Tri Cap http://tri-cap.org/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:24:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 http://tri-cap.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3-150x150.png Tri Cap http://tri-cap.org/ 32 32 What happened to corporate supercomputers? http://tri-cap.org/what-happened-to-corporate-supercomputers/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:01:47 +0000 http://tri-cap.org/what-happened-to-corporate-supercomputers/

It once seemed inevitable – a sure-fire thing – that supercomputers would help businesses cope with the demands imposed by massive databases, complex engineering tools, and other CPU-draining challenges. Then all of a sudden technology and business took a different path.

Chris Monroe, co-founder and chief scientist at quantum computing company IonQ, offers a simple explanation for the sudden change in interest. “Supercomputers have failed to adapt because while they promise speed and the ability to handle big computational problems, they have a large physical footprint. [and] energy / cooling needs, ”he notes. “When it comes to mainstream adoption, supercomputers never strike the right balance between affordability, size, access, and value-added enterprise use cases. “

New directions

Supercomputers have traditionally been defined by the fact that they bring together a set of parallel hardware offering very high computing throughput and fast interconnections. “This contrasts with traditional parallel processing where [there are] a lot of networked servers are working on a problem, ”says Scott Buchholz, technical director of government and utilities and national director of emerging technologies research for Deloitte Consulting. “Most business problems can be solved either by the latest generation of stand-alone processors or by parallel servers. “

The arrival of cloud computing and easily accessible APIs, as well as the development of private clouds and SaaS software, are putting high performance computing (HPC) and supercomputers in the rearview mirror, observes Chris Mattmann, chief technology and management officer. innovation (CTIO) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). “Relegated to science and other uses in stores, HPC calculators / supercomputers … have never caught up with the modern era [business] standards. ”

Current adopters

Today, while most companies have given up on supercomputers, science and engineering teams often turn to technology to help them perform a variety of very complex tasks in areas such as weather forecasting, simulation molecular and fluid dynamics. “The sets of science and simulation problems that supercomputers are uniquely suited to solve will not go away,” says Buchholz.

Scott Buchholz, Deloitte Consulting

Supercomputers are primarily used in areas where large models are developed to make predictions involving a large number of measurements, notes Francisco Webber, CEO of Cortical.io, a company specializing in extracting value from non-documentary documents. structured.

“The same algorithm is applied over and over again to many observational instances that can be computed in parallel,” explains Webber, hence the potential for acceleration when run on a large number of processors. Supercomputer applications, he explains, can range from experiments in the Large Hadron Collider, which can generate up to a petabyte of data per day, to meteorology, where complex weather phenomena are broken down to behavior. myriads of particles.

There is also a growing interest in supercomputers based on a graphics processing unit (GPU) and a tensor processing unit (TPU). “These machines may be well suited to some artificial intelligence and machine learning problems, such as training algorithms [and] analyzing large volumes of image data, ”explains Buchholz. “As these use cases develop, there may be more opportunities to ‘rent’ time through the cloud or other service providers for those who need periodic access,” but do not have a sufficient volume of use cases to justify the outright purchase of a supercomputer. “

Although mostly relegated to large university and government laboratories, supercomputers have managed to gain a foothold in a few specific industrial sectors, such as petroleum, automotive, aerospace, chemicals and pharmaceutical companies. “While the adoption isn’t necessarily at scale, it demonstrates the investment and experimentation capacity of these organizations,” says Monroe.

Outlook

In the future, the focus will be on new types of supercomputer architectures, such as neuromorphic and quantum computing, predicts Mattmann. “This is where the supercomputing companies will invest to disrupt the traditional model that powers the clouds.”

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Chris Mattmann, NASA JPL

Classical computing will simply hit a limit, Monroe observes. “Moore’s Law no longer applies and organizations need to think beyond silicon,” he advises. “Even the best-made supercomputers… are dated by the time they are designed. Monroe adds that he’s also starting to see calls for supercomputers to merge with quantum computers, creating a hybrid computing architecture.

Ultimately, however, Monroe anticipates widespread adoption of powerful and stable quantum computers. “Their unique computational power is better suited to solve complex, large-scale problems, such as financial risk management, drug discovery, macroeconomic modeling, climate change, etc., beyond the capabilities of most people. big supercomputers, ”he notes. “While supercomputers are still very present… the biggest business minds are already turning to the quantum. “

To take with

Buchholz doesn’t expect mainstream companies to change their minds about supercomputers in the foreseeable future. “If the question is whether or not most organizations need specialized multi-million dollar hardware, the answer is usually ‘no’, as most applications and systems target what can be done with it. basic material today. ,” he explains.

