Nepal succumbs to DragonRecently many statements of PM of Nepal Mr Oli and Nepal’s parliament decisions has given a clear indication that now China has full control over Nepal. Whatever is happening now is the consequence of Indian policy of last 3 decades towards Nepal which only reflects perplexity and incertitude.The historical and spiritual association of India and Nepal existed even before the modern version of these nations were created. Since thousands of years, India and Nepal have shared their religion, Gods, culture and ideology.After independence first mistake India did was to refuse Nepal’s offer to merge with India. There is no historical proof but it is in the public domain that King Rana informally offered Nehru to merge with India but Nehru refused.India since independence considered Nepal as kid brother and Nepal trusted India for its supply. But Indian bureaucracy with Nehruvian mindset never liked Nepal as a monarchy and its status as a Hindu Rashtra. They kept on subtly pushing Nepal towards democracy.The cordial relation between two nations can be understood by the fact that no visa is required while crossing the Indo-Nepal border and both countries share their army troops too. After independence according to Britain–India–Nepal Tripartite Agreement, six Gorkha regiments of the British Indian Army became part of the Indian Army. After General Cariappa visited Nepal in 1950 it was customary to traditionally decorate chiefs of each other’s armies with the highest rank. The army chief of Nepal gets the rank of a General in the Indian army.Till the late 1980s, there was no problem between two nation regarding its border or between its people. First trouble started after Rajiv Gandhi’s second visit to Nepal in 1988.It is said that in 1988 when Rajiv Gandhi visited Kathmandu, Sonia Gandhi was denied entry into Pasupathi Nath Temple citing her religion as the reason. Rajiv Gandhi requested the king who showed his helplessness as only Hindus were allowed into the Temple. Rajiv Gandhi took it as a personal insult. Later on, when Nepal tried to buy anti-aircraft guns from China, taking it as an excuse Indian Govt implemented Nepal Blockade in 1989 stopping all supplies to Nepal. People of Nepal considered it high handedness on part of India, especially when this happened after an earthquake as if India is trying to kowtow Nepal. Initially, Nepal did not succumb to pressure and Nepali Government supplied fuelwood at a subsidized rate. Nepal even tried to ensure petrol supply through Bangladesh, Tibet and even planned to get it from Singapore too. This was the first time when Indian Government pushed Nepal towards China. The Nepal government planned to import 50 per cent of the fuel from a third country and started to prepare a stock tank in Panchkhal and agreed on World Bank for a loan at a low-interest rate. But the King of Nepal who was close to India agreed to Rajiv Gandhi demand to overthrow the Panchayat system. This was the first monumental mistake Indian Govt did. This sowed the seed of distrust between Nepal ruling class towards India.RAW chief Amar Bhushan once stated that Rajiv Gandhi took the help of RAW to topple Nepalese monarchy under King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. Rajiv Gandhi government took the help of the Nepalese communists knowing well that they were close to China. Now the King too looked towards China to save his throne. Communists of Nepal became more relevant and more powerful in the geopolitics of Nepal and Nepal was pushed into China’s lap by Rajiv Gandhi inexperience and naive decisions.The first parliamentary elections in Nepal was held in 1991 but after few years in 1996, the Maoist declared People’s War against the monarchy. Meanwhile, ISI and China kept on infiltrating into Nepal.In 2001, the entire royal family of King Birendra was killed including his wife and some relatives. His brother King Gyanendra was crowned the king. King Gyanendra dismissed the Parliament but in 2006 another People’s Movement took place and Parliament was reinstated and thus concluded the era of last Hindu king.In 2006 Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist chairman, Prachanda signed the “Comprehensive Peace Agreement” for democracy and peace. After the Constituent Assembly election in 2008, Nepal was declared the Federal Democratic Republic, abolishing the centuries-old monarchy.Throughout