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HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel introduces Casey Brown

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns for an all-new episode on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.        

Casey Brown is not your typical world-class athlete. Growing up with her family completely isolated from the outside world in the New Zealand bush, Casey followed in her older brother Sam’s footsteps, becoming a professional mountain biker. While developing into one of the most accomplished bikers in the world, and pushing for opportunities for female riders, Casey’s had to cope with heartbreaking tragedy.

Correspondent Andrea Kremer reports. Producer: Jake Rosenwasser.

Börni – Overdose

Double platinum winning Swiss artist Börni is back with her third single this year called “Overdose.” After releasing the power singles “I’m Alive” and “Ghost,” Börni’s third single “Overdose” will now be released on September 23, 2022.

It is interesting that we always want what is no longer good for us in an overdose. Börni sings in the song “Overdose” about how she would be better off not giving in to what she wants. The song is about a relationship. But Börni clearly says that you have to consciously find the right measure in everything you do and want in order to be happy. For the music video, which will be released in October 2022, she got a Swiss choreographer and TikTok star in the lead role. Get your own dose of this synth-pop tune this Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II of England dies at the age of 96

On Thursday, September 8, Queen Elizabeth II died at 96, while under the supervision of doctors at Balmoral (1926-2022). According to Buckingham Palace, he will assume the sovereign title of King Charles III, and his wife, Camilla, will be known as Queen Consort.

In England, all the alarms have been raised by the state of health of Queen Elizabeth II. Buckingham Palace has released a statement in which it ensures that the doctors who treat the 96-year-old sovereign have been seen this Thursday (September 8) “concerned” about her state of health and have recommended that she remain under supervision medical.

The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The monarch passed away this Thursday, September 8, at her summer residence at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, sheltered by her entire family close to her. Her son Prince Charles succeeds her as the king of England. The British heir, 73, assumes the throne under the name of Carlos III after the death of his mother. All flags in the UK will be flown halfway through the ten days of national mourning leading up to the funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for 70 years, breaking all her records and celebrating her Platinum Jubilee last February.

UPDATE

  • Historic farewell to Queen Elizabeth II: Sep 19, 2022

The British capital is fully shielded by the presence of up to 500 heads of state and government. The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is being transferred to the state arms carriage, which waits outside the north door of the building. It will be a short route to the abbey, crossing Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.

The United Kingdom says goodbye to Elizabeth II with a funeral that will go down in history. The British country will wake up tomorrow, September 20, in a new era after today ending the national mourning for the death of the monarch with a solemn state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, followed by her burial at Windsor.

  • Kings and presidents: half the world attends the funeral of Elizabeth II in London: Sep 18, 2022

The impact, success, and transcendence of Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for more than seven decades, is evidenced in the list of attendees at a funeral as was not seen in London. Hundreds of world leaders and monarchs will attend the monarch’s state funeral in London on Monday, September 19, which will be one of the largest diplomatic meetings in decades and will have Westminster Abbey as its epicenter. Although there is no “official” list of guests, invitations have been sent to those countries with which the United Kingdom has diplomatic relations to pay their respects to Elizabeth II.

  • The eight grandchildren of Elizabeth II watch over her coffin in Westminster Hall: Sep 17, 2022

The eight grandchildren of Elizabeth II, led by Prince William and his brother Harry, watched over the remains of their grandmother for 15 minutes this Saturday in the burning chapel installed in the Palace of Westminster. Additionally, King Charles III and Prince William paid a surprise visit to the long queue of people patiently waiting to pass the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II. They shook hands and said thanks in the mile-long queue near Lambeth Bridge.

  • Access to the queue for the burning chapel is temporarily closed: Sep 16, 2022

The British Government has announced that for the next six hours no one will be able to queue to enter the funeral chapel of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster after it has reached almost 8 kilometers. With waiting times estimated at about 14 hours, the authorities had already warned of this probability due to the saturation in Southwark Park. The Government has encouraged citizens not to try to join the queue until its reopening is formally notified.

  • The queue to fire the monarch exceeds five kilometers: Sep 15, 2022

Endless queue throughout the night to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II in London. Thousands of people serenely wait their turn to enter the Palace of Westminster and pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. The queue exceeds five kilometers and it is expected that over the days it will reach up to eight. The body of Elizabeth II arrived at Westminster after a funeral procession from Buckingham Palace. The funeral chapel has been open to the public for more than twelve hours and will remain open until 6:30 a.m. on Monday, September 19, hours before the state funeral begins, which will be attended by numerous leaders from around the world.

The big surprise among the guest list is the presence of Olena Zelenska, the wife of the President of Ukraine. She will attend the monarch’s funeral.

  • 30-hour queues to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster: Sep 14, 2022

The remains of the monarch rest in Buckingham Palace (London), where they arrive around nine o’clock at night on Monday, September 13. There, they are being veiled in privacy. In the afternoon today, the coffin will be transferred to the Palace of Westminster where the funeral chapel will be installed so that the British people and tourists can pay their respects, just as they did in Edinburgh. People who attend will have to stand in line for up to 30 hours to say goodbye to their queen.

The cathedral of St. Giles, in Edinburgh, covers at this time a religious service in memory of the monarch. Her mortal remains have arrived there in a retinue that has slowly crossed the center of the Scottish and her children have led on foot: King Charles III, Anne, Andrew, and Edward.

Although thousands of people have already left their messages and flowers since last Thursday, September 8, at the residences of the Royal Family, this afternoon, September 12, the funeral chapel of Elizabeth II opens to the public.

  • How much do you have to pay to visit the grave of Queen Elizabeth II?

Windsor Castle, which was the final scene of the state funeral and burial of the monarch, is scheduled to reopen to the public on Thursday, September 29. A territory that will become practically a pilgrimage place for all who want to see the grave of Elizabeth II. In this way, the price to visit it will be 26.50 pounds.

Rapper Coolio, author of ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ dies at 59

Coolio, the Grammy-winning rapper whose biggest hit was ‘Gangstar’s Paradise‘, died on Wednesday, September 28 at the age of 59. The singer was visiting a friend in Los Angeles and went to the bathroom but did not come out, as reported by TMZ. When the friend went to check on Coolio, he found him unconscious on the ground, according to the aforementioned diary. The singer’s manager has said paramedics believe he died of cardiac arrest.

