Participant – Solidaridad Y Voluntariado http://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/ Tue, 17 May 2022 07:03:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png Participant – Solidaridad Y Voluntariado http://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/ 32 32 NDIS participant complained of being ‘hosed like a dog’ by service provider, amid lavish expense claims https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/ndis-participant-complained-of-being-hosed-like-a-dog-by-service-provider-amid-lavish-expense-claims/ Tue, 17 May 2022 07:03:00 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/ndis-participant-complained-of-being-hosed-like-a-dog-by-service-provider-amid-lavish-expense-claims/ An NDIS participant alleged he was “hosed like a dog” after getting dirty while receiving respite care, an inquest has heard. The complaint is one of several allegations made against the service provider, the Australian Disability Foundation (Afford), aired at the Royal Commission on Disability on Tuesday. It has also been alleged that Afford executives […]]]>

An NDIS participant alleged he was “hosed like a dog” after getting dirty while receiving respite care, an inquest has heard.

The complaint is one of several allegations made against the service provider, the Australian Disability Foundation (Afford), aired at the Royal Commission on Disability on Tuesday.

It has also been alleged that Afford executives created a culture of lavish spending and splurged on “extravagant functions”.

“There have been reports…that Afford leaders have created a culture of overspending on staff and employees on matters unrelated to participant care,” said Samantha Taylor, Registrar of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. , in a statement to the investigation.

These investigations are continuing, while a preliminary hearing is due to open on Wednesday in Federal Court against Afford for the death of Merna Aprem.

Ms Aprem, an NDIS participant, died in 2019 when she drowned in a bathtub while living in supported accommodation run by Afford in Woodbine, Sydney.

This is the first civil penalty case brought by the NDIS Commission, which regulates services provided to people with disabilities under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Camera iconDisability service providers are in the spotlight of the royal commission. Credit: Provided

At the royal commission hearing on Tuesday, Chairman Ronald Sackville questioned Ms Taylor on why it took the NDIS Commission two and a half years to initiate the trial.

Ms Taylor replied that the investigation needed to be ‘incredibly thorough’.

“It was an extremely high priority issue,” she said.

Another investigation has been opened into Ms Aprem’s case, following a complaint from an NDIS participant about her treatment.

“He alleges he was hosed like a dog after getting dirty while receiving respite,” Ms Taylor said in her statement.

The allegation had not yet been determined, but was part of a group of matters considered to be of concern regarding “systemic issues that warranted our investigation”, she told the inquest.

Another investigation was underway into another Afford client who was allegedly fed solid food, contrary to his meal plan.

He was sent home after staff reportedly suggested to his mother that his ill appearance could be due to a virus.

But when they got home and an ambulance was called, they found the food deposited.

Afford took two years to notify the NDIS Commission of the alleged “reportable” incident in July 2019, only doing so after an ABC report about it.

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Camera iconAllegations were made to the Australian Disability Foundation during the hearing. Credit: Provided

“Afford advised the NDIS Commission that they were unaware the incident was reportable,” Ms Taylor said in her statement.

The commission asked Afford to do a review of all incidents that could be considered reportable.

The inquest was told that since July 2018 – when the NDIS scheme was in place – there have been 969 instances in which medication that was meant to be given to clients has been missed, affecting 212 clients.

“I thought to myself that I still don’t think it’s clear to me … that there’s clarity about what should or shouldn’t be reported,” Ms Taylor told the commission.

Two alleged incidents involved patrons choking at mealtimes – something which has been an alleged issue for Afford.

“These are terrible examples of why this is such a big problem in this industry,” Ms Taylor said.

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Camera iconA complaint has been filed about lavish spending by a disability service provider. Credit: istock

In earlier evidence, former Afford staff said their services were dangerously scattered, leaving customers vulnerable.

Dianne, a pseudonym provided by the court, worked for the Afford firm for a total of nine years between 2010 and 2019, eventually working her way up to team leader, where she was responsible for managing two child care centers in Western Sydney.

She explained that work and business changed dramatically after the industry transitioned to National Disability Insurance, saying management was “turning people into dollars”.

Previously, staff-to-customer ratios were “much higher” and staff members were able to develop a “real in-depth understanding of the participants at the time”, Dianne told the commission on the second day of the survey.

Parents of three clients at Afford’s Mount Druitt Center told the royal commission on Monday that high staff turnover made communication with the center very difficult.

“It would definitely be a tricky task to manage, trying to keep your quality as high as possible while managing as many people as possible,” Dianne admitted.

“It’s the fact that everything has stretched a little thinner.”

Royal commission chairman Ronald Sackville QC spoke of a “familiar pattern”;  with AFFORD.  Photo: Royal Commission on Disability
Camera iconThe chairman of the royal commission, Ronald Sackville QC, has heard that the staff have been dispersed “dangerously thin”. Royal Commission on Disability Credit: NCA NewsWire

Dianne raised concerns with human resources about the number of customers at the Mount Druitt site and offered a monthly customer cap, she said.