this process, while Nepal was shifting from Monarchy to democracy, China was closely watching and developing deep contacts with Maoists leaders of Nepal. But till 2010 Nepal dependence and proximity on India was still intact. In 2009 when Prachanda visited Beijing before Delhi the then President of Nepal Ram Baran Yadav took a stand against him.After 2010 China resorted to multipronged approach to encroach into Nepal. It increased its investment into Nepal from $19 million from 2010 to $38 million in 2014. That was the first year when China overtook India in investment in Nepal. Indian aid in 2015 was $22million. In 2015 China was contributing to 42% of the total FDI of Nepal. China was investing in almost all major infrastructure and power projects of Nepal, including West Sati Dam, Pokhara airport, Trishuli hydropower project etc. Nepal had accepted China offer of “One belt one road” (Like CPEC in Pakistan). It has plans of converting Lumbini into $3 billion cultural zones to attract Buddhis pilgrims. By the time Modi took over as PM, China has already good grip over Nepali politicians, economy and infrastructure.In 2015 when the Nepali constitution was passed by Nepal parliament, Indian Govt observed that many points were in favour of China. To pressurize Nepal to change certain points in favour of Madhesias (Nepalis of Indian origin) and to make Nepal a Hindu Rashtra again, Modi government implemented another lockdown in 2015. Incidentally, this too was after a massive earthquake. This was another vital blunder on part of the Indian Government. This was the final push to Nepal towards China’s dependency.In 2017 both communists parties of Nepal CPN (Maoists- Lead by Oli) and CPN (Marxist- Lead by Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prachanda) merged and fought the election as one party. They won comfortably and Oli was made prime minister while both leaders share the chairman post of the party. From its inception, CPN (Maoist) has been controlled by China.Present status:Right now, apparently, it looks like China has absolute control over Nepal. In 2019 Xi Jinping visited Nepal and communist party organised a symposium to provide training to Nepali communist party through “Xi thought”. Xi presented his political blueprint for the next 30 years. Xi thoughts on socialism have been officially incorporated into the party’s constitution. (It is like Modi’s “Man ki Baat” being transmitted to Sri-Lanka and Sri-Lanka make their policies accordingly).Now China is focusing on the teaching pattern on Nepali kids (What McAuley did to India). Trying to change their culture through their education by indoctrinating them at a young age. They have forced Nepal to include Mandarin in their school curriculum in return China will pay the salaries to teachers.Presently CPN (Maoist fraction lead by Oli) is under the total control of China, the CPN (Marxists fraction lead by Prachanda) is also Leaning towards China but it has good relation with India too, while the opposition (Congress and some minor parties), favour India.What happened in the last 2 months have proved that now Nepal has completely succumbed to China. China has dictated Nepal to claim Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura area as its own. Nepal parliament has even passed a new Map of Nepal showing these areas as their own. The Nepal Army Chief was against the new map and one MP Sarita Giroi was even sacked for defying parliament’s decision on the new map but eventually, despite India’s objection and internal feud Nepal Government passed new map.While China is forcing Nepal to claim certain area which falls in Indian territory but at the same time China is encroaching into some areas of Nepal. On 23rd June Nepal agriculture department issued a notice that China has grabbed one Village of Nepal and has encroached 33 hectares of Nepal agriculture land at 11 points which are of strategic importance.With time many disagreements have cropped up in Nepal communist party. When Oli became PM it was an unwritten mutual understanding that Oli and Prachanda will share PM chair for 2.5 years each. While Oli remains PM, Prachanda will look after the party’s work. Not only Oli has declined to step down as PM he has not even given complete party command to Prachanda and is sharing chairman post with Prachanda.Then Oli accepted $500 million grant under the US