Week of June 24


Citizens call for suspicious behavior

ELLSWORTH – Officers were called to several locations following reports of people acting in a manner that observers deemed “suspicious”. The investigation of the incidents proved that they were unfounded. The reports included a request to check a suspicious motorcycle parked on the side of a local road on June 20. The driver told police the motorcycle broke down and was awaiting a tow.

On June 19, police received a report of suspicious activity around a local residence. They patrolled the area overnight and saw no suspicious activity.

Also on June 19, Constable Toni Ryan responded to a report of a suspicious man entering cars at a local grocery store. She learned that the man, who was elderly, was trying to locate his sister’s car.

Truck on fire

Police responded to a report of a burning truck on Happytown Road on June 12 and found Nicklas Steinbarger, 18, of Blue Hill, pacing the pavement. He told officers he had just bought the truck from someone 3 miles away and as he was driving he noticed smoke coming out of the engine, with flames rising as he parked . Steinbarger has been cautioned for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Speed ​​Details

Officer Jon Mahon performed two speed details on June 17, one early in the morning and one in the early afternoon. He stopped 30 cars, issued 25 speed warnings, two fault warnings and three speeding tickets.


On June 18, police issued a Trespass Notice to a Gouldsboro resident not to return to private property in Ellsworth.

On June 16, officers cautioned a man for felony intrusion after a woman from Ellsworth reported that her boyfriend would keep harassing her and showing up at her home. The man was also warned not to have contact with the woman.

The agency assists

Constable Zackery Kline assisted the Department of Health and Human Services with a local resident welfare check on June 18.

Police received a request from Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on June 15 to help a patient with mental health issues who was out of control.

Officers abducted an intoxicated woman after a call from Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on June 18.

Police helped the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency search a vehicle on June 14.

Officer Robert Angelo helped the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office arrest a driver two MPs were chasing on June 16. The man, Darren Smith, was then charged by the sheriff’s office.

National calls

Police responded to a local residence for a domestic situation on June 18. Police separated the parties, one part leaving “to calm down,” Kline reported.

Constable James Hassard responded to an incident on Bangor Road on June 20 in which a man allegedly tried to run over a woman. But when officers arrived, they found the woman had gotten out of the car during an argument to walk and the man was “just following behind her in the car.”

Youth issue

On June 19, police fully investigated a suspicious incident report involving a policeman from Ellsworth on the Downeast Highway and determined that the youth had made up the incident. No charges have been laid.


A local company reported a theft on June 15 but refused to press charges.

Arrests and summons

David Conway, 22, of Ellsworth, surrendered on a current term on June 18.

Keoki Huntley, 41, of Sherman was arrested on two active arrest warrants in Penobscot County on June 16.

A 17-year-old girl from Ellsworth was summoned for underage alcohol possession on June 16.


A driver left the road after falling asleep at the wheel, but escaped unscathed when his 2007 Subaru sedan caught fire. Robert Wilson, 25, from Bangor was heading north on Bangor Road near the Winkumpaugh Road intersection on the morning of June 4 when he struck a pole guide wire before stopping. The car then caught fire. Police did not say why the car caught fire.

42-year-old Westbrook woman Kristina Corbezzola reportedly ran a Church Street stop sign on June 10, hitting a 2013 Toyota sedan traveling on Oak Street driven by Jamie L. Hicks, 34, of Ellsworth. Hicks complained of general pain but refused to receive immediate medical attention. Corbezzola was found by police to have a suspended driver’s license. The 2004 Buick sport utility vehicle she was driving is owned by an Ellsworth resident. Both vehicles sustained functional damage in the crash, but only Hicks’ Toyota had to be towed.

Ceceila A. Doering, 19, of Holden drifted from the northbound lane to the southbound lane on Bangor Road at 4:40 a.m. on June 19. His 2014 Subaru sedan then veered off the road. Doering ended up in a ditch, damaging the front end, landing gear and wheel assemblies of the Subaru. She also received a nosebleed and a possible head injury. His passenger, Mary A. Butler, 18, also hit her head. Neither of them sought medical treatment.

Journalist Anne Berleant covers news and reporting in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. When not reporting, find her hiking the local trails, reading, or watching professional tennis. Email him at [email protected]
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9 reasons why adoption of a clean fleet is accelerating


Editor’s Note: Analyst Liz Morrison takes over from Transport Weekly while Katie Fehrenbacher is on leave. This essay is taken from the newsletter. Subscribe to receive it on Tuesdays.

Last summer, Katie Fehrenbacher wrote about the “State of Sustainable Fleets” report published by the Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA) research team. A few weeks ago, GNA updated its report, with some important developments over the past nine months that have led the authors to proclaim 2020 “a historic year for the clean fleet industry”.

As per the 2020 report, the data covers the use and development of four clean vehicle technologies: propane-powered transmissions; compressed natural gas; batteries; and hydrogen fuel cells. The report also covers all sectors – from municipal delivery to urban delivery to long-haul – and includes data for fleets that have never used one of the four clean vehicle transmissions. The authors said this perspective helped them learn about perceived or actual barriers to adoption of clean fleet technology.

Here are nine high-level findings that will change the landscape of clean fleets for 2021:

  • Clean trucks and buses are becoming more and more competitive. Clean fleets are increasingly able to compete on the key indicators considered to be the most critical for fleet managers: operational performance; interval; and the total cost of ownership. Notably, all long-haul, delivery, and large-scale fleets (defined as fleets operating more than 100,000 vehicles) interviewed for the report said they plan to increase their use of clean vehicle technologies.
  • New changes in state and national policies are driving the adoption of electric vehicles. Two major announcements have accelerated the urgency of sustainable fleet transformation over the past year: California’s announcement of a goal to ban sales of light combustion engines by 2035 and phase out completely medium and heavy duty combustion engine vehicles after 2045; and the Biden administration’s goal of installing 500,000 electric vehicle chargers by 2030. Additionally, California’s Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) rule, approved in 2020, requires the sale of vehicles for the first time. zero emissions (ZEV) by OEMs, and the Advanced Clean Fleets Rule project (expected in 2021) will regulate purchases of ZEV fleets.
  • The focus is increasingly on energy efficiency technologies. A number of OEMs are striving to improve fuel economy through products such as trailer skirts and tractor aerodynamics for Class 8 trucks. Some companies are designing trucks to show how several technologies efficiency can be combined to dramatically improve fuel economy. Technologies such as low rolling resistance tires and efficient driving practices prove to be very effective. For example, the North American Council for Cargo Efficiency’s (NACFE) “Run on Less” roadshow showed an improvement in fuel efficiency of 7 to 10 miles per gallon (mpg).
  • The use of renewable diesel and biodiesel is increasing. The production of renewable diesel (RD) saw an increase of 7% in 2020 compared to the previous year. Recent investments have the potential to produce 3.8 billion gallons per year in the United States by 2025. According to this report, six oil refineries in the United States are being transformed into renewable diesel plants and two existing factories are expanding.
  • The momentum for propane adoption is waning. General Motors exited the liquefied petroleum gas market last year, cutting the number of mid-weight propane vehicle models on offer by half. As a result, propane delivery vehicle orders in 2020 fell 1,300 units (66%) from the annual average for the previous five years. It is important to note this, as the adaptability of vehicles is cited as the main challenge in adopting this low cost and renewable alternative fuel. The momentum could shift away from propane to renewable natural gas (RNG), as it continues its meteoric rise as a primary source of sustainable fuel.
  • The growth of renewable natural gas is accelerating nationally. One advantage that many fleet managers see in natural gas-powered fleets is increased flexibility of routes and the lack of refueling en route, as opposed to electric vehicles, which currently require relatively frequent recharging. RNG, from organic waste streams, is produced in 29 states in the United States and offers the best benefits in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions compared to other renewable technologies. The use of RNG in road transportation increased in California from 69% to 92.5% of the total volume from 2018 to 2020.
    Last year, RNG took a significant step forward by becoming the first widely used renewable fuel to achieve negative carbon status in the California Low Carbon Fuels Standard regulatory program. This report predicts that California’s RNG carbon intensity will continue to decline due to an increasing supply of ultra-low carbon dairy and pig manure. Two other predictions: RNG is likely to completely saturate the national natural gas vehicle fuels market by early 2024, and the weighted average energy carbon intensity of bio-CNG in California is expected to dip to nearly – 200 by the end of 2023.
  • Charging infrastructure is increasingly available. Utilities nationwide are increasingly investing in fleet-focused electric vehicle charging infrastructure programs. For example, the New York State Civil Service Commission ordered its major utilities to spend more than $ 700 million on public infrastructure until 2025, nearly doubling California’s 2019 tenure.
  • But the development of infrastructure remains a major obstacle. California predicts it will need 1.5 million electric vehicle chargers by 2030, three times the amount the Biden administration has committed for the entire country in the same period. In addition to the shortage of charging stations, fleet owners are concerned about the availability and reliability of electricity due to the increased risks of electricity supply due to natural disasters, such as blackout. grid in Texas due to the cold.
  • The overall cost remains the main challenge to adoption. Vehicle pricing is the biggest challenge reported by more than three-quarters of electric truck users. Costs (before incentives) are typically two to three times that of a new diesel vehicle, and batteries remain a high component of the overall vehicle price. Although technological advancements in EV batteries have reduced the cost in recent years, it remains the biggest barrier to adoption.

