VFS presents The Actor’s Expo Online alongside CasAzul and Casting Workbook

The two-day expo is a free event for actors of all experience levels to connect with the industry and attend online discussions.

VANCOUVER , BC, CANADA, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ —

– Panelists include Academy Award©-nominated actor Marina de Tavira, Netflix’s VP of Spanish-language Originals Francisco Ramos, Writer/Director Simon Barry, Writer/Producer Jacquie Gould, and renowned Mexican actor Damián Alcázar.
– Discussions will span a variety of topics, from acting fundamentals, to kissing your co-star, to embracing diversity in acting.
– The event will be hosted by both English and Spanish-speaking guest speakers.

(Vancouver, BC) May 11, 2021 – Vancouver Film School (VFS), in partnership with CasAzul and Casting Workbook, has announced the launch of The Actor’s Expo Online. The two-day, free event offers the opportunity for actors of all experience levels to connect with the industry and attend numerous panels, presented by professionals in the creative industry.

Hosted in both English and Spanish, the panels will span a wide range of topics, including the fundamentals of acting, evolving technology, the effects of the pandemic on the industry, and a poignant discussion on embracing diversity in acting. Confirmed guest speakers include Academy Award©-nominated actor Marina de Tavira, Netflix’s VP of Spanish-language Originals Francisco Ramos, Omari Newton (The Dragon Prince), Karin Konoval (Planet of the Apes), Simon Barry (Writer/Director, Warrior Nun, Van Helsing), Jacquie Gould (Writer/Director, Van Helsing), VFS’s Head of Acting Jennifer Clement, Eréndira Ibarra (Sense8), and award-winning Mexican actor Damián Alcázar.

“We are humbled and honoured to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for actors from all walks of life to gather with their fellow community of creative artists and to ultimately be inspired. We have assembled such an incredible panel of guests to share their expertise in all facets of the creative experience. These challenging times have made it especially difficult to connect with one another, and we truly believe this event will reignite the passion that drives the actor in all of us.”-Jennifer Clement – Head of Acting, VFS

For more information about The Actor’s Expo, visit https://vfs.edu/events/actors-expo/en.

About Vancouver Film School
In 1987, Vancouver Film School introduced the world’s first true immersion film program. Today, VFS is Canada’s premier entertainment-arts centre, offering an immersive curriculum in film, animation, video game production, VR/AR development, motion and interactive design, programming, art/production foundation, and other related programs. VFS is known for providing high-quality education in accelerated timeframes. VFS alumni are consistently credited on the most successful products in the entertainment economies.

About CasAzul
Located in Mexico, CasAzul is a place for studying and practicing the art of acting. In this academic project sponsored by the Argos group, those interested in developing their skills as an actor can pursue a three-year program, accompanied by various workshops.

About Casting Workbook
Casting Workbook's philosophy has always been about innovation and over-the-top service. Being a leader of the pack since 1994, Casting Workbook has fought for what it believes in and provides the entertainment industry with a software solution that is focused on adding value. Today, amidst the changing industry, Casting Workbook has evolved into one of the most esteemed online breakdown services in the world; not because it was the first, but because it fully integrates with the casting process.

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A Half-Trillion Dollar Boost for the US Economy: More Green Cards for Skilled Immigrants

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Why aren’t we talking about the biggest and easiest accelerator available for the US economy?

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — At the start of the last Congress two years ago, I helped found All of Us: a grassroots organization with more than 5,000 members from 60+ countries: mostly graduate students at MIT, Stanford, Rensselaer, University of Texas at Austin, Penn State, Cornell, University of Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, Clemson, Indiana University, Pitt, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Brandeis, Virginia Tech, Duke, LSU, the University of Illinois, and West Virginia University.

Our professional fields include medical and scientific research (chemistry, computer science, physics, neurology, climate change, marketing science, and artificial intelligence, among others).

I am typical of All of Us membership – I have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with experience as a senior Multibody Dynamics Engineer. My specialty is in Virtual Prototyping of Mechanical Systems with aerospace and automotive applications.

Our work saves lives and creates jobs.

Just a few weeks ago, I became a US citizen. So, on behalf of All of Us, I would like to add a simple point to our national debate on immigration policy that is sadly neglected:

Congress must deliver what it promises – promptly.

It doesn’t.

Congress tries to manage legal immigration by promising more than it delivers. When that inevitably causes problems, Congress makes more promises. Things get worse instead of better.

I realize that there are even worse family backlogs, but since they are (mostly) outside the United States let me focus on just one example.

There are already more than 1 million people living in the US, eligible for green cards sponsored by employers. A half million of them are working here legally.

But they are indentured to their sponsors until the green card arrives after decades of delay.

