Lawmakers recommend COVID relief for snowmobile associations; school funding gap still looms

A legislative committee recommended that Gov. Chris Sununu allocate $154,000 to the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association to help recover lost fundraising Tuesday – part of the $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus aid given to New Hampshire earlier this year.

But the committee has not yet tackled some of the biggest spending issues that continue to loom as the pandemic creeps into fall. At its monthly meeting Tuesday, members opted for an additional meeting Oct. 6 to hear from schools concerned about a reversal by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s on school assistance this month.

Now, with priorities piling up, some lawmakers have expressed concerns that the state could have difficulty disbursing the rest of the money by Dec. 31 – the deadline before anything unspent is taken back by Washington.

“There are still a number of areas that we haven’t made any decisions about, the hospitals being one of them,”

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7 Essential Soft Skills to Elevate Your Leadership During the Pandemic

The disruptions that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought to economies, businesses and organizations across the world are one for the record books. The initial response of most countries was to lockdown their borders and quarantine their citizens into their homes. Slowly, businesses are opening while the pandemic stays and remains deadly. Leaders across the world remain unsure when a vaccine will be developed and become available to the public so that we can all go back to normalcy. 

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Meanwhile, as a leadership development coach and consultant, one of the most frequent questions from clients I get is “What (more than anything) should we be focusing on right now that will help our leadership team to be most effective?” 


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Leaders can remain on top of the disruptions by acquiring and focusing on these seven essential soft skills.

1. Optimism

This is the most important

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Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan launches CSIR technologies for rural development

Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday launched the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Technologies for rural development, a statement said.

Among the technologies launched by Vardhan are improved beehive for quality and hygienic extraction of honey, developed by CSIR’s Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology; manufacturing of ginger paste developed by the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore; dehumidified drier for food and agri products and agricultural waste (wheat bran, sugarcane bagasse and fruit peels) based biodegradable plates, cups and cutleries developed by National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram.

The technologies were launched under a joint initiative of CSIR, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) and Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA)

A tripartite MoU to this effect was signed by the three parties on July 28 to work jointly for post-COVID fast track action plan to create livelihood opportunities in rural areas,

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Thyssenkrupp to cut 800 jobs at automotive business

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A logo of Thyssenkrupp AG is pictured at the company’s headquarters in Essen

FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) – German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp will cut 800 automotive system engineering jobs, it said on Tuesday, and said auto demand could take up to three years to recover.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to pressures on Thyssenkrupp, which is striving to turn around its loss-making business units after selling its elevator division, by far its most profitable asset, to a private equity consortium earlier this year.


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Its shares are trading at their lowest since mid-May when the pandemic’s impact on the stocks of industrial companies around the world was severe.

“We don’t expect output figures in the auto industry to return to pre-crisis levels for at least two to three years,” Ingo Steinkrueger, head of Thyssenkrupp System Engineering, said in a statement.

Thyssenkrupp in May said that System

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Questions linger one month into Saskatchewan’s back-to-school plan

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Saskatchewan’s Safe Schools Plan has been in full swing for nearly a month.

While some parents continue to gain confidence in the procedures put in place, others are still questioning if enough work went into the initial guidelines.

“We were anxious, we were apprehensive and worried,” said Regina mother Tenille Lafontaine when asked about her reaction to the plan.


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“Then we had the task of trying to make sure our kids didn’t feel that from us.”

One of the biggest challenges, Lafontaine said, was getting her kids excited about back-to-school even though she wasn’t confident in the plan herself.

Read more: COVID-19 outbreak declared at Yorkton Regional High School, classes move online

While differing protocols across divisions still have her questioning the province’s response.

“Kids are going to come to school with a runny nose. How do we keep our kids safe? But how

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Disney to Cut 28,000 Jobs in One of Biggest Layoffs of Covid Era

(Bloomberg) — Walt Disney Co. is slashing 28,000 workers in its slumping U.S. resort business, marking one of the deepest workforce reductions of the Covid-19 era.