Bill C-15 enacted, paving the way for a framework of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples


“It creates a point of reference. It sets out the steps to create a framework for the future and calls on the government to update Canada’s other laws to be consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But today, rather yesterday, was a big step forward. said Taylor Bachrach, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley.

The bill aligns closely with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a declaration that 144 countries signed in 2007 but former Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not at the time .

One of the problems that gave rise to this bill was Article 32, Section 2, which states:

States consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent before the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, in particular in relation to with the development, use or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.

This was a problem in the past because of the “free, prior and informed consent” requirements. The concern was that indigenous groups could essentially veto development projects, which was one of the reasons Harper voted against UNDRIP.

“The example of British Columbia with Bill 41 and with BC’s own legislation on UNDRIP has made it clear that this is not a veto. But it does mean a much stronger voice for indigenous peoples in the way resources are developed and that’s so important. Bachrach said.

The moment falls on the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, but also at the same time as the country mourns the horrific discovery in Kamloops.

“In our experience here in British Columbia, the really difficult part is getting a plan of action. On top of that, aligning the laws is just going to be a very difficult process and is going to be a huge challenge, especially for a country that is essentially decolonizing. Said Terry Teegee, BCAFN Regional Manager.

A report is expected each year on the measures that have been taken to improve relations, which the NDP says will ensure

“In the past what we have seen are symbolic gestures and these are not always followed by action and this is something I hear so often from Indigenous leaders that they do. have enough symbolism and words that are not backed by real action, so we are going to hold the government to account. Bachrach said.

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition 2022: a better advantage


Many road cars have been created around often tenuous ties to motorsports, their uniqueness often not exceeding stickers and graphics. On the surface, the new Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition, with its carefully filed logos and optional stem-to-stern racing stripe, fits this mold. But dive deeper and there’s real substance to this updated Vantage, including a handful of mechanical changes that dramatically fine-tune its riding experience.

We drove the car to England and got to experience it both on the road and on the racetrack, the latter being the small 1.1 mile Stowe circuit at Silverstone that Aston uses for high speed testing. The Vantage F1 Edition was developed alongside the company’s true Vantage safety car, which helps keep order at Formula 1 events this year. The road version sports an equally wide rear spoiler and, in another connection from Formula 1, is available in the same shade of green used by the company’s racing team. It also received a new front-end treatment, with horizontal strakes filling what was previously the black void in the standard car’s grille, as well as new 21-inch wheels. Commemorative plaques aside, the interior is largely unchanged, but the Vantage F1 benefits from motorsport-inspired black and gray microfiber trim with bright yellow accents.

For F1 service, Aston upgraded the Mercedes-AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from the 503 horsepower Vantage to 527 (torque remains at 505 pound-feet). The increase in power is not so noticeable, but the stronger character of the revised car is. Its active exhaust note is loud and boisterous even in its quietest, near-anti-social mode when fully unclogged, filled with shootouts of pops and bangs every time you let go of the throttle. Revised software also speeds up shift times for the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, reducing the amount of torque the engine cuts during overhead shifts and with a smarter algorithm to help speed up downshifts when decelerating hard. . It still doesn’t quite have the quickness of a dual-clutch transmission, but it definitely feels crisp for an automatic torque converter.

While the physical changes to the suspension are limited, the dynamic character of the car has been significantly altered. The F1 Edition’s rear springs are 10% stiffer; its adaptive dampers have been revised to improve rebound damping; and the front suspension has been tweaked, tightened and tuned for a more negative wheel camber. There are also software changes to the electronic limited-slip rear differential, which on the regular Vantage can make the car jumpy when pushed moderately hard by sending significant amounts of torque to the outer rear wheel. The F1 Edition exhibits much less of that exuberant behavior, feeling more planted under heavy loads in the corners and with impressive traction from its Pirelli P Zero tires.

Despite its large wheels, the F1 Edition drives with impressive conformity on rough surfaces. Running in the softer Sport setting of the dampers (there are also firmer Sport Plus and Track modes) on poorly maintained British tarmac revealed no subjective increase in harshness compared to the standard car. Wider refinement remains a weak point, with the Vantage’s cabin seemingly amplifying the harmonics of the tire roar and exhaust drone when cruising at higher speeds. The dark interior and button-studded lower dashboard also feel increasingly removed from the ergonomic pace set by this car’s new rivals. Another slight frustration is the 8.0-inch center display’s lack of touch sensitivity.

But in terms of sports car athleticism, the F1 Edition seemed quite happy to play on the Silverstone circuit. Grip remained strong even under the higher loads allowed by the track, despite its tires intentionally more oriented for road use. The Vantage turns hard and precisely, resisting understeer even through Stowe’s tightest turns. But it’s the behavior of the rear of the car that is really entertaining, especially the gradual (and sometimes frightening) way of persuading its tail to come out under power. Few cars are so easy to drive on the accelerator or so user-friendly when driven over the limit. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes on our test car also coped with the higher thermal loads of track driving without complaint, biting hard and tirelessly lap after lap.

Stowe’s lack of high-speed cornering prevented us from enjoying the claimed benefits provided by a new front splitter, dive planes, diffuser and rear spoiler from the F1 Edition’s new aero package. Aston says the updates can generate up to 330 pounds of downforce in the rear and 110 pounds up front, improvements of around 200% over the standard car. We will say it certainly felt planted and stable when cruising at fast highway speeds. An obvious downside to F1’s large wing is the limited rear visibility, as it obscures a large portion of the view through the rear window.

While Aston is already working on a heavily revised version of the current Vantage, which we expect to see in 2023, the F1 edition looks like a moderate facelift in itself. Both coupe and roadster models will be offered, with the coupe carrying an additional $ 23,000 over the starting price of $ 142,086 of the regular Vantage coupe. Aston doesn’t really market it as a limited-edition model, and we won’t be surprised if a significant percentage of Vantage buyers go for the F1 treatment, although we’re sure some would rather have theirs without the stickers and formula. . 1 mark.