The commission heard when Dianne raised this idea with Afford’s executive director, she was told it was “not in line with their vision”, which Dianne said appeared to be “[being] the biggest and best in the industry.

Dianne recalled a time when, during her employment, another similar disability service closed in the area.

“There was customer after customer after customer trying to get through the doors and it was a risk,” she said.

“We weren’t able to catch all the issues coming through the door, because [the centre] was just growing too fast; it was dangerous.

Several clients were abused by a caregiver at Mount Druitt Center in late 2019, after Dianne terminated her employment, the commission heard.

David Nuumaalii was arrested and charged by police in May 2020 when explicit images and videos were found on his phone depicting several program participants, the commission heard.

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Camera iconStaff members at Afford-run West Sydney child care center said the business had changed dramatically when the NDIS arrived. Royal Commission on Disability Credit: NCA NewsWire

Dianne’s role as a team leader saw her overseeing two centers at once, meaning that while she was at one site there was always another “completely unsupervised” one. she declared.

She said she spent most of her working hours in front of her computer screen and “wouldn’t know” if staff were under-reporting incidents.

“It wouldn’t be a big leap to take” for staff not to report incidents if it meant they wouldn’t “get in trouble,” she said.

“We weren’t able to see a pattern of behavior in our participants when they were paired with certain staff and they were left vulnerable and open because of it.”

Parents of customers have also complained about not being able to understand the confusing bills and inconsistent charges for the NDIS plan, Dianne said.

“It was definitely confusing,” she said. “You are literally speaking in code.”

She said there were times when an NDIS plan lapsed and was being revised, that it would be her responsibility to keep track of how much the participant owed them.

When asked by the commission if she felt qualified enough for these tasks, she replied “not of that caliber”.

“We had a very heavy financial burden to bear,” Dianne said.

She said staff often did administrative work from home, calling the hobby “volunteer” work, for which they weren’t paid overtime.

The Disability Royal Commission continues on Tuesday afternoon, with a member of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission appearing as a witness.

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Shark Tank’s Ashneer Grover posts photo with contestant whose business grew 40 times after show https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/shark-tanks-ashneer-grover-posts-photo-with-contestant-whose-business-grew-40-times-after-show/ Sun, 15 May 2022 16:13:04 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/shark-tanks-ashneer-grover-posts-photo-with-contestant-whose-business-grew-40-times-after-show/ BharatPe co-founder and Shark Tank judge Ashneer Grover shared a photo with Shar Tank season 1 contestant Ravi Kabra who received funding for ₹1 crore for 15% equity in its Skippi pop brand. Grover in his Instagram post mentioned that Kabra’s Skippi Pop sales shot up 40x after the investment. Ashneer Grover dubbed Kabra’s story […]]]>

BharatPe co-founder and Shark Tank judge Ashneer Grover shared a photo with Shar Tank season 1 contestant Ravi Kabra who received funding for 1 crore for 15% equity in its Skippi pop brand.

Grover in his Instagram post mentioned that Kabra’s Skippi Pop sales shot up 40x after the investment.

Ashneer Grover dubbed Kabra’s story as “the greatest achievement” stating that Skippi is a “great product”. All five sharks on the show have invested in Ravi’s brand.

Sharing the photo, Ashneer wrote, “Great to reunite with @skippiicepops founder @ravikabra after Shark Tank. Skippi is a great product and probably the biggest achievement of @sharktank.india Season 1 with 40x sales growth.”

Ravi and his wife Anuja Kabra had come to the show and pitched their business for 45 Lakhs for 5% equity but they received funding from 1 crore for 15% equity of the five sharks.

Impressed with the pitch and the product, the brand received support from all 5 sharks – Ashneer Grover, MD and co-founder, Bharat Pe, Anupam Mittal, founder and CEO, Shaadi.com, Aman Gupta, co-founder and CMO, boAt, Vineeta Singh, CEO and Co-Founder, SUGAR Cosmetics, Namita Thapar, Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals.

After receiving funding from Shark Tank India, Ravi said in a statement, “We are delighted to receive funding from Shark Tank India, it is a testament to our idea of ​​creating disruption in the F&B industry with innovation and research. We plan to invest this amount to further drive innovation and introduce more refreshing flavors to the Indian market. »

On the post shared by Ashneer Grover, one person commented, “Take entrepreneurship to the next level. Another reviewed Ravi’s product and wrote, “An average product with over hyped marketing, most of their flavors don’t gel properly and some taste absolutely the same.” chemical products. Marketing 10/10 but producing 5/10.” Many dropped fire emojis in the comments section.