On the flip side, Buchholz notes that the technological momentum could eventually pull many companies into the supercomputer market whether they realize it or not. “It’s important to remember that today’s supercomputer is the basic hardware for the next decade,” he says.

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Letter from the Editor: When it comes to privilege, it’s more than the thought that matters http://tri-cap.org/letter-from-the-editor-when-it-comes-to-privilege-its-more-than-the-thought-that-matters/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 14:55:00 +0000 http://tri-cap.org/letter-from-the-editor-when-it-comes-to-privilege-its-more-than-the-thought-that-matters/

One of the burning issues in this era of social justice is the notion of “privilege”. But what does it really mean when someone says, “Check your lien”?

Many of us spent time in the past week celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s a natural time to jot down and even list the things we are thankful for, be it home, health, or family.

Some of these things are benefits of undeserved privilege. People may react negatively to the concept of privilege if they see it as a blame or label that is racist, sexist, elitist, or lacking in generosity of spirit. White straight men have the privilege of not being viewed with suspicion or fear of being sexually assaulted if they jog. Women don’t. Black men don’t. Is there anyone to blame for being born a straight white male? No, but let’s not pretend it doesn’t confer inherent benefits when it does.

I’ve given this concept a lot of thought after journalist Aimee Green’s recent story about a vaccination effort tied to Catlin Gabel, a private school where annual tuition can run up to around $ 35,000. The article elicited a strong reaction.

Some people saw this as the height of privilege: an elite school with ties to a private doctor arranging for vaccinations for its students while parents elsewhere rushed for rare appointments.

But others readers rushed to the defense of the school and the doctor who administered the injections.

“Catlin Gabel can’t win,” one reader wrote. “When they take the initiative to get students vaccinated, progressives don’t like it and The Oregonian supports them.”

Another wrote: “I am outraged by the Oregonian’s criticism of Dr. Maureen Mays’ efforts to help immunize as many of our children as possible. She should be applauded for her efforts.

To recap, in the first week of vaccine availability, a clinic in Catlin Gabel, with the help of a volunteer doctor, was able to get at least 70% of Catlin K-6 students vaccinated. Gabel, against less than 6%. of children in this age group statewide. The school opened its online dating schedule to its own families three days before inviting students from a nearby public school, West Tualatin View.

I thought Green’s article was eminently fair to Dr Mays, the volunteer doctor, who worked tirelessly for months to get the vaccines out. The doctor had contacted two public school districts before asking Catlin where she had vaccinated teenagers earlier. She had no role in how vaccine availability was communicated.

So where does the privilege come from? Remember, this is not about blaming anyone; it is about recognizing intrinsic structural inequalities.

Public schools have reportedly declined the offer; Catlin agreed. It is fundamentally true that small private schools can be nimble and have fewer bureaucratic hurdles to overcome to set up such a clinic. Catlin knew the doctor well, having previously run a clinic at the school, which she turned to as she was near her home.

Portland Public Schools, meanwhile, focused on setting up clinics in several underprivileged schools, such as Faubion Elementary School in northeast Portland, a very poor school with around one-third white. , a third of black and a third of Latinos.

The invitation to the Catlin families and later the parents of West Tualatin View arrived in an email directing them to an online planning tool. Not all parents own computers or have constant access to a reliable Internet. Families in the poorest areas are five times less likely to have broadband access than wealthier households, according to a recent study by the Center for Public Integrity.

Not all parents have the privilege of holding jobs that allow them time off to transport their children to a clinic. A social worker, upset by Catlin’s situation, described the challenges of her workload: “Families who are often disadvantaged because a parent has to stay home full time to care for their child with disabilities. very difficult needs ”due to intellectual disability.

Even if they could drop everything to get to a clinic, parents might not have a car or other reliable transportation or be able to afford gas.

Many families at Catlin start off with privileges others don’t. For example, most of the people who can afford Catlin’s tuition fees already have a relationship with a primary care physician. That alone gives them easier access to vaccines and information.

They can also have the luxury of time, the time to call pharmacy after pharmacy to find appointments. The social worker wrote: “Many families I support genuinely worry about meeting their basic needs: food, shelter, clothing, sleep (many parents I work with sleep very little).

“I am a mother of two children aged 5 to 11,” said Green, senior reporter for The Oregonian / OregonLive. “I saw with my own eyes that appointments were scarce and I went to great lengths to secure them during the first days of deployment. I spent several hours on the internet and on hold on the phone. I know others who have done it too.