Like all backlogs, this is a not enough problem. So, the answer is more green cards. That’s just basic math – which both the biggest players outside Congress as well as many within our national legislature desperately want to avoid.

Big Tech employers push zero sum legislation, instead: replacing per country distribution of green cards with first come, first served without more. That way, no one can wait less, until someone else waits longer. The Congressional Research Service has documented that means doubling the backlog – and perpetuating it.

All of Us instead endorses President Biden’s bill – the US Citizenship Act of 2021 – as well as separate legislation introduced by Senator Rand Paul and shortly, by Senator Dick Durbin, also. There are many ways to deliver more green cards.

We cite the Biden bill specifically because it is the best. Whatever else Congress does, we urge Congress to act on its employment-based provisions, achieving fairness by adding more green cards.

We particularly urge Congress – especially Republicans — to look down the road on what some call merit-based immigration. America risks crippling higher education and our technology advantages by mistreating the best and brightest from all over the world.

It is true that because of COVID, by the end of this fiscal year, roughly a quarter million family based green cards will have been reallocated to the employment-based categories. That unreported robbing family to help workers has been a substantial relief to many in the backlog.

Yet we’re like the Titanic approaching the iceberg: the professional society for physicists surveyed its foreign graduate students and found nearly 90% might simply leave the US and never return, if they were burdened with the delays that now afflict those born in India, and some from China.

That is what zero sum legislation would do.

Critical health care professionals like nurses and doctors also urgently need a supply of green cards. Let’s be blunt: without enough nurses and doctors in this pandemic, people will die.

Or consider the space program. In the Wall Street Journal, Varmi Verma, chief engineer for robotic operations for the Perseverance rover now exploring Mars “… reels off a list of colleagues’ countries of origin: ;Greece, Russia, India, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Mexico’—she pauses, then continues—‘Argentina, France, Italy, the U.K., Colombia. It’s almost every place I can think of.’”

But All of Us isn’t just sounding a warning. We are urging Congress to step on the economy’s accelerator. This is not a question of displacing American workers or labor supply effects on wages. Backlogged workers have been here for a decade. Emancipating them with green cards means they take higher paying jobs, start their own businesses and – critically – the jobs they leave must be filled.

Those are all increases in economic growth. Big increases.

In 2011, economists Sankar Mukhopadhyay and David Oxborrow calculated the economic value of a green card to be $11,860.

Apply that calculus to the Biden bill’s immediate emancipation of half a million workers with green cards. The economic benefit is roughly a half-trillion dollar increase in GDP in the first year: good for us all.

America is not a zero sum nation.

Maz Rostamian is an activist for legal immigration.

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Robert Weiner


Former White House spokesman Robert Weiner, senior policy analyst Ben Lasky and policy analyst Rebecca Lee argue in The Roanoke Times (and featured in OpEdNews) that it’s time for colleges to use their endowments as they were intended: as a “rainy day fund.” For the past year, students have not had access to the same college experience as before Covid-19. So why have they been charged pre-Covid prices?

Weiner, Lasky and Lee begin, “While life is beginning to return to normal due to COVID vaccinations, most college students still aren’t being offered what they usually would in a non-Coronavirus world.”

They argue, “One of the most serious problems facing young people today is student debt – with a whopping $1.56 trillion owed. Yet colleges and universities across the nation, including in the outstanding Roanoke area schools, charge full tuition (or close to it) for a fraction of the value due to the impact of COVID-19’s necessary cutbacks.”

They continue, “For example, Virginia Tech has a $1.43 billion endowment, yet for half the academic year students paid 100% tuition for about 10% of what is usually offered.”

They write, “Not only classes, but much of the residential life, such as sports, in-person clubs, debating, dorm life, and all other group extra-curricular activities — in other words, the friendships that last a lifetime, and are the prime reasons you go to college in the first place, were not being offered.”

They go on, “And even as colleges ease restrictions, things are not all the way back yet. Current students should not accrue debt when they’re only getting a portion of the college benefits.”

They explain, “On Roanoke College’s website, there is a page that boasts 12 ‘surprising things about life at Roanoke College.’”

They contend, “The problem is that most of the items listed weren’t possible for most of this year. ‘You can do your laundry without your mom’ is one of the reasons listed. But you don’t have to when Mom is still your roommate because dorms were closed.”

They assert, “Attending sporting events is also listed. “At Roanoke, students are proud to be Maroons, and they aren’t afraid to show it!” It’s kind of hard to “show it” when very few fans are allowed.”

They point out, “If colleges are still in need of money—endowments—not charging full tuition and housing to underserved students—should help make up the difference.”