government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation to build roads and transmission lines. His party colleagues who are close to China, consider it as evidence of American imperialism and an attempt to counter Chinese expansion policy.Finally, many decisions of Oli, his proximity to China and anti-India attitude lead to infighting in the party. Prachanda asked Oli if he wants to remain PM he should step down from party chairman post. Oli refused to lead to Nepal political crisis. Oli has even hinted that if he is forced to step down, he will split the party.Last 2 weeks have been very hectic in Nepal political circle and in this 2 weeks main player is Chinese ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi. She is pulling the strings to save Oli’s chair. Hou Yanqi met Nepal president on 7th July, met former PM of Nepal Mr Madhav Kumar, met many party leaders in last week and met Prachanda on 13th July. All these meetings were secret and were one to one with the leaders. She made sure that the standing committee meeting, which was supposed to ask questions from Oli could not take place. On last Friday (10th July) this NCP’s 45-member Standing Committee meeting was postponed for the fourth time.Her involvement has been so obvious and visible that many Indian strategist have started calling her “viceroy of Nepal”. So far she has been successful in saving Oli’s PM chair.While Chinese ambassador is actively and openly involved in Nepal’s political activity, Indian nationals are being chased down in different hotels of Nepal and kept down under observation as RAW agents on charges of “Trying to topple Oli Govt”!! This elucidates the present condition of “India Nepal relation”.Another mistake Indian Media did was to show dubious programs on “attempt of Honey trapping of Oli by Chinese ambassador”. This whole allegation was unsubstantiated and was shown in a very indecent manner. This forced Nepal govt to block all Indian private channels except Indian National channel “Doordarshan”. This puerile episode strained the relations further between the two countries.But there are many things which are in India’s favour. Most important being “Spiritual connect” between Indians and Nepalese. China may control mind and economy of Nepal, common Nepalese heart will always beat for India.Foreign affairs are like a relay race. Modi may have gotten “India- Nepal” relation in tatters, but it can not be an excuse for complacency or to destroy this relationship any further. India has to act sensibly and proactively to build the relationship anew. High handedness must be replaced by compassion and sternness must be replaced by endearment.
SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews A highly competitive field of 17 horses from across Canada will contest two Hunter Derby classes at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The $15,000 Braeburn Farms Hunter Derby will be held Sunday, November 6th at 1pm ET, and the $25,000 Knightwood Hunter Derby for the Lorna Jean Guthrie trophy will be held on Tuesday, November 8th at 7pm ET.A star-studded field includes not only the best derby horses in the country, but several past Canadian Hunter Derby National Champions, Eastern Champions and 4 winners of Grand Prixs in 2016!Riders to watch include 2015 Canadian Hunter Derby National Champion, regular Grand Prix rider and 2016 Grand Prix winner Erynn Ballard on a new highly competitive horse, Hide Away.The 2016 Eastern Champion, Say When, owned by Danny Baron will be piloted by Darcy Hayes. Say When competed in last year’s USHJA Derby Championships with great results and was also 2nd in the $50,000 International Hunter Derby at WEF. Hayes will also be riding the Eastern Reserve Champion, Crush, who was the 2016 Ontario Amateur Owner Hunter Champion with Cawthra Burns.Two time National Champion Ryan Roy will compete Bayridge in his sixth national finals. The pair are the winningest combination in Canadian Hunter Derby History and trained by Randy Roy.Other talented and successful riders include Cawthra Burns, Muffie Guthrie, Sam Pegg, Sam Walker, Isabelle Lapierre, Carly Campbell-Cooper, and more.Jump sponsors have once again generously supported a top level set of derby jumps, presenting several new jumps, refreshed old favorites and the black Riviera gate w/swoop rail that is always the same. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.