She added, “Ultimately I started working on this story because what happened at Catlin Gabel raised questions about health equity. I asked myself, is this how the system is supposed to work? “

Green’s article details the ways Dr Mays has helped since the vaccines were made available. I don’t believe Mays or even Catlin Gabel did anything wrong. “I am publicly educated, from kindergarten to medical school, and I am very proud of it,” she told me. “To suggest that I, a Quaker, a 4th generation Liberal, am an elitist is laughable. “

Mays told me that since January she had given more than 4,000 injections “to the elderly, to the young, to those in group homes, to the severely disabled.” She devoted her time and supplies, such as bandages, disinfectant, etc.

Catlin Cabel, for her part, notes that 40% of the people served at the clinic were not from the private school, including the walk-in visits as the word spread. They didn’t make it public more widely, a school spokesperson said, for fear of being overwhelmed. Green wishes the principals gave an interview. Instead, a spokesperson responded to questions via email.

Fairness does not mean that everything has to be equal. It means recognizing and overcoming complex societal barriers and ensuring that those affected have access to them despite those barriers.

And, yes, I’m writing this as an educated white person with the privilege of writing for a journal. I miss a lot because of my blind spots.

But it’s easy to imagine a very different outcome if fairness had been at the center of every decision along the way.

The coverage of the Oregonian / OregonLive was not meant to shame or blame. In the hands of a less thoughtful journalist, the whole situation could have been presented in a much harsher light. I think Green presented a nuanced view.

Our mission is to shed light on the news in our community – on the reality of what happened. And what happened left many parents of modest means frustrated with the good path this particular set of circumstances offered to affluent and, yes, privileged families.

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Biz Roundup: Households can apply for energy aid from Wednesday – Salisbury Post http://tri-cap.org/biz-roundup-households-can-apply-for-energy-aid-from-wednesday-salisbury-post/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 05:04:53 +0000 http://tri-cap.org/biz-roundup-households-can-apply-for-energy-aid-from-wednesday-salisbury-post/

SALISBURY – Low-income households in Rowan County can apply for help with the cost of heating homes starting Wednesday, December 1.

Individuals 60 years of age or older and those receiving disability benefits and services through the NC Division of Seniors and Adult Services may also apply. All other households can apply from January 3 to March 31.

The federally funded Low Income Energy Assistance Program provides eligible households with a one-time payment to offset the cost of heating during the winter months. Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the payment will be $ 300 to $ 500.

To be eligible, a person must:

• Have at least one US citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria

• Have an income equal to or less than 130% of the federal poverty line

• Be responsible for their heating costs

Rowan County households can apply for energy assistance by:

• Go to E-Pass on the county website (www.rowancountync.gov/710) and extracting the Energy request, printing it, filling it out and mailing it or submitting it to the agency.

• Collect paper requests from the Rowan County Social Services Lobby at 1813 E Innes Street, Salisbury NC 28146.

The office will accept requests from households with a person aged 60 or over or with a disability from December 1 to 31, except December 23, 24, 27 and 31.

Rowan County Chamber of Commerce strengthens office staff with hiring of Yalanda Edwards

SALISBURY –

Rowan County Chamber of Commerce has beefed up its office staff with the hiring of Yalanda Edwards as the new office manager. Originally from Rowan County, Edwards comes to the organization with over 20 years of office management and accounting experience. She officially took up her post in September.

“The Chamber is honored to have Yalanda Edwards join our team. She is an asset to the organization and does a tremendous job, ”said House Speaker Elaine Spalding in a press release.

Edwards is a graduate of Salisbury High School and has an MBA from Strayer University with a concentration in human resources management. She joins four House staff with Director of Membership Services Erica Church, Administrative Assistant Tina Jamison-Cowan and Spalding.

The Rowan Chamber is a non-profit business advocacy organization with more than 800 member companies. Member benefits include business advocacy, community development, professional development, leadership training, member discounts and networking events.

For more information on the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, contact 704-633-4221 or info@rowanchamber.com or www.rowanchamber.com

Rowan Chamber to welcome Bishop Tim Smith to December Power in Partnership

SALISBURY – The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce will host Bishop Tim Smith at their December Power in Partnership breakfast on December 16 at 7:30 a.m. in Trinity Oaks.

Smith is bishop of the Lutheran Synod of North Carolina. He is a graduate of Salisbury High School and a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her father was a school superintendent in the town of Salisbury and her mother was a teacher. Smith played junior college basketball under coach Roy Williams and was musical director for the Clef Hangers at UNC Chapel Hill, where he graduated in 1982. He then attended Gettysburg Seminary, including a semester in Washington, DC at Catholic University and an internship at the American Church in Berlin, and graduated in 1986.

Smith received a theology degree in ministry from Drew University in 1992 and served three parishes – St. Paul-Startown (Newton, North Carolina), Grace (Boone, North Carolina) and Redeemer (Atlanta) – before to become a bishop. He is married to Wendy Weisner Smith and they have three grown children and four young grandchildren.

