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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before Joe Biden becomes president, incoming first lady Jill Biden is taking a step toward fulfilling a campaign promise to revive a support program for military families that she once led with former first lady Michelle Obama. Jill Biden on Thursday was naming an executive director of that program, known as Joining Forces. Rory Brosius, 37, is on the president-elect’s transition team and was a senior adviser to Jill Biden during the campaign. Brosius previously was deputy director of Joining Forces. “Military families still needed support,” Brosius told The Associated Press in a telephone interview before she was to join Jill Biden for a virtual listening session with organizations that support military families. “We’ll be spending the next few months listening and learning,” said Brosius, the wife of a Marine Corps veteran. The community supported by Joining Forces “is the community that I’m part of.” Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden, as the wife of then-Vice President Joe Biden, launched Joining Forces in 2011 to encourage members of the public and the private...
    The campaigns for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Party of Georgia, announced Monday that they have coordinated a leadership team that will direct the multimillion dollar runoff coordinated campaign and outlined some of the key voter targeting and outreach programs already underway. Democrats announced the following leaders: Jonae Wartel is the Georgia Runoff Director. Jonae Wartel serves as the Georgia Runoff Director. In her roles at More than a Vote and STG she works to support national programming and client work, engaging key constituencies and advocacy areas. Originally from Marietta, she first began her work in Georgia more than a decade ago working with local candidates. In her role as Southern Regional Director for the Democratic National Committee, serving 13 southern states with a multi-million dollar investment, she returned to the state to run the Early Vote program for  Stacey Abrams 2018 Gubernatorial race. Most recently she served as Chief Program Officer at Organizing Corps 2020, an initiative focused on training 1000 organizers...
    The work, awarded with the first prize, is entitled ‘Who has seeds has a treasure’. It was published on July 16, 2020 and describes some initiatives that are being developed “to avoid losing the work carried out over the generations to select the varieties of horticultural species best adapted to each territory.” He qualifies them as “guardians of the diversity of our crops”. Victoria González, the author, is a biologist from the Complutense University of Madrid and a doctorate in Ecology from the University of Córdoba, and has a Master’s degree in Journalism and Communication of Science, Technology and the Environment from the University of Carlos III. The second prize went to the oldest environmental information program on Spanish radio, ‘Reserva Natural’, and specifically to its director, Josefina Maestre, for the program entitled ‘A garden to make revolution’, which was broadcast on 20 November last year. The jury of this second edition of the EIT Food Journalism Award has been formed Begoña Pérez-Villarreal, general director for Southern Europe of EIT Food; Victoria Moreno, deputy vice...
    David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Program, a United Nations branch, said billions of dollars are needed to fight off “famines of biblical proportions in 2021,” according to The Associated Press. The World Food Program received the Nobel Peace Prize last month in recognition of its efforts to fight the surge in food insecurity unleashed by the coronavirus crisis. Beasley said that it was particularly valuable for his organization to receive the award amid a cascade of distractions, including the U.S. election.
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the total number of positive COVID-19 cases within the Badgers’ football program has increased to 22. Alvarez told ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday that 12 football players and 10 staffers have tested positive. “We’re still having additions in our cases, and that’s something we’ve got to get our arms around and control it,” Alvarez said. The ninth-ranked Badgers (1-0) had been scheduled to play at Nebraska (0-1) on Saturday, but Wisconsin officials announced Wednesday they were calling off that game and pausing team activities for a week due to a coronavirus outbreak within the program. The Wisconsin-Nebraska game won't be rescheduled. Wisconsin announced Wednesday that six players and six staffers – including head coach Paul Chryst – had tested positive since Oct. 24, the day after its season-opening 45-7 victory over Illinois. School officials updated that number Thursday by saying two more staffers and one additional player had tested positive. The Thursday update indicated the program had a total of 16 active cases, and that 15 of them had come...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the total number of positive COVID-19 cases within the Badgers’ football program has increased to 22. Alvarez told ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday that 12 football players and 10 staffers have tested positive. “We’re still having additions in our cases, and that’s something we’ve got to get our arms around and control it,” Alvarez said. The ninth-ranked Badgers (1-0) had been scheduled to play at Nebraska (0-1) on Saturday, but Wisconsin officials announced Wednesday they were calling off that game and pausing team activities for a week due to a coronavirus outbreak within the program. The Wisconsin-Nebraska game won’t be rescheduled. Wisconsin announced Wednesday that six players and six staffers – including head coach Paul Chryst – had tested positive since Oct. 24, the day after its season-opening 45-7 victory over Illinois. School officials updated that number Thursday by saying two more staffers and one additional player had tested positive. The Thursday update indicated the program had a total of 16 active cases, and that 15 of...
