US parents are investing heavily in Internet services, electronics to prepare their children for remote learning – GfK

US parents have spent a great deal on remote learning — and plan to spend more

From computers to snacks, families have been spending on at-home schooling needs – and they plan to buy more

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, September 3, 2020 / — With many US schools opting for remote learning this fall, parents have unleashed a boom in spending to help prepare their children. Just-released research from GfK shows that families have already invested in everything from smartphones to snacks – and that they intend to spend even more.

The new GfK Consumer Pulse research – conducted from August 19th to 24th, 2020 – shows that 51% of parents report that their children (ages 3 to 18) will be learning online-only this fall, and another 31% say their kids will have a mix of in-person and online classes.

Among these parents of remote-learning children, 60% say they have already signed up for new Internet services (such as broadband or hotspots) to prepare for the school year. (See Table 1.) In addition, 51% report purchasing new electronics (e.g., smartphones), 48% have bought computers (desktops, laptops, or tablets), and 39% have acquired new workspace furniture.

These families are also stocking up on more traditional school-related items – 51% have bought lunches and snacks, and 49% have purchased notebooks, pencils, and other supplies.

The buying continues …

In addition to the money they have already spent, parents with remote-learning children have plans to buy even more items in these same categories – with 29% saying they intend to purchase school supplies and food items; 22%, furniture, and 15%, Internet and streaming services.

All in all, 75% of parents with remote-learning children have already upgraded their Internet services or plan to do so. Two-thirds (65%) have bought or plan to buy computing equipment; and 61% have gotten or will get new furniture.

“Last spring, many families scrambled to accommodate remote learning and work from home within their existing infrastructure, creating makeshift learning spaces and putting a lot of stress on internet bandwidth,” said Stacy Bereck, Managing Director of Consumer Insights and Sales Effectiveness at GfK North America. “With more time to plan for the fall, parents are making investments in the products and services that they believe will best prepare their kids for the new normal of remote or hybrid learning.”

GfK’s Consumer Pulse research covers 30 countries, allowing brands and marketers to #MasterTheCrisis by understanding consumer attitudes, behavior, purchase intent, media consumption, and more – both now and in the future. The research reveals changes in demand for goods and services, as well as which sectors and channels present risks or opportunities, so that companies can respond with confidence and come out of the crisis stronger, better positioned, and closer to consumers than before.

As part of this research, GfK interviewed a representative sample of 1,004 US consumers (ages 16 to 65) during August 19th through 24th, 2020.

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Write On Fundraising Prepares for 2020 philanthrOK: Rally Point- Oklahoma’s First and Only Accelerator to Nonprofits

Tulsa based company prepares for the innovative accelerator for nonprofits & social entrepreneurs, philanthrOK: Rally Point.

Write On Fundraising is different from our competitors in that we provide an individualized approach to nonprofits in need of fundraising.”

— Laura Orwig

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES, September 3, 2020 / — Write On Fundraising Prepares for 2020 philanthrOK: Rally Point- Oklahoma’s First and Only Accelerator to Nonprofits
Tulsa based Write On Fundraising is preparing for their innovative accelerator to nonprofits, philanthrOK: Rally Point. The exclusive accelerator will run from September through November and aims to move nonprofits and social entrepreneurs forward in the start-up and restart stages of organizational development.
September 2, 2020, TULSA, OKLAHOMA–

Made up of multiple fundraising professionals with years of experience, Write On Fundraising offers a unique approach to fundraising comprehensively. The organization’s accelerator to nonprofits, philanthrOK: Rally Point, is the only program of its kind in the state. Joining forces with Tulsa Tech, Write On Fundraising’s invaluable opportunity consists of:
-Ten weeks of formal nonprofit training, complete with presentation to the philanthrOK Funder Panel
-Access to industry experts, peer-to-peer coaching, networking, and an array of resources and class materials
-An opportunity to privately workshop a fundraising idea with Write On Fundraising staff
-A Certificate of Completion and earned credit hours from Tulsa Tech (upon completion)

“As one of the most philanthropic cities in the United States, we should also be launching some of the nation’s most innovative nonprofit organizations,” says Lindsay Jordan, CEO of Write On Fundraising. “[philanthrOK: Rally Point] provides the tools that change-makers and thought leaders need to tackle big picture ideas,” Jordan adds.