Waukesha Metro Transit(WAUKESHA, Wis.) — It was a frigid Monday morning in Waukesha, Wisconsin — only 18 degrees with snow on the ground — when bus driver Nicole Chamberlain passed two children wandering along the road.“The little girl only had on a t-shirt and diaper and neither of them had a coat on,” Chamberlain told ABC affiliate WISN. “They were headed toward a busy intersection and I knew there was no school bus stop down there, or school, so I knew right away I had to pull over and help them.”After Chamberlain pulled over, she stepped out of the bus, called the children over and asked them “what’s going on?”“They said, ‘We’re looking for grandma,’” Chamberlain told WISN. “I said, ‘Come with me, I’m gonna put you on the warm bus and I’ll help you find grandma.’”She picked the 2-year-old girl up and ushered the girl’s 6-year-old brother onto the bus, then called the police.A camera on the bus caught Chamberlain shedding her coat to help cover the toddler’s bare legs.Within minutes, the children’s grateful grandma arrived at the bus and explained to police that while she was in the basement, the boy went outside and his sister followed.Police said both children are uninjured and they are not recommending any charges.“If that were to happen to my children,” Chamberlain said, “I would hope that there would be somebody — a decent human being — that would stop and help my kids.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
But all this will be of no use if the pace of change remains leisurely and if the progress achieved on paper is not translated into real advances for Europe’s citizens on the ground.How to achieve this is quite another matter. But there is no alternative. We must increase our competitiveness and stimulate innovation in our companies and in society at large. The building of a short and strong link between innovation and job creation requires that we overcome a number of formidable barriers.There must be immediate action on six fronts, namely: changing attitudes; creating new businesses; research and development; knowledge and skills; finance and risk capital; and government and legislation.Attitudes must change in the labour market. Jobs associated with new technology do not follow the pattern of traditional jobs. It is important therefore to win public acceptance of the entrepreneurial model of employment: flexible, mobile, risk-taking and increasingly working at home for multiple employers.School-leavers must be ready for a working and living environment very different from that of their parents. Europe needs a highly knowledgeable workforce with a constantly evolving palette of skills and aptitudes. We need to train people to be able to adapt to future jobs in areas which have not been identified yet.Our European cultures favour achieving greater security, stability and equality over risk-taking, creativity and innovation. Our education system is more focused on avoiding failure than on taking risks. All too often, the education process is entrusted to people who appear to have no dialogue with, nor understanding of, industry and the path of progress. It does not have to be that way.We have the capability to create job opportunities for everyone if only we would unleash the creativity which lies dormant in all walks of life.For a generation, Europe has failed to match a substantial economic growth with job creation, despite its potentially formidable strengths: the largest single market in the world and a deep and wide knowledge base. It is now widely acknowledged that resistance to change, unwillingness to take risks, over-regulation, taxation and administrative disincentives, lack of entrepreneurship, and rigid labour market rules stand firm in the way of job creation.Other, lesser-known obstacles exist, such as unwieldy approval procedures for new products, slow and expensive patent systems, inefficient research funding and, of particular concern, an inability to move quickly from the research idea to market success.But there is light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. In countries where markets are freeing up, an increasing number of innovative companies are being founded, revealing a new economic vigour. There is an encouraging revival of venture capital and new stock markets are being created to target small companies.In other countries, regrettably, we are still visibly held back by barriers to entry and by limits placed on entrepreneurs and on established new businesses.It must be said that the EU and national governments are already addressing some of these issues. Implementation of the First Action Plan for Innovation in Europe has started, spearheaded by Commissioner Edith Cresson.Advances have been made in protecting intellectual property rights, financing innovation, administrative simplification, education and training, and gearing research to innovation. Far too many job opportunities in Europe’s network of businesses are lost because of obstacles set up by European traditions and over-prescriptive legislative systems.The key to unlocking the potential of all Europeans is innovation. Tomorrow’s jobs rely on our ability to build the right conditions for innovation today, whatever the strength or weakness of the current economic cycle. Only greater competitiveness and innovation can create sustainable new jobs.Innovation is not only about new technology, science and research; it is also about attitudes of mind which should permeate government, businesses, academia, indeed the whole of society. It is