They write, “The six colleges and universities (nationally) that received the most in endowments in 2020 are as follows:

1. Harvard: $41 billion

2. Yale: $30.3 billion

3. Stanford: $27.7 billion

4. Princeton: $25.6 billion

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: $17.4 billion

6. University of Pennsylvania: $14.6 billion

Local Endowments are less but still high:

1. University of Virginia: $9.9 billion

2. Virginia Commonwealth University: $ 1.99 billion

3. Washington & Lee University: $1.7 billion

4. Virginia Tech: $1.34 billion

5. William & Mary: $976.7 million

6. Virginia Military Institute: $539.6 million

7. Hampton University: $280.6 million

8. Old Dominion University: $265.8 million

9. Hollins University: $182.7 million

10. Roanoke College: $142.3 million

11. Radford University: $60.2 million

12. Ferrum College: $52.3 million”

They continue, “This is a temporary solution. Once COVID-19 subsides, colleges can begin to charge full tuition again for all amenities and educational benefits. Colleges and universities’ endowments routinely can, and will, replenish themselves quickly and effectively, by continuing to raise money from wealthy alumni, as they usually do, through their normal marketing—maybe even better if they adopt this policy as the emergency it is.”

They explain, “Endowment money can be spent as the managers see fit. This money can—and should—be used to keep these institutions afloat while offering a discount to students. However, after staying home during spring and summer, students were dealt a blow when fall 2020 hit: many colleges and universities stayed virtual while charging the full amount of tuition. Some institutions did offer a ridiculously small 5-10% discount.”

They argue, “Tuition often includes the use of certain facilities, such as gyms and libraries. But if students are not using these accommodations during the COVID-19 pandemic (Virginia Tech students can currently reserve only four hours a day in the library even during finals), why should they be forced to pay for them?”

They go on, “Every year, Harvard has about 6,700 undergraduate students. Harvard ranks #1 for its endowment. According to an article by ThinkAdvisor, Harvard accumulated $41 billion in endowment money in 2020 alone. Despite this, students were still charged the full tuition of $49,653 at the beginning of their 2020-2021 semester, which was all virtual.”

They contend, “Students already carry large amounts of stress, often wondering how they are going to pay their full tuition back after graduation. Now, they are learning that they are not garnering the benefits while still being charged full price.”

Weiner, Lasky and Lee conclude, “Endowments must be used to help colleges and universities balance dangerous, stressful, and trying times. For students, these are indeed the ‘rainy days.’ Even as the pandemic ends, colleges still owe students the money for what they did not receive. The endowments' billions will barely be touched. Give a break to the students who will soon lead us into the economic future.”

Link to article: https://roanoke.com/opinion/columnists/weiner-lee-and-lasky-covid-is-time-for-va-and-us-colleges-to-use-endowments/article_13fa2ad0-9894-11eb-ae85-2b4dcb32e237.html

Link to OpEdNews version: https://www.opednews.com/articles/Covid-is-Time-for-VA-and-U-by-Robert-Weiner-College_Covid-19_Debt_Economic-210509-463.html

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Schaeffer's Investment Research Says Spending Thirty Minutes a Day Doing This Could Improvement Investment Performance

Schaeffer's Investment Research Says Spending Thirty Minutes a Day Doing This Could Improvement Investment Performance

CINCINNATI, OH, USA, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — A bit of effort each day may improve your investment performance. Schaeffer's Investment Research details how.

Did you know that many professional investors fail to beat markets? This means that stock market indexes, like the DJIA, enjoy better growth than the investor’s own portfolio. Investing is hard, but the experts at Schaeffer's Investment Research are going to provide some vital insights for potentially improving your performance.

“When it comes to investing, the more you know, the better the position you are in,” a spokesperson from Schaeffer's Investment Research argues. “Investors should spend at least 30 minutes a day brushing up on current market conditions and potential events that could impact markets.”

Markets move quickly and yesterday’s knowledge may be out of date. It’s smart to skim news websites each day and then read the stories that might have the biggest impact on markets. Finance-oriented news sources, like the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, offer a great place to start.

Many developments can have a huge impact on markets even if they don’t initially seem economic in nature. Take the COVID-19 pandemic. While primarily a health crisis, the pandemic had a huge impact on the world economy and thus markets.

From an investor’s point of view, government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic were just as important as the pandemic itself (at least as far as markets are concerned). Government actions to shut down borders and travel had a huge, largely detrimental impact on airlines and the hospitality industry, for example.

On the flip side, relaxed monetary policies, stimulus packages, bailouts, and other actions to protect the economy helped bolster the economy and markets. Many investors would benefit from staying on top of government policies.

“Big events can be difficult to understand, but if you spend time each day learning about them, you may start to get a better grasp on markets,” a spokesperson for Schaeffer's says.

Of course, staying on top of events is easier said than done. Some financial firms and analysis websites offer useful newsletters that provide summaries of various events that could impact markets. It’s smart to find newsletters that are relevant to your investments.