The Power in Partnership is open to the public. For non-chamber members, the cost is $ 25; for chamber members, the cost is $ 15. The reservation deadline is December 14th at noon.

The remaining schedule for Power in Partnerships:

• January 16 – Economic outlook 2022; Sponsor: Rowan EDC

• February 17 – State Legislative Breakfast; Sponsor: Piedmont Natural Gas

• March 17 – Tribute to agro-industry; Sponsor: Banque F&M

• April 21 – Health care; Sponsor: Novant Health Rowan Medical Center

• May 19 – Leadership Speaker; Sponsor: Duke Energy

Contact the Chamber for more information at 704-633-4221 or info@rowanchamber.com

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A workers’ paradise? Portuguese new telework law criticized http://tri-cap.org/a-workers-paradise-portuguese-new-telework-law-criticized/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 18:11:31 +0000 http://tri-cap.org/a-workers-paradise-portuguese-new-telework-law-criticized/

Portugal’s new homeworking law makes the country of the European Union a worker’s paradise.

Companies cannot attempt to contact their staff outside of working hours. They have to help staff pay their gas, electricity and internet bills. Bosses are prohibited from using digital software to track what their teleworkers are doing.

There is just one problem: the law might not work. Critics say the new rules are half-baked, lacking in detail and unworkable. And they can even backfire by making businesses reluctant to allow working from home.

“The law is poorly drafted and does not meet the needs of anyone,” says José Pedro Anacoreta, labor lawyer at PLMJ, one of Portugal’s leading law firms. “It’s not good for anyone. … It does not mean anything.

In many places around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated an earlier trend towards the digitalization of work and more flexible working arrangements. In the midst of such a sudden and massive change in the employment landscape, governments are scrambling to incorporate homeworking into their employment laws. These efforts are still in their infancy.

Many Europeans have stopped making regular visits to the office since March of last year to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

In Europe, unlike the United States, workers’ protections are widely regarded as valuable rights. The dismissal of a staff member, for example, can result in substantial severance pay.

Without a promised directive from the European Commission on how to legally frame the shift to more extensive home-based work, legislative responses from governments have been patchy and piecemeal.

During the pandemic, some countries recommended telecommuting. Others, like Portugal, have demanded it. Most EU countries have specific legislation on teleworking, albeit with different approaches, and others are considering it through amendments, extensions or conventions.

As home work has grown in recent years, workers’ ‘right to disconnect’ – allowing staff to ignore work matters outside of formal working hours – was adopted before the pandemic in countries like Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium. It is now becoming the norm.

But Portugal goes even further in this concept by reversing the responsibility on the companies. “The employer has the duty to refrain from contacting the employee outside working hours, except in cases of force majeure”, that is to say of an unforeseen or uncontrollable event, specifies the new law.

In addition, parents or guardians with children up to the age of 8 have the right to work from home if they wish, provided the type of work they do is compatible with teleworking.

Fines for companies breaking the law are close to $ 11,200 for each violation.

The Portuguese rules aim to remedy the drawbacks of what has come to be known as FMH.

The technology that makes it possible to work from home has also opened the door to abuse, such as endless working days, as staff remain reachable outside of their regular eight-hour shift. The consequences can include work-life attrition and a feeling of isolation.

But the new law has met with skepticism from those it is meant to protect.

Andreia Sampaio, a 37-year-old woman who works in communications in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, agrees with the objective of the law but thinks it is too general and that it will be “very difficult” to enforce .

“We have to use common sense,” she said, adding that she doesn’t mind being contacted outside of business hours if it is an urgent matter. “We have to judge each case on its merits.

And she believes authorities will mainly act only on employee complaints – “but people will fear losing their jobs if they do.”

Driven by the pandemic but designed to apply in the future regardless of COVID-related measures, the law could come into force on December 1.

This is largely an original idea of ​​the center-left Socialist Party, which has governed Portugal since 2015. Before the election of a new government on January 30, it is keen to restore its letters of nobility and hoist a banner on workers’ rights.

Still, practical questions abound: Should staff be removed from company mailing lists at the end of their shift, then reinstated when they return to work? What about Europeans who work in financial markets and need to know what’s going on in, say, Hong Kong, and have colleagues working in different time zones?

What if an industrial machine that cannot be stopped needed the attention of a stopped engineer? Who cannot “contact” the employee – the supervisor of the department? The CEO of the company? What constitutes a “contact” – a phone call, a text message, an email?

“The devil is always in the details… but also in the implementation,” explains Jon Messenger, working conditions specialist at the International Labor Organization, a United Nations agency based in Geneva.

The Portuguese Confederation of Businesses, the largest group of companies in the country, was not involved in drafting the new law and believes it is full of holes.