Another element of Write On Fundraising’s philanthrOK programming is the organization’s talk show – philanthrOK: Retrospect, whose most recent episode featured nonprofit leaders who are also mothers.

In that episode, the panelists explored the unique challenges brought on by the convergence of motherhood and mission-driven work. philanthrOK: Retrospect premiered in February, and new episodes launch every other month. October 14th’s episode will feature Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith.

Write On Fundraising is now accepting applications to its Pathways to Philanthropy Apprenticeship program, the third (and newest) member of the philanthrOK trio. This two-year apprenticeship program seeks to provide a direct point of entry to professional philanthropy for BIPOC through paid, on-the-job grant writer training, mentorship, and donor network building. Designed specifically for entry-level applicants with less than 12 months of fundraising experience, Pathways to Apprenticeship targets the primary barriers to entering the field for BIPOC.

Each of these programs set Write On Fundraising apart from other fundraising networks. Another unique element to the organization is their pro bono grant writing services available to select social justice organizations. Write On Fundraising is currently accepting applications for this.

“Write On Fundraising is different from our competitors in that we provide an individualized approach to nonprofits in need of fundraising. We accomplish this through completing comprehensive assessments and targeting areas of greatest opportunity,” says Laura Orwig, a spokesperson for the organization.

With over a decade of experience, Write On Fundraising is a national network of philanthropic advisers empowering organizations by providing fresh fundraising solutions for high-impact nonprofits. These solutions consist of custom-designed, innovative fundraising campaigns. From grant writing to policy design to research and evaluation, the team at Write On Fundraising is equipped to assist nonprofits in accomplishing their mission. The Write On Fundraising team collaborates remotely across the U.S. and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Adam Al Mulla, Ambassador of State of Kuweit to Unesco met Thierry Rayer, to discuss the Right to Happiness issues

Thierry Rayer And Adam Al Mulla  Ambassador Permanent Delegate of State of Kuweit to Unesco

Thierry Rayer And Adam Al Mulla Ambassador Permanent Delegate of State of Kuweit to Unesco

Ibrahim Al Balawi, Jean Paul de Bernis, Adam Al mulla and Thierry Rayer at UNESCO headquaters

Ibrahim Al Balawi, Jean Paul de Bernis, Adam Al mulla and Thierry Rayer at UNESCO headquaters

The World League for the Right to Happiness

The World League for the Right to Happiness

His Excellency Thierry Rayer met His Excellency Adam Al Mulla, Ambassador Permanent of State of Kuweit to Unesco, to discuss the Right to Happiness issues.

PARIS, FRANCE, September 3, 2020 / — His Excellency Mr Adam Al Mulla will receive on September 21 at UNESCO Headquarters the dove with the golden clover for the World League for the Right to Happiness for the State of Kuweit, sponsored by Thierry Rayer, Ambassador of the Right to Happiness League in charge of Relations with States and their Representatives, Honorary Member, Golden Clover 2019.

Kuwait : Universal Art and Islam – the Al-Sabah Collection

The al Sabah collection began to take shape in 1975 when Sheikh Nasser Sabah al Ahmed al Sabah purchased the first object in the collection. It was an enamelled glass bottle from the mid-14th century that he had found in a London art gallery. At that time, the collection began as a hobby that he and his wife Sheikha Hussah Sabah al Salem al Sabah pursued – it soon developed into a full-fledged collection worthy of its place in a museum.
In 1983, as the collection grew, it left Sheikh Nasser’s private residence for its new location: the National Museum of Kuwait. The building was then known as Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah (DAI). Sheikha Hussah became the general director of the museum. The collection grew year after year to reach more than 30,000 objects today, all representing different chronological and geographical points of the Islamic world.

An impressive collection

The al Sabah collection is considered by international authorities to be one of the few most complete collections of Islamic art in the world. It has grown steadily since its creation, increasing its holdings in all categories: weapons and armour, calligraphy, carpets and textiles, coins, glass, hard stones, ivory, jewellery, manuscripts and miniatures, metal, stone and stucco work, and woodwork. The collection has a long history of publishing works that allow visitors to discover the works it holds. It regularly organizes exhibitions of international renown and has a tradition of lending certain objects to exhibitions elsewhere in the world.