Why Schaeffer's Investment Research Offers Real-Time Options Alerts

The experts at Schaeffer's Investment Research don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk. One of the most popular services offered by their research team is their real-time options alerts. These alerts provide timely insights into various things that could impact options prices.

“Options can be impacted very quickly by developments,” a spokesperson for Schaeffer's Investment Research points out. “Many investors use options to protect their investments as a form of insurance. As such, options prices are often among the quickest assets to respond to market changes.”

By signing up for real-time options alerts and other timely indicators, investors can get a better feel for the market. This, in turn, will allow them to make knowledge and data-informed decisions.

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James Feldkamp Offers Advice For People Trying to Secure a Career in Security Studies

James Feldkamp Offers Advice For People Trying to Secure a Career in Security Studies

ARLINGTON, VA, UNITED STATES, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Considering a career in security studies? Read on to learn what international security expert James Feldkamp has to say.

James Feldkamp, also known as Jim Feldkamp is recognized by many as a leader in international security studies and has taught classes at Georgetown and other institutions. He’s also helped the American government and other organizations plan for and confront security challenges both at home and abroad. If you’re considering a career in security studies, he’s going to share some must-known insights.

“First, when we talk about a career in security studies,” James Feldkamp says, “we can break it down into at least two major categories. You could go the academic route, teaching classes and producing academic research. Or you can go the applied route, working for the government and other organizations in the field. Think tanks and policy institutes often offer a middle path as well, combining applied and academic.”

Which route is best for you? That arguably depends on what most draws your interests and what you find most exciting. When it comes to excelling in any given field, success often correlates with engagement. If you’re more interested in a topic, you’ll be more likely to learn. This will help you build skills, which could impact the trajectory of your career.

Perspectives matter. Some academics might argue that they focus on the bigger picture, which in turn is arguably more exciting than the “nuts and bolts.” People working in applied areas of security might argue that the results of their work are more tangible and thus ultimately more engaging.

“There’s no right or wrong,” James Feldkamp says, “I’ve spent time working in applied security studies, and also time teaching classes. I’ve loved both, and I think my experience in applied security improved my productivity in academia and vice-versa. The trick is finding what’s best for you at a given moment.”

James Feldkamp Talks About Building Up Your Own Security Expertise

So how should you build up your expertise in security studies? Often, the first thing people think about is education. Getting the right degree is great, but it’s sometimes not enough. Studying outside of class is important, and so too is gaining real-world experience.

“I’m a huge supporter of education at every level,” James Feldkamp says. “Getting an undergraduate or graduate degree in security studies is great. But you need to learn on your own too. Pick up coding skills on the side, for example, so you can improve your IT security knowledge. Read history so you better understand geopolitics."

Hands-on experience is also important for just about every field, but especially security studies.

“When it comes to security studies, understanding what it’s like on the ground and seeing how events unfold in the real world is essential,” James Feldkamp says. “Different experiences are great for their individual reasons. Working at the State Department, or for law enforcement, or corporate security at a big company, each experience will be different, but each will also be very valuable.”

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Gia Gasparino Reviews the Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Gia Gasparino Reviews the Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Gia Gasparino Reviews the Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

There Are a Lot of Misconceptions About Lyme Disease and Gia Gasparino Is Here to Discuss Them

PRESTON, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Gia Gasparino Reviews the Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Ticks are known to transmit some serious infections that can lead to a variety of life-threatening symptoms. One of the most common is Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a disease that is transmitted by the deer tick. It is passed from a tick to a person when the tick feeds on that person's blood. Even though Lyme disease is known to be deadly, there are a lot of misconceptions out there. Gia Gasparino is here to review some of them for everyone’s benefit.
Gia Gasparino Discusses the Stereotypical Bulls-Eye Rash and Testing Issues
Over 75% of people do not see or exhibit the “bullseye rash”. If you test negative for Lyme disease, that does not mean you are not infected. Current testing for Lyme disease is very poor, and the likelihood of receiving a false negative is very high from your typical local lab such as Quest diagnostics. Sadly, people test negative over 60% of the time. These people will get tested from the same Lab several times with the same negative result. IGeneX is a lab that specializes in Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Find a doctor who uses this lab, or is willing to send you bloodwork to this lab, if you test negative but continue to have symptoms.