    Longmont will soon allow medical marijuana delivery by approved dispensaries, and they don't even have to be located there. Approved unanimously by the Longmont City Council on October 13, the new ordinance allows medical dispensaries to start delivering within the town starting on October 26. But it may take longer before patients will actually see medication being dropped off at their doors. While marijuana stores don't need to be located within Longmont city limits to qualify for this new program, they must be licensed for delivery by the state Marijuana Enforcement Division as well as the City of Longmont. Although there are several medical dispensaries located nearby in unincorporated Boulder County, there is only one licensed medical dispensary, Twin Peaks, in Longmont. Neither Twin Peaks nor those other Boulder County dispensaries have their MED permits yet.Related Stories Debate Over Future of Denver Marijuana Licensing Continues Colorado Towns Considering New Marijuana Businesses Aurora Slowly Opening Up to Marijuana Delivery Marijuana Deals Near YouTwin Peaks co-owner Rita Tsalyuk says that she'll apply for state and local delivery licenses "very soon, within a week or so." Meanwhile, Native...
    In its more than 100 years of watchmaking, Rolex has supported almost every form of art, with philanthropic programs in architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theater and the visual arts. But the most forward-thinking of them all may be the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Since its inception in 2002, the program has paired 54 A-list artists with up-and-comers from around the globe. Each mentor selects an outstanding young artist to advise over the course of two years. Rolex asks that the teams directly engage for at least six weeks, although they often spend more time together. This may involve gaining access to the master at work, seeking guidance for a new project, or even collaborating on a new work. The brand provides financial support to both the mentors and the protégés, who, at the conclusion of the mentorship, can also apply for a grant to fund the creation of a new piece of work or performance. This year’s mentor list (announced in February in Cape Town, South Africa) is full of creative masters: Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carrie...
    Last month, the Denver Film Festival announced that its 43rd edition would unspool virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, there are a trio of exceptions. During the October 22 to November 8 event, DFF will screen three high-profile flicks using a drive-in format at Red Rocks that was pioneered over the summer for the 2020 Film on the Rocks program. The flicks include Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, the Winston Duke-Zazie Beetz vehicle Nine Days, and Ammonite, a period romance headlined by Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Denver Film Festival director Britta Erickson says the idea of including in-person screenings as part of this year's offerings was cemented by the success of the Film on the Rocks experiment. "There's no beating the environment of Red Rocks and the way we had such a huge screen up there with our LED system," she allows. "They were pretty evenings."Related Stories Denver Film Festival Closes Out on a Winning Note Previewing the Denver Film Festival's Biggest Opening Night Ever Inside the Denver Film Festival's Salute to the Late Brit Withey Marijuana...
    The United Nations World Food Program is the winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for combating world hunger and its efforts "to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict." Last year, the program provided assistance to close to one million people across 88 countries. David Beasley, executive director of the U.N. agency and former governor of South Carolina, told CBSN on Friday that the recognition is an "honor and a blessing," especially "in a time like this." According to Beasley, the number of people on the brink of starvation — not people going to bed hungry — jumped from 135 million people to 270 million people during the coronavirus pandemic.  "With all the wealth we have in the world today, we have a cure for starvation, we have a cure for famine, we have a cure and it's called food. But we need the money," Beasley said. "Our people are dedicated to doing this job and getting it out there and saving lives." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The Nobel Peace Prize comes...