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Bill would require notice to terminated members regarding lump sum/annuity payment options https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/bill-would-require-notice-to-terminated-members-regarding-lump-sum-annuity-payment-options/ Fri, 13 May 2022 13:43:42 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/bill-would-require-notice-to-terminated-members-regarding-lump-sum-annuity-payment-options/ The legislation before the US Senate aims to ensure that vested participants and their beneficiaries are well informed about how they receive payments. The Information Needed for Financial Options Risk Mitigation (INFORM) Act (S. 4087), introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), provides that plan sponsors who offer plan members who have acquired rights to a […]]]>

The legislation before the US Senate aims to ensure that vested participants and their beneficiaries are well informed about how they receive payments.

The Information Needed for Financial Options Risk Mitigation (INFORM) Act (S. 4087), introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), provides that plan sponsors who offer plan members who have acquired rights to a lump sum payment window would be required to provide information to help those participants understand the financial trade-offs of choosing between a lump sum payment and life annuity payments.

Under the bill, a plan sponsor who amends the plan to give members or beneficiaries time to elect to receive a lump sum instead of monthly annuity payments would be required to provide notice:

  • to each participant or beneficiary who has been offered this lump sum, no later than 90 days before the first day on which the participant or beneficiary can elect to receive a lump sum; and
  • to the Secretaries of Treasury and Labor (i.e. IRS and DOL) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), no later than 30 days before the first day that participants and beneficiaries may make an election regarding such lump sum.

Notice to Participants and Beneficiaries

In more detail, the notice to members and beneficiaries should include:

  1. An explanation of how the lump sum was calculated, including the interest rate, mortality assumptions, and whether any additional plan benefits were included in the lump sum, such as early retirement grants.
  2. The relative value of the lump sum payment option for a terminated member compared to the value of (1) the single life annuity and (2) the qualifying joint and survivor annuity.
  3. Information about:
  • — whether it would be possible to replicate the plan’s payment stream by purchasing a comparable retail annuity using the lump sum;
  • —the potential ramifications of accepting the lump sum, including longevity risks and the loss of (1) PBGC backed protections, (2) creditor protection, (3) spousal protections, and ( 4) other protections;
  • —general tax rules for accepting a lump sum, including rollover options and early distribution penalties with a disclaimer that the plan does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice, and a suggested participants and beneficiaries to consult their own tax, legal and accounting advisers before deciding whether to accept the offer;
  • —how to accept or reject the offer, the time frame for responding, and whether a spouse is required to consent to the choice; and
  • —contact details for the point of contact at the plan sponsor where members and beneficiaries can get more information or ask questions about the options.

Notice to Federal Agencies

The bill would also require a plan sponsor to provide notice to the IRS, DOL, and PBGC regarding:

  • the total number of participants and beneficiaries eligible for this lump sum payment option;
  • the length of the limited period during which the lump sum is offered;
  • an explanation of how the lump sum was calculated, including the interest rate, mortality assumptions and whether any additional plan benefits were included in the lump sum, such as early retirement grants; and
  • a sample of the notice provided to members and beneficiaries.

In addition, the plan sponsor would be required to provide a supplemental report to the IRS, DOL, and PBGC at least 90 days after the end of the period in which participants and beneficiaries can accept the plan offer. a plan to convert their pension into a lump sum. . This report would include the number of participants and beneficiaries who accepted the lump sum offer and any other information the IRS and DOL may require.

The bill also calls for regulatory guidance to be issued within six months of the bill’s enactment, including in the form of model notices for plan sponsors to use.

Actual status

The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

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A participant in the Indigenous Writers’ Circle prepares his first memoir https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/a-participant-in-the-indigenous-writers-circle-prepares-his-first-memoir/ Wed, 11 May 2022 18:16:42 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/a-participant-in-the-indigenous-writers-circle-prepares-his-first-memoir/ (ANNews) – Edmonton-based teacher Scott Olsen is set to publish his first book after working with some of Turtle Island’s top Indigenous writers through the Audible Indigenous Writers Circle program. The program consists of approximately 15 writers who have the ability to work with five mentors – Norma Dunning, Chelsea Vowel, Tanya Talaga, Richard van […]]]>

(ANNews) – Edmonton-based teacher Scott Olsen is set to publish his first book after working with some of Turtle Island’s top Indigenous writers through the Audible Indigenous Writers Circle program.

The program consists of approximately 15 writers who have the ability to work with five mentors – Norma Dunning, Chelsea Vowel, Tanya Talaga, Richard van Camp and Kim Wheeler.

“He wrote the most beautiful manuscript, and I was blessed to be called a mentor, but I was humbled by this man before you, Scott, floored me with this talent,” said Van Camp, who worked with Olsen for about six weeks. , said Alberta Native News.

Prior to Van Camp, Olsen worked with Vowel – a fellow Edmontonian who was his official mentor for the Audible program – for about six months.

After working with Vowel, Olsen contacted Van Camp to get a second set of eyes to review his memoir, which is now in the hands of Van Camp’s literary agent, Janine Cheeseman, who will sell it to a publisher.

Van Camp said that was the ultimate goal of the program – “bringing every student closer to an agent and/or publishing house.”

Van Camp’s endorsement means a lot to Olsen, who taught Van Camp’s literature in his social studies class and was inspired by his work to take up writing.