Similar to other conditions, Lyme disease can vary widely in terms of its scope and severity. One of the Hallmark symptoms is the bulls-eye rash. Even though many people are familiar with it, many people who contract Lyme disease do not exhibit this stereotypical rash. According to Gia Gasparino, there are some negative tests for Lyme disease that could be false negatives. The current testing for Lyme disease is still very poor. Therefore, the chances of receiving a false negative test are high. Therefore, it is important for everyone who is concerned they may have Lyme disease to work with a doctor who specializes in this area. That way, they understand which tests are most accurate.
Not All Doctors Know How To Correctly Diagnose and Treat Lyme Disease
Even though a lot of doctors are somewhat familiar with Lyme disease, this does not necessarily mean they understand how to diagnose and treat it. According to Gia Gasparino, Lyme disease is still a significant controversy in the medical community. Therefore, patients should look for a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor, or LLMD, so they know they are receiving proper care. The sooner Lyme disease is diagnosed, the faster it can be treated. This could make a significant difference in a patient's overall prognosis. Working with an LLMD is a critical part of the recovery process.
It Is Possible To Contract Lyme Disease More Than Once
Finally, it is also important to remember that people can contract Lyme disease more than once. According to Gia Gasparino, someone does not become immune from Lyme disease simply because they have had it at once. It is possible to contract Lyme disease many times if someone is bitten by a tick that has been infected. Furthermore, ticks can also carry a wide variety of diseases. In addition to Lyme disease, ticks also carry diseases such as Borrelia, Bartonella, Ehrlichiosis, Babesia, and even Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Each infection is different, so someone may require different antibiotics for each infection. That is why it is important for people to work with a trained specialist if they are concerned they have contracted a tick-borne illness.

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ComplianceOnline Hosts Seminar on MDSAP Implementation & Participating Country Regulatory Processes: U.S, Canada, Brazil

Medical Device Single Audit Program [MDSAP] Implementation

"Medical Device Single Audit Program Implementation & Participating Country Regulatory Processes" Seminar has been added to ComplianceOnline.com's offering.

SAN JOSE, CA, UNITED STATES, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — ComplianceOnline announced the details of its upcoming one-day that will highlight Medical Device Single Audit Program implementation and the Regulatory Requirements for the participating MDSAP Countries of: U.S., Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Japan.

Global Medical Device Regulations continue to evolve, as devices become more diverse and sophisticated. Understanding the regulations and requirements in your targeted markets will expedite the speed-to-market of innovative products and assist patients needing access to life-saving products and technologies. Government Regulatory Authorities, needing to become more efficient with their time, are looking for ways to better use their internal resources without compromising safety in products, which become marketable. One such example is the Medical Device Single Audit Program [MDSAP], where Authorized Organizations would be allowed to carry out a single GMP audit on medical device manufacturing facilities and have it stand to support registrations across the current participating member countries: U.S. Canada, Brazil, Australia and Japan. Health Canada has now made the MDSAP process mandatory for all licensed products in Canada.

This 6-hour seminar is focused on understanding the Medical Device Single Audit Program, the scope of the program, how to apply, the Authorized Organizations, the rating system developed, and what you can expect when signing onto the program. The webinar will discuss how such audits are organized, what to expect during an MDSAP audit, how does it differs from a typical certified body audit, and document movement and timeline expectations in receiving the facility’s certificate.

Learning Objectives:

• The Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP)
• Device Classification
• Licensing Pathways
• Medical Device GMP
• Inspections
• Device Labeling
• License Holder Responsibilities
• Timelines and Fees
• Country Specific Cultural Considerations and Challenges
• Adverse Event Reporting

Who Will Benefit:

This seminar will provide invaluable assistance to all personnel in the Medical Device industry, who have a stake in expanding their business into a MDSAP participating country and for those interested in more information about MDSAP and how it may apply to them.

This seminar will be particularly useful for those involved in research and development, document creation for regulatory submission, data handling and for those conducting/monitoring/coordinating clinical investigation, performing risk management and post-market vigilance/surveillance. This seminar is a must for those who are looking to apply for a medical device registration and product license in a MDSAP country.

Those employees working in the following roles will significantly benefit by attending:

• Regulatory Affairs
• Quality assurance, quality control, and quality systems
• Product development personnel
• Contract research organizations
• Business management
• Site managers
• Senior and executive management
• Contractors and subcontractors
• Distributors
• Consultants

For more information or to register for this seminar, please click here.
Virtual Training Through WebEx
Date: May 26, 2021 (11:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT)

About the Speaker:
Bob is a Global Regulatory and CMC expert with 28 years of prior industry experience in international regulatory management and compliance, global business development and global supply chain management. Mr. Russell formerly held senior leadership positions, in these functional areas, at Dow Pharmaceuticals and Cordis-Dow Medical Devices. His experience and knowledge span Healthcare Authority’s requirements and regulatory processes across Life Science products.
For the past 18 years, Bob has been President & CEO of RJR Consulting, Inc. The company assists the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech industries in understanding Regulations affecting compliance and in conducting product registrations with their clients in more than 95 countries.
He holds a BS / MS in Chemistry.