2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1
Vehicle type: front engine, rear wheel drive, 2 passengers, 2-door coupe or convertible

Coupe, $ 165,086; Roadster, $ 173,086

Twin-turbocharged and intercooled 32-valve DOHC V8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 243 ”3, 3982 cm3
Power: 527 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 505 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Wheelbase: 106.5 inches
Length: 176.8 ”
Width: 76.5 inches
Height: 50.2 inches
Passenger volume: 47 ft3
Boot space: 7 to 10 ft3
Unloaded weight (CD est): 3750-3850 lb

60 mph: 3.3-3.4 s
100 mph: 7.6-7.7 s
1/4 mile: 11.5 to 11.6 s
Maximum speed: 190-195 mph

Combined / City / Highway: 20/18/24 mpg

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Global Electronic Frameworks Market Size 2021-2028 Emerson Electric, Eaton, Schneider Electric – The Manomet Current


The new research report on the Global Electronic Frames Market will provide an up-to-date assessment related to current industry scenarios, current trends, key drivers as well as the overall industry environment. The Electronic Frame Market report majorly focuses on major regions, development estimates between 2022-2028 including critical manufacturers, key industries, Electronic Frame market size, share, introduction of product, etc. Apart from this, the global Electronic Frames market sheds light on the prominent vendors of the industry along with their position in the international industry with the inclusion of the Electronic Frames market status, potential development trends, drivers Electronic frames market growth, challenges, earnings status and pricing structure.

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The report identifies growing demands and new technologies in the global electronic frames market. In addition, it shows possible industry trends alongside increasing competition and advanced innovations. The study utilizes SWOT analysis and Porter’s five forces analysis in order to offer the state of competition in the Electrical Equipment industry. In addition to this, the research study on the global Electronic Frames market provides a forward-looking approach to some crucial aspects including the risk factors, key opportunities, and growth catalysts which are responsible for shaping the market dynamics of Electronic Frames. electronic frames. Moreover, it offers a broader perspective on the Electronic Frame industry by explaining its various segments to offer a detailed understanding of the prospects for revenue generation over the forecast period.

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Chatsworth Products
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The electronic framework

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Less than 36U

The electronic framework

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Networking application

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ClaimsTech can exceed the expectations of today’s insurance clients


Customer satisfaction remains a challenge for many in the insurance industry, and often it is all about claims. (Pixel-Shot / Adobe Stock)

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has sent shock waves through organizations responsible for processing and paying insurance claims.

The traditional method of manually paying claims using paper checks instantly became heavier than ever, and in some cases treasury staff would take checks home and print them on their own printers. Even the discount of bonuses requested by many DOIs created huge logistical problems.

The check has long needed a replacement. COVID-19 has accelerated its demise.

Carriers are now learning lessons from the pandemic as the economic recovery continues and are re-examining their digital strategies. The focus is now on the idea of ​​fewer touch points and increased speed, especially with complex issues like multi-party debt payments.

The profitability inherent in an improved claims process is easy to grasp. Decreasing claims costs and underwriting costs can directly lead to a decrease in the loss ratio and allocated claims settlement costs. In addition, it will be crucial to better manage these activities and pay for them without hassle or delay, as insurance choices become more elastic, the competition fueled by InsurTech increases and customers measure their overall satisfaction with it more than ever before. classic pain point.

Carriers have a long way to go in the claims settlement process. While the pandemic has increased the adoption of digital payment methods among all generations, some in the industry believe that three out of four P&C carrier claim payments are still sent by check.

Failure to act can increase cycle times, severity

There are several reasons why digitization can be an important issue. Multiparty demands are a good illustration of this, as they usually present the following problems:

  • Settlers are used to sending payments by check.
  • Settlement documents are generally written on paper.
  • Dealing with a multi-party claim often involves sequenced assessment steps and approvals typically done on paper.
  • Not only are insured assets growing in number, but policies are also becoming more and more personalized and esoteric.
  • Funding partners such as mortgagees and lien holders often have to approve payments – and have sometimes proven to be a bottleneck.
  • Third-party vendors are usually needed to repair the damage, so they’re also involved in the payment flow.
  • And finally, there is the monetary payment for losses suffered by policyholders, which too many carriers still provide – unbelievably enough – via a paper check by mail, although this option is both expensive and a cost. easy target for fraud.

Overall, this friction adds to a lot of wasted time, impatience, and a complicated customer experience. This dramatically increases cycle times and ultimately increases gravity for wearers. And, most importantly, customers find it simply inexcusable in a post-COVID environment as we have all become accustomed to doing most financial tasks digitally with transparency at every step.

Customers who already saw the traditional insurance industry as slow to adapt and lacking in innovation will only degrade further on claims processes that seem slow and creaky in comparison.

Get started with ClaimsTech

The recovery offers a tremendous opportunity for carriers to create new business on the back of more than a year of pent-up demand – for new purchases and new business. But first, they have to learn to adapt. ClaimsTech is a good place to start.

Investments in ClaimsTech today should reflect the changing mindset of insurance consumers. Solving this much larger and more complicated problem begins with building a solid foundation of emerging technologies. For carriers, a lot of this lies in the payment workflow and automation. Certainly, companies will try to make these efforts visible, for example by creating more intuitive front-ends and user experiences around claims that bring a bit of accessibility and elegance to something that customers can see and feel.

Carriers who invest in automating their ClaimsTech and payment processes will find that the benefits range from customer satisfaction to profitability. Not only are the two directly related, the ability to improve cycle times will also directly lead to reduced processing expenses.

The pandemic has undoubtedly raised the need to improve digitization and both the back-end technology infrastructure and the front-end experience. And as carriers seek to exercise greater control over their balance sheets and their ability to deliver a high-quality customer experience, ClaimsTech is a natural place to start.

Chris Ewing ([email protected]) is CEO and founder of An Inc, a digital insurance payment platform that helps more than 170 insurance companies process more than $ 15 billion in payments per year. These opinions are his.

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Orolia GNSS simulators now support ultra-low latency of 5ms


Skydel’s latest advancement uses software-defined benefits to deliver real-time performance

Skydel Real-Time Performance graphics illustrate the low latency of the software-defined engine during a GNSS simulation. (Screen capture: Orolia)

Orolia has announced the launch of its real-time performance capability, which achieves ultra-low latency of five milliseconds. The functionality will be standard on all GNSS simulators powered by Skydel.

Skydel is a software-defined simulation engine that powers Orolia’s advanced GNSS simulators, including its BroadSim (available through Orolia Defense & Security) and GSG product lines.

“Skydel is known to users for its intuitive nature and its ability to be quickly redeployed for a variety of projects,” said Tim Erbes, director of engineering for Orolia Defense & Security. “Delivering real-time performance with latency as low as five milliseconds further shows that Orolia is a market leader in helping its customers to exceed their expectations. “

Skydel’s software-defined architecture is designed to meet the demanding requirements of GNSS simulation testing in the automotive, military, space and other high-tech industries. Skydel also supports hardware-in-the-loop simulations without sacrificing ultra-low latency and high-end performance.

The user interface has a sophisticated dashboard displaying real-time performance graphs. The tool allows users to assess simulator performance, interpret data, diagnose inefficiencies, and optimize scenarios on the fly. In a video tutorial, Orolia shows how the simulation engine processes data and how easy it is to read graphs thanks to its precise visualization and indications. When the system reaches its limits, it remains stable and fully operational, preserving the integrity of the simulation.

Erbes said the real-time performance graphics not only inspire confidence in the simulator, but also allow better integration into the test bench.

“For example, instead of just hoping their hardware-in-the-loop setup is working, users can view the data in real time and see that low latency is being maintained,” he said. “This feature provides improved visibility not only into simulation performance, but also the reliability of hardware-in-the-loop integration, resulting in a more robust solution. This is essential when generating complex environments with high dynamic range, interference, spoofing, repetition and alternative PNT sensors.

Wi-Fi Front End Modules Market Growth Rate, Application Demand, Status & Forecast Till 2027


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NASA’s IV&V Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, Continues Work on Project Artemis | State Journal


FAIRMONT – With the first of NASA’s Artemis missions slated to launch in just a few months, the agency’s Katherine Johnson independent verification and validation facility at Fairmont has been working hard to run software tests for critical components of the project.