“If nothing happened from this point on, I could die happy knowing that at least one person and you fell in love with the artwork,” he told Van Camp.

Olsen was a late entrant to the program after one of his professors told him to submit one of his final papers for his master’s degree to the program. He later discovered that he was one of the best candidates.

” I could not believe it. I was like you were laughing at me. I just started writing stories less than a year ago for grad school, and they seemed to enjoy it in grad school, and it seemed like everything was a step up as everything process was going on,” he recalls.

Her memoirs are a tribute to the value of education, despite its historical use as a tool of assimilation and abuse against Indigenous peoples.

“I’m pretty open about it, that I’m an inner-city high school dropout. I hated school when I was a kid. And now to be within the walls of this same institution, to celebrate it and to say, no, this has value, this has a purpose,” Olsen said.

At one point, Olsen recalls “hitting a wall”, which Vowel and Van Camp encouraged him to cross by simply continuing to write.

“Richard kind of put the icing on the cake, I think,” Olsen said.

Van Camp said he enjoyed the ability to hear “all these new voices that just knocked me on the ass” while cultivating a community of Indigenous writers, which served as “an island [of] friends and heroes for six months.

“I really miss the talk and the conversations we would have over email. And I really loved calling my four mentees once a month. It was something I didn’t realize how much I had missed – just call people and really talk to them about their craft and their life and how they were doing,” he said.

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What happened to every MSI 2021 attendee in the past year? https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/what-happened-to-every-msi-2021-attendee-in-the-past-year/ Mon, 09 May 2022 18:07:42 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/what-happened-to-every-msi-2021-attendee-in-the-past-year/ The first international tournament of the 2022 League of Legends season, the Mid-Season Invitational, begins on May 10. Comprised of the Spring Champions from around the world, the 11 entrants will make the final attempt to assert their dominance over all other League of Legends Region. While there are some new faces in the mix […]]]>

The first international tournament of the 2022 League of Legends season, the Mid-Season Invitational, begins on May 10. Comprised of the Spring Champions from around the world, the 11 entrants will make the final attempt to assert their dominance over all other League of Legends Region.

While there are some new faces in the mix this year, others are returning after varying campaigns of MSI 2021 success. Additionally, some previously successful teams have failed to repeat themselves. And how better to understand what awaits us than by learning from the past? Let’s take a look at each MSI 2021 entrant and see if their story went well or not before the next iteration of the tournament begins.

China (LPL): Royal never gives up

Of the 11 participants at MSI 2021, RNG is one of four returning to the tournament this year, having won the League of Legend Pro League Spring Split two years in a row.

After winning MSI last year, RNG faced issues caused by burnout and quarantine, so they were eliminated at the start of the 2021 Summer Qualifiers. However, they returned during the regional final to earn a ticket to the 2021 League of Legends World Championship. They easily left their group but lost 3-2 to eventual world champions Edward Gaming.

Now, with star player Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao back in the mid lane, they’ve nabbed former Worlds runner-up top laner Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin and knocked out Top Esports in the LPL Spring Finals. 2022 to return as a starter. champions.

Korea (LCK): DWG KIA

After losing a five game streak to RNG in the 2021 MSI Finals, DK went on to dominate the 2021 LCK Summer Split and destroy everyone on their way to Worlds. Only EDG was able to stop them in the Grand Finals. Although it did not achieve its ultimate goal, DWG KIA had a spectacular year. But afterwards, the organization made enough changes in the top and bottom lanes to look like a new team in 2022.

With a new bot lane duo and two additional top laners, this roster hasn’t reached the level of success of its predecessor. They lost 3-2 to Gen.G in the Spring Playoffs and finished third on the season. They have since re-signed their former top laner, Jang “Nuguri” Ha, signaling the potential return of the Worlds-winning, LCK-dominating DK roster.

Europe (LEC): MAD Lions

Europe’s underdogs looked as strong as they could have during MSI 2021 – taking previous world champions DK to five games and showing everyone that what happened at Worlds 2020 wouldn’t happen at Worlds 2021. Unfortunately for them, the gap between MAD and the powerhouse that was DWG KIA only widened during the Summer Split, despite winning the LEC Trophy in the Summer Split Playoffs. They didn’t go further than the quarter-finals.

In the first split of 2022, the loss of their veteran mid laner Marek “Humanoid” Brázda and bot laner Matyáš “Carrzy” Orság hit them hard. Even though new additions William “UNFORGIVEN” Nieminen and Steven “Reeker” Chen showed they were worth their salt, they didn’t even get a chance to prove their top-5 excellence. They finished seventh in the regular division and did not make the playoffs.

North America (LCS): Cloud9

Unable to qualify for the semi-finals of MSI 2021, Cloud9 returned a little earlier than expected. However, after finishing 28-17 in the regular splits, they managed to snatch the final Worlds ticket given to North America.