19 dead and 27 injured in an explosion at an institute in Kabul, Afghanistan

19 people have died and another 27 have been injured as a result of an explosion in an educational center in the Afghan city of Kabul, according to police sources. The victims attacked in the center of Kabul “were taking the entrance exam,” reports the Afghan Interior Ministry. “Attacks against civilian targets that demonstrate the brutality of the enemy are strongly condemned,” added the police spokesman.

Shakira is on trial again for alleged tax fraud, Spain

The judge of Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) who manages the controversial case of tax fraud that weighs on Shakira has issued the order for the opening of oral proceedings on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, which means that the Barcelona Court will date sooner the start of the hearings that, if resolved against her, could mean a sentence of eight years and two months in prison for the Colombian singer, in addition to the payment of a fine greater than 23 million euros.

Hurricane Ian causes a trail of destruction and “catastrophic flooding” as it passes through Florida

Hurricane Ian as it passes through Florida is leaving a path of historic flooding and destruction, the worst storms in years, say those who live there. Houses turned into submarines, roofs were torn off by the wind and even firefighters are suffering the devastating consequences of Hurricane Ian. “The storm surges, the winds, and the floods are catastrophic,” as said by the National Hurricane Center (CNH). After unloading its full force, it continues its progress through that state, albeit with less power.

UPDATE

  • 17 people die from the passage of Hurricane ‘Ian’ in Florida

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has announced that ‘Ian’ could be the “deadliest” hurricane in the history of the state of Florida, which has already been declared and recognized as a catastrophic area.

The Nord Stream gas leak is causing an environmental disaster in the Baltic Sea

The smoky pool of methane gas in the Baltic Sea, the result of alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, is threatening to trigger an environmental disaster, as environmental organizations and scientific experts have already begun to warn.

Methane is considered a key chemical and emitter of greenhouse gases, so the scientific community strives and works to make some kind of prediction about the effects of the triple leak in Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2.

Total blackout in Cuba due to hurricane ‘Ian’, which leaves two dead before heading towards Florida

After Hurricane Ian passed through Cuba, where it left several damages, two deaths, and the island in total darkness, it is now advancing towards the state of Florida. And she does it with more and more force. It could cause strong winds of up to 270 kilometers per hour and catastrophic flooding. Two and a half million people have been ordered to leave their homes. The time to get to safety is running out.

Ian has left two people dead in Cuba. In addition, the island has suffered a national blackout due to a breakdown in the electrical system due to Hurricane ‘Ian’ on the island, according to local authorities.

Actor Alec Baldwin could sit in the dock for the murder of Halyna Hutchins

The state of New Mexico (United States) intends to open proceedings to put American actor Alec Baldwin and three other people in the dock for the murder of Halyna Hutchins. For this, they have approved a budget item of 317.99 dollars so that the Prosecutor’s Office can present the charges.

During the filming of Rust, a firearm accident killed the director of photography and injured the film’s director, Joel Souza. After an investigation at the hands of the FBI, last August, it was shown that Alec Baldwin would have pulled the trigger against Halyna.

A plane runs off the runway with 159 passengers on board at Tocumen airport, Panama

Moments of fear and panic at the Tocumen International Airport, in Panama, after a plane (Boeing 737-800NG) with more than 150 passengers on board, left the runway amid the strong gusts of wind and rain that are shaking the country, driven by the displacement of Ian, a category 2 hurricane on its way to Florida and Cuba.

Karla Pardini, the tiktoker murdered near her home in Mexico: they called her and asked her to come out

Karla Pardini, a famous ‘tiktoker’ from Mexico, has been shot to death after receiving a phone call from a person who asked her to leave her house. The 21-year-old girl was ambushed near her residence in Culiacán on September 20. The Attorney General of the State of Sinaloa investigates and explores the crime. No one has been detained so far, according to reports.

Pardini was found dead at an intersection, at the intersection of Catédraticos and Ignacio López Rayón streets, in the Tierra Blanca neighborhood. Several testimonies claim to have seen a group of armed individuals wandering around the area before they killed the young woman.

The queue of almost 50 hours to leave Russia: the exodus by road of those who refuse to go to war

The military mobilization of the Russian population to fight in the war in Ukraine has caused border crossings to collapse. Faced with the impossibility of demonstrating due to the obstacles involved and the exhausted flights, more and more citizens are desperately trying to leave the country by road. Waiting for lines to leave Russian soil can reach around 50 hours.

Rihanna confirms her return to the stage: it will be in the Super Bowl

Rihanna will be the star of the halftime show of the next NFL Super Bowl, which will be held on February 12, 2023, in Glendale (Arizona, USA). The artist communicated this Sunday (September 25) on her Instagram account, where she has 135 million followers, an image without the text in which her hand appeared holding an NFL ball. Later, the league said in a statement that Rihanna will perform at the Super Bowl intermission.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has exceeded expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever,” said rapper Jay-Z, who produces the Super Bowl show for the NFL through his company Roc Nation.

Thirteen dead, seven of them children, and dozens injured in a shooting at a Russian school

A gunman has opened fire at a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk, according to the Russian government news agency TASS. The attacker would have killed 13 people, seven of them children, and injured several people. According to the Russian Interior Ministry, the shooter would have committed suicide. The police would have found the attacker dead when he entered the school.

UPDATE

  • A former student dressed in Nazi symbology, author of the Russian school shooting in which 17 people have died

The death toll in the armed attack has risen to 17, as confirmed by the authorities, who have deepened that among the fatalities there are 11 minors and six adults. In addition, there are 24 wounded, 22 of them minors.

Argentina: A teenager confesses by message to have murdered her 5-year-old brother: “Mom, I killed him”

A 13-year-old teenager has admitted to having murdered her brother, a 5-year-old boy, in the town of Arroyo Seco, Argentina. The events occurred last Monday, September 19, around eight in the afternoon, when the mother of the minors, Roxana, who went to study at school at night, received a message from her daughter: “Mom, I killed him”, the young woman wrote. Faced with the horrible message, the mother raised the alarm and asked the child’s father to go check what was happening.

”The Woman King” Sets Up For Huge Box Office Run After Insanely Strong Opening Weekend, US

“The Woman King” is generating the kind of buzz — and ticket sales — that the box office desperately needs. Packed with drama, story, and action, “The Woman King” about a regiment of female warriors grossed $19 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend, topping the $12 million Sony had forecast.