Project Artemis, which has the ultimate goal of eventually sending humans to Mars, has been one of NASA’s main goals for the past two years, and according to Joelle Spagnuolo-Loretta, launch system project manager Space (SLS) IV&V project, the project’s first mission, Artemis I, is closer than ever to launch.

Spagnuolo-Loretta said that more recently the agency completed work on the rocket that will transport space components out of Earth’s atmosphere, noting that the rocket is quite different from those seen in the past.

“This will be the most powerful rocket ever built by NASA, and we need that extra power to take us further into deep space when we want to go beyond low earth orbit,” Spagnuolo said. -Loretta.

She said NASA recently completed a “green walk” ground test for the rocket in March, which generated 1.6 million pounds of thrust and gave workers at the IV&V facility much needed data for s ‘ensure that the rocket software is operational.

“In this test we had the SLS midstage, which is basically the backbone of the rocket… with the four RS-25 main engines, and during this test they actually fired all four engines. and run the full eight minutes. ”said Spagnuolo-Loretta. “It allowed us to make sure that we can load the fuel properly and do all of those pre-launch sequences. Once we hit the start button, the motors kick in and a rated climb scenario allows us to make sure the software is running properly to monitor motor conditions and shut down if necessary.

Wes Deadrick, the head of the facility’s office, spoke about the importance of the Artemis mission during an interview in March.

“We have a lot of opportunities ahead of us with the Artemis mission,” said Deadrick. “I would say half of our program, in one way or another, helps support the development of Artemis missions. It’s exciting to see this type of work happening in West Virginia.

NASA’s plans for the next Artemis missions will be to go to the moon and build some sort of “gateway” into its orbit piece by piece. This gateway will act as a space station and provide humans on board and missions with a place to stay before they descend from orbit. In 2020, Deadrick explained the importance of software testing of the IV&V facility as part of the Artemis mission.

“A lot of our team remembered what happened with Challenger, and no one wants it to happen again,” said Deadrick. “Yes, we want to see people on the moon. It’s exciting, but the most important thing for us is not to lose life in this process. “

The planned launch date for Artemis I is November, although Spagnuolo-Loretta noted that this is a tentative date.

“It all depends on how the integration and payment go,” she said. “If this needs to be delayed, we will, of course, to make sure everything is safe. “

Additionally, humans won’t be on board for the launch until Artemis II, which officials hope to launch by the end of 2023.

Then the launch of Artemis III will hopefully see humans return to the surface of the Moon.

Spagnuolo-Loretta said she was more than happy to be able to work on the Artemis mission, and while she and her team only play a small role in getting humans back to the Moon and ultimately Mars, they will always define history.

“The mere thought of contributing to a mission like this and helping provide the assurance that the software will perform as it should and is intended is just thrilling,” said Spagnuolo-Loretta. “We’re going to make history again, and it’s quite humbling to be a part of it. …

“It’s to go where we’ve never been and explore what’s beyond low earth orbit. The opportunities are exponential as far as we can learn. Further into deep space, we just had telescopes and satellites and the like that gave us views of those depths, but when we actually have a human presence, it’s a whole new paradigm. There is nothing that can analyze something like the human himself. It is extremely exciting to think about what we could learn.

His passion for NASA space exploration was shared by the director of the IV&V facility, Greg Blaney, in an interview in 2020.

“Building the ability to put boots on the moon and have the ability to sustain life on the moon and possibly bring us to Mars (is something) that we cannot do yet,” Blaney said. “We can’t do it now. We did it with Apollo, but we weren’t here to stay. We landed and came back. We are talking about sustaining life, science, research and mining on other planets.

“The idea of ​​choosing a goal is to pick one that is currently beyond your reach, and then develop the technology and bring the science together to achieve it. It is the motivation. … It is leading you to something that you cannot do now.

Spagnuolo-Loretta also briefly touched on the growing interest in civilian spaceflight. If the IV&V facility performs software testing on such missions, she said that while civilians are different from astronauts, it won’t affect how seriously she and her team take their work.

“The result is the same,” said Spagnuolo-Loretta. “Whenever a human life is at stake, the work we do is crucial to ensuring their safety and mission success. Everyone takes pride in their work, but it’s a “no kidding situation”. It has to work. Whether it’s an astronaut or a civilian, it’s one and the same, in my opinion, and we want to be as diligent as possible to make sure these missions are safe.

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BSP Approves Open Funding Framework – Manila Bulletin


The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) endorsed the guidelines of the Open Finance Framework, touted as the “main catalyst for digital transformation and financial inclusion” in the country.

“Open Finance is certainly not a sprint but a marathon,” BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said over the weekend. Open Finance is part of BSP’s digital payments transformation roadmap.

“It will be a long and difficult race, but like any other sport we have to prepare and condition ourselves properly to finish strong in this race,” he added.

The BSP Monetary Council approved the new guidelines for the implementation of Open Finance in Circular 1122 of June 17. Fundamentally, Open Finance is “consent-based data portability” as well as interoperability and collaborative partnerships between third-party providers (TPP). It covers technology, products, services, information, which “enable customers to share their financial data securely” with banks and qualified TPPs.

The BSP said that with Open Finance, consumers have the power to grant banks or TPPs access to their financial data for a “customer-centric product development goal.”

“PASB expects multi-level implementation of the framework depending on the sensitivity of the data and the types of data and data holders. Levels are not necessarily sequential and multiple implementations can occur at the same time, ”BSP said.

There are five levels in the BSP policy for Open Finance. PASB explained it this way: the first level involves sharing information about products and services and other details about financial products / services that are already easily accessible online; the second level involves sharing information about subscriptions and new accounts; and the third level involves the sharing of account information or personal and financial information provided by a customer.

The fourth level in the meantime covers transaction data, such as payments and other financial transaction data, while the fifth level covers those that are not covered by levels 1 to 4 and other financial products or cases. more complex use.

PASB released the draft Open Funding Circular in December 2020 and it included the proposal to create an Open Funding Oversight Committee (OFOC), which is an autonomous body led by the sector and recognized by the BSP.

OFOC will exercise governance over the activities and participants of the Open Finance ecosystem, BSP said. The BSP will oversee OFOC which should promote non-discriminatory membership.

Diokno said earlier that by establishing an open funding ecosystem, PASB consulted with global subject matter experts, conducted a survey of financial institutions overseen by the PASB, and conducted a comparative study of the regulatory landscape in other jurisdictions. .



Maserati Grecale is an elegant European SUV with precise rendering


The Maserati Levante may not have the characteristics of a Mercedes or the interior design of an Audi. But it was successful enough that the Italians developed a smaller version. Enter the Grecale, which is placed at the bottom of the manufacturer’s future range of cars.

The idea of ​​a Maserati SUV Seemed controversial at first, but that was before the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga. These days all big companies are expected to offer a high-rider, and many of them go pretty fast as well.

Like the Levante, the Grecale will be unlike anything you’ve ever owned … unless you already have the Ghibli. The styling is also going to be quite interesting, based on these renderings.

Maserati is eager to launch the Grecale and has released several teasers. Based on the camouflaged prototypes they showed, the Russian site Kolesa was able to create these renderings, which we believe to be accurate representations of the model.

The best way to describe this mini SUV is to say that it is a mixture of European elements. For example, the front has a Mercedes-style bumper with a grille that looks like frowns and deep side air intakes. As for the headlights, they resemble those of the Ford Puma and the Jaguar E-Pace.

The rear is a little more French. The soft trunk and hips are reminiscent of the old DS4 hatchback. Of course, all of these are also designed to look like the larger Levante.

Technical details are a bit rarer, but the Grecale is believed to be based on the Giorgio platform, which feels like the most Italian thing ever. This also underpins the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and should mean that the engines can and probably will be shared among themselves.