therefore neither useful nor helpful to address innovation as a strictly economic issue.Innovation is an antidote to inertia and complacency. By itself, it is not a panacea. It will not on its own provide a definitive solution to excessive unemployment.But innovation challenges stale and hidebound ways of thinking and acting. It invites us to look with fresh eyes, to think in different ways, to seek out new answers to old problems.More to the point, innovation leads to the creation of completely new markets, and there is no way to predict exactly what these will be, let alone how far they will transform our lives. It also enables us to organise our work and social structures in more efficient and thus more humane ways. It taps people’s creative energies. It makes the workplace more competitive and therefore more satisfying.That is why we have to establish a close connection in Europe between innovation, economic growth and job creation. While the task is huge, there is ground for optimism.Our single market of 350 million people will be significantly reinforced by economic and monetary union and the introduction of the single currency. This will quickly widen capital markets and provide greater venture opportunities.In addition, enlargement of the European Union in the not too distant future to new member states will add – in population terms – a new Germany in the first phase and a new France in the second.The new market conditions will inevitably transform our economies. This cannot but encourage companies of all sizes to be more mobile and forward-looking. The capital markets themselves will expand exponentially.The more money that is available, the greater the chances that entrepreneurs will benefit from this expansion. But before this happens, there are many obstacles which Europe must overcome. This goes some way to explaining the persistent mismatch between the skills required by employers and those offered by entrants in the labour market. We must improve Europe’s knowledge and skills by reigniting enthusiasm for innovation and entrepreneurship in the educational environment.The largest corporations already play an important part in generating new jobs by nurturing the creation and growth of small and medium enterprises which are in a better position to exploit new ideas. But this is not enough.Government must play a leading role in helping to change society by brokering the opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship to the public. They can themselves become more innovative and entrepreneurial, as the UK government has done. These cultural changes are as important as opening up markets and removing rules and regulations that visibly block progress.There is a great deal that governments in Europe can do to create an environment receptive to innovation.The more active European governments have started bench-marking their policies and services to ensure that quality keeps pace with new demands made by the public and imposed by new technologies. Others, however, declare their good intentions but with little real follow-up.It is essential to complete single market legislation and to enforce national implementation of EU laws. While there is broad agreement on the principle of liberalisation of markets for products, labour and capital, member states argue that this should be done in a way that does not undermine a European social model which aims to ensure job security.The irony of it all is that western Europe, despite its claim to job security for everyone, has long suffered the highest unemployment rate amongst industrial countries.It is obvious, therefore, that we need to act now. This is a critical time for Europe, with the single currency about to become reality and the enlargement of the European Union on the near horizon. Europe must create more jobs. We owe this to all our citizens.Baron Daniel Janssen is chairman of chemical giant Solvay and a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) which has just published a report on ‘Job Creation and Competitiveness through Innovation’.
Yola appeared as the musical guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday night, where the singer performed her rendition of Nina Simone‘s “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”.The performance took place remotely from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, where the British singer is scheduled to perform on May 11th, 2021. Despite being over seven months away, tickets for the concert at the legendary venue went on sale Thursday.From the stage of the Ryman, bathed in natural sunlight and facing away from the seats, Yola performed the tune from legendary singer/songwriter/activist’s 1958 album Little Girl Blue. While Yola’s musical prowess has been well-established since launching onto the scene in 2016 with her debut EP, Orphan Offering, this performance placed her on the level of an icon like Simone.Related: Yola Delivers Intimate, Acoustic ‘Tiny Desk (Home) Concert’ [Watch]From the song choice to her presence at the famed Ryman Auditorium, everything about Yola’s performance on Late Night rings of a vintage nature. Yet the song, while written over half a century ago, still rings true as Yola champions the social justice causes that remain just as relevant as in Simone’s heyday. The emotion that Yola pulls from for this rendition of “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” is the kind of thing that can’t be faked, and can only be found through years of discrimination and hardship as a result of one’s race, despite her remarkable ability.Watch Yola’s performance of “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” from the Ryman Auditorium.Yola – “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” (Nina Simone)[Video: Late Night with Seth Meyers]