The film “opened at the high end of our expectations and appears poised for a very healthy movie run thanks to strong word of mouth,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. ”The Woman King” stars Viola Davis as a general who trains the next generation of warriors to fight against her enemies.

The trial of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp already has a movie. It premieres on September 30, 2022

The MarVista Entertainment studio has set to work this summer to bring this trial to the small screen, shooting against the clock to achieve a good result. And they have succeeded, because it already has an official release date for next September 30 of this year. The TV Movie will be titled Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial; and will focus on the defamation case between the two performers that ended with Amber Heard being sentenced to pay her ex-husband 10.4 million dollars in damages. And the road to it was anything but easy. Something that will surely hook those who did not follow the trial day by day.

Spain, European champion after beating France in the Eurobasket

Sergio Scariolo’s basketball team beat the French 88-76 and won the team’s fourth Eurobasket. The Spanish team won its fourth continental title this Sunday, September 18, in Berlin by defeating France in the Eurobasket final by a score of 88-76. Apart from being the fourth European gold medal, the Spanish team has six silver medals to its credit, which it won in 1935, 1973, 1983, 1999, 2003, and 2007. The last one was at the Eurobasket held in Spain, where the national team fell in the final against Russia.

Puerto Rico is devastated by Hurricane Fiona, tries to restore power

More than 3 million people were left without electricity in Puerto Rico and caused “catastrophic flooding” this Sunday, September 18, after passing through the destruction caused throughout the country. Landslides, fallen trees, collapsed structures, and blocked roads have left the passage of Hurricane Fiona, which caused a general blackout. The governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, has stated that the island’s authorities are gradually repairing the power supply.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico and has organized the release of federal resources for Emergency aid.

Controversy in Iran over the death of a 21-year-old girl detained by the Moral Police for wearing the wrong veil

This Saturday, September 17, the 21-year-old Mahsa Amini has been buried, she has died from the serious injuries suffered after being arrested last Tuesday by the Greater Tehran Morale Police, allegedly for not wearing the veil properly. The young woman was transferred to a hospital already in a coma the day of her arrest after “suffering a heart attack”, according to the police version, and she finally died on Friday due to the severity of her injuries.

Hundreds of people attended Amini’s funeral in her hometown, Aychi, in the Saghez region of Iran. Family members, friends, and neighbors as well as authorities from the Saghez region have been at the event. This case would have caused spontaneous protests on Friday, September 16. Pictures and videos have been posted on social networks of people chanting phrases such as “Death to the dictator!” at Tehran’s Kasri Hospital where Amini died.

Exhume the first corpses from mass graves in Izyum (Ukraine)

The Ukrainian authorities have reported that so far around 60 bodies have been exhumed from a mass grave found in the town of Izyum, located in the Kharkiv region, after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the area. The head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleg Sinegubov, informed through a message on his Telegram account of the progress in the exhumation work. “Police experts in the Kharkiv region have exhumed 59 bodies in Izium today.”

“The bodies of 16 men and 26 women, civilians, will be handed over for further analysis,” before saying that among the exhumed bodies there are 17 soldiers. “As experts point out, most show signs of a violent death, ” Sinegubov said.

Iran admitted to Shanghai Cooperation Organization

For Iran to be admitted to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, and the Secretary-General, Zhang Ming, signed the memorandum of commitment as a member of the association at the summit of the Organization Shanghai Cooperation Conference being held in Samarkand. “From now on we have entered a new phase in various economic, trade, transit, and energy cooperations,” Abdollahian mentioned.

Volodymyr Zelensky suffers a traffic accident in Kyiv

The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, was involved this Thursday, September 15, early in the morning in a traffic accident in Kyiv when he was returning from the city of Izium, although he was not injured. This has been communicated by the Ukrainian president’s spokesman, Sergei Nikiforov, who has circumstantiated in a statement on Facebook that a vehicle has crashed into the presidential escort.

French film director Jean-Luc Godard dies by assisted suicide in Switzerland

Jean-Luc Godard died “peacefully, at home” in Switzerland on September 13 at the age of 91, his relatives expressed through a statement and announced that there will be no official funeral and that he will be cremated.

Godard’s legal adviser, Patrick Jeanneret, told the AFP news agency that the filmmaker died by assisted suicide. He “turned to legal aid in Switzerland for a voluntary departure as he was affected by ‘multiple disabling illnesses,’ according to the medical report.” Assisted dying is legal in Switzerland under certain circumstances.

The future of Sweden, in the hands of the anti-immigration leader

The Social Democrats of Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden were the most voted in the Swedish legislative elections with 30.5% of the vote. In addition, Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the nationalist and anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) party, has become the second political force in the country with a historic 20.6% of the vote.

The rapper PnB Rock, was shot dead to rob him in Los Angeles

Mourning in the world of rap. Rapper PnB Rock has been shot to death while he was eating at a Los Angeles restaurant on Monday, September 12. The artist was interrupted by a man who approached the table at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles and asked for the jewelry he was wearing. Given his refusal, he shot him several times in front of his partner, who was eating with the rapper.

Emmy Awards 2022: ‘Succession’, ‘The White Lotus’ and ‘Ted Lasso’, The winners of the ceremony

The 74th edition of the 2022 Emmy Awards was held this past Monday, September 12, and the stars of the small screen wore their best clothes on a magical night, in which emotion and humor were not lacking either. The ceremony took place in Los Angeles, United States, and the big winner was ‘Succession‘, which with 25 nominations in the category of best drama series, took away from the South Korean ‘The Squid Game‘ the chance to become the first no -English-speaking production to win the prize. Plus, ‘Ted Lasso‘ won the best comedy series category for the second successive year, and ‘The White Lotus‘ won the best miniseries.

Additionally, Barack Obama won an Emmy Award for his narration on the Netflix documentary series Our Great National Parks.

Carlos Alcaraz is already the king of tennis: the youngest number one in history wins the US Open

Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest number one in history by winning the US Open. The Spanish tennis player won this Sunday, September 11, in four sets (6-4, 2-6, 7-6, and 6-3) against the Norwegian Casper Ruud in the final of the US Open, the last ‘Grand Slam’ of the season.

The victory that allows the Spaniard to lift his first ‘Grande’ and climb to number one in the ranking, being the youngest tennis player to achieve it in all of history at 19 years old.