That means the 2.0-liter turbo and its 280 horsepower could play a big part, but a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 is also on the table. The power of over 500 hp could explain why the Grecale prototype had so many exhaust tips (four).

Of course, the premium car market is heavily geared towards electrification. Ghibli Hybrid launched last year to be joined by first Maserati VE, based on the new GranTurismo. The Grecale is therefore very likely to have a few hybrid or plug-in versions with a fully electric model also on the cards.

The CDADI has adopted an Intercultural Integration Strategy Framework


The Committee against Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion (CDADI), at its third plenary meeting, adopted a Model framework for an intercultural integration strategy which aims to serve as a basis for national intercultural integration strategies based on human rights standards.

The model framework is based on the successful experience of nearly 150 intercultural cities in Europe and around the world, and on best practices in some Council of Europe member states, promoting inclusion, community cohesion and l advantage of diversity. It is therefore a tool for practitioners and policy makers working in the field of diversity and inclusion.

The document further describes the requirements which derive from the standards and values ​​to which the member states of the Council of Europe conform and which should underpin intercultural integration strategies. It also provides a menu of policy measures that can help meet these demands.

The adoption of this document, in time for the International Refugee Day (June 20) is of symbolic importance to underline the need for all states and cities in Europe to adopt the intercultural approach to the inclusion of migrants and refugees.

Delgado has visions of the Breeders Cup for the Critical Track – Horse Racing News


The Critical Way with Paco Lopez on horseback wins the Get Serious Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Coach Jose Delgado was so impressed with what he saw of his fast-paced The Critical Way turf sprinter on Saturday at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ that he immediately started plotting a schedule that would bring the 7-year-old gelding at the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on November 6.

It’s not just that The Critical Way won the $ 75,000 Get Serious Stakes with ease, pulling away for a three-length victory. This is how he won the feature film on grass.

Known for his blazing early-in-game speed, The Critical Way sat on the flanks of an even faster French reef, scoring an opening quarterback in a dazzling time of: 20.11 and a half in: 43 , 34. Jockey Paco Lopez eased The Critical Way around French Reef entering the final corner and Tizway’s son took off, showing off a finishing kick that can sometimes escape him when he’s up front.

The final time for all five stages on a turf classified as “firm” was: 55.19.

“We still think this horse is ahead from the start because he has a lot of speed,” said Delgado, who leads the Monmouth Park coaches standings with 11 wins. “But Paco Lopez told me he was very comfortable getting out of the rhythm. It’s a new dimension for him. We still think it’s one way and it’s go, go, go. Now we have seen that he can sit behind the speed and make a move and he can win that way. I like this.

“We saw that he could sit comfortably. It gives us a lot of options. He’s very consistent. He gives you everything he has. We’re going to see some serious stuff for him now. Maybe we’ll try something in Saratoga, then a race or two in Parx and then if all goes well we’ll try to take him to the Breeders’ Cup. This is the plan. It is hope.

Lopez said The Critical Way “didn’t break like it usually does.”

“Usually he’s right out the door and in the lead,” Lopez said. “I think he got a little scared and jumped behind (French Reef). I know this horse from having seen it in Florida. He is a very fast horse. So I was behind that one but he was very comfortable, which surprised me because it’s something new for him.

“I arrived thinking I would take the lead, but I had to follow plan B. But the horse made it easy for me with his comfort. He was near. It’s not like he’s far away. So when I asked him, he just took off.

After being caught on the wire in their last Turf Sprint Stakes start at Pimlico on the Preakness Stakes map, The Critical Way notched their fourth win in stakes and eighth overall win in 25 career starts for Monster Racing Stables . He paid $ 3.80 to win.

French Reef held second place, 1¼ lengths ahead of Francatelli.

You can own the source code of the World Wide Web! Berners-Lee will auction it as NFT


You can now purchase the original source code for the World Wide Web, written by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, at an auction starting at $ 1,000. Berners-Lee will auction the source code signed by him as an NFT or non-fungible token at an auction by Sotheby’s.

The NFT will be offered in a stand-alone online auction titled “This Has Changed Everything”. The London-born computer scientist invented the World Wide Web in 1989, revolutionizing the sharing and creation of information in what is considered one of the most important inventions since the emergence of printing in Europe in the 15th century. century in Germany.

“The NFT – totally unique on the Ethereum blockchain – is made up of four elements; the original time-stamped files containing the source code written by Sir Tim; an animated visualization of the code; a letter written by Sir Tim reflecting on the code and the process of creation; as well as a digital “poster” of the complete code created by Sir Tim from the original files using Python, including a graphic of his physical signature; all digitally signed, “Sotheby’s said in a statement .

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The files referenced by the NFT contain code of approximately 9,555 lines, the content of which includes implementations of the three languages ​​and protocols invented by Berners-Lee that remain fundamental to the World Wide Web today – HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) , HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), and URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers), as well as original HTML documents that taught early web users how to use the application.

The auction will open June 23-30, with auctions starting at $ 1,000, and will benefit initiatives supported by Berners-Lee and his wife.

NFTs have exploded in popularity in recent months, including at auction. A digital-only work of art by American artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, sold for almost $ 70 million at Christie’s in March.

“Why an NFT? Well, it’s a natural thing to do like when you’re a computer scientist and when you’ve been writing code for many years. It seems fair to me to digitally sign my autograph on a fully digital artifact, ”Beners-Lee was quoted as saying in the release.

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Welcome to Industry 4.0: How cloud platforms are ushering in the new era of manufacturing


For hundreds of years, manufacturing has been a driving force behind opportunity, progress and growth. From the mechanization of the first industrial revolution to mass production and automated assembly, manufacturing innovation has moved the world forward. Our industry has fundamentally defined the way people work and live.

Today we are on the brink of the next wave of industrial progress. Manufacturing in the cloud – the software and infrastructure that enables manufacturing over networks – offers a leap forward, transforming the way we produce goods and addressing long-term challenges like visibility over networks. factory operations and slow production.

Just as manufacturing began to take advantage of microprocessors for control and automation in the 1970s and 1980s, today we can use vast computing power to speed up and improve manufacturing. Like the industry innovations that came before it, cloud platforms aren’t just changing what is possible to manufacture, they are changing the way we do it. Here’s how cloud manufacturing is revolutionizing collaboration and communication across the supply chain.

Unite creators and designers

Manufacturing is one of the biggest challenges in manufacturing. In the traditional system, design engineers navigate the process of creating a beautiful product, only to learn that it is impossible to manufacture when they try to get it produced. Since these two processes (design and manufacture) are separate, designers have little information about plant capabilities and manufacturing processes, while manufacturers have no idea of ​​the intentions or goals of designers.

Cloud manufacturing bridges that gap. These two critical groups don’t have to work in isolation – and improved communication means better products, faster deadlines. Now designers can upload designs and receive immediate feedback on what’s possible, including constructive feedback on material, part geometry, and more. Instant communication opens up more tools for designers while helping manufacturers understand product goals and optimize parts for production.

Acceleration of manufacturing

Cloud manufacturing can combine with additive manufacturing capabilities to take our industry to a new level, introducing unprecedented speed and elasticity. Traditionally, the journey from design to production has been slow. Product development can take months or even years due to the huge gap between prototyping and production. The underlying processes and infrastructure used in prototyping are very different from those used in production, preventing easy handoffs.

With cloud-based additive manufacturing, you can prototype using the same processes and infrastructure used in production. Rapid prototyping allows you to test designs as you go. Prototyping and production take place in the same system, which means you don’t have to start over after building a prototype because you are working with the same technology and materials that you will use to make the final product. This seamless transfer allows for rapid iteration, allowing you to test production issues early in the process to avoid delays later.