Women’s right to vote, a victory for democracy

An “historic moment”. Kuwaiti women won the right to vote and stand for election for the first time in 2005, after an amendment to the electoral law passed on Monday (May 16) by the parliament of this conservative Gulf monarchy. The Islamist deputies, who were opposed to granting women their political rights, however succeeded, with their tribal allies in Parliament, in including in the amended text a clause stipulating that women must, in the exercise of their rights, to comply with “Islamic norms”. “I congratulate the Kuwaiti woman for obtaining her political rights,” Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said, announcing to reporters his intention to “appoint a woman to the government.

Traditional and modern at the same time, Kuwait is unique in many ways.

Traditional and modern at the same time, Kuwait is unique in many ways. In addition to its serious financial capacities, essentially provided by its oil revenues, the country stands out in particular by the solidity of its governmental institutions and its legal environment. Kuwait is also distinguished by its democratic institutions among the most advanced in the Arab world and by an active political life, notably through the media and civil society organizations.
The Kuwaiti market is reborn. Long known for its economic (and political) liberalism, Kuwait took a big step to improve its business environment by implementing, in 2013, a law for direct investments (FDI) aimed at alleviating the constraints of doing business. in Kuwait. Unlike some MENA markets, the Kuwaiti market is not saturated.

Happiness defined by the State of Kuweit

The right to happiness was born in France in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789. It is said in its introduction that the role of the State is to guarantee happiness to everyone, by fulfilling as much as it can the desires of every human being and allowing it to satisfy them in order to achieve happiness.
The state of Kuwait defines the right of happiness in two main concepts. First the concept of equality regardless of gender, race, special needs, and unprivileged. The second main concept is for Kuwait to provide the infrastructure for all those mentioned.

Art : a source of happiness

Works of art are a source of happiness but varying in degrees in individuals. We all know people who breathe art for a living, while others may be subconsciously enjoy it.
But the knowledge gap is still deep, and many art works are not sufficiently accessible to the citizens of the world.
Concrete initiatives lead by the State of Kuwait to stimulate individual and collective happiness
The State of Kuweit favors Art and creativity in all its forms, a sign of its dynamism, its world-renowned museum presentations and its international influence.

We let you watch the video of His Excellency Mr Adam Al Mulla Ambassador Permanent Delegate of State of Kuweit to Unesco.

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Thierry Rayer met His Excellency Adam Al Mulla, Ambassador Permanent Delegate of State of Kuweit to Unesco, to discuss the Right to Happiness issues.

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Author Joseph Roccasalvo to be Featured on Close Up Radio

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, September 3, 2020 / — Novels are a quest for meaning, an exploration of what William Faulkner referred to as “the human heart in conflict with itself.” The act of writing implies taking a risk.

As a student, author Joseph Roccasalvo studied the classics, philosophy, literature and theology. He even received a PhD in Comparative Religion from Harvard with a specialty in Buddhism. But something was missing.

“All this knowledge certainly allowed me to be a good academic,” recalls Roccasalvo, “but I said to myself: ‘Joseph, it's time for you to stop using other people's ideas and research and draw on your own experience.’ That’s when I began to explore my imagination.”

What followed was a creative tsunami. Stories poured out of him, one after another.

Today, Roccasalvo has published five novels: Fire in a Windless Place, Chartreuse, Portrait of a Woman, The Odor of Sanctity and The Devil’s Interval; four novellas: The Powers That Be, Beyond the Pale, Island of the Assassin, and Alina in Ecstasy; a collection of poetry: Poems for Two Violins; and a collection of stories entitled Twists of Faith.

“I'm very keen on doing what the classical writers always insisted on: you must entertain,” says Roccasalvo. “You have to give your reader a reason for turning the page.”

Great writers must be great listeners to what is happening in their imagination. Roccasalvo considers his novels to be “spiritual thrillers.”

“As a writer, I’m an agent of transformation,” says Roccasalvo. “I find my characters in some sense are very much like myself: filled with surprises. The audience does not know what is going to happen. I myself frequently don't know what's going to happen. I'm learning the story as I write it. I become both reader and writer at the same time.”

Close Up Radio will feature Joseph Roccasalvo in an interview with Jim Masters on September 4th at 12pm EDT.