Al Qaeda publishes a book with details about the planning of the 9/11 attacks against the Pentagon and the Twin Towers

Work of Abu Mohamed al Masri: The 250-page book would be the work of Abu Mohamed al Masri, a senior official of the terrorist and jihadist organization who died in 2020 in Iran. He relates that the attacks began to be prepared when they managed to settle in Afghanistan, in 1996, and that they wanted to drag the United States into a long war of attrition and ruin.

Click HERE for more information about the 9/11 attacks.

A person claims to have seen Melissa Highsmith, a woman who disappeared 51 years ago as a baby, United States

Melissa disappeared when she was just 21 months old. It is believed that a woman posing as a nanny took her away. 51 years later, a person claims to have seen her in Charleston, South Carolina (United States). In the third week of September, a person contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). He claimed and guaranteed to have seen Melissa Highsmith in Charleston.

Hell in Kharkov: a Russian attack on the thermal power plant leaves four regions of Ukraine without electricity

A Russian attack on the Kharkiv power plant has left several points in the center and east of the country without water and electricity. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Putin of causing a full payout when the Ukrainian military was making great strides.

So far in September, he would have reconquered 3,000 square kilometers from the Russian troops. The Ukrainian cities of Izium, Lyman, and Kupiansk are already in the hands of Kyiv.

Justin Bieber cancels the rest of his American tour due to health problems

Justin Bieber (28 years old, Canada) announced this Tuesday (August 6) that he will not continue with his Justice World Tour because he has returned to his health problems linked to Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which paralyzes part of his face. “Earlier this year, I made public my battle with the syndrome, for which my face was partially paralyzed,” the Canadian singer said on social networks, who said he must pause because his health is “a priority right now,” the artist says.

Justin Bieber postpones his US tour as he battles facial paralysis. The European tour, which starts in January, is still on.

Instagram receives a millionaire fine for the mismanagement of personal data of adolescents in Ireland

400 million dollars is the amount that the social media platform must pay. Facebook Ireland allowed users between the ages of 13 and 17 to open accounts on Instagram, with the posting of the underage user’s email address or phone numbers open to all users. In addition, Facebook Ireland operated a user registration system for the Instagram service whereby minors’ accounts were set to “public” by default, thereby also making adolescent content public, unless the account was set up differently and changed to “private”.

Liz Truss succeeds Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister

The United Kingdom already has a new British minister: Liz Truss will replace Boris Johnson after defeating Rishi Sunak in the conservative ‘primaries’. She also takes command of the country at a time marked by different crises: the economic one derived from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the internal crisis after the fall of her boss (Boris Johnson), and the political one, with the ravages of Brexit.

Multiple people were killed in stabbings in Saskatchewan, Canada

At least 15 wounded and 10 dead is the provisional balance of the attack carried out by two individuals in two towns in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The main indications suggest that some victims could have been attacked at random and that the two suspects are in hiding. The agents were looking last night (September 4) for those responsible for the attack, whose mobile phone number is unknown.

A major accident at an attraction in India leaves 16 injured

A serious accident at an attraction in Mohali, India, has left at least 16 injured. The rotating Ferris wheel collapsed after a brake failure and crashed to the ground with all passengers on board. The hypothesis is the technical failure of the brakes precisely at the moment in which the Ferris wheel was turning at the highest speed.

7 policemen die in a trap in Colombia

At least seven police officers have died and one of them has been seriously injured this Friday (September 2) in an attack in a rural area of San Luis, in the Department of Huila, in western Colombia, considered the largest attack registered in the country since Gustavo Petro came to power.

It is not clear for now the reasons for the attack or which group is behind it. Although when they appeared they were attacked with rifle bursts and explosives.

New York ‘prepares’ for the number of sharks sighted off its coast

The large number of sharks that come to the waters near New York (USA) is a reality that the locals must begin to get used to. There have been various reports of swimmers and surfers being bitten. In fact, the beaches of Rockaway, a neighborhood in Queens, have been closed to the bathroom twice during the past month of July after the sighting of sharks from the coast.

The Rings of Power: Premiere of the first two chapters on Amazon Prime

This Friday (September 2), Amazon launches the first chapter of the new series inspired by the Tolkien Universe and whose first two episodes are directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The streaming platform produces a new installment of the saga made up of eight chapters. Every Friday a new chapter will be broadcast.

When is Rings of Power released in the US? The eight-part series debuts on September 1 at 9:00 p.m. m. ET, with episodes one and two airing one after the other.

Michael O’Leary, the executive director of Ryanair: “The rates will rise from 40 to 50 euros, but the low cost is not dead”

For the airline, Ryanair, it’s been a bittersweet summer. Since June they have had strikes by their cabin crew in several European countries, including the United Kingdom and Spain. Linked to this is an inflationary context that is making flying more expensive.

Despite this increase, Ryanair’s CEO emphasizes that “low cost is not dead”. “What we will not see anymore are tickets at 9.99 euros, but that does not mean that low cost is going to end,” said the executive director, Michael O’Leary.

Putin will not attend Gorbachev’s funeral because “his job does not allow it”

The last leader of the Soviet Union will have a state funeral like that of his successor in office, Boris Yeltsin.

Putin will not go to the funeral of the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on August 30, because his work schedule does not allow it. “We know that the farewell ceremony will take place on September 3, and also the funeral, but unfortunately the president’s work schedule will not allow him to attend on September 3, so he decided to do it today,” he said. Dimitri Peskov (Putin‘s spokesman). The Russian leader said goodbye yesterday, September 1, to the first president of the Soviet Union at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow (Russia), before flying to Kaliningrad.

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2023 ZEITZ MOCAA × UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE MUSEUM

The 2023 Zeitz MOCAA & University of the Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme call for applications officially opens on 15 June 2022.

This call marks the second iteration of the year-long programme, developed to educate a new generation of art and museum professionals from Africa. With the aim to foster the growth of curatorial practice and advance scholarship on contemporary art discourse from the continent, the programme offers fellows exposure to museum practice facilitated by Zeitz MOCAA senior staff and is underpinned by rigorous academic scholarship at UWC’s Department of History and Centre for Humanities Research (CHR). 