Revolutionizing knowledge management

Getting a product to market is a long journey. From concept to prototype to scale-up to production and execution, nailing every step takes time. But traditionally, much of the knowledge hard gained on this journey goes unrecorded or retained, and it can be difficult to transfer that knowledge to new products.

Cloud manufacturing allows you to monitor and record every step of the way, so you can improve your product with each new design iteration. Collecting data from concept to completion allows you to connect the dots and make smarter decisions about the entire product lifestyle.

With the knowledge and understanding of the design choices that produce the best manufacturing results, we can make better decisions about the design and manufacture of future products. Cloud manufacturing enables a library of digital designs and production data that can show us what works and why. Now when we design or manufacture something new, we don’t have to start from scratch.

Enter a new era

Manufacturing has a bright future, and that future is now being played out with cloud manufacturing. Companies that embrace new ideas and adapt to changing technology have always been the ones that stand out. As our world evolves to take advantage of the latest manufacturing technologies, the winners of this era will be those who have the most transformational and innovative solutions to improve digital connectivity and production. Manufacturing in the cloud kicks off this journey, creating new opportunities for you to seize.

About Dr. King:

Dr King is Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Fast Radius. Outside of Fast Radius, Dr King is a Professor and Andersen Chair in the Department of Mechanical and Engineering Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was the founder and CTO of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, one of the first national manufacturing institutes in the United States. He is the author of 225 journal articles and 20 patents. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society. He holds a doctorate. from Stanford University.

The source code of Algorand Wallet is now open source


In a recent blog post, it was announced that Algorand’s official wallet is now open-source and its codebase has been made publicly available, allowing the crypto community to develop and deliver features on its release. artwork.

“We are delighted to announce that Algorand Wallet’s official codebase has been open source and is now publicly available, adding that developers can now access its repository through the main organization GitHub,” said the protocol team.

“Open source” is the term used to refer to a form of software distribution where the source code is made public and available to anyone who wants it. Programmers can then read or modify the code if they wish. He is directly opposed to “closed source” where everything that happens behind the scenes cannot be seen by the public.

Algorand and his worries

A high-speed blockchain, Algorand relies on a two-tier structure and a unique variant of the Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism to increase its transaction speeds and achieve block finality.

It is considered to be one of the first large-cap crypto projects capable of giving staking capabilities to holders who simply need to hold a minimum amount of ALGO in their supported wallets to take advantage of the staking rewards.

However, the project has been criticized because its official wallet was closed-source, opposing the general principle of blockchain protocols to be community-governed, decentralized and free from censorship.

Algorand goes open source

According to Ian Cross, developer at Algorand, the goal of their portfolio is to give their community a safe, reliable, convenient and powerful way to interact with the products of the Algorand ecosystem and its blockchain network.

“As part of this mission, we believe that making our code open source is critical to the success of the project,” he said.

The update implemented by the team was in response to one of the biggest requests from the community and has so far garnered a favorable response in social forums.

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Plane crash lands in Grand Forks orchard, pilot injured – Abbotsford News


The pilot of this single-engine propeller plane escaped unharmed after crashing into an orchard on Como Road on Friday, June 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Plane crashes in Grand Forks orchard, pilot injured

RCMP secured crash site, pending Transport Canada investigation

A Grand Forks pilot was rushed to hospital with minor injuries after his plane crashed near the city’s airport on Friday, June 18.

Mounted police said the pilot, a man in his 60s, lost control of his single-engine propeller plane shortly after taking off from the airport around 9 a.m. on the 5800 block of Como Road. No one else was on board when the plane crashed.

Severely shaken but largely unharmed, he then left the downed plane and reported a passing motorist, who called 911.

He complained of back pain when he was taken to hospital for observation at around 9.45 a.m., mounted police said.

Constables at the scene said they were investigating the accident, pending an investigation from Transport Canada.

The accident was likely the result of a critical engine failure, Mounties said.

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Call for a European legislative framework more favorable to innovation in food additives


A round table, as part of the professional body’s Future Proofing Feed event, recognized the role that feed additives can play in terms of reducing environmental emissions generated by the production of farm animals, but also in terms of improving animal health and welfare, thereby reducing the need for antimicrobials.

Speakers included Eva Zamora, Head of the Animal Nutrition and Veterinary Medicines Unit of the European Commission DG Health, Séverine Deschandelliers, President of FEFANA, Dirk Ehle, member of the Board of Directors of Animal Health Europe, and Reinder Sijtsma, president of the FEFAC premix. and the Mineral Nutrition Committee.

Panelists stressed the importance of stimulating innovation in food additive development through private / public and multidisciplinary partnerships, and the implicit gains in knowledge transfer from other sectors such as human health.

Participants also agreed that an effective legal framework for food additives allowing an environment where there was less administrative burden, better market protection for applicants for food additives, a new recognized functionality of these products in terms of welfare and environmental protection, and regulations that allow the scientifically proven effects of additives to be communicated to end users would stimulate further innovation in this regard.

A second round table, with Michael Scannell, Deputy Director General, DG AGRI, Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, Copa-Cogeca, Régis Fournier, President of Euroseeds and Asbjørn Børsting, President of FEFAC, discussed the revisions of the CAP, elements like voluntary coupled support, eco-programs and rural development investment programs that could help boost protein production in the EU and reduce the EU’s dependence on materials imported raw materials rich in protein.

New plant breeding techniques In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Experts also highlighted that new technologies are essential for the EU’s agricultural sector to remain competitive and sustainable, referring to recent developments related to EU legislation on New Genomic Techniques (NGT).

Such plant breeding technology could help accelerate the EU’s protein self-sufficiency and reduce the footprint of feed production, they argued, with speakers urging EU lawmakers to introduce quickly a favorable regulatory framework that would allow industry and farmers to use this plant breeding technology. , following public consultations and impact assessments.

The EU should not isolate itself internationally in this regard given the more favorable environment for innovation leveraging NGT elsewhere, they stressed.

Raw material supply In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Michael Scannell, DG AGRI, stressed that feed manufacturers would also be well advised to promote sustainable sourcing practices and the traceability of feed materials to meet the increasingly stringent demands of retailers. and consumers in terms of traceability.

He noted the new initiatives planned by the EU: the next Code of conduct for responsible business and marketing practicesIn addition to this, you will need to know more about it.In the food chain and mandatory due diligence measures,With a focus on deforestation-free supply chains.

FEFAC President Asbjørn Børsting said the trade group’s recently revised 2021 Soybean Sourcing Guidelines (SSG) now include the ability to compare the verification and certification program to ‘no conversion’ soybeans, and this initiative should help ease the transition to a sustainable supply chain.

First, SpaceX launches a national security satellite with a booster already piloted


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled a third-generation global positioning system navigation satellite into orbit Thursday during the first launch of a national security payload using a previously flown booster. Program officials say the move will save $ 64.5 million over three missions.

The nine engines on the first stage of the rocket woke up on time at 12:09 a.m. EDT, pushing the 229-foot-high rocket away from pad 40 of the Cape Canaveral space station.

After propelling the Falcon 9 out of the thick lower atmosphere, the first stage collapsed and headed for landing on a SpaceX drone parked in the Atlantic Ocean. Onboard cameras provided spectacular views as the thruster plunged toward the ground, marking SpaceX’s 66th successful recovery at sea and 88th overall.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off from the Cape Canaveral space station carrying a GPS navigation satellite, the first launch of a national security payload using an already piloted first stage booster.


The scene first flew last November to launch the previous GPS-3 navigation satellite, the fourth of 10 being built by Lockheed Martin for the US Space Force. While Thursday’s flight marked SpaceX’s fourth national security space launch, it was the first to use a previously stolen first stage.

“In preparation for this first event, we have worked closely with SpaceX to understand the refurbishment processes and are confident this rocket is ready for its next flight,” Walter Lauderdale, deputy mission director for the company of launch of the Space and Missile Center. , told reporters before takeoff.