    What would an official safe-camping site look like in Denver? That's what the proponents of the Safe Outdoor Spaces program would like to show you. "I think people don’t understand what we’re proposing. A lot of people think that we would sanction camping like it currently exists. What we’re trying to do is show how this is different," says Cole Chandler, director of the Colorado Village Collaborative, one of the organizations pushing the plan to put several small camping sites, with services, around Denver. But so far, two proposed locations for such sites — in the parking lot of the Denver Coliseum and by the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library — were shot down after neighbors objected. So this weekend, Coleman and other program supporters have set up a model of a safe-camping site in the parking lot of the Belong Church at 1615 Ogden Street, so that people can see what they're proposing. You can visit the site today, October 4, from noon to 4 p.m. And in the meantime, here are just some of the comments posted...
    UPDATE: The recently-hired director of a before- and after-school program in Saddle Brook exchanged nude images with a victim under 16 and had conversations on social media with several juveniles that "included sexually explicit dialogue," Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Friday. Jack T. Anderson, 25, of Fair Lawn, also met with one of the minors at least three separate times, the prosecutor said. Anderson has worked extensively with youngsters the past several years in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts, records show. Musella asked that any parent or guardian who determines that their child received inappropriate communications from the online screen names “wrestler94” or “jtanderson94” immediately contact his office's tip line at (201) 226-5532. Anderson remained held Friday in the Bergen County Jail, awaiting a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack. The Fair Lawn High School graduate is charged with: Producing child pornography; Luring, enticing a child; Sharing obscene material with a minor; Child endangerment through sexual conduct. Anderson became a director with KinderCare Education at Work, the parent company of the Champions program, in August,...
    The recently-hired director of a before- and after-school program in Saddle Brook was jailed on child sex charges, Daily Voice has learned. Jack T. Anderson, 25, of Fair Lawn, remained held Friday in the Bergen County Jail while awaiting a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack. He is charged with: Endangerment by recording a child in a sex act; Luring, enticing a child; Sharing obscene material with a minor; Child endangerment through sexual conduct. Anderson became a director with KinderCare Education at Work, the parent company of the Champions program, in August, records show. While not identifying him by name, Saddle Brook Schools Supt. Danielle M. Shanley informed parents that "a Champions employee was arrested [Thursday] and an investigation is ongoing." "At this time, none of the allegations involve Saddle Brook students," the superintendent wrote in a message. "We are cooperating with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office and will provide additional information to the community as we are permitted to do so," the message says. "We assure you that the individual will not be returning...
    While proponents of an official safe-camping site haven't yet been able to set up camp in the city, they want to show Denver residents what such a spot would look like. "I think people don’t understand what we’re proposing. A lot of people think that we would sanction camping like it currently exists. What we’re trying to do is show how this is different," says Cole Chandler, director of the Colorado Village Collaborative, one of the organizations working on the Safe Outdoor Spaces program that proposes to establish safe-camping sites in Denver. This weekend, Chandler and others pushing the initiative will host an open house at a safe-camping site model in the parking lot of the Belong Church at East 16th Avenue and Ogden Street.Related Stories Five Points Safe Camping Site Option Faces Neighborhood Opposition Homeless Camps in Central Denver Are Growing, but Nothing New Homelessness Crosses Borders: It's a Challenge for Metro Denver "It’s going to be a small site," Chandler explains. "Just four tents. We're setting it up to show what the spacing would look like and...
    CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) – As part of National Recovery Month, First Lady Melania Trump visited Concord Hospital in New Hampshire on Thursday to highlight one of the facility’s treatment programs for infants. Trump visited Concord Hospital to spotlight their treatment program for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which occurs when there are complications with a newborn who was exposed to opioids while in the womb. In honor of #RecoveryMonth, I will visit New Hampshire today with @ONDCP Director Carroll to highlight a local hospitals treatment program for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). #BeBest — Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 17, 2020 Trump’s visit was also part of her “Be Best” initiative which, according to the White House, concentrates on “three main pillars: well-being, online safety and opioid abuse.” Trump and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll are also holding a roundtable discussion on Thursday about the treatment program at the hospital.
    LINCOLN PARK — Green City Market’s executive director, who led the farmers market in launching an online delivery service when the pandemic began, will leave her role when the market’s summer season ends. Melissa Flynn, who has led the popular farmers market since 2015, created the Green City Market Edible Education program, which teaches cooking and gardening skills to students in Chicago. The program will continue through the pandemic with at-home recipes and activities instead of classroom lessons. Flynn also helped launch the market’s donor-funded Link-matching program, which doubles the purchasing power of people experiencing food insecurity. Flynn is leaving Green City Market after Oct. 31 to pursue new opportunities in urban agriculture and youth education. Mandy Moody, development director of Green City Market, will become the interim executive director while a national search to fill the vacancy is conducted.Provided Mandy Moody, who’s been director of development at the market for 14 months, will take over as interim executive director while a national search for a leader is underway. “We’re ending [Flynn’s] time with the market similar to what she’s...