“We are pleased to once again be collaborating with the University of the Western Cape on this incredible initiative to educate the next generation of exhibition makers and curatorial thinkers. We remain committed to merging scholarship on contemporary art production and circulation from Africa and its diaspora and hope to contribute to a new group of skilled professionals looking to work within museums, galleries, art centres, private and public collection management, biennials, art publishing, festivals, universities and more,” says Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator at Zeitz MOCAA

During the 12-month Museum Fellowship Programme, fellows will engage in discourse around contemporary art, curatorial practice, art education, conservation, heritage and museology from Africa and the African diaspora. They will study and work with both institutions towards an accredited BA Honours qualification. This includes enrolling in courses on historiography, curatorship, museums, heritage and public history at UWC’s Department of History as well as obtaining work experience at Zeitz MOCAA in the Curatorial, Collections & Exhibition Management, Art Education and Institutional Advancement departments. Successful fellows will actively contribute to the research, planning, execution and management of museum projects, ranging from exhibitions, publishing and public programming to art education and fundraising.

“It is fitting that applications for the 2023 Zeitz MOCAA & University of the Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme opens one day before South Africa’s Youth Day on 16 June and during Youth Month. Our aim is to continue promoting narratives that are important to the building of artistic and curatorial communities and this feeds directly into the South African government’s goals of developing plans for a more effective arts and culture curriculum and supporting income and funding models for arts and culture initiatives,” says Rory Bester, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UWC.

The Fellowship begins in January 2023 and is open to individuals who are citizens of an African country. It covers the costs of tuition, accommodation, basic health insurance and a monthly stipend. Travel to South Africa and visa costs are not included. 

Applications for the 2023 programme close on 15 July 2022 and successful applicants will be contacted directly by 5 September 2022. Only the first 150 applications received will be considered for review.

For more information and to apply, visit zeitzmocaa.museum

Zeitz MOCAA and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) celebrate diversity in all its forms, including gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. 

The Zeitz MOCAA & University of the Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme is supported by Zeitz MOCAA, the University of the Western Cape, AKO Foundation and Africa No Filter.

Ontario’s Online Gambling Market Launches in April

Ontario’s government has officially launched its first phase of the province’s new regulation scheme for online gambling. In a news release, the government says the law will regulate online gambling in a manner similar to brick-and-mortar sites and will give “a safe and responsible path to a more dynamic industry.” The law allows commercial online gambling in the province for the first time. The Progressive Conservative government says it also has several announcements planned for the coming days, including details about the upcoming launch of an online games room, a new provincial licensing regime for casinos, and an investment agreement for an online poker site. Starting from April, gamblers can enjoy a safe and risk-free gambling experience at top casinos from CasinoLuck.ca ratings and reviews. 

Government of Ontario Supports Growth of Industry and Protects Ontario Players

Gambling online has exploded in Ontario in the past two years, and the provincial government has introduced a system of regulation and oversight to ensure that consumers have a safe and responsible path to a more dynamic industry. The first phase of the law went into effect on April, 4 and allows licensed commercial online gambling.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan stated:

“This legislation will introduce significant new revenues into Ontario’s gaming and economic development strategy while protecting the integrity of Ontario’s gaming operations. Regulating online gambling in Ontario as it does in Ontario brick-and-mortar casinos will ensure that the government has the right tools to protect Ontario’s people from criminals and that gaming is conducted in a manner that is fair to all Ontarians. I thank all those who have worked hard to make this important and significant change in Ontario’s gaming policy.”

The legislation received Royal Assent will provide Ontario-licensed online gambling companies with a regulated business environment, which includes an independent regulator, licensing, taxation, and consumer protections. The new framework aligns Ontario’s regulatory policies and approaches with those of other jurisdictions. This is something that a well-versed casino veteran Mason Barrington believes to bring the online gambling segment in Canada to a new level. Being an experienced gambler, Mason knows what he is saying.

The government’s regulation of online gambling includes the following statements:

  • A new independent Gambling Commissioner will be responsible for ensuring that the integrity of Ontario’s licensed online gambling activities is maintained and protected;
  • The OAG (Ontario’s Anti-Gambling Enforcement Unit) will continue to investigate and prosecute those who attempt to use online gambling to commit fraud or money laundering;
  • Regulations will ensure fair and consistent rules and policies are applied to online gambling and are administered independently from licensed online gambling operators;
  • The government will invest $70 million annually into the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for the next four years and will increase those revenues to $130 million annually;
  • Revenues from the new online gambling system will be used for things like health care and education. Ontario is the only jurisdiction in the country to guarantee that revenue from a regulated online gambling system goes to health care and education;
  • The province will collect at least $30 million annually from fees paid by online gambling companies;
  • Ontario’s legal age to gamble online will be set at 18 years.

Starting from April, licensed online gambling companies are allowed to offer internet-based gambling activities in Ontario. Licensed online gambling companies can provide their products and services under the existing regulations set by the OLG and other gambling companies. They will need to comply with the existing rules which include:

  • Minimum age of 18 years to gamble online;
  • No player can receive the same cash payment for the same product more than once;
  • Payment to players must be in accordance with a players bank account;
  • Licensed online casinos must comply with the Gambling Bill and with the OLG Code;
  • All online gambling services must be independently administered, regulated, and audited by an approved independent audit firm.

Gambling companies operating in Ontario must submit their application and receive their licenses prior to February 1, 2012.

Gaming Minister Christine Elliott noted:

“Since online gambling has grown into a $3.7 billion industry in Ontario, we knew we had to act to protect players and bring fairness and responsibility into Ontario’s online gambling industry. As a result of the extensive consultations, we have had with both industry players and gaming experts, and the careful considerations we have taken into account, the government has adopted the online gambling policy we believe is best in the province.”

Online gambling is the fastest-growing segment of the gaming industry in Ontario. As the government’s policy is consistent with similar legislation implemented by the government in other jurisdictions, this new legal framework will provide a safe and responsible pathway for online gambling in Ontario. This is the next phase of Ontario’s policy development for the emerging online gaming industry.

The government also is announcing several important announcements in the coming days:

In response to concerns from consumers and retailers, the government will be announcing a new initiative that will set a minimum retail price for video lottery tickets and online games in Ontario. This will allow retailers to offer the same price for their products, but with a minimum price to ensure consumers are able to access these games. Retailers have expressed concerns that the minimum price for games will not apply to brick-and-mortar casinos in the province. The government will be announcing a new voluntary agreement that allows brick-and-mortar casinos to sell products at a fixed price in a retail format.