Space Force officials said the fourth, fifth and sixth GPS-3 satellites were covered by a single contract that ultimately reflected a savings of $ 64.5 million through the recovery and reuse of the first stage.

The Falcon 9 booster, completing its second flight, landed on a SpaceX drone parked downstream in the Atlantic Ocean. The view from a camera mounted on the rocket can be seen to the left, as well as a view from the deck of the droneship. This was SpaceX’s 66th successful recall recovery at sea and the 88th overall.

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With the first stage safe on the droneship, the second stage of the Falcon 9 continued to climb into orbit. A second engine running an hour later completed the ascent, paving the way for the deployment of the fifth GPS-3 satellite an hour and a half after takeoff. The new satellite will replace an earlier model launched in 2004.

Lockheed Martin is building 10 GPS-3 satellites for the Space Force and is under contract to build 22 advanced GPS-3 navigation beacons to modernize the entire constellation with state-of-the-art components.

The GPS system is based on the synchronization signals of ultra-precise atomic clocks. With more than two dozen operational GPS satellites in multiple orbital planes, at least four are above the horizon anywhere on Earth. The synchronization and position signals from the satellites allow receivers to calculate the position, altitude and speed of a user.

GPS receivers are embedded in an ever-growing number of devices, including smartphones, cars, trucks, airplanes, ships at sea, and weapon systems deployed by the military.

Artist’s impression of a GPS-3 satellite in orbit.

Lockheed Martin

“Today’s constellation of GPS satellites, with its oldest satellites launched in the late 1990s or early 2000s, continue to provide very valuable services,” said Tonya Ladwig, vice president of Lockheed Martin. “But it needs new technology and modernized capabilities to meet the challenges of the future.

“It’s not an upgrade,” she said of the GPS-3 family. “We have developed an entirely new satellite design. GPS-3 is now the most powerful and durable GPS satellite ever built. We offer three times the accuracy of existing satellites in the constellation and have eight times the anti-jamming capabilities.

The GPS-3 satellites also feature improved civilian signals, compatibility with other satellite navigation systems and enhanced search and rescue capabilities, as well as a more accurate and jam-proof military channel.

“GPS has grown to become a part of our critical national infrastructure,” Ladwig said. “Our financial markets, our transportation systems, our utilities, the ridesharing industry, and our agriculture and construction industries all depend on the accuracy of navigation and the timing of GPS.”

Over 4 billion users worldwide use the precise position and timing signals of GPS satellites to provide directions, tracking and many other services.

“In the United States alone, GPS is estimated to generate more than $ 300 billion in annual economic benefits,” Ladwig said. “This represents more than $ 1.4 trillion since its inception.”

Tony Vitello is really recruiting us all


In case you were wondering, yes, Tony Vitello take advantage of Omaha.

It was pretty clear during a College World Series photoshoot on Thursday, when the spirited Tennessee baseball coach hit an imaginary home run and celebrated with a bump to his chest before wearing the famous “Daddy” hat from Flights. Tournament social media folks grabbed this gem if you missed it.

Shortly after, on a Zoom call with reporters, he marveled at his large hotel suite – “that condo they gave me.”

“They must have thought I was Peyton Manning himself or someone else. Like, you see my beautiful piece of art that I have right here, ”said Vitello, turning his screen to present a painting on the wall. “I hope you will be impressed by this.”

The best salespeople, you don’t even know they’re selling you anything. You are too busy enjoying the conversation and the company.

Such a personality is a rare gift that few have.

But Vitello does.

It also doesn’t take long to notice it, to understand why he was considered one of the best recruiters in the country when Tennessee hired him in 2017. He was brought to Knoxville to do exactly what he has – inspire a lifeless program that hadn’t gained much in about a decade.

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In only its third full season, Vitello has Tennessee back to Omaha for the first time since 2005. These Flights aren’t just for fun. They are serious contenders. They’ve won 50 games and earned a national No.3 seed, one more spot than defending champion Vanderbilt, who will be on the other side of the fork.

“When we played them,” Commodores coach Tim Corbin said this Flight Week: “I think I mentioned to (my) coaches how ‘it’s going to end up being an Omaha team.’ You might just feel it. They were very aggressive, tenacious. … They deserve to be there. They are good.”

Vitello has heard the praise from Corbin. He said it meant a lot to him. He also said: “I would have liked him to come and tell me that on Sunday (after the game). Maybe I would have been in a better mood because we lost this series.

Just a perfect answer. Polished. Respectful. And yet, making a subtle point: Kind words are appreciated, of course, especially from a hugely respected coaching peer. But Corbin is a pair. Mighty Vanderbilt or not, Tennessee intended to win this series and were angry when they didn’t and would approach a rematch in Omaha the same way.

You know what I mean?

Can you believe the Vols hardly hired this guy?

Former athletic director John Currie deserves credit for hiring Vitello, an Arkansas assistant and former Missouri player who had never been a college head coach.

But he would deserve more credit if Vitello had really been his first choice. Weird now to note that South Alabama coach Mark Calvi told AL.com at the time that he had been offered and refused the position in Tennessee: “I don’t jump on anything.


But it was fair. It showed how bad Tennessee baseball was just a few years ago.

Vitello jumped at the chance, however. In Currie’s defense, there was only one reason to think Vitello would fare better in Knoxville than his predecessors Todd Raleigh and Dave Serrano – and it was because of the recruiter’s strength that he was meant to be.

It’s easy to assume that what has happened since has been all about recruiting and talent on the pitch. Vitello himself said on Thursday he would have expected that too up front. But looking back, “I don’t know it’s been the # 1 thing for us. I think it’s the people who work around our players.

He means Tennessee staff members, including some he inherited.

“It kind of became our niche,” Vitello told me. “I hate trying to recruit you, but it’s a people-driven program. As the facility improves, maybe our tradition grows stronger. If we can continue to be successful, these will be things or flags that we can hoist high.

“But right now, I think the flag that we carry the highest and that is the most crucial is just the people thing, the relationship agreement.”

He’s really recruiting us all, you know – you, me, his players, Vol Nation, everyone. And so far you have to say Tony Vitello is doing a great job.

Impressed ? How not to be ?

Better yet … Not having fun?

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Sotheby’s to auction WWW source code as NFT


The auction house continues its foray into the world of digital assets with its upcoming standalone auction, “This Changed Everything”.

Sotheby’s to auction World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee Original time-stamped source code files, signed by him, as a non-fungible token (NFT), he announced this week.

This is the auction house’s first digital artifact to be auctioned, and it’s offered directly by Lee, who will use his proceeds to benefit causes supported by the MIT professor and his wife, Sotheby’s said. . The sale will open June 23-30, with auctions starting at $ 1,000. Sotheby’s has not designated an estimate for the lot.

Ultimate digital artifact

The source code, written in the Objective C programming language, has been open source since 1993, two years after it went live, but Sotheby’s said the auction was a chance for collectors to “own the ultimate artefact born. digitally ”.

“Until very recently, selling a digitally born artifact was not an option, but the advent of NFT has now made it possible, allowing the buyer to prove that the files offered here are the original manuscript. born digital for the greatest and most important invention of modern times, ”Sotheby’s said in the auction catalog.

The future of art

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are strings of code linked to a digital file living on the blockchain, which verify authenticity and ownership. Many collectors believe this is how digital art will be collected and marketed in the future.

The digital asset class recently went mainstream with the sale for $ 69 million of a digital collage by artist Beeple, auctioned by Christie’s to a Singapore-based collector, who paid for the work in ether.

Sotheby’s followed with its first NFT sale, which grossed $ 17.1 million from 28 digital artworks by crypto artist Pak. The auction house has also recently started accepting ethereum and bitcoin as a means of payment for physical work.