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JM Media Announces The Completion of “Truly Texas Mexican,” A Film About Texas Native American Food

Nopalitos (cactus) salad, a traditional Texas Mexican dish

Nopalitos (cactus) salad, a traditional Texas Mexican dish

The final day of shootng. L to R: Adán Medrano, Exec. Producer/Writer; Aníbal Capoano, Director; Virginia Díaz-Laughlin, Producer; Gabriel Bendahan, Cinematographer

At the end of the last day of shootng. L to R: Adán Medrano, Exec. Producer/Writer; Aníbal Capoano, Director; Virginia Díaz-Laughlin, Producer; Gabriel Bendahan, Cinematographer

Poster for the Independent Documentary, "Truly Texas Mexican," about the Native American food of Texas

Poster for the Independent Documentary, “Truly Texas Mexican,” about the Native American food of Texas

The Native American roots of Texas Mexican food serve up a plate of feminism, cultural resistance, tacos and barbacoa.

It's the story of the power of Mexican American home cooking”

— Anibal Capoano, Director

HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA, September 3, 2020 / — “The history of the Native Americans of Texas was erased from the history books, but now with this film we are finally telling our truth” says Adán Medrano, the executive producer and writer of “Truly Texas Mexican,” a documentary that has just been completed by JM Media, LLC, based in Houston, Texas.

The 90-minute documenatry feature is Inspired by Medrano’s two recent award-winnig cookbooks with history published by Texas Tech University Press.

It's a road movie shot completely in Texas, in places like Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and McAllen. The premise of the film is that the Mexican food of Texas has Native American roots with a direct line to today’s Texas Mexican American community. Chefs, artists and community leaders share intimate food experiences that shape their identity as indigenous people, facing a history of discrimination, dispossession and violence. Medrano says that over time and during conquest, Texas Mexican food sustained the memory of the indigenous Mexican American community and strengthened the bonds of community. "It's a living heritage," he says.

Medrano worked over two-and-one-half years with Virginia Díaz-Laughlin who is the producer. Both are native Texans whose families grew up cooking and enjoying the food that is celebrated in the film. Díaz-Laughlin discusses the technical work, the lighting and camera shots of traditional dishes like steaming carne guisada (beef stew), flour tortillas and nopalitos (cactus). The film style is definitely not the standard magazine glossy fare, according to Diáz-Laughlin. All the shots of food are in a family or community setting. “They are living, nourishing gifts of this land that we should hold sacred,” she says.

The director is Aníbal Capoano and the cinematographer is Gabriel Bendahan both award-winning filmmakers from Uruguay. The distinctive visual treatment of food emphasizes the cultural context. Shots of the food are in the context of a kitchen table, of family, community and hospitality. Capoano says that the trick is to capture the culture and the power of food as memory and as the bond of community. “It's the story of the power of Mexican American home cooking,” he says.

The story of the film begins with the home cooking or "comida casera" that was made famous in the late 1800s by indigenous businesswomen, chefs, who operated outdoor diners in Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio. The film tells this story using archival images. Later called chili queens, they were eventually harassed and forced out of business by new dining regulations of the growing city center.

But others followed in their footsteps. Maria Sanchez of McAllen says that the food she serves in her restaurant not only keeps important traditions alive, it supports the sense of community. “I bring them memories,” she says of her customers, as she points to dishes of “fideo”(pasta) and “caldo de res” (beef soup). They are family recipes, so different from what she calls “cardboard food” sold by Taco Bell and others. Leticia Perez in Brownsville, a chef and street vendor, says that “while there are people who feel a passion to cook this, the roots will continue.”

Graciela Sanchez, walking in front of the Alamo, explains that her grandmother was one of those “chili queens.” She learned that cooking offers a way of building bridges of understanding. “Food doesn’t just feed your body, it feeds your soul.”

The Ortega family in Westside San Antonio continues an ancient indigenous tradition, digging a hole in the backyard to cook a cow’s head, tending the fire through the dark of night. As morning breaks, the barbacoa is unearthed for an exhilarant fiesta of tortillas, tacos, salsa, conversation and abrazos (hugs). Food defines identity and nurtures community.

Other chefs, artists and community leaders in Corpus Christi, Raymondville and Harlingen share intimate food experiences that shape who they are today, facing a history of discrimination, dispossession and violence. Over time and during conquest, Texas Mexican food sustained the memory of the indigenous Mexican American community of Texas as a living heritage.