The government will also be announcing plans to provide a safe environment for online poker in the province. A government-appointed Independent Advisory Board will be established and will conduct an independent review of the industry. The Board will examine issues, such as the regulation of online poker, gambling addiction, and the effectiveness of self-exclusion policies, and will make recommendations to the government on a regulatory approach for online poker, including the licensing of new companies and the continued operation of existing companies. The Advisory Board will also be developing a strategy for a new Ontario online games room, which is expected to be launched early next year.

Final Say

Ontario’s new regulations for online gambling are consistent with those in place in other jurisdictions. In the province, revenues will be invested in health care and education. Gambling-related revenues will be collected and controlled by the Ministry of Finance and distributed as required by law. The government will maintain an annual review of the new system to ensure that it meets the needs of the Ontario economy and to protect the integrity of the gaming sector.

Ontario is currently one of the most competitive jurisdictions for online gambling in North America. The local government’s modernized gaming regulations will ensure that Ontario will continue to lead the way as the province that develops and regulates a safe and dynamic online gambling industry.

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New Act May Worsen Staffing Crisis

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, said that two provisions in the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) will have a devastating impact on nursing homes and could force thousands more facilities to further limit admissions or possibly close their doors.

The provisions, one that would require nursing homes to have a registered nurse (RN) on-staff 24 hours a day and another that would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct a study on minimum staffing ratios and implement the regulations within one year, are unfunded mandates that conservatively, would cost the nursing homes industry billions of dollars a year and require hiring more than 150,000 new caregivers. 

“We strongly support having a RN on staff in nursing homes 24 hours a day, as we originally proposed in our reform agenda earlier this year. However, current data shows that the nursing homes are facing the worst job loss among all health care providers. We’ve lost 221,000 jobs since the beginning of the pandemic, and recovery is a long way away. Nursing home providers are doing all they can to attract and retain new workers, but the applicants simply aren’t there. The provisions in this bill do nothing to help us strengthen our workforce and will only force thousands of nursing homes to further limit the number of residents they can serve,” said AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson. 

AHCA/NCAL estimates that if the HHS study found that nursing homes need to increase clinical and direct care staff by 25 percent, it would require hiring more than 150,000 RNs, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs), costing $10.7 billion per year. 

Current requirements mandate that nursing homes have a RN on staff eight hours a day. Under the proposed mandate in the legislation, AHCA/NCAL estimates it would require hiring 21,000 more nurses, costing $2.5 billion a year.

Phil Fogg, President and CEO of Marquis Companies, who operates more than 20 long term care facilities in California, Nevada and Oregon, said if Congress enacts these provisions without the necessary resources and recruitment programs, it could have a devastating impact on nursing homes and the residents they serve across the country.

“The workforce and economic crisis long term care providers are already experiencing is unprecedented. Lack of qualified workers is forcing providers to limit their admissions and, in some cases, close their doors permanently. Providers simply cannot attract more caregivers to our profession and meet the requirements of these mandates without financial support from Congress,” said Fogg, who is also the chair of the AHCA Board of Governors.

“We all share a common goal and that is to strengthen our workforce and provide the best possible care for our residents. But these unfunded mandates could further exacerbate the challenges we face and ultimately limit access to care for millions. We are eager to work hand-in-hand with lawmakers to find meaningful solutions that will ensure seniors continue to receive the highest quality care and caregivers have access to good-paying, rewarding jobs,” said Len Russ, operator and administrator of Bayberry Care Center in New Rochelle, NY.

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Water Infrastructure Funding Act

The California Legislative Analysts Office has just produced a report to estimate the financial impact of the “Water Infrastructure Funding Act of 2022,” a proposed ballot initiative that aims to increase the annual supply of water to Californians by five million acre feet. The contents of this report are good news for every Californian. More water. Lower water bills.

The initiative calls for two percent of the state general fund to be set aside to develop new water supplies. Projects eligible for this funding would include the development or expansion of facilities for:

  • Groundwater cleanup and storage.
  • Stormwater capture, treatment, and storage.
  • Water recycling.
  • Surface reservoirs.
  • Desalination of seawater or brackish water.
  • Water conveyance, such as canals or pipes.

Also eligible for funding are water conservation programs to achieve up to 1 million acre-feet of the total objective of 5 million acre-feet of water.

Among the fiscal effects predicted by the Legislative Analyst include increased state spending on water supply projects, and potentially less funding available for other state activities. Notwithstanding the multi-billion budget surplus California’s legislature currently enjoys, this redirecting of spending for water projects is what the initiative proponents intend. The State of California has neglected its water infrastructure for decades. With climate change promising dryer winters and a reduced Sierra snowpack, this is the perfect moment for California to prioritize spending on a resilient water infrastructure.

Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R, Tulare), a supporter of the initiative who has gathered endorsements from a growing bipartisan list of state legislators, had this to say in response to the LAO report: “This is a first of its kind ballot initiative. We set the goal based on our state’s current and future water needs, set ongoing funding for a diverse set of eligible project categories, and placed a sunset for when the goal is reached.” Mathis added, “This is a vote for people to lower their water bills, and for cities and school districts to upgrade their water systems without breaking their local budgets.”

Mathis is correct. As the LAO report notes, “it could result in water customers paying lower water bills than they otherwise would in the absence of the measure.”

One of the proponents, Lisa Ohlund, the retired general manager of the East Orange County Water District, explained the long-term benefits of this initiative, saying “climate change projections have many water districts concerned about their ability to reliably deliver safe water in quantities that will protect people, trees and the economy. This initiative focuses tax dollars on this enormously important problem at a pivotal time. We must take action to prepare for the increasingly harsh storms that will dump large amounts of rain on California, and the extended dry periods where we must look to water recycling and desalination to help fill in the shortfalls. California lead the world in water in the last century; we need to do the same in this one.”

To learn more about the progress of this game changing initiative, visit their website HERE.

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Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By Reb Czukoski

Today is Columbus Day, October 11th.

Columbus day is a U.S. holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October each year to mark the landing of Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492. This holiday is oftentimes associated with days off for most schools and businesses, and in some areas parades and street fairs are held. 

Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy in 1451. Given his nationality, the federal holiday created in the 19th century was intended to honor Columbus’ discovery as well as Italian American heritage because of the persecution that Italian immigrants were facing during the period in which it was made. The day is a reminder for Italian Americans of their culture and to remember that the United States is an immigrant country. 