About ComplianceOnline.com:

ComplianceOnline is a leading provider of regulatory compliance training programs for companies and professionals in regulated industries. ComplianceOnline has successfully trained over 55,000 professionals from 15,000 companies to comply with the requirements of regulatory agencies. ComplianceOnline is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and can be reached at http://www.complianceonline.com. ComplianceOnline is a MetricStream portal. MetricStream (www.metricstream.com) is a market leader in Enterprise-wide Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC), and Quality Management Solutions for global corporations.

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BootUp Professional Development to Participate in The 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase: COVID, Equity & Social Justice

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STEM for All

STEM for All #STEMvideohall

The #STEMvideohall will be open from May 11 to 18!

The Wind River Elementary Computer Science Collaborative will be featured May 11th-18th at https://stemforall2021.videohall.com/

OREM, UTAH, UNITED STATES, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Wind River Elementary Computer Science (CS) Collaborative will be featured in the 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation. The event will be held online from May 11th – 18th at https://stemforall2021.videohall.com/.

The presentation, entitled "The Wind River Elementary Computer Science Collaborative," looks at integrating computer science and Wyoming’s “Indian Education for All” social studies standards in culturally relevant ways. Thanks to the National Science Foundation, the project is broadening participation in computer science for Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho elementary students living on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming in a culturally relevant way.

"BootUp is excited to be collaborating with teams from three Wyoming school districts, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and the Wyoming Department of Education on this initiative," said Abby Funabiki, BootUp's Associate Executive Director. "We are learning from local educators, the community, and students as we create content around Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone history and culture. As someone who's been inspired by many projects through the STEM for All Video Showcase, it's a thrill to share our work with the community."

"Our goal is to co-create elementary computer science curricular materials with teachers, administrators, and community members across the Wind River Reservation. We want to ensure the voices, history, language, and culture of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho people are centered in this collaborative," said Dr. Joseph P. Wilson, Principal Consultant, AIR. "We're extremely proud of our progress so far and are excited to showcase our efforts at the STEM for All Video Showcase!"

Now in its seventh year, the annual showcase will feature over 250 innovative projects aimed at improving Science, Math, Engineering, and CS education, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the eight-day event, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and public members are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.

The theme for this year's event is "COVID, Equity & Social Justice." Video presentations address broadening participation, impacts of COVID on STEM teaching and learning, design implementation on STEM and CS programs, research informing STEM and CS teaching and learning, and measuring impact of innovative programs. Collectively the presentations cover a broad range of topics, including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, broadening participation, research experiences, mentoring, professional development, NGSS, and the Common Core.

The STEM for All Video Showcase is hosted by TERC, in partnership with: STEMTLnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers, NARST, NCTM, NSTA, NSF INCLUDES, and QEM. The showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1922641).

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Aspire Technology Partners Announces Two Leaders Featured on Prestigious CRN 2021 Women of the Channel List

Aspire Technology Partners

Aspire Technology Partners

Lorraine Azzinaro named to the Women of the Channel Power 60 Solution Providers Award

Lorraine Azzinaro named to the Women of the Channel Power 60 Solution Providers Award

Amanda LaBrecque Named to Women of the Channel 2021 List

Amanda LaBrecque Named to Women of the Channel 2021 List

Lorraine Azzinaro, COO, and Amanda LaBrecque, VP of Lifecycle Services and Customer Success Recognized for Strength, Vision & Achievements as IT Channel Leaders

Lorraine and Amanda provide strong leadership to our team to ensure that we keep our promises to customers and help them achieve successful outcomes..”

— John C. Harris, Aspire President & CEO

EATONTOWN, NJ, US, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Aspire Technology Partners is proud to announce that Lorraine Azzinaro, Chief Operating Officer, and Amanda LaBrecque, Vice President of Lifecycle Services and Customer Success, have been named to the prestigious CRN 2021 Women of the Channel list. The annual list recognizes the unique strengths, vision and achievements of female leaders in the IT channel. The women honored on this year’s list pushed forward with comprehensive business plans, marketing initiatives and other innovative ideas to support their partners and customers, helping them through the uncertainty brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic. CRN celebrates these exceptional women for their leadership, dedication and channel advocacy. The 2021 Women of the Channel list acknowledges women from all over the IT channel, including vendors, distributors and solution providers.

Additionally, Lorraine was named to the Women of the Channel Power 60 Solution Providers Award which highlights exemplary executives who continue to drive professional success through significant influence, leadership and dedication to their own organizations and the entire IT channel.

In her role as Chief Operating Officer for Aspire Technology Partners, Lorraine Azzinaro has responsibility and oversight for finance and operations. Lorraine has led Aspire through a successful expansion of product lines and geographic territory. Prior to joining Aspire seven years ago, Lorraine held various senior finance and accounting roles across a diverse variety of industries including multiple IT Channel organizations. Lorraine is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and holds a B.S. in Business Economics from SUNY Oneonta, and an MBA in Finance from Binghamton University.