Medrano says that this unique cuisine opens up a view of what it means to be “American.” It offers a new type of encounter with the other, one of understanding, building a table where all are welcome.

JM Media plans to sign with a film aggregator to distribute it through video streaming services. It will also be available for individual purchase on Vimeo On Demand and on Amazon. The film has already received the endorsement of The Smithsonian and of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

Funding was provided by major donors, Christine Ortega, Dr. Richard Jiménez, David Laughlin and Virginia Díaz-Laughlin.

Additional funding was provided by The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program, and by The Idea Fund, Houston, a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The release date and event will be announced on the website for the movie:

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Lily Grace Jackson, illustrator with author, Thornton Cline

“Mrs. P., Your Hair’s on Fire!” by Thornton Cline, and Lily Jackson, illustrator

Thornton Cline, bestselling author

Bestselling author, Thornton Cline

Lily Jackson, a native of Hendersonville, Tennessee, has been drawing and illustrating while still in diapers, and crawling.

I still can't believe it. It doesn't seem real. I'm so excited and grateful for the opportunity.”

— Lily Grace Jackson

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES, September 3, 2020 / — INtense Publications is proud to announce the debut release of 16-year-old Lily Grace Jackson's first traditionally-published book as an illustrator. Jackson illustrated all of the pictures in the middle-grade reader book, "Mrs. P., Your Hair's on Fire," written by award-winning author and hit songwriter, Thornton Cline.

"I still can't believe it. It doesn't seem real," said Jackson. "I'm so excited and grateful for the opportunity."

Lily Jackson, a native of Hendersonville, Tennessee, has been drawing and illustrating while still in diapers, and crawling. Jackson practiced and fine-tuned her artwork until it caught the eye of the author, Thornton Cline. Jackson is a cello student of Cline, and an eleventh-grader at one of the local high schools. One day Cline viewed some of her sampled works.

"I was most impressed with her ability to draw with maturity way beyond her age," Cline said. "She isn't just talented; Jackson is gifted in her art."

Lily Jackson is illustrating more books for Thornton Cline and is working on a book of her own. Intense Publications, located in the Fort Worth-Dallas, Texas area, offered Cline a rare traditional publishing contract to write at least 30 books for the series until 2029.

Ever since Cline’s mother signed him up for piano lessons at age five, Thornton Cline has been writing non-stop. With over 1,000 published songs, 150 recorded songs, 32 traditionally published adult, children's, and YA books published, Thornton Cline has been nominated multiple times for Grammy and Dove Awards. In 2017, Cline won the first place Maxy Literary Award for "Best Children's Young Adult Book." Thornton Cline's books have appeared at the top of the Amazon bestselling charts. Cline has been honored with "Songwriter of the Year" twice-in-a row and has received a platinum award for certified sales of over one million units in Europe.

When Cline isn't writing, he is teaching at Welch College in Middle Tennessee. He resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife, Audrey, and their cat, Kiki. You can follow all the latest updates on his books and songs on his website,, Thornton Douglas Cline on Facebook, @ClineThornton on Twitter, and @ThorntonCline on Instagram. Mrs. P: Your Hair's on Fire is Thornton Cline's debut book with INtense Publications.

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Barnstone Studios Offers Free Art Class and Discounts to Enrich Stay-At-Home Time

The Barnstone Studios, established in 1977, is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of fine art, and helping to make art education accessible to all who desire to develop their skills, enrich their lives, and learn to draw very well.

Myron Barnstone, A Self-Portrait, 1977

Barnstone Studios is accepting applications for the 2020 Winter Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship

Intro Drawing Class by Globally Respected Teacher Has Been A Stepping Stone to Professional Art Careers for Thousands for Four Decades

Nothing in art is any more arbitrary than that which you would find in metric poetry or metric music, or any other intellectual form. Everything has a beginning, a middle, an end. It has purpose.”

— Myron Barnstone

THURMONT, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, September 3, 2020 / — For students missing their art classes, or people with extra time on their hands now who always wanted to learn to draw, Barnstone Studios is stepping up. The Thurmont, Maryland-based art studio and gallery is offering the Barnstone Studios Drawing Systems 1 class download, a $49 value, for free. Just enter the code STAYsafeDRAW at checkout. The other eight classes in the series are 25% off when you enter the code STAYsafeDRAW425 at checkout.