Going up the play-ins, Cloud 9 was lucky enough to land in a group with two former world champions: DK and FPX. No one thought they would go further given the legacy of their opponents and North America’s historical lack of international success. Yet, surprising everyone, they managed to escape from their group. Gen.G quickly swept them in the quarterfinals, but they still achieved more than any other NA team in the tournament.

Along with dropping their head coaching weeks in the 2022 spring season, a semi-final in the Lock In Tournament and a fourth place finish in the playoffs (both 0-3 losses to Evil Geniuses) made a season decent. However, Cloud9 missed out on their chance to attend MSI 2022.

Still, the organization has a long history of falling behind and returning to the top, so who knows what it will do in the summer?

Pacific (PCS): PSG Talon

Alongside other Asian representatives, PSG had an impressive run, qualifying after the Rumble Stage against League Championship Series representatives Cloud9. After being beaten by the champions, RNG, they managed a flawless 18-0 summer season in the PCS to be propelled into the bottom bracket of the playoffs by Beyond Gaming. However, they later got their revenge and qualified for Worlds in a higher group than NA. Unfortunately for them, they were eliminated by RNG (their former international opponents) and Hanwha Life Esports (who fought their way out of the play-offs).

Once again, they had an amazing even spread this spring, but were knocked down just before the playoff finale by CTBC Flying Oyster. They managed to get back up and win against them in the final, 3-2, just like they did last summer against BG. Now they return as one of the contestants at MSI 2021 to continue their streak of success and maybe get some revenge on RNG, who eliminated them.

Oceania (LCO): Pentanet.GG

Former PGG top laner Brandon “Biopanther” Jeremy is the only member of his former team to return to MSI this year as part of ORDER.

“I think those teams are going to be tougher for sure,” Biopanther said of its MSI 2022 competitors. here to turn faces and surprise everyone for sure.”

After the merger of OCE and NA, many lost faith in the remnants of League of Legends Circuit Oceania. However, PGG surprised everyone last year by knocking out LCL representatives Unicorns of Love and going to the Rumble stage.

Back home, they took first place with their roster unchanged in the summer regular season, but lost to PEACE, who cruised through the bottom bracket to sweep them in the finals.

In early 2022, PGG changed four players, with bot laner Mark “Praedyth” Lewis remaining the only player on the 2021 roster. Finishing third in the regular season, they defeated PEACE with a clean sweep to be eliminated by ORDER, who crossed the lower slice to represent Oceania in this MSI.

“I want to do better than last year, and I have that chance again to make it happen. Shaking up major regions would be a great feeling,” Biopanther said. “I know a lot of the international community have been supporting us as a region for the last year, so I want to make them proud.”

Japan (LJL): FocusMe Detonation

In the absence of Vietnam, Japan turned out to be the best minor region in this era of League of Legends. Being stuck in a group with DK and C9, Detonation FocusMe did their best to challenge major regions, but ultimately finished third in their group.

Winning again domestically, they came to Worlds 2021 and haunted C9, who eliminated them at MSI. Finishing first in the play-ins, they qualified for the group stage of Worlds, a stunning achievement for LJL and DFM, putting them above other minor regions at the time.

They went 0-6 against EDG, T1 and 100T, but the fact that they were able to go this far is a testament to Japan’s growth as a region over the years.

Despite the loss of their mid laner Lee “Aria” Ga-eul, DFM won another LJL title this spring and can’t wait to prove once again that they are not to be underestimated. As one of the few MSI 2021 attendees returning this year, they’re ready to show off LJL’s strength.

Brazil (CBLOL): paiN Gaming

Last year at MSI, paiN Gaming may not have made it out of the groups, but they got something that could be worth even more – the upper hand in their rivalry against Turkey.

Returning home as winners, they went 14-4 and finished first in the Summer Split, but lost to Rensga Esports in the semi-finals. Much like PGG, paiN completely changed their roster except for their jungler, Marcos “CarioK” Santos de Oliveira Junior. With their new team, they won two best-of-five series in the Spring Playoffs, but lost to the RED Canids, who were also CBLOL’s 2021 Summer Split winners. Now they must trust RED to keep the upper hand in their rivalry against Turkey and represent Brazil’s might on the international stage.

CIS (LCL): Love Unicorns

Unicorns of Love’s story is the shortest due to reasons beyond their control. After not stepping out of the bands at MSI 2021, UoL returned home soon after, surprising and disappointing their fans. However, they finished first in the summer regular season and the playoffs, again giving their fans hope for international success.

Those hopes didn’t last long, as UoL were knocked out of the play-ins at the bottom of their group. With the cancellation of the LCL due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, no CIS team had the chance to represent their region at MSI 2022.

Turkey (TCL): FastPay Wildcats

Lacking international success in recent years, Turkey’s FastPay Wildcats returned home as the last team in their squad after losing to Brazil. They haven’t had a good summer spread either, ending their 2021 season in seventh place in the Turkish Championship League.