For the second time in club history, the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Irish Dance Team danced its way to victory at the All-Ireland Dance Championship in Dublin as the team captured the championship trophy Feb. 17. The team previously first won the All-Ireland competition in 2010. Sophomore Connor Reider, the team’s coach, said going beyond simple participation to win the competition was significant. “So many teams from across the world come to All-Irelands that it is basically the world championships,” he said. “It puts Notre Dame on the map.” The Ceili team consists of eight girls from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. The time devoted to practice and preparation for the competition, along with the small group size, fosters friendships and team unity, Saint Mary’s senior Mary Mitchell said. “We all became so close with one another. Spending every single night practicing for two hours, having team brunches and living together for the week in Dublin, you get to know each other inside and out,” she said. “We’re a quirky bunch.” Participating specifically in the Club Ceili division involved learning two traditional Ceili numbers from a designated set of choices. Reider said performing the same numbers as the other teams meant they had to perfect their routines. “Every single person needs to be doing the exact same action at the same time,” he said. “You have to make sure your toes are pointed, your legs are the exact same length out and your lines are perfectly straight.” This precision applied not only to the dance routines, but to costumes as well, Mitchell said. “All the wigs were chosen according to what looked best for the entire team, and they were cut to exactly the same length,” Mitchell said. “The style and cut had to be identical. Judges will take points off your presentation if they don’t feel you look like a cohesive group.” Arriving on Feb. 15, the team had a busy schedule of sight seeing, practice, watching other performances and dancing for the current group of Notre Dame students studying abroad in Dublin, Reider said. When the team finally performed on Friday, senior Colleen Gerth said their second routine may have been the team’s best performance ever. “We were all pretty anxious beforehand, but you have to be focused and think about what you are doing,” she said. “We were more excited the second time, and after we finished that last step, we could tell we had put our whole heart and soul into it.” With five seniors on the team, the All-Ireland competition represented the last time many of the girls would have the opportunity to dance competitively. However, Gerth said the trophy ceremony brought immense satisfaction. “The cup is engraved each year with the name of the team who wins,” she said. “I was on the team two years ago, and I had never seen the cup with our name on it. That was really exciting to see and to know that our name would be on there again.”
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer sometime during her life is just about one in eight.Once diagnosed, breast cancer patients and their families go through a myriad of emotions and deal with seemingly insurmountable odds.But help is just a phone call away. The American Cancer Society can be reached at 1-800-227-2345.Help is also available via the web at cancer.orgThe assistance covers a wide range of issues, from treatment to understanding the illness, insurance information, financial resources, transportation, lodging and locating support groups in the area, to name a few.“ACS offers various programs and services to help people cope while fighting their illness,” she said. The American Cancer Society offers free services for cancer patients and their loved ones.Kathy Chessher of the American Cancer Society-Beaumont, said the hot line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.“When you call that number as a cancer patient, or family member or friend, you will be connected with a cancer information specialist who is ready to help the caller no matter what time of day,” Chessher said. Road to RecoveryRoad to Recovery is a transportation program that pits volunteer drivers with patients who need a ride to treatment appointments and back home.“Many times, as we know, if you have cancer and are going to treatment, you don’t feel good enough to go alone,” she said. “Sometimes a spouse, or friend or son or daughter has to work and cannot make the trip and the patient may not feel well enough to drive.”Lodging during treatment as well as gas cards are also offered by the ACS.“Sometimes treatment requires an overnight stay because the location of where the treatment is offered may be a long drive. We can make arrangements with motels to provide overnight accommodations,” she said. “And with the price of gas still high, these kinds of costs add up, and before you know it, you’ve spent an astronomical amount of money.”Reach to RecoveryReach to Recovery is a cancer support group that focuses mainly on breast cancer.When a person is newly diagnosed, there is a group of volunteers who are also cancer survivors who will lend their time and emotional support.