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The belt-tightening move affects the company’s theme-park, cruise-line and retail businesses, Disney said on Tuesday. That includes executives and salaried employees, although 67% of those being terminated are part-time workers. Disney is offering benefits to the workers being eliminated, including 90 days of job-placement services.

The cutbacks jarred investors, who sent the shares down almost 2% in late trading. The stock was already down 13% this year.

It’s the latest sign that travel and other experiences will be slow to recover from the pandemic. Disney joins airlines and other travel-reliant businesses in scaling back their workforces. American Airlines Group Inc. has warned that it could furlough 19,000 employees, while United Airlines Holdings Inc. is planning to cut about 12,000.

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How education can succeed in times of crises

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The coronavirus pandemic and all measures taken to curb the spreading of the infection have led to a situation where many childcare facilities and schools were temporarily unable to fulfill their educational mandate. Others were only able to comply with this mandate to a very limited extent. A reliable technological and organizational infrastructure, which could compensate for a complete shutdown of educational institutions, is not yet available in Germany. Children and young people, their families and educational professionals are therefore particularly affected by the current crisis. In the ad-hoc statement “The Coronavirus Pandemic: Towards a Crisis-Resistant Education System,” the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina indicates suitable measures, outlining how the existing education system can become more resilient and react more flexibly under crisis conditions. The document is a translation of the original statement published in German that was addressed to the responsible stakeholders in the

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/C O R R E C T I O N — Amesite Inc./

In the news release, Amesite Partners with Enriched Business Strategies LLC to Bring Leadership Development Practice to the Virtual Space, issued 30-Sep-2020 by Amesite Inc. over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the first paragraph, first sentence, should include the company stock exchange ticker Amesite Inc. (Nasdaq: AMST). The release should also include the company forward looking statements. The complete, corrected release follows:

Amesite Partners with Enriched Business Strategies LLC to Bring Leadership Development Practice to the Virtual Space

Amesite’s artificial-intelligence backed software customized to facilitate workshops focused on leadership excellence and team building

DETROIT, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Amesite Inc. (Nasdaq: AMST), an artificial intelligence software company providing online learning ecosystems for business, higher education, and K-12, announced today it was partnering with Enriched Business Strategies LLC to bring EBS’s leadership development practice to an online platform.

“With so many people still working from

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NanoAffix Science one of six Wisconsin companies to get state and federal funds to help commercialize products

Six Wisconsin companies who developed technologies ranging from defense products and education software to novel agricultural pest control methods will each receive a $100,000 grant, from a combination of state and federal funds, to commercialize their innovations.

Among the businesses to receive funding is NanoAffix Science, a Wauwatosa-based company that developed graphene-based sensors to detect contaminants in drinking water such as lead.

The companies receiving the grants include:

  • AmebaGone Inc. of Madison is developing proprietary technologies that use a novel biocontrol method to destroy intractable bacterial infections for agriculture and human health applications.
  • Imbed Biosciences Inc. of Fitchburg is a privately held medical device company emerging as a leader in the development of advanced therapies for the treatment of burns, chronic ulcers, gastrointestinal defects and soft-tissue repair.
  • NanoAffix Science of Wauwatosa has developed technology for real time detection of contaminants in drinking water. Graphene-based sensors with nanometer thick layers enable
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Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund Partners with Discovery Education

DUBAI, UAE–29 September, 2020:  The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund (REF) has announced a new first of its kind partnership with Discovery Education to deliver award winning online learning, increasing access to education for thousands of refugees and vulnerable youth in Lebanon.

The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Covid-19 Online Learning Emergency Fund for Refugee Education, was launched by H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair in April 2020 to ensure vulnerable populations are able to continue their learning without interruption. This partnership with Discovery Education will help fill the educational gaps that have emerged because of the COVID -19 crisis. This program will reach 5,000 at-risk students in addition to over 17,500 students already being helped by REF in Jordan, Lebanon, and the UAE.

As part of the partnership with the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund, and for the first time ever, Discovery Education will collaborate with

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