Source code used to create the World Wide Web is auctioned


In 1989, British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee changed the whole world with the invention of the World Wide Web. Today, years later, Sotheby’s announced that it would auction the World Wide Web source code as a non-fungible token (NFT) in what will be Sotheby’s first digital artifact to be auctioned.

Related: You Can Now Be the First Person to Own a Gucci NFT

The NFT will be set up in a standalone online auction this month from June 23-30 and will be titled, It changed everything.

The tender will start at $ 1,000 and will contain four elements. It will contain the original time-stamped files containing the source code, animated visualizations of the code, a digital poster created using the original Python files of the code, and a letter from Lee as he reflects on his work.

The money earned will benefit the initiatives that Sir Tim and Lady Berners-Lee support.

Related: Jackson Aw, Founder of Mighty Jaxx, on NFTs and Limited Edition Collectibles

“Three decades ago I created something which, with the subsequent help of many collaborators around the world, has been a powerful tool for humanity. For me, the best thing about the web has been the spirit of collaboration. Although I do not make predictions about the future, I sincerely hope that its use, knowledge and potential will remain open and available for all of us to continue to innovate, create and initiate the next technological transformation, which we cannot. not yet imagine. NFTs, whether works of art or a digital artifact like this, are the latest playful creations in this field and the most suitable means of ownership there is. They are the perfect way to pack the origins behind the web, ”said Lee.

Fraudulent ‘Student Loan Relief’ calls plague borrowers


Suppose your phone rings and the caller tells you about the Biden Student Loan Relief program, which can help you lower your monthly payments or even forgive your student loan debt. You just need to answer a few questions first.

Sounds good, right? There is only one problem: the “Biden Student Loan Relief” program does not exist.

It’s the story dozens of borrowers who shared their experiences with these scam calls on online forums, like Reddit, in the hope of getting some helpful advice.

Student debt relief scams are nothing new. In fact, consumer advocates say they were actually down thanks to a operation 2017 launched by the Federal Trade Commission, which filed suit against 36 companies that had collected more than $95 million in illegal fees.

So why are they increasing again?

Bonnie Latreille, director of research and advocacy at the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC), says the scammers’ business model is designed to exploit financial vulnerability.

“If you target people who desperately need help, they will do anything, including give you all their information,” Latreille says. “With the pandemic, there has been unprecedented unemployment, people are struggling. So the scammers see it as an opportunity to jump in,” she adds.

Moreover, all the current talk of student debt forgiveness proposals allows scammers to take advantage of consumer confusion.

Here’s what you need to know about student debt relief scams and what to do if you fall for them.

Four common tactics used by scammers

Scammers can be sneaky, but luckily for us, they have habits too. Look for these behaviors to spot a student debt relief scam before you provide too much personal information.

The caller creates a sense of urgency

Betsy Mayotte, president and founder of The Institute of Student Loan Advisors (TISLA), says that while scam scripts can vary, one thing they all have in common is that they try to rush borrowers into sign up for their services.

“They use talking points to create a sense of urgency, like it’s on a ‘first come, first served’ basis,” Mayotte explains. The tactic puts pressure on borrowers to act quickly and also prevents them from seeking the company’s services.

Here is an example of a voicemail left by one of the scammers to a Reddit user:

“We tried to reach you because you qualify for the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program due to changes in 2020. It is imperative that I speak to you as soon as possible as the late student loan payment is on the point of coming to an end…”

In this case, the scammer uses phrases such as “imperative” and “as soon as possible”, in addition to referring to the current suspension of federal student loan payments, as a way to induce the borrower to act quickly and don’t miss this “opportunity”. ”

The caller promises to help you reduce your payments or get your loan balance forgiven for a ‘fee’

Although there are legit options that can help you lower your monthly paymentsthese are only accessible through your federal student loan officer, one of nine companies that the government pays to manage the federal student loan portfolio. The same goes for the student loan forgiveness.

So, if someone other than your repairer calls you to offer you lower monthly payments or a forgiveness, Mayotte advises you to hang up the phone. “If they’re offering this to you upfront, without knowing more about your situation, it’s absolutely a scam,” she adds.

If you’re having trouble making payments, you can always contact your servicer directly to see if you qualify for an income-based reimbursement plan to make your bill more manageable. Latreille of SBPC says that under these plans, your monthly payments could be as low as $0, depending on your situation.

Another way to quickly spot a scammer is to ask for money in exchange for these services.

Loan servicers “are there to help you for free,” Latreille says. “It’s never a company that says, ‘Pay us $49 a month to help,’ or whatever amount they offer.”

In other words, your student loan officer will never charge you for applying for an income-based repayment plan or student loan forgiveness program.

The caller asks for your credentials

If a company asks for your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID or password, that’s a huge red flag.

“No repairman will ever ask you that. The Ministry of Education will never ask you that,” says Mayotte.

Why? Because your service agent and the Department of Education do not need this information to access your account.

Scammers usually ask for this information to log in to your account and change your details, so the repairman cannot contact you to let you know about any issues. They may also use this information to impersonate you and suspend your loans.

During this time, you think you are making your reduced monthly payment, but in reality the company is taking all the money and nothing is going towards your student debt. “Then the loan is delinquent and they end up defaulting, and the borrower doesn’t realize that until their wages start being garnished,” Mayotte says.

The caller invites you to sign a document to act on your behalf

Some of these fake companies will ask you to sign a document authorizing them to renegotiate your student loan repayments.

They’ll even use phrases like “we take care of everything, so you don’t have to contact your repairman” to trick you into thinking it’s done for your convenience. But in reality, what you are signing is a power of attorney, giving them the right to act on your behalf, legally.

Once they have this document, they can do anything from changing your account details to consolidating your loans to forbearance. And, in the worst case scenario, they can use this power of attorney to gain access to your bank account or other sensitive information.

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Tips to Protect Yourself Against a Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

If you get a call from someone offering some sort of relief program that you haven’t applied for, Latreille says the best thing to do is hang up. But if you have any doubts, she recommends asking if you can call them back before giving them information. This will give you the opportunity to research the company’s name and phone number to make sure it’s legitimate.

Mayotte also says to never share your FSA information with anyone, as the PIN can be used not only to change your information, but also to change your reimbursement plan without your knowledge.

If the company contacts you by email, be sure to check their website or company logo.

“Often they use logos that are remarkably similar to a legitimate student loan service to confuse borrowers,” Mayotte says. “I’ve seen logos for these companies that look a lot like the Ministry of Education logo,” she adds.

Finally, be careful where and with whom you share your personal and credit information.

Student loan calculator websites with poor encryption are access points for scammers to gather the information they need to design their scam, including your name, email address, phone number – and even the student loan balance. If you want to calculate your monthly payments, you can always do so by consulting the Federal Student Aid website.

If you’re applying for a credit product, make sure it’s from a company that’s been around for a long time or has a solid reputation, so your information doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

A few years ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a complaint against Monster Loans, a California-based mortgage lender. The lawsuit said the company used information from its customers’ credit reports to run a student debt relief scam, affecting more than seven million borrowers. The case is still pending resolution.

What to do if you think you’ve been the victim of a student loan repayment scam

The first thing you should do if you think you’ve fallen victim to one of these scams is to contact your bank or credit card company to stop any payments to that company. Latreille also says to keep an eye on your credit report to see if there’s any unusual activity. If so, contact the places where these transactions took place to dispute them immediately, so as not to damage your credit.

Then the next step is to contact your federal student loan officer to explain what happened, as they usually have procedures in place to help borrowers in these situations.

“A lot of people feel ashamed or embarrassed,” says Mayotte. “They don’t want to point it out because they feel like it makes them feel like they weren’t that smart, and that’s not the case at all.”

If you have signed a power of attorney, be sure to notify your service agent, bank, and credit card company, so they can have it revoked immediately.

Once you’ve done all of this, you should also report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission, the CFPB, or your district attorney, so they can look into it and hopefully stop this company from getting involved. scam other consumers.

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