The rules for teleworking must be flexible, adapted to each sector and negotiated between employers and staff, says Luís Henrique of the confederation’s legal department.

“We treat completely different situations as if they were all the same. It’s not realistic, ”said Henrique. “[The law] cannot be one size fits all.

Maintaining order and enforcing the new rules can also be difficult in what is one of the economically poorest countries in the EU. In Portugal, which is known for its red tape and slowness of justice, as well as poorly staffed public services, how long will it take for a complaint to filter through the system and lead to a result?

Across Europe over the past decade, the number of labor inspections has ‘collapsed’, according to data analyzed by the Brussels-based European Trade Union Confederation, which represents 45 million members in 39 European countries .

The country with the biggest drop in the number of inspections since 2010? Portugal, with 55% fewer checks until 2018.

“Ambitious and progressive laws… come up against the reality that the means to control them are not yet in place,” said Henrique of the Confederation of Portuguese Businesses.

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Joe Wiah prepares Brattleboro for Afghan arrivals, drawing on his own experience | Local News http://tri-cap.org/joe-wiah-prepares-brattleboro-for-afghan-arrivals-drawing-on-his-own-experience-local-news/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:00:00 +0000 http://tri-cap.org/joe-wiah-prepares-brattleboro-for-afghan-arrivals-drawing-on-his-own-experience-local-news/

BRATTLEBORO – When the Afghans who fled their country amid the chaotic US withdrawal arrive in Southeast Vermont to resettle here, they will need housing, language support and other services . Joe Wiah is the man who coordinates it all.

Wiah, 48, of Brattleboro, is intimately familiar with the area’s network of social service providers, having worked in this field locally for nearly a decade.

But he also understands the other side of the experience, he said. An immigrant himself, he came to Vermont in 2012 as a student and decided to stay there.

“I went through the integration process, even though I didn’t come as a refugee, I came as a student,” he said. “But it’s the same process of integration.

Tens of thousands of Afghans were evacuated amid the humanitarian crisis that accompanied the military withdrawal from Afghanistan in August and brought to the United States. According to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security on November 17, more than 25,000 people have been resettled in communities across the country, while 45,000 others have remained temporarily housed in military bases, awaiting their final destination. .

In September, Governor Phil Scott announced that the State Department had authorized the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a nonprofit resettlement agency, to welcome up to 100 Afghans to Vermont.

Meanwhile, another resettlement agency, the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), gained approval to open a new field office in Brattleboro. The agency planned to apply to the State Department for permission to settle 25 more Afghans in the city, according to Scott’s announcement.

Wiah, from Liberia, heads the local ECDC office, a position he started on September 20.

The day before Thanksgiving, he sat in the agency’s new multicultural community center, a collection of offices around a spacious common area in a building off Putney Road.

“People ask: when will people be here? “,” Said Wiah. The great interest of locals who want to welcome newcomers to the city is understandable, he said. “But we ask for the patience of the community in this regard, because we want people to be successful. And for them to be successful, we must be prepared ourselves. Our office and the community must be ready.

Wiah said families and individuals have already been assigned to Brattleboro, but none have arrived yet. First, it organizes the office, hires staff, identifies service providers and lays the groundwork for the transition process to be as successful as possible.

“We have a tentative schedule, but that tends to change quickly,” he said.

Wiah grew up in Liberia, but left before he was 18 amid the country’s civil war. “I understand what it means to be a refugee,” he said.

He was in the process of becoming a Catholic priest. After high school, he went to Nigeria for his first year of seminary, then continued his studies in Tanzania for several years. He returned to Liberia, then studied philosophy at the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

He ultimately decided not to be a priest, although he remains a committed Catholic.

“I love the church,” he says. “Most of my upbringing, my lifestyle has been with the Catholic Church.”

At the same time, he found some priesthood rules difficult.

“The vow of poverty was one of the challenges because even though I am not a rich person… it was very difficult to focus on helping your family because you are called to serve and serve everyone. “, did he declare. “But as you serve everyone, you see your family struggling. And it was a very difficult decision for me, balancing it with my own traditional beliefs that as you grow up, it is your responsibility to help your parents.

But he continued to serve the church and community in another capacity, becoming deputy director of a Catholic charity in Liberia, Don Bosco Homes. There, he said, he managed three different programs with a staff of about 75 people.

He sometimes traveled to the United States for his work. During a visit, he recalls, he gave a presentation to George Mason University in Virginia, which sent students to Liberia for internships. The theme was the reintegration of former child soldiers. One participant, a professor at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, suggested that Wiah consider SIT’s conflict management program.