The reasons that Columbus day is renowned are also the basis for criticism. Columbus did land in the Bahamas, but he was not the first to find it. Believing he reached East Asia, Columbus actually landed on an island in the Bahamas that he called San Salvador, disregarding its name from the native Lucayan inhabitants of the island, Guanahani. The identification of the holiday, as mandated by the government, fails to acknowledge the native populations that were displaced and decimated. 

During his lifetime, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean and paved the way for future European exploration and colonization of the Americas. His first expedition, to what is now known as the Caribbean, he placed his men to settle down, kidnapped a great number of Native Americans, and took gold, native birds and plants to bring back to Spain and his financiers upon his return. The abduction and maltreatment of the Native people were only the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade and genocide, which is why many people nowadays reject the endorsement of Christopher Columbus on this day. 

Although the appreciation of Indigenous people on Columbus Day is slower to be incorporated in youth education, many higher institutions such as Colleges and Universities are conscious of the historical significance of the day and their curricula are reflective and validating of Indigenous awareness. 

Beyond schooling, the discussion on whether or not to change the values of Columbus Day extend to corporate. Companies and retailers are open with their stances on the holiday, choosing whether or not to support Columbus Day or as it was previously and informally recognized, Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Their contributions come from choosing to keep their stores open, posting their views on social media, or using their platforms to boost Indigenous voices and businesses. Brands such as Sephora, Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, and Vogue Magazine, are known supporters for Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Twitter and used their accounts to amplify their principles. Equally, there are retailers that support Columbus Day causes for Italian American legacies.

On October 8th, the 47th president of the United States, Joe Biden, issued the first ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day to be observed on October 11th. The objective of this domestic pronouncement was to shift the focus from a holiday celebrating the controversial efforts of Columbus and instead to appreciate Native folk, “On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations” (Joseph R. Biden Jr.).

Indigenous Peoples’ Day does not replace Columbus Day and his statement does not condemn the celebration of Columbus day. However, for Indigenous people, the affirmation that there have been systemic inequalities because of the annexation of their ancestral land is a positive move in the direction of keeping the existing native land autonomous and protected.

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India’s Food Soldiers

By: Rumnik K Ghuman

Exactly a year ago, Narendra Modi’s government with little public or parliamentary debate, passed three farmer bills. According to them, these bills are a gift to the farmers, but in reality, the bills are a gift for the rich agribusinesses in India. The majority of the population in Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan are farmers, they make their entire income based on their produce. Some call the farmers ‘India’s Food Soldiers’ and many people have shown support to the farmers. 

The first bill that was released was The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce(Promotion and Facilitation) Act. This act allows the farmers to produce and have free trade outside the physical premises of the specific markets under the APMC Act (Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee law). Under this act, the specific markets that the government has listed are agribusiness typhoons. These businesses are only going to set the price at a low rate so it’s cheaper for them. This act is in their favor because the farmers will not be able to go somewhere else to sell so they have to agree to the price the agribusiness sets. This puts the farmers in a low position to control their own products. 

The second bill that was passed was the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act that made the decision to remove some items such as cereals and pulses from the list of essential commodities. This act was passed to attract foreign direct investment to the sector. This bill is limiting the number of items farmers can produce and sell. Certain states can only produce certain items based on the weather and the field the farmers have. This puts the farmers at a disadvantage when producing and won’t make as much money as they would normally. 

The third bill was regarding the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act. This bill states to have a nationwide price limitation on all produces. This act doesn’t give farmers any empowerment over their produces which is putting them at a disadvantage. Combining all of these acts together, puts all farmers at a disadvantage, to not have a free trade market for them, price points that are lower than normal, and limited items to sell. The agribusinesses have connections in the government which is why the agribusinesses have more control over the price and are the only buyers that the farmers can sell to. 

In August 2020, many farmers from the States of Punjab and Haryana gather to protest in the capital, Delhi. The farmers had seen that one bill was passed and they needed to stop for more to be released as in Haryana, these laws were issued as of August. September was when the government passed the Farmers Produce Trade and Commission Act, which put more fire into the farmers to get justice by removing these bills. Many farmers across the country were angry and had to show it somehow as the news was not covering the farmers’ protest in the capital because the news channels were owned by the agribusinesses or the government. So some farmers set their own fields on fire, marched to government offices, or protested at the capital. 

At first, the crowd of farmers was much smaller, so the government brushed it aside. It wasn’t until on November 23, 2020, when protesters march from around India toward Delhi. Once they reached the edge of the city on November 26, the protesters met a large group of police officers who used tear gas, water cannons, and physical force to keep them from entering the city. Over the entire year, over 1000 deaths have happened whether that be by the cold weather or by protestors hanging themselves. A majority of the population were elder men that have been farming for all of their life and don’t know another way to provide an income for their families. In Punjab, farmers have always had a hard time making an income as they don’t have much money to afford the necessities to run the field correctly. They take big loans to buy a tractor, but later can pay it off and then hang themselves. 

There have been big protests, but 360 Magazine feels the number of people from different religions, states, ages, and genders who came out to support the frontlines of the capital is unbelievable. The men were already fighting for their rights, but the women have been standing like hard rock with them. The women at the border are providing food and protesting as well. It’s amazing to see all come together to roll back new agricultural laws. Multiple women and kids have been injured during the violent behavior of the police but they still come back or stay to support. 

As many people from Punjab and Haryana reside in England, the United States, and Canada, the protestors sitting in the cold, were getting worldwide support. Even though these supporters are not in India to help physically, they showed their support by organizing protests in their cities, doing marches to bring more awareness, sharing on social media about what’s going on, and donating or sending money to their families back home to go provide food for the protestors as it was freezing at the start of the protest. Many other industry workers in India went on strike as well to show they are with the farmers. 

Punjab is known for its music and their music really reaches a higher population. It was the only way to show to the world this is the reality of the protest which the news channels were not recording nor reporting to the world. So many Punjabi singers came together to make a ‘Kisaan Anthem’(Kisaan means farmers in Punjabi) that tells and shows every detail of the protest with live footage. Multiple Punjabi singers personally came and served the protestors, sat with the protesters, and tried their hardest to talk to official officers to get these laws rolled away. 

As we are speaking about the Farmers’ Protest, it is still going on and it’s been exactly a year since it started. The government has been pressured to speak about the bills in the parliament and hopefully will take the bills back. No Farmers No Food.