In her role as Vice President of Lifecycle Services and Customer Success, Amanda LaBrecque is responsible for overseeing Aspire’s Lifecycle Management practice including managing clients’ installed base, day-to-day support of existing maintenance agreements, and presenting renewable services contracts and subscriptions to ensure consistency in coverage and cost savings. She also owns strategic planning, execution and the leadership of Aspire’s Customer Success teams responsible for providing post-sales services focused on client satisfaction, adoption, and facilitating successful customer outcomes. Amanda has served as a Customer Success champion at Aspire for nearly a decade and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Susquehanna University.

“Lorraine and Amanda provide strong leadership to our team to ensure that we keep our promises to customers and help them achieve successful outcomes. They look beyond the technology to help Aspire become true partners in our clients’ businesses,” said John C. Harris, Aspire President & CEO. “This acknowledgment from CRN recognizes their success in putting our customers first and ensuring that we consistently deliver value.”

“CRN’s 2021 Women of the Channel list acknowledges accomplished, influential women whose dedication, hard work, and leadership accelerate channel growth,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “We are proud to honor them for their many accomplishments and look forward to their continued contributions to the IT channel.”

The 2021 Women of the Channel list will be featured in CRN Magazine on May 10th and online at www.CRN.com/WOTC.

About Aspire
Aspire is a professional technology services firm specializing in the delivery of digital infrastructure solutions and managed services designed specifically to achieve our clients’ business goals. We believe technology sits at the heart of every enterprise strategy. Our team takes time to understand your business initiatives and align technology solutions to drive the organization forward. Aspire’s outcome-driven approach accelerates your journey by combining secure digital infrastructure, world-class design and implementation expertise, and managed services – all centered around transforming today’s multi-cloud architectures into enablers of business value. Headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey, Aspire is focused on serving the tri-state, mid-Atlantic, and New England regions with local operations in Mount Laurel, NJ; Conshohocken, PA; Albany and White Plains, NY; and Cambridge, MA. For more information, visit www.aspiretransforms.com.

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers, and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelcompany.com
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CCHR: Mental Health Month is Time to End Drug and Electroshock Use in Children

CCHR: Mental Health Month is Time to End Drug and Electroshock Use in Children

6.1 million children and teens, some as young as one, prescribed psychotropic drugs, children 5 or younger electroshocked, and teens dying from restraints in behavioral hospitals—watchdog group says Mental Health Month fails America’s children.

6 million children on psychotropic drugs, children 5 & under electroshocked, teens dying from restraints—watchdog group says Mental Health Month fails children

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Citizens Commission on Human Rights International says Mental Health Month should raise red flags about the high number of children and adolescents being drugged, electroshocked or violently restrained in behavioral and psychiatric facilities. It says massive changes are needed to protect children and youths, pointing to millions of children on prescribed mind-altering drugs, and zero- to five-year-olds being electroshocked. CCHR called for nationwide legislative protections, highlighting that 94% of U.S. states have failed to legislate rights to protect “troubled youths” treated in behavioral facilities, contributing to restraint deaths.[1]

May 1 marked one year since Cornelius Frederick, 16, an African American foster youth, died as a result of restraint at a now-closed for-profit behavioral facility in Michigan. He was restrained for 12 minutes for unruly behavior—throwing a sandwich on the floor. Video revealed a staff member took Frederick out of his seat and onto the floor. Then, at least six staff members held him on the ground. He pleaded that he could not breathe. At least three of the male staffers were over six feet tall and weighed 215 pounds or more, according to a state investigation report.[2]

Powerful psychiatric drugs can play a role in restraint deaths. For example, antipsychotics can induce asphyxia.[3] CCHR tracks the number of children prescribed psychotropic drugs because of the laundry list of potential serious risks. The IQVia Total Patient Tracker Database for 2020 reveals: 6,155,852 zero- to seventeen-year-olds were prescribed such drugs, of which 418,425 were aged five or younger. This breaks down to:

• 3,155,441: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drugs such as stimulants and amphetamines (0-5: 58,091)
• 2,154,118: Antidepressants (0-5: 35,216)
• 1,153,351: Anti-Anxiety drugs (sedatives, benzodiazepines; 0-5: 233,125)
• 829,372: Antipsychotics (0-5: 30,632)
• 794,715: Mood stabilizers (0-5: 100,233)[4]

These drugs have more than 409 international drug regulatory agency warnings of side effects, including hallucinations, mania, psychosis, suicidal ideation, worsening depression, addiction, withdrawal, and a great deal more.[5]

According to a 2019 study published in PLoS One, over the past 10–15 years, off-label prescribing of antipsychotics has been increasing for diverse indications such as ADHD and insomnia, despite lack of evidence for efficacy and black box Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings relating to patient safety.[6]

FDA has a black box warning on antidepressants inducing suicide in those under 24 years old and the failure of these, especially, can lead to electroshock being recommended, which involves up to 460 volts of electricity through the brain, causing a grand mal seizure.