    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico retaliated against the director of Africana Studies for demanding that his program be elevated to a department and later removed him when the program got state funding for the change, according to a whistleblower lawsuit. Attorney for Charles Becknell Jr. filed the whistleblower lawsuit in state district court last month allwging the school retaliated against him and failed to adequately investigate a series of racist and threatening emails he received. Becknell sought to elevate Africana Studies from a program to a department that would grant undergraduate and graduate degrees after Chicano Studies and Native American Studies had achieved department status, the lawsuit said. But a dean told Becknell that the University of New Mexico was focused on elevating Chicano Studies to a department and an upgrade of Africana Studies wasn’t in the immediate plans, the lawsuit claims. After Africana Studies got state funding to become a department, Becknell was told it needed a tenure-track professor to lead the new program and Becknell was removed. The...
    NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (WABC) -- The launch of the PROUD Gender Center of New Jersey, the first of its kind in the state, will offer a broad range of services designed to meet the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ community.The groundbreaking partnership established between the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, will combine resources to provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary approaches all in one central location in New Brunswick, New Jersey."This is a place where people can be who they want to be without hesitation or being afraid that they will be discriminated against or ostracized by the healthcare providers," said Jackie Baras, LGBT Program Director and LGBT Health Navigator for RWJUH.The Center will feature specialists in transgender health who will provide services like hormonal therapy and surgical procedures to support the transition of transgender patients."The PROUD Gender Center does not look at the patient as a diagnosis and that is one of the biggest problems that many in this population have encountered; rather we look at the entire individual, their culture and...
    Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court thwarted President Trump’s administration’s efforts to enforce the law and remove those that entered the country illegally, a crime per Title 8 U.S.C. § 1325, or overstayed their visas in its ruling in Department of Homeland Security, et al v. Regents of the University of California, et al. Spin it any way you want, that is exactly what happened. Fortunately, however, the Court also left a trail of breadcrumbs that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf should be able to follow to put this issue to bed quickly once and for all. I was in the room in 2012 when then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and her staff came up with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). I was vocal then that it was a huge mistake and it would result in many family units coming to the U.S. illegally so they can be the next DACA population. I was called a fear monger with no evidence. Over the next four years, hundreds of thousands of families and children streamed across the...
    The U.S. National Institutes of Healths director said on Thursday that he was optimistic that the Trump administration’s vaccine-acceleration program, Operation Warp Speed, will generate a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 by year end and can meet a target of making 300 million doses by early 2021. "Thats really a stretch goal, but its the right goal for the American people," Dr. Francis Collins said at a hearing held by a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations to discuss the program. Dr. Gary Disbrow, acting director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), said that the U.S. government was trying to negotiate the lowest possible price for a vaccine. Still, he said that the country would likely have to pay more for any vaccine not developed with government funding. BARDA has provided funds for three vaccine candidates being developed under Operation Warp Speed by Moderna Inc, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca Plc. NIHs Collins also said in his testimony that the United States is targeting having 1 million rapid, on-site tests per day some time around...
    DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The last four years have been some of the most successful for the University of North Texas athletics department. The Mean Green have combined for the highest winning percentage in all sports in forty years. UNT student athletes have wrapped up four consecutive years of academic success. This has resulted in the Mean Green bringing in the green. The North Texas athletic department had its best four years of fundraising ever. It’s no coincidence that those results coincide with the day — July 29, 2016 — that Wren Baker arrived on campus as the UNT director of athletics. Baker is still a month shy of celebrating his fourth anniversary at UNT. But, this is no time for celebrations. Across the country, athletic departments are trying to figure out safe ways to bring back student athletes to campus in the wake of the coronavirus. North Texas had three football players test positive for the virus during the first phase of bringing back student athletes on campus for voluntary training. Equally as important to Baker is leading the...
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