Yet, at the start of this year, something changed for the Wildcats as they began eating their opponents for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After taking absolute control of the league in week three, the Wildcats finished 14-4 before destroying everyone in their path throughout the playoffs. Lifting the trophy wasn’t just a national title for them – it was a chance to return to MSI as one of the 2021 entrants and show they’ve improved since last year.

Their group this year is very similar to last year, with the exception of RNG. According to veteran bot laner Anıl “Holyphoenix” Işık, their goal is to advance by taking second place over PSG Talon and RED Canids

“As we are on the same roster as last year, we want to learn from our mistakes and show a better IW to the world.” said Holyphoenix.

This is a chance for them to rekindle the rivalry of minor regions on their side and prove that Turkey is not bound by the absence of their past successes.

Latin America (LLA): INFINITY

Finishing last in their group of DK, C9 and DFM, INFINITY returned home with a thirst for success. Taking their fill of the Liga Latinoamérica, they finished first in both rounds of the closing split and won the final against Estral Esports 3-2 to qualify for the Worlds play-ins.

Once there, they finished last in their group of HLE and LNG and went home without a win. This year they were knocked out in the bottom bracket of the opening playoffs by Team Aze, who won their Premier League LLA.

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OCBC Cycle: Attendees applaud return of physical cycling event after two-year hiatus https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/ocbc-cycle-attendees-applaud-return-of-physical-cycling-event-after-two-year-hiatus/ Sun, 08 May 2022 02:08:53 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/ocbc-cycle-attendees-applaud-return-of-physical-cycling-event-after-two-year-hiatus/ SINGAPORE — Sunday mornings are usually reserved for sleepovers, but around 2,000 cyclists turned out to Nicoll Highway in the early hours of May 8 as the 2022 OCBC Cycle City Ride returned after a two-year hiatus. Lively cheers rang out along the highway at 5 a.m. as Culture, Community and Youth Minister Edwin Tong […]]]>

SINGAPORE — Sunday mornings are usually reserved for sleepovers, but around 2,000 cyclists turned out to Nicoll Highway in the early hours of May 8 as the 2022 OCBC Cycle City Ride returned after a two-year hiatus.

Lively cheers rang out along the highway at 5 a.m. as Culture, Community and Youth Minister Edwin Tong signaled the 19km physical cycling event before joining the second wave.

Despite the light drizzle, Anthony Lim, who was participating for the first time, really enjoyed the experience.

“As the day of the event approached, I felt so excited like a little kid,” said the 52-year-old senior manager, who only started riding the bike last September.

“I really enjoyed seeing so many riders get off today. I could see their energy and positivity about being back on the road on their bikes.

“The feeling of being at a physical event is completely different. I can feel the crowd around me. Even before we were flagged, you could see everyone so eager to hit the road. In a large group, I can interact with the cycling community and it’s exciting to see the different riders with their different bikes and outfits.”

Lim, who had recovered from Covid-19 in March, comfortably completed his ride in less than an hour. He added that he was looking forward to returning next year.

For Ahmad Amin and his family, the OCBC Cycle’s City Ride was a chance for them to celebrate Hari Raya as they came dressed in green.

“We just want to carry on the spirit of Hari Raya. It’s rare that we cycle together as a group and today we were able to bond as a family, which is important to me,” the business owner said. 50 year old home. , who was in his baju kurung.

His wife Marni Abdul Halid, who also took part in the ride in traditional Malay costume, hopes they can return with a large group next year, along with their extended family.

Ahmad’s son Mohd Zachary said: “It could be a new way for us to celebrate Hari Raya as opposed to the typical gatherings at home, you can do a different and fun activity together.”

They weren’t the only family present as therapy assistant Jack Chua, 56, took four of his nieces and nephews to their first fitness cycling event.

Having participated in the OCBC cycle as early as 2013, Chua was the reason his nieces and nephews got into cycling. They had registered for the 2020 edition, but their plans were foiled by the pandemic.

Finally able to participate in the event after a two-year wait, Chua’s niece Cao Yuan Yuan said, “Cycling on the city road was pretty cool and a really fun experience. We were thrilled before the event.

Chua’s nephew, Jerry Cao, added, “Cycling on the highway was very enjoyable because you could feel the breeze that you wouldn’t feel if you were in a vehicle.”