Not all state health agencies or the federal government maintain statistics on exactly how many Americans are electroshocked each year. However, at least nine states from which CCHR obtained information, report children electroshocked between the ages of zero and five.[7]

FDA warns electroshock can cause physical trauma (fractures, contusions, injury from falls, dental and oral injury) prolonged or delayed seizures, heart attack and even death. Other risks include permanent memory loss, confusion and cognitive dysfunction.[8]

A recent review of ECT studies by Dr. John Read, Ph.D., concluded that there is no evidence that ECT prevents suicide, as often claimed. The study involved 14,810 patients who received ECT and 58,369 controls. Patients in the ECT group were 16 times more likely to attempt suicide over 12 months than the non-ECT patients.[9]

ECT can cause brain damage, the exact incidence of which remains unknown. If brain damage is defined as memory loss persisting at least six months after the last ECT, the researchers found a range from 12% to 55%. Some psychiatrists claim that it doesn’t cause brain damage but a manufacturer of ECT machines includes “permanent brain damage” as a risk.

Bennet Omalu, MPH, a neuropathologist who identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy in National Football League players, also stated that functional injuries resulting from ECT must be considered as both repetitive brain injury and repetitive electrical trauma.[10]

As it’s not known how ECT works, subjecting children to it makes it experimental, CCHR says. The World Health Organization says ECT is not indicated in children. Because children cannot “consent,” any non-consensual electroshock is considered torture, according to United Nations Human Rights Council and Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.[11]

Yet, a major psychiatric hospital in the U.S. minimizes the risks of ECT given teens in an article on its website headlined, “Electroconvulsive therapy for adolescents: Make sure it’s on the menu.” [Emphasis added]

CCHR’s online petition to ban ECT garners signatures every week.

Since 1969, CCHR has helped obtain more than 190 laws worldwide that provide patient protections, including a ban on electroshock for minors in four U.S. states. Along with others, it campaigned to get the FDA black box suicide warning on antidepressants in 2004.

[1] https://www.cchrint.org/2021/04/19/94-of-states-fail-in-protecting-troubled-youths-in-behavioral-centers/

[2] Tyler Kincade, “Video shows fatal restraint of Cornelius Frederick, 16, in Michigan foster facility,” NBC/Yahoo! News, 22 Jul 2020, https://news.yahoo.com/video-shows-tackling-fatal-restraint-005214163.html

[3] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5916451_Choking_caused_by_antipsychotics

[4] https://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/children-on-psychiatric-drugs/

[5] https://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/

[6] Meghan May, et al., “The antipsychotic medication, risperidone, causes global immunosuppression in healthy mice,” PLoS One, 26 June 2019, https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0218937

[7] https://www.cchrint.org/2020/09/29/cchr-drugs-electroshock-to-0-17-year-olds-and-pregnant-women-needs-urgent-change/

[8] https://www.cchrint.org/2016/05/05/apa-lobbies-fda-to-electroshockchildren/, citing: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/12/26/2018-27809/neurological-devices-reclassification-of-electroconvulsive-therapy-devices-effective-date-of

[9] John Read, Ph.D., et al, “ECT: Dangerous on Either Side of the Pond,” Psychiatric Times, Vol 38, Issue 4, 5 Apr. 2021, https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/ect-dangerous-either-side-pond

[10] Ibid., citing: Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board meeting minutes. California Department of Rehabilitation. August 26, 2019. Accessed February 12, 2021, https://www.dor.ca.gov/Content/DorIncludes/documents/TBI/TBI Full Committee Meeting Minutes 8-26-19.docx

[11] https://truthaboutect.org/united-nations-report-recognizes-enforced-ect-as-torture/ citing: “WHO RESOURCE BOOK ON MENTAL HEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGISLATION,” p. 64, https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/default/files/mental_health/docs/who_resource_book_en.pdf; A/HRC/22/53, “Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez,” United Nations, General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Twenty-second Session, Agenda Item 3, 1 Feb. 2013, p. 23, https://www.hr-dp.org/files/2015/07/23/Report_of_the_Special_Rapporteur_on_torture,2013.pdf; “Mental health and human rights: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development,” Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General, Human Rights Council, 10-28 Sept. 2018, p. 14, point 46, https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/MentalHealth/A_HRC_39_36_EN.pdf

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