“They will sit down with them and visit, tell them what to expect and answer questions from the perspective of being a survivor,” she said. “And who better to visit a person that’s very afraid and going through a lot of emotions, than a person who can provide the emotional understanding and guidance they need at that time.”Personal careMaking a woman feel whole again is another goal of the ACS. Sometimes when a woman begins radiation or chemotherapy treatments, they will lose their hair, which can take a toll on a woman’s well-being. The ACS offers free wigs, turbans and other such items to help the woman feel better about herself.Bras and prosthetics are also offered free of charge for breast cancer patients as well as skin care products.“Many times when women go through treatment they forget to take care of themselves and take care of their skin,” she said. “This program will help teach them to take care of themselves.”The ACS partners with cosmetic companies across the United States and cosmetic products are all donated. The cancer patient is given a demonstration on how to apply the makeup and they “learn to feel beautiful again.”The ACS works with people affected by all types of cancer, not just breast cancer.“Everything we offer is 100 percent free,” she said. “You do not have to qualify based on financial status or insurance. A cancer patient is a cancer patient to us.”For more information, call the ACS hotline at 800-227-2345 or visit their website, [email protected]
In nature everything is connected, so when an ecosystem becomes unbalanced because of an invasive pest, plant or disease it has a domino effect that can create big problems for Vermont. It not only changes the balance in an ecosystem, destroying habitat, but it is also costly for Vermonters. The estimated damage from invasive species is in the millions of dollars. As the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources I know that small steps can make a difference. I also know that we cannot protect Vermont’s environment alone. We need your help! Find out how you can help prevent invasive species from harming Vermont’s environment by visiting www.vtinvasives.org/take-action(link is external). · Use only local firewood ‘not only in Vermont, but wherever you travel.· Make sure the plants you transplant into your yard or garden are not invasives and replace invasive plants with non-invasive alternatives.· Clean your boat and boating equipment thoroughly before transporting between bodies of water.· Don’t move baitfish from one water body to another.· Clean your boots and equipment before you hike or camp in a new area.· Never release exotic animals or aquarium fish and plants into the wild.· Volunteer your time with one of Vermont’s invasive eradication teams.· Find out more by visiting the Vermont Invasives website http://www.vtinvasives.org/(link is external). Source: ANR 8.6.2012 by Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources Vermont received bad news last week when we learned that a new aquatic invasive species, the spiny water flea, was found in Lake George as well as in feeder canals to the Champlain Canal – both waters that flow into Lake Champlain. Like many invasive species, the spiny water flea competes with native species for food, but because it has no natural predators or other population controls it can quickly dominate the ecosystem and make it hard for native species to survive. The tail spines of the spiny water flea also catch and foul up fishing lines causing a great inconvenience to anglers. This is just the latest of a growing number of threats to Vermont’s environment from non-native species. · The hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect from Asia that feeds on the sap of hemlock trees, has been detected, for the first time, in Bennington County. If left unchecked it can decimate our hemlock trees which are important for both timber and wildlife.· The emerald ash borer is an insect from Asia that was first discovered in Michigan in 2002. Now, ten years later it has spread to 16 states and provinces, killing tens of millions of trees. In July it was detected in Connecticut, the first confirmed infestation in New England.· Common Buckthorn is already established in some parts of Vermont. It is a native of Europe and was introduced into the United States as an ornamental shrub. Once it gets established it can take over an area, destroying wildlife habitat and impeding productive forests by crowding out other understory plants and preventing the regeneration of slower growing hardwoods like Sugar Maple trees.· VHS (Viral hemorrhagic septicemia) is a deadly fish virus that originated in Europe that wipes out populations of trout and salmon. In 2005 this virus was identified in Lake Ontario and has since then spread across all five Great Lakes and into many inland lakes including the Finger Lakes in New York, killing tens of millions of fish in the process. Scientists at the Agency of Natural Resources, along with our state, federal and academic partners, are working hard to understand how best to prevent new invasives from coming to Vermont, and to eradicate (when possible) or contain the ones that are already here. But they cannot do this alone. In some cases we have rules in place to prevent the spread of a particular plant, pest or disease. Our state parks only permit firewood that comes from within 50 miles of the park, and we ask boat owners to wash boats and equipment before moving it to a new water body. We regulate the use of baitfish and we ban the sale of some invasive plants; however in many cases we must rely on education to get homeowners and landscapers to be cautious about what they transplant into their yards and gardens. Invasive pests do not generally move to a new area all by themselves. People help. The spiny water flea hitchhikes on boats or equipment that has passed through an infested area. The emerald ash borer spreads from the movement of firewood or through the purchase of infested nursery stock. Buckthorn got its start as an ornamental plant in yards and gardens. Diseases like VHS can be introduced in a new area when baitfish are moved from one water body to another. This means that to prevent the spread of invasives everyone needs to do their part. Things you can do to help protect Vermont’s native plants and animals