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A Run, A Walk for Hope, A Home in Watsonville – Santa Cruz Sentinel https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/a-run-a-walk-for-hope-a-home-in-watsonville-santa-cruz-sentinel/ Thu, 05 May 2022 22:41:29 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/a-run-a-walk-for-hope-a-home-in-watsonville-santa-cruz-sentinel/ Pajaro Valley Shelter Services Development Coordinator Judy Sambrailo packs a Mother’s Day Run participant’s goodie bag on Thursday as the South County nonprofit prepares for its 38th Annual Mother’s Day Run and Walk for Hope and Home. Participants pick up their t-shirts, bibs and other items outside the organization’s headquarters on Brennan Street, and can […]]]>

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services Development Coordinator Judy Sambrailo packs a Mother’s Day Run participant’s goodie bag on Thursday as the South County nonprofit prepares for its 38th Annual Mother’s Day Run and Walk for Hope and Home. Participants pick up their t-shirts, bibs and other items outside the organization’s headquarters on Brennan Street, and can even do so on race morning at Pinto Lake County Park. For those who haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late as registration will also open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the event which raises funds to provide shelter and safety to those in need. Founded in 1983, Pajaro Valley Shelter Services provides families with a path to a stable, independent future through short and long-term housing and support services. Families achieve their own success through their commitment to achieving their goals and are supported on their journey to a self-sufficient future by providing knowledge, skills and connections to community resources. The Pajaro Valley Shelter Services website notes that 70% of adults served by the program have exited to permanent housing and 76% to employment. For more information on Sunday’s event, visit www.pvshelter.org. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

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The Walk a Mile 5K walk/run attracted 100 participants of all ages https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/the-walk-a-mile-5k-walk-run-attracted-100-participants-of-all-ages/ Mon, 02 May 2022 12:24:08 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/the-walk-a-mile-5k-walk-run-attracted-100-participants-of-all-ages/ A Walk A Mile 5K walk/run drew around 100 participants on Monroe Street in Coldwater on Saturday morning. Among the runners was a homeschool co-op group. One of the students, 14-year-old Luke Long, was the first to cross the finish line in less than 18 minutes. Her mother and co-op running coach Kristi Long, mother […]]]>

A Walk A Mile 5K walk/run drew around 100 participants on Monroe Street in Coldwater on Saturday morning.

Among the runners was a homeschool co-op group. One of the students, 14-year-old Luke Long, was the first to cross the finish line in less than 18 minutes. Her mother and co-op running coach Kristi Long, mother of nine, was the first woman to cross the line.

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At the other end of the age spectrum was Helen Guisinger, 80, the oldest runner in the event, finishing in just over 39 minutes. She is also part of a group, the Coldwater Area Runners. Her racing mates, Shelby Stanley and Donna Swanson, both 70, led the way with times of 31 and 33 minutes.

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Participants ‘Run to Remember’ the dead in Peoria https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/participants-run-to-remember-the-dead-in-peoria/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 20:59:39 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/participants-run-to-remember-the-dead-in-peoria/ PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – The Run to Remember event has returned to Junction City Sopping Center after being inactive for two years due to COVID-19. Members of law enforcement from across central Illinois, their families and friends came out to run or walk in honor of the fallen officers. “A lot of people here know […]]]>

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – The Run to Remember event has returned to Junction City Sopping Center after being inactive for two years due to COVID-19.

Members of law enforcement from across central Illinois, their families and friends came out to run or walk in honor of the fallen officers.

“A lot of people here know an officer who was killed in the line of duty or know someone who has a family member in the line of duty, so it’s a way of honoring them,” said Peoria County captain Chris Watkins. Sheriff’s Department.

Maggie Butterfield takes over as racing director of the Mulay family who lost loved ones in the line of duty in 2005.

As a wife and sister to law enforcement, this cause is close to her heart and she is honored to carry on the tradition.

“We have it in our blood, law enforcement, so there’s no better way to give back than to the survivors of fallen officers,” Butterfield said.

She said it was important for the community to come together for this cause to show their love and encouragement to the surviving family members.

“Any time you lose a loved one it’s not good, but especially if you lose them in the line of duty as they serve and protect our communities, you want to come out and support those families,” said Butterfield said.

Supporters also noted the timing of this event after Knox County Deputy Nicholas Weist was killed in the line of duty in Henry County on Friday morning.

One supporter said that although he was just running for the cause, the experience gave him a new perspective, having seen those with personal connections.

“Yes, I’m going through this pain of running 18 minutes for a 5K right now, but at the same time someone lost a family member, so he’s going to be grieving and in a lot more pain than me for 18 minutes, way more than 18 minutes,” said Nicholas Neace.

All proceeds will go to the Illinois of Concerns of Police Survivors, which benefits the families of deceased police officers.

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‘Octet’ at Berkeley Rep is a beautiful and evocative hike into the depths of internet hell https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/octet-at-berkeley-rep-is-a-beautiful-and-evocative-hike-into-the-depths-of-internet-hell/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 00:24:26 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/octet-at-berkeley-rep-is-a-beautiful-and-evocative-hike-into-the-depths-of-internet-hell/ Something Changed in Me About Four Songs in the Extraordinary New Musical for Chamber Choir Octet at Berkeley Rep, and I went from a passive, half-engaged spectator to a willing participant in the room. It was a chemistry that I imagine a lot of people felt as composer Dave Malloy’s piece attempts to engage us […]]]>

Something Changed in Me About Four Songs in the Extraordinary New Musical for Chamber Choir Octet at Berkeley Rep, and I went from a passive, half-engaged spectator to a willing participant in the room. It was a chemistry that I imagine a lot of people felt as composer Dave Malloy’s piece attempts to engage us in a form of group therapy about what the internet is doing to all of us.