Wiah came to Brattleboro in 2012 to pursue a Masters in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from SIT Graduate Institute – and “fell in love with Vermont,” he said. He decided to stay.

“It’s so unique in his ways,” he said. “It’s a calm state, very loving people, a welcoming community too.”

While not without challenges and difficult individuals, he said he found Brattleboro on the whole to be safe and encouraging – a good place to find his place as an immigrant and raise a family.

Wiah’s own children – Joe Jr., 16, and Kim, 12 – are trying to join him in the United States. “It’s so ironic,” he noted. “Someone said to me, ‘How is that possible? I run a program in Vermont integrating refugees, and my kids are stuck in the immigration process.

After graduating from SIT, Wiah completed a fellowship with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a Virginia-based nonprofit, he said. Back in Vermont, he went to work for SIT as a Global Leadership Seminar Coordinator, working with students and bringing speakers to campus.

After that, he joined the Pathways Vermont social service agency, working with incarcerated people about to return to their community.

“My role, before their release, was to work with them and the communities to determine what type of housing was available for them,” he said.

He then joined social service provider Southeastern Vermont Community Action, working on housing and preventing people from falling into homelessness. This helped put him in touch not only with housing providers, but also with a range of other services in the area, he said. “SEVCA was one of the organizations that really opened my eyes to the different service providers in our region.

These experiences prepared him to lead ECDC’s efforts to resettle refugees in Brattleboro. What interested him about the job, he said, was the opportunity to use his knowledge both about the challenges immigrants may face and the local resources they can turn to – ” connecting newcomers to communities, as well as connecting communities to newcomers ”.

“Joe is an excellent person for this role as he is familiar with the Vermont social service system as well as the international circumstances and environments that create the need for refugee resettlement,” said Tsehaye Teferra, President of ECDC, in a statement. September press release. announcing Wiah’s appointment. “His personal compassion and commitment to helping those in need, combined with his budgeting, strategic planning and grant management skills… will ensure the success of our Brattleboro program. “

Wiah acknowledges that some newcomers will find some aspects of the move to Brattleboro difficult.

On the one hand, it’s a predominantly white state with relatively few immigrants, so they can feel socially isolated. There is also the New England weather. And for those natives of Kabul or other urban areas, the rural setting will be an adjustment.

And, wherever they settle, many may feel like they have to start from the bottom, no matter how accomplished at home.

“Sometimes as an immigrant you come with very high skills, but those skills are not recognized” because they are not learned in the United States, “Wiah said. “So employers don’t trust these skills from the start. “

It puts people in the position to start over, he said. “And it’s very frustrating for a newcomer, because you know you have the skills, you have the ability to do the job, but you don’t get recognized. You start from the beginning and you do jobs that you normally wouldn’t do if you were in your home country.

He himself experienced something similar. He came to the United States with professional experience as a nonprofit executive, but had to retrace his path.

“How many years did it take me?” Nine years to get here, ”he said. “I had to start all over again, before my skills were recognized, and this is a challenge that immigrants face. It requires “being smart and focused” as you progress towards your goal.

He also sees advantages in moving to Brattleboro. In big cities, there is a lot more competition among immigrants for jobs, he said. And the small town feel can be a godsend.

“It’s a starting point,” he says. “Because it’s a small community, so you know almost everyone and people are generally willing to help. At least you would know someone to talk to.

While there might not be a huge immigrant community in Brattleboro, he said, people can learn a lot living here by trying to start from scratch.

Additionally, Wiah said her own experience tells her it’s important to focus on building a new life here, rather than just trying to recreate a version of her home country.

“Once you make up your mind to live in the United States, culturally you have to make up your mind to live in the United States,” he said. “You can’t live both ways, two lifetimes, to say, ‘I live here and I live there.’ And you’d be frustrated, because you wouldn’t belong to any of those. You might not be from your home country, and if you don’t fit well in the United States, in the culture of the United States, you will be frustrated because you will not have your place here. .

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Phyllis Mirsky named Del Mar Community Connections Volunteer of the Month for November http://tri-cap.org/phyllis-mirsky-named-del-mar-community-connections-volunteer-of-the-month-for-november/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 00:06:00 +0000 http://tri-cap.org/phyllis-mirsky-named-del-mar-community-connections-volunteer-of-the-month-for-november/

Long-time Del Mar Community Connections volunteer Phyllis Mirsky has been named Volunteer of the Month for November by the non-profit organization Del Mar. Mirsky has been volunteering for DMCC for a number of years. time now; in the summer of 2020, she retired from the DMCC board of directors after a six-year stint as secretary. His dedication to DMCC did not end there. For years, she worked hard as part of the volunteer team for Tuesday Lunch Connections, a carefully choreographed dance of serving drinks and food to Del Mar’s more mature seniors and cleaning up by the house. following. Mirsky has also served on the planning committee for the annual fundraising gala on several occasions. This year, she oversaw public communications and print materials, essential work in the era of COVID-19.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mirsky received a Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare from Ohio State University and later a Masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan. Mirsky’s career as a librarian spanned 40 years, working in distinguished libraries such as the UCLA Biomedical Library and the National Library of Medicine. She went on to become one of the most influential health science librarians in the world, culminating in being honored as one of the Medical Library Association’s “100 Most Notable”. Mirsky retired from UC San Diego in 2005 as Assistant University Librarian. Mirsky and her husband Ed have lived in Del Mar for four decades.