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Resignation

By: Emily Bunn

Amidst searing scandal, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has resigned. Many have supported this decision after Cuomo’s many scandals came to light. First there were sexual harassment allegations, then a report exposed the Governor’s use of state resources to aid in the writing of his memoir. Cuomo was also pinned for undercounted nursing home related deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. After that, tragically, even more sexual harassment charges against Cuomo were reported. The investigation in these charges has now been concluded to determine that he did sexual harass multiple women, violating state and federal law. Politically ostracized and facing the grim reality of impeachment, Gov. Cuomo decided to resign on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio remarked on Cuomo’s circumstance in a statement: “It is beyond clear that Andrew Cuomo is not fit to hold office and can no longer serve as Governor. He must resign, and if he continues to resist and attack the investigators who did their jobs, he should be impeached immediately.” Many politicos in New York have also agreed with Cuomo’s departure. Hakeem Jeffries, Gregory Meeks and Tom Suozzi issued a joint statement saying, “the time is right” for Cuomo to resign.

After this statement was issues, each of New York’s 19 congressional Democrats called for their governor to resign. A lawyer for two of Cuomo’s sexual harassment accusers, Alyssa McGrath and Virginia Limmiatis, added: “My clients feel both vindicated and relieved that Cuomo will no longer be in a position of power over anyone. Taking things a step further, some Democratic lawmakers are requesting for Cuomo to be impeached. The governor is currently the subject of an impeach inquiry in the state assembly, reports The Hill.

Taking this place is current lieutenant governor and Buffalo native, Dem. Kathy Hochul. In 2011, Hochul ran for a congressional seat in a special election, in a Republican leaning district between Buffalo and Rochester, NY. Hochul ran against Rep. Jane Corwin at the time and won by 47% of the vote. She held the seat until 2012. In 2015, she became the lieutenant governor and before that, spent more than a decade on the Hamburgh Town Board. Now, Hochul looks to set up into the political arena. Hochul, 62,  is set to become the first female governor of the state of New York.

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New Report Underlines Importance of Science and Tech Funding

Investments in science and technology research are vital to the United States’ economic growth and global leadership, according to a new report from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

The Biden administration has made science and technology (S&T) a centerpiece of its early policy agenda with ambitious targets for federal investments in research and development (R&D). There are also growing concerns in Congress about the United States’ global leadership in S&T-focused industries, especially in relation to China.

“As the high technology sector (e.g., advanced computing and communications, social media platforms and other web-based services) becomes an increasingly large part of the overall U.S. economy, federal funding for early stage R&D, which has been at the root of much of the technological progress of this past century, is more important than ever,” wrote the Baker Institute’s Kenneth Evans, a scholar in science and technology policy, and Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy.

While President Biden’s first budget proposal aims to authorize historic increases to federal R&D agencies, the authors argue that significant challenges remain to ensure long-term, international competitiveness across scientific disciplines and advanced technologies.

According to their report, shifting priorities between administrations, changes to the ideology of Congress and broader economic conditions in the U.S. at large have resulted in inconsistent funding for R&D. 

“Traditionally, federal funding for R&D receives bipartisan support in Congress, particularly for health and defense-related research activities,” the authors wrote. “However, since the mid-1990s, government spending on basic research has declined or stagnated as a share of the U.S. GDP, in part due to the intrinsic uncertainties about the ultimate impacts of basic research.”

Science and technology R&D is essential to creating new knowledge and tools, the authors argue, because it ensures the development of new products and technologies that can drive domestic and global economies. Economists estimate innovations stemming from S&T accounted for more than 60% of economic growth over the last century. 

Yet scientists have placed relatively little value on evaluating and communicating the broader societal impacts of basic research to the public and especially to policymakers, the authors argue. The authors encourage researchers, especially academic scientists driven to action by anti-science rhetoric during the Trump administration, to continue to engage in public outreach during the Biden presidency. 

“Universities should encourage and incentivize avenues for public engagement through increased support of existing programs or funding new activities for interested faculty, postdocs, graduate students and research staff,” they wrote. 

“Building public support for R&D, strengthening trust in scientific institutions and expertise, and increasing scientists’ participation in decision-making related to S&T issues are critical to ensuring that scientific discoveries and innovation benefit the broader public and that increased investment in R&D serves the public interest,” they continued.

The report was a collaboration with two Rice undergraduate students and research interns in the science and technology policy program—Gabriella Hazan and Spoorthi Kamepalli.

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FTC Votes to Reinstate Fabric Care Labels

The Federal Trade Commission voted in an open Commission meeting to retain the FTC Care Labeling Rule to ensure American consumers continue to get accurate information on how to take care of their fabrics and extend the life of their clothes. In a statement, the Commission also indicated that it will continue to consider ways to improve the Rule to the benefit of families and businesses.

The Care Labeling Rule has been in effect since 1971 and requires manufacturers and importers to attach labels with care instructions for garments and certain piece goods, providing instructions for dry cleaning or washing, bleaching, drying and ironing clothing. Public comments solicited by the FTC over the past decade show the Care Labeling Rule continues to provide valuable guidance and serve as an important tool for consumers, manufacturers, retailers, designers and dry cleaners alike.

In July 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, the Commission voted 3-2 to propose repealing this consumer protection altogether. Following that action, the FTC received more than 200 comments, with an overwhelming majority opposed to the repeal of the rule.

“The Federal Trade Commission first promulgated the Care Labeling Rule in 1971, with the goal of ensuring buyers were provided clear and accurate information on how to take care of their fabrics. Since then, the agency periodically has reviewed the rule, seeking public comments to ensure the rule is keeping pace with new developments and still providing buyers with relevant information,” said FTC Chair Lina Khan in the open Commission meeting. “After careful consideration, I believe the record supports retaining the Care Labeling Rule and that it should not be rescinded.”

Submissions to the most recent public comment period led the Commission to conclude that repealing the rule would not be in the public interest. Many individuals and small businesses opposed the repeal, emphasizing that buyers rely on labels to help extend the life of their clothes.

Other comments the FTC received from the apparel manufacturing and cleaning industries indicated that removing the labels would increase the likelihood that their customers’ items might be damaged in the wash and, as a result, expose their businesses to unnecessary liability, the Commission noted.

The Commission voted 5-0 to issue a statement to notify the public that it will not repeal the Care Labeling Rule, as previously proposed.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition and to protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and report scams, fraud, and bad business practices online HERE.