The setting is a church basement or rec room – a familiarly depressing, neglected space with wood paneling, an aging carpet, folding chairs, a dusty coffee machine, and bland statements on the wall belonging to the one or the other 12-step program that has its meetings there. (Amy Rubin and Brittany Vasta’s set is very authentic, and a vibe in itself.) The group of eight having their reunion is called Friends of Saul, and Saul is variously referred to in the show as possibly real, or perhaps a bot, or god figure, who brought together this collection of addicts with various app and internet persuasions to sing in beautiful harmony.

The format and structure of Octet — which originally premiered off-Broadway at New York’s Signature Theater in 2019, a year before the pandemic, with much of the same cast as that production — is a work of genius in and of itself. Octal forms are at the heart of computing – there are eight bits in a traditional octet, also called an octet, for example – and octets date back centuries in Western musical tradition. A traditional choral octet, which is what Malloy employs in the cast of this musical, is sometimes referred to by the acronym SSAATTBB (short for 1st and 2nd soprano, 1st and 2nd alto, 1st and 2nd tenor, baritone and bass).

And by Jehovah, this octet can sing. After tightening some of those harmonies in the original airing three years ago – all but one of the eight original cast members reprized their roles for this second production – each a cappella piece rises and floats through the room with power. elegant and urgent.

It’s hard to single out one member of the ensemble, given that each draws their weight in performing from the dozen or so musical numbers that make up the show, most of which involve all eight. From the opening anthem, “Forest,” we get a sense of Malloy’s plan to interweave the sacred and the profane, and bring a sense of religious transcendence to our daily struggles with social media, porn addiction , and you name any compulsion you may have that involves scrolling, swiping, or clicking.

Jessica’s (Margo Siebert) character kicks things off by recounting how she was humiliated and then canceled on social media over a not-fully-explained “incident” filmed that she calls her “white woman video. who is going mad”. The ensuing song, “Refresh,” is a catchy and moving odyssey describing how she became a “tragic victim of the mob spirit” of the modern internet.

In bluegrass-tinged “Candy,” we learn about Henry (Alex Gibson) and his addiction to mobile games (the refrain being “All the games I like have candy in them”). In “Glow,” we hear Paula (Isabel Santiago), the group’s moderator, talk about the tragedy of lying in bed with someone you love, each of you in your own screen world, increasingly more separated. And in “Solo,” we hear from Karly (Kim Blanck), as she experiences the gender-based abuse that comes with dating apps.

(center) Alex Gibson as Henry and the cast of Octet at Berkeley Rep. Photo by Kevin Berne

A few numbers, like the comedic but powerful “Little God”, get into deeper things, like how people debate meaning, conspiracy, science and religion in online forums – shedding light on the way smart people can literally explain anything via science and “future technology”, even if it was a miracle happening right before their eyes. JD Mollison, as Marvin, does a wonderful job with this complex 11-minute monologue. And I can’t neglect to mention Kuhoo Verma’s wondrous performance of Velma’s clumsy, intense, and tarot-obsessed, who delivers the final, quietly powerful solo number, “Beautiful,” near the end of the piece.

The central “anthem” in the middle of the show, “Monster”, is a primitive-sounding ensemble chant that focuses on the central antagonist of Octetthe monster that is the social internet.

“Will the monster finally go too far? the cast sings. “As you watch the monster, it digs deeper into your brain, transforming neural pathways with its toxic chorus…”

Malloy’s best-known work to date is the Tony Award-winning Natasha, Pierre and the great comet of 1812which was based on a segment of War & Peace, and which was also impressively complex in its musical composition and its nods to Eastern European songs. Octet further proves Malloy’s talent for acrobatic musical feats and stunning harmony, yet he turns each song into an intimate, plaintive plea – a testimonial between friends, or at least between trusted band members seeking the same salvation.

Malloy wrote not only the music and lyrics, but also the book for the show, and all three are dense, layered, and non-cliched. And with director Annie Tippe’s deft hand orchestrating the octet interactions and Or Matias’ tense musical direction, the show comes with several intense climaxes and an incredibly moving denouement.

But that brings me back to how, in the space of Peet’s Theater at Rep’s Berkeley, everyone is one with the band in that church basement. The subject is close to home for many of us, and you’ll never experience a finer delivery of a warning message about your screen time. They sit in a circle, but the audience sits all around them, and octet harmonies like this have a magical, communal power.

As the group wraps up their meeting for the evening – singing “Beyond Good and Evil There Is a Field, I’ll Meet You There” – you’d almost believe that such a new form of quasi-spiritual liturgy of the internet age exists, and that bands like these have learned these beautiful hymns to comfort each other, and themselves, when they need to stop scrolling.

‘Octet’ plays through May 29 at the Berkeley Rep. Find tickets here.

Top image by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theater

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