The Mirskys are kind of elbow grease. They can always be counted on to show up early to an event to help with the setup and stay late to help with the cleanup. Mirsky says she volunteers because she has a “desire to help where and when it’s needed,” which is why she initially believed she would make a career as a social worker. She still works as a volunteer at UCSD, mentoring first generation students.

DMCC has various committees where committee members meet to share their ideas and expertise in a particular area in order to advance the goals of DMCC in the community. Mirsky says, “It’s the people DMCC serves that are worth it. Those interested in learning more about Phyllis Mirsky or volunteering for DMCC should visit dmcc.cc/volunteerofthemonth.

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McLean student and group win volunteer awards in Virginia | news / fairfax http://tri-cap.org/mclean-student-and-group-win-volunteer-awards-in-virginia-news-fairfax/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 18:59:00 +0000 http://tri-cap.org/mclean-student-and-group-win-volunteer-awards-in-virginia-news-fairfax/

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On November 23, Governor Northam announced the recipients of the 2021 Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Community Service, two of which are from McLean. The annual awards program recognizes outstanding contributions from volunteers and organizations on behalf of residents of Virginia.

The McLean winners were:

• A group of students called Codefy, which won the Outstanding Educational Organization Award. The students formed the group after seeing a lack of female representation in tech fields and a shortage of computer programming classes at their own school.

Codefy offers free computer programming courses to middle and high school students. In just two years, the organization has grown to include more than 600 volunteers, offer more than 10 courses reflecting a variety of programming languages, and now serves 600 students in Virginia and across the country.

• Student pilot TJ Kim, who received the award for best young volunteer.

Kim said his flight training became one of the only activities he could still enjoy when his school and lacrosse season were closed due to COVID-19. He created Operation Supplies Over the Skies (SOS), which transported personal protective equipment to rural and community hospitals in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.

To date, Kim has flown 22 missions and has purchased and delivered nearly 85,000 personal protective items and ventilator supplies to 21 locations.

Other award recipients included:

• CrossOver Healthcare Ministry (Richmond), exceptional community organization. • Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and Church of the Incarnation (Charlottesville), exceptional faith-based organization. • Doswell Limited Partnership (Ashland), an exceptional small business. • Capital One Coders (Richmond), an exceptional company. • Betty Robinette (Wytheville), outstanding senior volunteer. • Mechele Hairston (Chesapeake), outstanding adult volunteer. • Lucy Cummins (Richmond), outstanding young volunteer. • George and Kim Melnyk (Virginia Beach), exceptional volunteer family.

“These awards recognize the selfless work and meaningful contributions of these remarkable individuals and groups, as well as the ingenuity and determination they have faced in serving their community during the pandemic,” Northam said in a press release.

“The past year has illustrated what we already knew – that there is a great need and a great impact in having comprehensive supportive community efforts,” added Virginia Department of Social Services Commissioner S. Duke. Storen.

The recipients “include the incredible service of the more than two million volunteers who give their time and talents each year to help their communities,” said Julie Strandlie, who chairs the Virginia Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and volunteering.

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Go pushes the bill for the digitization of government services http://tri-cap.org/go-pushes-the-bill-for-the-digitization-of-government-services/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 01:31:00 +0000 http://tri-cap.org/go-pushes-the-bill-for-the-digitization-of-government-services/

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go (File photo)

MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go pushed for the passage of the e-governance bill, saying the digitization of government services has become essential.

This, as the study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) showed that the losses in wages and productivity of Filipino workers due to Covid-19 have been estimated at up to 2.3 trillion. PHP during their lifetime.

“I have a bill pending in the Senate, the e-governance bill that I introduced in my first year as a senator. It can serve in part as a blueprint and a model for how we are turning many processes into a digital form, ”Go said in a press release Friday.

The bill seeks to establish an integrated, interconnected and interoperable information communication and resource sharing network within government for the rapid delivery of public services.

In addition to the government network, the bill also provides for the establishment of an internal information system on case management and a centralized information database.