The recorded classes are taught by the late Myron Barnstone, recognized as a leader in bringing classical drawing and design back into mainstream art education. Barnstone himself was a celebrated painter in the 60s and 70s, with highly-lauded exhibits in Paris. He honed his skills at Oxford University’s prestigious Ruskin School of Art. Barnstone grew frustrated, however, that contemporary art schools stopped teaching the disciplines studied by master artists for centuries, like anatomy and the geometric precision of The Golden Section. Instead, instructors were urging students to do “what felt good.”

Barnstone locked away 500 of his paintings and drawings, and burned hundreds more, to keep from influencing his students’ developing artistic vision.

During the 35 years he ran Barnstone Studios in its original location in Coplay, Pennsylvania, thousands learned the skills and techniques that launched them into distinguished careers as artists, professors, authors, animators, architects, graphic designers and other art-related professionals.

“Nothing in art,” Barnstone frequently reminded his students, “is any more arbitrary than that which you would find in metric poetry or metric music, or any other intellectual form. Everything has a structure. Everything has a beginning, a middle, an end. It has purpose, and it falls in a tradition.”

Barnstone Studios Alumni Are Eager to Help You!

After studying a few of the Barnstone Method classes, you’ll have completed quite a few preliminary sketches. You are invited to post your work on the Barnstone Studios Impaling Wall facebook page, where Barnstone alumni will offer pointers.

For more in-depth analysis and coaching, sign up for an introductory 15-minute session with a Barnstone Master Guide for only $15. Our guides are distinguished Barnstone Studios alumni with their work in private collections and galleries world-wide. Bundle three 30-minute or hour-long Master Guide sessions and save 30% off the regular price. Meet the Barnstone Master Guides and book your private mentoring session today.

Home is Where the ART Is!

Start your fine art collection — or add to it — with the Barnstone Studios “Home is where the ART is” program. Select an original Barnstone drawing or painting, or a gallery-quality print — and we’ll calculate taxes and shipping. Then we’ll divide interest-free payments into equal monthly amounts for up to a year. At the end of the payment period, we’ll deliver your art to where it belongs — in your home. Five percent of the sale of all artwork goes directly into the Barnstone Studios Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship Fund.

Apply for the Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship

If you’re serious about taking your artistic skills to the next level, and you’re willing to invest up to 10 hours a week practicing your skills, consider applying for the Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship program, a 6-month course of study that includes 6 hours of one-on-one mentoring with a Barnstone Master Guide. The deadline to apply for the 2020 Winter scholarship is December 12.

Barnstone Studios at 202 A East Main Street, Thurmont, Maryland, is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of fine art, and helping to make art education accessible to all who desire to develop their talent and enrich their lives. Additional information about Barnstone Method classes, the Patreon program, private coaching from Barnstone Master Guides, original works or limited edition prints and other related products is available online at, or by calling 301.788.6241.

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IOREM, an international network launched, amidst growing need for better remittances and migration data


Logo of the International Organization for Remittances & Migration (IOREM)

The International Organization for Remittances and Migration, a startup nonprofit organization comprising academics and practitioners, was launched this week.

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 3, 2020 / — The migrant crisis, combined with the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, has created a need for a better understanding of the needs of migrant workers, remittances, and how the dynamic in this process is changing. The story of remittances has a rich past and a strong present. IOREM aims to help articulate this story through data, research, and collaborations across universities, governments, & money transfer companies. Not only provide a network for scholars – both upcoming and established ones – but also to create a community of likeminded people.

The organization has its roots in the felt need to address specific gaps in data on remittances. Remittances are crucial for not just survival, but also development. While this economic aspect of remittances is crucial and much studied, we are also interested in examining the human dimensions of this critical phenomenon. Beyond the statistics, the numbers, and the regressions, there is a human angle to every dollar that flows around the world.

Despite being a newly founded organization, IOREM has already attracted over 25 scholars, who form the core team. As the founders of the nonprofit, Dr. Roy Germano, Hugo Cuevas-Mohr and Dr.Sabith Khan pointed out “Since remittances is a service provided by the private sector, facilitating public and private partnerships between scholars and the industry is an essential task of IOREM. IOREM seeks to achieve this by pooling the resources and expertise of its partners and members.” They also added that IOREM seeks to be a bridge between the industry and academia, which often don’t share data with each other and between regulators and academia.