by Gary Franklin A new federal law protecting confidential business information became effective on May 11, 2016. The adoption of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the “Act”) arose from the federal government’s recognition of the importance of trade secrets and the devastating impact on the economy from their misappropriation. Trade secret theft causes annual losses of more than 2 million jobs and over $300B to the American economy undermining the means and incentive for entrepreneurs to innovate. Trade secrets are a form of intellectual property that consist of information that has independent economic value that is not readily ascertainable to others and been kept secret. Trade secrets include formulas, compilations, programs, devices, methods, techniques or processes. Examples include plans, designs, software, customer lists, recipes, pricing information, and manufacturing information. A trade secret is protected as long as it is kept secret. Once lost, however, it is lost forever. Business, then, must take precautions to mark documents confidential, restrict access to and control dissemination of sensitive information, use confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and employ any other reasonable means to maintain the secrecy of important information.Up until now, trade secrets were governed by state law. Most states, including Vermont, adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The new federal law aligns a trade secret owner’s rights to protect their confidential information with the federal rights enjoyed by owners of other forms of intellectual property including copyrights, patents and trademarks.The new Defend Trade Secrets Act provides a federal private right of action for trade secrets. The significant elements of the Act include the following:In appropriate cases, the Act allows for seizure of stolen trade secrets on a short term basis until a full hearing is held in court with all parties present. An order allowing for seizure will also attempt to balance the need to avoid interrupting legitimate business activities; During the course of litigation, safe guards can be implemented to maintain the confidentiality of trade secrets;The Act authorizes injunctive relief to prevent misappropriation of and protect the trade secret, although certain restrictions reinforce employee mobility and prevent restraints on trade;Additional remedies may include an award for damages, including unjust enrichment and in certain cases royalty payments;The Act authorizes an award of attorney’s fees and punitive damages if the misappropriation was malicious or made in bad faith;The Act provides a new whistleblower provision protecting employees from the disclosure of trade secrets to law enforcement to report or investigate the possible violations of law, or in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal.Notably, the whistleblower provisions must be disclosed in every employee contract that governs the use of a trade secret or other confidential information. The failure to provide such disclosure will bar the recovery of exemplary damages or attorney’s fees against an employee who did not receive such notice. Accordingly, employers must consider updating employee contracts and company manuals and policies to comply with these notice provisions.Also of note, the statute of limitations for the federal private right of action is three years after the date on which the misappropriation should have been discovered whereas under Vermont state law the statute of limitations is a more generous six years.The new federal legislation does not preempt state law allowing trade secret owners a choice to pursue relief in either federal or state court. Having a federal act, however, provides important advantages. The new federal legislation should result in a robust and uniform body of law giving greater guidance on the maintenance of confidential information and prevention of its misappropriation. Litigants will also be able to take advantage of nationwide service of process and discovery eliminating ineffective and costly efforts to pursue stolen trade secrets in foreign jurisdictions. Federal cases will also remain before one judge who generally has greater resources and support and is better equipped to provide more timely and comprehensive action in complex and technical proceedings.In sum, the Act is an important step in recognizing the substantial value of trade secrets and modernizing the tools available to maintain and protect them. A shareholder at Burlington-based Primmer, Gary Franklin is an experienced and respected Litigator. Gary focuses his practice in the areas of Business Litigation, Shareholder Disputes, Employment, Bankruptcy, and Intellectual Property. Contact Gary Franklin today at [email protected](link sends e-mail).