It provides for the creation and maintenance of digital portals through which the public can request and receive public services and also encourages the digitization of paper workflows and other traditional modes for a more efficient and transparent public service.

The measure aims to serve as a guide for the country’s eventual transition into the digital age, allowing the government to function more effectively. This is in line with the government’s desire to be closer to its constituents, providing better access to government through the use of modern technology.

The use and implementation of e-health services, which are sought to institutionalize through the e-health bill tabled by Go, is a form of this proposed national digitization specifically geared towards solving health problems. public health.

The measure foresees the use of information and communication technologies for health or e-health as one of the strategic instruments allowing not only to address the current disparities in the provision of health care services and rapid access to healthcare. information for better decision-making and intervention, but also to support and facilitate the achievement of universal health care goals of better outcomes, sustained health financing and a responsive health system.

Go, a presidential aspirant who has pledged to continue the Duterte administration’s agendas, also said that the current administration has institutionalized reforms to streamline government processes such as signing the Law of the Republic (RA) 11032 or of the Ease of Doing Business Act, the creation of an Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), facilitating the transition to e-governance and the implementation of the Philippine ID system, among others.

He said he plans to create more Malasakit centers to help cover hospital costs for indigent Filipinos. He is the author and sponsored of the adoption of the Law of the Republic No. 11463 or the Law on the Center of Malasakit.

The Malasakit Center Act provides poor and indigent Filipinos who have been hospitalized with convenient access to various government medical assistance programs.

There are currently 149 fully operational Malasakit centers across the country, which Go wants to double in its first 100 days, if elected president in the May 2022 election.

“My goal is for every public hospital in the country to have a Malasakit center. We will reduce our poor hospital bills to the lowest possible amount, if not zero, ”said Go. (RP)

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Smithfield Foods Announces First Participants in Support Program for Minority Farmers | Local http://tri-cap.org/smithfield-foods-announces-first-participants-in-support-program-for-minority-farmers-local/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 18:49:00 +0000 http://tri-cap.org/smithfield-foods-announces-first-participants-in-support-program-for-minority-farmers-local/

Smithfield Foods announced that the Martin family is the first family farmer to participate in its new contract growers program to support minority farmers on Thursday, November 18.

The new Unity and Action program has been developed to help overcome historic obstacles disproportionately faced by minority farmers and to diversify its pork supply chain.

Topics such as access to capital and the cost of capital were described in a short documentary from the perspective of the Martin family, highlighting the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. American agriculture.

The Martins are contract hog producers for Smithfield Foods, based in Wayne County.

The program is part of a $ 15 million commitment to unity and action that Smithfield made to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in food manufacturing, agriculture and education.

“Our position as America’s premier food company and pork producer comes with tremendous responsibility to our many stakeholders, including our employees and our communities,” said Shane Smith, President and CEO. the management of Smithfield Foods. “We recognize our responsibility to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in our industry through determined actions to pave the way for a stronger and more inclusive agricultural future for our communities. “

The Martins, who own J&J Martin Farm Produce, are descendants of Harry Martin, a man from North Carolina who escaped slavery and enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War as a member of the 135th United States Colored Troops (USCT). He returned to Wayne County and bought land in 1883 which he later gave to his children. His descendant, Larry Martin, has been running Martin Farms’ farming operations since 1986. In 2011, the family lost the ability to raise pigs after a weather event destroyed their barn.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), minority farmers make up only 5% of American farmers and less than 2% identify as black. Smithfield’s new contract farmers initiative to promote equity in agriculture has allowed the Martin family to return to their pig-farming heritage and will allow other minority farmers to enter or re-enter the industry.

“As the events of 2020 launched important conversations about race, justice and inclusion in America, we began to reflect on the fact that many of our farms are run by minorities, but not by minorities. “said Steve Evans, director of community development. for Smithfield Foods.

“It sparked a broader conversation for Smithfield about what we could do as a leader in our industry to improve access to agriculture for black farmers and other minorities and help overcome the systemic barriers that hinder their inclusion. . “

Last June, Smithfield launched its comprehensive program and proactively engaged the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) to discuss how to promote access for minority farmers to the agricultural industry. The resulting core program has been built up gradually over the past year with input from many black farmers and other minorities and the NCDA & CS. The first phase of the program focuses the company’s efforts in North Carolina – which is home to Smithfield’s largest operational footprint and nearly a quarter of its U.S. employees – and will be expanded to include other communities where its employees are located. firm. By the end of 2021, the company expects to have signed at least three more minority farmers into the program.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DCI) is a stand-alone pillar of Smithfield’s industry-leading sustainability program. To watch the company’s new documentary and for more information on its Unity & Action commitments, visit smithfieldfoods.com/unityandaction.

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