Dr. Khan added: "At a time when migrants around the world are facing unprecedented challenges, we believe our work can, in a small way, help dispel myths, bring more clarity and offer hope." In addition to being a data source for original data on remittances, and a source of aggregating specific data, IOREM will also be a network for nurturing and mentoring young scholars.

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“The two disabilities I have don’t stop me.” – The inspiring story of Noah Long

Noah Long of Raleigh, North Carolina – Graduate of Governor Morehead School

RALEIGH, NC, USA, September 3, 2020 / — Born completely blind and with cerebral palsy 27 years ago, Triangle native Noah Long is an inspiring role model – living independently, tech-savvy, well-spoken, and employed. “Noah is the most positive person I know,” said his father, David Long.

“At the age of 15, titanium rods were implanted on both sides of his spine from his neck to his hips,” said Noah’s grandmother, Joy Boyette. “After enduring multiple other surgeries, this was the only time I saw him cry.”

“My mother, she’s the one who mainly advocated for me when I was young,” said Noah. “But my grandparents, they’re the ones who pushed me, especially my grandfather.”

“Technology has been a big factor and equalizer in helping Noah cope with his blindness,” said grandfather, Bruno Toffolo. “If asked, he would probably tell you his only handicap might be his cerebral palsy which affects his mobility and ability to do some tasks as he’d like.”

“The technology exposure I received from Governor Morehead School was central to moving forward,” said Noah. “They’ve put in digital learning platforms and have an IT consultant. Public schools weren't exposing me to the new equipment we now have. The school is crucial to the visually impaired population with a core curriculum designed to teach blind students the skills they need to be independent and on their own.

“Governor Morehead School helped me with socialization, advocating for myself, training in mobility, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. I could easily relate to the other students, knowing that we have the same kind of visual-based disability. Class sizes are smaller, and this means more time can be spent with each student learning what he or she needs.”

Gifted with a great voice, Noah served as a receptionist while attending Governor Morehead School, and worked with Triangle Radio Reading Service on a variety of collaborations with the school. “The original goal was to create an opportunity for students to do a radio broadcast, which later evolved into an actual course. I believe the program is now in its sixth year,” said Noah.

“I am now happily employed by Easterseals United Cerebral Palsy. I’m responsible for answering phones, uploading documents to our residential service, creating consent forms in Microsoft Word, as well as using Microsoft Excel for tasks assigned by supervisors.

“The people I work with are amazed at the capabilities I have with technology and the fact that I can do the work. Once we got my software installed onto my PC, they were like, “Whoa! He can take off.” They saw my work in Excel. They didn’t know a blind person could use Excel. I’ve been showing them the equipment that I use to read in braille what they’re seeing on the computer screen.”

“Noah has a great attitude,” said Luanne Welch, President and CEO of Easterseals UCP NC & VA. “He has a passion for learning new things, and his big personality helps him connect with others and do his job well. I am truly inspired by Noah’s journey – personal and professional – and excited for his future. He’s an asset to any team, and I have no doubt he will achieve his career and life goals.”

“My plan is to keep my job with Easterseals UCP,” said Noah. “I work three days per week. Once I got this job, I was just happy. I don’t want to sit at home every day. Being a social butterfly, I hate to be socially isolated. You know what I’m saying?

“I know I have physical limitations, but my primary gift is my voice. In addition to Easterseals UCP, I’m hoping to connect with someone in the voiceover industry who can provide some guidance. I have the software and recording equipment at home and can easily send voice recordings to clients to put into their systems.”

“Noah’s dream job is to work in radio doing voice-overs,” said Casey Corder, Program Manager for Easterseals UCP. “This would be a perfect job for him because he has the perfect radio voice.”

“Outside of work, my goal is to find that special person to share my life with,” said Noah.

“As Noah’s mom, I hope he finds that special someone,” said Lamarr Scott. “No one knows what life has in store for them, but for Noah, he is forging his own path and not letting anything get in his way.”

“The two disabilities I have don’t stop me,” said Noah. “I’m up for any challenge. I’m very tech-savvy and able to easily help people when things go wrong with a computer. Another strength I have is teaching various technologies for the blind and visually impaired.

“A lot of companies don’t know how, and feel like they can’t accommodate someone with blindness and cerebral palsy. The best advice I can give to people with disabilities is to keep trying. Don’t give up.”

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